Saturday, June 9, 2018

Are Occultism and Magick Bad? Productive?

Magick and tome
Magick

by Jude Chi

Today a Facebook acquaintance friend posed me with a multi-level question, that went something like this--"You do magick? Occult magick? Isn't that bad? Can you manifest things, love, or money for example? What can you tell me about dark, occult energies?" And as such questions are often asked, I wrote this post as a response:

I do magick, yes, but don't like dealing with love. I'll go so far as doing a spell that will draw a non-specific love partner. More people need to realize that even if one draws the ideal partner, that relationship will only be healthy if both partners behave in an ideal way...meaning that an ideal partner cannot carry the relationship for a partner who's not doing their part. And I absolutely do not do spells that draw a specific partner, because it outrightly contravenes free will. In black magick I don't mind contravening free will if it seems logical to do so, as even cutting someone off in traffic or causing someone blockage by making a decision that does not serve them contravenes free will, and we are circumstantially required to do such things all the time. But as it turns out, those that want to force a specific person to be with them, tend to be the ones that had the chance and blew it, and will not simply move on with the lesson. If one person does not want that, it should not be.

Yes, I do all kinds of occult magick. You ask if it is bad. Bad is a strange word in my opinion, because it assumes that to do a certain thing is not good, and that all that is not labeled bad, is good (and vice versa). These concepts, in our society, seem logical. They are not though. Once a person begins in magick they see more and more of this kind of insight.

There is no good, no bad, no right, no wrong. There are only things we do and think that have frequency vibrations. And when we think and do what we do, we draw to us what's in line with that. Furthermore, when we work with light forces, we are most comfortable in the light. When we work with dark forces, we are more comfortable in the dark. Walking between worlds, we are home everywhere.

This does not mean to say that one can ideally and should do exactly as they please. It means that to abide by one's true will--the will they have that directly aligns with their higher purpose--is the best they could be doing. It does not make them Teflon, but it will provide them with a rich, life experience. No one is immune to the lessons of the universe, no matter how they think or act, no matter what they believe. Pretending to be all light and love is a false jacket, and it too cannot make anyone Teflon. No one is truly all love and light, it cannot be. Where there is up there is down, east, west, truth, lies, light, dark, in, out. There is no end, this is true logic.

Occultism and magick are not bad, that I can guarantee you. However, if one harbors feelings that they might be, then they should not partake. Magick, whether light or dark, is the art of enabling and assisting your life to unfold as you'd want it to. Nothing bad going on. Occultism is much about learning to work with daemons and powerful energies, and also Qabalah, Qlipphoth and so on, and much of what's considered "darker." Now imagine darker to mean more like how an electrician works with both positive and negative energies, and cannot sensibly work with either alone. It is the same for us in this sense, but we have purposely been disempowered with false beliefs.

As it turns out, some of the most powerful energies are darker ones--but as logic would have it, it probably just seems that way--because the Qabalah shows us that light and dark are of the same level of power. The  fact that it seems there is more power available to us when we access the dark, is due to the fact that we have in essence tapped into the power society has shut us off from, as light alone is a weak source.

One more thing that's in line with what you are asking, is that there is a thing called Universal Justice; and with Universal Justice one can tweak the outcome of what people mistakenly call karma, to some degree. There is no karma, but the universe responds to us with the energy we put out, and we can adjust that frequency.

skulls, magick
Skulls, symbolic of communication within magick

Even when we take an action that absolutely does not serve us, there is no guarantee that we will draw any certain type of result, so there's a randomness involved. Still, ideally speaking, when doing black magick one should do something to offset certain actions. In other words, the person that is willing to engage in black magick, better have a good heart and had better be doing it for the right reasons, and should be discriminating in the work they take on. For example, if someone comes to them and says that so and so hurt me and I want them to suffer... the story of why should be heard and assessed, and if necessary, meditated on. The type of action taken to show the intended a lesson should also deeply be considered, such as, does it affect those around them? Is it one iota more than is necessary? And so on.

All said and done, when it comes to black magick these are not light actions to take, but still can be offset if deemed necessary. An example of offsetting is to do what some call "making a sacrifice." Don't get alarmed with the term... there's nothing sinister going on. You think of something good that is not within your realm of comfort, and before you engage in that magickal act, you make a decree to the universe to do it. That is a sacrifice. It may be that you know an old man or woman that is unwell, and will bake a pie and take friends over to visit. Whatever, anything that's outside of your realm of comfort. And one needs to actually do it of course.

I do not suggest for a moment, that each practitioner of magick engages in black magick. I believe that there are in all likelihood far more that do not. There are many magicians that do not believe that we can justify darker actions--that they can under any circumstance be in line with our higher will. I do not wish to examine the beliefs of others so much, as I do not want my own scrutinized either. So I'll leave it at that.

Lastly I'm left with the one unanswered segment of the question. Yes we can manifest things, and I often have. But manifestation does not always occur within an ideal timeframe, as time is not real but on this plane, and magick spans into other planes. You can for example, do a spell to manifest money, and it may work quickly; or perhaps you have beliefs that block you to money that are very strong, and as well you may engage in behavior that further provides blockage. In instances such as the second, instead of magickally manifesting money, what spellwork will achieve is for the individual concerned to open their eyes to learn a new way--to journey towards efficiently manifesting.

As it often goes, one can take a lifetime to learn to pose themselves with given challenges, and the road to recovery can potentially be long. The best solution in this case, is to keep up with applying magick in new and innovative ways, and to meditate, meditate, meditate! As well, one thing that many that face these blockages significantly, do not do, is place their focus more externally. If you are not receiving, it near goes without saying you may need to give more generously--this too is magick, as it is an act that causes change in conformity with will.

I am glad  you asked this question, as it has provided me opportunity to answer some questions I am often posed with. Thank you.


Do what thou wilt;
93/93
Jude

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Sunday, June 3, 2018

I'll be Adding Servitors to my Store Soon

Example, female servitor
A servitor can be created with virtually any appearance


An Overview on Servitors, Sentient or Not


by Jude Chi

As most of you likely know, I am a spirit conjurer. It's an occupation that I have long maintained an enthusiasm for. There are many processes that directly relate to it--including other types of magick, inclusive of demonolatry (daemonolatry); crafting tools, sigil making, and my specific melange of faith that's based upon Thelema--Thelema/Luciferianism/Satanism. One aspect of the metaphysical arts that I quite enjoy, is servitor creation. It takes a lot of focus and diligent work to create a sentient energy being; but the reward is immense.

These days I have noticed that there's a big demand for servitors, and my intent is to add an array of them to my store. As it is a lot of work to do the writeups for their listings, I will do some pre-created ones, but many listings will be templates that servitors can quickly and easily be created from; and the traits and powers listed can be adjusted to suit the keeper.

Perhaps for those of you out there that don't know what servitors are, I should give an synoptic overview of a description. Keep in mind that this is my impression of what they are, and another servitor creator would describe them differently.

Example, dark energy servitor
A darker flavor of servitor

What is a Servitor?


A servitor is a pure energy construct. But more specifically, it is a thoughtform energy construct, and can be created as a sentient energy being. So to clarify, you can make one as a tool that is not sentient, or you can make one programmed to be a certain way--to take on a certain persona, that is sentient. A sentient servitor can be created to look virtually any which way, and even can be created as a type of golem. Servitor constructs, of course are intangible, and are made entirely by the thought process--meaning that thought must be focused in a certain way over a period of time, to create one.

