Archive for May, 2008

Magical Journal #2

Posted in Wordy intellectual material on May 31, 2008 by Ezikiel

This is a call out. Of my many projects going on in the coming season, I have one that should be fairly easy to complete, and I’m working on it on the side of my other required projects. This is going to be something that I think many people (not just the magical ones) will feel inclined to use, so I’m trying to call out to people willing to help with it.

I’m writing a few prompts. Journeling ones, at that. It’s nothing too fancy, just trying to get people writing in a way that they will feel good about it. While I have used them myself, I think I stated in my last post that these are invaluable to me when i am writing for myself and in my journal- I’ve never met anyone else that uses them to the goal I do.

I write down a hard question. Something that gets me excited, or angry, or passionate, and then free write my way through the question. After a few days, I’ll go back to it, and see where my true personality came out in my writing. I use it to not only be a better writer, I often will be found in the “self-introspection” mode and learn about myself this way. It’s been wonderful to look at myself and see who I am and where I’m going. That way, if I don’t feel that it goes in a way that I like, I can make steps to improve or change that aspect of myself.

As I’ve said before introspection to the self is an important key to the magical arts. To know yourself will show you your strengths and weaknesses. Not only will you be developing several of the keys of magic as you do this, but you will also have the opportunity to develop yourself into “that person” that you see yourself becoming. Self awareness is the vital key that keeps us from being caught in the currents of our lives, and allows us to stand above the waters to master our own path. I want to achieve this myself. This tool that I am “creating,” has helped me along those lines, maybe it’ll help you too! Give me some feedback here. I want to know if there are people out there interested in my idea, and if there are any out there who would like to contribute some ideas of their own (with your own citation and mention, of course).

These are but a few of the reasons I started the Dusty Grimoire- to bring knowledge out of it’s nooks and crannies, and bring it to the forefront of peoples awareness. Help me do that. I am but one voice in this world, with your help, we can become a true community. Whether we are Gnostic, Satanic, Wiccan, Vampyric, Otherkin, or soccer mom- we share a common goal. All things will lead to the same place, as long as we have the courage to walk our own path, and accept the wisdom of the paths around us. Knowledge is the key, knowledge is the fountain.

On that note, since I’m getting all vague and idealistically philosophicic, let me adjourn.

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Psych

Posted in Magic on May 23, 2008 by Ezikiel

Not to be the bearer of melodrama, but this post is going to be all about me. Still working on cleaning up my language from the vicious battle with my essay on energy manipulation, I figured I would lay back and enjoy the show with a few highlights of the last week or so.

1.) I’m no longer working 60 hours a week at my job, with a prompt display of my masculinity, I have secured myself a three day weekend that will last as long as it will support myself and my bad habits. Also, this will mean that I will not only have time to update the site here, but I will also be able to finally learn how to adjust my CSS and stylize the website more to my taste! Yay, custom images and graphics!

2.) Because I’m a nice guy, I’ve accepted a position with the Shadow’s of Valhalla Otherkin group (see RSS feed at right) as an admin. While I don’t suppose this will take much time out of my life, since there really isn’t much there to crack down on, I do at least want to make aware this fact so that no one tells me that they didn’t know. Here it is, typed, posted, and proven. Take that. 😛

3.) I’ve officially announced my engagement. While not “new” news, it’s still news and I’m freakin’ happy. You should be too. Party like there’s no tomorrow (which, in hindsight, might involve a lot of crying and tantrums…hmm. Perhaps we should review that phrase to be updated.) and join me in defying the government! Only because it’s two guys openly expressing our love for eachother with that good old heathen handfasting. Joy, rapture, and the occasional 16 shots of rum.

4.) I’ve decided that rum is to be the libation of my choosing at my funeral. I don’t expect it soon, but be warned that you will be required to pour me several drinks upon my internment to the earth.

That is all, thank you.

The Gifts of the Magus

Posted in Magic, Wordy intellectual material on May 5, 2008 by Ezikiel

In ceremonial magic (and indeed, most systems) have a breakdown of effective magical or spiritual techniques used to attain the results you intend. With the Wiccan systems, you have the Wiccan creed which details several ways to effectively cast a spell and work the rituals. In high magics (such as Enochian or Kabbalistic magic) there are four simple tenets. To know, to will, to dare, and to be silent.

