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On the difficulty level of high magick rituals

A common concern I hear regarding high magick spells is that they are too complicated. This is a valid concern, but let’s address this directly and clear up some misconceptions regarding an effective high magick ritual.

High magick does seem to get quite comlicated with some of their rituals, and when you see things like […]

Who is the most dangerous demon?

For every occultist you ask you will undoubtedly get a different answer. Confining ourselves to just the Goetia, for simplicity’s sake, I would put for Glasya-Labolas as a particularly insidious character. While Andras and Andromalius and the more ferocious of the Kings, seem clearly dangerous in their descriptions, one can come well prepared. However, the […]

Invoking Izabael

Some people are confused about how to evoke (or invoke) Izabael the genie. Even though the FAQ is pretty exhaustive, I thought I would run through a simple example of an evocation. This will be the first part of a series of small, but relatively easy instructional blogs on practical magick. THE DEFINITIONS: evocation — […]

Abracadabra & Abrahadabra

The 5 and the 6

The 5 pointed star (the pentagram) symbolizes man, a.k.a. the microcosm (that which is within us, in a spiritual sense). The hexagram, the six-pointed star, symbolizes God, also known as the macrocosm (all that is without us).

This is the heart of all magick, and indeed the heart […]

About the author Shawn Martin Scanlon

I have been practicing and teaching magick for over twenty years. In that time, I’ve learned what works and what is complete bullshit in the world of magick (the latter accounts for far more than the former!) This book is for anyone who wants to learn about REAL magick, and wants to make REAL changes […]

What is the ultimate goal of magick?

“What is the ultimate goal of magick?”

Every magician will have to formulate the answer to that for themselves.

For me, the goal of magick is to increase the joy and pleasure of my life, while helping the world and those around me as much as possible.

The Three Pillars of the Tree of Life

The Three Pillars

The left side of the Tree of Life (which includes Binah, Geburah, and Hod) is known as the Pillar of Severity. This side tends towards discipline, control, and dominance.

The right side is known as the Pillar of Mercy (and contains Chokmah, Chesed, and Netzach.) This side tends towards mercy, […]

The Inverted Pentagram

The Inverted Pentagram

The most notorious star in all of magick is the inverted pentagram. Does it not mean a devil’s head? Is it not evil?

Thanks to Eliphaz Levi,[1] it does indeed symbolize a goat’s head to many magicians, but no, it is generally not considered an evil symbol by those […]

What is magick?

Magick is the science and art of using the subconscious mind to make powerful changes in the material world. In more specific terms, magick is using conscious stimulation (i.e. rituals, symbols, gestures, chanting, lighting, incense, orgasms, etc.) to harness latent powers within the subconscious mind (i.e. gods, genii, intelligences, angels, daemons, etc.) to make […]

The Ego-Mind

The ego-mind is that incessantly yappy part of our mind that always says “I,” “I,” “I,” and “me,” “me,” “me.” Most humans are so identified with this ego-mind that they don’t realize that there is anything else.

The ego-mind could also be appropriately called the “monkey mind” as it is that incessant rattle of […]

How do I make a magick potion?

The final chapter of my book gives rituals for any purpose. Using the Tree of Life ritual, once can channel energy (for any goal or purpose!) into an appropriately colored/flavored concoction thus imbuing the drink with energy, much the same way a similar ritual would charge a talisman. In this sense, the potion becomes the […]

The Caduceus

Mercury (Hermes), god of magick and writing, carries a staff called the caduceus, which is a pictorial representation of all he stands for, including his job as protector to merchants, thieves, and liars.

It is interesting that the medical association has erroneously taken the caduceus as their own, which has nothing to do with medicine. […]

The Seven Traditional Planets of Magick

The seven traditional “planets” of magick are the five planets visible without a telescope plus the Sun and Moon. The way the planets are used in this book has little to do with astrology or predicting fortunes. It also has nothing to do with astronomy so traditional astronomers will just have to forgive the convention […]

What is a Chaos Magick Servitor?

Chaos Magick Servitor

Chaos magicians create their own demons/daemons called “servitors.” Chaos magick is completely open-ended and evolves constantly so there is no single prescribed ways to make servitors. Research it online, because that’s always the most up-to-date place to find what Chaotes are up to. I give detailed instructions on how I make […]

What is the Tree of Life?

 

The Tree of Life is a diagram of human existence—a roadmap of the mind, body and spirit and their relationships to one another. It is also the cornerstone of most modern magick.

The first mention of the Tree of Life is in Genesis 3:22, written around 750-700 BCE, but the actual diagram came much […]

Is this book Thelemic?

