An image with blue, red, pink, purple, yellow and orange ripples almost. Acros them are two black lines, one on top and one on the bottom. They say, relatively, VIBRATIONS, then the next line, DON'T WORK THAT WAY.
Astronomy, knowledge, Magick, Psychology, Science

On Magick: You’re Doing it Wrong

There, I said it. Granted, depending on whether or not is truth relative, this could be debated. For now, let’s not though. Give me a moment please, to get my thoughts together and then I will explain. Initially, what I mean by this is that people all have an idea of their beliefs or why them believe them.

Most people who believe in magick have some integral idea of how magick works. The better part of 20 years of my life has been spent talking to witches, mostly either pagan and Wiccan types or Golden Dawn and ceremonial magick type… just for clarity. I don’t know why it took me till this week, but I realized something this week.

I have officially decided that… on the topic of magick… you are doing it wrong. Simply by thinking that what we are doing inherently is right, then that leaves little room to think outside the box. That leaves no real way to force the mind to remain open, to look for the cosmic links out in the world or to see the impossible happenings. By doing magick right, it seems as though it is essentially against the concept of mastery in the first place and thereby, you are doing it wrong. That is my simple explanation

Truth is a Funny Thing, Especially to People of Faith

I said it. So, it must be true. Or, at least I think it is true. That is where it gets tricky. Because ultimately, the word “truth” has changed through the years and not everyone can agree on what the word actually means. Some say it is synonymous with fact. Other people say that it is something slightly different. Personally, I like the concept that truth is something with is accurate and factual to the person telling it. I tend to think of it as a anecdotal fact.

Sort of how a person will tell you that the bible is a truth, because for them it is. However, there is a lot there that thus far, can’t be proven… at least not empirically. That stuff, the substance that you can prove and verify… and that is repeatable (must not forget that part!) these are the facts.


A screen shot of Oxford Dictionary and the definition of truth. I found it odd that they didn’t choose just fact, as similar.
Factuality and factualness, sure. Then again, gospel truth and genuineness is there as well.
**This entry, for the record, did not make me feel better about the actual meaning and etymology of the word truth.**

Your Truth. My Truth. Truth to Truth.

If magick has taught us anything it is that one should not be shocked at the power of the mind. You really can change your mind, if you choose to. The trick, for those of you that say that you can’t, you may not be able to. I would challenge though, it is less that you can’t and more that you simply don’t know how. In any case, it may not be the greatest skill out there… like, technically I think that convincing of facts that never happened… that is one of those tale tale narcist sighs, isn’t it?

A discussion for next time: “When is the truth the truth and is there ever a time when gaslighting is psychologically acceptable?”

Ultimately, I am going through this because it occurred to me, after talking to a friend earlier, that it is sometimes easier to just go with it. I mean, I wasn’t joking when I said that I have spent the better part of 20 years talking to people about their practice and magick in general. My practice, my service to my local pagan community, and just a general curiosity or interest in the types of topics regarding practices, ritual, and the like.

There have been too many times that I can count, where i would actually get upset when someone would tell me something i did was wrong. Not for annoyance of being corrected. Rather, because it always comes with that tone. The tone where you know what is coming next… The tip or trick on how to do it right. Today, in that area… I think that i made a breakthrough and I wanted to share.

Everyone’s a Critic, Even Your Well-Meaning Friends

So, I was going to say that you were doing wrong in a podcast but well, the neighbors are mowing their lawn for the 3rd time this week. It is the end of July, over 100 degrees here, and they are mowing. At first it was frustrating, because who really likes to be inconvenienced by someone… anyone else, when they have a plan in mind for their day? Then, after a moment of breathing, I shook it off.

Later on in the day, a friend came over and I was telling her about my day about how I keep trying to plan to record but the noise… and sort of in the middle of it, I said (kind of under my breath and to myself), “When you fixate, you stagnate.”

“What did you just say?” my friend asked.

“When you fixate, you stagnate.” I repeated, but louder this time.

“You really shouldn’t be focusing on the negative if you want it to change. Vibrations don’t work that way.”

That’s what she said…

I paused, and just let it hang there. Vibrations work in a weird way… but I found there, in the moment, a sense of irony. Maybe irony isn’t the right word? I could feel the tension of silence building and the tail end of what my friend said echoed in my head. The words vibrated in my mind that vibrations didn’t work that way.

Who Knows How Magick Works?

The silence stayed a bit longer, and it was uncomfortable. Why must disagreeing come with so much tension? I don’t know about other people, for I am sure there are people out there that step on toes, establish their boundaries, or just say no when they don’t want to do something. I tend to try to be a people pleaser. My Sagittarian excess doesn’t always help that, but I try. Intellectually, I want to be right. I want to know the right way. I want to understand things better and then I want to dig more beyond that. Always keep learning.

Please Tell Me: “How Do Vibrations Work?”

That was what I wanted to say. I didn’t know. The silence went on for at least a few minutes and I found myself still not saying anything. As the silence grew longer, I found myself suddenly wondered if I was being rude. I walked to the kitchen, opened the fridge. I kind of moved things around, and then made some noise like I was figuring out what to grab. Finally, I decided to just break the ice.

