R u A Magician?

This is a prompted response post based on this one from Patrick Dunn’s Postmodern Magic Blog and this one at Nick Farrell’s Blog.  I will immediately say that I disagree with most of Farrell’s opinions on this subject – Dunn is more on par with what I think most Magicians and ‘Serious’ Occultists would agree with.  But then we all are entitled to our view.

Signs that a Magician is what ye be.

1.  Magicians realize that dress is a factor.  Dress is both for you and for others.  How you dress alters societies perception of you and also alters your own perception of self.  Therefore outfits of any sort, whether they carry a social stigma or not will box you into certain social and self given subsets.  Magicians are aware of this and wear whatever they want.  Magicians should never assume that people who dress a certain way live a certain way or are not fellow magicians because of how they do or do not dress.

2. Everyday a Magician does the Work.  This Work does not mean ritual Work or specific  “I am a Magician” Work.  This Work can be reading, research, or mental practice.  It can even be talking the Work or developing future Work.

3. You grow as a person – Not just a Magician or Occultist.  Your life improves because of your studies and due to your Work as a Magician…If not what’s the point.  The trick of being a Magician is realizing that the Work is not the sole reason for the change in your life but because of the choice to be a more Awake and Alive person.

4. Being a Magician does not cause relationships to end.  Being a Magician is an act of intention, some people don’t like this, many people fear those who live intent filled lives – not just Magicians necessarily.  There is no reason to blame the Occult or your Work for a relationship breaking up and if you do perhaps you have other personality issues to deal with.

5 Stuff.  Don’t get caught up in stuff.  I’d even say to get rid of your stuff on occasion, because it’s a crutch and it holds you in the past.  Stuff isn’t bad – but a Magician shouldn’t be anchored to stuff and that it somehow makes the Work more powerful.  It’s fun to use stuff and it can help, but don’t get caught up in it, it’s peripheral to the Work not central to it.

6. Do the Work.  Magicians do shit.  Reading is good, thinking is good, creating is good.  Doing is IT.  Doing means you’re a Magician.

7. Magicians are curious about the world.  Therefore the Occult is not their only interest.  Have hobbies, enjoy the world.  Any Magician or Occultist who says he doesn’t enjoy anything else or has no other interests but the Occult is a sad individual.

8. Social Lives are important.  Have friends, hang out with family.  Being a Magician means you forge relationships with entities and worlds outside of common experience.  If you can’t handle friendships or relationships with real people you will fail as a Magician.

9. A Magician realizes that the Work is not everything.  Life is large, the Work isn’t everything.

10.  Magicians question everything.  They wonder.  Magicians choose to live within mythological constructs, social norms, and/or irrational fictions at will.  Don’t let Truths and Lies be easily labeled – accept that your questions of them are valid and needed.

11.  Literal and Mental are important distinctions to a Magician.  Enough said.  Once you know this the Work is beginning.

12. The Work of the Magician is about living.  A Magician sees the Work as a benefit to himself and his life and uses it appropriately and in ways that are beneficial to him.

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2 thoughts on “R u A Magician?”

  1. Magicians realize that dress is a factor.

    The rosicrucians said that you should dress according to the custom of your time and place. They did not say, wear black as a uniform and plenty of chunky pentagrams to say how cool you are. The point is that it is not your dress that says you are an occultist or a magician. You should not need a CRC tatoo to tell people what you do.

    2. Everyday a Magician does the Work. This Work does not mean ritual Work or specific “I am a Magician” Work. This Work can be reading, research, or mental practice. It can even be talking the Work or developing future Work.

    No.. a magican is about doing it is not about reading about it. There is something which any occultist has to do if it real.

    3. You grow as a person – Not just a Magician or Occultist.

    Think you mis-read what I was saying.

    4. Being a Magician does not cause relationships to end. Being a Magician is an act of intention, some people don’t like this, many people fear those who live intent filled lives – not just Magicians necessarily. There is no reason to blame the Occult or your Work for a relationship breaking up and if you do perhaps you have other personality issues to deal with.