As well there are some in between, that have some degree of intelligence, but that are not sentient to a degree where they can interact like we do with other humans, spirits, and certain types of entities and immortals. These in between ones are ideal to use as protection devices, where a certain degree of intellect is necessary for them to make choices and take action; this quality makes them other than a mere tool. Beyond for protection, the middle level ones that I choose to call Servi (plural of Servus), are suitable for those that do not wish to invest much time in interacting with their servitors--for clients that want them made and simply want to leave them run and do their thing. My sentient level ones, by the way, are called Maximi (plural of Maximus), and the tools, or construct ones are called, and how about that--Constructs.

Servitors are only perceptible to those with awareness. Some will see them well, others will see them at times, others will only see them upon meditation or deep focus. For those with less than an ideal amount of awareness, there are exercises that a person can do to increase their ability to see servitors. To those with awareness, servitors tend to be easier to perceive than what spirits and entities are.

An example, what a male servitor could be created to look like

These tools and constructs can be created to serve any purpose, limited only by the client's imagination. Though I enforce few caveats, I do suggest that people use their common sense in assessing what servitors can likely do and within what time frames their works can be achieved. As well, the sentient ones are beings of free will. This means that even though they are programmed to be this or that, they can choose not to be that--they can use their free will to change, in a way similar to what humans do. Also, they like humans are best left to live by their free will. However, given the nature of how they standardly are, they tend to stay much as programmed. There are a myriad of powers they can be programmed to have, including to be experts with weaponry, or to be expert in a certain area of knowledge, or to do reiki healing--let  your imagination run wild.

Imagine, you can have one created as a pet; let's say you want a small, winged zebra as a companion... that's possible--that when it flies you see a twinkle of glitter around it, that's possible too. An ordinary horse? That's possible, or even one with special powers. A servitor based upon a gnome or a fairy archetype, or... or what?  Maybe you'd like to have a servitor lover, which is possible as well. A guardian, protector, a teacher (that pulls wisdom from Akashic records), or advisor; the list goes on and on. And these tools and beings can be programmed to produce certain types of energies that influence you in specific ways. To draw money, or to assist you to find more resources in a certain area; to be more clear minded, or to sharpen your intellect, speaking skills, or interpersonal skills; and so on and so forth. They aren't miracle workers, but they can assist you to get to a place where you can work with the best of what you have. These examples are just a few, from a limitless amount.

All requests made to me concerning conjures and magick, will be kept absolutely confidential.

If you are interested in servitors, keep your eye on my shop--Metaphysicality Inc store, connect with me on Facebook and message me, or inbox me through my FB business page. Alternatively you can reach out to me via my contact page on this blog.

And on a final note--if you too are a conjurer and are looking for a place to work from, I am looking for people to list with me in my store. As well I am interested in people that want to list distance healing services, magickal classes or demonolatry classes, and those that make sigils and talismans, or that wish to list any other metaphysical services with me. Oh yes, and those that do psychic readings too.

Friday, May 11, 2018

Adam K Interviewed; Serving up more Thelema for Beginners Bites

Aleister Crowley, do what thou wilt

Introduction


This is not the first interview I have conducted with Adam K, for Metaphysicality Inc blog; the first one, also for those new to Thelema, was so utterly delectable that I felt compelled to invite him back to serve us up another helping. Some interesting points were raised in the previous interview; to mention just a few: the Dark Night of the Soul, also known as Crossing the Abyss; Qabalah and related matters, and the concept of True Will, and more.

Within this piece we look at Crowley's definition of magick, briefly examine the numerals 7 and ll, discuss LBRP and the Star Ruby, and talk a bit more on True Will, and also True Will harmonized by Love/Agape, and how not to become a Black Brother; the conversation is not limited to these things.

Adam and I have been friends for some time; and though we take presenting solid and viable matter seriously, we do appreciate a bit of fun at times, which comes across in the piece. And with that said, here's Adam now, so let's bust a move, and get on with the show...

Jude,
Metaphysicality Inc blog Administrator
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Me: I appreciate that you accepted my invite to return for another go, Adam K. Thank you and welcome back.

Adam: It's my pleasure, and thank you for having me.

Me: The pleasure is mine. So allow me to begin with a particularly evocative query--is a Thelemite necessarily a magician?

Adam: The way I used to teach electronics--rather than give a student an answer, I'd help them think their way through. So we will answer your question with a logical chain of questions, the answers of which will build towards you answering it for yourself. Won't take long, I promise. (grins)

Me: Sounds like boatloads of fun--okay shoot. (rubs hands sarcastically)

Adam: What does Thelema mean?

Me: Thelema means will.

Adam: How did Crowley define magick?

Me: As an act of will.

Adam: More to the point, magick is the science and art of causing change, in conformity with one's will. Now, can someone who is not doing their will, or who is not at least trying to, truly be called a Thelemite?

Me: Well then let me ask you a question... to address your appending my description of an act of will--have you ever heard of an act of will that changes nothing? (confused look on face)

Adam: Any action produces change. An act of will produces the desired change.

Me: Okay. I get what you're saying--totally.

Adam: So no then, they are not truly a Thelemite.

Me: Alright. So to me, according to your response then, everyone on earth is a magician--unless they fail to get out of bed in the morning and basically each necessary act of each and every day goes unperformed. Thus the answer is yes, Thelemites too are magicians.

Adam: Yes, all Thelemites are workers of magick, whether they realize it or not. And, as another oddity, not all Thelemites even realize that is what they are. Some would argue that in order to be a Thelemite you must accept Liber AL. I would contend that you simply must accept the philosophy contained within it, which can be done without knowing that is what you are doing.

Me: Hunh? Run that by me again.

Adam: Say you believe in freedom to live your life as you see fit, and believe we should live and let live. You also believe we all have a higher purpose, and we should dedicate ourselves, each, to our respective higher purpose. So you practice focusing exercises and so on--all the stuff people do nowadays to prepare themselves for whatever calling they have. These are all part and parcel to Thelema. You are a practicing Thelemite, even if you have never heard that word before. Or at least that's how I see it.

Me: Alright, I see.
Now, there are a lot of rituals relevant to Thelema. Maybe we can mention one or two and invite you to remark in some way. For example, what can you tell us about LBRP and similar protection rituals--the Star Ruby, for example?

Ritual
Ritual

Adam: The Star Ruby is sort of a reimagining of the LBRP created by Crowley. It first showed up in The Book of Lies. While the structure of LBRP allows for banishing and invoking, Star Ruby is solely for banishing. It makes use of Greek instead of Hebrew, and uses the names of the Thelemite gods--a bit different from the traditional Christian/Jewish God and angels we find in LBRP.

Star Ruby is also far more technical than LBRP. Various Signs of the Grades are used in it, the ritual is done widdershins instead of deosil, and on and on. There is a lot to explain. There are, of course, heavy Qabalistic elements in the Star Ruby, but there are also elements of geomancy.

Me: Alright, and it's sound magickal practice to do one or the other of these rituals, or another similar, prior to each magickal session, it more or less goes without saying.

Adam: Those can be found in the Signs of N.O.X. (Night of Pan) for example.

Me: Oops, we cross posted.

