How to Cast a Spell

How to Cast a Spell

There are 77 comments on the www.buzzle.com story from May 11, 2008, titled How to Cast a Spell. In it, www.buzzle.com reports that:

Contrary to many people's beliefs, spell casting is not strictly for witches with broomsticks and sorcerers with magical potions.

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“living is learning”

Since: Sep 07

Nanaimo BC

#21 May 15, 2008
Garrig wrote:
<quoted text>
Are you really sure these spells work and are not part of selective interpretation of the results or wishful thinking? I am open minded but also critical.
The power of intention has been scientifically tested and proven. This is regardless of faith. I have heard of people in hospital being studied, and those who had others "praying" for them had a much higher rate of recovery as well as less pain and discomfort. It did not matter if the people were known to the patient or not, which is interesting. But if you can see spells as a manifestation of will, which is the same really as prayer, then you can better understand how it works. That is my perspective anyway.

“Just a Koldunia”

Since: Jan 08

Kostroma

#22 May 15, 2008
ninetailedfox wrote:
The only spells that work in english are shadowmagic and healing or cursing. I prefer the dead language of Cuspilla, but my husband is the only one that speaks it. So I write down whatever spells he has, and I cast my magic that way. Most of my spells consist of weather changing, very few summoning spells, and my favorite is cursing. Those that threaten me struck first.
I find this fascinating, I rarely if ever work in English. It is not my native tongue. Yet I am not prepared to to dissavow practioners who do, because it is theirs.

I am slightly familar with a few ancient languages, I am also fluent in a few modern languages. I can recognise the difference between ancient and modern Greek. I know and recognise the differences between Religious and conversational Hebrew. I also know and am familar with the differences between Rus, and Russian.

My father is a linguist. I have never heard of this dead Cuspilla? It ends with a vowel?

I have been fascinated however, at the recent trend towards "Barbourous Words" that seems to be popping up throughout the Wiccan Community? I have also noticed that it seems prevelant among a new breed of Wiccans, mostly Gardnerians who have and are suddenly changing to an Italian Stregga tradition. While I find this trend both amusing and distrurbing I am not ready to pass any judgements upon it yet.

I am open to anything you choose to share?

“Just a Koldunia”

Since: Jan 08

Kostroma

#23 May 15, 2008
This would be a rather unique language, ending in a vowel sound. Most do not.

englisH
frencH
ItailiaN
germaN
irisH
galleiC
latiN
greeK
amaraiC
summeriaN
so forth and so forth....

Even in the far East, the language is not referred to as Japaneese, but rather nippoN, or Chineese which would be chisenG...

I am sitting here pondering an email to my Father, asking him to see if he can find a language who's definition ends in a vowel sound?

bloodyvisigoths

Since: Apr 07

Stockton, CA

#24 May 15, 2008
ninetailedfox wrote:
The only spells that work in english are shadowmagic and healing or cursing. I prefer the dead language of Cuspilla, but my husband is the only one that speaks it. So I write down whatever spells he has, and I cast my magic that way. Most of my spells consist of weather changing, very few summoning spells, and my favorite is cursing. Those that threaten me struck first.
It's been my experience that the two most important ingredients of any spell are Intent and Focus. I really don't see how language could have anything to do with it, but hey--whatever works!

bloodyvisigoths

Since: Apr 07

Stockton, CA

#25 May 16, 2008
Natalia Tikimirova wrote:
This would be a rather unique language, ending in a vowel sound. Most do not.
englisH
frencH
ItailiaN
germaN
irisH
galleiC
latiN
greeK
amaraiC
summeriaN
so forth and so forth....
Even in the far East, the language is not referred to as Japaneese, but rather nippoN, or Chineese which would be chisenG...
I am sitting here pondering an email to my Father, asking him to see if he can find a language who's definition ends in a vowel sound?
Inglese

Italiano

Just messin' witcha. ;)

Since: Mar 08

Middleton, WI

#26 May 16, 2008
Natalia Tikimirova wrote:
This would be a rather unique language, ending in a vowel sound. Most do not.
englisH
frencH
ItailiaN
germaN
irisH
galleiC
latiN
greeK
amaraiC
summeriaN
so forth and so forth....
Even in the far East, the language is not referred to as Japaneese, but rather nippoN, or Chineese which would be chisenG...
I am sitting here pondering an email to my Father, asking him to see if he can find a language who's definition ends in a vowel sound?
I am curious to hear what he has to say on the matter. As for the langauge she mentions, she suggests elsewhere that it was the original language of Egypt. As someone with more than a passing interest in linguistics, I find this possibility exceedingly unlikely. It doesn't mesh with the written evidence we have from Egypt. And egyptian's relationship to the semitic languages is too distant, in my eyes, to have been a derivative, as she suggests, of Sumerian.

