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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 talisman and is then consumed.  Potions are thus a subset of talismanic ritual magick, and by the end of the book you will find these as easy to make as dinner 🙂

Sex Magick

Sex Magick

 

“Blake said that the body was the soul’s prison unless the five senses are fully developed and open. He considered the senses the ‘windows of the soul.’ When sex involves all the senses intensely, it can be like a mystical experience.” – Jim Morrison

Sex magick is using sensuality, sexual energy, or orgasms in a ritual setting.  It is not a religion or a belief system, but an open-ended and evolving system of techniques.

Sex magick is neither difficult, nor dangerous, but it is an advanced topic because it strings together almost every other concept covered in this book.

It is not necessary to perform sex magick to be a magician.  It is not “better” than the non-sexual magick taught thus far, but simply another way to accomplish similar ends.

That said, a little sex magick can enrich your enjoyment of magick and life in general.  It can supply a whole new dynamic to your magickal proceedings, and gives you yet another set of techniques to add to your ritual-building toolset.

Qabalistically speaking, Yesod, the Ninth Sphere of the Tree of Life, governs the sexual organs–which throws sexuality into the astral mishmash of the lower planes.  Venus already dominates sexually in Netzach and now we get another dose of her sexuality in Yesod—the most illusory sphere on the Tree of Life.

In my book, sex magick is discuss in Chapter 9, which is distinct from Chapter 7’s lesson of love magick, which is about finding romance or a mate.  This section is about using sexual energy, solo or with partners, for various magickal goals.

Gender is not relevant for most sex magick.  Far more important are the roles you play during rituals.   Either sex can perform any role with a little imagination.  A woman can invoke Mars, and a man can invoke Shakti—it’s all good.

Sex magick, or divine eroticism, is about bringing your spirituality into close contact with your sexuality.  In the book I explain some basic concepts of sex magick and then give you sample rituals.  More than any other chapter, allow yourself to use your own imagination in discovering ways to use sexuality in your magick…

What is the zodiac?

The basis of the modern astrological signs goes back to the Babylonian period  (around 1000 BC), but they were refined into their present state by Hellenistic Greece. They are twelve in number and are represented by the symbols of the ram, the bull, the twins, the crab, the lion, the virgin, the scales, the scorpion, the centaur archer, the sea-goat, the water-bearer, and the fishes.  These twelve signs are collectively known as the zodiac.

These symbols are immediate, suggestive, and fertile for resonate interpretations.  Why have these signs remained so popular (now used on t-shirts, key-chains, etc.) for nearly 3000 years?  They resonate as archetypes in our collective subconscious.  They make sense to our minds as metaphor and so we continue to use them.

 

Do you believe in astrology?

It’s a fun way to get to know people, and it is a good way to familiarize yourself with the zodiac, but if taken too seriously, like other forms of divination, astrology can be a distraction from real magick.  Magick is about taking action based on being present in the moment.  Though I love the symbolism of the zodiac (and the planets) for defining certain human tendencies, I prefer to define my own fate rather than look for it in the stars.  However, if you eventually choose to practice astrology, the symbolism you learn here will go a long way in your studies.

Beyond astrology as a form of divination, I find that many people subconsciously take on the traits of their Sun sign, so astrology definitely has a psychological validity.  I find this to be true even in cases of those who know nothing of astrology.  Everyone usually knows their zodiac sign even if they don’t know exactly what it means.  These symbols resonate somehow, hence their continued popularity with mankind.

 

Cardinal, Fixed, and Mutable

The signs of the zodiac are broken up into the four elements, and then further subdivided into cardinal, fixed, and mutable categorizations:

 

  Cardinal Fixed Mutable
Fire Aires Leo Sagittarius
Water Cancer Scorpio Pisces
Air Libra Aquarius Gemini
Earth Capricorn Taurus Virgo

 

Cardinal signs are the onrushing energy of that sign.  Fixed signs are the most stable versions of their element.  Mutable signs are the element as they tend to change into something else.  Therefore, cardinal signs tend towards starting things.  Fixed signs tend to stay the same.  Mutable signs are adaptable.

 

The Rulers of the Zodiac 

Each of the twelve zodiac signs is “ruled” by one of seven traditional planets given above.  This means that the ruling planet of the sign adds another level of interpretation to the zodiacal sign.  Perhaps more importantly, the ruling planets show how to “stir up” the specific energy of the zodiac we are looking for.   More on this in later chapters.

