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FREE MODERN MAGICK SCHOOL LESSON, Elemental Magick: Cosmic Universal Powers with Joshua Free

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Apprenticeship: Merlyn’s School of Magick & Wizardry — First appearing in New Babylon Rising” (Issue #4, April 2012) — this ‘apprenticeship lesson’ is part of a progressive curriculum adaptation series drawn from the work of Merlyn Stone and the Arcanum notebooks.

LESSON 5 – ELEMENTAL MAGICK & NATURE POWER

arcanum2012thumb As we perceive them in the fragmented physical world, there appear to be four primary elements (plus a fifth of quintessence).

EARTH provides the sorcerer with structure, substance and foundation. They are the keys to abundance.

AIR offers communication, illumination, focus and clarity; the codes of intellect.

FIRE gives strength, courage, vitality and faith, offering personal and external protection.

WATER brings transformation, healing and purity, the means to inner wisdom.

Sounds pretty good, eh?
So HOW does one go about tapping into this awesome spectrum of elemental powers?

ANSWER: The sorcerer employs Elvish and Druidic practices.

druidcomptinythumb ELEMENTALISM

The basic foundation of all practical Nature/Earth-oriented systems of magick operating under the premise that knowledge of the “composition” of energy enables it to be used and transformed constructively.

Although traditions vary concerning the quantity of elements and the divisions of the attributes, most of the non-chemical paradigms are based on the four basic currents: air, earth, fire and water. These forces, as well as metallic elements interpreted in the form of planetary energy, became the focus of ancient alchemy.

The material elements, earth and air, divide the basic interpretive division into solids and gasses. Water was later discovered to be composed of more elements and fire was rejected from the model as a “process” of combustion, not a standalone element.

QUANTUM METAPHYSICS & ELEMENTALISM

reality177 In the elemental model proposed by Joshua Free in ARCANUM, earth and air correspond to the first two forms of manifestation that modern science becomes familiar with: gravity-G and electromagnetism-EM.

The discovery of the other two sub-atomic nuclear forces completes the fourfold “standard model” of Western Elementalism.

In this model, fire corresponds to the W-weak (nuclear) force responsible for radiation, fusion and heat. The qualities found in the water element correspond to the S-strong (nuclear) force that bonds and unites particles together all across the fabric of space. This model has never before been presented in New Age literature.

wizardryfrontcvr ELEMENTAL MAGICK

Elemental magick is the basis for all practical systems used in the New Age. Every facet of virtually any philosophical, scientific or magickal model can be reduced to an elemental relationship.

Wizards and magical practitioners who use such models in their interpretation of energy and existence are called “Elementalists.”

Elementalists have already gained a sense of this unifying force in their own models, calling it Akasha, the essence of all things both manifest and invisible. It suggests a new vision for the “aether” as an inter-dimensional shroud or brane by which the elemental forces are able to vibrate their existence. This “fifth element” or spiritual dimension would in fact hold the sum of the other elements in it as well. This is why Akasha has the peculiar attribute of being a fifth “encompassing” element and yet the product of all four at the same time. This type of metaphysics is only discernible by adopting “dimensional theories.”

ELEMENTAL POWER

elemtnaltrian For novices, elementalism can be a quite individual path of exploration. It requires that the student work with and understand the energy of each of the elements. Not only are physical manifestations of the elements employed, astral journeys and visualizations into the elemental realms or “domains” are also observed.

When calling elementals to the ritual nemeton, these beings or conscious personifications of the energetic current, are visualized as coming to the edge of the circle.

The wizard invites their energy into the nemeton via intention. Elemental tablets and candles (of an appropriate color) are set out at each of the four directions, each corresponding to a specific element.

In traditional interpretations they are:
NORTH = earth
EAST = air
SOUTH = fire
WEST = water

Sacred Order of the Crystal Dawn, Magick School established in 1998 with Joshua Free (Merlyn Stone)

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Since the dawn of time, the Earth has been graced with our presence, the true Guardians of the Earth and stewards of the Secrets of the Universe. Sorcerers. Wizards. Mystics. Now is the time for us to emerge and awaken from our hiding places and greet the times, being what they are.

wizardryfrontcvr The Sacred Order of the Crystal Dawn, or rather what it represents, has been dormant for centuries, awaiting a time when the “wizard” might resume a rightful role in society – and it is a time of awakening where many will be bonding together (and coming apart) to once again partake in the secret ceremonies, in accordance with the Great Plan of the Illuminati…

[This blog post has been officially excerpted from the Wizardry anthology, a companion to the Arcanum textbook of Merlyn’s School of Magick & Wizardry.]

arcanum2012thumb CHAPTER DEFINITIONS
The Chapter: defined as a “fellowship” of members. The individual “chapters” must notify their “Grant Chapter” of their region concerning their existence. Only one “Grand Chapter” can operate in a particular state or region as defined by the “Home Office.”

