IMPORTANT: Be sure to have your journal handy so you can make notes, pose questions, record synchronicities, etc.
The Magical Act
The Magical State, while the necessary beginning point of magical work, is only the beginning, and while reaching said state is indeed a magical act, it must be followed and supported right away by one or more additional acts, otherwise we are not doing any magic, but instead simply meditating or engaging in mysticism. To be more precise, magical results are the product of magical work, or action.
Phillip Cooper, in more than one of his fine books on magic, begins by emphasizing this simple formula:
INPUT = OUTPUT
The reward you take from magic is equal to the energy you put in.
Work done in magical context is first of all presumably and properly done while you, the magician, are in a magical state, and furthermore is broken down and classified into magical acts. In the proverbial nutshell, these are the two considerations this course will focus on. Put into a short list format, we thus have:
- Enter or attain magical state.
- Perform magical act or acts.
Yesterday’s lesson was all about the altered or magical state of being required before you can correctly and potently conduct magic. Today we will cover the magical act in basic form.
Magical work is classified in numerous ways by lay folk and initiates alike. When they read words like “sorcerer”, “witch”, “wizard”, and so on, most people think of additional terms such as cantrips, spells, ceremonies, conjurations, enchantments, charms, and rituals. The second group of terms applies to the active use of magical energy, the “doing” of magic.
Magical operations, or the working of magic, are the product of one or more units of activity called magical acts. The magical act is the fundamental unit of magical work, without which there would be no coherent way of organizing magic intention into useable methodologies.
A fundamental unit is the thing, in this context the activity, upon which basic components and best practices are built. For example, an evocation of planetary power might be performed in two parts, the banishing/clearing rite and then the actual summoning of cosmic forces and evocation of a particular planetary power. Both of these parts are constructed from multiple, individual magical acts. You have one operation, the planetary evocation to serve whatever intention, broken into two performing parts to handle set up and delivery, so to speak, with the whole of the thing built sequentially, so in a start-to-finish order that makes sense and serves your purpose, upon a procession of magical acts.
If you want to zoom out a bit further and then drill down to the nuts and bolts that allow the machine to operate, you could consider the following outline:
- Magical Paradigm, or your beliefs about all of the what, how, why, etc. of magic in general.
- Magical System(s) (Set of principles and methods, formal or otherwise, used to guide your magical journey and plan/execute magical work.)
- Magical Operation: This is the main work of the magician and is how he or she changes or preserves the conditions of reality. Planetary Evocation in above example.
- Performed as two parts: banishing/clearing + conjuration/summoning (sometimes called evocation).
- Performance of an operation consists of a sequence of magical acts.
- Practices & exercises, activities performed in specific ways to yield predictable results or outcomes, build magical acts.
- Techniques create, make possible practices.
- Concepts, or generalized notions from which clear ideas and specific beliefs emerge, are the framework and blocks techniques can be built upon, and such notions also bring us back full circle to paradigms.
- Techniques create, make possible practices.
- Practices & exercises, activities performed in specific ways to yield predictable results or outcomes, build magical acts.
- Performance of an operation consists of a sequence of magical acts.
- Magical System(s) (Set of principles and methods, formal or otherwise, used to guide your magical journey and plan/execute magical work.)
- For, as we know, worldviews and broad systems of belief develop from an underpinning of ideas and a gridwork of conceptualization and hypothetical thinking, all of which must be tested and experimented with to provide useful methodology and ultimately support the paradigm.
All right. How’s that for a serious nerd-out drill down?
That’s quite a lovely little figure eight of continuous energy flow we’ve slapped together here on short notice, isn’t it? Do pat yourself on the back for the role you played, if you will, before moving on.
Continuing this example, if the Lesser Banishing Ritual of the Pentagram were used for part one, or banishing/clearing within the planetary evocation, the magician would need to be proficient in the Kabbalistic Cross (an act), tracing of the pentagram in air (technique), vibration of God Names (technique), the Invocation of the Archangels (act), perhaps basic wand strokes (techniques), and other acts/techniques depending on one’s interpretation and delivery of the ritual, or based upon the paradigm and/or system the magician works within. From this closer perspective, i.e., from within our overall working – a planetary evocation – we examine the Lesser Pentagram Ritual also as both a minor or component part/act that will help make up our primary operation and as a complete operation in its own right, assembled via a series of still smaller actions. As you can see a single operation may easily include several magical acts or techniques, and categorizing or classifying all of this could rightly be called a pain in the ass.
