Thelemic Saints Leah Hirsig

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Leah Hirsig, Soror Alostrael, 31-666-31, the sixth Scarlet Woman, was born today in 1883 E.V. To mark the occasion, G.'.M.'.121 has constructed a webpage in her honor. To get there, simply click on the image above, or click on the button in the sidebar.

Thanks to the G.'.M.'. for this wonderful tribute to a great woman.

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Crowley Has Expressed A Similar Philosophy

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Eastern metaphysical tradition describe sexuality as the most
universally accessible means to transcendental Unity. Sexual worship or magic(k) is a legacy of many traditions: not simply Indian/Tibetan
Tantra or Chinese Taoism, but the early magickal texts of ancient Egypt.
mystical writings of Hebrews and Greeks, alchemical practitioners of medieval Europe, and ancient, pre- mysoginistic Arabs.

Do as Thou wilt: The concept of Will (Thelema in Greek) is familiar to members of the O.T.O., students/researchers of Aleister Crowley, and those familiar with Sir Francis Dasherwood. Crowley states, in his
*Confessions* that he wanted to "form an archetype of a new which each human being has his own definite object in life...and has every right to fulfill this purpose and none to do anything else." (Hill
in fact Crowley embraced Tantra and was
said to have been initiated by a Tantric Master. The 1880's O.T.O.,
founded or reclaimed by Theodor Reuss and Karl Kellner, embraced and expanded such traditions. Reuss and Kellner were both instructed by two Indian Tantric Masters and an Arabic sexual magician in sexual
secrets--Tantra --sex magick. Crowley was appointed leader of O.T.O. and wrote prolific books, both of his own power and those channeled or
revealed to him by Beings from other realms.

Tantric Will: Tantra, like O.T.O. and other esoteric paths, has been misunderstood and maligned throughout history. Thelemic "Will" has been said to be the Will of the higher Self, rather than the vortex continuum created by following any whim that catches one's fancy. Similarly,
Tantric Will espouses the traditional Hindu/] idea of the Self as
opposed to the self. (s)elf-will can be folly; Self-Will is Liberation.

Long-established western religious and cultural training have
recognized narrow norms of sexual behavior, creating barriers that
restrict spiritual growth. Parents, religious organizations, and social institutions, unfortunately, have all too often caused lives filled with frustration. Attempting to force oneself or another to conform to
restrictive "norms" of sexual behavior restrict individual development, lead to guilt feelings, and may lead to perversion of the sexual
instinct and act. Yet an honest break with "norms" as expression of Will and bid for Liberation, have historically led to alienation and
ostracism--or in the most extreme manifestations of repression of Will, imprisonment or even execution of those individuals truly seeking to follow the Will of the Self.

In the past few decades, sexual taboos have begun to be broken,
inhibitions cast aside; freeing sensual and sexual joy from the burden of guilt and castigation. This is a positive development, but under Tantric tradition, may be *dangerous* unless accompanied by proper
physical/mental/emotional maturation--which lead to the spiritual and are absorbed into it.

Simply put, Tantric Will dictates that sexual Liberation must be pursued sincerely (as it *must* be, if the true Will of the Self is engaged), or Tantric practices used as a "mask" for those seeking free sex, will inevitably lead to a feeling of emptiness and meaningless, and cau se psychic depression; or, alternately, muddy the karma of *false* Tantric Masters, who become sorts of psychic vampires, feeding on the sexual energy and submission purely offered by unaware partners.

Tantric Will assumes that each individual is responsible for his/her own actions, and that those who refuse to shoulder this responsibility will ultimately be barred from any real Tantric evolution or progress. The sexual bond is a means to liberation from the limits of the (s)elf and a path toward th e Self. The sharing of the Secrets implies giving as well as taking, and those for whom Love, Trust, and Will are interdependent and even synonymous are usually the ones who make the most progress on the Red Tantric Path. (Red Tantra-sexual practices, for the initiated, celebrated with a partner/partners. White Tantra-solo practices, for the initiated; may be meditative only, or involve 'astral sexual union.'
Note that no distinction of 'good' or 'bad' separates the White from the Red. It is a matte r of Self-Will, circumstance, and spiritual

Each of us has come into the world through the power of the sexual act.
Each of us who has experienced sexual love has had a taste of ecstasy; a drop of the Nectar. Those who disdain "pleasures of the flesh" or refer with superiority and bigotry to the inferiority of the "Left-Hand Path"
refuse to recognize that renunciation of the flesh is at worst, foolish, leading to a cycle of repression/eruption; and, at best, simply *one*
path to enlightenment, far from the *only* or *best* one.


Tantric neophytes should strive to create a dynamically charged state of mind, stemming from the belief that there is meaning and purpose to one's life. Again, Crowley has expressed a similar philosophy (see, above, Confessions). This state recognizes and identifies with the
primal energy that creates all, puts one in touch with the Source of being, and allows limitless capacity for evolution.

This state should be practiced in all areas and become a sort of basis by which we gauge our actions in the world. It is true Self- Will: the recognition of the Divine within the Self, a commitment to the Self, and part of the process of evolution.

