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Concerning Magical Warfare

This is a short paper concerning the concept of magical warfare, including what it is, what it can do, its working dynamics, and examples of magical attacks. All thoughts therein are mine, and I do not force my views on conduct or the classification of casts on the readers, though I use definitions that have held up for over 2000 years. Read this paper, and accept or decline my views as you will.

Introduction-The Magician and the Sorcerer
You may notice that I make a general distinction here as to the magician and the sorcerer. This is because I do not go by today’s definition of the sorcerer, but instead the older Hebrew definition, in conjunction with the hermetic viewpoint of the White Lodge concerning the Left Hand Path. Throughout this paper, when I say sorcerer, I am referring to one who has embraced the left hand approach to magic. This does not imply that the individual is a Satanist, or even a follower of the Yessidic sect, but instead one that delights in the corruption and destruction of his/her fellow creations, or even simply one who has quite “evil” outlooks upon the ways of the world. Let us take a look at Crowley’s distinction:

“When the Neophyte enters upon the Path of Evil, there confronteth him the angel Samael. In vain he saith that he is come between The Pillars and seeketh the Hidden Knowledge in the name of Adonai; the angel answers him “I am the Prince of Darkness and of Evil. The wicked and rebellious man gazeth upon the face of nature, and findeth therein naught but terror and obscurity; unto him it is but the darkness of the darkness, and he is but as a drunken man groping in the dark. Return, for thou canst not pass by!”

The sorcerer is one who has done so, be it a subconscious declaration to the universe, or in the case of the more powerful sorcerer, an actual confrontation with Samael between the Pillars of the Temple, BOAZ and JAKIN. It is one who has turned from the light in favor of the darkness, though not quite accustomed to the darkness, and therefor still able to look upon the light when one shines it. Yet the most powerful of sorcerers, such as Crowley himself was(having killed two people with his magic on record), is one who has turned to the angel Samael and yelled aloud “Step aside, angel!” and broken through the seals past the Unity of the Duad. Such sorcerers as these are rare and few, though when they surface they rise with the Red Tide out of the Astral Abyss wielding a black sword of power and a black book of secrets. Crowley was indeed such a person, having almost been able to bind Lucifuge himself with no help from any angelic forces, and in fact having set out to The Pyramids with the intent of doing such a thing. Study Crowley, The Beast 666, if you wish to see a good example of a relatively modern sorcerer of the highest calliber.

That being said about the sorcerer, let us also make a distinction of the magician. Once again, I do not go by the modern, mundane definition of “magician,” which does simply suggest someone who can wrought magical feats. For such people I simply refer to as Occultists. My definition of the magician rings true to its linguistic roots, in which “magician” is derived from the Latin word “Magus,” which applies to one who is versed in “magia,” or the Wise Arts. This I in turn derive from the Persian order of the Magi, from which all trained magia priests came, and eventually served as the Qabalistic leaders and High Priests of the Jewish Sect, having wrought their knowledge from the confines of Ur. However, this does not mean that I restrict the term Magician only to those who are students of the Hermetic arts. It simply means I look upon the term magician as one applying to a magician of a somewhat “holy” disposition, and ultimately one who seeks the Divine Doctrine, by whatever means of spiritual advancement used. As such I have made a clear distinction between the sorcerer, the occultist, and the magician. Also bear in mind, however, that I am not suggesting an Occultist, or literally, a “Keeper of Secrets,” can not become as powerful as a sorcerer or a magician, nor that a sorcerer can not become as powerful as a magician or occultist. Occultist is simply a general term I apply to any student of the Arts unless they have a solid foothold in either the dark or the light. All can obtain a powerful virtue in the arts through their individual paths, be they from The Left Hand path, The Right Hand path, or a neutral road in between. The powers of magic are indeed open to all who pursue it, though those powers come in different forms. However, I have seen that in the end, most followers of the art of magic can be put into either the Right Hand Path, or the Left Hand Path. It is difficult to stay neutral your entire magic journey. Regardless of all this, I will for the sake of simplicity refer to any student of magic as a magician in this paper, unless it be in reference to a sorcerer, for simplicity’s sake.

In my time I have found that typically if one is assaulted maliciously by a force which has been identified as being caused by an incarnate entity, such as the follower of magic or the psychic, the person is a follower of The Left Hand Path. Why? Because in most other codes of ethics there is a “Do not strike unless stricken upon” attitude, and so if you are attacked it is usually because someone simply felt like making another’s life miserable.


What magical warfare is-

There is a fine division in the class of magical warfare. This division exists within the severity of the assaults and the magnitude of the defense. We shall call these two types, for the sake of this paper, lesser and greater magical warfare.

Concerning lesser warfare, you shall no doubt recognize its characteristics. It is the manipulation of energies for the sake of causing a very general disturbance to the magician directly, usually within his aura and direct energy system, often not powerful enough to extend even to the etheral double. This is generally viewed more as psychic sparring than magical warfare, however, there is a distinction between the two that exists within the division of approaches, which many students of even psionics may not know. The proper definition of a psychic attack is one in which the victim’s senses are on some level appealed to, and a psychological door is opened by such a synergy that allows outside energies to freely move into and about the confines of the subliminal mind. From there, the intent of the released energies merge with the internal body of the victim, causing a severe mental effect. However, we could see this as greater psychic warfare, and what most psionics do, such as projecting energy constructs and picking apart shields, is simply lesser psychic warfare.

