Magick Without Fear

01 sigil magickFor today’s Magick Monday blog post, I thought I’d dust off this little gem to share. I wrote this down in 2004, but from much earlier notes I made while a student at Ball State in the late 80s. I suppose it’s all as true today as it was then.

I fancy myself a wizard. Please forgive me as I pause to allow the snickering to die down. There now, have we composed ourselves? Good. Now that you have that out of your system we can get down to the real business at hand: a discussion of Magick.

Before we delve into the meat and bones of it, perhaps we should first look into this concept of wizardry. Drop all notions you have of silken robes and pointy hats, or visions of Rowling’s Harry Potter… you may as well put away the archaic stereotype of Merlin while you’re at it.

True wizardry is a matter of scholarly study, scientific experimentation, and a resolute desire to expand oneself from beyond the mundane. It is quite possible to live life without acknowledging the magickal realms, though they will evoke and influence regardless of your attention. Better, the wizard thinks, to snatch the reins of one’s destiny rather than to be a party to the whims of these occult forces. A wizard seeks to define his existence and to master his True Will… to find his rightful place in the multiverse.

Magick is simply an Act of Will. The Great Beast himself, Aleister Crowley, defined Magick as “the science and art of causing change to occur in concurrence of ones True Will”. The secret behind Magick is to divine the path intended for you, to pursue it with diligence, and to let nothing deter you from seeing its manifestation.

This power to cause change resides within each and every one of us. It is locked within our subconscious, that cesspool of symbols, sigils, mythological archetypes, and corporate branding. The subconscious, or unconscious mind, is aware of all those things that our conscious mind filters out. Magick is the deliberate act of delving into those alien geometries to find out who and what you truly are.

The path of the wizard is a winding course. Along the path are a menagerie of truths from which to sample… some more right for the traveler than others. The wizard partakes of them all and keeps those that speak to him. These truths become the tools by which the True Will of the wizard is divined.

The business of the wizard is to perform Magick, to explore the inner and outer planes of existence. A wizard is a supernatural adventurer entering into diplomatic discourse with god-forms and demonic forces, elemental beings, and alien intelligences.

Are such entities real or a product of our subconscious? In the end, it doesn’t matter, for the psychological effect is the same. From my own personal experiences, I adhere to the words of the Prophet of New Aeon, the Master Therion: “My observation of the universe convinces me that there are beings of intelligence and power of a far higher quality than anything we can conceive of as human; that they are not necessarily based on the cerebral and nervous structures that we know, and that the one and only chance for mankind to advance as a whole is for individuals to make contact with such beings.”

Such explorations are often fraught with danger, especially to the novice, but fear is the mind-killer, if you will. It is fear that holds one back. But I say this, no thing of value has ever been gained that was not gained through conquering ones fear.

Bob Freeman
Caer Caliburn
03/01/04

2 Responses to “Magick Without Fear”

  1. Great post! Saw your title, wondered if you were slipping a bit. No … but it’s more like magick beyond fear, or in spite of it. First you conquer laziness, then you transmute fear, then you’re in the zone!

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