Most magical people seem to reach a point in their lives where they go beyond their point of no return, which is to say, beyond the point at which they can maintain denial of their magicalness and the world’s magicalness.

    Usually this point is past after they’ve experienced synchronicities and visions of such potency that their whole world view shifts and can never snap back to secular materialism (our society’s dominant dogma).

    Past this point, magical people are what I call outlaws because they’ve internally stepped outside the laws of reality that muggle society holds to be true. They stop seeking approval or confirmation from the conventions of our culture because they realize those conventions to be irrelevant to their true depth and power.

    Magical people who have gone beyond this point of no return may still choose to pass in muggle society most of the time.

    They may hold down straight jobs and dress in an unassuming fashion. Indeed, some of the most powerful of them do exactly that – choose to work from within the system to accomplish feats of stealth subversion and institutional transformation.

    Many other magical outlaws (myself included) end up deciding that we can no longer stomach most muggledom after we go beyond our point of no return. Myself, I left a cushy position in academia.

    These system-shunning outlaws tend to either become monastics and mendicants or else they strike out in self-employment or entrepreneurship of some sort – prostitutes, builders, artisans, healers, teachers, coaches, writers.

    Reaching your magical point of no return can be a nauseating process.

    It’s so very uncomfortable because with it you gain bone-deep knowledge that “there are more things on heaven and earth, Horatio, than are compren’ded by your philosophy.

    With this realization you often discover that you must re-orient your whole relationship to the world. You end relationships. You drop out of school. You quit your job. Your friendships change.

    The whole shebang of your life goes into upheaval while you try to discover a mode of living in accordance with your true magical will.


    • Dr. Carolyn Elliott is the founder of WITCH magazine & is known for her uncanny and uncomfortable ability to trick really smart, high-achieving magical people into doing the things that they actually want to do. She’s the teacher of life-altering online courses, including INFLUENCE, FORCE OF NATURE, MONEY, and EARTH. Carolyn is the author of the cult-favorite creativity book, Awaken Your GeniusAwaken Your Genius: A Seven-Step Guide to Uncovering Your Creativity and Manifesting Your Dreams... ... and the upcoming Existential Kink: A handbook of life-altering magic. She runs a multi-6-figure online business specializing in helping people achieve dramatic positive change in their lives through shadow integration practices and applied occult philosophy.

    • Show Comments (5)

    • Aidan Wachter

      The super fun part is you might get to do all that over & over again!

      I pretty much started ‘out’, and then got my marching orders from the Spirits to go make a semi normal life, and I did. But like there is shit you cannot unsee, there is shit that I cannot unknow.

      So now I am a blend of your list above- artisan, sometimes writer, passing in the local rural society and out everywhere else.

      But the relationships part? The process of weeding out never ends, I am finding.

      All the best-


    • Gwynne Montgomery

      Going through that right now… quitting the day job, because the repetiveness is driving me insane, and no matter how many positive transformations I try to introduce, they get sucked up into oblivion and nothing here ever changes.

      Wandering soul… time for change. Restlessness and a deep soul craving for pur bliss and freedom. Minimizing. Simplifying. Utter release.

    • Brooke Louise

      I am going through this right now. Literally down to my last $300, I didn’t think I would pay rent this week, and in desperation to not going backwards I hustled and made sales so that I can pay a day late. This choice is forcing me to grow in ways that I always wanted to go, but never would have.

      When I was a digital producer in a 9-5, I left a year ago, I would work my full work day and spend the $$ it on tequilla after work and magical workshops on the weekend. Now, because of my choice to leave ‘muggledom’ I am having to be my own teacher, my own money, and my own everything. I will eventually morph my business into 3 or four revenue streams and in the meantime spend less than I make while treading softly!

      Not going back but it hurts right now!


        Brooke – kudos to you! It’s a rewarding path, I believe you can do it.

    • Tracy Cooper

      I left a life of magicalness 18 years ago. headed back into the main stream of life because of financial commitments. Since then everything has gone haywire . Stepped back out of the corporate life 2 years ago and have been concentrating on getting my magical mojo back since then . Im glad to be home again and will summon everything I need, to stay out of the muggle society. To me it is like poison. Don’t understand it and don’t want to. much happier to be with my own kind.

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