For all the new magicians coming to our forum, I thought i would make a tutorial for a simple, and easy, yet powerful magical technique : the petition spell
i know the petition spell isn’t as sexy as evocation, but it has a long history as a traditional form of sorcery. We have evidence from ancient Greece, the defixones tablets, that this was a very common form of magick used for everything from love spells to curses.
The petition spell has become a staple of Wicca, as well as Law of Attraction practitioners and even psychotherapy!
What is a petition spell? Essentially, it is a written statement of intent, calling upon whatever external or internal powers you feel closest to, to bring to you your desire. It requires no trance state, no open astral senses or “third eye”, no magic circle, and no tools beyond a pen, and paper.
In ancient Greece, the petitioner would call upon the gods of the underworld. The Letter to Lilith method of our own mighty @succupedia is an excellent example of a petition spell.
So, how do we write an effective petition spell?
In his book, The Casting of Spells, author Christopher Penczak states that the petition spell has six parts:
Announcement - here you state your name, either your magical one, or your given name. Both are effective. You are announcing yourself to the Powers
Evocation - here you evoke the powers that you are petitioning to bring forth your desire
Intent - this is the meat of the petition, the declaration of the desire you want to bring about. It should be as clear and precise as possible
Conditions - these are the stipulations around the manifestation of your desire. An example would be a statement of no harm in a money spell so you don’t end up getting the money you want by being crippled in an accident
Gratitude - thanking the powers evoked for your desire
Declaration - Sealing the spell. An example would be, “amen” or “so mote it be.”
A petition spell can be to anyone and anything, from a generic petition to “the Universe” to a particular god, goddess or demon.
So let’s go through an example. Since this is mainly a black magick forum, let us petition Lucifer for some money.
“I, Frater Babaloo, ask, in the name of the Lightbringer, Lucifer the Morning Star, to grant to me $1000. I thank mighty Lucifer for His aid, and ask that this money come to me without harm, and within two weeks. So it is done.”
You will notice, in the example above, that one of the conditions placed on the request is a time frame. A time frame isn’t an essential condition for every request. but will depend on your intention. In the case of money, you don’t want the money to come to you 5 years in the future, because you probably have need of it a bit sooner than that so adding in the time frame is helpful.
Now that we have our written petition, what do we do with it?
Find a place where you can be alone for a few minutes. Relax, maybe meditate to calm your mind. Then, read your petition out loud. You can do this once, or you can read it a number of times that has magical significance to you like 3 or 9.
After the final recitation, you dispose of the petition. This is usually done through the elements. You can burn it, or flush it, or cast it to the winds. In ancient Greece, because the petitions were to underworld spirits (and written on clay tablets), they were most often buried. If your intention is to remove something from your life, you could bury it, and, as the paper rots in the ground, so will your intention manifest.
Sometimes, the petition is not disposed of, but left on an altar until it manifests. In his book Sorcerer’s Secrets, Jason Miller talks about leaving a financial petition in a cash box consecrated to Jupiter until it manifests, and then disposing of it. In our example, if you had an altar devoted to Lucifer, then you could leave the petition there.
That is all there is to it. You can take the basic format and dress it up as you wish. You can add a circle casting, or a calling of the Watchtowers or whatever. Add your own creative flair as you see fit. The possible ideas are endless.
For my own recent petition to my God self, I chanted EA’s conjuration of All Magical Powers 9 times, before reading my petition, and then burned it. Simple.
Try one out and tell us about your experience!