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Many of you might have heard about a Magician's name or Magickal name. Is it something important? What does it really mean?

Meaning behind the name
There is this old belief that if we know the real name of some entity, we can control it. There are many myths coming from Egypt where people found real name of their deities and forced these deities to give them immortality, so in that case a knowledge of the name meant power.
But what would be the use of one's Magickal name? Magickal name is the name of the Higher Self, that part of you responsible for Magick. Knowing the name of your Higher Self refers to the ability to control the HS. But it also has a much more pragmatic use.

Living the life
We are humans with all advantages and disadvantages of being such way. Sometimes we lie, sometimes we don't even know what we want, most of the time we have to do things we hate. Most of the time we are shortsighted about our wishes.
Try to think, what would happen if anything we wished for would instantly manifest? Individual things would be great, but most of the time the result would turn against us. For this reason we need a split between mundane and metaphysical, material and spiritual, life and Magick.
Using the Magician's name allows us to make a split between the two, giving us a better ability to control whether we wish to use Magick or not. But there are also more advantages

You are who you believe you are
Magickal name isn't just the symbol without meaning. The name refers to The Magician. The Magician is a person who knows Magick, who lives it. Magician will always know what to do, Magician will never panic, Magician will never lose the control. Name of the HS leads to the HS and for that can be used for a sort of a self/invocation. During self/invocation you temporarily obtain qualities of your ideal Magickal Self. This includes nonhuman concentration, clear mind, calm reactions, amazing imagination, increased ability to visualize and also much better spiritual authority (in terms of evocations).

How to obtain your Magickal name
You can always try some order claiming they will reveal your Magickal name, but well, it's hard to find authenticity in the modern world. So you can always scry Your name for yourself. Deep meditation, affirmations before dreams or even automatic writing can help you reveal your name. You can also use the method used for creating new words in Ouranian Barbarian, scrabbles.

Simple method of self-invocation
Let's say you have already scried your Magickal name and you are preparing for a ritual. After the Sacred Chamber Ritual you are ready to go for a self/invocation, switching from your mundane to your Magickal Self. Close your eyes and repeat following words (accompanied with the best visualization you are able of):

It's the time for a switch, there is no need for a human in this operation, man's heart just stands in the path, animal mind just drags me away. It's the time to die and it's the time to be reborn.
I walk the path in the shadows of the valley of dead. There is no grass, there is no life. How dark and silent is this place.
I walk the path that leads to just one place... Sound of my steps gets thicker and thicker as I approach the Abyss. With each step my uncertainty raises, with each steps my heart cries more and more.
Choronzon sits on the edge of the Abyss, his red flaming eyes shine to the darkness that is holding my heart. He smiles, his maniacal laugh means he was waiting for me for this whole time. My heart nearly stops as I am getting closer.
There is another pair of eyes watching me, right behind the Abyss, eyes that are clean, without any emotion, with a lack of sympathy, these are not eyes of the human. I know the being staring at me, I tremble in fear of His power, I tremble in fear of His knowledge. Choronzon is just a shade, personification of Abyss. Nothing is real, just Him.
As I stand on the edge, right next to the Choronzon, I feel no fear of the demon, I am still staring at the eyes of Him, the perfection of me, [your Magickal name here].
Just one more step and the fall. It feels like I am falling for eternity, as if there never was any beginning, as if there is no end of this madness. I keep falling and falling down the deep black hole, voices and screams deafening my ears, there is nothing to see, only the sense of falling and the tongue of insanity to be heard.
Then I stand on the edge of the Abyss, I returned back, as someone else. Those distant memories of being a human are tasteless, there is no emotion needed to know, there is no real life in the illusion. I am not a human, anymore.
Spirits of Light and spirits of Darkness, hear my voice and do as I say. Come here to this place and do my Will. I possess the powers of Life and of Death, I control winds and fire, I am the beginning and I am the ending, everything that comes to this world comes through me. I. Am. [your Magickal name here].


There are more ways of achieving the state of mind you will have after this operation, you might also want to modify this incantation a little bit. Feel free to do so and enjoy its effects.

