Evocations II – Magic Circle Exercises

March 21, 2013

These are some exercises to help teach you how to make magic circles. Exercise #7 requires a white bedsheet and a black magic marker. No tools are required for the other exercises.

These exercises were designed to build upon one another, so they should be attempted in order. They also aren’t meant to only be done once, but to be done over and over again until a person gets it. A practitioner should start with exercise #1 and continue to do that exercise again and again until they feel like they’ve been successful with it and feel comfortable with it, or until they feel they can’t get any better at it. Then they should move on to exercise #2, and continue doing this for all further exercises. A person may however, and should, go back to previous exercises and retry them from time to time to see if they’ve become any better at them, and to strengthen the core skills taught by the earlier exercises.

If you like, you can light incense to aid you during the exercise, however this isn’t necessary. Myrrh and Lotus will work really well. Cinnamon, Dragon’s Blood, and Vanilla are less effective, albeit still good choices. If you do use incense, you should stop using it by exercise #8 at the latest.

Likewise you may light candles if you wish. 1,3, or 5 candles in front of you for exercises #1-2. Four candles spread out around you making a square, or five spread evenly around you for all other rituals. However, once again, you should stop using candles by exercise #8 at the latest.

Exercise #1

Sit comfortably on the floor. Close your eyes. Take some time to relax and calm yourself. Clear your mind.

Notice the empty blackness in front of you. Imagine a circle being drawn there. Visualize the circle and hold it in your mind.

While visualizing the circle, think about all the things which the circle represents. Think about the idea of infinity. Imagine something tracing the line of the circle over and over again forever. Think about the idea of absolute divine power, and how that idea is represented within the circle. Think of all the things a circle means to you personally and what it personally symbolizes to you.

When you are finished spend a few more minutes sitting with your eyes closed. Think about and evaluate all of the things you have visualized. Spend a bit of time calming yourself and bringing your mind back to this world. When you are ready peacefully open your eyes.

Exercise #2

Sit comfortably on the floor. Close your eyes. Take some time to relax and calm yourself. Clear your mind.

Imagine a circle being drawn in the blackness. As the circle is being drawn, visualize immense energy coursing through it. When the end of the circle meets the beginning, and the two ends meet, visualize a sharp increase in the energy of the circle, and the energy becomming absolute and divine.

Continue to visualize the circle and the divine energy flowing through it.

When you are finished spend a few more minutes sitting with your eyes closed. Think about and evaluate all of the things you have visualized. Spend a bit of time calming yourself and bringing your mind back to this world. When you are ready peacefully open your eyes.

Exercise #3a

Sit comfortably on the floor. Close your eyes. Take some time to relax and calm yourself. Clear your mind.

Instead of imagining the circle being drawn in front of you, imagine the circle being drawn around you on the ground. Visualize the circle and hold it in your mind.

While visualizing the circle, think about all the things which the circle represents. Think about the idea of infinity. Imagine something tracing the line of the circle over and over again forever. Think about the idea of absolute divine power, and how that idea is represented within the circle. Think of all the things a circle means to you personally and what it personally symbolizes to you.

When you are finished spend a few more minutes sitting with your eyes closed. Think about and evaluate all of the things you have visualized. Spend a bit of time calming yourself and bringing your mind back to this world. When you are ready peacefully open your eyes.

Exercise #3b

Sit comfortably on the floor. Close your eyes. Take some time to relax and calm yourself. Clear your mind.

Imagine a circle being drawn around you on the ground. As the circle is being drawn, visualize immense energy coursing through it. When the end of the circle meets the beginning, and the two ends meet, visualize a sharp increase in the energy of the circle, and the energy becomming absolute and divine. Imagine the energy going upward, into the air above you, and creating a powerful and impenetrable barrier around you.

Continue to visualize the circle and the divine energy flowing through it.

When you are finished spend a few more minutes sitting with your eyes closed. Think about and evaluate all of the things you have visualized. Spend a bit of time calming yourself and bringing your mind back to this world. When you are ready peacefully open your eyes.
Exercise #4

Sit comfortably on the ground outside, in dirt or sand, or anywhere that you can mark the ground with your fingers. If you have thick carpet, you may be able to do this inside.

Close your eyes.

Place your hands together behind your back. Push your fingers into the ground and move your hands away from each other, drawing a circle in the ground around you, and meeting direcly in front of you.

Visualize energy coursing through the circle as you draw it. When your hands meet, visualize a sharp increase in the energy, and the energy becoming absolute and divine. Imagine the energy rising up into the air above you and creating an impenetrable barrier around you.

Think about all the things which the circle represents. Think about the idea of infinity. Imagine something tracing the line of the circle over and over again forever. Think about the idea of absolute divine power, and how that idea is represented within the circle. Think of all the things a circle means to you personally and what it personally symbolizes to you.

When you are finished, take your hand and wipe away part of the circle, breaking it. Visualize the circle of energy ceasing to exist immediately after the physical circle is broken.

Spend a few more minutes sitting with your eyes closed. Think about and evaluate all of the things you have visualized. Spend a bit of time calming yourself and bringing your mind back to this world. When you are ready peacefully open your eyes.

Exercise #5

Repeat exercise #4, but leave your eyes open the entire time.

Exercise #6

Sit comfortably on the ground outside, in dirt or sand, or anywhere that you can mark the ground with your fingers. If you have thick carpet, you may be able to do this inside.

Draw a circle on the ground, as in exercise #4. Visualize energy flowing through the circle as you create it, and visualize an absolute and divine at the end of its creation. Once you create the circle, remain sitting with your eyes closed, point your palms at the circle, and visualize the energy inside of you flowing into your hands, and then visualize that energy flowing out of your hands and the lines of the circle. Visualize your energy intermixing with the energy of the circle, and further empowering it.

When you are finished, take your hand and wipe away part of the circle, breaking it. Visualize the circle of energy ceasing to exist immediately after the physical circle is broken.

Spend a few more minutes sitting with your eyes closed. Think about and evaluate all of the things you have visualized. Spend a bit of time calming yourself and bringing your mind back to this world. When you are ready peacefully open your eyes.

Exercise #7

Unfold a large white bed sheet and place it on the floor. Sit in the center of the bed sheet with a black magic marker in your hand. Draw a circle around yourself as the inside border of your circle. Visualize energy coursing through the line as you draw it. Draw a second circle around the first to act as your outside border, but be sure to leave some space between the two circles. As you draw this second circle, visualize energy flowing through the line, and as the line completes itself, visualize a sharp increase in energy, and the energy flowing through the entire circle, from one border to the other. and the energy being absolute and divine, and reaching upwards into the air above you.

Take the marker, and between the inner and outer borders of the circle draw a symbol that has personal spiritual significance. Continue to sit in the circle, and closing your eyes think about or meditate on the symbol. Think of all the things the symbol means, and what powers it has. Spend several minutes or more doing this.

With your eyes still closed, move your hand over the image you drew. Imagine energy flowing out of your hand, and imagine this energy empowering the image, and turning it on. Visualize the energy and power you associate with the image flowing out of it, and flowing into the circle further empowering it.

Continue to draw more spiritually significant images into the circle and repeating the exercise.

If you feel up to it, after completing this part of the exercise you may also repeat exercise #6 inside the circle and empower it with your own energy.

When you are finished close your eyes imagine the energy of the circle dissipating and flowing away. Remain sitting with your eyes closed for several more minutes afterwords. Contemplate the ritual during this time and all the things that were visualized and all of the sensations that were felt.

Exercise #8

Sit comfortably on the floor. Close your eyes. Take some time to relax and calm yourself. Clear your mind.

Place your hands behind your back. Put your hands together behind your back. Without touching the ground, move your hands away from you, around you, and have them meet directly in front of you. As you do this, imagine the circle forming around you.

Visualize energy coursing through the circle as you create it. When your hands meet, visualize a sharp increase in the energy, and the energy becoming absolute and divine. Imagine the energy both falling to the ground and rising up into the air above you creating an impenetrable barrier around you.

Think about all the things which the circle represents. Think about the idea of infinity. Imagine something tracing the line of the circle over and over again forever. Think about the idea of absolute divine power, and how that idea is represented within the circle. Think of all the things a circle means to you personally and what it personally symbolizes to you.

Point your palms at the circle, and visualize the energy inside of you flowing into your hands, and then visualize that energy flowing out of your hands and the lines of the circle. Visualize your energy intermixing with the energy of the circle, and further empowering it.

Imagine your spiritual symbols appearing within the circle. Move your hands over them, let the energy flow out of you, and empower them.