The Twelve Signs of the Zodiac

 

Aires

“The Ram”

Ruled by: Mars

            Aires is the initial burst of energy that starts any new action or project.  Aires is the fresh, new energy of Spring.  Aires energy is direct, straightforward, and sometimes rigidly determined.  This energy may be short-lived and can be destructively impetuous.

 

 

Taurus

“The Bull”

Ruled by: Venus

 

Taurus is steady, persistent, and durable.  It is difficult to sway Taurus energy from its current path since it is Earth energy in its most stable and reliable form.  There also is grace and beauty in this sign granted to it by its ruler Venus.

 

 

Gemini

“The Twins”

Ruled by: Mercury

            Gemini is dual-natured, quick-witted, and intuitive energy.  Mercury rules this sign and so Gemini’s energy is fascinated by the power of language and responds well to savvy intellectual stimuli.

 

 

 

Cancer

“The Crab”

Ruled by:  The Moon

            Cancer is protective, secretive, nurturing energy.   Being ruled by the Moon, the passion of the crab is stirred by mystery.  This also suggests the mood and energy level of Cancer tends to ebb and flow like that of tides.

 

Leo

“The Lion”

Ruled by: The Sun

            The Lion is “King of the Jungle.”  The royal Leo is as much the center of attention as the Sun is the center of the solar system.  Leo loves to be the source of good energy, thus dominating everyone and everything in his sphere of influence.

 

 

Virgo

“The Virgin”

Ruled by: Mercury

            The virgin is pure potential, i.e. the potential to give birth.  So this entire card is about the hidden mysteries of procreation.  The path itself is attributed to Yod, which means not only the hand, but also symbolizes spermatozoa.  Virgo energy is prudent and detail-oriented.

 

 

Libra

“The Scales”

Ruled by: Venus

            Libra is all about balance, which includes energy tipping from one side to the other in the name of equilibrium.  This includes energy moving towards a final result such as marriage or court cases.  Ruled by Venus, Libra energy also exudes elegance, beauty and harmony.

 

Scorpio

“The Scorpion” and “The Eagle”

Ruled by: Mars

            Scorpio is passion and brooding intensity.  Scorpio has the ability to destroy oneself (Scorpion) or the ability to transcend (Eagle).  This energy is magnetic and darkly seductive.  Obsessive, sometimes dangerous, sexual impulses can originate with Scorpio.  This is Cancer’s only rival for “most secretive” of the signs.

 

 

Sagittarius

“The Archer Centaur”

Ruled by: Jupiter

            Sagittarius is focused intelligence and directed action.  Sagittarius energy is optimistic and freedom loving.  Imagine the image of the centaur (body of a horse with the head and chest of a man).  The centaur roams carelessly free across the plains, but when it’s time to hunt, the archer is deadly accurate with his aim.

 

 

Capricorn

“The Goat-Fish”

Ruled by: Saturn

 

Capricorn, a goat with a fish-tail, ascends from deepest emotions (the fish-tail) all the way to the highest mountains of action and accomplishment (symbolized by a mountain goat).  Capricorn energy is practical, yet still contains a certain emotional sensitivity.  Capricorn is persistent, determined energy that will not be easily shoved aside from its ambitions.

 

Aquarius

“The Water-Bearer”

Ruled by: Saturn

 

            Aquarius  is original, independent thought.   An intellectual sign, Aquarius is ruled by Saturn, suggesting that the grandiose ideas of the Aquarian are best governed by practical and realistic concerns.

 

Pisces

“The Fishes”

Ruled by: Jupiter

 

Pisces is mysterious, reflective,  intuitive and imaginative energy.  The weakness here is that Pisces energy can be led astray by external influences.  Also it can stagnate and lead to malaise.

Do Goetic invocations/evocations have to appear as described in the Goetia?

Ultimately it doesn’t matter what a daemon looks like, says, or does, or even how intensely it materializes.  If your real life shows improvement or otherwise manifests the changes you are looking for, that is all that matters.

The converse is true too.  The detailed and vivid appearance of a daemon isn’t of much use if it never manifests any sort of change upon the material plane.  The entire point of using daemons is to affect the physical world.

For me personally, I had some early experiences with the Goetia…they looked quite like what I expected them to look like. The experience wasn’t particularly intense.  Later on I had deeper experiences where the daemons/djinns were more like energy patterns or signatures (i.e. nothing like the pictures in the Goetia), and those experiences were intense and also manifested greater results.