With a system that is deemed a way of life, such as Ritual magic, you live eat and breath your craft. you devote your life to it- if you didn’t, it wouldn’t work. You know that your energies craft themselves according to your will (as will be detailed in a later post on concepts of energy manipulation) and you dare to manipulate these energies to have your own will imposed upon your outer world. In all of this, the gift of silence is the most important. Contrary to popular belief, it isn’t the silence that makes it work, the idea of talking about your magic isn’t going to suddenly make it stop working (also covered in the mentioned post “Concepts of energy manipulation”); rather, the silence of your craft is in reference to the ego of a magician. Being subtle in your art is the best way to have it be effective. If you are “grand master Vladisucker the mage thrice-born waffle skillet homie,” to everyone you meet, it’s doubtful that you will be a.) taken seriously, b.) be able to effectively counter all of that energy coming at you to down-trod what skill you do posses.

To Know

This tenet is the first of the four gifts of the Magus. associated with the element Air, it makes sense that this tenet is the first. To know your craft is the first thing that you will be doing- getting the basics down to an art. Once you’ve mastered the simple bits, you will be reviewing the basics and learning more complicated procedures and theories for the rest of your lifetime as a(n) *insert path here*. There is always more around the corner, and always a way that you can tighten and improve your techniques and workings. To know, being associated with air, is the understanding that comes from the intellectual understandings of your craft. Writing down your findings in a journal or a grimoire is the perfect expression of your progression in this art, as you can compare the writings to each other and literally see yourself improve. While I could go into detail about the correspondences of the element Air, that’s a bit beyond the scope of this article.

To Will

Associated with the element of water (and in some systems, fire- you’ll see why) because to will something is a tactile sensation for many. It’s an emotional need to get it done. In many ways, the associations of water and fire overlap. They are both emotionally charged, they both have the ability to clear pathways for new life, and both of them in either extreme will kill you. As with many polar opposites, there are undeniable similarities. Either way, developing the will is often done through meditation and repetition of various rituals. The Lesser Banishing Ritual of the Pentagram, for instance, not only fortifies the minds eye and energies through visualization and the intonation of specific sounds to teach the magician the importance of vibrations in drawing things to us, but also allows the practicing to feel confident. That confidence plays closely into the direction of will.

To Dare

This is another concept almost interchangeably associated both fire and water. To dare, in the sense of magic, has always been taking your awareness and goals in your own hands. Being your own person, and having the audacity to stand up for yourself, and think/do. While I don’t always have the dare to say no (hence why my work has infiltrated every aspect of my life) I do employ this daring attitude in my willingness to learn, and take my mistakes as just that- experiences to learn from. While developing this daring attitude, obviously will power will play a strong role in it. For those us us (not I) who already have a natural gifts for Willpower and Daring, will find the affirmations that come from developing these traits a bit harder to put into words. Certainly, by living your own path you can write down such things in your Grimoire; however if these things come naturally to you, putting the thoughts into words will be a bit harder.

To Be Silent

Like I’ve stated previously, being Silent is about the subtle aspects of your art. Most traditions have a clause in their charter stating that most all of the path specific information is for innitiates only. Things like the Houses and secret societies have this clause to protect their inner members, and allows for the concepts of heirarchies within the society. The reason that we value silence in our craft is because of the law of attraction. If you talk about doing a major working, certianly that will attract attention. It doesn’t always attract the attention that you want it to. Also, other people knowing abotu the specific of your worknigs, their own associations can easily tap into your thoughtstream, and make you either second guess or doubt the effectiveness of your working all together. not what you want.

As far as a personal path goes, there are many things that these days are considered common knowledge. While these posts so far have much to do with that common knowledge, there are many paths that specify particular workings for festivals, sabots, initiations and ascension within that group. While these are essential functions, they are specific to the House or Temple that your path involves (if any).

If you are walking your path, accumulating knowledge on your own, and devising your own workings, you will have much in the way of information that you’ve discovered and/or been taught. This information should be specific to you and your path, and if you devised this information of your own experimentation you should consider it your own intellectual property. Obviously, you don’t want to say that “I came up with Satanism!” because that was a previously established thing, yadda yadda. Key point, if you do your research and cite your sources, all will be well.

I’ve always seen the gifts according to their elemental correspondence in the creation myths. That is to say, the order that they were (in my mind) employed to create from the void- Air, Water, Fire, earth. The reason I bring this up is because gaining these gifts in a particular order is important. Now, whether or not these myths have an validation to magic is debatable, and well beyond the scope of this article. In all things, the hidden gift of the magus should be unity. Not only does a magician seek to exceed his own interpretation of the universe, but to unify with it and become the master of himself.

Thanks for reading this long winded article. Anything that I can do to make it better? Yell at me, I’ll get it done for ya’.