Many barriers and doubts about Self-Will come into play. Meditation, Prana and Hatha Yoga, and simple examination of motive should lead one to recognition of true Self-Will vs. whim or whimsy. Evocation of high spiritual ideals in even the most mundane t asks can bring them to the realm of the spiritual; evocation of this state of mind brings exquisite joy. Open your Self and the truth will manifest.

Tantric Yoginis evoke divine creative energy; and embody the Jungian
"anima" archetype.

Rather than separate "flesh" from "soul," Tantric Will teaches the
unification of body, mind, intellect, intuition, and spirit. Through consecration of all parts of our being, we integrate them and achieve the exalted state of true Self-Will. Emotions and lust can b e
transformed into transcendental ecstacy.

According to Kaularahasya: "Where there is only worldly enjoyment, there is no release. Where there is only release, there is no worldly
enjoyment. But both worldly enjoyment and release are in the palm of the hand of those devoted to the True Self Within."

According to Advayasiddhi: "By those same deeds which create bondage for dualistic beings, one can be liberated from the bonds of the world. The secret is that the act must be accompanied by non-dualism between
'fleshly' and 'spiritual'."

Recognize your freedom of choice, refine your higher Will! The
dependency created by habit must be broken, one must master habit.
Sexual habits are the most restrictive. The Kama Sutra says: "Love
resulting from the constant and continual performance of some act is called love acquired by habit."

Any *intentional* act of Will has magical potency and is far superior to habitual or unintentional acts. Habits inherited from parents or through social conditioning ar e difficult to break; they provide a false sense of security, but restrict entire ways of life and conscious choice. By ignoring or sublimating the Will of the Self, such ingrained habits obliterate awareness and stunt growth and evolution. Once the initial fear of change is overcome, the rewards will be instantly
realized. Tantra requires adaptability in the area of sexual love. All eastern sexual magic teachings point to the need for uninhibitedness, spontaneity, and the willingness to "Do As Thou Wilt." According to Tilopa: "The louse of habit is (s)elf-originated, and (S)elf-destructed.
Kill this louse and find the Teaching."


Where there is ecstacy, there is Creation.
Where there is no ecstacy, there is no Creation.
In the Infinite, there is ecstacy;
There is no ecstacy in the finite.

Through diligent preparation and practice, and through deliberate
cultivation of reflective attitude and openness to the Self, one's true Self and true Will will be revealed.



D. Yogini Padma Ushas Suryananda, other sources as cited.
(c) 1993 Rose Dawn Scott.

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Freemason Letter On Crowley Status

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Book: Freemason Letter On Crowley Status by Aleister Crowley

Letter from the Supreme Council of Freemasonry about Crowley's supposed status in the Masonic Order.

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The Sea Priestess And The Great Beast

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"Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the law"

I was in Dublin on Monday for business, but also found some time for book shopping. I found a most interesting book in Yellow Brick Road entitled '"Aleister Crowley and Dion Fortune: The Logos of the Aeon and the Shankti of the Age"' by Alan Richardson.

"Despite being published by Llewellyn (who are more miss than hit) I have found this to be a most wonderful book that begins at their deaths and works backwards through their parallel biographies. He frames this in the light of a text written by Crowley in 1911 called Liber Thisarb "on the backwards review. In this backwards review Richardson explores the relationship between Crowley and Fortune, their exchanged letters, and their mutual ideas throughout their careers. It shows that Crowley and Fortune weren't so different after all, both working towards liberation (in their own ways), both deeply involved with the question of sex magick, both involved in the war effort, and both adepts of the Western tradition. He even presents correspondence between Fortune and Crowley that implied that both she, and other members of her Fraternity of Inner Light were quite accepting of the law of Thelema, and may even have been initiates of the A.'.A.'.This is a very different image of Fortune than one might glean from some of the more puritanical literature surrounding her, as well as the attitudes of some of her followers, but in essence it does not change who Dion Fortune was. This book was written by someone who is certainly more Fortune than Crowley, but in an open willingness to explore these two individuals and their interactions and individual missions brings a deeper appreciation of both. I highly recommend this work, especially to those with an interest in Dion Fortune in the Thelemic community. The pure image of Fortune as a master of light, and the image of Crowley as the wickedest man in the world gives way to a synthesis and complementary symbiosis in the work of these two great initiates, bringing new vistas of exploration in the Western tradition...

"Love is the law, love under will"

Book Of The Law

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Book: Book Of The Law by Aleister Crowley

Here is a high-quality PDF of "The Book of the Law", based on both the 1912 publication in "The Equinox" and the manuscript itself. Click on the above image or go to the sidebar library to download the PDF free.

