Sunday, July 8, 2012
Spirits: Not What You've Been Told
What is it with people & Spirits? Every other day I’m getting emails from people who find my site and think that Spirits are all powerful & will do all sorts of stuff like give them instant informaton, appear before them instantly, give them everlasting love/wealth/beauty, make them successful even though they have no talent whatsoever, and so on.
Where are they getting their ideas from about the power available from Spirits? In truth it takes TIME to develop a bond with a Spirit. Why? A Spirit is like a person. You meet someone rich & powerful do you think s/he instantly will do whatever you ask of them? Even if you offer them friendship & give them loyalty as well as pay tribute? Um no.
Bonding is something that is inherent in a Familiar Spirit - thus the word ‘familiar’. It’s like these McWiccans who think just because they call on a particular deity that that deity MUST obey and do whatever is asked of them. Hardly! If such were the case then anyone could have whatever it is they want just by looking up a God/dess of Love or Prosperity or so on. But that’s NOT the way it works.
Grimoires have for centuries given MagicKians false hopes. I say that because Magicians have this silly idea that all one need do is follow the instructions in a grimoire & *poof* their will be done. Some of this is from Xian upbringing & the false notion that they are given (as Xians) power over the unseen world because they have a soul & ___ Spirit does not. This is rubbish of the smelliest lot.
MagicKians are some of the most gullible fools alive. They buy into these pseudo-masonic or quasi-Rosicrucian systems and think they have power over all Spirit by authority of ‘GOD’. Problem is GOD - the actual creator - is no longer of this universe which is why GOD created the Saints (or God/desses) to watch over & intercede for us on IT’S behalf. Some MagicKians mistakenly believe Yahweh/Jehovah or Jesus is GOD. *buzzer* Wrong!
GOD is unknowable. If you cannot fathom the size & scope of the universe, then how can you conceive just WHO or WHAT GOD is? It’s silly to think some Middle Eastern tribal god is THE GOD but many reading this will believe that to be the case. (Right and I have a bridge to sell you sucker!)
“But Moloch, things work when I call upon Yahweh, Allah or Jesus” and to that I say “Congratulations, you got a Saint to do X for you!” but that was NOT GOD. It may be YOUR god but It’s not MINE. Your god may have a full history of religious worship and to that I say, “Great!” but still that does not prove anything other than fools worshiped It as GOD. Saints INTERCEDE on behalf of GOD for us. We ask of the Saints & they provide. None of them were supposed to be worshiped but humans love to worship so they got deified.
Working with Spirits is a very delicate & specialized thing. Too many want the knowledge but in truth, they don’t deserve it. Why? They’d just piss away the knowledge - some of them would post it to the Net for all to see. Big time no-no. Others would want to learn it so they can sell it to other seekers. Still others would want to misuse the wisdom for all sorts of ridiculous things like ‘enlightenment’ (and I never met anyone who was enlightened that was not broke or poor) or to get laid or make their ex come back to them or destroy their enemies and so on.
Knowledge may be powerful & often free but WISDOM is worth far more than diamonds and platinum combined. If you had the secret phrase to give you whatever it is you wanted, would YOU willingly share it with just anyone who asked? This is why I don’t put out much in the way of hardcore Occultism like I used to do. Pray tell WHY should I simply give out wisdom I paid dearly for? Because I want to be accepted in the Occult & Pagan communities? LoL Screw that! [Now this does not mean, dear reader, that I think you are swine or somehow beneath me. Rather I just prefer to be JUDICIOUS in who to trust and the Spirits tell me WHO I should trust!]
I sweat for years purchasing books, studying into the wee hours of the morning, taking courses, trading or buying knowledge from other practitioners, practicing what I learned - until I arrived at wisdom. I gained it first by making a friend of a Spirit - Moloch. The Spirit did not claim to be THE Moloch of Biblical fame or even related to the Ammonite Spirit Melek but rather a Spirit named Moloch who later bestowed that name on me as a title. I got what I wanted because I asked the Universe for a teacher & the Universe responded. Did Moloch just GIVE to me everything I wanted? Hell no! More often than not, what happened was I’d ask about a practice or something and then Moloch would either talk to me in a dream/trance OR (usually) send me off on a hunt until I found it and yes I had to keep my eyes peeled.
One of the first things I had to do was learn ‘awareness’. This is the ability to become aware at any given moment of everything around you. I know it sounds so Hollywood but that’s how it is sometimes. The more I practiced the exercises & meditated, the stronger my awareness became & often I’d bump into the answers I sought in the form of the written word, a chance meeting with someone or just plain intuition EUREKA! moments that would hit me like a ton of bricks.
I will say the key to awareness is first relaxation. Calm the chatter in your mind and then unlock the door to the world around you. At first I’d become aware of things like insects and plants where I lived. Sometimes the grass was greener in certain spots or certain bugs were on trees but not on other ones. Silly? Maybe but this was a slow, training process that I went through to open my mind to the world around me. So why go through this? To make me aware of Spirits around me then later to make me feel these Spirits.
