Friday, November 16, 2018

The Beginning Magician, Part IV, Lesson 3

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Note from the editor: In multiple genres of magick we see that practitioners commonly work with deities and other entities; and in that sense Thelema magick is no different. Magick can self propel, but with the help of deities and other various entities, we are in fact best prepared in all magickal, ritual, and spiritual settings.

Along with the description of Thelema deities, this post presents other necessary/relevant Thelema concepts; but it is not the author's intent to convert you to Thelema. The author of this work does not necessarily propose you consult this particular set of deities, but rather suggests that you use consideration of them for a starting place in magick if you do not have a pantheon of your own.

The very presence of any deity in your pantheon should hold a strong resonance. What do you know of them? Why are they there? What was their purpose through history? What does their history tell you about your own place in the microcosm or macrocosm? With the gods presented, Adam delves into what the relationship or symbolism of each is as it pertains to Thelema, to provide a clear example of what can be gleaned through paying attention to them as one works with them and learns more about them.



Magick Lesson 3: The Gods and Other Supernatural Beings


by Adam K.

We begin Lesson Three, with the question--”do gods exist?” Short answer: Yes, and no. Long answer: That's going to take a bit of explaining.

Without directly quoting him, the Thelemite author Rodney Orpheus once wrote something along the lines of, ”whether gods exist or not is unknown, but the universe behaves as if they do.” What this means is that if you pray or perform rituals to a particular deity, chances are you will get favorable results. This can be shown as true through repetitively engaging in your experiment, in form of prayer or ritual, and getting the favorable results you were expecting. Remember that scientific method referred to a few chapters ago? This is part of that.

It cannot be said with any certainty that any particular deity or deities exist, however. For example, science and scientists frequently present evidence that supports the theory that there may have been some sort of intelligent creator or creators behind the universe as we know and observe it. Invariably, there will be Christians who say, “see? Our God exists!” That is like saying that, since we are mostly water and bleach is mostly water, we are bleach. Just because something godlike may exist doesn't mean the Christian God exists. The same is true of all the various gods, spirits, elementals, and so on. But it also doesn't mean they don't exist.

Hadit
The Thelemic god concept, Hadit

The gods of Thelema likely exist then? Sure, why not. And your personal experiences with those gods or any other, are the personal proof you have of their existence. Thelema is gnostic in nature, which separates it from religions and philosophies wherein the tenets propose that deities exist whether or not proof is seen.

What this all ultimately means, is that you must experiment and discover for yourself, in order for the gods you call upon to respond as you expect. As Liber AL says, “Success is thy proof...” In other words, if you repeatedly call on the same gods in the same way and get the same results, your success should tell you everything you need to know.

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Consider this though, that the gods and goddesses in question may not be so much human-like or even have any actual shape, as it were. But they may each be an energy body or entity, relative to a specific set of laws, principles, and energies--the mechanics of which collectively, they propel everything within our universe. However, it works best if we give them names, and keeps things simple if we can associate a specific appearance with them. It is strange how it works though, because at times these beings can manifest so fully that they can be felt.

Got it. So who are the gods of Thelema? Once more we are in the land of tricky questions. The truth of the matter is any and all deities are respected in Thelema and, in fact, in the end it is the Thelemite in question who is the god in question. However, for the purpose of far less confusing conversation if for no other reason, Thelema does have default gods that make it easier for Thelemites to talk about their practices with one another. Each of these gods corresponds with one or more gods in a great variety of other pantheons, and in some instances it can be understood that all gods are in fact simply aspects of a single god.

Isis (mourning Osiris)

Just answer the question, already! Who are the gods of Thelema? Alright, alright! Jeez... Well, the following is a bit of a clue, though admittedly it is a bit misleading, in the sense that rather than providing a concise list of Thelemic deities, it’s information that illustrates the link these particular deities have to Thelema. Thelema teaches that the history of man is divided into aeons, and so far there have been three aeons. We are currently in the Aeon of Horus, which began 20 March, 1904 ev (Era Vulgaris). Before that was the Aeon of Osiris, which began about the time of the first ancient civilizations, including Ancient Egypt. And before that was the Aeon of Isis, which existed in the time of the hunter-gatherer societies.

The Aeon of Isis is seen to have been matriarchal in nature, giving great respect and worship to the Moon and to the various great moon goddesses, motherhood was highly regarded, and so forth.
The Aeon of Osiris was a time of patriarchy, worship of the Sun, and the beginnings of agriculture. Man was working with carpentry and masonry, building with shaped wood and stone.

Unlike the Aeon of Isis when the male role in reproduction was not yet known, in the Aeon of Osiris it was no longer a mystery. Men saw the magick of reproduction as being all their own. As well, while the Aeon of Isis was a celebration of life and the power of the Mother to create it, the Aeon of Osiris was more about death and rebirth. The power and wisdom of women was less respected, and the strength of men who wielded the power to end life was exalted. It was taught that suffering and servitude in this life led to reward and riches in the next, and this teaching was used as a method to control others.

Horus
Horus; a Wikimedia file, by CC 4.0. author Jeff Dahl

This continued until the Aeon of Horus, and though many today do not realize it, the world we live in now is vastly different from the world before the twentieth century. This is the aeon of The Crowned and Conquering Child, the aeon of the rights and personal responsibility of the individual. Through sheer will and sheer determination, we can shape our own lives as we see fit. Of course, we are still caught in the death throes of the previous aeon as it refuses to let go; but it is dying. We are seeing it in the way the religions of the old aeon are warring with one another. Our new aeon is having its own growing pains as it works itself out, but it isn't the end of the world--it is the beginning of a new one.

The gods of Thelema are Egyptian? Yes and no. Some are and some aren't. In truth, some aren't gods at all in the traditional sense, but are rather concepts that fulfill the role of a god, such as Hadit does. We will explain these things as we progress. The following gods or concepts and their names are derived from Liber AL vel Legis, the central text of Thelema. In the book are three chapters, each dictated by and dedicated to a particular god or concept. Chapter one is the chapter of Nuit, Egyptian goddess of the infinite night sky.

Nuit, as portrayed on the Stele of Revealing
Nuit, shown at border of image top

Nuit can be seen depicted on the Stele of Revealing in her traditional form, arching over the heavens with her feet on one side and her fingertips touching down on the opposite side. She is nude, clothed only in the light of the stars that inhabit her body. As one concept describes, Nuit is the absolute embodiment of all possibility and potentiality. She is thought of as the infinity that the universe expands into, where her infinity makes the universe itself seem infinitely small. She is the circumference of the circle; she is infinite space and the infinite stars therein.  Ironically, because of her infinite nature, no thoughts we have about who or what she is can ever truly define her.

Liber AL describes her as being ”divided for love’s sake, for the chance of union.” The  union in question is that of man losing his ego based view to become part of the Oneness. However, from there he/she must transcend Oneness to become part of Nothingness--which is to join the Unity, and to do so is the Great Work of Thelema, which is encapsulated within the concept of Nuit being divided for love’s sake.

"Make no difference between any one thing and any other. We all exist. But we are all one. I am the only thing in my universe that truly exists. There is no you, because we are one, and in truth naught."

Another commonly used quote in Thelema is, “every man and every woman is a star.” Nuit is associated with the heavens and the stars; we, you and I, are the stars. Stars relate not only to Nuit but also to Hadit; Hadit is a manifestation from within the infinity that is Nuit.