“Do you want a drink?” I called out sheepishly.

I knew I sounded a little off. I didn’t get a response. That was weird. So, I poked my head back towards the living room. She wasn’t there. Turns out she had gone and took a moment to sneak to the bathroom. I will skip to the end, when she came back everything was fine. I had spent the last few minutes thinking about that one statement. She had been thinking about needing to pee. She didn’t mention it again. I am still up, past midnight thinking about it.

Magick is Essentially Controlling the Mind

I realize that perhaps I am fixating. Then it occurs to me that maybe my friend is right. I do tell myself my little mantras, but I do it as a reminder. If I were to say something happy and cheery, well… I’ve seen some shit. I can say that much. I know me pretty well too. I don’t listen to that kind of talk. Thus, I tend to talk to myself in a more stern voice to cut myself off and perk up. Essentially, I guess.. in reflection… I talk to myself like my mom talked to me when I was a kid.

A digital photomanipulation of a guy with his mouth open and the pixelization appears to be going through the body. There is a cosmic recognition, but we don't know why or what. The title is Mind Blown. #Triggered Art made by RumDancer Studios / author Rohanna Irene. The image includes text that states: I see the Humans but not the humanity.
We are the humanity, my friends….

Note to Self: Duality Sometimes is Not Your Friend

“The capacity to learn is a gift; The ability to learn is a skill; The willingness to learn is a choice.”

Brian Herbert

Above is another little mantra that I tell myself on a somewhat regular occasion. It prompts me toward gratitude that I am able to learn and to continue seeking knowledge. I don’t know what age that I was when I realized that not everyone is interested in learning. Some people are truly only concerned with what they know. I have my own thoughts on how this works, but I don’t want to be that person. I enjoy being right. I like knowing things within certainty, for there are so few things that are certain. I, in turn, have a nasty habit of thinking the same for other people.

Is Truth Relative All of the Time?

If something is apparently untrue, and the evidence can be found to deny it, then I am going to look for that. When I learn a new fact, I generally challenge myself to verify the fact as an empirical based concept or is it something else. This kind of thinking leads me to have a tendency to jump to conclusions about things that people say, and at least at my age, I have learned how to quiet things down and not shout out dramatically, “LIES!”

The Complexity in the Simplicity of Humanity

Nevertheless, I tend to think that other people are the same way. I mean, that is pretty common right? We expect others to be like we are, or treat others how we want to be treated because we have an assumption that people are like us, and want something similar? Sometimes, there is a wholly alternative choice though. Seeing that alternative, or the many alternatives, requires me to stop and consider things in a different way.

A Shared Experience Does Not Guarantee a Shared Outcome

On one hand, we are all the same. We share a human experience. It is hard to remember sometimes that we all do this, same thing, differently. The shift in perspective from one to the next person, it is sometimes so slight that we don’t notice. Then, other times, it is drastic. When around like minded people, there is a sense of peace, harmony, and calm grace. At least, that is how it feels to me. Then, there are people that are abrasive to even share space with, without them saying a word or anything. I know this to be true. Yet, I always catch myself thinking my untrue assumptions.

Faith and Will are Not One in the Same

Realizing that my little self-talk from earlier is just what I was trained derailed me for a bit. Because, when I consider that I talk to myself a certain way because I was taught that a stern voice gets results, that there is no room in growth for weakness essentially, that is how I then became programmed to learn. Not everyone has this lesson.

I wouldn’t necessarily wish for everyone to have this lesson either…

I was raised by a very religious mom. I had a whole slew of parental figures, but the religious side of me, I would say I definitely get from her. She was happy being a Christian though, and don’t get me wrong… personally I am cool with Jesus. I am not a Christian though. That is a talk for a different time, but my point is that I learned, through my mother, that faith cannot be empirically proven. When a person believes is difficult to change, even with self-talk or mantras or anything else. To date, I have not figured a way to change faith. It is like, you can’t un-do seeing once your eyes have been opened.

Personal Truths About How Magick Works, or The World, Etc.

I see things as I do. Thus, I realize that my truths, the world as I know it. Some of the ways in which I am confident about my world include:

  • An unshakable belief in the divine or a higher power.
  • My understanding of how to control the energy my reach through will and intent.
  • My understanding that how magick works has been understood, then forgotten too many times in history.
  • The conceptualization of the world, both in the physical and astral realms.
  • My supernatural and/or occult experiences including practicing magick and dying.
  • Realizing and thus reminding myself that my perception is only one view point. (Gotta keep that ego in check!)
  • The world is not as it seems and that is okay.

These things that I know to be true generally remain this way until proven otherwise. Yes, they are truths, for me personally. My experiences and how I have interacted with the world, how the world has interacted with me, and a whole host of other things have influenced me to get where I am today.

That isn’t bragging. That is just a declaration of gratitude for being alive. I have been elsewhere, not here. I would like to not go back at the moment! Take that, death and dying. That is one of those things, like trauma as well. I guess it is a kind of trauma, but that still works with my point.

