Intention is the heart of all magical workings.
– Madam Josephine
There are many different types of magical traditions, and even differences about how spells and rituals work within each tradition. In order to safely practice, it’s best to learn all you can. And the best way to learn? Books!
Seek out books from a variety of authors about the magical topic you’re interested in. Then consolidate the information to work out the methods that best match your intention.