Spells are powerful tools, but it’s important you understand that there’s nothing inherently supernatural about them.
The process behind a magick spell has not changed much over the millenia. The objects and words that you use represent a specific goal or desire that you’d like to bring into your real life; they give form to an idea and help you focus all of the power of your unconscious mind on making that idea a reality. Typically the “goal” is rather plain and unimaginative one at that, such as: attracting a better job, a romantic interest or having good fortune. Boring!
My style of magick disrupts most of that by putting the emphasis ion more lofty and imaginative feats.mI am proposing a type of magick of adult make-believe, where the spell, or set of instructions help you have an absurd and seemingly impossible experience. The bigger and more wild the experience you seek to have, the more fun you will having creating and performing it. In this kind of magick, far-fetched experiences will be had through emulating the best you can using found objects, environments, performative gestures, and most importantly concepts of modern science, philosophy, psychology and beyond.
This magick will be a form of artistic interpretation. The closest movement of thought to what I am suggesting would be the school of Chaos Magick formed in the early 1970’s. The key difference being the kinds of “goals” participants are seeking to meet. Again, my concept is inherently about creativity for creativity’ssake. The success of each spell will be based on how close you have come to simulating the experience.
Here are the steps to creating a spell:
1. Think of an experience that you would like to have.
Do not be afraid to dream big, to think strange.
“I wish to summon a shaman inside my belly.”
In this example, I am presupposing an absurd premise to be true. It is through magick (interpretation and simulation) that I will find a way to make it possible.
2. Find objects that speak to you and help you connect with that desire.
I WILL NEED:
A mason jar
Brewed dark-roast coffee
3. Write a spell. Include instructions for how to perform it. Every action should be purposeful and have meaning. Symbolism is not important. Finding legitimate ways to make this experience feel real is crucial. Relate everything back to your desire. Use what you know about science, psychology and beyond to assist you. As your ideas about the spell evolve, get more specific about what you hope to achieve. Develop your premise as though it is real. Have absolutely no doubts about your newfound belief. Have fun with it. Build a story you can really get behind.
TUM-TUM: SUMMONING THE SHAMAN WITHIN
“I want to summon, Tum-Tum, a gastro-shaman living inside my belly. Deep in my stomach something stirs: a greater, wiser self, my inner spirit guide. This is the part of me that connects directly to the true source of the universe. I possess the unique ability to tap into this wisdom within my bowels, finding answers to pressing questions and achieving a profound understanding that will completely change the way I live my life. There are many ways to summon the shaman within me.
A simple ritual. To do this I will consume the Eucharist, a mason jar full of air that I will gulp followed by a bowl of Rummy Soup - potion made in a bowl using equal parts: brewed dark-roast coffee, lemon juice and soda water. For these are all the ingredients scientifically proven to get stomach acids percolating. This is a sacred offering to Tum-Tum. Once my stomach begins to growl, gurgle, grumble and rumble I may begin interpreting what Tum-Tum is saying. It speaks the language of Borborygmi and thus will be hard to comprehend at first but I will trust my instincts that I understand. Finally, I will write everything that comes to me in the moment and accept that those thoughts are actually the shaman’s words being channeled through me.
4. Congratulate yourself: Although it may not seem like it, you’ve just performed magick! Take a deep breath. Look at the spell you’ve created. It’s a unique work of art made of form and meaning, brought into the world by your hands. It’s powerful and it’s completely yours. Embrace yourself and your new creation. Once you’ve learned these basic steps, you’ll probably find that you don’t need all of the prep work. You will be able to put yourself in a prime spell-making mindset almost anywhere. What’s more, you’ll probably be able to make outstanding spells in just minutes. Well done! This is a great sign that you have mastered the basics of spell creation and are on a path towards a richer, more vibrant life.
As 21st century occultist and magician, Phil Hine says:
The magician is stepping outside what he normally considers to be reality and creating a malleable universe of his own through his will, his intellect and his imagination. The more bizarre his Theatre the less likely he is to confuse his activities on this level with the more mundane aspects of his life.
If the whole realm of magick was summarized in a word, that word would be: BELIEF. The stronger your belief is in your intent occurring the better chance your spell will work. And the stranger your spell is, in my opinion, the more you will believe in it. Or as Phil goes on to say:
He (the magician) begins to develop in his own way, acting… as producer, director, set-designer, script-writer, star and audience… The more unusual the script and setting the greater the overall effect on him.
A key to magical success is intensity of belief. If you want to try something out, and can come up with a plausible explanation as to how/why it should work, then it most likely will. Any belief system can be used as a basis for magick, so long as you can invest belief into it. The intensity of belief is the key which allows magical systems to work, whether they be related to historical traditions, esoteric traditions, or those based on fiction or TV. It’s your ability to be emotionally moved by them that counts. If it works for you – do it.
In short, spells are about using whatever ideas and practices are helpful to you at the moment, even if they contradict ideas and practices used previously, and that the more absurd the script the better (as long as it feels right and resonates with you). Catherine Beyer from the site, Altreligion.com says about the power of belief:
The power of belief is important in many magical schools of thought today. The magician imposes his will upon the universe. As such, he has to be absolutely convinced that his magic will work in order for it to actually work. This approach to magic involves telling the universe what it will do. It is not as simple as just asking or hoping for it to do something. They must believe in whatever context they are currently using and then cast aside that belief later so that they are open to new approaches. Belief is not something you get to after a series of experiences. It is a vehicle for those experiences, self–manipulated in order to further a goal.