“I am a traveler of both time and space”
~ Kashmir, Led Zeppelin, Physical Graffiti 1975
Mage Music 70
Magick is such a trip! No, not the kind you do with chemical assistance but the kind of trip that is a journey. Magick is a process like a journey in that it's not just about arriving at a new place, but about the whole experience of getting there.
When it comes to Magick, every aspect of the journey from initial desire to end result matters. Beaming down to a planet's surface is not a journey. No matter what the movies would like you to believe, time - and what happens within time - is as important an ingredient of Magick as any other factor. The right amount (not too much or too little) and quality of use (as opposed to just spending it) are part of the art of manifesting reality.
Time is, in fact, the most overlooked and therefore the most likely reason for an unsuccessful attempt of transmutation of energy. Magick isn't simply about waving a wand and instantly arriving at Point B, it is about the whole process of Point A through Point B and the infinity between the two points that is known as space and time.
It is self-evident that in any journey, you won't get where you want to go if you screw up too much. This means you need to know where you want to go before you start, you need to know why you want to take your journey so you can know how to plan the trip. Once on the road, you need to pay attention to the signs along the way and take the correct route. And there is no getting around that in any journey, the change from Point A to Point B is going to take the time it needs to take, no matter what.
Rushing things and taking shortcuts so that you can get to the destination is not the point of a great journey. If you only want to reach your destination, ask Scotty to meet you in the transporter room. If, however, the going is as important as the getting there then what happens between the time you decide you want to go and when you get there is what it's all about.
If you want to be successful at Magick then know before you begin that the going is as important as the getting there. Magick is a process of creation - of changing personal reality on purpose, as opposed to letting the currents and whims of life do the changing. Full engagement of mind, body and soul in the entirety of a journey through the time and space of the process is what it takes for success in Magick. High levels of desire, will and performance must be maintained throughout the planning and preparation as well as during the ritual itself. This means there are many possible opportunities to screw up along the way.
Many who attempt Magick will fail. These would primarily be people who sabotage themselves by not being clear about what they really want or what that would look like in the new reality (not knowing their destination) and by failing to stick with the program all the way through to the end or to pay attention to the signs that would guide them along the way (messing up the journey).
It's not the fault of the Universe when Magick fails. On the other hand, if a journey is never attempted, the goal will never be reached.
What are you waiting for?