Sometimes, the effort it takes to compile and write a good book, sets up a barrier to what knowledge can be shared with those who need it. In the modern times, thanks to the internet, it's often easy to share with others, small tidbits of wisdom, insight and experience concerning an otherwise megalith domain of knowledge as magick, esoteric and occult science.
Having noticed how often people on the web ask for context-specific knowledge or answers on certain facets of these fields, I've decided to echo some of my postings (as well as those of others), which taken in isolation can offer the curious student quick glimpses of otherwise daunting topics, or which when taken together, can offer the careful student possibly huge dividends.
The structure of this book is simple; a topic or question is presented, and then one or more responses or pieces of information related to it are presented. The aim isn't to exhaust everything there is to know about the said topic or question, but to capture whatever useful insights there are, especially from real students and practioners of magick, occult and esoteric science and arts.
The aim of the book is to give personal advise or answers on otherwise general topics and problems (in the domains of magick, occult and esoteric sciences and arts).
An interesting topic indeed. I'd love to hear other's take on this, but my practical experience with sacred geometry has been with how I relate to the forces around me during the performance of a ritual. You might have noticed (assuming you've been around the occult for a while), that under certain paradigms - e.g in Western Ceremonial Magick, that correspondences play a big role in designing and executing a ritual. For example, simple things like which direction you face when performing a particular invocation, the colors of robes you wear, etc, are, within the tradition, essential to increasing the efficacy of your operation. The same then can be said of how you orient certain things about yourself during the working - where's the fire placed upon your altar, how is the "boundary of the work" defined - e.g by a circle, a sphere, a square or pentagon? Here, the simplest relevance of sacred geometry starts to shine through...
But there are even more subtle applications; consider the kabbalah for example, in which order and quantity carry symbolic implications, and thus magical ones. In that case, geometry, which is the spatial expression of quantity and the relation between quantities, becomes a means of expressing not just quantities, but the relationship between them. In this manner of thinking, the triangle could represent not just the mystical number 3 (3d-space, trinity, perceptible elements, etc) but also balance, and depending on orientation, the evocation or invocation of forces, etc.
A full treatment of the domain is definitely not something easy to summarize in a single Reddit comment, and even some tomes might not do justice to the subject - that's true of most things in life, not even just for occult topics. All in all, being a part of a tradition that leverages these concepts, and also learning about symbolism in occultism in general, and then practically incorporating these things in your work, could go a long way in making clearer to you, what is meant when one says "some geometry is sacred and potent".
The 'sacred' geometry means different things in different circles.
From an esoteric mystery school view (including the Egyptian/Greek and Tao versions), it was a solution to the hard problem of consciousness, used as a way to describe the start of awareness and its unfolding complexity into the flower of life (science would term this period the big bang)
Once the flower of life geometry was established, then all other forms and shapes could be derived (basically the start of euclidean space)
Currently I look at the 'flower of life' as the product of the 'big bang' (i.e the forming of space/Counterspace divided by time), there are some scientific theories that are starting to support this as well (like Nassim Haramiens holo-fractal connected universe model) that are slowly gaining followers and momentum in the scientific world.
Alot of researchers (both scientific and occult) have used the geometric methods of finding propotion and constants via sacred geometry and used those theories in practical ways (i.e to predict the movement of energy through a system, or to predict dimensionless constants like the fine structure constant)
At present sacred geometry, although it touches on an occult standpoint, is a useful tool for philosophic and scientific methods to literally map how the universe moves around us at the smallest scale imaginable.
I study sacred geometry primarily from the artistic and aesthetic end. The thing I have primarily discovered about it is harmonics and resonance. That when you start working with squares and phi rectangles, shape inside you can make proportions relate to one another in such a way that they start to vibrate differently. I have drawn the harmonics on top of elements of nature such as a horseshoe cab or better yet, a human skull and found that the ideal proportions just happen to land correctly for eyes and cheekbones, etc, and the whole thing fits in a phi rectangle. The feeling of connection to nature and the core evolutionary force within it was incredibly powerful, and something I still carry with me 10 years later.
What I have learned from reading (when it comes to sacred geometry mostly from an academic perspective rather than an occult one) is that sacred geometry just happens to overlay on top of many natural patterns in the universe. A main example being philotaxis , or how plants grow. If you look at the pattern of how seeds are laid out in a sunflower or how plants "know" when to grow a new branch to balance themselves, they're usually arranged according to proportions of sacred geometry. Also, generally speaking
The secret of course is that those ideal proportions don't actually exist anywhere and that interplay between Chaos and these natural harmonics (which you can think of like gravity wells for the organization of molecules and cells) is what gives us the rich physical reality that we enjoy.
Ultimately I find sacred geometry to be an excellent bridge between the mundane universe and the infinite unknowable world beyond our physical reality. For me, it feeds into the idea of the universe having a consciousness without beyond the restrictive concepts of mind and thought.
U actually don't have to be "enlightened" in order to practice or know what ritual magick is.
Basically put; in the domain of magick, rituals are any actions, expressed in the physical, mental or astral... that are aimed at bringing about the desired intent/will of the operator.
Ritual Magick then, contrasted with speculative magick, is a hands-on activity, involving not just willing or desiring an end, but actually taking some (often pre-determined/designed) actions, and then executing them [consciously].
And note, rituals can be as simple as snapping one's fingers ahead of an activity (see "automatic rituals"), drawing a couple strokes on a piece of paper, charging and then dispatching those, or as complex as a multi-year operation involving not just travel, but study, meditation and lots of sacrifices (literally or not), as well as the communion with entities of a kind unlike anything perceived in the mundane realm.
Hope this gives you the essential intro. All in all, ritual magick is a most exciting path, and I would much welcome you to explore any of many available paths or traditions that you find easily accessible to you.
In my own life I've gone from extreme depression and misery to being the most genuinely happy person I know. Before I committed to magick over 5 years ago I was nearly divorced, suffering from anxiety to the point of mania and thoughts of suicide, addicted to drugs, and working at jobs that made me hate myself.
I am now celebrating 9 years of marriage and we've been truly happier together through every season for years, and now have a perfect baby to raise together. I am clean of the bad drugs and responsibly incorporate chemicals into my life for magick, medicine, and pleasure without fear of abuse. I am in my best health since high school, and best mental health since childhood. My wife and I started a business and used the money to move to where we went on honeymoon.
I can't say that none of this would have happened without magick, but none of it DID happen in the absence of magick. I'm not saying I'm better than anyone here, I'm merely saying that I did the work and I got the results and continue down my path every day. If you do the work you will go as far as you work to go.
More than anything else, I am just a better, happier person. I treat others and myself with far more compassion, I separate my wants from my needs with greater wisdom, I deal with my own problems instead of spewing them on the world around me. I have possibly never changed a single atom of reality outside of myself, but the changes in myself changed my entire world.
I hope this helps.
I should also add that energy healing, dream control, waking contact with entities/deities/spirits, true divination, astral travel, and higher consciousness are all very real and attainable. Those are the kinds of things people go into the occult looking for, and are worth the effort to obtain. It just takes the effort.
“Cyberspace. A consensual hallucination experienced daily by billions of legitimate operators, in every nation, by children being taught mathematical concepts... A graphic representation of data abstracted from banks of every computer in the human system. Unthinkable complexity. Lines of light ranged in the nonspace of the mind, clusters and constellations of data. Like city lights, receding...”
-- William Gibson
"A consensual hallucination experienced daily by billions" is a fair description of the astral world. Different rules but similar logic. You can actually see entities that evolve by themselves on internet: memes and egregores. Anonymous, pepe, the (defunct) internet oracle, the characters from pollandball... Things that have a different logic but that you can directly observe and that you can even discuss with.
Now the regular otherworldly entities do not have internet access. But they have access to the humans who have and humans who have memories of internet content.
Possibly related: I had a very close friend who died. He was an abstract expressionist painter who did these wild canvases. He and I spent hours smoking weed and debating religion and philosophy, and went on several psychedelic journeys together, so we had a very spiritual connection and were basically inseparable our last year of high school.
A day or two after he had died, I was leaving a tearful message for him on his Facebook wall. An hour or two later, my deceased friend actually "liked" my post. I figured it had to have been a family member who logged into his account, but as I scrolled through his page, mine was the only one that he had liked. Now you may not find that impressive or mind-blowing, but you'll never convince me his spirit didn't find a way to float down into that code for a second and leave me a little wink before he moved on.
