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Holy Kabbalah – Ancient Origins and Development in Occult Spirituality & Magic Traditions

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Prior to its incorporation into quasi-magical systems and traditions, the Kabbalah formed the basis of the Hebrew (Semitic) spiritual mysticism that originated in Mesopotamia and from the Anunnaki-based sources…

EnochianMagicfrontcrop [This blog adaptively extracted from Enochian Magic & Kabbalah by Joshua Free. The Liber-K materials are also available in the Mardukite Year-4 anthology, History of the Necronomicon and the mega-anthology NECRONOMICON GNOSIS.]

…It was not until the later Christian-ruling period of the Dark Ages that the Kabbalah became an ‘esoteric’ part of the ‘underground’ traditions of counter-culture magicians and sorcerers.

To the Hebrew (or Jewish) people today, the QBL (Qabala) simply came from “God”, or rather the ‘voice of God’ as the angel Metatron. In the Anunnaki lore predating the same versions from the same locales, we find this ‘force’ to instead be attributed to the scribe of the gods, observed as NABU in the Babylonian (Mardukite) system, or in others as the “Mercurial-Thoth-Hermes” archetypal current.

kabbalahss In essence, the Kabbalah (and its origins) always comes from a godly source and is composed of knowledge of the gods that would otherwise be ‘forbidden’ for humans to be given comprehension of. Even today, if I were to be of a Judeo-Christian purist mind, I would not be even setting such words onto paper or exploring these mysteries for public benefit at all, nor would the subject of God be explored in this sense – which is of course, blasphemy and heretical.

Given the wide range of devotion found not only in the most ancient interpretations of the Anunnaki traditions while still being observed in their prehistoric forms in Babylon and Sumer (and surrounding areas), but also throughout the evolving history of spiritual tradition, it can be incredibly difficult to always plot a one-to-one comparison of the varying worldviews.

HistoryNecronewcrop When examining the plethora of magical books, esoteric grimoires, varying ‘keys’ of Solomon, Abramelin, or whoever else, we find reoccurring signposts that return us to the original Anunnaki systems from which the later Assyrian and Semitic lore was derived.

In fact this early lore of Mesopotamia can be found to be mainly responsible for the ‘source’ of all the later systems that came to develop in varying cultural-regions on the planet. It is the ‘understanding’ and ‘use’ of the developing beliefs surrounding these ideas that seems to keep the knowledge (and its carriers) ‘separated’.

reality138 Quoting from the Anunnaki & The Kabbalah essay/lecture given by Joshua Free in 2008:

Although the concept of ‘Anunnaki Aliens’ became too obscure to behold for the rising civilizations coming afterward to behold – the general theme that became central to all spiritual traditions is: there is an all-powerful Divine Source outside of this time-space that does not necessarily make a visible, beholdable, tangible appearance in this world as we might want to personify, but there are these ‘intermediaries’ or ‘angel’ spirits and demons that seem to reside somewhere between our understanding of existence and this all-encompassing non-fragmented and wholeness realization of the All-as-One.

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The Kabbalah as Cosmic Map of Fragmentation of Spiritual Energy and Return to Source

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The mystical state of what has now been classified as ‘entanglement’ could only be defined as a ‘wholeness’, ‘interconnected’ or ‘All-as-One’ aspect of reality. But this was found to be too ‘transparent’ for the minds of contemporary humans and so we find the birth of systems created by the human mind by which these relationships can be better defined.

EnochianMagicfrontcrop [This blog officially excerpted from Enochian Magic & Kabbalah by Joshua Free, also available in the Mardukite Year-4 anthology: History of the Necronomicon]

Before the time of humans there existed a race of intelligent life that was not nearly as fixed to the ‘condensed’ perceptions of physical reality that we might be familiar with. We look toward such beings today, based on our present recollection of history and the accounts made concerning divine encounters with humans, and we call them gods, angels, spirits…

The Kabbalah represents the relationship between the purely spiritual and purely material realms — which are altogether one and the same.

