Thursday, April 8, 2021

Money Magick, and Thoughts on the Book ‘Think and Grow Rich’

by Amethyst Black


Introduction

Today, let's consider the magick it takes to become affluent; not only affluent financially but prosperous in all other ways as well. There is no certain way to determine how many areas of life there are that one can be affluent in. Certainly, though, health, mental health, emotional well-being, career, finances, and interactive relationship matters are included amongst them. This topic arose for me upon doing some manifestation work a handful of years ago. It lead me to discover a book by Napoleon Hill called ‘Think and Grow Rich,’ first published in 1937. It has long been regarded as one of the top books on how to become affluent. 

Of the things that came to mind upon considering the topic of the book, one was, strangely enough—how many people truly want to be rich? Methinks that here in North America, the average person would tend to believe that everyone everywhere wants to be rich. Yet there are no absolutes.

Of the people who don’t desire great wealth, I wonder how many don’t want it because they simply don’t believe that they can attain it? In the end, wealth comes down to this one main point—whether or not a person believes that they can become wealthy (according to Napoleon Hill). Hill suggests that belief should not necessarily be held for a minute or an hour, not a week or a month, but for as long as it takes to achieve the desired result. Then longer than that as well. 

This article doesn't delve far into matters occult, but rather, examines some considerations on affluence magick and offers insight on the aforementioned book. It discusses the value of reading the book, explains how following the strategy outlined within the book constitutes magick, queries why more magicians don't do wealth magick/focus upon their own desires, and recounts a certain experience with the demon 'Clownt.' Furthermore, it shares the story of a big-money opportunity brought to me via magick, that I ultimately turned down. 


The Harm in Negative Beliefs

We each know someone who lacks belief in their ability to attain wealth. Such individuals see financial difficulty everywhere. They may have a decent-paying job. Still, they constantly complain about wages not increasing along with the cost of living, the prices of everything, and what other people have that they do not; they talk negatively about 'rich people,' and so on. It may be explained to them that their beliefs will draw more of the same, but they'll refuse to hear it. 

When someone lives in denial of the possibility for their financial success, how it stunts them is ultra-clear to the aware. Such a perspective (the poverty mentality) is recognized in Hill's book as being a huge blockage in achieving wealth. 


I Am God

My perception is different from that of the person previously described. I am God of my world and universe. No one is above me, I am aligned with Source, which surrounds and empowers me. I am the one to decide what exists in my world. As the holder of such a healthy belief, am I yet wealthy? In fact, I'm just now beginning to work towards that end. So the correct answer is yes, even if only within my own beliefs, I am wealthy. 


Re Occultists Engaging in Money Magick

Occultists oft do spells of money magick. However, such spells are typically for a specific amount of money—enough to address a certain expense or obstacle. How often do we hear of them doing the work to obtain lifetime wealth? How often do we see evidence of truly wealthy magicians? Does it mean that the work is not being done? Who knows? Surely, some do it. Surely, many do not. It seems odd though because numerous magicians use their arte to make money doing menial magickal works for others. Yet magick ideally should focus upon the self before addressing anyone else. 

Hence if a magician desires wealth, or anything, he or she should have all that they desire to manifest before performing workings for anyone else. This would be ‘the proof of his pudding in the eating of it,’ as it were, as well. Why should they be doing magick for others if they cannot do big things for themselves? Why would they want to put the needs of others before their own, for far less money, if they truly could do the work?

There is great reason for one to focus their magick entirely upon themselves at the outset. How else would one develop the discipline to master utilizing universal mechanisms to manifest? The magician alone, would be responsible for their success or lack of it. Such experience would endow them with an ability to provide excellent magickal services to others later on, should they choose that route.


Concerning How the Book is Written

Back to the book though. I began reading it about six years back (just a few pages). It irritated me. It is written in an old way of speaking. It is peppered with many whole words capitalized, and with a fair few sentences in all-caps. Mr. Hill repeats to further underscore ideas. Instead of marking them indelibly in the mind, it’s overdone by far. 

It’s hard not to skim read to get to the meatier parts. It is not for me to bash the book; according to many before me, it’s a required read for anyone wanting to become affluent. However, if you choose to read it you should be prepared for the way it’s written. In my case, six years ago the book was stored away and nearly forgotten about.

Sorry, but you'll have to wait until towards the end of the post for an explanation of what brought me back to reading the book in recent times. 


Hill Learnt From the Elite

Napoleon Hill, in preparation for writing the book, studied commonalities between a significant number of the monied individuals of his day. There were steps they followed towards becoming wealthy that Hill adopted and offers from within his book. As previously suggested, the book addresses achieving affluence in all areas of life.

Hill states within the book that a positive mindset is one of the most valuable tools in obtaining wealth. He says it’s because the universe is made up of every-thing; everything we do want, and also everything we do not want. What is drawn to us though, he explains, is that which our spiritual resonance best aligns with. Hence, according to him, a remarkably positive mindset will attract wealth in all areas, whereas a negative mindset will attract the opposite. To many this concept is not new, but to some it will be.


Edwin Barnes's Tale

The book doesn’t make it sound like an easy-breezy thing to get rich. Nowhere in the book does it advise you on financial strategy or talk about stocks or Wall Street. Nothing like that. In the book, it all comes down to you and your mind and how you handle it. Also, success relates to how you use your will. Hill paraphrased, says that “it is essential to not only have a specific desire and target goal but also to never, never give up pursuing them, come what may. This, even if no hint of success is visible for some time.” He went on to offer a parallel story—of a man, Edwin C. Barnes, who desired to work with, not for, Thomas Edison. 

Mr. Barnes had not a penny to his name, not even train fare to visit Orange, N.J., where Edison was located. Just the same, he gathered up all the chump change he could and traveled by freight to Edison’s location. Long story short—he arrived there looking like a tramp and informed Edison that he would one day be his colleague. For the next five years, Barnes worked for Edison without the slightest hint of it being possible for him to become a colleague. One day his break came. Edison invented the Ediphone dictation machine. No one within his company had any interest in selling it but Barnes. For that, Barnes was given an exclusive opportunity to sell it. He subsequently became a millionaire. 


A Man Who Quit Three Feet Short of Riches

Hill shared the story of another fellow, R. U. Darby. He invested all he had in equipment to mine for gold ore. He did well initially; he’d hit a hell of a vein. However, after a short run of mining, the vein ended. Darby continued mining for a short while, but with no success in sight soon gave up. He sold his mining equipment for a song. Without realizing it, when he stopped digging he was a mere three feet from where the gold vein started to yield again. The fellow that bought his equipment became wealthy in his place. The message supplied to Darby, was to never give up, which he drew from to later become a highly successful insurance salesman. 


No Excuses, Just Believe

Oh? I am one step ahead of you in that thought. Just because Mr. Darby missed his big opportunity, does not necessarily mean that a similar opportunity would be available for someone else in a parallel circumstance. Well, Hill addresses this kind of thing in his book. The person who would think this is not the one who would become rich, at least, not without changing their beliefs. Hill would probably say that if they continued mining and the gold did not soon show up, in continuing anyway, somehow the situation would resolve in a way that would bring them to wealth. How much would it cost to get there? you may ask. Hill specifically says (paraphrased)—"don’t focus on negative details," and that "you should delete the word ‘impossible’ from your dictionary." 


How the Book 'Think and Grow Rich' Relates to Magick

You may also ask—what does this book have to do with magick and occultism, the primary topics of this blog? Plenty, to be honest. Aleister Crowley defined magick as “the arte of causing change that aligns with will.” He did not say that the change was to be caused by metaphysical means, but rather, specified that causing any change aligning with will, is considered magick. Ergo, Mr. Hill’s book is in a very real way, about magick. Anyone who’d stick with the program would be working towards creating change to align with their will. 


The Tale of a Boy With No Ears

Oh, I nearly forgot to mention any affluence other than financial, referred to in the book. An interesting story is one about Napoleon Hill’s son, who was born a deaf-mute. The boy had no ears and no hearing mechanisms to operate any ears he may have otherwise had. There was nothing there whatsoever to avail hope of hearing to him by any methods of that day. However, Hill applied self-deception as a solution. He deceived not only himself but also his son, to believe beyond any shadow of doubt that the boy would one day hear. Needless to say, the boy ended up gaining the ability to hear.  

Hill’s adoration for his son and his devotion to him living a full-bodied life, are inspirational. This brings me to the next point. Hill claims that love bears strong activation energy for manifestation. I am not going to supply detail on this, because it seems to self-explain in how it worked for Hill and his son. Again concerning love—Hill claims that the bulk of truly affluent individuals studied were in love. He also states that in instances, some who’d lost great love incidentally discovered their path to wealth. 

