Recently I started a group to perform Magick. For our first ritual we chose to focus on making, well… foci and other magick tools. The sheer creativity brought forward was amazing. I expected participants to either enchant an item or bind a spirit into one. How wrong I was.
Before I get into details, I’m going to go over a couple basics. Why items? We have a body for a reason. The main reason is that it helps solidify us. It connects us to this reality, ensures a linear perception of time and gives us momentum which strengthens our ability to resist external forces. Bodies do the same for our spells and ally spirits. Here are common Magick Items.
The Magick Focus
Basically if you consistently cast a spell through an item it “gets used” to casting that spell. The more you do so it becomes more and more in tune with that magick. A crystal ball is a perfect example. I mean come on… it’s just a ball of high quality glass. Nothing special there.
However, if someone uses that crystal ball for divination on a consistent basis the ball ends up aligning with the divination. It gets to the point where just about any idiot could take a look into the ball and start seeing things. It’s not that someone has put a spell ON the item as much as the item ends up aligning with a spell going through it.
If you want to make a focus, I would recommend starting with an item that makes sense for its purpose. You aren’t going to want to use a gun as a focus for healing Magick, unless you’re planning on using it for “healing” spells and shots through trimming diseased branches of the tree of society.
If you want to make a focus for a shield I’d probably start with a bracelet, ring or amulet. Then just start casting your spell through it again and again and again... Sometime in the future you will notice that you don’t really have to cast the spell anymore as the item almost shapes it the moment you begin putting thought and energy into it.
One Item CAN focus multiple different spells. However, a singularly focused item is much more likely to “work its magick” for someone else. Think of it like a sprinkler system. If you have one hose you just position the hose and turn the water on; it works. However, if you have one of those hose splitters with switches for different hoses and sprinklers, you turn the water on and nothing might happen… or maybe you’ll have 5 different sprinklers come on at the same time to very little effect.
Spelled items hold an active spell. They are different from a focus in that they cast the spell themselves. These items require a couple things.
First they need a power source. Most people don’t worry about the power source and assume it is the wearer or ambient energy. I strongly recommend you choose a power source and define it in the item. I prefer to ensure that an item I create doesn’t exhaust the person wearing it. Often times you can use the purpose of the spell itself as the power source, especially if you are looking at a protection spell. Merely use “negative” energy as the power source for the shield or effect you are looking for.
A good way to understand spelled items, is like an electrical circuit. Energy goes in and does X work on its way out. If you use the Electric Circuit model you can see a lot of the options available. Your spelled item can store power for bursts of activity. It can sit on “standby” until it is triggered by an event. It can be put on a timer… and so on. Just remember, most anything is possible, the big question is HOW to accomplish something and whether you have a strong enough power source and proper leverage to achieve your purpose.
To spell an item take the item and rather than just casting the effect on it see the item redirecting input in order to achieve an intended output. You will know when you have succeeded because rather than the effect becoming weaker as time goes by it will strengthen for a bit and then level off with a stable effect. Stronger effects can be had with better understanding, experience and power sources.
If you doubt that Gods exist this is the wrong paragraph for you. Blessed items are literally real estate for a God/Goddess. Essentially a person who has a relationship with the Deity asks if the Deity will bless an item. If the Deity agrees, the effect can be an interesting mixture of a Spelled Item and a Spirit Bound Item. It performs its duty up to and until the Deity decides it needs to change. Because it is connected to a Deity, it’s almost like a constant permission for the Deity to keep an eye on things. I like to think of Blessed Items as Deific Security Cameras. Most of the time you ignore the picture on the security camera, however once in a while something catches your attention and you act. Most of the time Deities ignore you and the item; however, once in a while...
...If you’re good with the Deity, that’s a good thing. If you aren’t… well, use your imagination. Contrary to popular culture, Deity’s don’t usually smite. The opportunity to beat someone over the head with a “Clue by Four” is apparently very attractive to them though. The biggest punishment you will likely receive from a Deity is to be ignored as “not worth the effort.”
As I said: To bless an Item, make good (or exceptionally bad) with a Deity and ask them to bless a good vessel. They tend to be rather covetous so it’s rarely a good idea to ask them to share an item with another Deity.
Spirit Bound Items
These are a lot similar to Blessed Items except you are actually binding a spirit to performing a task constantly. I covered this a bit in “Binding Spirits.” Fear not, if you offer this openly there are a LOT of takers. I recently had decided to use a Tiger's Eye Ring Magickally. I was thinking of using it to help focus goals. Kind of a "As I will" Ring.
After declaring my intent and putting out the spiritual "want ad" I had a Djinn respond. He seemed very friendly. He offered a 100 year contract with terms like helping the ring stay in the owners possession, protecting the bearer and wish fulfillment. He agreed to terms like advising the bearer, but respecting and helping protect the bearer's free will. He even told me that there was some sort of tradition/rule where they had to take revenge for any binding upon the person and kin of those who would bind them so I should include a clause of perpetual protection of all bearers and their kin even after the 100 years.
Now once one understands the power of manifestation, a Djinni Ring seems kind of pointless and unnecessarily challenging and risky, but I do magick because I enjoy the experiences. After thinking about it, things seemed positive. However, before we did the actual contract binding, we did some divination which basically helped me understand that I wasn’t aware of everything involved.
I decided to not do the binding. I felt I needed more time to review the situation and become wiser. I asked him to step back as I did the research. I've been rolled by spirits before and a DEFINITELY intend to make these choices of my free will. He remained positive even after I told him no and has willingly backed off so far. This is a good sign.
I don’t know what to expect from a Djinni Ring. I have a couple spirit allies already who work some pretty impressive request fulfillment. I ask for a new client and within 30 minutes get a call from someone with a rather unlikely story leading to them needing my services and knowing of me.
You don’t really need an item to work with a spirit, but like I said. The body gives the spirit a connection to the here and now as well as momentum. That’s valuable for them. It’s not a human body, but it’s better than nothing!
So there you go: A few of the ways, whys and how’s to create and use magick with items.
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