I grew up humming, “When you wish upon a star…Makes no difference who you are…Anything your heart desires will come to you…” I had no idea that this was really a soft reference to witchcraft, but it was, indeed! Sorry to the folks at Disney, but y’all crossed over into the world of Astral Manifestation when you wrote that one!
I cast my first spell at the age of twelve, although I had no idea what I was doing. My mother, a woman who would have died writhing in agony at the mere suggestion that she might be a witch, told me that to bring my dreams about, I should picture them in detail and then send them into space for several nights in a row. Then, I should forget about them entirely, brushing them from my mind if they should surface. I decided that I would try this out with a fundraiser at our junior high school (Uh, that was what we attended before they invented middle school…yeah, I’m old). Students got one entry into a drawing for a Fuji ten-speed bike for every box of candy they sold. I sold only one box. I had a friend who sold twelve boxes, and she was certain she would win. We had over a hundred students in our class, all participating in the fundraiser, and all selling their little hearts out for a chance to win the very cool bike (Hey, 10 speeds were the thing at the time…). I used the technique my mom told me about, not even really wanting the bike, but planning on selling it for some cold cash if my experiment worked.
Without a great deal of emotion, I envisioned a scenario of winning the drawing. As I lay in bed every night, I saw the scene play out. Then, I told myself that I already had the bike. I saw the bike, and I knew it was only a matter of time before I would win it. During the day, I thought of my experiment occasionally, but when I did, I told myself that it didn’t matter if I won or not. Then I forgot about it.
One month later, the morning of the drawing arrived. I had envisioned what I would be wearing when I won, and giggled to myself as I donned the outfit, thinking that it was ridiculous to expect to win. After all, Jenny sold 17 boxes of candy. She would undoubtedly win. All the kids were anxious, and as the principal’s voice taunted us over the P.A. system (do they still have those?), I sat very relaxed in my desk. I still didn’t really care if I won, but it would be interesting to see…And then I heard my name called. A collective groan resonated in my homeroom, and I went down to the school office to have my picture taken with my new bicycle. I sold it for $100.00 to my step-mother’s uncle, and can’t remember for the life of me what I did with the money. I was well into my thirties before I realized that I had cast a spell.
Let me say right now that I love ceremonial spell craft. There is nothing like calling the Quarters, casting the Circle, and experiencing our personal power in reverent ceremony with the Gods/Goddesses close at hand. Ceremonial spell craft allows us to show our formal reverence for the creative powers of the Universe. That said, I must confess that the very best magic I have ever done, and maybe ever will do, occurs in an informal context. The implements we use in our magical endeavors are just that. They are tools. Casting a spell, or as I prefer to think of it, manifesting my reality, is not a theatrical production, but an act of will that is part of my birthright as a human.
So, what is really meant by “Astral Manifestation?” It means creating something on the astral plane, and then pulling it into the plane of physical reality. It sounds complicated, but it’s not! We astrally create every day. When you visualize yourself getting the job, creating a piece of artwork, or having a good time on a date, you are really astrally creating the experience. Why, then, does what we create in the astral realm sometimes fail to appear? Technique, my dear. As with any spell, all elements required for success must be employed. If we employ 6 out of 7 elements, we will fail.
Let’s go over the important elements of astral manifestation:
Detailed, simple goals work best for this type of spell. In my example, I focused on one moment in time (the drawing) and one simple outcome (my name would be drawn). There were not multiple elements at play here.
All mundane requirements must be met. This seems simple, but it bears mentioning. I actually sold a box of candy, so the minimum mundane requirement (one entry into the drawing) was accomplished.
Employ visualizations faithfully. When we create in the astral realm, we must do the work every day or night, for several consecutive days or nights. The more, the better. Each time I worked on my astral creation, the details were the same.
Practice emotional detachment. This is tricky. If we are emotionally attached to the outcome we desire, we hold the visualization within our own sphere and it fails to journey into the physical realm. You must let go in order to manifest.
Ask for things that won’t alter your entire life path, and don’t require others’ free will to be violated. Good idea: Friday night I will be my most dynamic self and attract people who are perfect for me. Bad idea: Friday night I will meet a Super Model and she will fall in love with me.
There must be an event that catalyzes the manifestation. In my example, the event was the drawing. If you want to be your most dynamic self on Friday night, you might designate the catalyzing event to be your entry into the club or party. Something in your visualization must be the key to drawing your desired outcome from the astral to the physical plane. If you are less than precise about this aspect, your spell will fail.
Proceed with certainty. If you doubt your ability to manifest, you will fail. He who thinks he can and he who thinks he can’t are both correct. (Buddha)
This technique is not dramatic and theatrical. It doesn’t require eye of newt and harvesting tender herbs by waxing moonlight. Therefore, it might seem boring to those who love spell craft for its bells and whistles. As the new witch advances, she/he sees that sometimes the Craft is about silent mastery. There is a time for glorious displays of power. There is also a time for winning the bike.