The Grimoire

Grimoires

 

            In magick, a grimoire is any book that list demons, angels, or spirits and describes how to invoke them.

For example, the Goetia, by far the most popular “phonebook” of demons, is a mixed bag, containing an assortment of traditional gods from other cultures, demons, local deities, and dozens of spirits no one has any idea where they came from.

I will now introduce some of the major grimoires[1]:

 

The Goetia

 

            The Goetia[2] is part of a longer work called The Lesser Key of Solomon,[3] 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 ofCrowley’s and his version is still the most popular one to this day.

Other versions are available, including the Pseudomonarchia Daemonum, originally an Appendix to Johann Weyer’s De praestigiis daemonum (1577).  This version is notable for being the earliest publication of the spirits named in the Goetia, however there are no sigils in the Pseudomonarchia Daemonum.  It is also is lacking four daemons: Vassago, Seere, Dantalion and Andromalius.  One daemon from Pseudomonarchia Daemonum is missing from the Goetia:  Pruflas.

The Mathers/Crowley version of the Goetia is subtitled “The Lesser Key of Solomon the King,” but this is erroneous as it only contains the first part of the Lesser Key of Solomon, the Goetia proper.  The actual Lesser Key of Solomon has four more parts:

            Theurgia-Goetia – This section contains conjurations for thirty-two spirits relating to the cardinal directions, some good and some evil.  Oddly enough, however, the history of this section isn’t about the occult at all.  The Theurgia-Goetia is actually based on a work by German abbot and occultist Johannes Trithemius called Steganographia.

            Steganographia[4]  is superficially about spirits and how to send messages over long distances.  In actuality, it is about how to hide messages so that no one except the intended recipient knows it’s there.  This book rightly lends its name to the entire field of steganography, but its use as a grimoire is dubious.

            Ars Paulina – A method for invoking the “Angels of the Hours of the Day and Night.”  Like Theurgia-Goetia, this is based on spirits from Steganographia.

            Ars Almadel –  Tells how to make the Almadel, which is a wax tablet with protective symbols drawn on it.  It teaches how to call upon the angels of the four “Altitudes.”

            Ars Nova – A medieval book of prayers and invocations.

There is also the Greater Key of Solomon.  While there are no spirits to invoke, there are “Holy Pentacles” for each of the seven traditional planets.  They can be useful in talismanic work, either as inspiration for your own designs or verbatim.

Figure 34: Mercury, Moon, and Mars talismans from the Greater Key of Solomon.

Other Grimoires

 

            Arbatel de magia veterum[1], or simply the Arbatel of Magic, is a Latin treatise on magick published in Switzerland (1575).   This book is the source for the Olympic Spirit we used in Chapter 4.

John Dee’s Enochian[2] magick is a solid system of working with angels and elemental spirits, but it has its own complex methodology and is outside the scope of this book.  A straightforward approach to Enochian is clearly outlined in the Enochian World of Aleister Crowley: Enochian Sex Magick byCrowley, Duquette, and Hyatt.  Using what’s given there, or any other good source on Enochian, will allow you to easily plug Enochian into the magickal framework you learn here.  Bits of the Enochian language are also part and parcel of many Golden Dawn and Thelemic rituals.

John Dee also has a small treatise floating around called The Little Book of Black Venus, which has a sigil for spirits that you can invoke using the methods in this book.  It seems to have been inspired by the Arbatel of Magic as the sigil designs are more than reminiscent of each other.  Another of John Dee’s grimoires, Heptarchia Mystica, was inspired by the Ars Paulina.  He may not have realized its underlying steganography at that point, however.

The Book of Abramelin[3] is one of the most famous and talked about books in magick.  It is also one of the least performed due to its long and arduous process of meeting your HGA, which is to be undertaken before any of the practical magick can be performed.[4]  This book contains dozens of magick “squares,” which purport to grant all the usual goodies of wealth, love and abundance that grimoires usually do.

Two other well known grimoires are The Black Pullet (18th century), which reads almost like a fairy tale, and Grimoirium Verum (18th century), full of generally absurd requirements and claims.  Many grimoires claim they are much older than they really are.  These two are no exception.

 

What about the Necronomicon?

While there are several versions of the Necronomicon now available, the most popular and infamous is the Necronomicon by Simon, first published in 1977.  However, the original “Necronomicon” is an invention of author H.P. Lovecraft, described in his stories as a forbidden and evil book scribed by Abdul Alhazred, also known as the “Mad Arab,” in Damascus, 730 A.D.

The Simon Necronomicon is rather notorious in the occult community.   It is clearly a hoax, but that hasn’t stopped people from using it, and claiming results.  It’s the also the book I’ve heard the most horror stories about. Most of those people were beginners plunging into their first grimoire so that might have something to do with it.  For whatever reason, this book tends to draw in newbies and then freak them out if they actually start to practice it.