Spirits exist out of our linear time, and could experience all of the information on the Web by merely watching the process of creating or reading the data from "all sides". I'm not at all saying that spirits or consciousness can't/won't/don't interact with digital information directly, but by spirits watching human minds I can respond to your question pretty well without inventing any new theories of magick.
Demons do not exist to amuse you, but maybe they will still rate your songs.
Step 1 is to use my demonstrable power to create a religion around myself.
Step 2 is to have my loyal devotees amass temporal power to support my church and write my beliefs/morals into law
Step 3 would be creating a utopia once power was secure.
Because, you know, it worked so well every time it has been attempted before.
Simply focus on your breathing first. Some people feel it better in the lungs, others notice it more at the tip of their nose. No thoughts, no intentions. Clear your mind.
After an amount of time that feels right to you, begin studying. You have to love doing what you're doing in order for it to become almost effortless.
I'm not telling you to convince yourself (aka fooling yourself). Feel it in your heart. And then it will even become fun! You'll know what I'm talking about once you're "in the zone".
Willpower is the foundation of all spiritual practices.
It is by far the most universal and important part of every beings journey. The importance of willpower, should not be underestimated, for it determines our ability to control all situations.
Without a strong will, we constantly react to and are thus slaves of the environment around us. It is this reason, and for this alone, that all initiates must strengthen their will. For if one allows their environment to dictate their every state [of mind], then they would exist within a state of perpetual chaos - with absolutely no control over their own lives. If, for someone coming to the occult, wherein there's more forces at play than in the life of the ordinary, one lacks such control, then all hell could easily break loose.
Emotional state will extend as far as your will allows it. Those that haven't developed willpower are constantly reacting to uncontrollable situations. Mundane tasks and events can determine the outcome of the most important cycles of one's life because they allow their emotions to overwhelm them.
What Represses or Harms Willpower?
They're serious events that have led many to be prone to anger, depression, anxiety, addiction etc. etc. How? These events stunt the growth of our will, by turning on our survival systems, meant to protect us from further harm.The majority of these afflictions were created during childhood - during our most vulnerable periods of our lives; we had no control because we hadn't even begun to develop our will.
Then there are those who experienced death. Losing a loved one "before their time" will crush even the most strong willed person - for children, it can be very devastating. And then, there are those who experienced true love, only for the dream to be shattered!
It requires no willpower to exists within these states indefinitely, reliving and regretting the past for all eternity. However, in order to move on, to recover, we must face the past for what it is, and then rebuild our willpower, so as to live "anew", despite the past.
The number of events that change the course of one's life are numerous. From getting fired from a job to making a horrible decision. From the most serious to the mundane. It is our willpower that determines how we react and the decisions we make in such circumstances, and then, how we live with the consequences of our made decisions later on.
Also, it might be worthy to note that many do have their willpower weakened, even in adulthood, when they encounter failure or experience punishment in one way or another, and then fail to realize that there's nothing like a life without lows or downs or failures or pain,... Failure to acknowledge that even the strong will occassionally fail, does weak those with fragile egos, unrealistic expectations or lack of strong wills, so that, after experiencing a challenge, depending on how they percieve it ("a failure on the certain road to success" Vs "a clear indication of impotence or inability"), they are weakened, and eventually, could loose all vitality and ability to take action.
Willpower and The Higher Self
Willpower is the manifested energy of consciousness. That invisible force that determines the strength of one's state of being - the ability to not just assert one's position in the cosmos, but to also accept it as the best under the given circumstances. You can also think of it as a connection between yourself and your higher consciousness - the "Ideal" You.
Thus it is the awareness of our higher consciousness that gives us the ability to overcome and manipulate our reality. The more you are aware of its existence, the greater control you have over your emotional and mental states, thus the world around you - the world in which you live.
There are many ways to strengthen your awareness of this higher consciousness. Essentially, we are talking of how to gain knowledge of your Higher Self (HGA, Genius, God-head, etc..) Essentially though, this awareness comes as a result of mastering your lower self - your subconscious mind, In this regard, there are five subconscious systems that exist, and you may have awareness and mastery over one system, yet still be controlled by or subjective to the other four.
Enter the Subconscious...
It is important to note that these subconscious systems are basically survival systems. They are primal and ancient, and the purpose of our will, or action thereof, is to not eliminate or merely supress these systems, but instead to know and gain control over them.
The first system is the constant search for food. To gain mastery over this system, we typically practice restraint of the yearning for food - a practice known as fasting. By existing within a constant, willed state of hunger, our higher-consciousness will eventually learn how to suppress it. It means, the threat of going hungry, lacking what to eat, or eating little, no longer threatens us, and thus we can exercise and assert our will in the face of such threats no matter what.
Note that we do not need to starve ourselves everyday; it is up to the individual to test themselves to see if they can manage just 8 hours or an entire day. If you have a problem suppressing this system then practice fasting for weeks and months, until your realize that you can control the yearning for food at will or that you no more care that much about going hungry or surviving on just little, essential food.
The other aspect to this system is eliminating certain foods; like becoming a vegan, not eating pork or beef; or only eating kosher foods. Depending upon your spiritual beliefs, adopting such practices, are just alternative means of controlling hunger, and gaining mastery of this subsystem of the subsconscious.
The second system we need to master is the sex drive, and to gain mastery over this system, we practice restraint of the sexual desire (or restraint in fulfilling sexual desire), and this practice is typically called sexual abstinence.
Any action that causes you to have an orgasm, is essentially feeding your sex drive, and thus, masturbation is the primary addiction for this system, followed by the consumption of sexual imagery such as pornography in its many forms. It may seem like heresy, but abstinence from sex and masturbation during puberty - when our sexual drive is at its peak, is by far the easiest way to master this system. However, since most of us are past that point, we must learn how to abstain from masturbation at least - even in the face of strong sexual stimuli or cues, such as prevalent in the modern life and the Internet. It takes effort, and persistent practice of such restraint, can go a long way in strengthening one's will, as well as giving one mastery over themselves.
The sex drive is very powerful, and with the advent of the internet, many, if not all men, are being driven by (or are slaves to) it. If you constantly thinking about sex, or find yourself constantly wanting to gain sexual pleasure, especially through masturbation, then this system needs to be your main focus for enhancing your willpower - you will gain more in mastery of self, by practicing abstinence, than by any other practice.
Hate, Anger & Destructive/Negative Tendencies...
The third system is hate (or anger - towards others or even ourselves). To gain mastery over this system, we must seek inner peace (or detachment) and learn to forgive (and forget).
There are many ways to find inner peace, but the most effective methods involve exploiting the practice of the creative arts. Any practice such as music, painting, yoga, dance, martial arts, tai chi, writing etc.will help one to focus less on anger or hate - which are destructive tendencies, and more on integration, tolerence, harmony and creation - which avert or neutralize destructive tendencies or energies.
What all these creative practices have in common is that they make our thoughts immediately manifest within reality, and they typically do this by turning seemingly destructive forces or element into creative, useful ones. This practice helps one be able to turn any negativity into something positive - whether it's something within oneself, in others, or the world in which one finds themselves.
Also, having found in oneself the potential to create, soon, one realizes the same to be true of others - even when they practice different crafts or use entirely different methods to do so. Thus, eventually, co-creating with others, one accepts the differences between us, the different tones and perspectives of the world, and thus themselves as well. Mastery of this subsystem yields tolerence, true love, and eventually, profound inner-peace - and perhaps even true enlightenment.
Arguably, this is by far the easiest system via which to increase one's willpower, and if you can master a creative art, then gaining control over the other subsystems of your lower self will be a lot easier.
Also, note that because mastery of this subsystem involves leveraging the creative faculties within us, it thus leverages, and does strengthen the presence of (and influence of) our Higher Selves within our life, and thus the world about us - which is essentially what this is all about.
The fourth system we need to master is fear, and we gain mastery over this system by learning to face our (deepest) fears, while also acknowledging and accepting that we are mortal - that is, that physical death, is innevitable.
Our own death, and the death of everyone around us is inevitable. We must learn to accept this. By realizing that all things with a beginning, must eventually come to an end, we begin to embrace the moment as it is. This allows us to not fear that which has not yet occurred, but also to acknowledge that anything that's taking place, and which had a beginning, will innevitably come to end some time soon or later.
These realizations, even if seemingly innocent, allow us to live life without fear, and to not look upon death as something evil or detestable, but as just another part of nature and its innevitable processes.
