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    Default Looking To Get Started

    I want to become a Magickian/Occultist, but not really sure where to start. Is there anyone that can help me to get started and point me in the right direction? I've done my share of research on some of the basics. I do feel that I need the guidance of an experienced Magickian to help me do it right. I'm starting from scratch, which is probably a good thing --- considering that I don't have any bad beliefs or bad habits that would have to be broken. I would greatly appreciate it if someone could point me in the right direction. I understand it's not an overnight thing, so I'm willing to go for however long it takes for me to become a Magickian.

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    The best advice I can give you is no advice. What i mean is find a branch of magick that appeals to you, and then research, once you find what it is then one of the members here can steer you to the right person.

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    I really liked Initiation into Hermetics by Bardon. It's difficult, but it is very clear, easy to read, and assumes you know nothing. If you're interested in working with the elements or uniting with God, you should probably look into this. Again, it is rather difficult, but not impossible.

    I have also heard good things about Modern Magick by Kraig. Never read it myself, but apparently it is also a nice "step-by-step" guide with a focus on ritual and ceremonial magick.

    And just echoing what Zelda said, if it doesn't appeal to you, don't use it.

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    I would advise you to learn a form of divination tarot would be best I think, and see waht the cards say of your path, in the beginning it is hard to tell what way to go, an divination can help in directing you.
    Man is invited to question, discover, explore,
    and manipulate the world around him and use it for his benefit.

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    I'm looking for a full-fledged Magician to study under, willing to pay for the services.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Black Magick View Post
    I want to become a Magickian/Occultist, but not really sure where to start. Is there anyone that can help me to get started and point me in the right direction? I've done my share of research on some of the basics. I do feel that I need the guidance of an experienced Magickian to help me do it right. I'm starting from scratch, which is probably a good thing --- considering that I don't have any bad beliefs or bad habits that would have to be broken. I would greatly appreciate it if someone could point me in the right direction. I understand it's not an overnight thing, so I'm willing to go for however long it takes for me to become a Magickian.
    How does one `become` anything? The key is in the word itself, and in time spent, time on the practical hands-on work of transforming oneself, - and often multiple times -, as you seem to understand. Initialy though, you could do worse than to at least familiarise yourself with the many and varied `Paths`/`Traditions` etc availiable to your interest, and to also take note from ZeldaFitz, and to go with what feels right, and with what you see as being able to provide you with the necessary tools to progress. There are no short cuts or easy fixes here though, and it is likely that you will "outgrow"/progress beyond many choices that initially seemed perfectly suited to your nature, as and when that nature evolves.

    "I'm starting from scratch, which is probably a good thing --- considering that I don't have any bad beliefs or bad habits that would have to be broken."
    No one starts from scratch, we pass through an environment as we grow, taking on board second hand notions, beliefs, and thought patterns from those within that environment without notice, and these oft missed "bad beliefs or bad habits" - and not any blatant mass controlers - are the real work.
    All in all though, I for one am excited as hell for you, as you have - "should you choose to accept this mission" - many years of extraordinary experiences ahead of you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gelly View Post
    I'm looking for a full-fledged Magician to study under, willing to pay for the services.
    What you got?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Black Magick View Post
    I want to become a Magickian/Occultist, but not really sure where to start. Is there anyone that can help me to get started and point me in the right direction?
    This should get you started: On Basic Magic

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    My suggestion is to talk to as many people as you can about thier beliefs. It's very interwined and find out what makes sense to you and what your goals are. I'd start journaling. I've been keeping journals and expierment diaries for years. If you need anything or anyone to start with, my contact information is on my profile. If anything we could have an interesting conversation.

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    Almost everyone would give you different advice. I spent almost a decade floundering about before I started to really find my way.

    Personally, I would hold that it remains upon your innate talents. If you can already visualize well, and have the mind for symbolism, I would suggest beginning a study on Qabbalah. If you lack the ability to visualize, and do not have any experience in altered states, I would suggest Initiation into Hermetics, as was previously mentioned.

    For blatant physical results, a study of chaos magic is likely where you'll want to go. It's cheap, it's simple, it's effective, it's easy.

    Regardless of what you may believe, you have a lot of breaking down to do. The method in which I broke down myself is rather taboo in most places, and something I wouldn't suggest, nor will I mention at all until I've read over the forum rules. But I had an exceptionally hard head.

    Learn to meditate, learn to visualize, and learn what your will really is before you begin any path is what I'd suggest. Deprogram yourself, and that is a long process in and of itself, before you seek a path. In my opinion, if you still have taboo's, if you still have a belief in the hard nature of reality, you have much work to do before seeking a path.

    I believe the elimination of the ego, at least once or twice, is essential to the core of magic. Your mileage may vary.

    PS: Is it just me, or does magickian seem like a clunky word?

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