Esoteric Magic and

the Cabala
Phillip Cooper
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Esoteric magic and the cabala lPhillip Copr.
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Preface . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . vii
Introduction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1
1. Taking Your First Steps in Esoteric Magic ....... 5
2. The Cosmic Plan, the Encircled Cross,
and the Cosmic Sphere ... .... . ...... . . . . . .. 2 7
3. Symbolism, the Four Elements, and the
Four Magical Weapons . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 41
4. Meditation, the Cosmic Sphere, and
the Inner Temple .......................... 55
5. Magical Rituals . . . . . ... . ... . . . . .. . .. . . .. . . 67
6. The Cabalistic Tree of Life . . .. . ..... ... . ... . 79
7. How to Erect and Atune to Each Sphere .. . . . . 115
8. A Realistic Guide to Pathworking . ... . . . . . . . 135
9. The Cosmic Tides ........................ 14 7
Final Word .. . . . ... .. . .. .. . .. . . . . . . . . . . . .. . 159
Appendix: Working with Telesmatic Images . . . . . 163
Notes . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . .. .. . . ... ... 173
Bibliography . .. .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . ... 177
Index .. ... . . .. . . . . ...... . . . . . .. . . . . . . . .. . 179
PREFACE
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T stdy of Magc is muh more tn merly rading sme bo ks
and lesns. A plethora of teacher and shols have material on
the subje of the Tre of Life, and while some of this material is
valuable, much of it is worhles when it comes to the question,
'What the hek can you do with it? " In the pracices presribd
in this bok, you are called upn to make a drawing of the Tree
of Life and asked to metate upn the mystcal-magical proes
derb in this bo k. Te real stdy and work in Magic depnds
upn you doing the things called for in the boks I write. Do not
negle the practices or just do them in passing, but put a great
deal of effor and atention into them.
Also, bin to M how your magical studies can b applied
to your daily l i fe. Bgin to think magical ! That is, make your
magical knowledge par of the way you see the world and the
way you M yourlf. A you lear to think magical, you will fnd
that you exprience a much greater reality than you ever antici­
pated. It is like puting on a new pair of eyeglasses-suddenly
you M more, and you M more clearly.
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I I 0 T I I I C M A G I C A I 0 T I I C A I A L A
Magic dos not tell you how you should act. It dos not give
you sets of rules or commandments. But, as you begin to see
things differently, as you think magical, you will bin to make
your own determinations of how you should ac, and what you
should do in given circumstances. Magic places the respnsibil­
it for your lif rght on your own shoulder. But it als shows you
that you have the pwer to make your life what you want it to b!
Power and responsibility always go hand-in-hand, in Magic as
in all things.
INODUCON
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The techniques of Esoteric Magic di ffer from Practical Magic
baus the aim is differnt. You cannot mix the to, although the
to paths can, and should, compliment each other.
Esoteric or . high" Magic is the study of Magic in its own
right. It involve slf-development through inner work involving
the workings of the univers and the understanding of how we,
as individuals, fit into the greater sheme. Magic is a sience
probably the greatest sience of all-but unless truth is the goal,
all will b in vain.
Up until now, no one has offered a truly realistic patern of
study. The established works are either emaciated in religious
dogma or full of needles complexities designed to denigrate the
student or basd on suprstitious concepts bst lef in the realms
of pure fantasy. The magical lodges, to whom we are supposed
to turn for enlightenment, are largely dominated by Golden
Dawn techniques that have not advanced for over a hundred
years.• Scret soieties abound with their inevitable promise to
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reveal the secrets of Magic if you bcome an initiate. Bcoming
an initiate usually involves giving up your right of free choice in
exchange for being the subject of some medieval pantomime.
You may b asked to bw to nonexistent scret chief and imag­
inar gos with unpronounceable names, and you may find that
it is far easier to get in than it is to get out. Tere is even evi­
dence to sugest that cenain factions use drugs and hypnosis to
ensure that you stay loyal.
Te plan of action presnted in this bo k is bth psitive and
realistic. It is not a rehash of Golden Dawn or any other out­
moed system. At no time are you presnted with strange, mys­
tical puzles or veiled srets-you are given all the facts in plain
English. Tis bo k bns wit frst prnciple and exends through
each chapter into a complete, workable plan of study. As a com­
plee novic, you will fnd it es to undertand. A a long-sufrg
student, you will find it refreshing, stimulating, and free from
confusion.
With this book, you bgin the study of the Cabala and the
Tree of Life. The Tree of Life is a pan of the basic system of the
West, or the Occident, called the Cabal a. (The word Cabala
roughly means "to reeive" in Hebrew. ) The exact origins of this
system are lost in the mazes of antiquit, bur I would say that it
originated from fragments of demonstrable magical truths that
advanced prsons of all nationalities and nations exchanged with
each other as they recognized the deep basic truths of the physi­
cal cosmos.
Not only are you going to study the Tree of Life, but you are
going to learn to us it as a means of study. Soon you will bgin
to think of it as a fling system (or even a computer program) by
which you classif your knowledge and obrations into an inter­
related whole.
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As, as your stdie of Eteric Magic continue, you will M
how Magic bcomes pan of your entire lifenot j ust a spcial
companent, a Sunday religion, a pany dressand everything
in life is going to have new meanings for you. Your study of the
Tree of Life will continue for as long as you are interested in
Magic, s it is probably going to continue the ret of your life!
CHAPTER 1
TAKING YOUR FIRST STEPS
IN ESOTERIC MAGIC
This bok is very spial. Unlike many other courss of instruc­
ton, it prent the tth abut Eeric Magc and the Cbala and
opns an individual path to the inner mysterie. In order to derive
maximum bnefit from this bok, remembr this single forula,
which will sre as your guide to successful Magic:
Input = Output.
One of the most impnant rules of Magic is that you get out only
in diret proponion to what you put in. By this I mean the qual­
ity of input, and not neessarily the time and money.
NagÌC-thc bcgÌDDÌDg
It is said that when God utered his own name, creation began.
The first act of real Magic was the creation. The only ingredi­
ent was the creator itself. Touch your body and you touch the
material presence of the Logos as well as that of your ancestors.
Grasp this truth with your hean rather than with your fallible
å I I O T I I I C M A G I C a • D T M I C A I A LA
human intelligence and you have taken your first step toward
Real Magic.
Since all things are One Sntient Bing, it follows that every­
thing is alive and aware. Stars, roks, water, and air are living
entitie and, equally with animal life ( including humankind), they
are aspts of the Divine Totality. This knowledge prmeates all
created things. In humankind alone, it is suppressd by a patho­
logically over developd intelle that inhibits the vital intuitive
and moral faculties govering the bhavior of most life forms.
It is also said that humankind is made in the image of Go,
in other words creative. In order to create we must understand
the way in which Go ( Universal Intelligence) acts, and us this
as a guide.
Te holy name of G, the Tetragram, is a four-letered name:
Y H V H. Thos with astute minds will immediately se the sig­
nifcance of this, for the name equates to the four elements. From
a magical point of view, this makes profound sens and can b
enacted out ritally. Consider the sheme. Go causes pwer to
fow by spaking his namein other words, by channeling this
power through the four cardinal points of the Magic Circle. It
then finds its fruition in physical eanh. To ritualize this is quite
simple and extremely impnant
bOCÌaÌ NagÌC
The soial magician feels that involvement with groups of simi­
lar thinkers will lead him or her forard. Nothing could b fur­
ther from the trth. Sial Magic may sem like a go idea until
you lok at the concept in depth.
Why is it that people feel the need to join groups? Perhaps
it's the blief that there's safet in numbrs, known as the . herd
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instnc. " I a herd, the evolvement of the individual or the group
is in the hands of the loudest voice. A everone knows, the loud­
et is not neesrly the bt. Quite ofen, eteric group ( includ­
ing covens and loges) are convened around the wrong nucleus,
s it naturally follows that if the nucleus is wrong then the entre
strucure is wrong.
Sial Magic has litle to offer any srious stdent, and while
esoteric groups may b able to teach you something, at bt they
teach you what not to do. Bfore making contac with any group,
you should ask the following questions:
1 . What are the aims of this group. Are thes realistic?
2. Do they offer enlightenment at a price? I do not simply mean
money. Lok at the cost in real ters.
3. Are there any demands on your freedom of choice?
4. Do they preach subservience to some entity, god, or secret
chiefs?
5. Do they advoate sexual deviation? This includes anything
from simple nudit to "Sx Magic."
If the answer is yes to any of these questions, then I urge you
to avoid contact. All to often, innoent searchers have joined
salled magical group only to find that they had be n deeived.
At least they were lucky enough to M that something was wrong
and get out. Many never see the folly of soial Magic and even
bome staunch suppners of such pracices. Hearing the defen­
sive argument of such pple make me think "they doth protet
too much. "
Of cours, as many have found out, i t i s always easier to get
8 I I O T I I I C M A G I C a • D T • l C A I A L A
in the groups than it is to get out-and this can lead to much
bigger problems. Most social Magic is simply harmless sel f­
deception, but some groups will stop at nothing to prevent you
from going your own way. It is disturbing that goups that preach
fredom only allow you that freedom within the retricions of
their own system! You may well b on a path, but which path?
Whose path? Is it truly yours, or is it someone else's? More to
the pint-where do it lead?
Lutu MuDtÌDgaDd thc NagÌCaÌ bVcDgaÌÌ
If you are a dedicated searcher, then you are bound to come in
contac with other who can and will help. Te old adage: "When
the pupil is ready, a teacher will appar," is literally true, bcaus
the inner drive seeks answers and someone else may well have
those answers. There is nothing wrong with having a teacher,
provided that you first apply the aforementioned rules. There is
nothing more pathetic than seeing otherise sane and sensible
individuals throwing caution to the wind in an effon to sit at the
feet of some "master. "
Åhc ÎDdÌVÌduaÌ Íath OÍbcÌÍ-ÎDÌtÌatÌOD
The only realistic magical path is one of individual effort lead­
ing to the truth-anything less is pointless. However, you can
lear fom others and, in sme instance, work with other pople,
provided that you do not give up individuality and freedo. In
terms of our initial paradigm of "input= output," individual
effort is the highest quality of input, and therefore the result­
ing output is bound to b ideal and more in keeping with your
true path in life.
You are an individual. There is no one els like you in exis-
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OO¿ s it natrally fllows that there is only one path to follow­
your ow. The path leads to your own tth concering your real
slf and your relationship with the univers. No teacher can ever
deliver you this truth, but a teacher can show you the way by
giving you a realistic patern of perfection based on universal
truthsfor example, laws that apply to everone whatever their
individual path may b. You have already ben given one such
law. It applies to everyone, and yet it al lows total freedom of
expression, for such is the nature of cosmic law and truth. Never
teat your magical work as sme son of hobby or pan-rime inter­
et that you ft in whenever you can spare a litle time. If you do,
the input = output law will yield disappointing results.
ÅhcÅääumQtÌODOÍthc LOd ÍOtmä
I order to work efeive Magc, you must identf with the mag­
cian. You must b tricked over the line of disblief by this cosmic
thimble-riger who fon i to dz e you with his sleight into
accepting that everthing is possible. This is your first rung on
the ladder of initiation
The ppularit of the tarot in divination sometimes obsures
its function as a system of applied Magic. 1 A useful exercise is
known as the "assumption of the go forms," but do not b put
off by that expression. It is as easy as copying the style and man­
nerisms of your current role moel. Daydreamers do this quite
naturally. And most pople are already acing role impd upn
them by soiety and the mass-minded mold. Tis means recog­
nizing that, ptentially, nothing is byond your pwer to achieve.
The real test of achievement is the abilit to b at ease with your
true self and avoid seeing worldly values as anything but a dan­
gerous illusion. If you do this, then nothing will ever dim the
M I I O T I I I C aA G I C A ID T i l C A I A L A
Magic in your eyes. And you will have learned for yourslf the
great seret.
Use your knowledge of the symblism of The Magician, the
scond card of the Major Arcana, numbred 1 , and tr to iden­
tify with the characer.
A young man stands in front of an altar. He is wearing a
white and red cloak. In front of him lie four magical
weapons: a Sword, a Wand, a Cup, and a Pentacle. A
symbl of eterity hangs over his head. He holds a Wand
in one raisd hand. The other hand pints down to eanh.
Tes symbls represnt the four control symbls for the
four elements: Air, Fire, Water, and Enh. The Magician
can make anything happn.
Stdy the picure on the moring of the Ne Mon. Concentate
on The Magician and bcome The Magician by identifying with
his character and bhavior. For the next founeen days ( until the
Full Mon), think yourslf into the characer for at least fve to
ten minutes each day. In Magic, you chose your role. You are
no longer one of life's bit players. The more you study the mean­
ing of this card, the easier this role playing will bcome. After
founeen days, you will have completed the exercise. But do not
mistake it for the Magic that is safe within your mind. It is only
a mnemonic picture.
Disovering Magic means reognizing the illusor nature of
the material world. The real sat of learing and the channel for
creative energy lies in the subonsious mind. This remarkable
facet of our minds is inherent in each one of us, and its capabil­
ities are enormous. It predates al l spoken and written words.
Images and acions are its language. It reads the hean and obys
the True Will. Languages M the world as objecs and materials
C I A P T I I I II
in space when it is really an illusion caused by a single, living
proess. The energy causing the proess and creating the phan­
tasmagoria you mistake for reality is the pwer that is haressed
bth to accomplish Practical Magic and to delve into the mys­
teries of creation using Esoteric Magic.
TOutLhOÌCc OÍÍath
Magic is the an and sience of understanding and using the vast
ptential of the subonsious mind. Tere are to branches to
this sience, each one dealing with the subonsious in different
ways. It is impnant that the to are not confused.
In today's terminology we have "low" and "high" Magic.
This is not a go desription bcaus it implies that one branch
of Magic ( "low" ) is trivial and therefore bneath consideration,
which is not the cas. A bter classification is that of Pracical
Magic and Esoteric Magic. Practical Magic is wholly concered
with using the pwer of the subonsious to atain solid, physi­
cal results such as increasd money supply, bter health, or even
a new home. In fact anything that enhances the lifestyle of an
individual blongs to the realm of Practical Magic. On the other
hand, Esoteric Magic is concered with the study of Magic as a
subject in its own right and also includes les tangible aims such
as the discovery of inner truths and the understanding of the
workings of creation.
Although this bo k is mostly concered with Eoteric Magic,
the basic principle lead naturally to pracical studies of the mag­
ical ans baus the sme basic rles apply to bth lines of study.
However it should always b remembred that, unles the would­
b magician has leared the truth about the material world and,
more impnant, leared how to control this, he or she is unlikely
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to make any real progress in esoteric maters. In magical terms,
the frt real "initiaton" i that of your abilit to master the mate­
rial illusion presented by life.
TOutKcÌatÌODähÌQwÌththcLDÌVctäc
Our world was created by demonic (as oppsd to angelic) intel­
ligences to give themselves form and habitat outside the dream­
time Eden from which they were ejected.1 Humankind is the
purpsly made vehicle for the administration of malignant evil
in the material realm. Humankind alone is genetically primed
with what our ancestors called original sin, and the ruthless
expunging of this inherent pllution is the first step in magical
or mystical aspiration.
Demonic control is not confned to the ordinar unawakened
man or woman but manifests as the Group Entity (or Egreores)
of ever corporate by. 1 States, churches, newspaprs, commit­
te, and chartie as well B ste t gngs are direed by a demonic
Group Entity that is neither human nor yet the combined pr­
snalitie of the membr. But it is an identit that demands reo­
nition and that uses the corporate i mage to conceal its true
purhe domination of the materal world by force of undi­
luted and malignant evil.
But the proess that creates this Vale of Tears, or Lchral
Mundi (Tear of the World), in which wa� famine, ptilence, and
death reign supreme brings with it some angelic elements from
the dream-time Eden. Te ocur as thos rare vine that some
pople share with animals and Natre, which, but for Luciferian
prde, might rais humankind to the moral level and innoent stte
of thos creatures so abusd in psychopathic arrogance.
It is the rare angelic vines in thos of pure hean and noble
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spirit that offer the only glimmer of light in a world that Homo
sapiens has turned into a materialistic demonoracy. Are you
awake yet or do you still sleep?
bÌaCkNagÌC,¾hÌtc NagÌC,
¾hÌCh ÎäthcKÌghtNagÌC:
It surpris many bginners that the training for Black Magic and
White Magic is exactly the same. A trained adept can use the
pwer for anything. Te choice i lef ently to the individual con­
cered. After many years of training, most adepts are not sus­
ceptible to guilt feel ings induced by church, state, and soiety.
They understand that thes three phantoms of illusion separate
you from realit and Magic. To a mgician, the color black means
"creation made manifest," or "idea tured into fac. " An anist
or inventor will have an idea, a pue thought. Tey will then paint
or build it. Black rprt the fed, physicl aricle. Terfore,
te Black Magic is concered with the physical reult as oppsd
to the pure thought, or spiritual side, which is White Magic.
LäOtctÌC NagÌC
Loking byond the obvious is what Eoteric Magic is all about.
It is the truth that you sek, and you will rapidly learn that the
apparent fac are not always tre, M it bome folly to us the
as a basis for blief. The equation that successfully explains your
true relationship to life-nergy is:
You= Your Blief Paters= Energy
Tis apparently simple sttement explains all of lif's problems and
also gives you the key to a vast resre of power.
1. I I 0 T I I I C l A G I C A M 0 T M I C A I A L A
You
You have a subonscious mind that is capable of great things,
miraculous things. How dos it work? Perhaps the bst way to
understand the subonsious is by equating it to a vast computer.
First, it makes no moral j udgments abut right or wrong, go
or evil. Just like any computer, it simply acts on instructions and
se ks to carr these out to the lener. If you consider the fac that
the same computer can run an entire facor or detonate a hydro­
gen bomb, you will son grasp the idea.
Your subonsious mind is nothing lesthan a tol to b usd
to create whatever you wish. The problem is that people have
lost sight pf this simple truth by allowing othe� less informed,
priests andor leaders to think for them.
Your Belief Paters
Blief alone makes your world what it is. You have been con­
ditioned to believe in i l l usion. let me teach you to believe in
reality.
Regardless of other pople, your blief and image panerns
will cause your subconscious mind to bring into your l i fe al l
manner of physical facts, which directly relate to these bliefs.
This is the basis on which sientific Magic bcomes a reality. Put
quite simply, thoughts produce things, or loked at another way,
ever dominant thought caus an effe. Note that I spcify dom­
innt thoughts, for if ever feting thought had pwe� life would
indeed b a far greater problem than it is at prsnt.
With any computer, the typ of program usd will deterine
how it fncons. Eacly the sme happns wit your subonsiou
mind. Given a program (blief), it will ac on it without heittion.
Now can you M why things go wrong in your life? Te problems
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are cte not by exeral forc, fate, G's will, or even cuO
they are causd by incore proramming ( wrong blief).
Your subonscious mind is capable of many things. In the
f i nanc, it can and do af the physicl side of life through
bliefs. It is impssible to overestimate the pwer of the subon­
sious mind. Not only will it carry out every command you give
it but it will also answer all questions. It is this latter fact that we
make use of in Esoteric Magic.
Ene
Your ability to manipulate energy paters extends to all physi­
cal mate� fom the reeneration of by tissue to causing some­
thing physical in response to your desires. Your beliefs act as
instructions to your subonsious mind, so obviously you will
caus the physical world to reac according to thes bliefs. By
changing bliefs, your future is in your own hands, for you are
bund to change the future.
Magic concede that the ver roks have no slidity other than
the illusion created by pure energy dancing in a paricular pater.
Troughout histor, the finest crafspople have ben thos who
commune with the energy that gives the illusion of tactile reality
to metal, stone, wood, textiles, and everything else. A master
crafsprson is therefore a tre magician. Tis is why you should
familiarize yourslf with basic crafs until you feel and respnd
to the soul of the tols and materials. In Magic, we sek to displ
the material illusion suffciently to exprience the Magic within.
You have at your dispsl vast reres of pwer. Lok at the
power of nature, in panicular the enormous energy at work in
the heavens. Te Sun is a prime example. It bums billions of tons
of irs own fuel every day, yet it never gets coler. Imagine if you
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could haress this amount of force for only one sond. There is
a vast amount of enery in the univers, and it is not byond your
reach. Far from it. It is pan of your existence, and your subon­
sious mind has access to this power. Your subonsious mind
deals with energy; it knows ever conceivable combination, and
it knows how to use these to alter circumstances according to
whatever instructions are given to it. You can rest assured that
in the creative sheme of life there will never b a lack of energy.
If it ever did dry up, then the universe as we know it would b
truly inen and lifeles.
Universal energy is not chaotic; it conforms to ver precise
laws. If it were truly chaotic, then l i fe would be i mpossible.
Cbbage se ds would tm into diamonds. But tis cnnot happn.
A cabbage is always a cabbage. Its strcre is deerined by pre­
cise laws. How would you prform a miracle and change a cab­
bage into a diamond? The answer lies in changing the energy
panem, not by invoking chaos (or the gos). Although you do
not, as yet, have the knowledge to do this, it is not byond the
realm of possibility. Afer all, a ver talented man changed water
inf wine by knowing abut, and applying, the law of transmu­
tation.4
Your subonsious mind knows every panern of energy in
existence, and it also has the ability to change thes. Wen given
an instrcion, in the for of a blief, it frt lote the targe, re­
ognizes its energy panem, and then proeds to change it M that
it confors to the new instrucion.
In order to understand te natre and working of this energy,
we must find some means of dividing it into convenient units.
There are sveral systems that anempt to do this. The bt by far
is the Cabalistic Tree of Life. This incredible system helps us cat­
egorize energy-and indeed everything elsin life.
Åhc NagÌCaÌÅtÌdcDt
We gain access to the knowledge and pwer of the subonsious
mind through:
1 . the mind
2. the emotions
3. the imagination
Tes are the pints of the magical trident. The trident's handle
equates to the will. The us of thes three approaches will b dis­
cussd in detail later on, but briefy, to acivate the subonsious,
frst there has to b an intention. This is then directed into sub­
consious levels through any or all of these three access points.
Sustained will is equivalent to blief, and blief always ge reults.
LauäcaDdLÛcCt
All dominant thoughts or blief that exist in your subonsious
mind are causing things to happn. Thes may b good or bad
and may b completely unknown to your consious mind. It is
ver easy to blame exteral forces or supposd demons. In the
same way, it is easy to credit some bneficial angel if and when
something pleasant happns, but the plain truth is that you are
causing thes things to happn, and every cause must have an
effec.
You may, by free choice, caus things to happn by using this
same law. In this case all that needs to b done is to give your
subonsious mind a new instrucion in a way it can understand.
Te tehnique usd to do this are classifed as Magic. Caus and
effect is therefore a just and correct law, for it seeks to give to
each individual that which he or she conceives.
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All thingnimate and inanimate, abtac and concrtere
one substance. Everhing came from the one source; therefore
everything contains l i fe and is linked together. If you touch a
spider's web, the vibration resonates through the web. If you are
on the web, you feel the vibrations. To touch the web of life is to
snd out a mes ge to everhing in cretion. To snd out a thought
is to vibrate the web of life that connes every living creature and
life energy through the laws of caus and effe. Like atracs like,
and caus is always matche by efe. A sustaine thought always
reache everhing in creation that is in keping with that thought,
and by virue of this fac so do cosmic energy and universal intel­
ligence respnd to your thoughts. Effon is therefore rewarded by
the repns of energy; ever caus must have an effect.
Relve her and now to mke Uof the law of cus and eff
by concentrating on thos things that you tuly wish to have. B
psitive. Do not dwell on problems; only se k their soluton, and
do not retric your thoughts to that which se ms obvious. Rais
your si ghts and your thi nki ng above the obvi ous and l i fe
eere will rpnd to tis new moe of thinking. B bld, b opt­
ms, b enthusi and dwell on what you deir. Your thought
have an efe on invisible levels of life byond the obvious.
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Having covered some of the basic truths of life, let us now stan
to build a bridge bteen consious and subonsious levels.
The language of the subconscious is symbol ism. The sub­
consious dos not understand English or indeed any other lan­
guage; it only understands symbols. There are many types of
symbols. For now we will consider the to main tps: abstract
and prsonal .

Abstac Symbols
Abstract symbols such as the Encircled Cross below are highly
potent forms that instantly convey a mass of useful information.
The more you think about them, the more information they will
give you. This information comes directly from your memory­
in other words, your subonscious mind. By using magical sym­
bols, you can obtain magical information in great depth, bcause
your subonscious has no limits. It is also important to remem­
br that you use a symbol; you do not make it an object of wor­
ship or consider it to b holy. By all means, treat symbols with
respct, but never turn them into idols.
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Personal Sybols
Unlike the former, prsonal, or telesmatic, symbols are prsoni­
fications of some desirable quality or power. An archangel or
planetary deity is an example of this type of symbol . While
prsonal symbls are usful in Magic, they must b kept in pr­
spctive. Always remembr that they are symbols: they do not
exist other than as symbols within the imagination of the prac­
titioner. The danger with this typ of symbol is that the practi­
tioner stars to blieve in the symbol as a reality in its own right.
If man and woman build pwerfl telemarc image (symbls) of
the worst kind, the law of caus and effect will bring a wicked
harest. Until the image of G is changed, humankind will con­
tinue to suffer throug its own blief. The message is simple: Do
not use telesmatic image unless you can build them with desir­
able qualities.
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It is unfortunate that the presnt trend leads the eager neophyte
toward the us of the Pentagram and Hexagram. Te corre pro­
cedure is to start with the Encircled Cross, which, apar from
being the master symbol, is the symbol from which all others
emanate. As a basis for magical development there is no other
that is bter.
The Encircled Cross is the real Magic Circle in which you
fon on inner levels. Bfr you cn us it suc flly, you have
to understand it. The old idea of the magician standing within
his protective Magic Circle while fighting off demons is incor­
ret. First, there are no such things as demons (telematic images
that epitomize neative qualitie). Scond, and more to the pint,
the circle is valueless unles it is built in the mind. Painting a circle
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on the foor (or buying one in cheap plastic) is simply pointless
unless you wish to regress to the dark ages.
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This symbl, together wirh a few of its main atributions, is
gven in figure 1 (se page 1 9). Do nor b pur off by irs simplic­
it. This symbl, if usd correctly, can develop into a highly com­
plex and all-mbracing magical system. Get to know it.
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Read through this chapter at least once a day and think carefully
abut the ideas contained herein. These ideas may defy conven­
tion and prhaps sem oversimplifed, but they are correct.
Here is another magical formula:
Peace = Power
It is almost impssible ro prform a magical act if your mind is
flled with everday thoughts and stress. I cannot emphasize rhe
imponance of the pace = power equation ro strongly. Access
ro the subonsious is restricted in proponion ro acriviry. The
high pint of any ritual is reached in a state of absolute calm, for
ral pwer lie within the sr, silent center within us. Te antcs
of thos would-b magicians who insist on cavoning around the
temple are in direct oppsition ro the rrurh. You do not have to
work yourself up into a frenzy ro rais power, quire the revers.
You must slow down.
Relaxation, especially preritual relaxation, is vital ro your
suc
cess. Spend some rime each day learning how ro relax the
b
y and the mind. There are many techniques rhar assist relax­
arion.
Regular pracice with rhe Encircled Cross will help build a
b
ridge bteen you and your subonsious mind. Without this
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brdge, contac with this sat of pwer is stricly limited, so prac­
tice ofen.
You will ned a candle and sme general incens or jos sticks
for this exercise. Enter your temple or place of work ( see pp.
2325), bum some incens, and sit quietly and relax while clear­
ing away all thought of everyday mater. Afer a suitable prio,
bgin to contemplate the idea of pace = power. Let the words
tranquillit, clm, stillness, and silence come into your mind as
you let go and deply relax. Take your tme and allow inner pace
to tke the place of noral acivit. Silent stillnesis the key to real
pwer and truth and is therefore well wonh the time spnt in dis­
covering it.
When you have reached a satisfactory state of calm, light the
altar candle, which now symbolizes this inner pace and eternal
source of pwer. Contemplate the idea of using a candle in this
way. Symbolism is very important in Magic, for symbols and
symblic acs spak volumes to your subonsious mind.
Now imagine that you are taking a jourey into inner space.
You get smaller and smaller until you can M the individual cells
within your by. Cntinue geting smaller until you can M mol­
ecules, atoms, the pans of an atom, and so on, until you can go
no farther. At this point you have reached the silent center of
power. Now imagine a pint of light forming and geting larger
and brighter. Move your atention to your hean area and imag­
ine that this light emanates from your hean. It grows and con­
tinues to get brighter until it radiates all through your by.
Do not let logical thinking get in the way; simply use your
imagination without tring to b rational, critical, or analytical.
Logic, as you will disove� has only a limited pan to play in mag­
ical working. I should also mention that it is not necessary that
you strain to visualize. If you can visualize, well and go. If not,
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then do not tr to sustain vivid pictures; instead, simply let the
mind consider and refe on each idea in the same way that you
do this naturally in everyday maters.
In the next pan of the exercis, you will erect the true Magic
Circle, the Encircled Cross, within your mind. It is quite simple.
Star by imagining that a shaf of light proeeds from your hear
to some convenient point immediately in front of you. This is
magical e

st. Imagine the same thing happning to your right.
This is magical south. Next, M a similar bam of Hght go from
your hear to a similar distance bhind you. This is magical west.
Finally, complete the cosmic cross by imagining a bam of light
going out to your left. Tis is magical norh.
Staring from magical east, imagine a circle of light connect­
ing each of thes four points in tum. You now have a complete
Encircled Cross, or Magic Circle. Contemplate this symbl for a
while, allowing ideas and impressions to aris in your mind. In
conclusion, reverse the proedure, finally allowing the light to
disappar within your hear. Extinguish the candle and retur to
normal.
Keep a magical notebok in which you reord any imprant
thoughts, feel i ngs, experiences, and ideas. No need for long­
wi nded essays; brief notes wi l l suffice. These notes wi l l be
extremely useful at some future date. In the meantime, pracice
this exercis ofenit is the firt step in building a pwerful mag­
ical system that is truly your own.
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Privacy is a prerequisite to succesfl magical pracice. You simply
cannot achieve the correct state of mind if you are constantly
subjeced to distracions and nois. You must have somewhere to
work that is removed from everyday life. Circumstances will dic­
tate where it will b, depnding on how much space is available.
In the final analysis, you must decide on the typ of temple you
ned. Blow are a few sugestions for temples and equipment.
Peraent Temple
A spare room is ideal . Put a lok on the door and curtain any
windows in the interest of security and secrecy. In all cases, keep
your magical work and your temple sret. There are still enough
ignorant bigots in existence who will try to make life uncom­
forable, so do not take risks.
Tempora Temple
If there is no prmanent free space, then us whatever means you
have in hand. A litle ingenuity works wonders. Ohen you can
adapt a bdrom or even the garden shed. Take your time, think
thing through, and work out a suitable compromis. Again, su­
rit and privacy are esntal-ither put a lok on the dor invent
some suitable excus to kep pople away, or simply insist on pri­
vacy. You cannot fully concentrate on what you are doing if you
are in constant fear of someone disturbing you.
Temple Equipment
A temple, in es nce, is nothing more than a workrom. You only
need useful equipment in a workroom. The golden rule with
equipment is do not bring it into your temple unless you have a
go reason for doing s. In addition, make cerain that you fully
understand its purps. Failure to do this ohen results in temple
that remble junk shops rather than well-ordered place of work.
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You will ned an altar. This is simply a work surface. It can
b an elabrate double cub or simply a small cupbard or coffe
table. The choice is yours. Altar cloths are quite usful, as they
bring color into a rital. An incens burer, candles, and candle
holders are also basic equipment. The choice of colors, shaps,
and siz is again a mater of choice. Again, think carefully bfore
you decide, and do not b swayed by what the boks sy-make
up your own mind. Robs are optional and not essential in the
early stage. It is usually bt er to spnd rme prfecing your mag­
ical system in as simple a way as pssible. Ideas abut robs and
M fonh will gradually ocur with the passge of rime and in pro­
pnion to exprience.
Finally, a magical temple is not a place of worship. It is, if
you like, simply a psychic labrator, where you lear abut your
inherent pwer and also test out your ideas. By all means treat
it with repct and make it a spial place, but pleas do not ded­
icate it to the gos. Let sience take the place of suprstition.
CHAPTER Z
THE COSMIC PLAN, THE ENCIRCLED
CROSS, AND THE COSMIC SPHERE
The mysteries and secrets of real Magic lie in the understanding
of the subonscious mind. You give the subonscious mind an
instruction either directly (as in a correctly prformed ritual or
act of Magic) or inadvertently (through bliefs, whether they b
correct or wrong). The subonsious mind will always carry out
this direion, no mater what the facs appar to b. Tis incred­
ible par of yourslf is totally limitless, creative, and all-know­
ing. How? To touch the universl web of life is to caus vibration.
Ever cus has an efe, Mto snd out a thought vibrate the web
of life that connes ever thing, baus all things are one sntiet
bing.
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The fact that Universal Energy is M precis in its action sugests
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at there is an intelligence bhind it. This Universal Intelligence
is repnsible for creation as we know it, for it shap iner mater
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into recognizable, physical objes and gives them life. This cre­
ative proess is free-fowing and unrestricted. Creation gives life
and creates freely; it dos not se k to restrict, destoy, or enforce
its will. It simply is and as such, it can only b bneficial.
A a humn bing, you have a ver spial place in the creatve
sheme, for you also have the capacit to create. By blieving this
to b true, you cause it to b true. You have the pwer to create,
and you can, and do, create using the same system oprating i n
the univers. Your subonsious mind uss Universal Energ and
manipJlates its paterns on demand. In addition, being pan of
the creative proess, it is a vital pan of Universal Intelligence. It
is nothing less than the G within having acces to all aspcts of
creation and the wonders of life's mysteries. To say that you have
a hotline to Go is therefore true. You are far greater than you
blieve yourslf to b, and you really do have the pwer to create
whatever you wish, bcause there are no limits except thos you
accept yourslf.
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Consider the very simple fact that you as an individual have to
mi nds. The first is your conscious mi nd, the part of you that
thinks. You use it all the time to obsre, to evaluate. Te other
mind is your subonsous mind. Tis is not far removed or deply
hidden, nor dos it take a great deal of skill to use. It has to
functions. First, it loks afer all the automatic functions in your
by (such as breathing, heanbat, tisue reeneration, growh of
hair). Te sond function is to store inforation in your memor
and to ac according to your wishes.
You have the capacit to b whatever you want, to have what­
ever you desire. You are in contact with the whole of creation.
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Everone has a subonsious mind with exactly the same capac­
ity for handling pwer or communicating over vast distances. If
you put al l of these minds together-wherever they many be,
either on this planet or any other in the vastness of creation­
you have a Universal Mind. Through this Universal Mind you
are able to draw on all the thinking that has gone bfore, for all
memories are stored within.
Perhaps you have read or heard of the great symbolic library
of knowledge called the Akashic Reords. According to ancient
mystcal doine, the name stems fom the Sanskrit word aka,
meaning . primary substance," or that out of which all things are
formed. Therefore, we can say that the Akashic Records are the
indelible and eeral reords of the Univerl Mind, containing all
knowledge of the past, prent, and future. Of course, these are
not materially writen accounts, but rather they are an expres­
sion of the totality of universal wisdom.
It is easy to see that the Akashic Record is simply another
way of expressing the fact that, through the universal linkage of
minds, nothing is ever forgoten. This record can b read liter­
ally like a book. Of course it must b done through your own
subonsious mind using snsible tehniques, but it is there to b
explored by anyone who takes the time and trouble to lok in
the right way. In truth we are al l linked together through this
mind, and we have the abilit to span the vastness of time and
explore the enormous reseres of knowledge and pwer that the
Universal Mind contains.
The entire sheme is represnted by the triangle in figure 2.
Here, the tiangle is bing usd to reprt an idea-it is a symbl.
Study it carefully.
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The key to the subconscious, especially from a magical point
of view, lies in the us of symbls. Any valid symbl acs as a link
between you and this powerful part of your mind. Symbols are
the keys that unlok the door to power and knowledge if used
correctly. Let us now explore a single symbol and see where it
leads.
Te Encircled Cross
Leaving aside Pentagrams, Hexagrams, and other highly dubi­
ous ancient designs of guaranteed efficacy, look at the master
symbol, the Encircled Cross (see page 31 ). All other symbols are
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contained in this symbl, thereby making it a fting staring pint
for your search.
There are three ways in which you can examine any symbl:
1 . Think abut it on a consious level.
2. Contemplate the symbl.
3. Meditate on the symbl.
Consious thought only deals with the obvious, but it dos have
its uss. S, taking the Encircled Cross as a staring point, let us
see what obvious facts come to light.
Tere is a central pint from which radiate four ars, and the
whole is surrounded by a circle. Te angle bteen the arms is
ninery deree, and there are four quadrants. Tis appar to sum
up the deig and do not reveal any profound trths or usful
inforation. Now let us take thing a stage furher using contem­
plation.
As this is a universl symbl, you ought to b able to relate
this to life. The numbr four brings to mind:
• The four points of the compass ( north, east, south, and
west).
• The four sasons (winter, spring, summer, and autumn).
• The four periods of each day (dawn, noon, dusk, and
midnight).
• The four suits of the tarot ( Swords, Wands, Cups, and
Pentacle).
• Te four phases of the Mon ( New Mon, First Quarer,
Full Mon, and Last Quarer).
• The four Elements ( Air, Fire, Water and Enh).
• Te four fundamental force that gover the univers (ele­
tromagnetism, strong nuclear force, weak nuclear force,
and gravit).
• The fourfold desriptive division of mater (space, time,
mass, and energy).
• The Tetragram,• the fourfold name of the Hebrew God
( YHVH) (pronounced Yo-Heh-Vav-Heh).
• The four magical weapns (Shield, Sword, Ro, Cup).
Tere are many more fourfold atributions; however, let us now
take maters a litle funher using meditation.
Take the symbl and think at and wth it. First, think abut the
list of previous atributions and try to relate the to the symbl.
Clearly, the points on the circumference of the Encircled Cross
reemble the pints of a compass ( nonh, south, east, and west).
Now, fit the four prios of the day (dawn, non, dusk, and mid­
night) on the Encircled Cross. There is a connecion bten the
rsing Sun at dawn and east, so dawn equates to the easter pint
on the circumference. It naturally follows that as the Sun is at its
znith at non and is therefore giving out maximum heat, s non
must equate to the south pint. The sun sets at dusk in the west,
leaving the darkness of midnight to nonh. A similar exercis can
b done with the four sasons. Tr this for yourslf.
Te Four Elements of the Encircled Cross
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Magic, you will fnd many reference to the numbr four from
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the Cabalist to the enigmati c four elements of the wis. It is said
that creation bgan when God utered his name (the Tetragram:
YH). Te fourfold name created all. The obvious interpreta­
tion of this is that everything in creation contains the four ele­
ments, and therefore, the elements rle all that exists. Te sheme
is easily explained by the symbl. If the central point is taken to
represent God beginning creation, power then radiated out in
four distinc diretions (the arms of the cross), finally creating all
that is and ever will b (the circle). The pints at which the arms
join the circle are tered the crdinal pin� and at each pint you
have an element. The corret placing of thes elements is given
in figure 3 (sepage 31 ).
You now have four points around the circle at which you
can group together, or categorize, everything in existence, each
point bing ruled by an element. Obviously, it would take more
than a single human life to produce any in-depth list of physi­
cal objects and events that equate to the elements. This, in any
case, is not necessary. All that needs to be understood is that
vast groups of correspondences do indeed relate to each point
and its ruling element. Also, when you stand within your sym­
blic Encircled Cross, you are automatically in touch with ever­
thing in creation, grouped under four cardinal points and their
ruling elements.
S far you have taken the symbl and loked out at the world
now you will view the symbl from a different angle-loking
in. Look at the Encircled Cross in light of what has been said
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abut the Go-enter radiating outard. Each arm of the cross
represnts a path. Naturally, this is two-way. If you now remem­
br that your own center or Go within, is your subonsious
mind, the symbol stans to reveal its power
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Energy has already ben disussd. Let us take the same idea and
equate it to the Encircled Cross symbl.
Te Center of the Encircled Cross
This center point equates to God-power, either universally or
internally through your subconscious mind. It is your seat of
pwer through which you create by linking into Go and pwer.
From this center radiate four paths that connect to everyday life.
Tat fnal conneon is named a crdinal pint and euate to one
element.
The Paths of the Encircled Cross
Center and circumference are conneted by four paths, aN each
path works in two ways. First, you can direct the power con­
tained in the center along the path in order to affect physical
changes. Second, you can use a physical object as an object of
contemplation or meditation with a view toward tracking back
along a path in order to disover the iner trth bhind this obje.
In the later method various objects and ideas correspnding to
the nature of the ener bing contemplated are used in rtual sit­
uations to act as a fous for the mind, which is then stimulated
by their presence.
In dealing with the elements, you are faced with a profusion
of choice as to which blong wher on the cirle. To avoid having
to make long lists of probabilities, it would b far bter if you
could epitomize each element and all that is ruled by this power
by the use of a symbol. The idea bing that one symbol would
then represent an element in totality. Fonunately, this is not as
dif
ficult as you may suppose.
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The Four Weapons of the Encircled Cross
Ancient tradition furishes four valid symbls. There are Sword,
Wand, Cup, and Shield. They are correctly placed as in figure 3
( sepage 31 ).
Each symbol, like the paths, can be used in two ways: in
and out. For instance, the Sword can b usd to dire the energy
of Ai r or i t can be used as a symbol for contempl ati on or
meditation in order to track back to central truth. It should b
stated that a physical represntation of each weapon is not nec­
essary at this stage. It is far more imponant to work with the
symbol in the mind first. It's ridiculous to purchase a so-called
Magic Sword in the hope rhar it will in itself cause great things
to happn. It is the inner realizations thar matter, for without
these, a physical Sword is usless. The same applies to any piee
of magical equipment. First you work with the idea, gradually
building up inner awareness M that when you do acquire a ritual
item you will have a personal relationship with it. This modus
operandi should al so be appl ied to rhe other three magical
weapns-the Ro, Cup, and Shield. I will say more abut the
in subsequent chapters.
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The grouping together of similar ideas and physical items is a
valuable magical technique that needs examination. You have
probably heard of lists of correspndences or seen the printed
in books. Aleister Crowley's 777 was an anempt to categorize
cenain items and ft them to the Treof Life.: By far the oldet ide
is the spculation that everything in creation is ruled by rhe plan­
ets. In actual fac, the planets do nor, as such, rule anything. This
is an unfonunate choice of words. It would b more correct to
state that there is a similarity bteen the natre of a planetar
energy and a physical fac. For example: Gold is ruled by the Sun.
Here, the nature of the metal is similar to the nature of the planet.
Tere is an affinity bteen the to.
Tere is a mistaken idea that if you bring toether a few items
that correspond to a panicular planet, this, by itself, will atrac
the supposed pwer of the planet. This is not strictly true. Wile
it can b argued that the materials may well vibrate at the same
frequency or, in some cass, may even appar to emit energy, the
gathering toether of sympathetic materials will not in itslf caus
energy to fow. For instance, the gathering together of gold, sun­
fower seds, frankincense, and a Hexagram in some ritual situ­
ation will do absolutely nothi ng. You are the only thing that
causes power to fow. Never forget that items used ritually are
not magical-they are simply concentration aids.
Your Encircled Cross is the real Magic Circle in which you
symbolically stand during magical work. Up until now, it is just
a symbolic circle. To make it usable, you have to relate it to life
and the universe. The dotrine of correspndences will sre you
well. If the Encircled Cross embraces everthing in creation, then
all things must relate to the symbol. In fact this is so.
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Up until now, your Encircled Cross has ben to-dimensional; it
has ben a fat reprentation of a thre-dimesional realit. L us
now move away from fat circle into the idea of Cosmic Sphere.
To do this you have to extend the Encircled Cross in this way.
Imagine to more radii emerging from the center. One gos
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by to more circles, giving the three rings of Cosmos. To aid visu­
alization, these are shown in figure 4, above.
You now have a total of one center, three rings, and six noal
points. To make your cosmic scheme complete, you need atri­
butions for the upper and lower points. With the elements, you
are dealing with the expression and subsequent manifestation of
power in four distinct ways. The upper and lower points equate
to supply and demand. Looking up, you find God, or the All-
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Father who supplie pwer. Te All-Father give out and is there­
fore psitive. Te lowermost pint is obviously the revers and s
equates to Mother Nature, or Eanh Mother. She is receptive to
power and is therefore negative. The word . negative" is not
meant in any derogatory sense. Naturally, there is a path from
the center to each point that works both ways once more, and
there is als a symbl. Te uppr pint is symblized by a Crown
and the lower is represented by a Cub.
You now have a complete three-dimensional Cosmic Sphere that
has a central pint of power and a pripher that encompasss
everg in caton. Te simple Encirled Croshas now bome
a Cosmic Sphere; all that remains is to individualize it. This is
done by patient practice, including in it only those ideas that are
valid and true for you.
CHAPTER J
SYMBOLISM, THE FOUR ELEMENTS,
AND THE FOUR MAGICAL WEAPONS
As a student of Magic, you could b excused for thinking that it
will take years to son out the confusion and contradictions that
now exist in moem eoterics. Years of tonured study need not
b ns , prvide that ther is a plan of acion using valid sym­
blism. Te entire proes can b equated to learing a language.
The hard way is to buy heaps of boks and then, all by yourself,
try to make some sns out of it all. The easier way is to find a
teacher or enroll in a course that helps you understand the sub­
jee by taking you through successive stages, from first principle
until you gain proficiency. S it is with Magic. You have to stan
from basic principles, using a sensible plan of action. This takes
time, but it is well wonh the effon in terms of real understand­
ing and self-advancement.
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Magc works bu of your inherent abilit to us the pwer and
knowledle contained within the subonsious mind. In order to
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contact this pwerful pan of yourslf, you have to convers with
it in a language that you, and it, can understand.
Te only language that gets reults is that of symblism. lme
and time again you will M symbls bing abused, M in order to
avoid time-wasting practices, let us lok at symbols in a realis­
tic light.
There are thre typs of symbols:
1 . Abstract: Usually geometric shapes such as the Pentagram,
Hexagram, and the Encircled Cross, together with circle,
square, triangle, and so fonh.
2. Personalized: Gos, archangels, angels, spirits, demons-in
fact any tangible bing of humanoid form, built up over cen­
turies of adoration, terror, sexual sacrifi ce, blo, and other
familiar magical trance techniques.
3. Physi cal : All magical equipment, such as weapons, altar,
candles, and even the temple itslf.
The use of abstract, geometric symbols is viral in any magi­
cal system and they are meant to b worked with on inner levels
of awareness in order to gain subonsious respnse.
There are numerous prsonalized symbls, ranging from the
Christian Go to the lowliest of spirits. Never make the mistake
of presuming that these things exist as living entities-they do
not! A symbl, whatever it nate, acs as an interchange be
you and the typ of energy that you are seeking to contact, be
this for direct use or for the purpose of acquiring knowledge.
These symbols do have a use if they are treated sensibly. All to
ofen, however, they are not!
Pernalized symbls, or telemarc image as they are know,
do have a use in the sheme of things. For instance, if you wish

