You just got a book of spells and cannot wait to bend someone else to your desires. Carefully you get all the required ingredients and gather it all together and learn the proper words to say over them as you mix and blend and light the candles and then....
If you are today's neo-Pagan Crystal Liter, you try a couple of more times then go online and beg an answer from some other witch wannabe in a chat room. Maybe eventually you decide magic is bullshit or the witch you asked is bullshit and you start to badmouth her. “Why oh why won't it work for me?' you cry out. The reason is contained in that action.
You left out the most important parts, will and intent because you don't have a freakin' clue what those two words actually mean. Ah, yet again we have failure to understand the actual meanings of words gumming up the works.
Will and intent doesn't mean staring at something and popping veins in your forehead concentrating on it. It is a state of mind and one you probably have been taught from birth not to obtain.
For Magic to Work, You Must Live a Magical Life
Will is not wishing. That is where we start. That dirty word faith comes into play but not in the fashion you probably think. Faith in yourself. In order to have faith in yourself you first have to keep your word, especially to yourself. Do not make commitments you cannot keep because doing so tells your subconscious you aren't serious. Do you joke about Pagan Standard Time when you cannot seem to show up anywhere on time? Every time you do that you send a message to the Universe and that part of you that is the Universe that you are not a serious person, that you lack willpower. How on earth can you expect to visualize something to make it manifest if you cannot meet a simple obligation to be somewhere when you say you will? Simple answer, you can't. Magic begins with self respect and empowerment and you have to do the work on that yourself.
Most people attempt spellwork hoping stuff will magically appear, sorry it doesn't work that way. You wish for a pile of money (and we'll get into motives next) and it doesn't appear and you are pissed but someone told you of an opportunity for a great job and you blew it off because better the devil you know. The magic worked and you blew it because you were hung up on the Hollywood witch concept.
And your motives sucked. You want a pile of money but never asked yourself why you want it. You need to take the next step and figure out the why because what you need probably isn't money which is basically just a concept, but something else entirely like a decent place to live and food and basic comforts. Because you were looking for a pile of money, you miss the opportunities for those essential things that presented themselves that Universe provided you. You have to grasp the opportunities. And to do that, you first have to just be able to see them.
And sometimes not getting what you wish for is the kindest thing the Universe can provide.
I teach what I call the paradox of magical power. If you seek power, you will rarely get much, if you obtain power (through living a magical life where you can manifest into to world your “will”) you will rarely use it. (because you won't have to)
Within that lesson is your answer but that's all you get from me for now.