Answers to some FAQ about Magic

Here is some content that addresses many of the specific questions I hear, and probably asked myself, at some point regarding magical practice.

Set Your Intentions in Stone

You’ve heard the term “set in stone” used many times, and now you can actually do it with your goal or objective!

Basic Sigil for Power Drawn Upon Stone Paver

More than a Catchy Saying

One of the very cool things about magical practice is the opportunity and the ability to explore the true power of words. That’s a much bigger topic than what I want to explore in this post, but it’s cool to take a casual saying and turn it into a causal agent.

When we say a thing is “set in stone” we generally mean it’s unchangeable or unavoidable. What a great way to look at a magical intention!

Magic that MUST Become Reality

Think in terms of your Will being unavoidable, unstoppable, and immovable. Create a sigil to represent whatever you are working magically to achieve. Place this sigil onto stone, concrete, brick, etc.

You can use garden pavers, stone or pottery coasters and floor tiles, field stone, flag stone, natural rock you harvest yourself, or anything else of similar composition you are able to get your hands on. Magic markers, paint markers, brush tip markers, or paint sticks are good for rough surfaces, but you can probably use pen or fineliner for some of the smoother mortar items, if you prefer.

This is an operation that calls upon Elemental Earth so any mudras, mantras, spirits, or spells that help ground and solidify your being and intent are desirable first steps. When placing your sigil onto the stone or similar, feel the strength and stability of the medium you’re using and transfer this sturdiness onto your magic by way of intention and vibration.

This incantation may help:

Into this stone I cast my Will.

With my intent the future I seal.

Immovable my magic is and shall be.

My command is pure and perfect causality,

Play with this and always record your findings to improve future operations.

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Three Magical Goals

Every Journey needs at least One Clear Destination…. so Why not Three?

Way back when I first approached the study and practice of magic, I did so because I wanted answers to basic questions many of us probably have. My questions were not spectacular or brilliant, just the basics like: Is there really an unseen world that affects our daily lives? In time, I had many of the answers I sought, or at least indicators thereof, and my aims shifted.

In fact, my goals with practicing magic have morphed more than once and, I assume, will continue to evolve as I continue casting and seeking. For now, my threefold aim or Three Rewards, are as follows.

Note, these are my reasons for practicing, not to be confused with the Three Treasures you may have read about before on this blog. While most people would assume treasures are things to be sought, like goals, in this context they are actually the processes, or experiences my magical study rests upon, and simultaneously the rewards of studying and practicing.

My Trifold Aims or Three Rewards, are the greater rewards that I can expect to manifest in an ongoing manner for as long as I continue to study and practice the magical art. Without much supporting fluff and in simple list format, these are:

  • Enlightenment – knowledge and understanding of myself, others, and the great continuum of energy and phenomena in which we all have our being, including the Other Realms.
  • Service of Benefit – The ability to help, heal, and mitigate suffering & bullshit for others.
  • Power – This means different things to different people. For me it is the active wherewithal to execute my will upon reality and its timelines & spaces, to the greatest extent possible and with or without regard for the designs of other beings.

That’s about all, y’all.

Subject to amendment or abolishment.

Three Treasures Reloaded

There are – according to Ash the Wise – 3 Treasures Prized by Magical Initiates

I made a post on this in January of 22 but got long-winded in the intro and my fabulous blog host arbitrarily forbids the editing of some posts, so I’m now posting the short and succinct version I originally planned. I hope it serves you.

What are the. attributes of a treasure, generally speaking?

  • It’s a thing of great value.
  • Often a concentration, or repository of wealth, or again, value.
  • In many cases a treasure must be discovered before it may be possessed. You can’t (usually) go out and buy a treasure, or ask for one (again, usually) on your birthday. You must seek and search and perhaps overcome conflict and hardship in order to find and lay hands on your treasure.
    • Once found, located, etc. another process of discovery unfolds, which is determining the nature of the treasure’s actual contents. This is the biggest rush of all for many treasure hunters.
  • One definition I found denotes a treasure as “usually from the ancient world”. Now that’s interesting!
  • This priceless thing or set of things from humanity’s distant past, the definition goes on, “has been lost to time, no longer known to exist for certain, and must be rediscovered and brought into the light.”! I’M NOT EVEN PLAYING! IS THAT PERFECT?

I’m a total nerd when it comes to mysticism and magical practice (two distinct things btw as I discuss here), and really most things metaphysical. I love digging in for long study sessions and I love running experiments (spells, etc.) for the pure joy of feeling the magic course through me and watching it play before my eyes in the world of the causal, then finally into the manifest real (this reality as we call it).