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Religion Belief Gnosis And Inspiration Of Upanishad

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. Om. He who knows Brahman (God) attains the Supreme. He who knows Brahman which is Reality, Knowledge and Infinity, hidden in the cave of the heart and in the highest akasa (heavenly reality) - he, being one with the Omniscient Brahman, enjoys simultaneously all desires. - Taittiriya Upanishad

. By means of the Higher Knowledge the wise behold everywhere Brahman, That otherwise cannot be seen or seized, That has no comparisons, no eyes or ears, no hands or feet; That is Eternal and Omnipresent, All-Pervading and Extremely Subtle; That is Imperishable and The Source of All Beings. - Mundaka Upanishad

. The pure Brahman alone exists. That immutable Reality is the meaning of "That". There is no likeness of Him. His name is Great Glory (Mahad Yasah). His form is not an object of vision; no one beholds Him with the eyes. They who, through pure intellect and the Knowledge of Unity based upon reflection, realise Him as abiding in the heart become immortal. - Svetasvatara Upanishad

. Om. Infinite is That Brahman, infinite in this manifested universe. From the Infinite Brahman proceeds the infinite. After the realization of the Great Identity, after the cosmic dissolution, when the infinity of the infinite universe merges in the Infinite Brahman, there remains the Infinite Brahman alone. - Brihadaranyaka Upanishad

. The wise man beholds all beings in the Self, and the Self in all beings; for that reason he does not hate anyone. To the seer, all things have verily become the Self: what delusion, what sorrow, can there be for him who beholds that Oneness? - Isa Upanishad

. When all the desires that dwell in the heart fall away, then the mortal becomes immortal and here attains Brahman. When all the ties of the heart are severed here on earth, then the mortal becomes immortal. This much alone is the teaching. - Katha Upanishad

. English translation by Swami Nikhilananda with minor modifications

The esoteric scripture of Hindusim, Upanishad can be translated from the sanskrit as upa-ni-shad, coming from the verb sad - to sit with, and upa - at the feet of a master. Upanishads are oral teachings, realization and gnosis transmitted by the gnostics, yogi masters and mystics. They primarily discuss philosophy, meditation, and the nature of God; they form the core spiritual thought of Vedantic Hinduism. Considered as mystic or spiritual contemplations of the Vedas, their putative end and essence, the Upanishads are known as Vedanta ("the end/culmination of the Vedas"). There are at least 108 Upanishads, each of different length. If collected in one volume, they would be approximately the combined size of the Judaic and Christian Testaments. Composed over a span of more than 1500 years, the oldest is dated between 800 and 400 b.c.e., the youngest from the Middle Ages.

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Book: Alexandra by Aleister Crowley

This previously unpublished work, by Aleister Crowley. There were several proof versions of Alexandra, but it appears the book was either never published by Crowley, or if it was, all copies were destroyed. This then, is most likely the first edition of Alexandra, and was pubished in a Limited Edition of 350 copies, by Mandrake Press, in 1991.

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Thelemic Gardening

Thelemic Gardening Cover When I see spring springing,
I do not see sweetness and lite,
and certainly nothing peaceful.

There are the conquering hordes,
pushing up Through great cracks,
driving ruthlessly to the light,
pillaging every Resource in reach.

These green mongols, who are
as much jihadists of the LIGHT,
make the human ants who mimic them
seem like rank diffident amateurs.

And yet against these thick armies
the wind breaks their supple ranks,
the waters drown them in rapid nourishment,
the sun which they seek burns them.

This is nothing if not all-out absolute WAR!

Mars is the symbol of spring, the breaker of
deadly winter; for it takes war and the ethics
of warriors to stir peaceful Nature back to life.

Open your legs harlot goddess, and be raped
by your Children! And little flowers and bees
will mask your writhing incests with lying
costumes of peace, love and harmony.

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The Empirical Rules Of Magick 06 Symbols And Chakra

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Over the millennia, people have discovered symbols which speak to the Little Selves of nearly everyone. Various sets of symbols form the foundation of the many different schools of magick. They are often culturally oriented. Because our culture is far removed from its magickal symbols, each must discover his own. There are myriads of occult books that offer as many different symbols as you could want. If you are interested, research them. Look first to your religion or ethnic background for your symbols. Mythology and astrology are also good sources.

One kind of symbol is the magickal tool. This is a physical object which you have consecrated for magickal work. If you have, for instance, a cross or star which you want to use for protection, you must empower the object for that purpose in a ritual. You will direct you will, through statement and visualization, into to object. From then on it is a constant tangible reminder to you and your Little Self. Treat it with the greatest respect.

When you want to use a symbol, first explore your feelings as you look at it. If it conjures the feelings you want, then use it. With symbols from a source, try do this before you read what the "authentic" meaning is. Sometimes you can get new information by not prejudicing yourself. Be careful if the meaning is very different, though. If you are not entirely in tune with your Little Self (and few beginners are), you may be missing something that will affect your spell.


To give you an idea of what to look for and a sample to try, here is a simple set of symbols based on the Chakra. Chakrum (singular) is Sanskrit for wheel, although vortex would be a better word. Chakra refers to points in the body where certain energies localize. These types of energies correspond to many different things: herbs, stones, times, planets, moods, political beliefs. It is possible to relate anything to a chakrum. This chart gives points on the body, one of the many color schemes and how one experiences these energies. This becomes useful when you seek a reinforcing energy. You can use this chart to decide where to apply a magickal oil or what color is best to use in a given project.

