Over the years, I encounter newbies in groups who come into Wicca, witchcraft, or paganism, with the idea they will master magick, grow skillful in their powers, and embrace all that is ‘witchy’. Some like to ‘spellbeg’, which means they ask for others to give them spells they can work magick for their own ends.
This is like asking for a recipe without knowing how to cook. It’s likely to not work for them, not being there is something wrong with the spell but because the spellbegger has no idea what they need to do to make it work.
Spells require a certain level of concentration, focus of will and energy, and a general understanding on magickal principles. Namely, that any spell starts with the Self. You need to know why you’re doing it in the first place, what motivates you, what lessons could be learned, and is it something that works with the Universe instead of against it.
I like to think that magick is like a river with its own ebb and flow. It has currents, obstacles, can flow fast and hard or slow and easy. You are a boat. You can work with the current or go against it. Spells are the rudder, sails, and paddles to help us along the way. Spellbeggers tend to flounder around in the water without direction or even understanding they are in the river. How can they expect anything to work, to give them a direction, if they don’t learn about navigation in the first place?
I, personally, am not of the school of thought where there’s dire warnings of magick not done right. It is rare to see backlash. Generally, nothing happens at all. There’s no directed will or focus, so the spell likely just fizzles out.
They are learning experiences. And who knows, maybe a newbie could work a spell just fine. If not, they learn through trial and error.
For myself, I’m not big on handing out spells, however. What are your thoughts? Do you have experiences in this subject? Please comment. I’d love to know your thoughts.