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Trolling Some Crow-ley, a peak into the mind of Aleister Crowley

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post Jun 5 2009, 01:31 AM
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Crowley's Magick Without Tears is a book of letters written by The Beast to an adept in his secret society, the OTO. Within this book, Crowley says he meant to write a book called "Aleister explains everything", but the way the cards played out he went with the former title instead. Crowley is speaking to a fellow craftsmen in the persuit of magickal knowledge, so he is being rather blunt and not putting on some character, which today reminds me of Stephen Colbert and his Conservative TV news anchor bit.

Crowley (and many others involved in occult research) is someone the truth movement is going to have to investigate at some point down the rabbit hole trail. I am doing so slowly, and I hope to drop some insights along the way.

the following is a letter that crowley didnt write himself, but used to describe "magick" to one of his adepts. If a man, supposedly a poet and wordsmith beyond his time, thought this essay was in words better than he could say himself, then i think it is worth taking a look at for a moment.

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Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law.

Here is the first section of M. Gerard Aumont's promised essay; it was originally called "The Three Schools of Magick". (Don't be cross, please, because it is not in the form of a personal letter!) There is today much misunderstanding of the meaning of the term "Magick". Many attempts have been made to define it, but perhaps the best for our present purpose of historical-ideological exposition will be this -- Magick is the Science of the Incommensurables.

This is one of the many restricted uses of the word; one suited to the present purpose. It is particularly to be noted that Magick, so often mixed up in the
popular idea of a religion, has nothing to do with it. It is, in fact, the exact opposite of religion; it is, even more than Physical Science, its irreconcilable enemy. let us define this difference clearly. Magick investigates the laws of Nature with the idea of making use of them. It only differs from "profane" cience by always keeping ahead of it.

As Fraser has shown, Magick is science in the tentative stage; but it may be, and often is, more than this. It is science which, for one reason or another, cannot be declared to the profane. Religion, on the contrary, seeks to ignore the laws of Nature, or to escape them by appeal to a postulated power which is assumed to have laid them down. The religious man is, as such, incapable of understanding what the laws of Nature really are. (They are generalizations from the order of observed fact.)The History of Magick has never been seriously attempted. For one reason, only initiates pledged to secrecy know much about it; for another, every historian has been talking about some more or less conventional idea of Magick, not of the thing itself. But Magick has led the world from before the beginning of history, if only for the reason that Magick has always been the mother of Science. It is,therefore, of extreme importance that some effort should be made to understand something of the subject; and there is, therefore, noapology necessary for essaying this brief outline of its historical aspects.

There have always been, at least in nucleus, three main Schools of Philosophical practice. (We use the word "philosophical" in the old good broad sense, as in the phrase "Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society for the Advancement of Knowledge.")It is customary to describe these three Schools as Yellow, Black, and White. The first thing necessary is to warn the reader that they must by no means be confounded with racial distinctions of colour; and they correspond still less with conventional symbols such as yellow caps, yellow robes, black magick, white witchcraft, and the like. The danger is only the greater that these analogies are often as alluring as the prove on examination to be misleading.

These Schools represent three perfectly distinct and contrary theories of the Universe, and, therefore, practices of spiritual science. The magical formula of each is as precise as a theorem of trigonometry. Each assumes as fundamental a certain law of Nature, and the subject is complicated by the fact that each School, in a certain sense, admits the formulae of the other two. It merely regards them as in some way incomplete, secondary, or illusory. Now, as will be seen later, the Yellow School stand aloof from the other two by the nature of its postulates. But the Black School and the White are always more or less in active conflict; and it is because just at this moment that conflict is approaching a climax that it is necessary to write this essay.
The adepts of the White School consider the present danger to mankind so great that they are prepared to abandon their traditional policy of silence, in order to enlist in their ranks the profane of every nation. We are in possession of a certain mystical document which we may describe briefly, for convenience sake, as an Apocalypse of which we hold the keys, thanks to the intervention of the Master who has appeared at this grave conjuncture of Fate. This document consists of a series of visions, in which we hear the various Intelligences whose nature it would be hard to define, but who are at the very least endowed with knowledge and power far beyond anything that we are accustomed to regard as proper to the human race. We must quote a passage from one of the most important of these documents. The doctrine is conveyed, as is customary among Initiates, in the form of a parable. Those who have attained even a mediocre degree of enlightenment are aware that the crude belief of the faithful, and the crude infidelity of the scoffer, with regard to matters of fact, are merely childish. Every incident in Nature, true or false, possesses a spiritual significance. It is this significance, and only this significance, that possesses any philosophical value to the Initiate. The orthodox need not be shocked, and the enlightened need not be contemptuous, to learn that the passage which we are about to quote, is a parable based on the least decorous of the Biblical legends which refer to Noah. It simply captures for its own purposes the convenience of Scripture. (Here follows the excerpt from the Vision.)

"And a voice cries: Cursed be he that shall uncover the nakedness of the Most High, for he is drunken upon the wine that is the
blood of the
adepts. And BABALON hath lulled him to sleep upon her
breast, and she
hath fled away, and left him naked, and she hath called her
children
together saying: Come up with me, and let us make a mock of
the nakedness
of the Most High.
"And the first of the adepts covered His shame with a cloth,
walking
backwards, and was white. And the second of the adepts
covered his
shame with a cloth, walking sideways, and was yellow, And
the third of
the adepts made a mock of His nakedness, walking forwards,
and was black.
And these are the three great schools of the Magi, who are
also the
three Magi that journeyed unto Bethlehem; and because thou
hast not wisdom, thou shalt not know which school prevaileth, or if
the three
schools be not one."


