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, nikolas aardic <nikolas_11_11@...>
> Mark Black <777@...> wrote: On Tue, January 10, 2006 4:39 pm,
> > i have been studying enochian magick and was releeaved to come across
> > the information that paul foster case thought that enochian magick
> > completely demonic, as in malignant to humanity...my intuition has
> > been going off a lot in the studying of enochian...paul foster case
> > went so far as to create his own golden dawn tradition order which
> > left out the enochian material...the Builders of the Adytum
> > does anyone else here think that john dee and edward kelly wre
> > hoodwinked?...
> No. I do not believe in angels or demons. Black magick... white
> such thing. Evil is an oversimplification used to justify drawing
lines in the
> sand. Enochian and Goetic magick are both wonderful systems. If you are
> starting to question them then maybe there is something deeper that
> off your "intuition". I don't know what that might be and only you
> > l ron was a negative influence on the
> > babalon working
> yes, i don't believe in good and evil either...
According to the A.: A.: paradigm and their heirarchy and initiation
process, there definitely is a thing called a Black Brother, A White
light brother and etc. A black magician being different then a Black
Brother. Crowley goes into this in Magick Without Tears. So the
paradigm itself, of Thelema, at least through the A.: A.: heirarchy
DOES discriminate in this. Here is a website that explains this, you
can read it in Magick Without Tears and also in Gems of the Equinox,
or the Equinox set. So there are set guidelines in Thelema for just
what is considered a black and white brother and what is black magick
and etc. Personally in my own work with the Goetia, I feel that there
is an egregore and there is energy in demonology as was as angelology.
as in any egregore. There are definite traits for the energy involved,
however, I don't honestly believe that it is physically manifested
necessarily as it is internally manifested. Much like Crowley's
experience with Choronzon. Choronzon is said to be the demon of
hallucination. It isn't seen by others, in fact it is supposed to be
just astral garbage floating around, mainly our own and doesn't even
come in just one form. It isn't seen by others, it is seen within our
own minds eye. Demons actually are our own weaknesses, or they exploit
them. They are our fears. They work through our own faults as human
beings. That is why when you are working with the Goetia, or doing the
Abramelin Operation when you are at your most vulnerable, you must
have absolute confidence in yourself. You must have faith and you must
be totally submersed in the paradigm, or it will be your undoing.
As far as good and evil, you can be a White brother and be evil by
societies standards, or your own culture's ideas and social mores.
That is a moral judgement call. If you are ever around someone that is
going through some transition that is a magician and truly doing the
work, they aren't supposed to be necessarily nice to deal with. They
aren't, they can be truly evil to be around. I am sure that going
through the Abyss if far from a pleasant journey. Also, I am sure
that demons when they are our own especially, are our own evilness.
Crowley was said to be the most evil man on the earth. Yet he was a
white magician(this however is contraversy, at one point he admitted
he was a black brother). Hell, magicians are heretics, Gnostics are
seeking truth. But Heretic means to choose. To a Thelemite,
Restriction is a sin(granting you freedom) and to seek knowledge and
conversation with your HGA is The Great Work. To a Catholic, you would
be a Blasphemer. A Heretic. All Gnostics are. Evilness and Goodness
are all a case of personal judgement and perception. However, if you
are working within Crowley's framework, and submerse yourself in the
entire paradigm of a Thelemite, especially of the A.: A.: tradition,
you will believe there is a difference. Also, the Adept, is identicle
until he hits Da'ath where it is decided where his fate is by the
outcome. You are or you aren't. Not necessarily saying that a Black
Brother is bad, he is just a Black Brother, balancing out the duality
in the world. If you read Kenneth Grant, at all(Nightside of Eden)he
talks about the necessity of working within the Qliphoth, to actually
become an Adept. I do subscribe to his theory. It is the different
side of the same side. I go into this in my article. Black brothers
openly admit they are black brothers. I know some self-proclaimed ones.
You have to be especially careful how you word things and rather
precise. I think that Semantics is very important in this and
explaining yourself fully and looking through things with a fine tooth
comb, if you are going to actually say you believe in something or
don't or explain fully why. Think that is the Chaos mage in me and I
have been told this and told this by just about every magical teacher
I have ever had. Explain yourself. Make your boundaries clear and most
of all, don't make broad sweeping statements about anything unless you
can back it up with some kind of idea or purpose and material as to
why. Always find the holes, but do so after you have looked over all
data and material. Make your own conclusions and ALWAYS question
authority, especially about broad sweeping statements. Also my college
education, this was drummed in my head as well, especially with
Anthro, as that is a physical science as well as philosophy.
Just to make myself clear about a Gnostic and a Mystic...as I threw
that in here...