There are more relevant points I could extract to make a stronger presentation of the content of the book ‘Think and Grow Rich.’ However, if more is presented it may seem unnecessary for you to read it. Read in its entirety, as it is a powerful tool in manifestation. Though the book does not address the more common methods that a magician may use to manifest money, it offers solid advice on how manifestation works. 


I Turned Down a Profitable Deal

Approximately a year and a half ago, a telecom company rep came to my house, asking me if a tower could be erected on my property. They offered a decent amount of money, and I negotiated it to be 40% higher. It would have given us over $700.00 extra income each month. Alas though, in the end, I had to pass. I did a bit of research and discovered a huge discrepancy...

At the time the deal was being negotiated, that company was rolling out 5G communications technology. However, they were telling me that they were installing a 4G tower. My research revealed that when 4G towers are erected in Canada that if they are converted later on to 5G by antennae, it isn’t legally necessary to inform the public of the intent to convert them. It is a way to fast-forward 5G technology, it appears. They were fudging the truth in a big way, and they were instructed to shove the deal you know where. 


Clownt Urged Me to Read the Book

It felt uncomfortable to back out of the deal, because I'd done demonolatry money magick to get it, and it worked fast. It seemed a bit like looking a gift horse in the mouth. Yet on the other hand, of course the demon called upon would understand why I withdrew. What magick did I do? I'd called on Clauneck, aka Claunt, to draw me Big Money. Within a week the telecom rep contacted me. By the way, when working with me, Clauneck calls himself Clownt. Not Claunt, but very audibly Clownt—like saying clown with a ‘t’ on the end. 

There was a lesson in having a less than perfect financial opportunity arise. It was to inspire growth. How many would be able to turn down 700 smackaroos per month, in the name of doing what’s right for everyone? Some, but who knows. Not everyone. However, a feather in my cap for sure. The right decision was made. Surely there is a reward that will avail in having made such a choice. Some will disagree, and that’s fine.

Clownt urged me to return to reading the book; he showed me that greater things could stem from it—as great as the best of what yours truly could imagine. My reward for having passed on the deal, perhaps.


In Conclusion

In closure, a thought—there was one area in which I differed in beliefs from Napoleon Hill. He seemed at times to imply that right and wrong are set universal principles. My view is that each individual as God of their respective universe determines what their ‘rights and wrongs’ consist of. They should manage their beliefs on that—keep them solid, and manage discrepancies in light of actions taken (analyze whether their actions align with their beliefs or not; and if not, take steps to resolve issues).

Variables can influence the swing of the pendulum concerning what happens next. A right can be made wrong, and a wrong can be made right. Hence, are there even such things as right and wrong? I do not believe in karma punishing for wrong but rather believe that such is explained by energy frequency alignment. We attract energies that resonate with us and our respective actions. Karma seems more like a fancy word for attracting punishment for feeling guilt.

There appear to be a number of actions one can take that cannot be made right. This in and of itself is perplexing, and appears to stand apart from rationalization.

I share these ideas to experience doing so. What you and others believe is respected. Thank you for joining me today in my ramble.

The Darkest of Blessing's to you.

Sunday, April 4, 2021

Why It's Been Longer Between Blog Posts Lately

by Amethyst Black

Some of my blog readers will have noticed that for the past handful of months there has been a delay between posts. There have been some changes in my personal life, and as a result much of my time is dedicated elsewhere for now. This phase though, is coming to an end. It should be no more than another three months tops before we return to a more typical amount of posting. It seems necessary to let readers know that I'm not abandoning ship. All is well, as a matter of fact.

 The truth is, I had major surgery. It came as a surprise to me. For many years I was aware that I had diverticulitis. As it turned out though, its slow but steady progression came to a monumental head. I had to undergo a bowel resection and now have a temporary colostomy. It was a tough go recovering from the initial surgery. However, now it's time to stop and smell the roses and to appreciate life. Back in October I nearly died, so it's time to celebrate, with puppies, with nature, and immerse more into life in general. 

There you have it, folks... that's why I've been a bit quiet. Hang on a bit longer and this mini obstacle will fade away into the flowing sands of time, and we'll move back into the thick of things here at Metaphysicalityinc.com once again.

Oh, and one more thing--during this time when I cannot do too much in terms of physical exertion, I've spent more time immersed into magick. I am examining branches of magick that never caught my attention before; for this, it is an exciting time. Though I don't wish for anyone to experience major surgery to achieve a purer connection with magick, I do wish that a peaceful period allowing for such, will come to pass for those who want to experience it. 

Wednesday, March 17, 2021

 a sorceress conducting a ritual

Image depicts a sorceress conducting ritual magick. Source: darksouls1 at Pixabay.

Introduction; Protection Magick

Feeling safe is a basic necessity of life; doing what we can to protect our ourselves and our loved ones is essential. This article was written with this in mind. It provides instructions that enable anyone to perform a Warding Spell, which is a protection spell that ensures that no malevolency affects you and yours whilst within your home; and it also protects your home. 

The only materials you need to do it, are four small mirrors, a white candle, a piece of fabric or a cloth, a paper and pen to draw sigils with, and paint or nail polish.


How Important Is a Ward to You?

Those new to magick may not fully see how important it is to have a ward up; but seasoned magicians know that there is more magick going on around us and more psychic vampirism as well, than most muggles would ever realize. If you are skeptical about whether it's worth the effort to conduct this spell, consider this--how much do you value your life just the way it is? If you feel great about your life, this rite isn't so important to you. If you place less value on your current life status, well, it may be time to give a protection spell a try. 

This universe provides us with whatever we need to experience happiness and abundance. Ergo it is society's interference as well as that of others (even ourselves sometimes), that causes us blockage in experiencing the higher quality of life we are entitled to. The bottom line is--protect your energies and yourself in order to create change.

 

Begin With These Tasks

Prior to performing this or any warding spell, first you need to tidy your home and energy clear both your home and yourself. Some may not understand why these things are necessary requisites to spell casting. Well, a messy house provides an uncontrolled energy setting. This means that if you do this spell with a messy house, fighting negative energies appropriate to that setting, is part of what will be eating up the strength from your ward. The same theory applies to space clearing, as well as clearing one's own energies--you want the ward to optimize energies in the best way possible, not to simply fritter away energies chipping away on what is already there. 

You may have your own ways of performing space clearing and self-energy clearing, but one of each is offered below lest you don't.

sage smudge
A poor energy setting will potentially hamper not only a ward type of spell, 
but any type. Source: psychicrunereader at Pixabay.

Space clearing: use white sage smudge; light it and traverse your home in an anti-clockwise direction (Widdershins). move along all walls, making sure you get that smoke accessing as much area and surface as you can. Corners are hotspots for settled energies, so make sure to pay due attention to them. Also, pay especial attention to bedrooms, windows and doors, and spaces where people regularly meet, in your home. 

Self-energy clearing: use white sage smudge; light it and hover it all around your body. Don't neglect any spots, including the bottom of your feet, palms, underarms, your back, and so on. Continue until you feel satisfied. 

A tip: when you tidy your home, remember that you can remove negativity by intent as you clean. For example, when you sweep the floor, sweep negativity away. When you shake cushions, again, dismiss negative energies. Wash surfaces with similar intent. 

With all this said, now you are ready to do your warding spell.

 

Warding Spell Instructions

This spell is best worked on a Saturday and during a waning crescent moon. Saturday, due to the spell having a saturnine nature (taking responsibility, maintaining control of one's environment), and a waning crescent moon for removing that which is unacceptable to you.  

For this warding rite you will need four small mirrors. Four, because one will be hung in each corner of your home. Mirrors are used in this spell because they are a top tier tool in returning and deflecting baneful magick. 

  • Step 1) Create a protection sigil; if you have not made one before, there is a video within this article showing how it is done (I didn't make the video, but it serves the purpose). In your sigil, place an intent; an example--"blocks baneful magick, negative energies, harmful intent, and entities that do not harmonize with my (your) will." It's a good idea to decide in advance where malevolency goes. Within your sigil you may want to place an intent to send it to the Void. 

Though the spell will block a hex, the act of doing so laps up energy, so to provide a lesson to stop, does serve a purpose. For this reason, you may want to return negativity to whence it came. No matter what you choose, carefully think your intent through; make sure you have it precisely as you wish it to be and create your sigil accordingly. Step 2) There's one more sigil you'll need to make--a linking sigil. This sigil should be created with the intent of being able to link (by energy association), any magickal spell, object, or being, with any other magickal spell, object, or being. 


