Second, I’d try to remember that not all magical workings have to big and huge, and it’s far more important that they are meaningful to you. There’s nothing wrong with big, huge workings, but if that is all you are doing, you will probably end up getting burnt out rather quickly. For many of the advanced study programs you nee dot be doing regular magical work. For me, this meant that I aimed for at least one magical working a week.
Third, having determined that you’re going to do a magical working and as you’re planning what kind of working to do, remember that for the advanced study program work you’re going to have to have at least three magical workings that have “demonstrable, intended results” and that you’ll have to explain how the results manifested. So, be sure that at least some of your workings will have results you can explain in that way: meaning not everything should be energy work or something similar or you may find yourself frustrated when you go to answer that question. I had good luck with this by doing some workings where I wanted to change the expected outcome of something, or alter the quantity of something. Though I imagine you could have good luck here with healing work as well if you have a baseline on which to base what the original outcome would have been without magic.
Fourth, I found it helpful to categorize the types of magic that I do, and then rotate what kind I was doing so that I didn’t get tired of any one specific type. I categorized based on both intent and method. Categorizing the various types of magic like this also helped me come up with what kinds of workings to do, as well as better brainstorm new kinds of magic to experiment with. It also allowed me to mix and match intents with methods to practice all different kinds and ways. For example, you can do healing work via energy, or charmed candles, or tinctures/tonics that are actually consumed, or talismans that are worn, or spirit arte (working with helper spirits), or toning, or spoken charms, or any manner of things. Each of those is a different working. This means if you know you are good at healing work, then you can stick with healing for awhile but try a whole bunch of different methods. Let’s say you then find that you’re good at making talismans. You could then use that as a jumping off point to try other intents like protection, blessing, inspiration for creative arts, manifestation of specific things. Then you just keeping moving on in that fashion, letting the intent inspire the methods, and the methods inspire the intent, and back and forth and back and forth.
I’ve listed below some specific ideas (note the mix and match with methods and intents that could be done with these). Most of these I’ve tried, and items with and asterisk* have a full working written up(full disclosure, most, though not all, of these are Hellenic in nature). Feel free to ask questions about any of them.
– Using materials sacred to a deity associated with divination to increase your Sight with divination tools.*
– Toning for healing a physical ailment
– Blending ingredients to soothe a fussy or teething baby*
– Spoken charm to create a purification/grounding and centering stone (included below)
– Creating an amulet/magical object for prosperity*
– Knotwork to use as needed for wisdom and guidance*
– Talisman for protection of material goods*
– Spoken charm to bless mode of transportation (shoes, bike, car)
– Talisman for the protection of young children and/or mothers*
– Spirit arte to increase milk production for breast feeding (this was done each week)
– Spoken charm for canning food for the winter
– Use blessed waters to create a protective charm for the home* (this is renewed each month)
– Spirit arte for bardic inspiration
– Visualization of a ‘fetch’ to help during trance work
– Spoken charm with offerings to introduce a person to a deity and encourage a relationship to form*
– Carve a binding tablet to stop someone from bothering you (magical restraining order)
– Tea used for grounding and centering in a time of chaos