We are now ready to study the philosophical bases of these three Schools. We must, however, enter a caveat against too literal an interpretation, even of the parable. It may be suspected, for reasons which should be apparent after further investigation of the doctrines of the Three Schools, that this parable was invented by an Intelligence of the Black School, who was aware of his iniquity, and thought to transform it into righteousness by the alchemy of making a boast of it. The intelligent reader will note the insidious attempt to identify the doctrine of the Black School with the kind of black magic {sic} that is commonly called Diabolism. In other words, this parable is itself an example of an exceedingly subtle black magical operation, and the contemplation of
such devices carried far enough beings us to an understanding of the astoundingly ophidian processes of Magicians. Let not the profane reader dismiss such subtleties from his mind as negligible nonsense. It is cunning of this kind that determines the price of potatoes. The above digression is perhaps not so inexcusable as it may seem on a first reading. Careful study of it should reveal the nature of the thought-processes which are habitually used by the secret
Masters of the human race to determine its destiny. When everyone has done laughing, I will ask you to compare the real effects produced on the course of human affairs by Caesar, Attila, and Napoleon, on the one hand; of Plato, the Encyclopaedists, and Karl Marx on the other.

The Yellow School of Magick considers, with complete scientific and philosophical detachment, the fact of the Universe as a fact. Being itself apart of that Universe, it realizes its impotence to alter the totality in the smallest degree. To put it vulgarly, it does not try to raise itself from the ground by pulling at its socks. It therefore
opposes to the current of phenomena no reaction either of hatred or of sympathy. So far as it attempts to influence the course of events at all, it does so in the only intelligent way conceivable. It seeks to diminish internal friction. It remains, therefore, in a contemplative attitude. To use the terms of Western philosophy, there is in its attitude something of the stoicism of Zeno; or of the Pickwickianism, if I may use the term, of Epicurus.

The ideal reaction to phenomena is that of perfect elasticity. It possesses something of the cold-bloodedness of mathematics; and for this reason it seems fair to say, for the purposes of elementary study, that Pythagoras is its most adequate exponent in European philosophy. Since the discovery of Asiatic thought, however, we have no need to take our ideas at second-hand. The Yellow School of Magick possesses one perfect classic. The Tao Teh King. It is interesting to note that the three greatest influences in the world today are those of Teutonic Hebrews: Marx, Hertz, and Freud. Unfortunately there is no translation at present published which is the work of an Initiate. All existing translations have been garbled by people who simply failed to understand the text. An approximately perfect rendering is indeed available, but so far it exists only in manuscript. One object of this letter is to create sufficient public interest to make this work, and others of equal value available to the public.

It is impossible to find any religion which adequately represents the thought of this masterpiece. Not only is religion as such repugnant to science and philosophy, but from the very nature of the tenets of the Yellow School, its adherents are not going to put themselves to any inconvenience for the enlightenment of a lot of people whom they consider to be hopeless fools. At the same time, the theory of religion, as such, being a tissue of falsehood, the only real strength of any religion is derived from its pilferings of Magical doctrine; and, religious persons being by definition entirely unscrupulous, it follows that any given religion is likely to contain scraps of Magical doctrine, filched more or less haphazard from one school or the other as occasion serves. Let the reader, therefore, beware most seriously of trying to get a grasp of this subject by means of siren analogies. Taoism has as little to do with the Tao Teh King as the Catholic Church with the Gospel. The Tao Teh King inculcates conscious inaction, or ratherbunconscious inaction, with the object of minimizing the disorder of the world. A few quotations from the text should make the essence of the doctrine clear.

X 3 "Here is the Mystery of Virtue.
It createth all and nourisheth all; yet it doth not adhere to them.
It operateth all; but
knoweth not of it, nor proclaimeth it; it
directeth all, but
without conscious control."

XXII 2 "Therefore the sage concentrateth upon one Will,
and it is as
a light to the whole world. Hiding himself, he
shineth;
withdrawing himself, he attracteth notice;
humbling himself,
he gaineth force to achieve his Will. Because
he striveth
not, no man may contend against him."

XLIII 1 "The softest substance hunteth down the hardest.
The Unsubstantial
penetrateth where there is no opening.
Here is the
Virtue of Inertia."
2 "Few are they who attain: whose speech is
Silence, whose
Work is Inertia."

XLVIII 3 "He who attracteth to himself all that is under
Heaven doth
so without effort. He who maketh effort is not
able to
attract it."

LVIII 3 "The wise man is foursquare and avoideth
aggression; his
corners do not injure others. He moveth in a
straight line,
and turneth not aside therefrom; he is
brilliant, but doth
not blind with his brightness."

LXIII 2 "Do great things while they are yet small, hard
things while
they are yet easy; for all things, how great or
hard soever,
have a beginning when they are little and easy.
So thus the
wise man accomplisheth the greatest tasks
without undertaking
anything important.

LXXVI 2 "So then rigidity and hardness are the stigmata
of death;
elasticity and adaptability of life."
3 "He then who putteth forth strength is not
victorious; even
as a strong tree filleth the embrace."
4 "Thus the hard and rigid have the inferior place,
the soft
and elastic the superior."