This is by far the most "invisible" subsystem in our subscious, and this is because, it serves a very fundamental role in our body-mind-mechanism - that of ensuring our physical and mental survival (and as science has shown, that of the species as a whole!) Also, it's the most stealth subsystem, and one easiest to ignore or take for granted - even under self-analysis. Also, the methods for mastering fear, will vary, depending upon the individual - their prior experiences, conditioning/beliefs, aspirations, environment etc.
However, if you find yourself feeling isolated, or having suicidal thoughts, or in state of deep depression, then this becomes the only system that matters... And its better to master this subsystem earlier than later. Exploration, study and pushing oneself to through as many different - especially unconfortable, or undesirable paths or circumstances, will help to address this problem quite well. Self-analysis, especially if done genuinely, or with the help of an experienced person, will aid in surfacing one's deepest fears, and thus, knowing these (which is the first step towards conquering them), one will be empowered if they can face and shatter them.
The fifth system is emotions, and to gain mastery over this system, we must practice meditation in one form or another. In this regard, meditation could be considered to be any of many practices that enables you to not only observe what's taking place inside of your mind and body, but also being able to take control of what you find - eliminating undesirable thoughts, surfacing desirable ones, or just being detached from all thoughts and feelings whatsoever, all under conscious control (especially for prolonged amounts of time).
Emotions affect all the other subsystems of the mind directly, and mastering them will allow you to have full control and awareness of your mind in total, and would thus be able to heighten or supress their effects at will.
Perhaps in the modern times, boredom is the most common symptom (or state of mind), of someone that cannot yet control their emotions. Why? Because such a person is the kind that constantly needs to be stimulated (or to be fed), by something external to themselves. Their desires control and enslave them, and thus the external world - especially in a highly materialistic world as this, exploits and feeds their weakness even further. This person will spend most their "free" time watching TV, playing video games and surfing the interne - they are the kind that are addicted to entertainment or pleasure in its many manifestations - things which evoke and pamper the emotions.
They are the kind that can't sit in a room alone for prolonged time without agitation or getting depressed, can't take walks alone, can't read a book of facts for long periods, can't stand prolonged moments of silence, can't practice introspection or contemplation of anything not meant to arouse pleasure, etc.
In order to overcome boredom (and slavery to the emotions), we must learn how to maintain an emotionless and thoughtless state where possible. The other, more pragmatic approach is seek out and practice some intellectual or ascentic practice. Studying the sciences, engaging in intellectual activity of any form, reading or practicing philosophy, mathematics or contemplating the abstract - whether spiritual or physical, are all common and effective means of mastering the emotions, but none are as powerful as practicing meditation.
Ok. Meditation to Rule them all?
The allure and power of meditation, is that during its practice, eventually, one gains awareness of their Higher Selves, and thus obtained, it becomes possible for one to experience euphoria or bliss, without requiring any form of external stimulation or reliance on mind-altering drugs (other than results of physiological changes induced by meditation alone). This all helps break one's dependence on the external world, the emotions (or lower self), and thus the leveraging of the full power of one's Higher Self.
In a sense, what's happening here, is that there's trading of control and power over oneself, from the lower aspects of the mind, to the higher, finer ones. It could be compared to a dichotomy of sorts - darkness vs light for example. The thing is, none of these is essentially evil or undesirable, but in most esoteric traditions, it's desirable to gain control over the lower self, so as to more freely exercise and leverage the (more potent, more sublime) powers of the higher self.
Meditation is the only direct way to become completely aware of your higher-consciousness. Any serious student must learn to meditate. If you are having trouble meditating then try clearing your thoughts and emotions every night before you go to sleep.
The journey is the only thing that matters, gaining control over your sub conscious and awareness of your higher-consciousness is a process that typically takes years. But the process and practice are the only thing that matters; that's if you wish to break free of your lower states, find purpose, create and manifest reality as you will.
Then the development of one's willpower is a requirement.
By becoming aware of your higher self, and thus being able to leverage it, can one accomplish one's greatest, highest potential.
True power is actually found in weakness. You cannot wield the power of the river by grasping at it or by fighting against the current. Only by falling in with the direction of the flow can you make the water's power your own. Picture water itself - in some senses, the most submissive substance imaginable - it'll flow through your fingers, fit any container you put it in... Yet what can compete with this passive substance for domination of the planet? Nothing. The water uses this power not as a tyrant, but to quietly nourish each and every thing that lives.
Spiritual powers and magickal ability is much the same. The truest power will always come in surrender. So if you use the term "seeker" to mean someone in the early stages of their spiritual path, particularly in the Occult traditions, they will probably be more attracted to the more ego-centered applications of magick - manifesting your Will, developing spiritual powers and abilities, gaining knowledge that will give you a leg-up on your peers, etc. Of course, for some who persist on the path for a longer stretch of time and become "adepts", the deeper truths of surrender and self-transformation become much more apparent and useful in their practices, and so they become more connected with their right-hand path.
Hope this helped! Best of luck and blessed be.
They technically don't look like anything because their true form is not within the human visual spectrum.
Also, they are not made in the likeness of Allah. Nor are angels for that matter, and angels are not humanoid in their true form. Only humans are made "'ala suratihi" (in His image).
Being made in the image of Allah is also not a reference to anything physical. It refers to how the human spirit (ruh) is capable of reflecting and acquiring the traits of all of Allah's names. Everything else in creation only reflects certain names or attributes of Allah, but the human spirit, as the microcosm, contains all things and all possibilities.
Magick is like fire - infact, it is fire! You can cook food with it, but can also get burnt by it. Beware.
biggest dangers i've seen are becoming an even bigger wanker than you already are, and losing your mind.
And that's because, for some strange reason, the prevailing method of practicing magick in the modern times, or at least in the west, seems to be a variant of Chaos Magick called Sigil Magick, and the prevailing school condemns anything but the charging of sigils using masturbatory work! Definitely, not all reputable, or sane Chaos Mages agree with this, and many don't even consider this the only (or strongest form of doing Sigil Magick), but perhaps, living in an age when sexual stimuli is ubiquitous, and where the study and practice of self-discipline and morals isn't anymore part of most esoteric curriculums, it's understable - but definitely not forgiveable, and is a real danger to both the craft and especially vulnerable newbies.
But, the same could be said of schools of magick that push for tantric methods as the dominant form of exercising willpower or levergaging magick. Though not heavy with the masturbatory work, they do likewise easily fall prey to incensant use of the physical creative faculty, and failure to exercise or leverage higher creative potencies such as restraint or sublimation could otherwise have made possible -and this, without the often detrimental physiological consequences.
Insanity and Obsession. It can happen a lot easier than you think.
Where, perhaps, Insanity is the "Relatively permanent disorder of the mind", and Obsession is "An irrational motive for performing trivial [or undesitable] or repetitive actions, even against your will."
One case, one looses control over their mind, and thus can't properly function in conventional society anymore. In the other, one looses control of their mind to something or someone other than themselves - a phenomenon typically considered to be a symptom of posession of some sort.
The dangers of the occult are focusing on the dangers of the occult.
Satirical in tone, but neverthless, possessing a grain of truth, if not the whole truth. Possible interpretations? For the practioner, obsession with dangerous, sinister aspects of the occult or generally, suffering the consequences of reinforcement or self-fulfilling prohesies or the law of attraction for that matter. "Live by the sword, die by the sword".
Partial understanding can be dangerous. Noobs seem to be obsessed with chaos magick, summoning entities, and anything that could be viewed as edgy and cool and crazy, at least on here. The occult is by and large, and especially at its core, spiritual practice and knowledge.
Get a solid understanding of the basics before you go crazy into rituals magick and edgy shit. Study, study, study. You can easily go fucking crazy and cause long term damage to yourself and others. If you're in it for material gain or egocentric reasons, you should reevaluate your priorities.
Learn to meditate. Period. Make that a central part of your life. Realize that the occult is esoteric and that its counterpart is exoteric religion and philosophy. They are two sides of the same coin. Get or borrow a copy of Manly Hall's "The Secret Teachings of All Ages" and "Words to the Wise". Essentials, friend. Read them both. Listen to and read Alan Watts' material, as well. His book, "The Book", is another essential.
Most of the occult in its Western manifestation is heavily influenced by Hinduism, Buddhism, Persian Mysteries, Egyptian mythology, Greek philosophy, and Medieval alchemy and magick. Don't gamble with what you don't fully understand. If you aren't sure if you understand it, you don't. Not fully.
"The principal hazards cited by occult “authorities” generally fall into two categories: the summoning or inadvertent arousal of uncontrolled forces or entities which will turn up and destroy the would-be magician, and possession by some malevolent force or entity.