So, these activities or experiences, at once pursuits and talents, truly are treasures and gifts as far as I’m concerned. As a sort of bonus, they can also teach us a little about how magic works, or at least how it functions, as the true mechanics are likely unknowable within our current capacity for interpreting objective reality.

First Treasure: Psychism

Far more than mentalism (see how clumsy that term feels??), psychism is the naturally occurring set of senses and capabilities manifest in the human being, as part of the psychological and physiological makeup. Psychic abilities are present in the mind and in the body. To some degree attributes are present at birth with other assets remaining latent during infancy and becoming apparent during childhood, adolescence, or even adult life.

Simply put, we all have an array of psychic senses and capabilities, just as we are endowed with mundane senses (unless born with a deficiency such as blindness, etc.) and capabilities, with many of the latter (walking and talking come to mind) coming to fruition with age and instruction.

It’s a reasonable bet that ESP, premonition, empathy, some level of manifestation abilities, are all inherent to Homo Sapien (sapien?) with individuals possessing variant degrees of acuity per category, and sometimes experiencing deficiency due to genetic predisposition, in utero calamity, etc. In other words just as some folks need glasses, some people will have a lesser psychic or mind’s eye vision than others and just as some are born blind, so perhaps one can be born without psychic sight.

Also, in the same way we must develop a bit before learning to speak or walk upright, so to must we grow in some ways before we can recognize empathic or telepathic skills or astral travel. Likewise, some pre-existing condition or developmental trauma may prevent our acquisition of these psychic abilities altogether.

The point here is that natural psychic ability, while not magical in the strict sense, is the first treasure to discover and develop along your magical journey. In centuries past the lore of the era said a person either had psychic talent, or they did not. Similar ideas were advanced about magical ability, though many also regarded magic as a skill that could be learned by anyone of sufficient intelligence. In the present-day we students of the arcane generally understand that both are available to everyone, though in different manners as covered above.

You can and definitely should use your basic magical instruction to enhance and refine any psychic abilities you are currently aware of, and even to awaken any latent potential that will respond to such effort. You have probably heard or read about the notion of developing your magical senses, such as the ability to sense energy as you direct it in ritual or being able to see a person’s aura as you perform a Tarot or other reading on their behalf. These articles of practice and application are part of your psychic composition and hence, jewels within your First Treasure. A lifetime could be spent exploring and pushing the boundaries of sensitivity, ability to project, and more.

Psychic experiences take place typically within and can be categorized under the heading of the Personal Energy Matrix (hereafter PEM). This includes your aura, chakra and meridian system, etheric principal or etheric body, etc. and the term subtle energy(ies) is a reference to any or all of these aspects of your being.

Second Treasure: Natural Magic or Integrated Energy

The Second Treasure I call Natural Magic or, more recently, the Integrated Energy Matrix (IEM henceforth). The IEM is the result of bringing the PEM into work and harmony with the Universal Energy Matrix (You guessed it, UEM from here on.), which in turn simply covers all the energetic forces, currents, pools, and phenomenon outside of and beyond the reach of your energy body or bodies.

At this point, I recognize the need to cover in detail the fundamentals of (mostly subtle) energy systems. I’ll post on that topic soon and link to it from here.


  1. Personal Energy Matrix (PEM) is a closed energy system of the human mind and body, including conventional measurements like heat and magnetism but largely composed of the subtle energies of etheric, astral, and other natures. PEM expresses via the acupuncture channels, chakras, aura, brain waves, vital or life force (chi, ki, prana) and a few other processes.
  2. Universal Energy Matrix (UEM) is the system of myriad forces and connections we candidly refer to as Nature, reality, and so forth. This includes All known and unknown phenomena, events, permutations, et al. We interact with this matrix constantly, usually as a matter of being but sometimes as a conscious decision. In fact you can turn any given moment into a deliberate interaction with UEM by focusing on your breathing (one of many possible examples). Following your breath in, then out relaxes you into state of One, or oneness with the moment, at which point you can start to channel energy from your breathing into your body movements or visualization or any number of things really. In this manner we may achieve integration.
  3. Integrated Energy Matrix (IEM) Integrating, harmoniously combining, properly joining your own energy with the pulse of the room you’re in or the tides of a waxing moon or just “the vibes” of a creek in the back yard results in a third matrix. This blended state gives you access to greater volumes and diversity of energy than you can achieve with your individual resources and is the basis for much of what has for centuries been called “Natural Magic”.
    1. A footnote of sorts: We are never truly separated from the great whole. As everything now in existence emerged from earlier states and movements which ultimately derived from the matter and energy “contained” (surely not the correct term) within the singularity present at or before (cringes again – I know that’s not right) the Big Bang. every particle and wave of reality is connected to the rest. God bless, that’s a wretched mess of a run-on. Sorry I’m getting tired so just going to leave it for now.
    2. Addendum, because two footnotes for a list of three items is just bad form: Combining two or more PEMs will also result in a type of IEM, to be clarified perhaps in a future posting.

