Wednesday, 30 October 2019
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How magic works
It would be unfair of me not to tell you any aspect of how I learned, understood and used magic in my life. After all unless I told you everything I know and actually did, then the story that I’ve told you would not add up.
So in this chapter I will be trying to explain to you the more metaphysical aspects in relation to this world (and the worlds that we know of). In order to do that I will try to give you a crash course of some aspects of kabbalah, so just indulge me a little. I never was a practitioner of “practical kabbalah” in its pure orthodox form, probably because I felt I had been soiled and was not worthy to touch it. Still I used various aspects of it in my preferred practice of the Shem Ha-Mephorash.
It is worth your while to learn about kabbalah to gain a greater picture about the way things are. To me kabbalah is both an occult system and philosophy for independent rational thinking; it takes Jehovah and uses archetypes to illustrate his various aspects. Much like you may be known by different names and titles in different circumstances but at the end of the day you are the same person. These archetypes are symbolically linked to the Sephiroth (spheres) that are present in what is generally called the “Tree of Life” (or more accurately the Tree of Life and Death of the knowledge of Good and Evil). To explain it another way, the Sephiroth are to the kabbalah as the planets are to astrology.
Kabbalistic magic can incorporate planetary magic and astrology, but this is not mandatory. Planets by themselves don’t affect anything – they are inanimate objects. However they are used to measure cycles in the same way the Sun and orbit of both the Earth and Moon are used to measure time. Just like our star signs are measured by alignments and orbits of certain planets, they cannot be replicated by any other means. After all, are not the days of the week named after various “gods” and their aspects which are symbolised by planets? In addition to star signs and days there are herbs, colours, incense, emotions, hours and even angels and demons that are deemed to be symbolically governed by planets.
The general teaching about kabbalah goes something like this; there are ten individual sephira that are in a specific top to bottom order of ranking on the Tree of Life.
Kether is the top of the tree and Malkuth is the bottom where the tree meets the earth (Malkuth means kingdom). Now the tree is divided into 3 columns –left, middle and right, or feminine, neutral and masculine, or even negative, neutral and positive. I’ll use the positive/negative classification, when I use the term negative I don’t mean in the evil way. Think of it in electrical terms with neutral as the earthing wire.
Binah, Geburah and Hod are in the negative column.
Chokmah, Chesed and Netzach are in the positive column.
Kether, Tiphareth, Yesod and Malkuth are in the neutral column.
Once you place the sephiroth in ranking and in their columns you will see that it forms a lightening bolt type diagram if traced from top to bottom. This is how magic from the kabbalah works, it comes from the sephira from which you work in because of its characteristics and earths itself into this world by Malkuth. All of the sephiroth have virtues and vices apart from Kether and Chokmah which do not have vices. The kabbalah is about balance as is shown by the order of the tree. It is good for a society to have a spirit of freedom amongst its people, but too much freedom will eventually lead to a lack of it when some members of that society believe they are free to take away others freedom. Virtues become vices when overused; this is why balance is extremely important regarding kabbalah and the tree.
Kabbalah magic is generally performed by the magician in the world of Briah. This is the realm of the Archangels and this is done by using colours and symbols of the particular sephira corresponding to that world. So the magician is making a symbolic connection between the Archangels’ world (Briah) and his world (Assiah). If the magic ritual is performed correctly it will pass from Briah (Creation) through Yetzirah (Formation) to Assiah (Physical). Each world functions according to the tree model, so try to imagine that magic works roughly like the power passing through serial bulbs on the Christmas tree lights.
But there are 4 worlds – not 3: the highest world (in using the word “world” I mean to describe a plane of existence) is called Atziluth. This is a world of pure spirit and comes under the direct personal rulership of Jehovah himself. I suppose I would describe it as the world of spiritual intellect as I haven’t found or can convey a better description. I’ll try this to help you understand where I’m coming from.
OK, picture a place like a shop or similar that you know of and regularly visit and let’s make it a reasonable distance away, say 5 miles. Now how long would it take you to get there and enter the premises? So starting from the time you get out of your chair to the time you get into the shop (and if you are driving you have to consider traffic and parking), how long would it take? Let’s say 20 minutes for arguments sake, but I bet that you have already pictured that entire journey in your mind by the time that you have read this. How long did that take? Twenty seconds?
If you went to that shop it would be because you had a need (we can use a pharmacy for example). So you had a need (Atziluth) and pictured how that need could be fulfilled (Briah), you then pictured how to bring that fulfilled need to you practically (Yetzirah) and then had the need fulfilled in the physical (Assiah). Or in other words you were at home feeling sick, realised that the pharmacy sold something that would help you so you drove there to buy what you needed and then drove home to take the medicine and feel better. All this went through your mind within a few seconds and yet you had not moved an inch from your chair while moaning and holding your stomach.
You are physically in Assiah and yet you have the spirituality and intellect to access the other worlds in due order, it is a continuous cycle of thinking and indeed being. Don’t let any godless fuck tell you otherwise.
Back to the sephiroth, now I’ll make things a bit more complicated. There are four sephiroth I will now mention, they are not usually considered in general cabbalistic magic because they are not “workable” by magicians. One of them is called Daath; it separates the top three sephiroth (Kether, Chokmah and Binah) from the rest of the tree. It functions as a type of “firewall” to separate the “holy trinity” sephiroth from the not-so-holy others. It is usually referred to as the abyss in that once you cross over an abyss you go up a level as compared to anything to have gone through before. I myself don’t find it to be especially true, but then again that’s just me.
Above Kether are the other three sephiroth, again ranked from highest to lowest.
