The Magical name

Arnaud THULY February 27, 2015 0
The Magical name

A few months ago, we had the opportunity to discuss on the forum the question of the famous ‘magical name’, that so many modern practitioners are so fond of, because they see in it a way to signal their belonging to the ‘magical community’ and so, in the end, a way to claim they are magicians or witches.

We have to admit that a good many books keep telling us about the supposed major importance of this name, though in the end they can’t explain why, but after all, if the various initiatic orders do it, it must have some interest, and therefore, you have to do it (remember that a large part of occult authors have never done even one ritual in their life, so don’t ask too much of them… it is distressing I know, but with a turnover of a few billion Euros, the field of occult and esoteric publishing can give birth to many vocations).

So I told myself it would be a good idea to review the situation on the subject, so as to give a good idea of what the magical name really is, because what can be read on the Internet or in modern books once again pertains to the vulgarisation and the damaging mixture of occult disciplines.

I have nothing against the inclusion of new things and adaptation to the times, but things must be done properly, and most of all people mustn’t be made to believe the moon is made of green cheese, since not only would there be no possible progress, but there might even be some danger for practitioners who would fall under an illusion.

1) The initiatic name (similar to the religious name or the nomen mysticum)

Within many initiatic traditions, for thousands of years, the initiate is invited to present him/herself under another name than his proper legal name.

There are several reasons to this:

- The main one is, of course, to conceal the real name of an order’s members. Today, this may seem a point of detail in a world that preaches tolerance and freedom of religion (with more or less success, we must admit), but in a not-so-distant past, things were very different, and taking a specific name for your status as an initiate allowed to protect both the person but also the order itself, making sure that no one could be denounced, involuntarily or under torture.
Many orders could last thanks to this precaution (as well as other of the same kind, aiming at helping initiates to recognize one another, at keeping secret the contents of ceremonies, etc.)

- The second reason, which is really initiatic, aims at bringing the future initiate to be reborn under a new name, so that his/her initiatic path includes any aspect of what s/he is, externally as well as internally. This is part of the process of the profane dying to be reborn as an Initiate. Sometimes it is chosen by the individual, sometimes it is ‘imposed’ by the order (it depends on the initiatic movement).

The main function of such a name is to act upon the mind of the person, allowing them to leave aside everything that makes them what they are in their everyday life and thus put them in a mental context that would be suitable to a spiritual evolution.

2) The modern magical name

Using a pseudonym, whether as an author or as a practitioner, goes back to faraway times, but for a few decades (and especially since the Internet has appeared), choosing a magical name for oneself has become a major trend. True pseudonym chosen by the practitioner following various methods (from numerology to the identification to the name of a comic book or anime character, or characters from various mythologies), it is mostly praised for its capacity to protect, to identify oneself as a mage, to avoid being the target of magical attacks, etc., etc. Worst of all, it is sometimes (wrongly) identified to the name of the soul (which we will discuss in the very next part).
What’s funny is that a number of young practitioners (who are those most willing to choose a magical name for themselves) use it also as a pseudonym on the various forums they belong to, while imagining that using such a name will protect them in their practice. So what happens is that a SECRET magical name, which is supposed to remain hidden from other people so that they don’t abuse it, can be found everywhere on the Web and seen by thousands of people. A real paradox which is, alas, more frequent than can be thought.
Okay, so you can say that it is not that commonplace, and fortunately it is true. Yet this drift is rather representative of what the modern magical name represents, i.e. above all a mere pseudonym that allows the magician to have one more tool to help them impersonate the character they claim to be, that is, the magician/practitioner they are not in their everyday life.

Clearly, it is one more psychological tool (similar to the initiatic name, but without the overall depth), which can have be really useful, especially at the start, just as most other magical tools the mage uses during rituals so as to enhance their effectiveness. However, just as you must stop believing that those tools are magical per se, it is really important to understand that the magical name has no magical effect in itself. So you are under no obligation of choosing one, because for those who live their life fully as magicians/witches, the modern magical name will bring almost nothing, and especially not an illusory protection against the vicissitudes of magical practices.

