I was made aware of an article recently that nearly passed me by. I’m glad it didn’t Literally once a year or maybe less I get to read an article that contains such interesting information that it makes me want to blog about it.
The article in question was written by a practising “wizard”, and the publishers felt the need to preface the article with a strong statement explaining this explicitly. We energy workers are still on the threshold of acceptability, aren’t we? It got posted on the James Randi “Education” forum too and the flames went skyward! Anyway, I didn’t hold out much hope for the article myself, having read many similar articles.
This one was quite different. As I read it I thought to myself – “This matches my own magickal rules almost exactly!” I was stunned. The rules that Kal and I have often discussed have been built not from inauthentic knowledge, but from personal experience.
The article expresses the rules as “doctrines”. Ok, if you must. It may appear to add gravitas in the way that wizards often seem to need, yet that gloss is unnecessary – the statements stand up for themselves. I decided to re-publish these doctrines, but expressed through the eyes of a druid and natural magician, rather than a wizard.
Let me see if I can summarise the main points:-
- The first doctrine is that there is no purpose in debating with skeptics and non-believers.
- The second doctrine is the power of 9. The 9th occurrence of a thing is the purest or the least pure. (cf. The Ninth Wave)
- The third doctrine is the necessity of shielding the self.
- The fourth doctrine is the doing of necessities and the leaving alone of every other thing. The Power and the Burden is not a toy.
- The fifth doctrine is that inhabitation is actually very common. i.e. we are frequently encountering and allowing entities to enter our auras.
- The sixth doctrine is that Good and Evil operate as inverse propositions. Therefore, if one proposes the elimination of an opponent or rival, the other proposes the transformation of the opponent or rival into a friend and ally.
- The seventh doctrine is that the esoteric tradition is correct and that all specific faiths are limited. Our senses are too limited, our minds too small, and our hearts too selfish to even begin to know the why and how of things.
- The eighth doctrine is that the distance between wizard and philosopher is undetectable.
- The ninth doctrine is that knowledge is useless in the absence of application. All magick must have a practical purpose and be demonstrably effective.
How many of these do I agree with? All of them! Seems like I have learned a lot in the few years I have been working in this world. Let me add a few comments on those doctrines.
Doctrine 1: No point debating sceptics
Kal often gets into debates with people online, discussing his experiences with people who have never experienced anything remotely akin to what he has, and indeed see it as anathema and folly to even attempt to do so. For years I’ve been counselling him that it serves no energetic purpose to waste time and energy on these fruitless debates. People will come over when their time is right. Until then, leave them alone and hope that they pay you the same courtesy. A core tenet of Hedge Druidry, I feel.
Doctrine 2: The Power of Nine
If number is an expression of a natural implicate order then is one order more important than any other? Consider it like a sequence of inter-weaving waveforms. All are expressions of mathematics, yet when two waveforms combine to form a peak they produce a form that is sympathetic – purer and stronger. That is the image I have of the number nine. It is one of those numbers whose expressions in Nature seem purer and stronger than expressions of other numbers – certainly as interacted with by us humans.
Doctrine 3: The Necessity of Shielding the Self
I never used to consider that shielding was important until I began to encounter energy-depleting forces. These vampiric fields, some of which are entities in their own right, can deplete your subtle energy resources to nothing leaving you vulnerable and impotent in the magickal sphere. The necessity of shielding oneself from such depletion is now built into my own energy work as a matter of routine, and is considered now to be the first priority when setting myself up for any form of work, especially if I am going into something blind, without prior knowledge of what I will be working with.
Doctrine 4: Only do what’s necessary
This is both a form of magickal economy (only using the energy that you need to use in order to be effective) and a warning against being profligate and extravagant with subtle energy. There are many times when it is very very tempting to utilise and manipulate either your own or someone else’s energy in order to exact revenge, see that someone gets their ‘just desserts’ or simply to impress someone who may have challenged your efficacy, possibly in a very public way. The answer is simple – resist the temptation.
It IS possible to utilise energy in any way you see fit. Yet, the dividing line between the druid and the wizard, between the gracious and the selfish, between the graceful and the gross use of magick – these are dividing lines of willpower, of morality and of an inner strength. These are the very things that define our spiritual paths, so why not restrict your subtle energy work to making progress along that path?
This is not a game, and whenever I have treated the work as though it were, it has right royally bitten my behind and made me look foolish and incompetent. I have learned my lessons.
Doctrine 5: Inhabitation is very common
‘Inhabitation’ is the word used in the original article to mean ‘having an energetic entity attached to one’s aura’, or ‘being possessed’ or under the influence of an entity. This concept is linked with the point above about shielding, the number of energetic entities out there in the world is unknowable. In some places they are legion, in others there is virtually nothing, but unless you’re really switched on to these things you generally blunder into places without any awareness of their energetic content and who or what is in a place until you purposefully investigate.
Therefore, there is a high likelihood that you and those you encounter will have some form of energetic association that is linked to them – either directly inhabiting someone’s energy field, or remotely linked to them by an energetic ‘tether’ – a sort of thread of awareness. It is a wise energy worker who considers this possibility when meeting people for the first time.
Doctrine 6: Opposite poles operate as inverse propositions
As a druid I work with the principle of balance. For me, the dynamism with the world is created by the interplay between the spiralling male and female along the straight pathway of the neutral. Yet, the fastest, most effective route is the one that flows closely around the neutral pathway, forming a tight spin. When one gets out to the extremities of either end of the spectrum – at the extreme poles of male or female – one is moving away from the ideal position and progress becomes more erratic, and requires more energy to sustain forward momentum.
As one force extends to its extremities one needs to apply the same proportion of the opposing force in order to maintain a balance of forces. With a principle of balance no judgement is made as to the morality of either pole. Both extremities are moving away from the optimal position of the centre, and so the application of a smack to a pious fool is as useful as a kiss for a truant.
Doctrine 7: All specific faiths are limited
One of the attractions of the druidic path is the lack of ‘rules’, the lack of dogma, and the idea that each person finds their own path within the wisdom and mystery tradition whose stories resonate with us personally and one the level of the archetypal simultaneously.
Our minds are so limited in scope – limited to the body for the most part, limited to the senses, limited in the ability to bind to transcendent thought, limited to this Earth, this Nature. Of course we can dream beyond, but in practical, useful, beneficial terms we are best served by the search for comprehension, gnosis and wisdom from our own experiences.
Only in the pursuit of our purpose are we unlimited by the druidic way. Religions are consequently and inherently limiting. The transcendence they seek for the spiritual seeker is that which is beyond experience – in a world beyond this life. The druid seeks to bring the wisdom back to the world, not use it to escape the limitations of the body and mind.
Doctrine 8: The distance between wizard and philosopher is undetectable
Working with Nature’s energies is the natural magick. Considering discovering, making use of these forces – learning its ways d the ways it works with us – these are the works of the natural philosopher. Bringing the miraculous out on show, making wonder part of a happening in the world for those who witness it – these are the works of the wizard, the druid, the energy worker, the natural magician. The two are not separate, only catalogued as being so.
Doctrine 9: Knowledge is useless in the absence of application
One of the most powerful aspects of druidry is that it is firmly planted in the practical. This works both as a pragmatic and experiential approach to magick, and as a way of making a difference in the world around, in Nature particularly. The magick either works to make such a difference in the world, or it is discarded as impotent and unimportant.
That which can be integrated into the druid is that which is carried with him or her out into Nature in order to be reflected back for the expansion of good work and benefit, for the ever-increasing goal of complexity and greater integrity and integration.
And as though to demonstrate the power of nine, there are the nine “doctrines”.