In a seed husk exterior (nutshell if you prefer the boring approach.) the Second Treasure is about guiding and directing, perhaps truncating, diverting, transmuting, etc. natural currents and utilizing the same for the working of magic. This is of course precisely what a magician is doing each time he or she sets an intention and begins aligning correspondences with said intention to eventually create the desired outcome.

Third Treasure: Sorcery

Having dealt with the magician’s personal energy field(s) plus the myriad energies of the big, wide world around him/her, what’s left to consider? Names and dispositions, of course!

The remaining type or category of phenomena a magician is likely to encounter, and the substance of the Third Treasure, is the realm of named (and normally unseen) intelligences. Other terms for this category include spirit world, angelic or demonic realm, faerie kingdoms, elemental planes, etc.

I’m talking about those “other” critters who inhabit our world or at least travel through and about it. The souls or spirits of our departed are in the mix as well, but primarily I mean to refer to nature spirits, angels & demons, and beings from the planetary spheres, as these are most often the work force behind the magic we weave, whether or not we are aware of or even believe in such creatures.

Discovery of our Third Treasure is coming to know the words of power that enable us to connect with and perhaps command the named intelligences. It is working with the various species of spiritual beings and learning about the hierarchies that bind them and the laws that drive and regulate their movements through the ether and astral. Such is the domain of the planetary days & hours, and the substance of magic squares and the names we can derive from them.

It’s probably easy enough for you to imagine the invisible currents moving through nature, many of which you can reach out and take hold of as part of a ritual operation. Consider the subjects of Sorcery, these intelligent energy systems our ancestors anthropomorphized and organized neatly for our benefit, as the caretakers or even manufacturers and deliverers of those aforementioned natural currents and processes of force or energy.

Whether or not these beings actually exist, I can’t say because I don’t know. What I do know, and so I will say, is that our universe, reality behaves very much as if the demons, faeries, angels, and elementals of our lore are real, and that’s all that matters. (Last sentiment, if not statement, stolen from Skinner, run through the chop shop, and then shamelessly shared here as if it were my own.)

It’s not difficult, at least I suspect, to see correlation between the mainline Models and the Treasures from my private philosophy. Psychological/Consciousness Model formulae and challenges can both be found within and applied to First Treasure treatises and circumstances, and so on.

I honestly don’t recall if I deliberately kept close to the outlines of the models, or if this is just a lovely example of Princess Serendipity passing through my study. Either way, should you find value in my Three Treasures construct, please take it in part or whole and make it your own, with whatever edits and additions you are led to make.

How to Learn a New Stone’s Properties DIRECTLY from the Stone

Your Crystals and Stones will Share their Secrets with You if You Learn to Listen.

You found or were given a stone and aren’t entirely sure what you have.

Or perhaps you do know the name of the crystal or stone but are unfamiliar with its metaphysical properties, correspondences, etc.

Not a problem. Here’s how to gather information directly from the mineral!

In fact I’ll give you multiple ways to attune and receive info from any mineral you care to hold and give some attention. You can even use these methods to discover new attributes in old rocks, stones, or crystals.

In fact MANY gemstones and crystals offer benefits you won’t see in the popular literature, but YOU can discover them with just a little effort and focus.

First thing’s first, and I recommend a moment or two of relaxation and meditation before proceeding. As always, you’ll want to enter your magical state to encourage the flow of proper energies and frequencies.

Method #1 Direct Communion

Find a quiet place, preferably outdoors or at least in the presence of some house plants. Relax well and perform any basic grounding exercise you like.

Hold the stone or crystal in your receptive hand (opposite the hand you write with) and let your weight settle underneath you.

As you hold your piece, relax your shoulders and let the weight sink down your torso. Relax your abdomen and then your hips, allowing the weight of your body to fall onto your thighs. Release this heaviness further, into your calves and finally into and through the soles of your feet, until you feel the weight of your form beneath you, keeping you in balance and anchoring you to where you are positioned. If you’d rather be seated that’s fine, the same method is used to center weight under your bottom instead of your feet. Imagine your presence sinking a foot or two into the floor or ground underneath you and consciously relax into this sensation.

Now focus on the rock, stone, or crystal in your receptive hand. Reach, using your mind, deep into the center of this piece and let your attention come to rest. Telepathically say to the stone: little gem (or crystal, etc.) you are now mine and I am yours. I give of myself to you, and in return you share your secrets with me.

