15 Spell-Casting Tips For Beginners

We have all been there: A total newb to the craft and searching books or online for answers. We just need some tips and techniques to help us out so we don’t monumentally fuck up a spell so bad that – although that definitely made us believe in magick – we also start to see why people say to never play around with magick.


Seriously, I said it once, but let me say it again: Magick is something that needs to be taken seriously.

This is true whether it is an invisibility spell that results in a nasty car crash because, “wow, I didn’t see you there!”, or a simple money spell that ends up giving you money…at the cost of someone getting hurt.

Or worse.

The truth is, we don’t really know how powerful our own inner magick is until we try. Some beginners struggle (and that’s OK!), while others cast one spell and surprise themselves by how strong it was. There are cons to each side, but one thing is for certain: No matter what side you are on, knowing some simple tips – and rules, for that matter – is good to know to begin with.

And if you aren’t a beginner? Well, even experienced spell-casters need to be reminded.

With that being said, let’s get started!

Note: These tips are in no specific order.

1. Read the spell or ritual instructions several times over before performing

You don’t have to actually memorize the spell (as stated in #3), but a lot of spell-casters feel like it is best to memorize it.

That’s probably because when you do, you;

a) have free hands to hold other ingredients, your item, etc.

b) Already know the incantation, so sometimes it can actually be easier to visualize your energy and the outcome, and

c) tend to feel like the spell is stronger when you have everything memorized

Now, I’m not saying you have to memorize anything.

When I cast spells that I find online or in books and after charging it with my own energy, I sometimes still do read it off the paper. There’s nothing wrong with that!

But what you definitely should do is read the spell a couple of times over before actually casting it. Not only because you want to make sure you have all the necessary ingredients (#2), but also because you want to see if this spell is really right for you – and so you don’t stop in the middle of the spell.

Which brings me to another must-know rule! Whenever you are casting a spell, keep going.

Messed up the incantation by stuttering or mispronouncing? Don’t worry about it. It will still work as long as you keep going. Don’t repeat yourself, just keep going as if you never messed up, and don’t ever restart the spell. That almost guarantees the spell won’t work.

Technically, it can still work, but often times re-starting is basically like casting the same spell twice in a row. It can cancel each other out. Usually, it’s because of greed or because your energy is depleted, but sometimes it can be because your will or “demand” in a way was just to messed up.

2. Make sure you have all the required ingredients – or substitute ingredients.

This is an obvious one, but make sure you have all of the necessary ingredients.

And if you don’t have all the necessary ingredients? Chances are you can substitute it with something else, or not even use it.

For example, if you need an ingredient that basically “tells” the energy where to go and you don’t have a drop of their blood, you can sometimes use something else – like a piece of their hair, their photo, or something that they like.

But in some cases, you can’t do that. For example, if a spell (especially kitchen magick!) calls for white sage, but all you have is regular sage, you may not be able to use that as a substitute. This is especially true in spells that involve food or drinks that will be consumed, as the herbs themselves have properties that can help things such as your immune system or contain other benefits. Plus, you need to make sure that the herb is not poisonous and can be mixed with other herbs.

But, in other cases – like a jar spell that is not meant to be consumed, this can be OK, as long as you feel like it’s OK. It all depends on your own beliefs and your spiritual path. Don’t worry, we’ll talk more about this in a later post.

3. Memorize the incantation – or don’t. Either way, there is only one rule that NEEDS to be said about reading the incantation when performing the spell or ritual…

As I said earlier, you don’t need to memorize the incantation. The spell can still work.

However, never read a spell off of your phone or laptop. Technically, you can still do this, but for beginners, this is definitely not recommended. The light can “altar” your energy. Basically, when you are casting a spell, you can feel your vibrations rise as you are “doing something witchy”, but the moment you take out your phone, it can feel like it messes up your energy.

Plus, it can mess up your concentration. Especially if you are in a dark room or you are outside at night.

The point: Just write it down on a paper or print it.

4. Pay attention to timing

Yes, many witches focus their spells around the moon phases, which is great – but this isn’t what I am about to talk about.

Instead, by “timing”, I actually mean what is the best time for you?

For me, I’ve always done spells at night. Everyone was asleep, and quite frankly it was the only time I could get some alone time.