Adam: Definitely, in response to your statement. They eliminate all outside influences of an energetic nature, both positive and negative. The only energies that should be present during any magical working should be those that the magician(s) calls forth.

Me: Alright. But you meant to say that what can be found in N.O.X.? I am not yet familiar with N.O.X., thus I ask.

Adam: The Signs, such as puer, puella, and so on; they contain various elements of geomancy, including their names. Obviously, one needs to discover Self (the L.V.X. and its rituals) before discovering that which is other than Self, so anyone new to Thelema should start there.

Me: Aaah. (nods)
So then it seems, to summarize, two significant differences between L.V.X. and N.O.X., is each of Day & Night, and Self and Not of Self. I get that you are pointing out the Self/Not self thing; the other point of contrast is assumed from what I've read.

Adam: L.V.X. and its grades are about discovering Self (Knowledge and Conversation of the Holy Guardian Angel goes hand in hand with this). This starts in Malkuth, where the practitioner gains the Vision of the Holy Guardian Angel (which is when he/she discovers they have a purpose, their True Will; and their job is to figure out what that is). Once K&C happens, a new part of the journey begins. It's no longer about discovering and knowing Self. It's about discovering that which is other than Self (Not-Self). That is what N.O.X. is all about. As well, L.V.X. is relative to light/day, thus N.O.X., night.

By the way--The Vision of the HGA should not be confused with K&C of the HGA; many have visions, whereas it requires diligent effort for most to achieve K&C.

Furthermore, I would advise taking a close look at Star Ruby. There is a very good explanation of it, in fact, in Duquette's book "The Magick of Aleister Crowley: A Handbook of The Rituals of Thelema."

Me: Why that book?

Adam: Because it contains a great deal of significant topic matter towards a valuable education in Thelema. Dissecting it and learning what each part of it is all about will be very educational for fledgeling magick monkeys lol.
That's an Ape of Thoth joke, btw.

Me: Oh, I see... like the Cynocephalus one, on the Thoth Magus card.

Adam: Yuppers. But as for what we were discussing, the signs--in a sense, these things are very easy to explain and very hard to explain at the same time. Much in magick is very plain to see but is expertly hidden in plain sight. There simply comes a time in your life as a magician when things suddenly click, and you get these "AHA!" moments where things suddenly make sense, but you find yourself at a complete loss to explain them using words. The Signs are an example of this, unfortunately.

Adam: An example would be, that the only reason God is real, that God is infinite, that God is not fake, is because God is Not! There IS a God because God does Not exist! Try explaining that in simple words! Lol

Me: Hmm yes, more than the human brain can easily assimilate... I get it.
And as we move forth, I hear you place great value upon Liber Resh vel Helios. What do you feel can be gained through regularly practicing it?

Adam: At the very least, it gives you a moment to collect yourself and your thoughts. Four moments, actually. Throughout the day you are beset by chaos and madness--agents of Choronzon sidetracking your efforts, all day every day, it seems. Liber Resh serves as a sort of soft reset. It clears the cobwebs, so to speak.

There is, of course, more to it than that, but in the beginning there is nothing needed more than a method to get oneself back on track when everything is going to hell in a handbasket around you.

Me: What you said makes sense--to suggest that we as humans, as Thelemites, and as magicians, need to take responsibility for the energy status of our respective environments. Thank you.

Adam: No problemo.

Me: And it seems numerals bear great relevance in Thelema, especially the numbers 7, and 11. What can you tell us, first about the number seven.

Adam: Seven: the seven planets is the first example. Oddly, I did mention Puella earlier, which was the 7th geomantic figure. It means "girl," "beauty," "Purity." It is correspondent to Libra. Anyway, there are seven colors of the rainbow, seven lettered notes in music, seven chakras, and so on and so on.

There is a significance to the seventh sphere on the tree, and to the seventh grade of the A∴A∴; but to any Thelemite, a more significant number, I think, is the number 11. Eleven is the number of Nuit, and of magick (the letter k is the 11th letter in the English alphabet, hence its being added to magick).

Too, there are 11 letters in ABRAHADABRA. There are 11 words in "Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law." Every grade in the A∴A∴ is paired with a sphere on the Tree, and when added together the two add to 11. The twin pillars appear as the number 11. It goes on and on like that.

Me: Confuzzled--spheres add to 11?

Adam: No. Well, sort of if you include the false sphere Da'ath, but no. If you are for example of the 3rd Grade in the A∴A∴, it is written as 3°=8; 3rd degree in the 8th sphere. 3 and 8 make 11.
Follow?

Me: No, because what about the other grades?

Adam: Same thing. If you are first degree, then you are in the tenth sphere. 1 and 10 make 11. 2nd degree and 9th sphere. 4th degree and 7th sphere. 5th degree and 6th sphere. Etc.

Me: Aaah yes, hmm, a specific MO was used to set the grades... I see said the blind man.

Adam: Lol.

Me: I am learning Thelema without being engaged in an association or community of any kind. Some things take longer to discover when proceeding this way.

Adam: No doubt.
But if in fact you look at the name NU (Nuit), by Gematria it adds to 56, and if you add 5 and 6, what do you get?

Me: Err, look at that...well shag me sideways!

Adam: Oh my... Lol...

Me: Comic relief--I needed that! (laughs)

Adam: (smiles graciously)

Me: You touched before upon the numeral seven bearing some specific relevance to the seventh sphere. With me being new to Qabalism, may I ask, what's up with that?

Adam: You make contact with your HGA when you have progressed to the 6th sphere (5°=6). The first sphere beyond that is, of course, the 7th. It is here that you begin to really know you have a ways to go before you are done. People tend to think they have accomplished the Great Work itself when they reach the 6th sphere, but getting caught up there can slow or even stop your actual progress. You can easily become a black brother at this point. The 7th sphere is the key to getting beyond that, figuratively and literally.

Me: Black Brother, deadbeat?

Adam: Black Brothers are a thing we will get into at another time. It's fairly simple and thus quite complex.

Me: Okay, but for those with raised eyebrows out there, that are sitting on the edge of their seats waiting for more on this--can you offer them a taste of the concept?

Adam: Sure thing. Black Brothers are those who have foregone the goal of Union. They have begun using magick in ways that have no connection to accomplishing their True Wills, and have indeed forsaken their True Wills. Christians do this readily by submitting to the "will of God" and denying their own will.

Adam: I'm fairly tired so I don't know how much sense I'm making.

Me: We're good.

Adam: Basically, Black Brothers are those who fail the ordeal of the Abyss, and thus become the enemies of the Great White Brotherhood, that of course are Thelemites.

Me: Ah. Okay. So to grossly summarize then, they would be those resisting ego death?

Adam: Yes. If Thelemites recognized a sort of evil, these people would be that. They are the result of facing Da'ath and Choronzon and failing to hold it together.

Me: 'Cos that's one hell of a conundrum, or contrast right there--because as they have chosen to resist ego death and thus could not become part of the oneness, they are in fact doing their will (albeit not their True Will), just not in a way that suits Thelemic concepts... but maybe the failure is less do with will and is more to do with getting tied up in confusion/feelings/fears/emotions, for them.

Adam: There's no clear way to respond to that, because who knows how and why it happens. It seems that the feeling of expansion into the greater unity would feel to them like dispersion, a second death, and they would fight it, trying desperately to preserve their ego-self. By doing so, they separate themselves from the unity and guarantee the very thing they fear: annihilation in the void.

