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                                   Treatise on Mind 
                                    From: The Tigress  

                Fromthe moment that 2cells form a zygote, wesee  the interaction

          of  informational process  - recognition,  communication, interaction,

          integration, re-stabilization and  reproduction and or  re-structuriz-

          ation.  This cycle of  life can be see from the barest combinations of

          any  two elemental  components beginning  at the lowest  atomic desig-

          nations  of  energy and  throughout the  continuum of  increasing com-

          plexity - perhaps far beyond our capabilities 

          to understand.   ***  If consciousness can be  defined as an awareness

          of integrity through this process of self recognition; then conscious-

          ness can be easily applied to that which is non-human.*** 


                From the most basicinteractions of chemistry, wefind that evenon

          an  atomic level there is to be  found this type of consciousness.  We

          have  become aware  of the  atom's necessary  maintenance of  it's own

          structure  through the  evidence  of necessary  balancing of  protons,

          neutrons and electrons;  the importance of electron shell  valences is

          also a  reminder of this type of integrity.   Even on an atomic level,

          there is  a form of awareness  of self-integrity in order  to maintain

          structure and identity. 


                    This process ofawareness is alsoa geniusof discrimination. A

          form  of identification  of self  &  non self  on an  energetic level.

          There  is a borrowing, and sometimes a sharing energetically, yet when

          this process of self recognition begins to fail we see the destruction

          of the matter it  involves <this is evident with  atomic structure and

          also evident at the human level  in the study of cancer.> Therefore we

          might  look at  this process of  self-recognition and  maintenance and

          examine it's nature in order to find its function and capabilities. 



                    When we lookat different typesof matter, wefind that themore

          simple the atomic structure  of the mass, the less complex its process

          of  "consciousness" needs to  be.  Things which  are comprised of only

          one atomic component  do not need  complex processes of  communication

          between those components.   Thus the level of consciousness  is rather

          low on an evolutionary scale of creativity, yet we also see that these

          types of  things are far more  stable in regards to  their integrity -

          far less  vulnerable to destruction.   In example, it takes  an enorm-

          ously concentrated force of heat to break the integrity of an atom...-

          yet a  mere 2000 degree flame  will not only destroy  the integrity of

          human consciousness, but also destroy  the integrity of the individual

          component molecules which  form the material mass of  a human to their

          lowest forms as individual atoms. 



                    Whenwe look at theforces involved incommunication of energy,

          we  see  a flowing  medium of  different  frequencies within  a single

          spectrum  of  energetic  potential.   Elemental  energies  and  forces

          <light,  sound,  temperature,  pressure,   magnetism,  electricity...>

          differentiate and vary in  intensity and frequency yet are  very alike

          in  that they are all  means of transferring energy  as a form of com-

          munication which can be informative/stabilizing or disinformative/des-

          tructive,  depending  on the  structure  of  the "consciousness"  they

          encounter.  It  may be perceived that the more  complex the structure,

          the lower the  frequency of the  integrity of that  structure and  the

          more vulnerable that structure is to disinformation. 


               The  more diverse the components  are that are  included within a

          thing,  and the more efficient  the means of  communication within the

          structure  of that thing; the  lower the common  denomination of freq-

          uency of integrity must  be in order that the  informational frequency

          will not be  destructive to any  of the component  parts.  To  analyze

          this statement we must look at other analogies within our environment.

          Firstly I would like to examine the nature of sound. 



               Sound waves come  in varying frequencies and  modulations, and as

          humans we assign different  notes to those steps within  the frequency

          spectrum which we can  differentiate and perceive.  If we play several

          notes  simultaneously, we  find that  in order  to maintain  a balance

          harmonically, we must  play notes that  match each others  modulation.

          You can play a "C" note at any  octave and in fact play all "C"  notes

          simultaneously  and you  will  find that  within  the frequency  range

          these notes will compliment each other, in fact they will contribute/-

          share energy with each other.  WE find similar  matching if we look at

          musical chording.  If you play the  notes "F" and "C" , the sharing of

          energy  vibrationally between  those two ranges  of frequency  will in

          fact create  the note  of "A"  in  the range  in which  the two  notes

          frequencies  overlap.  In this way communication is informative and in

          fact the "whole  is greater" than  the sum of  its parts.   Similarly,

          playing  two notes which lie in the same modulation frequencies simul-

          taneously  will increase the duration of the vibration compared to the

          duration if each note were played alone. 


               When  we examine  the  sharing of  electrical  information at  an

          atomic level, we see  that through the temporary sharing  of electrons

          in a phase  path also indicates  something that we  might consider  as

          investing a thing <atom> with more than the sum  of its parts.  Simil-

          arly in using electric  frequencies in a series, we  store information

          on silicon chips which invest them with more than they would be if one

          simply  looked at the electrical  and silicon components  alone.  This

          transference  of  energy  is also  a  transference  of information  in

          frequencies which in many ways we are still attempting to understand. 



               Simple, one component things,  can sustain far higher frequencies

          of  energetic  transmission than  can  complex  components of  things.

          Frequencies which pass freely through atoms ultimately destroy complex

          things such as humans when they are subject to them.   It appears that

          the  more complex  the union  of the components,  the slower  and more

          tediously  complex the  transformation  of data  must  be.   The  more

          complex a thing is,  the lower the vibrational capability  it sustains

          in order to maintain the integrity of its own structure. 


               Energetic  communication exists  infinitely throughout  the univ-

          erse.  The transference  of information through radio waves  and light

          waves continues back in time to the occasion of what was known as  the

          Big Bang.  It may be that in the future we will find that in the  same

          way gravity  and electromagnetism  are also continuums  of information

          from  times long past.   Scientifically we study  these energetic con-

          tinuums and yet we doubt and deny the holistic communicative nature of

          the  universe.  We search for causes  and effects within the realms of

          our limited  perceptions and are  amazed when  we can  find no  causal

          effects to explain change. 



               When we  examine biological life, we find  that each evolutionary

          adaptation seems to be  an extension of the  process of self/non  self

          awareness  and maintenance of  integrity.  Not  only do  we see inten-

          sification  of sensory perceptual abilities, but also we note that the

          integrational and responsive/reactive   components of the process also

          have to  evolve and adapt in order to stay integrated with the rest of

          the "consciousness".   Amoebas are "simple" life forms, and yet we can

          examine them and see that each organic component within that life form

          serves  as an  informational  and communicative  component within  the

          process of maintaining the integrity <life>  of the whole.  When  this

          communication  process or any part  of it ceases,  the organization of

          the organism begins to deteriorate and eventually ceases and dies.  In

          biological life, we  find that  though we have  maintained the use  of

          electronic  communication on some neural  levels, we have  sunk to the

          depths  of transferring  actual molecular  compounds <proteins,  amino

          acids...> in  most of our  organic processes.   Even the  human brain,

          supposed  highest achievement  of  organic life  forms, requires  base

          molecular  salts in  order  to process  electrical  information.   Our

          complexity denies us the speed of light, radio, 

          and other  faster and higher  frequency modes of  communication except

          from outside of ourselves. 



               The  human consciousness is a  genius of discrimination.   We use

          the abilities of  discrimination to identify those  stimuli which come

          from outside of our biological forms in order  to protect and maintain

          our integrity <life.   We use our senses <inefficient  though they may

          be>  to gather and interpret pure energetic communications such as the

          radiated  energy of sunlight and we are so inefficient at interpreting

          that data that we can only sense light and heat and it  destroys those

          sensors  that gather that information through blindness and sunburn if

          we continue too long in our attempts.  Yet, 

          conversely , we  need the information  from sunlight which  stimulates

          our organic forms  into producing  vitamin D <without  which we  would

          die>. Is  this a remnant  of photosynthetic  capabilities from  lessor

          complex integrations, or  merely a new  attempt at further  increasing

          our potential? 



               As organic forms of  consciousness, we are sorely limited  in our

          perceptions  of the  universe.    Limited  in exploring  the  possibly

          limitless ranges of energetic exchange simply due to the limits placed

          upon  communication due to the complexity  of our component structure.

          Yet  rather than admit to our limitations, we seek further exploration

          through  the development of tools  made from things  less complex than

          ourselves.   In the laboratory, we  use light waves and shaped silicon

          to create microscopes to increase our sense of visual acuity within 

          the spectrum  of visible  radiation imaging.   In  the studio,  we use

          simple cones  flattened vegetable matter and  electronic amplification

          to create tools  to compensate for our  limited aural perception.   We

          have created many tools out of simpler  and less complex components in

          order  to reach  those  higher frequencies  of  information which  are

          either  so far removed from us as  to be imperceptible, or so destruc-

          tive to us that we dare not experience them ourselves. 


