One of the most important aspects of any magickal work is creative visualization. It is considered to be the key to success and personal power. Creative visualization is a process or technique used for making dreams and wishes come true. In essence, creative visualization is a fancy name for the old children's game of "let's pretend."
The magician creates an image in his or her mind of a person, place, or thing that he or she desires to have or to affect. This image is then empowered through magickal incantations and then acted upon during ritual. The psychic energy directed toward the mind image causes it to physically manifest.
There are three guidelines, comparable to the Witch's Pyramid, that the magician follows when using creative visualization. These guidelines, belief, desire, and visualization, are referred to as the Witch's Mystical Triangle.
The Witch's Mystical Triangle
Guideline One: Belief
This is a very important guideline. Practitioners must believe in their goals or objects of desire if they are going to achieve them. There is a saying that what you believe can happen, you can make happen. Witches and magicians know they must have faith. They must believe in their personal power if they are going to get anywhere in magick or life.
Guideline Two: Desire
There must be a strong desire. You won't see competent Witches or magicians sitting around wishing for this or that. If there is something they need or desire, they use their powers to get it. They will be obsessed with their goal. This obsession stirs their emotions into action and gives them the power to achieve.
Guideline Three: Visualize
This is the most important guideline of all. Practitioners must be able to create a clear mental picture or duplicate image of their desires in their minds. They must be able to see the thing they desire, just as if they were looking at a photograph. Being able to actually see, within the mind, what they want is the key to making it manifest.
Practicing Witches or magicians will take photographs, draw, and even visit and/ or touch the object of their desire. Then, within the bounds of the magick circle, they will recreate mentally what they desire. Through will power and focused energy they visualize their desire into reality.
The astral plane is the working ground of the magician. It is the level of awareness in the etheric world that is close to the material world. It vibrates faster than the material world but looks similar when viewed clairvoyantly. To the traveler on the astral plane, the scenery and everything connected with it seem as solid as the most solid material appears to the physical eye. The astral plane is just as real to the astral body as the material plane is to the physical body.
In magick, the astral plane is where the truth about all things is revealed. It is the place of angels, demons, and fairies, host to the elemental forces of nature. The astral plane holds the secret of power and the key to the creation of miraculous effects on the physical plane.
Most magicians believe that each thought, idea, or action sets up a vibration on the astral plane. Not only are thoughts and ideas logged onto the astral plane, but so are duplicate images of every object and living thing on earth. The idea is to travel to the astral plane and impress the duplicate image with a desire. The earthly counterpart is then impacted with this desire and reacts accordingly.
The most direct approach to the astral plane is through astral projection. This can be accomplished during the dream state or through conscious out-of-body experience. Before going to bed, the practitioner will program his or her mind to project to a designated place. During this time, the mind will record all it sees and does. Upon awakening, the Witch will immediately record his or her impressions. This procedure will be repeated until the practitioner can leave his or her body consciously while in a state of meditation or relaxation. If the magician can focus his or her attention hard enough, then astral projection will take place. There are several types of imagined suggestion exercises that can be used to aid in the process:
► Visual suggestion: This involves seeing the self projected astrally onto a higher plane of existence.
► Symbolic suggestion: This is the ability to visualize an exit point for the astral body, such as a tiny hole or tunnel, and project the consciousness through it.
► Sensation suggestion: This involves actually feeling the self projecting, or imagining the sensations of projection.
A combination of any or all these techniques can be used for astral projection or the externalizing of consciousness in a controlled manner. One simple exercise that seems to help is setting up a controlled experiment as follows.
Choose a room in your house. Go into the room and look around, studying where everything in the room is. Note the color of the walls, floor, and furniture.
Every day for a week, study the room. Get to know every little thing in it. Then lie down in a quiet place, relax, close your eyes, and imagine yourself walking into the room. Look around. What do you see? Spend about 10 minutes in the room mentally and then leave. Now have someone go into the room and move something or add something. Then lie down again, relax, and mentally enter the room. Look around. What do you see? If you see what has been changed or added, then you're astrally projecting.
