A different Beginner’s Course


A Beginner’s Course on Magick

by Phil Hansford

MAGICK 1 – Why Magick:
parapsychology and psychic phenomena
examples of ESP
examples of PK
the subconscious
why do magick?
magick vs. witchcraft, alchemy

MAGICK 2 – The Subjectivity of Experience:
the model
the true will
systems of magick

MAGICK 3 – The Four Worlds:
microcosm and macrocosm
magick white and black
the great work
your magical diary
affirmations

MAGICK 4 – Elements and Forces:
correspondences
elementals
yin-yang

MAGICK 5 – Chakras and Meditation:
chakras
the tattvas
yoga
meditation
health and diet

MAGICK 6 – Thoughtforms and Spirits:
developing clairvoyance
the aura
directed attention

MAGICK 7 – Basic Ritual:
creative visualization
basic parts of a ritual
the magick circle
artificial elementals
invocation

MAGICK 8 – Healing and Banishing:
absent healing
the banishing ritual
the planets

MAGICK 9 – Astral Projection:
forms of astral projection
states of consciousness
techniques of astral projection

MAGICK 10 – Cabala:
the four worlds
the sefirotic tree
the paths

MAGICK 11 – Psychic Energy:
planetary correspondences
willpower and magick

 

Copyright (c) 1988 by Phil Hansford. This article is is licenced for free non-commercial distribution only.

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Protecting Others Psychically


As you become more comfortable and skilled in protecting yourself, there will be times when you may want to shield another person or loved one. You can extend the protection skills you have honed for yourself to help others.

Preparation:

Many people feel that an essential first step in protecting someone is to first gain that person’s acquiescence. There is some wisdom to this. They may not actually need your help. If you see a loved one struggling though rough times they may need to experience these hardships in order to motivate themselves to find a solution. A person may also seem to be overwhelmed when in fact they feel they are handling the situation in the best way possible. Basically without directly asking the intended person if they need help, it is hard for us to make a fair judgment if any help should be given. So rule number one is to ask if your help is need before you provide it.

Ideally someone will ask you for help, thus bypassing this entire issue. Get as many details on what they need help with. Do they feel they are being psychically attacked? Are they seeking refuge from a situation that they actually need to face? Be as systematic and logical in assessing their needs as you would be with your own. If you don’t actually want to help this person then you probably shouldn’t attempt to shield them. Protection is so strongly based on will that a ward created grudgingly would be of little use.

Also, if the recipient of the shield practices magic themselves, you should ask if they’ve made any attempts on their own and if so of what sort. Discuss the nature of the shields they attempted to create, even if they felt it was completely ineffective. If the protection they tried to create was made to attack anyone back, was created during anger or frustration, or was anything more than a shell they wrapped around themselves, you will want them to first deconstruct those shields.

Preparing yourself is very important as well. Make sure you shield yourself well before doing magic for anyone else. If there are any unpredictable backlashes you will be glad you did. Build your energy levels up as much as you can. It will be more draining to create a shield for someone else. You should first shield yourself at least an hour ahead of time before you plan on doing magic for the other person. After you shield yourself you can ground and work on building up your energy levels.

When you’ve chosen a course of action and a method for shielding you next need to implement it. Find a quiet place to perform the magic where both of you won’t be disturbed. Ideally the intended subject will be in your immediate presence. The subject of the magic should be in a comfortable position so that they don’t need to move around much. They should occupy their mind as much as possible during the process. If they are capable of keeping their mind clear that is good. Otherwise you may have them visualize a place where they feel safe or a place the often like to visit. The reason for this is to keep their mental energies from interfering with your own. This also has a benefit for you as it can be hard to focus on the task at hand while someone is watching or scrutinizing you.

There is no set rule for the physical positioning between the caster and the recipient. Some people like to have their hands close to where they are making the shield, moving the hands up and down the body as it is created. Others are comfortable sitting away from the subject on a separate couch and passing the energy over the distance. Experiment and find what works best for you. When performing the actually shielding method you have chosen be sure that you are using your energy to wrap the recipient and not their own. A few of the protection techniques on this site involve charging ones chakras or psychic centers. You don’t want to visualize the chakras of the other person. It is your energy that you are using to protect them. Although most of the shield techniques given earlier can be used on another person, choose a means that does not directly involve the chakras at all. You can of course charge your own psychic centers beforehand to increase your energy level. Here is a fairly easy method you can use on another person.