Though Simon’s Necronomicon is based more on Sumerian mythology than H.P. Lovecraft, many practitioners mix it with the written works of H.P. Lovecraft.  This mishmash of ancient and sinister energies has created a psychologically resonant  system of a magick.

The main danger I see in working with this type of magick is taking on its overarching belief system, that is to say the mythos of H.P. Lovecraft.  All his stories end with madness, suicide, murder, or worse.  They are some of my favorite horror stories, but they generally aren’t the type of energy I’m looking to invoke into my life.

If you must use Necronomicon magick and are having problems “banishing” or getting back to reality, then use a powerful solar ritual (i.e. use Tiphareth or Path 30 with the Tree of Life Ritual given in Chapter 10).  However, think twice before taking on this belief system for your magick.  I don’t recommend H.P. Lovecraft-based rituals unless you are an advanced student of magick.


[1]  You can find full versions of most of these online if you simply Google their titles.

[2] Pronounced a variety of ways, none of which is particularly definitive in any authoritative sense, including go-AY-shuh, GO-eht-ee, and GO-shuh.

[3] Also called the The Lemegeton, or The Lesser Key of Solomon the King.

[4] c.1499; published Frankfurt, 1606.

 


[1] “Arbatel of the magic of the ancient.”

[2] This isn’t an actual grimoire like the others, but rather a system gleaned from the journals of John Dee and Edward Kelley.

[3] The translation by S. L. Mac Gregor Mathers is called The Book Of Sacred Magic Of Abramelin The Mage.

[4] This process is said to take a year and a half, though the popular Mather’s translation, considered less scholarly than the newer Dehn and Guth translation, says only six months.

What can I do with Sex Magick?

Sex magick is distinct from love magick. Love magick (including love spells and love potions) is usually above getting a lover, mate, or spouse.  (Everything You Want To Know About Magick covers Love Magick in Chapter 7, including how to create powerful love magick talismans.)  Sex magick, on the other hand, is utilizing sexual energy to make magickal changes in one’s life.  Sex magick is neither white nor black magic inherently and can be used for a variety of goals.

Common Goals for Sex Magick

            Sensuality, romance, and orgasmic-trance states blend perfectly into a ritual framework.  You are free to use sexuality anywhere in magick and for whatever purpose.

Here are a few powerful and specific uses for sex magick:

1.  Raise and channel sexual energy to charge a talisman or sigil.  This is similar to what you do in rituals already, except that orgasm becomes the climax of the ritual.

2.  Use the orgasm and resulting juices as a sacrament.  This naturally follows after orgasm since the only sacrament and holy oil you’ll ever need is produced by your own sex glands.  Either one or both of the partners consumes the resulting elixir, or it can be used to anoint a talisman.

3.  Invoke the divine into your partner and make love to a god or goddess.  You can invoke any god, goddess, planetary, or elemental force into your partner and make love to them.

4.  Using post-coital states as a clairvoyant trance.  After long and extended periods of sex, when one is completely worn out, there arises a passive state conducive for any sort of clairvoyant work, such as daemon invocation.

5.  Feeding a daemon or servitor.  You can make a pact with a daemon that you give it all the energy from a sex magick ritual in return for your desire.

6.  Increasing romantic and sensual pleasure.  This is a side-effect of all sex magick, but can become a primary goal if that is your desire.   Your sensitivity to the joys and harmonies of the body and its subtle energies will be increased, as well as your ability to reach deep levels of intimacy with others.

            These goals are not mutually exclusive. You can easily perform many of these actions in one ritual.

Don’t be intimidated by constructing your own sex magick rituals.  Use your imagination.  While it’s true with all types of magick, it’s even more true with sex magick:  Nothing but experimentation will teach you anything valuable.  A week in the field is worth centuries of book learning.

I’ll give a usable examples of sex magick rituals at the end of Chapter 9, but please understand those are just samples.  There is no limit to what you might come up with on your own.

What is magick?

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 changes in our bodies, our minds, and the world around us.

 Magick is the science and art of transforming one energy into another in a way that increases the quality and enjoyment of our lives.

In addition to teaching us how to get what we want, magick also teaches us to understand what it is we want.

In magick there are four traditional elements.  Fire, Water, and Air, and Earth. The wand symbolizes fire.  It is our desire, our Will, our energy.  The wand allows us to get what we want, while the Cup allows us to understand what we want.  The other elements, Air and Earth, are their children.  Air, represented by a sword, symbolizes our mind and intellect, and Earth is where all our dreams are manifested.  Magick spells, magick rituals, black magick?  It’s all here.

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 jabber running non-stop in our heads.

