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High Magick vs. Low Magick (Practical Magick)
There are generally
two specific types of magickal working. High Magick and Low Magick. This
does not denote that level of effectiveness or potency, but rather the
nature of the working and more specifically the energies and entities
involved in the process.
High Magick is work
done with the specific intent of achieving a spiritual, mystical goal.
Ceremonial Magick, followers of the Order of the Golden Dawn and
Qabalistic Magick are all work with the formality and formularies of
High Ritual. The work is done in a ritualistic manner; always with
a circle being cast, energies of the quarters called and statement to
the seen and unseen regarding the intent. The work is formal, structured
and well planned in accord with the desired results.
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High Magick Demystified
Low Magick includes
Folk Magick, spell work and those workings that look more to effect the
mundane world using the tools and energies of the mundane in concert
with the spiritual to bring about a desired result. These are the
practical workings that we do on a daily basis in accord with our life
or communities needs. Those who were the pagans of agricultural
society and lived in the lowlands worked from dusk to dawn, had
little if any time or need for elaborate ceremonies; therefore the
practice of low magick was straightforward and to the point with little
fanfare. Feathers, stones, herbs, flowers and other natural items were
the ingredients used to work magick to ensure a good crop, fertility in
marriage or protection from those who would do harm. These
needs have transformed to some degree in modern society, but the
underlying premise is still the same. That of improving or safeguarding
those things we need.
SPELL- A magickal working directed toward the achievement of
some goal such as obtaining, banishing, changing a
condition, etc. Sometimes refers to the verbal part of the
Spell work is
generally categorized as Low or Practical Magick.
We cast spells as we
cook. Carefully preparing and choosing the finest ingredients to produce
pleasure and nourishment for ourselves and those we love cooking.
Sitting and writing that special sentiment in a birthday card or sharing
condolences intended to comfort are crafts of spell work. Prayers
offered up for a loved one's health and the even the simple gesture of a
hug and kiss accompanied by words of "have a good day" are spells cast.
These and more are done transparently and largely unknowingly as we move
through our daily routines.
layer upon layer of compatible and supportive tools onto the
energetic working of the spell gives the extra oomph for
success. Additionally, the extra time, care and effort in
selecting just the right ingredients activates the process
of intent and desire before the actual working is done. You
have sent out the etheric template that you wish to manifest
and set up the first steps of calling forth what you desire.
The Basic Ingredients:
and set forth the necessary vibration that interacts with
the vibratory state of energy that surrounds us. We’ve
talked in previous lessons about how we are effected by and
affect energy. Spell work sets up a direct line of
communication between the energetic creation or thoughtform
of what we wish to occur and introduces or inserts it into
the flow and fabric of universal energy. It is for this
reason that we try to work in accord with those energies by
assessing and making use of moon phase, astrological timing,
specific Deity and so on.
little aside. Take a look at the shape of the intro spell
for this page. In addition to using specific word and
rhythm, often a form or shape can be embedded or (reveals
itself ) in the way the lines flow. This silhouette makes me
think of a very full short trunked Tree with plant life
extending out beneath. (And, no I rarely drink alcohol and
have never taken drugs J)
As represented through natural ingredients such as stones,
feathers, botanicals (herbs, oils, plant essences, flowers,
roots) water, etc..
– miracles and change in resolution
for maters of the home
for matters of the heart
– fertility of all manner
Aquarius – innovation, larger perspective
– surfacing what lay behind, transformation, revealing
analytical details, fresh approach
– firm resolve, moving in strength
- protection and strength of purpose
Think clearly about what you need.
If you need a car, perhaps it would be best to do a spell
that will help you to bring a car into your life, rather
than asking for a few thousand dollars to come your way so
that you can buy a car. Magic can work in many ways and you
might be limiting yourself if you don't stay open to all
possibilities! But remember, magic works best if you really
need something, rather than just desiring it.
you are imminently pressured to perform a spell immediately,
the best practice is to thoroughly plan out and make the
necessary preparations for an effective spell. Sit down and
think through what you you wish to manifest. Once you have
this narrowed down, think about what that manifestation
would look like. Add as much detail to the image as
possible. If this is for a new job, what would that job
involve? What steps would be needed to qualify you for this
job? What would be the optimal setting for this job?
Be as specific and detail oriented as possible. In magickal
workings open-ended means precisely that. What you may be
imagining as outcome and how the universe perceives that
request are generally very different. If however, you can
specifically and clearly give image, voice and shape and
form to that request, you are more likely to get the desired
result in a way that more closely replicates your need.
you wish to manifest has many steps involved towards the
final outcome; work on each step fully before before you
move to the next. This works in accord with fully directing
your intent and focus towards a singular purpose. As each
step is realized, then being the process of calling forth
the correct timing for your spell. If it is regarding new
growth work during a New Moon. If it regards something you
wish to bolster, strengthen or bring fully into
manifestation, work at the Full Moon And, if you wish to
release or transform something work at the waning phase,
through Dark Moon.