Chapter two provides the message of Hadit, who in Thelemic cosmology is the lover and consort to Nuit. Hadit is not actually of the Egyptian pantheon but is an Arab word meaning divine utterance. The Winged Globe that typically represents Ra Harakte (a form of Horus the Elder) is referred to as Hadit in the museum records for The Stele of Revealing, and this “coincidence” is no accident in Thelema. Hadit as a word is similar in connotation to the word Logos. Aleister Crowley was the Magus who brought the word Thelema to the world--the Logos of this Aeon. Thus Thelema is a hadith--in the Arab sense, a divine utterance. In Thelema, the speaker of a divine Word is also called a Logos. When one attains the Grade of Magus one speaks such a Word, or alternately contributes to another Word.

Hadit as an entity is found beneath Nuit on the Stele in the form of a winged red globe, rising to meet her as her lover. He can be seen as the conceptualization of the universe within Nuit, especially as it was before the Big Bang; but essentially even as it is now, which is the infinitely finite universe, the point within the circle, the singularity. He is also seen as each of us as we grow into ourselves and become more our, uh, Selves.

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Hadit is the complement to Nuit, which is an unusual statement. He is not her husband in traditional Egyptian mythology, where her husband is Geb. So what does it mean? To grossly summarize, it means that while Nuit is all matter and all potentiality, Hadit is the action, the motion required, in order to cause anything emerge from all of her infinite and wondrous potentiality. To summarize then, in this context Hadit is an active aspect of Horus (Ra Harakte, that red winged globe we mentioned) which represents motion, activity, manifestation, and the divine Logos. And as far as I can determine, Geb can be seen as an earthbound variation of Horus. So the contradiction is, at the very least, lessened.

The third and final chapter is dedicated to Ra-Hoor-Khuit. He is an active god, who has another sort of passive, introverted and thoughtful form known as Hoor-paar-kraat; together they comprise the Horus who is the Crowned and Conquering Child of Thelema. In this context (there are various contexts with many Egyptian deities) RHK is the child of Nuit and Hadit. The names for his two forms respectively are Horus the Elder (Ra-Hoor-Khuit) and Horus the Younger (Hoor-paar-kraat); together they are Heru-ra-ha.

Hoor-paar-kraat
 Hoor-paar-kraat statue. Wikimedia Commons by CC3.0
Author, Patrick Clenet

Ra-Hoor-Khuit is Horus as Lord of the New Aeon. In Thelema he is the son of Nuit in her aspect as Isis (who is: Infinite Space and Infinite Stars), thus Hadit would reasonably be his father, while in traditional Egyptian mythology the father of Horus is Osiris. With that said, it is possible that this Horus is seen in Egyptian mythology as relating in some other way to Osiris; Egyptian mythology can be a bit confusing, honestly.

RHK is a god of vengeance and war. In his history, he defeated Set, the one responsible for the death of his father. One of his primary works is to kill off any remaining residuals of the previous aeon, or rather, guide us through to the New Aeon. Christianity is a residual from the Aeon of Osiris, and is not willing to relinquish its grasp so easily. Christianity is problematic in various ways, one being that it does not allow for freedom of religion and does not support freedom of will.

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Thelemites have no vendetta against Christianity, however, Ra-Hoor-Khuit's message is that patriarchal powered organizations must die, period, and Christianity is a major part of patriarchy.  Mind you, this does not mean all men are evil or that men holding positions of power is an evil thing. It simply means that each person, no matter their sex or color or creed or any other factor other than personal merit and effort, has equal beginning potential. It also doesn’t mean that the outcome will be equal for all people. It only means that there is nothing but the individual's will, which will ultimately be able to hold the individual back. It calls for an end to sexism; matriarchy and patriarchy are to be assigned to a past tense. It is the Aeon of the Individual.

This chapter quickly became longer than expected, and will soon carry further on. Bookmark us and check back soon.


Other Articles in This Series
Part One, The Preamble
Part Two, Elementary Level Knowledge
Part Three, Rituals
Part Four, The Gods and Deities of Thelema (this page)

Sunday, October 14, 2018

The Black Swan as a Totem, by Jude Chi

Black Swan, a Wikimedia file, from Joseph C Boone. By CC SA 4.0



Animal Totem Message :: The Black Swan


The presence of a Black Swan, in visions, as an animal messenger and as a totem, presents us with various considerations; and as in the case of most totem animals, some positive, and some less so. Firstly, it alludes to a creature that is unusual amongst its species, that leaves one perplexed as to why it even exists, in a sense (this concept will be elaborated on further in, under the heading "Displacement"). Yet once the existence of said species is understood and accepted, its great beauty and uniqueness, and its specific qualities and traits, can be appreciated in full. So when we see this bird, one of the primary messages we can take from it, is that we are to appreciate who we are, even when we feel like odd woman or man out amongst the many.

Within that message is contained another--that if at first people do not see your strength, competency, and formidability within your field or circumstance, leave them come to their senses and learn the truth of you, and in time they will.

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Red Eyes, Red Bill


The bill of the black swan is red, and so are its eyes; these things in and of themselves speak volumes. The red eyes can be seen as alarm at what it sees, and its red bill alludes to serious communications, or alarming ones. If we relate this to the black swan's message to us, it tells us that an individual stands out from others when they perceive things that cause alarm and speak out on them; or alternatively, that a whistle will be blown, as it were. Conversely, at times these same traits suggest that a person may receive a message of something unsettling that has happened, and that it will be life changing to hear.


Displacement


As already touched upon, the black swan can present a message of displacement. It is extremely uncommon, but you can see a black swan the rare odd time, amongst white swans. It is a sight to behold. And if one does not know that black swans are in fact their own species, it seems like a big blunder of nature indeed, to have one amongst white swans.

It makes one wonder how swans perceive the one with different traits, and if they treat it differently than they do others more visually like themselves. Maybe they do, maybe not, but one message to be gleaned here, is that when an individual is amongst those they differ from, by culture, tradition, beliefs, or physical appearance or whatever, that they stand out, and also that they will be prone towards feeling as if they stand out or as if they are treated differently in some way...

And this is normal to feel, but there is no way to measure accuracy of such feelings. If one could measure accurately, should anything be done? Probably not, as surely there would be a tendency towards diminishing authenticity of self in creating change in this sense. The best one can do therefore, is to not place any emphasis on such feelings.

Black Swan Family, a Wikimedia file, by Sérgio Valle DuarteBy CC SA 4.0


Different Color of Offspring


A black swan has offspring that are of a different color than itself. In this context the message is that a person appears to be in charge of something they should not be in charge of, which could be a child, a project, a business, or you name it. It can hint at anomalies in hierarchy or in ancestry in instances.

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In Relationships


The black swan sticks with one chosen mate, and thus speaks of loyalty to its kind and of being at peace with someone much like itself, within a relationship. And more significantly than with most other birds or animals the males of this species pair homosexually, and in cases females do. Multiple messages can be conveyed by these things, mostly obvious ones, so take from them what you will.

As well, the black swan after breeding loses its feathers and has to stay in one place. This provides another of its less comforting messages--feeling confined to a relationship, or to an area or circumstance due to being engaged in one. But it's only a passing phase, and every experience is an opportunity to learn; before you know it you'll be free to fly again.


In Parenting


Largely the black swan is a parent like any. But when weather conditions are less than ideally humid for them on dryer lands, they will abandon their young. Thus another message to be gleaned, is that in a given situation, one ideally should not depend on their parents to be there for them.


Exotic Beauty


When one feels as if they are rebuked or vastly underappreciated or misunderstood, these feelings may (once again) be erroneous. People may stare at someone. And they may in fact be staring without judgment, or because someone is unique looking, and or perhaps because they are captivatingly beautiful. But if it keeps on happening, the person getting those looks may develop a complex just the same, because this is the nature of humans. Thus in this case, the message of the black swan tells us that we are to know and value our Self, our beauty, our truth, our everything, because even when we are not like others, we have a central truth, that we came here on a mission to use.

