Chapter 1: ……………………… The Language of Magick
Chapter 2: ………………… The Equilibrating Ritual of the Pentagram
Chapter 3: …………………………………………………………… The Tree of Life
Chapter 4: ………………………………………………………………. Wealth Magick
Chapter 5: …………………………. Magick Tools & Weapons; Revenge Magick
Chapter 6: ………………………….. The Holy Guardian Angel & Healing Magick
Chapter 7: ……………………………………………………………………… Love Magick
Chapter 8: ………………………………. The Ubiquitous Mercury; Demonology
Chapter 9: ……………….. Astral Plane, Pathworking, and Divine Eroticism
Chapter 10: ………………….. The Human Body & Death; Ritual Design
Chapter 11: ………………………… Where Do We Go From Here?
Appendix: ……………………. Charts, diagrams, etc.
Chapter I: The Language of Magick
The first chapter briefly discusses the history of magick, including its roots in ancient Greek and Egyptian sources, as well as magick’s more contemporary influences such as the Golden Dawn, Aleister Crowley, and Wicca.
The rest of the chapter is devoted to explaining the most common elements of the magickal language, also known as the Hermetic language. This symbolism, still in heavy use by magicians today, is used not only to communicate with other magicians, but more importantly to express our deepest desires to the subconscious mind. Some examples of Hermetic symbolism include:
- Polarity (Yin and Yang, positive and negative, etc.)
- The triple “alchemical” energies of Mercury, Salt, and Sulphur
- The five elements of magick (Fire, Water, Earth, Air, and Spirit)
- The seven traditional “planets”: Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Luna, and Sol
- The twelve signs of the zodiac
- The 22 letters of Phoenician-derived alphabets such as Hebrew
Every symbol given in this chapter is useful and has practical application for the rituals later in the book. This chapter is meant to ease the reader into the plethora of symbolism used by modern magicians and get them ready for their first complex ritual in the next chapter.
Chapter II: The Equilibrating Ritual of the Pentagram
This chapter presents a centerpiece of magickal practice, originally known as the “Lesser Banishing Ritual of the Pentagram,” or as it is commonly referred to, the LBRP. This ritual is based on a Hebrew prayer and other Hermetic influences, and was popularized by Eliphas Levi and later the Golden Dawn, one of the most influential magickal orders of all time. The Wiccan “casting of the circle” is based on the LBRP as well, and most magicians of all denominations use their own rituals similar to the LBRP. The version in Everything You Wanted to Know About Magick (But Were Afraid to Ask) has been modified and updated so I have renamed the ritual to the “Equilibrating Ritual of the Pentagram.”
The Equilibrating Ritual of the Pentagram is not only a way to create a “bubble” of protected and consecrated space for more elaborate magickal workings, it is also a powerful ritual in itself, providing such benefits as:
- Increased focus and concentration
- Removes stress, bestowing a sense of calm centeredness
- Your “aura” will grow stronger, increasing your attraction and charisma to others
- Increases your visualization abilities, which is useful for all forms of magick
As this is the first complex ritual presented in the book, extra care is given to clarity and ease of use, including answers to many common questions that new students have about ritual performances, such as how their voice should sound, what to wear, and how to do one’s best without worrying about perfection.
This section of the book explains the Tree of Life, which is one of the most used and influential diagrams in Western magick and occultism. While originally from Hebrew Kabbalah, the Tree of Life takes on a unique and distinct life of its own in modern magick.
The Tree of Life is a diagram of ten spheres, known as Sephiroth, and twenty-two paths between them. This chapter gives an overview of the Tree of Life with a focus on specific symbolism that can be used in one’s own rituals. While a complex subject, this book focuses on practical applications of the Tree of Life, which makes it more accessible and easy to comprehend. Though the Tree of Life is presented as being optional to the core essentials of magick, there numerous distinct reasons to become familiar with it:
- The Tree of Life is a system of classification giving you a way to organize the diverse and varied chunks of knowledge in your head. This gives you context for all your facts and information, providing a better understanding of the world and your place in it.
- The Tree of Life improves memory and recall of facts, figures, and concepts.
- It is one of the most commonly used diagrams in all of magick and Hermeticism. Understanding the basic tenets of the Tree of Life will make other books on magick and the tarot that much easier to utilize.
- Later in the book, we will use the Tree of Life for creating highly specific, and entirely potent, magick spells for any purpose a student may desire.
- The Tree of Life is a map of our internal, psychological world. This can be traveled, in a emotional and mental sense, through what is known as pathworking.
Chapter IV: Wealth Magick
This chapter puts into play all the theory and examples of the last three chapters by presenting step-by-step instructions on how to create a talisman, which is an object consecrated to specific intent or purpose. Copious examples explain all aspects of ritual preparation in detail, including what to wear, which incense to use, where to perform, what time to perform, what to say, and what to do.
While later chapters get into rituals for love and health, a wealth talisman can be used for any financial purpose such as:
- Help finding a new career
- Finding money to pay off a debt
- Buying a new car
- Assistance with a mortgage
- Funds to buy a wedding ring
Chapter V: Magick Tools and Weapons; Revenge Magick
This chapter discusses the most common tools in magick, including their use and construction:
- The Wand: implement of creativity, energy, change, and virility
- The Cup: tool of the emotions, receptivity, and understanding
- The Sword: the weapon of analysis, reason, and destruction
- The Earth Vessel: the receptacle of our body, wealth, and all things of the material plane
- The Lamp: the symbols of spirit, God, light, and things beyond the comprehension of the conscious mind
This chapter also discusses magick utilizing anger, rage, and frustration. While Everything You Wanted to Know About Magick (But Were Afraid to Ask) eschews what would be classified “black magick,” it still explains how harsh, violent, and fearful human emotions can be put to use in a constructive magickal fashion.
