3 Kinds Of Petitions And How To Use Them
Do you suck at magick with petitions? You, my friend, are not alone. Obviously, if you can write a petition, and you know what works for you, and you don’t have any problems with petition magick, then maybe this particular post isn’t for you.
But the fact is: a lot of people judge themselves harshly when they have trouble writing what would be considered a “good” petition. When you follow all the status quo rules, you sometimes end up blocking yourself. But that’s probably a different post, so on with the show ...
The truth is, petitions take a lot of different forms. And each one is virtually it’s own art.
Let’s start with the basics.
There are three parts to a petition: what you want, when you want it, and how you want it to show up.
Be specific, but not super-specific. Try to be more specific with one or two of the components, but not all three. Sometimes, you can completely leave out how you want it to come, or when you want it to come. But I wouldn’t recommend leaving out both. You want to have at least two components - that way, you can be on-point about your desired end result.
If you do decide to include how you want it to come, make sure that pipeline exists. If you’re going for a job, make sure to put in applications. If you’re trying to find the love of your life, be sure to put yourself in situations to meet new people. If you’re trying to financially destroy your ex - well, there’s not a whole lot of action you can take in that instance, unless you have documentation that they’ve been embezzling from their company for the past year or so.
One thing I’d like you to consider is that, in some instances, successfully doing magick for yourself can cause harm to others. I’ve know people who have petitioned for a new house, or a great deal of money, only to have a wealthy relative die and leave it to them. In my own life, I petitioned once for a new car, and I totaled my old one, which led to me getting a sizeable chunk from the insurance company for a down payment on a new car. Luckily, I’d taken the time to think it through, and I added the clause, “Without harm or injury to myself or my loved ones.” And in that case, I came out of the car accident unscathed, except for a bruise from the seat belt, and no one else was in the car with me. The other driver was fine - my little Mazda didn’t do shit to their gigantic hulking Chevy Suburban.
So I’m just forewarning you that crazy stuff like that can, and does, happen. It isn’t that “Magic always comes with a price,” ala Mr. Gold/Rumplestiltskin from Once Upon A Time. It’s that magick takes the path to fruition/manifestation that is most readily available to it.
So … enough about dire warnings, and let’s talk about three types of petitions that I like to use.
When working with a single statement, the idea is to boil your desire down to a sentence, and then use it in a name paper. That’s where you’d put your name in the center, and then surround it with an unbroken line of writing. That unbroken line of writing is your statement.
The trick is to make it positive, and present-tense. So first, start with “I want,” and then fill in the blank. So, for example: “I want to buy a house.” Using the term want, though, keeps the desire in the future, just out of reach. Because you’ll always be wanting. So you might change that statement to, “I own a house.” Since there’s no negative in the statement (there isn’t a no, not, don’t, etc.), it’s already positive. Unless you get negative vibes off the idea of owning a house - and then you’re not ready for that desire from an internal standpoint, which is a completely different post.
So, “I own a house,” is your desire. But what about the other two components? When do you want it, and how do you want it to come? In this case, the how part is kind of obvious - you’re going to buy it. So I would leave out that component. Instead, I’d work in a time-frame, something like, “within the next six months.”
But does that present another problem? “I own a house within the next six months,” could be six months from any month of the year, right? You mean, “within six months from now,” but the spirits don’t necessarily know that unless you put it clearly. So I would likely get a little more specific and say something like, “I own a house before April arrives.” I’m satisfied with that.
But, it’s not specific enough. You can buy any kind of crap house you run across, and you could probably do it before April. But you want something a little more your style - not just any crap house. So you could go more specific and write, “I own a three-bedroom, two-bath house before April arrives.” Or you could say, “I own the right house for my partner and myself before April arrives.”
Quick hint: don’t use the word “perfect” in the house-hunt situation, and don’t use it in a job-hunt situation, either. Because that’ll only damper your findings. There will never be a perfect house that fits everything you want in every single detail, unless you build it yourself. And even then, you’ll likely grow tired of it over time. So stay away from “perfect.”
