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The Power of Words

   There are two reasons for which I have endeavored to write this article: One being the general lack of knowledge as to the power of chants, litanies, and name vibrations, for which I hope this article shall shed some light and bring forth understanding.  The second reason being to resolve the issue of “forcecraft” and better explain what it was originally designed to do.  Though both were a reason for writing this essay, the latter will not be a key point of focus, or an ultimate goal for the reader.  What we are trying to accomplish via the information I shall share here is an understanding of the very foundation of the power of words, and how this power both came about, and is best to be used.  I shall, to the best my abilities, attempt to explain:

How words are given their power
How some words have inherent powers
How virtues are ascribed to mundane things(elements, tools, etc)
Why it is beneficial to the magician to make use of such virtues though it be ultimately unneeded
The reasoning behind vibrating divine names and the power therein
-A further elaboration of the above concerning the names of spirits of all types
The value of so called “magical” alphabets and languages
How we may evaluate the above information to understand talismans, symbols and sigils.

Apart from the above, I shall also endeavor to provide methods for turning phrases into “power words,” turning statements of intent into effective psychological mantras, how to build and explosively release energy via the proper use of mantras and power words, how to banish the virtues of items, how to attach desired virtues to items, how to stimulate the five elemental centers within the body using the divine names, and finally the creation and charging of sigils.  

Though this essay is entitled “The Power of Words,” it focuses not only on words.  It goes further, to examine the power of the intent behind those words, then extends to show how that same fundamental intent is used in other aspects of magic.  Such is where, by understanding how words can have power, one can also understand the process involved in the emanation of virtues within talismans, the reasoning behind occult alphabets, and the process of proper sigil creation.  It all pertains to that single driving intent of the magician, which vibrates from this level of existence on upwards, and emanates from the astral realms, causing change back down the line to manifest back into this world, for the old paradigm of Hermes Trismegustus is “As above, so below.”  The problem is that we ARE below, and so for us to cause change that is outside of our sphere of influence on this lower realm, we must climb higher where the foundation of all things in this world rest and are interconnected.  Where nothing is completely apart from the existence of another, and all things are within reach.  From there, we must cause the change above, where nothing is outside our sphere of influence, and it shall emanate downwardly to cause the desire to manifest, and therein create change in conformity with the will.  
Once more we shall review one simple, standing principle which bears repeating: These are the truths I have found, and am presenting to you.  Some I have found and tested to be true independently, while as for the foundation of other ideas presented in this essay I have referred to the learned pioneers in occultism of the past.  Take nothing here as absolute truth, but instead test it in your mind.  Does it seem rational?  Would it explain anything?  Compare it to your own knowledge of the area, and judge how it stands against the wind.  Then, if you have found it rational and useful, apply it to your magic.  If it helps your understanding, and therein how successfully you can enact your operations, then keep it as you will.  If you can find no valuable application of any of my words herein, then forget they were ever written down, and that you ever read them.  

