"The decisive question for man is: Is he related to the infinite
or not? That is the telling question of his life. Only if we
know that the thing which truly matters is the infinite can we
avoid fixing our interests upon futilities and upon all kinds of
goals which are not of real importance".
Knowledge as applied to Magick is very different than
conventional knowledge. In a rapidly expanding scientific age
where computers are things anyone can own; the word "knowledge"
has come to mean "having information". This is very different
when it comes to the Magical Art.
Today's "Magician" behaves as though some one has unscrewed the
top of their head and vomited into it Regardie's "Complete
Magical System of the Golden Dawn" and Crowley's "Magick in
Theory and Practice". Rather than using the superb instruction
offered by such books in order to gain mastery over ritual, the
student repeats what he reads, but is unable to contribute
anything new. Knowledge, to a real Magician, is experience.
I have said elsewhere that one cannot "know" what an apple
tastes like despite another's efforts to describe it to them.
The advantage to having Knowledge of a particular subject is
that the response from a particular action is somewhat
A dabbler may have a lot of information about Magick, and talk
a great deal about their make-believe successes, but only the
Magician will have enough Knowledge to determine the outcome of
any specific ritual. Like children; We learn by doing.
Knowledge outlasts time. Information is being constantly
replaced by updated information, it has no endurance. Strive
therefore, to experience all things rather than collect
information. Gathering information is for those who, because of
their fear of death, experience life through the eyes of brave
"Courage means being afraid and saddling up anyway."
Perhaps the biggest pitfall of magicians is the aspect of fear.
Fear manifests itself from lack of Knowledge. Anything not
understood can create a feeling of fear towards a subject, idea,
or object. This is because the mind tries to anticipate all
which could potentially go wrong from the experience of the
subject by calling up all information related to the experience.
If there is insufficient information a fear of the unknown
manifests. This fear can interfere with your work by making you
feel incompetent, thus persuading you to abandon the Work.
The most dangerous fear is created by things which are half
understood. When your mind calls up the data associated with the
experience it comes up with a few bits and pieces of "self
manufactured" preconceptions created by what little and
incomplete information one may retain in consciousness.
While the following illustration may be somewhat crude it serves
in making a point: Take the child who touches the stove and is
burned. If he or she is not instructed that ovens aren't always
hot, or in the proper behavior around hot appliances, it then
becomes possible that the child, upon growing up, will have some
distorted image of ovens the rest of his or her life. The fear
created by this process will prevent them from discovering a
sane method by which to utilize these appliances.
Fear is a built-in safety device which keeps us from repeating
mistakes, but when it dominates what we think and do based on
preconception it has become our master. This is why it is so
important to finish the Work you have started. If you leave
anything half-finished it will only be half-understood, leaving
the phantasm in your mind with the grim chore of finishing it for
you...In any way it can.
"Love is a God; Strong, free, unabounded, and as some define
Fears nothing, pitieth none".
Love is one of the trickiest things to talk about because the
word has had so much untruth pumped into it.
The underlying essence of real Love is unconditional. You cannot
Love one thing and not love another. The delusion that you can
separate yourself from any other thing is created by the ego;
using lust of result, bigotry, or a false pride as its weapons.
This kind of love usually hurts or wounds, and when we feel the
prick of its thorn many of us learn to shut ourselves up to
authentic Love. Our hearts harden like tempered steel. Every
time we confuse love with Love we become a little more calloused
and resistant. This may happen to such an extreme that when
Love comes our way it is confused with the lesser love and not
allowed to find its true palace within our heart. A very
perceptive man once said that the only kind of falling which is
not failing is falling in Love.
The kind of Love referred to in conjunction with Magick is, for
the most part; unknown to most people. When one's life is being
lived to its fullest potential, and all the little ordeals which
come our way when we stray from our path have disappeared, that's
when we are likely to experience Love.
It manifests itself as "Gold". Everything you look at suddenly
has a Golden Aura around it. There is a feeling of excitement
and rediscovery. The things you took for granted have suddenly
changed. They must be reexperienced under this new Light. One is
likely to experience new found trust and hope in people because
you are able to recognize the deity within them. Everything is
possible now. You have become as a child.
Love is Unity. Meditation is impossible without it. Every time
that we attempt to fully experience another object we must unite
with it. Without the ability to Love we cannot. When dealing
with other people this could, and usually does, manifests in sex.
Sex can be the Highest Sacrament, but it must be brought from a
Nephesh (animal consciousness) level to a level of Nashama
(Highest Aspirations of the Soul). This is only possible if the
act is being motivated by the Unifying factor within Love.