Shorter is Better

You can get a lot of intent into a sigil; however, typically when one creates a sigil, the verbiage from which the design is derived is kept as brief as possible. The purpose for this is to keep the sigil design simple. However, you can make a basic intent for your sigil, such as that it "protects you and yours from every baneful thing" (short & sweet); but then after you can imbue it with thought, to carry the rest of your intent. To do so, affix your gaze to the initial sigil you've created, and telepathically send any additional intent into it. Alternatively, you can dismiss the idea of keeping the sigil simple, and use longer verbiage; but do try not to get carried away. 

Once the sigils are made, put them aside.

 

Protective Symbols

Step 3) Next you should discern which protective symbol or symbols you want to paint on the back of each mirror. This is a personal thing, as there are many valid apotropaic symbols. Example symbols include: the pentagram, the daisy wheel, interlocking Vs, the Hamsa Hand, the Eye of Horus, the evil eye, and the dragon's eye symbol. 

The Hamsa Hand
The Hamsa Hand is a symbol commonly used in apotropaic magick. Attribution requires this license
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Time to Paint

Step 3 continued) Paint the symbol or symbols of your choice on the back of each mirror. Use nail polish, or a paint that will not easily come off. Don't use black marker because it has a tendency to bleed, even with varnish over it.

apotropaic interlocking Vs
Interlocking Vs

At one time popularly employed as a protection symbol, the interlocking Vs motif goes largely unused nowadays. Its precise meaning is not certain, but one theory is that it refers to Mary--the Virgin of Virgins. Shown are 2 versions. The Virgin Mary, by the way, is a reflection of Babalon. Image copyright is this author's own. 


Imbuing the Mirrors

This is a good time to burn dragon's blood incense if you have any, as it boosts energies. From here forth is where the mirrors will develop much of their protective strength and programming, and a boost won't hurt a bit. Step 4) Take the protection sigil you created, wrap the mirrors carefully together in cloth, and in with them, wrap the protection sigil. Lay your hands on the cloth and focus your intent upon it. In your mind, imagine the protection sigil as a burning pentagram (the pentagram is strongly apotropaic), see it grow large and strong. See the fiery pentagram break down into minute particles and watch it flow into the mirrors. Conclude the visualization exercise by saying "as by my intent, so it is done."

Step 5) Next, burn a white candle beside the mirrors, and burn the protection sigil the mirrors were wrapped beside as you do so. Burn the candle and sigil with the intent of initiating the powers of your protection ward. Allow the candle to burn completely. Acknowledge closure of the candle's burning in whichever way you do. Recommended: say "as by my intent, so it is done."

The mirrors are now ready to hang; one in each corner of your home. 

 

Activation

Step 6) Activate the ward from the outside of your home, for it is from the outside that most harm would be expected to come. Protection performed from the outside perimeter of your home is inclusive of the inside; but if you do the activation from the inside, it won't include the outside. 

Create a chant; here's an example: 

"Me and mine, protected in all ways,  

Benevolent energies thrive here.

Me and mine throughout time,

Are safe and harmonious here.  

Step 6 continued) Take the linking sigil you made, outside. Chant either what you wrote or what is written above, as you circle the exterior of your home. When you get to the first outside corner of your home that corresponds to an inner corner where a ward mirror is, touch the linking symbol to the wall to connect energies with that mirror. Touch the linking symbol with your other hand to pick up those energies, of course with intent to do that. Then draw a small, invisible clockwise spiral with your finger on the exterior wall there; it's an activation symbol. 

Once you have worked that first corner, by intent carry the energies now associated with your hand, on to the next corner and repeat the process. Link all four corners, and you are concluded when you repeat the corner you began with. You must repeat the first corner to ensure absolute closure of the circumference of your ward. 

When you have completed the process, state "as by my intent, so it is done."

That's all there is to it, the warding spell is now completed.

 

About Mirrors in Magick

Mirrors have long been used in magick rites for banishing work and returning hexes to sender. Such tasks are not their only value within occult practices though; they also serve well for divination, and communing with deities & demons light and dark.


 How to Recharge

The recharging process for this spell is very simple. Take the mirrors and set them out under either sunlight or moonlight for an hour. When you rehang them, reapply the activation symbol. That's it. Re-hang the mirrors and you are good to go. The recharging rite should be performed approximately once per month. Try not go get lazy on this, as you and yours will benefit from the advantages of keeping on top. 

Tuesday, February 2, 2021

Eelskin, or Rather, Pacific Hagfish Skin, in Magick

Pacific hagfish. Source, keralapool.com

All Natural Things Have Magickal Properties

Many natural substances are not traditionally used in magickal practices, even though all of them have magickal properties. In the coming months, we will examine various uncommon-to-magick natural products that are likely to prove helpful. We begin today by considering the magickal and natural attributes of eelskin (eel skin). I’d probably not have considered its applications in magick, but a friend asked if it could assist them in that sense, in any way. At the time its properties were unknown to me; hence, I meditated. The magickal attributes shared within this post are the fruits of that session and subsequent ones. 


Eelskin Doesn't Come From Eels

Eelskin, believe it or not, does not come from eels but rather, from the Pacific hagfish (Eptatretus stoutii), also known as the California hagfish. This fish can produce a lot of slime in order to protect itself from predators. It has loose skin, which protects it further. The smothering quality of its slime is hard even on itself. To remove its slime, the Pacific hagfish ties itself into a knot, that is drawn across its body. Sometimes it uses its knot-tying ability to tear meat apart. Most often it eats though, by boring into dead or dying sea creatures, and it sucks out tissue and fluids as its meals.


The Pacific Hagfish Is an Eel and Is Not One

Though the Pacific hagfish is often referred to as a slime eel, it isn't an eel; yet Spirit tells me that it does relate to the eel’s magickal attributes. Hence, we have a sea creature that is an eel and is not one at the same time. 


A Mystical Word Associated With Deity Names 

One of the more interesting things about this fish concerns the nature of its name. Eel--it doesn’t seem so mysterious or mystical, yet it is.  Consider for a moment, that some of the languages it translates into, write it as áll (Icelandic), aal (Dutch, German), and iel (Frysk). The first translation, áll, brings to mind the deity Pan, and also a source deity, or perhaps source unity--'the All.' Then, aal brings to mind the deity name 'Al,' as well as Baal. As for iel, it is one suffix of the Elohim. 

In Indo-European German, eel was ēlaz. This word brings to mind Azazel as God. As I wrote that, Spirit gave me an affirmative chill down my spine. I am not going to stop and meditate to extract more information now, but common sense would dictate that Spirit is saying that in but one context: God is a dual aspected being of which half is Azazel, who in some way identifies with the Pacific hagfish or eels. 


Some Arcane Knowledge Must Remain Arcane

In ancient Greek, the word for eel was egkhelys. Egyn is in there. Egyn is another name for Azazel. At this point I must stop. Some information must be left for magicians to discover for themselves. Spirit is revealing a significant amount of information embedded within the name of this one creature. It seems unfair to the studied amongst us to throw it out whole into the public. I will say though, that the names Enki and Apophis, and the words lizard and serpent, also relate to the word eel.


 Eelskin Magickal Properties

  • Abyssal magick. 
  • Replication energies. 
  • Protection magick. 
  • Prevention magick. 
  • To amp ritual energies, but especially for nocturnal and necromantic rites. 
  • To relegate problems (or anything) to a past tense.
  • For reversing spells, and returning and breaking hexes. 
  • Magick relating to deception, artifice, and or concealment. 
  • Having someone lose interest in you and or your activities. 
  • To make yourself inaccessible or hidden.
  • Exposing uknderhanded activity. 
  • Retributional magick. 
  • Mobilizing and directing energies. 
  • Breaking down unwanted energies. 
  • Breaking down confines and breaking through constraints.
  • Drawing any energy or attributes you desire, to you. 
  • To remove people as obstacles, from your path. 
  • Magick involving water.
  • Destruction, deconstruction. 
  • Clearing a space around you, in whichever context you need to. 
  • Heightening communications with entities. 
  • Eelskin is of benefit in all high magick rites and all occult and arcane activity. 

Thursday, January 7, 2021

Why Does Magick Fail? Common Causes and Solutions

 Magick; Credit: Halanna Halila, via Unsplash


by Amethyst Black 

Failures in magick are not rare. This does not necessarily mean that each magician faces failure on an ongoing basis. However, looking at it this way—if everyone was experiencing the height of success all of the time, magicians would all be driving Lamborghinis and would not need to work at all. Furthermore, governments would not be corrupt, as that would have been addressed as well. Part of the reason magicians are not all driving Lamborghinis, is probably tied up in their beliefs. Beliefs relative to what can and cannot be achieved through magick. The point is, that perhaps many are not rich because they hesitate to even try spellcasting for riches (prime fodder for a future blog topic, right there).

