Hi everyone :) I am a complete newbie to the world of Magick and I have just started to get some books to read and learn. I got myself a wand, which has a pointy end and the other end has Lapis Lazuli and there was a small bit of paper with the wand which said I could use either end to cast spells etc. Forgive my idiocy and lack of knowledge, but I used to think that the pointed end was the umm 'business' end. I would like someone knowledgeable to guide me please. Also, any recommendations for books that would enable me to learn more would be great. I apologize for my complete lack of knowledge and I hope to learn from others on here.
You should ride along with what feels right for you, that said, there are certain properties that are classically attributed to gems and crystals, so you may want to investigate a little more on the qualities of Lapiz Lazuli, e.g. you would not do a love spell using an Onix or Obsidian because the properties of these stones are not fitted for the job(at least to my knowledge). If you haven't got a copy of The tree of Life by Israel Regardie I recommend you to do so, it is, I believe, a good introduction to magic in general. To learn about the properties of gems, herbs, etc. there are a lot of books(there are some quite good by Scott Cunningham), but it would be a good idea to learn some Qabalah(The Mystical Qabalah by Dion Fortune is a good introduction), and being familiarized with the system, using Liber 777 by Aleister Crowley to choose ingredients that fit any magical operation that you desire to do. That in the context of Ceremonial Magic(k), remember there are a lot of systems to guide your path and this is only one on them. Please do not apologize for your lack of knowledge, you are not guilty of anything, and sooner or later you will find that the words you choose to use define and create your reality; remember always that your curiosity and the desire to learn is a key to advancement and how could you learn if you knew it all? In Crowley's words : "He who knoweth little, thinketh he knoweth much; but he who knoweth much hath learned his own ignorance."(Liber XXX). I send you my best regards for your magical development.
well one don/t expect to shoot sparks anywhere right toff, id be willing to tell you some of what i know, just pm me or message me on social media, you´re new so what you should know is: don´t mess with the spirits, don´t mess with things you don´t understand, true power comes with true sacrifice, and don´t do anything against someone else without full knowledge of the consequences, msg me @artisticirony
Thank you to both of you :) @ vanhorn: Thank you for pointing out the books that I would benefit from reading. @ Saturnis: I would dearly love to pm you, but I do not know how I can do that on here yet. And the handle you have posted, is it for twitter, sir/madame? I am sorry, at my end, I tried clicking on the names but it doesn't do anything. I also apologize to both folk for not responding sooner. Please accept my humble apologies.