As for being misunderstood, when people have a profound message, it is often the case that others do not understand, or perhaps resist understanding their message. That people do not understand is something that one must accept and move beyond as they work to create change and improvement in this world--which seems to be a predominant underlying message of the black swan.

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Against the Odds


The term "Black Swan," refers to an event that defies the odds. We want to change this world for the better, and when working to create improvement in a given area and the odds seem stacked against anyone who tries; the black swan urges you to keep on going, no matter what appearances dictate.


Creating Change


These birds were originally found only in Australia, and were introduced to other lands, where their populations set in. Them having remained in lands they were introduced to, is a demonstration of the black swan's ability to create change in this world, and to survive despite hardship.


Aggressiveness


The black swan is more aggressive than the white swan, and is not beyond using this trait to get what it wants or needs. As a totem message, it suggest one of two things--if you are being timid, it is not serving you as well as baring your teeth and flexing your muscles might. If you are being aggressive on the other hand, such behavior is not going to help you in your current circumstance.


Summary


When it feels like the chips are down because you are a "black swan"--not like everyone else, remember that whatever it is that sets you apart, is a significant part of your strength. The black swan is seen as an enchanting beauty, largely because most swans are white. Your special beauty lies within, and your special beauty lies without, it's all part and parcel of the same concept.

Beautiful messages indeed, supplied by the black swan.


~ Jude Chi

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Describing the Mandela Effect, by Jude Chi



Subtitle: From Nelson Mandela to CERN--The Mandela Effect 


Many have heard of, or have used the term "the Mandela Effect"; but in a world concentrated with ideas and busy-nesses of all kinds, and given that few are aware enough to consider metaphysical events as genuine--in all likelihood more have not heard of it or have tuned it out completely. The time has come for us to use our eyes and ears, and pay attention to what's happening. The intent of this author, is to present this blog post in a way that even a die hard skeptic is given reason to believe that the Mandela Effect could be a real thing. Multiple links have been provided to pages of a specific website, as that's where there's a true wealth of information to be found. This blog is in no way affiliated with that site (Mandela Effect .com).

Now and without further ado, let's examine what the Mandela Effect is.


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Defining the Mandela Effect


One could describe the Mandela Effect as a phenomenon where a person remembers a historical event clearly enough to be certain of what they remember, yet those around them hold a different memory version of said event. To elaborate though, it is not just one individual with the alternate memory, there is a division, or let's say a ratio, of how many people hold a specific memory version of the event. And to simplify for conversational purposes, people tend to say that the ratio is 50/50--but this is a chosen ratio representation not an actual one, as it seems logical enough to apply it in this way.

It should be said, that people holding a commonality of viewpoint as it applies to the Mandela Effect, do not need to mutually belong to a set group or hold any specific strain of beliefs--which is to say that there is no reason for them to be prone towards holding the same viewpoint, or even differing ones for that matter. Generally, as discussions on this topic tend to go, only two sets of memories (and of course, each aligns with its respective reality) are referred to--the currently provable one, and an alternate one. But it stands to reason that in time the layers being peeled back will reveal more of how it works, and may show even more alternate realities to potentially be presenting.


Where Did the Term Originate From?


The term came into being in 2009, at Dragon Con, which is the second largest Sci-fi convention in the USA. In breaks between activities a group of attendees, including Fiona Broome (founder of the Mandela Effect website), began discussing how a significant amount of people recall Nelson Mandela dying before his actual death. And as the discussion evolved, they applied the term to simplify; it soon became the societally preferred term for the topic matter at hand.


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How Do We Know it's a Real Thing, and Not Just Misremembering?


Though there is no way to know for certain, what one will discover when looking into this, is that individuals engaging in discussions on the Mandela Effect are standardly certain beyond any shadow of doubt as to what they saw. Certainly that's not proof, but at the same time, the phenomenon is happening more and more. And furthermore, at times evidence to support alternate memories and their corresponding realities arises; not often though, as it seems that as we move back and forth between realities, evidence of any other reality than the one we are in, is deleted accordingly by the universe (or whoever/whatever). But at times this is for some reason not the case.


Why Do So Many Recoil Upon Discussing It?


This is an interesting point indeed... Maybe you've heard of the "blind effect." It's where a person is presented with information, or even proof, that is from outside of their personal belief set or outside of their faith, or is beyond what their logic, intellect, etc., allows them to believe--and as a result they pull down a mental blind of sorts that blocks them to accepting and/or discussing it. This is something that will arise again and again when discussing the Mandela Effect, because so many do not want to deal with matters metaphysical, mystical, and not "scientific" enough for their respective belief set.


Why This Article?


This author recently had two back to back Mandela Effect experiences. First, a repeat birthday. Maybe that doesn't translate well, so allow me to explain. Last year I turned 56. This year on my birthday, again I turn 56. Age is a very surreal concept to me, thus each year I calculate--I've done this for decades. Imagine my horror, when the calculator showed me that again I will turn 56 this year... there is no way to encapsulate the feeling into words. Think of just how that would work; it defies logic as we know it on every level. How could it calculate differently into a new year? The second experience was as strange, if not stranger...

I was buying a set of items on eBay. As I went through the checkout it was made clear that shipping would be combined. But after the transaction was completed the record showed that no shipping discount had been applied. I spoke to the seller, and he was telling me he was looking at proof the discount had been applied. He would not speak sense, or so it seemed, as I was looking at proof it had not been applied--and even spoke to an eBay agent that confirmed it. But later when I looked, it had been applied. Then I looked again later on yet, as the conversation between us was ongoing and there was a significant delay between his responses; and at that point it did not show. The proof, was literally there but not there at the same time (his reality vs. mine), then there and then gone again. In the end it was there (meaning that it returned one more time) and I decided to not look anymore, as it was literally shaking me up. Rather than give it any negative thought energy, it was decided that I'd make an informative post inspired by it.


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What Examples Do You Have of the Mandela Effect?


A suitable first example, would be the one this phenomenon is named after--the death of Nelson Mandela. He died December 5th, 2013. However, when the news of his death was released, some were shocked as it was remembered by many that he had died somewhere within the eighties and nineties. Rather than me excavating any deeper into that, you can read more about it on a conversational thread concerning it, here.

Then there is the Star Wars C3PO anomaly; half remember him back in the day being entirely gold in color, whereas now commonly found references show him with a silver leg. Furthermore it's claimed that many of the silver leg pictures of him are based upon 1970s works, and that he's always been that way. Coincidentally, there's another example of the Mandela Effect at work in the same movie. It's a commonly used quote--where Darth Vader says "Luke, I am your father." But now, the movie says "No, I am your father." Even James Earl Jones has stated in at least one interview, that the first version is the one in the Star Wars script.

And speaking of movies, here's another example... in the James Bond movie "Moonraker," the clip depicts Dolly sans braces. However, many remember Dolly with braces in that scene.

Next, some remember the color chartreuse being yellow-green. However, others remember chartreuse as being a burgundy red color. This to me is very peculiar, as I can't imagine chartreuse being anything other than a yellow-green.

How Many Landed on the Moon? This one boggles the mind. To date, it is historically held that there have been six moon landings. Many recall only one, and strangely enough, one interview with Neil deGrasse Tyson (shown in the video below), confirms the "just one" theory. Think of the magnitude of this as evidence of the truth of this phenomenon!




And too, an island disappeared--Sandy Island, a small island that was not far from New Caledonia. It was referred to on older maps, that still can be found today. There are even residual records of it to be found on Google search. Its coordinates were: 19.2 degrees S,  159.93 degrees E. The island was said to be about the size of Manhattan. Not too long ago a group of researchers went to the area where the island was shown by Google coordinates to be, and there was nothing but water there. Look at the latter part of this video to see more on this.

