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MACROCOSM:The greater world, or universe. Distinguished from the Microcosm (q.v.), with which it corresponds.
MAGICK [MAGIC]:Definitions of this term vary widely.
1) The art of causing change in the manifest world through the Unmanifest.
2) The science and art of causing change (in reality or in consciousness) to occur in conformity with will using means not currently understood by traditional Western science. The use of the "k" at the end of the word was introduced by Aleister Crowley (q.v.) to differentiate real magick from what a trickster does on stage with hats, handkerchiefs and rabbits. To some practitioners, the "k" also stands for "Kteis", a Latin word indicating Sex Magick (q.v.) to those who practice that form of magick.
Some Definitions of Magic(k) by famous Magi:
-Paul F. Case: "the art of determining the forms and shapes which shall be taken in the outer world by the veil of Reality".
-Jollivet-Castellot: "Magic is by no means, as most outsiders imagine, the negation of science. Quite the contrary, Magic is Science, but Science with syntheses, almost integral Science, its horizons being the absolute, the Infinite in Unity. ...In truth Magic is the knowledge of the action and combination of the forces of the Universe, the study of their conduct, their involution, their evolution..."
-Aleister Crowley, (Magick: Book Four) "Magick is the Science and Art of causing Change to occur in conformity with Will."
-Paul Clark: "the art of producing desired effects, initiated by changes in consciousness, by directing or aligning with the secret forces of the Cosmos".
-Dion Fortune: "the art of causing changes in consciousness at will."
- Symonds and Grant, (in their introduction to Magick) "The Anglo-Saxon *k* in Magick, like most of Crowley's conceits, is a means of indicating the kind of magic which he performed. K is the eleventh letter of several alphabets, and eleven is the principal number of magick, because it is the number attributed to the Qliphoth - the underworld of demonic and chaotic forces that have to be conquered before magick can be performed. The 'K' has other magical implications: it corresponds to the power or *shakti* aspect of creative energy, for k is the ancient Egyptian *khu*, *the* magical power. Specifically, it stands for *kteis* (vagina), the complement to the wand (or phallus) which is used by the Magician in certain aspects of the Great Work."
MAGICK, BLACK:1) The science and art of causing change (in reality or in consciousness) in conformity with will, using means not currently understood by traditional Western science, for the purpose of causing either physical or non-physical harm to yourself or others, and is done either consciously or unconsciously.
2) Magick (q.v.) that is worked for evil purposes or that involves malign actions, agents, or entities.
MAGICK, CEREMONIAL:A magickal system involving rituals performed by several people. Man Westerners find that this style of magick is most appropriate to their consciousness. Group ritual magick.
MAGICK, GREY:The science and art of causing change (in reality or in consciousness) in conformity with will, using means not currently understood by traditional Western science, for the purpose of causing either physical or non-physical good to yourself or others, and is done either consciously or unconsciously.
MAGICK, HIGH:Ritual or Ceremonial magick. It is called "high" because it was first developed in places which were at a higher elevation than where farming was done, i.e. in towns or cities. Usually divided into two major classifications according to Don Tyson, Theurgy (q.v.) which literally means "God Work" in Greek and it's opposite, Goety (see Goetia/)
MAGICK, LOW:The magick of paganism (q.v.) which was developed in the low lands where farming was done.
MAGICK, NATURAL:See Low Magick.
MAGICK, RITUAL:Although this could refer to any type of magick where a pattern, or ritual is followed, it usually applies to those styles of magick where more complex rituals are used. It is also used synonimously with Ceremonial Magick (q.v.), although a ritual can be performed by one person, while Ceremonial Magick requires a group of people to perform.
MAGICK, SEX:The ability to use the powerful energies raised during sexual activity for magickal purposes.
MAGICK, WHITE:The science and art of causing change (in reality or in consciousness) in conformity with will, using means not currently understood by traditional Western science, for the purpose of obtaining the Knowledge and Conversation of your Holy Guardian Angel (q.v.). Also known as experiential mysticism.
MAGICKAL CATHARSIS:The release of magickal potency at the climax of a ritual or ceremony. It is usually accompanied by an emotional release, and in some forms of magick by physical climax. The catharsis of Greek tragedy was no more than a pale echo of the original magickal catharsis of the Greek Eulusian Mysteries.
MAGICKAL MEMORY:The memory of past lives.
MAGICKAL NAME:A name given to an initiate, or chosen by one who receives initiation, to signify the death of the old life and the birth into the magickal life. Also called the Motto (q.v.).
MAGNATISM, ANIMAL:A universal fluid postulated by Fredrich Anton Mesmer (1733-1815) that renders human bodies susceptible to the influences of celestial bodies and other human beings. It manifests itself in the body with opposite poles of force similar to those of the magnet.
MAHATANTRA:Great Tantra (q.v.). An orgasmic experience that result in an altered state of consciousness commonly known as enlightenment.
MAIT-TETE:Literally, the "master of the head." Each worshiper in Voudoun (q.v.) has a special Loa (q.v.), usually the one by which the person was first possessed, with which the person enjoys a more familiar relationship.
MALKUTH:Pronounced, "Mahl-Koot," it means "kingdom" in Hebrew. The tenth Sephirah (q.v.) on the Tree of Life (q.v.). It is at the bottom of the central pillar and relates to our physical plane.
MAMBO:A priestess of Voudoun (q.v). In some parts of Haiti, she is considered lower in status than the Houngan (q.v.) or priest, but her role is similar.
MANA:A Polynesian word for the occult essence that pervades the universe and gives objects, words, animals, people, and places their magickal potency. Mana is the force or energy of magick (q.v.).