to approach a cenain tp of energy, let us say the element of Air
1 tink you will agethat it is difcult to conver with it symbl,
the Sword. If, however, you imagine that there is some form of
int
elligence bhind this element (which there is), it is far easier to
del with this in human terin other words build up the image
of a bing with whom you can convers. The other approach is
to us sme of the more snsible telemarics such as the Cabalistic
archangels. Much is to b gained from this technique, provided
that you do not credit. thes imaginar bings with pwer over
you. This is folly of the worst kind bcause whatever you build
into a symbl, either abtrac, prsnalized, or physical, is bund
to have an effect on your subonsious mind and will therefore
manifet itslf in the physical world. If you must work with teles­
marc image, then do s in the light of common sns by atribut­
ing only the most desirable qualities to each image.
In Magic, much us is made of physical objects, and this is
valid provided that you again apply common sns. All to ofen,
the would-b magician rushe out to buy some essential piece of
ritual paraphernalia in the hope that this will entice power to
fow. Nothing could b fanher from the truth, so we will lok at
this aspct of Magic in some detail.
Take, for instance, the idea of a Magical Sword. Bfore you
purchase one, or, if you are really talented, make one yourself,
stop and think. What us dos this have; what dos it represnt;
and what are you going to do with it? The magical law is that all
st
arts
with thought, and so it is with physical symbols. Think
fir
st,
then act. Failure to do this will result in lack of contact and
prhaps needless expns.
We create with the subonsious mind using the four channels
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is done by using a language that the subonsious mind under­
stands-the language of symblism.
The aim of the true magician is to l i nk within the self the
greater and lessr natures. To do this, many have usd symblic
weapons to bridge the gap beteen physicality and mentality.
The four principle weapons are symbolic of the elements: Air
Fire, Water, and Eanh. The symbls for the four elements are:
Sword, Ro (or Wand), Cup, and Shield.
Te Sword (Ar)
The Sword represnts the creative will and intelligence; it repre­
snts the abilit to conceive an ide and brg it to realit in action.
The first mistake is to presume that a physical Sword con­
tains power-it dos not! You will read of elabrate ceremonies
in which the magician conscrates his or her Sword, and this is
valid up to a point, but what is in fact happning is the concen­
tration and dedication applied to the ritual is fousing the mind
of the magician along cenain lines, in this cas the Sword. To a
cenain extent this is bund to get some subonsious response,
but in this day and age these techniques are unnecessary. Far
bner to update the proedure in the light of sound practice and
common sns. Tere are sveral thnique that are esy to foUow
and quite effective. First, you can work from a purely consious
level by thinking abut a magical Sword. If you were to have one,
what would b its shap, its size? What would the handle lok
like? Would it b jewelled and orate? Think about it and make
drawings until you are cenain that this is your Sword. Do not
accept the designs given in various textboks and grimoires, for
to do this is to defeat the whole object of the exercise. Lok for
your Sword and try to establish your contact with the element of
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Air. Use your imagination. Your subonscious mind does not
understand the English language; it works with symbls and pic­
tures that are used imaginatively. The more you imagine, the
bter the picture, and the more cooperation you will get from
your subonsious.
Use this imaginary picture to take you furher and further
toward your own pwer. There are many techniques; here is just
one: Working within your Magic Circle of four elements, face
the appropriate cardinal point ( in this case east) and use your
imagination to M a yellow doray ( yellow bing the color of
A). Pass through this dor and Man altar. Your Sword is on this
altar. Lok around to see if anything els is apparent, prhaps a
landsap or pople. Pick up the magical Sword and feel the air
blowing around you. You are in control; you are directing the
element of Air. Allow impressions to arise from your subon­
sious mind. When you have finished, replace the Magic Sword.
Go back through the dor, close the dor, and retur to normal.
Close down the temple and write up any important points for
future reference.
Techniques l i ke this will go a long way in helping you to
understand the element of Air and the magical Sword as it applie
to you. You do not have to us this tehnique exacly as deribd.
B fexible and vary it to suit yourself. You have to relate the ele­
ment of Air to Earh life, and this is bst done by thinking about
the Sword-what it do and how it could b usd. Lok at ever­
day life and find Swords and Sword-like situations. This is not
as difficult as you may think. Again, keep notes. By working in
bth directions, inwardly and outardly, you are establishing
contact with the element of Air as it exists for you and the real­
ity of everday life. This is real Magic.
One day, you will probably feel the ned to purchas or make
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a real Sword. You will have the advantage of knowing what this
Sword is and what it means to you. It will b a true Magic Sword,
as oppd to bing basd on smeone els's mistaken ideas abut
Magic. Bcause you first worked with inner reality using sym­
bolism, your Magic Sword will sere as an instant contact, in a
highly prsonal sense, with power as expressd through the ele­
ment of Air. The choice is yours, for the Sword has two edges
and cuts bth ways. Will you cho suprstition and acceptance,
or reality and true power?
Te Ro (or Wand) ( Fire)
The Magic Rod (or Wand) ( sometimes the Spear) is somewhat
like the Sword, subject to much speculation. let us start by
looking at the reality that lies behind this imponant symbol.
The Rod represents the element Fire. Rods represent rulership,
control, authority, and power. They equate to the fixed sign of
leo, the sign of regal i ty. Note how the symbol of the Rod con­
stantly shows itself. From the baton the conductor uss to direc
the orchestra to the parliamentary mace used in England to the
staff of the wise person to the crosier of a bishop.
Unlike the Sword, the Ro must b made. The more individ­
ual each weapon, the bter, so there is no point in imitating the
designs of others or buying a ready-made Ro. Spnd some time
thinking abut the Ro-what it means, what it represnts. As
with the Sword, work with the inner reality bfore you deide on
the final design.The Magic Rod represents a powerful positive
link bteen heaven and eanh, or power and activit. The pur­
pose of Magic is the use of power to produce physical results,
and this ought to b incorprated into the Ro.
B realistic and incorprate meaningful magical pracice into
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the proess of making your Rod. It is simply no use hacking
down some convenient piece of tree and then writing obsure
symbols on it. Think. Use your ingenuity and imagination all
though the proes. Star by careflly sleting the wowhich
tp are you going to us? ( Hazel is traditional, but the choice
is yours.) What length? What natural characteristics should the
piece have?
Sle your wo, cut it to length, and then add to it. Perhaps
the tip could have some symbol of power attached to it, such as
a small cross or a gemstone, or bter still a meteorite. Affix a
symbl of Earh to the opposite end, such as a plain black stone
or an Encircled Cross. Lok at the length of wod representing
the connecting link bteen these to points. You could paint
it white to represent light and paint a band at the halfway point
to represent the Sun. Or, you could paint alternate bands of
colors to represent the planets. Staring at the top, paint black
(Satr), blue Uupiter), r ( Mars), gold (the Sun), gren (Venus),
orange ( Mercur), and finally silver (the Mon). This loks very
impressive and is symbolically correct. Power starts at the top,
works its way through the planets, and impacts itself into Earh
realit. When working with this Ro in planetar Magic, hold the
Rod i n di fferent positions, dependi ng on the planet being
conj ured.
There are many other pssibilitie, such as the Spar concept.
Your Ro could b painted red to represent Fire. A metal tip is
fted on one end, black to represent power entering Earh exis­
tence, while the oppsite end could b painted gold or perhaps
have a small gemstone st in it to represent the power of light.
Te possibilities are endless, but you must decide, and you must
mke this imprant symbl, for it is prsonal involvement that
p
rouces a true Ro of pwer.
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Te Cup (Water)
The Magic Cup presents the essence of life, the overfowing of
divine love. The Cup refreshes, rejuvenates, revitalizes. It is the
divine mother, the grand lady of Nature. The Cup is supplica­
tion, humility. The magical operations undertaken are prayer,
purification, and healing.
The Cup is not a weapn at all; it is a container. However, it
is no les a ptent symbl than the other thre. Te Sword and Ro
are active, for they help us do things, either by thought or by
acion. Te Cup and Shield are passive, for they reeive. Te eter­
nal waters of life are contained in the Cup, which you drink from
whenever you have need. The Shield receives your eanhly plan
of action or belief patterns that mold your life.
The Cup is the only container on the Magic Circle. Cups con­
tain, but contain what? The answer is: everything. The element
of Water symbolizes consciousness, and those who have spent
time on magical maters will realize that consiousness is con­
tained in everything in the univers. Consiousness is that mag­
i cal something that renders the inert into the l iving. Without
consiousness, or life energy, an object cannot exist. Everything
must contain consiousnes, even a semingly dead piece of rok.
The supposed dead rok is very much alive. Its atoms and mole­
cules are in constant vibration and movement, even though we
cannot se them.
The Cup contains everythi ng; everything contai ns con­
Siousnes; and consiousnes respnds to magical intent through
the mind, the imagination, and the emotions. Working together
in their most powerful and purest forms, the mind, the imagina­
tion, and the emotions create love. just as Nature bstows abun­
dant water without which life could not exist, Mjupiter bstows
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total abundance, without strings or conditions. This is love in its
highest form. S ofen eanhly love is completely misundersto
and psive. Real love gives freedom. Real love implie no con­
ditions. To give a Cup is to love completely. You are symblically
giving that prson the means to acquire his or her highest aspi­
rations, without conditions, without bundaries.
Spnd sme considerable time working with this symbol and
atuning to it by any means that ingenuity can sugest. Think
abut your Cup. Get to know your Cup in your own way. Lok
for Cups in everyday life and meditate on the symbl, gradually
building up a prsonal familiarity. Do not copy other people's
ideas. Imitation never is effective in magical working.
The idea bhind the Cup maters, not the actual physical rep­
resntation. Do not rush out and buy expensive gold and silver
plate or b disppinted if someone give you a Cup made of pt­
tery or plain glass. The inner reality, the ability to work with the
symbl through the physical object, is what really maters.
I often think that give and take are much misunderstood.
Wile it is wrong to constantly take without giving, it is equally
wrong to give and not to take. If someone offers you a gift, take
it! Not only will you make them happy, you will also opn chan­
nels for funher giving and taking. Quite often, the inabilit to
accept gifs is only the rip of the icebrg, and a deep subonsious
problem prevents you from reeiving life's bnefits. For life itself
neds to give. If you do not take, you effecively blok up the cre­
ative proesand har yourslf. Aways accept, even if you cannot
us the gif. You can always give it to someone else.
Your Magic Cup is your link with life and its natural abun­
da
nce, so us it as such. The Cup has many magical uss. Here is
iust one sugetion. Fill the Cup with go, dear water, and think
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allow it to fow into the water. Drink the water and let this abun­
dance fow into your life. Life holds this promise to those who
seek realit through valid symbls such as this. From the lowli­
est of cuppd hands to the Graal itslf lies a path of bneficence
far byond expctations for those who seek to receive. So ask
freely through the Cup and allow life to fulfill its purpos of cre­
ative, never-ending abundance.
The Shield ( Eh)
The Magic Shield represents i nert matter, the material world,
with all its hardships and strgle. It is the darket state of bing.
Its us is to represent ethereal qualities upn the material plane
and is analogous to salt, which presrves fesh and thus material
existence.
What exacly is a Magic Shield? What do it do and how do
we use it? Very few magical boks atempt to answer these ver
pracical questions, preferring instead to prptuate meaningless
suprstition.
The Magic Shield blongs to magical norh and the element
of Earh. Do not take the word Erh to literally-) do not mean
soil or planet Earh. The true element of Earh is inert matter,
that is, mater without life or for-although it is not pssible on
this planet for anything to b truly iner, for everything contains
life-energy and as such is already molded by Nature. A fair anal­
ogy would b to equate mater with a lump of day. As it stands,
it is quite useless, it has no form. However, by molding the day,
we can prouce anything from a fat plate to a statue, according
to our will, our creative abilities, and of cours our imagination.
We conceive an idea and tum it into physical reality by molding
the day to our needs. We give it form.
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Supps we are way back in rime. Tere is lots of freh water
but we have no .means of drinking other than by using cuppd
hands. All we have is formless clay. First comes an idea: a vessel
or container inspired by our cuppd hands. This first seed idea
equates to the element of Fire. Now the imagination is brought
into play as the idea is shapd in the mind, until a clear picture
exists. Tis imaginative proess equate to the element of Water.
Te element of Air is brought into play by taking the clay and by
using skill and ingenuity to shap it into a physical representa­
tion of the mental picture. The final outcome is the vessel itself,
and this equate to the element of Enh. An inen, shapless mass
has now become a useful vessel. Bth equate to Eanh, yet they
are different by virtue of the fact that an idea has changed the
shape of the day and given it form. The element of Earth is
directly connected to the material side of l i fe, and to control
Enh we must shape it accordingly. We must impress on it the
pater of our true deires. Tis is where the Magic Shield comes
into the picture.
If we wish to build a house, we draw a plan. If we want to
build an electronic circuit, we prouce a circuit diagram. Or if
we wish to express an idea, we write it down. All of these are
Shield functions, bcaus we are bringing ideas into physical fac
by producing a plan of action. In Magic, the Shield represents
inen mater and the deig repreents the plan of acion. In other
words, it is a symbolic represntation of that which we wish to
bring into physical realit. For example, supps our intention is
to incrs our erg. Firt we colle the fact, and the we pro
duce a design to represnt this. The traditional planet for money
i Venus, who color is gren and who metal is coppr. A Shield
represntation of this would therefore b a green Shield baring
the symbol of Venus in copper-colored paint. The four sevens
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from the tarot deck could b affixed at the cardinal points, to
represent the four worlds, and the intention could b written
along the edge. Here you have a prfecly sane and snsible Shield
that represents an intention and a plan of action.
The only problem with this panicular scheme is that you
would need a new Shield for other intentions. A time-onsuming
and costly proess. The alternatives now given are far more suit­
able. The first thing is to acqui re a suitable Shield. Now, for
heaven's sake, if you are going to make a Shield, at least let it
lok like a Shield. A realistic size is abut eighten inche in diam­
eter. Tis can b cut from stiff card, plywo, or hardbard. Paint
one side black to represent matter and the other side white to
represent power. Either use the white side to project an imagi­
nar picture onto the surface (which with practice is not as dif­
ficult as you may think) or paint on it a universal symbol that
covers all pssibilities. The design is entirely up to you and your
requirements, but a useful sugestion is presented in figure 5.
This panicular design has the advantage of incorprating all the
elements, planets, and signs of the zoiac, therefore covering all
possibilities. It requires a litle skill and patience to make, but it
is well wonh the effon. Not only is it fully functional in a prac­
tical sns, but it is also a valuable symbl for contemplation and
meditation in its own right and will reveal much to those who
take the trouble to work with it.
The Shield itslf is no guarante of success. The Shield is not
magical; it is only a fous for your mind. However, the more you
think about it and work with it, the more magical your mind will
become, for one enhances the other. All that nonsense about
buying magical weapns made to the spcifcations given in some
grimoire and then expcting power to Aow into your life is j ust
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A true magical weapn is a tol. It has to b first conceived
in the mind and then brought gradually into physical bing using
thought and skill. You not only prouce an individual weapon,
which will act as a fous for your mind and a control symbl for
pwer, you also follow the example given in the Shield, namely:
conceive, create, craf, and consolidate.
CHAPTER +
MEDITATION, THE COSMIC SPHERE,
AND THE INNER TEMPLE
In all forms of real Magic, ir is rhe inner work ( for example, med­
itatve work prfore i rhe imagnaton) rhar ge reult. Magic
wirhour this inner work is pintles.
NagÌCaÌNcdÌtatÌOD
Meditation enables you ro penerrare i nner secrets rhar are
obscured by conscious rhoughr. Magical meditation is a rool
and bars litle remblance ro rhe strange, psudo-Ester meth­
os rhar have bome rhe norm. In magical meditation, fous rhe
mind on an idea or symbol and al low rhe mi nd ro bring up
usful facs or realizations. To aid concentration, bring rogerher
words, colors, sents, sounds, and so fonh, which correspond
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rhe aspect under investigation. This is rhe true purpose of
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ual.
ler us continue our disussion of meditation with rhe Magic
Sword. Fi rst, throw our any i deas rhar rhe Sword is used
to
command demons or spirits and so forth. This is purely
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suprstition. The Sword is the control symbl for the element of
Air and can b used in to ways:
1 . As a meditation symbol.
2. As a means of directing thos energies that equate to the ele­
ment of Air.
Te Sword represnts all that is Air. However much depnds
on your ability to understand and contac this element. In a nut­
shell, if you do not know much abut the element, then the Sword
will b of litle use. The proess of building up control over this
element is then tofold: frt, ler abut the element, and sond,
lear about the control symbol.
Learning abut the element (or any typ of energy) requires
that you us obsration and meditation. In the frt instance you
will need to lok around at everyday objes and situations while
looking for Sword-like similarities. This takes a little practice,
but is well wonh the trouble. Keep a magical notebok in which
to reord any obsrations and lists of acquired atributions. Tis
need not b done at spcific times or as a ritual; instead it should
bcome a habit of looking at life along a spcific channel, in this
case through the element of Air.
Obsration loks at the physical side of lif, through a narrow
slit, to help the mind fous and thereby understand a specific
moe of power. With meditation, you use a narrowing down of
prspctive, this time by using a symbol in order to get the sub­
consious mind to throw out meaningful image and ideas. In the
case of Air, you use the symbol of the Sword. To do this, erect
the Cosmic Sphere, as described ( see figure 4, page 38) . Then
fous the atention on magical east. Imagine a yellow doray
with the symbol of Air on it. Pass through the door and see a
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Sword suspnded in the air. From now on, let your imagination
work for you. Do not visualize, but rather allow images and ideas
to arise quite naturally. This takes a little practice and may at
f b disppintng i Uof acal inforaton. However pr­
svere and you will lear much in the way of real information as
to the nature of this element and the purps of the weapon.
Do not expt instant enlightenment and a wealth of power­
ful magical secrets to pur fonh. This is not the way it usually
works. Quite ofen, the student must stan with litle, working
slowly and patiently toward the acquisition of knowledge and
pwer.
Record any impressions in your notebook. Use brief notes
only; there is no need for long-winded essays. All you need is
something that will stimulate the memory at some future date.
Also, it is ofen difficult in the initial stages to understand your
impressions and the images they evoke. This is due to the fact
that you are dealing with the subonsious mind, which, as you
know, dos not spak English (or any other language). You will,
however find these notes very valuable someday. Regular medi­
tation along a spcific channel such as this dos far more than
provide usful noteit help you to atune to that eery in a way
that is not immediately apparent. Put another way, it helps you
get the feel of that energy by familiarity.
The subconscious mind works in two ways. First, it feeds
back inforation likely to b of us, and sond, it provide pwer
that can b directed according to will. Naturally, the more you
understand the typ of energy bing worked, the bter the reult.
Also, knowing how this energy manifests in terms of rulership is
bound to increase success.
It is always the rule that those who know are bound to b
more adept or successful than those who only think that they
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know. Imagine that you buy a Magc Sword, stnd i an Encircle
Cross symbl that you just painte on the for and simply exp
the gods to bestow numerous bl essi ng at your command.
Ridiculous! Now consider that you take time to proprly ere
an Encircled Cross, develop it into a Cosmic Sphere (a proess
you will learn in this chapter), dire your full atention toward
magical east, and use the control symbl of Air (the Sword) to
conj ure energy (dire it) toward your intended goal. Which teh­
nique is more likely to prouce results?
LtcCtÌOD OÍthc LOämÌC bQhctc
The Cosmic Sphere is a vital step in your magical work. Pracice
this exercise often, preferably once each day, until you are
proficient.
You will ned:
• Five candles: One white to represnt the center, one each
of yellow, red, blue, and green to represent the elements.
Place the white candle on the altar. Place the other candles
on the altar or adjacent to the appropriate temple wall.
• An incens burner. Place it in the south (fire).
Bgin by relaxing and clearing the mind of everday thoughts.
Light the central candle, which symbolizes your own center of
power; pause and contemplate this for a while. Imagine the
Universal Triangle in front of the central candle and again briefy
contemplate the relationship bteen your subonsious mind,
Universal Energy, and Divinit.
Imagine a shaft of light, rising upward, forming the path
bteen center and Crown. Similarly, pause and tr to feel that
W
power is spiraling downward into the temple. Now imagine a
shaf of light traveling dow, eventually terminating at the Cub.
Pause and imagine that pwer is now spiralling upward into the
temple. The next stage is to etablish the cardinal pints. Imagine
a shaf of light proeding toward the east; light the yellow candle,
and then imagine that a Sword appars bhind it. Do the same
with the other three points in turn, using the images of Magic
Ro at south, Cup at west, and finally Shield at norh. If you are
uncerain as to the shap, sie, and deig of the wepns, spnd
sme rme prior to this exercis thinking abut the symbls. Make
drawings, contemplate the items, and try to build up an imagi­
nary picture in your mind.
You have now etablished the six nol pint. All that rmains
i to conne the toher by using te tple ring of como. Str
at the apx (Crown) and imagine a circle of light taveling through
south, bas, north, and back to top. This is Ring 1 . Ring 2 (the
Magic Circle) bgins at east and travels clokwis through south,
west, north, and back to east. Finally, Ring 3 stars at top and
travels through east, base, west, and back to top. The Cosmic
Sphere is now complete.
Burn some general incense and spend some time contem­
plating these noal points and their connecting paths. Consider
these carefully, fix them in your mind, and allow ideas to arise
uninterrupted. Gradually bcome more relaxed, and then con­
centrate on one aspct only. This can be a point or a path; the
choice is up to you. Hold the symbl in your mind, for example,
the Sword, and then let the imagination take over to see what
happens. Perhaps you may find yourself walking toward the
Sword, picking it up, and looking along the blade toward the
point. Do not strain; allow imagery to work in its own way.
Magical meditation, such as this, will reveal much. At first, the
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images and ideas may not make any immediate sense. Do not
spnd to much time trying to rationalize them; instead, make
brief notes for future reference. Let me assure you that eventu­
ally they will prove to b very valuable indeed.
Meditting on a path is also quite simple. Take hold of one of
the symbols (magical weapons) and imagine that you are walk­
ing along a path toward the center. This is only one pssibility­
what is more imponant is that you become involved with the
Cosmic Sphere in your own way by using your own ideas and
leting your imagination work fully.
At conclusion, do down by reversing the proedure. Stan at
nonh, exnguish the cndle, and imgne the shafs of light disp­
parng into the center. Cntinue this through wet, suth, and es.
Finally, M the verical shaf rr to center extinguish the cen­
tral candle, and leave the temple to wrte down any obrations.
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Ere the Cosmic Spher as derbd abve. Te thre rings of the
Cosmic Sphere form the framework for the Inner Temple. No
to pople will have the same ideas or visual images of an Inner
Temple. Each one is different by vinue of the fact that no two
people are the same. It is therefore not possible for me to give
you an exact guide as to what shap or form it will take. I can,
however, help you find your own way by using this spcially con­
structed exercise. This exercise will help you contact your sub­
conscious mi nd in a special way, which wi l l then cause the
subonsious to give you ideas and images from which you can
build this vital state of inner awareness.
Find somewhere quiet, preferably a spare rom, or if you are
õ,
lucky enough, a temple. Relax and clear the mind of everyday
thoughts, then prfor the following exercis. D not tr to visu­
alize or strain in any way. Simply think of the inner jourey while
letting your imagination work for you.
Breathe slowly and gentl y and rel ax, leaving behind al l
thoughts of everday l ife. Let nothing concer you other than the
exciting possibil ities that lie ahead as you journey to a special
place in the deepst recesss of your mind. It blongs to you and
no one else. None can enter this place, except those few you
chos to invite for reasons of your own. In this place, you are in
control, you are the master, you direct, and you receive. Inside
this place, there are natural forces in abundant supply. They are
yours to us, your to understand, for they are pan of you-they
are life force and they give for under your direcion. Relax and
let the vast ptential of your subonsious mind work for you,
for this is the secret of all magical work.
Imagine bfore you a dor that leads to your Inner Temple.
It is not difficult to enter bcause this is your dooray to your
own inner reality. No one can prevent access to this inner realm,
and there is nothing to fear, for nothing harmful can ever exist
here. In your imagination, walk toward the dor, reach out your
hand, and touch the dor. It opns quite easily. Pass through the
dor and find yourself in a large square rom.
Emblazoned on the for is the symbl of the Encircled Cross.
It se ms to b made of pure light, and its color changes constantly
in what appars to b a random patern. Yet the pattern is not
random, for the colors change in conformance with the tides of
nature. Move to the center and lok around. St in the middle of
each of the four walls is a dooray, and you can pass through
any one of thes as you will. A small circular pol of water rests
in the center of this Inner Temple.
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Now dire your atention abve. Sete symbl of the Crow
and let your mind consider that which is G. Power fows from
this point as you will. Sethis as bright light puring downward
in abundance.
Now direc your atention toward magical east. Immediately
in front of you there is a yellow dor with a Sword st above it.
On this dor you se the tarot card 10 of Swords. Touch it and
it opns, rveling a path tat leads toward the rising Sun at daw.
You feel a gentle breeze blowing sofly against your skin. Now
allow the light that came from abve to enter your Inner Temple.
This light is yellow.
Direct your atention toward magical south. To your right,
there is a red dor with a Magic Ro st abve it. On this dor
i the tart crd 10 of Wands. Touch this dor and it opns, reveal­
ing a path that is lit by the midday Sun. Fel the warmth of the
summer day. Allow red light to enter the Inner Temple.
Now direc your atention toward magical west. Bhind you
is a blue dor with a Cup set abve it, and on this door is the
tarot card 10 of Cups. Touch this dor and it opns, revealing a
path that gently leads down to the sa, lit by the sting Sun. Feel
the col of the evening and allow the blue light to enter through
the wester dor.
Finally, to your lef, the nonh, is a green dor with a Magic
Shield set abve it. On this dor is the tarot card 10 of Shields.
Touch this dor and it opns, revealing a path lit only by starlight.
Feel the pace and tranquillit of the night and allow bright gren
light to enter through this dor.
All four dors are now opn. G back to the po l in the center
of this temple and meditate on this pwer and its purps. Lok
into its depths. The po l will give you answer to your quetions.
Allow images to come into your mind. ' The duration of the pol
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meditation can b entirely up to you, although five minute usu­
ally suffices. After sufficient time has passed, M each elemental
colored light pass out through each of the elemental dorays,
realizing that it will now work its way into physical existence,
epitomized by the lowermost point of the Cosmic Sphere, the
Cubic Black Stone. Bfore you is another dor with an Encircled
Cross cared deeply into the wood. Touch this dor, M it opn,
pass through it, and you are back in your own world once more.
Close down the Cosmic Sphere and make notes.
Others have sarched and found their own place. Now you
must do the same. Tis task is not difficult; in fact, it is far easier
than you think. All you have to do is desire and you will find this
place. I cannot desrib it for you, for you are the only prson
who knows where it is and what it looks like. It may b a cave,
a scret grove, a temple st on top of a mountain or deep bneath
the eanh. Sek and you will fnd it. You may retr as ofen as you
wish, for this place blongs to you. It has many secrets and con­
tains much in the way of practical knowledge in magical maners.
S ofen the image from the depths of our subonsious mind
appar to b difficult to translate bcause we are learing a new
language, that of symbolism. But if you prsvere, you will even­
tally lear the ways of the inner mind. When you ar fmiliar with
this inner jourey and have found that spcial place, your own
Inner Temple, you may ritualize this by ereing the triple rings of
cosmos, as desribd, and then us your imagination to enter the
now familiar Inner Temple. By prforming your magical work
within this framework you will notice a distinct improvement,
bcaus you are dealing direcly with your subonsious mind in
a highly personal way. If you have the will and the patience to
fnd it, the Inner Temple will teach you many things in a way that
is difficult to desrib. Once you find it, keep it to yourself; keep
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it a scret, for this place is not meant to b the subjec of general
disussion.
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How is it possible to see the Cosmic Sphere in the mind's eye
while imagining something else, such as opening the Cosmic
Sphere and imagining the four dorays inside the Inner Temple?
It is all a question of memory. To imagine several different
things all at the sme rme is difcult if not imps ible. FoMrely,
you do not need to do this. As you build up the Cosmic Sphere,
you establish each pan in your memory. You move on through
each successive stage, concentrating only on whatever is neces­
sary. For example, you imagine the central light, then your imag­
ine the first of the six arms. There is no need to keep the image
of the central light constantly in your imaginaton bu it exist
in your memory. You use this and similar proedures in every­
day life. For instance, supp you wer standing in a rom facing
a window. You would se the window quite clearly. Now if you
turned around to face the opposite wall, you would se the wall;
however, you would still know that the window existed, bcaus
you had just M it. You could rll it in your imagation bu
its image is stored in your memory. In a similar fashion, having
bcome familiar with the rom, you would know what the rom
looked like in totality without acually seeing it physically.
It is exacly the sm wt t C Sphing your img­
ination to build up an imagar rom in your mmor. All tough
the building up proedure you establish each stage bfore moving
on to the next. Terefore, you are fre to concentrate on the pol
bcaus you know the Cosmic Sphere exists in your memor.
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Bcaus this Cosmic Sphere is imaginary it would b easy to
dismiss the entire concept as bing wonhless, but this is not the
cas. Any delibrate ereion of a symblic paner will affect the
subonscious mind, bcause you are using what is, in effect, a
pwerful language that the subonsious mind understands. It is
therefore necessry to treat the symbls with resp and prac­
tice using them ohen. It should als b bre in mind that sym­
bols are not holy or sacred, so to worship them is sheer folly.
Likewis, they are not meant to b wor as oraments or lucky
charms; pople who do so show a marked lack of understanding
as to the real nature of symbls.
CHAPR 5
MAGICAL RITALS
I
A magical ritual is simply a way to fous the mind, the emotions,
and the imagination on a spcifc intention, b it purely practical
or esteric. Rituals therefore help us to concentrate along a spc­
ified channel of awareness. A fair comparison would b to the
us of a radio receiver. You us the tuning knob to slect a sta­
tion with great accuracy, and then you enhance this signal by
adjusting the tone and volume controls. A magical ritual works
the sme way by helping the magician to home in on sleed pat­
terns of energy.
There are sveral general phass to a ritual. First, and most
impnant, is to clarify your intention. Tere is a very go reasn
for this. A halfened intention simply do not get dow to sub­
consious levels, bcause the normal consious barriers are still
there. Prior to the ritual, think through your intentions carefully
and note any doubts and uncenainties when they come stream­
ing up from subonsious levels into your consious mind. You
must bypass these things, so think around them psitively until
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you get your intention absolutely and uterly clear in your mind.
When you prform the ritual, your mind will not b swamped
by negative thoughts, doubts, and uncenaintie. Your mind must
be crystal clear; otherwise you stand very l ittle chance of
succeeding.
Rearding intentions, it is really imponant to stan small and
gradually build slowly and cenainly on each success. Until you
practice Magic, you can not truly blieve. And until you truly
blieve, you can not us Magic. S by staning with small magi­
cal oprations it is easier to trick yourslf over the threshold of
doubt. That way you stand a far bter chance of success.
Nex, plan the rital. Tat means atending to all the bits and
pieces that will b usd, such as candles, incense, color of altar
cloths, and M fonh. Once the details are soned out, everything
should b very clear in your mind and you should b very confi­
dent abut what you are doing.
Next, enter the temple and relax. Clear your mind, and when
you are fully relaxed, stan to bring the mind to the intention.
Now you are ready to opn up the temple using the cosmic rings,
perform the ritual, and then close down the ritual in the cus­
tomar fashion.
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A we are dealing with eteric mater, the bulk of your work will
b concerned with investigating life's energies and disovering
inner tts. Ter has to b a system of clasifing energe M that
they may b identified more easily. The ideal system of classifi­
ction is the Cblistc Treof lf, of whih mor wll b sid later.
In the meantime, we will consider a simpler sheme basd on the
planets.
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Following is the general proedure for Planetary Magic.
Atending to the Outer Work.
I order to aid concentration and help create the corret atmos­
phere or moo, it is necessary to bring into the temple physical
objes that help suget the planet bing worked with. In the cas
of Mercur, for example, this could b done by using the corre
planetary color. An altar cloth of plain white with the planetar
glyph painted in orange is usful, also orange, mercurial incens
and prhaps an altar symbl of the Cduceus. Tere are no hard
and fast rle to follow, for it is all a quetion of individual choice
and prnal involvement with the rite. Tere is no substitute for
careful planning, individual effon, and ingenuity. Halfheaned
atempts and blind acceptance of the writen word are bund to
pu po r rut Mplan cy a g involve CWi it d
take the edge off your enthusiasm for a while. Te effeive rituals
8thos you devis for yourlf. Te eteric tro want prepack­
aged rituals and is prtually anxious abut "doing it right. " If
that is still your problem, then you have not be n paying atention.
Atending to the Inner Work.
Ritals that do not contain the inner work in the imagination are
really quite pointless. It makes no di fference how much equip­
ment you us or, in the cas of ready-made sripts, how well you
spak or intone the words. Unless the imagination is usd and is
on target, the whole affair will b a waste of time and effon. Te
general proedure ought to b:
1 . Opn the temple by using the cosmic rings, thereby estab­
lishing the Cosmic Sphere.
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2. Us the imagination to M and enter the Inner Cubic Temple.
3. Fous the mind on the appropriate planet by using the faces
of the Cub.
4. On completion of work, clos down by using the imagina­
ton to leve the Cub and then clo dow the Cm Spher.
Bfore working with the planets in detail, it is always a go
idea to pracice this proedure and bome familiar with the inner
cubic structure. This can b the basis of a meditation in which
you explore the Cub by turing your atention toward each face
for a few minutes. Let impressions rise up in the mind and, of
cours, kep brief note of thes excursions. When you are famil­
iar with the Cub, you may then proeed with the more spcific
work conneted with each individual planet.
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Bfore moving on to a complete planetary ritual, we ought to
look at spech and thos so-called words of power. Don't pre­
sume that the spaking of cenain ancient words or divine names
will, all by itslf, caus pwer to fow or caus miracles to happn.
No mater what the bo ks sy, this is nonsns! No word or state­
ment contains pwer-pwer lies within the mind of the prson
who speaks those words. just like equipment, words are tols
and are usd for the sle purp of aiding concentration. Let me
give you an example:
Say to yourlf, either out loud or in your mind, "I fel go."
Now say this several times with feeling. In other words, mean
what you are saying.
I feel good. ( Repat this several times.)
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Can you see the difference? You use your emotions to put
pwer into te words. Finally, rpt the words sveral tme and
use your imagination to M yourslf pulsating with energy and
gooness. Do this with convicton for a minute or so. There is a
considerable difference bteen the original approach and the
fnal one. The words have not changed, but the inner work has
given power ro these words. This is the real secret of words of
pwer. The difference in magical work is astonishing.
This is an impnant thing with rituals. If words are going to
b used, they should b meant. Words of power work because
the prson puts feling, blief, and imagination into thos words.
Nonmagic words-the voabulary of the human race-hinder
real communication. They are used to conceal facts, propagate
illusion, and replace reality. Humans are brn thinking in pic­
tures and snstions. We are then conditioned to think in words.
Magic words emanate from the hean. Dead words and illusion
are bor of the intellect.
For instance, a prson faces a panicular quaner and says, . I
delare this quaner opn. " It is one thing to say thos words and
not think abut them, but it is another to vividly M that dor­
way opning up, that color puring into the temple, with feeling
and imagination.
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Here is a master ritual that can b usd for all planetary work. lr
needs a go deal of practice to make it work. You do nor need
to
use all of these sugestions or even the words, because your
individual choice is more impnant. Change or moif whatever
y
ou wish, but do remember that the basic format should be
f
ollowed:
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1 . Opn the temple by using the Cosmic Sphere of three rings.
2. Enter the Inner Temple, which, in the initial stages, consists
of the Cub.
3. Perform the main magical work.
4. Clos down the temple.
Bfore starng, the intention should b clear in the mind and
all equipment should b in place. Spnd some time relaxing and
clearing the mind of unwanted thoughts, and then gradually bring
your atention to bar on the work to b prformed. To aid con­
centration, it is bter if the temple or workrom is in darkness,
with only a small candle buring along with sme neutral incens
or joss sticks. Tis helps to create the right atmosphere for mag­
ical work and is far bter than using ordinar elecric lighting.
When ready, stand up and say:
Blessed be the inner light, mediting all that is and wilever
be.
light the central candle.
Us your imagination to M a bright light building up within
your hean. Se a shaft of light ris venically upward from your
hean and say:
Blessed be the Crown of creation.
Imagine the Crown.
Now see a shaft of light proeeding downward from your
hean and say:
Blessed be the throne of Earth.
Imagine the Cub of Enh at base.
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Now imagine a shaf of light proeeding toward magcal east.
Sethe symbl of the Sword and say:
Blessed be the porl of Air.
Light the easter candle.
Imagine a shaf of light proeding from your hean toward
magical south and sy:
Blessed be the poral of Fire.
Light the souther candle.
Imagine a shaf of light proeding fom your hean to mag­
ical west and say:
Blessed be the porl of Water.
Light the wester candle.
Finally, see a shaft of light proeeding from your heart to
magical nonh and say:
Blessed be the porl of Erh.
Light the nonhern candle.
Now say:
I now declre this teple duly open.
The next stage is one of entering the Inner Temple. Imagine
a doray in front of you and say:
Let the dooray to the Inne Teple be opened.
Sethe dor opn and imagine that you step through this into
the Inner Temple. Say:
Before meMercur. (sethe orange wall)
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To my right-Mars. ( sethe red wal l )
Behind meJupiter. (sethe blue wall)
To m lef-Venus. (sethe green wal l )
Above meStur. ( sethe black ceiling)
Below methe Moon. (sethe silver for)
In the center, the altar of the Sun. This should b imagined
as a cub of solid gold that appars to radiate golden light.
Light planetary candles and incense followed by the main
by of the work. In the initial stage, this may b simply an exer­
cis in exploring this Inner Temple in the imagination. Lter on,
you will of course concentrate on one planet. You may find it
helpful to fous your atention toward the appropriate wall (or
for/ceiling), loking for symbls, or simply leting ideas arise
from the subonsious mind. There are no hard and fast rules,
j ust follow your instincs and let your imagnaton lead you rather
than tring to b logical .
At conclusion, extinguish the planetary candles and say:
Let there be peace within this plce.
Sethe dor pas through it once more, and le it clos bhind
you. Extinguish the easter candle and say:
Let there be peace to the east.
Sethe Sword disppar. Now extinguish the suther candle
and sy:
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Let thee be peace to the south.
See the Ro disappear. Extinguish the western candle and
sy:
Let thee be peace to the west.
Sethe Cup disppar. Exinguish the norher candle and sy:
Let thee be peace to the north.
Sethe Shield disappar. Now say:
Let thee be peace above.
Se the Crown disappar.
And let thee be peace below.
Se the Cub disappar. Finally, make the closing statement:
I now declre this temple duly closed.
Extinguish central candle and leave the temple to consider
ideas that have arisn and write up any note for fture reference.
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THE SUN
Glyph: 0
Color: Gold or yellow
Metal: Gold or gold-olored
Incens: Frankincens
Altar symbl: Hexagram
Magical direction on Cub: Center
Tarot cards: Air-6 of Swords; Fire-6 of Wands; Water-6 of
Cups; Eanh-6 of Pentacles
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THE MOON
Glyph:
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Color: Silver
Metal: Silver or silver-olored
Incense: jasmine
Altar symbl: Cresent Mon
Magical direction on Cub: Blow
Tarot cards. Air-9 of Swords; Fire-9 of Wands; Water-9 of
Cups; Enh-9 of Pentacles
MERCURY
Glyph: þ
Color: Orange
Metal: Brass
Incens: Lvender
Altar symbl: Caduceus
Magical direction on Cub: Est
Tarot cards. Air-S of Swords; Fire-S of Wands; Water-S of
Cups; Enh-S of Pentacles
VENUS
Glyph: 0
Color: Green
Metal: Coppr
Incens: Ros
Altar symbl: A Rose or a Dove
Magical direion on Cub: Nonh
Tarot cards. Air-7 of Swords; Fire-7 of Wands; Water-7 of
Cups; Eanh-7 of Pentacles
MARS
Glyph: d
Color: Red
Metal: Iron
Incens: Bnoin
Altar symbl: Pentagram
Magical diretion on Cub: Suth
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Tarot cards. Air-5 of Swords; Fire-5 of Wands; Water-S of
Cups; Enh-5 of Pentacles
jPIER
Glyph: 2
Color: Blue
Metal: ln
Incens: Sandalwo
Altar symbl: An Equal-Armed Cross or a Blue Square
Magical diretion on Cub: West
Tarot cards. Air-4 of Swords; Fire-4 of Wands; Water-4 of
Cups; Eanh-4 of Pentacles
SATRN
Glyph: q
Color: Black
Metal: Lead
Incens: Musk
Altar symbol: A Black Triangle
Magical direction on Cub: Abve
Tarot cards: Air-3 of Swords; Fire-3 of Wands; Water-3 of
Cups; Eanh-3 of Pentacles
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NEPE
Glyph: $
Color: Gray
Metal: None; coral or anything from the sa is usful
Incense: Ambrgris
Altar symbl: Trident
Magical direcion on Cub: West or is the Cub itslf
Tarot cards: Air-2 of Swords; Fire-2 of Wands; Water-2 of
Cups; Eanh-2 of Pentacles
URANUS
Glyph: q
Color: White or transparent
Metal: Platinum, uranium ( aluminium or zinc may b usd)
Incens: Civet
Altar symbol: The Spinning Cross or a White Chaos Star
Magical diretion on Cub: East or the idea of the Cub
Tarot cards: Air-Ace of Swords; Fire-Ace of Wands; Water-
PLUO
Glyph: '
Ace of Cups; Eanh-Ace of Pentacles
Color: Violet or luminous blue
Metal: Tungsten ( i ron may b usd)
Incens: Peat Moss
Altar symbol: Phonix
Magical direction on Cub: West or the center
Tarot card: None
CHAPER 6
THE CABALISTC TREE
OF LIFE
I
Sooner or later, every serious student of Esoteric Magic will
encounter the mysterie of the Cabalistic Tre of life. Tis system
is by far the bst symblic basis for growth available toay. Te
problems existing within the system stem not so much from its
structure as from the way in which it has ben altered to suit pr­
sonal fetishe. Let us now lok at the Tree of Life from frst prin­
ciples in an effon to establish the reality of the system and show
its undoubted value in contemprary Magic.
The Tree of Life is a plan of potential-your potential. It is
not a holy symbol to b placed on a wall or altar and prayed to,
nor is it a symbolic ladder by which we evolve. It is simply a
plan of energy flow, rather like a circuit diagram or a Cosmic
Sphere plan that helps us loate where we are at any given pint
in time.
There are to ways in which to view this symbl. First, it is
our own plan for success (whatever success means to each indi­
vidual), and scond, it is a plan of the cosmic sheme as a whole.
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There are to distinct ways of using the Tre of Life: practically,
to solve life's problems, or esoterically, for those who wish to
study the greater sheme of things. Te Tree of Life is higly indi­
vidual, and ech prn must relate to the symbl i his or her ow
way. Naturally, there is a basic framework based on cosmic law
and truth, but then it is up to you to disover the ptential of this
system by using your own atributions, which fow freely from
your own subonsious mind. L us now lok at this basic frame­
work.
If you are attempting to understand the workings of the
cosmos, how would you do this? Well, the simplet way is to split
this up into manageable units that can then b exmined in detail.
Perhaps the best way of looking at this is to equate the entire
cosmic sheme to pure white light. The color white is the sum
total of all other colors. Only when you us a prism do you M
these colors. It is exactly the same with the Tree of Life; it helps
us understand the whole by loking at the lesr pars. Everhing
that has, is, or will ever b can b found within the pater of the
Tre. Such is its power.
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Look at the diagram of the Tree of Life given in figure 6 on page
81 . The Tree of Life consists of ten spheres plus Daath, tenty­
two traditional paths, and three columns of pillars. What else
can you se? In learing the serets of the Tree, the first lesson is
one of observation.
When you started to study this book, you were confronted
with a symbl: the Encircled Cross. As a simple diagram, it could
quite easily have ben lef without as much as a scond glance;
however, as you now know, it can b expanded into a Cosmic
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Sphere and an Inner Temple. In shon, when someone takes the
time and trouble to lok bhind the obvious, many mysterie and
real magical secrets are duly revealed. Symbols are not to be
prayed to, hung around your neck, or proppd up on an altar­
they are tools. The first lesson is always one of looking at the
symbl to sewhat come to mind rather than accepting the com­
monly held view that such things are sacred or holy or must be
revered in some way.
When using a symbl as a means of disover, remembr to
pints:
1 . All symbols confor to universal laws and therefore exhibit
thes laws.
2. To b fully effective, all preonceived ideas should b pushed
aside, thereby allowing the symbl to communicate in an indi­
vidualistic way.
Loking at the Encircled Cross once more, you can se that
it clearly exhibits cenain laws, as in point one, above. Notice
how the circle encompass all. Everhing exist within the circle.
Notice how the circle indicates the never-ending cycle of cosmic
activity as sen in the sasons of the year or the revolution of the
Eanh around the Sun. Within the circle is the cross of the ele­
ments with its central pint of power. All matter respnds to the
elemental forces and contains the fourfold division. Everthing
in creation conforms to the symbol of the Encircled Cross and
the symbol itsel f displays the way in which creation works.
Naturally, all magicians who wish to be truly creative and/or
desire to know about creation us this symbl as a pint of con­
centration, contemplation, or meditation, for, as a basis for mag­
ical work-it cannot b btered.
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In learning the secrets of real Magic, point to is the key.
By allowing the symbl to spak, fe fom suprstition and unre­
alistic atributions, the truth, as it applies to you, is bound to
manifest.
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With thes facts in mind, lok again at the Tree of Life diagram.
The entire Tree of Life repreents all, that is, everything in exis­
tence on ever level. It is a complete plan of life and of life's ener­
gies. Nothing can therefore exist outside the Tree-plan, or, put
bluntly, if it dos not fit on the Tree, it cannot exist.
Tis rle is unalterable, but it do provide to valuable ways
of using the symbol.
1 . We can fit any object, sitation, or eventality onto the Tree,
thereby understanding it bter.
2. We can us the Tre to explain the causs bhind the thing.
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Bfore taking a detailed lok at the spheres and paths, we ought
to lok at the entire sheme in a general sns. The spheres are
arranged in thre columns, or pillars (sefigure 7 on page 84).
Why three? Why not to or four? One thing that you will
lear abut the Tree of Life is that not only will it answer ques­
tons, it also p quetions, and by thinking and sarching with
your mind you get not only more meaningful answers but also
first hand knowledge about the real Tree of Life.
What do the numbr three conjure up in your imagination?
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hre is the numbr of stabilit. A table with only to legs will
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fall over. Add one more leg, making rhree, and ir bcomes srable.
After rhis you can add as many legs as you like and ir will nor
make much difference-rhree represnrs srabilir. S we can con­
clude rhar rhe enrire Tree of Life resrs on a prfecrly stable con­
figurarion of rhree pillars.
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We live in a three-dimensional world of height, length, and
width. Do you know which of thes blongs to the appropriate
pillar? Tink abut this; in fact, take every idea that contains the
numbr three and se how it fits on the pillars. This is the right
way to use the Tree by prsonal involvement.
The pillars are thre distinc ways in which the magician may
find reality and us power. The right-hand pillar is positive and
male-oriented; the left-hand pillar is negative, or receptive, and
female; while the middle pillar is neutral . They should be con­
sidered as a general background to the Tree rather than being
taken to literally.
Te Rigt-Had Plla
This represnts male ptency and is therefore positive. Although
ts pillar is surounted by the father principle (sphere 2), it is als
the path of the Orphic ( us of the emotions). Tis apparent para­
dox shows how the Tree of Life not only explains life but also
pss quetions. Te answers to the quetions are found within
the Tre by thinking abut the things. Tere is always an answer
to the mysterie, and the exercis of slving riddle such as the
will teach you more abut the Tre than any long-winded expla­
nation. Sek and you will find.
Te Lef-Had Plla
Here you met the female reeptivit and all that is classified as
negative. The word "negative" does not imply negative traits
su
ch as evil or Salled Black Magic. Although thes things exist,
they have no place in the geater sheme of thing. Te Tre of Life
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oints only to freedom and truth. Although this is the female
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pillar, it is also the path of Hermetic students (thos who us the
mind) .
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There is an apparent contradiction in which the female
principle appars to b related to a male moe of acion (using the
pwer of thought). This is yet another riddle to b solved. A due
to the solution will b disovered by loking at the lower sphere
(sphere 8) and by thinking abut polarity ( Female path-Male
mode of expression) . Give this some thought; in other words,
bcome a true Cabalist-ne who seks to know the Tree of Life
by disovering answers to thes impnant questions.
Te Mddle Plla
The center pillar, by its very nature, sugests balance. It is also
neutal. Of derbd as te path of t mystc, this path equate
to the use of the imagination. The mystic lives in a calm, tran­
quil world, using the imagination to prob the screts of life, the
universe, and everhing. In Magic, you us the same principle,
for the imagination is the key to all power. All great works are
prformed by controlling and direing the mind and emotions,
then using the imagination. This is the principle of the magical
trident and the scret of the pillars.
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1 . All three pillars rest in the tenth sphere of Malkuth. All three
paths originate in sphere 1 , Kether, and fnd fruition in sphere
10, Malkuth. The obvious lesson is that there are only three
ways in which power may find its way into Eanh-existence
(sphere 10, Malkuth). While it is pssible to b biasd toward
one path, according to your needs or psychological make
up, all three paths are usd. This is aptly seen in the Zoiac
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scheme of the Triplicities: cardinal, fixed, and mutable. It
can also be seen in the Christian religion as Father, SOn, and
Holy Spirit; in Witchcraft as The Crone, Silver Lady, and
Mon Maiden; or in Magic as All-Father, Earh Mother, and
Child of Light.
2. There are many important geometric configurations to be
found by relating the spheres into patterns other than the
main sheme. For instance: The male path of power flows
not only down the right-hand pillar but also along the path
formed by spheres 2, Chokmah; 5, Geburah; and 8, Ho.
Likewise, the female power follows the path of spheres 3,
Binah; 4, Chesd; and 7, Netzach.
3. The Tree of Life must always b fexible. Remembr that the
diagram is a flat represntation of a three-dimensional real­
ity. It is a common mistake for students (and teachers) to
forget this imprant pint. Call to mind the Cosmic Sphere.
It consists of three rings. These rings equate to the three pil­
lr on the Tre of Lf. D you know which one? Te answer
to the riddle lies not in the fat diagram of the Tree but in the
three-dimensional reality of the Cosmic Sphere.
In order to discover the secret, we must briefly enter the
realms of astrology. The Zodiac teaches us that there are three
qualities: cardinal, fixed, and mutable. Cardinal equate to male,
for it is assertive and i nitiatory in its action. Fi xed signs are
steady, unchangeable, and therefore neutral. Mutable signs are
changeable, adaptable, and therefore female. By relating these
qualities to the rings in the Cosmic Sphere, we can disover how
the
rings correspond to the pillars on the Tree of Life (see figure
8, page 88) .
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Ring 1 : Connects top, south, base, and norh. It equates to
the cardinal signs and therefore belongs to the right-hand
pillar.
Ring 2: Connects east, south, west, and north. It equates to
the fixed signs and therefore blongs to the middle pillar.
Ring 3: Connects top, east, base, and west. It equates to the
mutable signs and therefore belongs to the left-hand pil lar.
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Once you establish the pillars, relate the remainder of the Tree
to the Cosmic Sphere. Bfore doing this, it is necessary to famil­
iarize yourself with the spheres of the Tree of Life. A table of
these can b found on page 91 . It is by no means comprehen­
sive, for there are many possible atributions and assoiations.
However, as with al l magical matters, it is far better to starr
with a few simple facts and then add to the basic scheme in the
light of knowledge and common sns. A litle well-understood
information is always far better than endless reams of non­
related i nformation. Time is saved and confusion is avoided
by adopting this approach.
In dealing with the sphere it is bst to continue with the idea
of simplicit frt, followed by thinking carefully and quetioning.
The basic guidelines are easy to follow. Each sphere is a spcific
tp of existence that is govered by a specific energy patern.
Perhaps a good example would b a village in which there are
eleven hous. Ech hous contains a family and its blongings
and has its own system of hous rules. No to houss or familie
are the same, yet together they make up the village as a whole.
If you consider the village to b the entire Tree of Life and each
household a sparate sphere, you will soon bgin to understand
how the Tre of Lf works. Ech sphere has four worlds, or levels.
Te are:
The Divine level.
The Archangelic level.
The Angelic level.
The Physical level.
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This arrangement does not really tell us much; i n fact, it
inevitably gives the wrong impresion by causing pople to think
that they have to bow to some god or try to evoke an angel to
get anywhere. There are no gos or angels, but there are images
that can, if you are well-versd in the tehnique, b quite usful.
By far the bst way of using each sphere is by frst examining
the physical end and realizing that there are three more state of
existence bhind it. The four worlds equate to the four elements
( Air, Fire, Water, and Erh). From a pracical point of view, Fire
equates to ideas and pwe. Water equate to thinking abut thos
ideas, Air equates to using that energy, and Earh equates to the
physical end result.
Twenty-to traditional paths connect the spheres. The paths
are not simply deoration or some sor of saffolding to prop up
the spheres; they are distributed in a special way and are very
ptent channels of energ fow. Te Tree could not fnction with­
out the paths (in the sme way that elerical compnent would
not work without connecting wires or printed circuits). Students
of the Cabala usually make one of to classical mistakes: either
they avoid the paths ( preferring some fantasy world within the
sphere), or they nail themslve to the crosof pathworking (which
is another word for self-deluding drudgery). If you wish to use
the paths correcly, first you must lear about the spheres as they
really are, and then you must lear abut the paths as they apply
to you. Study the diagram of the Tree of Life, think abut it, get
to know it.
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l. Kether Transparent Uranus
Z. Chokmah White Neptune
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Daath Ultraviolet Pluto
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Ceburah Red Mars
6. Tiphereth Cold Sun

