Iin the theories of magick, that there is a definite relationship
between the 'inner' and 'outer' worlds. We saw this in the theory of the
microcosm and the macrocosm; in the four worlds; in the theory of
correspondences; and also in the Cabala and Tree of Life. This relationship
between inner and outer is very important. And it means quite simply that
success (or lack of it) in one world (inner or outer) influences success (or
lack of it) in the other. Therefore developing of magical ability is more than
meditation and magical practice, for it implies mastery of the four worlds. The
developed magician is not only master of the inner worlds; he is also master of
This is not to imply that successful magicians are all millionaires (or whatever
standard people measure success by), but it should mean that they are basically
pleasant people, at least; no serious hangups. The developed magician is
described as a 'king' in the Book of the Law. This means simply that he has
full control over all aspects of his physical and inner life. He should be who
he wants to be, doing what he wants to do.
The *numbers* in the tables and diagram of the preceding lesson on Cabala are
the 'key' numbers which we find in various *correspondence tables* (such as
Crowley's '777'). One important set of correspondences for the planets, is shown
KEY PLANET METAL ATTRIBUTE
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3 Saturn lead home
4 Jupiter tin luck, wealth
5 Mars iron anger, war-like
6 Sun gold vitality
7 Venus copper love
8 Mercury mercury knowledge
9 Moon silver emotions, travel
Notice that we have included the metal which is associated with the planet, as
well as common attributes of each planet. The theory of Cabalistic magick is to
select the approp-riate planet for the desired result. The attribute column will
assist in that selection. Once a particular planet is determined, an entity is
selected from the correspondence tables by matching the key number. A set of
correspondence tables may be available on this board as a separate file (777.A-
RC). Additionally, a list of selected deities from several popular pantheons and
with a brief description about them may be available on this board as GODS.LST.
Although Hebrew Mysticism is the original source of Cabalistic ideas, it is
mostly unconce-rned with the magical implications of those ideas. How can a
religious philosophy which is monotheistic lend credibility to a polytheistic
approach? Various deities are understood as *aspects* or *qualities* of the
Supreme God. This is not a contradiction, merely a restate-ment of the
microcosm-macrocosm idea once again. The Sefirotic Tree, in its representa-tion
of the universe is the Macrocosm. While it could be said that any single
sefiroth has its own separate qualities, it remains, nonetheless, a part of the
whole tree, and a part of the macrocosm. As a result, virtually any pantheon or
belief system is compatible with the Cabala.
Willpower And Magick
Western magick has traditionally placed a great deal of emphasis upon the use of
willpow-er as a means of development and self-mastery. But this may not be the
best method in the long run. Isaac Bonewitz describes how the subconscious will
sometimes rebel against willpower with 'spectacular results'. It is far better
to run one's life democratically.
Hawaiian Kahuna magick describes the 'three selves', i.e. the lower self (or
subconsc-ious), the middle self (or normal consciousness), and the high self
(spirit or Holy Guardian Angel). Enlightenment in the Hawaiian system consists
of unification of the three selves. They become 'buddies'. Enlightenment does
not come from great change. It comes from great acceptance. Continual effort at
becoming better takes you nowhere. For becoming it is not being it. The
unification is achieved by first developing communication with the sub-conscious
and later with the high self also. Simple exercises with a pendulum, automatic
writing, raised finger responses, self-hypnosis, recording and analysis of
dreams etc. facilitate communication with the subconscious. At first
communication with the high self must be via the subconscious, but later it is
possible to go direct to it.
Many occult groups follow an energy model for magick and the physical body. This
model (or theory) equates psychic energy with kundalini/prana/sexual or life
force energy. The ideal of kundalini yoga is thus to raise the kundalini to the
higher chakras (especially ajna and sahasrara) thereby enhancing psychic/magick
powers. The release of psychic energy is also relevant to mental control, good
health and longevity, and the attainment of 'cosmic consciousness'. Meditation
and yoga is used to liberate psychic energy so that it can be used for magical
But there are other ways to liberate psychic energy. Many of these techniques
will act as a mental catharsis in the sense of invigorating the psyche and
resulting in improved intellectual and physical performance.
1) Psychotherapy of certain types which releases pent up psychological energy.
2) Overcoming mind games, hangups, and inhibitions. This is the basis of all
listed practices, as hangups waste psychic energy. Certain psychotropic drugs
may have this affect. Also the 'kicks' from 'risks' like skydiving.
3) Vigorous dance and physical exercise --to the point of 'second wind'.
4) 'Desirelessness' and various religious practices.
5) The way of return, and various other mystical practices.
6) Atavistic resurgence. This last item deserves some extra mention. It was one
of Austin Spare's methods. It means to contact the primitive emotions deep
within the psyche. In a sense it is regressive. However, there is power there,
if you are able to control it.
We have seen how magical theory is based upon the assumption that psychic
phenomena is real. If this is so, then magick is also real. And we have also
seen how magick is the art and science of causing change in accordance with the
will by non-physical means. Magical philosophy is the working system of terms,
theories, and symbols upon which magick is based. But magick goes further than
that, for as an ancient system of psychol-ogy, magick may be used as is a means
of self improvement and spiritual growth. For magick and mysticism are parallel
paths, each ultimately leading to transcendence.
1) What do we mean by the relationship between the inner and outer worlds?
2) What is wrong with willpower?
3) Explain the energy model of magick.
P.E.I. Bonewitz, Hawaiian Magic (tape).
Pete Carrol, Liber Null.
John Heriot, Teaching Yourself White Magic.
Allan P. Lewis, Clearing Your Lifepath.
Max Freedom Long, The Secret Science Behind Miracles.
------, The Secret Science At Work.
Stephen Mace, Stealing the Fire from Heaven.
Julian Wilde, Grimoire of Chaos Magick.
======== Phil Hansford, 4/88