"Magick is the Science of understanding oneself and one's conditions. It is the Art of applying that understanding in action."
-Crowley, Magick in Theory and Practice
[Aleister Crowley (1990). New York: Magickal Childe Publishing. ISBN 1555217664.]
For most, magick isn't something they believe in. People will tell (those who do believe) that it is all in their mind. A figment of the imagination. A trick played on inferior intellects.
If this is true, then magick doesn’t exist. The problem is this, magick not only exists, it affects every person’s individual lives - whether we realise it or not.
Each time a child blows out a candle and makes a wish ... Each time a person looks up their horoscope in the papers, or carries a lucky charm ... Each time someone walks around a ladder, or spills salt and casts it over their left shoulder...
Each and every one of these quirky daily activities has a past that stems from folk law and folk magic. Superstition and believe are one and the same.
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Magick and Belief
The two have gone hand-in-hand for centuries. Think about the Christian mass or miracle healing, these have very pagan (or folk magic) beginnings. Each and every religion says they ‘own’ these practices, which are actually extensions of rites much older.
Magick is simply a ritual to produce a given result. Take prayer. When a person prays they’re asking for something from the divine. It might be said that to commune with a single god is to commune with the hole of nature; thereby, communing with that which delivers on our ‘prayers’. In just the same way, a magical practitioner solicits a god, goddess, or nature spirit to provide a result to their ‘spell’.
Rituals are the basis of all religion. We do them until we ‘feel’ happier, better, more content with the world. This is manipulating the world around us.
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Spells were originally spoken. They were words of power.
Think about the phrase, spell-it-out! To spell, is to take a word apart and reconstruct it from its parts. In Hebrew each word is made from letters that represent items that are a part of the word.
Magical spells are recipes to produce a given state (positive or negative). Like recipes, spells only work properly if they are followed to the letter - miss-out a step and the result is a sad one. Get it right and the result is a piece of cake.
“Is it just a case of making up a ritual and performing it, and then the treasures of some lost kingdom will appear at your door?” I hear you ask. Of course not; nothing could be further from the truth. Spells are difficult because they have to raise a concentration in the practitioner that subverts the conscious mind and accesses the subconscious.
We need to fuel these rocks of ‘want’ with desire - the greater the desire the greater the result. To achieve the improbable, we have to harness the mind in an impossible way. We have to talk directly to the bit that really focuses our desires. We have to exploit this section of the brain (the creative bit) and ‘make’ it work - when it so clearly has no desire to work. It’s the laziest bit of the mind because its so powerful.
So, in short you have to put a lot of effort into a spell; or you’ll get very little back.
In Part 3 (30/07/12) I'll have a simple spell for you to try out.
If you want to share your magical experiences, I'd be happy to hear from you. (Some of the best might make it into following blogs :-) .