               The  human zygote from the moment of conception is a discriminat-

          ing  consciousness which is involved in the differentialization of its

          components in order to 

          develop finer  levels of complexity.   This fetus is also  even before

          birth  learning to  interpret  communicative energies  from the  outer

          world in order  to begin definition of  itself, its integrity  and its

          maintenance  of  self apart  from the  influence  of "other".   Cells,

          joining together  in communication  to form co-operative  systems each

          with  separate responsibilities  to the  whole.  Organs  with specific

          functions  supporting the organism in its fight to maintain its integ-

          rity.   Consciousness of Mind, determining the difference between self

          and non self, regulating the integrity  of the whole.  This harmony of

          components within a symphony  of orchestration, this is the  matter of

          being alive. 


               Despite our  complexities, despite recognition of our vulnerabil-

          ities  and limitations; we as humans are  beings of arrogant mind.  We

          claim supremacy over all biological organisms and claim the sole right

          to conscious thought <as if we  were the only from of communication we

          wished  to recognize.>   We  deny our insecurities  and lay  claims to

          great understandings concerning the  universe, when we in fact  do not

          even  understand the actual workings of our own process of integration

          and communication within our own biological forms. 

          We claim  ownership of consciousness,  yet we  do not even  pretend to

          truly evaluate the process of consciousness nor its beginnings. 

               Despite our inadequacies,  we assume  to know the  nature of  the

          beginnings of  all life.   We claim to  know the "mind"  of "God" <the

          prime causation for all that exists> and we claim title to superiority

          in emulation of this "God" - above  and beyond all other forms of life

          or integrity.  An egotistic lot are we, who strive to seek security in

          the  midst of  our  fear, our  inadequacies,  our vulnerabilities;  by

          developing a system of belief which guarantees our security in a place

          beyond our perception.  We seek safety and foundation at the same time

          that we reach outward to claim flight amongst the stars. 

               This is  the paradox on humanity,  of mind.  Complexity  found in

          simplicity... using simplicity to explore  a universe beyond the range

          of our complex integrity.  Our complex integrity vulnerable to all but

          the  simplest energies,  while we  lay grasp  to use  complex energies

          which would destroy us in order to  prove our strength.  What it is we

          look for, we  eventually find at the expense of  closing our senses to

          see what  really is.   Perhaps it  is true that  the most foolish  are

          those who lay claim to knowledge for they have closed their minds 

          to  further learning,  and  that the  most wise  are  those who  claim

          knowledge of no thing, that they may learn all. 


          Copyright (c) 1988 by Phil Hansford. This article is 

          is licenced for free non-commercial distribution only. 




          ** MAGICK 1 -- WHY MAGICK ** 


                          Theability tothink seems toset usapart fromother crea-

          tures.  And  although we  are concerned  with  living in  the physical

          world, we are mental beings. The fact is we are thinking all the time.

          We plan, we brood, we get depressed or elated -- all of it is thought.

          But  the universe is mental too, and  if we could control our thinking

          we would see magnificent results in the everyday world. 

                          Manysystems have been developedover the agesto help us

          control our  thoughts. A great  amount of  dogma too  has been  kicked

          around in an attempt to make us into better people. Magick (the occult

          kind, spelled with a  'k') is one  of the oldest  and most general  of

          these  systems. Magick is the study and application of psychic forces.

          It uses mental  training, concentration,  and a system  of symbols  to

          program the mind. The  purpose of magick is to alter  the self and the

          environment according to the will. 

                          Mostofthe magickwesee todaycomesto usfromancient Egypt

          and Chaldea.  The Chinese,  Hindus, and Tibetans  developed their  own

          unique types of  magick. Western magick was locked up  by the Egyptian

          priests  for thousands  of  years and  then supressed  by the  rise of

          Christianity. It was not until  medieval Europe that magical knowledge

          was rediscovered by the alchemists and Cabalists. Only during the past

          hundred years  or so has  western culture been  open minded  enough to

          permit widespread investigation  of the subject. Only  since the start

          of the twentieth century has science shown much interest in it al all.




                          Through parapsychology, weare gaining insightsinto the

          hidden  nature of man. Parapsychology is  a branch of psychology which

          studies psychic  phenomena. It remains  something of a  frontier, even

          today.  Perhaps one  reason  for this  is that  psychic  phenomena are

          somewhat inconsistent. 

          Nevertheless, there  is strong evidence  from numerous cases  and exp-

          eriments in  support of  psychic phenomena.  Somehow, under the  right

          conditions, the mind can directly affect the environment. 

                          Wemaytheorize thatthehumanmind andbodybroadcasts akind

          of psychic energy or force, much like a radio station. Kirlian photog-

          raphy, temperature effects, cloud chamber tests, and other experiments

          tend to support this theory. Although the exact nature of this psychic


          is subtle and unknown, it is undoubtedly the energy behind all psychic

          phenomena and  magick. However,  it is  *not* a  radio wave,  since it

          behaves  somewhat differently.  The psychic  force is  too weak  to be


          measured directly  (at least  so far  as we  know). Everyone  has some

          psychic ability. There 

          are numerous types of psychic phenomena. Parapsychology separates them

          into two groups: ESP and PK...  


          EXAMPLES OF ESP 


                          ESP,theabreviation forextrasensoryperception, meansthe

          reception  of information  through paranormal  means (ie.  not regular

          physical  senses of sight, sound, touch,  smell, or taste). In theory,

          this is accomplished by receiving psychic force from outside the body.

          Here are some examples of ESP:  

                          1)Clairvoyance,orRemote Viewing--the abilitytosense or

          'see' (non-physically)  distant objects, places,  and people. Individ-

          uals who see ghosts and spirits are probably clairvoyant.  

                  2) Clairaudience, or remote hearing -- the 'hearing' 

          of paranormal information. 

                          3)AstralProjection(OOBE)or TravelingClairvoyance--Full

          experience at a remote location while the physical body sleeps.  

                  4) Psychometry -- the reading of information by the 

          touch of physical objects. 

                          5) Telepathicreceiver --the ability todirectly receive

          thought (communication) at  a distance, with no physical connection to

          the sender.  There are many  everyday examples  of this,  in which  we


          think something just as another  person is about to say it. This is an

          easy  one  to  test for  through  experiment. Very  dramatic  cases of

          telepathy  have been recorded; there is  often an emotional element in

          such cases.  

                          6) A 'channel'or medium, asin a seance,who is indirect

          communication with a 'spirit' or entity.  

                          7) Experiencewith a Ouija board,pendulum, or automatic


                          8) Precognition--to forseethefuture. Again,highlyemot-

          ional events are the ones most likely to be 'tuned in'.  

                          9) Retrocognition-- knowledgeof the past,by paranormal



          EXAMPLES OF PK 


                          PK, the abreviation forpsychokinesis, is the active or

          sending side  of psychic phenomena.  The theory  here is that  psychic

          force is sent out from the individual. Examples of PK include:  

                          1)Telepathicsender --thetransmitterin thetelepathyjust


                          2)Psychokinesis (ortelekinesis) proper-- theability to

          move objects by means of psychic force. 

                          3)Somewhatalong thesamelinesarepoltergeist(noisyghost)

          phenomena in  which objects move  of their  own accord  or noises  are


          heard. There is always a human  agent involved -- frequently a teenage

          girl -- who appears to be the source of psychic energy.  

                          4)Psychic healing-- theability toheal variousillnesses

          and  infirmities. There are many documented  cases of this. Usually it

          involves  a healer  and  a subject,  although there  are  recent cases

          invloving cancer patients learning to heal themselves.  

                          5)Teleportation, apportation,andlevitation. Someoccul-

          tists  feel a magician  producing PK effects  is simply a  channel for

          universal  energy. Others think the force originates some way directly

          within the magician. 




                          Postulated byFreud andothers, theconcept of thesubcon-

          scious mind is an important  one. Basicly, this is the idea  that part

          of the mind  normally operates below or outside of ordinary conscious-

          ness and  awareness. Dreams and  hypnosis are  examples of this.  Also

          subconscious are the many 

          automatic  functions of  the  physical body  such  as respiration  and




          WHY DO MAGICK? 


                          Magickencompassesmanythings-- scienceandart,philosophy

          and  metaphysics, psychology  and comparative  religion. Magick  is an

          adventure at  the borderlands of the unknown. It can fit the pieces of

          the puzzel of life into a meaningful whole. 

                          *Magick is fun*and interesting. Usemagick to helpraise

          consciousness without drugs.  Gain new experiences.  Fantacy  can come

          alive  through magick. Psychic phenomena can  be controlled and be fun

          and helpful. 

                          *Magick isbeneficial*. It canhelp you tohave excellent

          health, and bring you good luck. With magick life  runs smoothly; life

          is  good. Also use magick for  personality improvement, to control bad

          habits and to develop new motivations. 


          of magick. Use magick to alter events and to achieve your goals. Exert

          an influence  over people and phenomena. But power for its own sake is

          self defeating. The power which magick can give you should not be your


          reason for studying it. 





                          A numberof other occult disciplinesare prevalent today

          besides magick. There are many cults and sects which profess their own

          views, but there  are really few differences between them. One popular

          area in the  occult today is witchcraft. This is  far removed from the

          cliche of devil 

          worship. Real witchcraft is a nature religion  (pagan). Witchcraft has

          much in common with magick. 