Sit quietly and listen, receive. If something very vividly comes to you, write it down and return to your still and listening state. Often people will not immediately receive clear and obvious communication, and that’s fine, because communion is really just about being still and sharing/exchanging energy with another being.

Photo by Mikhail Nilov:

Little gem (or crystal, etc.) you are now mine and I am yours. I give of myself to you, and in return you share your secrets with me.

What you want to do is essentially remain in a neutral state, not adding any thoughts or feelings and just surf on the energy of the connection you have with the piece in your hand, absorbing the energy it returns to you. After a few moments, or whenever you feel you have taken in what you need, return to a normal conscious state and allow thoughts to form.

Write down any immediate impressions or words, ideas, etc. you may have coming out of this communion. Don’t force anything, as it may take time for your rational mind to process whatever your intuition provides from its “meeting” with your mineral. Sometimes I will receive a flash of aha! a day or two after communion (I’m a little slow at times).

You can always repeat the exercise, or use one of the following methods, if you feel you didn’t get what you asked for.

For some people, holding the crystal or stone against the forehead, over the third eye chakra, is more effective than holding it in the receptive hand. Try both and see where it gets you.

Photo by Olha Ruskykh:

Method #2 Channeling Crystal

Sometimes holding the target stone in the receptive hand while wielding a channeling crystal in the projective hand can yield solid results. A “channeler” crystal point of clear quartz or amethyst will do nicely.

The “channeler” is a rough crystal point whereupon one of the facets at the end or tip of the point has seven or more sides, Typically the facets have six and sometimes fewer sides or edges. Here’s a photo for clarification.

Count the lines along the outer edge of this facet. How many do you see?

A chip or break along one edge can create an additional “side” where the outline resumes after said break. This is far more common than a crystal with seven distinct and naturally occurring sides along a facet.

Danburite is also a great channeling crystal. It helps you sense and sometimes see and hear subtle energy that is undetectable (for most of us) via the normal senses. I have found Danburite useful for decoding the vibrations I receive from communion with crystals and other entities.

Crystal balls or spheres, often quartz, obsidian, or amethyst may also help here, and apophyllite points can also receive and clarify subtle or spiritual energy/information. You have plenty of options and the method is pretty much the same whatever channeling device you choose to use.

Follow the procedure of Method #1, but here you will apply, or consciously direct, the channeling crystal to draw out and make sense of what your target mineral is offering.

Method #3 Elemental Earth

From the top point, stroke down the left side and continue to follow the pentagram until you return to the top again.

Invoke the powers of Elemental Earth using the earth-invoking pentagram shown above. Face North. From the top point, in the air or on the ground, using your index finger or a wand, stroke downward and keep following the pentagram in a single unbroken line until you return to the top. Next, “pierce” the form of the pentagram by thrusting your hand or wand through its center and proclaim “Terra” or “Talamh” or “Earth”! This will bring into your consciousness, aura, and body the elemental/spiritual/magical energies of Earth.

The earth energy, in magical context actually

  1. implies more than the rock and soil beneath us and,
  2. may not even refer to the physical product of earth

…. but that’s a lot to unpack and I’m not doing it here.

For purposes of this operation, you are indeed referring to the earth beneath us, to the Goddess of said place/stuff, and to all the spiritual or magical energies pertaining to this use of the term “earth”. Once invoked, direct the spirits and powers of earth to reveal to you what your target crystal or stone have to offer in the way of metaphysical attributes and magical properties.

If you prefer not to invoke energies into your being at this time, you may place your stone or crystal on the ground and trace the triangle symbol for elemental earth around it. Of course, you could also set it on paper and actually draw the symbol with a green marker if you like. In this case you will command or commune with the spirits and powers of the earth and direct them to give you the information you seek.

Elemental Earth

If using this method and you begin to feel particularly dialed into the earthen sphere, you might try the word of power or conjuration: “Paluksirra” (pah-loo-k-sear-ah). Say or chant this deeply and with authority, and then take your awareness to the crown chakra while focusing on the crystal or stone; ideally you will have a connection with the spirit of the stone at this time.

Method #4 Call Upon Phorlock

You may, either in tandem with any of the above or as a stand-alone method, decide to call in the big guns and ask a spirit or angel of the earth sphere, by name, to assist you in uncovering the traits and powers of your crystal or rock. Phorlock is an “angel of earth” in the hierarchy of Uriel, and is quick to respond when called upon.

Having relaxed, grounded, and so forth, take up a piece of angelite, seraphinite, or petalite and use it to focus and attune to the angelic realms. It may be useful to “climb the elemental ladder” from earth through water and fire, to air, and then focus into the ether or spirit. the aforementioned stones make it quite easy to contact the angelic, whether or not you consciously register a dramatic change in feeling or awareness.