The Source of the Power
   This source of the power of any word uttered for magical purposes is quite simple: The will of the magician.  A word uttered by the average man will only reflect an immediate thought, usually directed towards no real end.  That same word, uttered by a magician, can have an impact on the very fabric of reality.  
A common conclusion among aspiring students of The Path is that all of the “mystical” words used in operations are inherently magical.  This could not be further from the truth.  The properties attached to the words play little real influence in the vibration they emit when focused upon.  For example, a man may read a paragraph from a typical novel.  Nothing special about it, he’s just reading aloud to himself.  A magician may open that book, and read that same paragraph, with the result that the wind blows.  Why?  Did the magician find a hidden meaning of the words on that paper which was not seen by the eyes of the former reader?  Of course not.  What happened was an unseen action within the magician.  Simply reading that paragraph aloud would produce no more a magical effect than when the regular man had read it.  The spark which started the fire in the process of magic was the WILL of the magician.  Though he read the same words, he read them with a different attempt.  He read them WILLING the wind to blow as a result.  The words sounded from his lips fueled by the desire to call upon the wind.  Therein lays the difference.
It is this WILL which causes words to have their power when read aloud, or even to the self.  The faith that they’re proper recital shall create the desired result.  This same will, which the magician focuses to cause an effect, is the catalyst of any magical operation.  Underlying every chant, every litany, every recital of a “magical verse,” is the will of the speaker to bring about the desired result.  Let us take a look at prayer, for a moment.  In the Christian faith, it is correct for the Christian to pray for forgiveness each and ever day.  In the catholic faith, they are given a set combination of words to be recited so many times litanically.  For example, someone who lusted may be told to recite the “Hail Mary” prayer 6 times, and the “Our father” prayer twice.  I can assure you, it is not the words within themselves that will earn the speaker repentance in the eyes of their Oversoul.  Words are but a way of expressing ideas, and ultimately, relaying your will.  In the case of the latter, the will of the Christian is to achieve forgiveness.  The importance of these prayers to the catholic is realistically for two reasons: One, being that they firmly believe reciting them shall earn them forgiveness.  The second, being that the WILL behind the words is that of earning forgiveness.  If the words are recited with a strong will, then the intention behind the words shall be carried upwards in a spiral through the worlds.  
Let us now examine what a word, in magical context, is.  To help in this, we may use St. Augustine’s “Concerning the Nature of Words” to shed light on the subject.  A word within itself is nothing more than a sound.  This sound is, ultimately, irrelevant, being only the vibration of physical tissue to create more vibrations which resonate within the ears of one who can hear.  There is nothing magical about this process, as it is completely anatomical.  What we must remember, however, is that following importance of these sounds, that ideas can not be expressed fully to a foreign entity without them.  At the same time, because they are but sounds, their expression and understanding is limited.   Keeping in mind all of the latter, we can see how one could preach the secrets of the universe to a man, and that man not get anything out of the sermon.  Hearing the words only points to the immaterial intent with which they were uttered, and unless that intent is followed by the listener, no benefit can come from communication.
So here we see that words only “point.”  As Augustine said, “They are but signs pointing to symbols.”  So pointing to what symbols, then?  A word springs from an inner intention, and the wish to pervay that intention.  This intention must then materialize as a thought, or notion, within the individual, and finally find a way to express itself via action or word.  A word is a sign which points to the thought and will of the speaker, which in turn reflects(and therein is symbolic of) the original intention, which can not be described here by words as to its details.  When you read this sentence, you are reading words, which point towards my thoughts and opinions, which are in turn only reflections of inner complexities.  In reverse, the operation which is occurring on my end is the conscious organization of those inner complexities into what is called “a thought,” and that thought being relayed via a perceivable medium, which is in this case the written word.
When a magician makes use of a word, it is only a means by which he may express his thoughts and will, and therein manifest that innermost complexity.  When a chant or litany is recited aloud, it shall bring nothing into operation with itself.  The words used are not important.  What IS important are the associations attached to the words by the magician.  The words are only a means to affirm your desire to your conscious mind, or induce ideas into those who hear the chant.  

How Some Words Have Inherent Power
   As may have already risen in the reader’s mind by now, what of those words which claim to have inherent power? How is it that these words obtain such power?  This we will discuss here.  The dynamics of exactly which words have inherent power will be discussed later.

The Collective-Thought Theory
   There is a theory, one which I have examined extensively and ultimately found to be true, which states that all thoughts exist on the mental sphere(what we would know as the astral plain), attached to inherent symbolism and original intent, which in turn draws to it similar thoughts.  Within this theory lies a possible explanation as to why some words have power within themselves when spoken.  Let us break this theory down:
All thoughts exist on the mental sphere, that is to say, the astral plain, as any magician knows.  It is where the will manifests and enacts.  Every thought which ever entered a man’s head has existed in one form or another on this plain, usually dissipating as a result of other foreign energies breaking it down.  Only those thoughts which have collected enough energy to maintain a foothold on this plain still exist there.  This energy can be collected a number of ways, but is most commonly done so by two: The thinker constantly pondering the thought, adding more energy to it everyday as a result, or the thought attracting similar thoughts, synergizing with them, and therein becoming a larger whole.
Now the thought itself, as far as composure and representation, may be different than anything ever thought before.  However, it is not the composure of the thought, but rather the inner intent with which the thought was given birth which is the dominant attractive force.  So if someone thinks “There are five ruling gods,” and someone else thinks “The current pantheonistic hierarchy consist of 5 entities,” though the composure is different, the inner meaning, when expressed with words(for the sake of this paper), can still be best described as “Five ruling gods exist.”  It is in the latter that the former two shall collect, and therein create.  
Now, to show how this theory applies into magic theory, let us use an example.  The first magician to ever acknowledge air as being in the east creates in his mind “Air resides in the East.”  This thought is sent to the astral plain, where it resides attached to its creator, and therein sustaining its foothold for as long as the creator believes it is true.  This magician goes on to tell a friend “Air resides in the East,” and after explaining why he believes that, the second magician believes him as well.  Now there are two similar thoughts which both state that the element of air resides in the eastern sphere.  As a result, these two call out to each other, and complete one another as a single thought after synergy, as opposed to continued existence as two individual thoughts.  The chain goes on, with each magician telling others that air resides in the east, and those magicians believing it.  After time, this thought grows in immensity, collecting similar thought after thought, until it can exist independently of the original creator.  Aftertime the original thinker dies, and the thought still exists, now as a complex matrix of thought(for by this time, other magicians have added there own ideas to the mix, which have, due to similarity, also been absorbed).  This cycle continues on and on, until we arrive at the present time of today.  Today, the eastern cardinal point is largely associated with the air element, and vice versa.  Now to understand why this is such a complimenting invocation in magic, we must examine another aspect of the CTT:

Tapping Into the Thought Matrixes
   As previously stated, all thoughts attract like thoughts on the mental sphere, which we would call the astral plane.  When one thinks something, there does it ascend to exist while the thinker sustains it with belief.  If a magician thinks to himself today anything which relies upon the elemental power of air residing in the east, so does that thought go into the astral plain and call to it like thoughts.  Now, because the magician is still mentally linked to the thought, when the thought is pulled into the larger complex matrix of “Air is in the East,” as discussed earlier, a link to that matrix is simultaneously created.  In this way the power of that original thought is invoked with great efficiency.  So when the thinker is connected to this matrix, he invokes its energies which have caused it to be.  Therefore, if the magician turns unto the east and prays, he is factually invoking a very large body of energy which he has drawn via mentally tapping into that original thought, “Air is in the East.”  
This methodology extends furthermore into word associations, as opposed to simply thought associations.  Let us look at the enochian word for wind, ZONUG, and in conjunction, the word CANSE, which means “come.”  When said “CANSE ZONUG,” the term implied is “come wind,” which is a very simplistic enochian invocation of the air.  What is happening behind the scenes is that the magician is, by uttering either of those words, tapping into their respective thought matrixes, and therein their energies.  The words themselves are the catalyst by which the thoughts express themselves, and therein are conjoined.  Retrospectively, the word can access the thought matrix which it is intended to express, as opposed to the thought giving birth to the word.  In this case, the word invokes the corresponding thought, and as a result continues to tap into the thought matrix via the magician’s mind as a channel.  The energy called then responds to the thought, which responded to the word, and sends itself down into the magician where it is to be dispersed towards the desired magical ends.  Alternately, the magician may instead chose a methodology which does not imply himself being the direct conduit, but instead uses the words, and the thoughts primitively attached to them, to cause a stir and movement of energy on a higher level, transcending down into the manifest to cause change as seen necessary by the invoker.  

