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Why you should keep a magical journal

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Magical journal, photo by Barry SilverJournals are one of the most useful tools in a magician’s temple. Writing down events, ideas and progressive achievement can prove to better ones skill in any category. While memory is powerful, it would be foolish to assume that we remember everything all the time. Our journals can serve to remind us of our goals and aspirations while simultaneously serving to bring them to life.Writing is the physical manifestation of thought itself. If mind is the ultimate force of creative energy, then transcribing its contents serve to shape reality to the mold of its beholder. When we use the symbols given to us through words to align thoughts with our creative insight, something very powerful happens. That correspondence between mind and matter serves to create a resonance within an individual and the once ephemeral thought becomes a tangible substance. Where there was once nothing, there is something. Read More

The High Magic of Talismans and Amulets, by Claude Lecouteux

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The High Magic of Talismans and Amulets, by Claude LecouteuxThe High Magic of Talismans and Amulets, by Claude LecouteuxThe High Magic of Talismans and Amulets: Tradition and Craft, by Claude Lecouteux Inner Traditions, 264 pp. (incl. appendices, notes, bibliography, and index), 2014 The first part of The High Magic of Talismans and Amulets goes into the traditions related to amulets and the natural magic thereof, and also examines the tension between established Christianity and the long-standing tradition of magick, especially of the apotropaic (evil averting) sort. One is strongly reminded of the generations of priestly execrations of goddess worship in the Bible, which similarly told us how long the practices persisted, and some details of them which we would not otherwise have had.The priests inveighing against these charms were particularly intent on discouraging the use of magical characters (alphabetic or sigilic writing that conveys spiritual power). They sometimes waxed poetic: "The demon slithers in the characters like the serpent beneath the flowers." This ties nicely into his statement that "the unknown always inspires the Church with fear."Lecouteux summarizes part of this history thus: "Implicit in the background are notions of natural, licit magic and illicit black magic," ((p. 30)) after giving one of many examples of a churchman condemning the talismanic art as being an implicit pact with a demon, a pattern which, as he points out, is "commonly repeated throughout the sixteenth century." What this means to me is that the Faustian current which arose in early modern magick didn't just appear without help. Apparently, it is as possible to call an egregore into being by constant execration as by constant evocation! Read More

Are you ready for spellwork?

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Spiral Nature Letters, Mailbox background by RaSeLaSeD - Il Penguino, with additional work by Psyche Spiral Nature often receives letters from our readers looking for more information on certain subjects, or sometimes even for a place to begin. This query came in via our newsletter:
At this point, my main struggle is how to know when you are ready for spellcraft. I focus on the outcome, meditate on the process needed for the result, proceed accordingly, and then don't see any results in a timely manner. I don't expect instantaneous results, but I do expect to see results within a month. I do not accept that no result is an answer in itself so what must I do to ensure the outcome?--Ready or Not
Well, Ready or Not, it depends, but ultimately, I would say that if you're asking this question, you're probably ready. Read More

Top 5 chaos magick books

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Detial from Liber Null, by Peter CarrollThere are some books that are required reading for the dedicated student, and this list represents my top five books dedicated to chaos magick - books that defined chaos magick as a distinct field of study and practice.Liber Null & Psychonaut, by Peter Carroll1. Liber Null & Psychonaut: An Introduction to Chaos Magic, by Peter CarrollLiber Null, first published in the late 1970s by Ray Sherwin, is the handbook for the Illuminates of Thanteros, the first group dedicated to chaos magick. The IOT was conceived of as a new kind of order based on meritocracy, and Liber Null serves as an introductory text to what was then a new approach to magickal practice.New Falcon published Liber Null and Psychonaut together in 1987. Psychonaut expands upon themes raised in Liber Null, and contains the much maligned pseudo-scientific approach to catastrophe theory, but it does have its moments, defining and reframing magickal theories for a new generation of occultists. Read More

Chaos magick: Doing what works and more

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Chaosphere Magick on the Edge, edited by Taylor EllwoodI'm reading Magick on the Edge, ambitiously subtitled "An Anthology of Experimental Occultism." The quote below from Nick Farrell appears in the first essay, "Experimentation as Magical Path," which is otherwise quite good at making a decent case for "experimental" magick. (Though isn't all magick experimental? Isn't that the point of doing the Work?)
[T]here [is] a type of occultist who believes that it doesn’t matter what you do in magic that "intention is everything". I am a strong believer in the phrase "the path to hell is paved with good intentions" and think these types of occultists are more dangerous to the experimental magician because everyone thinks that they hold similar, sloppy views. These occultists often call themselves chaos magicians or repeat Aleister Crowley's much misunderstood phrase "Do what you will be the whole of the Law," [sic] as if it gives them a wholesale license to bunk off from doing any work.
In the context of the essay, Farrell is snidely suggesting that chaos magicians practice magick with no understanding or interest in the theory behind it, cheerily believing that as long as you want "it," "it" will happen. I hear this expressed online on occasion, but I'm surprised to read such a misguided sentiment expressed so blatantly in print. Read More

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