It is my opinion that it is just fine to use someone else’s spell. Indeed, there are books written for this sole purpose. However, I think that it is good idea to learn how to compose your own well written spell with wonderful rhyme and delicious language! The word “spell” actually comes from an early Germanic word meaning “to tell,” which gave rise to the Old English word “spellian” and then eventually “spell.” This was used to indicate reciting the letters in a word. In the 16th century it was given the meaning “incantation,” which is the way I am using it here. Spoken words are very powerful as are well written words! The following are some of the things I consider when writing a spell.
The most important thing to consider when writing your own spell is the intent of the spell. What are you trying to manifest using this spell? What is your goal? Wealth, healing, a peaceful home, abundance, and protection are all examples of intentions that could be brought to fruition with a well crafted spell.
Rhyme and rhythm can also be very important components to a spell. We don’t usually speak in rhyme so reciting a rhyming spell out loud can put you into a different mindset immediately. Some people call this “ritual consciousness.” It is a shift in your brain that indicates something out of the ordinary is happening. I always liked rhyming spells myself. One of my favorite spells of this sort comes from Disney’s Sleeping Beauty. Flora one of the good fairies says:
My gift will be the gift of beauty
Beauty rare, golden sunshine in her hair
Lips that shame the red, red rose
She’ll walk in springtime wherever she goes
Now doesn’t that sound nice? Which is partially the point of a spell anyway. It puts you in a mood where you can visualize easily and create some magic because the words seem magical to begin with. Some websites I use to come up with rhyming words are:
All of these sites are slightly different and some have definitions of words and thesauri as well. I find them very helpful. Rhythm is also an important aspect of a spell because it influences how the spell will sound when spoken. Consider the rhythm from this selection from Macbeth:
Double, double toil and trouble;
Fire burn, and cauldron bubble.
There is a definite pattern of stressed and unstressed syllables in these lines that creates a rhythm. A helpful website about rhythm in poetry is:
Two other things you might want to keep in mind when writing a spell are assonance and consonance. Assonance is the repetition of a vowel sound inside the lines of a poem and consonance is the repetition of consonant sounds. Both are used by accomplished poets. The Raven by Edgar Alan Poe shows both of these devices. A great website that highlights this within Poe’s poem can be seen at this site:
Also consider this garden blessing that I wrote:
I bless this garden
In all directions
May earth give rise
To sweet confections
Of petals and the luscious leaf
My garden’s beauty’s beyond belief
This has a definite rhythm and rhyme. It also contains consonance in the words luscious leaf and beauty’s beyond belief. Finally, to be inspired by amazing wordsmithing, I recommend Crone’s Book of Charms and Spells. This book was probably written not as a spell book but as poetry of a bygone era. This book conjures images of a wise woman sitting next to a fire writing in her ornate grimoire. There is also a section on celebrating the wheel of the year which is very nice. This is not a typical Wiccan book and may appeal more to a traditional witch.
Now that you have a nice rhyming and rhythmic spell that works well and sounds delightful, where do you go with it? Up until recently, I used to scribble mine in a journal so I could find them when needed. However, being the artsy, fartsy person that I am I have decided to write them in a much fancier journal using glorious writing. Now if you happen to be a professional calligrapher you don’t have to read the rest of this post. Indeed, I wish I could just whip out a fountain pen and create word art in my fancy journal. Alas, even I have to improvise a bit on the script. Basically, I follow a standard cursive structure and then embellish my writing by making a heavier line on the down-stroke of every letter. To understand this please see this site for a easy to follow lesson:
It is helpful to also have a good pen to write with. I suppose a Sharpie would work but they tend to bleed into some papers. One of my favorite pens is the Tombow Fudenosuke Brush Pen Soft or the Sakura Micron Ink Pen. Both work well for hand lettering.
Hopefully, this has been helpful and will inspire you to try your hand at crafting your own personal spells.