RED ROOT Physical Health and Energy
ORANGE SPLEEN Sexual and Reserve Energy (Second Wind)
YELLOW SOLAR PLEXUS Mental and Emotional Energy
GREEN HEART Love, Prosperity, Fertility, Growth
BLUE THROAT Command, Creation, Will, Expression
INDIGO BROW Magick, Psychic Energy
WHITE Positivity, all colors combined, the Universal Deity (God)
BLACK Absorbs negativity
PINK Filial Love, "Agape" (look it up)
BROWN Earthiness, Grounding, Hearth & Home
GOLD Wealth
TEMPLES Thoughts, mind

The blue is a very light blue. Indigo is a very dark blue, like navy blue. Lavender is a mixture of the colors and the energies of red, indigo and white. It is a very light color which you might be able to see at the edge of a gas flame. The root chakrum is at the base of the spine. The spleen is a few inches higher and to your left or along the spine (your choice). The Solar Plexus at the navel (there is a major nerve nexus here). The Brow or Third Eye Chakrum is associated with the pineal gland. On the skin, the point is on the brow between the eyes. The crown is the top of the head, associated with the fontanelle (soft spot). If you use something black (like obsidian) to absorb negativity, be sure to wash it occasionally to get rid of the negativity. When you burn a black candle, this creates a vacuum. This may be filled by negativity unless you also burn a white candle to bring in positive energy.

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Jack Parsons And Oto

Jack Parsons And Oto Cover The Ordo Templi Orientis was co-founded by Theodor Reuss, a member of the german secret service. O.T.O. is a magical group practising tantric sex magic, kabbalistic rituals and drug experimentation. On April 21, 1912, twelve years before the founding of MGM, Aleister Crowley was appointed National Grand Master General of O.T.O. for Great Britain and Ireland. In 1925 Crowley became Outer Head of the Order(OHO).

Ordo Templi Orientis (O.T.O.) (Order of the Temple of the East, or the Order of Oriental Templars) is an international fraternal and religious organization. For its teachings and principles of organization, it was the first organization to accept the Law of Thelema, as re-presented by Crowley, which is expressed as ODo what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law.O

In the early 1940s the U.S. based O.T.O. Lodge, Agape, was led by 'Jack' Parsons (1914-1952), a Los Angeles based rocket sciententist. Parsons was co-founder of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JLP) with Ed Forman. Along with Forman and Frank Malina the 'suicide squad' tested rocket fuel in the Mojave desert and developed a successful rocket technology which was taken up by the US Military at the end of WW2. During his early years, when Parsons dreamt of space travel to the moon, he developed a relationship and exchange of ideas with german rocket scientist Wernher von Braun.

The O.T.O. structure is initiatory, with a series of degree ceremonies, which the U.S. Grand Lodge, Ordo Templi Orientis states is similar to that of Freemasonry. The O.T.O. also includes the Ecclesia Gnostica Catholica or Gnostic Catholic Church, which is the ecclesiastical arm of the Order. Its central rite, which is public, is called Liber XV, or the Gnostic Mass. O.T.O. claims over 3000 members in 58 countries; about half of these are in the United States.

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Liber 913 The Treasurehouse Of Images

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Book: Liber 913 The Treasurehouse Of Images by Aleister Crowley

The Treasurehouse of Images. A superb collection of Litanies appropriate to the Signs of the Zodiac. Also: Liber Thesaurou Eidolon, Liber DCCCCLXIII, The Treasure-House of Images. See also: Equinox I iii, Special Supplement

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Tree Of Life Tree Of Lights

Tree Of Life Tree Of Lights Cover Above is a very nice diagram of the Tree of Life, the basic glyph, or magical pattern, on which the Qabbalistic system is based. As you can see, there are ten spheres with thirty-two paths linking them together in various ways. The spheres are called Sephiroth and, in my experience, when you work with them, they open up as little chapels with altars in them that correspond to the qualities of the deities that work through them. Each Sephiroth is aligned to a planet and with the Gods, Goddesses, Planetary Intelligences, Angels that make up the consciousness of that Sphere.

You can also meditate standing within the Tree, so that your feet at at Malkuth (Earth), your pelvis is at Yesod (Moon), heart is at Tiphareth (Sun) and so on. You must “Cross the Abyss” (Daath) so that your head is just below Kether whose symbol is appropriately enough, a Crowned King.

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Little Essays Toward Truth

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Book: Little Essays Toward Truth by Aleister Crowley

I love this wee book because it is the foundation of Aleister Crowley's philosophy. You will not find 'magick' in here... no formulas, no magickal mumbo-jumbo, just a straight-forward 'this is how the world/universe works' collection of Philosophical essays on various topics.

Crowley wrote this treatise as a commentary to the Chaldean Oracles of Zoroaster. Depths of Insight are contained herein, making this an ultimately excellent text-book of the experiences of the Inward and Outward Paths - anyone interested in this book should try to join the A.'.A.'.'s subtle plan to raise the levels of Mankind's Spirituality above any past levels in the rememberable History.

Being a long-time fan of Aleister's I, too, have had to deal with the plethora of obfuscation in his prolific expression of genius. Always looking for that kernal of 'just what is it this man believes?' has been painstaking indeed. And then I stumbled across this book and purchased it. What a great find!

