Despite how much we may or may not view the flesh as a prison, after a gnostic fashion, we are beings housed in and a part of the physical realm.  Keeping the body, this temple, at peak condition is important to any magical endeavor.  When the body is good physical condition there is an abundance of vitality, awareness, and endurance, all of which are important faculties in magical practice.  This is best done through balanced diet, consistent exercise, uninterrupted restful sleep, and good personal hygiene.  When the body is well rested as a result of sleep, full of vitality as a result of a balanced diet, refreshed by cleanliness, and poised from exercise, the magus is ready to engage in effective magical practice.  Not only will these healthy habits improve the quality of your life, but also the potency, duration, and precision of your magick. ~Seth, Tactical Magick

I could not even begin to count the number of pagans and occultists I’ve run into who are out of shape, slovenly, and possessing poor hygiene practices.  It just boggles the mind.  There are horror stories I could tell, but really, what’s the point.  I think you all know what I’m talking about.  I’m utterly surprised at how anyone can focus or get any work done with kitty litter grinding under their feet, or the smell of BO and cat piss hanging in the air (yes, I’ve experienced this firsthand unfortunately).  I know I can’t, but I have ADD, so what the fuck do I know?

I really need to get back into my old exercise routine.  I think I may be a touch out of shape.  I also need to see a doctor about that insomnia thing.  Both of these will happen soon.

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  1. November 12, 2012 at 6:24 pm

    I know what you mean. I cannot do ritual in my home if it’s a mess, nor do I feel it is respectful to the gods and spirits who are at least temporarily housed there. I also agree that paying attention to one’s body and health is extremely important. As someone with chronic illnesses, I have to be especially aware of this issue – I have enough trouble simply being well enough to do ritual at all, I can’t let anything preventable get in the way.

  2. Elizabeth
    November 13, 2012 at 11:26 pm

    This is one of the reasons why I make an effort to sweep my bedroom floor, clean the cat box regularly, take out the trash, put things away, and shower even if I’m not planning to go out that day. As a result, my space feels “cleaner” than other areas of the house, where the standards are somewhat looser 😛

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