Soul Bites Spellcraft: Magic and the Law of Attraction

I asked Hermes once whether I needed this thing or that to get real, tangible results from my spells. He said, “Those things are kind of like marital aids. They’re loads of fun, but not really necessary if the inborn equipment is working.”

I have been reading up lately on the Law of Attraction via the works of Esther and Jerry Hicks. As I have come to understand it, the principles of manifesting through the Law of Attraction and manifesting through spellwork are similar to the point of being interchangeable.

Essentially, the Law of Attraction is, “Like attracts like.” What you think about will attract more of what you are thinking about, for better or worse. If your focus is on prosperity and gratitude, you will attract more prosperity and things to be grateful for. If your focus is on poverty and lack, you will attract more poverty and lack.

In spellwork, we often use objects to help us stay focussed on our intentions. The objects we choose share properties with our intended outcome. In the magical world, we call this “sympathetic magic.” We use green candles and coins for prosperity spells so we may manifest more coins and “the long green.” We use patchouli because patchouli is of the element earth and all abundance and prosperity comes from the earth. We write in green ink. We create sigils of the dollar sign and our prosperity power words. We add layer upon layer of these things that are like our desired outcome. We attract prosperity by creating a similitude of prosperity. In other words, we invoke the Law of Attraction, (whether we know it or not).

When Hermes first gave me his, “marital aids” answer, I didn’t fully understand it. Now I do. What he meant was that while the objects we use in spellcraft are fun and helpful, they are not necessary for manifestation. If we understand the Law of Attraction as a universal law and work with it consciously, we do not need those objects. The distance between our thoughts/desires and the manifestation of them is shortened. We have no need of middle-things.

Most of us, however, do not have that kind of mastery of the Law of Attraction. For most of us mortal, workaday witches, our “inborn equipment” doesn’t work 100% of the time no matter how experienced we may be. We do, sometimes, need those marital aids as objects upon which to focus our intentions. This is all for the good as long as we understand that the ultimate power with which we are working is the universal Law of Attraction, not some airy fairy sense of random juju floating through a random cosmos.

Understanding that in magic we are working with the Law of Attraction also helps keep us safe in our spellwork. If we know that like attracts like, we will be disinclined to work negative magic on others or, sometimes accidentally, on ourselves. We will know better than to work magic to get rid of what we don’t want. Instead, we will empower ourselves by working magic only for what we do want.

It sheds some light on the Wiccan idea of whatever you put out there coming back to you times three. It isn’t karma-lite. It is the Law of Attraction. You cast warts, you think about warts, warts show up at your door. Like attracts like. It is inevitable.

If, instead, you cast a spell for the peace you wish to feel after your enemy has been banished and/or bound, you cast peace, you think about peace, peace shows up at your door and there is no need for that bottle of Wart-B-Gone after all. Good things and better things abound.



About M. Ashley

Essayist and poet, my work has been rejected by some of the finest journals in America. Fortunately, it also gets accepted from time to time and has appeared in equally fine journals such as Word Riot, Inlandia, Brew City Magazine, and SageWoman among others.. In 2002, I was awarded the Academy of American Poets Prize for Vanderbilt University. For no good reason, I possess an unnecessarily dark humor which is why being third generation California Inland Empirian delights me so. My gods are weird. I once received $350 for writing a smartassed essay on “why the wise use of water is important in my daily life”. I am undoubtedly the Greek god Hermes’ special snowflake. I’m pretty sure I got into college via a series of fortuitous clerical errors. When I had to grow up and get a real job, I decided against it and stayed a writer. I have worked many odd—and I mean odd—jobs to support my habit: Commercial writer for country music hopefuls, resume massager, WalMart fitting room attendant and switchboard operator, telephone psychic.
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