General Magick FAQ

Questions and answers about the general nature and purpose of magick, as seen by The Gallery of Magick Authors.

If you see people online claiming to be Gallery members, beware of deception, and see About the Authors FAQ for clarification.

Q: What’s the best book for a complete beginner?

A: Words of Power by Damon Brand and The 72 Sigils of Power by Zanna Blaise are possibly the easiest books to get into for a beginner. But you can afford to be led by your needs. If you are in need of Magickal ProtectionMagickal Attack or Magickal Riches, there is no reason you can’t start there. All the books are suitable for beginners, and Sigils of Power has proven to be so safe and easy that it is well-liked by beginners, and appears to get results for people more readily than almost anything else.

Q: Can I just use one book or do I need to read them all?

A: Each book is completely self-contained. There is overlap, but each book can be used alone. If you learn techniques from one book and want to apply them to another, you may of course do so.

Q: I’ve read several books, but I’m not sure which magick is best. Can you advise me?

A: You need to trust your intuition. Nobody can know what you require as well as you know within yourself. Study the books closely and try to sense if any of the rituals give you a feeling of potential or hope. If they do, they could work for you.

Q: You’ve been doing this magick for decades, so is it really useful to beginners?

A: The magick was designed to be accessible for beginners, and streamlined to cut away the unnecessary dross, and then extensively field-tested by beginners and experienced workers.

Q: I’ve been doing magick for decades. Do your books really offer anything new?

A: From the messages we receive, yes. There are many secrets and new techniques, so hopefully you’ll pick up some workable ideas.

Q: Are you working with black magick or white magick or something else?

A: Magick is neutral, like a scalpel. You can use a scalpel to perform surgery, to attack and mutilate somebody or to sharpen a pencil. It’s how you use the magick, and your moral standing and sense of self, that matters. Magick is neutral and can only be evil if you make it evil.

Q: Somebody said your magick is all a form of Jewish Kabbalah. Is it true?

A: Anybody who says that has not read our work fully, or doesn’t understand Kabbalah. While it is true that many of our primary sources are ancient texts such as Shorshei Ha-Shemot, we have been informed and influenced by many other textures of magick. At first glance, the influence of Kabbalah is clear in our work, but there is much more going on in these books. Whatever sources we use, we only use and share magick when it has been found to have clear practical value, in spiritual and material terms. As such, we have no axe to grind or any single system that we try to promote, and nor do we work within the confines of one system. Damon Brand discusses this in The Intimacy of Magick: Damon Brand Interview Part 2

Q: Is your work a form of Chaos Magick?

A: No. Although we draw from many systems, Chaos Magick often works by holding a temporary belief that is then dismissed. We believe in the objective reality of the spirits we work with, so that’s that main difference.  The simplification found in Chaos Magick has been an influence on our style. You can find out more in The Master Works of Chaos Magick, and it’s also worth noting that Sigils of Power and Transformation uses no spirits at all, and yet is some of the most effective magick we have published.

Q: Do I need faith or belief for the magick to work?

A: No, but it helps if you have a playful, open mind. Remember what it was like as a kid to play a game as though it was real. Approach magick with that sort of playful belief, as though it’s real, and it becomes real. Having said that, magick should not be so playful that it feels silly or trivial. When you get in your car you expect it to start without concern. Approach magick with the same calm certainty.

Q: Do I need lots of candles, herbs and incense?

A: No. It’s not that kind of magick. One or two rituals involves a candle or two, but that’s rare, and we try to keep things as simple as possible. The more factors you put in place, the more you worry that you may worry you’re getting something wrong. But if it helps you get in the mood or feels important to you, go ahead.

Q: What’s the difference between Magickal Cashbook, Magickal Riches and Wealth Magick?

A: Magickal Cashbook gives one simple method for attracting cash out of the blue. Magickal Riches contains a Master Money Ritual, along with rituals that target specific financial areas, such as gambling, debt recovery, buying and selling, and so on. Wealth Magick is a long working aimed at changing your entire financial situation, and is only for readers who want to make wealth creation their primary focus.

