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Original Magic

The Rituals and Initiations of the Persian Magi

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A complete guide to the theory, practice, and history of Mazdan magic, the first organized system of magic

• Provides a complete curriculum of magical study and initiation centered on exercises keyed to the sacred Zoroastrian calendar

• Details advanced magical rituals and practices based on archaic Persian formulas, including fire rituals and divine invocations

• Explores the history and lore of Persian magic, explaining how the author reconstructed the original Mazdan system of magic

Stephen Flowers explores the history, theory, practice, rituals, and initiations of the Mazdan magical system practiced by the Magi of ancient Persia, who were so skilled and famed for their effectiveness that their name came to mean what we today call “magic.” The prestige and reputation of the Magian priests of Mazda is perhaps most iconically recorded in the Christian story of the Three Wise Men who visited newborn Jesus.

The author explains how the religious branch of the Mazdan magical system, founded by the Prophet Zarathustra, is known in the West under the name Zoroastrianism. He reveals how the Zoroastrian religion, which acts as a matrix for the symbols and formulas of the original form of magic, has existed for almost four thousand years with roots going back even deeper into the Indo-European past. The author reveals how all other known systems of magic have borrowed from this tradition, providing the clues that enabled him to reformulate the original Mazdan system. He reviews what the Greeks, Romans, Hebrews, Christians, and Chinese said about the Iranian-Persian tradition of the Mazdans and their invention of a magical technology. He explains how the ultimate aim of the original form of magic was not only individual wisdom, self-development, and empowerment, but also the overall betterment of the world.

Outlining the theoretical principles of this method, which can be applied in practical ways to deepen the effectiveness of these magical operations, the author details a complete curriculum of magical study and initiation based on a series of graded exercises keyed to the sacred Zoroastrian calendar. He then offers a series of more advanced magical rituals and practices based on archaic Persian formulas, including fire rituals and divine invocations. Providing a manual for the original magical system used by the members of the Great Fellowship, this book guides you toward the comprehensive practice of the Mazdan philosophy, the ultimate outcome of which is ushta: Happiness.


Chapter 5

Rituals of Mazdan Magic

In this chapter we will present a series of rituals or magical operations. These rituals exist either as whole workings or as frameworks for individual workings. During the training outlined in chapter 4 you learned the most basic form of magical ritual. Here we will consider some traditional ways that this format can be expanded and tailored to individual needs.

It is possible to perform the rituals of original magic using English only. However, results will be more forceful with the use of the sacred manthras in Avestan and the use of Pahlavi in certain formulas. In general it can be said that the Avestan manthras and the Pahlavi formulas fuel the fire and open the gateway to the realm of menog, thus making the specific working of the individual more effective. Avestan manthras are to be spoken aloud in a clear and ringing voice, the Pahlavi formulas are recited in a lower voice, while English words are to be whispered or merely thought. In general it might be said that the old sacred languages are magical vehicles for the transmission of the will of the fravashi from the soul to the upper creative realms in menog.

An important difference between most rituals of a purely religious nature and those of a magical one is that it is extremely important for the mind and will of the magician to be fully engaged and in synch with the realms of menog and getig in order for the ritual to work. When performing the opening segments of the ritual it is sometimes necessary to repeat the rites and manthras several times until the magician feels that certain something, which tells him or her that the gate is open and the channel of communication has been established.

Operating Environment

In the performance of magic the environment in which the work takes place can be of great importance.

Generally the most suitable places for magical operations are 1) significant locations in nature, 2) at the home altar, 3) in a sanctified temple of the Mazdan Way, 4) in a garden space.

In the most archaic age of the religion founded by Zarathustra, people did not worship in temples at all. Yasnas and other holy work were done in places in nature marked by their beauty and sacred feeling. For our purposes you should find such places close by where it would be possible to conduct your workings.

Of course you should have a home-altar, which can be in any room of the house, or better yet have a room dedicated to holy purposes. Over time the environment will take on its own sacred character shielded from all profane and daevic forces.

If there is a local Occidental Temple of the Wise Lord, the presiding clergy should always make the temple space and fire available to any dedicated Mazdan for spiritual work.

One of the most powerful environments for magical work is the traditional Persian or One of the most powerful environments for magical work is the traditional Persian or Mazdan garden.

Rite of Self-Initiatory Dedication

The first phase of magical initiation takes place in the process of daily training. It is a progressive series of working events. At some time around the ninth month of this curriculum you may feel the need to take another step in the process of dedication, and you will want to move on. Only your conscience will guide you here.

Items Needed for the Initiatory Self-Dedication

1. A loose-fitting white shirt. A white cotton t-shirt will do. It should be new and never used for any other purpose than magical ritual. The significance of the color white is that it reflects all colors; it is a real and symbolic breastplate for the spiritual warrior.