You can say something along these lines when ready:

“Of the earthen sphere, Phorlock, I call.

Phorlock! Phorlock! Phorlock! Phorlock!

In the name and authority of Uriel, hear my call and let thy agency respond! Reveal to me the knowledge of this stone (crystal, etc.). Give me the gnosis of this thing that my good works may employ it forthwith!”

Or you can simply chant the angel’s name over and over and intermittently ask for the knowing and gnosis of this stone/crystal. Your call.

Give these a try and let me know if they help. Remember, this not only works for new and unfamiliar stones and crystals, it can also help you uncover unknown attributes of minerals you already have and use!

Black Magic vs White Magic. Good and Evil?

Is good and evil really a matter of black or white in magic?

White Magic and Black Magic

The idea of black magic, this specific term, as the dark arts centered around summoning and working with demons and other evil entities is at least as old as the Middle Ages. Certainly, it has taken on more elaborate meaning and context since the 1800s, probably with most of its modern fashion coming into form over the past 50 years.

I’m honestly not sure white magic, the term, was really a thing prior to the self-righteous and virtue signaling pedants of the 19th-century magical lodges made it so. Like it colorless counterpart, white magic has enjoyed a surge of interest and reference in recent decades. White magic is generally believed to be good or selfless magic, and I know these two words are not direct interchanges of one-another; I put them together so you could spot the lack of uniformity for yourself.

It’s childish, the idea of evil magicians or purely good magic-users. We aren’t usually made that way, and generally have some of both in the mix. Being a living and dynamic entity in its own right, how then can magic be designated in these extreme polar terms?

A Deeper Look

The question of good and evil is often presented as some complex matter that requires this or that perspective. I’m saying…. bullshit.

True moral conundrums are not that common on the individual level or the small scale. Most of us know instantly if we are right or wrong in our actions. Even when we eloquently talk ourselves into taking a different view, our initial knowing remains, however deep it may be buried. Despite our best ethical somersaults and philosophical maneuvering, we are rarely able to shake the initial feeling and that’s because we know without needing to be told what is wrong, evil, etc. from what is right, good, and so forth.

Kicking a puppy is wrong, period. You can’t claim self-defense against an 8-week-old baby dog.

Side-kicking a rapist from a bridge when you catch him in the act is fine, and probably even a good thing to do. You might argue against this being all-out good but can you tell me it was wrong? The victim was saved, so is it not at least “ok” to old-school style, Chuck Norris the pervert off the side of the bridge?

I vote yes, and I doubt I needed to affirm that for any but the most dedicated contrarian reader, the person who cannot help himself or herself and who must always go against whoever or whatever is in front of them,

With all that said, a contemporary view of black and white magic that works better than the good and evil paradigm, though I still don’t care for it, is the following dichotomy:

  • White magic is that magic one performs mainly for purposes of personal, spiritual development and to a lesser extent for healing oneself or aiding oneself in minor ways excluding spells for love, money, or power. The magic must never directly impact another living creature or even alter the weather.
  • Black magic is any magical operation that targets another living being directly, no matter if the intent is to help or harm. Meddling with the weather or employing magic for profit, love, or power is also black magic according to this paradigm.

Some Unpacking

This view of black vs white magic is definitely presented in its most rigid and strict version. There are less fanatic angles represented in the public space.

For example some schools of thought are not put off by the idea of healing another person so long as you get their permission first. Presumably everyone is ok with the healing of domestic critters and if they aren’t I don’t want to even know.

The theme in this modernized and fashionable ideology – which again I do not espouse seems innocuous, even reasonable: Your goal should be (love it when this is specified for me by another don’t you?) the refinement of your soul/spirit and you have no right to meddle in the spiritual affairs of another.

I could probably be cool with this general statement of values, but when you look at what proponents of this religious attitude towards magic actually mean (shown above), to me it just becomes untenable.

By this measure I am, without a doubt and with no apology, a black magician.

To be more precise…

This blog isn’t about my ethics or moral code, it’s about sharing content with other magicians so we can all advance our prowess in the art. However, new practitioners are very interested in the black or white thing, hence this post.

The reasons I am a black magician, as measured by the preceding “code” are numerous.

