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PostSubject: The Basics Of Magic   Tue Jun 14, 2016 9:51 pm

THE BASICS OF MAGICK





1. Ethics
The Wiccan Rede
The Law or Return (sometimes called the "Threefold Law")
Perfect Love and Perfect Trust (among partners in magick)

2. The Witches' Pyramid
Faith in your abilities and powers.
Imagination to vividly create in your mind that which you desire to manifest.
Will to achieve your goal despite all obstacles.
Secrecy to keep your magickal intention concentrated and pure.

3. The four Qualities of the Mage
To know
To will
To dare
To keep silence

4. Preparatory Skills
Cleansing, clearing and stilling
Grounding
Centering
Concentrating

5. Defining the Goal:
Form vs. Essence

6. Working with the Power
Confining it (casting the Circle)
Raising it
Sending it (channeling it)... for imediate effect or into storage
Earthing the excess (grounding it)

7. Systems and Techniques
Spellcraft
Words of Power and affirmations, charms and incantations
Dance, postures and mudras
Meditation, trancework and hypnosis, Fascination
Stone magick
Candle magick
Amulets and talismans; power objects or "psychic batteries"
Healing
Psychic (visualization, laying on of hands)
Herbal
Energy channeling with Auras and Chakras
Color therapy

8. Divination
Scrying
Astrology
Tarot
Runesticks
Lithomancy (casting the stones)
I Ching

7. Other systems
Pendulum or radiesthesia
Astral travel
Thought forms; wraths, fetches, artificial elementals

9. Extra-sensory perception
Clairsentience
Clairvoyance
Clairaudience
Precognition
Telepathy
Telempathy
Psychometry
Telekinesis
Teleportation

Sympathetic magic (poppets and such)
Runes
Mediumship, necromancy, and spirit guides
Philtres and Poteins
Cleansing, purification, protection and blessing; esxorcism; ligature, binding
Power animals, totems and familiars; shapeshifting
Tree magick
Dreamcraft
Ritual tool magick
Invocation, evocation and going into aspect
Symbols, sigils and images; Tattvic symbols; numerology
Conjuration or summoning; banishing or exorcism
Commemoration or linking
Past life regression or recall

Pathworking on the Tree of Life
Ceremonial magic

10. Timing
The lunar cycle
The Wheel of the Year
Astrological conjunctions
Planetary hours and days
Individual biorhythms

11. Creating your own reality, following your True Will.
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PostSubject: Re: The Basics Of Magic   Tue Jun 14, 2016 9:54 pm

Why Magick?


The ability to think seems to set us apart from other creatures. And although we are concerned with
living in the physical world, we are mental beings. The fact is we are thinking all the time. We plan, we brood, we get depressed or elated -- all of it is thought. But the universe is mental too, and if we could control our thinking we would see magnificent results in the everyday world. Many systems have been developed over the ages to help us control our thoughts. A great amound of dogma too has been kicked around in an attempt to make us into better people.

Magick (the occult kind, spelled with a 'k') is one of the oldest and most general of these systems. Magick is the study and application of psychic forces. It uses mental training, concentration, and a system of symbols to program the mind. The purpose of magick is to alter the self and the environment according to the will.

Most of the magick we see today comes to us from ancient Egypt and Chaldea. The Chinese, Hindus, and Tibetans developed their own unique types of magick. Western magick was locked up by the Egyptian priests for thousands of years and then supressed by the rise of Christianity. It was not until medieval Europe that magical knowledge was rediscovered by the alchemists and Cabalists.

Only during the past hundred years or so has western culture been open minded enough to permit widespread investigation of the subject. Only since the start of the twentieth century has science shown much interest in it at all.
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PostSubject: Re: The Basics Of Magic   Tue Jun 14, 2016 10:01 pm

PARAPSYCHOLOGY AND PSYCHIC PHENOMENA

Through parapsychology, we are at last beginning to gain insights into the hidden nature of man. Parapsychology is a branch of psychology which studies psychic phenomena. Remarkable evidence has been gathered on numerous cases of psychic phenomena. Knowledge gained from parapsychology studies can be applied, so far as it goes, to the much broader based, much more theoretical study and practice of magick.