Not to worry. I have a simple way of handling this, and just put the above details on you to help give you a solid foundation for understanding the overall landscape of active magical practice.
|A Magical Act is Not Simply a Magic Spell|
(To skip this nerd note click here)
|While it’s possible that a spell can be a single magical act, generally speaking a spell will consist of multiple magical acts, as touched on above. In other words, while a magic spell is a magical operation, the magical act is the fundamental, or smaller and more basic, unit the operations are made up of.|
A magic spell is probably the operation within magic that most people are (at least casually) aware of. What is this operation, from a technical perspective?
The word spell comes from the Germanic spel, which indicates profound speech, such as a religious sermon. Interestingly, magicians of the Middle Ages are said to have originally used the word “spellings”, to indicate entries into their magical tomes (known as Grimoires but allegedly once called Grammars, thus “spellings and grammars”.) to preserve the proper spelling and grammar of magical incantations, names, and phrases.
A spell is a stand-alone incantation or an operation that includes as a crucial portion of its body of work the incantation, or verbal application of magic. Incantation is derived from a word that means “to chant or sing” and indeed many spells to this day revolve around rhythmic chanting or singing to raise or enhance the energy to be “cast” or sent forth to produce the intended outcome. Magic words, or words of power, are part of the incantation process; these power words constitute magical acts for building the incantation, just as the incantation is a magical act within the overall spell.
Two Primary Types of Magical Acts
There are easily dozens of potential categories we could form to catalog various sorts and kinds of magical acts, but I like to keep my top-level classifications tight, or minimal. This allows for ease of streamlining whether I’m teaching or contemplating, and I can always nerd out as I descend the hierarchy or table of classification. On this point, my two primary types or categories of magical act are Techniques and Operations, with techniques being the “smaller” or “fundamental” acts mentioned earlier in this post.
To put things into a nice, clear focus, consider the following table. The main point is the position and structure of the primary types of acts, with subsequent table fields serving as examples.
Types of Magical Act
As you can see, Operation is the primary term or category, and so we can always discuss magical work in terms of operations to cover all bases. The heading operation will include spells, rituals, and any other sort of working (working is an interchange for operation I use often).
Under operation we have the next category or term, Technique. This includes anything technical, whether physical or mental, or both, that you learn in order to carry out your operations.
I Want to be Supremely Clear on this Next Point!
This is the farthest thing you can imagine from a perfect system! It’s laden with issues, like the overlap between the two categories you will undoubtedly find as you learn more about magic. This is for instructional and (hopefully) improved learning purposes only.
As you gain proficiency you will likely drop my terms and come up with your own way to categorize your study and practice. You might be thinking, why the labels in the first place; is it really necessary to be so specific?
Yes. Magic depends hugely on the understanding and use of words, in one form or another. The art is already damaged, insofar as the ease of transferring knowledge of it, due to the fuzzy terminology and absence of sanctioning bodies. I feel it is important that we at least attempt to get into phase with our language so we can know succinctly what is being communicated for, no matter how badly some may wish it otherwise, the hard truth is…
Magic turns and hinges upon REAL forces and mechanisms, meaning it is possible to miss the mark or set a similar but different force than you intend into motion. The details matter if you want to produce meaningful and beneficial results.
Furthermore, my aim is to teach you some basic nuts and bolts you can use to build your own magic. I don’t want you just repeating some spell I put together, but rather to be able to create your own spells for whatever you wish because you understand the underpinning such operations rely and work upon. Here again, details shall matter!
Learning Your Initial Magical Acts
I believe strongly in both pre-requisite and streamlined learning. Pre-requisite learning simply means a system is built upon foundational methods which must be learned before moving into the basics, which are needed prior to attempting anything intermediary, and so on. Makes sense, right? Crawl before you walk kind of thing. This ensures the learner is getting a very solid A-B-C, all bases covered education. It follows that any learning within such a system will automatically be somewhat streamlined, meaning whatever a student is learning today is made easier by what they learned yesterday. Understanding this ahead of time, a teacher can enhance the streamlining effect by tweaking and tuning each lesson set so that it amplifies future info and practice in the best possible manner. Be patient and diligent, taking your own pace through the material and making the effort to really absorb the concepts (at least in principle, or generally) before rushing ahead.