Thelema is Crowley’s philosophy and system of magick based on the teachings of the The Book of the Law. While Crowley’s system is unique, it is heavily rooted in Hermeticism as taught to him by the Golden Dawn. I have no intentions of making this a specifically “Thelemic” book; however, Thelema is non-dogmatic, meaning you […]

Is learning magick difficult?

Not when you start at the beginning and learn the essentials step by step, just as I will teach you in the pages of my book. My magick book assumes no prior knowledge of Hermeticism, the occult, or magick. All that is required of you is to read the chapters and follow the exercises and […]

What subjects does this magick book cover?

This book teaches the underlying concepts of magick, i.e. the actual principles involved in creating a ritual for the purpose of having positive results in our life.

This book correlates and puts into perspective a diverse range of magickal and occult topics such as angels, spirit guides, Wicca, Paganism, witchcraft, , Goetia, Thelema, Golden […]

Do I have to have to believe in God or the occult for this book to work?

Everything You Wanted to Know About Magick (But Were Afraid to Ask) is technique driven, not belief driven. This book neither assumes nor demands that you have any specific spiritual or occult belief. Magick works regardless. This means you can hold whatever beliefs about the universe you like and incorporate the rituals and meditations as […]

How do I raise magickal energy?

There are endless ways to raise a variety of magickal energies, and you already work with magickal energy when you perform the Equilibrating Ritual of the Pentagram (or the LBRP and other variants).

Another powerful method of stirring up magickal energy, specifically that of your chakras, is called the Middle Pillar Ritual. With it you […]

What are chakkras?

 

The chakras are energy centers running up and down the center of our bodies. The word itself comes from the Sanskrit “wheel” or “turning.”

The chakras can be “worked.” This means through breath-control and visualization they can become more enlivened with magickal energy.

 

Chakkra Location on Body Location on Tree of Life Color […]

Who are your sources?

Magick and Hermeticism have always been syncretic, and I follow in this tradition. The benefit of my twenty-two years as a magician is granted to my readers by cutting out the dross. I present only the gold of magick and Hermeticism. My teachings are based on the very best sources in magick and Hermetic literature […]

Is magick dangerous or evil?

No. If you follow the instructions in my magick book you can only have beneficial results for yourself and those around you. In fact, I would say it’s dangerous and evil to not perform magick, since without it you may miss your birthright to godhead. With magick, you empower your life with energy, joy, and […]

What if I’m rational and just don’t believe in magick?

I’ve been there myself. In Chapter 8, I discuss the seeming paradox of the god of magick, Thoth, also being the god of science and rational thought.

Is learning magick difficult?

Magick is easy when you start at the beginning and learn the essentials step-by-step, just as I will teach you in the following pages. This book assumes no prior knowledge of magick.

All that is required of you is to read the chapters and follow the exercises and rituals within the book as best you […]

How does magick work?

The subconscious mind has access to everything we are not aware of consciously and is therefore in a better position to manifest our goals than our conscious mind, which is generally ego-ridden, anxious, and short-sighted.

Magick works by giving more control to the subconscious mind. Bypassing the constant chitter-chatter of our conscious mind, magick plants […]

How can magick help me?

In concrete terms, the benefits of learning magick are too numerous to list, but here’s a few advantages of using magick:

Understand and maximize the full potential of your mind and body. Learn rituals and meditations to attract wealth (Chapter 4), health (Chapter 6), and any other earthly delight under the sun or moon. I […]

Who is magick for?

Magick is for everyone. It is for the butcher, the athlete, the painter, the musician, and the banker. It is for the lawyer, the doctor, and the mountain man. Magick is about taking your life, your art, your love and your career to the next level, all the while increasing your joy and satisfaction with […]

Why use magick?

Everyone has problems and everyone wants answers, so why turn to magick to make lasting life changes? For starters, magick is rooted in humanity’s ancient past. Magick includes concepts, teachings, and symbols that resonate to the deepest core of our subconscious minds. This is wisdom clearly articulated by Socrates, Plato and Aristotle, which was then […]

Does magick really work?

The magick in Everything You Want to Know About Magick (But Were Afraid to Ask) most certainly works. I present you with only the very best concepts and techniques gleaned from my twenty-two years of magickal practice and study.

The meditations and rituals in this book are drawn from the most respected sources in magick, […]

What is Hermeticism?

There are many schools of magick, under a variety of terms, but Western magick finds its roots most strongly situated in Hermeticism, the religion and philosophy of the Hellenistic culture. This term frequently comes up in this book as Hermeticism has strongly influenced modern magick both directly and through the many authors and magicians it […]