In Defense of the Spontaneous Magical Act

Many authors and teachers and other authority types, so it seems, will caution against so-called spontaneous magical work. It’s dangerous they claim. Sloppy and lazy, the notion has been called.

True magic, these fuddy duds tell, is about careful planning and meticulous execution. This is true: solid planning and care to attention and detail are important. A good ritual or spell is worth our time in study and preparation, for sure.

I say nothing to take away from the latter idea.

I do call B.S. on the “movement” against spur-of-the-moment magic, howeva.”

Not only is it obviously sometimes necessary to lay down some magic right here and right now, it’s also potentially a lot of fun and a beautiful artistic expression to walk into the study or temple and just start riffing.

My magic is my art, and my art is magic.

Just as the musician can pick up a guitar and “jam” with a friend or two impromptus, so I (we, our kind) may take up the wand or tarot deck or crystal or Rune and just let go, let it out, cut loose,

Unleash some magic to the music of whatever aspect of my being has brought me to this unexpected place of action!

In fact I’m doing it right now and this crude, unpolished little blog post is part of the (un)ceremony, if you will.

Thanks for stopping by. If you’re new have a poke at some of the other posts and links and I assure you it’s normally a lot more interesting and informative around here.

I’ll be back soon with some actual content.


Does the Magic Actually Emerge from the Crystal/Stone or is it from Within You?

A Common Question and Classic Debate Topic that Relates to Many Aspects of Modern Practice.

I’m going to keep this simple and focused, no wandering down side trails or diving into rabbit holes today. As mentioned, the inquiry at the core of this post easily expands into a greater discussion of overall magical theory and the balance of subjective-objective realities therein. I’ll leave you to fill in the blanks on all that wonderful philosophical maze-touring, and perhaps I’ll revisit the opportunity with a part 2.

To reiterate and expand a bit, the question is:

When using a crystal or stone for magical purposes, does the energy for this work emit from the mineral in question, or is the object a mere catalyst for the magic or psychic energy inside of you, which actually performs the magical work to be done?


It seems clear in my experience that both scenarios, plus more, are in play, Below is a brief verbal diagram that should help you dig into the substance of your practice and derive the greatest possible effect.

Please recognize (as you probably do) that I can’t prove any of the mechanics I’m about to lay out. This is an example of magical theory, and the ideas & terms below are based on well-demonstrated, widely accepted lore that has survived dozens of centuries and crossed multiple cultures during that time. It’s as sound as can be, in my opinion, given the drawback that I can’t raise the hood, so to speak, and point to each component part as it performs measurable work in an exactly specified, observable manner.

Don’t confuse the last statement with an admission of unreliability. I didn’t say magic is unreliable, nor do I need to say that because the opposite is true. Magic is quite predictable and repeatable, we just can’t be sure exactly how and why it works, or even what specific forces are doing this work.

The Magic Within You

Some degree of magical energy, however little, must be present within the operator, either by way of his/her genes or as the result of cultivation through study and practice, before any sort of spell or magic operation can hope to succeed. The question is really just a consideration of how or in what manner said energy will be deployed.

In our example scenario, Sedona the Sorceress may use her innate ability to initiate the attributes of her Amethyst, which she has chosen for a specific undertaking. Alternatively, she may apply her intent to the task of drawing the desired energy out of the crystal and then directing it from there as she sees fit.

The Magic of the Stone or Crystal

It’s safe to assume that every gemstone and crystal contains some quality and quantity of magical or metaphysical energy. In fact, over the centuries magicians have gone to great length and trouble to catalog and cross reference these energies with lists of corresponding powers and spheres.

Side note or teaching moment: When I say “energy” I’m referring to the potential for or ability to work, i.e. move a thing, shake a thing, influence emotional states, attract another type of energy, and so on & so forth. When I say “power/sphere” I mean to indicate the control center or directing intelligence of energy/energies and, in magical context, this often refers to what we call Planets, Gods, Angels, Sephiroth, and the like. Such powers or spheres may be free-thinking entities like but much greater than people, or they could be “blind” forces of nature, or even (and most likely) some combination thereof.