Redefining Knowledge and Mental Processing

I can know something to be true and I can realize that it is only possibly so for me. I am learning as I get older to not be offended by knowing less than a fraction of the knowledge. How could I and why should I? Why should any of is. First and foremost, our knowledge of this world is and it makes sense that it would be, anecdotal. This leads there to be a wealth of information, but much of that data doesn’t apply to everyone.

A quote and image about The Voyage of the Dawn Treader. This was a book by C. S. Lewis and very important because in most books by C. S. Lewis there are hints on how to make magick or to learn to be a witch of some variety. His books often give the biggest reward to the character which reaches beyond themselves the most. This quote is, "You can't know. You can only believe... or not."
In the end, what is it that makes a truth?

For example, f I know that something works for me, I am not necessarily going to recommend it is a tip for other people. That was and still remains a hard lesson to learn. Somehow, it escaped me to think that this is one of those areas that are the same.

A Wise Man Once Said: “I Know Nothing.”

That wise man supposedly was Socrates. At least, as far as I know it was. Something about an oracle telling Socrates that he was the wisest, which perplexed him as he said that he knew nothing. Last season on the Mage Against the Machine podcast, I went into the philosophers of Ancient Greece some, and it gives more details. I linked to one of them, that one specifically talks about perception and what we all know to be true.

Art work of meme done by author, Rohanna Irene via Rum Dancer Studios. Depiction of a poorly sketched Socrates saying to the viewer, "Know what mate? You don't know shit, son! Well, you may think you know shit... but do you KNOW shit? I mean who can really say like... they know shit... "know shit" like deep down, truly? How's shit been? What has been shit been up to? What keeps shit up late at night thinking?" The art is supposed to represent the saying that was mafe famous by Socrates, "I know nothing." This piece is satirical and not intended to offend.

Socrates Fan Art- Rohanna Irene / RumDancer Art circa… 2018?

I mainly put it there for reference. I have been trying to be mindful of how thinking works, how my own brain functions and what I hold on to or retain versus what I end up ultimately forgetting. When I became more conscious of my process of thinking, of learning, and how I processed information, I began to notice trends and patterns.

For Me, Personal Challenges Make a Better Magickal Practice

If we are going to do something in this world, it should be done well and to the fullest extent of our capability. I firmly believe that life is too short to half-ass things. As you might imagine, this kind of mindset leads me to be somewhat of a perfectionist at times,. At the very least, it lends way to being too hard on myself. So, for me, and only for me, I have made my own sort of sets of rules. They work for me and at the same time I wouldn’t say they are all 100% health. But… they work.

Observations About Magick and Witchcraft Since January 2021

In the last 6 months, as I have been studying more and more about magick:

  • History
  • How to Be a Witch
  • The History of Famous Pagan Authors
  • The Correlation of Witchcraft and Other Traditions

Just take these for example. I was taught many of these things, the concepts, precepts, and general foundations… when I was just beginning it was before I was 20 years old. I have explained to some extent on here, that the world was different. There wasn’t an easy resource to just go and cite your work. I was taught also, early on, learning is a choice, but also a responsibility. To learn, first you must be willing. Then, you must apply yourself.

Skepticism About Being a Skeptic

So, generally when I used to go into learning, I went to a teacher of some sort. Be it for school or later college and pagan, metaphysical, and ceremonial magick training as well. Then, when I went to learn about community leadership and application of practices, I had the same mindset. I thought that they were the teacher, they had something to teach. Learn, first. Question later.

A lot more than I am willing or able to write here went into my agility to get out of myself enough to learn magick. It wasn’t my natural forte I can say that much. The learning curve was massive. I had to really dig down and fight hard not to question things. Not the right things, not like I was wanting to ask for proof back then. No, I was a good student. I knew to not waste a teachers time and ask pertinent questions.

Masters and High Magicians May Not Always Be Right… But they are Never Wrong!

I used to get really great grades in school. Mostly… This is because I didn’t question teachers. I wrote notes and kissed ass. I developed a belief, which I guess is still pretty ingrained in me to this day… Don’t break the rules until you know the rules well enough to make them.

I stand by this for sure. However the overall learning process kind of worked like… well, let me just make an image. That is easier.

Tips sheet that appears to be hand written. This is a sarcastic meme type post that is showing how the author originally approached education and learning. When in school, in early years, this worked well. Through high school she got great grades and the formula makes for a good student. It basically lists, at the top, "Tips for Being a Super Student". Then it has 4 points to it: 1. Never. Question. A Teacher. (This one has a note with arrow pointing to it and it says, "They know more than you do, trust that and go with it." 2. There is no such thing as a stupid question. 3. MISTAKES = FAILURE 4. You're never too old to learn something new. This last one also has a script style writing note next to it saying, "The more you know the harder you are to teach." Then, finally, at the bottom it says, "This was pretty much sarcasm. Please don't follow this advice! Thanks! - The Management.

This Sums Up My Learning Strategy

Confronting school was easy, so long as I just accepted that the teacher was right and I was there to learn.

