It’s a popular sentiment within the entire magical community, and even within the purely speculative mundane world, that magical ability or mystical power is something that certain people are at least partially born with, and without this innate power you have no chance of ever becoming a magician or psychic. And there are three groups which have a vested interest in maintaining this idea.
The first group are the people who are selling their ability. The obvious example are psychics. Most go out of their way to explain how they’ve had this ‘gift’ since a young age. Very few are willing to say that if you would just learn to trust your intuition and work towards developing some precognitive ability, you’d find that you had access to this same ‘gift’ they charge $30 an hour for.
You also see this in other groups though. Go take a look at the New Thought community. I’d estimate that at least 80% of the major systems and authors claim to get their information through channeling. Yet despite the wealth of valuable information they’ve gained, I’ve yet to see a New Thought author who teaches channeling. But then why would you continue to buy their channeled works when you can channel your own? If you teach a man to fish, he’s not going to buy fish from you anymore.
This trend is even extending into the Pagan community. There are certain individuals who are pushing for a Pagan priesthood. The idea is that certain members of the Pagan community are more powerful than others, and that by completely dedicating themselves to magical work, as a career, they will become even more powerful. These individuals can then serve the community in a spiritual capacity which the community cannot serve itself, and likewise they should be compensated and encouraged to continue this work.
The idea of supporting Pagan elders through charity is an extension of this idea. The idea is that these elders are somehow able to spiritually do things for the community that normal Pagans cannot do for themselves.
And this of course leads into other bad ideas. There is this idea that most magic is too dangerous to be used at all by the uninitiated. That a person needs to be born right and have years of training and learning and dedication in order to ever safely work magic. This is no different than when, because of corporate pressure, the government sets up regulations on an industry which are strict and expensive under the guise of protecting the general public, when in reality these regulations are meant to deter small businesses and individual entrepreneurs from encroaching on the market share of major corporations. Why should a teen witch support a Pagan priesthood or elder when they can perform all of the rituals for themselves?
The second group that likes to promote the idea of innate powers at birth are secret societies. This isn’t a new idea. It’s inherent in Gnosticism, a religion that is often times used in secret societies. Secret societies aren’t new either. They’re in the historical record going back thousands of years. Just about every major civilization in every culture has had secret societies in it.
And it comes back to little boys and their clubhouses. Having clubs is something that is built into the minds of most little boys, just like rough housing and thinking little girls are icky but secretly thinking they’re pure awesome. People with secret societies are just men who haven’t yet grown out of this phase. A secret society, mystical or otherwise, is just a group of middle aged men sitting in a treehouse.
And as with any club, it isn’t fun if you let just anyone in. Only the cool kids are allowed into the club. And so when someone from a secret society tells you that you can’t join their club because you weren’t born with magical talent, it’s the same as a little boy that tells you that you can’t come into their treehouse because you were born the wrong race, or the wrong gender, or you’re too short, or you’re a member of the chess club.
In childhood there are also the terminally uncool kids that can’t get into any club, and so they start their own club of rejects which lets anyone join, because that is the fair thing to do. In the magical community we call these people Pagans :) I’m kidding of course.
The third kind of person who wants you to think that some people are born special is the person who needs to feel special. These are people who, when you take a closer look at their lives, are decidedly unspecial. They tend to be below average in every category.
Despite needing to be special, they tend to have a few other qualities that are counter-productive to this. They tend not to like hard work, or even understand the concept of having to work hard to achieve something. This can mean focusing on their career so they make a lot of money, focusing on their appearance so they can attract more attractive people, or having the discipline and investing the time to increase their magical ability. They also have a sense of entitlement. They think they deserve things, that they deserve to be special, without ever doing anything to earn this. Frater Barrabbas has several articles on his blog about his former teacher, a perfect example of one of these individuals.
And so of course these people aren’t special because of something they earned. They’re special because they were born special. The idea that great individuals, even ones who were born with a great deal of innate talent, still needed training, hard work, and discipline to accomplish their achievements is completely foreign to them. And their specialness is not something that can ever be measured or objectively proven. It is not based on material success, accomplishments, or earned degrees.