In the case of some magicians, once a spell fails, it’s failed. Hands are wiped; end of story. Not every magician takes such an approach; but upon looking around one would assume it to be fairly common. This post is to remind people that failures in magick have causes, and that more often than not, causes can be resolved.

Not every potential cause for failure in magick is listed here. Enough are listed though, to get some “mental wheels” rolling—to get us to pay more attention to what we want to achieve and how to go about achieving it. 


A List of Potential Causes for Failure in Magick: 

New Magician Syndrome: A magician, before they've developed sufficient power, is likely to experience a slower progression towards success than a seasoned magician would. The delay may be misperceived as being failure. Time and experience will resolve this issue, as will recognizing it. 

Energy blockages: Electricity, certainly at times hinders, and for this, we can assume that radio frequencies, magnetic fields, microwaves, and other energy types, also interfere. The LBRP or a similar rite performed before a spell or other ritual, will prevent energies such as these from interfering. To clarify though, the LBRP only prevents energy interference as a rite is being conducted. Once a rite is concluded, the LBRP’s helpfulness ends. 

Luckily, there are multiple other remedies that can work for you when the LBRP will not. Energy clear your home and or temple often, and energy clear yourself often as well. In addition to energy clearing or instead of it, you can make some orgonite and keep it handy. Though I don’t like to urge people to buy orgonite, if you feel confident in purchasing it from a seller, go ahead. Do ask questions first, to determine what kind of an environment their product is made within. Keep a few pieces around your home. Well-made orgonite is a solid asset in energy management.

Another thing you can do to block non-serving energies of this type, is to create a ward against them. Warding is the most effective approach mentioned, but it's one that requires maintenance. A ward must be updated periodically. 

Sidenote: When some read the word orgonite, as its name sounds stone-like they assume it is a stone. It is, however, a man-made product. Its purpose is similar to that of the LBRP—it removes unwanted energies from your sacred space and other environments, and also from yourself. Unlike the LBRP, orgonite removes negativity by conversion rather than by banishing; also unlike the LBRP, its effectiveness is not short-lived. We won't go into why you should make your own rather than buy it; but I have written an article on that. You are invited to read it if you care to know more about orgonite.

I do not sell orgonite and will not recommend a specific seller. Remember, poorly made orgonite will more than likely not help, and may make matters worse. Orgonite is self-cleansing; but when processing large amounts of negative energy, it's wise to sit it beside shungite. Shungite assists it to clear more effectively. 

Ley lines: The energy veins of Mother Earth. Ley lines present a different type of problem in energy blockage. You will have a hard time resolving their interference on an ongoing basis. Ley lines can bear great influence on a building or any location, that may render it unsuitable for magick, working in, or living in, with no action taken. Hence if you have reason to believe that the ley of the land may be interfering with your magick or your life, the solutions to countering the problem are the same ones listed in the previous section. In the case of ley lines, a generous amount of orgonite should be placed.

How does one know when ley lines are problematic for them? There is no true way to know, but one should get an inkling when they’ve tried various methods to resolve energy issues, and no matter what, they keep returning. These will not be ordinary energy issues, as they will compound with existing energy problems and life problems, and will act magnetically to draw new ones.

Psychic or energy vampirism: No explanation is required for the damage these things can do. To resolve them, warding works, so does asking a demon from your pantheon to protect you. 

Malicious objects: Everyone loves a good garage sale. People buy junk or are given junk on an ongoing basis. People buy items on eBay, and have no idea who they belonged to previously. The point is, that there is no telling who or what an object has been exposed to. There are dark intents, there are intents that counter, there are energies that counter our respective wills and purposes. Absolutely anything imaginable on this earth, reduces to an energy that can easily be imprinted upon any object. Some objects are far harder than others to cleanse or to rectify the energy of.

The energy of such objects can be blocked by the LBRP in order to conduct a spell, or can be dealt with longer term by ward; but the best solution would be to get rid of any in your presence. Yours truly has seen the effects they have on people. If you don’t recharge a spell or ward soon enough, you will deal with the same potentially horrific energies once again. How do you get rid of them? Easily—throw them away. However, obviously, you first need to recognize them. Do so via meditation. If by meditation you discover one malicious object, do not immediately assume it to be the sole one. Conduct further meditations to be sure.

Cursed or negatively imprinted objects can rip your world apart. One can come into your hands in a form as innocent as a crystal. No matter which other approach you take in dealing with this, orgonite will help as well. To be clear, orgonite helps resolve all energy-substandard conditions. At the same time, if your energy issues are significant, don't expect one solitary piece to be the solution.

Orgonite


Hexes and curses: When people curse and hex, they often aim to disable the targeted individual in some way. A hex could pertain to health, mental status, finances, career, and love, and of course, one's success in magick. The solution is simple enough; again, put up a ward, or ask a demon or deity to protect you. For those preferring ongoing rituals, the LBRP performed three or four times a day will resolve curses, and also any other energy issues you are facing. The thing is, don't reach for the LBRP as a solution unless you know you are going to stick with it long term. 

Universal justice: This concept has arisen a fair bit in my writings up until now; however, we must briefly revisit it. Universal justice is not fixed and immobile; it is based upon the actions of the person subject to it. It could be described as looking, in a sense, like a dartboard. Absolute justice, is the dot in the center. All other locations on the board are reactive placements. Anywhere else that an action can land one on the board, creates a pull towards absolute justice. 

Hence, imagine for example, that a murderer kills a victim. Such an action would land him somewhere between the center of the board and the outer edge. With him experiencing guilt though, definitely more towards the outer edge. Then the next day he or she purposely saves someone from certain death. To their awareness, saving the person does not benefit the murderer; so they are doing it "just because." Assuming that they have no other justice issues outstanding, they will move rapidly towards being justice-centered. 

When one is justice-centered, all matters proceed unimpeded. When not justice-centered, certain energy frequencies arise relative to one's location on the symbolic dartboard. From within any given range of frequency, random events can and will manifest; there is no telling what they may be. Justice-centering can interfere with one’s magickal workings. Imagine a fork thrown into the gears of one's works out of seemingly nowhere. Unfortunately, there is no simple resolution for it. Mindfulness comes close, perhaps; but a person can't change their basic nature with ease.

Karma: This is a word that is spelt wrong. Its proper spelling is g-u-i-l-t. I'm joking, but it’s a serious joke as well. When a magician executes an act and feels that it was wrong, either in their conscious mind or subconsciously, it will draw justice to center, as previously explained.

Your beliefs: Aleister Crowley said that magick does not require the magician’s belief in it, to work. Though there is no magician who is 100% right on every-thing, he may've had a point. Yet he may have been wrong. The solution is, to do as you feel is right. If you perform magick believing it is not going to work, all the more power to you. Okay, that line was me joking. You see what’s being said though—this one is being put out there for your consideration. There is no solution, but really, people should believe in their magick. It's not to feed the magick, because that may or may not work, as discussed. Instead, believe in it to consolidate personal power, that brings magick to life. 

Actually, the aforementioned is somewhat of a conundrum. Who performs magick if they don't believe in it? It's hard to know; but at the same time, we know it happens.  

Your own actions: This may be best illustrated by an example. Let’s say that on one hand, a magician performs money drawing spells. On the other hand, though, they have a poverty mentality. When they shop, nothing but the cheapest goes in the cart. If there’s something they want, even if they can afford it, if it costs more than they care to pay they go without. As well when they visit, even on birthdays they don’t take gifts, or give the cheapest thing they can find. The universe will not support one in affluence when they KNOW that they are not affluent. This particular example describes how it works when a magician counters themselves financially, but there are many occupations wherein they can stand firmly in their own way. The solution is mindfulness, followed up by adjustment. 

Lessons from a demon: A demonolator walks into a bar. The demon says “why the failed magick?” … okay, I promise, no more jokes. However, regardless of how common or uncommon the phenomenon may be, it’s possible to draw a lesson from a demon, that may cause them to stunt your magick. What type of thing could cause this? Possibilities are endless. Insufficient offerings to fuel a spell, gravitating away from an agreement, betraying a pact, the magician requiring a certain lesson to be learnt, and so on. Again, there’s no specific solution but to be mindful.

Unsustained success: Do you think it’s possible for magick to be successful and unsuccessful at the same time? Guess what, it is. A magician can do a spell, but its success can be short-lived. Unsustained success may be due to insufficient offerings to fuel the magick, the wrong type of magick employed, or interference after a spell was cast. This is an example of why magickal journaling is so important. Everything should be recorded, so that when a failure occurs there is opportunity to analyze and discover why.

