I’m sure many have heard warnings about how magick is harmful for you. While the claim is usually heard from fundamentalist Christians I’m inclined to agree with them on a certain level. Casting a spell isn’t going to send you to eternal damnation, but dabbling with practices related to the workings of the mind isn’t entirely safe either. There are reasons why psychotherapy and hypnosis are done by trained professionals. Practically all of us carry around negative memories and emotions we usually push aside or forget about entirely. Many exercises discussed in this blog are directed at exploring these hidden parts of the self and should therefore not be attempted without some kind of understanding about simple safety measures to make sure no harm is done to the practitioner. I put out my knowledge and ideas for both beginners and more advanced practitioners. If you are a beginner and have found me: Welcome and thread carefully. I will not teach you how to impress your friends, but wish to teach you how to impress yourself.
For convenience of the reader, I will be dividing my magick related posts into four subgroups:
1. Magical Theory
Magical Theory includes discussion about magical concepts without explaining their use in detail. These posts are directed at magicians and non-magicians alike.
2. Magick for Beginners
Anything posted under Magick for Beginners can be safely tried by anyone, as long as they follow the instructions. These exercises have no age limit, but it’s recommended the reader does some further reading on the subject before adapting the ideas presented in the blog as their own.
3. Advanced Magick
The posts on Advanced Magic assume the reader has practised magick before and knows the basics on the subject. The exercises described in these posts may be harmful for someone with little or no knowledge about similar practices. Some exercises can also be harmful for people struggling with mental problems. In these cases I will explain what security measures need to be in place.
4. Do Not Try This At Home
The posts in this category should not be attempted without careful preparation. There are practices that are traditionally done only in a strict ritual setting to reduce the harm resulting from failure. Exercises in this category are directed at the deepest levels of our psyche and will, not only may, set free mental forces that should be left alone. I will carefully explain the security measures needed to attempt these. Always discuss the matter with someone close to you before starting and carefully listen to the feedback given by people around you. If you experience feelings of depression, mania, psychosis or hallucinations (I kid you not), stop immediately and contact your closest psychologist.
Some basic security rules I strongly recommend to follow
1. If you are under 18 years old, do not attempt any practices marked under Advanced Magick
This isn’t to underrate the maturity of many minors. While many could complete these exercises with ease, it’s more beneficial to let the brain achieve adulthood before starting to work to change it. Starting too early might affect your emotional development and prevent you from freely experiencing certain things, since magick strived to control the psyche. If you are a young reader and want to attempt some of my advanced practices nonetheless, please contact me or someone close to you for advice.
2. In case you have any mental problems like depression or anxiety, contact a professional before attempting anything labelled as Advanced Magic
As already mentioned, magick is directed towards the self and the psyche. Opening up locked doors into the subconscious may have unwanted consequences to people with mental health problems. While many of these exercises can be done without harm, every individual is different. In case you notice prolonged periods of depression, anxiety or mania after attempting anything described in the blog, contact a person who can help you.
3. Look for feedback from others
Sometimes it’s hard for a magician to retain a strong grip of reality, no matter how experienced he or she is. Whatever you do, always look for others for feedback to avoid straying too far into your own imagination. Share your ideas with other people and listen to them when they tell you your ideas do not sound safe. Selfcriticism is one of the most important tools for anyone who wants to learn to understand themselves. This is a very important part of magick.