KINDS OF MAGICK

Magick is the technique of harnessing the secret powers of Nature and seeking to influence events for one's own purpose. If the influence is beneficial it is known as white magick, but if it is intended to bring harm to others, or to destroy property, it is regarded as black magick. Magicians employ a variety of ritual procedures. Sometimes, as in imitative magick, they seek to imitate the end-result desired by using models of real people or objects or by dressing in ceremonial regalia in order to identify symbolically with a particular deity. In certain black magick procedures, it is believed that harm can be inflicted upon a person by burning a wax doll or sticking pins into it, as if it were the real person. Sometimes "positive" effects are sought by similar procedures. The 'Magus' --- a classical textbook on magick--- includes a "scapegoat" ritual for transferring illness and pain from a sick woman to an unsuspecting frog: "Take the eye of a frog, which must be extricated before sunrise, and bind them to the breast of a woman who be ill. Then let the frog go blind into the water again and as he goes so will the woman be rid of her pains..." Here, removing the eyes of the frog confirms the magician's mastery over the animal, who can no longer jump for freedom. The woman's breasts, with their life-giving milk, represent health, and the casting of the frog into water is a ritual act of cleansing. Taken overall, the frog literally carries the disease away. Modern Western Magick especially as practiced by the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn, has as its main function the self-initiation of its members and must be regarded as primarily a form of white magick. However, there have been cases of alleged magickal attack and ritual practices that summon bestial or demonic forces, which clearly are more related to black magick. White magicians seek to activate the spiritual archetypes in the unconscious mind by identifying with such life-sustaining deities as Osiris, Thoth, Apollo, Ra, and Horus (male), and Isis, Aphrodite, Hathor, Demeter, and Persephone (female). Black magicians worship such animal-human prototypes as the Devil, the Horned God, Lilith, and a variety of other personifications of darkness and evil. Black Magick Magick performed with evil intent. The "black magician" or sorcerer calls upon the supernatural powers of darkness--- devils, demons, and evil spirits--- and performs ceremonies invoking bestial or malevolent forces intended to harm another person. Black magick invariably involves imitative magick, in which there is said to be a link between a person or object and something sharing its resemblance (e.g., a wax figure or doll). Injuries ritually inflicted upon the figure with pins or nails have a harmful effect upon the person it represents. 1

sight. Sandalphon (Earth). hair clippings. or to affect people's lives in a harmful way.Some magicians claim that the technique is only effective when the sorcerer has enough will-power to use the ritual figure as a focus for inflicting negative thought-forms on the person under attack. any magickal act intended to destroy people. by a magickal rite performed over one's fingernails. 2 . and that one can be harmed magickally--. Haniel (Venus). and the Grand Grimoire. These books. Celestal Magick Belief that the planets are ruled by spirits that influence people. In modern times the most complete system of ceremonial magick was that practiced in the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn. Raphael (Sun). and mystic sacraments. and ceremony as a means of representing the supernatural and mystical forces linking the universe and humanity. the Grimoire of Honorius. in kabalistic magick. Ceremonial magick stimulates the senses--. which describe procedures for summoning spirits. or possessions. as a term. Destructive Magick Virtually synonymous with black magick. The aim of ceremonial magick in its "highest" sense is a transcendental experience--transporting the magician beyond the limitations of the mind towards mystical reality.for example. Gabriel (Moon). include the Key of Solomon. Contagious Magick The belief that objects that have been in contact with each other still have a link. For example. it is also associated with medieval magickal grimoires. However.by including in its rituals ceremonial costumes. and touch--. Ceremonial Magick Magick that employs ritual. property. hearing. symbols. the planets are ruled by the following archangels: Tzaphkiel (Saturn). potent incense. smell. Defensive Magick Magickal rituals and spells used to defend oneself from harmful sorcery or evil influences. Michael (Mercury). taste. or crops. which are designed to confer power rather than transcendence on the magician. dramatic invocations to the gods or spirits.