                          Alchemy alsohas muchin common withmagick. It'sheritage

          comes  from the middle ages. Alchemy  fathered chemistry and the phys-

          ical sciences. But  the avowed purpose of  alchemy, turning lead  into

          gold,  is too  limiting to  be called  magick. Sometimes  the goal  of

          alchemy is interpreted  in another way, as  the transformation of  man

          into a spiritual being.  

                          Thentherearethe numerousmodernday seersor'pychics', as

          they like to be called, who  operate within their own somewhat  unique

          systems. Although many  of these people are  deluded frauds, some  are

          very powerful occultists indeed.  


                          Of course,everything Ihavesaid hereis ageneralization.

          Magick, witchcraft, alchemy, or any occult field are complex subjects.

          Suffice it to say that magick  includes them all (it is eclectic). For

          magick is  undoubtedly a philosophy  which has,  as the late  Aleister

          Crowley wrote, 

          "The method of science -- the aim of religion." 




          1) Define magick. 

          2) Define ESP and PK. Give examples. 

          3) What is the subconsicous? 


          BOOK LIST 


          Hal N. Banks, An Introduction to Psychic Studies. 

          Annie Besant, Thought Power. 

          Michael H. Brown, PK, A Report on the Power of Psychokinesis. 

          Richard Cavendish, The Black Arts. 

          Alexandira David-Neel, Magic and Mystery in Tibet. 

          Raynor C. Johnson, The Imprisoned Splendour. 

          Janet Lee Mitchell, "Is Anything Out There?", Fate magazine, 

              May 1988. 


          Ostrander and Shroeder, Psychic Discoveries Behind the 

              Iron Curtan. 



          Phil Hansford, 4/88 


          (818) 353-8891 (modem) 

          P.O. Box 83 

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          Copyright (c) 1988 by Phil Hansford. This article is

          is licenced for free non-commercial distribution only.



                  ' The universe is a projection of ourselves;

                  an image as unreal as that of our faces in a

                  mirror....We cannot affirm any quality in an

                  object as being independent of our sensorium,

                  or as being in itself that which it seems to

                  us. Nor can we assume that what we cognize is

                  more than a partial phantom of its cause.'

                            ( --Aleister Crowley, Magick, p. 110)

                          Yourawarenessofthe physicalworldand ofyourplace within

          it is  mostly based  upon the physical  senses(hearing, sight,  smell,

          touch, taste). These  five senses continually send  information to the

          mind, and it is up to

          the  mind to select and interpret  them. If you could  not do so, your

          senses  would overwhelm you and be  meaningless.  Selection and inter-

          pretation  of your sensory inputs  is essentially an automatic, mostly


          subconscious  function  of  the mind.  The  program or  map  which the

          subconscious follows

          as  its reference point  is called a  'model'. The model  is a subcon-

          scious  mental photograph  of  how you  believe the  world  looks (ie.

          worldview, mindset, egregore, or belief system).  It was built up from

          an early age  by your religious and cultural background through inter-

          action with family and

          others.  It  contains your  experiences,  attitudes,  and habits.  And

          whether  you  realize  it or  not,  most of  your  behavior, thoughts,

          feelings, and  habits are based  upon and  conditioned by that  model;

          even  personality. The  model is  one of  the mind's  master programs.

          Change in  behavior generally requires  a change  in the model.  These

          limitations built into our way of thinking cause our perceptions to be

          subjective.  That is  why  Hindu philosophy  looks upon  the  world as

          illusory (maya); the world itself (object) is not an illusion, however

          from our viewpoint through perception

          (subject) it is.


                          Thus weare allconditioned byexperience. Exceptthat our

          perceptions, hence our experiences,  are first conditioned and limited

          by the model. Our perceptions and experiences tend  to conform to what

          we expect. We tend to misinterpret or ignore things which do not match


          preconcieved notions about them. This is automatic.


          THE TRUE WILL

                          The forgoingdemonstrates how itis thatthere are somany

          different versions of 'truth'. One's particular view is  almost arbit-

          rary. Although numerous  religions, philosophies,  and occult  systems

          abound,  they do  not contradict  one and  other as  much as  it might

          appear.  Rather, they describe the same (universal) reality taken from

          different  perspectives. For  there can  be no  ultimate truth  in the

          physical  world. We  can only  base our  actions upon  assumptions and

          agreements.  All experience  is  subjective. I  like to  think  of the

          universe as something indescribable,  perhaps a 4-dimentional 'thing'.

          As soon as we attempt to put it into our 3-dimentional knowledge-base,

          something changes and  we only see an aspect of  the big picture. Just

          as a photograph can only show us a flat *representation*  of a greater

          thing, so  it is with any  attempt to describe *spiritual  reality* in

          physical terms.

                          Yet,there isa separatereality withineach of uswhich is

          often ignored unless we seek  it. This inner self is in  magick called

          the 'true  will'. The  true will is  the center  of consciousness  and

          identity. It  is the 'real you'.   Everything else is  an interface or

          link  to it from  the outer (illusory) world.  Since that interface is

          based upon our model, it is conditoned and may sometimes produce false

          information. 'Do what thou wilt' (Crowley)  is an axiom of magick; for


          the true  will expresses  our exact  desires. And  what we  truly want

          ('down deep') we tend to automatically

          get. This  isn't always in our best interests, since the true will can

          be conditioned (tricked) by the illusion; and then we might desire and

          obtain  that  which  is not  ultimately  good for  us.  (Karma strikes

          again!) The task  of the magician therefor is to awaken his awareneess

          of the true will, to be free of conditioning, and thereby to transcend

          maya. ('My will unconditioned is magical' -- Spare). 



                          Thereis nogreatsecretto changingbehaviororhabits. Itis

          largely  a matter  of determination.  It equires  that you  ignore the

          'pull' of the model when you  strive for changes within yourself.  The

          model is, after

          all,  a collection of  'habits', some of  which must be  unlearned for

          permananent change to occur.  There are two ways  to do this:  direct,

          through will power and awareness alone -- observing  and acting out in

          an unattached  or indifferent  manner;  and indirect  -- through  con-

          ditioning such as  affirmation (explained  later), self-hypnosis,  and

          magick. Meditation may help too, by relaxing tension and conflict. 

                          Emotionsfollowphysical expression:smileandact happyand

          you  will tend to feel  and be happy. The same  is also true for other

          emotions.  Also,  emotions can  be  purposely used  (or  programed) to

          replace other emotions.   Using this technique, a magician is somewhat

          like an actor

          in that he learns how  to turn his emotions  on and off at will.  Note

          that this  is not 'fakeing it'; the magician is probably more in touch

          with his true feelings than most  people. And for these reasons we say

          that happiness is being happy.



                          Magickalwaysinvolvesself-hypnosis.However, itmaybemore

          than that. For  one thing, there are objective forces  involved (or so

          it would seem). Deities, spirits, and cosmic force can have  an indep-

          endent  existence.  And  the  repetitive  physical movement  sometimes

          involved in ritual can itself generate PK force. On the other hand, it

          could  be argued that all of  this is subjective to  the magician.  Or

          that  the deities  and  spirits are  nothing more  than  architypes or

          cosmic patterns  which the magician  energizes with his  own vitality.

          Perhaps all magical effects could be produced through hypnosis  alone.

          But the effects are certainly real. 


                          Greatcomplexityisnotnecessaryinmagick.Although basicly

          magick is  a medieval system of  symbolism (in a  modern context), any

          cosmological system will work from Cabala to Star Wars. We usually use

          the  medieval one in magick because  it is convenient and traditional,


          because  it seems  to  fit our  thought processes  well.   Traditional

          symbols have greater emotional effect on the magician than modern ones

          because of his familiarity  with them. What really matters is that the

          model of the magician be understood and programmed,  and thus that the

          model and the cosmological system do correspond.


          1) Contrast subjective with objective.

          2) What is a 'model'?

          3) Explain the task of the magician.

          BOOK LIST

          Eric Berne, Games People Play.

          Fritjof Capra, The Tao of Physics.

          Carlos Castaneda, The Fire From Within.

          Arthur Koestler, The Roots of Coincidence.


          John C. Lilly, The Center of the Cyclone.

          ------, Programming and Metaprogramming in the Human Biocomputer.

          ------, Simulations of God -- The Science of Belief.

          Alan Watts, The Book (on the taboo against knowing who you are).


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          ** MAGICK 3 -- THE FOUR WORLDS ** 


                          Theancientsdescribed manasmind, body,andsoul. Psychol-

          ogists of the  twentieth century added the  subconscious to that  def-

          finition. This  produces a  four-fold classification. The  universe is

          also divided into four corresponding parts ('worlds'), as shown below:


          WORLD                   BODY                      QUALITY 

          =====                   ====                      ======= 


          spiritual world    spiritual body (soul or kia)   intuition 

          mental world       mental body (conscious mind)   rationalthought 

          astral world       astral body (subconscious)     emotions 

          physical world     physical body                  physical senses 


                          Theastral body(subconscious)is theintermediary forint-

          uition, magical and  psychic phenomena, and is  the 'psychic link'  to

          the physical world. J.H. Brennan says that the astral is  the realm of


          visual imagination.  It seems  to be  both a 'place'  and a  'state of

          mind' at the 

          same  time. Most occult and magical  phenomena originate in the invis-

          ible, non-sensate,  non-physical realm (ie. without  physical senses).