This book is for anyone inquisitive about what Aleister believed in, and what he based his entire life's work & journey on, whether it was writing, mountain climbing, or magickal doings. The book is small, only 87 pages, which proves a virtual miracle of succinct genius for Aleister to be so short-winded! There is a small Glossary in the back, which is very helpful, along with a Bibliography and Index. There is also included, in the front, a picture of the Tree of Life.

The essays themselves, 16 in all, are titled thusly: Man, Memory, Sorrow, Wonder, Beatitude, Laughter, Indifference, Mastery, Trance, Energy, Knowledge, Understanding, Chastity, Silence, Love, and lastly, Truth.

This book ultimately puts in context, and to rest, all those wild claims about Aleister being a Beast, or 'the most dangerous man alive'. Anyone to have penned these philosophical musings knows more about love, life, and the universe than any carnally depraved hedonist could possibly know, even if they possessed an ounce of desire to know it.

This book should be considered as THE FIRST book to read concerning Aleister. It will provide a firm foundation for Understanding just 'why' Aleister did all the things he did, persevered in the face of failure and condemnation, and ultimately attained to great success {in our eyes, if not in his own}.

The second book of Aleister's to read is: 'The World's Tragedy'. Once those two have been consumed, let the formal magickal work begin, and not until.

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Magical Thinking

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Magic is the claimed art of altering things either by supernatural means or through knowledge of occult natural laws unknown to science. Magic has been practised in all cultures, and utilizes ways of understanding, experiencing and influencing the world somewhat akin to those offered by religion, though it is sometimes regarded as more focused on achieving results than religious worship. Magic is often viewed with suspicion by the wider community, and is commonly practised in isolation and secrecy. Modern Western magicians generally state magic's primary purpose to be personal spiritual growth, many seeing magic ritual purely in psychological terms as a powerful means of autosuggestion and of contacting the unconscious mind.[citation needed] Modern perspectives on the theory of magic broadly follow two views, which also correspond closely to ancient views. The first sees magic as a result of a universal sympathy within the universe, where if something is done here a result happens somewhere else. The other view sees magic as a collaboration with spirits who cause the effect.


Magical rituals are the precisely defined actions (including speech) used to work magic. Bronislaw Malinowski describes ritual language as possessing a high "coefficient of weirdness," by which he means that the language used in ritual is archaic and out of the ordinary, which helps foster the proper mindset to believe in the ritual. S. J. Tambiah notes, however, that even if the power of the ritual is said to reside in the words, "the words only become effective if uttered in a very special context of other action." These other actions typically consist of gestures, possibly performed with special objects at a particular place or time. Object, location, and performer may require purification beforehand. This caveat draws a parallel to the felicity conditions J. L. Austin requires of performative utterances. By "performativity" Austin means that the ritual act itself achieves the stated goal. For example, a wedding ceremony can be understood as a ritual, and only by properly performing the ritual does the marriage occur. 'Emile Durkheim stresses the importance of rituals as a tool to achieve "collective effervescence," which serves to help unify society. Psychologists, on the other hand, describe rituals in comparison to obsessive-compulsive rituals, noting that attentional focus falls on the lower level representation of simple gestures. This results in goal demotion, as the ritual places more emphasis on performing the ritual just right than on the connection between the ritual and the goal. However, the purpose of ritual is to act as a focus and the effect will vary depending on the individual.

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Magic often utilizes symbols that are thought to be intrinsically efficacious. Anthropologists, such as Sir James Frazer (1854-1938), have characterized the implementation of symbols into two primary categories: the "principle of similarity," and the "principle of contagion." Frazer further categorized these principles as falling under "sympathetic magic," and "contagious magic." Frazer asserted that these concepts were "general or generic laws of thought, which were misapplied in magic."[10]

[edit] The Principle of Similarity

The principle of similarity, also known as the "association of ideas," which falls under the category of "sympathetic magic," is the thought that if a certain result follows a certain action, then that action must be responsible for the result. Therefore, if one is to perform this action again, the same result can again be expected. One classic example of this mode of thought is that of the rooster and the sunrise. When a rooster crows, it is a response to the rising of the sun. Based on sympathetic magic, one might interpret these series of events differently. The law of similarity would suggest that since the sunrise follows the crowing of the rooster, the rooster must have caused the sun to rise.[11] Causality is inferred where it should not have been. Therefore, a practitioner might believe that if he is able to cause the rooster to crow, he will be able to control the timing of the sunrise.

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Metaphysical Systems

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A little while back, Adrian Ivakhiv (at the Immanence blog) posted this three part series on the bodymind - but it's not the traditional bodymind philosophy of yoga, or somatic psychology, or embodied consciousness. Instead, Adrian has been working on a combination of the Zen teachings of Shinzen Young and the process relational philosophy of Peirce, Whitehead, Deleuze, and even Ken Wilber, among others.

I'm posting a little bit from the beginning of each post - I highly encourage you (if you are interested in Buddhism and process relational philosophy) to go read the whole series.


