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We have all been there… At some point in our lives we have wanted to perform some magick and get a certain outcome. Some of us have wanted to do this more often than others, but we have all wanted to do it at one point or another. And yet in the beginning we do not. We do not know how to cast a spell. We do not know if we are doing it right. We can not tell the difference between widdershins and a besom. Or we do not know how to visualize. And we are not really sure what magick really is in the real world.
And the worst part of being so new to a practice, any kind of practice is that you do not know what you do not know and you do not know what you need to know. You do not know if you need a besom, a wand, a chalice, a pentacle or if you need to perform a banishing ritual before each spell or not. You do not know if you need to cast a circle, call the quarters and invoke a spirit. You do not know if you should call on Egyptian, Greek, Roman, Celtic or any number of other gods. You don’t know if you should be a solitary practitioner or seek out a coven to join. You just do not know.
At some point a lot of us that have an interest in magick have to stop and deal with our personal ethics surrounding the use of magick. It is my hope that most of us are practicing magick in a safe and ethical way that is appropriate for the modern world. That said, there can still linger issues surrounding the ethical use of magick. For those of you not having to deal with this, good for you and I encourage you to keep at it. If you are experiencing this personal dilemma, I hope you will find this combination of rant and manifesto - albeit a short one - helpful in persuading you and/or giving you permission to utilize magick as often as you can and performing other practices to empower yourself.
We are raised in a world where we are taught overtly and covertly to be good, to not cheat and to play honestly and fairly. You are told this as a social control mechanism. If everyone was encouraged to do whatever they wanted, complete anarchy would ensue. I think we all know this and understand this to be true.
Duality. What is it? What does it mean? What are others talking about when they speak of duality. If you’re new to studying metaphysics or maybe even if you have been around for a while you aren’t entirely sure what other people mean by duality.
Sometimes just when you think you know what duality is, someone talks about it in a way that defies your understanding of the word. There are three very different ideas that people rally behind when they speak of duality. And to make matters worse, sometimes people don’t clarify which meaning they intended to use.