The first reason is the manner in which the average person approaches the practice of sorcery. He is the victim of a Judaeo-Christian religious and moral tradition which conditions him to believe that man alone is nothing, that he must place his trust and reliance in a power or being outside himself. He is also led to believe that sorcerous delvings are sinful and forbidden and will lead to the inevitable destruction of the student. A resultant attempt to justify such experimentation is the current emphasis on “White” magic.
If the student has been lucky enough to avoid a Judaeo-Christian type of indoctrination, he is still generally ensnared by a magical orientation based on the same principles and teaching that some forces are “good” and others “evil”, and that he should concern himself exclusively with the good or “positive” and avoid the evil or “negative”. It is easy to see how this approach to morality and magic leads to frustration and to the repression of perfectly natural feelings and desires - such as lust and anger - into the subconscious. These may later erupt from within as twisted monsters, daemons, elementals, or powerful compulsions and obsess the student."
Psychic Hazards & Proper Use of Ritual Magic - by L. Dale Seago IV° Scroll of Set #I-3, November 1975
Hmm, let's see...
Side effects include, but aren't limited to:
Just be careful, and tread lightly and you should be fine. Avoid doing magic to mess with people, no matter how much you dislike them and you should be fine. :)
It seems to me first of all that most people who fear enormous side effects of occult studies, are people who have little to no experience with occult studies. Second, it seems to me that with little to no experience, one can do little to no harm magically speaking.
Pretty much the only caveat for an absolute beginner, it seems to me, is that some aspects of spiritual development might potentially trigger an unpleasant spiritual growth in a rare few people with that unfortunate disposition, and if they don't have a very advanced guide around to see them through that experience (which will generally be the case in Western society) it might take longer and be more difficult than necessary to integrate it and become fully functional in both the material world and the spirit realms.
But then it's also very significant to note that this is not a danger inherent to the occult specifically, because the same thing could be inadvertently induced by (to name but a few) psychedelic drugs, certain meditation or yoga exercises, traumatic life experiences beyond anybody's control, even irresponsible use of household "barely-intoxicants" such as alcohol or even coffee.
From my experience, folks with mental issues do tend to flock to occult, etc. I believe people like that are just more open minded and therefore more likely to go in this direction. I don't think it has a potential to drive anyone mad anymore than any other hobby/activity.
The title of this chapter is a cue, and a serious one at that! Beware of the products of human enterprise (not even divinely inspired ones that is).
One person revealed this...
I'd really like to know why it's so common to go nutty on western occult techniques.
I remember when I was studying with BOTA, I was having an argument about the Qabalah totally unintentionally because some rude asshole was a condescending prick for no reason. I was trying to be polite for the longest time and he just kept getting more obnoxious and suddenly I find myself arguing about shit I don't even want to argue about. Nothing of any substance, but just about whether or not I have any experience (something I hadn't even claimed) and why don't I just shut up... other older members defended me and said I raised good questions and challenged this other guy to answer if he knew better.
At this point, I was thinking to myself, "this doesn't seem like a very enlightened group" and I got up from the computer to take a piss and take a little break. I felt really energetically charged up, like really frazzled by this insignificant conversation for some reason. I remember feeling like I was going to have a nervous breakdown, actuallly. I went in the bathroom to take a piss and when I saw my reflection in the mirror, I had a red lighting streak across my whole face and down my neck ending between my collarbone.. It looked something like Bowie's Aladdin Sane facepaint except it went full down my face and neck and it was just a red streak. I examined it carefully and it wasn't a scratch, but it looked like the blood under my skin had somehow accumulated in this design and was so bright it almost looked as if it was glowing. It was very fucking odd. And the first thing I thought of was some kind of mark signifying a hex of some sort. Perhaps just to scare me, I thought. I put it out of my mind and used a technique from a book to direct any such attack back at the attacker, did the LBRP, MPR and whatever and generally acted as if I didn't care (the chaos "laugh it off" technique of ignore something and it will go away, basically). I stopped letting the guy bother me and if there ever was any sort of hex, it was indistinguishable. If there was any other significance to the event, it was also unknown. Some would have probably put a lot of thought and research into this since it resembles the Tree of Life "lightning flash" and all that. I basically took the attitude that if somebody wants to tell me something they'll have to do better than that.
I had a few other weird episodes of feeling nervous energy like this and some weird stuff happened like shit flying through the air across the full length of my room and smashing against the wall. Another time when I was reading about Crowley, everything suddenly went black and I felt like I was going to be sick, so I got up and stumbled blindly through the hallway, pulling stuff off the walls and banging into a desk knocking stuff over. I got into the bathroom just in time to get on the toilet and lean my head into the sink and I forcefully shit diarrhea and projectile vomited at the same time. This lasted maybe 5 minutes and was then over completely. It felt like I was being squeezed in the middle and shooting out of both ends. I was in my girlfriend's apartment at the time and I was mortified because it was late at night and her roommate was in the next room. Since I was blind, I had no idea if anyone saw me in the hallway or if the bathroom door was currently open or anything. After the violent puking and shitting, my vision came back to me and I saw that the bathroom door was closed and surprisingly all my puke had made it into the sink, not sprayed all over the walls and floor.
In contrast, I never had anything remotely like this happen to me while studying and practicing Tibetan Buddhism. The only side effect is feeling better.
These are THE MOST potent Agya exercises I know - not from reading but personal experience. When I do them, I get immense activity in my third eye - not just the forehead region, but my chakra all the way deep into the middle of my brain (this happens to also light up my crown chakra). I've done them for a while and I can feel my third eye at any moment I wish to, so I know they work.
The best thing about them is that they don't require any visualization whatsoever - just practice. So that makes it SUPER easy for beginners and advanced energy workers alike. Keep in mind practice makes perfect - you can either let this sit in a lonely virtual drive somewhere or put it to use, the choice is yours mates :).
1. Awakening Magick (preferably done naked or with nonrestrictive clothing):
Clear an empty space in your room/meditative area. Face north. Stand feet apart so that they are planted comfortably and raise your arms until they are just a little bit above the horizontal line. Take in 10 breaths - pay attention to your breath and keep it calm and steady. Then raise your arms until your hands are touching then arch your back backwards as far as you can (without falling over). Come up slowly, bring your arms back down to your sides then take in three breaths.
This is a very easy exercise and personally, if I'm not already feeling energy in my third eye, I'll almost certainly feel a light pulsing/pressure on my forehead. This is the lightest exercise but it'll get the energy going so that others can really get in deeper. I'd recommend doing it twice a day but once a day is fine.
2. Pineal Humming
This is my 2nd favorite one because it gets my third eye buzzing so hard I feel like a total zombie while doing it. Personally I can get the vibration to the point where I start hearing astral noise/voices - a little distracting and scary at first but a good indication of progress.
Get into your meditative position, relax and start humming. Make sure this is a comfortable hum - not too low or too high, just perfect for you. DO NOT loudly hum, this should be fairly quiet/normal but distinct. Keep your mouth closed and breathe in through your nose. This takes a little practice to get perfect but you'll notice that you feel your lips vibrating. That's good but what you want to is to feel the vibrations all over your face. Again - DO NOT force this by increasing the loudness, just feel it. Eventually you'll start feeling the vibrations going all the way into the middle of your brain. That's the sweet spot when you can feel that. Hum away and focus right into the middle of your brain. Your third eye will start vibrating accordingly. Do it for as long as you can stand it. Definitely at least aim for 15 minutes.
If you get a headache, just let the energy go. Don't hold on too tight to anything, just let it go.
3. Skull Squishing
This is a subset of energy body combing and an exercise I found out and developed on my own. Your hands are an excellent energy reservoir and with consistent practice, you'll be able to feel the chakra points within them. But for now:
Stand up in your empty space. Move the energy to your hands and increase the radiation coming out of them. Bring them close and father apart, eventually after increasing the energy in them enough, you'll feel either a pulling or pushing force between them (you can change this just by will). When you feel a distinct pressure between them, raise your hands to the middle of your head - palms facing the head and do a squishing motion like you're pressing your head.
This is a very intense exercise and you will be able to feel a very definite increase in energy in your brain/third eye + your crown chakra. Personally it's so intense that I don't do it for longer than a few cycles because it ends up giving me a headache from too much energy being in my brain. Also, this forces energy out of my crown chakra.
If you feel like it's too much, space your hands out further until you are comfortable. Don't do it too much unless you can handle it.
I also found out through experiments that this can also be done to the root chakra and you'll feel energy popping out of your third eye (forehead) and the top of your skull. In case you didn't know, the root chakra and crown chakra are very closely connected.
