Sunday, July 29, 2018

Beginnings in Magick :: How to Become a Magician


Entering the World of the Magician :: The Series Preamble

by Adam K.

The word magick (which is a very different thing from Magic) inspires all kinds of notions. For some it invokes Harry Potter-esque images of fireballs, animal transmutations, and various other kinds of Hollywood inspired imagery. Others may see it as a way to open psychological doors closed within their own lives. And to others yet, it will seem like an exciting career path.

Then there are those for whom it is a mere word, as it is something they grew up with and have always known. It has been a regular part of their existence their whole life. They may even have a definition of magick that closely resembles what others may define as something else entirely, like science, or self help, or any number of other more socially acceptable words. But to the person in question, magick is not a mysterious, supernatural force. It is simply a way to get things done in their own world. The point is that it ignites a curiosity and a sense of excitement in many. Its appeal revolves around power for some, enlightenment for others, and personal growth for still others. In this article the intent is to share some basic concepts that will allow anyone to know that they are already a magician if they make the active, knowing choice to be one.

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Every person has all that is needed to practice the fundamentals of magick right now. Something as simple as your finger can be your wand, but even that isn't really necessary because the mind can house the entire temple and all the weapons and #ad-tools of the magician. The problem is that the art has been hidden from the masses for a long time. Society has built mental barricades that prevent people from believing in their own power. Because of this it isn't easy for people to accept certain realities. Faith in society's “reality” prevents them from questioning the notion that magick isn't real. They could quickly learn enough to engage in magical practices that would change their lives if not for this.

witch, magician
But this doesn't mean that learning magick is quick and easy. In fact it is more accurate to say that it is a practiced art, and only those who are willing to put forth the effort to learn the basics of magick, mysticism, even physics and particle physics, are going to have real success. In fact, Aleister Crowley once described magick as “the method of science, the aim of religion.” There is a strong implication that one should approach magick in a scientific, objective, and well educated fashion. But also there is the implication that magick is a tool for personal realization and not material gain. That is why the mind is the temple before all else for the magician learning his craft.

From the way some roll their eyes when they hear the word "magick," one can easily see that many put no stock in it as a genuine practice. However, any practitioner worth their salt would be able to tell you straight to your face when they have seen success in magick, and success would be their proof.

Don't Just Follow--But Innovate

There are always people wanting to learn magick. It is a highly individual endeavor primarily fueled by the intent and will of the person. The best spells and rituals are those crafted by the person or persons performing them, but that doesn't mean one cannot learn from what was crafted by others. All knowledge is useful, after all. Just don't be trapped in the notion that you must only use that which has come before. Magick by its very nature is innovative. So innovate.

What is magick? Why is someone already a magician simply by deciding to be one? (< this one addressed earlier in). For that matter, why is magick spelled with a K? And, why is Aleister Crowley relevant to magick? Be just a little patient, and this article will attempt to touch on each of these things and more. Keep your mind open (but not so open that your brain falls out!). And be forewarned, Aleister Crowley and his words will probably be referenced quite a bit.

On Referencing Crowley

That bit about keeping an open mind--it definitely applies where Crowley is concerned. The background concerning magick from which the author will largely draw is a philosophical field (some even say a religion) known as Thelema. Many who have little knowledge concerning Thelema have much to say about it, which comes from a poor understanding of the subject matter--knowing only that Aleister Crowley founded it and therefore it must be bad, or evil. The obvious advice is to study the subject for yourself using sources both from within and outside the world of Thelema and to reach your own conclusions concerning it.

Why Magick and Not Magic?

The letter K is the eleventh letter of the English alphabet. In some systems of magick that predominate in the western world, the number 11 corresponds with magick. This correspondence and the significance given to it derives from a method of Hebrew numerology called Gematria. Gematria is directly related to the Qabalah. In numerous Magickal Orders, including the famous (infamous?) Hermetic Order of The Golden Dawn, there is a Grade or Degree system based upon the structure of the Qabalistic Tree of Life. In that system, each sphere on the tree is numbered, 1 through 10. When the Grade of the Aspirant in the Order is added to the number of the Sphere (Sephirah) the Grade corresponds to, the result is always 11. There are also many other reasons the number 11 is significant to Magick, and more are discovered each year. This needs to be brought up from time to time, as it is a common belief that the k spelling is based on nothing more than whim.

