text and photo © Jonathan Zap
I Magick is the Science and Art of causing Change to occur in conformity with Will.
II. Postulate ANY required Change may be effected by the application of the proper kind and degree of Force in the proper manner through the proper medium to the proper object.
Notice that cutting a watermelon efficiently meets Crowley’s standard of Magick perfectly. This is the warrior principle of mindful, efficient action, which has a form-follows-function elegance and simplicity.
Our addictions, habits and neurotic tendencies can easily be recognized as cross-grained to these principles, as they are energetically inefficient and inelegant, consuming excess resources and with messy, ugly results.
Obviously there are some cases where an obstacle is tenacious and cannot be sidestepped. Even when we have to confront something like that head-on, some ways of handling it may be smoother and more efficient than other ways.
Consider the occurrence of this card a propitious time to consider where in your life you are slicing through it smoothly, and where you are wasting your energy.
For how to get through situations that don’t go smoothly see:
Mechanical Resistance Matrix