Articles/Essays From Pagans
May 2nd. 2016 ...
Faery Guided Journey
How to Bond with the Elements through Magick
Magical Household Cleaning
Working with the Elements
April 2nd. 2016 ...
An Alternative Conception of Divine Reciprocity
Becoming Wiccan: What I Never Expected
Rebirth By Fire: A Love Letter to Mama Maui and Lady Pele
The Fear of Witchcraft
Blowing Bubbles with the Goddess
The Evolution of Thought Forms
Magic in Sentences
March 28th. 2016 ...
Revisiting The Spiral
Lateral Transcendence: Toward Greater Compassion
Spring Has Sprung!
January 22nd. 2016 ...
Coming Out of the Broom Closet
Energy and Karma
Community and Perception
December 20th. 2015 ...
Introduction to Tarot For the Novice
Magia y Wicca
October 24th. 2015 ...
Facing Your Demons: The Shadow Self
Native American Spirituality Myopia
The Dream Eater--A Practical Use of Summoning Talismans
A Dream Message
Feeling the Pulse of Autumn
October 16th. 2015 ...
Sacred Lands, Sacred Hearts
September 30th. 2015 ...
September 16th. 2015 ...
Nature Worship: or Seeing the Trees for the Ents
Vegan or Vegetarian? The Ethical Debate
August 6th. 2015 ...
Lost - A Pagan Parent's Tale
July 9th. 2015 ...
Love Spells: The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly
The Magic of Weather
June 7th. 2015 ...
A Pagan Altar
A Minority of a Minority of a Minority
The Consort: Silent Partner or Hidden in Plain Sight?
Why I Bother With Ritual: Poetry and Eikonic Atheism
May 6th. 2015 ...
Sex, Lies, and Witches: Love in a Time of Wiccans and Atheists
Gods, Myth, and Ritual in Naturalistic Paganism
I Claim Cronehood
13 Keys: The Crown of Kether
March 29th. 2015 ...
A Thread in the Tapestry of Witchcraft
March 28th. 2015 ...
On Wiccan Magick, Theurgy, Thaumaturgy and Setting Expectations
March 1st. 2015 ...
Choosing to Write a Shadow Book
Historiolae: The Spell Within the Story
My Concept Of Grey
February 1st. 2015 ...
Seeker Advice From a Coven Leader
The Three Centers of Paganism
Magick is No Illusion
The Ancient Use of God/Goddess Surnames
The Gods of My Heart
January 1st. 2015 ...
The Six Most Valuable Lessons I've Learned on My Path as a Witch
Manipulation of the Concept of Witchcraft
Publicly Other: Witchcraft in the Suburbs
Pagans All Around Us
Broomstick to the Emerald City
October 20th. 2014 ...
Thoughts on Conjuring Spirits
A Microcosmic View of Ma'at
October 5th. 2014 ...
The History of the Sacred Circle
Abandoning Expectations and Remembering Your Roots
September 28th. 2014 ...
Seeking Pagan Lands for Pagan Burials
Creating a Healing Temple
September 20th. 2014 ...
GOD AND ME (A Pagan's Personal Reply to the New Atheists)
September 7th. 2014 ...
Deer Man- A Confounding Mystery
August 31st. 2014 ...
Coven vs. Solitary
A Strange Waking Dream
August 24th. 2014 ...
Thoughts on Cultural and Spiritual Appropriation
The Pagan Cleric
A Gathering of Sorcerers (A Strange Tale)
August 17th. 2014 ...
To Know, to Will, to Dare...
On Grief: Beacons of Light in the Shadows
August 10th. 2014 ...
As a Pagan, How Do I Represent My Path?
The Power of the Gorgon
August 3rd. 2014 ...
Are You a Natural Witch?
You Have to Believe We Are Magic...
July 27th. 2014 ...
Did I Just Draw Down the Moon?
Astrological Ages and the Great Astrological End-Time Cycle
NOTE: For a complete list of articles related to this chapter... Visit the Main Index FOR this section.
High Magick Demystified
Article ID: 13160
Age Group: Adult
Days Up: 2,661
Times Read: 7,081
RSS Views: 55,292
Author: Panisch Lockelear
Posted: February 15th. 2009
Times Viewed: 7,081
The first thing many Neo-pagans think of when the words High Magick are conjured up is a painstaking order of rules and rotes that are strictly adhered to or a plan of Magick that far out-reaches the realm of Kitchen Witchery and solitary Folk Magick and spells we all dispense on a daily basis. As I have followed my path into the Magickal arts, I have learned that high Magick does not have to be something only sought after by the wicked smart or those who have years and years of sacred study of the Hermetic order under their belts. High Magick is for everyone. All who seek to apply themselves, that is.
The first thing to understand is a few important rules. The first is that you are seeking to allow Magick to conform to your own will. In 1850, Eliphas Levi stressed the importance of the practitioner’s will. Your will is very important. Aleister Crowley said that every intentional act is a Magickal act. A concept that may be lost on some of us today, but one that rings true when dealing with High Magick.
The second rule is that High Magick is formal. By formal, I mean casting circles, Calling quarters, evocations and invocations (found in a lot of Ceremonial Magick) .
The third rule is that unlike mundane Folk Magick that seeks to protect, bless, curse or obtain possessions, High Magick is done to achieve a mystical religious happening or experience. An experience such that the practitioner is united with divinity, or Deity.
