An old alchemist gave the following consolation to one of his disciples: ‘No matter how isolated you are and how lonely you feel, if you do your work truly and conscientiously, unknown friends will come and seek you.
An old alchemist gave the following consolation to one of his disciples: “No matter how isolated you are and how lonely you feel, if you do your work truly and conscientiously, unknown friends will come and seek you.”
Lover of mine, I hope it is you who the Empyrean finds I hope that no longer will the shadows of doubt bind And that no more shall the darkness weigh on your mind May you be blessed with gifts bestowed from above
I think a major point that is missed by some people practicing reconstructionist faiths is that we are literally creating new traditions and practices as we go along. So much of what we have is modern and even our interpretations of the mythos, of the beloved lore, are often modern and translated and created in the last few centuries. We are a modern faith movement.
Why do I bring this up? What’s your point, Boggan? Simply this: do not discount people because they value their UPG or find a modern approach to an old tradition or ritual. It’s their practice; what we take away from it as a whole is different and goes into the whole SPG part of the faith and is worth conversation and consideration but there is no orthodoxy, no central authority. We are richer for that, I believe.
What we know for “certain” in the lore and the mythology is not the be-all, end-all of a reconstructionist faith. It has great value and importance (incredibly so!) but so does everything else we are creating along the way.
Faiths and cultures evolve and so do the gods; remember that.
“There is only one dogma in Magic, and it is this: The visible is the manifestation of the invisible, or in other terms, the perfect word, in things appreciable and visible, bears an exact proportion to the things which are inappreciable by our senses and unseen by our eyes.”
The coiled creative life force at the base of the astral spine, Kundalini, has always been symbolized as a serpent. When the creative force is “asleep” in delusion, it flows down and outward and feeds all the senses; uncontrolled, its stinging venom causes insatiable lusts. But when the pure Kundalini force is “awakened” by the yogi, it rises to the brain and is transformed into the bliss of Spirit. This uplifting serpentine current is Vasuki, the supreme force for human liberation.
The analogy can be made that God is manifested in the downwardly flowing creative power, kandarpa, which through sex is responsible for the creation of children; and He is also in the uplifting current, Vasuku, which begets the offspring of divine realization.
- Chapter X, God Talks with Arjuna: The Bhagavad Gita by Paramahansa Yogananda)
In the living present, the world, the ordinary state of nature, speaks most clearly, and with its forces it claims our attention, wishing to absorb us completely, and leading us to believe there is nothing else. Perhaps you have sought the Light—the mystery—all your life. That is why in the living present there are mysteries you will have to approach with a total reversal in your attitude of life, if you really wish their veils be rent and truth radiate from them.
Knowledge and wisdom come with the falling of the dusk Observe the eyes of the owl, see the reflection of the universe The natural world and the astral world are interconnected As above, so below, learn the ways of the mind And all the answers you have ever wanted, you shall find
“Wisdom, Solomon said, is an infinite treasure to man, for it is the breath of the divine power, a ray of the glory of the Almighty. It is the glow of eternal light, an unstained mirror of the divine power, and an image of His mercy. It teaches man discipline, understanding, righteousness, and strength. It penetrates veiled sayings and is able to unravel the mysteries. It knows signs and wonders in advance and anticipates what the future will bring.”
I believe this quote beholds many of the principle points that make the foundation of Magick.
“Magic in its earliest form is often referred to as The Arte. I believe this is completely literal… Indeed to cast a spell is simply to spell, to manipulate words, to change people’s consciousness…. In latter times I believe artists and writers have allowed themselves to be sold down the river. They have accepted the prevailing belief that art and writing are merely forms of entertainment… they’re not seen as transformative forces that can change a human being… they are seen as simple entertainment. Things with which we can fill twenty minutes, half an hour, while we’re waiting to die.”
- Alan Moore