There are three Main Types of Magic according to Dean Radin, author of Real Magic.
- Divination (Prophecy/Telepathy)
- Manifestation (Force of will)
- Theurgy (Working with spirits and deities)
Divination is a form of magic that focuses on gaining insights or glimpses into the future or the unknown. Not all who practice divination use it to tell fortunes or see the future for themselves. Essentially, divination is a form of telepathy that allows the practitioner to tap into different streams of consciousness. It becomes prophetic when the stream of consciousness concerns the fate of the collective.
Practitioners of divination use various methods such as tarot cards, crystal balls, astrology, or scrying to interpret signs and symbols. Through divination, one can access hidden knowledge, receive messages from higher realms, or foresee upcoming events. While all practitioners of divination tend to be intuitive or even psychic, not all study symbolism or adhere to a widely practised occult system of divination.
Manifestation magic involves harnessing one’s willpower and intent to bring about desired outcomes or changes in reality. This type of magic focuses on the power of thoughts, beliefs, and intentions to shape the external world. Practitioners of manifestation magic understand that energy follows thought and that by directing their focus and intention, they can attract or create circumstances aligned with their desires.
Techniques such as visualisation, affirmations, and rituals are commonly employed to refine and amplify the process of manifestation. Practitioners need to cultivate a clear and focused mind, as well as a strong belief in their ability to influence and shape their reality through the power of their will.
Theurgy is a type of magic that involves the invocation and cooperation with divine or spiritual entities. Practitioners of theurgy seek to establish a profound connection with higher beings, such as deities, angels, or spiritual guides. Through rituals, meditation, or prayer, theurgy practitioners aim to draw upon the wisdom, energy, and guidance of these ethereal entities.
Theurgy is often associated with spiritual growth, enlightenment, and the attainment of a deeper understanding of the self and the universe. A good example of theurgy is working with the 72 Shem HaMephorash for self-improvement.
Theurgy requires a strong devotion and a willingness to establish a harmonious relationship with the spiritual realm. The practice of theurgy can bring about transformative experiences. It can also lead to spiritual insights and a sense of connection to the divine forces that govern the cosmos.
What’s Your Main Type of Magic?
These three main types of magic offer distinct paths towards exploring and interacting with life’s mystical and spiritual aspects. Each type requires its own set of skills, knowledge, and dedication. Some individuals may find themselves naturally drawn to explore one particular category. Others have cultivated one or more forms of magic through many lifetimes and are born with spiritual gifts thanks to this.
Which category of magic do you feel you have the most natural aptitude for? Let me know in the comments. Were you born with magical skills? Do you recall any past lives where you used them?
Magic and Religion
All three types of magic are used within the context of religion. What you see during a Catholic Mass, for instance, is an elaborate magic ritual that relies on both Theurgy (prayers to saints and angels) and Force of Will (praying with faith it will be so). The Bible is brimming with divination and prophecy.
Yet all three types of magic are labelled ‘demonic’ by the main world religions if used outside the context of the particular ritual practices of those religions. It is fairly easy to understand why:
Power over others operates on a foundation of secrecy. When magic becomes commonplace and acceptable, those who knew secrets that gave them leverage will no longer be able to own and control society. A good example is the Sanhedrin. The Sanhedrin condemned those who practised magic outside of the priesthood. Yet there was a secret requirement that you had to have the ability to perform magic to become a member.
So there you have it. The most rebellious thing you can do is to work on your magic skills. Magic is real, folks! The more of us that become aware of this fact, the more certain we can be of victory. I highly recommend Dean Radin’s book ‘Real Magic‘ for those of you who wish to dive deeper into this subject. Radin can back his claims with science! I’m not talking about ‘THE science’ (dogma) but about actual scientific research.
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How to Kickstart Your Magical Powers
Are you new to magic and don’t know where to start? Starting a simple meditation practice is a great way to cultivate the mindfulness and skills needed for all three types of magic. Here are some steps to help you get started:
- Find a quiet and comfortable space: Choose a place where you can sit undisturbed for a few minutes. It could be a corner of your room, a dedicated meditation space, or even outside in nature.
- Get into a comfortable position: You can sit on a cushion or a chair with your back straight but relaxed. You can also try lying down if sitting is uncomfortable for you. The key is to find a position that allows you to be both alert and at ease.
- Set a timer: Start with a short duration, such as 5-10 minutes, and gradually increase the time as you become more comfortable.
- Close your eyes or soften your gaze: Close your eyes if it feels comfortable to you. If not, you can gently lower your gaze and focus on a specific spot in front of you.
- Focus on your breath: Bring your attention to your breath. Notice the sensation of the breath as you inhale and exhale. You can observe the rising and falling of your abdomen or the feeling of air flowing in and out of your nostrils.
- Be present in the moment: As thoughts, emotions, or sensations arise, simply observe them without judgment. Allow them to come and go, returning your focus to the breath whenever you notice your mind wandering.
- Be consistent: The key to establishing a meditation practice is consistency. Aim to meditate at the same time each day, if possible, and make it a habit.
Remember, meditation is a skill that takes time to develop. Real magic skills often take more than one lifetime to master. Start with shorter sessions and gradually increase the duration as you become more comfortable. The most important thing is to approach your practice with patience, compassion, and a non-judgmental attitude.