Welcome, in 2006 I started sharing my experiences hoping to attract opportunities to learn deeper magicks than the ones I’d encountered. It worked! I continued journeying, and along the way I kept writing. At this point Power Before Wisdom has helped hundreds of thousands of people learn magick.
This site is a tool set. Magic experiences chronicled and shared to open the door to all of the crazy magicks that you’ve been told don’t exist and yet you have known deep within really DO. Divination, Telepathy, Empathy, Dealing with Spirits, Summoning Gods, Possession, Energy Healing, Magickal Confusions and much more.
This site is written for the Western Mind. The more gifted you are the more quickly you will master these concepts, but you will still receive value if you’ve never experienced a single thing.
You aren't going to find some hidden fantasy world by clicking inside and "learning the secrets." Real Magic doesn't work that way. Where-as technology is applied science, Real Magic is applied faith. On top of study, to learn magic you need to build your faith.
A good teacher will give you lots of warnings and help you have a safe environment to learn anything dangerous. If you are basing your magic study on books and websites, you don't have someone warning you about the mistakes you're going to make... and you WILL make mistakes while practicing magic.
This site teaches you how to powerfully make things much, much better or completely screw up your life. This stuff is very neat. It's fun, amazing and flat out magical... literally. However, Magic is REAL and has real consequences. Think carefully of the consequences of what you do because whether or not you WANT to deal with them, you will have to.
Unlike scientific things it is hard to see what the consequences will be.
I might be able to congenially summon a spirit without a circle, make a deal to give specific favors in trade for a re-adjustment of circumstances and we each go our ways. If you did the EXACT same thing you might wake up 2 weeks later in Mexico.
Science is based on simpifying things into repeatable consequences. X if something, Y if not. Magic is Wholistic. EVERYTHING matters. While you can personally experiment, your experiments won't really help other people except to give them ideas of what MIGHT happen.
Know Yourself as you Learn Magic
Know where you are. Understand what you can do and what you can't do. Accept your weaknesses and your strengths. Grow reasonably. For example, if you've never done trance possession start in a well designed and setup group instead of opening up to Papa Gede while alone.
I DO NOT warn you nearly enough in these articles. I make things we have done sound easy. However to a Professional Race Driver taking a track at 220 is easy... I'd be lucky not to spin out taking it at 130. Start where you are instead of where I am.
So you want to learn Magick?
How intense are you ready for?
How much do you want to commit?
Articles, Lessons & Exercises
Most of the time people want to slowly edge their way into a topic. They want gentle reminders from teachers or spirit which grow new ideas onto their old perspective a little at a time. It takes time to create the content, but the content for these is usually massively re-useable. The more general the topic the more people will connect with it. However after teaching something in a general manner, additional lessons can build on earlier teachings until eventually the lessons or exercises are taking the student into a very specific place they would never have been able to go before.
I offer the broadest material here for free. As material gets more specialized I begin to charge for it. It takes a LOT of time and work to practice advanced skills.
I recommend you go Start with The Fundamentals
Buy the Power Before Wisdom: Primer! Includes updated versions of the numbered "chapters" in Fundamentals through Basic Magick as well as exercises not posted here.
Pre-purchase the daily practices book, Temporarily titled: "Opening to Magick: Daily Practices" which guides readers to form and regularly practice a series of meditations and exercises to: "reshape your body, energy, spirit, heart and mind to personally connect with your 3rd eye and your ability to feel and work with the subtle energies. Open yourself to spirit work as much or as little as you are ready."
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Classes or Mage-Priest Services
Sometimes people want to do short “intensives” where their understanding of a topic hops forward. With each class there is a transfer of power and understanding (usually small-moderate) to a student from the teacher and other students. While I'm skilled at this in real-life and over the phone/computer, I'm working to explore ways to do this with my writings, recorded voice, video or even pictures (like Lola Jones does in her books). Ideally basic classes set a solid foundation, Intermediate classes build on the initial foundation toward more advanced understandings and advanced classes explore understandings which wouldn't make sense without the foundations learned before.
Alternately a person might want services like:
- Personal Training
- Spell or Ritual Design Help
- Divination or Spiritual Guidance
- Help working with a Spirit or God they don't quite feel ready to do alone yet
Basic lessons and classes can be nifty, but sometimes teachers or students want to dive in! Workshops allow more intense interactions where Medicine, Power or Wisdom can be directly transferred (See Below). Part of this happens because most everyone comes together with the goal of the intense interaction. This agreement allow the teacher(s) to form either a personal connection with each attendee or a group mind where each member connects to the greater whole to receive the Medicine, Power or Wisdom. Community coming together for this purpose tends to create a lot of energy which facilitates more intense experiences and transfers.
Workshops get people swimming in the deep area pretty quick. Unfortunately the deep practices often rely on the involvement of more advanced students or teachers. Less experienced students may find they need to do a chunk of foundational practice afterwords to be able to consistently achieve what they had been easily doing in a workshop.
If you find that you can't do what you had been easily doing in the workshop, don't despair! Your workshop experience will make it much easier to become able to do it again. The experience will accelerate your personal training in the necessary foundations.
All of the structures before involved gentle and willing acceptance of the new learnings, medicine, power or wisdom. Initiations range from using powerful tools to transfer basic medicines despite personal resistances all the way to forming a powerful enough connection between spirit and an initiate to perform a complete personal rebirth. Intense ritual, spirits, gods, community effort and more are used to create the proper space and overcome the initiate's resistances so that the transfer doesn't stall.