How Virtues are Ascribed to Mundane Things
   Let us then, with the aforementioned knowledge in mind, examine such things as are attributed natural virtues, these things being primarily those items which are employed in magical operations, such as stones, herbs, incense, magical tools, etc.  Here once again we shall recall the CTT, and this time examine how it may apply to such mundane things which do not within themselves exist as thought.
We see a stone on the side of the road, and pick it up to examine it.  We may know of what things it is comprised as far as the scientific elements may speak, and how it came to be.  But what of those magical virtues which are invoked and made use of in diverse magical operations, particularly those which belong to the realm of High Magic.  A rock within itself is a rock, and here we shall make a distinction, that something so common can not within itself exist in a constant state of magical significance, less any average Joe who picks it up be able to silence animals with a wave of the hand, render himself hard to see, curse others, etc.  To believe that a thing such as a rock has any outstanding magical power of and within itself is typical foolishness.
Here, then, we shall bear in mind the concept of tapping into thought matrixes, and the process by which the latter is achieved.  Earlier I used an example involving the Enochian words, and here I would like to make a note which will help clarify the significance and power of a random rock.  Those words, CANSE ZONUG, when spoken by the magician, can quite easily invoke a breeze.  When recited in a state of gnosis, disorientation, or extreme rage, it can even call up quite the gust at the magician’s will.  The key word here is MAGICIAN.  The magician knows the power of the word within his mind, and has assigned power to it.  By knowing that behind the word exists a power assigned to it, and collectively built up throughout the ages, he is able to connect to the thought matrix which lies therein.  If a random bystander were to, lets say, spot those two words carved into a tree one day and recite them aloud, the chances of anything happening are slim(there is the complication of calling upon spirits, which such words have been known to do even without the consent of the speaker, but that is outside the scale of this essay).  Why is this?  The connection was not made within the mind of the speaker.  Unless the speaker knows, either consciously or powerfully subconsciously, that those two words do, when used together, invoke the wind, no magic will come of speaking them aloud.
To apply this to the example of the common rock, one will see how it is possible that a rock used in ritual magic may be used to altogether subdue a powerful entity, and then that same rock be picked up by an average person with no magical use.  Unless the connection is made WITHIN THE MIND, no item, word, language, alphabet, or anything else for that matter, can manifest magical power.  The power of such things relies COMPLETELY upon the magician’s ability to tap into the thought matrix that provides the inherent power, and furthermore, how much of that energy the magician is able to channel.  
With the previous knowledge in mind, it can become easily seen how certain items, such as incense, stones, colors, body positions, tools, etc, are used within magical context, and wherein their true use lies.  Their use, then, becomes evident in the fact that as powerful as a magician may be in and of himself, having a few millinium-old collections and deposits of energy at your command is greatly beneficial to the invoker of such energies.  Are such tools as those used in ritual workings needed?  No.  But they certainly do not hinder the amount of raw energy the magician can command.  

The Power of Divine Names
   There are some names which, when uttered correctly, seem to have a distinct power about them.  These words can not truly be tested outside of the magic paradigm, being as they are usually kept secret to some extent or another.  Therein, when someone does learn it outside of the magic practices, it is only because another magician has given it away.  These names are often called God Names, Divine Names, Words of Power, or True Names.  
There are two main magical paradigms in which we see these “names” enacted and made use of, these being the Judeo-Christian “Great Work,” and the Egyptian Magic systems.  Let us first examine the Names of God as presented in the High Magic paradigm, as well as the respective meanings of the more known ones:

EHEIEH: “That which the eye sees not.”  It is the simplest representation of God that mortals are granted to perceive, and is best summed as “I AM.”  From there, it has been extended to point towards the “Mighty I-AM Presence,” particularly in St. Germain’s writings.  The extension is EHEIEH ASHER EHEIEH, which is how God addressed himself in The Burning Bush before Moses.  It may also be noted that when Judas lead the Roman Soldiers to Jesus, when they arrived they said “Are you the one who calls himself The Christ?”  And when he responded “EHEIEH,” or “I AM,” all the soldiers were instantly knocked unconscious.
ELOHIM: “Shining One,” though is usually used with EL to donate “The Shining One,” as ELOHIM itself can also refer to an angel
EL: The, thou, ye, etc.  Used to point towards one being in particular.
YHVH: Jehova, the common Jewish name for God.
(EL) SHADDAI: The Almighty and Most Powerful.  
ADONAI: Lord.  One of the few names of God by which he can be called in public, as tradition goes.  It may be note-worthy to see that The Disciples called Jesus ADONAI often.
AGLA: The Mighty God Forever.  The power and strength of the universe collected within one.  It is the name Jacob heard when he was shown The Ladder.