Lesser magical warfare is much the same. “Sparring partners,” as it were, create a link to one another and go about “pinging” in various stages to produce a somewhat noticeable effect to the opponent. This effect is usually limited to a simple pressure in a part of the body caused by a disruption in the corresponding auric area, and occasionally, a small head or stomach ache. This is closer to lesser psychic warfare than it is to magical. What happens on the magical level, is that the student may use a chant, sigil, symbol, gesture, etc, to produce more effectively the same effect, and narrow down the attack radius if needed. For example, a beginning magician can produce a ping effect to a specific layer of the aura by means of using a serious of mind-focusing chants to induce a state of gnosis not usually within the reach of the typical psychic(that is, not readily accepted by them for use). This being said, lesser magical warfare is more a perversion fit for the use of today’s youth to create a sense of competition than it truly is warfare. For indeed the significant magical figures of the past did not amuse themselves with such entertainment, having a better understanding of the powerful energies they were using.

Greater magical warfare is the traditional application of magical energies to some sort of offensive/malevolent ends, expanding past the direct vessel of the victim into his/her etheric double, then emanating by means of connected energy currents into the spiral of his/her ultimate environment. Allow me to break that down for the less learned: Magical warfare is not used by the occultists simply for amusing each other with a little “sparring.” It is the projection of the magical forces with the intent of causing some type of discord. As such, anyone who has ever asked me to “attack” them will know that I have often refused, and I do so out of acknowledgment that these forces are not to be played with. Now once the attack has been launched, it does not simply manifest itself on some basic auric level, but by means of the body’s energy systems expands into the etheric double. Once the attack’s energy has reached the etheric double of the victim, it can from there use all energy currents connected therein to travel into the victim’s environment. The effect of this is things such as bad luck up to physical attacks through the medium of some type of animal. Here we can also clarify what is meant by bad luck. In magical warfare, bad luck is not simply “man, I didn’t wake up to the alarm this morning.” Bad luck is spilling coffee on your business suit, then walking outside once cleaned up and tripping on a crack in the sidewalk into a puddle of mud. Finally, when you arrive at your work, your boss calls you into his office to fire you. Granted that kind of bad luck is better than the type that makes you trip into oncoming traffic.

The Effects of Magical Assault-
There are many ways to wreak havoc on a victim through magical means, and many types of havoc brought about therein. In greater magical warfare one may see anything from a basic bad luck streak up to total destruction of a social life, a severe drop in health, mental breakdowns and/or insomnia brought about by fierce nightmares. Do not think, however, that the effects of magical warfare only extend to an immediate physio/psychological environment. I myself have sat outside for hours fending off magically sent hail and thunderstorms. Once I even had to take up defense and fend off a series of tornadoes forming over my house, as directed by a follower of The Left Hand Path whom I had recently met, and did not leave so great an impression upon.

To understand the possible severity of occult attack, I believe that lending an example of something that happened to Dion Fortune may help shed some light. The experience that led Dion Fortune on to become a rather prominent magical figure in the mid 20th century was an occult attack, the effects of which were induced by what seems to have been suggestive telepathy and undermining hypnosis, combined by the attacker’s will and magical means at her disposal. Before Dion had any knowledge of the occult she worked in a simple law firm. Over her time as an employee, she began to notice a peculiar ability with which she could exploit her fellow legal workers. Confrontations with this woman often left her employees feeling drained and beat, as if they had been working all day. Eventually, after becoming sick of how her employer treated people, Dion resolved to quit. She literally went home and packed all of her bags, at the end of which one of her fellow co-workers stepped into her apartment. The girl looked at Dion and said that if she was leaving, it would be best to tell the Employer so face to face.

Dion, being young and full of zeal, marched proudly down to her employer’s house, knocked on the door, and came in to confront the woman, ignorant of the true forces at work against her. When she came into the house, her employer looked at her and said “Very well, if you want to go, you shall, but before you go you have to admit that you are incompetent and have no self-confidence. Suddenly being struck with fear beyond measure, Dion somehow managed to muster up the gall to reply that she was not incompetent, and was in fact only the product of her employer’s own council. This naturally made matters a little worse, and her employer looked at her and said “You are incompetent and you know it. You have no self-confidence, and you’ve got to admit it.” Then commensed a most extraordinary litany, in which the employer fixed Dion in her gaze, and repeated that sentence over and over, thus beginning three things: telepathic suggestion, hypnotic suggestion, and vampirism. Dion recalls that with every sentence she felt more and more disoriented, struggling for a hold on the world as giant black walls closed in about her. She knew that if she admitted she was incompetent, the damage would be everlasting. Though it only seemed like 15 minutes, four hours had passed before her employer ceased her litany and said “You are now free to go.” As Dion turned to walk out the door, she noticed it did not feel like her foot was landing where it did, an effect produced by disrupting the etheric double in proportion to the physical self. She called a friend from just outside her employer’s house, and got a ride home.

Once home she went to her bed and fell asleep for two days. When she finally awoke again, she felt horrible, shaking violently, sweating, and distraught because of her horrible nightmares. She layed in her bed for weeks like this, occasionally calling up the will to stumble into the kitchen and fix herself some food. Eventually her land-lord noticed something was wrong, and after an inspection with a doctor(which did not help), had her family come and pick her up, relocating her to a house in the country. Once there, she continued in her shaken state for another year, laying in bed all day ever day, sweating and shivering, screaming out in the night. After about a year she became stable enough to walk, but still had night fright and little energy. A simple walk up the stairs was enough to wind her. This incredible lack of energy and failing of health(as she became prone to illness very easily at this point) continued on for another two years, despite medical treatment. Finally a more distant relative of the family was informed of the situation, and brought it to the attention of a personal friend whom was very much skilled in the occult arts. After an introduction between the family and him, the occultist made a quick diagnosis of Dion’s problems based on her story, and began treatment on a metaphysical level. Within two weeks Dion began getting her energy back, and at the end of two months felt as good as new. Upon inquiring into what had been done, Dion was introduced to the concept of psychism and the occult arts. From that point on she was a fervent student of the arts, attending several occult colleges and eventually winding up as a part of the Great White Lodge of Masters.