4. Skull Back-Tapping
This energy exercise is actually my favorite and personally I am amazed at how crazy effective it is. I found it in an old witch book. Do this last after you get the energy going a bit. Also done standing up:
Take your hands and put them directly behind the back of your head. Align them so that your index and middle fingers from both hands match up with the left/right part of your brain. GENTLY (and I mean very gently) tap the back of your head in the following pattern:
left index finger, left middle finger, right index finger, right middle finger. That is 1 cycle. Do that for 10 - 40 cycles (as much as you are comfortable doing).
Should look something like this: http://i.imgur.com/deF1UrO.png (crappy drawing I know, I'm not good at jack shit else except witchcraft LOL)
Simple huh? When I do this, I feel energy "popping" and crackling in my forehead like CRAZY. It's unbelievable - almost like there's a firecracker lighting up on my forehead center.
So that's it. I have a whole lot of other exercises I'll post eventually but these are the best for the third eye. Keep in mind the best way to develop any chakras is not 1 at a time - do them ALL. So work out your whole energy body and you'll progress a lot faster - every single chakra is connected to another and the whole body energy field at the same time.
Eventually you'll get to a point where you need more advanced techniques to progress (this is where visualization becomes important), but this should keep you busy for a few weeks/months (years??) depending on your level.
Side note: these exercises are also great for developing astral vision. Essentially, you'll be able to see with your eyes closed - for me it starts out as a pleasurable sensation in the middle of my head - a kind of wonderful clarity. I start to see a fuzzy screen in front of me and gradually it solidifies. I really like that even though it's super hard to remain in that state because my spirit body's vision is about...oh...100X better than my physical eyes. VERY clear, sharp images (like 240 p vs 1080 HD). I'm working on getting to a place where I don't need my physical eyes anymore and will just be able to see with my spirit body and not just when I'm asleep or meditating.
Courtesy of http://www.reddit.com/user/Shadowfury957. This sounds like it might be a kind of breakthrough addition to #2 that will super charge it. I personally have not tested it yet but I got a very strong feeling that I got a piece of a puzzle that will help in the long run. So thank him for me please :)
I recommend learning to do musical scales in your minds inner ear (learn to sing the scales first as it will help ground your higher (3rd eye+) and lower (root+sacral) energy centers. Start with 1 octave up (Do Re Mi Fa So La Ti Do) and back down, eventually add in a 2nd and 3rd octave when you are ready.
Some alternative forms of this inner ear coordination are skipping notes (Do Me So Te Re Fa La Do, and back down), going from Do to So to Do and up a couple more octaves and back down, as well as including the sharps/flats so the scales have 12 notes/pitches instead of 7.
This will RADICALLY enhance the ability of your 3rd eye, increase inner ear coordination/power, and most likely make you a better listener, smarter, more creative, more intuitive, and may even start to develop psychic capabilities.
Another exercise (i'd say less important than the first) is color visualization scales (visualize red, then orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, violet, and back down.) visualize black and white as well but perhaps keep these 2 separate from the 7 color spectrum.
Awakening Method I: The THOH ("TOE") Vibration
The Third Eye is directly related to the 6th chakra — the psychic chakra, located on the middle of the forehead above the brows. It is closely associated with the “pineal” gland. The pineal gland is dormant in most people, as is the true Third Eye.
French Philosopher Rene Descartes believed the pineal gland to be “the seat of the soul” where mind and body met.
In the average person, the pineal gland is atrophied, [calcified] and dormant. The following exercise will change that.
Please read this thoroughly, as much of the exercises I write of are very advanced and can cause problems if one does not do them correctly.
This is done with a specific tone and chant. You only need to do this exercise for 3 days, afterwards, it is permanent.
The mantra to be used is “Thoh,” pronounced “TOE.” It must be within the correct vibration. Not deep, not high pitched, inbetween, like alto range. You will feel it when you hit the correct tone. So play around and don’t second guess yourself. When you think you’ve got it, you probably do.
Physiological Effects to Expect:
The feeling may be very intense, like something is there. The sensation of pulsing or throbbing will continue throughout the day, and you may “hear” sounds coming from within your head, such as light popping or crackling sensations.
These are the final physiological events you may experience after opening up your third eye.
It indicates your pineal gland is awakened, functioning and alive.
Psychic Effects to Expect:
You may experience any or all of these to varying degrees:
This is a very powerful exercise, and as with all powerful practices, your body may go through discomfort in order to adapt.
Awakening Method II: The MAY Vibration
In order for this to work properly, you must have already performed the Awakening I exercise. It is very important to wait for 10-14 days following Awakening I, before you go onto Awakening II, otherwise the exercises won’t be effective. Your body needs time to adapt and get the energy flow going.
This exercise is completely euphoric and intensely pleasurable. Unlike Awakening I, this should be done once a week, and given the blissful effects that are lasting when done correctly, most people will enjoy doing so.
REMEMBER: Concentrate on your forehead (third eye area), then the middle of your brain and finally the top of your head.This is done for the duration of each chant.
The effects of this exercise are extremely pleasurable. A feeling of lightness can occur immediately following the exercise. Some people may feel energy or tingling inside their heads, or completely covering their heads; a slight pressure in the crown area and intense euphoria is also common.
The blissful state can occur hours and even days later. This will eventually become permanent and will greatly assist in void meditation, clairvoyance, and the development of other psychic and paranormal senses.
Ref: CLN @ Conscious Life News
An artificial overlay will close the third eye more, by removing people's imaginative/creative incentive even more - the current technology has already made most people sloppy or at worst incapable of thinking or imagining for themselves!
Why imagine a dragon when you could download one? Why summon a demon (or do any kind of real magic) when you could get an easier, prefabbed experience?
Similar to how movies, television and the web are slowly killing print, and how YouTube is slowly killing the music industry, augmented reality, or any new reality-shapping or enhancing technologies, will begin to further put people under another person's spell - whoever controls the "new" reality.
That said, one type of magic (influence over others) could be greatly helped by this. Since the subjects experiencing this altered reality will typically accept or even fail to distinguish it from the real thing, healing, teaching (and mind control) - any form of perception induced mind-manipulation, will all be very possible, and much more magnified with this sort of technology.
But no, the third eye will not be helped directly by this, and not most psychic faculties or even basic creativity or rational thinking for that matter - unless these technologies are specifically/consciously applied to the exercise and application of these innate faculties.
Jeez guys. Our technology and our "civilization" is as natural as a beehive. The city IS natural. It might be harmful, parasitic, etc, but it is natural. Our technology is the result of thousands of years of occult practice (Learn your history! Jack Parsons as a recent example).
What will we do when the sun explodes? Die with the rest of our solar system? Is this why we were created? I understand the battle we are in between enlightenment and extinction. But we are HOMO SAPIENS! We adapt, we survive, we improve! Ignore the dummies who allow facebook and VR/AR to turn their brains to mush. It need not be you! Why else are you a magician? Is it not because you are above the status quo? Above average? Above mediocrity?
VR/AR is the next step to dissolving the illusion of maya, the illusion of separateness between the ego and all other matter and spirit.Meditating in a cave is great for an individual. But what about the rest of us? Through technology we can join in harmonic, orgasmic bliss. We can be one with god. Not yet of course, and holy fuck, the pitfalls. But this is the journey of our species.
How small minded to assume it is the downfall of humanity. All that work, all those lives lost! You talk about greek philosophers, THIS is what they were striving towards. All the holy scriptures of the world are pointing to THIS TIME RIGHT NOW, and the near future!
Going back to a hunter gatherer lifestyle, being one with nature, what a lovely concept (no sarcasm, i mean it) but what about the SPECIES? What happens to us if we live harmoniously with nature, complacent, for the next few billion years?
As a magician, one wants to use their will to influence their reality. Yet, you want to be subject to natures whim? You would rather a mantra and a sigil to ward off what the night might bring, rather than a house of brick?
Come now friends. Think for just a second. See the forest from the trees! or the city from the skyscrapers i this case. Zoom out, see the big picture.
The kind of idiots who waste their life browsing facebook wouldn't have fared better at any point in history, on the contrary. Consider average people, not exceptional ones. Most people's lives have changed for the better: even the relatively poor can afford basics like food and clothing, a lot of previously gruesome conditions can now be easily treated and, most importantly, people have more opportunities than ever before. I grew up in a rural shithole in a poor country, but the internet gave me access to affordable information and the possibility to create an online business where i apply skills i also acquired online. Without modern technology i would be struggling to survive right now, if i had survived for so long.
