SIMPLICITY (aka BACK TO BASICS)

Before I assimilated other systems and became that “NAP” guy, or the “Hoodoo” guy, or that “IIH” guy. My practice was pretty simple, almost too simple in fact, and I think it’s time to go back to that level of practice.

Don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed my time learning and working on those other systems. In fact, I think it made me into a much better sorcerer since learning those other systems made me understand a bit more behind the theory of magick. With the many things I’ve learned on how other systems work their magick and how it affects results, I learned and assimilated enough to say that I’ve level’ed up my own practice.  It’s not complete at all but it is a work in progress and I do get results by it so for now, that is good enough for me.

To simplify things, I am a sorcerer – and a sorcerer of the most basic and stereotypical of description. I like to work with the raw energies, I summon entities here and there, I have a cadre of servants to do my bidding, and I tend to do my work on the microcosm of things.

With that said, since I’ve done so much work on other traditions, it’s time to distill my practice into a really simple one.

  • RAW MAGICKAL ENERGY:  From my original sorcery practice, the very basics that I’ve started with. With my work on witchcraft, SS (Strategic Sorcery) and IIH, I think I’ve advanced it to the next level.
  • PERSONAL SHIKIGAMIS: I’ve started to create shikigamis (term I use loosely) that’ll amplify and help me achieve my desires. My goal is to have a cadre of them running round the clock working on achieving my goals.
  • EVOCATION: Working with a few set of entities that’ll help me when I need them. I’d like to avoid working with them as much as possible and achieve a certain level of proficiency by myself and with the help of my shikis.
  • MINDSET/PHILOSOPHY: Mixing the theories that I’ve worked with; especially from the Eastern and Western philosophy side of things. Work on being an Alpha Sorcerer, self sufficiency, taking more control of things in and around me.
  • SHADE: This practice is something not particularly new to me but is something I am taking to point with. In sorcery terms, this is basically the other guy in your head, some might say it’s the representation of your subconscious. My theory is that this is the representation of what you want to become, your perfect self. It’s there already, all we have to do is grasp it.

I am excited with the new step I am heading towards to.

In my time, that feeling of always having a bunch of techniques to use but never having a concrete set of practice to call my own have left me quite flustered and unfulfilled. I am hoping a step into this direction can finally appease this longing that I’ve had and hopefully, finally leave me a feeling that I’ve reached my next level and to move forward on to my next set of goals and dreams.

The Art Of Breaking Chains

I think for the most part, us magick folks have gone through this in one way shape or form; from either being initiated into the arcana, or just somehow finding ourselves in this path.

It all started by breaking away from the chains of our previous lives..

In my case, it was life and paradigms. I was glad my first philosopher whom I admired and followed is Socrates, transitioning to how I view things now are was made much easier by his teachings.

As well,  being a practitioner whose fundamentals are tightly formed around Bardons IIH, this type of thinking/practice is a constant for me (us). To be able to completely and wholeheartedly practice the Black & White Soul Mirror exercise, one must be able to see themselves unbiased, complete honesty.

I can honestly say that some of my faults are being too passive sometimes, being too nice, being too honest, being too practical, being “too” anything, etc etc – you get the picture. I am keenly aware of all of my negative traits and I try to work on it but it is hard, life has a way of putting me in situations in which it is easier to default to these certain ways – sometimes I just do it for the heck of it.

While inner alchemy is something that has gone to rise recently, for the most part – it is barely mentioned in most systems of magick, especially in the Western Traditions. Practitioners are trying to evolve and incorporate this way of thinking into their practices but it is not something taught as a necessity, which I believe is a mistake since people wield power, and people who wield power who has no control over themselves,  lose control and power overwhelms them.

As above, so below – take control of everything about you and your environment and the universe will bend to your will.

p.s: it’s no “secret”, lol. ;-)

06.29.2015 UPDATES

I felt like I haven’t done one of these for so long…..

APOLLO: I haven’t had any sort of success with trying to work with this entity…I’m starting to think I have no rapport with Greek gods since this is the 2nd (or possibly even 3rd) time I am striking out with them. Which is sad since I am such a BIG fan of the stories…

(To be fair, I actually enjoy the HERO tales and the time pieces of the era..not necessarily the deities. I love the stories of Ulysses, Achilles, Hercules, Leonidas, etc).

I think I might work on working with Odin now.

BRAIN MAGICK: I am experimenting with using magick to affect the brain.

As many would know, I am a BIG fan of sci-fi, and to that extent – whatever relates to it; like pseudo-science theories, etc. After seeing movies like LIMITLESS, or the XFILES, countless shows, movies, books, that experimented with the brain to unlock human potential – I figure I could do that with magick as well. (I wish I had a cat scan handy all the time, lol).

