As we described in the post Black & White Magic: How do you Manifest your Desires? – Understanding the 2 Modes of Manifestation, Magic is one term to describe Manifestation of our desires. Our intentions are always brought into reality by interacting with Consciousness; in all the forms it takes, whether our own or another’s. This is also called a Contract or the relationship two BEings have with respect to each other’s DOings, Actions, or Consciousness.
Black Magic or Sorcery IS Co-Dependency
How can you determine if your practicing Black Magic? Black Magic as it relates to the below post, is the seeking out of Spiritual Entities whom can impart knowledge or manipulate the world to realize your desires; whether knowingly or unknowingly. I think if we expand the definition of Spiritual Entities to include all life, (which is a reasonable extrapolation considering the Creator is in all things) contacting ‘Spiritual Entities’ then includes other people and the whole of the Natural World. When we enslave others to do our work, when we cheat and steal from another to get our way, this is a form of ‘Spiritual Contact with other Entities.’ As a result, HOW we manifest our desires becomes the key to determine if we are practicing Sorcery or Wizardry; choosing Soul Stagnancy or Soul Growth.
Sorcery or Black Magic in our every day lives takes the form of: lying, deceit, dishonesty, half truths, misdirection, misleading, white-lies, stealing, cheating, manipulation, deception, coercion, the destruction of nature, and the like. Modern day society has essentially trained all of us from birth to practice Sorcery on Nature and each other on a massive scale. Once we begin to understand the HOW, we can change ourselves, grow as Souls, and do the Grand Work of making this world a better place—Consciously.
This can only be done by looking in the Mirror; looking at ourselves in all ways, past, present and future. This Observation of Self, bringing your Consciousness into Oneness, is a constant life work and requires a Conscious effort in all moments; being present in the Now and Aware of the Totality of your Experience. Only when we take up this grand work within ourselves will we undo the damage we have done by practicing Sorcery unconsciously all our lives.
The most dangerous form of black magic is the scientific perversion of occult power for the gratification of personal desire. Its less complex and more universal form is human selfishness, for selfishness is the fundamental cause of all worldly evil. A man will barter his eternal soul for temporal power, and down through the ages a mysterious process has been evolved which actually enables him to make this exchange. – Manly P. Hall
Many of my readers of the Gnostic Warrior blog are a bit confused about the practice of white or black magic, and also the EXTREME differences between the Right and Left Hand Paths. This is why I have written about this subject often and why I quote many respectable expert authors who have also written on this subject.
First let me state that this is your life to do Thou Wilt. It is NOT up to me to choose your truths or change your course. You must use your own free will to make the decisions that will affect your destiny. I’m here just to teach you what I have learned and if you believe me or not, that is up to you. Whether you choose the Right or Left Hand Path is completely your choice to make.
But woe to those souls who do not have the knowledge and choose a selfish path based on ignorance.
As I have often said, there is a war for your soul…
(By Manly P. Hall) – Transcendentalism and all forms of phenomenalistic magic are but blind alleys — outgrowths of Atlantean sorcery; and those who forsake the straight path of philosophy to wander therein almost invariably fall victims to their imprudence. Man, incapable of controlling his own appetites, is not equal to the task of governing the fiery and tempestuous elemental spirits.
Many a magician has lost his life as the result of opening a way whereby submundane creatures could become active participants in his affairs. When Eliphas Levi invoked the spirit of Apollonius of Tyana, what did he hope to accomplish? Is the gratification of curiosity a motive sufficient to warrant the devotion of an entire lifetime to a dangerous and unprofitable pursuit? If the living Apollonius refused to divulge his secrets to the profane, is there any probability that after death he would disclose them to the curious-minded?
Levi himself did not dare to assert that the specter which appeared to him was actually the great philosopher, for Levi realized only too well the proclivity of elementals to impersonate those who have passed on. The majority of modern mediumistic apparitions are but elemental creatures masquerading through bodies composed of thought substance supplied by the very persons desiring to behold these wraiths of decarnate beings.
Some understanding of the intricate theory and practice of ceremonial magic may be derived from a brief consideration of its underlying premises.
First. The visible universe has an invisible counterpart, the higher planes of which are peopled by good and beautiful spirits; the lower planes, dark and foreboding, are the habitation of evil spirits and demons under the leadership of the Fallen Angel and his ten Princes.
Second. By means of the secret processes of ceremonial magic it is possible to contact these invisible creatures and gain their help in some human undertaking. Good spirits willingly lend their assistance to any worthy enterprise, but the evil spirits serve only those who live to pervert and destroy.
Third. It is possible to make contracts with spirits whereby the magician becomes for a stipulated time the master of an elemental being.
Fourth. True black magic is performed with the aid of a demoniacal spirit, who serves the sorcerer for the length of his earthly life, with the understanding that after death the magician shall become the servant of his own demon. For this reason a black magician will go to inconceivable ends to prolong his physical life, since there is nothing for him beyond the grave.
The most dangerous form of black magic is the scientific perversion of occult power for the gratification of personal desire. Its less complex and more universal form is human selfishness, for selfishness is the fundamental cause of all worldly evil. A man will barter his eternal soul for temporal power, and down through the ages a mysterious process has been evolved which actually enables him to make this exchange.
In its various branches the black art includes nearly all forms of ceremonial magic, necromancy, witchcraft, sorcery, and vampirism. Under the same general heading are also included mesmerism and hypnotism, except when used solely for medical purposes, and even then there is an element of risk for all concerned.
Though the demonism of the Middle Ages seems to have disappeared, there is abundant evidence that in many forms of modern thought — especially the so-called “prosperity” philosophy, “will-power building” metaphysics, and systems of “high-pressure” salesmanship — black magic has merely passed through a metamorphosis, and although its name be changed its nature remains the same.
A well-known magician of the Middle Ages was Dr. Johannes Faustus, more commonly known as Dr. Faust. By a study of magical writings he was enabled to bind to his service an elemental who served him for many years in various capacities. Strange legends are told concerning the magical powers possessed by Dr. Faust. Upon one occasion the philosopher, being apparently in a playful mood, threw his mantle over a number of eggs in a market-woman’s basket, causing them to hatch instantly. At another time, having fallen overboard from a small boat, he was picked up and returned to the craft with his clothes still dry.
But, like nearly all other magicians, Dr. Faust came at length to disaster; he was found one morning with a knife in his back, and it was commonly believed that his familiar spirit had murdered him. Although Goethe’s Dr. Faust is generally regarded as merely a fictional character, this old magician actually lived during the sixteenth century. Dr. Faust wrote a book describing his experiences with spirits, a section of which is reprinted below. (Dr. Faust must not be confused with Johann Fust, the printer.)
“While the black magician at the time of signing his pact with the elemental demon may be fully convinced that he is strong enough to control indefinitely the powers placed at his disposal, he is speedily undeceived. Before many years elapse he must turn all his energies to the problem of self-preservation. A world of horrors to which he has attuned himself by his own covetousness looms nearer every day, until he exists upon the edge of a seething maelstrom, expecting momentarily to be sucked down into its turbid depths.
Afraid to die — because he will become the servant of his own demon — the magician commits crime after crime to prolong his wretched earthly existence. Realizing that life is maintained by the aid of a mysterious universal life force which is the common property of all creatures, the black magician often becomes an occult vampire, stealing this energy from others. According to mediaeval superstition, black magicians turned themselves into werewolves and roamed the earth at night, attacking defenseless victims for the life force contained in their blood.”