Being able to Unite with object and subject is only a small step
into the countless possibilities of the experiences dealing with
Love. When you have mastered Love you will have completely
united with it, so that it burns and communicates to others
through you. You will then have harnessed that Mysterious Energy
which turns Lead into Gold.
In those scarce times when two people feel pure, unadulterated
Love for each other, an astral bond is created. Often psychic
phenomena may be experienced as an inner rapport is created
between individuals. "Love is the law, love under will": One
of the many Mysteries of this Law is to Love all creation, by so
doing the Magician will develop an astral connection with the
whole of the Cosmos.
All in all, Love is a rare commodity in this world. It doesn't
come often. When it does we should be prepared to recognize it.
If you are fortunate enough to find someone to Love, consider
what a privilege it is that this person has found you worthy of
sharing their Universe; respect them, recognize their right to be
themselves, to be free-thinking individuals, and then embrace
them as loosely as you can.
"Let us be silent, that we may hear the whispers of the gods".
Of the Four Magical Powers, Silence is perhaps one of the most
important. It can, in fact; prevent some very painful situations
in your life.
The previous Aeon has left a very dangerous kind of poison in the
"group mind" of the Western Civilization. We have only to look
at history to realize that everything of value which the Holy
Books had to offer was altered by those of in authority in order
to make slaves of the simple man.
The "Church" has been in power so long, and the scriptures
inaccurate for so many generations, that even its leaders are in
the dark as to the True meaning of their manual.
Conventional Religions indoctrinate that all one must do to is
believe. One is not to question the Scriptures. This was done
to prevent free thinking, and as a result the masses have become
gullible, lazy, and easily controlled by those in power. To find
Truth in anything one must have a thirst for Knowledge; one must
question all things. It takes a lot of hard Work. Western
Religion with its dogma has created a breed of humans who do not
question the motives of those in authority and are too lazy to
seek Truth for themselves. They believe anything their superiors
tell them because their superiors appear to have done the work
they have avoided.
What does this have to do with Silence?
Study the history of the "Church" and you will see how many
innocent people have been tortured and killed simply because they
would not submit their will to them. How many cultures has it
completely erased by "making good Christians out of savages"? How
many battles were fought in the name of the "Church" where good
people were lost on both sides just to satisfy the lust for power
and money? It has even prosecuted its own people for questioning
By keeping your Work secret it is charged Magically and it is
made sacred. When Ancient Egyptian Adepts inherited the name
of a Spirit or God he zealously kept it from the profane, for
by uttering the name the forces inherent in them were summoned.
Besides consecrating your Work, Silence reduces the chances of
your operations being interfered with by those who are not
sympathetic to Magick. Do not allow doubt to enter into your
Work because you have allowed others to interfere. TEST ALL
THINGS AND HOLD FAST TO THAT WHICH IS GOOD. Enough said about
ignorance and pestilence.
There are other reasons why Silence is so important to Magical
We all know people who talk a great deal, but do nothing. It
would appear that talking about it brings some people more
satisfaction than actually doing it.
It requires the same amount of energy (different type but same
proportion) to talk about something and to actually do it. You
can talk away your enthusiasm in a project so that when it comes
down to "grounding" it you have none.
To explain this further we have to study how thought is filtered
from the Archetypal Plane to the Material Plane.
All truly great ideas believed to be inspired by genius are in
fact "sparks of the Divine". One who is adept in channeling such
ideas has mastered the methods by which one tunes in to that
These "sparks" come from the Archetypal Plane. These archetypes,
being by nature so abstract, are beyond understanding in the
intellectual sense. The "spark" must go through a process of
solidification and materialization, just as a fertilized egg does
before being transformed into a fetus.
The spark descends downwards to the Creative Plane. This is the
womb where all great thoughts are conceived. There it stays for
a period of time until it is transformed into a symbol.
Once the Creative Plane has matured this symbol, it flows down to
the Formative Plane. When it has reached this step, and not
before, is when one first realizes that there is something going
on in their mind that demands attention. Although it may still
be a little rough, the idea is realized. It must be shaped and
prepared so that it can be brought down even further and
manifested in material form on the Material Plane.
The problems begin as soon as one becomes aware of the activity
going on in their mind. It is easy to gratify one's sense of ego
by boasting their still unmanifested project until the continuity
between the Higher and Lower Planes is disrupted. The link
becomes weak, and the concept is aborted. Silence is very
important indeed in Magical Work.
To further illustrate the importance of Silence I include this
bit of information: Research done by marriage counselors showed
that couples who only thought of the carnal aspects of lovemaking
had no problem talking about it with others. Those couples who
respected their partners and thought of their love making as
special; would not talk about it with their counselors. They had
made their lovemaking sacred.
We show this kind of Devotion with our Work. Don't kiss and tell
& do not throw your pearls before swine.