The Blanket Technique

Visualize in the air between you a dot of pure blue light. Increase this light’s intensity until it burns very bright. Take this dot and trace with it a square twice as big as the person you are going to shield. This is the outline for the blanket we are creating and it must be big enough to wrap around the subject at the end. When you trace the outline of the blanket its lines should stay visible and shinning in your mind’s eye. Once the outline is complete, begin to pour energy into the square shape. Fill the square with as much energy as you can muster letting it fill the entirety of the shape and even become thick like a fluffy comforter. While you are filling the square with energy, be sure to acknowledge the protective powers you want to be inherent within. Think of the specific circumstance that they are seeking protection from and instill this energy with the power to resist and repel it. Once this blanket of energy it complete, move it to the subject and wrap it around them. It should reach completely around them, even covering the area above the head and below the feet. Allow it to become solid once all parts are covered. Hold this image in your minds eye for a good minute before letting it go.

You should put more energy into this other person’s shield than you would your own. Without being connected to any replenishing energy source, this shield isn’t going to last as long one of your own. You also want to make sure you clearly visualize any energy that is connecting between you completely dissipated. This is to ensure your energy is drained to support the shield.

Recharging

The shield you create for another isn’t going to last as long as one created for yourself and if you intend for it to provide protection while under fire, you will have to recharge it at last once a week, perhaps even once a day. Before you attempt to recharge it, first try and sense what condition the shield is in. Is it still strong and holding up, is it rather weak, or has it collapsed completely? This way you can judge how much energy to use when you refresh it. If you feel the shield didn’t take or collapsed altogether, simply recreate the shield as you did the first time, but plan to check it and recharge in shorter invervals. If the shield is still holding up, recharging is very simple. Follow the short method below.

Recharge Ball Technique

Get into your ready state making sure to build your own energy levels up to a very high level. As with the initial creation of the shield, it is best to do this in person with the other individual in a very calm and relaxed state. Push your energy out in front of you and gather it into a ball. Charge the ball with as much energy as you feel the shield requires until you feel it is vibrant with light. Extend a thread from the ball to the shield of the other person. Mentally focus on the idea that the energy is going to pick up the same attributes that the shield energy already has. Poor this ball of energy slowly into their shield, visualizing it glowing more and more brightly as it is repowered until the ball is depleted completely.

Copyright © 2007 by Jay Bell / Temple of Manannan Mac LirVisit Original Article

Psychic Protection: What to do during a psychic attack


If you feel you are under psychic attack, you first want to assess why. I have found that many people’s favorite form of attack is the psychological bluff. They will tell you that they are going to “get you”, “destroy you magically”, or “use their powers to make you pay.” I even have witnessed someone threatening to kill a group of people over the Internet. Needless to say, none of the intended victims actually died. If someone actually had such power they certainly wouldn’t feel so insecure that they need to harm people whose online opinions offend them. So first try to assess if your attacker is really a threat or not. If this is someone you know and have they made empty threats in the past? Is it someone who has mood swings and calms down after short bursts of anger? Does this person practice any magical arts? Most people who actually are going to attack you magically aren’t going to give you the benefit of a verbal warning. Why would they want you to have a chance to prepare? Psychic attacks are most often hyperbole.

Unfortunately there can be a dangerous effect with such ploys. Sometimes the victim believes so strongly that an attack is going to take place that they actually create the attack themselves and suffer the consequences. Hypochondriacs constantly tell themselves that they are suffering ailments and seem to really feel the symptoms of their supposed illness. They believe that they are sick and so they allow themselves to feel sick. If someone expects voodoo doll induced pains to pierce their arms and legs, there is a good chance they will unwittingly provide the pains themselves.

