“The science and art of causing change to occur in conformity with the Will. See Magick in Theory and Practice, by the Master Therion.”—Glossary

Magick with a K

“The old spelling MAGICK has been adopted throughout in order to distinguish the Science of the Magi from all its counterfeits.”—Footnote 1, Book 4, Part II

“'K' is also the Khn, Khou, or Queue symbolized by the tail or vagina, venerated in ancient Egypt as the source of Great Magical Power. Magick spelt with a “k” therefore indicates the precise nature of the Current which Therion (Crowley) embodied and transmitted.”—Kenneth Grant, Aleister Crowley and the Hidden God, p5

“MAGICK: The attachment of the letter “k” to the end of the word “magic” was a practice which Crowley adopted “in order to distinguish the Science of the Magi from all its counterfeits” (Crowley, 1997:47). The archaic spelling also appealed to Crowley’s romantic instincts. Its significance is revealed in its gematrical analysis. “K” is the eleventh letter of several alphabets (e.g. Latin, Chaldean, and Greek) and eleven is seen numerologically as a number representative of the concept of magic.”—Tupman, Theatre Magick: Aleister Crowley and the Rites of Eleusis, 2003, p25


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