In reference to what EA says above about the Gematria Folk- “it simply doesn’t matter as much as many try to make it seem” or Reverse that, it may matter to them as they feel it needs to…
But I find that the more one refers to things that "get one in the mood" that the implication is that nothing really matter, its all made up, just as long as it helps the "human" think-feel a certain way (and thus there is No-Thing physical about the magick) -which I'd disagree with.
-if there isn't much of a magickal current surging, and/or an Entity either doesn't arrive or just sort of puts a metaphy finger in the area (vs Presence) then all the mental-state props do make a difference, as there isn't much else (or rather, not to diminish it, its a "psionic" work- ie pure mental generated)
But the implication by many groups/writers out there is that that is all there is.... and yet if not in the "right mindset" and yet merely say-whisper/mumble certain words and feel a Contact, and feel ripples in the Room (and elsewhere) as well as feel like the ground is dropping away, and images even full on "experiences" just fall-into your Mind. -that altars one's view at the same time the Magick is flowing (and that is the issue at hand).
One may create "astral temples" (which are actually self-thought-images, and may or may not be actually created in the "astral") and use all kinds of tradition, and as a result of that- a Magickal shift can occur, but is that later a Causal-Result of the first steps? or just following ? (post hoc est propter hoc vs "Post hoc ergo propter hoc" ie after this Therefore Because of this (?) perhaps more a busy-ing of Mind out of the way, as well as tiring it so it letsgo)
So not that it doesn’t matter, but three groups: some things matter, if there is a “science aspects” ie not all in a human-person’s head… ex 2 chemicals combined… thus do some herbs/incense/metals/gems etc radiate certain influences on-their-own?)
(many say incense or color is like this, and Incantations (Eans, etc) are like this, and yet think that things like “Salt” or other Crystals ~quartz, have a physical affect…
incense, and color and such (metals, type of fabrics) may have an impact, but there just may not have been the research-experimenting (“science” of that) to detail what… without being tied into the 3 categories.
Secondly, some things only matter to the doers involved [both the human-person(s) AND any Entities…]
thus if an Entity says they’ll only help if there is a Triangle 6ft by 6ft by 6ft with X names in it and of certain colors… we’ll either they’ll giveway and allow it not to be, or “in that case” with that Entity its needed, but per reqs of those involved… Which may include More than Those Present (those connected are influenced and thus are involved… some how).
Thirdly, what may seem like matters and doesn’t, or just doesn’t (although it may be tangled up in cognitive mapping of issues in the other categories above.
how one gets to a result may not be clearly differentiated from what was needed to get to the result (and devel a skill vs doing the skill)
“How did you do that? Is that a type of Magick?” -Melody
-"Everybody has a different Idea what Magick is?"
from The Booth at the End