Because of this, preparing a defense is recommended even if you suspect a bluff, if only for peace of mind. Start by increasing the frequency that you shield yourself. You may want to even shield twice a day, once during the day and once during the evening. Whatever amount makes you feel safe is fine.

Reversing a Spell

What if you want to do more than just being on the defensive? Why should someone be allowed to direct malicious energy at you while you stand by and commit your time and energy to holding these attacks off? If you want to do more than keep your aggressor at bay, there is one method of counter action that is generally considered fair play.

The Mirror Ball

This is a great technique that reflects whatever magic sent at you right back to the sender. This will be set up as a secondary shield that exists outside of your regular shields.

The visualization for this technique is fairly simple. After reaching your ready state, conjure in your mind the image of a great spherical mirror surrounding you. This perfectly ball shaped mirror will be outside of your primary wards, so make sure it’s big enough to compensate for this. If you want to have fun with this exercise, you can make the mirror ball appear like a giant disco ball. It’s sort of hard not to imagine it like that anyway. Hold this image in your mind and try to add extra detail by visualizing your surroundings reflected in the mirror’s surface.

The inclusion of a mantra adds extra dedication and power. Here’s an example of what your chant could be:

Of the mirror I am the master
Return the magic to the caster

Or

My mirror is my defender
Send it back onto the sender

Asking Outside Sources for Protection

Religious Sources

Vishnu, Hindu god of protectionDepending on your religious outlook, asking an outside source in the form of a higher power to shield you may be an option. Classically when we think of religious protection our minds turn to prayer. Regardless of one’s faith, this is a valid form of gaining assistance from outside sources. Christians will most likely call on Jesus or God for assistance, while other religions might have more specific personas to select from depending on the situation. Catholics have a variety of saints to choose from and Pagans have a large number of gods and goddesses that each specialize in one or more art. Requesting protection from one of these sources is as simple as communing with the source in whatever manner suits you best. Prayer, trance states, meditation, and invocation seem to be the most common techniques. Call on your higher power and request their protection. This can be quite effective in a pinch, but you should always try to stand on your own two feet and try to provide your own protection first.

Other Magic Users

It is quite possible to have protection magic done for you by someone who is well versed in its art. If you do choose to go this route, you want to choose someone you know fairly well. In most situations a stranger won’t know you well enough to provide anything more than short term protection. They won’t share enough of a connection with you to keep you effectively in mind after you leave their presence, and they won’t have as much motivation to help you as a friend would. Trust is essential.

Also, you may only want to consider someone else shielding you as a temporary arrangement. One of the benefits of having your own shields is that they will be directly connected to your own energy source. It isn’t fair to expect someone to constantly contribute their power to protect you all the time. Create your own shields and seek outside help only when overwhelmed.

Protection from Illness

Here’s a funny little technique I’ve had great success with. I’m not skilled at magical healing, even though I’ve tried many times, but I did discover a way to help prevent myself from getting sick in the first place. Using the technique below, I’ve managed to avoid catching countless colds and the flu from ill people I’ve been in close contact with.

The idea is to create a shield so powerful that it defends against airborne illness. The shield should be super concentrated and intense, so it only focuses on the mouth and nose. Visualize a white mask that covers your face just as a surgical mask does. This mask should extend over your nose and dip down below your chin. I recommend using white energy for its symbolic purity. You should fill this mask with as much intense energy as you can muster up. The energy should be very concentrated, so strong and buzzing that you imaging it burning any germs that try to pass through it. Think of the mask as being formed of extremely bright energy that is invulnerable in its strength and ability to burn away impurity. This white fire is harmless to the flesh but deadly to any particles of germs. You may even visualize this high-frequency energy extending into your mouth to offer an extra amount of prevention.

This technique may require a large amount of energy, but it is better than the weakened state illness can imbue us with. I usually visualize this right before meeting with someone I know is ill and try to re-visualize it every two or three hours if I’m still around that person.

