Twenty-Five Earthzone Spirits
William R. Mistele
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There is a long and venerable tradition in the Western world about the magical power of names. Unfortunately, there is convincing evidence that the names of the earthzone spirits presented in Franz Bardon’s book, The Practice of Magical Evocation, are not the actual spirit names.
This presents a problem for 1. Someone who wishes to use Quabbalistic letter formulas to study a spirit’s name; 2. Someone who likes to have a real name when speaking with a spirit; and 3. Those who like magic to be neat and tidy, for example, by getting the facts straight before publishing.
For myself, I think it is sad that the Bardon community of serious students do not have a convincing set of names for the earthzone spirits. On the other hand, it would have been quite adequate if Bardon had said to me, “There are 360 spirits around the akashic plane of the earth corresponding to each degree of the zodiac. Spend some time describing each and learn to work with those you are most interested in.” That would have sufficient motivation to get me going.
Unlike the Western tradition of magic, I am more gifted in the area of clair-feeling. I can sense the aura of these spirits instantaneously in the moment I think of them. It takes me longer to articulate their individual qualities and powers. And, unfortunately, being able to easily describe them and “interview” them does not give me the ability to make things happen by working with them.
For me, they are more like university professors. They are there to provide information and tips about how to do things for yourself. In a pinch or on occasion, they can naturally get involved in your situation almost without effort. On the other hand, getting them at will to produce specific results is not something I am very good at.
This manuscript is not a final edition. It needs work. But I present it to you at this point because it will be another year or two before I have a chance to go over it in detail and make additions. I would like to offer it in case a few individuals would like to comment and make suggestions.
Bardon often makes interesting comments like “if you make this spirit your friend,” “by frequent contact,” “becoming familiar with this spirit,” and so forth. In other words, there is a process of exposing oneself to the aura of these beings that allows intuitions and ideas to come through. In a humorous vein, as I once suggested in an email to a student, “If you imagine and feel you are one with a woman, she will eventually respond to you. It is often a slow process.” I think that advice applies to these earthzone spirits.
Some individuals will think in terms of one evocation and presto “let there be miracles.” But it is probably more like I suggest--a matter of learning to feel, think, and perceive as the specific spirit you contact in order to best learn from what it has to offer.
Bardon has also given specific sigils for each spirit along with a paragraph or two describing the spirit’s qualities and powers. The sigil is like a phone number. You can concentrate on the sigil, imagine it on four planes, and change it with energy. In doing so, it places you in contact with the spirit. It some cases, it draws the spirit into your presence and so acts like a mini evocation.
When I “mental wander” into a spirit’s presence, I often will simply turn myself into a mirror and allow the exact energy and awareness of the spirit to appear in the mirror of my own mind and aura. Procedures such as this which establish deep rapport, like I say, enable intuitions and thoughts and sometimes the actual energy of the spirit to flow into you.
I have left the published names of the spirits in the chapter headings since this is, after all, an incomplete manuscript. I hope these brief comments will suffice to explain my approach.
William R. Mistele, January, 2010
Table of Contents
The Franz Bardon Training System
The Four Planes
How to Use This Book
Anamil, 9 degrees Aries, On Electro-Magnetic Energies
Bialode, 12 degrees Aries, On Magical Power and Authority
Ubarim, 17 degrees Taurus, On Personal Love
Morilon, 7 degrees Gemini, On Art and Symbols
Bagoloni, 12 degrees Gemini, On Telepathy
Pigios, 15 degrees Gemini, Patron of Poets
Amagestol, 18 degrees Gemini, On Personal Love
Jachil, 3 degrees Cancer, On Personal Love
Oramos, 9 degrees Cancer, On Clairvoyance
Jvar, 3 degrees Leo, On Magical Equilibrium
Romasara, 8 Degrees Leo, On Pranayama
Zagriona, 6 degrees Virgo, On Writing, Publishing, and Inspiration
Haiamon, 25 degrees Libra, On Sexuality
Tagora, 18 degrees Scorpio, On Personal Love
Radina, 26 degrees Scorpio, On Magical/Quabbalistic Healing
Alosom, 25 degrees Sagittarius, On the Power of Silence
Melamo, 2 degrees Capricorn, On Personal Will
Trapi, 4 degrees Capricorn, On Personal Love
Cermiel, 11 degrees Capricorn, On Death and Dying
Chimirgu, 23 degrees Aquarius, On Akasha
Haja, 1 degree Pisces, On Accumulating Energy
Bileka, 24 degrees Pisces, On Magical Meditation
Ugolog, 25 degrees Pisces, On Prophetic Vision
Cigila, 28 degrees Pisces, On Divine Virtues and Missions
Boria, 30 degrees Pisces, On Consciousness, Matter, and Energy
This book is based on the work of the Czech magician, Franz Bardon. After following an extensive period of training outlined in his book, Initiation into Hermetics, Franz Bardon encourages the student of wisdom to explore the realms of the elemental beings or nature spirits. In my previous book, Sylphs, Undines, Gnomes, and Salamanders, I share my experiences with 13 of these elemental beings.
In the next phase of the student's development, Bardon outlines a vast realm of spiritual resources and treasures that he calls the earthzone. This is a spiritual realm that surrounds our planet. In his book, The Practice of Magical Evocation, Franz Bardon briefly describes the qualities and purposes of over five hundred spirits including those of the earthzone. Each earthzone spirits watches over specific aspects of human and planetary evolution. In this book, I describe my personal experiences in studying with 25 of these spirits.
Once again, I am highly indebted to Franz Bardon for his contributions both in terms of magical practice and for opening the gates to fabulous spiritual treasures. I have no doubt that he has offered to us a wisdom that will forever change the course of human development. I highly recommend to all students of wisdom Bardon's three books, Initiation into Hermetics, The Practice of Magical Evocation, and The Key to the True Quabbalah.
William R. Mistele
The Earthzone as a
As I stated earlier, Franz Bardon describes in his book, The Practice of Magical, over five hundred spirits belonging the elements, the earthzone, and other planetary spheres. In my book, Sylphs, Undines, Gnomes, and Salamanders, I share my experiences with 13 of the 32 elemental beings Bardon briefly mentions. In this present book, I continue by sharing my experiences with 25 of the 360 spirits of the earthzone.
The spirits of the earthzone dwell within the realm of akasha that elemental beings cannot enter on their own initiative. Akasha is a state of awareness penetrating through space and time. Beings who dwell here do not need a form or body in order to exist. They do not need to use thoughts in order to think or to communicate. They do not need an astral body or the four elements on the astral plane in order to feel. They are highly intuitive and their wills are such that they can, on their own initiative, manifest on or interact freely with the mental, astral, or physical planes.
The three hundred and sixty spirits of the earthzone mentioned by Bardon each have their own commission and exert for four minutes on a daily basis an influence over our entire planet. But what is most amazing about them and what is every magician's obligation to accomplish for himself--they each have a direct and intuitive connection to Divine Providence. The One Unpersonified Light that shines throughout the universe is present within their hearts and it shapes all that they do
I have begun to
think of these spirits are professors in a spiritual university. If you have sent a child to college, you know
something about requirements and financial disclosure. Colleges these days in
colleges want to know all sources of income, total assets, liabilities,
inheritances, and even the balance in your IRA along with your retirement
plans. And they want to know who outside
of the immediate family might contribute to your child's education costs. In other words, colleges do not just examine
a student and his qualifications. They
look at who is offering him support and how much these individuals can
contribute. Though students are admitted
based on their qualifications, many students now come out of college with tens
of thousands of dollars of debt from college loans. College education in the
In regard to the earthzone spirits, the equivalent of financial support as well as education from elementary school through high school is covered in Bardon's first book, Initiation into Hermetics. In this book, you work intensively on your physical, astral, and mental bodies. You learn to increase the vitality in any part of your body as well as strengthen your health. You are introduced to the four elements and learn how to accumulate and dissolve them at will. And you develop your mind. You learn to concentrate on any and all of the five senses. You learn to control and also to stop thoughts.
Towards the end of the first book, you apply your concentration to greater extent in bringing about changes in your life. Depending on your skill, the mind is able to impress on the energy it has created a thought or picture that then accelerates or actually manifests a specific change you wish to bring about. Acquiring and controlling energy is like acquiring and controlling money. Both take experience, a highly trained mind, and good judgment.
Following my analogy, the level of training in Bardon's first book is high school. You have met the requirements necessary to go to college or, in this case, to work with the spirits on the inner planes. Each of the earthzone spirits, however, sets forth its own course requirements. Each examines your academic (that is, your magical training) as well as your extracurricular activities. Your record tells them something about your character. What they will share with you depends on your experience, maturity, and motivation. Each evocation is, in a sense, an oral examine with a dean of admissions and the chairmen of a department in the college of universal wisdom:
Do you have a brilliant mind but a low level of emotional integration? Have you demonstrated mastery of a particular religious, cultural, or magical system of training but remain deficient in originality and lack genuine curiosity? Are you obsessed with theories and esoteric histories or are you motivated by wonder and beauty? Do you desire honor and recognition so that you hoard as a competitive advantage the knowledge you now possess? Or, do you have initiative, independence, and can you determine for yourself your own direction free of craving for attention? Are you after something for nothing and want to avoid paying your karmic debts or have you demonstrated leadership and shown you can handle responsibility? These questions relate to how comfortable you will be when it comes to entering akasha and working with the earthzone spirits.
Now any good
high school in the
Elemental beings specialize in nature and the energies of the astral and etheric planes. They also possess incredible levels of concentration relating to their specific elements. Nature conceals a path that leads between matter and spirit. The elemental beings, in this sense, are guardians of treasures from another evolution who wait for us to learn their secrets. Very few religions initiate their practitioners into methods for working with the elemental beings. Very few religions or spiritual training systems bother to teach you exercises that develop equally your physical, astral, and mental bodies so they take on universal qualities. But this is exactly what Bardon has sought so hard to accomplish in his basic training.
Now as a high
school student, I can still walk into
philosopher at the
The same is true of the earthzone spirits. You can see them, feel their aura, and talk to them without having completed the basic training. It is not a big deal. Their primary job is to teach and they love enthusiasm in a student. Like any teacher, their greatest hope is that one day they will be permitted the honor of guiding another to learn all that they know. They would bestow on others all the power they possess because, being inspired, they would give freely even as power and wisdom has been freely given to them. Still, if you want to do real work and not just satisfy your curiosity, it helps to master the basics so your exposure to the curriculum leads to professional work and creative activity.
I give this example because a very great number of individuals are quite capable of interacting freely and immediately with spirits of the earthzone. For many it is at least as easy as going down to your nearest university, getting a class schedule, and then going and sitting in a few classes. Bardon’s book, The Practice of Magical Evocation, is among other things a course catalogue. In describing in two or three paragraphs each of the 360 spirits of the earthzone, Bardon has provided an immense service to the human race. These spirits oversee every aspect of human and planetary evolution including science, technology, industry, politics, history, love, entertainment, and all the spiritual arts.
It is my hope in this book to extent this catalogue by describing some of these spirits in greater detail. This book, then, is more like a pre-orientation program offered by some colleges. A student may be accepted by a college but has not yet determined which college he wishes to attend or which program he wishes to pursue once in college. Consequently, some colleges will invite you to spend a few days on campus.
During this time, you can go on a campus tours and see the cafeteria, the dorms, and the surrounding community. You can attend seminars where a panel of current college students will answer your every question about student life--about what they have enjoyed and what they do not like. You can learn about campus security, financing, and chat with the dean of admissions, professors, and other prospective students and their parents.
Sometimes you want to walk around and check things out for yourself. During one pre-orientation program, I and some other parents and students just missed the dormitory tour. A few of us tried to catch up with the tour and instead we found a student who had experience giving tours in past years. We did not see the dorm room carefully prepared and cleaned up for parent inspection. Instead, she got us through a locked door and showed us a regular dorm room where two students were willing to tell us about their experiences with dorm life and where they thought the best places were to live on or off campus.
The “big brother,” the college student assigned to watching over a visiting high school student for a night also did not show up. But he sent another student to take his place. My son ended up being shown around by several friendly students who even took him along to their night classes and also talked endlessly about majors, curriculums, and professors.
My point in pursuing this example of a preorientation college program is to say that this is what I wish to accomplish with this book. I am giving a taste and a feel for what it is like to attend this magnificent university and spiritual college that surrounds our earth. You see, I am a student in this university. These spirits are my professors. The descriptions I offer of these spirits are my class notes. And I will tell you right now I have not received one complaint from any spirit or elemental being about freely sharing my notes that describe the details of my experiences in working with them.
Decades ago, I attended a small liberal arts college. I ended up hating the school. They treated me like a second class citizen. You had to look a certain way, dress a certain way, act, think, and feel a certain way or else they became vindictive and sought to remove you from the school. Many of the spiritual training systems I have studied in monasteries or in programs with religious teachers have been similar. The teachers were possessive, jealous, arrogant, and paranoid that someone might learn something from them and then use it in a way they could not control. Their commitment was not to empowering individuals to find their own path. Instead, their first objective was to preserve their tradition without modification or improvement.
My children have been far more lucky than I was. When I tour their colleges, they speak to and introduce their professors using the professors’ first names. One college offers a voucher that pays the meal of any professor a student wishes to take out to lunch or dinner. If you have a job on campus and you have to study, you can call in and they will immediately excuse you. The school is that flexible. And though one school only accepts one out of three applicants, they really want those who are accepted to come.
At a really good college, you can stop just about any student and ask a few questions and they will answer you. They will be very blunt and honest but their enthusiasm for the school shines through their eyes and it is in the care with which they respond to your questions. I hope this book conveys my enthusiasm for this marvelous planet on which we dwell and the spiritual resources that are available to those who seek them.
It is my genuine hope that one day a great many of the spirits of the earthzone will become the personal guides and teachers of our diplomats, scientists, businessmen, medical doctors, philosophers, psychologists, and poets/artists/musicians. It is my desire that beauty, wonder, and the sacred might inspire every heart and that love might be known through direct experience to be what it is--without beginning or end.
Still, there is a great price to be paid by those who engage, as I have, in studying at this divine university. You have to confront the darkness in yourself as part of your entrance exam. This is where the otherwise really brilliant and talented students will fail--they cannot pass through the emptiness, the void, and the abysses that exist within the human heart. And opening the gates to the earthzone so universal and cosmic wisdom might be freely shared on earth is not the work of one individual but of an entire community of magicians who serve not themselves but Divine Providence.
The Franz Bardon Training System
I have lived for fifty years in a world in which national security was biased on a balance of nuclear terror. Even the most conscientious politicians considered this a necessary evil and refused to think anything more about it. The human species has placed not national boundaries but its own existence and the biosphere at risk by proceeding in this manner. It is natural under these conditions--when I was growing up--to ask for a wisdom and a love of sufficient magnitude and quality that they can oversee, guide, and inspire all expressions of power. It is appropriate for the human race to be guided in future centuries by a harmony and the ability to be responsible for its own self-destructive tendencies.
If there are new forces of destruction in the world and new challenges, then we also need new wisdom and new empowerment so that we are able to cope with our real life situations. Let me cut to the bottom line. What I have learned most from teachers in many traditions is neither their esoteric information nor their process of initiation nor mysterious and wondrous magical secrets that they have shared in one way or another. What I treasure most in teachers is their enthusiasm toward their subject matter. When they have had this enthusiasm and invited me to discover my own enthusiasm as an equal--this is when I learned something valuable.
Teachers such as this are willing in any moment to communicate to you the essence of all their teachings. It is a heart to heart transmission. If you can get this, then they know that all knowledge, wisdom, technique, and method will fall into place. Everything else is at best secondary. Everything else is empty and worthless without the heart.
This idea of transmission does not put the student in a subsidiary and passive relationship to the teacher. For me, a good teacher realizes that inspiration is beyond all knowledge and the wisdom of all traditions. Inspiration is wonder, awe, love, and appreciation. For this reason, a teacher will regard the light burning in a student's heart not as a dimmer flame than what is in his or her own heart or a cloning of his or her own power.
The student's experience is always new. It is full of incomprehensible possibilities and experiences that the teacher may never in his life time have the resources to fathom. From my point of view, the only way to tell a teacher in any group of people is by observing the individual who is learning the most. That is the one with the most open and receptive heart.
Let us consider further these issues of knowledge and initiation, of enthusiasm and the heart. In terms of methods and exercises for self-mastery, I can summarize my 25 years of experience with the Franz Bardon system in nine paragraphs. To me, this is what Bardon has a student practice in his three books:
1. You make your mind completely empty of thoughts so it is reflective like a mirror, receptive like the ocean, empty like a void, open like the sky, intense like air the moment before lightning strikes, serene like moonlight, fragile and responsive to suggestion like a dream, and solid and enduring like a mountain.
2. Next, with this empty mind, you focus your attention on something--a problem, your life path, an elemental being, a spirit, or a project you wish to accomplish. You add to this a little technique. Techniques are endless in variety. You can visualize a picture, a sigil, an image or symbol of God/Goddess; you can meditate on a prayer or a chant; you can use incense, music, or a tone; you can do a pathworking, mental wandering, construct a magical circle or perform a ritual, gaze upon a crystal ball, speak a word of power, etc. etc. Technique, methods, and procedures are employed to receive and amplify impressions.
3. And finally, through direct experience and careful study and analysis, you interpret your impressions. You translate them into words and call it telepathy, into visual images and call it clairvoyance, into sensations and feelings and call it clairsentience, into all three while connecting to a spirit and call it an evocation, into new information and call it knowledge, into a spiritual realization and call it wisdom, into light and freedom and call it enlightenment, etc. Impressions received from outside yourself can also over time become internalized so you embody their qualities and energy.
4. This same procedure can also be expressed in a more active manner typical of magick. All methods and techniques for changing oneself or the world boil down to a simple formula: you concentrate on what is desired as if it is real right now in this moment. You add an appropriate kind of energy to your picture, feeling, thought, etc. so it has some power independent of your mind and thoughts and can move with enthusiasm toward its objective on any or all planes. And you also take into consideration and comprehend every force, situation, resistance, and obstacle that blocks your vision from becoming reality. This last element insures that your course of action is forged from wisdom and results in harmony--that you can proceed without inference or resistance from the energies or environments your desire encounters on the four planes.
5. For example, in chapter three of Bardon's Initiation into Hermetics, you practice imagining the elements of fire, water, air, or earth around yourself as if you are immersed within a boundless sphere of a single element. Take the earth element. What is it to imagine you have within and around yourself a vast expanse of the earth element? This is the same as learning to think, feel, and perceive as a gnome.
6. Your mind attunes to that one element learning to amplify, condense, and transform it. After this training, it is not so difficult then to form connections and interact in a creative manner with gnomes. If you spent time concentrating on minerals, precious stones, trees, mountains, and so forth you would be undergoing the training of a gnome magician. And so it is with fire, water, and air.
7. You can also use colors instead of the elements. If you imagine yourself within a boundless expanse of emerald green light, then you are learning to think, feel, and perceive as a spirit of Libra or Taurus in the earthzone or a spirit from the sphere of Venus. The colors, then, can be used for probing the qualities, powers, and consciousness of the beings within the spheres regardless of whether you make connections to them or not.
8. In the end, when you can concentrate effectively, your thought is like electricity and magnetism. Everything else is attracted to and becomes aligned with it. The four planes cooperate with it. It is like akasha--obstacles dissolve in its presence. It is like a mating of Saturn and Uranus--something completely new and without precedent is introduced into the world and yet it feels so natural it seems like it was meant to be all along.
9. When I consider the entire spectrum of methods in Bardon's three books with over five hundred different spirits and 27 cosmic letters, this summary is what I come back to in order to understand what I am doing. Self-transformation, self-mastery, self-empowerment, and integration--aligning oneself with the forces, the laws, and the harmony of the universe--are at the heart of the process from beginning to end.
The spirits of the earthzone, which Bardon describes, provide for nearly every conceivable kind of assistance. There are spirits who specialize in protection, magical perception, wisdom, enlightenment, love, power, relationships, peacemaking, business, advertising, technology, science, industry, history, justice, music, art, poetry, healing, alchemy, sex, birth, death, the bardo, reincarnation, religion and ritual, any and all of the four plane, and the spheres of the solar system, etc. It is up to the student to discover and to make connections to these spirits according to his own needs and maturity.
The Four Planes
The 25 spirits of the earthzone I describe in this book dwell in akasha. Akasha oversees the operations of the physical, astral, and mental planes and this is part of the job of these spirits as well. To interact with these spirits, therefore, it helps to know how to navigate from the physical plane to the realms of akasha.
Here is one way to conceive of the different planes and to learn to move between them. In the physical world, I review in my mind the density and content of the world in which I live--there is my house and its age and shape, the trees and vegetation around the house, the surrounding valley, the island and sea around me, the sky, the winds, the atmosphere, the entire planet. The physical world as well as the physical universe has a history. To understand the universe, you need also to understand its history.
The physical level of existence is also animated by life force or vitality that is present to some extent in every physical object. I just took a CPR class. If you stop breathing for four to six minutes, your brain cells begin to die. The brain needs oxygen to stay alive. Our bodies are animated by breath, food, and liquids. Our physical well-being is wrapped up in biochemistry and physiology.
In various healing traditions and the martial arts, students learn to sense and work with the vitality as a force that can be consciously directed. In Taoist yoga students learn to refine and circulate chi or vitality through their bodies. In yoga, students practice pranayama that enables them to draw upon the vitality in the air and consciously directly it through their bodies.
The physical world presents us with a vast array of challenges. In the Western Hermetic tradition, science, history, and the physical world are every bit as important as any spiritual realization or attainment on the inner planes. The material plane is where our visions, our ideals, and our spiritual intuitions demonstrate their reality. Every ideal, vision, and divine presence is capable of taking on a physical form so it becomes solid and real. All of the spirits of the earthzone are interested in producing something practical that is of enduring value in our world.
To a large extent, a successful magician must acquire the qualities of a successful individual in any profession. His life must be organized. He must be free of needless distractions. He must have rugged endurance, patience, self-motivation, and determination. And, like those at the top of any profession or career, he must love his work with all his mind, heart, and soul.
Next, I shift my attention to the astral plane. This is the realm of the soul and in an individual it relates to feelings and emotions. The astral plane gives great sensitivity and a sense of connection to others. It is full of all sorts of energies relating to attracting and repelling forces. When individuals fall in love, it is often an astral experience--they are within the astral plane, living within a dream that two share in common. When a couple divorces, when they fall out of love, they sometimes hate each other. The same degree of intensity is present, but now it has changed polarity so it is a force of repulsion rather than attraction.
A simple exercise for working with the astral plane is to explore you dreams. Remember them and then study them by entering them again while you are awake and playing with them and changing them. After a while you gain the ability to consciously dream and follow your feelings through various imaginary landscapes of history, mythology, religion, and the domains of astral beings as well. This is called a pathworking--you take an image, an idea, a spirit, and then imagine in a dream state of mind what it would be like to interact in some way with that being. There are earthzone spirits who specialize in dreamlike interactions such as Granona who is found at 26 degrees Cancer.
Just as we have our own physical body, we each have a unique astral body. The astral body involves our ability to respond, to be receptive, to feel alive, and to appreciate the world around us. To some extent, discussions of the astral body relate to the psychology of personality. When we talk about personality, in part our discussion deals with an individual's emotional make up, the ability to feel, styles of self-expression, and what a person likes and dislikes.
In terms of the psychology of the four elements, the presence of fire in an individual’s astral body makes that individual more energetic and active. Water gives receptivity and sensitivity. Air gives curiosity and a casual, friendly demeanor. Earth gives stability and practicality. Traditional astrology has a great deal to say about the influences of the four elements on temperament and personality.
Some systems such as shamanism, Taoism, and druidry also work with animals as a way of expanding our experience with the astral plane. By working with an animal in a dream or vision, an individual explores those instinctual energies and modes of perception in which the animal specializes. The tiger and lion are fiery power, aggression, and dominance. The eagle and owl are clear vision by day and by night. The snake has the mesmeric concentration relating to the earth. The deer has the acute hearing and the capacity to blend into the surroundings with the flexibility of air. In effect, the animals embody specialized drives and modes of perception that have astral components.
Psychology, religion, and literature, each in their own way, have a vested interest in the astral body. They explore what it is to be fully alive. They each try to come to grips with the issues of how we are to deal with forces that are greater than us. And they take us as far as they can into the experience of wonder, awe, beauty, and mystery.
The writer knows his experience to be unique and yet in the act of communicating through his art he seeks to share his vision of life with others. The psychologist also sees human suffering, pain, misery, and isolation. But what all his theories, research, and techniques of counseling amount to is an invitation to his clients to seek a more fulfilling life in the human community.
And the priest, minister, sage, or mystic usually has very specific experiences that his tradition over centuries has come to recognize as being sacred. In terms of the astral body, the sacred often manifests through an ecstatic experience with one or more of the four elements. With water there is love, serenity, and the feeling of life flowing through you. With air there is transcendence and freedom. There is an immense increase in your awareness of harmony and beauty.
With fire there is illumination and empowerment. You are captivated by your sense of mission. Your conviction and courage are radiant and influence those around you. And with earth, there is inner peace and a feeling of connection to nature and the earth. With earth you become so solid and enduring that depression cannot find you.
When we move beyond the astral body of an individual, we encounter the larger astral plane that belongs to the earth itself. This is a field of psychic activity and life that is quite independent of any culture or religion. Put simply, the astral plane of the earth entails every form of inspiration, every mode of perception, and everything through which life knows and expresses itself on this planet.
Freud considered the unconscious of the individual to be a realm of chaotic instincts in competition with each other. But Freud's student, Carl Jung, noticed that his client's personal dreams were part of a larger context. They embodied the same conflict, imagery, and, at times, the same words used to summarize encounters with gods and goddesses in various religions. Jung concluded that there is a collective unconscious containing the wealth of all human experience acquired through all ages.
From a Jungian or transpersonal point of view, when we talk about the goddess Quan Yin, the Green, Red, or White Tara, or Prajnaparamita, we are also talking about qualities of compassion, serenity, and empathy that may become a part of our astral bodies. The gods and goddesses of religion and mythology speak to us of what it is possible for us to experience within the world of feelings and the astral plane. They epitomize astral energies that result in ecstasy, rapture, and dreamlike visions when we encounter them through direct experience. But we rarely if ever meet individuals who embody these energies and are empowered to share them with others without any restriction. Those who can do this usually are the founders of world religions.
To some extent, then, a magician is a spiritual anthropologist. His interest is in more than the life and contents of a specific religion, a psychology, an esoteric tradition, or a community. He is interested in the full spectrum and range of astral energies that exist on this planet and that can come alive in any human being.
The Mental Plane
I next focus on the mental plane. The mental plane belongs to the whole realm of mind, thinking, analyzing, experimenting, organizing concepts, paradigms, theories, philosophies, theologies, etc. Philosophers and academics, scientists and theoreticians roam about here with ease. On the mental plane, thoughts are often very sticky--they like to defend themselves and grow stronger by overcoming opposing vibrations. But the mind itself is open, clear, and luminous. It has no need to cling to specific thoughts for the sake of maintaining its security. The mind itself has no passion for causes, perspectives, and philosophies. It is already completely free. Wisdom has no definitions or boundaries and yet it knows how to seek solutions to problems that are effective and long lasting.
Franz Bardon mentions that the three planes can be visualized as gloves inside of each other. The physical body is the densest. The astral body, imbued with deep feelings, is more subtle like a dream body. And within these two gloves or bodies is an even more refined mental body. A basic exercise is to sense all three bodies at once as you move about or engage in some activity.
The mental body is more abstract and detached than the other two. I often refer to the minds of elemental beings such as sylphs and undines. The elementals have powerful levels of concentration but they remain focused on the energies underlying nature. Their activity links the astral and etheric/physical planes.
For a human being, however, meditating on the mental plane is a little like learning to think as Socrates. The mental plane has a philosophical quality. It lends itself to standing back and questioning the way things are. But there is also an intense scrutiny present similar to the shrewd analysis of a sharp businessman, a research scientist, or an investigative reporter.
The teachers with whom I have studied in universities have similar mental bodies and have sought to pass on a certain tradition: the love of scholarship and analytical thinking; sharp and precise definition and clarity of expression; and the value of arguing in a persuasive, dynamic manner that takes into consideration all aspects of a problem.
Buddhist masters and Oriental gurus often spend a lot of time working with the mental plane. When Padma Sambhava originated Tibetan Buddhism, the mental plane is where he intended most of his practitioners to focus as they visualized their yidams and tantras. One of the Buddhist contributions to our world is found in its exploration of a state of mind that is clear, luminous, and self-originating.
In Raja Yoga and hermetic exercises, there is an emphasis on developing mental plane virtues such as a powerful concentration, a mind free of any distraction, and also to have complete mastery over the five sensory modes of perception. In other words, you learn to imagine a picture, sensation, sound, smell, or taste in your mind and experience it as if it is a real sensory impression.
As with elementals on the astral plane, it is possible to meet beings whose primary focus is on the mental plane. The gurus and masters are among these. Also, just as there are psychic, dreamlike landscapes on the astral plane belonging to specific peoples and locations, the mental plane has vibratory fields. If you enter one of these fields you may find that it is easy to think along certain lines--these fields of mental energy gather and amplify certain thoughts and act to exclude others. When someone is trying to “persuade” you to his point of view, he is in effect trying to imprint upon or penetrate your mind with a specific mental plane vibration.
There is, for example, a mental plane vibration expressing the American dream. In this vibratory field, it is easy to think and want to strive for wealth, independence, and finding your own way. Truth is discovered through the process of everyone stating openly their own point of view. There is a love of technology but also a distrust of government and even of science. Science is not something you believe in but something you use.
A lot of people are locked into this specific pattern of thoughts. When they walk through the occult section of a bookstore, it all appears as nonsense. When they read the Bible, for example, they find that it expresses the American dream because their mental plane vibration filters their perceptions. Though very powerful and dynamic, this particular field of mental vibrations is a very externalized view of life. A sense of the earth, of the inner planes, psychic awareness, and anything mystical is inconsistent or discordant with this specific mental plane perspective.
One results of studying the vibrations on the mental plane is you develop a telepathic ability to sense the inner workings of others’ minds. You can view another's mind directly in terms of its vibrations. You understand not only the structure of the mind of human beings, but also the mental vibrations of animals, the atomic vibrations of minerals, and the mental perspective of higher spirits as well.
The Akashic Plane
The three hundred and sixty spirits Bardon mentions belonging to the earthzone dwell within a pure akashic level of awareness. They do not need to occupy a physical/etheric, astral, or mental body in order to be fully conscious and active. If you interact with them from within akasha, you are interacting with them through your intuition. If you want to talk to them--exchange ideas from mind to mind--you need to bring their presence down to the mental plane. If you want to feel their presence so their inspiration and auras pulse and throb within you, then you need to bring them down to the astral plane. If you want to change our physical world in some way, then some sort of energy matrix has to be set up that can cause effects within the physical world.
These spirits have already mastered the lower planes at least in the areas where they specialize. Consequently, the first mode of interaction with them usually happens on an intuitive level. It is your personal and magical experience that enables that intuition to take form so you can understand and express it.
Akasha is, of course, nothing new. It has been described in many texts such as the Heart Sutra, the Bagavad Gita, and even the 90th Psalm. I know Zen masters who slip into akasha as easily as they tie their shoes. Some Tibetan Buddhists I know configure their magical circles to express an akashic state of trance.
An Indian medicine man I spent some time with often wandered in akasha when he dreamed and he relied upon it when he wanted something done in a hurry. One Taoist master uses akasha to open gates to the inner planes to speak with any master from the past of that lineage. And I know some Sufis who enter akasha through their dance or by the way they focus their eyes.
Life presents us with both outer and inner experiences just as a circle has both a circumference and a center. Finding the akasha within ourselves is perceiving life from the center. No matter how dramatic our actions or rapid our life transitions, there remains a calm stillness around which everything turns. To enter this still center of the heart is one of life's greatest gifts. Every human being has the power to enter akasha. Akasha is what makes all the limitations, sorrow, and suffering of life into such an incredible, dramatic, and mysterious pageantry. Even amid horror, terror, and loss, something wonderful is happening to us.
There are traditions probably as old as mankind in which individuals have learned to switch into another mode of perception. They attempt to see, feel, and think as divine beings. They not only reenact this in their rituals. They relive the act of creation as if it is their own to unfold. This is not a heretical, profane, or an outlandish interpretation. These are sons and daughters inquiring into their origins and preparing to assume their rightful place as creators in the image and likeness of the Creator.
The modern mind relies primarily on scientific inquiry to master the art of creation. Our model of the universe is experimental and subject to empirical verification. Yet the impulse underlying scientific endeavor has always been present. It is not surprising that every esoteric oral tradition on earth has its own version of a cosmology. It is inherent inhuman nature to express and celebrate the powers and the beauty that brought life into being.
Consequently, it is not an idle thought to think that the power that created and shaped the universe flows through us. Finding and uniting with the creator/Creator in ourselves is the very essence of love. And it is the final destiny that we shall attain as a race who live and dwell among two hundred billion galaxies.
Here are four steps for finding akasha within yourself. First, imagine that the qualities and powers of akasha are part of you. That is, develop a spiritual identity that exists within akasha. Second, you strengthen your awareness of akasha so you feel one with it--it is not only familiar; it becomes second nature. Third, learn to sense how akasha can influence your life and the world in which you live. Fourth, acting with the authority and power of akasha and like akasha, you act in some larger way to benefit and transform the world.
Step 1. To enter akasha, cultivate a state of meditation or trance in which your awareness is highly refined. Move beyond dependency on form, gender, age, historical or social identity. Here in akasha there are no limitations, no boundaries, and there is no need for names. Space and time are completely open to your scrutiny. In this state of mind, nothing is hidden and everything is available to be to studied directly through intuition or mental projection.
This is a magical practice and activity. The emphasis and procedure are somewhat different from those taught in traditional religions. We are not starting with a devotional act. We are not sacrificing, praying, or invoking. We are not being hesitant, cautious, or self-deprecating. There is no temple atmosphere, incense, rituals, mantras, icons or yidams supporting our consciousness. There is no need for a magical circle, wand, or pentagram.
We are also not proceeding in conformity with the rules of psychology. We are not processing our experience. We are not strengthening our social identity. We are not relying upon behavioral, emotive, cognitive, empirical, or social-linguistic methodologies. We are not exploring the personal, collective, or global unconscious. We are not using positive thoughts, guided meditations, or relaxation techniques.
Having said all
of this--having renounced dependence on form and
tradition--it still remains that each of us will use those tools that best
express our own aspirations.
Through meditation and concentration, we enter the mind of and assume the full prerogatives of a spiritual being. If some proclaim man is made in the image of God, then in this moment we activate this divine image in its power, rapture, and sovereignty. One procedure is to use your creativity and intuition to imagine what this is like.
A simple way to begin is to visualize dark, ultraviolet light penetrating through space and time and that you are this light. All of history, past, present, and future, stands open to your gaze. The wisdom of all ages illuminates your understanding. Think about this and consider the ramifications--there is no emotion or feeling, no thought or perception, no sensory experience, pleasure, pain, sorrow or ecstasy that you cannot comprehend and contain in its full depth, breadth, and meaning.
All instincts, drives, desires, motives, and inspirations are clear to you. Every nuance and facet that makes an animal, human or divine being what it is is part of your awareness. As an image of God, like unto God, you are sovereign and lord over your own being. In this state of awareness, nothing can influence you or oppose you without your permission.
As a creator, you have the ability and the right to withdraw into yourself whenever you wish to examine the universe that surrounds you. From this position, you can consider the forces active within yourself and those that shape the world in which you live. You can consider what has been, what is, and what shall come to be. And, as a creator, from out of the depths of your heart you can originate new purposes and actions. You can set into motion forces that fulfill your visions and remake the world as a better place to live.
This akashic state of awareness, then, is your own space. Within it, you are autonomous, independent, and self-originating. The mysteries of your self and the universe surrounding you are open to your understanding. As befitting a state of perfect wisdom, you are detached and transcendent.
But also, according to your need and intentions, you are also imminent and omnipresent. You can be present within and fully conscious of every aspect of anything that exists anywhere in the universe. This is the nature of akasha. This is capacity of those who unite with Divine Providence.
In summary, in this first step we develop a physical sensation, a feeling, and a mode of intuition. The sensation is of penetrating through space, time, and the entire universe should we wish. The feeling is of being in our own space, totally independent, autonomous, and sovereign--nothing can influence us or oppose us without our giving consent. And our intuition is of having full knowledge of any thing or being we wish to focus upon.
Almost anyone can imagine these things if they spend some time working at it. Our task is to become familiar with this state of awareness so we can claim it as our own. The point is to be able to enter akasha with ease whenever we wish.
Step 2. In the second step, we strengthen our akasha trance. Meditation becomes samadhi--body, soul, mind, and spirit are totally engaged and united as we concentrate. In this way, we attain total faith and conviction. Our psychic senses are enhanced. And the atomic vibration of matter and our physical being becomes open to our investigation.
We now can sense how akasha is the origin of the four elements. Fire's expansive and commanding power of will are joined with water's encompassing, nurturing sensitivity and acceptance. Air's independence and freedom are combined with earth's solidity and endurance. These four unite in a pure, clear awareness that knows itself to be divine.
Though we talk about the four elements, it would be just as easy to say that the seven chakras in the body, the four planes of awareness, the seven planets in the solar system, and the twelve signs of the zodiac also combine and unite within this trance. This might sound confusing at first but the basics remain: akasha is an awareness that encompasses, penetrates and unites all at the same time.
In summary, for the second step the sense of touch that penetrates through space and time is stronger. You radiate power. Your aura, which is without limit, can now influence anything you concentrate upon. The feeling of being in your own space is also expanded. You feel at home wherever you are.
And whereas your intuition in step one gave you knowledge, you now feel omnipresence is something real. As you contemplate, you can remove every trace of separation between you and any other being or spirit. The oneness you create and sustain reflects to some extent the light of Divine Providence.
In the first step, the task is to enter akasha with ease so that this unusual state is comfortable and familiar. In this step, akasha becomes a trance in which our whole being is present as we concentrate. This carries with it an absolute sense of conviction that we are united with whatever we focus upon so that all separation is overcome. The highest light of divinity begins to illuminate our five senses.
Step 3. In the first two steps, we enter and become familiar with akasha. We then deepen our concentration so it becomes total. These are internal states of awareness. In this step, our internal awareness of akasha becomes strong enough that we change the world.
As we mature as individuals within a family, we exercise more control over our body, emotions, and mind. Our personalities become more rounded. We gain in experience. We then are ready to become productive members of society. We participate in secular and religious/spiritual communities. But if we work with akasha over many years, it is possible to become a dynamic and influential spiritual being.
This means we engage in a set of actions that are completely invisible to the society in which we live. These are not religious or devotional activities. These are the actions of individuals who embody some of the powers of guardian angels whose task it is to protect, guide, and unfold life with harmony and beauty. Such intervention is not arbitrary. It carries with it the highest responsibility.
To put it another way, we become agents of akasha. A part of ourselves is totally dedicated to Divine Providence. In the first two steps, we are more concerned with the perfection of the self. In this step, we turn our attention to accomplishing some specific work on earth.
This is not an odd idea. I have already referred to this motivation earlier on--there is a natural desire to contribute to the unfolding of the world or, as the Sufis might say, every heart desires to transform the world through love. To assume a spiritual identity is to become active in this endeavor. The conscious integration of the self at this point includes an awareness of the deeper purposes that are guiding history. Just as a successful personality is effective in working with the rules of society, those who have assumed spiritual consciousness are successful in working with the laws of the universe.
They understand what is possible. They exercise foresight. They monitor the karma of individuals and societies as they search for ways to accelerate growth. Though on occasion they exercise godlike powers, it is not their intention to dominate. They seek instead to empower, to liberate, to heal, to fulfill, and to set free.
In summary, the conviction in this step is strong enough and the intuition pure enough to change and shape life through the exercise of spiritual and magical powers. To do so requires that an individual develop a consciousness appropriate for this level of activity. This is not a social or religious identity, for the accumulated wisdom within a society can never substitute for a direct connection to Divine Providence. And the light of morality is never sufficient to take the place of harmonizing oneself with the laws of the universe.
In brief, we know beyond all doubt and with complete accuracy the range of our powers and the purity of our spirit. Though we all remain human and in many ways limited, we also know what we can accomplish. We see with the eyes of akasha and to some extent the four elements of nature obey our will. And so, like unto a creator, we reshape the world according to the visions within our hearts. The act by which the universe was created has not ended. It is on-going and we are a part of the process.
Step 4. In the fourth step, an individual becomes even more like akasha. What does akasha do? It grants shelter, protection, and support. It is nurturing and encouraging. It is also supremely challenging because the possibilities it offers are infinite. Akasha is both masculine and feminine. It holds the past in reverence, it understand the importance of limitations, and it is the unknown manifesting. Akasha lays the foundations for a new world offering both continuity and divine creativity.
In the fourth step, as an individual grows in akashic awareness, he or she exercises a permanent influence on human evolution. As long as humanity exists, his or her contribution to the human spirit will remain. Its light will never die. The perfection of the individual leads to this place where there is a unending outpouring of new treasures of wisdom, love, and illumination. Like a planet, a star, or a constellation, the individual becomes a gate through which the beauty of the universe is continually revealed.
In summary, practicing an akashic state of awareness is a way of identifying with Divine Providence. To put it in the simplest terms, it is advantageous if only from a psychological point of view to put aside your fears, to relax, and then to ask yourself, “What do I really want?” This act is empowering because it frees your imagination to consider your options.
In a similar manner, entering akasha is a way of considering what is possible for your life and gaining the support you need to follow through with your choices. When you ask yourself, “What purposes will my life serve?” you are becoming your own guardian angel. You are taking into account your limitations and your needs. You are evaluating your abilities and your interests. And you are also viewing your life from the point of view of eternity--you are considering the deepest desires and longings within your heart.
When this point of view and transcendence become a permanent part of your personality, then automatically you are also asking, “What can I accomplish on behalf of the human race and the planet earth?” When you ask this question with great conviction and profound commitment, then the light of Divine Providence is already present within you and empowering you.
Negative Spirits or the Dark Side of the Force
In the Bardon cosmology, for each positive spirit in the earthzone there is also a negative counterpart. Like Bardon, I would suggest at the outset that you do not evoke negative spirits. Bardon says a magician should only contact those spirits that are compatible with his high ideals. Since I actively work with the Judges of Saturn who preside over both positive and negative spirits, a study of negativity is not outside the range of my work and responsibility. And, as a matter of experience, I have met individuals whose negativity could qualify them to be incarnations of negative beings.
One difference between negative and positive spirits is that the negative are closer to the physical world and have darker colors in their auras. For these reasons, they are easier to contact. You do neither have to be as pure nor do you need some noble purpose to catch their attention. You do not have to elevate your consciousness into a profound trance or journey far on the inner planes in order to encounter them. Their activities are more familiar--their actions are sensational and full of scandal. Instead of uplifting and transforming, they supervise obsession, degradation, and destruction.
This is not to say that they serve no purpose. They too grant an opportunity to learn through experience. They give you a taste of life and a chance to find out who you are and what you are made of.
In fact, they like to challenge and test you. If you do not have an absolute commitment to the divine, if your will is in any way weak or undefined, they will visit you on occasion or send an emissary deputizing for them--someone you work with or meet in school or in your social life. These spirits are happy to offer their services as your tour guide, your confidant, counselor, and the author of your life script if you need a ghost writer.
If you lack meaning and purpose, they are happy to fill in all the blanks in your application for incarnation. If you do not know what you are after in life, you can be sure they will find something for you to do. Is life drab and boring? They will find you a task completely captivating and demanding. After all, this is their job--to get you completely involved with life if you do not want to play a part or else deny you the basics so you come to realize how precious the life is that you gave up.
And if you despair for any reason? Oh, wow, look out. That is like shouting or sending an SOS sent on their private wavelength saying, “I am here. Come rescue me for I am lost.” You see, akasha is so sensitive to will and imagination that your choices in life automatically activate its resources either for creation or destruction. Human choice and will are that dynamic and powerful.
Negative spirits may appear to be exotic and otherworldly, but they merely reflect things with which we are already familiar. I have a friend whose uncle is in the Mafia. Occasionally, he runs into mob figures. They always offer him “free” gifts out of respect for his uncle. But he knows that if he ever accepts a gift he will be bound to the mob forever. Once you take a free handout, they will call on you for special favors. You then have a permanent relationship.