Saying someone is magically gifted is like saying someone is a smart person. We all know the person who believes they’re smart, whose parents are always going on about how smart they are, but who is of course an underachiever that never gets good grades, never graduates from a college, and never gets anywhere in their career field. They never solve any great problems or win any prizes for their intelligence. They never do anything in their life that proves they’re smart. Yet they believe they’re smart. It’s the same with these special people who are born with magical ‘gifts’.
Because of this emphasis on being born right, a lot of people will go on about their family lineage, because after all magic must be genetic. Usually they’ll mention a grandparent or great-grandparent that was a practitioner who is now dead. In fact every Wiccan I’ve ever met has a dead grandparent who was a Traditional Witch, except for a new breed of Wiccans who believe that Traditional Witchcraft doesn’t exist and that Gerald Gardener invented Witchcraft.
I know quite a bit about Traditional Witchcraft. It was already in a serious decline by the turn of the 20th century. It had a brief and modest spike in popularity in the 50s after Britain repealed the Witchcraft laws, but it was soon dwarfed and pretty much destroyed by the emergence of Wicca which was hugely popular for a minority magical religion, has grown considerably since, and has more than likely still not reached its peak. There are only a handful of Traditional Witches left today, almost all of them with a family lineage of Traditional Witchcraft.
You also have to take into account that with any magical group, Traditional Witches included, the majority of descendants of a practitioner will not become adult practitioners themselves. I’d say that in most cases, fifty years after a practitioner’s death they would be lucky to have one or two living adult practitioners who are blood relatives.
So if every Wiccan who said they were descended from a Traditional Witch really was, it would mean that about fifty or sixty years ago there was a huge number of Traditional Witches, which is disputed by the historical record, family lineages, and people who were alive during that time. The obvious conclusion, most of these people are liars.
If you really want to test someone, ask them what magical tool they have that belonged to their dead relative. I can guarantee that they inherited at least one tool or book, if not many tools and books. Everyone I ever met with a real lineage has at least one thing, and it’s always something they cherish and take good care of.
Most of the people I’ve met in life I wouldn’t consider magicians, and I doubt most people would. Yet I’ve never met a person with no magical ability. The idea of intuition is something that is universally understood and not tied into any spirituality. Yet it is a basic magical ability. True intuition, feeling that something is correct despite having no evidence, is a combination of precognition and sensing energy. That is a magical act.
In fact if you start to look at magical theory and how and why magic works, a lot of it is dependent on people having some magical ability, even if they don’t notice it. Everybody manipulates energy in some way. Everybody senses energy to some degree. Everybody forms links and connects into everything else in the universe.
There’s also the fallacy that magic is a single ability. Of course some people are going to be born with innate talents. This leads people to believe that because they aren’t naturally gifted at a certain magical ability that they are not gifted at magic. If, for instance, they’ve never had a precognitive experience they must not be a magical person or a psychic.
However magic is not a single ability or discipline. Magic is composed of many different disciplines and skills. And every magician will be strong in certain areas and weak in others.
It’s like science. Science is not one thing, it is a general term that consists of many different disciplines and various skills and understanding. A genius in one field of science is not interchangeable with another. For instance Darwin was a genius in the field of biology. He revolutionized the field with the theory of evolution. Do you think if we popped Darwin into Einstein’s life he would’ve instead revolutionized physics and contributed to inventing the atomic bomb and putting a man on the moon? Do you think if we put Einstein into Freud’s life he would’ve revolutionized Psychiatry? No, these people are non-interchangeable. They were made up of specific talents and abilities that allowed them to unnaturally excel in their specific scientific fields.
You may not have strong precognitive abilities. Of course you can still develop them, but you might always struggle with precognition and it may never come easily to you. You may always be weak in that discipline. That doesn’t mean you’re a weak magician though. That just means your strengths lie elsewhere. I guarantee you have some strong magical abilities, you just have to figure out what those strengths are.
A lot of magical ability is also training. Even if you have a strong innate ability, and this is true of everything not just magic, you still need training and discipline in order to mold that ability into something exceptional. Innate ability only gives you an edge over the competition, it isn’t a substitute for hard work. However hard work is, often times, a substitute for innate ability.
For instance I’m very good at channeling. It comes very easily and naturally to me. I often times accidentally pop into channels. I’ve met very few people who can channel as well as I can. But this isn’t something I was born with. I was not able to channel at all when I was younger. Granted there is nothing about me that makes it especially difficult for me to channel, but there is nothing special about me, physically or spiritually, that makes me better at channeling than most people.