310117_10151924936286988_1291959134_n During this descent to Earth and the transition of ‘light beings’ into ‘conscious lifeforms’ on this plane, a Brotherhood of Light was formed for the specific purpose of guiding this massive move toward ‘direct genetic intervention’ – a means to create suitable bodies in a suitable “physical” environment, meaning the formation of genetic vehicles…bodies.

This is the standard by which we might come to better know the ancient mysteries that are before us, waiting for us to break their code. The Semitic or Hebrew Kabbalah is one of, though not, the oldest ‘map’ by which the human mind can evolve to understand how and why things are the way they are – a means of exploring the basic ‘pattern’ of all existences able to be experienced, since they are all one existence, simply experiencing itself in ‘fragmented’ forms.

reality138 The formation of any Kabbalah that is relevant will usually drawn upon a very familiar archetype, one that promotes an understanding of the cosmos on all levels – the pattern that is manifest in the universe as a macrocosm, but also the fundamental evolution of ‘intelligent design’ that can be found in the microcosm or fundamental ‘level’ of all being – and that is the tree, usually expressed as either the Tree of Life or the “Tree of Knowledge”, but always a tree…

[For additional information on this nature of knowledge, visit the NexGen Systemological Society.]

GNOMONIC EXPANSION found within the pattern of tree-growth is expressive on not only the symbolic but also the literary ‘formation’ of the basic patterns of life, ever reaching outward, expanding from a ‘source’ and sharing a ‘fractal’ relationship with the ‘whole’. Such an understanding of reality has most certainly remained ‘esoteric’ or ‘hidden’ in the folds of what has become an otherwise ‘mundane’ human experience.

EnochianMagicfrontcrop The “tree” as the “key” makes its expected debut appearance among the lore of the Mesopotamians. In the archetypal Babylonian (Mardukite) paradigm, it is representative of all of the things we find in later systems (such as those of the Semitic Hebrew and even the Norse Vikings and Druids).

As a microcosm, the “tree” is representative of the interconnected nature of all life and existence. This is a direct indication that we are all from the same Source and that all life and existence shares this relationship. In essence, all of the ‘true’ spiritual and mystical traditions and systems to later ‘bloom’ also shared this basic tenet as the foundation of their beliefs and practices. The ‘manifestation’ seen eminent in the cosmos and on the planet or in the course of a person’s own ‘spiritual progression’ could all be charted as some ‘branch’ or ‘pathway’ that has or had extended from this All-Source of which everything is entangled into!!!

Sacred Secrets of Abramelin the Mage, Advanced Magick, Arcanum with Joshua Free

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Since the magical revival of the 1800’s, one tome — one magical grimoire — stands apart from the plethora of material reconstituted by the hands of MacGregor Mathers and other members of esoteric sects like the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn… The Book of Abramelin… The Sacred Magic of Abramelin the Mage…

The mysteries of this sacred magic — this secret magick — are explored at length in Joshua Free’s underground masterpiece self-teaching curriculum: ARCANUM

picture094 ABRAMELIN’S sacred tradition is preserved in the only grimoire of Holy Magick that correlates to the abilities and practices of “biblical mages” and the magick of the Tetragrammaton. It relies on the practitioner’s relationship with Divine Names and success is highly dependent on personal purity and necessity. There are no “bizarre” sigils used or obscure practices required, as the work alludes that such are “evil” anyways. There are no intricate ceremonies or complex castings of nemetons. The elements are not addressed and are actually shunned as “lesser powers” than what if necessary for the work concerned.

THE BOOK OF ABRAMELIN acknowledges the use of planetary and other forms of magickal timing, but says to avoid such “atrocities” since the power of God is always present. This actually simplifies things significantly from an operative-ceremonial perspective, but the 18-month preparatory period remains to be swallowed.