When you are finished with the ritual, visualize the energy of the circle collapsing around you and the energy ceasing to exist as quickly as you can.

Spend a few more minutes sitting with your eyes closed. Think about and evaluate all of the things you have visualized. Spend a bit of time calming yourself and bringing your mind back to this world. When you are ready peacefully open your eyes.

Exercise #9

Repeat exercise #8, but with your eyes open the entire time.

Exercise #10a

Repeat exercise #8, but while standing up. Work on doing the ritual as quickly as possible.

Exercise #10b

Repeat exercise #9, but while standing up. Work on doing the ritual as quickly as possible.

Exercise #11

Create a magic circle while walking. Create the magic circle as quickly as you possibly can. Make the circle as powerful as you can make it. Make it so the circle follows you and you are always at the center of the circle as you walk. Then break down the circle as quickly as possible. Repeat this exercise again and again as many times as possible.

Further exercises:

Work on creating magic circles in various distracting situations and environments. Try doing it while having a conversation, while watching TV, while doing chores, and while doing various physically and mentally taxing activities, for instance.

See how large you can make the circle. Can you make it so it covers a larger area around you, or above you, or below you. Make your circles ever bigger.

Try to see how much energy you can get coursing through the circle and how powerful you can make it.

And of course, do it faster, and faster, and faster.


Evocations I – Classical Methods Explained

March 18, 2013

It’s going to be a few posts before I get to my actual evocation methods, because I have some background information so they can be better understood. I will be posting some really cool methods shortly though. As I side note I don’t like the classical method of evocation and I never use it. I consider it immoral and a tool of weak practitioners who cannot hold their own. Information on the method is provided only so a practitioner can have the necessary background to understand the methods I’ll be posting later.

When we look at classical ceremonial magic, the basic evocation ritual involves a circle and a triangle. Likewise the ritual is split into four parts: preparing the area, evoking the being, coversing with the being, and dismissing the being. None of these methods are native to ceremonial magic. There have always been evocations, even long before ceremonial magic came into vogue, and all evocations attempt to manipulate the same basic principles to bring about results. If we knew the exact evocation rituals of early man we would no doubt find similarities to modern ceremonial rituals, not because there has been a clear line of influence, but because both rituals attempt the same thing, and there is only so much room for variation. Even the rituals in this book, which are advertised as an alternative to the predominate ceremonial methods, have clear similarities. Once again this isn’t because of a direct influence, but because there is only so much room for variation.

Constructing the Magic Circle

The most important part of the classical method is the magic circle. There is no one way to make a magic circle, or even a best way. In fact the best way for you to make a magic circle would be based on your own spiritual beliefs and knowledge. In its most basic form a magic circle is just a circle. It can be drawn onto the ground with chalk, etched into dirt, drawn into the air with a wand, knife, or finger, or it can be drawn on a piece of cloth that is laid on the floor. The circle serves several purposes. It creates an area which exists outside of space-time, it connects the magician to the divine, it empowers the magician, and it protects the magician. Let’s go over each of these four purposes individually and how each is derived.

First off, in order to maximize our success with evocations, we need to be within an area outside of space and time. Not everything will be able to manifest into the available space. The area may be too small for it, or it may be a small creature and the area may be too big for you to see it. It may be of a vibration that cannot enter this world through normal means, or the enviornment of this world may be too foreign to it for it to manifest here. Likewise the entity’s normal movement through time may not be conductive to communication. It may be moving backwards through time, or stagnant in a single moment of time, or it may be moving too quickly or too slowly through time relative to the magician to make communication possible. It may also, for whatever reason, not be available at the exact moment of evocation.

A circle represents infinity. It has no begining or end. It encompasses all space and time. When we are inside the magic circle, we enter into a space that is outside of space and time. Inside the circle, space and time may move exactly the same as directly outside the circle. In fact this is how it will most likely be moving when the magician first enters the circle. However once the evocation begins the circle will shift its place in time and space as needed to be conductive to communication. It should be noted that the area directly surronding the circle may also be affected by these shifts in space and time. A person standing directly outside of the circle may not notice any change (such as the magician moving slowly or rapidly through time, for instance) because they are being affected by the same shifts. However inconsistencies in time can sometimes be sensed between the ritual area and an area that is far enough away.

Secondly we want a connection to the divine, or at least some sort of higher power. And in the next two steps we will talk about why we need that connection. A circle is generally seen as a symbol of the divine, or God, or the gods because it is infinite and all encompassing. Exactly which higher power you wish to draw upon is going to be dependent on your own personal beliefs. Christian mystics will usually draw upon the power of the Christian God or Christ, because they see him as being the highest power in the universe. Others will call upon something called the All or the Is, which is simply the sentient form of the accumulation of all things in the universe, seen to some as the supreme god or creator. Others will use a god or gods from various pantheons. And still others may call upon the power of the angels. Which one you decide to use isn’t that important. What is important is that what you’re using is real, that it is very powerful, and that you’ll be able to draw its power down and access it.

Thirdly the magic circle empowers the magician. In the classical method of evocation power is provided by an external source, and this source is accessed through the magic circle. Your connection to the divine is your source of power. It is important that the magician understand that their connection to the divine is their power source, and also that this power is absolute. They also have to have faith that the power they draw upon is absolute. If the magician does not have an understanding of and a faith in the power, they are projecting weakness instead of strength, and this in turn creates a weakness which can be exploited by the evoked spirit.

Lastly the circle provides protection for the magician. The circle is a source of absolute power, or at least a power far greater than what is being evoked, and this power cannot in any way be breached. The circle is not only there to protect the magician from a direct attack, but also to protect them from more subtle influences that the spirit may have upon the magician. Within the classical method of evocation this protection is essential, because from the begining the magician attempts to control and exploit the evoked spirit through force which creates a hostile relationship between the two. The magician does this with borrowed power, which only goes to illustrate how weak the magician is without his protections.

The Triangle

The other part of the classical ritual is the triangle. Much like the magical circle, there is no correct way to make a triangle. It can be drawn in the air, on the floor, in the dirt, or on a cloth. Usually the triangle is much less elaborate than the circle. The triangle is often seen as much less important than the circle.

The triangle is the space in which we wish to evoke our entity. Where as we wish ourselves, standing into the circle, to be connected into the highest power and a part of all times and all places, we want the exact opposite for what we evoke. We want the spirit to appear in a specific time and place. Ideally we want it to have a spiritual preseance which can be channeled into, an astral presence which can be felt, and a physical manifestation which can be seen and heard. We also want the entity to be contained, so that it can only affect the world in the ways we command it to, and we want it to be weaker than us so we can control it.

It should be noted that the importance of the triangle in the ritual varies between magicians and rituals. Some magicans prefer to always use a triangle, and only evoke spirits into the triangle, so that they always have the greatest amount of power and leverage throughout the entire evocation. Other magicians evoke spirits outside of the triangle, and only use the triangle when necessary to control the spirit, or when they feel they need the added protection. These magicians can use the triangle as a threat, forcing disobediant spirits into the triangle. Some magicians, meanwhile, omit the triangle all together, and instead only make use of the protections provided by the circle.

So why a triangle?

The representation of the triangle is multifacited. First and formost, three is the number of the universe. 1 (singularity), 2 (duality), and 3 (triplicity) are the three most powerful numbers in existance.

Three also represents the three realms into which we can evoke spirits. The first realm is the mental realm. Spirits in this realm can be channeled by experienced practitioners in order to communicate and share knowledge. The second realm is the astral or spiritual realm. Spirits in this realm have a presence that can be felt. They are able to move and manipulate energy and affect the astral realm. They can be seen by and communicate with practitioners who are sensitive enough to see and hear ghosts. Finally there is the physical realm. Spirits in this realm can physically affect the world. They can move objects. They can be seen and heard by anyone.

Three is also a number of incompleteness and seperation from the divine or complete power. Remember there are five elements. These five elements are represented by the five points of the pentagram. Combined these five elements are considered to be absolute power, which is why the pentagram is such a common and powerful magical symbol. However the number four has the same power. Spirit is often time looked at as the combination of the other four elements, or that the other four elements all spring forth from spirit. Therefor a representation of all four elements also represents spirit. Because it does lack spirit though, four is sometimes seen as being absolute power in the realm of the physical world where as five is absolute power in all realms.

Three however is one less than four. It only represents three of the elements. Anything evoked into the triangle is only allowed to be made up of three elements at once. At any given moment, whatever is in the triangle is missing one of the four basic elements from its being. This means it is within a very weakened state, a state through which it cannot make a true divine connection. This is essential because it garuntees that the practitioner, in the circle, is more powerful than the spirit, that the practitioner has access to a power that the spirit is denied access to, and that the protections provided by the ritual cannot be breached.