I have another friend whose grandfather was a kahuna, a Hawaiian priest. Whenever he meets kahunas, they tell him about the various Hawaiian spirits with whom he has a special connection. But he wants no part of this. He has never accepted the psychic warfare his grandfather as a kahuna participated in. He has switched religions thinking that in this way he will escape from that kind of negative spiritual action. Each religion actually has its own way of dealing with negative spirits and performing exorcisms as well as maintaining its lineage and power.
The topic of negative entities covers a vast area of study. Some conceive of negative beings, devils, demons, and such as being insidious, hideous, and violently destructive. This seems to be the case but you have to distinguish between lower astral plane entities and highly developed negative beings.
As with the mob, if you go to a loan shark and default on your loan, the loan shark will come round and cause you physical injury. If you run, he will hunt you down. The situation is like survival in a jungle. If you suddenly encounter a wounded animal, an animal whose territory is invaded or an animal with a raging appetite, you may find yourself attacked with an amazing ferocity. Behind the teeth, the jaws, the claws, and the venom is a pain, a rage, or the blind desire to survive. Entities on the lower astral plane can turn on you with a pure, devouring hatred. And these negative beings, like the mob or an animal interested in survival, have a powerful sense of territory and of who is in charge.
But in the case of the loan shark, there is something more subtle. The negativity takes the form of entrapment. Nothing is a matter with what is given--with the money itself. It is the terms attached to the loan that make the transaction dark. Often negative spirits will sense the power within you. They see that you have a destiny, a mission, or something wonderful you are meant to accomplish. What they do is tempt you with a shortcut.
You may have something you really want to do with your life. But you do not have the money, the experience, the connections, the friends, the influence, the knowledge, or the magick. It seems what is meant to be will never happen. Your conviction is inadequate.
In steps a negative being. It says, “I will give you power, connections, and all the knowledge you will ever need.” Because you lack experience, the offer appears friendly and generous. But you have to be sensitive to what is missing. Negative spirits often will grant very positive things or gifts on two but not all three of the physical, astral, and mental planes.
For example, they may dramatically increase you powers of concentration on the mental plane. And they will give ideal physical circumstances where you can work toward you dreams. But the astral life they provide is contaminated. Even as your opportunities in life increase, your emotional life becomes a toxic wasteland devoid of love and affection. They humiliate you and cause degradation to fill your astral body so you lose the self-esteem you need to make independent choices.
Consider another example. As in some groups, there is a physical community where you belong. And there is love and support nurturing you and drawing you into a life of sharing and caring. But what is at stake in this case is your mind. You have to think in a certain way. Any deviation from acceptable doctrines, beliefs, or interpretations is intolerable. You are not permitted to think your own thoughts.
If you have complete control of individuals' bodies or their emotions or their minds--just one of these three--you can pretty much put an end to their spiritual growth. If you can block a peoples' contact with the spiritual, then you can destroy the world or cause untold suffering.
The higher negative beings of the earthzone are intelligent and conniving. We can see the equivalent in human life. The Drug Enforcement Agency sent an undercover female agent to infiltrate the drug cartels. She was set up in a business that launders money. She succeeded marvelously with the Colombians and so forth. But when she went to meet the Italian mob, she ran into something else.
The Italian mob
did not know her. When she got off the
This agent succeeded in a securing a large number of arrests and also the confiscation of $50 million of mob money. But the mob also put out a four million dollar contract on her life. Running into higher negative spirits is somewhat similar. You are up against professionals. They have a lot of resources to draw upon to manipulate and to harm you.
The mob may
live down the street. You may go to
school with their children. You may have
business associates or friends who are under their influence. In some countries like
the Third Reich, gave occultists a choice.
Either join the Nazi party or be sent to a concentration camp. He wanted a monopoly on magical power. Even in the
You can read on
the internet and in books a great deal about this. It appears the
The way to escape evil is to say, “I am committed to a higher purpose. I identify with it with my whole being. If you proceed against me, you proceed against the powers behind me.” In other words, once you encounter evil--a highly potent negativity--it is no longer life as usual. You have to make an enormous commitment if you want to regain balance and harmony. This commitment must transcend your own life. It must be to the highest light you can imagine and your commitment must be sufficient that your life then becomes a vehicle for this light's expression. In other words, you need to find a source of power greater than the one that has control of you. If you are on a spiritual path, then you need a spiritual source of greater power and might.
There are times when there is nothing else that can save you than your own absolute commitment to the light. Everyone of us will one day encounter this situation in one or more of our incarnations. The Buddhist's refer to this as the motivation to seek enlightenment. For the Judges of Saturn, enlightenment is much, much more than something an individual attains to free himself from suffering. It is a state of mind in which you are free to celebrate the beauty of the universe. It is not just personal. It is a cosmic event.
Elemental beings cannot approach an individual whose mind is centered within akasha. In a similar manner, negative beings cannot influence an individual who, in his faith and at his core, identifies with Divine Providence. You never want to underestimate the strength of power either in a positive or negative form. You never want to make the mistake of assuming that evil will go away, that once it has contacted you you can ignore its touch and go back to the life you had before. You can count on negative spirits to wait life times for you to make another mistake and then they will offer you an invitation similar to one you accepted before.
On the other hand, it is interesting how much power Christians ascribe to the devil. Jews will tell you that the devil is a minor annoyance. It is God you have to look out for--fear Him and nothing else. It is only with God's permission that evil enters the world. All power is under God's supervision. If you read the psalms of David, it is clear that David never forgets for an instant that God is in charge and not the enemy or negative spirits.
In our solar system, according to Bardon, the spirits of the sphere of Saturn are the Judges who govern both positive and negative spirits when it comes to karma and cosmic law. On a planetary level and in the cases of black magicians, it is the Judges of Saturn who determine for how long negative spirits may be unleashed to cause destructive effects.
It is the task of Saturn to insure that the paths of spirit remain open and uncontaminated. They see the physical world and time as helping us to discover the divinity within us. Both negative and positive spirits serve this same end. The negative spirits bind, confine, and destroy. Again, it requires immense will to be free of their influence.
The positive spirits teach how to take into your hands the powers of creation. It requires immense will to work with them. The eyes of a magician can see and understand the work and appointed purpose of both kinds of spirits. Consequently, a magician neither fears how this or that experience may rob him of his purity nor does he close himself off from the world to protect his devotion. Ideally, he is able to offer assistance and insight to whoever comes to him regardless of their situation.
What black magicians have in common is not their malice, domination, or evil works. If you search their hearts, you will find they have lost a sense of the wonder and beauty of the universe. In other words, their hearts are closed. They no longer seek or desire to see how akasha is active in guiding and inspiring all things through the power of love.
Spiritual development neither occurs in isolation nor is it a private and individual matter. You may spend decades in solo practice with virtually no contact with others in the same field, but on the inner planes you are nevertheless being carefully watched. Recall the quaint scene from Star Wars when senator Palpatine, who is the evil emperor in disguise, says with double meanings to the young Anakin, “We will be watching your development with great interest.” His meaning is that he hopes to convert the young Anakin into the future Darth Vader to replace his former pupil Darth Maul. The negative side is especially interested in winning over individuals with high potential who retain some character flaw or weakness that can be used to gain power over them.
One of the most important tasks in magick, therefore, is keeping yourself inspired. For me, power serves the purposes of love. It is an aspect of being creative.
When I discover something negative in myself, I seek to capture the energy and will within it. I find an ecstasy, a divine purpose, or natural way of growing that allows the energy and the power within the negative to be expressed in a totally new way as part of a larger whole.
The negative is an expression of isolation and destruction. It contaminates and steals. But the power within akasha is such that anything can be brought into a greater harmony, anything can be turned around or remade so it leads to fulfillment and deep satisfaction. Love can unlock any gate or heal any soul. Part of the task is retaining commitment to and appreciation for this love during all parts of your journey.
How to Use This Book
This book is intended to give an overview of some of the major spirits responsible for human and planetary evolution. I have presented the spirits following the order of the zodiac moving from Aries to Pisces. You can go directly to chapters relating to topics that interest you such as personal love, telepathy, clairvoyance, prophecy, will power, and so forth.
I have given more information on negative spirits under Ubarim, Amagestol, and Tagora. For more on the four elements in magick and psychology see Morilon, Jvar and Chimirgu. For further examples of pathworking see Jachil and Alosom. Although all the spirits reveal aspects of akasha, see Chimirgu for more about the requirements an individual needs to meet in order to feel comfortable in working on that level.
If you have some skill in visualizing and concentrating, you may wish to explore working with sigils. I have not presented in this book copies of Bardon’s sigils for these spirits. I think it is best if those who are interested in using this method have in hand Bardon’s original work, The Practice of Magical Evocation, in which he presents the sigils of most of the spirits he discusses. Of course, it goes without saying that the basic training presented in Bardon’s book, Initiation into Hermetics, is indispensable for serious magical work.
A sigil is basically a magical diagram. You concentrate on it and your consciousness is immediately linked in some way with a particular spirit. It is a short cut. Sigils are like a phone number. You call and someone on the other end picks up the phone and answers you. Sigils are also like a doorway. If you concentrate enough, an entrance opens between the worlds and a sprit moves through it into your room. For more information on sigils, see Bialode, Radina, and Cermiel.
Occasionally I refer to the use of cosmic letters. The 27 cosmic letters are one way of representing the basic building blocks through which God created matter, spirit, space, and time. For further information on this practice, see Franz Bardon’s book, The Key to the True Quabbalah. Bardon wrote that book under the guidance of a spirit named Amalomi who presides over 26 degrees Taurus in the earthzone.
I would also mention that there is some controversy about the names of these spirits. Bardon apparently encoded the names because toward the end of his life he was in a hostile environment and there were around him malicious individuals who would use this information for dark purposes. This has absolutely no bearing on my own practice. As I point out later on, I sign my own name in at least ten different ways and I respond to at least fifteen different pronunciations of my last name.
As I pointed out earlier on, if you concentrate on a spirit you have a connection. The difficulty is in asking well-formed and highly motivated questions and listening very carefully to the answer that is given. And if you want to get something accomplished by working with a spirit, it is up to you to provide the energy. This is just being courteous and responsible.
The method I use is fairly simple. Though I do not use any ritual or magical tools, my procedures are very much within Bardon’s training system. I form a magical circle using my mind. This takes about five seconds. For more on magick circles, see Morilon under Common Difficulties/Imbalances.
I then ascend the planes into the realm of the akasha of the earth that I often imagine to be dark, ultraviolet in color. I may focus on the particular zodiac constellation of the spirit I am working on. And I may spend some time contemplating the nature and inspiration of the particular spirit.
I then imagine that this void of akasha is filled with the color light belonging to the sigil of the particular spirit. Aries, Scorpio, and Pisces are red. Taurus and Libra are green. Gemini and Virgo are brown. Cancer is silvery-white. Leo is golden yellow. Sagittarius is blue. Capricorn is black. And Aquarius is violet. Some individuals say Bardon’s original notes indicate blue for Pisces.
Because of my psychic abilities and previous work with spirits such as Zagriona, it is easy for me to sense the particular spirit directly in front of me. This works for any spirit in our planetary system including all the archangels. You can also directly enter into God’s presence. But in this case it helps to complete your preliminary practices so that you do not severely twist and distort the communication according to your own preconceptions and limitations. The difference between interacting directly with God and a particular spirit is that God is everywhere on all planes and in all spheres of the universe and his personal qualities are not finite but infinite.
A word of caution: I would emphasize that if you ascend the planes at the beginning of a practice, you also carefully descend and return to your normal consciousness afterwards. And if you visualize light or accumulate energy of any kind, it is absolutely essential to dissolve this energy completely after your practice. The exception is if you ask a spirit to use that energy for a particular purpose. In this case, the energy still has an influence on you--that is, there is a certain tension in the air--no matter where it is or who has it.
As I frequently discuss in answering individuals’ email to me, magick in our age has a peculiar quality. In a democracy, it is essential that individuals chose their own courses of action based on their personal feelings and thoughts. Power is invested in and derived from the people. The best power empowers individuals to make their own choices and to follow their own paths.
What this means for magick in our age of the world is that you have to do what feels right for you individually. Through careful observation, you have to discover your own limitations and your own abilities. Your life is the magical experiment, the great work, and the spiritual training field. My suggestion is that whatever you do you retain your personal harmony and balance and move toward the inspiration of love, service, gratitude, awe, and the wonder and beauty of creation.
Not everyone should be involved in magick just as not everyone should be a medical doctor, an astronomer, or a lawyer. But it is important for everyone to have at least an introduction to fields of study that have a major impact on society. In another book, I will present a large number of brief magical exercises that anyone can practice no matter how busy they may be. Ultimately, there is no difference between the study of magick and the study of science, medicine, literature, history, politics, art, love, and religion. Magick is the refined essence of all these disciplines distilled into pure inspiration.
Reason for Evocation. Anamil is a high spirit within akasha who is master of electro-magnetic volting. In terms of elemental beings, the salamander Itumo is somewhat similar to Anamil. Itumo is a master of electrical storms and of lightning. I enjoy working with Itumo and also would like to understand the purely magical application of electric and magnetic energies. Franz Bardon says of Anamil that there is no problem within the earthzone that Anamil cannot solve.
Aries in Earthzone. Aries has tremendous confidence in his own strength. As conviction, Aries is certain beyond all doubt that there is a way to solve any problem. As courage, Aries will step out while everyone else is still weighing their options. Aries crosses the wasteland and the wilderness not because he is adventuresome, likes journeys, or is curious. He simply does not take into account the difficulty or how far he has to go when he has a job to do.
If there is an obstacle in his way that no one else can move, Aries will invent something that clears the way or else he will design and forge a weapon strong enough so he can complete his mission. Do not underestimate the explosion of force that occurs when his will, skill, and commitment are all united.
But despite appearances and rumors that he is stubborn and obstinate, Aries is not ego oriented. He is not trying to build himself up. He just like challenges. And anything that strives against him or interferes with him he just might designate as a personal training ground to test his will and determination. You see, Aries knows a little secret--there is no upper limit on how far you may go in developing your will or in mastering yourself.
Aries is the dimmest of the twelve constellations but it burns the hottest. To understand its place in the scheme of things, you have to understand that the transition between Pisces and Aries is the greatest in the zodiac. Pisces, the perfect mystic and world server, is ready to sacrifice the self in honor of the sacred. All things are united in one life, and therefore the needs of the individual are less than the needs of the whole.
Ah, but that is just the catch. The universe has made up its mind on this point: in order for life to unfold and flourish there must be individuals who think for themselves and who do not sacrifice themselves for illusive ideals. On their own initiative, out of their own inner strength and acceptance of personal challenge, whatever opposes them they will overcome. The warrior, commander, and leader, as far as will and commitment to mission are concerned, are written into this constellation.
Aries is hot, fiery, electrical, and burning. Aries is ready to act at the drop of a hat. If you are going to do something, the present moment is a better moment than any other to get going.
9 Degrees Aries. The ninth degree is a special time. It is when you retreat from the worlds of form and enter akasha to forge an absolute weapon. This is a place to which you go to unite the sacred powers in order to overcome all opposition. Of course, it helps to know yourself and your trade very well if you are going to deal with high explosives or high voltage. Still, for someone with skill, it does not take much more, to use an analogy, than a hard hat, a few wrenches, and some proper insulation to hook up a transformer that steps up the voltage to a level sufficient to get the results you want.
Anamil's Domain in Akasha. This area of akasha is like a silent, still, and invisible lightning storm where divine visions are born. These visions originate and are forged from spiritual will and the power it has at its disposal. This is a level of spirit in which the masculine and feminine are so refined and united they are now pure creativity.
Sigil. Anamil's sigil condenses an electro-magnetic charge of energy.
Inner Source of Inspiration. It is the nature of Divine Providence to bring together the full power of opposites and unite them so the creation might move forward unhindered and attain fulfillment. When you find this within yourself, the beauty that is within life radiates from your heart. Like several other spirits in the earthzone who specialize in power, for Anamil power has no upper limit. There is always as much power available as is needed to accomplish a sacred purpose.
Anamil's Outer Aura. Anamil's aura is like still, clear water containing a great deal of power. His power is extremely potent. This kind of power to change the world at will is given to those who possess the highest nobility. Anamil embodies selflessness, honor, and integrity. He is empty the way the sky is empty. He is receptive like the sea that refuses no rivers. And yet his will is ferocity itself--the fusion of the sun with nuclear explosions of light is at the center of his heart. His will is indomitable and absolute.
Inner Aura. Anamil condenses power to an extent that the volt takes over as reality. Whatever was there before is now replaced by a greater force and presence. The job of creation is to create. It brings new things into being. It manifests its dreams. Its purposes and plans are solidified and endure through time. This is the power Anamil commands.
Akashic Plane. Anamil is very good at creating electro-magnetic volts on the akashic plane. His presence has a voice. It asks, "What do you wish to accomplish?" And then magick takes up this task--masculine and feminine embrace in the form of pure electrical and magnetic energy empowering and seeking to manifest your objective.
In his first book, Initiation into Hermetics, Franz Bardon explains the magical act of “volting.” After developing a high level of concentration on fire and water, the accompanying sensations of hot and cold can be used to produce electric and magnetic energies. There is actually a large variety of ways to experience and learn to control these energies. In a sense, they are also the spiritual or inner plane essence of masculine and feminine powers. Bringing these two energies into union is a very high and very powerful practice.
Basically, you create a ball of highly condensed electrical energy and surround it with a larger ball of magnetic energy. With your concentration and imagination, you place a picture into this ball of what you wish to accomplish. You then place the ball into akasha, a spaceless and timeless level of awareness. From here it can influence the mental, astral, and physical planes.
Bardon says of those who have worked through the preliminaries and are now capable of mastering this level of practice: “The 'volting' quoted here is one of the most powerful operations which the magician is capable to accomplish in his present stage of development, for now he has succeeded in mastering himself as well as other people.... The magician is no longer subject to the ordinary influences of destiny, he became master of his fate and nothing but Divine Providence in its highest aspect can influence his will.”
A volt combines the distilled essence of energies we rarely encounter in a pure form, and yet a magical volt is reflected in everyday experience. The electric and magnetic energies can be described in familiar terms similar to those operating in our own lives.
If an individual possesses great faith, conviction, and vision and if this individual is supported by others who possess extraordinary love and devotion, then you can witness similar effects. There is charisma and dynamic action supported by affection and enthusiasm. There is courage, strength, character, and nobility united with passion, awe, wonder, and beauty. This is a winning combination of energies. It cannot help but succeed.
Once again, because Anamil contains masculine and feminine, electric and magnetic, and yin and yang within himself, his thoughts, feelings, and will can emit volts of energy that change reality. As an individual in love radiates bright light, Anamil radiates power.
If you put off to the side for a moment the volting and the electro-magnetic energies, Anamil is simply an akashic power that shapes reality. He can take responsibility for the causes that determine and sustain the world. He can change their form and their energy.
Anamil's aura on the akashic plane is something like having lightning inside of a bottle. There is a great pressure and power under control. If you let it out, it explodes with light and electricity. But just its presence alone generates incredibly levels of conviction and confidence that you can get a job done.
There is again a certain similarity between the salamander Itumo's aura and Anamil's in regard to the presence of electrical energy. But Anamil's power and authority extend through all the elements and throughout the entire zone of the earth. It is wonderful to have contact with a spirit whose dynamic power is able to solve any problem.
Mental Plane. Anamil captivates the mental plane with the brightness and radiance of his aura. His charge is so strong that all the active forces influencing a situation align themselves to him. It is clear that he is in charge.
Anamil's aura captures your attention. He is not articulating a persuasive argument or presenting a brilliant analysis. He is like lightning striking twenty feet from individuals engaged in an animated discussion. The discussion is overridden by a brighter and more electrifying presence. The force of the universe steps in with a different kind of argument. Like the sign of Aries, Anamil's voice says, “You can work out later your explanations and theories for what is happening. Right now it is time for action.”
Again, in terms of sheer power, Anamil is a white hot flame carefully contained. He is an active force of creation.
Astral Plane. On the astral plane, Anamil develops in others a calm center and a nearly incomprehensible strength and power of will. One of the real mysteries of life is the joining of a man and a woman. When this union is so complete that all separation is overcome, when there is not a trace or remainder of loneliness or isolation, then we enter the heart of creation.
This is a place where doubt is vanquished and confusion annihilated. This is a place where passion is like the stars in the sky at night. Every source of light is reflected in its heart. Silent as the earth, it rejoices in every dream and honors every genuine vision of fulfillment. Those who love like this are the servants of Divine Providence. They are children who work side by side with and are guided by the hands of their father, the Creator. The entire universe is their home.
As I meditate with Anamil on the astral plane, I imagine a pictorial representation or symbol of what his energy is like. It is like being outside in a thunderstorm except you feel a part of the clouds and the earth. And, instead of lightning flashing here and there, there are continuous, non-stop burning flames of lightning joining the sky and the earth in all directions around yourself. Since the astral plane is full of enlivened imagery, it is not so unnatural to feel the rumbling of thunder inside my chest and a sense of indomitable power combined with great peace.
Anamil says, “There are times when, in order to make a difference in the world, you must provide the incentive and inspiration needed to move others to action. There are times when darkness and obstructions are so great that to succeed others must see in your eyes the heart of creation before they will believe and turn away from their afflictions. This wonder I embrace.”
One of the problems in evocation is that the enthralling visions and inspiration you experience do not necessarily change yourself or the world. Success requires enough concentration and energy so that power radiates from your aura. Part of the secret to learning how to do this is practice. You repeat an evocation, for example, until the spirit's energy and qualities become your own.
Physical Plane. When all of this inner plane gathering and focusing of energy presents itself as a tangible presence in the physical world, the changes you wish to make become reality. They seem so natural and fit in so well that they do not seem like magick at all. What once seemed nearly impossible appears now as what is meant to be. Though it takes courage and a lot of intense work, you have only brought about what is in your heart. And that is what is important--not the magick or the exercise of power, but that love triumphs.
On the physical plane, Anamil embodies a “can do” attitude. Like Aries or, for that matter, the marines, the idea is to solve the problem and to get the job done. Anamil is an overwhelming force and power of will brought to bear on any situation. Once again the constellation of Aries exists to remind us of the importance of individual initiative and an outlook that willingly and freely, out of bliss, accepts all challenges. The entire zodiac, as a mandala symbolizing akasha, continuously searches for those moments in our lives as well as for individuals in history who can embody this level of courage in action. To empower and assist us, Anamil has been commissioned as a teacher within the earthzone.
Acting through all four planes, you gain the power and will to make the things happen that you need to have happen. A creative act is not just about great intentions, great ideas, and great feelings. It is also about great accomplishments, about bringing the spiritual down so it endures as something which is a part of our world and which enriches our lives. This is where Anamil's power leads.
Common Difficulties/Imbalances. The first requisite for understanding Anamil is acquiring a feel for the essence of masculine and feminine or the electric and magnetic energies. The eight undines Bardon mentions in his book can acquaint a magician with various aspects of the magnetic fluid or the essence of the water principle. In terms of cosmic letters, the CH with its cold, watery violet color is especially appropriate for gaining a similar feeling.
In terms of salamanders, again, Itumo is an excellent teacher of the electric fluid. The cosmic letter S with its dark reddish/purple color and fiery heat gave me my first taste of how to generate electrical energy. Needless to say, such magical powers require a fair amount of meditation on what masculinity and femininity are in their elemental and spiritual dimensions.
The masculine possesses a more overt, extroverted power of will. It is expansive, demanding, and charged with conviction. The feminine introduces you directly into the mystery of omnipresent love that is receptive, nurturing, and sensitive to the point of possessing divine perception. Though history occasionally gives us examples of individuals who are dynamic and powerful, we rarely if ever have seen in Western history anyone who radiates omnipresent love. The combination of the two is even more rare.
The second problem with working with volting is that you also need to master the air and earth elements. The air element insulates and provides objectivity and detachment. When wild, unforeseen events occur as a result of a volt, you need to be able to understand what is occurring and how to restore balance.
The earth element enables you to remain solid and grounded so that the tension a volt carries with it does not affect you. The problem is that an electro-magnetic volt is so powerful that it applies a lot of pressure on your personality as it brings about changes in the world. In other words, if you are accelerating karma or introducing a new reality into the world, you must also be ready for the challenges that naturally follow from this level of creativity.
The extraordinary connection of the electric and magnetic fluids in a volt is similar to the relation between men and women. If a man makes love with a woman, she may want the man to help her work through her unresolved emotional issues. In effect, she says, "If you join with my body and soul, you must clarify my confusion and heal the pain within me. It is an obligation that comes with intimacy." There is a deeper link between the man and woman that is more than the man may imagine.
And in a similar way, if a woman wishes to join herself to a man, it would help if she thought of him as more than providing strength and security to her life. She just might pause at some point and consider what part she might play in nurturing the spirit and visions within him. Otherwise, the union is never fully consummated. She fails to enter the man's heart, presuming his attention to her beauty and her receptivity to his obvious needs are all that is required for closeness. She does not capture his essence and hold it within her heart.
In other words, male/female relationships in themselves are rather challenging, and the more resourceful and responsive we are the better we are able to sustain their life. Volting is a creative act through which an individual unites in his will the essence of masculinity and femininity. The more experienced you are and the more developed your concentration, the more comfortable you will be with the process.
To rephrase my point, a magician who works with volting has to know the inner essence of both masculine and feminine. And this he or she must know on a personal, archetypal, and cosmic level. A man must be able to let go and to flow like an underground stream that is vibrant and whole and yet has no need to show itself. He must be able to be silent and patient like a grove of trees on a windless night beneath a full moon. He must be able in his consciousness to be the sea--that receptive--and as mutable and changing as the floating vapor of a cloud, a mist, and the inner life of a dream. He must be able to be empty, silent, still and absolutely serene.
And a woman similarly must pursue her opposite until she understands and is able to embody in herself the essence of the masculine. She must be able to look at the sun above and say, “I too have a source of limitless power within myself. My conviction and my faith are perfect, complete, and absolute. I vow to never complain about anything because within my heart is a bliss so great I sense that there is no task I cannot accomplish and there is no fate I cannot change.”
In this sense, a magician has a totally different perspective on gender interactions. He or she knows his or her own limitations. And yet there is this transcendence that akasha always provides--opposites exist so that we can learn from their differences and embody the diverse energies of life within ourselves. To put it simply, to master yourself you must also master your opposite.
In chapter 9 of Initiation into Hermetics, Bardon gives precise details on how to make an electro-magnetic volt. Bardon also mentions that it is extremely effective to place an electro-magnetic volt inside of a small horse-shoe magnet. When I did this, I had immediate results. On other occasions, electro-magnetic volts were very effective in making something happen very quickly. Volts of this kind are also useful in evocation in that you can use the volt to fill in temporarily for the area with which you need the most help.
The problem with “making something happen quickly” is that it is then easy for events to overpower your personality. Again, it takes a lot of wisdom, detachment, and love to deal effectively with rapidly changing circumstances. And when you employ magick in this way, you are also responsible for everything that happens.
Reason for Evocation. Bialode specializes in magical will. I would like to work more on this. He also is a guide to those who wish to visit the sphere of the sun and he teaches use of solar magick within the mental, astral, and physical planes.
Aries in Earthzone. Aries on the akashic plane of the earthzone is extremely dynamic, powerful, and commanding. As I meditate in this region of akasha, I feel like a stroke of lightning is flowing through the center of my body. This power generates a confidence that you can get done whatever you need to do.
12 Degrees Aries in the Earthzone. This concentration and will burns laser hot--it can transmute one thing into another and assert an authority and commanding presence in any realm or sphere. There is a dazzlingly bright light that gives this degree an affinity for the sphere of the sun with its nuclear fusion and solar radiance.
Bialode's Domain within Akasha. This level of akasha reflects an absolute and irresistible power of will. Bialode can exert an influence in any sphere of our solar system but, again, he has a special connection to the sphere of the sun.
To make the most of your contact with this level of akasha, it helps to switch your awareness from your personality into a spiritual identity. In other words, through extensive meditation, identify your consciousness with Divine Providence. There is a reason for this. This power of will has a different set of assumptions than what underlie our experiences in daily life. A president, the chairman of the Joint Chief's of Staff, and the Secretary of Defense--these individuals do not have the faintest awareness or intimation that such power exists. They can change history and exert great authority, but not from working directly on the level of akasha.
The assumptions here are that you can take total responsibility for all of your actions; you can hold something within your mind so every aspect of its energy and every facet of its being are contained within your awareness-- you can enter into it and transform it; you can shape or recreate anything that exists beginning either from its core or by exerting an external influence; and when you act, your actions are performed in accordance with the laws and the harmony of Divine Providence which you express through your will.
Bialode is a spiritual being. He teaches how to develop and assert divine authority. To feel comfortable with this power, your spiritual identity must be pure. It must be created from out of the highest ideals and light of akasha.
Bialode's Inner Source of Inspiration. The nature of Divine Providence, among other things, is that it is omnipotent. It is all power. There is nothing that can interfere with its orders.
The constellation of Aries offers an opportunity to embody this power within yourself. The design of the universe requires, for life, love, and peace to reign, that individuals be inspired by such will. History, evolution, and time and space are intended to be guided and shaped by those who command this power.
This will is not reckless, frivolous, or selfish. It is a necessity to tap into it if you would cross through darkness and the abyss, through the empty places where love is distant and the forces are hostile or dangerous. By such will, the world is made safe and empowered to flourish and to find fulfillment.
Bialode's Sigil. The nature of sigils is that they put you in communication with a spirit. They draw you and a spirit into each other's presence. This sigil generates an electrical energy embodying the quality of magical authority. If you draw the sigil imaginatively on the physical, astral, and mental planes and concentrate on it, you can feel this vibration.
You can also draw the sigil concentrating into it red light and hot electrical energy vibrating with omnipotent power. In this case, you can more easily enter Bialode's presence or else call him to the physical world. The sigil itself, however, vibrates with the energy of Bialode's aura.
For those with an interest in Bardon's third book, The Key to the True Quabbalah, working with this sigil is very similar to working with the cosmic letter SH on the four planes. The letter SH is produced by concentrating on a color, sound, and elemental sensation. The color is blazing red. The sound is the note of C. The sensation is intense heat.
The energy created by combining these sense concentrations also embodies various qualities. Bialode's qualities have the conviction, faith, enlightenment, and mastery over the fire element which the SH also entails. If you know how to empty your mind of all thoughts and visualize an image for five, ten, or fifteen minutes without distraction, then you should be able to feel this energy without difficulty.
Practitioners of religion sometimes have trouble reconciling questions of faith, belief, truth, knowledge, and so forth. For a magician, faith is both energy and consciousness. It can be felt like a physical sensation, perceived like a color, and understood like an idea. Faith is similar to akasha manifesting a purpose through the lower planes. It has a light so bright and a strength so strong that the elements on the mental, astral, and physical planes gather around it and unite with its cause.
By working with a sigil like Bialode's, you can experience this basic energy building block used by the Creator in fashioning the universe. This sigil combines the highest light, electrical power, and divine will. It is best used for overcoming obstacles and making things new.
Bialode's Outer Aura. Bialode's aura is intense. Like the sun's light, it is independent, autonomous, and it recreates itself in each moment by its own power. For those who practice Bardon's beginning exercises, experiencing Bialode's aura is like condensing the electrical fluid within your body.
When I ask Bialode, he says that his connection to the solar sphere comes from the brightness and the power of the light within him. The light from our sun shines throughout the universe. This radiant power is an image of Divine Providence. When your mind can penetrate and alter the vibration of matter and also grasp the mysterious purposes of life, then you find this power within yourself. You do not need to look elsewhere.
Bialode's Inner Aura. Bialode's inner aura has the feeling of nuclear fusion combined with the electricity in lightning. It is primal energy like plasma--atoms stripped of their electrons that are emitted by the sun during solar storms.
Overall, then, Bialode's aura is again similar to the cosmic letter SH. Like Bialode's outer aura, the SH has a side to it which is radiant and commanding--it embodies the highest purposes. And like Bialode's inner aura, SH is power as a primal force of nature like solar plasma. These two together are what underlie Bialode's dynamic will and creativity. Combine these energies and you generate magical authority.
Akashic Plane. It is very interesting meditating with Bialode on the akashic plane. He is a reflection of absolute power. Nothing interferes with this will. The purposes he ordains are always fulfilled.
But we rarely see an expression of such power in history. Even the greatest prophets and world teachers hardly ever demonstrate its existence. The problem with divine power of a cosmic dimension is that it is so overwhelming. Like high voltage wires carrying current from a power plant, you cannot tap on to that energy directly to start you car, run your toaster, or turn on your television. It would simply burn everything up and injure anyone who came into contact with it.
Like the sun, if you stare at the light with unsheltered eyes, you go blind. Truth, in its cosmic dimension, not only illuminates. It creates blind fanatics who do not realize their actions are motivated by selfishness, fear, and illusions. It overturns empires and destroys cultures when its fire is not used to heal and illuminate but rather to control others and eliminate opposition. It is so dazzling that the greatest men in history forget their responsibilities to life because they want to enter monasteries and contemplate its mysteries. It destroys your awareness of being an individual whose limitations you must honor and work within.
Consequently, those who can tap on to this power, as a general rule, disguise themselves or severely restrict their area of creativity and teaching. They often act like normal human beings with the same interests as everyone else. They only make very small changes here and there in order to guide and influence history. This is in accordance with the spiritual principle to not place in the hands of any society or any evolution powers which are out of proportion to its maturity.
Bialode says it this way: “We give you lightning so you can discover its power within yourselves. We give you science to explore the mysteries of matter. We give you faith and will to explore the dimensions of spirit. These things you must pursue on your own so you may grow strong.
“If we give you power when you do not understand the purposes of love and the laws of the universe, then you destroy yourselves. It is better that you concern yourselves with acquiring the necessities of life with only limited leisure time than that you put an end to history by exercising power without responsibility. But when you find God within yourself and discover your own divinity, you are free to determine your own sphere of responsibility.”
This power found in evoking Bialode, then, is not something to be reflected in your eyes when you are walking down the street or shopping at a grocery store. You would not want to call it forth during an argument in a bar or to impress an acquaintance with your abilities. It is reserved for when you enter a sacred space. It is the essence of the will of a magician, the faith of a prophet, or the vision of a mystic who joins himself to the creative aspect of God.
On the other hand, there are clearly times when it is fully appropriate for everyone to consider the purposes they wish to fulfill through their life and their work. Assuming the role and perspective of their guardian angel, they decide what they wish to accomplish. Precisely during this activity it is invaluable to be within a state of absolute faith in which you believe and see that the purposes that your heart ordains shall be fulfilled.
In this regard, Bialode is like a cheerleader and a guide. You meditate in his presence on the akashic plane and you see life from the spiritual side. When his aura, the cosmic letter SH, or the electrical fluid vibrate within you, you can feel the energy gathering which you must have to accomplish the things you need to do.
constellation of Aries contains the vision of a warrior. This warrior forges from out of his own
spirit the weapons or the tools he needs to break down, climb over, dig under,
or move around the obstacles that block his path. He does whatever he needs to do to get the
job done. There are times when this
requires the exercise of absolute power.
Mental Plane. To get Bialode from the akasha plane to the mental plane, I first imagine the mental plane with its various qualities. Then I place my consciousness on the mental plane while retaining my connection to Bialode. I also create a suitable accumulation of energy that serves as a medium through which he can manifest. In this case, I am using bright red light and also intense heat. I then ask him to move to this level of awareness that, after a few moments of meditating with him, he does.
On the mental plane, Bialode's aura illuminates the mind and will. Bardon mentions there is an ecstatic aspect to the cosmic letter SH which expands will, mind, and consciousness. There is a meditation that reflects this energy. You imagine you are within and that you are a blazing red star. This generates a feeling of autonomy and of independence. On the mental plane, Bialode's aura draws me inside of this meditation.
There is also a feeling of being totally illuminated and full of inexhaustible energy. Meditating like this with Bialode has a wonderful feeling of transcendence. You feel your personal consciousness linked directly to a divine perspective.
There is reassurance--the light within yourself cannot be put out by darkness or the void. And the solar flames with which you identify are not intimidated by any form of opposition. You burn with a will that absorbs matter into itself. Dissolving even the nuclear bonds connecting protons, neutrons, and electrons, it transforms matter into pure energy.
This meditation connects you to cosmic energy. It also has symbolic value that raises your mental vibration. Your mind identifies with the highest light. The thoughts you think in this state of awareness are encompassing, penetrating, and original.
Astral Plane. On the astral plane, Bialode spends some time showing me the different aspects of the fiery energy, light, and electrical energy embodied in his aura. He shifts the blazing red light into the silvery blue light of the cosmic letter K. The letter K involves a pure sense of command and divine authority. It has such authority because it is the highest light in manifestation--its purposes are the most refined and encompassing. On the astral plane, this light creates endurance and strength.
Bialode now also shifts the light into the darker red and purple of the cosmic letter S. This letter creates raw, cosmic power. It is fire in its wild and untamed aspect--solar plasma, nuclear heat, and so forth. Bialode points out to me that I have developed a strong connection to the K but I have a great deal of work to do in mastering fire as heat and power.
This letter S on the astral plane also develops your ability to see the future. This is because the primordial fire of the letter S contains a natural awareness of all aspects of power. It sees and feels what shall endure because it senses which things have the greatest strength and staying power.
Physical Plane. On the physical level, the qualities and powers of the three previous planes are applied to specific tasks in order to accomplish your objectives and also to transform the world. You have the illumination of the enlightened mind to assist you when you view your circumstances and work through your problems. You have divine faith when it come to being motivated and guided by inspiration.
And in the area of goals, you can feel within yourself that what you seek is not limited by your own personal desires and needs. It is the will of the universe that is moving through you. You have a direct connection to the light and power of Divine Providence. To put it simply, when you do a meditation, ritual, or magical activity, there is an illuminating and electrical energy present within your will that increases the effectiveness of your actions.
Common Difficulties/Imbalances. As I have mentioned, there are some real problems that arise in working with divine power and will. The first problem involves having to contain this power and also apply it to serve some purpose. You can meditate in akasha and identify with omnipotent power but nothing really comes from this.
You can meet various masters who have immense power within themselves. But their philosophical and religious training either fails to suggest or forbids them from bringing this power down through the mental, astral, and physical planes. When it comes to solving the problems of daily life or fulfilling their purposes, they are pretty much like everyone else. There is nothing special about them except they have this indestructible energy in their spirit. And this energy they choose to leave untouched like a man living in a small house who has millions stashed away in a Swiss bank account.
There are also good reasons for not touching divine power. I know a number of individuals who have tried a few times to apply the spiritual power within them. They can make things happen, bend others to their will, and also get what they want in a small period of time. But then all sorts of bad things happen.
They hurt others and themselves. They become confused and disoriented by rapidly changing circumstances. They become frightened of being carried away by something inside themselves that appears inhuman and beyond the knowledge of this world.
In effect, their conscience says to them, "Do not touch this power without the wisdom and the love which know how to use it in just the right way." And this concern is well-founded. They should proceed with great caution. And so some put on hold this ability acquired in a former life time until they are mature enough to know how to handle it and direct it harmoniously.
It is also not so difficult to find individuals who have a bright light of faith and conviction shining within their hearts. But their hands are dirty with greed and selfishness. When they speak, you are never quite sure if it is genuine inspiration and intuition that is guiding their words or some con game they are running that they deny even to themselves.
For these individuals, the light of faith has a dark side and a devouring aspect that are always present waiting from some situation or individual to trigger it. They just lack purity. They may get a lot done and form large organizations but their work will always be either limited in scope or eventually undone because they have not upgraded their visions to serve universal purposes.
There is also a problem with containing or controlling energy this intense which is similar to the problems plaguing the development of nuclear fusion. In nuclear power plants now the atoms of uranium or plutonium are split. This releases heat and also a lot of isotopes that are very toxic. But it is a fairly easy process to control. You just push uranium rods a little close to each other or separate them and the heat builds or diminishes.
In fusion, the process joins smaller atoms making bigger atoms. This also releases heat and the process is almost completely free of toxic waste. Fusion is what runs the sun. The problem is that fusion requires a great deal more heat to ignite it. A fusion reactor is not like our conventional nuclear reactors that produce steam with a few hundred degrees heat. A conventional reactor will suffer a melt down as the Russians have discovered if you allow the temperatures to range into the thousands of degrees.
But fusion reactors must work with millions of degrees of temperature. Once you start the reaction, the heat destroys anything near it. The best scientists have been able to do is try to contain tiny amounts of fuel and the energy released in powerful magnetic fields. The magnetic fields are not physical so there is nothing to melt down or burn up. But scientists have not yet found how to contain enough heat in a stable manner to produce a self-sustaining reaction.
Working with omnipotent power on the akashic plane is similar. You have to put aside your mortal identity and unite your awareness with Divine Providence. Any selfish application of this power contaminates the process causing a psychological or spiritual melt down. But if you succeed, everything around you is seen through the eyes of absolute power. When you practice this kind of meditative trance long enough, you get a feeling for the power that is in the hands of archangels.
this power is a different matter.
General Patton, at times, seemed to be competing with other generals to
see who could get more glory by being the first to take a city in
For some individuals, it is down right dangerous to touch the power within themselves unless is it carefully restricted. Bill Gates is obviously a man of power but he limits his area of activity. He is like a predator whose goal is increasing market share. One of his products, the Windows operating system, is not half as good or user friendly as the product of his competitors. But so far Gates's competitive instincts serve a productive end--they speed the world's technology into the future.
Basically, then, you develop omnipotent power by working with a spirit like Bialode, by practicing with a cosmic letter like SH, or simply by meditating on and joining yourself to Divine Providence. The application of this power starts when you move to the mental plane. This is where you mediate from a divine perspective on what purposes need to be fulfilled within this world where you live. Here is where wisdom and an enlightened mind come into play helping you to understand history, karma, and the deeper needs of humanity.
Franz Bardon in the 1st of ten chapters in his book, Initiation into Hermetics, talks about the kind of conviction a magician should develop within himself when exercising his imagination. He says in regard to placing an idea into the air you inhale that the image of what you desire should be so intense that you feel the desire has already become reality. It takes a strong imagination to do this. He mentions in 3rd chapter that “High adepts and Saints have trained their imagination to such perfection that all their imageries are realized immediately on all planes....”
You can take a basic exercise and practice it for a lifetime and only get limited results. On the other hand, you can feel Divine Providence performing the exercise within and through your mind so that you practice with conviction and believe in what you are doing. This is the kind of authority Bialode conveys. You design and initiate a plan of action. But you do not do this using only the resources of your personality. Your will is joined to the power of divinity as you move toward your goal.
On the astral plane, the power within yourself, having been designed for a specific mission, empowers others. The transmission of power from yourself to others does not drive them crazy or make them into fanatics and control freaks. It does not make them paranoid of losing what they have or feel they are so special everyone else is inferior to or impure compared to them. Instead, you transmit an inspiration that leads them to fulfill a purpose. You give energy and motivate but you do not take away others' freedom of choice or restrict their individuality.
One of the sure indicators of a contaminated will or faith is that it tries to control you. There is a demand, direct or subtle, that “you have to do it the way we do it.” It is fine to have a purpose or project that uses the energy and requires the commitment of many individuals. A great will, however, raises your energy level and inspires such commitment. An impure or negative faith tries to absorb your strength and will into itself as if you have little or no choice in the matter.
On the physical plane, divine power is applied on a case by case basis. Like the national guard or the Red Cross, it is called in to prevent or deal with a major disaster. It brings relief and establishes order and harmony when situations are chaotic. Divine will is the same. It can intervene directly in specific circumstances and change what is happening.
In general, then, one means for containing and applying divine power is used by magicians. You enter a magick circle or trance identifying yourself with the four fundamental qualities of Divine Providence. You do this to learn, to perfect yourself, and you do this to benefit others. As many spirits of the earthzone indicate, there is no upper limit on power. But to use power correctly, you have to serve a sacred purpose and be in harmony with the divine world.
Such visions of service often originate from within the heart. You sense the needs of the world and also that you are able and willing to do something about them. It is from out of your own will and heart that you make the connection between divine power and the compassionate activity that produces specific results for which you take responsibility.
And so how do you contain or sustain divine power in yourself so its presence does not distort your personality or inflame your passions? One way is by balancing power with meditations on omnipresent love. Love that is everywhere and in everything is not preoccupied with itself. Power has no hold upon it. You can let go of power as easily as you can pick it up. You use power to serve a purpose and then you put it aside. It does not attach itself to you and you do not use it to define your identity.
Power balanced in this way neither increases nor does it decrease your feeling of being connected to others. You identify with a greater harmony and power is but one of its forms of expression. In this way, power is always contained and applied in a useful manner.
Reason for evocation. Ubarim specializes in love and friendship. He heightens attraction and develops understanding and empathy with others. If you need support and personal contact, Ubarim can produce astonishing results. He can find you friendships which are richer than anything you may have imagined or believed possible.
