teaching logic


I love this collection of sigils, but it is annoying difficult to read and impossible to search, so I typed it up as best I could. This was mostly for personal reference and I’m not terribly familiar with demons so there’s probably a few mistakes, but if anyone wants it, knock yourself out. As far as I know, the source on this is totally forgotten, but if someone knows it, please feel free to add it on!

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ABYSS: Lord of Chaos 
ACIEL: The God Burner 
ADATIEL: Walks the Earth 
ADNACHIEL: The Hunter Demon 
AGIEL: Lord of Calamity 
AMBRIEL: The Changer 
AMNIXIEL: Demon of the Lines 
ANAEL: Demon of Lust 
APADIEL: Of Hell’s Electorate Musician 
ARATRON: Demon of Sorrow 
ARIEL: Of Hell’s Electorate Historian 
AVACHIEL: The Inquisitor 
AZERVIEL: Demon of Defeat 
BABALEL: Second Demon of War 
BARBIEL: Lord of Ancients 
BARCHIEL: Of Hell’s Electorate Mechanic 
BEFAFES: First Demon of War 
BLISDON: The Quick One 
BORNOGO: Lord of Power 
BRORGES: Arch-demon of Woe 
BUTMONO: Demon of Greed 
CAMAEL: The Destroyer 
CASSIEL: Lord of All Conspirators 
CASSRIEL: Of Hell’s Electorate Poet 
CHENOR: The Wish Granter 
DAGON: The Great Fish 
DECARAB: The Beautiful 
DIGIN: The Disordered 
ELIM: Lord of Attrition
EKSUSHA: The God Eyed

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EOLIGOS: Visible and Invisible 
FERUG: The Rusting One 
FOCALOR: The Demon That Drowns Men 
FORCAS: Teaches Logic and the Secrets of Plants and Gems 
FURTUR (FURFUR?): Demon of Storms 
GAMIGIN: The Horse Lord 
GARN: The King Tempter 
GRACHIEL: Arch-demon of the Dying Times 
HAGITH: Demon of Jealousy 
HAGONEL: Lord Under Grachiel 
HAMALIEL: Lord of Obsessions 
HANAEL: The Adversarial 
HISMAEL: The Acquirer 
IPOS: Knows Things To Come and Past 
JOCHMUS: The First Savior of Hell 
LAHAD: The Devil’s Voice 
LESIFUGES: Brings Riches and Shortens Life 
LUCIFER: The Morning Star 
MALCHIDAEL: Demon of Impatience 
MALPHAS: The Tower Builder 
MARBUEL: Of Hell’s Electorate Architect 
MARCHOSIAS: Gives and In Battles A Demon Bound (?)
MEEOD: The Life Restorer 
MEPHISTOPH: Lord of the Host 
MICZARIEL: The Warrioress 
MURIEL: Great Demon of UCS (?)
NABERIUS: Lord of Cunning 
NESTORATS: The Fire Master 
NYSROG: Lord of The House of Princes 
OCH: The Sun Speaker 
OPHIEL: Lord Messenger and God Teacher 
ORIAS: Of Hell’s Electorate Astronomer 
OZGIN: Demon of Madness 
PAIMON: Master of Infernal Ceremonies 
PARNIEL: First Lord Under Veguaniel 

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PHALEG: Demon of Discontent 
PSOHDON: The Inconsistent 
RONOVE: The Knowledge Staff 
RAUYM: Demon of Filth 
SABNAC: Demon of Poisons 
SAKATH: Second Lord Under Veguaniel 
SALEOS: Of Hell’s Electorate Panderer 
SCHETALIM: The Polygod 
STYGAL: Brings Death 
SULUTH: The Great Robber 
SURGAT: Who Opens All Locks 
SYTRI: Lord of Luxury 
TARTHANAC: Lord of Goldiron 
TEPHROS: The Ashwaker and Fever Curer 
UPHIR: Of Hell’s Electorate Physician 
VABAM: Who Tells True of Hidden Treasure 
VALAC: Lord of Snakes 
VEGUANIEL: Archdemon of Fortune 
VEPAR: The Water Master
VETIS: The Life Promiser 
ZABLAH: Of Hell’s Electorate Lawyer 
ZAGAM: Lord of Forgery 
ZURIEL: The Stone Master 
ZEPAR: Deforms the Unborn 

so i was thinking about another modern au where the greek gods have had to adapt to modern society and so they’ve picked up mortal jobs and hobbies and interests and i got really into it.

