Magickal Momentum

Ankhafnakhonsu Esoterica

Casting Spells Waving the magick wands

Popular books on occultism are full of spells and incantations that purport to perform all manner of miraculous magical shortcuts to all of the desirable things in life. These sorts of instructions imply that sex, money, power and spiritual enlightenment are all only a wave of a wand and a few mumbled lines of poorly rhyming doggerel away. It only takes a small amount of experience in the practice of magick to understand the fallaciousness of this approach. Magicians with a talent for the art soon abandon this base style of magick for the long, certain method of working to accumulate momentum towards the goal, rather than trying to attain a success in a single stroke.

No aspect of magick makes this clearer than the course of initiation that is central to the practice of any fully developed system of magick. At the same time, common…

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Feasts of the Times: A Feast for the First Night of the Prophet and his Bride

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Feast for the First Night of the Prophet and his BrideA feast for the first night of the Prophet and his Bride

by Frater IAO131

BACKGROUND

This feast is celebrated on August 12, and its primary purpose is to celebrate the anniversary of Crowley’s marriage to Rose that made possible the reception of The Book of the Law. Crowley comments, “There should be a special feast on the 12th day of August in every year, since it was the marriage of The Beast which made possible the revelation of the New Law. (This is not an Apology for Marriage. Hard Cases make Bad Law).”

In terms of E.G.C., this ceremony represents the Collect of Marriage, which involves the union of all things, not only the legal proceedings of marriage. In terms of M.M.M., this ceremony represents II° insofar as this shows the soul “how it may best carry out its object in the eucharist of life. It partakes, so…

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Exploring Thelema and Chaos Magick, with Pete and Sef (Part 8)

The Blog of Baphomet

Dear Sef,

It was a pleasure for Matt and I to speak at the first Bristol meet of the Visible College. The Moot there has a nice venue in the Golden Guinea and an interesting bunch of enthusiastic people turned up. I wish you well with this venture.

Firstly I’ll give my response to your answer, then I’ll answer your questions, and finally I’ll pose my last question to you.

Considered on their own, the Giza pyramids appear as some of the most remarkable and mysterious structures ever erected by humanity. However a look at pyramids more generally throws doubt on many of the apparent mysteries. Pyramids served as tombs and monuments, and they gradually replaced the mud brick Mastaba tombs of even more ancient Egyptians. The ancient Egyptians never discovered the vaulted arch, so any massive high stone structure would have to have a roughly pyramidal shape and comparatively…

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Exploring Thelema and Chaos Magick, with Pete & Sef (Part7)

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Preface note: All quotations in bold italics are taken from Liber AL vel Legis, the Book of the Law. This post is chock full of ‘em, for reasons which will become obvious. Simple italics are for emphasis (author’s own).

Dear Pete,

Thank you for providing what has been a thoroughly challenging and frankly frustrating question.

First of all, I am very pleased to see that we share opinions towards the cult of personality around great thinkers and leaders in their fields; as I certainly agree that Crowley “led an adventurous and intellectually courageous full life, but whilst he deserves our respect and admiration; worship or emulation of his personal quirks and foibles seems pointless” as you said of Darwin. I hope that Carrolleyanity never takes root, in the same way that I hope Crowleyanity’s adherents are damned for a dog”, “and to hell with them, master!”

I am also…

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Thelemic Culture Update: January – June 2014

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Originalmente publicado en 2nd Century Thelema:
Thelemic Culture Update is a monthly feature that brings together links to various announcements, writings, and events from around the web. New Docosade of V:0: We have entered a new “docosade,” a period of 22 years! The Thelemic year is now written as “Anno V:o”. Hear more about this…