I talked to Z. Budapest on the phone once
It was really nothing but I was so excited at the time.
To me (and opinions are going to vary) spells are like prayers in action. Say you are praying for patience (no I am not speaking from personal experience here at all...)- with prayer you bow your head and/or drop to your knees and talk to God (whomever) asking for guidance and help and all that. With spellwork you do the same except you are also making symbolic gestures and using herbs, colors, elements associated with what it is you are asking for help in. So I would be verbally praying "Dear Lord, please help me to find patience" and within spellwork I would be adding the burning of a certain incense, maybe an affirmation/chant, meditation/visualization, invoking the approriate deity for help, etc etc. You don't have to do all of that, of course. Hopefully I am making sense. To some I know spellwork is about the power that comes from you but to me it is less about the power to make things manifest on our own and more about the power we have to ask for help in making things manifest. Like I said different people are going to have different views on how this works and why. I take a more.. I don't even know what you'd call it really. Basically i believe spells and prayers work because they make us more mindful. I do believe in miracles and blessings from God/Mother/The Universe/etc but I also believe in the power of one's mind and one's actions. IMO, though, in order to have this work we have to show restraint, discipline, and humility.
And as always pray hard that you won't crash the ship but also steer clear of the rocks.
I am just blah blah blahing now and I am not too sure if I am even making sense!