There are several books and teachers who either imply or explicitly state that intention is the key to magick. The entire basis of the Law of Attraction as popularized in The Secret is that intention is everything. This concept states that if you have an intention and focus on it strongly, you attract to you the heart of your intention. One of the most popular books in history virtually says this in its title: Think and Grow Rich.
I have encountered this same, "intention is everything" attitude among Pagans and ceremonial magicians. I have attended many hundreds of rituals where we are instructed to "write our intention on a piece of paper" which is then burned or returned to us to be
This year I threw out the idea of writing my yearly resolution(s). While declarations and promises are fine and dandy and have even served me well in the past, I simply didn't have the energy for it this year. I could blame it on the flu that plagued me, but more honestly my heart just wasn't in it.
Normally I savor my yearly reflection on past and projection into future, so this was definitely new. Partly I suppose the word "resolution" has almost become a dirty word for me around this time of year. Media hypes New Year resolutions so much that dieting and exercise almost become the assumption. In retaliation, I used to make my goals anything besides health and fitness. Still, my