The examples of the Mandela Effect that are most riveting, are that entire land masses have relocated. A while after discovering that Sandy Island disappeared, I fell upon the fact that Sri Lanka, Japan, and New Zealand also appear to have moved; but the array of land masses understood to have moved are not limited to these ones. On the conversational thread you'll find via the link above, you will see that many claim to have knowledge of where certain land masses were, and you can see via Google, that they are no longer where said individuals claim they were. I'd add my two cents, but admit that geography is one of my shortcomings.


What's Behind the Mandela Effect?


This is something that currently cannot be answered. Some say it's caused by scientists at CERN, with their large hadron collider experiments. The theory goes, that the foundation that our universe is built on cannot withstand such radical adjustment of its basic particles. Others say that we are being manipulated by world governments, and that all of our current reality is false and that occasionally we get glimpses of the truth. Some say that world governments manage the goings on at CERN, and that CERN exists, at least in part, to manage our reality. There are other opinions as well, and as already touched upon, one is that to many this whole topic is a lot of people with faulty memories making much ado about nothing.

One Facebook friend (thanks Dylan Tyler Grant) suggested to me that these reality glitches are one of the initial signs of a higher level of awareness emerging within an individual, and also within the populace... and that in time individuals experiencing them will perceive multiple realities at the same time. Only time will tell, one way or the other. And though it's veering a tad bit off topic, the same friend suggested that the multiple timelines presenting are foundational to what happens next, which is that the global populace will be divided and segregated by frequency, to their own respective reality or realities. While considering this point I stumbled across a thread where people tossed around the idea of the Mandela Effect being relative to ascension--at the footer of this page in the comments section. Oh yes, and another thing commonly theorized to be the cause, is time travel.

It should be pointed out though, that even though there's some pretty damning evidence available that the Mandela Effect is a real thing, many examples of it that are shared around could honestly be attributed to faulty memory or faulty perception. Two prime examples of this are both Sally Field ones. It is said that it appears her name was at one point Sally Fields, but this is a common error with such names, and even professional writers and announcers make such mistakes. As for her being quoted as saying "you really, really like me"; that sounds far better than what she actually said. Thus it's easy to see how some would replace the more awkward wording she used (["and I can't deny the fact that] ...you like me; right now, you like me"), with their preferred wording as they paraphrased and quoted her. Yet alternatively, it could be a true example of the Mandela Effect in action.



As for what causes the Mandela Effect--this author personally, offers no opinion one way or the other and suggests that if you're interested to do some poking around of your own. But on another note, as I was tying up the loose ends in posting this piece, a friend of mine made an offhand remark that is quite true... when the Mandela Effect is discussed on Facebook, there appears to be a tendency for people to ignore the fact that someone or something would have to be behind the wheel, if it's a bonafide thing as so many believe it to be. Ack, maybe it's just a way to avoid being labelled a nut or a conspiracy theorist. Or even, discussing it online like that, maybe they fear being watched.

In conclusion--if you discover anything interesting on this, please come back and share your findings in the comments section below.

~ Jude Chi

Monday, September 24, 2018

The Beginning Magician; Part III, Lesson 2 :: Basic Rituals

Magickal forest ritual

Beginnings in Magick :: Rituals, Lesson 2


by Adam K


Moving on now to Lesson 2. So, some may ask--"aren't there rituals in magick?" Yes. And in fact, there are even rituals that are done in preparation for magick. One such ritual is called the Lesser Banishing Ritual of the Pentagram, or the LBRP. There are many versions of this ritual--the variation chosen generally depends on the tradition of the individual or group performing it. For our purposes, we will stick to the version The Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn used, and which Crowley used for quite some time himself.

Crowley made a case for the LBRP in his Notes of the Pentagram. In that writing, he said:
Every man has a natural fortress within himself, the Soul impregnable. ...Besides this central citadel, man also has outerworks, the Aura. ...It is the duty of every person to see that his Aura is in good condition. There are two main methods for doing this. The first is by a performance two or three times daily of the Banishing Ritual of the Pentagram. Its main point is to establish in the Astral, four Pentagrams, one in each quarter; and two Hexagrams, one above, the other below, thus enclosing the Magician, as it were, in a consecrated box. It also places in his Aura the Divine Names invoked.**

Then, in his writing Liber Aleph, he says:
Neglect not the Performance of the Ritual of the Pentagram and of the Assumption of the Form of Hoor-pa-Kraat.**

And in The Palace of the World, he says:
Those who regard this ritual as a mere device to invoke or banish spirits, are unworthy to possess it. Properly understood, it is the Medicine of Metals and the Stone of the Wise.**


Directions :: The LBRP Ritual 


Clearly though, the ritual is quite basic and fundamental. Crowley saw it as having paramount import and significance for any practicing magician. Hence, it is the one most often taught throughout western magick traditions. It is also found in various forms within each tradition that embraces it, due to the ease with which each magician can adjust names and visualizations to suit their tastes. Here is offered a version as near to the original as is possible; it can be found in Liber O.

1. Touching the forehead, say/vibrate - Ateh (Unto Thee).
2. Touching the breast, vibrate - Malkuth (The Kingdom).
3. Touching the right shoulder, vibrate - ve-Geburah (and the Power).
4. Touching the left shoulder, vibrate - ve-Gedulah (and the Glory).
5. Clasping the hands upon the breast, vibrate - le-Olahm, Amen (To the Ages, Amen).

6. Turning to the East, make a pentagram (that of Earth. Read farther down the page for further detail) with the proper weapon--usually the wand. Vibrate - I H V H.  (pronunciation guide offered below.)
7. Turning to the South, the same--make a pentagram, but vibrate - A D N I.
8. Turning to the West, the same, but vibrate - A H I H.
9. Turning to the North, the same, but vibrate - A G L A.
(Pronounce: IHVH, Yeh-ho-vah [others say Yod Heh Vau Heh]; ADNI, Ad-oh-nye; AHIH, Eh-heh-yeh; AGLA, Ahg-lah.)

Turning back to the East now, extending the arms in a way that renders your body into the form of a Cross, say:
10. Before me Raphael;
11. Behind me Gabriel;
12. On my right hand Michael;
13. On my left hand Auriel;
14. For about me flames the Pentagram,
15. And in the Column stands the six-rayed Star.


Sharing a Variation and Further Details


There is a variant, however slight in its ways, that I prefer and which I will discuss, as well as presenting the relevant visualizations the magician should be forming at each turn of the ritual. There are also details about movement, posture, and so forth that were not included in the above material which will prove useful to the magician who has no visual reference for the LBRP, that will be included below. So to summarize, the above was a bare bones yet commonly accepted version of the LBRP, but now we move on to something we can really sink our teeth into--offering details that will allow you to intensify the strength of your ritual.

An important thing to note is the direction of movement around the ritual working space. Generally, rituals are performed within a circle, and movement is usually either deosil (clockwise) or widdershins (counter-clockwise). Normally any banishing work is done with movement in a widdershins fashion, while deosil movement is used to invoke. However, movement in the standard LBRP is widdershins, which may seem counterproductive until you consider that you are in fact calling forth powerful entities (invoking) to guard the four quarters. It is the drawing of the Earth Pentagram at each quarter that does the actual work of banishing.


This leads us to the next issue: How does one perform the Earth Pentagram? 


This is done from a standing position similar to that of military attention. Begin with feet together, legs and back straight, eyes forward, hands at your sides. You may use a weapon (wand or ritual dagger), or otherwise simply use your hand. Place the thumb of your right hand between your index and middle finger as you make a fist (this is a phallic symbol). Move your right hand (still in the phallic shape) to a position forward from you and about eighteen inches in front of your left thigh with your arm fully extended. This is the bottom left-most point of your pentagram, the point which corresponds to the element of Earth. Keeping your arm straight, trace a line up to a place just above your line of sight, about eighteen inches in front of your forehead. This point corresponds to the element of Spirit.