Taurus in Earthzone. The energy of Taurus creates an individual who is strong, solid, and stable. Taurus has a certain amount of gusto. He likes to be active. It is his nature to enjoy physical work and to be productive. He likes to build things because what he makes reflects who he is. He displays the power in himself by pointing to his accomplishments.
There is a sensual side to Taurus. He enjoys the best things in life. He likes being surrounded by beauty and things that satisfy. A Taurus likes to apply himself fully to whatever he is doing and for this reason he approaches work and play with the same vigor.
17 Degrees Taurus. Taurus expresses itself in the 17th degree through a powerful personality, poise, and personal love. Though strong and independent, there is a very physical attraction. These are qualities of Venus that rule Taurus.
Ubarim's Domain. This level of akasha creates a feeling of being close to another person with all the intimacy, mutual understanding, and variety of personal satisfactions this implies. It makes a bond of friendship lasting a lifetime and generates a loyalty and allegiance which survives even death.
Sigil. Ubarim's sigil evokes a commanding force of love. This is the love that unites and joins all things into one life. When we experience this as love for another person it may seem irresistible in its beauty and overpowering in its attraction.
But personal needs may remain unmet. Obsession, infatuation, and overwhelming attraction are under no obligation to lead an individual to happiness or satisfaction. It may seem unfair that love can be so near and yet remain beyond reach but this is because love is also the source of all power. Love requires strength equal to its beauty and intelligence equal to its empathy. Ubarim's mastery is that he can deal with these oppositions. He has the ability to bring the power of love into human experience so there is satisfaction, happiness, and fulfillment.
Inner Source of Inspiration. In the universe of
For Ubarim, love is a cosmic power. It binds the universe into one pageantry and mystery. It is marvelous, awesome, and pure wonder. This power and beauty can be felt and lived as love no matter who or where you are.
The universe is held together by the strong forces within the nucleus of the atom binding neutrons and protons and also by the force of gravitation. Love is just as strong. You can experience this and taste it in a relationship so that your love and the universe are like the same song, containing the same notes and the same beauty, power, and harmony. In other words, instinct and divine ideal, desire and nobility, matter and spirit--these are like the different colors hidden in a ray of white light. You can separate them, study them, and master them one by one but they all proceed from the vibration of love.
Ubarim's Outer Aura. Like Taurus, Ubarim is strong, solid, stable, and poised. His presence commands loyalty and friendship.
Ubarim's Inner Aura. In a way that is not obvious or easy to understand, Ubarim creates a connection between individuals so they feel one with each other. This cannot be explained in terms of sensuality and pleasure. There is indeed a kind of physical gratification which is overwhelming and which causes an individual to say to another, “I love you.” The nervous system is spellbound by the intensity of sensations and the degree of physical release.
But Ubarim's bond of friendship and love is one in which you feel your soul has been captured by your lover. There does not need to be any pleasure at all for this to be overpowering and love's presence felt in full force.
I think what Ubarim does is find a wave length or telepathic vibration in which two individuals' bodies, emotions, minds, and spirits become aligned and harmonious. Individuals feel filled with beauty when they think about each other. A soul to soul connection with intimacy to this degree is inherently pleasurable and satisfying. Physical expressions are then a celebration of the love that already exists.
The Akasha Plane. When Ubarim is present on the akashic plane, love is a commanding presence. It is the foundation upon which all things are meant to be built. A relationship, friendship, or family built in this way endures and flourishes because its roots are spiritual. Bonds are stronger than steel. This is because relationships are forged from a fire that blends and merges individuals' spirits into one love.
The Mental Plane. On the mental plane, Ubarim exudes a marvelous self-mastery. The mind is strong. It possesses power and force without losing integrity or humility. Valor and courage are natural expressions of this energy. There is also great mental stamina.
The Astral Plane. If an individual could be a volcanologist, meteorologist, geologist, and oceanographer all at once as well as a troubadour, Sufi mystic, and magician, then we would have a sense of Ubarim's presence. The elements of nature are enthralled by his voice. They put aside their impersonality to speak of dreams and visions of love.
The atmosphere, winds, and breeze speak of peace, delight, and an understanding heart. The very touch of air reminds you that love is everywhere. The seas, rivers, and lakes are like a woman who holds a lover in her heart. In water is an attractive force with the power to heal, renew, and transform. The touch of water on your skin reminds you that ecstasy and love have no end.
The mountains, hills, and valleys, the plateaus, forests, savannas, and deserts protect and shelter us. Minerals and substances of the earth are waiting for us to discover their spiritual powers and treasures are part of our nature. Fire, volcanoes, magma, and lightning--these too are ours to command. Their wild passion speaks of the powers of creation. Burning, exploding, molten flowing, and electric--love is boundless energy full of creativity.
For Ubarim, physical matter yields to the voice of love. How much more then should human beings delight in and celebrate love's mystery? Ubarim's presence is like a psalm speaking directly to the heart of Divine Providence saying, “Do not hide yourself from us. Reveal to us your full power and beauty that we might experience your joy and light in our lives.”
I am writing a novel about a mythical, pre-Atlantean kingdom that named itself after Ubarim. In this land, the people and culture are inspired by Ubarim's astral presence. The following is a poem written by a woman who dwelt in that magical land. It is like a Celtic prayer:
I seek another to celebrate with me
The boundless light saturating the universe with love
It is in the wind whose voice and wings
Embrace the cells within our bodies
And the shoulders of the mountains.
It is in the oceans, the rain, the rivers
Whose songs of grace and receptive life
Sail through our dreams
And enter the secret chambers of our hearts.
It is in the Earth,
She whose silence shelters us and protects us
Until we are ready to assume our roles
As guides, guardians, and creators of life.
It is in fire whose dazzling force and power
Binds the universe with its might
And guides our will as we chart our courses through life.
I will join my spirit with yours,
Our hearts shall be one
Our minds merging and blending--
As light penetrates
And is one with the crystal it passes through.
Come with me on this path of beauty
It originates in a still place
At the center of the heart
Where fear is forever banished--
It overcomes all time and space
Renewing itself without end
As it celebrates the joy, the rapture,
And the dazzling light hidden within all things.
On the astral plane, Ubarim’s presence is an experience of love penetrating and saturating every sense and sensory perception with its intoxicating beauty and bliss.
Etheric/Physical Plane. Ubarim's presence on the physical plane is overpowering. Like the force of gravity, it influences everything. Like the constellation Taurus, it leaves you feeling strong, solid, enduring, and joined to the universe.
If you fly into
Yet you also
notice a wild and untamed power. The
ages of time and the earth are shaped by a passion. On the
Ubarim generates this kind of awe-inspiring and captivating presence. There is order. Human needs are met. And yet there is also a primordial power overflowing. To feel this energy in a relationship is to feel the pulse of the universe throbbing in your love. Love is meant to be a celebration this deep.
I ask Ubarim about love. He replies, “Lovers often seek reassurance that their love is real by measuring their passion and mutual satisfaction. This is like actors practicing months before a final dress rehearsal. They are not sure about their parts and how to express their emotions.
“When you experience love as being everywhere and are one with this love, then the love you share is like a river surging into the sea and all the sea contains--the currents, the rhythmic waves, the falling rain, and the life within the depths. Your love is soft and nurturing as water and radiant and golden like the sun rising above the horizon. When we finally discover who we are and celebrate this mystery within us, the highest love will speak with our voice and flow from our hearts.”
Matter itself--everything physical--is suffused with ecstasy because it reflects the oneness underlying the universe. This is something the great gnome magicians do not know and which nuclear and astrophysicists do not experience first hand--that the material universe is the same as the vibration of love. It is a song of passion in the heart of God.
There is, then, a secret path of spirit which leads directly from the passionate, overwhelmingly intoxicated love of lovers to the sphere of the sun in which dwells perfect, complete, and absolute enlightenment and the highest divine inspiration. In physical gratification and sensual exploration when they are profound and rich enough, the nervous system of the lovers interconnects with the nervous system of divine beings. You can taste and experience first hand what it is to be immortal, a creator, and saturated with infinite bliss. Ubarim specializes in teaching this.
Common Difficulties/Imbalances. You have to be careful with any form of evocation. You may want something specific, but oftentimes an evocation or any magick will set up forces of attraction drawing to you many other things than what you are asking for. This is because there is a natural process through which we learn by experience. In searching and discovering, we learn to discriminate. We become more cautious and alert. Our eyes are sharper and our hearts stronger. If you suddenly arrive at your goal through magick, you also are confronted with all the choices you normally would have made over a much longer period of time.
In other words, if you pray for money, you may get the mob offering you deals which are illegal and friends dropping by to ask you to help them set up a drug ring or you get an opportunity to embezzle money which looks like a sure thing. This, of course, depends on your karma as to what kind of choices and dangers lurk about. Oh, the money is there. But you have to learn to recognize a real opportunity for wealth when it is offered to you. You may be too greedy or impatient to appreciate the relation between money and work.
When it comes to love, you may get members of the opposite gender saying to you, “I would die for you--I love you that much.” But some of those who suddenly think of you as their life long friend or potential lover are “fatal attractions,” stalkers, or out to do you in if they cannot control you the way they want. Seeking love is no excuse for being dumb. Truth and love go together. Do not let the love you seek be down graded into something less than what you desire. And do not let your illusions blind you to genuine love when it comes.
In summary, you can ask a spirit to solve a problem for you. This may change your life circumstances but it may leave you unchanged. You can also work with a spirit so that you internalize one or more of that spirit’s qualities. In this case, because you have become wiser or more loving or powerful, you are able to accomplish what you want without the spirit’s intervention.
There is always an advantage in treating a spirit as a teacher whom you learn from rather than as a broker who executes your orders. If you make decisions yourself based on your own insight and skill, then you can get precisely what you want. If you rely on the expertise of someone else, you may or you may not get what you want but you have failed to increase your wisdom and experience in making decisions.
Furthermore, if you internalize a spirit’s qualities and powers within yourself, then these abilities are always there for you to draw upon. If you do an evocation of some kind to gain love, for example, the forces of attraction binding you to another may unravel after you use up the original energy that was put forth into the evocation. In other words, to sustain a relationship that was produced through magick, you have to keep recharging the original magical action. Otherwise the enchantment or attraction or empathy between the partners may fade away.
On the other hand, it is not uncommon for magicians who have asked a spirit for the experience of love to later on ask the spirit to dissolve the enchantment. The love and attraction are profound, overwhelming, and totally gratifying but also completely exhausting. The level of love is too intense and powerful for the individual’s personality. The magician may say to himself, “I want to go back to the life I had before I met this woman.” If you marry Miss Universe, you may find it difficult to handle the responsibilities and challenges that the relationship entails.
The Negative Version of Ubarim
Once again, for each of the positive 360 spirits of the earthzone, there is also a negative version. Individuals have a choice in life. They can be constructive and creative when it comes to love. They can also be possessive, manipulative, jealous, and domineering. We all have choices to make. Some individuals do not yet know the difference between the positive and negative. And so it is through experience that we all have a chance to learn and to become wise.
The negative spirit’s aura is not as stable and solid as Ubarim’s. The sensations and feelings produced between individuals are overwhelming. But it is not the beauty and underlying vibration of the universe that is brought through. Instead, the attraction and feeling of connection are produced and sustained through control and domination. It is kind of like those occult lodges or manipulative relationships in which the group or other person says, “You have to make an absolute commitment to me or you will be killed or else I will vent on your the full force of my wrath.”
I know people like that. They think this is natural and what a relationship or occult organization is all about. They grew up with it and they have never gotten around to questioning it. They need constant input from other people and a group’s insistence on conformity because they have never found a source of boundless inspiration in themselves.
Similarly, the negative spirit’s aura presents an outer bonding and mental focus accompanied by an inner state of fear, terror, or dread. Your total attention is naturally engaged but, like I say, celebrating the presence of love or attaining genuine oneness with another is definitely not what this is about. If you know nothing about belonging or feeling involved with another, then the negative is happy to step in and give you the basic experience. You will definitely feel you are connected to an individual or an organization.
But when you are ready, you will discover that acting out of delight, joy, wonder, bliss and ecstasy places you in a totally different universe--a universe where freedom is celebrated and there are no restrictions placed on what one individual may share and exchange with another. The negative needs restraint to feel safe, for like some individuals I have met who live in monasteries or who work in public institutions, their insecurity reaches a level of insanity. Freedom to such individuals or being able to make your own choice is like pure poison. It cannot be tolerated. They avoid and deny it at all costs.
And now for something on the lighter side, a piece of fantasy designed to entertain with its humor. This is from my book, Mystical Fables. It is about Komio, the head of the thief’s guild, who inadvertently helped found Atlantis. He is actually a gnome magician who has taken up residence among us by disguising himself as a human being. He runs a little magical shop in Lemuria where he sells various potions. Here, let me just cut in on a sales pitch he is making during one of his shop tours. The potion he is now describing comes from having manufactured an elixir that embodies the powers of Ubarim.
Komio: I have alluded to love only indirectly with my first two potions. But this next silver container reveals the mystery of love. The reason this bottle is so carefully sealed is that it is very potent. It contains five doses for those who are so stricken in life they are forced to live without love. I highly recommend that the owner only take two doses. I believe that is all anyone will ever need.
I call this magnificent fluid The Essence of Ubarim--yes, it is named after the Guardian who is the namesake of our kingdoms. Take the first dose only during a new moon. That very same night both you and your unknown soul mate will appear to each other in
a dream. This in itself is worth all that you have paid, for now you will know that in life you are not alone. There exists another whose heart at the very core is designed to embrace your own.
Take the second dose when the moon is full then wait until the moon passes through another cycle. Oh sweet bliss. The world will then conspire and assist you and your soul mate in finding each other.
I am not saying it will be easy. Sometimes even the gods and goddesses like to entertain themselves by setting up obstacle courses and tests of the psyche to bar our way to finding love on the human plane. Jealously is not just a human vice--the gods do not like to share their bliss with mankind without charging a fair price.
But fear not. I Komio have taken all of this into account. This elixir has mixed within it a superb herb that will heighten your cleverness to an immense degree. Consequently, you and your lover will be able to fool even an Imperial Censor when it comes to finding time to be together.
This is all anyone will ever need of this potion. The other three doses I have only included in honor of the Guardian Ubarim. Technically I could not manufacture this drink without including within it the entire path leading to love divine.
But please, if you buy this do not even think of taking the third dose. I cannot forbid you, of course, but still, my warning should not go unheeded.
But for those of you who have an academic interest in matters of the heart, let me just say that the third dose has an unusual effect. In accordance with Ubarim's own inner essence, it will enable you and your lover to feel a part of each other to a profound degree.
There is bonding and then there is bonding--this is the genuine article, calibrated so you taste divinity in its full ecstasy. When you take a breath or sigh or stretch or close your eyes as you fall asleep you will feel your lover is right there with you comforting and sharing his or her presence.
Do you wake up in the middle of the night and want to cuddle your beloved? With this elixir, when you reach out to touch love, it is there for you to find--the air itself is not more fragrant or fine in flowing through the secret chambers of your heart than is the art of love Ubarim has designed.
Sounds nice, no? Do not be so sure. You will feel so much a part of each other that you will not even need to be together. The feeling of love is that complete. The heart, no longer separate, experiences one of the greatest freedoms on our planet--joining your heart completely with another’s heart. Again, beware! The side effects are overpowering for all but the most daring and discerning adventurers.
Needless to say, such an elixir should only be taken under the direction of a highly skilled alchemist. The faint of heart must avoid the third dose at all costs. The result would be a loss of personal identity. All familiar orientations in life would dissolve. Strange obsessions would arise to blind the mind in an attempt to hold on to a familiar world. Love is nothing to fool around with folks.
Like I say, this elixir is best used for those whose lives are so overshadowed by fate that love is nearly impossible for them to find. In such cases, a third dose can alter the destiny of a soul on earth. And I ask you folks, when it comes to value, what is more rare or more precious on earth than true love? Do not ask me about the last two doses. Ubarim has sworn me to secrecy.
As you suspect, this elixir also is very expensive. But since my experiments with it are not yet complete, I will entertain any reasonable offer. By the way, regarding the first
three doses, if you find that this or any other of my recipes do not work for you, I will refund quadruple your money back. My word is my bond in all eight kingdoms. Even my enemies will tell you straight out that my honor in matters of business is without blemish.
Now there are those who say that I am toying with the mysteries. They argue I bargain and sell items best left unknown and kept out of human hands. But my work encompasses eons of time and what hangs in the balance is nothing else than the fate of mankind. It is not for nothing that I have been called the father of cultural engineering.
I learn from others. I watch and observe. I borrow. I refine. I gather and crystallize the essence of human experience. And though many consider me but a thief and a scoundrel, the wisdom I place in human hands is precisely what leads civilizations to their heights. When I get the blue prints on my table just right, you end up with a Golden Age. And I find another piece of the puzzle, part of the answer to my question, “What is mankind?”
Reason for Evocation. I would like to improve my powers of visualization and also my ability to see spiritual beings. Morilon has been helpful to me for years in working with symbols and I want to expand on this.
Bardon says of Morilon, “By pointing out various methods to the magician, he teaches him how to gain the faculty of expressing every outside from, in this physical world, by symbols in its mental and astral equivalencies analogous to the laws of the microcosm and macrocosm.” Bardon also says that you learn the opposite method as well: to take any principle, abstract idea, or law and express it through an external shape. Franz Bardon says of Morilon that he is a master of symbolism and that he is able to explain any dream.
Bardon's system develops concentration and imagination. We do extensive work on the five senses and also work with the four elements. For example, fire is physical. We seek to produce some of fire's heat and the electricity derived from it within our own bodies. But fire is also a symbol. We explore and embody its psychic and spiritual qualities. Enthusiasm, will, and divine power are aspects of the element of fire on the inner planes.
The idea, then, is to track the energies underlying our world back to their source. And we also want to take spiritual purposes and, moving through each of the planes, manifest them so they produce stable and enduring results in the world we share in common. Morilon's methods of using symbols further this process of correlating the inner and outer worlds.
Gemini in the Earthzone. Gemini is intensely alert, sharp, quick, and analytical. There is an electrical feeling of excitement as well as a detached objectivity. Though very matter of fact and calm, Gemini loves to interact. For Gemini, communication is a form of pleasure and satisfaction.
7th Degree of Gemini in the Earthzone. The 7th degree of Gemini generates a desire to make direct and powerful connections to others. It does this by inspiring the imagination. It stimulates the brain and senses so that form, symbol, impression, and sensation are utilized to understand the thought, feeling, and experience of others.
In other words, understanding can be increased by representing what you are seeing in a different manner so it better grabs hold of you and speaks to you more convincingly. The five senses, though separate, become more interrelated. Symbol and metaphor are developed. One sensory impression or image is substituted for another. There is a divine certainty present in this degree of the Gemini that anything can be understood if you can find the right way to think about it or imagine it.
Morilon's Domain of Akasha. On Morilon's level of akasha, these abilities are expanded to include an understanding of different spirits and to enable better communication between different evolutions. The mind on this level does more than re-present meanings to itself using a symbol or linguistic sign. It goes beyond capturing meanings that describe the qualities of something.
A symbol can grant a feeling, a vibration, and a taste of the being of another person or spirit. Your mind then holds something within itself of what it is considering. The link is of a spiritual nature. Though each remains unique and individual, divine beings know each other without separation. The connection is from heart to heart and there is no loss of clarity in the process.
Morilon's Inner Source of Inspiration. In the consciousness of Divine Providence, all things are held in oneness. They are encompassed by love. The physical universe is an important level but only a small part of this consciousness.
From this perspective, communication is always capable of becoming a celebration of oneness and harmony in spite of the differences and the gulf separating one being from another. There is nowhere in the universe that this principle does not apply. This does not mean that successful communication is easy or simple to do. It means that Morilon is a presence on our planet who teaches this principle and imparts this power.
Morilon's Sigil. This sigil sharpens your sensitivity so you become aware of the most direct link which connects you to another and vice versa. It is a like a voice saying, “Here is what you have in common and here are the ways you are different. It is important that you understand the value of your connection.” There seems also to be a transmission of illumination from Morilon to the individual magician. By using this sigil, you gain Morilon's perspective on what links you to another.
Morilon's Outer Aura. This spirit's aura increases your ability to work with symbols. All five senses are stimulated. Consciousness in the outer world and consciousness in the inner worlds of the psyche become transparent to each other. Let us consider how this works.
If you think about an person, for example, Morilon's energy will give your mind a picture of what that person means to you. If you spend a little more time with this picture, it may turn into a conscious dream. Like virtual reality or watching a movie on a screen, you see unfold before you a sequence of actions which portray the depths and the aspects of your connection to the other.
In this kind of symbolism, you can remain detached as if you are watching another individual with whom you are not involved. You can just as easily take the events as a first hand experience. You live through them and learn from them. The difference is a matter of what you want and how much imagination you decide to use.
For example, you can see the meaning of a connection to another person from your point of view. You can also see it from the other side as well, that is, what you mean to other person. You can look at the relationship in terms of both sides at once. And you can also explore the options for how the relationship can be altered and what that would be like.
Morilon is different from Bagoloni who represents 12 degrees Gemini. Bagoloni specializes in telepathy. For Bagoloni, the best communication takes place when your minds are joined directly. You still employ symbols and images but ideally what is being communicated is understood with equal clarity by both individuals. The thought arises from both minds at the same time and in the same way.
Another spirit, Granona, 26 degrees Cancer, uses symbols, daydreams, pathworkings, etc. to establish a connection and an alliance. His aura sets up a circulation of energy between two beings. There is an exchange of power. The sign of Cancer is interested in shelter and nourishment. The symbols used by Granona, the imaginary settings you explore and the dreamlike interactions, do not emphasize illumination of the mind as much as enabling a bond that increases your experiences with life and accomplishes something.
The difference then is that Morilon uses symbols to enable you to understand what something is and what your options are. Bagoloni uses symbols to join minds in the present moment so you reach mutual understanding. Granona uses symbols to establish a bond through which you can draw upon each other's resources for the sake of some purpose. If you focus on a relationship to another individual, the symbols you employ will be significantly different depending on which of these three spirits is inspiring you. As these cases illustrate, the mind works in slightly different ways depending on your purpose.
These three spirits' points of view are fairly familiar to us already. In communication in marriage, one partner may have great difficulty explaining to the other how he or she feels about something or why it is so important. One remedy is to identify a situation in the other person's life in which he or she feels something similar. And then you say, “The way you feel about that is the way I feel about this.” To find the right example, you put yourself to some extent inside the other person's mind in order to find the right expression.
On the other hand, if you want to understand your relationship, you might step back from it and contemplate it. One way to do this is to recall when you first met and when you first felt attracted to the other. This takes you into that magical space where the feelings of love are generated. At one time, circumstances conspired to bring you together and bond you through the power of love. Now, you consider your own ability to renew these feelings through your own power of imagination and creativity.
And finally if you want to motivate someone to do something it may take more than your own understanding of the other or even mutual appreciation. A force of will may be required. In effect, Granona has that magical approach which says, “Let me challenge your imagination with an image of what can be. Consider the beauty and the power in this picture. How can you not work with me toward this end when both of us want it to the same extent?”
I have taken the time to elaborate on these different perspectives because sometimes from an academic point of view symbols are devalued as being less than essential information and irrelevant to serious communication. But symbols are extremely important whenever you are dealing with something new or something you do not understand. The data may be incomplete. The process of discovery may not be clear. And yet you have to make a decision and enter unexplored situations. Then you have to use your imagination to create the best model of reality and to forge a path towards your goal.
When magical knowledge is converted into something familiar and understood, we call it science. But one of the jobs of a magician, as with all human beings, is to make new things and to attain greater understanding. Telepathy, empathy, and clairvoyance are part of a magician's repertoire. All of these employ symbols and metaphors produced through imagination.
Morilon's Inner Aura. Morilon is aware of all four planes at once--physical, astral, mental, and akasha. And yet the laws governing space and time are different on each of these planes. Consciousness, will, feeling, and intellect are also different as are the four elements. From this point of view, it is possible to understand why symbols and images are important for our understanding. We use imagination in a different way when we view something from any one of these planes or from all four planes at once.
Consider some examples. When I think about something physical I wish to produce such as a book, Morilon speaks from the akashic plane. He says, “This is a matter of magical will. You have to focus yourself from the akashic plane. Nothing else will do for you.”
If I want to know the best way to communicate myself to a publisher, Morilon speaks from the astral plane. He says, “When you talk about sales and publication, you have to communicate enthusiasm. Speak with a heart that is soft and shining like the moon and radiant and dynamic as the sun. Then your point will get across.”
If I ask Morilon for a better understanding of how to practice breathing so I can accumulate energy more naturally, he says I need to employ all four planes at once. On an akashic level, I have to maintain a pure conviction that I already embody this power. Mentally, I have to focus my mind on the molecular vibration of air.
On an astral level or emotionally, I have to change my feelings. I have to feel that air is something wonderful, that it is precious and full of healing. And physically I have to better focus my attention so that I am aware of the physical sensations of oxygen moving into my lungs, through my bloodstream, and into the cells of my body. In other words, he says I have to put my whole body, soul, mind, and spirit into this exercise to make it work well. From Morilon's point of view, when I practice breathing exercises I am only using about ten per cent of my will.
When I ask Morilon why my experience with a Christian college was so horrible, Morilon says I had to recapitulate in my own way two thousand years of Christian history. Only then would I be allowed to approach the gates of magical wisdom. In other words, my personal experience is part of a collective journey. A labyrinth or maze is a symbol of the search for wholeness. By exploring the different directions and paths you come to know the different parts of yourself. Only then do you arrive at the center of the circle where everything is seen clearly.
I ask about my relationship to Bardon's basic training system as outlined in Initiation into Hermetics. Morilon says, “This training is a vehicle of power like a mantel you put on in order to be of greatest service to the world. It is indispensable and you should master all of it.
“But you, like many others, must be guided by your own inner spirit as you train with this or any other system of magick. If you look back, you will see that at each stage of your life path you have had a different spiritual task to accomplish. Your basic training must go on but you cannot afford to fail in your other assignments. Bardon presents the outline. You must fill in the content.”
In each of the above examples, Morilon shows me a picture that evokes different energies on one or more of the four planes. The language of symbols communicates both energy and understanding. When Morilon talks about using spiritual will, he transmits a direct impression of what that is.
When Morilon talks about my experience with Christianity, he interrelates collective and personal history so that I see and feel the connection. The confusion is resolved because he shows me a picture that grasps the whole problem and explains the meaning. Morilon's use of symbol is in effect an ability to negotiate the different aspects of the psyche so that the inner and outer worlds are joined.
Akashic Plane. On the akashic plane, there is a heightening of awareness that correlates the different aspects of your consciousness. You automatically begin relating your different sensory perceptions, your experience, your thoughts, your feelings, your desires, your plans, and everything you know which bears on what you are considering. For example, you move between visual imagery to feelings to physical sensations to sounds to taste and so forth. As you do this, you relate each sensory perception, thought, and feeling to the others comparing and contrasting the different perspectives and information you are receiving. You get your brain, mind, and psyche to focus and work together.
Morilon emphasizes immediate and direct contact. Since akasha is a penetrating state of consciousness, you feel one with what you are considering as if you are within and a part of it. At the same time, you remain detached. You are completely sensitive to and appreciative of every aspect of what you focus upon but this does not in any way reduce your critical capacity to analyze, to evaluate, and to understand.
A simple way of illustrating this state of awareness is to imagine you are another person with whom you have a relationship. Consider every sensation, thought, feeling, memory, experience, hope, dream, desire, and perspective this individual has. Do this as if you are this person. Now do the same for yourself. Consider everything you have felt, thought, and experienced with this person.
Now hold both sets of experiences and perspectives within your consciousness at the same time. Be both yourself and the other person. Remain relaxed. But as you as hold this entire constellation of feelings, thoughts, and sensations within your consciousness, search for the deepest connection the two of you have with each other.
Akasha is a formless and penetrating state. You can be both yourself and another person at the same time. Morilon, like the sign of Gemini, amplifies the force of your personality and your power to form a direct connection to others. Working on the akashic level furthers these abilities.
Mental Plane. On the mental plane, Morilon’s aura and presence heightens you capacity to correlate the inner and outer worlds. If you focus on a feeling, sensation, desire, idea, ideal, hope, fear, etc., it is easy to translate it into an image from the external world. And vice versa, if you take something in the outer world, you can get an image or sense of what it means or how to represent it as a feeling, thought, ideal, etc. on the inner planes.
Again, this procedure correlates what is going on inside you--the entire realm of motivations, instincts, and inspirations--with the outer events of your life. And your outer world experience can also be translated and interpreted in terms of what it means for you personally. The significance of this procedure is that you gain an understanding of what the world means to you and what you mean to the world. You feel the exchange of energy and the strength of the connection between yourself and your environment. I give an example later on of an exercise from transpersonal psychology that seeks to accomplish something similar.
Astral Plane. On the astral plane, Morilon takes you directly into a dreamlike state of mind. If you have a question for example, Morilon will put you inside of a dream where you are forced to consider the question from a completely different perspective than what you are accustomed. It is like living through a set of experiences to which you normally would not have access.
I ask a question about being one with another person. In love, you move through the center of another person. The deepest things in one person are open and transparent to the other. There is also a magical space in which two feel joined as one.
In response, Morilon takes me into a dream. There are a series of thoughts that flash through my mind as part of the introduction. The Dalai Lama says in a book, The Wheel of Time, that you cannot attain enlightenment while in this incarnation without working with a karma yuga--that is, a physical consort. There are stories about Tibetan lamas who have trained a student to a high level. And then the lama says in effect to the student, “I want you to spend the night making love to this woman I give you. Use this experience to seek the enlightened mind and by morning you will have attained enlightenment.”
Morilon’s perspective is rather humorous. His thought is, “Let’s take a look at what that might be like. It may not be all that easy.” I am next presented with the image, that is, I am sitting before a guru who is a combination of a Taoist master and a master of Kundalini yoga. There is also a woman present who is my consort in this dream.
The master is saying to both of us, “To be one with each other, you must fully activate and then join together the different chakras in each of your bodies. In the Muladhara chakra, you must enter into the weight and solidity of the earth. When you, in making love, become the earth then you will be ready to move on to the next chakra.
“Go now and practice with each other. Do not return to me until you have attained in your love an absolute certainty that you are one with the earth--until the life force, consciousness, and beauty of the mountains, the deserts, the trees, the forests, the vegetation, and the mantel of the earth are expressed through the love you share with each other.
And then the master says with a divine ferocity and a holy countenance, “I tell you, you will not attain oneness with each other until you accomplish this. For hidden within your first chakras is the vibration of the earth element as it vibrates throughout the entire planet. Therefore, find this power to love within yourselves.”
It is kind of like a quest for the Holy Grail except you are not seeking a chalice outside of your body. You are seeking to unite with and celebrate the sacred energies of life through your love for each other. Morilon goes on to show me how these two individuals understand exactly what their master is talking about. They are dedicated to it and they have the basic training in several traditions that they need to accomplish it.
It is humorous because, as is typical of any couple, they sometimes move backward instead of forward in their relationship. Their attempts are often inconsequential. But because they are so dedicated, they do attain their goal--with absolute certainty they feel in their love with and for each that they are perfectly joined to the etheric body of the planet earth. Morilon shows me how this is something very wonderful. Their love is full of beauty because it reflects the beauty of the planet earth.
The story goes on--as they return to the master he guides and challenges them to proceed through each of the other six chakras. It takes them decades to do this. In the second chakra they seek a oneness with the oceans and the waters of the earth. In the third chakra, they unite with fire in all its many forms on this planet. In the heart chakra, they become one with the sky and the atmosphere both by day and by night.
In the throat chakra, they become one with akasha. In the third eye, they join with the destinies and ideals that guide mankind and the enlightenment that is required to attain this. And in the crown chakra where Shiva and Shakti join, they become one with the entire matrix of life--the circle of life and death and all polarities and opposites.
When they attain all of this--when they possess the actual vibration and also the oneness with each other--they again return to the master. The master says to them, “Now that the perfection of love flows through each of your seven chakras you are no longer dependent on each other. You are able to love and be one with each other whether you are together or separate--it makes no difference. You have now become as we are--you embody freedom, divinity, and limitless joy.”
Morilon says to me after this dream and story have unfolded, “This is the dream I see in your soul. You have practiced it and attained it before as many have in other ages and you will dream it again and again in other incarnations. Obviously, your practice must be modified according to the age and society in which you live. But the dream remains the same--nature, human, and divine love joined as one without separation. Keep your sense of humor so you do not despair. Like true love, it is very rare. Yet remember this love is already there--it is a stream that flows through every heart if you can but open enough to find it.”
I am thinking to myself I should write out the full story rather than this brief synopsis and put it in one of my books.
On the physical plane, Morilon is like a master artist. He takes an image and shapes it so it joins time and eternity, the specific with the universal, and the concrete with the ideal. In Morilon’s presence, it is easy to recall and appreciate works of art that accomplished this. There is Rodin’s sculpture, The Thinker. There is Van Gogh’s painting, Starry Night. There is Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony.
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Similarly, Morilon points out the same with an individual’s life. He says, “Here and here and here the light of Divine Providence was briefly joined with your experience.” I see an image from my childhood in which the sense of family, peace, and nature was complete. Morilon says, “You could paint this as a picture, compose it as a symphony, write it as a poem, enter it as a dream or live it again with another family. But its depths and the beauty within it have no end.”
Morilon shows me another example involving an experience with a woman. Morilon says, “You will not fully understand this experience until you master the spirit of the sphere of Jupiter who is named Carbiel. He has inspired you with experiences like this many times in your previous incarnations.”
He goes on to show me a number of other experiences I have had. He says, “Like something invisible made visible, like something eternal, timeless, and divine made physical, through these experiences you have tasted, touched, and seen the reality of your highest destiny. This is one of the reasons you are committed to being a magician. You have witnessed the highest light appearing on earth and you remember it and celebrate it.”
Common Difficulties/Imbalances. The primary requisite for working with Morilon is akashic awareness. This awareness is free to penetrate and join with every part of ourselves. To be effective, symbols require some of this freedom. On the other hand, symbols lose their power when one aspect of consciousness is dominant and other parts of the self are repressed or hidden.
One way to develop inner psychic mobility comes from working with a mandala. There are, of course, many forms and kinds of mandalas. There are the seven chakras, the twelve signs of the zodiac, the ten sephiroth, and many systems from around the world. These attempt to train the imagination so the individual becomes familiar with the active energies moving within the psyche and the external forces shaping the universe. Consider an example.
The Magick Circle and the Four Elements. In some traditions, the four elements are represented by the different directions of a circle. The element of fire can be represented by the south, the warmth of summer, sight, and clairvoyance. Fire is the will to accomplish whatever we need to do. For divinity, this is omnipotence. On the mental plane, this is the ability to plan successfully and with conviction. On the astral plane, this can be endurance and the enthusiasm with encourages others. On the physical plane, this is the ability to take charge, to lead, and to move ahead in spite of all opposition.
To the north are the earth element, fall, silence, and the senses of taste and smell. To divinity, this is immortality, eternity, and the perfection of consciousness. On the mental plane, this is an appreciation for work, details, and organization. On the astral plane, the individual is solid and stable. There is emotional integration. On the physical plane, this is being grounded--accepting circumstances as they are and working with them. Here you make a home in the physical world so your well-being is complete.
To the East are the element of air, spring, wisdom, and the sense of hearing. To divinity, this is omniscience. On the mental plane, this is the enlightened mind, clarity, and an awareness of harmony. On the astral plane, this is a temperament which is relaxed, at ease, and possessing an artistic imagination and sensitivity. On the physical plane, this is an individual who is alert, observant, and curious. There is a flair for communication and a desire to be in balance.
To the West are the element of water, winter, feeling, and the sense of touch. To divinity, this is omnipresence, an all-embracing love. On the mental plane, water is giving, healing, and nurturing. On the astral plane, these qualities are expressed as empathy, affection, devotion, and serenity. On the physical plane, water offers support. It is caring and yet also resolute and daring because of its desire to protect and nourish life.
Though the elements portray the movement of life, the center of the circle is their source and the place they are held in balance. The center symbolizes the fifth element--akasha. Here too there are four planes. On the akashic plane, we have our highest form of intuition and conscience. This is the part of ourselves that perceives as a divine being. On the mental plane we attain a magical equilibrium and we balance the four elements. This naturally results in a commitment to ideals, morality, and ethics.
On the astral plane, our psychic abilities are enhanced. We sense the future and understand our inner connections to others. With our physical bodies, akasha is represented by the subtle energies within blood and sexual fluids. In terms of our actions, akasha is reflected in our ability to respond to each moment with creativity and to make the most of our situations.
For a magician, however, entering the center of the circle is a way of activating the divinity within. Space and time are no more. All things are near. Nothing is hidden. All planes, all spheres, and all the elemental domains are open to our gaze. Consciousness is omnipresent--the mind is one with what it perceives while remaining enlightened and clear.
Power is omnipotent because the magician finds within himself a direct reflection of the will of the Creator. And without a trace of doubt, the magician feels united with a love that has neither beginning nor end. And so the work of a magician transcends time, culture, and his individual incarnations. He perseveres and works to perfect himself and to be of service to others.
An effective symbol, like the imagination of a magician or a cosmic letter, employs all four planes at once. It gathers into itself whatever energies it needs. As a magick mirror or crystal ball, it becomes transparent and vanishes as light is transmitted through it. But this is akashic awareness. It is without form, open, luminous, and penetrating all things.
An Exercise from Transpersonal Psychology: Ira Progoff's Use of Symbols
I often search transpersonal and depth psychology for methods which connect our personal experience with magical wisdom. One example is the intensive journal developed by Ira Progroff. Let us explore this together. You begin by selecting a period of time from your life. This could be a week retreat, the past year, four years of college, ten years at a job, twenty years of a marriage, or your entire life beginning with "I was born."
Next consider the major events occurring during this period of time. You can recall these sequentially or you can gather them in a more random manner through free association. Relaxing, go over these major events briefly. Move from one to the other or hold them all in your mind as if you are looking at a mosaic.
From a contemplative and meditative stance, find one image, phrase, or feeling that summarizes these events. You want a concise image that holds them all together even when there is no obvious pattern or relationship between them. As I review the major events of the past year, the image I get is of different strands being woven into a rope. Activities that were scattered and unrelated finally come together and work as one.
Relax again. We are after a dreamlike awareness of our inner psyches. Notice the feelings underlying these external events that have occurred during this period of time. These feelings or moods may or may not be connected to the external events. You may have felt uneasy, withdrawn, or expecting something else to happen and so were distracted or detached.
As I perform this exercise, I get the image of plodding along without a lot happening. The external events, like the tip of an iceberg, barely reveal my commitments and where my efforts lead. The next step is to hold both images in your mind at once--the image summarizing your activity in the external world and the image representing the feelings and movement within your psyche.
To do this, I hold both images in my mind--the image of the strands coming together in a rope for the external events and the image of the iceberg which is barely seen and slowly moving. I do not hurry as I gaze at these images. I relax and let the pictures and the feelings associated with them interact in their own way slightly outside the reach of consciousness.
It takes a few minutes for a third image to appear which bends the other two. I see myself racing a sailboat similar to the three day Port Huron-Mackinaw Island race which I have sailed a number of times. The rope is the line that holds and trims the sails and gathers the strength of the winds moving the boat through the water.
The image of a slow moving iceberg is the feeling of exhaustion and tension that occurs during a four-hour watch at night. Sometimes we sail through a fog, in rough waters, or near a storm. Sometimes we sail alone without another boat in sight though there are hundreds scattered across the lake.
Though there is only water and sky, there is also a crew at your side. You work with others. You trade turns on the helm. You sleep and eat together. It is a joint effort and you share together in victory or defeat. But even when you are exhausted, the challenge is real and the action always exciting.
I find this third image rather enjoyable. It reminds me of how closely associated I am with others. It reminds me of the excitement involved in a genuine adventure and in charting new waters. It says to me that spirit, like the wind in sails, is drawn upon by personal will and yet the challenge is to deal with the unpredictable by remaining alert and committed.
Progoff's method is intended to empower individuals to process their own experiences and discover the inner stream of psychic energy flowing through their lives. The advantage of being aware of the movement of psychic energy within ourselves is that we learn to honor it and work with it. The result is that we feel more charged--more of this inner life energy is available to consciousness because we are cooperating with it. Like riding a wave of enthusiasm building up from within, we then feel ready to move on or into the next stage or phase of our lives.
The difference between a magical use of symbols and what Ira Progoff does is a function of your degree of concentration. A magician can hold an image in his mind for ten minutes to a half hour without any distraction whatsoever. But he can do more. He can become the image. He can enter into the picture so that it is as real as life. He can consciously enter a dream state with his mind. Concentration on a symbol then becomes an evocation, a magical word of power, or a telepathic link between his mind and another.
It may be tempting for a magician to set aside personal history and to work only with universal symbols and cosmic energies. But transpersonal psychology has something to offer everyone. It emphasizes the integration of the personality and shows how this generates greater energy. And it establishes a continuum between personal life and the collective energies shaping all societies. This correlation of personal and collective produces a healing and wholesome perspective. It keeps us aware of who we are and this too is important for understanding our connections to others.
The work with the four elements and the four planes I mentioned earlier is itself a journey through a labyrinth or maze. We each seek to be whole and complete and to stand at the center. We each seek to be creative and, as far as possible, to master our fate.
And yet the journey itself is remarkable. It demands our greatest strength and yet it is filled with wonder. For each of us, there is an individual spirit that watches over us, inspires us, and illuminates our paths. We each have our own way to go. And yet we learn from and are connected to each other during the process.
Preliminary Comments. A number of years ago I practiced telepathy exercises from a manuscript written by a Dr. Brown who taught astronomy at the local university. She said that virtually anyone who put in the requisite hours of practice could learn telepathy by following her methods. One of her exercises involved empathy. For example, you go to a zoo and practice visualizing the animals. But you imagine them back in their native settings such as a jungle or savannah. When your visualization becomes strong enough, the animals tend to wake up and become more active.
Dr. Brown's basic practice is to imagine a string of light between your third eye and another individual's third eye. You visualize a ball of energy moving down this string from your head to the target's heart. The ball contains whatever thought you wish to communicate. There is a pulse you receive back after you send something. The idea is to wait with an empty mind until you feel that return pulse. Within that pulse or ball of energy returning to you is the response to your message.
This lady also pointed out that in the beginning it is easier to send tastes and smells rather than pictures. A more primal part of the brain is activated with these senses. I found with a partner it was fairly easy to get eight of ten correct answers when working with tastes. The following spirit named Bagoloni specializes in telepathy and related practices.
Ascending the Planes. I place my mind on the akashic plane of the earth. Being in the akasha is being in a moment of cosmic oneness--the entire spectrum of life on this planet is on display. The past, present, and future are encompassed in one vibration. All knowledge, wisdom, love, power, and experience are woven into one planetary pattern and awareness.
Being here reminds me of sitting with a Zen master who lives nearby. In the place where he and I meditate there are wind chimes sounding outside and a large Buddha statute at the end of the room. A stick of incense burns on the altar. We sit. The feeling of well-being is exquisite like the taste of a gourmet meal in a four star restaurant. But this mood is not created through elaborating on the sensation of taste. Instead, the mind rests in a state of pure emptiness. It is open to that emptiness. It identifies with that emptiness which is also a state of simplicity.
It is being aware of what is. There is complete acceptance of the past. The present moment is all that is needed and is sufficient. But accepting and engaging what is also involves holding quiet communion with the unknown--the possibilities for response and action are limitless. The calm, clear, and penetrating awareness of akasha includes the spark of magick--the future is present as well.
There is something else I notice today meditating here in the akasha. I feel I am surrounded by all of those in all ages who have sought to nourish cosmic wisdom within themselves. My favorite channel on TV is the NASA channel when it shows for hours without sound or comment the earth moving below from the perspective of a space shuttle. This panoramic view of the earth from this altitude is like a religious experience for me. Being on the akashic plane is like viewing the earth in a similar manner. In akasha is a reverence for life and a desire to see that the highest purposes are given a chance to be accomplished on earth. The akasha is the temple I enter to worship the beauty and the sacredness of the universe.
12 Degrees Gemini. The 12th degree of Gemini has a fascination for the mental plane, for thoughts, brain waves, and the spectrum of mental activity. This kind of focus can determine what individuals are thinking and why. It also measures the strength and discovers the origin of their thoughts.
