Spells and the Law of Attraction

I asked Hermes once whether I needed this thing or that to get real, tangible results from my spells. He said, “Those things are kind of like marital aids. They’re loads of fun, but not really necessary if the inborn equipment is working.”

I have been reading up lately on the Law of Attraction via the works of Esther and Jerry Hicks. As I have come to understand it, the principles of manifesting through the Law of Attraction and manifesting through spellwork are similar to the point of being interchangeable.

Essentially, the Law of Attraction is, “Like attracts like.” What you think about will attract more of what you are thinking about, for better or worse. If your focus is on prosperity and appreciation, you will attract more prosperity and things to appreciate. If your focus is on poverty and lack, you will attract more poverty and lack.

In spellwork, we often use objects to help us stay focussed on our intentions. The objects we choose share properties with our intended outcome. In the magical world, we call this “sympathetic magic.” We use green candles and coins for prosperity spells so we may manifest more coins and “the long green.” We use patchouli because patchouli is of the element earth and all abundance and prosperity come from the earth. We write in green ink. We create sigils of the dollar sign and our prosperity power words. We add layer upon layer of these things that are like our desired outcome. We attract prosperity by creating a similitude of prosperity. In other words, we invoke the Law of Attraction, (whether we know it or not).

When Hermes first gave me his, “marital aids” answer, I didn’t fully understand it. Now I do. What he meant was that while the objects we use in spellcraft are fun and helpful, they are not necessary for manifestation. If we understand the Law of Attraction as a universal law and work with it consciously, we do not need those objects. The distance between our thoughts/desires and the manifestation of them is shortened. We have no need of middle-things.

Most of us, however, do not have that kind of mastery of the Law of Attraction. For most of us mortal, workaday witches, our “inborn equipment” doesn’t work 100% of the time no matter how experienced we may be. We do, sometimes, need those marital aids as objects upon which to focus our intentions. This is all for the good as long as we understand that the ultimate power with which we are working is the universal Law of Attraction, not some airy fairy sense of random juju floating through a random cosmos.

Understanding that in magic we are working with the Law of Attraction also helps keep us safe in our spellwork. If we know that like attracts like, we will be disinclined to work negative magic on others or, sometimes accidentally, on ourselves. We will know better than to work magic to get rid of what we don’t want. Instead, we will empower ourselves by working magic only for what we do want.

It sheds some light on the Wiccan idea of whatever you put out there coming back to you times three. It isn’t karma-lite. It is the Law of Attraction. You cast warts, you think about warts, warts show up at your door. Like attracts like. It is inevitable.

If, instead, you cast a spell for the peace you wish to feel after your enemy has been banished and/or bound, you cast peace, you think about peace, peace shows up at your door and there is no need for that bottle of Wart-B-Gone after all. Good things and better things abound.

-M.

One thought on “Spells and the Law of Attraction

  1. You might get something helpful from reading Instant Magic, by Christopher Penczak. The Inner Temple of Witchcraft is his more involved work on the same concept, that we can do magic mentally, without external tools.

    One rule I was taught is that one needs familiarity with the subject in order for magic to work. For instance, it’s easier to cast a spell on someone you know well. It’s also easier to call something with which you’re familiar, so enough money to pay your bills, rather than winning the lottery. Symbolic, sympathetic magic helps us establish this familiarity, even if you just have a business card for a company where you want to get a job or a sock from an old boyfriend you want to see in a dream.

    I think when we have too much familiarity with worry and suffering, it’s hard to break free of it in our lives, so we need to practice being happy, self-confident and optimistic. It takes work, but it’s worth it to be able to break free of our negative thought cycles, which are so likely for a witch to call more negativity into our lives.

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