But on a more basic and obvious level, the letter K is added to the word Magick simply to differentiate it from the stage tricks and illusions of David Copperfield, David Blaine, and Chriss Angel (each of whom ia an astoundingly talented individual in their own right). Magic tricks the viewer into thinking a change has taken place. In Magick, the change has actually taken place.

What's the Deal With Thelema?

It is difficult, at least for this author, to talk about magick without also discussing Thelema. For many, they are one and the same. This is why Crowley will show up in this article. He is the prophet who introduced Thelema to the world. He is also the reason magick is organized and practiced the way it is now. So bear with me. This is a large subject but it is possible to break it down to bite sized bits for an introduction to the subject.

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The Breakdown

This article will be in multiple parts so as to make it easier for the digital reader to digest. Think of it as chapters. It isn't easy to predict how many chapters there will be, but including this preramble (see what I did there?) there should be this and eleven chapters. Hey, there's that number again!

I will attempt to get these chapters out as soon as possible in each individual case. I hope you enjoy reading; see ya soon with the next increment of this series!

Links to the Segments of This "Lessons in Magick" Series
The Preamble :: How to Become a Magician (this page)
Lesson One :: Elementary Level Knowledge
Lesson Two :: Basic Rituals
Lesson Three :: Deities and other Supernatural Beings
Lesson Three Continued :: Deities
Lesson Four :: Yogic Breathing

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Asafoetida Herb, Powerful in Good and Baneful Magick

Asafoetida powder

All You Need to Know About Asafoetida

Herb name: Asafoetida (also spelt asafetida/assafoetida) Other names are Devil's dung, stinking gum, hing, laser, asant, aza, food of the gods, and giant fennel
Family name: Apiaceae, or Umbelliferae; the celery/parsley/carrot family
Scientific name: Ferula assa-foetida
Etymology: Asa, which is Farsi for 'resin,' and foetida, Latin for 'fetid'
Element: Fire and Earth
Gender: Male
Planetary attribution: Mars, and its wicked smell is ruled by Saturn
Zodiacal: Aries, Capricorn
Deities: Mars/Ares, Ra Hoor Khu, Lilith (her Saturnine aspect), Morrigan, Lord Azazel

Describing Asafoetida

Asafoetida is a powerful herb, that stands amongst the strongest of all as a tool in magickal rites. As its main component is sulfur, it can substitute for sulfur in magickal workings; as well it can substitute for any baneful herbs and Mars attributed herbs. It is a gum harvested from the rhizome of the Ferula assa-foetida plant. In magick its powder is most commonly used, but granules of its gum can be used as well. Most often it is burnt, but it's also worn or carried, and made into poultices. Raw, it cannot be ingested but in the smallest amounts, as it causes severe diarrhea and vomiting.

Much of the power of this plant is in the smell, and also in its concentration of sulfur. Make no mistake, it stinks, and its smell may lead some to feel nauseous or even vomit. Be sure to test your degree of sensitivity to its odor before using it in any significant amount. Though its smell repels, its sulfur content pulls attributes from the sun, which puts a positive spin on its overall properties. You will soon discover that asafoetida can be useful in an unusually wide range of magickal and healing applications, both good and baneful.

Burn It

Asafoetida powder can be burnt alone, or can alternatively be added to an incense blend (the blend can be made into cones or sticks, or burnt on a charcoal disk). When burned allowing for plenty of smoke, it is ideal as a smudge for space clearing, and is great for banishing--even the most powerful of negative energies and entities can be banished with it. Furthermore asafoetida can be used to kill off energies of a spell that went awry, and can be used in exorcism rites. Keep some near your altar to burn as needed.

When subject to psychic vampirism, or for those who are sensitive to certain energies, burn it to create peace and protection. In such instances you'll want to burn it regularly; thus create an incense blend, so that you aren't subject to its horrible smell on an ongoing basis. For preparing appropriate blends, know that its smell has a super charged oniony garlicky feel, and almost a gasoline like undertone as well; you'll be more successful choosing what goes into your blend with this in mind.

For Protection

When someone's giving you a hard time on an ongoing basis, take asafoetida powder or some granules and sprinkle it in front of their doorway or somewhere they'll walk; it will deter them from bothering you. As well it will return the negativity and malintent they send.

