How To Hack a System

Thursday, December 23rd, 2010

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Initiations are the gatekeepers of magick. Before you can channel the Reiki system, you need an attunement. Before you can initiate someone else, you need another couple attunements. Golden dawn and other ritual styles are similar: Many levels of initiation, each with its own rituals, capabilities and price.

This post will show you how to bypass those gatekeepers.

Part of the initiation is social convention. Before someone will train you, you need to be part of the group. I can’t help you with that.

But initiation has a magick component, too. If a style requires initiation, the systems behind that style only work with initiated mages. They won’t talk to outsiders. This post is about bypassing that, so you can work with any system from any magick style.

This post builds on the rest of the series. Start with the first post here. Also, this is intermediate direct magick (the rest of the series was beginning direct magick). You’ll need good control of connections, the signatures of those connections, and your own energy. If you’re not there yet, click here to see where to start.

How Initiation Works

Hacking lives in the differences between the big picture on how something works and the details of how it works.

You already know the big picture: Systems only work with initiated mages.

Here are the details: Systems work best with a mage whose mind is aligned to the system’s signature. Some systems will work with you anyway, and even help you align your mind. But systems that require initiation only work with mages whose minds are aligned to their signature.

That’s the point of the initiation ritual: An initiated mage (who can work with the system) initiates you. The system aligns your mind using the procedure from the previous two posts. Once you’re done, you’re aligned enough for the system to accept you.

Levels of initiation work the same way. The better aligned your mind is to the system’s signature, the higher level you are with the system.

You can see how the techniques in the previous two posts let you initiate yourself, as far as the systems behind a style are concerned. But that’s a lot of work if you just want to use a system once. Here’s how to quickly align your communication to a system’s signature for a single session.

Matching a Signature Temporarily

Earlier, I said that systems only work with a mage whose mind is aligned to the system’s signature. Really, that’s a bit of a simplification. The system doesn’t know what signature your mind uses. When the system connects to you, it uses a connection in its signature. If you can communicate using that connection, you can use the system.

There are 2 ways accomplish that. Neither is the “easy way.” One requires less technique but more effort, the other is faster but more advanced. That trade off happens a lot. Here are the options:

  1. Change your mind’s signature to match the system. That’s what we did in the previous 2 posts. It’s the less skill, more effort method. It’s also semi-permanent (which is good in some cases, bad in others).
  2. Create a connection that translates between your signature and the system’s signature. That’s this post. It’s the quick but more advanced technique. Also, it’s temporary, so it’s best for hacking a system once, not using a system every day.

Translating a Signature With a Connection

A translation connection translates between 2 signatures. One end works in one signature, the other end works in another. Put in a message with signature A, and you’ll get the same message in signature B. The connection translates for you.

Don’t think of it like translating words, idioms, or anything at a language scale. We’re translating signatures. It’s like adapting computer connections, going from a PS/2 (the old round keyboard connectors) to USB. A friend explains it as connecting two sculptures, one of smooth clay and the other of angular metal, by making a series of small transitions between the two. The translation is closer to a re-arranging of wires than going from French to English.

The translation connection lets you bring the system’s connection (in its signature) into your mind (in your signature).

How To Make a Translation Connection

  1. Find the signature of the system (or whatever you’re translating to). To do that, connect to the system with a normal sensory connection.
  2. Make a connection with your signature on one end and the system’s signature on the other. To do this, you’ll need to know how to align to the system’s signature.
  3. Smooth the transition throughout the connection. You want a lot of small adjustments, not one big jump. Hold both ends of the connection in your mind, trace from one to the other, and split any large shifts into a series of small ones.

How To Hack a System

Connect to the system using a translation connection. It will handle the rest. Here’s why:

When you connect to a system, it follows that connection back to your mind. That’s how it finds you to read your thoughts. We need to get the connection that the system makes to translate between your signature and its signature. You do that by connecting to the system with a translation connection.

When the system traces your translation connection, it adds that signature shift to its connection. (See the Technical Note at the bottom for why). Now the system’s connection translates between your signature and its signature, so your messages show up in the system’s signature and it responds as though you were initiated.

