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Love Spells

Recently I seem to have been answering the same question multiple times on Quora.com, to wit: about Love Spells. The question is normally along the lines of Is placing a love spell on an ex morally wrong for a Christian?, or even Why are love spells considered white magic?

To answer the latter first: they are not. The term “love spell” is a euphemism. Historically, so-called “love spells,” as featured in classic grimoires of magick, are actually very nasty curses in which the caster wishes death / pain / unbearable torment / etc on the “loved one” (read: victim) unless they do exactly what the caster wants: e.g. fall in love with him, have sex with him, leave the safety of her parents’ house and run away with him, refrain from cheating or straying, etc.

Hence “love spells” ought really to be called “Rape Spells,” or “Sexual Harassment Spells,” or “Jealous Revenge Spells.” Not only would it be morally wrong for a Christian, it would be morally wrong for just about everyone.

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How can I summon Zepar?

My answer to How can I summon Zepar?

Answer by Alex Sumner:

First of all, Goetic demons, like Zepar, are not human friendly. They are in fact very dangerous. It is because they are dangerous that they are powerful.

This does not mean that one should be terrified of them. The elaborate procedures laid down in the Lesser Key of Solomon for evoking Demons are safety precautions for dealing with spirits properly.

Perhaps the reason for your apparent failure to summon is Zepar is unrealistic expectations of what happens when Goetic spirits manifest? If so, I recommend reading the accounts of what other magicians have experienced when working with the Goetia, e.g. Lon Milo Duquette’s My Life With The Spirits.

How can I summon Zepar?

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Which occult magical tradition is best for self-transformation?

My answer to Which occult magical tradition is best for self-transformation?

Answer by Alex Sumner:

If by “self-transformation” you mean transforming yourself into a better person spiritually, you should investigate Theurgy-based systems – “Theurgy,” which literally means “god-working,” is the use of magical ritual to attain the ends of mysticism. The Hermetic Qabalah (e.g. the Golden Dawn) is a prime example of western Theurgical occultism though there might be other traditions capable of achieving the same thing.

If, however, by “self-transformation” you mean shapeshifting, you would be better off looking into Shamanism. The shapeshifting involved takes place in a ritual context and is meant to give you spiritual insight, i.e. you would transform into your Power-Animal because to do so gives you magical powers such as healing and wisdom, not because you are doing it for the LOLs. (Actually the Golden Dawn theoretically has magical rituals which supposedly accomplish this kind of transformation as well).

Which occult magical tradition is best for self-transformation?

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Do you think the world is ready for alien disclosure?

No, we're nice people really!

No, we’re nice people really!

My answer to Do you think the world is ready for alien disclosure?

Answer by Alex Sumner:

No – for several reasons:

Firstly, from a military point of view, the armed forces of this planet are under orders to treat any unidentified incursion into their nation’s airspace as a potentially hostile action.

Secondly, from a psychological point of view, any attempt to present evidence that beings of a non-Earth origin are in contact with this planet would run up against widescale Cognitive Dissonance, i.e. the vast majority of the population would either dismiss it as fake, or not accept it as literally true except insofar as they could fit it into their unconscious prejudices about how they view the Universe.

Our extraterrestrial brethren will not openly reveal themselves willingly until they have made contact in a non-threatening manner with a large number of sympathetically minded humans. Any human agency that tries to do forcibly disclose their existence before then does not have their best interests at heart!

Do you think the world is ready for alien disclosure?

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What could possibly make magic or spells fail to work for someone?

My answer to What could possibly make magic or spells fail to work for someone?

Answer by Alex Sumner:

(A2A) A lot of fluffy-bunny new-agey type magic folk are not going to like my answer, but what the hell, here it goes:

The primary cause of spell-failure is because the magician has tacked a “an it harm none” clause onto the end of his or her spell-intention. Then, when the spirits who have been charged with causing the spell-result to manifest calculate that the only possible way of success is in fact by hurting someone, they are forced to give it up as a bad job.