Netzach Creen Venus
8. Ho Orange Mercury

Yeo Silver Mon
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There are to ways in which we may view the Tree of lifein its
ow right as a pure abtract symbl, or as a practical living struc­
tre that will enhance our live. Tis chapter is concered with the
later, although of necessity we must examine the structure in
order to understand it and thereby make use of it. Traditionally
there are ten spheres, together with that mysterious nonsphere,
Daath. The Neative Veils are abve the Tree, and some expla­
nation of thes is necessary bfore moving on to the main struc­
ture. I have mentioned abstraction, and in realit the only way
to
view the Negative Veils is by using abstractions. It is bst to
view these veils as yet another sphere, a sphere of nothingness.
Nothing exists in exactly the same way as something; without
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othing we could not have something. It is the spaces bteen
the leters in a word or the silence bteen notes of music. It is
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the background against which all of manifestation is viewed. In
the science of numbers, zero is just as important as any other
numbr. One with a zro added bome ten. I our ccle of breath­
ing there is a point at which we are not breathing; it lies bteen
the in-breath and the out-breath. Nothing exists in its own right,
and the meditation of nothing is most rewarding for thos who
pursue this line of light.
We have to b careful in defining nothing, and not confus it
with the absnce of something. For instance, if we star with a
plateful of fod and eat it all, we say that there is nothing left,
but this is not strictly true. The fo has simply changed loa­
tion, and eventually through the action of body fuids it will
change state. Howeve. it exsted, and it still exists, albit in a dif­
ferent form. Mater can neither b created nor destroyed. This is
a physical law that is indisputable. You cannot reduce something
that exists into nothing, or no thing. You cannot banish it fom
physiclit; all you can do is alter it stte of exisence. You cannot
create mater; all you can do is alter its natureither physically
or by using the principles of Magic. Nothing exists, in its own
right, and is unalterable, yet everything that dos exist has come
from nothing in the first place.
The way to understand the zero sphere is to imagine it as the
sphere of pure potential-untappd, undisturbd, and unrecog­
nized. It exists, but it is not yet realized. Its practical application,
howeve. is enormous. The nearer we get to zero, or stillness, the
nearer we are to that ptential. Compare this approach with the
more ppular puruit of cavorng around in a plastic circle. Ever
ritual should star by using the pwer of stillness, hence the idea
s
given to you abut preritual relaxation and the common concept
of pace and pwer. During the high pint of a ritual, when we
are directly instructing the subonsious mind, it is imprant to
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push aside all distracting thoughts and feelings, which get in the
way of stillness. The more we relax, the more we approach still­
ness, and the bter the result. Te same can b said abut med­
itation and contemplation. Stil l ness, or the abi l ity to reach
nothingness, is the way to true power. It is fiting that the zero
sphere should b the sphere bfore the Tre of Life.
Kether-Uraus
Te frst sphere on the Tre of ufe is Kether, the sphere of origins
and binnings. How do anything bin? Quite simply it bgins
in the mind as a thought, and by thought I mean original thought,
the typ of thinking that is uniquely yours and blongs to no one
els. There is a world of difference bteen consious thoughts,
in other words thinking about something, and pure original
thought. This typ of thinking is difficult to desrib. It has to b
obsered and understo if you are to gain the full value of the
Kether. Ever new invention, piee of music, and line of potry is
the direct result of original thought. Everyone has this capacity,
but few use it, thereby robbing themselves of the opponunity to
b themslves. Kether is the sphere of bing.
To b yourslf and realize your full ptential, you must strive
to b original. Now can you M why the search for the real self
is M imponant? At bst, most humans are a por refection of
everyone els's ideas. Confusd and blind, they desprately tr to
mke this image real wt preicable consquence. All filure and
lack in life is largely due to this fact. It is inesapable.
Accept nothing without thinking abut it frt. It was by lok­
ing upward at our own galaxy, the Milky Way, that humankind
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eally bgan to think abut its place in the univers and its rela­
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pattern, but there was the beg
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nning of many ideas and postula­
tions. Original thinking was bing applied~mething had causd
these stars to appar, and that something was deemed to b Go.
Later on, humankind was to discover that Go also lay within
their own being.
From a purely practical point of view, the sphere of Kether
should be used in all self-searching operations. It will prove to
be of the utmost value for finding who you are and what you are
capable of. In addition to using a visual image of galaxies of stars,
you can use other attributions, such as a single point. All lines
FlguN §.T Cho Star. A sinularit wi •lgh arw symblizin IIM
an gnmec lp WaWtln fm t slnl• sr•.
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and geometric shaps emanate from a single point. The Chaos
Star is a go example of this ( se figure 9, page 94).
just as the sphere of Kether indicates bginnings, so dos the
Chaos Star symbolize the bginning of manifestation and cre­
ation. The Chaos Star reprents the singularity of the big bang,
which manifeted from a pint sure. Tis can als b se n from
a more mystical-religious-metaphysical viewpoint in the Bible.
"And G sid, let there b light: and there was light" (Gen. 1 :3).
Te light is the vast explosion of the big bang, when everything
exploed in all direions at once. Te Chaos Star symblize this
pint of bginning, and its eight arrows depict the ac of creation
going out in all direions.
Kether blongs to Uranus. The planet Uranus symblizes the
pwers of intuition and original thought. Uranus also indicates
how a prson will deviate from the norm in a binh chan, and its
aspcts will tell if a prson will b constructive and inventive or
if he or she will b eccentric and disruptive. In any case, it shows
how such a prson will exert his or her ability to be different.
One funher atribution of Uranus is the crown, which is placed
on the head of every true king. Such a king would rule his land
with power drawn from the abilit to b original and from the
abilit to b slf-motivated in the truet sns of the word. A man
st apan from the common herd by right.
Chokah-Neptne
At the head of the right-hand pi l l ar of the Tree is sphere 2,
Chokmah: the pillar of psitive action and the idea of the uni­
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ersal father. Potential has now bcome polarized into male and
fmale, and in Chokmah we are dealing with the forer. It should
always b understo that humankind is a mixture of male and
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female. There is no such thing as total male or total female on
planet Eanh. Kether represnts power, movement, and acivity.
Chokmah reprets pwer bing direed along a spcifc cour.
The single pint has bcome a straight line or circle. The random
paterns of galaxies have now resolved into the structure of the
Ziac.
The planet Neptune is given to Chokmah. Neptune rules
our ability to b inspired, and inspiration carries with it a qual­
it of emotion that uplifs the soul. Humankind was inspired by
the order contained in the stars to do great things and forge
ahead using power free from restrictions. How often have you
heard of an inspired work or act? It is the Neptune ability within
us. Neptune can raise you to the heights of inspired thoughts
and actions or it can lose you in the maze of unreality and over­
idealistic impracticalities. Always there is a choice, and the right
choice is based on the wisdom of correctly applied power. The
original idea has now bcome a dynamic force fowing through
corret channels. However, power without a target and without
form is of no real value, so we must look at the next sphere on
the opposing pillar to continue on this journey to physicality.
Dinah-Satr
Sphere 3 is named Binah and is the natural domicile of the Great
Mother. The Great Mother gives binh and implies limitation. It
is for this reasn that Satr is given to this sphere. Neptne is fu­
idity, Satur is solidit. The key word of Binah is understanding
,
and it is regretable that Satur is so litle understo, bing clas­
sifed as the great malefc. Without limitation you would not ha
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form, there would b impossible situations, and you would ha
ve
neither a by nor anything to stand on. The lesson of Binah is
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"all is as it should b." I other words, if you originate disordant
and destructive ideas at Kether thes will find power and pssi­
ble funher confusion at Chokmah and then will eventually find
form as restricion in Binah. You as a human bing are responsi­
ble for who you are and all that manifest around you without
exception. The truth of the mater is that you create your own
troubles and exprience the negative effects of Saturn. No one
else is respnsible. The reverse is also true: originate from true
slf-seking, wis ways and you will achieve prfect results. The
law of caus and effet ceass to b a curs, and burdens bcome
achievements, due to understanding. As a funher pint of contac
and contemplation, your straight line or circle has bcome a tri­
angle of teeul side. Te more astte of you will have notced
that the minimum numbr of three suppns is necessary to pro­
duce a stable strucure, for a table with only to legs is bund
to fall over.
Chesed-Jupiter
Sphere 4 is name Che and is the sphere of abundanc. It is als
the home of jupiter, the planet of joy, wealth, and opponunity
for expansion. The position of this planet in a binh chan will
indicate how that prson is likely to receive or b denied these
bnefits, but as always choice is the keyword. Everone has this
p
int of contac with abundance, yet few realize its ptential, due
to the wrong choice. If you are not experiencing lasting abun­
dance do not blame fate or class yourself as unlucky, this is not
tr
ue. Abundance exists for everone, al l you have to do is find
the key to unlok the dor.
Chesd is expansion in ever sns of the word and expan­
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attuned to Chesed, you can never want for anything; you are
scure bcaus abundant supply will always exceed the apparen
t
lack. Envy and greed similarly pint to a complete lack of under­
standing of reality. Wanting to have what smeone else has is the
wrong approach, and it distracts your thinking. If you wish to
bcome rich, then never bdge the rich their wealth; instead,
use this to inspire you to be wealthy-not in exactly the same
way, but in your ow way. Think rich, think wealth, think abun­
dance.
Remember, ask and it will be given. Nothing will ever be
denied if you ask and blieve in the laws abundance. Depnd on
thes laws and trust your inner powers of plent, then allow this
pwer to fow. Remembr that you are dealing with the principle
of generosity and that this works bth ways. A wise prson can
b truly generous, for they will never fear lack-there is no such
thing.
Gebura-Ma
Gburah is the sphere of energ and acion. Wasted or out of con­
trol energy is usually due to lack of understanding. It results in
anger unwanted force, antagonism, and even war. To ever acion
there is an equal and opposite reacion, according to the laws of
physics, and this is true on all levels. Life's energies should pro­
duce acion along the right paths, provide that you ti frt and
then act.
Mar is the planet of Gburah, and Maran energy needs and
implies control, for every action must cause a result. Btter to
plan and organize, rather than bing impulsive, for we are always
responsible for our actions, b they in the mind or in physical
terms. Cause and effec are linle understo, so we give usless
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excuses to cover up our lack of control, or we have a convenient
get-out claus s that we can blame something or someby els,
usually the gos, fate, detiny, or if you really want to indulge in
passing the buck, karma. The laner excuse is now an accepted
blief panem by millions of pople who have not even thought
about the concept, who have failed to realize the true implica­
tion of what they are blieving in. Any problems are truly yours,
you caused them in the sme way that you are now learing how
to caus fr ber things to happn. Tinking is the caus. Wrong
thinking prouce undeirable effes. Change your thinking and
you are bund to change your life for the bner. The key to the
energies of Geburah is stop, think, and then act in a responsible
manner.
Tphereth-Sun
From Geburah we return to the middle pillar, the sphere of
lphereth and the pwer of the Sun. Its symbl is rhe six pinted
star, which consists of two perfectly interlaced triangles. The
figure sugests balance and the harony of opposites, the key­
words of this sphere. liphereth is right at the heart of the Tree
and is connected to every other sphere (except Malkuth) . just
as the Sun is at the center of our solar system, so liphereth is
the center or nerous system of the Tree. It is in this sphere that
we must seek to b what we will, in other words, be ourselves
while drawing on the energies of al l the other spheres. Those
who seek knowledge of the central ego and self should always
lok toward liphereth.
Balance and harmony are correct life expressions. A far cr
from reality, most of life's tragedies and inner conficts are due
to trying to b something that we are not. B yourself and all els
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will fall into place in prfec harmony. Again, the concept of right
thinking must be applied, for to indulge in negative and non­
balanced thinking is to go against what you really are. So not
only do you get the results of such thoughts you also prouce a
dash of interests with resulting inner tension. By seeking within,
by using your subonsious power corretly, you restore the bal­
ance and you bcome your self.
All natural healing of unbalanced conditions blongs to this
sphere, for what is disase and disomfon but a lack of balance?
The solar energies restore balance by adjusting the energy pat­
terns so that they once again conform to the way you should b.
Apan from healing, whatever is put into the subonsious mind
will bome a realit. By se king the tuth abut what you are and
what you need, M shall you have all that is right and propr. A
ppular misonception is to view yourslf as a typ, for instance:
"I am a Sagitarian" or "I am nervous." If you tell yourslf these
things often enough, you will become these things. Fonunately,
choice can always be exercised, and the proess is reversible.
Therefore, Tiphereth embraces all that you may bcome, so it is
a mistake to narrow the field of possibilities and restrict the self
in these ways. Use Tiphereth as your sphere of guidance.
Netch-Venus
Sphere 7 is named Netzach and contains those energies atrib­
uted to Venus. In Cabalistic lore it is named "Victory," a strange
name to assiate with the planet of pace and love; at frst glance
you would think that this would be attributed to Mars. So we
should look a litle deeper. Netzach is the sphere of attraction
and desire pwer. Popular misonception may sugest that yo
u
should gain victory over your desires. This is simply incorrect-
M
on the one hand, such a victory would be oppressive, which is
hardly Venusian, and on the other hand, you can no more tm of
desire power than you can stop breathing prmanently. It is the
vicor over misireed deires that is imprant. To desire is not
wrong; it is what you desire that matters. There is victory in
attracting into your life all those beautiful things you wish to
have. There is vicor in replacing lust with love, and there is vic­
tory in achieving or having the unobtainable. To stoke up the
fires of desire power is to want with all your hear. The real vic­
tor is to desire all the things that you wish to have purified of all
harful ides. You can have whatever you deire but take care not
to do this in the wrong emotional or mental state.
To deire money is not wrong, but to b gedy or deire sme
one else's money is wrong. The energy is bing misdirected, and
the laws of abundance have not ben realized. Likewis it's wrong
to desire another person without consideration of the other
person's needs and feelings. Life is ruled by give and take and
sharing. You cannot force some one els to love you or conform
to your ideas. True love is binding bcause the laws of atraction
complement each other. Anything els is just a por compromise.
Rituals for love often fail for this reason, for it is not love that is
bing sught, it is invariably contol over sme one els. Far bt er
to sek lasting love in pastures new than to tr to force another
bing to conform to an unobtainable ideal. The laws of Netzch
teach give and take, rather like a fower. A fower needs to have
its seds ferilized, so it atracts inscts by giving color, sent, and
honey. S it is with humans; we atract in proprion to what we
g
ive out. If you express disharmony and greed, you atract these
into your life. Purify your emotions and feelings and use desire
pwer to bring into your life all thos things you really ned. Such
is
the lessn of Netach.
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Ho-Mercr
Sphere 8 is named Ho, and its planet is Mercury, the "messen­
ger of the gods .. Mercury rules communication, the way you
speak and think, and it is the planet of the conscious mind.
Correctly controlled emotions are essential if desire pwer is to
work, and in this sphere you have to lear how to use the mind
as a tol for achievement.
The conscious mind is a tool. In the right hands it is a tool
for learning and applying that knowledge for advancement. It
can be a source of trouble, complaints, and utter confusion if
it is rigidly educated to the wrong standard set by the self,
because it is then at variance with the self. When used to plan,
compare, examine, and make decisions around the needs of
the slf, it is funcioning corretly, as a tol instead of an encum­
brance. The ability to think and then di rect the subconsious
mind is magical, but the need to indulge in book learning is
largely self-defeating unless such a person has no other ai ms
in l ife.
There is nothing wrong with knowledge if it can be applied
or if it satisfies a need, but it is the ability to think in simple
terms that gets results, and that is what matters. It is essential
to control the mind by seeking peace and then direct it into the
appropriate channel. In other words, a mind full of confusion,
darting about from one fact to another, will not produce con­
crete results or infl uence the subconscious mind beneficial ly.
A quiet, orderly mind concentrating on the objective enables
you to plan out your campaign of action and helps you to sort
out the wheat from the chaff in magical terms. As you think,
so you are. Quiet, calm, contemplative thinking gets results.

Yeso-Mon
Much as ben said and writen abut the Mon and its magical
lore, probably baus the Mon rle our imagination. ( will not
duplicate effon in the mane� but rather concentrate on the more
usful magical pssibilities. There are three paradigms in which
t suboniou mind my b infue: Tg, which i sphere
8, Hod-Mercur; emotional desire, which is sphere 7, Netach­
Venus; and the pwer of the imagnaton, which blongs to sphere
9, Ye-Mon. Te bst plan of action is to us all thre in pro­
pron to your nes and abilte. Sm prefr to Uthe mind, and
they are classifed as hermetic or inhibitor; others prefer to stoke
up the emotions, and they are classifed as orphic or excitator. By
themslves neither of the will get reults. You have to us sme
blend and you have to U the imagnation. You have to M in your
mind's eye what you want, or nothing can happn. For the lan­
guage of the subonsious is in picre and symbls.
Yeso and the Mon also gover our repns to life and our
habits, so it naturally follows that progress is made when you
disard thos habits that are unprouctve or bad. This area of life
is well wonh a study in its own right, and you will b surprisd
just how habitual you really are. One of the keys to getng results
is knowing that when new thought bome habit, it works auto­
matically. Te les n is plain to M ¦ Change your thinking, encour­
age new more desirable habits, and everything changes for the
bter, staying this way automatically.
Makuth-Eah
Malkurh is bth the sphere in which we stan our upward search
for prfection and the sphere in which we exprience physicality.
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All the previous spheres find expression i n Malkuth, so it stands
to reason that if there is imbalance in these spheres, the result
will automatically b undeirable conditions on the physical plane.
Humankind instinctively looks skyward for inspiration and
answers to its problems. We lok to the stars and to the gos for
help. In a way, pople are right to lok upward, for the problem
exists in higher spheres, but not as karma or the anger of extra­
terrestrial bings or UFO-related entities. It exists in the misdi­
reed enery paters within the sphere of the Tre of Life. Te
are not external to us, they are pan of us, for each of us are our
own Tree.
The lesson of Malkuth is therefore quite simple-uter con­
ditions are the result of inner thinking, and therefore the solu­
tion to the problem is within the problem itself. Not only is
Malkuth equivalent to the physical world, it is also that ideal­
istic state we visualize as the Inner Temple. Its symbols are the
Encircled Cross, the double cub, and the four elemental gate­
ways of power. Through these doorways we contact and use
the power of the Tree of Life and allow that power to produce
physical results. The whole of the Tree of Life rests in Malkuth
and finds its eanhly fulfillment therein. To work effecive Magic
we must start at Malkuth and its Inner Temple, opening these
doorways to the vast storehouse of power available from the
rest of the Tree. Unless this sphere is organized, understood,
and worked with in a sane and snsible fashion, physical results
will either b unrewarding (at bst) or unchangeable (at worst).
By building up the Inner Temple along correc symblic lines, we
form stable ground for the rest of the Tree to grow and bear
fruit.
Daath-Piuto
There is a barrier bteen the power of Daath and yourself­
that barrier is fear. Nothing prevents growth more than fear.
Always rememb� in reality there is nothing to fear except fear
itself. By fear I do not mean the normal protective fear we exp­
rience during moments of danger; I mean unfounded fear, fear of
G, fear of the unknown, far of pushing ahead baus it might
not work, and so on. You have the pwer to do anything, to b
whatever you want to b, to have whatever you wish; let no one
tell you otheris. Results depnd on psitive thinking and blief
in what you are doing; fear destroys creation bfore we can even
stan. Wen you bat fear you acquire much more than the pwer
to create; you acquire slf-determination and total freedom from
the imaginar demons that plague humankind. To sek the pwer
of Daath and its planet Pluto you will have to overcome these
fear and tabo s. The path is not easy, but you can succeed if you
are determined enough. The solution to a fear is like a problem,
within the fear itself; once baten, you are unafraid and nothing
can stand in your way.
Daath-Pluto contains the power to transform your life. By
bating fear, superstition, and taboos and by shining light into
the darkest comers of your mind, you will exprience this trans­
formation. In ancient times an initiate was put through fear­
some tests and ordeals to see if he had the necessary qualities
expected of such a person. Today's initiations contain a poor
refection of this idea. Facing up to and beating fear is vital to
slf-development, although we no longer ned the lion's den or the
pit of fire. We need to sarch within for the caus of fear, and use
the power of Daath to shine the powerful light of cosmic truth
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onto the caus and M them for what tey 8- lgt always ilu­
minates darkness, and so it is with Daath. Once a thing is in full
view, we can see it and understand it, thereby equating it and
eventally transforming it. To live is to b feand to b feis the
reality of life. The Tree of Life is your plan of freedom.
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Blow is a summary of the imponant principles of the Tree of
Life. It explains the essential information that you should not
forget. After you have carefully read this chapte� tr to reall as
many of the outstanding pints as you can.
At the top of the Tree we have sphere 1, named Kether. It rep­
resents the bginning of something and M equates with original­
it and individuality. It is the sphere of new ideas. As this is the
first sphere, all the others emanate fom and are contained within
it. It contains all there is, and as such it represnts pure poten­
tial. At the physical end it is bt reprented by the plane Uranus.
A photograph of the galaxy will give you a prfe idea of the all­
ness and dynamic pwer that is Kether. Its symbl is a crown. As
for color, while white is traditional I prefer to use transparency,
rather like clear glass, for although Kether contains all the colors
they are not as yet manifest.
Sphere 2 is named Chokmah; its keyword is wisdom, and it
represnts the All-Father principle. From a physical pint of view
its planet is Neptune and its color is pure white. Te Zoiac also
fits well into this sphere, for is not the sience of the stars noth­
ing more than pure wisdom?
With sphere 3 we move to the oppsite pillar and the Great
Mother. This sphere is named Binah. Its color is pure black, and
its ruling planet is Saturn. It may seem strange that the appar-
ently restrictive planet Saturn should equate to a mother, but
remembr that in its correc aspct Satur is the planet that gives
fon, and birh is the giving of fon. The keyword for this sphere
is understanding.
Back on the right-handed pillar once mor we arrive at sphere
4, Chesed, the color blue, and the planet jupiter. Here we are
dealing with limitless and abundant expansion in keeping with
the idea of the fortune-bstowing god of the vine. The keyword
is merc, but pleas do not confus this with the version dished
out by Christianity. This sphere repreents pure mercy, free from
religious overones.
In direct opposition we have sphere 5, named Geburah. Its
color is red and its planet is Mars. The keywords are ;ustice and
might. Like Saturn, Mars often has a bad reputation bcaus it
rules agression and war ( among other things); however always
remembr that although everhing fits on the Tree, it is far bter
to exclude negative atributions and seek the positive possibili­
ties instead. If you lose your tempr, you ruin your chances of
controlling pwer by losing control and thereby dissipating that
pwer. This sphere therefore represnts energy, enterprise, and
initiative.
On the middle pillar we arrive at sphere 6, named Tiphereth.
Lok at its psition. It is central to the whole Tre; therefore, like
the center of the solar system, it bcomes the light within your
inner slf (in human tens). Middle pillar sphere are to abstract
to have colors; however, the colors yellow or preferably gold may
b usd. The keywords are beaut and harmony.
Our next sphere is number 7. Its name is Netzach and its
p
lanet Venus. Its color is emerald green. Venus is the principle of
atraction. It is our prsonal magnetism that helps us bring into
frition the nicer things in our live. Victor, which is the keyord
M I S O T I I I C M A G I C & • o T M I C A I A L A
of this sphere, may at first seem quire odd until we realize that
by controlling our emotions and redireting them as desire pwer
we are bound to gain victory over circumstances.
Sphere 8 is named Hod; irs planer is Mercur (the symbol of
the mind), and irs color is orange. Mercury rules communica­
tion-the way you spak and think. The major lesson you can
lear from Mercur is to reorganize your thinking into simple,
realistic paters, moving away from the more chaotic fors of
the accepted norm. The training of the mind is an essential pan
of all real Magic. Flexibility, adaptability, and communiation
are the keywords of this sphere.
Sphere 9 on the middle pillar is named Yesod, its color is
silver, and its planet is the Moon. The Moon is responsible for
our imagination-hat pwerful magical tol that gives us access
to the subconsious mind represented by Tiphereth. By using
the imagination, we shap all that is around us. litle wonder
that the keyword-foundation-is so apt. We have the ability
to build whatever we wish in whatever way we wish in our
imagination.
Finally, we reach sphere 1 0, Malkuth, and this is the Eanh
sphere. The end product of all that has gone bfore: magically, it
is the sphere of the four elements. By using these elements we
apply power to physical mater and shap this according to our
needs. Malkurh is our ideal world in addition to bing the Inner
Temple, yet another idealistic stare of existence in which we work
all meaningful magical rituals. Te difference bteen the ideal
world of Malkuth and planet Enh is blatantly obvious to every­
one. There is a world of difference, yet the scret of Malkuth is
in bringing the ideal into physical fact. Such is Magic on a prac­
tical level, for Malkurh is in reality the sphere of pracicality. With
regard to colors, there are of cours four, one for each element.
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These are yellow for Air and east, red for Fire and south, blue
for Water and west, and green for Earh and norh.
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When thinking about the spheres, bar in mind their position.
For instance with sphere 4, Chesed, we have the expansion of
Jupiter, with the underlying tone of the right-hand pillar, in other
words, psitive outfowing with generous and kind emotions. Or
with sphere 5, Geburah, the us of energy based on our abilit
to receive it using the power of the mind. Lok at the diagram
of The Tre of Life in this chapter ( figure 6, page 81 ) ] read this
chapter many times; and think abut the spheres, the numbrs,
and the ideas given to you.
Relating thes to the Cosmic Sphere is not difficult. Sphere
1 , Kether, belongs to the uppermost point, whi le sphere 1 0,
Malkuth, blong to t bs. Tis ft i well with the age-ld idea
of God above and man blow or, put in practical terms, initial
pwer and final prouct.
Sphere 2 is likely to give most Cabalistic thinkers something
of a problem; however, this is solved by giving the entire outer
structure to this sphere. The reason is simple if you remember
that, although the ruling planet is Neptune, the other main atri­
bution of Chokmah is the Zodiac, which, in OM¿ implies the
.
idea of the three rings.
We are now left with sven spheres, excluding Daath. These
blong to the faces of the Magic Cub, using the ruling planets.
For example sphere 8, Hod, equates to the eastern face of the
cub, while sphere 6, Tiphereth, naturally blongs to the center.
Here we have a prfect sheme. In the center is the Sun, around
which are arrayed the planets. The whole of this magical solar
1 I I O T I I I C M A G I C A M D T M I C A I A L A
system is, as one would expct, surrounded by the stars in the
form of the Zodiac. All that remains is to loate that enigmatic
sphere of Daath. Despite the ideas and taboos found in other
MUC of inforaton, Daath, toeher with it Pluto rler equate
to transformation that leads to ultimate pwer and total realiza­
tion. The myth of the Phonix affords valuable clues as to the
correct loation in that this mythological bird is consumed by
fire in order to be reborn. This, together with the vast power
potential of Pluto, must mean that Daath is to b found at the
center also, within the Sun.
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As you have come to obsere, symbl diagrams are inevitably a
flat representation of a three-dimensional reality. The simple
Encircled Cross is represntative of the Cosmic Sphere, and now
the Tree of Life can b sen to b an extension of this sheme. As
a student of Esoteric Magic, you should lok at al l other sym­
bls in this light, for there is much to b gained and leared from
symbols.
Te Hexga� M bloved of the Glden Daw, is ye another
plan of a three-dimensional configuration. Do you know what
this is? Consider figure 10 carefully.
Note that there are six pints. What dos this sugest? The
answer is the Cub ( six faces). There are other clues, some of
which are to b found in the Tre diagram. That is, provided that
you allow this to b flexible. Notice the arrangement of spheres
( and planets) around the center of the Tre (Tphereth-Sun).
HOD (Mercury)
NETACH (Venus)
BINAH (Satur)
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is opposite to
CHESED (J upiter)
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This, of course, agrees with our conception of the magical
cube. If you now look at the Hexagram, adding the appropriate
spheres and planets, you will see that not only dos it agree with
the cub plan but the Tree of Life as well. The Hexagram is there­
fore a fat representation of the Cub ( see figure 1 1 , page 1 1 2) ,
or Inner Temple.
Also notice that the Tree of Life constantly sugests the idea
of polarity. This can be seen not only in the pillars but in many
other areas as wel l . Look again at the Cube and Hexagram.
Mercury-Hod is representative of the conscious mind, while
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jupiter-Chesed equates to the deepr mind. They are both con­
need with the mind but from a different pint of view. Likewis,
Venus-Netzach and its assoiations with attraction, desire, and
female qualities is exacly balanced by the male-dominated pwer
of Mars-Geburah. The essential part of this idea is one of bal­
ance. This is indicated quite clearly by the middle pillar and the
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sphere of Tiphereth, which is central to the entire Tree design.
You will also note that Tphereth (Sun) is also placed at the cen­
tral balancing pint of the Cub.
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Continue with your work on the planets. Te information gained
will b of value in helping you understand the Tree in a prsonal
sense, for each planet relates directly to a sphere. Familiarize
yourslf with the Tree diagram. Make sketches or draw the Tree
of Life carefully onto a card. This may b usd as point of con­
centration during subsquent rital work. Color the spheres using
crayon, poster paint, or felt-tip pns. Obviously, it is impossible
to us transparent ink for Kether or ultraviolet for Daath, s the
may be left blank and the actual color presumed for the time
bing. In keeping with go magical practice, get involved with
this simple task, take your time and us your ingenuity to create
a pesona/ Tree diagram you can b proud of. The more you put
in, the more you get out.
CHAPTER ¯
MOWTO EREC AND
AT TO EACH SPHERE
In order to make us of the Tre of Life, it is essential that a real­
istic approach b usd, fre from over complexity, incorret atri­
butions, and other nonrelated ideals. It is also essential that the
Tree paradigm b pesonal rather than general. Only by adopt­
ing a prsonal approach can the tree truly reveal its meaning.
There are many misonceptions concering the Tree of Life,
and prhaps the greatest is the idea that this is a son of ladder
that has to b climbd in order to evolve. Blief paters such as
this do nothing for the an and practice of Magic and are, in any
cas, completely fals. The only real evolution is one of ridding
ourslves of such slf-retricive ideas. Forget abut evolving and
accept the more corre concept that you are evolved. Tis is most
imponant, for failure to realize this truth is bund to limit your
lif
e and, of cours, restrict the pssibilities offered by the Tree.
One example of this is the preumption that the supals (sphere
1, Kether; 2, Chokmah; and 3, Binah) are not accessible to the
student. They are presumed to be beyond him or her. This is
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absolute rubbish and is based on the outmoed system of grades
advoated by the Order of the Golden Dawn. In this system, the
novice was initiated into each sphere, gradually climbing the Tre
e
as the Order sw fit. The higer the sphere, the more diffcult the
task-r so we are lead to blieve. Naturally, the higher spheres
were resrved for individuals of rare talent and powerful abili­
tie. Let us forget all about rising up the Tree by means of grades
and meaningless initiations. Instead, we will us the Tree as it is
meant to b usd-as a plan of ptential and a means of slf-dis­
covery.
The Tree consists of ten spheres (eleven with Daath) . Each is
different, bing a spcifc cateorization of energy, and each con­
tains its own inner truths directly relating to the individual. In
order to gain access to the knowledge of a sphere and, of course,
to the power therein, it is essential that you learn how to erect
each sphere and how to equate to it meaningfully. Not an easy
task if you blieve traditional source. Forunately, the task is not
as difficult as you would think; in fact it is quite easy, provided
that cenain guidelines are followed.
Each sphere, by its very nature, is a three-dimensional con­
figuration rather than the convenient fat circle given in the Tree
diagram. You work within this rather than on it or outside it.
Also, although the Tree of Life shows these spheres as being
separate, connected by paths, this is not strictly true and can
easily lead the student to presume that the spheres are in fact
sparated by space. By far the bst way of loking at the spheres
is to ignore the way in which they are spread out, for this is
only a convenient way of representing a complex arrangement.
Instead, adopt the idea of one structure in which all the others
may be found, rather like a room with different colored win­
dows or perhaps a house containing several roms. The main
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stucture has already ben given to you. It is the Cosmic Sphere
of three rings. This equates to the lowest sphere on the Tree of
Life, known as Malkuth or the Kingdom. Malkuth is the sphere
of the four elements and the ideal world. Let us examine this
in
a litle more detai l .
The Cosmic Sphere, which we will refer to as Malkuth from
now on, contains everything. Therefore, the entire Tre of Life
my b found within its strucre. Tis has already ben disussd
in the previous chapter in which the spheres were alloated to
the noal pints and to the inner cub. The Tree of Life symbl
i a fat reprentation of this three-dimensional strcure, which,
in tum, is the Cosmic Sphere of Malkuth.
Malkuth is the sphere in which all Pracical Magic is worked.
Note how this is done by using an assortment of words, ges­
tures, symbols, and physical objects backed up with the power
of the imagination to help attune the mind to the task in hand
and, of course, the energy being used. The accent is on con­
tacting or attuning to a specific type of energy, usually epito­
mized as planetary. What are we actual l y doing other than
bringing this energy into our consciousness? We do not travel
to a planet or to some remote part of ourselves to do this; we
allow it to fow by recognizing that it exists and thereby allow­
ing it into our l i fe. This proess can easily be seen in the flat
Tree diagram in which the entire Tree of Life impacts, or finds
fruition, in the base sphere of Malkuth. That is the function of
this sphereo act as a pint of impac for energy. Bfore energy
cn fow, we must first recognize it, using symbols and so forh,
and then allow it to flow into our life. In Malkuth this is done
by attuning this sphere to the energy required and then allow­
ing this to enter into the sphere of Mal kuth through the four
elemental gateways.
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The sphere of Malkuth can therefore b atuned to anyhin
g
that lies abve it-in shor, the entire Tree of Life! To do this
is
not difficult, but it dos, like all magical work, need some con­
sideration and practice before it can b truly effective. We will
consider this atunement in a moment but, for now, let us rerum
to Malkuth itself.
Bfore your magical work can b effective, it is essential that
the Cosmic Sphere b constructed carefully and practiced until
it is sond nate. Afer all, if the bas sphere is smewhat shaky,
then one can hardly exp the rest of the Tre to b stable. Trees
ned rots in deep ferile earh lest they blow over or stare. It is
the same with Malkuth.
The beter the base sphere, the better the Tree scheme. So
resist the temptation to rush ahead hoping to find shorcuts to
knowledge or presuming that Malkuth, bing the lowest of the
spheres, is hardly worh any detailed consideration. This would
b a prime mistake, for Malkuth is the key to the entire Tre and
the only real gateway to pwer.
You have ben given many useful ideas with regard to the
sphere of Malkuth. Thes should b worked with and extended
in any way that you fel is right, for prsonal involvement is 8
major factor in successful master of Magic and the Tre of Life.
By all means us thes ideas to the fullest, but do remembr that
it is your own ideas that will ultimately prove to be the bst. B
guided by feel, and do not b afraid to tr out new ideas. It is
beter to try, even if you do make mistakes, than not to try at
all. Keep a magical notebok in which to record any impresions
or ideas reeived either during meditations or at any other times.
B methodical and practical; it is bound to pay off in the end.
Atuning the sphere to Malkuth (as oppsd to consideration
of the entire sphere) is a simple affaia provided that cerain rules
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i
are followed. These rule apply equally to all other spheres. First
must come cler intenton. I other words, know which sphere you
a
re working. This may sound obvious, but all to ofen there is
prumption rather than asrion. A cler well-thought-ut inten­
tio
n is a major key to successful Practical Magic and is no less so
in eteric maters. Once the intenton is clear organize the temple
in such a way as to enhance this purpse. Bring in the appropri­
ate correpndence to help fous the mind along the chosn path
or energy pater. In the cas of Malkuth, this would mean bring­
ing in thos objets that will sere to remind us of the nature of
this sphere.
Bfore you stan to purchase masses of equipment or cluter
the temple up with all manner of atributions to b found, stop
and think. Simplicit is always the bst way to get results. In fact,
one or to well-hosen items are bund to b far more effective
tan a whole hot of ods and ed acquired fom dubious sur.
Take nothing into a temple unles it is understo. Sund advice
indeed.
With this sphere, you are mainly dealing with the four ele­
menrs. These may be represented by the four weapons or their
equivalent. Do remembr that it is not vital to purchase, say, a
Magic Sword. Thes things cost a small fonune. Instead, use a
substitute such as a small knife or dager. This may be prson­
alized according to your needs. Alternatively, it is possible to
obtain inexpnsive reproduction swords or find real swords in
sond hand shops at moerate price. It is not the cot, or indeed
the shape and size that matters at this stage. All that you are
loking for, in this case, is a symblic representation of the ele­
ment of Air. Think about this. Use your imagination and apply
that all-impnant prsonal touch, even if the ideal Magic Sword
is not at hand.
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A Magc Ro or Wand should b made. Agin, u you imag.
inarion to determine what you would like to M as a represnta
­
tion of the element of Fire. By thinking in this way, you are bund
to arrive at a succession of designs that will teach you far more
than simply copying something out of a bok. Magic Cups can
als b puhs quite cheply. Tey cn b made of m or eve
glass. Once again, it is all a question of choice, based on your
own thoughts. Finally, the Magic Shield should b made by your­
slf using meal, wo, or CW stif crd. Te deig is ver ipr­
tant. Forget abut Pentagrams and other trendy designs. What
do you think should be emblazoned on the Shield? When you
have decided on this, find some way of transferring this design
onto the Shield. Ter are mny ways. Felt-rip p or pster paints
are among some of the pssibilities. Also remembr that it really
dos not mater if you have an anistic touch or not. What dos
mater is that you tr in your own way to reprouce the ideas in
your own mind. To tr is to succed, no mater what others may
think, and, in any case, any sincere, original effort is wonh a
thousnd imitations or copies made without so much as a sond
thought.
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Perhaps the most versatile and usful of all magical tools is the
tarot. Although it is not the purpose of this book to enter into
detailed disussion of this intricate system, I will advance a few
usfl ideas that you, the student, may care to expand in your own
way. Tarot cards fit the Cabalistic sheme with a precision that
cannot be described as accidental . In brief, the seventy-eight
cards are divided into tenty-to mior cards and fify-six minor
cards. The major cards blong to the paths that are disussed in
Ill
te next chapter. For now, we will confne ourslves to the minor
ca
rds only.
The minor cards are divided into four suits of founeen cards.
Naturally, each suit equate to one of the four elements. Leaving
aside the coun card ( Kings, Quens, Knights, and Pages), we are
lef with for cards, ten for each suit or element. It is the numbr
that gives the due to the corre arrangement on the Tre of Life.
The suit indicates the correct magical direction by its weapon
and element. For instance, the 1 0 of Swords blong to Malkuth
(sphere 10) and to east (Swords). Likewise, the 8 of Cups blong
to Ho (sphere 8) and to magical west (Cups).
The complete arrangement of the minor cards is given in the
following table:
SE W S WT NOT
Swords Wands Cups Shields
Kether Ace Ace Ace Ace
Chokmah Z Z Z Z
Binah 3 3 3 3
Cheed
4 4 4 4
Geburah
5 5 5 5
Tlphereth 6 6 6 6
Netzach
7 7 7 7
Ho 8 8 8 8
Ye
9 9 9 9
Malkuth l0 l0 l0 l0
No tarot card represnts Daath.
To us the tarot in Cabalistic work is quite an easy mater,
for it lends itlf easily to this. In the cas of Malkuth, the four 1 O
could b placed on the altar aliged to their repctive direcions,
or could b placed on the appropriate wall or quaner within the
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temple. They may be used as symbols for contemplation or as
astral doorays through which one passes in the imagination.
The sene depiced on a card may then b explored to M what
impressions aris in the mind. Other ideas include their us as an
onoff switch for each element. In order to do this, one has only
to educate the consious mind in the basic idea that face up opns
the elemental gate while face down closs it. Ingenuit will sug­
gest other uses.
In order to atune the Cosmic Sphere to another sphere, one
simply has to change the physical corrpndence and, of cours,
the inner imaginative assoiations. The corepndence of a par­
tclar spher 8 t subje of muh dbt and heted exchange
but this ned not interfere with your work, for most of the atri­
butions are, to say the least, highly dubious. Far bter to apply
common sense and simplicity.
The most obvious link with each sphere is through its ruling
planet, and M it is to the correpndence of the planets that you
must first turn i f you are to successfully contact each sphere.
However, the planet is only pan of the picure, one level, so to
spak. There are three more.
Ech sphere consists of four worlds. According to tradition, these
are:
Atziluth The world of origins, or Divine level
Briah The world of ceation, or
Archangelic level
Yetzirah The world of foration, or
Angelic level
Assiah The world of expression, or
Physical level
(AirThought)
(Fireesire)
(Watermotion)
(Earh-Physical
Object or Situation)
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The pwer of each sphere may therefore b tappd by bring­
in
g it through each of the worlds to its ultimate fuition in Assiah
( the physical ) . Natural ly, each world may be explored and
a
pproached direly, for, depite opinions to the contrar, there are
no br e be you and a parcular level-U are opn to you.
Bu
t how to approach, understand, and eventually us each level
is i ndeed a complex problem-r so it seems. Leaving aside
psudoreligious atitudes and assoiated dogma, the answer, as
always, is contained in the Tree of Life.
There are four worlds. These equate directly to the four ele­
ments in the following way: Te Divine or G level bt blongs
to the element of Air by vinue of the fact that the cosmic circle
originates at east ( origination bing the keyword). To south and
the element of Fire must go the creative world of Briah. The for­
mtive world of Yeirah blongs to wet and the element of Water
and, fnally, the nonh and the element of Enh blongs to Assiah.
Although there are other suppd traditional arrangemen� each
with their own merits or dogmas, thes assoiations are correct.
Naturally, each student must accept or deline the invitation to t
out this carefully delibrated system.
The erection or attunement of each sphere is bst done by
atending to the physical end first, using suitable correpndence
and then working through each of the four levels, either from top
to btom or in reverse, depnding on the nature of the work in
hand. Perhaps the easiest way to derib this is to give an exam­
ple. Let us consider a meditation of the sphere of Yeso.
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Gather the appropriate correspndences, in this cas thos of the
Mon. This would involve using silver candles and altar doth, a
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mirror ( indicative of the reflecive Mon), a go lunar incense
,
and the four 9s of the tarot. Having atended to these prelimi­
narie, all that remains is to opn the temple in the manner given
in the Master Ritual. The high point of the ritual would b the
atunement to Yesod followed by a meditation. This is done in
the imagination in the following way:
First, dire your atention to the Crown. Tis is the symblic
point from which all power flows and also equates to the All­
Father. Imagine that the Crow is stdded with ten jewels, one for
each planet (or sphere) in the appropriate colors. In the case of
Yesod, this would b a silver jewel or prhaps a pearl. Se this
begin to glow with bright silver light and i magine that this is
moving downward into the temple. The power must then be
allowed into the temple through the four elemental gateways,
starting at magical east, the Divine level of Atziluth, and pro­
ceeding around the circle, through each level (or world), finally
terminating at magical norh ( Assiah). By far the bst way to do
this is by imagining that there is a doray in each wall of the
inner, cubic temple and that, at your command, each one opns
allowing the silver light to enter. The exact manner of doing this
is largely a mater of choice, but it is always a go idea to bring
in the control symbol of the magical weapns. For instance, at
magical east, imagine that you are holding the Sword (do this
physically if you have a real Sword) and that as you pint this at
the dorway, it opns.
Suitable words may b spoken as long as they are yours and
they do not contain undesirable elements, such as subservience
to the gods and so on. Simple statements of fact are bst, such
as, . Through this poral, under the control of this Sword, do
I
contact the (name level) of the sphere of Yeso to make manife
st
its presence within this temple. May this be so. " Shor, simple
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sta
tements of fact are wonh far more than any long-winded and
half-understo invotion direed at sme distant deit or other
ent
ity. Deal with power directly until you fully understand the
a
n of building and using telesmatic images. In any case, avoid
the traditional images and names, for these are largely corrupt
and unusble without considerable moification.
Notice what has been done so far. You have contacted and
invoked the positive ( Al l -Father or God) aspect and power
descended in a clokwise direction. To balance this out, invoke
the negative, or receptive, female ( Eanh Mother) . Direct your
atention to the lower pint, as symblized by the magical Cub,
and M this glow with silver light. Allow this light to ris upward.
Again, this can be seen to enter the temple through the four
gateways, this time in counterclokwise direction, starting at
east.
Forget all thos silly stories abut counterclokwise rotation
around the circle bing evil or having anything to do with Black
Magic or Witchcraft-his is nonsens. Clokwise rotation rep­
rents male, counterclokwis represents female. Those unfor­
tunate souls who leap around their circles in a counterclokwis
direction, hoping to contact the Devil, have not even begun to
understand the first principles of magical work!
All that remains is to concentrate on the center. There are
many ways of doing this. Ingenuity, personal involvement, and
p
ractice are bound to sugest god ideas. Here are some ideas
that you may care to try out.
The whole point of a magical meditation is to gain useful
inf
ormation that will b of value, not only in magical work but
in life as well. There is litle pint in prforming meditations out
of sme sens of duty or bcaus it seems to b the done thing.
Meditate for a purpose. B pragmatic. In order to remove con-
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fusion and, at the sme time, gain the maximum amount or relat­
able information, it is necessary to narrow down your awareness
to within definable limits. This is done by continuing to us the
coret atributions in the imagination and by confning the med­
itation to thos areas likely to be most prouctive. In a gener
al
sens, the center and the four gateways provide the bst means
of contacting the realit of a sphere and so should b usd until
other ideas emerge.
The center can b represented by a golden cube, usually in
the form of an elabrately cared altar, although there are other
variations. By changing the color of this altar to the prime color
of the sphere, you have a very potent symbl. Hold this in your
mind and then allow ideas to arise around it. It is pssible to take
this funher by adding other compatible symbls that are in keep­
ing with the nature of the sphere under invetigation. In the cas
of Ye, this could easily b reprented as a creent Mon that
lie on or abve the altar. Other symbls may als b usd. Again,
thes are all a mater of prsonal choice.
However, do chose carefully. In panicular, do not use the
atributions given in books unless you are completely satisfied
that thes are right for you. Bter to keep things simple than to
cluter up the mind with a variety of dubious and unrelated sym­
bols that have n
-
t ben thought through.
The other main area of concentration is that of the four gate­
ways. These may be seen as doorways within the inner cubi
c
temple or as separate temples each containing one of the four
weapns. Each separate temple could b explored and is likely
to reveal much in ters of eteric knowledge. I addition, us th
e
symbls of the tarot. Ech card, if usd within a correly atuned
sphere, will reveal far more than by using any other metho. In
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sh
on, you will see more bcause your mind is already concen­
tted along the right line of awarenes. Us in conjuncon with
the gateways, they for an admirable bas from which to explore
the fascinating realms of the inner mind. They may be seen as
actUally bing on the dors or they may b used as a basic sene
into which you enter and subsequently explore. The choice is
yours.
Do, however, keep in mind your loation within the Cosmic
Sphere, for it is quite easy to bcome lost in assoiated ideas and
side-tracks. This is prhaps the greatest sret of successful med­
itations, for all to ofen the novice allows the mind to wander
aimlessly, rather than keeping it within the limits needed to pro­
duce wonhwhile results. There is no need to strain over this. All
that is necessary is to use the symbls as controls. For instance,
if, during a meditation on Yesod, you are exploring the gate­
ways, keep in mind where you are. This is quite easy, provided
that you use the appropriate symbol. With the eastern gateway,
you would, of course, limit the awareness to the yellow dor of
Air using the symbl of the Sword. Awareness may b narrowed
down funher by using the sphere atributions. If, for instance, the
sphere being worked was Malkuth, then you would bring in
additional symbolism to suit this. A good idea would b to see
a number ten on this door or prhaps the 10 of Swords. If the
sphere was Yesod, you would use the numbr nine and the 9 of
Swords and so on.
By using these ideas and building on them in your own way,
you will have a perfect system of self-discovery. Now we will
lo
ok at an extra dimension t
h
at is guaranteed to personal ize
your work and thereby reveal far more than was previously
p
ossible.
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Here are some useful attributions connected with the four ele­
ments. In addition, you will see a list of the ten planets under
each element. Now is your chance to get interactive and disover
your prsonal planets and their diretions. To find your prsonal
magical directions, you will need a copy of your binh chan.• The
bt way to obtain this is to order your chan calculations from an
astrological serice. You will then know where the zoiac signs
and planets are placed by studying the Triplicities table in your
chan. This will show you how many planets you have ruled by
each of the four elements of Air, Fire, Water, and Eanh. Then
study the aspts table, which will tell you what planets are ruling
in what signs. Staning with the first hous ( Arie) in your binh
chan, you will study each hous in tum, until you have covered
the whole of your chan from Aries through all telve signs of
Taurus, Gemini, Cancer, Leo, Virgo, Libra, Sorpio, Sagitarius,
Capricorn, Aquarius, and Pises.
To begin, find Aries in your chan and see if there are any
planets in this sig or hous. If there are any planets in this hous,
then they will all manifest through the south and the element
of
Fire, for Aries is a Fire sign. This always dictates which magical
direction you should work. Now fous on the second house,
Taurus, and M if there is a planet or planets in this sign. Then
move on to Cancer and so on. If, for example, you were to find
more than one planet in a hous or sig, all of the planets would
manifest through that house's direction and element. I hop you
can se the patern here.!
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Symbol:
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1 I
Magical direction: East
Magical weapn: The Sword
lme of day: Dawn
lme of year: Spring
Zoiac signs: Libra, Aquarius, Gemini
Keyword: Communication
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Human assoiation: Thinking and the realm of mental activity
Tarot card: 1 0 of Swords
Personal planets ruled by the Sword and the Air element (circle
appropriate plane(s) fom you bin chan): Su, Mon, Mer,
Venus, Mars, jupiter Satr, Uranus, Neptne, Pluto
FE
Symbol: I 1 I
Magical diretion: South
Magical weapn: Te Ro, Wand, or Spar
Tme of day: Non
Tme of year: Summer
Zoiac signs: Aries, L, Sagitarius
Keyword: Direction
Human assoiation: Desiring and the realm of creative activity
Tarot card: 10 of Wands
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Personal planets ruled by the Rod and the Fire element (circle
appropriate planet(s) fom your binh chan): Sun, Mon, Mercur
,
Venus, Mars, jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, Pluto
WATR
symbl:
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vi
Magical diretion: West
Magical weapon: The Cup, Hom, or Chalice
lme of day: Dusk
lme of year: Autumn
Zoiac signs: Cancer, Sorpio, Pises
Keyword: Receptivity
Human assoiation: Feeling and the realm of the emotions
Tarot card: 10 of Cups
Persnal planets ruled by the Cup and the Water element (circle
approprate plane(s) fom your bin chan): Sun, Mon, Mercur,
Venus, Mars, jupiter, Satur, Uranus, Neptune, Pluto
EAT
Symbl: I V I
Magical diretion: Nonh
Magical weapn: The Shield
lme of day: Night
lme of year: Winter
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Zoiac signs: Capricorn, Taurus, Virgo
Keyword: Having
Human assoiation: Acuality and the realm of physical fact
Tarot card: 1 0 of Pentacles
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Personal planets ruled by the Shield and the Enh element (circle
appropriate plane(s) fom your binh chan): Sun, Mon, Merc,
Venus, Mars, jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, Pluto
In Magic, and in l i fe itself, we are constantly dealing with
plarit and its various ramifcations. The main concern is, how­
ever, our relationship with life energies as indicated by the plan­
ets and, of course, the ruling sphere. This gives you to ways
to lok at the maters, for there is you and there is energ. Bth
are sparate, yet both interac, and through this interaction you
create whatever you will. The nature and fow of energie is indi­
cated by the movements of the planets and their interacions in
terms of aspcts and so fonh. It is not the purpos of this work
to enter into the complications of this, although it is panly cov­
ered in chapter 9. For now, we will concentrate on cenain prin­
ciples that may b used to enhance your magical work.
Each planet has a natural affnity with an element and there­
fore has a natural magical direcion within the Cosmic Sphere:
PE EL MGIC DIRCIO
Sun Fire South
Mon Water West
Mercury Air Eat
Venus Earh Norh
Mr Fire South
Jupiter Water West
S tum Earh Norh
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Uranu
Neptune
Pluto
Air
Water
Water
East
West
West
By equating the planets to the sphere, you can give prime magi­
cal diretions. Thes are:
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S
s.
6
W
2
,
4
. 9.
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3
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Malkuth has no prime direction bcause it contains, and is the
reeptacle for, all the spheres.
In dealing with cosmic energies as they exist in their own
right, it is therefore bter to use thee directions, due to natural
afnit. For exmple, should you wish to explore the natre of the
Sun, you would us the principles given, concentrating and using
the prime magical direction of south. In brief, this would consist
of fousing the mind on the Crown and allowing golden ligt to
enter the temple staning at magical south, continuing in a clok­
wise direction. The female ( receptive) pan of the sphere would
b brought into play by fousing the mind on the lower Cube
and then allowing golden light to enter the temple, again staning
at magical south, in a counterclokwis direction. The sphere is
now atuned not only to Tiphereth but to the Sun as it exists as
a source of energy outside of yourself. By using this metho of
atunement, it is possible to explore and understand the planets
and ruling spheres in terms of ptential.
Power, energy, potential-all it what you wil l-is, for the
ske of simplicit, sen as bing . out there" exening an infuence
on ourselves and on eanhly matter and so on. The opposite side
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of the coin is the effect that this has on each individual. Every
human bing has access to pwer, even though they may not b
aware of this. This can b disovered through that prson's binh
chan and, as far as Eoteric Magc is concered, it can b relved
into planetary affinities with the four gateways once again. This
time, however, the accent and the usage is different, for here we
are dealing with the way in which pwer is accepted by the prn.
On page 1 31-1 32 you are gven lists of planets that are ruled
by the directions and the appropriate elements. These are very
imponant bcause they are taken from your binh chan, which,
in turn, is nothing less than a map or plan of your inner poten­
tial and abilities. These directions are to b usd when atuning
the sphere in a prsonal snse and for any meditations and mag­
ical workings involving you rather than pure energy. For exam­
ple, suppos that you were exploring the sphere of Netach from
a prsonal point of view, prhaps to disover something about
yourself or how this sphere affecs your life and so fonh. Once
again, the proedure of using the upper Crown and the lower
Cub in a clokwise and counterclokwise directions would still
apply, for these are invariable principles. However, the prime
magical direction would b changed from the natural to the per­
sonal. For instance, if a student had Venus ( the ruling planet of
Netzach) ruled by the Air element and the Magic Sword, then
the natural magical diretion of nonh would b replaced by east.
The use of the two alternative schemes gives each student
even more pssibilities, while using natural correspondences in
te bst pssible way. All that you need to remembr bfore stan­
ing a meditation is which end of the plarity you are intending to
use or explore- you or it. In other words, do you intend to use
the sphere in a prsonal sns, or are you interested in the sphere
in
its own right? This must always b considered, for all magical
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work is concered with either the subjeive (slf) or the objeive
( it) approach. As always, you must know what you are doing
bfore you do it.
Naturally, the next quetion is bund to b, . Can I combine
the to? " This will b covered in chapter 8 in which we lok 8Î
the real pwer of the Treethe paths.
CHAPER 8
A REALISTIC GUIDE
TO PATHORKIG