          Each  of the  four  worlds interacts  with the  other  worlds. Psychic

          energy flows from the spiritual to  mental to astral to physical.  The

          physical world is a  projection (manifestation, reflection, or shadow)

          of the higher  worlds. Our center of consciousness is generally within

          these  higher worlds.  "We are",  to quote  the rock  music  group the

          Police, "spirits in the material world". 


                          Therearemanysimilar termsusedby otheroccultgroups. For

          example, 'astral light'  is another name for astral world, although it

          may  sometimes also  refer to  the entire  non-physical realm,  as may

          'inner planes' or  'the invisible world'.  Planes are essentially  the

          same as  worlds.  Vehicles  or sheaths  are the same  as bodies.  Some

          groups  include an etheric or vital  body between physical and astral:

          it is mostly  'physical' with a little of  the lower 'astral' besides.

          And sometimes astral and mental are each divided into two parts (upper

          and lower). The 'causal body' is the upper 'mental'. 




                          Wehavebeendescribing'traditonal'occultphilosophy here,

          and certainly  an important  part of  the tradition  is the  idea (and

          terms) microcosm and  macrocosm.  The greater  universe, known as  the

          *macrocosm*, includes everything that  exists. It corresponds with the


          or tiny universe,  ie. man -- who is thought of as a miniature replica

          of the macrocosm (whole universe).  This basic magical relationship is

          demonstrated in the  Bible (Genesis 1.27), where God is the macrocosm;

          and in the  writing of Trismegistus ("As above so  below").  Since man

          is in the image of  God (universe) it follows that God is in the image

          of man  (in other words,  man and the God/universe  match each other).


          The magician,  as a microcosm  is thus  connected with the  macrocosm.

          There  is an intimate relationship of  energies between you and every-

          thing else.   The universe is reflected within us and we are projected

          into  the universe.  This  is an  important theory  behind  magick and





                          'Personalmagick' is thatmagick used toaffect the self;

          often   involving  affirmation,  self-suggestion,  and  self-hypnosis.

          'Active magick'  is outer directed  magick (as in  PK) used to  affect

          someone or thing, or to  bring about an event. 'Passive magick'  is to

          be affected (as in ESP) 

          by an outside non-physical cause. Everyone possesses some magical (and

          psychic)  potential. Some  are especially  gifted. Usually  people are

          better at one kind of magick (ie. active or passive) than they  are at

          the other kind; only rarely does an individual excell at both. Traning

          and practice will, of course, improve ability somewhat.  


               Although the  forces of magick  are neutral, various  systems may

          take  on the  qualities  of good  and evil.  There is  so-called white

          magick or  good magick, black magick  or evil magick,  and gray magick

          between them. When many people refer  to white magick they mean magick

          for  unselfish purposes, also healing  and mental influence with spec-

          ific permission. By  black magick they refer to magick for self-inter-

          est  and  healing  *without* specific  permission.    Using  magick to

          forcefully control another's  will is, in a  sense, black magick  too.

          There  are also  some people  on the  occult fringe  who claim  to be,

          possibly even think they are,  'Satanists', devil worshipers, or black

          magicians.  These people  are most  likely charlatans,  hoaxters, dab-

          blers, or  merely misinformed. They may  be attracted by the  'art' of

          black magick, or even by the 'glamor' of doing something 

          against  the 'rules'.  But a  real black  magician is  very dangerous.

          Because he  has dedicated his life to evil. We usually think of 'white

          magick' as  having *unselfish intent*,  and (in  the extreme case)  of

          'black magick' as 

          being  actual  Satan worship,  human  or  animal sacrifice,  dangerous

          unconventional magical practices,  and other bizarre stuff  as makes a

          nightmare.  It is  all  a matter  of degree.  Most  mild self-interest

          magick (one of the most  common kinds) would be called 'gray'.  Better

          terms may be 

          *constructive magick*  as being  beneficial; and *aversive  magick* as

          magick  intended to work against the  natural order, and to tear down.


          There is also  the *high magick* of  spiritual alchemy (ie.  spiritual

          growth), also known as 'the Great Work'; and conversely  there is 'low

          magick' which is concerned with materiality.  

                          Any magickactislikelyto producesideeffectsregardlessof

          whether or  not the desired result is achieved.  Such side effects are

          no problem for constructive magick, since they are benificial as well.

          However, aversive magick can  produce aversive side effects  which may

          even harm the magician -- aversive magick is dangerous! 





                          Whatwe havebeencalling 'magick'is actuallya continuous

          process.  Since your  subconscious  never rests,  your environment  is

          continually  being shifted  into line  with your  model. This  is true

          whether you study  magick or not.  For most  people, these effects are

          usually very subtle, and they are probably not aware of them. However,

          as you work 

          with the occult,  the flow of psychic energy and  your awareness of it

          increases. Your  true will is  more likely  to be strongly  expressed.

          Your luck  may be affected (either  in a positive or  a negative way).

          Remember, our lives tend to follow what we want down deep. That is why

          a positive 

          outlook is so very beneficial to us. 




                          Sometimes it ishelpful to keep a diary of your magical

          experiments and  research.  Such  a  diary should  include  the  date,

          perhaps even some  astrological data (or anything  else you think  may

          have a relationship to what you are doing).  This is also a  good time


          to begin recording your dreams  -- at least the important ones -- in a

          dream diary. Your dreams 

          can  tell you  a great deal  about yourself, and  may sometimes reveal

          premonitions.  Dreams  are personal.  Don't  fall  for the  commercial

          'dream book' gimmick. 




                          Themind is always open to suggestion -- especially the

          subconscious. Most of  the time we censor any suggestions according to

          the model; but one way to break through the censor is with repetition.

          An affirmation does this exactly. By suggestion, we mean any statement

          which is capable of affecting your model. Usually suggestion is in the

          form of a positive statement (such as the hypnotist's patter  -- " You

          are becomming  sleepy"). An affirmation is the same kind of thing -- a

          positive suggestion,  which you repeat  (affirm) to yourself  aloud or

          silently  (for example,  "I  remember my  dreams"). If  there  is some

          quality you wish to change or develope within yourself, an affirmation

          is ideal. Repeat it several times every day at several different times

          throughout the day, 

          expecially when you go to bed. Affirmations are subtle and may require

          a few months to work. Use them for changes, not miracles. 





                          Visualizationisanotherimportantmethod weusetoinfluence

          the  subconscious. A  good  example of  this is  the  simple banishing

          technique which  follows. Banishing is  used in  magick to 'clear  the

          air' of negative 'vibes' and interference...  


                          Visualize astrong white lightflowing outthe top ofyour

          head,  flowing down  around you  and  covering you.  At the  same time

          imagine  you are  throwing  away any  'problem' vibes.    Maintain the

          visualization for  a half a minute  or longer.   Good way to  help you

          handle your emotions, and to control worry or anger. 




          1) What is a microcosm? 

          2) List the four worlds. Explain. 

          3) What is an affirmation? Give an example. 

                                        BOOK LIST 

          Geoffry Hodson, Theosophy Answers Some Problems of Life. 

          Marc Edmund Jones, Key Truths of Occult Philosophy. 

          Marion Weinstein, Positive Magic. 

          Nelson & Ann White, The Wizard's Apprentice. 

          Beatrice Bruteau, The Psychic Grid. 



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          ** MAGICK 4 -- ELEMENTS AND FORCES **

                          The Ancientsdividedthe worldintofour basicprinciplesor

          *elements* -- earth, water, fire, and air.   That viewpoint has mostly

          changed  with advances  of science,  but the  four elements  are still

          accepted in magick,  for they are more  closely linked with  emotions,

          the human psyche, and with nature than are modern  explanations of the

          world. These

          *magical elements*  are also of  some importance  in astrology.   Many

          occultists think of  the magical elements as forces, or as *qualities*

          of energy;  especially within  the astral world.   Each element  has a

          symbol and color. (Common symbols are -- fire: a triangle pointing up;

          air:  a triangle pointing  up and with  a horizontal line  through the

          middle  of it;  water:  a triangle  pointing down;  earth:  a triangle

          pointing  down and with  a horizontal line through  the middle of it.)

          Colors of  the elements are  -- earth: brown  and green; water:  blue;

          fire:  red; air:  yellow...The Eastern  tattvic system  uses different


          symbols and colors.  (The tattvic symbols are  briefly described later

          on in this course.)  The elements are often used in magick ritual.


          are called 'correspondences'. Although magical correspondences are not

          literally equal to one another,  you can think of them that  way (such

          as gold  equals sun). Tables  of these relationships,  called 'Corres-

          pondence Tables', are available (an important one is Crowley's '777').