The Four Steps of the Ritual

Step 1 – Preparing the area – Adequate preperations need to be made prior to the evocation. Some practitioners prefer to perform a banishing ritual prior to the evocation so they can work within a clean space. Others prefer to use the existing energy of the area.

Most importantly the circle and triangle need to be constructed. Special care needs to be taken with the placement of the triangle. The triangle needs to be placed in an area that is free from any belongings. Likewise the area needs to be thouroughly cleaned and care needs to be taken that any skin folacels, nail clippings, hair, and blood, of both humans and pets, are not present. These things will provide a link to the practitioner and those close to him and can be used by a malicious spirit to exact revenge.

Likewise all reflective surfaces, including black mirrors like your computer monitor and tv, need to be covered, since they can give the spirit access to areas outside your control.

Energy also has to be raised in order to fuel the evocation. Spirits may need large amounts of energy to manifest, and having large amounts of energy available in the room will help with that. In addition to raising energy you may also attempt to burn candles and use incence to provide additional energy.

With this method, even if a spirit can manifest on its own, it’s considered poor form to be dependent on the powers of the spirit. The practitioner should provide ample energy for manifestation. In fact the practitioner should do everything they can to accomodate the spirit for the purposes of the evocation. A failure to do so shows weakness, and the practitioner needs to be careful to always come from a position of absolute power.

Any tools being used in the ritual also need to be put in their place. If a mirror is being used for communication it needs to go into the triangle. If sigils or rings are being used those need to go into their proper place. All magical tools at the ritual should be placed inside the circle unless there is a specific reason not to. Lastly the practitioner and anyone else attending the ritual needs to be inside the circle and needs to remain in the circle for the duration of the ritual.

Step 2 – The Evocation – Step 2 is the actual evocation. Here the practitioner needs to call forth the spirit by name and command him to come forward. If the spirit does not respond, the practitioner should become more and more threatening, until finally they use the power of the circle, if need be, to pull the spirit forward. During this stage the practitioner should also command the spirit to manifest within the realm of the practitioner’s choosing (either mentally, astrally, or physically). They should also make the spirit appear in a form that is pleasing to the practitioner. Everything in this stage needs to be a command, and everything needs to be done exactly to the practitioner’s wishes. The key here is to establish a position of power and control from the begining.

Step 3 – Communion – During this stage the practitioner talks with and commands the spirit. If the practitioner has evoked the spirit just for knowledge, then the practitioner should engage the spirit in conversation for that knowledge. If the practitioner has a task for the spirit, they should give the spirit this task. The instructions given to the spirit need to be clear and concise with no room for independent thought or action, and the spirit must be given clear guidelines that this task is the only way they are allowed to affect the world outside the triangle. The practitioner should not bargain with the spirit, agree to repay the spirit in any way, and if necessary the practitioner should force the spirit to perform the task. The task should be performed immedietaly taking no longer than the duration of the ritual for the spirit to perform its part.

Step 4 – Banishing – The last step is for the practitioner to use the power of the circle to completely banish the spirit from the triangle. This is of utmost importantance. The practitioner cannot leave the circle, nor should the triangle be broken, until after the spirit has been completely banished. To fail this step is to put the practitioner at the mercy of the spirit which he has abused and exploited with no power other than his own to protect him.

Pros and Cons

Advantages to using this method

1. With the classical method the practitioner is able to fully exploit the powers of the spirit. Instead of the spirit only doing what it wants to do or is willing to do it is forced to do what the practitioner wants it to do.

2. The practitioner is able to command the spirit and take from the spirit what he wants. The practitioner does not need to bargain with the spirit, to pay back the spirit, or depend on the charity of the spirit.

3. If done correctly and successfully, this method provides the practitioner the greatest amount of protection from not only direct harm, but also more subtle attacks such as being negatively influenced by the spirit.

Disadvantages to using this method

1. This entire method is a hostile act against the evoked spirit. Many normally non-aggressive spirits may become vengeful and violent and look for any opportunity to harm the practitioner. At the very least this method will create an adversitile relationship with most spirits where the spirit is not acting in the interests of the practitioner because it wants to, but is instead doing what it has to do.

2. The practitioner is dependent upon borrowed power for the evocation, control of the spirit, and his protection from the spirit. Although commanding from a position of power, the use of borrowed power shows the weakness of the practitioner. The spirit is controlled by, and possibly afraid of, the source of the power, not the practitioner.

3. All things considered, this method is probably the most dangerous. Although this method uses very powerful protections, it does so because it also creates such a dangerous position for a practitioner to be in. It creates a hostile situation while the practitioner’s relaiance on external power advertises his weakness. If everything is done correctly the method is entirely safe. However the smallest error (be it in the preperation, the ritual, the banishing, or even the wording of commands) can prove disasterous.

4. Many people have ethical and moral issues with this method. Many people see commanding and exploiting another, even if it is a spirit, for no other reason than because you can as unjust. Many different religions and spiritual beliefs take issue with this method.

#Note: I may be a bit biased because I am not a fan of this method. I believe that the only reason why this method is so popular is because many people believe it is the only method. My goal in writing this book was to not only explain evocations, but also to provide alternate methods for evocations. I’ve explained this method in such detail because I wish to give a complete overview of evocations in this book, and also because understanding this method explains a good deal of the theory behind evocations and how they work in practical use, and this will also show what has been changed in the ‘alterantive’ methods and why.


Methods of Evocation and Seance begin Monday

March 16, 2013

Starting Monday I’ll start posting my methods of evocation and seance, beginning with some basic theory. Unfortunately it will not be as extensive as my planned book, teaching a person how to go from inexperienced magician to summoning forth demons. It will however contain very powerful original methods of evocation and seance that have, so far, been unpublished and which can work as an alternative to the established methods. I just want to make sure that these rituals are out there and are not lost with me, and that I start posting them before google reader leaves us. Anyways I’ve been gone a while, so a heads up to start reading the blog again next week.


Thoughts on UFOlogy

June 23, 2012

This isn’t a conspiracy theory blog, nor is it a place to speculate on alien theories, so I’m going to keep this a bit short and simple.

First off, it needs to be said that most UFO stories are hoaxes. This isn’t a hoax perpetrated by individuals, but rather individual reporters and the media. UFO journalism has long been considered yellow journalism. Most of the major figures in UFO reporting have admitted that their stories were often times heavily embellished, that they often fabricated evidence to make the stories appear more true, and that sometimes when they had nothing to report they just completely made the shit up. We’re not even considering things like leading questions or dismissing negative evidence, we’re talking about journalism based on pure make believe.

Then we get into unscrupulous mass media outlets, namely FOX and now apparently the History channel, and reality gets even more fuzzy.

I’d also like to weigh in on the government conspiracy theories ever so briefly, and say that they’re crap. Places like Area 51 do have a lot of UFO sightings, and the government likes to keep that area pretty well hidden and secure. That’s because the air force does testing of experimental aircraft and other weapons which the general public is not yet aware of, and for reasons of national security it’s important to keep this information concealed from enemy nations. An enemy spy and an X-Files fan may not be so easy to tell apart.

In the same way, the air force does investigate UFO sightings, but for reasons of national security, not because of a extraterrestrial concerns. What some might view as an alien spacecraft may be a test run of a new type of aircraft from say China, or formally from the Soviet Union, to see if it could fly undetected in enemy territory.

It’s also important to keep this information concealed, possibly even for decades, not because the air force is hiding alien encounters, but because it’s hiding its investigative procedures. We don’t want China knowing the criteria we use for determining if something is or isn’t an enemy aircraft, or a weather balloon, or an unidentified object. If they knew that, they could possibly develop an aircraft which is designed to prey upon our investigative techniques to appear as something it isn’t.

But that isn’t to say there isn’t some modicum of fact behind the UFO theories. The UFO mythology that now exists, although greatly embellished by the media, is at its core based on a handful of real sightings and encounters. It’s this modicum of fact I want to look at, from a more spiritual perspective.

Out of all the folks who reported on UFOs and other paranormal activity, John Keel seems to be the one man who possessed both intelligent, logical, and sane reasoning and a great deal of journalistic integrity. Keel treated UFO reports like any normal journalist would treat their subject, by reporting the facts of the story as they were discovered. Reading his books it’s also clear that he understood, very well, that sometimes things are misperceived, and a perfectly normal event, under the right conditions may appear to be something more fantastic, such as an alien or paranormal encounter.