Bagoloni's Domain. In this setting, the act of communication begins as two minds share the same mental space and then link so closely they temporarily become one. Yet this is not a mystical oneness. Instead, the emphasis is on how the mind acts as an accurate and sensitive recording device. However, what is required to realize this in communication is an extreme mental purity--to put it simply, you have to become all ears and listen with all of your being to what is being said.
As I approach Bagoloni, I notice he exudes a great deal of mental power. It is clear that thoughts are not just like electric light bulbs that shed light in a small space. Ideas can be energized to contain the power of lightning. They can be overpowering and as strong as is needed to accomplish your objectives.
Inner Source of Inspiration. There is no thought, feeling, perception, or life experience of any kind that cannot be shared in full with another. The universe is a continuous and on-going celebration of the mystery of love and oneness. Our separate paths, evolutions, and differences exist so that as we attain greater awareness we might acquire wisdom and discover the part we have to play in this pageantry.
Bagoloni's Sigil. The sigil generates a powerful and refined mental vibration. It turns the mind into an instrument for detecting any kind of thoughts or mental activity. It opens the channels from one brain to another and heightens the ability to send and to receive impressions. It generates a mental space in which minds can join with great precision.
A sigil is designed for multiple purposes. By concentrating on this sigil, you develop telepathy. Your brain waves alter. Something of Bagoloni's qualities automatically vibrate within the sigil when it is visualized.
But if it is your intent to connect to Bagoloni himself, then by concentrating enough on the sigil he is drawn to appear in front of you. To put it another way, the sigil is like a key. When you use it, the door separating the planes is opened. Space and time are suspended. You are then before whomever you concentrate upon.
On the other hand, if you continue concentrating on the sigil without thinking about Bagoloni, you may notice that the akasha within the air element becomes concentrated in your ears. Telepathy is not language specific. It utilizes a universal language of mental vibration. You may begin to feel attuned in your mind to this language in a way similar to what was said of king Solomon. The next morning after God granted him wisdom Solomon awoke to discover he could understand the language the animals were speaking and what the blades of grass were whispering to each other.
Outer Aura. Next I speak his name and Bagoloni appears with a big smile and very bright eyes. We seem to have hit it off well. Bagoloni's aura is a source transmitting telepathic abilities to others. Bagoloni has a way of getting you inside another's mind so you can interact and arrive at an acceptable and mutual understanding.
Inner Aura. Bagoloni's inner aura invests the air element on the mental plane with magical ability. The air element becomes an amplifying device for receiving and transmitting mental activity. A two-way radio can send and receive radio waves. In a similar way, the human mind by concentrating can send and receive thoughts by using the air element on the inner planes as an amplifying medium.
Akasha. The akashic plane has an awareness free of form which extends through space and time. Your mind is both penetrating and open without limitation. Here you are free to allow the consciousness of any being to be fully present within your consciousness without blocking or distorting the other's nature. Akasha inherently possesses an absolute certainty that you can do this. This conviction underlies and empowers your telepathic ability.
Mental Plane. On the mental plane, Bagoloni develops your ability to penetrate and be open to another's mind while your own consciousness remains empty of content and form. There is nothing within you that interferes with the connection. You receive the exact signal that is sent. And you gather as much energy as you need to make sure your message will be heard clearly.
Bagoloni also helps you to shape your message. He is like internet where you can open a web browser and search for something and get thousands of references. The difference is that Bagoloni finds you your best choice in a few moments.
Bagoloni gives me an illustration of the process of telepathic communication. He says, “You open your mind so another individual's brain waves are within the space of your mind. Then you can see the other's thoughts the way you see a fish swimming in an aquarium in front of you. The point is to get your thoughts to appear within the other's mind wrapped about with the mental vibrations with which the other is accustomed.
“A fish in an aquarium would perceive most easily another fish appearing in front of it. It would recognize the signals of the other fish as being intelligent and having meaning because they occur within a set of actions a fish can recognize. The same is true with a human being, an animal, or a higher spirit--you present your consciousness within the stream and range of the other’s mental vibrations. And then what you have to say is cloaked within something familiar and its meaning is transparent.
“But not only is an idea communicated. With this kind of mental attunement, you also are able to register in your own mind the other's response to what has been communicated. You are aware of the other's experience of receiving the message you sent.
“Acquiring this ability is not a matter of ‘imagining’ what another individual's mind is like though that is a step in the right direction. An attorney, a detective, a physician, or a writer reconstructs the thoughts and experiences of others. They make observations in the present and then imagine what went before. But this is empathy and not telepathy.
“For me, everything has a mental signature. Everything has a component present on the mental plane. A papaya is a fruit of a tree. The papaya contains condensed life force and is designed to nourish and to reproduce itself. It stores vital energy that is both highly reactive and capable of enhancing chemical changes in soil and seeds. And it is attractive to other creatures. Its mental signature is in its power to store and also quickly to transmit usable and nourishing energy. This quality of a fruit exists as a pure mental vibration.”
A few days later I again speak with Bagoloni. He says, “Telepathy is similar to two individuals talking to each other on a phone. Words and ideas are communicated. But my interest is not in sending a thought from one mind to another. My art is attaining a mental attunement between two individuals so that when a thought appears it is understood by both individuals in the same way and to the same degree.
“Words, signals, and images can act as the vehicle for communication by virtue of being part of a language or set of prescribed meanings. The language I utilize is composed of mental vibrations. As you already understand, the mind is as vast as the sky. This you are able to attain though contemplation. But what you do not yet perceive is that any other mind is able to appear within your mind as clearly as an image reflected in a mirror.
“If you make your mind perfectly clear, open, and pure and intensify your concentration, you can link with another's mind so there is complete understanding. Do not forget that in akasha there is no form and consciousness does not identify with a body in order to safe guard its integrity.
“Here there is purpose and intent. There are qualities and powers and energy. But there are no boundaries. I teach and share my abilities so that understanding may be achieved. I embody this ideal."
“What then is the best way to learn to join minds to the extent you are talking about?” I ask.
Bagoloni replies, “First you generate an absolute conviction. With this conviction you create a mental vibration embodying oneness, perfect understanding, and a mind that is vast, clear, and pure. And then you build up your concentration so that this connection can take place.
“The concentration can be developed by observing others' minds on the mental plane. This is similar to condensing the air element but in this case it would be more effective to condense the vibration of Gemini--the intention and desire to attain perfect communication and mutual understanding. You practice this so it is the only thing that exists within your consciousness.
“Again, this requires that you learn the language of mental vibrations. You become comfortable with the qualities and powers within others' minds. In other words, you must become an adept on the mental plane--familiar with the spectrum of thought forms and energies. Otherwise telepathy will be the transmission of thoughts, feelings, words, and images between minds but the clarity and attunement necessary for understanding those messages will be incomplete.
“The worst enemies can communicate telepathically with each other. There is no doubt about this. Their thoughts are cloaked in anger and vengeance. Men and women who divorce may bombard each other's minds with hateful thoughts and feelings for years afterwards. This they do quite well without having any training or psychic ability. Their previous rapport has opened the door to each other's psyches.
“But I tell you the worst enemies must put their enmity aside when they understand each other's minds. This kind of telepathy belongs to those who love wisdom. For a wise man, hating or despising another is only hating and despising oneself. Such mental acts interfere with clarity of mind and this cannot be tolerated by a magician.
“The essence of my teachings is to have a mind which is open and pure. Then when you concentrate on others, you can recall their memories as if they are your own. You respond to their thoughts with tenderness as if they are words spoken by your own child. And you see their minds with the clarity you have when viewing yourself in a mirror. Telepathy for me is not so much acquiring a skill as developing a mind which can be anywhere within any mental vibration without suffering distortion or interference.”
I turn my attention to developing a telepathic sensitivity as I study a few individual's minds under Bagoloni's watchful eyes. With the first individual I am struck by how confused she is. She has a profound psychic receptivity but she is always very vulnerable.
Immediately I see one of her childhood experiences that has shaped her life. She was used and abused. She was rejected. She existed within an emotional vacuum. This is due in part to her own nature--she was extraordinarily open to others. This was threatening and unsettling to her caregivers. They were uncomfortable with a child so needy. Her response to that situation was to attempt to be attractive and endearing so she could get the attention she craved. She has retained this pattern of dependency up to the present time.
As long as the wound remains, there is nothing anyone can say nor any form of feedback that will enable her to learn to interact with others in an assertive and even handed manner. Thus she brings into relationships a secret craving--she seeks friendship only to the extent she imagines it will heal her wounds.
Of course, this form of analysis flirts with being judgmental. I work with Bagoloni on opening my mind beyond my personal bias. What I see now is that some minds have a vacuum within them. This woman's, for example, contains an emotional whirlpool of need. I have been guarding myself against being pulled in.
But with Bagoloni's assistance I retain a state of clarity and openness like the sky in which there is no fear. From this vantage point, I can see that this woman also has a dream of one day being happy. And, within this dream of happiness, she sees herself as being a person who is there for others. This woman already knows how to heal herself and one day she will do so.
At this point, I seem to be able to sense her thoughts about events and people as Bagoloni says, “with tenderness,” while also feeling as detached as a mirror. It is like I can hear her voice answering my questions. I understand what she is saying and why she says it.
I focus also on an old friend who introduced me to esoteric studies. In attuning to her mind, I notice she is very committed to her work. I can see right away her pride in taking care of herself and being independent. This I know already.
What I have never thought about is that the reason she avoids having a family is that her own family line has been involved in psychic and spiritual warfare for decades. This struggle with psychic domination has reoccurred in her own life. Consequently, she believes that if she has a family this pattern of destructive behavior will return.
Personal ties of affection open her up to the astral plane and this she refuses to accept. Her life is a commitment to staying away from the field of psychic warfare and astral sensitivities. Hard work for her is a way of building a barrier between herself and the haunting attractions and devastating ego aggression within her past.
She says to me that when I have published a book she will renew our friendship. Then I will be a part of her vocation and her world of interests. She is rather insistent on this point.
As I open my mind more with Bagoloni's sense of vast clarity, I can see also the point behind her choice to be so entirely extroverted. For her, those who pursue spiritual and psychic careers are plagued by selfishness and acute narcissism. The way to overcome the haze of illusions that exist on the inner planes is to find something you really enjoy doing and then do it with all your heart.
There is, then, a difference between reproducing another's brain waves within my own mind and what Bagoloni does. When this spirit attunes himself to another's mind, he does not just observe the way the mind works and the specific thoughts present. The mind of an individual is like a spherical mirror reflecting all they have ever experienced. When you enter that mind, you understand the heart, the desires, and even the karma the other is working through.
Astral Plane. On the astral plane, the air element relating to telepathic ability is denser. The message sent and received is stronger and it carries more conviction. Effective communication becomes more than a convincing intellectual argument make with compelling reasons. It is a force and power in itself. Consequently, when an individual receives a message telepathically, he feels as if the other individual is standing in front of him and speaking aloud to him. Mind to mind communication, like the air element, can be a gentle as the touch of a breeze or as forceful as a hurricane or a tornado ripping off the roof of your house.
For example, when you communicate the will aspect of Divine Providence, you can speak in a quiet voice and reason with another the way a prophet once spoke to king David about how the king had killed an innocent man. The story told by the prophet ignited the king's fury so that the king wanted to know who the man was in the story that he might punish him. The prophet pointed out that king David himself was this man.
You can also speak in a way that captures the attention of someone who pays no heed and ignores all warnings of conscience. William Blake once wrote, “Oh for a voice of thunder.” Bagoloni possesses such a voice.
Physical Plane. When Bagoloni materializes within our world, you have managed to call forth something of eternity so it resides within time and history. This is not only akasha that suspends time and space so that anything can be understood by consciousness. You have brought down Bagoloni's own inspiration with him. Before you stands the perfection of communication as it has been designed by Divine Providence.
Therefore, this form of evocation is ideal for those situations involving great difficulty such as the conflicts between nations or acrimonious negotiations. With Bagoloni near, there is no possibility of miscommunication. Deception and deceit are barred. No falsehood is allowed. When truth is present to this extent, fairness, justice, and equality are the result.
When individuals understand another's experience, they are more considerate. When opposing individuals are immersed within this light, they rise to the occasion and seek to bring their actions in accord with this inspiration. Many human vices are founded upon the feeling of separation. The presence of Bagoloni dissolves this.
I ask Bagoloni, “Where do I go next in my practice of telepathy with you?”
Bagoloni replies, “Practice to develop a clear and open mind empty of thoughts. Your mind must be so refined that your ears will detect the faintest disturbance in the vibration of air on the mental plane. Thoughts are like sounds and words spoken aloud. You can hear them when your own mind is silent enough.”
What Bagoloni is showing me is similar to the practices in the first chapter of Bardon's book, Initiation into Hermetics, involving an empty mind. Bardon has a student practice having his mind empty of all thoughts and distractions for ten minutes. For Bagoloni, this empty mind becomes a listening silence with a very high sensitivity to the mental vibrations in other people.
I have discussed some of the requisites for telepathy from Bagoloni's perspective. But there is also an intense if not fiercely penetrating and electrical charge which Bagoloni employs. To master this as well you would need to be familiar with reproducing in yourself electrical energy and also shaping that electricity to the vibration of Gemini. I have not discussed this other than by describing my experience with Gemini in the zone of the earth. Visualizing Bagoloni's sigil is certainly one way of gaining a taste and feeling for this electrical kind of energy.
Common Difficulties/Imbalances. The major problem in learning telepathy is accepting the idea that the mind can detect, receive, and send thoughts. This difficulty arises because of the nature of the mental plane where thoughts are strongest. The mental plane is separate from the astral and physical planes.
In contrast to the concrete forms and dense sensations in the physical world, the mental plane is abstract and detached. In contrast to the rich emotional life of the astral plane, the mental plane is not only disembodied. It can act with a power of imagination that is unfettered by real and genuine emotions. It can weigh and examine possibilities and scenarios that have only the most tenuous connections to reality or to prior experience. On the mental plane, thoughts can be as independent of the real world as mathematics where mathematicians can pursue a problem for centuries that only has meaning to other mathematicians. The intricate mathematical problem has no application, use, or value anywhere else.
In effect, telepathic ability requires you to put aside your personality and your feelings. It asks of you that you enter another world in which you immerse yourself solely within the vibrations of the mind. On the mental plane, imagination works with images that have no more substance than holograms. In fact, telepathy requires of you to enter a mental state in which your perception becomes so subtle and refined that thoughts appear as something heavy and solid.
In effect, you become the air element on the mental plane waiting calm and silent. Thoughts are then sounds that vibrate within the air. You naturally can hear them and determine their content.
Individuals with a flair for the air element will find such a mental state of detachment and objectivity easy to attain. Others will be completely uncomfortable with the degree of disembodiment required. But all sylphs understand telepathy. And what they do is quite simple: they identify with the air element feeling weightless and floating free as the wind. And then the sensitivities of the air element and its receptivity to sound and mental vibration are woven into their sensory perception.
This can all be summarized in the following exercise. Picture another individual in front of you as if he or she is right there. Next, move your focus to the mental plane. Do this by taking note of your body and physical surroundings. The physical world is solid. The forms endure according to their substance and structure.
Next concentrate on the astral world. This is a world with the fluid and malleable quality of dreams, feelings, desires, and passions. Its forces are often expressed as attractions and repulsions. Now put these two previous worlds aside. Move to the mental plane and the realm of the mind.
Here thinking occurs. It can be detached or argumentative, clear or confused, systematic following general patterns or a disorganized mass of facts and details. But even problem solving, analysis, and thoughtful consideration only take place within a limited series of vibrations. The range of mental plane activity is far greater.
There is the mind that is clear and open and the mind that is bright and sharp. There is the mind that is penetrating and empty and the mind that commands and controls every thought and perception that appears within it. But for telepathy, we are interested in a mind that is clear, open, empty, and penetrating. And it also has power enough to crystallize a thought and electrify it so it can appear like a shout. The telepathic mind is silent, good at listening, and also has a voltage high enough to transmit your message.
For a few moments, then, scan the mental plane as if you are already familiar with all its vibrations. Now imagine the mental body of the individual you are concentrating on. Imagine it is empty as if there is nothing inside and it is also dark. Place your mind within this individual's mental body. Become as small as a dot so that the other individual's mental body turns into a huge empty space around you.
And finally imagine that this individual's mental body is now filled with a subtle air element. This air element has the quality of being able to register and reveal clearly the faintest thoughts and mental activity. Be silent, still, and become this air element as if it is who you are. At this point the trick is to wait without being impatient and also to remain alert and sensitive enough so you can register impressions as they happen.
As you engage in this practice, build up a repertoire of experiences with different minds and different kinds of mental activities. Once you learn to receive impressions, you need to interpret them, that is, translate them into something meaningful. A mental vibration in one individual's mind may appear in a different way to another individual. The same vibration translates into different forms and images depending on the mind of the listener.
One thought may appear as words, feelings, pictures, or an intent or act of volition according to how you translate it. If you join sufficiently with another's mind, you will, however, understand the form and pattern of the individual's thoughts. The specific content of a mind does not always tell you or even give a clue as to why those thoughts are there in the first place. For this, you will need to open to a larger portion of the individual's mind so you can perceive motivation and underlying purposes.
You can also practice this exercise with spirits. In this case, you empty your mind of thoughts and fill your body with a subtle vibration of air. You imagine you can hear or detect any thought sent by another. You ask a spirit to place a thought in your mind in answer to a question.
I ask Bagoloni, “What do you think of how I have explained this exercise?” I wait for a few moments clearing my mind and I sense his reply. He sends me the particular thing I have not clarified. There is an electrical energy in my mind that intensifies the air element and raises the pitch of its vibration.
Like a cathode tube in an electronic device, the gas inside the tube is charged. When a faint signal of some kind moves through it, automatically light or sound is produced. There is an amplification. This electricity in the mind has a sensation similar to a static charge of electricity you can sometimes feel in the air or next to a high voltage wire. But you shape that electrical presence to your intent that is to heighten your telepathic sensitivity. I notice with this added electrical quality I can pick up a larger number of thoughts more quickly as I focus on another's mind. It is uncanny as if I am listening to a radio program and this individual is the talk show host blurting out aloud each of his thoughts as they occur.
Introduction. Pigios, according to Bardon, assists those who are writers and poets through force of inspiration. Although Bardon mentions a number of spirits in the earthzone who work with writers of fables, myths, and occult novels, he says that Pigios is the head of all poets on earth.
Reason for Evocation. To communicate unusual subjective experiences, it is often useful to rely on metaphors and to do comparisons. Pigios, as a master of poetry, is a specialist in this area. I also want to work with poetry since another spirit, Zagriona, had reminded me I had once been a bard in another incarnation long before Western civilization rose to power.
Preliminary. According to Bardon, the spirits of the earthzone in Gemini prefer the color brown be used initially in drawing their sigils. Besides drawing the sigil of Pigios in the air, I create an energy field of brown light. To do this, I imagine a space as vast as the sky surrounding the earth. And then I visualize brown light filling this space.
In addition to this, I imagine my awareness is penetrating throughout space and time and that in fact I am this entire space--I am formless, immense, and vast. This aspect of the visualization expands and extends your aura so it embodies the one vibration or meditation you are working with. It is a way of opening a gate between the worlds and of creating a sacred space in which you can meet a divine being.
Often spirits require that I condense the light I am visualizing so that they are able to be more fully present. To do this, I sometimes imagine that the outer edge of the sky, like the inner surface of a sphere, is a mirror focusing the color of light to the center where I am sitting. The light becomes dense and thick in the air and it is this substance that enables the spirit to appear.
15 Degrees Gemini. The fifteenth degree of Gemini is an invitation to explore the wonder of sensory perception. The five senses take on an exquisite fragrance and a delicious taste. You feel like you want to discover the layers of light and the secret treasures of delight hidden within each mode of perception.
Pigios’ Inner Source of Inspiration. Pigios talks about his power to evoke feelings and to inspire: "The desire of a man for a woman--when it is so strong he would do anything, go on any quest, make any sacrifice, accomplish any mission, in order to taste her bliss--this fire of desire is part of my enchantment. The pain, the void, the abyss, the suffering, a fire so concentrated it ignites stars in order to use their light to express its desire--all of this is hidden within a man but I am the inspiration that gives it expression.
“And the love that flows from the heart of God and is woven into the form of a woman who loves with all of her soul--this is the greatest treasure on earth though mankind knows it not and religions refuse to honor it. Woman is the mirror reflecting the omnipresent, all-embracing love that is within everything that exists. It is as near, present, and as fresh as a kiss. Those who are touched by this inspiration, in one inhalation and exhalation, feel they are as radiant and joyful as the sun whose light revives and energizes all life on earth. My enchantment is the invitation to be fully alive--to be complete freedom, to be desire and its gratification, and to celebrate the sacred paths of life.
“The feeling that flows through me--it is the breath of life; it is the wind that lifts the wings of the archangels; it is the Song of the universe; it is the taste of starlight; it is the silence of the night awaiting dawn's first light; it is the adoration of Divine Providence; it is eternity and time blended in the taste of wine; it is the courage of a warrior whose will dissolves conflict by annihilating hatred and destroying fear; it is a love of such passion and gentleness the world is made new through its embrace.”
Pigios' Sigil. This sigil strengthens your imagination. It evokes a feeling of complete freedom and satisfaction. And it also gives you a flair for finding the precise image or metaphor that captures and expresses to your self or to another what you want to say. Once you become familiar with Pigios and his inspiration, you can draw this sigil in the air. In a few moments you may say to yourself something like, “Ah, this is the metaphor that captures what I am after.”
Pigios' Domain within Akasha. For Pigios, we live in multiple dimensions and there are many ways to perceive any event that happens. In our breath and ears is the wisdom of sylphs. In our eyes are clairvoyance and the wisdom of fire. In our touch are the mystery of trust and the wonder of being alive.
Is it the archmage, the patriarch, the saint, and the sage or is it the child who is closer to the heart of life? To express truth with simplicity and beauty is a magical accomplishment. To speak in the present moment with precision and finesse and yet to select words resonating with the wisdom of all ages--this is true art. The domain of Pigios is as invincible as it is timeless because at its center is the power of the Spoken Word and the beauty and harmony of a heart that loves.
Pigios' Outer Aura. Pigios employs very powerful images that enchant and generate ecstasy and profound contentment. I notice right away as I tune into Pigios that his energy is very hypnotic. It has the effect of heightening your imagination so you feel you enter whatever memory or experience you are considering. Think of someone and you are within the memory of being with that person.
Of course, physiologists have discovered our brains have a natural capacity to reproduce anything we have actually experienced as if it is happening again right now. But imagination has many applications. For example, if you picture another person clearly in your mind, you establish a psychic link and can convey telepathic messages.
Pigios appears as a young man dressed like a wandering minstrel. His personality is so charismatic you can barely pull yourself away. The air itself feels intoxicating in his presence. I notice again that around Pigios any thought or memory I have becomes alive and animated as if I am physically present within it.
Pigios says to me, “I have absolute mastery over the five senses. Though I am formless awareness, consciousness without a body, I can taste every fruit on earth and distinguish each of their qualities. But not only that. Everything that exists has taste, fragrance, color, sound, and sensation. I can taste the twelve fruits of the Tree of Life. The treasures the archangels guard are not beyond my reach. I can also taste the enlightened mind--I can savor its essence and delight in its fragrance because its luminosity sets the five senses free.
“Meditate with me and you will understand the life within the sea. The sensitivity of each creature will pass through your nervous system. The waves, the winds, the tides, and currents will feel like the flow of blood in your own arteries and veins. And the undines also--you will slip into their dreams and see the world through the eyes of immortality. And then the wave drifting to the shore and the spray washing your skin will be as a lover returning again. And you shall discover love surging, pulsing, and flowing through you--it is a sea of wonder whose depths are eternity and whose shores are more distant than the stars.
“Meditate with me and within your chest, within your breath, and you will feel the desire within the winds. Your heart will open. And at night beauty and harmony will curl up with you and fall asleep beside you. Every sound and echo, every note and song will be a voice speaking to you of a wisdom more ancient than time and older than the world.
“And when you awake at Dawn you will speak her songs. And the moon also as she sails through the night will pause to come down and sit beside you and speak with a voice of silvery delight. As she takes your hands, she will speak softly as a friend whose heart is pure tenderness. And then the future, the past, and the present--all ages of the world--will appear in images around you like the memories of a sage who, with sparkling eyes and perfect serenity, recounts the path he followed to attain liberation.
“If I had a college on earth, I would grant degrees in enchantment. But this enchantment would not be the kind that binds because it is motivated by greed. My art is what the heart sees when beauty takes off her garments to reveal divinity--awe, wonder, the deepest mystery, the greatest power--these you celebrate as you break bread, as you hug, as you smile and laugh together. I am the community whose members celebrate the sacred quest and the beauty of the world. I am the patron of all poets on earth. And I am the music and the art within the heart that has been set free.”
Pigios' Inner Aura. Pigios has an incredible graphic imagination in which all five senses are engaged. Words become virtual reality. Say something and it is as if it is real--you look around and touch things and you feel you are really there.
Personality. It is also appropriate to talk about the personality of certain spirits. They have their own unique style and charisma. Pigios comes across as passionate and mystical. Again, it takes an effort of will to pull yourself away since he is so captivating. Deep feeling flows through him like river.
On the akashic plane, Pigios evokes a deep trance. Concentration on this level is an evocation. Power grasps and manifests the life within an image. For Pigios, a great bard is a magician. He can find the image and words that transmit life and experience from one person to another.
Pigios puts it this way, “I will tell you a little secret which is part of my art: absolute faith retires into the hidden chambers of the heart. And there it lays on a table its cards and begins a dialogue with God. It says to God:
“‘If I were a sovereign deity who has created space, time, matter, and countless galaxies circling, spiraling, and whirling in an endless void, this is what I would want for the world.’
“It then tells God its vision which it has found in God's own heart. And, hearing the voice of a poet who is willing to speak with the beauty and wonder His own voice would use, replies, ‘Ah, I thought of that Myself. How insightful of you to probe the depths of My heart. Since you have come this far in learning My Craft, I will offer you a gift because I am generosity. And I love beauty and I love creativity. As you have searched My heart, search now your own heart and then tell me your deepest wish. And I will tell you where in space and time it shall manifest.’”
“Think not that the human heart is separate from God's heart or that the work of your hands is not a part of His Art. Hold in one hand all the pain, suffering, and loss you have felt. And hold in your other hand all the joy, love, and kindness that has touched you and flowed through you.
“Do this within an akashic trance. Do this while remaining relaxed and seeing through space and time while retaining the feeling of freedom within your heart--do this and the Buddhas of the world will appear before you and greet you as one of their own. If you want inspiration to flow through your soul as it flows through me, be the jewel that embraces every color of light, that makes love with every nuance and shade of life with purity and freedom.”
On the mental plane as well sensory experience is incredibly real. You read or hear a descriptive word or phrase and you experience it with your senses. You smell the smoke. You feel the cold water splashing on your face. You hear another's voice and see her face and feel her presence as if she is here with you right now.
The akashic level is the vehicle of concentration as the crystal ball is the object that the mind focuses upon. The mental level is the image appearing sparkling and alive and luminous with beauty and light. The sensation here is as if the air is thick with magical power. You move your hand through it and colors fly off your fingers and images take on life. Whatever you focus on becomes concrete and real.
Pigios says, “As the senses can receive sensations--taste, touch, smell, sight, sound, and the soul experiences feeling, even so the imagination can recreate what was and envision what shall be. The senses emit creativity in order to share in the dance of life.
“Every situation you enter has a substantial reality. It has weight and gravity and forces that bind and control and refuse to let go exerting a pressure and influence upon you. But you can take each influence and force into your heart and watch it melt as the flame melts candle wax and as love sets free the secret desires of the heart.
“On the akashic plane, you learn to be free and you willingly embrace life's opposites. In doing so, you discover ecstasy and beauty. Bring this awareness to the mental plane and the imagination becomes a flame drinking in experience and transforming it into wisdom.
“When your desire to experience life is strong enough, then the reality of the world and the divinity within you will clasp each other's hands and refuse to let go--like two brothers, one divine and one mortal, whom fate herself cannot control because their pledge to remain friends forever has more passion than she can handle.”
On the astral plane, Pigios creates a feeling of being satisfied through your entire body. The pleasure is mesmerizing. In other words, for this spirit the astral plane contains the ability to experience the gratifications belonging to the body and senses. In a dream you can experience something with such graphic reality you can no longer tell if it is a dream or the real thing. This magical enchantment of image, mood, feeling, and place is something that can be transferred from one person to another or conjured up within ourselves.
Old men dream of being young again and then awake and weep because for a little while they thought they had returned to their youth with its dreams of freedom and possibility. There are times when someone we have never met says something to us in a dream that is more insightful and caring than anything anyone has said to us in life. There are dreams that come upon us and then depart as if God Himself were asking us to share the feelings within His heart. The astral plane, like the land of dreams, has the power to enchant because this is where the deities of all mythologies are free to speak if we can but learn to listen.
The artist who is a magician finds his way into this place. He puts his finger precisely on what is missing from life. He does not stop at the boundaries of his society because he refuses to allow what is missing to remain unknown. Rather, he ventures into the solitude and secrecy of dreams and shows us ourselves--who we really are if we are willing, like him, to enter and then make the dream real through our life and our art.
Such an artist is a seer. Through his words and art he gives you to drink of the cup of wine of what can be. And this taste then guides you to plant the seeds that grow the vines that make the wine because his art opens the veils of time. He shares with you a vision that transforms the world because he has been within the future, walked around, and seen beauty so wondrous it commands us to honor its reality.
Pigios says, "The coldness of winter, the pure, clear depths of a mountain lake like the loneliness that makes the heart ache freezing the bone and turning the soul to stone; the beauty of life you see so clearly and yet which refuses your embrace because it speaks of your destiny--of who you need to be;
“The desert where you follow a solitary path past the ruins of civilizations that have come and gone--you shift among the rubble and you hear their songs. You smell their food cooking over a fire and you taste what they taste and curl up in their beds to awake within their dreams and feel the longings in their hearts.
“The desert is an empty and barren waste where it is dangerous to travel too long on your own. But like the silence in the night, it is where you must go if you would make your soul your own. There is a moment within contemplation when the world vanishes away and you look about yourself in wonder and see a divine fire that chose these images of loneliness and loss as the fuel it needs to awaken your heart--a flame that burns without ceasing. Its light makes every moment a treasure and a gift of love like the pleasure of one who has finally come home.”
When Pigios' influence extends directly to the physical plane, he creates great success in communication. That is, if you are a writer your work gets published and attains renown. From Pigios' perspective, success in writing or art is just a way of communicating yourself. It is getting the message out whatever it is you wish to express.
All the earthzone spirits are preoccupied with manifesting something so it is real and substantial. It does not matter if it is the philosopher's stone, a sacred mission, domestic harmony, love, health, wealth, peace, knowledge, enlightenment, etc. They want something concrete that everyone will agree is real so that its influence spreads and remains effective through the years.
For Pigios, what this means is that your personal experience, through the power of art, because part of everyone's experience. Your journey through the labyrinth of life helps clarify for others an aspect of human experience and a moment when the human soul opened and discovered its own light. And so there is an immense drive to reshape and perfect your work so that it becomes something of enduring value.
In the early morning when the birds first begin to sing, when the light filters through the leaves of the trees with subtly and art shifting between colors and shades--this experience of wonder and newness remains true for all generations as long as life exists on earth. Pigios teaches us that our personal experience is united with all ages of the world. Our individual lives are the drama and celebration through which life moves.
Each moment is clear and crisp and full of wonder. Pigios is an intoxication of joy. He is the realization that the five senses extend to infinity. And in the process of discovering this and tasting this we become magicians and we become fully alive.
Pigios summarizes the effects of his full evocation in this way, “My awareness in the physical world is the realization that your body and the universe around you are a magnificent and wondrous work of art. Like any great pageantry and celebration, the power and beauty within them are immense.
“The wine master, when he is accomplished and wise, does not need to be recognized. He is satisfied when others delight in his wine and drink it at their parties, ceremonies, and celebrations. Through his vines flows the ancient soul of the land. In the grape is the taste of fire falling from the sky and also rain and streams full of dreams. Through the heart and hands of such an artist flows the joy that brings life to fruition and fills the world around him with pleasure.
“I have inspired poets and bards since the beginning of time and yet only a few know who I am. But this does not matter because my art is a gift to me from life. My joy is complete and through my work I, in return, honor life. It is true that as the fire dies down and only the flicker of glowing embers remains our appreciation for the light is the greater. Still, the fire within the heart remains whatever shape or form the body takes.
“If you can make my soul part of your world so the inspiration within me speaks with flesh and blood, then the human race will always celebrate the mysteries of love. They will always be able to speak the words that reveal and satisfy the innermost secrets and longings of the heart. And there will always be poets and seers on earth to sing the Song of the Universe.”
Possible Difficulties/Imbalances. The first hurdle to overcome in working with poetic inspiration is fear. Fear stops the five senses from perceiving. It makes them dull, numb, and dumb. It puts blinders on them.
Fear says, “Experience is like riding the subway, train, or bus. It is only permitted to take you to places along established routes where the stops are predetermined in advance and there are other people riding along with you. If you try traveling by foot or by yourself, you will end up in a ghetto, a jungle, or a swamp.”
Fear is other peoples' expectations like a noose around your neck or like a bridle on a horse. You do not need to be in jail to wear chains upon your ankles and cuffs upon your wrists, to have guards taking role call, announcing lock down, and making you march two by two to dinner, exercise, or work. Fear preserves order by keeping people out of jail and attending to their social obligations. Fear is more potent than poison when it comes to destroying your craving for exploration.
Even archangels will not come near a people who cherish fear. Their voices are silent even during the still of night when everyone dreams. The radio waves may be filled with the music of Bach, Handel, and Beethoven, but it does not matter. The radios may be turned on but the hearts are switched off.
As opposed to fear, joy is freedom. Delight is illumination. Pleasure in its truth is a wand in the hands of a magician who knows that each of the five senses has a divine function.
This is why with a magician's eyes the room he is in disappears and he can see through the veils of time. This is why when he listens he can hear the archangel Gabriel's voice amid a host of heavenly choirs filling the sky. And this is why he can take into his hands the powers of creation and shape them to fulfill a vision. Ecstasy is all around him and the beauty of God is upon him because he perceives the wonder of the universe. He senses the divine within everything both imminent and also transcendent.
Therefore, if anything should block or hinder your path such as fear, guilt, shame, pain, confusion, or despair, go on a pilgrimage. Seek the sacred at the beginning or at the core of a religion or hidden in the five senses. Some must by necessity journey outside their bodies. But the only real journey in all the universe is toward the center of the heart. Find the sacred there within yourself and the ancient barriers separating matter and spirit and the inner and outer worlds will dissolve. The gates of creation and creativity will open as you approach.
To overcome your limits, lay claim to the divinity within you. Be not as the revolutionary, anarchist, cynic, and the pious who are so impatient and greedy they see only the world as it is now in front of them. Take time to discover that each of the senses is divine. When your body, soul, and spirit are united, you become the breath and voice of freedom.
The second step is to join your imagination with the sacred so its presence is immediate. See, touch, hear, smell, and taste it. Drink it in. Live it with a passion. Inspiration is within everyone's reach. You only need to ask yourself what is missing from your life. Imagine desire satisfied, need fulfilled, and vision attained. Dream it. Enter the dream. Live within the dream. It will then become part of your breath, your senses, and your will. Its light will shine from your face and then, without effort, the world around you will reflect back to you the joy, wonder, and delight you have found within yourself.
Here are two exercises that relate to Pigios’ mode of inspiration and perception.
Exercise 1. One of the things I learned from the druid Philip Carr-Gomm is a feel for the bardic tradition. There is a celebration of the seasons, the elements, and the rhythms of nature. And part of any spiritual quest is being able to express through art our own unique experiences. Without this ability, the treasures of soul and spirit we discover on our journeys cannot be shared with others.
I try to spend a few minutes each day with my kids just exploring our imaginations. For example, we spend two minutes jumping out of a plane with parachutes at ten thousand feet. We scuba dive and swim by a reef and examine the black coral. We assist the volcanologist collecting samples of hot lava with a chain attached to a tin can near a cinder cone.
The actress Sigourney Weaver on one occasion used seventeen different colored pencils to mark the different feelings she was trying to convey in the various dialogues in her script. The imagination is not only an exploration of action and perception. It also is an exploration of the entire spectrum of human emotion and of our ability to respond with sensitivity and creativity.
Through amplifying our concentration and exercising the imagination, we enter the realm of Pigios who is one of the guardians of the world to practice the art of living well. Mastery of imagination is the first requirement for forging the wand of a magician who transforms the world with his will.
Exercise 2. On the akashic plane, Pigios recommended a meditation. Here is a summary of it. He said, "Think not that the human heart is separate from God's heart or that the work of your hands is not a part of His Art. Hold in one hand all the pain, suffering, and loss you have felt. And hold in your other hand all the joy, love, and kindness that has touched you and flowed through you.
“Do this within an akashic trance. Do this while remaining relaxed and seeing through space and time while retaining the feeling of freedom within your heart--do this and the Buddhas of the world will appear before you and greet you as one of their own. If you want inspiration to flow through your soul as it flows through me, be the jewel that embraces every color of light, that makes love with every nuance and shade of life, with purity and freedom.”
Reason for Evocation. Do to another spirit’s encouragement, Amagestol sent me some energy to brighten up my aura. I felt his touch immediately and recognized his presence. It seems I need more balance in my life. I felt it appropriate, therefore, to include Amagestol among the spirit with whom I regularly work.
Franz Bardon says that Amagestol “initiates the magician into the secrets of love, into its legality, its causes and effects, no matter whether lowest animal love or highest cosmic love is in question. Amagestol is the guardian genius of all persons who love each other in this physical world.”
18th Degree of Gemini. The 18th degree of Gemini envelops you in warmth, friendship, and love. It is not a wild and passionate energy. It is gentle and highly sensitive. You go away feeling you are harmonious deep within yourself.Amagestol’s Domain. This is a relaxed and soothing energy that flows through you leaving you feeling cleansed and happy.
Inner Source of Inspiration. Amagestol's inner source of inspiration is similar to a saying from the Mahabarata: “Happiness is inevitable.” It is the nature of Divine Providence to reveal a harmony which is so complete it can take any karmic task, chaos, disorder, or conflict and turn it into something sweet, kind, and beautiful. Harmony is that powerful. Within this harmony is a relaxed gentleness that can command anything that exists.
When you encounter a sacred energy, at times it is possible to glimpse into the future and see what shall be. I feel this way now. The beauty is irresistible.
It is my prophecy that one day diplomats will appear on earth who are so warm and accepting the most hardened terrorist and worst dictator will turn away from destruction and domination. They will put aside their bomb making and insidious factories manufacturing inhuman weapons. After a few heart to heart discussions with a member of this new diplomatic core, their new interest and final legacy will be the creation of better schools, hospitals, and judicial systems.
These former dictators and terrorists will then take time to appear on television teaching kindergarten. They will meet with pediatricians to guarantee that in their nation every woman will have adequate medical attention insuring the health of infants and children. And you will see them interrupting cabinet meetings and leaving their capital to personally oversee disaster relief. On camera, you will see them rise from their chairs and excuse themselves to their own cabinet members by saying, "The people have need of me."
How can this be? Ten or perhaps twenty diplomats will master a love which in an instant, in a glance, searches through every single memory in another person distilling a light so bright it annihilates selfishness and inspires others to bring beauty to whatever they touch.
This vision is not mine. It is not my desire alone. It shines throughout the earth every day as the sun directs its energy upon Amagestol's earthzone station.
Amagestol's Sigil. Amagestol's sigil reminds us that underneath the visible universe and within our spirits is a power of order, harmony, and love. Amagestol's sigil enables you to feel this presence.
Amagestol's Outer Aura. Amagestol's aura is relaxed, inviting, and radiant with a wonderful peace. Amagestol creates from out of akasha a harmony that embraces all aspects of a person, situation, or conflict.
Inner Aura. Amagestol has the capacity to increase the powers of attraction and initiate a balance until individuals feel their rapport with each other is complete. Of course, it is possible to look at other individuals and feel indifference. They seem irrelevant to our lives.
But with a slightly different perspective and with a minor change in energy, another person becomes important. When you feel a compelling attraction that captures your attention, you want the other to play a part in your life. Amagestol is a cosmic master of this subtle art of attuning and adjusting human interactions.
If Amagestol were incarnated as a human being, he would be perfect as a marriage therapist and also as an international diplomat. But it is not just psychology and charisma he utilizes. For Amagestol, friendship is written into the vibration of the constellations and galaxies have been originated to unfold its work.
Akashic Plane. You cannot get around it--akasha is a magical state of awareness. A spirit of love from Capricorn, Trapi, inspires your intuition so you can see that joy underlies all of your life experience. Amagestol is similar. He inspires you until you perceive that peace and harmony are everywhere and in everything. Let me explore one possible analogy to explain this perspective and how he does this.
The physical, astral, and mental planes are somewhat like a small aquarium. There is the structure holding the water, the water, and the fish within the water. The entire earth is like a small aquarium. We are surrounded by hundreds of billions of galaxies and countless civilizations. Around us are wisdom, love, and light without beginning or end.
From the perspective of a spirit like Amagestol, there are all sorts of patterns and purposes unfolding on earth that human beings have not yet discovered or dream exist. Amagestol sees all that we perceive. But he reminds us that discovering what is important and dealing with our daily tasks are a joint endeavor involving both humanity and divinity.
Akasha is an inexhaustible resource we are free to draw upon. It is within us. And it has a way of dissolving bitterness, hatred, anger, and greed and replacing them with tenderness and caring. The friendship Amagestol offers is based on an understanding that sees this harmony underlying everything.
Still, it could be a mistake to underestimate Amagestol's power or to reduce it to a subjective mode of perception. There is a feeling that comes with Amagestol. An individual might be obstinate, hostile, and unwilling to give an inch to resolve a conflict. But Amagestol could surround a king's army of ten thousand with another army of a million.
A man might have eyes of pure cruelty and a heart of enduring hatred. But Amagestol's eyes reflect infinity, human and divine creativity, and also immediate karmic consequences. No need to wait for another life time to confront your obligations. What you see in his eyes depends on your intention. It is easier to make a wise choice when you understand your options. It is easier to consider a fair and equitable solution when that is exactly what you are called upon to do and empowered to attain. Individuals in conflict invariably like it when the mediator can present the bottom line. It removes ambiguity, clarifies decisions, and crystallizes options and their consequences. Amagestol is one of those spirits who has the force of the universe behind him and yet he is the embodiment of affection, friendship, and love.
It seems to me there is more going on here than I am describing. I ask Amagestol, “What is your power all about?” He replies, “Part of harmony, like the study of Quabbalah, involves creating something out of nothing. There are circumstances and situations where love and justice cannot survive unless you apply these divine arts.
“In a pure state of penetrating emptiness, I comprehend and search the sources of all the forces and influences in a situation. And then I call forth from the stars and the mysteries of Divine Providence the understanding and the oneness that shall be. This is an act of creation and I do not hold back when I practice it. All forces, principles, laws, and fundamentals that determine the course of matter, life, space, and time are governed by the law of love. Love originates new things and new ways of being even as it overcomes all obstacles which hinder its expression.”
I enjoy sitting here with Amagestol and accessing his mind as I consider the solutions to various problems in my life. I think if there were a school on earth for training genuine magicians and prophets, along with Ugolog and Chimirgu, a course in evoking Amagestol would definitely be in the curriculum.
Mental Plane. On the mental plane, like Gemini, Amagestol's energy is receptive and engaging. Communication involves multiple levels of interaction in the same moment. If you were talking to a person with this energy, you would notice how observant the other person is and how delightful the conversation. There is a constant giving and receiving.
To bring about harmony, you need to draw on every resource that is available. You have to bring into play every skill and provide every form of support. Amagestol has the kind of open mind, generosity, and heightened sensitivity that brings this about.
As with the akashic plane, Amagestol has a way of getting inside of you and getting you to change your mind when it is caught on some issue. He is a skillful facilitator who guides you to find your own way of seeing things from a wider and healthier perspective. Just in the way he listens and gives you his full attention, he draws you toward what you care about most. Reordering your priorities, your decisions and actions are happier and more satisfying.
Astral Plane. On the astral plane, we are not so concerned with spiritual purposes and the communication of ideas. The astral plane has more to do with feelings, moods, and fulfilling dreams. The astral plane is full of those energies that nourish the soul and the whole spectrum of desires and ideals through which life seeks to express itself.
Consider some of the words we use to describe different feelings and ways of being: affection, tenderness, kindness, contentment, serenity, love, hope, joy, friendship, enthusiasm, excitement, passion, attraction, bliss, ecstasy, rapture, sensuality, peace, and well-being. If you took any one of these words, Amagestol's aura on the astral plane could put you in a dream where you experience that feeling in every aspect and nuance.
