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Dr. Lisiewski's responses to readers' questions for the week of February 19 - 25, 2007. Q–1 Hi. I just got done reading your book “Ceremonial Magic” as part of my own search of gaining spiritual enlightenment, knowledge and power to live and experience the things of my own desires. I’ve been a practicing lucid dreamer and have been studying about thought-form entities or tulips. I’m convinced that I have successfully created a thought-form entity named Krotsgier and have confirmed her existence from an online experiment I’ve been doing with reports from over 10 people of encounters from this entity from within dreams to trance visions. Presently, I’m trying to overcome my lack of psychic abilities to have more encounters with Krotsgier myself, which are presently limited to lucid dreams. One option I’ve been very interested in is the possibility to bring Krotsgier into the physical dimension in a way that she can be experienced in full sensory manifestation. My question to you, can the evocation rituals instructed in your books be modified to bring a self made thought-form entity to manifestation. And if so, how would you modify it. So far, Krotsgier is still young and is still limited in strength to where she can only be seen by people who are gifted or skilled in psychic abilities, and in my end, can only be seen in dreams where I consciously bring her in them. If evocation to manifestation is not possible with this type of spirit, then which spirit do you recommend who can provide solutions to this challenge? A–1 The creation of “thought forms” has nothing whatsoever to do with Old System Magic. Through my books, this web site, and years of involvement in Magic and Alchemy, I have tried to make it clear as to where Old System Magic ends and the “New Age” begins. Still, many people just do not seem to ‘get it.’ At least in the way you describe this ‘entity’ (and I am not at all certain you are being honest with me here) my immediate reaction is to say that—if you are truly involved in such—then you are involved in the generation of some New Age gizmo meant to deflect you from work you should be doing. As to Lucid Dreaming? That may be another matter, but it is one I won’t get into here. For the moment, let us assume you are telling the truth in what you are doing. In that case, I ask that you please remember: these so-called “thought forms” are completely different from the legitimate acquisition of a “Familiar” or the creation of a “Magical Watcher.” The latter two are ‘special exercises’ in Old System Magic, and they most certainly do produce those entities they are designed to produce. Nevertheless, since your question has a broadband characteristic to it, you should be given an answer. And that is: under no circumstances can you change, modify, or adapt any grimoiric
work to anything else. These Grammars of Magic were written to be practiced as they were written, and in no other wise. Can I make a recommendation as to “…which spirit do you recommend who can provide solutions to this challenge?” There are none, because at first glance—and if I believed it —then you are involved in a baseless activity. However, I sense more to your letter. That is, a deeper action that you are trying to disguise in order to obtain some much needed information. My perceptions tell me that what you are really involved in is one of those “Miscellaneous and Minor Processes” termed, “Concerning the Venereal Experiments,” and more exactly, that “Concerning the Experiment of Love.” Further, your aim seems to be that experiment designated, “How to Cause the Appearance of Three Ladies or Three Gentlemen in One’s Room After Supper” and which is covered in the Grimorium Verum. If you are, then proceed as instructed in that grimoire. If not—and if you are genuinely attempting this thought-form ‘thing,’ you can and will go nowhere with it. Don’t delude yourself any further. Instead, dig deep into the grimoires in order to attain that which you are clearly seeking: Love! Note to My Readers: My answers to the next question are indicated in italics, within that text. Q–2 Hello Dr. Lisiewski: First of all I want to be thankful to you by everything what you offers us, you are a light in the dark. Second I want to apologize by my terrible English I do not belong to any magical group, but I take practicing and studying this art during 10 years (I have elaborated my own curriculum of work from the material published by authors related to Golden Dawn (a number of New Age authors named here) and studying it, and yes, I have undergone the negative undesirable effects, and they were tremendous when it practices evocation (following authors named above) all new-age approximation… the method to use a mirror with goetia for example and integrating it to the rituals of the G.D. Parallelly to my magical work in solitaire, my life became in a series of nonsense, inexplicable rupture with my girlfriend, friends, problems of businesses, etc. At the outset I did not connect that my magical activities were related to the daily thing, but in a while of serious economic and sentimental problems, I think about the connection.
Leave magic practices it during month, far from my house, working hard, having left my studies in psychology by the problems, I watched the new material in Internet about magic in general and evocation in individual, because at this moment I only obtained partial effects and negative effects, with goetia in special (and probably with enochian system). A–2 It is always the same way. The New Age version of Evocation is, as you so well know, simply the (partially successful) projection of psychological complexes into the Ceremonial action. Consequently, a massive Slingshot Effect will always result, as you have experienced all too often. Looking for books in Amazon, single I found the same, but its name arose, I said ok, J.C. Lisiewski…a noted physicist involved in the study of the relativistic space-time continuum (I am interested in this), student of Regardie and F. Albertus, (I am interested in this too), Evocation to "physical manifestation", I never see this, say for myself. I made the order to Amazon, two days before returning to my house after two years (I now live in Santiago de Compostela) had in my hands…your books, Kabbalistic Cycles and the Mastery of Life and Ceremonial Magic and the Power of Evocation, felt I now had the answers to the problems with my lack of results and negative effects from the others of new age, and peculiar but months before I felt the internal necessity to renew all my magical activities but in traditional form, but it did not find the way to do it, for example with magical instruments, (I have my instruments in the style of the G.D., but I felt they were incorrect) Discard any Golden Dawn instruments if you intend to work Old System Magic: they cannot be used for our work. Further, they cannot—under any circumstances—be used to work from any—and I mean any—grimoire, including that most used grammar of all, the Goetia. Only disaster in the form of an extreme Slingshot Effect will result from such attempts. Finally in front of my eyes had a traditional form to work with the old magic, that always had attract to me. I put in practices of preparations, I consecrated the instruments, but I had to interrupt the ritual because by 2 times the rent of an appropriate place was truncated, in the end I obtained the place (where work ritually now), everything was arranged but to last hour I decided to stop the ritual. The cause was that I invaded by fear difficult to dominate (Years before I experience this sensation at the beginning of my magical practice when I began with the LBRP, etc, but it disappearing as I progressed with this type of practices). I did not make the Heptameron ritual, but I experience "slingshot effects" I believe that the problem was in my subjective synthesis that you mention, I review this at the moment and work with it, I study your material, books and writings Web (Yesterday you mention the subject of the terror in your web, is interesting)
