Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Magick :: Use Discretion, Act Wisely, Stay Safe

Demon in flames

Knowing Where One's Boundaries Lie in Magick

by Amethyst Black

Off the hop, let's acknowledge that for most this particular lesson in magick will never arise... but at any rate, when approaching "the line of where one belongs in magick according to their experience," there are some serious considerations to make. As an example... for over a year I'd been answering questions posed to me by a young magician. He was an upstanding fellow, much like any regular person. You don't know him so I can tell his story with him remaining anonymous. He knew a lot but at the same time was a tad naive in magick. I mean to say, in some ways he was very knowledgeable, but in many basic ways quite green and unimaginative. So he had a fair few questions for me over the previous one year's time.

After a while he started to, urm, act strange. I wasn't sure if it was his magick, that he was then expecting me to assist him in clearing up after, or if he had come off of meds for a serious condition. Either way, his questions had changed significantly in nature. I will say that circumstantial evidence presented strongly suggesting that he'd crossed over his line of experience and or safety in magick, but also it was starting to become clear that he had a serious mental condition. Whether it was previously existing I cannot say. At multiple points during our conversations he was advised to seek professional mental health assistance. Note: if at any point I had been sure that his condition was mental health based, I'd have insisted he seek a mental health professional and left it at that.

Synchronous with the last few days of Facebook messenger conversations between he and I, within my Facebook demonolatry group there had been numerous synchronicities involving the Virgin Mary. It took me a while to realize that Mary was hinting that I send the fellow referred to, to her for help; which ultimately I did. That was the last thing I did to assist him, but for to answer a question that I will soon share. Keep in mind that I normally work with demons and deities, and typically have avoided working with Saints and other figures that are often seen as being associated with Abrahamic faiths. However, ultimately if a powerful entity comes to me I am not going to walk away... it's more that when seeking assistance from an entity, I'm not highly likely to wander in that direction. I spent a lifetime rebuking religion, and the scars run deep. Too though it must be said, that Mary did not relate to me as a religious figure... none ever could, it would not wash.

Today I re-read the very last thing the fellow said to me via Facebook messenger, and it read "if I consume something that I left by the dybbuk box, will (the food) contain energies from it?" At the time he'd asked that I responded as if he WAS NOT wanting the energies from the dybbuk box. However, upon re-reading it I quickly understood that on top of what he was suffering with till that point, which was most likely brought on by his own magickal acts, he was also planning to consume more potentially harmful magickal energy. Needless to say I blocked him. I don't have time for that. This story offers a typical outline of what happens when someone comes to me asking for help in cleaning up after getting ensnared in their magick or in alleviating a demon attack. Either they don't do the work as asked, or they compound sh*t in acting from a perspective of ignorance, or even sheer stupidity.

The person's behaviour within this story reminds me of one of the messages of the Wheel of Fortune tarot card (reversed)... take that wheel and spin it, as hard as you can... don't think where it's headed and where it will stop, don't think about who gets thrown off, knocked down, or who ends up at the top--just yank 'er a good one (through actions)...

What was he suffering with? He was experiencing overlapped timelines, a demonic attachment, and a malevolent version of himself attached to himself, that interfered with his conversations with others... and that's just part of it (yahI really don't care to discuss it any deeper); and as stated, he kept on at it. I have implied this already but it's important to restate it in closure: in hindsight it seems easier to believe that he was not "well" to begin with. However, it's nearly as easy to believe that he loosened his own screws in doing all the sh*t he was doing--what he'd told me he'd been up to, throughout our conversations, hinted at a lot of magick directed at creating alternate realities for himself... he was not wanting to live his true life, it seems, and as a result ended up living a very surreal one in its place...?

The moral of this story? be careful, use discretion and intelligence in magick, practice safety, both in beliefs and in practice. Above all though, if you feel yourself falling, by all means ask for help; but for gawdssake listen, and do the freakin' work, and wisely. (If the advice doesn't ring your bell, move on to find someone else who can help you in a way appropriate for you [don't waste your time or the magician's].)

Yet there's an alternate moral too--that sometimes as a magician helping others deal with predicaments, one needs to define where to set boundaries of how much time they will allow another to usurp. I realized (as always, in hindsight), that if I'd have been paying attention to what I needed this interaction to be (shorter, less time consuming!), I'd have approached it entirely differently.

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