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 symbol that should be associated with medicine is actually the Staff of Asclepius which has only a single snake and no wings.

 

Wand of Hermes

Staff of Asclepius, God of Healing

Along with his caduceus, Mercury also carries a money-bag.  As master of magick and the spiritual world, he still firmly understands the concerns of the material plane, and is quick to exploit its laws for his own advantage.

I find it funny and ironic the medical association is now firmly associated not with the wand of the great healer, but that of the great trickster, prankster, and thief.

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 of calling the Sun and the Moon planets.

Consider the planets to be specific archetypes living in our subconscious.  In other words, each planet is symbolic of deeply rooted personality traits within the human psyche.  Understanding these traits, which are essentially straightforward, will help a student understand other aspects of magick, such as the symbolism of the tarot and the Tree of Life.

These symbols are also psychologically powerful in themselves and their meanings are used throughout magick on a regular basis.  These symbols are utilized in rituals and in the construction of talismans.  They are also fundamental to the language used amongst magicians.  The planets are shorthand for seven specific types of energy, a complete system by itself, even without the zodiac:

 

Symbol

Roman (Greek)

Symbolism

Diana (Artemis), usually known as Luna or the Moon

Mystery and intuition.  Purity, grace, and inspiration. 

Jupiter (Zeus)

Royalty, expansion, benevolent rulership, stability.

Saturn (Kronos)

Time, Karma, and death.  Heaviness.  Life lessons.  Discipline.

Mars (Aires)

Destruction, violent change, and power.  Typical “male” energy.

Venus (Aphrodite)

Love and romance, but also sometimes debauchery.  Nurturing protection, Mother Nature, and vegetative growth.  Typical “female” energy.

Apollo (Apollo), usually known as Sol or the Sun

The center.  Warmth, sight, light, and healing.  Music and joy.

 

Mercury (Hermes)

Wit, intellect, speed, alacrity, and trickery.  Mercury is also sexually ambiguous—it’s never clear if he has no gender or both.  As you’ll learn as you make your progression through this book, Mercury is a wily one—seemingly everywhere at once, yet impossible to pin down. 

 

            These definitions are a bit succinct so if you wish to know more about a specific planet’s energy, just research the corresponding Greek or Roman god in any mythological resource.  Other gods from different pantheons are also appropriate.  For example, Krishna from Hinduism fits under the Sun, while Loki from Norse mythology is a trickster, thus putting him under the dominion of Mercury.  Much more on how to use the planets in rituals and spells in the magick book.

What is better? High Magick or Wicca?

This, of course, is a trick question.  High magick is not better than Wicca, nor is Wicca better than high magick. I’ve always found the categorization of magick into “low” and “high” to be counter-intuitive in practice.  Low magick, witchcraft, Paganism, etc. is supposed to be more in touch with nature, using more natural items in the rituals, and tends to work with large groups.  Often high magick is thought to be expensive, sometimes solitary, but ultimately very erudite.  Supposedly it’s the magick of the learned upper class instead of the “common folk.”

In the modern practical world of magick, all this breaks down. The overlap between magickal systems is vast and great.  Some high magicians choose to go skyclad and perform magick outside like a “Pagan” and some Wiccans are better with the complexities of Enochian than a sterotypical “high magician” trained in Golden Dawn.   Both Wiccans and high magicians have been known to dabble in the Goetia, though traditionally it is a high magick grimoire through and through.  And as far as the expense of items? Most accomplished magicians I know buy some things, find others, and basically just use what works.

Even the history of Wicca and high magick blend.  Both high magick and Wicca can be traced to Crowley, but in the case of Wicca, there is the influence of Gerald Gardner’s legacy which helped shape it into something quite different than Thelema. So while differences abound, their common history, and even many of their underlying principles are closely related–even down to the similarities between “casting a circle” and the Lesser Banishing Ritual of the Pentagram.

In modern magickal circles, I feel there is a push towards not only mixing and matching magickal systems in an effort to find what works best, but also at looking at the nuts and bolts of magick, and not just the superficial trappings of various styles.  Whether using high magick, shamanism, chaos magick, voudou, or medieval grimoires, an astute magician learns to take what works from any source and leave the rest behind.  A true magician is never pedantic and always evolving, taking, learning and growing from all magickal and spiritual systems of the world.

