Devo Magix: Know Your Basics

09 Nov

This is an argument in favor of making up your own stuff.

When you surf around on the Internet, there are a lot of questions about spells. There are also a lot of prefab spells out there as well. And for a large portion of the pagan/witchy community, there are a lot of people who use pre-made spells as the bread and butter of their practice.

I think that this is okay for the beginner (possibly), but that at some point or another, you have to really break free from prefab stuff. At some point or another, you need to look at prefab spells, or any magix work you’ve done, and really figure out what is going on, what is making the magix tick.

Let me use an example.

Let’s say that learning magix is like learning a new language (which, it sorta is). There are many ways to learn a new language, and one of the most popular methods is the phrase book. You know- the books that are nothing more than “Hi, my name is ___.” “How are you?” “May I please have that?” “Where is the bathroom?” It has lots of phrases that you can memorize- but it doesn’t discuss grammar, tense, or any of the parts of the creation of the sentence.

So let’s say you use this book to learn these phrases- what is going to happen when you interact with your first local? Yes, you might get past the “Hello my name is”, but what if they say something that wasn’t in your phrase book?

You’re going to bomb.

And that’s how it goes with magix. You only use pre-made spells, you only learn magix via a “phrasebook”, and that works for a while… But what happens the one time that something goes wrong (let’s say you have some weird hobgoblins knocking on your door). What then? If you’re just using a magical “phrasebook”- how will you know what words, spices, etc. to put in where to create what you need? And what if your “phrasebook” is unavailable? How will you keep yourself protected?

Or what happens if you’ve got a prefab spell that you wish to use. Let’s say it involves a river, and a strict timeline, and you go to the one place you can think of with a river- except the road is closed, barring your path.

What now?

You can’t get to the river. Time is running out, and your phrasebook doesn’t give you any other options for when the road to the river is closed. What do you do?

And this, my friends, is why we need to know our building blocks.

In order to really be successful with magix, we need to try and move beyond the basics of prefab cookbook styled spell workings. We need to be unafraid and jump into the hot mess that is magix and not be concerned with our hands getting dirty. This is why we should try new things, write stuff down, experiment, fail, succeed. Because only through trial and error will you really figure out what works for you. Only through working with each magical concept and ingredient will you really understand how the spells come together to create the magix. This is also why you will not see many (if any) pre-fab magix on here- because I believe in giving you the building blocks, so that you can make your own awesome magix.

Because only by knowing your building blocks would you being to decide that if the road to the river is closed, you find another source of moving water, such as a large fountain.

Only by knowing your building blocks will your magix become unstoppable.


Posted by on November 9, 2012 in Devo Magix Series, Rambles


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6 responses to “Devo Magix: Know Your Basics

  1. ladyimbrium

    November 9, 2012 at 11:26 am

    Absolute truth.

  2. Soli

    November 9, 2012 at 12:05 pm

    oh timing, how lovely you are.

  3. Aubs Tea

    November 9, 2012 at 6:33 pm

    Reblogged this on Mystical Bewilderment.

  4. kallistaqbhwt

    November 10, 2012 at 5:19 am

    Loved reading this!
    I always try and tell people who ask me for spells and such to learn their correspondences, get acquainted with their local flora (SO much can be found locally without the need to spend!), learn a bit on astrological timings and moon phases, etc. The thing is even if a spell has worked for one, it may not work for another, even if the guidelines and ingredients were thoroughly respected. I’ve seen it happen. There’s really nothing like working up your own spell or ritual, not to mention the very effort of thinking it over and gathering supplies and such infuses it with energy and intent.
    I’m going to back link on Twitter, your post needs to be read by a LOT of people! 🙂

  5. odeliaivy

    November 10, 2012 at 8:16 pm

    I’ve tended to look at spell books like cook books. Once the basics are understood, you can figure out how to make a cake from scratch. I do like to read spell books and cook books when I can because I do not understand all of the basics from so many different angles until I study the ingredients and how they interact with others and under different circumstances. It’s time consuming and ongoing learning so I keep the books on the shelf handy. Also like with new recipes, following a set one precisely does not ensure an ideal result, but can be useful in learning.

    Enjoyed this post!

  6. thefirstdark

    November 12, 2012 at 11:23 am

    Reblogged this on The Darkness in the Light.


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