Wiccan religions that utilize magic often invoke a magical circle in which to practice their art. From this circle, one attempts to utilize their consciousness in such a way as to influence reality via spiritual means. This basic tenet is not inherently different than those of the yogis in the east who, through meditation, often discuss and sometimes utilize spiritual powers to accomplish some end. Likewise, the Buddhists mention almost in passing that as one meditates they are likely to experience a plethora of uncommon phenomenon that they should, more or less, ignore. The Buddhist literature is replete with admonishments to desist in following any strange lights, seeing visions of the future, or otherwise engage in anything that might serve as a distraction from emptying the mind.
When we turn to Christian traditions, we find some amazing claims where Jesus was concerned, such as raising the dead, and curing those who are ill. All religious paths, it seems, are gateways to opening one to higher realities. Gateways should not be considered the highway, but they serve as mental starting points for one to use much as one might utilize a step ladder to change a light bulb.
One thing most of these traditions ignore, with the exception of the Hindu systems and Buddhist systems, is that for one to experience any of these states in such a way that the outcome is beneficial is for one to reach a state that is best referred to as Enlightenment. Why is this so?
Astrologically, the universe draws a circle around a person from the moment they are born. This circle in the form of the zodiac along with the planets describe the “energy” or “psychic” structure of the person born in it. Usually, these building blocks are left disjointed like so many legos strewn about on the bedroom floor. People flit from one of the blocks to another in a given moment. There is no unity in their consciousness for they do not realize they are missing it. They are fragmented. This is the state of the majority of humanity–it operates as fragments as opposed to a unity. To the extent that human beings are flawed, there is always some fragmentation. Meditation allows one to “defragment”. As one becomes less and less fragmented, they become more and more accepting and aware of who and what they are. As they do this, the pieces in the astrological circle begin to assemble and snap together, much like lego building blocks. Once the astrological circle is mastered, then one can attempt to begin some of the more esoteric techniques mentioned above.
The key point, though, is that for any of the above to come together, it is imperative that a person be fully aware. If one attempts to do some variety of magic or other-worldly thing without first being aware of themselves, they will be magically schizophrenic. Their consciousness may well be one thing, whereas their subconsciousness is willing something else.
In astrology, for instance, there are certain areas of the chart that if one does not learn to let go of they will continue to suffer. Their desire for whatever is represented by the energy there is such that it is damaged directly DUE to desire. In other words, we are most damaged where we desire the most, and consequently we suffer the most where we desire the most. If all of our efforts esoterically or magically were aimed at this area where desire is already broken and in need of being freed, then we are exacerbating the problem. Such is the dilemma with most Wiccan renditions of magic. They neglect the necessary awareness. Most of them seem to be more than happy to summon some demonic force and call it a day. Likewise, we encounter a similar issue where the Law of Attraction is concerned. The Law of Attraction works on both the negative and positive polarities. Where our desire is damaged, the Law of Attraction will serve to bring experiences to us that inflame this desire in a negative way that induces suffering. On the other hand, if we are in a place where our desire is under control, then the universe will tend to bring us experiences that make us happy simply BECAUSE we are not suffering. The natural consequence of the Law of Attraction is to will as the universe wills, and to be happy with whatever that will does or does not do. One might recognize this way of thinking. It was the one Jesus used, and the one most sages throughout time have endorsed at one level or another. It is also the state all Buddhists seek. The only reason to use the Law of Attraction is to bring about the extinction of the Law of Attraction in one’s life–and to see that whatever the universe does or does not do–it is all for the best.
Seeing that it is all for the best, though, does not mean one can give up their part in the play. If one, for example, were involved in some situation in Nazi Germany, from a bird’s eye view we could say such a scenario is for the best in the universe because it underscores the nature of evil in bold highlighter. On the other hand, if while in that situation we do not respond in such a way as to voice our objection to such evil, we are part of the problem–or part of the evil. Though we may serve as an example to others as what NOT to do, we have not conducted ourselves in such a way as to show others as what they OUGHT to do. Holding in mind that all is for the best while acting one’s part in the play can only be done if one has mastered their astrological chart. Otherwise, there are too many dead-ends, blind alleys, and dark corridors.
In some ways, one will never “master their chart” in entirety. It is a life-long goal, and if one had mastered their chart entirely, they’d probably be dead. It is the intention to MASTER the chart, to be aware of it, that allows the self-awareness that is non-optional for any other operation in life—magical or otherwise. Without such self-knowledge, we speak where we do not know or understand. We Will in misguided ways. We attempt to steer a cruise missile without knowing the terrain. No wonder, then, that with so many traditions and ways of thinking that do not rely on self-knowledge first that we more often than not succeed in blowing up others and ourselves. We cannot know what we do not know, and most of us know ourselves but little.