By Adrian J Ivakhiv

May 30, 2011

"Working with Shinzen Young's system of mindfulness training, which I've described here before, and thinking it through in the process-relational logic I've been developing on this blog (and elsewhere), is resulting in a certain re-mix of Shinzen's ideas, and of Buddhism more generally, with Peirce's, Whitehead's, Wilber's, Deleuze's, and others'. Here's a crack at where it's taking me... "

"I've divided this into three parts due to its length. Part 1 builds on Shinzen's "5 ways to know yourself as a spiritual being," which presents five core mindfulness practices, to develop a basic classification of ways in which the human bodymind can know itself and the world. Part 2 deepens the model by pushing beyond traditional dualisms through incorporating what Shinzen calls "flow," which is analogous to the central insight of process-relational philosophies about the fundamentally processual nature of subjectivity or mentality, objectivity or materiality, and the dynamic and interdependent relationship between the two. Part 3 provides some concluding thoughts and caveats."

As I've written here before, Shinzen Young's system is one of the most comprehensive practical systems of mindfulness/meditation training I've ever come across. Based in the Zen (Shingon) and Vipassana traditions of Buddhism, but developed with reference to numerous other traditions including Vajrayana and Christian mysticism, the system is also deeply resonant with the process-relational themes explored on this blog.

What follows is an attempt to expand and develop Shinzen's approach so as to encompass not only meditative techniques but the full range of options available to the human bodymind, whether meditative or spiritual in intent or not. This will be done with particular reference to the logical and phenomenological categories of C. S. Peirce and, to lesser degrees, the process philosophy of A. N. Whitehead and the AQAL system of Ken Wilber.

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By Adrian J Ivakhiv May 30, 2011

"This continues from the previous post, where Shinzen Young's model of core mindfulness practices was expanded into a system of classifying what a human bodymind can do. Here the model is deepened following the process-relational insights that are at the core of Shinzen's system as well as of other (especially Mahayana and Vajrayana) Buddhist systems, and of the philosophies of A. N. Whitehead and, in some respects, of C. S. Peirce, Gilles Deleuze, and other process-relational thinkers. This part is followed by a concluding segment, found here. "

Tweak #2: "How a Bodymind Can Be Made to Flow"

Here's where things start to get "really" interesting. For most Buddhist (including Shinzen's) and process-relational views, subjectivity and objectivity are not static conditions or "poles" holding up the universe. Rather, they are results - outcomes, however temporary and however ultimately insubstantial - of a less differentiated, more flowing activity, which Shinzen calls flow, and which metaphysical systems like Whitehead's, Bergson's, Peirce's, and Deleuze's attempt to analyze at a microscopic and/or rigorously conceptual level.

Let's pause to consider what this term "flow" refers to. Shinzen defines it in part as a phenomenological category that is experienced in a variety of flavors - as expansion and contraction, undulation, vibration, tingliness, percolation, electricity, and so on - and in part as the experience of the ontological fact of impermanence, or "anicca "(in Pali). Flow is partnered with "vanishing", for which Shinzen uses the notational label "Gone" (in the same way that he uses the terms "See, Feel, Talk," and so on, as labels for observed activities).

So, on the one hand, "flow" is indicative of the fact that everything passes; on the other, of the ebullient energy of life, i.e. that things continue to arise. This corresponds with the ontology of percolating creativity described so carefully by Whitehead, which I've built on to posit that there is a circulatory undulation - a movement between the subjectivation and the objectivation that constitutes every moment or "actual occasion" - which gives rise to all form. If we can learn to pay attention to this movement as it arises, we can get a feel for its many flavors (vibration, expansion-contraction, and so on), and as a result the "subject" and the "object" begin to melt into the very act of becoming.

(Here's an application of this to my cinematic/ecological ontology, in which what is "real" is considered to be the dynamic and interactive process by which subjectivity and objectivity - or subjectivation and objectivation - arise relationally in specific events or encounters making up the moment-to-moment self-constitution of an evolving universe. For some further thoughts on the differences between Whiteheadian and Buddhist notions of "flow," see the "Afterword" in Part 3 of this series.)

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By Adrian J Ivakhiv May 30, 2011

This is the concluding part of a three-part article. Part 1 can be found here, Part 2 here. They should be read in the sequence in which they were published.


All of this can be related to the triad of the True, the Good, and the Beautiful - or, in their Peircian sequence, aesthetics, ethics, and logic. Aesthetics, as Peirce conceived it, is most directly concerned with firstness; ethics, with secondness; and logic, with thirdness.

I've elsewhere suggested that "logic" may not be an adequate term for the kind of understanding that thirdness implies, and that "eco-logic" may be better, since logic suggests a process for understanding (in general), whereas "ecology" specifically suggests a process for understanding relation, wholeness, and "patterns that connect."

It may also be appropriate to use Ken Wilber's term "vision-logic" here, even though my use of it would be somewhat different than his. Wilber characterizes "vision-logic" as a historical stage of development that emerges only with the " transcendence" of a postmodern "green" stage (in his color-coded Spiral Dynamics lingo). I would posit it instead, for the purposes of the model being developed here, as attainable, in some specific way, by any bodymind from within its own particular situatedness.

