A Magical Equation
I'm going to let you in on a pretty big secret, mis querides. It's an equation, or rather, a definition, that will help you get comfortable with one of my core beliefs: we each possess the capability to work magic. Moreover, the world would be a better place if each one of us took the time to connect to our innate gifts and utilized them harmoniously.
This post was inspired by the card pictured at the top, from Gabrielle Bernstein's Super Attractor deck. I drew it this morning on a birthday weekend getaway and just had to share, because it so closely aligns with my beliefs about magic.
If you've made your way to this corner of the internet, it's likely that you're not someone who thinks magic is bad or wrong. Pero, just in case, let me be clear: magic is neither inherently bad nor inherently good. It is a tool you can use, like a sword or a pen. Like a sword or a pen, a spell is useless without a trained human to wield it.
Now that we're clear on what magic ISN'T, here's my definition of what it IS:
In other words, magic is the altering of reality through the conscious compounding of your ACTIONS by your VISION for the future, your WILL to achieve it, and your FAITH that it is possible. If you are growing your practice of witchcraft, and you are having trouble with your spells, this equation might help you figure out why.
A healthy spell usually starts with VISION. Oftentimes, we are so focused on getting the ACTIONS just right - the perfect color candle, the correct phase of the moon, the ideal crystal combination - that we forget about the other elements of a magical working. If you are taking the ACTIONS of a spell on paper, but your VISION is cloudy (like you can't really connect with what you want), you may see patchy results. Or say you want to fall in love and cast a love spell but, deep down, you don't believe you could ever attract the kind of person you'd like to be with: your lack of FAITH is going to hamstring your spell. Or if you say you want a new job but your motivation is shriveled up by the current one: you may need to work on your WILL before you cast that opportunity call in spell.
How does this apply to Tarot? Well, I personally use Tarot to help me build all four pieces of that equation. When I am unclear on where my path leads, I go to the cards to help me define my vision. When I feel heartsore, my deck can encourage me to reignite my will, or tell me it's a sign to refocus that vision. When my notorious impatience kicks in (hello, redheaded Latina!), my deck will remind me to keep the faith - or, rarely, to move on from an intention. When I feel overwhelmed by options, the Tarot can give me a roadmap of how to take action to support my vision.
I hope this equation helps you to see that magic is ultimately a deeply creative venture, and creative work is inherently magical. Let me know in the comments what you think of my magical equation!