Where do you begin if you want to become a magician? And I am not referring to a stage performer or an illusionist of course, we are talking about a sorcerer who works with spirits and deities towards a goal. Finding an answer for such a question can go different ways up to the point where you are not able to see the forest through the trees. I have written this article to give an absolute beginner an answer to said question. There are, however, some things to keep in mind:
. Magick is no walk in the park; you will need to devote yourself to it in the long term if you want to achieve anything worthwhile. Results do not occur overnight, neither will the knowledge and wisdom come to you that way.
. You will have to put the information that you have absorbed into practice; like Bruce Lee said, “Knowing is not enough, we must apply”. The material will do you little good if you do not try it out, and open-mindedness is important; do not be biased until you have tried it yourself.
. Gain perspective; be advised that what works for one might not work for you, so do not “simply” assume that since this person for instance has achieved tremendous success with some technique that it will also work for you. Observe your goal well and listen to logic, reason and your intuition.
. Divination is essential; knowing what is going to occur if you were to practice a technique is key since you have, at the very least, an idea of what the outcome will be instead of charging in blindly.
. There are several occult or magickal orders out there that you can join (Google is your best friend here) or you can go solo, this article is more for the latter kind. There are also several magickal systems to be utilized.
Divinatory methods are for instance Astrology, Tarot cards, Runes to name a few (Google is also your friend here). If you cannot or do not want to do so yourself, but I strongly recommend you do, (also include it in your practice or do this first/ beforehand which is even better) you can always seek out someone to do it for you, e.g. a psychic for hire.
Below are a list of books that are how-to manuals on Magick in relation to what, where, how and why to do whatever it is that you need to do followed by the system outlined.
. Modern Magick: 12 lessons in the high magickal arts
by author D.M. Kraig. (Western Ceremonial)
. Summoning Spirits: The art of Magical Evocation
by author Konstantinos. (Western Ceremonial)
. Communing with the spirits: The Magical Practice of Necromancy
by author M. Coleman. (Necromancy)
. Enochian Vision Magick: An Introduction and Practical Guide to the Magick of Dr. John Dee and Edward Kelley by author Lon Milo Duquette. (Enochian)
. Condensed Chaos: An Introduction to Chaos Magic by author P. Hine. (Chaos)
. The miracle of new avatar power by author G. Gray-Cobb. (NAP)
. Mastering Witchcraft by author P.Huson. (Witchcraft)
. Living Wicca by author S.Cunningham. (Wicca)
See here too, for my E-course in the Occult.