How to make spells can be a big issue for anyone new to witchcraft. The idea of making up your own seems odd and a little scary. How can a home-made spell be real? Just think about a spell like a recipe. Sure, using recipes from a famous chef in a published cookbook is fine and will be almost certain to produce something tasty.
But when you whip up something of your own creation, it doesn't mean it's not a real recipe. It is just a little tougher if you are new to cooking and it may run the risk of not turning out. With experience, you will probably ditch the book altogether and just cook whatever you feel like in the moment. Spells work the same way.
There is no hard and fast way to create the perfect spell, so you should plan on a little experimentation and these are just some tips to help you write your first spell.
First of all, you need to pin down what exactly you are trying to accomplish. It may not take much thinking on this but you do have to take this first step so you know how to proceed from here. Be specific too. Don't just think "love spell" because you may really want to find a new love or reconnect with an old love. A specific spell is more successful.
And if you are worried about your purpose being selfish, you should stop and think about doing spells for yourself. It's not necessarily a problem.
Once you have your intention set out, getting the right materials is the next step in how to make spells. A good list of "correspondences" is where you should start. Spell correspondences refer to a list of items and what purpose they correspond with (such as malachite for wealth). You can find a good list of magickal correspondences on this other website until I have one created here. I also have a specific list for spell herbs and one for crystals.
Anywhere from 2 to 5 items is usually sufficient for a typical spell but even that can be adjusted to suit your preferences. If you like candles, work with colors and candles. If you prefer crystals, then stick with various stones. It's up to you.
Not all spells have to have words, but they do help you focus your energy on your intention when you are casting. This can be a hard part if you are not too creative. Just keep it simple and try to make it rhyme (though that is not necessary). There are a few generic magic chants on another page to help get you started. Of if you want a spell that is just words, try a page of magic word spells instead. You can also work in a few symbols instead of actual words if you prefer.
This isn't as crucial as the other parts of how to make spells, but you can add extra power if you time your spell right. Pick the right day of the week or the right phase of the moon for a little magickal boost. Study some correspondence tables and see when is the best time for your purpose. If it really doesn't work for you, then anytime is fine.
Put it All Together
Here is where most people get a little weak. Going through the motions and reading off your words does not make a successful spell. Your mind has to be focused on what you are trying to do, and you need to take your time. That also means learning the spell before you start.
Visualize your intentions and visualize the energy around you being focused on your task. Picture everything vividly in your mind as you work. This is where experience and practice come in. It's the inner workings of your mind and thoughts that makes spells work, and that cannot really be taught.