Lastly, we must know that pioneer psychologists Carl Jung and Sigmund Freud's studies and the theories of their students confirmed that our subconscious minds do influence the outcome of events in the physical world. This is something that occultists and practitioners of the Magickal Arts have known from ages past.
So, going into your High Magick study, keep this firmly in mind:
* Seek to have Magick conform to your will and that every intentional act is a Magickal act.
* High Magick is formal in nature.
* High Magick achieves a mystical religious experience uniting us with the Divine.
* Our subconscious mind influences the outcome of physical world.
It has long been held that while in the midst of preparing to venture into the High Magickal realm, the practitioner needs very specific tools and supplies. It has long been held that in the day of Crowley, when the High Magickal working called for specific crystals, tools, parts of wild animals, or herbs harvested at a specific lunar phase, these items must not be substituted or strayed from.
I have come to understand that these specialized supplies are very important to be kept intact as they are, only if you really believe them to be. As with most Magickal rotes, spells, and workings these things are mind triggers. They aid us in defining our will and they can also act to concentrate our will, to be sent into the cosmos to tip the scales to our workings. However, most neo-pagans live in rural areas where these things are almost impossible to come by.
It is important to know, here, that I shall not take a side on the stance of the traditionalist or to the notion that these supplies can be changed to suit the practitioner. In my thinking it only matters if you believe it does. Mind triggers are funny that way. For the sake of this article and de-mystifying High Magick, I choose to lean on the thought that the exact duplication of the supplies is not essential and that if the supplies you substitute are justified in your own mind as an equal mind trigger, the substitution will suffice. Magick comes from within, ever mindful of how it comes from within.
Now, moving on, to a path. This is where I lose most traditionalists, but here goes anyway. You may choose to follow a specific High Magickal path, the Jewish Kabala, Alchemy, Hermetic Arts or the Enochian Magick among others. However to do so will commit you to years and years of study and practice.
I tend to believe that Magick must evolve. The old rotes and ways are to be respected and revered. However, exploration of new ways and keeping with our social and psychological evolution throughout the centuries carries weight. Imagine us today trying to put a man on the moon with the technology and thinking of the 1800's. Although this thinking is logical and valuable, it allows for only so much success.
High Magick in today’s terms is less about ancient rotes, spells, and invocations, and more about specifics. In ancient times, Ceremonial Magick was only for the rich who could afford the supplies and had the time and space for the elaborate altars, crystals, distillation equipment for alchemy, and expensive metals and herbs. Some elaborate things still can be used and can be useful however, to achieve High Magick you only need to apply the rules above, but do so with specifics. In other words plan the spell or working while in a specific lunar phase, at a specific lunar hour.
Plan the workings around a specific astrological event that is powerfully lending to the specifics of that working. Curb and choose all your mind triggers to the workings in a very deliberate manner. Colors, Magickal properties, planetary phases, and planetary hours should all play an intricate part in planning and performing your High Magickal Working. This is all there is to it.
Of course calling and using Divine archetypes that best suit your Magickal workings is also essential. Keep fully in mind that this working is a uniting mystical experience with The Divine.
I think it important in our walk as wise ones, that we challenge ourselves. Old traditional thinking and fail-safes, meant to dissuade us from the higher Magickal arts is nothing more than a stumbling block in our own personal Magickal paths. This is not something we should allow to sway us away from learning higher arts. Of course, the application of wisdom with knowledge and study is essential. However, study alone, without practice, is stagnating and of little use.
Imagine where we would be if such Elders as Gerald Gardner simply was content with the "study" of Magick and witchcraft. It was he who said, “Let’s do this and practice this.” That set him apart from those around him in the 1950's. We must evolve as a people of the Magickal Arts. We must keep journals of our findings and success and our failure as well.
It is the bold who gain audience of the Gods.
Location: houston, Texas
Author's Profile: To learn more about Panisch Lockelear - Click HERE
Other Articles: Panisch Lockelear has posted 4 additional articles- View them?
Other Listings: To view ALL of my listings: Click HERE
Email Panisch Lockelear... (Yes! I have opted to receive invites to Pagan events, groups, and commercial sales)
Web Site Content (including: text - graphics - html - look & feel)
Copyright 1997-2016 The Witches' Voice Inc. All rights reserved
Note: Authors & Artists retain the copyright for their work(s) on this website.
Unauthorized reproduction without prior permission is a violation of copyright laws.
Website structure, evolution and php coding by Fritz Jung on a Macintosh G5.
Any and all personal political opinions expressed in the public listing sections (including, but not restricted to, personals, events, groups, shops, Wrenâ€™s Nest, etc.) are solely those of the author(s) and do not reflect the opinion of The Witchesâ€™ Voice, Inc. TWV is a nonprofit, nonpartisan educational organization.
Sponsorship: Visit the Witches' Voice Sponsor Page for info on how you
can help support this Community Resource. Donations ARE Tax Deductible.
The Witches' Voice carries a 501(c)(3) certificate and a Federal Tax ID.
Mail Us: The Witches' Voice Inc., P.O. Box 341018, Tampa, Florida 33694-1018 U.S.A.
of The World
NOTE: The essay on this page contains the writings and opinions of the listed author(s) and is not necessarily shared or endorsed by the Witches' Voice inc.
The Witches' Voice does not verify or attest to the historical accuracy contained in the content of this essay.
All WitchVox essays contain a valid email address, feel free to send your comments, thoughts or concerns directly to the listed author(s).