Astral and psychic attacks. (And news of attacks, rumours, echoes. Whispers.)
If there’s one skill you’ll need in magick, it is the ability to keep your shit together - what my tripster friends call, “to maintain,” what the mundane world should call, “passing for nomal” - except, they hopefully don’t even know it’s a thing, that some of us do.
And it isn’t easy - with deeper possession work for example, it becomes like trying to sort black from red playing cards, when the deck represents your consciousness in every waking moment, and choosing the wrong card could mean, someone looking at you weird, labelling you as “odd” - or, worse, jobs lost, social services called, psychiatric admissions - all human hell unleashed upon on your sweetly demonic ass.
I wish I had a formula people could follow, a simple mantra to chant, but I don’t - you have to be kind of pig-headed, meta-stubborn, mulish - to know who, and what, you are (what you want as well) and then stick by that - no matter what currents flow through you, no matter what forces tug at you.
Be the ISA Rune - the steady standpoint of fixed and frozen time, selfhood, the lock that is upon the mass-observed spacetime perception.
Say yes only to what you care about.
Say no only to what you reject.
Be strong - make the shaman’s World Tree, your own spine.
And do be ready to change, but not overnight, not from one unverified personal gnosis - make anything that changes you, prove its worth, earn its keep in your mind, and soul.
Be YOU - and listen for the tides “in the affairs of men” as cousin Shakespeare had it, but don’t react like a trained dog, don’t be hyper-sensitive, attempt to remember in any situation, what you first got into it for, and don’t give up when shit gets weird.
Here endeth this lecture.