The best process of preparing for spells varies by the witch or practitioner. However, the goal is the same: to awaken the practitioner’s intuitive sense, and to prepare him or her to direct the mental energies the spell requires. Spells can be prepared days or even weeks ahead. How much you choose to prepare depends on the importance of the spell and the limits of your schedule.
The Early Stage Preparation
Early-stage preparation is similar to preparation for any life-changing event.
Learn the Spell
Ingrain the spell and the steps involved within your mind: mentally run through the instructions associated with the spell, whether it requires a chant or some other form of mental direction. Also pay intention to all the items that are required for your spell. Make sure you have everything on hand, if not, make a list of everything you will need.
Build up Confidence
Every so often during the course of the days, promise yourself that you will successfully carry out the spell. The idea is to bolster your confidence without actually going through with the spell.
Pick the date of the spell in accordance with the phases of the moon and the days best suited for your intentions and goals. Finally, on a more mundane level, try to clear your schedule for the day of the spell, if that spell is of high importance. While there is no harm in going to work and otherwise going about your normal life, unnecessary distractions can impede your concentration and therefore your spellcasting, especially for a beginner. You want to strive for a steady state of emotion and a stable mind.
Creating Sacred Space
If you are new to spell-casting and you have not yet created a sacred space, then now is the time to get started. The reason for creating sacred space is to offer yourself a dedicated area where you can perform your magic, rituals, meditate, worship, and cast spells.
This can be a permanent space, or a temporary space, depending on your needs, your intentions, your living situation as well as the circumstances.
Cleansing your Sacred Space
After you have decided on the location of your sacred space it’s important that you properly cleanse, dedicate and also protect the space.
Begin by sweeping the area with a broom and clear away dirt, clutter, and dust. Once you have thoroughly cleansed the space, start with cleansing the psychic and spiritual space. You will need to remove all negative and unwanted energies or influences. Take the broom and sweep the air. Begin on the floor and sweep as high as you can reach. Consciously sweep away all the bad vibes and negative energies by beginning in the East and sweeping the space in a counterclockwise fashion.
Alternatively you can also smudge the area. You will need a sage bundle, sage incense or a sage stick and smudge the area with smoke. After you have lit the sage begin in the East and walk in a counterclockwise fashion through the space. Make sure the smoke reaches the entire space.
If you are cleansing the space for the very first time you may also want sprinkle salt around the space and ring a bell three times. After the last chime imagine the space cleansed from all impurities, negative energy, negative spirits and bad vibes.
Dedicating your Sacred Space
Once you have thoroughly cleansed your sacred space it’s time to dedicate it. Keep in mind that this is your space, it is personal and unique to you. There are different ways how you can dedicate the space.
The most common way of dedicating the space is by verbally telling the spirit that you are dedicating this space, and to anoint the corners of your space with Myrrh Oil and Frankincense Oil.
Easy Sacred Space Dedication Ritual
You can also perform a dedication ritual, especially if it’s not a permanent space.
What you will need:
- 1 white candle
- Myrrh oil
- Frankincense oil
Anoint your candle with the Myrrh oil and the Frankincense oil, then light it. Take it into your hands. Start in the West and walk around your space in a clockwise fashion. Let the candle burn out within the space.
Additional Dedication Techniques
But there are many other things you can do, to dedicate the space. What is most important is, that this becomes your space, a space where you feel good to perform magic. Therefore choose the items that mean something to you, that put into the right state of mind.
- Using Oil – Anoint the corners of your sacred space with Myrrh Oil and Frankincense Oil
- Crystals – Place your favorite Stones or Crystals that at each of the compass directions.
- Tools – If you do not have an altar, you may want to display tools to represent the elements
- Deities – You can display pictures or statues of your favorite deities to harness their energy into the space
Protecting your Sacred Space
To protect your sacred space from negative and intrusive energies you have the following options.
- Mirrors – To reflect positive energy, and reflect negative energy.
- Protective Symbols – such as a pentagram, or the symbol of the Algiz Rune.
- Protective Stones and Crystals – such as Agate, Amethyst, Aventurine, Beryl, Blood Stone, Cat’s Eye, Emerald, Epidote, Flint, Holey Stones, Iolite, Jasper, Jet, Obsidian, Onyx, Ruby, Sapphire, Sunstone, Tiger’s Eye, or Zircon.
- Dried Basil – Hang some dried basil in the area or lay it in your sacred space.
- Sea Salt – Sprinkle Sea salt around your sacred space.
Spell Preparations on the Days Leading up to the Ritual
The days before, make changes to your normal routine. Some practitioners choose to cleanse themselves with a particular preparation ritual.
Spiritual Cleansing of Self
It is recommended to cleanse yourself spiritually before engaging in any magical practice.
What you will need
- White candle
- Cedar Essential Oil
- Hyssop Essential Oil
- Sandalwood Essential Oil
- Sage or Frankincense Incense
How to Cleanse yourself Spiritually
Anoint the candle with some hyssop oil and light it along with the incense. Take a bath and add a few drops of cedar oil, hyssop oil and sandalwood oil to the water. Submerge yourself in the water and consciously cleanse yourself. Focus on how all the spiritual impurities and dirt are washed off.
Once you have completed the bath, anoint yourself with the Sandalwood oil. Put tiny amounts on your forehead, heart, wrists, above the genitals, knees, and feet.
* Alternatively, if you do not have a bathtub, draw warm water into your sink or a bucket, add the oils and thoroughly cleanse yourself with a wash cloth.
Prepare Yourself for the Spell Work
Others vary their eating schedule or cook a favorite food for dinner. Anything that puts you into the right mood and state of mind is helpful. When going to bed, run over the spell’s instructions in your head and visualize the intended result. If you live with others, instruct them to not disturb you while you are sleeping or mentally preparing.
Make sure you get a full eight hours (at minimum) of rest on the night before the ritual is to be done. Sleep-deprivation saps you of the vital energy you need to successfully cast the spell. Even after you have awakened the next morning, refrain from moving or talking for at least fifteen minutes. Focus on the spell itself and do not let your mind wander. Some practitioners keep the requisite spell materials close to or under their pillow to charge them with their energy in advance.
Preparing the Tools and Supplies for the Spell Work
Make sure that you have all your tools, materials and ingredients ready for the spell work. If you have not done so, cleanse all your tools to remove all the impurities and residual energy from past spell work. The same applies to crystals and other items. Make sure all materials are properly cleansed, then charge them towards your goals and intentions.
You can also start cleansing and anointing candles or preparing your ritual space for the spell. You want everything properly prepared so that you do not run into any problems on the day of the spell. Conserve all the energy for the magic, and do not waste it on stressful last-minute preparations.
Preparations On the Day of the Ritual
Before the spell itself, you must clear your mind of everything except your desire to cast the spell and your image of the spell taking effect.
Ambience and Meditation
If you know yoga or have experience with meditative exercises, these tend to yield reliable results. The more you practice spells, the easier it becomes to do. Next, create an atmosphere that facilitates your spellcasting. This can involve music or incense, or the burning of a candle that is designed to improve one’s spellcasting prowess.
If the ritual involves multiple people working together on the spell, the group should partake of a harmonizing activity—whether that is playing a game together, chanting a familiar song, or donning the same perfume or oil—to align the energies of the participants.
Coven Tips for Spell Preparations
The underlying thread in all spellcasting or ritual preparation is to mentally divide the spell you are going to cast from unpredictable outside influences. Preparation does not guarantee results, however. The spell itself could be bad, or the circumstances may be wrong. Don’t overdo it; don’t try harder than you feel you need, and for each spell give a proportional amount of preparation. This article only outlines what is possible.