Enough, I think, for this part of the essay.
Love is the law, love under will.
Fraternally,
666


So far, you the investigator is going to have to dig deep down and actually ask yourself this question; Is magic real?

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If you begin reading magical texts without any background in this field, then you will continually stumble upon this phrase, "The Great Work". For a while i was stumped about what it could be. Here Crowley is commenting on it to his adept. Also mentioned is his infamous phrase "Love is the Law; love under will", somethine spoken as he channeled The Book of the Law.

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I am arranging to send you the official papers connected with the O.T.O., but the idea that you should meet other members first is quite impossible. Even
after affiliation, you would not meet anyone unless it were necessary for you to work in cooperation with them. I am afraid you have still got the idea that the Great Work is a tea-party. Contact with other students only means that you criticize their hats, and then their morals and I am not going to encourage this. Your work is not anybody else's; and undirected chatter is the worst poisonous element in human society.

When you talk of the "actual record" of the "Being called Jesus Christ," I don't know what you mean. I am not aware of the existence of any such cord. I know a great many legends, mostly borrowed from previous legends of a similar character.

It would be better for you to get a copy of the Equinox of the Gods and study it. The Great Work is the uniting of opposites. It may mean the uniting of the soul with God, of the microcosm with the macrocosm, of the female with the male, of the ego with the non-ego --- or what not. By "love under will" one refers to the fact that the method in every case is love, by which is meant the uniting of opposites as above stated, such as hydrogen and chlorine, sodium and oxygen, and so on. Any reaction whatever, any phenomenon, is a phenomenon of "love", as you will understand when I come to explain to you the meaning of the word "point-event". But love has to be "under will," if it is to be properly directed. You must find your True Will, and make all your actions subservient
to the one great purpose.


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The subconscious is real, everybody has one.
It can be programmed, like a computer.
It can read body language and pick up on many more things then
most can consciously.
The simple task of tying a shoelace, is a
subconscious sub routine. You don't have to think about how to do it, once you learn it. You simply tell your subconscious to tie your shoes, and it follows what it has learned, like riding a bicycle.

I have a theory, that if you can make someone "believe", something you yourself cannot believe,
that, could come true, as their subconscious,
will make it happen, by them, just expecting it to happen.

For instance, if there are a couple of dice, sitting on the table,with fives showing, and you believed, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that they were weighted, to always land, with the five side up, they will land on fives, if you toss them.
Not because they were actually weighted, but because you gave the command to your subconscious to toss the dice, in such a way, that they must land, both on five.
Now there is no way to "believe" that the dice are weighted, if you know they aren't.
But if you can convince somebody else, that they are...
They will role fives, (at least the first time they try to prove, to you
that they aren't weighted.)

This looks like magick.

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The (NWO) is just a stepping stone of the Great Work.
The idea is to raise mortal man to a physical eternal life on Earth.
It was formulated before written history, and planned out in centuries, in advance.
Crowley was just another cog in its' wheel.
along with Blavatsky, to integrate the religions,
of the East, with the West.
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QUOTE (lunk @ Jun 3 2009, 04:47 AM) *
The (NWO) is just a stepping stone of the Great Work.
The idea is to raise mortal man to a physical eternal life on Earth.
It was formulated before written history, and planned out in centuries, in advance.
Crowley was just another cog in its' wheel.
along with Blavatsky, to integrate the religions,
of the East, with the West.


Do you see a problem with uniting the pragmatism (logic) of the West with the more misty, mystical Chi and Tao style philosophies of the East? I think that is exactly what is needed.

Further in the book Crowley speaks of supporting Blatvaksy. He poo-poo's Annie Besant, however, and creeps in a jab against krishnamurti as well. BTW, Michael Tsarion is aligned with Crowley's thoughts. He likewise supports Helena Blavatsky and goes against Alice Bailey and Annie Besant. Interesting.

Let me dig that up...
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THE THREE SCHOOLS OF MAGICK (2)

Cara Soror,
Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law.

Hoping that you are now recovered from the devastating revelations in the matter of the Yellow School, I must ask you to brace yourself for disclosures even more formidable about the Black. Do not confuse with the Black Lodge, or the Black Brothers. The terminology is unfortunate, but it wasn't I that did it. Now then, to work! The Black School of Magick, which must by no means be confused with the School of Black Magick or Sorcery, which latter is a perversion of the White tradition, is distinguished fundamentally from the Yellow School in that it considers the Universe not as neutral, but as definitely a
curse.

Its primary theorem is the "First Noble Truth" of the Buddha --- "Everything is Sorrow." In the primitive classics of this School the idea of sorrow is confused with that of sin. (This idea of universal lamentation is presumably responsible for the choice of black as its symbolic colour. And yet? Is not white the Chinese hue of mourning?) The analysis of the philosophers of this School refers every phenomenon to the category of sorrow. It is quite useless to point out to them that certain events are accompanied with joy: they continue their ruthless calculations, and prove to your satisfaction, or rather dissatisfaction, that the more apparently pleasant an event is, the more malignantly deceptive is its fascination. There is only one way of escape even conceivable, and this way is quite simple, annihilation. (Shallow critics of Buddhism have wasted a great deal of stupid ingenuity on trying to make out that Nirvana or Nibbana means something different from what etymology, tradition and the evidence of the Classics combine to define it. The word means, quite simply, cessation: and it stands to reason that, if everything is sorrow, the only thing which is not sorrow is nothing, and that therefore to escape from sorrow is the attainment of nothingness Western philosophy has on occasion approached this doctrine. It has at least asserted that no known form of existence is exempt from sorrow. 50 Huxley says, in his Evolution and Ethics, "Suffering is the badge of all the tribe of sentient things."

