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Learn Black Magick for Beginners:

A Detailed Introduction - Tantric
Vishnu M
22-28 minutos

Dark magick? Black magick? Do you want to become a “black

witch” or mage?

Note: The goal of this article is not to necessarily encourage

practicing black magick or "dark magick" or white magick. It is
to simply shed light on the subject and bring awareness on
different practices and paradigms.  What you do with any
knowledge is up to you.

You’d likely imagine yourself wearing a black robe, a garland

made of skulls, wielding a skull on your left hand, carrying
some crow feathers and human nails on your right hand
(maybe add some black cloth and black pepper to boot), going
to the middle of a graveyard at 12 AM, and evoking most vile
demon you can think of to do your bidding.

While that may be somewhat of a decent picture of a typical

black magick (or dark magick) ritual, don’t get ahead of
yourself -- It is superficial and incomplete. Without knowing
what you are doing, you are likely to be spawning disaster for
yourself more than anything. At best, your dark magick will
remain largely ineffective.

In most western magickal systems, dark magick or black

magick spells are most often cast by evoking demons,
familiars and other forms of “lower” spirits.

In the eastern Tantric traditions, there are a myriad of different

ways. For example, you could evoke spirits, but the same can
be done by chanting a range of different mantras or performing
certain “Tantric rituals”. These include Uchatan, Maran,
Videshan, Sthamban or Vashikaran “types” of mantras and
Tantra rituals.

The magickal systems of the African continent and that of the

tribes of South America have their own idiosyncrasies for
performing black magick.

But what underlies them all? Are they all really very different?
What is the true mechanism behind a successful black magick
or dark magick spell?

Note: This article will be constantly updated based on new

knowledge and wisdom based on experience as I navigate
through my journey. If you think there is something I have
missed based on your experience, please drop a comment

Black Magick vs White Magick

Before we dive deeper into how to really perform black or dark
magick to your own bidding, it is important to ask a very
fundamental question -- are these classifications of magick
even necessary? In fact, what makes something black magick
or white magick?

One would customarily imagine white magick as an altruistic

act, performed for the benefit of the world and others at large,
and black magick as a selfish one, performed for gaining
something for oneself or to harm others.

However, with such a simplistic division, you are trying to bottle

up the entire existence into fitting into your own preconceived
mental frameworks.  It is essentially the death of nuance, and
consequently, a divorce from reality itself. One must remember
that both “black” and “white” exists within the same reality and
is part of the whole.

Dualities are merely how our minds have evolved to perceive a

reality that is vastly more expansive and complex than it can
ever conceive.

Any act of magick has a butterfly (or domino) effect on reality.

If you have any experience with magick, you will know that the
results manifest itself in synchronous and subtle ways.

The chain of events that lead to the results may surprise you
(especially with dark magick). In fact, you will most likely have
forgotten your wish for results when it manifests all of a
sudden, jolting you into remembering and realizing that it is the
effect of your own spell.

However, what is often less discussed is that the way magick

manifests and the consequences of the results itself is greatly
dependent on the vessel of the caster – namely the quality of
the mind, the heart and the level of consciousness overall and
also during the said act of magick was performed. The
intention of the caster alone is of very little significance.

Consider this analogy – An extremely drunk driver, no matter

how good his/her intention is to stay in the right lane and get
back home safely, will most likely crash into someone else. At
best, the car will crash into a pole, minimizing damage done to
others (hopefully). But the person itself will most likely either
die, or be life threateningly injured unless really lucky.
How do you know you are actually being altruistic when you
cast a “white” magick spell?

Who are we to judge what constitutes black magick or white


If you have a peanut sized consciousness, your “altruistic” act

will most likely end up like the drunk driver who tries to get
home safely.

The sin on his/her part is to drink to lower levels of

consciousness, but for you, it would be that you never worked
on raising your consciousness level and self control. Mastery
over the body-mind complex is critical before any form of
advanced magickal undertaking. 

By default, magick requires more than an access to a simple,

mundane level of consciousness and an excellent grip over the
multitudes of selves and the desires that make up who we are.

Your intention in performing “white” magick will most likely

have a negative consequence with a mind that is not tamed. At
best, it will have no consequence at all.

Every day, billions of people flock to temples, churches and

mosques with the intention of performing altruistic prayer. You
might think they have nothing to do with dark magick.

However, how many of these people are truly altruistic? How

many of them pray for selfish gains?

Even if they do pray for others, they most often have a

subconscious, selfish motive for attaining heaven or something
spiritually transcendent, depending on the religion in question.

Hence, if you go by the traditional classification, most of

humanity performs dark, black magick on a daily basis
regardless of their intention.