CHAPTER HIERARCHY

NEOPHYTE – The first degree of the Crystal Dawn, represented by the small green (new growth) diamond as found in alchemical texts to represent the novice “puffer” on a red triangle (of the flaming spirit).

reality177 ENTERED APPRENTICE – A second degree initiate who has been allowed to partake in the “Awakening” ceremony after proper study and preparations. The grade is represented by the sign use by alchemists to represent salt (in blue) which looks like a scarab – representing the union and absolution of opposition, within an orange triangle.

ADEPT – A third degree initiate who has proven prowess in the magickal arts including the high ceremonial arts. The grade is represented by the black and white eclipse sign on a checkered triangle.

AWAKENED APPRENTICE – The fourth degree of the Crystal Dawn, also a second degree “sorcerer’s apprentice” is reserved for an initiate in the mystical arts that extend outside the contemporary defined boundaries of “magick” and “wizardry,” possibly including, but not limited to the practical uses of intuition and psionic abilities. The grade is represented by a red androgyne sign (of fusion) on a green triangle (“coming forth”).

picture094 MASTER – A fifth degree initiate who has completed the introductory or ‘educational’ degrees preset by the Crystal Dawn, often taking as much as three years of work and study. The sign used to represent the grade is a purple all-seeing eye within a ‘squared’ blue circle (all of which is in a triangle). This is the sign of the philosopher’s stone.

INITIATION
Entrance (admittance) to each degree is also supplemented by an initiation ceremony that is open to members in good standing who are of an equal degree or above (to that which the initiate is being installed to at that time).

SPONSORSHIP
To be granted membership (initiation) into a chapter, the candidate must be ‘sponsored’ with a ‘referral’ by an existing member in good standing with the Order. The sponsor must be present at the time of the initial installation (initiation) of the Neophyte.

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Sacred Secrets of Abramelin the Mage, Advanced Magick, Arcanum with Joshua Free

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Since the magical revival of the 1800’s, one tome — one magical grimoire — stands apart from the plethora of material reconstituted by the hands of MacGregor Mathers and other members of esoteric sects like the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn… The Book of Abramelin… The Sacred Magic of Abramelin the Mage…

The mysteries of this sacred magic — this secret magick — are explored at length in Joshua Free’s underground masterpiece self-teaching curriculum: ARCANUM

picture094 ABRAMELIN’S sacred tradition is preserved in the only grimoire of Holy Magick that correlates to the abilities and practices of “biblical mages” and the magick of the Tetragrammaton. It relies on the practitioner’s relationship with Divine Names and success is highly dependent on personal purity and necessity. There are no “bizarre” sigils used or obscure practices required, as the work alludes that such are “evil” anyways. There are no intricate ceremonies or complex castings of nemetons. The elements are not addressed and are actually shunned as “lesser powers” than what if necessary for the work concerned.

THE BOOK OF ABRAMELIN acknowledges the use of planetary and other forms of magickal timing, but says to avoid such “atrocities” since the power of God is always present. This actually simplifies things significantly from an operative-ceremonial perspective, but the 18-month preparatory period remains to be swallowed.

IMG000233 While the magick squares themselves have been frequently exported from the system, the process of self-initiation and apprenticeship to the Higher Self is either not desirable to most practitioners or within their means. Seclusion from all worldly powers is advised in order to attain the highest powers, which explains why the stereotypical wizard lives as a hermit. The book also illustrates that many spiritual masters have gone into the wilderness to gather or compliment their wisdom. Such concepts are not foreign to seekers of Nature-oriented mysticism. If the wizard, called a “mage” in this system, cannot work outdoors at an altar of “unhewn” (uncut) stone, then instructions for the consecration of a proper “prayer-room” are included.