hermes is a late night comedian, since that’s the way that most information is transmitted nowadays, and he still gets to poke fun at his siblings.

poseidon is a high powered eco lawyer. he works on high profile cases along the lines of the bp oil spill. he has beach-side houses all over the world and enjoys thrill-seeking outdoor activities like cliff jumping and cave diving. 

hades teaches high school english, along the lines of the dead poets society. he lives near his school and brings his dog to school every day. he loves teaching british literature like shakespeare and john donne. his wife comes to visit him and they eat lunch together every day in his office, which always has flowers in it. 

apollo works as a librarian at a university, and he moonlights as a slam poet. he teaches archery at the local YMCA and stays in on weekends with a mug of tea and a good book or movie.

vesta makes ceramics professionally. she feels most at home among the wheels and glazes and kilns of her workshop. there are always candles lit in her apartment that don’t seem to go out. she loves hosting dinner parties for her friends, who are her true family. 

dionysus works as a bartender. he owns a vineyard on the side but lets other people handle the corporate side of things. his favorite part of acting mortal is getting to know the people who come to his bar and connecting with them. he never forgets a face and he has a wall of pictures of his favorite customers behind the bar.

athena teaches middle school social studies/history because she’s discovered that she really enjoys working with children. at this age she can impart wisdom upon them and teach them logic and reason before they are too swayed by the opinions of the world.

zeus is a con artist and art thief. he never stays in a city for more than a week, but he has someone new in his bed every night. he frequents casinos and clubs and owns a villa out in California which is filled with more famous works of art than he ought to have.

hera is a very bitter and sarcastic wedding planer, like james marsden in 27 dresses minus the journalism bit. she is most famous among celebrity circles for having just the right “touch” when it comes to decor and menu planning and floral arrangements. she charges a ton but can work magic, from short-term planning to getting the bride’s wishes just right. she doesn’t believe in the sanctity of marriage but it has bought her summer homes in hawaii and costa rica so she’ll sell the idealized vision.

aphrodite runs several dating sites like eharmony and okcupid, but also some like ashley madison that facilitate affairs because she rules more over the sexual side of things than the love side, despite her image to the former. she loves rap and hip hop and takes kick-boxing classes and always looks like she has makeup on. she anonymously supports planned parenthood because she wants to support safe sex and allow people to find the information and resources they need. 

artemis owns a climbing gym and leads outdoor climbing adventures for her clients and also her buddies. she has tons of tattoos and piercings and a secret love for pop punk music like fob and p!atd. on the weekends, she runs lgbtqia+ support groups for children and teens in her neighborhood, and always lets them climb for free in her gym.

hephaestus owns a tattoo parlor and has a reputation for the most lifelike tattoos that always seem to be exactly what someone had in mind, as if he magically could see their thoughts. he’s a total teddybear and has a penchant for classical music and teaches at-risk children in his city how to repair bikes and cars on the weekends.

oh no I just imagined more confrontation with Logan to come like:

“You…” A frustrated, weary sigh. “Ugh, Patton, it just pains me that this whole thing simply isn’t-”

And Patton cuts him off with a laugh that sounds horribly hollow. “Isn’t what? Isn’t logical? Is that what you were going to say?”

Logan steps back. “I-I-”

 “Well, guess what, teach, I’m not logical! Feelings aren’t logical!”

Silence. Logan just stares. And Patton laughs that empty laugh again, holding back tears. “You think everything can be solved so easily, can’t you? Just think objectively, and the world makes sense. Well, I don’t work like that! I don’t fit into this neat little box you’re trying to force me into.”

Logan snaps again, breathing heavily, finally admitting and showing that he is feeling. He screws his eyes shut. “Well. Neither. Do. I.