Maybe you live with your parents, have a roommate (or a couple), or even have kids or a husband – pay attention to your schedule. When is the best time to cast it?

Some spells work best at certain times – such as at night on a full moon – but majority spells don’t actually require anything. In fact, you can always alter a spell.

5. Make sure no one is around – and it’s not *just* because you can be interrupted

You can always do spells when someone is in the room (who isn’t casting the spell with you), but there’s a reason why this isn’t recommended.

In some cases, especially for beginners, the energy can “wear off” on whoever else is in the room. This is because the energy isn’t properly directed to the right person, but sometimes it’s an error in the making of the spell, or even a side effect because now wasn’t the right time to actually cast the spell.]

Let me give you an example.

When I was younger, and probably a year or two after I first got into witchcraft, my best friend wanted to do a love spell on her ex-boyfriend (which I am totally against, by the way, but more on that in another post).

Well, I wasn’t completely aware that being in the same room could have consequences.

Do you want to know what happened?

Her ex started crushing on me.

In some cases, you might also wonder how a spell could negatively affect the person in the room, too.

For example, if you did a good luck spell on yourself, the person in the room might end up with bad luck as a way to balance the energy out.

One more thing: The smaller the room you are in (closed doors and windows), the more concentrated the energy can also be. This can be a good thing when doing rituals because you are raising as much energy as you can before releasing it and send it off to do its job, but it also means that whoever else is in the room can easily be involved negatively or positively in the results of the spell.

So, just think about that before you cast!

6. Don’t just cast the spell

Where did you get the spell? A book? A website? A friend? Did you make it? This is an important thing to know before casting the spell because where it came from determines exactly how reliable it actually is.

And basically, if it didn’t come from you (or a friend you trust), then you shouldn’t trust it 100%!

That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t use spells you find online though. All it means is that you charge the spell and clarify your own intentions before actually casting it, which you can learn how to do here.

And yes, this includes published, physical books. Just because the author had the money to publish the (physical) book, doesn’t mean that the spells are “legit”. Technically, almost every spell is real if you clarify your own intentions and charge it as well as focus your energy correctly, but the more times a spell is cast, the more likely the spell will work.

Let me explain it like this: If you see a sigil online that is said to be used for “ill health on your enemies” and multiple people have used that spell, charging it and classifying that specific sigil for that specific will, the more often it will work (because others have charged it as well).

But let’s say you see that same sigil, only this time it says “for bad luck on your enemies, but without any harm”. Well, even though you stated what the sigil is (and usually, it can still work in the way you stated), sometimes the sigil will still cast ill health (and even death) on the target without you meaning to.

This is basically a tulpa. A tulpa is a being, spell, or belief that the more people believe in (and each individual charges it with their will and belief whether knowingly or unknowingly), the more the thing becomes real.

The tulpa is never really clear or set in stone. By this I mean it may have rules that aren’t very specific. That’s because out of all the people that charged and created the tulpa, they still all believed in different things. For example, maybe half those people believed the sigil would do one thing, and the other half believed it would do another. That means the sigil could go either way.

Makes sense? I’ll probably talk more about this in a future post because tulpas can definitely be a confusing, but interesting, topic.

So the best way to get around this is charge it yourself, and in some cases even do a banishing spell of any residual energy beforehand.

Or, you can just make your own spell.

7. Clean your space

Yes, you should physically clean your space, set your altar up (if needed), set your ingredients, and properly before.

But, you should also clean your space in another way.

Some people burn sage or incense, others visualize other energy leaving and clearing the space, and others do a spell or even state their will.

It’s all up to you.

And what are you clearing, exactly? Any negative energy, chaotic energy, spirits, etc. You don’t want to send the wrong, negative energy to a person accidentally.

8. What is your energy source?

All spells will require an energy source – and usually, that energy source is you.

You hold your own energy, which is also why grounding is so important. But what if you want additional energy sources to help your spell along?

What I’m about to tell you is going to make how spells are made make a whole lotta sense.

First, energy is in everything – and yes, you should focus on the elements and certain things that hold the most energy.

The ground and the universe, for starters, but also the wind, water (especially water you collected yourself), fire (a.k.a., candles), aether/spirit, electricity, heat, lightness, darkness, chaos, emotions…

The list goes on.

Want to fuel your spell?








