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# Generally speaking, magick is; meaning all phenomenon may be viewed
# as an magickal act -- but not all acts are magickal....
Every phenomenon is a miracle!
it is simply not convincing on its face.
# Semantics' here is key!
this is quite true. it is key to understanding the most simple and
rudimentary things as advanced or skilled in some way.
# Perceptions (or lack thereof), some suggest, are the sum
# total of any given person's vantage of "reality".
a vantage of the real is not the same as the real itself.
# "Reality" and "consciousness" appear to be two indistinguishable
generally consciousness is a subset of the real. Giant-Mind schools
like to invert this, but I see no evidence to support their very
extravagant cosmological claims (compare: Solipsism).
# By doctrinal definition the continuity between these two conditions
# in every way conceivable from sub-human, human, and praetor-human
# constitutes magick.
not sure to what doctrines you're pointing. you seem to be trying to
talk about Crowley's MagicK moreso than magic in general. that is
expanded on below where you completely lose 'magic' in the wash.
# Still others suggest [that] a passive role without
# being an active participant in "reality" engineering is mysticism.
it's just passive. something spiritual has to be done for the term
'mystical' to apply. often the technos of magic is applied to the
spiritual realm and then it becomes active, even if stationary.
# This is an unfortunate misconception; due in part albeit from this
# seeming contradictive Aleister Crowley quote: "Magick is causing
# change to occur in conformity of Will."
where's this quote from? usually I see it as:
Magick is the Art and Science of causing
Change to occur in conformity with Will.
or something like this (from memory).
# Without being intimate with "reality" and "cognition", how then
# is a magician to cause change of hir choosing volitionally,
# both passively and directed?
generally magic is performed at a remove through symbolism.
this is even true when mystics are using magic to 'ascend'.
# Here at once we run into a fork in the road of extremes: desirous
# wizardry being the most obvious;
this is only problematic where desire and the fruits of mysticism
are for some reason at odds. my HGA advises me to regard Wizardry
as the discipline of mystical magic in which She is instructing me,
apparently for the benefits of spiritual advance that it brings.
# so too the infinite variety of trivial physical actions and
# circumstantial matters.
when one is the Sorcerer Supreme of one's dimension, then arguably
no physical act, no detail of choice, is "trivial". it all has
repercussions on the myriad lines of force with which the mage
is connected as the central conditioner. Crowleyans usually refer
to this condition as 'having taken the Oath of the Abyss' for
some reason (not sure if this name precedes Crowley's writ).
# Will is not the same quality as intent, though.
volition and intention are generally coincident, though agreed
that typically "true will" (Will) is 'sufficiently in accord
with the real so as to manifest as desired'. intention may be
associated with something that doesn't come to pass.
# The latter is a function of terrestrial desire
intention? it is simply restricted to a certain region of one's
consciousness. all desire is terrestrial and perfect. trying to
demonize desire in some kind of quasi-Buddhist manner is, by my
assessment, completely counter to Thelema and other nature-based
philosophies. desire-hatred is a pitfall which some mystics fall
into, and I presume it has consonance with types of asceticism.
# and the former, the unconscious desire latent in all to perfect
# the spiritual, intellectual and emotional aspects of psyche,
there being no perfection by virtue of its imaginative vacuity,
these goals are, ipso facto, similarly fictitious. but they
do sound very auspicious, even authoritative!
# creating then a Supreme and utter Perfect Instrument of
there being no Creation, no Creator, and no Perfection, one's
instrumentation is always at the behest of the forces to which
one has subjected oneself. for this reason, and few others,
those who are willful tend to operate at a remove from others
of competing-willfulness: the forces too often clash and there
is interference amongst the mages.
# Reams of Natural, Metaphysical Law and Mythical and Mythological
# (Pagan) Canons' facets were compared, adapted and discarded to
# compose what Aleister Crowley (re-)dubbed "magick". Magick (with
# a "k") is an Existentialist, Transcendental, Nihilist and
# Rationalist, experiential philosophy. This philosophy is
# called "Thelema"; and "meditation" is tantamount to experiencing it.
fascinating. I think he was competing with his contemporaneous
mystics for readership attention, attempting to co-opt the term
'magic' toward Hermetic Renaissance revivalism, and appears to
have been somewhat ignorant of natural magical systems, which
he and his religious cohorts were attempting to displace, like
so many of those within the zealous religious establishments
by which they were schooled.
meditation, by my lexicon, is simply a means of focussing for
disciplinary purposes. it can take any focus of attention as
its centerpoint, and generally leads to discipline and the
development of volitional reservoirs, allowing one to become
disconnected from raw reactionary pressure. this has the
capacity to create "liberated" experience, in which one's
choices seem to become more pleasing, generally, to one.
# A few, and by no means exhausted, examples of the aforementioned
# Canons are: Ashtanga Yoga;
what is this and why do you think that Crowley knew anything of it?
# Kabbalah; Christian Mysticism; Rosicrucianism;
generally not "Pagan" (nonChristian, nonJewish, nonMuslim).
# The Orphic, Thebes and Holy Grail Mysteries; Eastern
# and Western Alchemy -- symbolic, contemplative and chemical;
these were taken up (or revised) by Christians in droves, and
agreed that especially the first three are considered by the
Christians to be "Pagan".
# Zoroastrianism; Brahmanism; Etruscan, Babylonian, Sumerian, Egyptian,
# Roman and Greek Mythologies; Grecian-Judaic-Egyptian Coptics
# (Hermeticism; i.e., Gnosticism);
a bunch of these have occasionally drawn the Religious of the Book.
examples include the Egyptophilia that sets the GDers and their
predecessors who fashioned the origins of the Tarot in the 19th
and 20th centuries on fire with enthusiasm.
# Buddhism; Hinduism; and Daoism.
again, not really Pagan in any realistic sense, except for those
who live and breathe to define everything in Judeochristian terms
of 'us and not us'.
# Magick then is both a means to engineer reality to bend to desires by
# understanding how reality and consciousness interact
I don't notice that physics and metaphysics are necessary in the doing
of magic at all, though occasionally magicians seek to know these things.
what is more important to know is the mechanisms by which things may
be made to become subject to one's will.
# and the extracted portions of classical thought spanning near all
# cultures into a viable working system of Supreme Initiatory Attainment.
that's the mystical part which seeks to co-opt magic to its religious aims.
I like the slogan: "the method of science, the aim of religion", but it
doesn't get into enough engineering or magic for my taste.
# You are of course free to use whichever paradigm you wish to assign
# a "definition" of "magick";
"magick = Crowleyan magic" is fine by me. :>
# even should that mean discarding mine
# altogether -- but for a platform-base, I feel the above serves
# as a decent and fair starting point for reaching mutual, mass
# understanding in group discussions, should that be your intent.
it probably succeeds in describing Crowleyan magick, but it errs on
the side of imperialism and opaques any generalized understanding
of the phenomenon of magic proper. the interested may consider:
and in particular the distinction (imperative) between the type with
the K and without:
# Been pretty quiet here lately. Want to talk about it?
I'm game, though I'd like to call a Crowleyism a Crowleyism. ;>