IMG000233 While the magick squares themselves have been frequently exported from the system, the process of self-initiation and apprenticeship to the Higher Self is either not desirable to most practitioners or within their means. Seclusion from all worldly powers is advised in order to attain the highest powers, which explains why the stereotypical wizard lives as a hermit. The book also illustrates that many spiritual masters have gone into the wilderness to gather or compliment their wisdom. Such concepts are not foreign to seekers of Nature-oriented mysticism. If the wizard, called a “mage” in this system, cannot work outdoors at an altar of “unhewn” (uncut) stone, then instructions for the consecration of a proper “prayer-room” are included.

It is preferred if the mage can live a solitary life during the 18-month purification period. Idle talk, arguments, uncleanliness and residual energy from others can interfere with the sanctity of the process.

arcanum2012thumb The axiom that “cleanliness is next to godliness” might have emerged from this priestly work, for it has never been more fitting. The mage is instructed to remain as clean as possible during the purification period, both externally and internally. This includes: bathing, clothing, bedding, the floor, the food eaten and the thoughts dwelt upon.

Following “Old Testament” Hebrew law, the mage is permitted to share a bed with his wife, but she should also keep to a clean regimen, which includes refraining from sharing a bed with the mage or entering the “prayer-room” during menstruation. [The personal observation of the present author is that as opposed to viewing this monthly cycle as “evil” or “sinful” (as is generally insinuated by most interpretations), menstruation is simply an obstruction to the overall goals of cleanliness maintained for both the period of purification as well as the temples of this tradition in general. The goal of the priest-mage is to maintain a controlled environment to the highest reasonable extent.]

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Sacred Magic from Book of Abramelin, Advanced Magick Systems with Joshua Free

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Apart from the ceremonial magick applications of the Necronomicon System (whether that of the Simon ‘Necronomicon’ or the more intensive work applied to the name as conducted by the Mardukite Research Organization), the only other significantly advanced and controversial tome of magick from antiquity that became of popular interest during the founding of the Mardukites in 2008 and 2009 remains the BOOK OF ABRAMELIN, a magickal and spiritual paradigm that I explored at length through a series of YouTube videos, all of which were based on material prepared for ARCANUM and then later for ENOCHIAN MAGIC & THE KABBALAH.
–Joshua Free

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THE SACRED BOOK OF MAGICK OF ABRAMELIN THE MAGE is a potent grimoire of holy magick, considered sacred in the “Dragon-King grimoire cycle,” which is drawn from the high magickal tradition of the Kabbalah. The magick of Abramelin was first translated into English from an 18th Century French manuscript by MacGregor Mathers for use by the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn (GD) at the end of the 1800s. The title of the that version actually introduces the subject quite well: “The Book of Sacred Magic of Abramelin the Mage as Delivered by Abraham the Jew unto his son Lamech: A Grimoire of the Fifteenth Century.

The knowledge has not had significant exposure to the public, such as is seen with the other more “famous” grimoires. The work is composed of a true Mesopotamian-Semitic tradition of the magick of angels via magick squares and names, which actually predates the 16th Century Enochian System. As with most of the early revival work of the Golden Dawn System, The “Book of Sacred Magic” later proved to be flawed. From the start, the French manuscript used by Mathers was incomplete. Some important instructions are missing and more than half of the magick squares are unfinished. Steven Guth translated the “Book of Abramelin” (2006) from German manuscripts antiquating the French one. Great lengths were also taken in the verification of Abraham the Jew, both his biographical and geographical renderings. [Some scholars have confused the identity of the author of the text (Abraham) with that of his mentor or instructor (Abramelin).] Abramelin may be a magickal or religious name. Abraham attributes all of the true “Holy Magick” that he has learned in his life to the wisest of mentors that he has found in all the lands: Abramelin.