That’s it. Just use a translation connection instead of a normal one.

Is it really that easy? Well, yes and no. Once you can make a good translation connection, yes, you can use almost any system you want. But making a good translation connection is intermediate direct magick.

The key is scale. Remember, signatures have scale. Large-scale signatures are made of small-scale signatures, in the same way molecules are made of atoms, which are made of protons and electrons, and so on to smaller scales. If you match at the atom scale and the system checks signatures at the molecule scale, you’re all set. But if the system checks at the proton scale, it will notice that you’re not aligned.

Here’s the rule of thumb: If you can align at a smaller scale than the system’s users normally work with, you can probably hack it. If not, you probably can’t.

In my experience, systems that are intended to be used by groups of people are easy to hack. They can’t require perfect alignment or new initiates wouldn’t be able to use them. The Golden Dawn or Reiki systems are good places to start.

What To Do Once You’re In

Once you have access to the system, send it this message: “Requesting basic use instructions.” Most systems have a readme, and that’s how you get it. It will tell you the commands the system accepts, what they do, and generally how to use it.

Make sure to ask for the “use instructions,” not just “instructions”, because most systems have one general readme and another for someone preparing to use the system.

Practicing Hacking Systems

Before you can hack a system, you need to find it. To do that, focus on a symbol associated with the system’s style. You can find the symbols online or at your local occult shop.

Start with a system known for friendly spirits. Reiki, Enochian, something like that. Not the Goetia.

Technical Note on Translation Connections

For advanced mages curious about the details of translation connections (feel free to skip this if that’s not you):

Connections don’t carry energy. Instead, one end absorbs the power, and the other end uses that power to emit energy. Think of it like heat flowing through metal, or how a rope transmits pulling (it can transmit the force without the rope itself moving much), not like how a hose carries water.

Connections, and all other magickal structures, have a signature. It only absorbs power from energy matching its signature (it absorbs some power from energy that partially matches its signature). When powered, it emits energy in its signature.

A translation connection has 2 signatures, one on each end. One end absorbs one energy signature, powering the connection. Power doesn’t have a signature; it just flows through the structure, eventually powering the other end of the connection. (Power flows more efficiently, losing less of its pressure and drive, if each signature shift is small. That’s why you want to make a smooth path, meaning a lot of small signature shifts, instead of a few big jumps). The far end of the connection produces energy matching its signature, which is different than the signature of the energy that came in.

When you trace a connection, you’re tracing each signature shift that happens along the way. If you don’t, your connection winds up with a different signature than the one you’re tracing, and you won’t see the connection (or the thing it leads to) clearly. This is why the system’s connection takes on your signature shift when it traces your translation connection.

Making Better Translation Connections

Connections are made of many smaller connections, like how rope is made of twine which is made of thread. A rope-scale connection carries a rope-scale signature. The twine-scale connections that comprise it carry the twine-scale signatures that comprise the rope-scale signature.

Translation is an approximation. You are making a signature that looks like the other signature. The smaller you can match it, the better the approximation. To translate a signature well, you’ll want to use small-scale connections to translate the small-scale signatures. To improve your translation, focus on going to a smaller scale.

Most systems reserve some functions for high-level initiates. Things like initiating others and high-level techniques for that style. It separates newcomers from high-level initiates by how well their mind is aligned to the system’s signature. To access the advanced functions, you’ll have to translate more smoothly and at a smaller scale so the system’s view of your mind through the translation looks like an experienced user, not a newcomer.

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How To Hear Voices (In a Good Way)

Friday, December 17th, 2010

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This series is about improving your psychic intuitions, plus all your other communications. Start with the first post here.

Today: How to channel your psychic intuitions into voices, images, concepts, or other senses.

Why Channel Voices, Images or Concepts

I never saw auras. When I first worked with people who did, I was jealous. It sounded so cool. If you are annoyed that you can’t do everything your friends can, this will help you bridge that gap.

It’s also useful. Some information works better through certain senses. Want to know what book to buy while you’re browsing Borders? An image is much easier to interpret than a word. But if you’re searching online, you need the word. What to say to calm someone? Voices are probably most useful. You get the idea.

