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ALEISTER CROWLEY THE SWORD OF SONG

e for a curious coin he bartered his good bull. alas for our father! now the suggler mocks him and cries: four fool s bargains hast thou made, and thou art fit to go forth and meet a fool4 for thy mate. but our father counted thrice seven and cried: one for the fool, seeing 1 3, the number of g. 2, the number of the card g. 2 the equality of three and eight is attributed to binah, a high grade of theurgic attainment. 3 scil. juggler, the 1st key. the magical weapons correspond to the kerubim. 4 the key marked 0 and applied to aleph, 1. ambrosii magi hortus rosarum 115 hammer of thor. arcanum. griphus i. griphus ii. griphus iii. griphus iv. griphus v. griphus vi. griphus vii. the serpent should be his at last. none for the fool, they laughed back nay, even his maiden queen. for she would no


ALEISTER CROWLEY EQUINOX EQ I 2

k upward, and see herself hanging like a star from the black vault of night. besides her in the temple was but one strange image. carved of that polished black granite of egypt, which seems, as it were, the very bodily form of the night of time, there squatted a god upon his pedestal; an inscrutable god, smiling, ever smiling with a smile that spoke unfathomable lust and cruelty resolved- by what theurgic alchemy- into a pure and passionless bliss. it was a thing eternal as the stars- nay, before it the very stars might bow as in the reverence of youth to age! yet in it stood a strength and beauty as of golden youth. its skin was polished and shining, not as if reflecting the guarded light of the electric globes, but as if the very soul of light- a light too essential to be recognized as l


CHRONOLOGIA RORISPERGIUS

bn amirak al-suhrawardi. persian sufi whose theosophy of light= ishraqi thought- believed wisdom passed directly from the divine to hermes and from him to egypt and persia eventually extending to greece and thus on to the early sufis of persia illuminating islamic civilization. the soul is exiled into matter but through ishraq(illumination)the soul returns to its home beyond the stars by way of a theurgic angelology. wrote hikmat-al-ishraq 'philosophy of illumination. influence upon isaac luria and the safed qabbalists. c.1155 blondel de nesle trouv re carolled across europe songs to the missing richard i. 1155- 1207 raimbaud de vacqueiras troubadour author of the first known italian poetry. c.1155- 1231 folquet de marselh (marseilles)troubadour "a verse without music is a mill without wat


ENCYCLOPEDIA OF OCCULTISM AND PARAPSYCHOLOGY VOL 1

easants, helene, ed. biographical dictionary of parapsychology. new york: helix press, 1964. carpocratians a sect of gnostics founded by carpocrates of alexandria. the sect claimed christ derived the mysteries of his religion from the temple of isis in egypt, where he was said to have studied for six years, and that he taught them to his apostles, who transmitted them to carpocrates. members used theurgic incantations and had their own peculiar greetings, signs and words, and symbols and degrees of rank. the carpocratians believed in metampsychosis and the preexistence of the soul, but rejected the resurrection of the body. they had some beliefs in common with the basilideans. the sect endured until the sixth century. sources: legge, francis. forerunners and rivals of christianity from 330

ival of the church for the next two decades. his major literary production was the gospel of truth, known only from quote in christian polemical writings until a copy was discovered in the egyptian desert in the twentieth century. magical and occult element in gnosticism the carpocratians, one of the gnostic sects, seem to have derived some of their mysteries and rites from isis worship, and used theurgic incantations, symbols, and signs. the ophites also adapted egyptian rites, and, as their name indicates, these included serpent symbolism, an actual serpent being the central object of their mysteries. marcos, a disciple of valentinus, and founder of the marcian sect, reportedly celebrated mass with two chalices, pouring wine from the larger into a smaller, and on pronouncing a magical fo


ENCYCLOPEDIA OF OCCULTISM AND PARAPSYCHOLOGY VOL 2

of magic, and if so, to which branch he should turn his talents, experimenting in all to discover in which he is most naturally gifted. he must hold inviolate such secrets as are communicated to him by spirits, and he must accustom himself to their evocation. he must keep himself, however, from the least suspicion of diabolical magic, which has to do with satan, and which is the perversion of the theurgic power concealed in the word of god. medieval magic encyclopedia of occultism& parapsychology. 5th ed. 1008 when he has fulfilled these conditions, and before he proceeds to the practice of his art, he should devote a prefatory period to deep contemplation on the high business he has voluntarily taken in hand, and must present himself before god with a pure heart, undefiled mouth, and inno

