At the core of magic seems to be intention but intention needs to be preceded by thought, succeeded by will power or energy before being cast into action by release.
There are three clarities that are needed, thought, intention and energy: clarity of though, clarity of intention and clarity of energy.
Remember too that magic only influences outcomes a little, it does not cause earthquakes. A lot of magic can make more of a difference than a little magic. Look at the magic of advertising, look at how the sigils and enchantments that corporations use at scale, repeated over and over again have a bigger impact than the magic of a solitary mage. “I’d like to teach the world to sing” or at least make everyone buy and drink Coke. Individual tests on psi by Radin show about 5% to 10% influence. If that level is repeated for other types of personal magic then I’m happy but it only influences the chance of something happening, it doesn’t ensure that it does.
So what of those clarities?
Clarity of thought: Understanding what you want to achieve or change is the first essential step. Understanding why you want to do that, what the confounding factors are and what the implications are, are required to achieve a piece of magic successfully. I say successfully as it is quite easy to go wrong as the classic example of a spell to give one more free time ending up with the person getting sacked shows – it achieved the goal.
Clarity of intention: Knowing what you want to do and wanting to do it are different. Wanting to achieve of change something. Desiring an outcome. Focused on a goal. Wanting to heal someone. These are intentions. When you decide to provide healing to someone sick, that is intention. When you decide to transmit a thought to others, that is intention. The intention needs to last through the next stage, the one that is probably the hardest.
Clarity of will power or energy: Putting it out there… this is the most diverse part. In its simplest form I was taught to heal by channelling energy down through my body, into my hands and into the person I was healing. A ritual or spell is also about bringing forth energy to deliver an intention and make a change. The chaos magicians talk about their eclectic approach to magic – doing stuff that works for them. For example, if sigils are effective for you, do sigils.
It is not always just the ritual or spell, the channelling of energy or the drawing of shapes though. Often practical actions need to be taken. If you want to move to a particular job then you need to write the application form for it and send it to the new boss!
Create the conditions for the intention to be effected – whatever those conditions may be and however they best work for you. At its simplest level this is clarity of energy.
Release: When we have done the thinking, know the intention and have put energy into it happening, we need to let go and leave the web of magic do its work. Continued focus on a spell hampers its progress. Some will not work even if the process is followed properly but most will fail if they are not released.