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A Modern Assessment of “Magick”

To discuss “magick” openly is something that has been socially orchestrated to lead to many different pitfalls, misconceptions, and total misunderstandings. Over the course of the centuries the media has avidly portrayed magick to be nothing more than fictitious superpowers, or claim it’s granted by the Devil for nefarious misgivings. These misconceptions have stemmed from the early Vatican engulfment of the outlier complex of various pagan cults, and the Church’s attempt to adapt to peasant pagan mentality while also corralling their “hedonistic worship” of the “god-essense” or divinity in all things. This was seen as satanic to the Church, simply because it did not acknowledge Christ and the Holy Spirit as the intermediary between man and the divine. It should be noted that the only religion that worships or regards Satan, the fictitious archetype developed by the Church from radical cult-sects like Manicheism, are Satanists. Furthermore, the only people who think that one gains any extra-sensory rewards from communion with Satan are Satanists, and this false equivalency between the ancient concept of “magick” and Satan must be immediately disassociated (yet still kept in mind) before reading further.

magickThe word magick with a “k” is used for purely distinctive reasons, to explicitly imply with the Old English spelling of the word, that this concept bears a rationale completely separate from the postmodern world’s understanding of the word. Today, “magic” is, as mentioned, a fictional genre of superpower often involving a combination of science and metaphysics, or a glitzy, expensive theatre production in somewhere like Las Vegas. This could not be further off from the discussion at hand, hence the “k.” With this in mind, let’s set up an authentic and unbiased definition of ancient theological magick, with a contrast to science for some context.

Dr. Susan Greenwood, an anthropologist from Goldsmiths College University in London, has an eloquent quote on the subject in her research encyclopedia novel, “Witchcraft: A History.”

“Magic is similar to science in the way that it offers an explanation of the world, although it uses the medium of spiritual connection, which cannot be observed or measured in a laboratory; the cause-and-effect relationship between an act and its consequence is spiritual, rather than scientifically validated and observable. More recently, there has been a shift from comparing magic and science to looking at different ways of thinking. All human beings are capable of exercising two ways of thinking: these are logical, analytical thought, the thought required to work out a complex mathematical formula, for example; and analogical thinking or magical thinking, the state of mind required to enter a trance, such as a shamanistic journey. Both can be examined and understood through a scientific world-view.”

This is not to be misconceptualized as the “left-brain/right-brain” learning dichotomy either, which has proven to be an outdated model anyhow. To further elaborate on this, it is important to fully understand the gravity of the science/magick dichotomy. Both are determined by a cause-and-effect circumstance, but magick cannot be defined by traditional physical means; however, the effects of magick can quite easily be verified: in the neurons.


Before moving to this, let’s finish doing away with the misconceptions. The anthropological lore of magick involves a few different topics:

1) Spell casting: with words or objects to manipulate circumstance, either through divination like ancient numerology or linguistic incantations; 

2) Demonology: the conjuring and/or communion with spirits considered as “elementals” which are seen as natural confluences of energy between the metaphysic realms beyond, and the Earth, and can have as broad a range of tendencies as humans (considered to all be demons by the Church, while considering contact with Angels to be something totally separate); 

3) Extra Sensory Perception: like telepathy, telekinesis, clairvoyance, precognition, and botanokinesis, among others.

Firstly, in order to explain Topic 1, it might be best to tackle it with Topic 2 as well, as a quote from an old research novel from a coven witch, Justine Glass, which explains it perfectly:

“It [magick] may be off-putting to minds conditioned to modern ways of life. Bu we have to remember that they aren’t [always] fortuitous; they are designed to have certain effects, perhaps chiefly in the mind of the operator. They are a means of inducing a certain state of consciousness. The ‘entities’ which manifest may be projections of the ‘magician’s’ subconsciousness; even so, it can be argued that they have reality on some levels. To attempt to define here what reality is or is not would mean getting bogged down in a morass of metaphysics to no real purpose. I think to make a definition of reality is next door to impossibility. Between subjective and objective reality, for instance, the distinction is so fine that it could be considered non-existent.”

