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Study Questions (alt.magicK kreEePing oOze Ref4)

Newsgroups: alt.magick,alt.magick.tyagi,alt.answers,news.answers
Subject: Study Questions (alt.magicK kreEePing oOze Ref4)
From: (tyaginator)
Followup-To: alt.magick
Summary: This is a reference file containing questions of value to the
         student of magick. It is intended as an introductory file and 
         its content will be questioned and discussed within Usenet's 
         alt.magick newsgroup.
Supersedes: [none previous]
References: 4 or 4

Archive-name: alt/magick/kreeeping-ooze=ref4
Posting-Frequency: to alt.magick -- by inquiry and desire;
	           to news.answers -- approximately every 2 months

Revised 9412

Originally posted to alt.magick: 930526
Compiled with input from a number of individuals



A. Theory

1. General

What is magick, and why do you use a 'k'?
  What can one achieve with magick? Is it real?
  Is magick a science, an art, both or neither?

What is the relationship between religion and magick?
  What is mysticism and how does this relate to magick?
  What is ritual and how is it related to magick?
  How is a 'spell' different from 'ritual' or 'prayer'?

What are these things and what do they have to do with magick: 
   meditation, hypnosis, trance, possession, visualization, 
   pathworking and lucid dreaming?
What are demons and angels?  Are these related to magick?
How can I summon a demon and have it obey me?
How can I make someone else love me?
How can I remove a curse?
Help!  My girlfriend is a witch!  What should I do?

2. Ethics

What is black magick and is it ethical?
How can magick be used to heal and when should it?
What is karma and how does it apply to magical work?
What are the ethics of using magick in enrichment, romance, combat,
   employment, crime and politics?

B. Magicians and Their Studies

How do I learn to do magick?  Do I need an instructor?
What is the relationship between student and teacher supposed to be?
What are the usual pitfalls of magical work, and what common, recognizable
   stages do magicians go through in the course of magical training? 
What is the basis for secrecy and why do some magicians abide by it?
  Are magical oaths necessary and/or useful?

C. History

How does Egypt fit into the history of magick?
Who were the Templars or Knights Templar?
Who were the (Bavarian) Illuminati?
What is Kabbalah?
What is Hermeticism?
What is Masonry and how does it relate to magick?
What is Theosophy and how does it relate to magick?
What is all this stuff about the rose and cross?
What was the Golden Dawn and what did it become?
Who was Gerald Gardner and what was his relationship to magick?
Who were: Levi, Dee, Fortune, Blavatsky(?), Spare, ..?
Who was Aleister Crowley?
  Why does he have such a bad reputation?
  What is this 'Aeon of Horus/Maat' business?

What is OTO?  
  What about the A.'. A.'.?  Are they related?  How?

D. Disciplines

What is divination?
   (i.e.  astrology, tarot, i ching, feng shui, runework)
What is sex magick?
  What is tantra?  Are tantra and sex magick related?

What is yoga and how does it relate to magick?
  To what to do the following words refer: asana, tattwa, kundalini, 
   prana, cakra/chakra; qi/ki/chi, meridians; aura, avatars and 

What is alchemy and how is it related to magick?
What is (the) qabalah and how does it relate to magick?
  Is it different than kabbalah, cabala or qaballah?  To what do the following 
   words refer: gematria, notariqon, temurah, 
   aiq bekr, sephiroth, qliphoth, da'ath, abyss?

What is ceremonial magick?
  What is a Holy Guardian Angel?
  What is the Oath of the Abyss?
  What is the Great Work?

E. Modern Traditions

What is voudoun/voodoo/hoodoo?
  Is voudoun about sticking pins in dolls or is it a religion?

What about santeria?  Is it a religion?
What is witchcraft?  Is it different than 'the craft'?
  Is witchcraft magick or something else?

What is wicca?  Is it different than witchcraft?
  What is the Great Rite?  Is this anything like the Great Work?

What is satanism?
  Is satanism related to magick?

What is chaos/kaos magick?
What is enochan magick?
  What are aethyrs and calls?
  Is there really such a thing as 'enochian chess'?

What is discordianism?
  Is this really related to the illuminati?

What does 'TOPY' stand for and why do they spell funny?
What is the Church of the Subgenius?
  Who is this Bob Dobbs character and what is all this weirdness?

What is the Necronomicon and how does it relate to magick?
What is cybermagick?

F. Magical tools

What is a magical tool?
What are common magical tools and how are they used?
   (i.e. wand/staff, cup/chalice, sword, pentacle, dagger, scourge, cord,
   candle, incense, perfume, salt, herbs and stones.)
What is an athame and how is this term pronounced?
What do the following words mean: juju, gris-gris, obeah, wanga?
What are these symbols you're talking about and what do they mean?
   (i.e. pentagram (point-up/down?), hexagram, unicursal hexagram, 
   666, circle and swastika)
  Are there correct ways to draw them?
  If a symbol is 'upside-down' what does this mean?

What are sigils and how are they used?
What are magic(k) squares?
What is a talisman?  How are they created and used?
How many elements/guardians/archangels are there?
  What are the elements/etc. called and how are they used?

What role do psychoactive substances play in magical practice?
What about mind machines?

G. Organizations and Order

What is initiation?  Is it important?
What forms do initiations take?
Why does alt.magick resemble an initiated order?
Is joining an organization a good idea?
  Are social rituals better than solitary ones?

H. General Occultism

What is occultism?
What is spiritualism?
   Are spirits real?
   What is a seance?
   What is an ouija board and how is it used?

What is astral travel?
What is the astral plane?
What does OOBE stand for?  What is it?
What are spirits, ghosts, vampires and werewolves?
    Do they have anything to do with magick?

Where can I find the Necronomicon?  Why is alt.necromicon spelled funny? 

I. References

What's a good beginning reading list for a person interested in magick? 
What's a good beginning reading list for a person interested in mysticism? 
What resources are available for the computer-wise mage?
  What about archives?


This is from a series of continually-updated posts responding to recurrent
questions in the alt.magick newsgroup.  Please debate anything in here which 
seems extreme and add your own response to these questions after the post.  
I'll integrate what I like.  Thanks.

tyagi nagasiva
tyagI@houseofkaos.Abyss.coM (I@AM)

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