Over the years, what Keel discovered was that whenever he had an alien encounter or UFO sighting which, based on the evidence presented to him, he personally believed to be factual, there was also a lot of other unexplained paranormal activity in the area which would not normally be associated with UFOs. This might be things like ghost sightings, ghost activity, instances of precognition, and the like. This led Keel to the belief that perhaps what we’re dealing with is not extraterrestrial contact, but some other sort of paranormal event, or that paranormal events were otherwise somehow linked to aliens.

This is actually the belief I’m going off of. UFOs have become a very big thing, especially over the last 70 years. Because of this it seems that, in recent times, a lot of paranormal events have been incorrectly perceived and hypothesized as alien encounters. Most notably the rare occurrences in which a physical entity appears do in no part to the intentional actions of the observer.

There are a lot of different non-human things out there, and some of them end up in this world for a period of time. Some stay here for very short periods of time, and others manage to hide themselves for longer periods of time. I’m going to look at the five most common and likely real types of aliens, and compare them to the knowledge I’ve accumulated of other beings.

The Nordics

I’m starting with the Nordics, because they’re what inspired this entire mess of an article in my head. If you’re not a UFO fanatic, you probably have no idea what the Nordics are. I never heard of them until very recently.

The Nordics appear as very large human men. They’re usually around seven feet tall, broad shoulders, and all of that. They have fair skin and hair. Nordics are always men, women Nordics are never reported. Their personality is usually described as youthful, playful, and happy, and sometimes they are also described as wise and protective. They also seem to be concerned with spirituality and are sometimes noted as being magical beings. Often times they communicate telepathically.

What I just described, that’s a frickin’ elf. When I read that description, knowing what elves are like, it’s clear as day to me that a Nordic is another name for an elf.

First off, modern fantasy has warped the concept of what an elf is. Their fair yet androgynous appearance is taken to mean that the men are effeminate. On the contrary, the opposite is true. The women are very masculine. They’re muscular, large, have broad shoulders, and although elves are usually able to discern genders among their own kind, humans are not. Among humans, even female elves tend to get mistaken for men.

Elves are also very fair skinned and have light hair. They don’t do well in heat, and they prefer temperatures a bit colder than what humans are comfortable at. Their skin doesn’t do well in the sun either, and they burn easily. For this reason, at least in traditional folklore, they often stay in the shade, most times appearing in the forests and in the shadows.

Elves do live considerably longer than humans. This tends to make them not very career driven, at least by our standards, and instead they come of as having a very carefree and playful sort of personality. This is why they’re often described as playful, gay, and child like.

In all other ways though Elves are very similar to humans. So much so that they’re probably just an alternate evolutionary path of a human. The worlds they tend to inhabit are usually colder, either do to a different atmosphere or possibly just being slightly farther away from a star. This accounts for their bodies evolving lighter skin tones, and also their inability to remain comfortable in direct sunlight and heat. Although they live considerably longer, they’re childhood is only slightly longer than humans, and they have about as many surviving children over a lifetime as humans typically do. This means they don’t spend the majority of their life raising children, and so gender roles within a family are not so well defined, and so from an evolutionary standpoint the genders have not differentiated as much as in humans.

Hopkinsville Goblins

The Hopkinsville Goblins were reported in several places, most notably the Sutton family farmhouse. The Sutton family farmhouse encounter is one of the most famous alien encounters due to the large amount of evidence. There were two incidents that occurred that night, there were numerous witnesses and their stories and descriptions of the events matched fairly well, there was evidence of the reported shoot out and damage to the farmhouse, the family dog was noticeably frightened by something, and law enforcement was brought in with trained police officers reporting that the people seemed truly frightened of something, to the point that they at least were sure that these people believed what they were reporting. There was also no financial motive for making the report. On the contrary considerable damage was done to the farmhouse during the shoot out.

What’s described in the case may actually be something very close to goblins. What was described sounds a lot like a type of dark fae that does periodically show up. I’ve seen these things appear in small numbers, however I’ve heard stories of a few different instances where they showed up physically in larger numbers and the incidents were very similar to the Sutton sighting.

Andromedans

This is a name given to a type of alien that appears as an energy being, which is very similar in appearance to a ghost.

I don’t think I have to go into too much more detail about my thoughts, since pretty much any non-physical spirit fits the description of an Andromedan. I would however like to conjecture that the specific UFO mythology perhaps isn’t based on actual spiritual beings, but rather even higher beings from the mental planes, which are made out of thoughts and ideas. These have a very celestial quality to them.

Reptilions

There’s all sorts of legends of these things, Reptile humanoids who disguise themselves like men in an attempt to take over the world. They control all the world governments, and live in secret underground bunkers, or some other such nonsense.

These things are real. They’re nasty little buggers, and they do tend to come out of the ground. I’ve never heard of them having any sort of shape changing ability, or any other way of disguising themselves as humans. They have a diminutive intelligence, probably being as smart as a child. They will bully small children, and torture and kill animals. Some of them at least can speak some English, and they like the curse words. They use simple weapons and tools, and they are probably a very technologically limited race. I doubt they’re intelligent enough to understand modern politics, let alone take over the world.

All the sightings of these things seem to come out of Southern California. There was a claim, in the 30s, of an ancient city of theirs found underground. I’ve also heard they appear in the myths of the Hopi, and that they believed them to be mean creatures that had cities underground.

My guess is that there’s a gate open somewhere in the Southern California area these things are aware of, and that every so often they sneak through before going back again.

Grays

Finally, the most famous, the grays. I don’t really have an explanation for them, since they don’t really match up with any other sort of entity I’m aware of. The only thing I can say about the grays is that, thinking of them, I get a weird alien vibe I’m not entirely comfortable with. I’ve had similar vibes before, and it isn’t always negative, but I’d be very cautious and distrustful around something with that energy signature.


Of Weights and Measures, and the S Word

May 20, 2012

The History of Astrophysics

I’ve been reading up on the history of astrophysics. Astrophysics is pretty interesting, to me at least, because just 100 years ago it really wasn’t a science. It was just a bunch of guys taking readings and speculating about how the universe worked. Some of that speculation was genius. Some turned out to be completely wrong.

Back then, to be an astrophysicist, you didn’t really need to be a scientist. Some of the pioneers had university degrees and were well learned, but others weren’t. All you really needed to be an astrophysicist was a nice telescope, or you had to work for someone that had one.

To these early pioneers it must have seemed impossible for astrophysics to ever be a real science. We hadn’t yet breached outerspace, and these early astrophysicists were trying to figure out the science behind systems that were sometimes millions of light years away.

But there were some really smart people. They found the right measurements to take, sometimes because they were looking for it, and sometimes by accident. They were able to infer data from those measurements, match up a model of the universe that is consistent with how we understand the natural forces of physics, and by and by astrophysics became a scientific discipline. It’s now a complicated subject with a variety of specialties and various university degrees. Almost all of the great contributions in the field from the current generation have been made by those with a degree in astrophysics or a related field, usually a doctorate degree.

Nearly all sciences seem to have started out this way. They weren’t initially a science, at least not as we know them today. They started out, pretty much, as a sort of philosophy, and it’s no coincidence that the earliest recorded Western scientists were the Greek philosophers. Science always begins with a bunch of guys doing experiments and making observations to help them understand how things work, the practice, and then formulating various hypotheses and theories to put their understanding into words, the theory. As the theory and practice builds, empirical evidence starts top present itself, and these philosophies start drifting more and more into being sciences, until eventually they turn into the current complicated messes requiring special degrees.

The reason why I’m talking about astrophysics is because that early stage it was at 100 years ago, where it wasn’t really a science but more a philosophy, is where I see magic today. Right now we’re a bunch of guys trying to piece together a philosophy that works through personal practice and theory. As practicing magicians, it’s a pretty neat time to be involved with magic, because right now anyone that is practicing magic and contributing to the collective theory may end up being a major contributor to a future branch of science. And I don’t mean a major contributor in the sense of Hawkings, or someone else of Hawkings caliber who maybe isn’t so famous. I mean a contributor at the caliber of Newton or Aristotle.

Weights and Measures

With astrophysics, the transition from philosophy to science happened because of a convergence of different things. Better technology, in terms of telescopes, and a better general understanding of physics were key components, but they weren’t necessary. Even if the improvements on the telescope had stalled at some point, and even if physics were not as well developed, astrophysics may still have made that leap. With every philosophy turned science though there is one key component that is so vital that the field cannot evolve without it, measurement. Every field has been developed into a science only after there is something to measure, a means to measure it, and a unit to express that measurement in.

