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To: alt.paranormal.spells.hexes.magic,alt.lucky.w,alt.occult.methods
From: catherine yronwode 
Subject: Re: ??Confused??
Date: Tue, 21 Jan 2003 05:51:55 GMT

Brendan Small wrote:
> I have numerous information on ways to cast a spell and most of them
> contradict one another; could someone please give me the real way to do it
> many thanx

One reason there is disagreement on the procedures for casting spells
is that people from different cultures follow different traditional

It's like making bread -- Indian nan, San Francisco sour dough, German
pumpernickle, and Jewish bagels are all grain-based bread products --
but they are made differently and with somewhat different ingredients.
And some cultures -- such as the Chinese really have no form of bread
at all, have other ways to make grains into healthful, tasty food. 

Or it's like clothing -- European trousers, Indonesian sarongs, and
Bushmen loincloths are all proper garb for a man in their own cultures
-- but they look quite different. 

When you research spells in books or on the internet, you will be
reading the ideas of people from different cultures, and thus they
will not all be telling you the same way to work a spell. 

So what do you do?

Well, since there is no more one "real" way to cast spells than there
is one "real" way to make bread or to clothe a man, i suggest that you
become acquainted with the many kinds of spells and the types of
workings found in several cultures -- then you can pick the method
that calls to you most strongly and follow it. 

You could start by picking a cultural tradition  -- perhaps your own
or perhaps another one that appeals to you strongly -- and studying it
until you feel comfortable with working within it. 

On the other hand, if you like doing cultural research, you could take
some extra time at the outset to read about the basic styles of
spell-casting in the traditions of several cultures, trying to
understand them from a structural standpoint. For instance, some
cultures value candle-spells, others do not. Some emphasize foot-track
work, others never mention it. Some prefer visualization, others 
prefer rhymed enchantments, some work with natural herbs and minerals,
others with man-made objects such as talismans. 

If you undertsand the general working styles that define each magical
tradition, you can make a decision to follow one tradition -- or
become an eclectic who works within several traditions, like a cook
who knows a number of recipes for bread. 

Good luck! 

cat yronwode 

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