Greater Magic is the act of ritual, in accordance with one’s will, to manipulate a situation. It can be grand and theatrical or simple and to the point. It just depends on the individual Magician and their preferences.
Greater Magic is recognized through it’s relationship with psychology. Many practitioners of Solomonic Magic believe that the demons they summon are actually just different aspects of the unconscious mind, brought out during ritual and psychodramatic acts.
So, how does one engage in ritual practice?
For a ritual to “get the job done” there are a few things the practitioner may want to take into account. To better grasp their intention, here are some questions one can ask themselves before entering the ritual space:
Why do you feel the need to perform a ritual?
What goal are you working towards?
What are other variables of the situation?
These questions help to solidify the intention of the practitioner and help to shed some light on a possible plan of action. The appearance of the ritual can change drastically depending on the situation at hand. For example, if one is performing a ritual to help themselves break away from a toxic person in their life then the ritual would be more than likely manifest in the style of a Destruction Ritual. Rituals are very situational.
Here are some components that can lead to a successful and beneficial ritual experience:
The Stimulant is the reason one enters the chamber. Whether that is a situation, a commodity or object, or a person. It doesn’t matter what the intention is, the Stimulant should be recognized.
What is the desired outcome of the ritual? To cast a curse on an enemy? To bring prosperity into your life? Whatever the case, the end goal must be clear, otherwise, the ritual is pointless.
How one performs the ritual is up to them. However, adding symbolic actions during the ritual can greatly increase its effectiveness. Are you going to burn a photo of an enemy? Are you going to use archetypal imagery to aid you in your business ventures?
Rituals can be performed in whatever manner the individual sees fit. However, there are some items that are utilized in ritual (if nothing else but for the theatre of it all!) than can lend themselves for the success of a rite.
These items aren’t completely necessary for successful magic but are widely used by ritual practitioners.
Often seen to be a prime tool for manipulating energy, the wand has been utilized in witchcraft for a very long time. It is usually straight and narrow but some can have a curve. Some traditions give certain instructions on how long a wand should be and what kind of wood it should be made of. It can be inscribed with sigils and letters of magical alphabets. It’s been associated with air and fire. A wand is usually representative of a phallus. It is sometimes replaced by a sword.
A sword is often used in rituals to be an extension of the practitioner. Naturally, it adds emphasis and focus by aiming and pointing at specific objects on the altar and the directional points.
The chalice is a cup reserved for ritual purposes. Many use it to drink wine out of during magical ceremonies. The chalice represents divine femininity in many pagan traditions. It can also be used to contain magical elixirs and potions to drink, so long as they are safe for consumption.
The cauldron is often used in ritual to mix and burn certain herbs and ingredients for spells. It can also act as a mortar. There are some practitioners that use it to brew certain mixtures, though if one has the intent to drink the mixture, they should use a different cauldron to burn materials in.
An object of noise is often used by magical practitioners to either clear the energy of an area or quite literally drum up the energies therein. The purposes and tools used can vary. Some practitioners choose to use drums, or bells, or chimes, or perhaps even a combination.
Candles are probably the most popular item within Western magical practice. If a practitioner has nothing else, they are likely to at least have candles. They are used for light, respresenting elements, and also for general magical operations.