It is preferred if the mage can live a solitary life during the 18-month purification period. Idle talk, arguments, uncleanliness and residual energy from others can interfere with the sanctity of the process.

arcanum2012thumb The axiom that “cleanliness is next to godliness” might have emerged from this priestly work, for it has never been more fitting. The mage is instructed to remain as clean as possible during the purification period, both externally and internally. This includes: bathing, clothing, bedding, the floor, the food eaten and the thoughts dwelt upon.

Following “Old Testament” Hebrew law, the mage is permitted to share a bed with his wife, but she should also keep to a clean regimen, which includes refraining from sharing a bed with the mage or entering the “prayer-room” during menstruation. [The personal observation of the present author is that as opposed to viewing this monthly cycle as “evil” or “sinful” (as is generally insinuated by most interpretations), menstruation is simply an obstruction to the overall goals of cleanliness maintained for both the period of purification as well as the temples of this tradition in general. The goal of the priest-mage is to maintain a controlled environment to the highest reasonable extent.]

Extend your learning even further! Imagine the power of knowledge in your own hands with the discovery of these and many other arcane mysteries at your finger-tips in ARCANUM by Joshua Free, sponsored by Merlyn’s School of Magick & Wizardry, a division of the Mardukite Truth Seeker Press and NexGen Systemological Society.

Sacred Magic from Book of Abramelin, Advanced Magick Systems with Joshua Free

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Apart from the ceremonial magick applications of the Necronomicon System (whether that of the Simon ‘Necronomicon’ or the more intensive work applied to the name as conducted by the Mardukite Research Organization), the only other significantly advanced and controversial tome of magick from antiquity that became of popular interest during the founding of the Mardukites in 2008 and 2009 remains the BOOK OF ABRAMELIN, a magickal and spiritual paradigm that I explored at length through a series of YouTube videos, all of which were based on material prepared for ARCANUM and then later for ENOCHIAN MAGIC & THE KABBALAH.
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THE SACRED BOOK OF MAGICK OF ABRAMELIN THE MAGE is a potent grimoire of holy magick, considered sacred in the “Dragon-King grimoire cycle,” which is drawn from the high magickal tradition of the Kabbalah. The magick of Abramelin was first translated into English from an 18th Century French manuscript by MacGregor Mathers for use by the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn (GD) at the end of the 1800s. The title of the that version actually introduces the subject quite well: “The Book of Sacred Magic of Abramelin the Mage as Delivered by Abraham the Jew unto his son Lamech: A Grimoire of the Fifteenth Century.

The knowledge has not had significant exposure to the public, such as is seen with the other more “famous” grimoires. The work is composed of a true Mesopotamian-Semitic tradition of the magick of angels via magick squares and names, which actually predates the 16th Century Enochian System. As with most of the early revival work of the Golden Dawn System, The “Book of Sacred Magic” later proved to be flawed. From the start, the French manuscript used by Mathers was incomplete. Some important instructions are missing and more than half of the magick squares are unfinished. Steven Guth translated the “Book of Abramelin” (2006) from German manuscripts antiquating the French one. Great lengths were also taken in the verification of Abraham the Jew, both his biographical and geographical renderings. [Some scholars have confused the identity of the author of the text (Abraham) with that of his mentor or instructor (Abramelin).] Abramelin may be a magickal or religious name. Abraham attributes all of the true “Holy Magick” that he has learned in his life to the wisest of mentors that he has found in all the lands: Abramelin.

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The magick of Abramelin is “sacred” or “Holy Magick,” quite different from the ceremonial magick that wizards are more traditionally familiar with. The Kabbalah, whether spiritual or practical, is a sacred system of mysticism originally reserved for the priests of the Hebrew Tradition and ancient Semitic Dragon Kings. It is the priestly magick used by clerics, requiring prayer over ritualized incantations. In fact, someone who has not yet undergone deep religious purification outlined for an 18-month period cannot even use the magickal “operations” of the grimoire. It is amusing then, to find Abramelin’s magick squares appearing in contemporary New Age books of magick that suggest their use without adhering to all of the preliminaries.
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Joshua Free’s Gifts of the Magi for Holidays 2013 with Magick, Mysticism & Metaphysics for ALL

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HAPPY HOLIDAYS !!!