I have here shared an account of Dion’s experience because I believe it to be a great example of the possible effects that can be brought about on a victim through magical means. However, it will do you well to know that these days, thanks to that bastardizing “New Age Movement,” most “sorcerers” you will run into are naught but children who play with matches, the term child here not just applying to age. It is rare that you will manage to draw the malevolent attention of a magician actually well versed in the more powerful dark arts, be they modern or traditional. Far more likely is it that you will upset some distraught teenager in the midst of puberty who will, in some emotional rage, light a few candles, burn a picture or two, and sing some rhyming curse. Because of a blatant lack of knowledge and understanding, the worst you may get is some itchy skin, and in my experience, curses sent by such insolent fools are easily dispelled with the wave of a hand by the learned occultist. Keep in mind, however, that if the emotion, intent and focus is all strong enough, even that candle-lighting, herb-making wiccan may be able to produce a surprisingly powerful hex.

All this having been said, I will here go about to lay down a basic list of the most common effects, those being: Head ache, stomach ache, internal aches, eye irritation, skin irritation, local bug problems, inconvenient weather, a slight misalignment of the etheric double, basic bad luck, sever bad luck, nightmares, relationship problems, marital problems, domestic difficulties, and a steady health drop. All these things can be brought about by the slightly-better-than-average magician, and as such can be put to malevolent ends by the sorcerer. In the case of the more powerful, learned sorcerers, such effects may appear as: Insomnia brought about by night-fright, severe nightmares, noticeable drop in health at a constant rate, devastating lack of energy(mental, emotional and physical), nausea, self-entropy, a mental breakdown, nervous distrophy, anxiety attacks, heart attacks, poltergeist activity, fires with no apparent cause, nearly any type of disease you can fathom, and in extreme cases, even death. Fortunately the sorcerers that can produce these effects are few, and even so, they can all be done away with if the problem is identified before any permanent damage is done, and the victim can be cured in about two weeks’ treatment from a magician in conjunction with the proper medical treatment. As for the lesser effects, and in turn the most common, they are all easily dispelled in less than a week if the magician knows how, or will dissolve on their own in under a month at the most.


Magical warfare in comparison to magical assault-
In order for a magical assault to escalate into magical warfare, a full defensive course must not only be taken, but then an answering attack from the defensive part must be launched. At this point, both participants have etherically agreed to and partaken of magical warfare in its entirety. The distinction lays within the retaliation. For if no retaliation is presented by the defensive host, then all that has taken place is an attack. This can be seen in terms of the past terrorist attack on 9/11. Had the U.S.A not retaliated to the attack, but instead simply increased defense and then erased the effects of that attack, no warfare could have possibly taken place. If no warfare had taken place, then all that would have happened was a terrorist attack, not an act of war. However, the U.S.A decided to retaliate offensively from their defensive position, launching a retaliation that was the bombing of Afghanistan. This then led to a full war on terrorism, in which both parties are taking place in a volley of attacks.

This in mind, the magician comes to a two-way street, in which he can decide humbly to just defend against the threat, banish the attack’s results, and go on living, or he can chose to retaliate. Those who retaliate are in turn generally of one of these two classes of people: those with a lack of real discipline, or those with a sense of justice. The first of these two is simply the person who angrily replies to the attack not because he has anyone but himself in mind, but simply because he’s been bothered. The latter of those two types is the person who does not retaliate for his own good, but instead because he sees himself as the instrument with which the universe will return the sorcerer’s karma. By destroying the sorcerer, he can possibly save other future would-be victims from his malice. This sense of justice is also found within the martial arts as the justification of physical retaliation, in which the martial artist becomes a vessel of the assailant’s karma returning back to him, keeping the martial artist in turn devoid of any bad karma.

Now there are those in magic, as there are in martial arts, who claim that to be a pacifist one must accept all that comes to him, whether deemed good or evil. My friends, let me introduce a new way of pacifism to you:

To be so potentially deadly that would-be aggressors would rather not disturb the harmonious existence of the pacifist, and feel the resulting wrath of that action.

To better understand this principle, let us make an example of the follower of the Second Way to Pacifism, as we shall call it, and the follower of the First Way to Pacifism. Place a peace-loving hippy on a corner of a bad street(first way), and let him stay there. On a different corner of the same bad street, place a strong, imposing individual with a gun in his hand. Who do you think will be seen as the more likely victim of a mugging? No doubt any ruffian with an IQ of above 10 would attack the defenseless hippy, knowing that no hurt would find its way to himself as a result. For that ruffian will surely have figured out that any attempt to disturb the man with the gun may result in his own death. In this sense, because it was the hippy’s “peace loving” defenselessness that invited the attack, he is as much the source of the disruption of peace as the assailant. On the other hand, the man with the gun did not start an attack, nor did he invite one by his own weakness. Therefor it was the follower of the Second Way to Pacifism, the man with the gun, who actually kept the peace, and therein fulfilled the true principles of pacifism.

It is my personal philosophy as a martial artist and a magician that the student of the Arts must be much like that man with the gun. He has it, but does not go about using it for no reason, and in turn can apply it to sustain peace for himself and those attached to him. I believe that the magician must make himself a ferocious force of nature, a viper ready to strike when needed, with a deadly poison. The magician must be every bit as ferocious in power and attack as the sorcerer.
With that last statement, it should be easy for the aspirant to conclude that to be a complete magician, one must be versed in both the “white” and “black” arts to some extent. It is hard to attack someone if all you know how to do is erect a shield, and therefor impossible to engage in warfare.


