I just want to say thank you to everyone who commented, emailed, or messaged me last week in regards to my post on chaos magick. It meant a lot to know there are people reading my posts :p
This week I’d like to share thoughts on magical basics. Most traditional paths agree that basics are an important thing, while other paths (I’m looking at you, Chaos Magic) put more of an emphasis on diving in and getting jiggy with it. Both are valid views, and I am not trying to knock anybody’s preferred method.
I think magic can be successful, basics done or not, but that it seems to be successful far more frequently when basics have been learned and daily discipline, or practice, has been incorporated. The logic behind that is practice makes perfect. Now, I’m not saying I practice everyday; far from it, sadly enough, but in the past I have held a daily practice and had far greater success in workings than I have had when not.
But this still leaves the larger question unanswered: What ARE magic’s basics? The answer varies greatly from person to person and from organization or path to another. Despite this, I think there are some things that can be studied and practiced on a regular basis that are beneficial irregardless of path. To me, these are:
Meditation and the practice of stillness
Dream work (including tracking, LD, OBE, and AP)
Energy manipulation (grounding, shielding, etc)
Visualization and affirmations
A form of diviniation (tarot, runes, scrying, etc.)
Obviously these aren’t what you typically think of as magick. But all of these make up a large chunk of what really makes magick tick. Whether you have mastered these skills or are still working through them, it makes a huge impact on the quality of ritual workings.
So what about you guys? What do you think are the basics you should learn?