If you desperately feel the need to read a spell book I suggest you go for the historical side and err on the side of the tried and true by this I mean something like the charms in the Carmina Gadelica or one of the series of books put out on Kindle by a publishing house called Albacraft. The paperbacks are around $21.00 and the Kindle versions are $1.59 which is a much better price break.
I still would never use these but you can get a better feel how spells were tradtionally used by the Gaels. There are many books in the series that contain folklore and stories that were collected from the people that used them everyday.
I use Amazon Recommends to see what, if anything tickles my fancy to read and I bought a book that seems to have triggered the addition of a lot of spell books be added to my list. A cursory examination will show that most are done merely to sell a book.
I have a prejudice. I don’t believe in spell books. Any witch, pagan, etc with half a brain should be creating their own spell books and not using anyone else’s book. If you can’t write your own spell, you have no business being a witch.
To write a good spell all you need is clear intent and focus. You decide what herb if any or candle colour, if any you use. It doesn’t need to rhyme. It doesn’t have to be a yard long but I do think you need to write it down if for no other reason that it will clarify your intent and to make sure you are not casting in the heat of anger when some other remedy would be more efficacious.
When you use someone else’s spell you really have no idea why and how it was written. You don’t know the original intent for the creation of the spell. It really isn’t that much different than using a Ouija board which I also think is pretty stupid.
To create a spell you need very little. Intent, focus and release. You have to remember to release the spell/energy to set it into motion. Another reason to not be angry when you work a spell. You could be so mad you hang on to it instead of releasing it.
The only reason I can think of for writing a spell book is to make money. If you can’t do it yourself, you aren’t trying hard enough. Buy a book of correspondences if you must although I think those are rather personal too but write your own. Don’t use a second hand spell.
Spell books are the Good Will/charity shop of magic.
A Samhain prayer
I give thanks for the abundance of the last harvest
For root vegetables, for nuts, for the gift of animal lives to nourish us
I give thanks to my ancestors. You are the reason I exist
You gave me knowledge and intelligence
You gave me the face I wear and the talents to do the things I can do
I give thanks for the coming of winter
Time for contemplation and learning
I give thanks on this new year begun tonight
I thank you in advance for the adventures I will have in the next year
Hecate, guide me through the dark times
Brighid, light my way to see my path.
I give thanks for candle flames that burn and cheer
I give thanks for the fires that cook my food
I give thanks for the early setting sun and the late rising on the day’s return
I give thanks for Samhain’s spooky winds and breezes
Sweep us clean
I give thanks for the closing of the year at Samhain
And ask your protection and guidance in the new
The origin of the word prayer comes from the Latin precarius meaning ‘obtained by entreaty’. Stone of Destiny asked whether I really thought a spell was a prayer and the answer is yes. Oxford Dictionary defines prayer as – “a solemn request for help or an expression of thanks addressed to God or another deity.” It also says it is “an earnest hope or wish”. A spell falls under both of those qualifications.
A curse does too. I would hope if you have chosen to perform a curse on someone it was at the very least and earnest hope or wish for it to happen or why are you spending the time to perform it?
A novena is a prayer and it is no different from any healing candle spell done by a witch. The deities and words may be different but the intent is the same.
He also says that when you cast a spell you expect success and that you might not if you are praying and I disagree because of something I was taught long ago in Sunday School that God always answers prayer. You might not always like the answer but that sometimes the answer is “no”. Is a spell any different? No, there is always a result and sometimes the result isn’t what we expect especially if we are not careful with how we phrase things. It’s that pesky “Be careful what you ask for, you may get it thing.”?
So yes, I do think all spells are prayers even we are just putting it out there to the universe or asking our higher self. And we expect to be answered even if we are just saying thank you.