ty, to an elevation above reason, action and liberty. he believed in a certain order of evil genii, who took pleasure in hunting wild beasts, and others of whom hunted souls that had escaped from the fetters of the body, so that to escape them, the soul must once more take refuge in the flesh. porphyry s theosophical conceptions, based on those of plotinus, were strongly and ably traversed by the theurgic mysteries of iamblichus, to whom the priest was a prophet full of deity. criticizing porphyry, iamblichus stated: often, at the moment of inspiration, or when the afflatus has subsided, a fiery appearance is seen.the entering or departing power. those who are skilled in this wisdom can tell by the character of this glory the rank of divinity who has seized for the time the reins of the my

new age. it united eastern and western forms of gnosis (spiritual wisdom) and theurgy (techniques of enlightenment) in the light of modern science. it also provided an educational program consisting of courses in meditation, esoteric cosmology, divinations, spiritual healing, superhealth and longevity, thanatology, and empowerment. it offered courses for ministership in four types of theurgy and theurgic cosmology, and in child education, creativity, and world responsibility. the institute discouraged intellectual learning for one s own sake in favor of learning that assists one to become enlightened for the sake of all things. last known address: p.o. box 2422, reno, ne 89505. pantomnesia term coined by charles richet to denote regression of memory, the imagination that a thing experienc

g louis claude de saint-martin and martines de pasqually all labored to that end. we may regard all these as belonging to the school of christian magicians, distinct from those who practiced the rites of the grimoires or jewish kabalism. the line may be carried back through lavater, karl von eckartshausen, and so on to the seventeenth century. these men were mystics besides being practitioners of theurgic magic, and they combined in themselves the knowledge of practically all the occult sciences. with anton mesmer began the revival of a science that cannot be altogether regarded as occult when consideration is given to its modern developments, but that powerfully influenced the mystic life of his time and even later. the mesmerists of the first era were in a direct line from the martinists


HELENA BLAVATSKY THE KEY TO THEOSOPHY

day. the world has become too corrupt and wicked for the practice of that which such holy and learned men as ammonius, plotinus, porphyry, and iamblichus (the most learned theurgist of all) could alone attempt with impunity. in our day theurgy or divine, beneficent magic is but too apt to become go tic, or in other words sorcery. theurgy is the first of the three subdivisions of magic, which are theurgic, go tic, and natural magic. thread soul the same as sutratman (see above. thumos (gr) a pythagorean and platonic term; applied to an aspect of the human soul, to denote its passionate kamarupic condition: almost equivalent to the sanskrit word tamas "the quality of darkness" and probably derived from the latter. timaeus of locris a pythagorean philosopher, born at locris. he differed some


INITIATION INTO HERMETICS

s kind also may be spoken of as a form of ecstasy which, however, in contrast to the previously described concomitant manifestation, is being produced deliberately, step by step. in this kind of manifestation, which is the interior, the spiritual part of the magician rises up to god half-way and the later comes to meet him half-way down. this invocation f the deity in the magic active manner is a theurgic or a real magic form which a magician is allowed to use only when he has gained the right measure of maturity. the manner of invocation is absolutely individual because there does not exist any concrete method. the mystic-passive as well as the magic-active invocation of god can again be carried out i a concrete or an abstract form. the concrete invocation imagines god in a certain shape


ISIS UNVEILED

rowth of the triumph of cyril and the mariolaters. the cruel, crafty politidan, the plotting monk, glorified by ecclesias- tical history with the aureole of a martyred saint; the despoiled philo' aophers, the neo-platonists, and the gnostics, daily anathematized by the church all over the world for long and dreary centmiea; the curse of the unconcerned deity hom-ly invoked on the magian rites and theurgic' practice, and the christian clergy themselves using lorcery for ages; hypatia, the glorious maiden-philosopher, torn to pieces by the christian mob; and such as catherine de m dicis, lucrezia borgia, joanna of naples, and the isabellas of spain, presented to the world as the faithful daughters of the church, some even decorated by the pope with the order of the 'immaculate bose' the high

digitizecoy google peteb's hatred op paul aa well as to obtatn' the word epoptma is a compound one, from tri upon, and swraiuu to look, or an overseer, an inspector alao uaed for a masterbuuder. the title of tuastor-mason. in free- masomy, is derived from this, in the sense used in the mysteries. therefore, when paul entitles himself a "masterbuilder" he is using a word pre-eminently kabalistic, theurgic, and masonic, and one which no other apostle uses. he thus declares himself an ade, having the right to iniiiate others. if we search in this direction with those sure guides, the grecian mysteries and the kabala, before us, it will be easy to find the secret reason why paul was so persecuted and hated by peter, john and james. hie author of the revelation was a jewish kabalist pur sang

are left in no doubt upon this point; for the agnuhada parikdtai says exphcitly "every initiate, to whatever degree he may belong, who reveab the great sacred formula, must be put to death" naturally enou^ this same extreme penalty was prescribed in all the mul^anous sects and brotherhoods which at diffocnt periods have sprung bom tfae ancient stock. we find it with the early ess^nes, gnos- tics, theurgic neo-platonists, and medieval philosophers; and in our day even the masons perpetuate the memory of the old obligations in the penalties of throat-cutting, dismemberment, and disemboweling, with which the candidate is threatened. as the masonic 'master's word' is communicated only at 'low breath' so the selfsame precaution is pre- scribed in the chaldaean book of nwraera and the jewish mer


