Magick has been defined as ‘ The Art of Causing Change in Accordance with Will”. We cannot reach out directly upon the material level and touch the things of tomorrow, for upon this level they are yet . We can however, enter today, a subjective tomorrow in which we may touch the astral foreshadowing of those things, to bring them “nearer to desired will”. The mere naming of this mystery commands all reverence and circumspection; for, in this, we pierce the veil of time.
Now having explained Magick and it complex yet simple existence, let us also consider our habit of only perceiving the forces of our objective universe in perspective to the will or control of others and ourselves. To know one’s true will and become adapt at working true to one’s will – independence of external circumstances is our first lesson. This leads us to defining love, be it of another or of material gain.
Love by Ly De Angles; True love-in spiritual definition- is detachment of the strings that end up tying tighter than love was ever meant to be. Love without fear of what may come tomorrow- for that is what love is. It belongs to no one but yourself and cannot be taken or given as a token or a gift. Your worries and fears have nothing to do with love- they are extensions of either the world around you, or your own short comings. Compare them not to love or you will lose your choice in the matter of love. And if love not be free and exhilarating then it is not love but demand and desire for possession of that which you are not. Love allows, it is not reactive. It is perspective of self- self in reflection and glory, mirrored in a feeling that is beautiful to feel…. Anything else is not love but obligation and that is something else to be worked with.. The Moon in you belongs right where it is or it would not be there! Child it is all in the perspective.
This is one of the very basic resolutions one need undertake as a foundation on their path to becoming a great Master of Magick. Change will not be immediately visible, but in fact a great step forward will have been made, because that which was done without purpose of true self in perspective of the Great Work has become the subject of a conscious resolution. That resolution is that one’s will must be for the nurturing, advancement and enlightenment of one ‘s connection to one’s higher self. Success in the Great Work, which is the true Magickal goal , IS IMPOSSIBLE to one who is the continually the victim of external circumstances and the varying currents of the mundane life. To achieve independence of theses conditions are absolutely necessary in the training of Magick.
AS we are human, this does not come easy or naturally.
Our Witch’s tools are another foundation of our Magick. Gathered through out our path they hold places of priority in our workings. As symbols they aid in our Crafting as other symbols do but as extensions of us they quicken our intent of Will. The study on tools can not be completed in this course and certainly one practicing Magick should already have a clear understanding and connection with their tools. A Witch’s tools is a very basic requirement of Crafting and I would urge one to have complete understanding of Her tools before continuing any training in High Magick.
The language of Magick is a symbolic one. Silently, yet profoundly, symbols speak to the spirit, intellect and emotions of the Magickal personality trained to tap into the cosmic consciousness of universe without the limitations of time as defined by man. Mother Nature provides us with an abundance of symbolism from the strength and or bend ability of Her vegetation to the Elements that support the life cycles of all creation. The uses of these symbols speak to the higher consciousness of our Magickal personality and allow us to actually process Will. This is a crucial concept for it is during this conversion process that energy and power are at its peak. Clarity of Will must be accurate without interruption of the flow of focused energy, everything flowing smoothly from the Higher Consciousness, through the mind and out into the physical plane. It is important to note that when we come into alignment with a symbol or an element through natural reflection, an affinity for its representation begins. This in turn gives us a certain amount of power and control over the Element or symbol and over that aspect and more important over that aspect of our personality or environment which the symbol represents. There are common symbols certainly as pagans we relate to in a universal understanding. Such as the Elements Earth, Air, Fire and Water in relationship to our Organic Bodies and Emotions. We might also relate to different vegetations universally such as a rose to love. It is important to realize it is not who is right or wrong in the sense of authority of symbol meanings as much it is important to strongly personally identify to the symbol you use in YOUR Magick.
As pagans we hold the Moon in high regards as a symbol of Goddess. It reflects Her rhythms of the oceans, the harvest, the Spiral of Life and the cycle of the women that carry forth Her births. In the Great Work of Magick it is undoubtedly one of the strongest symbols to align our workings with. It is the recognition of Goddess within our Magick to align with Her Moon. There are 4 cycles of approximately seven days each in a lunar month. We begin with the New Moon- it grows or waxes until the 1st quarter is visible as the half Moon. When the Moon is waxing its points face East and is in its 2nd quarter till it reaches Full. As it begins to wane it begins its 3rd quarter. When it reaches half Moon again its points face West and it is in its 4th quarter waning until it becomes Dark. The Moon is renewed to New and the cycle starts again with the 1st quarter. Knowing the phases of the Moon will help you plan your Magick.