Ultimately, I realize as an adult that this whole process is good for one thing… testing. I don’t feel bad about it, but I do realize that my own challenge is with critical thinking.

Why Can’t We All Know Things?

At the end of the day, I don’t think that being a black and white thinker is the end of the world. It isn’t for me, so why would it be for anyone.

And… with that I stop myself.

Being aware at the individual thoughts is a challenge, and one that I personally struggle with, especially since I owe it to myself to be honest, or at least as honest as I can with a few strangers on the internet that might read this. I promised a transparent process and I am trying to do this. One day, I will tell you about how I basically recorded myself for a year and then geeked out on my own mannerisms. Good times were had by all. That is, if all was none because all things also contain their opposites.

For now, the best I can say is that I learned something here. Maybe you already knew this lesson. That is okay too. In that case, thank you for letting me share.

Long Term Goal for Self Mastery – Moving Forward

This is the rub, that thing I have learned to force myself to do. When I realize something, I try to take it and do something with it. I try to test it, to see what can be stretched and worked. For, within any moment of actualization, realization or epiphone, I believe lies something greater. I noticed previously that the body will react, and go into motion. The brain, not so much. It will try, but I suppose that it is handling realization, rationalization, and then the processes of emotion that go along with being wrong and possibly that expectation that one should have known better.

In any case, to get out of the reactionary retract mode, that knee-jerk resistance for a lack of a better term, I instead think what can I learn from this moment right now. I try to set a goal to do something with it, almost right away. It makes life chaotic, changing direction more often that I am used to, but it also keeps me on my toes.

Considering the Take Away From Today

A goal, without a plan, is just a wish.

Antoine de Saint-Exupery

I know that I have been in a place where I said things had to be done a certain way when what I should have said was, “I am not comfortable doing it the way you are suggesting.” Of course, there is a slight difference if I am the one that is going into the situation as a learner myself… well a dedicated learner. All teachers should learn something from their student and vice versa. It’s a two-way street, yes…

I Will Apply to My Learning Practice, Until Samhain 10/31/2021

A blog header designed in some weeb like shit-posting style. It includes the title of the blog: MAgick: You're doing it wrong. / An editorial and story time of sorts with Rohanna Irene. Then there is a picture of the author, Rohanna with a fake digitally added hand. It has the ring finger up, but at first glance looks like the middle finger. A comment bubble is directed from her showing her saying YOU SUCK while she stares down with added anime eyes (black and white in color) and a few additional artistic additions. In the left corner there is a cartoonish panda standing there with a thought bubble over his head that says, "Uh, rude!" There is also a disclaimer at the bottom basically saying that the podcast doesn't mean offense and it is satire. Blah blah blah. Blessed Be!
Wouldn’t the song, “Everybody Hurts” have been cooler if it were, “Everybody Sucks?” Come on REM. Do it for the people!

Now, before ending this here… I want to clarify the beginning. I hope the meaning of my post rang through. I tend to do these as free writes and make art as I go. It’s a process. (Thank you for coming along with me, all of you reading <3)

I will continue to try to keep my mindset that whenever I am learning something that the person doesn’t know anything. I am going to write my intention down a bit better when I get to the 29th day in the moon cycle and write my intention then. I will do my best to share that ritual if I can.

Intention Outline Coming Soon

The bare bones of what I am going to add to my regular routine is going to be outlined. I usually do outlines of my intentions. Right now, I would like to have it done by the full moon. Since the moon is waning, it should be a good time to be swirling down into myself.

References for Further Reading

What to Do, Scientifically, When Everyone is Wrong A surprisingly good read from Forbes.com of all places. That was unexpected! However, the author goes through the findings of the heliocentric world, which at the time was difficult to prove. It details the information that was needed to force the acceptance of the heliocentric model, and essentially the process of how the geocentric model of the world was challenged. A good read for anyone contemplating flat earth stuff or just scientific reasoning and the like!

Socrates, I Know That I Know Nothing – 2019

This gives a good break down of Socratic thinking, and even includes cute drawn comics. I won’t lie, I am kind of jealous!

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The Do’s and Don’ts of Magick

Summary

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In this episode, we are discussing the mentality of magick and explaining the modern practice of magick. The different faiths and thoughts about magick over the years have led the spiritual landscape to be what it is, filled with doubt, insecurity, and in some cases, fear. It wasn’t always the case though. For thousands of years, as we look back in the historical records, we can see where society lived in tandem with magick and witchcraft practices. In our last episode, we discussed how there were cuneiform scripts and other ancient languages written down by scribes, detailing the interwoven magick as it was accepted. People didn’t go around burning each other in witch trials. There haven’t been any cases where someone lost their children for being a witch that we can tell either. Bending the natural energies of the environment with conscious will and direction kind of just seemed to be a thing. 

In the modern era, there seem to be more rules, stipulations, and assumptions about magick. Namely that certain kinds of traditions are supposed to be a certain way. There are false histories. There are untrue stereotypes. It all adds up to convoluting a very simple practice. Sure, athames and wands can help to direct the energy and align with intent. But, they aren’t needed. Humans have what they need to practice magick, inherently within them. The ability isn’t evil. In fact, we would argue that it is a little different from prayer. 

