You get better with practice, they say, but is this true with magick?
One astounding truth about magick is that sometimes it works first time. You ask an angel with great sincerity, and the angel responds with the outcome you were looking for. You become a believer in magick, and on you go. Your passion for magick makes it easier, and it works.
Then, when it stops working, you might reflect. Do you need more practice? Did you miss a step? Is something wrong with magick itself?
Often, magick works because you asked for the right thing at the right time. This has been said for many centuries by the magickally skilled. I am not attempting to be original, but helpful.
How are you meant to know what is the right thing at the right time? Does this mean you have to perform endless tarot readings, and get the timing exactly right? No. I believe you can trust your feelings.
From all that I have seen, for myself and others, I believe that sincere need and a deep desire can be the best guide. It is true that magick can turn up quick cash, and yes, it can seduce and cause all manner of fanciful self-indulgence. That is not what I promote in my books, but I cannot dispute the reality of such magick. This is because magick works for almost anything if you know the right entity to call upon, and if you call when change is likely. But sincere need and desire that has not tipped over into desperation – that is the key to magick power.
Magick is more likely to work if the change is already on the cards. There are focal points in life when change is likely. You can sense them. Other times, life carries on as normal and you plan, you work, you wait, but then you sense that change is possible. At these times, magick is powerful and fast.
Magick is more likely to work if your desire is extremely fresh and clear, or if your desire is something that has been with you a long time. Either of these extremes can lead to rapid success.
Magick is more likely to work when you seek something that doesn’t turn your world upside down. Protection magick works easily because everybody knows what it’s like to feel safe. Money magick doesn’t work so well because a lot of people have never felt the relaxing warmth of wealth. But if you seek small changes, they gather together and bring big changes over time.
You can use magick for anything you like, but if the magick doesn’t work, don’t attack the problem head on. Outflank it. Think of another solution, another way of satisfying your desire. There will be magick that can get you where you want to be.
If you’re working with Angelic Sigils, Keys and Calls, it helps to be as familiar as possible with the angels and their powers, so that when struck by desire, you can work out a plan, blending magick rituals to bring about the best possible results.
– Ben Woodcroft