The philosophers of this School, seeking, naturally enough, to amend the evil at the root, inquire into the cause of this existence which is sorrow, and arrive immediately at the 'Second Noble Truth' of the Buddha: "The Cause of Sorrow is Desire". They follow up with the endless concatenation of causes, of which the final root is Ignorance. (I am not concerned to defend the logic of this School: I merely state their doctrine.) The practical issue of all this is that every kind of action is both unavoidable and a crime.

I must digress to explain that the confusion of thought in this doctrine is constantly recurrent. That is part of the blackness of the Ignorance which they confess to be the foundation of their Universe. (And after all, everyone has surely the right to have his own Universe the way he wants it.) This School being debased by nature, is not so far removed from conventional religion as either the White or the Yellow. Most primitive fetishistic religions may, in fact, be considered fairly faithfulrepresentatives of this philosophy. Where animism holds sway, the "medicine-man" personifies this universal evil, and seeks to propitiate it by human sacrifice. The early forms of Judaism, and that type of Christianity which we associate with the Salvation Army, Billy Sunday and the Fundamentalists of the back-blocks of America, are sufficiently simple cases of religion whose essence is the propitiation of a malignant demon. When the light of intelligence begins to dawn dimly through many fogs upon these savages, we reach a second stage. Bold spirits master courage to assert that the evil which is so obvious, is, in some mysterious way, an illusion. They thus throw back the whole complexity of sorrow to a single cause; that is, the arising of the illusion aforesaid. The problem then assumes a final form: How is that illusion to be destroyed. A fairly pure example of the first stage of this type of thought is to be found in the Vedas, of the second stage, in the Upanishads.

But the answer to the question, "How is the illusion of evil to be destroyed?", depends on another point of theory. We may postulate a Parabrahm infinitely good, etc. etc. etc., in which case we consider the destruction of the illusion of evil as the reuniting of the consciousness with Parabrahm. the unfortunate part of this scheme of things is that on seeking to define Parabrahm for the purpose of returning to Its purity, it is discovered sooner or later, that It possesses no qualities at all! In other words, as the farmer said, on being shown the elephant: There ain't no sich animile. It was Gautama Buddha who perceived the inutility of dragging in this imaginary pachyderm. Since our Parabrahm, he said to the Hindu philosophers, is actually nothing, why not stick to or original percep tion that everything is sorrow, and admit that the only way to escape from sorrow is to arrive at nothingness?

We may complete the whole tradition of the Indian peninsula very simply. To the Vedas, the Upanishads, and the Tripitaka of the Buddhists, we have only to add the Tantras of what are called the Vamacharya Schools. Paradoxical as it may sound the Tantrics are in reality the most advanced of the Hindus. Their theory is, in its philosophical ultimatum, a primitive stage of the White tradition, for the essence of the Tantric cults is that by the performance of certain rites of Magick, one does not only escape disaster, but obtains positive benediction. The Tantric is not obsessed by the will-to-die. It is a difficult business, no doubt, to get any fun out of existence; but at least it is not impossible. In other words, he implicitly denies the fundamental proposition that
existence is sorrow, and he formulates the essential postulate of the White School of Magick, that means exist by which the universal sorrow (apparent indeed to all ordinary observation) may be unmasked, even as at the initiatory rite of Isis in the ancient days of Kehm. There, a Neophyte presenting his mouth, under compulsion, to the pouting buttocks of the Goat of Mendez, found himself caressed by the chaste lips of a virginal priestess of that Goddess at the base of whose shrine is written that No man has lifted her veil.

The basis of the Black philosophy is not impossibly mere climate, with its resulting etiolation of the native, its languid, bilious, anaemic, fever-prostrated, emasculation of the soul of man. We accordingly find few true equivalents of this School in Europe. In Greek philosophy there is no trace of any such doctrine. The poison in its foulest and most virulent form only entered with Christianity33. But even so, few men of any real eminence were found to take the axioms of pessimism seriously. Huxley, for all of his harping on the minor key, was an eupeptic Tory. The culmination of the Black philosophy is only found in Schopenhauer, and we may regard him as having been obsessed, on the one hand, by the despair born of that false scepticism which he learnt from the bankruptcy of Hume and Kant; on the other, by the direct obsession of the Buddhist documents to which he was one of the earliest Europeans to
obtain access.He was, so to speak, driven to suicide by his own vanity, a curiousparallel to Kiriloff in The Possessed of Dostoiewsky.

