Wednesday, July 16, 2014

How to Make Magic Spells Work

When clients sometimes ask me how to make sure their spells will work, I tell them this:

Look for the results of the spell, not for the spell to work.

I find spells do manifest results most of the time, but frequently in ways one might not have intended or even considered -- so the more you can get away from some preconceived notion of what the spell ought to achieve, and avoid looking for that exact result, the more likely you'll recognize a result when it happens. 

Like -- you might do a love magic spell to make a guy more attentive, imagining that it means he'll spend more time with you. After the spell, he doesn't see you any more frequently than before, but perhaps you begin noticing that the quality of the time spent is better, and he becomes much more affectionate and attentive when you're around each other. Now, if you're too stuck on the idea that the spell should have made him see you more often, then you'd completely overlook the other effect of the spell and declare that the spell didn't work. 

So, that is why I say don't look for results, try to just forget about it and see what actually happens.


Is magic real? In the sense of it being actually practiced by people, yes, it's most definitely practiced by people all over the world and has been for as far back as we can record. However, many people asking this really mean DOES IT WORK when they ask if it's real, and don't consider it to be real unless it's 100% successful. Now, first remember that even standard, scientifically proven medicine isn't successful 100% of the time -- so don't be trying to hold magic to a higher standard than that. I say that magic, by its nature, is unreliable (as any sort of magic that gets consistent results has been usurped and absorbed into science, medicine or psychology a long time back.) So, does magic work? It depends, and really different traditions of magic are different. I think a line from The Venture Brothers spoken between the scientist Dr. Venture and the magician Dr. Orpheus sums it up well:

VENTURE: Can't you just magic it away?
ORPHEUS: No more than you can 'science' it away.

Magic Spells That Are Guaranteed to Work

No magic spell can be guaranteed to work. So why bother with magic at all?

In effect, the spells that I cast for others or for myself concern situations where most other courses of action are not guaranteed to produce a result, either. For example: if you're in love with someone who is not paying attention to you, there are many practical avenues you can take to win them over, like buying gifts, or bravely asking them out, or trying to make yourself seem more important -- but none of these can be guaranteed to succeed. And so, this is an opportunity to cast a spell. It cannot be assured success, but many people find them to produce a beneficial influence that aids the cause.

An example of a situation with a potential guaranteed result would be an abortion. I have actually had requests to perform abortions by magical means, and even though there is some established tradition in this, I always turn the requests down. Why? Because magic's not reliable, but you can get a reliable abortion through established medical means, even if it might require travel or other inconveniences. I definitely wouldn't want to contribute to someone delaying a reliable abortion in order to instead attempt an unreliable method that may or may not create the desired result, and leave them stuck with an unwanted baby (not to mention the baby who then has to live a life it shouldn't have had to suffer.)

When you resort to using a magic spell, it is best to use it for a situation where failure is an option. Many spells are successes, and I've seen some marvelous things occur after casting spells that seem unlikely to have resulted from simple "positive thinking." Even then, having a spell cast isn't like placing an order for goods and a week later a box of what you asked for arrives. Magic spells might be nuanced -- they might succeed without managing to produce the exact effect you wanted, or might nudge things in the right direction without actually delivering your dream outcome. (Example: a money spell that causes you to win $100, which is technically a success, but which probably won't change your life.)

You might see other websites that claim to offer guaranteed, money-back magic spells, but be careful -- if you read the fine print you will find that there are fees and expenses that are really not refundable. There are also a lot of plain old scam artists who simply claim they will give you a refund but vanish off the face of the earth if you ever come asking; these people are already working against the law so they are not worried about making false/illegal claims. 

Could your goal ever be achieved without supernatural assistance?
How quickly do you expect a magic spell to work? 
How invested are you in a specific outcome?

You should carefully consider these points before turning to magic. People hate to be told that their expectations are unreasonable, yet folks who are interested in turning to magic often hold such unrealistic thoughts. Movies, literature, rumors and gossip, games, and other fantasy sources are largely to blame for this.

To determine if real magic is going to work to suit you and your expectations, consider:

1. Can your goal be achieved without supernatural help? Unless you're looking for a spell to deal with a purely supernatural matter (such as spirit contact or curse removal) you must have realistic options in the regular world for achieving these goals. For example, I've gotten requests from people who want to be reunited with an ex-lover that they haven't seen in over 10 years and don't know how to contact anymore.  We can assume the ex likewise doesn't know how to contact them. Even if the spell worked to make the ex want the person back, what then? They can't contact each other or find each other. There is no real world avenue for this magic to work through. Even if the spell were a success it would never be able to produce a satisfactory result.

