SInce the 1960's there have been thousands of books written on laws of attractions , magic and related stuff. Many teachers have come forward. In
addition , when Israel Regardie pubished secret doctrines and rituals of the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn, you would have thought that there
would be a upsurge of new magical lodges and successful magicians. However this did not happen.
What happened was a revived interest in the occult but that interest did not produce magicians of great standing. The original lineage of the Golden
Dawn and related lodges was preserved but nothing really notable ensued. Nowadays we still have many magical lodges and students but they are not so
potent in my view.
I believe that the problem is that the western magical system (which originates to a certain degree from the Rosicrucians) is full of dogma. There is
nothing wrong with dogma as it is esential for building a framework . However, we are talking of the dogma of the qabalistic Tree of Life combined
with a fully documented and extensive array of symbols and entities - thousands of them. Enough to make a first class honours graduate in Physics do a
The error people make is to approach the subject as if it was a university course. Unfortunately it does not work that way. Rituals and symbols will
not do anything for you unless you have already undergone an initiation . Even an initiation is not sufficient unless you have something of yourself
It was Aleister Crowley who brought practicality into magic and some of his comments were very useful. At this stage I would urge those who think
Crowley was evil to reconsider their views and find out about him before making comments. It saddens me that a man who has never killed anyone or even
harmed people should be treated as more evil than serial killers and murderers. He was just eccentric.
Now a few points about the practicality of magic.
1)Crowley , who was capable or summoning angels and demons, was also well aware how the human mind intergrates with the environment. He would
therefore advocate using magic as a last resort. If , for example, you needed to get something done then your first step should be to use the basic
means first (eg write a letter; have a meeting, make a phone call,etc). You may find that this achieves the intended objective. He knew of course that
this in itself was a very basic application of magic. I have not read much of Crowley but I certainly remember this advice which I have found very
2)Every magician should bring a bit of himself to the art. Crowley had natural abilities to so some simple magical feats such as making someone trip
and this had nothing to do with the teachings. Similarly, we each have certain abilities . We are to develop them and gain greater confidence . The
magical teachings (eg Qabalah) will remain in the background and give us the perspective but our development will be very individual. There are horses
for courses. Students make the misake of assuming that there is only one way to learn.
3)I once met an Irishman who was teaching Qabalah. He had a very profound understanding of it yet he operated though his irish mentality and bringing
in some of his own pagan style to it. It worked very well for him. I believe that he even brought a little bit of witchcraft into it too. Yet it was
all done against a background of the Tree of Life. He taught in a practical way. It was not different from the way Crowley taught . It is like filling
several draws with ideas but each idea put into the draw that you think it relates to. Over the years you have build an understanding of various
principles; particularly so if each draw represented a sephiroth on the Tree.
4)One more advice ; this time from myself. Observe other magicians but not the ones wearing the robes. Observe successful businessmen. I have been
lucky to work in Finance and I can readily watch money in the making. Business people are far from being magicians but there is an attitude there that
is worth cultivating. I am not talking about the greedy "go and get it at all cost" attitude. I mean the cultivation of expectation.
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