August 08, 2014, 12:26:08 AM
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Knowing the name of your Higher Self refers to the ability to control the HS.

Can you substantiate that claim a bit?
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August 08, 2014, 02:04:53 AM
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Knowing the name of your Higher Self refers to the ability to control the HS.

Can you substantiate that claim a bit?

http://www.sacred-texts.com/egy/ael/ael13.htm

There you will find a story of Ra and Isis. In summary Isis refused to heal poisoned Ra and forced him to tell her his real name.

August 08, 2014, 07:46:03 AM
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http://www.sacred-texts.com/egy/ael/ael13.htm

There you will find a story of Ra and Isis. In summary Isis refused to heal poisoned Ra and forced him to tell her his real name.

I was not going to respond, originally, but your understanding is a bit too simplistic. First off, the idea of dividing the magical and the mundane is not an Egyptian concept in that,
I never made that claim, but the rest of your post is a good information.

August 08, 2014, 03:41:20 PM
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I would prefer a sort of enhanced union with my higherself than a replacement. Magick is a lifestyle, and many basic practices can be done alongside daily life, so to separate the magician from the mundane human would be a bit like rejecting that.

Would a union be similarly feasible to the replacement suggested in your article, based on the idea of a true name?
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August 08, 2014, 04:25:33 PM
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I would prefer a sort of enhanced union with my higherself than a replacement. Magick is a lifestyle, and many basic practices can be done alongside daily life, so to separate the magician from the mundane human would be a bit like rejecting that.

Would a union be similarly feasible to the replacement suggested in your article, based on the idea of a true name?

It's just a matter of practice, really. Practicing self-invocation long enough will teach you how to be mundane and how to be Magickal, then you can simply switch between those states just with a simple thought. Mundanely speaking you can then lie or do stuff you have without affecting your willpower, plus you won't hurt anyone with imagination just because you are angry.

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It's just a matter of practice, really. Practicing self-invocation long enough will teach you how to be mundane and how to be Magickal, then you can simply switch between those states just with a simple thought. Mundanely speaking you can then lie or do stuff you have without affecting your willpower, plus you won't hurt anyone with imagination just because you are angry.

I am not sure how that would work. The dynamics of an invocation is from outside to inside; however, you are you, fundamentally; therefore, you are you internally, so how are you calling something from an external source if you are you internally? You would be calling something from within you, so, technically, you are not calling anything into you. It is actually inverted. You are calling something from within yourself. When you invoke something, you call something into yourself that was outside; therefore, this takes for granted that it is an entity outside of yourself called inside yourself; however, how can you be outside of you in such a manner to call? The dynamics don't make much sense to me.

outside and inside are interesting concepts, but a bit outdated, maybe for as long as 7 centuries. Theoretically speaking, it's hard to truly distinguish what is internal and what is external in Magick, what is part of me and what is truly exclusive. If you go deeper and deeper (or higher and higher, as hermeticists love to say), you will find out that everything is one. That is of course just a theory.
Practically speaking, you can invoke a grimoire demon as easily as your very own servitor so the condition that an invoked entity must be external doesn't make much of a sense, plus if we were traditionally talking, HS is external to you to begin with.

August 08, 2014, 05:15:37 PM
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It's just a matter of practice, really. Practicing self-invocation long enough will teach you how to be mundane and how to be Magickal, then you can simply switch between those states just with a simple thought. Mundanely speaking you can then lie or do stuff you have without affecting your willpower, plus you won't hurt anyone with imagination just because you are angry.

I am not sure how that would work. The dynamics of an invocation is from outside to inside; however, you are you, fundamentally; therefore, you are you internally, so how are you calling something from an external source if you are you internally? You would be calling something from within you, so, technically, you are not calling anything into you. It is actually inverted. You are calling something from within yourself. When you invoke something, you call something into yourself that was outside; therefore, this takes for granted that it is an entity outside of yourself called inside yourself; however, how can you be outside of you in such a manner to call? The dynamics don't make much sense to me.