That last sentence bears repeating:
For many, this emphasis has been the end of our time together and the death of their interest in magic. Too often magic is perceived as and promoted to be some sort of easy-way-out or cheat sheet for life on earth. It (magic) can make life easier at times, but it can also create more difficulty and in various ways. Such can be said of any serious and worthwhile pursuit. One thing is for certain, the ability to perform effective magic (and why bother with any other kind??) requires time, focus, effort, and energy!
There’s no way around the latter claim. Anyone telling or selling you a different tale is lying for whatever reason.
Remember: You’ll Need Someplace Special to Practice
If you missed or avoided my prior recommendations regarding sacred space for study and practice, no worries just check here before continuing.
Requirements for the Performance of Magical Acts
You Must Enter the Magical State
As stated more than once, your first priority in magical execution is to achieve a magical state. This is a type of altered consciousness that is especially conducive to the biorhythms and psychological/emotive conditions that allow for the flow of magical energies and attitudes.
Refer to Lesson 1 and/or check this sticky post for a quick description of the magical state plus a semi-guided exercise to help you attain said state quickly. Once the magician has reached his or her satisfactory magical state, the following criteria are also paramount for success.
Skills Needed for Working within a Magical State
Best Practices to Refine and Keep During any Magical Act
The shortlist is:
- Remain present or engaged fully with the current moment.
- Assert full emotional awareness, at all times being clear about the state of your feelings and registering any emotional perturbations.
- Be prepared to shift, even by force, any feeling state so that it matches the emotional needs of the moment.
- Visualize and actualize. This means clearly and in detail seeing a thing or event as you will it to be, plus immersing yourself in the experience of your choice. Such immersion will encompass tactile sensations, emotions, and any other experiential phenomena needed to be in the time and place required for your act. One example of this is creating the experience of successfully receiving or witnessing what you desire and living in that reality while performing certain magical acts designed to manifest exactly what will in turn bring about the experience you are actualizing. A bit of a circular statement that I hope you follow; you’ll see this again with a breakdown so don’t sweat it if you’re confounded.
- Allow your mind to be free and adaptable, able to grab and release focus at will and never clinging against your will onto any situation or sentiment.
- This might involve repeatedly pushing aside certain thoughts or accepting that your mind is either hung up or wandering, and then returning focus to where you need it.
- Keep an overall or underlying (as you wish!) sense of playful creativity. Not all magic is fun, but even the most miserable, heartbroken and starving artist is caught playing and enjoying the occasional brush stroke. So too must you maintain some access to the flow of the artist or performer.
The above list represents potentially years of practice, if you aim to master each skill. An entire lifetime could be spent thusly, with improvement continuing to manifest until the end of that life.
Skills, You Say?
Each bullet point above represents one or more skills. In fact, magic is a broad skill set based upon, per the pre-requisite learning model, initial skills and groups of skills that together form the whole of magical practice. The best way to build and refine these skills is through daily, or at least regular, practices and exercises.
One of the many possible daily or regular routines of magical conditioning that I like can be found here. These exercises (Which themselves are magical techniques, and in some cases more than one.) will develop and hone the best practices needed for sound magical acting.
Let’s Get to Work on Your First Magical Act, Shall We?
Well, this will be your first taste of magic unless you’ve been working on the recommended exercises or practicing entering M (my abbreviation for the Magical State). Maybe this isn’t your very first act, but it’s the first “official act” of this course, so fanfare is in order either way.
Pick at least one of the techniques listed below to examine and then put to practice. My recommendation is twofold:
- Read and understand the act before practicing it.
- Do them all if you can.
As mentioned, these acts fall into the techniques category. In Lesson 3, I’ll give you a full operation to perform.
I’ll repeat this until either it sinks in, or you stop reading because you’re tired of seeing it: Be sure to take a moment to enact your personal magical state before attempting any of these actions. In fact, it’s a good thing to enter a magical state prior to even reading below if you can.
