a reply to: gell1234
Just a few things:
1. Almost every book on Amazon dealing with magic or the occult is not going to help you at all. However, all the books on being a magician or using
illusions is quite entertaining. Now, if you want to understand the practice, you could look to some of the books on theology or history of the
2. You never really stated why
you want to get into this: Most people don't just go in "because I want to learn". What is your motivation or
purpose for learning?
3. Almost any book that is somewhat serious about the occult will usually have some kind of ritual that needs to be done. True, you could copy out the
symbols in the books, but until you give it intent
, it's just a symbol; it won't do anything.
Usually, with books like the Goetia, people tend to skip to the symbols. If you read the other books that come before it, they tell you how to cleanse
yourself before using the symbols for what they are. You want to cleanse yourself before any major workings, to prevent any ill coming back on you.
4. There is a price to pay when doing things this way: You use any spell for "selfish things" (IE: Getting rich), and it will come back to bite you in
5. Keep Your Expectations Realistic!
. This is not the comics, where you cast a spell and Cthulhu immediately appears in front of you taking out
your enemies. Same goes for psychic abilities: You will not be able to fly, throw cars, etc. I know someone that used to think saying a simple phrase
would cause their enemy to suffer.
6. Intent is key, as is energy. Think about this: Why is it that a cross seems to be the remedy for protection against spirits (in general + popular
culture)? To a spiritual degree - That person believes that the cross (giving it energy) contains the power to vanquish evil, and thus carries it
around to keep them safe from evil (intent).
Part of most magic systems out there is belief: When something tells you to do a ritual before casting the spell, it's not there to hinder you: As you
follow the ritual, that energy you put into the ritual (in theory) is the energy used to bring the spell to focus.
For example (indulging into my foolish teen years), I copied something out of a book to help me accomplish something. I started by making sure I
understood what the symbol actually meant. I then "blessed" a piece of paper by submerging it in water (water), then submerging it in salt (earth),
slowly dried it in the heat of a candle (fire), and finally waved it around to get rid of any remaining salt (air). I traced the symbol, imagining
that every line glowed with a blue light (energy), and all while tracing focused on what I wanted it to help me with (intent).
Needless to say, it worked (and, like most things of its kind: Burned me back). Now, if I didn't go through that lengthy process (which took a week),
it wouldn't have worked at all, or would have only slightly worked.
I don't indulge much by those books anymore - I've found over the years it's better for me to focus my energies elsewhere.