Tattva vision is a basic exercise of +quot;scrying in the spirit vision+quot; used in the

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Tattva vision is a basic exercise of "scrying in the spirit vision" used in the Golden Dawn system. The use of tattva vision should not be limited to students of the Golden Dawn and allied systems because it, as well as other methods of developing the range of consciousness, is useful to treaders of all paths. Prior to beginning the tattva vision exercise you should use some means of cleansing the area in which you will work. This may be any method of cleansing or banishing, preferably one from your own discipline, and one with which you are comfortable. In the Golden Dawn we use the lesser banishing ritual of the pentagram. The tattvas represent the elements as principles upon which we may perceive the structure of the universe. They should not be seen as absolutes, but rather as constructs we use to approach an understanding of the nature of reality. The tattvas, in spite of their hindu origin, have become imbedded in our culture, and relate to existing elements (no pun!) of the western esoteric tradition. They relate to the alchemical elements, to shapes and to colors as follows: tattva element shape color --------------------------------------------- akasa ether oval black (indigo) vayu air circle blue tejas fire triangle red apas water crescent silver (concave up) prithivi earth square yellow --------------------------------------- now, to begin experimenting with tattva vision, you will need a set of five pieces of white cardboard about four inchees square. This should be white on both sides. On each of the cardboard squares draw one of the figures as accurately as you can and color it appropriately. The colors should be as strong and as brilliant as possible. Poster paints are suitable although not ideal. Some students use brilliantly colored paper cut to shape and pasted to the figure. At any rate, you can heighten the effect of the colors by covering the figures with clear acetate or other suitable material. To begin the exercise itself, seat yourself comfortably, relax, and center yourself. You will need a strong light nearby that you can turn off easily. With the light on stare at the figure for about half a minute, until you see a sort of halo around the figure. This is a normal, physical phenomenon. At this point, turn the card over and stare at the blank side. You will see an image of the figure on the card in the complementary color of the original figure. This is, again, a natural phenomenon. As soon as you see this figure close your eyes and turn off the light. Now, picture this complementary figure before you and mentally enlarge it. You may find it easier to imagine yourself shrinking. Whatever, you will now have to imagine the figure before you as a doorway to the astral plane, and will yourself to pass through the doorway. You may wish to try the Zelator sign as taught in the Golden Dawn -- stand straight and extend the right arm in something like a Nazi salute. This is a "projecting" gesture and may help you move through the doorway. It is important not to simply say to yourself, "now i am going through the doorway," or to imagine a figure of yourself at a distance going through, but to imagine yourself, your here-and-now self passing through the portal. Once you have succeeded in making the passage (it will probably take several attempts), it is important to imagine very strongly the doorway behind you and to fix in your mind its location in relation to the features of the astral landscape around you. This is your way back! make your first experiments short ones. You may extend them as you gain experience. You may enhance the experience by meditating on the element before you try the experiment, and by surrounding yourself with materials related to that element. Use appropriate incense, etc. This little exercise may be extended to tarot cards, hexagrams, etc. It would be wise to gain complete control of the present exercise before attempting the others.

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