By Donald Michael Kraig
Magick is more than making changes outside of you, it is also making changes to yourself. If there is something you don’t like about yourself, you can change it.
Well, there’s nothing new about that! There are numerous systems for personal growth, change, and empowerment, some more effective than others. To effectively use any of them, however, requires you to know more about who you really are. If you think you’re cowardly when, in fact, you are actually brave, you might spend many days, months, or years trying to become brave when it’s a quality you already have. Surely this is one of the reasons the concept of “Know Thyself” is so important—you can’t decide on your goals (where you want to be), if you don’t know your true make up (who you are) right now.
This is one of the reasons astrology can be an important aspect of magickal studies. Other people look to different systems for analyzing character, ranging from popularized (and simplified) forms of psychology to the “science” of phrenology, the so-called reading of the bumps on a person’s head.