Logic!“ said the Professor half to himself. ”Why don’t they teach logic at these schools? There are only three possibilities. Either your sister is telling lies, or she is mad, or she is telling the truth. You know she doesn’t tell lies and it is obvious that she is not mad. For the moment then and unless any further evidence turns up, we must assume that she is telling the truth.”

Title: Finishing Sentences
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A/N: so the long awaited not really sequel to this! Sorry for the wait! I’ve just had a lot going on for the past few days and just haven’t had the time to really sit down and write something this heckin long

Virgil stood in the doorway watching Patton for a moment, building up his nerve.  In his hands he held his notebook, turned to the latest page he’d blacked out and written over once again.  The bright purple pen was a tad hard to see on the black nail polish he’d had to use to black out the page, but it was the best he had and Patton didn’t need to read what was underneath that anyway.

Granted, Virgil wasn’t so sure anymore that the moral side needed to read what he was about to present to him.  Maybe he should just leave.  He could try again later.  He could –

“Verge, what’s up?”

Virgil jerked his head up in surprise when he saw Patton standing up, a plastic cup in his hand.  “Umm…” Virgil started, shifting where he stood.  “I just…I wanted to ask if you’d give me some advice…O-on what I wrote! Not, like, life or something! Just…writing advice…”

Patton seemed suspicious, but he shrugged it off and gave a grin, plopping back down on the sofa and patting the seat beside himself. “Let’s see what you’ve got!”

Virgil peeled himself away from the wall and dragged his feet to Patton’s side, presenting the notebook with one shaky hand.  Patton took off his glasses and held the book up to his face to read.  

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Quick guide to Ace Attorney rivals
  • Miles Edgeworth: hates defense attorneys... at first
  • Franziska von Karma: hates foolish defense attorneys
  • Godot: hates defense attorneys named Phoenix Wright
  • Klavier Gavin: hates defense attorneys who don't flirt back
  • Simon Blackquill: doesn't hate defense attorneys but likes the screams they make
  • Nahyuta Sahdmadhi: really REALLY hates defense attorneys like it's fuckin unhealthy how much
  • Zacharias Barnham: hates it when defense attorneys have to teach him what "logic" is
  • Shi-Long Lang: hates... prosecutors?
  • Justine Courtney: hates Detective Gumshoe
  • Sebastian Debeste: just really needs a hug
Demon Notes: Buer

Rank: President
Color: Orange
Incense: Storax
Metal: Mercury
Planet: Mercury
Element: fire
Enn: Erato on ca Buer anon
Date: June 21- July 1 (day) 1-10 degrees Cancer
Tarot: Two of Cups
Original purpose: He teaches herbalism and herbal medicines.  He heals emotion discord and gives good familiars.  Also teaches philosophy and logic. 

Daemonolatry Goetia (S Connolly)
Seek Buer to transform the self through thought.  Including rectifying addiction or bad behaviours.  Invoke Buer for his wisdom about when magick is warranted and when it is not.  He can help you wight moral issues and help you distinguish between what is moral and what is natural.  

Crowley’s Goetia
The Tenth Spirit is Buer,  a Great President.  He appears as  an archer when the Sun is in Sagittarius.  He teaches philosophy, both moral and natural, and the art of logic, also the Virtues of all herbs and plants.  He heals all distempers in  man,   and gives good Familiars. He governs 50 Legions of Spirits.

Luciferian Goetia (Michael Ford)
Buer is a demon of one’s becoming and self-initiation through philosophy and instinct. Buer should respond to the sorcerer by the means inspiration which leads to one seeking answers and results via Work itself. Buer is also Sabbatic familiar, giving the sorcerer insight and learning inspiration into Wort Cunning, Herbalism, ect. Buer is also a healing spirit and governs 50 Legions of spirits.

As Always

Logan’s is here

World history:

-This man is professional wow, this is an entirely different teaching style they are used too.

-They never thought they would miss the puns.

-Try as he might Logan doesn’t know much about history, he’ rather keep up with current events. 

-He still tries but decides to stick to what he knows so he doesn’t misinform anyone.

-The kids end up with a simple, short current events project about whatever. Not a bad class period but not productive in the way they need.


-He knows what he’s doing for the most part, simple formulas and memorization. This is his forte and he’s still fairly decent in the subject since he spent a lot of time helping Virgil during college.