  1. First, magic is not inherently about spiritual development, or it wasn’t until the late 1800s. Grimoires from the Middle Ages were often and oddly couched in excessive Christian language, but this always seemed more like an apology or some sort of linguistic insurance policy against the penalties for being involved with magic. (There’s actually little in the Bible to discourage magic but the mainstream church definitely prohibits it.) Only within the last century and change has the notion developed that magic and spiritual development in the light” or whatever are one and same. THEY AIN’T, DAMMIT!
    1. Magic is a method or means to X. It can be used for refining the spirit, have at it, but it’s not inherently meant for just that.
  2. I laugh out loud at suggestions that money, power, and love/sex are somehow off limits to the “good magician”.
    1. Yep, just the stuff people want and need the most, let’s all boycott those things and just get better at casting spells to tickle fairy giggles or whatever. I can’t call BULLSHIT loudly enough. I’m reminded of the gross little diddy that tells us: The purpose of learning magic is to realize that you don’t need it. (gagging sound) No, um… (wretching noise) No the point of learning magic is to be able to perform magical acts and get shit done, for yourself and others, that might otherwise be too difficult or out of reach.
  3. If I want to heal someone without their consent (which may not be possible if they actually don’t want to be healed or get better.), I will have a go at it. Actually, I’ll throw magic out and put some spin on that ball for whatever my objective may be. Again, I learned it to use it and I have/do work magic for money and prosperity, for healing, to thwart or damage those who would see me harmed (rarely ever necessary in my life), to discern future events, when possible, even to shift the weather if I choose to make that effort. I will not use the art to try and force someone to love me.

Unintended at the start of this post, readers now have a good window into the morality of little ol’ Ash L’har. Think of or do with this what you will.

What Gives Me, or You, the Right?

What gives the magician the right to do things like heal others, screw around with weather, and put the whoop-ass on his enemies through the unseen hand? Depending on where you live, you may not have the “right”, which is of course a legal term often used here in the U.S and abroad.

In my home state Tennessee I don’t have a legal right to practice the art and it is certainly unlawful to use magic in self-defense or to win the state lottery. Ask me if I care? There are MANY laws on today’s books that provide government over-reach and that support corruption – feel free to ignore those is my advice but to each their own.

The human being may or may not do as he or she pleases and has the capability to support. Everyone who wants to own and carry a gun is doing so regardless of any law or anti-gun attitude. Everyone who wants to use cocaine is so engaged at this time regardless of the laws in place. Everyone who wants to pray will pray whether anyone else likes it or not, as it should be.

It’s not my business what others do a s long as they don’t threaten me or take freedom from me or do either of these to my family. However if they are able to violate my wishes and succeed at attacking or taking from me, then it is done. Of course I’ll consult the police and/or take my own reciprocal actions if I survive the initial offense. The true rights are always determined by the Victory.

I believe most of us are good and have no harm for others in mind. I also believe that if we as individuals or collectively can do a thing, it’s probably got a place somewhere in the continuum of life and reality.

If we can heal, let us heal. If we can harm, there are those in need of our attention, but focus wisely. If we can prosper let’s do that, too and share as we go. If science can someday stop the sun from going supernova they should totally go for it. If the gods get pissed let them bitch, but perhaps they should have done a better job of it all and we wouldn’t have needed to intervene.

I recognized at the end of this post that an entire, separate post is needed about the ethics of weather management, combative magic, etc. Coming soon.

Waning Moon Spell: Release Toxic Influences and Detrimental Energy

Sigil of Waning Moon

During the wane period (after the full moon as Luna recedes towards New) meditate to connect with the Lunar energies and mentally “give” the Goddess your unwanted thought forms, emotional currents, habits, etc. and ask her to remove energetic blockages and spirit infesters. There is a process and a period of time wherein you feel the connection with the moon take shape and become tangible; this is key to the simple operation at hand.

When you submit these blockages, shortcomings, unwanted energy patterns (which of course covers everything here!) and undesirable spiritual presence(s) to Luna during her wane, she will remove or reduce them for you. This may take time and need to be executed over several waning cycles.

It’s a good idea to choose one or two things to offer at first. Concentrating on a smaller target will allow you to see results more quicky and increase your confidence, in turn improving results even more.

For this incantation, do what you do to enact a lunar ritual. The sigil above will conjure the force of the waning lunar tides. Other points to consider are:

  1. Lunar colors include purple, lavender, violet, grays, silver, and black in the case of waning.
  2. The correct direction for addressing Luna from within the magic circle is the West. This is also the right direction for contacting the Spirits of the Air ruling Monday, who are Lunar in nature.
  3. As alluded to, the day of the Moon is Monday/
  4. Check your planetary hours to find the hour of the moon on any day, if Monday can’t be scheduled or you don’t wish to wait. Planetary Times is a great app for this.
    1. Saturn helps the waning Moon in her magical endeavors, so Saturday could be a good time to consider.
  5. Good herbs to burn are Lavendar, Damiana, Spruce, Cedar, and Myrr
  6. Use the Lunar Hexagram (see below) or Six-Armed Cross for evoking Luna.
Lunar Hexagram

Once you contact Luna’s energy you want to be with this connection a few moments until you begin to feel that your magic and your mind are flowing to the rhythm of the Night Queen. Such a connection is very important for any magic that seeks to work with the lunar tides, especially spells like this wherein you will release or gather something within yourself using said tides.

