Originally posted by Conquistadork
How did you guys become involved with the practice of magic? I'm hoping it took more than a visit to a local magic shop
Magic or magick is the use and control of the elements and energy around you to achieve your goals. It takes many years of study and learning and you
still may not achieve results as to what you expect.
Basically it comes down to "will" "pure will and pure energy. Many people use rituals to achieve that will. Some more advanced practitioners have
no need of rituals and have attained a level of magick where their subconscious and conscious join and combine giving the person the "will" to
achieve results. Put simply, if you believe with every fibre of your existance, then it will be. Will. As Crowley once said. Do what thou wilt, that
shall be the whole of the law. Do as you will. But remember for every action is reaction.
To begin a life in magick or esoteria you must be strong minded, able to overcome your fears and religious prejudices, such as Steve demonstrated in
his "spiritual attack" claims. You must be prepared to learn and pick up knowledge where it comes. You need to be able to analyze and see how the
particular theory you are studying pertains to you yourself. Each person is an individual, hence each persons path in life is also different and the
ways and methods they use to achieve or reach those goals are also different.
This is where you must be careful of cults, of organizations that charge money to pass enlightenment to you and by ones who claim to have the answers,
usually they don't.
There is much knowledge over this subject on ATS site and forums and other sites on the Internet about magick, it's theory and practise. Unless you
are already decided on a path, say Wiccan, golden dawn, masonic, eastern or otherwise, at first it is best to study parts of all, sooner or later you
will find yourself attracted to certain areas of knowledge.
Nothing is co - incidence in the world of magick, everything has a purpose and reason, you will find that once you start seeking, answers will come,
people will come into your life with meaning but once again beware, there are givers in this world and there are takers. You need people who will help
your energy to grow and not take from your energy, not drain you, instead help to build you into the person you are.
Inside you will know what is right for you, do not believe everything you see or read, instead take what feels right inisde.
Magick uses symbolism and the elements, learn about the elements, their efffect on each other and their effect on the world around us. Study nature.
Learn to use the energy within. Play with light, play with colour, play with crystals, play with nature and play with ideas and possibilities. If it
feels right, it usually is. Be in tune with yourself, be in tune with your inner self, know all about yourself, learn your fears, face them and
overcome them to move onto the next stage of learning.
Grab some runes, or tarot or other tools to assist you to learn more about yourself. Your strengths and weaknesses. Remember these are just tools of
your subconscious. Just as someone with fears of the devil with have a ouija board spelling out " satan", before you have success your fears will
surface to overcome.
Remember simple things like the threefold wish, or the star card in the tarot. Karmic law. What you send out will return. If you send bad energy out
then that energy is "out there" and able to be used to send back to you, in wiccan language threefold. Three times worse. if you send good energy
out, then that can also be returned to you. What you get, you give, what you give, you get.
You are what you give and receive in life.
Learn about inner energy, yoga, meditation and control. Learn as much as you can about everything.
[edit on 21-12-2005 by Mayet]