Q: Is there a ritual to lose weight?

A: When it comes to magick you need to break down the problem, and then tackle each aspect of the problem with magick. With weight loss, it is nearly always willpower that is the problem. You may benefit from Increase Willpower to Eat Well from The Greater Words of Power. There is also Dedicate Yourself To A New Skill in Words of Power, which can help with your personal dedication to a project. The Power To Improve Physical Health from The 72 Angels of Magick can support your efforts. There are other rituals in that book that also help with other areas of the self, and they may be useful. Also useful would be The 72 Sigils of Power by Zanna Blaise, as it covers willpower and also works with many areas of the self and the personality. In Sigils of Power and Transformation there are several rituals aimed at willpower and reducing appetite. But no ritual can make you lose weight without you also committing to the process. The magick makes it easier.

Q: Is there a ritual to change height, eye colour or other physical changes?

A: Not that we know of. There’s no reason why magick can’t affect your physical form, but it would likely be such a slow process as to be almost pointless. If you want to increase the size of your biceps, it doesn’t take too much exercise to see a big difference. But try getting bigger biceps with magick alone, and no exercise, and nothing much (if anything) will happen. The best way to use magick for physical change is, as with the above question, to motivate factors that can cause physical change; that can be very effective indeed. But changing eye colour or height is something that is outside the realm of practical magick, at least within any reasonable timeframe.

Q: Is there a ritual to help with sexual problems, such as erectile dysfunction?

A: This is one of the most commonly asked questions, and while it is true that some people have used angelic magick to improve health issues, there is no magick that we know of that can reliably help with such sexual health problem. Some people have found that working with Haniel from Archangels of Magick can help, but it is strongly recommended that you seek conventional treatments.

Q: The magick seemed to work when I’d simply read about it, before I even did a ritual. Is this possible?

A: It’s not completely uncommon. Although some people find magick takes time to work, and have to work at patience, others find this situation happens from time to time, as though the magick knows what you want and gives it to you. There are many possible explanations but no certainties. Sometimes it can be that a future ritual is spreading back through time to affect you now. In other cases, it is because in reading the book you come to know there is an abundance of possibility that can be released by magick, and this knowledge removes resistance to receiving, which in turn enables possibilities that are on the verge of reality to become real.

Q: Do the current conditions affect how the magick works? For example, I want a promotion but my boss hates me.

A: The initial conditions of any situation will always affect the magick. If something needs just a tiny push, then any effort, magickal or something else, will have a big effect more easily than if lots of big pushes are needed. But we use magick because sometimes it can work when nothing ordinary seems to work– it changes reality through the supernatural. Which means the answer is yes: the initial condition will always matter, but magick can work anyway. Focus on what is most likely to change. If you want a promotion should you perform magick for a promotion, or would it be wiser to work on making your boss like you more? Would it be useful to change the way you are perceived, or achieve a breakthrough at work? Targeted magick, well planned, can help you manoeuvre your way around the current conditions to get what you want.

Q: Can the magick be used by children?

A: Although many members of The Gallery of Magick discovered magick while young, and although magick could be seen in the same light as meditation or prayer, for legal reasons we do not recommend performing magick unless you are an adult in your country of residence. If you are an adult and want to help somebody else you can see this post.

Q: Is there a way to make a ritual more powerful?

A: There are many ways, explored in many articles on this site, but one of the best ways is to choose what you change wisely. Don’t try to shift your entire universe at once. Work on aspects that need only a little shift, a small change. A few small changes soon build momentum and bring you rapid transformation. Magick can bring sudden and stunning transformation, and often does, but a wise occultist will learn to work on many areas that are susceptible to change. Cause change where change is most likely. Sounds obvious, but it’s very easy to miss this essential key to effective magick. Also, see this post: 12 Ways to Increase Your Magick Power

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10 Comments on “General Magick FAQ

  1. Hi Adam,
    Paul again here. Posting in general faq since the ’72 sigils’ is closed. I have been reading the 72 Sigils book, and Zanna writes that the names are written in a circle. However, the kindle version doesn’t seem to have any circles around the names. Is that a misunderstanding of mine, or a glitch in the format? As I practice directly from the ebook versions, my main concern is that the format will not be sufficient, if the circle around the sigil is important just the way the double circles are in the other sigils book. Thanks in advance for any advice, and great work btw on the updated website look.