   These names are, excluding a few, essentially the ones used in most esoteric High Magic.  With the vibration of those names, the magician is said to be able to bind down demons, and call upon angels.  Though Abraham the Jew did not particularly make use of them and still achieved greatness in magic via the teachings of Abramelin the Mage, most esoteric texts contain the use of those names within them, particularly as a part of constructing the circle.  
Apart from the above mentioned names, it may do well to here also make mention of The Tetragrammaton.  The Tetragrammaton is said to be the highest name of God, with which all things on Earth are commanded and put into order.  In Jewish mysticism concern with this name can still be found.  However, in Christian mysticism(such as healing, exorcism, raising the dead, etc), use of the name has been done away with altogether because God came and was called Jesus Christ, and therein that is now His name.  Because of that, the Christian paradigm follows that all things can be done in the name of Jesus Christ, whereas the Jewish paradigm believes all miracles belong to the proper utterance of The Tetragrammaton, which is the name of God.  Those whom have spent their entire lives practicing the Qaballah, and believe themselves to have learned the proper pronunciation of The Name, are called the Baal Shem, or literally, “Masters of The Name.”  Using that name, they work many miracles, and as a result are sometimes called the Messiah(or even label themselves as such).  However, it seems that many of the Baal Shem who go as far as to declare themselves “The Annointed One,” often die an untimely, and rather painful death(such as cancer).  
It would do us well now, before explaining the “why this is” part of the section, to take a look at Egyptian Magic.  Egyptian Magic essentially consists of two main things: Those rites which are layed down in the Book of the Dead, And the proper use of “True Names” to bind spirits into action.  It is believed in Egyptian tradition that to know anything’s real name, be it the wind, a rock, a frog, a person, or even a god/dess is to have complete power of it.  Interestingly enough, you see a degree of this same belief carried over into Hermeticism, where any demons encountered are asked for their actual name, as opposed to simply being referred to as “fear, pain, etc.”  As an example, we can look at the old story of Isis and Osiris.  Isis was a maid of Osiris the god, a powerful chief-god of the Egyptian pantheon.  Over time, Isis fell in love with Osiris, but knew that a mortal could not be with a god.  At the same time, she thirsted for the power of a god such as Osiris.  Being clever as she was, Isis devised a scheme.  Osiris walked the same trail every day, she had observed.  She would go to the trail before he walked it, lay a poisonous snake off to the side of it, then hide in the bushes as wait.  She did so, and sure enough Osiris came walking along and got bit by this poisonous snake, the poison to which only Isis had the cure.  When he was bit, Osiris fell to the ground and began crying for help, and sure enough, Isis ran to his side with the remedy.  When Osiris asked for it, she said that she would only grant it under one condition, that condition being that Osiris reveal his true name to her.  Though he chose not to at first, the pain began setting in fiercely, and eventually he cried aloud his sacred name.  This having been done, Isis handed over the remedy and Osiris was cured.  When he was healthy again, Isis used Osiris’ true name to make herself a god, and therein set herself up in the pantheon amongst the other gods.
Its an entertaining story, but aside from that, it demonstrates where the belief of “true names” came from, and one way in which it could be used.  Because most of their magic relied on the proper enunciation of such names(which were obscure and hard for the human tongue to utter), they often attributed any unsuccessful spell to the improper enunciation of the governing true name.
So now we have seen an example of these power names within both High Magic and Egyptian Magic.  What is so powerful about these words, that they are attributed as being key in many magical operations?  I shall provide one theory, which is the one that I too believe:
The vibrations released via the EXACT pronunciation of certain words is parallel to the vibrations of a given substance’s existence.  This follows the paradigm that all things exist on more than one level, and therein have a frequency of their own.  Their power names, when uttered correctly, tap into those currents and link to the mind of the speaker, giving that speaker complete control over that current via a level of synergy, and as a result, all operations pertaining to the desired can be accomplished.  Now this theory does apply to mundane corporeal things, such as trees and rocks, but applies even more so to entities, whom exist solely on an ethereal level, and to whom the magician is told to ask the true name of.  The true name of a spirit resonates with perfection the vibration of the entity’s own energy, therein tying the speaker to it from an authoritative position, forcing the entity to be subservient to whomsoever can speak its true name.