Without a well built and polished subconscious state of Subjective Synthesis, you will get nowhere in any form of Magic, let alone in Old System Magic. That energy matrix within you—that Subjective Synthesis, which is literally a self-conscious ‘structure’ within your unconscious mind and to which is devoted your magical growth—must be consciously built by you through the process given below, as I have stated so often. When this is done, you Magic will work flawlessly: Learn---->Understand---->Comprehend---->Practice (Experiential Knowledge)--->Apprehend Your built and polished subconscious state of Subjective Synthesis has many roles within the ritual and ceremonial framework as well: one of them being its aiding you in dealing with your fear prior to the ceremonial act, and with the terror that will arise during the act of Evocation to Physical Manifestation itself. That is, it will enable you to come to grips with the former, and shield you during the latter, thus enabling you to Attain to the Divine Bliss needed to effect Full Manifestation, Control, and finally, Command. Spend your time here, not in chasing fads. I have decided to begin at 0 with my practices rituals, I follow your recommendations ( of your Web and your books), I study deeply in this moment "kabbalistic handbook...", and following your "possible magical study and practice curriculum", and adapt to me. I will mention a technical questions… 1. After of the failure with the Heptameron, I decided to consecrate new instruments, the sword I have consecrated it with respect to the astrological considerations following D. Griffin "ritual magic manual" Fagan Bradley Sidereal Zodiac, reducing 5 degrees to the positions of this Zodiac for the planets (Rosicrucian Zodiac). ¿Is correct to work thus for the lunar position for the consecration of the sword (Heptameron). And in the negative case, the same sword can be consecrated again, (if you say for example that there is to work with the tropical zodiac), I have consecrated the new sword in Tuesday 8 of August with the moon in Sagittarius (28º), following the sidereal Rosicrucian zodiac. If you are pursuing Old System Magic, you can change nothing. Your impedimenta must be made according to the grimoire from which you are working. That is, you cannot—and must not—use this Sword for working from the Heptameron. If you are attempting to use the Kabbalistic Handbook for the Practicing Magician to work the Golden Dawn system of Magic correctly, then what you have done will suffice for the Sword of Art you have made.
2. Respect to the incense, I know that you insist in which it is freshest possible by the alchemy principles, but I have obtained red sandalwood in dust and in wood pieces, would have to try to obtain the freshest plant or can serve? As long as there is a strong odor emanating from the suffumigation in question, it can be used. The strong odor indicates the alchemical sulphur—the consciousness—of the herb is still present. And since the herb possesses physical form, its Mercury—Life—is intact, as it is what holds the Salt—the body— together; hence the herb is alive. However, whenever possible, fresh herb should be used.
3. Respect to the baptismal water, it has a time of utility? (I obtained new for the different operations) Excellent. No, there are no time restrictions on this item. Remember to keep the vials containing it well capped. In fact, it is best to seal the caps with hot wax to prevent evaporation. Such evaporation can occur through the spaces between the threads of the vial and its cap.
4. I am reading books recommended by you: -The keys to the gateway of magic, skinner and rankine, the problem it does not mention consecrations, circles, etc. you can give some instructions to me if another book can help me (I abandoned by its advice new-age approaches) You are spreading yourself much too thin. Instead of jumping from one text to another, spend your time on what you must be doing: building and polishing your Subjective Synthesis. Your darting from this text to that; from one book to another, is New Age ‘mentality,’ and is utterly ridiculous. It is not only a waste to your most precious resource, time, but of energy and money as well. The Skinner books most certainly have their place, as both he and Rankine are two whom I respect greatly. But the time for them; for your working from them is not now, in my opinion.. Do what you must do first, and all else will fall into place. Know also that flittering to and fro is a manifestation of your general overall fear problem, which must be addressed before all else. And the way to resolve this
issue is—once again—through your working to perfect your Subjective Synthesis. If you heed my suggestions here, you will not be sorry you did. -these books are free in the Web for your readers: Christ in you: http://www.spiritwritings.com/christinyou. Candle of Vision: http://www.sacred-texts.com/neu/celt/cov/index.htm The Candle of Vision (in this web are, "pictorial key" of Wait, and "the tarot" of Mathers) Thank you for these URL’s. Those reading this column will be grateful to you for sharing this information with them.
5. I hope by your next books, specially of alchemy something that I want to develop in near future. There have been exciting developments as to my upcoming alchemical writings. They will be announced here in late Spring. Thanks for your time, and for all. Q–3 Hello! Your books and the website have made me more convinced that this is my path. Finally some critical thought and clear advice on the subject of magic! I have read lots of books about it, but have always wondered why, for example, LBRP is almost always given in it's most basic form without explanations of it's workings the same applying to most other rituals. At the same time most of the authors have almost always made some changes to the ritual, whether it be to confuse the student or to make their Own point. Why change something that should be working? You have made a very good point of thinking for yourself.
