The Art of Indirect Magick

Direct magick is the easiest way to get what you want. You perform a ritual to obtain a desire, and the desire comes to pass. But if there’s an area of your life that refuses to yield to magickal pressure, then you may want to use Indirect Magick.

With Indirect Magick, you perform magick for the feeling that you want, rather than focusing on what feels impossible. So if you’ve been trying to make more money, but deep down that just feels impossible for you, look at the feeling that having money gives you. Is it elation, security, a thrill, the sense of potential, or something else? It might be several things. If you can work out what the feeling is that you want to achieve, you can use magick to obtain that feeling. So rather than doing another money magick ritual, you would use magick to obtain the feeling of relief and security. When you take your focus off the money, the money manifests more easily.

One actor that I knew found a way to make this work. Like most actors I know, he struggled to find employment in local plays and minor indie film productions. Every time he went to an audition, he desperately wanted the role he was auditioning for, and nothing was going to change that. It was pure pressure and desperate desire.

As you probably know, one of the keys to magick is letting go of desire and avoiding lust for result. It’s OK to really want something, but if your magick is stained with desperation, you are actually feeding the magick with the energy of absence. You amplify the feeling of not having something.

My actor friend knew this, so he modified his rituals. Rather than working on getting the role, he focused on something just to the side of his result. From experience, he knew that every time he landed a decent role, he would go out to lunch with his agent, to celebrate. This would be a relaxed time, with lots of relief and laughter. So rather than doing magick to get a specific role, he performed servitor magick to get more lunches with his agent.


He knew that his agent wasn’t suddenly going to become more sociable. He knew that each lunch date meant success. But performing magick for a cheerful lunch was easy, and felt completely possible. Acting success felt painfully impossible, so he moved his focus to an enjoyable lunch. He felt no pressure when he pictured that lunch and the laughter. It seemed like such an easy thing to achieve. This magick worked wonders.

A couple I knew who’d been trying to buy a house, but failing to get a loan, stopped doing magick to convince bank managers and instead performed a ritual to have the feeling of a housewarming party. Yes, this was the same result, in a way, but it felt possible. This small self-deception can work. It was easy for them to picture a housewarming party. Much easier than picturing a tight-fisted bank manager yielding to their demands. It worked.

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In any kind of emergency, what you’re often looking for is relief and a feeling of security. If you perform magick to attain that feeling, rather than focusing on the near-impossible problem, then you may find that the problem resolves in order to get you that feeling.

What magick do you actually use to get such results? The most adaptable magick is Chaos Magick and Servitor Magick, and this can be targeted directly at the feeling you want to create. I would also recommend working with The 72 Sigils of Power. In that book, you find rituals that work with feelings of peace, calm, joy, appreciation and relief, and these are the energies that fuel indirect magick. The Angels of Alchemy also contains rituals for personal transformation.


26 Comments on “The Art of Indirect Magick

  1. gordon winterfields book on mind influence – WHEN

    • Make it soon. So many Gordon fans here. Damon, what about The Magick of Influence by Corwin Hargrove – will Gordon’s book be the same as this, better, the worth buying while we wait?

    • There are many factors at play, here. One challenge is that, for the book to be comprehensive, it helps to refer to magick that is not yet explored in other books; but that could make the book incomplete. As such, Gordon may move the influence material to a much larger volume that covers dark magick in general. There are other personal issues at play, which mean we can’t just put everything out at once. But over the coming weeks, months and years, there will be a lot of magick.

      As to that other influence book, I haven’t seen it yet. I try to keep up with most things that are published, although not everything and it takes time. Regardless, it is current policy not to comment on the works of other authors. Even if I give approval for a book, that can cause somebody else to feel left out, and so on. As such, it’s easier to discuss only our own works.

  2. Thank you for the great article. I will definitely use this technique to go around my mental blocks. I can’t wait for the new book! ‘The Greater Words of Power’ book is amazing and I hope that new book builds on it. I hope it will be released this September. If not, could you, please, disclose the timeline? Also, could you, please open comments again for the ’72 Angels of Magick’ book? I need to share my story and express my gratitude to Mahasiah.

    Thank you.
    I am so looking forward to the new book.

    • Thank you. Scheduled for around the end of September, fingers crossed. Thanks for your interest. The 72 Angels page may be open during the next day or so.

  3. One thing I do with magick that seems like it applies here is I spend time every day to focus on building and perpetuating a sense of bliss. I mostly use Hindu mantras and kundalini raising work for this; and I find that it works very well. Once you can tap into a state of bliss at will, it really empowers other magick; Also, the process of focusing on bliss and/or unconditional love tends to bring up (so that you can release) all the other bits of subconscious resistance that get in the way of other magick. (Focus on unconditional love and bliss will tend to “purify” the mind. To get to bliss and especially to maintain it you have to identify and let go of all the reasons that you have come to believe you don’t deserve to be happy and/or don’t want or deserve joy. But, really, who needs nasty stuff lurking around in their unconscious which gets in the way of happiness and success?)

    Once you get to a place where you can slip into a state of bliss, regardless of external circumstance, patience and letting go are pretty much automatic. You don’t need anything to be happy when you are already happy; you may still want things; but, there’s much less pressure to achieve anything since happiness is already yours regardless.

    I find that magick always flows much more easily in any form (and often without any form at all… Shit just happens and works out) if you bring yourself to a state of bliss, overwhelming joy and/or unconditional love every day, and especially before you do any other rituals. And, the amazing “coincidences” just start happening. Synchronicity becomes a daily occurrence. It’s like being in bliss just magnetizes you to happiness and blessings.

    So, I highly recommend that, especially if you find your magick stymied, you shift your focus to just finding joy. Remember that there is always joy to be found. It’s a very easy thing to achieve with or without magick. And, if you do simple spells for easily achievable goals, simple things like doing magick to see a beautiful butterfly, an awe-inspiring sunset, a double-rainbow… That easily attainable joy can make it easier to believe that you can use magick for other goals; and, when you know that one way or another you’ll find joy, letting go and being patient is much easier and the magick works better.

    Of course, the same principle of letting go applies, if you are desperate to feel bliss that desperation will block you from finding it. Desperation and “Everything is wonderful, right here and now” are very different mindsets and the more you try to force yourself to feel calm, peaceful or blissful the more you won’t… So, take my advice with a grain of salt. Sometimes the best way to find bliss is to forget about looking for it and focus on the physical. You’ll have to work out the right approach for yourself.

    • Yes, some people do find this an excellent way to work. For others, getting to this state can take quite a bit of work, imagination and so on. Working on the state you are in can be very useful indeed.

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