“At some point I want you to do a post for me about spell crafting. What it is, what it does, how you do the process. I saw a Lisa and Peggy video on “to love a witch” and the partner had to answer questions about them and I realized this is an area I’m completely blank on.” – Gideon
Okay, well I should first explain that until recently? I found spell crafting and spell casting to be synonymous. But then, I discovered that people actually USE pre-written spells in books and off the internet that are designed by others… sort of like using a recipe when cooking. Not as a foundation to build from and adjust, but literally as-is letter for letter.
Because of the way I was raised, and how I was taught, this actually surprised me quite a bit. This is because, in my family, you craft your spells either by yourself of with others. They are then written down for posterity and to be reused and improved on in the future. BUT, these spells are yours. They are, by the very nature of having created them yourself, tailored to you and your energies and your particular affinities and abilities.
Until this recent discovery mentioned above, I couldn’t imagine anyone taking one of my spells and using it, letter for letter, to do their own spell casting. It would be like someone deciding they wanted to wear my decade old, worn and still hanging in there pair of underwear, and not just wearing them, but trying to make them fit their body in the way they have over time stretched and molded to fit mine.
Spells get passed down, of course, but they are not used letter for letter. They are altered and adjusted, rewritten and reworked to fit the person using them. Because without personalization, how is it supposed to mesh with your energy and intentions?
So with that said… lets do a little bit of defining of terms. Keep in mind these are my definitions of these terms. This is not a general consensus, nor are my views on this spelled out anywhere that I’m aware of where there’s some kind of adopted agreement where others are concerned. It’s just me and my definitions.
Spell (as a noun) – The gathering of your intention, your will, and energy (yours, ambient energy around you, and/or the blend of energies belong to the tools and supplies you use), and pushing them into a ritual, item, or magickal action of some sort that then projects them toward the goal behind that intention. You are the microphone, the spell is the speakers.
Spell Craft (as a noun) – Working with spells, including any creation or designing of magickal workings, whether that be ritual spells, free form spells, etc. Spell craft is an “umbrella term” (much like the word “witchcraft”) that is used to encompass the process of creation through to casting of spells, and the practice of magickal workings as a whole.
Ritual Spells (as a noun) – This type of spell is much like a recipe when cooking. You have an ingredient list (supply list) and a set out series of steps involved, usually with a pre-planned incantation. They are often planned well in advance to be done on certain powerful days that align with the spell’s intention (such as a full moon ritual).
Free Form Spells (as a noun) – Returning to the analogy of cooking… this is when you “wing it”. It’s still a spell, as you are directing will, intention, and energy into a magickal working… but it is not as rigid and regimented as ritual spells.
Spell Casting (as a verb) – Very literally, the casting of a spell. Spell casting concentrates and directs energy, and it does not necessarily require tools or supplies (although they can definitely help). It is, at its core, a projection of intention and energy. Tools and supplies are simply used to hone, wield, and better direct that energy.
Spell Crafting (as a verb) – This is the literal act of crafting of spells. The work. The research. Spell crafting involves not just the collecting of items wanted or needed to better direct the intention behind a spell and energies involved, but can include anything from writing incantations to creating incense or oils. Making your own supplies for magical workings is also spell crafting, which can involve the designing or making of supplies such as poppets, sachets, teas or food, candles, etc.
In my case, spell crafting and spell casting can often go hand in hand as one, as I do a lot of free-form spell work. When I am using supplies I am familiar with and that I know are safe, there are many times that I will craft as I go, and cast in the moment. In other words, I might bring together ingredients to create a brand new spell, make the supplies I need in the moment (such as a poppet out of a piece of paper… also spell craft), and cast immediately.
Other times, especially if working with plant parts that I’m not fully familiar with, or trying something a little outside my familiarity, I will do a lot of research first. Take notes. Plan and do more research. Sometimes spells are complicated and you need to craft different things for them first (again, such as poppets, sachets, oils, sprays, etc), and/or you want to get the wording of your intentions just right and may need to spend time crafting just the right words for the task. All of this is spell crafting… some of it may also be spell casting if you are instilling your intention into the items as you make them.
I feel like I talked myself in circles here. But…. maybe it made sense?
I’m sure you have lots of questions after this post, and I’m happy to do a subsequent post on this if there’s anything you’d like for me to go into more detail about, or any curiosities you have. Just let me know.