To be honest, I had almost lost my faith in finding any valuable information about magic from the various forums and am almost convinced that: a) I will never belong to any lodge or current of the now popular styles of magic (which anyway all come from same source), and b) will be practicing solely on my own as most of the information found on internet forums is just not worth the time. Your work has changed this attitude a little to the positive side. Anyway, I have lost all my faith in 'initiation' and 'lineage' which seem to be hot potatoes in some circles. I have realized that these things come from within, and not from any outside organization, or it's membership. We all have our Own paths and nobody else can pull the veils except ourselves. At the present time, I don't really have any questions and just wanted to thank you for the work you have made. I think you have opened up a lot of eyes, including mine. So, thank you! A–3 I receive a great many emails such as yours, and am delighted to see that there are those out there who “…have eyes to see and ears to hear.” The tribute belongs to you and to all those who are learning the value and virtue of work. None of you will be sorry you chose to follow this most grueling of all disciplines, Magic—Old System Magic, of course. Others too will find—as you have—that the mechanisms of the New Age phenomenon are completely worthless. Their Orders, Lodges, Secret Societies, and silly “Officers” parading around with the “badges” of their ‘high magical offices;’ their long, flowing robes, set off by the serious scowls of ‘authority’ they wear on their faces while living lives of quiet desperation amidst squalor and poverty; their fighting and bickering over who owns which rite and what ritual, all remind me of, “…fools, who lack the sense of cows,” as Crowley wrote in one of his own love poems, “Jean.” Yes, I am taking this out of context: but it still fits. Congratulations on your decision, and my very best to you always in this Work. Q–4 When the form of an angel, demon or spirit manifests on our physical plane is this form just a symbolic representation of their true nature? What is the nature of an angel, demon or spirit’s existence before and after an evocation? A–4 As to your first question. In the case of a demon, yes, but only to a point. In my experience, the manifested form of the Fallen Angels is more or less indicative of the nature of the spirit being summoned. That is, of that part of its nature that is in agreement with the purpose for which we are calling upon it. For
example. If I call upon one to aid me in obtaining a business contract I am interested in, he will—after the initial terrifying physical phenomena attendant to his manifestation—have a manifested temperament that is somewhat reserved and thoughtful (this does not mean his appearance will be pleasant; at least, not until I charge him to assume “…a more appropriate and pleasing appearance to my purposes….”) In the case of a divine Angel, the glimpses that one may—and I stress may—be fortunate enough to receive on an intermittent basis during the rite, will always be indicative of their nature, and over that which they rule. For instance, in the case of Michael, his appearance is very classical, the sword he wields being extremely bright and glaring, and his entire appearance surrounded by the deepest red fire that can be imagined. As to the nature of a demon or spirit before or after the Evocation to Physical Manifestation? I have no idea. Nor do I want to. It is enough to deal with them in the Circle of Art during the Ceremonial act. I leave it at that. As to Evocation to Physical Appearance of an Angel? In my opinion—and experience—aside from the “glimpses” I spoke of above, these concentrations of divine energy and consciousness cannot be brought into physical manifestation. Their nature—both the energy of their existence and the rarefied consciousness to which it gives rise—prohibits such blatant manifestations. Again, this is only according to my own experience. Others may have differing experiences; but in my 44 years of practicing Magic, I have never encountered such others. Q–5 Dear Sir, Thank you so much for your online newsletters. I have been practicing ceremonial magic solitary for 12 years, trying to glean anything I can from numerous texts to further my spiritual development. I have ordered all three of your books and am waiting anxiously to devour their content. I was reading your article about how to prepare the bloodstone prior to magical evocation. Can this stone be wire wrapped and worn as a pendant instead of being wrapped in linen? If so, how would one go about consecrating the wire or would that be necessary so long as the blood stone is purified? If you consecrated more than one stone, and wire wrapped them as pendants/ key chains etc. and give those to members of your family , children, spouse etc. would they be protected
from harmful influence as well? Or is this only extended to the person who consecrated the stone and their personal intent? A–5 This is a good, multi-faceted question. No, I would not recommend wearing the Bloodstone in any other way than that called for in the grimoire. In other words, wrap it in linen and carry it about with you. From experience, I found that this method works best. Attempting to introduce any expediency into this matter fails, as I found out myself years ago. I do not know for certain, but I feel carrying the Bloodstone with you in linen somehow ‘forces the issue’ in providing the protection. It is as if carrying it about in this way makes it a physical part of you. I also suspect that your Subjective Synthesis understands this, and so works to transmit those forces the Bloodstone projects. When it is worn as a pendant or in some other way, it seems that it is read by the unconscious as an ‘attachment’ to yourself; one that creates a ‘gap’ between it and you, and therefore a ‘break’ in the field it provides in protecting you. For your own sake, wear it as it was intended. Remember, you are dealing with spiritual and occult forces here. These are not ‘constructs’ as is so often the case with New Age ‘techniques.’ This being the case, yes, your Bloodstones will work effectively for your family members if they are given them to carry. All you must do is consecrate them with the intended purpose, wrap them in virgin linen—pure white, that is—and give them to your family members. They must also be instructed not to show them to others or allow others to handle them, which is quite a feat if you are going to give them to children! Use your best discretion in the latter case. The best to you.
////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////// ///////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////// Dr. Lisiewski's responses to readers' questions for the week of February 12 - 18, 2007. Q–1 I have been over the passage a million times and by my interpretation of your instructions for the heptameron sword consecration (from Ceremonial Magic), and looking at Llewellyn's moon sign books, the consecration cannot be done in the year of 2005 or 2006, only in 2007. Have I misinterpreted? Please explain. A–1 I have received many enquiries such as yours, so let us examine the issue in terms of the Heptameron only. (I say ‘only’ because other grimoires have other requirements for the Sword’s preparation.) Due to the number of enquiries, I am
going to discuss the matter in some small detail, because frankly, I don’t know what the problem is. Hence, I will give an example that should clear this matter up once and for all. Seeing you did not bother to be specific as to the nature of your problem, I assume you are having difficulty with the astrological conditions under which the Sword is to be made. I say this, because all of the other instructions are ‘clearer than clear’ as I read them. So let us begin. In Ceremonial Magic and the Power of Evocation, of the Sword’s creation it states: “The Sword is to be made during the day and hour ruled by Mars, the Moon being waxing to full phase—that is, during its first or second phase and like the Pentacle, anytime between the second day after the New Moon to the day before the Full Moon. Luna should also be in a Fire sign of the Zodiac.” (page 154, text.) Now, there are “Four Triplicities” of the Zodiac: Fire, Water, Air, and Earth. That is, four ‘sets’ or groupings into which the twelve signs of the Zodiac are divided. In the case of the Fire Triplicity, the following three signs assigned to this ‘set’ are: Aries, Leo and Sagittarius. Thus, you are seeking a Tuesday, the day ruled by Mars, and an hour ruled by Mars, under which you will consecrate the Sword of Art as required by the Heptameron. Further, you intend to assure that Luna is in a Fire Sign on that particular Tuesday. According to my 2007 Llewellyn Moon Sign Book, the Moon will be in Aries— and hence a Fire sign—on Tuesday, February 20th, which is the third day of the 1st Quarter (or “phase”) and which therefore fulfills the requirement, “The Sword is to be made during the day and hour ruled by Mars, the Moon being waxing to full phase——that is, during its first or second phase… anytime between the second day after the New Moon to the day before the Full Moon. Luna should also be in a Fire sign of the Zodiac.” Now, what you must further concern yourself with is the planet Mercury, as it is assigned to the eighth Sephirah of the Tree of Life, and hence rules all Magic and magical practices. If you check the Mercury retrogrades for this year in the same Llewellyn Moon Sign Book, you will find that the first of these retrograde periods will occur from February 13th through March 7th. Thus, you could not use the February 20th suggested date I gave above. However, you have nothing to worry about whatsoever. Why do I say this?