A few definitions, then:

* "AESTHETICS, in this system, is the cultivation of skillful observation and perception of appearances or "arisings."

Traditionally, aesthetics has been defined according to some definition of "beauty," but the latter is culturally variable. Observation, on the other hand, is thought to be measured according to the criterion of "accuracy," but this, too, is culturally variable (as scholarship in science and technology studies has shown). Once we move out of mind-matter and subject-object dualism, however, and into the space of nondual "flow," it becomes evident that aesthetics involves the perception of the "wholeness" of what appears in its arising and passing, i.e. "as" flow - as forms that emerge in patterned relationship with other forms. This is observation of something (anything) brought to its thirdness, or to its completion.

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The Invocation Of Thoth

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Book: The Invocation Of Thoth by Aleister Crowley

An Invocation of the Egyptian God Thoth. Classic invocation of Thoth. With the manifestation of this book, the invocation proves Extremely successful.

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The Necronomicon

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Book: The Necronomicon by Aleister Crowley

Dedication On the One Hundredth anniversary of the Nativity of the Poet aleister crowley 1875-1975 Ad Meiomrum Cthulhi Gloriam. THE PRESENT MANUSCRIPT was delivered into the hands of the Editor by a priest who had managed to get ordained through uncanonical methods which have been entertainingly described in the several books and articles on the ecclesiastic phenomenon, the "wandering bishops". Just such an "unorthodox" prelate was Fr. Montague Summers, who wrote numerous books on demonology, witchcraft, and the like. Suffice it to say, we were rather doubtful as to the authenticity of the work before us. In the first place, it was in Greek and for quite awhile it was difficult to ascertain what it might actually be, save for the title Necronomicon and the many weird drawings. In the second place, after Translation, we found several internal inconsistencies and some evidence that would suggest we did not possess the entire Work. There may still be some missing or the irregular monastic might have withheld certain of the chapters. As the chapters are not numbered, it is too difficult to day.

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The Great Mother

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Within the Gnostic Mass, Babalon is mentioned in the Gnostic Creed:

And I believe in one Earth, the Mother of us all, and in one Womb wherein all men are begotten, and wherein they shall rest, Mystery of Mystery, in Her name BABALON.

Here, Babalon is identified with Binah on the Tree of Life, the sphere that represents the Great Sea and such mother-goddesses as Isis, Bhavani, and Ma'at. Moreover, she represents all physical mothers. Bishops T. Apiryon and Helena write:

BABALON, as the Great Mother, represents MATTER, a word which is derived from the Latin word for Mother. She is the physical mother of each of us, the one who provided us with material flesh to clothe our naked spirits; She is the Archetypal Mother, the Great Yoni, the Womb of all that lives through the flowing of Blood; She is the Great Sea, the Divine Blood itself which cloaks the World and which courses through our veins; and She is Mother Earth, the Womb of All Life that we know.

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1907 Diary Fragments

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Book: 1907 Diary Fragments by Aleister Crowley

Fragments from Aleister Crowley Diary 1907. Between 1907 and 1911 Crowley, under the direct influence of a spirit, wrote twelve Holy Books. During these years he also worked on nonmagical manuscripts and published several long poems including Clouds Without Water (1908) and began expanding his literary efforts to prose in the form of Knox Om Pax (1907).

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Spiritualism Witnessing

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Originally uploaded by when milko shoots. JUST ONE QUALITY of the Buddha has to be remembered. He consists only of one quality: witnessing.

This small word witnessing contains the whole of spirituality. Witness that you are not the body. Witness that you are not the mind. Witness that you are only a witness. As the witnessing deepens, you start becoming drunk with the divine. That is what is called ecstasy.

- Osho

:: on the same note, when a Muslim utter the sacred formula, "La ilaha Ila-Allah", "there is no god but the Oneness"; and in deeper meaning, "there is no other reality but the Real" - he or she also do the same : witnessing the Truth, the Essential Reality. The Sufis, the Enlightened, the Mystics not only witness on the words but they witness on the Inner Reality. They transcend the words, reach beyond and witness.

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Between A Rock And A Soft Spot

Between A Rock And A Soft Spot Cover I am having a multi-venue discussion now about these questions of Thelema as religion, and how it might relate or not to other religions, especially Christianity. By the way, Keith418, if you have something to offer on these points, pro or con, offer it here as well, so I can reply. The following is something I posted to my Facebook wall. The reference below to Jesus' lesson is in reply to someone who made this claim—that it could be summed up in part as an encouragement to be more than we let ourselves be.:

In Christianity and Thelema, which we should recall are respective heresies of an older tradition, there is an idea that is central, and which is generally ignored by alleged adherents. This is the idea of surrender, and of diminishment and indeed destruction of self to serve the Great Work.

I think if Jesus' lesson was that we can be more than we let ourselves be, it would not be much different than the US Army's "Be All You Can Be". Yet I think their encouragements would have very different aims. So maybe their messages are also not very alike.