As to this, I will just remind those who believe that using a pseudonym for magical ceremonies will protect them against attacks from other people of this: as they use their magical pseudonym on Internet forums, they can be identified by this name, and it can therefore be used to reach them just as easily as their proper legal name. Meditate on this…

As to taking a name to (potentially) satisfy the entities of ‘upper planes’, as one of my friends said recently, honestly they don’t give a damn…

3) The real magical name: the name of the soul

So we are coming to the Veritable magical name, the famous name of the soul or animae nomen as the Ancients called it (which was kept under the term nomen). It can be interesting to note, by the way, that originally nomen is related to gnomen, a derivative of gnosco, which means ‘to know.’
Every thing, to ‘exist,’ must possess name, and to know that name is to know this thing truly. Your legal name is a name that was given to you by your parents, and that is used in this life to identify you, to re-cognise you. The name of the soul is similar in principle; it is the true name of your deep essence, the one that survives across time, that existed before you and will subsist when your flesh is no more.
This name is, according to many a magical tradition, your TRUE NAME, the one your soul cannot help reacting to; the one in which it recognises itself, which vibrates in perfect harmony with it, and therefore which allows to control it. This is true for a person, but also for all the living beings around us.
It is not enough to give a thing a name to know it and to have power over it, you must also have its true name, otherwise you are just giving things a temporary pseudonym (good for a lifetime at most) which lets you identify them, but not control them.

It is difficult to obtain this soul name for yourself – and even more so for others. So it is not surprising that modern authors have preferred to leave it aside so as to better satisfy the aspirations of modern practitioners, even if it means forgetting the real interest there is in knowing such a name.

Let’s quickly go through a few methods to discover this name (I prefer not to discuss the means of discovering someone else’s name, you will forgive me this deliberate choice)

 - The most classical method is the inner journey, the equivalent of the shamanic journey. This method is by far the most relevant, but also the most exacting both physically and mentally. It requires a real self-mastery and is not suitable for beginners.

- A pleasant and easily accessible method is the revelation through dreams. It should be used through a suitable ritual; but this method is less appropriate than the first one.

- This method sometimes works: to use the pendulum as an indicator of our inner being. A dialogue is possible between the various ‘layers’ of our being. This method, unfortunately, is easily flawed, and frequently the name given is not the real one, but simply a group of letters chosen unconsciously by the practitioner.

These few methods do not make an exhaustive list, but they are part of the most commonly used ones.

 What is the real interest of a magical name?

The soul name must remain an absolute secret, it must never be revealed, and as such, it should never be written down and only kept in your head (and in a sealed place, at that, since minds can easily be breached) for fear of seeing it fall into the wrong hands. You must understand that to know someone’s soul name is to know the equivalent of a word of power with a considerable power over this person. Conversely, to know the soul name of an entity, for instance, is to ensure its obedience.

But then, what is the interest for yourself of knowing your real magical name if in the end what is important is to know that of other people? Well quite simply so that you can really protect yourself (hence the confusion with the magical pseudonym). The mage who takes the risk of travelling through the various ‘spheres’ without knowing their magical name runs the risk of encountering something or someone that will have discovered it, and that can use it without the magician even realising it (since they will be incapable of recognising their own name).
The soul name is not a ‘baton’ used any which way; using it in a ritual has very little interest, for instance, for the simple reason that there is little chance the entity you are calling can establish a link between an incarnate individual and their true name, but the mere properly vibrated utterance next to a person is enough to come into resonance with their essence, which allows for another form of magic, more insidious in fact (but that is also regularly used in ritual magic to dominate certain entities thanks to their name. The true names of entities, when they are discovered, are often transmitted from one practitioner to another orally or in writing; you must have come across one or two in the course of your readings and your apprenticeship).

I hope this article enlightened you a little on the various ‘names’ that exist. The aim is not to talk you out of choosing a magical pseudonym, but really to tell you what exactly all this is about, so that you can be in a position to make your choice, not from what you read here or there, or from what some people told you MUST be done, but really depending on what YOU decide to do, depending on your wishes and not those of others.

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