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I use petition papers literally all of the time, so, rather than set up another today, I’m going to talk a little bit about how they figure in what I do. The way I practice, petition papers are essentially just statements of intent. The only trick to them is that they must be written as though you have achieved what you’re looking for– if you write “I want a pony,” you’re going to achieve wanting for a pony.
Instead, I write them as simple “I am” or “I have” statements. Depending on the nature of what I’m doing, I might make one in list format. Most of those begin with “I manifest,” and are followed by a short list of material things I need: a new pair of shoes, a camera, you name it. As an example, the last petition I wrote was for my simple new moon spell. I create a list of things I want to see increase with the waxing of the moon, and tuck it under a crystal I use purely for this purpose. It hasn’t done me wrong so far!
Like many people, I try to forget about my petition after I’ve written and used it. Some, I set up to “run” for a given period of time and only look at them again when it comes time to dispose of them (chiefly so I can see how well they’ve worked). Others, I use by burning or dissolving in liquid so I can’t really go back and read them afterward.
Some witches write theirs in a magickal alphabet. Though I can appreciate the extra level of dedication it takes to either memorize or translate something into, say, Theban, it’s generally not something I often do. I find that it breaks my focus more often than it helps it, and I’m fortunate enough to be in a position where I don’t really need that level of secrecy. In situations where I do, I’m much more likely to use a spell method that doesn’t require a petition.
Do you use petitions often in your work? How do yours differ?