Greetings and salutations to all our wizarding folk, fans and friends! It’s that time of year, again! — A time of year when we are brought images and visions of unbidden gifting and sentiment; and what better, more lofty and practical of a gifted sentiment than the powers of magick, wizardry and mysticism!?! — A gift which you can easily bring to you and yours, loved ones and coworkers, family and friends at this (or any) time of year made possible by the works of Joshua Free as published by the Mardukite Truth Seeker Press!

181901_203923476288513_4425152_n2 Merlyn’s School of Wizardry & Magick originally developed in the 1990’s based on the work of ‘Merlyn Stone’, the pseudonym used by Joshua Free for early editions of “The Sorcerer’s Handbook” (now revised and expanded as “Wizardry”). The materials developed for this organization are intentionally fashioned for the ‘solitary practitioner’ or student that has limited or no access to working groups, or prefers not to work in groups (although such methods are also introduced for educational purposes during the training, if even for no other reason depending on the needs and practices of the individual student). The material was, however, developed through the intensive research and experimental use by working groups led by Joshua Free from 1995 through the present — some more publicly known than others.

wizardryfrontcvr Wizardry: The Magick of Merlyn Stone: A Complete Grimoire is now available in its 15th Anniversary Edition, a revised version of the amazing underground occult bestseller that first premiered in the mid-1990’s as “The Sorcerer’s Handbook” by Merlyn Stone — an later became the basis of 1000 traditions!!! Joshua Free brings together the most accelerated course curriculum of the magickal ways in such a manner that his work has become one of the most talked about underground controversies of the New Age movement! For moderate gift-giving needs in the $20 range, “Wizardry” is the perfect holiday present for the wizard in your family, office or neighborhood — whether entry-level beginners or adept masters, thousands of people have come to enjoy the unique style of one of the greatest underground modern magicians of our time: JOSHUA FREE.

For the ultimate impression that will strike awe in the mind and soul of your gift receiver, there is Arcanum…

arcanum2012thumb Arcanum: The Complete Guide to Systems of Magick & The Unification of the Metaphysical Universe… this is no empty boast; not simply pretty words — in spite of the enormous underground reception and critical acclaim, this work was denied acceptance into the mainstream as publishers feared that the breakthrough tomb would literally jeopardize the future of the new age book market! This quickly became some of the most controversial and sought after material — representing the ultimate tome of magick for wizards and magicians of every faction and science!

The Mardukite Truth Seeker Press BOOKSHOP is another great resource for those wishing to share the gift of knowledge, self-improvement and empowerment during this holiday season or during any time of year — for in a world of uncertainty in times being what they are… THIS could be your BEST investment in YOURSELF!!!

FREE MODERN MAGICK SCHOOL LESSON, Spellcraft Simplified: The Art of Casting Spells by Joshua Free

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Apprenticeship: Merlyn’s School of Magick & Wizardry — First appearing in “New Babylon Rising” (Issue #4, April 2012) — this ‘apprenticeship lesson’ is part of a progressive curriculum adaptation series drawn from the work of ‘Merlyn Stone‘ and the “Arcanum” notebooks.

LESSON 4 – THE ARTS OF SPELLCRAFT SIMPLIFIED

Did you know that simply tying your shoes is an act of spellcraft or magick? Don’t argue with me, yet! The act of spellcraft is to cause a change in accordance with your will, or to make something happen because you want it to. Thus, no matter the means, tying your shoes because you want them tied and causing this manipulated change in physical reality is spellcraft!

Of course, you don’t think about it like this, but essentially that is what it is. If, however, you can come to look at spellcraft in this way, you will find it very simple to master.

But how does a spell work?

wizardryfrontcvr The circle is cast, energy is raised, the goal is visualized and energy is released to that outcome. The circle is finally extinguished. Herbs, incense, candles, incantations, etc. are aids in attracting the proper energy. In all forms of magick, especially spellcraft, like attracts like forces or energies. If you want to attract the energy of love and send raised energy of that nature to the outcome, then you need to surround yourself with the tools and aids that will help you in attaining a specific energetic current. The methodology behind spellcraft is limited only by the magician’s imagination.

SPELLCRAFT SIMPLIFIED

arcanum2012thumb Also called “low magick,” this practice is the most common method of ritualized use of intention and willpower taught in the New Age. The purpose of the art is to direct the energy of the desires and will of the operator through dramatic representations. [Anthropologists recognize this practice among indigenous shamans in the form of sympathetic magick.]