The Value of “Magical” Alphabets and Languages
   You will see in your ventures, perhaps, that there are many types of speaking and writing which have been labeled as magical within themselves.  The most common examples of “magical” alphabets are Hebrew, Theban(also called the Runes of Honorius), Norse Runes, Malachim, Celestial, Ogham, the “Demonic Notches,” Enochian, Angelic Script(which bares similarity to Enochian), Sanskrit, and the Magi Script, though I’ve surely forgotten a few.  As for languages, there is most commonly Hebrew, Latin, Pharsee, Enochian and Ouranian.  
No doubt some of my readers are currently thinking to themselves “What fools would believe simple letters to be within themselves magical?”  The answer?  Fools who received such things from divine interaction(divine here pointing to anything of a higher frequency of existence).  The most famous example of such revelation would be the studies of John Dee and Edward Kelly, whom channeled both the Enochian language and alphabet(*liber logoath) from a series of angelic contacts.  Furthermore you have the Norse Runes, which Odin received after hanging nine days on Yggdrassil staring into the darkness of the universe with his spear, Gungnir, in his side, and which he in turn revealed to man via the Gotthi.
However, it surely can not be assumed that all magical alphabets are of some origin other than human.  Let us take the Magi Script, for example, which is simply the ancient writing of that clan whom were the original magi, most likely with its origin in Persia, and therein having possibly spoken some ancient version of Pharsee.  Such is simply human creation of characters for the relaying of ideas and thoughts on paper.  The Phonecian alphabet, from which we get most of the English alphabet, is just as “magical” as the Magi Script on the outer layer, having been created by the minds of men.  Another example is Ogham, which was simply a creative way to pervay messages from one Celtic clan to another via writing on trees without their enemies being able to decipher the messages therein.
Using previously provided information, the reader should be able to conclude that any power within such alphabets and languages stems directly from the human associations attached to them, and the connection to and calling upon of that complex thought matrix therein created.  If you had already concluded such before I pointed it out, then excellent job, and it can be said that you have already benefited from this essay in some way.  However, there is another face to the value of these magical means of broadcasting thoughts
This “other face” is the psychological viewpoint of what speaking such languages and writing such words does to your psyche, and therein your magic.  I could say to you, “You shall find ruin in your house!”, and it would not only be fairly intimidating(assuming you knew I was a magician), but would also probably get the job done.  However, doesn’t “Tui domus es in exitium!” sound more “mystical?”  More authoritative and effective?  Such is the mind set that using such languages will put you into.  You truly feel more magical uttering them as your mind sharpens into your objective.
Crowley once said himself that in the thousands of different spells he had casted, the most effective of them were in different languages, and he acknowledged two reasons: The first being the inherent power of an untouched, or ancient language, which derives from the associations added to them, and the second being the mind set that properly, and enertiatically saying the spells in such a tongue induces.  
There are, also, certain languages which have ONLY been used for ceremonial, magical, or spiritual purposes.  These mostly fall under the Barbaric tongues, such as Enochian and Ouranian, as well as Hebrew(which is today usually only used by the rabbi when preaching, or when reciting the Torah).  These are arguably the most potent means of reciting spells, if you choose to do so using a different language, especially if the fact that they are strictly used for magic is born in the mind of the orator.  

Understanding symbols, talismans, and sigils
   By evaluating the information given in this article thus far, I believe it should be relatively easy to conclude how it is also that symbols, talismans, and sigils receive their power, at least to some degree or another, and therein is why I have not given each of the aforementioned a special section of this essay to speak of them.  It should be easy to use the above information to see how thoughts are assigned to things such as symbols, and how that power can be tapped into to create a talisman.  And, in retrospect, though I did not discuss methodology directly, it should also be easy to see how one may apply such virtues and thoughts to objects and symbols for one’s own purposes.
Now, for the sake of the itchy viewer who enjoys “How-to” variants, I will provide a way to create sigils and self-useable power words.  Sigils being obscure symbols of your will put down visibly and only recognizable unto you, and the “power words” being somewhat sigilized verbal affirmations which are essentially barbaric in both form and pronunciation.

Creating Sigils
   Essentially an extremely simple process.  First you take a statement of intent.  To use an example from Spare’s Book of Love, we will go with “It is my will to have the strength of a tiger.”  From there, you take all spaces, vowels, and repeating letters out of the equation, giving you:


So now what?  Take that collection of letters, and organize it into a symbol.  How?  Think for yourself.  Add them all together, perhaps using the T sideways with the S at the end, and the R on its back coming off of the T, etc.  In the end, you should wind up with something interesting, to say the least.