-He decides to make the work decently challenging for them due to his prior knowledge. 

-”Why are you cursing? Take off your hat. Get off your phone. Why are you all breaking rules???”

-He quickly learns the truth about this class, its a Twilight Zone place. He is in the Twilight Zone. They have a class rules written on a scroll, how extra is Virgil?

-He loves and respects Virgil, truly he does, but don’t make him go back to the Twilight Zone.


-He did theater for a semester to be with friends in high school, he didn’t remember it being like this.

-He refuses to sing, he doesn’t think he can sing. But they turn on Guns and Ships from Hamilton and my god it was beautiful. He has earned their respect, good.

-He lets them take full control and just supervises, they can handle rehearsing the school play without his assistance.

-He is quite fascinated by seeing them do so, they took charge instantly and functioned like a perfect, well oiled machine. Simply amazing. 

-These kids now have his respect, admiration, and dedication to go every show they put on. They are extremely talented young adults with bright futures. They easily bring a smile to his face as he watches.

Doctor Strange: The Ancient One [INFJ]


Introverted Intuition (Ni): The Ancient One sees reality through metaphorical and symbolic terms; she tells Strange that reality is defined by what we can imagine. She immediately senses his true potential, as well as his flaws (that his ego outshines his ability to learn), and discerns that she can guide him to a greater sense of self. Before her death, she admits that she continually looks to her future, playing out different scenarios, but senses this is the moment she dies, because she can never “see further.”

Extroverted Feeling  (Fe): She is, essentially, recruiting and training followers for a greater purpose beyond themselves, and teaching them that to truly serve humanity, you must abandon all selfish and internal instincts, and sacrifice yourself to a higher power. She intends her followers to be both utterly themselves and imitations of her higher ideals.

Introverted Thinking (Ti): The Ancient One is a believer in problem-solving; she uses unique methods (drawing power from the dark realms) to extend her longevity. She tells Strange he must let go of all but his internal perceptions, and trust his inner basis of logic. Her teaching methods are often difficult for him to understand, because they are so detached from sensory or logical reality (she loops between abstract functions).

Extroverted Sensing (Se): She is a risk-taker, but only when it serves her vision; she leaves Strange on Mount Everest to die… or open a magical window back to their world; but when forced to do combat in the mirror dimension, she is physically out-maneuvered and killed.

Note: This is what the world expects from an INFJ: the mystical stereotype. ;)

anonymous asked:

For HTMAW, how much should people take of it as fact? I know you don't want people thinking whatever you say is 100% fact, but you've also said HTMAW is going to be helpful to creators all around. How much of it should be taken as facts, and how much as opinions?

I could answer this with a light bit of writing… or I could just copy and paste a section of my script from the very first video for you.

And you know what? I’m in a script-spoiling kind of mood!

“Telling you all explicitly how to make a webseries and putting your expression and ideas into a box would be sucking the life out of your art, it’s entirely counter-productive to the idea of creativity. Teaching you the logic I’ve learned behind the intention, creation, production, and presentation of art, however, will give you what you’re actually asking for: direction! Guidance! The results of study and experience. An explanation of ‘how that creator did what they did to make you feel the way you do!’ It’s not “how to make a webseries” you want to know; what you’re really asking is, “How do I get my idea to come to life the way I see it, hear it, feel it, and know it in my head so other people experience this? How do I take all of this stuff on the inside and put it online looking the way I envision it, feeling the way I intend it to feel, and get other people to see and feel what I do from it?”

This is the struggle of every creator and there aren’t any rules for it; every case is different, and we learn what has an effect and what doesn’t through the experiments that came before us. What we have instead of a rulebook is a logical toolkit—thinking, analyzing, reasoning, finding a path to make things work each step of the way. It’s not about “don’t do this” or “don’t do that,” it’s about how to address the needs of your story according to what you know must be achieved, and how to execute it through knowledge you obtain of presentation, design, and audience empathy based on a history of example cases, experience, education, and intuition.

But before we got to all of that really specific stuff, I needed to make that very important opening statement; I’m not here to give you rules. I’m not here to dictate how art is made or to say what is “against the law of webseries.” Nick Nocturne is not the authority of online artforms.