From there, trace a line to a point forward from you and about eighteen inches in front of your right thigh. This is the point that corresponds to Fire. Next trace a line to a point forward from you and eighteen inches in front of your left shoulder. This is the point that corresponds to Air. Then trace a line straight across, to a point forward from you and eighteen inches in front of your right shoulder. This is the point corresponding to Water. And finally, trace a line back to where you started, the point of the element of Earth, to complete the Pentagram. Practice this pattern until you can form a flawless pentagram every time. This, the Earth Pentagram, will be the same pentagram you will use for each quarter of your banishing ritual.


The Sign of the Enterer


You must also learn to perform the Sign of the Enterer. This is performed by standing at attention in the beginning, with the exception that the right foot is turned to the right at ninety degrees, and with the right heel against the left insole. If you look down at your feet, you should see that they form a capital letter T, turned so that the top of the letter is to the left and the trunk of the letter is extending to the right. With your hands starting at your sides, raise them straight up to the sides of your head, fingers pointing forward. Then take a large step forward with your left foot (about one whole shoulder width) while thrusting your hands out together, palms down, until your arms are extended directly in front of you. Your right foot will turn and you will raise your right heel about an inch or two from the ground as you lean into this motion.

While your arms are extending, you will be saying one of four god names, depending on where you are in the ritual. Do not just say the name, but vibrate it, intone it, allowing your whole body to feel the vibration and power of the name flowing through you. Intone the name fully until you have exhaled all of your breath, then draw yourself back to the starting position with your feet in the Tau Cross T form again. As you do so, drop your left hand back to your side but bring your right hand up to your lips, in a fist except with your forefinger extended and touched to your lips in what is called the Sign of Silence, which is in this instance essentially a sign within a sign. Then drop your hand back to your side. You will perform this action four times in the course of the ritual, each time accompanying the Earth Pentagram.



So let's begin with the extended version...


You will need a space where you plan to regularly perform your rituals and magick, if possible. The space should be large enough to accommodate your ritual circle, which is typically a circle with a nine foot diameter. If a space this large isn't possible, don't worry. For now, you can make do with what is available. The complete version of this ritual will include your ritual weapons, candles, an actual drawn or painted circle, an altar, and so on. But this version will only require you, your working space, if possible a robe or outfit you only use for these purposes, and your creative visualization skills.


The Qabalistic Cross


Begin at the center of your circle, facing east, standing at attention. Visualize yourself growing, expanding, extending in all directions, and growing taller until you are tall enough to see over the horizon in all directions, tall enough to look down over entire cities. Continue to grow and expand until you are looking down upon the entire expanse of the earth, until you have grown beyond the orbit of the moon, beyond the orbit of the planets, beyond the limits of the galaxy, beyond the known limits of time and space, and yet know that your feet are still firmly planted on the ground beneath you. From a distance immeasurable and a time that is not time, an infinitely distant and small point of light, infinitely white and infinitely pure will come to you. This point will expand as it grows nearer, until it rests just over your head.

When you can see that cloud of energy clearly resting there, reach up with your right hand, in the phallic symbolistic shape we described above, and touch it with the part of your thumb that extends between your index and middle fingers. Draw your fist back down to touch your forehead about one inch up from the point directly between your eyes, drawing a thread of energy from the sphere down with the motion. Upon touching your forehead, vibrate the word ATEH! Draw your fist (and the line of pure energy) down to your Solar Plexus. As you touch your Heart Chakra, vibrate the name AIWASS! Note: Aiwass is the Holy Guardian Angel (HGA) of Aleister Crowley and the minister of Hoor-pa-Kraat. If you are not a practicing Thelemite you may skip this part of the ritual and instead extend the line to your groin in the next segment. Or, if you know the name of your HGA, you may substitute that name for AIWASS.

Now draw your fist down to extend the line of energy to your groin. As you vibrate the word MALKUTH there, visualize the line of pure white, vibrant energy extending infinitely both above and below you. Then bring your fist up to your right shoulder and touch your thumb to it as you vibrate VE- GEBURAH! Visualize a bit of the pure white light gathering at your thumb and forming a point at your shoulder. Now draw your thumb across to your left shoulder, extending a line of pure white energy from your right shoulder through the vertical infinite pillar of light right at your Solar Plexus and on to your left shoulder. As you touch your left shoulder, vibrate VE-GEDULAH! As you vibrate the word, imagine the line of energy now extending infinitely to your left and right, forming a perfect beam; the result is that you've created a cross formed of energy. Now open your right hand and bring it back to the center and press your two hands together in front of your chest as if in prayer, and vibrate the phrase LE-OLAHM AMEN! Lower your hands back to your sides and feel the power of the light within you, and radiating from you through the crossed pillars.


You have completed the first Qabalistic Cross for the LBRP. Now we shall move on to the rest of the ritual.


Step forward to the East Quarter of your circle. Stand at attention one step from the edge and form the Earth Pentagram. As you are tracing the pentagram, visualize it being drawn in a line of blue flame. Each of the pentagrams in each quarter will be formed of this blue flame. At this point, perform the Sign of the Enterer. As your arms thrust forward, push them through the center of the pentagram and vibrate the god-name YEH-HO-VAH! See the pentagram launch into the East Quarter. Step back, and as you perform the Sign of Silence, visualize the form of a great pillar of smoke, like that pillar which led the Israelites out of Egypt. This is the vision of YHVH.

From the Sign of Silence, drop your right hand back to your side, then lift it back up again as the phallic fist into the center of the pentagram and use it to draw a curved line of blue energy as you walk from the East Quarter around the perimeter to the South Quarter. The blue line of energy will form along the perimeter. In the South Quarter, repeat all that you did in the East, with the exception that here you will vibrate ADONAI! And along with the Sign of Silence you will visualize the pillar of fire that stood between the Israelites and the Egyptians by night. This is the vision of Adonai.

Repeat the previous steps again, moving to the West Quarter, and as you perform the Sign of the Enterer vibrate the name EH-HEH-YEH! Visualize the Burning Bush that Moses met on the Mount. This is the vision of AHIH (I AM THAT I AM). Now perform all this again as you move to the North Quarter. Here vibrate AH-GAH-LAH! Visualize the finger of flame carving the tablets of Law for Moses. This is the vision of AGLA (Atah Gibor Le-olam Adonai, or “You, O Lord, are mighty forever”).

Finally, continue to draw a blue flaming line back around to the center of the pentagram you previously made in the East Quarter. From here, return to the center of your circle and face East at attention once again.

From here, step your feet out to a distance roughly twice shoulder width, and extend your arms directly out from your sides to form the shape of a pentagram with your body. Visualize a blue flaming line that starts at your left foot, moves up to your head, down to your right foot, up to your left hand, across to your right hand, and back down to your left foot. This symbolizes you as a star in the universe, unique and individual, yet part of the greater whole--one with the All.

Now vibrate these words as you create the visualization following them: RAPHAEL before me. (Visualize before you, and just beyond the Pentagram in the East, a masculine but slender being in saffron yellow and white robes, with long flowing light blond hair blowing gently and majestically in the wind. He has a dagger, the weapon of Air, and the handle is a bright yellow. He displays great skill in the use of this weapon, flowing through various movements that remind you of the flow of the wind through the valleys of the world. He has great wings, the wings of a grand eagle, white and powerful. His eyes are a sky blue, and in them you see life and movement. The sky behind him is the sky of an early morning sunrise.)

