Magicks Bounty (Moonlight Coven Book 1)
This understanding requires a transcendence, a letting go of certain cultural limitations. To work magic, we must let go of this idea. In any self-help philosophy, it is often necessary to let go of old and limiting ideas. In this regard, magic is no different from contemporary self-help techniques: we must let go of that which has limited our fulfillment in the past.
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However, in other self- help philosophies, we may then simply allow ourselves to be guided by a new outer set of rules. In magic, we must seek the rules within ourselves. In magic, we let go of old limiting ideas, and are then faced with infi- nite new possibilities. Anything is possible! And all the material in this book is merely a beginning, a suggested compendium of possibilities that are open to you.
So how will you know? In other words, how will you know what to wish for? This may be more difficult than it sounds, because we often wish for things out of a limited past state. They were making their wishes out of old, limited feelings, so they made ex- tremely limited wishes. The couple did not know what the goal of magic, of wish-fulfillment, was.
Mqgic: A World Unto Itself 23 This goal is different for everyone, so no one can tell you what is right for you. And yet it is the same for everyone, in this regard: Anything which truly fulfills the self is the goal of magic. And remember, it is also the starting point.
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What fulfills the self? Only you will know for yourself. But because self-fulfillment is so integrally built into the work, magic provides many clues for you to find your own deepest fulfillment. These clues already exist deep inside you, according to magical belief. They are present as your Inner Bell. You do not have to be involved in magic in order to know your Inner Bell, but magic can help you find it. The Inner Bell This is my term for the inner sense of truth, the inner reality, the inner knowing that exists deep within all of us.
We may not be aware of it, but some people have a very strong awareness of the Inner Bell. And in those people who followed their deepest beliefs—no matter what anyone else said—we may find some dramatic precedents. They all laughed at Christopher Columbus When he said the world was round I think that when Columbus set out across the uncharted ocean, he was listening to the sound of his Inner Bell.
He simply knew something was out there. True, he was in for a few surprises about exactly what continent it happened to be, but unlike everybody else, he was sure that the world was not flat.
And this inner conviction was stronger for him than the entire scientific-philosophic-geographic belief of his day. Among the more en- lightened people, the world was considered merely flat; for the many less informed, it was believed to be resting on the back of a giant turtle. Once the Inner Bell is located, it must be heard, and truth is perceived from within—no matter how anyone else may be defining reality at the time.
Most great inventors, explorers inner and outer , scientists, innovators of every sort, have heard, respected, and listened to their own Inner Bells. For example, Maria Mayer, the American physicist who won the Nobel Prize in , discovered that the atomic nucleus consists of concentric shells.
But then the new truth turns out to be more valid than the older truths, and civilization shifts. And, of course, the Inner Bell is also that flash of inspiration behind great art, poetry, painting, prose, and religious or philosophical thought. It is akin to intuition, but it is a heightened sense of inner truth that goes beyond intuition.
The same process gave Levi Strauss the idea for pants made of denim—blue canvas left over from the covered wagons. Rodgers and Hammerstein had an idea for a new type of musical, called Oklahoma! James Cagney saw a street-corner character in New York who walked and talked in a certain style; it suddenly occurred to him to impersonate that particular character in his films. Many of these flashes are life-saving, in effect. Many popular examples exist of people who followed sud- den hunches and were able to save others just in the nick of time. Most of us have had some specific experience—or know someone who has had such an experience—of following some compelling inner prompting with dramatic results.
Every technique in the work of magic for self-help is designed to de- velop the Inner Bell. This will be particularly graphic in the work of divina- tion. These techniques are ancient, tried and true, used by adepts for centuries. The work of positive magic helps to de- velop the Inner Bell as a consistent aid to daily living. Magic and Society It may be difficult for us to envision a society in which the intuitive, relational aspects of the brain were emphasized as a matter of course. A mere few thousand years ago, there was a time on this planet when reli- gion, theater, art, philosophy, and science were all considered to be part of one thing: magic.
Later, in the West, each field of endeavor branched off and developed by itself. This compartmentalization is a function of rational thought. With specialization, vast strides were made in each field, but some valuable aspects of each field were also left behind. These positive aspects are worth reviewing. For example, astrology developed into as- tronomy, whereby great advances were made with improved telescopes and complex mathematics. The ignorance and superstition of medieval astrology were left behind.
But also left behind was any acknowledgement of the causal relationship between life on this planet and energy forces from other bodies in our solar system. When Western monotheistic religions replaced Paganism, several positive ideas were discarded: the relationship between the human race and the rest of nature; the acknowledgment of personal use of the Univer- sal Power; much information about the Unseen World—including spirit contact, the validity and value of reincarnation and of personal karma.
The idea of the importance of women was also discarded. Specifically, this inequality has manifested in centuries of unbalanced patriarchal spiritual leadership. Whatever happened to the priestesses? In theater, when the functional aspect of ritual was replaced by pure entertainment, the proscenium went up and audience participation went down.
A vast area of dynamic and effective group ritual was consequently left behind. Theater used to be an area of participation for both perform- ers and audience. Notice that in each of these highly developed and specialized fields a curious reversal is currently taking place. Audience participation and as- pects of ritual are returning to the theater. So, what was once discarded is now being reclaimed. Scientific investigators in laboratories all over this planet are pursuing ideas that used to be considered within the domain of magic.
When scientists say that aspects of the paranormal magic are valid, then people believe it. The validity of magic is ultimately not measurable by the authority-oriented rational parts of our minds. This work is more appro- priately understood by the relational. Only our own Inner Bells can ulti- mately decide this for us, each of us for ourselves.
But this is important to remember: if you say that magic is valid as long as it remains a part of some- thing else such as science , this is basically a denial of its validity. A new cultural phenomenon has emerged since the s.
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Sincere students of magic, neo-Pagans, and various revival versions of the Celtic Witchcraft religion are coming forward. These groups are exploring the possibilities of magic on both personal and social levels. But I think the whole point is that magic is not just like anything else.
There are political impli- cations here. Lack of credibility is a subtle form of repression. Such repression can be insidiously effective because you hardly notice it, especially when it applies to you.
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I am not really criticizing these new Pagans, Witches, spiritual seekers, shamans, wizards, and magicians of all kinds. They have bravely begun an important cultural movement, and before such people came along, the work of the magician or Witch was a lonely business. Of course, magic is also just like a myriad of other things and cannot be disassociated from them.
But this is true only up to a point. And after that point is where the work begins. Our next shift of perception will lead us to redefining our ideas of time and space—and our location in both. Let us now investigate the metaphysical definitions of time and space, concentrating specifically on those concepts that apply to the individual and that are most practical for the use of magic as self-help. In fact, in occult terms, time and space are considered to be virtually identical. One might say that all time and all space coexist inextricably.