This course is really for anyone who wants to know what I have to say about creating webseries, my reasoning, and everything I’ve learned related to the subject. I can tell you through all my understanding, all my learning, all my experience and education what I see happening in any circumstance of potential action, design, and execution for a project or idea, but the only one who rules over your art is you.”

Beebe Ego in Context


As “operating charters”, the emotionally positive sense of heroically solving a problem would best be captured by the rational mind through the following perspectives:

Se (ESxP): The environment must be scanned for tangible or practical experiences
Si (ISxJ): Life must be familiar to my individual storehouse of practical data
Ne (ENxP): The environment must be scanned for alternative hypothetical possibilities
Ni (INxJ): Life must be “filled in” by my individual [subconscious] impressions
Te (ExTJ): The environment must be efficiently organized [mechanically correct]
Ti (IxTP): Life must make technical sense [“correct”] to my individual understanding
Fe (ExFJ): The environment must be socially friendly [“good”]
Fi (IxFP): Life must be humanely congruent [“good”] to my individual values

Good Parent

The emotionally positive sense of authoritatively supporting others is best captured by the rational mind through:
Se (ISxP): Aiding others in practical experiences
Si (ESxJ): Teaching others according to what’s familiar
Ne (INxP): Showing others alternative hypothetical possibilities
Ni (ENxJ): Showing others underlying significance of things from our hunches or visions
Te (IxTJ): Directing others to efficiently organize the environment
Ti (ExTP): Teaching others according to logical truth
Fe (IxFJ): Instructing others on group ethics or values
Fi (ExFP): Teaching others by one’s own personal relation to situations


The emotionally positive sense of child-like relief is best captured by the rational mind through:
Se (ENxJ): Looking to be led by others in practical experiences
Si (INxP): Nostalgic enjoyment of memories, especially childhood
Ne (ESxJ): childlike exploring of alternatives, hypothetical possibilities
Ni (ISxP): childlike exploring of underlying significances
Te (ExFP): Finding relief in organizing the environment
Ti (IxFJ): Childlike exploration of logical frameworks
Fe (ExTP): childlike when connecting with others
Fi (IxTJ): Find relief through internal harmony; personally relating to situations represents innocence


Possible drawbacks from the emotionally freighted sense of connecting with life:
ISxJ’s might feel inferior in new possibilities.
INxJ’s might feel inferior with current practical, tangible experience.
IxTP’s might feel inferior in humane (personal, “soulish”) matters (including one’s standing in social groups).
IxFP’s might feel inferior in technical (impersonal) matters in the environment, such as regarding logical organization. 
ESxP’s might feel inferior (spaced out) by hypothetical frameworks from the unconscious, such as archetypes and symbolism.
ENxP’s might feel inferior when it comes to a storehouse of tangible acts, such as learned order
ExTJ’s might feel inferior on an individual “humane” level, including personal integrity.
ExFJ’s might feel inferior regarding individual technical (impersonal) knowledge, such as regarding logical understanding.

How we project it onto others:
ISxJ’s Cling to dominant perspective. Criticize NP’s as irresponsible regarding learned knowledge
INxJ’s Cling to dominant perspective. Criticize SP’s as reckless
IxTP’s Appear insensitive or unfeeling and openly complain about FJ types. 
IxFP’s Criticize others’ organization
ESxP’s Criticize this stuff as irrelevant.
ENxP’s Dismissed learned methods as irrelevant
ExTJ’s Become defensive and develop a martyrdom complex where it’s everyone else’s ethics that are bad.
ExFJ’s Criticize others as illogical.

I imagine this might come out in the emotional images that surface when we think of a beautiful romantic day:
ISxJ's exploring new possibilities, to “create new memories”.
INxJ's enjoying rigorous tangible experience together, and extracting meaning from it.
IxTP's strolling through a beautiful setting involving an atmosphere colored by other people; admiring technical things.
IxFP's working side by side at some sort of logical organization with a humanitarian purpose. 
ESxP's someone to get lost with in a world of conceptual frameworks such as archetypes and symbolism, and then realizing their dreams.
ENxP's enjoying nostalgia together, and exploring them as exciting possibilities
ExTJ's someone who gives them a sense of personal integrity, giving them further incentive for their logical ordering.
ExFJ's exoploring technical wonders, and feeling connected through this.
Yet in real life, no one can ever fulfill this ideal companion, so we tend to just find fault with people who use the opposite perspective.