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The magick of Abramelin is “sacred” or “Holy Magick,” quite different from the ceremonial magick that wizards are more traditionally familiar with. The Kabbalah, whether spiritual or practical, is a sacred system of mysticism originally reserved for the priests of the Hebrew Tradition and ancient Semitic Dragon Kings. It is the priestly magick used by clerics, requiring prayer over ritualized incantations. In fact, someone who has not yet undergone deep religious purification outlined for an 18-month period cannot even use the magickal “operations” of the grimoire. It is amusing then, to find Abramelin’s magick squares appearing in contemporary New Age books of magick that suggest their use without adhering to all of the preliminaries.
Joshua Free in Arcanum

Truth about Christmas Winter Solstice Yule Festival meaning defined with Arcanum by Joshua Free

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“That’s what Christmas is all about, Charlie Brown…”

Okay, well, Linus and the Peanuts gang got it almost right. Of course, like most of the mainstream contemporary spoon-fed and ignorant human population, they are propagating the fundementalist Christian perspective of Christmas — drawn from a religious system which seldom admits its plethora of borrowings, from the baptism to the covenant of sacraments and holidays, none of which are original or exclusive to the Judeo-Christian tradition.

In Joshua Free’s underground literary masterpiece, ARCANUM, we read:

arcanum2012thumb An ancient festival that observes the astronomical significance of the shortest day of the year on approximately December 21st, and being the darkest day of the dark half of the year, the Moon rules this solstice (whereas the Sun rules the Summer Solstice).

In most contemporary and ancient “pagan” and “aboriginal” traditions, the Winter Solstice is also recognized as the rebirth of the Sun-King or the Star-Child, as the strength of the Sun (and consequently, the length of day) begins to grow from this point of the wheel of the year until the summer solstice. For this reason the Vatican installed their own version of this “birth” as Christmas — a “rebirth” observed annually by billions of people on the planet. In many European-based traditions, the winter solstice is identified as Jul or Yule. The Druids held mistletoe, holly, ivy and other evergreens to be especially sacred during this time of year. These forms of life continue to thrive in spite of winter.

The “Yule log” is an ancient needfire tradition of burning a large log (often received as a gift or from one’s own property). It is burned along with a piece of the previous year’s log, and is allowed to smolder for twelve nights (until “Twelfth Night”). The festival is also called Mean Geimhridh in some Celtic Traditions and Alban Arthuann (“Light of the Bear”) in others (particularly Welsh, Barddas or Pheryllt-based). As an astrological event observed within the zodiac, the winter solstice occurs when the Sun enters Capricorn. — from ARCANUM by Joshua Free

Let us then turn to the words of the Gnostic mentors; here Samael Aun Weor writes:

310117_10151924936286988_1291959134_n “My brothers and sisters: observe the King Star in its elliptical movement. The sun moves from south to north and from north to south. The birth of the Sun Child is celebrated when the Sun advances towards the north. The Sun Child is born the twenty-fourth of December at midnight in order to dawn on the twenty-fifth. If the Sun Christ did not advance towards the north, the entire Earth would become a great mass of ice and all life would perish, therefore from the twenty-fourth of December the Sun God advances toward the north in order to animate, give heat and life to all creatures.”

“The Sun Child is born the twenty-fourth of December at midnight in order to dawn on the twenty-fifth, and is crucified on the spring equinox to give life to everything that exists. The fixed date of its birth and the variable date of its death always have a deep significance within all the religious theologies. The Sun Child is born weak and needy in this humble manger of the world and in one of those very long nights of winter, where the days are very short in the regions of the north.”

“During the time of Christmas, the sign of the Celestial Virgin rises on the horizon, and thus this is how the child is born in order to save the world. During his infancy, the Sun Christ is surrounded by dangers, since by all means its is very clear that during the first days the kingdom of darkness is much longer than light — his kingdom — yet despite all the terrible dangers that threaten him, he survives.”