Why no Defense Exercises?
I do not plan on releasing any methods of magical defense in this paper. Why? Quite simply because there are so many diverse ways of defense, and because many types of attacks must be handled differently. On top of that, thanks to the diverse amount of magicians who all think their way is THE way, there would be countless rants as to “why is this needed?” and “this seems like a big waste of time!” Maybe even a simple “but I’m still a teenager and live with my mom and dad, and they won’t let me do that!” Though I am not big on ritual myself, and prefer instead to learn ritual and gradually strip it down to its finer forms, even a simple chant is to ritualistic to most people. There are some who think too scientifically, some who think too cynically, some who accept everything as absolute truth, and some who don’t like to hear anything that doesn’t agree with their own outlooks on how magic should be performed. So, in order to avoid countless comments and pointless ramblings, I will not provide here any exercises for magical defense, as it would be impossible for me to do so without some bothersome person making a complaint. If you truly wish to find ways to defend yourself, there are plenty of resources out there, particularly Dion Fortune’s Psychic Self Defense book. For those who are open-minded enough and willing to listen to a discourse about techniques that have worked for me in the past, I plan to hold a class concerning methods of magical warfare, as well as touching on aspects of psychic battling, over this summer(summer of ‘04), in which I will discuss both methods of attack and defense. When done, the lesson will be posted in the Article section of The Veritas Academy.

My blessings upon you all in your path. May light shine where there is shadow, and show you the wonders the darkness hid from you. Take care.
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Do not say "it is dead," for in doing so you condemn it to death,
Do not say "it is alive," for in doing so you give it life.
What you condemn to death, do not do so unless you are prepared to bring it to that end,
What you bring to life, do not do so unless you are prepared to support it.
What you can deliver death unto is that which you claim mastery over,
And what you give life unto is that which you claim mastery of.
Who is the magician to make himself master, when he in fact has a master?
Therefor do not try to obtain mastery of others through life and death,
But instead seek to obtain mastery of yourself through life and death.
The power of the enlightened lays within the soul’s crucifixion and rebirth,
So do not seek power that is not yours.
The ambitious mind can not understand this.
-Prophecy

August 18, 2004, 09:23:33 PM
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As usual, nice article, Prophecy. Just thought this article needed at least one reply. Have to admit, your knowledge and understanding really is inspirational.

October 14, 2004, 07:36:05 AM
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Excellent overview of magical warfare. Helpful.
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December 08, 2004, 07:48:30 AM
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Prophey, you are very well versed in all aspects that I can see
In light there is shadow. In life there is death, and as such only through death can we obtain life

July 14, 2005, 01:23:50 PM
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I actually had a roommate like the employer of Dion Fortune. I've heard of her books. I actually need a mentor on this stuff, if you could perhaps email me, I can tell you more about my experience.

Only I understand what it is like to live with someone like the employeer of Ms. Fortune.

Thanks.
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Boo-ya!

November 10, 2005, 06:20:03 PM
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Nice article Pro, Although you said "Short", That was not short, But it did hold my attention.
Truely an accomplishment ;)

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November 18, 2005, 11:36:11 AM
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This is a great article. Thanx for the info. :biggrin:
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June 20, 2007, 11:51:00 AM
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I really like this article. As always, you have amazing knowledge, and ypu have helped me learn a lot through them alone.
I only wish I could find the chat on Magical defense. Was it posted?
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I guess the lessons will be at evenings US time, but I'm really looking forward to the chatlog.

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Concerning Magical Warfare

This is a short paper concerning the concept of magical warfare, including what it is, what it can do, its working dynamics, and examples of magical attacks. All thoughts therein are mine, and I do not force my views on conduct or the classification of casts on the readers, though I use definitions that have held up for over 2000 years. Read this paper, and accept or decline my views as you will.

Introduction-The Magician and the Sorcerer
You may notice that I make a general distinction here as to the magician and the sorcerer. This is because I do not go by today’s definition of the sorcerer, but instead the older Hebrew definition, in conjunction with the hermetic viewpoint of the White Lodge concerning the Left Hand Path. Throughout this paper, when I say sorcerer, I am referring to one who has embraced the left hand approach to magic. This does not imply that the individual is a Satanist, or even a follower of the Yessidic sect, but instead one that delights in the corruption and destruction of his/her fellow creations, or even simply one who has quite “evil” outlooks upon the ways of the world. Let us take a look at Crowley’s distinction:
Akenu's commentary:
So you want to use French word for LHP, I am ok with that, but what did you just say about Yessidi???

“When the Neophyte enters upon the Path of Evil, there confronteth him the angel Samael. In vain he saith that he is come between The Pillars and seeketh the Hidden Knowledge in the name of Adonai; the angel answers him “I am the Prince of Darkness and of Evil. The wicked and rebellious man gazeth upon the face of nature, and findeth therein naught but terror and obscurity; unto him it is but the darkness of the darkness, and he is but as a drunken man groping in the dark. Return, for thou canst not pass by!”

