THE FOLLOWING is an attempt to systematize alike the data of mysticism and the results of comparative religion.
The skeptic will applaud our labours, for that the very catholicity of the symbols denies them any objective validity, since, in so many contradictions, something must be false; while the mystic will rejoice equally that the self-same catholicity all-embracing proves that very validity, since after all something must be true.
Here I’m going to discuss how to figure out where you are in mind-space (the astral), how to travel to another location, and the dynamics thereof. Please note that this guide is not about etheric travel (out of body experiences in the physical plane) but rather focuses solely on astral travel (out of body experiences in the personal and/or collective unconscious).
When we travel on the physical plane distance is measured in length, measuring physical space between two objects or locations. On the contrary in the astral you can be walking for an eternity yet only cover a tiny bit of territory, or maybe none at all. The first difference between astral and physical travel is that in mind-space distance is measured by affinity or sympathy rather than the literal distance between two locations.
Any idea or concept can create a whole reality in the astral, bigger than anyone could explore in one lifetime. This means that even if you are travelling down a road you may not actually leave the astral space of that concept. The reality you are travelling through will have doorways to other astral spaces which are in affinity with where you are. As an example if you are travelling through the idea of “Pleasure” then there might be objects, entities, or places within this pleasure reality which will lead you to “Sex”, or “Video Games”, or maybe even “Laziness”.
The way to tell where you are in the astral is simple. Everything in the reality you are seeing will be a correspondence of the idea you are travelling through. If you don’t have a magick symbol set of correspondences then this might be a bit trickier and will require introspective analysis of each object around you. Having such a system of symbols learned will allow you to quickly orient yourself.
For example if you have memorized the correspondence tables in Liber 777 and you find yourself in a scarlet red, pentagonal room with an orange roof and Horus holding a ruby then you right away know your current astral location is the Sephira of Geburah. If I saw a boat made of amber powered by a furnace then I can guess it will lead me to the path of Cheth (connecting Geburah and Binah).
As a less systematic example I could be travelling through the reality of “Love”. There are many couples and families around me, and everyone seems to be enjoying themselves whether they are with someone or alone. Everything I see around me is beautiful and passionate, Eros (the God of Love) soars above in the skies. I find two stores side by side. From one people are walking out with delicious food, beautiful clothes, awesome trinkets and electronics. From the other come out lovers more enamoured with eachother than any I’ve seen before, they’re literally glowing with love. If I enter that door then I will enter the world of “Spiritual Love”, and if I enter the other then I will be taken to “Materialistic Love”. In the latter I might end up finding a “door” leading to the idea of “Materialism” and have travelled from Love to Materialistic Love to Materialism.
These “doors” aren’t always so obvious. In the reality of “Love” I might see an ex who had traumatized me with abuse and in one glance I begin to transition into the world of “Fear”. Simply focusing on an idea can project you from the astral reality you were in and into the idea you were focused on. Stray thoughts or concerns might create tunnels and pull you into their realities. Focus and clarity are essential in the beginning stages of developing your ability to accurately navigate through mind-space.
Learning how certain ideas or concepts affect others allows for a greater scope of control. As an example the various banishing and invoking pentagrams are all mental constructs (concepts) that an adept has charged with a certain meaning. Once they are built up in hir personal unconscious then the adept can use these symbols in the astral to create the corresponding effect.
If something, whether a situation or an entity, is getting out of hand in the astral then one can use a banishing pentagram which correlates to the element which would rule that entity or place. One could also invoke a God or an Archangel that can resolve the situation.
The above example is simple yet common, but the number of interactions between various symbols and the results of those interactions are far beyond the limit of simply banishing and invoking. Put a flaming sword in a cup and a creature might appear. Paint a mirror red then walk through it like a portal. Take your astral heart and make of it a rose, then offer it to Babalon.
The changes we make here in mind-space will reflect back in our own selves. We can effectively reprogram aspects of ourselves and grow to deeply understand the structures within our unconscious. All through the alchemy of symbols and ideas, as described above.
It is rumoured by the whispering lips of the adepts that if one fashions their mind and personal unconscious into a structure capable of receiving the divine then you will find access to the collective unconscious. Here, in this greater mind-space, you can learn of things well beyond the limits of the self. It is rumoured to hold secrets of nature and divinity, of all men as well as all Gods and Goddesses.
Cheating your way through the magical chaos. That magical 'cheat' called SINCERITY.
Sometimes when planning a ritual, a working, or what have you, we’ve all gotten to a point where we are just over-intellectualized everything.
We have fussed over every itty-bitty detail. Consulted too many correspondences. Flipped through Liber 777, every almanac, every esoteric text like a madman looking for an undefinable answer. We divined like crazy, knocked on all the spirit’s and deities’ doors for an answer. You get my point.
It’s that point where there is so much information out there, so many ways to meditate, so many ways to cast a spell, so many ways to evoke, invoke, banish yada yada. It’s that point when you’re just stuck in the mud of confusion, and this mud of confusion dries up into a hard cement pile of self-doubt and misdirection. Then, you’re stuck and fucked.
