Spellwork Through Poetry, Lesson 2

What is intent?

Objective: define intent; why is intent important

The definition of intent- and all variations of the word: intend, intention, etc- are “state of mind when something is done, purpose, the end or object; goal”. Our intent is the most important thing we have when we go into spellwork. It not only is the most important, but the most basic; the most primal. What do YOU want? Put aside all of the fancy forms that we will learn later in this class. Put aside all of the words that you are bringing together. Put aside all of the props we commonly use in ritual: candles, incense, wand, chalice… Forget about the importance of moon cycle, colors, stones, oils. Wipe the slate clean. Build from the bottom up.

What do you want? Why do you want it? How will this result affect your life? Truthfully answering these questions, then decide if the result is worth the change. You must be 100% involved in your intent to see any result.

Some people will try and tell you what is right or wrong with spellcasting. They will tell you that you *have to* follow certain rules. This is not true. Some people believe it is perfectly acceptable to cast on other’s behalf, others believe this is fine but dilutes their magick, and still others find this practice unacceptable. Some believe it if ok to cast a spell on someone (fall in love with me, move away from me, etc). Others feel it’s ok as long as it doesn’t cause harm to the person. Others feel it may not show in personal harm, but it will be other kinds of harm because it messes with their own free will.

The only specific rules with magick are the ones which you personally make; the boundaries you set for yourself and what you find acceptable and deplorable. Because intent is so personal, this lesson is quite short. It requires a lot of personal thought and contemplation. There are no right or wrong answers.

Now that you have read this lesson, please write a reflection about your intent. List 3-5 (or how many you have/can think of) intentions you have and answer the questions posted above and decide if ends justify the means.

Example: My intent is to get a new job

What do I want– I want a job that challenges me and is something I enjoy, I want a job that has a higher salary. I want a job that involves animals. I want to work outside with dogs.

Why do you want it– I want a job that is fun because I do not find my job fun right now. I want a job with a higher salary because I need more money for my growing family. I want a job that involves animals because I bond with animals much more quickly that I do with people; I feel animals very relaxing and I feel I am more myself when they are around. I want to work outside with dogs because I love being outside in nature and connecting with the spirits; my spirit animal is a wolf so I have always been drawn to his descendants.

How will this result affect your life– This result will make my life intriguing because I will be starting something new. It will make my life more hectic because I will be starting a new routine which will negatively impact my family until we get used to the new flow of things.

Having an imbalance in my home life is not worth a new job. I will not be casting this spell.