Explaining what magick is can be sometimes difficult on a mundane level.
When asked, I begin to talk about a feeling that comes over me, like something swirling in my gut ready to be born. Of course, I then get more questions because the person untrained in the art of magick has no idea what I’m talking about.
Let me first start out by giving a definition from Wikipedia,
Magic, sometimes spelled magick, is the application of beliefs, rituals or actions employed in the belief that they can manipulate natural or supernatural beings and forces. It is a category into which various beliefs and practices are sometimes considered separate from both religion and science.
Although connotations have varied from positive to negative at times throughout history, magic “continues to have an important religious and medicinal role in many cultures today
At its most basic core magick is the mastery of something!
Let me explain what I mean by this; when you are drawn to certain things and find yourself wanting to know more, the act of acquiring the knowledge and understanding and mastering it to the point it just is a part of you, well that’s magick. Mastery is the Will over someone or something. When working in the realm of magick the goal is to manifest, by bending energies to your will. When you apply simple rules like applying the mundane parts and taking the necessary steps to achieve your goal, the universal laws come into play, like attracts like, that karmic unfolding.
Magick with a K is not like the slight of hand magic where you pull a rabbit out of a hat. This is a concept that is an amalgamation of different metaphysical sciences from different methods of belief. Some of those come from the gnosis within different religions like Judaism and Christianity, along with some Eastern beliefs.
How practitioners understand magick today is as a source to evolving one’s own consciousness by certain daily practices.
In the book of Thoth, Aleister Crowley states,
“Magick is the science and art of causing change to occur in conformity with the Will.”
This idea connects the physical to the spiritual, the macro to the micro cosmos, as above, so below. Magick is not only the incorporation of beliefs but a scientific one, with the use of alchemy to obtain a greater awareness and manifest different realities, raising the consciousness.
For many, Magick at its core is the power of the Will and the incorporation of science to help manifest the desired outcomes.
To know magick is to work on the mastery of it. We all are at different levels of understanding according to who we are but the only way to achieve the knowledge of magick is taking the steps to make it a part of your daily practices. How can this be done? You first want to build a connection to the source, the all knowing, cosmic universal powers, your higher self. Connecting with your higher self is key to manifesting.
So to have magick manifest in a way that serves you, you must understand where its power is created.
Understanding that the stars, planets, the cosmos and universe came together at the time of your birth to create you can give you power.
So with magick, having confidence produces the power of belief and a strong Will.
Much like the placebo effect…..your perception gives your brain the story and your brain then sends out the memo to the rest of your body that this is what it is. So whatever your Will is, your body will then align with this energy.
Believe in your power and strengthen your Will.
Dedicate a few minutes out of a day, it can be 3 or 4 days out of the week when just starting.
During that time be cognizant of your purpose, create a mantra or affirmation almost like a prayer. Say this during this time, relax and breathe.
Visualizing is next but you want to first be comfortable with being able to sit for those few minutes and try as best you can to clear the chatter in your mind.
Once you have done this process several times, you then want to add visualization to this practice. You want to visualize a road leading from you up to space into the stars, connecting itself to a Being (this being is you but will not be fully understood until after weeks of practice).
Now let’s talk about that feeling of magick. Just like in all the movies that have anything to do with magickal powers, emotions are connected to each of our own personal powers in our real lives. Having a strong emotion about something affects the outcome, so when you are casting magick and feel powerful, confident and royal, so shall the magick be.
Magick is the thing that is manifested from the places within you, your heart needs to believe it, your soul needs to feel it, and your brain needs to understand it.