The doctrines of certain pre-Christian pagan, Jewish, and early
Christian sects that valued the revealed knowledge of God and of the
origin and end of the human race as a means to attain redemption for
the spiritual element in humans and that distinguished the Demiurge
from the unknowable Divine Being.
n : a religious orientation advocating gnosis as the way to release a
person's spiritual element; considered heresy by Christian churches
mys·ti·cism Audio pronunciation of "mysticism" ( P ) Pronunciation
1. Immediate consciousness of the transcendent or ultimate reality or
God. 2. The experience of such communion as described by mystics.
2. A belief in the existence of realities beyond perceptual or
intellectual apprehension that are central to being and directly
accessible by subjective experience.
3. Vague, groundless speculation.
n 1: a religion based on mystical communion with an ultimate reality
[syn: religious mysticism] 2: obscure or irrational thought
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mys·tic Audio pronunciation of "mystic" ( P ) Pronunciation Key (mstk)
1. Of or relating to religious mysteries or occult rites and
2. Of or relating to mysticism or mystics.
3. Inspiring a sense of mystery and wonder.
1. Mysterious; strange.
2. Enigmatic; obscure.
One who practices or believes in mysticism or a given form of
mysticism: Protestant mystics.
[Middle English mystik, from Latin mysticus, from Greek mustikos, from
musts, initiate. See mystery1.]
adj 1: having an import not apparent to the senses nor obvious to the
intelligence; beyond ordinary understanding; "mysterious symbols";
"the mystical style of Blake"; "occult lore"; "the secret learning of
the ancients" [syn: mysterious, mystical, occult, secret, orphic] 2:
relating to or resembling mysticism; "mystical intuition"; "mystical
theories about the securities market" [syn: mystical] 3: relating to
or characteristic of mysticism; "mystical religion" [syn: mystical] n
: someone who believes in the existence of realities beyond human
comprehension [syn: religious mystic]
Here is the article:
This part of the article, hits home I think...
THE LAW OF THELEMA, PART 1
by Alexander Duncan
Editor's Note: Aleister Crowley (1875 1947) contributed greatly to
the "magical revival," as it has been called, during the first half of
the 20th Century. His written works have had a profound effect on the
practice of Magick. In addition, Satanism, as currently practiced by
the Church of Satan and similar groups, have relied heavily on a
sensationalistic interpretation of his writings. There are even marks
of his influence in the writings of Gerald Gardner, the individual
most responsible for the recreation of Wicca circa 1950.
Unfortunately, many conservative Christian authors have associated
Crowley's beliefs and practices with Mediaeval Satanism. The latter
was a form of Satan worship that did not exist in reality. The
Christian church invented it in order to provide the theological and
legal justification for the Witch burnings of Western Europe. Because
of this association, most of the writings by Fundamentalist and other
Evangelical Christians about the Law of Thelema and Crowley are
hopelessly inaccurate, and may be safely ignored.
The following accurate material was provided by Alexander Duncan, B.A.
(Hon.) (Dept. of English, York University, North York, Ontario,
Canada) Permission to copy, reproduce, or distribute this material is
freely granted provided there is no charge and the name and e-mail
address of the author is included in every copy. Alexander Duncan can
be contacted by email at sethian@...
"In the beginning doth the Magus speak Truth, and send forth Illusion
and Falsehood to enslave the soul. Yet therein is the Mystery of
Redemption." (Aleister Crowley, Liber B vel Magi, sub Figura I, v. 1)
The Law of Thelema was revealed to the world by a praeterhuman
Intelligence calling himself Aiwass in Cairo, Egypt in March and
April, 1904 e.v. Aiwass appeared first to Rose Edith Kelly nee
Crowley, in an altered state of consciousness (ASC), and subsequently
to the British poet and magical adept, Aleister Crowley (born in
Leamington, England on October 12, 1875 e.v.). Aiwass proceeded to
demonstrate his objective existence independently of the psyches of
both Crowley and Rose, by leading them to the stele of
Ankh-af-na-khonsu, a Theban Egyptian priest of the 8th century B.C.E.,
in the Boulak Museum, where they had never been. He then dictated a
sacred text to Crowley called the Book of the Law. For five years
thereafter Crowley resisted the Law of Thelema and the mission of
Thelemic prophet laid upon him by Aiwass, regarding the Cairo Working,
as it is called, as an "astral vision" (i.e., a purely imaginative
but not "imaginary" experience). However, Crowley's subsequent
attainment of the grade of Master of the Temple in the Supreme College
of the Great White Brotherhood resulted in his acceptance of the Law
of Thelema and of his own prophetic role as described in the Book of
the Law. Crowley proclaimed himself as the prophet of a new eon for
humanity for the first time in his long mystical poem, Aha! (1909),
which has been compared in beauty and profundity to the Bhagavad-Gita.