The idea of a “an it harm none” clause comes mainly from Wicca, which I believe was a ploy by Gerald Gardner to make his brand of witchcraft seem respectable, although I have seen similar practices in other magical traditions. In each of them, including Wicca, the idea of adding the “an it harm none” clause is taught quite dogmatically.

In my experience, far more success tends to happen if instead of specifying “harm none,” one says “and no *innocent* person shall be harmed.” This has the added bonus of creating some hilarious scenes, although obviously not all the people involved will find it amusing. 😉

What could possibly make magic or spells fail to work for someone?

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Am I able to Astrally Project to meet with Isis and other Egyptian gods, and my Spirit Guides Or Guardians?

My answer to Am I able to Astrally Project to meet with Isis and other Egyptian gods, and my Spirit Guides Or Guard…

Answer by Alex Sumner:

Yes – is the short answer.

The long answer would be Yes, but it is difficult, because you would have to learn how to do several difficult things and combine them, i.e.

  • How to astrally project;
  • How to contact disincarnate entities such as god-forms or spirit guides in the most respectful and appropriate manner; and
  • How to do both at the same time.

Regarding astral projection itself, I always recommend Ophiel’s The Art and Practice of Astral Projection. I had my own first out-of-body-experience after reading this book.

Contactacting (e.g.) Isis or other spiritual beings basically involves learning the mechanics of Ceremonial Magic. My own preferred method of doing so is by using the methods of The Golden Dawn. This takes a long time of constant study but the effort is worth it in the end.

Am I able to Astrally Project to meet with Isis and other Egyptian gods, and my Spirit Guides Or Guardians?

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Quora Compendium: Tarot

Picture of Alex Sumner's version of the Ten of Cups

The Ten of Cups – “Perfected Success.” © Alex Sumner 2015

A compilation of various answers I have given on Quora.com relating to the Tarot.

How does the Tarot relate to the Tree of Life?

From the late 18th century onwards, occultists retconned the story of the Tarot to make it appear to have an ancient Egyptian origin, or to be associated with the Kabbalistic Tree of Life, or both. The way this has been done, e.g. by the Golden Dawn, does make for an appealing set of correspondences from the point of view of a modern occultist, but a very traditional Kabbalist might equally say “They’re not related at all. The Tarot is foreign to the Kabbalah.”

That being said, however, the basic scheme is as follows:

  • The four worlds of the Kabbalah – Atziluth, Briah, Yetzirah and Assiah – correspond to the suits Wands, Cups, Swords, and Pentacles;
  • The pip cards correspond to the ten sephiroth, i.e. Ace = Kether, 10 = Malkuth, etc;
  • In addition the court cards are assigned King to Chokmah, Queen to Binah, Prince (Knight) to Tiphereth, and Princess (Page) to Malkuth;
  • The twenty two trumps correspond to the twenty two paths linking the sephiroth.

The Golden Dawn system uses the Athanasius Kircher Tree of Life, and gives “The Fool” as Trump 0, Strength as trump 8, and Justice as 11 (in older versions of the Tarot, Strength was 11 and Justice was 8, whilst the Fool didn’t have a number but was poked between the last two trumps).

Are Tarot cards and Ouija boards dangerous? Why?

An Ouija Board is not dangerous as long as you give it as much respect as a Medium would give her own gift of Mediumship. Now the thing about Mediums is that a real Medium spends years training up, typically through a development circle at their local Spiritualist Church, which is a nurturing environment in which they learn how to communicate with spirits safely, appropriately, respectfully, and with due consideration to the spirit itself and to the person on whose behalf they are contacting it.

Unfortunately, most manufacturers of Ouija boards don’t have those kind of scruples. They actively market their Ouija boards on the basis that scaring yourself witless is all part of the “fun” of using one. So ironically, although an Ouija board would not be dangerous to someone who knows how to contact spirits properly, it would be to everyone to whom the Ouija board maker wants to buy one.