Copyright © 2004 by Jay Bell / Temple of Manannan Mac LirVisit Original ArticleOther sources

Working with a ‘hands on’ Spirit


I have been getting urges to work more with the spirits directly and have been doing so. All the while I’ve been working in a stand-alone book dedicated to just spirits, angels, demons, Gods, Goddesses, Elementals and more. I’ve been working closely with ancient pagan deities that were twisted and bastardized by the Christian, Islamic, and other doctrine oriented thought systems that came through the lands to suit their paradigm.

What I mean by a ‘hands-on’ spirit is that when I get distracted by something when working or happen to wander off topic when studying; the spirit will physically manifest to essentially snap me out of my day dream, but in a nice way. For example, I was studying just now and recording information in my spirit book when I had a “oh, shiny!” moment. When I wasn’t going back to the task at hand they shoved a candle, not lit, off the shelf. It was sturdy, heavy, nothing could have possibly moved it without actively and physically trying to knock it over.

It did startle me, but I instantly knew what was going on. Putting the candle back and getting back on task I knew that was what provoked them to act was the approval pat on my head when I started working again. The pat on the head is a signal that works for me to let me know that they are pleased with me. Some spirits or even practitioners respond better to a variety of different signals. Mine happens to be touch and images.

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Not sure of the artist. If you know who it is let me know so I can give them credit here. Found image on Google image search.

I’m not going to divulge which spirits I am currently working with due to their request of not sharing that information at this time. However, I did not have to do any major rituals or elaborate invocation/evocation to get in touch with them. It is my personal belief, and from years of experience, that talking with the entity you wish to contact and simply ask to have a relationship with them.

I found out the hard way that if you contact a spirit and ask for a relationship with them of any kind with any agenda on your behalf there’s a good chance that they may get offended and ignore or even mess with you. I have learned to seek a friendship with them in all honesty for the sake of wanting to know them more on a personal level rather than a research subject or a djinn in a lamp waiting to give wishes. If they accept the friendship we would then work together just feeling one another out and when they decide they would like to work with you, then and only then they would decide to work with you on a more professional level.

Some beings are more receptive to this kind of approach than others. So, my rule of thumb is to get to know the spirit from general knowledge from reputable sources and many of them. That way you’ll have some kind of an idea of the potential nature of the entity you are seeking out. Often times if the spirit wants to get into contact with you, you may begin to see the spirit’s image and name pop up all over the place. They may even flat out tell you. I’ve had them party crash study time to get my attention and want to reach out to me. That’s happened more than once and they turned out to be just what I needed before I even realized I needed their help.

It doesn’t work like this for everyone. I happen to do 75% of my castings without standard “witch staples” such as prepared spells, tools, ingredients, symbols like circles and the like. This works for me and how I operate, and how I learned to do. Though I still do use my tools and all that stuff when I feel I need to put some extra “umph” into my intention.

I just banged my funny bone on the corner of my desk, which is hard to do. Guess I shouldn’t have played around on YouTube. Some background… I have ADD and that means I’m easily distracted. This is what I get for asking to help keep me focused and to be a student of those helping me. I  One word of advice…. be careful what you wish for. Nothing is ever completely as it seems. I’m not regretting it and have learned time and time again to never regret any decision since the act of making that choice is a pure affirmation of our free will.

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Keep in mind that this kind of work is not for the light of heart, nor the novice. I’m not saying this as an insult to you, but from experience of jumping into spirit work without preparation. I paid the price of my ignorance. I was punished by the entity I was trying to work with since I had unknowingly insulted him and then proceeded offend him at every turn. After taking my punishment I licked my wounds. Now wiser, I approached him with more respect and greater knowledge of how to conduct myself. He is now one of my spiritual mentors.

This article started as what seemed like a simple heads up of a spiritual mentor that interacts with you on multiple levels. While writing this I was concerned about giving the wrong impression on some of the more beginner level readers out there. Feeling it was important to give some warning of making my own mistakes and, hopefully, pass on this wise advice so they don’t have to go through the torturous punishments I had to endure.

To me there are no coincidences, learning more that karma is a self created phenomenon, and that everything happens for a reason that we may not always understand at that moment.  I’m going to leave it at this and revisit this in another article with more information.

Be safe, be happy, and blessed be!