JENNINGS HARGRAVE ROSICRUCIANS RITES MYSTERIES

ir nou-rose i.e. neros, or naurutz (malcolm s history of persia, vol. ii. p. 406. the tudor rose, or rose-en-soilel (the rose of the order of the garter, is the rosicrucian the rose crucified. 261 red rose, crucified, with its rays of glory, or golden sunbeams, or mythical thorns, issuant from its white, immaculate centre-point, or lily-point all which have further occult meanings lying hidden in theurgic mysticism. all these are spoken in the famous round table of the prince (and origin) of christian knighthood, king arthur. his table is now hanging on the wall, dusty and neglected, over the king's seat or bench in the court- house on the castle hill of our ancient winchester. but upon this abstruse subject of the round table we have spoken more fully in another place. see elias ashmole


KARR DON NOTES ON THE STUDY OF EARLY KABBALAH JEWISH MYSTICISM IN ENGLISH

ent discussion of kabbalistic spirituality, originating with gershom scholem, tends to differentiate between the etheurgic f and etransformative f sides of kabbalistic practice and to present them as constituting divergent goals for mystical intentionality and life. our analysis of thirteenthcentury sources dealing with contemplative prayer and the priestly cult indicate that on the contrary, the theurgic efficacy of a kabbalist fs worship is a product of his experiential adhesion and absorption into divinity. h (from the abstract, p. vii. dauber, jonathan victor. standing on the heads of philosophers: myth and philosophy in early kabbalah. ph.d. dissertation, new york: new york university, 2004. chapters include gthe opening to myth in the thought of abraham bar hiyya, h gmyth and philoso

aditions of attaining wisdom, in kabbalah: journal for the study of jewish mystical texts, volume 17, edited by daniel abrams and avraham elqayam (los angeles: cherub press, 2008. altmann, alexander. g ethe ladder of ascension, f h in studies in religious philosophy and mysticism (ithaca: cornell university press, 1969. brody, seth. ghuman hands dwell in heavenly heights: contemplative ascent and theurgic power in thirteenth century kabbalah, h in mystics of the book: themes, topics, and typologies, edited by r. a. herrera (new york: peter lang publishing, inc, 1993. avraham ben alexander of cologne. kether shem tov: the krown of the good name [spain, 13th century. belize city: providence university, 2006. for information, go to www.everburninglight.org. cohen, seymour. the holy letter. a


LEADBEATER CW GLIMPSES OF MASONIC HISTORY

eclares that it requires much study and careful research, as well as personal sacrifice, to become the possessor of transcendental secrets(*the real history of the rosicrucians, p. 256) 707. but the literature of the rosy cross was by no means confined to pamphlets. a system of philosophy was put before europe through their mediation, a philosophy which bears a striking resemblance to that of the theurgic neoplatonism of the third and fourth centuries of our era. many great names are associated with the order; among them was michael maier, who died in 1622, after writing the silentium post clamores (1617; the symbola aureae mensae (1617, and the themis aurea (1618- all of which expound and defend rosicrucian and alchemical philosophy. thomas vaughan, although not an actual member of the so


LEWIS JAMES SATANISM TODAY AN ENCYCLOPEDIA OF RELIGION FOLKLORE AND POPULAR CULTURE

lesiastical structure that a 17th century woodcut of moloch, the demon-god to whom the ammonites are supposed to have sacrificed children. human beings are represented as being shut up in the cells within the body of the model, and are burned to death by the fires below (fortean picture library) 180 mr. bubbles case embodies the martinist occult/mystical tradition in north america. it is a ritual theurgic body that emphasizes purity of ritual, as well as the eucharist as the center of initiation, through which the invocation of angels and planetary spirits is made. spirit communication often takes place during the mass, when members of the clergy, who are clairvoyant, may have visions. during the mass a mystical language is perceived and spoken. the absolute, emanating the trinity, is view