Candles are very Magickal because they bring light to the darkness. Candles can be used by them self infused with your Will to be manifested into the Universe as the flame burns or they can be incorporated as a part of a spell. The color, shape and size can play an important role in your Magick The color can signify your intent, design and shape can represent the objective and size is equivalent to the amount of time you desire to infuse your intent upon. An example would be a red candle in the shape of a large rose to bring much desired passion in your life. A green candle in the shape of a tree to bring healing or a yellow candle in a simple shape to bring clarity. Once again it will be your personal connection with its symbolism that will grants power to this Magick.
Numerology is the science that concludes that because all things are vibrational, they can be reduced to numbers- equations, SETS OF SYMBOLS representing particle, probability or potential. In Numerology all numbers can be reduced to a single value, 1-9 exceptions being 11, 22, 33 as significant to the concept of indirect effect of an esoteric principle. As numbers are symbols they to can be used in Magick. As simple as creating an equation can one manifest Will in print to be burnt, waxed or put under the pillow to sleep upon. Once again it is your personal connection to the symbolism that grants power to this Magick.
We have touched on only a few means of working High Magick. The Wise Ones have created Magick since the dawn of man- handing it down from tribe to tribe- the Magick changing and growing along the way. The studies of Magick are as endless and eternal as Goddess Herself. Astrology, Tarot, Divination, the Wheel of the Year, Runes, Crystals, Mirror Magick, Ritual Magick, Clairvoyance , Intuitiveness, the Qabalah, Shapeshifting and Shamanism are just one of many studies one might peruse in deepening their Magick. I leave you to follow and know your own path in Crafting Magick reminding you only to never forget the Magick comes from you. The tools and symbols are Gifts from Goddess to awaken in you all that is possible, to awaken in you what already exist – Magick.
Magick is to be experienced, not just intellectualized. It is a system in which the practioner learns by doing. Surely using traditions passed on from Wise ones in the craft lends power to your Magick but DO NOT FORGET the Magick still comes from you. Equally important to your symbols, intent and clarity of Will is purifying and cleansing your sacred space where you will do Magick and all the tools you will use in your Magick. Purification clears away all negativity and past energies making your magick pure and strong. Proper preparation of Sacred Space begins the concentration needed for High Magick and again it is your belief in the act of cleansing and preparing your sacred space that gives power to your work. It may be as simple as sageing the area or as complex as you desire. Regardless of technique do not skip this step least your Magick only be as strong as the energies you put into it. Once you have gathered your symbols and created your sacred space it is equally important to prepare yourself. Meditation to clear your charkas is one of many ways you may choose to “clear yourself” of negativity and mental clutter. The point is to be in Sacred Space with all symbols and self clear and pure of everything except intent to create Magick. When you are ready call forth your Magickal personality, She who is free from all external influences. She who is strong in Magick and knows the true desire of your Will. Begin your workings using your symbols as you are moved to do so, infuse them with vision and intent of the Magick you desire to create. You may hold them, bind them, mix them, burn them, and confine them or any other method that conveys your Will through their energies. Own the Magick and make it personal, MAKE IT YOURS. Do not let there be hesitation or second guessing only conviction and a crescendo of your energy. When the moment is right and your magick is cast release it to the universe by blowing your breath upon it or crossing the Pentagram above it as your seal. It is done and all that is before you are the symbols that served as the vessel for your Magick. How you choose to follow through with your symbols is also up to you. They may be placed in an according place, burnt or dismantled till the next time you call upon their power. Your belief in your Magick has started the energy flow towards manifestation of your Will. Now you must Believe and allow Goddess to direct your path that direction.
Melita Denning & Osborne Phillips
Their Magickal Philosophy is a gift to any student of Magick. Recognized as authorities on the Western Mysteries their words were an honor to read and share.