“Time passes… the days cruelly are extended, and finally the spring equinox — Easter, the Holy Week — arrives, which is the moment in which he has to cross from one end to the other — that is, the moment of the crucifixion of the Lord on this, our world. The Sun Christ crucifies himself on our planet Earth in order to give life to everything that exists. After his death, he resurrects within all creation in order to ripen the grape and every grain. The law of the Logos is sacrifice.”

This cosmic universal dramatic orchestration is also mirrored in the Akiti (Zagmuk) New Year Celebration in ancient Babylon, observed when the Sun enters Aries (or at least did 4,000 years ago) at the Spring Equinox. Sacred space, temples and traditions from all over the globe revisit the symbolism of this very ancient passion play of the birth and death of the sacrificial Sun King — an archetypal observation embedded deep in the psyche of humanity. When the mass conversion to Christianity was taking place, the entire tradition and its customs were rooted in local “pagan” methodologies in order to make the absorption into indigenous cultures more widely accepted…

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FREE MODERN MAGICK SCHOOL LESSON, Spellcraft Simplified: The Art of Casting Spells by Joshua Free

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Apprenticeship: Merlyn’s School of Magick & Wizardry — First appearing in “New Babylon Rising” (Issue #4, April 2012) — this ‘apprenticeship lesson’ is part of a progressive curriculum adaptation series drawn from the work of ‘Merlyn Stone‘ and the “Arcanum” notebooks.

LESSON 4 – THE ARTS OF SPELLCRAFT SIMPLIFIED

Did you know that simply tying your shoes is an act of spellcraft or magick? Don’t argue with me, yet! The act of spellcraft is to cause a change in accordance with your will, or to make something happen because you want it to. Thus, no matter the means, tying your shoes because you want them tied and causing this manipulated change in physical reality is spellcraft!

Of course, you don’t think about it like this, but essentially that is what it is. If, however, you can come to look at spellcraft in this way, you will find it very simple to master.

But how does a spell work?

wizardryfrontcvr The circle is cast, energy is raised, the goal is visualized and energy is released to that outcome. The circle is finally extinguished. Herbs, incense, candles, incantations, etc. are aids in attracting the proper energy. In all forms of magick, especially spellcraft, like attracts like forces or energies. If you want to attract the energy of love and send raised energy of that nature to the outcome, then you need to surround yourself with the tools and aids that will help you in attaining a specific energetic current. The methodology behind spellcraft is limited only by the magician’s imagination.

SPELLCRAFT SIMPLIFIED

arcanum2012thumb Also called “low magick,” this practice is the most common method of ritualized use of intention and willpower taught in the New Age. The purpose of the art is to direct the energy of the desires and will of the operator through dramatic representations. [Anthropologists recognize this practice among indigenous shamans in the form of sympathetic magick.]

Spellcraft is most often concerned with influencing change in the mundane/physical world such as fertility, wealth and love. The main tenet is that the currents of energy attached to you in the future are based on the raised energy of emotions, thoughts and actions of the present. Jesus said: “Ask and it shall be given; knock and the door will open.” The wizard learns the more successful questions to “ask” and best means of “knocking.”

wizardryfrontcvr Conventional spellcraft and prayer are essentially the same. Most religious practitioners are not instructed in the proper and most effective ways to pray, leaving them at the mercy of established organizations for any real “divine intervention.” But the wizard does not wait for “divine intervention.” The New Age teaches that you are the only one responsible for your own life. God has given you the mental and spiritual faculties to recognize the Right Way to Ascension.

Through proper focus, emotional purity and intention of will, you can attract any ray of light into your life. The definition of spellcraft is really “to see any transformational manifestation occur in the physical world in accordance with will.” It doesn’t matter what means are used, setting and meeting goals for change is a unique awareness of the human mind: you can affect the future by acting in the present. This is no small realization since it has allowed humans to rise above the Animal Kingdom and establish “human civilization.”