Me: Nods. (stares raptly and blankly)

Adam: Does that make sense?

Me: Very much so, yes.
Too, just can't help but say--to resist ego death being so undesirable, guess Trump's not a Thelemite, hey? (winks mischievously)

Adam: (looks around the room mock-nervously)

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A break was taken; this part of the interview picks up a day later...

Me: Okay, so we touched upon the concept of Black Brother when we sat down for the first amount of questions for this interview. I now see why you were a bit reluctant to go there... kind of a place that angels might fear to tread... a lot of grey, a lot of uncertainty. But as things generally go, no sooner had you presented the concept of Black Brother to me, than it arose for me in my own life as something to examine; so now I need to ask more... but I'll be gentle, I promise. (smiles)

Adam: Ugh. Ok. I feel a tad bit dyslexic explaining this.

Me: M'ya; alrighty then...
So you left me with the impression before, that a person who slips into, for lack of a better term, Black Brotherness, stands against the entirety of what Thelema stands for. This did not so much rise in the previous content of this piece, but more in matters we discussed peripheral to it after the fact. But I want people who are not familiar with this term, to be aware that this can happen (to become a Black Brother), as it's something one would likely not choose to experience. I need to ask this now--a Black Brother Thelemite, is in essence not a Thelemite at all... agree or disagree?

Adam: I would agree. For the Star Wars fans out there, it's a lot like the Jedi and the Sith. They differ in only a few points philosophically, but those few points make all the difference in the world.

Me: So you think there are Thelemites that would disagree with what I have presented here?

Adam: No. But there are some who would call themselves Thelemites that might. Lol!
In a sense, that isn't fair, as many would interpret it, since Thelema is all about individual True Will. But an understanding of what True Will actually is might argue in my defense.

Me: Well then let's have it... what is the proper definition of True Will, that would support what you've presented?

Adam: Each and every person has their own True Will, the purpose they were placed here in Assiah for. It is revealed in Thelema by one's Holy Guardian Angel. It is traditionally seen that way in Hermeticism as well. No True Will is in conflict with any other True Will. If two people are in conflict, at least one of them is not abiding by their True Will. Ultimately, as the Divine Will is the Will of the Universe, no True Will would then, by the very nature of True Will, be in conflict with it. And the Divine Will is to seek and find Unity.

Me: With that statement you are also implying that a Black Brother by his very nature, interferes with the fluidity of the free will of others... is this a correct assumption?

Adam: In a manner, yes. But a person doesn't become a Black Brother until after achieving attainment of Knowledge & Conversation with their Holy Guardian Angel, and they begin the Crossing of the Abyss. So up until that point they aren't really easily distinguishable from any Thelemite

Me: So to summarize then, they become a thorn in the side of others only after the fact (of failing to check their ego at the door as they traverse the Abyss); or so it seems.

Adam: Eggs actly.

Me: (nods)
Adam, I don't know if you'll be adequately prepared for me to ask this question, but I am going to toss it at you anyway and see what happens... given that according to pew research stats, the rate of Nones has been steadily escalating and the amount of mainstream Christians steadily decreasing for some time now, it should naturally follow, that the cross-section of Thelemites consists of steadily more and more young as time goes on. Is this according to what you see, the case? Fill me in, if you will.

Adam: Consider this: is Thelema something you call yourself, or something you are? I'll explain if necessary.

Me: Maybe explain please.

Adam: Well, a cat doesn't need to know we call it a cat to be a cat. Many (most, honestly) of our Thelemic saints would never think of themselves in terms of the word Thelema, yet they embodied what it means to be a Thelemite. Today, more and more, people are living their lives seeking their purpose here on earth and leaving others to do as they see fit. This is debatable in a political sense, I suppose, but I'm sure people can see what I mean. One hundred and seventy five years ago and more, this would not have been the case. We are living in a changing world, one becoming more and more Thelemic, though most have no idea such a concept exists.

Me: Mmm, yes, I see, and we touched upon this concept earlier but it was applied in a different way. I used the blind man quip earlier in this piece I think... lol. Gonna have to whack you with my white cane soon, I think, to resolve anything.

Adam: Lol.

Me: In essence you are saying that not only are there many more young that are Thelemites, but there are more of every age bracket across the board.

Adam: Absolutely.

Me: I now find myself brought to another thought... I was shocked yesterday to discover that some French poet dude, and not Crowley, first employed the term "Thelema." Who would have thunk it? What's his name again?

François Rabelais
François Rabelais

Adam: Rabelais.

Me: Ah yes, François Rabelais. Thank you.
And for the grand finale question, I wanted to finish up with a powerful one--please offer if you will, your opinion on how the word "Agape," applies to Thelema.

Adam: Agape, like Thelema, enumerates to the number 93 through the system of numbers called Gematria. In that system every letter in the Hebrew alphabet (and in the Greek alphabet as well, as is illustrated by these two words) has a numerical value. When you add the letters of the word "Thelema" together, the sum is 93. The same is true of Agape.

Whenever two words or phrases have the same numerical value, they correspond to each other in some way. If this is the case, it serves a purpose to discover what those words or phrases have to do with each other. Thelema means Will. Agape means Love in a universal, unrestricted form. In Liber AL we find the phrase, "Love is the law, love under will." So clearly there is a connection to be found between those two words.

It is also worth noting that they are both words of power, or Logos. Agape was the Logos or Word of Jesus, and the Word still applies, tempered and guided by the Word of this present Aeon, Thelema. So we can see, that as Love is harmonized by Will, Will is harmonized by Agape, or Love.

Me: Awesome. And thus you have brought into play the next concept, that is ideal to conclude this piece with. Thelemites commonly issue each other the greeting "93/93"; and here we have clarified to those considering becoming Thelemites, why that is--it embodies Thelema/Will and Agape/Love standing side by side... which is basically a shorthand way to say--"Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law. Love is the law, love under will."

Adam: Well put--I concur. (smiles)

Me: Thank you so much for sharing your opinions with myself and my blog visitors today, Adam K. I hope that it won't be too long before there's more.
93s, and bye for now.

Adam:  I enjoyed the visit and the chat; 93s; yes, let's talk again soon.
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That concludes our interview; thanks for joining us for another insightful experience with Adam K. Feel free to check back soon for more posts, on Thelema, and all sorts of metaphysical topics.
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Related reading from within our blog:
Aleister Crowley, Some Things you Might Want to Know
Crowley :: The Legend and the Lies, Myths Exposed
On Crowley, and the Writing of the Liber AL vel Legis
To Mega Therion

Monday, April 9, 2018

Thelema Over Tea :: Jude Interviews Adam K, Part 2

Magick, Occultism
A book and a unicursal hexagram


Adam K Opines on Matters Thelema (continued from Part 1)


This blog post is simply a continuation of Part 1. Part one examines some issues relevant to Thelema novices, such as: some of the faith's core concepts, Qabalah, discovering one's True Will, what an HGA is; it briefly discusses K&C of one's HGA, and also crossing the Abyss. This, Part 2, continues forth from that point, and discusses two sayings associated with Thelema ("Every man and every woman is a star," and "The Khabs is in the Khu, not the Khu in the Khabs"); furthermore it considers Thelema magick, compares Thelema to Christianity, and plenty more. Strap on your party hat, spaceboots, and electric belt. And here we go...
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Me: You previously stated that, "Your HGA is more than some metaphysical angelic being from beyond. In my understanding, it is also able to be called your Higher Self, and it is the you that exists beyond the pettiness of your ego and its lesser desires. I would say that if you haven't prepared yourself to be destroyed in the crucible, your Self won't come through the other side." Is it true to say, in your opinion, that there would be Thelemites that dispute this statement? More specifically, I mean the part that one's HGA is also their Higher Self.