The sorcerer is one who has done so, be it a subconscious declaration to the universe, or in the case of the more powerful sorcerer, an actual confrontation with Samael between the Pillars of the Temple, BOAZ and JAKIN. It is one who has turned from the light in favor of the darkness, though not quite accustomed to the darkness, and therefor still able to look upon the light when one shines it. Yet the most powerful of sorcerers, such as Crowley himself was(having killed two people with his magic on record),
Akenu's commentary:
Actually the first guy was shot with a revolver, Crowley then used Magick to become "invisible" and flee.
Second case was his doctor who died of a heartattack shortly after Crowley when Crowley suppossedly cursed him.



 is one who has turned to the angel Samael and yelled aloud “Step aside, angel!” and broken through the seals past the Unity of the Duad. Such sorcerers as these are rare and few, though when they surface they rise with the Red Tide out of the Astral Abyss wielding a black sword of power and a black book of secrets. Crowley was indeed such a person, having almost been able to bind Lucifuge himself with no help from any angelic forces, and in fact having set out to The Pyramids with the intent of doing such a thing. Study Crowley, The Beast 666, if you wish to see a good example of a relatively modern sorcerer of the highest calliber.
Akenu's commentary:
Crowley wasn't sorcerer (not even according to OP's definition, he was avoiding LHP like a plague and his statement "to find a real will" means a real Will for the great work.



That being said about the sorcerer, let us also make a distinction of the magician. Once again, I do not go by the modern, mundane definition of “magician,” which does simply suggest someone who can wrought magical feats. For such people I simply refer to as Occultists. My definition of the magician rings true to its linguistic roots, in which “magician” is derived from the Latin word “Magus,”
Akenu's commentary:
Or Iranian magos, meaning a priest, that was long before the latin version, but ok...


 which applies to one who is versed in “magia,” or the Wise Arts. This I in turn derive from the Persian order of the Magi, from which all trained magia priests came, and eventually served as the Qabalistic leaders and High Priests of the Jewish Sect, having wrought their knowledge from the confines of Ur.
Akenu's commentary:
No. Akkadians and Iranians do not really match, but there might be some indirect influences, mainly because of Summer and Mesopotamia.


 However, this does not mean that I restrict the term Magician only to those who are students of the Hermetic arts. It simply means I look upon the term magician as one applying to a magician of a somewhat “holy” disposition, and ultimately one who seeks the Divine Doctrine, by whatever means of spiritual advancement used. As such I have made a clear distinction between the sorcerer, the occultist, and the magician. Also bear in mind, however, that I am not suggesting an Occultist, or literally, a “Keeper of Secrets,” can not become as powerful as a sorcerer or a magician, nor that a sorcerer can not become as powerful as a magician or occultist. Occultist is simply a general term I apply to any student of the Arts unless they have a solid foothold in either the dark or the light.
Akenu's commentary:
Speaking about dark and light is like fully ignoring what hermeticism teaches, btw.


 All can obtain a powerful virtue in the arts through their individual paths, be they from The Left Hand path, The Right Hand path, or a neutral road in between. The powers of magic are indeed open to all who pursue it, though those powers come in different forms. However, I have seen that in the end, most followers of the art of magic can be put into either the Right Hand Path, or the Left Hand Path. It is difficult to stay neutral your entire magic journey. Regardless of all this, I will for the sake of simplicity refer to any student of magic as a magician in this paper, unless it be in reference to a sorcerer, for simplicity’s sake.

In my time I have found that typically if one is assaulted maliciously by a force which has been identified as being caused by an incarnate entity, such as the follower of magic or the psychic, the person is a follower of The Left Hand Path. Why? Because in most other codes of ethics there is a “Do not strike unless stricken upon” attitude, and so if you are attacked it is usually because someone simply felt like making another’s life miserable.
Akenu's commentary:
That somehow omits the idea of the evil eye.




What magical warfare is-

There is a fine division in the class of magical warfare. This division exists within the severity of the assaults and the magnitude of the defense. We shall call these two types, for the sake of this paper, lesser and greater magical warfare.

Concerning lesser warfare, you shall no doubt recognize its characteristics. It is the manipulation of energies for the sake of causing a very general disturbance to the magician directly, usually within his aura and direct energy system, often not powerful enough to extend even to the etheral double.
Akenu's commentary:
In other words to extend to the non-existent quasi doppelganger. Thank you for introducing yet another pseudo definition that people will waste their times with googling.


 This is generally viewed more as psychic sparring than magical warfare, however, there is a distinction between the two that exists within the division of approaches, which many students of even psionics may not know. The proper definition of a psychic attack is one in which the victim’s senses are on some level appealed to, and a psychological door is opened by such a synergy that allows outside energies to freely move into and about the confines of the subliminal mind. From there, the intent of the released energies merge with the internal body of the victim, causing a severe mental effect. However, we could see this as greater psychic warfare, and what most psionics do, such as projecting energy constructs and picking apart shields, is simply lesser psychic warfare.
Akenu's commentary:
I am really sorry to nitpick again, but subliminal mind and internal body are two things that shouldn't be here. One's vital force is infused with an intent of the attacker would be enough.



Lesser magical warfare is much the same. “Sparring partners,” as it were, create a link to one another and go about “pinging” in various stages to produce a somewhat noticeable effect to the opponent. This effect is usually limited to a simple pressure in a part of the body caused by a disruption in the corresponding auric area, and occasionally, a small head or stomach ache. This is closer to lesser psychic warfare than it is to magical.
Akenu's commentary:
I am somehow missing the definition of the difference between the psychic and magical here.


 What happens on the magical level, is that the student may use a chant, sigil, symbol, gesture, etc, to produce more effectively the same effect, and narrow down the attack radius if needed. For example, a beginning magician can produce a ping effect to a specific layer of the aura by means of using a serious of mind-focusing chants to induce a state of gnosis not usually within the reach of the typical psychic(that is, not readily accepted by them for use). This being said, lesser magical warfare is more a perversion fit for the use of today’s youth to create a sense of competition than it truly is warfare. For indeed the significant magical figures of the past did not amuse themselves with such entertainment, having a better understanding of the powerful energies they were using.
Akenu's commentary:
Actually LHP is more fit fo the use of youth nowadays (especially if you ever visited any black magic forum). Headaches, stomacheaches and light heart issues are usually used as a threat and it's not something a youngster could do.



