By Tim Theyson | Instagram
My first step into the world of magick – my gateway – was tarot. This was convenient, as my first deck came with probably the most simplistic guide book I’ve seen to date. It had three or four descriptive words and no reversals. I wanted more. Quickly, I purchased my first RWS (Rider, Waite, Smith) tarot and a new guidebook that dove into the descriptions, and I was off.
Soon after, I once again found myself longing for more of what the magickal world had to offer. I dove in pretty hard, reading dark texts and what I call ‘dirtier’ magick. In this, I also turned to the largest grimoire in the world. The great grimoire of Gügel. Google… I did Google searches.
If you’re wondering what I searched: What’s a word that comes to mind when you think of witchcraft? Chances are, I searched it. There is everything from necromancy, candle magick, sigils, runes, blessings, curses, videos in ascending, and anything else you could imagine. I wanted to learn it all. Quickly, I started writing down spells and throwing them into practice. My tea light candle consumption went up by one thousand percent as I was becoming a full-fledged witch. But was I really?
There are two problems with integrating Google into your practice. The first is that most of the magick presented on the Internet is garbage. I have found rather quickly that quality magick is handed down over time and most likely not posted up for everyone to enjoy. That’s just how the cauldron boils, I’m afraid. There is something to be said for keeping esoteric magick shrouded and not transforming it into exoteric. The main reason for this is that powerful magick can not be trusted to everyone. People, as a rule, are irresponsible, and you can’t have them carrying around ways to cause major trouble and influence other people’s will.
The second problem is that you’re performing someone else’s magick. On the low end of the problem, performing someone else’s magick is just not going to be as strong as creating your own magick. On the high end of the problem, performing someone else’s magick can turn out to be problematic — even dangerous — as you can never truly be sure what a spell’s or symbol’s original intent was. Something presented as a simple love spell could, in truth, be a spell for obsession and infatuation, which will not have a good result for anyone. Think of it like a cake. You can go buy one with ease. Someone else had the idea for it, put the ingredients together, and came out with a result. They shared the recipe on the Internet. You make it, but it’s just a little too sweet, or not sweet enough, or a number of other things that could come up and make you want to adjust the recipe.
This is the key to using the Internet for magick. Inspiration is fine, but you should always adjust the magick you find to make it your own and feel right to you. Don’t do things that don’t resonate with you just because they are listed. The difference between magick and the cake is that magick is not a recipe. We use herbs and tools and things of this nature to help us make the metaphysical into the physical and, therefore, find it easier to put our energy into our work. That is why you can add and take away things in your practice freely. In truth, you don’t need any of these tools. You are able to do it all with your mind if you are someone who can muster up that type of power, but most of us are not.
With the aid of a book on chaos magick, I saw the truth. I created my own magick, unrestrained by borders or boundaries. I moved freely through this world. Above all, the biggest thing I learned was this: If it feels magickal, then it is. It’s the feeling of being satisfied- of knowing your magick will work. If you go into any spell thinking it might not work, it won’t. You have to enter with confidence that you’re about to mold your own reality.
As I write this, the irony that I’m telling you to not count on the Internet for your practice while writing a blog post for the Internet is not lost on me. I think it’s important to say that just like everything else, the Internet can be a useful resource. Just like you can’t completely trust ‘Dr. Google’ to decipher between a rash and terminal illness, though, you can’t trust the ‘Witch of Googleheim’ to provide you with quality magick. What you can do is find trusted tools from other trusted witches, gain advice and inspiration, and create a practice that is solely yours.