How will this book teach me magick?

Everything You Wanted to Know About Magick (But Were Afraid to Ask) provides straightforward answers to the most common questions related to practicing magick.  It teaches with plain-speaking language (no occult mumbo jumbo) and modern views of psychology and the subconscious mind.

Everything You Wanted to Know About Magick (But Were Afraid to Ask) also includes historical references for context and authenticity, and when needed, gives straightforward and modern explanations of how and why magick works.

The focus of this book is tangible results and its salient features reflects this, including:

  • Fun and easy mediations
  • Step-by-step rituals with diagrams which make even complex magickal ceremonies easy to perform
  • Answers to the embarrassing “newbie” questions
  • Detailed footnotes containing helpful, interesting, and topical information without distracting from the natural flow of the lessons
  • A powerful system of magick, simple enough for a beginner to get started, but robust enough for even advanced students of magick

I treat magick with utmost sincerity and seriousness, but always with a light-hearted touch.  This is a fun and powerful book, not a dreary grimoire.

What can I do with magick?

Magick can be used for any earthly goal or purpose such as to land a more lucrative career, marry a soul mate, or even just to help find a lost or stolen object.  Magick is also about becoming more spiritual, i.e. being in tune with your own deepest goals and desires.

Popular areas for magickal work include:

  • Love and romance, including help with wayward lovers, and even the ability to steal mates from others.
  • Wealth, career and good luck in financial endeavors.  Magick can make you into a money magnet.
  • Optimum health, both physically and mentally.  Most of the rituals in this magick book have the lovely side effect of making you more fit mentally, physical and emotionally.  Also spells can be devised to help heal specific diseases and problems as well.
  • Help with learning, school, sciences and the arts.
  • Help with becoming famous or successful in competitive careers, such as acting and music.
  • Help banishing negative people from your life.
  • Protection from negative influences, curses, evil-eye’s, etc.
  • Improve your own psychic and astral abilities.  Learn to have an almost supernatural intuition.
  • Communicate with spirits, angels, djinn, and other powerful entities.
  • Improve your dreams.
  • Increase your level of attraction from others.
  • Increase your sensual pleasure in all areas of love, sex, and romance with partners of your choice

There really is no limit to what goals magick can be applied to.  You can have goals without magick; but why?

Magick gives the EXTRA EDGE needed to thrive in this difficult and competitive world.

Who is this book for?

Everything You Wanted to Know About Magick (But Were Afraid to Ask) is for anyone who has been interested in real magick but been confused, scared or overwhelmed by other books on the subject.  Beyond that, this book includes subtexts and layers of advanced magickal thought that will appeal to intermediate and advanced students as well.

To illustrate the wildly varied experiences one can take from this book, I present two happy endings, but with completely different means to that end.

The first example is from a former student by the name of Emily.  Emily was in the midst of severe money problems, legal problems related to her animal activism, and going through a mid-life crisis all at once.  Emily did not grow up religious, did not pray, or have a religion or spirituality of any sort.  She had a fear of most things “dark” or occult, but liked “good magick.”  Emily was only able to work with basic meditations and the simplest of rituals in the book; however, they were enough to turn her attitude and life around.  Now she is working at a job in her new profession, and her first film is now in production in Hollywood.

Another student by the name of Natasha illustrates a more gung-ho plunge into magick.  A bright, but uneducated girl, she grew up in a religious household, but had no real connection to her original religion.  She was fascinated by all aspects of magick as presented in Everything You Wanted to Know About Magick (But Were Afraid to Ask), including charging talismans and plunging directly into work with daemons and astral entities.  She found a “familiar” spirit who encouraged her to quit drugs and alcohol and inspired and guided her to turn her life around on all levels.  This spirit is currently helping Natasha make her way through college.

While both students had completely different goals and levels of interest in magick, both were able to take what they needed from Everything You Wanted to Know About Magick (But Were Afraid to Ask) to rectify their spiritual and material problems and thereby resume enjoyment of their lives.

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 servitors in Chapter 10.

Servitors function just like regular demons but with none of the baggage.  You define them, give them lots of energy, and let them go like any other type of magick.   These are a little more advanced in some ways.  We trust the subconscious mind to understand our structures the same way a computer operating system understands a program.

You may consider servitors and demons both as “sub-processes” running in background of your mind, quietly carrying out their tasks as best as possible given your personality and current life situation.

What is your background in magick?