Thus, the human mind and body appears to broadcast psychic energy or force, much like a radio station. Kirlian photography and cloud chamber tests tend to support this theory. Although the exact nature of this psychic force is subtle and unknown, it is undoubtedly the energy behind all psychic phenomena and magick. However, it is *not* a radio wave, since it behaves somewhat differently. The psychic force is too weak to be measured directly (at least so far as we know).

Everyone has some psychic ability. There are numerous types of psychic phenomena. Parapsychology separates them into two groups: ESP and PK...


EXAMPLES OF ESP

ESP, the abreviation for extra sensory perception, means the reception of information through paranormal means (ie. not regular physical senses of sight, sound, touch, smell, or taste). In theory, this is accomplished by receiving psychic force from outside the body. Here are some
examples of ESP:

1) Clairvoyance, or Remote Viewing -- the ability to sense or 'see' (non-physically) distant objects, places, and people. Individuals who see ghosts and spirits are probably clairvoyant.
2) Astral Projection (OOBE) or Traveling Clairvoyance -- Full experience at a remote location while the physical body sleeps.
3) Psychometry -- the reading of information by the touch of physical objects.
4) Telepathic receiver -- the ability to directly receive thought (communication) at a distance, with no physical connection to the sender. There are many everyday examples of this, in which we think something just as another person is about to say it. This is an easy one to test for through experiment. Very dramatic cases of telepathy have been recorded; there is often an emotional element in such cases.
5) A medium, as in a seance.
6) Experience with a Ouija board, pendulum, or automatic writing.
7) Precognition -- to forsee the future. Again, highly emotional events are the ones most likely to be 'tuned in'.


EXAMPLES OF PK
PK, the abreviation for psychokinesis, is the active or sending side of psychic phenomena. The theory here is that psychic force is sent out from the individual. Examples of PK include:

1) Telepathic sender -- the transmitter in the telepathy just discussed.
2) Psychokinesis (or telekinesis) proper -- the ability to move objects by means of psychic force.
3) Somewhat along the same lines are poltergeist (noisy ghost) phenomena in which objects move of their own accord or noises are heard. There is always a human agent involved -- frequently a teenage girl -- who appears to be the source of psychic energy.
4) Psychic healing -- the ability to heal various illnesses and infirmities. There are many documented cases of this. Usually it involves a healer and a subject, although there are recent cases invloving cancer patients learning to heal themselves.
5) Teleportation, apportation, and levitation.

Some occultists feel a Witch producing PK effects is simply a channel for universal energy. Others think the force originates some way directly within the Witch.

THE SUBCONSCIOUS
Postulated by Freud and others, the concept of the subconscious mind is an important one. Basicly, this is the idea that part of the mind normally operates below or outside of ordinary consciousness and awareness. Dreams and hypnosis are examples of this. Also subconscious are the many automatic functions of the physical body such as respiration and digestion.
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PostSubject: Re: The Basics Of Magic   Tue Jun 14, 2016 10:05 pm

WHY DO MAGICK?


Magick encompasses many things. science and art, philosophy and metaphysics, psychology and comparative religion. Magick is an adventure at the borderlands of the unknown. It can fit the pieces of the puzzel of life into a meaningful whole.

Magick is fun and interesting. Use magick to help raise consciousness without drugs. Gain new experiences. Fantasy can come alive through magick. Psychic phenomena can be controlled and be fun and helpful.

Magick is beneficial. It can help you to have excellent health, and bring you good luck. With magick life runs smoothly; life is good. Also use magick for personality improvement, to control bad habits and to develop new motivations.

Magick is powerful. Never underestimate the tremendous power of magick. Use magick to alter events and to achieve your goals. Exert an influence over people and phenomena. But power for its own sake is self defeating. The power which magick can give you should not be your primary reason for studying it.
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PostSubject: Re: The Basics Of Magic   Tue Jun 14, 2016 10:10 pm

MAGICK AND WITCHCRAFT

A number of other occult disciplines are prevalent today besides magick. There are many cults and sects which profess their own views, but there are really few differences between them. One popular area in the occult today is witchcraft. This is far removed from the cliche of devil worship.

