Why Does Magick “Fail”?

Some of the most common reason that magicians fail.

Commitment To The Work

“I know your works: you are neither cold nor hot. Would that you were either cold or hot! So, because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth.” Revelation 3:15-17

“If you truly love something or someone, you commit. If you don’t, then your claim of ‘real love’ is not real at all.” – Shaykh Yassir Fazaga

“Despise also all cowards; professional soldiers who dare not fight, but play; all fools despise!” Liber AL vl Legis 3:57

Failures to develop K&C with the HGA.

1. Lack of commitment to the work.
Likes the idea and the people doing the Work – or appearing to do the Work, but isn’t committed enough to do it themselves.

The solution is pretty obvious. If you don’t want it bad enough, you wont get it. It is called “The Great Work” because it is hard.

The Emerald Tablet of Hermes Trismegistus states: “That which is Below corresponds to that which is Above, and that which is Above, corresponds to that which is Below, to accomplish the miracles of the One Thing.” There are Four Planes in the Qabalah. Each of these planes corresponds to the four realities which manifest life in the physical plane. Every action on this plane effects those four planes, and visa versa, thereby creating an infinite loop.

Many of the people I have known who jump into magick and failed have done so because they did not develop the vision to peer into these planes, or understand how an action “here” manifests “there.” It is a lot like an American going to visit a tribe of headhunters in the jungle without speaking the language or understanding local customs… and complaining because they have become part of the menu.

Don’t jump ahead. There are few shortcuts in this Work.

2. Doubts.
Under-developed ego and a fragile sense of “self.” Usually a result of bad programming by others.

Start slowly with something easy. Write everything in your diary. Persevere. Remember, learn how to walk before you try to run. Banish every day, and meditate. Learn about yourself as you try to develop your magick feet. Lust of Result is your enemy. Do the Work for its own sake. There is no part of you that is not divine. You will eventually discover this, and you will see that you are just as worthy as anyone else. You have power.

3. Lack of experience.
Never had the experience necessary to pursue K&C. Disbelief. May be turned off to all Work due to the actions of adherents, or adherents not meetings the expectations. The Jesus Christ mold syndrome. Expecting teachers to be “perfect” as Jesus allegedly was.

If you don’t believe that magick is possible, then you can’t expect to have a magical life. If you have been turned off by other magicians, find some that you can respect. You may have to dig a while, but your efforts will be rewarded. And most importantly: The story of Jesus’ perfection is allegory and mythology. Don’t turn your back on a potential teacher because they lack perfection. The best teachers are tormented, having seen a life – a world so profound that they often feel like Moses being able to look upon The Holy Land, and not being able to step in it.

4. Faulty methods.
This one could take an entire book. Charlatans, many of which write books, deceive and cause spiritual crisis in people that think they are the “real deal.” Also, in the case of some REAL Masters, there is the “dirt in the eyes of the profane” trickster which is an archetype we find so often in the Western Traditions. A lot of this has to do with lack of qualifications on the guru’s side, and unrealistic expectation and gullibility on the side of the student.

Magical Orders must require some form of payment in order to continue their work. Beware of magical organizations that only seem to care about your presence when you are paying for the privilege. Beware of any person or any organization that asks for exuberant amounts of money for training.

When it comes to individuals such as teachers and gurus, you will know them because the teaching will feel like two people sharing information informally. Like friends do. Learning and teaching is a two-way street. A good teacher knows this, and you will have to remind yourself that they are a teacher… because they wont feel like one. In fact, a real teacher will rejoice when you no longer need them. There is a certain pride in setting the student free. There is only so much a person can teach you. You have to learn from experience.

You get the teacher you deserve. Remember that when you are working on yourself.

5. Failure to stick to one method.
In today’s world it is popular to jump around from paradigm to paradigm, or mixing up various methods from all around the world. While this may be good for people studying comparative religion, social archaeology and mythology, it is a poor model for the actual seeker of union. This would be problematic for the “collectors” that go around collecting certificate to bolster their own claims if they were only more interested in doing the actual Work than inflating their own self-important through the use of worthless paper.

Pic a paradigm/school/philosophy and stick with it. By all means, compare it to other schools of thoughts. They may all lead to the same place, but you will have to pick the path and stick to it.


About Gerald del Campo

Gerald Enrique del Campo (b. 1960) is a poet, musician, song writer, photographer, magician, philosopher, author, Bishop and lecturer on occult and religious topics. He was born in Córdoba, Argentina on January 14, 1960.
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