Monkey mind is originally a Buddhist term[1] meaning “unsettled, restless, capricious, inconstant, confused, indecisive, and uncontrollable.”  This sums up the ego-mind perfectly, and yet it is only too common to mistake this endless chain of self-talk for our True Self.

The ego-mind’s greatest trick is getting you to believe you are your ego-mind.  You are not.  You are so much more.

 

What Am I?

Underneath all the neurotic, narcissistic, and obsessive layers of the ego-mind is pure being—pure existence.  This is also known as our “higher self” or True Self.  In magick this is called the  Holy Guardian Angel, or simply the HGA.  One of the highest goals of magick and Hermeticism is reclaiming this link to our divine and higher self.

 


[1] Xinyuan in Chinese and  shin’en in Sino-Japanese.

The Astral Plane: Meaning in Chaos

Just what is the “astral plane” anyway?

The astral plane is the vaguely defined and overlapping area between thoughts, emotions, and the five senses.

The astral plane ebbs and swirls around us during dreams, idle reverie, while playing “mental movies,” even when you mistake something out of the corner of your eye for something else.  All these are events of the astral plane.

 

Is Yesod the astral plane?

While the astral plane can most simply be attributed to Yesod, it also includes influences from Hod and Netzach and the paths radiating between all three.   In practice, the lower spheres and paths become increasingly hard to separate from each other the closer you get to Malkuth.  The emotions of Netzach affect the “rational mind” of Hod all the time, for example.

In this book, the astral plane and Yesod are interchangeable for the most part, but the astral plane is a more open-ended term, while Yesod is much more specific.

 

Meaning in Chaos

In Yesod, the mind loves to find patterns in chaos.  This is the part of the mind where life’s “coincidences” turn into “synchronicities” and “omens.”  This part of the mind tends to label things and find patterns where there may or may not be any.

Yesod is the sphere that becomes overactive when cut off from external sensation (Malkuth), which is exactly why powerful hallucinations and extreme anxiety occur in sensory deprivation chambers.  However, if the practice of sensory deprivation is taken far enough it can lead to experiences at the very highest levels of the Tree of Life—much like meditation.  At the beginning of meditation, all is distraction (an itch or an obsessive thought, for example).  If one can make it through this unpleasant and uncomfortable stage of delusion and distraction, enlightenment soon draws near.

The astral plane is also the realm of addictive fantasy situations ranging from online role-playing games to real life swinger’s clubs.  All these “alternate” worlds thrive in the lower spheres of Netzach, Hod, and Yesod.  It also explains why people who are excessively into these types of fantasy scenarios can be so imbalanced.  They have lost connection with the higher aspects of the Tree of Life, and hence writhe around blindly in the lower aspects of their psyche, unconnected to true Godhead.

As the light of the Moon is but a reflection of the Sun, so is the light of Yesod but a murky reflection of Tiphareth.  Do not get stuck here.  The light of the astral plane is false and illusory.

Demonology: What are daemons, demons, and djinn?

Demons.  Few things capture the imagination of a magician as much as the idea of spiritual beings who will carry out the magician’s every whim or desire.

Many cultures throughout the millennia have had similar concepts of “lesser” deities who could be persuaded to help man with his life and his problems.  The word “genie,” for example, comes from the Latin genius, which is a guardian or “tutelary” spirit.

Arabic and Islamic mythology have the concept of the djinn.[1] The djinn are spiritual beings, lesser than angels, that can help or hinder man depending on their own nature as good or evil.

The root of the word demon itself comes from daemon (or dæmon) which is the Latinized form of the Greek δαίμων (“daimôn”).  Daimons in Greek were lesser divinities, or the souls of dead heroes.  Originally, the Ancient Greeks had no concept of “evil” daemons, but as Christianity took hold, the concept of daemon slowly acquired the menacing and evil associations that the word “demon” has now.  This sort of demon has become popular in movies beginning with The Exorcist in 1973.  Needless to say, this sort of demon has nothing to do with the sorts of practical and useful daemons we use in magick.  Therefore, I use the spelling daemon to refer to any spirit less than an angel, such as Goetic demons.

 

What is a “lesser” spirit?

A lesser spirit is anything lesser, or lower, than an angelic force.  They are generally used for practical concerns.

In magick, there is a divide between the “angelic” forces and “daemonic” forces, which is essentially a measure of how close they are to the material plane.

Angelic forces are those closely related to God.  They are spiritualized and tend to naturally inspire us and lift us closer to Godhead.  Daemons are “lower”, “lesser”, or “blacker” because they exist closer to the material plane, hence their great power over it.  However, being so close to earth and man, the heaviest of the planes, daemons are also more stubborn and likely to lead us astray than the angelic forces, hence their reputation as potentially negative or “evil.”