I’ve been dabbling with it back and forth for a few years now but only this time around that I am really going to put my chips on this project.

K.I.S.S: I have been really trying to minimize my practice into a few small components. The theory and ideas, I still take from other materials like IIH, Phil Hine, or Jason Millers material but the approach and technique – it’s all my personal techs.

I am hoping that by the time I am done, it would be just a paradigm of sorts, theories, strategies, and tactics that would literally fit a pamphlet. My materia would be down to my divination tool(s) and little trinkets that I need to bind certain systems on the physical realm.

ASTRAL PROJECTION: See section above about brain magick, I recently read something that I am going to try. :)

I want to write about so much other things but I will stop right here.

P.S: Watch Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell, good show about some alternate world English Victorian Magickians.

The Sacred Arte Of Magick

Whenever I go in hiatus, I normally go on extended periods. Call it what you may but such is life. However, I do get questioned as to why I am not active; from associates, from clients, etc.

First off, I do keep a stable roster of clients – so it’s not like I don’t do magick. The focus of this blog though are normally my thoughts and experimentation with magick.

This is not a case file’ish type of blog. I would think it would be very boring for me to blog everyday as to what I’ve done, magick wise, especially if it’s routine like work (i.e: day 1. meditate, energy work, cast spell, banish…rinse and repeat for the most part)

Secondly, I get asked where are the articles I write sometimes – like my chaosy type articles or experimental field reports or my IIH commentary. Personally, I feel like the internet has plenty of resources for one who is resourceful. As well, I think spelling out things to someone takes the fun of discovery.

Third and my main point. I still believe that magick is a sacred and holy arte and one should not go into it half heatedly. Even though, I break the rules and try to push the boundaries of what is believed to be the limits of magick – it’s all for the love of magick and truth. I’m not as liberal as one assumes in regards to magick; I still hold onto old school beliefs but that doesn’t mean I don’t like to bend around or outright break them once or twice.

My style of magick is downright simple and minimalist, I don’t have a cadre of patron gods I have to appease, my guardians are content with our working arrangement, my work with IIH is a slow WIP that I chose to follow as such, I don’t work with ancestors, local genii, etc etc.

I do alot of contemplating and daydreaming, some energy work, and a divination here and there (does reading my horoscope from the newspaper count?)

My work on magick is up and down, side by side, to complement my muggle life. Right now, my muggle life is busy and I need to keep working at that to succeed. Eventually, I will go back to the other side of the tracks and put on my mad scientist goggles but for me, living this balanced lifestyle of muggle and magick work is what is all about.

My Theory Of Magick

Sometimes, someone will ask me my opinion on what’s behind magick – the theory of it all, and I will for the most part will subtlety change the topic or give a non answer.

Personally, I’m just not that comfortable giving out that answer to anyone; for security purposes, and that back then, I wasn’t so comfortable with my ways.

But for now, I will give a little tidbit of what I think of it. Here’s a quote that pretty much says it all for me…..Analyse away.

Everything is true, everything is permitted.

Konichiwa Apollo-San

I did my first ritual to Apollo yesterday night….yes, I shall go by this name since this is the most familiar to me, and it was quite a strange event/result.

I started with my normal pre-ritual routine and everything felt normal.

Then I started the rite while focusing on his symbol with my mind and I took in alot of things; energy from the ritual was pleasant, not like a lighting bolt but a gentle afternoon sun.

I went to the 2nd part of the rite and I kept being distracted by this “bug” that came out of nowhere, then after trying to get rid of it – “it” finally disappeared – don’t know what that meant…

I then re-started where I left off on the rite and I was bombarded by a vision of some sort of monster, I felt very antagonistic and animalistic towards it – like i met a rival or an enemy I had to take out no matter what.

Once that sensation disappeared and the vision was gone, the energy sensation I felt before came back and eventually, I fell asleep.

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For the most part, I felt the ritual was a success and the connection towards Apollo was instantaneous.

After doing some research on this entity/deity; I finally felt like I found an entity I can relate to, which is kinda funny since Solar entities has tried to reach out to me before (i.e: Solar Olympic Spirit). I am hoping to integrate his energies towards my practice and hopefully achieve a certain level of rapport.

This might be the first step to a different path!

I think I mentioned before that while I work well with angelic/demonic entities, I never felt comfortable working with them. Maybe it was due to my religious upbringing and my rebellious clash against the powers that be, maybe I am just more fond of Greek deities because of how I was exposed to them in my childhood.

*FUN FACT* One of the first books I read was about the Illiad.

Overall, it looks like interesting times are coming……