Magic is the art of producing a desired effect or result through the use of incantation, ceremony, ritual, the casting of spells or various other techniques. Kate West defines magic as “the ability to make change by force of will”, I particularly like this definition as it has a deeper meaning.
If you cast a spell or perform a ritual by just reading out of a book like a set of instructions then you cannot possibly be focusing your will; you are concentrating on reading and not the focus of the magic. Look for the deeper meaning in what it is you are doing, if the spell or ritual doesn’t speak to you then there is no magic in it. Everyone is different and relate to colours, smells, sights and sounds differently, don’t be afraid to modify spells or rituals so that they mean more to you. The power of magic comes from emotion, it is therefore very important to establish an emotional connection with whatever it is that you are doing, either as an individual or a group.
Remember magic is real, you only need to learn where to look for it and how to harness it. People experience the power of magic every day. Think about the last time a song came on the radio that you really like, think about that emotional connection you have with it, that others have with it, that is magical power. Ever been at a football match and experienced the highs and lows of the crowd as either team score? This is the power that you need to look for and harness when casting spells, performing rituals and in any other magical practices. Use your will and/or the will of the group to focus this power towards your goal and I am sure you will be successful in all of your magical endeavors.