Archive for December, 2008

Ritual and Goal keeping

Posted in Magic on December 27, 2008 by Ezikiel

To me, Ritual work has always been a way to signify to myself and the universe that the goal is going out, and I have committed energy to it’s stable growth and realization.

I’ve been doing research lately. That’s a far cry from my usual studies of self and meditation. I’ve been reading several books detailing the Qabbalistic rituals and the use of the tree of life in ceremonial magic. While that is proving quite interesting, it is less fruitful for me. I’ve always been a magician who implied intuition and raw energy to my workings. I never saw the need to light candles or arrange stones on an altar in order to permeate my circle with a specific intent. I’ve been trying to understand the basics of magical workings from a new perspective. It’s been so long since I had gone back and tried the “simple” workings of a magical system. I’d forgotten how different the state of mind become while you focus on the creation of the altar and arrange in the physical all the things that your rite will need. Going through and doing these rituals again (several of my own devising, in case you’re interested) I’ve noticed that my techniques of consecrating the space and tools is so different from what I’ve read. I thought that I would share these techniques with you all here, and see how many of us are doing variants of my own ideas.

When I cast the sacred space, I use vibrations. To set the parameter, instead of a ring of fire (hahaha, unintentional pop culture reference!), I feel the waves of energy bounce back at me, and begin “echoing” throughout the space. Being a more tactile person, I also feel this energy radiating, and getting stronger as I push and pull. My boundary is often only a few feet from my body, so the tangible pulse of this energy raises quickly and takes very little effort for me to maintain. Once I feel it is sufficient, I push out, shoving all of the energy that I just built to the very edge of the space and lock it down. This pushes all of the energy that was within the space out as well, clearing it.

As for ritual tools, I don’t often employ physical ones. If I need a sword, I manifest an etheric one.  Just like when you consecrate a sacred tool, the physical simply houses the spirit of the tool that you imbue it with. Classic techniques suggest a rebirth of the tool in your hands, creating something sacred from the mundane. You are essentially creating a new sword from your own spirit to use in your magical workings.  Forging these etheric tools requires the same intensity of the vibrational circle casting, in a much smaller space. The density of the energy forges the “body,” and the rhythm of the vibrations creates a harmony with your own body. Creating these tools can be essential to your ritual, or they can be used to gather experience in moving and manipulating energy; and we all know how much I enjoy making myself more adept at such things.

Doing these etheric projections, while they may seem counter-intuitive to most (why make a knife from energy when you can just pick one up?) have increased my ability to understand and shape the energies I put into my working. If there is ever a need to defend myself, I can use these projections as a warding, or to turn the tide of a conversation. Let me give you an example.

I want to make a customer who is very upset calm down. He’s yelling, throwing a fit, and won’t reason. While he is getting things off of his chest, I visualize a shield and sword in my hands. Using the shield, I’ll deflect that hostility, and using the sword, negate the energies that he’s throwing at me. I can stay calm, and he’ll get what he needs to out of himself. To make him more calm, still with the shield, I’ll begin projecting an aura of calm. Feel relaxing waves of energy radiate from me. As I’m deflecting and negating his energy, I can begin to cycle this calm attitude to him.

Using these concepts in my ritual, I get to practice my skills of visualization. Most of the time when I use these techniques, I don’t have the time to light a circle of candles, begin chanting, and building a cone of power. Learning to harness the power of my goals and intentions on the fly is (in my experience) just as important as learning to discipline your mind into a meditation and ritual schedule.

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On the Ancient and mysterious

Posted in Magic on December 12, 2008 by Ezikiel

The ancients are, by definition, old things. Gods and creatures idolised and immortalised by their subsequent generations for their qualities and ideals. Many of the Ancients I’ve encountered in text and practice have been an amalgam of  energies and thoughts from the different cultures and people that have since put thought into them. Being a part of the astral, and therefore not needing a concrete body to contain their energies, I’ve noticed that many of them have taken on a form more suitable to their liking. From Shiva’s many armed glory, to Lillith’s curvature and terrifyingly beautiful physique, the Ancients have mastered, in their own way, to harness the energies being given forth to them in order to make themselves known and retain their will in a cohesive being.

In the last few weeks, I’ve been invoking several of these ancients to fuel my meditations and workings. Having tapped into those energies to channel them into my magic has been an interesting endeavor. I Invoked Aiacos, a Greek god of judgment in the Underworld, and used his energies to make a few decisions (being a Libra has it’s drawbacks), Evoked Arachnia into a living Altar to commune with a goddess on many of life’s questions, and got some interesting tidbits of insight.

Using these energies and channeling them (either into myself, or into something else) is strange to me. The energy has a will of it’s own- allowing that will to super-cede my own and allow it to flow was a challenge (to say the least) for me. I would assume that it gets easier, with practice and time, to let something come in and commune with it on a spiritual level, trying not to impose a will onto it (Aiacos doesn’t like that one so much, I still taste rotten meat sometimes…don’t ask).

Though, with the limited experience I’ve had with Invocation and Evocation of spiritual entities, I have yet to have a scary experience, or on that didn’t prove enlightening on some aspect or another. From Aiacos, I am learning to make clear decisions, to balance the scales and find the middle path for myself. From Arachne, I’m knitting much more (Yay, presents for friends and family!) and with better conception of the finished product. Not only that, but I’m beginning to see the parallels between the web of the Wyrd (Old Norse concept, works well for me) and how we manifest out destiny. Every little loop that I pull through an old loop shapes my sock (or sweater, or skirt, or shawl, I’m not addicted) into something from a stringy mess of woolly softness, to a beautifully crafted masterpiece (don’t deflate my ego, those socks are AWESOME) of design and function.

All in all, I have found another aspect of my craft to perfect, and plan on doing much more in the near and far future.