A wrong method of magick: High magick is more powerful than low magick. What the heck is high magick though? Its definition has a few elements. It is more complicated magick, rather than less. It involves more arcane elements, rather than less. Secondly, it involves work that aligns with your higher will—hence it is magick that serves you, rather than magick which does not. Understand though, that this does NOT mean that magick must be GOOD, or not be BAD. Some people have lessons in life, that we cannot fully comprehend. Some may have black sorcery align with their higher will. Some will not be able to comprehend this point, but that makes it no less true.

Consider as well, there are many things that increase the complexity of magick, including moon phases, astrological influences, sigils, assisting demons, and so on. The main point is, that the more intense the problem you are dealing with is, the more intense the magick targeting it should be. 

Not enough effort: This is simply another way of saying that magick conducted, was not “high” enough. Was enough done, or was it not? It all comes down to this.

Laziness in journaling: A caster repeats a spell which had previously succeeded, only to have it fail. Well, maybe their memory wasn’t quite good enough. If they’d have consulted their journal, perhaps the failure wouldn’t have occurred.

Laziness in approach: One method seemingly fails; no analysis and no further approach is taken. This entry was mentioned at the beginning of the piece, but now, with a comment added. This is the sort of attitude that bears negativity and lack of result. Though no insult is intended, people who take this approach should do themselves a favor and just quit working within occultism. 

Emotions: They are the most powerful fuel for magick, that exists. If one cannot effectively manage their emotions, there is no way to tell what all they could be dipping into. Again, mindfulness is key. This may seem like a minor point; however, the serious magician must learn not to emote but for in ways that serve. 

Asking for too much: Anyone in magick who believes we can ask for too much, shouldn’t be in magick, IMHO. At the same time, magick takes as long as it takes. One could logically assume therefore, that it takes longer to manifest a billion dollars than to manifest five. It seems that “asking too much,” reduces to being a matter of time, and logically, effort as well. 

Invoke often: This is not listed as being a cause for failure. Instead, it is a suggestion, because doing so heightens and evolves one's magickal power. That's why Crowley advised us to do it. The point of recommending it, is that through ongoing growth it will assist one to avoid failure.

"Magick abhors a vacuum": Donald Michael Kraig said this, and he was quoting Aristotle. He stated that if you banish something, for long term success you need to replace it with something else or you're in essence inviting failure. My interpretation of what he says is that if you remove anything from your life or environment, you create a void, aka vacuum. It pulls, which distorts. Kraig suggests that the created void hungers for that which was removed. To still its pull it must be filled with a replacement energy. It’s a worthy consideration indeed. 

And lastly;

One not understanding "the full definition of magick," as a problem: One casts a spell, then misses their cue. Which cue would that be? Crowley defined magick as “the science and art of causing change to occur in conformity with will." He meant that regardless of whether an action is taken by way of spell or by other means, it is a magickal event. Magick is in everything we say and do to move things forth in our own best interests. Ergo, a spell in instances, may simply present a ripe setting by which to take action by other means than mystical. The point is, that it should be kept in mind that spells themselves are not necessarily the final step to any magickal project; sometimes follow-up work is required.


References

Donald Michael Kraig's blog post at Llewellyn

Sunday, December 13, 2020

Attributes, Deities and Objects; Things Known to Heighten Energies in Occult Rites

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Intensifying Magick; Adding Elements and Properties


by Amethyst Black

Virtually all occultists doing spells use amplification methods; every single one probably does--it's a matter of definition. The specific definition of 'amplification method' is hard to pin down, as all spells have means to propel them, to give them life as it were; and within the properties of whichever mechanism is used to propel a spell, may lie amplification. Hence within the definition of amplification methods, lie herbs, crystals, sigils, symbols, and other commonly used items and processes. Within this article it is the intent of the author to present ones that do not require one to learn into a new genre of magick to understand; so, basic ones. 

The idea behind this article is to present aspiring magicians with ideas additional to their own, that they may not have considered. The bulk of them are not new to the many, but sometimes it is something new beside something a person is totally comfortable and familiar with, that provides the most impact. The information is here for those who seek it. By the way, things directly attributed to Qabalistic spheres have been mentioned only in passing, otherwise they'd be mentioned twice. These concepts are not deeply explained, as thus is the nature of the very word occult. Need I say more....? We are going to begin with some very basic concepts, and move on from there. 

Sigils and Seals

Commonly seen as being different from each other, sigils and seals both descended from the same one Latin word--sigillum. Statues and effigies also were included within sigillum's meaning. It's commonly understood that sigils and seals work; but why do they? Because their energies link into whichever appropriate energy stream to fuel your magickal the process--a wide spanning link into the collective thought power of mankind and the mechanisms of the universe. Not random thoughts or random power, but specific thought power that in your mind you've already identified as necessary, and have applied purpose to through your intent. 

Symbolism

Though it's commonly understood how symbolism works, the full degree of its influence, in all likelihood remains underappreciated. In at least one genre of magick its value is relatively well regarded, as in my conjuring days and within that community, it was a commonly spoken of method of augmenting conjuration magick. However, across the board, it flies well under the radar as being a thing. 

When one looks at any methods of magickal augmentation, they should consider that there are degrees of motivation between low magick and high magick. Though high magick is commonly regarded as complex magick, what sometimes makes magick complex is the amount of effort that goes into it. Effort isn't always convoluted; sometimes it can be as simple as grabbing a statuette or a drawing, and adding it to your altar. Let's look at some common symbolism used in magick; a few, not too many, as this article has to end somewhere. The idea is to have people remember, that anything they add to their magick, increases its power and its connection to universal mechanisms. 

Skull: A skull is representative of communication. Though a skull generally encloses a brain, after death and degeneration, little remains that can be regarded as active. Hence it only represents energies relative to communications, yours going out and also those coming in. For this purpose the skull must resemble a human skull form. The thing is, some skull representations have no lower jaw. It is undesirable to use such a skull, as one cannot speak with no lower jaw. A skull with a fixed lower jaw works just fine; alternatively, a sketch of a skull will suffice. 

skeleton
Skeleton: Have one on your altar when working magick relating to change, and also difficult change. One also symbolizes resistance, and therefore, breaking through said resistance. A skeleton also heightens magickal energies for reverting something to a state it used to be in. 

Keys: Access to secret knowledge, hidden places, and other dimensions.

Arrow: Speed

A sword: It's symbolic of action, but primarily of the mind. Hence a sword alone is of little power, unless the spell or rite you intend to work is relative entirely to the process of thought, requiring no further action. When further action than intellectual is required, augment with a symbol relative to fire and or physical action. Personally I'd add a pentacle and a lemniscate together, to the mix. A pentacle symbolizes the physical, hence the body, and the lemniscate is symbolic of movement, and incorporates harmony and balance into the mix. 

Incense

Most often used with the intent of energy filtration, incense is common to the sorcerer's altar. However, given that it embodies three of the four elements, its power applies in ways other than energy clearing. It symbolizes the physical world and all that is material, by its construction. It burns as fire, and hence embodies fire's attributes. It also smokes, and smoke carries the properties of air. For this, obviously it's an amplification method. Speaking of which, when giving offerings to deities it should be high on one's list, because of its very nature as described. What more perfect of an offering could you give? it's cheap, easily available, and also powerful. Why powerful? --as it has three main elements as its basis, by its nature it is a self standing triumvirate. Three is powerful in occult workings, triumvirates are extremely powerful, hence so is incense. 

Candles

Often magickal rites are performed at dark, due to the energies available then; and they require an ambient feel, but also we need to see. As well it's understood that white candles provide a basic level of energy filtration. Candles add oomph to any rite, given that they combine physical (the wax) and fire, with a tad bit of smoke. Naturally, an anointed candle is better than a plain candle. Though great as an offering, and in that sense as an amplifier to demonolatry, incense is more powerful in most contexts. This is just an observation, really, because more often than not both are present in any rite or spell. 

Some when working with spirits, like to keep water near by to filter energies, in the same way that most use incense and/or candles. Ideally they work together, side by side. The incense and candles for the power of three, and the water nearby as the otherwise missing fourth element, to add balance. 

Linking Sigil

We've already referenced sigils, but a linking sigil is different. There's no specific appearance one should have, by the way, it's a thing that a sorcerer creates for the purpose. The intent behind one is that it can link any energy, person or thing to any other energy, person or thing. Ergo when it comes to creating a collection, or perhaps a wall, of power, it's essential. 