Spellcraft is most often concerned with influencing change in the mundane/physical world such as fertility, wealth and love. The main tenet is that the currents of energy attached to you in the future are based on the raised energy of emotions, thoughts and actions of the present. Jesus said: “Ask and it shall be given; knock and the door will open.” The wizard learns the more successful questions to “ask” and best means of “knocking.”

wizardryfrontcvr Conventional spellcraft and prayer are essentially the same. Most religious practitioners are not instructed in the proper and most effective ways to pray, leaving them at the mercy of established organizations for any real “divine intervention.” But the wizard does not wait for “divine intervention.” The New Age teaches that you are the only one responsible for your own life. God has given you the mental and spiritual faculties to recognize the Right Way to Ascension.

Through proper focus, emotional purity and intention of will, you can attract any ray of light into your life. The definition of spellcraft is really “to see any transformational manifestation occur in the physical world in accordance with will.” It doesn’t matter what means are used, setting and meeting goals for change is a unique awareness of the human mind: you can affect the future by acting in the present. This is no small realization since it has allowed humans to rise above the Animal Kingdom and establish “human civilization.”

The truth is: if your intention is to see something through, it doesn’t really matter if you accomplish this by some form of telepathy or simply some old fashioned hard work (according to Freemasonry). Hopefully, you are traveling a path of the least resistance so as to use the most appropriate energy type in the best way to accomplish your goals.

arcanum2012thumb Ritualized spellcraft can be operated closely to the practices of ceremonial magick, though they tend to have more mundane ends in mind. The use of elemental tablets, elemental weapons, herbs, incense, robes and cloaks can supplement the basic formula of spellcraft. Candle magick is especially useful.

Your working can be as simple or elaborate as you deem necessary. Additional tools and implements can be included only if they actually help you to connect with the desired currents of energy. They should be removed as distractions if they do not assist. For this reason a controlled environment, whether hidden away in Nature or in a room dedicated to magick, should be used. There should be no non-magickal distractions in the nemeton area.] In traditions of high magick, the ritual chambers are often designed with specific parameters in mind and even the lodges of secret societies are reserved for ceremonial purposes only.

wizardryfrontcvr Almost every author in the New Age teaches the arts of spellcraft differently. Most texts include the preliminary steps that a practitioner should have developed prior to these attempts. The abilities to be grounded, focused, use breathing techniques and enter the body of light are all paramount to ritual success prior to the “casting of the spell.” Graphic representations of your intentions (pictures, symbols, glyphs) should be prepared ahead of time and the operator must be very familiar with the intended working prior to the physical enactment. [Not doing so accounts for many of the initial failures for practitioners using spellcraft.]

THE SIMPLE SEVENFOLD SPELLCRAFT FORMULA
1. Casting a Circle (conjuring nemeton)
2. Calling Elementals (conjuring external powers)
3. Raising Energy (personal blended with conjured)
4. Visualization (seeing the change as presently occurring)
5. Releasing Energy (see raising energy)
6. Dismissal of Spirits (closing formalities)
7. Extinguishing the Circle (banishing residual energy)

arcanum2012thumb Once the energy raised in energy has been consciously released into the Akasha of the Universe, allow it the chance to resonate and vibrate. The adepts of the ages always advise operators not to dwell on their workings once completed. It is a common mistake made among novices to worry about the effectiveness of the ritual. If you recall this energy back from the Universe with your thoughts, it won’t be “out there” working for you. One common suggestion is to sleep afterward and allow the subconscious process to equalize naturally. This is not usually difficult since most spellcraft operations are performed at night under the correlative lunar and planetary influences.

“Do What Thou Will…” FREE LESSON from Merlyn’s School of Magick & Wizardry

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Apprenticeship: Merlyn’s School of Magick & Wizardry — First appearing in “New Babylon Rising” (Issue #3, March 2012) — this ‘apprenticeship lesson’ is part of a progressive curriculum adaptation series drawn from the work of ‘Merlyn Stone‘ and the “Arcanum” notebooks.

