learning about magic a good 8 years ago. I was at that time
inspired by the occult in the media like in shows, namely Buffy,
The Craft and the sort. It started as that for me. I was totally
fascinated with the power that magic could bring. You hated a guy?
Cool, no problem, curse him to hell. You liked a girl? No problem
too, do a love spell and hey presto sheís there for you. Got money
problems? Viola, spell = money.
No doubt, this works. I had girl problems, magic solved it. I had
bullies and stuff, magic solved it. I needed money, magic solved
it. Pretty soon, I began looking towards magic as my cure-all. But
lightning never strikes twice. Every irritancy and nuance demanded
a more elaborate ritual or at least a properly blessed charm to
cure it. In other words, I began to foster a dependency towards
magic. It became my crutch. Now this is what many wise magicians
talk about when they say that magic is a curse upon humanity. The
learning magician, when faced with this and that will soon enough
resort to doing some sort of spell or ritual to overcome this
I have seen this case illustrated at least a hundred times. Iíve
been on IRC channels, forums, occult shops and sometimes even to
occult lodges and I see this same weird pattern being repeated and
propagated. Magician has a problem, spell cures it. This process,
while being repeated over and over again causes a serious mental
disease. You lose your soul.
Magic is seriously not a form of escapism. In its truest sense,
magic is not a very pleasurable process. Magic is not about
running away from every problem you face and hiding behind some
elaborate ritual or spell. Itís not about dependence on external
forces. On some mystical force or some ancient ritual. Itís about
Magic is not really pleasurable because it is an acceleration. A
rapid increase in learning force and intelligence and intuition.
It is like a rocket engine that launches your learning curve
skyward. When you face problems, magic is not there to be used to
solve it. Therein lies the curse.
God made magic in such a special way that its secrets were only
revealed to people who were really ready to learn about it. It is
sort of like a self-locking system. Like one of those safety caps
on medicine bottles. The medicine is inside but since the kid
canít open it to get to the good stuff, they either junk it aside
in boredom or are happy tossing the bottle around and rolling it
The pagans and heathens of old who strongly believed and lived
within such systems as ancient witchcraft and paganism knew this
very well. That is why, besides doing their yearly say harvest
ritual, they would also go out there and work on the fields and
put some hard labor into it. They just use magic to augment the
process and guide them in the most beneficial way possible.
This is what made the ancient pagans so wise and thatís what
helped them survive. Imagine if all they did was do their harvest
rituals then go back into their houses, sit down and wait for the
wheat to grow by itself. Quite frankly, we wouldnít be here right
now. We would have died waiting.
The same principles apply to our modern life right now. The only
thing that has changed is that we live sheltered lives, protected
by our societal exoskeleton. If there is a bad guy on the street,
we donít worry too much because the cops are out there. For some
people too, it doesnít matter if they donít work. They can live
quite happily of their dole money and by leeching off others. If
anything goes wrong, we blame our governments and say they never
took care of us. In the face of every adversity there is something
there to bolster to fall. So much so that we have forgotten how to
think on our feet. We have forgotten the values of practicality
and hard work.
Iíve seen plenty of teens out there bitch and moan about stress
and boredom and stuff like that. ďOh no, I have no money to buy
those shoes. Letís do a spellĒ. ďOh no, I love that girl but she
loves someone else. Letís do a spellĒ. ďOh no my exams are around
the corner, lets do a spellĒ. I am no exception from this. I am in
fact, guilty of this every day. Sometimes unconsciously, sometimes
consciously but still ignored. Have we ever stopped to consider
our plight against others?
My apartment block will be undergoing upgrading soon. Their going
to be doing renovations in it and my house will be in a mess. And
seriously, Iím majorly stressed over it because I am the one
thatís going to be inconvenienced. Then I sent my mind out on an
excursion. In the world, 5,000 children die everyday due to
improper sanitation and housing. Die. Iím not talking about
getting bad grades or losing a girlfriend or not getting a new
pair of Nikeís. Their dead. Nothing much left there. But for every
5,000 that die, there is another 5,000 that make it. For today at
least. Thatís magic. Magic is when you work to overcome the odds
and learn from it. Morgan Freeman said it best in Bruce Almighty :
ď Magic is when a single mother works 2 jobs to support her
children but still finds time to raise them in a loving
environment, Magic is when a teenager says no to drugsÖ..Ē Magic
is about an evolution. A revolution perhaps, considering our
plight now. If we do not change our dependency on external sources
and not exercise our God-given abilities, we are destined to face
the fate of others before us. Sure, there are spirits and objects
along the way that can help you.
Like the 360 spirits that surround the realm of Malkuth(Earth).
They can teach you all manner of things. They can even do things
for you, but every wise magician will be wary of these things
because getting people/spirits to do things for you will only
result in dependency. In addition to this, its you who will lose
out in the end because you lost a chance to practice.
Spirits and demons and wands and pentacles are just an aid. They
make things that much easier when you know what you are doing.
The next time when you are faced with a challenge, when the odds
are against you and times seem tough. Use a little magic. Use it
for guidance and strength and willpower to dissolve all obstacles.
Donít use it as an easy way out. It just might be a trap. Anything
that was ever worthwhile had to be worked hard for. The magician
is not a person who can cast spells or raise the most demons or
who has the most rings or pentacles. The magician is a fighter
above all the rest. An immortal spirit that cannot be killed. A
spirit who is imbued with a fire to burn down all obstacles. A
human, a child of God. God made us in Godís image. Tells us a lot
about ourself and who we are. Its not about handphones or cars or
games. Its about living life and learning. You are a magician the
moment you are born.