The Mage And His Paradigms

Let me start off by expressing my dislike of the word ‘paradigm’. It’s one word for describing a model of something, like a Model of Physics or a Model of Magick.

But for a mage, we’ve got to look at how magick can be performed with various paradigms (read: Models of Magick), even when they’re mutually exclusive. (Which would indicate a paradox. But paradoxes don’t exist. They just reveal a lack of understanding on our part. So then, where is our understanding lacking?)

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Clarifications – Part III: The Right State Of Mind For Magick

So, you’ve been following the past few posts. You’ve understood the fundamentals of what makes magick work in Clarifications – Part I, and all the recommended links on that post. If you haven’t read that yet, the link is below:

Clarifications – Part I: Belief and Magick – https://mysticjournal.wordpress.com/2017/11/06/clarifications-part-i-belief-and-magick/

And you’ve also read Clarifications – Part II, read all the links on that post, maybe bought one or two books, and decided on a Model of Magick, an Approach for Doing Magick. If you haven’t read it, the link is below:

Clarifications – Part II: Learning and Practice – https://mysticjournal.wordpress.com/2017/11/06/clarifications-part-ii-learning-and-practice/

So now you know what you need to do, so you’re guaranteed success, right? Actually, you aren’t guaranteed anything. There is no guarantee with magick. But there are some things you can do to make sure your magick works – because in the end, magick that works is what matters most. After that, the magnitude of your magick is just a matter of how much skill you have.

This post will explore what makes mages succeed or fail at doing magick, as well as what factors are at play to allow you to not just achieve results but also have far greater results.

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Clarifications – Part II: Learning and Practice

I’ll assume you’ve done the required reading for this post (the previous post). If not, the link is below:

Clarifications – Part I: Belief and Magick – https://mysticjournal.wordpress.com/2017/11/06/clarifications-part-i-belief-and-magick/

So, what do you need to learn to be able to do magick?

  1. A Model Of Magick;
  2. An Approach For Doing Magick;
  3. A Willingness To Learn;
  4. You Must Make The Time;

To sum up, here’s an oldie but a goodie:

So You Want To Learn Magick – https://mysticjournal.wordpress.com/2014/01/16/so-you-want-to-learn-magick/

It will cover all the basics, and if there’s anything you need to learn, just click the links provided.

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Clarifications – Part I: Belief and Magick

When it comes to learning about magick or practicing magick, often times mages will highlight the importance of belief.

I’d like to point out distinctions between how that word is misused. However, since I’ve already done so, I’ll leave the link below:

Misconceptions About Magick: Confidence, Faith and Willpower – https://mysticjournal.wordpress.com/2017/08/15/misconceptions-about-magick-confidence-faith-and-willpower/

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Animus: The Decision To Act

First, let’s specify which meaning of the word ‘Animus’ we mean:

“2.
purpose; intention; animating spirit.”

Source: http://www.dictionary.com/browse/animus

It comes from the Latin word animus meaning “rational soul, mind, life, mental powers, consciousness, sensibility; courage, desire,”. In this case the meaning we’re looking for is the “animating spirit”, or the thing that moves us to do something.

This is something I’ve had trouble with wording properly before. The apparent paradox was brought to my attention when others pointed out that my points about conviction (the mage should do everything in his power, magickal and physical, to achieve his desired result) and my point about manifestation (magick that should never have any physical cause associated to the desired result). It was poor wording on my part. My bad for the confusion. The word I was looking for was animus. It’s the difference between waking up tired and telling yourself to get up for 15 minutes before you actually do, or deciding that based upon the urgency/intensity of your goals that you can’t afford to be late at all and thus can’t waste any more time sleeping.

For the mage, animus means that your desire to act is greater than the desire to keep on desiring, that you’re willing to do what it takes. But intent without animus, to desire without being willing to put forth the effort required to achieve the result – it’s what keeps a mage from making the time, putting forth the effort, and making the commitment to follow through on his studies and research of magick. But it also affects students, workers, bachelors who have to do their laundry… it affects everyone. And everyone has their own excuses for why they indulge themselves in having intent without animus. But the fruit of intent without animus is that you keep on desiring your desires, intending your intents, but the results you seek will remain just beyond your reach, teasing the person with what they can’t have until their animus forces them to rise to the occasion.

But ultimately its our call whether or not our intent has animus. For the mage, he must learn to achieve animus without physical action. This isn’t an easy process, and I don’t think I can explain it in words well enough to teach someone to do it. All I can say is that you’ll know it when you see it (or when you experience it, in this case), and until I can come up with a better way to describe it you’ll just have to figure it out for yourself. If you do try it out, best of luck and let me know in the comments how it’s working out for you. Cheers!

Misconceptions About Magick: Confidence, Faith and Willpower

Pick one of the following words, and use it in the below sentence: Confidence, Faith, Willpower

“________ is required for the mage to succeed in doing magick.”

These are three of the most-often repeated misconceptions, by both books and by mages themselves.

But it isn’t their fault: magick is something incredibly difficult to write about because modern-day language hasn’t evolved to describe these kinds of concepts. Language evolved to describe objective concepts (things, places, times), subjective concepts (tastes, smells, emotions), and various abstract concepts (ideas). But it has trouble with more complicated philosophical ideas or any kind of qualia (the experience of something).

For these reasons, magick is often spoken about and written about in a sort of roundabout way. See below for more:

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