Which leads me to …
A list is better than a statement when you have a series of requirements that need to come to fruition.
In our example, if you’re looking to buy a house, you probably have more than the basic requirement of “three bedrooms.” Now’s the time to dream, and dream big. You’re doing the preliminary work for your petition right now, so just go all-out.
In the house example, I may write a list of ideas like this:
- all brick
- 3 bedroom
- 2 full bath
- finished basement
- 2 car attached garage
- covered front porch
- enclosed back porch
- only evergreen trees in the yard
- gas hookups for appliances
- natural gas heat
- central air conditioning
- working fireplace in the living room
- privacy fence around entire backyard
- street-side mailbox
- on the outskirts of the city but within ten miles of a large grocery store
My next step would be to determine what of those items are things I absolutely have to have. I’d stick with one or two, maybe three, of them. Then I’d decide which of them I really want, but if I didn’t get them, it wouldn’t kill me. And then I’d figure out which of them are just inconsequential - nice to have, but if they aren’t there, meh, who cares.
Label them one-through-whatever, and then rewrite the list in order of importance.
Once that’s done, you can strike off items that you don’t really care about. Try narrowing it down to a list of the really important items, plus a few love-to-have amenities. When I used the list petition to draw my partner into my life, I started with 25 specific qualities, narrowed it down to 5 musts, and 5 really-wants, and then struck the rest.
Once you’ve done that and you’re satisfied with it, put the list on a fresh piece of paper (or parchment, or a brown paper bag, or what-not), and there’s your petition.
Sometimes, though, even a list just isn’t enough. Which brings up …
Maybe you feel like you need to tell a whole story. Or maybe you need to be really descriptive. Or maybe, as in the case of buying a house, you want to present a few specific options to the spirits. Maybe you’d really like a 3-bedroom, 2-bath brick with a finished basement and a working fireplace. But, what if you could honestly just do with a 2-bedroom with a finished basement, and an unfinished attic? And maybe the fireplace could be in any room, not just the living room? Or maybe you want an attached 2 car garage, but you could live with a detached 2 car garage, or even settle for no garage, if it meant you could have a working fireplace at which to perform some yummy magicks? And you’d be satisfied with that.
If you’ve already tried the list, and it feels like it’s limiting, or you have more options or ideas that are alternatives to your original want, write a letter. You might also write a letter if you want the spirits to be uber-clear on what you want, and how you want it to come, but would rather not assign a deadline - or if your deadline is fairly far off in the future, like 10 years down the timeline, but the actual date isn’t specific.
Basically, a letter petition is just like any other letter to anyone. It describes your options, lays out what you’re after, and gives you the ability to be uber-specific, but present the spirits with alternatives.
Another form of the letter petition is the story petition. I’ve used this one plenty. It comes in handy if you’re doing the 5- or 10-years away kind of petition. You sit down, think about what you want your ideal day to look like, and write it out like a diary entry, as if it’s the end of the day, and you’re describing all the fantastic stuff you’ve accomplished.
(Side note: Yes, sitting on your butt watching the sunset from your covered back porch while having evening tea, or a tumbler of real Kentucky Bourbon, is an accomplishment.)
Most of us know the “rules” about petitions. We may know what to do with them, and we may know how to write them. But sometimes, people have issues balancing things out - i.e., how specific should I be? Do I give it a timeline? What if my timeline is too short? What if my magick fails? What if it comes in completely different form, and I miss it? What if … There are all kinds of what ifs. With petitions, you can address some of those issues through which type of petition you use.
Start with the statement. If it feels too limiting, move to the list. If it still feels limiting, use a letter form, or a story form.
Don’t judge yourself so harshly over petitions. Even though you’re probably just as O.C.D. about them as I am, you need a certain level of comfort and freedom to let the magick do it’s work. Let it.