This is area of PaganPath is for questions submitted by email. Each week we will select a question from those we receive and publish Friday's response. All private information will be removed of course, and anonymity preserved. Questions are abbreviated and summarized to assist in maintaining privacy. This week, a few people have had trouble getting their spells to work. Attitude at the time of the magick was a prevalent theme.
Why is the only spell that has worked for me the one I did when I was angry?
When you were upset, your emotional energy is most likely what triggered the spell to work. There is a great deal of power in emotions, and this power can easily be used to fuel your spells. This is using magick, but it might not be considered Witchcraft that follows the Rede. That said, your specific path may not include the Rede, however, works of revenge and manipulation can sometimes have repercussions beyond our expectations and are usually avoided in the Craft and other magickal traditions.
Your intent is the most critical aspect of your spell work. You can use the energy of negative emotions (or any strong emotions) to power your magick. However, it takes quite a bit of finesse and experience to be able to transform conflicting energies, such as using the grieving energy from a cemetery to create joy, or anger to create peace.
Creative and positive solutions are the trademark of an experienced practitioner. Many situations that seem hopeless can be repaired without harming others with a little brainstorming. Try to read more about magick and how it works such as through the articles in the PaganPath Library.
The actions, and tools are just props, your mind is the real working instrument. You found one of the keys: Desire (your emotions ran high) another key is Will. Yet another key is Knowledge. You have already begun to gain knowledge through your experience, however try to read more about magick to gain the Wisdom necessary to apply your knowledge.
Many blessings on your path.
You may notice that both the question and response have been edited. This is to preserve privacy and I apologize for any disjointed thoughts or incongruencies in writing that this causes. The responses to the letters to the editor will reflect my views. This is entirely appropriate as everyone has a different approach and there are few absolutes in the paranormal or Witchcraft. Some of the responses may have been written without enough reflection on my part as I often reply to many dozens of email messages daily. Hence, the letters and responses are presented here for us all to learn from and share in each others' celebration of life. I have no technical qualifications as a professional counselor and simply offer an opinion (which may change even after I write my response).