2. How fast do you expect your spell to work? Not long ago, I had a potential customer who came to me complaining that he'd been to other spellcasters who failed. This statement always sets off my alarms, as such complaints are often a sign of unrealistic expectations for magick spells. After some questions, it was discovered that the man did indeed have issues with his idealizations -- the other "failed spells" had been cast only a few days before. He thought magic spells should produce their full effect immediately once cast, but that is usually not the case. His other spells might have been perfectly successful and just hadn't yet been able to manifest; but because of his mistaken belief, he perceived them as failures.

3. Do you expect a super specific outcome? Will you be disappointed if it's fulfilled in any other way? For example, I have heard of people who did spells to get their wandering lover to return, and the lover did return but not under some specific condition; for example, if they wanted him to return apologetically weeping and begging for forgiveness -- but instead the guy simply returned like nothing had happened. Due to the requirement that spells operate within the confines of nature, and the magic's habit to take the path of least resistance, holding onto a specific and improbable outcome makes it less likely that you'll be satisfied with the result of the spell, even if it technically works; because it might not be able to fulfill all the idealized requirements you'd had. A spell might work without working the way that you dreamed of.

Many who read this will be put off of buying magic spells here and instead will search the internet looking for a spellcaster who claims to be able to fulfill all the requirements they have. Beware of this, however -- a scammer is always happy to promise the moon, and will tell you whatever they think you need to be told in order to make you buy from them. Always remember that magic is not scientifically proven, and the more dramatic and certain the spellcast results sound like they'll be, the more likely you are to be disappointed. 

Over at a certain magic forum I frequent, the not-altogether-unusual occurrence of someone trolling with sarcastic comments about how magic doesn't work and complaining about how people still believe in such things, came about. I finally decided to answer one of the posts with the following, which I repost here as I think it of some merit.

Since you seem to be trolling I was disinclined to answer any of your posts in this vein -- I mean for God's sake, you're on a forum for discussing magical practice and tools for magical practice, what did you think we'd be talking about here? However, your complaints touch upon a common misperception about magic that even believers hold, and thus I will respond.

Virtually nobody that I know who has any longterm experience with magic claims that it is effective 100% of the time, even when performed by skilled practitioners. (And a quick read around this forum will probably indicate to you that a great deal of the folks who come by here are not very skilled or experienced.) Not everyone in the world practices magic, and not every magic spell practiced succeeds in achieving the intent. I used to have a notice on my website warning people who wanted me to cast spells that a spell is more like an aid to reaching your goals, rather than a method -- but it seemed to be bad for business, and the people who don't know that already tend to just find someone else who will play into their misconceptions instead, so I said screw it and took the notice down. I figure they're still better off with me than finding some scammer that will tell them what they want.

In any case -- if you cast a spell for food but there is seriously no food to be had, guess what? Spell won't do anything. If you cast a spell to make someone love you, but you're obnoxious and mean to the person every time you see them, guess what? Mundane actions and circumstance can always cancel out whatever influence the magic possesses. Magic doesn't override the natural order of things, it just kind of shuffles them so they might land a bit more in your favor. This sermon by my friend Rev. Jim at the Church of Good Luck might be of interest, having some more information on the matter.

I tend to feel it is best to keep expectations of magic fairly low, since if it could routinely do anything spectacular it would be a scientifically provable phenomenon; though admittedly many things that once were considered a part of magic have now been absorbed into science and psychology.

Now you may say, "But if it doesn't always work, why use it?" The fact is there are many things that are done, and which are agreed by most folks to be worthwhile, that don't always work. Doctors aren't always successful at treating an illness; in fact if you've got something like acne you might find a lower treatment success rate and spend more money on these worthless remedies than most magicians do with even the most hopeless of spell genres. Applying to certain colleges like Harvard or Oxford might not succeed in most cases, but folks usually agree it's a thing worth doing if that's where you'd like to go. Just because something doesn't always work doesn't mean it's not of any value or potential.

As far as telling everyone to use magic for all their problems, I will cite the matter of lottery spells -- something with only a narrow chance for success to begin with, and for success at which more people cast spells or prayers than don't. With the odds leveled out like that, it's not of much benefit to any of them, and most people I know wouldn't waste time casting a spell for something like that.

Magic should not be used as a last resort, nor should it be a first resort. It is a supplement to other reasonable behaviors.

Carry on.

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