Recent discussions elsewhere in the forums have led me here, with thoughts of spellcasting in my mind. Though we have more pressing matters to focus on most of the time, it is good to know that we have a place dedicated to other topics.
In particular, I'm theorizing about the fundamentals of spellcasting, and hoping to make progress on small incantations, enchantments, hexes, and the like.
Here are my thoughts on spells. Think of them also as an open invitation! Different perspectives, different understandings: these are the keys to unlocking the truth.
What constitutes a spell? It seems safe to assume that the relevant elements are the source of power. Even so, there needs to be a driving force behind the magiq. The incantation is what comes to mind immediately. The words that form the spell would reasonably be what makes it work, right? Additionally, the grounding spell used objects, as we’ve found, but that appears to be particular to that spell.
I theorize that, beyond simply the word and the energies, spells are cast by the intent of the caster. The force of will, the driving desire, is what I believe truly makes the spell work. It has been seen that some have cast spells before knowing of magiq to begin with. The Guide itself mentions “The Endless Night of Learning” as something that one may have unwittingly cast. How, then, could it be done if not for the burning passion for knowledge, that craving for another hour, another minute, to pore over a good book, to squeeze every last bit of value from each second?
Perhaps, then, creation of spells is easier than previously imagined. Perhaps this makes it harder, needing that true desire to accomplish a goal. And, perhaps most likely of all, I’m completely wrong.