          Thus  one thing  or symbol  can be  used to  suggest another.  This is

          important in

          magick, for the magician may surround himself with as many appropriate

          correspondences as he  can to vividly affect  the senses; thus  making

          his magical contact with the inner planes more lucid.



          as the  four suits. The four  quarters (directions of  the universe as

          used  in magick ritual) and the  Archangels also correspond with these

          same elements --

          Element         Suit            Quarter         Archangel

          =======         ====            =======         =========

          earth           pentacles       north           Uriel

          water           cups            west            Gabriel

          fire            wands           south           Michael

          air             swords          east            Raphael


          Virgo, and Capricorn  are earth signs. Cancer, Scorpio, and Pisces are

          water signs. Aries, Leo and Sagittarius are fire signs. Gemini, Libra,

          and Aquarius are air signs.


                          The magicalelements are saidto bepeopled by spiritsand

          mythological entities called  elementals or nature spirits.  These are

          grouped into four main categories --


          Gnome (earth)   Undine (water)  Salamander (fire)  Sylph (air)

          =============   ==============  =================  ===========

          dwarfs          nymphs          jin (genies)       fairies

          elves           tritons                            storm angels

          brownies        mermaids

          hobgoblins      mermen

          lepricauns      sirens


                          Elementalsareusuallyonlyvisible tothosewithclairvoyant

          sight  and are  more likely to  be seen  at night in  the mountains or

          country away  from cities --  especially if you  are tired  or sleepy.

          Although elementals exist naturally, it is also possible to create one

          which will exist for a limited time -- no elemental has immortality. A

          created elemental is called

          an 'artificial elemental'.  


                          TotheAncients, elementalswerethephysical explanationof

          the universe. However,  some contemporary occultists see  them only as

          symbols  for forces  and  otherwise not  'real' at  all.  Another word

          sometimes  used  for  elemental  is 'familiar'  (usually  in  medieval

          witchcraft); the term  is ambiguous, as it might merely be an ordinary

          household pet such as a dog or cat.

          YIN YANG

                          Chinesephilosophyandacupuncture talkofyin yang.This is

          the idea of polarity, or opposite pairs, as shown --

                  YIN                     YANG

                  ===                     ====

                  water                   fire

                  contraction             expansion

                  cold                    hot

                  feminine                masculine

                  moon                    sun

                  negative                positive

                  passive                 active

                  ebb                     flow


                  wane                    wax

          The list could  go on. In Chinese literature  it is quite long.   Some

          occultists suggest  everything can be similarly  arranged into related

          opposite pairs.



                          Hereis asimple magicaltechniqueyou maywish totry. Itis

          a variation  of affirmation, which  was discussed  in an earlier  les-

          son...To help you  to achieve your goal (magical or otherwise), find a

          word or short phase which sums up  what it is that you want to  accom-

          plish.  Write the word (or   phrase) down 10 times  each day until you

          achieve success.


          1) List the four elements.

          2) What is an elemental?

          3) What are correspondences?

          BOOK LIST

          William Britten, Art Magic (long out of print, but in some


          Pete Carrol, Liber Null.

          Wing-Tsit Chan, A Source Book in Chinese Philosophy.

          Manly Hall, Unseen Forces.



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          *chakras*  or  psychic centers  on his  body.  Each of  these  forms a

          bridge,  link, or  energy transformer;  changing pure  (higher) energy

          into  various forms,  and connecting the  four bodies  (ie. spiritual,

          mental, astral, and physical) together.  The chakras are located along

          the nadies  (a network of  psychic nerves or channels)  and follow the

          autonomic nervous  system   along the  spinal cord. Chakras  correlate

          with major  acupuncture points  along the 'governing  vessel meridian'

          (acupuncture term).  The seven major chakras are connected together by

          three major nadies  which are parallel and near each other. The middle

          nadi is called *sushumna* and it has neutral characteristics. The nadi

          on the left (ie. nearest your  left hand) is the *ida* nadi which  has

          yin characteristics. On the other side of sushumna 

          (nearest  your right hand) is the  *pingala* nadi, having yang qualit-



                          Chakrasarevisible toclairvoyantsightas varouslycolored

          rotating circles or funnels. In the East they are described as petaled

          flowers or lotuses. Sources disagree on the  colors. 


                          The first chakra,located at thebase of the spineat the

          perineum is the *root chakra*, muladhara. It primarily  relates to the

          element of earth and to psychic smell.  


          is  located above  and behind  the genitals.  Its dominant  element is

          water, and it is related to psychic taste. 

                          Thirdof thechakrasisthe*solar plexus*,manipura,located

          at the navel and corresponding with  the emotions and with the element

          of fire; also with psychic sight (clairvoyance).  

                          The*heart chakra*,anahata, isthe fourthchakra, located

          over the  heart and corresponding  with the  element of air,  and also

          with psychic touch. 

                          Thefifthchakraisthe*throat chakra*,vishuddha,locatedat

          the  base  of the  throat  (thyroid)  and  corresponding with  psychic

          hearing (clairaudience). 


                          The remainingtwo chakrasare very important.They relate

          mostly to elevated states of  consciousness. The *frontal chakra*, (or

          'third eye') ajna,  the sixth chakra, is located between, and slightly

          above,  the eyebrows.  Ajna is the  center of  psychic powers  and can

          produce  many psychic  effects.  Meditation on  ajna is  said  to cure



          (pineal gland) is the seventh chakra.  It is referred to as the thous-

          and-petaled lotus and corresponds  with astral projection and enlight-



                          Thereare alsomany minorchakras throughoutthebody. Each

          chakra  has a sound  (letter) and a  pitch which is  sometimes used to

          invoke it. 


          THE TATTVAS 


                          Someoccultists preferto describethe magicalelements as

          tattvas according to the Eastern system. Notice that these symbols and


          colors are generally different than the western symbols and colors for

          the elements. 


          element             tattva              tattvic symbol 

          =======             ======              ============== 


          earth               prithivi            yellow square 

          water               apas                silver crescent 

          fire                tejas               red triangle 

          air                 vayu                blue circle 

          (spirit)            akasa               black oval 





                          Yoga originated inIndia. It is aphysical or mentaldis-

          cipline designed to condition and invigorate the mind and body.  There

          are many kinds of yoga,  but they may be generally divided  into three

          main types... 

                          Hathayoga--affect themindthrough thebodyusing physical

          exercises; improve physical health and endurance. 

                          Rajayoga-- affectthemindthrough mentaltraining;improve


                          Mantrayoga --affect themind throughchanting andaffirm-

          ation; achieve relaxation. 




                          This is a much touted areaof the occult. There aremany

          meditation  techniques,  and many  claims  made  for  the benefits  of

          meditation. Basicly,  meditation has two functions  -- relaxation, and

          perhaps, improved concentration. There are two main types... 


                  1) concentration meditation (focusing), 

                  2) insight meditation (mindfullness). 



          Most  kinds  of meditation  are  the  concentrative type.  One  simply

          focuses his attention upon a single physical object (such  as a candle

          flame); upon a sensation (such  as that felt while walking  or breath-

          ing);  upon an  emotion (such  as reverence  or love);  upon a  mantra

          spoken aloud  or even silently; or upon  a visualization (as in chakra

          meditation, seebelow)...Concentration  meditation  is, simply  put,  a

          form of self-hypnosis. 


                          Amantra(or mantrum)is oneormore wordsorsyllables which

          are repeated --  often chanted -- aloud...A simple yet powerful mantra

          is  to vibrate  the  mystical word  'OM'.  This mantra  has  long been

          associated in India with the  godhead/unity.  Use it to aid  in tuning

          into universal  vibrations which  promote feelings of  harmony, peace,

          and well-being. Use it before magick ritual to 'get into the mood' and

          afterward to 'dismiss the 

          forces'. You vibrate  a mantra by saying it slowly  aloud in a lower--

          pitched voice  than your  normal speech, and  a more or  less constant

          pitch as well. Let the sound fade at the end of the mantra. A powerful

          one such as 'OM' will seem to vibrate the air around you. It should be

          vocalized  for 5-10 seconds and repeated a  number of times with a few

          seconds rest between each vocalization.  Chanting of mantras may cause

          slight dizziness from hyperventilation. 



                          Theothermaintype ofmeditaiton-- insightmeditation-- is

          the analysis  of thoughts  and  feelings in  such a  way  as to  cause

          realization of  the subjectivity and  illusion of experience.  This is

          done in  a effort to  attain trancendental awareness.  Such statements

          as, 'This  body is not me', fall  under this category. Buddhist medit-

          ations are usually of this type. 