Because if you read the Moon Sign Book correctly, you will find that the following dates will give you the same astrological requirements needed to consecrate your Sword. That is, the following dates are for a Tuesday, Moon waxing to full, in first or second phase, and in a Fire sign: Tuesday, March 20th (2nd day of 1st Quarter), Luna in Aries. The next is Tuesday, March 27th, 2nd day of 2nd Quarter, Moon in Leo and the one following that is Tuesday, April 24th, 1st day, 2nd Quarter, Luna in Leo. There are more to be sure: you must simply learn your basic astrology, and the method of reading the Moon Sign Book. I trust this little exercise will be of use to you and those others who had difficulty understanding this matter. It is—after all—quite clear and direct, as I have shown here. Q–2 Dear sir: My question is, English is not my mother tongue, and in your book, ceremonial magic, there is a lot of prayers and texts in English, so in order to recite them loudly, what is best to do?, Do it in English? Translate them by myself from English to my mother tongue? or search for them in other books in my own mother tongue? A–2 The hard and cold fact of the matter is that you will have to learn English in order to properly understand and use the conjurations and prayers set down in most Western magical grimoires, the Heptameron included. You must do this in the same way that we of the English tongue must learn no end of Classical Latin when operating from other Western magical texts that employ Latin. Additionally, we must also have much more than an ‘acquaintance’ with Hebrew, as it is used in many grimoires. Further, it is insufficient to simply ‘say’ the conjurations and prayers: your Subjective Synthesis must understand, your intellectual nature comprehend, your emotional nature enflame, and your psychic nature resonate, to the intrinsic meanings and content of the verbal components of the rite. Otherwise, you will fail. And to attain to these states, you must understand the language(s) quite well. As I have stated so many times, Magic is not the shortest distance between two
points: it is the longest. It is not the path of least resistance: it is the path of greatest resistance. But through the magical path you will both attain that which you seek and become that which you already are—eventually. There is simply no other way. Q–3 Dear Dr. Lisiewski, After reading the ENTIRE Kybalion, would it be safe for the novice to begin applying what he or she learned from the Kybalion? Or does someone have to be very knowledgeable in magic and the occult (e.g. have read many books on the occult) to be able to apply the Kybalion safely after reading the Kybalion? PS: I know that 90% of the books written on "magic" these days are complete watered down New Age crap, and I would not just read any old book on magic. I would first make sure that a book on magic is on authentic old style magic (like your books) b4 buying them. So, if I were to read MANY books b4 applying what I learned (or will learn) from the Kybalion, I would be careful of what I read. A–3 The thing that strikes me most about your post, is your use of the ‘acronym,’ “b4” instead of writing out that short little word you actually are trying to communicate, “before.” It tells me that you are one who is more interested in the quick fix and instant gratification, than you are in working! I am not trying to deflect your question, but point out to you something that can become an assiduous problem, and which will stop you dead in your tracks from achieving that which you want. How can such a ‘little thing’ stop you? After all, it is only a current ‘trend’ of the youth of today, meant to be ‘cute’ and ‘cool.’ Laziness and ignorance are neither cute nor cool—ever. Such usages are only symptomatic marks of a laziness that pervades all of our American ‘culture,’ and which are only the barest tip of the iceberg. Do yourself a favor: be diligent in what you do, seek to work hard at all costs, and don’t follow the herd in their daily life-ways. You are better than that. Or can be. As to your question. You cannot launch into The Kybalion: A Study of the Hermetic Philosophy of Ancient Egypt and Greece by Three Initiates or into any other book in either Magic or Mysticism, until you have worked to build and polish your subconscious state of Subjective Synthesis. For without this well formed, well-ordered unconscious state, there is nothing that can direct the magical energy you tap into, into the result you desire. Set yourself to a program of growth. Forget that New Age word “development, and simply begin. You can do it. Others have. I have provided more than enough—without charge—in this column, and in my Magical Thought for the Week column on this website over
the past year, to enable you to do just that. You can get to that point you so desire, if you learn to do three things: work, WORK, and WORK. Q–4 Dr. Lisiewski, First off I would like give you a sincere thank you for your very helpful books. I know you hear this all the time but your books really helped me clear up a lot of issues that I have had with my research. Issues that have had me stuck in the armchair so to speak for the couple of years. After reading your books, I now have a much more clear path before me. You have renewed my original excitement that started the wheels moving two years ago, but with more intensity than ever. My question to you is this: When using the Kabbalistic Cycles Program, I am a little confused with the Daylight savings option. My example below will so you what I mean. Oct. 20, 2006 Chattanooga, TN 06.51 -18.00 DST 1 This information results in a sunrise calculation of 7:51 which cannot be. On the other hand, giving the same information again while choosing "0" in the DST field I get sunrise calculation of 6:51 which seem to be correct. If DST ends Oct. 29th then shouldn't I be using "1" in the DST field? I really don't mean to give you any grief on what would seem like an easy calculation, but I need to be sure and clear on most things I research. Hence my sore rear from the armchair. P.S. I would love to use my mechanical design knowledge with my above research someday, maybe helping others to see more clearly through these often muddy
waters. It would be truly inspiring if I could give back in the way that you have given to me. Thank you. A–4 I do not know where you obtained your sunrise and sunset data from, but notice the following information provided me for Chattanooga, Hamilton County, Tennessee (longitude W85.3, latitude N35.0) directly from the United States Naval Observatory (USNO) website, and which I have copied and pasted below: Friday 20 October 2006 Eastern Daylight Time
SUN Begin civil twilight - 7:26 a.m. Sunrise 7:51 a.m. Sun transit 1:26 p.m. Sunset 7:00 p.m. End civil twilight 7:26 p.m. Using this data, I ran your sunrise and sunset times for the day in question, and received the correct times for your location. I also had my webmaster recheck the calculator just in case, and run a series of tests in the program’s original version, Fortran 77 (the program was written in Fortran and then converted to PHP with an interpreter placed on the server so people would not have to contend with compilation problems. Since you are a Mechanical Engineer, I’m sure you know what I mean here.) We also checked the subroutines called up in this part of the program, but could find no error. When we ran the calculations given with the data you cited above, both he and I received the same results: and they were correct. I don’t know what happened in your case, since the data we entered came directly from the USNO website as I stated. And as you can see from that data copied above, your sunrise and sunrise time was exactly 7:51 AM and 7:00 PM, respectively, and those times were in Eastern Standard Time, which was in effect on October 20th. It boils down to this: enter a “1” if you want the table to be calculated in
