I "got into" magick very young, age 13, but didn't start actually practicing until I was 15.
Magick has given me more than I ever thought possible...
My parents didn't raise me religiously, although my dad is a Greek Orthodox Christian and tried for years to convert me. Trips to Greece where literally just about every person is a Greek Orthodox Christian didn't help, and my family (not immediate) thought I was some kind of "devil worshiper."
It's very interesting how they Hate anything non-christian, yet my yaya (grandma) is over there reading coffee cups- pretty sure that's geomancy
Anyways, the first book I bought was Modern Magick by Donald Michael Kraig
After experimenting a little with the LBRP I thought I was ready to cast some spells - typical childish thinking
I cast a spell to reconcile my relationship with my ex gf (I'd rather not go into it due to guilt) - I would have to say here that this was the biggest mistake of my entire life, EASILY
The spell worked but not in the way I had imagined(didn't do any divination beforehand)- basically I really F***** myself up- HARD
I felt like a worthless piece of crap for a very long time, it was unimaginable that I would actually even think of magickally influencing someone I loved
After a very hard period (considered suicide) where I stopped practicing magick, I slowly started coming back
I saw a commercial on tv from TryVeg.org that had a huge impact on me. I went vegetarian, then fully vegan. This was a huge turning point.
I learned how to love the Earth, and all its inhabitants. I started feeling a connection to nature (which thankfully isn't hard in Vermont, USA)
Only after this turning point did I fully understand the error of my ways
I think the most important thing a student can learn about magick is to never, ever do what I did- use magick in a destructive way. If this qualifies as black magick then Aleister Crowley was (of course) 100% right. It is exactly the same as trying to escape a cave filled with gas by lighting a match
I know this doesn't have to do with actual magickal workings but Magick was at the center of everything, and I would not have had those experiences if it wasn't for magick. I am now going back to square one and doing the LBRP and trying to learn astral projection
Overall magick taught me Love (IMG:style_emoticons/default/smile.gif
)This post has been edited by Musky Tusk: Apr 11 2011, 08:20 PM