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bay-area periodical that publishes four editions a year.
The magazine deals with many branches of the magickal world
and can be useful to all aspiring magicians. Subscriptions
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WHEN MAGIC DOESN'T WORK
by Van Ault
Every magician has occasions in which the magic he is directing
does not seem to work. The desired result, whether internal or
external, does not come into manifestation. These occasions are
opportunities for greater developement in the magical arts, and by
working through the disappointment and discouragement, he can reach
greater self-knowledge and technical expertise in the art.
I believe that magic always works. Magic is a tool, a reality
shaper. Like any tool, however, its ability is limited to the operat-
or's knowledge and skill. For an illustration, let's use the bow and
arrow. Your intention is the arrow and your magical technique for
directing that intention is the bow. You use the bow/technique to
poise, balance and guide the intention/arrow with the strength of
your arms and hands/ determination and will.
What happens when thisall works together optimally? The will
firmly grasps the clear intention, balances it upon the technique, you
gather your emotional and mental force, and then fire the intention
into the invisible world to be made manifest. In its own time and
way, your wish materializes.
Conversely,if you haven't got theskill to bring all of these
efforts together, things can go askew. Your arrow can veer and stray,
or it may travel a few feet before losing power. Your bow can break,
or not be strong enough to propel the arrow. Or, you may find that
you've got your bow and arrow ready to use, but you haven't got
sufficient strength to manipulate it.
I offer thefollowing meditationprocess for thosetimes whenit
seems that your magic doesn't work. When you've tried all the techni-
ques, when you've gotten no results, when you're wondering if any of
this matters at all, the process in this meditation can produce
miracles and create a sense of completion. You can read the script
into a tape, or have a friend lead you through it.
RIVER OF LIFE MEDITATION
Find a comfortable placewhere you can relax andbe completely
quiet...relax...allow your thought snow to just come and go...come and
go...and take a deep breath in and hold it...(pause)...now gather up
the tension in your body, and release it as you exhale...take another
deep breath, and as you exhale, let go of anybody else's energy or
thoughts you may be carrying....and breathe in new energy...breathe in
new possibilities...and allow your body to fill with lightness...feel
it becoming lighter and lighter as you relax more and more...relaxing
deeply...going deeper...feeling very light now...so light you could
almost float away..........
And asyou relax,imagine abeautiful coloredmist is swirlingup
around you, billowing up around you into a cushiony, soft, cloud of
energy...and you are resting completely upon this cloud...and you are
safe...as you breathe in and out, let your thoughts just come and
go...relaxing more and more...and the cloud of energy now lifts you up
into the air and carries your down into your own inner world...down
between the boundaries of time and space...to a place of timeless
beauty and infinite possibilites...floating down now, going deeper and
deeper,leaving the outer world and its concerns far behind, as you
drift and float on this beautiful cloud....going further and further-
...down below you is a rock, a giant rock...and the cloud gently and
effortlessly lands upon the rock and you step off it, as the cloud
swirls back into a mist and disappears for now...
Stand upon thisrock now, andfeel the strengthof it underyour
feet...and as you turn around, you look out upon a great river...flo-
wing as far as you can see...seeming to come from some infinite
place...and disappearing into an infinite place,,,a flowing,endless
river of energy...this is the river of all life waters...all of life
draws upon the lifeforce that moves through its steaming currents...
look closely at the water...what color is it? it may look like liquid
light to you...look deeply into it, and sense the power and depth of
the river...what sound does it make as it courses through its chan-
nels?...as you stand securely upon your rock, notice and fragrance
...and bend down and cup your hands in the living water,and splash
some of it on your face...feel the life giving force on your skin...
take a sip of the water...allow the river of life to nourish you....
Now relaxa moment upon therock...and bring into yourmind the
magical intention that never seemed to go anywhere...what were you
trying to accomplish?...what was the basic intention you had?...what
was the emotion behind the intention?...feel the energy of that
emotion moving onto the palms of your hands now...feel the energy
glowing...pulsating...breathe and allow your intention that you're
still clinging to externalize...the energy of it is now shimmering,
glowing...swirling into a sphere...allow all of your desire to flow
into this sphere...and allow this sphere to appear to you however it
appears...and just observe what you see...you may see pictures or
symbols emerging within the sphere...whatever you see is fine...
When your sphere is completely filled with the last of your
desire,emotion,and intention, hold it aloft...feel the power of it in
you hands,a globe of power that you can now release...and look out
into the river of life...watch as its currents of possibility flow for
ever and ever,as far as you can see...and whenever you're ready,with
as much and as little force as you need, throw the pulsating sphere
into the river...and give this intention to the life force of this
great river...watch as the sphere touches the water...and gradually
disappears into the current...
Take a deepbreath... as the spheredisappears the last ofyour
intention and emotion and desire merges with the source of all life,
from which it orriginally came...and leaves you...
Nowcomplete any business herethat you needto finish...take a
few moments to enjoy the flowing river of life,and know that the
possibilities it nourishes can bring miracles into you life too...
Takeanother deep breath, and notice tha colored mist is once
again swirling around you...billowing up underneath you to form a
beautiful cloud of cushiony energy, which is lifted up into the air,
with you upon it...relaxing into the cloud you are returning the way
you came...lifting up up through time and space, coming back from the
inner world...coming up... further and further...floating and drifting
back...coming back...bringing you all the way back into your body now,
into this room...brining your attention completely back into this time
and place...take a deep breath and begin to re-orient yourself to the
outer world...and when you're ready, count to three..., and on the
count of three open your eyes,and return feeling relaxed,alert and at
* * *
As always, change any of the wording or images in this
meditation if it suits your purpose better. The
important part is just to finally and completely let go
of your intention, so that the energy can be recycled in
whatever form the creative force and your own
consciousness will allow. Out of this release, new
lives, new opportunities, and new magical opportunities
Next: MONISM (Durwydd Mac Tara)