Reality and State of Magick
Souveran of the Sachsen Freehold
is life. It is the world - existence.
is all. It is the patterns of energy arranged into forms that we
interact with - physically and spiritually.
magick workers of old were necessary:
- To perform magickal maintenance - correcting and restoring balances
- and to enhance our living experience - to create.
the most basic manipulation of our environment with our hands,
to the most accomplished psychic, everyone uses magick. For is
it not magick that makes our bodies work? Would that not explain
the enigma of life?
you can use medical terms to explain how we manage to wiggle our
little finger, but the process behind it all - controlled energy
- is magickal. I know people that practice magick unconsciously - they have strong wills,
and things just seem to go their way. But to them, it's not magick. It's either luck or persistence - the magick is not acknowledged. It's the same with all those
"systems for success" - the systems simply develop and
focus your desire and will to accomplish something.
The elimination of magick from our everyday lives boils down to
terminology - take a magickal process, add a mechanical trigger,
give it a technical name, and presto - you have technology!
the technology of today is only the crude mechanical manipulation
of energy - of magickal forces.
This begs the question: What is real magick?
magick is the control and direction of energy through non-mechanical
means, namely by the power of your will alone (sometimes amplified/focussed
or 'filtered' by various objects). This is the way the Gods and
Goddesses create. They are the epitome of will and intelligence
that controls and directs. And this is the way our universe was
designed to be run - though the power of will. What else would
you call it when a flower blooms? Genetic coding? That's just the
plan, the road that the energy follows on its way to fulfillment
- the subtlest of physical direction. There is still the will of
life that makes the flower bloom. Take away the life, there is
no bloom, and the plant withers away.
than the enigma of life, if magick is all-pervasive, why don't
we see more of it?
because it is easier to flick a switch than it is to develop the
will and ability to do something with mind-power. Especially in
this day and age of instant gratification. And in order to afford
the switch to flick, we must sell our time to others, therefore
leaving little or no time to develop a powerful will (in the magickal
sense). We become ensnared in the trap of 'modern conveniences'
that we 'can't live without'.
not everybody has (or had) the desire or ability to develop their
will to the extent required to be completely effective. That's
why the true magicians - wizards, shamans, wise-women, etc - were
few and far between (and usually social outcasts). You had (have)
to dedicate a major portion of your life to the pursuit. It takes
a lot of work to even see your first meager results. You learned
discipline and responsibility along with the knowledge of the workings
of the universe. But this formula for success doesn't fit in with
our current fast-paced society - we just let the scientists develop
the mechanical switches, so we can keep increasing our ability
to manipulate our environment at an accelerated rate. We do everything
we can to enhance our creature comforts. The scientist has replaced
at what price?
I said before, our existence was designed to be run by the power
of our will - the right tool for the job. What happens when you
don't use the right tool?
occurs. You want proof? Just look at the environment. 'Nuff said.
is not 'bad'. After all, Heimdal gave us our first technologies
agriculture, smithing, etc. It's just that some technologies are
more dangerous than others. And the wide-spread, short-sighted
use of the accelerated/forced effects are devastating: Depletion
of resources; filth-laden land, water and air; a society so cut-off
from our roots that we are in danger of annihilating ourselves.
Indiscriminate use of technology upsets the balance of Nature - on physical as well as spiritual levels.
with the ability to effect change available to most anybody willing
to buy it, the demand for wizards, shamans, wise-women etc, declined.
Add the effects of demonizing anyone who still practiced the ancient
arts, and you have few people willing to risk continuing the magickal
arts and traditions. (Let us not forget Loki and Gullveig's efforts
against us as well.)
the situation now stands, our world is so out of balance that it
would take a major change of our paradigm to restore order. The
disrupted, mutated and blocked energy patterns resulting from wide-spread
improper technological manipulation is a major hurdle. Any attempts
to practice 'real' magick are met with sluggish, unexpected or
undesirable results. It is still possible, but not nearly as effective
as in times past. (Note the abilities of those who retain some
vestige of our ancestor's talents - those with 'paranormal' abilities.
Most results are usually inconsistent and vague - just above the
odds of probability... Yet, when the focussed attention of many minds are pooled, the results can be astounding.)
But in the meantime, the Earth is suffering... The
wights of Nature are being over-whelmed. The health and mental
well-being of our Folk is deteriorating. We all need magick, as
our dependence upon the technologies that replaced it has shown...
need the wizards, shamans, wise women, and... the healers. Ones who have respect and reverence for the creations of the Gods. Those who care about doing things according to the Ancient Ways.