The very mention of the word magik often summons up visions of cloak-wearing witches and wizards chanting out strange incantations whilst waving their magikal wands. Many of these images are actual memories that have their origins within the bedtime fairy tales that we were told in our early childhood. magik itself is often thought upon as being something that only exists in the fantasies of our imaginations or perhaps a superstitious remnant created within the primitive societies of our ancestors. If we couple this with the fact that those that believe in its power are often portrayed as being foolish, eccentric or naive by the media then we can clearly see why it is has become one of the most controversial subjects of today.
The truth of the matter is that the practise of magik and certain related psychic abilities such as remote viewing have become of great interest not only to many of the general public but also to intellectuals, artists, writers, scientists, military experts and politicians.
There are numerous available paths for the budding occultist to follow. These include, but are not limited to: traditional witchcraft, which is related to, but shouldn’t be confused with, the practise of Wicca which was developed in the twentieth century by people such as Doreen Valiente and Gerald Gardner; chaos magik, in which almost anything goes as long as it leads to a result; and ritual magik that includes often complicated ceremonial work. The one thing that ties all of these paths together, no matter how far removed they appear at first sight, is the total and uncompromising belief they hold in their ability to utilize the power of magik.
As we move ever forwards into the new computer driven millennium, an age that is dominated by the digital super highway and the exchange of information, I’m surprisingly finding this period to be somewhat reminiscent of that of the late 19th century. Back then as the industrial revolution was in full swing, certain individuals decided to look back to the magikal mysteries of past and started a great renaissance in the study of ancient magikal tradition, which in turn cumulated in the forming of several secret societies such as the Golden Dawn and the rise of occult personalities such as the infamous Aleister Crowley.
It was Crowley who added the letter “k” to the word magic in order to differentiate it from theatrical style conjuring such as card tricks and slight of hand.
In the later part of the twentieth century Crowley’s spelling of the word as “magick” was embraced as a preference by many of those who became involved in the new age movement, regardless of the fact that it was often shunned by his contemporaries during his lifetime. Some years later many practitioners have chosen to totally dissociate themselves with Crowley’s teachings mainly due to morale issues, hence the fact that we now, confusingly, find many variations of the word in common use.
The new age itself, which had once appeared to be promoting a promising future for magikal belief systems, has mainly become old hat and in many cases we find that it has shamefully degraded towards becoming nothing more than an elaborate pyramid selling system that has somehow forgotten its magikal roots, not to mention its ethical values, and has instead mostly chosen to commercially focus upon the pursuit of hard cash, thus attracting a circus of charlatans.
Although I personally don’t have a problem with people generating a living I do find many new age practises to be somewhat distasteful. People tend to be initiated into one system or another for a down payment and then usually attend a series of short courses after which they are presented with a master’s certificate. From this point they can then advertise their credentials and start their own classes and repeat the process.
This is a far cry from the values of the true believers and followers of magik who often devote their entire lives to the path, which is often referred to as “The great work”. These serious occultists incorporate magik into their everyday lives as a method of improving it.
This being the case I think it is high time for true believers to take the stand and leave the new age and its army of product peddlers far behind us, in favour of the pursuit and study of what the power of magik actually is.
Furthermore by adopting the spelling of the word as “magik” we are making an important statement in regards to our preference of beliefs. It not only conveys meaning but also an advancement of our ideas and understanding.
So what is the power of magik? Crowley’s ideas may not be to everyone’s taste but his famous quote “Do what thou wilt, love is the law, love under will” may actually have more relevance within modern belief systems than ever before.
Magik can be defined as the act of causing a willed change within the fabric of reality, and this core idea is the very basis of magikal thinking. By forcefully concentrating our will it appears that in many cases we can drive reality towards our chosen outcome.
My own explanation and published theory for this, which is now accepted in many circles as being the possible truth, is that reality is in a perpetual state of re-creation and therefore we have the illusion of the movement of time.
This being the case, it becomes possible to see how we may alter reality in a chosen direction. The human mind processes information at an incredible rate, whilst our perception of reality always occurs after the event. As we look up at the sun in the sky what we are actually seeing is an image that is created from light that left the sun some 8 minutes previously, when we look up into the night sky we are also seeing light that may have departed many thousands or even millions of years ago: in fact many of these stars may no longer exist.
It is only the released light energy of something that was once existed that we are now experiencing, and so it is with the world that we experience on a day-to-day basis; everything is experienced post event. When we touch something we feel as if the sensation is instantaneous, but what we are really experiencing are signals that have to firstly travel from the fingertips to the neural cortex of the brain, even something as simple as looking at the back of your hand is only witnessed within the time it takes for the reflected light to enter the eyes and the brain to process that information.
People have often asked me how the universe can be in a state of recreation? They conclude that the past must exist, as there appears to be cast iron evidence to support what they perceive as history. This is of course an excellent question. The answer I give may at first hearing sound a little improbable, but in hindsight it has far more credibility than that of the arrow of time only pointing in one direction.
Our universe is entirely constructed from energy, we can change the state of that energy but we can’t destroy it, neither can we create or subtract any new energy from the sum total of the contained universe. To quote Albert Einstein’s conservation of energy theory: The total amount of energy in an isolated system remains constant over time. For an isolated system, this law means that energy can change its location within the system, and that it can change from within the system, for instance chemical energy can become kinetic energy, but that energy can be neither created nor destroyed, it can only be changed from one form to another” This implies that all the energy that has ever existed or will ever be is somehow already present within one state or another at any given moment.
If the sum of the universe is recreated at a constant rate in reaction to some kind of underlying master vibration or frequency but incorporates a chaotic variation on the previous moment, it would then therefore explain away the illusion of time.
By using this as a conceptual model of reality it allows us to see how it is then possible to create a willed change within its structure, and that in essence is what the true power of magik is, it’s the mental ability to create a willed change within the manifest reality.
Rather than dismissing this, in many ways scientific research, such as quantum or holographic style theories have served to back up this way of thinking. It may sound implausible to many that everything in the universe, from ourselves to fossils and the stars that light our sky, are somehow being recreated at a constant rate, but if we look at something as simple as the average home computer’s power to recreate detailed virtual worlds such as the Sims, then visualizing this concept as something that is taking place on a universal scale suddenly becomes plausible.
In conclusion the understanding and practise of magik may now be of greater relevance today than it has ever been at any time in our history. By learning the techniques that can be employed towards truly harnessing this power we may perhaps, in turn, build a world that is no longer beyond the parameters of our control.