The vital importance of personal development to magick


I’ve touched upon this in various blog posts, but decided to dedicate one especially for this topic. Hell, I may be doing a series of these. It’s that important of a topic.

Personal development is a vital part of any magician or witch. You cannot even think to begin to learn how to handle magick without it. So much of magick depends upon your thoughts, feelings, and unconscious, and the best way to harness and develop that is through personal growth and development.

Why is this? Well, let’s start off with the definition of magick.

“Magick is the art and science of causing change in conformity to will.” – Aleister Crowley

Say what you will about the man, but Crowley was right on target here. My other favorite definition is as follows:

“Magick is about poking at reality with a stick, learning from the results, and using it for useful purposes.” – Scarlet Magdalene

…but I may be biased.

Okay, you may be nodding your head at this point and going, “Yeah, yeah, okay, so?” Well, then, let’s move on to the definition of will. It’s strongly connected with the idea of desires and wishes. Do you know what yours truly are? Do you know what would make you deeply, truly happy and fulfill your life’s purpose?

A surprising number of people have no idea. They just know that they are unhappy and feel powerless to control those circumstances. They think that if they turn to esoteric arts, they will make their lives better and happier and that it would give them the power that they need.

Unfortunately becoming a magician or witch isn’t like Harry Potter; you aren’t instantly imbued with some mystical powers by merely being given a wand or through some sort of blessing. Empowerment comes from within. You cannot cause change in your outer world without first causing change in your inner.

Next blog post: How causing change in your inner world enables you to do magick in the outer. Stay tuned!


In the meantime, if you’re a magician/witch or aspiring to be and could use some pointers in eliminating obstacles to getting your magick working, please feel free to give a free consultation with a try to see if I could be of help to you.

5 thoughts on “The vital importance of personal development to magick

  1. J Feddy says:

    I wholeheartedly agree! It boggles my mind when I see some of my witch friends unable to do basics…like control their emotions, even when their logic tells them they would be better served doing so. If you are unable to control yourself, you are unlikely to be able to manifest the power to influence the outside world much, or effectively.

    • scarletmagdalene says:

      There seems to be this disease among occultists where people go on and on about how poor they are then turn up their nose at doing any money magick as being “unethical”. Hellooooooo? Taking care of yourself isn’t unethical; it’s called common sense. When you are prosperous, you can take better care of yourself AND other people–not to mention set a good example!

      • J Feddy says:

        We are all given gifts to help us survive on this planet, and using one’s magickal prowess is only unethical if the intent is. Nobody tells a 7-foot tall guy that it’s unethical for him to use his superior height to excel at basketball, or a math wiz to be an accountant or actuary. Money is the form of energy we tend to use in our mundane lives, and like all forms of energy, is neither inherently good or evil.

        • scarletmagdalene says:

          Exactly! This is the same argument I’ve used in my religious community against those who claim that using magick is against the gods.

  2. Laurie says:

    If one cannot control their inner life, what power they do have is dangerous to say the least. We cannot expect to control the forces of Nature if we are ignorant and powerless over our inner forces.

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