The truth is: if your intention is to see something through, it doesn’t really matter if you accomplish this by some form of telepathy or simply some old fashioned hard work (according to Freemasonry). Hopefully, you are traveling a path of the least resistance so as to use the most appropriate energy type in the best way to accomplish your goals.

arcanum2012thumb Ritualized spellcraft can be operated closely to the practices of ceremonial magick, though they tend to have more mundane ends in mind. The use of elemental tablets, elemental weapons, herbs, incense, robes and cloaks can supplement the basic formula of spellcraft. Candle magick is especially useful.

Your working can be as simple or elaborate as you deem necessary. Additional tools and implements can be included only if they actually help you to connect with the desired currents of energy. They should be removed as distractions if they do not assist. For this reason a controlled environment, whether hidden away in Nature or in a room dedicated to magick, should be used. There should be no non-magickal distractions in the nemeton area.] In traditions of high magick, the ritual chambers are often designed with specific parameters in mind and even the lodges of secret societies are reserved for ceremonial purposes only.

wizardryfrontcvr Almost every author in the New Age teaches the arts of spellcraft differently. Most texts include the preliminary steps that a practitioner should have developed prior to these attempts. The abilities to be grounded, focused, use breathing techniques and enter the body of light are all paramount to ritual success prior to the “casting of the spell.” Graphic representations of your intentions (pictures, symbols, glyphs) should be prepared ahead of time and the operator must be very familiar with the intended working prior to the physical enactment. [Not doing so accounts for many of the initial failures for practitioners using spellcraft.]

THE SIMPLE SEVENFOLD SPELLCRAFT FORMULA
1. Casting a Circle (conjuring nemeton)
2. Calling Elementals (conjuring external powers)
3. Raising Energy (personal blended with conjured)
4. Visualization (seeing the change as presently occurring)
5. Releasing Energy (see raising energy)
6. Dismissal of Spirits (closing formalities)
7. Extinguishing the Circle (banishing residual energy)

arcanum2012thumb Once the energy raised in energy has been consciously released into the Akasha of the Universe, allow it the chance to resonate and vibrate. The adepts of the ages always advise operators not to dwell on their workings once completed. It is a common mistake made among novices to worry about the effectiveness of the ritual. If you recall this energy back from the Universe with your thoughts, it won’t be “out there” working for you. One common suggestion is to sleep afterward and allow the subconscious process to equalize naturally. This is not usually difficult since most spellcraft operations are performed at night under the correlative lunar and planetary influences.

“Do What Thou Will…” FREE LESSON from Merlyn’s School of Magick & Wizardry

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Apprenticeship: Merlyn’s School of Magick & Wizardry — First appearing in “New Babylon Rising” (Issue #3, March 2012) — this ‘apprenticeship lesson’ is part of a progressive curriculum adaptation series drawn from the work of ‘Merlyn Stone‘ and the “Arcanum” notebooks.

LESSON 3 – BREATH & WILL

wizardryfrontcvr Rhythmic breathing is a prerequisite for most magickal work as part of the initial grounding process (not always indicated in an advanced ritual text). This simply becomes second nature to experienced practitioners. Proper breathing is not only important for your physical well-being, it also affects your ability to meditate, relax or energize your body (and aura).

arcanum2012thumb During deliberate breathing periods, oxygen should be inhaled via the nose and exhaled through the mouth. Breathing solely in and out of the mouth is actually unhealthy because the air is not slowed and warmed through the sinuses. Any mystical work involving energy (which is practically all of it) is enhanced through proper breathing – which distributes energy through the body. When you breathe in you can feel the energy flowing into your pores and flowing through the body.