How the heck do you get out of it? Where do we go from here? *madonna singing
I’ve definitely had my fair share of the chaos and being trapped in my self-imposed over intellectualizing. I can’t help it. It’s just me being a perfectionist. But being a perfectionist is not really me. I am not a perfectionist. The ego, which is separate from myself is the perfectionist. Ok enough self psychologizing.
The secret to success, and I have my own experience to back this up,is called SINCERITY.
I’ve had workings before that were successes. As I was looking back, (a smidgen of them were haphazardly put together rituals. Some I believe where composed of mismatched correspondences that would make the hard-core-snoot-by-the-book occultist die a thousand deaths) I noticed that the only quality that was present in all of these successful working was my sincerity. I cheated my way with sincerity.
I knew in my heart what I wanted. I knew, deep down in my core what I desired. It’s all of that alignment thingamajig that happens when you’re own will and so called true will aligns. When that happens, oh boy, you’re an unstoppable supah powah. That’s were all of this meditation and self-reflection come into play.
So next time, when you’re stuck in that same mud. Or maybe you missed that little sprig of rosemary, and overslept during the hour of Venus. Go back to your original purpose of why you’re doing the juju that you do. Is your heart still in it? If you answer yes. There’s still a chance of success. Do the thing! what is there to loose.
Now don’t get me all misinterpreted and think that you can be all lazy and be unprepared, dissing out all the intellectual schtuff that comes with magical work, and just going with your heart. No love, this isn’t a disney film. This is real life. We reap what we sow. There must be balance. So still put in some mercurial muscle and brain sweat, but don’t let it become your prison. Balance it out with a pure heart and sincerity.
Remember, as a great magician once said:
For pure will, unassuaged of purpose, delivered from the lust of result, is every way perfect
Fool - Respiratory Organs
Magician - Cerebral and Nervous Systems
High Priestess - Lymphatic System
Empress - Genital System
Emperor - Head and Face
Hierophant - Shoulders and Arms
Lovers - Lungs
Chariot - Stomach
Strength - Heart
Hermit - The Back
Wheel of Fortune - Digestive System
Justice - Liver
Hanged Man - Organs of Nutrition
Death - Intestines
Temperance - Hips and Thighs
Devil - Genital System
Tower - Muscular System
Star - Kidneys, Bladder, etc.
Moon - Legs and Feet
Sun - Circulatory System
Judgment - Organs of Circulation
Universe - Excretory Systems
Had a friend do a Lilith working and his response was pretty much the opposite of mine. He was told to go away, she did not want to talk to him and so forth. Eventually she did relent and they spoke briefly, but it was a cold reception for sure.
Next day we did a working together wherein he used Tarot to find the proper goetic spirit to help him through a troubling time. Stolas (an Owl) came up. Interesting choice.
Detectives Gilbough and Papania stop to ask for direction (to the old derelict church “Son of Life” that Cohle and Hart visited years ago). Errol Childress states that the church is ‘about 7 miles of fields-you’ll hit 49 (7 x 7?) before Crowley.’ A possible reference to Aleister Crowley and his work ‘777 and Other Qabalistic Writings of Aleister Crowley‘.
777 is one of the most prominent books of the Qabalah in the western esoteric tradition. Liber 777 Vel Prolegoma Symbolica Ad Systemam Sceptico-Mysticae Viae Explicande, Fundamentum Hieroglyphicum Sanctissimorum Scientiae Summae is designated a “Class B” document by Crowley. The title refers to a lightning flash descending the diagrammatic worlds, the zig-zag pattern suggesting three diminishing 7s. It consists of roughly 191 columns, with each row corresponding to a specific Sephirah or path on the Tree of Life for a total of 35 rows and is used for a quick reference for corresponding mnemonics and factors of religion for use in magic.
The first appearance of 777 was published anonymously in 1909 after Crowley had written it from memory in just a week. An introduction to one edition by “Frater N∴” states that Crowley may have published it anonymously because it was taken from a Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn manuscript that was obligatory for initiates to memorise.
Within the detail of the book the column’s vertical axis is numbered from 1 to 32 signifying the 32-paths of wisdom which occur in the western Qabalah, numbers 1–10 are the sephirah of the universe and numbers 11–32 the paths which join them. The horizontal columns have many categories pertinent to religion, mythology and magic given in some 32-parts each. The Hebrew alphabet, the Tarot cards and the astrological glyphs fortunately total 22-each and are given to the paths as a map of the magician’s universe. From the 11th path onward some of these numbers have been exemplified by appearing to the left or right in the margin for easy reference, paths 11, 23, 31, 32-bis and 31-bis are leftwards and denote the five astrological elements; paths 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 22, 24, 25, 26, 28, 29 are rightwards and denote the 12 astrological signs, the rest are astrological planets.
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