When you live your life using magick, what sort of results can you genuinely expect? Will your life be absolutely free from harm and flowing in constant riches, without accidents or problems of any kind? Hardly. Life is more deeply textured than that. Your life will be charmed, to a degree, but it will not be devoid of the unexpected. But how good can magick make your life?
I often say that results depend upon initial conditions, but there’s more to it than that. While the initial conditions of your life and your approach to magick will have a profound effect on the results you get in the early stages, one of the most exciting things about magick is that consistent use can lead to quantum leaps. Things can change dramatically when you least expect them to.
When I hear about people having real breakthroughs with magick, such as a large financial windfall, I’m sometimes a little reluctant to celebrate too much or too publicly. Such claims will always be doubted and questioned, or they will make other people wonder why they aren’t getting such a big payout. The big results are beautiful, but it’s just as important to note the smaller, consistent results. Knowing that countless people are using magick on a daily basis to improve their lives is truly impressive. Despite this, quantum leaps happen.
When there’s a quantum leap in a non-financial area, nobody blinks an eye. There are many stories of people having overcome anxiety, and other issues, using Magickal Protection, and although these transformations can come about after years of suffering, most people seem to accept that such changes are possible. When it comes to money, there’s much more doubt, and this shows just how powerfully we can block out money from our lives. It is true that financial changes usually occur in stages, starting slowly, progressing steadily and then leaping. If you’ve only been using magick for a year or so, you’ve probably not even begun to taste what it can be like to experience a huge shift. The blocks that we’ve built up over years or decades can erode slowly, and then collapse suddenly.
The books I’ve published can bring results in days, but I try to remind people that when you’re prepared to wait a year for a result, it can manifest in hours, but when you need a result in hours, you might have to wait a year. This mental juggling act is one that occultists work with all the time. You should focus more on dealing with your mental approach to magic, rather than counting the days since you performed a ritual.
In time, magick can make your life more than bearable; it should become joyful. You can sort out your finances, protect yourself, and begin to shape your relationships and career in ways that are in keeping with your true will. As you get what you want, you change, and want different things, and adapt your magick to attract what you want next. Your life can, at times, feel truly charmed. But this does not mean you will live a life without challenges, annoying people, problems, unpleasant surprises and dramas. There can be days where so many things go wrong, you can’t help but think that you’re cursed, when in fact, you’re having an ordinary bad day. It just doesn’t seem fair. You’re a powerful occultists, so why are you having a bad day? Because you’re still human. The best thing about this is that magick can give you a way to deal with problems that genuinely affect you. In that sense, your life may as well be charmed, because you are equipped to get what you want, change what you don’t want, and minimize the side-effects of unexpected drama.
But what about the quantum leaps? Is there any way to encourage them? For magick to work, you need to be open to change. For quantum leaps, you need to be used to experiencing magickal change, and then experience a period of reasonable satisfaction. You’re never completely satisfied, because there’s always something else you want, but during a period of relative satisfaction, you may find that even though you’re not actually doing magick to encourage change, something magickal happens.
Does this mean you should stop doing magick to encourage change? Not at all. It means that when you bring magick into all areas of your life, you move away from lusting for specific results, and create a state of flux that is backed up by a calm satisfaction. Your life becomes so saturated with magick that you’re open to change – because it doesn’t frighten you – and your genuine desires are closer to the surface, nudging at your consciousness. At these times, change can be sudden and wonderful. It may come in the form of unexpected money, a career offer or even just a realization about what you really want. That last one can be the most potent. When you know what you really want, your magick has an outlet.