Elon Musk knows about technology and business, but that's more than most people know, ancient or contemporary. The average ancient Greek was not fighting invading armies, performing advanced calculus and writing philosophy treatises at the same time and with equal degrees of skill, but we think of the ancients' achievements as a whole. Not to mention that every domain we can think of is vastly more complex today than it was 2000 years ago, so harder to grasp without dedicating oneself to the task exclusively.
The advancement of technology stems from the same impulse that urged people to refine things like politics and theater. Both these leaps were accomplished by sacrificing some part of man's 'wild' condition, not aided by it. It's easier to draw architectural plans in a city than in the forest, watching out for predators, though it's a less likely activity to give you abs of steel. So at the end of the day, i don't see technology as good or bad, it's just a natural step in our evolution and it can be whatever we make of it.
It's the times, but then again, it's just something noble being exploited by those who know next to nothing about it. Most pawns, workers or servants in the entertainment industry (besides the elites who actually run the industry) just do things based on scripts they are handed from above. Take the example of many popular musicians - most can't even write their own lyrics, and some won't even be able to explain the imagery chosen for them in their videos!
Like what's been trendy and popular in such music genres as Rock and Heavy Metal for ages - basically, counter-culture, grim, dark themes and outright perversion of anything good, what's happening is that the lazy celebrities just ride on what's trending or selling at the time, or that the industry exploits them for the same reason, and then unknowing consumers only serve to reinforce the loop or merely swallow whatever the masters throw their way. There's a good and bad side to this, except, the ones benefiting from this are not immediately obvious.
One person has put it nice and simply so...
It's fashionable to pretend to be members of the Illuminati
And that doesn't mean there aren't any legit Illuminati among the celebrities, it's just that the signal to noise ratio is substantially low!
That aside, definitely, the influence of the occult on modern culture is substantial and nearly ubiquitous. The media industry, being the face of the Zeitgeist, carry all of this to entirely new heights, riding the wave of the times. Also, being occult knowledge, most people would consider possession or relation to this domain to be a sign of "high" status, as only the elite and highly knowledgeable people could have had such access in past generations. So, in this regard, most celebrities would associate with the occult as a mere symbol of their social status and nothing more.
To actually tell the wheat from the weeds, perhaps attempt to dig below the projected personas of most celebrities - find out what their basal belief systems are, what their intellectual backgrounds are, where they base their fascination with the occult, and if at all they even can practically utilize the symbolism they potray in their works. If it's not just being creative with deviant trends, then most will just be toal scum or zombies of someone who actually knows why the agenda needs to be pushed.
Ultimately though, the presence of occult symbolism in popular media isn't a bad thing. Just like christian symbolism dorminated most of medieval art, literature, and architecture, especially in public-facing works, so in our times, given the occult revival that's sweeping the world, occult and pagan symbolism is having its day.
If some celebrities (and those who manage them) could actually grow past the fuds and trends, and actually study and practice real occult science, the effects on themselves and all of humanity would indeed be higher, positive and noble. Perhaps that's bound to happen - it often stands with an idea, but given how mundane and materialistic most pawns in the industry are, this is very unlikely (at least in the current phase).
There's nothing to it. Most of these celebrities are ignorant and wouldn't know the first thing about the Occult. Perhaps those that set up their photo shoots are more knowledgeable of these matters, but ultimately it's nothing more than flirting with imagery...posturing. I'm of the opinion that you're seeing more of it now because the industry is trolling the conspiracy nuts. It's great exposure to end up being a hot topic on Vigilant Citizen.
I'd love it if all of pop media were dominated by a Luciferian elite, but unfortunately that's not the case.
Set is one of the two original neteru of Egypt, the other being Horus “the Elder”/HarWer. These date back to predynastic times, ca. 5,000+ years BCE, and have nothing to do with the much later Osirian revisions. The original Set was the neter of the circumpolar stars and source of incarnate consciousness of the separate self. HarWer represented the Objective Universe of “nature” (from the hieroglyphic neter) and was symbolized by the Sun and daylight.
“Satan” was a much later, crude bastardization of the Osirian Set, created by the Hebrew for their cobbled-together mix of earlier Mesopotamian and Egyptian religion.
“Lucifer” was the Roman term for the planet Venus, and was later adopted by Christianity as an alternate name for “Satan”, sometimes to distinguish the pre-“Fall” archangel. He’s also a cat who gave Jacques and Gus-Gus a hard time in Walt Disney’s Cinderella. ;-)
Ref: Dr. Michael Aquino (founder, TOS) @ AMA on r/EsotericOccult
In a somewhat related thread, the same Dr. M. Aquino does indicate that:
I would say “habitual” or “familiar” rather than “natural” (which refers to the Objective Universe and its laws). Certainly various geographic or ethnic cultures will interpret and represent the primal forces of the OU and SU (the neteru, Platonic Forms, etc.) in different idioms and iconographies. I have no problem whatever with that.
Which would imply that the differences between otherwise related or similar archetypes, are results of culture, geography and the preferences and knowledge of those who associate with particular symbols and depictions of the archetypes, for reasons that serve them best.
Outside of utility and or a desire to give precendence to one set of symbols over another, once it's determined that the underlying archetype is the same, it might not make much sense which symbol is used over what - subjective discretion is key here.
Ref: Dr. Michael Aquino (founder, TOS) @ AMA on r/EsotericOccult
And yet, in another perspective, Dr. Aquino has spoken of the Set archetype as:
Set is the sole “neter not of the neteru”, e.g. the cosmic Principle of isolate self consciousness, particularized in the ISC of every sentient being (such as you).
In my own studies of entirely non-traditional LHP, in particular, ideas such as explored in the Sinister Tradition (ONA) or Current 218 (TOTBL), I distilled the following, even more potent concepts:
Acausal Paganism (of which Acausal Satanism is one), acknowledges that names (such as "Satan" or "Lucifer" or "Jehovah" or "Tiamat"...) are just man's ways of trying to impose structure and cosmic order unto that which transcends them. The True Gods, are acausal essences that possess neither name nor structure or form in the cosmic manner we are accustomed to. This doesn't mean symbols are necessarily inert, it's just important that the acausal pagan acknowledge them as that ( useful while not applying them).
In this regard, some acausal pagans do acknowledge that Lucifer and Satan are one and the same acausal essence.
"Lucifer", the bringer of light, essentially represents that essence that brings into consciousness, an awareness of a being's acausal, True Nature. This awareness is indeed a light in the sense that possessing it empowers a being in being able to break free of its imprisonment to the illusions of cosmic existence (which is illusory and limiting by nature). Thus illuminated, a being comes into possession of a power that's always been present, but which it couldn't otherwise wield, as both awareness of and leveraging of one's acausal aspects is essentially denied any still bound by the illusory laws and order of cosmic existence. Lucifer then, is the essence of that which brings the "hidden" power; that which brings the fire that melts away illusions; that which breaks one from the bandages of false light and other such analogies.
"Satan", in contrast, is the principle of rebellion, adversary or the arch nemesis of law and order. It is especially in this regard that one can see how as a symbol of the essence fighting the illusion and limitations of cosmic existence (law and order, illusory light), that it becomes apparent that the Lucifer principle and the Satan principle are intimately related, if not one and the same.
More clearly though, it could be said that Satan opposes and breaks being free from the chains of illusory, cosmic existence (with its false laws and order), and then the Lucifer principle, delivers awareness of acausality unto the liberated being. Also, by this allegory, it could be argued that even though the two principles might indeed be the same on the acausal level, yet it might make more sense to apply them as though they were different (for the pagan relating to these symbolically). Further, it would make sense for the progress along the path towards illumination to begin by embracing or working with the Satan/adversarial principle - necessary to break the initiate free from dogma, the limitations of duality and cosmic existence, and then, when free, introduce them to the True Light, or the acausal, that Lucifer brings unto those ready for it.
Typically, the Satanic Principle is manifest as rebellion and adversity against such things as:
- Slave mentality and absolute morality
- Ignorance (especially of the uncompromising, unconditional truth)
- Weakness of Spirit and mind
- Conformity or herdism
- Simplicity as an excuse for weakness
In this regard, it could then be argued that more than likely, the archetypes of Set, Satan and Lucifer, represent or are the same principle outside of relative symbolism.
