I had a conversation with someone recently that set me off a bit and inspired this post. This individual has already paid good money for an apprenticeship with a well known sorcerer which is a step in the right direction. However they continue to spend serious money on copious amounts of books, and charged items in search of a magic bullet that will make them the next sorcerer supreme. This person came to me recently asking if I could make a talisman or amulet charged with the powers of the Goddess Hecate to provide wisdom and guidance in the magical arts. I suggested that it would be more of a benefit if they made their own offerings to the Her and asked for guidance. There responses was that they"didn't have time". I "politely" pointed out that they had been conversing with me online for more than an hour, they could find the time. If they don't have time to do the work how would they benefit from an increase in magical knowledge anyway?I ended up telling him that if he couldn't find the time to put in the work then this may not be the art for him. He didn't take that too well.
On a recent trip to my local spiritual supply shop I had a long conversation with one of the shop's owners who is a long time rootworker. He tells everyone how important is that they do the work themselves. A petition to the universe or a particular spirit, deity, etc is much more powerful when it comes from the individual with the need. I couldn't agree more. I am of the opinion that conjure or rootwork is not hard work, but it does require work. One doesn't need to perform a daily meditation, LBRP, or middle pillar exercise to be successful at it. But when the time comes to get things done you roll up your sleeves and put 110% into it. The time put into study and more importantly practice does pay off. That is it, there is no big secret formula to it, just do work.
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