QUAD-BREATHING Rhythmic breathing skills come from learning to gauge your breath. As you “count” specific intervals, your breath should be steady and maximized. Completely fill and empty your lungs, holding in between. This can be uncomfortable at first, but eventually it should yield a sensation of mild euphoria (as its amazing what proper breathing can do). One popular method we call “quad-breathing,” counting four seconds or heartbeats for each part of the cycle: breathing in (counting to four), holding (counting to four), exhaling (counting. . .) and holding.

arcanum2012thumb By adding visualization imagery, you can project a conceptualized idea (or polarized energy) in the area around you and then interact with it (e.g. breathing it in or exhaling it into an environment). It is imperative for a sorcerer to maintain a true sense of self (in self-honesty). The sorcerer must always be in control of the body and mind – must always have control over the actions and thoughts that ensue from said body and mind. This is called true “willpower” or “self-direction.” Practice at this may require gaining a more awkward routine – pushing your-self to behave in a way you might not normally do. That is to say: don’t allow clocks, schedules and impulsive “desires” to rule your life. When hungry, tired or the like, wait a little while longer. See if you can manipulate these sensations or trans-form them into something else. This is not to say to deprive yourself, but learn to do more than “react.” Learn to actually “act”. This type of training increases one’s control over the body – after all, how can you transcend the physical body if you are bound by it?

wizardryfrontcvr A technique referred to as “pore breathing is an advanced breathing method used in energy work or high magick, especially relating to the rays of light. In this form of deliberate breathing, you are to feel yourself inhaling through all the pores of your body. As your breathe in, you absorb an ele-mental energy or color (ray) from every surrounding direction, pulling it through your auric shield. When you exhale, release all the impurities of the body out of your pores as well. This process is called “energetic transfusion.” When raising energy you are drawing in external energies and adding your own vibration (via intentions) before releasing the energy into the Universe.

FREE MAGICK, Lesson Two “Visualization & Ritual” — Merlyn’s School of Magick & Wizardry with Joshua Free

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Apprenticeship: Merlyn’s School of Magick & Wizardry — First appearing in “New Babylon Rising” (Issue #2, February 2012) — this ‘apprenticeship lesson’ is part of a cumulative (progressive) curriculum drawn from the work of ‘Merlyn Stone‘ and the “Arcanum” notebooks.

LESSON 2 – VISUALIZATION

wizardryfrontcvr A key to the process of magick is the “art” of visualization. This is the innate ability to create images and pictures in the mind. Problems on the physical plane are often created (and even resolved) from the process of “visualization” — where we place our ‘focus’ and process energy through. The mastery of visualization is a mental power which enables a magician or wizard to gain a level of control over the physical world — influencing the ‘lower’ by operating via the ‘higher’. Basic visualization-based rituals follows this formula:

: 1. Raising Energy
:: 2. Visualizing the Desired Change
::: 3. Sending Energy to the Cause

arcanum2012thumb Visualization is the primary ability to maintain conscious control over the subconscious mind using innate faculties of “imagery.” These skills allow you to observe changes as if they have already taken place and put attentive energies into these images. All change actually works on this principle: a person sees the desired change in their mind and then acts.

RITUAL MAGICK — Thus is ritual magick, enabling one to allow changes to occur more rapidly then when left alone to themselves. In magickal terms, this is called the “channeling and harvesting of energy to direct it to a desired target to affect a change.”

arcanum2012thumbIn addition to the ability to visualize concrete imagery, the sorcerer must also possess concentration and thought discipline. “Thought magick” requires the mental skills to hold a clear image in the mind for prolong periods of time. This is where most novices will usually require the most personal development to be able to execute effective magick.

VISUALIZATION EXERCISE — Begin by sitting comfortably and allow your thoughts to drift for several minutes. First, go through what you were thinking and cause (or will) it to be replayed as precisely as possible. Next, allow your thoughts to drift and then still your mind, holding one thoughtform in your head for as long as you can. Don’t strain, but focus on a single thought. If your mind begins to wander, gently correct yourself and begin to focus on the thought again. The final step is to keep the mind completely clear of all thoughts for as long as possible. Practice with these basic techniques is essential to gaining the necessary discipline over the mind.

wizardryfrontcvr Relaxation is critical to concentration. This is the ability to gain and keep a relaxed state of inner peace at will. Of course, not all magickal practices require a “sedated” state of mind, but absolute clarity in your focus is essential, including self-control and self-discipline, particularly concerning emotional energies. Such workings where violent imagery will better aid magick, would of course, be nullified by “relaxation” for the entire duration, but without proper focus, the energy in the ritual can become “wild magick.”