Reasons Why Mirror!Spock is still a Good Spock

Hey, all ya’ll; I’m writing my Spirk + Mirror!Spock fic, A Crack in the Mirror , and I actually sat down and wrote up some reasons for why I think Mirror!Spock is actually good. Here ya go:

To begin, in the Prime Universe, The Time of Awakening gave the Vulcans their foundation of logical thinking and the pursuit of freedom from emotion. During this time is when a faction who did not believe in Surak’s teachings left Vulcan and later established Romulus. From what I gather, the Romulan Star Empire is the “Empire” of the Prime Universe.

Okay, now flip this for the Mirror Universe. I assume The Time of Awakening has still taken place, but it is the Vulcans who end up rejecting Surak’s teachings of logic in favor of ambition and power. They become the ruthless Romulans of the Mirror Universe. This is somewhat evidenced when Mirror Spock tells Mirror Sulu: “I suggest you remember that my operatives would avenge my death and some of them are Vulcans.”

So, first, Mirror Vulcans = Prime Romulans.

But there is something about Mirror Spock that I can’t shake since I recently rewatched the “Mirror, Mirror” episode– his logic is still perfectly intact. He doesn’t really seem like a Romulan; he’s not barbaric and treacherous like the others (I understand this is a claim with very little canon evidence). He almost seems defeated. He still has his infallible Prime Universe Vulcan logic, yet he exists in a universe that has forced him to betray that time and time again. While everyone else seems to glorify and even relish the brutality of the Empire, Mirror Spock tortures Mr. Kyle in the transporter room and doesn’t even bat an eye when Chekhov is in the agoniser booth because, according to him, “Terror must be maintained or the Empire is doomed. It is the logic of history.” He does these things, somewhat reluctantly, I might add, not to achieve power or because he enjoys it, but because he needs to survive against a force he feels he is powerless against.

Second, logical Spock is a universal constant. He only participates to survive.

Boom- now in walks (or beams) Prime Kirk. He highlights the fact that Mirror Spock is still logical by saying: “I submit to you that your Empire is illogical because it cannot endure. I submit that you are illogical to be a willing part of it.” and “If change is inevitable, predictable, beneficial, doesn’t logic demand that you be a part of it?”

Mirror Spock is hesitant at first, which is understandable per the statements I made above, but when Prime Kirk says, “In every revolution, there’s one man with a vision.”, Spock replies with, “Captain Kirk, I shall consider it.”

I shall consider it!

You can even see on his face that something within him has awakened. He has hope, and yes, he does want things to change. Prime Kirk confirms this by saying later on the bridge, “…that Jim Kirk will find a few changes, if I read my Spocks correctly.”

So, voilà! Spock is actually “good” in every universe because of his adherence to logic even if the varying circumstances cause him to behave a little differently  (like growing a beard lol).

Also, I don’t think that even Mirror!Spock would find it logical to proceed to fight a brutal, bloody war only to become the very thing he’s been fighting against. Hence, Mirror!Spock is still a good Spock…with a beard.

Originally posted by giantmonster

It’s exactly as tiring as you think it would be to feel all this,
And I am drained and worn out and lost, and so small,
Too small to traverse all possible roads until I find one that leads me back home.
I have been strong and let my feet grow so rough while walking,
And now I am here with sore bare skin and I don’t want to be strong any longer.
I want to hand you the steering wheel so I can go to sleep somewhere far away;
Hold the camera for me for a while and zoom out,
Pull back on this shot until the details become small enough to swallow.
Tell me how to be logical,
Teach me how to play chess or solve a Rubik’s cube,
Ask me a question that can be answered using deductive reasoning.
I know I have dragged you through hell with me for so long but
Sometimes I imagine you have willingly walked beside me,
Just over the borderline.

Magical phenomena, however, come under a special sub-class, since they are willed, and their cause is the series of “real” phenomena, called the operations of ceremonial Magic. 

