The Gifts of the Magus

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’.

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