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
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.
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
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.
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.”
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
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
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.
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.”
MAGICK -vs- MAGIC
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.”