We have gone through a variety of traditions and what we continue to see is a simple way to practice. We see the base requirements and then discuss them in this podcast. Furthermore, we describe what is needed to be determined magick and how technically plenty of people are practicing every day, sometimes without meaning. Finally, we try to pinpoint some of the best practices for practicing magick. 

Of course, we touch on what magick isn’t and what not to do as well. 

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Transcription

Intro:

Hail and Welcome! You’re listening to Mage Against the Machine, a Podcast, for lovers of the occult, magick, religion, philosophy…. where we aim to cast light into the darkness, confirm truths of the divine, whatever else comes to mind!

With that being said…

I am Your Hostess, Rohanna Irene.  Thank you all for joining me on this journey, to discover hidden truths amidst the long lineage of magick, mystery, and all things occult.

There has been much talk, over the years.

The Science AND Art of causing change to occur, within the conformity of one’s will.  – A. Crowley

I must make MAGICK the essential factor in the life of ALL. In presenting this book to the world, I must then explain and justify my position by formulating a definition of MAGICK and setting forth its main principles in such a way that ALL may understand instantly that their souls, their lives, in every relation with every other human being and every circumstance, depend upon MAGICK and the right comprehension and right application thereof.

Also A. Crowley

Mindset, Perspective, and Magick

Below is the “transcripts”. I tend to write this out before and it is a close script, though it is certainly not word for word, Please let me know if you have any corrections or suggestions to add.

 

Different Strokes for Different Folks

We are back in action and rolling things out for season two, and one of the things I’ve been trying to talk about on this podcast is the actual act of magick. We sort of began to describe magick in our blog, there is an article entitled “What is Magick?” This gave a brief introduction, simply to solidify the perspective of what we, well me… Rohanna… and when writings and whatnot pertain to magick whether on the Mage Against the Machine podcast, blog, or website.

 

The Camps of People: On Faith and Belief in Religion, Magick and Spiritual Concepts

 A lot of what I’ve found recently, is that there seems to be this almost like… a 2 camp mentality when it comes to believing in the concept of magick or witchcraft.  There is no denying, since human history, we have some record of people having a belief in the supernatural world… that is, until recently. Now, don’t get me wrong, I am sure there have always been skeptics. However,  it definitely seems like religion and spirituality have had a hold on humanity for the bulk of the time.

It used to be thought that society forced the hand of people and this is where religion came from. However,  there is modern findings… or, well, findings in the last 30 or so years, namely with the digging at Gobekli Tepe that gives a different sort of picture.

Belief is Dictated by Many Factors and Results in Differing Perspectives

Depending on what you are taught to believe and what faith system, values, and even cultural guidelines a person is raised with, this is going to influence on how they see the world. For some people, it will ultimately restrict them from being able to see beyond what they are taught.

Ultimately, it makes sense that if we go back in history, to a time when there was a near totalitarian belief in something beyond human powers… let’s take the Gods. And one generation believed in the Gods as a whole. Then, the next generation would and so on and so on. It would take time or a catastrophic act, most likely, to change the direction of thought. This fits with what we are seeing thus far in the archaeological record and what seems to mesh with psychology.

Variances of Perspective Make it Harder to Learn and Restrict Growth

Perspectives obviously change from generation to generation, but in the past it seemed that this was not the case in such a stark perspective. There was the odd man generation that would make a leap. This was usually in conjunction though, with an environmental change, when facing trauma that effected massive amounts of people at large, or an advancement in understanding of the world. 

Identifying the Root of Changes is Difficult

It is so hard to understand what is understood because of culture, where our information and knowledge comes from, and why is it that we are the way we are. It is like, as a species we understand that we are individuals, but we can’t comprehend that we are also the same. We are both intelligent and intuitive, while being close-minded and lacking perspective of the past and future.

The Challenges for Humanity to Retain Growth

Our brain works to propel us forward, but many of the traits that the brain has… such as how it receives and processes information, these same actions inherently cause us to become close minded or to deny information. Sifting through history, there is a trend of repeating patterns. Humans advance, stagnate and then devolve. It also seems that for the better part of history, humanity doesn’t remember what it has already been presented with.

It makes for a hard road towards enlightenment. Sometimes I am amazed that we evolved to where we are at all.

Then again, other times, I think we have likely been here before… but I digress.

The First Camp of Thinkers: The Non-Believers

For starters,  on one end,  well technically… I guess it’s three…  Because on one hand, you have those that don’t believe at all. They think that anything concerning that which can’t be proven to them, it isn’t a thing. At best, they think that people are misguided and at best, they look at those of us that have faith in something more as ridiculous.

Of course, this is at the far end of the spectrum, the types that believe that there is death, darkness, and nothing at the end. They usually scoff at people of other religions as much as they do the concepts of magick or spirituality. Whether  they think religion as a whole is just a bunch of mumbo jumbo, or they are the more faithful types, but their religious view doesn’t allow for certain kinds of actions … such as spells, sorcery, dream reading, astrology or these kinds of things… these are the doubters to the magickal world.