In addition to creative visualization and astral travel, the practitioner of the magickal arts will use divination to help accomplish his or her desire. Divination is the prediction of the future or the discovery of secrets by means of a variety of occult methods. (Because occult means hidden or secret, an occult method is one done in private.) Divination is the process used to pinpoint obstacles so they can be dealt with before they become problems.
The principal force behind divination is Mentality. Mentality is the extension of time, through which the mind is allowed to express itself. The extension of time and expression of the mind can best be explained as inner film stills that can be viewed at any given point by the individual. According to the theory of divination, there is no time or space for the unconscious mind, which is the vehicle of divination. The past, present, and future are all open to the scrutiny of the deep unconscious intelligence that lies within us all.
Witches and magicians believe that all knowledge of the past, present, and future is locked and carefully safeguarded in a secret compartment of the brain. The information stored in this compartment is available to the conscious mind. It is then up to the practitioner to find the key that will open the compartment. The key is contained in the many systems of divination. It is up to the individual to discover which system holds the key that will unlock his or her compartment.
There are many, many ways to divine the future, and it would take a set of encyclopedias to do them all justice, so only the most widely used forms of divination are discussed here.
Cartomancy is the art of fortune telling with cards. Specifically designed Tarot cards are the choice of most Wiccans. The standard Tarot deck contains 78 cards, including 22 Major Arcana or Trump cards and 56 Lower Arcana or numbered cards.
The pictures on the cards, as well as their numbered position, provoke thoughts and feelings for the reader to explore. A book without words, the Tarot speaks to the reader through a pictorial symbolic language that reveals past and present events.
When used in a proper manner, the Tarot can be star-tlingly accurate. Of course, as with all forms of divination, accuracy depends on the individual gifts of the diviner and the conditions prevailing at the time.
Crystallomancy is the practice of gazing into a crystal ball (or sometimes a bowl of colored water). As the diviner, usually called a seer, gazes into the crystal ball, he or she will allow his or her mind to wander, while physical attention is focused on the ball. The interior of the ball will begin to cloud over, becoming milky in appearance. The milki-ness will change color and become darker until it is totally black. Then the blackness will dissolve, like a curtain being pulled aside, and in the center of the ball will be a living picture. The picture will then be interpreted according to individual intuition.
For example, a rabbit or frog in a field of flowers could indicate fertility. If the seer came upon a dark clad figure in a rain-soaked park, it might indicate danger or death. Sometimes only a single object appears such as the sun, which means prosperity, or a moon and star, which can signify travel or imply that the person has mystical abilities.
It would be impossible to attribute a meaning to every symbol or pictorial situation, as so much depends on the intuition and ability of the seer. However, most symbols are interpreted according to their nature. Usually hearts and flowers indicate love or friendship; birds and planes, travel; and food or money, abundance.
Palmistry is another favored form of divination. It is the ability to look at people's hands and read their characters. The shape of the palm, the lines, and the fingers will reveal the individual's past and suggest future events.
It is believed that the outlines of the person's character, fortune, and life are imprinted upon the palm before birth. However, the imprint does not indicate what must happen, but rather what will happen if changes in attitude and lifestyle are not made.
The indications in the palm will alter in accordance with the changes the individual makes. When predetermined mistakes are avoided or rectified, those indicating lines will change accordingly. A good reader can see by looking at the hand just what changes have taken place over a period of time and what course of action the individual should take in order to continue to grow and progress.
For example, if a reader sees that a young woman may fall in love at a certain time, the young woman may very well fall in love at this time, but this does not mean she must marry the individual. It is probable that she will do so, but the only certainty is that she will fall in love. She still has the free will to control her own destiny.
The beauty of divination is that it provides information about what will happen if a certain life pattern is followed. All people have the free will to choose to continue with what they are doing and thus fulfill the prophecy. Or they can take heed, avoid the mistakes and pitfalls revealed in the reading, and alter the outcome.
Magick is an art and a science. It gives you the ability to make changes in your life. Through creative visualization and the movement of energy, you are able to manipulate the forces of nature to recreate your reality. Consider magick high-powered, positive thinking that can give you the upper hand in life. Remember: What the mind can imagine, the will can create.
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