The Spellcrafting of Witchcraft: Reality, Fantasy and What You Thought You Knew
Saturday, March 17th, 2018 at 11 pm ET, Join Paranormal Now’s host Alan B. Smith and practicing sorcerer, Jason Miller to discuss his new book The Elements of Spellcrafting: 21 Keys To Successful Sorcery. Jason discusses common misconceptions of spellcrafting (witchcraft) and why certain assumptions can be misleading – even to the practitioner. Jason shares his thoughts on the state of paganism and sorcery in our modern times, particularly the popularity and growth of witchcraft and Wicca. Jason’s serious but lighthearted insights into magic, nature and finding balance in our lives and spiritual pursuits was most intriguing. He emphasizes the gaping differences between prayer, meditation, intention and meticulously executed spellcraft.
Author of, The Elements of Spellcrafting: 21 Key To Successful Sorcery, Jason Miller’s (Inominandum) interest in the occult was sparked by a series of psychic experiences he had when he was just five years old. He took up the practice of both High Magick and Hoodoo Rootworking while still a teenager, learning how ceremonial and folk magick can work together and compliment each other.
He has been involved with a number of orders and groups over the years, always seeking the quintessence of the arte. He has traveled to New Orleans to study Hoodoo, Europe to study Witchcraft and Ceremonial Magick, and Nepal to study Tantra. Miller is a member of the Chthonic Ouranian Temple and the Sangreal Sodality, as well as an initiated Tantrika in the Nyingma and Bon lineages of Tibet.
He is the author of Protection & Reversal Magick: A Witch’s Defense Manual and the Strategic Sorcery blog. He is also a regular contributor to Behutet magazine. Miller lives with his wife and on the New Jersey shore, where he practices and teaches magick professionally.
Alan’s Paranormal Cabin
No one person has gone through their life without thinking at some point in time that life itself is magic. Magic of course has a multitude of definitions depending on your source or who you speak to. But inside all of us we can not deny that life has, here and there, enchanted us and swelled our hearts with charm of nothing more than existence. The most obvious example is that of nature. Without any effort on our our part as a species – like the efforts of an artist or that of a loved one – nature will give each of us a magical moment when the breeze is just right and the trees whisper to our souls. A spell comes over us when we glimpse those precious five minutes when the light at dawn refracts throughout the clouds offering us a brilliant spectacle of three dimensional colors.
On the other hand, words and thoughts play a large role in our lives and work almost like magic. For example, we can convince ourselves that we know who we are until someone comes along using words, voice and performance to persuade us to follow them blindly, or even more mundanely – purchase a car we probably should have considered further before taking the leap. Of course, once we have the car we try so hard to make ourselves feel better about it by ignoring its glaring faults and justify every sputter and stall.
Spells of all forms can be powerful. Very powerful. And it is naive or even arrogant to think that none of us are susceptible. I am susceptible, as are you. So we have to be willing to look long and hard at ourselves and the situations we find ourselves in without letting pride get in the way of our perceptions and choices. To be wise, we must accept that we are not so perfect as to overlook our own shortcomings. We all know about mob mentality; or being too open to an idea because it is presented to us by someone we trust. Or like a celebrity who shares something private that they did not intend on sharing while being interviewed by Howard Stern. Sure, Stern’s ability to crack people open is based on psychology and his own intuitive technique – but it sure can feel like a magic spell for the interviewee. Even nature with its brightly colored creatures may lure you to release your guard only to find that you’ve just embraced a deadly deliverer of poison. The outcomes in various cases can be quite different. Sometimes, the result is conniving and negative, while other times peace and joy may song of the day.
Of course these types of spells are of the passive kind where we are the recipient. Jason Miller in this podcast and in his book, The Elements Of Spellcrafting, takes the time to explain the dangers of not being fully mindful and diligent as one who casts a spell. First, intent is the fundamental groundwork to all efforts. Intent is something that we all can understand and in that sense we have all worked with magic. But magic spellcrafting is like a more scientized version of intent. The efficacy, according to Miller, of using material elements and formulas in rituals rely greatly on how much you know about the history of a spell and the reasons for its effectiveness. For example, if one is to cast a spell found in a grimoire but substitutes some ingredients with others simply because you believe that the intent is what really matters, then the spell could be not only less potent, but the outcome different. Magic is powerful but it can not work all on its own. Like the Dali Llama has said, “I do not believe prayer brings peaceful society, peaceful world. Thousands of years we pray, pray, pray. Nothing happened! So now we should be realistic.” The Dali Llama goes on to explain that simply praying to God will not solve this problem, but by owning up to our own deeds and doing the work ourselves will we get real results. I agree that prayer may bring comfort (and that is most welcome); but prayer in and of itself is but one factor, or influencer out of many. Spellcrafting then is like a way of hyper focusing prayer and intent to act as a stronger influencer. All outcomes rely on many influencing factors. Jason Miller fully supports the idea that effective magic works better when one is aware of this and practices magic believing that the actual spellcraft itself has a measurable effect.
I think we can all agree the to do anything haphazardly is risky, and probably leads to less favorable outcomes more often than not. I personally do not practice magic, but I do focus my intentions sometimes using meditation or affirmations. I’m not sure I can say for a fact that my little rituals make much of a difference, except for the fact that the more I simultaneously put my intention out there and work towards keeping my spirit centered and calm (avoiding frenzy) the better my life just seems to go. Is it just my changed state of mind’s perception, or a real effect of my magic like efforts?
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