I don't think the term "self-invocation" is meant to be anything more than a close approximation. It inherently denotes the bringing of the self into the self, where the context calls for a word to denote an aspect of the self being made dominant, or bringing it forth. The difference is small enough that criticism, especially without providing a more fitting term, is pedantic.

It also seems to me that, despite not technically being an invocation, it could be performed the same way without any detriment to the results.
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August 08, 2014, 05:21:48 PM
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@Rayn: No, that's invocation, evocation is when you call something outside of your own boundaries so you can talk with it. The "external" word that was in my post referred to your previous message about "entity must be external first before you can invoke it".

But ok, how would you call it so the name will be ok for you?

August 08, 2014, 05:30:42 PM
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Quick question.

Does "HS" refer to the Higher Self as ones own Spirit, or the HGA which is an external guardian spirit?

Because I treat those as two separate things, and that makes this thread read in two very different ways depending on what you mean when you use terms like this.



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August 08, 2014, 05:32:50 PM
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Quick question.

Does "HS" refer to the Higher Self as ones own Spirit, or the HGA which is an external guardian spirit?

Because I treat those as two separate things, and that makes this thread read in two very different ways depending on what you mean when you use terms like this.



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Good point. Some people take HS as solar based and HGA as lunar based, therefore two opposite entities (or two sides of one scale), I personally treat them as one and the same.

August 08, 2014, 05:39:03 PM
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I treat them as completely different beings.

My HS is me, my "True Self" to use a bit of mystic lingo. My own Consciousness. My HGA is a guardian spirit that is with me to, well, do guardian spirit stuff. Either could technically be invoked, but doing so would produce very different results for me.

For the HS, a lot of Rayn's points about Self-Reflection applies -- mystically, this is the purpose of Introspection. "Man, Know Thyself!"

As far as the whole True Name thing goes, well, that's a completely different matter.



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Good point. Some people take HS as solar based and HGA as lunar based, therefore two opposite entities (or two sides of one scale), I personally treat them as one and the same.

The concept is Platonic and Neo-Platonic and does not mesh with ideas of a true name, so, in either case, you could not call this via a true name where a true name is only relevant within a cultural sense, so it would require such an alphabet to be accurate. The distinction has to do with whether or not the augoeides descended into the soul of man or merely shown his light on man. In the former case, it would not possess an individual instance to warrant a name. In the former, it would, essentially, be you. In either case, these are Greek concepts that don't speak of true names.  

You are aware there are rituals treating kundalini as an entity, right? Context doesn't matter, Magicians can name things. And I am pretty sure Heron also didn't treat his steam toys the same way the steam engine later was treated, that doesn't make it false.

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Context doesn't matter, Magicians can name things.

It kind of does, because the beliefs that say something of a true name believe that sounds have inherent power which means that a true name would have power due to inherent power in sounds which would correspond to an alphabet. Basically, if you don't know the formula for the words, you can't work the magic. I specialize in enchantments where my family works a lot of spoken magic, so this is something I kind of know a lot about... I am not saying sounds have intrinsic power; rather, I am stating that the cultures that say things of a true name believe so. This is why I said your understanding of Egyptian magic is simplistic.

As a practitioner of Rune Magic and working with this sort of thing on a daily basis now, I'm with Rayn on this one.

The power of a magical word, including a persons name, is multifold -- but the formula is important. Adonai is, in form, different  from ADNI; and I don't mean grammar. Magic can be worked in a lot of ways, but when you're working with Word Magic there is a method to the madness.



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As a practitioner of Rune Magic and working with this sort of thing on a daily basis now, I'm with Rayn on this one.

The power of a magical word, including a persons name, is multifold -- but the formula is important. Adonai is, in form, different  from ADNI; and I don't mean grammar. Magic can be worked in a lot of ways, but when you're working with word magic, there is a method to the madness.



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Getting a bit lost there. Adonai is a way how to pronounce ADNI (Hebrew spelling), it is also a way how to pronounce YHWH (which many people mistakenly pronounce as Yahweh). Adonai means Lord, it's name a name, just like YHWH isn't a name, but rather a placehorder for the name, in itself it has no Magickal value, but many occultists report great effects from using it as a mantra, which means the power of the word comes from their head.