Author: Benjamin Rowe
The Three Essential Skills
All effective magick stands on three legs: imagination, emotion, and feeling;
everything else – all the words and gestures, the implements and costumes,
the elaborate circles and furniture – serve only to reinforce and focus
these three capacities. If any of these three is lacking, then the work is likely
to fail; once you are skilled in using all three, you can dispense with practically
all the other things people sometimes insist are essential to the practice.
Of the three, emotion is the power that drives the whole show; emotion
from the guts, and from the heart. I will go even further; it is not just emotion,
but passion that is the power behind magick. Passion in the sense of an
intense desire to be connected to that which you are seeking to invoke; a
desire that places no restrictions or limits on the connection, but which is so
one-pointed that nothing save that which is sought is included within its
focus. And passion in the sense of a boundless enthusiasm for the acts by
which you seek to create that connection. Admittedly, this is the ideal case;
but the closer you can get to it, even for a few moments, the more likely your
work is to be successful.
This passion-for-connection is what creates the magickal link between
the magician and that which he is invoking; or, if the link already exists,
expands it and strengthens it. The...
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