Use this method to reach a state of magical being, or use any method you prefer.
BONUS ALTERNATIVE: If you wish, you may check out this sigil I constructed to assist readers in attaining the magical state.
|Terminology and Trivia:|
|* A sign represents something. A sigil is an official mark, or sign that carries magical power. A seal is a sign that has some intention or magic sealed into it which can presumably be released under the right circumstances. The symbol above could aptly be named either or all of the aforementioned “s words”.|
Magical Act #1 Project a Ray of Subtle Energy (w. Practical Examples)
As I will state repeatedly throughout the course: YOU will act as the conduit, or channel, through which your magic shall pass from the unseen realms into the manifest world. Your energy bodies, aura, and physical body, all will channel various energies, gross (“normal”) and subtle (“paranormal”). The technique of projection or projecting energy is a good exercise for acclimating the mind and conditioning the rest of you for this process of transfer.
Furthermore, projection is a necessary skill for all kinds of magical operations. Whether using a wand that you point at a target you visualize or simply using your mind to direct forces during ritual, pushing specific energies outward or sending them to a specific when & where are obvious basics for magical practice.
Basic projection involves:
- Identifying the source of energy.
- Harnessing the energy.
- Channeling the energy.
- Directing, or projecting, the energy.
Much of the time, these steps will be equivalent to one seamless or two very fluid movements. More complex situations and detail-oriented magicians may require each step to be carefully rendered. This motion can be bodily through steps or gestures, mainly imaginary, i.e., concentration and intention, or (most often) a combination of mental and physical movement.
Here’s the unpack of the four steps followed with specific projection techniques for you to practice.
Identify Energy Source
This could be anything from a crystal or plant to an angel or ancestor. Specific techniques and ethical considerations tend to be needed for sources of the aforementioned nature, so we’ll mainly stick to the most common sources from psychism and natural magic for this lesson.
|Terminology and Trivia|
|By Psychism I mean the latent psychic/magical energy and capabilities emerging from your body and mind. Many of these you are born with but must cultivate and others can possibly be acquired with training.|
Natural Magic, at least in this context, refers to the practice of tapping into and utilizing energy currents and forces that exist in the world around us. Some of this available energy is the life force of nature or her elements. Other currents and pools that can be tapped into include the etheric and astral substances. As usual both the known and unknown worlds can be brought into play, so to speak.
These two concepts are part of my broader ideology of the Three Treasures of the Initiate. Check this article for a more detailed description of this notion.
The two common sources alluded to above are in fact:
- You, as in your physical body, mind, and etheric body (called body-mind-spirit by many). I refer to this complex elsewhere as the Personal Energy Matrix.
- The area and environment about you, whether seen or unseen. This includes subtle energy like the ether and the astral plane as well as gross energy such as heat, wind, etc. This system of interconnected energies I call the Universal Energy Matrix.
You will either know your specific source ahead of time from your preparation and study or you will likely have one or more go to sources for quick magical working. Appropriate sources will be identified in the exercises to follow.
Harness the Energy
To harness means to take hold of and direct. This begins through simple intention to do so and awareness, actual or imagined, of the energy in question. You might visualize the energy to be harnessed as forming itself into a sphere at your command and spinning rapidly, feeling your connection to the energy increase with each rotation until you are ready to do something with the gathered force.
Channel or Beginning to Direct the Energy
Where is the subtle energy you have amassed for your work going? Perhaps up your spine and into your third eye, if the plan is to look into tomorrow. Or you may be sending energy to a loved one you wish to heal. Some future time and space where you will envision the success of your magic may also be the target.
Set your “channel” to receive and direct the energy as needed. This may be mental at first but develop into etheric movements as your skill increases.
Everything prior to now has, of course, led to this moment of action. With clear focus and forceful Will send your energy along its channel and to or into the target.
Some magicians tense their muscles for this step. Others raise and ride emotional currents. Still others use vividly imagined scenes to get the energy where it is needed. I combine many methods of projection and I recommend you explore several yourself to find methods that fit your personality and energetic structure.
