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Season 2: Time to Dig Deep Into the History of Magick and Witchcraft

Welcome all! We are now officially back in action! With this in mind, get ready to jump right in and make some headway into deciphering more of the mysteries of ancient times. Our first season 2 episode takes on questions regarding the foundations of what has come to be known, in present day, as magick or witchcraft.

Discerning Mythos from Magick

Humans have followed the phases of the moon, literally, forever… but why???

Some of the oldest empirical evidence regarding supernatural activity and celestial inclusion of knowledge is seen in the relations between the daily world and the heavens.

Many ancient temples or other centers for community doubled as trading posts, meeting halls, and other societal practices.

Trends in Social, Spiritual and Religious Significance

Working with the natural energies is the base of magick and witchcraft. These energies appear to be considered as fluid. They can be relative to practices with all kinds of significance. 

However, values and importance can change over time. Locations are a great example. This is often because they can reflect more than just a building or project.

Learning Lore Through Local Buildings and Gathering Posts

Important cultural locations often were built to mirror important details in the heavens. Additionally, in many areas through ancient civilizations, there are statues, fountains or other physical tributes were included to suggest importance.

They also acted as large correlation points, or sometimes as a life size representation. Modern historians cannot say for sure that all people believed in the same concepts.

Ziggurats: Mesopotamia’s Mapped Magick

Ziggurats are typically common buildings that became more complex and marked in Mesopotamian culture over the years. They usually were created towards city center. They held special correspondences for the city Godhead. It makes sense that, in time, they reflected the magical mindset of the area, as much as social or economic culture!

These buildings acted as temples for ritual and spiritual guidance. They also captured public interest, at times allowing for economic centers or communal rallying points.

Temples gave a place for people, but not always a purpose. Rituals of all kinds, not just the sources of magick and witchcraft, could be found within ziggurats in Mesopotamia!

Building Babel: Babylon and the Magick of Communication?

It has even been supposed that the Tower of Babel was quite possibly one of these structures!

By studying ancient temples, and then the other important buildings that had similar statuses in a civilization, there is a trend.  Certain locations tend to build power and importance over time.

Magick Made Into More?

The source or root can be external or internal. Essentially, be it a combination of inherent willpower or a force that requires intent and direction, for much of human history it has been widely accepted that magick is real and tangible. 

Depending on a persons focus, there is a process at work on all actions of magick and witchcraft. Collective actions and common cultural significance can certainly increase the importance of a location. However,  typically the buildings and locations seem to correlate as much to a culture, as it does to a collective experience.

As knowledge of practical ritual habits and corresponding details increase, so too does the potential power.

Moving Beyond Labeling and Defining Magick

Magickal influences and influxes through the ages. This should be a simple topic? I mean ,we should know where our craft comes from, right? Modern witchcraft, magick, and pagan religions all have an important place in human history. Understanding the why and the how, I feel, is important, to understand the why and the other mechanics.

The How and Why of Witchcraft

However, with this in mind, before  we get too far into it all… It is nice to be back and writing. It has felt so dull and boring doing nothing of the sort the last while. I worked long and hard on the podcast, the opener for season 2, last night. It is coming together, but there is so much magick in our history!

A magickal altar is a common tool for practicing all varieties of the craft.

It found it was quite interesting watching the transitions of terminologies as I have been working on our initial timeline of magick and witchcraft. For the longest time, the inherent practices of spells, curses, prayers, effigies, and the like, academically and historically speaking… magick is a common description.

Of course, as we talked about in our article last season, magic was spelled with a c… but it was still that energy and defined by this word. It isn’t until after the creation of the HRE (Holy Roman Empire) that we begin to see Christian, lo… Catholic commentary on sorcery and witchgcraft. Somehow this natural elemen of power moves to something sinister and something that is to be feared.

The Less Wilderness, the More Timid We Become?

It has been the longest of breaks! I feel that weakness in my body. I am sore from laziness and my brain moves slowly. Though, I am waking up. I realize this process, as I am discovering the historical process of how this happened to faith and magick. Maybe, just maybe I am simply connecting dots that aren’t there? I don’t think so though….

I am not going to lie, doing the podcast for this season starter was a doozy! I ended up with an idea, I wanted to track the timeline of magick in Western Culture. I feel that the Wiccan and general pagan books were kind of misleading from the 90s to present. I think that they gave the idea that there has been a statuesque practice that is recognized and practiced since the dawn of time. However, we can see as we go through this that it is so not true.