Greater magical warfare is the traditional application of magical energies to some sort of offensive/malevolent ends, expanding past the direct vessel of the victim into his/her etheric double, then emanating by means of connected energy currents into the spiral of his/her ultimate environment. Allow me to break that down for the less learned: Magical warfare is not used by the occultists simply for amusing each other with a little “sparring.” It is the projection of the magical forces with the intent of causing some type of discord. As such, anyone who has ever asked me to “attack” them will know that I have often refused, and I do so out of acknowledgment that these forces are not to be played with. Now once the attack has been launched, it does not simply manifest itself on some basic auric level, but by means of the body’s energy systems expands into the etheric double.
Akenu's commentary:
It's pity that the first part of this article was given to explain the difference between a magician and a sorcerer just to advocate why these words were used this way, yet etheric double was left for the imagination of the reader.


 Once the attack’s energy has reached the etheric double of the victim, it can from there use all energy currents connected therein to travel into the victim’s environment.
Akenu's commentary:
If the victim is shielded then this wouldn't work as there would be no "middle man" so to say. Third party issues are usually used when the target is well protected himself or when you have no good morals to do things normally.

 The effect of this is things such as bad luck up to physical attacks through the medium of some type of animal. Here we can also clarify what is meant by bad luck. In magical warfare, bad luck is not simply “man, I didn’t wake up to the alarm this morning.” Bad luck is spilling coffee on your business suit, then walking outside once cleaned up and tripping on a crack in the sidewalk into a puddle of mud. Finally, when you arrive at your work, your boss calls you into his office to fire you. Granted that kind of bad luck is better than the type that makes you trip into oncoming traffic.

The Effects of Magical Assault-
There are many ways to wreak havoc on a victim through magical means, and many types of havoc brought about therein. In greater magical warfare one may see anything from a basic bad luck streak up to total destruction of a social life, a severe drop in health, mental breakdowns and/or insomnia brought about by fierce nightmares.
Akenu's commentary:
Yes, because pis*ing off a person capable of this is something you manage to do every day...

 Do not think, however, that the effects of magical warfare only extend to an immediate physio/psychological environment. I myself have sat outside for hours fending off magically sent hail and thunderstorms.
Akenu's commentary:
Doesn't sound like an actual attack, more like a wishful thinking

Once I even had to take up defense and fend off a series of tornadoes forming over my house, as directed by a follower of The Left Hand Path whom I had recently met, and did not leave so great an impression upon.
Akenu's commentary:
Yes, totally a wishful thinking.

To understand the possible severity of occult attack, I believe that lending an example of something that happened to Dion Fortune may help shed some light. The experience that led Dion Fortune on to become a rather prominent magical figure in the mid 20th century was an occult attack, the effects of which were induced by what seems to have been suggestive telepathy and undermining hypnosis, combined by the attacker’s will and magical means at her disposal.
Akenu's commentary:
It wasn't a telepathy, it was a suggestive litany and Dion Fortune was a very hysteric person, so to say.

 Before Dion had any knowledge of the occult she worked in a simple law firm. Over her time as an employee, she began to notice a peculiar ability with which she could exploit her fellow legal workers. Confrontations with this woman often left her employees feeling drained and beat, as if they had been working all day. Eventually, after becoming sick of how her employer treated people, Dion resolved to quit. She literally went home and packed all of her bags, at the end of which one of her fellow co-workers stepped into her apartment. The girl looked at Dion and said that if she was leaving, it would be best to tell the Employer so face to face.

Dion, being young and full of zeal, marched proudly down to her employer’s house, knocked on the door, and came in to confront the woman, ignorant of the true forces at work against her. When she came into the house, her employer looked at her and said “Very well, if you want to go, you shall, but before you go you have to admit that you are incompetent and have no self-confidence. Suddenly being struck with fear beyond measure, Dion somehow managed to muster up the gall to reply that she was not incompetent, and was in fact only the product of her employer’s own council. This naturally made matters a little worse, and her employer looked at her and said “You are incompetent and you know it. You have no self-confidence, and you’ve got to admit it.” Then commensed a most extraordinary litany, in which the employer fixed Dion in her gaze, and repeated that sentence over and over, thus beginning three things: telepathic suggestion, hypnotic suggestion, and vampirism.
Akenu's commentary:
As I said, no telepathic suggestion and regarding the vampirism thing... not really either.

 Dion recalls that with every sentence she felt more and more disoriented, struggling for a hold on the world as giant black walls closed in about her. She knew that if she admitted she was incompetent, the damage would be everlasting. Though it only seemed like 15 minutes, four hours had passed before her employer ceased her litany and said “You are now free to go.” As Dion turned to walk out the door, she noticed it did not feel like her foot was landing where it did, an effect produced by disrupting the etheric double in proportion to the physical self. She called a friend from just outside her employer’s house, and got a ride home.

Once home she went to her bed and fell asleep for two days. When she finally awoke again, she felt horrible, shaking violently, sweating, and distraught because of her horrible nightmares. She layed in her bed for weeks like this, occasionally calling up the will to stumble into the kitchen and fix herself some food. Eventually her land-lord noticed something was wrong, and after an inspection with a doctor(which did not help), had her family come and pick her up, relocating her to a house in the country. Once there, she continued in her shaken state for another year, laying in bed all day ever day, sweating and shivering, screaming out in the night. After about a year she became stable enough to walk, but still had night fright and little energy. A simple walk up the stairs was enough to wind her. This incredible lack of energy and failing of health(as she became prone to illness very easily at this point) continued on for another two years, despite medical treatment. Finally a more distant relative of the family was informed of the situation, and brought it to the attention of a personal friend whom was very much skilled in the occult arts. After an introduction between the family and him, the occultist made a quick diagnosis of Dion’s problems based on her story, and began treatment on a metaphysical level. Within two weeks Dion began getting her energy back, and at the end of two months felt as good as new. Upon inquiring into what had been done, Dion was introduced to the concept of psychism and the occult arts. From that point on she was a fervent student of the arts, attending several occult colleges and eventually winding up as a part of the Great White Lodge of Masters.