Again, the question used as the title of this blog post is really an invitation to explore your perspective of the matter. In what way do the energies of the mineral and its human user interact to create the magical effect to be used in the spell or operation?

Considerations for interacting with the energy of stones and crystals may be arrived at intuitively, in the moment. Or you may study a particular method or idea and enter an operation with the plan of applying this approach to your magic. Useable methodology can include the following:

1. Building up a current of raw will, “placing” this within the crystal/gemstone (C/GS hereafter) and next using the mineral as you would a wand to project and direct your magic.

2. Drawing energy or force out of the C/GS, programming this with your intention and a bit of your own mojo, and then releasing or sending the combined energies into the astral (or wherever appropriate) to carry out the change you desire.

3. Sending a beam of fully formed intent and magical will, as if “through” your C/GS (or a whole bag of them!) and toward the vision of your target result. It’s as if the minerals behave like a “filter” that correct, perfect, and help direct your magic after you push it through them.

4. Conducting your magic however you will, and “inhabiting” the C/GS during the process. That is, imagining yourself actually inside of the object, surrounded by its color, hardness, aura, and etc. as you work.

5. Similar to 4, perform your operation and then push your perfected vision of the ideal outcome deep into the heart of the C/GS. Think beyond the molecular and into the quantum field*, uniting both vision and C/GS at the most fundamental of levels before releasing the work to magical Nature for completion.

I understand how abstract this all sounds and I acknowledge that most of these items are essentially repeating one-another in slightly different language. It’s a blog about magic, what were you expecting if not abstract and imagery-centric language? Use your intuition and emotion, if you’re an artist in the traditional sense (meaning only if you use pen and paint, clay, etc. of the allegedly non-magical sort) apply that warm current of whatever it is that drives your art projects, totally put that to work following the instructions above and you’ll totally get it, I believe. 😉

* I apologize to physicists everywhere, and to physics as a whole for my abuse of the term quantum. This was a legit effort to convey meaning and not some pretense of understanding (of physics) on my part.

Casting a Shadow

This is a spell for use with shadow work or exploring the dark side of your subconscious. Such work can be extremely useful and informative, but also disturbing.

The shadow holds and keeps hidden from view those parts of our consciousness that reflect taboo ideas and feelings. Herein we find aspects of ourselves that go against our obligatory values, or morals informed by mainstream culture that many of us go along with to avoid friction and trouble. The shadow itself is not necessarily evil, though some of its contents may very well be just that, depending on your point of view.

You must learn from your shadow and examine what lies within it in order to fully know yourself. What’s more, if you ignore the shadow, as we are all trained by society to do, it will emerge in the most inappropriate places rt the wort of times and embarrass you or get you into trouble.

Drawing the Shadow Out Safely at the Time and Place of Your Choosing

I find this spell to be ideal for a wand of Hawthorne. Spend some time considering your shadow, based upon my brief description and whatever else you may know. The better you understand the concept, the more effective this spell will be so I urge you to read a page or two of Jung, etc. in the lead up to this spell. Point the wand at the ground 5 or 6 feet in front of you and use this incantation:

I cast a shadow where I can see.
I cast a shadow from deep within me.
Murky, darkness, swirling about,
This wand selects a shadow and cast it out!

The Very Magical Hawthorne Tree

Hawthorne Trees like this one are among the most magical trees in Western Tradition

The Hawthorne is one of my favorite trees in terms of magical philosophy, and it’s one of the most magical trees in the entirety of the Western Esoteric Tradition. Given the last point, it’s somewhere between weird and amusing that I knew very little about the Hawthorne’s magical properties until just a few years ago.

I’m not sure how she had slipped past my radar for so long. I place such emphasis on the Hawthorne in particular areas of practice that I really do wonder but don’t remember what I did in these cases before I caught on to Genus Crataegus.

A Special Tree Among the Fairies

I use the leaves and the berries, plus cut wands from the Hawthorne.

Hawthorne are believed to be a sacred tree among fairy folk and nature spirits. It is possible the tree is used either to guard certain portals and gateways between worlds, or perhaps the tree itself is the gateway or series of gateways.

