I’ve met a couple of people in the Pagan community who claim that their spells always work….every time. I haven’t asked them for any details about the frequency of their casting spells or performing rituals–but, I think an important thing to do would be to define what we mean by “magick” and “spells”.
My working definition for Magick was that Magick is the
conscious effort to change current circumstances into desired circumstances through imposing will and intention. According to my understanding of magick, everyone performs manifestation. Some believe that the nature of this reality is such that the physical world is a reflection of the conscious thoughts and feelings, and the subconscious images that we carry from our past. In this sense, performing acts of magick is equivalent to moving around the thoughts, feelings and energies that we carry in our psyche.
The confusion that the outside world has is the same confusion that we have within the magickal community–although, as magicians, we have it to different degrees and to different degrees on the different levels of our individual psyches.
A magician is not a god. You are either human or omnipotent. Theoretically, a god is a self-realized being in full control of their omnipotence and experiences manifestation of their will in a direct, clear manner. A god decides what they want their world to be. As humans, a magician is someone who is aware of the processes of magick and uses techniques to consciously influence personal circumstance, physical or otherwise. They consciously attempt to change their environment and experience. At some point in the beginning of one’s studies of magick and metaphysics, the apprentice might entertain….even if only on a subconscious level….the idea that one’s eventual mastery of magick will lead to omnipotent powers while one is still a human.
As Spirit, we (at once) are part of and the wholeness of the Universe, of Deity. However, to have a human experience, we temporarily take on limiting thoughts, beliefs and self-identification that we are not omnipotent beings in this world. We temporarily take on the idea that we cannot have everything that we want the way that we want it, that we cannot heal everything, that we cannot fix everything. It is the defining part of the human experience to be limited. As Spirit, we intuitively recognize that we are unlimited beings….our true nature is Completeness, Joy, Love.
When we focus on the idea that we are omnipotent or that we are supposed to be omnipotent….BUT, we do not take care of first freeing ourselves from the humanness that keeps us from being omnipotent, we hit obstacles that keep us from manifesting everything…or at least, some things in particular areas….the way that we intuitively know that we should be able to.
Acts of magick might differ in technique from prayer, but the mechanics behind both practices are the same. Belief that the magickal act will bring about a very concrete change of circumstance is one factor. The acceptance of this belief as true depends on other mental factors–conscious and subtle. Direct self-questioning and evaluation on where one is at in relation to the desired manifestation will start to take care of any obstacles that prevent the full, physical manifestation. How much can we relate to having or experiencing what we want?