I have lost count of the numbr of magically minded pople who
have never bthered to work with the paths, either through lack
of knowledge or basic information or as a result of having suc­
cumbed to what must surely add up to propaganda issued by
lodges and devotees of dogma. Pathworking, we are told, is an
abolute mut for all srious magcal practitioners, yet the manner
in which ts is tught ( and I U the word "taught" loly) is litle
bter than the absurd practices of spiritualists or those strange
limbtisting exercis pracced by tho who subrib to pudo
Easter meditations. Instead of using the paths as dearly defned
bundaries within which you may gather spcific information,
the accent is ofen more toward "let us M what happns." Real
magicians do not open themselves up to random probabilities in
this fashion, nor do they adopt what is litle bter than a hotch­
ptch of symblic forms prented by so-alled expns, living or
de
ad. Instead, they adopt the much more sane approach of using
good techniques and realistic imagery coupled with common
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sns. Let us lok at the paths in detail and then formulate a real­
istic technique for their exploration and use.
To bgin with, the Tree of Life spife tent-to paths, bur
there are far more. Given that everthing in existence must b con­
tained within the Tree plan, there is an anomaly bteen what is
actually happning in life and the suppsed totality of the Tree.
It is this ver fac that demands a complete rethinking of the paths.
Let us consider a typical path-path eleven-which lies
been sphere 1, Kether, and sphere 2, Chokmah. From a plan­
etar pint of view, in other words, the Assiah level, the only true
path to actually exist in physical terms, is that created when the
to planets are forming an aspect in the heavens. Any astrologer
will tell you that when an asp is fored ben to (or more)
planets there is a fow of energy. The nature of this flow is simi­
lar to the combined effects of the planets forming the aspect.
Aspcts are an astrological and astronomical fact-they happn.
Where then, when a planet such as Uranus forms an aspect ro
the Mon, is the equivalent path on the Tre of Life? Apparently
it dos not exist! Yet this cannot b M¿ for all is contained within
the Tree plan. To find the answer, we have to lok at how rhe
path structure originated.
To cut a long story short, there are twenty-to traditional
paths for the simple reason that the Hebrew language has only
tenty-two letters. Why Hebrew? Well, long ago when it was
necessary to hide magical workings from the demon-possesse
d
church, there had to b found a suitable writen vehicle for knowl­
edge. The only suitable language byond suspicion and yet of re
al
value was Hebrew. Latin or Greek could not be used becau
se
priests could read and understand this without difficult. Hebrew
was not widely understoo, yet for the simple reason that it was
considered to be the biblical language, it was respectable and
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byond suspicion-an ideal way in which to communicate ideas
without atracting unwanted anention. The tradition of Hebrew
is still with us, even though it has largely outlived its usefulness.
Mny pople still anach geat impnance to Hebrew and thereby
los the realit of the Tre. Apan from making the Tree inflex­
ible, there can b linle snse in trying to spak and understand a
language that is not your native tongue, other than for purely
academic reasons.
If we take all the possible permutations of the known plan­
ets, we arrive at the true number of paths on the Tree of Life.
This amounts to no less than fihy-five! However, while it is
wel l to bear i n mind that these paths do exist and, at some
future date, you should bgin to make a study of these, for the
sake of convenience we wi l l confine ourselves to using the
accepted, traditional path arrangement. There are two good
reasons for doing this. First, it keeps the number of options
down to snsible propnions that the student can manage in the
initial stages of magical work; second, it would serve no useful
purpose to anempt to place al l the paths onto the existing Tree
design. To do this would simply serve to make the Tree virtu­
ally indecipherable. We will therefore stick to the traditional
arrangement in this chapter.
By definition of the reality expsd by the movement of the
planets in the heavens, a path is a link between planets, along
which energy flows. It is the reality of the conjoined spheres as
expressed through their union. A fair comparison would b the
the wire that connecs to electrical compnents-without the
wire, no pwer can fow and each compnent is therefore unable
to flfill its function. Spheres can exist without paths, but with­
out the linkage afforded by the paths, they are rendered inoper­
ative. Such is the pwer of the paths. The lesson is simple. If you
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would sek the real pwer and ptential of the Tre of Life, learn
to understand the paths.
Like the spheres, each path has its own symbols and corre­
spondences. There is only one set of atributions that is of any
real valuethe right one! Although I may b blabring a pint,
it cannot b stressed to strongly that most of the ideas, atribu­
tions, and symbols commonly associated with the paths, are
absolutely useless. They stem from to main sources. First, the
Order of the Golden Dawn and its devotees blieved it and then
presumed to inform everyone about their disovery. The attri­
butions of the Golden Dawn are nonsns, in paricular the colors
and the tarot cards alloted to the paths. It is well known that
this Order made cenain that the truth of the maters was never
revealed. This was parcularly the cas in the later years when
doa and te ne to tow snd in the eye of nephye bame
more imponant then helping them to find reality. In any case,
quite a lot of these suppsed atributions were arrived at using
methods similar to those used by a trance medium. To say the
least, they were unsientific and are bst forgoten.
The reality of any path lies in the combined effect of the to
spheres psitioned at either end. From this simple truth we are
able to build up a snsible st of meaningful atributions that will
srve us well. Let us take, for instance, path eleven once more.
This path joins sphere 1, Kether, with sphere 2, Chokmah. B
y
loking at the physical level, the planets, we can deduce a great
deal. First, the color of the path will be the combined color
of
the to planets. In shon, it will b a combination of tansparency
and pure white. The best desription is translucent white, and
the nearest equivalent would b something similar to the effe
ct
obtained by diluting milk with water. Another way of doing th
is
is to imagine that the colors do not completely mix so that one
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suspnded within the other-rather like globules of oil in water.
All that mater is that you have sme means of erecting this com­
bination in your mind and, al l things being equal, it does not
mater what form this takes, as long as the idea of combination
is adhered to. Us whatever suits you.
As fnher example: Path thinen, sphere 1, Kether to sphere
6, lphereth, would b a mixture of transparency and gold, while
path tenty-one, sphere 4, Chesed, to sphere 7, Netch, would
b turquois (combined blue and green) or any of the variations
of the to colors arrived at by using the ideas given previously.
Paths to or from Malkuth can b a problem, for this sphere has
four colors, those of the elements. Tis may b solved by using a
rich brown to represnt Malkuth.
Now let us turn our atention to the tarot. While the pedi­
gree of the tarot is debatable, this dos not impair its practical
use. Versions of the Major Arcana featured in the ancient an of
memory were assoiated with the Coptic, Greek Onhoox, and
Roman Churches, where they remained, fragmented but recog­
nizble, until reent inj udicious moerization of litrgy and tra­
dition. Whether denigrated by religious zealots as . the devi l 's
picture galler" or hailed by magical practitioners as the lot bo k
of Toth, the tarot's place in Magc remains assured. A the Minor
Arcana cards fit the spheres, so the Major Arcana cards fit onto
the Paths. By far the bst arrangement to date is that given by
W. G. Gray in his notable books Magical Ritual Methods and
The Talking Tree. • This arrangement is as follows:
PAT
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1
2
1
3
SE TAOT TUM
Heirophant
Herit
Star
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1 4
2"
J udgment
1 5
2
4 Empror
16 z Temprance
17

5 Dath
18
3
Hanged Man
19 4
-5 Jutice
20 4
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Strength
21 44 Empres
22 5- Tower
23
s-a
Dvil
24
64 Lover
25 6-8 Chariot
26 6� Sun
27 7-8 Wheel of Forune
28 7� High Pietes
29 7-0 World
30 8� Magician
3
1 8--0 Fol
32 9- 1 0 Mon
The tarot trumps, l i ke the Minor Arcana cards, form an ideal
fous for meditation or contemplation, either within a ritual
framework or at odd moments when time prmits. Naturally,
knowing how the cards relate to the Tree of Life is bound to
enhance your understanding of the cards in a way not pssible
to thos who know nothing of this assoiation.
The actal magical working of a path is a relatively simple
afair provided that you are familia with the tehque for ere­
ing the Cosmic Sphere and atuning this to a panicular sphere.
Without this knowledge, and lamentbly this is the nor for most
magcal oprator, pathworking is bund to b a labrious, unre­
lated exprience, giving ris to much confusion, contradiction
,
and even wild speculation on the messages resulting from thi
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lack of a cohesive bas plan. At bst, it will take years to disover
anything worthwhile. At worst, it will simply add to the delu­
sions of those who chose to carry on in an unsientific manner.
Each path is a combination of two spheres, so the logical
approach must be one of erecting each sphere followed by an
atunement to the path. Perhaps the easiest way to desrib this
is by actual example, so let us presume that the intention is to
work the tenty-sixth path from sphere 6, lphereth, to sphere
9, Ye. Here are sme usfl ideas that may b usd or expanded
on in your own way. They are for guidance only and are not to
b taken as a rigid framework.
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Obviously, an entire range of altar cloths to cover each sphere and
path would b extremely expensive to buy or time-consuming
to make. A beter solution is to have a plain white cloth and, if
possible, vary this by using either colored cord or strips of cloth
laid across the altar. In this case a gold cloth could be laid from
lef to right and a silver cloth laid from top to botom.
Us three candles, one for each sphere and one for the path.
The sphere candles should b in the appropriate colors, while the
path candle could be plain white. These may b lit at the appro­
prate rime during the rital and will therefore for a usful fous.
Use the all-imporant tarot cards. Place the major card rep­
resenting the path-in this case the Major Arcana card, The
Sun-in the center of the altar, being the main fous of atten­
tion, with the path candle directly bhind it. In addition, use the
Minor Arcana cards. As you face magical east, the 6 and 9 of
Swords are placed to the east, the 6 and 9 of Wands are placed
to the south, the 6 and 9 of Cups are placed to the west, and
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final l y, rhe 6 and 9 of Penracles are placed ro rhe norrh. The
sphere 6 (Tiphererh) candle is placed on rhe left and rhe sphere
9 ( Yesod) candle is placed ro rhe righr. These may be placed on
rhe al rar or, if you prefer, on rhe appropriare quarrers of the
remple. Available space may well be rhe deciding facror i n this
mater. Blow is a diagram of an ideal alrar arrangemenr for parh
rwenry-six ( figure 1 2) .
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I am ofen asked abut incens for the path. Us either a com­
bination of the sphere incenss or alteratively, bum these sep­
arately i order that the ntal mingling of the sents will prouce
the desired effect. Tere is no need to purchase specially made
incens for each path.
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The proedure for atuning the temple to a path is similar to that
used with the spheres. Naturally, the temple would be opened
using the now familiar tehnique given in previous chapters. The
main by of magical work now divides into three phass:
1 . Atunement of the temple to the first sphere.
2. Atunement of the temple to the scond sphere.
3. Final atunement to the path.
You will remember, from the previous chapters, that there are
to distn ways in which a sphere may b invok�ither obje­
tively or subjectively. In order to change from one to the other,
change the magical directions from natural to personal. Let us
first consider the objecive approach of working with the paths
in an exernal manner.
In dealing with the paths, it is not impnant which sphere is
invoked first; this is largely a question of prsonal choice. Let us
presume that you are staning with sphere 6, Tiphereth. Direct
atention to the Crown, M the gold jewel staning to glow, and
then allow golden l ight to enter the temple in a clokwise direc­
tion, staning from magical south. Direct your atention to the
lower pint and the Cub. Again, this glows with the same light
and is then allowed to enter the temple in a counterclokwise
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direction, once more staning at magical south. Light the candle
representing this sphere as a symblic indication that the temple
is now opn to lphereth and the Sun. If using separate incense,
bum one now.
Next, invoke the second sphere, in this case sphere 9, Yeo.
Again the same proedure: direct atention to the Crown, allow
the light to enter in a clokwis manner, staning with the corret
magical direction, then direct your attention to the Cube and
allow light to enter in a counterclokwis direction, and so fonh.
In this cas, however, the light is silver and the magical direion
is, of course, west. Again, light the appropriate candle and burn
the incense of the sphere. Finally, atune the temple to the path.
There are several ways to do this, and with practice you will
doubtless find others more in keeping with your own needs.
Keep maters as simple as pssible in order not to burden the
mind with complexities and confus your subonsious. Imagine
a doray with the numbr of the path on it andor the appro­
priate tarot trump. Pass through this dor and explore the real­
ity of whatever lies behind it, or simply al low impressions and
ideas to aris in the mind. Naturally, this may once again b sym­
bolized by the lighting of the path candle and the burning of
incens.
Other possibilities include directing atention to the center
and the inner cubic altar of gold. Alternate fashes of the path
colors may b seen around this with, prhaps, the tarot trump
lying on the top of the altar. From then on, it is simply a case of
using the mind to explore this funher by al lowing impressions
to rise up in the mind. There are many other possible variations
and alternatives, and it is sugested that you think about these
and then adopt that which appals to you bst, for the scret of

sUful Magc ofen lie in bing contented with a pancular way
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of working, rather than trying to . force" some idea to work. By
all means us the ideas given in this bok, but think abut them,
turn them over in your mind, and decide what is bst for you.
Provided that you have carried out the proedure carefully,
your mind will now b atned to the correct path in a realistic
manner. In shon, your consiousness will have ben narrowed
down to one field of infuence or tuned in to a selected band of
awarenes. At the end of the meditation, do dow in the noral
way. Tis may b given extra imptus by the extinguishing of the
path and sphere candles. At conclusion, write up any notes for
fnher consideration at a later date.
Having dealt with the subjecive typ of meditation, I should
now point out that there is the objective ( self) approach to be
considered. In order to do this, one has simply to change the mag­
ical diretion as desribd previously. You will find it interesting
to compare results obtained from the to alternatives.
In the fnal chapter we will take maters considerably funher
by loking at your relationship with the cosmic tides and how
you may use this to your advantage.
Åhc Íathä
The following list of path colors will prove to b useful. In cer­
tain instances, the sphere colors combine to form a funher color
( for example blue and yellow form green) . This may be used
instead of the more usual . oil and water" idea.
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Pat Min Colon Altve Color
I I Transparent/White
12 Transparent/Black
13 Transparent/Gold
1
4 White/Black Gray
1 5 White/Blue
16 White/Gold
17 BlackRed
18 Black/Gold
19 Blue/Red Purle
20 Blue/Gold Green
21 Bl ue/Green Turquoise
22 Red/Gold Orange
23 Red/Orange Scarlet
24 Gold/Green Lime Green
25 Gold/Orange Ambr
26 Gold/Silver
27 Green/Orange
28 Green/Silver
29 Green/Brow
30 Orange/Si lver
31 Orange/Brow Russt
32 Silver/Brow
CHAPTER Ý
THE COSMIC TIDES
I
In this final chapter, we lok at the spheres and paths in greater
depth and atempt to show how you may vastly improve your
work through the use of prsonal planetary attributions.
First we must return to the idea of polarity. It is evident
throughout the cosmic scheme, for exampl e Crown/Cube,
eastwest, norh/south, center/priphery, and so on. It is also evi­
dent in everyday life; in fact, nothing would happen without
polarity. We would have inertia. The study of polarity reveals
much to the dedicated seeker, but for now, consider one aspect
only-the polarity existing bteen you and life energies. By this
we mean those energies that appear to be outside of the individ­
ual and are categorized under convenient headings, such as plan­
etary or elemental.
ÍOwctaDd bymbOÌÌäm
First realize that power fows freely from a creative source. This
source is without form or direction and is unknowable in the
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normal sns. The Cabalistic Tree of Life reoizes this by refer­
ring to the Negative Veils. Esoteric writer W. G. Gray simplifies
this by adding a zero sphere to the top of the Tre. Howeve� what
should b bre in mind is that this nothinges, this unknowable
source of pwer, dos exist and is the cause of the entire Tree.
Trying to understand this source is impossible from a consious
pint of view in that it is to abstract for the mind to grasp. Such
are the difficulties encountered when dealing with this state of
nonexistence.
In the realms of Practical Magic, whether the magician real­
izes this or not, he or she is giving form to the abstract source,
which, in turn, purs its pwer into thes thoughts. Sustain thes
thoughts and results are inevitable.
Humankind's ability to us the power of the creative source
is byond disputehat is, unles one listens to retricve doas
such as tho offered by religions. However, owing to the abstract
nature of the source and the way in which this assists manifesta­
tion through human thoughts, various typs of image have ben
used. Go is one such image. The source lends power to images
regardless of whether these i mages are good or bad, which
accounts for the misery so evident in toay's world. It is there­
fore vitally imporant to slect images that are beneficial rather
than self-restrictive. God, as such, is an image-nothing more.
lying bhind any go-image is the eternal creative source from
which true power emanates, and it is therefore a mistake to pre­
sume that Go is power.
An individual's ability to contact and make use of the pwer
of the source is made much easier through the use of images.
Gos, Archangels, Angels, and the like are all convenient images
for this very purpose. They are symbls. Likewise, the planets,
elements, and the etire Tre of life are als symb
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by which ere-
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ative power may be recognized and used. Put simply, they are
spifc image that, if usd correcly in the mind, provide a chan­
nel for the fow of creative energy. For convenience, we adopt an
attde of mind that sugets that pwer is out thereit is obje­
tive. Most magical work uses this objective approach, but it is
only one pan of a to-pan equation.
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aDdÅtaDäÍtÍDgÍÌaDctä
One of the bst ways of examining human ptential is to us the
birth chart. This is nothing more than a symbol ic plan of a
person's potential . It is not, as some would sugest, a map of
destiny or a guide to karma. These dogmas should be rejected
by those who truly wish to know about Magic. Litle work has
been done on the purely esoteric impl ications found in such
chans, which is a pity, for much can be gained in these maters.
One such area of research is concerned with the disovery of a
prson's ruling planets. Apan from mundane us, such as which
planet rules, say, health in an individual's chan, there are obvi­
ous esoteric pointers.
Every planet in a birth chart is a symbolic point of contact
with objective power, and much use of this is made in astrol­
ogy. You have probabl y heard of astrol ogical predictions
through the use of transits and progressions. Put simply, this
means that the astrologer calculates when a planet in the heav­
ens is forming an aspect to a planet in your birth chart. From
this, depending on the nature of both planets, certain trends
may be deduced. Notice that I say trends. This is al l that any
astrologer can do. No one can predict with complete accuracy,
for the simple reason that each individual has the right of free
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choice as to how he or she will use these energies. Prediction
works bause most pople are predicable-not baus kara,
fate, or any other negative ideal takes control, but bcaus most
people choose to be so.
The planets in the heavens, known as transiting planets, are
the symbolic pointers to specific typs of creative energy. The
planets in the birh chart, known as natal planets, are snsitive
points that are symbolic of energy reception by the individual.
Transiting planets are therefore objeive pwer, natal planets are
indicative of subjective power. The constantly changing rela­
tionship ben transiting and natal planets is mesured in ters
of aspcts. An aspct is simply a way of measuring when a tran­
siting planet is capable of supplying its specific type of energy.
Te are measured in terms of angles. Some angles (such as 90°)
are considered difcult, while others (such as 1 20°) are considered
bneficial. However, the main point to remembr is that when
an aspct is formed, power fows from the creative source to a
specific area of life. For instance, suppos we are dealing with a
jupiter transit to a natal Sun. The effect would be that jupiter
energy would flow and connec with the prson's inner bing, as
symblized by the Sun, the effets of which would work them­
slve out in terms of the combined effect of the to planets. One
pssibility would b an increas in optimism with prhaps a mea­
sure of good fortune. Of course, this is an oversimplification;
there are many other factors to b considered. Nevertheless, the
idea of a transit supplying the power to a receptive planet in the
birh char is correct.
What we must now consider is how to use this principle i n
a magical sens. When transit planet aspects natal planet, what
dos this tell us? In essence it shows that the polarit that exists
between objective power ( out there) and the recepti� part of
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ourselves indicated by the subjective natal planet ( withi n) is
actually causing power to fow. If we look a little deeper, we
will see that the flow of power, as indicated by the aspect, is
dearly exhibited in the Tree of Life in the form of paths. What
is a path other than the channel along which power flows
beteen to spheres or two planets? Aspects therefore equate
to paths of power.
Any planet is a symblic indicator of a spifc t of energy.
It als corepnds to the Asiah level of a sphere. Now, consider
this:
Obiective Powe: equate to the All-Father psitive pan of a
sphere. A planet in the heavens is indicative of this force.
Subiective Powe: equate to the Enh Mother reeptive pan
of a sphere and is symblized by a planet in the binh chan.
Therefore, there are thre pssibilities:
1 . Objetive pwer as indicated by the planets in the heavens,
and their paths, as indicated by the foring of aspcts to each
other.
2. Subjeve pwer as indicted by the plae in the birh chan,
together with similar paths formed by aspcts.
3. Perhaps the most impnant is the combined effect of obje­
tve plane forming paths of pwer to subjeve plane in the
binh chan. Let us now consider what this means.
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ÎDVOÌVÌDgLbjcCtÌVcÍOwct
In the first sheme, as the planets move around the solar system,
they naturally form aspcts, each aspct giving rise to a path of
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pwer. For instance, when the Sun asps Mercury, path tent­
five (Tiphereth-Hod) is formed and power flows. You will note
that neither planet assumes the role of psitive or negative; both
are equal . Magical l y, this may be investigated by usi ng the
normal techniques given in chapter 8. An aspctarian may be
usd to determine when such paths are fored. ' Natrally, when
an aspect is ocurring in the heavens, the power is at peak and
the resultant magical work is bound to be more effective than
at any other time. It should be remembered that this dos not
mean that a panicular path can only b worked when its equiv­
alent aspect is formed in the heavens. Paths may be worked at
any time but are likely to yield better results when an aspect
exists.
LäOtctÌC¾OtkÌDg
ÎDVOÌVÌDgbubjcCtÌVcÍOwct
To us this technique you will need a copy of your binh chan.
Either you can prouce it yourslf or one may b obtained from
the many astrological serices available.2 Armed with this infor­
mation, you are then in a prime psition to invetigate the paths
from a prnal pint of view. Much may b lered abut the slf
by using this technique. In this subjetive approach, the pronal
magical directions are used throughout.
ÍathwOtkÌDg
The third sheme brings together both objetive and subjetive
moe of pwer and leads to true pathworking. Tere have ben
many atempts to ponray pathworking, but most have been a
copy of outmoed Golden Dawn ideas. The following sheme is
byond doubt the bst available, for not only do it rnform to
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sensible strucure, it also takes account of what is happning in
the heavens and how this relates to you. This typ of pathwork­
ing has the advantage of linking together the psitive, objecive
power of the heavens with the subjective pan of yourself. It is
the ultimate in polarity working.
Te bt way to illustate this t of pathworking is by exam­
ple. Let us supps that you are abut to work path tenty. This
combines the spheres of Tiphereth and Chesed and the ruling
planets of Sun and jupiter. There are to ways to do this. Either
the pwer flows from sphere 6 to sphere 4, or the opposite. It is
therefore neessary to determine bfore hand which planet is to
act in the positive, objetive manner. For the sake of our exam­
ple we will assume that sphere 6 is to ac as the objective force
while sphere 4 assumes the role of bing receptive.
Attend to correspondences and other preritual matters,
and open the Inner Temple. Direct your attention first toward
the objective sphere/planet by using the clockwise spiral of
golden l ight from the Crown (gold being the color corre­
spondence of sphere 6) . See it enter the temple i n a clokwise
direction starting at magical south ( the normal magical direc­
tion of the Sun) . Allow this to build up in the imagination and,
of course, make use of correspondences such as candles,
incense, tarot cards, and so forth. The objective part of the
equation is now complete.
Now you must bring in the subjective pan. Tur your aten­
tion toward the bas Cub, which is now to ac as the symbl for
the subjective force of jupiter/Chesed. Imagine that this glows
with blue light and that it rises upward in a counterclokwise
direction. Because you are dealing with your own subjective
planet, you must now us your prsonal magical direction as the
point of entry into the temple rather than the normal direction
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( which, of course, equates to objective power) . This will vary
with different people. For the sake of our example, let us pre­
sume that your personal magical direction for jupiter is east.
Therefore, M the pwer enter the temple in a counterclokwis
direction staning from magical east. Again, allow this to build
up in your mind, bringing in appropriate correspondences and
so fonh. The remainder of the work will deal with the combined
effect as given in previous chapters.
D remembr that a pat can b worke at ay t. Howeer
if you know when thes paths are acally bing formed, these
prios will most cenainly lend weight to your effons bcaus
you will be in tune with what is actually happning as dereed
by the cosmic tides. The only way to know when thes paths are
formed is to have smeone prepare an asparian showing when
planetar transits are asping your natal planets. The alterna­
tive is to learn how to do this yourslf. Any go bok on astrol­
o will help you with this. 1
Although the greater pan of this chapter has been devoted
to paths, consider the sphere in their own rght. The, als, may
b worked from a plarit pint of view using similar tehniques.
Up to now you have used only the objecive approach, involving
the natural magical direcion of the planet. Let us now take this
funher.
As with the paths, there are three pssible prmutations:
1 . Objective, using the planets in the heavens.
2. Subjective, using the planets in your binh chan.
3. Colletive, which is a combination of objective and subjec­
tive planets.
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Objecve Planets
Deal with the realit of the pwer of the planet (and sphere) in its
own right. Normal magical directions are used, for example,
Magical norh for Venus and its ruling sphere of Netch. Sphere
opning would consist of bth clokwis and counterclokwis
opning around this magical direction.
In dealing with the pure objecive pwer of a single sphere,
kep in mind that your work is with objecive pwer. Te normal
magical direction applies; however, in more advance work you
may chos to bring in the additional idea of the acual position
of the planet/sphere in question. For example, if you were work­
ing with the objective pwer of the Sun, you would us magical
direction south. If, at the time of working, the Sun was in, say,
the sign of Taurus, then, by virue of the fact that this is an Erh
sign, solar pwer would also manifest through magical norh.
Subjecve Planets
Te equate to the planets in your birh chan that are, of cours,
receptive in nature. In this case your prsonal magical directions
apply, which may differ fom the normal one. Neverheles, the
spcific directions should b used for this typ of working.
Here we deal with fixed planets and aspts that can b med­
itated on and worked with fom a prnal pint of view. In shor,
they are the bst way to discover self. For this, tum to your pr­
sonal planets. Two imprant points emerge. First, there is a nat­
ural linkage between a planet and its magical direction, for
example, Mercury-Sword-magical east. This relates to the obje­
tive moe of power. In other words, the Magic Sword is the con­
trol symbl for the objeive, psitive pwer of Mercur and its
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sphere of Ho. Scond, each weapon ( and direcion) also has a
sond rulership, which is determined by the planetar positions
in your binh chan.
Let us suppose that your Magic Sword is ruling Venus. From
a subjective point of view, Venus and its equivalent sphere of
Netzach should b sought at the magical direction of east rather
than at the traditional (objeive) direcion of nonh. Natrally, the
Magic Sword will replace the Shield as control symbl. Such a
working would consist of using both clokwise and counter­
clokwise temple opnings around the prsonal magical direc­
tion. In case of confusion the rul
e
is this:
For objective working, use the normal magical direction
together with its appropriate control symbl.
For subjective working, use the prsonal magical direction
with its appropriate control symbol.
Collecve Workngs
The Tree of Life is said to have thirt-to paths. This may seem
a strange statement, yet it happns to b true if one considers the
effects of polarity. For instance, it is a true fac that the Sun in
the heavens must form aspects to the Sun in your birth chan,
therby foring a path. Add the ten paths M fored to the tent­
to traditional interphere paths and we have a total of thiry-to.
Think abut this. A path btween thes planets is real and there­
fore workable.
Collective working of a planet/sphere is a simple affair that
may b linked to actual aspcts bing formed in the heavens or,
as always, may b done at any time. As with other shemes, bt er
results are bound to ocur when an actual aspct is formed due
to pak energy flow. First direct atention toward the positive,

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objective planet and allow the pwer into the temple in a dok­
wise direcion. Then direc your atention toward the subjective
planet (which of cours is the same), allowing this to enter the
temple in a counterclokwis direcion. Nex, proeed as normal
with your meditation.
• • •
FINAL WORD
I
This bok has ben designed to help you build up a useful basis
for growth and to give you lots of original ideas. The success or
failure of the bok depnds on how much you are prepared to
consider and apply the ides. From now on it i up to you to con­
tinue with the work in your own way and at your own pace.
Some additional information may prove to b of value.
You will come across many ideas, concepts, and ideals in your
magical sarch. Never accept thes as gospl or reje them out of
hand. Tre knowledge is acquired by loking at everhing coming
within your awareness and then asking why? Question al l .
Remembr that the path of true Magic lies i n bing an individual
within the whole, only by questioning is this pssible.
Te sharing of exprience and knowledge is quite valid, pro­
vided that individuality is not sacrificed in favor of the herd
instinc. It is one thing to join or prhaps form a group for mutual
study or the accomplishment of a common aim, but it is another
to b a slave to feelings of bing left out or using the suppsd
H I I O T I I I C M A G I C A • D T • l C A I A L A
comfort of a group to bolster a lack of self-confidence. Apan
from groups, soial esoterics has litle to offer the serious stu­
dent-thes affairs are bst lef to the herd or thos who are des­
tined to b the puppts of whatever trend is in fashion.
Western minds must follow the Wester path. This, in effe,
means that you must lok at the traditions of the Wet and adopt
thos that are meaningful. This is not an easy task, for much of
our Wester tradition has ben buried under suprtition or do­
matized by would-b priests, both past and presnt. Bcoming
devotees of a guru may b a valid Ester practice, but it is the
antithesis of the Great Work here in the Wet. The real taditions
are not necessarily found in loges. In fac, I would b surprisd
if such organizations had any real insight into such maters. The
real traditions are to b found in the land itslf and can b con­
tacted and worked with by anyone who has a will to do s. How,
you may ask? The path is different for each soul. Ask and it will
b given, se k and you will fnd, knok and it will b opned unto
you. These are wis words. The key to the inner mysteries lies
within you, within your subonsious mind. Sek to know and
you will know.
Far to much emphasis is given to what are in effe psudo­
eastern practices impned and capitalized on by thos who have
need of controlling D½ of gullible pople. In Magic we fnd the
villain using the prsna of the unsrupulous hypnotist-guru who
is always on the lok out for that one prson in ever dozen with
the right combination of characteristics to make him or her the
ideal victim: a natural capacity for somnambulism with a credu­
lous atitude and a weak ego. One out of every five pople can
reach a somnambulistic trance state ( the deepst level of hypno
sis). This ability has nothing to do with intelligence or characer
any more than having red hair dos, but when combined with

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gullibilit and an underdevelopd sns of identity, we have the
psychological profile of the true bliever. These people are the
natural prey of the magical Svengali. You can never fully protet
them from such exploitation, any more than you can eliminate
pvery and crime, but you can substantially reduce the prestige
of the shady oprators who prey on them by establishing a gen­
uine Wester mystical tradition with reogized standards, which
hopfully I do by writing thes boks.
It is common sense to look at other points of view and to
compare the rites and traditions of other bodies of thought. In
shor, you must fnd your ow rots bfor you can hop to grow.
Such rots are to b found in your native myths, customs, tradi­
tions, and practices. They are also evident in the ancient sites,
not, as some would have you blieve, in the form of trackways,
but as a living, vibrant force that exists and has subtle effects on
subconsci ous mi nd levels of awareness. Look to the l and!
Redisover the folktale and ways of your ancetor and the Magc
will come uninvited.
Finally, all fors of Magc are, in esnce, praccal. Ask your­
slf this: What is the pint of a meditation if it do not give birh
to a usable idea? Meditate, by all means, then ac. Thes are not
my words but the words of one who is truly wis. All to ofen
the esteric worker lives in a cloud-ucko land of unrealit, pre­
suming that his or her inner realizations are gifs or that they are
sacred. This is nonsns. All that an esoteric worker can do is to
extrac from subonsious mind levels cerain inforation that is
likely to b of value to themslves or to the world in general. By
all means keep prsonal information to yourslf, but sek always
to apply it. All geat dsovere, inventions, and profound thoughts
come from the subonsious mind. A thought, inspiration, or a
fash of insight is nothing unless applied.
N I I O T I I I C M A G I C A M O T M I C A I A L A
lok at the Tree of life. Do you seits message? It is roted
in the go eanh of Malkuth where it grows and bars fruit. No
eanh, no Treeno Tree, no fruit. All must be rooted in eanh
before it can grow, and so it is with ideas. Also note that the
pwer of the Tre dCds to fnd fiton in Malkuth, ye another
pinter to the realit of life and the ned to give for to thoughts.
Without thought ther is no gowh; nothing evolve in the tret
sense of the word. Without eanh there is no growth. Consider
the analogy of trying to plant seeds without eanh-it cannot b
done. The power of thought, as indicated by the Tree, and the
projeion of thes thoughts as acalitie go hand in hand. Tey
are insparable. This is one of the real screts of the Tree of life.
What will you harest from its branche?
• • •
It is my sincere hope and wish that you, the student, find
whatever you truly sek. If this bok has in any way helpd this
caus, then I will b content; my work will b done. From now
on the path is opn to you. You will make mistakes and you will
make disoveries. Bth will help you ris abve the norm of the
herd-instinc mentalit. Do not b afraid to explore new ground,
and do not b afraid to think for yourself. You will make mis­
take, but never forget that mistake are the keys to greater thing.
Magic is a sience, the sience of using the vast potential of
the subonsious mind. Us it and it will transform your life. Us
it well and you will know.
APPENDIX:
WORKING W
TELESMATIC IMAGES
I
The presnt magical revival has ben underay for a deade, but
there are still only a few people who actually understand the
acual pracice of ritual Magic. Tis prsists in spite of hundreds
of different boks on the subjec in constant circulation. Why?
The reason is that many, if not most, magicians are naive about
the true nature of Magic. Ritual Magic is ritual hypnosis, for
want of a bter word.
Granted, there are a numbr of magicians who will grudg­
ingly concede this hypnotic definition, but in order to b a suc­
cessful moem practitioner you should embrace the paradigm!
By taking such a plunge, you simultaneously improve your teh­
nique, confirm your results, confound your critics, and make an
honest prson of yourslf.
If Magic has always been hypnotic and if the Cabala has
always taught that the inner microosm was the key to prsonal
transformation, then why, for the past hundred years, have we
skippd over or completely ignored the fundamental principles
. , , . . . . .
and techniques of Magic? Lost in a maze of quasi-Masonic initi­
ations and quasi-Freudian sxual spculations, we forgot that the
basic business of the magician is to communicate with entities,
angels-that is, components of the prsnality-ummoned to
visible apparance using a crystal ball, mirror, or bowl of dark
liquid. (Guinness usually works well ! ) '
Many magicians spnd many wear hours tring to conjure
spirits to visible apparance in smoke over the Triangle of An.
Smoke is probably the worst hypnotic foal pint anyone could
imagine. With regular practice, results can b achieved by using
a crystal or dark mirror within the Cosmic Sphere and four gate­
ways stup.
ÅQQÌyÌDgMyQDOäÌä ÌD KÌtuaÌNagÌC
The inducement of a state of magical hypnosis or moifed state
of consiousness is essential for this typ of working. With the
subsuming of consiousnes and prsistent practice, a trained rit­
ualist can quickly drop from a light (hypnoidal ) tance down into
a receptive moo. The ritualist can also answer questions in his
or her own prsona, his or her own remarks intersprsed with
the entity's comments ( depending on which is addressed, the
receiver or the entit), and do all this while standing up as an
acive panicipant in the ritual.
Te reasn that some rituals are long and drawn out is not to
concentrate pwer for the entire time. Any ritual is usd to build
up to the pak of trance, to gradually quiet the mind and reach
a level of consiousness usful for sme magical acivity. By stan­
ing at the mundane level, each step of consiousness modifica­
tion is achieved by an aconhe lightng of a candle, the buring
of incens, an anointing, an invoation, and so fonh.
A " " I I D I X
M J
The way I invoke a planetary energy is purely through the
telesmatic images of the archangels. I rarely do Practical Magic
rituals anymore, which is rather od bcause I could do more to
help my material situation and reach my prsonal and magical
goals. I supp it i ver strange not to b commanding my angels
to go off into the world and bring me back some pnnies now
and again. However, when you get really heavy with the esoteric
side of Magic, the pracical side of it really, truly sems mundane.
It cannot b explained; it is like when you just know something
you cannot explain! I have had such fantastic expriences on the
Tre, and it is just not pssible to desrib it. If you do a praci­
cal ritual, you will get practical results, but there is nothing hap­
pning inside, on other levels. With esoteric rituals there is an
enormous sns of fulfllment, joy, love, and a srenit that stays
with you. At the climax of these rites, the intense purity and
baut and pwer of feeling is just-incomprehensible.
LcttÌDgtOKDOwthcÅtChaDgcÌä
I had pictures in my mind of how the archangels should look
from reading the Ladder of Lights, by W. G. Gray, and so my
joureys on the Tree incorporated thes pictures into my visual­
izations. It is hard work, but it dos not take long bfore they
hear your call and recognize your work.2 The way I prceived
jupiter, I expcted Tzdkiel to b a well-rounded, jolly, middle­
aged typ, but when he deided to make an apparance, Tzdkiel
was really rather smallish, quite young, and had an Etian hair­
style and robs with rather ltin features. S you cannot really
go abut it with preconceived ideas!
Make no mistake-telesmatic entities are within you. One
day, a friend gave me a phone numbr of a clairoyant. 'Go and
• • • • • • • •
M her. She is brilliant! " my friend said. I phoned this lady, who
would only let me tell her my name. She knew nothing els abut
me. She only knew my friend through her services. The night
bfore I went to Mher I deided to tavel up to lphereh and get
sme sunny advice fom the arhangel Michael. I could not blieve
it the following day when he came through at my siting with this
lady. He wanted to b sure I knew who he was, and she sid, "He
is bringing you the Star of David." Whimsy, you think? Ten you
are still unaware of reality, for everhing abut you, including
yourslf, is a vehicle for divine intelligence. I was really thrilled
abut this. It proved to me that my work on the Tree was ac­
ally doing smething. You have to b patient, stle dow, b pr­
sistent, and develop your ow system from the basic information
given in this bok and from The Ldde of Lights.
I will give you an example of a lphereth ritual. ( It is go
to star at liphereth bcaus it is the sphere of slf.)
¾OtkÌDgthcÅtcc ÍÌaD
I only us incens and some music if I am working on a Practical
Magic rital ( unless I am working within Malkuth on the Tree
plan). Bcause the Tree of Life rituals are quite involved, I us
the necessary aids. I do not feel the need to dress for a ritual.
Dressing up is rather like preparing to put on a prformance,
which go against what I tr to do in a rite. I am not ridiculing
robs, for the idea bhind them is sound. They do make you feel
different, and I supps a rob could b imbued with the wearer's
pwer s that when it is wor it enhances that pwer. I, however,
feel different enough during a ritual, even without a rob; it is a
state of mind.
Åhc ÍtcQatatÌOD
Once I know what rite I will be doing next, I fix a date for it.
Prior to the date, I think abut the rite, mentally rehearse it, and
study that sphere M when the time arrives, I am totally psyched.
As I said, I do use al l the necessary aids, and I suppose I
use very l i ttle by comparison. When the time arrives, I always
have a bath. I view it as a ritual, a means of change. Whatever
you want, be it physical, mental, or spiritual, a change in per­
sonality, circumstances, fortunes, knowledge, or whatever. It
is a want for something. By having a bath, ( a) I get relaxed so
my mind can settle and think about the next hour or so, get
the rite in fous, and mentally rehearse it for the last time, and
( b) I wash away the negative obstacles, cleanse them from my
system, so when that plug is pulled, the obstacles go down to
the sewer with the rest of the grime. If a bath is impossible ( for
example on a trai n or somewhere) ' the old Yogic practice of
breathing in the positive and breathing out the negative is very
effective.•
On to the rite. I lok the dor, unplug the phone, and jam the
dor bll, then go to wherever I have decided I am going to be
on this ocasion to prform the rite. I will have laid everything
out bfore I got in the bath: The appropriate tarot cards at the
quarers, a candle of the corret color, a bowl of dark liquid, the
correct incense for the rite, and a prable cassene player with a
tap that I have prepared earlier for the ocasion.•
I decide to star at Tiphereth and go straight to the hear of
the Tree. I bought a gold piece of mounting board on which I
drew to concentric circles and a dot in the center, from which
I emanate. Then I put in my equal-armed cross. I decide that
inside the circles is my own Malkuth, my Inner Temple, but I do
a r r t W e t ¤
not want to b confined to Malkuth, so I draw in the four gate­
ways at the outer pints of the circle.
I place the appropriate tarot cards (the four 6s) at the correc
quaners, and place in the center a card that I feel reprents what
I am t to do. My bwl is placd wher I Cge into it. I light
the candle bfore I get into the bath and light the incens once I
have staned the ritual. I spnd some time, bfore I begin, con­
centrating on the intention, even if this means writing it all dow
or spaking it aloud. Whatever it take. Then I carr on with the
rite as usual.
I have found that getting through the ritual quite quickly
( without rushing) is the bst solution. No one can concentrate
for long periods of time. If you practice geting through rites
quickly, the subonscious will get used to it. Spend extra time
concentrating on the intention, but the qualit of concentration
is more impnant than the length of time put in. If you need to
use exra aids, us them-if it's a prson, use an image doll; if it
is money, use a coin. Use whatever comes to mind. Who cares
what it is? Who is going to know? It is only a mater of geting
into a habit, fnding a formula that works for you.
I have different plans for all the different spheres and keep
them like separate entities. It is impnant to contac and make
friends with the archangels. W. G. Gray gives son of basic pr­
sonalities for all of them. All these different prsonalities have
different jobs to do. Learning about them all sets the imagina­
tion on fire, and all magical work thrives on imagination. When
the imagination is fired up, it is easier to feel, espcially if you
begin to know these telesmatic entities and adopt some son of
feeling for them. Believe in them totally on the one hand, but
remembr they are only telesmatic forms of energy.
Get a copy of the Ldde of Lights, by W. G. Gray, and lear
. . . . . . . .
abut the energies before you incorprate them. Blow is a copy
of a plan I us from my ver own notebok. I had thought that
all the rituals would b exacly the same, as the basic plan would
b the same for all of them. I could not have ben more wrong.
Every ritual is completely different, which, for a stan, proved to
me that all thes energies really do have different prsonalitie. I
hop my long-winded illustrations make the pint clearly. I do
not think you could make friends with a sphere, but the teles­
matic from that sphere? Cenainly.
baäÌCKÌtuaÌ ÍOt bQhctcä OD thc
ÅtccOÍLÌÍcLäÌDgÅcÌcämatÌCÎmagcä
Typ: lphereth
Drawn on gold card.
Clokwise indicates receptivity, counterclokwis for medi­
tations, instructions, and so fonh. First, acknowledge Gabriel:
(west). Standing bfore you, he is dressed in long, fowing robes
of blue and violet; his face is white as milk, and he has ver deep­
st features. He holds a silver Chalice in the air and is surrounded
by mist. The Chalice overflows with a blue liquid. Gabriel is
archangel of the Water element. Imagine him clearly standing
before you. As you do, sense the feeling of water surrounding
you. Spnd some time on this image. Then let go of the image
and take a hal f turn to your right so that you are facing the
archangel Auriel.
Scondly acknowledge Auriel: ( nonh). He is dressed in the
colors of Nature, for he is the archangel of the element of Eanh.
His long robs are olive gren, brown with fecks of black. In his
hand is a Shield, which represents the Eanh element. You feel a
sns of growth and fenilit emanating from him. Imagine him
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standing clearly bfore you. Sns the feling of standing on earh,
smell the fresh earh, and b one with the earh. Let go of this
i mage and turn another hal f turn so that you are facing the
archangel Raphael.
Tirdly, acknowledge Raphael: (east). Standing there bfore
you, he is dressed in yellow-orange and is young with extremely
intelligent eyes. He wears a shor Adantian-Grecian style tunic.
In his hand is a large Sword, and on his breastplate and cloak is
the symbl of the staff of Mercury-the Caduceus, the messen­
ger of the gos. Te symbl is the wings on the ple with tin
snake entined as they asend the ple. Raphael is the archangel
of the A elemet. Imagne h sanding bfore you. S the fel­
ing of blowing air. Once again, spnd some time on this, and then
let go of the image and make another half turn to the right so
that you are facing the archangel Michael.
Finally, acknowledge Michael: (south) . Standing bfore you,
he is dressed in golden armor and a cloak with the colors of fire,
oranges and reds. His hair is golden like burished brass, and he
wears a breastplate emblazoned with a Lion's head, the symbol
of L. I his hand he carie a Spar Imagne h as a stong. pro
tective, energetic figure. Uncompromising, but always helpful,
Michael rules the Fire element. Sns the heat and the feeling of
the empyreal fire. With the inspiration of the archangels, erect
the Triple Rings and enter your Inner Temple in preparation for
your jourey through Tphereth.
After the sphere erection, go through the dor of Assiah in
the Inner Temple and fous your atention at the pol on your
intenton. Relax and kep aim in fos and M if anyhing appar.
Move then toward the dor of Yetzirah. If a symbl appars, go
through the dor. What is happning? Notice the work force (or
Malakim) inside doing their work. Move through slowly and M
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what is going on. Then comes the door of Briah; if a symbol
appears, go through the dor. Michael is warm and friendly. Se
what is going on in his world. Then move toward the dor of
Atziluth and observe Michael issuing orders to the Malakim.
Knok on the door. Any symbols appearing? We all go in and
enter the realm of the Sun's center. Lok around, note anything
imponant. We come face to face with the Eloah va Daath. We
tell him everhing we want to tell him. Listen for replie. Obsre
him giving orders to Michael. We bw and leave. We go through
Michael's realm. We drop off the Malakim on the way. Michael
instrucs them. Michael and I again enter Assiah, where Michael
leaves me to come back to my own mundane world.
NOTS
I
ÎDtrOduCtÌOD
1 . Te Heretic Order of the Glde Daw was one of the mot pre­
tigious order fourishing at the OM of the centuy. Te London
Temple of the Golden Daw, named Isis-Urania, was founded on
1 Marh 1 888. For year all went well with Te Glden Dawn, and
much magical work was done, but prsonality dashes and other
facors led to quarrels, revolt, and shism, and by 1 903 the origi­
nal Order was split into various warring factions. Toay there are
sveral organiztions whos teachings and practices are ultimately
derived from The Golden Daw, although few of them teach the
whole system. It is tre to, of cour, that much of this system was
not original: compnent pam of it can b found satered through
eterc writng of a thousnd year of Europn histor. Te great
achievement of Te Golden Dawn was to synthesize a coherent,
logical system of Pracicl Magic out of the satered remains of a
tradition that had be n largely broken up by fften hundred years
of religious prsution.
LhaQtct 1
1 . By far the bst esoteric tarot deck is the Rider-Waite as this us
go symblism and has the advantage of the Minor Arcana cards
containing pictures rather than . pips . . Eteric deks can b usd
for divination, meditation, and magical work and therefore offer
bter value.
2. Common to all natural soieties and was remembred in folktale,
rituals, and an. Dram-tim spirit created all thing when bird and
bast and humankind were one and death was but a dream. The
dream-time spirits made the laws by which humans were required
to live in harmony with the rest of Nature in order to thrive and
eventually to retur to the dream-time realm.
3. Egregores are group mind entities. This i s quite a l o term that
is sometimes used to denote any group mind considered in the
abstrac, but it is more meaningful when applied to a well-efned
magical entity delibrately created by a group of magicians. It als
cover gos and godesss, totems, or clan animals of tribs.
4. .When the ruler of the feast had tasted the water that was made
wine, and kne not whee it was: (but the sant which d the
water knew. ) . john 2:9 from the King james verion.
5. Phillip Copr Secres of Creative Viualiztion ( York Bach, M:
Samuel Weisr, 1999), p. 4.
LhaQtct¿
1 . A more initiated explanaton of this is given i n the following bo ks:
Ophiel, The Ar and Practice of Cbal Magic (York Bach, ME:
Samuel Weisr, 1 977), p. 47; and Ophiel, The Ar and Pracice of
the Occult ( York Bach, ME: Samuel Weisr, 1 976), p. 38.
2. Aleister Crowley, 777 & Other Qabalistic Writings. (York Bach,
ME: Samuel Weisr, 1970).
1
7
5
LhaQtct+
1 . You may subtitute a crstal bll or Magic miror but do not for
that the are substitute.
LhaQtct¯
1 . A binh chan may b obtained in the United Stte fom Llewellyn's
Pernal Astolocal Srie as advenisd in Ne World of Mind
& Spirit magazine by contacing Personal Srices, do Llewellyn,
P. 0. Bx 64383, St. Paul, MN 55164. 1n England, binh chans are
available fom Prediaion magzine by writing to Reder's Srice,
do Prediction, Link Hous, Dingwall Avenue, Croydon, Surrey
CR9 2TA, England.
2. If you have any problems loating your prsonal ruling planets,
send a letter to me via the publ isher, enclosing some interna­
tional reply coupons, and I will list them for you.
LhaQtct 5
1 . W. G. Gray, Magical RihI Methods ( York Bach, ME: Samuel
Weiser, 1 980); and, The Talking Tree ( York Beach, ME: Sam­
uel Weisr 1 977).
LhaQtct >
1 . You can us Llewellyn's Daily Plnetar Guide astrological calen­
dar or Moon Sign Book, for they both contain a general daily
planetary and lunar aspectarian. You can also buy Celestial
Infuences calendars by jim Maynard ( Quicksilver Publications) .
In England, Prediction magazine contains a general planeary and
lunar aspctarian.
2. Se Note 1 to chapter 7.
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3. Margaret Hone, The Mode Textbook of Astolog ( london: L.
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NDEX

Air 1 0, 32, 4, 45, 51 , 56, Ý
Akashic Rer 2 9
All-Father 38, 87, 1 0, 1 25, 1 51
altr arangemt for path tent-
six, 142
altar cloths, 25, 141
Anglic level, 89, 1 22
Angls, 148
Archangelic level, 89, 1 22
archangel Michael, 1 66
Archangels, 148
Gtg To Know the, 1 65
A 1 28
as�. 1 36, 149, 150, 1 51
as�rian, 1 52, 1 54
Asiah, 1 22, 1 23, 1 24, 1 51 , 1 70
asolo, 1 49
Aailuth, 1 22, 1 24, 1 71
Aquarus, 1 28
Aurel, 1 69
blief paters, your , 1 3, 14
Bmah, 87, 96, 97, t06
bir char, 1 28, 1 33, 149, ISO,
1 51 , ISS, 1 56
Brah, 1 22, 1 23, 1 71
Cabala, 2, S, Ý, 1 63
Cbalistc Tre of L�, 16, 68, 79,
148
Cduceus, 69, 1 70
Cancer 1 28
Cprcor, 1 28
cardinal pints, 6, 35, 59
caus and efft, 1 7, 1 8, 20
Chalice, 1 69
Chao Star 94, 95
Ched, 87, 97, 1 07
Chok�h, 87, 95, 96, 1 06
Clleive Workings, 156
Copr Phillip, t 74, t ¯
I . D I •
Cosmic Sphere, 37, 38, 56, 58, 60,
63, 64, 69, 72, 87, 1 1 7, 1 1 8, 1 22
rng of the, 88
Crowley, Aleister ¯. 36, 1 75
Crown, 39, 58, 62, 72, 124, 147,
1 53
Cub, 39, S9, 70, 72, 147, 153
Cup, 10, 32, 35, 4, 48, 49, 59, 15
Daath, 91, l OS, 1 10
demonic, 12
Disoverng Your Pernl Magicl
Direions, 128
Divine level, 89, 1 2, 124
Totlit, 6
dream-rim E, 1 2
En, 10, 32, 4, 50, 51 , 9, 1 03
En Mother 38, 87, 125, l SI
Egreor 12
elmental dorays, 63
Eloh va Dath, 1 71
Eircle Cros 1 9, 20, 22, 23, 30,
31 , 32, 33, 34, 37, 39, 47, 61 , 63,
82, 10
Four Weapns of the, 35
ener, IS, 16
pater, 16
Univerl, 16, 27, 28, 34
Fire, 10, 32, 4, %, Sl, 9
four elet, 1 0, 33, 41, 9, 1 28
four worlds, 1 2, 123
fundamntal frce 32
Gabrel, 1 69
Gburah, 87, 98, 107
Gmini, 128
G, S, 62, 94, l OS, 148
fors, 9
holy name, 6
Univerl Intellige, 6, 27, 28
Gray, W.G., 1 39, 148, 1 65, 1 68,
1 76, 1 77
Graal, SO
gur, 160
hypnotist-, 160
Guru Hunting, 8
Hebre, 2, 1 36, 137
Her 86
Hexagam, I I 0, I l l
Ho, 87, 102, 1 08
Hone, Marre, 1 76,
hypnois, 163, 16
Inner Temple, 60, 61, 62, 63, 72,
73, 74, 10, 108, 153, 1 67,
1 70
jupiter, 47, 48, 74, 97
Keber 86, 93, 10
Lcr� l Muni, 12
L, 128
Libra, 128
L
o
3
Magic, 162
Binning, S
Black, 13, 85, 1 25
Circle, 20, 23, 45, 48, 59
Cub, 1 09, 1 12
Eterc, 1, S, 1 1 , 1 3, IS, 79,
1 1 0, 1 33
Planear, 69
Pracal, 1 , 1 1 , 1 1 7, 1 1 9, 148,
1 66
Sx, 7
sial, 6, 7, 8
White, 1 3,
words, 70, 71
magcal
east, 23
mditton, SS, 59
norh, 23
ritual, 67
Shield, 53
suth, 23
Svengli, 8, 1 61
temple, 23, 25
tridnt, 1 7
wepns, 1 0, 41 , 60
wet, 23
Magician, th 10
Malakim 1 70
Malkuth 86, 1 03, 1 08, 1 1 8, 167
Mar 47, 74, 98
Maynard, jim 1 76
Mer, 47, 69, 73, 102
Michael, 1 70
Mon, 47, 74, 103
Firt Quar 32
Full, 1 0, 32
LM Qurer 32
New, 1 0, 32
Ye Meittion, 1 23
Netve Veils, 91, 1 48
Neptne, 95, 96
Nmch 87, 1 0, 1 07
noal pint (six), 59
Ophiel, 1 75
I • 0 I •
Order of the Glden Dawn, 1 1 6,
1 38
Orhic, 85
Paths, 145
pathworking 1 35, 1 52
Petacle, 1 0, 32
prnal mgal dimions, 1 53
Physical level, 89, 1 22
Pilate, Pontius 1 ¯
Pillar
lef-hand, 85, 88
M
middle, 86, 88, 99, 107, 108, 1 1 3
rght-hand, 85, 88, 95, 107, 1 09
Pillar, Tre , 83, 84
Pis, 1 28
Planear Corpnd, 75
plan natal, ISO, I S4
Objeive, 1 SS
Subjeive, ISS
transiting ISO
Pluto, l OS
pwer
objecive, IS 1
subjeve, IS 1
Raphael, 1 70
Rital
Magic, 1 63
Master 71, 1 24
Ro, 46, 47, 48, 59, 75, 120
Sagitarus, 128
Sanskrt, 29
Satr, 47, 74, 96, 97
Sorio, 128
Shield, 35, 4, 48, SO, Sl, 52 59,
75, 120
M II O T II I C • A G I C A I O T i l C A I A L A
singulart, 94
subonsious mind, 14, IS, 1 6, 1 7,
1 9, l7, l8, l9, S7, 60, 63, 9l
Sun, 1 5, 36, 47, 74, 99
supmals, I I S
Sword, 10, 3l, 35, 4, 45, 46, 48,
56, 59, 73, 74, 1 1 9
symblism, 1 8, ll, 41, 63, 1 47
symbls, 30, 41 , 74, 8l
abtrac, 1 9, 4l
prnal, lO,
prnalized, 4l
physical, 4l
Tarot, llO
dek, S2
Major Arcana (major crds),
l lO, 1 39, 141
Minor Aran (minor crds),
1 20, Ill, 1 39, 141
Taurs, ll8
telmatic im lO, 4l, 1 25, 165
Tetragram, 6, 33
1phererh, 99, 1 07, 167
Tre of life, 81 , 1 36, l SI
spher of the, 91
summar, I 06
Tre-Dnsional, 89
tple rng of cm, 59, 63
Triplict, 87, l l8
Tzdkiel, 1 65
Univel
Mind l8, l9
Ener, 1 6, l7, l8, 34
Trangle, 30, 58
Uranus, 93, 95
Veus 47, 51, 74, 10
ViO, ll8
�and, 1 0, 3l, 3S, 4, 46, l lO
�ater, 10, 32, 4, 48, S 1 , Ý
�eter taditon, 1 60
Ye, 103, 1 08
Yeah, Ill, l l3, 1 70
YH, 6, 33
Yo prac, 1 67
Ziac, 86, 87, 96, 10
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much of it is worthless when it comes to the question. you will find that you experience a much greater reality than you ever antici­ pated. '"What the heck can you do with it? " In the practices prescribed in this book . you are called upon to make a drawing of the Tree of Life and asked to meditate upon the mystical-magical processes described in this book . As you learn to think magical. and while some of this material is valuable. Also. but put a great deal of effort and attention into them. and you see more clearly. Begin to think magical! That is. . begin to see how your magical studies can be applied to your daily life. Do not neglect these practices or just do them in passing. make your magical knowledge part of the way you see the world and the way you see yourself. The real study and work in Magic depends upon you doing the things called for in the book s I write. A plethora of teachers and schools have material on the subject of the Tree of Life. It is like putting on a new pair of eyeglasses-suddenly you see more.PREFACE II The study of Magic is much more than merely reading some books and lessons.

you will begin to make your own determinations of how you should act.viii I I 0 T I I I C M A G I C A II 0 T II I C A I A L A Magic does not tell you how you should act. Magic places the responsibil­ ity for your life right on your own shoulders. . and what you should do in given circumstances. as you think magical. But it also shows you that you have the power to make your life what you want it to be! Power and responsibility always go hand-in-hand. But. in Magic as in all things. as you begin to see things differently. It does not give you sets of rules or commandments.

high" Magic is the study of Magic in its own right.INTRODUCfiON II The techniques of Esoteric Magic differ from Practical Magic because the aim is different. no one has offered a truly realistic pattern of study. Esoteric or . all will be in vain. to whom we are supposed to turn for enlightenment. The established works are either emaciated in religious dogma or full of needless complexities designed to denigrate the student or based on superstitious concepts best left in the realms of pure fantasy. It involves self-development through inner work involving the workings of the universe and the understanding of how we. although the two paths can. as individuals. The magical lodges.. Magic is a science­ probably the greatest science of all-but unless truth is the goal. and should. compliment each other. are largely dominated by Golden Dawn techniques that have not advanced for over a hundred years.• Secret societies abound with their inevitable promise to . fit into the greater scheme. Up until now. You cannot mix the two.

