Ritual and Goal keeping

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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2 Responses to “Ritual and Goal keeping”

  1. Amy Anon Says:

    But mental projections have been used so many times before by people you would consider mundane, as a tool for them to focus as well. Exactly in the same concept and motions, as far as having a goal going out committing energy to its own growth and stability. How, in any instance where projection is used as a ritual, does it differ to “normal” as the effects (yes, even the thoughts or projection of energy) are exactly the same?

  2. There isn’t much of a difference between “mundane” or “magical,” with the only exception being the intent to create change. Active pursuit of change and the manifestation of the true will (thelema) is the only thing that seperates the Magus from the outer world. The relation of the subjective universe to the macroverse is no different for a magician than it is for anyone else.

    Perhaps you misunderstand my reason for this post. Though the use of magic is essential to my point of view, it doesn’t mean that my idea of magic is anything less than universal. Everyone uses these techniques of lesser and medial magics- my reason for writing about them is to understand their true potential in fueling my Xeper, and realizing my Higher self in accordance to my own will.

    Hopefully that answer your question. 🙂

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