This post was inspired by a video by the HearthWitch on YouTube. I was watching this video when, somewhere near the beginning, she mentioned that a lot of people cast spells by using spells from books and following them to the letter.
This was a really new concept to me. And… odd concept to me. But then I started thinking about it.
L and I were taught spellcraft by our mother from a very young age, and a part of that was creating our own spells. This was further encouraged when Z came into our lives, as she also does this kind of spellcraft.
And that got me to thinking. Perhaps that’s why it was always called “spellcraft”. My mother calls it spellcraft. Z calls it spellcraft. In our house, it was never “spell casting”, it was (and is) spellcraft.
I had always thought that the terms “spell casting” and “spellcraft” were interchangeable… but maybe they aren’t.
Maybe (and I think that for me this is more than a maybe, but realization of the truth of something) spellcrafting is crafting a spell. Whether that is taking a pre-existing spell and crafting it into something that fits you and your needs, or making spells from scratch.
Whereas spell casting would be more of an umbrella term that includes spellcraft, but also includes ANY kind of casting spells. Whether there is personal crafting involved in the spell or not.
I guess it’s kind of like cooking. Some people use a recipe and follow it strictly. Some use a recipe, but customize it how they wish. And others just go from scratch and make up their recipes on their own, whether that be before they get started, or on the go.
Just some musings, I guess, as I wrap my mind around this new realization.