“Daylight Savings Time.” Otherwise, enter a “0” (zero) if you desire it in Eastern Standard Time. This may not be much of an answer, but owing to the situation and our triple checking the Kabbalistic Cycles Calculator, I don’t know what else to say. ////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////// ///////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////// Dr. Lisiewski's responses to readers' questions for the week of February 5 - 11, 2007. Note to my readers: Due to the length of questions Q1, Q3 and Q4, my replies are within the text of each, in italics. Q–1 Hi, I would first like to say that you are truly leading the forefront of a marvelous revolution back to the Old system of magic, the way true magic was intended. I would truly enjoy meeting you in person some day soon. I have two questions for you, I'll ask the somewhat short one first. When charting the planets for the hours of the day you check an almanac for the time of sunrise and sunset, which is clearly astronomy. But when I was creating the Magical sword as described in your book ceremonial magic, I followed the instructions for the day and time as given to create the sword on Tuesday in the hour of mars, but when you say "Luna should also be in a fire sign" I presumed that I could check the same almanac for the moon sign of that day. But after I created the sword I started to realize the mistake I might have made, so I checked an astrology almanac for the moon sign of that same day, and the moon was in a totally different sign. I'm slightly confused as to which one I should go by, astronomy or astrology? A–1 There is something clearly wrong here. I say this, because there is no difference between Astronomy and Astrology, as far as planetary placements and moon sign allocations are concerned. If an astronomical almanac gives the placement of the moon for a given day in, say, the sign of Leo, the astrological source should have exactly the same designation. But to simplify your dilemma, I recommend you use the Llewellyn Moon Sign book which is published yearly. It not only contains the moon phase and sign placement data for every day of the year, but gives the times of retrogrades for the planets, and all in an easy to use format. It is true that unless you are familiar with the proper use of astronomical almanacs, it is easy to make an error in reading it. Perhaps that was your
problem. To eliminate this problem then, please avail yourself of the recommended guide for these matters. My last question is a bit more in-depth. I've hear over and over again that "You will pay for what you get. The only question is 'How much will you pay?'" and "Something for nothing does not exist in this business." (Evocation to physical manifestation) I do not dispute this, cause and effect is very real, but I'm a little uneasy about the sinister side to what you don't know can hurt you. I know you’re not particularly fond of him but, Franz Bardon describes that if you strike a pact with a demon, or negative being you will (among other things) be forced to enter into the demon’s sphere of existence upon your physical death, and be forced to carry out hellish tasks all the while losing your divine polarity and soul. My question is, what exactly is the difference between a pact and a charge? I sincerely thank you for your time. First of all, you have every right to be “uneasy” about such matters. It shows good judgment, and no small amount of well deserved caution on your part. Secondly, get the idea of a ‘pact’ out of your head. This is the blackest of Black Magic, and has nothing whatsoever to do with the “Magic of Light” as I call it, and of which I write—and this includes Evocation to Physical Manifestation, despite my critics’ condemnation. When—during the act of Evocation to Physical Manifestation—you attain Divine Bliss, the voice that will deliver the charge to the demon will not be ‘your’ voice: it will be the Voice of God, speaking through you. The demon has no choice but to obey, and to do so without trickery or guile. Further, you—the tangible, physical, bodily form you display during that act—is seen by the Fallen one as being as much a part of God as is the Voice it hears. Hence, it can do no damage to you. But by all means remember, to effect such a high level of consciousness, you must truly attain to Divine Bliss. It must not be some frenzied, artificial state that so many talk about today, and which they say they induce by merely uttering the Bornless Ritual. That is nonsense. When you have done your work; when you have worked through the processes of spiritual and physical preparation that underlie the Ceremonial act; when you have worked to consciously unfold and know the Spiritual Nature that exists at the center of your being, then will this Divine Bliss manifest as a consequence of the act: it will not come to the fore as an artificial construct designed to ‘get you in the mood.’ Thus, there can be no “hellish tasks” for you to worry about. There will be nothing but the Light that comes through the Rite—and a part of that Light will always remain with you: that is, after the Ceremonial performance is concluded. Yes, there are ‘pacts.’ But they are for the utterly depraved: those who
are already so cut off from the Light of God within them, that they entertain such a measure. Will they succeed in getting what they want through such a “Black Pact?” Most assuredly. Will they enjoy it? Never. Their lives become an exercise in agony of the most unimaginable kind, watching the clock, counting each passing second, waiting for the ‘Hour of Retribution’—the time when the demon will come to collect them. And it will. I strongly recommend you obtain a VHS or even CD of the 1950’s production, Dr. Faustus, as portrayed by Richard Burton. It is available again through Amazon. Com. In its entirety, what it presents is not far from the mark. Q–2 Hello, I'm still not too clear on how to chart the planets for an evocation to physical manifestation. In your book Ceremonial Magic, you say that you are to assign the first planet of the day to the hour after sunrise. Now does this mean for example if the sun rises today at 6:29 according to an almanac (for my time zone), do I actually assign the first planet at 6:29? And does this also apply to the sunset as well? Thank you very much for your time. A–2 Please obtain a copy of my book, Kabbalistic Cycles and the Mastery of Life. My first book, Ceremonial Magic and the Power of Evocation, is not a ‘beginners book’ by any stretch of the imagination. It assumes no small amount of (at least a) theoretical understanding of many points of Magic, not the lest of which is the Agrippa System of Hours of the Day and Night (this latter study is dealt with thoroughly in my other book sited above.) Hence, I think you are confusing matters greatly, although you are quite sincere in your efforts. To answer your question briefly, the first hour of the day—which begins at sunrise–takes the planetary attribution of the planet that rules that day. For example: on a Wednesday, ruled by the planet, Mercury, the first Hour of the Day is likewise assigned to Mercury. The second hour would be assigned to the Moon, the third to Saturn, the fourth to Jupiter, and so on. All of this is covered to great depth in Kabbalistic Cycles. And no, it does not apply to sunset also, since that would be the twelfth Hour of the Day. In fact, in this example, the twelfth Hour of the Day of Wednesday would be Mars. You will understand what I mean if you follow through with my suggestion. Q–3 Dear Dr Lisiewski,