From Magick to Witchcraft… Sorcery to Satan

Witchcraft and magick definitely do have a long history interwoven with humanity. However, the locations, cultures and societal contributions that have brought us the modern magickal traditions, including Wicca, ceremonial magick, fraternal orders, and yes, even chaos magick…. The thoughts we have as a current civilization about magick and even our rituals and practices, they all come from somewhere. I don’t know, maybe it is just me… but understanding the history of these contributions seems kind of vital.

Those that do not learn from the past [history] are doomed to repeat it!

Sir Winston Churchhill

I have heard it said before that learning from the past is a good idea and I tend to take magick, divination, and all things of this nature in a serious light. Call me old-fashioned. Call me out dated. Just don’t call me under prepared. I was taught to respect the nature of magick, to wield spells as one would a weapon. It is hard to unlearn these trends.

Etymology and Alterations of Magick

The Wheel of the Year is a good example of simplification of “ancient” pagan practices. ** Don’t be fooled! It isn’t that old!

I feel like we have witnessed a huge jump in understanding or the evolution of thought and consciousness, but because we were so busy trying to control things perhaps we missed it. The timeline, to present, only a few seem to have it out there in a full thought. It was really difficult tracking magick, the practices, rituals and general concept socially. It reminds me of the old adage of failing to learn from history.

One of the things that intrigued me the most about everything has been the way in which magickal power is so… disregarded. This bothers me and simply doesn’t sit right.

Considering the Source and Seriousness of Magickal Practices

The best way I had to tackle this issue that I have been having was to seek out where exactly this mindset began to take hold. For, much of humanity, there was reverence for nature and the natural power of the earth and conscious begins. That we had will and that we could cast it upon the world around us, seemed to be more than a mere accident.

Working Backwards Through Witchcraft

Scott Cunningham wrote in his Guide to a Solitary Practitioner  that the magick of witches has been around since Shamans. It isn’t that it isn’t true, it is that it is vague that bothers me so. I look back at the history as I was taught it, and I feel kind of cheated. I feel like I went too long seeking something other than the source. I imagine this is how many people feel when they seek balance or piece from a religion or practice that is incomplete.

I love the olden authors. I was a fan of Raven Grimasi because I was a dianic from the beginning. I felt a kinship with Scott Cunningham as I began to learn and I loved reading the creation of Starhawk. However, the more I dig, the more I realize that there is a deeper, richer, and more virile magickal history. I don’t think they had the facts, as they didn’t have access to information as we do in the technological era as we do now. I don’t blame them for working with what they knew to be true.

Seeking Sorcery and Magick in the Purest Form

We can only wonder how much modern Egypt truly reflects the grandeur of ancient times!

For the furthest back of ancient religions, we see an important status of the cosmic balance and truth, with the Goddess of Ma’at in older Egyptian myth. This balance was represented as a deity. However, so was the power that made it work. The scales reacting to something, is how it seems.

Egyptians promoted the power of magick through understanding the god Thoth, but recognized it in a brute force kind of raw energy through Heka.  This was considered the God of magic, magick in it’s true form, as a primordial power. We have written scripts detailing his importance and the vitality of the energy.

Reflecting on the Direction of Magick and Seeking Historical References

The Season 2 Opener should be posted shortly, but I thought I would at least put some thoughts out there. I feel like I have been digging in some area that I shouldn’t. Like I am opening a can of worms best left closed. I don’t feel like I am doing anything dumb or dangerous, not that kind of warning. However, perhaps there was a reason this was all shut up and not talked about? There is a reason that the history of magick and witchcraft is so disjointed? Each traditions has it’s own history and it’s own path.

However, if it all comes from the same source… does it really matter? Is one really better or different from the other? I don’t think it will make a huge difference on the scheme of greater magickal practices… but at the very least there is going to be a change in my own perception.

A Coven is Always Preferred

Magick is best with a few, rather than solo. This can be family, a coven, or friends supporting each other.

I have long said that magick is best done in a small group, and rarely at it’s height of success when practiced solo. People need each other and our reference comes from our social ties with others. We cannot diagnose ourselves any more than we can trust our own experiences without reference and context. Other people being involved in the process provide this needed aspect of practice that allows for the great work to truly be great.

