Christopher Penczak’s ‘Instant Magick’
One word: visualization. This book is full of various visualizations intended to aid you in practicing your craft on the fly.
The title ‘Instant Magick’ makes it sound as though one should get out their mixing bowl, and wala! But spoiler alert, instant magick isn’t quite like that. Instead instant magick focuses on performing magic without the traditional tools, or anything physical and tangible for that matter, simply the direction of your own energy.
The first part of the book is great for those who are new to magic, or even just curious. It is a well written and researched overview of the commonalities in traditions. You get the sense that Penczak is well studied and well practiced. I enjoyed this first section immensely, even learned a few odd things.
The spells that follow in the middle of the book are for various small things, because he makes quite clear that the bigger the difference you want to make, the more time and effort you have to spend. Most spells are intensely practical, if not a little silly feeling at first. Like the ‘find a parking spot’ spell, or the spell to make a computer work. Penczak puts great emphasis on not just using this as a Grimoire, but on learning the theory and practice, and crafting your own spells. The spells in the book serve as a good templet to help you understand the nature of his work and ideas. They also come chalk full of information about things like which Gods and Goddess are best to call upon for certain spells, or which colors or planetary influences work best ect. It borders on a compendium.
In fact the entire end of the book is devoted to a more in depth, less Grimoire-like section. You can also find more traditional spellcraft like healing and imbuing objects with your energy. In this section he reminds us constantly that there is no permanent substitute to traditional magic, this is more of a supplement. He does suggest trying to perform a traditional ritual mentally as well, but still only in the context of a supplement.
All in all I found this book an interesting departure from the typical spell books crammed with ingredients that one must obtain. It felt very twenty first century. So if you are looking for a slightly fresher take, you might enjoy this book. Penzczak’s readable and conversational style also makes this a good book for beginners in the craft.
How about you, do you ever practice without ritual and ritual tools?