Energy Projection Exercise A: Inner Flame and Aura Fire
You will create an active power source within your body plus charge your aura with protective and proactive force. You may have thought about projection only in linear terms or sending energy from here to there. This exercise is an example of how projection can actually encompass much more than “from point a to point b” measures.
Your initial sources will be your own vital or life energy and solar plexus chakra. Notice your solar plexus region and feel for a warm area within its center. (Identify & Harness)
Form this area into a red sphere of subtle fire. (Harness) Chant the sound KA (k-ah!) to increase the energy of this fire. (Channel) As you inhale, see the sphere glow brighter like the embers of a fire when they are blown on with a bellow. As you exhale see steam and smoke rush outward from your center. (Direct) Gradually at first (and quickly if you like in later sessions of the same exercise) extend red energy from this central area into your hands, fingers, and eyes. (Direct)
While this fire is within you and the red energy is on your hands and eyes, you are primed with magical power to execute and improve any magical operations you like. When you are done with your work, watch the red subside into your center and see the fire go out.
A great use for this inner flame and red power is for cleansing and sealing the aura. Do this by directing the fire to explode outward into a larger sphere that extends three feet beyond your skin in all directions. Inhale to see the fire glow brighter and expand to six feet. Exhale and watch the fire shimmer and ripple. One more breath in to raise and push the fire out to nine feet One more exhale to re-harness the full power you have raised.
You may channel and direct this aura fire however you like. Use it to cleanse the aura, to shield from outside influences, even to launch other energies from your being into the cosmos during magical operations. When done with the fire, watch it fade and allow the red energy and spherical flame in your solar plexus to do the same.
Energy Projection Exercise B: Raise a Basic Magic Circle
The magic circle is both simple and complex, a paradox in that regard and one of the most often-used devices in the repertoire of the serious magician. The Circle deserves and shall have its own full lesson to cover the range of nuance and applications involved, but today you’ll get a brief and useable introduction to the theme.
In simplest terms the magic circle is of twofold value:
- It protects the magician from undesirable energies, forces, and powers which often originate from the unseen world but can sometimes be local events or phenomena.
- It separates the magician within it from the world outside, allowing work to be performed outside the constraints of time and space and defining a sacred space where magic can flow at optimal levels and be directed or commanded with total confidence.
|Terminology and Trivia|
|I’m sure energy, force, and power are common terms familiar to most readers. However, when a word is used in magical context, it will generally carry a slightly to entirely different meaning from its mundane, or ordinary usage. Below are the correct magical or metaphysical definitions for each word.|
Energy is a quality or set of qualities inherent in a specified field or frequency, also a measure, or quantity of work that could be performed by the individual or object in possession of or attachment to the field or frequency being considered.
Force is the manner in which energy acts upon another energy and can also reference one or more energies organized for a specific purpose or act. Force, of course, can also be the use of energy to compel or cause a predictable action.
Power is the magnitude or severity with which energy is applied and may also refer to a sphere of influence in charge of one or more energies, or to the agents of a hierarchical system that utilizes energy/energies to further its purpose.
Your circle will restrain unhelpful and hostile entities from the astral plane who may be attracted to the signature of your magic when you initiate an operation. The human being lights up like a neon sign to creatures on the astral once magic is engaged and some such residents are problematic to say the least.
The sacred space aspect of your circle is the essence of the statement: “As within, so without!” The magic you perform within your encircled space can be made perfectly, without rush or disturbance, results visualized pristinely, and then unleashed into the causal planes where it begins the process of creation, destruction, or protection that will manifest in our material world.
You may use a wand, a crystal, ceremonial dagger, or the index or pointing finger of your dominant hand (normally the hand you write with) to raise or cast a circle. This index finger is often called “the wand finger” in modern literature.
For this exercise, please use the wand finger.
Your source of energy for circle casting can be a chakra, the earth beneath you, the blowing wind, a patron angel, a gemstone in your pocket, or one of many other options. For this lesson we will first use the energy created with each breath you take as your mind and body convert ether from the air you breathe into vital force to sustain and empower your being. We will further draw on the subtle energy present in your local setting. Even if you can’t yet sense or feel the energy, believe it exists and direct it with authority; over time and through practice you will develop a sense for these unseen currents.