Chapter VI: The Holy Guardian Angel, Being in the Moment, and Healing Magick
This chapter first discusses the topic of a Higher Self, known in magick as the “Holy Guardian Angel.” The advantages of being in touch with your Higher Self or “higher power” cannot be underestimated. Specifics include:
- Always feeling you have a companion even during the darkest times
- Always feeling like you are being guided somewhere better, despite your mistakes
- Inspires the courage needed for change
- Keeps you safe from delusion, obsessions, conceit and laziness—all dangers of magick
Further development of the Higher Self is the utterly simply concept of “being in the moment.” This idea is so simple that it escapes many humans to the detriment of their joy and sense of well-being. Being present, mentally and emotionally, in every single moment of time is the fundamental idea behind such varied philosophies as Taoism to modern authors such as Eckhart Tolle. Being in the now is part and parcel of happiness and our connection to our Higher Self.
The final section of this chapter teaches how to raise large amounts of magickal energy through our chakras (bodily energy centers located at various points up and down our spine). One of the most useful things to do with this type of magickal energy is to channel it for healing, and this chapter ends with a detailed healing ritual for oneself or for those we care about.
Chapter VII: Love Magick
This chapter discusses the pros and cons of performing magick for love and romance, and then plunges in with a detailed ritual for love.
This ritual further builds on the meditations, rituals, and theory given in the proceeding chapters. Though similar to the ritual on wealth magick in Chapter 4, this chapter adds more complex techniques of ritual and talisman construction.
Love magick can be used for a variety of related purposes:
- To find a perfect mate for marriage
- To discover a deep and meaningful friendship
- To find a suitable lover for romance and adventure
- To find a partner for sexual pleasure
- To find a suitable partner for magick and sex magick
While this chapter is about acquiring love and romance, it is not about the performance of magick rituals which involve sexual methodology—that is covered in a separate section of Chapter 9.
VIII: The Ubiquitous Mercury & Demonology
In Chapter 8, we cover many diverse subjects, all related to each other by their relationship to the eighth Sephiroth on the Tree of Life. Indeed, each of the eleven chapters in this book is related to the corresponding Sephiroth on the Tree of Life. The novice magician need not understand all the correspondences, but organizing the book along the lines of the Tree of Life is one more way of showing its usefulness and effectiveness in magick.
Chapter 8 includes a section on the god of magick, Mercury (also known as Thoth and Hermes), and his importance in Western esoterica. This leads into the “Rational Side of Magick,” which covers all the reasons magick should appeal to the left-brain as well as the right. Next, the chapter discusses the tarot and other forms of divination in general. Finally, this chapter gives a full blown mini-course in daemonic magick, specifically using The Goetia, but covering other grimoires as well. (We use the spelling daemon instead of demon, as in this book daemon designates spirits in the original Greek sense of being useful entities able to assist us in our day-to-day lives.) This practical and detailed section of Everything You Wanted to Know About Magick (But Were Afraid to Ask) also includes the fascinating experience of the author with his familiar daemon, Izabael, and how he even married her.
IX. The Astral plane; Sex, Drugs & Magick
This chapter is broken down into three related parts.
The first section discusses the astral plane, lucid dreams, omens, and warns against the dangers of obsession and delusion, which are especially problematic in magick.
The second section is a practical introduction to magick rituals utilizing sex, orgasms, or masturbation. This section gives examples and relates sex magick back to the basic principles of magick in general, teaching that sex magick is just a flavor of magick, and may or may not be utilized depending on the desires of the student.
The third section briefly discusses the pros and cons of using of using traditional shamanic entheogens, such as psilocybin mushrooms and Salvia divinorum. While not necessary to practical magick, this is a subject that interests many, and therefore I briefly cover safe methods for experimenting with entheogens and how they should and should not be used in the context of magick.
X. The Human Body, Transformation, and Ritual Construction
This chapter covers a lot of ground, all of which is a culmination of previous teachings. The human body is discussed as the penultimate aspect of a magician. Through his or her body all action is taken and all experience undergone. Then the relationship between the human body and the Tree of Life is discussed, which is a key to practical magick.
Death is discussed in detail, but in proper context. A magickal, and liberating, point of view is presented: Death is not an enemy. Death is a natural and harmonious part of the beauty of life and nature. It is a vehicle of change and transformation—that is all.
Finally, this chapter closes down by teaching how to construct any ritual, in any style, for any purpose. This is the ultimate goal of the book: to teach someone to perform practical magick in a fashion that suits their own particular style and needs.
XI. Where Do I Go From Here?
This is a short, final chapter so the reader isn’t left hanging. This chapter gets the student prepared to apply what they’ve learned, ties up some loose ends, and leaves the reader with further resources to continue on their path of magick. It’s also at this point I encourage the student to start breaking the rules, since now they now what all the pertinent rules are.
Invoking Pentagrams and Hexagrams, a list of Qabalistic entities (angels, archangels, and gods), and a table with several useful magickal alphabets.