I have been attracted to magic from a very early age but I have met with various difficulties throughout the years. Some of these difficulties can be attributed to the inherent difficulty of the field and some others to the lack of error-free material that the new age movement gave us in abundance. Here, I want to ask for advice in another topic though. We learn early in magic the importance of purification before we attempt anything, even divination. On this I have always been faithful but my personal problem was, and I realized it after hard experience, the level of purification required in my personal case. You see I grew up in rural Greece where spiritual hypocrisy is unparalleled. For although the Christian orthodox tradition has a strong and fanatical hold over people, under that there is a sparkling practice of pragmatic magic to cause good or evil. All southern east Europe and Turkey is like that but especially Greece has a bad name. Most magic is directed from spiteful motives and there is a particular interest in binding and killing. We are talking about a very low type of sorcery here, nothing philosophical about it, but very effective nevertheless. Perhaps the country's bloodstained history has made Greeks so competitive and envious, although I tend to believe it is their temperament too. Since you are familiar with the extent of magic in ancient Greece I can assure you that the same still goes on, only that the practices have been enriched by other influences during the Byzantium and Ottoman empire eras, and that with the utmost secrecy behind the mask of Christianic values. A–3 What you relate here is not singularly typical of Greece, or even of southeastern Europe: it is rampant everywhere, even today, and has been throughout all of history and throughout all time. Nevertheless, it is only if you admit these influences into your consciousness—and so eventually into your subconscious state of Subjective Synthesis—that they can (certainly) effect your Magic, you, and your daily life stream. Take notice of the hypocrisy, yes. Identify it as belonging to this group or that, certainly. Observe the effects (you feel) it has on others around you, of course. But in no wise allow your noticing, identifying, and observing, to become particular to you and your developing subconscious state of Subjective Synthesis. That is, stop them short at the door of your consciousness after having become conscious of their existence. Purification is an important matter as you speculate, yes. And we will deal with it here more completely in a few moments. Now back in my case, there were various magical attacks in my family, some of them even before I was born. Not all of them were successful in the short term but slowly and surely they affected the family's life end resulting in a premature death of my mother (áùñïò as the ancient Greeks named it). Dreams, strange signs, odd coincidences, oil drops from cemetery lamps and other items found left in the house were common occurrences all these years. I tried especially after the death to find people knowledgeable in this to help me break the vicious circle but
although all admitted and saw the magical powers at play none was really eager to help, or in other cases always something happened and I could not get in touch with the right people. It seems to me that part of the parcel of those curses is that not only that you suffer but actually meet active supernatural opposition in finding a solution to it. Whenever I gave up and considered it a deadened situation the opposition got much milder. Then I started relying on myself experimenting with evocation only to make things worse. And eventually I went back to Christianity for some relief attending masses, praying in an orthodox frame of faith and in general putting myself at the mercy of Christ and saints. That gave me some courage and light but it did not offer an end to the vicious circle in practical terms. It is like the prison was still there but the beating stopped and I was given a glass of water. Now after this necessary introduction I would like to ask you these: Be careful here. You do not know what were genuine “curses,” what could have been attributed to the ill actions of those (apparently) suffering from such negative experiences, or what other factors might—and I stress the word, “might”— have either been contributory to, or responsible for, the level of suffering that you cite. All too often we confuse and attribute the effects of our own irresponsible actions to ‘magical attacks’ or “curses.” In the case where a genuine malevolence is operating, our own fearful reactions—and lack of appropriate actions—magnify the actual negativity and give it a strength greater than it actually possesses. This creates a vicious cycle in which a type of selffulfilling prophecy not only serves to provide the actual energy to sustain the real negativity operating, but makes such negativity appear to be greater than it actually is. I am not saying you are “100% wrong.” Rather, I am being cautious in accepting your evaluation, as I have rarely found such evaluations to be as ‘right’ as the individual swore they were. And this includes my own such ‘evaluations’ of my own experiences. There is a Western Magical Prayer which states, “Oh Lord, help us, lest we fall into the Pit called ‘Because,” and there perish with the dogs of reason.” This is all well and good. But reason and logic must never—and I repeat never— be disregarded or cast aside in magical matters. Logic and reason must be our springboard into the secret realm of Magic. But after that, we must then rely upon other thought patterns to find our way. Thus, there is a dire need for balance to be struck here: a need we must never forget. I have decided that I want to go back to evocation but in a responsible and more careful way. I believe that some of my problems in effective evocation in the past were not due to imperfect technique but actual interference from evil spiritual
forces that had already targeted me as a result of the magical attacks in my family and me. In other words, there was a particular spiritual infection that preceded the commencement of my magical endeavors. I think that I am in a better spiritual state now but that does not mean that they do not keep an eye on me for my next mistake. What can I do to hinder effectively their surveillance and proceed with my goals without them knowing them in advance? Is the bloodstone enough or are there other ways too that can help given the level of psychic and spiritual infection of my case. Let us assume that all I have written in this discourse you reject outright. A mistake indeed. But nevertheless, for argument’s sake, let us assume your mind is made up. What then? Go to the Magical Thought of the Week column for the Week of December 11 – 17, 2006. There you will find a technique given in the paper, A Simple Magical Aspersion for Protection and the Attraction of Opportunity. If you use this performance daily, it will not only strengthen and shield your Sphere of Operation and your field of consciousness, it will build up a powerful field of protection against which only the most powerful evil influences can attempt to go against. In the end they will not be successful, but there are those who will try to penetrate it. In addition, carry the Bloodstone with you at all times, as I instructed in the article you (apparently) used in order to arm yourself with the stone. I also recommend the following: STOP CONTEMPLATING THE (SUPPOSED) “EVIL SPIRITUAL FORCES” as you term them. If indeed they are present, then YOU ARE FEEDING THEM POWER! Instead, CONTEMPLATE the state of utter unity that exists at this very moment between you and that part of God Head within you. Therein lies more power; more beauty; more Life, than you can imagine at this moment. And it is real, as Its effects will demonstrate to you in your daily life. Which spirits are the best for helping somebody who has been attacked by a magical attack to actually discover who exactly is the attacker, where the curse items are located and eventually break the spell. I have heard various modern opinions that it really does not matter whether you find the spell items (a doll or something else depending on technique they used), but I feel that strangely enough the physical base of the curse Needs to be found if somebody wants to be released from it and I know from accounts that traditional sorcerers did just that even if the spell items had been thrown in a lake or sea. Helped by their familiar spirits they revived these items and then commanded the demons to stop harassing the victim. You are playing games here, and concerning yourself with the negative instead of the Life-giving positive. What you are suggesting between your ‘innocent’ lines of
