reply to post by network dude
I think Skada has pretty much hit it right on the head here, at least for me, and my understanding...
Depends on who you ask. But a lot of people from those disciplines that practice "magick," use this spelling to segregate it from the
illusionary stage magic tricks.
For them, the end result of the working is the focus, not the getting there. It is a form of manifestation using ritualistic "tools" to focus energy
and bring it into your reality (or pull you to the reality where the end result has a higher probability of happening). For those that use magick,
they will tell you that it absolutely works, but it isn't like making a wish to a genie, it will take some time for the magick to complete and the
end result to occur.
So, you could say that magick works, and it doesn't work based on your belief system. No matter what you choose, you will be right.
I've always kind of hated the "magick" spelling, though I get the reason. For me, better simply to call stage magicians "illusionists" and be
done with it, because that is what is being done....illusions. You can believe in "real" magic or not, but if you do not, you certainly can't
expect to wield it. In a sense, for me, magic is a lot like using "The Secret" from that self-help stuff...or Power of Attraction. But, instead of
just your will, you are using ritualistic tools and symbolic magic to help strengthen that will that then goes out into the Universe.
The theory being that the same ideas, used over time, are not just using YOUR will and belief, but that of all of those who went before you, using the
same symbology, etc. So, when you burn a green or gold candle for wealth, you're not just using your desire for wealth, but the belief of everyone
else who ever burned a green or gold candle for the same.
Sympathetic magic can likewise (and additionally) be used. In a sense, this is using ideas such as quantum entanglement. A piece of something still
being somehow connected to the whole. This is the principle behind a voodoo doll that uses part of someone or something close to them to form the
connection. But, you could also use soil from a bank, for example, for a money spell.
I don't usually talk about magic much, not even really with my loved ones. I will say though, that I have used magic in the past couple of years
while envisioning my goals and desires. We were renting a cheap house, now we own our own ranch and have land, horses, etc. Does magic work? Well,
that's for you to decide. But, I also believe there is always a cost to balance the scales too, so it (for me) isn't something to be done lightly.
As for the "right" way to do it...I think that's bull. The only right way is what feels right to you, what will bolster your own belief and will to
thrust your desired effect into manifesting in the Universe. Or it could all just be luck, who knows. It matters not, only what you believe.
All a spell or ritual is, is the use of these foci (focus items, plural) to reinforce your will, your desired effect. Whether there are words, or what
language the words are in, even which tools and symbols you use, are all up to you, and what YOU feel will put it out there better. Personally, I
think that the more effort that goes into your ingredients and ritual, the better the result. For example, I approached my wealth spell from many
angles. From an elemental angle, I collected water from a wishing fountain, air from a bag that had been sealed with paper money and coins, earth from
a bank, and for fire, the burning of a dollar. My "spell" was in English, to focus more on the meaning of the words, vs. abstract memorization. I
used a spell altar cloth inscribed with a circle, because I believe circles are a natural form in the Universe, and the boundary helps to focus the
energy. Lastly, I devised an order to the steps of the spell that made sense, and focused on keeping my will focused on what I wanted...not a specific
means of getting it (so you wouldn't focus on winning the lotto), but what I wanted the result to be (our own home, land, etc.).
Now, it all sounds like a bunch of new age hippie bullcrap, sure...but hey, it either worked, or it's a huge coincidence. Either way, I'm happy with
the result. (there was also a cost, but not going there).