1. A clear need or desire:
Having a need or desire is a given. If you are looking to perform a spell, you obviously have a need or a desire to fulfill. The issue I find most often is that the focus is not clear enough. The need/desire is too vague or broad.
2. A strong dedication:
If you want to obtain anything you need to be dedicated to it. Magick follows the laws of nature. Nature is pretty clear. She gives nothing, without receiving something first, i.e. a show of dedication.
3. Organization for action:
Inside the realm of Magick, you must have a plan and you must be able to effectively execute that plan. Your plan cannot be overwhelming or unattainable. Organizing your thoughts and planning your working is an excellent way to get you focused and to gain the right might set. Sometimes you need to sit down and write out your spell. This might also mean you need to keep yourself clean and organized every day.
4. Keep it Simple, Keep it Flexible!
What happens when something becomes overly complicated? You lose it. You lose focus. You lose interest. You may even lose your desire. Spell work does not have to be rocket science. So don’t make it so.
You must know what you are doing. Dabbling in Magick and playing with energy, is never wise. I cringe every time I hear someone say “Oh I was play with Magick, and…”
6. Mental focus:
I think this is so important. During your workings you must, MUST, remain focused on your intent, aka desire or need. Visualize and feel the energy as it flows through and around you. See your desire coming to fruition. You need to be able to feel and/or even live your desire as you work with the energy. You should be able to experience the end result, even if only for a moment. It will be in that moment that you connect to the energy. It is in this moment that your seed is planted.
Here is another REALLY important aspect you need to be aware of as you prepare and execute Magick. I mean a few things when I mention mindset. I will clarify any obscurity usually associated with this term.
8. The ability to let it go:
When we hold too tightly to something what happens? Seriously, let’s find out. Go grab something soft or
hard, near you that you can hold in your hand. Something about the size of a piece of peach or a tennis ball.
This one I know some of you have a huge issue with… I used to as well.
This is another BIGGIE!! Sometimes a series of occurrences have to take place before your needs and desires can be fulfilled. You cannot rush things that need time to mature. And again, sorry to break it to you, but you are not the center of the universe.