A: Oh, certainly. But that's okay. A strong draw for me to Thelema is the very idea that each can believe as they see fit so long as that belief doesn't cause them to interfere with the beliefs of others. However, that is not to say that you should just stand by and allow someone to endanger themselves, if you truly believe that what they are doing will harm or restrict them on some significant level.

Me: Valid points on both counts. Alright.
Me: Is Thelema a religion, or would you call it a faith, or perhaps a philosophy, or what would you call it?

A: Crowley had some... interesting things to say about faith. I wouldn't call Thelema a faith, but that doesn't disqualify it as a religion. Some Thelemites view Thelema as a religion, while others see it as a philosophy and nothing more or less than that. Many back away from the word religion as if it were a pit of alligators, and this is usually due to past experiences with other "faiths." Do I think of it as a religion? For me, yes. But I don't discount others who view it as any other thing. As long as they are following their True Will, and don't interfere with mine, it is none of my business how they see it. And vice versa.

Me: Alright. For the record, I tend to be ultra allergic to the word religion, and call Thelema a branch of philosophy. Just saying--lol.

A: As the saying goes, "to each his own," which is nowhere more true than in Thelema.

Me: We haven't really spoken much on magick yet, and Crowley was the consummate magician's magician! But part of the reason I haven't brought it up is because one can freely read up on Crowley's magick, and it's a deep and wide topic--panoramic even. Thus I fear to get started, as there may be no end in sight. But do you have any basic comments on magick as it pertains to Crowley?
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The Book of Lies, A. Crowley
Magick: Liber ABA, Book 4, by A. Crowley, et al.
Magick in Theory and Practice, by A. Crowley.
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A: Crowley is sort of the Bruce Lee of Magick. Although I suppose since he came before Bruce, it would be more true to say Bruce was the Crowley of Martial Arts. Lol.

An interview on Thelema
Not saying we did, but this is how Jude likes to conduct an interview

A: Basically, Crowley was of the mind that you keep what works from any system, throw out what doesn't, and experiment to find what else works. If it works, it goes in your repertoire. "The method of Science, the aim of Religion." This is true where magick is concerned, as well as where mysticism is concerned. Approach them scientifically, and find which approaches have a repeatability that succeeds each time. Otherwise, your "magick" really is nothing more than random chance.

A: And it is important to note that true magick, like any natural phenomenon, doesn't require your faith in it for it to work.
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Magick Without Tears, A. Crowley
Scientific Approach to Magick, Blazing Star OTO
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Me: Please touch upon how you meant for the phrase, "the aim of religion," to apply... Not sure how that would be.

A: What is the aim of religion? What purpose is it supposed to serve? From our perspective, one not dissimilar in many ways to that of Hindus and Buddhists, it's Union. Union with God, Union with The Universe, Union with the Great Marmalade Sandwich In the Sky, whatever. That's the aim of religion. Where Christianity is concerned, the method of religion is typically Faith. But for Thelemites, we prefer a more pragmatic, realistic, reasonable, and reliable method. And that is the scientific method. Make sense?

Me: It certainly does.
Me: If a beginner Thelemite  wanted to learn, from some really interesting Thelema related videos, which ones are top on your list of recommendations, and keep in mind that the recommendations are for those new to Thelema, if you will.

A: YouTube has lots of LMD's (Mr. Duquette's) videos, for one. Just put his name in the little box, hit enter, keep hands and feet inside the safety zones at all times, and off you go.

Lon Milo Duquette talks Enochian Magick, Hermetics, & Thelema

A: Blazing Star O.T.O. also has some very informative and educational videos on YouTube. They are really good. And of course Jim Wasserman has videos there as well, including some really good ones about the Gnostic Mass. Be prepared for these videos to be quite a bit longer than what you are used to on YouTube though. I've seen videos about the Qabalah that are over six hours long.
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Qabalah for the Rest of Us, L.M. Duquette
Hermetic Qabalah: The Elements, Blazing Star OTO
Psychology of Thelema, Blazing Star OTO: Part 1Part 2.
Gnostic Mass, J. & N. Wasserman/Swirling Star Lodge
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Me: Can you watch a video that's six hours long?

A: Sure, if you watch it in half hour bites. (laughs)

Me: There ya go!
Me: I wonder where you get these sayings--the safety zone thing. (furrows eyebrows, then laughs)
Me: Do we dare compare Thelema, even on a basic level, to Christianity? What do you have to say here, if we can do this and not incite World War 3.

A: Honestly, we never declared war on Christianity, but we knew it was coming. Christianity is a religion from the last Aeon, the Aeon of Osiris. It is a religion of the Dying God, of the Patriarchal God. Thelema is the religion, the philosophy, the method of The Crowned and Conquering Child. It is the religion that marked the beginning of the Aeon of Horus.

A: I cannot say that they have nothing in common. They both have ritual, for example. But Christianity teaches that man is separate from God, that the two are incompatible, that true Union is not possible. Thelema teaches exactly the counter to that. Christianity insists upon proselytizing as a part of its central doctrine. Thelema, though? "Argue not. Convert not." Big differences.

Me: Yes, peace, even if only one way between Thelema & Christianity, is at least peace on some level.
Me: What is that about, argue not. What have I missed, how does that fit in?

A: It's in 3:42. It says "Success is thy proof: argue not; convert not; talk not overmuch! Them that seek to entrap thee, to overthrow thee, them attack without pity or quarter; & destroy them utterly." I believe it basically tells ME, at least, not to start anything with anyone, not to force my opinions or beliefs on anyone. But if they try to force anything on me, make a war the likes of which they have never seen of it

Me: I feel compelled to ask--do you have anything insightful to say about James Wasserman?

A: James is just a really nice guy who catches a lot of flack from today's Thelemites for being something of a conservative politically. As I'm sure you have noticed, a vast majority of Pagans, Heathens, and other non-Abrahamic religious types are left wing liberals almost by default because hardcore Christians occupy the right wing. That tends to put Jim on the outs with a lot of them. But he reaches his conclusions rationally, and without arguing like a lunatic against the other side of the political fence.

A: And the problem is that a great many Thelemites nowadays are falling into the left wing camp for those same reasons. I truly think many of them are claiming Thelema simply because it isn't Christianity, and because Thelemites have historically pissed Christians off! Lol

Me: You mean, primarily for the one reason alone, as it appears.
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Aleister Crowley And the Practice of the Magical Diary (J. Wasserman)
The Weiser Concise Guide to Aleister Crowley (J. Wasserman)
777 and Other Qabalistic Writings, A. Crowley
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A: I don't really care where you fall politically, as long as you don't try to force your views on me. If you discuss reasonably, so will I. If you behave like a child who isn't getting his way, well, see 3:42.
A: And I mean people in general, not you specifically.