To the cosmos, it is of very little significance as to whether you

wear a black robe or a white robe, whether you call upon
demons or angels, go to a graveyard or to a temple high up in
the hills. They’re all different tools to activate different centers
of our own minds while performing magick.

There really is no “good” or “bad” when you remove the

abstractions concocted by our human minds.

We label phenomena as “good” or “bad” based on whether or

not it is conducive to our own survival, as humans. To the
cosmos at large, human conception of morality is of lesser
significance (although it certainly does play a small part since
we are part of the cosmos after all!).

What is really of extreme significance before any act of magick

is whether or not you go into it with higher levels of
consciousness (meaning your multiple selves knows what it is
doing and what it wants) or lower levels of consciousness.
 When you operate on higher levels of consciousness, you act
more in alignment with the universe itself. Otherwise, you are
more in tune with your animalistic survival mechanism (dark
magick or not).

Different types of magick are but different tools and

techniques, much like different types of cars or motorcycles
that will get you to your destination, if you will. Some get you to
certain destinations better than others. However if you are
drunk, any vehicle will likely crash.

Demons, familiars, “lower” spirits and extreme methods of

achieving gnosis (using fear, terror, anger, etc.) are but difficult
to drive vehicles in comparison to angels and “higher” spirits
for the average human being. They are however, extremely
useful in casting hexes, psychological attacks and manifesting
certain material desires extremely fast.

A Better Classification – Left Hand Path vs Right

Hand Path

At some point in human history (well after the Shamanic era),

there was a split between two different philosophies of
spirituality which can be mainly traced back to the Indian
Tantric traditions – The Left Hand Path vs. Right Hand Path.
Here, the intention or the end goal in itself is not the main
distinction. The distinction lies within the path itself.

The Right Hand Path is considered a gradual explosion, while

the Left Hand Path is a sudden implosion. The end goal in
most cases is considered the same. 

The general consensus among the mystical traditions is that

when you are dwelling in a circle or sphere, it really doesn’t
matter which way you turn. Either way, you are bound to end
up in the same destination.  Such is the nature of anything
fundamental in the universe – they are all circles and spheres.

Among the mystics who seek advancement of the self towards

self-realization, the Right Hand Path is often seen as gradual
and slow, but a relatively safe path to tread on.

The Left Hand Path is seen as a sudden jolt to realization into

higher states of consciousness.  The emotions of fear, terror,
anger, lust, disgust and so on, are used to shatter the mind’s
conception of reality. They are used as tools to break the glass
prison of the mind, in order to gain access to the vast expanse
of the cosmos that lies beyond it.   

In some Kabbalistic circles in the west however, the left hand

path of the Qlipoth is said to take the magical adept one step
further than that of the enlightenment and union with God in
the light, Right Hand Path by enabling escape from the current
universe or "God" to become a God in his/her own right.  

The eastern equivalent of this is described in various Left Hand

Path texts as a state of "Turya". This state is considered one
that is beyond enlightenment itself.

Recommended reading for beginners to understand the

Left Hand Path:

Aghora: At the Left Hand of God by Robert E. Svoboda

When translated to magick from pure mysticism, the rituals of

the left hand path are often seen as black magick or dark
magick. “Gnosis” or trance states required to cast spells are
often achieved through channeling the extreme negative
emotions, shutting down the mind, clearing path for the dark
magickal will.

The end goal or consequence of such magick may not be any

different from “white” magick. Only the means differ.
Whether or not you use black magick or white magick for
specific results does not matter so much as whether or not
your end goal manifests out of your tendency to be a base
animal with lower consciousness or a being with higher

(Remember: "White magick" and right hand path is not to be

confused with the average prayer of the unconscious sheep in
this context)

The human vessel is the perfect transitory bridge between

these two states or “worlds” and can slip into either side. A
mind that is untrained and untamed, devoid of any
consciousness in waking life will easily lose its grip and control
in a state of gnosis.

What magickal system you want to engage in will totally

depend on your peculiarities.

For most people, the right hand path may be the safest bet,
simply because most minds may not be able to deal with the
jolts demanded by the path of the black magician. Once
sufficient training has been achieved with RHP magick and
meditation techniques, the jolts can be more easily managed.

The nature of the human mind is that it is easily shattered, and

if not careful, the LHP can easily lead you to madness. This is
true, not only because of the nature of the rituals involved, but
also because of the means in which the black magician
achieves desired results.
The average person who dabbles with the dark magick
energies is almost sure to head on a path to self-destruction,
because even if their minds somehow survive the jolts of the
black magick rituals, the ego will likely fail to implode and it
remains swelled in an epic proportion of madness because the
material powers and rewards that it can bestow becomes a
great distraction from the real destination.

Anything that unstable in the universe is bound to collapse and

fall back eventually, of course.