Vibrate: GABRIEL behind me. (Visualize behind you and beyond the Pentagram in the West, a somewhat androgynous being in slowly undulating and flowing royal and ocean blue robes, with sandy blonde hair flowing as if under water. The being has a beautiful cup, a grail, moulded and shaped in a flowing fashion, and lightly bejeweled with gems that recall the great seas. It overflows with the purest and coolest of waters, refreshing just to see; soothing and healing in nature. The being's feet are upon the surface of an ocean of water as far as the eye can see in all directions, and the sky is a raging storm but beautiful to behold nonetheless. The being is clearly, like the other beings, an angel, but more clearly so than you have ever imagined. The angel has great swan wings, white and hinting at blue. The belt and sandals of the being are adorned with silver and are magnificently flowing in their design. The angel's eyes are a liquid blue.)

Vibrate: On my right hand, MICHAEL. (Visualize an incredibly masculine, powerfully built being just beyond the pentagram in the South. He--and it is clearly a he--is adorned in a vibrant, embroidered red tabard over magnificent steel armor. His hair is dark, short, and an interesting mixture of discipline and wildness can be seen in it. Alternately, he may have a sword of flame or a rod of carefully crafted iron; the sword, one of a commander of great forces; the rod, one of a powerful but just ruler. He displays great martial skill with both, in forms of movement that remind one of a powerful lion or dragon in full combat splendor. His skin is like burnished brass, and he has burning eyes and flaming red wings like those of a massive eagle. His gaze is full of barely contained action, ready to burst forth with controlled chaos in service of order.)

Vibrate: And on my left hand, AURIEL. (Visualize, just beyond the pentagram in the North, a feminine form in a hooded robe of blackest black, held closed by a belt of earthen brown, and holding a shield in the form of a disk divided into four colors--olive, citrine, russet, and black--representative of the Kingdom of Earth. Both despite of and because of the being's feminine and unquestionably female form, a unique strength and immovability is seen in her, a resoluteness--a stubbornness some might say, like that of a mother protecting her young. Her form is curved and powerful, like sculpted granite, but her face is hidden behind the darkness of the hood. Nonetheless her raven black hair spills forth from the hood. Her skill with the shield is displayed, and clearly it is more than a defensive weapon, as her skill is amazonian in scale. Her wings are like those of a raven or a great crow, absorbing all light yet still shimmering with hidden energy, hinting at the stability found in change and vice versa. Behind and all around her are mountains and rocky terrain, all of it clearly covered at the peaks in the snows of the north. Behind the hood, her eyes can be seen glowing like lava in the depths of the darkness.)

Say: For I am the Flaming Pentagram in the Column of The Six Rayed Star! (While saying these words with forceful power, visualize a great hexagram forming to the edges of your circle, and see that hexagram extend above your head by nine feet, creating another hexagram within a circle there, and thus a column within which you stand, blazing as the Star you are. As this happens visualize your four angelic guardians turning to face outward, each taking a battle ready stance, and each extending their wings to touch wingtip to wingtip with the angels on either side.)

You are now within the protected space of your circle, where all energy except that which you create in your magical workings is banished and you are protected on all sides by the beings you called forth. It is in this space that you can freely work with your magick, and perform whatever rituals you see fit to perform.

Once you have completed whatever work you have set to complete, you shall then end the circle by performing the Qabalistic Cross once again, this time closing the energetic columns down rather than activating them.

The LBRP is complete.


Keep your eyes peeled for upcoming segments of this "Lessons in Magick" series, that are currently in the works.

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**(Quotes reference: Thelemapedia.org)


Links to Other Parts of This Series
The Preamble, Part I :: How to Become a Magician
Part II, Lesson One :: Elementary Level Knowledge
Part III, Lesson Two :: Basic Rituals (this page)
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A relevant video link, by Blazing Star O.T.O.

Friday, September 14, 2018

Magickal Properties of Crabgrass

Crabgrass, a magickal herb. Image is a Wikimedia file.
The uploader was Richard Arthur Norton, at English Wikipedia.

Crabgrass in Magick


Article by J.C.

Herb name: Crabgrass
Family name: Grass
Element: Air
Gender: Male
Planetary attribution: Uranus
Deities: Osiris, Ares, Jupiter, "God"
Scientific name: Digitaria
Etymology: the root word "crab" once had a meaning of "malignant and cancerous"; this meaning is now obsolete.



Crabgrass, it's a weed (well most varieties are), and a weed by any other name is still a weed. But can a weed--or more specifically, can crabgrass, be used in magick?  Yes it can!  And it may seem bizarre to use a weed in magick, but imagine if it could be harvested and sold for big bucks, then everyone would soon be made aware of its magickal and metaphysical properties...

This information was brought to my attention by an entity that came to me. He said that when one desires to meet a certain goal and needs to put themselves ahead of the pack in order to do so,  this is an herb of choice. Not only that, it has another major magickal power--for those that struggle due to being unique in the way that they are--that they are not like sheep and are more like goats or black sheep, this herb is a power herb for them. Being unique is part of their power, and this herb will help them harness their powers and be more at peace in a world not entirely ready for them.

Crabgrass is a beneficial herb for global and societal improvement magick. Thus when one is doing magick to move away from corruption, poor economy, for governmental change, or for humanitarian reasons... this herb should be on their list of tools.

Da'ath and Void Magick

Furthermore, magick related to the sphere of Da'ath will also be enhanced by crabgrass. Why? Because crabgrass exists one season, and into the next season there is a large vacancy (void) left where it was. It is that very void that allows it to thrive in that next season. Though Da'ath is technically not a void, it can easily be symbolically represented by one. *And of course to cross the Abyss one must deal with Da'ath, which is not the Abyss but is in it. So then, metaphorically speaking, Da'ath is crabgrass within the void patch of the Abyss. 

Weeds are only weeds when they are interfering or encroaching. Knowledge is the same way, and without being understood it is absolutely useless. But with understanding, knowledge is powerful indeed. Those who judiciously apply their knowledge and wisdom, are the truly powerful--again metaphorically like crabgrass in a sense, but in a positive light this time (thank you to Adam K, for sharing this wise observation [from point of asterisk]). Along this same vein, crabgrass heightens disintegration magick, and also banishing magick, and any magick relative to a void, or creating one in any way.

How to use it: the simplest way, is to get a tealight burner with adjustable-height tray. Cut your harvested crabgrass small and burn it in the tray. You can of course also use an electric incense burner, can burn it loose atop charcoal, or can make your own incense from it if that rings your bell. You can even burn it atop lit incense cones. Alternatively you can make an oil of crabgrass and anoint candles, or burn it as an oil on charcoal. Just keep in mind that burning it loose or as an oil, it should be combined with more fragrant but complementary herbs or resins. Cinnamon is but one good choice, dragon's blood is another. In banishing magick, combine it with asafoetida, for a most powerful combination.

Meditations: you can meditate with crabgrass too, on these same general topics.

Monday, August 27, 2018

The Beginning Magician :: Part II Lesson 1 by Adam K.

Forest magick
Magick in the woods


The Beginning Magician; Lesson 1: What is Magick?


by Adam K.


Seriously, though... what is magick? Because surely this would be a helpful thing to know before one begins a study of it, right?

Crowley defined magick as “the Science and Art of causing Change in conformity with Will.” This doesn't just apply to metaphysical things, but also to one's everyday acts of conscious will. But how does it apply? 

Well, here is an example, which is this author's standby as it's so concise. Say that you have the goal of losing fat and gaining muscle. Obviously your goal may be more precisely defined, but for our purposes this will suffice. In order to accomplish this goal, one must dedicate to a change in habits and behaviors that are conducive to a change in oneself and/or one's environment. This requires one to have a will strong enough to remain dedicated to such changes.