I have been studying, practicing, and teaching magick for over twenty-two years.  You might even say I have done so ravenously.  I have studied high magick, Wicca, Eastern religions, Hermeticism, and just about every other form of occultism or religion.  I have worked with Enochian magickal groups, Thelemic and Golden Dawn orders, and private sex magick groups.  To this day I am a student of all things magickal, and I always am hungry for new methods and ideas to further improve the efficacy of my magick and those I teach online and through private instruction and classes.

Layour emotions

love all your open undernourished raw emotionsIn working magick for others, I have found love spells to be of number one interest  by a healthy margin (even above money and wealth).  One thing I noticed is that people are really alike when it comes to love, breakups, objects of desire, obsessions, self-esteem, etc..   The similarities I’ve seen cut across ethnic, religious, and financial lines.  The open, wounded state after a breakup is universal.  Breakups are painful and yet they are ripe for life-changing transformation as well.

Layour emotions is a term I coined for those highly recognizable characteristics that emotions go through during and after the break up of a relationship.  It includes our normal spectrum of feelings, good and bad emotions over the newly ended relationship.  It includes thoughts of revulsion, anger, hatred–sometimes varyingly directed at oneself, the other person, or both.

 

Be open to all of Layour emotions for they are ripe for magickal exploitation.

 

Originally “Layour” was a Chaos Magick Servitor I created meant to put a positive spin on all that intense emotional energy felt after a breakup.  It stands for LOVE ALL YOUR OPEN UNDERNOURISHED RAW emotions.  More on Chaos Servitors in an upcoming post, but the point was that the servitor would feed off all the generally awful experiences I was going through and transmute them into more positive things (in this case I channeled the energy into career.)

 

What is the Goetia?

The Goetia's King Beleth

Beleth

The Goetia is by far the most popular “phonebook” of demons. It contains a mixed bag of spirits, of various demeanors, for goals as various as learning musical instruments, finding wealth, gaining love, or conquering in war.

 

            The Goetia is part of a longer work called The Lesser Key of Solomon, which is a collection of medieval grimoires attributed metaphorically to King Solomon.

The first section is the Ars Goetia.  This is the legendary Goetia, book of 72 daemons and their sigils.  A classic in every sense, it’s the standard whereby other grimoires are judged.  It was an early favorite of Crowley’s and his version is still the most popular one to this day.

 

How do I use the Goetia for my own goals and desires?

Chapter 8 of my magick book describes in detail how to work with the Goetia including full invocations and a selection of popular demons to pick from.

Is your your magick book difficult to read and practice? Or is it dumbed down?

Neither!  I’ve tried to make the difficult and erudite subject of magick EASY for you to learn and practice without losing any of the nuance and details of real magick.  While there are simple and clear rituals and meditations to change every aspect of your life, there is no dumbing down here.  Have I simplified and trimmed magick down to the essentials?  Absolutely, but the core techniques and ideas are those passed down from Ancient Greece, filtered through a variety of occult geniuses (such as Crowley, Regardie, Levi, and Agrippa), changed a little by me based on modern sensibilities, and then presented to you, the reader, in an easy-to-follow magick book.

Complex parts are broken down into small and manageable bite sizes, but nothing is lost.  Clarity is paramount, but never at the expense potency or nuance.

Why did you write this book?

There are many reasons to write any book, but the two most practical concerns were that one, I always wanted a book with all the information I regularly use for rituals in one place.  And two, I’m regularly asked for help with magick and what book do I recommend, and I’ve always had to suggest books that weren’t quite what someone needed.  Now finally, with Everything You Wanted to Know About Magick (But Were Afraid to Ask) the essentials are presented in such a way I can hand it to a beginner and they can quickly get up to speed with magick.

More than all that, I hope to impress upon my readers that magick is not something you do; it’s something you are.  This world has so many problems, but all of them can be cured by understanding the connection between art, magick, creativity, and our deepest desires—not just those implanted by peers or mass media.  I hope that my book helps rejuvenate the psyche of not just individuals, but that of our troubled Earth as a whole.

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 later, developing and evolving throughout the Middle Ages. Diagrams similar to the ones we know today first appeared around 13th century CE.

The Tree of Life consists of 10 spheres, called Sephiroth, and 22 paths between them.  There are many cool aspects to the Tree of Life all of which have powerful life-transforming abilities.  In my book you will learn that the Tree of Life and its application in practical magick is a lot easier to learn than you might think.