Hawthorne spirits and all parts of the tree are powerful protection elements in any magical operation. In particular they repel vampires, which means amulets and potions from the Hawthorne can protect from a variety of energy-leeching spirits and personality types. There is much to contemplate on this point, and I’ll leave you to it as time is limited at the time of this writing.

I have read many times that a Hawthorne spirit or use of a wand of Hawthorne can open the doors – all of the doors – into the magic of fairies plus protect you from the magic wielded by the Fae and nature spirits as you travel to or draw from their planes of existence.

Of Saturn and the Goddess

Hawthorne corresponds to the rune Hagalaz, and thus to the path of Tau on the Tree of Life, joining this material world to the Underworld of Saturn and the Goddess Hecate. The etheric principle and the astral realms are easily accessed via Hawthorne magic, and the power to bring down and manifest from the upper worlds (for as above, so below) is great in the essence of this tree.

Gateway of Gateways

Hawthorne is the tree corresponding to Path 32, or Path of Tau, on the Tree of Life. What this essentially means is this tree represents and is connected magically to the channel connecting our material reality to the astral realm ruled by Luna, or the Moon. This channel is typically said to be ruled by the sphere of Saturn, and I think many magicians would agree the ruling influence along this path is somehow shared between Lunar, Saturnine, and terrestrial Elemental forces.

Understanding this pathway in one form or another and working with the influences and concepts involved is an immensely important aspect of magical training. Some will disagree here, but I believe this boy of work holds the keys to astral projection and travel, plus bringing causal and higher forces down and into our world, i.e. most types of manifestation work.

The Hawthorne is also symbolic of marriage, and the union of Divine Male and Divine Female. The source for many of my wands is actually a tree at a gateway and crossroads on a local wedding venue.

“The Wishing Tree” is actually a title attributed to more than one plant, but indeed the Hawthorne is one of the title holders. It’s a fair fit, given the correspondence with the astral pathways (and thus manifestation) discussed above.

You were Born Ready

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Maybe the folks raised in or drawn to magical practice are also, in large part, neurotic and emotionally fidgety by nature. Or it could be a psychological side effect of contact with a magical interface. Whatever the root of the matter, I know it’s not just me; I am not alone on this quirk of character.

Ther Nagging, Nearly Obsessive Need to “Get Ready” or “Center Oneself” or “Initiate” this Process or that State of Mind/Being …

Not everyone in the Art is afflicted, of course, but there are MANY who struggle herein. Magicians who are like me in this regard spend much of their early career agonizing over things like initiation, wondering always if theirs was an authentic experience, “good enough” and so forth.

When you listen to practitioners talk about their experience or ask questions they’ve had time to ponder, it seems a healthy percentage of modern spell workers are inordinately concerned with admittedly valuable concepts such as grounding ad totally legit practices like centering and auric strengthening, balancing, etc. I’ve written before on this blog that I am a technician, meaning I love the specificity in process, and enjoy looking over the nuts and bolts of magical operations. As such I promote heavily the idea of regular and standardized daily practice, which definitely included basics like grounding, energy clearing, and so on. While tending often to such exercise is smart business, worrying over this stuff throughout your days and nights is a sign of trouble, be it underlying emotional issues – hell maybe even neurological problems – a lack of confidence, irrational fear of calamity and catastrophe, or perhaps just a culture of fear and anxiety in their families or social circles.

We Don’t Need to Know Why Exactly in order to Overcome and Replace the Behavior

I’m not a trained psychologist so frankly I can’t say with any authority what births and cultivates this issue. I say confidently that we can all agree the problem DOES exist. Think of how many times you come across the following when reading content about magic and metaphysics, when chatting at the metaphysical shop, or wherever and however it is you come into contact with other magicians, mystics, or just garden variety new agers:

  • As mentioned, a near obsession with grounding. It’s like, to some people, every damn rock at the magic shop is about grounding and they find a way to shoehorn the term into any discussion. Are they afraid they might fall off the planet? Interestingly that is a recurring dream some people report, and I had it myself when I was young.
  • The same as above, only replace “grounding” with “centering”. A slight variation but of the same tone – gotta be ready, always gotta check to see if I’m centered.
  • An unbalanced requirement for… ironically, balance! I hear/see it everywhere. Balance this; balance that before you do those; chakras out of balance; balance balance balance! Equilibrium is obviously important, and sometimes the remedy sought, but not everything is best in balance. Sorry folks it just ain’t so. Doesn’t it make more sense to seek HARMONY between processes, elements, etc. instead of just wanting to balance and equalize everything we contact??? That spell to accelerate learning would probably do better if the Fire aspect were out in front, not balanced with dense-not-budging Earth, no? Balance represents the kind of non-changing or static reality that feels safer, but it’s definitely not the everything-pill it’s pitched as in today’s New Age book section.
  • How about an unreasonable (and virtue-signaling) unwillingness to even look at less-than-sunny-and-fuzzy processes? I’ve actually seen claims that “any attempt to use these forces for ill or selfish purposes will instantly fail.” Wow delusional.
  • Hand in hand with the above, a nearly hysterical refusal to accept that bad, negative, ugly, awful et al are part of reality. The insistence that visualizing pillow-fighting fairies (so long as they’re not going full contact!) will take all the hurt and evil out of the world and we must never admit that bad things or negative outcomes are even possible.

I could add to the list but I realize at this point I’ve veered off course just slightly. The fuzzy bunny sickness prevalent in modern magical/occult thinking is really a topic for another article, but I can’t help thinking the two issues (anxiety of not being good enough, ready enough, etc. and irrational aversion to any and all things “negative”) are linked.

Back on Track, Here’s the Point I Started with:

When I sat down to type this post I did so to reach out to students and practitioners, and really anybody else, who struggles with the same “tick” that used to drain my energy and blur my focus. Stated precisely, said tick is the constant feeling of needing to “get ready”, or establish the “right” state of mind or being. Implicit within this is the belief that, in the current moment one is NOT ready for x, not prepared for y, not sufficient in some way for z.

Boiled down, this may be little more than hyperawareness of the possible levels of refinement that exist for a student of the Art, plus an unfair expectation of oneself to somehow walk around near the top of these levels. Once the perfectionist, for example, is aware of the extent to which his or her senses and capabilities may be refined and employed, it is unfortunately all too easy to demand of himself/herself that pinnacle performance or state at all times.

But we know better, don’t we? Peak performance is not the setpoint or resting state for anyone. I often joke that nobody really gives 100%. We may say we’re doing our best, but it’s probably closer to 80%. I think we give 100% only when we need to fight a bear or escape from one. We humans tend to reserve the higher levels of output until we are compelled into them, or until they are forced upon us.

I doubt we would have survived as a species if this were not the case. Think about it. IF we gave everything in us to just any and every operation that came our way, there probably wouldn’t be much left for those make-or-break fight or flight moments.

The “Perfect State” is a Delusion

Whether or not my reasoning is accurate, we know it’s impossible to walk around perfectly in the present moment all the time. Our minds have learned to drift and daydream, perhaps to protect us from the grinding boredom of serfdom, indentured servitude, slavery, and these days the 9 to 5 rat race. With some training and regular practice, you can enter a zen or alpha state when you need or choose to and take full advantage of the benefits such a shift offers.

Neither can we be fully grounded, centered, or balanced in every waking moment. It just won’t pan out if we try, but once we learn to achieve these states, we have them on tap to use freely.

Do you honestly think getting up several times during the night to check the door locks and be sure the firearm is handy will objectively enhanced your family’s safety? The locks and protective measures are in place and will help to whatever degree they can when a threat occurs. The same is true for protective magic. Absolutely do your banishing and aura shielding operations daily if you can remember, but once done let them go and get on with your life. NOTHING is served by obsessing, because your measures are in place doing their work and if you must add more amidst a true threat, you will do so.

Relax, You were Probably Born to do This

We are far more capable and durable than we sometimes give ourselves credit for being. If we take the time to learn and practice, then we are always as ready as we’ll ever be. As a human being we are all born with our particular setpoints and potential. It’s true we can’t do very much right out of the womb, but the information for what we will be able to do is already encoded within us., even at that time

Unless you are damaged or defective, you are destined to walk and talk from the moment you emerged into this world. If these things aren’t in the cards for a person as a result of some genetic disruption or injury, many times they still adapt to the circumstances amazingly well; human resilience and perseverance.