But unlike a dream that fades away and becomes a memory, with Amagestol the feeling remains with you and becomes a part of you. With Amagestol, you do not operate from weakness. You overflow to others the wealth within your soul. You do not bring to a relationship a desperate need that circumstances cannot satisfy. With a wealth of astral feelings, physical situations naturally come about that allow you to share these feelings with others.
Children are closer to the astral plane than are adults. Adults often have to relearn the art of dreaming. Read a story to a young child and it is not literature. The child experiences an astral journey. The child's imagination is activated. Emotions flow through him and wonder is constantly near.
I once attended a seminar on writing children's books. I was appalled at the moralizing tone. From the way the teacher and the students spoke, they might as well have had a banner on the wall that read: “You must lie to children about reality. Deny the existence of fear. Children are empty receptacles and utterly dependent on adults. They are incapable of original thoughts. The purpose of writing for children is to make good citizens.” Some religions are worse: Teaching children is for the sake of indoctrination. They present their stories and teachings as an island fortress and then surround the child's mind with an abyss of fear. These teachers have no personal experience with wonder, awe, beauty, or a love that is everywhere.
In Amagestol's presence, the adult and the child are not distant. For both, an open mind and heart sense the presence of wonder and understand that the unknown is constantly inviting new journeys of exploration. The ordinary is part of a matrix of time and space shaped by mysterious and transforming powers. The familiar shimmers and reflects vast depths. You can taste delight in every breath and sense in your heart that work, play, and creativity are the same activity.
A sylph named Capisi once told me a story about a wizard who imagined he could possess her beauty by force of will. When she reminded him of what he knew as a child, the wizard lost his magical abilities. The foundations of his will dissolved in the presence of a greater and deeper power. Many adults are lost in an emotional wasteland because they have lost their wonder and have forgotten how to dream.
On the astral plane, Amagestol embodies an openness of heart and mind that is constantly renewing itself. You get to go back and find whatever you have lost and start over again. In a sense, we all take this journey every night when we dream. Dreaming is a key and a door to the boundless treasures of inspiration and feeling that the astral plane holds in vast reservoirs.
Physical Plane. Amagestol says to me, “It is not my purpose to change your karma. We learn though experience that actions have consequences. What I can do is show you the reasons the stars dance, why the galaxy whirls about a center, and how love is the greatest power. Every desire has a time when it is satisfied in every conceivable manner. Then the mind blossoms like a flower of light radiant as a star.
“It is in my power to clear the air around you of negativity, to show you a path of harmony, and to fill your life with beauty. I can explain what you need to do so love takes hold of you.
“These things are not cheap. The love I share is courageous and free of fear. It is bold and full of passions as deep as the soul. But I am not reckless. I weigh every situation like an accountant. I am always fair and illusions cannot endure my presence. Yet when I love, my desires and passion have no boundaries, for love is indeed a cosmic power and a consuming fire that transforms itself and all that it touches.”
I notice about Amagestol's way of speaking that the body, soul, mind, and spirit are all involved equally with the communication. There is an open flow of energy on all these levels. The resources of all four planes are active at once--the intuition of harmony on the akashic, the facilitation of understanding on the mental, the dreamlike feelings of satisfaction on the astral; and on the physical plane are a masterful confidence, sharp as diamond and as electrical as lightning, that affection, trust, and love have the advantage in any situation.
As with his source of inspiration, Amagestol's physical presence is an overpowering force so rich and vast it can afford to express itself as gentleness regardless of what is occurring. I think if a magician practiced this presence enough, after a period of time, it would automatically exert its influence through him whenever he needed it. In any situation of apprenticeship, through observation and imitation, you internalize the other's abilities. Later on, you are free to modify them and use them in a way that expresses yourself.
I have to say I have never seen or met anyone who is as positive as Amagestol when it comes to believing in the power of communication. In terms of my natal chart, Amagestol possesses qualities that are essential to my life work--the ability to cut through the negative and sustain a presence that magnifies love.
A few days after this evocation, I noticed, for example, that when it comes to communication, I now demand of others (with an authority surprising me) that they talk through their differences. It is also more difficult to get me to feel uneasy when speaking to others. Something of Amagestol's inspiration is in me--there is a touch of that conviction that there is no conflict you cannot resolve and no feeling you cannot express if you bring your spirit into the situation.
Common Difficulties/Imbalances. In initially working with Amagestol, the first influence you may notice is on your intuition. You may sense the uplifting and inspiring quality of his energy. The problem with this is that it may be extremely difficult to translate inspiration into anything practical in regard to communication. But Amagestol is, if nothing else, intensely practical.
One requisite for manifesting Amagestol's abilities is to learn to give another person your full and undivided attention when you talking or listening. You act like communicating is the most important thing to you almost as if nothing else exists for you in this moment. Some individuals have never had someone listen to them in this way. It is a rare and valuable gift to offer others and it is has powerful effects.
You add to this a deep felt conviction which, on a nonverbal level, communicates, “There is no part of you that I do not love and support whole heartedly.” Then too you use an empathy in which you imagine you are the other person so as you interact you can see through the other's eyes and feel the other's emotions as if they are your own.
The next step is a little more difficult. On a gut level and with the power of your intuition, you feel you and the other person are one with each other. It is as if you have the same heart, soul, and the memories of each of you are now shared by the same mind.
I sometimes do a simple visualization when the situation is especially difficult. I imagine a ten foot sphere of energy around myself and the other person and affirm that in this space only oneness exists and that communication will be clear and effective. This seems to work miracles for dissolving bad feelings. After all, it is just introducing a little akasha into ordinary life. In akasha, you must understand, there is no separation. If you grasp these basics it will be easier for Amagestol's aura to influence you with its combination of cosmic power and love modified to enhance your situation.
Negative Counterpart of Amagestol. The negative version of Amagestol is skillful in reading your mind to find your deepest dreams and desires for love. It then produces an image of that love right in front of you out in the open. It is near and seemingly available. It is inviting and enticing, the sweetest thing you can possibly imagine. But this image is an illusion. Underneath, it is stale, empty, and dead.
If I may speak bluntly, you may meet an individual who seems to embody the love you have been searching for your entire life. But guess what? One possibility is that this individual has practiced for decades how to deceive, bind, and destroy others with the illusions of love.
There are individuals who do not wish to be whole or healed. They only desire to pull others into the hideous pit of toxic emotions in which they live. Consequently, they can afford to do whatever is necessary to persuade you that their love is genuine. Deception is their specialty.
Someone once said that people suffer so much from evil because they simply cannot believe what is happening to them. This spirit traps you because you cannot believe this is not the love you want. You keep imagining that the problem is in yourself. You think it is your fault or that things are bound to turn out ok because love has got to win in the end. But faith in a negative principle is inappropriate. This “love” will only lead you on and on until you are exhausted and lose your way inside of a palace of mirrors that distort all reflections.
The voice will say to you, “Who has ever loved you like me? Who has ever given you so much? Hold me and love me now and you will forget your doubts and frustrations. All that counts is living in the here and now. You have my full attention. Take me and use me in the way you want. Nothing will ever compare to me when it comes physical satisfaction and carnal gratification.”
The problem with this energy is that it has no emotional powers of renewal. The astral body or soul is impoverished. The feelings of attachment and bonding only draw you into an endless vacuum. It will fool your mind with logic and your body with sensations. And its images are stolen from the dreams of your spirit. You have to refer to your heart to discover what is missing--there is not a trace of love present in the other person. The presentation of love is a contrived imitation designed to exploit.
It is clear that in the earthzone, the positive and the negative spirits are quite distinct from each other. The positive will uplift and transform you so your satisfactions and joys are profound and enduring. The negative will take you and waste you. It offers intense highs and peak experiences similar to a drug addiction that makes dangerous charges against your health, your heart, and your brain for the bliss it grants.
In life, however, the positive and the negative are often intertwined. Eros, for example, causes individuals to fall in love. Eros blinds lovers so they fail to see the faults in each other. But erotic attraction grants no wisdom or intelligence about how to make relationships work out. It simply gets you connected and then leaves you to provide the solutions to the problems that arise.
Human beings have a conscience. If we make mistakes, we learn from them. If in giving and receiving love, we end up with pain and suffering, we learn from the experience and become wiser. We learn how to love more effectively and we judge more accurately our strengths and weaknesses and how to work with them.
The advantage of working with a spirit such as Amogestol is that we can add another level to our awareness. Spirits such as this teach us about our spiritual resources and the divine powers which exist within us. Each of us still has our own life tasks, problems, and responsibilities. But the spiritual dimension empowers us to bring a high level creativity to our daily lives.
Introduction. Jachil is a spirit in the akasha of the earth who relates to the third degree of Cancer. He teaches how the polarity of attraction between lovers can embody the powerful electro-magnetic energies of nature. At the same time, these "lower" energies are perfectly balanced with a spiritual purpose: they grant a greater understanding of the depths of ourselves and a oneness that can be attained with another through love.
My interest in Jachil goes back a few years. I had a wonderful experience the first time I touched Jachil’s aura with my hands. I immediately wrote a poem to describe that encounter.
I also find Jachil intriguing because he is so Cancerian and lunar. He is a master of nature and the serenity of the moon. His sense of acceptance and peace is fantastic.
Every time I touch his aura I see myself within a grove of trees beneath a full moon. It is a place full of love and yet it also embraces all the wisdom of our planet. Here, in the arms of love, all your experience in all of your lifetimes is gathered together. Completion and oneness are the result.
Entering the Earthzone. I was just at Sandy Beach on
Being in akasha is a little like standing here at Sandy Beach. The planets, the stars, and the turning of the galaxy are like waves on a cosmic sea. Their energies break and wash over the earth. You can feel these currents and tides of energy flowing through you when you meditate in akasha.
Cancer in the Earthzone. I focus my mind in the constellation of Cancer as it appears on the akashic plane of our planet. I notice that this astrological sign is very serene. It loves happiness, satisfaction, and contentment. It is also very sharp about how to acquire anything which contributes to these ends. For Cancer, happiness is not just an internal state or feeling. It is an outlook that creates an environment that is nourishing and fulfilling. Still, when I meditate in Cancer in the earthzone, I feel immersed in the light of the moon surrounded by vast expanses of lunar serenity.
This energy is so enticing and inviting, I feel myself falling into a hypnotic state or trance. Again all these words apply to describe this spiritual level of Cancer: happiness, satisfaction, contentment, peace, calm, still, etc. It is like there is an automatic cleansing, renewing, and reviving effect on the mind when you immerse yourself in this energy. If I were to give voice to Cancer as its touches me in this moment it would say, “In every situation of life I can nourish you with light so your dreams are always alive and your soul radiant with inner beauty.”
Swami Rama once said, “Contentment is the greatest of all wealth.” There is something about Cancer that is inexhaustibly rich. The seasons and cycles of time and history contain rhythms of renewal and an inner stream of joy which are ever seeking to blossom in each individual's life and in every civilization. Meditating within this sign is like walking into a nonstop celebration of all that nourishes, satisfies, and brings happiness and new life.
As I continue meditating, I imagine myself floating in a pool of still water and sensing the glowing moon through closed eyelids. This is like waking up and knowing you are still dreaming--you may find yourself within a grove of trees, a temple in Atlantis, or sailing across the Pacific--it does not really matter. The landscape and structures surrounding you are not as important as the mood you are in. Peace and contentment flow from your skin and radiate from your aura. You feel in harmony with the universe.
3 Degrees of Cancer. The third degree of Cancer draws the body, emotions, and mind into a state of beauty and love. There is a rich integration of the personality and a welling up of happiness from deep inside. This evokes a state of trance that is below the level of the dreaming mind. That is, it approaches delta brain waves that are similar to deep sleep where dreams do not occur.
Jachil's Level of Akasha. Jachil senses the rhythms of life, the seasons and cycles of nature, and the interactions of the planetary spheres. He senses these movements of energy from a place of great stillness where everything is clear. If you look at a crystal ball, you can see images and places from the past, present, and future. Jachil's domain is the mirror like clearness of the crystal ball and the open mind that gazes upon it.
From his state of peace, the experiences of the outer world, though deeply appreciated, are seen as fleeting images. They are temporary. The energy in them is real but transitory like water flowing in a stream.
You can enter the stream. You can drink its water and feel it touch your skin. But Jachil sees the entire stream--its source, its mountain pools and falls, and mouth of the river where it flows into the sea. The events of history are composed of the energies of nature even though those energies are shaped and expressed through human consciousness. The world is wrapped about with beauty if you can open your senses to see it, feel it, and drink it in. To enter Jachil's frame of mind is to perceive this harmony.
Jachil's Sigil. The energy of this sigil is not so difficult to reproduce in your mind. Imagine you are in a deep sleep and yet fully awake. Add to this the feeling of being immersed within a profound state of love and you pretty much have it.
Try this. Relax completely. You are below the level of dreams and have no need for sensory contact with the external world. And imagine too that you are with, e.g., a soul mate or twin flame. When you are together like this you are within a love that is full of wonder. The rest of the life appears dim by comparison to this light.
Jachil's Outer Aura. Being around Jachil reminds me of the experience of falling asleep in the arms of a woman you love with all of your heart--you can just let go and feel safe and whole.
Jachil's Inner Energy. Jachil's inner energy is a powerful electro-magnetic field. It generates experiences with love and oneness. But it is not just an amplification of the polar attraction between a man and a woman. Within the streams of energy flowing between lovers, you can sense the moon's gravitational pull on the oceans; you feel the virility and echoing thunder of an electrical storm drifting through the hills; you sense the magnetic field of the earth flowing between the poles; you feel the seas' deep peace, the forest's silent acceptance of winter, and a mountain's calm center.
Inner Source of Inspiration. In a way similar to Vehuiah of the Mercury
Zone, for Jachil Divine
For Vehuiah, there is no point in revealing God's will unless human beings also have the power to embody that will within themselves. Vehuiah exists to empower those who would master such a will. Likewise for Jachil, there is no point in discovering God's love within your heart unless you can share the full ecstasy and beauty of this love with others. Jachil's existence testifies to this experience and empowers its manifestation on earth.
Pathworking. A pathworking is a way of connecting to
something through a personal and dreamlike mode of exploration. I start by drawing again Jachil's sigil in
the air. Almost immediately I see myself
walking into a grove of birch trees.
Soon after I graduated from a very conservative religious college, I
took the weekend off and drove up into
It was freezing cold that night but I did not care. I stripped naked and danced beneath a full moon beaming down on the branches and ground. A flock of geese landed on the lake beside me honking and crying at .
I hold this
memory in my mind. The part of me that
is there in the memory is not aware that this is a recollection. The experience is fully alive. I experience it as if it is again
happening. Next I find myself also
sitting in a stream with a beautiful naked woman across from me. This is one of those New Age seminars in the
With these two images continuing in my mind, I also see myself within a third image. One time as I made love I felt I became the waves of the sea bathed in moonlight as they rolled into and surged against an island's cliffs.
And still another image comes. This image contains the other three: the palms of my hands are gently pressing against the hands of a girl whom I met at college. Moving our hands back and forth sensitive only to the touch of the other's skin, she took me directly onto the astral plane. For a few moments, we became two magicians joining our wills and uniting our spirits in order to fulfill some mysterious purpose. Decades later I am still unraveling the magick in that touch.
At this point, Jachil shows me another individual whose hands I can clasp in this moment through a psychic link. After a few moments, I feel a current of energy flowing through our hands. Our connection is a channel for the energies of nature.
about this pathworking, I like the way Jachil puts together images and makes
them alive. At the time when I went up
The second image with the stream is relaxed, sensual, and peaceful. The third image of making love was extraordinarily hypnotic and rhythmic. The fourth image of holding hands contained the other three--it initiated a quest to join nature, spirit, and love into one experience. And the final image, of connecting in the present moment psychically to another captures all of these images as an expression of Jachil's magick and inner vision.
Akashic Plane. I ask Jachil about the akashic plane. He replies, “The akashic plane is awareness independent of thought and physical, sensory experience. You can enter here by listening to a song, smelling incense, gazing upon an image, drinking something satisfying, or following a sensation to where it dissolves as you let go of sensation and open to the spirit beneath it.
“My inspiration guides the highest beauty and love into manifestation. Within akasha, I am the highest will, the reassurance, the intelligence, and the perseverance which makes this possible.
“When you enter my sea of lunar light, you cleanse yourself of your doubts and free yourself of pressing needs. When you identify with me, when you become this sea, you are the voice of love fulfilling all things.”
Mental Plane. I spend some time with Jachil without the slightest idea of what he is trying to explain. I keep getting this image of sitting among trees under a full moon. Finally Jachil says, "The mind can be quiet, silent, and still as a grove of trees during a windless night beneath a winter's moon. There is no need for thought or action. You can become the stillness of this forest at night.
“For the highest love to be present, your mind must learn to think like a tree, drift like a breeze, and flow like a stream. You must be able to sit still like a rock. Then you can enter any dream moving silently like the shadows of these trees that walk without bending a leaf or causing water to stir. Your mind must have the freedom to be either empty or full so you can delight in every sensation.
“And yet it is possible to live a life with no more substance than moon shadows--your desires are shaped by an emptiness formed from the reflections of what you are denied. Your actions leave no trail behind and awaken no inspiration in others' lives. But even the dark moon causes tides to rise. Find in your the heart the peace that flows with the force of the moon. Caught in its tides, lovers unite to celebrate the highest love--my voice, though often soft, sings this song each day throughout the entire world.
Astral Plane. As Jachil enters the astral plane, again his aura manifests as an intensely powerful electro-magnetic field. Masculine and feminine are united within him. There is an incredible tension in this joining but it is wrapped about with the serenity of the moon and the harmony of nature.
Jachil says, “Though there are five billion people on earth, only a few love with this degree of intensity. Sensuality, pleasure, and erotic sensations are an invitation to discover this strength of connection to another.
“To share this ecstasy you must first open your heart to the beauty of the earth. It would not hurt if you could enter the dreams of trees and sing the songs of the seas. You would love with a higher degree if you could understand the mantra a volcano hums as it explodes.
“And as the hurricane loves the sea and draws strength from its heat--if you could comprehend that mystery and feel those raging forces flowing in your bloodstream, then you would understand the power with which love seeks to be celebrated on earth. The wonders of nature have been given to you so you might discover this beauty within your hearts.
“There are some who strip love from their lives the way a gardener removes weeds from his garden because it is too wild and irrational. And there are some who find love irresistible even though their hearts are torn a part with its every visit. But both of these lose the way. Love is like the sun by day and the moon by night. Its exuberant light reaches out to the stars and yet its touch is always soft and gentle. Tenderness and kindness are at its heart.
“You ask me,
‘How do you capture this power without being burnt up in the process?’ I will
tell you a little secret that has a sweetening effect on any relationship. See your partner's heart like a park such as
“Become a park ranger who loves the wilderness--know every creature, every instinct and desire, and preserve and protect the life that you find. As you can see from the way I speak, every aspect of your attraction to another has a counterpart within the natural world."
I picture someone in my mind to get Jachil's explanation of the nature of the attraction. He sends me a picture back. He says, “Some hearts are so vast they appear like an abyss. But if you look closely, like the sky at night, they are full of planets, stars, and galaxies. The empty void is actually full of beauty. If you can relax and feel yourself surrounded by a vast expanse of stars and find peace in that experience, then you will feel at peace with this person.”
I picture another person. Jachil says, “This individual is like a wolverine. There are scratchings on trees marking territory. The smell is keen and the ferocity is unafraid of the more powerful bear or mountain lion. But the wolverine does not attack mountains, lakes, and streams. Be solid, calm, and flow like water and the other will respond in kind adapting quickly by imitating your power.”
“But what about, I ask, “this extraordinary joining of masculine and feminine which you embody? Like a tantric master of nature's energies, your aura is the reflection of two divine beings making love continuously.”
Jachil says, “If you like, you can see a man as having the strength of a mountain and the passion of fire. In his eyes is the peace of the seas. When he speaks, you can sense the force of the jet stream and the gentle warmth of the evening breeze. In other words, masculinity is very powerful and also very much at ease. Dew forms on flowers in the morning in anticipation of his touch.
“The feminine is a woman whose blood is pure love. Through her veins flow kindness, gentleness, and tenderness. Mother, lover, sister, virgin, mistress, and goddess--she has mastered all forms of ecstasy. She is both rejuvenating and soothing. There is no fire, spark, or flame she cannot contain or raise to a higher pitch through the touch of her bliss. There is no longing or desire that cannot find release or completion in her arms. Divine grace finds its reflection in her face. The feminine enfolds every aspect of yourself--body, emotions, mind, and spirit--within her soft, soothing, and arousing love.
“These two, the masculine and feminine, are wrapped about and inside of each other. There is Divine Art in this love and this Art is felt by all lovers. You can find it in your heart. You can find it by spending lifetimes in quest of the highest magick. You can find it and share it with another. It is always present. Love is the most natural of things and also the highest light of divinity is within it. Love is the sovereign lord of both nature and spirit.”
The Physical Plane. As I sit here meditating with Jachil, I am relaxed and calm. But I notice a rhythmic surging of ecstasy pulsing through my body. I recall how Swami Rama, after a great deal of striving, received shaktipat (a transmission of spiritual energy) from his guru. Swami Rama said he then sat for nine hours in a state of bliss. He said he could find that bliss within himself whenever he focused on it and this he said he did each night.
There was a man who once insisted that Swami Rama confer on him a transmission of energy. But this man was not a yogi and had not prepared himself. But since he was so relentless in his demands, Swami Rama put some of his own life force into a glass of water and let the man drink it. Shortly after, the man's body began convulsing with wild physical gyrations and muscle spasms. Fortunately, there was another person present who got Swami Rama on the phone to explain how to remedy the situation.
A number of years ago I asked Swami Rama through telepathy to confer on me a taste of the shaktipat he experienced with his master. The experience did not last nine hours, only nine minutes. But I see now what the Swami experienced in his initiation. It is like having a goddess of pure ecstasy and love living inside of you. She is always there in the background and a radiant light overflows from your body and soul when you ask her to appear.
I mention this story of Swami Rama to give a reference in our world and to name an actual person who could have been like an incarnation of Jachil, that is, if the Swami's interest had been in how love and ecstasy reflect and embody the energies of nature.
Jachil goes on, "Men and women search so desperately for each other because they want someone to be beside them and love them within the places of their hearts where no one has ever gone--where the footstep leaves no sound and lightning is void of light; where terror is the face of a loneliness night cannot cover and the cold heart of winter cannot escape. When lovers meet, they take the risk of crossing an abyss on a path of light only love can chart--they open their hearts believing love can banish the pain within them, that love can find an oasis of bliss in a desolate wilderness.
“When you fall asleep, when you enter a dream, and when you leave the dream behind to enter a deeper place, who you are--your name, your face, and your thoughts--they no longer matter.
“What does matter is that love is before you, behind you, and within you, that your life is shaped by love and an expression of its heart. Then it no longer matters who or where you are. You yourself are love and it flows from you into whatever you touch.
“You see in me the highest love expressed physically and yet retaining its full divinity. When your mind is still like a forest at night and calm as a pool filled with moonlight; when masculine and feminine join within you with the burning serenity of a constellation in the sky; and when your physical presence awakens love as the moon can bind the tides, then you will understand this mystery--the darkest places of the heart are full of ecstasies which cannot be measured or understood but only celebrated with others through love.”
When I first touched Jachil's aura, I wrote the following poem as I entered a vision of what it is like to experience love with a woman with this depth of feeling:
When you are in my arms
My wounds are healed
My dreams fulfilled
Our lips touch
Moonlight illuminates your naked skin
I no longer know who I am
The sun glides through the sky
Deer graze in the meadow
I am mesmerized
The present moment fades
The moon sets her sails to the solar wind
My hands glide upon your skin
The sun drowns as we kiss
In the darkness of night to be reborn at dawn
Our hips join
As the stream winds through the crevice of the valleys
Mirth and laughter splashing down
As the sea enfolds the mountains in her depths
The whale's song echoing through the hills
Geese fly across the moon
The leaves of birch trees shiver
A solitary bird sings
Cats' paws ripple upon the lake
The gusts of wind pulsate
Your breasts pressed against my chest
Your love shapes my life
As the hands of the sculptor
Mold the clay,
Closing her eyes
The harpist plays
The notes of the song within her heart.
A few weeks later, I again meditate with Jachil. This time on the akashic plane, I encounter
an incredible amount of tension. This
tension seems to relate to the power in the union of male and female. I asked Jachil, “What is this tension and how
is it balanced?”
Jachil replies, “Your journey involves mastering absolute will and power. This is what you sense in love on a level of spirit. This is balanced on the mental plane by the attainment of perfect enlightenment, for the mind is a domain of light. On the astral plane, the power of spirit is balanced by omnipresent love. Here is the realization of perfect oneness.
“This spirit on the physical plane expresses itself as immortality. It revives, renews, and rejuvenates every cell in the physical body. Its influence is to circulate and to increase health and vitality.”
I spent some time working with each of these planes. On the mental plane, I could sense the mind as being a sea of light. I took a few moments and chanted the Vajra Guru mantra. This is a mantra relating to Padma Sambhava who founded Tibetan Buddhism.
legend, he materialized upon a lotus blossom in the middle of a lake in the
If Padma Sambhava had taught more about the astral plane, his disciples would radiate happiness and peace. Their presence would fill a room with love. In this case, they would make perfect marriage counselors because their skills would be in showing each of us how to attain oneness with others.
Sambhava could have taught this, he was too busy filling
If you have great power, you can accomplish your will. If your power is combined with an enlightened mind, then your actions are harmonious. If your power is encompassed by love, then it nurtures and fulfills all things. And if it is a pure expression of spirit, then your works endure through all ages of the world.
The ecstasy of the astral plane is the realization of the oneness of love. Jachil's inspiration and gift are in teaching how to manifest the highest love. Two lovers, for example, produce the bliss that amplifies and increases their empathy so it becomes easy for them to sense the inner life in everything around them. Experience with another leads to experience with the light. On the other hand, when the light is present within our consciousness, the experience of love in our world naturally follows.
The poem I shared earlier was an astral experience. The astral heightens our empathy and sensitivity to image, feeling, relationship, and situation. We often express astral feelings through touch, affection, tenderness, and also through art.
At this point in my meditation, however, it is plain that I need to do something different to work with Jachil on the astral plane. I project my mind into the sphere of the moon which is a like a sea of silvery light. Then I bring this lunar zone into the present so that it surrounds me on the astral plane.
This light is similar to Jachil's aura. It is clear like a mirror. There is a feeling of being within anything reflecting its highest inspiration, all of its experience, and encompassing with your awareness others' journeys through space and time. You comprehend the totality of all that another is which is, after all, what lovers seek to do with each other.
This is the feeling within the poetry of Rumi celebrated so much by Sufis. This is a yearning for transcendence that is overpowering and yet the five senses constantly bring to mind thoughts of the Beloved. Like an intoxicated lover, the beloved's face is seen everywhere, in all that is manifest, and within the unmanifest as well.
Part of the purpose of magical meditation is learning to generate or create at will whatever feeling, rapture, ecstasy, illumination, inspiration, insight, realization, and so forth which you may desire to experience in the present moment. You can fall in love with a lover. You can be obsessed or enchanted with another. But a magician knows quite well that any form of attraction that exists--any aspect of love that experience reveals--can also be reproduced within himself.
Individuals undergo conversion experiences. Religions introduce us to the sacred through ritual, sacrament, and ceremony. But all of these rich and illuminating experiences can be found without the external trappings within us through our own meditations. At this point, I am having some difficulty producing the rich astral feelings I often get when working with Jachil.
I ask Jachil to help me out with this. I send him a thought imagining it traveling from my mind to his like a little ball of light floating through the air. I wait a moment and the response I receive is a feeling of love flowing from my heart.
The thought that occurs to me or rather the picture I see myself within is of being with a lover. The two of us discover there is a candle in each other's heart. Our desire and love produce the heat that ignites these two candles. The dark space that was once within each of us now shines with something incredible and astonishing. It is awesome and wonderful precisely because nothing before in our experience gave us a hint about a feeling this magnificent.
But then we find something else. As we taste and celebrate this fire, we know ourselves to be the fire and not only this. We discover we are also the fire in every heart.
This is what all lovers are meant to do with each other--to celebrate the beauty and the oneness of the universe. This oneness or inner peace and harmony with the universe is like a contentment that is pure ecstasy. It is personal but also completely transpersonal in the same moment.
The attainment of oneness with the universe in this sense is also an attainment in which you and your lover are perfectly a part of each other. The immense magical power or creative tension present in the polar attraction of male and female is overcome or mastered when the union is total and complete. Your heart, mind, body, and spirit are then transparent and open to each other.
This time when I work with the physical plane, I get a slightly different emphasis. Jachil's aura produces a kind of elixir or philosopher's stone. All the energies of nature gather around you seeking to attain their highest vibration. In effect, lovers emit a healing power and rejuvenating influence. The eroticism of sensual and physical attraction is instantly changed into the pure essence of life force and vitality.
I have studied with masters who have gone to great lengths to teach how to sublimate sexual energy. The Taoists using inner cauldrons for gathering chi seek the immortality body. And the Tibetan Buddhists using yidams of divine lovers embracing seek the enlightened mind. But meditating with Jachil it is so much easier for me to experience immediately the overpowering ability of love to produce health and harmony.
In this vibration, the opposite genders do not end up stealing from each other or leaving each other depressed. They neither idealize each other nor treat each other as a power to be internalized within oneself in order to be more independent. Their interactions manifest beauty. You feel revitalized and radiant with life force. Every aspect of sensual attraction becomes uplifting.
I also ask Jachil about whether he has specific partners with whom he is committed and bound to in love. He replies, “In this very moment I am united with those I love. We are within and a part of each other. This union is perhaps what you would call ‘finding the universe reflected in your partner.’ It is a celebration in which Divine Providence is present. Though I am complete in myself--the masculine and feminine in perfect harmony--my creativity and my delight are increased to an incomprehensible degree through my inner union with others.”
And I ask, “How do I find a partner with whom I can share such love?” Jachil replies, “If you master the silvery light within the zodiac sign of Cancer, in that moment your partner will be with you. This light and the manifestation of love are one and the same thing.”
Possible Difficulties/Imbalances. One problem in mastering Jachil's energies relates to finding inner peace. Most individuals have a lot of pain within themselves. Their psyches contain many disturbing emotions that make them feel anxious and unsettled. Even if an individual could enter a profound state of peace and serenity, this experience would have little permanent influence. It is overpowered and dissolved by other forces present within them.
Obviously, if an individual has a specific problem such as alcoholism or relationship difficulties, it helps to learn from others who have worked through the problem successfully. Others can offer a lot of insight and support. If you have a conflict, overcoming the conflict builds great confidence. If you cannot overcome the difficulty, then you can still gain a sense of well-being from attaining a solidarity with others who are in the same kind of situation.
There is, however, a more basic approach to discovering inner peace and serenity. This approach is two fold. First, you seek to take complete responsibility for every aspect of your personal life. This means you become extremely shrewd and observant about your own behavior, thoughts, and feelings. You make your personality a life long study and home work assignment. You consider your life your primary work of art.
Second, you add to this desire to manage your life a commitment to develop a profound state of transcendence. The idea in transcendence is that you seek to foster a state of mind that is completely detached and separate from life. And yet it is so illuminated you are free to embrace all that is within life with both passion and compassion.
The druid, for example, creates in his mind a grove of trees or stone circle on the astral plane. There he is free to meet and interact and to be inspired by all the wise men and women of his tradition. There is meets the Goddess and celebrates the illumination of the sun.
When he is in his grove, he is completely there with all of his imagination. It is a waking dream and his well-being and peace are complete. If he finds a difficulty or disturbance within his psyche or if he has a traumatic experience in his personal life, the grove offers him support and insight for working through it.
At the same time, the difficulties in his outer life serve to challenge him to explore more deeply the spiritual resources available within his grove. The journey within must be profound enough to encompass with wisdom and love all that he experiences in life. In this way, the problems and disturbances of his psyche are captured and transformed through a spiritual quest.
The imagery of transcendence, like the center of a grove or circle, becomes a sacred place where we gather the wisdom and joy from all that we experience in life. It is a place of celebration. Yet we continuously journey outward from the center of the circle in order to grow and to experience new things. Growth involves going outward and focusing ourselves on specific tasks as well as returning within to attain oneness.
We have a personal spiritual path and yet, like the grove, we can also delight in sharing the same path and sacred imagery with others. This process offers reassurance. It keeps us from feeling isolated or stuck. In place of feeling anxiety or desperation when we discover the darkness within us, we find joy and strength in the challenges that lie before us.
There is a second problem. Though Jachil's aura evokes peace, well-being, and attunement with nature, his primary teaching is about how to embody the highest love both in yourself and in a relationship with a partner. The difficulty of working with Jachil is in appreciating the full depth and scope of his work. The question from his point of view is not primarily about how do I find the right lover or how do I make a relationship work.
When you meditate with Jachil, you are initiated in the powers of akasha. As I described in my last session, for Jachil lovers and love encompass all-embracing love, absolute power, enlightenment, and also the elixirs of immortality.
The task, then, is to allow yourself to open enough to akasha that you can taste and sense all four of these divine ecstasies. Then, in the midst of interacting with others, something of that light and love effortlessly flows through you to those you are with. I would point out that the thirty spirits who preside over the sign of Cancer in the earthzone share similar abilities.
Emfalion, 5 degrees Cancer, is a master of life force and of rejuvenating the body. He revives your health and makes you feel and look youthful. Jachil also does this but through working with the polarity of masculine and feminine. Working with Jachil in akasha, you learn to perceive the life force in your body and the body of your partner as becoming one energy system.
Losimon, 7 degrees Cancer, takes the magician back into ancient times to see and to experience the wisdom and magical knowledge possessed in earlier systems of initiation. Losimon's visions are so concrete and graphic, you feel you are really there in the past right in the presence of ancient masters. Your imagination and senses are nearly convinced that your psychic experiences are more real than what you experience in ordinary life.
With Jachil also, it is easy to sense past lives. Those experiences are somehow brought together and integrated within yourself. You feel part of the past and also that everything good and wholesome that has every happened to you is alive and flourishing within you right now.
Kalote, 16 degrees Cancer, according to Franz Bardon “is a phenomenal expert in and master of cosmic laws. He is also an instructor in divine virtues and therefore informs the magician about these, showing him how these divine virtues, in their cause and effect, become valid under the legality of the microcosm and macrocosm.”
In a very relaxed and enjoyable manner, Kalote shows the magician how to develop his mental stability, strength, and concentration. Meditating with Kalote, you can feel your mental body expanding in power while at the same time you also increase your sense of happiness and satisfaction.
In a similar way, Jachil possesses immense powers of concentration and clarity of mind. For Jachil, love is not separate from enlightenment. Tibetan Buddhists are not mistaken in their preoccupation with tantric imagery. It takes great mental power to embody within yourself the essence of the electric and magnetic fluids of male and female.
At the same time, if you bring that rich attraction, the polarity of masculine and feminine, and the depths of desire and longing to the mental plane, the wisdom you encounter is not only about how to attain complete freedom. You envision the enlightenment of the world.
The light in the mind of genuine lovers embraces everyone and everything that exists. There is no end to it. In tasting and mastering every nuance and fiber of desire, your compassion is within the breath and heartbeat of every living being. You hold every soul within your heart.
In Chapter 9 of Initiation into Hermetics, Bardon gives an exercise relating to mastering the four fundamental divine qualities. He says, “The truly wise adept, who always considers the four elements in his development, will represent the concept of God in four aspects according to the laws of the universe, namely, the omnipotence, corresponding to the fire-principle, the omniscience and wisdom belonging to the air principle, the omnipresence with the water principle and the immortality with the earth principle.” As you contemplate and enter into these divine qualities, Bardon says, “The meditation has to be so profound, so pervasive and so convincing that the astral body becomes, as it were, identical with the virtue.”
The above exercise is part of Bardon's basic training. The spirits of the earthzone offer opportunities to develop further and expand upon your basic training. Jachil, in manifesting the highest love, naturally incorporates the four divine qualities. The energies of nature, the serenity of the moon, and the attraction of male and female are also inherent in his approach.
For all the pain and confusion that is built into it, love is also a path of initiation. It introduces us to the divinity and sacred beauty that is within us. When you explore its depths, you discover that love is united to wisdom, power, and immortality. It is important, then, when you work with Jachil to familiarize yourself with akasha.
Akasha penetrates though space and time. To better understand it, you search in your meditations and contemplation for the love that is within and which supports every living being. If you can sense this love, you can sense the power, the divine vitality, and the inner light that is within everything. Jachil exists to remind us to take the time to stop and look, taste, feel, and know that the highest love is also within us as well.
The third problem is that the akashic intuitions you may have of Jachil often carry a certain amount of tension within them. It is in deep meditation or trance that you interact with Jachil's level of inspiration. The question then becomes how to make these visions and inner experiences a part of your life so that they feel natural and satisfy without any effort being applied. The answer in part is to cherish the magick you do by turning it into art and expressing it with feeling. You look for opportunities to weave its presence into your ordinary life. As I think about this, I hear a voice that says,
“Live your life with art and with zest. Learn from everyone and every situation you are in. Treasure each moment as a gift. Consider every breath as a path of light, as a voyage of exploration through time, and as a sacred quest.
“Combine the light of spirit and ordinary life as fire takes hold of coal or wood. In so doing, it produces heat and light that serve to nourish and foster life. Much of magick is learning how to live a dream until the dream becomes real. Make the grove of trees and the full moon the harmony of the universe shining through you.”
As I sit in a grove beneath a full moon meditating with Jachil, I hear the voice of Divine Providence. It says,
“I am free to love others with as much love as they may seek. I am a river of love flowing from eternity. I revive, renew, and grant immortality. I am the stars and the light with which they shine. I am the starry flow. I am the Milky Way, the entire galaxy. I am billions of galaxies and the unmanifest love which called them into being.
“I am the inspiration in every enlightened being throughout the universe. There is no beginning or end to who I am. I am everywhere and in everything. I am everyone's best friend. I am your ultimate perfection and your journey through space and time. I am your satisfaction in discovering an inner light that never dies.”
Introduction. If you do a search on internet under the topic of clairvoyance, you will find hundreds of sites to visit It is a popular topic. Some individuals are naturally clairvoyant. As children, they could see and discern how the colors of others' auras expressed various emotions and states of health. Some can see the shape, color, rotation, and qualities of chakras. Some individuals spontaneously have visions of the future. Some individuals see spirits and notice when someone is about to die or else they are visited by someone who has just died.
Some individuals see angels and are able to counsel a departing soul as he or she begins her journey onto the astral plane. Some individuals see the past and the events of other lifetimes. Some individuals can locate missing persons or objects. Some can see through space and describe an unfamiliar location on the other side of the world. Clairvoyance, the extension of the sense of sight, has many applications.
In his book, Initiation into Hermetics, Franz Bardon suggests one way to develop clairvoyance. In the first part of his book, students learn to gather and also to expel the fire element from their auras. After success in this undertaking, a student can use a fluid condenser soaked into a cotton swab and gather the fire element into it. The student then places this over his closed eyes having concentrated into the condensed energy a picture of being clairvoyant. With the help of the fire element that relates to clairvoyance, the eyes are then opened to perceive on the astral plane.
Oramos presides over the ninth degree of the sign of Cancer. Bardon says there is always something more you can learn from Oramos in regard to clairvoyant ability. While meditating with Oramos, I studied the auras of a number of individuals and spent some time glancing into the future.
The future, of course, is a very interesting
place to visit. I know a Taoist master
who was given a book by her masters before she left her monastery in
J.R.R. Tolkien says that wizards worry about the future. They feel responsible for what will happen. It is not the past, the present, or the inner planes which they seek to master in order to become saints and holy men. Instead, it is future history and the unfolding of the world that are their domain of action.
The future is a dark place because there are forces that no one has ever described that determine its shape. Still, if you read the Old Testament, it is quite clear--long ago and within the most orthodox of traditions there were schools for prophets. If you think about it, what a prophet does when faced with a massive conflict or serious abuse of power is that he offers prophecies. He explains the consequences that result from a given course of action. He details the price that must be paid when an individual or nation interferes with the laws and purposes of the universe. At times he will point out how to restore harmony and justice to the world.
The future, though dark, is governed by Uranus, the Lord of the unexpected. And Uranus only asks of us that we seek and celebrate wisdom. In which case, we have light that reaches into the future. And we have a heart that is strong enough to see that even unknown needs and unfamiliar destinies are given an opportunity to be fulfilled in their own season.
Ascending the Planes. I work my way up the planes from the physical world to the astral, mental, and then into akasha. I notice as I enter akasha that I let go of the three previous worlds of form that I just passed through. There is a radical shift in consciousness. Leaving behind the planes of form is like crossing an abyss. It is like turning your back on your own civilization. To enter akasha, you walk past the last border separating all that is familiar from the unknown and unexplored regions of the soul.
For me, there is also a feeling of release and of becoming free. I sense the completeness of tantra--of opposites joined and combined within the landscape of the enlightened mind. Here you can be within the vast variety of perceptions that belong to both genders. The full spectrum of life experience is on display in front of you.
As I allow my awareness to expand out into the vastness, I notice my heart opening. There is a feeling of rest and of peace. In akasha the greatest conflicts life engenders dissolve. Hope blossoms like light appearing amid darkness.
I recall a memory from long ago when I walked through an abandoned graveyard with a friend. She could see quite easily the state of consciousness of each person buried in that graveyard. Their bodies have died but on the inner planes their astral bodies remain. Their life now is mainly a product of the choices they have made and how they responded to the circumstances which once seemed so real but which now are nearly forgotten by the living.
My friend held her hand over each grave and touched the auras of the departed. With a freedom they did not possess, her touch could cross the boundaries separating life and death, matter and spirit. When psychic perception is joined to a loving heart, peace flows like a stream. It is cool and refreshing through all the changing seasons of life. In part this is because within akasha you can see when and where the deepest longings and needs will be fulfilled. The heart can then embrace all the sorrow and struggles of life without suffering loss or being burdened by the crushing weight of limitations.
The Sign of Cancer. As I move my awareness into a level of akasha where Oramos dwells, I notice that in this space Cancer is extremely sensitive. The past, present, and future, all that was and will be are joined as one stream, one vitality, and one life. The psychic awareness here has an extraordinary attentiveness to every aspect of how life renews and sustains itself.
There is an instantaneous perception of the inner life of another being and every aspect and ingredient in the environment that nourish it. Akasha is not fond of the feeling of separation. When you gaze at something, you are one with it. This mode of perception is as natural to akasha as breath is to life.
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a Hopi Indian medicine man who would not teach white men his healing arts. I asked if I could meditate with him. As we did this, I evoked a specific earth
goddess whom I had met out in the desert.
When we opened our eyes, he began teaching me about the herbs and remedies
which could be found in the
9 Degrees Cancer. In order to solidify a strong connection to Oramos, I focus on the ninth degree of Cancer that he presides over in watching the earth. I find here a high caliber concentration. It is very professional and polished. It is of divine origin. There are great streams that run deep beneath the ground. There are hidden influences that play a part in shaping the events of our lives. Nine degrees Cancer is sufficiently sophisticated to take these factors into account when you seek to understand a problem or the forces governing a person or a situation. This concentration is powerful enough to uncover the most obscure influences. And the will present is relentless and implacable.
Oramos’ Domain. I next enter the domain of Oramos. One day several decades ago I became clairsentient. I suddenly had a gift for feeling the energy and aura of anything I wished. I have spent a number of years exploring this ability working with various partners to check on the accuracy of what I sense.
Part of feeling energy, of course, is being able to connect. It seems like the most natural thing in the world for me to “stand” in front of Oramos. I do not need to call his name to enter his presence. Like a program on the internet that gives you an address and a map to someone's house, it is easy for me to locate where a spirit lives and to attune myself to its aura.
An architect designs a house as a dwelling. It serves a certain purpose and conforms to the needs of the occupants. Similar to an architect who lives in a house he has designed and built himself, the area of akasha in which a spirit dwells reflects the intelligence and professional activities of that being. Being here is like entering the study of someone who teaches psychic perception. The five senses become enhanced so they penetrate through the veils of time and space.
Oramos’ Sigil. One last thing before I speak with Oramos. I draw his sigil in the air. I notice that this diagram creates a clairvoyant trance. It influences consciousness so the mind becomes absorbed in the act of psychic perception. This is being formless, pure, penetrating, and transcendent. Using this sigil is a way of entering and becoming one with the third eye.
