The first few books I read on the Craft, prior to my Initiation, were The New Pagans (Hans Holzer), In The Shadow Of The Shaman (Amber Wolfe), and The Magic Power of Witchcraft (Frost and Frost). And then in 1990, I was Initiated into Feycraft, and was running my first Coven in 1994.
But despite reading, casting spells that actually resulted in achieved goals was a bit of an issue. I was able to cast an effective spell, but the results were generally off somehow. (Except for the very first few that I picked up from my great grandmother.) There was little to no spellcraft training in my Mother Coven – it was all focused on spirituality.
So as I practiced solitary for about a decade (1990-2000), I studied various forms of magic off and on. My favorite, of course, was folk magic, as that’s what I’d observed growing up around a bunch of mountain folk. I tried all sorts of ritual magic, too, including Kabbalistic, and Enochian. None of that really worked for me – or, at least, not as effectively as folk magic. But even folk magic had become less effective over time.
Then I read a book called True Magick (Amber K). Most of the principles in this book really helped a lot. My magic was getting better – but it still wasn’t quite to the level that I expected of myself.
But, in 2001, I did a little bit of side work for a non-profit. Part of that work was what we called, “Curriculum Design.” Now, I was (and still am) no expert at Curriculum Design, but I can get the job done. At any rate, the process that we used was mainly a method of breaking down overall learning goals into actual, verifiable chunks. And then, once those chunks (called “objectives”) were figured out, we’d strategize about what techniques and tools would best suit the learning objectives.
All of a sudden, it hit me: this is spell design. So I proceeded to use the same strategic curriculum design principles to work on magical results.
But it took some intuition cultivation, as well. Determining which spells to put where seemed to rely heavily on intuition. And using what you have on hand. It also required some ability to make changes to the plan on the fly – and the intuitive development stuff really helped with that.
It took time, but I really honed in on getting the results I wanted from my spellwork back in 2005. I’ve been doing quite well ever since with the results I’m after.
For example: one of my goals was to meet a life partner. So I broke down what it was I needed to do, where I needed to go, and how to implement mundane strategies to meet people. But I also figured out – intuitively – what ingredients to use in a spell for this purpose. I actually began this spellwork in December, of 2003. By February, of 2004, I’d met my partner. And in 2005, we moved in together. We’ve been together for a grand total of 13 years, if you include the year we dated.
I used the same process to get through nursing school (2009-2012), and to get a job in 2014, with a great paycheck, and an ideal schedule.
I call the entire process “Operative Witchery.”
There’s no easy way to say this, though, so I’ll just say it: you’re not going to get what you’re after without doing some work. Visualization, energy work, sitting in silence, uncovering self-limiting core beliefs and deprogramming. All that stuff is what really makes magic work.
Obviously, I can’t guarantee that your results are going to skyrocket overnight. Learning and using the Operative Witchery System successfully takes a little time. And it works best with long-term goals – things that it takes around a year to complete. But if you do the work, you’ll get the results. And that’s really what it’s all about anyhow, right – results?