LIBER LXVII THE SWORD OF SONG

e for a curious coin he bartered his good bull. alas for our father! now the suggler mocks him and cries .four fool.s bargains hast thou made, and thou art fit to go forth and meet a fool4 for thy mate. but our father counted thrice seven and cried .one for the fool. seeing 1 3, the number of g. 2, the number of the card g. 2 the equality of three and eight is attributed to binah, a high grade of theurgic attainment. 3 scil. juggler, the 1st key. the magical weapons correspond to the kerubim. 4 the key marked 0 and applied to aleph, 1. dona virginis. puella urget sophiam sodalibus. the sophic suggler. ambrosii magi hortis rosarum 83 the serpent should be his at last .none for the fool. they laughed back.nay, even his maiden queen. for she would not any should know thereof. yet all were rig


MANLY P HALL THE SECRET TEACHINGS OF ALL AGES

names of the houses.(3) the greek or the egyptian names of the egyptian deities assigned to the houses (4) the complete figures of these deities (5) the ancient or the modem zodiacal signs, sometimes both (6) the number of decans or subdivisions of the houses. next: the bembine table of isis sacred texts esoteric index previous next p. 57 click to enlarge the bembine table of isis. concerning the theurgic or magic sense in which the egyptian priests exhibited in the bembine table of isis the philosophy of sacrifice, rites, and ceremonies by a system of occult symbols, athanasius kircher writes "the early priests believed that a great spiritual power was invoked by correct and unabridged sacrificial ceremonies. if one feature were lacking, the whole was vitiated, says iamblichus. hence they

ied the sun in its material phase and also the immutable demiurgic law beneath which all mortal creatures must bend. the eagle was also the hermetic symbol of sulphur, and signified the mysterious fire of scorpio- the most profoundly significant sign of the zodiac and the gate of the great mystery. being one of the three symbols of scorpio, the eagle, like the goat of mendes, was an emblem of the theurgic art and the secret processes by which the infernal fire of the scorpion was transmuted into the spiritual light-fire of the gods. among certain american indian tribes the thunderbird is held in peculiar esteem. this divine creature is said to live above the clouds; the flapping of its wings causes the rumbling which accompanies storms, while the flashes from its eyes are the lightning. bi


MICHAEL WYNN THE SOUL TRAVELERS

uccessful evocation are: sudden wind, noises, voices, and odors in the ritual chamber. an object baring that spirit s sigil is placed in the triangle, and this object is subjected to injury when the magician wishes to force the obedience of that spirit. the brand new you [3.7] aside from thaumaturgic magic, or low magic, which uses magic to alter the outside world according to will, there is also theurgic magic, or high magic. theurgic magic is magic used to change the self; this type of magic is by far the lesser known of the 2. the most common ambition involved with theurgic magic is the what is called knowledge and conversation with the holy guardian angel. this merger of the guardian angel and lower self can take years, and this long-term ambition requires a series of rituals which slo


REGARDIE ISRAEL THE COMPLETE GOLDEN DAWN

herein; some other purpose to the rite must have been understood by their original observers whereby they were spiritually assisted and aided not only to deal adequately with life but to further the conquest and manifestation of their own latent spiritual nature. for despite every record, and every learned attempt to penetrate into the sigruficance of these rites, as to the exact procedure of the theurgic technique we still obtain no lasting satisfaction, or understanding. there was undoubtedly a secret <33> about these celebrations, both ethnic and early christian, which no exoteric record has divulged or common sense, so-called, succeeded wholly to explain away. and the reason no doubt it this. though the early writers felt no hesitancy in expounding certain principles of the philosophy

dawn <35> documents resented herein. but it is necessarv to emvhasize the fact that an anterior per'sonal training and prolonged magiial effoa are the sole means by which one is enabled so to awaken the dormant sviritual life of another that he mav well and truly be called "initiated" now we know from an examination of the above mentioned documents and of ancient literature that the object of the theurgic art, as the magical concept of initiation was then termed. was so to vurifv the versonalitv that that which was there imprisoned could sprkg into open'destati'on. as on: of the alchemical expositors has exvressed it "within the material extreme of this life. when it is rmrified. the seed of the spirit is at last found" the entire object of all magichl and alch'emkal processes is the purif

rpose for which the order was founded originally. for, if one may speak of the order as having a specific purpose, then that sublime motive is to bring each man to the perfection of his own kether, to the glory of his own higher genius, to the splendour of the golden dawn arising within the heart of his soul. and its technique is always encompassed through the uplifting of the heart and mind by a theurgic invocation to isis-urania, the symbolic personification of the sephiroth of the supernal light. it is well known that venus is a planet peculiarly associated with occult and mystical aspiration. in the secret doctrine we find blavatsky stating that "venus, or lucifer, the planet, is the light-bearer of our earth, in both <291> a physical and mystical sense" and in quoting from the stanzas