RELAXATION EXERCISE — Relaxation may be achieved by sitting or laying in a position comfortable and free of having to tense your muscles. When your muscles begin to tense or you get anxious, regulate your breathing and will your muscles to relax. Restlessness is fairly common to those who are not used to such stillness. Becoming proficient in such skills will greatly prepare you for the magickal work ahead.

arcanum2012thumb As a final testament of your ability, try this: relax, clear your mind, then make an intentional recall of a specific recent event – consciously replaying the same stretch of information from memory, capturing as much of the original details as possible. Reproduce the emotional involvement and stimuli: visual, physical sensations, sounds, smells, and so forth.

FREE LESSONS, “Introduction to Energy” — Merlyn’s School of Magick & Wizardry with Joshua Free

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Apprenticeship: Merlyn’s School of Magick & Wizardry — First appearing in “New Babylon Rising” (Issue #1, January 2012) — this ‘apprenticeship lesson’ is part of a cumulative (progressive) curriculum drawn from the work of ‘Merlyn Stone’ and the “Arcanum” notebooks.

LESSON 1 – ENERGY

wizardryfrontcvr Energy exists in all things and is likewise the driving force behind all magickal work. Whether something is “living” or not, it has energy, a force that can be changed and manipulated by the will of the magician or wizard. Energy cannot cease to exist, nor can it be created. It simply is. But constantly is it revolving and abounding, changing form. The “wizard” (or whatever name you wish to give a ‘magickal practitioner’ proper) is one who seeks to recognize the patterns and cause them to change in accordance with their will.

All the actions, words, symbols and dramatic enactments performed in ritual magick are meaningless without the proper currents of energy being understood. The energy required for magick is every-where around us, although invisible to the untrained eye. The “Wizard” there-fore learns to recognize this energy, to channel and harvest it for personal gain. More than a religion or cult-following, “magick” is a way in which to view the world and interpret life.

arcanum2012thumb There are two main sources of energy utilized in magick. Firstly, there is personal power, the energy that enables one to walk, sleep, study, think… and have sex. This energy can be raised for magickal purposes through mental concentration and the tensing of the physical muscles in the body. It can be directed in currents (rays) to any source to more easily create change on a mundane level.

The second source of energy is external. Very often in “low magick” and earth-oriented systems, this second source is Nature-power. In “high” and “ceremonial” forms of magick, this power may come from the astral plane, the current of a spiritual deity (entity) or perhaps from what is perceived as another dimension or level of reality. The powers of the Wizard are then are only limited by one’s imagination – or more importantly, ones ability to visualize within imagination. Through ritual magick, Wizards raise personal power, then merge it with external powers (called forth or summoned) and direct it with the “mind” via visualization. “Visualization,” as we are told, “is the key to the occult.”

MAGICK -vs- MAGIC
Aleister Crowley once said: “The whole question has been threshed out and organized by wise men of old; they have made a science of life complete and perfect; and they have given to it the name of MAGICK.” The primary means (numerology aside) for the change in spelling was to create a distinction between the practical occult magickal arts and the illusionist parlor tricks of magic by those who only pretend to manifest occult powers. Both spellings are accepted in the “New Age.”

CEREMONIAL HIGH MAGICK
This style of magick is used in order to manipulate the mental and spiritual planes. High magick delves deeper into the complexities of the systems, ceremonies and ritual aids used to represent abstract and spiritual concepts. Magick using spellcraft, witchcraft and the like for purposes of affecting physical change is not “high magick.” High Ceremonial Magick is used and mastered in order to raise transcendentalist states erupting from the belief that humans can become more than the physical restrictions the material systems portray. Some traditions of high magick are also called “holy magick.”