The Power of Magick!
Do what Thou Will shall be the Whole of the Law
Recently I got a question from someone asking what the reason for doing the Lesser Ritual of the Pentagram. They felt like it was not a good idea to do the ritual because they felt they were in control of their own mind.
Though I was able to respond to what he said, it got me thinking, why would anyone want to actually practice Magick at all? Better yet, why would anyone want to practice Ritualistic Magick, especially considering it does not have the promise of material gains like spells do?
I never really thought about that question until recently. I always thought it should be pretty obvious why a person practiced Magick, but then I did some introspection, and realized that I had forgotten my reason for starting Magick as well.
So today I would like to talk about the Power of Magick, and why a person would want to actually practice it. If you like what you read here, be sure to check out other posts!
Reason 1- Magick is more than making things happen
The power of Magick is deeper than what many people realize. When people think of Magick, they think of spells, that can bring money, love, or other things. That is not all there is to Magick though! Dare I say, it is only a small part of Magick.
Perhaps the most important part of Magick, especially in the Occult sense, is to uncover to the deepest Truth’s of the Universe. This is not just some empirical Truth, but one that reaches the very depths of the Soul.
Magick unleashes parts of the Unconscious that would normally be unavailable otherwise. It is sort of like Meditation, and indeed, with Magick, meditation is a recommended practice, because it helps tame the mind and focus on the task at hand.
Magick goes deeper than meditation though. It digs into the Collective Unconscious, and the Archetypes of the Mind. These Archetypes are symbols of the gods, and they are ingrained into the very nature of humanity.
Perhaps one of the most recognizable parts of the Collective Unconscious, would also be the part that is within the individual unconscious, and that is the Shadow. The Shadow is repressed, primitive personality traits that we do not want others to see, as it is improper.
If you want more insight on the Archetypes check out my articles posted on this page!
Reason 2- Magick prepares us for our Will
Many of you may notice that at the beginning of all my blogs I put, Do what Thou Will shall be the whole of the Law, and at the end I put, Love is the Law, Love under Will. I don’t do this on reviews but that is because they are not as personal.
However, I do put them on my blog posts. I do this because I believe in the teachings of Thelema. Actually, Thelema comes from the Greek word meaning “to will”.
So it is natural that I talk about the Will. Different people believe different things on what it means to follow the path of one’s Will. I believe to do one’s Will basically is the action of doing to reach the True Will of a person.
I believe this is basically the same as reaching the process of individuation in Jungian Therapy, or the top of Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs known as Self-Actualization. The person is free to follow their Will and do what they need to for the Great Work of Magick.
Magick prepares us for this primarily because it unlocks that Higher Self from within. The Higher Self is especially shown within Ritualistic Magick practices, where the Self can be seen as a priest, knight, six rayed star, and many other things!
This is why I like ritualistic Magick so much. It focuses a lot on the Elevation of the Higher Self, which can be found in all of us. I know for many it is important to do spells and Magick that focuses a lot on the worship and praise of gods and goddesses. I’ve got nothing wrong with that, and I do that from time to time, but I like the Inner Enlightenment that comes from Ritualistic Magick.
Reason 3- Because it is FUN!
If all else fails, remember this, Magick is actually a very fun thing to do! It is a personal, yet collective thing! It’s personal because you do it, and can add your own spin to some of these rituals.
I have made two post on the Lesser Pentagram Ritual, and have a great respect for it done the way that Crowley writes it out in Liber O, but I have deviated from this to add my own personal spin to it as well.
I have used, instead of the Divine Names, some Gods of Chaos, including Set, Aries, Hundun, and Loki. I know of one person who used the four Ninja Turtles and Splinter! That is how personal Magick can be for each person!
It is also collective because there are so man people who do it at once, and it can be used in ceremonial rituals as well! There is something to be said about how great it is knowing that you are connected, through the web of time and links of the Collective Unconscious, to thousands of other people!
Conclusion- Is Magick for you?
So is magick for you? That is up for you to decide, but I will make a wager that it probably is for everyone! With its psychological benefits, and the meaning that it brings to each person, it can be a great asset to you!
I know for many people it can be awkward, and you are not sure where to start. I will attach a video here. It’s from YouTube so it’s free. It’s a step by step instruction video on how to do the Lesser Ritual of the Pentagram. It’s a good place to start.
If you are not a visual person, and like myself, prefer written instructions, here is a link to Liber O. It has a step by step way of doing the Lesser Banishing Ritual.
As always, if you have any questions, concerns, complaints, or comments in general, please leave them below. I will get back with you within a day, usually around 12 hours or less!
Love is the Law, Love under Will