This is as fundamental as it gets.
Advanced practitioners would benefit greatly from this as well yet I’ll put it in the new magician section because it can be the key that finally unlocks results.
Expectation can make or break your results.
When you go into a ritual it should be the exact headspace and additude you had in 3rd grade at recess.
This is paranount. A lot of people expect a lot of Hollywood effects from an evocation and find out they’re lucky to sense the air thicken. They start to wonder if they’re doing everything right, if the spirits hear you and if they fucked it up somehow.
Get out of your own way and have fun with this! Pretend you’re a kid at recess pretending to play “spellcaster” with your friends. We’ve all been there. We’ve had poke pokemon battles, we were Dragonball Z characters, we were in fighter jets, we were soldiers (and having physical implements like guns and costumes to dress it up was AWESOME back then wasn’t it?! I’ve always hated needing to track down candles and spell implements. Now I realize they’re not needed but …come on you’re being a magician! Let yourself go there and use the props! It’s way more fun)
…do you see the power in this? A 10 yesrold kid is having a battle with his friends on the field and before hand he moves his arms and says “so a big glyph thing appears in the middle and slows time. Everyone gets trapped in here until the winner is the last one standing”
Everyone visualizes it and rolls with it. Whether they see it or not, it is what they said. If someone wants to counter it because reasons (astral is the realm of imagination after all…) the one with the strongest will and imagination to back it up wins. Magick is no different.
Step into it, treat each spell as real as the 10 yearold who is role playing would (everyone was a larper back then. Girls, we all know you played house and had tea parties. …unless you stomped ass and hit kids who sucked at these games. We’re all here…)
When you’re done, the bell rings and you go in and do your boring grammar homework. You might think about ways to bring more power to the game you were playing but you usually didn’t touch it until you found yourselves on the playground again.
The rituals you approach this way will shock and amaze you. Don’t think about the Magick. Don’t think about how it’s going to show up. Just do it, play the game, and when recess is over go back inside and do math or whatever they had for you.
It’s supposed to be fun. This is why we make fun names and say weird incantations. It’s supposed to feel powerful. The new kid who thought it was weird and wasn’t having fun tore the magic away from it all. When you really lean into it you’ll soon find yourself in another world.