Focus only upon one work of magic at a time. For best
results, don't scatter your power, channel it in one
Setting a goal date to
accomplish the fruits of your spell gives boundary to what
has been set forth. It also gives more focus to what is
being done because you have narrowed in. You also do not
want to have the energy of your spell lingering needlessly.
This keeps you accountable for cleaning up what you have
begun, and also gives markers along the way that allow you
to modify, change or redirect with additional boost as
When creating the wording for your spell, remember to
include the phrase, "For the good of all!" This phrase will
help your spells to enhance your life, without having your
good fortune being at the expense of another. Another useful
phrase is, "This or something better now comes to me." Often
that which you want at this point in your life may be
different to what you really need, and it's only when you
look with hindsight from a future point in time that you can
realize this. So, by asking "for this or something better,"
you leave yourself open to greater possibilities becoming
available to you. I have heard so many examples of spells
going wrong when the "For the good of all!" wording is not
taken into consideration. One friend did a spell to get
$1,000 for a holiday, and two weeks later his house was
burgled, and the insurance reimbursement check ended up
being $1,000 exactly. Another person I know did a spell so
that she could have some time off work, and she promptly
broke her leg, requiring three months off work! I have also
heard (many times) about people who do a spell to lose
weight, and they get diarrhea, or excessive vomiting, or
both. They sure lost weight, but not in a healthy way. Be
careful for what you wish for, because you may get it!
Apart from the examples just given, there are other
consequences to be aware of. When something comes into your
life, certain responsibilities come along with it. For
example, when doing a spell to get a car, remember that
along with the car comes registration costs, petrol and
repair bills, perhaps monthly loan repayments, etc. Are you
in a position to handle these? A Law of Exchange is always
at work when magic is used. Sometimes what you have wished
for seems to come out of thin air, with little effort on
your part, but often it will arrive from more mundane
sources. For example, it may be that after doing a spell for
a car, you win $20,000 in the lottery and you can buy
it...Or it may simply be that you are offered the chance to
do extra hours at your work, or a second job turns up so
that you are then in a financial position to afford a loan
for the dream car. Are you prepared to give this extra
energy to the universe/gods in exchange for the items you
wished for? Another way in which money can become available
to you after casting a prosperity spell, is through being
asked if you want to sell something that is of value to you.
Are you willing to part with that family heirloom if someone
makes an offer out of the blue?
Spell books are great for getting ideas, but the spell will
work better if you put it into words that are meaningful to
you. In the book "The Key of Solomon the King" there is a
spell for gaining inspiration, and at one point the
spell-caster is supposed to say the Hebrew words, "Vegale
hamicata umsa terata yeh dah ma baxasoxa un horah himesere..."
But this sort of wording does nothing to focus awareness
upon the aim of the spell. It is much better to make
something up yourself. For example, for an "inspiration"
spell, you could scry into a water-filled cauldron and say
the words, "Beneath the stars and moon so bright, from
cauldron deep and candlelight, the answer that I seek
tonight is now revealed into my sight."
Frame your spell in positive words, actions and outcomes.
Your subconscious will respond in the appropriate way to
that which is phrased in a way that is in support of what
you desire. Unless you are specifically trying to release
negative attributes keep it in a positive light. If you are
releasing something you feel is harmful, name it but be sure
to call to yourself the positive things that will
replace these negatives.
work is not the equivalent of rubbing the genie's lamp and
asking for things that exemplify greed, lust and
overindulgence. Of course everyone has their own perceptions
of what is realistic and what is not. If you hold fast to
the thoughts of not only looking at what you desire, but
what the consequence of achieving that thing would be and
what measure of true happiness and benefit it will provide
this may give you pause to set you sights on what is
achievable and will produce the best outcome for all
remember that you are the most important ingredient in any
spell work. Just following the directions in a book of
spells will not produce results. If you are not fully
engaged in what you are attempting to achieve the true
magick underlying the work will not be realized.
After the Spell is
discuss your spell with anyone. This dissipates and dilutes
the energies. What you have carefully woven, is now open to
receiving the energies, input and thoughts of the person you
share the information with. Remember, “energy follows
awareness”, so by casting the light of awareness on your
spell it can now lay open to energies other than that of the
Deity, spirits, essences and others that you worked so hard
to gain support from.
forth a spell will not be successful if you do not also do
the work necessary at the mundane level to help it along. In
other words, asking to be guided towards new employment will
not occur, if you do not make the effort to look and put
yourself in places where the manifestation of opportunity
will present itself. Spell work for health will not
manifest if you continue to pollute your body with alcohol
drugs and cigarettes. Be sure to follow through to the
extent of your mundane capabilities.