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.