These consist of
(1) Sight.
The circle, square, triangle, vessels, lamps, robes, implements, etc.
(2) Sound.
The invocations.
(3) Smell.
The perfumes.
(4) Taste.
The Sacraments.
(5) Touch.
As under (1).
(6) Mind.

The combination of all these and reflection on their significance.
These unusual impressions (1-5) produce unusual brain-changes; hence their summary (6) is of unusual kind. Its projection back into the apparently phenomenal world is therefore unusual. Herein then consists the reality of the operations and effects of ceremonial magic,(6) and I conceive that the apology is ample, as far as the “effects” refer only to those phenomena which appear to the magician himself, the appearance of the spirit, his conversation, possible shocks from imprudence, and so on, even to ecstasy on the one hand, and death or madness on the other. But can any of the effects described in this our book Goetia be obtained, and if so, can you give a rational explanation of the circumstances? Say you so? I can, and will. The spirits of the Goetia are portions of the human brain. Their seals therefore represent (Mr. Spencer’s projected cube) methods of stimulating or regulating those particular spots (through the eye).

The names of God are vibrations calculated to establish:
( A ) General control of the brain. (Establishment of functions relative to the subtle world.)
( B ) Control over the brain in detail. (Rank or type of the Spirit.)
( C )  Control of one special portion. (Name of the Spirit.)
The perfumes aid this through smell. Usually the perfume will only tend to
control a large area; but there is an attribution of perfumes to letters of the alphabet enabling one, by a Qabalistic formula, to spell out the Spirit’s name. I need not enter into more particular discussion of these points; the intelligent reader can easily fill in what is lacking. 

If, then, I say, with Solomon:
“The Spirit Cimieries teaches logic,” what I mean is:
“Those portions of my brain which subserve the logical faculty way be stimulated and developed by following out the processes called ‘The Invocation of Cimieries.’ “And this is a purely materialistic rational statement; it is independent of any objective hierarchy at all. Philosophy has nothing to say; and Science can only suspend judgment, pending a proper and methodical investigation of the facts alleged. 

Unfortunately, we cannot stop there. Solomon promises us that we can (1) obtain information; (2) destroy our enemies; (3) understand the voices of nature; (4) obtain treasure; (5) heal diseases, etc. I have taken these five powers at random; considerations of space forbid me to explain all.
(1) Brings up facts from sub-consciousness.
(2) Here we come to an interesting fact. It is curious to note the contrast between the noble means and the apparently vile ends of magical rituals. The latter are disguises for sublime truths. “To destroy our enemies” is to realize the illusion of duality, to excite compassion.
(Ah! Mr. Waite, the world of Magic is a mirror, wherein who sees muck is muck.) (3) A careful naturalist will understand much from the voices of the animals he has studied long. Even a child knows the difference of a cat’s miauling and purring. The faculty may be greatly developed. (4) Business capacity may be stimulated. (5) Abnormal states of the body may be corrected, and the involved tissues brought back to tone, in obedience to currents started from the brain. So for all other phenomena. There is no effect which is truly and necessarily miraculous. Our Ceremonial Magic fines down, then, to a series of minute, though of course empirical, physiological experiments, and whoso will carry them through intelligently need not fear the result.  I have all the health, and treasure, and logic, I need; I have no time to waste. “There is a lion in the way.” For me these practices are useless; but for the benefit of others less fortunate I give them to the world, together with this explanation of, and apology for, them. I trust that the explanation will enable many students who have hitherto, by a puerile objectivity in their view of the question, obtained no results, to succeed; that the apology may impress upon our scornful men of science that the study of the bacillus should give place to that of the baculum, the little to the great—how great one only realizes when one identifies the wand with the Mahalingam, up which Brahma flew at the rate of 84,000 yojanas a second for 84,000 mahakalpas, down which Vishnu flew at the rate of 84,000 croces of yojanas a second for 84,000 crores of mahakalpas—yet neither reached an end.

But I reach an end.
Boleskine House,
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The Lesser Key of Solomon - Goetia

Compiled and Translated By S.L. “MacGregor” Mathers Editing      Additional Material By Aleister Crowley