Effigies

The acting out of either the process or the end result of a working via effigy--it's a common thing in some lineages of magick, because it's known to work.

Astrological Attributions

Most effectively assigned to talismanic magick and magick influenced by astrological sigils in other ways, astrological attributes are a huge asset in magick. Aligning magick with astrology became popular from when the Picatrix was made widely known. How it works, is that the movement of celestial objects has significant bearing on what is most likely to happen on earth. A key point here which is not as well understood as it should be, is that without knowledge of astrology one will to some degree be impeded in demonolatry and working with deities in general. There is no deity or demon--angel too for that matter--in existence, that does not have an astrological attribution. 

the moon


Moon Phases

There are four typically used moon phases in magick, but there are actually eight for keener detail. They include the New Moon (new beginnings), Waxing Crescent (personal improvements and expansion), First Quarter (new romance, attracting what you want, bringing back that which was lost), Waxing Gibbous (idea for that which you've been working on but lack enough motivation to complete), Full Moon (most powerful moon phase for the most intense life issues and any issues that require maximum levels of power), Waning Gibbous (diminishing, removing, banishing), Third Quarter (eliminating or bypassing obstacles, and paving a smoother road forth), and Waning Crescent (serious banishings; removing habits, addictions and attachments). 

Planetary Time

Planetary time is chosen in a variety of ways. The two most common are: 1) select a deity to work with, and choose a planetary time by their planetary association. Or 2) select a celestial body, the energies of which best align with your working; and by that body, select the best time to begin your working by. The corresponding hour is selected by way of a planetary hours app.

Qabalistic Attributions

The Qabalah; the very plan of our universe, that outlines the logic by which its mechanisms work. Qabalistic attributions can be chosen in many ways, including by the deity assigned to a given sphere, the color, crystal, herb; and planetary association, and so on.

Tarot Cards

As tarot cards have elemental, Qabalistic, and astrological attributions, cards provide a boost to all spells and rites. Simply choose the Qabalistic sphere relative to your working, and select and apply the relative card. However, in instances there's another card that jumps out and screams, "choose me"; in such instances, go for it. For those unfamiliar with the spheres and their application, you can go by the meaning of a card as you know it.

The Assistance of a Demon, Angel, or Deity

The choice of deity or demon you make may and probably does, hold personal meaning to you. However, when deciding which deity to work with in matters of importance; note that each one has a planetary correspondence, which provides further energy alignment for your working when the entity is appropriately chosen. 

Offerings to Deities 

While many believe that the offerings they provide to deities are to please them; ultimately deities are universal mechanisms, and the offerings are fuel to energize them to better align with our intent. 

Radionics

Though psionics magick (magick conducted through use of a radionics box) is fully capable of running alone, in a powerful and capable fashion, psionics can also amp other magick. No matter what the nature of your spell, you need to try this. Just set your box, or generator if you prefer to call it that, and let it run. If you prefer, you can link the radionics box spell to your primary spell by linking sigil, then they'll work hand in hand. 

Meditation

It is commonly known and worked with, that the universe provides answers and insight to us when we meditate, due to a connection made with it. The connection, it is logical to assume, works not only through what can be observed, but also in what goes unseen. Eliminating obstacles, is one certain way to streamline, thereby amp, magick.

Servitors and Constructs

Anyone familiar with servitors and servitor tools (constructs) is fully aware of their value to any process, whether occult or other. If not aware of #Adwhat a servitor is, as they are so useful, do yourself a favor and read up on them.

Incantations

To find incantations you can reference the works of others, you can create your own, or you can channel them. The main thing is that they should be designed to project relevant energies.

(Fill in the Blank), Magick

Though on a blog carrying Google ads we cannot use a certain very short word that begins with S, surely you know which method of magick that Aleister Crowley was big on. That which propels it, stands as the singular most powerful method of magick amplification. It deserves a more in depth explanation; but it's not logical under the circumstances.

In Conclusion

That sums it up; that's the shortlist, that's not a particularly short list. Hopefully these compelling points, made you consider your magick--not just in how they apply to it, but in other ways also. Magick grows along with us, and sometimes it pays to simply poke around looking for ways to improve, right from the foundation up. 

Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law.

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References

Renaissance Astrology: Astrological Magick 

The Astrology Podcast: The Relationship Between Astrology & Magic

Center of Excellence: The Eight Moon Cycles' Impact on Magick

Monday, November 23, 2020

A Replacement Rite for the LBRP, With Religion Taken Out of the Equation

LBRP--adjusted for today's magician



Analyzing and Updating the Lesser Banishing Ritual of the Pentagram


by Amethyst Black

Recently it has been rolling around in my mind, that though I have no objections to using the LBRP as is--ideally no beings or even implications of beings of the Right Hand Path should be in there unless balanced by the mention of other beings. For example, the LBRP mentions Archangels Raphael, Gabriel, Michael, and Auriel. There are however, no mentions of any dark entities within it; for those of the Left Hand Path, this is a huge deficit. Is it not true that most occultists and sorcerers are LHP?--either that or middle/no set path; from my experience it appears so. Ergo, why is a rite referring to non LHP/middle path/fully pantheistic ideals, still a staple within occultism? it's really just wrong. 

Many and potentially most, demonolators know that angels are not so light and fluffy and are not necessarily Right Hand Path--ever find a reason to counter one and you may find out. However, due to their association in contexts with religion and dogmatic tradition, we can rest assured that the average demonolator as well as the average Satanist and Luciferian, do not select archangels as preferable archetypes or patrons (erm... although some believe that Lucifer is an Archangel). 

It would be remiss not to state that archangels are far more than their mainstream avatars suggest; they are powerful, and are light and dark. Still, no one needs to explain why their exclusive presence within the LBRP leaves some with a bad taste in their mouth. Sure, we can select another banishing rite, and there are a few that fit the purpose of replacing the LBRP (the Star Ruby and the GBRP for but two examples); but it's the LBRP that has long been popular. The HODG long used it and Crowley used it, and these are the reasons that the average occultist is initially attracted to it, when they are. A simple update or tweak, would go a long way. 

With that said, I've taken it upon myself to create a version of the rite that's more suited to everyone across the board (perhaps with the exception of some RHP practitioners). It was hard to know where to begin. For one example, was YHVH to be removed? ...well, it helps tie the rite in to the Qabalah; however, it is that very same element that people have used to identify source as Yahweh/Adonai; and for that reason it was rather than removed, adapted. Now in the spot where YHVH was placed, is a resonance of what it speaks to us. As it says numerous things it was reduced to a broad concept--'I Am Unlimited.'

Research showed me that there are layers of meaning to each Hebrew word used in the rite. Bible interpreters used an interpretation, the originators of the LBRP used an interpretation, and the only way we can discern what's most appropriate, is to study the words and derive our own impression. Based upon my own study: Atah means 'you,' and to 'cover' or 'wrap.' So from this it seems that the Divinity at hand, is potentially being referred to as an avatar. An avatar for whom or what though? ... all deities, angels, and demons, at the very least, is the feel of it. 

It appears that most interpret that YHVH, Adonai, Eheheh, and Agla, are all references to Yahweh. My take is, that YHVH relates to the four Qabalistic worlds, and to the order and mysteries of our multiverse, Adonai is a word that is plural, so above all it states GODS, not God. Eheheh simply means "I am that I am," and Agla, which is a notariqon for "Atah Gibor Le-Olam Adonai "[You, O Lord(s), Mighty (from) Now Until the End of Time], has a clear meaning. It specifically says Lords, and though virtually all interpreters say that the plural form of Lord has always referred to one God, I deeply question this. That the masses believe something, does not make it true. It is commonly stated that 'any pronouns used referring to Adonai, denote one God,' which doesn't prove anything either. If I knew that God was in fact all gods, I'd still refer to said God as 'he' or 'him,' if talking to someone about him. Unless of course, he was a she.

Long story short--all of the Hebrew terms used in the rite were replaced with resonances--ones that held meaning to me, based upon my own perceptions. Hence if they do not hold meaning for you in places, that's understandable.  

Anyway, perhaps now is as good of a time as any to show you my rendering of the LBRP. Much of it remains the same. However, the one huge difference is that it is written from a perspective that the magician and his actions are God. Oh, and each archangel name was replaced--with an Egyptian god name from the same Qabalistic sphere.

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New Banishing Rite of the Pentagram

Facing eastwards: In your mind's eye, see yourself as being huge, like the god that you are. Looking down you see the entire universe below you; earth's size is that of a grapefruit. 

Above you is a cloud of light, blue in color. Push the finger of your right hand, or your wand or dagger up into it. Draw a streak of light down; touch your mid-brow with it and vibrate, "Universal Powers." 