Me: We cross posted again.

A: Mm.

Me: What does it mean that Crowley says "Every man and every woman is a star"? Does this tie in conceptually and directly, with "The Khabs is in the Khu, not the Khu in the Khabs"?

A: They are related, yes.

Me: Would you care to elaborate?

Me: Let me begin, if I may...
I take the Khabs in the Khu concept to mean that the truest of what we are resides in the soul, not in a meatsuit, and we are in that sense as like stars in the sky.

A: Well, in psychological terms, the khu is sort of your ego self, while the khabs is the real you. Khabs is true nature, khu is demeanor as shown to the world. Khabs actually means star. The khu is the mask we wear over our true face, the khabs. This concept basically comes down to the notion that God is is not outside of us, but is inside us, each of us individually.

A: Once again I feel like I'm leaving stuff out. Like the fact that the vast nothingness of space is Nuit and the stars within are Hadit. Microcosmically, every man and every woman are thus Hadit. [See sidenote a few rows down, to understand what the Union of Nuit and Hadit represents.]

Me: And yet somehow I get that we are both right... agree?

A: We are basically saying the same thing. "Every man and every woman is a star" sort of means that, though we all originate from the same finite point of a beginning, we are individual in our experiences and perceptions. When we ultimately achieve Union again, those experiences and perceptions are part of that great unity.
A: 1:29 says "For I am divided for love's sake, for the chance of union." This too is part of what we are talking about.

Me: "Divided for love's sake, for the chance of union"--all of us to one day become part of the great nothingness? It all comes down to that?

A: While I don't really want to tell people what Liber AL is saying (it's another "to each his own," sort of thing) I believe that, yes, it all comes down to that.

Me: Thank you.
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Sidenote: I wish to add in here, that the Union spoken of is that between Nuit and Hadit. Nuit representing nothingness and potentiality, Hadit representing concepts relative to Yetzirah... initial steps towards converting nothingness to something. Their union obviously is a creative one, and moving up the tree it reverses, and thus converts material world concepts back to no-thing.
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A: But also, we are divided so that each of us will have individual love experiences necessary to learn completely different life lessons from one another. When we are all One again, all of that accumulated experience will be in one place, and ultimately will teach the lesson that none of us could ever know individually.

Me: Even when you've been exposed to it before, it's a mind blowing concept really. Especially so when realizing that we even transcend Oneness to become of absolutely nothing... you know...? It raises so many questions--one being, "Why?"

A: It is. It is literally too much for any individual to deal with! Lol

Me: By the way--what caused you to become interested in Thelema?

A: My dad started teaching me about it when I was very young, after my mother died.

Me: So your father was a Thelemite then? A dabbler, or more committed to the path?

A: He was quite committed to it before I was born, but less active after my mother died. Being a single dad in the 1970s was rough.

Me: I suppose single parenting is difficult in most any times, sadly enough. And as much as I hate to say it, we are fresh out of time, so that's a wrap. Your insight has been pleasurable and you've responded to some points that are sure to resonate strongly with Thelemite novices. Thanks so much for visiting, and please come back again soon. 93s to you, Adam.

A: 93s right back at you. Thanks for having me.

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In future there are bound to be more articles on Thelema, with initial ones being more aimed towards beginners; so feel free to check back from time to time.

~Jude

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Related Reading
Crowley, the Legend and the Lies :: Myths Exposed
On Crowley and the Writing of Liber Al vel Legis
Aleister Crowley, Things you May Want to Know
To Mega Therion
The Virgin & the Whore
The Serpent Gate: To Meta Ohpion (a tarot resource)

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Thelema Over Tea; Jude & Adam K, Chewing the Fat

Chatting
Thelema spoken over tea and crumpets

Questions to a Thelemite Friend :: An Interview with Adam K


This piece was written primarily to provide a basic amount of information to those considering Thelema as a path, and to those new to it. The intent is to provide a kinda sorta outline of matters Thelema, but even as much, to provide a highly respectable compendium of reference material, a laugh, and some insight from a couple of Thelemites verbally larking around. One of the two, Adam K, is quite knowledgeable on the presented topic, as he's been immersed in its philosophies for some time--well since he escaped that Turkish Prison, but that's another story entirely. The interview was purposely conducted in a very lighthearted way. The interviewer, though not made clear throughout the interview, was Jude (Metaphysicality Inc blog's administrator)--which contextually adds to the humor.

It should be stated up front, that if you want in depth information specific to the meat and potatoes of Thelema, watch out for future articles. This piece offers a fair bit of information, but came to pass as the result of two friends having a casual and non specific discussion. As well it should be said, that Qabalah, which is much of what this post refers to, is an issue central to Thelema; this as not only is it the crux to all that is, but as well it directly ties in with True Will, as you will soon discover.


The Interview


Hey there, Adam K, how are you? So, to familiarize readers with who you are, you're a friend of Jude Chi, right? From Facebook, if I understand correctly. I heard that you and her met when she began developing an interest in Thelema, and that you helped her find relevant resources, and pointed out concepts and ideas that she may have otherwise missed. And no doubt you've shared some interesting Thelema-relevant posts and videos on FB back and forth, given that you share a commonality. Is this an accurate synopsis? If not, please clarify.

A: Yup, that pretty much sums it up. Kinda bonded over debates about Duquette! (smiles)

Me: I see; do you mind elaborating? What was the crux of the debate?

A: Ah. It wasn't so much a debate, really. Even the most clear explanations of the Qabalah can be as clear as mud sometimes, and we were discussing the Chicken Qabalah, the clearest of mud puddles! (laughs)

Me: That thing about mud puddles--seems like it may be a Duquette quote (grins). Qabalah itself is a muddy topic, never mind books based upon it. What kind of a job would you say that LMD does, in his particular approach to the subject?

A: Well, if you are like me and really wish there was a series of books on the Qabalah, Thelema, and Magick for Dummies (trademark lol), he is the person who should be writing. The books he HAS written on the subjects, as well as the numerous YouTube videos he has appeared in, serve quite well to make very complex subject matter, far simpler to absorb.

Me: Agreed; he is a great educator and a marvelous role model for Thelemites. I have read the Chicken Qabalah, by the way (upon your insistence that I do so), and do recommend it to any Qabalah initiate. Of course that it's written from the perspective of a Thelemite is of utmost importance, as this is precisely the type of material a Thelema novice needs, rather than to be wandering without direction trying to figure it all out.
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The Chicken Qabalah, L.M. Duquette
Son of Chicken Qabalah, L.M. Duquette
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Me: I know you would be one to say that you are not an expert on Thelema, as you've said it before. However, it's clear to see you are knowledgeable on the topic, and thus I will put this out there. Am I right?

A: You are correct. I'm far from any kind of expert on the subject.

Me: Arguing with you would suggest otherwise. Ahem. Anyhow--now with those new to Thelema in mind, what would you say in response to someone asking "what do you find to be Thelema's drawing card?" I mean, what are the core elements of it that appeal to you above all else?

A: The thing that appeals to me is also the thing that makes it such a pain sometimes! (laughs). I guess it would be that--you really can do whatever you want, as long as you are aware that every action, "positive" or "negative," has its consequences. But even larger than that... is the notion that we all have a purpose, our True Will, that we are here to accomplish. No matter how useless, how pointless, how unnecessary you feel, you do have a reason for being. You also have the responsibility to discover, for yourself, what that purpose is.