There are a few languages that do end in vowels. Many of the languages that started as Creoles are called by various permutations of creolo as they are often spanish or portuguese offshoots that derived their names from the spanish or portuguese term for them. As far as non-creoles, Cebuano comes to mind. Esperanto, though a created language, also is vowel terminated.

Since: Mar 08

Middleton, WI

#27 May 16, 2008
Natalia Tikimirova wrote:
This would be a rather unique language, ending in a vowel sound. Most do not.
englisH
frencH
ItailiaN
germaN
irisH
galleiC
latiN
greeK
amaraiC
summeriaN
so forth and so forth....
Even in the far East, the language is not referred to as Japaneese, but rather nippoN, or Chineese which would be chisenG...
I am sitting here pondering an email to my Father, asking him to see if he can find a language who's definition ends in a vowel sound?
I'll also differ with you on the Japanese thing, as I speak a good bit of it. Nippon/Nihon means Japan. Japanese (language) would end in -go as does any language in japanese. Eigo, Supeingo, Doitsugo, Chuugokugo, etc.

Since: Jan 08

Mestre, Venezia - Italy

#28 May 16, 2008
Natalia Tikimirova wrote:
...I am sitting here pondering an email to my Father, asking him to see if he can find a language who's definition ends in a vowel sound?
I think many Romance languages, at last...
vowel from vox "voice".___
consonant from Latin consonantem (nom. consonans), prp. of consonare "to sound together," from com- "with" + sonare, from sonus "sound". Consonants thought of as sounds that are only produced together with vowels.

“Just a Koldunia”

Since: Jan 08

Kostroma

#29 May 16, 2008
I have to admit that it seems most of you are right. I have an email from my father and he says I am off base a bit on this and that my understanding of vowel sounds is somewhat wrong.

It appears that it is mainly a western concept to use descriptives of tongue with a closing sound as opposed to the openended vowel sounds.

my apologies.

Since: Feb 08

Location hidden

#30 May 16, 2008
bondgrrl27 wrote:
<quoted text>
The power of intention has been scientifically tested and proven. This is regardless of faith. I have heard of people in hospital being studied, and those who had others "praying" for them had a much higher rate of recovery as well as less pain and discomfort. It did not matter if the people were known to the patient or not, which is interesting. But if you can see spells as a manifestation of will, which is the same really as prayer, then you can better understand how it works. That is my perspective anyway.
What you say is true. However there are certain things in my life that I'm trying to focus my will against for positive results. And I don't seem to be getting very far. I've tried a number of things.

“Dance with Fire- Boycott BS”

Since: Apr 07

Moon

#31 May 16, 2008
Garrig wrote:
<quoted text>
What you say is true. However there are certain things in my life that I'm trying to focus my will against for positive results. And I don't seem to be getting very far. I've tried a number of things.
Are you following through your 'magical' intentions with everyday,'mundane' actions that support your focus?

Since: Feb 08

Location hidden

#32 May 16, 2008
CShine wrote:
<quoted text>
Are you following through your 'magical' intentions with everyday,'mundane' actions that support your focus?
I try to but it's not always easy. I have experimented with a variety of things and one thing I will say, instead of focusing on will, I noticed things seem to manifest more when you obssess yourself with ideas until they become part of your subconcious, like readying a certain story over and over. And then suddenly you notice that there are many elements and parallels with story starting to take place in your life. But I think sometimes conscious will gets in the way. You have to sneakily slip things into your subconcious without really trying to force anything. It's just what I found..
Ivy

