Some thoughts about Lesser Magic.
“Non-ritual or manipulative magic, sometimes called "lesser magic", consists of the wile and guile obtained through various devices and contrived situations, which when utilized, can create 'change, in accordance with one's will'.” - Anton LaVey, The Satanic Bible, 1969
“Lesser magic, also referred to as "everyday" or "situational" magic, is the practice of manipulation by means of applied psychology.” - Wikipedia
I believe we all use lesser magic, whether we want it or not. It’s built into our unique personalities and we’re constantly practicing it in our daily life. Some of us are aware of this, and use it - sometimes without even understanding what’s happening - to get what we want in the form of sinister manipulation and emotional terror, those are called psychic vampires - energy thieves. Others always practice it without understanding it, in a negative way for themselves, and therefore become victims, or abused or in other ways - psychologically and/or physically - hurt. And then we have those who’s aware of it and uses it for our own good without creating damage to what’s around us.
Much of this awareness comes to realizing things, to get insights about yourself or the world around you. And it don’t have to be complicated or scary, as long you practice it in a state of unawareness. It should come naturally, without seeming unnatural. Learn it, do it, forget it, do it.
Many years ago I read an article in a local newspaper. It was about a local business figure, a physically big man with a lot of pondus. I knew him, he was a nice guy considering he got himself involved in a greedy economical game which got him in prison for a very short amount of time. When it was time for to get back into the social life, outside the prison walls, the newspaper conducted an interview and illustrated his road back with a photo of him walking in the middle of the main street in our little town.
It struck me how impressive he looked there, walking down the street, proud and happy without slithering against the walls or sneaking around corners. What he did was that decided to OWN the street, own his environment. Since then I’ve always walked, if there’s possibility, in the middle of the (pedestrian) street. It made me a visible person, friends and colleagues and others could always see me when I was out - which also made me an authority figure of some kind, even if it was among the local geeks.
Some call it the art of body language, which it is of course, but I prefer the term Lesser Magic. I would say it was the first time I realized the power of this kind if manipulation. Other, even more common and well-known, tricks - body language or lesser magic, call it what you want - is to look people in the eyes, without seeming creepy or uninterested. Shake hands properly - not too hard, no too weak (both too hard and too weak is signs of insecurity or disinterest), don’t be too emotional and through that show your weaknesses, wear or not wear your wedding - it will always indirectly affect people in either good or bad ways, it’s your decision and its you who need to understand how it affects your surroundings. It’s all about balance, or “the balance factor” as LaVey called it. Even by reaching a certain age will automatically give you more respect than the year before. It’s basic everyday magic.
Another kind of lesser magic is what, I’ve noticed, many Americans do; to put their hobby/interest in front of their real job. If you work at an office turning papers and is a horror geek during the rest of the time, you never tell anyone you’re an administrator at an office, you’re telling them you’re The Horror Expert instead. It’s not a lie, it’s just shifting the focus to what you REALLY care about - which will make you what you really want to be in the eyes of those you communicate with.
There’s nothing more pathetic in my eyes when someone pretends to be younger than they are, or even worse, pretending to be younger in the way they would have been younger. For example, dressing up in ill-fitting eighties fashion now because that’s how you looked hot and sexy when you was at a certain age - with very few exceptions it will look and feel ridicolous. It’s a form of magic, lesser or whatever, to accept and embrace who you are. I’m over forty now, an age I honestly didn’t think I would reach. I’m fatter, hairer, geekier, more obscure when it comes to interests - and still I get laid more and more. Why?
Because I know who I am, and I’m not afraid of being who I am. Okey, I have a big belly - let’s love that belly and those who love big bellies will love it also. I call myself daddy, because that turns some people on - and the daddy title fits my person to a certain level. I know exactly what I want sexually and is honest about that, which will make me lose possible lovers - but also gain those who really, really, really want what I can offer. And those meetings often turns into stronger, multi-layered, indepth friendships - with sex to spice them up.
In short, it’s about being proud of who you are without getting annoyingly intrusive. All this takes experience and can’t be rushed. Being the tiniest off in how you behave, you’ll be crushed. Don’t have expectations and what you want will come to you.
Do you get my point? Be aware of who you are in every moment, love that - or at least accept it - and you will succeed in what you’re doing. Just keep your lesser magic realistic; don’t try to conjure golden robot elephants from thin air in your garden - you WILL fail, believe me.
#writing #ellowrites #lessermagic #magic #magick #satanism #satanist #antonlavey #churchofsatan #bodylanguage