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Definition of Magick
THE DEFINITION OF MAGICK
From MAGICK IN THEORY AND PRACTICE
by Aleister Crowley
DEFINITION: MAGICK is the Science and Art of causing Change to occur
in conformity with Will.
POSTULATE: ANY required Change may be effected by the application of
the proper kind and degree of Force in the proper manner
through the proper medium to the proper object.
1) Every intentional act is a Magical Act.
2) Every successful act has conformed to the postulate.
3) Every failure proves that one or more requirements of the postulate
have not been fulfilled.
4) The first requisite for causing any change is thorough qualitative
and quantitative understanding of the conditions.
5) The second requisite of causing any change is the practical ability
to set in right motion the necessary forces.
6) "Every man and every woman is a star."
7) Every man and every woman has a course, depending partly on the
self, and partly on the environment which is natural and
necessary for each. Anyone who is forced from his own course,
either through not understanding himself, or through external
opposition, comes into conflict with the order of the Universe,
and suffers accordingly.
8) A Man whose conscious will is at odds with his True Will is wasting
his strength. He cannot hope to influence his environment
9) A man who is doing his True Will has the inertia of the Universe
to assist him.
10) Nature is a continuous phenomenon, through we do not know in all
cases how things are connected.
11) Science enables us to take advantage of the continuity of Nature by
the empirical application of certain principles whose interplay
involves different orders of idea connected with each other in a
way beyond our present comprehension.
12) Man is ignorant of the nature of his own being and powers. Even his
idea of his limitations is based on experience of the past, and
every step in his progress extends his empire. There is
therefore no reason to assign theoretical limits to what he may
be, or to what he may do.
13) Every man is more or less aware that his individuality comprises
several orders of existence, even when he maintains that his
subtler principles are merely symptomatic of the changes in his
gross vehicle. A similar order may be assumed to extend
14) Man is capable of being, and using, anything which he perceives,
for everything that he perceives is in a certain sense a part of
his being. He may thus subjugate the whole Universe of which he
is conscious to his individual Will.
15) Every force in the Universe is capable of being transformed into
any other kind of force by using suitable means. There is thus
an inexhaustible supply of any particular kind of force that we
16) The application of any given force affects all the orders of being
which exist in the object to which it is applied, whichever of
those orders is directly affected.
17) A man may learn to use any force so as to serve any purpose, by
taking advantage of the above theorems.
18) He may attract to himself any force of the Universe by making
himself a fit receptacle for it, establishing a connection with
it, and arranging conditions so that its nature compels it to
flow toward him.
19) Man's sense of himself as separate from, and opposed to, the
Universe is a bar to his conducting its currents. It insulates
20) Man can only attract and employ the forces for which he is really
21) There is no limit to the extent of the relations of any man with
the Universe in essence; for as soon as man makes himself one
with any idea the means of measurement cease to exist. But his
power to utilize that force is limited by his mental power and
capacity, and by the circumstances of his human environment.
22) Every individual is essentially sufficient to himself. But he is
unsatisfactory to himself until he has established himself in
his right relation with the Universe.
23) Magick is the Science of understanding oneself and one's
conditions. It is the Art of applying that understanding in
24) Every man has an indefeasible right to be what he is.
25) Every man must do Magick each time that he acts or even thinks,
since a thought is an internal act whose influence ultimately
affects action, though it may not do so at the time.
26) Every man has a right, the right of self-preservation, to fulfil
himself to the utmost.
27) Every man should make Magick the keynote of his life. He should
learn its laws and live by them.
28) Every man has a right to fulfil his own will without being afraid
that it may interfere with that of others; for if he is in his
proper place, it is the fault of others if they interfere with
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