 

So why not just use angelic forces?

In medieval magick, things were extremely hierarchical.  First, you invoked God and angelic names, and then you used their power to command the daemons.  It was not considered an evil act to work with daemons as they were to submit to your Will, and your Will is considered to be an extension of divinity.

To ask an angelic force to do something as mundane as pay off your mortgage or get you a mistress would have been considered insulting to the angel.  Instead, the dirty work of solving day-to-day needs and problems is left to the daemons.



[1] From the Arabic جني (jinnī).

What is Black Magick?

“Black magic”, or more appropriately “black magick”, fascinates new students to the occult as no other type of magick can.  However just what “black magick” is seems generally mysterious and vague.  It’s not always easy to find two magicians or occultists who agree on the exact same definition. A common definition of black magick is magick performed for any sort of selfish goal whatsoever. Therefore, any magick that isn’t aimed at attaining a better connection to God (True Self, HGA, etc.) would be considered black. In that case, any magick for physical results, such as love or money, is black magick. Then again, some people consider any sort of magick to be evil.   From this perspective, the only magick that then exists is black magick. Then there is the influence of Hollywood movies upon the whole concept of magick.  Besides a lack of realism, Hollywood movies generally simplify everything into black and white, good vs. evil.

To keep it simple, in this book it means any magick in which you would have physical harm come to someone. Normally, I feel a wiser man or woman would find a better course.  It doesn’t make much sense magically or Qabalistically, especially as you advance upon your way to adepthood.  Your sense of oneness will be so complete you would not want to harm anything outside you because you see it as a reflection of yourself. Instead of black magick, you’ll always be better off by channeling that frustration towards the root of your problem.  Do unto yourself before you do unto others. If you want to murder someone, first murder your ego-mind!

But ultimately I feel like terms such as “white”, “grey” and “black magic spells” become meaningless;  magick is magick. It is energy and what you do with it will have repercussions, but magick isn’t any inherently more “black” or “white” than electricity or a firearm. So whether a magick act is evil or good is more about the person performing the magick and his or her goals, than the style of magick or what “demons” or “black magic spells” are used.

What is good and evil anyway?

No one is completely “good” or “evil”–and who is to reliably judge such things?    To a primitive watching an open heart surgery, it might look the doctors are “evil” and are torturing a man, but ultimately they are trying to save him, so that is actually “good”–unless of course the man is a known serial killer, and they are going to put him back on the street afterward–then that might be considered “evil” again–unless of course the serial killer only kills bad guys like Dexter, in which case it might be a “good” act again. Oh it goes on an on! So who can judge?  This is why having one’s own spiritual center, your HGA, higher self, intuition, or whatever you want to call it, is so important.

Find your own spiritual center and every act you perform will be right one, one that leads you to further joy and happiness and to those around you.

 

[For a longer article I wrote on black magick: Who is Afraid of A Little Black Magick? ]

 

Sacred Space: The Circle

There are many reasons that a clear space–drawn with a real or imaginary circle, is part and parcel of all types of magick.  People will tell you it’s for your own protection. Sure, that’s true enough, but there is much more than that–even when working with energies that are completely harmless, you still want to create a safe space you feel comfortable to do magick in–more often than not a circle.  In Wicca, you “cast circles”, and in high magick you perform the Lesser Banishing Ritual of the Pentagram. Both these methods are just ritualized forms of saying: “Hey, this space in the circle over here is sacred and special.”

The real reason I wrote this blog today is that I was actually reading a book on songwriting by Jimmy Webb (called Tunesmith) and he has a nice story about him and David Geffen. David Geffen had set him up with a room to compose in, and said to Jimmy: “In this room, you can never make a mistake.”

Jimmy Webb then goes on to explain how he interpreted that statement:  “Creativity is a blameless process.”  He felt that David Geffen was essentially saying to him, “I will not blame you for failure or keep a scorecard of your efforts as long as they are earnest, as long as you are sincerely dedicated to the things we will try to create here.”

Yes, exactly! He is talking about a place to write music, but it applies perfectly to magick as well.  We need a safe space where we can make no mistakes.  That doesn’t mean we will never flub up a line or spill a wine glass; it simply means that within our circle, any “mistakes” are not mistakes at all but stepping stones, part of the serendipity of the creative process–which applies equally as well to magick as it does to music.

Jimmy Webb then goes on to say, “That is why it is so important to draw an imaginary protective circle around ourselves and step inside.”  What? Is he talking about music or magick??  “The place where we write is important whether it is a physical room or a spacious loft in the heart and mind.”  He nails it. What more can I add to that?

We all need a sacred space to create, whether it be a song, a painting, or a magick ritual.

 

 

 

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.