If a spell is similar to prayer and is not what you would consider a "cure all", then why no just say a prayer or concentrate on something that you want to happen rather than have to have a special ingredient or follow a recipe to cast a spell? I definately believe in what you commit your thought and energy toward, you can make happen. You can do things to help like having vision boards, meditation, prayer, focus, etc. I guess I just wonder why you must have special ingredients and do things in a specific order to make things happen. Is it the ingredient & ritual or the energy waves you are transmitting out to the universe that make it work? I really appreciate all of your answers :)
Answer by Princessofscots at 1:44 PM on Aug. 20, 2009
I don't like the comparison of spells to prayers myself, I think there is a fundamental difference that makes it like "comparing apples to oranges". However there are a few things that can answer your question. First of all the ritual helps you concentrate your energy, this can be compared to chanting or repeating the same prayer over & over again. Secondly, many people believe that all things of this Earth have their own energy, so the energy of the various "ingredients" can add to the power of your thought or intent. That is why people compile lists of correspondences, it is a catalog of what things carry what energies. Thus doing more than praying or concentrating is helpful.
Answer by nysa00 at 1:45 PM on Aug. 20, 2009
When people ask me "doesn't a spell just work or not work?" I try to explain my understanding of how things work in this way. Imagine that what is happening in our lives is flowing water. If we want to change what is happening we manipulate that water, perhaps building a damn. The spell is the damn. If the flow doesn't have a lot of energy behind it, a simple damn will work. If it is a fast moving, crashing torrent I simply can't build a damn strong enough or fast enough to change the flow. Also, like when you damn up water, that changes things & what is around that river influences what will happen to the water next. As a human we can't always see all of what is around the water, so we can't always accurately predict what the results of our damn will be. It isn't simply making something happen or asking someone to change something.
Answer by nysa00 at 1:49 PM on Aug. 20, 2009
I am more inclined to feel that that are different, IMO one is supplication before a Diety, the other is merely intentionally interacting with one's environment that may or may not include the presence/request of a Diety or Dieties. For the sake of argument if they are the same there would no reason to do anything differently. It's the same as asking someone who prays "Why ask God for what you can help manifest yourself?" There isn't anything inherently wrong with either approach but, neither is the "only way" nor are they, IMO, mutually exclusive.
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Answer by Princessofscots at 2:46 PM on Aug. 20, 2009
Do you have a problem with the word "spell" or "witchcraft"?
No! Not at all! I proudly call myself a witch! I openly admit to casting spells. While I am not Wiccan, I am Pagan, and very open and proud of that fact! I know that many aspect of my beliefs have been portrayed as "evil" or "demonistic" by scared or mis-informed people... That by no means lessens my pride in what and who I am! It simply means I need to be more understanding and patient with those that don't understand and help them to see the good behind my beliefs!
Answer by SabrinaMBowen at 5:15 PM on Aug. 20, 2009