Imagine John Dee doing his scrying solo? It would have been harder to  verify as a whole, juding the enochian language. It would have been difficult to believe that this much power and intellect lied in one man. However, with the corroboration of his methods, we see a deeper meaningful result in the angelic script that was deciphered. This is because the unbelievable with able to be tested beyond the greatness of simply one man. The message was easier to decipher with multiple perspectives.

Let Us Dig Up the Skeletons of the Dead Arts

I have said that this whole process was a project of me simply trying to verify, understand, and hold accountable, the story of magick many authors have done similar tasks, but I find that not always in the simplest of terms. They also do the digging gone their own

Special Thank You to Support for Season 2

I would like to take a moment to say thank you to all of you that have taken a part so far. You are the only reason we are able to do this, and personally… that I am able to do this. I am grateful for the opportunity to dig through the past and clarify. There has been quite a bit of support, socially, which is cool. People are slowly beginning to speak up, ask questions, and get involved. It is a unique and humbling experience.

Additionally, to the two supporters I have had with me since nearly the beginning, tossing some coin to support this crazy ride. Thank you as well.

Final Word on the Timeline of Magick

So far, the timeline is shaping up nicely. I have left out some major additions, as I would like to add them as we dig into them. For now, I can say that we have broken the information up into smaller parts. I have a tendency to just talk… and talk. I find this fascinating. Thankfully, I do have some editing help to hold me back. That being said, expect this first episode to be super long!

We are doing our best to break up the sections into chunks that are easily digestible and i don’t expect anyone to just sit down and listen to it in entirety. We go back to Pre-Sumerian and Pre-Babylonian tablets to find proof of magick and the magickal mindset. We then go to Babylon, to Egypt, make notations through classical antiquity. From there, we discuss the influence of Christianity, touch on the Jewish mysticism influence, and begin to see where the paths diverge. We look at the sects of Christianity, the secret fraternal orders and the kickback that happens from the Inquisition. That isn’t even the whole of it. It is a brough history indeed and only a work that has hust begun!

Thank You for Your Patience!

See, I definitively bit of more than I had initially planned. That being said, it has been an interesting look at the topic in a way that was new to me. Hopefully, you all get as much out of the work as I have! I believe the timeline should be posted in a rudimentary form in a day or two.

I can’t wait to share and then to move forward and add to it! As soon as it is up, I will make sure to update on here.

Blessed Be. Namaste. 770. L&L ❤

Rohanna Irene

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Magick, New

What is Magick?

It has been a solid 250,000 years, at least, since mankind has managed to harness and master fire. This whole process likely appeared to be magick of some kind at first. Consider, when you think that man had interaction for a much longer time before the late stone age period.

person standing and holding lamp inside cave
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Lightning struck and would light huge amounts of land on fire. Man learned to evolve around and in spite of this danger, in many parts of the natural world. There were devastating diseases and all manner of natural disasters that have plagued the planet since life began. In the past, it seems as though there were more inherent ways to avoid these sometimes. Considering that if one is to listen to religious texts, God’s will through man’s hand was the cause was a pretty big involvement to some of the more astounding plagues and petulance.

The Mystery of Magic

There were many other events in this history of mankind, that at the time, could not be explained. From then, to the present era, humans continue to refer to them as magic. Some were good… and some were deadly to humans. Of course, they would have chosen a different phrase specifically. The word, “magic” actually is derived from the word the Greek word that was used to describe the ‘magosh’. The magosh are known as Persian priests. This was something they were well-versed in. However, for the longest time, it was a mystery to many.

Understanding Magick as a Practice

This was one of the contributions from Aleister Crowley. During his own exploratory phase to make magick more viable and to improve his own practice, he added the K. It was meant to distinguish types of magick.

Magic is like sleight of hand and stagecraft, typically based on imagery or mesmerism. Magick is a practice, including both mundane and ritualistic acts. With it, a person can change the world around them (or within them). This is done through acts of focusing will and matching it with intent. It is a formal art than the primal magic that was generated in the prehistoric era. However, it is still the same energy and force, that exists within us all.

Faith Continues to Deny Scientific Falsehoods

Today, magick still exists, even if we deny it. It makes sense that some would. In any case, because science has been fighting hard for the last century to shirk this seemingly irresponsible notion. Understandably, it would want to ignore that there could be some invisible force in the world. Certainly, it wants to keep it quiet that is helping people out. The skeptics are only responding to evolution… They are thinking rationally about the world around them, based on their perception and their cognition. These people are only being good little drones for machines and men who happen to be in charge of everything. Those things are all needed, so it doesn’t even make sense to argue with them.