Once these things are established, we then have some empirical evidence that we can chart and graph and feed into equations. It allows us to develop the field mathematically, to discover previously unknown relationships, to better explore the field through a comparison of what we expect to see and what we actually see, and it also allows for laboratory conditions, independent verification, and repeatable experiments.

So far this lack of measurement has been the biggest stumbling block in the evolution of magic as a scientific field. The advent of a measurement system is the key event that will catapult magic into the realm of science. Anyone wanting to make waves into the study of magic should seriously consider attempting to develop a system of measurement. That will be the single most important contribution to the field in the history of the world.

A lot of people have already realized this, and this has led to two schools of thought on the development of a measurement system, neither of which has shown any progress.

The first school of thought involves measurements of correlation. This is very big among the paranormal investigators/parapsychologists/ghostbusters schools. Basically we take something we can already measure, and see how those measurements vary when taken during a magical working or paranormal event. Things like temperature and EMPs are commonly measured.

So far the best these measurements of correlation have been able to achieve are abnormal measurements. These are measurements that are different than what is expected. However they’re not different in any expected way. Ergo the room doesn’t automatically drop between five and eight degrees when a ghost enters. It doesn’t automatically drop even, some experiments have it increasing in temperature. The data varies so wildly that we can’t peg a difference in measurement to any sort of paranormal activity.

These are really just stabs in the dark. Usually the practitioner isn’t sure exactly what is being measured, or even if, say, a ghost were really in the room, or if the magical operation were successful and not pure hokum. Theories as to how and why a metaphysical event would affect what is being measured are usually purely speculative hypotheses which are rarely predictive when put into practice.

We’re taking measurements, and hoping, like the astrophysicists of yore, that we’ll happen upon a measurement that will finally tie something together, and give us the first step towards empirical evidence and actual science. Unfortunately it’s a crap shoot, and thus far we’ve failed miserably to come up with anything of any use. The technology to take these measurements is getting cheaper, and as more and more magicians start taking measurements, there’s a better chance that someone will stumble upon something and win that lottery. However there’s no guarantee that there’s anything to find, or that we’re taking the right measurements. The continued lack of any success is making me believe that this is most likely a fool’s errand.

The second school of thought is waiting for a new invention that will accurately measure something we couldn’t measure before. Of course the most important thing to measure would be magical energy. Once we can measure energy, assuming even the most common theories are correct, measuring magic will be a cinch.

Unfortunately this will never happen, not like they thing anyways. No one is going to serendipitously figure out a way to measure magical energy. Even if they did accidentally invent a device that could do that, they wouldn’t know what they were measuring, or that they were measuring anything at all.

Imagine that our bodies completely adapted to the temperature of the room, and we had no sense of heat. One day some fellow notices that putting mercury into a glass tube causes it to rise and fall sporadically. Through observation he may be able to determine some things. It’s always lower during the night than during the day. In winter, it’s usually lower, and in summer it’s usually higher. When it rains, it tends to get lower. For every theory he can develop about why the mercury rises, there’s going to be contrary evidence. An unseasonably warm spring may cause the mercury to rise more than it does during the summer, so it’s not activated by the cycle of the seasons. Maybe he notices that it rises a lot when he sticks it in the fire, so he assumes it measures light. But it still goes up in the darkness. In fact, in an enclosed space with no circulation, it may go up more than it does when exposed to the light of the sun or moon. He may notice that if he puts it into food as it cooks, it will tell him when the food is done. But after the food stops cooking, the mercury will go down, even though the food is still cooked.

Without understanding what it is he’s measuring, the thermometer becomes a novelty item, so misunderstood it’s useless for anything other than being a fun toy, or an always mysterious object of scientific inquiry. Coming across an object that can measure energy poses the same difficulties. Even if it does come to fruition, we may never figure out what it is that the object is doing.

The Units Come First

We can’t just go around measuring crap, then making up units. First we have to figure out what we’re measuring, then we make up the units to measure it with. Only after we have all this can we start constructively developing a way to measure it.

We could start with a basic unit of measurement that we’ll call a Crowley (because everyone seems to like Crowley). As with all American units of measurement, we’ll have other units that match up with Crowleys in a manner so convoluted only the initiated can understand the reasoning. So 1 Crowley = 2.5 Grants = 20 Regardies = 1340 Duquettes = 100,000,000,000,000 Levays. Likewise there will be 666 Crowleys in a Super Crowley. The Brits will develop their own unit of measurement, the Waite, with 1 Crowley being equal to 2.145 Kilowaites.

That’s all good and fine, but now that we have our unit of measurement, the Crowley, we need to apply it to something that can be measured.

Measuring Something

We don’t need a measuring device in order to apply our measurement to something. The best part about a Crowley being a made up measurement is that we can say a Crowley equals whatever we want. All we have to do to make a Crowley a valid point of measurement is to apply it to something, then we can use that something as a baseline for measuring other things.

For instance a BTU is equal to the amount of energy needed to heat one pound of water one degree Fahrenheit. It is sometimes equated to the amount of energy released by one match. Sure, comparing it to a match is a rough estimation, and not all matches are the same, but if we could do just that with energy, we’d have a starting point.

Some care has to be taken in choosing what to measure. As I see it, there are three core concepts we need to keep in mind when choosing what to use as the baseline for our measurement system.

First we need to keep the act simple. In fact it should be as simple as we can possibly make it. The more complicated the magical operation becomes, or what we’re trying to do with the magical operation, the more we open ourselves up to unforeseen variables and outside influences.    This will only lead to the wild discrepancies we get when we try to measure temperature changes or EMPs. A simple act makes it easier to achieve laboratory conditions. Even if laboratory conditions aren’t completely met, by keeping the act simple we come closer to achieving laboratory conditions than we otherwise would have, and our approximations, though still approximations, are more exact and fluctuate less widely.

Second we need to do something that is observable and measurable. This allows us to both verify that an observation was successful and correlate our measurement of magical energy to other measurements. This means we can’t do something that is, as of today, unmeasurable, such as raise energy, or make someone fall in love with us, or astrally project. Unfortunately these are the sorts of magic that magicians tend to be good at.

What we need to measure is something like moving a chair half an inch through telekinesis, or causing a candle to spontaneously ignite. These tricks are a bit more difficult to do, and even magicians who have succeeded at them have difficulty reproducing the event with any regularity.

Third we need to stay away from probability magic. Percentage shifts are too difficult to measure when we don’t yet possess a verified method of measuring energy. The issue with percentages is regardless of the percentages, the outcome of a successful operation still can’t be determined because an instance of success or failure has no bearing on the outcome future attempts.

For instance, suppose I have a completely unbiased coin that has a true 50/50 chance of coming up heads and tails. If I flip the coin 100 times, there’s no guarantee that the coin will come up heads 50 times, or even about 50 times. Although unlikely, the coin may never come up heads and always come up tails. Even if I use probability shift magic to make that coin come up heads 99% of the time, out of 100 flips, or even ten million flips, it may still come up tails every single time. Under these circumstances it’s impossible to measure the effects of magical influence versus pure luck (although with ten million flips we could, arguably, establish a case for magical influence, but it would be too physically difficult to continue repeating the feat to prove the likelihood of the argument).

The Problems With Magical Energy

Even once we tackle the normal issues with measurement, energy poses new issues when we try to measure it. For one, at least how we understand it today, not all energy is the same. There exists thousands of identified forms of energy. It’s not unlikely that there are millions or even more forms of energy existing in the universe. Each form of energy has its own peculiarities, and would most likely have to be measured differently.

One of the easiest issues to explain is negative versus positive energies. Negative energies, like fear and rage energy, tend to be more wild and more difficult to control. That means that when using these energies to perform a magical act, more energy is lost, therefore more energy must be expended to do the same act. Much less joy energy is needed to light the candle or move the chair than rage energy, since more of the rage energy will be misdirected and lost by the practitioner.

Another issue deals with higher energy versus lower energy. For the most part, positive energy is higher energy, and negative energy is lower energy. These types of energy behave differently. Lower energy has a dissipating affect. It naturally moves towards the lower planes. The affect, as felt, is that it works itself up, it exerts itself, it totally expands its stored power, and then it fades out. Positive energy, on the other hand, draws more of itself into itself. So when there’s some of it, it tends to snowball. So when rage energy leaves your hand, by the time it reaches the chair to move it, it may have died out, and there’s much less energy acting on the chair. In contrast, once joy energy leaves your hand, it should start drawing more joy energy into it from on high, so a larger amount of energy will actually be acting on the chair by the time it moves it.