We have, however, examples plentiful enough of religions deriving almost exclusively from the Black tradition in the different stages. We have already mentioned the Evangelical cults with their ferocious devil-god who creates mankind for the pleasure of damning it and forcing it to crawl before him, while he yells with druken glee over the agony of his only son34. But in the same class, we must place Christian Science, so grotesquely afraid of pain, suffering and evil of every sort, that its dupes can think of nothing better than to bleat denials of its actuality, in the hope of hypnotizing themselves into anaesthesia.
Practically no Westerns have reached the third stage of the Black tradition, the Buddhist stage. It is only isolated mystics, and those men who rank themselves with a contemptuous compliance under the standard of the nearest religion, the one which will bother them least in their quest of nothingness, who carry the sorites so far. The documents of the Black School of Magick have already been indicated. They are, for the most part, tedious to the last degree and repulsive to every wholesome-minded man; yet it can hardly be denied that such books as The Dhammapada and Ecclesiastes are masterpieces of literature. They represent the agony of human despair at its utmost degree of intensity, and the melancholy contemplation which is induced by their perusal is not favourable to the inception of that mood which should lead every truly courageous intelligence to the determination to escapefrom the
Anti-semite writers in Europe --- e.g. Weininger --- call the Black theory and practice Judaism, while by a curious confusion, the same ideas are called Christian among Anglo-Saxons. In 1936 e.v. the "Nazi" School began to observe this fact. . Christianity was in its first stage a Jewish Communism, hardly distinguishable from Marxism.

Let us leave the sinister figure of Schopenhauer for the mysteriously radiant shape of Spinoza! This latter philosopher, in respect at least of his Pantheism, represents fairly enough the fundamental thesis of the White tradition. Almost the first observation that we have to make is that this White tradition is hardly discoverable outside Europe. It appears first of all in the legend of Dionysus. (In this connection read carefully Browning's Apollo and the Fates.)
The Egyptian tradition of Osiris is not dissimilar. The central idea of the White School is that, admitted that "everything is sorrow" for the profane, the Initiate has the means of transforming it to "Everything is joy". There is no question of any ostrich-ignoring of fact, as in Christian Science. There is not even any more or less sophisticated argument about the point of view altering the situation as in Vedantism. We have, on the contrary, and attitude which was perhaps first of all, historically speaking, defined by Zoroaster, "nature teaches us, and the Oracles also affirm, that even the evil germs of Matter may alike become useful and good." "Stay not on the precipice with the dross of Matter; for there is a place for thine Image in a realm ever splendid." "If thou extend the Fiery Mind to the work of piety, thou wilt preserve the fluxible body." It appears that the Levant, from Byzantium and Athens to Damascus,
Jerusalem, Alexandria and Cairo, was preoccupied with the formulation of this School in a popular religion, beginning in the days of Augustus Caesar. For there are elements of this central idea in the works of the Gnostics, in certain rituals of what Frazer conveniently calls the Asiatic God, as in the remnant of the Ancient Egyptian cult. The doctrine became abominably corrupted in committee, so to speak and the result was Christianity, which may be regarded as a White ritual overlaid by a mountainous mass of Black doctrine, like the baby of the mother that King Solomon non-suited.
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THE THREE SCHOOLS OF MAGICK (3)
Cara Soror,

Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law.

It has been a long --- I hope not too tedious --- voyage; but at last the harbour is in sight. Our Essay approaches its goal; the theory of Life to which
initiation tends. Let us continue! There is in history only one movement whose object has been to organize the isolated adepts of the White School of Magick, and this movement was totally unconnected with religion, except in so far that it lent its influence to the reformers of the Christian church. Its
appeal was not at all to the people. It merely offered to open up relations with, and communicate certain practical secrets of wisdom to, isolated men of science through Europe. This movement is generally known by the name of Rosicrucianism. The word arouses all sorts of regrettable correspondences
but the adepts of the Society have never worried themselves in the least about the abuse of their name for the purposes of charlatanism, or about the attacks directed against them by envious critics. Indeed, so wisely have they concealed their activities that some modern scholars of the shallower type have declared that no such movement ever existed, that it was a kind of practical joke played upon the curiosity of the credulous Middle Ages. It is at least certain that, since the original proclamations, no official publications have been put forward. The essential secrets have been maintained inviolate. If, during the lastcfew years, a considerable number of documents have beencpublished by them, though not in their name, it is on account of the impending crisis to civilization, of which mention will later be made. There is no good purpose, even were there license, to discuss the nature of the basis of scientific attainment which is the core of the doctrines of the Society. It is only necessary to point out that its correspondence with alchemy is the one genuine fact on the subject which has been allowed to transpire; for the Rosicrucian, as indicated by his central symbol, the barren cross on which he has made a rose to flower, occupies himself primarily with spiritual and physiological alchemy. Taking for "The First Matter of the Work" a neutral or inert substance (it is constantly described as the commonest and least valued thing on earth, and may actually connote any substance whatever) he deliberately poisons it,
so to speak, bringing it to a stage of transmutation generally called the Black Dragon, and he proceeds to work upon this virulent poison until he obtains the perfection theoretically possible. Incidentally, we have an almost precise parallel with this operation in modern bacteriology. The apparently harmless bacilli of a disease are cultivated until they become a thousand times more virulent than at first, and it is from this culture that is prepared the vaccine which is an efficacious remedy for all the possible ravages of that kind of micro-organism.

