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where to start?

To: alt.magick
From: catherine yronwode 
Subject: Re: where to start?
Date: Wed, 08 Aug 2001 09:31:21 GMT

Steven King wrote:
> It seems to me that in some areas of Magick (such as the Folk Magic
> tradition that you mentioned) tools are most certainly required.  
> However, am I right in saying that this is not necessarily so for 
> all branches of Magick?

Yes, but even the most rarified of mental magic often requires the use
of sigils, symbolic elements, a mirror, or pen-and-paper. 

> I am trying to develop emotion/will/intent/imagination with the aim 
> of achieving greater awareness.  I am hoping that this will lead to 
> some level of insight so that I will have a clearer sense of 
> direction (hopefully this wont lead to me onto a path involving 
> expensive ceremonial ritual!!).

If ceremonial magic is not your interest, but mental magic is, i would
like to suggest that you investigate the writings of Paschal Beverly
Randolph or his followers and descendents in the tradition. 

Randolph was a 19th century mage (1825-1875) who developed a very
intense program of magic that utilized only will, body posture, mental
conditioning, trance-possession, and simple aids to scrying, such as a
mirror or a piece of white paper and a dark spot for a "target." He also
advocated the use of drugs -- especially hashish -- in achieving
transcendence. His three-part method of volantia (will), decretism
(affirmation), and posisim (acceptance) is a classic study in mental
magic. He was the first writer to deal with the relationship between
Will and Love in nagic ("Will reigns Omnipotent; Love lieth at the
Foundation" ["Mysteries of Eulis," 1874]). I have written a short
introduction to his work with sex-nmagic, but there are entire books on
him -- and by him --  of course. For an opener, my URL is

Good luck. 

cat yronwode 

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