Remember, with each action you take, draw in blue light.

From your brow, trace finger down to your groin, and vibrate "Enter My Kingdom." 

Up to right shoulder. Vibrate "And Favor My Workings." 

Across to your left shoulder, and vibrate "Trued In All Ways, I Am Mighty."

Cross your arms over your chest now, and vibrate "Throughout the Ages, Nema." Nema is Amen spelt backwards. The intent here is to avoid using a dogmatic word. 

Draw a pentagram in the air before you, in blue light. The pentagram for this is drawn as follows: from bottom left point, to topmost point, to bottom right point, to upper left point, to upper right point, returning to bottom left point. The pentagram is aflame. 

Still facing eastwards, lunge forward with left foot in front, both arms outstretched and palms facing down (the sign of the enterer). Vibrate "I Am Unlimited." Then pull your left foot back as you touch left pointing finger to your lips (as if silently gesturing "shush"). Then bring your left arm back down to your side. Right arm remains extended ready to draw next pentagram.

Turn to face southwards. Draw a pentagram as before, once again in blue light. Make the Sign of the Enterer. Vibrate "All Is as One." Retract the left foot, once again touching finger to lips. Return left arm down to side, keep right arm extended.

Turn westwards; draw the pentagram. Make the Sign of the Enterer; this time vibrate "And I Am As I Am." Retract left foot, touch finger to lips. Return left arm to side, keep right arm extended.

Turn northwards; draw the pentagram. Make the Sign of the Enterer; vibrate "As the God That I Am." Retract left foot, touch finger to lips, return left arm to side while keeping right arm extended.

Return to face eastwards. Put your arms out as if you are a cross.

Vibrate "before me, Ra."

Then "behind me, Shu." 

Vibrate "to the right of me, Anubis."

Then "to the left of me, Amun."

Finally, state "around me burn the fiery pentagrams, and inside me shines the six rayed star."

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I hope that at the very least, this gave you reason to consider the LBRP and rites like it, in a more in depth manner than we typically do. 

Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law .


Sunday, October 11, 2020

As an Occultist, One Simply Cannot Always Be Right

Lucifer painting
Lucifer, painted by Franz Stuck. Public domain by Wikimedia Commons

by Amethyst Black

It's a commonly shared concept that ego has no rightful place within magick, occultism, and spiritual growth. Failure to release the "I" from one's field of perspective will not only fail to assist one in crossing the Abyss, but will also cause limitations within beliefs, and subsequently therefore, in magickal workings.

This did topic not arise randomly, but rather from a discussion thread on a FB page. The thread was about Lucifer; and yours truly made a comment on it about that it was interesting that some people through personal gnosis, extracted from our universe that Lucifer as Heylel is a dual aspected being, of which one aspect is Lucifer, another, Michael Archangel. When I posted my comment on that FB thread about Lucifer/Heylel being a dual aspected being, those who could not imagine it were up in arms. . . why though? so I ask again--is magick not about removing ego from the equation, and also the blinders that we have been taught all throughout our lives to keep firmly on? The way it appears, if I am God of my world, you are God of yours and she is God of hers, how is it possible that we cannot all be correct when each of us achieves different gnosis on the same specific topic upon meditation? If your Lucifer does not have an alter as St. Michael and someone else's does, so be it.

Sidenote: Though a full meditation on the topic was not done on the specifics of Heylel being a dual aspected being, a mini one was done, where I asked if Michael and Lucifer were ever part of a dual aspected being; I asked Lucifer. He showed me his hand making a sign that looked like the 'okay' sign. His finger touched upon his thumb. The message came across that there is a circle like energy to the way they connect, and at one end the entity is very much Michael, at the other is very much Lucifer, and between them is Heylel. However, if one focuses on certain points in the circle, as in where the finger and thumb touch, little to no relativity may be seen. To some placing focus upon one of such theoretically potential meeting points within the circle, they may appear more as brothers or close allies than a dual entity.

A focal point of analysis here, is that when we examine any such conflict of concept within occultism, it's clear to see that if things were actually definable to be as simple as being either right or wrong, that no party within any conflict would have authority, as how would proof be determined? There is not likely anything so simple as right versus wrong though. We live in a vast multiverse; any entity could exist on this and many other planes of existence simultaneously, and be different on each plane. Each entity stream contains a vast array, containing everything ever believed about the entity it concerns. Hence with this known and widely understood, people could and more often should, stand back from engaging in arguments concerning who is right and who is wrong in matters of magick. 

Satan presiding at the infernal council

So far only one example of clash of concepts has been used, but for the sheer hell of it we should consider another: it's clear to see that there is a discrepancy within Satanism, where a fair few believe that Satanism is a Godless faith and that Satan does not exist (they tend to see the Satanic religion as being symbolic of man standing as his own God); then there is another sector within Satanism who do indeed recognize Satan as a deity. Additionally there is a third group amongst the second, who ask us: without regarding Satan as a God, how can one actually harness the full power of Satan? how can one harness the power of a deity that does not exist? . . .

Again the question arises, why does it have to be one or the other that is more correct? What if the deity Satan is all of the power within Satanic magick? What if at the same time, a magician can harness all of said deity's power by assuming it within him from his stream, to employ during workings? We know the answer--both paths are 100% viable, and each choice is perfectly suited to its magician. I mean, within this deity's stream it is recognized that there IS a Satan, and as well that there ISN'T a Satan, as both have been believed through time; but when there is no Satan, man himself becomes the deity and the power. Of course this is being asked only to allow some to see, that in all cases, arguing these topics is rather moot. It's always best to assume that everyone is right, or at the very least, it's not always oneself that is right over all others.

Comments? Feel free to leave them below.

Saturday, August 22, 2020

Symbolic Meaning of the Caduceus as a Symbol :: Hermes' & Mercury's Caduceus

Caduceus
The Caduceus; Public Domain by Wikimedia Commons


The Caduceus as a Symbol


by Amethyst Black

Hermes was the messenger of the gods and protector of messengers, god of merchants and trade, sports and athletes, travelers, and of border crossings and of thieves; as well he was god of eloquence and a guide to the Underworld. The caduceus first and foremostly represents him (in Roman mythology, Mercury), due to the fact that as messenger of the gods, he carried one. When not associated with Hermes, such an object is called a herald's rod. The significance of one is to denote messages of great importance.


What Do the Individual Components of the Caduceus Represent?


The messages Hermes bore for the gods, were sacred; snakes are protectors of sacred knowledge and wisdom. Additionally, snakes shed their skin, which is symbolic of rebirth, or renewal of life. The wings denote speed and the ability to fly. The rod denotes power, as it resembles the spine; and the orb atop of it represents the world, and when considered alongside the rod being a spine, the globe also represents a brain. A spine, when regarded as the sacred djed pillar of ancient Egypt, represents stability. Not part of its actual meaning but still very present, is the fact that the intertwining snakes represent human DNA, and also the chakra system and the flow of kundalini energy through it.


Rod of Asclepius
Rod of Asclepius; Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons

What the Caduceus is Not :: An Observation


Though the caduceus was never a bonafide medical symbol, it does resemble the Rod of Asclepius, the true healing symbol; from this point, part of the misidentification of it with medicine may have arisen.

Why was it chosen to represent medicine? Its appearance was based upon confusion. In the 1500s, John Caius used the symbol as he taught and otherwise engaged in medical practices; ergo people assumed that it bore medical relativity. When queried he explained that the symbol he used was not about medicine or a god of old at all. It turned out that he wanted to announce the delivery of important news, along with a salute to due prudence in its preparation and reading, in having the herald's rod present.

Read on to see how alchemical healing can be symbolized by the caduceus (under the heading 'How the Caduceus Relates to Alchemy').


Does the Caduceus Tell Us Anything Else?


It urges us to think of the planet Mercury and also mercury the element. Furthermore, powers that Hermes' caduceus had, not commonly mentioned within mythology are: to put the wakened to slumber and to awaken the sleeping; also, to grant the dying a kind death. Additionally the wand had the ability to revive the dead. Beyond these things, it can relate to the ancient Sumerian deity, Ningishzida, who was forerunner to the Greek Hermes; he was the first known historical figure depicted using one. He was messenger to Ishtar, and used the rod to awaken nature in the springtime. It can alternatively relate to the Egyptian deity, Thoth, as he is considered syncretic with Hermes (Trismegistus).


How the Caduceus Relates to Alchemy


The caduceus has been used to represent the alchemical blend of Azoth.

