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Why Study Magick?

The path of the Western Mysteries is not for everybody. It 
requires extraordinary honesty, dedication, persistence, and a deep 
commitment to change. Real magick requires a fundamentally balanced 
personality willing to take on the challenges of accelerated growth. 
The decision to embark on the magickal path should never be taken 
lightly, for once begun there is no turning back. It is a decision 
to trust one's individual experience, and to take responsibility in 
all areas of one's life. 

To invoke is to evoke, and each person who contemplates 
beginning this path has chosen to accelerate the development and 
resolution of all the things in his/her life experience to clear the 
way for concentration on the magickal path. From the beginning, the 
student will perceive that the lessons he/she most needs to learn are 
delivered with astonishing clarity. Along the way, the student will 
be presented with many tests and difficulties unique to the Magickal 
path. The ability to learn from these experiences and thrive is the 
true measure of Initiation.

Unlike most other forms of religion, Magick has no central 
written codex of laws, and offers no easy escape routes. The laws 
under which it operates are uniform, but are discovered only through 
direct experience. To truly begin, then, is to commit oneself to a 
lifetime of discovery and sacrifice offered without reservation. For 
those few with the honesty and courage to choose this path there is 
no turning back. Once begun, one can cease to practice, but the 
lessons will still be delivered on schedule in the life of the person 
who turns away.

Opening oneself to the Inner world opens the way to change at the 
deepest inner levels. Without the courage to confront and change all 
the aspects of this Inner world that will be presented, the risk of 
confusion and self-deception is great. To undertake such study 
without the foundation of a balanced personality, and clear knowledge 
of the best and worst aspects of the self could be gambling with your 
sanity. Until you know firmly who you are, why take such a risk? 
Magick has a way of calling in old business that must be cleared 
before serious work can begin, and many who approach it decide to 
stop when they first experience their share. Not everyone will find 
that dire consequences immediately ensue when they choose the 
Magickal Path. For those who choose it rightly, the speed at which 
things clear in their lives will be experienced with a distinct sense 
of relief.

Magick is powerful, but it is foolish to undertake it as a part 
of a quest for increased personal power. If you desire to be a 
master, rather than a servant; Magick is not for you. Before 
beginning, ask yourself, "What do I intend to do with my Magick?" 
Make no mistake, the only true answer for real magicians is "I 
desire to Serve God/dess, and humankind, and I am willing to take the 
risks to complete that service."

© Copyright 1987, Sheila


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