Of course a practicing & wise Sorcerer will spend time relaxing, meditating & becoming more & more aware each & every day. Meditation does not have to be an hour or even half hour long. Sometimes just getting your head into a meditative state for five to ten minutes several times a day works equally well. Sort of like how you can exercise your body at short intervals several times daily instead of just going full bore for 30 mins. Some will argue that the latter is proper & the former is wishful thinking. They’re allowed their opinion but I know what works for moi.
Back to Spirits. Bonding takes time. To get a Spirit to do more for you than simply healing you or giving you stuff, you have to build a relationship. This is why it’s really only necessary to build a relationship with ONE, two or maybe three Spirits but more than that is not needed. Yes, yes, yes I know the Yoruban systems often have you care taking for a dozen or more Saints but seriously that is both unnecessary and taxing. Do you have strong bonds with a dozen people or are tight with just 1-3 peeps in your life? Can you be a strong friend to 12 different people, all the time? I have TWO very close friends & the rest are acquaintances of varying degrees in my life.
I am unsure why MagicKians buy into the nutty ideas that they find online, in MagicK books or in forums/groups where they are told ‘Spirits are beneath you, not your equals’. Really? Well FYI it is best to treat the Spirits like a friend. Give them food, liquor & talk to them. Yes I know this will sound ridiculous to many of you but do you want to get results or are you those who buy manuals with so-called all inclusive invocations bearing various god-names to make ALL Spirits subject to it? Seriously now does ONE key fit all vehicular ignitions? Will your car’s ignition key fit a Mercedes? Lamborghini? Volkswagon? Saab? Of course not. One size does NOT fit all.
I recently read a book on Arab magic where a supposed invocation from hundreds of years ago is used to make all Spirits subject to it. Utter nonsense. It may make Spirits of the house of Allah subject but Lucifer’s Spirits? Not a chance in hell (pun intended) Nor will it make the Dead rise up & do your bidding either. But lets face it, authors want to SELL books and you can certainly sell a LOT of higher priced hardbacks by telling folks that reciting this incantation a gazillion times will work. Utter rubbish.
While Spirits can do just about anything you want, they have their limitations as well. Why? First off when you incarnate into this world, YOU lay out the limitations on you. Not anyone else. You wrote the syllabus and laid the course so if it’s not in your best interest to hit the lotto because you have lessons to be learned, then no amount of cajoling the Spirits will work. Period. None. Give up on it. However everyone has treasures to be mined. THAT my friend takes work and work is not something most people cherish. In fact, most people hate working - yours truly included. But to be successful & happy your lot in life may be to do your own thing picking up junk & recycling it. The Spirits can help you discover your hidden talents and how you can pursue them.
You also have Spirits you were born with, Spirits who walk with you in life, and Ancestral Spirits - all who have a say-so in your life, your choices & of course your personal development. This is not something you find in grimoires let alone on Yahoo Groups nor discussion forums. Those are for people who think they know how this works but actually are just parrots parroting other parrots regardless of whether it’s some new age flake or some reconstructionist relying on old source materials.
The odd thing is so many want to learn how to work with Spirits but they think it is easy as 1, 2, 3 when in reality it is far easier to learn to do Uncrossings, candle workings, talisman making & so on. With a Familiar Spirit many types of workings like those can be simply bypassed completely. I know this is true because even though I had Moloch in my back pocket, my early life with Him was anything but easy. When I gave up Qabala study & reverted back to practicing making talismans, doing candle rituals, Rune Sorcery & so forth, my luck increased, my job became steadier & more prosperous and my love life fired off like a rocket.
Occasionally Moloch stepped in to help me out. He kept me protected from both nasty individuals who didn’t like me (at work, neighbors, even relatives I didn’t get along with) to protecting my family and healing me quickly. Sometimes He’d lead me to a great sale (I was in sales at the time obviously) and it felt as if He was rewarding me for hard won effort. When I wanted an Occult book, money wasn’t an issue because He always gave me the cash to buy the book. If I needed items for a spell, those too came easily enough from Him.
But realize that this took me a long time to get to where I am today. This just did not happen overnight. I learned slowly. Many things about Spirits I’d read in a book from authors like Kraig, Zolar, Regardie, Hyatt & Black, and so on then I’d learn something new, revise something I thought I knew, experimented, noted my results & tried again. When I finally made a friend of Tiriel, the Intelligence of Mercury, I discovered MANY things needed revising - that what was printed in manuals was somewhat off or totally out of left field. This included old grimoires as well as even stuff from the Medieval & Renaissance period.
You won’t make friends in the Spirit world if you presume all of them lie. Some lie a little (mostly to test you), some like a lot and others simply don’t like people at all. A few are really good natured and relatively easy to get along with but it’s never a good idea to take them for granted like the vast majority of magicKians do. Treat them like people - make a friend first. Bond. Show respect. Kindness. But don’t fall for being a moron. If a Spirit lies, ban it from ever talking to you again. Would you keep a liar as a friend? I doubt you would regardless of how bad off you were for a friend.
Bond first. Then start asking for favors. Keep up your end of the bargain and watch how your life changes in dramatic, almost Magical ways. Ignore what I’ve written here & blindly follow what some Yoruban, Fon, Wiccan, Kaos or Ceremonial flunkie has to say instead and well you’ll be the final judge. What I write here will NOT be popular but this is from my very own personal experiences.