Monday, March 20, 2006

Stripping Down Magic

First off, because I'm sure the title will worry some people, this thread is not about going skyclad, or being able to watch people get undressed. If you want a thread about that, start your own.

Different systems of magic can vary in how complex they are. Ceremonial Magick, for example, can be pretty damn complex, with the Golden Dawn techniques combining Freemasonry, and many different ideas, cultures, etc.

As a result, I sometimes look at a ritual and think 'that can't be the easiest way to do this surely?'

I had that reaction when I looked at how I planned to invoke certain planetary influences. I was going to go through the CM method, banishing rituals, invoking rituals, etc. In the past I'v managed to influence myself quickly and easily, without all the bother.

An example of which, if I really want to cheer myself up, I draw a golden smily face in my mind, and then absorb it. It's like a nice little happy-dose.

So I tried the same, drawing a planetary symbol for the moon today. I have no idea yet if it's done anything, as I'm looking for rather longer term benefits with this one.

Anyway, enough rambling.

Do you think it's okay to 'strip down' ritual to basics, either to make it easier, mre convenient, etc? If so, how much are you willing/ happy to remove? All of it? Just a little?

If you don't, why not? Because you think it's wrong to do so? (if so, what about it is wrong?) Is it a case of simple preference?

If you do both, at different times, what do you think are the pros and cons of either option (stripping it down, or keeping it wholly intact)?

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