Inner Source of Inspiration. In the eyes of Divine Providence, the origins, development, purposes, and final ends of all things are perfectly clear. The universe was created out of a mysterious love that is wonderful beyond the power of imagination to comprehend. It is possible, however, to witness the unfolding of the universe and to join with the light that inspires, guides, and transforms all things. With this light within you, you not only see through the veils of time but you actively participate in fulfilling the deepest dreams within the heart.
Outer Aura. I think the name Oramos and he gives me his attention. He has a smile, a wonderful sense of humor, and he appears to be remarkably friendly. Like the sign of Cancer, he savors and appreciates the specific energy shaping any situation or animating any individual being. His warmth and support are obvious.
When I mention to Oramos the difficulty I have learning to penetrate with my awareness into the atomic structure of the planetary metals, he laughs. He takes me with him into the metals lead and gold. He says, “Look here. Consciousness can move with the same ease through the planes of akasha and through the densest matter. There comes a point when nothing blocks your vision. The past and future? Everything is completely open.”
Oramos likes to study the ongoing movement of the past, present, and future in an individual's aura. This is because if you can see how and why something is about to happen you can often alter events so that things become more harmonious. You could say that for Oramos the past and the future offer sustenance and satisfaction to the present if you know how to appropriate their treasures.
As I join my mind with Oramos, I become immersed in a sensitive and penetrating magnetism. Yet there is also a feeling of heaviness. This is the density and solidity I experience when I project my mind into a crystal such as quartz. As I continue meditating with Oramos, I see different events that have occurred in my life. And then I see my entire life as a detached observer as if I am standing on the outside looking in.
Oramos says to me, “You have an immense affinity for working with gems and crystals and this you haven't even begun to explore.”
Inner Aura. Oramos is so incredibly alert and receptive that he does not miss anything. He can take the most obscure impressions and draw them into focus so their meaning is completely clear. Oramos has an aura that acts something like a telescope. A telescope has a lens that draws light from a large area into a small point so what is viewed is clear and bright.
From my point of view, when you think about something the brain has an inherent capacity to connect directly to what you are thinking about. There is a connection and an automatic transmitting of energy and impressions back and forth. Being psychic is just being able to focus your full consciousness on these impressions and interpret them correctly. Every thing, person, or spirit in the universe carries in its vibration the entire history of its existence. This history is something you can learn to sense and read. Oramos is very good at doing this.
Akashic Plane. On the akashic plane with Oramos, your mind enters a profound spiritual peace and serenity. This state of mind then enables you to put aside any fear, attachments, or distractions so you can open your eyes and see clearly. Again, the lens of a telescope has to be so transparent that it does not interfere in any way with what is being perceived.
I would suggest this is a great level on which to meditate. The peace is very profound. I notice as I sit here meditating there is a gradually letting go in myself of all the emotional memories and clinging attachments which hinder my ability to feel free and totally transparent. The end product is that you come to identify yourself as a divine spirit and it is this spirit within yourself that empowers your clairvoyance.
Mental Plane. I have run into this state of mind many times. It is like going to a monastery or a retreat center where you can detach and think about your life, others’ lives, or whatever you wish to consider. You feel surrounded by spiritual resources, wise teachers, and great knowledge. Here is where you ask questions and then see the answers through contemplation.
It is like love and wisdom are joined. You have the support you need to give all of yourself to what you are seeking. But the answer must come from yourself. You must see it for yourself otherwise it will not be adequate. In the seeking, the process of discovery, and the seeing, there is a great transformation of yourself. In this process, you join the spirit within yourself that exists within eternity with your personality that is wrapped up in history so the two are cooperating fully.
The retreat center, monastery, and wise teachers are external supports. But there is a place in our minds full of peace and light that we can enter at any time to seek the answers to all of our questions. Oramo’s aura on the mental plane is an embodiment of this vibration.
Astral Plane. If you internalize the divine peace of the akashic level and the contemplative state of mind of the mental level, you arrive on the astral plane where you sense how the world is unfolding. There is an inner flow to your life. And the world around you also unfolds like the flow of a river moving toward the sea. On the astral plane, you can sense the currents, the eddies, the waves, and the movement of this river of time unfolding.
Oramos has an incredibly peaceful and serene awareness of the movement of life on the physical, astral, and mental planes. There is often a tendency to talk about the future in terms of karma--actions and consequences, causes and effects. But Oramos is within the sign of Cancer that is ruled by the Moon. The lunar perspective on time is that every desire will be fulfilled and every dream will manifest.
The desire is already joined to its fulfillment. And the dream, if you can see through space and time, has already manifested. The peace and serenity derive from sensing the place within yourself where you already dwell in completion. On the astral plane, then, it is possible to perceive the future without fear and to realize with absolute certainty that to everything there is a time and a season.
Physical Plane. I next work at condensing enough light to bring Oramos down closer to the physical world. With a sense of being inside a physical, crystal ball, I feel like I can walk into the future and examine the specific details of situations that are likely to occur. I pursue a number of questions with Oramos about the future and the reason why things take certain turns and if that is the best way to go.
The sign of Cancer likes to keep things happy. Oramos points out the easier and more reasonable ways to proceed with different projects. But he also mentions what is possible if magick is employed as well. When a new cause is written into the akasha, a foundation is laid for bringing about a different result. Changing the future can be as easy as keeping your heart open and considering with joy the result you seek. In other cases, it requires a nearly superhuman determination and will to take hold of what seems inevitable and reshape it so it is friendly and of a different nature when it appears.
Common Difficulties/Imbalances. From the point of view of Oramos, the difficulty in developing clairvoyance is not with opening the third eye, learning to skry, to use crystal balls, or coaching the eyes into seeing through space and time or observe objects at remote locations. The difficulty is with acquiring complete transcendence. The eyes that see best are the eyes of a spiritual being who has attained perfect enlightenment and absolute freedom.
Oh it is true that you can acquire psychic abilities fairly quickly using a great variety of methods. But these abilities will then be channeled through your personality. They then become like power, like tiny wish--fulfilling gems that enable you to acquire wealth, health, success, fame, and fortune. Every being in the universe has power of one kind or another and it is up to you to decide from out of your own heart to what end you will apply it.
But there is another way of seeing which is altogether different. Like his inner source of inspiration, there is a light within you that you can find. And this light enables you to perceive the deepest purposes of life and to actively participate in guiding, unfolding, and shaping the world. If you can find that place within yourself which is beyond fear and which is free of a craving for fame, fortune, and power, then you can see through the eyes of love. And with these eyes, you behold the world as something wonderful. The bottom line is that you become a guardian angel both to yourself and to others also.
Reason for working with Jvar. I am interested in better understanding the elements in my astral body and in how to transform passive energies so they become more positive and productive. Other spirits in the earthzone who specialize in magical equilibrium are Geriola, 6 degrees Sagittarius and Ikon, 24 degrees Sagittarius.
Preliminary Considerations. Bardon says of Jvar, [He] “informs the magician on the origin of passions and how their talents are established firmly in the astral body. In this connection, the magician also learns to understand the deep secret sense of all passions which serve as means for a certain purpose and are to strengthen will power and other magic faculties. Jvar tells the magician how to control passions by certain magical aids and other means and how they can be transmuted into opposite, positive qualities. The practices recommended by this head may be applied by the magician as an aid for those scholars who are on the way to magic development, and who have certain passions they are not able to control.”
Jvar adds to Bardon's exercise on equilibrium a sense of quest and divine pageantry. From Jvar's point of view, passions hide and disguise divine ecstasy. There is a role to be played by our minds in our quest to attain harmony. With relentless tenacity we can study the specific nature of our passions and desires. There is a part to be played by our wills. Similar to a hunter, we track and stalk what we are after until we hold it within our grasp and power.
There is also a part to be played by our spirit. In this case, you identify the specific elemental ecstasy hidden within the passion. Finding it, you then embody that ecstasy within yourself. This turns psychology and self-mastery into a means for uniting with the divine. Working at attaining magical equilibrium is similar to a quest for the Holy Grail or to an alchemist who would refine and transform dark matter into nature's quintessence. In this way, the obsessions or blind cravings for gratification are exposed to the light of awe, wonder, and beauty--the conflicts within the personality are perceived as part of a divine drama and pageantry--the mystery of life unfolding within us.
In Initiation into Hermetics, attaining a magical equilibrium and balance between the four elements is taught in chapter one. In chapter ten, there is another exercise relating to spiritualizing the astral body so it reflects the four attributes of spirit--omnipotence, omnipresence, omniscience, and immortality. But this spiritualization of the astral body is on-going through the basic practices and forever afterwards. The symbol of the magic circle in The Practice of Magical Evocation and working with cosmic letters in The Key to the True Quabbalah continue this work and endeavor. The enlightened mind seeks to transform the elements by working with them on all four levels of consciousness.
I have an interest in transpersonal psychology because it has a nice way of placing individual problems within a larger context. It says, “This problem you have is not just yours alone. Many others have the same difficulty. This problem is part of the path of life, of moving from where we have been to where we wish to be. This is both an individual and a collective journey. We can draw upon and learn from others' wisdom as we seek to transform ourselves.”
If we consider the subconscious and unconscious to be filled with conflicting, blind, and chaotic cravings, then we no longer look for the greater harmony and purposes underlying our desires. But if we consider the fires and desires of life to be sacred, then we can take personal desires and move them on to a different level. Every desire within life has its place and role to play. It is an invitation to find and enter a great harmony and celebration. This transpersonal perspective leads us to the heart of wisdom.
There are, however, significant differences between transpersonal psychology and magick. The magician will spend far more time training his imagination and developing his physical, astral, and mental bodies. He will also be far more comfortable entering an akashic trance and contemplating human conflicts from a position of divine awareness.
Leo in the Earthzone. Leo is radiant, confident, and full of rejoicing. Leos are naturally affectionate and supportive of others. Libra, with a different emphasis, is interested in love, beauty, and personal expression. Libra, for example, is very skilled in finding the point of balance between two individuals.
But Leo can find the central point that holds together an entire community. Leo has the strength and desire to stand on that point. The inspiration and life of the community is reflected in his eyes and expressed through his voice.
You can find in Leo, then, a magnanimous heart and true generosity. There is also a ferocious will to defend the community from attack from without and contamination from within. Like a mother lion with her cubs, Leo is willing to protect and to educate her own.
The constellation of Leo is ruled by the sun. Since magicians are concerned with relating the microcosm--the individual--with the macrocosm--the universe, it is natural that there are some individuals whose hearts reflect the light of the sun. And what is the magical secret of the sun's light that Leo's know? A mature Leo can feel in his or her heart a continuous explosion of joy that overflows as love to others. Indeed, if the Leos' spirituality has reached a universal level, then their radiant light illuminates everyone like the sun's light that shines upon the whole earth.
3 Degrees Leo. The third degree of Leo is full of courage, strength, nobility, and power.
Jvar’s Domain. In this domain of akasha, your strength of will derives from having balance in your personality, virtue, and character. The four elements are kept in perfect harmony.
Jvar’s Sigil. Jvar’s sigil is like a flame of spirit that burns up the impurities within yourself. It takes them and transforms them into power, vitality, and commitment. You sense an inspiration in your heart that you have become a focal point for the deeper purposes of life.
Inner Source of Inspiration. Consciousness, when joined to the light of Divine Providence, penetrates and illuminates every aspect of life. If you hold this inspiration within your heart, you become most active and essential influence transforming of any situation.
Jvar's Outer Aura. Jvar's aura is radiant and integrated. He communicates self-mastery and how to take charge of yourself. Jvar is a strong Leo--his energy is shiny and bright. He moves to the center, bringing everything into clarity and balance. He is very strong and dynamic.
Jvar's Inner Aura. Jvar has an intuition that reveals things in their wholeness. He indicates how to find the center in yourself.
The main thrust of Jvar's teaching is to become your own guardian angel. See your life from a transcendent, benevolent perspective of blessing and wisdom. Feel yourself within and one with radiant light. Draw upon divine authority to fulfill your purposes in life and to dissolve all obstacles on your path. Understand yourself as possessing absolute freedom and also taking full responsibility for working with and within every limitation.
Akashic Plane. Jvar has a powerful mesmeric concentration especially when you focus on any obstacle or obstructions in your life. You then comprehend it in all its aspects and in its most opaque influences so you see how to undo or overcome it.
Vices, passive personality traits, weaknesses, and out of control passions result from attachment to specific images and complexes which are not consciously directed. These passions and drives may arise from personal, collective, or global levels or be a connection between all three. When your life is dominated by unconscious forces, then years and decades of your life are wasted. Your inner self is unable to shine. You do not transform yourself or the world around you.
Your true will knows itself as divine ecstasy and expresses itself easily through all four elements. It rejoices in its power to perceive the truth. If something is binding you or pulling you down, do not respond with fear, despair, or by feeling helpless. Rather, see hidden within the passions the divine power that enables the archangels to spread their wings and to fly unhindered through all domains of nature, human, and divine. Be willing, as these divine beings, to comprehend everything that exists from within all-embracing love.
Passions, desires, cravings, obsessions, and compulsions--they burn themselves out like shooting stars with a self-consuming fire. Instead of doing this, be a hunter who follows the trail and hunts down desire. Observe its nature and habits, its cycles and expressions of its life. The hunter tracks the desire back to sources which nourish it and to where it dwells within the wilderness of the soul. He uncovers the spark of the divine life hidden within it. He nurtures and amplifies that ecstasy of divinity that has granted the passion existence as a reflection of a greater and purer light. Then, by understanding the desire and mastering its intent, the passion dissolves.
Desire is like a dream that contains an energy and a specific quality of being alive. The dream is enchanting and alluring. It captivates and focuses your attention like a lover whose presence makes your life radiant. Yet the nature of lovers is that they search out and satisfy the deepest desires within each other's hearts. Through love they transform themselves into spiritual beings until their hearts are so pure and clear they reflect the universe.
The elements in nature are a path of ecstasy offering a taste of divine bliss. A journey begins with sensual pleasure. But if you open your heart and mind to sensuality and pleasure, your journey leads on until you learn to see with the eyes of divinity and are finally being reborn as a spiritual being. The five senses are that rich.
A basic practice is, as Bardon mentions, learning to attribute to each element the desire or passion associated with it. To fire are will and power. To water are love and feeling. To air are clarity of mind and wisdom. To earth are the integration of consciousness and the ability to accomplish work.
It is not enough to meditate on the opposite of a passion, e.g., anger is replaced by a relaxed but dynamic will or balanced by love and empathic understanding. You also need procedures for penetrating the resistance within you to making these changes. The process of transformation can move immediately to the solution and it can also go gradually step by step. There is a process involved in which you become free by understanding all aspects of your desires--every sensation, feeling, thought, and energy that is present within them.
For example, empathy is a quality of the water element. It has many components and there are many books on this ability. Empathy has social-linguistic aspects. You can frame questions to others by stating something you observe about them and then asking a question about it.
For example, Larry King on his talk show asks a guest who has been promoted to a cabinet position, “I notice you have never had this kind of job before. It is my guess it has been quite challenging for you. Is that right?” The way this question is phrased disarms the other individuals and offers a safe space and context in which to disclose more about personal experience.
There are non-verbal aspects to empathy. You notice another's physical gestures, tone of voice, and facial expressions. You see when the body language is incongruous with what is verbally expressed and then you ask about this. You say, for example, “You hesitate when you answer. Is there more going on than what you have said?”
There is a role played by imagination. You briefly place yourself within the other's situation and see what that feels like. You look at the experience from outside your own mind and point of view. Each of these methods increases your sensitivity.
None of the above, however, offers much change in the amount of water in your astral body. Individuals with strong and positive water energy naturally feel connected to others without the need for method or technique. Automatically they set up a circulation of feeling or astral energy between themselves and others. They are not only animating and vivacious. They make others feel alive just by being in their presence.
To get a sense of this watery energy you can imagine you are an individual who is tender, loving, and who has a gift for feeling alive. Relaxing, spend some time imagining you possess these abilities. The chameleon changes color to match the environment due to the pigmentation in its skin. The astral body changes its vibration according the dream like image held within it. As you extend your imagination, you can taste and even immerse yourself within new feelings. With work, your astral body can open so new channels of energy flow through it.
In magick, there is another set of steps. You study and contemplate water in nature--streams, rivers, pools, lakes, oceans, rain and clouds. Again, you place your mind within these things as if you are them. Gradually, these images of water heighten your sensitivity and ability to let go, flow, and feel supportive of others.
At this point, you go a step further, as in magick, and imagine you have become or have a connection with an undine. Undines possess marvelous faculties when it comes to empathy and circulating energy. The undine's existence is a pure, sensual feeling and receptivity. Most of the astral qualities within undines are already familiar to us. We meet individuals who are sweet, serene, tender, healing, and passionately in love. Undines just take the normal range of these feelings and amplify them sometimes by a factor of ten and sometimes by a factor of a hundred.
An undine will not counsel you like a therapist or a minister on what you might wish to consider when you care for others. Human morality is absent. Undines embody the energies underlying nature. They are able to focus these magnetic and magical powers through their consciousness.
Undines will introduce you to another mode of perception and the amplification of the life within you. Undines are the connection and missing link within the water element between human feeling and divine, omnipresent love. There are times when human empathy is not adequate and belief in divine love is not daring enough. Then the magician creates and directs through his own volition the magnetism within water to heal, to inspire, and fulfill the purposes of love.
My point is that striving toward magical equilibrium takes more than making our negative qualities positive. We need to also develop the strength of the four elements within us so the amount or quantity of their presence in our astral bodies is relatively equal. But this is procedure of strengthening the amount of the elements within us is also built into Bardon's basic practices. He has the student condense and then dissolve the four elements one after the other in his body. In this way, the student learns to amplify and strengthen the elements. He experiences what it is like to have a great deal of each element within himself.
Mental Plane. On the mental plane, the idea is to watch your life so it is continuously moving toward fulfillment. The mental plane develops an understanding of the importance of establishing elemental balance and equilibrium.
There is a tendency among New Age practitioners to desire teachers who are warm, cuddly, and full of hugs. This gives those attending seminars an opportunity to regress back to a child's level of trust and security. This is fine. The problem comes in the transaction. It is a temptation to trade curiosity, longing for the truth, and rigorous observation for whatever it takes to gain well-being supplied from outside of themselves.
More mature teachers are also tender and loving. But they challenge the student to enter a process of self-discovery and direct encounters with others. They keep the center of focus off of themselves as teachers and on the group and the individual members. The tension between individuals and the encounter with darkness within oneself are reframed as an invitation to establish your own sense of well-being.
Jvar will recommend and explain how to work on a specific element in order to overcome a personality weakness or work through an obsession. You get to scrutinize a difficulty from Jvar's point of view. The experience, however, remains your own. It is for you to discover what it is like to live with a richer and stronger amount of an element within your astral body.
Astral Plane. On the astral plane, you see your life from a place of light and harmony. That is, imagine you are in the situation where you are working from your highest level of motivation and inspiration. Work with this concept and explore this image. Go inside of it like you are waking up within a dream. Taste it and feel it. Then work with it through extended concentration so it becomes quite real to you.
For example, if you feel you need an inspiring guide or teacher in your life, visualize such a teacher right now sitting beside you. Practice talking to him and discover all that he has to say to you. Similarly, if you feel you need more support and love, visualize this also. Enter the house of your imagination. Better, think of your mind as a divine temple. Use your creative thought to reshape and reframe the way you see yourself.
It is the nature of Leo to radiate light to all aspects of life. Every desire and ideal finds a place and time to be fulfilled. Become this radiant sun of inspiration shining beauty and harmony to all aspects of yourself and your life and to those you love.
Physical Plane. On the physical plane, the idea is to have a transpersonal perspective on personal problems so your insight is universal, so that you are not just more adaptable, successful and happy but also wise--understanding the heart of life. See personal conflicts in a larger context so that you end up holding healing power within your hands.
Use all conflict and problems as fuel to generate more light and love. Draw your problems and all life experience into your heart where it is transformed into wisdom, light, and love that are then freely shared. This is the spiritual capacity of Leos of being at the center, of supporting a community and of transforming yourself. To do this, begin with your own inner community of desires, drives, goals, purposes, etc. On the physical plane, then, the radiance of Leo becomes a vital energy within oneself that fills others' lives with inspiration and encouragement.
Introduction to the Psychology of the Four Elements
The first step in working with a psychology of the four elements involves creating elemental sensations within ourselves through force of imagination. The sensation relating to each element has to be fully felt. Once we can generate a particular sensation in ourselves by will, we can then tie that sensation into the basic qualities of the element. This approach illuminates many aspects of the astral body which modern psychology fails to consider.
In regard to each of four elements, I refer you to my separate essays on finding the sylph, gnome, salamander, and undine in yourself. Though these articles derive directly from working with elemental beings, I present the results as meditations that require that you venture no further than the domain of your own imagination.
Also see my different dialogues with the elemental beings. For all their metaphysical explorations, these are not platonic dialogues. They take place in a state of trance in which I encounter and wrestle with the inner core essence of these marvelous spirits of nature. Yet though I present these stories as journeys into invisible and magical realms, the elemental beings embody treasures of spirit that are part of our own nature.
We practice seeing and feeling fire. We evoke the sensation of intense heat within ourselves. The basic procedure is to imagine that our bodies are hollow inside and so able to accumulate any energy we wish. We than imagine that this hollow space is filled with fiery heat or we can imagine that with each breathe we are drawing fiery heat into our bodies. When we are done, we imagine that the energy dissolves again into the universe. Let us talk about the difficulties with this concentration exercise.
Some individuals will be hesitant to work directly with fire. This may be because they feel uncomfortable with fire since it is dangerous. It can burn you.
It may also be that they are uneasy with the idea of developing their will and power. They may feel it is hard enough keeping one's desires and impulses in check. If you develop your power, you immediately run the risk of abusing that power. Passions out of control may end up controlling you and causing all sorts of harm to yourself and others. These concerns are very important and individuals should listen to their own consciences on these matters.
You will recall from Greek mythology that Zeus chained the titan Prometheus to a mountain crag and had eagles tear out his liver. Zeus was mad at Prometheus for giving fire to the human race. Each day the titan's liver would regenerate only to be torn out again. The liver can be seen as representing natural growth and spiritual consciousness. In bestowing the gift of fire to humanity, Prometheus was giving power without the spiritual ability to know how to use it wisely.
One way to work with the element of fire is to review fire in all the ways it exists in nature, in society, and within ourselves. Life was able to appear on our planet because of the heat and light of the sun. But it took billions of years for this to occur and the earth had to have a stable orbit and the right distance from the sun.
There are many forms of fire that exist in nature. The volcano and forest fire are impersonal forces and extremely dangerous to life. And yet the fire in the earth moves continents, uplifts mountains, creates islands, and provides a variety of ecological habitats. As civilization has developed, we have learned to use the wood, coal, coke, oil, and gas fires turning their heat to productive ends. Consider the history of technology and both the positive and negative purposes to which fire has been dedicated. Fire itself, like a knife, can be used for healthy or for destructive ends.
Consider also the importance of warmth and heat to the human body. For the past thirty thousand years, we have managed to survive ice ages, winters, and freezing environments. We have developed clothing, insulation, and various heating systems to keep us warm. We have used fire to cook and produce many new kinds of food.
The point is that if you imagine your body filled with fiery flames you encounter a racial memory of all that fire means. When you are evoking fire within yourself through the force of your imagination, you need to make peace with both its productive and its destructive aspects. You have to be comfortable with your ability to use its power in natural ways that fulfill spiritual purposes.
On the other hand, try as they may some individuals will find it hard to form a sensation of heat through concentration. They may visualize a fire in front of them. They can just as easily see a fire inside of their bodies. But nothing happens. There is no sensation of heat that accompanies this imagery.
If, for example, the individual repeatedly places his hands near a fire, he is still unable to get his nervous system to reproduce the sensation of heat through concentration. The problem here is that the individual's concentration on the mental plane is unable to produce astral sensations. The astral body adds feelings of life and immediacy to the imagery. When your concentration is effective on the astral plane, as in a dream, you feel you are really there amid whatever you visualize.
There are any number of ways of resolving this difficulty. Basically, the idea is to become the fire. Make the fire part of yourself. Treat fire as an extension of your own aura. Nourish it. Care for it. Offer it welcome. Invite fire into yourself so it finds a home and a place where it can grow strong.
For example, take some time to imagine you are collecting some dry leaves and wood so that you can start an open fire out of doors. Give your full attention to the match as it ignites and then starts the dry leaves and wood burning. Assist the fire by placing small twigs into the flames so that it can take hold. Then place a pan of water over the fire with the intent you are going to bring the water to a boil.
Assume the role of the fire like a cheerleader who encourages her team to succeed. Become the heat that starts small bubbles and then larger ones to appear in the water until the water finally boils. Then imagine this entire visualization has taken place within your own body. If in some way you can place emotion into your activity, then it is easy to feel the sensations that occur on the astral plane. The heat in the fire then moves from a mental picture to an actual sensation that is intense enough to feel real.
As I have pointed out elsewhere, there are Tibetan yogis who visualize fire and manage to increase their body temperature by seventeen degrees. This is no longer just a perceived sensation. Scientists have measured it with a thermometer.
The next step is to imagine and believe quite clearly that the presence of this element within yourself is the same as embodying will. In psychological terms, fire radiates urgency, power, and light. It is full of conviction and it dissolves fear. Because of its warmth and dynamic presence, it gathers others to itself. It offers leadership, courage, and a zest for living life.
Consider the affirmation: “I am a strong and assertive individual. I present myself in a clear and convincing way to other people.” It is possible to form a picture in your mind that you indeed embody these qualities. But others may still see you as a whimp. They may treat you like you are helpless and ineffective.
The reason for this is that you have failed to create an astral component for this thought form. Your aura does not radiate any power or charisma. The task is to combine the mental affirmation with an astral sensation that radiates fiery power. Others will then immediately feel the warmth of your aura and a source of power within you that can take charge of any situation.
Again, there is the other extreme. Some individuals will find it easy to produce in themselves the hot, burning sensation of a fire. Some individuals with ease can imagine the entire world as one vast sea of flames and feel that heat extending around them for miles. They can do this because they have a natural ability or else they have a vivid astral imagination.
But there may be a downside to this. If they expand the fire element in their auras, they may lack the ethics, character, and commitment to use this force wisely. Sometimes at a red light, an individual in one car with casually glance at someone in another car. The second person may have an astral body full of fire that is ready to ignite. The glance is like striking a match. The encounter results in violence.
In this case, the feeling of power with its urgent need to act and to dominate the situation produces negative results. The fire has not been channeled through an alert and clear mind. Blind emotion has taken control.
Consequently, when the fiery element in the astral body is easily stimulated, the individual has to spend more time working on the mental plane. The purposes for which will and power are to be used must be carefully reviewed. The individual has to identify and commit himself to core values that are persuasive enough to hold the negative aspects of fire in check.
As with fire, you imagine your body is a hollow space and that only the air element exists within you. You might imagine yourself to be like a helium balloon so you feel weightless. You feel yourself float up into the sky. The sensation of weightlessness and floating is basic.
Then you extend your imagination further. You imagine the winds are part of your body. The vacuum into which air flows is like your lungs exerting a pull as you inhale. Actually, there is a rhythmic flow in the winds and the seasons that is like breathing. Like a sylph, you probe and search for the harmony underlying air movements and weather patterns.
And finally you become the winds. If you open your mind and meditate, you become the trade winds, the north wind, the hurricane, the thunderstorm, and the tiny gust that twirls the leaves in your garden. In meditation, there is no light or energy the mind cannot find and reproduce to some extent within itself. Becoming familiar with the sky is just a matter of practice and taking time.
The air element can also be overdeveloped within an individual. If you make astral contact with the air element or communicate with sylphs, there is a tendency for the other elements in yourself to be shoved aside. This may lead you to a part of yourself that is wild and restless. It is impersonal, distant, and aloof. It is not at all concerned with the worries and responsibilities of human beings. It knows itself to be free and so it no longer cares about the demands of society, personality, or human feeling.
An individual with this passive aspect of the air element may be alert, detached, and balanced within himself. But he can also be insensitive to the extent of becoming amoral. This is not new information. Psychology talks about sociopaths and authors write about individuals who have lost their connections to others.
However, the phenomenon I am describing derives from an astral enchantment. Part of the individual's astral body is no longer focused on human existence. The individual perceives the way a sylph perceives or as the fairies of lore who enchant human beings to come away with them to the inner planes. As William Butler Yeats describes it:
Come away, O human child!
To the waters and the wild
With a fairy, hand in hand,
For the world's more full of weeping than you can understand.
Again, psychologists such as Carl Jung have written about a circle of enchantment that holds human beings in enthrallment. The individual is haunted and possessed by what is unfilled in the past, by the unmet needs of childhood and family. He does not see the actual situations he enters and other human beings as they are but only a distorted reflection, an illusion seen from afar. Giving and receiving, bonding, and intimacy are twisted and bent because the heart is incomplete.
But the enchantment of air is slightly different. The individual has an over abundance of the air element which lacks positive expression. There is nothing a matter with having a sylph's heightened awareness. The Dalai Lama's weather controller possesses this as did ancient druids.
The sylph's sensitivity can take the form of a detachment that blends freedom with a delight in pure perception. It is a thrilling experience as are hang gliding and parasailing. It is easy when you feel this relaxed and free to say to yourself, "I am not a human being. The life within me is altogether different that from what others feel and see." When we are at play or entertained, we may temporarily feel the same thing. We give ourselves permission to forget about the rest of life for the duration.
But this suspending of daily demands, besides being a way to recharge ourselves, has a productive side. An altered state of perception enables us to see the world in new ways. The challenge is to share this with others.
The poet does this. He perceives the delicate fragility and the hidden beauty shining within each moment. When he writes or speaks, he is sufficiently distant that he can savor pure feelings. But he knows these feelings can only be expressed, found and met, within the details and specific experiences of our lives. Each poem is a steppingstone that leads across the stream that separates daily life from the realms of pure imagination.
The artist does this. He says, “Behold my art. It is a creation of my imagination. Its images are a mirror capturing the light I see reflected in life.” And musicians do this when the music is just right. They are no longer aware of themselves. The notes carry them along. The song takes on its own life and they are within both the human plane and another domain.
Too much airy substance in the soul tempts us all to let go and forget our ties to others. Legend tells us of a race which could not longer compete with human beings and so retreated from our world to become a race of fairies. But even to these we might now say, “Return again and dwell among us. Share with us the things you see and know that we too might behold the beauty of the world around us.” The remedy is not to retreat into detachment and a realm of inner peace but to create new ways of sharing heart to heart.
And finally there is the basic problem of developing astral sensitivity. Many individuals see no further than the activities of their daily lives. The consequence is that their emotional life is limited in scope. In fact, most religions guide their practitioners into a few sets of sacred experiences that are charged with astral energy. Conversion, devotion, rapture, and commitment are controlled and channeled in acceptable ways. Other profound emotional experiences are labeled taboo and placed off limits or else are ignored and considered to be irrelevant.
But if you look at a cloud it is constantly changing. If you focus on a feeling within you and give it enough space to move, it will continuously transform. Feelings are like the waters of the earth. They run in underground streams. They are in the lakes, the seas, the clouds, the rivers, the rain, and the ice caps.
A sylph is aware of every aspect of a changing cloud and yet the sylph remains detached. To work with the air element is to have both inner balance and sensitivity to every nuance and aspect of feelings. Developing this sensitivity is something which psychology shares in common with magick. Elsewhere I write about the method of focusing which bridges the gap between transpersonal psychology and magical practice.
To develop the sensation of water, which is cold and wet, imagine you are swimming and diving in a stream, river, lake, or ocean. It is possible to extend your meditations along these lines until the sensations of water become quite strong. At some point along the way, imagine yourself becoming the water surrounding your body. Feel a swimmer moving through your space. And again feel the coldness of water within your body as if your body is hollow inside.
In my various stories about my encounters with undines, I go into detailed descriptions about their specific astral natures. The four I describe are all loving, receptive, sensitive, empathic, healing, and nurturing. Also, they each have a slightly different way they communicate the bliss and ecstasy within the water element. These undines are very enchanting and possess many magical secrets relating to the water element.
From my experience, undines extend their auras out into the watery domains surrounding them. If they wish to create an atmosphere like a wondrous festival full of dancing and song, the water is magnetized to express this feeling. If they wish to communicate a profound state of oneness and love, again, the water element becomes a vehicle that carries and amplifies their intentions.
Our task in exploring the psychology of water is to do something similar. Once we can clearly produce the sensations of cold water in and around ourselves, then we imagine that this watery expanse acts to express our feelings. Water absorbs, releases, flows and circulates energy. In a similar way, our aura encompasses and revives the life of those with whom we have contact. It produces a magical space in which individuals are free to be receptive to each other and to feel acceptance and love.
As with the other elements, we now combine the energies of the mental and astral planes. We need a clear definition and commitment in our minds to all that water represents in its highest sense. Again, the qualities are love, healing, nurturing, sensitivity, acceptance, clairsentience, serenity, tranquility, purity, and so forth. And we need a total and complete conviction that we exist within and are a part of a magnetic watery field of energy flowing through us and encompassing ourselves and others as well.
Both the mental and astral planes with their different approach to water must then be united in a natural way. Part of our success in this endeavor will arise from our study and appreciation of other individuals who express feelings and ideals of love in their personalities. And part of our work will involve recognizing the great variety of sensations and ways in which water exists in the world of nature. Again, I have given examples through poems and stories of ways the undines have sought to deepen my understanding of the environment and element of water in which they live. Ultimately, their domain and their range of activities are also our own.
If we conceive of fire as will, air as intelligence and clarity of mind, and water as love and affection, what then shall we make of the element of earth? In what way can earth represent the integration and strength of consciousness?
The granite boulder is stable. It retains its shape, its form and mass, and only very gradually changes. The precious stone is harder and more enduring and yet its structure permits the energy of light to pass through it. Ice is water in a solid form. Its molecules though fixed cover a wider expanse so that it floats. Air is in water and water is in the volcanic magma as it explodes. As the heat is released, the flowing lava turns to stone.
Plants grow on the rich nutrients of volcanic islands. Topsoil develops and then forests. The land mass provides an environment where life can flourish.
Consciousness integrates the different aspects of ourselves. It is the enduring and stable landscape where our soul and spirit accomplish their tasks. Consciousness sets priorities, identifies values, and applies its resources and time to productive ends. There are conflicts between values, goals, desires, and different individuals. Consciousness uses the understanding of air, the will of fire, and the empathy of water to arrive at practical and satisfying solutions.
The main sensations we are after with the earth element are weight and density. You imagine yourself as a little more heavy. Like a tree, you are rooted in the ground. Like a boulder, you are solid and easily resist external influence. Increasing your sense of weight and being grounded are part of the arts of Aikido and also Tai Chi Chuan.
With the right piece of rock, there is a sense of time being suspended. You remember the past. You endure for ages. Even the far future feels near at hand. The earth element has a strong continuity. Past, present, and future form a continuum. The events of life occur along a time line. You do not have to rush anywhere. You just use the present moment in the best way you can.
I place my hand
on a standing stone five thousand years old.
There is nothing fancy about this stone circle. It seems quite casual like an afterthought
the way it is set down at the end of a cow pasture on
Consciousness can take the events of our lives and give them order and definition. It can say, “This relationship and that event are important to me. They always will be. These ideals I live for--they are what give my life purpose. You see, amid all the changes--the accidents, the failures, and the wrong turns--there is a core set of values within myself which I uphold and experiences which I honor.”
Fire is tenacious but earth is persevering. Water offers love and support, sweet intimacy and pleasure. But earth builds and provides those things that satisfy our deepest desires. The air element likes to think and to reason. It offers clarity so vast that the thought process is lost in the illumination. But the earth element knows in its heart that it is alive and participates in those purposes that endure through all ages of time.
Earth cuts to the bottom line. It is not distracted by the urgency and rapacious hunger of fire and all the issues surrounding the maintenance of power. It is not so easily distracted by the enchantments, romance, and passions of love. And though it too seeks and reaches for peaks of understanding and illumination, it does not fly off content to be detached or aloof.
Earth stays focused on the concrete and practical ways we can materialize our ideals and operate in an effective manner in accordance with our core values. It leaves behind a legacy. It provides a foundation upon which future generations will build. And if this sounds too abstract, then we can apply the same to our own lives. In each stage of our life, we act with integrity and accomplish our basic tasks. Then we are able to move forward and succeed with what comes next.
In summary, this is only a tiny introduction to the psychology of the four elements. I have not discussed here the ecstasies of the four elements. And there are the four divine attributes relating to different elements--omnipotence, enlightenment, omnipresence or all-encompassing love, and immortality.
I have suggested elsewhere that the twelve signs of the zodiac and astrology also provide insight into the four elements. An important step in this area will be identifying for each of the twelve signs of the zodiac its corresponding elemental sensation. Then that rich set of symbols and interpretations can be integrated into the psychology of the elements. To do this will require a shamanistic approach to the symbols that characterize the zodiac signs.
Reason for Evocation. To develop the vitality in my body so it is radiant.
Preliminary. I form an electro-magnetic volt that I place in a magic triangle to serve as a medium to support my connection to Romasara.
8 Degrees Leo. The 8th degree of Leo is very sensitive to life force, vitality, breath, and the air element. This degree of Leo on the akashic plane seems to scream out to the whole earth--”Hey folks, you are surrounded by a sea of vitality. Draw it in so you shine like the sun!”
Romasara's Domain of Akasha. This level of akasha joins a profound spiritual peace with mastery over breath, the etheric body, and the air element.
Romasara's Sigil. I draw the sigil placing the idea of mastery over breath into it. Immediately, my awareness of air heightens. The air I inhale feels incredibly rich and satisfying. My awareness sinks into my breathing so that I feel I have become the air and the life force within and surrounding my body.
In a few moments, more life force enters and circulates within my body. Romasara apparently does not emphasize learning specific breathing exercises. In Romasara's approach, direct awareness of air releases energy into the body and makes this vitality accessible to the will.
There is a strong astral presence. Concentrating on breathing opens my senses to perceiving life force. This is like meditating within a sacred temple. There is a warm, glowing sensation all through my body as if priests are chanting and concentrating their mantras to vibrate within me. It seems as if Romasara has placed his hands on my head and anointed me with an understanding of breath.
meditating for a while, I sense more clearly the sea of vitality surrounding
me. It proclaims that life is good,
peaceful, and beautiful. Meditating with
Romasara, it is easy to imagine why some individuals, as in
And still this energy grows stronger. I feel I have left the earth and entered the sphere of the sun. When the light is bright enough, the barriers separating nature, human, divine, and the planetary zones dissolve. Romasara, like other spirits such as Bialode, apparently has a close tie the solar sphere as well as to our earthzone. Enough of this mystical rapture with endorphins running wild in the bloodstream. Back to our evocation.
Romasara's Inner Source of Inspiration. The energy of God, without beginning or end,
self-originating, and beyond all understanding, can be found within our
bodies. It is within our breath. It is met in the perfection of our health and
vitality. In other words, the body is
sacred. It is the
It has been the custom of religions to build temples and structures to symbolize the glory and majesty of God. Consciousness and our five senses enjoy having the support and reassurance that comes from entering a great cathedral, a shrine, a stone circle, a grove, or a place of worship. But what all these majestic buildings and sacred settings point to is a Divine Presence that is found within our bodies and hearts.
If I can put it this way, Romasara acts as a tour guide introducing students to an infinite sea of vitality which is within our bodies and which extends throughout the universe. Therefore, as you are drawing Romasara's sigil, include this awareness within the light you visualize.
Outer Aura. Romasara's aura emits a very pure light. It refines life force. It burns with a radiant purity.
But as a matter of fact Romasara is very aware of every aspect of how breath and vitality move within the body. It could well be that if he were a human being, he would teach a great variety of methods. Each student would be introduced to the practice most useful to him.
Inner Aura. The way an undine is aware of the sea or a sylph of winds, Romasara is aware of the life force within the sea of air around us. Romasara has identified his consciousness with this sea. In practicing breathing with Romasara, you learn to draw upon these currents of energy that strengthen the vitality in your body.
Akashic Plane. The akashic plane is the equivalent of entering a divine awareness extending without limit through space and time. The awareness Romasara represents on this plane is the absolute mastery of breath, life force, and radiant light. You can approximate this awareness in the following way. You imagine you are a divine being who comprehends all aspects of life force and vitality. Your must be certain that you have accomplished this so that you are free of all doubt. In other words, you simply make a picture of yourself embodying these qualities. This combination of conviction and visualized image placed on the akashic plane will eventually manifest as a physical ability.
Mental Plane. On the mental plane, Romasara's presence stimulates the mind to become vibrant and to rest within a sea of shining bright vitality. This meditation does not emphasize your personality or the consciousness we use in daily life. It is a way of extending beyond yourself and identifying with the atmosphere of the earth.
The vitality in the atmosphere is an absolutely free movement of universal energy pure and radiant--a celebration of divinity. Consequently, a way has to be found to express this energy within an individual. For this reason, in some traditions the students spend decades chanting sacred names and mantras, opening the nadis of energy channels within their chakras, and training their minds to be boundless light full of bliss and delight. It helps if the student takes some time and effort to train his mind and body so he can understand a teacher's consciousness.
Swamis have this little mental game they like to play with students. They get into talking about how “I am not my
body. I am not my thoughts. I am not my breath. I am not my name. I am not my identity,” and on and on and
on. Well, what remains at the end of
this game? In Hinduism, following the
model of a deity such as
But on the mental plane, Romasara does assume a specific identity. His consciousness has content, movement, and expression. He identifies with the trees, their roots and leaves. He identifies with the plants, the clouds, the winds, the rivers, and the seas. His awareness is within all the processes that nourish life on earth. And underneath the chemistry, biochemistry, metabolism, and breath is, again, an energy field of radiant light and pure vitality. This is what shines from his aura and where his consciousness rests.
Astral Plane. On the astral plane, there is the sensation of breath producing a flame of spirit within the temple of our bodies. This flame radiates inexhaustible vitality. The sea of life force sensed on the mental plane now takes on a focal point--in and around your body is the dazzling and brilliant light of the sun. The essence of life force manifests as radiant light in your aura.
Franz Bardon talks about creating this aura around yourself through breath. As you practice breathing life force into your body with each breath, you accumulate more vitality within you until you feel you are about to burst with the pressure of the light. Practicing over time, you learn to extend this light thirty yards around your body. This supercharged aura makes it easy to heal others by transferring to them your excess vitality. This is a great approach. It just takes a lot of work to develop this.
The nice thing about working with Romasara is that the energy produced is not only very intense and dynamic. It is also gentle. It is blazing bright and it also feels very natural and organic. I notice it is harmonious with my body and soothing to my emotions.
Physical Plane. On this level, the life force is denser. The light and vitality have a more direct effect on the physical body. This is where most yoga begins. You stretch your muscles using asanas and steady breathing. Circulation is increased. The muscles become more flexible and resilient. Your immune system and health improve. This kind of vitality, then, can produce physical results more quickly.
One individual told me that after she did yoga for an hour she was always in a much better position to think about the conflicts in her life. The surcharge she built up of physical vitality influenced her astral body. She felt whole and illuminated from within. The anxiety and worry she attached to problems temporarily disappeared.
In this evocation, I have moved from the akashic plane down to the physical. Generally, students of yoga work the other way around. They perform exercises with their physical bodies. And they induce astral states of devotion and attunement to their line of masters through chanting and meditations. Their awareness is gradually extended to the inner planes where they learn to see themselves as spiritual beings
As with other earthzone spirits, Romasara is a teacher who inspires and reminds students of what is possible if you are willing to work for it. The immediate goal is to become aware of the vitality in air and to draw it into yourself. In the end, you produce what appears to others as miracles through the power of your aura.
Pathworking. In a pathworking, we work with free association and explore images. This clarifies how we feel and takes us into a deeper understanding of ourselves. By contrast, a guided meditation may take us into contact with collective and global archetypes but it may not illuminate our personal experience. Using a sigil is more technical. It is a method employed by a magician and it can be the equivalent of a mini evocation in itself. It is also possible to combine all three methods at once.
In working with Romasara, I recall the different yogis and Swamis I have met over the years. As within a dream, my point of view shifts and I see myself now within a sphere of bright light and life force. Romasara seems to use this image to speak to me.
He says that by working with him it will become much easier for others to understand the spiritual ideas I wish to communicate. My aura will naturally reflect the reality of whatever I am talking about. Others' imaginations will be enhanced and they will be able to feel the inspiration that I feel.
He says too that I will experience far less strain in performing evocations. And finally, I will see much more clearly others' etheric, astral, and mental bodies. This will allow me to lend better assistance to others in dealing with their problems and difficulties.
