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This is part of An Initiation into Direct Magick – Book 1.
This chapter covers Direct Magick’s terminology, along with the major moving parts of magick.
Most systems have terms for these same moving parts, because we’re all working with the same forces. I’ll note corresponding terms as we go. Think of them as near-synonyms, like how “novelist,” “author,” and “journalist” all describe a person who writes, but with subtle differences in meaning.
The parts of your mind that drive magick. Engaging them makes the difference between imagining vs doing magick, like how engaging your leg muscles makes the difference between imagining vs actually walking.
Other systems call these the unconscious.
The external forces that mages channel. You pick one, tell it your intent, and it handles the details. Kind of like using Google — you tell it what you want, it handles the details.
Chaos Magick calls these forces egregores. Reiki healers and psychics call the force they use The Universe.
Spirits are intelligent entities, like people without bodies. We sometimes ask them for help or training.
Many systems of magick use spirit in this way.
Note: Spirits are not ghosts. While Direct Magick is compatible with ghosts, ghosts are not part of Direct Magick.
Energy is one of the basic building blocks of magick. It makes magickal structures do work. Most people first encounter energy during an energy meditation — it’s what makes your skin tingle.
Many systems use energy in this way. Similar terms include prana and chi / ki / qi.
Note: Magickal energy makes magickal structures do work. It doesn’t make objects move or make cells grow. Don’t confuse it with the “energy” of physics or biology.
The type of energy. It determines what the energy does. For example, we’d use one signature in energy healing for an inflamed knee, and a different signature to create pleasure in the body.
Synonyms: Energy frequency and color.
Another of magick’s basic building blocks. Connections carry energy. They’re used for energy healing, shielding, and many other techniques.
A catch-all term for “stable magickal matter.” Basically, everything here besides energy.
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