NEGATIVE ENTITIES PART 2 The most basic protection is the magick circle. Those magicians o

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NEGATIVE ENTITIES PART 2 * The most basic protection is the magick circle. Those magicians or Wiccans who work without a circle are worse off than an aerialist who does his trapeze act without a net. If you fall down, you bite the dust REAL HARD. The circle is a line drawn in the dust of matter that says to beings of evil to stay clear under pain of intervention by the forces of Good. If you cannot draw a circle in the earth or with chalk or with a line of corn meal or (better) cattail pollen (called Hod'nt'n by the Teneh), you should smudge the area where a ceremonial or a healing will take place, or use one of the good banishing rituals in MAGICK8.TXT, or if all else fails or if you cannot do anything else without drawing too much attention (like in a public place) visualize yourself encased in a shimmering globe of white or violet light, or wrapped in white or violet smoke or fog. Under no circumstances should you feel or show fear. Fear is a way these entities can get to you. Affirmations against fear are a good way to combat these feelings. I like the "litany against fear" from the Frank Herbert S-F classic "Dune." The book is a work of fiction, but the actual litany sounds like it was taken from an old Wiccan Book of Shadows. "I will not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little death that brings total annihilation. I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me, and when it is gone I will turn the inner eye to see its path. Where the fear has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain." If you must invoke a spirit, even if it's identified as an angel, DO NOT invoke it without being well situated in a GREATER THEURGIC CIRCLE. This is well documented in books on high magick, and I will not detail it here. Invocations are truly risky business, not the province of dabblers. This kind of working is something I encourage you not to attempt, and do not do myself, even though I have been active in the occult for years. Unless you are especially adept and power-FULL, this is something extremely prone to backfiring on you. I also believe that the practice of automatic writing and ouija is far too risky to be fooled with, as well as direct consultation of spirits for divination. Symbolic divination like Tarot and casting runes should be done after protecting yourself as I have detailed above. And most importantly, stay well away from the rituals that allow discarnates to possess a person who desires to become a channel. You will quite possibly put your mental health and even your soul in grave peril if you do this. It is my belief that Aleister Crowley, who was a giant in occult philosophy up to the point where he seemingly went crazy and dissipated himself in debauchery and drug abuse, was pushed over the edge by his contact with Aiwass, a discarnate entity whom he allowed to possess him. It may not have been the only thing that did it, but it was certainly one of the major elements in his fall. I will conclude this series in the next post.

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