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Psychic Self-Defense, by Dion Fortune

By Gesigewigu's | July 19, 2012 | Leave a comment

Psychic Self-Defense, by Dion FortunePsychic Self-Defense: The Classic Instruction Manual for Protecting Yourself Against Paranormal Attack, by Dion Fortune
Weiser, 9781578635092, 238pp., 1930, 2001

“This is a warning to the curious: Times, points of view, and fashions change, but never principles.” I doubt Dion Fortune knew how true those words would be eighty years after she wrote Psychic Self-Defense. A lot has changed in the world, both the mundane and magickal landscape are drastically different from her time, so much so that it can be hard to see how relevant this book remains today.

The book is divided into four sections. Part I deals with the types of psychic attack, such as witchcraft, vampirism, and when ceremonial magick goes wrong. It also deals with the signs of the attack and analyzing the nature, figuring out what type of attack it is. Part II deals with differential diagnosis or the other things that could be going on. Part III tackles diagnosing the attack in detail, how they are made, and the motives. Lastly, Part IV is what you’d expect from a book with this title, methods of defence.

Part IV deals with a variety of methods, starting off from simple to more complex. The beginner reading this book can learn how to make Holy Water (provided they are Christian), or using garlic to absorb a negative psychic atmosphere. Getting more complex (but more common in this day) you get the Qabalastic Cross and LBRP, as well as creating magickal circles. Finally she touches upon destroying thought forms, and dealing angels, and the “Occult Police.” Continue reading

What is Magick?

By Spiral Nature | August 8, 2008 | 2 comments

“Magick is the Science and Art of causing Change to occur in conformity with Will.”
– Aleister Crowley

“Magick is the art of causing changes in consciousness in conformity with the Will.”
– Dion Fortune

“…We will confine ourselves to an extension of a well-known definition by Aleister Crowley and state that, “Magic is the Science and Art of causing Change, on a material as well as a spiritual level, to occur in conformity with Will by altered states of consciousness.”
– Frater U.: D.:, Secrets of Western Sex Magic

“A magical act may be defined as causing reality to conform to will.”
– Phil Hine, ‘Undoing Yourself with Chaos Magic’, Rebels and Devils

“Magick is just the art of changing the focus of consciousness at will.”
– Robert Anton Wilson, The Earth Will Shake

“Sorcery: the systematic cultivation of enhanced consciousness or non-ordinary awareness & its deployment in the world of deeds & objects to bring about desired results.”
– Hakim Bey, T.A.Z.

“Real magick is not merely an assortment of skills and techniques. It’s more like an open minded attitude, a blend of interest and dedication, which allows each honest mage to observe, to learn, to adapt, and to invent unique ways of changing idenity and reality from within.”
– Jan Fries, Visual Magick

“Magic is a set of techniques and approaches which can be used to extend the limits of Achievable Reality. Our sense of Achievable Reality is the limitations which we believe bind us into a narrow range of actions and successes – what we believe to be possible for us at any one time. In this context, the purpose of magic is to simultaneously explore those boundaries and attempt to push them back – to widen the ‘sphere’ of possible action.”
-Phil Hine, Condensed Chaos

“Magic is the Highest, most Absolute, and most Divine Knowledge of Natural Philosophy, advanced in its works and wonderful operations by a right understanding of the inward and occult virtue of things; so that true Agents being applied to proper Patients, strange and admirable effects will thereby be produced. Whence magicians are profound and diligent searchers into Nature; they, because of their skill, know how to anticipate an effect, the which to the vulgar shall seem to be a miracle.”
The Goetia of the Lemegeton of King Solomon.

Courage is the criterion of belief. To back one horse and fancy another means willing one thing and believing another. Magic (faith) is simply a means of unifying Desire and Belief. The subconscious mind is employed to create your belief and unite it to a real desire.
– Austin Osman Spare, Two Tracts on Cartomancy

“Causing change by directing energy with one’s will.”
– Kerr Cuhulain, Full Contact Magick

“Everything works by magick; science represents a small domain of magick where coincidences have a relatively high probability of occurrence. Half of the skills in magick consist of identifying probabilities worth enhancing…Magick will not free itself from occultism until we have strangled the last astrologer with the guts of the last spiritual master.”
– Peter Carroll, PsyberMagick: Advanced Ideas in Chaos Magick

“Magic is not necromanteia – a raising of dead material substances endowed with an imagined life – but a psychological branch of science, dealing with the sympathetic effects of stones, drugs, herbs, and living substances upon the imaginative and reflective faculties – and leading to ever new glimpses of the world of wonders around us, ranking it in due order of phenomena and illustrating the beneficence of The Great Architect of the Universe.”
– Kenneth R. H. Mackenzie

“The change in situations or events in accordance with one’s will, which would, using normally accepted methods, be unchangeable.”
– Anton Szandor LaVey, The Satanic Bible

“Magic is the socially unauthorized use of the will and imagination to partake in the powers of the universe.”
– S. Jason Black & Christopher S. Hyatt, Pacts With the Devil: A Chronicle of Sex, Blasphemy and Liberation