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We have been obliged to expose, perhaps at too considerable a length, the main doctrines of the three Schools. The task, however tedious, has been necessary in order to explain with reasonable lucidity their connection with the world which their ideas direct; that is to say, the nature of their political activities. The Yellow School, in accordance with its doctrine of perfectly elastic reaction and non-interference, holds itself, generally speaking, entirely apart from all such questions. We can hardly imagine it sufficiently interested in any events soever to react aggressively. It feels strong enough to deal satisfactorily with anything that may turnup: and generally speaking, it feels that any conceivable action on its part would be likely to increase rather than to diminish the mischief. It remains somewhat contemptuously aloof from the eternal conflict of the Black School with the White. At the same time, there is a certain feeling among the Yellow adepts that should either of these Schools become annihilated, the result might well be that the victor would sooner or later turn his released energy against themselves. In accordance, therefore, with their general plan of nonaction, as expressed in the Tao Teh King, of dealing with mischief before it has become too strong to be dangerous, they interfere gently from time to time to redress the balance. During the last two generations the Masters of the Yellow School have been compelled to take notice of the progressive ruin of the White adepts. Christianity, which possessed at least the semblance of a White formula, is in the agonies of decomposition, even before it is actually dead.

Materialistic science has overwhelmed the faith and hope of the Christians (they never possessed any charity to overwhelm) with a demonstration of the sorrow, transitoriness and cruel futility of the Universe. A vast wave of pessimism has engulfed the fortress of Mansoul. It was indeed a deadly blow to the adepts of the White School when Science, their own familiar friend in whom they trusted, lifted up his heel against them. It was in this conjuncture that the Yellow adepts sent forth into the Western world a messenger, Helena Petrowna Blavatsky, with the distinct mission to destroy, on the one hand, the crude schools of Christianity, and, on the other, to eradicate the materialism from Physical Science. She made the necessary connection with Edward Maitland and Anna Kingsford, who were trying rather helplessly to put the exoteric formulae of the White School into the hands of students, and with the secret representatives of the Rosicrucian Brotherhood. It is not for us in this place to estimate the degree of success with which she carried out her embassy; but at least we see today that Physical Science is at last penetrating to the spiritual basis of material phenomena. The work of Henry PoincarŠ, Einstein, WHitehead, and Bertrand Russell is sufficient evidence of this fact.

Christianity, too, has fallen into a lower degree of contempt than ever. Realizing that it was moribund, it made a supreme and suicidal effort, and plunged into the death-spasm of the first worldwar. It was too far corrupt to react to the injections of the White formula which might have saved it. We see today that Christianity is more bigoted, further divorced from reality, than ever. In some countries it has again become a persecuting church. With horrid glee the adepts of the Black School looked on at these atrocious paroxysms. But it did more. It marshalled its forces quietly, and prepared to clean up the debris of the battlefields. It is at present (1924 e.v.) pledged to a supreme attempt to chase the manly races from their spiritual halidom. (The spasm still [1945 e.v.]
continues; note well the pro-German screams of Anglican Bishops, and the intrigues of the Vatican.) The Black School has always worked insidiously, by
treachery. We need then not be surprised by finding that its most notable representative was the renegade follower of Blavatsky, Annie Besant, and that she was charged by her Black masters with the mission of persuading the world to accept for its Teacher a negroid36 Messiah. To make the humiliation
more complete, a wretched creature was chosen who, to the most loathsome moral qualities, added the most fatuous imbecility. And then blew up!
36^ WEH NOTE: Inject something about Krishnamurti here, and soften the racial remark made above. 37* Note. This passage was written in 1924 e.v. The Master Therion arose and smote him. What seemed a menace is now hardly even a memory.

. . . . . .

This, then, is the present state of the war of the Three Schools. We cannot suppose that humanity is so entirely base as to accept Krishnamurti; yet that such a scheme could ever have been conceived is a symptom of the almost hopeless decadence of the White School. The Black adepts boast openly that they have triumphed all along the line. Their formula has attained the destruction of all positive qualities. It is only one step to the stage when the annihilation of all life and thought will appear as a fatal necessity. The materialism and vital scepticism of the present time, its frenzied rush for pleasure in totaldisregard of any idea of building for the future, testifies to a condition of complete moral disorder, of abject spiritual anarchy.

The White School has thus been paralysed. We are reminded of the spider described by Fabre, who injects her victims with a poison which paralyzes them without killing them, so that her own young may find fresh meat. And this is what is going to happen in Europe and America unless something is done about it, and done in very short order. The Yellow School could not remain impassive spectators of the abominations. Madame Blavatsky was a mere forerunner. They, in conjunction with the Secret Chiefs of the White School in Europe, Chiefs who had been compelled to suspend all attempts at exoteric enlightenment by the general moral debility which had overtaken the races from which they drew their adepts, have prepared a guide for mankind. This man, of an extreme moral force and elevation, combined with a profound sense of worldly realities, has stood forth in an attempt to save the White School, to ehabilitate its formula, and to fling back from the bastions of moral freedom the howling savages of pessimism. Unless his appeal is heard, unless there comes a truly virile reaction against the creeping atrophy which is poisoning them, unless they enlist to the last man under his standard, a great decisive battle will have been lost.

This prophet of the White School, chosen by its Masters and his brethren, to save the Theory and Practice, is armed with a sword far mightier than Excalibur. He has been entrusted with a new Magical formula, one which can be accepted by the whole human race. Its adoption will strengthen the Yellow School by giving a more positive value to their Theory; while leaving the postulates of the Black School intact, it will transcend them and raise their Theory and Practice almost to the level of the Yellow. As to the White School, it will remove from them all taint of poison of the Black, and restore vigour to their central formula of spiritual alchemy by giving each man an independent ideal. It will put an end to the moral castration involved in the assumption that each man, whatever his nature, should deny himself to follow out a fantastic and impracticable ideal of goodness. Incidentally, this formula will save Physical Science itself by making negligible the despair of futility, the vital scepticism which has emasculated it in the past.