But then let's say said individual also has the desire to eat jelly donuts and chocolate chip cookies like they are going out of style. Obviously, that sort of desire is going to be in conflict with the fitness and health goals they've set. Magick in this case is changing oneself in accordance with one's will, and being able to do so despite the contradictory desires one is facing.


Will is Dual Aspected


In the above example we can also see an illustration of two types of desire. One is the desire we call the will. It is action. The other is the desire of impulse; it is reaction. Thus for practicality of purpose, one's will and one's desires will thus be seen as two different things. In order to perform magick successfully, one must learn to harmonize one's desires with one's will. If this cannot be done, then one must choose between accomplishing the goals of one's will and simply doing whatever one wants at any given moment. In the words of Liber AL vel Legis, the primary holy book of Thelema, “Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law.” This means to do your will, and not to just do whatever you want. And that, my friends, is Magick.

Magick
This concept we call will is central to the practice of magick, and more so to the concept of Thelema. In fact, Thelema is Greek for Will. It is one's will, rather than one's belief or faith, that fuels magick. In fact, like gravity or any other natural phenomenon, magick doesn't require faith to work. It requires only willed action. The proof that magick works is its success. As Liber AL says, “Success is thy proof...” The magician has no convenient excuse if his magick stalls. He cannot say that a lack of faith is why one fails, as is the excuse for why prayers so often go unanswered.

Oddly, it does require a great deal of faith to believe magick does not work. That, coupled with a tendency to put no real effort into the task of performing or practicing magick, will guarantee failure. Like any task, if you don't perform properly or to completion, you will not get the desired results. If you want your magick to work, you must actually do the work!
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While that may seem simple enough, it tends not to be so easy. It should come as no surprise that if will is the key to magick, one should develop exceptional willpower in order to more readily succeed. Try to see will and willpower as separate but related things. The will is that which is to be accomplished. Willpower is the driving force and determination--the power, necessary to get it done.

There are a number of ways to strengthen one's willpower, and, naturally, they are not easy. We will attempt here to describe one method of accomplishing this task in a fairly straightforward fashion. We'll launch straight into the solution in the next section.


What are Pranayama and Asana, and how can they help with magick? 


These two terms come from yoga. Pranayama can loosely and poorly be defined as the yogic control of the breath. Asana can also loosely and poorly be defined as proper posture. While these can be simple, they are, like magick, not so easily mastered. It is this simplicity which makes them a fantastic way to strengthen one's willpower, however. So here we will give a rather simple, straightforward routine for doing just that.

Meditation
Crowley once proclaimed in Yoga for Yahoos, Fourth Lecture, Asana and Pranayama, that he had once reduced the whole doctrine of Yoga to this simple phrase: “Sit still. Stop thinking. Shut up. Get out!” That does pretty much sum the whole thing up. So we will start with a simple asana called God Posture, because sitting still is what this one is all about.

A chair will be needed that allows the feet to be flat on the ground with the inner ankles and big toes just barely touching one another. The forelegs should be flat to the chair as well, with the knees together. The back should be straight as if at attention, with the elbows tucked in at one's sides. The hands should be laying palms down and flat on the corresponding thighs, fingers and thumbs together as in a military salute. The head should be facing directly forward and slightly tilted up. The mouth should be closed, and the eyes should be focused on a point just above the horizon. Picture the manner in which Egyptian gods are often portrayed as sitting and you will get the idea. And there you have the reason it is called God Posture.

A simple yet effective breathing exercise that can be used as a sort of beginner pranayama is this. While seated in God Posture, with the mouth closed and the tongue sealed against the roof of the mouth, slowly and steadily inhale for a count of a full two seconds. Fill the lungs from the bottom to the top. Then, exhale slowly and completely for a count of four seconds, this also from the bottom to the top. Do this for sixty seconds without moving any part of your body, maintaining your visual focus on the spot in front of you and above your horizon while emptying your mind of all other thoughts except “breathe.” After the first sixty seconds, begin inhaling for four seconds and exhaling for eight seconds in the same way as before. While breathing, try to do so without making any sound. Just breathe calmly, smoothly, and evenly.

If it helps, use a metronome to keep the count for the breathing exercise. Metronome apps can be downloaded for free on most devices. The amount of time spent on this exercise should progressively increase as the practice of it moves forward. A recommendation would be to do it for ten minutes a day for one week, then increase the time spent in the posture one minute per week until one hour can be spent in the posture with proper breath control and a complete lack of movement. It can be guaranteed that a great deal of willpower is required to accomplish this.

It is advisable to keep a journal of progress in this and all other practices throughout the magical journey. This allows one to gauge progress and results in a more efficient, scientific fashion. The following is an example of how to keep such a journal.


What is a Magical Diary, and how do you keep one? 


The Magical Diary or journal, whatever you prefer to call it, is a record of your daily magical practices, your dreams, and all the things that directly or indirectly may affect you practices. These things may include, but are not limited to, the weather, foods and liquids consumed, the time of day, moon phase, your emotions, the ritual or action performed, an objective description of how well or poorly you performed, the results of your performance, and so on. Each entry should indicate the date, day, and time of the entry. There exists a vast variety of instructions for how to keep a journal of this kind, and many are actually quite good. I would recommend one called Aleister Crowley and the Practice of the Magical Diary by the author James Wasserman, who is a respected member of the Ordo Templi Orientis, a primarily Thelemic magical order.
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In the opening of every issue of Crowley's periodical, The Equinox, there is the phrase “The Method of Science, the Aim of Religion**.” This means that a scientific methodology is used to arrive at the results hoped for in religion. Part of that methodology involves the keeping of clear and detailed records of one's experiences within magical practices; it should be clear why the keeping of a journal of this nature is important. Furthermore, it is recommended for one to gain a clear understanding of scientific methodology. In short, the steps of the scientific method are as follows:

1. Ask a question for which you desire an answer.
2. Do background research relevant to the question.
3. Construct a hypothesis that explains what outcome you believe will result, meaning what you believe the answer to your question will ultimately be.
4. Test the hypothesis with experimentation.
5. Determine if the procedure of experimentation is working.

a) If yes, the procedure of experimentation is working, analyze the data and draw conclusions.

- If results align only partially or not at all with the hypothesis, use the gathered data as background research for a new project and go back to step 3.

When results do align with the hypothesis, journal the results and communicate them.

b) If no, the procedure of experimentation is not working, troubleshoot the procedure and carefully check the steps and set-up, then return to step 4.

In science, one learns as much from failure as from success. The same is true in magick. It is not necessarily a bad thing when a hypothesis is proven wrong. Many incredible things have been discovered by accident or by “failure” in scientific experimentation. So do not become discouraged when results are not as expected. Rather, repeat the procedure numerous times and note whether the results are the same each time. If they are, then a way has been discovered to achieve those results. If the results might be considered useful in some way, then a success has been had. If the same results are not accomplished each time however, there is a variable that is not being controlled or accounted for. That's what step 5 above is all about.

This should be plenty to keep the fledgling magician busy for a week. The next segment of this article will be out soon. Until then, keep to the practices and be sure to journal, journal, journal.

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**The aim of religion, at least from the thelemite perspective, is Union with God, or the collective soul, or the universal consciousness, or whatever you ultimately discover to be the truth. The method of science is to discover things through experimentation, the gathering and objective observation of evidence, and the goal of disproving what you hope to prove.

If through serious, concerted, relentless effort, you cannot disprove a thing, it may be true. Then your task becomes to, through the same effort, prove your hypothesis. If you consistently reach the same conclusions through repeated and repeatable experimentation, your theory becomes legitimate until such point as it is disproven. The method of religion is to believe in a thing entirely based on faith, with no real evidence to support your belief. See the difference?


