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July 15, 2018, 05:41:05 PM
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Offline Seraphis

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(THE FOLLOWING IS A PHILOSOPHICALLY DERIVATIVE CONCEPT OF CHAOS MAGIC)

Along the years, the notion of divinity / godhead as being inextricable sources of magic / energy and the need for personifying said energies, has been a source of contention and perplexion.

A great many spells, rituals, magical practices, covens, etc. contemplate the calling on gods and goddesses in ritual as sources of energy or to yield some power towards the intended outcome. It would take a fair deal of deliberation to consider what we perceive as the essence of divinity and "godly sentience", but for the greater part of this topic, I would like to argue the over-use of the concepts as personified energies.

It may do well to note that "gods" and "goddesses" may very well exist in the manner most subscribe to, yet the nature of their essence misconstrued and utilized under a pretext of personification. In magical application, the utilization of higher energies is not at all uncommon, though the means to entreat or attune to them appear largely under-discussed. The "works for some but not for others" issue arises again with the notion that magic can be used by anyone, regardless of religion, spirituality, or beliefs.

A god / goddess by any other name would be as easily entreated. (a rose by any other name would smell as sweet) - The same energy may be personified in different cultures, religions, or spiritual beliefs and teachings, yet in essence remain unchanged. Simply, our perception of it's nature is all that differs.

Whilst this discussion remains far away enough from reaching of a point of scientifically quantifying the essence of magical energies, it still merits consideration that the "impression/s" we hold of godhood and divinity, at least in the context of utilization for magic / ritual / practice, may yield the same results when utilized in a different context - without personified deity.

For comparison's sake, I refer to Reiki. Whilst it is not considered a personified deity, it is yet structured by rules and limitations; an "intelligent energy" which only works if the recipient is at least in some part willing to receive it, and no negative intentions are held towards the recipient whilst it is being transmitted by the practitioner. However, by examining the way it is regulated in it's application, it might easily be considered itself to be a deity or personified manifestation.

As for practical implementation of the concept, the point is the effective utilization of "divinity" or "divine energy" without the personification; to entreat or access the energies of a god / goddess for integration into magical practice without the stigma of personification of deity; a similar approach to the method of using Reiki. The energy frequency suitable for the purpose under it's own regulations. (eg. Reiki simply doesn't flow or permit utilization when refused or intended for harm)

As far as scientific quantification of divine or magical energies, it may yet simply be a matter of time before we can accurately measure and observe the essence and foundation behind the smokescreen of mysticism in a manner similar to existing technologies of observing a spectrogram of FM radio frequencies such as this: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Spectrogram-fm-radio.png

Food for thought.

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 -- Seraphis