The Second Camp: The Believers

Then when you look at the other  camp of people that do believe, they come in a wide range as well. These people believe in something, beyond humanity. For them, it may be prayer, it may be superstition, it may be the beliefs of their own religion and finally it may be a person who is responsible for their power and follow some sort of pagan philosophy, practicing magick, witchcraft and the like. Even in this camp, there is its own divide with one side generally tending to believe in an energy of something beyond humanity. Then, there are the people that believe that they can harness this power. This is where most of us that believe in the occult, magick, and the like lie.

Third Camp: The Deniers

Finally, then there is that third camp and… uh… they may believe or not believe in magick as a power. More specifically these people tend to believe in that there is something, it may be magick, it may be witchcraft, it may be demons. They deny the power of humanity and seem to refer to anything that which is supernatural as having to do with deities or a power beyond the average person.

 

Alteration of Assumptions: Ancient Civilizations, to Antiquity, to the Modern Era

The presumption of power that was attainable by man has long been discussed and placed out into society to dwell on. That which the people in a society believe is only possible so long as a bulk of the people in a society can believe it. I have a hard time discerning when this kind of thought was taken over by the elite, the rich, and those in power. Was it always this way or is this a new invention? It seems that over the course of history, man realized that he could gaslight the shit out of his fellow man. He could send him into psychosis or into a fit or worry, followed by rage and remorse. This isn’t a certain man, but a certain kind of man. This kind of man would prey son others emotions and eventually they became considered a hazard for anyone to not wear a mask.

The same way that the boy in my son’s school forces me to feel insecure at their house, with babies and family members that I don’t know, I am nervous around people’s kids. This is especially true ofr kids that I don’t know. At the same time, IN have that maternal nurture gene, to some degree. I want to help. However, I don’t think that I can help everyone. I can scream from the rooftops that magick is real and for people to mind their actions. But, ultimately, I don’t think anyone is listening.

 

Man Has Long Been a Skeptic of the Ultimate Powers of Magick and Witchcraft

They have their own faiths and then they still have this in their mindset that magic and witchcraft is some sort of evil pact, or people being misguided by some dark force, maybe even tricked. In some cases, they simply deny that man has the power of greatness.

As was seen in Ancient Greece, with belief in the Gods. The Gods had their own powers their own will and they directed fate for humanity. They dictated many of the trials that man went through and their power was beyond that of a mortal. People that showed extraordinary gifts or strengths were said to be direct lineage of the Gods, known as demi-gods or half-gods. It was only now and then did a truly epic person get credit for their own actions.

Greatness Was Considered a Gift For the Gods, or Of the Gods

Many of the ancient faiths put the power of greatness, beyond humanity. They also though, understood that humanity still had a power of their own.  I know that in my years of practicing magick and witchcraft I have been asked by some of the most confusing people. People with degrees and who seem to know how the empirical world works. Then they ask about worshipping the devil.

Modern Deniers of Magick

Modern people in Western civilizations tend to give credence to the power those gifted by the Gods. While it isn’t unheard of to hear of people referring to something as a miracle, it is far more likely to hear them relating magick or certain unexplainable testaments of man as a bad thing. In fact,  we can see through history that there has been a trend to have a balanced belief, where the supernatural could be good or bad…. With people agreeing that witchcraft or magick was real… than not.

Focusing on Evil is a New Kind of Concept

The thought of relating magick to evil seems to be kind of archaic. To be perfectly honest that crowd really kind of confuses me, because like we’ve come a really long way since having the thoughts about demons controlling people or the devil being the cause of bad thoughts and actions. Then I think about it again. I mean, last week we talked about the shift in witch hunts being not till around 1200 AD… and largely influenced by the Catholic church. I guess technically, it hasn’t been that long that people have thought like this…. Not in the scheme of things.

Magick is For Everyone and You are All Witches

The reason I went through all of the previous was to present the quandary that I am facign right now in my own mind. I mean, if Crowley gives us the definition that he does, but people are also going around and practicing magick and they are not knowing it, simply as a by product of being a human being, and also a conscious entity, then how can that be?

Is Magick Evil?

I can’t tell anyone whether or not magick is inherently evil. I certainly cannot tell someone to willingly go against their own personal beliefs. However, I personally find it hard to label magick as one thing or the other, about as much as I find it possible to deny that magick exists. The only thing that I can think of is that people are still stuck largely on the misconceptions of magick. Maybe tying the actions of witches to some preconceived stereotype that they have? Maybe it is a matter that we aren’t on the same page of what magick is or what it entails? I might be overthinking this, but, that is probably a good thing… since I am doing a podcast on this kind of thing.

With that in mind, it’s a good time to get everyone on the same page. Then, I definitely want to talk about whether you like it or not… you are practicing magick… for better or worse, every day. More than that, I want to discuss what you may be doing right, what you could be doing wrong, and what you could be doing differently.

Magick: Defined

The Science AND Art of causing change to occur, within the conformity of one’s will.  – A. Crowley

I keep using this definition because it seems pretty succinct and doesn’t allow for a lot of gray fantastical areas regarding magick. It doesn’t fall into line with witches riding broom sticks or green faces, it doesn’t make it sound like anyone is in league with satan. Rather, it is a straight forward definition.