I have here shared an account of Dion’s experience because I believe it to be a great example of the possible effects that can be brought about on a victim through magical means.
Akenu's commentary:
It's a good example what a strong suggestion can do to a suggestible hysteric person.

 However, it will do you well to know that these days, thanks to that bastardizing “New Age Movement,” most “sorcerers” you will run into are naught but children who play with matches, the term child here not just applying to age.
Akenu's commentary:
I have to agree here.

 It is rare that you will manage to draw the malevolent attention of a magician actually well versed in the more powerful dark arts, be they modern or traditional. Far more likely is it that you will upset some distraught teenager in the midst of puberty who will, in some emotional rage, light a few candles, burn a picture or two, and sing some rhyming curse. Because of a blatant lack of knowledge and understanding, the worst you may get is some itchy skin, and in my experience, curses sent by such insolent fools are easily dispelled with the wave of a hand by the learned occultist.
Akenu's commentary:
Their "curses" do not really work but no one has the heart to tell them as they are too adorable.

 Keep in mind, however, that if the emotion, intent and focus is all strong enough, even that candle-lighting, herb-making wiccan may be able to produce a surprisingly powerful hex.
Akenu's commentary:
And I don't agree here, as far as I have seen, none of them was able to even fix their dying relationships or save their houses from being burned out.

All this having been said, I will here go about to lay down a basic list of the most common effects, those being: Head ache, stomach ache, internal aches, eye irritation, skin irritation, local bug problems, inconvenient weather, a slight misalignment of the etheric double, basic bad luck, sever bad luck, nightmares, relationship problems, marital problems, domestic difficulties, and a steady health drop. All these things can be brought about by the slightly-better-than-average magician, and as such can be put to malevolent ends by the sorcerer.
Akenu's commentary:
Or by simply the weather, or bugs epidemy or flu epidemy... Never forget to check for mundane explanations first.

 In the case of the more powerful, learned sorcerers, such effects may appear as: Insomnia brought about by night-fright, severe nightmares, noticeable drop in health at a constant rate, devastating lack of energy(mental, emotional and physical), nausea, self-entropy, a mental breakdown, nervous distrophy, anxiety attacks, heart attacks, poltergeist activity, fires with no apparent cause, nearly any type of disease you can fathom, and in extreme cases, even death.
Akenu's commentary:
Or insomnia and nightmares brought by staying late at night watching horror movies, mundane explanations first, occult monstorsity later. Also that nearly any type of disease doesn't apply, only psychosomatic based diseases really (including some forms of cancer). Regarding death: There is almost no chance you would pi*s off a skilled Saturnian Magician, so you don't have to be scared of that one, really, most people threatening with death curses are teenagers mentioned earlier.

Fortunately the sorcerers that can produce these effects are few, and even so, they can all be done away with if the problem is identified before any permanent damage is done, and the victim can be cured in about two weeks’ treatment from a magician in conjunction with the proper medical treatment. As for the lesser effects, and in turn the most common, they are all easily dispelled in less than a week if the magician knows how, or will dissolve on their own in under a month at the most.
Akenu's commentary:
What a coincidence... Getting rid of a common cold? 3 days, getting rid of flu? 1 week at most, getting rid of horror nightmares? One month of getting used to OR stopping watching horror movies.
But really, Prophecy here basically said that if you have a flu by magickal attack, by doing proper stuff you can heal it in 1 week, what are the chances?


Magical warfare in comparison to magical assault-
In order for a magical assault to escalate into magical warfare, a full defensive course must not only be taken, but then an answering attack from the defensive part must be launched. At this point, both participants have etherically agreed to and partaken of magical warfare in its entirety.
Akenu's commentary:
Or one of them is suffering an analytical overlay.

The distinction lays within the retaliation. For if no retaliation is presented by the defensive host, then all that has taken place is an attack. This can be seen in terms of the past terrorist attack on 9/11. Had the U.S.A not retaliated to the attack, but instead simply increased defense and then erased the effects of that attack, no warfare could have possibly taken place.
Akenu's commentary:
Yes, Israel is trying to do the same as adviced here, yet with no fruits...

 If no warfare had taken place, then all that would have happened was a terrorist attack, not an act of war. However, the U.S.A decided to retaliate offensively from their defensive position, launching a retaliation that was the bombing of Afghanistan. This then led to a full war on terrorism, in which both parties are taking place in a volley of attacks.
Akenu's commentary:
Because else, you know, only would be taking place in a volley of attacks and the other one would be, well, taking place in a volley of being attacked.

This in mind, the magician comes to a two-way street, in which he can decide humbly to just defend against the threat, banish the attack’s results, and go on living, or he can chose to retaliate. Those who retaliate are in turn generally of one of these two classes of people: those with a lack of real discipline, or those with a sense of justice.
Akenu's commentary:
Does this even make sense? Please comment down below...

 The first of these two is simply the person who angrily replies to the attack not because he has anyone but himself in mind, but simply because he’s been bothered. The latter of those two types is the person who does not retaliate for his own good, but instead because he sees himself as the instrument with which the universe will return the sorcerer’s karma.
Akenu's commentary:
Noti ce: If you see yourself as an instrument of god's justice, make sure to seek professional help before YOU hurt someone.

