* Choose the subject matter of your spell, bearing in mind the Threefold Law.
* Note down the purpose of the spell and the order in which you intend to work. Decide whether it will be divided into phases, such as invoking the four elements, raising and releasing the power (see pages 40-1) or merge into one.
* Plan what you are going to say and write it down. (You may of course let the words come to you spontaneously.)
* Choose the time for your spell. Check the following influences:
The seasons The equinoxes The phase of the Moon The day of the week The hour
* Check any time limits (for example, 'May this spell hold sway until the Moon has ebbed away') and ensure that you can adhere to them.
* Choose the place for your spell. If you are working out of doors, and it is a spell that will last over several days, bear in mind any possible changes in the weather. Make sure you have enough room for the circle you intend to cast. Set up your altar in advance, if you can.
* Choose candles for the altar, to mark the quadrants of the circle and to represent people. Check they are the right colour. Choose elemental candles.
* Inscribe your candles.
* Anoint your candles.
* Choose your associated symbols that will act as a focus for the spell.
* Choose your elemental tools.
* Choose your herbs. Decide if you are going to empower them before or during the ceremony and write down the words if necessary. Make any sachets or poppets you intend to use.
* Choose your oils.
* Choose your incenses.
* Choose your crystals.
* Choose your ritual substances.
* Consecrate the ritual substances.
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