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#504740 - 08/03/17 06:31 AM Satanic magic and the "balance factor".
Isobel Gowdie Offline


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[This is an excerpt from a bigger work, but I'm interested in feedback from Satanists.]

One of the biggest reasons for magical failure is being too prescriptive about the result.

Here’s the example:

Sabrina and Grotbags both need a new car for work, but can’t afford to buy one. They both decide that spellwork is the way to solve the problem, but go about it in subtly different ways; Sabrina asks the universe for a windfall, while Grotbags asks for “some assistance” in order to get there. This will shock some measure of people reading, but Sabrina is in for disappointment; windfalls are extremely uncommon. After a few weeks, poor Sabrina is sat lamenting her Book of Shadows because she’s no further forward.

At least she has a night out to look forward to, and Grotbags is about to pick her up. Grotbags has a new set of wheels – she happened to see an advertisement in a window about a local dealership that had a new finance option, and it allowed part-exchange of the old car despite it being broken.

This, as some will have noticed, is a clear example of the Balance Factor.

It’s perhaps not widely understood, but not all things are possible via magic. At least not immediately. A great many are, and you can make wonderful things happen, but not all at once and not with a single spell. The self-transformational aspect of magic is key to unlocking sustained results, because it can cause the internal change that influences the outside world on a permanent basis. But miracles don’t just happen. You first need to create the circumstances for them, appreciate that it’ll be a gradual process, and be sensitive enough to realise when magic is working on your behalf. A decent analogy is deciding to get in physical shape; you’re not lifting twice your body weight on that first workout, but you’ll get there eventually via a number of plateaus. Pinky swear.

When you look to cast a spell or ritual, what you need to bear in mind is treatment of the cause. You should have a real need to perform magic, not a passing interest, as that will fuel the emotional content required for any measure of success. Sabrina and Grotbags both wanted a new car, but nobody explained what they needed that new car for. Looking for a new car will lead to disappointment when your problem is a question of access to a certain place that might have multiple solutions.

So:

The point to bear in mind here is that you need to properly understand the problem, but not be prescriptive about the nature of the result.

To extend the analogy further, let’s say two witches are looking for love. Both reason that magic is the route to a solution, and so both perform their own version of a love spell (I’m sticking a pin in the moral conundrum for the time being). The first witch expects that a boyfriend will simply turn up one day, sit next to her on the bus, and they’ll start chatting their way to each other’s heart. Because she’s looking for this specific encounter, she will be tunnelled into ignoring any other potential result that the universe, via the power of magic, is trying to deliver. This witch is blind to success, because she’s defined what that success should look like. The second witch acutely understood that her problem was a lack of romantic companionship. Her spell was based on a solution to this problem, but she didn’t prescribe the result. On the same bus where her counterpart is expecting romance to fall into her lap, she sits down to read a free newspaper and notices an advertisement for a local dating service.

You can see where I’m going with this.

Though difficult for many to accept, the core of Satanic magic is uniquely powerful in this regard. Via its vehicle of three rituals that correspond to the most base human emotions, they invoke powerful workings that treat the cause of an issue and make no attempt to define the outcome. The witch or warlock that performs a Compassion, Lust or Destruction ritual will do so out of need, will expend their repressions into the ritual, and will wait to see what the powers of magic can make happen. Because they’re not demanding a result that’s out of balance with the desire, they will be open to any and all potential results, rather than being blinkered toward the one that never arrives.

And that neatly brings me onto my second point.

Magic, through the balance factor, is invariably only a part of the solution. It’s not THE solution. If your spell or ritual is cathartic, then it serves its purposes as self-transformational (alchemy, for those so inclined) and can then create subtle changes to build the plateaus I mentioned that get you up the mountain. What this means, ultimately, is that the witch or warlock must have a level of awareness, both of self and environment, to notice when the universe is giving them a heads up. The results of magic are rarely, if ever, obvious or dramatic; they tend to be deeply subtle, and require sensitivity to truly notice them. These results are a guide, a leg-up or a nudge in the right direction. You, as a witch or warlock, must cultivate the capability to move through life with your eyes open so that you can notice these cues and, more importantly, act upon them.