Other Magickal Properties

Asafoetida can be used as a high level offering in order to call upon any deity. Brings visions. Protects. Propels the power of magickal rites, even spirit conjuring. However, the magician needs to decide if they are going to use it for conjuration, or reserve it for its high level power in banishing, should the need arise. Use it for spells to break habits and addictions, and also in meditative rites, and rites that require peace and calm. It energizes the brain in preparation for higher learning, and can be used in self purification rites. For someone who is confined by limitation of circumstance or oppression, asafoetida used in spellwork can break them free. Thwarts one's intent to self harm, self sabotage, or engage in negative activities. Dispels fear, promotes patience. Use it for spells to break through blockages to out of body experiences such as astral travel and soul travel. Use it in spellwork directed at passion and lust, anger issues, and manifestation.

In Meditiaton

If one can get past its unpleasant smell, it adds to mental stillness and also heightens that which relates to manifestation during meditation. As well, it is known to help a person see how they cause their own limitations, and helps them break through the restraints they have created for themselves.

In Baneful Magick

Burnt alone it heightens baneful magick energies. As well it can be burnt as an offering in order to get dark entities or deities to do your bidding. If someone is sending baneful magick to you, use it in a hex breaking spell.

In Healing

Asafoetida has a thinning effect on the blood, but is not stable in the effect that it has. It is not recommended for use in blood pressure regulation at all; over time with ongoing use, it may cause blood pressure irregularity. As well, it should not be ingested while healing after surgery; nor while pregnant, as the possibility of chromosomal damage presents. Use it in spells to heighten physical strength. Too, it helps with anxiety based and nervous conditions, and with digestive system issues. For digestive problems causing pain, it can be applied as a poultice. Asafoetida helps with respiratory issues and chronic fatigue. In some applications, an oil of it is best used, but then should only be used short term and relatively dilute. Reminder though, the oil does not smell good. Additionally this herb is a vermifuge.

Near someone that's unwell, it serves to purify their system by releasing toxins through bodily processes. In fertility rites and also in rites of manifestation, it provides a strong male energy. Asafoetida is a fungicide, and boiled in water in small amounts, will assist in flushing Candida albicans. And though it is said to be effective in repelling illness when worn as an amulet, well, who's going to try it, as it STINKS! Energetically speaking though, we can see it would keep illness away, but part of that would be due to the fact that it would keep people away. If anyone were to use it in such a way--to wear it as a charm, they could take a small granule and sew it into a cloth, dab that cloth with camphorated oil, and put another cloth outside of that and put another drop of camphorated oil on it.

In Cuisine

It has a strong and bitter taste, that like its smell is in line with onion and garlic. Asafoetida is used in the Middle East where it originated from, but more so in India, where it is primarily grown today. It is an ingredient in Worcestershire sauce, by the way. Additionally this spice is used in pickling, and its presence aids in digestion.

Friday, July 6, 2018

A Vision :: Lucifer's Tongue, and Its Meaning to Me

This piece was originally posted on May 23rd, on the author's Facebook page.

A photo of Lucifer at the Vatican. It looks much like how he did to me.

A Vision of Lucifer

I had a vision this morning... it was Lucifer, as a male this time (recently they'd been showing as a she for the most part); he stuck out his tongue. I could not figure at first what it was about. But it was held there long enough for me to definitively know what I was seeing.

Then the tongue turned into what looked like the path of a wooden bridge, but made of gold. So I was being shown to tell a story--I later on knew that it was to be the story of the fire last night. That's why I am telling you the long version... no explanation necessary, I am sure.

Lucifer in female form
This image is much how Lucifer looks when in female form. However, she
is a wee bit fuller and does not present with wings. 

The Story

It was later in the evening when I was sitting eating my delicious supper... my husband said "it's time to go--get in the truck!" I shifted my gaze to look over at the window, as the curtains had been pulled wide open so we could better see what was going on where the fire was, as it had been in close proximity for some time. We were told by the emergency crew that if there was a need to evacuate we'd be given notice, but in the panic it seems they forgot or did not have a chance. The fire had been moving in a specific way for a while, so we'd been in no immediate danger. But all of a sudden the wind picked up considerably and also changed direction, and thus it was heading towards us at an alarming speed. I'd never seen anything like it.

It was a big black wall of billowy smoke, with a large red core, and it was heading right for us, and was perhaps 100 yards away by then, perhaps less. The only thing between us and it, was a thin line of trees and the highway. We had only one neighbor within a two mile radius before, but for the in-laws, and now that neighbor's house is gone. It had been on the other side of the highway where the fire then was.