“The true practice of magic depends on the legitimacy of the individual human will. The magician wills something to occur which under ordinary circumstances would not occur, and thereby demonstrates the reality of his or her own individuality. Magicians make the world dance according to their tunes, religionists seek to find the tune of the world and have it teach them how to dance.”
– Crystal Dawn and Stephen Flowers, Carnal Alchemy

“Unless a man be born a magician, and God have destined him even from his birth to the work, so that spirits do willingly come of their own accord – which doth happen to few – a man must use only of those things herein set down, or written in our other books of occult philosophy, as means to fix the mind upon the work to be done; for it is in the power of the mind itself that spirits do come and go, and magical works are done, and all things in nature are but as uses to induce the will to rest upon the point desired.”
– Cornelius Agrippa

“Magick is the art of belief.”
– ludrikos muttleyos, on chaoskaos

“I honestly can’t conceive of why anyone would want to ‘make’ magick into ‘anything’ […] [d]on’t attempt to put it into static terms. Use it an mutate it. At least I see people debating it, which assures me that the idea itself isn’t losing all of it’s transient nature. Part of the divine mystique that shrouds the essence of magick is the fact that it is unexplainable and undefineable – magick transcends reason, duh. Reason and time […] magick transcends LOGIC. (Discordianism, anyone? Fnord.) Logic, is also a workable paradigm, but not a necessity to understanding or compreheding a concpet. There are plenty of things in life not worth explaining in words. There are plenty of ideas one can procure to realise through self-discovery and learning that no one can represent effectively with words – non-verbal uinderstanding. ‘Intuition’ and ‘gut’ comes to mind as being one of those things. Yes, apparently idiots -are- still trying to make magick into a science – but idiots are also trying to confine it as an ‘art’ as well.”
– triskele, on the zee-list

“Magic is the most useful too for bending the odds to our favour in an given circumstance, but does not go beyond the scope of being a tool concurrently aiding your mundane efforts.”
– Joshua Wetzel, The Paradigmal Pirate: Liber Lll And Liber Ventum

“Magick is the practice of imposing one’s will upon reality in order to create change. The changes created by magick can take place in the outside world, but the most potent changes occur inside the self – changing attitudes, expanding abilities, pushing accepted limits – all through the exercise of willpower.”
– Michelle Belanger, Psychic Dreamwalking: Explorations at the Edge of Self

“Magick…may be defined as the process of projecting psychic energy into physical reality where it can then take shape as a spirit. The higher spirits, such as angels, derive from superconsciousness, the oversoul in which the mind exists as a part, whereas the lower spirits, such as demons, derive from subconsciousness, the repressed fears and traumatic experiences of the practitioner.”
– Frater W.I.T., Enochian Initiation: A Thelemite’s Magical Journey into the Ultimate Transcendence

“Magic is a psychological art form not a belief system (unless, of course you consider the concept of ’cause and effect’ to be a belief system).”
– Lon Milo DuQuette, The Key to Solomon’s Key

“…[R]eal magic is attuning your spirit and intention with the holon of the universe by gaining a deeper awareness of its parts.”
– Clea Danaan, Sacred Land

“Magic is a set of techniques (skills which you can develop) which allow you to create a change in the world around you and yourself by means that are not understood by scientists, religionists, or psychologists.”
– Nicholas Graham, The Four Powers

“Magick may be described as a system of communication, a language used exclusively between the conscious (the logical mind) and the subconscious (the thinking mind). During the dialogue, the magician’s objective is to use his logical mind to convince the thinking mind to reveal a method by which to directly access the superconsciousness, the higher mind…the Holy Guardian Angel.”
– Gerald del Campo, The Heretic’s Guide to Thelema

“Magick provides the tools to accomplish two things: First is to “know thyself” – to use techniques like journaling, meditation, ritual, and invocation to identify your personal strengths and successes – and thereby discover your true Will. The second is to use the same tools to accomplish your Will.
– Richard Kaczynski, The Weiser Concise Guide to Aleister Crowley

Models of magic

By Frater U.: D.: | December 14, 2002 | 8 comments

Brick wall, photo by PeterIn the course of exploring the possibilities of new, more efficient techniques of magic, I was struck by the fact that a structuralist view of the history of magic to date might prove helpful. After all, magicians have always aspired to restate the theory and practice of magic in the language of their times, i.e. in different models pertaining to current world views.

There is, however, some risk involved in such an approach: models do not really explain anything, they are only illustrations of processes, albeit rather useful ones. What’s more, over-systematization tends to obfuscate more than it clarifies and one should not mistake the map for the landscape anyway, a fallacy a great many kabbalists seem to be prone to.

Thus, the following five (or rather: four plus one) models of magic should be seen as a means of understanding the practical possibilities of various magical systems rather than as definitive theories or explanations of the way magic works.

It has proved effective in practice to view magic under the following categories: Continue reading

Shaman Priest

By nagasiva | May 5, 2001 | Leave a comment

To: soc.religion.shamanism
From: tyagi[at]houseofkaos.abyss[dot]com (nagasiva, tyagi)
Subject: shamanism
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Traditions are powerful indicators of ability, but they are not the only tools of detection. After all, traditions came from individuals.