   At this point is where the magic actually begins.  Take this symbol, perhaps written on a piece of paper, inscribed on a stone, etc, and focus completely on it, until nothing else exists for that moment.  With it burning in your mind, begin to think strongly about what it is you wish to happen.  See the words in your mind, your statement of intent and all emotions and thoughts attached to it, weaving around the sigil and fusing into it, until all that exists is a violently pulsating symbol within your mind.
Here, it is perhaps good to note that this is best done when in a state of exhaustion, either mental or physical(maybe even both), or in a state of inertiatic sensuality.  There are several ways of attaining this mindset, the two which Spare favored being empowering the sigil at the height of an orgasm, and using what is known as the Death Posture before the empowerment.  Other ways involve strenuous exercise beyond what your body can usually take, spinning in circles for a long time, or depriving yourself of sleep for a set amount of time.  What this does is put you in a quazi-gnostic state, in which you are subconsciously focused, yet not fully at ease.  As effective as this is(for I’ve used this approach many times with great effectiveness), I have found that with enough mental strength, a sigil can be empowered just as well in a state of calm-mindedness, focused on the goal.  The benefit of the former is that you do not have as hard a time forgetting about the sigil, whereas in the latter you may be thinking about it for some time after the empowerment.
On that note, it is detrimental(in most cases) that you forget entirely about the sigil once it has been charged.  Hide it, burn it, do something so that you’ll never see it again(at least not until the operation has been completed).  The reason for this is simply that you do not want to interfere with the sigil’s work inadvertently.

Creating your own “Power Words”
   Obviously you can not create Divine Names, but you can create barbaric words similar in sound to those of Enochian or Ouranian, What you are going for here is not inherent power, as perhaps the God-names have, but instead psychological effect and inducing a proper mindset in your magical workings.  Essentially, all you are doing is a slightly altered version of the first step in creating a sigil.  Start with a statement of intent, an example for which we will use the previous “It is my will to have the strength of a tiger.”  Once you’ve thought of your statement, remove repeating letters, and perhaps put a few of the reduced words together, giving you something like this:


   Once you have that, simply decide how you wish to pronounce it, then use it as a litany, repeating it over and over, each time casting your intent, until you eventually put yourself in a soothing Gnostic-like state.

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« Reply #1 on: July 13, 2004, 11:43:20 PM »

An excellent article, taught me quite a few things. You articles are always very well written. Keep up the good work.

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« Reply #2 on: July 14, 2004, 12:18:09 PM »

Yet another great article. Thanks.
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« Reply #3 on: July 14, 2004, 04:34:43 PM »

Ah, finally we get to see this subject addressed. Great work, Prophecy.
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« Reply #4 on: July 14, 2004, 06:17:46 PM »

*cries*...that was amasing, no...umm.....breath takeing? umm...I KNOW!! BRTH TKNG! perfect. best articel ever. *claps* I  am really looking forward to more articels of this stature. It really blew your other articles and everyone elses right out of the water. Smiley

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« Reply #6 on: August 24, 2004, 06:17:36 PM »

Amazing Article. Your magick articles are the best I have ever seen. Very well explained and elaborated. With an good mix of information and runic magick lessons. Tres Bien!
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« Reply #7 on: August 26, 2005, 09:47:12 AM »

Very nice inspires you to go out and bend reality very well done and practical. cool

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« Reply #8 on: September 17, 2005, 03:33:12 PM »

Awesome article, certainly taught me a thing or two about a thing or two ^^

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« Reply #9 on: May 23, 2006, 02:06:35 PM »

 Smiley A few days ago, I was invited to a church service for graduation, and the preacher was talking about The Power of Words.

 It reminded me of this article...
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« Reply #10 on: July 18, 2007, 02:54:43 PM »

Reading this... I am in a state of utter bliss! This is the knowledge I have been seeking, the deep rut in the road I shall surely see for myself now! I thank you for such a well-written and complete article. This has helped me a good bit, and got me started on the right path you could say. After all this is core to magic is it not?

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« Reply #11 on: January 22, 2011, 11:30:50 PM »

Hm, quite the interesting article here. While I didn't intent to post anything in these forums until after I'd read through all the magick articles from the front page, and I figure some might be a little upset that I'm posting in a topic that hasn't seen an active post in almost four years I think, but I just had something I felt noteworthy that I wanted to ask before I move onto the next article.

This is in regards to the sigils. When I read that part I decided to put something together, just a little phrase to try and call on the wind. Ending up with (CLPNMWTRVGFHD) arranging all the letters any which way, and condensed onto the center, somewhat to the left of a piece of paper that I just picked up out of the printer tray.

And no, I'm not a skeptic or anything, I've actually just recently been directed to magick after some time focusing mostly on psionics. And personally like how much more complete and disciplined it is in comparison. Also, that close tie into understanding and establishing your individual truth, seems crucial to me, to achieve progress with any kind of real purpose behind it anyway.