Real witchcraft is a nature religion (pagan). Witchcraft has much in common with magick. Alchemy also has much in common with magick. It's heritage comes from the middle ages. Alchemy fathered chemistry and the physical sciences. But the avowed purpose of alchemy, turning lead into gold, is too limiting to be called magick. Sometimes the goal of alchemy is interpreted in another way, as the transformation of man into a spiritual being.

Then there are the numerous modern day seers or 'pychics', as they like to be called, who operate within their own somewhat unique systems. Although many of these people are deluded frauds, some are very powerful occultists indeed. Of course, everything I have said here is a generalization. Magick, witchcraft, alchemy, or any occult field are complex subjects. Suffice it to say that magick
includes them all (it is eclectic). For magick is undoubtedly a philosophy which has, as the late Aleister Crowley wrote, "The method of science -- the aim of religion."

REVIEW QUESTIONS
1) Define magick.
2) Define ESP and PK. Give examples.
3) What is the subconsicous?

BOOK LIST
Hal N. Banks, An Introduction to Psychic Studies.
Annie Besant, Thought Power.
Michael H. Brown, PK, A Report on the Power of Psychokinesis.
Richard Cavendish, The Black Arts.
Alexandira David-Neel, Magic and Mystery in Tibet.
Raynor C. Johnson, The Imprisoned Splendour.
Ostrander and Shroeder, Psychic Discoveries Behind the Iron Curtain.
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PostSubject: Re: The Basics Of Magic   Tue Jun 14, 2016 10:15 pm

THE SUBJECTIVITY OF EXPERIENCE


Your awareness of the physical world and of your place within it is mostly based upon the physical senses (hearing, sight, smell, touch, taste). These five senses continually send information to the mind, and it is up to the mind to select and interpret them. If you could not do so, your senses would overwhelm you and be meaningless.

Selection and interpretation of your sensory inputs is essentially an automatic, mostly subconscious function of the mind. The program or map which the subconscious follows as its reference point is called a "model". The "model" is a subconscious mental photograph of how you believe the world
looks (ie. worldview, mindset, egregore, or belief system). It was built up from an early age by your religious and cultural background through interaction with family and others. It contains your experiences, attitudes, and habits. And whether you realize it or not, most of your behavior, thoughts, feelings, and habits are based upon and conditioned by that model; even personality.

The model is one of the mind's master programs. Change in behavior generally requires a change in the model. These limitations built into our way of thinking cause our perceptions to be subjective. That is why Hindu philosophy looks upon the world as illusory (maya); the world itself (object) is not an illusion, however from our viewpoint through perception (subject) it is. Thus we are all conditioned by experience. Except that our perceptions, hence our experiences, are first conditioned and limited by the model. Our perceptions and experiences tend to conform to what we expect. We tend to misinterpret or ignore things which do not match our preconcieved notions about them. This is automatic.


THE TRUE WILL

The forgoing demonstrates how it is that there are so many different versions of 'truth'. One's particular view is almost arbitrary. Although numerous religions, philosophies, and occult systems abound, they do not contradict one and other as much as it might appear. Rather, they describe the same (universal) reality taken from different perspectives. For there can be no ultimate truth in the physical world. We can only base our actions upon assumptions and agreements. All experience is
subjective.

Yet, there is a separate reality within each of us which is often ignored unless we seek it. This inner self is in magick called the 'true will'. The true will is the center of consciousness and identity. It is the 'real you'. Everything else is an interface or link to it from the outer (illusory) world. Since that interface is based upon our model, it is conditoned and may sometimes produce false information. '

"Do what thou wilt'
(Crowley) is an axiom of magick; for the true will expresses our exact desires. And what we truly want ('down deep') we tend to automatically get. This isn't always in our best interests, since the true will can be conditioned (tricked) by the illusion; and then we might desire and obtain that which is not ultimately good for us. (Karma strikes again!) The task of the Witch therefor is to awaken his awareneess of the true will, to be free of conditioning, and thereby to transcend maya. ('My will unconditioned is magical' -- Spare).
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