1.1.What is Magick?
« The above definition of Magick can be as misleading in its simplicity as it is in its complexity. The key word is of course will **** in Greek, and according to thi definition, any willed action is an act of Magick: brushing your teeth, walking the dog, or even paying your taxes. Conversely any unwilled action is an unmagical act: reaching for a cigarette; ordering that fourth Martini; or any habitual or reactive behaviour that overrides the momentum of one’s life focus could fall into the category of an unmagical act. We are all Magicians and we are either competent or incompetent practitioners of our craft. The great majority of Magicians do not even realize (nor should they care) that they are magicians, or that there is a name for what they do so well. They just go through life striving to cause change to occur in conformity with their Wills and that’s that. They have made a science out of their life style and they execute it with great art. They are working hard but for them the work is not a burden it is a labor of love and a continuing expression of the purpose of their existence.”
“Crowley’.s concept of Magick spelled with a ‘k’ has little in common with black magic or Satanism, Crowley saw it as a doctrine, or a technique to making contact with spiritual entities in the purpose of expanding human consciousness into a cosmic plane.” (from documentary The Other Loch Ness Monster).
2.2. The Surrender of the Will to Organised Religion
“Obviously, most of us do not, without great efforts, fall into this fortunate category of human being. Our Magick falls somewhere between competence and incompetence. Occasionally we become aware of what our Will is (or might be) and try to work the Magick. But more often than not, we find ourselves simply responding to the endless chain of reaction of external events and circumstances over which we have little or no control.”
“Out of fear and frustration, or what might be called spiritual fatigue, many of us turn to religions whose champions are more than happy to tell us, in no certain terms, exactly where our place in the universe is. The religions that Westerners most frequently are attracted to (Christianity with its many sects, Judaism and Islam) postulate a supreme Being who personify and manifest the order of the universe. The mechanism of this order is often termed “will of God”. By surrendering the individual will to Will of God, the religious devotees can theoretically harmonize his or her life with that of the Deity’s. Not my will, but Thine be done. In order for us to know God’s will, these religion offers, for or great comfort, (and often from ancient and ‘infallible’ sources, rules, commandment and assorted spiritual injunctions to guide the thoughts and behaviour of the faithful. As an added safeguard that these scriptures be ‘correctly’ interpreted, a priestcraft of some form or another invariably evolves and assumes the role of a visible mediator between the worshippers and the Deity. For those who dutifully comply with the dictated formula and surrender their wills to the prescribed Will of God, a great burden is lifted from their shoulders. They no longer feel the need for direct spiritual experience, and faith in the infallibility of the dogmatist makes even intellectual investigation unnecessary. The reward for such spiritual collaborators is the smug comfort of knowing that those who haven’t submitted to the formula will suffer death, and that they who have will not.
1.2. Magick and the Realisation of the True Will
Magick also postulate universal order-call it God, Nature, the Supreme Being, the Great Architect of the universe, the Tao, or just the way things are. But the Magician knows that the pure Will of every man, every women, is already in perfect harmony with the divine Will; in fact they are one and the same. It is the Magician’s great work to endeavour to remove the obstacles that hinder his or her perfect realisation of that Will and then proceed to execute it. We perceive in the World around us a vast cosmic orderliness (or at least a glorious systematized chaos). Galaxies, stars, planets, atoms, electrons and other subatomic particles all seems to have found their niches in the Grand scheme of things and behave themselves accordingly. By realizing your true Will we find our place… our orbit. By doing our true Will, we have the inertia of the entire universe to assist us. The magician does not necessarily want the burden of existence to be lifted from his shoulders; he wants to understand why he is carrying it and where.
2.3. Magick and Altered States of Consciousness
2.4 Magick and the Nature of the Physical Universe
2.5 Magick and the Law of Attraction