The names of the ten Sephiroth are: Kether (the Crown), Binah (Understanding), Chokmah (Wisdom), Chesed (Mercy), Geburah (Strength), Tiphareth (Beauty), Hod (Splendor), Netzach (Victory), Yesod (the Foundation), and Malkuth (The Kingdom).

The 22 paths correspond the twenty-two paths of Major Arcana of a tarot deck as well as the 22 letters of the Hebrew Alphabet.

Is this book Thelemic?

Star of BabalonThelema 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 can take or leave what you want from it. There is no strict formal code, other than to enjoy life the most you possibly can.

I quote from the Book of the Law, and reference Crowley in various other ways, because he not only offers concise and often poetic examples of the sometimes obtuse concepts in magick, but also because it will further introduce you to Aleister Crowley.  Whether you like him or not is of no matter; he is such a lynchpin of modern occultism, one cannot escape the influence of his work, which is voluminous, complex, and erudite.  I hope what you learn in this book goes a long way to understanding and using his magick if you are so inclined.

Crowley was a big proponent of doing your own thing and thinking for yourself.  So in that way, I’m entirely in agreement with him.  If you get anything out of my book, it is to be that way with your entire life.  Learn, study, and analyze information from many sources and make your own decisions regarding magick, love, morals, and ethics, government, etc.  Make choices that enhance your life and those you love, anything else is the only “sin” you can make.

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 rituals as best as you are able.

My hope is that by the end of the book that you will not only be able to understand any other literature on magick, but that you will be able to create your own effective magick rituals for any area of your life that you feel is lacking.

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 Dawn, Qabalah, alchemy, astrology, chaos magick, sex magick, and Hermeticism.

Here are some of the magickal topics you will learn by studying and practicing the rituals and exercises in my book:

  • How to understand and utilize the Hermetic language
  • How to heal oneself and others utilizing the chakras
  • Learn the symbols of the tarot
  • How to prepare your temple
  • How to create rituals for any purpose
  • How to increase your psychic and astral senses and abilities
  • How to perform sex magick, both alone and with others
  • How to work with angels and demons
  • How to sanely and safely work with entheogens

The content and structure of Everything You Wanted to Know About Magick (But Were Afraid to Ask) serves up a solid magickal meal, presenting theory and practice sandwiched together in the most appetizing fashion.

Some of the other types of questions you will be able to answer by the end of the book include:

  • Who is the granddaddy of modern magick?
  • What should I wear when performing magick?
  • Where is the best place to meditate?
  • When is the best time to create a love talisman?
  • How do I know if I did a ritual properly?

The answers to this and pretty much nearly any other question you can get is somewhere in the magick book, and if it’s not you can’t definitely contact me, or check the magickal resources section.

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 you wish.  Atheist, Buddhist, Wiccan, and Christian alike can utilize the rituals and see what works best for them.

 

 

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 will be able to raise as much magickal energy as you need and understand how to channel it for any purpose.  The Middle Pillar Ritual also has the pleasant side effect of making us healthy and beautiful.

 

Middle Pillar Ritual

The goal of the Middle Pillar Ritual is to open up your major energy centers (chakras), and then raising and circulating as much of that energy as possible.

The chakras run up and down the middle pillar of the Tree of Life, and relate to specific points on the body.

I downplay the visualization of the traditional colors.  This is not to say visualizing each sphere as a specific color isn’t useful, but only that it can be distracting to sensing the actual energy.

Not everyone visualizes, feels, or senses the chakras in exactly the same way.  Some people will see and feel the chakras, while others will get only the vaguest sense of their presence.  For success, just assume the chakras are there while you repeat the chants.  Your experience of each energy center will grow with time.

         Please note that there are many types of yoga and many ways of working with the chakras.  The Golden Dawn skipped two common chakras for example (Ajna and Manipura), and there are other chakras used in Tantra that we aren’t specifically using here (such as the Bindu chakra on the back of the head.)  You may add or remove chakras as you actually feel or sense them, but all you need for practical magick are five given in the following ritual at my Magick & Hermeticism forums:

The Middle Pillar Ritual

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 Name to Chant
Sahasrâra Top of head Kether Violet or Bright White Eh-heh-yeh
Ajna “Third eye” Daleth/Gimel Indigo None[1]
Vishuddha Throat Daath Blue YHVH El-Oh-Heem
Anahata Chest Tiphareth Green, Yellow or Gold YHVH El-oh-ah V’Dah’Aht
Manipûra Gut (navel) Peh/Samech Yellow or Red Mah-nee-pur-uh
Svadisthâna Groin Yesod Orange or Red None
Mûlâdhara Base of Spine/ Feet[2] Malkuth Red or Black Adonai Ha-Aretz

What is magickal energy?

