A very merry meet to all!
Thank you again to the soothsayers and seers who joined in on last week’s Weekly Witchy Challenge- Foretelling the Future.
The last challenge relied heavily on all the tools of our trade- reading cards, examining tea leaves, swinging crystals, rolling dice, and more. Perhaps, as you peered into the future, you saw a hint of more magick to come! It’s time to give our tools some rest and conjure up some magick deep within ourselves.
The theme for this week’s challenge is…
For anyone unfamiliar with the term, a Spelling Bee is a competition popular in elementary and middle schools where participants are given a word and asked to spell it out within a set amount of time.
For this challenge, you are tasked with “spelling out” the parts of your very own spell before the deadline is up!
Unlike in other Spelling Bees, our “Spell”-ing Bee will not have one lonely winner- all participants who create and share a spell are equally awarded and crowned champions of the Bee!
Are you ready? There’s the bell! It’s officially CHALLENGE TIME!
Depending on where you are in your path, many of us have become pretty familiar with casting spells. But how often do you create your very own spells?
Whether you are a casting beginner or a spell master, this challenge encourages you to piece together- letter by letter, word by word- your very own spell!
Here’s how to get started:
First things first: What defines a spell?
While the term “spellwork” is often used to refer to a wide range of magickal activities, traditionally “spell” refers to a word or combination of words backed with magickal intent.
- A verbal formula believed to have magical force
- A ritual recitation of words or sounds believed to have a magical effect
[Definition from The Free Dictionary]
“An incantation, a spell, a charm, an enchantment or a bewitchery, is a magical formula intended to trigger a magical effect on a person or objects. The formula can be spoken, sung or chanted. An incantation can also be performed during ceremonial rituals or prayers. In the world of magic, incantations are said to be performed by wizards, witches, and fairies”
But- How do spells work?
The Spells8 FAQ has a thorough guide to explaining how Spells do what they do:
Spells work by opening up a spiritual pathway towards the goals we seek. The words and rituals that make up a spell are a means of engaging the Witch’s mindset in the transformation that is to happen. Like visualizing a road map for our manifestations and our future, the more prepared we are for change, the better it will be.
Not all spells necessarily seek to change things, but rather to protect and prepare us for the challenges of everyday life. A good luck spell can make us feel more confident, inspiring us to take more risks, opening new doors towards personal success. Protection spells can help us dodge or deal with attacks that come from others, typically when we proudly show our work or come out as we are.
[From the Spells8 FAQ: How do Spells Work?]
Okay- I know about spells and how they work. How can I make one?
At a very basic level, spells can be viewed as a formula:
Words + Magickal Intent = Spell
Note: Words of a spell do not have to be spoken out loud! You can cast within your mind or inner temple with the same effect
The kind of spell you create is determined by the combination of words and intent. There are many different kinds of spells- here is a List of Types of Spells to get you started!
To buff up your spell, you can choose to incorporate other things: such as herbs, crystals, your magickal tools, nature, deities- anything you can imagine can be included in your spell!
Adding additional elements to your spell can enhance power but know that they are optional. Feel free to stick with just words and intent if this is your first time creating a spell
But I don’t know what words to choose!
You don’t have to be a writer, poet, singer, lyricist, or anything else to write spells. You are able to create a wonderful spell right here and now- with nothing but your imagination!
Think of the spells used in Harry Potter- so long as it carries meaning, even a single word can function as a powerful spell!
In some practices, saying someone’s true name is a form of enchantment over them. The magic power of names shows us that words have so much power- they are much more than a series of black and white letters!
So long as the word/words have meaning to you and you back them with magickal intent…
TA-DAH! You’ve got yourself a spell- and a wonderful one at that!
For anyone who would like a bit more guidance, @SilverBear has shared a wonderful guide on How To Create Your Own Spells that includes a step-by-step walkthrough of how to create your very own Jar Spell.
You can also view the Spells Collections on Spells8 to help give you some ideas.
Just keep in mind- this challenge is about making your OWN spell! Feel free to draw inspiration, but at the end of the day your words should come from your heart.
Remember- the true magick is inside you!
To participate in this challenge, you must share your spellwork!
Please tell us the intent/purpose of your spell and the words you chose
For your entry to be counted, please write about your experience in the comments below and/or create a new post in the forums. If you create a new post, please tag the challenge by adding a hyperlink back to this post - thank you!
The brave participants of the “Spell”-ing Bee will all take home a small prize in addition to a special shout-out. All entries that follow the rules will be considered winners!
To join in, please post your spells by 7:00 AM CET (Central European Time) on Tuesday, October 20th!
A Props and Presents Post will appear in the forums on Tuesday after the deadline. After the challenge closes, you are still very welcome to post but please be aware that no additional prizes will be given.
A warm reminder that this challenge is very open- all are encouraged to participate in a way that reflects their unique practice.
By exploring new aspects of magick, the hope with challenges is to help you further diversify and strengthen your abilities and to bring together the Spells8 forum family to inspire and support one another in fun ways!
May the great power of your words carry near and far, weaving wondrous magick into being
To all challengers- good luck! The timer has started
Have fun and blessed be(e) !