Initiations are much more likely to have side effects both great and terrible, but if you need results NOW... few things beat a well chosen, planned and executed initiation. Unfortunately the effort, necessary skills, followup and likelihood of side effects makes initiations either something most experienced mages or priests do very carefully in a close community or for incredibly high prices.
The transfer of Ase (Power) in an effective initiation is like strapping a rocket to someone's back and firing it. If the initiate listens and follows wise instructions they can take the rocket to amazingly awesome places. If they choose to ignore instruction they will still go amazing places, but some might not be as joyful. Most powerful initiations have people experience both in varying degrees.
We have learned through experience to tone initiations down a lot. Instead of cracking someone's head open and pouring the whole universe in at once (Literally one of the rituals we have been trained in) we now usually perform a series of smaller initiations leading up to a persons readiness for larger and larger experiences. However, sometimes divination says the gentle path isn't the best choice. If that happens... well, let's all get ready for an intense ride.
I offer absurdly expensive apprenticeships because they are the literal thing. I provide many hours a week of personal training, and adjust my life so that apprentices can shadow and learn from my life as a practicing mage and priest.
Most of my teachers are flat out unwilling to do this because it's too much of a drag on their own walk and life. The crazy high price compensates me for the incredible adjustment to my life, my relationships and my schedule that are necessary to support apprentices as they learn and grow in their skills.
Frankly, I'd much rather we do work in the form of your committed personal work with guidance, however I fully admit that if you want to become a practicing mage or priest an apprenticeship will be your fastest and more thorough route... by far.
Apprenticeship is NOT available online. It is only available for persons who are ready to live in Reno, Nevada for the duration of their apprenticeship.
WHAT ARE THESE TRANSFERS YOU KEEP TALKING ABOUT?
Spirit Medicine Transfers
Our spirits can hold illnesses and medicines. Illnesses are challenges we are stuck in. Spirit medicines are spirit memory of overcoming those challenges. Think of it as an immune system. After we heal from an illness we grow anti-bodies to protect from the illness coming back.
My community Reno Magick, our Temple (Temple of Growth Advancement) and our priests collect spirit medicines. We use a lot of tools to share them with people we interact with. Sometimes our spirit has a medicine that you are looking for, and your subconscious and higher self decides to accept it. We then “transfer” the medicine into you.
Spiritual Medicines can act in different ways. Sometimes our lives miraculously change. Sometimes we feel ready to take another stab at a problem we felt hopeless or lost concerning, but the actual healing process can take years. Usually it's somewhere in between. Most people watch changes manifest between a few days to a couple months later.
Power/Wisdom Transfers & Initiations
Power/Wisdom Transfers are very much like spirit medicines in that they are accepted by one person's spirit from another person (or other source). Like Spirit Medicines Power/Wisdom Transfers are kind of a spiritual memory, but instead of healing illnesses they reshape us to understand, learn or be able to practice concepts or skills. Initiations are intense transfers where a person receives a whole lot at once, additionally they tend to be performed in rituals designed to overcome a person's resistance to receiving the transfer.
How do Transfers work?
Transfers and Initiations change us on a fundamental level. Because of that change, we act differently in ways that feel totally normal. Sometimes we don't even know we've changed!
Transfers are easiest in the presence of a lot of energy. The energy also gives us strength to take our first steps to applying the power, wisdom or spiritual medicines to our lives. One side effect is that the energy creates something called a “peak experience” where we feel really good.
Unfortunately the rest of our life doesn't exist in this peak, yet. That means that the really nice feeling after a peak experience will fade. Much of the energy will bleed away, but part of you will become used to the higher energy. You will also remember the yummy feeling and will want to make it normal.
If you are used to holding a “3”, the peak may bring you to a “7”. After some time you may drop down to a “4”. It may feel poopy not being a “7” anymore, but you are still higher than before!
There are 2 common unhealthy responses and 1 common healthy response:
Unhealthy Response 1: Get angry at the transfer for letting you down. It felt good and easy, but it was just fake. (Truth: Keep going! Real change may be a long process.)
Unhealthy Response 2: I feel bad again. I want to go back and feel better again! (Truth: Energy will make it easier for you to feel better while you heal and grow, but you have to allow the changes or you're just using energy to hide the symptoms while you hold onto your old life.)
Healthy Response: Accept that the “high” is going to fade. If you know that an energy high isn't healing, it's OK to to raise your energy when you want a bit more juice to face hard times.
Are there any other side effects?
Change can be easy, but it can also hurt. Because you've just changed, some relationships will change or end too. That might threaten your finances, health and home life. The easiest way to deal with this is to embrace it. The more you hold on to your old life, the more it will hurt; the pain will end as soon as you let the old self die and new good stuff be born into your life.
If this happens you will probably like the final results, but it may take some time before you stop being angry at how much this change hurts. You will likely remember who “started” this time of pain. Even when you are angry at them please remember that they may be able to help. Returning for more help may accelerate the change (shortening the time of pain). Most teachers have learned not to take it personally if you are angry with us. We do understand, it can really suck. We've been there!
In fact, if you want to take some time to talk through the confusion, know you aren't crazy and learn new tools, most teachers (myself included) are glad to make time to listen and/or guide you through the hard times (we often charge much lower fees or in extreme cases nothing).