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Magick

This article was written by Carl Llewellyn Weschcke on October 20, 2011
posted under Magick

Readers familiar with the writings of Aleister Crowley will recognize the somewhat unusual spelling of the word "MAGICK." Crowley did this to distinguish Occult "Magick" from the "magic" of legerdemain, and also to separate the new Occult Magick from that of the old, which was often sadly loaded with useless junk. It may also be seen that the Qabalistic value of "Magick" comes to 83, and 8 + 3 = 11. From LIBER LEGIS—"My number is 11 as all their numbers who are of us." The number 11 stands for the Great Work accomplished—ABRACADABRA.

Suggested Reading:

Denning & Phillips: Mysteria Magica: Fundamental Techniques of High Magick—Essential and Advanced Teachings. Potent techniques and rituals for self-training, constructing magickal defenses, consecrating magickal implements, tables of essential information.

Frater U.D.: High Magic: Theory & Practice. Basic magical exercises and practices in a consistent program of development with tables and charts to simplify the learning process. Encyclopedic in depth, even including Chaos and Cyber magic.

Frater U.D.: High Magic II: Expanded Theories and Practice. Mirror Magic, Mudras, Sigil Magic, shamanism, magical orders, folk magic, demonic magic, divination and letter magic, magic and yoga, magic in the Bible, the Practical Kabbalah, forms of Initiation, and the magic of Ancient Egypt.

Kraig: Modern Magick: Twelve Lessons in the High Magickal Arts. How to evoke entities to physical appearance, how to use the Greater and Lesser Keys of Solomon, how to make and use talismans and amulets, a magick mirror, and how to do Sex Magick.

“In all magical essays things must be especially made. He who makes them must bring to bear all the powers of a trained mind concentrated on his work, so that no other mind or influence bears upon it in any way that can lead the mind astray. The whole force of his being must be centered on that work. . . .

“So, when the Great Work is performed, everything in every way leads the Magician’s mind forward, and concentrates it into a stream which flows onward directed by his will, until its force tears aside the Astral veil, releasing the Forces which lie beyond.” pg 122, High Magic’s Aid, by “Scire” (Gerald Gardner), Michael Houghton, London, 1949.


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