While this could lead to a very long thread of different discussions, there are two small points this quote brings to mind that are worth mentioning. First, is the connection with ancient psychedelic plants to this idea of magick through the idea of “altered states of consciousness.” There are a great deal of Wiccans, Neo-Pagans, and other surviving schools of magickal thought that consider these plants to be an unnecessary and sometimes ineffective method to produce something that should come naturally. Yet witchcraft has a deep and ancient entanglement with these plants (along with Tantra in the East, which can be considered in many ways to be the eastern mentality of altruistic witchcraft).

MagickIn the postmodern branch of these schools of thought, the plants are generally accepted and their use considered personal preference. In fact, the vast majority of “potions” that were boiled in cauldrons to create spells were psychoactive plants and herbs mixed with a variety of nonsensical, superstitious ingredients in order to induce altered states of consciousness (let’s not forget about ayahuasca, after all, which is considered a magickal potion by its native people). The second point, is the line between subjective and objective reality that Justine Glass suggests, and modern science is coming to understand this as wave/particle duality activated by the Observer Effect. There is very little difference between the subjective and the objective because in an analogical sense of frequency transmission, the objective must be “activated” by the subjective in order to have a basis for objectivity to begin with.

Before the discussion of the neurons, it is important to discuss the other side of this equation: Symbolism. In today’s society, many alternative researchers are forced to come to a deeper, unbiased understanding of science and magick when trying to determine the underpinnings of the Mainstream Media and Culture. It takes a very surface-level amount of research to start getting flooded with all sorts of claims (some more true than others) of black masses at places like Bohemian Grove with some of the hottest Hollywood names across the board, from Justin Timberlake, to Stanley Kubrick and James Franco, et cetera. As well as all the endless politicians and banksters reportedly tied to these places as well; yet this gets nothing more than a mention in order to set the tone for what Media researchers come to when they hit the bedrock of it all, and that is Symbolism.

magickSymbolism, oftentimes interchangeable but not mutually exclusive to what is called “Sacred Geometry,” like the Cross, the Star of David, the Pentagram, Hexagram, Tree of Life, Flower of Life, Pi ratio, Fi ratio, and not to mention the science of Cymatics, which is the empirical study of these plethora of symbols in the natural environment. What can be seen here is the connection between these natural symbols, which are ratios that life and thought forms are inclined to propagate at–the frequency they tend to resonate at, literally–and how humans can utilize their own cognitive intentions to manipulate these propagations/ratios/vibratory states. The language of magick is symbolism, and symbolism is the food to the neuron–it is the vibratory rate that our thoughts propagate around. Without communication, which can only be conveyed through symbolism of some kind, there would be no thoughts–not even from one’s own brain, for how would one think at all without an imagination full of symbols?

Now, what could happen if one was to take this symbolism–food to the neurons–and try to guide or regulate or manipulate it? Also, how well might this explanation explain an idea like spell casting? This methodology for symbolism is why Freemasonry and other secret societies have been called “magical,” and this is why the Mainstream Media is accused of using “black magic,” because they are utilizing the latent vibratory rates of the human being and the world around it to explicit and selfish ends. It is in these regards that political propaganda, television advertising, Hollywood, and mainstream music can be considered a sort of magick, because they are modulating neurological process through symbolism. These vibratory rates in the human mind can largely be considered “archetypes of the collective consciousness” as researched by CJ Jung. Using the empirical definition, magick can be considered any type of relayed information, with infinitely varying degrees of intensity that could equate to almost irrelevance, depending on the person evoking them. This relayed information includes but is not limited to: letters, spoken words, music, theater, movies, and yes, even mathematics. These vibratory rates or “archetypes of information” are what make the forms of numerology, astrology, and other divinations practiced by the ancients (not to be confused with convoluted internet horoscopes, et cetera) relevant on a subjective level: because these things are evoking latent symbolism within the neurology of the human brain.