Soon you will begin to think of it as a filing system (or even a computer program) by which you classify your knowledge and observations into an inter­ related whole. called the Cabala. you will find it easy to understand. The plan of action presented in this book is both positive and realistic. (The word Cabala roughly means "to receive" in Hebrew. stimulating. As a com­ plete novice. There is even evi­ dence to suggest that cenain factions use drugs and hypnosis to ensure that you stay loyal. workable plan of study. and you may find that it is far easier to get in than it is to get out. It is not a rehash of Golden Dawn or any other out­ moded system. As a long-suffering student. mys­ tical puzzles or veiled secrets-you are given all the facts in plain English. With this book. The Tree of Life is a pan of the basic system of the West. At no time are you presented with strange. but you are going to learn to use it as a means of study.) The exact origins of this system are lost in the mazes of antiquity. and free from confusion. This book begins with first principles and extends through each chapter into a complete. You may be asked to bow to nonexistent secret chiefs and imag­ inary gods with unpronounceable names. bur I would say that it originated from fragments of demonstrable magical truths that advanced persons of all nationalities and nations exchanged with each other as they recognized the deep basic truths of the physi­ cal cosmos. you will find it refreshing. Not only are you going to study the Tree of Life. or the Occident. you begin the study of the Cabala and the Tree of Life. .I reveal the secrets of Magic if you become an initiate. Becoming an initiate usually involves giving up your right of free choice in exchange for being the subject of some medieval pantomime.

a pany dress-and everything in life is going to have new meanings for you. a Sunday religion. as your studies of Esoteric Magic continue. you will see how Magic becomes pan of your entire life-not just a special companment.. Your study of the Tree of Life will continue for as long as you are interested in Magic. Also. so it is probably going to continue the rest of your life! .

By this I mean the qual­ ity of input. Magic-the Beginning It is said that when God uttered his own name. Touch your body and you touch the material presence of the Logos as well as that of your ancestors. Grasp this truth with your hean rather than with your fallible .CHAPTER 1 TAKING YOUR FIRST STEPS IN ESOTERIC MAGIC This book is very special. One of the most imponant rules of Magic is that you get out only in direct proponion to what you put in. which will serve as your guide to successful Magic: Input = Output. Unlike many other courses of instruc­ tion. and not necessarily the time and money. The only ingredi­ ent was the creator itself. In order to derive maximum benefit from this book . The first act of real Magic was the creation. remember this single formula. creation began. it presents the truth about Esoteric Magic and the Cabala and opens an individual path to the inner mysteries.

Nothing could be fur­ ther from the truth. is a four-lettered name: Y H V H. equally with animal life (including humankind).. Those with astute minds will immediately see the sig­ nificance of this. The holy name of God. God causes power to flow by speaking his name-in other words. In humankind alone. herd . water. the Tetragram. for the name equates to the four elements. rocks. Since all things are One Sentient Being. they are aspects of the Divine Totality. To ritualize this is quite simple and extremely imponant Social Magic The social magician feels that involvement with groups of simi­ lar thinkers will lead him or her forward. and air are living entities and. From a magical point of view.6 I I O T I IIC M A G I C a • D T M I C A I ALA human intelligence and you have taken your first step toward Real Magic. Consider the scheme. It then finds its fruition in physical eanh. Why is it that people feel the need to join groups? Perhaps it's the belief that there's safety in numbers. In order to create we must understand the way in which God (Universal Intelligence) acts. Stars. by channeling this power through the four cardinal points of the Magic Circle. in other words creative. it is suppressed by a patho­ logically over developed intellect that inhibits the vital intuitive and moral faculties governing the behavior of most life forms. and use this as a guide. this makes profound sense and can be enacted out ritually. it follows that every­ thing is alive and aware. This knowledge permeates all created things. Social Magic may seem like a good idea until you look at the concept in depth. It is also said that humankind is made in the image of God. known as the .

at best they teach you what not to do. All too often. Social Magic has little to offer any serious student. esoteric groups (includ­ ing covens and lodges) are convened around the wrong nucleus. Are these realistic? 2. Before making contact with any group. Look at the cost in real terms. Do they offer enlightenment at a price? I do not simply mean money. As everyone knows. At least they were lucky enough to see that something was wrong and get out. Are there any demands on your freedom of choice? 4. Do they advocate sexual deviation? This includes anything from simple nudity to "Sex Magic. 3." If the answer is yes to any of these questions. as many have found out." Of course. Do they preach subservience to some entity. What are the aims of this group. innocent searchers have joined so-called magical groups only to find that they had been deceived." In a herd. the evolvement of the individual or the group is in the hands of the loudest voice. Hearing the defen­ sive arguments of such people makes me think "they doth protest too much. it is always easier to get . or secret chiefs? 5. then I urge you to avoid contact. the loud­ est is not necessarily the best.7 instinct. Many never see the folly of social Magic and even become staunch supponers of such practices. and while esoteric groups may be able to teach you something. god. you should ask the following questions: 1 . so it naturally follows that if the nucleus is wrong then the entire structure is wrong. Quite often.

but some groups will stop at nothing to prevent you from going your own way. " The Individual Path of Self-Initiation The only realistic magical path is one of individual effort lead­ ing to the truth-anything less is pointless. There is nothing wrong with having a teacher.I I I O T I I I C M A G I C a • D T • l C A I A L A in these groups than it is to get out-and this can lead to much bigger problems. In terms of our initial paradigm of "input= output. Most social Magic is simply harmless self­ deception. because the inner drive seeks answers and someone else may well have those answers. in some instances. a teacher will appear. you can learn from others and. and therefore the result­ ing output is bound to be ideal and more in keeping with your true path in life. The old adage: "When the pupil is ready." is literally true. provided that you first apply the aforementioned rules. then you are bound to come in contact with others who can and will help. work with other people. provided that you do not give up individuality and freedom. There is nothing more pathetic than seeing otherwise sane and sensible individuals throwing caution to the wind in an effon to sit at the feet of some "master. It is disturbing that groups that preach freedom only allow you that freedom within the restrictions of their own system! You may well be on a path." individual effort is the highest quality of input. There is no one else like you in exis- . However. or is it someone else's? More to the point-where does it lead? Guru Hunting and the Magical Svengali If you are a dedicated searcher. but which path ? Whose path? Is it truly yours. You are an individual.

" but do not be put off by that expression. This means recog­ nizing that. tence. The Assumption of the God Forms In order to work effective Magic. laws that apply to everyone whatever their individual path may be. and yet it allows total freedom of expression. It applies to everyone. This is your first rung on the ladder of initiation The popularity of the tarot in divination sometimes obscures its function as a system of applied Magic. the input = output law will yield disappointing results. And most people are already acting roles imposed upon them by society and the mass-minded mold. but a teacher can show you the way by giving you a realistic pattern of perfection based on universal truths-for example. You must be tricked over the line of disbelief by this cosmic thimble-rigger whose function is to dazzle you with his sleights into accepting that everything is possible. You have already been given one such law. potentially. then nothing will ever dim the . The real test of achievement is the ability to be at ease with your true self and avoid seeing worldly values as anything but a dan­ gerous illusion. If you do this. for such is the nature of cosmic law and truth. No teacher can ever deliver you this truth. It is as easy as copying the style and man­ nerisms of your current role model. Never treat your magical work as some son of hobby or pan-rime inter­ est that you fit in whenever you can spare a little time. If you do.C II A P T I I I ' so it naturally follows that there is only one path to follow­ your own. you must identify with the magi­ cian. 1 A useful exercise is known as the "assumption of the god forms. nothing is beyond your power to achieve. Daydreamers do this quite naturally. The path leads to your own truth concerning your real self and your relationship with the universe.

The more you study the mean­ ing of this card. and Eanh. In front of him lie four magical weapons: a Sword. He is wearing a white and red cloak. After founeen days. These symbols represent the four control symbols for the four elements: Air. a Cup. Study the picture on the morning of the New Moon. But do not mistake it for the Magic that is safe within your mind. It is only a mnemonic picture. you choose your role. Water. and its capabil­ ities are enormous. think yourself into the character for at least five to ten minutes each day. the second card of the Major Arcana. The other hand points down to eanh. Use your knowledge of the symbolism of The Magician. The real seat of learning and the channel for creative energy lies in the subconscious mind. It reads the hean and obeys the True Will. and a Pentacle. a Wand. and try to iden­ tify with the character. numbered 1 . Languages see the world as objects and materials . Concentrate on The Magician and become The Magician by identifying with his character and behavior. And you will have learned for yourself the great secret. A young man stands in front of an altar.10 I I O T I I I C aA G I C A II D T il l C A I A L A Magic in your eyes. you will have completed the exercise. For the next founeen days (until the Full Moon). In Magic. He holds a Wand in one raised hand. You are no longer one of life's bit players. A symbol of eternity hangs over his head. It predates all spoken and written words. the easier this role playing will become. Fire. Discovering Magic means recognizing the illusory nature of the material world. This remarkable facet of our minds is inherent in each one of us. The Magician can make anything happen. Images and actions are its language.

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in space when it is really an illusion caused by a single, living process. The energy causing the process and creating the phan­ tasmagoria you mistake for reality is the power that is harnessed both to accomplish Practical Magic and to delve into the mys­ teries of creation using Esoteric Magic.

Your Choice of Path
Magic is the an and science of understanding and using the vast potential of the subconscious mind. There are two branches to this science, each one dealing with the subconscious in different ways. It is imponant that the two are not confused. In today's terminology we have "low" and "high" Magic. This is not a good description because it implies that one branch of Magic ("low" ) is trivial and therefore beneath consideration, which is not the case. A better classification is that of Practical Magic and Esoteric Magic. Practical Magic is wholly concerned with using the power of the subconscious to attain solid, physi­ cal results such as increased money supply, better health, or even a new home. In fact anything that enhances the lifestyle of an individual belongs to the realm of Practical Magic. On the other hand, Esoteric Magic is concerned with the study of Magic as a subject in its own right and also includes less tangible aims such as the discovery of inner truths and the understanding of the workings of creation. Although this book is mostly concerned with Esoteric Magic, the basic principles lead naturally to practical studies of the mag­ ical ans because the same basic rules apply to both lines of study. However, it should always be remembered that, unless the would­ be magician has learned the truth about the material world and, more imponant, learned how to control this, he or she is unlikely

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Your Relationship with the Universe
Our world was created by demonic (as opposed to angelic) intel­ ligences to give themselves form and habitat outside the dream­ time Eden from which they were ejected.1 Humankind is the purposely made vehicle for the administration of malignant evil in the material realm. Humankind alone is genetically primed with what our ancestors called original sin, and the ruthless expunging of this inherent pollution is the first step in magical or mystical aspiration. Demonic control is not confined to the ordinary unawakened man or woman but manifests as the Group Entity (or Egregores) of every corporate body.1 States, churches, newspapers, commit­ tees, and charities as well as street gangs are directed by a demonic Group Entity that is neither human nor yet the combined per­ sonalities of the members. But it is an identity that demands recog­ nition and that uses the corporate image to conceal its true purpose-the domination of the material world by forces of undi­ luted and malignant evil. But the process that creates this Vale of Tears, or Lachrymal Mundi (Tears of the World), in which wa� famine, pestilence, and death reign supreme brings with it some angelic elements from the dream-time Eden. These occur as those rare vinues that some people share with animals and Nature, which, but for Luciferian pride, might raise humankind to the moral level and innocent state of those creatures so abused in psychopathic arrogance. It is these rare angelic vinues in those of pure hean and noble

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Black Magic, White Magic, Which Is the Right Magic?
It surprises many beginners that the training for Black Magic and White Magic is exactly the same. A trained adept can use the power for anything. The choice is left entirely to the individual con­ cerned. After many years of training, most adepts are not sus­ ceptible to guilt feelings induced by church, state, and society. They understand that these three phantoms of illusion separate you from reality and Magic. To a magician, the color black means "creation made manifest," or "idea turned into fact. " An anist or inventor will have an idea, a pure thought. They will then paint or build it. Black represents the finished, physical article. Therefore, true Black Magic is concerned with the physical result as opposed to the pure thought, or spiritual side, which is White Magic.

Esoteric Magic
Looking beyond the obvious is what Esoteric Magic is all about. It is the truth that you seek, and you will rapidly learn that the apparent facts are not always true, so it becomes folly to use these as a basis for belief. The equation that successfully explains your true relationship to life-energy is: You= Your Belief Patterns= Energy This apparently simple statement explains all of life's problems and also gives you the key to a vast reserve of power.

or looked at another way. miraculous things. let me teach you to believe in reality. your belief and image panerns will cause your subconscious mind to bring into your life all manner of physical facts. thoughts produce things. you will soon grasp the idea.1. Put quite simply. Just like any computer. for if every fleeting thought had powe� life would indeed be a far greater problem than it is at present. With any computer. Your Belief Patterns Belief alone makes your world what it is. the type of program used will determine how it functions. This is the basis on which scientific Magic becomes a reality. Note that I specify dom­ inant thoughts. it makes no moral judgments about right or wrong. Exactly the same happens with your subconscious mind. Given a program (belief). good or evil. The problem is that people have lost sight pf this simple truth by allowing othe� less informed. I I 0 T I I I C ll A G I C A M 0 T M I C A I A L A You You have a subconscious mind that is capable of great things. Your subconscious mind is nothing less than a tool to be used to create whatever you wish. it will act on it without hesitation. priests and/or leaders to think for them. Now can you see why things go wrong in your life? The problems . How does it work? Perhaps the best way to understand the subconscious is by equating it to a vast computer. First. it simply acts on instructions and seek s to carry these out to the lener. every dominant thought causes an effect. which directly relate to these beliefs. You have been con­ ditioned to believe in illusion. Regardless of other people.. If you consider the fact that the same computer can run an entire factory or detonate a hydro­ gen bomb.

Imagine if you . or even curses­ they are caused by incorrect programming (wrong beliefs). your future is in your own hands. wood. Your beliefs act as instructions to your subconscious mind.. fate. You have at your disposal vast reserves of power. It bums billions of tons of irs own fuel every day. textiles. it can and does affect the physical side of life through beliefs. from the regeneration of body tissues to causing some­ thing physical in response to your desires. Throughout history. It is impossible to overestimate the power of the subcon­ scious mind. the finest craftspeople have been those who commune with the energy that gives the illusion of tactile reality to metal. The Sun is a prime example. A master craftsperson is therefore a true magician. Look at the power of nature. are created not by external forces. we seek to dispel the material illusion sufficiently to experience the Magic within. Not only will it carry out every command you give it but it will also answer all questions. It is this latter fact that we make use of in Esoteric Magic. so obviously you will cause the physical world to react according to these beliefs. stone. In the first instance. Your subconscious mind is capable of many things. By changing beliefs. in panicular the enormous energy at work in the heavens. Energy Your ability to manipulate energy patterns extends to all physi­ cal matte�. for you are bound to change the future. In Magic. yet it never gets cooler. God's will. Magic concedes that the very rocks have no solidity other than the illusion created by pure energy dancing in a particular pattern.. This is why you should familiarize yourself with basic crafts until you feel and respond to the soul of the tools and materials. and everything else.

and it knows how to use these to alter circumstances according to whatever instructions are given to it. But this cannot happen. it knows every conceivable combination. a very talented man changed water info wine by knowing about. in the form of a belief. it first locates the target. When given an instruction. It is pan of your existence. Your subconscious mind deals with energy. . and it is not beyond your reach. not by invoking chaos (or the gods). and applying. The best by far is the Cabalistic Tree of Life. it is not beyond the realm of possibility. rec­ ognizes its energy panem. This incredible system helps us cat­ egorize energy-and indeed everything else-in life. There are several systems that anempt to do this. How would you perform a miracle and change a cab­ bage into a diamond? The answer lies in changing the energy panem. After all. If it were truly chaotic. and then proceeds to change it so that it conforms to the new instruction. You can rest assured that in the creative scheme of life there will never be a lack of energy. Far from it. have the knowledge to do this. In order to understand the nature and workings of this energy. Cabbage seeds would tum into diamonds. the law of transmu­ tation. then life would be impossible. as yet. it conforms to very precise laws. and it also has the ability to change these.4 Your subconscious mind knows every panern of energy in existence. Universal energy is not chaotic. There is a vast amount of energy in the universe. and your subcon­ scious mind has access to this power. Its structure is determined by pre­ cise laws. A cabbage is always a cabbage. we must find some means of dividing it into convenient units. then the universe as we know it would be truly inen and lifeless.16 I I O T I I I C M A G I C A II O T il l C A I A L A could harness this amount of force for only one second. Although you do not. If it ever did dry up.

It is very easy to blame external forces or supposed demons. to activate the subconscious. and belief always gets results. and every cause must have an effect. These may be good or bad and may be completely unknown to your conscious mind. but briefly. first there has to be an intention. You may. the emotions 3. for it seeks to give to each individual that which he or she conceives.The Magical Trident We gain access to the knowledge and power of the subconscious mind through: 1 . the mind 2. The use of these three approaches will be dis­ cussed in detail later on. In the same way. This is then directed into sub­ conscious levels through any or all of these three access points. but the plain truth is that you are causing these things to happen. the imagination These are the points of the magical trident. Cause and effect is therefore a just and correct law. by free choice. Cause and Effect All dominant thoughts or beliefs that exist in your subconscious mind are causing things to happen. The trident's handle equates to the will. In this case all that needs to be done is to give your subconscious mind a new instruction in a way it can understand. Sustained will is equivalent to belief. . cause things to happen by using this same law. The techniques used to do this are classified as Magic. it is easy to credit some beneficial angel if and when something pleasant happens.

. be enthusiastic. the vibration resonates through the web. and dwell on what you desire. therefore everything contains life and is linked together. it only understands symbols. and do not restrict your thoughts to that which seems obvious. If you are on the web. let us now stan to build a bridge between conscious and subconscious levels. Raise your sights and your thinking a bove the obvious and l i fe energies will respond to this new mode of thinking. Be bold. you feel the vibrations. The sub­ conscious does not understand English or indeed any other lan­ guage. Your thoughts have an effect on invisible levels of life beyond the obvious. Do not dwell on problems. A sustained thought always reaches everything in creation that is in keeping with that thought. Resolve here and now to make use of the law of cause and effect by concentrating on those things that you truly wish to have. Symbolism and the Subconscious Having covered some of the basic truths of life. The language of the subconscious is symbolism. Everything came from the one source. For now we will consider the two main types: abstract and personal. Effon is therefore rewarded by the response of energy. To touch the web of life is to send out a message to everything in creation. every cause must have an effect. There are many types of symbols. abstract and concrete-are one substance. only seek their solution. be opti­ mistic. and by virtue of this fact so do cosmic energy and universal intel­ ligence respond to your thoughts. Be positive. Like attracts like. To send out a thought is to vibrate the web of life that connects every living creature and life energy through the laws of cause and effect. If you touch a spider's web.II I S O T I I I C M A G I C A M D T M I C A I A L A All things-animate and inanimate. and cause is always matched by effect.

the more information they will give you.. lut Air Sword SOUtll . The more you think about them. because your subconscious has no limits. treat symbols with respect.. you do not make it an object of wor­ ship or consider it to be holy. By using magical sym­ bols. The Encircled Cross . It is also important to remem­ ber that you use a symbol.19 Abstract Symbols Abstract symbols such as the Encircled Cross below are highly potent forms that instantly convey a mass of useful information. but never turn them into idols. lod Wftt Water Cup Figure 1. By all means. This information comes directly from your memory­ in other words.. you can obtain magical information in great depth. your subconscious mind.

Until the image of God is changed. is the symbol from which all others emanate. the law of cause and effect will bring a wicked harvest. symbols are personi­ fications of some desirable quality or power. which. personal. Painting a circle . the circle is valueless unless it is built in the mind. and more to the point. The Encircled Cross is the real Magic Circle in which you function on inner levels. apart from being the master symbol. humankind will con­ tinue to suffer through its own beliefs. If man and woman build powerful telesmaric images (symbols) of the worst kind. there are no such things as demons (telesmatic images that epitomize negative qualities). Second. The message is simple: Do not use telesmatic images unless you can build them with desir­ able qualities. First. or telesmatic.10 I I O T I I I C M A G I C A • D T • l C A I A L A Personal Symbols Unlike the former. An archangel or planetary deity is an example of this type of symbol . they must be kept in per­ spective. While personal symbols are useful in Magic. The danger with this type of symbol is that the practi­ tioner starts to believe in the symbol as a reality in its own right. you have s to understand it. Always remember that they are symbols: they do not exist other than as symbols within the imagination of the prac­ titioner. As a basis for magical development there is no other that is better. Before you can use it succesfully. The old idea of the magician standing within his protective Magic Circle while fighting off demons is incor­ rect. The Master Symbol: The Encircled Cross It is unfortunate that the present trend leads the eager neophyte toward the use of the Pentagram and Hexagram. The correct pro­ cedure is to start with the Encircled Cross.

Regular practice with rhe Encircled Cross will help build a bridge between you and your subconscious mind. Here is another magical formula: Peace = Power It is almost impossible ro perform a magical act if your mind is filled with everyday thoughts and stress. . but they are correct. The Perfection of Magic Read through this chapter at least once a day and think carefully about the ideas contained herein. Access ro the subconscious is restricted in proponion ro acriviry. quire the reverse. for real power lies within the secret. These ideas may defy conven­ tion and perhaps seem oversimplified. is given in figure 1 (see page 1 9). You do not have to work yourself up into a frenzy ro raise power. I cannot emphasize rhe imponance of the peace = power equation roo strongly. The high point of any ritual is reached in a state of absolute calm.. Relaxation. Do nor be pur off by irs simplic­ ity. silent center within us. if used correctly. is vital ro your success. This symbol. Without this . can develop into a highly com­ plex and all-embracing magical system. There are many techniques rhar assist relax­ arion. especially preritual relaxation. You must slow down.C II A . T I I I II on the floor (or buying one in cheap plastic) is simply pointless unless you wish to regress to the dark ages. The antics of those would-be magicians who insist on cavoning around the temple are in direct opposition ro the rrurh. Spend some rime each day learning how ro relax the body and the mind. This symbol. together wirh a few of its main attributions. Get to know it.

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bridge, contact with this seat of power is strictly limited, so prac­ tice often. You will need a candle and some general incense or joss sticks for this exercise. Enter your temple or place of work (see pp. 23-25), bum some incense, and sit quietly and relax while clear­ ing away all thoughts of everyday matters. After a suitable period, begin to contemplate the idea of peace = power. Let the words tranquillity, calm, stillness, and silence come into your mind as you let go and deeply relax. Take your time and allow inner peace to take the place of normal activity. Silent stillness is the key to real power and truth and is therefore well wonh the time spent in dis­ covering it. When you have reached a satisfactory state of calm, light the altar candle, which now symbolizes this inner peace and eternal source of power. Contemplate the idea of using a candle in this way. Symbolism is very important in Magic, for symbols and symbolic acts speak volumes to your subconscious mind. Now imagine that you are taking a journey into inner space. You get smaller and smaller until you can see the individual cells within your body. Continue getting smaller until you can see mol­ ecules, atoms, the pans of an atom, and so on, until you can go no farther. At this point you have reached the silent center of power. Now imagine a point of light forming and getting larger and brighter. Move your attention to your hean area and imag­ ine that this light emanates from your hean. It grows and con­ tinues to get brighter until it radiates all through your body. Do not let logical thinking get in the way; simply use your imagination without trying to be rational, critical, or analytical. Logic, as you will discove� has only a limited pan to play in mag­ ical working. I should also mention that it is not necessary that you strain to visualize. If you can visualize, well and good. If not,

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The �agical Temple
Privacy is a prerequisite to successful magical practice. You simply cannot achieve the correct state of mind if you are constantly subjected to distractions and noise. You must have somewhere to

work that is removed from everyday life. Circumstances will dic­ tate where it will be, depending on how much space is available. In the final analysis, you must decide on the type of temple you need. Below are a few suggestions for temples and equipment.

Permanent Temple
A spare room is ideal. Put a lock on the door and curtain any windows in the interest of security and secrecy. In all cases, keep your magical work and your temple secret. There are still enough ignorant bigots in existence who will try to make life uncom­ fortable, so do not take risks.

Temporary Temple
If there is no permanent free space, then use whatever means you have in hand. A little ingenuity works wonders. Ohen you can adapt a bedroom or even the garden shed. Take your time, think things through, and work out a suitable compromise. Again, secu­ rity and privacy are essential-either put a lock on the door, invent some suitable excuse to keep people away, or simply insist on pri­ vacy. You cannot fully concentrate on what you are doing if you are in constant fear of someone disturbing you.

Temple Equipment
A temple, in essence, is nothing more than a workroom. You only need useful equipment in a workroom. The golden rule with equipment is do not bring it into your temple unless you have a good reason for doing so. In addition, make certain that you fully understand its purpose. Failure to do this ohen results in temples that resemble junk shops rather than well-ordered places of work.

and sizes is again a matter of choice. . and candle holders are also basic equipment.. candles. Robes are optional and not essential in the early stages. Altar cloths are quite useful. shapes. where you learn about your inherent power and also test out your ideas. It is usually better to spend rime perfecting your mag­ ical system in as simple a way as possible. This is simply a work surface. It can be an elaborate double cube or simply a small cupboard or coffee table. It is. think carefully before you decide. The choice is yours. a magical temple is not a place of worship. Again. as they bring color into a ritual. By all means treat it with respect and make it a special place. Finally. The choice of colors. simply a psychic laboratory. Ideas about robes and so fonh will gradually occur with the passage of rime and in pro­ ponion to experience. but please do not ded­ icate it to the gods. if you like. and do not be swayed by what the book s say-make up your own mind. Let science take the place of superstition. You will need an altar.. An incense burner.

This incred­ ible part of yourself is totally limitless. creative. You give the subconscious mind an instruction either directly (as in a correctly performed ritual or act of Magic) or inadvertently (through beliefs. The subconscious mind will always carry out this direction. for it shapes inert matter . Subconscious-Universal Energy and Universal Intelligence The fact that Universal Energy is so precise in its action suggests that there is an intelligence behind it. AND THE COSMIC SPHERE The mysteries and secrets of real Magic lie in the understanding of the subconscious mind. whether they be correct or wrong). and all-know­ ing. no matter what the facts appear to be. THE ENCIRCLED CROSS. This Universal Intelligence is responsible for creation as we know it.CHAPTER 2 THE COSMIC PLAN. How? To touch the universal web of life is to cause vibration. so to send out a thought vibrates the web of life that connects every thing. Every cause has an effect. because all things are one sentient being.

You have the power to create.II I I O T II I C M A G I C a • o T. Your subconscious mind uses Universal Energy and manipJJlates its patterns on demand. This is not far removed or deeply hidden. growth of hair). By believing this to be true. because there are no limits except those you accept yourself. heanbeat. to have what­ ever you desire. tissue regeneration. It has two functions. You have the capacity to be whatever you want. It is nothing less than the God within having access to all aspects of creation and the wonders of life's mysteries. it looks after all the automatic functions in your body (such as breathing. You are in contact with the whole of creation. The second function is to store information in your memory and to act according to your wishes. In addition. . you have a very special place in the creative scheme. the part of you that thinks. and do. Subconscious-Universal Mind Consider the very simple fact that you as an individual have two minds. This cre­ ative process is free-flowing and unrestricted. being pan of the creative process. and you can.l C AIA L A into recognizable. you cause it to be true. First. You use it all the time to observe. it is a vital pan of Universal Intelligence. it can only be beneficial. To say that you have a hotline to God is therefore true. It simply is and as such. or enforce its will. You are far greater than you believe yourself to be. it does not seek to restrict. As a human being. The other mind is your subconscious mind. physical objects and gives them life. for you also have the capacity to create. to evaluate. nor does it take a great deal of skill to use. create using the same system operating in the universe. The first is your conscious mind. Creation gives life and creates freely. destroy. and you really do have the power to create whatever you wish.

. and future. This record can be read liter­ ally like a book. through the universal linkage of minds. The entire scheme is represented by the triangle in figure 2. primary substance. Of course it must be done through your own subconscious mind using sensible techniques." or that out of which all things are formed. but it is there to be explored by anyone who takes the time and trouble to look in the right way. and we have the ability to span the vastness of time and explore the enormous reserves of knowledge and power that the Universal Mind contains. Perhaps you have read or heard of the great symbolic library of knowledge called the Akashic Records. but rather they are an expres­ sion of the totality of universal wisdom. either on this planet or any other in the vastness of creation­ you have a Universal Mind. Everyone has a subconscious mind with exactly the same capac­ ity for handling power or communicating over vast distances.. we can say that the Akashic Records are the indelible and eternal records of the Universal Mind. for all memories are stored within. Here. In truth we are all linked together through this mind. If you put all of these minds together-wherever they many be. these are not materially written accounts. nothing is ever forgotten. the triangle is being used to represent an idea-it is a symbol. According to ancient mystical doctrines. It is easy to see that the Akashic Record is simply another way of expressing the fact that.C N A P T II I . containing all knowledge of the past.. the name stems from the Sanskrit word akasha. Of course. present. Study it carefully. meaning . Through this Universal Mind you are able to draw on all the thinking that has gone before. Therefore.

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The Encircled Cross
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contained in this symbol, thereby making it a fitting starting point for your search. There are three ways in which you can examine any symbol: 1 . Think about it on a conscious level. 2. Contemplate the symbol. 3. Meditate on the symbol. Conscious thought only deals with the obvious, but it does have its uses. So, taking the Encircled Cross as a starting point, let us see what obvious facts come to light. There is a central point from which radiate four arms, and the whole is surrounded by a circle. The angle between the arms is ninery degrees, and there are four quadrants. This appears to sum up the design and does not reveal any profound truths or useful information. Now let us take things a stage further using contem­ plation. As this is a universal symbol, you ought to be able to relate this to life. The number four brings to mind:

The four points of the compass ( north, east, south, and west). The four seasons (winter, spring, summer, and autumn). The four periods of each day (dawn, noon, dusk, and midnight). The four suits of the tarot (Swords, Wands, Cups, and Pentacles). The four phases of the Moon (New Moon, First Quarter, Full Moon, and Last Quarter).

and mid­ night) on the Encircled Cross. time. Sword. Fire. A similar exercise can be done with the four seasons. Rod. the points on the circumference of the Encircled Cross resemble the points of a compass (nonh. however. It naturally follows that as the Sun is at its zenith at noon and is therefore giving out maximum heat. The sun sets at dusk in the west. from the Tetragram (four-lettered name of God ) to the four worlds of . strong nuclear force. think about the list of previous attributions and try to relate these to the symbol. First. Cup). The Tetragram. The four fundamental forces that govern the universe (elec­ tromagnetism. let us now take matters a little funher using meditation. Try this for yourself. and Eanh). and west). weak nuclear force. and gravity). The four magical weapons (Shield.• the fourfold name of the Hebrew God (YHVH) (pronounced Yod-Heh-Vav-Heh). The Four Elements of the Encircled Cross In Magic. dusk. you will find many references to the number four. Now. Take the symbol and think at and with it. Clearly. There is a connection between the rising Sun at dawn and east. leaving the darkness of midnight to nonh. The fourfold descriptive division of matter (space. east. fit the four periods of the day (dawn. so dawn equates to the eastern point on the circumference. south. so noon must equate to the south point.• The four Elements (Air. and energy). mass. noon. Water. • • • • There are many more fourfold attributions.

The obvious interpreta­ tion of this is that everything in creation contains the four ele­ ments. everything in existence. power then radiated out in four distinct directions (the arms of the cross). The fourfold name created all. This. is your subconscious mind. or categorize. grouped under four cardinal points and their ruling elements. The scheme is easily explained by the symbol. Also. when you stand within your sym­ bolic Encircled Cross. and therefore. Look at the Encircled Cross in light of what has been said I about the God-center radiating outward. Each arm of the cross represents a path. The relationship of your subconscious mind to God and Universal . in any case. is not necessary. you are automatically in touch with every­ thing in creation. The points at which the arms join the circle are termed the cardinal poin� and at each point you have an element. you have taken the symbol and looked out at the world. the symbol stans to reveal its power In practical terms. Obviously. The correct placing of these elements is given in figure 3 (see page 3 1 ). or God within. If the central point is taken to represent God beginning creation. You now have four points around the circle at which you can group together. now you will view the symbol from a different angle-looking in. So far. the elements rule all that exists. this is two-way. finally creating all that is and ever will be (the circle). It is said that creation began when God uttered his name (the Tetragram: YHVH). Naturally. All that needs to be understood is that vast groups of correspondences do indeed relate to each point and its ruling element. it would take more than a single human life to produce any in-depth list of physi­ cal objects and events that equate to the elements. If you now remem­ ber that your own center. each point being ruled by an element.M I I O T III C M A G I C A N D T M I C AIA L A the Cabalist to the enigmatic four elements of the wise.

In dealing with the elements. . you can direct the power con­ tained in the center along the path in order to affect physical changes. That final connection is named a cardinal point and equates to one element. The idea being that one symbol would then represent an element in totality. which is then stimulated by their presence. this is not as difficult as you may suppose. you are faced with a profusion of choices as to which belongs where on the circle. To avoid having to make long lists of probabilities. either universally or internally through your subconscious mind.C II A . The Paths of the Encircled Cross Center and circumference are connected by four paths. T I I I . The Center of the Encircled Cross This center point equates to God-power. In the latter method various objects and ideas corresponding to the nature of the energy being contemplated are used in ritual sit­ uations to act as a focus for the mind. Let us take the same idea and equate it to the Encircled Cross symbol. Second. First. aNI each path works in two ways. Energy has already been discussed. through which you create by linking into God and power. Fonunately. you can use a physical object as an object of contemplation or meditation with a view toward tracking back along a path in order to discover the inner truth behind this object. It is your seat of power. it would be far better if you could epitomize each element and all that is ruled by this power by the use of a symbol. From this center radiate four paths that connect to everyday life.

You have probably heard of lists of correspondences or seen these printed in books. It is the inner realizations thar matter. I will say more about these in subsequent chapters. Cup. This is an unfonunate choice of words. It would be more correct to . First you work with the idea.J6 II O TII I C • A G I C A II D T il l C A I A L A The Four Weapons of the Encircled Cross Ancient tradition furnishes four valid symbols. a physical Sword is useless. and Shield. like the paths.: By far the oldest idea is the speculation that everything in creation is ruled by rhe plan­ ets. the planets do nor. and Shield. They are correctly placed as in figure 3 (see page 3 1 ). The same applies to any piece of magical equipment. This modus operandi should also be applied to rhe other three magical weapons--the Rod. Cup. the Sword can be used to direct the energy of Air or it can be used as a symbol for contemplation or meditation in order to track back to central truth. as such. There are Sword. Wand. can be used in two ways: in and out. In actual fact. for without these. The Doctrine of Correspondences The grouping together of similar ideas and physical items is a valuable magical technique that needs examination. Aleister Crowley's 777 was an anempt to categorize cenain items and fit them to the Tree of Life. rule anything. It's ridiculous to purchase a so-called Magic Sword in the hope rhar it will in itself cause great things to happen. Each symbol. It is far more imponant to work with the symbol in the mind first. gradually building up inner awareness so that when you do acquire a ritual item you will have a personal relationship with it. It should be stated that a physical representation of each weapon is not nec­ essary at this stage. For instance.

in some cases. the nature of the metal is similar to the nature of the planet. it is just a symbolic circle. To do this you have to extend the Encircled Cross in this way. You are the only thing that causes power to flow. one venically down. Let us now move away from flat circles into the idea of Cosmic Spheres. frankincense. Here. the gathering together of sympathetic materials will not in itself cause energy to flow. and a Hexagram in some ritual situ­ ation will do absolutely nothing. the gathering together of gold. this.state that there is a similarity between the nature of a planetary energy and a physical fact. The doctrine of correspondences will serve you well. it has been a flat representation of a three-dimensional reality. In fact this is so. There is an affinity between the two. by itself. may even appear to emit energy. Imagine two more radii emerging from the center. For instance. If the Encircled Cross embraces everything in creation. The Encircled Cross Becomes the Cosmic Sphere Up until now. sun­ flower seeds. will attract the supposed power of the planet. Your Encircled Cross is the real Magic Circle in which you symbolically stand during magical work. Never forget that items used ritually are not magical--they are simply concentration aids. Up until now. While it can be argued that these materials may well vibrate at the same frequency or. To make it usable. These are now encompassed . then all things must relate to the symbol. you have to relate it to life and the universe. For example: Gold is ruled by the Sun. This is not strictly true. your Encircled Cross has been two-dimensional. There is a mistaken idea that if you bring together a few items that correspond to a panicular planet. One goes venically up.

or the All- . The upper and lower points equate to supply and demand. To aid visu­ alization. you are dealing with the expression and subsequent manifestation of power in four distinct ways.I I O T I I I C M A G I C & li D T il l C & I & L & wat CUp . .. by two more circles. these are shown in figure 4. To make your cosmic scheme complete. three rings. you find God. .. Looking up. above. ­ / I I I I . You now have a total of one center. South lod .. giving the three rings of Cosmos. With the elements. CUbe FlguN 4· The Cosmic Sphfte. . you need attri­ butions for the upper and lower points. and six nodal points.

She is receptive to power and is therefore negative. negative" is not meant in any derogatory sense. The simple Encircled Cross has now become a Cosmic Sphere. The lowermost point is obviously the reverse and so equates to Mother Nature. all that remains is to individualize it. . You now have a complete three-dimensional Cosmic Sphere that has a central point of power and a periphery that encompasses everything in creation. The upper point is symbolized by a Crown and the lower is represented by a Cube.. or Eanh Mother. including in it only those ideas that are valid and true for you. who supplies power. The word . there is a path from the center to each point that works both ways once more.C M A P T II I Jt Father. The All-Father gives out and is there­ fore positive. This is done by patient practice. and there is also a symbol. Naturally.

So it is with Magic. The entire process can be equated to learning a language. try to make some sense out of it all. This takes time.CHAPTER 3 SYMBOLISM. In order to . The easier way is to find a teacher or enroll in a course that helps you understand the sub­ jeer by taking you through successive stages. AND THE FOUR MAGICAL WEAPONS As a student of Magic. The hard way is to buy heaps of books and then. THE FOUR ELEMENTS. all by yourself. you could be excused for thinking that it will take years to son out the confusion and contradictions that now exist in modem esoterics.e contained within the subconscious mind. Symbols in Your Plan of Action Magic works because of your inherent ability to use the power and knowledll. provided that there is a plan of action using valid sym­ bolism. but it is well wonh the effon in terms of real understand­ ing and self-advancement. You have to stan from basic principles. using a sensible plan of action. Years of tonured study need not be necessary. from first principles until you gain proficiency.

The use of abstract. Personalized: Gods. ranging from the Christian God to the lowliest of spirits. All too often. 3. whatever its nature. and other familiar magical trance techniques. built up over cen­ turies of adoration. angels. square. There are three types of symbols: 1 . they are not! Personalized symbols. let us look at symbols in a realis­ tic light. spirits. can understand. do have a use in the scheme of things. triangle. if you wish . however. For instance. Never make the mistake of presuming that these things exist as living entities-they do not! A symbol. lime and time again you will see symbols being abused. These symbols do have a use if they are treated sensibly. Abstract: Usually geometric shapes such as the Pentagram. Hexagram. archangels.4A I I O T III C • A G I C A II O T il l C A I A L A contact this powerful pan of yourself. and it. together with circle. candles. Physical : All magical equipment. sexual sacrifice. 2. The only language that gets results is that of symbolism. be this for direct use or for the purpose of acquiring knowledge. and even the temple itself. and so fonh. blood. demons-in fact any tangible being of humanoid form. you have to converse with it in a language that you. or telesmaric images as they are known. and the Encircled Cross. such as weapons. acts as an interchange between you and the type of energy that you are seeking to contact. so in order to avoid time-wasting practices. altar. geometric symbols is viral in any magi­ cal system and they are meant to be worked with on inner levels of awareness in order to gain subconscious response. terror. There are numerous personalized symbols.

Take. provided that you do not credit. Much is to be gained from this technique. Think first. so we will look at this aspect of Magic in some detail. either abstract. stop and think. Failure to do this will result in lack of contact and perhaps needless expense. If you must work with teles­ maric images. personalized. you imagine that there is some form of intelligence behind this element (which there is). or. let us say the element of Air. for instance. then do so in the light of common sense by attribut­ ing only the most desirable qualities to each image. is bound to have an effect on your subconscious mind and will therefore manifest itself in the physical world. All too often. and what are you going to do with it? The magical law is that all starts with thought. if you are really talented. so it naturally follows that to understand these cha nnel s is to give ourselves more control over this power. We create with the subconscious mind using the four channels of creative power. it is far easier to deal with this in human terms-in other words build up the image of a being with whom you can converse. What use does this have. or physical. and so it is with physical symbols. 1 think you will agree that it is difficult to converse with its symbol. Nothing could be fanher from the truth. what does it represent.4J to approach a cenain type of energy. the would-be magician rushes out to buy some essential piece of ritual paraphernalia in the hope that this will entice power to flow. make one yourself. This is folly of the worst kind because whatever you build into a symbol. If. much use is made of physical objects. however. and this is valid provided that you again apply common sense. Before you purchase one. the Sword. In Magic. the idea of a Magical Sword. This . these imaginary beings with power over you. then act. The other approach is to use some of the more sensible telesmarics such as the Cabalistic archangels.

but in this day and age these techniques are unnecessary. and this is valid up to a point. Water. Do not accept the designs given in various textbooks and grimoires. what would be its shape. If you were to have one. The first mistake is to presume that a physical Sword con­ tains power-it does not! You will read of elaborate ceremonies in which the magician consecrates his or her Sword. and Shield. Cup. The aim of the true magician is to link within the self the greater and lesser natures. Far bener to update the procedure in the light of sound practice and common sense. for to do this is to defeat the whole object of the exercise. and Eanh. First. its size? What would the handle look like? Would it be jewelled and ornate? Think about it and make drawings until you are cenain that this is your Sword. in this case the Sword. The symbols for the four elements are: Sword. The Sword (Air) The Sword represents the creative will and intelligence. The four principle weapons are symbolic of the elements: Air. To a cenain extent this is bound to get some subconscious response. but what is in fact happening is the concen­ tration and dedication applied to the ritual is focusing the mind of the magician along cenain lines. Look for your Sword and try to establish your contact with the element of . Rod (or Wand).44 I I O T II I C M A G I C A N O T il l C AIA L A is done by using a language that the subconscious mind under­ stands-the language of symbolism. you can work from a purely conscious level by thinking about a magical Sword. it repre­ sents the ability to conceive an idea and bring it to reality in action. To do this. Fire. many have used symbolic weapons to bridge the gap between physicality and mentality. There are several techniques that are easy to foUow and quite effective.

perhaps a landscape or people. One day. You are in control. You do not have to use this technique exactly as described. inwardly and outwardly. This is real Magic. and this is best done by thinking about the Sword-what it does and how it could be used. Use this imaginary picture to take you further and further toward your own power. Again. Use your imagination. the better the picture. You have to relate the ele­ ment of Air to Earth life. Techniques like this will go a long way in helping you to understand the element of Air and the magical Sword as it applies to you. you will probably feel the need to purchase or make . and the more cooperation you will get from your subconscious. When you have finished. keep notes. There are many techniques. This is not as difficult as you may think. Allow impressions to arise from your subcon­ scious mind. you are establishing contact with the element of Air as it exists for you and the real­ ity of everyday life. you are directing the element of Air. Look around to see if anything else is apparent. Pass through this door and see an altar.C II A P T I I J 45 Air. face the appropriate cardinal point (in this case east) and use your imagination to see a yellow doorway (yellow being the color of Air). close the door. Be flexible and vary it to suit yourself. Go back through the door. Look at every­ day life and find Swords and Sword-like situations. Your subconscious mind does not understand the English language. Your Sword is on this altar. it works with symbols and pic­ tures that are used imaginatively. replace the Magic Sword. here is just one: Working within your Magic Circle of four elements. and return to normal. Pick up the magical Sword and feel the air blowing around you. By working in both directions. The more you imagine. Close down the temple and write up any important points for future reference.

The Rod represents the element Fire. Unlike the Sword. with power as expressed through the ele­ ment of Air. for the Sword has two edges and cuts both ways. You will have the advantage of knowing what this Sword is and what it means to you. Will you choose superstition and acceptance. Because you first worked with inner reality using sym­ bolism. From the baton the conductor uses to direct the orchestra to the parliamentary mace used in England to the staff of the wise person to the crosier of a bishop. It will be a true Magic Sword. what it represents. control.The Magic Rod represents a powerful positive link between heaven and eanh. and this ought to be incorporated into the Rod. The pur­ pose of Magic is the use of power to produce physical results. or power and activity. authority. The more individ­ ual each weapon. and power. Be realistic and incorporate meaningful magical practice into .46 I I O T I I I C M A G I C A M D T M I C A I A L A a real Sword. The choice is yours. the better. or reality and true power? The Rod (or Wand) (Fire) The Magic Rod (or Wand) (sometimes the Spear) is somewhat like the Sword. work with the inner reality before you decide on the final design. your Magic Sword will serve as an instant contact. let us start by looking at the reality that lies behind this imponant symbol. They equate to the fixed sign of leo. As with the Sword. Spend some time thinking about the Rod-what it means. Note how the symbol of the Rod con­ stantly shows itself. Rods represent rulership. so there is no point in imitating the designs of others or buying a ready-made Rod. the sign of regality. the Rod must be made. subject to much speculation. as opposed to being based on someone else's mistaken ideas about Magic. in a highly personal sense.

and impacts itself into Earth reality. hold the Rod i n di fferent positions. green (Venus).) What length ? What natural characteristics should the piece have? Select your wood. or better still a meteorite. while the opposite end could be painted gold or perhaps have a small gemstone set in it to represent the power of light. You could paint it white to represent light and paint a band at the halfway point to represent the Sun. but the choice is yours. cut it to length. Affix a symbol of Earth to the opposite end. Use your ingenuity and imagination all through the process. blue Uupiter). This looks very impressive and is symbolically correct. It is simply no use hacking down some convenient piece of tree and then writing obscure symbols on it. such as the Spear concept. When working with this Rod in planetary Magic. Or. black to represent power entering Earth exis­ tence. such as a plain black stone or an Encircled Cross. and you must make this important symbol. Power starts at the top. paint black (Saturn). and then add to it. There are many other possibilities.. such as a small cross or a gemstone. red (Mars). but you must decide. A metal tip is fitted on one end. for it is personal involvement that produces a true Rod of power.. the process of making your Rod. Start by carefully selecting the wood-which type are you going to use? ( Hazel is traditional. orange ( Mercury). Your Rod could be painted red to represent Fire. Starting at the top. dependi ng on the pla net being conjured. works its way through the planets. Perhaps the tip could have some symbol of power attached to it. The possibilities are endless. you could paint alternate bands of colors to represent the planets. Look at the length of wood representing the connecting link between these two points. and finally silver (the Moon). Think. .. gold (the Sun).

but contain what? The answer is: everything.. so jupiter bestows . Everything must contain consciousness. Its atoms and mole­ cules are in constant vibration and movement. either by thought or by action. an object cannot exist. which you drink from whenever you have need. The magical operations undertaken are prayer. the imagination. The Cup is the only container on the Magic Circle. and the emotions create love. and the emotions. humility. the mind. or life energy. The eter­ nal waters of life are contained in the Cup. The Sword and Rod are active. However. The Cup conta ins everything. and healing. the overflowing of divine love. It is the divine mother. the grand lady of Nature. Cups con­ tain. revitalizes. The Cup is supplica­ tion. The Cup refreshes. The Cup is not a weapon at all.. for they receive. The supposed dead rock is very much alive. Consciousness is that mag­ ical something that renders the inert into the living. I I O T I I I C M A G I C a • o T • l C A I A L A The Cup (Water) The Magic Cup presents the essence of life. rejuvenates. Working together in their most powerful and purest forms. the imagina­ tion. without which life could not exist. The element of Water symbolizes consciousness. even a seemingly dead piece of rock. The Cup and Shield are passive. it is a container. and consciousness responds to magical intent through the mind. for they help us do things. it is no less a potent symbol than the other three . purification. and those who have spent time on magical matters will realize that consciousness is con­ tained in everything in the universe. even though we cannot see them. just as Nature bestows abun­ dant water. everything contains con­ Sciousness. Without consciousness. The Shield receives your eanhly plan of action or belief patterns that mold your life.

you effectively block up the cre­ ative process and harm yourself. total abundance. Think about your Cup. Contemplate abundance and . To give a Cup is to love completely. is what really matters. You can always give it to someone else. Get to know your Cup in your own way. Your Magic Cup is your link with life and its natural abun­ da nce. without boundaries. Spend some considerable time working with this symbol and attuning to it by any means that ingenuity can suggest. and a deep subconscious problem prevents you from receiving life's benefits. Quite often. so use it as such. and think and meditate on all I have said. So often eanhly love is completely misunderstood and possessive. Fill the Cup with good. The idea behind the Cup matters. You are symbolically giving that person the means to acquire his or her highest aspi­ rations. dear water. For life itself needs to give. the ability to work with the symbol through the physical object. the inability to accept gifts is only the rip of the iceberg. without strings or conditions. gradually building up a personal familiarity. Real love implies no con­ ditions. While it is wrong to constantly take without giving. If someone offers you a gift. This is love in its highest form. Imitation never is effective in magical working. Do not rush out and buy expensive gold and silver plate or be disappointed if someone gives you a Cup made of pot­ tery or plain glass. it is equally wrong to give and not to take. If you do not take. Always accept. you will also open chan­ nels for funher giving and taking. I often think that give and take are much misunderstood. The inner reality. take it! Not only will you make them happy. The Cup has many magical uses.. not the actual physical rep­ resentation. Do not copy other people's ideas. Here is i ust one suggestion.C II A I' T I I J . Look for Cups in everyday life and meditate on the symbol. without conditions. Real love gives freedom. even if you cannot use the gift.