However energy doesn’t always behave like this. If you build up enough of a negative energy, and are well enough connected to the lower planes, the energy may start snowballing as if it were positive energy, and may even have an adversarial affect on the snowballing effect of positive energy.

None of this should matter though. Whether or not an energy snowballs, or there’s lost energy, the actual energy needed to perform the act should still be a constant, ergo the same amount of energy is being used. The efficiency of the machine (in this case the practitioner), or the energy itself is inconsequential to the measurement being taken. In practice though, energy sensing and manipulation is entirely subjective, and this subjectiveness needs to be taken into account in order to move all aspects of energy manipulation into an objectively verifiable state.

The third issue deals with the somewhat sentient nature of energy. Different energies are better at different things. We can make an energy do whatever we want it to, but it’s always far easier to get an energy to do what it naturally does. This is why, for instance, having the wood of a wand match its purpose is helpful. By their nature, rage energy is destructful, fear energy scatters and inhibits, joy energy is blissful, and love energy is powerful. Making Joy energy destructive is possible, but it’s far more difficult than when using rage energy for the same task, and more than likely it’s going to require a lot more energy.

Solutions, Sort Of.

These issues with energy measurement can be sidestepped by using a specific type of energy. We set the measurement to a specific type of energy, and then we chart variations between the different types of energy. Again though we reach a few problems.

One is that we don’t have a good system of classifying energy. We’re largely dependent on broad approximations. Calling something joy energy should give a competent magician an idea of what I’m referring to. However the energy that I associate as joy energy may not be the same energy they associate as joy energy. In some instances, they can be very different kinds of energy.

The best classification system magicians have ever come up with is a color based classification system. Exact shades of colors should tie to specific energies. Unfortunately with the limited spectrum seen by most humans, a large number of energies are not represented. Also, in order for the color system to work, the shades need to be exact, otherwise we’re still working with broad approximations. In the past this was impossible, but technology has made accurate recreations possible. Still differences in human vision and lighting conditions may still make these classifications approximations.

Secondly we have to take into account the fact that different people are better equipped to deal with different energies. This again adds an element of subjectivity to any experiment, since the practitioners own efficiencies and preferences need to be taken into account.

Special Relativity, Quantum Mechanics, and Magic

One other method to possibly move magic into the realm of science is by using it to fix a major hole in the modern model of physics. Accordingly there are four known forces in the universe, and possibly other unknown forces. These forces are Electromagnetism, Weak Nuclear Force, Strong Nuclear Force, and Gravity. The first three forces are codified and covered under the theories of quantum physics. Gravity, as of today, has not yet been codified with the other three forces, and instead is covered under the theories of special relativity. This hole is the biggest mystery of modern physics.

What’s clear is, even with special relativity in place, gravity isn’t fully understood. Gravity deals with the fact that, for some reason, objects containing mass tend to be attracted towards each other. For ages magicians have been stating in various ways the law of attraction, simplified as like attracts like. The fact that objects containing mass tend to be attracted towards each other, to me anyways, seems like the law of attraction in action. Like is attracting like.

Magical theory could provide the missing link needed to codify Special Relativity with Quantum Mechanics. It would solve a good deal of modern physics’ issues.

The best part of special relativity and quantum mechanics is that a lot of people have already put a lot of work into figuring those things out. A good portion of it has been proven through experimentation, and there’s a good deal more data that has been inferred through observation. Although there are still missing pieces, a lot of that jigsaw puzzle has already been put together. If magic is fitted into modern physics, it will no doubt offer up, nearly instantly, methods of quantification and wholly new theories based on the current information of the sciences.

The problem is, despite using the law of attraction to explain magic, the law isn’t very well understood. There’s never been a concrete reason given as to how or why like attracts like. It’s not common sense. The universe could have just have easily been built upon the premise that opposites attract, or that like things repel each other. If we could unlock and fully understand the law of attraction, it may unlock some of the mysteries of modern physics, and in doing so elevate magic to a science in its own right.

Secret Information and Oaths of Secrecy

I’m going to touch upon this subject ever so briefly. For the most part, I don’t think it’s relevant to the discussion. It’s also something that needs a much bigger explanation than I can give in a handful of paragraphs. I hope to do a much larger post discussing secret information in the near future.

I will say that science is not a game of secrets. It’s dependent on open information and peer review. Furthermore the sciences thrive on working off of the collective knowledge of the human race. From time to time we’ve found it prudent to keep certain technological advancements under wraps, mainly for the purposes of empowering ourselves over others. However, by and large, science has always been based on the fact that we achieve more by everyone working together with the same base of information.

This has been one of the major obstacles with magic. By not sharing data and results, and not encouraging peer review and dissension, magic has remained a philosophy, and it has yet to reach the potential that physics and chemistry has.

The idea of secrecy is already falling apart, and as a result magic is moving closer to becoming a field of science. The more we move towards becoming a science, the more we’re going to throw away the notion of secrecy, and many other worthless superstitions that plague the practice of magic. The more we eliminate secrecy now, the quicker we’ll come to realize the potential of the field.


Of Shielding and Banishing Rituals – Shields

May 3, 2012

Introduction
Part 1 – Shields
Part 2 – Banishings

 

The Method of Shielding

In its most basic form, a shield is a wall of energy which surrounds and follows an individual, and is structured in such a way that it will deflect or stop purely energy based attacks. Some shields may be further developed to stop other kinds of attacks, such as vampiric drains, bindings, or general hexes, although this isn’t true of all shields. The ideal shield would stop all forms of attacks, including physical attacks, although shields of such power are rarely seen.

Shields are usually developed, at least initially, by manipulating the naturally occurring energy in ones aura. An aura usually consists of the energy that is normally shed by a person. This energy is still strongly connected to the individual, it tends to follow the individual around, and a relationship is formed between the energy and the individual where anything that affects one will have an immediate effect on the other. For example, when a person becomes emotional, the energy of their aura will change to match their emotions. This may be partially due to the fact that the person is constantly shedding energy, but it is also due to the fact that the aura energy is linked to the individual, and affected by their condition.

In the same way an attack against an individual’s aura can be felt by the individual.

As time passes energy moves further away from the individual, and the link weakens until it reaches a point where there is no longer a significant connection between the individual and the aura energy. Until the link becomes weak, the energy in a person’s aura can be easily manipulated by a trained practitioner. With Shielding, the basic idea is to make this aura energy more solid so that it becomes a barrier and prevents other things from passing through it.

Shielding and Wicca

Shielding is a very simple technique. It’s not hard to figure out, it’s not hard to do, and we can safely assume that most magicians through out history knew about shielding, could do it, and kept it as a tool in their magical toolbox.

However up until recently there hasn’t been much written about Shielding. Granted shielding is so simple that perhaps the old masters didn’t see much need to discuss it. Still, even within works that deal specifically with magical attacks and defenses, shielding is hardly mentioned.

But in recent times, and rather suddenly, Shielding has become THE magical technique. It’s offered up as the solution to nearly every spiritual or magical problem that exists. Entire books have been written on how to shield. New practitioners are often encouraged to concentrate on learning shielding and developing their shielding abilities. Usually that’s the only form of defense they are taught (other than banishing rituals).

The popularity of Shielding seems to have a direct correlation to the rise of Wicca, and it’s easy to see why. One of the main tenets of Wicca, which has been stressed again and again by practitioners, is harm none. Unfortunately, in matters of self-defense, harm none is one of the worst philosophies for a person to have. Once you’re in a violent situation, the best ways to defend yourself involve harming others, usually harming them a lot. In fact there are very few ways to protect yourself without hurting someone else.

Shielding has become so beloved among Wiccans, and other adherents of the harm none philosophy, because it is a method of defense that doesn’t hurt anyone. However it’s a very poor method of self-defense, one that doesn’t work very well when it’s done to the exclusion of other techniques, and one that if it is done too often will ultimately harm the practitioner. Not to mention that by focusing on shielding, the practitioner is leaving themselves extremely vulnerable to attacks, because they lack the tools to defend themselves when shielding doesn’t work.

Proactive vs Reactive Defenses

There are two different types of defenses against an attack, proactive defenses and reactive defenses.

Proactive defenses are those defenses which always need to be on. In order for these sorts of defenses to be effective, you need to be doing them before you’re attacked, and you can be attacked at any time. Shielding is a proactive defense. If you don’t have your shield up, and you’re attacked, your shield won’t help you. It has to already be up for it to work.

