Originally Answered: Wiccans, why do spells require years to learn when its so simple?
Dear One, the idea of even answering this has me worn out. All right, what you are saying sounds very like (forgive me) a teenager who thinks their parents are dumb because they shouldn't be stressed out all the time, as running a household is "easy." Or that parenthood is "easy." I mean, all you have to do is work, pay the bills, and keep the kids alive, right? How hard can it be??? That's the classic song of someone who has not clue one about what they are undertaking.
Spell craft is not step one, step two, step three. It's learning not only to build a very specific skill set, but it's also learning to navigate the playing field. Magic, real magic, takes the course of least resistance and the straightest path. Even very experienced practitioners can fail (and often do) to calculate for variables that in retrospect, mattered. And if this stuff were easy, why do you think even the stereotypes of the "magician" have this old dude with thousands of books consulting his many tomes before doing a working? Oh, right...because it's "easy."
I've been practicing magic for around 20 years. As an extremely experienced witch with many successes, I can tell you about some of the unforeseen things that I have learned from over the years. Here is an example:
5 years ago, I did a very involved, super-tightly planned out (or so I thought) working to get the money to re-do my kitchen. The 70's wanted my kitchen cabinets back. Of course, the idea was to attract a great contract for more work or win the lottery or something like that. I needed around $20,000. I did the working, having all the spiritual and energetic "muscles" already developed through years of practice and study, and put in all the usual stop-gaps that experienced witches use, such as stipulating that no one be harmed, yaddah, yaddah. That very day, my husband and I were at a coven event in another city and my teenager accidentally set the kitchen on fire. No one, not my daughter nor her 3 friends, was hurt. But my entire upstairs was unlivable and had to be completely gutted. We got an insurance settlement to fix the kitchen and upstairs, and we could not live in our home for 4 solid months of pure hell. I'm now sitting in my new kitchen writing this to you. Did the spell work? You bet it did. Could I say that it was worth it? Not sure. But it worked. THIS is the sort of thing I'm talking about when I say "variables."
If you think saying a rhyme and thinking you're changing your brain waves is spell casting, all I can tell you is that basically what you're doing is sitting in a car that isn't running, saying "Vroom, vroom! I'm driving." You are doing nothing of the sort. But please, go ahead. Don't listen to trained, skilled witches. We clearly don't know what we're talking about.