There are a few techniques that must be utilized for this part of spellworking.Ability to Meditate This is the art of clearing the mind of all mundane thoughts andfeelings. It is a state of relaxation and peace, the goal to reach a state of non-thought. This is not easy and I still haven't mastered the technique yet, but do thebest you can. There are several very good books on the subject and even in many of the books on Wicca and witchcraft there are simple techniques to help in masteringmeditation. This is essential to spellwork. Your mind must be at peace so that youcan focus on what you're trying to accomplish. Ability to Visualize This is theability to see with your mind, not with your senses. Although it is calledvisualization, remember, use all your senses! Close your eyes. Within your mind'seye, see a tree, whatever kind of tree you want or are familiar with. Let your mind
its limbs, its leaves or needles (depending on the type of tree), the trunk, etc. Letyour mind
the bark. Is it smooth, rough, spongy? Does the tree have afragrance? Let your mind
that fragrance. Let your mind
the wind as itrustles the leaves. Visualization is not easy for some, but with practice you canvisualize anything. (Taste also falls into this category, but for our little discussion,tasting a tree may not be prudent.) During spellwork you will visualize your goal(and be specific and detailed!) before directing it into the item you're charging.Ability to Direct Energy This is the ability to take the energies of thecorrespondences and your own energy and directing it towards your goal. When youcharge an object, that energy is initially coming from you. From within yourself imagine (visualize) a bright light, maybe white or the color that corresponds withyour goal, forming within yourself centered between your chest and stomach. Letthat light grow and expand. Then direct that light up through your body, down yourprojective arm, out your fingertips (or through your athame or wand) and intowhatever your trying to charge. While you direct that light, that energy, you will bevisualizing your intent with as many specifics as you can. It is important to realizethat magick is energy flow. It is not power. All spells create a tangible connectionbetween the objects used and yourself. When you work magick, be specific, but becareful! If you do a spell for a new job, remember to be specific in that your new jobdoesn't come at the expense of another!
"An Ye Harm None"
Remember thesewords when you work magick. As you finish your spell, (for me after I light thecandle), I add something to the affect of "May the energy of this magick harm noneand take a path that is for the good of all involved." For candle spells rememberthat the flame must be allowed to continue to burn until it goes out on its own. I usethree and seven day candles that are in glass jars. You can sprinkle your herbs onthe top of them and they are safer. Remember not to leave a burning candle neardrapes or where something flammable may fall into the flame. Keep in mind thatthe glass jars get hot, so handle with care and as the candle reaches the bottom of the jar, make sure the candle is not sitting on something that might burn from the