Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Axioms: IX. Law of Association

“The Magician’s Companion: A Practical & Encyclopedic Guide to Magical & Religious
Symbolism”

Bill Whitcomb, 1997
Llyewellyn Publications

IX. Law of Association

          If two things, (A) and (B), have something in common, that thing can be used to
influence both. Also, (A) and (B) have a mutual influence on each other. The more
they have in common, the more influence they exert upon one another.
The Law of Association may be broken into two sublaws:


Law of Similarity

          The cause and the effect resemble (have resonance) with one another. A ritual to
cause a rainstorm might involve dripping water onto the ground. A ritual to fly might
involve wearing feathers and chirping like a bird, etc.
This is “sympathetic magick.”


Law of Contagion

          Things once in contact continue to interact after separation. Anything once in
contact with a substance, person, or object may be used as a “witness” for that
substance, person, or object. A good example would be the traditional use of hair or
nail clippings attached to a voodoo doll. A witness could be thought of like a tuning
crystal in a radio.

          In any case, power is contagious. (See VII. Law of Unity.) This is “homeopathic
magick.”


          This is the basic idea behind quantum entanglement. It is also the basis for all sympathetic forms of magic. It is how a magic user can use hair clippings, finger nails, and blood to influence the person they belong too. The idea behind this is extremely powerful.
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