2. A white cord made of organic material (cotton or wool). It should be from between 2/16 and 4/16 inch thick, and the length should be customized to the waist of the initiate. It should be able to fit loosely around the waist winding around the body three times with extra length to accommodate three reef knots and some few inches hanging down in the back. The cord is a complex symbol and also a guidance device in life to help the magician keep his or her consciousness and unconscious mind focused on willed aims and goals.

The Ritual

1. Prepare your altar or khwan as usual. Have the new white shirt and cord on the khwan.

2. Prepare yourself by dressing all in white. Wash all exposed areas of skin in spring water.

3. Stand before the khwan and ignite the flame. As you light the flame say, Yazdân ni Yâd, and when the fire is alight and burning brightly say, Nemase te Atarsh Mazdao. Then recite three Ashem Vohus and three Ahunvars.

4. Pause and meditate for a time upon Atar while you realize a sense of dedication, transformation, and a determination to transform yourself and the world around you into a better place.

5. Now put on the new white shirt. Then begin to tie the cord around your waist as shown in the diagram. While tying the front knot, recite two Ahunvars, then as you tie the back two knots recite an Ashem Vohu.

6. Now stand and face Atar and speak a formula that reflects the magical warrior spirit:

O Ahura Mazda, may Angra Mainyu be stricken and removed.

Crush and smite all liars, tyrants, and wicked ones!

May evil rulers be without sovereignty.

I recognize and reject all my past thoughts, words, and deeds born of ignorance, weakness. and despair and resolve henceforth to think only wise thoughts, speak effective words, and do noble deeds both in this world and that beyond.

Conclude with the Avestan manthra:

Khshnaothra Ahurahe_ Mazda_o_!
Taro_idite_ Angrahe_ Mainye_ush!

(Satisfaction for Lord-Wisdom! Scorn for the hostile spirit!)

About The Author

Stephen Flowers studied Germanic and Celtic philology and religious history at the University of Texas at Austin and in Goettingen, West Germany. He received his Ph.D. in 1984 in Germanic Languages and Medieval Studies with a dissertation entitled Runes and Magic.

Product Details

  • Publisher: Inner Traditions (October 17, 2017)
  • Length: 192 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781620556443

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“A superbly written and detailed book providing an excellent practical guide and framework for modern practice. The book is divided into four distinctive and easy-to-follow sections, covering history, theory, initiation, and practices of the Persian Magi, making it a highly recommended read. The Bible tells the story of the three Persian Magi following a star and bringing gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh for the baby Jesus, but who were they, and what made them ‘wise men’? Stephen Flowers, Ph.D., explains the history of the Persian Magi and provides ample examples of the sources of their wisdom.”

– Payam Nabarz, author of The Mysteries of Mithras and Stellar Magic

“Since the very word ‘magic’ comes from ancient Persia, it is remarkable how much that tradition has been ignored by modern magicians and pagans. In this book, Stephen Flowers, Ph.D., fills that gap, using both his academic prowess and his magical experience to provide a workable system of magical initiation and training based on both the original sources and what can be reconstructed from modern Iranian practice. The result is a system that will bring about deep spiritual change in its practitioners.”

– Ceisiwr Serith, author of The Pagan Family and Deep Ancestors

“Unlike works on esoteric praxis that seek to cultivate an air of mystification, Stephen Flowers’s Original Magic allows the ancient and genuine tradition of Mazdan spirituality to reveal itself in radiant clarity. The result is a challenging but thoroughly workable curriculum for self-initiation into one of our oldest living religious and philosophical currents. Although it shares Indo-European roots with the more familiar pagan traditions of the West, the flame that fuels the Mazdan way has never been stifled or snuffed out by the vicissitudes of history. And in stark contrast to systems of sorcery based in a cynical paradigm, Original Magic offers more than just a path toward wisdom and betterment for the individual--its goal is a truly enlightened world.”

– Michael Moynihan, Ph.D., coeditor of the journal TYR: Myth–Culture–Tradition

“Stephen Flowers changed magical research and practice by bringing scholarship and actual practice into a complementary whole. Original Magic will be a game-changer in the esoteric and scholarly worlds. It returns magic to its roots and restores the original symbol of the mind as a flame. It is a most powerful work.”

– Don Webb, coauthor of SET: The Outsider and author of Overthrowing the Old Gods

“The foremost authority of rune magi is Stephen Flowers, both as a practitioner and as scholar. As in all of Flowers's books, Original Magic contains both pioneering perspectives as well as roots in historical sources and solid academic research.”

– Professor Thomas Karlsson, Ph.D., author of Uthark: Nightside of the Runes

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