Secrets of the Occult - Part 2 "The Scientists"
Sunday, 31 May 2009
Thursday, 28 May 2009
Wednesday, 27 May 2009
Alice In Wonderland
If you haven't got the time or inclination to create something yourself, you may well find something useful here (try doing a search on Crowley to start with too).
Monday, 18 May 2009
Wednesday, 13 May 2009
Monday, 11 May 2009
To me the purpose of initiation is both an outward sign on the material plain of starting The Great Work, and an inner sign or change also representing this process of actually becoming a Magician.
In an actual order, initiation also serves to symbolise your commitment or even in some cases "marriage" to that particular order, to say that you offer your physical and mental resources to the order, for it's empowerment and defence if needed.
Initiation is something which is often seen in many religions, but not called that directly. For example, baptism of adults in certain christian churches is obviously an initiation ceremony, in which someone is undergoing a physical sign (being immersed in the water in most cases) and an inner change (committing themselves to the work of being a follower of Jesus). This idea of baptism was not as christian as Christians would like to claim, it does also have pre-christian origins in the mystery cults, the one that springs to my mind straight away is the Egyptian mystery cults of Osiris (see http://www.dwij.org/forum/amarna/8_serapis_and_christianity.htm) and also obviously in certain Jewish sects.
Tuesday, 5 May 2009
Crowley defined magic as "the science and art of causing change to occur in conformity with will" and people often debate whether it is science or art, whether it is more important to see changes in the material world in the form of paranormal activity or whether it is more important to work on developing yourself to attain enlightenment.
For me, magic is both of these things really. On the one hand, magic deals with very material results, such as doing a ritual or spell to get a new job, or pay your bills when you are broke. On the other hand, anyone who just does magic for the perks of the material and physical realm is missing a whole load of other stuff, magic can also be a self transformation process, a sort of psychological alchemy of taking a mind that is pretty rough around the edges, and that can't be controlled, and starting to impose some control. Also these two aims of magic, can be linked or bound together quite closely, a magician who can't sit still for more than five minutes, is not going to be very good at performing a healing spell or a ritual to bring wealth into their life. I also see these two types of magic as being different in the length of time they take and the ease of measuring results. Material spells often have times and measure of results, and the result is more temporary (eg. a ritual to get a new job, will have a measure of success, but the new job is unlikely to last forever). Self-transforming magic, magic which takes you more down the path of accomplishing "The Great Work" is harder to measure in results, because there is no material basis, and it's also the life's work of the magician.
Saturday, 2 May 2009
describes how for a magician who doesn't believe in the actual presence of spirits, to simply realise that these entities only exist if you allow them to, is the magicians last defence if something goes awry.