Me: Ah yes I get the picture--a Thelemite has a big undertaking, and if they are not ready to live up to that monumental task--to seek the finding of their True Will, they aren't going to get too far with Thelema it appears. And I see that in what you have presented, we begin to examine existentialism as well.

A: Oh, and magick is awesome too! (smirks)

Me: We kinda cross posted there, lol.

A: Yes, and exactly.

Me: Yes, and hopefully we have time to touch upon magick, further in.
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Living Thelema: A Practical Guide to Attainment in A. Crowley's System of Magick, D. Shoemaker
The Magick of Aleister Crowley, L.M. Duquette
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Me: Do you have any tips on how to find one's True Will? I am new to Thelema, and my own impression, but as a novice, is lol, to journey through Thelema (doh)... maybe that you are far further into your journey than I am, would lead you to offer different and more precise insight... what would you say to someone who wanted to find their True Will, in the way that people want everything nowadays--as fast as they can get it? Millenials, you know. (rolls eyeballs jokingly)

A: Well, the answer to that is likely to bring yet more questions, and those will likely be more difficult to answer clearly than this one. But, basically...

Me: Do your best, that's good enough.

A: ... every Thelemite's goal is to have knowledge and conversation with their Holy Guardian Angel, or their HGA.

A: By having that K&C of their HGA, they are then able to get the answer to the question, "why am I here?"

Me: Very clear and concise. I love that answer, thank you. And yes, though it could lead to more questions, we best keep this interview basic... or we literally could write a novel from it.

Me: Aleister Crowley, the father of Thelema, Frater Perdurabo, the Great Beast 666, Uncle Al, and so on and so forth... loved by many, and reviled by many as well. I know that he has served as an inspiration to you in ways. What would you like to be quoted on, what would you like to tell not only those new to Thelema, but the world in general, about this man?

A: Well, all you fear is true, and all you've been told is a lie, or something like that. Also--if a twenty nine year old Crowley were alive and walking the earth today, he would seem fairly normal if a bit stuffy by today's moral standard. He would still be a genius--and a bit of an arrogant ass--but that describes many of our most respected and admired thinkers today. So, I guess, people should know that each of them would have been just as vilified as he was if they were in his day, but they wouldn't as a matter of course have the advantage of his genius.

A: That's a bit much for a quote. (laughs)

Me: Windy? You think so? (laughs sarcastically)

A: I'm reflecting Arthur Edward Waite! Somebody stop me! (laughs heartily)

Me: Omg, too funny...the sheer torture of it all. (winks)

Me: If a person wanted to learn the basics of Thelema, beyond Liber AL vel Legis, also known as The Book of the Law, what other book or books, would you recommend for an entry level Thelemite to begin studying? And, which book or reference material would you recommend, to help them figure out the meaning of information presented in the Liber AL?

A: Liber AL. Not for the faint of heart. Crowley wrote a Comment, or a commentary if you will, for Liber AL called "The Law is for All." Whether we are supposed to be giving our interpretations of what we think Liber AL says or not is debatable, but it was perfectly clear that Uncle C WAS supposed to offer a commentary on it, a sort of guidebook to help us understand a very weighty book. And weighty it is, despite how very small it is.
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The Book of the Law, A. Crowley
The Law is for All: The Authorized Popular Commentary to the Book of the Law, Crowley/Regardie
Abrahadabra, Rodney Orpheus
The Holy Books of Thelema, A. Crowley
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A: I also recommend absolutely everything written by Lon Milo Duquette, as well as any books written by James Wasserman. Both of these people have written quite extensively on the subjects of Thelema, Magick, and the Qabalah.

A: There are of course many other authors I could recommend as well, but we would be here for three more interviews if I kept going.  lol.

Me: Thanks for the insight. By the way, do you think the average person would "get" the contents of Liber AL, or do you think that people should prepare by also acquiring a copy of The Law is for All?

Unicursal Hexagram
Unicursal hexagram

A: People will be quite confused by Liber AL if they don't have reference material to go with it. But if they can read it once (it isn't a long read) without reference material and they don't run away screaming and tearing out their own hair, if they still have a deep abiding curiosity about what the words mean, well then... These are the people I like.

Me: Alright...
Me: In which way is the Qabalah relevant to Thelema? Is it of great importance, or not?

A: It's a bit like having a card catalog in your head that's all out of whack, and the Qabalah is sort of your Dewey Decimal System for organizing it all. It can also sort of be thought of as your brain's Operating System, its OS. As far as Thelema is concerned, it is the most frequently used, and most reliable system we have, for drawing correspondences between absolutely everything to absolutely everything until we ultimately conclude, quite simply, that All is for Naught, as it were; since nothing, No Thing, exists. It's all illusion.

Me: Oh, you mean as in Mr. Duquettes "Ten CommandRants"?

A: But it helps with simpler things too, like setting up any spell work or magical workings by understanding which things symbolically correspond to the goal of your work.

Me: Oops, we cross posted again. My bad.

A: Yes, CommandRants. The first being "all is one," and the second informing us that the first is a lie, all is nothing. And of course there are eight more.

Me: You don't happen to have them memorized, do you? (laughs)

A: I wish, but no. Lol.
But the basic idea of them is up there bouncing around in my noggin.

Me: I was going to ask you what the simplest way for a Thelema novice to get their feet wet in Qabalism is. But given what you've already said, I would assume you'd say The Chicken Qabalah, by Lon Milo Duquette.

A: I recommend people find what works best for them. Not everyone can appreciate Duquette's simple, good hearted grandfatherly wit. Some people need a boot camp style, super structured approach. Others need to play it fast and loose. But The Chicken Qabalah certainly worked to help me stop bashing my head against the concrete trying to figure that damned tree out.

Me: Gotcha, and it makes good sense.

A: It does indeed.

Knowledge
Wisdom & Knowledge

Me: It took me a while to figure out how that works, but for those who've never touched upon Qabalah, a grossly simple reduction would be (not just concerning magick, but the big picture too), that signs from within your life, such as colors, numbers, signs you keep seeing, could tell you where you place on the tree at any given phase, as could any certain archangel, deity, or daemon, appearing to you. And when you need a symbol to enhance a specific type of magick, you look to the things attributed to the appropriate sephirah or path of the Qabalah, to help bump up the energy of your workings. Of course this is elaborating on what you already touched upon.

A: Yes, use the tree to find which symbols and objects and so forth correspond to your goals magically, especially in spell work. The attributes of each sephirah and path can also tell you where you are on your spiritual journey.

Me: Thanks for confirming and expounding, as I am still very new to Qabalah.
Me: There comes a time when  a Thelemite will be prepared to cross the Abyss. Is it true that one cannot cross without their HGA?

A: Honestly, I can't fairly answer that as easily as I would like. Once you have begun the journey up the Paths, you can take The Oath of The Abyss at any time, thus claiming the title of Babe of The Abyss as rightfully yours. But if you aren't actually prepared for the crossing of that Abyss (a thing many people won't understand without a knowledge of the Qabalah) you will be driven mad, incapable of dealing with "real life" in any reasonable fashion. Do you need your HGA? I would say most definitely. Your HGA is more than some metaphysical angelic being from beyond. In my understanding, it is also able to be called your Higher Self, and it is the you that exists beyond the pettiness of your ego and its lesser desires. I would say that if you haven't prepared yourself to be destroyed in the crucible, your Self won't come through the other side.

