BANISHING, DUALISM, and the WORLD (Part One) by AREXZ 1496 At the time of this writing (03
BANISHING, DUALISM, and the WORLD (Part One)
by AREXZ 1496
At the time of this writing (03-29-90 e.v.), it has been six months
since the debacle of the Thelema Lodge Raid. This event has suely been the
cause of a lot of thought throughout the Order, and I myself have been
pondering Grady's $64,000 question,"Why does the gnosis always get busted?".
In this article I will examine the problem from a magical point of view,
particularly with respect to the Order, and present a possible solution.
First, a disclaimer: "If, in this view, old cherished truths,
dogmas, creeds and forms appear as only partialities, or even malignant
because of their overvaluation or distortion, that is the price that must be
paid for the wider horizon needful for growth and life."(Parsons, "The
Children") The freedom of the Fool has ever been the Goal of the Magician.
This Freedom can and should include freedom from harassment and persecution.
Indeed, it must, as the Fool represents the non-dual condition of the Self
in union (at-one-ment) with the World.
Yet the rite of passage form the original Fool to the practicing Magician
is the performance of the ritual of banishing, establishing the duality of
within and without the circle. Despite the introduction of duality, the
creation of the circle is an absolutely necessary first step for the
practicioner of the Magical Path. This is an apparently valid application of
the formula of IAO, a deliberate divergence from the original pristine
condition, through a state of division, to a fuller understanding of the
Mysteries. Now, let us examine the process of transmission of magical practice
as a method of linkage between part, present, and future. At some past time,
a ritual, say the LBR, is developed by a particular magician within a
particular political climate. These particulars are reflected in the content
of the ritual, even though its form may be universl. Then, at a time we shall
arbitrarily call the present, the ritual is adopted by a modern-day magician.
But with what result?
There will be little argument that with sufficient practice, the
modern-day magician acquires a deepening understanding of the knowledge of the
originating magician, perhaps even the combined knowledge of all past and
present practicioners of the particulat rite. But what of the other side of
the coin, the magician's environment? It is my contention that the continued
intensive use of a rite re-creates and/or reinforces the political climate
prevailing at the time of original creation of the rite.
Let's put it another way: Is it really any surprise that the Fool, having
surrounded himself with Judeo-Xtian symbols or "Names of God" in the macrocosm
of the World? That having placed his faith in the authority of the Emperor
rather than the inspiration of the Star, and having built a House of God based
on His plan, the Fool then finds the Tower shaking beneath his feet? As it is
written,"...the Eighties cower before me, & are abased...".(AL.III.46) So much
for blind repetition and fear of change! Having recognized the nature of this
Devilish situation (IAO), we are then in a position to allow the Teacher to
reveal the virtue of the Star (IAF), and complete the transition from the
Eighties to the Nineties. (Careful analysis of these symbol and formulae, and
their interrelation is suggested).
The problem having been defined, let us turn to Liber AL for suggestions as to
a solution. "Behold! the rituals of the old time are black. Let the evil ones
be cast away..."(AL.II.5), and "there is a veil: that veil is black..Tear down
that lying specter of the centuries: veil not your vices in virtuous words..."
(AL.II.52), and "there is help and hope in other spells..." (AL.II.70).
The meesage is clear. While the Hebrew Qabalah and the Hebraic "Names of
God" may (or may not) be a necessary theoretical foundation for the magical
path, they are not suitable for practical use in Thelemic Magick. We must
cast away the rituals of the old (Judeo-Xtian) time, and fix our attention on,
and our aims most firmly in the (Thelemic) Future.
We must create and use our own Thelemic formulae, be they Greek, Anglo-
Saxon, or Modern English ones. For it is a simple fact that the Future does
not yet exist! Oh, we may adopt Gnostic Formulae such as IAF and ABRAHADABRA.
We may attribute them to the Tree of Life and use them in our rituals. But we
will not find our future in any existing grimoire or system. True Magick is an
evolving and experimental science. In order to carry on its business of
teaching, the creation of a new system of Thelemic Magick must become a
priority for the Order. Perhaps another prophet shall arise and hand it to us
on a silver platter, but I doubt it. Rather we will all be contributing and
someone, I don't know who, will have to coordiate the mess. There will be
disagreement and there will be compromise, but hopefully in the end we will
have produced a simple system of Thelemic Magick based on the Tree of Life,
Graeco-Gnostic, and perhaps even English formulae. Perhaps Crowley provided
the Star Ruby (and other Thelemic rituals) for use in the period of
transition. It not only provides a Symbol on which to concentrate our
Collective Mind, thereby aiding agreement, it is also suggestive of the basic
nature of Thelemic Magick.
For example, the Ruby is clearly grounded in Yesod rather than Malkuth.
Combining this with the idea of the emptiness of phenonmena in Buddism and
the findings of quantum physics suggests a "Tree" with an observer-created
universe at Da'ath and no Malkuth. The Tree then takes the form of a perfect
double cube and/or two interpenetrant hexagrams. Futhermore, the polarities of
the Ruby are identical to those in the Tibetan T[......??????.......] No
matter how profound these insights may be, it is important to remember that
the Star Ruby, like any ritual, is merely a bridge. While it may help us
across the abyss we are currently faced with, it will not take us across the
next. The next step will require use to use our insight, Intuition, and
Imagination to project our own future for the benefit of mankind. [Part II
will examine the global implications of this work. Correspondance may be
addressed to AREXZ 1496 c/o PO Box 4090, Chico, CA 95927
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