psychology behind magic. Somewhere between years two andfour, additional material regarding planetary magic is usually added to the curriculum.For those wishing to continue their studies into the realm of planetary, and eventually zodiacal magic, there is sufficientinformation in
Circles of Power
(Greer) to lead you in thatdirection. Additional information can be obtained from
by Melita Dennings and Phillips. While designed as anextension of their previous three volumes on magic,
The Magical Philosophy
(I-III), it also stands alone as an adjunct to othermagical practices. As a side note,
The Magical Philosophy
series is an interestingcurriculum in magic on its own, and worth considering. The styleis similar to Golden Dawn magic in many ways, but sufficiently different to be studied on it own.If these books are read, notes taken, ideas synthesized, and mostimportantly, the exercises done daily and systematically, anyonecan and will notice definite positive changes in their body, mind,and soul at the end of one or two years, let alone three or four years of practice. At the end of year two, you should have a greater sense of the various parts of your being and how they relate and interact witheach other, as well as those levels in others people and the worldat large. Psychological health will increase, and a sense of peace,stability, and imperturbability should begin to be formed. Asstated however, depending on your personal pace, it may take between two to four years to actually internalize this material anddevelop familiarity and confidence in the exercises. Patience andperseverance are your true tools in this Work. Always start each period of reflection, meditation, study, or ritual by first invoking your Highest Self by seeing your Crown, orKether, as a brilliant sphere above your head. Ask that yourHigher Self, Holy Guardian Angel, or Master Within infuse you with love, wisdom, and courage to succeed at the Great Work of redemption, the goal of all true magic. See a strand of lightpenetrate your brain, fill it with light, and continue to your heart,infusing it with a golden brilliance. You may even allow thisgolden sphere to expand to fill your aura to about four or morefeet all around you. Stay there for a minute or two, and then beginthe work at hand. While this appears to be a great deal of material, it is in fact just anarrow band of the Western esoteric stream focusing on magicand qabala. In fact, several other streams exist, includingmysticism, theurgy, practical alchemy, and specialized schools of magic. All of the material suggested is limited to the Golden Dawntradition, and is the most easily available material of its kindtoday. Any one wishing to truly study and practice magic will findthat it does work, and that the materials are only a library, bookstore, or web search away.If you consciously and earnestly practice, study, and pray, success will be yours. You may even find that at the end of a decade or so, you will have achieved what you are looking for, and can throw your books away. Then, God, and only God, will be your teacher.