this isn’t strictly about black magic, but i use it as an example below.
in some of EAs books and elsewhere, it’s generally accepted that the path of dark ascent gives too much power to the neophyte way too soon, and that revelations along the path come somewhat at random, or at least in intermittent and unpredictable bursts.
i’m curious as to when and how others have experienced these moments of enlightenment, and what finally allowed them to walk through doors which were suddenly unlocked and flung open.
my own experience began with LaVey’s rituals which induced auto-hypnosis and hallucination. next came the modern grimoires which i used to summon goetic spirits for the first time, including EAs writings. oddly, though, Mark A. Smith’s books presented me with visions and experiences i am still having difficulty deciphering. clearly a significant current to study, but it ultimately wasn’t for me. what results i did get, though, were impressive enough to warrant my respect of the system.
now, working through the BoA and KoF, i’m eliciting my own revelations, albeit slowly. oh, and the tarot has always been the cosmic roadmap i’ve used for comparison. it’s absolutely invaluable for gluing all the bits and pieces you pick up over time back together. the tarot seems like the scrapbook, while your experiences are the things you put in it. having suits and elements etc gives you an idea of where everything should go to make up the final mosaic.
anyway, back to the question. how/when did you achieve your first revelation along your path, and how have you managed to unlock more doors as you’ve progressed? conversely, have you noticed that it’s not up to you, and that doors open in their own damned time?
right now, i’m thinking of building an astral lock-pick kit and busting into the temple. i hate even having to wait for fast food, let alone the keys to magical power!
kind regards, james.