There is no single best way to receive information. The only best approach is to set them all up, then use the right sense for each type of message.

By the way, for anyone jealous of aura-seeing friends: The information in an aura deals with emotions, energetic-ness, and similar things. There’s nothing inherently visual about that information. It’s just as easy to send tactically. Sent as concepts, you don’t have to learn to interpret the different colors.

How To Receive Images

Receiving images (or any other type of information) comes down to 2 things:

  1. Preparing the part of your mind that handles that type of info.
  2. Telling the system to use that part of your mind and send you that type of info.

Here’s how to do it. I’m using images as an example, but the technique is the same for any type of information.

Find the Right Part of Your Mind

Last post, we improved your accuracy and detail with the type of information you already receive, so you worked with a part of your mind that you already use for magick. This post, we are turning on a new sense, which means we are probably working with a new part of the mind that you don’t use for magick yet.

Your mind is a big place, with lots of different parts for different types of information. To find the right part for the information you want to receive, ask the system. Send the request “Show me where you would connect to send me an image” in the same way you’d send a psychic question. Let the system guide you to that part of your mind.

This works best if you use a sensory connection. Make the connection, use it to look at your connection to the psychic system, then ask the system to show you the right part of your mind by bringing the sensory connection there. Most systems know how to do that.

Bathe Your Mind in Energy

This is the same technique as last post, just applied to a new part of your mind.

Ask the Psychic System to Connect

Once the new part of your mind is prepared to receive information, tell the psychic system to use it. “Connect to the part of my mind that will let you send images. In your replies to my future questions, send me images where appropriate.” Remember, systems are like computers. As long as your instructions are clear, it doesn’t matter if the sentences are a bit inelegant. Aim for pedantic and precise, not poetic.


Next, an advanced technique that lets an uninitiated mage use systems that normally require initiation. Read it here.

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Detailed Psychic Intuitions: Preparing Your Mind

Thursday, December 9th, 2010

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This series is about improving your psychic intuitions, plus all your other communications. Start with the first post here.

This post shows you how to improve your psychic intuitions in about 30 minutes. It will also help you communicate with other forces, like the source used in energy healing, the spirits that ritual mages work with, and all other systems.

Improving Your Psychic Communication

Remember from last post that most systems only connect to the areas of your mind with a signature similar to the system’s signature, and that they connect better when (1) the area’s signature is very similar, and (2) more of your mind (a larger area) has the system’s signature.

We’re going to use energy to improve those two aspects of your communication.

Bathing an area of your mind in energy helps it adjust to that energy’s signature. By “bathing,” I mean building energy with a particular signature and holding it in one part of your mind for a few minutes. It doesn’t take a lot of energy, so focus on the signature, rather than flooding your mind with energy.

Getting the Right Energy Signature

To get the right signature, focus on the feel of the psychic intuitions you get. You know how psychic thoughts feel different in your head than normal thoughts? That’s because psychic thoughts are in the system’s signature, and normal thoughts are in your signature. Focusing on the feeling of psychic thoughts while you build energy will produce energy in that signature.

The system will help you if you ask. Just think “Guide me to the parts of my mind that you connect to” the same way you think psychic questions. Its main role is providing psychic intuitions, but most systems can do a lot of other things, if you just ask. Next time you need to learn something, ask your systems if they can help.

Finding the Right Area of Your Mind

To find the right part of your mind, focus on asking a psychic question. Not the question itself, but the way you hold your mind when you ask, the brain posture that separates a psychic question from an idle thought. If you want details on brain posture, this post explains how to find it, maintain it, and use it to make magick easier.

Preparing Your Mind

Once you find the right part of your mind, send the energy into it. Hold it there until it becomes comfortable. Then ask the system to help align your mind for its connections.

The energy will adjust that part of your mind to the energy’s signature, which happens to be the system’s signature. Energizing the part of your mind the system normally connects to will help get all the little pieces of that area, so the system can make more connections for clearer communication. Energizing a little bit extra around that area will let the system spread out its connections to communicate concepts that the smaller part of your mind couldn’t receive properly. Try to get both the area you normally use for communication, plus a little bit extra around it by, for example, visualizing the energy spreading out from the area you found into more of your mind.