Natural Breathing Pace
Begin inhaling evenly through the nose and, after a brief and comfortable pause, exhaling through your mouth. Each breath (inhale or exhale) should be relatively long but still comfortable. I must emphasize you should not feel like you have to force the air in or out. Once you set the pace – if you do so correctly – your lungs will move with ease and a feeling of being both energized and relaxed or rested will settle upon you. Settle into this natural breathing rhythm and recheck your shoulders and hips for tension, letting go of any you find there.
I will refer back to this rhythmic breathing sequence throughout the course as it is a great precursor to the magical state and any other acts or operations.
We’ve identified the energy source already, and via this breathing method you are harnessing the energy from within yourself.
Stand in with good posture and feet shoulder width apart in the center of your work area. Find a spot on the floor or ground three feet in front of you.
Point your index finger to this chosen spot. As you inhale, visualize energy pulsing and heating up in your solar plexus region. Exhale and move a stream of this energy into your arm and then your hand, allowing the stream to funnel into your index finger. You can breathe in and out while holding attention on the finger, noticing the warm or just active pool of energy in the solar plexus and watching the continuous stream running from there out to the tip of your pointing finger.
At this point you are channeling (choosing the channel by which the energy shall flow) your energy and beginning to direct it.
During this exercise you should alternate between allowing the current to build up like this before projecting and immediately pushing the energy out and into the spot on the floor in front of you. Both approaches are useful in different ways so be sure to play with each of them.
Having chosen a starting point on the floor and now aiming at said spot with built up charge of subtle energy, imagine a bright white or blue beam as you now direct energy out of your wand finger and to, into, and through the point you have been focused upon. Bring the beam back slightly so it just touches the floor surface and, stepping or rotating on your heels as you proceed, trace a complete circle around yourself in the clockwise direction. Like a paint sprayer, your beam lays down a shimmering circle of the same color and composition as the beam itself. Remember the circumference of your magical shape will extend three feet out from your position in every direction.
Be with the energy of and in your circle, noting that it is different from the energy outside its boundary. Feel magical. Allow and notice magical energy to flow through your entire body and permeate your aura.
Specific circles may be set for various operations. For example you might cast a planetary circle for the moon, or an elemental circle of water. In such cases you would use your Will and various components of correspondence, or items/objects placed in and around the circle, to create the mood and draw forth the energy appropriate to the “theme” of your circle. This could include visualizing a different color beam and circle, such as purple for the moon and turquoise for water, etc.
Return to your natural breathing pace. After a few breaths inhale with the intent to expand your circle, then exhale and push the ring of light in the floor out to 6 feet in all directions. Repeat this and push the circle out once more to 9 feet. Practice also inhaling and pulling the circle back to 6 and then 3 feet. Throughout this process take time to notice that reality inside the circle is somehow different from that without the circle.
Same Process, Different Energy Source
Repeat the above process, only this time choose to source and harness energy from thr earth beneath your feet (and if you’re inside, even in a high-rise apartment
If you have a quartz, amethyst, or other crystal you may use it to draw energy from during repeat exercises. Do so by holding the stone or crystal in your receptive hand (opposite from your writing hand) and soaking its subtle energy into your body and aura, then recycling this current and pushing it out through your wand finger.
Whenever you are finished with work inside of a magical circle, you can untrace the circle by pointing at it and turning in the direction opposite from the direction you originally traced the circle. Or you may simply walk across the circle or extend your arm over the border line with intent to dissipate the magical circle space.
Make certain you add journal notes about any experiences or questions you have during these exercises.
IMPORTANT DISCLAIMER: This model of circle is good for many types of operation but is not suitable for circles of protection used against spirits and beings that are fully evoked or conjured onto the astral or physical planes to participate in your magic. Communicating with spirits from within a projected circle may be fine, but if you ever intend to actually summon an entity into your presence or onto the near astral you will need both a formal and complete drawn circle (as in paint, chalk, etc. on the floor space) and a circle cut into the air around you, using a ritual knife.
Magical Act #2 Create a Field of Balance or a Charged Field of Equivalent Polarity
A Balanced Field is a type of charged field, which in turn is a concentration of subtle energy that holds one or more particular frequencies and emanates a desired effect. Charged fields can be used to affect space-time via a set area of physical space, whether local or distant to the magic user or they can be cast forward (or elsewise) into a timeline, for instance to impact a future event.
