I don’t know how many times I have heard “Well I did a spell, but nothing happened” or “I prayed but not no response”. This seems to lead to the idea that their magick is faulty, or the Gods are mad or it wasn’t the right moon phase… and so on.
The question I always ask is “Did you do anything besides the spell/prayer to make it happen?”
Spell work is not a band-aid to fix everything. Sometimes no matter how many times you cast a spell to win the lottery, you just won’t win. However, if you cast a spell to help you find a better paying job and then also start looking for the job, refresh your resume and do everything you can to get the better job, the spell might help you out.
Prayer is wonderful. Spell work is wonderful. Asking the Divine to help you out is great, but unless you actually put the effort into creating, getting or doing what you want to achieve, then why should They help you? The saying “God helps those who help themselves” is true to me.
Example from my life. I want to get in shape. I want to shed a few pounds. I’ve done a spell to help me stay on track. It doesn’t end there. I also meal plan every week, pack healthy snacks and even when I want to just sit on the couch, I get up and go to the gym. All of these things are part of my magick. They are part of the package to achieve my end goal. If I just cast a spell and then sat on the couch eating chocolate I don’t think I would get what I wanted.
Magick is dedication. It is hard work. When I am on the treadmill I mentally remind myself of my goal and tap into the energy I put out there. I work it, I push myself and I listen to my body.
At other times in my life I have prayed for help. I have done the spell work and then I get out there and do what I can to help get what I want. If you are a Witch you will always get the one person asking for a love spell. We’ve all had someone ask. I like to remind people that if they want love they need to figure out what is stopping them from finding it. Magick or prayer alone won’t get you a date. As fun as it would be for the Divine to gift wrap and deliver someone to your front door… it just doesn’t work that way.
Getting out and meeting people and having fun will open you up to more possibilities. In this day and age you can find lots of groups or clubs to check out that will let you have fun while meeting new friends and you never know, that special somebody might also be taking a class on how to paint with watercolours.
Making changes in your life can be difficult. It can take dedication to change yourself or change your world. It is hard work. Sometimes you might fall on your face. I know I have tried for years to be healthier and have failed a few times. I won’t get there until I am actually ready to put in all the hard work. I know this. Is this year the year it happens? Maybe. I like to think so. I try not to beat myself up for the failures. I understand it is part of learning.