The Left Hand Path (LHP), as contrasted with the Right Hand Path (RHP), is a system of spiritual or magical practice, that is founded, at minimum, on the following key principles (and which actively applies them in practice and philosophy):
Traditionally, #1 has been the reason LHP initiates associate with and identify with most (if not all), archetypes that represent or which are deemed to be averse to established/prevailing order, or those which are adversarial in the same sense. Such archetypes, are for example those of Satan or Lucifer, or any of the many "dark" godforms from most pagan pantheons. Resonance with these archetypes is guaranteed to evoke and develop in the initiate, this principle.
For #2, the traditional mode of manifesting this, has been for the initiate to actively pursue and attain (often on their own):
Unlike RHP, it is important to note that on the LHP, actual work has to be done, by none other than the initiate themselves, to obtain #1 & #2. Mere speculation can't qualify as advancement on the LHP. Results are critical here - there's room for the application of the imagination, but none for mere supersitition.
Ref: ONA, Flowers, Granholm
This can be answered by studying what's been distilled from a reading of some of the most authoritative texts on the subject - particularly, those of Current 218. See some hints below:
"Cosmic" existence implies something subject to the law and order of space and time. Which is essentially illusory and limiting. "Acosmic" existence transcends space-time, cause-and-effect, dualities, karma, logic and all such subjective and objective prisons imposed on being, by the illusion of cosmic existence as being absolute.
Chaos is a suitable symbol for the acausal, because it embodies the essence of that which defies order and law, but from which law and order can nevertheless ensue.
As the symbols of duality (cosmic reality) are 1 and 0 (the union of which is 10), the chosen symbol for the acausal is 11, implying something existing outside of the cosmic. 11 (218, 2,...) is the symbol of the acausal.
The True Self, within every being, is acausal.
Eliminating the illusory ego (the "self" as seen or known within the constraints of the cosmic), and thus exposing the True, acausal Self, is the path of Acausal Satanism. It's a path of finding and knowing the hidden, transcendent, chaotic aspects of being, and their awakening and leveraging (not mastering, as that's impossible while one still has an ego or exists in the cosmic realm) so as to effect will in the cosmic realm.
Acausal Paganism (of which Acausal Satanism is one), acknowledges that names (such as "Satan" or "Lucifer" or "Jehovah" or "Tiamat"...) are just man's ways of trying to impose structure and cosmic order unto that which transcends them. The True Gods, are acausal essences that possess neither name nor structure or form in the cosmic manner we are accustomed to. This doesn't mean symbols are necessarily inert, it's just important that the acausal pagan acknowledge them as that ( useful while not applying them).
The general idea is that a primal, chaotic principle exists outside of percieved or understood order and structure of the cosmos - especially as reported by traditional authorities, and this principle or force, can be harnessed and then be applied by the initiate - via symbols and beliefs crafted by or adapted by the initiate themselves, from modern or traditional structures. Harnessing and working with this principle is the main aim/method of acausal paganism then. As this is a pagan path, the more common end is resonant with that of LHP.
Magus/Maga - Masculine and feminine titles for highest level in some organizations.
Warlock/Witch - Masculine and feminine terms for practitioners of witchcraft in all its forms (Wicca, Satanism, etc)
Wizard - What saves your ass when the beacons are lit and Gondor calls for aid.
Sorcerer - What I play in Dungeons & Dragons. Multiclass it with a Warlock and you can burn Sorcery points to hasten metamagic for Eldritch Blast cantrip for days. 11/10 for broken class combo in 5th edition.
Though, Raibean chips in witch useful commentary:
Many Wiccans absolutely refuse to use the term Warlock and consider it an insult. In Wicca, the word witch is traditionally gender neutral, and this gender neutrality in use is spreading beyond the Wiccan community.
Magus - Magh - Law. One who comprehends and applies the law of the cosmos.
Witch - One who performs magic based on evocations. Much divorced from popular definition now - check Discovery of Witchcraft; Reginald scott
Wizard - Wizened, Wise, Old.
Sorcerer - One who plays with words.
Magician - one who practices ceremonial magic, can be applied to one who does magick of any kind, but leans towards the ceremonial
Witch - one who practices witchcraft
Sorcerer - one who casts spells
Warlock - a witch who has broken the oaths of their coven
Initiate - one who has been inducted into an occult order
Neophyte - one who has not yet begun the path, but is interested
In my opinion, you may call yourself these things once you have done the things that they define.
Witchcraft is generally associated with some combination of earth-based deities (Goddess/God, Elementals), ancestors, and paganism.
Ceremonial magick is, to my understanding, rooted in a hierarchical spirit structure coming from hermeticism. It is influenced by abrahamic mythos.
There are a ton of practical differences too from ritual structure to ceremonial accoutrements to one's relationship with the various entities.
There are also a ton of similarities and cross-pollinations. Some sub-traditions resembling the other school more than other sub traditions.
As a personal bias, I would say that Chaos Magic (CM) is much "closer to the metal" than Witchcraft. In this sense, CM is easier to be more powerful, but it is also easier to fuck yourself up!
And so, we just got ourselves a sleek one-liner to describe CM:
Magicians tend to be the general term used by some occult practitioners to refer to themselves. Magi is a particularly ancient variation of this you don't see used much anymore. In modern times it's very much linked to ceremonial and transformative branches of magic. Particularly those seeking to achieve "enlightenment" or "ascension" or something like that.
Witches tend to be individuals who focus on nature/elemental magic and spells that are short term oriented and practical (what is known as witchcraft). It's gender neutral and used by various different practices/faiths relating to witchcraft.
Warlock means oathbreaker and is commonly used as either an insult or as a form of rebellion by counter-culture practitioners.
The term wizard isn't really used all that much in modern times. I'd liken wizards to a sort of middle ground between witchcraft and ceremonial magic. The name is etymologically tied to the Middle English word wise seemingly indicating that they were regarded as philosophers and sages. So probably the more official name for the many "wise-men" and "wise-woman" offering their services in Europe during the Medieval Ages/Rennaisance period (and even up to the 20th century in some areas).
Sorcerers were traditionally individuals who communed with and worked with spirits to cast magic. They were particularly linked with divination, as using spirits/ghosts to look into the future was fairly common practice back in the day.
Necromancers were a variation of sorcerers and diviners that worked exclusively with ghosts to gain information. Some of them may or may not have worked with demons and other powerful spirits on the side.
Initiate is a term used to refer to somebody who has officially been inducted into an occult order.
Seers are people who possess a magical/psychic ability to see the future while diviners are individuals who use magic to gain information.
However, since all of the traditional European practices hailing from those eras have been to a large extent extinguished and forgotten, such terms no longer really matter. For better or for worse there is no official codified set of definitions regarding occultism and magic that encompasses every tradition. Considering that many occultists and traditions are against such attempts at unification/universalism it's unlikely that this will ever happen.
Honestly Thoth is a pretty big field. Everything under hermetics comes from him so the emerald tablets and the kybalion are good places to start. After that, simply searching for hermetics will show you the rest and if you want a group, the free masons mainly study Thoth. Thoth is teachings, that's his thing. The system of writing and recording things is one of his main gifts.
One of his biggest philosophies was mental alchemy which I understood as being able to change your look on any subject in a seconds notice so maybe through studying him, you'll pick up some of his knowledge. I don't think that one could understand his personality without research/training. Thoth is, a being of knowledge, said to have transcended this world.
His names include:
And interesting to note, in the Nu Chwezi pantheon, Thoth is sometimes evoked via the person of Ndahura.
Concerning Thoth's most known, surviving writings, an important warning is given:
Personally, I think new students learning about occultism & Hermeticism should be given greater clarification about these two things, as they're separate & totally different from each other. The Emeral Tablet of Hermes is just a few paragraphs of text that was first translated by an Arab during the 10th or 11th century, as part of the translation movement, whereas the "13 Emeral Tablets of Thoth the Atlantean" is a 13-chapter, fictional work of New Age philosophy written by Maurice Doreal in 1939. Its contents are extremely different from that of the Emerald Tablet of Hermes, as it's written mostly to teach the doctrine of Doreal's "Brotherhood of the White Temple" (a self-described occult school structured in a similar manner to Freemasonry, except for its own philosophy).
Oh, I can't even dare finish this withouth giving my testimony about Tahuti! He found me, that much I can tell. He's taught me all the magick I know, and nearly single-handedly, guided me to not only become the innovator I am, but also the sort of scribe I am - my entire first novel, all 150K+ words therein, are owed to him. Tahuti initiated the NuScribes! He's a core pillar of our system, and is undoubtedly the patron of the NuChwezi as well! All Hail to seeking the Light, Truth and Wisdom! Hail Tahuti!