Links to the Segments of This "Lessons in Magick" Series
Part One, the Preamble :: How to Become a Magician
Part II, Lesson One :: Elementary Level Knowledge (this page)
Part III, Lesson Two :: Basic Rituals

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Obsidian Metaphysical and Healing Properties

Obsidian pieces. Wikimedia Commons file, [Public domain]



What Obsidian Is


Obsidian is a naturally occurring glass, that forms from molten lava when it is cooled very quickly. Minerals that have a crystalline structure usually develop it over time, unlike obsidian, which does not have a crystalline structure as it is formed so very fast. Thus it is not a crystal, but an amorphous glass and a mineraloid. Glass-like obsidian is opaque but for in shallower areas of a stone. It is most commonly black, but comes in a range of other colors, including brown, tan, green, and grey; far less common are golden sheen and silver sheen obsidian. Such sheens are brought about by tiny gas bubbles trapped under a stone's surface. Rainbow obsidian is formed in a similar way to silver and golden sheen obsidian, but requires nanoparticle inclusions of magnetite to produce the rainbow quality. Other uncommon colors include orange, yellow, blue, and red.

When brown and black obsidian are both present and somewhat interspersed within one stone, you have what is called mahogany obsidian; black obsidian spotted with grey, or grey and white, is called snowflake obsidian. There are a fair few black stones that look similar to black obsidian, including jet, onyx, black tourmaline, and black jasper; but they are all remarkably different in their qualities. Obsidian is relative to the Base chakra, and also to the Earth Star chakra.


Black obsidian rough (public domain image, Pixabay)

Black Obsidian


With its blacker than black coloration (or lack of color really) and its silky smooth finish, it is a spiritual rush even to look at black obsidian. It shields us to negativity, from others and from our respective environment. It guides us to embrace honesty and truth, and to act with discretion and self discipline. It brings an awareness of inner truths, and guides one towards achieving inner harmony, and of course subsequently outer harmony. As well, black is symbolic of all that is unknown and all that can potentially be; thus black obsidian's energies encourage us to engage in new adventures, to investigate new opportunities without fear, and to discover and work with new aspects of self.

Black obsidian creates a prime setting for mental acuity by cleansing the mind of negative energies. Emotions relative to past traumas are eased away, along with fear. With negativity gone, one is free to act from a perspective of truth, and will be more caring, understanding, and tolerant. Black obsidian will also help one to overcome feelings of weakness due to perceiving themselves as faulty or somehow inferior. Some blockages are hard-wired, and meditation on this stone can speed up the process of healing them over. In relationships black obsidian helps keep things real, as it filters out energies other than beneficial, compassionate, and caring ones. Additionally, it is a grounding stone. And if you have a super-toxic relationship in your life, that you cannot step aside from, when you know you must meet up, carry black obsidian to shield yourself.

Black obsidian can be a valuable tool to keep peace in a family with rebellious teens and children. For a job interview, keep some in your pocket (especially along with blue quartz), as it will help you communicate effectively and present as more authoritative and classy. In physical healing it detoxifies, supports healthy blood flow; and alleviates pain, thus helps with arthritic conditions.

One point when working with black, and also grey stones--they both take energies to some degree, and thus need to be dealt with in ways to prevent too much energy from being siphoned away. One way to avoid problems in this sense, is to program such stones wisely. Another way, is to not have black and or grey stones, be the bulk of stones present over a long period of time.

In the marketplace, you will find that some so-called black obsidian is in fact colored glass.


Green Obsidian


Green obsidian provides energies similar to those of nature, so it provides an uplift similar to what spending time outside and in a rich green setting would. Thus it is an invaluable stone for those who are housebound, or for pets who must spend much time indoors. It draws affluence and supports fertility; too it can be used in money magick rituals. If you are feeling stuck in some way, this stone will help you get unstuck--starting with assisting you to change the perspective that got you there. Protects against psychic attack, and also supports plant growth. Green obsidian creates balance with in the overall chakra system, beginning with the heart chakra. Furthermore it creates ease within volatile interpersonal situations. Green obsidian is rarely a naturally formed crystal, but even so the fake variety is made of mica, and thus is fine in that sense--if it is fine for you personally.


Blue Obsidian


Blue obsidian is relative to the higher heart and throat chakras. It supports effective communication, and assists in maintaining a state of calm. It reduces stress and anxiety, and urges one to grow away from fear based thinking and related blockages. Blue obsidian encourages thoughtfulness and consideration in interactions with others, and also loyalty. Furthermore, it assists in overcoming the grief of heartbreak. In health it supports the immune system, helps with throat health issues, stimulates overall healing, and reduces pain and inflammation. This too is rarely other than a man-made glass.


Golden Sheen Obsidian


Golden sheen obsidian supports divination; also, when a person sees their world primarily from a perspective relative to their own ego driven needs, this stone guides them towards creating balance and harmony in interactions with others. Additionally it provides a connection with divine source energy, which brings about efficient problem solving abilities and awareness. However, keep in mind that this relates to the masculine side of divine energies, which is half of them. Silver obsidian would provide a natural balance, giving one tools to engage in a wider range of workings.


Mahogany Obsidian


Mahogany obsidian is beneficial for those who have experienced abuse and trauma, both emotional and physical. In healing emotions, it allows one to see damage to their psyche sustained from hardship endured from the actions of others; it urges them to discover how to work through it and heal. When a person has suffered ongoing abuse, their aura weakens, and this stone serves as a special aura shield and strengthener for them as they heal. It is a strongly protective stone, and is ideal for someone undergoing psychic attack. Additionally, it discourages one from repeating past mistakes. In physical healing mahogany obsidian supports blood flow, reduces pain, and encourages toxins to leave the body.


Snowflake obsidian. Wikimedia Commons file. By Benjamint444. GFDL


Snowflake Obsidian


Snowflake obsidian brings wisdom upon meditation. The type of knowledge it brings, addresses when one is looking to grow away from a negative outlook and related peripheral problems, onto awareness and spiritual peace and harmony. It urges us to integrate shadow self aspects, assists as we work to re-integrate into society, and supports a positive attitude when dealing with change. Snowflake obsidian supports blood flow, and also healing within the vascular system and bones. It alleviates fear, and supports subtle communications from one's spirit guides. In non-contact method made healing waters, snowflake obsidian can be used to heal the skin. Furthermore, snowflake obsidian is a strongly protective stone, that also provides energies of stability.


Rainbow Obsidian


Rainbow obsidian helps one move beyond habits and behavior that is detrimental to themselves, and assists those that are emotionally oversensitive to create harmony and stability within themselves. It supports positive energies, thus helps manifest happiness, love, compassion, healing, abundance, etc. Furthermore, it alleviates fear; and through times of hardship, this stone's energies urge one to see the brighter side of things and maintain hope.


Peacock Obsidian


Peacock obsidian supports all metaphysical, magickal, and shamanic abilities and processes.


Apache Tears


Apache tears quickly and effectively clear the aura of negativity, and assist one to work through grief, emotional trauma, anxiety, and distress. Once one has removed hardship, trauma, and toxicity from their life, this stone helps them find ways to heal more fully--to fill in whichever voids that remain. Additionally it supports one to keep a calm demeanor and avoid confrontational behavior, and as well influences those around them in the same way.


Silver Sheen Obsidian


Silver sheen obsidian is highly protective stone. It is an asset to protection in OBEs and soul travel; and also allows one to see the qualities they possess that create conflict for them within their world, that thus are better moved away from. It encourages patience, and also clarity in speech and communications. Additionally it serves as an effective tool in divination, and provides grounding during meditation. See Golden Sheen Obsidian above, for more insight.


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