Magick of the North
of the North
Ne~ 10 OYN
The use of magickal procedures is best confined to ceremonies honoring important ideals and events, or for the celebration of the seasons. It is usually best to achieve specific goals in life without the use of ritual procedures of any kind unless absolutely necessary. The ethical problems involved in trying to exert influence over other people at a distance are complex and parallel the issues surrounding the use of subliminal messages and surveillance.
Having reconciled beforehand the moral rightness of any working, the actualization of desired change in the external world can be effected within the context of magickal procedures thusly:
1. By ordinary, mundane methods, including all those known to profane science.
2. Through the manipulation of ancient archetypal imagery to inspire one's own subconscious mind to bring about the desired result. The latter day term for watered-down versions of this is"creative viualization" or "psychodrama."
3. By inspiring the subconscious minds of others, either present or at a physical distance, through telepathy, or in the future, utilizing their expected clairvoyant reaction to things enacted now.
4. Directly, at a distance, by telekinesis.
5. By any combination of the above, including total astral projection.
6. By other methods utilized by certain individuals, not necessarily understood even by them, which "might" be working anyway, even accidentally. These also in combination with any other methods.
7. By necromantic processes, which the author must urgently warn against. Case histories abound.
There is no known instance of any properly performed ritual which did not accomplish the specific intention perfectly. In the case of those which would seem to indicate influence at a distance, the author has usually been at a loss to explain how the ritual actually worked, but has never felt any real need to know. In this, after all, it is results that one is seeking, not explanations.
It is not the author's intention to here present a lengthy treatise on magick, but rather to offer a corpus of very simple magickal procedure which has evolved in the course of his own experience, and which is perfectly in keeping with the principles of evolutionary dualism.
It has been remarked that this approach to magick is like that of a meticulous attorney making a contract with elemental forces - a contract streamlined and succinct and yet very inclusive, leaving no loopholes for daemons.
Although these rituals lack the length and complexity which would render them difficult to recall, and therefore to perform, by severely flickering lantern light on a secluded windswept mountain top in unbearably exciting company, they have nonetheless been found to be extremely effective. Since some of them serve as a mere "setting of the scene" in preface to other rituals of individual choice or device, the practitioner desiring ornate complexity has therein, a free hand as the occasion demands.
There are instances in some of the more complex rituals ahead where one uses only the tracing of the Circle of White Flame, wanting to evoke or visualize nothing more at that moment than the desired scene within which to complete the remainder of the ritual. It is a principle here that the magician of power need never perform a ritual banishing of any entity whatever. All purely spiritual potencies can be won to allegiance in sufficient measure, regardless of stature.
"Rejoicing in the Sun" is for use at any hour of the day or night.
"Full Moon and Festival" is for Full Moon nights and traditional seasonal festival days. The appropriate ritual following the preliminary steps can be obtained from any of various books which reflect the particular Nordic heritage of the practitioner or may be written by him.
The ritual "Consecration" gives complete leeway for the creative channeling of vital energy in the consecration of magickal instruments. This is a very personal area and it is advised that the practitioner think carefully concerning what he is about, and here especially, should make written record for future reference. The setting up and evolving of a ritual chamber can be one of the most rewarding areas in magick and should be attended to meticulously.
Consecration renders any item a living tool and weapon of power for the magician's exclusive and practical use in furthering the Great Work, especially as it concerns formal magickal or occult procedures of any kind, whereas naming, with or without consecrating, renders any item a living object of recognition, tribute, inspiration, and power in a less formal sense. Items long known by a specific name need not be named ritually, just as items possessing natural or legendary properties rendering them suitable to a specific use, need not be consecrated.
Although it is true that a transition or funerary ritual usually should, because of it's importance, be placed under the more elaborate format of "Grand Purpose," here also is offered a much shorter ritual "Transition." Since this rite may have to be performed in a public cemetery or, when there are ashes from cremation, aboard a ship or in some other not very private place, one in mourning may prefer a very brief ritual which can be completed before any busy onlookers or "concerned" elements have time to impinge.
Regardless of which ritual is used, it is well that the Magician consecrate the remains as a talisman to his service. In this one very practical sense "Transition" is also a variation of the ritual "Consecration."
"Grand Purpose" is for the producing of change. The heart of any ritual is of course, the part that the magician writes and acts out, especially later. "Grand Purpose" should only be used for matters of the utmost importance to the magician. It is recommended that such use be confined to conjurations associated with overwhelming lust (1), ceremonies of marriage or divorce, and to the charging and consecration of major talismans of a universal nature.