Be gentle. The amount of pressure you use for healing techniques with muscles will overwhelm your brain. It should feel like a mild tingle, not a rushing torrent. If you overdo it and get a headache, dizziness, or similar problems, ground the energy into the rest of your body then release it into the room.

The energy bath will make your mind’s signature malleable for a few minutes. Take advantage of that by asking the system to help you. Think “Help adjust my mind to your signature” in the same way you normally think psychic queries. The system will connect to you, adjust your mind to match its signature even better than the energy did, and help you prepare for psychic queries better. Then rest for a few hours to let those changes set in.

How To Know You Did It Right

Within 24 hours, you should have noticeably clearer psychic communications.

I’m going to let folks who try this explain their experiences, so you know what to expect.


Next post will show you how to prepare your mind to receive images, sounds and concepts. Read it here.

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How To Get More Detailed Psychic Intuitions

Thursday, December 2nd, 2010

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This series shows you how to improve the detail and accuracy of your psychic intuitions by preparing more of your mind to receive the information. It’s aimed at novice mages, and only requires these skills:

  • Getting psychic intuitions when you ask a question, rather than just getting them randomly.
  • Building and moving energy in your body.

Experienced psychics may be novice mages. The skill sets are similar but not quite the same.

These techniques aren’t just for psychics. They will help anyone who uses outside forces in their magick (ritual mages, energy healers, etc).

Learning the Prerequisite Skills

To learn to get psychic intuitions in response to questions, first work with a psychic to connect to the force that provides their intuitions, then practice connecting to that force while you ask your question.

To learn to build energy and move it around your body, first learn a basic energy meditation, then learn to consciously engage the right parts of your mind to make any visualization work.

How Psychic Intuition Works

Once you understand how psychic intuition works, you can improve your skills quickly. So let’s start with the major moving pieces of psychic intuition.

The psychic channels information from an outside force. I call all these outside forces “systems.” One that provides psychic information is a “psychic system.”

The system reads questions from your thoughts by watching the energy signature (and deeper signatures) of your mind. As you think, your mind’s signature changes to reflect your thoughts. The system watches these changes to know what you’re thinking.

The system writes information into your thoughts by sending you energy to influence your mind’s signature. If it puts your mind into the signature for “yes” or “no,” you’ll receive that intuition.

But there’s a catch: The system can only communicate with the parts of your mind that are prepared, and can only send details if they’re prepared thoroughly. Let me explain.

The type of information you receive depends on the part of your mind that receives it. If the system talks with the visual parts of your mind, you’ll get images. Auditory parts produce words you “hear in your head.” You can change the way you receive information by preparing other parts of your mind.

Those areas of your mind don’t have just one signature. They’re made of lots of pieces, each with its own signature. The thought isn’t any one of those signatures; it’s the combination of them. If the system has one connection to that area of your mind, it has to send a single uniform signature to all the pieces, which limits it to sending broad concepts like “yes” and “no.” More connections let the system target individual pieces with precise signatures, allowing it to send you more detailed messages.

Most systems only connect to the areas of your mind that have a signature similar to the system’s signature, and they connect better when (1) the area’s signature is very similar, and (2) a larger area has the system’s signature. Your mind will adjust to that signature naturally as you work with a system. But you can adjust your mind much faster with some precise, focused energy.

This series will show you how to prepare any part of your mind for good connections, so the system can send you clear messages.

More on How Psychic Intuition Works

If these terms and concepts are new to you, see How Magick Works. It’s a 3-post series (follow the “More Examples” links at the bottom). Each example builds on the last. The third example is an in-depth explanation of psychic intuition. Once you’ve read that series, this series will be easier to use.

Posts In This Series

Here’s what’s coming up:

  • How to more thoroughly prepare the parts of your mind you already use for psychic intuitions
  • How to prepare new parts of your mind to receive intuitions.
  • An advanced technique that lets an uninitiated mage use systems that normally require initiation.

Other Posts on Psychic Skills

How To Do Tarot Without Cards shows you how to structure your psychic questions to get more accurate, reliable results.

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