When getting comfortable with witchcraft or any spiritual path, have a clear idea of what you want personally from it and what your community contribution should be. For me, I label these distinctions as Black Magick for my personal journey and White Magick as my social contribution. These are two distinct paths for me, so I follow two systems of magick.
My Black Magick path is rooted in left-hand witchcraft these include philosophies from Satanism, Witchcraft, Vampirism, and other mythologies and paths that celebrate the individual as a spiritual source. The need for self-realization and fulfillment is needed for any kind of achievement, especially in the occult. To release yourself completely can also be dangerous in a spiritual path as you can fall victim to many self-proclaimed Gurus, evangelist, and other predators who target those who are lost. By following the Black Magick path to clarify personal goals, needs, and wants, it helps my inner journey and sets healthy boundaries when approaching the community with a spiritual intention. To put it bluntly, if you go out into the world with no idea of your needs and personal fulfillment, you run the risk of becoming a blank slate and following anything or anybody who presents a promise or a future of spiritual enlightenment. The need for black magick is crucial when clarifying what it is you want and what you need to gain the courage to go after it.
As opposed to Black Magick, White Magick has the goal of serving society and working towards the greater good for all mankind. For most, this involves merging with the universe, god, or nature by letting go of the ego. For my White Magick path, the Rosicrucian traditional fulfills my need to contribute to society. This traditional follows the path of ancient philosophy and the alchemical approach introduced in the late nineteenth century. This pulls me out of the emotional mindset of witchcraft and approaches the craft from a logical point of view. I use this method when dealing with what I call the outer witchcraft. My outer path deals with finding the science, psychology, and other ways to describe the experience of the occult to engage with the world without becoming the gentle soul who will fall for anything. Most Rosicrucians would turn in their grave at the thought of me mixing Black Magick with such a noble society, but when it comes to science and the politics of the occult within the community, the Rosicrucians know how to navigate this aspect of my craft. When I need to present the lessons learned from the occult to society, at times I prefer using psychology and/or science to explain it to people outside of my culture. By using this method of White Magick, I can still serve the greater good of humanity without losing my ego and merging with the cosmic and/or nature. This is a great way for all of us who follow the Left-Hand Path, but still need to contribute to society without revealing our personal experiences if we are not comfortable sharing it with present company.
My question is: how do you navigate your Inner and Outer Witchcraft? What paths work the best for you?
Before we begin discussing any topics about the occult, its always a great idea to get some definitions in place and the direction you want your spiritual path to go. When dealing with occult intentions, the terms and concepts behind white versus black, religion versus spirituality, or right hand path verses left hand path have been blurry and ill-defined. When it comes down to it, most people labels these distinctions with a moral judgement or a good and evil separation which at the end of the day, is purely subject. One of the best definitions I found was inspired by the author Stephen Flowers, in his book, “Lords of the Left Hand Path.” When looking at the goal of the Right Hand path, the magician wants to harmonize themselves with the higher laws of nature, the universe, or God, this is what can be considered White Magick. The goal is to conform to the natural laws of the universe and find strength with this union. When the individual self merges with the higher energy, the magician becomes enlightened with the release of his/her ego. This has also been the goal of most religions and any magick connected to the healing arts. By releasing your ego and connecting your soul with God, The Cosmic, Nature, The Universe, or whatever term you feel comfortable with, you will reach spiritual state and tap into your spiritual power and reach spiritual enlightenment. The goal of the Black Magician is to have God, the Cosmic, Nature, or the Universe conform to his/her will. This path focuses the role of power and freedom by gaining control over his/her spiritual life and journey. When looking at these paths, neither one should be considered good or evil, but equal in their need for humanity and it is up to the magician to determine their dominant spiritual quest. Everyone has the ability and use for both, but one will dominate your path and serve as a spiritual compass for the rest of your journey. When deciding your spiritual path, you must become aware of your intentions and goals. Your path needs to be decided before beginning any form of occult studies. Simply stated, are your occult intentions to conform to the universe to create a natural state of bliss, (White Magick) or to have the universe conform to your intentions to create a sense of independence and freedom (Black Magick). When you discover your path from the start, your journey into the occult will become more successful. This will help you find spiritual teachers and communities that will help support and guide you towards your spiritual goals.
Book Referenced: “Lords of the Left-Hand Path” by Stephen E. Flowers, Ph. D. (2012)