If the main reason you’re at this website is to ask questions, you might be disappointed. But if your reason for coming here is to find answers, then things are looking up.
Back in the eighties, I used to write to occult authors, and most would never write back. Once I wrote to an author that had been dead for decades (we didn’t have the internet back then, so how was I to know?) and that taught me something. If I had a question, there was always a way to find an answer for myself. I didn’t need to quiz the author. I could think, contemplate, and feel my way to the right answer.
In modern publishing, authors are encouraged to interact with their readers on a daily basis, whether they like it or not. Really famous writers are under pressure to tweet and post and interact, or risk ending their careers. But most occult authors stay in the shadows.
One of the most popular occult authors never interacts with readers, never answers questions and can’t be contacted. Some authors provide emails but don’t reply. As for the other popular occultists who run courses and write books, well, most charge a fee to answer questions. It can be hundreds of dollars for a short consult. We’ve always done everything here for free, and we will keep giving free advice.
The website contains 300,000 words of advice across the blog posts and pages. Our longest book is 70,000 words long, so this website is like having four full-length magick books, all free.
We have written twenty best-selling occult books with over six thousand positive reviews. Our magick has brought hope and help to so many people, and we have achieved more than we ever imagined when we set out to share our ideas. We have agreed that now is the time to retire from social media and online interaction. The books and blogs will continue, but personal contact with readers will come to a close.
When Damon Brand started this up, we never knew readers would want so much contact. It was surprising. If I flip through a Jamie Oliver cookery book and I’m confused about something, I don’t try to track him down and ask if there’s a better way to chop chives. I just work it out, experiment, give it a go, and hope my soup’s OK.
We will continue to give as much advice as we can by updating the FAQs from time to time, but we won’t answer direct questions, here or on Facebook, and if you read on you’ll see there’s a deep and powerful reason why.
Try to think of it like this. If you found these books and discovered they were written a hundred years ago, what would you do? Throw them away because there’s no online support, or use them and discover what works for you?
We’ve watched closely, and it seems that when we interact, answer questions and get social, people do less magick and worry more. Private messages have led to long, concerned conversations, sometimes running for weeks, with no magick. This is not how it should be.
Five minutes of actual magickal experience is better than ten weeks of online questioning, and we want you to have that magickal experience. It’s more useful to you than any answers.
But what if you have a really important question? You have several options.
You can reread the book (this is the main reason people ask questions – they missed something obvious).
Or you can read the posts and FAQs – they are priceless and cover a great deal, as mentioned above.
Or you can look within and find out about your connection to magick. It might feel easier to reach out to somebody else for an answer, but you could miss a brilliant moment of self-discovery. Looking within and seeking your own answer is magickal, and you’ll be surprised at what your intuition gives back to you.
The final option is to just try the magick without knowing the answer to your question. That’s what we did.
If we are any good at what we do it’s because we ignored the doubts and fears and minor details. We studied well and performed magick with bold enthusiasm. That can take you a long way.
Should you join online groups and ask other people for advice? You can, but while some groups offer support, others are not so great, and ego-battles can get in the way. But more importantly, the act of contemplation, of discovering how magick can and will work for you from your own introspection – that is a magickal act in itself. Doing magick and knowing the methods from the books makes you more powerful than any adviser or would-be guru. Your personal experience and ideas should never be underestimated.
But what if you have an essential question about magick? Well, there’s an email address now, and your questions might get added to an FAQ after a few weeks, even though you won’t get a direct reply. It’s at the end of this post.
I know, I know; some people will hate this and think that when you write a book you have to offer free online support twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week until you die. I already get many complaints that I’m not fast enough at replying. We could charge for consults and subscriptions, but it’s not the way we do things. Instead, we’ll publish books and keep the blog filled with new and worthwhile information.
It has been a pleasure to see how magick has changed so many lives for the better. We’ve heard so many amazing stories. We also heard about your struggles but saw how you overcame them. We’ve loved hearing from you. But the time has come for that to end. And as with all endings, it leads to a brighter beginning.
You have our sincere thanks for your support and enthusiasm. We met many wonderful people along the way.
Life is beautiful, and we trust you to use this magick well and find all the adventure that it can bring.
And remember that magick happens, but only if you do magick.
I’ll be back at the end of August with the next post which contains The Ritual for Greater Magick Power. And on we go from there.
Adam Blackthorne, for The Gallery of Magick, August 14th, 2018
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