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 thoughts on “The Art of Indirect Magick”

  1. Goodness, Damon, I was just pondering this concept this very week!

    I was wondering how to use magick to achieve a certain feeling rather than a particular result, for occasions where I’m not attached to a particular outcome, or more commonly, when I don’t know what I want, but I do know how I want to feel.

    I have been using the 72 Sigils in this context, to learn more about myself.
    But to shift the focus on the feeling (instead of struggling to make it fit to a certain outcome which to ask for) will, I’m sure, yield interesting results.

    Thank you as always, for sharing your knowledge.

    P.S.: I’m beyond excited about your new book! 🙂

  2. Thank you Damon, as always! I continue to learn much from you, again a pertinent part of… I look forward to your new book!
    I want your guidance, in order to obtain my stolen inheritance, I know who was resonsible, and she took it all, which angels can I work with to help me regain what was stollen from me?
    Love, light, and blessings!

    1. Thank you very much. There are many approaches you could take, depending on the style of magick like to use. If it’s angelic, then Kevekiah might be a clear choice. However, it really depends on the situation – do you want to make her kinder, or get legal action to work, or perhaps you want to make her feel guilty. There are rituals in the Words of Power books, and The 72 angels which could all help. If you haven’t already, please see these posts:

      I hope that helps.

  3. Iam so happy that in my life I have joined the world of magick. Please Damon I need you to help me on getting magical power that will help me make successful magik retuals . I am still having a problem with creating light from dark. What can I do to increase on the techenic of creating light from the dark

    1. Thank you, and it’s great to hear that magick is underway for you. Don’t worry about being able to see the light, in that ritual. Even just pretending that it is there can be enough. It’s more important to find calm confidence and detach from the results – the are many posts on this site that cover those subjects.

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