A Beginner's Guide to Casting Your Own Spells at Home

A Beginner’s Guide to Casting Your Own Spells at Home

16/02/2022 Off By William Blake

Welcome back, cosmic warriors. I’m Aliza Kelly Faragher, your resident astrologer, and this is Allure Astrology, a column dedicated to astrology, esotericism, and all things magick. Get ready to heat up the cauldron and join me as we explore the basics of at-home spell-making.

Have you ever made a wish over birthday candles, tossed a lucky penny into a fountain, or doodled your crush’s name on a piece of paper? If so, then you’ve already cast a spell. Though such actions may seem mundane, these practices all have a place in the time-honored tradition of spellcraft.

For generations, humans across cultures have explored their innate magick through various manifestation techniques (“magick”, it’s worth noting, is distinct from magic, which is about entertainment rather than spiritual growth). In 1533, Heinrich Cornelius Agrippa of Nettersheim, a young German nobleman, authored a groundbreaking work on different approaches to esotericism. Entitled Three Books of Occult Philosophy (De occulta philosophia), this study detailed three types of magickal practices: ceremonial, celestial, and natural.

Ceremonial magick derives from divine tradition and required the presence of a pious figure, such as a priest, priestess, or shaman. Celestial magick exists at the intersection of the terrestrial and cosmic realms — a perfect example is astrology. Natural magick, meanwhile, uses herbs, candles, crystals, and stones to direct energy through spellwork.

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