THE NATURE OF MAGICK AND REALITY
Believing in something that cannot be readily seen might seem just a bit crazy on the surface. However, humans believe in things they cannot see every day. Under normal circumstances, air is invisible to the naked eye, and yet everyone knows it exists, since everyone is breathing. Most people do at least acknowledge that there is more to the universe than meets the eye.
The nature of magick is such that it is not fully understood. However, it does at least appear to behave according to some rules. Some generally-accepted laws of magick are:
* The perceived world is a mixture of reality and perception.
* If one searches for evidence that something is true, one will usually find it.
* All statements are true in one sense, false in another, and meaningless in yet another.
* If it works, it is true.
* Everything is connected.
* If two things have just one thing in common, that one thing can be used to influence both.
* The cause and effect of something tend to resemble each other.
* If two things were once in contact, they can continue to interact after separation.
* Two laws or worldviews may contradict each other and still be true, as no worldview may all reality.
* Every action is an exchange of energy.
* Any concept, force, or object may be considered to have life.
THE PRINCIPLES OF MAGICK
Magick is a powerful and often misunderstood thing. Defining magick is not always easy, and trying to explain how it works is even more difficult. There are certain principles that can make the practice of magick seem a little less daunting, more logical, and more natural. They also aid in the understanding of magickal ethics. The following points are regarded as the basic principles of magick:
* Magick is natural.
* Magick requires effort. You will receive what you put into it, nothing more, and nothing less.
* Magick is not spontaneous, at least, not usually. Most spells require time to be effective.
* Magick is not to be used as a game or joke, or to enhance the ego.
* Magick can be worked for gain, but only if it brings harm to none.
* Magick is, at its source, a divine act.
* Magick certainly can be used for defense, but should never be used to attack.
* Magick is knowledge.
* Magick is belief. For magick to work effectively, you must believe in it.
* Magick is love. Magick should always be performed out of love.
ENERGY AND MAGICK
Energy is everywhere. At a certain level, everything is comprised of energy. There is energy in the sunlight, the moonlight, the earth, the waters, and the air. With each breath, every person takes in energy, and then exhales it. Every person, plant, and animal teems with energy. The abundance of energy available everyday is extraordinary. However, despite the fact that energy swirling all around him, a magician actually needs very little.
Instead of being flashy, like thunder and lightening, a talented magician uses a little more finesse. More like a gentle breeze, almost unnoticed amongst the greater swirl of energy that makes up the world. MAGICK AND SCIENCE Science has come a long way in the last century, and scientific views are not necessarily incompatible with magick. Hypnotism, once thought to be a black art and even a form of mind control, is now a commonly accepted practice. There are now cameras that can take a photograph of the body of energy that surrounds each person; some people call this energy an aura. There are many scientists, both in the past and present, who are firm believers in magick.
Einstein himself fully supported the idea that astrology was a science, and not simply an occult practice. Isaac Newton wrote more frequently on the practice of alchemy than he did on physics. It seems that ancient magicks and modern science are slowly coming together. DOES MAGICK WORK? According to practitioners, magick does, indeed, work. Spells and rituals will always have an effect, no matter how slight, and no matter which style of magick you're using. However, this is not always the effect that is intended. Someone may cast a spell to gain enough money to pay all their bills, and instead of gaining extra money, the individual might find all their bills in their mailbox, with expected due dates that are fairly immediate. Obviously, this is not what was intended by the caster. However, spells and rituals can have flaws. Most of these are problems with design, performance, or interference. Usually, all three of these things are caused by the caster.
A lack of focus or belief, a small distraction, or a poorly worded chant can all have an adverse effect on spells and rituals. A properly crafted and executed spell or ritual will almost always meet with success. However, it is important to note that true magick isn't the same as the Hollywood version. It is rarely flashy, and special effects are almost non-existent. True magick takes belief and practice to be effective. Magick is not well understood, and discovering the magick within takes time. It is difficult to explain and even harder to master. If it was easy, everyone would do it. Following a magickal path is not for everyone, and requires courage, patience, and understanding.
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