Tarot cards are different: they are not actually intended to contact spirits per se in the first place. Instead they are keys to unlock the tarot reader’s intuition. Their meanings don’t create predictions which are set in stone, but indicate trends which one can buck with the benefit of Free Will if one is resolute. The only danger with Tarot cards is with people of a very superstitious nature – the kind of people who don’t realise that “bad” cards are actually warning cards – and hence are actually good.

What are Tarot cards used for other than Tarot readings, if anything?

  • Artistic inspiration
  • Meditation
  • Clairvoyance
  • Spell-casting
  • As symbols of spiritual progression in your initiatic course in life.

I can’t afford to buy a proper Tarot deck. Can I make my own?

It is theoretically possible to make your own tarot deck: I myself have done so. However, get this: the cost of finding an online company and getting them to turn my designs into a finished deck was approximately $45 – but that didn’t include any value placed on all the hours I had spent painting the designs, scanning them and editing them with Photoshop, etc. (I suppose could have cheated and just used pre-existing designs which are floating around the internet as pirated copies, but it would still cost me money to print them out).

Bear in mind however, that, Amazon is currently selling copies of the Rider Waite Deck for only $12.30, so you must be really poor if you can’t afford even that!

Is the Thoth Tarot in the public domain?

Can I use the imagery without an explicit license? My understanding was that the age of the work matters – Wikipedia says it was all painted by 1943, and first published in 1969.

No. In the United States, copyright for a work published after 1923 but before 1978 will remain in the images until 95 years after the date of first publication, or 2064. See: Copyright Basics FAQ

In the United Kingdom and other countries, copyright lasts until 70 years after the creator’s death. The text for the Book of Thoth will therefore be in the public domain in Britain in 2017 (Crowley died in 1947); but the images will remain in copyright until 2032 (Lady Frieda Harris died in 1962). See: Page on dacs.org.uk

Does any one believe in Tarot card reading? How does it work?

The Tarot reader’s intuition does the reading: the cards themselves are keys which unlock that intuition. The Tarot spread challenges the reader to confront symbols that he or she would not normally consider – thus forcing the reader to think outside the box, and leading to insights of a psychic and even spiritual nature.

How do you become a paid astrologer or tarot reader?

Certification, and more importantly professional indemnity insurance, from the British Astrological & Psychic Society (or a similar body if overseas) is always a good start.

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Quora Compendium: Astral Projection

Astral Projection

Astral Projection

A compilation of various answers I have given on Quora.com relating to Astral Projection.

What does Astral projection actually feel like?

My experiences of Astral Projection generally felt similar to Lucid Dreams, but with the following differences:

I had the sensation of actually leaving my body – having a literal Out of the Body Experience;

Often I did not remember falling asleep, but slipping into the AP state whilst awake, though deeply relaxed. I suppose I must have fallen into a kind of trance between waking and sleeping.

I did not hang around in a dream-scape, but made a deliberate attempt to get as far away from mundane reality and into the upper reaches of the Astral plane proper. This is a matter of raising one’s personal energy vibrations (this can be done via the Qabalah, which is what I normally work with on a day to day basis).

Why do people astral project?

Is it for getting in contact with a deity, or maybe your guide? What about a different reason?

Yes I have used AP for contacting Deity and spirit guides, but a more general reason is that Astral Projection is the key to developing and using most psychic powers and paranormal abilities. For example: Clairvoyance, which is accomplished by astrally projecting through a “magic doorway” – the well-known Tattva method. Other effects which can be achieved can be psychic healing, precognition, telepathy, and much more.

Essentially, most psychic and spiritual powers have their basis on the Astral Plane. Hence, if one is able to master the art of Astral Projection, one can learn to make use of them.

What do you think about Astral projection? Is it dangerous? Can people actually leave their physical body and can move outside with astral body?

Speaking from experience, I would say that the act of astral projection is not dangerous as such, and stories that it might be are wholly unsubstantiated. However: what you encounter whilst astrally projecting might be. If you have forces at work in your unconscious which are deleterious to your health, you could very well encounter them whilst projecting – but that is the fault of the contents of your unconscious, not of the astral projection per se.

