Magick is defined as “the art and science of causing change to occur in accordance to the individual will,” but what does that mean? What types of magick are there? Can anybody practice magick? These are all valid questions, which I aim to address in this article regarding exactly what magick is, as well as what magick is not.
What is Magick NOT?
Magick is not an illusion or game. Magick is a very serious, and very real subject. It should be treated like a gun, not like a toy.
Types of Magick
There are loads of different types of magick, ranging from traditional ritual magick to the more modern form known as chaos magick. Allow me to break these down individually in the section below.
Sigil magick involves creating an occult “seal” known as a sigil, using pen and paper, or for more advanced practitioners, simply the mind. When beginning sigil magick, one should stick with the traditional method of doing it (taking the letters of the sentence of the will, removing duplicate letters, then making a sigil from the letters themselves, then “charging” it with energy, whether that be from energy manipulation, sacrifice (no animals or humans! I shouldn’t have to say this, but I feel like it’s necessary). More advanced practitioners can envision a sigil, decide that its meaning and structure is that of your will, charge it, and go on. Sigil magick is a great place to start practicing magick.
Ritual magick involves invoking energy using props such as an athame and chalice, as well as candles and cloths, amongst many other things. This is the more traditional way to perform magick, and is a great way for people who like the more additional approach to get their works done. Ritual magick may also include the process of invoking different angels or demons.
Goetia is the art and science of summoning different entities such as angels or demons. Goetia can take place in the form of invocation or evocation. Evocation is bringing the spirit outside of your own body, whereas invocation is bringing the spirit inside your own body. For reasons that I hope are obvious, beginners should definitely stick to evocation over invocation, and only perform invocation with benevolent spirits, and take all precautions when working with spirits you’ve never worked with before.
Possibly the simplest to perform, but the hardest to master. Energy manipulation deals with not only raising, channeling, and releasing energy, but also deals with topics such as psychic vampirism or lycanthrophy, which I will cover in detail in an article later on. Energy manipulation is considered a sub-category of chaos magick.
Divination is the art and science of predicting the future and attaining knowledge. This can be done a variety of ways, from astrology, to numerology, to tarot cards, pendulum dowsing, and casting runes. Divination is very useful in staying 3 steps ahead of the rest in life – a major upper hand in life.
Reiki is a form of energy manipulation specifically meant for healing. It can not only heal physical ailments, but it may also help with mental and spiritual ailments as well. Reiki is strictly white magick.
What Can Be Attained Using Magick?
The possibilities of what you can attain using magick are limitless. There are two different types of magick distinguished by the intent of the energy. For things such as landing that job, healing, or coming up with some extra side cash (positive things), white magick is your tool. In cases of revenge for example, this would be black magick.
What Are the Risks of Using Magick?
The risks of using magick mostly lie within improper use, and backfiring in the case of black magick. For example, if you are summoning a spirit ritually, and you do not close out your casting circle, you can put yourself in a bit of a jam, as you might imagine. In the case of backfiring, you may cast a death spell for someone to get in a car crash, but here’s the kicker – the car they crash into is you. This is why it’s important to be a seasoned and well-informed practitioner before venturing into black magick. Use methods that are logical and have some sort of credibility backing them. Examples include the information on our site.