Life doesn’t always have to be about magic.
It’s scary to think I believe this.
It’s not that I believe this; magic touches all thoughts, all experiences.
Each moment a potential for magic.
Magic is seeing congruencies in the world
Congruency is parallel, not identical
Magic isn’t done after you experience a moment
Mindfulness is better after you experience a moment
Magic is a better way to deal with the physical realm
Mindfulness is a better way to deal with the experiential realm
Magic has it’s own toolkit like mindfulness has it’s own toolkit
I may not be the best at mindfulness but I have a general scaffolding I can rattle off
Magic, I’m a bit confused at the moment – there’s too much information
I’m not in a place to process it
I don’t understand it
Or I didn’t and don’t yet
Magic is congruency
It is not for congruency
There’s just so much stuff with magic
How do you organize it all?
I was thinking through some stuff here in the intro.
Liber Null does a good job (available in pdf online)
Maybe not explaining everything about magic or the style may not be there but the scaffolding is gold
Breakdown on the sections from the book:
1. Meditation: concentration leading to trance
2. Magical Consciousness: synchronicity (section on metamorphosis starts brilliantly!)
3. Ritual: banishing, divination, sigils
4. Dreaming: dream journal leading to lucidity
Augoeidies, Invocation, Evocation, Gnosis, Divination, Enchantment, Liberation – fantastic scaffolding!
The last sections of the book are UTTER. SHIT.
Also, practically speaking, Jason Miller and Gordon White agree that meditation give the most Return on Investment (ROI), followed by energy work and then offerings. GW also lists raising energy for ritual/offerings (as different than say tai chi or chakra work). Same-same to me as far as scaffolding is concerned.
So here, practice everyday: meditation, energy work of some kind, and offerings to someone/thing – this is a good scaffolding. A little dry without more spiritual context to go into it. Both also say divination is overrated. Intermediate level.
But before that if you meditate and then work on single pointedness and trance, if you work on magical consciousness and seeing parallels, practice banishing and divination and sigils using trance while magical consciousness is ‘on’. Perhaps make a ring that turns M.C. on when “activated”. Beginner level.
The dreamworld adds another dimension of personal psychology, messages from spirits etc, and for lucidity and ritual etc. that is often ignored. I am not skilled in dreaming, or in ritual. But I’d like to learn rituals, with people too. Should/could practice trance and slipping into M.C. then with simple sigils, divination. I should also practice banishing more and get better at ritual. Pent, hex, etc. It’s energetic but it’s also astral and spiritual.
A note on Liberation (from Liber Null). Essentially, this is lewd or otherwise dirty or “bad” behavior. Totally skippable but can be useful to bring you out of your everyday normal consciousness, specifically, your everyday normal patterns of behavior, thoughts, beliefs, preferences, etc. It shocks you into lucidity (not dreamworld).
Invocation could be considered or should be considered to be used only with high up, very holy entities or one’s HGA only (if that’s your thing), depending how deep you go. Invo/Evo works on a sliding scale and entity work is not an either-or. This is more about setting boundaries and intentions and don’t invite demons inside your body.
Spells, I didn’t mention spells. Enchantment. Decide what you want. Decide something means that (whether it’s a sigil or spell from a book or whatever). Do that thing. Ideally in the ritual space you’ve been using in your beginner level practices. Intermediate level is more about aligning with a God/HGA than just going around getting what you want.
If magic seems like a lot of work, it is.