inquiry, is that you spiral down into their depths to discover who these (supposed) attackers are, so that you can “…eventually break the spell.” What you are really saying is that you intend to ‘counterattack’ in order to end these “attacks.” Do nothing of the sort. Do as I have instructed here, and you will not only end their “attacks,” you will end your obsession with their existence and the evil you are convinced they have directed against you. I am not wrong here. I apologize for the length of my question but could not ask you on these without adequate information. I do not see you as a savior but I have been through very hard times for years and really if you want to guide me or help me in some way, that is more than welcome. It is more than tragic to meet with spiritual mutilation by powers invisible and much more powerful than you when you are a child when you should live as a child not as a hunted animal. Thanks. There is only One Savior, and He is within you: nowhere else. So you are most certainly correct in your assessment of my being nothing of the sort. As to your being through hard times? I assure you, you are not alone in this. You are not the first, nor will you be the last who suffers from traveling the Magical Path. Conversely, don’t foolishly heap accolades upon yourself for having suffered, or for assigning the cause of your suffering to your traveling this Path. You will eventually discover that ALL suffering is not due to the Path itself; but rather, to one’s ignorance of the Spiritual Laws of the Universe, their magical counterparts that are used in ritual and ceremonial work, and to one’s misconceptions and misunderstanding of his own Interior Nature. I trust my answers will be of use to you. Q–4 Hi, I have some questions that I really need answering because in the space of a couple of months I have experienced everything that you write about here but before you write it and just as I begin wondering I read it on your site. Now I am getting the results I want but also some slingshot effects, I just have one main question, how is it possible for me to get full big results and sometimes quick without the actual visible manifestation, I am doing everything correct as far as I know but there is a manifestation but it isn't physical, not visible, but after a couple of days I see forms moving about me especially late at night, why is this happening and why am I not getting a full manifestation or physical phenomenon? A–4 You cannot get “full, big results and sometimes quick…” without the actual physical manifestation. Why? Because you need to attain the Divine Bliss which brings the manifestation about, and which then leads to Control and finally to Command. Evocation to Physical Manifestation is not some mechanical
technique as you are (apparently) treating it; for when you say, “I am doing everything correct as far as I know…” you are reducing the process of Evocation to Physical Manifestation—that is, the manner of accomplishing it—to a mechanical action (or technique.) That is, you are performing the Rite as if it were a series of mechanical actions or operations directed toward the result you want. That it is not. And yes, you will get some—or “partial”—results as I have discussed in my writings, and yes, the Slingshot Effect will also most certainly occur. This is just part of the process: a part that results from not having attained Divine Bliss. As to the “forms” you are seeing: they could be many things, but I highly doubt they are spirit or demonic beings, as you indirectly intimate. In effect, I cannot comment on them. How do I better it or myself to actually manifest the demon so I can see it? Please return an answer as I am really getting worried that I am just deluding myself or producing the results myself somehow. Once again, I will say what I have said a thousand times before: Magic is not a “quick fix,” nor is it an exercise in “instant gratification.” It is a laborious, difficult, unbelievably rigorous process of personal growth and Spiritual Unfoldment that takes time and work, work, and more WORK before it will yield full results and with as minimal of a Slingshot Effect as possible. You are on the right track to be sure. But you must adjust your thought by eliminating the “quick fix” part of your thinking, and approaching Evocation to Physical Manifestation —or any branch of Magic for that matter—as if it were operated by some mechanical technique. You cannot simply ‘add A to B and get C.” In short, keep WORKING! ////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////// ///////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////// Dr. Lisiewski's responses to readers' questions for the week of January 29 February 4, 2007. Note to Readers: Due to a sudden death in Dr. Lisiewski's family, there will be no postings to this column this week. Postings will resume as normal next week. Thank you. ////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////// ///////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////// Dr. Lisiewski's responses to readers' questions for the week of January 22 - 28, 2007.
Q–1 Dear Dr. Lisiewski, First, let me say how I enjoyed your books Ceremonial Magic & Kabbalistic Handbook for the Practicing Magician. I have found them easy to read and very informative. I am very new to the study of this art, but I am finding it enjoyable and fascinating. The only wrinkle I am experiencing is the capacity to learn from books. This is not to say that I am stupid. I just find I learn a topic a lot easier from being shown how to do something as opposed to reading about it. I have found that what may take many days to understand by reading, usually can be cut down to a couple of hours if shown. As you can appreciate, this can be a headache when reading a guide on how to use video recorder machines! I especially find it hard to learn when I am reading books written in the earlier half on the 19th century. Trying to understand Dion Fortune or Israel Regardie gives me a headache, and I coming close to giving up the study and maybe moving on to Yoga. My question to you is are you aware of any people in Australia that you can recommend as decent instructors. I am very aware of your attitudes to lodges. So I am aware that this is a big ask. Any help you can give will be most appreciated. A–1 You are much too hard on yourself. It takes time and effort to learn to read earlier writings (including the grimoires) owing to their (in my opinion) more prosaic and fluid style. A good, more recent example is the Introduction to Mathers’, The Kabbalah Unveiled. If you take it upon yourself to read such carefully and slowly with a good dictionary by your side, I think your command of this more powerful and complete form of writing style and syntax—as opposed to the ‘teckie’ clap-trap found in any field of study today—will improve dramatically. The very idea of ‘jumping ship’ to Yoga because of this perceived difficulty of yours is very ill-advised. Why? Because not only do earlier yogic documents employ a similar syntactical arrangement and writing style found in Western magical and mystical writings of the 19th and early 20th century, but they also possess a stilted Eastern-to-Western language composition that makes them even harder to understand! Additionally, if you are thinking about any of the ‘contemporary’ yoga texts so readily found in any bookstore, forget it: they are nothing but grossly watered down, inaccurate New Age pabulum of the various forms of Yoga. And I don’t think you want that. In my opinion, you are a hard
Worker who still has a few smatterings of the New Age quick-fix, instant gratification syndrome left in him. You are best to face this head on, and defeat it through further Work. You are definitely on the right path by Working to comprehend Western Magic, and I most strongly encourage you to stick to it! As to any Teachers in Australia, no, I know of none. And to be frank with you, the feeling I get from your letter is that you really don’t need any. You need to keep discovering yourself a little more each day through your Work. Nothing more. Q–2 I have just read your book kabbalistic cycles and I have a question on the application of the system. Just say I like to wager on the horses. Does the success of your system depend on; a) placing a bet during a favorable hour? b) when the bet occurred to me and only bet if it occurred to me during a favorable hour? I am confused because I have been betting wagering on horses for years and cannot remember the exact time or date that the general idea came to me to play on the horses. Is success of this system based on when you actually do the physical action (such as physically placing a bet) or does it depend on when the idea came into your mind? If it is the latter, then what do you do if you don’t remember when it occurred to you or if it was a very abstract thought which presented itself over a long period of time spanning many cycles or if you thought about it in the past, then it suddenly occurred to you again? A–2 Actually, you have to contend with both elements you cited in your question. The fact is, the hour in which a particular idea comes to you does two things: it gives you insight into the nature of impulse of the idea, e.g., it occurs to you to do something during, say, a Jupiter hour, Jupiter day, and thus shows the expansiveness of Jupiter, in addition to imprinting the Jupiteranean force on that idea: one of good luck. But at this stage, all you have is a favorable impulse which tends toward a fortunate outcome. To manifest this good outcome, you would
