I consider magick as creativity. This blog post is an act of creation. I put together letters to form words; words to form sentences; sentences to form paragraphs; and paragraphs to form the creation of a blog post. There is a kind of magick in this creative process to form an overall pattern out of letters and words, that has an effect on a reader.
Magick is all around us. It is an amazing thing to see when a thousand random people are dumped into a space, and they will like magick, self-organise into something intelligent without an external authority to direct them. This same self-organising principle applies to groups of atoms or ants. So, one can see that a chaotic system loves to self-organise of its own accord into something more complex. The process and the result of self-organisation is creative and magickal.
There is nothing hocuspocus about magick. The creative person can take a substance such as clay: and can convert this clay into a form such as a cup, brick or statue; each form with a different purpose; but retaining the same substance of clay. The creative person acts with knowledge and wisdom, understanding the nature or essence of the substance they work with: the clay can be molded when wet, but becomes fixed in form when dry; the nature of alder wood is never to decay in water, but becomes hard like concrete, making it suitable as foundations for harbours.
The creative person, as the magician, understands that something can only come out of a thing if there is potential for it. An elephant does not grow out of an acorn, for there is no elephant potential in an acorn. The creative magician discovers the potential possibilities of a substance, and liberates a potential out of it. The oak tree is liberated out of an acorn; a pile of wood is liberated out of an oak tree; a ship is liberated out of the pile of wood; an empire is liberated out of a ship. At the heart of this liberating process is the creative magician.
Magick is a process of action. Acorns must be planted in the ground; provided with water and light; for potential to emerge from them. Knowing the nature embedded in a thing, the magician liberates that potential nature out of the thing to become something more, by a process of active nurturing grounded in action. A plant grows larger by reason of the creative person actively feeding resources to it, mindful of avoiding extremes of the opposites: too much water, rots the roots; too much sun, burns the leaves.
To be alive, is to be creative. Those of the Left Hand Path embrace life, and thus creativity. By being creative, the LHPer is a magician.