Before starting this post I have a couple of things to announce:
First, this Sunday, April 29, at 7:00 p.m. Pacific Time (10:00 Eastern) I will be interviewed on the Breath of Terra Show with Teresa Sixberry. You’ll be able to hear it over the internet and you can call in with your questions. For details, just click on this LINK.
Second, I’ll be giving workshops in Florida May 3–6 at the Florida Pagan Gathering. Also featured there will be my friend, Raven Grimassi, as well as the dynamic Orion Foxwood and other speakers and entertainers. This is a family friendly festival, so come and say hello. I’ll be giving workshops on hypnosis and the magickal powers of the hands using the ancient yogic technique of mudras. FPG is held in Altoona, Florida, not far from Orlando. Here is a LINK to the event.
And finally, on this coming Monday, April 30, I’ll be making two big announcements right here. One is on something new that will be of interest to all fans of Scott Cunningham. The other will be of interest to all occult writers and those thinking of writing. Be sure to come back Monday to learn the news!
[We now return to our regularly scheduled blog post.]
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Developing Natural Magickal Energy
In part one of this series I outlined the three parts of the most popular theory concerning how magick works. In the second part of this series I described how to begin developing the ability to work with recognizing, raising and manipulating innate or inner magickal energy. In the third part of this series I described how to begin developing the ability to work with recognizing, raising, and manipulating external magickal energy. Here, I’m going to talk about Natural Magickal Energy.
Natural Magickal Energy doesn’t come from within you or from spirits and divinities. It manifests right in the things of nature, from stones and gems to lakes and streams, from the air we breathe to the fires we burn for heat and cooking, for communication and even for their beauty. The challenges for the magician wanting to work with these energies are:
- Being able to identify the energies and
- Being able to manipulate and direct the energies
As the saying goes, “If it were easy, everybody would be doing it.” Unfortunately, many books on natural magick seem to imply that all you have to do is stick some flowers in a bag, carry some rocks in your pocket, or burn some incense and magick happens. Were that true, magick would be happening all the time to everyone, and we know that doesn’t occur. We need to be able to free the magickal energy from its physical containers, work in harmony with it, and then direct it toward our goals. And in order to do that, we need to be able to…
Recognize & Manipulate Energy
We begin with the presupposition that everything has its own energy. I like to describe it as if it were radio waves. The energy is the same, but the frequency is different. Even though it’s the same energy, tuning a radio to a different frequency allows you to get different stations with different information (different types of music, talk, etc.). Once you can tune into the energy, you can adjust for different frequencies. That’s what your goal is here.
Perhaps it’s easiest to begin with the most energetic of natural energies, Fire. While you are safely near a fire, such as a bonfire or a fire within a fireplace, ask the fire to reveal its energy to you. Then just allow yourself to relax by the fire. What messages do you get? What does the Fire energy feel like. Sense its heat and dryness. As you inhale, feel the energy coming into you. As you exhale, feel it leaving you. Visualize the energy increasing without exiting until you are filled with Fire. Then, let it go.
Do this also with water. This can be done in a lake, stream, or even a bathtub. Do this safely and have someone near you who can check in so you don’t accidentally drown! Ask the water to reveal its energy to you. Then just allow yourself to relax in the water. What messages do you get? What does the Water energy feel like. Sense its coolness and wetness. As you inhale, feel the energy coming into you. As you exhale, feel it leaving you. Visualize the energy increasing without exiting until you are filled with Water Energy. Then, let it go.
Repeat this technique with Air Energy and Earth Energy.
These four exercises are just preparation. Next, take up a stone or gem and see if you can feel its energy. It is likely to feel like it is near pure Earth Energy, but also slightly different, a slightly “different frequency.” Compare that with a different gem or stone. After you can do this, work with plants and animals to feel their different energies. You may notice that the energy of living things is far more complex as it is a combination of the Elemental (Air, Earth, Fire, Water, Spirit) Energies.
Simply be able to work with this natural energy and its many variations. Build it up within you and let it dissipate. In this way you can learn to recognize and manipulate the energy. The next step: directing the energies toward a magickal goal.