Of course someone cannot equate Neptune to Pisces to the double-headed fish, trying to split itself free of dualism from a scientific rationale. As someone cannot equate the number 4 to limitation, order, and service from a scientific rationale. These things are by definition subjective. However, the reality of it all is that human brains are constantly interacting and evolving with each other, and since all generations are connected by delayed degrees of separation throughout time, these ancient pathways of thought that have survived continue to facilitate humans by being possible codices to the ancient electromagnetic pathways of the human consciousness. This is ultimately what magick is. It is the understanding of human analogical thought combined with the intention to modify or alter the growing neurological pathways of the subject in mind–this is also what social manipulation and seduction are. These are manipulations of consciousness, which can be used for both better and for worse.

Is it beginning to make more sense now? Magick is the ancient sciences of the mind and spans throughout time and culture–wherever human beings live, discussion of magick always follows. So is it superstition or reality? It’s both; it depends on how a person’s brain operates, and in what ways this person utilizes the wave as they actualize it into a particle through electromagnetic stimulation of attention. This is where the realm of demonology is concerned as well.

magickThere are three rational interpretations of demonology: 1) that these things are projections of human archetypes from the mind, completely hallucinatory but no less relevant; this would imply that a person who claims to have communication with any elementals would rather be able to activate deeper parts of their own consciousness in order to embody certain information that could be extra-sensory. 2) Elementals could be completely cognitive entities equivalent or similar to human beings; 3) The Middle Path which suggests that the medium between these first two ideas is most plausible, and the definition of a “confluence of energy between man and the divine” should be reasserted.

To be brief, it seems likely that (among many other reasons) there seems to be some merit to the reality of the idea of elementals, simply because of the concept’s heavy insistence throughout human history, and the innumerable eye-witness accounts that can be dug up for interesting speculation. However, nothing should be taken at face value. It instead seems that perhaps in the same way that a person eats a mushroom to catalyze an experience in their brains, some might enact a ritual with symbols latent in their brain in order to conduct energy from their own brain to an electromagnetic confluence around them; in a sense being a “thought-form puppeteer” with electromagnetic frequencies that are naturally occurring all around people, at all times. Cymatics, but with thought projection!

Lastly, in order to address all topics at hand, for further scientific investigation into Extra-Sensory Perception, the life of Edgar Cayce is recommended for research, as well as researcher Manly P. Hall’s work, and the modern scientific research team, the Farsight Institute with Dr. Courtney Brown.

How much of this could be reality? Because of the implications of the Observer Effect in wave/particle duality and the inherent ties this draws to Cyamtics and archetypal symbolism, it becomes more and more clear that the reality of magick is contingent on how the person chooses to live their life. Would one rather attempt to achieve success in the world through their intuition, learning to hone-in on luck until it becomes a skill? Or, would they rather learn finance in order to attain success in the stock market and have materialism in the very palms of their hands for the rest of their life? Both can be individually enticing, surely, but in the end, it should be noted that the effects of magick, as represented by the modulation of human thought-process with subjective intention, are effects that are marked and that have been verified time and time again. In homage to some of the greatest postmodern symbolism…

The wise and simple words of Morpheus, a choice to the reader: “Red or blue pill?”


Anthony Tyler
A journalist and author from Anchorage, Alaska, Anthony Tyler aims to twist the knife in both phony new-age ideals and scientific materialism by drawing attention to the rich heritage of esoteric science throughout history. Far from being “satanist,” the esoteric (i.e. occultism or comparative religion) marks the beginning of mathematics, astronomy, psychology, medicine, and even politics. Esoteric science represents a cache of little-known knowledge detailing how to decipher the human's unconscious mind--and the unconscious mind is essentially everything that the human mind is not considering at any given moment.

One Reply to “A Modern Assessment of “Magick”

  1. This article was a little long-winded, but am I to understand that you say there is no Satan? Because if you deny it you are the one who is in complete darkness. I hope I misread the article.

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