We received an interesting question from a curious reader of this blog that we will now try to provide an answer for. To paraphrase, the question was “How do I become a wizard if I can’t use magick?”
At its first reading, this question seems to presume that there are some special qualities or abilities that one must meet in order to be able to use magick. I will go so far as to say that this reflects an attitude derived heavily from fiction and fantasy, where the ability to use magick is often an inherent gift that must be possessed before one can be a wizard. Think of the Harry Potter universe, where there are wizards and not-wizards, the difference being a natural ability to use magick. It’s that ability that makes one a wizard; everything else is just learning control and applications.
In the real world, things are both more and less complex. Some systems of magick or magico-religions, like vodoun or different types of shamanism, have traditions where its practitioners are chosen by the gods or the spirits. If you aren’t chosen, you can’t work with them.
Many, however, are available for any who wants to apply themselves. Here at the Grey School of Wizardry, we view wizardry (or magick) as being a skill, an art, and a science. It can be learned and taught, like any other. The only real requirements to are an ability to read and write English, to follow instructions, think critically, and to put forth the honest effort to grow and develop.
The other abilities a wizard may need can be developed with enough practice. All humans have at least rudimentary abilities in important areas such as visualization and concentration that can be nurtured and trained over time. In fact, much of a wizard’s most basic work is honing the abilities to ground, center, and shield (which are ways of manipulating magickal “energy”). At the same time, the apprentice wizard is also developing skills of visualization, focus, and concentration. These are all very important to “doing” magick, but it is not assumed that one must be able to do them in order to begin studying as an apprentice. We all have to start somewhere, and many of us start by learning the very basics.
In short, don’t let yourself be held back because you feel like you lack something important. If you have some faith in your capabilities, you may learn that you can exceed your own expectations.
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