What exactly does it mean to "cast a spell?" To begin to understand this term in it's entirety we must define it. However, since this Practical Magick series is devoted to my own magickal lifestyle, I will need to provide you with a definition which reflects how I practice the art of Spellcraft. (In other words, don't try to find my definition in any dictionary.) SPELL CASTING: The process of instigating "change" through the use of a focused action. The change is one which takes place as a direct result of the action itself or a combination of instigated actions by one or more persons. When we consider this definition, we can see that a "spell" is nothing more than a combination of focused will and action. There is a famous proverb which states the basic principle for cause and effect, and that is "for every action, there is a reaction." So it is very important to consider what the possible results are going to be before we set any magickal mechanism into motion. To learn how to anticipate the rewards or consequences for what you will be doing in the magickal realm, you must first evaluate yourself in the area of "will & faith" on the physical level. (Sound familiar?) Your ability to "will" yourself to act should be complimented by your faith to allow things to run their course without further interference. "Over reaction" in other words, can undo anything you set in motion, magickally or otherwise. Sometimes over reacting can actually change the course of events which might have been favorable and turn them into an undoing process. (Think about it.) Events on the spiritual level are not much different than on the physical level. With this in mind, can you think of a time in your life where you over reacted and caused a situation to get worse instead of better? When we perform an act of will, and then out of fear or insecurity perform further actions "just to make sure," we will have set in motion more than just the original mechanism. Instead, now we have several mechanisms working and sometimes crashing into each other completely undoing the process all together.
EXAMPLE: You feel that your employer should give you a raise and after much thought you decide that you will approach your supervisor and ask for one. This action itself will cause a reaction since you will either receive the answer of "No" or you will get the raise. Say for instance, that during the meeting, your supervisor informs you that he agrees you deserve a raise. However, due to circumstances your request must wait for a certain period of time. (For whatever the reason.) You gracefully accept the answer and then go back to doing your job with the intention of being patient and waiting to see if your supervisor will honor what he said. To follow up would be to meet again with your supervisor after the specified time had passed without any further acknowledgment. It is always important to give the benefit of the doubt because you never know what course your action needed to take to complete itself. (In other words, have "faith.") Your supervisor will then either grant you the raise or will give an answer which will cause you to set another action into motion, such as stating a time table when you expect to receive your pay increase, or an ultimatum, or whatever. On the other hand, your supervisor might just give you your raise and you will have gained respect for your assertiveness, patience and tactfulness. This gives to you not only more power and respect, but the manifestation your original desire, the raise itself.
Patience is an important key when it comes to cause and effect because
if we do not have the patience to allow things to run their course,
we might impede or stop the process all together. An example of how
this could happen in the case above; the individual might have
"nagged" the supervisor about the time table, or argued during
the first visit about the unfairness of the decision. These actions are
not only counter productive, but also "take away" from your power
when it comes to that particular environment. (Not to mention that
you probably won't get the raise either.)
So, remember that the principle of cause and effect is much the same in
the spiritual realm. Therefore it is very important to have the
"faith" that what you have set in motion is going to yield a result
of some sort. Equally as important is having the patience to allow
what you have started to run it's course. However, since you are
unable to witness the progress, there might be a strong temptation to set
other mechanisms into motion to "help" or speed things along. Resist
this temptation because you might not only hamper the original
mechanism, but change the outcome completely and possibly reap some
unexpected consequences. Patience IS indeed a virtue.