Based upon that whole section you brought up about wind coming from the east; first I drew a diamond/square shape around the make-shift symbol, and a circle shaded in around that, with a square encompassing that, divided at the four corners or quadrants. Connecting both squares at their corners somewhat like a tunnel around a void. Then decided to fill in the section I associated with being the east (being that, it really depends on which way you would consider the symbol being right-side up). Then, while completely focused on the sigil, drew vertical lines in two of the other sides (north and south).

Basically, it was intended to symbolize the element I focused on to be drawn from the east, and condensed to one point, from all sides around me. But, before I could draw the horizontal lines into the western section (in relation to the direction of the vertical lines I'd already drawn), for some odd reason I can't quite find any other explanation for, I noticed my left hand became extremely hot, like my blood was boiling, then my right when I focused on it (wondering why it didn't feel the same at first), to the point it felt like they were on fire or something.

It soon spread to the rest of my torso as well, then pretty much the rest of my body. This seemed like some kind of body rash to me at first or an allergic reaction maybe, but I couldn't find any adequate explanation as to what would actually have caused something like that (and no...I'm definitely not allergic to paper or the dust from the tip of the pencil I drew with :-P). But my skin felt and actually looked sunburned, was visibly very red.

And still, compared to the air around, my skin feels cold after that. But now, I still feel it starting up when I focus on the sigil again.

My question is, did I possibly do something slightly off in the process, or is this a typical response to creating a first sigil with actual serious intent towards it bringing some form of influence or manifestation? Thanks in advance.

And sorry for typing so much, that probably seems extremely random, or a bit odd to say the least, coming from someone who's never posted here before. But I'm usually very comfortable in these sorts of forums anyways. And I must say I've enjoyed all of the articles I've read so far, they have so far re-ignited my excitement in the abilities and possibilities that dwell with the mind, I hope the rest are just as good. :-)

Edit: Oh yeah, almost forgot my other question. This one won't take near as much explanation on my behalf. This is more in regards to the words themselves. I understand they only hold as much value as we give them, and thus the magick comes from our will and intent, which are inherently the greatest tools we have of influence through the mind.

But, I for one very much prefer audible silence, opposed to speaking aloud, as much as possible. And while I also understand that vocal words act as a catalyst, due in part to their use in establishing and maintaining connection via resonance frequencies, and invariably, grant control over whatever it is that word entails to be directed by the magician. Though I did put together a four line spell for evoking the wind in Latin, and while I should probably just test it for myself instead of just taking the lazy route and asking, I'm just curious as to good alternatives to convey a spell.

I would like to know, if the magician's will is strong enough, can simply writing, typing, or even thinking the words of a desired spell be used as an approprate medium, as opposed to verbal speach? Similar to a sigil, yes I know, and would probably seem an unnecessary step to you, as words are just a means to convey the abstract symbols attached to them. But sometimes thoughts in word-form seem much more appropriate, yet speaking them aloud can be rather awkward.
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« Reply #12 on: January 23, 2011, 07:42:13 AM »

There's a mantra practice where instead of speaking you write it, so I can't imagine why not.

It's got nothing to do with physical speech in the first place.

It's a focus for the magician's will.

As a chaos mage, I make great use of the written word for my workings.

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« Reply #13 on: January 23, 2011, 08:49:51 AM »

That is great article Prophecy. It reminds me so much of the "Intention Experiment". In short, anything can be infused with intention. Your article covers infusing words with intention.

These guys tried the concept with the "Intention-Imprinted Electronic Device" and managed to change the PH of a water sample 1500 miles away.
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« Reply #14 on: January 23, 2011, 12:21:25 PM »

There's a mantra practice where instead of speaking you write it, so I can't imagine why not.

It's got nothing to do with physical speech in the first place.

It's a focus for the magician's will.

As a chaos mage, I make great use of the written word for my workings.
Good to know. Do you know the name of that mantra practice, or where I might be able to read more into the specifics?

I brought this up because the article talked about spoken words being strong form of establishing connection through vibrational frequencies I think. Though I'm more concerned with simply influencing things with thought. And was thinking maybe you could just use breathing combined with thought to create a strong connection. Thought that may fall more specifically into psionics.

But I guess that was already answered in a previous article, with the equation about will in relation to success. Thanks for the response anyhow. I'll continue reading and just put my ideas through trial-and-error and see how it results.
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