Although Astral Projection is popularly thought of as some sort of bilocation in the physical realm, in actual fact that is not real astral projection but “etheric projection.” It is also the most discredited form of Out-of-body-experience from a scientific point of view. True Astral Projection consists of projecting onto the Astral Plane, which is a different level of existence entirely.

How is sonic driving different from astral projection?

“Sonic driving” refers to a range of techniques – e.g. drumming, chanting, singing – used to cause Trance.

“Astral projection” refers to wilfully projecting out of the body onto the Astral plane.

Astral Projection may arise from a Trance-state, but then again – not all Trances lead to Astral Projection, and not all instances of Astral Projection necessarily require a Trance-state to initiate them.

Hence, Sonic Driving is not Astral Projection itself, but could conceivably be used to help you attain Astral Projection, as indeed was / is the practice in shamanic or quasi-shamanic cultures.

Can anyone help me with astral projection?

I’ve tried it multiple times with different techniques and I just can’t do it. I laid in bed for 3 hours today trying different techniques and I couldn’t do it. The closest I got was a tingling sensation in my legs if that even has to do with astral projection. I don’t know when I am able to leave my body. Can anyone answer my questions and provide me with some more information?

It would probably help if you describe in more detail exactly what techniques you have tried so far, and how long you have been practising each of them.

Speaking personally, when people ask me how to astrally project, I recommend they read Ophiel’s The Art and Practice of Astral Projection. That was how I first learnt to astrally project.

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How do the astrological Houses work?

Answer by Alex Sumner:

The “Houses” are nothing to do with your Sun sign: instead they are determined by (a) the Time of day you were born; and (b) the Latitude (degrees north or south of the equator) of the place you were born.

The time of your birth determines your “Rising Sign” or “Ascendant,” and is specifically the sign that was rising on the eastern horizon at that moment. This means that the Ascendant will change by one degree every four minutes, or by a complete sign (thirty degrees) every two hours. Astrologically, the Ascendant represents the face or persona you present to the world.

Incidentally, the Ascendant is the First House marker, and technically is the one part of your birth chart which is the true Horoscope (horos skopos = “house marker.”)

The Latitude of your place of birth, when taken in consideration with your time and date of birth, determines the “Midheaven” or “Medium Coeli” (“MC”). This is the sign at the zenith of the ecliptic (path of the Sun) as viewed from the place of your birth at the time of your birth. To put it simply, if you live in the northern hemisphere, the Ascendant is the sign at the point where the sun rose that day, and the MC is the sign where the sun was at midday. Astrologically, the MC represents how you interact with society at large, and also indicates the influence your mother has upon you.

The positions of the Ascendant and MC determine two axes, and between them twelve houses are created. Unlike the signs the twelve houses are of unequal length, due to the fact that unlike the constellations, which are supposedly absolute markers in Space, the houses are relative to your position on Earth. The Houses represent such things as Life; Wealth; Collaterals; Family; Children; Health; Marriage; Death; Religion; Honours; Friendship; and Enemies.

So to get back to your example of Sun in Aquarius… depending on what time of day and where you were born, your Sun could be in any one of the twelve houses. If for example you had been born exactly at dawn, your Sun would have been in the First house. If you had been born at any other time of the day or night, your Sun would have been in a different house entirely.

How do the astrological Houses work?

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Doesn’t lucid dreaming take a little ’magic’ from the dreaming?

Answer by Alex Sumner:

Your question is based upon a false assumption: that a lucid dreamer, having control of his or her dreams, would consequently want to experience a boring, unremarkable, mundane world which is indistinguishable from real-life.

Technically, yes – lucid dreaming does take away some of the unpredictability of non-lucid dreams. However the trade off is that instead you get Matrix-like superpowers, go on epic adventures to anywhere imaginable, have sex with zillions of hot supermodels, and even experience actual psychic, magical and spiritual phenomena as you access the higher reaches of the astral plane.

Personally this is a sacrifice that I and I guess most lucid dreamers are willing to make.

Doesn’t lucid dreaming take a little ’magic’ from the dreaming?

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