My husband had been doing some peripheral work with the fire crew--he volunteers with the local team, so he'd seen a lot of what the fire had already done. He was deeply upset, and said "it's coming directly for our house--we are going to lose the house." It looked as if our house would be toast within the next five to ten minutes at that point in time. But I said no, we will not. This conversation began as I was grabbing our already packed overnight bag. I stopped for a second and looked at the fire, and told it that it was not allowed to come this way. I did a mental exercise, visually pushing it back with water energy in my mind as we left the house.

While I sat there in the truck, there was the usual water bomber work we'd been seeing for the last while... they'd been working on the local fires for about four days, and this sector had been running wild for two. It easily had the capability to jump the highway with the conditions present. After I got in the truck, my husband stayed outside of it to water the grass more--we'd been doing some of that earlier, so that was a good thing.

It seems strange to say, but telling the fire it could not come this way seems to have stopped it from moving towards us so quickly. It was smoky and hard to tell, but I'd venture to say that it stopped moving this way entirely. I was not sure what to make of that. After going outside, I sat in the truck crafting huge and powerful psi balls, each one charged with this or that, that would have various effects. When I'd take a break to rest my arms, the fire would pick up again, so my work was having that great of an effect. I kept on until they took it out. They contained it and took it out entirely! To be clear--it had been running for days at a lower level and they'd been water bombing it all along. And when it began raging, that's when they managed to take it out. Magick can be truly amazing.

By the way, I do not take credit for the magick at all, only for the alliances I have made that allowed for it to happen. For this I called in a new dark lord to my team, one well known to be affiliated with water. Lucifer was there to amp my work, and I felt the support and presence of my entire daemon team. It was Lucifer and Lord Leviathan, that charged the psi balls for me. The balls were so energetically dense, that I could see and feel them. Oh yes, and I called in elementals too. I wish to add, that when I speak of Lucifer and not of Satan (they are both patron deities of mine), it's because the two often appear to me as a dual aspected being. Satan was very much a part of this.

The Relevance of the Vision of Lucifer

For some time now I've been wanting to add magick listings to my practice, but have been hesitant. My thought was, that because people do not know me, why would they have reason to put faith in my magick? So I sat on the idea and stayed with my spirit conjures, because I know conjures will sell. But now Lucifer has shown me by his vision, that people will know my magick, and this is the way to bring it in. I'm placing my faith with Lucifer, and as soon as the time is right, I'll put up all kinds of magick listings.

Anyway, a big thanks goes out to everyone for their concern for my husband and I during the fire; a better group of friends, one could not have. I will now look through the photos taken, and put up the ones that are clear enough. Apparently most are not clear, which is too bad. I apologize, as I have not yet learnt to take pics with my tablet, and my husband did not stop to take any while the fire was raging at its height... so the most important type of photo is not present (the pictures are at the very end of the post).

Later on I had the precise same vision, but with Metatron sticking out his tongue. At that point it seemed necessary to do more research and meditation, and more was discovered. Apparently it was also being suggested that I work with Babalon, Hekate, Lilith, and Kali. Too, there was a suggestion that I'm going to continue to be given messages from my deities and daemons, in order to write from them; and I'm not to fear to tell my truth. The names Babalon, Hekate, and Lilith, came to me via meditation, and Kali came as an impression picked up by a friend; each one of them is relative to the serpent, which a tongue is representative of. As well, in the case of Kali, the tongue is directly representative of her.

I will conclude this post with images from the day before the vision.

Water bomber plane
Here is a water bomber, and it is flying over an area where there is some fire burning and there had been an explosion
of some sort... perhaps a vehicle or a small fuel dispensing tank burnt.

Smoke covered sky
This is a view from the end of our driveway, looking down the highway. It gives an idea of how much area is affected
by wildfire burning right now. The fire that began it all, was from a local ATV club holding an event at a time when
they were not allowed to. You can see in the other pictures, that at this time the sky should have been blue.

Other peripheral fires were started simply from carelessness at a time when care was in order. One sector for example,

was from a guy burning leaves at a time when a fire warning was in effect.

Another water bomber plane
This one shows that beyond where the smoke was, that the sky was clear and blue. This plane is a water bomber too.

Where the house across the highway from us was
This is after the fire, after they took it out. This is a view of where the house across the street stood. The whole thing
went down, there is little left. The fire teams were burning a circle around the house at this time to further guarantee
that no fire would spread.

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