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  • 1. KINDS OF MAGICKMagick is the technique of harnessing the secret powers of Nature and seeking toinfluence events for ones own purpose.If the influence is beneficial it is known as white magick, but if it is intended to bringharm to others, or to destroy property, it is regarded as black magick.Magicians employ a variety of ritual procedures. Sometimes, as in imitative magick, theyseek to imitate the end-result desired by using models of real people or objects or bydressing 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 personby 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 textbookon magick--- includes a "scapegoat" ritual for transferring illness and pain from a sickwoman to an unsuspecting frog: "Take the eye of a frog, which must be extricated beforesunrise, and bind them to the breast of a woman who be ill. Then let the frog go blind intothe water again and as he goes so will the woman be rid of her pains..." Here, removingthe eyes of the frog confirms the magicians mastery over the animal, who can no longerjump for freedom. The womans breasts, with their life-giving milk, represent health, andthe casting of the frog into water is a ritual act of cleansing. Taken overall, the frogliterally carries the disease away.Modern Western Magick especially as practiced by the Hermetic Order of the GoldenDawn, has as its main function the self-initiation of its members and must be regarded asprimarily a form of white magick.However, there have been cases of alleged magickal attack and ritual practices thatsummon bestial or demonic forces, which clearly are more related to black magick.White magicians seek to activate the spiritual archetypes in the unconscious mind byidentifying 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 MagickMagick performed with evil intent. The "black magician" or sorcerer calls upon thesupernatural powers of darkness--- devils, demons, and evil spirits--- and performsceremonies invoking bestial or malevolent forces intended to harm another person.Black magick invariably involves imitative magick, in which there is said to be a linkbetween a person or object and something sharing its resemblance (e.g., a wax figure ordoll).Injuries ritually inflicted upon the figure with pins or nails have a harmful effect upon theperson it represents. 1
  • 2. Some magicians claim that the technique is only effective when the sorcerer has enoughwill-power to use the ritual figure as a focus for inflicting negative thought-forms on theperson under attack.Celestal MagickBelief that the planets are ruled by spirits that influence people.For example, in kabalistic magick, the planets are ruled by the following archangels:Tzaphkiel (Saturn); Raphael (Sun); Haniel (Venus); Michael (Mercury); Gabriel (Moon);Sandalphon (Earth).Ceremonial MagickMagick that employs ritual, symbols, and ceremony as a means of representing thesupernatural and mystical forces linking the universe and humanity.Ceremonial magick stimulates the senses--- sight, hearing, smell, taste, and touch--- byincluding in its rituals ceremonial costumes, dramatic invocations to the gods or spirits,potent incense, and mystic sacraments.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.However, as a term, it is also associated with medieval magickal grimoires, whichdescribe procedures for summoning spirits.These books, which are designed to confer power rather than transcendence on themagician, include the Key of Solomon, the Grimoire of Honorius, and the GrandGrimoire.In modern times the most complete system of ceremonial magick was that practiced inthe Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn.Contagious MagickThe belief that objects that have been in contact with each other still have a link, and thatone can be harmed magickally--- for example, by a magickal rite performed over onesfingernails, hair clippings, or possessions.Defensive MagickMagickal rituals and spells used to defend oneself from harmful sorcery or evilinfluences.Destructive MagickVirtually synonymous with black magick, any magickal act intended to destroy people,property, or crops, or to affect peoples lives in a harmful way. 2
  • 3. Enochian MagickSystem of magick derived from the work of Elizabethan occultists Dr. John Dee andEdward Kelley, who met in 1581. Dee and Kelley made use of wax tablets calledalmadels engraved with magickal symbols; they also used a large number of 49-inchsquares filled with letters of the alphabet. Nearby, on his table, Kelley had a large crystalstone upon which he focused his concentration and entered a state of trance reverie. Indue course, "angels" would appear, and they would point to various letters on the squaresin turn. These were written down by Dee as Kelley called them out. When theseinvocations were completely transcribed, Kelley then reversed their order, for he believedthat the angels communicated them backwards to avoid unleashing the magickal powerwhich they contained.Dee and Kelley considered that the communications formed the basis of a newlanguage--- Enochian--- and these magickal conjurations were subsequently incorporatedinto magickal practice by the ritual magicians of the Hermetic Order of the GoldenDawn, who used them to induce trance visions on the astral plane.High MagickMagick intended to bring about the spiritual transformation of the person who practicesit.This form of magick is designed to channel the magicians consciousness towards thesacred light within, which is often personified by the high gods of different cosmologies.The aim of high magick has been described as communication with ones holy guardianangel, or higher self.It is also known as theurgy.Image MagickThe use of a magickal image--- a doll made of wax, clay, etc.--- in magickal spells.In black magick harm may be inflicted upon a victim by forming the magickal image andthen pricking it with pins, breaking its limbs off, or consigning it into a fire.Imitative MagickForm of magickal practice in which the anticipated result in real life is mimicked, orimitated, in ritual.The most common form is through image magick, in which an image of areaal personmay be subjected to hostile acts (pins, burning, etc.) in the hope that real injury andmisfortune will befall the victim.The technique can also be applied to mental images. For example, a phobia could bevisualized as a hostile creature (e.g., a spider, snake, or dragon) and "shrunk" in the 3
  • 4. imagination in the hope that the symptoms of fear would disappear with it. This techniqueis used in some forms of psychotherapy that involve techniques of "active imagination".For example, in guided-imagery techniques used in cancer treatment, the patient may beasked to visualize the cancerous growth as a "dragon" that is gradually overcome by thepatient in the form of a "knight in armor". These treatments often prove to be remarkablysuccessful.Low MagickMagick intended to produce a utilitarian or domestic effect. Examples would includeattracting an influx of sudden wealth, a new lover, a change of occupation, or an uplift inones fortunes.Mortuary MagickMagickal rites and ceremonies performed in order to ensure that the deceased person willhave an enjoyable life in the afterworld. Mortuary magick was highly developed inancient Egypt.Natural MagickMagickal spells, enchantments, and conjurations believed to have an effect on Nature(e.g., bring in much needed rain or thunderstorms, affecting the wind or other aspects ofthe weather, contacting nature-spirits, or influencing cycles of fertility).Protective MagickSpells, rituals, and enchantments designed to counter the evil effects of black magick.Sexual MagickMagickal rituals and ceremonies that invoke the principle of fertility, and which usuallyinvolve sexual acts that simulate the procreative union of the gods.White MagickMagick performed for a spiritual, healing, or generally positive purpose, as distinct fromblack magick which is performed for self-gain, to inflict harm or injury, or for other evilpurposes.Chaos Magick 4
  • 5. Chaos Magick focuses on the mechanism of belief, and suggests that the process of beliefrather than the object of belief is the critical element in magick. Chaos Magicians willadopt or refute positions of belief as needed for the successful resolution of magickalacts. This orientation, which stresses adaptability as a prime asset and greets change as anaccurate reflection of the true nature of reality can be extremely destabilizing forindividuals whose sense of personal identity requires that the universe be perceived as anordered and meaningful place.Chaos Magick specifically refutes the possibility of eternal rest, of eternal order. It viewsthe universe as a phenomena of complexity at an order of magnitude too great for normalhuman psychology to understand. In fact, Chaos Magicians would argue that the universeis in such a state of flux and apparently random movement that only devious techniquessuch as those of Chaos Magick, which deliberately subvert the conscious, rational mind,have any chance of creating change in conformity with the will of the magician. 5