MAGICK : Techniques of the Art Magick utilizes various techniques for the gaining of new k

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MAGICK : Techniques of the Art Magick utilizes various techniques for the gaining of new knowledge and the use of that knowledge to attain greater levels of mastery over our circumstance. Primary methods include many practices found in spiritual, religious, and magical systems throughout the world. These devices are employed in magick in order to entice the mind into a state of "open stillness" or clearness so that in those moments Truth might be experienced firsthand. Many of the spiritual disciplines of the East are based on the renunciation of the world. They teach that escape from our degraded existence is achieved by a rejection of all sensual desires. The physical realm is considered dirty, base, and evil, and purification from its influence can only be attained through the most austere and ascetic of practices, the purposes of which are to increasingly diminish contact and involvement with the world. On the other hand, Magick holds that man is a complex creature whose nature and faculties represent a complete microcosm. It considers that man's faculties of thinking, feeling, and sensing to have evolved slowly over many aeons and it is man's obligation to make sure that his methods take into consideration those faculties. The goal of Magick is to develop those faculties in himself to a stage where they can participate to the fullest in the experience of the workings of the Universe at every level. I will define the primary methods and techniques used in the Magickal Tradition in this paper but the reader is advised that these definitions are based on my individual opinions. Also be advised the magical practitioner, being outside any authority, should use any and all practices he chooses to adapt into his own regimen no matter from what system or tradition he might have picked it up. If it works and proves useful, use it. DIVINATION : Divination is practiced throughout the world and may be one of the oldest forms of magical practice. It has always been traditionally viewed as a form of communication with spirits of one type or another. Among the many forms of divination are astrology, tarot, geomancy, I Ching, hydromancy, dowsing, feng shui, crystal gazing, and all manner of oracle and mediumistic techniques. Divination should only be employed when an answer to a particular problem or outcome of a particular situation can not be ascertained through the normal mentation process. It is only when the normal faculties of thought and feelings have been exhausted on a particular question without satisfactory answers that the divinatory method should be used. Its correct practice has as its objective the development of the inner psychic faculties of intuition. When practiced over a long period of time, it builds a bridge between the conscious mind and the hidden parts of the unconscious. The individual practitioner thus opens himself to a new sensitivity and deeper levels of awareness. INVOCATION : The word 'invocation' is from the Latin 'invocare' which means "to call down" or "to call in" and implies a supplication to a higher power to bestow grace or enter our personal sphere. We invoke to "bring in" and "down" that which we need to fulfill and bring meaning to our lives. Invocation is used primarily as prayer and devotion projected toward a god, angel, power, or hero. (This includes all forms, such as Jesus, Jehova, Buddha, Krishna, Voodoo Loas, avatars, gurus, saints, Elvis, etc...) Gods and higher powers generally represent various cosmic or archetypal levels of existence. They are personified beings of enormous wisdom, power, and spirituality which occupy the levels between us and the unnamed and unknowable supernal deity. Various magical practices have their aim at receiving help and blessings from these entities and/or the identification and union of the magicians consciousness with the deity's essence. Various practices are used in magick to contact the divine. The most used practice is prayer, used at the start of every magical rite, acknowledging the Will of the Grand Architect of the Universe as our guide. The use of a shrine is sometimes used for devotion to a particular deity in order to stimulate and educate the emotional faculties. The taking on of a patron deity or hero serves a similar function. The technique called 'the assumption of godforms' is a practice which ceremonially invokes a deity to unify and join its essence with that of the magician. It is a magically controlled samadhi experience. Its goal is to acquaint the consciousness of the magician with a particular mode of divine expression via personal experience of the deity's power. All these practices aim at establishing contact and rapport with higher levels of being. In magical practices of the Western Trad. the magician will invariably use the Qabalistic Tree of Life as a guide in determining an array of divine entities based on a balanced traditional structure. First the magician invokes the lower gods and angels in order to mingle his being with their greater life energies. In time, the magician's consciousness becoming more accustomed to the influx of divine forces, he begins to invoke the gods of the sephiroth of the Tree of Life