The Valley of the Dead
“We simply cannot conceal from ourselves what’s really expressed by that total will which received its direction from the ascetic ideal: this hate against what is human, and even more against animality, even more against material things—this abhorrence of the senses, even of reason, this fear of happiness and beauty, this longing for the beyond away from all appearance, change, becoming, death, desire, even longing itself—all this means, let’s have the courage to understand this, a will to nothingness, an aversion to life, a revolt against the most fundamental preconditions of life—but it is and remains a will!”
Friedrich Nietzsche – On the Genealogy of Morals
(Translated by Ian Johnston)
Happenstance is a deep-seeded belief for many and yet, will differentiates humans from the other animals of this planet. There are those who believe in destiny, divine intervention or similar cognitive assurances that “good will always overpower evil” however, the only mechanism for removing impediments, to allow the fulfillment of human desire, is “action”. Something must occur; a force must be applied at greater measure than the resistance to facilitate a change. Without will, force is neglected and reality becomes absent of evolution…….of change. This concept is better explained in the latin “status quo ante bellum”.
All forces of energy have a natural season. It is a cycle visualized as a histogram; the Central Limit Theorem tightly clusters instances around the mean, providing somewhat of a statistical assurance (or at least an assumption). Just as the tides ebb and flow (connected to lunar cycles) and the sun makes an appearance on cue, there is surety of such occurrences to some extent. Humans cannot prevent some events by pure virtue of will. For it is what we do and when we do it that allows us to benefit from such knowledge and expectations.
Cro-Magnon man used tools such as weapons, built huts, wove cloths from skins and created the first known calendar used to foretell the seasons that allowed the Cro-Magnon man to apply force at the optimum time to facilitate the greatest return for energy expended. This exploitation of “what was sure to occur” enabled the evolution of our species. Without learning and applying the will, our human lineage may have been ‘snuffed out’ in Germany’s Neander Valley, long before.
As humans continue to evolve, our tools have become sharper, faster, efficient and more deadly enabling us to expend less effort for a greater return. As with any science, our use of magical operations continuously evolve allowing the will to be actioned through the dimension removed from the conscious “known”. A hammer will drive a nail only when the force needed to facilitate a change in reality is applied. The magical arts are no different. The practitioner greatly increases his / her return and exponentially improves the expected results when aligning magical energy with knowledge and opportunity.
For example, our ritual calendar provides a chronological (and visual) reference indicating the most opportune times for specific magical operations. All Hallows Eve is the best time for necromancy and conjurations. It is during this “season” that the veil separating our world and the Paradox Dimension is thinnest. The practitioner can certainly perform these operations at a different time of the year however, the return will be greatly diminished. A farmer can certainly plant crops in November (willpower and determination) but the resulting harvest (if any) will be dismal. Willpower and opportunity must be applied for success. My audio blog at The Coven provides more information and suggestions to increase your magical returns.
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