A fair anal­ ogy would be to equate matter with a lump of day. From the lowli­ est of cupped hands to the Graal itself lies a path of beneficence far beyond expectations for those who seek to receive. Its use is to represent ethereal qualities upon the material plane and is analogous to salt. matter without life or form-although it is not possible on this planet for anything to be truly inert. according to our will. by molding the day. We give it form. preferring instead to perpetuate meaningless superstition. we can produce anything from a flat plate to a statue. The true element of Earth is inert matter. that is. it has no form. and of course our imagination. As it stands.50 I I O T I I I C M A G I C A II D T il l C A I A L A allow it to flow into the water. What exactly is a Magic Shield? What does it do and how do we use it? Very few magical book s attempt to answer these very practical questions. It is the darkest state of being. We conceive an idea and tum it into physical reality by molding the day to our needs. Drink the water and let this abun­ dance flow into your life. Life holds this promise to those who seek reality through valid symbols such as this. Do not take the word Earth too literally-) do not mean soil or planet Earth. for everything contains life-energy and as such is already molded by Nature. with all its hardships and struggles. it is quite useless. So ask freely through the Cup and allow life to fulfill its purpose of cre­ ative. our creative abilities. never-ending abundance. which preserves flesh and thus material existence. . the material world. However. The Shield (Earth) The Magic Shield represents inert matter. The Magic Shield belongs to magical north and the element of Earth.

This first seed idea equates to the element of Fire. we draw a plan. For example. There is lots of fresh water. we produce a circuit diagram. because we are bringing ideas into physical fact by producing a plan of action. If we want to build an electronic circuit. Suppose we are way back in rime. and to control Eanh we must shape it accordingly. A Shield representation of this would therefore be a green Shield bearing the symbol of Venus in copper-colored paint. the Shield represents inen matter and the design represents the plan of action... This is where the Magic Shield comes into the picture. We must impress on it the pattern of our true desires. If we wish to build a house. First comes an idea: a vessel or container inspired by our cupped hands. Now the imagination is brought into play as the idea is shaped in the mind. until a clear picture exists. In other words. The traditional planet for money is Venus. and then we pro­ duce a design to represent this. First we collect the facts. All we have is formless clay. This imaginative process equates to the element of Water. The element of Earth is directly connected to the material side of life. and this equates to the element of Eanh. we write it down. Both equate to Eanh. The element of Air is brought into play by taking the clay and by using skill and ingenuity to shape it into a physical representa­ tion of the mental picture. whose color is green and whose metal is copper. The four sevens . In Magic. suppose our intention is to increase our earnings. An inen. Or if we wish to express an idea. but we have no . The final outcome is the vessel itself.means of drinking other than by using cupped hands. All of these are Shield functions. shapeless mass has now become a useful vessel. yet they are different by virtue of the fact that an idea has changed the shape of the day and given it form. it is a symbolic representation of that which we wish to bring into physical reality.

Either use the white side to project an imagi­ nary picture onto the surface (which with practice is not as dif­ ficult as you may think ) or paint on it a universal symbol that covers all possibilities. Paint one side black to represent matter and the other side white to represent power. at least let it look like a Shield. The only problem with this panicular scheme is that you would need a new Shield for other intentions. the more you think about it and work with it. it is only a focus for your mind. All that nonsense about buying magical weapons made to the specifications given in some grimoire and then expecting power to Aow into your life is just that-nonsense. but it is well wonh the effon. or hardboard. The alternatives now given are far more suit­ able. therefore covering all possibilities. This panicular design has the advantage of incorporating all the elements. for one enhances the other. but it is also a valuable symbol for contemplation and meditation in its own right and will reveal much to those who take the trouble to work with it. the more magical your mind will become. The Shield itself is no guarantee of success. Not only is it fully functional in a prac­ tical sense. A realistic size is about eighteen inches in diam­ eter. However. but a useful suggestion is presented in figure 5. and signs of the zodiac. A time-consuming and costly process. Here you have a perfectly sane and sensible Shield that represents an intention and a plan of action. Now. The first thing is to acquire a suitable Shield. if you are going to make a Shield. planets. This can be cut from stiff card. for heaven's sake. The Shield is not magical. plywood. . It requires a little skill and patience to make. The design is entirely up to you and your requirements. to represent the four worlds.51 I I O T I I I C M A G I C A II O T il l C A I A L A from the tarot deck could be affixed at the cardinal points. and the intention could be written along the edge.

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You not only produce an individual weapon. . you also follow the example given in the Shield.54 I I O T I I I C M A G I C A II D T il l C A I A L A A true magical weapon is a tool. and consolidate. craft. create. It has to be first conceived in the mind and then brought gradually into physical being using thought and skill. which will act as a focus for your mind and a control symbol for power. namely: conceive.

Magical meditation is a rool and bears little resemblance ro rhe strange. sounds. This is rhe true purpose of ritual. Magic wirhour this inner work is pointless. This is purely . which correspond ro rhe aspect under investigation. and so fonh. Magical Meditation Meditation enables you ro penerrare i nner secrets rhar are obscured by conscious rhoughr. AND THE INNER TEMPLE In all forms of real Magic. First. scents. ler us continue our discussion of meditation with rhe Magic Sword. bring rogerher words. In magical meditation. ir is rhe inner work (for example. colors. THE COSMIC SPHERE. th row our any ideas rhar rhe Sword is used to command demons or spirits and so forth. med­ itative work performed in rhe imagination) rhar gers results. To aid concentration. pseudo-Eastern meth­ ods rhar have become rhe norm. focus rhe mind on an idea or symbol and allow rhe mind ro bring up useful facrs or realizations.CHAPTER 4 MEDITATION.

Imagine a yellow doorway with the symbol of Air on it. The Sword represents all that is Air. you use a narrowing down of perspective. Then focus the attention on magical east. learn about the element. However. To do this. 2. Keep a magical noteboo k in which to record any observations and lists of acquired attributions. Pass through the door and see a . This need not be done at specific times or as a ritual. The Sword is the control symbol for the element of Air and can be used in two ways: 1 . As a meditation symbol. through a narrow slit. you use the symbol of the Sword. to help the mind focus and thereby understand a specific mode of power. Observation looks at the physical side of life. then the Sword will be of little use. Learning about the element (or any type of energy) requires that you use observation and meditation. In a nut­ shell. instead it should become a habit of looking at life along a specific channel. This takes a little practice. in this case through the element of Air. as described (see figure 4. The process of building up control over this element is then twofold: first. and second. In the case of Air. In the first instance you will need to look around at everyday objects and situations while looking for Sword-like similarities. if you do not know much about the element. much depends on your ability to understand and contact this element." I I O T I I I C M A G I C A • D T • l C A I A L A superstition. but is well wonh the trouble. erect the Cosmic Sphere. As a means of directing those energies that equate to the ele­ ment of Air. this time by using a symbol in order to get the sub­ conscious mind to throw out meaningful images and ideas. page 38). With meditation. learn about the control symbol.

the more you understand the type of energy being worked. Use brief notes only. Record any impressions in your notebook. does not speak English (or any other language). it is often difficult in the initial stages to understand your impressions and the images they evoke. Quite often. It is always the rule that those who know are bound to be more adept or successful than those who only think that they . let your imagination work for you. the better the result. This is due to the fact that you are dealing with the subconscious mind. However. This is not the way it usually works. Regular medi­ tation along a specific channel such as this does far more than provide useful notes-it helps you to attune to that energy in a way that is not immediately apparent. This takes a little practice and may at first be disappointing in terms of actual information. Naturally. The subconscious mind works in two ways. Put another way. Also. which. the student must stan with little. First. You will. per­ severe and you will learn much in the way of real information as to the nature of this element and the purpose of the weapon. working slowly and patiently toward the acquisition of knowledge and power. it feeds back information likely to be of use. knowing how this energy manifests in terms of rulership is bound to increase success. Do not expect instant enlightenment and a wealth of power­ ful magical secrets to pour fonh. however. find these notes very valuable someday. there is no need for long-winded essays. From now on. but rather allow images and ideas to arise quite naturally. it helps you get the feel of that energy by familiarity. and second. as you know. it provides power that can be directed according to will. Do not visualize.17 Sword suspended in the air. All you need is something that will stimulate the memory at some future date. Also.

blue. Which tech­ nique is more likely to produce results? Erection of the Cosmic Sphere The Cosmic Sphere is a vital step in your magical work. • Begin by relaxing and clearing the mind of everyday thoughts. Imagine that you buy a Magic Sword. until you are proficient.5I I I O T I I I C M A G I C & li D T il l C & I & L & know. Universal Energy. develop it into a Cosmic Sphere (a process you will learn in this chapter). Imagine the Universal Triangle in front of the central candle and again briefly contemplate the relationship between your subconscious mind. red. Place the white candle on the altar. and use the control symbol of Air (the Sword) to conjure energy (direct it) toward your intended goal. stand in an Encircled Cross symbol that you just painted on the floor. direct your full attention toward magical east. Practice this exercise often. Similarly. forming the path between center and Crown. An incense burner. one each of yellow. You will need: • Five candles: One white to represent the center. preferably once each day. Imagine a shaft of light. Ridiculous! Now consider that you take time to properly erect an Encircled Cross. rising upward. Place the other candles on the altar or adjacent to the appropriate temple wall. Light the central candle. and simply expect the gods to bestow numerous blessing at your command . Place it in the south (fire). and green to represent the elements. pause and try to feel that . which symbolizes your own center of power. and Divinity. pause and contemplate this for a while.

contemplate the items. Imagine a shaft of light proceeding toward the east. for example. Burn some general incense and spend some time contem­ plating these nodal points and their connecting paths. size. Ring 3 starts at top and travels through east. and then let the imagination take over to see what happens. north. and then con­ centrate on one aspect only. This can be a point or a path. the . Consider these carefully. and finally Shield at north. Ring 2 (the Magic Circle) begins at east and travels clockwise through south. Magical meditation. Gradually become more relaxed. You have now established the six nodal points. spend some rime prior to this exercise thinking about the symbols. and back to top. The next stage is to establish the cardinal points. Do the same with the other three points in turn. and back to top. and looking along the blade toward the point. Finally. Do not strain. west. Start at the apex (Crown) and imagine a circle of light traveling through south. and try to build up an imagi­ nary picture in your mind. the Sword. and back to east. base. north. light the yellow candle. At first. such as this. and then imagine that a Sword appears behind it." power is spiraling downward into the temple. Make drawings. Perhaps you may find yourself walking toward the Sword. using the images of Magic Rod at south. Pause and imagine that power is now spiralling upward into the temple. Cup at west. Now imagine a shaft of light traveling down. and design of these weapons. base. If you are uncertain as to the shape. west. will reveal much. eventually terminating at the Cube. the choice is up to you. picking it up. fix them in your mind. All that remains is to connect these together by using the triple rings of cosmos. This is Ring 1 . and allow ideas to arise uninterrupted. allow imagery to work in its own way. The Cosmic Sphere is now complete. Hold the symbol in your mind.

however. Take hold of one of the symbols (magical weapons) and imagine that you are walk­ ing along a path toward the center. Stan at nonh. No two people will have the same ideas or visual images of an Inner Temple. see the vertical shafts return to center. and east. help you find your own way by using this specially con­ structed exercise. extinguish the candle. and leave the temple to write down any observations. The three rings of the Cosmic Sphere form the framework for the Inner Temple. At conclusion. extinguish the cen­ tral candle. The Cosmic Sphere Becomes the Inner Temple Erect the Cosmic Sphere as described above. which will then cause the subconscious to give you ideas and images from which you can build this vital state of inner awareness. This is only one possibility­ what is more imponant is that you become involved with the Cosmic Sphere in your own way by using your own ideas and letting your imagination work fully. Finally. Continue this through west. Meditating on a path is also quite simple. south.6o I I O T I I I C M A G I C A N O T N I C A I A L A images and ideas may not make any immediate sense. make brief notes for future reference. Each one is different by vinue of the fact that no two people are the same. This exercise will help you contact your sub­ conscious mind in a special way. preferably a spare room. Do not spend too much time trying to rationalize them. and imagine the shafts of light disap­ pearing into the center. It is therefore not possible for me to give you an exact guide as to what shape or form it will take. I can. Let me assure you that eventu­ ally they will prove to be very valuable indeed. or if you are . instead. Find somewhere quiet. dose down by reversing the procedure.

Move to the center and look around. there are natural forces in abundant supply. None can enter this place. lucky enough. and you receive. It opens quite easily. Relax and clear the mind of everyday thoughts. Simply think of the inner journey while letting your imagination work for you. you direct. No one can prevent access to this inner realm. A small circular pool of water rests in the center of this Inner Temple. Breathe slowly and gently and relax. and there is nothing to fear. you are the master. Relax and let the vast potential of your subconscious mind work for you.. walk toward the door. Inside this place. leaving behind all thoughts of everyday life. for nothing harmful can ever exist here. Do not try to visu­ alize or strain in any way. reach out your hand. In your imagination. for they are pan of you--they are life force and they give form under your direction. . and touch the door. Imagine before you a door that leads to your Inner Temple. yours to understand. except those few you choose to invite for reasons of your own. It seems to be made of pure light. Yet the pattern is not random. Pass through the door and find yourself in a large square room. In this place. you are in control. It belongs to you and no one else. then perform the following exercise. Let nothing concern you other than the exciting possibilities that lie ahead as you journey to a special place in the deepest recesses of your mind. It is not difficult to enter because this is your doorway to your own inner reality. and its color changes constantly in what appears to be a random pattern. a temple. Emblazoned on the floor is the symbol of the Encircled Cross. for this is the secret of all magical work. and you can pass through any one of these as you will. for the colors change in conformance with the tides of nature.. They are yours to use. Set in the middle of each of the four walls is a doorway.

Now direct your attention toward magical east. reveal­ ing a path that is lit by the midday Sun. Direct your attention toward magical south. revealing a path that leads toward the rising Sun at dawn. Immediately in front of you there is a yellow door with a Sword set above it. Touch this door and it opens. Go back to the pool in the center of this temple and meditate on this power and its purpose. Finally. Touch this door and it opens. The pool will give you answers to your questions. Now allow the light that came from above to enter your Inner Temple. Power flows from this point as you will. Now direct your attention toward magical west. Feel the cool of the evening and allow the blue light to enter through the western door. the nonh. See this as bright light pouring downward in abundance. This light is yellow.' The duration of the poo l . All four doors are now open. there is a red door with a Magic Rod set above it. Touch this door and it opens.6J I S O T I I I C M A G I C A II O T il l C A I A L A Now direct your attention above. and on this door is the tarot card 10 of Cups. is a green door with a Magic Shield set above it. On this door is the tarot card 10 of Shields. On this door you see the tarot card 10 of Swords. You feel a gentle breeze blowing softly against your skin. To your right. revealing a path that gently leads down to the sea. On this door is the tarot card 10 of Wands. See the symbol of the Crown and let your mind consider that which is God . to your left. Touch it and it opens. Look into its depths. Feel the warmth of the summer day. Behind you is a blue door with a Cup set above it. revealing a path lit only by starlight. lit by the setting Sun. Allow red light to enter the Inner Temple. Feel the peace and tranquillity of the night and allow bright green light to enter through this door. Allow images to come into your mind.

as described. When you are familiar with this inner journey and have found that special place. keep it to yourself. for you are the only person who knows where it is and what it looks like.. see each elemental colored light pass out through each of the elemental doorways. I cannot describe it for you. in fact. you may ritualize this by erecting the triple rings of cosmos. Seek and you will find it. that of symbolism. Close down the Cosmic Sphere and make notes. pass through it. meditation can be entirely up to you. It may be a cave. although five minutes usu­ ally suffices. the Inner Temple will teach you many things in a way that is difficult to describe. realizing that it will now work its way into physical existence. because you are dealing directly with your subconscious mind in a highly personal way. keep . see it open. But if you persevere. a temple set on top of a mountain or deep beneath the eanh. for this place belongs to you. Once you find it. This task is not difficult. it is far easier than you think. It has many secrets and con­ tains much in the way of practical knowledge in magical maners. Others have searched and found their own place. and then use your imagination to enter the now familiar Inner Temple. Before you is another door with an Encircled Cross carved deeply into the wood. you will even­ tually learn the ways of the inner mind. . By performing your magical work within this framework you will notice a distinct improvement. the Cubic Black Stone. After sufficient time has passed. You may return as often as you wish. and you are back in your own world once more.C II A . All you have to do is desire and you will find this place. T I I . Now you must do the same. a secret grove. Touch this door. So often the images from the depths of our subconscious mind appear to be difficult to translate because we are learning a new language.. If you have the will and the patience to find it. epitomized by the lowermost point of the Cosmic Sphere. your own Inner Temple.

64 I I O T I I I C M A G I C A II D T il l C A I A L A it a secret. . you establish each pan in your memory. suppose you were standing in a room facing a window. you would see the wall. As you build up the Cosmic Sphere. You could recall it in your imagination because its image is stored in your memory. For example. you would know what the room looked like in totality without actually seeing it physically. for this place is not meant to be the subject of general discussion. To imagine several different things all at the same rime is difficult if not impossible. you imagine the central light. You would see the window quite clearly. concentrating only on whatever is neces­ sary. You move on through each successive stage. Therefore. you do not need to do this. Seeing Two Things at Once in Your Mind's Eye How is it possible to see the Cosmic Sphere in the mind's eye while imagining something else. Now if you turned around to face the opposite wall. then your imag­ ine the first of the six arms. you are free to concentrate on the pool because you know the Cosmic Sphere exists in your memory. You use this and similar procedures in every­ day life. because you had just seen it. It is exactly the same with the Cosmic Sphere-using your imag­ ination to build up an imaginary room in your memory. having become familiar with the room. There is no need to keep the image of the central light constantly in your imagination because it exists in your memory. For instance. All through the building up procedure you establish each stage before moving on to the next. you would still know that the window existed. Fonunarely. In a similar fashion. however. such as opening the Cosmic Sphere and imagining the four doorways inside the Inner Temple? It is all a question of memory.

a powerful language that the subconscious mind understands. but this is not the case. It should also be borne in mind that sym­ bols are not holy or sacred. Likewise.. in effect. so to worship them is sheer folly. they are not meant to be worn as ornaments or lucky charms. Any deliberate erection of a symbolic panern will affect the subconscious mind. . because you are using what is. It is therefore necessary to treat these symbols with respect and prac­ tice using them ohen. people who do so show a marked lack of understanding as to the real nature of symbols. Because this Cosmic Sphere is imaginary it would be easy to dismiss the entire concept as being wonhless..

A fair comparison would be to the use of a radio receiver. and then you enhance this signal by adjusting the tone and volume controls. is to clarify your intention. the emotions. There are several general phases to a ritual. because the normal conscious barriers are still there. and most imponant. Rituals therefore help us to concentrate along a spec­ ified channel of awareness. so think around them positively until . Prior to the ritual. You use the tuning knob to select a sta­ tion with great accuracy. A magical ritual works the same way by helping the magician to home in on selected pat­ terns of energy.CHAPTER 5 MAGICAL RITUALS II A magical ritual is simply a way to focus the mind. think through your intentions carefully and note any doubts and uncenainties when they come stream­ ing up from subconscious levels into your conscious mind. and the imagination on a specific intention. There is a very good reason for this. A halfheaned intention simply does not get down to sub­ conscious levels. First. You must bypass these things. be it purely practical or esoteric.

There has to be a system of classifying energies so that they may be identified more easily. . doubts. When you perform the ritual. So by staning with small magi­ cal operations it is easier to trick yourself over the threshold of doubt. Next. Life's Energies As we are dealing with esoteric matters. Until you practice Magic. That way you stand a far better chance of success. otherwise you stand very l ittle chance of succeeding. And until you truly believe. you can not use Magic. we will consider a simpler scheme based on the planets. Once the details are soned out. color of altar cloths. stan to bring the mind to the intention. and when you are fully relaxed. Regarding intentions. the bulk of your work will be concerned with investigating life's energies and discovering inner truths.61 I I O T I I I C M A G I C a • D T M I C A I A L A you get your intention absolutely and utterly clear in your mind. Your mind must be crystal clear. everything should be very clear in your mind and you should be very confi­ dent about what you are doing. Next. plan the ritual. such as candles. Clear your mind. you can not truly believe. of which more will be said later. incense. it is really imponant to stan small and gradually build slowly and cenainly on each success. The ideal system of classifi­ cation is the Cabalistic Tree of life. and so fonh. and uncenainties. enter the temple and relax. In the meantime. perform the ritual. That means attending to all the bits and pieces that will be used. Now you are ready to open up the temple using the cosmic rings. your mind will not be swamped by negative thoughts. and then close down the ritual in the cus­ tomary fashion.

this could be done by using the correct planetary color. In the case of Mercury. Open the temple by using the cosmic rings. The esoteric tyro wants prepack­ aged rituals and is perpetually anxious about "doing it right. Unless the imagination is used and is on target. individual effon." Planetary Rituals Following is the general procedure for Planetary Magic. in the case of ready-made scripts. how well you speak or intone the words. The effective rituals are those you devise for yourself. then you have not been paying attention. for example. Halfheaned attempts and blind acceptance of the written word are bound to produce poor results. There is no substitute for careful planning. and ingenuity. In Attending to the Inner Work. so plan carefuUy and get involved. mercurial incense and perhaps an altar symbol of the Caduceus. There are no hard and fast rules to follow. Attending to the Outer Work. order to aid concentration and help create the correct atmos­ phere or mood. . even if it does take the edge off your enthusiasm for a while. It makes no difference how much equip­ ment you use or. the whole affair will be a waste of time and effon. also orange. The general procedure ought to be: 1 . for it is all a question of individual choice and personal involvement with the rite." If that is still your problem. Rituals that do not contain the inner work in the imagination are really quite pointless. thereby estab­ lishing the Cosmic Sphere. it is necessary to bring into the temple physical objects that help suggest the planet being worked with. An altar cloth of plain white with the planetary glyph painted in orange is useful.

mean what you are saying. Let impressions rise up in the mind and. we ought to look at speech and those so-called words of power. Don't pre­ sume that the speaking of cenain ancient words or divine names will. "I feel good. (Repeat this several times. keep brief notes of these excursions. Before working with the planets in detail. words are tools and are used for the sole purpose of aiding concentration. 4. When you are famil­ iar with the Cube. 3. either out loud or in your mind. just like equipment. of course. I feel good. cause power to flow or cause miracles to happen. close down by using the imagina­ tion to leave the Cube and then close down the Cosmic Sphere." Now say this several times with feeling. it is always a good idea to practice this procedure and become familiar with the inner cubic structure. you may then proceed with the more specific work connected with each individual planet. Focus the mind on the appropriate planet by using the faces of the Cube. Magic Words and Words of Power Before moving on to a complete planetary ritual. Let me give you an example: Say to yourself. In other words. No matter what the books say. On completion of work. this is nonsense! No word or state­ ment contains power-power lies within the mind of the person who speaks those words. all by itself.JO I I O T I I I C M A G I C A M D T M I C A I A L A 2.) . Use the imagination to see and enter the Inner Cubic Temple. This can be the basis of a meditation in which you explore the Cube by turning your attention toward each face for a few minutes.

. You do nor need to use all of these suggestions or even the words.. and imagination into those words. The difference in magical work is astonishing. Magic words emanate from the hean. There is a considerable difference between the original approach and the final one." It is one thing to say those words and not think about them. lr needs a good deal of practice to make it work. that color pouring into the temple. This is the real secret of words of power. Master Ritual Here is a master ritual that can be used for all planetary work. Finally. but the inner work has given power ro these words. This is an imponant thing with rituals. but it is another to vividly see that door­ way opening up. propagate illusion. Dead words and illusion are born of the intellect. We are then conditioned to think in words. If words are going to be used. I declare this quaner open. with feeling and imagination. because your individual choice is more imponant. Do this with conviction for a minute or so. they should be meant. and replace reality. Change or modify whatever you wish. but do remember that the basic format should be followed: . Words of power work because the person puts feeling. repeat the words several times and use your imagination to see yourself pulsating with energy and goodness. Humans are born thinking in pic­ tures and sensations. a person faces a panicular quaner and says. belief. Nonmagic words-the vocabulary of the human race-hinder real communication. For instance.C II A P T I I S 71 Can you see the difference? You use your emotions to put power into these words. The words have not changed. They are used to conceal facts.

This helps to create the right atmosphere for mag­ ical work and is far better than using ordinary electric lighting. light the central candle. To aid con­ centration. mediating all that is and will ever be. Perform the main magical work. stand up and say: Blessed be the inner light. which. Spend some time relaxing and clearing the mind of unwanted thoughts. When ready. Use your imagination to see a bright light building up within your hean. Imagine the Cube of Eanh at base. 4. . Imagine the Crown. consists of the Cube. it is better if the temple or workroom is in darkness. 2. and then gradually bring your attention to bear on the work to be performed. in the initial stages. the intention should be clear in the mind and all equipment should be in place. Before starting. Open the temple by using the Cosmic Sphere of three rings. Enter the Inner Temple. Now see a shaft of light proceeding downward from your hean and say: Blessed be the throne of Earth. Close down the temple. with only a small candle burning along with some neutral incense or joss sticks. See a shaft of light rise venically upward from your hean and say: Blessed be the Crown of creation.71 I I 0 Y I I I C M A G I C A M D Y II I C A I A L A 1 . 3.

Say: Before me-Mercury. Finally. Imagine a shaft of light proceeding from your hean toward magical south and say: Blessed be the portal of Fire. Light the southern candle. see a shaft of light proceeding from your heart to magical nonh and say: Blessed be the portal of Earth. and imagine that you step through this into the Inner Temple. Light the eastern candle. Imagine a doorway in front of you and say: Let the doorway to the Inner Temple be opened.C II A P T I I S Now imagine a shaft of light proceeding toward magical east. See the symbol of the Sword and say: Blessed be the portal of Air. Light the western candle. Imagine a shaft of light proceeding from your hean to mag­ ical west and say: Blessed be the portal of Water. Now say: I now declare this temple duly open. (see the orange wall) See the door open . Light the nonhern candle. The next stage is one of entering the Inner Temple.

and let it close behind you. In the initial stages. Later on. There are no hard and fast rules. At conclusion. (see the black ceiling) Below me-the Moon. you will of course concentrate on one planet. (see the red wall) Behind me-Jupiter. or simply letting ideas arise from the subconscious mind. this may be simply an exer­ cise in exploring this Inner Temple in the imagination.74 I I 0 T I I I C M A G I C A M 0 T M I C A I A L A To my right-Mars. Extinguish the eastern candle and say: Let there be peace to the east. looking for symbols. (see the blue wall) To my left-Venus. (see the green wall) Above me-Saturn. Now extinguish the southern candle and say: . pass through Sword disappear. the altar of the Sun. Light planetary candles and incense followed by the main body of the work. extinguish the planetary candles and say: Let there be peace within this place. You may find it helpful to focus your attention toward the appropriate wall (or floor/ceiling). This should be imagined as a cube of solid gold that appears to radiate golden light. See the See the door. (see the silver floor) In the center. just follow your instincts and let your imagination lead you rather than trying to be logical. it once more.

Eanh-6 of Pentacles . make the closing statement: I now declare this temple duly closed. See the Cup disappear. And let there be peace below. Water-6 of Cups. See the Cube disappear. Planetary Correspondences THE SUN Glyph: 0 Color: Gold or yellow Metal: Gold or gold-colored Incense: Frankincense Altar symbol: Hexagram Magical direction on Cube: Center Tarot cards: Air-6 of Swords.C M A P T I I S Let there be peace to the south. Now say: Let there be peace above. See the Shield disappear. Extinguish central candle and leave the temple to consider ideas that have arisen and write up any notes for future reference. See the Crown disappear. Finally. Extinguish the northern candle and say: Let there be peace to the north. Fire-6 of Wands. See the Rod disappear. Extinguish the western candle and say: Let there be peace to the west.

Fire-9 of Wands. Water-S of Cups. Fire-S of Wands. Air-9 of Swords. Air-7 of Swords. Eanh-S of Pentacles VENUS Glyph: 9 Color: Green Metal: Copper Incense: Rose Altar symbol: A Rose or a Dove Magical direction on Cube: Nonh Tarot cards. Water-9 of Cups. Eanh-9 of Pentacles MERCURY Glyph: V Color: Orange Metal: Brass Incense: Lavender Altar symbol: Caduceus Magical direction on Cube: East Tarot cards. Eanh-7 of Pentacles . Air-S of Swords. Fire-7 of Wands.76 I I O T I I I C M A G I C A II D T il l C A I A L A THE MOON Glyph: ]) Color: Silver Metal: Silver or silver-colored Incense: jasmine Altar symbol: Crescent Moon Magical direction on Cube: Below Tarot cards. Water-7 of Cups.

Fire-4 of Wands." MARS Glyph: d Color: Red Metal: Iron Incense: Benzoin Altar symbol: Pentagram Magical direction on Cube: South Tarot cards. Fire-5 of Wands. Water-3 of Cups. Eanh-3 of Pentacles . Fire-3 of Wands. Air-4 of Swords. Water-S of Cups. Eanh-5 of Pentacles jUPITER Glyph: 21Color: Blue Metal: lin Incense: Sandalwood Altar symbol: An Equal-Armed Cross or a Blue Square Magical direction on Cube: West Tarot cards. Air-5 of Swords. Eanh-4 of Pentacles SATURN Glyph: lt Color: Black Metal: Lead Incense: Musk Altar symbol: A Black Triangle Magical direction on Cube: Above Tarot cards: Air-3 of Swords. Water-4 of Cups.

Eanh-Ace of Pentacles PLUTO Glyph: '!' Color: Violet or luminous blue Metal: Tungsten (iron may be used) Incense: Peat Moss Altar symbol: Phoenix Magical direction on Cube: West or the center Tarot card: None . WaterAce of Cups. coral or anything from the sea is useful Incense: Ambergris Altar symbol: Trident Magical direction on Cube: West or is the Cube itself Tarot cards: Air-2 of Swords. Color: White or transparent Metal: Platinum. uranium (aluminium or zinc may be used) Incense: Civet Altar symbol: The Spinning Cross or a White Chaos Star Magical direction on Cube: East or the idea of the Cube Tarot cards: Air-Ace of Swords. Water-2 of Cups. Eanh-2 of Pentacles URANUS Glyph: >j. Fire-2 of Wands. Fire-Ace of Wands.71 I I O T I I I C M A G I C A M O T M I C A I A L A NEPTIJNE Glyph: 'J:1 Color: Gray Metal: None.

It is simply a plan of energy flow. every serious student of Esoteric Magic will encounter the mysteries of the Cabalistic Tree of life. .CHAPTER 6 THE CABALISTIC TREE OF LIFE II Sooner or later. and second. it is our own plan for success (whatever success means to each indi­ vidual). There are two ways in which to view this symbol. It is not a holy symbol to be placed on a wall or altar and prayed to. rather like a circuit diagram or a Cosmic Sphere plan that helps us locate where we are at any given point in time. This system is by far the best symbolic basis for growth available today. it is a plan of the cosmic scheme as a whole. The problems existing within the system stem not so much from its structure as from the way in which it has been altered to suit per­ sonal fetishes. Let us now look at the Tree of Life from first prin­ ciples in an effon to establish the reality of the system and show its undoubted value in contemporary Magic. First. The Tree of Life is a plan of potential-your potential. nor is it a symbolic ladder by which we evolve.

to solve life's problems. Perhaps the best way of looking at this is to equate the entire cosmic scheme to pure white light. The Tree of Life is highly indi­ vidual. the simplest way is to split this up into manageable units that can then be examined in detail. or will ever be can be found within the pattern of the Tree. twenty­ two traditional paths. but then it is up to you to discover the potential of this system by using your own attributions. The color white is the sum total of all other colors. What else can you see? In learning the secrets of the Tree. as you now know. Only when you use a prism do you see these colors. When you started to study this book. or esoterically. As a simple diagram. Such is its power. the first lesson is one of observation. it helps us understand the whole by looking at the lesser parts. it could quite easily have been left without as much as a second glance. and each person must relate to the symbol in his or her own way. is. Naturally. If you are attempting to understand the workings of the cosmos. Let us now look at this basic frame­ work. It is exactly the same with the Tree of Life. however. how would you do this? Well. The Tree of Life consists of ten spheres plus Daath. and three columns of pillars. there is a basic framework based on cosmic law and truth. The First Lesson Look at the diagram of the Tree of Life given in figure 6 on page 8 1 . which flow freely from your own subconscious mind.lo I I O T I I I C M A G I C A II D T il l C A I A L A There are two distinct ways of using the Tree of Life: practically. for those who wish to study the greater scheme of things. you were confronted with a symbol: the Encircled Cross. it can be expanded into a Cosmic . Everything that has.

The TrH of Life.C M A ' ' I I 6 •• Mllkuth Figurt 6. .

remember two points: 1 . Naturally. In shon. or meditation. Symbols are not to be prayed to. Everything in creation conforms to the symbol of the Encircled Cross and the symbol itself displays the way in which creation works. The first lesson is always one of looking at the symbol to see what comes to mind rather than accepting the com­ monly held view that such things are sacred or holy or must be revered in some way. . To be fully effective. Loo king at the Encircled Cross once more. Notice how the circle encompasses all. or propped up on an altar­ they are tools. above. 2. When using a symbol as a means of discovery. Everything exists within the circle. Within the circle is the cross of the ele­ ments with its central point of power. All symbols conform to universal laws and therefore exhibit these laws.Ia I I O T I I I C M A G I C a • o T • l C A I A L A Sphere and an Inner Temple. hung around your neck. as a basis for mag­ ical work-it cannot be bettered. when someone takes the time and trouble to look behind the obvious. as in point one. contemplation. many mysteries and real magical secrets are duly revealed. for. all preconceived ideas should be pushed aside. All matter responds to the elemental forces and contains the fourfold division. thereby allowing the symbol to communicate in an indi­ vidualistic way. you can see that it clearly exhibits cenain laws. Notice how the circle indicates the never-ending cycle of cosmic activity as seen in the seasons of the year or the revolution of the Eanh around the Sun. all magicians who wish to be truly creative and/or desire to know about creation use this symbol as a point of con­ centration.

it cannot exist. thereby understanding it better. put bluntly. it also poses questions. we ought to look at the entire scheme in a general sense. We can use the Tree to explain the causes behind these things.C II A P T I I 6 In learning the secrets of real Magic. the truth. A table with only two legs will . is bound to manifest. The spheres are arranged in three columns. but it does provide two valuable ways of using the symbol. 2. everything in exis­ tence on every level. First Principles With these facts in mind. What does the number three conjure up in your imagination? Three is the number of stability. It is a complete plan of life and of life's ener­ gies. 1 . point two is the key. The Three Pillars Before taking a detailed look at the spheres and paths. or. The entire Tree of Life represents all. situation. Why three? Why not two or four? One thing that you will learn about the Tree of Life is that not only will it answer ques­ tions. that is. or eventuality onto the Tree. Nothing can therefore exist outside the Tree-plan. if it does not fit on the Tree. or pillars (see figure 7 on page 84). By allowing the symbol to speak. as it applies to you. We can fit any object. and by thinking and searching with your mind you get not only more meaningful answers but also first hand knowledge about the real Tree of Life. free from superstition and unre­ alistic attributions. This rule is unalterable. look again at the Tree of Life diagram.

Add one more leg. The Thrft Plllan. --------· BLACK Pillar --------· GOLD -------- WHm IAft Middle Pillar Right Pillar (Duth) (a) I <s> (6) (I) b) (•o) I I I I ·-------- Figure 7. After rhis you can add as many legs as you like and ir will nor make much difference-rhree represenrs srabiliry.84 I I O T I I I C M A G I C A N O T M I C A I A L A fall over. making rhree. So we can con­ clude rhar rhe enrire Tree of Life resrs on a perfecrly stable con­ figurarion of rhree pillars. . and ir becomes srable.

The Right-Hand Pillar This represents male potency and is therefore positive. The answers to these questions are found within the Tree by thinking about these things. Do you know which of these belongs to the appropriate pillar? Think about this. We live in a three-dimensional world of height. and width. There is always an answer to these mysteries. This is the right way to use the Tree by personal involvement. The Left-Hand Pillar Here you meet the female receptivity and all that is classified as negative. The word " negative" does not imply negative traits such as evil or SCKalled Black Magic. The right-hand pillar is positive and male-oriented. they have no place in the greater scheme of things. T I I 6 .C M A . They should be con­ sidered as a general background to the Tree rather than being taken too literally. length. The Tree of Life points only to freedom and truth. The pillars are three distinct ways in which the magician may find reality and use power. the left-hand pillar is negative. it is also the path of the Orphic (use of the emotions). and female. Although this is the female . and the exercise of solving riddles such as these will teach you more about the Tree than any long-winded expla­ nation. This apparent para­ dox shows how the Tree of Life not only explains life but also poses questions.. while the middle pillar is neutral. in fact. Although these things exist. or receptive. Seek and you will find. take every idea that contains the number three and see how it fits on the pillars. Although this pillar is surmounted by the father principle (sphere 2).

the universe. this path equates to the use of the imagination. and find fruition in sphere 10. Malkuth). mind) . Malkuth. All three paths originate in sphere 1 . for the imagination is the key to all power. While it is possible to be biased toward one path. In Magic. The Middle Pillar The center pillar. There is an apparent contradiction in which the female principle appears to be related to a male mode of action (using the power of thought). Give this some thought. in other words. according to your needs or psychological make up.116 I I O T I I I C M A G I C A II D T il l C A I A L A pillar. using the imagination to probe the secrets of life. suggests balance. The obvious lesson is that there are only three ways in which power may find its way into Eanh-existence (sphere 10. it is also the path of Hermetic students (those who use the . All great works are performed by controlling and directing the mind and emotions. all three paths are used. It is also neutral. then using the imagination. This is the principle of the magical trident and the secret of the pillars. Kether. This is aptly seen in the Zodiac . by its very nature. tran­ quil world. Further Considerations 1 . become a true Cabalist-one who seeks to know the Tree of Life by discovering answers to these imponant questions. Often described as the path of the mystic. A due to the solution will be discovered by looking at the lower sphere (sphere 8 ) and by thinking about polarity (Female path-Male mode of expression ). you use the same principle. The mystic lives in a calm. This is yet another riddle to be solved. All three pillars rest in the tenth sphere of Malkuth. and everything.

and 7. Chockmah. Mutable signs are cha ngeable. and therefore neutral. and Moon Maiden. Hod. The Tree of Life must always be flexible. fixed. 4. we can discover how the rings correspond to the pillars on the Tree of Life (see figure 8. Netzach. It can also be seen in the Christian religion as Father. for it is assertive and initiatory in its action. 3. fixed. Likewise. It is a common mistake for students (and teachers) to forget this important point. and mutable. In order to discover the secret. or in Magic as All-Father. SOn. unchangeable.C II A P T I I 6 scheme of the Triplicities: cardinal. Cardinal equates to male. The Zodiac teaches us that there are three qualities: cardinal. we must briefly enter the realms of astrology. By relating these qualities to the rings in the Cosmic Sphere. Silver Lady. in Witchcraft as The Crone. Binah. and Child of Light. These rings equate to the three pil­ lars on the Tree of Life. 5. Fixed signs are steady. and mutable. 2. Geburah. It consists of three rings. and 8. Remember that the diagram is a flat representation of a three-dimensional real­ ity. . Call to mind the Cosmic Sphere. the female power follows the path of spheres 3. For instance: The male path of power flows not only down the right-hand pillar but also along the path formed by spheres 2. There are many important geometric configurations to be found by relating the spheres into patterns other than the main scheme. and Holy Spirit. and therefore female. Earth Mother. page 88). Chesed. Do you know which ones? The answer to the riddle lies not in the flat diagram of the Tree but in the three-dimensional reality of the Cosmic Sphere. adaptable.

Top . The Rings of the Cosmic Sphere. and north. It equates to the fixed signs and therefore belongs to the middle pillar.II I I O T I I I C M A G I C A N D T M I C A I A L A Ring 1 : Connects top. south... base. and west. . Ring 2: Connects east. / I I I I . east. Ring 3: Connects top. It equates to the mutable signs and therefore belongs to the left-hand pillar.. wat . . west. and north . south. Figure a. base. It equates to the cardinal signs and therefore belongs to the right-hand pillar. . ­ Pillar• .

The Archangelic level. The basic guidelines are easy to follow. yet together they make up the village as a whole. it is far better to starr with a few simple facts and then add to the basic scheme in the light of knowledge and common sense. . However. . . Each sphere is a specific type of existence that is governed by a specific energy pattern. Each sphere has four worlds. as with all magical matters. The Angelic level. In dealing with the spheres it is best to continue with the idea of simplicity first. No two houses or families are the same. These are: The Divine level. Perhaps a good example would be a village in which there are eleven houses. ' The Three-Dimensional Tree of Life Once you establish the pillars. Each house contains a family and its belongings and has its own system of house rules. it is necessary to famil­ iarize yourself with the spheres of the Tree of Life. It is by no means comprehen­ sive. . . If you consider the village to be the entire Tree of Life and each household a separate sphere. Time is saved and confusion is avoided by adopting this approach. followed by thinking carefully and questioning. you will soon begin to understand how the Tree of Life works. A little well-understood information is always far better than endless reams of non­ related information. A table of these can be found on page 9 1 .. . The Physical level. . for there are many possible attributions and associations. Before doing this. relate the remainder of the Tree to the Cosmic Sphere. or levels...

There are no gods or angels.. first you must learn about the spheres as they really are. The paths are not simply decoration or some sort of scaffolding to prop up the spheres. and then you must learn about the paths as they apply to you. . they are distributed in a special way and are very potent channels of energy flow. If you wish to use the paths correctly. The four worlds equate to the four elements (Air. Water equates to thinking about those ideas. Twenty-two traditional paths connect the spheres. Fire equates to ideas and powe. but there are images that can. Fire. and Earth equates to the physical end result. be quite useful. Students of the Cabala usually make one of two classical mistakes: either they avoid the paths (preferring some fantasy world within the sphere). it inevitably gives the wrong impression by causing people to think that they have to bow to some god or try to evoke an angel to get anywhere. or they nail themselves to the cross of pathworking (which is another word for self-deluding drudgery).fO I I O T I I I C M A G I C A N O T M I C A I A L A This arrangement does not really tell us much. From a practical point of view. Study the diagram of the Tree of Life. get to know it. Air equates to using that energy. and Earth). By far the best way of using each sphere is by first examining the physical end and realizing that there are three more states of existence behind it. The Tree could not function with­ out these paths (in the same way that electrical components would not work without connecting wires or printed circuits). think about it. in fact. if you are well-versed in these techniques. Water.

a sphere of nothingness. The Negative Veils are above the Tree. Traditionally there are ten spheres. The Spheres of the Tree of Life Sphere I. without nothing we could not have something. Name Kether Chockmah Binah Daath Chesed Ceburah Tiphereth Netzach Hod Yesod Malkuth Color Transparent White Black Ultraviolet Blue Red Cold Creen Orange Silver The Colors of the Elements Ruling Planet Uranus Neptune Saturn Pluto Jupiter Mars Sun Venus Mercury Moon Earth 3· 4· 5· 6. This chapter is concerned with the latter. The Negative Veils There are two ways in which we may view the Tree of life-in its own right as a pure abstract symbol. together with that mysterious nonsphere. 9· 10. I have mentioned abstraction. Nothing exists in exactly the same way as something. and in reality the only way to view the Negative Veils is by using abstractions.. 2. and some expla­ nation of these is necessary before moving on to the main struc­ ture. It is . or as a practical living struc­ ture that will enhance our lives. It is best to view these veils as yet another sphere. Daath. It is the spaces between the letters in a word or the silence between notes of music. 1· 8.C II A • T I I • . although of necessity we must examine the structure in order to understand it and thereby make use of it.

and not confuse it with the absence of something. The way to understand the zero sphere is to imagine it as the sphere of pure potential-untapped. hence the idea s given to you about preritual relaxation and the common concept of peace and power. all you can do is alter its nature-either physically or by using the principles of Magic. Every ritual should start by using the power of stillness. and is unalterable. It exists. howeve. Matter can neither be created nor destroyed. it is important to . if we start with a plateful of food and eat it all. This is a physical law that is indisputable. but it is not yet realized. You cannot reduce something that exists into nothing. or stillness. all you can do is alter its state of existence. Nothing exists. The food has simply changed loca­ tion. and it still exists.. zero is just as important as any other number. One with a zero added become ten. it lies between the in-breath and the out-breath.fa I I O T I I I C M A G I C A N D T M I C A I A L A the background against which all of manifestation is viewed. You cannot banish it from physicality. Howeve.. and eventually through the action of body fl uids it will change state. in its own right. and the meditation of nothing is most rewarding for those who pursue this line of light. Nothing exists in its own right. During the high point of a ritual. Compare this approach with the more popular pursuit of cavorting around in a plastic circle. We have to be careful in defining nothing. undisturbed. albeit in a dif­ ferent form. For instance. The nearer we get to zero. yet everything that does exist has come from nothing in the first place. or no thing. In the science of numbers. and unrecog­ nized. it existed. but this is not strictly true. In our cycle of breath­ ing there is a point at which we are not breathing. is enormous. You cannot create matter. we say that there is nothing left. the nearer we are to that potential. Its practical application. when we are directly instructing the subconscious mind.

It was by look­ ing upward at our own galaxy. push aside all distracting thoughts and feelings. thereby robbing themselves of the opponunity to be themselves. the more we approach still­ ness. It is fitting that the zero sphere should be the sphere before the Tree of Life. Kether is the sphere of being. The same can be said about med­ itation and contemplation. To be yourself and realize your full potential. but few use it. Everyone has this capacity. piece of music. and the better the result.. Confused and blind. that humankind really began to think about its place in the universe and its rela­ tionship with the stars. which get in the way of stillness. you must strive to be original. and pure original thought. most humans are a poor reflection of everyone else's ideas. Kether-Uranus The first sphere on the Tree of ufe is Kether. the type of thinking that is uniquely yours and belongs to no one else. the sphere of origins and beginnings. As yet there was no order or discernible . How does anything begin? Quite simply it begins in the mind as a thought. the Milky Way. It is inescapable. in other words thinking about something. The more we relax. Stillness. and line of poetry is the direct result of original thought. and by thought I mean original thought. or the abil ity to reach nothingness. All failure and lack in life is largely due to this fact. Accept nothing without thinking about it first. Every new invention. There is a world of difference between conscious thoughts. is the way to true power. This type of thinking is difficult to describe. It has to be observed and understood if you are to gain the full value of the Kether. they desperately try to make this image real with predictable consequences. Now can you see why the search for the real self is so imponant? At best.

but there was the beg . It will prove to be of the utmost value for finding who you are and what you are capable of. All lines God. humankind was to discover that their own being . Original thinking was being applied-something had caused these stars to appear. ." nning of many ideas and postula­ tions. you can use other attributions.94> I I O T I I I C M A G I C A N D T il l C A I A L A pattern. such as a single point. A singularity with •lght arrows symbolizing IIMI and gnmetrlc lhapn mtanatlng from the slngl• sourc•. God also lay within FlguN 9· The Chaos Star. and that something was deemed to be Later on. the sphere of Kether should be used in all self-searching operations. In addition to using a visual image of galaxies of stars. From a purely practical point of view.

This can also be seen from a more mystical-religious-metaphysical viewpoint in the Bible. Kether belongs to Uranus. which is placed on the head of every true king. Uranus also indicates how a person will deviate from the norm in a binh chan. Chockmah-Neptune At the head of the right-hand pillar of the Tree is sphere 2. and its aspects will tell if a person will be constructive and inventive or if he or she will be eccentric and disruptive. Potential has now become polarized into male and female. The Chaos Star symbolizes this point of beginning. The Chaos Star is a good example of this (see figure 9. it shows how such a person will exert his or her ability to be different. One funher attribution of Uranus is the crown. The planet Uranus symbolizes the powers of intuition and original thought. It should always be understood that humankind is a mixture of male and . "And God said. A man set apan from the common herd by right. The Chaos Star represents the singularity of the big bang. and its eight arrows depict the act of creation going out in all directions. Chockmah: the pillar of positive action and the idea of the uni­ versal father. let there be light: and there was light" (Gen. and in Chockmah we are dealing with the former. page 94). The light is the vast explosion of the big bang. just as the sphere of Kether indicates beginnings. which manifested from a point source. when everything exploded in all directions at once. Such a king would rule his land with power drawn from the ability to be original and from the ability to be self-motivated in the truest sense of the word. In any case. so does the Chaos Star symbolize the beginning of manifestation and cre­ ation." and geometric shapes emanate from a single point. 1 :3).

The original idea has now become a dynamic force flowing through correct channels. being clas­ sified as the great malefic. Dinah-Saturn Sphere 3 is named Binah and is the natural domicile of the Great Mother. Chockmah represents power being directed along a specific course. power without a target and without form is of no real value. Neptune can raise you to the heights of inspired thoughts and actions or it can lose you in the maze of unreality and over­ idealistic impracticalities. The Great Mother gives binh and implies limitation. and you would ha ve neither a body nor anything to stand on. There is no such thing as total male or total female on planet Eanh. movement. Neptune rules our ability to be inspired." I I O T I I I C M A G I C A II O T il l C A I A L A female. The planet Neptune is given to Chockmah. The random patterns of galaxies have now resolved into the structure of the Zodiac. The lesson of Binah is . so we must look at the next sphere on the opposing pillar to continue on this journey to physicality. The key word of Binah is understanding. Always there is a choice. and activity. How often have you heard of an inspired work or act? It is the Neptune ability within us. and inspiration carries with it a qual­ ity of emotion that uplifts the soul. and it is regrettable that Saturn is so little understood. there would be impossible situations. Neptune is flu­ idity. The single point has become a straight line or circle. and the right choice is based on the wisdom of correctly applied power. Kether represents power. Saturn is solidity. Humankind was inspired by the order contained in the stars to do great things and forge ahead using power free from restrictions. However. Without limitation you would not have form. It is for this reason that Saturn is given to this sphere.