1. Ain (Nothingness). [En]
2. Ain Soph (Limitlessness). [En Sof]
3. Ain Soph Aur (Limitless Light). [En Sof Or]
These sephiroth are truly the most abstract concept, all three are degrees of negative existence. Trying to demonstrate the sephira of Ain is essentially trying to give an example on the negative existence of nothingness. Although I have heard about magicians trying to work in Ain Soph Aur, as far as I know there is no ritual that has ever worked. These three sephiroth are beyond the comprehension of the human mind. Don’t confuse the negative existence of those 3 sephira with the negative existence with the likes of Satan. With these sephira there is nothing to corrupt or pervert because there is nothing to pervert or corrupt, there is no form within them - these are realms of void.
Now we move onto the four planes of existence and whose' realm they are;
1. Atziluth –the plane of spirit, the realm of God.
2. Briah –the plane of creation, the realm of Archangels.
3. Yetzirah –the plane of formation, the realm of Angels.
4. Assiah –the plane of the physical world, the realm of ourselves and demons.
As I’ve shown before these four planes work together in all things in a type of circular cycle. When we have a need for something we are thinking (whether you actually think in Atziluth is another thing, it is just a case of your intellect telling your body) in the plane of Atziluth. From there we have a concept of what we want in Briah and from there we formulate how we can acquire that need in Yetzirah, the plans so to speak. The result is what we get in Assiah, the non-physical becomes physical and then it starts all over again. Satanism doesn’t deal with the first three planes, it can’t. What you should realise is that Satan cannot actually create; he can only use what’s available to everyone else. Yes he can cause you to get what you want but it actually wasn’t his in the first place, essentially he is a pay per order thief. Satanism strictly operates within our physical world although there is a spiritual/metaphysical impetus behind it.
Now I’ll try to explain where Satan and his demons come into it. Satan was an Archangel, his world was Briah but he along with his followers were expelled into our world Assiah. This world is just as much his world as it is ours, but for him it is a prison. As he is no longer in Briah therefore he cannot create (fact is only God can bring forth creation from the void), nor is he a human. His existence in this world is essentially a negative existence, much like a shadow.
So let’s take an overview of this world which is Assiah, the physical plane which includes the universe and all within it. We humans are a neutral existence; we have the ability to be good (positive) or evil (negative) but our natural state is to be balanced between the two (neutral). There is also Jehovah who is beyond good and evil, his world is Atziluth the world of pure spirit. He acts upon this world through his Archangels whose world is Briah, the world of creation. Creation is the positive aspect of existence and our link to this world is made possible by our faith and practices relating to our faith.
Then we have Satan and his demons that are the negative aspect, they are in this world because they have no choice. In all of this there is a model for balance in Assiah, but if faith in creation is destroyed the scale will tip in favour of the negative. The negative in itself cannot create, it can only pervert. You might be tempted to look at the negative column of the Tree of Life and take a sephirah like Binah and see it in the same (lack of) light, but the sephirah is balanced because it has a virtuous side as well as a vice side. It is balanced as the tree itself is balanced, sure you can take one of the lesser parts and declare it to be negative but you will find it has an opposite which complements it and makes it balanced.
The only 2 sephiroth that do not have a vice are Kether and Chokmah, the former is neutral and the latter is positive. I can just guess and say that once you get into these 2 that you have no need or avenue for vice, but I didn’t make or invent them so I really have no idea as to why they don’t. Ask God not me.
The Tree of Life operates in all 4 worlds insofar as humans can access and use the Tree model in those worlds. So using a sephira such as “Geburah” for example, there is a Geburah of Atziluth as well as a Geburah of Briah, of Yetzirah and Assiah. The characteristics of Geburah doesn’t change, rather it is the application of the characteristics of Geburah as to achieve the desired result by the person practicing the magic.
I'll use this analogy to try and explain the working of magic.
Let's say that there are two people in two different countries using the internet, one is in a developed country and the other is in a third world country. The person in the third world country has a need and uses the internet to try and find a product for that need. The person then finds that the product can be found in a developed country but is unsure if that is the right product, so then that person decides to establish contact with someone in that developed country to ask about that product. The person in the third world country establishes a contact with the person in the developed country and makes an acquaintance of that person. We'll call the person in the third world country -Pedro and the person in the developed country -Mark.
Pedro tells Mark of his problem and asks if he can do something to help. Mark can do something to help but can only go by what Pedro tells him. If Pedro is vague about what he needs then Mark may send him the wrong product or no product at all. If Pedro is rude, demanding or insincere about what he needs then Mark will send him nothing. If Pedro uses a catalogue in reference to what he wants and asks in a polite manner in a way that could not be misinterpreted, then Mark will help but Pedro has to provide some sort of payment as well as a postal address to send the product.
Now put yourself in the position of Pedro and either Jehovah, his Archangels or Angels as Mark. Pedros' request and prayer constitutes a ritual, all prayer is in effect a type of magical ritual. Only when it does succeed does it become "magic" or a "miracle". Just because you contact someone in an advanced country doesn't mean that they are experts in everything. Most prayer fails because people are vague in what they need and they do not provide a means in order to have their need fulfilled (postal address). Addressing your prayers toward "God" whenever you need something and not bothering to pray the rest of the time will not help your cause. I find it distressing when people ask for all sorts of stupid things and when they don't get it blame God for their failings. Stupid stuff such as when people will pray for a new car even though their current car functions okay but just doesn't have a DVD player in it. Or else pray for money in order to go to the casino and just expect it to appear at the end of the bed one morning. In magic we combine the metaphysical as well as the physical, to establish a bridge between the worlds in order to bring creation into this world. Just as you conceive a plan and design to fulfil a need before you make it a physical reality, not vice versa. This is what magic is essentially about.