in turn. Eventually the magician's connection with these gods become greater and more unified until he partakes of an experience of transcendental unity. VISION : This practice is sometimes referred to as 'skrying'. Magically the practice uses techniques of visualization and active imagination controlled by certain groups of symbols. The interpretation of the 'vision' plays an important role in the acquisition of self-knowledge while the practice opens the clairvoyant faculties. It also provides away of keeping an accurate understanding of changes occurring on an unconscious level. It can essentially be broken down into three forms which are closely related. They are: 1. Srying - A form of clairvoyance in which one sees into the astral light, sometimes called seeing in the 'spirit vision'. In magical practice skrying is not merely becoming a seer but attaining the ability to descry what one seeks. Skrying can be done into symbols, letters, or just about anything in order to reach a deeper level of understanding concerning that symbol or object. 2. Astral Projection - The experience of consciously leaving the physical body and travelling the astral plane in another finer body with almost full awareness. This body is termed the 'body of light' and the experience is termed 'travelling in the spirit vision'. In magical practice this body is literally built and worked with until it is of sufficient substance and definiteness. Then the consciousness of the magician is transferred to it for specific lengths of time in order to accomplish work on the inner planes. 3. Rising on the Planes - A Golden Dawn technique to attain mystical and spiritual experiences. It involves the 'body of light' ascending the symbol of the Tree of Life in order to have contact with some essence of the supernal sephiroth. EVOCATION : The word evocation is from the Latin 'evocare' which means "to call up" or "to call out". This implies that you are calling some aspect out of your personal sphere so that you can have a look at it. Evocation is the calling up of personifications of forces generally called spirits or demons. These personifications are generally considered 'inferior' yet more powerful than human consciousness. 'Inferior' in a sense by being more one dimensional and limited to a specific sphere but more powerful in being basic and representing innate instinctual force. In psychological language, we can consider these forces complexes of an autonomous or semi-autonomous nature. A complex is an aggregation of ideas contained in the subconscious mind with a strong emotional charge capable of influencing conscious thought and behavior. As a result of repression, a complex expresses itself as insecurity, obsession, morbid fears or persistent anxiety. Some can become so powerful that they totally split off from the mainstream of personality. This explanation very closely approximates what the ancients termed a spirit or demon. By objectifying a complex and detaching from it a critical examination can be made. Understanding of its nature leads to the knowledge whereby it came into being enabling the magician to gradually control its influence on his being. Spirits are powers or forces which have previously been hidden. Their influence is very real as can be seen in observing our daily life. In magical practice the spirit is evoked into the triangle of art and controlled by transcendental symbols. As a result of the process of evocation, they take on an autonomous life in which there individual reality is enhanced. The more a spirit is evoked and manipulated the more autonomous and "real" it becomes. Beyond the surface results of this communication, even when we examine the traditional 'Goetic' reports of historic magicians (beyond the ability to steal horses, find treasure, kill enemies, etc...), we see that there is an enlargement and enhancement of consciousness in the operator. In practice the spirit is bound within the dominion of the stimulated 'Will' of the magician and can be brought back into the magician's sphere as a useful citizen of the psyche instead of an outlaw. The subtle effect of evocation works to open and reintegrate the disparate parts into a balanced unity. There are those who will say "Why deal with infernal forces at all, aren't these spirits demonic?". In my opinion, as has been said by others, unless you come to agreement with, make a pact so to speak, and use the devil, you have no chance to really grow spiritually. We can point out that in orthodox Judeo-Christian belief all creatures, even those of the infernal realms, will eventually be saved. How? Through and by the agency of human consciousness, for we are at the median where celestial and infernal worlds connect. We are the battle ground and it is our work to join disparate forces which will create something totally new from their union. Once understood we are to ever pursue higher and higher unions. MISC. PRACTICES : Miscellaneous practices used in magick are too numerous to go into any great detail and most are quite common. I will list a few however. They are : Relaxation. Concentration. Meditation. Visualization. Breath Control. Basic Body Control. Thought Control. Emotional Control. Circulation of Internal Energy. Ritual work. Work with Various

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