RITUEL ET DOGME DE LA HAUTE MAGIE BY ELIPHAS LEVI PART II

existed in the past, and there may be still in the present, assemblies which are presided over by this figure, seated on a throne and having a flaming torch between the horns. but the adorers of this sign do not consider, as do we, that it is a representation of the devil: on the contrary, for them it is that of the god pan, the god of our modern schools of philosophy, the god of the alexandrian theurgic school and of our own mystical neo-platonists, the god of lamartine and victor cousin, the god of spinoza and plato, the god of the primitive gnostic schools; the christ also of the dissident priesthood. this last qualification, ascribed to the goat of black magic, will not astonish students of religious antiquities who are acquainted with the phases of symbolism and doctrine in their var


SATANGEL

as like one of the others; there was no difference and all my fear and trembling left me. dr. john dee was obsessed by the idea of the book of enoch, and yet was unable to obtain a copy. his system of enochian magick was created when he and edward kelly were attempting to divine its contents. clavicula salomonis otherwise known as the key of solomon the king. the first english translation of this theurgic text was made in 1889, although the british museum possess a greek version dated 1100-1200 e.v. it is known to have existed since the first century, and is an important text in the study of kaballa. in 1310 the pope innocent vi ordered all copies destroyed, and a similar commandment was given in 1559. in the 17th century, thanks to the new technology of the printing press, this work and i


SIR EDWARD BULWER LYTTON ZANONI A ROSICRUCIAN TALE

the liberals of his time, he was a devout and sincere christian. before his execution, he demanded a pen and paper to write these words "ma femme, mes enfans, ne me pleurez pas; ne m'oubliez pas, mais souvenez-vous surtout de ne jamais offenser dieu("my wife, my children, weep not for me; forget me not, but remember above everything never to offend god) ed "ah, is it possible! you are one of that theurgic brotherhood "nay, i attended their ceremonies but to see how vainly they sought to revive the ancient marvels of the cabala "such studies please you? i have shaken off the influence they once had on my own imagination "you have not shaken it off" returned the stranger, bravely "it is on you still, on you at this hour; it beats in your heart; it kindles in your reason; it will speak in you


THE MAGICIAN S KABBALAH

follows (a) the symbolism of the ritual is fully recognised (b) the imagination is extended to encompass this symbolism (c) the will is concentrated firmly and repeatedly (d) the ka (ego) is thus put into tension, and acts on its counterpart in the heart (ab, which is the vessel of conscious desire (e) this in turn reacts on the hati (unconscious executant (f) the whole psyche thus in a state of theurgic excitation, the ba (divine link) descended, and the whole body becomes a khu (shining one or augoides (g) this new being is established in the midst of the sahu (elemental body, and hence by its radiation can awaken corresponding potencies in nature. the sahu could hence be seen in modern terms as a morphogenetic field (h) for this purpose, the khaibt is used as the link between the ego a


UNLEASHING THE BEAST

or, the spirit of solitude" his first real initiation into the world of esotericism and magic occurred until 1898, when he was introduced to group known as the hermetic order of the golden dawn. founded by william westcott and macgregor mathers in 1887, the golden dawn was an eclectic blending of a number of older western esoteric traditions, including hermeticism, freemasonry, rosicrucianism and theurgic arts derived from jewish kabbalah. an affluent and elite group, the golden dawn attracted a number of prominent artists, poets and intellectuals, including w.b. yeats. eventually crowley and mathers would part ways, and finally become mired in a lawsuit when crowley published a full description of the secret rites of the golden dawn in his journal, equinox.xvii revealing secrets and spark


WOLFSON ELLIOT ALEF MEM TAU KABBALISTIC MUSINGS ON TIME TRUTH AND DEATH

ry desire [la-kol zeman we-et le-khol hefes (eccles 3:1. 258 the context for this remark is an exposition of the words he does not remit all punishment, we-naqqeh lo yenaqqeh (exod 34:7, which appear in the biblical 104 chapter two verses whence rabbinic interpreters eisegetically derived the thirteen attributes of divine mercy. building on previous rabbinic texts, the medieval kabbalist accorded theurgic power to these verses; their recitation by israel induces god to bestow a free gift (matanat hinnam) in the form of his forgiving all transgressions through the conduit of the attribute of whiteness [middat ha-lavan, which is the whiteness of the skull [loven shel ha-gulggolet. with this in mind we can better comprehend the interpretation of the verse your garments should be white in ever

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