And with this definition, it also lends to the reality of what magick is. It also tells us what it isn’t.

Much like the quote  by Eckhart Tolle “All problems are illusions of the mind.” Crowley leaves us with the understanding that magick is simply a conformity to what is desired in the mind. Other quotes that he has left us with on magick tells us that part of the secret sauce for practicing is intent. However, really, this is just truly wanting something and the desire with the will or drive to attain it in the mind. Before anything is gotten, it is all in the mind. If there is a plan of action, a way to get this thing, thenit might not be much of a problem. However, in the case where there isn’t a plan of action or a knowledge on how to attain something it can be more trying.

Powering Reality with Our Mind

What many people forget is that by aligning the mind with will, then things can come into being. Sometimes this is simply focusing thought and action and getting it the old fashioned way. However, more and more, as we study psychology, we are seeing that there is also something to alignment and future thought. There is something to controlling the mind and making it behave, so to speak.

If magick is all in the mind and it is that which is conforming to will, then technically isn’t everyone doing that magick thing like all the time? Every day, with every thought, with every desire backed by will… they are all similar things at different stages. Essentially as long as we are conscious then we are making things happen. As long as we are making things happen through thought and will, then we are practicing magick.

Creation with Consciousness

The one hold up with the concept of doing magick all the time is that there are times then when we are doing this without thought consciously. IT always seems to me that this can be troublesome. Because what about things that we think about that we don’t want all the way? What about those things that we think we want and we are super emotional about it when we think we want it. We crave it. This is like when a person is going through a bout of self-loathing depression…. Which is more common than one might think… or is that just for me? Nah… I think that is probably just about everyone, or at least a good portion of people.

While people aren’t likely capable of controlling all their thoughts all the time, there is a few things that can be done to take control back and monitor the mind for those magick making ways.

The first step is to activate deep desires intentionally in a conscious setting. This allows for a place with intent for them to be worked on. Meditation is good for the mind to clear it and to help stop the flood gates, it is also good for bringing things to the forefront.

Your Speech is Your Responsibility

Altering speech can be a difficult task, especially if you are used to just saying whatever comes to mind. Even more so if you have a bad habit of saying negative things to yourself. However, I promise you if you work on this area of your mind’s process and this one area alone, you are going to see results.

So, take a moment and consider how you talk to yourself. Listen to the words that you tell yourself and what you say to yourself.

Negative self-talk effects us in a number of ways. The first is the most obvious that it brings us down. Telling yourself that you’re shit, that you’re not enough, that you’re better off dead, or whatever you tell yourself is no way to treat a you. I know,  it isn’t easy and for some it is harder than others. However, I also know, since I have been there that talking down to yourself and breaking yourself down is one of the meanest things that you can do to yourself. There is no way to defend yourself or to have someone come back up to your defense. It is just you, and you, being mean to you. That is a surefire way to destroy the self and make it super weak sauce.

For this reason it is paramount to get your thoughts under control.

Beyond that you need to get your words in check as well.

Taking Responsibility for Your Craft

We don’t have the answers yet, but the mind seems to be a tuner of sorts, it sets our will and intent outward and vibrates outward attracting back what we are wanting. When we centralize our thoughts and take care with what words they turn into, more specifically, how we are using our words, then we are on the right path.

The pen is mightier than the sword, or so they say. I can’t argue that at all. Words, as formulated ideas and concepts, can do far more damage than a man-made weapon. Does this mean that you can cast a fireball at your enemy and literally light their house on fire? No, probably not. It does mean that you can get where you need to go, get the life you want, and have your desires fulfilled. First you have to reconcile your own self and then you have to take action.

Magick vs. Magical Thinking

I have seen people get the two terms “magical thinking” and magick (or even “magickal thinking” confused. To clarify here we are talking about making things happen in our lives, we are talking about, in an ideal world, the transmutation of the self. This is the heart of the great work. It is work. It requires effort. It is worth it.

But how does it work?

We all only can guess, but I think that there are concepts out in the world that have it right, they just have a part of the puzzle.

Magical thinking is the furthest from what we are all trying to do. Whether we call ourselves a witch, practice black magick, or lean towards the light and only want to better ourselves and our surroundings. Each of these examples are people that want to do something.

Magick Requires Action to Work

Magical thinking is essentially not doing anything. It is not what we want to be a part of. It is not what we are inherently a part of in our natural setting. Rather, it is the outcome of wishing or wanting, but not acting and not intending. IT is the act of hoping for something, but putting enough oomph behind it to manifest. There is no way to take magical thinking to the next level or to transmutation the good vibrations of say, manifesting, in order to turn into more directed rewards.

Action Powers the Direction of Magick

While one can commit acts of magick simply by letting their mind wander, by breaking down themselves or the world around them with negative self talk or doubt, or even by dreaming about something and then thinking intently. I don’t know about you, but I have plenty of anecdotal evidence. Granted, I am not going to win an anecdotal evidence, it still works for keeping my belief structure and faith strong.

