A Brief Synopsis of My Training
The layout of the temple is arranged according to the sub-angles of Malkuth; thus, the directions correspond to the Sephiroth, not to the classical cardinal attributions.
- The candidate mediates quietly, thrice bound and hoodwinked, on the Yod Lamp of Anubis.
- The candidate invokes his/her aegoides.
- The Candidate is the purified and consecrated. each time an element is invoked, the candidate goes to the appropriate sub-angle.
- The candidate affirms the metaphor of the light shining in the darkness.***
- The candidate swears an oath to keep the craft secret and sacred.
- The candidate is barred from the East and the West, Effectively balancing the fire and water invocations.
- The candidate is purified and consecrated two more times: once in the West and once in the East for a total of three purifications and consecrations.
- The candidate understands that the bondage of the oath represents the purest freedom in respects to manifesting the will****. The triple cord is removed*****.
- The candidate affirms his/her understanding of all the regalia and furniture, along with with certain maxims and axioms as "above, so below."
- The Temple is closed.
As a result of my initial rigor, my magical practice has been characterized by the highest levels of intoxication, visionary experiences, general good fortune and well being, not to mention the uniqueness of my craft.
A Brief Synopsis of My Philosophy on Occult Training
Some of you who are reading this have gone through the terrible experience of memorizing all of the pentagrams. All twelve of the pentagrams are in fact simple to memorize, if you understand but a few of their principals. Let me explain: All of the elemental pentagrams work by drawing the highest possible angle (drawing the spirit down) towards the Kerubic figure you're invoking, and away from the Kerubic figure (return to the spirit) you're banishing. With this knowledge under your belt, you not only understand a significant amount about the elemental pentagrams, but they should suddenly become much easier to remember. Now for the Spirit pentagrams: you trace from Cold and Dry (Shor, Earth) to Cold and Wet (Nesher, Water) for the passive invoking pentagram and from Hot and Dry (Arye, Fire) to Hot and Wet (Adam, Air) for the active invoking pentagrams--vice versa for the banishing. Remember the following "...and the Face of the Elohim moved over the Waters of Creation..." These simple formulas should not be overlooked, for you would run the folly of making a simple (yet very important) matter unduly complex. Was it not Crowley himself who said, "Those who regard this ritual as a mere device to invoke or banish spirits, are unworthy to possess it. Properly understood, it is the Medicine of Metals and the Stone of the Wise". This statement, I take seriously.
To recapitulate, it does not follow that because you study the philosophical or mechanical aspects Hermeticism that you don't ALSO actually do magick. Don't let any idiot tell you any different! You shouldn't rush into advanced work for the purposes of recognition, nor should you rush into advanced work without first applying yourself in the prepatory work. The results the veritable forces of nature are talking about are no doubt poor and shoddy imitations of the real thing, if not mere emotional excitation. To understand the work is to have the ability to make magick like the Samurai Sword--a living extension of your very own being.
Love is the law, Love under will.
*****Notice the Triple cord and Trice purified and consecrated.
1. Cicero, Chic and Tabatha Self Initiation Into the Golden Dawn Tradition, 1st ed.
2. Fortune, Dion The Training and Work of the Initiate.
3. - Genesis
4. Crowley, Aleister Collected works: Temple of the Holy Ghost, The Palace of the world.