LESSON 3 – BREATH & WILL

wizardryfrontcvr Rhythmic breathing is a prerequisite for most magickal work as part of the initial grounding process (not always indicated in an advanced ritual text). This simply becomes second nature to experienced practitioners. Proper breathing is not only important for your physical well-being, it also affects your ability to meditate, relax or energize your body (and aura).

arcanum2012thumb During deliberate breathing periods, oxygen should be inhaled via the nose and exhaled through the mouth. Breathing solely in and out of the mouth is actually unhealthy because the air is not slowed and warmed through the sinuses. Any mystical work involving energy (which is practically all of it) is enhanced through proper breathing – which distributes energy through the body. When you breathe in you can feel the energy flowing into your pores and flowing through the body.

QUAD-BREATHING Rhythmic breathing skills come from learning to gauge your breath. As you “count” specific intervals, your breath should be steady and maximized. Completely fill and empty your lungs, holding in between. This can be uncomfortable at first, but eventually it should yield a sensation of mild euphoria (as its amazing what proper breathing can do). One popular method we call “quad-breathing,” counting four seconds or heartbeats for each part of the cycle: breathing in (counting to four), holding (counting to four), exhaling (counting. . .) and holding.

arcanum2012thumb By adding visualization imagery, you can project a conceptualized idea (or polarized energy) in the area around you and then interact with it (e.g. breathing it in or exhaling it into an environment). It is imperative for a sorcerer to maintain a true sense of self (in self-honesty). The sorcerer must always be in control of the body and mind – must always have control over the actions and thoughts that ensue from said body and mind. This is called true “willpower” or “self-direction.” Practice at this may require gaining a more awkward routine – pushing your-self to behave in a way you might not normally do. That is to say: don’t allow clocks, schedules and impulsive “desires” to rule your life. When hungry, tired or the like, wait a little while longer. See if you can manipulate these sensations or trans-form them into something else. This is not to say to deprive yourself, but learn to do more than “react.” Learn to actually “act”. This type of training increases one’s control over the body – after all, how can you transcend the physical body if you are bound by it?

wizardryfrontcvr A technique referred to as “pore breathing is an advanced breathing method used in energy work or high magick, especially relating to the rays of light. In this form of deliberate breathing, you are to feel yourself inhaling through all the pores of your body. As your breathe in, you absorb an ele-mental energy or color (ray) from every surrounding direction, pulling it through your auric shield. When you exhale, release all the impurities of the body out of your pores as well. This process is called “energetic transfusion.” When raising energy you are drawing in external energies and adding your own vibration (via intentions) before releasing the energy into the Universe.

FREE MAGICK, Lesson Two “Visualization & Ritual” — Merlyn’s School of Magick & Wizardry with Joshua Free

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Apprenticeship: Merlyn’s School of Magick & Wizardry — First appearing in “New Babylon Rising” (Issue #2, February 2012) — this ‘apprenticeship lesson’ is part of a cumulative (progressive) curriculum drawn from the work of ‘Merlyn Stone‘ and the “Arcanum” notebooks.

LESSON 2 – VISUALIZATION

wizardryfrontcvr A key to the process of magick is the “art” of visualization. This is the innate ability to create images and pictures in the mind. Problems on the physical plane are often created (and even resolved) from the process of “visualization” — where we place our ‘focus’ and process energy through. The mastery of visualization is a mental power which enables a magician or wizard to gain a level of control over the physical world — influencing the ‘lower’ by operating via the ‘higher’. Basic visualization-based rituals follows this formula:

: 1. Raising Energy
:: 2. Visualizing the Desired Change
::: 3. Sending Energy to the Cause

arcanum2012thumb Visualization is the primary ability to maintain conscious control over the subconscious mind using innate faculties of “imagery.” These skills allow you to observe changes as if they have already taken place and put attentive energies into these images. All change actually works on this principle: a person sees the desired change in their mind and then acts.

RITUAL MAGICK — Thus is ritual magick, enabling one to allow changes to occur more rapidly then when left alone to themselves. In magickal terms, this is called the “channeling and harvesting of energy to direct it to a desired target to affect a change.”

arcanum2012thumbIn addition to the ability to visualize concrete imagery, the sorcerer must also possess concentration and thought discipline. “Thought magick” requires the mental skills to hold a clear image in the mind for prolong periods of time. This is where most novices will usually require the most personal development to be able to execute effective magick.