The Charged Field of Equivalent Polarity is often used upon the magician and his or her immediate workspace, and is applied to harmonize and bring to balance the masculine-feminine, yin-yang, or god-to-goddess energies within said area. This condition of relatively equal presence and potency between the divine male and divine female represents and influences the harmonized relationship of all opposing and complimentary forces, such as up and down, dark and light, hot and cold, love and hate, peace and war, and ad infinitum.
The duality here referenced is, of course, a key fundamental to our experience of this reality and the phenomenon we casually refer to as “life”, i.e. the sequence of events transpiring between our birth and our bodily death. There is no front without the back, no brightness without shadow, no good without evil, and so on. It should be apparent, then, how a sturdy connection with and sound relation to this core duality is important to and will benefit magical working, both within the context of specific tasks and as a generalized whole.
One of many examples of where and why to apply this Balanced Field is at the onset of a magical operation. By example, many magicians perform this technical act just before or soon after raising their magical circle.
Use any meditation, chant, breathing exercise, etc. to calm yourself fully, and then use the sigil exercise in this lesson or the standard counting down method to achieve your personal magical state. Thereafter, focus upon the target wherein you shall raise the Balanced Field.
An easy and effective way to create a field of balance is to chant words or names associated with God and Goddess energy, and to do so in balance and symmetry. For example, OM Shiva Shakti OM addresses both the divine masculine and divine feminine and encapsulates both between the OM sound, thus their presentation is one of balance and the sound is symmetrical in nature. Here’s another equilibrating chant, laid out i its entirety and ready for you to use:
RA (rah) MA (mah)
RA MA RA MA RA MA RA MA
RA RA RA MA MA MA
MA MA MA MA RA RA RA RA
Can you see and hear, even feel the symmetry involved in this chant? Think or emote man, outward, force, forward, penetrate when chanting RA. Think or emote woman, inner, yielding, backward, receive when chanting MA. Vary the pitch and volume from high to low and back as it feels correct to so do.
RA [loud] MA [soft)
MA (very quiet) MA (whisper) MA (silently) RA (normal volume) RA (raised voice) RA (shout)
RA(low tone) MA (high tone) or MA (low tone) RA (high tone)
Experiment until you hit the variation that feels quite right. Performed with emphasis, determination, and the proper intent of manifesting a perfect balance in the world, the 10-line chanting sequence above will balance the energy of a room, workspace, vehicle (and perhaps thereby the journey in progress) and can even be used to target a person or span of time. Try it on your work or study space, or on your person, and record your observations thereafter.
Magical Act #3: Using Runes to Affect Fields of Consciousness
The use of symbols within magic is as ubiquitous as the Arts themselves, predating history as we understand it. A drawn (or carved, etc.) configuration of lines and shapes intended to represent some intent, condition, force, or attribute may be used in many ways to produce immediate or ongoing effects, influence local areas or impact conditions miles away, and alter consciousness or change the material world.
The latter was, of course, just a long-winded way of saying: symbols can be used within any magical operations to create the full range of magical results currently understood.
Whether etched onto an object, drawn on paper, traced in the air, or simply visualized in great detail, symbols channel specific intention directly into the subtle and causal planes, where the desired results are created with etheric & astral substances and then “brought down” into manifest reality.
Runes were the sacred alphabets used by Germanic and Celtic people in and around Northern Europe prior to their Christianization. These letter-symbols are among the most potent symbol sets taught within the Western Esoteric Tradition. In addition to representing a letter and sound within an alphabet, each rune also represents one or more spiritual or mystical energies, and is associated with one or more magical concepts.
I entitled this third act Using Runes to Affect Fields of Consciousness as a reference to the idea of magic as an influencer of conscious states. Some definitions of magic indeed call it the art and science of using the will to create changes in consciousness. Some sources take this a step further and add changes in reality (or similar wording).
A debate exists as to whether or not magic can change only consciousness or can also alter the material world. It seems obvious to me magic can do both, and in fact that altering one will undoubtedly change the other.
