It’s funny how we have forgotten; indoctrined or no, it seems too important to merely forget; that we are ALL magicians. Entrusting our power to others, who so freely abuse it, allows them, equally blind to their magical prowess but much more keenly focussed than we, to change the world in ways that we may abhor, yet, somehow, feel powerless to resist in the illusory tides of certainty projected, and projecting, that change.
What is that fear; which stands in the way of reclaiming the wands and staffs we checked in, forever it seems, around middle school… that most perfectly sculpted Temple in which Crowley’s “…male child of perfect innocence and high intelligence…”, is sacrificed, along with his equally intelligent and innocent sister, on a daily basis…?
Only one way to find out… 😉
“What,” asked my correspondent, enquiring about the School, “is magic?” It is not the first time I have been asked that question, once the difference between performance magic and the magical work of the esoteric path has been established.
Read any tale of magic, or indeed, the centuries-old treatises and grimoires that survive, and you would have to assume that magical work is all about gaining control. Spirits, demons, elementals and angels, all are to be summoned by the magician and bound to his bidding. Even those who have trained within an established and respected magical system will still use the old forms that look and sound as if this is the case. Young students who are just starting out on their path may well hold a vision of standing on a mountaintop commanding the storm like a Hollywood Merlin, anticipating the wild exhilaration of power. Are they deluded?…
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