VISUALIZATION EXERCISE — Begin by sitting comfortably and allow your thoughts to drift for several minutes. First, go through what you were thinking and cause (or will) it to be replayed as precisely as possible. Next, allow your thoughts to drift and then still your mind, holding one thoughtform in your head for as long as you can. Don’t strain, but focus on a single thought. If your mind begins to wander, gently correct yourself and begin to focus on the thought again. The final step is to keep the mind completely clear of all thoughts for as long as possible. Practice with these basic techniques is essential to gaining the necessary discipline over the mind.

wizardryfrontcvr Relaxation is critical to concentration. This is the ability to gain and keep a relaxed state of inner peace at will. Of course, not all magickal practices require a “sedated” state of mind, but absolute clarity in your focus is essential, including self-control and self-discipline, particularly concerning emotional energies. Such workings where violent imagery will better aid magick, would of course, be nullified by “relaxation” for the entire duration, but without proper focus, the energy in the ritual can become “wild magick.”

RELAXATION EXERCISE — Relaxation may be achieved by sitting or laying in a position comfortable and free of having to tense your muscles. When your muscles begin to tense or you get anxious, regulate your breathing and will your muscles to relax. Restlessness is fairly common to those who are not used to such stillness. Becoming proficient in such skills will greatly prepare you for the magickal work ahead.

arcanum2012thumb As a final testament of your ability, try this: relax, clear your mind, then make an intentional recall of a specific recent event – consciously replaying the same stretch of information from memory, capturing as much of the original details as possible. Reproduce the emotional involvement and stimuli: visual, physical sensations, sounds, smells, and so forth.

FREE LESSONS, “Introduction to Energy” — Merlyn’s School of Magick & Wizardry with Joshua Free

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Apprenticeship: Merlyn’s School of Magick & Wizardry — First appearing in “New Babylon Rising” (Issue #1, January 2012) — this ‘apprenticeship lesson’ is part of a cumulative (progressive) curriculum drawn from the work of ‘Merlyn Stone’ and the “Arcanum” notebooks.

LESSON 1 – ENERGY

wizardryfrontcvr Energy exists in all things and is likewise the driving force behind all magickal work. Whether something is “living” or not, it has energy, a force that can be changed and manipulated by the will of the magician or wizard. Energy cannot cease to exist, nor can it be created. It simply is. But constantly is it revolving and abounding, changing form. The “wizard” (or whatever name you wish to give a ‘magickal practitioner’ proper) is one who seeks to recognize the patterns and cause them to change in accordance with their will.

All the actions, words, symbols and dramatic enactments performed in ritual magick are meaningless without the proper currents of energy being understood. The energy required for magick is every-where around us, although invisible to the untrained eye. The “Wizard” there-fore learns to recognize this energy, to channel and harvest it for personal gain. More than a religion or cult-following, “magick” is a way in which to view the world and interpret life.

arcanum2012thumb There are two main sources of energy utilized in magick. Firstly, there is personal power, the energy that enables one to walk, sleep, study, think… and have sex. This energy can be raised for magickal purposes through mental concentration and the tensing of the physical muscles in the body. It can be directed in currents (rays) to any source to more easily create change on a mundane level.

The second source of energy is external. Very often in “low magick” and earth-oriented systems, this second source is Nature-power. In “high” and “ceremonial” forms of magick, this power may come from the astral plane, the current of a spiritual deity (entity) or perhaps from what is perceived as another dimension or level of reality. The powers of the Wizard are then are only limited by one’s imagination – or more importantly, ones ability to visualize within imagination. Through ritual magick, Wizards raise personal power, then merge it with external powers (called forth or summoned) and direct it with the “mind” via visualization. “Visualization,” as we are told, “is the key to the occult.”

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Aleister Crowley once said: “The whole question has been threshed out and organized by wise men of old; they have made a science of life complete and perfect; and they have given to it the name of MAGICK.” The primary means (numerology aside) for the change in spelling was to create a distinction between the practical occult magickal arts and the illusionist parlor tricks of magic by those who only pretend to manifest occult powers. Both spellings are accepted in the “New Age.”

CEREMONIAL HIGH MAGICK
This style of magick is used in order to manipulate the mental and spiritual planes. High magick delves deeper into the complexities of the systems, ceremonies and ritual aids used to represent abstract and spiritual concepts. Magick using spellcraft, witchcraft and the like for purposes of affecting physical change is not “high magick.” High Ceremonial Magick is used and mastered in order to raise transcendentalist states erupting from the belief that humans can become more than the physical restrictions the material systems portray. Some traditions of high magick are also called “holy magick.”