If one could do away with any other deities and just keep just one, Tahuti would be the one for me.
If it helps you as it does for me; with all godforms I work with in ritual, I do project unto them those qualities or appearances that best serve the roles I've invoked or evoked them for. In the case of Lucifer, that includes sublime beauty and a strong luminescence than can't be readily attributed to any other being (except the Sun - which on some occassions, is still synonymous with him), that I know of. Definitely, once in a while, I will even embellish him with the ability to levitate, and the exudation of power and liberating pride.
Looking elsewhere though, especially in classic works, you will find varrying depictions of Lucifer. But as with all godforms, especially those of the angellic or higher kind, there's never a lack of hints of something ethereal about him, even when he's depicted as a fallen being.
Most likely, look to the name... it probably starts there!
Like all things in the higher realm there are analogies in all aspects of life; business and the economy are no different. The general ideas expressed in the holy texts of each are exceedingly similar. The Hermetic (if not Gnostic) cosmological hierarchy of the average business structure gives a framework for occult business studies. Finally, the accounting on the books of a business are analogous to the magical journal of the esoteric practitioner, showing the triumphs and failures in their continual aspirations towards the alchemical gold. The Occult and the Business World go hand in hand.
The ideals of occultism and business are very similar. An emphasis on will power to achieve the results that one desires. Planning out a specific goal that is then focused on until achievement or failure. Visualization of the goal and other methods of taking it from idea to reality. Mantras are repeated in both (the customer is always right, as above so below, service with a smile, I am the master of my fate).
As above so below, as below so above. The business is set up in a way very similar to the Hermetic cosmos. The board of directors (Demigods) take note of the economic state (The Source) relaying it to management (Archangels) who are the actors on a high level who set the culture for those below them such as middle management (Angels) who send the message to their managers (Prophets) who pass the word of the gods onto their employees (Congregation) who serve the general public (The People). By taking note of the laws and the dictates of the higher beings, one can rise up the levels so that they are actors from the higher onto the lower, for the redemptive process is that as the higher pass on into retirement (they are one with the economic source) so those below (the “righteous”) are brought up to fill the void and those who resist (the “sinners”) are cast into unemployment (hell).
The accounting books of the business could be seen as the magical journal of the occultists. It keeps track, in scathing detail, the triumphs and failures of the business to achieve its desired results. To turn raw materials and labor into value for the customer and income for the shareholders; not unlike the alchemical process of turning the base metal of lead into the redeemed and holy gold. There are many overlapping occult ideas present in accounting: every debit has a credit, every credit has a debit (balance in life); you want to bring more good to the world as opposed to bad, you want more revenues than expenses; the end goal is to take something base worthless and transmute it into something with value (alchemy).
Thus one can see that in terms of ideas, the business structure, and the methods of keeping track of economic ventures has very strong correspondences to those aspects in the occult world. By becoming stronger in the practices taught by the esoteric and business masters, one will become not only a better businessperson but a better person. In the alchemical quest to transform lead to gold, one will fix the volatile in all aspects of their being. The universal truth of esotericism does not exist in a vacuum and applies as heavily to business as any other.
Baphomet represents the magician at his apex when he achieves godhood. Least that is is how I take it. Baphomet comes from the Egyptian ram god Banebdjedet who represented the soul of Osiris (or God). Satan is just a symbol of rebellion to CoS.
Here is an essay I did on Baphomet and it's relation to Satanism. It's history should help explain why Anton used it.
⛧ ⛧⛧ HISTORY ⛧⛧⛧
Baphomet was first illustrated and created by Eliphas Levi, a famous occultist from the 19th century. (The illustration is the image above).
However the name itself has been around much longer than it. It was first used in the 10th-13th centuries to describe the idol worshipped by the Knights Templars- who were also accused of incorporating occult and mystical traditions. I am assuming in the term of "mystical traditions" they- Christians speak of Paganism.
It is believed that being was cast out towards the Templars because King Phillip IV was on great debt with the Templars (which was a Christian military order who were in close relations to the Crusades). King Phillip of France accused them of worshipping the Sabbat Goat and tortured them to give into false confessions and burned them at the stake... probably in order to get out from paying is debt.
The name however, did not become associated until 1856 as the Sabbatic Goat we know of today until it was drawn by Eliphas Levi.
Levi created the image of Baphomet to "contains binary elements representing the 'sum total of the universe' (e.g. male and female, good and evil, etc.)"
The Latin words "SOLVE" and "COAGULA" can be found on written on the beast's arms. "SOLVE" = separate and "COAGULA"= to join together. ⛧"'The binding and loosening' usurped from God and, according to Catholic tradition, from the ecclesiastical hierarchy acting as God's representative on Earth." ⛧
Many Oxford scholars believe that the name Baphomet is a "probable Old French version of 'Mahomet.' Others believe it came from the Greek words of "Taufe Der Weisheit" that translate to "Baptism of Wisdom"
The author Emile Littre (1801-1881); a scholar who worked on the Dead Sea Scrolls believed it was a word that replaced the first letter of the Hebrew alphabet with the last and so and so forth. When the name Baphomet is rendered in Hebrew, it is interpreted by switching the letters "backwards again" and it becomes the Greek word "Sophia," meaning wisdom.
Baphomet is described by the illustrated Eliphas Levi as so:
⛧" The goat on the frontispiece carries the sign of the pentagram on the forehead, with one point at the top, a symbol of light, his two hands forming the sign of occultism, the one pointing up to the white moon of Chesed, the other pointing down to the black one of Geburah. This sign expresses the perfect harmony of mercy with justice. His one arm is female, the other male like the ones of the androgyne of Khunrath, the attributes of which we had to unite with those of our goat because he is one and the same symbol. The flame of intelligence shining between his horns is the magic light of the universal balance, the image of the soul elevated above matter, as the flame, whilst being tied to matter, shines above it. The beast's head expresses the horror of the sinner, whose materially acting, solely responsible part has to bear the punishment exclusively; because the soul is insensitive according to its nature and can only suffer when it materializes. The rod standing instead of genitals symbolizes eternal life, the body covered with scales the water, the semi-circle above it the atmosphere, the feathers following above the volatile. Humanity is represented by the two breasts and the androgyne arms of this sphinx of the occult sciences."⛧
Levi called his image of Baphomet as "The Goat of Mendes" , in following Herodotus; who was a Greek historian who was a contemporary Socrates. Mendes is closely related to the satyr God Pan.
Aleister Crowley (1875-1947), a novelist, occultist and poet saw Baphomet as a symbol of divinity. "The hieroglyph of arcane perfection...... What occurs above so reflects below or AS ABOVE, SO BELOW"
⛧The Devil does not exist. It is a false name invented by the Black Brothers to imply a Unity in their ignorant muddle of dispersions. A devil who had unity would be a God... 'The Devil' is, historically, the God of any people that one personally dislikes... This serpent, SATAN, is not the enemy of Man, but He who made Gods of our race, knowing Good and Evil; He bade 'Know Thyself!' and taught Initiation. He is 'The Devil' of The Book of Thoth, and His emblem is BAPHOMET, the Androgyne who is the hieroglyph of arcane perfection... He is therefore Life, and Love. But moreover his letter is ayin, the Eye, so that he is Light; and his Zodiacal image is Capricornus, that leaping goat whose attribute is Liberty" ⛧
Levi's interpretation of Baphomet is used on a Tarot card known as "The Devil" in the Riders-Waite deck.
"The concept of a downward-pointing pentagram on its forehead was enlarged by Levi in his discussion (without illustration) of thr Goat of Mendes arranged within such a pentagram, which he contrasted with the 'microcosmic man' arranged within a similar but upright pentagram."
♧What is 'microcosmic man"? 🌿 "Refers to a vision of cosmos where the part (microcosm) reflects the whole (macrocosm) and vice-versa. It is a feature 'present' in all esoteric schools of thinking" -coined by scholar Pierre A. Riffard. "It underlines practices such as hermeticism (religious, philosophical and esoteric tradition based upon the writings of Hermes Trismegistus).
The first illustration of a goat in a downward pentagram appeared in a book called "LA Clef de la Magie Noire" by Stanislas de Guaita (1861-1897); who was a French expert on esotericism, mysticism and novelist.
The image of the goat in an upside down pentagram was adopted by the Church of Satan and became known as the "Sigil of Baphomet" in 1968 (more so officially in 1969 when the Satanic Bible was written and the image was used on the cover).
The Church of Satan describes the Sigil of Baphomet as the "...preeminent visual distillation of the iconoclastic philosophy of Satanism."