Thereafter he signed his correspondence and formal instructions with
the two main slogans of the Book of the Law, "Do what thou wilt shall
be the whole of the Law" and "Love is the law, love under will."
Crowley founded a magical society, the A. ..A. .., took over the
leadership of another, the O.T.O., and wrote a series of formal
instructions promulgating the Law of Thelema, as well as teaching
Scientific Illuminism and Magick. Many of these formal instructions
were published during his lifetime in his Equinox periodical and
elsewhere. Crowley believes that the Law of Thelema resolves all
spiritual quandaries, harmonizes science and religion, and supersedes
all historical dispensations, establishing a new cultural epoch for
humanity, which he calls the New Aeon of Horus, the Crowned and
Conquering Child. According to Crowley, the New Aeon will endure for
at least several hundred years, possibly for as long as two thousand
During his lifetime Crowley succeeded in attracting a small following,
mainly in Germany and America, of no more than one or perhaps two
hundred souls (counting all those who adhered to Crowley at any time,
for any length of time; a much smaller number remained faithful to
Crowley at the end of his life). Crowley lost many followers due to
his troublesome personality and libertine lifestyle, especially after
he came to the attention of the British tabloid press following the
First World War. After his death, Crowley left behind him a
disorganized and demoralized O.T.O. movement which has since split up
into several competing factions, notably the American Caliphate
founded by McMurtry, the Swiss O.T.O. founded by Metzger, the English
O.T.O. under the leadership of Kenneth Grant, and a Brazilian O.T.O.
founded by Marcelo Ramos Motta. A very few members of the original A.
..A. .. also carried on the work in a very limited way, but the A.
..A. .. organization qua organization did not survive Crowley, at
least not openly.
A larger number of revivals of the O.T.O., A. ..A. .., and other
self-professed Thelemic groups, without any clear historical link to
Crowley, with various, sometimes divergent points of view, have also
come into existence since a revival of interest in Crowley's work
associated with the counterculture revolution of the 1960s and 1970s.
Today the Law of Thelema has attracted several thousand adherents
worldwide, as well as a larger following of curiosity seekers,
including several prominent rock stars. The Law of Thelema has a
strong presence on the Internet, and many of Crowley's writings are
available online. Crowley first editions are in demand, and fetch high
prices in the rare book market.
The Law of Thelema, also called Scientific Illuminism and Magick
(spelled with a terminal 'k' to distinguish the authentic science of
the Magi from sleight of hand), originated in the Cairo Working. At
the time, Crowley interpreted the Cairo Working as an astral vision.
At this time, Crowley was a Minor Adept of the Hermetic Order of the
Golden Dawn. The Golden Dawn was the most distinguished occult society
of recent times, which included such luminaries as the poet William
Butler Yeats and the Buddhist bhikkhu, Allan Bennett (Bhikkhu Ananda
Metteyya). Thus, at the time of the Cairo Working Crowley was an
advanced experimental occultist in his own right, although Rose, who
was pregnant with their only child, had no experience as a
clairvoyant. Crowley was also a published and fairly well known minor
poet of controversial verse, yogi, world-class traveler and
mountaineer, pornographer, drug taker, and wealthy libertine.
Crowley's father, Edward Crowley, used the leisure that the small
brewing fortune that he inherited from his father provided him to
spread the gospel of Jesus Christ according to the fundamentalist
teachings of the Plymouth Brethren sect. Crowley reacted against this
fundamentalist and evangelical upbringing but his interest in
religion, which, despite his promiscuous lifestyle, was serious and
sincere, persisted. Because of his wife's and his contact with
Aiwass, Aiwass dictated to Crowley a sixty-five-page document, called
the Book of the Law, in length about equal to Lao-tse's Tao-te ching.
Crowley came to regard the Book of the Law as having nothing whatever
to do with himself, despite the similarity of style and sentiment to
Crowley's previously published writings (despite these similarities,
the Book of the Law is also very different, being far more
disorganized and ecstatic than anything Crowley produced before or
after, and referring to events in Crowley's future that subsequently
occurred). During this dictation Crowley "saw" Aiwass, who appeared as
an Assyrian or Persian aristocrat with veiled eyes. Crowley also
stated that Aiwass' English was devoid of any accent.
The Book of the Law is written in a flamboyant style, punctuated by
innumerable exclamation points as well as powerful passages of real
sublimity, profundity, and beauty, addressing a host of real spiritual
problems, and prophesying various events, most notably the advent of
the Second World War in the 1940s, which was fulfilled thirty-five
years later. The Book of the Law is both a radical postmodernist
critique and an endorsement of religion, which claims to go beyond all
previous historical dispensations and reveal to humanity nothing less
than the basis of a new spiritual epoch, the New Aeon of Horus, the
Crowned and Conquering Child.