It is also the home of jupiter. all you have to do is find the key to unlock the door. As a funher point of contact and contemplation." In other words. this is not true. The more astute of you will have noticed that the minimum number of three suppons is necessary to pro­ duce a stable structure. wealth. and opponunity for expansion. but as always choice is the keyword. No one else is responsible. Chesed-Jupiter Sphere 4 is named Chesed and is the sphere of abundance. wise ways and you will achieve perfect results. these will find power and possi­ ble funher confusion at Chockmah and then will eventually find form as restriction in Binah. and burdens become achievements. Everyone has this point of contact with abundance. If you are not experiencing lasting abun­ dance do not blame fate or class yourself as unlucky. your straight line or circle has become a tri­ angle of three equal sides. The position of this planet in a binh chan will indicate how that person is likely to receive or be denied these benefits. for a table with only two legs is bound to fall over. The law of cause and effect ceases to be a curse.C II A P T I I 6 t1 "all is as it should be. The truth of the matter is that you create your own troubles and experience the negative effects of Saturn. due to understanding. Chesed is expansion in every sense of the word and expan­ sion implies a free and unrestricted flow. Abundance exists for everyone. due to the wrong choice. yet few realize its potential. You as a human being are responsi­ ble for who you are and all that manifest around you without exception. if you originate discordant and destructive ideas at Kether. The reverse is also true: originate from true self-seeking. When you are truly . the planet of joy.

for every action must cause a result. ask and it will be given. and even war. Remember. but in your own way. think wealth. Cause and effect are linle understood. for they will never fear lack-there is no such thing. then never begrudge the rich their wealth. A wise person can be truly generous. think abun­ dance. To every action there is an equal and opposite reaction. Remember that you are dealing with the principle of generosity and that this works both ways. provided that you think first and then act.fl I I O T I I I C M A G I C A M O T il l C A I A L A attuned to Chesed. antagonism. and it distracts your thinking. then allow this power to flow. you can never want for anything. Wasted or out of con­ trol energy is usually due to lack of understanding. Envy and greed similarly point to a complete lack of under­ standing of reality. and Martian energy needs and implies control. Depend on these laws and trust your inner powers of plenty. Think rich. rather than being impulsive. instead. so we give useless . Life's energies should pro­ duce action along the right paths. Wanting to have what someone else has is the wrong approach. according to the laws of physics. use this to inspire you to be wealthy-not in exactly the same way. It results in anger. Nothing will ever be denied if you ask and believe in the laws abundance. Mars is the planet of Geburah. for we are always responsible for our actions. unwanted force. be they in the mind or in physical terms. Better to plan and organize. you are secure because abundant supply will always exceed the apparen t lack. and this is true on all levels. Geburah-Mars Geburah is the sphere of energy and action. If you wish to become rich.

The laner excuse is now an accepted belief panem by millions of people who have not even thought about the concept. The key to the energies of Geburah is stop. the key­ words of this sphere. A far cry from reality. so liphereth is the center or nervous system of the Tree. and then act in a responsible manner. who have failed to realize the true implica­ tion of what they are believing in. you caused them in the same way that you are now learning how to cause far bener things to happen. most of life's tragedies and inner conflicts are due to trying to be something that we are not. karma. Thinking is the cause. It is in this sphere that we must seek to be what we will. think. or if you really want to indulge in passing the buck. usually the gods. in other words. The figure suggests balance and the harmony of opposites. Change your thinking and you are bound to change your life for the bener. which consists of two perfectly interlaced triangles. Its symbol is rhe six pointed star." excuses to cover up our lack of control. the sphere of liphereth and the power of the Sun. destiny. fate. Be yourself and all else . Those who seek knowledge of the central ego and self should always look toward liphereth. be ourselves while drawing on the energies of all the other spheres. just as the Sun is at the center of our solar system. or we have a convenient get-out clause so that we can blame something or somebody else. Tiphereth-Sun From Geburah we return to the middle pillar. Balance and harmony are correct life expressions. Any problems are truly yours. Wrong thinking produces undesirable effects. liphereth is right at the heart of the Tree and is connected to every other sphere (except Malkuth).

Therefore." a strange name to associate with the planet of peace and love. so shall you have all that is right and proper. choice can always be exercised. you will become these things. A popular misconception is to view yourself as a type. so it is a mistake to narrow the field of possibilities and restrict the self in these ways. Popular misconception may suggest that yo u should gain victory over your desires. So we should look a little deeper. the concept of right thinking must be applied." If you tell yourself these things often enough. Netzach-Venus Sphere 7 is named Netzach and contains those energies attrib­ uted to Venus. Netzach is the sphere of attraction and desire power. for to indulge in negative and non­ balanced thinking is to go against what you really are. This is simply incorrect- . Again. and the process is reversible. whatever is put into the subconscious mind will become a reality. Apan from healing. at first glance you would think that this would be attributed to Mars. for what is disease and discomfon but a lack of balance? The solar energies restore balance by adjusting the energy pat­ terns so that they once again conform to the way you should be. In Cabalistic lore it is named "Victory. Tiphereth embraces all that you may become. you restore the bal­ ance and you become your self. All natural healing of unbalanced conditions belongs to this sphere. By seeking within. Use Tiphereth as your sphere of guidance. So not only do you get the results of such thoughts you also produce a dash of interests with resulting inner tension.100 I I O Y I I I C M A G I C A II D f il l C A I A L A will fall into place in perfect harmony. Fonunately. By seeking the truth about what you are and what you need. by using your subconscious power correctly. for instance: " I am a Sagittarian" or "I am nervous.

and honey. you can no more tum off desire power than you can stop breathing permanently. and on the other hand. You cannot force some one else to love you or conform to your ideas. Anything else is just a poor compromise. You can have whatever you desire but take care not to do this in the wrong emotional or mental state. which is hardly Venusian. The energy is being misdirected. There is victory in attracting into your life all those beautiful things you wish to have. so it attracts insects by giving color. Far better to seek lasting love in pastures new than to try to force another being to conform to an unobtainable ideal. If you express disharmony and greed. There is victory in replacing lust with love. for it is not love that is being sought. you attract these into your life. To desire is not wrong. Purify your emotions and feelings and use desire power to bring into your life all those things you really need. Rituals for love often fail for this reason. it is invariably control over some one else. Such is the lesson of Netzach. and the laws of abundance have not been realized. Likewise it's wrong to desire another person without consideration of the other person's needs and feelings. True love is binding because the laws of attraction complement each other. To desire money is not wrong. So it is with humans. it is what you desire that matters. The laws of Netzach teach give and take.101 on the one hand. The real vic­ tory is to desire all the things that you wish to have purified of all harmful ideas. rather like a flower. To stoke up the fires of desire power is to want with all your heart. It is the victory over misdirected desires that is important. but to be greedy or desire some one else's money is wrong. scent. A flower needs to have its seeds fertilized. we attract in proportion to what we give out. . and there is vic­ tory in achieving or having the unobtainable. Life is ruled by give and take and sharing. such a victory would be oppressive.

will not produce con­ crete results or infl uence the subconscious mind beneficially. As you think. Quiet. a mind full of confusion. It is essential to control the mind by seeking peace and then direct it into the appropriate channel. It can be a source of trouble. . complaints. orderly mind concentrating on the objective enables you to plan out your campaign of action and helps you to sort out the wheat from the chaff in magical terms.. as a tool instead of an encum­ brance. and that is what matters. it is functioning correctly. The ability to think and then direct the subconscious mind is magical. and its planet is Mercury. and utter confusion if it is rigidly educated to the wrong standard set by the self. calm.. When used to plan. contemplative thinking gets results. the way you speak and think. darting about from one fact to another. The conscious mind is a tool. but the need to indulge in book learning is largely self-defeating unless such a person has no other aims in life. and in this sphere you have to learn how to use the mind as a tool for achievement. There is nothing wrong with knowledge if it can be applied or if it satisfies a need. and make decisions around the needs of the self. so you are. compare. A quiet. Correctly controlled emotions are essential if desire power is to work. and it is the planet of the conscious mind. because it is then at variance with the self. but it is the ability to think in simple terms that gets results. the "messen­ ger of the gods . In the right hands it is a tool for learning and applying that knowledge for advancement. Mercury rules communication. In other words.lOa I I O T I I I C M A G I C A II D T il l C A I A L A Hod-Mercury Sphere 8 is named Hod. examine.

others prefer to stoke up the emotions. and the power of the imagination. and they are classified as hermetic or inhibitory. and they are classified as orphic or excitatory.IOJ Yesod-Moon Much as been said and written about the Moon and its magical lore. You have to see in your mind's eye what you want. probably because the Moon rules our imagination. The best plan of action is to use all three in pro­ portion to your needs and abilities. and you will be surprised just how habitual you really are. By themselves neither of these will get results. This area of life is well wonh a study in its own right. which belongs to sphere 9. Some prefer to use the mind. so it naturally follows that progress is made when you discard those habits that are unproductive or bad. You have to use some blend and you have to use the imagination. staying this way automatically. encour­ age new more desirable habits. or nothing can happen. ( will not duplicate effon in the mane� but rather concentrate on the more useful magical possibilities. There are three paradigms in which the subconscious mind may be influenced: Thinking. and everything changes for the better. Netzach­ Venus. which is sphere 8. The lesson is plain to see: Change your thinking. Hod-Mercury. One of the keys to getting results is knowing that when new thought becomes habit. which is sphere 7. emotional desire. For the lan­ guage of the subconscious is in pictures and symbols. . Yesod and the Moon also govern our response to life and our habits. it works auto­ matically. Malkuth-Eanh Malkurh is both the sphere in which we stan our upward search for perfection and the sphere in which we experience physicality. Yesod-Moon.

people are right to look upward. . Humankind instinctively looks skyward for inspiration and answers to its problems. for the problem exists in higher spheres. so it stands to reason that if there is imbalance in these spheres. It exists in the misdi­ rected energy patterns within the spheres of the Tree of Life. To work effective Magic we must start at Malkuth and its Inner Temple. These are not external to us.104 I I O T I I I C M A G I C A II O T il l C A I A L A All the previous spheres find expression in Malkuth. Not only is Malkuth equivalent to the physical world. physical results will either be unrewarding (at best) or unchangeable (at worst). and worked with in a sane and sensible fashion. but not as karma or the anger of extra­ terrestrial beings or UFO-related entities. it is also that ideal­ istic state we visualize as the Inner Temple. the double cube. In a way. Through these doorways we contact and use the power of the Tree of Life and allow that power to produce physical results. opening these doorways to the vast storehouse of power available from the rest of the Tree. and therefore the solu­ tion to the problem is within the problem itself. we form stable ground for the rest of the Tree to grow and bear fruit. Unless this sphere is organized. for each of us are our own Tree. The lesson of Malkuth is therefore quite simple-outer con­ ditions are the result of inner thinking. the result will automatically be undesirable conditions on the physical plane. they are pan of us. We look to the stars and to the gods for help. Its symbols are the Encircled Cross. The whole of the Tree of Life rests in Malkuth and finds its eanhly fulfillment therein. and the four elemental gate­ ways of power. By building up the Inner Temple along correct symbolic lines. understood.

to have whatever you wish. fear of God. fear of the unknown. You have the power to do anything. you acquire self-determination and total freedom from the imaginary demons that plague humankind. you are unafraid and nothing can stand in your way. Daath-Pluto contains the power to transform your life. When you beat fear you acquire much more than the power to create. and use the power of Daath to shine the powerful light of cosmic truth . you will experience this trans­ formation. within the fear itself. To seek the power of Daath and its planet Pluto you will have to overcome these fears and taboos . The solution to a fear is like a problem. Today's initiations contain a poor reflection of this idea. The path is not easy. once beaten. I mean unfounded fear. let no one tell you otherwise. Nothing prevents growth more than fear. By beating fear. and so on. By fear I do not mean the normal protective fear we expe­ rience during moments of danger. but you can succeed if you are determined enough.Daath-Piuto There is a barrier between the power of Daath and yourself­ that barrier is fear. Results depend on positive thinking and belief in what you are doing. superstition. and taboos and by shining light into the darkest comers of your mind. Facing up to and beating fear is vital to self-development. We need to search within for the cause of fear. fear of pushing ahead because it might not work. Always remembe� in reality there is nothing to fear except fear itself. to be whatever you want to be. although we no longer need the lion's den or the pit of fire. fear destroys creation before we can even stan. In ancient times an initiate was put through fear­ some tests and ordeals to see if he had the necessary qualities expected of such a person.

As for color. thereby equating it and eventually transforming it. for is not the science of the stars noth­ ing more than pure wisdom? With sphere 3 we move to the opposite pillar and the Great Mother. After you have carefully read this chapte� try to recall as many of the outstanding points as you can. A photograph of the galaxy will give you a perfect idea of the all­ ness and dynamic power that is Kether. rather like clear glass. and it represents the All-Father principle. for although Kether contains all the colors they are not as yet manifest. Summary of the Tree of Life Below is a summary of the imponant principles of the Tree of Life. and so it is with Daath. and its ruling planet is Saturn. The Tree of Life is your plan of freedom. light always illu­ minates darkness. its keyword is wisdom. From a physical point of view its planet is Neptune and its color is pure white. we can see it and understand it. As this is the first sphere. This sphere is named Binah.106 I I O T I I I C M A G I C & • D T . while white is traditional I prefer to use transparency. named Kether. It may seem strange that the appar- . Sphere 2 is named Chockmah. It is the sphere of new ideas. Its color is pure black. all the others emanate from and are contained within it. l C A I & L & onto these causes and see them for what they are. The Zodiac also fits well into this sphere. It explains the essential information that you should not forget. To live is to be free and to be free is the reality of life. At the top of the Tree we have sphere 1. It rep­ resents the beginning of something and so equates with original­ ity and individuality. Once a thing is in full view. and as such it represents pure poten­ tial. At the physical end it is best represented by the planet Uranus. It contains all there is. Its symbol is a crown.

like the center of the solar system. it becomes the light within your inner self (in human tenns). This sphere represents pure mercy. Its color is red and its planet is Mars. Here we are dealing with limitless and abundant expansion in keeping with the idea of the fortune-bestowing god of the vine. you ruin your chances of controlling power by losing control and thereby dissipating that power. free from religious overtones.ently restrictive planet Saturn should equate to a mother. Mars often has a bad reputation because it rules aggression and war (among other things). named Tiphereth. always remember that although everything fits on the Tree. however. Our next sphere is number 7. Venus is the principle of attraction. Chesed.ustice and might. named Geburah. Back on the right-handed pillar once more we arrive at sphere 4. The keyword is mercy. enterprise. Its color is emerald green. This sphere therefore represents energy. Like Saturn. Its name is Netzach and its planet Venus. In direct opposition we have sphere 5. and birth is the giving of fonn. Middle pillar spheres are too abstract to have colors. It is central to the whole Tree. it is far better to exclude negative attributions and seek the positive possibili­ ties instead. the colors yellow or preferably gold may be used. It is our personal magnetism that helps us bring into fruition the nicer things in our lives. On the middle pillar we arrive at sphere 6. the color blue. but remember that in its correct aspect Saturn is the planet that gives fonn. Look at its position. If you lose your temper. and the planet jupiter. therefore. The keywords are . which is the keyword . however. Victory. and initiative. The keywords are beauty and harmony. but please do not confuse this with the version dished out by Christianity. The keyword for this sphere is understanding.

By using the imagination. one for each element. for Malkurh is in reality the sphere of practicality. we shape all that is around us. realistic patterns. and this is the Eanh sphere. it is the sphere of the four elements. irs planer is Mercury (the symbol of the mind ). Mercury rules communica­ tion-the way you speak and think. we reach sphere 1 0. The major lesson you can learn from Mercury is to reorganize your thinking into simple. Flexibility. The Moon is responsible for our imagination-that powerful magical tool that gives us access to the subconscious mind represented by Tiphereth. Finally. We have the ability to build whatever we wish in whatever way we wish in our imagination.101 I S O T I I I C M A G I C & • o T M I C A I A L A of this sphere. The difference between the ideal world of Malkuth and planet Eanh is blatantly obvious to every­ one. adaptability. With regard to colors. yet the secret of Malkuth is in bringing the ideal into physical fact. Malkuth. . There is a world of difference. Sphere 8 is named Hod. and its planet is the Moon. By using these elements we apply power to physical matter and shape this according to our needs. The training of the mind is an essential pan of all real Magic. moving away from the more chaotic forms of the accepted norm. its color is silver. Malkurh is our ideal world in addition to being the Inner Temple. may at first seem quire odd until we realize that by controlling our emotions and redirecting them as desire power we are bound to gain victory over circumstances. Sphere 9 on the middle pillar is named Yesod. there are of course four. The end product of all that has gone before: magically. little wonder that the keyword-foundation-is so apt. yet another idealistic stare of existence in which we work all meaningful magical rituals. and communia�tion are the keywords of this sphere. and irs color is orange. Such is Magic on a prac­ tical level.

For instance with sphere 4. Kether. Sphere 1 . The whole of this magical solar . The Positions of the Spheres When thinking about the spheres. bear in mind their position. naturally belongs to the center. while sphere 6. the numbers. Look at the diagram of The Tree of Life in this chapter (figure 6. Tiphereth. excluding Daath. which.C II A . and think about the spheres. Or with sphere 5. These belong to the faces of the Magic Cube. Chesed. red for Fire and south. blue for Water and west. equates to the eastern face of the cube. Hod. idea of the three rings. however. For example sphere 8. in tum. positive outflowing with generous and kind emotions. read this chapter many times. This fits in well with the age-old idea of God above and man below or. belongs to the base. although the ruling planet is Neptune. around which are arrayed the planets. In the center is the Sun. while sphere 1 0. belongs to the uppermost point. Here we have a perfect scheme. we have the expansion of Jupiter. Sphere 2 is likely to give most Cabalistic thinkers something of a problem. in other words. initial power and final product. and green for Earth and north. The reason is simple if you remember that. the use of energy based on our ability to receive it using the power of the mind. the other main attri­ bution of Chockmah is the Zodiac. Geburah. We are now left with seven spheres. Malkuth. using the ruling planets. Relating these to the Cosmic Sphere is not difficult. T I I I These are yellow for Air and east. put in practical terms. and the ideas given to you. implies the . this is solved by giving the entire outer structure to this sphere. with the underlying tone of the right-hand pillar. page 8 1 ) .

There are other clues. HOD (Mercury) NETZACH (Venus) BINAH (Saturn) is opposite to is opposite to is opposite to CHESED (Jupiter) CiEBURAH (Mars) YESOD (Moon) . What does this suggest? The answer is the Cube (six faces). That is. This.110 I I O T I I I C M A G I C A M D T M I C A I A L A system is. Do you know what this is? Consider figure 10 carefully. is yet another plan of a three-dimensional configuration. The Hexagram As you have come to observe. and now the Tree of Life can be seen to be an extension of this scheme. equate to transformation that leads to ultimate power and total realiza­ tion. together with its Pluto ruler. The Hexagra� so beloved of the Golden Dawn. The simple Encircled Cross is representative of the Cosmic Sphere. surrounded by the stars in the form of the Zodiac. Notice the arrangement of spheres (and planets) around the center of the Tree (Tiphereth-Sun). As a student of Esoteric Magic. Despite the ideas and taboos found in other sources of information. you should look at all other sym­ bols in this light. symbol diagrams are inevitably a flat representation of a three-dimensional reality. provided that you allow this to be flexible. All that remains is to locate that enigmatic sphere of Daath. Note that there are six points. some of which are to be found in the Tree diagram. within the Sun. for there is much to be gained and learned from symbols. as one would expect. together with the vast power potential of Pluto. must mean that Daath is to be found at the center also. Daath. The myth of the Phoenix affords valuable clues as to the correct location in that this mythological bird is consumed by fire in order to be reborn.

Also notice that the Tree of Life constantly suggests the idea of polarity. or Inner Temple. YISOD (Moon) Figure 10.Ill IlNAM (S. you will see that not only does it agree with the cube plan but the Tree of Life as well. This can be seen not only in the pillars but in many other areas as wel l.ttDmt (SUn). The Hexagram is there­ fore a flat representation of the Cube (see figure 1 1 . adding the appropriate spheres and planets. If you now look at the Hexagram. of course. This. agrees with our conception of the magical cube. The Heugram.tum) n. while . Look aga in at the Cube and Hexagram. Mercury-Hod is representative of the conscious mind. page 1 1 2).

tum CHISID ® Juphwr YISOD NITlACH GlaMAH 0 Yftllll 0 Moon MOD 0 Man 0 lkmlry Figure 11. This is indicated quite clearly by the middle pillar and the . The Magic Cube.Ill I I 0 T I I I C II A G I C A II 0 T II I C A I A L A llfWt G S. Likewise. They are both con­ nected with the mind but from a different point of view. The essential part of this idea is one of bal­ ance. and female qualities is exactly balanced by the male-dominated power of Mars-Geburah. jupiter-Chesed equates to the deeper mind. desire. Venus-Netzach and its associations with attraction.

Color the spheres using crayon. it is impossible to use transparent ink for Kether or ultraviolet for Daath. for each planet relates directly to a sphere. You will also note that Tiphereth (Sun) is also placed at the cen­ tral balancing point of the Cube. Familiarize yourself with the Tree diagram. or felt-tip pens.C M A P T I I 6 IIJ sphere of Tiphereth. which is central to the entire Tree design. Make sketches or draw the Tree of Life carefully onto a card. the more you get out. so these may be left blank and the actual color presumed for the time being. Familiarizing Yourself with the Tree Diagram Continue with your work on the planets. . The information gained will be of value in helping you understand the Tree in a personal sense. get involved with this simple task. take your time and use your ingenuity to create a persona/ Tree diagram you can be proud of. This may be used as point of con­ centration during subsequent ritual work. The more you put in. Obviously. poster paint. In keeping with good magical practice.

Chockmah. 2. There are many misconceptions concerning the Tree of Life. Kether. restrict the possibilities offered by the Tree. This is most imponant. and perhaps the greatest is the idea that this is a son of ladder that has to be climbed in order to evolve. and other nonrelated ideals. incorrect attri­ butions. Forget about evolving and accept the more correct concept that you are evolved. for failure to realize this truth is bound to limit your life and. They are presumed to be beyond him or her. It is also essential that the Tree paradigm be personal rather than general. in any case. free from over complexity. completely false. This is . it is essential that a real­ istic approach be used. of course. One example of this is the presumption that the supemals (spheres 1. Belief patterns such as this do nothing for the an and practice of Magic and are. The only real evolution is one of ridding ourselves of such self-restrictive ideas. Binah) are not accessible to the student.CHAPTER 7 How TO ERECf AND ATI1JNE TO EACH SPHERE In order to make use of the Tree of Life. Only by adopt­ ing a personal approach can the tree truly reveal its meaning. and 3.

by its very nature. although the Tree of Life shows these spheres as being separate. it is essential that you learn how to erect each sphere and how to equate to it meaningfully. In order to gain access to the knowledge of a sphere and. Naturally. is a three-dimensional con­ figuration rather than the convenient flat circle given in the Tree diagram. to the power therein. rather like a room with different colored win­ dows or perhaps a house containing several rooms. provided that cenain guidelines are followed. The higher the sphere. The Tree consists of ten spheres (eleven with Daath). Instead. and each con­ tains its own inner truths directly relating to the individual. You work within this rather than on it or outside it. the higher spheres were reserved for individuals of rare talent and powerful abili­ ties. Fortunately. Each sphere. In this system. Also. Not an easy task if you believe traditional sources. the more difficult the task-or so we are lead to believe. in fact it is quite easy. for this is only a convenient way of representing a complex arrangement. Each is different. the novice was initiated into each sphere. Let us forget all about rising up the Tree by means of grades and meaningless initiations. By far the best way of looking at the spheres is to ignore the way in which they are spread out. Instead. gradually climbing the Tree as the Order saw fit. we will use the Tree as it is meant to be used-as a plan of potential and a means of self-dis­ covery. connected by paths. adopt the idea of one structure in which all the others may be found. The main . the task is not as difficult as you would think. this is not strictly true and can easily lead the student to presume that the spheres are in fact separated by space.116 I I O T I I I C M A G I C & N O T M I C & l & l & absolute rubbish and is based on the outmoded system of grades advocated by the Order of the Golden Dawn. being a specific categorization of energy. of course.

symbols. in the base sphere of Malkuth. This equates to the lowest sphere on the Tree of Life. ges­ tures. Malkuth is the sphere in which all Practical Magic is worked.C II A P T I I J '" structure has already been given to you. known as Malkuth or the Kingdom. in tum. usually epito­ mized as planeta ry. In Malkuth this is done by attuning this sphere to the energy required and then allow­ ing this to enter into the sphere of Malkuth through the four elemental gateways. Note how this is done by using an assortment of words. using symbols and so forth. . and physical objects backed up with the power of the imagination to help attune the mind to the task in hand and. Let us examine this in a little more detail. Malkuth is the sphere of the four elements and the ideal world. we allow it to flow by recognizing that it exists and thereby allow­ ing it into our life. It is the Cosmic Sphere of three rings. which. is the Cosmic Sphere of Malkuth. of course. Before energy can flow. The Cosmic Sphere. contains everything. The accent is on con­ tacting or attuning to a specific type of energy. This process can easily be seen in the flat Tree diagram in which the entire Tree of Life impacts. and then allow it to flow into our life. which we will refer to as Malkuth from now on. the energy being used. the entire Tree of Life may be found within its structure. or finds fruition. This has already been discussed in the previous chapter in which the spheres were allocated to the nodal points and to the inner cube. The Tree of Life symbol is a flat representation of this three-dimensional structure. That is the function of this sphere-to act as a point of impact for energy. What are we actually doing other than bringing this energy into our consciousness? We do not travel to a planet or to some remote part of ourselves to do this. Therefore. we must first recognize it.

but it does. let us rerum to Malkuth itself.Ill I I O T I I I C M A G I C a • o T M I C A I A L A The sphere of Malkuth can therefore be attuned to anything that lies above it-in short. the entire Tree of Life! To do this is not difficult. Before your magical work can be effective. Attuning the sphere to Malkuth (as opposed to consideration of the entire sphere) is a simple affaia. provided that certain rules . the better the Tree scheme. than not to try at all. Trees need roots in deep fertile earth lest they blow over or starve. then one can hardly expect the rest of the Tree to be stable. for personal involvement is a major factor in successful mastery of Magic and the Tree of Life. it is essential that the Cosmic Sphere be constructed carefully and practiced until it is second nature. Be methodical and practical. need some con­ sideration and practice before it can be truly effective. It is better to try. and do not be afraid to try out new ideas. This would be a prime mistake. is hardly worth any detailed consideration. even if you do make mistakes. We will consider this attunement in a moment but. for now. if the base sphere is somewhat shaky. it is bound to pay off in the end. but do remember that it is your own ideas that will ultimately prove to be the best. By all means use these ideas to the fullest. After all. The better the base sphere. These should be worked with and extended in any way that you feel is right. being the lowest of the spheres. Keep a magical notebook in which to record any impressions or ideas received either during meditations or at any other times. for Malkuth is the key to the entire Tree and the only real gateway to power. It is the same with Malkuth. So resist the temptation to rush ahead hoping to find shortcuts to knowledge or presuming that Malkuth. Be guided by feel. You have been given many useful ideas with regard to the sphere of Malkuth. like all magical work.

C II A P T I I 7 lit are followed. Think about this. With this sphere. In fact. These rules apply equally to all other spheres. Before you stan to purchase masses of equipment or clutter the temple up with all manner of attributions to be found. say. A clear. it is possible to obtain inexpensive reproduction swords or find real swords in second hand shops at moderate prices. organize the temple in such a way as to enhance this purpose. in this case. These things cost a small fonune. know which sphere you are working. but all too often there is presumption rather than assertion. well-thought-out inten­ tion is a major key to successful Practical Magic and is no less so in esoteric matters. Sound advice indeed. This may be person­ alized according to your needs. Use your imagination and apply tha t all-imponant personal touch. Once the intention is clear. In other words. use a substitute such as a small knife or dagger. These may be represented by the four weapons or their equivalent. . This may sound obvious. Take nothing into a temple unless it is understood. Alternatively. you are mainly dealing with the four ele­ menrs. All that you are looking for. is a symbolic representation of the ele­ ment of Air. Bring in the appropri­ ate correspondences to help focus the mind along the chosen path or energy pattern. even if the ideal Magic Sword is not at hand. one or two well-chosen items are bound to be far more effective than a whole host of odds and ends acquired from dubious sources. a Magic Sword. Simplicity is always the best way to get results. or indeed the shape and size that matters at this stage. It is not the cost. First must come clear intention. stop and think. Instead. Do remember that it is not vital to purchase. this would mean bring­ ing in those objects that will serve to remind us of the nature of this sphere. In the case of Malkuth.

Magic Cups can also be purchased quite cheaply. based on your own thoughts. The design is very impor­ tant.110 I I O T I I I C • & G I C A II D T il l C A I A L A A Magic Rod or Wand should be made. Felt-rip pen or poster paints are among some of the possibilities. find some way of transferring this design onto the Shield. To try is to succeed. inarion to determine what you would like to see as a representa ­ tion of the element of Fire. in any case. or even stiff card. wood. What does matter is that you try in your own way to reproduce the ideas in your own mind. In brief. the student. Tarot cards fit the Cabalistic scheme with a precision that cannot be described as accidental. I will advance a few useful ideas that you. the Magic Shield should be made by your­ self using metal. may care to expand in your own way. no matter what others may think. the seventy-eight cards are divided into twenty-two maior cards and fifty-six minor cards. use your imag. original effort is wonh a thousand imitations or copies made without so much as a second thought. Finally. any sincere. By thinking in this way. The major cards belong to the paths that are discussed in . Forget about Pentagrams and other trendy designs. Once again. Again. you are bound to arrive at a succession of designs that will teach you far more than simply copying something out of a book . The Tarot Perhaps the most versatile and useful of all magical tools is the tarot. and. They can be made of metal or even glass. it is all a question of choice. What do you think should be emblazoned on the Shield? When you have decided on this. There are many ways. Although it is not the purpose of this book to enter into detailed discussion of this intricate system. Also remember that it really does not matter if you have an anistic touch or not.

the four 1 Os could be placed on the altar. we will confine ourselves to the minor cards only. Leaving aside the coun cards (Kings. ten for each suit or element. we are left with forty cards. The suit indicates the correct magical direction by its weapon and element. Naturally. To use the tarot in Cabalistic work is quite an easy matter. Knights. the 8 of Cups belong to Hod (sphere 8 ) and to magical west (Cups). for it lends itself easily to this. It is the number that gives the due to the correct arrangement on the Tree of Life. or could be placed on the appropriate wall or quaner within the .Ill the next chapter. The minor cards are divided into four suits of founeen cards. For instance. and Pages). In the case of Malkuth. the 1 0 of Swords belong to Malkuth (sphere 10) and to east (Swords). Likewise. For now. each suit equates to one of the four elements. The complete arrangement of the minor cards is given in the following table: SPHERE WT Swords Kether Chockmah Binah Chesed Geburah Tlphereth Netzach Hod Yesod Malkuth Ace 2 SOUTH Wands Ace 2 WEST Cups Ace 2 NORTH Shields Ace 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 No tarot card represents Daath. aligned to their respective directions. Queens.

one level. The correspondences of a par­ ticular sphere are the subject of much debate and heated exchanges. In order to do this. The most obvious link with each sphere is through its ruling planet. According to tradition. for most of these attri­ butions are. to say the least. Ingenuity will sug­ gest other uses. or Divine level The world of creation. and so it is to the correspondences of the planets that you must first turn if you are to successfully contact each sphere. Other ideas include their use as an on/off switch for each element. There are three more. or Angelic level The world of expression. Each sphere consists of four worlds. Far better to apply common sense and simplicity. The scene depicted on a card may then be explored to see what impressions arise in the mind. so to speak. one has only to educate the conscious mind in the basic idea that face up opens the elemental gate while face down closes it. one simply has to change the physical correspondences and. the planet is only pan of the picture. these are: Atziluth Briah Yetzirah Assiah The world of origins. of course. In order to attune the Cosmic Sphere to another sphere. highly dubious. imaginative associations. They may be used as symbols for contemplation or as astral doorways through which one passes in the imagination. but this need not interfere with your work. However. the inner.IU I I O T I I I C M A G I C A II D T il l C A I A L A temple. or Physical level (Earth-Physical Object or Situation) (Water-£motion) (Air-Thought) (Fire-Desire) . or Archangelic level The world of formation.

Leaving aside pseudoreligious attitudes and associated dogma. either from top to bottom or in reverse. as always. Yesod-Moon Meditation Gather the appropriate correspondences. Perhaps the easiest way to describe this is to give an exam­ ple. There are four worlds. is contained in the Tree of Life. To south and the element of Fire must go the creative world of Briah. in this case those of the Moon. depending on the nature of the work in hand. despite opinions to the contrary. These equate directly to the four ele­ ments in the following way: The Divine or God level best belongs to the element of Air by vinue of the fact that the cosmic circle originates at east (origination being the keyword). these associations are correct. Naturally. This would involve using silver candles and altar doth. for. each student must accept or decline the invitation to try out this carefully deliberated system. The for­ mative world of Yetzirah belongs to west and the element of Water and. But how to approach. a . finally. each world may be explored and approached directly. T I I 7 IIJ The power of each sphere may therefore be tapped by bring­ ing it through each of the worlds to its ultimate fruition in Assiah ( the physical ) . using suitable correspondences and then working through each of the four levels. understand. the answer. there are no barriers between you and a particular level-aU are open to you. and eventually use each level is indeed a complex problem--or so it seems. the nonh and the element of Eanh belongs to Assiah. Let us consider a meditation of the sphere of Yesod. Naturally. Although there are other supposed traditional arrangemen� each with their own merits or dogmas. The erection or attunement of each sphere is best done by attending to the physical end first.C II A .

through each level (or world). Through this portal. but it is always a good idea to bring in the control symbol of the magical weapons. " Short. starting at magical east. one for each planet (or sphere) in the appropriate colors.II. a good lunar incense. simple . such as. For instance. this would be a silver jewel or perhaps a pearl. each one opens allowing the silver light to enter. This is the symbolic point from which all power flows and also equates to the All­ Father. such as subservience to the gods and so on. The high point of the ritual would be the attunement to Yesod followed by a meditation. do I contact the (name level) of the sphere of Yesod to make manifest its presence within this temple. cubic temple and that. I I 0 T I I I C M A G I C A II D T II I C A I A L A mirror (indicative of the reflective Moon). at magical east. it opens. and pro­ ceeding around the circle. imagine that you are holding the Sword (do this physically if you have a real Sword) and that as you point this at the doorway. See this begin to glow with bright silver light and imagine that this is moving downward into the temple. The exact manner of doing this is largely a matter of choice. Imagine that the Crown is studded with ten jewels. all that remains is to open the temple in the manner given in the Master Ritual. This is done in the imagination in the following way: First.. at your command. By far the best way to do this is by imagining that there is a doorway in each wall of the inner. Simple statements of fact are best. the Divine level of Atziluth. May this be so. direct your attention to the Crown. The power must then be allowed into the temple through the four elemental gateways. Having attended to these prelimi­ naries. . finally terminating at magical north (Assiah). under the control of this Sword.. Suitable words may be spoken as long as they are yours and they do not contain undesirable elements. and the four 9s of the tarot. In the case of Yesod.

Notice what has been done so far. this time in counterclockwise direction. Allow this light to rise upward.. Deal with power directly until you fully understand the a n of building and using telesmatic images. this can be seen to enter the temple through the four gateways. statements of fact are wonh far more than any long-winded and half-understood invocation directed at some distant deity or other entity. Those unfor­ tunate souls who leap around their circles in a counterclockwise direction. Be pragmatic. Meditate for a purpose. Again. To balance this out.. invoke the negative. for these are largely corrupt and unusable without considerable modification. avoid the traditional images and names. The whole point of a magical meditation is to gain useful information that will be of value. not only in magical work but in life as well. as symbolized by the magical Cube. counterclockwise represents female. or receptive. Here are some ideas that you may care to try out. and practice are bound to suggest good ideas. Direct your attention to the lower point. There are many ways of doing this. personal involvement. In any case.C II A P T I I 7 . female (Eanh Mother). hoping to contact the Devil. have not even begun to understand the first principles of magical work! All that remains is to concentrate on the center. starting at east. You have contacted and invoked the positive ( All-Father or God ) aspect and power descended in a clockwise direction. and see this glow with silver light. There is little point in performing meditations out of some sense of duty or because it seems to be the done thing. Forget all those silly stories about counterclockwise rotation around the circle being evil or having anything to do with Black Magic or Witchcraft--this is nonsense. In order to remove con- . Ingenuity. Clockwise rotation rep­ resents male.

In . In the case of Yesod. usually in the form of an elaborately carved altar. The center can be represented by a golden cube. these are all a matter of personal choice. Other symbols may also be used. use the symbols of the tarot. if used within a correctly attuned sphere. However. will reveal far more than by using any other method. By changing the color of this altar to the prime color of the sphere. The other main area of concentration is that of the four gate­ ways. this could easily be represented as a crescent Moon that lies on or above the altar. you have a very potent symbol. at the same time. do choose carefully. In a general sense. the center and the four gateways provide the best means of contacting the reality of a sphere and so should be used until other ideas emerge. Again. It is possible to take this funher by adding other compatible symbols that are in keep­ ing with the nature of the sphere under investigation. do not use the attributions given in books unless you are completely satisfied that these are right for you.>t been thought through. Better to keep things simple than to clutter up the mind with a variety of dubious and unrelated sym­ bols that have n-. gain the maximum amount or relat­ able information. Each card. These may be seen as doorways within the inner cubi c temple or as separate temples each containing one of the four weapons. In addition. although there are other variations. Hold this in your mind and then allow ideas to arise around it.116 I I O T I I I C M A G I C A M O T M I C A I A L A fusion and. In panicular. This is done by continuing to use the correct attributions in the imagination and by confining the med­ itation to those areas likely to be most productive. Each separate temple could be explored and is likely to reveal much in terms of esoteric knowledge. it is necessary to narrow down your awareness to within definable limits.

you will see more because your mind is already concen­ trated along the right line of awareness. then you would bring in additional symbolism to suit this. limit the awareness to the yellow door of Air. If the sphere was Yesod. for instance. A good idea would be to see a number ten on this door or perhaps the 10 of Swords. you are exploring the gate­ ways. for all too often the novice allows the mind to wander aimlessly. This is perhaps the greatest secret of successful med­ itations. With the eastern gateway. for it is quite easy to become lost in associated ideas and side-tracks. Do. They may be seen as actUally being on the doors or they may be used as a basic scene into which you enter and subsequently explore. the sphere being worked was Malkuth. If. using the symbol of the Sword. This is quite easy. Now we will look at an extra dimension t h at is guaranteed to personalize your work and thereby reveal far more than was previously possible. By using these ideas and building on them in your own way. Used in conjunction with the gateways. however. you would. There is no need to strain over this. you would use the number nine and the 9 of Swords and so on. if. The choice is yours. Awareness may be narrowed down funher by using the sphere attributions. of course. provided that you use the appropriate symbol. . rather than keeping it within the limits needed to pro­ duce wonhwhile results. keep in mind where you are. For instance. All that is necessary is to use the symbols as controls. they form an admirable base from which to explore the fascinating realms of the inner mind. keep in mind your location within the Cosmic Sphere. during a meditation on Yesod. you will have a perfect system of self-discovery.C II A P T I I 7 1117 shon.

Staning with the first house (Aries) in your binh chan. If. Libra. Taurus. until you have covered the whole of your chan from Aries through all twelve signs of Taurus. and Pisces. you will see a list of the ten planets under each element. Now is your chance to get interactive and discover your personal planets and their directions. Fire. for Aries is a Fire sign. Now focus on the second house. then they will all manifest through the south and the element of Fire. To begin. Then study the aspects table. and see if there is a planet or planets in this sign. To find your personal magical directions. Gemini. You will then know where the zodiac signs and planets are placed by studying the Triplicities table in your chan.lal I I O T I I I C M A G I C A II O T il l C A I A L A Discovering Your Personal Magical Directions Here are some useful attributions connected with the four ele­ ments.• The best way to obtain this is to order your chan calculations from an astrological service. you will study each house in tum. which will tell you what planets are ruling in what signs. for example. Sagittarius. This always dictates which magical direction you should work. I hope you can see the pattern here. Aquarius. find Aries in your chan and see if there are any planets in this sign or house. you will need a copy of your binh chan. Cancer. This will show you how many planets you have ruled by each of the four elements of Air. all of these planets would manifest through that house's direction and element. In addition. If there are any planets in this house. Scorpio.! . and Eanh. Then move on to Cancer and so on. Water. Leo. you were to find more than one planet in a house or sign. Capricorn. Virgo.

Gemini Keyword: Communication Human association: Thinking and the realm of mental activity Tarot card: 1 0 of Swords Personal planets ruled by the Sword and the Air element (circle appropriate planet(s) from your binh chan): Sun. Moon. or Spear Time of day: Noon Time of year: Summer Zodiac signs: Aries. Leo. Mars. Pluto I 1\ I FIRE Symbol: Magical direction: South Magical weapon: The Rod.C II A P T I I J .. jupiter. AIR Symbol: Magical direction: East Magical weapon: The Sword lime of day: Dawn lime of year: Spring Zodiac signs: Libra. Venus. Aquarius. Uranus. Sagittarius Keyword: Direction Human association: Desiring and the realm of creative activity Tarot card: 10 of Wands I 1\ I . Wand. Neptune. Saturn. Mercury..

jupiter. Uranus. Moon. Neptune. Mars. Venus. jupiter.IJO I I O T I I I C II A G I C A II O T il l C A I A L A Personal planets ruled by the Rod and the Fire element (circl e appropriate planet(s) from your binh chan): Sun. Pluto WATER symbol: Magical direction: West Magical weapon: The Cup. Neptune. Pisces Keyword: Receptivity Human association: Feeling and the realm of the emotions Tarot card: 10 of Cups Personal planets ruled by the Cup and the Water element (circle appropriate planet(s) from your binh chan): Sun. Saturn. Saturn. Mercury. Scorpio. Mars. or Chalice lime of day: Dusk lime of year: Autumn Zodiac signs: Cancer. Hom. Uranus. Venus. Mercury. Pluto I vi EARTH Symbol: Magical direction: Nonh Magical weapon: The Shield lime of day: Night lime of year: Winter IVI . Moon.

yet both interact. Mars. Moon. Each planet has a natural affinity with an element and there­ fore has a natural magical direction within the Cosmic Sphere: PLANET Sun Moon Mercury Venus ELEMENT Fire Water Air Earth Fire Water Earth MAGICAL DIRECTION South West East North South West North Mars Jupiter Satum . For now. Pluto In Magic. we will concentrate on cenain prin­ ciples that may be used to enhance your magical work. we are constantly dealing with polarity and its various ramifications. Uranus. Virgo Keyword: Having Human association: Actuality and the realm of physical fact Tarot card: 1 0 of Pentacles Personal planets ruled by the Shield and the Eanh element (circle appropriate planet(s) from your binh chan): Sun. Both are separate. Taurus. Venus. although it is panly cov­ ered in chapter 9. This gives you two ways to look at the matters. of course. The main concern is. Neptune. how­ ever. and in life itself. It is not the purpose of this work to enter into the complications of this. Saturn. The nature and flow of energies is indi­ cated by the movements of the planets and their interactions in terms of aspects and so fonh. Mercury. our relationship with life energies as indicated by the plan­ ets and. for there is you and there is energy. and through this interaction you create whatever you will. jupiter.C II A P T I I 7 IJI Zodiac signs: Capricorn. the ruling sphere.

due to natural affinity. 7 8 Malkuth has no prime direction because it contains. The female (receptive) pan of the sphere would be brought into play by focusing the mind on the lower Cube and then allowing golden light to enter the temple. seen as being . and is the receptacle for. Daath NORTH 3. you can give prime magi­ cal directions.l)a I I O T I I I C M A G I C A N O T il l C A I A L A Uranus Neptune Pluto Air Water Water East West West By equating the planets to the sphere. should you wish to explore the nature of the Sun. For example. in a counterclockwise direction. The opposite side . again staning at magical south. for the sake of simplicity. These are: WT Sphere I. 9. 4. out there" exening an influence on ourselves and on eanhly matter and so on. it is therefore better to use these directions. you would use the principles given. 6 WEST 2 . concentrating and using the prime magical direction of south. In dealing with cosmic energies as they exist in their own right. Power. The sphere is now attuned not only to Tiphereth but to the Sun as it exists as a source of energy outside of yourself. energy. potential-call it what you will-is.. In brief. it is possible to explore and understand the planets and ruling spheres in terms of potential. By using this method of attunement. continuing in a clock­ wise direction. all the spheres. this would consist of focusing the mind on the Crown and allowing golden light to enter the temple staning at magical south. SOUTH s.

These are very imponant because they are taken from your binh chan. it can be resolved into planetary affinities with the four gateways once again. suppose that you were exploring the sphere of Netzach from a personal point of view. the accent and the usage is different. as far as Esoteric Magic is concerned. if a student had Venus (the ruling planet of Netzach ) ruled by the Air element and the Magic Sword. This time. Every human being has access to power. or are you interested in the sphere in its own right? This must always be considered. However. in turn. which. This can be discovered through that person's binh chan and. In other words. for all magical . For instance. The use of the two alternative schemes gives each student even more possibilities. however. for these are invariable principles. do you intend to use the sphere in a personal sense. the procedure of using the upper Crown and the lower Cube in a clockwise and counterclockwise directions would still apply. even though they may not be aware of this. Once again. is nothing less than a map or plan of your inner poten­ tial and abilities. the prime magical direction would be changed from the natural to the per­ sonal. while using natural correspondences in the best possible way. On pages 1 3 1-1 32 you are given lists of planets that are ruled by the directions and the appropriate elements. perhaps to discover something about yourself or how this sphere affects your life and so fonh. then the natural magical direction of nonh would be replaced by east. All that you need to remember before stan­ ing a meditation is which end of the polarity you are intending to use or explore--you or it. For exam­ ple.C II A P T I I 7 IJJ of the coin is the effect that this has on each individual. for here we are dealing with the way in which power is accepted by the person. These directions are to be used when attuning the sphere in a personal sense and for any meditations and mag­ ical workings involving you rather than pure energy.

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CHAPTER 8 A REALISTIC GUIDE TO PATHWORKING • I have lost count of the number of magically minded people who have never bothered to work with the paths. Instead. we are told. living or dead. they adopt the much more sane approach of using good techniques and realistic imagery coupled with common . Pathworking. the accent is often more toward "let us see what happens. yet the manner in which this is taught (and I use the word "taught" loosely) is little better than the absurd practices of spiritualists or those strange limb-twisting exercises practiced by those who subscribe to pseudo­ Eastern meditations. Instead of using the paths as dearly defined boundaries within which you may gather specific information. is an absolute must for all serious magical practitioners. either through lack of knowledge or basic information or as a result of having suc­ cumbed to what must surely add up to propaganda issued by lodges and devotees of dogma. nor do they adopt what is little better than a hotch­ potch of symbolic forms presented by so-called expens." Real magicians do not open themselves up to random probabilities in this fashion.

To find the answer. Kether. Chockmah. The only suitable language beyond suspicion and yet of real value was Hebrew. yet for the simple reason that it was considered to be the biblical language. the Tree of Life specifies twenty-two paths. in other words. Given that everything in existence must be con­ tained within the Tree plan. Hebrew was not widely understood. Why Hebrew? Well. is that created when the two planets are forming an aspect in the heavens. To cut a long story short. long ago when it was necessary to hide magical workings from the demon-possessed church. From a plan­ etary point of view. there are twenty-two traditional paths for the simple reason that the Hebrew language has only twenty-two letters. and sphere 2. Aspects are an astrological and astronomical fact-they happen. To begin with. Latin or Greek could not be used becau se priests could read and understand this without difficulty. The nature of this flow is simi­ lar to the combined effects of the planets forming the aspect. there had to be found a suitable written vehicle for knowl­ edge. Let us look at the paths in detail and then formulate a real­ istic technique for their exploration and use. is the equivalent path on the Tree of Life? Apparently it does not exist! Yet this cannot be so. bur there are far more.IJ6 I I O T I I I C a & G I C A N O T M I C A I A L A sense. Where then. we have to look at how rhe path structure originated. Any astrologer will tell you that when an aspect is formed between two (or more) planets there is a flow of energy. the only true path to actually exist in physical terms. the Assiah level. for all is contained within the Tree plan. Let us consider a typical path-path eleven-which lies between sphere 1. it was respectable and . It is this very fact that demands a complete rethinking of the paths. there is an anomaly between what is actually happening in life and the supposed totality of the Tree. when a planet such as Uranus forms an aspect ro the Moon.

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beyond suspicion-an ideal way in which to communicate ideas without attracting unwanted anention. The tradition of Hebrew is still with us, even though it has largely outlived its usefulness. Many people still anach great imponance to Hebrew and thereby loose the reality of the Tree. Apan from making the Tree inflex­ ible, there can be linle sense in trying to speak and understand a language that is not your native tongue, other than for purely academic reasons. If we take all the possible permutations of the known plan­ ets, we arrive at the true number of paths on the Tree of Life. This amounts to no less than fihy-five! However, while it is well to bear in mind that these paths do exist and, at some future date, you should begin to make a study of these, for the sake of convenience we will confine ourselves to using the accepted, traditional path arrangement. There are two good reasons for doing this. First, it keeps the number of options down to sensible proponions that the student can manage in the initial stages of magical work; second, it would serve no useful purpose to anempt to place all the paths onto the existing Tree design. To do this would simply serve to make the Tree virtu­ ally indecipherable. We will therefore stick to the traditional arrangement in this chapter. By definition of the reality exposed by the movement of the planets in the heavens, a path is a link between planets, along which energy flows. It is the reality of the conjoined spheres as expressed through their union. A fair comparison would be the the wire that connects two electrical components-without the wire, no power can flow and each component is therefore unable to fulfill its function. Spheres can exist without paths, but with­ out the linkage afforded by the paths, they are rendered inoper­ ative. Such is the power of the paths. The lesson is simple. If you

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would seek the real power and potential of the Tree of Life, learn to understand the paths. Like the spheres, each path has its own symbols and corre­ spondences. There is only one set of attributions that is of any real value-the right ones! Although I may be belaboring a point, it cannot be stressed too strongly that most of the ideas, attribu­ tions, and symbols commonly associated with the paths, are absolutely useless. They stem from two main sources. First, the Order of the Golden Dawn and its devotees believed it and then presumed to inform everyone about their discovery. The attri­ butions of the Golden Dawn are nonsense, in particular the colors and the tarot cards allotted to the paths. It is well known that this Order made cenain that the truth of these matters was never revealed. This was particularly the case in the latter years when dogma and the need to throw sand in the eyes of neophytes became more imponant then helping them to find reality. In any case, quite a lot of these supposed attributions were arrived at using methods similar to those used by a trance medium. To say the least, they were unscientific and are best forgotten. The reality of any path lies in the combined effect of the two spheres positioned at either end. From this simple truth we are able to build up a sensible set of meaningful attributions that will serve us well. Let us take, for instance, path eleven once more. This path joins sphere 1, Kether, with sphere 2, Chockmah. By looking at the physical level, the planets, we can deduce a great deal. First, the color of the path will be the combined color of the two planets. In shon, it will be a combination of transparency and pure white. The best description is translucent white, and the nearest equivalent would be something similar to the effect obtained by diluting milk with water. Another way of doing th is is to imagine that the colors do not completely mix so that one is

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suspended within the other-rather like globules of oil in water. All that matters is that you have some means of erecting this com­ bination in your mind and, all things being equal, it does not matter what form this takes, as long as the idea of combination is adhered to. Use whatever suits you. As funher examples: Path thineen, sphere 1, Kether; to sphere 6, liphereth, would be a mixture of transparency and gold, while path twenty-one, sphere 4, Chesed, to sphere 7, Netzach, would be turquoise (combined blue and green) or any of the variations of the two colors arrived at by using the ideas given previously. Paths to or from Malkuth can be a problem, for this sphere has four colors, those of the elements. This may be solved by using a rich brown to represent Malkuth. Now let us turn our attention to the tarot. While the pedi­ gree of the tarot is debatable, this does not impair its practical use. Versions of the Major Arcana featured in the ancient an of memory were associated with the Coptic, Greek Onhodox, and Roman Churches, where they remained, fragmented but recog­ nizable, until recent injudicious modernization of liturgy and tra­ dition. Whether denigrated by religious zealots as .. the devil's picture gallery" or hailed by magical practitioners as the lost book of Thoth, the tarot's place in Magic remains assured. As the Minor Arcana cards fit the spheres, so the Major Arcana cards fit onto the Paths. By far the best arrangement to date is that given by W. G. Gray in his notable books Magical Ritual Methods and The T alking Tree. • This arrangement is as follows:
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provided that you are familiar with the techniques for erect­ ing the Cosmic Sphere and attuning this to a panicular sphere . pathworking is bound to be a laborious. form an ideal focus for meditation or contemplation. like the Minor Arcana cards.·� I I O T I I I C M A G I C " • 0 T II I C A I A L A 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 2'"""3 2-4 Judgment Emperor Temperance Death Hanged Man Justice Strength Empress Tower Devil Lovers Chariot Sun Wheel of Fortune High Priestess World Magician Fool Moon z-6 �5 3-6 4-5 4-6 44 5-6 s-a 64 6-8 6� 7-8 7� 7--10 8� 8--10 9--1 0 The tarot trumps. either within a ritual framework or at odd moments when time permits. contradiction . and even wild speculation on the messages resulting from thi s . The actual magical working of a path is a relatively simple affair. Naturally. Without this knowledge. and lamentably this is the norm for most magical operators. giving rise to much confusion. unre­ lated experience. knowing how the cards relate to the Tree of Life is bound to enhance your understanding of the cards in a way not possible to those who know nothing of this association.

