Defining the 3 levels of Magick...... - Comments
Defining the 3 levels of Magick...... - Comments
News: Defining the 3 levels of Magick……
I have just posted in 3 forums, beginners, intermediate and advanced magick about this but sometimes the easiest way to get an answer is to simply ask others.
Here goes …….…
I think of beginner work to be things that were designed to help one to learn to control energy in the first place. Learning to ground and center energy, learning to shield, learning to direct energy to cast a circle and do a basic ritual to control that energy all count. Spells specifically I'd think basic protective measures, basic wards and sigils, basic charms and that sort of thing to learn to charge and focus that energy into something might also count. To be honest I feel beginners should be focusing more on the research part than the casting part at first unless they have a guide to help them figure out what to do if something goes wrong… but that's just me. Too many make a mess they don't know how to clean up, or worse, don't even realize they made the mess and leave it for someone else to manage.
Intermediates in my mind should be familiar with research and practice to be considered intermediate. They might expand on those things along with adding smaller ritual work, possibly working with entities past spirit guides and haunt banishings, if they so choose to work with them that is. It might be a good time to do join group rituals or spells. I wouldn't say leading at all but being in a group to see how that works and lending energy in a controlled fashion (which is why I would consider it intermediate, not beginner, the energy control leve… don't want them over shooting or blocking inadvertently). Also working on other people in the way of blessings, healings, bindings, etc. I think taking time before getting into these things to lean control first is just too important. Without a basic control such things can go pretty haywire pretty fast and I'd like to be sure they can actually feel and control what they are doing before turning them loose on society on a whole.
Years of practice in both beginner and intermediate range of spell casting is clearly part of advanced.. If a person is not able to effectively maintain their energy levels as well as control their flow in the basics and intermediate levels then they can become quite dangerous to themselves and others at a high level. Bigger, more complicated spell working, heavy ceremonial magics and working with possibly questionable entities to be an advanced topics. I think this is also where leading some group rituals or spells would also fall as well.
Now I don't object to people learning about advanced things before they are ready to actually practice them as long as they keep their head about it. Focus on the basics and be honest on how well those are learned and managed before trying anything more advanced and complicated. I consider myself more intermediate/adept because I simply just don't like dealing with the more complicated or bigger world things. I don't care for ceremony and I don't like working with others, never mind leading others. I can, and if absolutely needed I probably would, however doing it long term would cut into me in ways I don't think I could handle. So I focus more on home and family and personal well being. Call that selfish or self serving if you like but I know myself, I know what I need to be doing. I'm good with that.
For any upper levels I think it depends on the range of perception and manipulation the person has, how much they can have going on at once, and not being too winded at the end of it. If you and a few people can actually do rituals together where nothing was missed, all present did their thing and even results come from it, you're already in a way different class than the beginner. At least the ability to notice others' energy and put any necessary boundaries up. Doing rituals by yourself is one thing especially if done in secret. What was your first magick with others like? It feels so different!! And it only goes up from there in intensity. If someone is "advanced" I would think they must be able to deal with the highest class of negative entity or even another coven working against them, on their own. What if the world was ending anyway? Can't just grab people and make them do intense ritual, you have to do it yourself. I think if you place yourself high on the scale of magick ability, then you better be able to show it. I do think being able to work magick on other people effectively is an intermediate to advanced thing, even blessings and such like was mentioned. I also think of safety with higher levels of magick, that can lead to crazy backfires or mishaps. A decent magician shouldn't have a bunch of set backs, and should have had other tools to help him investigate his ritual before doing it and getting bad results.
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