I have been reading this thread, (all posts) and kept back to see which way it's Tao would flow and you have luckily received some very good pointers,
The Link to occultcorpus.com...
is well worth the time and effort to follow, read, and maybe like me finally decide to join
after lurking around forever. There are beginners and some(`a few) very skilled Magickians and Sorcerers online there.
gave you a good site, Use it.
Now, if you really want to understand Chaos Magick, Monty Python is required. (Pun?) Chaos Magick in general isn't for beginners by most opinions in
the field. As Enochian.
You asked if there are different 'kinds' of magic and the answer is of course, or why spell it Magick?
I wont get into the anthropological side to much, but that is a good starting point to understanding sympathetic magick. Margaret Alice Murray is your
friend there, even if she sometimes is discredited, I loved her when I was a babe in all of this activity.
Today the flavors of Magick are too many to count even if they all rely on the same foundation of primitive need to control the Environment and life.
The Definition by good ol' A.C. is a good one someone has already mentioned. I will state the other A.C. said.
"There is a single main definition of the object of all magical Ritual. It is the uniting of the Microcosm with the Macrocosm. The Supreme and
Complete Ritual is therefore the Invocation of the Holy Guardian Angel: or , in the language of Mysticism, Union With God.""
This definition was eclipsed by the more catching, : " Magick is Science and Art of CAUSING CHANGE to occur in conformity with Will. Both are True.
The second thing A.C. brought forth in as scientific fashion as possible in his day, was to use next a postulate to refine the definition before going
on to his hundreds of "Theorems" which alone are well worth the time to read, no matter what you think of the Beast himself.
Quoting good A.C. again,
"any required CHANGE may be effected by the application of the proper kind and degree of FORCE in the Proper manner through the proper medium to the
explaining further through chemistry (Alchemy's child) to illustrate. Because A.C. did grasp this was a Science and was trying to show so by using
Materialist hard core, 'science'.
Because they are the same,,, just take a minute and look into Quantum Physics. Well,,, maybe more than a minute.
Anyway, A.C. gets the whole New Age Rolling with his first Theorem,, ""EVERY INTENTIONAL ACT IS A MAGICKAL ACT""
sums it up sorta good I have always thought. I know many will try to steer you clear of A.C. but his works are very much the foundation of modern
magcik, and I know he stood on the shoulders of giants, but he did bring much together that is worth the time to understand. If you really wish to
follow this rabbit hole.
It is Alchemy when the apprentice learns that the spells and rituals are only outward show of an inner process that really takes place in one's
psyche. The whole Holy Guardian Angel thing is Your HIGHER SELF, if you wish to borrow from psychology. Which by the way, Carl Gustav Jung will also
be of enormous help here.
So, back to what Magick IS?
Affecting CHANGE BY WILL.
It really is about Change.
Someone is poor wants to be rich.
Ugly to beautiful.
or simply someone wants adventure.
If you look at it from a quantum level, It has already been shown in studies that CONSCIOUSNESS affects the Outcome of Experiments by Observation.
This should be BIG NEWS, but is downplayed by MSM. What it means for you and me, WE CREATE MUCH OF OUR REALITY BY MEASURE AND OBSERVANCE.
These can be ritualized to have our ''higher'' selves activate within us the FORCE to create the exchange and medium to get said OBJECT of
Of course this is just one way to look at it.
Another example I use with Newbies is akin to the Butterfly effect.
I call it 'changing the universe'
Vibration is EVERYTHING,, we are Stars because atoms and particles vibrate elements created in the nuclear center of long dead stars in space.
Everything is made of light vibrating, and if you could see it with your vision it would look like an ocean of ponds that have had a rock thrown to
create waves flowing out, touching each other through infinity. Take a rock and ''throw' it in a different direction causes change to vibrate
throughout the universe.
Simply said. Everything Vibrates and IS CONNECTED in this Universe. MOVE (FORCE) One Object AFFECT the WHOLE, using INTENT TO STEER the direction
desired. Very simple really.
for example,, when you are a good magickian,, you need no wand, pentacle, chalice or brazer because it is all within you.
Take the nearest object to you, ex: Coffecup, Move it to a location where it will remain untouched again except by you. In theory, you have changed
the Universe. Magic Intent steers
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