What happened is my first real exposure to magic and spiritual training came from my first teacher. She did have a strong innate ability to channel, and to her it was a spiritually fundamental ability. The training she gave me had a specific emphasis on building me into a magician who could channel well. And that training is at the foundation of my magical practice and my solitary magical training.
The only reason why I am good at channeling is because I have a strong magical background in channeling and I’ve invested a good deal of time in properly training that ability.
Another good example is my knowledge and ability with spellwork and ritual magic. If you read my posts during the first year of this blog you’ll notice there is a lot of theory and no ritual. If you read my posts over the last year you’ll notice that there is not only some ritual magic, but a lot of the theory over the last year has gone into explicit detail about how and why ritual magic works. This is because I was still in the process of developing my knowledge of spellwork and ritual magic during the blog’s first year.
Once again this goes back to my first teacher. She was not fond of ritual magic. She considered it to be largely unnecessary and a weaker form of magic. She had not taken the time to learn much about ritual magic, and as such she hadn’t taught it to me.
When I first approached spellwork and ritual it was a very big subject I had no experience with and it overwhelmed me. I didn’t even know where to begin to understand it. I often times wished I had a background in a ritual system like Wicca or Ceremonial Magic, because at least then I would have a foundation of ritual magic and a starting point to work from. It wasn’t that I wasn’t born right, it’s just that I had no training or experience in the subject.
Ultimately I spent about a year and a half focused on teaching myself ritual magic. This involved reading books, convincing other magicians to let me watch them and study their methods, studying and breaking apart spells, and experimenting on my own with ritual magic. After a year and a half of training myself followed by four years of practicing it in my spiritual work, I now feel that I have a strong grasp on the theory ritual magic and that I’ve become very good at practicing it.
My initial inability to use ritual magic had nothing to do with my innate talents. My eventual success with it proves that I wasn’t born without the ability to understand it. If anything I may have had some innate ability to learn and work with ritual magic, however I couldn’t even begin to realize that ability until I had invested some time in learning about ritual magic and training myself in it.
Another thing to remember is that once a magician merges with their HGA they become immensely more powerful than they were before they merged with their HGA. In fact the most magically incapable person on this planet, if they merged with their HGA, would be vastly more powerful than the most skilled, well disciplined, and innately talented magician who hadn’t. Less than 1% of the world has merged with their HGA. I’d say that sadly less than 1% of the magical community has managed to do it. So once you manage to merge with your HGA, you’ll immediately be elevated to the top percentile of powerful magicians.
Once you merge you will most likely start producing larger amounts of energy and, so there is going to be a lot more raw power there right away. You’ll also start to notice that you suddenly just know how to do things that you didn’t know how to do before. This is going to be different for different people. Maybe you’ll suddenly know how to channel, or you’ll have precognitive visions, or you’ll understand spellwork a lot better. You’ll have access to all of the knowledge and power of your mental body.
You’ll also gain access to the mental planes. And there is a lot of information there. It will also make you a bit more intelligent and give you a broader perspective on things. So not only will you be able to find information, but you’ll be able to understand it when you do.
Yes there is an initial boost. In fact it’s such a drastic boost in power, ability, and knowledge that it will probably take you months of exploration to fully realize what you know and what you can do. But merging with your HGA isn’t just about that initial boost of power. All of this extra power and knowledge and ability also creates limitless opportunity. Spiritual progression and understanding becomes hundreds of times easier. If you spent twenty years dedicating yourself to magical practice and spiritual progression prior to merging with your HGA, your overall progress would still not be a fraction of what you would accomplish in your first year after merging with your HGA, even if you only casually practiced magic and made no effort to develop yourself.
On a final note, when someone tells you that you cannot do the things they can do because you’re not talented enough, you weren’t born right, you aren’t made of the right stuff, or because you haven’t gone the proper route or paid your dues as they have, in every field and in every instance that person is insecure of their own abilities and typically mediocre at best. People who are truly talented and successful at anything always have a positive attitude and encourage others to attempt to do what they have done. It is partially because they know they are good enough and they don’t fear more talented individuals proving their inferiority, and it is partially because they have a pure love of the field and they want others to do things that are truly amazing and exceed even their own abilities.