Can Science Disprove Magick?

Scientists tend to do this too, they deny and then try to disprove. Again, this is their job and they are tough to deal with sometimes. Figuring out the empirical world is important. For, this is the plane that humans exist on the physical level. However, magick isn’t at home on this same plane. Some would say that the physical world has grown heavier, it weighs on human consciousness more. It affects cognition and perception. It is undoubtedly, the same way that magick was there when we needed protection from the world. Whether it was from the cold when luck was essential in survival, it was still there. Basically, when our lives depended on it, then magick took a more active role in existence.

The More The Merrier, But Leave Those That Don’t Want To Go Behind

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the full moon is just one of the reasons for a night ritual.

As beliefs in supernatural interest and beliefs in magick or manifestation powers of all kinds are seemingly on the rise, there is hope that magick of some variety can help humanity from devastating losses or gigantic inconveniences across many aspects of their lives. Never forget, people are invariably fickle creatures with egos that need constant feeding.

There is no real way to disprove the statement that magick exists. However, humans have come a long way in the process of understanding their own selves. Undoubtedly, this is helpful to survive in a crisis. This is likely why humans still exhibit magical thinking. In spite of the developments of science, people continue to believe.

Removing the Mystery

The depth of self-awareness and understanding has bloomed because of psychiatry. That being said, it seemingly has taken the mystery out of self-awareness and control. Everyone can do it. Yet, no one can. The language has changed the dynamic and while the process has helped in some areas. Keep in mind that it has been created new problems in others.

The Evolution of Psychiatry and Magick

Specifically, much of what psychiatry sets out to describe or to label, people understood before. They simply called it something else. When it was a magickal practice, the knowledge was often secret. Psychiatry, starting with Freud and psychoanalysis, but the knowledge out in the open. Labels were tossed around and before long, new branches formed. Carl Jung, who also was known to be interested in the occult, made his own contributions. This caused a rift between him and his mentor, Freud.

The Contribution of Carl Jung

Jung’s contribution was a very different view of consciousness. It led to some great discoveries. However, as psychiatry became more popular, it also led to education and discussion. It was inevitable that the information would get out. Once out, it was easy to misunderstand, warp and misuse.

Now, everyone seemingly has deep depression or anxiety. School kids can warn others about how they are unable to adapt to simple directions because of their ADHD. Any man that has evolved to be able to disassociate. This is because this is a societal construct programmed in man for at least a 1000 years. It was useful to be able to disassociate at one time. Now, professionals and bitter ex-wives will say that it has turned him into a dangerous sociopath or narcissistic. Perhaps this is a bit dramatic, but when you compare the numbers, it seems true.

The Cognitive Brain and Human Bias

The brain is a natural at creating its own reality. This is one of the reasons that magick works. It is based on how people think, then what they think. Will, located within the mind, is a force behind the thought. It pushes the thoughts into creation. Many of these things that are manifested are internal. This means, they bring about internal changes. They can strengthen or weaken a person. The other changes can happen outside the body. These two things are referring to the macrocosm and the microcosm.

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People have their own unique way of thinking. This is true for everyone. Everyone has tricks to keep their own brain in check. It is individual because no two people think alike. However, there are always similarities. Take, for example, the chart above. It shows typical biases that the brain has and reasons for them. The language of magick plays upon these similarities.

How People Leverage the Mind

It has always been understood that one must calm the mind to do great things with it. It is said that the more a person could control their microcosm, the more powerful of an effect they could have on the macrocosm as a whole. Additionally, consider that science has also proven a lot of the fundamentals of magickal practice. Granted, they don’t often mean to and do so often without intending to.

Disassociating is far more difficult for more tangible substances. One can’t simply close their eyes and then whatever in the room with them just disappears. However, for thought or memory or any other invisible energy that can interact with humans, it seems to be an inherent skill. In the case of magick, which appears to be energy. And keep in mind, this is an energy that is strictly on the astral or spiritual realm. So, it seems no surprise that it responds very well to will. It is almost like they are designed to work together

Mitigating Circumstances of the Mind

In the end, those that are familiar with the Hermetic Principles, understand the power of the mind. They know that the first principle explains in inner workings of magick. when it explains that the mind is all, All is the mind. What we think vibrates and then moves on into its own form. The thought will follow through as far on the flow of the principles as it can, until the energy behind the thought peters out. This is basically how many people banding together can mentally create change, whether done intentionally or unintentionally. Causing one to forget, to distance themselves from magick, or to get cut off from the source simply requires telling oneself that it isn’t real.