                          Thereis aspecialtype ofconcentrativemeditation whichwe

          will  call 'Chakra meditation'. This is  basicly Kundalini yoga -- the

          practice of  causing psychic energy  (kundalini) to flow  up sushumna,

          energizing the various chakras along the way. The practice, considered

          dangerous by 

          some, will produce  deffinite physiological sensations  and psycholog-

          ical effects  if continued long enough. It  should not be attempted by

          epileptics or persons with  an unstable mental or  physical condition,

          or with heart  disease. Certain drugs and  medications, such as  those

          used to treat  epilepsy may retard progress. Although the technique is

          very simple,  it may eventually produce powerful  results. Results may

          at first appear hours after the practice during  sleep. As each chakra

          is energized  by this practice, it  is said to add  occult powers (si-

          dhis), until  at last the crown  chakra is reached, and  with it, full

          enlightenment is attained. Sometimes kundalini awakens all by itself. 


                          Topracticethischakrameditation, yousimplyconcentrateon

          the chakras, beginning with the root chakra, and moving  progressively

          up, as  you visualize psychic energy from the root chakra traveling up

          shushumna and  vivifying  each  higher  chakra. As  we  mentioned  the

          chakras have  certain properties  associated with  them, so that  this

          type of visualization may 

          'raise consciousness', promote astral  projection, and other things --

          once you have reached ajna and eventually the crown chakra. You  might

          typically  meditate in this  fashion for 15  minutes to a  half hour a

          day. It  might  help to  practice some  hatha yoga  or other  physical

          exercise  in an effort to  make the spinal  cord 'more flexible'. Diet

          may also  affect the  process. The  technique is  also similar  to the

          Tibetan 'Tummo'  meditation.    The  rise of  kundalini  is  sometimes

          experienced as a 'vibration' or buzzing, as light, or as heat.  



          HEALTH AND DIET 


                          Certainly theway you treatyour physicalbody willaffect

          your mind. In magick you want an alert mind. Therefore, your body must

          be  as healthy as you  can keep it.  Take care of  your body. Exercise

          regularly.  eat a  good diet  (with vitamin  supplements), and  do not

          consume  anything which  will have  a negative  effect upon  the mind.

          Drugs, smoking,, and alcohol 

          should be restricted,  or eliminated. (The mind can create any condit-

          ion which a drug  can create.) A good rule here is  moderation in what

          and how  much you consume. (Most of this stuff is pretty obvious isn't

          it.) You may also want to cut down  on sugar and processed foods. Many

          occultists advise dietary changes,  expecially the non-eating of meat.

          We cannot deny the 

          physical, psychological,  and spiritual  effect which all  foods have.

          This  effect may  be  described as  the 'heaviness'  factor  of foods.

          Various foods are so ranked in the chart, lighter to heavier... 


                  1.  lettuce and other greens. 

                  2.  fruits and most vegetables. 

                  3.  wheat, rice, and other grains. 

                  4.  nuts, beans, and other legumes. 

                  5.  cheese, dairy products, including eggs. 


                  6.  fish, seafood. 

                  7.  chicken, poultry. 

                  8.  beef, pork, other red meats. 


          Note that  meats,  especially  red meats  are  the  'heaviest'  foods.

          Generally, foods which  are harder to digest,  or which are  higher in

          protein are 'heavier'  than those which are  not. Animal products  are

          heavier than plants. Foods high in carbohydrate (candy, bread, starch)

          are  heavy. However, the 'heaviness' of  foods is not directly related

          to the amount of calories.  


                          Whatthismeansis thatforvarious reasons,theheaviness of

          food  in your  diet will affect  your magical experiences.  You may be

          able  to increase your psychic receptivity  ('energy level') by eating

          lighter foods, or  by eating less. Conversely, emphasizing heavy foods

          in your diet, or eating  larger helpings, may help to 'bring  you down

          to earth' should you 'rent the veil'  too much. These are generalizat-

          ions,  of course, and it may  take a number of  days of dietary change

          before  you notice  much  effect. I  do not  advocate  radical dietary

          changes, excessive fasting,  or malnutrition. Your good  health is far

          more  important  in  magick than  any  temporary effect  you  get from

          prolonged starvation. A change in diet will sometimes only 

          produce  a temporary  effect, until  the physical  body adapts  to the

          change. Healthy natural foods and  lifestyle make it easier for  us to

          be  healthy, but  ultimately, good  health is  a mentual  quality (at-





                          With physicalexercise too, moderation isadvised.  (You

          should  be cautious, or  not attempt it  if you have  a respiratory or

          heart  condition. Check  with your  physician if  in doubt,  and don't

          overdo.) One of  the most useful physical  exercises is pranayama,  or

          controlled  breathing (actually a  type of  hatha yoga  exercise). For


          this and any other calesthentics or  hatha yoga which you might choose

          to do  a 'kitchen timer'  is suggested (many of  these aren't accurate

          for under three minutes, but are helpful for longer periods). 


                          Themain purposeofpranayama isto relaxthe bodyand mind.

          There are many kinds of pranayama, but a simple one called the 'four--

          fold  breath' will suffice. This consists  of four short quick inhall-

          ations, then  four short  quick exhallations; then  repeat, continuing

          until the allotted time is used  up. It will take about 1 1/2  seconds

          for  the  four inhallations,  and  about 1  1/2 seconds  for  the four

          exhallations; or about  3 seconds for the complete in-out cycle ('rep'

          for repetition). There  should be  no strain of  any kind during  your

          pranayama. You  will probably notice a  slight dizziness, particularly

          at  first, since  the effect  of pranayama  is to  hyperventilate. Try

          sitting back in a chair with your eyes closed when you  do your prana-

          yama.  Begin a minute a day for  the first week and gradually increase

          up to about five minutes a day. If you do the pranayama befor 

          your magical activity, it will help you to get 'into the mood'.  It is

          also an excellent  aid to relaxation and  tension release.   Pranayama

          should not  be done during  heavy air  pollution. Other exercises  you

          might consider are hatha yoga, calesthentics, walking or jogging. 




          1) What is a chakra? List them. 

          2) Name the three major nadies. Which nadi is hot? 

          3) What is pranayama? 



          BOOK LIST 


          Arthur Diekman, The Observing Self. 

          W.Y. Evans-Wentz, Tibetan Yoga and Secret Doctrines. 

          Sandra Gibson, Beyond the Mind. 

          King and Skinner, Techniques of High Magic. 

          Swami Sivananda, Kundalini Yoga. 

          John Woodroffe (pseud. for Arthur Avalon), The Serpent Power. 



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          P.O. Box 83 

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          is licenced for free non-commercial distribution only. 






                          Although there are hundredsof kinds of divination, the

          principle ones are  astrology, geomancy, the tarot,  the I Ching,  and

          direct psychic  means (especially  clairvoyance).  True  divination is

          more than  a mechanical system,  for it  implies true psychic  interp-

          retation (receiving). Some  form of divination is often used in magick

          ritual to communicate with 

          the entity invoked. 

                          Sincedivination operatesthroughthemind,itisaffectedand

          biased by the  mind. Our attitudes and  fears may alter  it. Sometimes

          results are very detailed,  and accurate -- but not always.  Often the

          future  is plastic and  changeable anyway, and  the use of  magick may

          alter the result.  Thus divination shows tendencies only, which may be

          helpful, but must not rule us. 





                          It ispossible toimprove yournatural abilitywith clair-

          voyance through  practice. A good  start might be to  look around you,

          then  close your  eyes and try  to picture your  surroundings. This is

          also  good exercise for visualization. And  visualization is an essen-

          tial talent  in magick. Open your eyes  again and check your accuracy.

          Then close your eyes and try it 

          again. When you  use your  physical eyes,  look at  everything like  a

          child seeing it  for the first  time. Let the  vividness of color  and

          form burn into you, until everything takes on a veritable glow. Try to

          capture that  glow  when you  close  your eyes  now and  picture  your

          surroundings. It's just a simple step to extend what you see with your

          eyes closed  into what you remember  seeing in the next  room, or what

          you *imagine*  seeing in the  next building, the  next city,  even the

          other  side of the world. Don't  expect perfect results, especially at

          first.  Just try  to  be even  partly right.  Another  exercise is  to

          picture a clock face, and thereby tell the time 




          THE AURA 


                          Underthe rightconditions,it ispossible toclairvoyantly

          observe  a colored  light around other  people. This  is known  as the

          'aura'.  Sometimes the aura is seen as multi-colored emanations around

          the person, built  up of various differently colored layers and zones.