Main Incantation

When you are satisfied with the connection you have made, declare the following (repeat as needed).

Luna as you decrease, so do I, in this way.

Receive from me and take away

All iniquity and stagnant energy.

Dissolve the detrimental and remove any toxicity.

As your face from the night sky recedes complete this magic for me.

Feel free to adapt or adjust this in any way you like. Once you are finished you should feel a definite weight lifted and sense of relief. Be sure to dismiss/banish the lunar energy from your area before walking away from the spell.

Gnosis: What Does this Word Mean?

Spirits answering my call one fine day.

Gnosis – that weird word that relates somehow to the Gnostics. Means knowledge, right?

Well yeah purdy much, but on a different level from the standard Western word, ‘knowledge’. That’s why it’s often used to describe not only an experience, but a state one enters into, akin to or identical to my magical state.

The best way I can describe the difference between memorized learning and repetition, or even the internalization of a concept or skill through practice, and gnosis is to say that gnosis is experience-infused-with-knowing.

I’ll reprint that all big and bold…

Gnosis is experience-infused-with-knowing.

Not knowledge, but knowing as in, both an action and a certainty.

This is the gift received by the magician or mystic from “above” or the spirits or upper worlds. It is the counterpart to inspiration and sibling to revelation. It is when you KNOW to the depths of your being because you saw in a flash of insight or feel like you lived or lived in the wisdom if only for a brief moment.

Sometimes that initial rush fades with time and you must refresh it. Other times your knowing will be just as epic a year or many years later as it was the first moment it occurred.

Just wanted to touch on this as it came up in recent convo and it is such an important ideal in our work.

Seven Chakras

Seven Chakras and the Bolt of Lightening

In this current age of mystical literacy and magical cognition, most folks are familiar with the seven (main) chakras. These “main seven” align with your spine and proceed from the perinium to the top of the skull. Each of these energy centers deals with multiple aspects of being human that essential to and synonymous with metaphysical wellbeing and mystical ideology.

Quick clarification / refresher before we continue. Most writers describe chakras as wheels of force, centers of energy and/or consciousness, etc. that govern specific areas of life, correspond to certain elements and planets, and connect us to the various levels of spiritual awakening.

I’m good with all this, aside from the fact that it’s just a little more complicated than I’d prefer to be, in the event of a newcomer to the idea reading my explanation.

While chakras are areas along energy meridians or pathways that circulate, clean, and collect subtle energies (ether, astral substance, etc.) and vital force (life force, i.e. prana, ki, etc.), for practical purposes – that is from the perspective of tapping into the chakras and reaping their benefits – we can think of a chakra as a focal point over a specific area of the body whereupon we may meditate or concentrate in order to gain access to the problems, properties, and powers governed by the chakra attached to the point of focus.

Let’s Stay in the Simple

I apologize for any laxity or overemphasis in my writing up to this point. To maximize the potential for success, it is ideal to use the broadest and simplest language available any time we deal with the Personal Energy Matrix, or the collective fields and currents of energy:

  1. from which the quanta and atoms, et al that make our physical form emerge
  2. that connects us to the “higher realities” or “upper worlds”
  3. which together form the vehicle that carries our soul or central connection to all other aspects of our being
  4. comprised of the aura, astral body etheric double, meridians, and more, including the complete system of many minor chakras and 7 to 14 (depending on school of thought) major or primary chakras

Vital Energy for All Purposes and

Graduated Levels of Consciousness

The seven main chakras consist of specific energies to cover the full array of human experience and potential advances in mystical and psychic development, from physical survival and strength to making friends, artistic creation, looking into the future, charming another or conversing with departed loved ones. The best way to connect and communicate with your seven chakras is relaxation and simple meditation, followed by exercises specific to individual chakras.

I recommend my short work 7 Chakras in 7 Minutes, available in paperback and e-book. This booklet can be read in one sitting and the exercises within are designed to get results.

Below is a very brief and basic overview of each chakra, beginning with the base and working upwards through the crown.

Base Chakra

Found at the bottom or base of the spine, this chakra’s energy is that of raw and vital essence. Being alive and in this space, particularly grounded and part of the earth, are integral to the base experience. Survival, safety, procreation and abundance, strength, immovability are other keywords for this chakra.

