Creating an outline for Seraphic Magick is something that I have been working on for a little over a year now after I had been given what felt like a shock of inspiration and the word Seraph had shown up numerous times in front of me. Putting together a style of magick is not unique to me and I do believe that everyone has their own brand of magick and their own style. Seraphic Magick can be practiced by anyone and to date has 12 principles. When I had originally published the principles of Seraphic Magick I only had 10, but through research and what felt like downloads of information while writing I came to believe that an additional principle was to be included.
Here I will explain why the 11th and 12th principles came to be. The Seraphim are the angels closest to God and it is my own belief when working magick or when finding divine connection it is best to go straight to the source whenever possible. In this way the Seraphim are examples of being connected in the closest way to whatever you believe to be Divine source. Like anything good in life and beyond, the original is always better and I don't really like the idea of having to go through anything or anyone else to get right to divine connection. I think having any kind of barrier only creates a distance and that distance is only an illusion. Cut out the middle man between you and the divine.
What are Seraphim? These angels are the closest angels to God as they sit by the throne and praise the Lord saying, "holy, holy, holy." Both the Bible and the Torah describe the Seraphim as flying around God's throne and celebrating divine Love and Glory in heaven and on earth. The word Seraphim is from the Hebrew word Seraph, which means "burning one." They are 6 winged angels who minister to the Divine and serve as agents of purification, as demonstrated by their cleansing of Isaiah's sins before he began his prophetic ministry. These angels seem to resemble humans as Isaiah describes them as having faces, feet, hands and voices.
The 12 Principles of Seraphic Magick:
Principle 1 - Inclusive and Non Dogmatic
Seraphic Magick can be used with any other form of magick that would allow for its practices to be blended. It does not have any strict rules to follow so as to not be rigid in the way it is practiced, although it does have a few key characteristics. It is inclusive to anyone and is non-dogmatic believing that there is not one ultimate truth. Practitioners can believe in/do what works for them and this includes the worship or understanding of any God/god/gods/deity(s). This rule was heavily influenced by Chaos magick and stresses the importance of originality. All paths are welcomed.
Principle 2 - Recognizes Creation as Magick
Just as we recognize manifestation as a form of magick, Seraphic magick recognizes creation and creativity as magick. It is not only bringing this to you by willing them into existence but creating them with mind and body as well. Bringing things into the world through your own energy such as: art, music, poetry etc. To build a tall building is the use of magick in the sense of creation. It could be argued that if you are a part of the consciousness that lives in everything, that means all forms of magick are really creationist in nature. For the sake of Seraphic magick and the principles to follow thinking of magick as calling forth through manifestation and birthing things into existence through creation is the idea.
Principle 3 - Balance the Scales
This is the idea that you must keep a balance between yourself and the energy of the universe. Too much give will require some take, and too much take will require you to give. Balancing the scales is not the same as three-fold law or karma, it is more of an energetic give and take and a holistic approach to balancing the energy of magick. It is to make sure that the practitioner themselves are in balance. If the practitioner is always manifesting and calling things towards them, there is going to be an imbalance of energy that needs to be put out and that is done through creation and vice versa.
Principle 4 - Personal Responsibility
In all aspects of practice and magick the practitioner implements personal responsibility. If a ritual or spell does not work as intended the practitioner will take responsibility and experiment until the desired outcome arises or otherwise abandoned. The practitioner takes responsibility and recognizes the power they hold to never be at the will of another practitioner or other individual. If the practitioner has been hurt or attacked in some way, even though this was not their fault, it will be their responsibility when the time is right to heal.
Principle 5 - Varied Approach to Style
No practitioner is going to practice Seraphic Magick in the same way. The way they approach their magick, use their magick, and apply their knowledge will be unique to them. There is no one true way and so there will be varied approaches to the study, style, and application of Seraphic Magick.
Principle 6 - Aesthetics as a Tool
Aesthetics in any form can be used as a tool for connection, creation and manifestation. Practitioners believe that recognizing the beauty of our consciousness in the relation to consciousness as a whole can be aided by the deliberate use of aesthetically pleasing choices of décor and dress. Creating a space immersed in the look and feel of your magical essence or desired intention helps to magnify the state of mind needed to perform magick, and deeply immerse yourself in energy, sensation, and belief. Aesthetic has been used as a tool for some time now and does not mean the practitioner needs to buy or spend money on anything. Aesthetic can be created in the physical world while spending little or no money, and aesthetic can be created in the mind. It could be just as important to decorate your astral altar as it is the physical altar. Aesthetic is chosen by the individual and does not require the use of tools at all, the aesthetic could be to practice skyclad with no tools. This principle is bound by principle #5 which is varied approach to style.
Principle 7 - Tools and Décor are Chosen With Deliberate Purpose
This principle states that everything has a purpose. It should not be believed that because of the above principles about aesthetic and tools that a practitioner should have and buy every tool under the sun. Aesthetic can be changed from ritual to ritual for the purposes of producing a magical outcome. Every tool on the altar or piece chosen for aesthetic should have a purpose and serve the magick in some way. All pieces have intention behind them and therefore they aide the practitioner in their work. Every time a tool or décor item is being added the question should be why? Everything is thought through, deliberate and has a purpose to serve.
Principle 8 - Knowledge and the Application of Knowledge
To have a deep understanding of what magick means to you it will be important to acquire knowledge and in order to do that it largely comes down to experience and understanding. It is not enough to simply acquire the knowledge through means of reading or ingesting, knowledge must be put into application in order for it to be fully understood.
Principle 9 - Honor Imagination as a Real and Important Tool
Imagination and thought is at the beginning of all magick. In order to speak something into existence we must first think of it. Creating something in the mind allows for it to be created in the physical world. Everything we see and use in the physical world today was once thought of in the mind. Much like the thought forms used in Chaos Magick were first created in the imagination, so can everything else be created. Seraphic Magick practitioners honor imagination as a real tool and often a real place to be utilized.
Principle 10 - Non - Judgmental
All practitioners have freedom in their practice to look, dress, and worship the way that they want. Because aesthetic is mentioned in the above principles it should also be mentioned that Seraphic Magick practitioners should be non-judgmental. No practitioner should be judged on appearance and the act of being judgmental in a critical way only creates a barrier to true knowledge. Just because someone looks the part does not mean they are better than and vice versa. Seraphic magick is really about acquiring knowledge and finding knowledge in unexpected areas therefore being non-judgmental and approaching everything with an open mind is necessary.
Principle 11 - To go directly to the source whenever possible
Seraphic Magick believes that it is always best to go to the source and that anything that limits a direct connection to Divine source is only an illusion that creates a distance. The Seraphim are but only examples of being as close to source energy as possible, whenever possible. Cut out the middle man whenever you can.
Principle 12 - To Keep an Ongoing Magical Record
Keeping a daily magical record is suggested. A daily record allows one to visually see their progress, keep a record of what works and what does not, and remember important aspects of practice. A daily record allows for time traveling in and out of memories that may be important to the practitioner later on. It is also the chance to view divine source being used through the practitioner directly on the page.