Remember the self-transformation I’ve referenced a few times now?

Magic provides a psychological circumstance, if properly performed, where you have in effect already succeeded in your working. This strengthens the will to act, mainly because you’ve made your conscious mind receptive to events, which is the final number in the combination lock of successful operative magic. If a great casting is the first stage, and noticing the opportunities that open up as a result is the second, neither can have any impact if you lack the will to grab these opportunities. If life is a series of moments, then magic can only influence a set number of these moments in line with the will of the witch or warlock. Missing out on these opportunities is missing out on magic, and life, itself. Please don’t be the person who succeeds in a working, but is continually too blind to notice when there’s been success.

And that about wraps us up.

Establish the need of your ritual or spell; identify the cause, rather than the effect, of your issue; cast for a solution without prescribing a result; nurture awareness of the result when it arrives; exercise the will to act and; live a life where your miracles are magically built from the ground up.

Establish – identify – cast – nurture – exercise – live.

This is the nature of the Balance Factor.


Edited by Isobel Gowdie (08/03/17 06:32 AM)
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#504753 - 08/05/17 11:38 PM Re: Satanic magic and the "balance factor". [Re: Isobel Gowdie]
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In a long-winded way you are asserting that the witch/warlock should clearly define his desire but not spell out exactly how the desired result will manifest? Moreover, the desired outcome may not necessarily come as soon as the magician wishes. (And you are also paraphrasing the seventh Satanic Rule of the Earth.)

Sure, that about sums up how I have always thought about the effects of Satanic magic.

Remember what LaVey wrote in "Concerning the Rituals" in The Satanic Rituals:

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A magician's destructive wish toward another may be justified by all laws of natural ethic and fair play, but the force that he summons may be weilded by a mean, worthless person -- one whom the magician himself would despise -- in order to complete the working. Oddly enough, this manner of operations can be employed for benevolent or amorous -- rather than destructive -- ends with equal success.


In addition to the obvious cases such as a homely person trying to ensnare the love of an attractive celebrity or someone thinking they can become a multi-millionaire with the purchase of one lotto ticket, I think what LaVey means is that given any context or situation, the more that conditions facilitate our desired result, the greater degree of success we will attain. However, such factors are often hidden, unknown, and unpredictable. Magic sort of follows the path of least resistance, i.e., works in accordance with nature and not against it. The Balance Factor defines the restrictions imposed by all the factors in any given scenario.

In other words, say you apply for a job that is perfect for you and you employ a little Greater Magic to better your chances of getting it. You still may not get it due to underlying circumstances and the unknown, unseen actions and energies of other people. This, I submit, is all part of the Balance Factor. Now, this doesn't exclude the possibility of you landing the job at a later time. Furthermore, you might not even be too happy in how the job is finally offered to you. Make sense?

Sorry, but when you mention "Book of Shadows" I can't help but think of the t.v. show Charmed! coopdevil

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#504820 - 08/22/17 07:40 AM Re: Satanic magic and the "balance factor". [Re: Dax9]
Isobel Gowdie Offline


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Originally Posted By: Dax9
Sorry, but when you mention "Book of Shadows" I can't help but think of the t.v. show Charmed! coopdevil

Traditional nomenclature, "borrowed" to entertain simpletons.

'Tis a shame that TV and the Internet have caused the explosion of Witchcraft as an online hobby, but heralded its collapse as a meaningful institution for religion.

Some of us are more discriminating.

Or just really like Alyssa Milano... smile
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#504865 - 08/30/17 09:19 PM Re: Satanic magic and the "balance factor". [Re: Isobel Gowdie]
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Originally Posted By: Isobel Gowdie
Or just really like Alyssa Milano... smile


...or Rose McGowan! wink
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"Anyone without a sense of humor is too pretentious to be a good magician."
-- Anton Szandor LaVey

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