    Actually no… the more you take your occult life seriously the less your muggle partner will understand. It is the same with anything you take seriously like work. Oddly with partners, work is something they would understand better, or an affair… the fact that they dont understand it will always be a barrier to your relationship.

    5 Stuff. Don’t get caught up in stuff. I’d even say to get rid of your stuff on occasion, because it’s a crutch and it holds you in the past. Stuff isn’t bad – but a Magician shouldn’t be anchored to stuff and that it somehow makes the Work more powerful. It’s fun to use stuff and it can help, but don’t get caught up in it, it’s peripheral to the Work not central to it.

    Yeah I have people telling me there stuff is more important me doing an initiation on them… my answer is fuck your hobbies… if this is really important cancel that party or take your kids to Disneyland another day,

    6. Do the Work. Magicians do shit. Reading is good, thinking is good, creating is good. Doing is IT. Doing means you’re a Magician.

    I agree (not you have cancelled a few of your points above0

    7. Magicians are curious about the world. Therefore the Occult is not their only interest. Have hobbies, enjoy the world. Any Magician or Occultist who says he doesn’t enjoy anything else or has no other interests but the Occult is a sad individual.

    Curiousity about the world is not the same as filling your life watching reality TV shows, buying ipads or anything else that the shallow post modern culture fills its brain with. Sure if people were really curious about the world that would be fair enough… but really most of the excuses I am talking about are shallow gratification stuff…. any discipline will knock that out of shape.

    8. Social Lives are important. Have friends, hang out with family. Being a Magician means you forge relationships with entities and worlds outside of common experience. If you can’t handle friendships or relationships with real people you will fail as a Magician.

    Bollocks… how on earth does your ability to stay in touch with the people you went to school with effect your ability to work with an angel or travel to an astral reality? THat is like the crap people at school saying you have to confirm to the behaviour patterns of the top sports teams to succeed in life. If you look at all the people who were tops in sports when you were growing up they are all having sad lives and looking backwards to the days when they were fit enough to pass a ball around a sports field. Occultism is not about who you know it is about what you know. It is not about how many beers you can sink it is about real esoteric experience.

    9. A Magician realizes that the Work is not everything. Life is large, the Work isn’t everything.

    The great work is everything and touches on everything… it cannot be compartmentalised because it is not a game, it transforms all.

    10. Magicians question everything. They wonder. Magicians choose to live within mythological constructs, social norms, and/or irrational fictions at will. Don’t let Truths and Lies be easily labeled – accept that your questions of them are valid and needed.

    Yep

    11. Literal and Mental are important distinctions to a Magician. Enough said. Once you know this the Work is beginning.

    Yet most people spend their times trying to define magic like a religion (or literally). But yeah I agree with that one.

    12. The Work of the Magician is about living. A Magician sees the Work as a benefit to himself and his life and uses it appropriately and in ways that are beneficial to him.

    Provided he is doing the work, yeah it has a knock on effect on everyone else. Otherwise he is just an eccentric who has read a few books

  2. I appreciate your response to this post. It’s important to point out that this was not meant to be a direct, point for point, critique of the original post found on your blog.

    I thought it was an interesting exercise in thinking about just what should or should not be important when pursuing a Magic(K)al life, no more no less.

    It’s obvious that there are differences amongst practitioners, and it’s important for those entering into these practices to realize that one perception of this life is not definitive of all. Perceptions of what it takes to be a Magician and what it does not are often predicated upon what a Magician has or has not been exposed to via research, practice, and social participation – certainly these things are not equal from one to another.

    An important caveat to this is that I am not working within primarily a Western Occult tradition, nor do I base much of my Magic(k)al workings upon a strictly Hermetic tradition. I am a religious Heathen and my Magic(K)al practice is therefore influenced by this viewpoint.

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