Black magicians work under certain greatEntities, six in number
, who are spoken of, for instance, in the Christian Bibleas having the number 666.98 They came in (being cosmic, not systemic) on that stream of forceemanating
from cosmic mental levels
which produced the three worlds of humanendeavour. Students should remember here the fact that the three lower planes of our solar system arenot considered as embodying a cosmic principle, for they form the dense physical body of the Logos,and the dense physical body is not considered a principle. There is an occult significance in theexpression "unprincipled."
These entities are the sumtotal of the substance of the three lower subplanes of the cosmic physical plane
(our three lower systemic [Page 992] planes), and it is under them that the black magicians are swept into activity, oftenunconsciously, but rising to power as they work consciously.99(RI 237) Of this situation the determination of the United Nations to win and to enforce completesurrender upon the
are the agents of the Black Lodge
is symbolic and also symptomatic of the progress of the humanspirit. (Written in September 1944.) This time, the Hierarchy refrains from outer action, but simplyinspires and transmits the needed energy, leaving mankind to find its own way into freedom, and out of Pisces into the aura and the field of activity of Aquarius, guided by those who are responsive to theillumination which Taurus confers.(GAWP 210) 2. The second stage of the focussing process is produced through the effort to meditate. Inthe previous stage, the blending of the two material lights was entirely a form process and the aspirantis actuated entirely by his personality forces and expediency. An illustration of this and of itseffectiveness can be seen in the man who, from purely selfish motives and through an intenseconcentration, focusses his mind and brings about the gratification of his desires and the achievementof his goals. He kills out all emotional reactions and goes a long way towards dissipating glamour. Hedevelops the ability to draw on the light of matter itself (physical matter and mental substance) and thushe generates a false light from which soul light is rigorously excluded. It is this power which eventually produces a black magician. He has developed the capacity to draw [Page 210] upon the light energy of matter itself and to focus it so powerfully and effectively that it becomes a great destructive force. It isthis which has
given Hitler and the six evil menassociated with him their power to destroy uponthe material plane.
But, in the case of the aspirant, the power to meditate uponspiritual reality and to contact the soul offsets the dangers inherent in focussing on and using solely thelight of matter; to the lesser light of matter is added the light of the soul and then these two blendedlights, or aspects of the One Light, are focussed upon the mental plane through the power of thecreative imagination. This enables man eventually to dissipate glamour and liberates him from theastral plane.(CF 990) b.
The Source of Black Magic
. In touching upon this point, we are trespassinginto the realms of the mystery and the domain of the inexplicable. Certain statements can, however, bemade here which, if pondered upon, may throw a little light upon this dark subject.First. It should be remembered that the whole subject of planetary evil (and students must distinguishcarefully between
planetary and cosmic evil
) lies hid in the individual lifecycles and in the history of the Great Being who is the planetary Logos of the Earth. Therefore, until aman has taken certain initiations and thus achieved a measure of planetary consciousness, it is uselessfor him to speculate upon that record. H. P. B. has touched, in the Secret Doctrine,95 upon the subjectof "the imperfect Gods," and in these words lies the key to planetary evil.