Lucky Charms (No, not the cereal, I mean charms that you feel like brings you good luck – a.k.a. BELIEF).

The list goes on.

9. Pay attention to the elements

I know I said this already, but this deserves to be said again: pay attention to the elements.

What is your spell about? Love? Luck? Wealth? Transformation? Healing?

Focus on that, and focus which elements will help you the most.

Contact a loved one? Spirit/Aether, or even fire.

Sex spell? Fire.

Or a destructive spell, like death or a curse? Also fire.

Healing? Water.

Calming, confidence, or other emotional spells? Earth.

Therian and transformation spells? Earth.

Knowledge, such as psychic spells? Wind.

Just think about it. And if you need to understand more about what each element means, that will be discussed in a later post!

10. What are you feeling right now?

Emotion can fuels spells – and it can easily negatively affect them, too.

Majority of the times, you want to either be happy/excited, or calm and grounded. Being calm can help you direct the energy and remain objective, which is also very good for casting a spell.

However, certain spells can also work better with certain emotions. Such as anger for a bad luck spell.

Also, sadness and “playing the victim” will often result in the spell not working. This has a lot to do with greed and not owning up your own mistakes or truly attempting (in a mundane way) to fix the problem. Magick helps you out, but it does not do all the work for you.

11. Clear your mind and be visual

It’s recommended to meditate and ground yourself before any spell. Not only will meditation help raise your vibrations and clear your mind, but grounding will help you clear any negative energy out and increase your own inner-energy for spellcasting, so it’s a win-win.

What’s even better is, you don’t even have to do it for long.

Meditation can also help you be more visual while spell-casting.

When casting a spell, you should always;

  1. Imagine the outcome, and
  2. visualize what the energy is doing. For example, the energy entering you, exiting into the spell (like a sigil, or necklace, etc), before being sent out into the universe.

And don’t worry, visualization takes practice. You may have trouble now, but you will get better. Just keep working on it.

12. Ask for permission

If you are casting a spell on someone else, it’s best to ask for permission.

The spell can still work without asking for permission, but not only is it more ethical to but sometimes a spell can work even better by asking.

13. Be specific – but don’t

Be specific in what your will is. For example, a wealth spell. Wealth doesn’t always mean money, but also things like happiness. Are you wanting a boost of money to help you with that car loan, or are you wanting a better job?

While it’s important to be specific, don’t be too specific.

For example, sometimes saying something that is way too specific can actually make the spell not work because it requires more energy (and yes, you need to do something to help the spell along!)

Basically, the more things you ask, the higher the chance the spell won’t work. It’s kind of like how when you ask your parent for them to buy you a book, then push it even further by asking for a new laptop, a paid software, and even a monthly subscription. The more you ask, the more likely your parent is going to just say no – for all of that!

14. Know how to reverse it, if necessary – and know the signs it didn’t work

You don’t have to necessarily create a reversal spell for every single spell you cast, but you do at least need to keep in mind the basics of spell-reversal.

Sometimes, it’s as simple as dumping/throwing out the object, cleansing it, or even just stating that the spell is done and over with.

You also should know signs that the spell didn’t work. Usually, it’s by getting bad luck, especially in sets of threes (but not always). This bad luck is usually obvious, too, and definitely not fun.

Sometimes, a spell just doesn’t work and has no side-effects. If this happens, consider yourself lucky, state the spell is done, and move on!

15. Be done with it

And finally, once the spell is cast, be done with it. Don’t keep thinking about it. Don’t obsess over it. Just go about your day or go to sleep.

A lot of times, if you forget the spell that actually means it is working, so really once the spell is cast just forget about it!


Of course, there is always more tips out there, but right now I just wanted to list 15 important tips that every spell-caster should be aware of.

Remember that every spell-caster is different and has their own sets of rules and beliefs, so in some cases, these tips may not align with your beliefs and that’s okay!

Have any other tips I didn’t list? Feel free to comment below!

Author: Kaia Blackwood

Armed with curiosity and an obsession with asking questions, Kaia has made it her mission to help other witches practice the craft all the while finding (or creating) their own path. When she's not casting spells or writing on her blog, Kaia is playing with her dog (a Corgi and Jack Russel mix. A Ja'Corgi, if you will), writing fan-fiction, and dreaming (and planning) to travel abroad.

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