As many of you recall, last August/September there were some terrible fires in the Texas region, brought on in part by severe drought. Some Pagans on Facebook got together to fight the fires by trying to get a hurricane to hit the area, as I noted here.
They never updated their Facebook page to say if they felt that they succeeded, or if they didn't how to do magic better. I'll do that for them right here because I'm nice that way.
Here's the USGS Drought Monitor summary for last year. It seems to be missing the last few months but DOES include the ends of July and September - the time the group was working in. What happened? The drought continued to increase. Here's the summary for the first 12 weeks of 2012, so you can compare the beginning of 2012 to the beginning of 2011. What happened? The drought is worse now than it was early last year. I'm having trouble finding any archives of the fires from last year to link to, sorry about that. As I recall ... the number and acreage involved increased during September.
I am NOT here snarking about trying to do big magic. I am all for that. I AM pointing out that the group didn't like me bringing up how they were going to measure success or failure to the point of refusing to consider doing any measurements.
Looks to me like the magic failed. Just like the magic my coven did for "Peace" during the Olympics .... and within a week Russia and Georgia were at war. Not all magic works, and when it doesn't - heck, even when it DOES work - you need to look at what did and did not work. That is how you LEARN. That is how your magic IMPROVES.
Have a few extra bucks and want to improve your magic? Pick up one of those "Spell a Day" books published by Llewellyn, and do the spells .... and look into why they call for this, that, or the other 'ingredient'. Or look at the goal and make up and do your own spell for that. Yes, a spell a day. Just like if you were learning piano or martial arts you'd practice daily. Just like a baby learning to walk practices and practices and practices.
Go forth and be wonderful.