Kelley had a large crystal stone upon which he focused his concentration and entered a state of trance reverie.g. a spider.a doll made of wax. or higher self.) in the hope that real injury and misfortune will befall the victim. for he believed that the angels communicated them backwards to avoid unleashing the magickal power which they contained. etc. or consigning it into a fire. The aim of high magick has been described as communication with one's holy guardian angel. In black magick harm may be inflicted upon a victim by forming the magickal image and then pricking it with pins.and these magickal conjurations were subsequently incorporated into magickal practice by the ritual magicians of the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn. These were written down by Dee as Kelley called them out. clay. etc. It is also known as theurgy. This form of magick is designed to channel the magician's consciousness towards the sacred light within. John Dee and Edward Kelley. High Magick Magick intended to bring about the spiritual transformation of the person who practices it.Enochian--. "angels" would appear. burning. When these invocations were completely transcribed. or dragon) and "shrunk" in the 3 . in which an image of areaal person may be subjected to hostile acts (pins. on his table.Enochian Magick System of magick derived from the work of Elizabethan occultists Dr. in ritual. The most common form is through image magick. Dee and Kelley made use of wax tablets called almadels engraved with magickal symbols. Kelley then reversed their order. which is often personified by the high gods of different cosmologies. Dee and Kelley considered that the communications formed the basis of a new language--. breaking its limbs off. or imitated. Imitative Magick Form of magickal practice in which the anticipated result in real life is mimicked. For example.--.in magickal spells. snake. who used them to induce trance visions on the astral plane. they also used a large number of 49-inch squares filled with letters of the alphabet. In due course. The technique can also be applied to mental images. who met in 1581. and they would point to various letters on the squares in turn. Image Magick The use of a magickal image--. a phobia could be visualized as a hostile creature (e.. Nearby.

a new lover. These treatments often prove to be remarkably successful. Mortuary Magick Magickal rites and ceremonies performed in order to ensure that the deceased person will have an enjoyable life in the afterworld. Natural Magick Magickal spells.. and enchantments designed to counter the evil effects of black magick. Low Magick Magick intended to produce a utilitarian or domestic effect.g. or an uplift in one's fortunes. rituals. as distinct from black magick which is performed for self-gain. For example. Sexual Magick Magickal rituals and ceremonies that invoke the principle of fertility. in guided-imagery techniques used in cancer treatment. and which usually involve sexual acts that simulate the procreative union of the gods. Protective Magick Spells. Examples would include attracting an influx of sudden wealth. or influencing cycles of fertility). healing. Mortuary magick was highly developed in ancient Egypt.imagination in the hope that the symptoms of fear would disappear with it. affecting the wind or other aspects of the weather. Chaos Magick 4 . White Magick Magick performed for a spiritual. a change of occupation. or generally positive purpose. bring in much needed rain or thunderstorms. enchantments. and conjurations believed to have an effect on Nature (e. to inflict harm or injury. contacting nature-spirits. or for other evil purposes. the patient may be asked to visualize the cancerous growth as a "dragon" that is gradually overcome by the patient in the form of a "knight in armor". This technique is used in some forms of psychotherapy that involve techniques of "active imagination".

which deliberately subvert the conscious.Chaos Magick focuses on the mechanism of belief. In fact. of eternal order. Chaos Magick specifically refutes the possibility of eternal rest. and suggests that the process of belief rather than the object of belief is the critical element in magick. It views the universe as a phenomena of complexity at an order of magnitude too great for normal human psychology to understand. have any chance of creating change in conformity with the will of the magician. which stresses adaptability as a prime asset and greets change as an accurate reflection of the true nature of reality can be extremely destabilizing for individuals whose sense of personal identity requires that the universe be perceived as an ordered and meaningful place. This orientation. Chaos Magicians would argue that the universe is in such a state of flux and apparently random movement that only devious techniques such as those of Chaos Magick. rational mind. Chaos Magicians will adopt or refute positions of belief as needed for the successful resolution of magickal acts. 5 .

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