Sun City, CA

#33 May 16, 2008
Instead of responding in a million posts, I tried to just respond in one, but its making me break it up.
ninetailedfox wrote:
The only spells that work in english are shadowmagic and healing or cursing. I prefer the dead language of Cuspilla, but my husband is the only one that speaks it. So I write down whatever spells he has, and I cast my magic that way.
Is it bad that I giggled? I understand utilizing the egregore that is attached to ancient spells and rituals, but to say that the only spells in English that work are this and that? Your husband is the only person left who speaks this dead language? Seriously? I think that you must be very naive.
super-pete wrote:
ninetailedfox, how can cursing sombody be in any way something to brag about.
It pretty much violates every aspect of wicca/paganism. Revenge doesnt seem to be any form of excuse either.
Well, it would depend on the Pagan tradition. For the most part, Wiccans tend to 'harm none,' though its important that one keeps in mind that the Wiccan Rede is not a law. Rede means advice. Its advice... one follows their own ethical code, even in Wicca. I know of several Pagan/Witchcraft traditions in which the practitioners aren't afraid to use magick to harm if needed, as well as heal. I mean, look at our Gods- not all are sweetness and light. Just my opinion, of course.:)
Ivy

Sun City, CA

#34 May 16, 2008
ninetailedfox wrote:
My husband was the highpriest of a coven before he became a solitary Pagan.
Yay for you?
Garrig wrote:
<quoted text>
Are you really sure these spells work and are not part of selective interpretation of the results or wishful thinking? I am open minded but also critical.
I am the biggest open-minded skeptic! I need something to work for me, or I need to see it with my own eyes before I will really give credence to something. And it has worked. I have had a few amazing experience that have gone against all 'natural' laws - and while stumbling into an experience like that a serious skeptic, I came out fully transformed and really surprised. But I feel as though the experiences are going to be individual to the practitioner, its part of the Mysteries… one can't really explain it well.
Gazriel the God wrote:
sorry to say i am not a wiccan or a pagan and i dont believe in covens its just a waste of time. the idea that magic is some how useable in any of the "modern" laungages is a joke since real magic dates back to the first 7 laungages of the planet and can not be used otherwise. i am also a self proclaimed god who walks the path of nature and of the gods them selves. i am not of any label other than a spiritualist which shows me that all life is connected to each other thru a being that is called a creator being it has no sex no name or face. i am also of the dragons of ancient times. i do not feel that a pagan or a wiccan of any sort should allow some one to walk all over them it is better to stand and fight than die laying down. even i have reasons for justice not venegence. justice is served when those who can stand up agianst the injustice of others.
Too bad they don't teach basic English skills in God school. I'm so disappointed.
Ivy

Sun City, CA

#35 May 16, 2008
ninetailedfox wrote:
<quoted text> Wicca to him is a bunch of fluff heads that dont exactly get it.
As a Wiccan HPS, I would be offended… except I feel that you truly are ignorant. There are many facets of Wicca. Wicca encompasses many traditions- from British Traditional Wiccan trads, to traditional-style eclectic groups, to groups who only take a few aspects of the Wiccan tradition, ie Dianic Wiccans (who don't honor the male-female polarity, that is central to Trad Wicca). There is a spectrum of Wiccan practices, but to just generalize and throw all 'Wiccans' together in a fluffy pile- that’s just uneducated and ignorant. And to put people down? Yikes.

You are SO lucky. Your husband sounds like a keeper.
bloodyvisigoths wrote:
<quoted text>
It's been my experience that the two most important ingredients of any spell are Intent and Focus. I really don't see how language could have anything to do with it, but hey--whatever works!
I have one more ingredient to add: effort. How much you put into the spell seems (IMO) to usually directly effect the outcome of the spell. Whether it’s the effort of the enery raising (relating to focus), or taking the time to research correspondence and integrate symbolic catalysts into your spell- I feel that its imperative to not half ass your magickal workings. Effort can even come down to acting in accord to achieve your goal. Personally, I dislike when authors say, "Just focus your will, and have a clear intent and your will be done." IMO, its like the law of attraction… just making the effort releases energy that can be channelled toward your goal.

These, of course are strictly my opinions, and should not be taken as fact of any sort.

Whew- IM done.:)
Ivy

Sun City, CA

#36 May 16, 2008
The first comment I posted this morning disappeared! So Im reposting it... if my post shows up at some point, I apologize for the double post.