That being said, intently thinking, aligning vibrations and willing something into happening requires action. Magical thinking does not. This is the best example of why some people, I think, are successful and some are not. It shows what happens when only thought, passing thoughts or thoughts without purpose are put out in the world. It is akin to hoping to win the lottery but never purchasing a ticket. It is a directionless dream without any bite, and no way to snap into reality.

Make That Magick Work For You

Inherently you are the one that control you, and you need to control you to be able to attain anything through magickal gains. There are rules to being able to attain the results you want. Unfortunately, some people can’t see  this in the end. There are those people that will always be focused elsewhere, that will deny or ignore their inherent connection to this supernatural process. Maybe one day, when science explains it and people can understand more of it then it will be able to be utilized more. I personally wish that I could help more people to tap into this source. It isn’t an easy task, retraining the brain. However, I can say that it is helpful for aligning the world in some fashion towards a better version of what it is.

Ancient Civilization, history, Magick

Historical Eras of Mankind and Magick

This last week, Mage Against the Machine posted a long podcast that begun to sort through the history of magick. Initially, it seemed an easy task. However, because people have literally been practicing magick forever, the discovery process appears to have already run into a few concerns.

Proving supernatural forces were accepted by the oldest of civilizations has been a challenge at times. Since magick and  witchcraft were relatively common concepts, finding specific directions can be difficult.  Conjecture is often used, in order to attempt to gain a more clear understanding of purpose

The Difficulties in Uncovering the Evolution of Magick and Witchcraft

History, for the most part, has become a pretty straightforward business. Generally, researching the important dates and events events of certain topics will result with a relatively solid  picture of how something came to be.  Unfortunately, tackling the practices of magic and witchcraft does not appear to be quite as simple as this.  Thankfully, there are some historical references available to at least get started!

Magick and Witchcraft: Evolutionary Stagnation?

Upon beginning this is this sifting of history, it is important to remember the inherent nature of magic. Magick has changed so much, in the minds of man, through the years. However, purposes  and practices remain similar today to what they were 5,000 years ago.

This juxtapose in perception about what Magick is and how (or if) it should be handled creates a sort of living history.  That is to say, inherently, magic is continuously evolving and expanding.  Older historical records become come difficult to to categorize. 

Consider that when an aspect of daily life is considered routine, then there tends to be less and less empirical records. This continues to make the process of accurately accounting for magick and supernatural forces difficult to empirically confirm.

A Hidden History Creates More Mystery

Another notable issue with creating a complete historical record of magickal practices is secrecy.   In ancient times, for thousands of years, having a magical mindset was just how things were done. 

Over time, this changed and magick and witchcraft fell from popular favor. During times like this, the teachings to conjure, cast spells, or to perform a host of other supernatural activities was a secret practice. The wisdom of how to do these things was past down through mystery cults, fraternal orders, or secret societies.

Fresh Faced Witchery Revamps Magick

Sifting through history is a dauntibg task, at first.  What many fail to recognize is that Western civilization is very much a baby witch in it’s own right.

Christianity that has relegated the practice magick super off-limits.  Practices and spiritual philosophies is spiritual philosophithat had been in play been in play for thousands of years, karma were drew were drastically changed within the course of just a few 100!

The practice of witchcraft,  for much of our modern history, has been shunned and shamed.  While, it seems silly to blame religion as a whole, there are often shifting religious views or trends in spirituality that can altar the perceptions of practices. 

Don’t Hate the Player…

It is a dangerous and stupid plan to ostracize a religion as a whole, or even a religious philosophy  simply for changing for changing the dynamics of the spiritual world.  If anything, emotion about the recent rifts between spiritual actions or faith actions creates an unhealthy divide. Western civilization is recovering from this exact thing and a loss of knowledge, direction, and faith has been the result.

Broad Strokes and Building Blocks

The Mage Against the Machine podcast hopes to be able to direct and verify all of the practices, important contributors, and any other components of sorcery,  magick, or witchcraft that can help to understand modern, Western magick traditions.

During this point in history, there is less direction. Limited descriptions are found to date, detailing specific practices. Rather, what is available thus far, are written scripts from ancient Mesopotamia referencing the existence of witchcraft in the culture.

Surviving the Ages

Surviving artifacts indicate that magick as a supernatural force was practiced in a variety of ways and widely accepted within the societies of Mesopotamia from at least 3200 BCE. Additionally, there is evidence of priesthood rituals, the structure in place for integral supernatural beliefs through religion, and a interdependent nature of lifestyle that often coincides with magickal truth.

Supernatural Perspectives Reflect Ongoing Social Evolutions

There was not this binary relationship that we have commonly today. There was no integration with religion or prerequisite of faith. Magick simply was. 

Ironically, within the last 6 is in the last 60 years of Western practice of Western practice, we are seeing a return we are seeing a return to singular learn magic as as a tool.

However, due to the off and on, and sometimes somewhat toxic  relationship, the complete history  of magic becomes easily muddled.  additional research to get to an absolute truth.

A Broad View of Ancient Civilizations