On the Workings of Magic
Magic, at its core, is simply using your will to accomplish a goal. We use our will to manipulate energy and use that energy to manifest our desires. This may lead some the question of how. How does magic work? It is a valid question. But it isn’t easy to answer. To understand exactly how magic works you have to understand the Flow of Intent. It is my hope that with this primer on the workings of magic, to give the novice practitioner of the arts the insight on how the spells and rituals they are performing works. For ease of I will try to compare these explanations to the creation of a consumer product.
The Flow of Intent:
Not an official term in the magical community, it’s a term the pattern flow that the energy being manipulated in a spell or ritual (the form most magical acts are packaged in) takes in order to accomplish our goals. It is with this term I will attempt to explain the hows of magic:
The Astral Plane:
It is here that our desires and goals take shape. Anytime we give anything enough thought (energy) to make it a desire, a wish, a goal, a want (or w/e word choice you would like to call it) will then begin to shape itself on the astral plane. So, consequently, it is also the plane where our dreams take place and why in our dreams we can do and become anything.
Even before you start implementing the elements of your ritual or spell you will most likely be thinking about your desired result or the outcome of the spell. This will allow your desire to be manifested on the astral plane and once you begin the ritual or spell your desires are ready to be “manufactured” or created on the elemental plane.
The Elemental Plane:
The Plane of the Elements also known as the “blueprint plane”. This plane gets very little face time in many books on magic. To be honest, if memory serves me correct, I’ve only it in one book. Despite this fact, this is probably the most important part of the Flow of Intent. This is where your desires are created. They took shape on the Astral Plane (think of it as the planning phase or the idea phase) and on the Elemental Plane they are created (the manufacturing phase).
When casting your spell or performing the ritual as you recite the Words of Power or go through the ritual motions (dancing, singing, drawing out symbols in the air, etc) you are giving your desire purpose, life, and meaning. No longer is it just a desire or a want/need. It has been given substance. The energy you have manipulated can now move freely on to the next area in the Flow of Intent.
The Material Plane:
The Plane everyone should be familiar with as we live and breathe on it every day. We are on it now. It is also known as the Physical Plane or the Plane of Existence. This is the Plane that our desires will ultimately manifest on. The last part of your spell or ritual will hopefully, with enough concentration and focus, get your desires realized. The last part of the spell or ritual consists of releasing the energy you have manipulated into the universe. This is done in a variety of ways depending on the ritual or spell being done, such methods include orgasm (for sex magic), screaming, simply focusing on releasing the energy, among a host of other methods. Your intent has now taken shape (planned on the Astral Plane), been created and packaged (manufactured on the Elemental Plane) and now is ready to be sent to the Material Plane to become realized (shipped to its customers).
But that’s not all. What happens after you work your magic is just as important as working the magic itself. Do not forget that magic is energy, and energy tends to hang with those who are just like it, other energy. It is common in the Pagan community for elders to tell novices to set it and forget it. What this means is that once the spell is cast or the ritual is closed DO NOT think about it. Pretty much try your hardest to forget about it. Any doubt, any turning thought can have a negative impact on your magic. How? See above. Magic tends to hang with those who are just like it.
During the planning phase (Astral Plane) you began to shape your intent. At this point, you have started to get energy flowing (the Flow of Intent). The energy has become part of you. You then manipulated it with your will (magic) and began to set it free to realize your goal. Even though you released the energy it is still part of you despite not being attached any longer. If you begin having negative thoughts of your magic that too will take shape on the Astral Plane and follow the steps as if you were casting a whole new spell or performing a whole new ritual and eventually negate the effect of your previous spell or ritual. It follows the same format as when one twin in one state knows when another twin in another state has died. They are not physically connected, but spiritually (energy) they are. Even positive thoughts can have an adverse effect on your magic. Best practice is to forget about it once cast.
So, that is pretty much how magic works. A desire or need arises, energy is then manipulated with spell or ritual work to accomplish that desire and is then fashioned on two of the three planes before being released into the third plane (Material) to get realized. I hope I’ve shed some light on the inner mechanics of how magic works.