I tried to respond via one post, but the board made me cut it down..
ninetailedfox wrote:
The only spells that work in english are shadowmagic and healing or cursing. I prefer the dead language of Cuspilla, but my husband is the only one that speaks it. So I write down whatever spells he has, and I cast my magic that way.
Is it bad that I giggled? I understand utilizing the egregore that is attached to ancient spells and rituals, but to say that the only spells in English that work are this and that? Your husband is the only person left who speaks this dead language? Seriously? I think that you must be very naive.
super-pete wrote:
ninetailedfox, how can cursing sombody be in any way something to brag about.
It pretty much violates every aspect of wicca/paganism. Revenge doesnt seem to be any form of excuse either.
Well, it would depend on the Pagan tradition. For the most part, Wiccans tend to 'harm none,' though its important that one keeps in mind that the Wiccan Rede is not a law. Rede means advice. Its advice... one follows their own ethical code, even in Wicca. I know of several Pagan/Witchcraft traditions in which the practitioners aren't afraid to use magick to harm if needed, as well as heal. I mean, look at our Gods- not all are sweetness and light. Just my opinion, of course.:)

Since: Mar 08

Middleton, WI

#37 May 16, 2008
Ivy wrote:
<quoted text>
I have one more ingredient to add: effort. How much you put into the spell seems (IMO) to usually directly effect the outcome of the spell. Whether it’s the effort of the enery raising (relating to focus), or taking the time to research correspondence and integrate symbolic catalysts into your spell- I feel that its imperative to not half ass your magickal workings. Effort can even come down to acting in accord to achieve your goal. Personally, I dislike when authors say, "Just focus your will, and have a clear intent and your will be done." IMO, its like the law of attraction… just making the effort releases energy that can be channelled toward your goal.
These, of course are strictly my opinions, and should not be taken as fact of any sort.
Whew- IM done.:)
I doubt anyone here would disagree with that. Well said Ivy. I know that to be the case, but I don't often have to describe it to others, so I don't always phrase it well. I suspect that's the case with others here.

bloodyvisigoths

Since: Apr 07

United States

#38 May 16, 2008
Ivy wrote:
<quoted text>
As a Wiccan HPS, I would be offended… except I feel that you truly are ignorant. There are many facets of Wicca. Wicca encompasses many traditions- from British Traditional Wiccan trads, to traditional-style eclectic groups, to groups who only take a few aspects of the Wiccan tradition, ie Dianic Wiccans (who don't honor the male-female polarity, that is central to Trad Wicca). There is a spectrum of Wiccan practices, but to just generalize and throw all 'Wiccans' together in a fluffy pile- that’s just uneducated and ignorant. And to put people down? Yikes.
You are SO lucky. Your husband sounds like a keeper.
<quoted text>
I have one more ingredient to add: effort. How much you put into the spell seems (IMO) to usually directly effect the outcome of the spell. Whether it’s the effort of the enery raising (relating to focus), or taking the time to research correspondence and integrate symbolic catalysts into your spell- I feel that its imperative to not half ass your magickal workings. Effort can even come down to acting in accord to achieve your goal. Personally, I dislike when authors say, "Just focus your will, and have a clear intent and your will be done." IMO, its like the law of attraction… just making the effort releases energy that can be channelled toward your goal.
These, of course are strictly my opinions, and should not be taken as fact of any sort.
Whew- IM done.:)
And effort. The three most important ingredients to any spell are Intent, Focus, and Effort.(How could I have forgotten that one?)

Since: Feb 08

Location hidden

#39 May 16, 2008
Ivy wrote:
<quoted text>
Yay for you?
<quoted text>
I am the biggest open-minded skeptic! I need something to work for me, or I need to see it with my own eyes before I will really give credence to something. And it has worked. I have had a few amazing experience that have gone against all 'natural' laws - and while stumbling into an experience like that a serious skeptic, I came out fully transformed and really surprised. But I feel as though the experiences are going to be individual to the practitioner, its part of the Mysteries… one can't really explain it well.
Would do you think is most important thing to be mindful of in getting the best results?

“living is learning”

Since: Sep 07

Nanaimo BC

#40 May 16, 2008
Garrig wrote:
<quoted text>
I try to but it's not always easy. I have experimented with a variety of things and one thing I will say, instead of focusing on will, I noticed things seem to manifest more when you obssess yourself with ideas until they become part of your subconcious, like readying a certain story over and over. And then suddenly you notice that there are many elements and parallels with story starting to take place in your life. But I think sometimes conscious will gets in the way. You have to sneakily slip things into your subconcious without really trying to force anything. It's just what I found..
I could agree with that

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