Before actually dabbling with black magick, how do you

actually know whether or not this is the path for you, especially
if you are only starting out? The truth is that no one can really
answer that question definitively for you. You will have to find
out for yourself.

That being said, here is a personality table that might be of

help to navigate, under the disclaimer that it is not to be taken
as an end all, be all (scroll right and left if  you are reading on a

Eccentric Regular Megalomaniac Altruist



From the table above, if you are an eccentric personality with a

thick skin, the black magician’s path is very much likely for you.
You may be surprised that the altruist, regardless of whether or
not he/she is sensitive or thick-skinned is built for the black
magician’s path. This is because the altruist’s ego is very
unlikely to swell. Moreover, the true altruist can only get into
the practice of black magick as an explorer, like the eccentric. 

Be very honest with yourself and do not let your ego choose
the path for you. The LHP and path of the black magician is
not to be treaded on because your ego thinks it is “cool” and
“sexy”. Another big mistake most people make is to think they
are different when they really are not.

The megalomaniac, the narcissistic and the psychotic seem to

naturally get drawn to this path, either collapsing from the jolts
or driving themselves into egoistic madness, giving black
magick a bad reputation.

How to Perform Dark Magick

Like any practitioner of magick, the objective of a black
magician lies in the successful execution of the disciplines of
Enchantment, Invocation, Evocation and Divination.

The difference only lies in the means of execution.

With the path of the black magician, the outcome of

enchantment lies  in the casting of hexes and curses.
 Invocation and evocation are done mainly through working
with the lower spirits of demons, familiars, succubi, incubi and
the like or with deities like Lilith, Tiamat, Kali and the like.

The deities are keener on helping you on your way with the
Left Hand Path in general while the lower spirits are more
useful for executing specific tasks. This is not a hard and fast
rule, of course.

Divination about someone without their consent, although not

black magic per say, can be said to lean more into the black
side than otherwise. Divining with demonic sigils surely falls
under the dark magick side.

The tools of the black magician are mostly useful for material
gain and destruction, more than for overall personal growth
and creation. But remember that for a Left Hand Path sorcerer,
things like material gain and destruction are not mutually
exclusive to personal growth and creation. They are two sides
of the same coin.

One must remember that the lower spirits also appreciate

evolution, much like yourself, and latching on to a human
medium is perfect for them to break their own shackles.  

Consequently, as a black magician your objective is not to try

to "control" or order around these spirits like most people try to
do (that is a recipe for disaster for reasons mentioned below)
but to work in tandem with them. Be respectful and welcoming
to them.

For example, they help you with your material needs in

exchange for using your human medium to learn about a plane
that dwells in a higher reality than their own (which is our

Constructing protective circles and seals before evoking a

lower spirit will only serve to show your disdain towards them.
Such a thing should be left to the average person.

In the psychological model, any spirit, demon or deity can be

thought of as archetypes within your own sub conscious. With
demons and lower spirits, they could be considered as the
emergent, anthropomorphic representations of your base
desires, fears, wants and other repressed emotions.

Alternatively, they can also be thought of as actual beings that

exist as part of the universe, representing the apropos
emotions, desires, fears and wants that were part of the
universe, much before it was evolved into our own minds.

Whatever it may be, just because they represent negative

energies does not necessarily mean that they cannot be
channeled for productive use.

The adept knows not to shun away his anger, fear and
negative emotions but to channel it for his/her own advantage
even when not performing a dark magick ritual.

Repressing and pushing down your “negative” emotions and

desires will only serve to make them increasingly violent and
rebellious. The same can be said while working with lower
spirits like demons.

Also remember that if you let your own ego inflates and do the
"wanting" while dealing with the powers of dark magick, you
get dragged down into the lower planes of animalistic
existence instead.

The main problem with conscious interference and trying to

consciously tell the spirits what you want is that more often
than not, you do not know what you want and every “want”
tends to have “conflicting wants”.

The lower spirits are also akin to innocent children in that they
are often uncaring about the side effects of their actions, and
will only care about the results manifesting, regardless of how
much damage it can do to you or others you love. The classic
example among mage and witch circles where the death of a
relative manifests into inheritance and hence, money, is not to
be overlooked as trite.

You must let the lower spirits figure out what you need
materialistically and let it attack adversaries that threaten you
automatically for the most part. Anyone or anything that
challenges your existence and hence, their human vessel will
automatically become their enemies also. In this instance, your
loved ones for example are not in any immediate danger
because you sub consciously don’t want them to be harmed as
well. With conscious interference, you override this safety

This is just cautionary, of course. How you deal with them is

entirely your own business.

