A spell is any psychic or magical operation that combines a number of elements (air, fire, water and earth) and/or program factors that produce a particular result over a period of time. A spell could also be defined as a formalized intention that is carried out over time until completion. We use spells when we are unable to directly affect a situation or condition, especially when dealing with complex factors or barriers which require a lot of force to overcome.
By the above definition, chants, litanies, sonic, voodoo dolls (simulacra magic) and directors and limiters are all spells. Prayers are also spells. Spells are energy matrices programmed to build momentum and overcome obstacles until the end goal is manifested. Unless otherwise programmed with directors and limiters, spells take the path of least resistance to the goal. While the goal may be appropriate relative to Rules of the Road, the path of the spell may be highly destructive (and not appropriate according to Rules of the Road).
According to Seven Arrows research, when the entire civilized world prayed that something would rescue Germany from the inflationary depression after World War I (because it was dragging everyone down economically) without specifying what or how, those prayers brought Hitler to power. Hitler tried twice before to take power but failed both times. At the same time, the Jews were fervently praying to return to the Holy Land. However, at the time the Jewish population was too large to successfully return to the Holy Land (they would have been killed off by the Arabs) - only a small population could successfully return. The Jewish prayer tied into the prayers that brought Hitler to power, and by the path of least resistance Hitler's methods reduced the Jewish population so that their prayer of returning to the Holy Land could be realized.
A person involved in a meditation group, which taught people to get what they wanted using white light had similar trouble. The meditation group taught people to put the thing they wanted to manifest on a bulletin board and sit there imagining what it would be like to have it, holding in mind no harm. A woman with a difficult life wanted to pay off her house and car and receive a reliable income. She took a picture of her mortgage and wrote "paid" on it. She did the same thing with the car, and then asked for $250.00 free and clear. When she was asked whether she was worried about how this manifestation would come about she replied that she was not. Then, her husband who had been a very stable person, instead of going to work one day stopped at the liquor store to buy liquor, bought a gun and killed himself. The life insurance paid off the house and car, and gave the woman $250.00 free and clear. He was the weakest link in the chain so, by taking the path of least resistance, the spell worked through him.Before designing or launching any spell you must be very clear on the use of directors and limiters, basic magical operational laws and the terminology involved with spell work. Remember, the Universe doesn't care what you intend to do just what you actually do. Magic is a precision science and altered procedures produce altered results!