Magick starts in the mind by using symbolism, creative imagery, and gnosis. It uses some form of sleight-of-mind technique, as well as symbolic exercises such as the Cosmic Sphere and Four Gateways of Power. Magical equipment serves only to enhance this. Provided it is used in a commonsense fashion, it can most certainly help to promote the right frame of mind and thereby speed up results. The principles given in this book are sufficient to ensure success in practical terms, provided that they are read,
absorbed, and applied. For my part, I can do no more than attempt to clear up misunderstandings, remove superstition, and give you ideas and models. The rest is up to you.
Magick is a vast and fascinating subject that may be studied in far greater depth along esoteric lines. The essential principles, however, remain the same. These principles are to be found within the pages of this book. If followed carefully and applied, they can lead you to a deeper comprehension of the true science of magick and an understanding of life itself. Never forget, however, that, before any real grasp of the universe is possible, you must first learn to master your own mind. Part of this task is to learn how to control the material side of life so that it becomes harmonious with your desires, rather than being out of control. "Evolvement" starts, not with self-flagellation, deprivation, or subservience to some god, but with self-assertion and the realization that life is for living rather than penance for supposed sins or karmic debt. In order to live fully, you must discover your self. This is not as difficult as some may have you believe, nor is it necessary for you to become part of a magical "elite" or be "initiated." The first real initiation is that of mastering the material by using universal energies and the vast potential of your own subconscious mind.
In the final analysis, you are what you believe yourself to be. This is unalterable, and up to now, has probably caused you considerable difficulties and hardships. The science of magick, as opposed to the perversions offered by the "magical boom" that is a symptom of the spiritual impoverishment of our age, can give you the knowledge to apply your beliefs using the vast power of the universe and the mediating influence of your subconscious mind. You must apply this; you must use this; you must discover the real truth about magick in your own way. For my part, I can only give the basic truth and useful models and ideas. You must do the rest. If this book has helped in some way, however small, I shall be truly happy in the knowledge that you have discovered reality and that the science of magick has advanced by proving itself.