 By destroying the sorcerer, he can possibly save other future would-be victims from his malice. This sense of justice is also found within the martial arts as the justification of physical retaliation, in which the martial artist becomes a vessel of the assailant’s karma returning back to him, keeping the martial artist in turn devoid of any bad karma.
Akenu's commentary:
So if someone attacks first you can screw him up and be free of "karma". Or you can just screw someone up and justify it later. Same effect.


Now there are those in magic, as there are in martial arts, who claim that to be a pacifist one must accept all that comes to him, whether deemed good or evil. My friends, let me introduce a new way of pacifism to you:

To be so potentially deadly that would-be aggressors would rather not disturb the harmonious existence of the pacifist, and feel the resulting wrath of that action.

To better understand this principle, let us make an example of the follower of the Second Way to Pacifism, as we shall call it, and the follower of the First Way to Pacifism. Place a peace-loving hippy on a corner of a bad street(first way), and let him stay there. On a different corner of the same bad street, place a strong, imposing individual with a gun in his hand. Who do you think will be seen as the more likely victim of a mugging? No doubt any ruffian with an IQ of above 10 would attack the defenseless hippy, knowing that no hurt would find its way to himself as a result. For that ruffian will surely have figured out that any attempt to disturb the man with the gun may result in his own death. In this sense, because it was the hippy’s “peace loving” defenselessness that invited the attack, he is as much the source of the disruption of peace as the assailant. On the other hand, the man with the gun did not start an attack, nor did he invite one by his own weakness. Therefor it was the follower of the Second Way to Pacifism, the man with the gun, who actually kept the peace, and therein fulfilled the true principles of pacifism.
Akenu's commentary:
So, don't look like a victim and you will less likely be a victim, ok, that makes a sense.

It is my personal philosophy as a martial artist and a magician that the student of the Arts must be much like that man with the gun. He has it, but does not go about using it for no reason, and in turn can apply it to sustain peace for himself and those attached to him. I believe that the magician must make himself a ferocious force of nature, a viper ready to strike when needed, with a deadly poison. The magician must be every bit as ferocious in power and attack as the sorcerer.
Akenu's commentary:
Probably because it's very zen of a divinity seeking individual to be as deadly as a viper (so not so much).

With that last statement, it should be easy for the aspirant to conclude that to be a complete magician, one must be versed in both the “white” and “black” arts to some extent. It is hard to attack someone if all you know how to do is erect a shield, and therefor impossible to engage in warfare.
Akenu's commentary:
I do agree here, balance in the practice must be kept.



Why no Defense Exercises?
I do not plan on releasing any methods of magical defense in this paper. Why? Quite simply because there are so many diverse ways of defense, and because many types of attacks must be handled differently.
Akenu's commentary:
So, it's good to achieve the balance in one's practice but do you want to train it? Screw you, I am not telling.

 On top of that, thanks to the diverse amount of magicians who all think their way is THE way, there would be countless rants as to “why is this needed?” and “this seems like a big waste of time!” Maybe even a simple “but I’m still a teenager and live with my mom and dad, and they won’t let me do that!” Though I am not big on ritual myself, and prefer instead to learn ritual and gradually strip it down to its finer forms,
Akenu's commentary:
Attention: eclecticism detected.

 even a simple chant is to ritualistic to most people. There are some who think too scientifically, some who think too cynically, some who accept everything as absolute truth, and some who don’t like to hear anything that doesn’t agree with their own outlooks on how magic should be performed. So, in order to avoid countless comments and pointless ramblings, I will not provide here any exercises for magical defense, as it would be impossible for me to do so without some bothersome person making a complaint. If you truly wish to find ways to defend yourself, there are plenty of resources out there, particularly Dion Fortune’s Psychic Self Defense book. For those who are open-minded enough and willing to listen to a discourse about techniques that have worked for me in the past, I plan to hold a class concerning methods of magical warfare, as well as touching on aspects of psychic battling, over this summer(summer of ‘04), in which I will discuss both methods of attack and defense. When done, the lesson will be posted in the Article section of The Veritas Academy.
Akenu's commentary:
So, be ready for the next commentary there as it will be more fruitful than this commentary, but it had to be done...

My blessings upon you all in your path. May light shine where there is shadow, and show you the wonders the darkness hid from you. Take care.
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Do not say "it is dead," for in doing so you condemn it to death,
Do not say "it is alive," for in doing so you give it life.
What you condemn to death, do not do so unless you are prepared to bring it to that end,
What you bring to life, do not do so unless you are prepared to support it.
What you can deliver death unto is that which you claim mastery over,
And what you give life unto is that which you claim mastery of.
Who is the magician to make himself master, when he in fact has a master?
Therefor do not try to obtain mastery of others through life and death,
But instead seek to obtain mastery of yourself through life and death.
The power of the enlightened lays within the soul’s crucifixion and rebirth,
So do not seek power that is not yours.
The ambitious mind can not understand this.
-Prophecy

September 01, 2014, 09:03:39 AM
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Akenu, this article was written ten years ago. If you have a problem with it, the fault lies more with the person who stickied it than with Prophecy as he currently may be.
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September 01, 2014, 09:40:48 AM
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The way you've been going on about it I was hoping for a much more scathing critique Akenu, I am rather disappointed to be honest. I hope you felt it was worth the time and energy to critique decade-old work from Prophecy in such a lukewarm manner.
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September 01, 2014, 09:57:40 AM
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Don't worry, I had originally in mind other part of this article, but when I already got into this, I chose to do it anyway.

And yes, Ekstatikos, it is worth to write commentaries to decade old articles as no one else will do it.

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