    • Hi. From what I can see the 72 Sigils page is open to comments. Not sure if that’s a bug, but it’s working here in three browsers on four different devices. Anyway, as to your question, the three letters should appear inside a ring, a solid black line. That helps with the focus. If it’s not showing up on your device, it may be because you’re too zoomed in – depending on what device you have you can zoom out, or click the image to see it closer or further away. So I can’t say exactly how you’d get to see the full image, but I’ve just checked the file from Amazon, and it’s as it should be, with the three letters within a black ring. So, maybe experiment with your device. You might also want to try it on a desktop, laptop or some other device, using the Kindle app, so you can see how it’s meant to look. I hope that works for you. Adam

  2. This question regards the creation of servitors following the instructions written in Magickal Servitors. I wanted your opinion on an magickal exercise I perform everyday and whether or not it will aid in servitor creation or effect it. It’s the middle pillar exercise and I’ve read that pulling in magickal energy before performing the gestation process would help but this exercise also requires that you perform the LBRP. Which leads to my next question. Is it safe to have a servitor around when banishing an area? Would it not push the servitor away or ruin the gestation process by blowing away all the thought energy you’ve built?

    • Hi. It’s fine to combine this with other forms of magick, such as the Middle Pillar. Banishing does not harm or affect the servitor as it is born of your will, and so you are banishing for it as well, if you like – so, no harm there. This is why there’s a separate way to get rid of a servitor, as detailed in the instructions, because banishing wouldn’t do it.

      Also, you might want to check out the FAQ for few other ideas:

  3. Hello, I have a question regarding The Genius Rituals in Magical Riches. After the first part of the ritual where you name the spirits and sing Rah-Zee-Ell. It says to gaze at sigil for a few seconds, then speak the words “oh mighty Raziel let my voice be heard by (Here you will name the spirits and their powers). Then I seal this command with the word of power Ah-Rah-Ree-Tah. I’m a little confused here. I’m assuming the spirits are the first 5 names in the first part before singing Raziel 3 times. What about the powers of the spirits? Are they included in the names? Also you don’t mention when to insert the Light From Dark into the talisman. I’m assuming its not needed for this ritual.
    Also another question does the Gambling Ritual work for betting on horses? You wouldn’t have a ritual to help a particular horse win? Just thought I’d ask because it not like the lottery or playing cards.

    Thank you

    • Hi. The chapter called The Genius Rituals gives an overview of how this works, so where it says: ”
      (Here, you will name the spirits and their powers),” you will see that in the following chapters the relevant spirits are named. So in the next chapter, called Attract Money Through Perception, at this point, you see Sisera, Labezerin etc, all being listed along with their powers. Just look through the following chapters, where the spirit names and powers are inserted, and then it should make sense.

      The same applies to Light from The Dark. Look at that next chapter, Attract Money Through Perception, and you will see that at a later point in the ritual it says, “Create Light From The Dark, as described earlier, and pour the energy into the sigils of Sisera, Labezerin etc.”

      In short, The Genius Rituals chapter is an overview of the ritual process that is used in several subsequent rituals, and when you get to them it should be clear how it all comes together.

      You might also want to check you

      For gambling, like DB says, if there’s some degree of skill involved it can work. If you’re the sort of person who studies form guides and knows the horses, that’s a skill, so yeah, it can work. But remember all the other warnings – only do it when it feels east, with spare cash, not as a last resort. When it’s fun and doesn’t matter it works way better.

      Cheers, Adam B

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