How to Make a Sorcerer

Alasdair Forsythe
3 min readMar 5, 2023


Becoming a Sorcerer is not something that can be achieved by simply reading or studying. Rather, one’s false self (their ‘ego’ or identity) must be slain. This false self looks like a body in spirit but it’s a container that sits over the spirit, shaping it and containing it to stop it from growing or changing. It tells you who you are, and it tells other people how they should treat you. It limits you and lies to you.

You can with effort resist your false self and act in accordance with your true self, but other people will continue to judge and react to your false self, being apparently confused if your actions are incompatible with it.

To become a Sorcerer, the false self must be defeated, forcing the individual to see their pitiful state: a lost and fragmented being who doesn’t know who he is. A being who has lost his self. From there they must discover their true self and rebuild their spirit body in the image of their true self.

One cannot slay one’s own false self. Another Sorcerer must do it for you.

The wannabe sorcerer then will seek out a Sorcerer and challenge them. The Sorcerer obliges them by slaying their false self. It’s then up to the challenger to dare to look at themselves, and begin their quest to make themselves whole again. The challenger typically is only partially conscious of what they are doing, their challenge seeming to come at least in part from the belief that they are more powerful than the Sorcerer.

The false self is a belief about the self, a belief about who you are that is given to you by another. People who identify with their beliefs feel pain or anger when their beliefs are attacked. But your true self cannot be a belief, no more than your true self can be a hat or a screwdriver.

Once slain, the false self is not gone forever. Society will immediately attempt to re-establish the controlling beliefs over the individual, and the false self will begin to grow back. However, if the individual has already seen a glimpse of their true self, they will know it as a lie and shake it off.

The tradition of slaying the false self serves multiple purposes for the Sorcerer. The same act both weeds out pretenders, and liberates those who are truly committed to walking the path. Further, it prevents a cult of sycophants and followers forming around the Sorcerer.

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