Not a beginner, been into the occult since 12 years of age when I began having these “pulling” feeling in my chest that lead me towards books that should not be there in a bookstore. Like finding my first manual of magick (armchair author, not worth mentioning, the kind that goes "oh to turn into a werewolf you just need to get a wolf skin from the Devil! Just like the archives of the Inquisition from the Middle Ags suggests! I know!) in a strictly Christian bookstore.
Then, as of today, few of the things I’ve done:
Made 2 people die after setting a curse on them, confirmed kills, no “well I haven’t seen them since then, so I guess they croaked it by my design!”.
Made people find jobs and progress in their lives by either following my methods (common methods you find all over BALG, doesn’t make me special in any way) or after doing some ritual for them.
Had successful spirit comunication and had things done for me. To the point of one spirit (Marbas, the lion headed president of engineers, healing and wasting curses) tell me “I want a drink from this specific store” and finding there are ONLY drinks with a lion head as logo.
Then later, Marbas said I should start body building, and as I was passing from a very known street to me, he told me to “look”. I peek over my shoulder and I realize there is a new shop in town, one dedicated to fitness WHOSE LOGO IS THAT OF A LION’S HEAD WEARING A CROWN. I used to call Marbas “King Marbas” all of the time, because I felt I should, even though the Goetia specifies him in the rank of Presidents… Talk about coincidence, huh?
Now, I want you to keep in mind something VERY important: All which I have achieved I could’ve done WAY SOONER had I established a strict routine for me. I don’t mean a 1 daily hour for the occult and such, I mean the attitude. Pursuing after dreams like Koetting.
You can check my posts history to find the exact date when I joined, and you WILL notice how stuck I was with summoning spirits, and how many GIGANTIC LEAPS I’ve taken since I joined BALG. I wasn’t like that before.
No wonder these people and their shared experiences have helped me get so incredibly far, no wonder Koetting’s courses have undoubtedly contributed for this, but you must focus on the catalyst of all this: Will. Intent.
As Koetting worded it in one of his courses, without intent nothing happens. Most people stare at the scrying mirror EXPECTING the visions to come by themselves, or most people call upon the spirit with nothing in mind except validation. I don’t disrespect them, mind you, I was exactly as them, but what I mean to say is:
You COMMAND the mirror to show you WHAT YOU WANT. Not images appealing to what you’d like to see happen, no, I mean you DEMAND ANSWERS from it. When you LOOK WITH INTENT IS WHEN YOU SEE, because setting the intent is directing your eyes to WHERE they need to see.
You CALL the spirit WITH A PURPOSE. Not with a “well let it appear first, and then I can talk and see if soemthing happens”. THAT is what makes magick possible. THE WILL.
I know you could say “but you should first try methods!” True, but the traditional scientific methods don’t apply fully here. This isn’t striking two stones together and seeing what happens, here the spark is produced by willing it into existence. I know it sounds far fetched, and a perfect way to excuse one’s self from the question of “well why it didn’t work for me? just because I didn’t believe in it?”
WELL EXACTLY. WILL IS EVERYTING.
You lift boxes with your muscles because musclepower is what you need for that job. The job of making magick requires of the mind, so guess what you need? Yep, “mindpower”, and we all know I am talking about WILL here .
So, if you want to progress? You can. You need no validation, you need no demonic lord or archangel to give you their blessing. You just need to want it.
Remember that phrase that says “before you learn how to walk you must learn how to crawl”? I used to think of it as a deprecative statement towards the beginners, that it was a phrase used to negatively reinforce the dependance of the newbie towards the veteran…
But no, it actually holds a secret meaning, mostly because the phrase is incomplete:
“Before you learn how to walk you need to learn how to crawl, SO WHEN YOU REALIZE THIS SUCKS BALLS YOU’LL BE SO ANGRY YOU’LL STAND UP”.
So really, by all means, if you think of yourself as a beginner? Just go “nah fuck it, I WILL BECOME A MASTER”. And heck, before you’ve even notice you’ll be it.