In the world of magick and conjure, it’s easy to get overwhelmed by the variety of methods and tools that can go into spellcasting. Of course, one should always be focused on getting results, but there’s also the matter of having fun along the way. Having a routine or methods that you build upon are highly suggested for working effective magick, but not stretching beyond those boundaries can leave your magickal practice stale and uninteresting. Magick works best when Younger Self (our subconscious, or our creative inner-child) is given room to explore (without going overboard into a cosmic mess). In my own experience, the injection of one or two new tools or methods into a working can greatly satiate the needs of my creative inner-child while giving our work an enlivening new boost.
Effective magick is rarely about that rare root or herb that you’ve heard about but haven’t been able to get your hands on. It’s usually about having the proper intention for the goal at hand and choosing the best avenue for manifesting it.
The directions a practitioner feels pulled toward are often good indicators as to what may be that inspiring new step for for them in their work . Some folks feel an immediate resonance upon their first seeing a Solomonic Seal while others’ love of mason jars naturally extend into a proficiency with container spells. A lot of folks are already aware of their particular affinity for particular types of medicines – I’m more of a plant person than a crystal person, for instance, but have tons of friends who can spot a crystal and its metaphysical attributes from a block away. Such knowledge often forms the basis of our personal workings, whether crystal grids or traditional flora- and mineral-based mojo bags.
So what do when you’re looking to branch out and not sure what direction to go in?
Exploring Your Specialties: A Divination Exercise
For this exercise, you’ll need:
- a multi-faceted divination tool like the Tarot or Runes (I prefer the Tarot because of the rich imagery it provides)
- a pen and pad
- about 30 minutes
Ask your divination tool (or the higher power you consult through them) “What specialties of mine would be best to explore in my spiritual work at this time?”
Then, pull 3 cards (or runes, etc.). Close your eyes and allow the traditional meanings of each divinatory sign to wash over you like a fast-moving river. When you feel calm and ready, begin with the first – write down the images and impressions that come to mind both from your original understanding of the card or rune and your own intuition.
Pulling “The Moon” might be a sign of your affinity for lunar magick and that incorporating moon phases into your workings might give them a boost. It could also indicate an affinity for doing work that helps to calm or ground turbulent emotions – you may feel inspired to try your hand at making dream pillows or learn techniques and tools for grounding, centering, and banishing.
The 3 of Wands may indicate an untapped affinity for working candle magick (many conjurers see Wands representing candles, Pentacles representing talismans, Swords representing incense, and Cups representing oils and baths). catherine yronwode’s recently published Art of Hoodoo Candle Magic would be a great resource if this is the case. With ships arriving in the background, you may feel inclined to explore moving candle magick – the kind where one or two candles are moved closer or further away from one another over a period of hours or days. I personally associate the 3 of Wands card with road opening work – the kind that gets energy moving and invites general good fortune where there’s been ill-luck and stagnancy.
The luxurious 9 of Coins may suggest an affinity for talisman-making, or even the crafting of magical bath products such as as body scrubs and butters. It could also indicate your ability to do work that helps individuals build their self-esteem and sense of joy within the world.
Of course, these are just ideas. For each divinatory sign that comes up, make a list of all the words and images that surface in regards to it and then, start small. Don’t over-research; consider these as avenues for your inner-child to start exploring and see where your magick takes you this winter.
If you have any questions, I’m always available for e-mail and Skype-based magical coaching.