          Although many 

          occult dabblers claim to be able to see the aura easily and under many

          varied conditions, I seriously doubt that they do.   There are optical

          illusions and qualities  of sight which can  sometimes trick one  into

          thinking he  sees what he does not  see. In this area,  the quality of

          sight known as after image is especially pertinent. Do  this: stare at

          any solidly colored bright object for a few moments. Very intense red,

          green, or  blue are especially good for this. Now look away at a white

          surface and you  will see a phantom image  of the object in  its comp-

          lementary  color (a  red object  will show  green, a blue  one orange,

          etc.).    If the bright object is in front of a light surface, you may

          observe a fringe of complementary color 

          around the object after a few moments. This is all very normal, and is

          used  by some  magical  groups as  an aid  to  visualization sometimes

          called 'flashing colors'. Some silly people will stare at other people

          in the  same way. And when  they see the  after image of  the person's

          clothing,  they think they are seeing  his aura. What is more, various


          meanings have been attributed to the colors of the aura. A psychic who

          can  see the  aura is supposed  to be  able to  determine that persons

          emotional state. Thus  psychic frauds can have  a marvelous time  with

          auras.   One deluded  psychic taught  a class I  attended in  which he

          performed instant psychoanalysis on the 

          basis  of the  supposed aura.  It  was obvious  that  he was  actually

          observing after images from the students clothes! 

                          Thisbrings usto thechart ofaura colorson thenext page.

          It is a general guide, based mostly on Theosophical material.  Various

          groups  may attribute different meanings to the colors.  The colors we

          show  on the  chart are  emotional in  nature; useful  if you  plan to

          create an artificial elemental or do healing.     Surrounding yourself

          with  a particular  color will  tend to  produce the  specific psycho-

          logical  effect described  in the  chart.   That quality  of color  is

          useful in magick ritual. 







                                  COLORS OF THE AURA 


          BLACK   malice 

                                  dark gray       depression 

                                  pale gray       fear 

          BROWN   materialism 

                                  muddy gray      selfishness 


                                  dull rust 

          RED    energy 

                                  bright red      anger and force 

                                  dirty red       passion and sensuality 

                                  dull red        selfish love 

                                  rose            unselfish love 

          ORANGE  pride 

                                  orange cloud    irritability 

                                  bright orange   noble indignation 

          YELLOW  intellect 

                                  yellow-green    low intellect 

                                  earthy yellow   selfish thought 


                                  lemmon          high intellect 

                                  bright gold     logical thinking 

                                  brt. red-yel.   spiritual thought 

          GREEN   empathy 

                                  gray-green      deceit, jealously 

                                  greenish-brown  jealousy 

                                  emerald green   unselfish resourcefulness 

                                  foliage green   sympathy & empathy 

                                  brt. apple-grn  strong vitality 

                                  brt. turquoise  deep sympathy & compassion 

          BLUE   devotion     (religious feeling) 

                                  gray-blue       fetishism 

                                  light blue      noble spiritual devotion 

                                  dark blue       religious feeling 

                                  brt. lilac-blu  lofty religious idealism 

          VIOLET  spiritual                       psychic & spiritual 


          WHITE   purity/protection 





               Whenever  we concentrate  our  thoughts, we  draw psychic  energy

          together.   This is  called a  thoughtform.   Usually the  energy dis-

          sipates  as soon as we break the  concentration, but it is possible to

          purposely  concentrate  energy  in  this way,  producing  very  strong

          thoughtforms.  Such thoughtforms are 

          vortexes or centers of psychic energy.  They  can exist as entities by

          themselves,  at least  for  a while.   They  are  basically inanimate,

          non-thinking forces.  Talking to one is about as logical as talking to

          a chair.  In this way, thoughtforms are similar to elementals, ghosts,

          and  spirits.   All of  these psychic  entities consist  of a  psychic

          energy vortex  which could be described  as a localized field  or as a

          discontinuity of the physical world. 

               Psychic entities  respond to  certain electrostatic and  magnetic

          fields,  and to  other energy  vortexes. That  is why they  respond to

          magick  ritual. Someday, we may accomplish  the same thing with elect-

          ronic  machines. Psychic  entities are  sometimes able  to affect  our

          thought processes. 

               Thoughtforms, elementals, and ghosts  are usually not very smart.

          If they display any  intelligence at all, it is limited.  They are the

          morons  of the  spirit world.   Their  behavior is  usually automatic,


          repetitive, robot-like (just  like some people).   We see that  artif-

          icial elementals 

          are little  more than  astral robots.   Spirits and  deities are  more

          intelligent and volitional. 




               Your  mind  follows  your  attention. Wherever  you  direct  your

          attention, there will  your thoughts go too. By directing attention to

          a specific place or purpose you *focus* mental energy upon it. 

               For  example: you're  having lunch  in a  cafeteria crowded  with

          people. It is a large place, and everyone there is talking at once, so

          that  the room is a  constant jumble of noise.  You happen to notice a

          man accross  the room; he reminds you of someone. All at once he drops

          his fork and you hear it hit the table. But would you have noticed the

          sound of his fork if  you had not been  looking? No. Only by  focusing

          your attention there were  you able to pick out that  individual event

          and associated sound. 


               It is a dark night.  You are walking and the only light  you have

          is from the flashlight you hold in your hand.  As you move  the flash-

          light around, the  beam of light from it directs  your attention first

          one way then another. Now, the mind is something like  that flashlight

          in the  dark. And by  directed attention,  you point the  mind to  one

          place or another. As with that flashlight beam, you see where the mind

          is pointed; nothing more. The rest is 'noise'. And so  we could define

          mental noise as anything not focused upon. In another way, noise could

          be considered as negative emotions, attitudes, and thoughts which make

          it more difficult to direct the attention. 

               Your emotions  follow your  thoughts quite easily.  Your emotions

          are  not YOU, but are rather reactions  prompted by your model and ego

          -- like  a performance or  an act,  while the real  you watches.  In a

          similar way, directing your  attention toward a specific emotion  will

          cause you to 

          experience that emotion. 




                          Visualimagination andconcentration areveryimportant in

          magick. Here are some exercises to help in your development... 


                          A. Close youreyes and visualize asingle digit numberas

          clearly as you can. Then  a two digit number, then a 3 digit one. Hold

          the visualization  in front of your 'inner eye' for about two minutes.

          Repeat with a letter or a word. 

                          B.Visualize abrightlycolored greencircle orspot. Again

          hold the  visualization for two  minutes. Try  again with a  different


                          C.Visualizein succession,eachone ofthetattvic symbols,

          in their proper color. Hold each symbol for at least two minutes. 

                          D.Look through atarrot card deckand pickout several of

          your favorite cards. Then, after briefly studying a card, visualize it

          vividly in detail. Hold the visualization for at least two minutes. Do

          this for each card you selected. 

                  E. Repeat the above visualization exercises with 

          your eyes open.  





          1) What is the aura? 

          2) What is a thoughtform? 

          3) How can you develope clairvoyance? 


          BOOK LIST 


          Annie Bessant and Charles Leadbeater, Thought Forms. 

          W.E. Butler, How to Develop Clairvoyance. 

          J.H. Brennan, Astral Doorways. 

          Piero Ferrucci, What We May Be. 

          Kilner, The Human Aura. 

          Swami Panchadasi, The Human Aura. 

          A.E. Powell, The Etheric Double. 

          Harold Sherman, How to Make ESP Work for You. 



          Phil Hansford, 4/88 


          (818) 353-8891 (modem) 

          P.O. Box 83 


          Copyright (c) 1988 by Phil Hansford. This article is 

          is licenced for free non-commercial distribution only. 




          ** MAGICK 7 -- BASIC RITUAL ** 


                  'The first part of every ceremony is the 

                  banishing; the second the invoking.' 

                             (--Crowley, Magick, p. 104) 


                          Itmay besaid that ritualis thevery heartof magick. For

          it is through ritual that we  achieve our magical results. Ritual is a

          magical  procedure  or  ceremony we  perform  in order  to  change the

          environment.  Usually we think of ritual  as bearing on active magick,

          although certainly, it  can also affect passive magick. Most often the

          change achieved is subjective (it may  be subtle) and in the  physical

          world. Outsiders may put them down to coincidence, but the effects are

          very real. Magical goals for a ritual should not be taken lightly. 

                          Thesuccessfulpracticeofmagick dependsuponstrongbelief.

          The simplest  ritual of  them all  must be belief  itself. If  you can

          believe in your desired results strongly enough, that act is a magical

          ritual which will achieve your results. Even a very  complex ritual is


          no more effective  than strong belief. There are aids to concentration

          which  may help.  Thus  in *creative  visualization*, imagination  and

          controlled breathing are brought into play. 





                          Whenyouwanttomagicallyachievesomething,first pictureit

          clearly in your  mind. The more  deffinite and specific  your idea  of

          what it  is the better. Picture  yourself having it or  doing it. Vis-

          ualize it as vividly and as intensely  as you can and hold it in  your

          thoughts for a few 

          moments. Concentrate on it intensely (it may help to hold your breath-

          ). Feel the energy of desire welling up inside you. Then suddenly feel

          the image or desire released from your mind. Feel the energy filtering

          through the image and intensifying it, as if the image is a 'stencil'.

          Imagine the 

          energy exploding  out from you into the macrocosm in all directions at

          once, and  feel the universe 'tilt' as it reacts to the force. (At the

          same time  it may  help  to release  your breath  suddenly). Feel  the

          energy draining from you.  Finally, *believe* that your  purpose *has*

          been accomplished; that it 

          HAS HAPPENED, perhaps saying something such as "so mote it be", or "it

          is done".  