I believe firmly that if you are practicing magic, mysticism, or psychic applications you were born for it. I’m not talking about special bloodlines, although that may be a thing, and I’m not speaking to destiny, which I frankly doubt is as common as some would argue. I just mean an individual’s propensity or inclination toward these endeavors must be at least somewhat strong for them to bridge the belief barrier and begin to even look into such things. A person with very little psychic potential or next to no magical inclination probably won’t pick up a book or ask a question or do a Google search on these subjects in the first place. So, with all this said, I reiterate: We (our kind) are all born ready, to a degree, to do these things and furthermore do them well.

Get rid of the idea of needing to do a thig before you can properly do a thing. That’s self-defeating rubbish. Move freely from moment to moment, enjoying the opportunity to learn and explore and spend your energy going after the cool stuff you want to try. I mean GO BIG with your magic, fearless and bold. If you want something, prepare well and put your soul into the spell or ritual, and if it doesn’t come to you repeat the whole process.

Don’t waste another day, or even moment, believing that you are somehow not fit, prepared, ready, or in x state to make the most of your magical training, whatever level of proficiency you may currently have, if you keep practicing, you’ll only get better. I’m pretty sure this will come across like rambly madness to many readers, but I think those who are troubled by the unending need to adjust their state will get it. Hope it is helpful.

Incantation Prior to Casting Runes for Improved Results

Futhark Runes of Birch Wood

After whatever preparation you prefer, and prior to casting your divination, sing or chant the following.

“Runes of the ancient tribes I call out to thee!

Markings of elders past respond to me!

Alphabet of my ancestors I will see,

Letters for what is, has been and will be!”

Proceed with your rune casting hereafter. Use this consistently and I would expect improved divinatory results.

Sigil for Serpent Power

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Serpent Power, Serpent Force, Kundalini, Shadow or Inner Dragon, Fire Serpent

These are but a few names for the broad and distinct categories of “serpent magic” found in Hinduism, Kabbalah, and myriad other systems. There is more to this than tending to the column of force that rises through your seven centrifugal chakras. Masculine psychic power, mastery of the unconscious (in multiple applications), and psychokinetic energy are a few examples that go beyond the Kundalini (typically feminine) mist people are familiar with.

The nature of these manifestations of the Serpent or the Dragon are a topic or topics for one or more future articles. Below is a sigil that can be used by the practitioner of any serpent-oriented magic or mysticism to enhance connection, attain gnosis, and refine power within said art.

Serpent Power Sigil

PLEASE TAKE NOTICE AND USE DISCRETION: This sigil is directly connected to a spiritual being called ASTAROTH. This intelligent creature is alleged by many writings to be demonic and does have a dark aspect or agency. With appropriate personal protective measures this is a safe magic to work with, but not for the novice. THIS SIGIL IS NOT AN EVOCATION OR INVOCATION OF THE SPIRIT, but it does draw upon the energy and specific purpose / wisdom of the being. Use if you feel comfortable and have the skill to so engage, but realize there are many alternatives online if you aren’t confident in this situation.

How I “Teach”

When I say teach, I just mean how I relay technical and directional information in these posts. I am not a teacher nor even particularly wise, but my hope is readers of novice through intermediate level, and perhaps even the advanced student, will be able to take a piece or particle from any content they choose to read and apply it usefully in their own practice.
I write how-to style content in two ways:
1. Pretty dry, explicit, just the objective details.
2. Very abstract, feeling-centric, (rarely) poetic and linguistically a bit like guided meditation. This style turns up more often than the former when I sit down to blog, and I’m trying to break the barriers put in place by dogma, unfamiliar terminology, and being new to these ideas. I also believe its highly conducive to magical learning.
I am not trying to toss “word salad” or avoid true descriptors and explanative terms. Point of fact, many of these concepts have a deep artistic component that lends itself to more abstract verbiage.
If there’s any particular (or general) content you want clarified, or if you just want to bitch at me for being “vague” and “fuzzy”… which I am NOT btw * drop me a note I’ll see if’n I can help clarify.
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* Seriously…. I’m not!

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.