In regard to Bardon's practices with breathing, Romasara points out it takes years to master them. For Romasara, it helps if you start at the beginning by imagining you have already perfected what you wish to embody in yourself--in this case, the mastery of life force. If your body senses you already have the conviction, the mental image, and the feeling for what is to be accomplished, then you are more likely to succeed.
In regard to using Romasara's sigil for mastering pranayama, Romasara says this is determined on a case by case basis. Using a sigil is a form of magical ritual. You have to exert a great deal of imagination, will, and energy to make it work. It can be helpful from time to time to use a sigil as you meditate but this is not something to be overused. You want your vitality to develop gradually and without strain. You do not want to force your development in a way that throws you backward at some point because the tension becomes too great to handle.
A Guided Meditation. This is a basic format for a guided meditation. You can embellish it and expand on it in any way you want.
Relax and sit comfortably. Concentrate on your breathing. Now imagine a spiritual being. This could be Romasara or another spirit related to vitality, health, and healing. As an example, visualize the archangel Raphael descending and appearing in front of you.
You see the shimmering light and radiant healing power shining from his aura. You look into his eyes and see the glory of God and God's beauty being freely extended to all who are willing to receive it.
As you inhale, you sense in your own breath a willingness to experience this light, inspiration, and healing. The archangel's aura grows brighter and now part of his aura extends in front of him as a divine gift and blessing--he gives of his own being so that you might experience and know his love.
This energized image--an exact replica of the archangel--floats over to you and blends with your aura. You see, hear, feel, taste, and smell it and breathe it into yourself. There is a transition and you find yourself now within Raphael’s heart. You feel a love so vast and wonderful the stars are born to give expression to its beauty. You also feel joined to a healing power so great it can restore anything to harmony.
As you breathe with his energy and let it sink in, it saturates every cell in your body. You know now that your mind, soul, and body have become a manifestation of this light and healing power. You are cloaked in beauty with the power to bless anyone who enters your life
Now return from this elevated state to your own body and personality. The intensity of the energy fades but within your heart there is now a direct link to Raphael. The essence of his inspiration is forever within your heart.
Common Difficulties/Imbalances. The first step in working with Romasara is to develop the etheric body. Most individuals are only aware of their physical body and not of the life force that animates it. One way to become aware of vitality is to practice yoga. In this case, as you stretch a muscle or practice an asana, you also breathe into the muscles being exercised. As you do this, you slowly begin to notice the range of sensations relating to tension, relaxation, and increased blood flow.
In becoming aware of these sensations, an individual also gradually becomes aware of the more subtle vitality that sustains the life of the body. Eventually, it is possible to sense directly the flows of life force. Tai Chi Chuan, Chi Kung, and various other practices also increase awareness of the etheric body through movement, balance, breathing, stretching, and training the imagination to circulate energy.
Once you have this awareness, then it is easy to practice pranayama. You can sense the life force that enters your body as you breathe. You can circulate this energy through your body and direct it consciously. In the process, you get a feel for how to maintain harmony and restore health.
It is also possible to sense the vitality in the air surrounding your body and to draw this energy into yourself. Of course, if your concentration and imagination are sufficiently trained, you can practice Bardon's accumulation of vitality exercises. Whatever procedure you use, whether it is quick or slow, the bottom line remains. You have to attain a direct awareness of the etheric body in a way that furthers health and maintains harmony.
Consider an example of Romasara's approach to pranayama. You can concentrate on your breath and imagine that you are drawing vitality into your right arm as you inhale and releasing it as you exhale. Try this for a few moments. Picture the inside of your arm empty and that energy enters it and leaves it as your breathe in and out.
Make a fist now with your right hand gradually tightening the muscles through the whole right arm. Notice at each level of tightness the different sensations. The muscles flex and may lock in position. You may notice an increase in blood pressure in your arm and an awareness of the sensations of muscles pressing against your skin. Keep your muscles flexed for ten or twenty seconds.
Now slowly release the muscles until your arm is relaxed. Here you will notice various sensations such as the feeling of lactic acid being absorbed by the blood and perhaps warmth all through the muscles of your arm.
Now try the breathing exercise again. Imagine your right arm is empty and you are inhaling and exhaling energy into it. It is more likely that you will sense to a greater degree the vitality entering and leaving the arm with the movement of your breath. The point is that the more you are aware of your body, the more easily it will be to sense the presence and movement of vitality within you.
Reason for Evocation. I want some assistance on publishing books.
Virgo in the Earthzone. Virgo is businesslike and enjoys improving work procedures. Virgo has a code of excellence. It represents quality control. Why do less when you can get things right the first time? Virgo is attentive to the form of what is presented and even to the attitude that goes into producing it. Virgo is analytical, critical, and demands the best.
For all of this mental focus, Virgo is remarkably receptive. It looks for input from the outside. It is willing to give all of itself to fulfill someone else's purpose. It is able to be completely responsive. It wants to cooperate with others because it knows more can get done by working as a team.
Virgo may be consumed with details and the perfection of techniques, but this sign is motivated by an ideal that can be expressed as a feeling. There is a desire to be pure and to offer a nourishing love. Perfecting work is a means to this end.
6 Degrees Virgo.
This degree is like the ancient library of
Archives and libraries provide physical support for an institution of learning. A book is fuel and a spark waiting to be ignited by an open mind and heart. Wisdom is already present. You need to find the right way to awaken it in consciousness.
Zagriona's Domain. This level of the akasha offers understanding and a love of all aspects of teaching and publishing. There is a vast wealth of experience present.
Sigil. Zagriona's sigil inspires a marvelous concentration and intuition in working toward the goal you want. Writing and teaching are done from an elevated state of mind and spirit.
Zagriona's Inner Source of Inspiration. It is the nature of Divine Providence to offer assistance to whoever seeks understanding and wisdom. The knowledge of all ages and of all spiritual planes can be presented in a way that satisfies the desires and the needs of the individual who is searching. Wisdom of this nature is not abstract, formal, or distant. It is the distilled essence of love that anoints you with beauty and illumination. Every part of yourself is transformed by its touch.
Outer Aura. Zagriona's aura is that of an enlightened being who is attentive to Virgo themes of seeing with clear perception and producing things that benefit others. Though there is a immense clarity and wealth of knowledge, Zagriona is extraordinarily friendly. He focuses on what you want and assists you to fulfill your desires from a universal perspective.
When Zagriona's energy influences you, you feel more certain you can accomplish your objectives. Zagriona's understanding of the minds of everyone with whom you must work is so thorough you gain complete cooperation. Zagriona's mind is like the sky. He adds light to everything he touches.
Inner Aura. Zagriona also possesses a powerful will. This will is like a sword in the hands of a samurai, a scalpel in the hands of a skilled surgeon, or a chisel in the hands of a diamond cutter. He is in complete control of what he does and he does exactly what is needed.
This will is a little more than human. It is that of a divine being who, if he assumed a human incarnation, would naturally seek to perfect his work so it becomes a worthy vehicle for the purposes he serves. It would seem this level of dedication belongs to those who are possessed by divine visions. It is truly inspiring.
Akasha. On the akashic plane, you can count on Zagriona to find a source of inspiration that is most suitable for your personality and temperament in your present incarnation. On your behalf, Zagriona conducts a search through all the planes and spiritual domains. He takes into consideration all your experience on earth and in all your incarnations. And then he presents you with a vision of what inspires you most.
In effect, he says, “This is the highest source of inspiration found at the core of your being. It is your strongest link to pure spirit. Use it to fulfill your dreams. I am empowered by Divine Providence to offer this gift. In this area, my authority is virtually limitless, for I am a means by which the promise is fulfilled--Nothing is hidden from those who seek.”
The second time I brought Zagriona to the akashic plane, I again sensed how he automatically examined all my incarnations from an enlightened state of mind. He notices what is the central motivating theme and point of integration behind all that I have done and intend to accomplish. Zagriona removes the barriers between your lives and shows you the universal feelings and ideals with which you have worked before and which are still alive within you.
He says, “In your journey through life, know yourself to be a divine being embodying the four qualities of spirit--all-embracing love, the power of a creator, the mind that is illuminated, and the commitment to accomplish your highest work. Abide within this consciousness and you will always have peace and inspiration.”
Mental. Zagriona inspires a love for work and an enthusiasm that is contagious. When his influence takes hold, your presence is radiant. Hooked up to the spiritual source within yourself, you cannot help but shine like the sun. Your personality is lit up from within with all the love and wisdom from all your incarnations. You access an inexhaustible wealth of knowledge and understanding. As a result, you seek to bring clarity and illumination to every situation you are in.
The mind Zagriona develops is extraordinary. It has an intuitive means for drawing many points of view into a perspective that unites them all. And it is telepathic. You sense the questions in others' minds and address them in advance as you write or teach. Zagriona has a wonderful habit of focusing your attention on the best resources you have hidden within yourself.
He says, “A teacher embodies the strength of a warrior, the courage of an explorer, and the kindness of a friend. Therefore, the mind of a teacher is sharp, committed, and supportive. A teacher unites knowledge and imagination to give birth to endless inspiration.”
Astral. Zagriona develops astral qualities of being solid and persevering. One effect is that you become remarkably accomplished. There is an increase in your organizational skills and you are motivated to get the job done. You set new trends in your field because you are so dynamic and knowledgeable about your field.
Zagriona also has a steel like concentration which frees you of distractions. This is because you enjoy your work so much it is hard for anything to pull you away from it. Your work is your vehicle for sharing your gifts and generosity with others.
This steel like will represents an aspect of Virgo energy. It loves precision but not as something impersonal or cold. Virgo, like Zagriona, sees his work as a cup designed to contain and to bestow the essence of divine love.
He says, “Let your work be an expression of love like a telepathic message sent directly from one heart to another heart. Let your work be the material form and substance of light so vast and universal it satisfies and nourishes all who seek wisdom. Such work supports a community of individuals who embody the highest ideals and who have the power and vision to transform the world.”
Physical. The physical presence of Zagriona makes you a skillful communicator. You are friendly, engaging, and enthusiastic. You energize and uplift others. Things get done around you. Others cannot help but want to work with you. And you never lose sight of the goal of teaching or publishing that is to provide others with understanding, wisdom, and love. These things are presented in a way that makes sense to others. In this regard, Zagriona has the ability to speak to all generations, to all age groups, and to the deepest cravings within the soul and spirit.
There is a personal side to all of this--to be productive, you have to take care of yourself. Though you are extremely generous, you also become adept at protecting your interests so you remain free of interference and without excessive demands on your time. With the right work and peaceful and supportive circumstances you can continuously produce new things of high quality. Your work overwhelms others with its breadth and depth. And there is always someone ready and willing to work with you to see that your work is distributed effectively and successfully.
Zagriona asks me, “For what purpose do you call me to the physical world? What is your deepest intent?” I reply, “To manifest cosmic wisdom on earth so it is freely available to all who desire it. This is the will of my spirit. This is my own will also.”
Zagriona says, “To succeed in this task, you must first reveal the mysterious powers of the elemental beings' control over earth, air, fire, and water. Their magick is a reflection of divinity and the beauty within soul and spirit. Then you must embody what you envision--body, soul, mind, and spirit united without division. The physical world is a denser vibration and another expression of light. You must see and embody light in every form. Then when you speak, others will understand the nature of freedom and liberation.”
Effects/Results. There were some very strong and overwhelming side effects when I first did an evocation with Zagriona. For one, I started writing poetry nearly every day and experienced feelings I have never encountered in this life and which seem to have no basis in our world. These feelings and perceptions were the result of lifetimes of previous work as a bard.
At first, it seemed the feelings I was working on belonged to early childhood. In some ways, this was very disturbing. Often I would feel compelled to write a poem. Afterwards, I was emotionally exhausted.
The basic feeling the child in me was experiencing was a heightened perception of the beauty of life juxtaposed with a personal awareness that I am not part of that beauty. There was an extraordinary sense of wonder and an acute sense of having no role to play that expresses that wonder. I would often end up crying because some of the poems I wrote were so heart wrenching.
It is hard enough processing childhood experiences, lost love, personal tragedies, etc. from this lifetime. But if you throw in experiences and unresolved psychological and spiritual issues from other lifetimes that are outside the scope of known civilizations, you can have a lot to deal with. But sometimes this is precisely our journey--a path of integration leading through forgotten worlds so lonely and desolate only love would ever ask us to travel this way.
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Still, looking back, I can see the esoteric significance of this experience. To be able to meditate with any spirit in the earthzone with complete ease and feel its energy, I needed to explore an entire layer of emotional life hidden within me. I needed to expand the spectrum of what I could feel by a factor of about a hundred.
Zagriona did not seem very interested in assisting me in writing a new age psychology book. Contacting a spirit can have unexpected results. You think what you want is crystal clear and specific. The spirit takes one look at you and responds not to the cognitive content of what you request but to the deeper intentions within your soul. But this too is understandable. After all, a magician is not just a conscious personality with a personal history, a birth date, and a physical location. A magician is a will transcending and consolidating many life times of spiritual work.
Zagriona wanted me to work at something more profound. Zagriona felt that my real work concerns the enlightenment of the world. I am interested in developing a culture in which magicians, scientists, psychologists, and artists are familiar with each other and work toward the same ends. This is a world in which cosmic wisdom is fully established on earth.
I ask Zagriona, "How is it that you know about enlightenment?" He replies, "With any Buddhist manuscript that has ever been written, I can tell you about the author, his level of development, and his state of mind when he wrote the text."
I notice there are teachers who are very rational and who present their material with great clarity and enthusiasm. There are also teachers who are true empaths--they communicate feelings and they understand your heart. You have to be careful with Zagriona. He is a master who will increase the clarity of your mind and at the same time awaken the deepest feelings within you. The vistas of soul and spirit he opens are breathtaking.
This is the first poem I wrote after evoking Zagriona. Having not written a poem for decades, this poem seemed to come from nowhere. It is called a Celtic Prayer.
I am the spider whose web
Captures the jewels that contain eternity
I am the bird that worships Dawn
Yielding his being into rapture of song
I am the claws of the Hawk
And his eye searching with cobalt will
I am the wind,
The gust that twirls the leaf
And the wild hurricane clasping the ocean close to my breast
In my cup is gathered
The distilled essence of all the stars
My wand is forged in the fiery cauldron of volcanoes
And with it I give birth to new worlds
I have learned the language of angels
Meditating in ancient stone circles
And there the goddess Dawn whispers to me
She wishes to give her heart
To the One the Starry Pole controls
That the young and the new might again
Walk hand in hand with the Mysteries
Even so my beloved I would be one with you
That all things may be fulfilled
And fallen, fallen light renewed.
Patient as the earth
I endure this winter of the soul.
Reason for Evocation. I am interested in the various cultural and magical traditions that attempt to transmute sexual energy. It is natural to consult with an earthzone spirit on this topic.
Since love is the highest magick, sexuality--one expression of love--contains many mysteries: birth, death, growth, fruition, transformation, separation and reunion, the elixir of life, the immortality pearl, and the polar energies through which all things have been created. The light and ecstasy of Divine Providence are hidden within sexuality.
Libra in the Earthzone. Libra loves people. Libra likes to be around them and to do things with them. Libra enjoys exchanging energy with others. Social interaction is as pleasurable to a Libra as music is to a musician.
Libra is very attentive to any changes occurring within relationships. While loving connection and balance, Libra is equally determined to act with integrity and poise. Libra stands for precise actions in real situations guided and inspired by the ideals of harmony and love.
25 Degrees Libra. This degree is very conscious of the forces within the body and psyche that cause attraction between people.
Haiamon's Domain. Haiamon is aware of how the body creates vitality and life force. He is a specialist in biochemistry and the endocrine system as it pertains to masculine and feminine energies.
Inner Source of Inspiration. Divine
Sigil. Haiamon's sigil has a vitalizing and rejuvenating effect. It is uplifting and vibrant. It has a scintillating influence that bestows a youthful and bright outlook.
Haiamon's Outer Aura. Haiamon completely understands the organic and natural side of sexuality and reproduction. There is nothing obscure or hidden about sex. For Haiamon, sexual energy is an elixir that renews and transforms. Haiamon's aura embodies the full power and harmony of all the forces associated with sexuality on all levels of the psyche. The influence of his aura constantly energizes and renews.
Haiamon's Inner Aura. Sexual fluids, energies, and hormones represent the presence of akasha in the body. As such, there is great magical power present within them. To use an analogy, human experience with sex is often framed in terms of desire and satisfaction. These currents of energy that drive human beings to mate and raise families are like 220 volts. But sex itself has within it currents running at 50,000 volts. Religious traditions do the best they can to prepare their practitioners to experience and channel these higher levels of energy. But it is not electrons that run down these wires. It is the pure nuclear bright light of the sun reflecting divinity that waits to awaken within our bodies.
Those who practice sexual magick strive to train their nervous systems to go beyond desire and satisfaction. When they are devout, they say in their hearts, “Let me be a channel for the power of God/Goddess.” They step back from human emotion. They convert their bodies into a sacred temple and their minds and will into lightning rods.
But is there passion enough within their souls and will enough within their spirits to capture the lightning bolt? Can their minds contain the open expanse of the sky and the dense solidity of the mountain in the same moment? Can they hold in their hands the flames of divinity and its fires of creativity without being burnt?
Where are there lovers whose hearts are so pure they can enter a sacred space and unite counting themselves worthy to create even as God creates for the sake of love? All pleasure, attraction, satisfaction, ecstasy, and bliss bear witness to this: God's gift by and through which He bestows on His children His own delight in creating and celebrating love and light.
I would like to mention some of the similarities between Haiamon and several other earthzone spirits. Anamil, who presides over 9 degrees Aries, is a master of forming electro-magnetic volts and placing them in the akasha. These volts are used to solve problems for, like Aries, he has the will to overcome every obstacle blocking the unfolding of life. Jachil, 3 degrees Cancer, also works with electro-magnetic forces of attraction especially within nature. This is done to enable lovers to experience completion with each other and harmony with the natural world.
And also Tagora in 18 degrees Scorpio specializes in taking the primal energies of attraction in the first chakra and guiding lovers through all the chakras into the crown chakra and so forth. Tagora does not work with electric and magnetic energies so much as the archetypal polarities of attraction that best express the dynamics of each chakra or psychic plexus of nerves in the body.
Haiamon's teachings, however, reveal the continuum and the connections between the electro-magnetic or masculine and feminine energies within our bodies and those within nature. To put it another way, the energies underlying nature are present within us and flow through us. Through a natural, organic, and systematic training, we are able to become conscious of these energies.
From Haiamon's point of view, there is no limit set on the extent to which human beings can master and control the energies of nature. The human body can even channel the light and power of the sun. Being in Haiamon's aura is a way of experiencing to some degree what this accomplishment feels like.
Akashic Plane. On the akashic plane, Haiamon opens an individual's awareness to see how polarity and sexuality are present and active within all the kingdoms of nature as well as on the inner planes. In the mineral kingdom, there are electro-magnetic currents moving through the ground as well as within storms. Meditating with Haiamon, you feel yourself becoming aware of anything in nature that generates magnetic fields or leads to the movement of electrons.
You sense the aligning of atoms within iron and also the charges in the poles and the magnetic field of the earth. Even the lightning in electrical storms feels vibrant and invigorating like the influence of the adrenal glands stirring an individual to action. What is communicated from this level is the force and strength in the energies of nature that move within and around the earth.
In the plant kingdom, you notice the process of reproduction and its connection to the seasons. Here you sense the power stored in the DNA molecule as it relates to plants. There is blossoming, fertilization, fruit, and seed. The entire process in its countless varieties contains an implacable and unceasing commitment to growth and life.
The active chemical ingredients in plants and herbs stimulate and harmonize every aspect of the human body. The plant kingdom provides medicines in physical form that can heal and restore the body. In a similar manner, these plants, flowers, and trees also contain vital energies that stimulate the emotions and spirit within human beings. The entire spectrum of human emotion and inspiration has its counterpart and reflection within these growing things. The sacred trees of the druids illustrate and denote some of these energies.
In the animal kingdom, instinctual drive and desire, hunger and craving, are more potent and active. One further step removed from the mineral kingdom, the animal is pulled out of the collective unconsciousness of nature. Through its life, blind desire is granted extensive tools of perception. Animals study and move within their environments with a greater degree of adaptability. Their instincts are closer to being managed by consciousness.
In human civilization, there is more freedom of choice in adapting to environments. Human beings have more creativity in being able to bend the forces of desire in one direction or another. Instincts can be refined and transformed. The raw power of matter, the wholeness of the plant kingdom, and the drives in the animal kingdom, under the right conditions, can be modified and harmonized through force of will.
Human beings can prioritize their drives, organize their values, and determine what goals they wish to accomplish. This freedom within limitation is responsible in part for the variety of human ideals and religions. The druid would align his consciousness with the harmony of the trees and the seasons. The shaman investigates and reawakens within himself the “magical” power within animals. The Wiccans unite the sun and the moon, the god and the goddess, in their great rite.
The Taoist like the alchemist explores the natural processes through which the energies of nature are refined to produce an elixir--to stabilize life force and vitality so life might attain immortality. The Buddhist, renouncing all desire and attachment, enters his monastery to attain the mind of enlightenment as boundless as the light of the sun. Similarly, the Christian saint, in renouncing the world, seeks to attain oneness with the boundless heart of love--a purity and a nurturing capacity of which nature constantly speaks.
And then there is the spiritual world with its many gradations and levels of freedom and light. Here are found divine beings who in their essence are independent, autonomous, and self-determining. They are free to create and recreate themselves and renew their energy through the power of their own volition. Radiant as the sun, immortal, and motivated by joy and love, they are beyond the forms and limitations set by nature on all life dwelling within physical manifestation. And yet, united and embodying the purposes of eternity, they remain to inspire and guide sentient beings on their separate paths and evolutions.
Though I use words to describe and outline these separate kingdoms, Haiamon holds their qualities and life within his own mind as he focuses on them. His intuition is a direct experience with form and energy. From Haiamon's perspective, underlying all paths, domains, and realms both natural and divine is the impulse to create. Consciousness is free and without form or content, like a void empty of the limitations of space and time. And yet from out of itself it originates and creates visions that manifest as reality.
The male and female by uniting produce new life. A creator, by uniting opposites within himself or herself, creates new light. Sexuality is a direct connection between natural and divine creativity. The seed contains the spirit and is like the fiery light of the sun. The womb is the power to manifest--the love that nurtures all things--and it is also like the space in which the stars are born.
For Haiamon, the sexual act of love when it is strong and pure enough and the magical act of creation are the same action. There is no separation between them neither in quality nor in degree. This is the mystery he teaches.
Because of his connection to Divine Providence and the extent of his cosmic awareness, Haiamon has great authority and discretion to reveal new knowledge in these areas. Though in my writings I often use the phrase, “Nothing is hidden,” I do not mean to imply or suggest that such knowledge is cheap. The portals to wisdom stand open but to enter your commitment must be absolute and complete.
Mental Plane. On the mental plane, Haiamon focuses on the biochemistry, hormones, sexual and electro-magnetic fluids within the body. Like the poles of a battery, these energies can be set up between partners or within the individual to generate high voltage intensities.
But sexuality can also be like a wire with the insulation worn off. It is hot, ready to burn or to arch. There can also be an energy leak or an ineffective design imposed on the nervous system or emotions. Like a battery, the individual's life and motive force are then slowly drained away until the individual become vulnerable, threatened, and susceptible to rampant astral or subconscious suggestions.
But if you use sexual energy right, it produces a marvelous and radiant vitality. It acts like an elixir rejuvenating body, emotions, and mind. It exudes a feeling of connection to all aspects of nature, for all the energies of life are reflected within it.
Basically, concentration on the mental plane brings opposites into a relationship without short circuiting or diminishing the energy produced. This condenses the magnetic fluid that can contain within itself anything within the realms of nature or spirit. And the electrical fluid is also intensified strengthening the will so it is able to overcome all obstacles. Masculine and feminine then support and amplify each other.
Bardon mentions in his book on initiation that the male and female have opposite polarities in the upper and lower regions of their bodies. The man is magnetic around his head and electric in his genitals. The woman is the opposite--electric around her head and magnetic in her sexuality.
In normal male-female relationships, the man's mind surrounds the female's personality both arousing her enthusiasm and desire and also in a sense containing her energies so she bonds to him, to his life, and their family. His magnetic energy surrounds her electrical energy mainly on the mental plane. He may think he is in charge because he is more rational perhaps and orderly but women tend to make a lot of demands on men that men do their best to meet. Women's minds flair up like a fire exploding because their brains are more open and flexible when it comes to adapting instinctual drives with rational considerations. This is the electrical fluid around their heads. Men try to keep women happy because it is a natural tendency of the magnetic fluid around their heads to respond to, to contain, and to absorb the electrical.
The woman in turn both arouses and contains the man's sexual desires so he bonds to her on an instinctual and deep emotional level. Through her he acquires a feeling of home and connection--these feelings are not rational; they come from a deep place in the heart and the gut. Through him, in turn, she feels filled and illuminated from within. There are of course many variations depending on the relative strengths of these fluids in the partners and according to the social expectations set in place by society. In any case, a romantic component is present because these opposite polarities continue to attract each other like the N and S poles of two magnets. The opposite gender will always act as a mirror revealing what is hidden within yourself and as a spice adding taste and pleasure to life.
Bardon also mentions that for magical purposes the woman can switch the polarity of her body so her head is magnetic and her lower body electric. In effect, she turns off her normal female dependence on a man so she does not rely on his strength and leadership. Instead, her mind and personality become magnetic. Strictly speaking, this does not happen only in esoteric circumstances.
Men and woman often form friendships in which there are sensual and erotic currents flowing between them that is not expressed sexually. They listen to each other genuinely trying to understand each other's mind and be receptive to each other's feelings. This kind of relationship, often occurring where men and women work together on a job, is highly stimulating both emotionally and mentally. Every relationship between men and women has its specific and unique energies that are exchanged between the partners.
The Sport’s Illustrated model says, “I depend on the photographer to give me energy during a shoot. There is always an exchange of energy going on. Unless he gives, I don't give anything back.” A woman's mind becomes more magnetic whenever she gives her total attention to a man or to some task. This requires that she remain alert, sharp, and employ her full concentration. During courting, men and women will often focus their complete attention on each other. When they do this and also put aside their vanity and narcissism, they can evoke an astral enchantment of love and romance that will last them for a lifetime.
I have noticed that some female vocalists such as Moriah Carey and Jewel change the polarity of their electric and magnetic energies to further their creativity as artists. Without subjugating their femininity or receptivity, they occasionally switch into a masculine mode of perception. Then the energy around their heads switches from electric to magnetic.
The ancient hunter had to become empty of himself and completely focused on the hunt in order to succeed. To stalk a deer, if only to study and be near it, requires you stand still without moving your foot even an eighth of an inch for an hour. It requires you do not change the rhythm of your breathing and that in effect you think and perceive as a deer. This is a capacity to use the mind so it is completely open, clear, receptive, and the concentration is total. If you study the brain waves and thought patterns of men and women, this distinction between the genders is quite noticeable and cannot be accounted for in terms of social or gender conditioning. But it can be overcome for the sake of creativity as these women demonstrate.
In terms of Haiamon's interest in magical relationships, the woman enters a meditative trance. Her emotions become like a still pool of water and her mind as open and clear as a sky filled with stars at night. Linking telepathically, she joins her spirit with the man's mind so there is no separation between them on a mental level. She does not give into the feminine animus that depends on thoughts and doctrines in order to feel secure or depends on the man to gain reassurance. Yet though her mind and soul are clear, calm, and serene, shifting the electric fluid to her genitals means that she is aroused physically. She is sexually turned on and aggressive like a man. Her vast feminine instinctual powers of sensuality and eroticism are enflamed without falling into a passive dependence on the man for stimulation.
When the man and woman are then joined in sexual embrace, they both maintain a spiritual trance in which their minds are joined in a state of stillness and peace. At the same time, their lower bodies generate powerful electric currents similar to a miniature electric power plant. The net effect is that the two partners can extend the magnetic energy in the upper parts of their bodies so it surrounds the combined electrical energy in the lower parts of their bodies. This is like an electro-magnetic volt in which the magnetic fluid surrounds and contains the electrical fluid at the center.
In this situation, there is an immense amplification of the energy of both partners. This energy is completely available to fulfill anything the two partners focus on together in a concerted and sustained manner. There are interesting cultural implications from this approach.
You could say that Haiamon is very much in favor of woman's liberation. But he would add that as women seek to have the independence and responsibilities of men that they do not stop short of the goal. They must also fully realize the powers within sexuality that seem to possess so many men's curiosity and desire. And they must put aside shallow ways of thinking that assert ideas as if in themselves ideas reflect some sort of truth--that ideas are something you can cling to for security and support. Haiamon would desire for the sake of magick that women develop minds that are perfectly receptive and open as well as exact, precise, and analytical.
In other words, both genders can stop looking at each other primarily to provide sexual gratification or emotional support. Then they will see each other as individuals who offer companionship, love, and who also can become spiritual consorts. The relation of the male and female provide the greatest potential for embodying and celebrating the light, the love, and the power of Divine Providence.
The other element present on the mental plane in working with Haiamon is that he teaches how an individual can comprehend these electric and magnetic fluids in the upper and lower parts of the bodies in both genders. In a sense, for a man to learn meditation and attain inner peace is to capture and hold within his mind a woman's feminine essence. Instead of physically and emotionally desiring a woman and thus relying on her powers to support his masculinity, he embodies her femininity within himself. This ancient approach is present in many wisdom traditions and is also a standard doctrine in modern depth psychology concerned with male growth.
Similarly, for a woman to learn autonomy and self-determination without merely acquiring social skills and succeeding in an occupation, she must discover within her own body an inexhaustible source of power continuously welling up. She discovers the electrical fluid is a power she can create from out of her own spirit. The man and woman then comprehend each other's sensual and spiritual essence. This accomplishment grants each individual great independence but it also enables a spiritual joining that leads to pure transcendence and the highest magick.
As I work with Haiamon further on this, I notice that this polarity of male and female interaction is not the usual exchange of male-female energy that exists within most tantras. In the Kalachakra tantra, for example, Kalachakra remains very masculine while his consort, Vishvamati, is very feminine. She yields in bliss to his power and illumination. She is emptiness, the mother of Buddhas, and of all that inspires. And he is the wrathful side of compassion destroying false attachments and illusions. Though she embodies bliss both within nature and on a Buddhic level, she remains passive while he is active.
By contrast, Haiamon envisions the union of a male and female who are equally developed as magicians. The energy volt their joining creates can be used for realizing wishes, acquiring magical facilities, connecting to spirits, or any number of things. It is so potent that it is wise if both partners conceive of themselves as joined to and embodying the divine during the practice for this kind of magick is also an adoration and evocation of Divine Providence. To work properly, the partners should evoke a state of ecstasy within themselves in which they feel they have become omnipotent, omnipresent, omniscient, and immortal. But this is basic training which magicians in the Bardon system practice for many years.
Astral Plane. On the astral plane, this joining of opposites produces a wonderful feeling of love, of enlightenment, of will power, and of the realization of one's desires. This energy is much stronger than what is typically present in personal love. It is the raw forces of nature made conscious and surrendered into human hands.
Still, it is easy enough to imagine. It has the exhilaration of winning a gold metal in the Olympics, an Oscar in acting, a million dollar lottery, or the Nobel Prize for physics, chemistry, or world peace. Occasionally, we can meet couples that capture some of this inspiration. Their love presides over and shapes not just a family. They are the center of an entire community embodying its inspiration, its goals, and its dreams.
On the other hand, if lovers experience a small amount of this power but lack karmic and spiritual preparation, they burn out. They are thrown into cataclysms of disturbing emotions. They doubt their sanity or go temporarily insane because of the pain. They put aside all reason and morality when they act. Looking back years later, they realize they were complete fools and yet they still have no understanding of what possessed them at the time.
But Haiamon's aura on the astral plane is stable and calm. Meditating with him, I feel as if every emotion, instinct, and energy within all the kingdoms of nature is present and held in harmony. Haiamon's aura is an exploding joy like the flames of the sun contained within the serene light of the moon. It is cosmic power restraining and modifying itself to rejuvenate whatever it touches. Such an elixir provides a remedy for every wound and injury that afflicts the soul.
I ask Haiamon to give me a picture or a feeling for his realization on this plane. He responds to me verbally but with his words I am taken directly into the energies and the images that he expresses.
He says, “You know what it is to enter the salamander's caverns and calderas where flame and power burn and devour as their wills seek mastery over self and fire. You have entered the domains of undines where desire and water blended together encircle the earth with love.
“You have joined your mind with the gnome penetrating the molecular vibration of mineral and stone. You know what it is to be no longer alone and to be free of the ravages of time. You have tasted the light of eternity hidden in matter. And with the sylphs your mind has flown free having observed the atmosphere and its beauty. You have found in your heart the great harmony that embraces all life on earth.
“Relax your mind now and be still. Find in your own body all four elemental realms and the way they are held in perfect balance. Draw from each their essence, the inspiration that motivates their life. This acceptance of what is and its transcendence, this inner peace and power to create, are the bliss in which I exist.
“These separate realms of will, love, clarity, and endurance are strengthened when they are united. Nothing in nature is concealed or hidden from me. Each thing reveals its inner essence and shares with me its mystery because I am a part of and celebrate the spirit within it.”
I ask, “How can this realization be expressed through the relationship of a man and a woman?”
Haiamon responds, “On this level of creativity, it is necessary that the man and the woman each control in equal degree the electric and magnetic fluids within their own bodies. The man, while retaining the fiery will of spirit, must embrace the world with love. And the woman, tender, nurturing, and empathic, must contain within her heart the light of the sun. Then the two may become one. A joining such as this is held in high regard by Divine Providence, for by such love the world is transformed.”
When Haiamon is finished speaking, I notice the remaining silence is pregnant with unspoken possibilities. I ash him, “Don't lovers already attain this level to some degree?”
Haiamon says, “Yes. In rituals, tantra, and special relationships, the potency is present. But it is not easy to unite power and love. The mind must be free of desire--enlightened and compassionate--when using the full force and power of form and energy in manifestation. Understand, this love is not without passion, for the desire to join is as strong if not greater than any instinct or craving in nature for satisfaction.
“The mark of such lovers is this: In their hearts is a fire greater than either the passion to join or the compassion arising from the enlightened mind. This is why they do not fall into jealously or leave each other wounded or distraught. They see their joining as a true and sacred celebration of Divine Providence and the beauty of creation. Whatever the limitations or restrictions on their circumstances, they know in their hearts that they are free and already united with divinity. Children of light who share love in this way are like the stars shining in the night. And yet all who love taste part of this experience.”
Haiamon transmits to me at this point a sense of what this is like. I find myself within the sphere of the sun as if I have become one of those great spirits of dazzling light who inspire and guide all evolution in this solar system. Even to assume the limitations of physical incarnation does not diminish this light or reduce its joy. Those who incarnate under this inspiration must conceal from others what is within them so they may fulfill their chosen work without burdening human civilization with a power beyond its ability to use wisely. This beauty is beyond the power of words to express. The effort of many incarnations striving to master oneself would seem like nothing at all if this is the final attainment.
I ask Haiamon, “Why do you spiritual beings hide from the human race this mystery of creation?”
He replies, “I have nothing to hide. You are free to taste and to drink and to contain without limit all the love and light in the universe. To be honest, many world teachers have entered your world. But look what their followers do with their teachings. They become priests and bishops putting on robes, burning incense, or offering wine in fancy cups.
“If they were wise, they would become instead poets, artists, and musicians. They would be bards whose songs, as in the ancient stories and legends, are so beautiful they cause men at war to put down their arms in order to listen. And with soft spoken words from their hearts the volcano, the earthquake, and the hurricane would cease to rage and be calm. But all of this your race shall learn to do when you open your hearts to see the beauty that already surrounds you.”
Physical Plane. On the physical plane, working with Haiamon amplifies the etheric electric and magnetic energies within your body. It feels as if the body is radiating powerful magnetic fields like a huge magnet. At the same time, you feel joined to different kingdoms of nature and spirit. The charges in an electrical storm, the welling up of polar energies during Beltane and springtime, and the stealth and instinctive perceptual powers of animals all are at their height within your body and soul.
But over all these natural processes preside the intelligence and wisdom of a guardian angel. Nature and human civilization are the womb where the purposes of spirit enter to become fulfilled. One of the unique features of Franz Bardon's training system is the great emphasis he places on mastering the four elements and entering the elemental kingdoms. It is not enough to join your mind to the divine without also possessing the power to fulfill its purposes.
In a similar way, Haiamon emphasizes that a magician must have the ability to channel through his body the powers of nature. I have mentioned the union of the four elements on the astral plane. There is also a union of the elements in the physical world. Haiamon would have a magician sit on a stone, float in water, or concentrate on fire or the sky. Do this until all that can be perceived in your aura is stone, water, fire, or air. The body has the ability to manifest the forces of nature--this is what is required to master sexuality and the dynamic polarities existing within our bodies.
In sex, physical life is reproduced. Something solid and real is manifested. Similarly, Haiamon's aura on the physical plane accumulates the densities of energy necessary to manifest your inner plane visions and your wishes. He creates a stable and harmonious energy field that is perfect for realizing spiritual purposes.
In the Protestant Ethic, the individual sublimates sexual desires. He attends a church. The service both charges up and restrains his emotional life emphasizing the values of hard work and living a productive life. This frees him from having too much empathy or feelings for others’ suffering. This stops his psychic sensitivity and blocks nature's enchantments. Without a contemplative wisdom tradition and having his desires held in check by a dominating morality, all his energy is diverted into external work.
Believing he has a connection to a sovereign God who blesses his work, he perseveres and endures. He gets a lot done in the physical world as a result. But this requires that he sacrifice knowledge and exploration of the inner worlds. This entire system demands he avoid any connection to the divine that might provide him with new visions and inspiration redefining his purpose and work in life. In a similar way, for the sake of survival, success, and sublimation, his exploration of sexuality is stopped, blocked, and held in check. It is a knowledge that is forbidden to him.
A magician is just as interested in being productive and industrious. But in his work, he would manifest the love, the will, and wisdom, and the visions he receives from Divine Providence. His work is not imitative. His voice does not mimic doctrines fashioned by others’ minds. Instead, his aura reflects the universe and his work is the work of eternity. His goals are both practical and inspired by rapture and ecstasy. He respects and honors traditions and yet new words must be coined to describe with any accuracy the nature of his identity.
You can tell when you are manifesting Haiamon's aura on the physical plane. You feel as solid as a mountain, as open as the sky, as nurturing as the ocean, and as full of energy as fire. And yet, like entering an enchanting forest, you feel surrounded by wonder and magical power. But in this case, rather than living in a fairy tale, your efforts in life bring many things to fruition.
Common Difficulties/Imbalances. Haiamon's teachings emphasize transmuting sexual energy into vitality, the four elements, electric and magnetic fluids, inspiration, ecstasy, and magical power. The idea is to be radiant with life, strong, attractive, and full of beauty--to be in harmony with the universe.
Haiamon’s awareness encompasses the polarities of energy and their oneness that we experience in the physical world as gender differences and sex. But it is more than this. Our experiences with gender are part of this on-going process of acquiring wisdom, wholeness, and becoming transformed.
The first problem interfering with this attainment is the fiery desire and emotional hunger that is present in all levels of sexuality. Sexuality, especially as its power increases, evokes cravings that run as deep as the most primal and primordial instinctual energies found anywhere in nature. Those who gaze into the depths of their desires or who try to transmute these instinctual energies for growth and transformation will encounter the unknown. They will run into archetypes of domination and rage, impotency, vulnerability, and abandonment that they never imagined existed within them.
All of this is part of a natural process of becoming whole as an individual and of working with power as a magician. Sex possesses new and unknown fires that are beyond the knowledge of society. Magicians emphasize developing will. This is because sports and competition and all the means for challenging and testing oneself in school and through maturing do not develop absolute will and total self-mastery.
But this is exactly what a magician must seek so that every passion becomes tame in his presence. He possesses sufficient will to order every desire and direct every energy toward its proper place of fulfillment. Where others become angry when they are opposed or an obstacle confronts them, the magician will seek to master the difficulty first within himself so that he then sees his best course of action.
Those who love often fail. They say to their partner sometimes verbally or else through subtle and disguised demands, “I want you. I need you. You must give into my will so that I can be fulfilled.” This fiery desire enables many to bond so that they no longer feel alone and their emptiness is gone.
A magician is not without passion. But because his will is strong he is able to give much more to fulfill the other's needs so that his partner is free to give in return out of joy rather than being motivated by loneliness or fear. In mastering the components of the problem first within himself, he knows he can produce harmony whenever he wants and can attain greater intimacy with others.
What I am suggesting is that when you have a problem you employ a line of self-questioning that goes like this: “What experience, wisdom, or insight do I need so that I can solve this problem successfully? To what extent and in what way is the problem my own responsibility?” This clarifies what exactly you need to do for yourself and it also clarifies what your partner is able to do or unable to do for you.
In order to love each other, partners each need to drink from their own separate wells of inspiration. In this way, you do not fight over scarce resources such as limited affection, enthusiasm, and attention. Instead, you use the relationship as a place to be generous and to give to your partner.
A magician can look at attraction the way a scientist can examine the wave bands of the light spectrum. When the male or female magician feels attracted to another, he or she can say, “This is why the attraction is here. The other fills in for something missing in my life or the part of myself that is still unknown.”
A woman can be attracted to a man because he has a high level of self-confidence and is so successful. And a man can be attracted to a woman because she is so incredibly sensual, relaxing, and giving. But in each case, when she is equally self-confident and successful and he is equally sensual, relaxing, and giving, the drama and suspense are no longer present. The spark that ignites enchantment has vanished.
If you know from the beginning that the genders exist so we can learn from and assist each other, then the outrageous jealousy, possessiveness, and insecurity are overcome. You treat the other with profound respect because together you mirror the universe through your relationship. And the mystery of the universe has no end. And when you finally attain a profound oneness with each other, as a matter of fact, you no longer need to be with each other to feel the power, life, vitality, and radiance of this oneness in every moment. It becomes an inner bond transcending space and time.
Another way to express this is by saying that sexuality seems to promise more than it gives. All four planes are involved. With a strong attraction to another, you feel the possibility of this profound and deep spiritual union. There is the energy present which stimulates two individuals to give each other their full attention. And with this there are all sorts of emotional revelations constantly occurring. Physically your body recalls and then believes you are where you need to be--you have found a home, a life long friend, a true companion, and finally can be at peace.
All of these things are suggested by sexual and emotional attraction. But the awakening of these needs may or may not lead to satisfaction. Most likely they are to a large extent an illusion. You do not need Haiamon or me to tell you this. A marriage counselor will say to a couple in conflict, “Be more realistic and understanding of your partner's needs as you work out these problems. But some of these needs are your own problem. They have little or nothing to do with your partner. You have needs that can only be satisfied by finding new activities which express feelings you have ignored up to this point in your life.”
It is true, if you feel successful as an individual and engaged in meaningful activities where you are respected and appreciated, then you have more to give to your partner. The giving becomes a sharing of joy. From Haiamon's point of view, the four planes within an individual can also be developed as I have outlined them. Partners can turn to each other for erotic and emotional stimulation. But on the akashic plane we can also find within ourselves an inner union with the various natural and divine kingdoms. These energies are also incredibly stimulating and enchantingly beautiful.
On the mental plane, partners may demand from each other the attention and appreciation no one else is giving them. But each individual can learn to encompass their partner's electric and magnetic energies within their own mind and consciousness. Then intimacy and openness to each other is automatic.
On the astral plane, many partners long for romance that once was so strong or else they crave the wild eroticism and passion that formerly swept them away into each other's arms. There are perfectly natural ways to renew and restore love's passion and romance such as experiencing something new with each other or engaging in outrageous activities that only people in love will do. Lovers are like heroes on a quest for the Holy Grail. To press the cup to your lips and to taste you have to first have the daring and the bravery to seek. And so all couples are responsible for maintaining their natural attraction to each other by seeking each other in new ways.
But on the astral plane Haiamon would remind us that we do not have to wait passively for love to find us or, being realistic and responsible, settle for a marriage that is devoid of spiritual union and emotional enchantment. We can explore the four elements of nature until we are filled to overflowing with ecstasy and magick.
And on the physical plane, as Joseph Campbell suggests, our task is to take our modern world and transform it into a spiritual training ground. The work is to take our physical circumstances and imbue them with spiritual purposes so that we manifest our ideals. This requires being adaptable, practical, and willing to learn new things.
For Haiamon, the physical body and sexuality are energy generators. The more we realize consciously our connections to the various kingdoms of nature and study attractive energies perceiving them as part of a larger pattern, the greater our feelings of being complete and at peace with life. Hidden in sexuality is an elixir producing health, vitality, and harmony. It reinforces an individual's personality by granting personal experiences with satisfaction. And it is also a manifestation of akasha. It contains the highest magick.