…My dictionary says that ‘priest’ derives from ‘presbyter’ and that this was originally a name for ‘old one’. I suspect that in the formal stages of the language, wisdom and age were equated and the name got used as an identifier of important cultural information. So at least at one point in time someone who studied Christianity could well be a priest. In other words they may have been *called* ‘priest’due to their study of the discipline and their appearance (aged).

I want to make it clear than when I use the term ‘shaman’ I will be applying only my own mythical meaning which I have fabricated within my experience and I do not necessarily associate this with any sort of Tungus people or Indian people or African people. I mean by it a kind of ‘technician’ which I shall attempt to describe in my feeble way.

‘Being able to do some things which other shamans can do’ may qualify, within a community, as deserving of the title (whatever the language and role, which I’m presuming will vary somewhat), but it is somewhat imprecise to say what you do above since ‘to shaman’ could include any degree of skill. Is an apprentice carpenter truly a carpenter? Surely she can do some of the job, but not all of it. And yet when she learns from the master crafter she is ‘carpenting’.

So in one sense (limited) you are right. Yet in perhaps a more meaningful sense you have understated the case, since you have not yet truly defined, here, anything positive.

Much of it would depend on the tradition one follows.

I think you focus overmuch on socialized shamanism. I’m convinced that there is another kind who quite possibly works for hir community yet does so alone and is not part of a ‘lineage’. I’d like to hear what you think of this concept. It can’t be new.

I wonder if this focus upon community isn’t a leftover from an earlier age when group-integrity was the key to personal and species survival. I agree that it is valuable and advantageous, I’m just not so sure that it is necessary. It reminds me of the requirement that saints and mystics be within religious *traditions*. I’m not so sure that

1) there is a big difference between these saints and mystics and what you are calling ‘shamans’

2) shamans aren’t found outside of any particular tradition.

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I think that the divide between scholasticism and practitioners should be mentioned when discussing ‘vocabulary’. In many ways the *study of shamanism* is a academic pursuit (valuable but still academic). Unless you are willing to posit a sort of eclectic, global shamanism which subsumes the various specific instances and manifests within and through Academia (:>) then the terms are exterior to the individual traditions or particular within certain exemplars.

‘Shamanic perspective’ is a fallacy. I’m sure that there are countless perspectives which function for shamans quite well (hey, I could be wrong). Knowledge is only beneficial for politicians and engineers. My hit on this is that *some* shamans do function as bridges and this is called by many names. Example: RJ Stewart “mediator”. These ‘higher and lower states’ are mythological referents to specific experiences of the subjective universe, which is as much a reflection as it is the origin of what modern materialists call ‘the real world’.

…While it is true that the shaman exists at the ‘edge of reality’ this need not only be the fringes of an urban or village population (i.e. geographic). The shaman just as accurately lives on the edges of a society’s *consciousness*, existing below or within that society and ‘tweaking’ it like psychotechnicians tuning up their host body; a veritable pineal gland regulating the social endocrine system.

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…I sense beings I call ‘elementals’ who inhabit the elemental planes (E/A/F/W else Chinese 5 if I’m really good :>). These, as I know them, are the Salamanders of the Fire Realm, the Sylphs of the Air, the Brownies of the Earth and the Undines of the Water (sometimes I call them Sprites for some reason). I perceive them as conscious beings of purelyelemental energy.

Dragons are nature-wisdom-beings who dwell in a realm once-removed from my ordinary consciousness (I call this ‘the Faerie’ and have enjoyed learning to move betwixt the ordinary and Faere realms, wherein my kinfolk, the elves and dragons (and others?) reside).

What I call ‘the astral plane’ is often a mix of emotional and imaginary components, yet I was referring to what are called ‘Psychic Attacks’ such as are portrayed in Dion Fortune’s Psychic Self-Defense and Crowley’s Moonchild. I’m not always one for ‘seeing energy’ and tend to sense it intuitively (not somatically, sonically or, as is apparently popular, visually). For me it is more of a reflection than a direct perception.

I also don’t have much experience with what is called ‘OOBE’ or ‘Out Of Body Experience’, what is typically associated with ‘astral travel’, though I do see my sorcerous and shamanic journeys (otherworldly expeditions into the Faerie, the latter successfully bringing to ground the contents of the experience for the benefit of myself and my kin) as similar in many ways.

During these journeys I sometimes come upon Gates, or portals between major sectors of the Faerie. Occasionally there will be Guardians at these locales, those whose job it is to provide a challenge so as to screen out those who are not yet ready for what lies beyond. One such Guardian whom I engaged wrestling/mating turned out to be a dragon.

If you want me to distinguish between ‘metaphor’ and ‘literal’ I’m unsure exactly where to draw the line. Likely if you were to have observed any of what I describe above you’d characterize these as ‘inner experiences’ and perhaps ‘imaginary’, though they seemed very concrete and ‘real’ to me at the time. :> I don’t consider radical objectivism to be superior to radical subjectivism, nor to I direct my scientific worship toward the material world.