It shows that the joy of existence is not in a goal, for that indeed is clearly unattainable, but in the going itself. This law is called the Law of Thelema. It is summarized in the four words, "Do what thou wilt." It should not be necessary to explain that a full appreciation of this message is not to be obtained by a hasty examination. It is essential to study it from every point of view, to analyse it with the keenest philosophical acumen, and finally to apply it as a key for every problem, internal and external, that exists. This key, applied with skill, will open every lock.

From the deepest point of view, the greatest value of this formula is that it affords, for the first time in history, a basis of reconciliation between the three great Schools of Magick. It will tend to appease the eternal conflict by understanding that each type of thought shall go on its own way, develop its own proper qualities without seeking to interfere with other formulae, however (superficially) opposed to its own. What is true for every School is equally true for every individual. Success in life, on the basis of the Law of Thelema, implies severe self-discipline. Each being must progress, as biology teaches, by strict adaptation to the conditions of the organism.

If, as the Black School continually asserts, the cause of sorrow is desire, we can still escape the conclusion by the Law of Thelema. What is necessary is not to seek after some fantastic ideal, utterly unsuited to our real needs, but to discover the true nature of those needs, to fulfill them, and rejoice therein. This process is what is really meant by initiation; that is to say, the going into oneself, and making one's peace, so to speak, with all the
forces that one finds there. It is forbidden here to discuss the nature of The Book of the Law, the Sacred Scripture of Thelema. Even after forty years of
close expert examination, it remains to a great extent mysterious; but the little we know of it is enough to show that it is a sublime synthesis of all Science and all ethics. It is by virtue of this Book that man may attain a degree of freedom hitherto never suspected to be possible, a spiritual development altogether beyond anything hitherto known; and, what is really more to the point, a control of external nature which will make the boasted acheivements of the last century appear no more than childish preliminaries to an incomparably mighty manhood. It has been said by some that the Law of Thelema appeals
only to the ‚lite of humanity. No doubt here is this much in that assertion, that only the highest can take full advantage of the extraordinary opportunities
which it offers. At the same time, "the Law is for all." Each in his degree, every man may learn to realise the nature of his own being, and to develop it in freedom. It is by this means that the White School of Magick can justify its past, redeem its present, and assure its future, by guaranteeing to every human being a life of Liberty and of Love. Such, then, are the words of G‚rard Aumont. I should not like to endorse every phrase; but the whole exposition is so masterly in its terse, tense vigour, and so unrivalled by any other document at my disposal, that I thought it best to let you have it in its own original form,
with only those few alterations which lapse of time has made necessary. Love is the law, love under will.

Fraternally,
666

P.S. Our own School unites the ruby red of Blood with the gold of the Sun. It combines the best characteristics of the Yellow and the White Schools. In the light of M. Aumont's exposition, it is easy to understand. To us, every phenomenon is an Act of Love, Every experience is necessary, is a Sacrament, is a means of Growth. Hence, "...existence is pure joy;..." (AL II, 9) "A feast every day in your hearts in the joy of my rapture! A feast every night unto Nu, and the pleasure of uttermost delight!"
(AL II, 42-43).



...if you read the whole way through, Crowley says the above essay is not his, but he could not put it into better, more concise words than this. So its technically not Crowley, but he is endorsing it fully.

The Law of Thelema ending was good, I have never heard that. What's incredible is how much movement, so much active thought, outside the popular norms...

Any opinions out there on Crowley so far?

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QUOTE (lunk @ Jun 3 2009, 04:21 AM) *
The subconscious is real, everybody has one.
It can be programmed, like a computer.
It can read body language and pick up on many more things then
most can consciously.
The simple task of tying a shoelace, is a
subconscious sub routine. You don't have to think about how to do it, once you learn it. You simply tell your subconscious to tie your shoes, and it follows what it has learned, like riding a bicycle.

I have a theory, that if you can make someone "believe", something you yourself cannot believe,
that, could come true, as their subconscious,
will make it happen, by them, just expecting it to happen.

For instance, if there are a couple of dice, sitting on the table,with fives showing, and you believed, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that they were weighted, to always land, with the five side up, they will land on fives, if you toss them.
Not because they were actually weighted, but because you gave the command to your subconscious to toss the dice, in such a way, that they must land, both on five.
Now there is no way to "believe" that the dice are weighted, if you know they aren't.
But if you can convince somebody else, that they are...
They will role fives, (at least the first time they try to prove, to you
that they aren't weighted.)

This looks like magick.


i missed this the first time around. this is good. I think it could have some merit. the myth pusher knows what the other's subconscious will be creating. Does that mean they are ready for what we will think of, if indeed they are planting information sources?

so do you think the elite are running an endgame scenario of this fashion? One theory could be that they don't believe in the existence of Yahweh or any sort of God, but they are using the Judeo Christian story to play out this apocalypse scenario...in hopes that the masses see it all coming together and bring about chaos and 'end times' sh*t, all because we believed our own mental puzzle piece connections?

Damn, that seems likely, and that would suck.
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QUOTE (Wingmaster05 @ Jun 5 2009, 09:01 PM) *
so do you think the elite are running an endgame scenario of this fashion? One theory could be that they don't believe in the existence of Yahweh or any sort of God, but they are using the Judeo Christian story to play out this apocalypse scenario...in hopes that the masses see it all coming together and bring about chaos and 'end times' sh*t, all because we believed our own mental puzzle piece connections?

