Some state that Intent alone will cast a spell. That all you need to do is think really really hard on it. Then it will happen. Then if they get no results. They will think that they didnt think hard enough. Though what is intent? Its a thought. People think good things and bad things all the time. Nothing happens. Nothing at all. So I think that we can reason, Intent is Not “Everything.”
Now that is not to state that Intent is not Part of magick. The difference between the Intent to clean your room and the Intent to cast a sell is Very Different. The intent to clean your room is very drab, very mundane, and not very well thought out. The intent to cast a spell is very vivid. You picture it with all the senses. You create the picture in your mind that is as flawless to the desired out come as if you were looking across the room and it was happening before you or to you.
So even though you have sculpted the finest idea in your mind. Now you have to find a way to empower the image. You do this through desire also known as Passion. You can not want it like you want an Ice creme or to pay your bills. You have to want it like a fat kid loves cake or a dying man in the desert needs water. Desire is the fuel for focus. Once you have the desire You tap your personal power and open to the elements. This still is just a Part of the spell.
You can have a great thought and a shit ton of “power” and passion and still have nothing. All that you have created is a Potential causation. You still need to release it into the world. How you do this is just as important as any other in this triad. This is where many fail.
Lets take a moment and think a bit logically. You are going to build this thought, build this power, cast some circle for protection, Then shield yourself??? but you are going to release this power into the world?? No its like a microwave at that point. You have all the great things happening inside but nothing is getting out. To release this power you drop your shield, you drop your barrier and you force it out of you with the fury of a holy man pushing redemption. Scream, point your wand, envision your out come and give it the breath of life to become more then an idea in your head.
This is the anatomy of a spell.