Affirmations and Incantations

Words have the power to influence outcomes. Many magic spells and rituals include special words, phrases, statements, poems, chants, or prayers. Whether you write your intentions or speak them aloud, putting your goals into words helps focus your mind and empower your spells.

Affirmations are positive statements that you create to produce a result. Here are the important things to remember when writing an affirmation:

  • Keep it short.

  • Be clear and precise.

  • Only include images and situations that you desire.

  • Always use the present tense.

Here are some examples of the right and wrong ways to write affirmations:

  • Right: I am healthy in body, mind, and spirit.

  • Wrong: I don't have any illnesses or injuries.

  • Right: I now have a job that's perfect for me.

  • Wrong: I want to get a better job.

If you aren't exactly sure of all the details, it's okay to leave some things up to the universe to work out. In the example above, “I now have a job that's perfect for me” covers the bases without being specific.

Incantations differ from affirmations in that they are usually written as rhymes. The catchy phrasing makes it easy to remember. You don't have to be a Wordsworth or Dickinson to create an effective incantation; the important thing is to follow the same rules when writing an incantation as when writing an affirmation.

Here's an example of a simple love incantation:

As the day fades into night

I draw a love that's good and right.

As the night turns into day

We are blessed in every way.

The uses for affirmations and incantations are limited only by your imagination. Write an affirmation or incantation on a slip of paper and insert it into a magic talisman or amulet. Put it under your pillow at night. Repeat it regularly throughout the day, such as while you're in the shower or driving to work, and especially just before you go to sleep. Write it on a sheet of colored paper, decorate it with images that resonate with you, and post it in a place where you'll see it often. Be creative!

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