Works of compassion or justice will best be dealt with outside of the formal procedures of magick. Important works of any nature, magickal or otherwise, should always be contemplated dispassionately and planned carefully well in advance.
"Grand Initiation" is an adaptation of "Grand Purpose" and can itself be adapted for any area of Nordic attainment.
"Western History" a chart which chronicles certain events, some probably mythical, most verifiable, and all of special interest to initiates and seekers of further knowledge.
Eric F Magnuson
11:19 PM, July 14, 1983
In evolutionary dualism and in Nordic religion, the altar is positioned against the north wall of the chamber. The practitioner initiates cardinal procedures in the North, turns deosil in these, and addresses most other operations to the South. This arrangement gives a very symmetrical stance relative to the entire sweep of the heavens by both Sun and Moon. It gives a good command of the chamber and of all dominions to the South. It also puts the impassable frozen domain of the North and the Pentacle at one's back.
Herein the practitioner will find an Old Norse symbol utilized as a universal inspiration. The World Tree Yggdrasil is a representation of steadfastness and eternal life through unimpeded evolution. In Norse religion it is appropriate to use a representation of Yggdrasil on the North wall as the Pentacle. As a part of magickal growth, however, the aspirant is urged to create his own Pentacle. The importance of this cannot be exaggerated. For the Norse kinsman, there is nothing to prohibit the incorporation of the World Tree into the design of such a Pentacle or vice versa.
E. F. M.
2:30 PM, January 11, 1993
General Information on Magick
1. The word "occult" means "hidden." There can be occult or arcane knowledge pertaining to anything about which the average person is generally ignorant. A secondary meaning, but much more common, is to describe phenomena commonly associated with the so called "supernatural." There is no such thing as the supernatural. This is a silly and self contradictory term.
2. In the universe there are three kinds of natural phenomena: those known to profane science and therefore to the populace at large, those known to wizards and adepts, and those known to no man.
3. Spirituality is positive only when it uplifts, not when it retards or enslaves. The fanatical or bigoted religioner in credulous superstitious impotence makes slavish obeisance to things which clearly do not exist. The Magician of Light, with the power conferred by truth, works with elemental forces, these often couched in that obscure archetypal symbolism which would make the uninitiated observer attribute an even greater credulity and superstition to the magician himself.
4. Those who must make obeisance to things which do not exist are often terribly resentful of those who are not similarly afflicted and are also to that extent, "insane." In Medieval times the use of obscure symbolism in magick was a product of necessity, not only as a way of keeping power out of the hands of the profane, but to avoid being murdered by insane religioners.
5. Black books, or grimoires, in the Middle Ages were used as a cookbook method to obtain that which would more commonly be sought through prayer. They were frequently used by popes but were forbidden as evil because they were seen as eliminating the need for a clerical middleman between the user and God. In some instances they were regarded as quite dangerous. Today of course, there is even violent stuff in some of them (2).
6. There is one goal for the true magician - total and absolute mastery of the universe. While such will not be immediately achieved, one who works diligently will accomplish far more than otherwise. The magician, in this instance, should first concern himself with the microcosm, that recapitulation of the macrocosm within.
7. A good ritual, properly performed, can be a milestone in one's life and will glitter like a constellation of bright stars in one's memory.
8. The subconscious of the wizard king is the commander of all his legions. The king must advise this captain wisely because the king himself becomes marshaled among the ranks. Remember
- Whatever thou believest, so will it be unto thee.
9. Evil entities on any plane, without producing evil side effects, can be utilized for good purposes only by the most advanced of adepts.
10. Speak not upon profound matters in the presence of profane individuals. Objects also of an arcane nature should be kept from the sight of the uninitiated. People of little seriousness will seldom ask questions, frequently will have their "own ideas" about what they see, will make value judgments, form conclusions, and often repeat these conclusions as though they facts.
11. The citadels of human rottenness are often priceless architectural treasures which will be ritually cleansed and consecrated to higher purposes at some point in the future. Take heart!
On the Purging of the West (3)
"Beware the cowardly slaves of false and unnatural prophets. Cast them out and shun them, for they are the shamefast servants of vileness."
"Eventually it will be proclaimed throughout the land that these false ones are false, and wherever they shalt walk they shalt walk ashamed, and in that time it will be clearly seen that they have been terribly, terribly swollen, nay, bloated with the wretched false importancy of the lower self, and that their words have been merely the vile banal trumpetings therefrom."