Black Magick Practicals: How to perform black magick

I can choose to give you a set of black magick rituals from my

personal grimoire that has worked for me or from some ancient
text and tell you that it does “x”. However, that will be of less
use to you than if you learned how to construct rituals on your

You can of course, start off by imitating dark magick rituals that

are available already in grimoires  to start, given that it is
practical and does not contain something really unnecessary
and that it does not get you into jail or in the hospital for being
criminally insane.

Manifesting anything truly black magickal doesn’t have to deal

with anything physically grotesque (although it can help
tremendously). Only the appropriate emotions need be
channeled to attain gnosis.

With any magick, the process usually involves stating intent

and performing rituals corresponding to it (that your
subconscious mind can draw meaning from), while shutting
down the conscious mind from interfering through some
method that corresponds to the emotions of the intent, to
achieve a state of gnosis or trance states.

Hence the magickal steps of evoking a deity or spirit for

example, regardless of what tradition you choose to follow will
most likely look like the following (roughly):

1. Work out your intent for performing the magick and choose the
appropriate deity or spirit you want to work with to help you
carry out that intent. The more the mind knows about the
characteristics and scope of the deity or spirit, the better.

2. Prepare tools (including the idol, object or medium where the

deity or spirit is to be evoked onto), sigils, veves, offerings and
other paraphernalia that is most closely associated with the
deity or spirit. Get ready to perform the ritual.

3. Call forth the deity or spirit by focusing on its sigil/seal/symbol

/yantra/veve while in a state of gnosis or trance. If the method
of achieving trance corresponds to that of the entity's
temperament and function, then the ritual may have additional
chance of success. For example, if you are evoking a being
that represents the intellect, trance state may be achieved by
exhausting the conscious mind by repeatedly performing
mathematical calculations. If you are evoking a being of poetry
and creativity, methods of poetic chanting till the mind drops,
can be used. In the case of black magickal demons of
destruction (as in Goetia, for example), revenge and curses,
fear and terror may be used.

4. Banishing acts are performed on the self to restore oneself to

normal consciousness.

If the spirit you evoked was that of the lower order (demons,
familiars and other spirits), the material where the spirit was
evoked to can be destroyed whilst mentally visualizing the
spirit’s vaporization when it is time to bid farewell to it.

The above example was that of evocation of a deity or spirit

onto a physical object. Invoking a deity of spirit will involve
temporary identification with a deity or spirit, instead of letting it
manifest onto an object whilst enchantment will involve casting
of spells by focusing on sigils that represent intent directly,
instead of a deity or spirit. This might be more difficult for the
budding magician.

Divination of course, will involve mastery over one or more of

the many methods of prescience including Tarot, I-Ching, Rune
stones and so on.

In the next section, I have suggested a reading list for the

beginner to get to a point where they can use grimoires of the
old to work with such dark magick. 

In the end, the initiate can train to a point where they are
capable of handling the forces in grimoires such as The
Lesser Key of Solomon and Grimorium Verum.

However, it is important to remember that the most effective

magickal ritual (dark magick or not) is that which you improvise
and create on your own, provided you have a sufficient
understanding of how to and have a personal connection with
the spirits who will likely let you know in on the secrets

The dark magick steps for evoking a demon or lower spirit in

any grimoire surely resemble the technique that which is
mentioned above in some form. If you pay attention, only the
intent, the symbols, the tools and the method of achieving
trance state changes while calling forth different types of

Recommended Reading Path to Dark Magickal

Mastery (Sequential Order)

In this section, I'd like to propose a path for the absolute

beginner to voyage through, to reach a base level of
proficiency to be able to perform Dark Magick.

General Path

Step 1: Condensed Chaos: An Introduction to Chaos

Step 2: (Optional) Buckland’s Complete Book of
Witchcraft (for Wiccans and those who want to go the
witchcraft route)

Step 3: Qabalah, Qliphoth and Goetic Magic

Step 4: Complete Book of Demonolatry

Tantric Path (After Condensed Chaos)

Step 2: Kali Kaula - A Manual of Tantric Magick

Step 3: Practicals of Mantras Tantras

Defense against Black Magick

Step 1: Protection and Reversal Magick


In order to conclude this guide on Black Magick, I’d like to

summarize the pre-requisite a beginner to the dark arts should
have, based on my own experiences and the experiences of
many occultists I have talked to and worked with. The same
can be applied to beginners of any kind of magick:

1. Work on improving your daily level of consciousness and be

more aware of your own inner desires and wants.

2. Develop mastery over your own habits and tendencies.

3. Get some experience working with trivial magick if you haven’t

already. For example, practice magickal techniques on getting
things like finding a lost item. Practice casting basic sigil
magick (Read up on condensed Chaos and other highly
acclaimed Chaos Magick books).

4. Practice evoking servitors to get your bidding done.

5. Master at least one divination technique and learn to
understand your own trajectory in life.

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