Thursday, November 4, 2010

Improving your imagination

So you wanna be a magician? Then you should work on and study imagination in all aspects. Francis Bardon begins the education of magick in his famous book Initiation into Hermetics with imagination. Every cult, every magickal order have imagination at the core of their teaching even if they are not aware of the fact.

So, what can you do in order to develop your imagination and improve it. I assume that you have already read and tried many traditional ways of imagining things and events. I suggest you to use digital images and videos to enhance your imagination. Doesn't that sound authentic? Does it sound not old enough?

When I was studying Havass (islamic magickal system), I noticed something. When a new talisman or a magick square is going to be told, it reads "find a clean piece of paper". Now that was interesting. Why would I use a not-clean paper for any type of magick I want to operate on? Then it hit me. Those texts were written hundreds of years ago and finding a clean piece of paper was whether difficult or really expensive.

However, we live in the 21st century and we have access to many different tools in comparison to the past. We should use them. We should use any tool that could improve our imagination. You can find related images for your work on the net and you can look at them for the sake of imagination. If it is necessary, you can spend hours staring at a picture so that you can have all the feelings necessary to create the energy for your work.

I think you get the idea.

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Rising on the planes 3 Interviewing Seta

First of all, I am sorry. I apologize for the infrequent posting. I promised to post often but I couldn't. Well, below is a kind-of-an-interview we've done with Seta. I've put my explanations and interpretations in parentheses. And I tried to organize the material according to topic.

On magic:

So far in this time (21st century), as if it was in the past 500 years for you, you mostly paid attention to written pieces of knowledge (grimoires) to learn and implement magic. You should have known that it is not going to work. It never did. They worked only for people who had written them.

If you try and remember what worked for you, you then should realize that what worked was feelings of rush of magical power within you. And that's all about it.

You should also know that magic is your right and duty. It's not only your right or it's not only a duty. You can't pass the exam, you can't move to the next class if your behavior is lazy about magic. You should learn it as if you are learning to walk.

On 2012:

You'r expectations about 2012 are mostly in the wrong direction. The assessment of the Mayan Prophecies are true. The thing is, you are going to have a rearrangement of disciplines, you will change the ways you work and share (redistribution of income) and the way you get educated. And that's all about it.

On death:

Don't think that too much is going to change when you die. Death isn't a big change. You should have known this from the tarot. Death is like an interchange in the metro station. Nothing less, nothing more. Re-incarnation is not part of your death experience. Although it is inevitable, you should not deal with re-incarnation when you think about death. Re-incarnation is like breathing. Do you think about it? Do you try to maintain your breath? You don't have to.

Instead, you should think and try to improve your vibration, frequency about the next thing you are going to have. It's like choosing from the menu however you need to be able to read more items from the menu in order to be able to choose something more enjoyable, if that's what you wish.

On new age literature:

This is lame, mostly (lame is my wording). This is being done by the one who did that before. Religion is all you need to get rid of and new age is trying to replace the religion. If you get too much into it, that means you are not free from religion. Religion is like bad medicine. It doesn't cure, yet it transforms you into living batteries for something you cannot ever imagine. There have been only a handful people who understood the mechanism behind it and could avoid from it.

At any given time, if you are not working or not having a rest and you are not in joy, you are in trouble. You need to develop your cognition to a point where you no longer get oppressed or distressed by the conditions you are surrounded by but to think and overcome the situation.

In general:

The most important thing in this world you have to work on is your cognition. You should enhance your cognition, problem solving skills, ability to love and embrace being loved.

So, that was a summary about what Seta told us in the past year.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Rising on the planes 1

I knew this time would eventually come. It started last year and I have posted some of this experience in different forms on this blog. However, when it comes to occult knowledge and culture, there is vast amount of difference in perspectives and definitions, therefore it is hard for a novice to tell whether she has been in an astral plane or in another sphere of existence or just in alpha state. Isn't it possible that all those definitions indicate the same experience for any magician in any level of experience? It is very possible. The truth is, there is no absolute truth at all when it comes to a magickal operation or a magickal school of thought and practice.

Having said that, lets talk about a little bit on how is it possible to produce a magickal effect without using any physical tools whatsoever. But before that, let me ask you this one important question: Is it possible that magickal weapons have any significance? Can you find and use John Dee's wand (if there was any) and produce decent magickal effects with that? Do you think it might be useful for you to bring Crowley's sword (if there was any) to your ritual?

First of all, I don't reject the idea of an accumulation of a certain type of energy in a magickal tool. Once, I slept with a t-shirt which I have used in a magickal operation (to fold around a wax-doll for physical protection purposes while carrying it in a backpack) and my sleep was not full of nightmares but there were enough of them to remind me the effect. However, apart from this energetic effect, would it be useful for a person who would take my t-shirt and try to use it in magickal purposes? I don't really think so. Most probably, he will only have one or two harmless nightmares while he sleeps or some mild headache and nothing beyond.

Second, I want to evaluate mantras and similar words in effect. As most of the readers of this blog know, Jupiter's number is four and you repeat everything four times when you address Jupiter in a ritual. Some say that the vibration is important, others say that there is an accumulation of energy in those words just because people used them for thousands of years. Then why, why on earth should we perform a long ritual with all those hexagrams, pentagrams, swords, daggers, robes... why isn't it sufficient to vibrate all the right words?

Those two examples should lead you to think and try to exceed your current perspective. This is a difficult and tense matter, therefore I will not go into detail and force the issue further.

Let's come back to our main topic: Rising on the planes.

After a year of hard work on magick in almost all types of schools and alike, I had some contact with Isis. After a certain period of time, an imaginary place had emerged with very precise details. The reason that I don't tell you the whole picture is not to influence your imagination. You need a clean imagination to start with, because imagination is the key to further discovery of such "places". If I now go about filling your mind with some descriptions, you would get stuck with a preconditioned imagination. A preconditioned (or conditioned in any conventional way apart from self-managed conditioning) imagination for a magician is the key to failure.

Some day (actually night) a couple of months ago, while searching for something in the backyards of that imaginary place, I came across with an entity (spirit? demon? who is going to decide that?) who calls herself Seta (or Sata). I am calling her a she because she was in the form of a female human being. It was easy to contact her although our contact in the beginning was very mechanical (such as yes or no's or very rough explanations). From all the bibliotheque I have read so far, I immediately thought that she is going to lead me to different spheres or different dimensions so to say (some call this a plane, plane of existance: e.g. astral plane, physical plane, etc.). However this wasn't how it happened. We had minor conversations for almost 2 months. Conversations were about both private magickal practice and general information on dimensions and planes of existence. Then Seta told me that she is going to leave me and my imaginary workplace since she (kind of) decided that I am not quite ready to learn more than what she already told me. She also told me that ordinary magick we talked about with her is just enough to achieve almost every purpose in the mundane world. Finally, she added that it is not possible to know by now whether we are going to "see" each other again or not.

In the days coming, I am going to post about the magick that she taught as well as some concepts we talked about.

Although a bit late, I wish everyone a happy new 2010!
Here will be links to a set of articles that I find useful for magickal practice, tarot readings, psychic readings and alike.