Magickal energy is any type of energy used for a specific, intended purpose.  This includes not only energy raised through our chakras, but also emotional energy such as being excited, anxious, or angry so long as it is used in a fashion congruent with our intent.  More on this in the magick book and in future blog posts.



[1] There are no traditional Golden Dawn God names associated with either Ajna or Manipura.

[2] The Mûlâdhara Chakra is considered to be at the base of the spine.  The Golden Dawn interpretation is that this chakra moves down to the feet when standing.

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 including, but not limited to:

  • Plato
  • Rumi
  • John Dee
  • Paracelsus
  • Eliphas Levi
  • Heinrich Cornelius Agrippa
  • Israel Regardie
  • Peter J. Carroll
  • A.O. Spare
  • Andrew D. Chumbley
  • Phil Hine
  • Aleister Crowley

The grand theme of magick and Hermeticism is to sift through the wisdom of the past and to consistently bring the most psychologically up-to-date methodology to bear on increasing the quality of life for all humanity. Everything You Wanted to Know About Magick (But Were Afraid to Ask) brings modern sensibility to an underlying Hermetic philosophy that has worked for hundreds, even thousands, of years.  This book also includes interesting and pertinent quotes from everyone from Hunter S. Thompson to Dr. Seuss.

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 languorous desire.  With magick, you become completely in tune with your most spiritual goals as well as your most carnal desires.  Magick dissolves the age-old paradox of spirit vs. flesh and unifies them into a workable system that is satisfying, empowering, and sacred.

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 can.

My hope is that by the end of the book that you will not only be able to understand any literature on magick, but that you will be able to create your own effective magick rituals for any area of your life that you feel is lacking.

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 seeds deep into our psyche where they can grow unhindered by bad attitudes and negative thinking.

In other words, by giving the subconscious mind a clear intent through a magick ritual, we are then able to let go of our desire and allow it to manifest.  While we are keeping busy “in the moment,” the subconscious mind will be leading us towards our desired goal without interference from the conscious mind.

How can magick help me?

They Key to MagickIn 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 personally stumbled into magick to help me with love (Chapter 7).
  • Increase your communication skills, wit, and rapport with others.
  • Vastly increase creativity and healthy spontaneity.
  • Acquire exceptional self-esteem, confidence, and sex appeal.
  •  While traveling your own unique path in magick, you will acquire a deep-rooted sense of your own place in the world, increasing the meaning of your life, granting greater satisfaction in all you do.
  • Perhaps most important of all, you will understand your heart’s desires much better.  You might even learn that it isn’t sex (Chapter  9) you wanted at all, but just a clear connection to—dare I say it?  Something a little bit spiritual.

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 who you are and what you spend your time doing.

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 filtered and built upon by generations of mankind’s greatest thinkers both in the East and West.

Magick works because it is the most up-to-date psychology that exists—and it does so by drawing on the traditions of our ancient past, not by denigrating them.

I am a great friend of science; however, it disappoints in its narrowness of scope and its inability to produce lasting harmony or growth in humanity.  Science is the blundering missionary bringing antibiotics to the local villages.  While that is certainly useful, it is no replacement for the wise and beneficent tribe shaman who takes care of the emotional and spiritual needs of the villagers, curing psychological aliments as well as physical ones.  Magick is the epitome of effectiveness when it comes to changing people’s lives and making them happy.

Magick is about taking charge of your spirituality now and putting it to good use in your life where you can see, taste, and feel the changes it produces.  Magick is more than a religion or philosophy as it takes from all philosophies and all religions—whatever works the best.  That is the spirit of magick and the spirit of Everything You Wanted to Know About Magick (But Were Afraid to Ask).

 

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, including Hermeticism, the Golden Dawn, Aleister Crowley, Wicca, and various schools of shamanism.  Combine these teachings with a modern view of psychology and the human mind, and you have the key to unlocking magickal results like never before.

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 has inspired, including John Dee and Aleister Crowley, both influential magicians we will soon be learning more of.