They are for guidance only and are not to be taken as a rigid framework. it will take years to discover anything worthwhile. At worst. while the path candle could be plain white. with the path candle directly behind it. the 6 and 9 of Wands are placed to the south. the 6 and 9 of Swords are placed to the east. so the logical approach must be one of erecting each sphere followed by an attunement to the path. Use three candles. Step One-the Correspondences Obviously. Place the major card rep­ resenting the path-in this case the Major Arcana card.C II A . Each path is a combination of two spheres.. Perhaps the easiest way to describe this is by actual example. The Sun-in the center of the altar. Yesod. vary this by using either colored cord or strips of cloth laid across the altar. Here are some useful ideas that may be used or expanded on in your own way. The sphere candles should be in the appropriate colors. so let us presume that the intention is to work the twenty-sixth path from sphere 6. At best. to sphere 9. it will simply add to the delu­ sions of those who choose to carry on in an unscientific manner. the 6 and 9 of Cups are placed to the west. l l l I . In this case a gold cloth could be laid from left to right and a silver cloth laid from top to bottom. lack of a cohesive base plan. one for each sphere and one for the path. Use the all-important tarot cards. A better solution is to have a plain white cloth and. These may be lit at the appro­ priate rime during the ritual and will therefore form a useful focus. and . use the Minor Arcana cards. if possible. an entire range of altar cloths to cover each sphere and path would be extremely expensive to buy or time-consuming to make. In addition. liphereth. . As you face magical east. being the main focus of atten­ tion.

rhe sphere 6 and 9 of Penracles are placed ro rhe norrh. if you prefer.] � t]----+-... WT s. Below is a diagram of an ideal alrar arrangemenr for parh rwenry-six ( figure 1 2 ) .. • Canclle TlfiHIII1M WOldt '•th Candle Gold Altar Cloth [.. These may be placed on rhe alrar or.. Available space may well be rhe deciding facror in this matter. on rhe appropriare qua rrers of the remple. The 6 (Tiphererh ) candle is placed on rhe left and rhe sphere 9 ( Yesod) candle is placed ro rhe righr... .1. Altar Arrangnnnt for Path Twenty·slx.� � WIST Figure 11.\J I I 0 Y I I I C II A G I C A N D Y N I C A I A L A finally.

2. this is largely a question of personal choice. You will remember. alternatively. staning from magical south. that there are two distinct ways in which a sphere may be invok�ither objec­ tively or subjectively. Attunement of the temple to the second sphere. Step Two-the Inner Work The procedure for attuning the temple to a path is similar to that used with the spheres. Let us first consider the objective approach of working with the paths in an external manner. Let us presume that you are staning with sphere 6. Tiphereth. The main body of magical work now divides into three phases: 1 . the temple would be opened using the now familiar techniques given in previous chapters. see the gold jewel staning to glow. Naturally. 3. In dealing with the paths. There is no need to purchase specially made incense for each path.C II A P T I I I I am often asked about incense for the path. from the previous chapters. this glows with the same light and is then allowed to enter the temple in a counterclockwise . Direct your attention to the lower point and the Cube. Again. Use either a com­ bination of the sphere incenses or. and then allow golden light to enter the temple in a clockwise direc­ tion. bum these sep­ arately in order that the natural mingling of the scents will produce the desired effect. Attunement of the temple to the first sphere. it is not imponant which sphere is invoked first. Direct attention to the Crown. change the magical directions from natural to personal. Final attunement to the path. In order to change from one to the other.

Light the candle representing this sphere as a symbolic indication that the temple is now open to liphereth and the Sun. or simply allow impressions and ideas to arise in the mind. light the appropriate candle and burn the incense of the sphere. Again. I I 0 T I I I C M A G 1 C A • D T • I C A I A L A direction. allow the light to enter in a clockwise manner. Other possibilities include directing attention to the center and the inner cubic altar of gold. and with practice you will doubtless find others more in keeping with your own needs. bum one now. and so fonh. If using separate incense. perhaps. In this case. then direct your attention to the Cube and allow light to enter in a counterclockwise direction. Naturally. once more staning at magical south. There are several ways to do this. in this case sphere 9. Finally. it is simply a case of using the mind to explore this funher by allowing impressions to rise up in the mind. Imagine a doorway with the number of the path on it and/or the appro­ priate tarot trump.. of course. Pass through this door and explore the real­ ity of whatever lies behind it. Next. attune the temple to the path. and it is suggested that you think about these and then adopt that which appeals to you best. the light is silver and the magical direction is. invoke the second sphere. Yesod. Alternate flashes of the path colors may be seen around this with.I. staning with the correct magical direction. the tarot trump lying on the top of the altar. for the secret of • successful Magic often lies in being contented with a panicular way . There are many other possible variations and alternatives.. Again the same procedure: direct attention to the Crown. From then on. however. west. Keep matters as simple as possible in order not to burden the mind with complexities and confuse your subconscious. this may once again be sym­ bolized by the lighting of the path candle and the burning of incense.

but think about them. At the end of the meditation. The Paths The following list of path colors will prove to be useful. write up any notes for funher consideration at a later date.. the sphere colors combine to form a funher color ( for example blue and yellow form green ). one has simply to change the mag­ ical direction as described previously. You will find it interesting to compare results obtained from the two alternatives. This may be used instead of the more usual . In order to do this. At conclusion. your mind will now be attuned to the correct path in a realistic manner. . rather than trying to .C N A P T I • I ·�s of working.. dose down in the normal way. I should now point out that there is the objective (self) approach to be considered. By all means use the ideas given in this book. your consciousness will have been narrowed down to one field of influence or tuned in to a selected band of awareness . Having dealt with the subjective type of meditation. and decide what is best for you. In cer­ tain instances. This may be given extra impetus by the extinguishing of the path and sphere candles. turn them over in your mind. force" some idea to work. In the final chapter we will take matters considerably funher by looking at your relationship with the cosmic tides and how you may use this to your advantage. In shon. Provided that you have carried out the procedure carefully. oil and water" idea.

•46 Path II I I O T I I I C M A G I C A II 0 T II I C A I A L A Main Colon Transparent/White Transparent/Black Transparent/Gold White/Black White/Blue White/Gold Black/Red Black/Gold Blue/Red Blue/Gold Blue/Green Red/Gold Red/Orange Gold/Green Gold/Orange Gold/Silver Green/Orange Green/Silver Green/Brown Orange/Si lver Orange/Brown Silver/Brown Alternative Color 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 Gray Purple Green Turquoise Orange Scarlet Lime Green Amber Russet .

such as plan­ etary or elemental. north/south. It is evident throughout the cosmic scheme. east/west. This source is without form or direction and is unknowable in the .CHAPTER 9 THE COSMIC TIDES II In this final chapter. but for now. we look at the spheres and paths in greater depth and attempt to show how you may vastly improve your work through the use of personal planetary attributions. We would have inertia. By this we mean those energies that appear to be outside of the individ­ ual and are categorized under convenient headings. in fact. and so on. center/periphery. It is also evi­ dent in everyday life. The study of polarity reveals much to the dedicated seeker. consider one aspect only-the polarity existing between you and life energies. for example Crown/Cube. First we must return to the idea of polarity. Power and Symbolism First realize that power flows freely from a creative source. nothing would happen without polarity.

pours its power into these thoughts. The source lends power to images regardless of whether these images are good or bad. various types of images have been used. Howeve� what should be borne in mind is that this nothingness. whether the magician real­ izes this or not. Likewise. It is there­ fore vitally important to select images that are beneficial rather than self-restrictive. God. elements. does exist and is the cause of the entire Tree. They are symbols. this unknowable source of power. which.148 I I 0 T I I I C M A G I C A • 0 T • I C A I A L A normal sense. Such are the difficulties encountered when dealing with this state of nonexistence. The Cabalistic Tree of Life recognizes this by refer­ ring to the Negative Veils. is an image-nothing more. lying behind any god-image is the eternal creative source from which true power emanates. God is one such image. owing to the abstract nature of the source and the way in which this assists manifesta­ tion through human thoughts. Sustain these thoughts and results are inevitable. Gray simplifies this by adding a zero sphere to the top of the Tree. Gods. An individual's ability to contact and make use of the power of the source is made much easier through the use of images. unless one listens to restrictive dogmas such as those offered by religions. However. and the like are all convenient images for this very purpose. In the realms of Practical Magic. Trying to understand this source is impossible from a conscious point of view in that it is too abstract for the mind to grasp. and it is therefore a mistake to pre­ sume that God is power. as such. and the entire Tree of life are also symbol'S by which ere- . G. Archangels. Angels. he or she is giving form to the abstract source. Humankind's ability to use the power of the creative source is beyond dispute-that is. in turn. the planets. which accounts for the misery so evident in today's world. Esoteric writer W.

there are obvi­ ous esoteric pointers. which is a pity. Notice that I say trends. This is nothing more than a symbol ic plan of a person's potential. For convenience. Every planet in a birth chart is a symbolic point of contact with objective power. such as which planet rules. depending on the nature of both planets. . Put simply. Apan from mundane uses. a map of destiny or a guide to karma. and Transiting Planets One of the best ways of examining human potential is to use the birth chart. Objective Power. say. we adopt an attitude of mind that suggests that power is out there-it is objec­ tive. for much can be gained in these matters. From this.. These dogmas should be rejected by those who truly wish to know about Magic. Subjective Power. Most magical work uses this objective approach. for the simple reason that each individual has the right of free . provide a chan­ nel for the flow of creative energy. but it is only one pan of a two-pan equation. ative power may be recognized and used. if used correctly in the mind. You have proba bly heard of astrological predictions through the use of transits and progressions. This is all that any astrologer can do. certain trends may be deduced. Little work has been done on the purely esoteric implications found in such chans. One such area of research is concerned with the discovery of a person's ruling planets. Put simply. this means that the astrologer calculates when a planet in the heav­ ens is forming an aspect to a planet in your birth chart. they are specific images that. No one can predict with complete accuracy. It is not.. and much use of this is made in astrol­ ogy. health in an individual's chan. as some would suggest.

known as natal planets. An aspect is simply a way of measuring when a tran­ siting planet is capable of supplying its specific type of energy. What we must now consider is how to use this principle in a magical sense. fate. Of course. while others (such as 1 20°) are considered beneficial. One possibility would be an increase in optimism with perhaps a mea­ sure of good fortune. suppose we are dealing with a jupiter transit to a natal Sun. The effect would be that jupiter energy would flow and connect with the person's inner being. power flows from the creative source to a specific area of life. The planets in the birth chart. However. there are many other factors to be considered. the idea of a transit supplying the power to a receptive planet in the birth chart is correct. known as transiting planets. Transiting planets are therefore objective power. as symbolized by the Sun. These are measured in terms of angles. this is an oversimplification. Prediction works ba:ause most people are predictable-not because karma. The planets in the heavens. Nevertheless. Some angles (such as 90°) are considered difficult. or any other negative ideal takes control. are sensitive points that are symbolic of energy reception by the individual. When transit planet aspects natal planet. natal planets are indicative of subjective power. The constantly changing rela­ tionship between transiting and natal planets is measured in terms of aspects. For instance. the main point to remember is that when an aspect is formed. but because most people choose to be so.150 I I 0 T I I I C M A G I C A II 0 T II I C A I A L A choice as to how he or she will use these energies. the effects of which would work them­ selves out in terms of the combined effect of the two planets. what does this tell us? In essence it shows that the polarity that exists between objective power (out there) and the recepti� part of . are the symbolic pointers to specific types of creative energy.

A planet in the heavens is indicative of this force. Subjective power. Let us now consider what this means. and their paths. . If we look a little deeper. as indicated by the forming of aspects to each other. Therefore. as indicated by the planets in the heavens. together with similar paths formed by aspects. positive pan of a sphere. as the planets move around the solar system. T I I f . there are three possibilities: 1 . 2. 3. Objective power. Any planet is a symbolic indicator of a specific type of energy.. Esoteric Working Involving Objective Power In the first scheme. we will see that the flow of power. as indicated by the aspect. Perhaps the most imponant is the combined effect of objec­ tive planets forming paths of power to subjective planets in the binh chan. Now. Subiective Power: equates to the Eanh Mother. consider this: Obiective Power: equates to the All-Father. receptive pan of a sphere and is symbolized by a planet in the binh chan. they naturally form aspects.C II A . as indicated by the planets in the birth chan. It also corresponds to the Assiah level of a sphere. each aspect giving rise to a path of . ourselves indicated by the subjective natal planet (within) is actually causing power to flow. What is a path other than the channel along which power flows between two spheres or two planets? Aspects therefore equate to paths of power. is dearly exhibited in the Tree of Life in the form of paths.

It should be remembered that this does not mean that a panicular path can only be worked when its equiv­ alent aspect is formed in the heavens. Much may be learned about the self by using this technique. the personal magical directions are used throughout. but most have been a copy of outmoded Golden Dawn ideas. For instance. Magically. you are then in a prime position to investigate these paths from a personal point of view. In this subjective approach. when an aspect is occurring in the heavens. An aspectarian may be used to determine when such paths are formed. Either you can produce it yourself or one may be obtained from the many astrological services available. the power is at peak and the resultant magical work is bound to be more effective than at any other time. both are equal. The following scheme is beyond doubt the best available. path twenty­ five (Tiphereth-Hod) is formed and power flows.' Naturally. You will note that neither planet assumes the role of positive or negative. for not only does it ronform to .I !P I I 0 T I I I C M A G I C A M 0 T M I C A I A L A power. Path working The third scheme brings together both objective and subjective modes of power and leads to true pathworking. Paths may be worked at any time but are likely to yield better results when an aspect exists. when the Sun aspects Mercury. There have been many attempts to ponray pathworking.2 Armed with this infor­ mation. Esoteric Working Involving Subjective Power To use this technique you will need a copy of your binh chan. this may be investigated by using the normal techniques given in chapter 8.

Either the power flows from sphere 6 to sphere 4. This type of pathwork­ ing has the advantage of linking together the positive. which is now to act as the symbol for the subjective force of jupiter/Chesed. of course. incense. It is therefore necessary to determine before hand which planet is to act in the positive. you must now use your personal magical direction as the point of entry into the temple rather than the normal direction . and so forth. objective manner. objective power of the heavens with the subjective pan of yourself. There are two ways to do this. Let us suppose that you are about to work path twenty. Attend to correspondences and other preritual matters. Now you must bring in the subjective pan. Turn your atten­ tion toward the base Cube. Imagine that this glows with blue light and that it rises upward in a counterclockwise direction.I SJ sensible structure. Because you are dealing with your own subjective planet. It is the ultimate in polarity working. make use of correspondences such as cand les. Direct your attention first toward the objective sphere/planet by using the clockwise spiral of golden l ight from the Crown (gold being the color corre­ spondence of sphere 6). or the opposite. tarot cards. This combines the spheres of Tiphereth and Chesed and the ruling planets of Sun and jupiter. The best way to illustrate this type of pathworking is by exam­ ple. Allow this to build up in the imagination and. The objective part of the equation is now complete. See it enter the temple in a clockwise direction starting at magical south (the normal magical direc­ tion of the Sun). For the sake of our exam­ ple we will assume that sphere 6 is to act as the objective force while sphere 4 assumes the role of being receptive. it also takes account of what is happening in the heavens and how this relates to you. and open the Inner Temple.

these periods will most cenainly lend weight to your effons because you will be in tune with what is actually happening as decreed by the cosmic tides. allow this to build up in your mind. there are three possible permutations: 1 . consider the spheres in their own right. Collective. . Any good book on astrol­ ogy will help you with this. bringing in appropriate correspondences and so fonh. However. As with the paths. let us pre­ sume that your personal magical direction for jupiter is east. This will vary with different people. using the planets in the heavens. Up to now you have used only the objective approach. For the sake of our example. I I 0 l I I I C M A G I C A II 0 l II I C A I A L A (which. of course. Therefore. Do remember that a path can be worked at any time. which is a combination of objective and subjec­ tive planets. Subjective. 2. 1 Although the greater pan of this chapter has been devoted to paths. 3.1 5. see the power enter the temple in a counterclockwise direction staning from magical east. Let us now take this funher. involving the natural magical direction of the planet. These. The alterna­ tive is to learn how to do this yourself. equates to objective power). using the planets in your binh chan. . Objective. The only way to know when these paths are formed is to have someone prepare an aspectarian showing when planetary transits are aspecting your natal planets. Again. also. if you know when these paths are actually being formed. The remainder of the work will deal with the combined effect as given in previous chapters. may be worked from a polarity point of view using similar techniques.

Subjective Planets These equate to the planets in your birth chan that are. The normal magical direction applies. Nevertheless. For this. In other words. keep in mind that your work is with objective power.Objective Planets Deal with the reality of the power of the planet (and sphere) in its own right. Two important points emerge. there is a nat­ ural linkage between a planet and its magical direction. If. positive power of Mercury and its . the Sun was in. Sphere opening would consist of both clockwise and counterclockwise opening around this magical direction. by virtue of the fact that this is an Earth sign. In dealing with the pure objective power of a single sphere. tum to your per­ sonal planets. For example. these specific directions should be used for this type of working. In this case your personal magical directions apply. of course. for example. however. you would use magical direction south. which may differ from the normal ones. First. they are the best way to discover self. in more advance work you may choose to bring in the additional idea of the actual position of the planet/sphere in question. solar power would also manifest through magical north. In short. for example. This relates to the objec­ tive mode of power. Mercury-Sword-magical east. if you were work­ ing with the objective power of the Sun. Magical north for Venus and its ruling sphere of Netzach. then. the Magic Sword is the con­ trol symbol for the objective. say. Normal magical directions are used. receptive in nature. Here we deal with fixed planets and aspects that can be med­ itated on and worked with from a personal point of view. the sign of Taurus. at the time of working.

Add the ten paths so formed to the twenty­ two traditional intersphere paths and we have a total of thirty-two. First direct attention toward the positive. Naturally. may be done at any time. For subjective working. As with other schemes. use the personal magical direction with its appropriate control symbol. A path between these planets is real and there­ fore workable. Venus and its equivalent sphere of Netzach should be sought at the magical direction of east rather than at the traditional (objective) direction of nonh. it is a true fact that the Sun in the heavens must form aspects to the Sun in your birth chan. as always. thereby forming a path. From a subjective point of view. � . yet it happens to be true if one considers the effects of polarity. Such a working would consist of using both clockwise and counter­ clockwise temple openings around the personal magical direc­ tion. Collective Workings The Tree of Life is said to have thirty-two paths. Second. the Magic Sword will replace the Shield as control symbol. Think about this. This may seem a strange statement. In case of confusion the rule is this: For objective working. which is determined by the planetary positions in your binh chan. use the normal magical direction together with its appropriate control symbol. each weapon (and direction) also has a second rulership.156 I I 0 T I I I C M A G I C A II D T II I C A I A L A sphere of Hod. For instance. Let us suppose that your Magic Sword is ruling Venus. better results are bound to occur when an actual aspect is formed due to peak energy flow. Collective working of a planet/sphere is a simple affair that may be linked to actual aspects being formed in the heavens or.

Next.C II A P T I I 9 objective planet and allow the power into the temple in a dock­ wise direction. Then direct your attention toward the subjective planet (which of course is the same). proceed as normal with your meditation. allowing this to enter the temple in a counterclockwise direction. • • • .

Remember that the path of true Magic lies in being an individual within the whole.FINAL WORD II This book has been designed to help you build up a useful basis for growth and to give you lots of original ideas. but it is another to be a slave to feelings of being left out or using the supposed . concepts. From now on it is up to you to con­ tinue with the work in your own way and at your own pace. Never accept these as gospel or reject them out of hand. It is one thing to join or perhaps form a group for mutual study or the accomplishment of a common aim. You will come across many ideas. pro­ vided that individuality is not sacrificed in favor of the herd instinct. True knowledge is acquired by looking at everything coming within your awareness and then asking why? Question all. The sharing of experiences and knowledge is quite valid. The success or failure of the book depends on how much you are prepared to consider and apply these ideas. and ideals in your magical search. only by questioning is this possible. Some additional information may prove to be of value.

Apan from groups. The real traditions are to be found in the land itself and can be con­ tacted and worked with by anyone who has a will to do so. This.l6o I I O T I I I C M A G I C A • D T • l C A I A L A comfort of a group to bolster a lack of self-confidence. Becoming devotees of a guru may be a valid Eastern practice. The key to the inner mysteries lies within you. Western minds must follow the Western path. knock and it will be opened unto you. This is not an easy task. within your subconscious mind. social esoterics has little to offer the serious stu­ dent-these affairs are best left to the herd or those who are des­ tined to be the puppets of whatever trend is in fashion. One out of every five people can reach a somnambulistic trance state (the deepest level of hypno­ sis). but when combined with � . means that you must look at the traditions of the West and adopt those that are meaningful. in effect. I would be surprised if such organizations had any real insight into such matters. Ask and it will be given. This ability has nothing to do with intelligence or character. These are wise words. Far too much emphasis is given to what are in effect pseudo­ eastern practices imponed and capitalized on by those who have need of controlling masses of gullible people. The real traditions are not necessarily found in lodges. both past and present. In Magic we find the villain using the persona of the unscrupulous hypnotist-guru who is always on the look out for that one person in every dozen with the right combination of characteristics to make him or her the ideal victim: a natural capacity for somnambulism with a credu­ lous attitude and a weak ego. In fact. any more than having red hair does. Seek to know and you will know. you may ask? The path is different for each soul. but it is the antithesis of the Great Work here in the West. for much of our Western tradition has been buried under superstition or dog­ matized by would-be priests. How. seek and you will find.

but seek always to apply it. Finally.J I . not. but you can substantially reduce the prestige of the shady operators who prey on them by establishing a gen­ uine Western mystical tradition with recognized standards. by all means. In short. Ask your­ self this: What is the point of a meditation if it does not give birth to a usable idea? Meditate. vibrant force that exists and has subtle effects on subconscious mind levels of awareness. All too often the esoteric worker lives in a cloud-cuckoo land of unreality. but as a living. By all means keep personal information to yourself. . This is nonsense. in the form of trackways. as some would have you believe. all forms of Magic are. and practices. any more than you can eliminate poverty and crime. inspiration. These people are the natural prey of the magical Svengali. which hopefully I do by writing these books. A L W O I O "' gullibility and an underdeveloped sense of identity. tradi­ tions. or a flash of insight is nothing unless applied. in essence. customs. All great discoveries. then act. pre­ suming that his or her inner realizations are gifts or that they are sacred. practical. All that an esoteric worker can do is to extract from subconscious mind levels certain information that is likely to be of value to themselves or to the world in general. They are also evident in the ancient sites. inventions. You can never fully protect them from such exploitation. Such roots are to be found in your native myths. you must find your own roots before you can hope to grow. Look to the land! Rediscover the folktales and ways of your ancestors and the Magic will come uninvited. A thought. These are not my words but the words of one who is truly wise. It is common sense to look at other points of view and to compare the rites and traditions of other bodies of thought. and profound thoughts come from the subconscious mind. we have the psychological profile of the true believer.

no Tree-no Tree. This is one of the real secrets of the Tree of life. yet another pointer to the reality of life and the need to give form to thoughts. then I will be content. If this boo k has in any way helped this cause. find whatever you truly seek. Also note that the power of the Tree descends to find fruition in Malkuth. Consider the analogy of trying to plant seeds without eanh-it cannot be done. and do not be afraid to think for yourself. All must be rooted in eanh before it can grow. Without eanh there is no growth. Use it and it will transform your life.l6a I I O T I I I C M A G I C A M O T M I C A I A L A look at the Tree of life. Without thoughts there is no growth. They are inseparable. no fruit. nothing evolves in the truest sense of the word. Do not be afraid to explore new ground. but never forget that mistakes are the keys to greater things. as indicated by the Tree. my work will be done. . No eanh. the student. the science of using the vast potential of the subconscious mind. What will you harvest from its branches? • • • It is my sincere hope and wish that you. and so it is with ideas. Use it well and you will know. Do you see its message? It is rooted in the good eanh of Malkuth where it grows and bears fruit. and the projection of these thoughts as actualities go hand in hand. From now on the path is open to you. You will make mistakes and you will make discoveries. Both will help you rise above the norm of the herd-instinct mentality. You will make mis­ takes. Magic is a science. The power of thought.

Granted. there are a number of magicians who will grudg­ ingly concede this hypnotic definition. Why? The reason is that many. for want of a better word. then why.APPENDIX: WORKING WITH TELESMATIC IMAGES II The present magical revival has been underway for a decade. but there are still only a few people who actually understand the actual practice of ritual Magic. confirm your results. if not most. Ritual Magic is ritual hypnosis. for the past hundred years. have we skipped over or completely ignored the fundamental principles . If Magic has always been hypnotic and if the Cabala has always taught that the inner microcosm was the key to personal transformation. and make an honest person of yourself. confound your critics. you simultaneously improve your tech­ nique. This persists in spite of hundreds of different book s on the subject in constant circulation. magicians are naive about the true nature of Magic. but in order to be a suc­ cessful modem practitioner you should embrace the paradigm! By taking such a plunge.

results can be achieved by using a crystal or dark mirror within the Cosmic Sphere and four gate­ ways setup. . . to gradually quiet the mind and reach a level of consciousness useful for some magical activity. and do all this while standing up as an active panicipant in the ritual. components of the personality--summoned to visible appearance using a crystal ball. . the receiver or the entity). Any ritual is used to build up to the peak of trance. With the subsuming of consciousness and persistent practice. and so fonh. By stan­ ing at the mundane level. .. angels-that is. . or bowl of dark liquid. mirror. we forgot that the basic business of the magician is to communicate with entities. . . the burning of incense.. a trained rit­ ualist can quickly drop from a light (hypnoidal) trance down into a receptive mood. With regular practice. . his or her own remarks interspersed with the entity's comments (depending on which is addressed. Smoke is probably the worst hypnotic focal point anyone could imagine. Applying Hypnosis in Ritual Magic The inducement of a state of magical hypnosis or modified state of consciousness is essential for this type of working. an invocation. and techniques of Magic? Lost in a maze of quasi-Masonic initi­ ations and quasi-Freudian sexual speculations. The reason that some rituals are long and drawn out is not to concentrate power for the entire time. an anointing. The ritualist can also answer questions in his or her own persona. (Guinness usually works well!)' Many magicians spend many weary hours trying to conjure spirits to visible appearance in smoke over the Triangle of An. each step of consciousness modifica­ tion is achieved by an action-the lighting of a candle.

I expected Tzadkiel to be a well-rounded. quite young. One day.. '"Go and . and a serenity that stays with you. when you get really heavy with the esoteric side of Magic. At the climax of these rites. So you cannot really go about it with preconceived ideas! Make no mistake-telesmatic entities are within you. If you do a practi­ cal ritual. a friend gave me a phone number of a clairvoyant. G.. Tzadkiel was really rather smallish. the practical side of it really. but when he decided to make an appearance. middle­ aged type.2 The way I perceived jupiter. you will get practical results. it is like when you just know something you cannot explain! I have had such fantastic experiences on the Tree. The way I invoke a planetary energy is purely through the telesmatic images of the archangels. on other levels.A " " I II D I X . It cannot be explained. but it does not take long before they hear your call and recognize your work. and so my journeys on the Tree incorporated these pictures into my visual­ izations. and had an Egyptian hair­ style and robes with rather latin features. I rarely do Practical Magic rituals anymore. However. It is hard work. which is rather odd because I could do more to help my material situation and reach my personal and magical goals. the intense purity and beauty and power of feeling is just-incomprehensible. I suppose it is very strange not to be commanding my angels to go off into the world and bring me back some pennies now and again. joy. truly seems mundane. love. by W. Getting to Know the Archangels I had pictures in my mind of how the archangels should look from reading the Ladder of Lights. jolly. and it is just not possible to describe it. Gray. With esoteric rituals there is an enormous sense of fulfillment. but there is nothing hap­ pening inside.

(It is good to start at liphereth because it is the sphere of self.• • • • • • • • her. I do not feel the need to dress for a ritual. for the idea behind them is sound. I am not ridiculing robes. it is a state of mind. She only knew my friend through her services. and I suppose a robe could be imbued with the wearer's power so that when it is worn it enhances that power." Whimsy. He wanted to be sure I knew who he was. who would only let me tell her my name. She is brilliant!" my friend said. even without a robe. and develop your own system from the basic information given in this book and from The Ladder of Lights. "He is bringing you the Star of David. Because the Tree of Life rituals are quite involved. however. I phoned this lady. . including yourself. feel different enough during a ritual. It proved to me that my work on the Tree was actu­ ally doing something.) see Working the Tree Plan I only use incense and some music if I am working on a Practical Magic ritual (unless I am working within Malkuth on the Tree plan). you think? Then you are still unaware of reality. settle down. which goes against what I try to do in a rite. I use the necessary aids. I will give you an example of a liphereth ritual. be per­ sistent. for everything about you. I. The night before I went to see her I decided to travel up to liphereth and get some sunny advice from the archangel Michael. They do make you feel different. is a vehicle for divine intelligence. You have to be patient. She knew nothing else about me. Dressing up is rather like preparing to put on a performance. I was really thrilled about this. I could not believe it the following day when he came through at my sitting with this lady. and she said.

get the rite in focus. mental. I do use all the necessary aids. so when that plug is pulled. unplug the phone. As I said. I decide that inside the circles is my own Malkuth. a change in per­ sonality. cleanse them from my system. a means of change. a candle of the correct color. and study that sphere so when the time arrives.• I decide to start at Tiphereth and go straight to the heart of the Tree. Prior to the date. I lock the door. By having a bath. knowledge. but I do . then go to wherever I have decided I am going to be on this occasion to perform the rite. I think about the rite. (a) I get relaxed so my mind can settle and think about the next hour or so. from which I emanate. or whatever. or spiritual. and I suppose I use very little by comparison. my Inner Temple. be it physical. the correct incense for the rite. fortunes. I fix a date for it.The Preparation Once I know what rite I will be doing next.• On to the rite. I will have laid everything out before I got in the bath: The appropriate tarot cards at the quarters. and (b) I wash away the negative obstacles. When the time arrives. I bought a gold piece of mounting board on which I drew two concentric circles and a dot in the center. I view it as a ritual. the obstacles go down to the sewer with the rest of the grime. and mentally rehearse it for the last time. Then I put in my equal-armed cross. and a portable cassene player with a tape that I have prepared earlier for the occasion. Whatever you want. I always have a bath. I am totally psyched. mentally rehearse it. If a bath is impossible (for example on a train or somewhere)' the old Yogic practice of breathing in the positive and breathing out the negative is very effective. circumstances. a bowl of dark liquid. and jam the door bell. It is a want for something.

It is imponant to contact and make friends with the archangels. Spend extra time concentrating on the intention. before I begin. Then I carry on with the rite as usual. I light the candle before I get into the bath and light the incense once I have staned the ritual. con­ centrating on the intention. and place in the center a card that I feel represents what I am ttying to do. Gray. use a coin. Who cares what it is? Who is going to know? It is only a matter of getting into a habit. and learn . if it is money. . Use whatever comes to mind. it is easier to feel. finding a formula that works for you. the subconscious will get used to it. but remember they are only telesmatic forms of energy. Gray gives son of basic per­ sonalities for all of them. I spend some time. even if this means writing it all down or speaking it aloud. . W.. When the imagination is fired up. G. Get a copy of the Ladder of Lights. especially if you begin to know these telesmatic entities and adopt some son of feeling for them. All these different personalities have different jobs to do... and all magical work thrives on imagination. use them--if it's a person. G. . . I place the appropriate tarot cards (the four 6s) at the correct quaners. Learning about them all sets the imagina­ tion on fire. Believe in them totally on the one hand. but the quality of concentration is more imponant than the length of time put in. I have different plans for all the different spheres and keep them like separate entities. by W. so I draw in the four gate­ ways at the outer points of the circles. not want to be confined to Malkuth. I have found that getting through the ritual quite quickly (without rushing) is the best solution. No one can concentrate for long periods of time. . . My bowl is placed where I can gaze into it. . If you practice getting through rites quickly.. If you need to use extra aids. use an image doll. Whatever it takes.

Below is a copy of a plan I use from my very own notebook. and he has very deep­ set features. Basic Ritual for Spheres on the Tree of Life Using Telesmatic Images Type: liphereth Drawn on gold card. for he is the archangel of the element of Eanh. which. Clockwise indicates receptivity. . proved to me that all these energies really do have different personalities. Spend some time on this image. he is dressed in long. Secondly acknowledge Auriel: (nonh). First. He is dressed in the colors of Nature. His long robes are olive green. Standing before you. as the basic plan would be the same for all of them. flowing robes of blue and violet. Gabriel is archangel of the Water element. . sense the feeling of water surrounding you. I had thought that all the rituals would be exactly the same. Then let go of the image and take a half turn to your right so that you are facing the archangel Auriel. In his hand is a Shield. Imagine him . . his face is white as milk. acknowledge Gabriel: (west). I hope my long-winded illustrations make the point clearly. The Chalice overflows with a blue liquid. As you do. . Every ritual is completely different. brown with flecks of black. He holds a silver Chalice in the air and is surrounded by mist. You feel a sense of growth and fenility emanating from him. about the energies before you incorporate them. counterclockwise for medi­ tations. which represents the Eanh element. . but the teles­ matic from that sphere? Cenainly. and so fonh. I do not think you could make friends with a sphere. . Imagine him clearly standing before you. . for a stan.. instructions.. I could not have been more wrong.

Relax and keep aim in focus and see if anything appears. go through the door of Assiah in the Inner Temple and focus your attention at the pool on your intention. and he wears a breastplate emblazoned with a Lion's head. Standing before you. He wears a short Adantian-Grecian style tunic. and be one with the earth. but always helpful. Uncompromising. smell the fresh earth. Sense the heat and the feeling of the empyreal fire. Imagine him standing before you. What is happening? Notice the work force (or Malakim) inside doing their work. erect the Triple Rings and enter your Inner Temple in preparation for your journey through Tiphereth. Let go of this image and turn another half turn so that you are facing the archangel Raphael. The symbol is the wings on the pole with twin snakes entwined as they ascend the pole. Michael rules the Fire element. Sense the feel­ ing of blowing air. go through the door. and then let go of the image and make another half turn to the right so that you are facing the archangel Michael. the symbol of Leo. acknowledge Michael: (south). Move through slowly and see . Move then toward the door of Yetzirah. . With the inspiration of the archangels. Once again. In his hand he carries a Spear: Imagine him as a strong. Standing there before you. he is dressed in yellow-orange and is young with extremely intelligent eyes. In his hand is a large Sword. Sense the feeling of standing on earth. oranges and reds. If a symbol appears. and on his breastplate and cloak is the symbol of the staff of Mercury-the Caduceus. Finally. After the sphere erection. he is dressed in golden armor and a cloak with the colors of fire. acknowledge Raphael: (east). the messen­ ger of the gods. energetic figure. His hair is golden like burnished brass. Raphael is the archangel of the Air element.170 standing clearly before you. spend some time on this. Thirdly. pro­ tective.

note anything imponant. Michael and I again enter Assiah. Michael is warm and friendly. See what is going on in his world. We go through Michael's realm. Then comes the door of Briah. . Knock on the door. Look around. We bow and leave. We drop off the Malakim on the way. We tell him everything we want to tell him.171 what is going on. if a symbol appears. Listen for replies. where Michael leaves me to come back to my own mundane world. Observe him giving orders to Michael. Then move toward the door of Atziluth and observe Michael issuing orders to the Malakim. Any symbols appearing? We all go in and enter the realm of the Sun's center. Michael instructs them. We come face to face with the Eloah va Daath. go through the door.

. was founded on 1 March 1 888. that much of this system was not original: component pam of it can be found scattered through esoteric writings of a thousand years of European history. Today there are several organizations whose teachings and practices are ultimately derived from The Golden Dawn. although few of them teach the whole system. but personality dashes and other factors led to quarrels. The Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn was one of the most pres­ tigious orders flourishing at the tum of the century. revolts. and schism. and much magical work was done.NOTES II Introduction 1. and by 1 903 the origi­ nal Order was split into various warring factions. For years all went well with The Golden Dawn. The great achievement of The Golden Dawn was to synthesize a coherent. of course. logical system of Practical Magic out of the scattered remains of a tradition that had been largely broken up by fifteen hundred years of religious persecution. named Isis-Urania. It is true too. The London Temple of the Golden Dawn.

and Ophiel. 2. ME: Samuel Weiser.When the ruler of the feast had tasted the water that was made wine. p. ME: Samuel Weiser. The Art and Practice of the Occult ( York Beach. 3. It also covers gods and goddesses.. This i s quite a l oose term that is sometimes used to denote any group mind considered in the abstract. The dream-time spirits made the laws by which humans were required to live in harmony with the rest of Nature in order to thrive and eventually to return to the dream-time realm. By far the best esoteric tarot deck is the Rider-Waite as this uses good symbolism and has the advantage of the Minor Arcana cards containing pictures rather than .. ME: Samuel Weiser. 2. (York Beach. 38. rituals. 47. Dream-time spirits created all things when bird and beast and humankind were one and death was but a dream. but it is more meaningful when applied to a well-defined magical entity deliberately created by a group of magicians. Egregores are group mind entities. p. 1 976). ) . . Aleister Crowley. or clan animals of tribes. Esoteric decks can be used for divination. 44. 4. . and magical work and therefore offer better value. ME: Samuel Weiser.. and an. 5. Phillip Cooper.Chapter 1 1. 1 977). pips . . Chapter 2 1. Secrets of Creative Visualization ( York Beach. john 2:9 from the King james version. 1 999). and knew not whence it was: (but the servants which drew the water knew. 1 970). p. meditation. 777 & Other Qabalistic Writings. totems.. A more initiated explanation of this is given i n the following books: Ophiel. The Art and Practice of Cabala Magic (York Beach. Common to all natural societies and was remembered in folktales.

Chapter 8 1. Paul. enclosing some interna­ tional reply coupons. I n England. ME: Samuel Weiser. 2. binh chans are available from Prediaion magazine by writing to Reader's Services. . Chapter 9 1. Prediction magazine contains a general planetary and lunar aspectarian. do Llewellyn. G . If you have any problems locating your personal ruling planets. for they both contain a general daily pla netary and lunar aspectarian . 0. Dingwall Avenue. Gray. See Note 1 to chapter 7. St. You can a lso buy Celestial Influences calendars by jim Maynard ( Quicksilver Publications) . W. P. You may substitute a crystal ball or Magic mirror. 1n England. Chapter 7 1. and I will list them for you . Link House. Surrey CR9 2TA. 1 977). A binh chan may be obtained in the United States from Llewellyn's Personal Astrological Services as advenised in New Worlds of Mind & Spirit magazine by contacting Personal Services. do Prediction. Box 64383. and. Croydon. 1 980). England. MN 55 1 64. ME: Sam­ uel Weiser.175 Chapter 4 1. You can use Llewellyn's Daily Pldnetary Guide astrological calen­ dar or Moon Sign Book. 2. Magical RihuJI Methods ( York Beach. The T alking Tree ( York Beach. send a letter to me via the publisher. but do not forget that these are substitutes.

Yearly ephemerides are published by Foulsham & Co. Even washing your hands can symbolize a cleansing of the nega­ tive. You will also need an ephemeris. 1 95 1 ). for a free catalog write: New World. Ladder of Lights ( York Beach. Pontius Pilate did this at Christ's trial. Cape Town.. write: Valley of the Sun Publishing. G. which contains all the necessary information for casting a binh chan and is also a complete aspcctarian with mutual and lunar aspects. and today healers do it. dark-colored. The Modem Textbook of Astrology ( london: L. Slough. Paradise Farm. The most popular ephemerides are published by ACS Publications. Gray. Sydney. W. Suffolk IP1 9 8 RH England. American readers can purchase ephemerides in most astrological bookstores. San Diego. 5. Westhall. Secrm of Creative Visualization (York Beach. is ideal for scrying. 2.. 3. Ltd. . Appendix 1. Berks. Fowler & Co. Yeovil Road. Box 38 Malibu. New York. inspiration. 1 98 1 ). 92 1 1 6. Haleswonh. In England. N. CA. 3. Phillip Cooper.. England.. alcoholic bee r brewed in Ireland and under license in various other countries that. 1 999). Box 1 6430. 1 80. and meditation. CA 90265.. p. robust. 4. Margaret Hone. ME: Samuel Weiser. Toronto. ME: Samuel Weiser. Guinness is a strong. For a current tape catalog of music ideally suited to relaxation. when left to go flat and lose its froth.

Oils. 2001 . 1 970. 1 999. The Magickian: A Study in Ef ective Magick. Watford. ---- and Magical Paradigms. Cooper. ME: Samuel Weiser. Cunningham.BIBLIOGRAPHY • Baker-Howard. The Complete Book of Incense. joan. f ME: Samuel Weiser. 777 and Other Qabalistic Writings. Basic Magick: A Practical Guide. 2000. Paul. Crowley. Candle Magic: A Coveted Collection of Spells. St. Secrets of Creative Visualization. Learning the T arot: A T arot Book for Beginners. Basic Sigil Magick. 1 996. York Beach. 1 999. ME: Samuel Weiser. ME: Samuel Weiser. . Bunning. ---- . Scott. Bruce. ME: Weiser Books. and Brews. ME: Samuel Weiser. York Beach. England: Friars Printers. VA: Hampton Roads Publishing. 1 993. MN: Llewellyn.. Aleister. York Beach. Phillip. Robert. 1 989. Rituals. ME: Samuel Weiser. Charlottesville. York Beach. 1 979. . York Beach. Teach Yourself T arot. Astral Dynamics: A New Approach to Out-of-Body Experience. june. ---- . 1 998. York Beach. ----. York Beach.

Inner Traditions of Magic.. St. Enochian Physics: The Structure of the Magical Universe. Steven. 1 997. NY: Signet. New York. New York: Sterling. Geddes. York Beach. Self-Hypnotism: The T echnique and Its Use in Daily Living. 1 993. Boston. ---- 1 980. Wylundt 's Book of Incense: A Magical Primer. . Siverado. LeCron. Poke. 1 989. ME: Samuel Weiser. udder of Lights. Classic Myths in English Literature. MA: Ginn & Company. Schueler. CA: The Church of the Hermetic Sciences. Leslie M . ME: Samuel Weiser. The Art & Practice of Clairvoyance. Hone. ME: Samuel Weiser. john M. York Beach. 1 996. 1 893. 1 998. ME: Samuel Weiser. Dave. Astrology and Horoscopes. ME: Samuel Weiser. Paul. 1 988. William G. York Beach. York Beach.111 I I I L I O G I A ' II Y Gayley. Scotland: Geddes & Grosset. Ophiel. --. 1 970. ----. York Beach. 1 992. The Art & Practice of the Occult. ME: Samuel Weiser. 1 977. N. ME: Samuel Weiser. David and Grosset. Fowler. Magia�l Ritual Methods. Gray. MN: Llewellyn. ME: Samuel Weiser. New Lanark. Margaret. London: L.. MN: Llewellyn. ---- . Magia�l lncenses. The Art & Practice of Cabala Magic. The Modern T extbook of Astrology. The T alking Tree. Runyon. Ronald. The Trance Workbook: Understanding and Using the Power of Altered States. England: Revelation 23 Press. Carroll . Paul. 1 978. Circles of Power. Greer. . York Beach. York Beach. York Beach. Gerald j. Kay. Charles M. 1 997. Lee. --- . 1 95 1 . " The Book of Solomon 's Magick. St. 1 977.. Smith. 1 969. 1 976. Hoffman. Sheffield.

90 Akashic Records. 25. 1 7. 1 28 Auriel. 56. 97. 87. 1 63 Cabalistic Tree of Li�. 1 69 Chaos Star. 1 5 1 altar arrangements for path twentysix. 32. 14 Bmah. S . 29 All-Father. 1 22. 59 cause and effect. 1 28 cardinal points. 38. 1 06. 79. 1 22. 1 49 Aailuth. 1 22 archangel Michael. 6. 45. 1 06 Collective Workings. 156 Cooper. 1 3. 1 7 1 Aquarius. 97. 1 25. 1 5 1 as�rian. 1 33. 1 22. 1 24. 1 5 1 . t n . 141 Angelic level. t 74. 90. 96. 1 0. t06 birth chart. 5 1 . 1 36. your . 96. 149. 1 07 Chock�h. 1 24. 1 69 belief patterns. 1 66 Archangels. 89. 68. ISS. 142 altar cloths.INDEX • Air. 1 52. 1 23. 1 28. 150. 44. 89. Phillip. 95 Chesed. 1 5 1 . 148 Getting To Know the. 35. 95. 1 28 as�. 149. 1 65 Aries. 1 70 astrology. 148 Caduceus. 87. 87. 2. 20 Chalice. 1 28 Capricorn. 1 7 1 Cabala. 1 8. I SO. 69. 1 70 Cancer. 94. 1 56 Briah. 1 22 Angels. 1 23. 87. 1 54 Assiah. 148 Archangelic level. 16.

1 28 four worlds. 87. 1 09. l OS. 124 Totality. 62. 23. 97 Kerber. 69. 1 68. 1 76. 28 Gray. 6 Universal Intelligence. 1 36. 90. 1 08 Hone. 32. 1 25 Circle. S. 58. 1 76. 128 God. 12 Discovering Your Personal Magical Directions. 82. 108. D I • Cosmic Sphere. 74. 56. s Magic. 91. 34 Fire. 137 Hermetic. 72. 1 33 Planetary. 58. l OS. SO guru. 12 elemental doorways. 1 70 jupiter. 27. 1 2 Eanh. 1 12 Esoteric. 63 Eloah va Daath. 88 Crowley.. 20. 10. 104. 48. 160 Guru Hunting. 148 forms. 1 10 demonic. 69 . 1 1 7. 62. 63. 128 Libra. 39. 32. 2. 20. 59. 49. 15 Daath. 123 fundamental forces 32 Gabriel. 163. 104 Four Weapons of the. 164 Inner T emple. hypnosis. l S I Egregorcs. 47. 1 1 0. 36. 102. S l . 1 3. 44. 1 1 8. 46. 47. 16 Universal. 6. 63. 38. 160 hypnotist-. 6 1 . 38. 153 Cup. 10. 1 7 1 Encircled Cross. 94. 777. 153. 60. 73. 70. 59 Cube. 28.I . I I 0.G. 1 1 . 10. 128 Logos. 35. 3 1 . 48. 106 Llchrym��l Mundi. 86 Hexagram. 34. 107 Gemini. 125. 1 9. 72. 147. 33. 48. 74. 72. 30. 13. 89. 87. 22. 98. 6 dream-rime Eden. 90 four elements. 37. 1 0. 63. 32. 124. W. S9. I S. 39. 148. 4 1 . 16 pattern. 61. 16. 1 67. 85. 60. 72. 37. 32. 64. 1. 86. 1 69 Geburah. 1 22 rings of the. 87. 50. 12 Leo. 45. 1 22. 27. 8 Hebrew. 1 39. 162 Beginning. 1 53 Cube. 5 1 . 79. 23. 33. Marpret. 44. S. I S. 1 77 Graal. I l l Hod. 1 22. 1 65. Aleister. 128 Divine level. 87. 9 holy name. 44. 1 75 Crown. 62. 147. 90. 1 03 Eanh Mother. 93. 35 energy. S Black. 39.

102 Michael. Three. 145 pathworking. 1 1 6. 32 Full. 69. 59 Ophiel. 1 00. natal. 107. 103 First Quarter. 95. Pontius. 32 Last Quarter. the 10 Malakim 1 70 Malkuth 86. 71 magical east. 86. 1 35. 1 SS Subjective. 8 White.I • 0 I • . 88 middle. 1 70 Moon. 1 53 Physical level. 108. 1 52 Pentacle. I SO. 23 Magician. 95. 59 north. 25 trident. 84 Pisces. 75. 1 63 Master. 1 38 Orphic. 167 Mars 47. 1 1 . 128 Shield. 88. 74. 59. 48. 52. words. 1 22 Pilate. 1 1 7. 1 23 Neptive Veils. 1 . 97 Scorpio. 60 west. 1 03. IS 1 Raphael. 1 48 Neptune. SO. 6. 1 1 3 right-hand. 44. 85 Paths. 85. 7 1 . 98 Maynard. 23 meditation. 89. 73. 75 planets. l OS power objective. 1 3. 1 75 Order of the Golden Dawn. 67 Shield. 9 1 . Sl. I S4 Objective. 46. 7 social. 47. 120 . 1 1 8. 1 07 nodal points (six).. 1 0. 74. 88. 1 1 9. 99. 75. 1 09 Pillars. 70. 48. 120 Sagittarius.. 148. 8. I SO Pluto. 1 6 1 temple. 32 Yesod Meditation. 1 0. I S 1 subjective. 128 Sanskrit. 7. 1 0. Practical. 1 70 Ritual Magic. 107. 53 south. 85. 29 Saturn. 96. 32 personal magical dim:rions. ISS transiting. 4 1 . 1 28 Planetary Correspondences. 1 24 Rod. 23 Svengali. 47. 47. jim 1 76 Mercury. 1 n Pillar left-hand. 1 0. 35. 1 66 Sex. 1 7 weapons. 74. SS. 23. 1 08. 96 Nmach 87. 59. 23 ritual. 32 New. 83. 47.

lO. 63. 74. 87. 1 07. l S I spheres of the. l7. 4l.lla II O TII I C • A G I C A II O T il l C A I A L A singularity. 96. l l8 Tzadkiel. 32. 1 9. 56. 41. 30. S2 Major Arcana (major cards). S7. l lO �ater. 10. 3l. 89 triple rings of cosmos. 3S. 74. 48. I I S Sword. 35. 165 Tetragram. 34 Triangle. 63. 9 1 summary. 90 �estern tradition. llO deck. 4l Tarot. 3l. 1 60 Yesod. 1 47 symbols. 1 36. 1 0. I 06 Three-Dimensional. l9 Energy. 1 8. I S. l7. 45. 52. 10. 58 Uranus. ll. 59. 141 Minor Arcana (minor cards). l lO. 63 Triplicities. 1 9. 99. 59. 44. 44. 141 Taurus. 33 1iphererh. 60. l9. Ill. I l l . 73. 1 65 Universal Mind. l l8 . ll8 �and. 1 08 Yetrirah. 103. 94 subconscious mind. 4l personal. 93. 106 signs. 48. 47. 100 Vii'JO. 6. 51. 1 1 9 symbolism. 8l abstract. 1 6. 1 67 Zodiac. 1 20. 4 1 . 1 6. 167 Tree of life. 95 Venus. 30. 46. 1 70 YHVH. lO. S 1 . personalized. 47. 74. 46. 9l Sun. 6. 1 7. l8. l l3. 36. 99 supemals. 86. 1 39. 1 5. 74. l8. 1 25. l8. 44. ll8 telesmatic images. 1 39. 8 1 . 87. 14. 33 Yogic practice. 4l physical.

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