Jesus was mainly concerned that the spirit of the Law had been lost, because worship of the Laws had replaced concern for the Will of God, particularly as that might work through any human being. As for forgiveness, that was offered simply enough, but not without qualification. For example, a person, whose behavior clearly demonstrated he had not been salvaged, even after he affirmed faith by the magic words, was not saved. Nevertheless, no human was to judge this shortcoming in any cosmic respect in another, since who can know the ultimate plan, which may incorporate evil people and their ways (as Gandalf pointed out as well).

As for Thelemites, they are caught between the occult rock, upon which Thelema is built and which they generally do not understand, and the soft place of their cultural sensibilities, towards which they will escape and from which they will interpret Thelema, to conform it to their respective, respectable, zones of comfort. A pointless exercise. If there is an Aeonic change coming, it will be unbelievably destructive, not comforting or sustaining.

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Liber 412 A Vel Armorum

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Book: Liber 412 A Vel Armorum by Aleister Crowley

An instruction for the preparation of the Elemental Instruments. See also: Equinox I iv, p. 15

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Diary Of A Drug Fiend

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Book: Diary Of A Drug Fiend by Aleister Crowley

Aleister Crowley's first published novel was "Diary of a Drug Fiend." The book was originally published in London in 1922. Although written over seventy-five years ago, the book is still relevant for today's readers. The book paints a vivid picture of the mind of drug users. The drug user's highs, lows, and sometimes strange thought patterns are described in great detail in this interesting book.

Aleister Crowley is one of the great unheralded masters of the Enlgish language. Many aspects of his spiritual and philosophical views may leave some people in the dust, however. The mysticism can be perplexing to the average reader. Diary Of A Drug Fiend is successful because it is very easy to understand. The use of language is masterful. It is not a pretty story, to be sure, and many will disagree with the seemingly pro drug message but it is a great tale. Peter Pendragon and Unlimited Lou are presented as both sympathetic and contemptible characters. One feels empahty but it is tainted by the knowledge that they have created their own problems. They are weak. King Lamus almost seems to be like a zen master who patiently guides his pupils to higher heights. I can not say that I agree entirely with the philosophy espoused by King Lamus but it is exhilarating to follow this tale as it unfolds. I am sure many will be offended by Crowleys portrayal of King Lamus as a master who can use and not use drugs with ease. I do not suggest that mastery over heroin or cocaine is easy or even possible but this is just a work of fiction. It should not be taken literally. I do not know if this is meant as a self defense for Crowleys own drug use. It is irrelevent to me. Many great artists were alcoholics or drug addicts. It does not deter my admiration for this spectacularly well written book. aleister crowley could have been one of the great novelists had he chosen to pursue that path. This was one of the best reads I had in years.

The infamous aleister crowley invokes a reaction with some people. Some say he was strange and went off the deep-end with his involvement in Magick, the practice of using various techniques to exert control over the forces of nature. If one is too close-minded to read this book because of the author's reputation, he or she would be missing a great read.

This story is supposedly based on truth. False names were used to conceal the identities of the people in the book. For instance, aleister crowley is called Peter Pendragon in the book. Peter went to a pub and was socializing with some people he knew when he saw the woman that would change his life, Lou.

"Across the moaning body of the blackmailer, I was looking at the face of a girl that I had never seen before. And I said to myself, "Well, that's all right, I've known you all my life." And when I said to myself "my life," I didn't in the least mean my life as Peter Pendragon, I didn't even mean a life extending through the centuries, I meant a different kind of life --something with which centuries have nothing whatever to do (Crowley 11)."

This truly eloquent description of Peter's first glimpse of Lou reveals that Crowley was truly a master of language. The book is written in such a clever way that the reader continues to want more.

Basically, the story is of Peter falling madly in love with a woman named Lou. They run off to Paris and travel throughout Europe. Lou introduces Peter to cocaine and heroin and they quickly become dependent on the narcotics. When their supply of drugs runs out, the withdrawal troubles begin. Lou's father, King Lamus, helps the two overcome their addiction by the application of practical Magick. Both Peter and Lou find their true purpose in life and live happily ever after.

Diary Of A Drug Fiend appealed to me because I knew someone that was caught up in drug addiction and wanted to know more about it. I wanted to know what it felt like and how the drug user felt. This book totally met my expectations and more, it showed me exactly what I was looking for. In the first instance I began to dislike the book because it seems to glorify drugs but then I suppose that is what it feels like when you are using the drugs.

"Diary of a Drug Fiend" would be a beneficial source of information for professionals involved with the psychology of addiction. Doctors, lawyers, police, and the average person would gain insight into the thought patterns of a drug addict from the first high, to the constant effort to regain the effects of the first high. The craving for the drug, and how it is the only thing the user thinks about when he or she does not have the drug for a period of time is covered thoroughly. How selfish and careless one becomes when he or she needs a fix is also mentioned in the book. Peter lost his love for Lou because he could only think of the drugs. He quickly knew this was wrong and constantly tried to regain his love for Lou.

If people are open-minded and enjoy challenging their beliefs, then "Diary of a Drug Fiend" may be the book to read. At the time of reading this book, I found many useful insights that could dramatically change one's life contained within its pages. Overall, this book by Aleister Crowley is fantastic.

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