Who is Better Doesn’t Matter

It doesn’t matter that the brain now is considered an actual science. Additionally, the body has been an important part of psychiatry as well as the mind. Moreover, thinking of the past of psychiatry, it seems that it has made a number of its own bad choices and treated humans far worse than magically minded individuals. It could be argued that the psychiatric industry abused people just the same as the Catholic church.

Because science is still only focusing on the physical. It is not looking at the interconnectedness between the psyche, between other people, and energy both within an individual. It has so far ignored the results that prove the power of the mind.

Magick is Alive

Pagans, witches, mages, and the like understand this power. They get that this energy is still as it always was, an innate power within us. Furthermore, it is almost as if it is an unwritten contract between the energy and the physical nature of humanity. Perhaps it is also one between humanity and the natural world? We can deny it, but that doesn’t make it true. It also won’t do any good in using this powerful tool to help humanity to keep moving forward.

Science Has Long Since Tried to Prove Magick Wrong

Zen – Long before modern men. **Pixabay image

Scientists can try to explain it. However, none of that is likely to wipe away either its existence or the subconscious understanding that humanity has with it. We have grown, evolved alongside this power. Sometimes, it appears as fantastical abilities, affecting the world at large, as the energy is cast out and directed by a certain individual. This requires an extraordinary amount of training, which it always has. Think of how long monks must train. When magickal training requires dedication and effort, just as anything else that takes skill and understanding.

The Link Between Psychology and Magick

More commonly, in modern man, the act of magick that happens internally mirrors the goal of psychology… at least at the base level. This is because the simplest and most intrinsic act of magick is balancing. It is leveraging the mind with the brain, thoughts with feelings, etc. Being able to reconcile the forces within the microcosm of the individual is first. Next is then being able to take these changes internally and dispel them. Once dispelled, they must be manifest the same in the macrocosm. It is the ability to quiet the mind or sometimes referred to as the empathy we feel.

Self-Service and Magick

Magick can be witnessed in the calming, serene balance of meditation or those moments of perfection achieved. I would argue that this power, whatever it is technically, will be explained, fully, by science… at some point. However, for the now, it is merely an interpreter, fantasy, or a dream of those who have faith and belief.

Thankfully, there are plenty of people spanning across the globe that still can interact and both manifest, then manipulate this energy to do what is commanded. Many of them are independent, but doing causes to help the world in a solo capacity. Maybe something can be done about that, to unite them and to make that magick stronger and more efficient. That is a discussion for a different time.

An Editorial From the Author

Corny quote: You may say that I’m a dreamer… but I’m not the only one!

As I was closing this post up, I chuckled to myself… but if this rant was a discussion for another time… when exactly would this time take place? Because, if time doesn’t exist, that could be whenever I figure out how to say this nicer or make it sound better. The right time could easily be too late. Seems like a dumb risk, when I am sitting at my computer already.

So, when it comes to uniting people to work together, this is definitely my goal. I am working hard on that exact concept. Establishing a community isn’t a small task. I have found that sometimes it only requires conversation.

Building a Community For Us All

More specifically, it isn’t about me, specifically. It is about all of us, collectively. While you’re reading this maybe you will be inspired. Maybe the next person will? It is my wish that it lights a spark in them. It is my hope that they to go join up with others, write a book, start their own thing, or anything of the sort.

Additionally, I do have a favor to ask from those of you reading, please feel free to think about it too. If you can, take a moment and close your eyes and see the opportunity arising, allowing for open communication. See the forces of many coming together, imagining them like they once were. See the hordes of mages across the world growing stronger with their power. Envision the natural energy within us all. This is about people being able to be autonomous. It is a good time to begin, especially just people, as citizens, and as the majority.

The government, with funding and personal interest, has a heck of a jump on most people. Until the masses figure out how to work together with their magick a bit better, until there is equality again across the species, there is a danger. Those that don’t use every resource to respond are likely to find their chances of being successful lacking.

Thank you, Rohanna