In conclusion, I would emphasize that sexuality has different meanings for different individuals. Sex can certainly be treated from a devotional perspective. These individuals practice sexual austerities to prove to themselves that they are making progress toward becoming pure. They may ritualize contact with the opposite gender. In this way they show respect for the mysterious powers within sexuality.
Others view sex within a traditional context of reproduction and marital duties and that is it. Some are more exploratory seeking to probe every nuance and variation of sensual, erotic, and sexual response for the sake of renewing and bonding with their partners. And, of course, there are those who practice sexual magick from within different traditions and also tantras. These procedures are usually very ritualized. To be effective, individuals must avoid sexual contact or thoughts for a period of time before or after the ritual. This insures a great deal of energy is built up between partners or within a group of individuals. Temporary physical celibacy and emotional and mental austerities are necessary for them even if they are only working with the symbolism of opposite, male-female polarities.
And finally there are the magicians' methods similar to Haiamon's. Here there is direct perception of masculine and feminine electro-magnetic energies on all four planes. These energies are then utilized to produce a magical result or are brought into union out of adoration for Divine Providence and to celebrate the mystery and beauty of life. These individuals will employ at their own discretion devotional, ritual, or various austerities according to their needs at the time. And I would also mention that astonishing results can be produced without physical contact when both partners are psychic and magically trained.
My point is that a magician perceives similar to Haiamon that the entire universe is constructed from polar forces. All of nature vibrates in cycles and rhythms and is woven from out of motifs of union, separation, exploration, and reunion and also conception, birth, growth, development, maturation, fruition, and death and transformation. The attraction between human beings is full of the cords and notes of the songs that have sung the universe into being.
Method. Though in describing the four planes I am offering various themes and images to contemplate, the method I am using is quite simple. I visualize the area around myself and the entire sky filled with green light. In effect, I join my awareness to this expanse of light. (In this case I use green since it relates to the sign of Libra.) This fills my mind with one vibration suitable for the evocation and also excludes all distractions. And then I empty my mind of all thought and concentrate on forming a connection to Haiamon. I then bring him down through the four planes carefully studying how his aura influences me on each plane.
At any point, I may ask him a question and he will transmit to me the energy configuration that produces experiences. His communication is not just an intellectual answer to my question. It provides realizations of his form of awareness. I have also outlined briefly the various kingdoms of nature on the akashic plane and Bardon's use of electric and magnetic fluids between partners for magical purposes from Haiamon's perspective on the mental plane. The four elements and elemental kingdoms pertain to the astral plane and together these three planes produce the dense energies of harmony Haiamon embodies on the physical plane.
Haiamon suggests, however, that whenever I wish to work with sexual energy and its transformation, I just imagine a sea of green light around me that I can use to connect to him in a simple and relaxed manner. He then guides me into an energy state or pathworking that explores one of these many energies or spiritual domains that is most relevant in the present moment to what I can work on.
For example, in this moment, Haiamon guides me into the experience of floating in a river. I am immersed in a watery energy that is very sensual and relaxing. It is like having a massage and also having a woman sing sweet songs into my ear--a woman who knows my unfulfilled needs as a child. This is similar to interacting with certain undines but it is more physical and grounding. This energy drains the tension out of my body from the concentration I have been using during this evocation.
I would also note that in using the color green to evoke Haiamon I have also basically been working through the four planes as they relate to the cosmic letter F in Bardon's system of cosmic letters.
For those who enjoy a more artistic rendering of these themes of sex, attraction, love, separation, and reunion, I offer a number of poems in my book, The Song of the Universe.
“If you bring forth what is within you, it will save you. If you do not bring forth what is within you, it will destroy you.” The Gospel of Thomas
Reason for contacting Tagora. I was visited by the spirit who is the negative counterpart of Tagora in the earthzone. Consequently, I want to be sure I work only with the positive spirit and know the difference between the two.
In my natal chart, my Jupiter is not far from the 18th degree of Scorpio that relates to Tagora. Mars and Pluto, the joint rulers of Scorpio, are also directly opposite in my natal chart. This means there is a tendency for my personal will to be in direct opposition to the purposes of very powerful individuals and organizations. There is also a tendency for those with this astrological aspect to feel paralyzed and to despair because they are overwhelmed with feelings of helplessness.
On the other hand, this aspect has some advantages. It enables you to notice the most secret intentions and motivations of individuals. And things going on behind the scenes in organizations are clear to you. In other words, the opposition means you are constantly exposed to power brokers. Since for a magician all power derives from akasha and is subject to divine oversight, it is natural for a magician to sense how power works and what governs its disposition.
Scorpio in Earthzone. If you meditate in the vibration of Scorpio in the earthzone, you notice how this sign builds and maintains a high charge of energy. It is a master of primal desires and it calmly wields a great deal of power. The constellation of Scorpio has been placed in the sky to remind us that desire and will are among the building blocks of creation.
If Scorpio were
a human being, he could be kind and affectionate like a Boy Scout director or a
camp counselor. You might think he is
sweet like a Cancer and as dedicated to others as a Pisces. But this would only be his personality. Behind his gentleness is secret power. He would be the equivalent of the captain of
a nuclear submarine or, more likely, the field commander of special
forces. In civilian life, Scorpio
would be a brain
surgeon or the head the
18 degrees Scorpio. This degree develops great inner strength in oneself and it also knows how to express affection with others.
Tagora's Domain. This level of akasha takes primal energies and transforms them with love. In Tagora's domain, it is easy to experience the archetypes and divine images that embody the energies of the seven chakras. Without having practiced yoga for decades, you enter states of trance that express the realizations belonging to the various chakras. Though the energies in the chakras are sometimes wild, mysterious, and overpowering, Tagora will point out to you how love commands them all.
Tagora's Sigil. This sigil combines opposites to such a degree you are no longer aware that originally there was separation. Oneness is the reality. Separation is an error, a mistake, and a denial of the purposes of life. In other words, this sigil evokes a profound state of love. As sigils go, this one is rather amazing.
Tagora's Inner Source of Inspiration. Tagora sees the body as a temple containing the light and fire of Divine Providence. We feel this heat in the warmth of our bodies, in our desires, and as the longings in our dreams. Its light is present in all our nerves and sensory perceptions. Consciousness reflects its radiance. Hidden in desires are the plans and purposes of divinity.
When this light is fully radiant within us, we become indestructible. We become divine beings. Like the light of Divine Providence, nothing can dim or put it out. The words, “We shall put on immortality” summarize the wisdom and inspiration of the love of which Tagora is a guardian.
Tagora's Outer Aura. With ease, Tagora works with the entire spectrum of kundalini and primal energies within a human being. These are expressed with poise and serenity. Though always clear and calm, the feeling of deep power is always present. This is where the lion and the lamb find peace, the king delights in innocence, and the playful child has the power be needs to overcome malice and evil.
Inner Aura. As a car battery contains opposite poles, Tagora synchronizes the energy of two individuals so you feel a fabulous inner connection and oneness with another. The rapport is so great, you feel the other is inside of you and a part of you. In other words, though opposite genders and different personalities, you become one energy system.
There is a knowledge and power human beings acquire by building empires and discovering the secrets of nature. The knowledge and experience found in the body and soul are not of lesser power or significance. Their influence can accomplish as much if not more than any emperor or scientific genius in shaping the world we all share. Love is the lord and the goddess of the path of inner wisdom. This is the essence of Tagora's inspiration.
Pathworking. After briefly drawing Tagora's sigil in the air, I practice free association. In a relaxed state of mind, I shift through a number of images and memories relating to Scorpio and Tagora. After a few minutes, I come upon a familiar experience. In the visualization, I am holding hands with a woman. We have joined the energy flowing through the main meridians of our bodies.
This is done by combining the Du Mai and Ren Mai meridians that run up the back and up the front of the body. These “extra” meridians can be joined so that the chi or vitality flows up the back and down the front of the body in one circle. This microcosmic orbit can also, for example, flow through the arms and hands so it connects to another individual.
This is what I experience now. The life force as well as the masculine and feminine energy of two individuals is joined into one flow and energy system. For practitioners of Taoist yoga, this is easy to do. It can even be done without being physically present with one's partner. Vitality, like psychic energy, requires no physical medium in order to circulate between partners who have a strong rapport.
In 1981, I
walked into the Chinese cultural plaza in
This is a form of transference of consciousness. We can learn to sense the vitality in our own chakras and body. When consciousness is transferred outside our body, we can also sense another's body energy in a way similar to sensing our own. There is also the possibility, as in this case, of uniting two individuals’ life force so there is a psychic union.
With this combined energy of another and myself, I notice my third eye is opened. I feel I have entered a mandala that aligns the energies of nature and divinity into one harmony. The energy within myself has become universal. I feel free to move into anything within nature or into any spiritual being and be completely at ease as I do so. In other words, this degree of intimacy with a partner amplifies psychic perception and spiritual mobility in addition to being an expression of personal love.
The woman's awareness is also increased due to combining the strength of two individuals. But the feminine response is intensely sensual. The elements in the astral body are intensified. The senses are intoxicated with the feelings of love. The nerves are like streams of bliss overflowing their banks. Passion becomes a sacred dance.
These two points of view are not separate. The sensuality and bliss of the woman embraces and supports the vision of the man. It enables him to feel release and to be at peace. It offers him a home and a time and place of renewal. And, for the woman, the man illuminates the depths of herself and of nature at the same time. The presence of his life force and spirit within her is like a sun burning bright. Its power brings order and completion to the seasons of life.
Our awareness, in part, is derived from our body and our activities. In using our senses we observe and focus our attention. Awareness also follows the movement of energy. When you circulate energy with a partner, you become the circle of energy and the awareness of both partners flow together.
As with Tagora's sigil, the pathworking brings me to an intimacy and oneness so real I feel we have never been apart. There is a naturalness to this joining. Breathing the air and gazing into each other’s eyes is like sipping a wine refined from the ecstasies of love.
In real life experience, I have met women who are able to perceive and work with this kind of energy circulation. For this kind of intimacy, each partner must possess a spiritual will, a natural affection, and a genuine enjoyment of being transparent with another. And, as with high magick, there must be the ability to identify with akasha so fear dissolves.
Akashic Plane. On the akashic plane, Tagora embodies a concentration that penetrates into the mysteries of the nervous system and the kundalini energy hidden at the base of the spine. If you concentrate your mind slightly above the perineum or at the bottom of the spine, you may be able to detect a massive power.
As you continue
meditating, this primal “serpent” power begins to uncoil and ascend through the
spine. Kundalini Yoga in
Tagora's awareness penetrates through every aspect of the process regardless of whether you use the more physical methods of the Orient or methods more contemplative and symbolic in nature. It is quite possible to activate any “petal” from any chakra without having to practice yoga for years. Energy accumulates in the body where you concentrate. The energy configurations in the subtle, etheric body can become radiant with light just by meditating on them.
Tantra, in its many forms, is also a way of activating the chakras. In tantra, you join with your opposite or your object of worship. This can be done in a completely abstract manner employing images of deities and symbols of divine attributes and so forth. It also can be done by working with another person. To some extent, lovers activate each other's chakras through their love.
Some of President Clinton's friends agreed that he was someone who could become a politician. He already had that within him. But president of the United States? Never. He was much too friendly and easy going. However, when he married Hillary, the presidency became an option. Her inner power influenced him. Kundalini, considered a feminine energy, has the strength of steel and its will sees everything.
Tagora comprehends all aspects of masculine and feminine attraction and the ways such attraction leads to higher states of consciousness. In Kundalini Yoga, each chakra has its own set of deities in which a god and goddess embrace. Masculine and feminine interactions, whether cosmic, divine, or psychological, give birth to all the energies of life. Any relationship of affection triggers various energies in the chakras depending on the nature of the original attraction.
Working with Tagora enhances and balances the natural attraction between two individuals. He fills in for what is missing in a relationship. Tagora likes to teach individuals how to master the polarities of masculine and feminine.
A woman I met studied Zen for many years. She used to go to her master when she was having trouble with her husband. The master would say things like, “If there is no self, then there is no problem. Let's sit.” In Zen, they develop an awareness so empty and clear, nothing can control or disturb your mind.
But if you went to a master of Kundalini Yoga who knew about relationships in the Western world, she might say, “Oh, you are upset with your husband because he is demanding and thinks you owe him what he wants. Deep down, you want him to preserve and protect life more like Vishnu, the god who rules in the second chakra. You want him to be more oriented toward family life. Therefore, meditate on Vishnu's consort, Rakini Shakti. Embody her passionate warmth that is vitalizing and inspiring. Your husband will respond feeling your energy flowing through him and so become the counterpart you crave.”
The Swami is not telling the woman to manipulate her husband by psychic means. She is saying there is a natural polarity and continuous exchange of energy between men and women. If you are not getting what you want from a relationship, become both more powerful and more generous so that your two personalities are enriched and fulfilled.
Do not fight over scare resources of emotional support. Love with more potency. In a similar way, meditating with Tagora on the akashic plane is a means for circulating in yourself all the energies of polar attraction and also applying them in your relationships.
Mental Plane. On the mental plane, Tagora is a master of happiness, sensuality, and gratification. He comprehends all the nerves, occult anatomy, and psychic energies that relate to desire and satisfaction. Tagora could easily write a book about pleasures known and unknown that are a part of human experience. Pleasure, in this case, is soothing to the senses and brings harmony to the soul. As you know, Scorpios have a deep knowledge about such things.
This is also
the highly trained mind of a yogi who can activate any energy within his body
through concentration. For example, by
focusing on the third chakra, Tagora shows you how to be as forceful and
commanding as any general. The heart
chakra contains an aura as inspiring and radiant as any saint. The second chakra creates an atmosphere
intoxicated with bliss. In the first
chakra, you could easily see the
In the throat chakra, you feel action and transcendence are combined into one. In the third eye, you see through space and time. And in the crown chakra the “higher” and “lower” energies in the body--Shiva and Shakti--combine. You feel one with the universe. The joining is so complete (I notice in this moment) it takes an effort of will to come back to everyday consciousness. Many yogis who taste this experience are content to live the rest of their lives as ascetics and hermits. In summary, meditating with Tagora on the mental plane teaches us how to activate the psychic capacities latent within our nervous system.
Let's explore one of the chakras a little further. As I enter Tagora's mind and concentrate on my first chakra (slightly above the perineum or at the base of my spine), I immediately feel energy building up in my legs. The soles of my feet are tingling--I feel a faint throbbing in the ground vibrating through my body as if something immense is beginning to stir and shake the earth. I have the sensation of gravity increasing around my body as if I am blasting off in the space shuttle. There is a paralyzing weight and heaviness. I feel I am encased within a huge boulder or at the center of a mountain. My body feels as dense as metal.
In this place, there is a feminine presence. It is ancient and primordial, a desire older than the DNA molecule. If matter and the elements of the periodic table could form one craving and one ideal, if they could have one wish, it would be this--to join with the highest spirit there is. This primordial hunger within nature (and within our bodies) will never be satisfied with anything less. Matter seeks union with spirit. Every sensation, mode of perception, vital essence, and feeling experienced by the human race records the movements of this journey.
This drive to be alive and to experience all that is in life is more powerful than sex, sensuality, or pleasure and pain. The first chakra empowers all the other chakras. It is the motive force inspiring all transformations. Like the force of gravity that binds stars into the shape of galaxies, this primal power displays constellations of desires and ideals that captivate our attention and command us to explore. To join with this force is to see through every desire and call it forth or dissolve it at will. It is to honor all of life's experiences and yet to seek to embody those ideals that make us more than what we are.
Every marriage falls into this space at some point for a few days or sometimes for years. Then it is not a matter of desire and satisfaction, of sacrifice, suffering, or giving. It is not about getting what you want or making someone else happy. It is about accepting what is and understanding that all of life is sacred--that what you experience contains the seeds of your transformation. With the universality of the four fundamental forces of nature or of nuclear fusion, the first chakra burns with this fire and conviction--every desire shall be satisfied and every ideal made real. Our bodies are patiently waiting for and supporting our efforts to accomplish this.
Astral Plane. On the astral plane, Tagora's aura makes the inner emotional life of individuals completely transparent to your sight. He removes barriers so you feel completely open and a part of another person. The intimacy established is profound because the deepest desires and energies of the body flow through the relationship and sustain it. This is that sense of the sushumna or psychic channel running through the center of your body being completely joined to another person's. Every aspect of your psyche, known and unknown, is in a mode of sharing.
On the astral plane is the experience of being saturated with feeling. However, the psychic centers in the body are highly protected. It is dangerous to activate them since this may expose individuals to psychic hazards from which they cannot escape or illnesses they are unable to heal. For these reasons, there are natural barriers in place that keep these chakras from being prematurely opened.
Love is no less protective and preserving. But it also finds ways to share and circulate soul life and feeling directly between the astral bodies of two individuals. Love creates a space where barriers dissolve.
When such love touches you, when you enter love's zone of wonder, you feel completely new and revived--beauty seizes you and turns your life into a dream. The ecstasies of the four elements on the astral plane animate you with feelings you never knew existed. The harmony within nature, between intimate partners, and among spiritual beings--these all intermingle and flow as one on the astral plane. For partners, this is also the feeling that another's love and astral body are within your own body as if the other has slipped inside you to inspire and to make the oneness complete.
The song writer asks, “Tell me how can we live so many sad and lonely years?” And then to discover suddenly that your soul and all that you feel flows as one breath and one love with another person--it is like shifting from gray to color or going from blurred vision to crystal clear.
Physical Plane. You feel all the chakras of your body are open and joined with another person. This oneness, again, is so deep you feel you have never been separate. In part, this is because you understand and seem to share all your memories and experiences as if you have both lived through them. And also the relationship increases your energies--love is like another set of heart and lungs oxygenating and circulating blood through both your bodies. You are vitalized and uplifted.
Rapport such as this shatters the reality of the world and gives life a new meaning. If another can understand and be a part of everything within you, then it is natural to want to bring this flame of passion and love to all that you do. This is not just a private love affair. It enables you to sense the inner life in everyone and to how to make others' lives richer and more whole as well. Your affection naturally overflows to others.
There is, of course, a very dangerous and dark side to loving with this Scorpio intensity and penetrating intimacy. If you are touched by love in this way, it is next to impossible to imagine living life without it. Even when the experience is dimly reflected and the result of wish, illusion, imagination, or blind craving, the feeling of being connected to another is total. It is easy to go temporarily insane when the spell is broken. To live without this love is to walk naked through a thunderstorm of pain.
Still, love is a way of being. When it flows from your heart, it is not dependent on another's actions. It is not contingent, something to be modified or put away after it has been betrayed or a relationship cannot sustain its presence.
If I might speak here on behalf of Tagora, he would say with a base voice that can fill an entire valley with resonance, “Love is never lost. Its beauty and power retain their full force. If you make room for love in your heart, you will fill the world with its radiance.” Love such as this is a constant celebration of the union of masculine and feminine. Nature as well as spirit waits for us to offer each other such gifts.
The sign of Scorpio has within it an understanding of ideals and how they awaken and transform our desires. For this reason, it might be tempting to subsume the love Tagora teaches under a topic such as the love between a human being and his or her god/goddess. It would be safer to confine it to a ritual space--a Eucharist, a tantric puga, or a Wiccan evocation of the goddess.
But making an ideal part of our experience is a matter of will, strength, and endurance. If you hold an ideal in your heart and live it with conviction so it becomes a part of your astral body, then it is inevitable it will also manifest in your life experience.
Tagora says to me: "You were not touched with love and affection enough as a child. You seek in a creative way to attain a oneness with nature to compensate but this will not satisfy you.
“You need to be suspended in comforting sensations and to feel relief from pain and distress so you let go, relax, and find pleasure in another's presence. Normally, this is second chakra affection and sensuality. But since your problem originates in infancy, it requires the infant's absorption in another's will so that you again experience total dependence, vulnerability, and helplessness. You need to be in a space where you are free to respond without having to think or worry about anything. And this is something you cannot imagine.
“Of course, sex can capture some of this if the woman is yielding, responds sensually, and freely shares with you her feelings. If she gives all of herself to you, then you will feel your deepest needs are being met.”
What Tagora mentions reminds me of an undine named Osipeh who automatically offers comfort and a sense of letting go, experiencing sensual bliss, and being immersed in affection without needing to think or act. This kind of interaction occurs naturally as an undine's aura animates your body and feelings. In tantric relationships, this is also where your partner is 100% there for you in body and soul. The connection is deep, powerful, and mesmeric so you can put your whole will and concentration into the sensations. Still, Tagora’s words are well spoken.
Common Difficulties/Imbalances. In part, Tagora represents Scorpio. This sign is a little difficult to explain to those who do not have its influence in their natal chart. On a spiritual level, it is being able to confront your deepest desires and also to possess the will that transforms them. The darkest instincts within the unconscious and the brightest light within the akasha are joined with ease in Scorpio's concentration.
The problem, then, is feeling comfortable with this penetrating insight into the etheric/physical nervous system and the secret desires of the astral body. The thing is Tagora does not think in terms of desire and craving. He perceives directly the charge and qualities of energy in each person. At the same time, he sees these same energies in their purest form after they have been refined and transformed. He sees the light hidden within desire and shows you how to draw it forth.
You may come to Tagora wanting to know how to be more satisfied and fulfilled. Tagora can help you with this. He can unfold options relating to how to work within yourself and when and how to fulfill your needs through expressing love with others.
But Tagora's job is to teach how to master every nuance and aspect of the nervous system and the astral body. Again, desire is energy, charge, intensity, movement, change, and transformation. Tagora oversees the entire process from beginning to end. Every aspect of desire is subject to the will of spirit. Finding this kind of perception and command grants you tremendous freedom and the ability to transform others. It gets you out of your ruts and enables you to move on to the next phase of your evolution.
The Negative Counterpart of Tagora
The Dark Side of Scorpio. The dark side of Scorpio is like the Goddess Kundalini in her negative aspect. Swami Muktananda tells the story of how he encountered in a vision a beautiful and regal woman. She was irresistible. But whenever he embraced her, she turned into a horrible and hideous serpent who poisoned him. This experience repeated itself till he thought his condition was beyond repair. But then he discovered the serpent was the goddess Kundalini. At that point, the goddess revealed her true nature to him and blessed him.
Scorpio in its negative energy amplifies your fears and repressed desires till they take control of you. Like the serpent power in kundalini, its force and will can be so strong that it usurps and temporarily takes over the intelligence and mind of an individual. The awakened kundalini is sometimes described as having the demeanor of a snake being beaten with a stick--its hiss is full of venom and pure hatred. But snakes are not completely hostile. For example, they like Hopi Indian priests who stroke their bellys with a feather amid mesmeric chanting until they fall asleep.
But when someone is possessed by negative energy, it is not the personality that is in control. It is an aspect of the unconscious. It is detached and cold as a serpent. As an autonomous complex in the unconscious, it awakens and uncoils itself when it senses something near it wishes to devour. Its stealth can be greater and its will more implacable than anything modern psychology understands.
Astrologers like to say that Scorpios are either down in a pit, as cold as a reptile, or else soaring on wings of vision. In the later case, they are healers and highly skilled in lending assistance to others. In all cases, they work with the themes of death and transformation. But before passions can be transformed, they must undergo a profound change. It is will that carries you there. The black despair and the hostility in negative Scorpio are the will of an immature infant in its rage.
The 18th Degree of Scorpio. In the negative version, this degree of Scorpio makes you aware of the emptiness inside yourself and that you are going to have to do something about it. It reminds you that you are in an intolerable condition. It gives you permission to do whatever you need to do to get out of your situation.
The positive naturally increases your power. The negative also increases your power but, as with the scorpion, by poisoning others. Do you wish to be transformed so you can be of assistance to others or do you desire to transmit pain and suffering to impress others with your strength? It is the difference between saying, “No one can mess with me and get away with it” versus “We WILL work this out to everyone’s satisfaction.” It is your intent that determines whether you draw upon the positive or negative, whether it is light or darkness that you embrace.
The Negative Spirit's Domain. The negative counterpart of Tagora has the attitude of a parasite. It is like a bloodsucker. It attaches itself to its victim and draws the other's life into itself. But in this case it likes to sustain the life of its victim so the process can go on. If it has complete control, it will keep the other alive and even well.
Again, if an individual or even a nation is confused, disoriented, in pain or completely lost, the negative can step in and offer a powerful remedy. The negative establishes order, stability, definition, and boundaries. It gives the individual or nation work to accomplish. For many individuals, the loss of freedom is a small price to pay to gain these benefits.
Even modern medicine has discovered a useful application for bloodsuckers. When a finger that has been severed is reattached, the bloodsucker is used to get the blood circulating through the finger again. The slight loss of blood is a small price to pay in exchange for the benefits. Similarly, many times a brief contact with evil is all that is required to return many individuals to a path of light and high commitment. But without the decisive will and knowledge of a doctor a traumatic experience can be an absolute disaster.
We see it all the time. One person fills another's emptiness. But in the case of the negative, there must be no attempt at escape--no suggestion, no hint, not even a wistful glance. Submission is expected to be done with conviction to avoid an outpouring of wrath.
It is true that there are men or women who use advanced power and control tactics to dominate their partners. They control the other's friends, finances, activities, education, clothes, children and every choice. This builds up the perpetrator's sense of self-esteem and power.
But from the point of view of this domain, these individuals have weak egos and are insecure and vulnerable. They only imitate the dark arts. From a negative spirit's perspective, they are not worth contacting or influencing.
Hardened perpetrators of domestic violence are after domination. But their manipulation is only external even when their words and body language are sophisticated and powerful. By contrast, the negative spirits are after absolute control of the other's spirit at the core of the other's being and they know how to get it. They do not need to use external manipulation and this is not a personal thing. You could say they are more telepathic and diabolical in their means.
Outer Aura. The thing you notice immediately about this spirit is his capacity to sense the deepest pleasures in your nervous system and the hungers within your body and brain. This spirit offers an entire carnival of side shows and exciting activities when it comes to gratification of primal needs.
Never seen it? Never dreamed of it? He will take you beyond the boundaries of your imagination. You cannot believe what this spirit has up his sleeve. He is an Anne Rice when it comes to sensuality, a Sappho when it comes to desire, and a Marquis de Sade when it comes to pain and pleasure--all of these rolled into one.
I do not want to explore this in detail but let us just say his images are most graphic when it comes to portraying involuntary body responses to intense stimulation. The deepest emotions are on display. For those who lack personal contact with others and who are unfamiliar with genuine love, this spirit offers powerful experiences of bonding with others to fill in when love has not been found.
Inner Aura. His inner purpose is to attain total control over another so the other's spirit is absorbed into himself. He is after oneness but in a diabolical form. Freedom is banished from this realm or, to put it another way, freedom of choice has no part to play. Though individual choice is very important in a modern society, this spirit is no less effective in our times. What he offers in place of the anxiety of having choice is a deep sense of security and safety. But these gifts are the result of being held in an iron grip though they seem to shield you from everything, again, as long as you do things his way.
Consequently, the security combined with the intensity of pleasure strip an individual of his or her mind. Like a mind altering drug, your identity and personality are no longer operating independently when sensations and emotions are this strong.
The secret purpose found even within the negative? Like a patient with a heart attack or someone in despair, you hit them with a shot of adrenaline to get them to come back. Or when the pain is too great or the loss too much to bear, you give them morphine. Some psychologists place their patients in touch with the craving and desire that brought them into life. You combine the bliss and forgetfulness of the womb with the trauma of birth and the astonishment of the first breath all in one experience. That is what this spirit commands--an element of fate lying in wait to take hold of you when you lose your way.
Pathworking. As I start the pathworking, I can see right away how I have encountered a pure, implacable form of domination in my early life. Later on, when I sought to escape from this, I ran into an equally powerful but a more hypnotic individual who was a spiritual teacher.
What was I doing with such an individual? Considering how much magick has played a role in my life, it was natural for me at that time to seek out someone who had a powerful, integrated, and complete system of magick I could sense his wealth of knowledge just standing in front of his door.
You just cannot run away from your karma. It is there in front of you, behind you, and inside of you. And this spiritual teacher? One day he made a simple mistake. To demonstrate the degree of his domination over his students, he said to me, "You have to do what is in your heart." He presumed that everyone believed he knew more about the heart than anyone else.
When he said that, I knew right away I was in the wrong place and so I packed and left within the hour. As for our negative spirit and this spiritual teacher? When it comes to controlling others, the two of them share a family resemblance.
There is a story in Buddhism about how in one of his former incarnations Buddha was in a Hindu hell. When he saw someone suffering more than him he offered to help the other person. But hell has no place for compassion. The future Buddha was instantly thrown out of hell. When you listen to your heart and conscience, negative energy runs away from you. It cannot endure that vibration.
At this point in the pathworking, I pause to look at both the positive and negative spirits at once. The questions are, "Can the primal passion, intoxicating eroticism, and raw power of the negative be expressed in a positive way? Or is the positive impotent in lacking understanding and the capacity to transform the instinctual desires and the forces within nature where the negative is more active?”
The negative spirit possesses a power that he offers as a gift. It is something that modern society and all our educational institutions seem to lack. He opens a gate leading directly into ancient and primal desires. They are hypnotic and devastating if you are unprepared for what you see. The positive, on the other hand, never departs from harmony. Everything it does is full of love and beauty.
As I study the two, I can see more differences. The positive always enhances and expands consciousness. Feelings are refined and become more intuitive. The negative, by contrast, relies on a narrowing of consciousness that is typical of hypnotic states.
The negative offers physical gratification, intense sensations, enthrallment, and spellbinding emotional displays. The positive can present the same intensity of sensation, gratification, and emotional connection but it refines these into bliss and ecstasy. The positive offers in addition inner union, soul connection, and the fulfillment of higher spiritual purposes. The negative is perfectly blind when it comes to the transformations of genuine love. It cannot imagine another way of being than what it already knows.
I can see at this point in the pathworking how the deepest cravings and the most primal desires contain within themselves divine powers. Filling the world with beauty requires that we be able to take the densest of physical things and the darkest of desires and breathe spirit into them. This is the positive side. The negative cannot comprehend such acts of transcendence.
Reason for Evocation. I would like to develop some healing abilities, recover quicker from illness, and, if possible, lend assistance to others. Though I maintain a healthy life style, I do not have a natural ability for healing. I do not carry around within me a surcharge of energy. I bestow no blessings on others due to the bright and radiant qualities of my aura. Like a typical Aquarian, I am more concerned with the future rather than with capturing others’ attention with a charismatic presence. Though I can accumulate a great deal of energy when I concentrate, this energy serves other purposes than revitalizing the physical body.
I am, however, very sensitive to energy. I only need a small sample of a spirit's aura to write pages about that spirit's qualities. Once I almost went back to college to get a Ph.D. in physiology. I thought it would be great to join meditation, biochemistry, and the medical understanding of how the body works. At that time, I phoned the head the University of Hawaii Medical School. We talked for fifteen minutes about requirements for a degree in physiology, the curriculum, and how physiology was related to a regular medical degree.
Though I can
speak with Radina about his healing methods and practices, the following essay is
like the phone conversation with the head of the medical program at the
Still, I am already familiar with some of the things Radina mentions as requirements. Certainly for individuals already skilled in healing or medicine or who wish to train over the years, Radina is an invaluable source of wisdom and support.
26th Degree of Scorpio in the Earthzone. To put it simply, this is a penetrating and formless state of awareness in which you create health and harmony in living beings. In magical terms, this is a Quabbalistic volting power that conjures up from out of nothing healing power by virtue of the spoken word.
Radina's Domain in Akasha. This form of intuition can see everything going on in the body and heal through the power of akasha. Again, this is an extremely penetrating awareness.
Radina's Sigil. This sigil increases your ability to heal. You develop power over the physical body.
After this evocation, I tried using the sigil again to work on one of the first exercises in Bardon's book, Initiation into Hermetics. I drew Radina's sigil in front of me in the air on three planes. I concentrated into this image the idea of magical healing. In the exercise, the idea is to practice gathering vital energy into one's body from the air.
By meditating with this sigil, I get a very nice accumulation of brilliant white light in my body and, indeed, it feels like healing energy. I quickly reach what seems to be the maximum amount of accumulation that I can endure. It is also easy to move the energy from my body into my hands and then into my fingertips. The 26 degree of Scorpio, which is Radina's station in the earthzone, is one degree off of my natal Jupiter. This seems to give me a strong tie to this spirit.
Radina's Inner Source of Inspiration. Those who understand light, akasha, and the spoken word are free to heal at their own discretion. Creation is celebration. Magical healing is an act of Divine Providence. You can heal and restore health and harmony even when there is no basis for the healing. It is your creative will that authorizes and initiates the changes.
In other words, if being sick serves a karmic purpose, the healer himself provides an inspiration and an empowerment that in the moment of healing transmits a new spirit into the sick person. To do this, you have to manifest in the individual here and now the lesson the individual would have acquired through suffering. You provide the realization and the insight that it would have taken the individual perhaps years to learn on his or her own. There are many laws governing matter, history, and consciousness. But one of these laws is that you can make things new in accordance with the love and the inspiration that is within you.
Radina's Outer Aura. Like Scorpio, Radina's aura is very intense and highly charged. Feeling Radina's aura is like holding your hand above water that has a great deal of magical power within it. This is somewhat similar to what is called a magical volt--there is electrical fluid contained within a field of magnetic energy. That is, there is an element present that is incredibly dynamic and arousing. It stimulates and revives. And there is a power that is very soothing, comforting, and nurturing. It removes tension and tranquilizes. Radina employs both with great skill. There is, then, a gentle and affectionate touch that is connected to an immense power of transformation.
Inner Aura. Radina has an akashic awareness that can control the blood cells, muscle tissue, hormones, endocrine glands, metabolism, and physiology of the body. He can command the body and it responds to his will. He has that Scorpio ability to take something that is dark and impure and then transform it so it is new and clear.
Akashic Plane. On the akashic plane, Radina embodies an austere and noble power. It might be easiest to see him as Bardon says, “All theurgic (i.e., Quabbalistic) methods for healing on this planet are under this head.” It is possible, then, to visualize Radina as inspiring and watching over all methods that seek the direct intervention of God, divinity, or akasha in order to effect a cure. He embodies the power of the spoken word as it is used for healing.
Let us consider a few examples. Tibetans have healing yidams such as the Medicine Buddha and Green Tara. Among other things, they use pujas and ritual ceremonies to heal.
Chanting is used
for healing in all traditions. For
example, the Navaho with their sand paintings,
One of the qualities of akasha is that it commands all that exists. It is more penetrating and more powerful than anything in physical manifestation. The use of faith and conviction, the soul journey, the ritual evocation, and trained visualization--these are ways of applying the power of akasha to heal an individual.
There are, however, different kinds of faith, conviction, belief, and trust. There is the trust that says, “OK, I am putting this in your hands God. Thanks in advance for whatever you do. I accept the outcome as your will.” This is trust, no doubt about it. But such trust in itself does not enter akasha.
We come a little close to akasha through an act of faith that knows without any doubt that it is joined to a sovereign God and that this is a two way link. It senses intuitively that the physical world can be changed. It embodies within itself a fire of will that gathers force and brings change about. This is not stealing something from the sovereignty of God. This is more responsible. It practices to become a conduit for the power of divinity.
The idea is not to take your body into a church or temple in order to worship God. The idea is that you are God's temple and you meet Him within your body. It is your will that calls forth the fire of divinity to burn within your heart. The Holy of Holies, the Ark of the Covenant, and the Holy Grail are within you.
To be a conduit, therefore, of God’s healing power is to be more than passively receptive and trusting. It is to be a vessel in which God’s presence can appear. Such a vessel is not constructed just with faith, devotion, and dedication. It also has within it a degree of God’s will and power. Once again, the constellation of Scorpio has been placed in the sky to remind us that desire and will are among the building blocks of creation.
Radina is a supervisor, or better, a priest within akasha. He guides you to develop this faith, exercise this power, and assume this spiritual will. The power of the spoken word vibrates within and around Radina.
The spirits of the zone of Mercury think of themselves as embodying the highest aspect and first light of divinity as it manifests within creation. Radina has this same feeling about him. You sense absolute faith and a conviction that nothing can hold him back or interfere with his work. If you are going to apprentice to Radina to any extent, you need to become comfortable with this level of intensity and purity.
On the other hand, this is just Scorpio at its best--it takes poison and corruption and transforms it into life that is rich and fulfilling. There is a lot of will, power, and conviction hidden in Scorpio. Again, Radina embodies these qualities.
The spoken word relates to the throat chakra to which Hindu's assign the fifth element of akasha. To create from out of nothing involves being within a space of emptiness. This state is so rigorous and penetrating it can dissolve matter and the limitations of life. It is like a miniature, magical chamber containing the powers of creation. It works with incredible pressures. It is able to focus on an image of what is desired and take that vision and fill it with energy until it becomes reality.
Some teaching hospitals have their own miniature cyclotrons. They manufacture radioactive isotopes for diagnosis and research. Radina can manufacture the primary energies of life to restore an individual to health. His level of accomplishment in this area is truly profound.
Mental Plane. Magical healing requires that you embody within yourself an equilibrium and health that is in harmony with the universe. Then, when you are with another person, there is a body to body transmission of healing life force. You are like a battery that gets another individual's energy pumped up and circulating again.
This not to say that you pass your own life force directly into another person. Instead, your presence acts with a power similar to a magnet that realigns the magnetic field of a piece of iron near it. A Quabbalistic magician who specializes in healing can begin leading another person back to health through the command of his voice or through his power of visualization.
On the mental
plane, then, we do something different than what we were doing on the akashic
plane. We move away from the symbols of
To do this we have to perfect a balance of the four elements within ourselves. We learn to concentrate, for example, with the power of elemental beings. With the penetrating awareness of a gnome, we learn to probe with our minds and act directly upon the density of muscle and bone. The mind becomes familiar with molecular vibrations and chemical bonding and so the matrix of matter is opens to our gaze.
Consequently, for Radina, it is possible to visualize with such power that calcium deposits around the spine dissolve. The calcium molecules forget how to cling together because the mental vibration and image imprinted upon the spine is more powerful. The student learns to do this because his spirit is at home within and can change the vibrations of physical matter. Gnomes are enthusiastic teachers of this kind of concentration. It is helpful to make them your friends.
In a similar manner, there are basic abilities to learn from the other elemental beings. From the salamanders you learn about heat, electricity, and the explosive force of fire. From undines, you learn about magnetism and the healing properties of water. From sylphs, you learn about breath and oxygen and the magick in sounds and tones.
Add to this training an ability to condense and dissolve the colors of the visible and invisible light spectrum. In other words, there is a basic training on the mental plane that involves extending the range of vibrations that the mind can perceive and also change. Then the student meditates on the body and becomes acquainted with each of the organs and their functions as well as the progression of illness and their natural remedies.
You may choose to use cosmic letters as recipes like herbal formulas. When you concentrate, virus, bacteria, blood and nerve cells, muscle tissue as well as the entire metabolism respond to your suggestion. Your concentration penetrates the atoms, molecules, and chemistry of the body. The images of health you employ gather and store life force and accelerate the healing process.
example. A woman I knew was in
The Tibetan lama replied that if, on behalf of her sick friend, she went to several monasteries and had them perform specific pujas this woman's life could be spared but she would still lose her arm. The friend, however, was very insistent. She demanded that the arm be saved as well. The lama replied that yes it could be done, but she would have to go to several more monasteries and also get all the monks to perform additional pujas to this end.
In other words, a puja or Buddhist ritual ceremony centered on say the Medicine Buddha could be used for removing the damage caused by venom. Another puja was required to restore the muscle and nerve tissue that was injured. A third puja was needed to regain over all harmony in the body. A fourth puja was to remove the damage to the liver and kidneys. A fifth puja would deal with the emotional shock to the astral body by removing, let us say, the “evil spirit” that the poison embodied.
A group of skilled practitioners can create a mental vibration that directly influences an individual's health. A number of lamas have pointed out to me that it is a whole lot easier to use a group of individuals to meditate rather than have one individual attempt this on his own. Even medical doctors have noticed that statistically there is a quicker healing process after surgery when an individual is being prayed for by others. But through training with Quabbalah, your own body becomes powerful enough to act with the concentration of entire groups of people.
There are, of course, a number of skilled psychic healers who can effect healing influence on others. There is always the danger in this type of practice of becoming exhausted and also of having the other's illness leave a residue of negativity in your own aura. The idea is to train sufficiently enough so that this does not occur.
A further example is acupuncture. A skilled acupuncturist uses needles to stimulate and tranquilize various meridians by working with particular acupuncture points on the body. This is a physical procedure that uses a diagnostic system. Some methods relating to acupuncture do not use needles but the healer's own body to harmonize each of the meridians through touch instead of needles. This is called Jin Shin Jyustsu. Taoist healers also can place their own chi directly into the patient's body using their knowledge and vitality to restore the other's system.
But there is also a more magical side to this same activity. Some individuals who have meditated for years with Taoist yoga can influence the acupuncture points and the meridians directly through visualization. They can project their minds and practice their Taoist yoga within the other individual's body circulating vitality and establishing harmony through a trained will and imagination. In this case, the patient can be thousands of miles away. Distance makes no difference. This is an approximation of Radina's method of healing.
On the mental level, you take a system similar to what Bardon has outlined it in The Key to the True Quabbalah and practice mastering color, sound, and the elements in your own body. In this case, however, the practice is guided by Radina's inspiration and emphasizes the physiology and health of the body.
The cosmic letter A, for example, is light blue, the color of a clear sky. It relates to the lungs and to the air element. In condensing this energy of sky blue in your own body, you would concentrate also on the expansive freedom and clarity of the sky and the moisture and pressures within air. You would then learn to associate these with the lungs and the anatomy and physiology of breathing such as the oxygen and carbon dioxide exchange with the blood. You would master the vitality and psychic awareness hidden within breathing.
And you would study in a psychic manner illnesses relating to the lungs and what happens physiologically during the healing process. There is often a strong astral component to illness. The lungs and breathing represent on an astral level a feeling of moving into the future with freedom and harmony. Anxiety, apprehension, and fear influence the way we breathe. Habits form as a result. Our posture is affected as the body responds and molds itself to an emotional outlook. If you are going to heal someone, you have to speak to the body, the heart, and the mind.
If part of an individual's spirit is lost, if the individual has given up on life in some way, then healing the illness pertaining to the lungs will only restore a partial harmony. Some individuals smoke cigarettes because it is the one way they know to detach from the world around them. Holding that cigarette in their fingers creates a psychic bubble around them in which the anxiety and the confusion of life are suspended. They feel insulated. They know that being able to do this, even for a few minutes each day, preserves some aspect of their soul that is otherwise vulnerable.
A magician, therefore, needs to become a master of absolute clarity, perfect peace, and the beauty of freedom. You do not just restore the body but the spirit as well. To be healthy you need good health that is maintained by a flame of inspiration. You must be enthusiastic about being alive and cherish the life force within you. A healer, therefore, trains with a system in order to address every disharmony within the body as well as the soul. All twenty-seven cosmic letters mentioned in Bardon's book, The Key to the True Quabbalah, bear upon this.
When you combine the akashic and mental planes when working with Radina, you gain a marvelous sense of harmony in yourself. You develop Scorpio qualities. You develop an independence from the world that is necessary for regeneration. And you engage the world transforming yourself and others through the power of your spiritual will.
Radina's aura also has a natural purifying effect. You can practice Guru-Yoga with him as you can with all the spirits of the earthzone. In Tibetan practices, the student projects his mind directly into his guru. Working with Radina, you also can project your mind into him on one or all of the four planes. You then study your own body and health from his perspective. You ask questions about various imbalances and it is fairly easy, even for someone like me who has little skill in healing, to see immediately a way of restoring harmony.
For example, Radina takes some of my own observations and amplifies them so that I know more. He says in regard to excess tension that the problem is not physical but spiritual. I just need to practice more some of the things I am already familiar with. But just sitting within Radina's aura is a way of becoming acquainted with what it is like to experience health and harmony on all four planes.
To summarize Radina's mental plane energy, you might think in terms of a great harmony. Consider all the opposites in human experience and within the body and imagine these are perfectly balanced with each other.
Consider the opposites of masculine and feminine; the stages of life--childhood/old age, youth/maturity, exploration/consolidation, etc.; the four elements--will, feeling, intelligence, and consciousness; conscious, unconscious, superconscious; desire and satisfaction, dream and reality, vision and fulfillment, fate and destiny; the planets--Mars and Venus, Saturn and Jupiter, sun and moon, Uranus and Neptune, etc.; the zodiac--Aries and Libra, Taurus and Scorpio, etc.;