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"Beauty and Strength, leaping laughter and delicious languor,
force and fire, are of us".
LIBER AL II.20
Opportunity: The atheist looks for it, the Mystic waits for it,
the Magician creates it.
It's easy to waste an incarnation looking and waiting. Doing and
going are the functions of a God. There are many "arm-chair
Magicians" who flatter their egos by amazing their friends;
talking a great deal about Magick and about how efficient they
have become in a particular Rite. But they forget the most
important object in successful Ritual: THE MAGICAL LINK. All the
power that ever was, and is, and is to come is here now. Ritual
is ACTION. It is used to cause CHANGE in conformity with Will.
Part of the Ritual has to involve physical movement, involvement
in the particular area which you are trying to change.
For example: You might feel that you need to do a Ritual to
change the environmental disaster which lies ahead. You can do
Ritual until you are blue in the face; however, unless you
protest the dumping of toxic waste into the ocean, or the
spraying of pesticides on our food, or the deforestation of the
Amazon, there is little chance that you will have an effect. YOU
ARE THE MAGICAL LINK. The Magical Link is the object which
connects the Higher Forces you have stimulated with the object
which you are trying to effect.
What does this have to do with Life? Everything! If we are to
assume that Magick is the art of living, then properly done
Ritual is the key to a successful life. Every step of your every
day life should be deliberate acts of worship.
You are the creator of your Universe, you mold it, shape it and
make it what it will eventually become. If you stand idle;
chances are others will shape it for you.
Live the moment now, it is the only thing that exists. The past
is no longer here, and while it may have altered your
evolutionary status, it is gone. The future is not here yet, so
waiting for it to happen will only make you waste the precious
Live every moment like it is your last. Embrace life now!
Experience all that is going on around you and enjoy it as a
Sacrament unto the Goddess, for She is experience.
There are many people who are unhappy with their lives and they
don't realize they hold the key to a better life in their hands!
Shakespeare once said: "All the world is a stage"; if you don't
like the part you are playing change scripts!
The successful Magician is one who easily adapts to their
environment. It is not to be conquered! You must become one
with it so that you are an active player in its fulfillment,
thereby responding to situations, rather than reacting.
"Think not, o king, upon that lie: That Thou Must Die: Verily
thou shalt not die, but live!"
LIBER AL II.21
As if it wasn't enough to justify one's own existence, man has
also tried to discover what lies ahead after the physical body
ceases to cooperate in this thing we call "life".
The deity within us all constantly plays the game of "hide and go
seek". And we, being jolly good sports, play the endless game
knowing that we will probably not find it. After all, its not
the kill, but the thrill of the chase. Hunters we are all.
Perhaps this fascination with this after-life comes from the
subconscious knowledge that we are as Gods. Perhaps it is one of
the necessary steps in self-discovery. A lot of maybes.
We have heard countless stories from people who have died, and
for one reason or another; have returned. While not all
remembered what it was like being "clinically dead", most who DID
remember experienced images which were very similar in nature.
The vision of the "white light".
We know that light is a reflection which changes color according
to the speed of its vibration.
We see the Tree of Life as a glyph containing 10 colored Spheres
(which have been called "the 10 faces of God") and the 22 Paths
which connect them. Look at the uppermost Sphere which we know
as Kether and let's call that "Light", fluid, moving, etc. The
whole of the Universe concentrated and focused within one
Now let's look at the bottom Sphere, Malkuth, The Kingdom, the
material plane, the place where all Souls experience Life in
human bodies. Let's call this "Physical Existence".
The pure Light which emanates from Kether slows down as it moves
away from its nucleus, changing color and becoming more "solid"
as it moves away from its source. Thus, we have the other
Spheres on the Tree to display the different stages of this
The Ancients have told us: "Kether is in Malkuth, and Malkuth is
in Kether but after another manner", or "As above so below".
They were trying to point out that Kether was Malkuth, Light was
Darkness, Fluidness was Solid, after each had transformed by a
separation which occurred within itself, a division, much like
that of a cell. Malkuth is solidified Light. WE ARE that Light
Our Holy Book says:" For I am divided for love's sake, for the
chance of union". The Great Work is the Path of return. The
return to the source. Also; "There is no bond that can unite the
divided but love", which tells us that the driving force of the
journey back is love. The journey ends when we reach that Light
from whence we came: Kether, Union with the Goddess. We must
accomplish this Union consciously.
Death is the friend of the weary traveler who has lost his way,
the initiating officer to the mysteries of immortality. It is
not to be feared, but welcomed as an ally and respected as the
teacher that will one day provide you with the opportunity of
looking at Our Lady of the Stars face to face.
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