Magick By Trial & Error: Godless Heathens

I spent the morning listening to Shawn Hebert’s reading of The Battle of Blythe Road so have Frater Perdurabo on my mind. As has been repeated relentlessly, Alesiter Crowley defined magick as”the Science and Art of causing Change to occur in conformity with Will“. Thus any act, be it ritual or mundane, is magick. He added that “it is theoretically possible to cause in any object any change of which that object is capable by nature“.

These are very serviceable definitions of magick. It allows for every flavor under the sun and moon to be a viable exercise. It also removes the stigma of the “supernatural” from the equation, after all, what is more “natural” than magick?

However, a troubling trend for me is the atheism I find so prevalent amongst practitioners in recent years. Oh, it’s always been around, but I find the godless ranks swelling throughout the greater magickal community. Even amongst Heathens there is an undercurrent of irreligion. The gods are seen as a metaphor, as symbols of aspects of nature… I find this disturbing.

Granted, I hold firmly that it is your right as a free man or woman to disavow the Holy Powers, but, for me, I cannot see denying the existence of entities beyond the scope of our understanding when the evidence of their presence within the rites we perform is undeniable.

Crowley, regarding his writings in Liber O, said “it is spoken of the Sephiroth and the Paths; of Spirits and Conjurations; of Gods, Spheres, Planes, and many other things which may or may not exist. It is immaterial whether these exist or not. By doing certain things certain results will follow; students are most earnestly warned against attributing objective reality or philosophic validity to any of them.

I’m a simple man. If it looks like a duck and quacks like a duck… Well, you get my meaning.

I am not interested in convincing anyone that the gods are as real as you or I, no more than I spend my time as a paranormal investigator seeking to prove the existence of spirits. No matter the evidence, believers will believe and non-believers will not.

Each of us have our own journey. I respect yours so long as you respect mine.

That magick works, so long as we adhere to its laws, is enough.

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