In Egyptian mythology, Horus is the son of Isis, the Great Mother
goddess, and Osiris, the Dying God. After Osiris is slain by his
murderous brother Set, Horus rises up against Set and assumes the
throne and place of his father, Osiris. In the Thelemic exegesis,
Horus represents the inauguration of a new spiritual way, which will
be preceded by a transitional period of unprecedented disaster and
suffering (Set), in the very beginning of which we are now (Crowley
believed that this period would last several centuries, and would
ultimate in the destruction of Judaeo-Christian civilization, which he
identified with Osiris, the Dying God).
In fact the Book of the Law is heavily indebted to various literary
precedents, including the Judaeo-Christian apocalyptic writings,
Gnosticism, Zoharic Cabala, magic, the Enochian writings of Dee and
Kelly, the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn, Hindu and Buddhist
Tantra, Taoism, and even Vodou, and, more recently, the writings of
Francois Rabelais, Max Stirner, Friedrich Nietzsche, and others. The
word "Thelema" is derived from the Greek θελημα, meaning "will," and
is believed to conceal various symbolic allusions in the letters and
their numerical values (like Hebrew and Arabic, Greek letters are also
numbers). Will is preeminently, however, not free, but true, thus
raising the Law of Thelema above simple libertarianism.
Thelemites are divided into two main spiritual schools or orders, the
A...A... (Astrum Argentium, or Silver Star), and the O.T.O. (Ordo
Templi Orientis, or Order of the Temple of the Orient) (there are at
least two more Thelemic organizations authorized by Crowley, viz., the
L.I.L. and the G.B.G., and a few that appeared posthumously, but the
former are the main ones).
The A...A... is a temporal manifestation of the Great White
Brotherhood, and not necessarily the only one, one of the three
fundamental spiritual schools of humanity, the others being the Black
School, associated mainly with Buddhism and Gnosticism, and the Yellow
School, associated mainly with Taoism. In addition to the White,
Black, and Yellow Schools, there is a fourth group called the Black
Brotherhood, not to be confused with the Black School, whose adherents
consist of high ranking adepts who, through fear and selfishness,
failed to transcend the limitations of the human personality and hence
"fall back into" or "remain in" the abyss, where they morally
disintegrate. The Black Brothers are at odds with all true spiritual
schools, and seek to dominate the human race, subjecting them for
their own purposes. They are closely associated with the exoteric
systems based on priest craft and rules, which almost completely
reject the pursuit of personal spiritual experience in favour of a
rule-based ethic of obedience, conformity, and vicarious salvation.
The Black Brothers interfere with human history in pursuit of their
own agenda, precipitating wars, chaos, and social strife, promoting
authoritarianism, materialism, rationalism, industrialism, urbanism,
scientism, and collectivism, and repressing all authentic spirituality
in the pursuit of global domination and the subjection of the human
race. The White School is also involved in human history, much more so
than either the Black or Yellow Schools, which avoid worldly
involvements. Many of the greatest historical spiritual teachers, as
well as many artistic and scientific geniuses, have actually been
Secret Chiefs of the Great White Brotherhood, who have entered into
incarnation in order to help guide humanity towards the realization of
the ultimate goal, the attainment of universal enlightenment. Aleister
Crowley himself claimed to be a Secret Chief of the White School, and
not a Black Brother, although in a moment of pique he described
himself as a "black magician."
The A...A... is divided into ten grades, plus four intermediate grades
(shown below in square brackets), divided into three orders, which
altogether comprise a complete system of spiritual attainment, as
follows (from highest to lowest):
The Order of the Silver Star (The S.S.)
Ipsissimus 10° = 1□
Magus 9° = 2□
Magister Templi 8° = 3□
[The LinkBabe of the Abyss]
The Order of the Rose-Cross (The R.C.)
Adeptus Exemptus 7° = 4□
Adeptus Major 6° = 5□
Adeptus Minor ("without" and "within") 5° = 6□
[The LinkDominus Liminis]
The Order of the Golden Dawn (The G.D.)
Philosophus 4° = 7□
Practicus 3° = 8□
Zelator 2° = 9□
Neophyte 1° = 10□
[The LinkProbationer 0° = 0□]
The ten main grades correspond to the Cabalistic Tree of Life, a
diagram that represents the correspondence between macrocosm and
microcosm, reality and consciousness.
As in the A...A..., the O.T.O. is divided into three sets of three
grades, the three main grades being (from lowest to highest) the Man
of Earth, Lover, and Hermit, based on the grades described in the Book
of the Law. However, unlike the A...A..., these grades are ritually
conferred in the style of Freemasonry and correspond to increasing
degrees of intelligence not tied to actual magical or mystical tasks
Continued in Part 2
Soror A. M. L.