Me: Old whatziz name's gonna eat me up. What's his name again? Sounds like Corazon.

A: Lol. It's Choronzon. The embodiment of confusion and mental static, as it were.

Me: Well I knew it wasn't Corazon, as that means heart... lol. If a demon is going to eat me and spit me out sans ego, I don't think his name will be based upon the word heart.

A: So essentially, if you don't know your True Will, your wanton desires will drive you nuts.

A: Nope. Not the heart indeed. He has more to do with unbridled Knowledge, logic, and so on. Knowledge is useless without Understanding.

Me: Hmm, a heck of a hard thing to conceptualize, but somehow I get it--what you said about wanton desires driving one nuts.

A: I can sum up the difference of the desire known as will from other desire in a sort of analogy, if you want.

Me: Yes, please do.

A: Alright. Say you have a goal which states you wish to gain 30 pounds of muscle and lose fifteen pounds of body fat in six months. You lay out a workout regimen, you establish a nutritional plan, and you get the proper gear to move you down this road to a better you, as you see it. Following this plan and sticking with it is following your will. But then, you also have a strong desire to scarf down ho hos and ding dongs. If you follow through on that desire, then your desires are in effect defeating your will.

A: This isn't to say your will and desires are always in conflict. But if they are, you must decide which will take priority. For a Thelemite, that should always be your Will.
A: That brings me to what Thelema means--it is Greek for Will.

Me: Okay yes, but what I am missing now, is how this sits in light of the previous question, how would eating ding dongs in wild abandon drive one mad? Lol... sorry, but it needed to be asked.

A: If your goal is Union with the Oneness, and ultimately the Nothing, not letting go of your desires is indicative of not releasing your Ego, the mask you wear for the world. That part of your illusion is not You, and is ultimately not real and not "God". It will pull you down into the madness of the Abyss. Does that make sense? Probably not. Logic and rational thought are useful tools, but are sometimes a crutch and even a wall between a person and true Understanding.

Me: Okay, thanks. It has surpassed my level of comprehension of matters Qabalah, but still, I do get it on a basic level.

A: Mind you, this is all off the top of my head so I can't say its all completely sensible or accurate on all points at all times...

Me: It's your opinion, and in that sense it's fine.

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It seems quite peculiar to pause this interview here, but there was no ideal place, so this is it for now.

~ Jude


That concludes Part One of our interview, and Part Two is now ready.

Truth--Just Another Word; or, How to Manifest, by Jude Chi

Magickal sigil
A magickal sigil


A Mini Blog, for Your Consideration


Well they (The Secret et al) had it partially right; when working our thoughts to manifest, we do need to look at what we want as being already materialized. But why it doesn't work for everyone or mostly everyone, is because they don't get why they should do it, so don't invest their thought energy into doing it right...

The reason why we need to see our manifestations realized in a past tense even though they have not yet come to be, is not to simply support them to happen sooner than later, but to overlay the shitty memories of the past that keep us repressed in the now. Yes, bad memories are what prevent us from manifesting our desires, by lowering our vibrational frequency.

How to dissociate from a shitty past that a person unintentionally created, is for them to replace the old memories with beautiful new ones (one could be--I manifested a million bucks in my past, for example). To some, to do so--to create new memories not in line with how they remember events, would seem like lying to the self. To them I say this--redefine your idea of what lies are. When this whole universe is nothing but pure nothingness, and from it we manage to manifest a pile of crap, it's time to recenter to a new truth of what we can create. In that setting, "truth" is just a word--literally just another word, as is the word "lie."

~ Jude Chi


Based upon an original post by me on my Facebook page, first published on the morning of March 4th, 2018.

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

What Genuine Dragons Blood Resins, Oils, and Powders are and are Not

Pterocarpus indica
Pterocarpus Indica (Wikipedia Commons; CC by 3.0); Forest & Kim Starr


Genuine Dragons Blood, Fake Dragons Blood, what's the Difference?


Or--The Truth about Dragons blood, that your Mother was Afraid to tell You

For those that really care--which is indubitably the magick practitioners amongst us--dragons blood is not one particular substance, thus its fragrance is bound to vary dependent upon where it's bought. As a matter of fact, a resin can be derived from specific genera of any one of the following plant types, and be called dragons blood: Croton, Dracaena, Calamus rotang (rattan palm), Pterocarpus, and Daemonorops.

Resin incense selection, on Amazon
Resin incense selection, on Amazon

Dragons blood resin is supposed to be red, but may not naturally be; a product derived from it may be color enhanced, but as well could be reddish brown. When powdered, it is often extended with similarly fragranced powders. Beyond the aforementioned, there are some, well you could call them counterfeit versions--where an item is sold as dragons blood but is actually entirely red sandalwood mixed with frankincense (typically this would describe powders, but a resin-like product could be manufactured in this way). Though it technically seems counterfeit, such a blend literally has all the properties of a true resin, and is commonly used as a substitute. To clarify--in theory, for DB products to be genuine, any sandalwood added would be in resin form, not powdered wood or bark form as such. Keep on reading to see how sandalwood fits in at all, in the production of dragons blood products.

As a matter of fact, red sandalwood is a genus of Pterocarpus (Pterocarpus santalinus); this means that dragons blood resins sourced from it are genuine; and powders are at least to some degree genuine, when produced in the aforementioned way (they embody the right energies, at least).

Calamus gibbsianus
Calamus gibbsianus; By Eric in SF - Own work, GFDL

It is commonly held that the most valued of all dragons blood resins, is that of the Dracaena draco tree; however, a far more abundant source, is that of the Daemonorops draco. So while the first is the ideal, the second is commonly seen as "genuine," this based upon the rarity of the first kind, as well as upon the need to define one type as being genuine. As for oils, it's hard to know what you are getting for sure, because dragons blood technically defined, is a resin; period.

If you are buying oil, make sure it's labeled which of these plants it is derived from, or it literally could be anything. Even if it is sourced from one of these plants, it is not necessarily bonafide dragons blood oil, as it may not embody the energies of red--which is important--as if you are using it to make, let's say cone incense, then for it to be genuine you will also need to add some red sandalwood, to have it present the correct energies. And when it comes to the powders, in a lot of cases you are getting frank and sandalwood. Furthermore--and it goes without saying really, when buying dragons blood in any form, pay attention to what you are buying--as in which type of resin or oil it was derived from, and also to which kind you prefer. This will help you shop more efficiently in the future.

Which leaves me to ask--will the real dragons blood please stand up?

Right now I have some Daemonorops draco resin burning, and it is a joy to watch; as it burns the chunk melts down to a cyclamen colored blood-like liquid. And the smell, is simply exquisite.

Now you know why it is that there's no singular "true" dragons blood--and how even the "counterfeits" need to at least embody the cluster of energies that dragons blood resin should rightly possess. Said energies include: resonance of the color red, of one of these trees or plants (which provides a connection to raw, dragon energy), and that of pure magick.

With this all said, now we are each suitably armed with knowledge, which will allow us to buy the real McCoy--to the best of what's available to us in our respective locale at least.

Dragons blood resin, on Amazon
Dragons blood resin, on Amazon

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