Talking about magic nowadays might seem inappropriate. As soon as we hear this word we think of the illusionist, the magician who performs tricks and with special effects. Or we think about those fantasy film characters who are very eccentric and bizarre. In short, magic with fairy tales’ magic wand.
Not magic in the ancient sense of the term, no, it doesn’t immediately come to mind, in fact it seems something very distant from modern society, from this civilization of machines and technology, where everything is practical, immediate, visible, tangible.
A society where many call themselves “atheists” and are skeptical of everything which lies beyond their noses.
Magic as ancient wisdom, as development of faculties that every human being possesses more or less latently, doesn’t come to mind.
In reality, magic is a current topic and is alive in every time and every place. One may say that it is innate in us. From the most insignificant sign of superstition to the rituals of the great religions, magic survives and becomes part of the life of each of us. As if with a gesture or a strange power we could change the course of events. But is it really possible?
We live in a world made of exchanges, of relationships, of harmonies. Energetic exchanges, vital, with the environment around us, with nature, and with the people who make up our circle of human relationships.
We are bound with our physical body to the earth, to its radiations and its atmosphere, so it is necessary to learn to free ourselves from conditionings and to harmonize with the environment; our etheric body is related to the etheric body of the earth and the Cosmos, and we are influenced by it, so we must also harmonize with it, possibly using it; the same applies to the astral and the mental energy bodies, which have relations and links with those of the earth and the Cosmos.
One of the purposes of sacred magic is to bring all these forces into balance in order to open a path to the Celestial Spheres.
The magical art knows the wise use of colors, of perfumes, of musical notes, of symbols, and of magnetic or vital currents of our body, for the purpose of transforming the human soul into an immortal angelic being.
So divination gains an important role. In Chinese philosophy contained in I KING, the Book of Changes, one of the most important texts about divination, everything that happens in the visible world is the extrication of an image, an idea present in the invisible world. The seeds of everything are in the higher, invisible and spiritual worlds. Here on earth these seeds materialize, as it were, in time. If I can predict in advance, I can somehow act to have a better destiny. The ability to intuitively know, and discover these spiritual seeds is the prerogative of wise or holy people who are used to being in contact with these higher dimensions. It is through them that a sort of circuit is created between heaven or the supersensible world of ideas, earth or the corporeal world of visibility, and man.