Paraphrasing Eliphas Levi (from the book, 'Transcendental Magick': "sulfur, mercury, and salt, prepared by the alchemically wise, composes Azoth. It is an all encompassing medicine--for the soul it is reason and justice; for the mind it provides basis for mathematical and practical truth; for the body it is quintessence, as it is gold and light combined." 

To summarize, Azoth is the force and balance behind matters of spirit, mind, intelligence and justice; and also behind healing and medicine. Also implied, in the mathematical and practical foundation of it, is that it will get an alchemist started on any endeavor. Finally, some draw a connection between Azoth, HP Lovecraft's Azathoth (a demon); and Atazoth (a demon), described in Kenneth Grant's works; there are likely as many who believe that any connection is falsely attributed. Unless one makes effort to channel the two beings, they won't find their 'true' answer. My two cents? as someone who often takes time to channel entities and inquire about similar-sounding names, more often than not there is a connection. Alas, I have not yet channeled these.


Summary


When one reads this, it's clear to see that the caduceus, though not rightfully a symbol of medicine, is much about that; however, it is not about medicine alone, as is especially made clear by its referencing Azoth. It could perhaps be reduced to this: the caduceus is a powerful symbol of mind, justice, spirit, health and healing, and even of life and death; and let's not forget, messages as well. Some would say that tricksterism should be mentioned too, but my take on that is this--Mercury was seen as a trickster due to the fact that he could find ways to get things done. So shrewdness, not tricksterism.

Thursday, August 20, 2020

The Snake in Dreams or Visions, and as a Totem Spirit

Snake or serpent
A snake or serpent

by Amethyst Black

The Rod of Asclepius, Ouroboros, the kundalini serpent, the Serpent of Eden; and many other epithets come to mind when we consider snakes. The snake or serpent is an animal spirit totem unlike most others. It is deeply interwoven with mythology; and due to this you probably know much about the snake and its symbolism already. It is our intent to help you find, from what's presented within this post, the meaning of a snake visiting you in your dream.


The Snake or Serpent


This creature in mythology is often used interchangeably with a dragon; the reason for this association is that both are symbolic of pure, raw energy; thus a snake may bear relevance to any energy related issues. Snakes, given that they may be venomous or may bite, seem sinister to some. For this, the snake may appear as an omen urging you to get in touch with your dark side, or resolve shadow self issues.

Sometimes though, the snake urges you to pay attention to those in your social circle who may betray you, or perhaps already have. Additionally a snake is symbolic of lust; and for this it may suggest you are either in need of some 'romantic time,' or that otherwise you are prone to overdoing it and need to derive more substance from your human interactions. A snake lives primarily on the ground, and therefore it urges you to be at one with the earth and nature. At times the appearance of a snake suggests that you be more assertive.

Some people are prone towards walking a darker path, and in some cases a snake may be urging you to examine your beliefs, especially looking at why you avoid the darker paths, as they have so much to show you. Light cannot exist without dark; adding darkness to your path is balancing and liberating; but some really need to walk a dark path in order to thrive.

A snake is symbolic of wisdom, and may be inviting you to explore a matter of learning; the snake's area of specialty is sacred knowledge. If you do not know what it is you are to learn about, the snake is likely to return and show you, or maybe has already planted a seed in your mind that will soon surface. A snake in ancient times was regarded as a protector; think of the Egyptian Uraeus. Hence if you become familiar with a snake as a totem, though you could assume you are protected, it would be wiser to ask them for protection and be certain. Snakes are commonly feared; the message then, is to examine your fears. At other times the snake urges you to be aware that your fears are upsetting your quality of life.

Additionally, the snake shedding its skin, is a sign of rebirth and renewal. In times of difficulty this is a heart-lifting symbolism to see. The shedding of skin can also be seen as destruction, which often must come to pass to allow for new to replace the old.


Ouroboros
Ouroboros :: Public Domain, via Wikimedia Commons

The Snake as Ouroboros


Generally speaking, Ouroboros is symbolic of phases and cycles, and that the death of one cycle is the beginning of another (renewal); and furthermore, it depicts balance, alchemy, and the great Unity. Ouroboros is also a symbol of fertility, as the tail and mouth are seen as resembling each of the male and female's roles in reproduction respectively.

In ancient Greek mythology, Euronyme was in need of a co creator. Ouroboros was created by the North wind; between Euronyme and the serpent, the Orphic Egg, the source of all creation, was formed and fertilized. After their work the serpent claimed that creation was the fruit of his labors alone. Having his teeth kicked out by Euronyme and being confined to the underworld was his punishment.

If Ouroboros seems relative to the snake you saw in your dream or vision, changing perspective or adding new elements into your situation (alchemy/balance), may bring on improvement and growth. Or maybe pride is causing tension or aggression. Another message is, that there is a cycle going on, and as long as things aren't forced to remain exactly as they are, as long as there is change, there is renewal occurring on some level.

Be productive, do something to bring positive energy into your situation--do that by doing something apart from it (one potential message of fertility).

If you are having trouble adapting within your situation, the suggestion is to allow this inconvenience to birth a new you--to allow a more alchemical and resilient you to emerge. If that can't be done, allow it to birth a subsequent experience to you, which requires an opened mind. However, this is a message of preparing yourself mentally, not rushing in (or out). Ouroboros suggests to observe timespace issues (timing, placement within due process, location, and astrological concepts as you proceed.

In one sense the serpent represents the the mobius strip (a snake can take a half twist), as there is an infinite process going on. However, if you are in a situation where everything is rather consistently heading in one direction or consistently remaining the same, you had best be sure that the situation has your best interests embedded within it.


As the Kundalini Serpent


Kundalini energy is often referred to as the Kundalini Serpent. Rightfully so, as it weaves its way through the chakra system, originating at the base chakra. Its message is one of more advanced spiritual growth, but also urges you to be aware of how you proceed with spiritual growth. For some, moving through this journey comes with phases of significant discomfort. Hence if this concept resonates with you as part of the meaning of the snake in your dream, you are being shown that your spiritual journey is part and parcel of what you are facing now, that your life situation and your spiritual growth, need to be on the same page. Don't move faster in one or the other, in order to avoid creating difficulty--there needs to be total synchronization. Furthermore, it may suggest that physical and mental issues are at least in part, relative to your spiritual journey.


The Serpent Relative to the Rod of Asclepius


As the snake relates to the Rod of Asclepius, its meaning is ultra clear. The message is of healing, or any matter directly relative to healing. Perhaps it may urge you to take a course in that field, to see a doctor or alternative practitioner, or to seek treatment of some kind for a current health issue. It may also urge you to check on the health of another. This snake is an ideal representative for healing, as in ancient times in some regions, the snake was regarded as a symbol of healing; but why? In ancient times it was given that if a being has powers in one way, they also have power to do the opposite. Hence that the snake can be venomous and/or bite, they at the other end of their power spectrum are also healers.


As Medusa


Medusa had snakes for hair after she was punished by Athena. Medusa was punished due to that she'd had an interlude with Poseidon, even though it happened against her will. As punishment for desecrating the temple of Athena, where it happened, she was turned into a Gorgon. As typically noble gods do not force such acts and as well one does not punish a woman for being subject to such, we can deduce from this situation that there is an integral lesson embedded within it. The lesson's elements likely include: refusal to hear the truth, failure to believe, passing of blame to where it does not belong, lacking empathy, narrow-mindedness, perhaps jealousy; and beliefs based on past conflict. Also as is clear in the myth--sometimes false blame is never resolved; that imposed burden may have repercussions that span decades or a lifetime, for the person forced to bear it.

As this tale has no effective conclusion (justice was not rendered), lack of resolution or justice, is another potential meaning. Hence you might consider how these points apply to your own circumstance.


The Serpent of Eden


One is free to interpret the tale of Eden in the way they are predisposed to. However, my view is that the Serpent is on one hand, blame placed externally for the choices one makes. On the other hand it could alternatively be the dark aspect of self, the power aspect of self, advising you to do as will dictates. If the Serpent of Eden tale jumps out at you as being key to understanding your dream Serpent's appearance, it may be urging you to read up in order to better prepare yourself (the apple created awareness) or to otherwise bring yourself up to speed on the matter at hand. It could similarly mean that you should be more accepting of what you already know, rather than pushing it off. It could be telling you that when you shift blame you need realize you are doing so and take responsibility for it.

Another point arising from this same mythological tale, is that the Serpent was punished for his intervention; therefore the Eden tale may be illustrating that you are engaged in activity that will have you facing a consequence.


What is a Totem Animal?


The term Totem Animal is often used when referring to animals in the general sense of this post; however, though a creature or animal that visits you once may end up being a Totem animal, the meaning actually pertains to a creature that has made multiple visits, and one that you relate to over others.
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