MANTRA; MANTRAM:A word, phrase, or sentence which is repeated over and over as a purpose of focus during devotion or meditation (q.v.). Although some say that any phrase or sound can be used as a mantra, some special mantras of mystical import can make profound changes in a person mentally, physically, emotionally, and spiritually.
MARS:The fourth planet of the terran solar system. In Astrology (q.v.), the planet named after the Roman god who served as the Chief Warrior of the gods. Attributed as being the ruler of the Zodiac (q.v.) sign Aries (q.v.). On the Tree of Life (q.v.) within the Kabbalah (q.v.) Mars is attributed to the fifth Sephirah (q.v.) Geburah (q.v.). Keywords include: energy, action, accidents, injury, hyperactive, force, conquest, dynamic, initiative, assert, pioneer, boldly, courage, to be first, irritation, frustration, anger, violence, destruction, fabrication, constructing, war, military, soldier, fight, danger, cuts, heat, burglary, hate, rage.
MATHERS, SAMUEL LIDDEN [MACGREGOR]:Born 1854 in Hackney of East London England, and died in 1918 of influenza. A Co-founder of the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn [G.D.](q.v.), who became the leader and guiding light of the group until schisms developed circa 1900 and the group divided into numerous factions. Most noted for writing the initiatory rituals of the Hermetic Order of The Golden Dawn (q.v.) from a cipher manuscript. He was responsible for the interpretation and eventual publication of many classic grimoires (q.v.) of ceremonial magick (q.v.) including The Sacred Magic of Abramelin The Mage, The Greater Key of Solomon The King, The Goetia of the Lesser Keys of Solomon The King, and The Armadel of Magic. Additionally, S.L. Mathers translated portions of The Zohar and commentaries upon the Kabbalah entitled, The Kabbalah Unveiled.
MAYA:Illusion. A Sanskrit word which does not mean, as many people believe, that the world is an illusion. Actually, it means that our interpretation of the world around us is an illusion. The world is not totally what we perceive it to be.
MEDITATION:1) The act of quieting the small voice of the conscious so that you can commune with your Higher Self and the universe.
2) The act of turning the mind inward with focused attention. There are many forms and methods of meditation which are distinguished by the immediate object the mind focuses itself upon. Meditative reflection upon silence seeks stillness of the mind, whereas meditative reflection upon a specific idea or problem necessitates mental activity in a certain direction.
MEDIUM:1) A person who let the consciousness of an entity , allegedly a the spirit of a dead person, enter into themselves, and take over his or her consciousness for a time.
2) In Spiritualism (q.v.), a person who becomes an intermediary by providing the spirit(s) with means of communicating with the carnate, material human beings. Today, called a channeller.
MEMORY, MAGICKAL:The memory of past lives.
MENSTRUUM (nee MENSTRUUM OF THE GLUTEN):In alchemy (q.v.), the result of the slow heating of a substance in the Athanor (q.v.). In Sex Magick (q.v.) the female lubricating fluids and/or female ejaculatory fluids.
MERCURY:The first planet of the terran solar system. In Astrology (q.v.), the planet named after the Roman god who served as the Herald and Messenger. Attributed as being the ruler of the Zodiac (q.v.) signs Gemini (q.v.) and Virgo (q.v.). On the Tree of Life (q.v.)>/A> within the Kabbalah (q.v.) Mercury is attributed to the eighth Sephirah (q.v.), Hode (q.v.). Keywords include: communication, intellect, perception, speaking, writing, computer, words, printed, read, trades, publishing, teaching, learning, schools, reason, logic, conscious memory, travel (local), consciousness, microphone, information, broadcast, distribution, self expression, thoughts, translated, details, brain, nervous system.
MERKABAH:Hebrew for, "Throne." Merkabah Mysticism was a system of pre-Kabalistic spirituality where one would (?astral) travel through seven palaces with a goal of seeing God on "his" throne.
MICHAEL:Pronounced, "Mee-KahI-Ehl," The archangel and Cosmic Guardian of the South and of elemental Fire (q.v.). In the tradition of Christian Mysticism, Michael is the "Defender, The protector and keeper of the sword of fire and of heaven. Commander of the armies and legions of Heaven."
MICROCOSM:The lesser world, man, which in the Middle Ages was believed to correspond in every respect with the greater world, the Macrocosm (q.v.). This correspondence was used to explain many magickal effects.
MOTE:An Old English word meaning "must." Frequently used at the end of rituals or spells in the expression, "So mote it be."
MOTTO:A magickal name or expression, usually in Latin, Greek, or Hebrew. Magicians choose one for themselves as a representation of what they magickally represent. This has been the practice of many magickal orders, including the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn [G.D.] (q.v.); the Argentium Astrum [A.A.] (q.v.); the Ordo Templi Orientis [O.T.O.] (q.v.); the Order of the Aurum Solis [O.S.V.] (q.v.); and the Order of the Astral Star [O.A.S.] (q.v.).
MUDRA:A Tantrik (q.v.) positioning on the hands with mystical import.
MURRY, MARGARET:Anthropologist whose controversial book, The Witch Cult In Western Europe, in 1921 sparked a revival of interest in Witchcraft. She followed this work with a book entitled, The God of the Witches.
MUTABLE:From the Latin "mutare" meaning "to change."
1) movable., not firm.
2) In Astrology, a term used to identify one of the three qualities (also referred to as a triplicity) indicating that a sign of the zodiac (q.v.) has the trait of making all planets within it as having a more fluctuating and adaptable influence in the chart.
Mutable signs include: Gemini (q.v.), Virgo (q.v.), Sagittarius (q.v.), and Pisces (q.v.).
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