The second type of defense is reactive. A reactive defense is a defense that you only turn on after an opponent has already started an attack. When you move your arm up to block a punch, that’s reactive. When you throw a punch in retaliation, that’s also reactive.

When compared to reactive defenses, proactive defenses are inefficient. A proactive defense has to be on all the time. You need to expend energy to maintain that defense whether you’re being attacked or not. A lot of energy is currently being spent on shields that aren’t doing anything, because the practitioners who use them aren’t, at this moment, being attacked.

In contrast, reactive defenses only require energy be spent on them when a person is being attacked. You don’t spend your life with your arms covering your face. You put your arms up after a punch has been thrown.

Passive Defenses

Shielding is a passive defense. As already discussed, from a harm none perspective, this is shielding’s biggest advantage over a lot of other forms of defense. As a matter of self-defense though, it’s a huge disadvantage.

There is no inherent deterrent to shielding. If someone attacks you, and the shield successfully deflects that attack, nothing negative has happened to the attacker, and there’s no reason for them not to try a different kind of attack, and to keep trying different kinds of attacks until something succeeds.

Your best hopes with a shield are that the attacker will expend so much energy that they need to take a break and rest for a while before they try again, or that they’ll get bored trying to break your shield and move on to something more interesting.

Now imagine if your shield hurt the attacker every time they attacked you, if it caused them to feel pain. There’s now an inherent deterrent to the defense. This won’t make the shield completely unbreakable, or deter those that are absolutely determined to hurt you, but every time the attacker fails it will give them a reason not to attack you again. And if they finally do succeed in breaking the shield, the shield’s counter-attacks will have weakened them, which will make them easier to defeat with other methods.

This is why, with self-defense, it’s best to hurt your opponent. Even if you can prevent them from hurting you right now, you have to give them a reason to stop trying to hurt you, and if that doesn’t work, you have to make it so they can’t try to hurt you anymore.

Shield Vulnerabilities

Shields are not as powerful a defense as some practitioners make them out to be. I’ve seen a lot of shields, but I’ve never seen one that I couldn’t easily break. In fact the strongest proponents of shielding usually have some of the weakest shields.

I’d say at least 95% of all shields have a couple of easily exploited defects. As Spock pointed out of Khan, the practitioners who use these shields tend to think two dimensionally.

It’s common for a practitioner to imagine a shield and think of it as a wall that’s in front of them, and behind them, and wrapped around their sides (some, in fact, just see it as a wall in front of them, leaving their backside wide open). They assume every attack will come towards them in a straight line. They never think that someone will arc the attack over the shield so that it comes at them from overhead.

Some practitioners think of their shields more spherically though. In this instance, the shield is sort of like an egg that comes up off the ground and meets at an apex a little above their head. These sorts of shields protect the magician from having something lobbed over the shield. However these practitioners assume, usually without even realizing that they do it, that the floor will provide them some protection against a magical attack. This would be true of a physical attack, but in all but a few rare instances, this isn’t the case with a magical attack, and these practitioners can be easily reached with a gopher attack which moves underneath the ground and then comes up at their feet.

To make a shield properly, it either has to be a full circle, which extends underneath the ground you’re walking on, or it has to be enclosed around your skin, so that it’s human shaped and covers your entire body.

If you’re reading this right now, you can easily fix your shield so that it doesn’t suffer from these two common defects. Even so, shields are still incredibly easy to break. I literally have hundreds of other methods to go after a shield, and I can say with almost certainty that one will work. If fact I’d wager that most of them would work against your shield.

Broken Shields

One of the biggest issues with a shield is that, in a lot of situations, it’s effective. A lot of weaker spirits, light magical attacks, and weak magicians can be successfully fended off with a shield.

But these aren’t the sort of attacks you should be afraid of. These are the sort of things that, if the shield wasn’t there, probably wouldn’t hurt you all that bad anyways. It might be annoying, even painful, but it isn’t going to kill you, or destroy your life. It’s probably not even something that’s going to take a few weeks to recover from.

The good things about these small attacks is that they give new practitioners some experience with being attacked and fighting back. A practitioner can use these attacks to learn how different attacks feel, to develop various defenses against attacks and actually try them out, and to formulate their own counter-attacks and see how well those counter-attacks work in practice.

Unfortunately when a magician is always shielding, the shield prevents these light attacks from getting through. Often times the magician doesn’t even notice when they are being attacked, and the only type of defense they’re developing is shielding.

Most magicians, if they practice long enough, will eventually come across something which is hostile or malicious and strong enough to break their shield. Once the shield is broken, a magician that hasn’t developed any alternate forms of self-defense against weaker attackers will be left completely defenseless against an attack that can seriously injure or even kill them.

Two Way Street of Shielding

A shield doesn’t just deflect attacks. In fact, a shield doesn’t just deflect. A shield is a barrier. It keeps things out, both good things and bad things. Also anything that flows in one direction must be able to flow in the opposite direction. So for a shield to be effective it not only has to keep things out, it also has to keep things in.

This results in a couple of things. First off, a magician with a shield isn’t going to be able to feel the world outside of his own shield. The energy flowing around him, his empathic abilities, his precognitive abilities, all of that is going to be cut off. To work, all of those things need access to the energy outside of the shield.

Secondly the magician isn’t going to be able to cast spells outward. If, for instance, the magician tried to counter-attack, the shield would prevent the counter-attack from leaving the magician’s little shield bubble, effectively stopping counter-attack in the same manner that it stops attacks from the magician’s opponent.

Some magician’s go to great lengths to work around their own shields. Usually this involves creating some sort of backdoor through which the magician can work. One common trick is to use an energy blend or filter. Basically the magician will create a shield so that certain energies can pass through it while others are deflected. Usually the pass-through energies are ones the magician views as non-violent, passive, or harmless.

In practice though a filter just adds a new vulnerability to the shield. Now an enemy can bypass the shield by keying into an energy that the magician has decided can pass through the shield. Many magicians don’t realize that energies like happiness, tranquility, and love can be turned into devastating attacks (especially in the case of love).

These backdoor techniques also require more complicated shields, which means more energy needs to be expended to maintain them. The more a magician wants to open up his shield, and the more he wants to guard against vulnerabilities, the more complicated the shield needs to be, which ultimately leads to even more vulnerabilities.

Other magicians, meanwhile, have such piss poor shields that they’re able to work through them to some degree without a backdoor.

No matter how well a magician develops their backdoors, and no matter how weak their shield is, they’re still not going to be able to feel energy around them as well as if they didn’t have a shield, and the magic they cast outside of the shield still isn’t going to be as effective as it could be.

This is the best argument I can make against shields. When a person uses a shield, it makes them a weaker magician. Having a shield up will degrades their magical ability. Worse, by degrading their magical ability, the magician won’t be able to practice at full strength, nor will they be able to take advantage of all the opportunities around them to practice their magical skills. Ultimately this leads to a retardation of magical and spiritual growth.

It’s the constant, daily practice of magic that, over a long period of time, builds up strength in a magician. Using a shield once in a while isn’t going to have an effect on ones spiritual growth, in the same way missing a gym session isn’t going to have any noticeable effect on a professional body builder’s physique. Constantly using shields over a long period of time, however, will result in the magician spiritually evolving to only a small fraction of their full potential. Because the effects aren’t immediate and only happen over a long period of time, the affected magician usually won’t even notice the damage being done to their spiritual growth.

When To Use a Shield

Enough about how horrible shields are, there are two instances where shields can be very effective, and in one of those instances a shield is probably going to be the best option.

The first effective form of shielding is an instant shield. An instant shield is a shield that only goes up after the attack has been made, but before it reaches the practitioner. The shield then goes down once the attack is deflected.

Imagine that I throw a psychic fireball at you. Right before the fireball hits you, you put up a shield to deflect the fireball, and then you immediately tear down that shield. This sort of shield requires a lot more practice and ability than a shield that is always up, but it’s far more advantageous.

First off an instant shield is reactive, not proactive. This means it only requires that energy be expended on it when it’s needed. Secondly, because the instant shield only goes up after an attack has been made, the attacker usually won’t have time to try to break the shield. By the time they realize a shield is up, the initial attack will probably have already been deflected. And lastly, unlike normal shielding, this isn’t something that is usually used as an end-all be-all form of self-defense. It’s one of a variety of tools that would need to be used to defend oneself during an attack.

The second time that you would need to use a shield would be during a strong continuous attack. By strong I mean an attack that is powerful enough to seriously harm or kill the magician, in which case the attack can’t simply be toughed out. In fact, during this kind of attack, shielding is really the only good option.

