There is a concept that I like to refer to as “Apprentice’s Luck”. This occurs during the time when the budding Witch, sorcerer or mage is new to the crafts and arts of magick. They are first discovering books, articles, lessons….maybe just joined a new group or are starting their apprenticeship with a new teacher.
When the magician is in the right state of consciousness, the entire world is full of possibilities….enchantments and power. So many manifestations are happening, because the sorcerer is in that “honeymoon” stage where they are aware of how much CAN happen, so that it does. It is only after the glamour wears off–after we intellectualize things–that we start to take in how many rules, laws and regulations are SUPPOSED to be in place….that the glitter fades and we stop manifesting as quickly or as exactly as we had been in the Apprentice stage.
Pay attention to your relationship to the information that you read in magickal books. When you read about a magickal working–are you imagining the process in third person, as if you are observing someone else’s experience? Are you visualizing your ability to successfully perform the working in the future, sometime–but, currently have the emotional experience that you are not able to successfully perform the manifestation, right now?
When reading about any and all magickal activities, put yourself completely into the sensory interpretation of the information. Feel yourself performing every act, in first person, right now. Every magickal activity is a description of what you can do, at this moment. As you read the description, put yourself in the imaginary experience of performing it in the real world, feeling confidence or excitement that you always perform the act correctly. Add to this experience that there are very real world results that manifest–feel them as a manifest reality. Third, see and feel how the people around you respond to your magickal act manifesting in the world.
It is not about the amount of time you put into practice…or so-called “natural” talent. It is about the shifts in belief and the deep-rooting of convictions that some things are more real than others.