From the perspective of sequential learning, consciousness is a good place to start and work forward, so that’s what you’ll be doing if you perform this set of acts.
Elder Futhark Rune Wheel
The above Rune Wheel contains the full alphabet or set of Elder Futhark, so named because it is the oldest version of these specific runes found thus far. The script begins at the top center and circles all the way around.
Learning this runic alphabet is a task for another lesson. The above symbol is provided, as are the acts below, for some context and to stir your interest, that perhaps you will look into the matter on your own. The beauty and power of this amazing magical system is that you don’t need familiarity to execute very basic magical acts.
I must stress, however, that one needs to learn the runes well in their phonetic capacity, i.e. as an alphabet, prior to any serious or complex magical efforts that rely upon said runes and the Runes they represent.
|Runes and runes|
|When you see “runes” with the lowercase r you’ll know I am referring to the drawn or carved letter-symbols, whether on paper. placed on small chips of wood (traditionally called staves), or on stone, pottery, etc. The lowercase may also refer to the characters generically or in general, as objects, and not necessarily to any currently drawn form of them.|
On the other hand, when you see “Runes” with the capital R, I am writing about the true Runes: the images in the Well of Urd used to write the fates of all living beings and (more often) the cosmic, divine, and natural forces these images and their offspring runes represent.
There is much unpacking to do here, but I’ve already run for days in this lesson, I feel. I’ll create a lesson or article about the Runes/runes in the (maybe) near future.
Basic Magical Acts with the Runes
All you need for these acts is paper and a few pens or markers (pencils, crayons, etc.). If you don’t have multiple colors do the exercises/acts anyway with black ink.
Moving forward, let the page represent both the world, from the formative spheres to the manifest reality, and unlimited potential. Your marker is equivalent to a magic wand or staff. The runes you draw represent your magic and are of course linked to the true Runes in the upper worlds.
Rune Exercise: Cutting Away Negativity with Elhaz
Practice this simple process a time or two here, and then use it when facing difficult emotional states, a problematic individual in the work environment, a child or animal suffering from depression, even when confronted by negative (the bad connotation of this word) spiritual activity in the home. Draw the two opposing diagonals first and then split them directly in the center with the vertical bar as an act of sacred penetration. During or after the drawing, chant or state aloud Elhaz! (el-hah-z!)
Green or blue are good colors for this rune, as are silver, copper, or gold if you have them. Remember black will do fine if that’s what you have available.
Rune Exercise: Taking Charge or Seizing Victory with Tiwaz
Practice this simple process a time or two here, and then prior to competition or any life situation where you must win, put this mark of the old god of war, victory, and justice to work for you. First draw the vertical bar, then add the arrow in two diagonal motions. During and after the drawing process chant or proclaim Tiwaz! (tee-wah-z) This should be done as a cry of victory.
This rune works well in red or orange, so experiment.
Rune Exercise: Harness the Power of Inevitability and Fate with Pertho
Practice this simple process a time or two here, and then play (seriously) with it as you contemplate two of its possible meanings. Pertho is a marker for the inevitable, such as death, or destiny/fate, which can be different for each of us between now and that final phase aforementioned. It is also a rune indicating occult or magical power. As you draw this rune, making the vertical line first and then adding a pairf of short diagonals for both top and bottom, what images or feelings do you get in terms of your own future or your potential within the magical arts? Chant or state Pertho as you work. (purth-oh)
Rune Exercise: Welcoming More Money with Fehu
Practice this simple process a time or two here, and then put it to work bringing new opportunities for money to enter your life. You may immediately notice a different feeling about your finances or economic possibilities.
Draw the rune below, starting with the vertical bar and then adding the two diagonal stripes or bars. During and after the drawing process powerfully chant or say Fehu! (fay-hoo)
Fehu is often drawn in red, and indeed has a connection to Aries ad Mars, the sign and planet respectively. Draw it in red if you have that color, and I suggest (to the horror of rune pedants everywhere) trying in green as well, for green is the contemporary hue for money illustrations.
Have fun with these techniques and look for Lesson 3 in your email. It’s set for two days after the email containing the link for this lesson, and I’ll give you a complete operation to tackle; thereafter the real fun shall begin.