Okay, so the first thing I’m going to say is this: always question someone who tells you something has to be done a certain way with nothing to back up their claims.
My own thoughts are that intention is only half the battle when it comes to spellwork. In my experience, those who work magic in this way, setting intentions with statements like this, are putting their work in the hands of the universe or some other energy. There’s nothing wrong with this! This is just a different way of working that is inspired by New Age beliefs.
I’d like to go through the article and pick out some quotes and explain my thoughts, because though witchcraft can be inspired by New Age belief, the two are very different. I’m only going to pick out the quotes that I disagree with or want to comment on, but that doesn’t mean I don’t agree with other parts of the article.
As always, everything written here is based on my own experiences, beliefs, and way of working magic
Intention is the process of clearly and specifically communicating what you want to the universe (or your preferred deities, spirits, etc.).
Magic works without the need of other Spirits involved. To get this down to the bare bones of what intention is, intention is just what you want the spell to do. It’s the energy you’re putting into the working for a specific outcome.
Stay away from statements like “I want”, “I need”, and “I hope” because when you tell the universe you want something, all you’ll get back is wanting . Always state your intention like you already have what you’re searching for .
Rather than being witchcraft, this is actually based on the Law of Attraction. I don’t believe for a second that if I reach out into The Universe with a want or need that The Universe is just going to say okay, here. Have more wanting and needing.
I do agree with the idea that if you’re writing out your intention or putting it into a statement, it’s best to state it as if you already have it. However, this isn’t to avoid The Universe giving you more wants and needs. It’s to help you focus your intention and visualize what you want or need. When you speak as if something has already happened, you’re giving your brain the tools it needs to focus in further on your intentions. Focusing in further allows you to work better, more efficient magic.
Write from the perspective of you living your dream life. Include little drawings or pictures from magazines that remind you of what you want.
This sounds a lot like scripting, a New Age practice in which you essentially script your life. I did a video experiment on scripting if you want to watch You can find it by clicking here.
If you just can’t picture it for some reason, or you can’t see the outcome clearly, you may need to rethink the details of your intention and reflect on what you really want.
While I agree that visualization is important, I disagree that if you can’t picture it then it’s not what you really want. There are those that struggle with aphantasia, those who have mental and cognitive disorders that make that kind of focus difficult, and those that wouldn’t even know how to visualize what they want or need because they’ve never seen it before. For example, if someone is setting an intention to have a healthy romantic relationship yet all they’ve ever known is abuse, how are they supposed to visualize something they’ve never known?
Anyway, I know that was a lot but I hope that gives you a peak into how I view witchcraft and working magic. I’d say if the way you’re doing it now is working for you, there’s no reason to switch things up unless you want to try something new.