Sacral Chakra

Find this chakra between your genitals and belly button, as seen in the image above. Movement of all kinds, from physical to emotional and spiritual, characterize the awareness governed by the sacral chakra. Pleasure and joy, connections to nature and to other living beings are also hallmarks or expressions of the sacral energy. Be adaptable and soft yet unstoppable – like water.

Solar Plexus Chakra

This center radiates from your center, below the sternum at the top of your abdomen. The solar plexus gives a fierce aliveness beyond mere survival and into the domination of one’s personhood and daily affairs. Consume to digest or to change what lies in your path, you are the fire at the center of your life’s experience or purpose.

Heart Chakra

Directly behind your breastbone, over your physical heart is the home of this chakra. Here there is true and unbiased compassion and love for living. This is the unstruck chord of all your potential, born of the desire of your soul or center. Free and expansive like the air around and above us all is the experience of the heart chakra.

Throat Chakra

All communication is governed by the chakra in your throat. This includes verbal, body-lingo, and spirit communion, such as with guides and angels. The throat center is the source of expression and the processor of both truth and deception. This is also the center where ether is drawn into the aura and body with each breath, to be processed by your personal energy matrix as various subtle energies you use for magic and mundane purposes.

Third Eye Chakra

Above and between your physical eyes, the third eye is the eye of the mind and the vision of spirit. This chakra aids in psychic development and is crucial for magical focus. It is the center that corresponds with OM.

Crown Chakra

Here in the center of the top of your head is the chakra of union with god. This is the place you connect with when meditation has fulfilled its task and brought you to the realization of ONE. Silence and honest seeking will also bring you to this center.

Not Even an Introduction

I realized pretty quickly that the topic at hand, i.e. the human chakra system or experience, is way beyond my ability to just casually address, especially to a reader who is unfamiliar with the material. But I did what bloggers do… I finished my post and hoped for the best.

Western magic does not require a study of the chakra system, but I believe this is mainly because our (Western) approach to the study of human energetics has been largely lost to time, destroyed by the Vatican or forgotten as oral traditions are when no initiates remain to inherit them. I firmly advocate an ongoing study of the chakras and practical application of this understanding within magical work.

You can get a really fast, effective hands-on experience of all seven chakras in my 7 Chakras in 7 Minutes paperback or e-book. It’s designed to be an immersion-by-doing process that sticks with you and propels you into progress.

Magic the Art of the Magi?

We’ve been told time after time that “Magic derives from an old Greek word referring to the Persian Magi”…

This is true, of course. In fact words like magica and magicae etc. probably all are derived from reference to the mysterious and powerful Magi. Eventually these terms branched out to cover all phenomena, practices, and happenings of an unexplainable/occult nature.

Today we have magic, or for the extra-pretentious, magicK, and no Magi in site.

Some insist, however, that we owe all this glorious art and adventure to those ancient servants of Zoroaster mentioned above. Pliny, among others, took as a foregone conclusion that magic originated inside Persia.

With neither clout nor image to push my point, I disagree, or maybe simply divert from this magi-centric lore. I kindly do thank the ancient Persians for Zoroaster, the Magi, and other philosophical and metaphysical contributions they made to the human story. Seriously; bravo ya’ll.

To think that cultures elsewhere (probably everywhere else, to be blunt) were not engaged in their own processes of magical discovery, however, is ludicrous. How about the folks of Northern Europe, and that whole Celtic thing?

The Druids, you might say, were the Celtic parallel to the Persian Magi. They (Druids) were an educated priest class assigned the sacred duties of medicine, astrology, natural lore, history,, justice, and more.

Old words like drui in time became druadh and draoi, et al., and from among these emerged draiochta which means variously magic, witchcraft, occult sciences, the art of the druids, and so on. I’m rather fond of this quaint (to my rough English ears) word and have mused that, but for a twist or two of fortune and the swapping of a handful of dusty old manuscripts held in high esteem by Western historians, we might all be studying “draiocht”, with “magic” being an odd term few are familiar with.

I recognize that Druids may have come along much later than the magi. I say may because this notion is based upon when writings about the Druids were first penned by outsiders; truthfully, we have no firm idea of how long the Druids were on the scene.

Irrelevant at any rate as the Gymnosophistae of India, Semitic Chaldaei, and numerous other priest or sorcerer classes who definitely could have been contemporary to or older than the Magi are to be found upon the stage of history.

I can’t emphasize enough, that I’m not posting this to put a smack on the Magi or the Persians. I am simply pointing out the possibility that a point of view can be “taken to and run with” by a few popular talking heads and then treated as immovable gospel henceforth, whether or not it be accurate.

Also…. I really do think Draiochtai is a much cooler word, and we should all give “magic” the boot right now and start saying draiocht instead.