Or at least I don’t think it is of any specific tradition as Wicca, Golden Dawn, Thelema etc. All of which share similarities by the way and it is thanks to the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn that everything is over run with “it has to be done in this specific way” etc. The Lesser Banishing Ritual of the Pentagram has power, yes, but it is not and should not be accepted nor acknowledged as the only way to achieving the ability to raise and manipulate energy. Two people have inspired me to write this blog: Sarah Lawless of the Witch of Forest Grove and Balthazar of Gnostic Conjure. Astrology plays a huge part in magick which is brings up a major issue that practitioners of magick are raised into. Some people believe that magick is a purely self oriented construct while other believe that it is harnessed from nature, the universe, the cosmos, the stars, the everything. Other people accept both – that magick can be brought from within yourself and outside of yourself – that magick exists in all things or msot things that is. I personally believe the latter idea because there is nothing that has ever made mor will it, I believe, make me believe that it is all dependent upon myself or that it can’t come from within myself.
This leads to my journey into trying to understand magick even more so than I already do, but more importantly my journey into trying to successfully incorporate it into my life. Over the last two years I have come to understand that not every magickian, witch, wizard, warlock etc. whatever you want to call yourself (me, personally, I prefer to call myself a Witch) turns to a Golden Dawn inspired ritual, but rather that some turn directly to nature and the universe via meditation, union with said forces etc. I have also discovered that some practitioners turn to the power of prayer such as in Hoodoo. This is not unusual for Hoodoo as Christianity developed from Judaism which was essentially connected to the Kabbalah. It is believed that G-d (to give this sentence bit of a Jewish undertone) created the Universe with each of the Hebrew characters of the Aleph Bet. This then obviously, possibly, influenced the Golden Dawn’s idea of vibrating certain words or names of entities, deities etc. There is power in what we say! I have tried the LBRP with very little real desire to continue with it and basically I wanted something different. If you are interested in some of my earlier thoughts on this you can read my blog post on it here. As I said in an earlier post, I tried to work from a Christian based spiritual path, but decided, after a few attempts, to resign from it or at least for now. I think it would be best for me to venture into nature as that is probably where our ancestors did whatever they did to gather magickal power, to build it up etc. I don’t know if that is the right terminology, but I do know that people who suggested it is all to do with psychic ability. When you practice magick, you are utilizing psychical currents. I do think this is fully true though I am not fully set on this belief yet.
So, turning to nature, eh? You will first want to think of the Four classical elements and connecting with each of them right? I think it is more than just that because there is much more in work out there than just these four elements. My first thought would be to connect with the planetary currents and yes, I am referring to more than just the seven planets! You will want a good working knowledge of the five elements including that of the eleven planets. This is what I will be attempting to stick with as I am not someone who can always stay with one thing sadly. I will post my experiences, knowledge, and techniques/experiments on this blog over the course of a month to start with. I want to go slow, but I don’t want things to get stagnate. I am hoping that I will develop what needs to be developed and that my experiences can help others as well!
May your path find you well!