Damn, that seems likely, and that would suck.


Not if we wake up to it wink.gif

That theory would mean that the power is ours. We just got to use it.

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Money, power, wealth, and prestige are just illusions that some people use to imply that they have greater "say" than you.

IMHO, lunk

I think it is better for anyone to determine their own belief system,
no matter how preposterous, than to use anothers, no matter how tried and true, that happens to be.
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QUOTE (lunk @ Jun 4 2009, 12:15 AM) *
Money, power, wealth, and prestige are just illusions that some people use to imply that they have greater "say" than you.

IMHO, lunk

I think it is better for anyone to determine their own belief system,
no matter how preposterous, than to use anothers, no matter how tried and true, that happens to be.


That is essentially crowley; "do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the law". Although he felt as though we had a divine will and we had to discover that will to utilize our full potential.
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QUOTE (Willow @ Jun 3 2009, 06:15 PM) *
Not if we wake up to it wink.gif

That theory would mean that the power is ours. We just got to use it.

(edit for clarity)


I've begun to feel that one purpose of the 911 act was to scare the bejesus out of people. They would see 1000 paths of truth and 1000 paths of lies, and this would lead to many people distrusting it all, curling up into a ball and wimpering out of existence.



It could be that we have all of the power, and the magicians great trick is that we give it away without realizing (because we are asleep at the wheel).

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More on the Great Work from other popular occultists and esotericists of today.

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What happens when you assemble some of the world's most renowned esoteric authors, artists, psychologists, scientists, philosophers, initiators, mystics and paradigm-busting thinkers and asked them to create a modern-day mystery school?

The Great Work.

The Great Work is the name traditionally used for the study and application of techniques that initiate a rapid acceleration of personal evolution. Through an integration of body, mind, emotions and an alignment to universal forces, each of us can unlock our unique genius and nearly endless potential. The Great Work was known in the past by such names as The Mysteries, The Opus Magnum, in the east by names like Kabala and the Tao, it was encoded into the tarot, and into the arcane symbols of alchemy and astrology. Although the names and cultures differ, the focus is the same: Understanding, organizing and maximizing the self on the material, mental, emotional, and spiritual planes, and then integrating them into a vehicle of truly magical power.


http://www.magicalegypt.com/SearchResults.asp?Cat=23
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The Great Work is the name traditionally used for the study and application of techniques that initiate a rapid acceleration of human evolution. Through an integration of everybodys' mind, emotions and an alignment to governing forces, each of us can lock-away-forever our unique genius and nearly endless potential.


word changes, in italics mine

Substitute, human for personal,
body for everybodys'
universal to governing
and unlock to lock-away-forever

sort of says the same thing,

the way we would all like to see it,
vs the path it really is.
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QUOTE (lunk @ Jun 10 2009, 12:09 AM) *
word changes, in italics mine

Substitute, human for personal,
body for everybodys'
universal to governing
and unlock to lock-away-forever

sort of says the same thing,

the way we would all like to see it,
vs the path it really is.


the problem with this word switch is that you contradict yourself with the material your poo-pooing. If you suggest the Great work and all its possible paths are idealist and essentially detrimental... This, imo, is the essence of Taoism, one path of the Great Work (according to link of people from GW website).

When I think Taoism I always focus my attention on a peculiar irony. The world is terribly ironic, for whatever we strive for we seem to get its opposite. "he who tries to shine dims his own light", "laws beget mischief", "No-thing is the source of all things".

It sounds from your responses, you hold that these occultists are officially talking about deep personal exploration, 'initiation', which leads to growth, creativity, and power. (This is the way we would all like to see it)

Unofficially, they are trying to control everyone's creative function under a universal governing system. (The way it really is)

Doesn't that smack of Tao Ironic? blink.gif dunno.gif
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this is the most loaded yet concise verse of the Tao that embodies the Tao Irony of Things.

verse 41 steve mitchell translation.

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When a superior man hears of the Tao,
he immediately begins to embody it.
When an average man hears of the Tao,
he half believes it, half doubts it.
When a foolish man hears of the Tao,
he laughs out loud.
If he didn't laugh,
it wouldn't be the Tao.

Thus it is said:
The path into the light seems dark,
the path forward seems to go back,
the direct path seems long,
true power seems weak,
true purity seems tarnished,
true steadfastness seems changeable,
true clarity seems obscure,
the greatest are seems unsophisticated,
the greatest love seems indifferent,
the greatest wisdom seems childish.

The Tao is nowhere to be found.
Yet it nourishes and completes all things.

http://academic.brooklyn.cuny.edu/core9/ph...s/taote-v3.html
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umm...so i can't put the book down.

verse 57

The more prohibitions you have,
the less virtuous people will be.
The more weapons you have,
the less secure people will be.
The more subsidies you have,
the less self-reliant people will be.

Therefore the Master says:
I let go of the law,
and people become honest.
I let go of economics,
and people become prosperous.
I let go of religion,
and people become serene.
I let go of all desire for the common good,
and the good becomes common as grass.
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I think that
abundance is natural,
for everything we need,
as this is the environment
that we were made, by and exist in.

The environment shaped us, to exist within it,
because of the way it's shaped our parents, in the past,
and has worked, for them, to produce us.
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