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From time to time, there is a debate loud in the land about whether or not we need to have a magickal sacrifice to do magick. And I shake my head and wonder why. Because the debate always seems to degenerate into a loud yelling match between those who do and those who don't think you should be able to perform a blood sacrifice to do the work.
I'm going to suggest that sacrificing a chicken or a dove is not a sacrifice of any real significance that is going to achieve anything of importance. I am sorry if I offend someone's culture. That isn't my intention. But at the end of the day, when you sacrifice an animal, what have YOU sacrificed?
Exactly nothing. You've risked nothing, you've sacrificed nothing.
Where is the magick in that?
I believe that the only real magickal sacrifice comes when you, the practitioner, has something at risk. And I think what we need to sacrifice isn't a chicken or a dove or a black cat. I think it's our own ego.
And here's where crystal magick comes in. If you're a very logical person, you may find it difficult to sacrifice your sense of logic long enough to pick up a crystal and let the magick work.
You are afraid of looking silly. Of feeling silly.
I honestly believe that one of the reasons the ancient magick works is because it is so counter-intuitive in our logical modern world. If we can bring ourselves to step away from our ego -- if we can allow ourselves to be a little silly -- then suddenly magickal things can happen. We've opened a new channel for the magick.
I hinted at this a little in my previous blog post on Penny Magick. The white satin suit had to get covered in mud for Stuart Wilde to do his prosperity magick. It's silly. It's goofy.
But it's memorable. It gets you out of your day-to-day.
And that's the point of magick. It has to BE magick. It has to lift you out of yourself.
A chicken is sacrificed every time you make fried chicken. There's nothing magickal about that. But if you're a person who is super conscientious and always trying to do the right thing and maybe you're a little anxious about it -- and plenty of us are EXACTLY that person -- then a little stepping away from trying to maintain the dignity is a real sacrifice.
A real sacrifice that I believe will pay real dividends.