Some very powerful entities have an ability where waves of powerful and aggressive energy flows off of them naturally. It’s not even really an attack, it’s just an aspect of their being. If a magician gets too close to one of these entities, and stays exposed for too long, they could die just by being in proximity.

There are also certain areas, and even realms, that have a powerful drains connected to them. Weaker drains can usually be dealt with without shielding, but it’s much more difficult to do with very strong drains. Sometimes these drains can be so strong they can be fatal, or they can cause rapid decay or accelerated aging. Other times the drains can weaken the magician so much that if the magician is exposed, it can make it so the magician doesn’t have enough energy to do what they need to do. In a draining situation there are often times other options, but sometimes a shield is the best option available.

Better Alternative Strategies To Shielding

A quick overview of a couple of strategies that are better than shielding:

1. A Good Offense

A good offense is by far the best defense you can have. If you cause a malicious entity or magician enough pain through magical attacks, they will probably stop attacking you. If they don’t, eventually your magical attacks will probably kill them, in which case they’ll no longer be attacking you.

It’s also empowering to know that you’ve fought with powerful entities and defeated them. It gives you confidence in your abilities, it enables you to push yourself magically, and it allows you to still feel safe despite all the dangers that exist in the universe.

A lot of the entities out there that attack people unprovoked are relatively weak. Stronger entities, even very evil, violent, and malicious ones, tend to have more important things to be doing than randomly attacking folks. Once you start getting into fights with more and more powerful things, and winning, you start to become so powerful that those weaker entities get scared of you. Suddenly nothing is attacking you, because it’s all either too powerful to care about attacking you or so weak that it’s scared to.

2. Soaking It Up

In Dragonball Goku had a common strategy he employed against a new foe, one that was taught to him by the Turtle Hermit. He stood there and let the guy beat the crap out of him. In this way Goku was able to accurately gauge the ability of his opponent. He was also able to learn about his opponent’s attack. After receiving the attack, he could figure out the best way to counter it, and sometimes could even mimic it afterwards.

Goku’s technique is an excellent strategy. A lot of times the only way to learn an attack is to allow yourself to be hit with it. Once you’ve felt the attack and seen it used against you, you can usually sort out how it was done. Then you can figure out the different ways you can counter it in the future. Often times you’ll also figure out how to do the attack yourself, and it becomes another tool in your self-defense toolbox.

Plus if you want to be a magician, you need to not be such a wuss. Sometimes you’re going to get the crap beat out of you. You need to be able to handle that, and the best way to be able to handle that is through practice.


Of Shielding and Banishing Rituals – Introduction

March 26, 2012

Introduction

Part 1 – Shields

Part 2 – Banishings

Banishing Ritual – A ritual designed to clear an area of all entities, magical energies, and supernatural influences. The Lower Banishing Ritual of the Pentagram is the most well known banishing ritual.

Shield – A barrier created using the energy of ones aura, and typically used to deflect magical attacks or prevent oneself from being magically probed.

Shielding – The act of consciously creating and controlling a shield.

In the past I’ve talked a lot about how I feel that shielding and banishing rituals are overused within the community, and how these two things, for some, have become the solution for almost every metaphysical problem imaginable. Reading various message boards that have linked to this site and what some have asked me in comments and emails, it seems as though I’ve been misinterpreted.

Part of the problem is that I haven’t said that shielding and banishing rituals should never be used. I’m of the opinion that every tool a magician has in their repertoire, properly used, is an asset, and under the right circumstances almost anything can be useful. So of course I recommend learning how to shield or banish, because these aren’t very hard things to learn and you’re going to be more powerful through knowing them. I also recommend learning how to do everything else you can too.

Some have read this as me just saying that shielding and banishings shouldn’t be used quite as often as they are by some practitioners, but they should still remain a basic element of ones practice. I never meant anything close to that. I think there are only a handful of situations where either of these things may be useful.

The vast majority of shields I’ve done, over my entire life, have either been simple tricks to amuse me, like making my spiritual body look like a ruby rock to others to see if they notice, or so absurd and complicated, both in appearance and function, that they could hardly be considered shields. Things like the Insta Bramble Reverse Shield Trap, or the Holey Knife Shield.

I haven’t used a shield for any kind of defense in over three years, and I haven’t had a need for it in all that time. In my entire life, I can count how many times I’ve used a defensive shield on my hands.

Outside of experimentation or to prove that I could do it, or as part of a ritual that included it, I’ve never done a true banishing. I’ve never come across a use for it where there wasn’t a better option. I’ve done a few cleansings, which are sort of like banishings, but they specifically targeted general entities and not energies. I don’t even do those anymore though. I’m scary enough all by myself that I can get rid of just about anything I don’t like.  At least anything that would be affected by a banishing anyways.

This is in contrast to people who promote always shielding and including banishings as part of every ritual.

I also find that the sort of people who always suggest better shielding or doing a banishing ritual as the solution to every metaphysical problem aren’t very skilled magicians. It doesn’t take any great amount of skill, creativity, knowledge, or first hand experience to suggest either of these options. The answer is always either A or B, and which answer best fits which situation is usually obvious.

The fact that there are usually far better solutions to these problems, and that these solutions aren’t discussed, weighed, or even imagined by these magicians, only goes to further prove how incompetent they are. These are typically the sort of people who parrot the magical information of others, often times without fully understanding it, and usually have very limited, or even nonexistent, first hand spiritual experiences.

Over the next week I’m going to write two more articles in this series, one dealing with my views on shielding specifically, and one dealing with my views on banishings. The first, on shielding, is probably going to be the longer of the two.

Although just as overused, banishing rituals are not as bad as shielding. Banishing can be somewhat counterproductive, but there are also some very strong magicians who banish frequently, and the drawbacks of doing this are not that detrimental. The worst part about banishing rituals is that it’s used as a solution to problems it doesn’t really fix, or doesn’t fix well. So long as a magician keeps a wide arsenal of tools, they’re usually fine, even if they do banish too much.

The same can’t be said of shielding, which is a much bigger problem. In the short term, shielding is not as protective as people think it is, and often times leaves the practitioner in a much more vulnerable state. It’s also not very economical, and used incorrectly, it can seriously hinder the practitioner, both inside a fight and outside of it.

In the long term shielding tends to seriously harm the practitioner by restricting their magical ability and limiting their spiritual growth, not to mention the fact that it discourages learning better offensive and defensive techniques to protect oneself with.

Insta Bramble Reverse Shield Trap – The idea comes, partially, from my Hecate barrier spell which I first cast for a friend. One of the differences of that barrier, from a standard one, is that it was a thorny thicket, so that anything attempting to break through it would be hurt. This shield works in the same way, being composed of thick bramble that causes pain to anything that directly touches it rather than a standard energy barrier.

In order for this to work, it has to be an instant shield, which I’ll talk more about in the article dealing with shielding. Basically though this means that the shield won’t come up until it’s needed. So the shield doesn’t come up until the punch is thrown and about to connect, or an enemy is charging you and almost on top of you.

At the moment the enemy connects with the shield, it pulls itself off the practitioner, and instantly surrounds the attacker. That’s the trap part, and in doing so it becomes a reverse shield, shielding the attacker instead of the defender.

At that point the shield is hurting the attacker and also preventing them from forming an attack that breaks the shielding. The shield then begins slowly folding in on itself, squeezing the attacker, causing more pain, and generally crushing them.

In order for it to work, the timing needs to be perfect. It’s also easily broken, and it doesn’t cause all that much pain. It’s a fun attack though, and if it doesn’t work, I have a thousand more to try.

Holey Knife Shield – The basic idea comes from having a shield of knives. I like a shield of knives, because you can attack with one of those. It’s holey because there aren’t enough knives to completely defend the practitioner, or even defend the practitioner well. They’re just sort of misplaced here and there, leaving the practitioner pretty open to attack. They do extend far outward of the practitioner (I like to keep mine three to five feet out from myself in all directions).

The energy holding the knives to the practitioner could be turned into a standard shield for better protection, but instead the energy is kept loose and weak and fluid, that way the practitioner can be better focused on making the knives more powerful, and more knives can also be created so they extend further out.

Basically the knives act as if they’re tied to the practitioner by strings all over their body, except they aren’t affected by gravity and can float around, and the practitioner won’t accidentally hit themselves with the knives as they move. This way the practitioner can jump around, swinging their arms and legs, and hitting their enemies with knives extending several feet out when they do.

Introduction

Part 1 – Shields

Part 2 – Banishings