                          Often ritualsare more formalthan theabove, but anyfull

          magick ritual  must always reduce  to these stages  -- 1)  imaging; 2)

          building; 3)  firing.  Sometimes a  ritual must be  repeated every day

          for a while to achieve difficult results or to overcome weak belief. 





                          Often animportantpartofformal ritualisthemagickcircle.

          Medieval magicians  considered the circle essential,  and placed great

          emphasis  upon its exactness.   Elaborate  designs were  invented with

          many layers of complex  symbols and words. It was very  important that

          the circle 

          be completely  intact with no breaks in it. The magician and any other

          participants stand in  the circle during ritual. The ritual began with

          a banishing of evil  forces (using the lesser ritual  of the pentagram

          for example) to keep them outside  the circle. Today, circles are made

          on the floor with chalk  or paint, rock salt, or a  rope. Whatever its

          form, the  circle is still an important part of magical protection for

          the magician. This is especially  important for aversive entities  and

          purposes. The  circle also helps in focusing  the energy of the ritual

          toward its purpose,  that is, it keeps it contained until the magician

          is ready to release it. Of course, the magick circle is basicly only a

          symbol, but  it may eventually  be possible  to supplement the  circle

          with electronic equipment for a 

          similar  purpose.  We are  researching  the  practicality of  electro-

          staticly charged Faraday shields.  





                          An artificial elemental isuseful for certain tasks: 1)

          invisible  watcher and observer, telling you  what it sees; 2) psychic

          guard; 3) it can  be used in healing; 4) it is  helpful in other ways.

          Ophiel calls the artificial elemental a 'familiar'. Producing your own

          artificial elemental is fairly easy.  YOU MUST ASSUME THAT THE ACT HAS


          entirely possible to produce one of these little beasties and not know

          it (not being clairvoyant enough to 

          observe it directly).  Therefore, and this is  a general principle  of

          any  magick, never ignore forces you have set into motion. Even though

          you may not see the elemental, you may nevertheless 'feel' it.  

                          WARNING-- Donot useartificial elementalsfor anykind of

          aversive magick  at this point; they  can be nasty little  critters to

          get rid of. Should you have to eliminate one of them which you created

          in error, you  must re-absorb it back into yourself through your will;

          or in some cases you can 'exorcise' it. 




                          You cancreate your own artificialelemental for various

          purposes. An artificial elemental is basically a thoughtform which has

          been  strengthened with emotion. Refer to  the aura color chart in the


          previous lesson  and decide what  color to  make the elemental,  based

          upon  your intended purpose. Apple green  is a good choice for general


          Then  decide on  a shape  or outline.  Do you  want your  elemental to

          resemble some sort of animal? A simple circle or cloud is a good place

          to start. With  this in mind you can use ritual to create your elemen-

          tal.  Creative visualization  is good  for this. Visualize  it glowing

          before you. A darkened room is helpful for this. 

                          Communicatewithyourelementalwith telepathy,bytalkingto

          it,  or  with creative  visualization.  Your  artificial elemental  is

          closely  linked  to  you and  your  subconscious attitudes.    It will

          generally not  do things  you think  it cannot do.  As in  any magick,

          results relate  to effort  and belief.  Another way of  looking at  an

          artificial elemental is  as an aspect of your personality (sub person-

          ality) which has been detached from you. 




                          Formalritual usually involves the invocation (ritually

          calling up)  of a god  or goddess,  spirit, or other  entity. In  this

          sense, magick  is somewhat similar  to pagan religion  and witchcraft.

          However, we  consider  magick  ritual a  technique,  not  a  religion.

          Worship need not be involved. 


          Sometimes the invocation of an entity creates an artificial elemental.

                  Crowley says there are three different kinds of 

          invocation -- 

                  1) Devotion to the entity (as in the Bhakti yoga of 

          the Hare Krishna sect; the Faustian devil pact). 

                  2) Ceremonial invocation -- usual method of the 

          middle ages. 

                  3) Drama -- usually needs more than one person (as in 

          a mass). 


                          Becauseof themicrocosm-macrocosmidentity,whenyouinvoke

          the gods, you are invoking  aspects of yourself. Jung has  referred to

          the gods as primitive archetypes.   This makes it sound like spiritual

          entities are  illusions. But in fact  the microcosm-macrocosm identity

          does not  discredit the  gods and goddesses.  It instead helps  to il-

          lustrate our relationship to the cosmos. 




                          1.Balanceis importantinmagick. Varytheentities invoked

          in order to keep your personality in balance.


                          2. Oftenas nota ritualmay produce side-effects,usually

          something similar to, though not exactly the desired goal. If the true

          goal is delayed  (as sometimes happens)  we may see  the side  effects

          first. And if for some  reason the goal is  not achieved at all  ('mi-

          ssing the target')  the side effects may  be pronounced. Examples:  1)

          You use magick  ritual to hurry shipment of  an anticipated package in

          the mail. Side effect -- the next day an unexpected package (the wrong

          one)  arrives instead. 2)  You use  magick ritual  to cause  a certain

          person to phone you. Side effect -- for several 

          days all sorts of people phone you...The sides effects will not affect

          you (or anyone else) adversely unless that is what you inwardly want. 


                          3.We maysaywith certaintythat"something alwayshappens"

          when  we perform  a magick  ritual. But  like everything  else, magick

          follows  the 'law of results'. This  means that results require effort

          of some kind.  And if you don't  work hard enough at it  you don't get

          results. Difficult goals have  greater resistance (magical inertia) to

          overcome. If the ritual doesn't produce the desired results there is a

          good chance that  the reason for the  failure is within oursleves.  Be

          certain there is  no contradiction between your model and your magical

          goals. Sometimes self doubt and mental 

          contradictions  (wanting and not wanting at  the same time) may inter-

          fere. The  first step in magick  is to re-program your  model. And, of

          course you  can help your magical  results by working on  the physical

          level toward  your goals. Don't expect  them to fall into  your lap by



                          4)A peculiarqualityofmagickis timedisplacement.Results

          of a ritual are not  usually instantaneous. There is often a  delay of

          12 hours or more. Difficult tasks  or weakly performed ritual are more

          likely to be delayed. In most cases  a slight delay is alright, and it

          gives us  time to get used  to the comming changes.  And sometimes the

          effects of a ritual 

          appear to extend to before the ritual was performed! 

                          5)Because of theway magick works,a ritualmay create an

          emphasis  in what  is sought,  and a  de-emphasis in  everything else.

          Balance  is  therefore important  here.  Once  the magical  result  is

          achieved it may be 'bound'  to you and difficult to get  rid of should

          you later decide to do so. 

          Example: You use a magick ritual to help you find and buy a new house.

          Years  later when you  decide to  sell it,  you are  unable to  do so.

          Consider your magical  goals wisely so  you dont  get stuck with  som-

          ething  you don't really  want. Note that  theory says you  can always

          unbind through ritual what was bound to you...theory says. 

                          6) Sometimesthe environmentappears to reactagainst the

          magick after the results are achieved. This is particularly noticeable

          in  using magick to  affect the weather  (and the main  reason why you


          should  NOT use  magick  to affect  the  weather). For  example...Your

          performance  of a ritual to produce a  sunny day produces a sunny day.

          The next day is sunny, alright, but the rest of the month is  cold and

          overcast. Here  the weather seems  to react to  the magick in  the op-

          posite  way to re-establish its natural  balance. It is something like

          pushing a pendulum to one side and releasing it -- the pendulum swings

          to the other side. To quote 

          Emmerson  -- "For everything you gain  you lose something...". I don't

          know that  this is always true  in magick, but it  does illustrate the

          point. And another  reason not to use magick to  affect the weather is

          that it might foul it up in other parts of the country (world??). 

                          7) Finally,magickritual(orany magickoroccultism)isvery

          dangerous for the  mentally unstable. If you  should somehow 'get  out

          too  far', eat 'heavy foods' as  previously discussed (lesson on chak-

          ras)  and  use  your religious  background  or old  belief  system for

          support. But remember too, that wierd  experiences are not necessarily

          bad experiences. 





          1) What is creative visualization? 

          2) List the basic parts of a ritual. 

          3) What is invocation? 


          RESEARCH TOPICS (for independent study) 


          1) Examine the differences between western magick and oriental 


          2) How do medieval grimoirs follow the basic ritual pattern? 

          3) Research and design your own formal ritual. 


          BOOK LIST 


          P.E.I. Bonewitz, Real Magic. 

          David Conway, Magic: an Occult Primer (or Ritual Magic). 

          Aleister Crowley, Magick in Theory and Practice. 

          Denning and Phillips, Creative Visualization. 

          Ophiel, Creative Visualization. 

          A.E. Powell, The Astral Body. 

          ________, The Mental Body. 

          Joseph Weed, Wisdom of the Ancient Masters. 


          Julian Wilde, Grimoire of Chaos Magick. 


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          P.O. Box 83 

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