then have to carry out the action behind that idea during a fortunate hour, perhaps during that same Jupiter day, Jupiter hour, or during some other fortuitous time. In this way, the ‘stamp’ of favorability carries through from idea to the action, and success follows. You ask, “…what do you do if you don’t remember when it occurred to you or if it was a very abstract thought which presented itself over a long period of time spanning many cycles or if you thought about it in the past, then it suddenly occurred to you again?” In the first instance, you simply have to train yourself to become more ‘conscious of your consciousness’ and its activities. In other words, you must become more consciously aware of your moment-to-moment thought processes. Sound impossible? I assure you, it’s not. But it does take Work, and that is what few people want these days. There is simply no other way here. In the second instance of a particular thought being “very abstract” and “presenting itself over a long period of time…” I take it to mean you just can’t remember when it initially occurred and continued to reoccur. In that case, you must make an agreement with yourself to scrap it. That is to say: “Well, that’s that. I can’t remember when it first occurred, or the times over which it reoccurred, and so the heck with it!” You have to remove it from consciousness without playing a secret game with yourself; a game in which you covertly say to yourself, “I’m really lying to myself and I know it. But that idea is just too good to pass up. I can’t throw it away! But I’ll pretend to get rid of it so I can bring it up again during a favorable hour, and then get all the goodies I want.” No. You must eliminate it from the set of your ‘conscious expectation,’ completely. Then, if—and I mean, if—it occurs again, note that hour as the hour of its inception. In most cases, this technique Works. Try it. I doubt you will be disappointed. Q–3 Dr. Lisiewski, In my recent studies, I've encountered something that I found interesting, and so I thought I would share the discovery with you, as you've shared so much insight with me and countless others. My interest lies in the simple discovery that the word Heptameron is an anagram for the word Promethean. I'm quite certain you are familiar with Prometheus and the symbolism therein implied, so I'll not waste your time with a vain attempting at explaining this further. For me, this rising of Prometheus has been a grand personal discovery. That is all; I'll not take up any more of your time. I am simply offering food for thought. Thanks again for your responses to my questions over the past few
months. Your insights have been most valuable indeed. I hope you and your family are doing well. A–3 It is always the way with such things. Associations are realized, ideas are generated, and insights are gained. But what few realize is that all of these functional features are caused by the subconscious state of Subjective Synthesis informing the conscious mind of its placing these associations, ideas, and insights properly into its own structure. Indeed, what you have gained here is an awareness of just what is important to your Subjective Synthesis, and how it relates to your overall perceptions both in and of magic, and of your life in general. More will follow, because like many others who are crossing the line of laziness and sloth into the dynamic of Work, you have taken it upon yourself to explore your Inner nature, and will never regret having done so. My compliments to you and others like you. Keep going! Let nothing stand in your way— especially your own doubt. That is a device of the lower self; that part of you that would hurl you back into the New Age, will all of its distortions and lies. You know this to be true from your own experience. Therefore, let that negative side of you—your shadow—rant on, while you continue to—Work. Q–4 Did the Tyrad Company change their address? I tried writing them a couple of times using the address you have listed under "Recommended Occult and Magical Suppliers" and had my letter sent back both times. A–4 I have received an inordinate number of such emails, all stating the same as you have. I have no idea if the Tyrad company is still in operation, but would be surprised to find they no longer are. I have dealt with them since the mid-1960’s and always found their products to be of the best quality and their prices fair. In short, they are an honorable enterprise. I suggest you consult a recent issue of Llewellyn New Times magazine, since Tyrad frequently ran advertisements in the classified ads section. If there has been an address change, you will find it there. If so, I would appreciate your informing me of it so I can pass it along to all of our readers. The other company I recommend is Azure Green (http://www.azuregreen.com/) They are very easy to deal with, are quite cordial, and most importantly, genuinely helpful. In fact, they arguably have the largest and most complete line of occult and magical materials available anywhere. I trust this is of help to you and our other readers. * The question below is answered in context due to the number of issues it raises, or/and the complexity it entails. My reply is in italics.
Q–5 Greetings, After reading your books, then your website, I completed a process of rethinking and reorganizing my life. I had to spend several months reviewing my journals and previous Work to see where I had "gone wrong" in my spiritual unfolding and my life. I had years of being lost in the maze of new age insanity and finally have freed myself from it completely. It is clear to me that you are indeed serious about the Work, and have taken yourself in hand. The discoveries you made above take great courage and determination. Not all are capable of such ruthless—and utterly necessary—self honesty. Rather than bore you with the details of my personal experience thus far I will simply tell you the result: I am seriously perusing your recommended curriculum as presented on your website. This was not a choice I took lightly nor is this a process that I take lightly as I spent 6 months in deep constant consideration. That being said there are several questions I would like to ask you. Please note that when I ask these questions I am not looking for someone to tell me what to do. I simply value your opinion and would like to hear your thoughts on the matter and, frankly, I find your approach, as I understand it, to be the purest and most direct method that resonates deeply with me and I could use a little guidance beyond what I have already been given from above. Excellent! All I can give you is my opinion based upon my own 44 years of study and practice in Magic and Mysticism. Since ‘one size does not fit all,’ YOU must be the first and final judge in all of these matters. Your very statement to this effect indicates the level of your growth, and is something you should be justifiably proud of. Having said that, please consider my following replies carefully: 1. I have been doing the adorations for a little more than one month, daily, and have them fully memorized. One of the results from this practice that I have noticed is an immediate sense of being 'energized' or my body being washed, starting from the head and finishing only once the sensation has reached my feet, by a wave of energy. This result ranges in intensity from extreme, where I am altered so much that I feel dizzy for a few moments after, to simply a pleasant, focused, revitalization. Unfortunately these descriptions are lacking but at the time this is the best I have managed to do in describing them. My question is will this result increase in intensity
so that every time I am doing the adoration I feel the intense sensation of dizziness every time? The dizziness will pass, but the sense of being energized will increase in a subtle but profound way. That is, you will (eventually) become used to the energized sensation. When this happens, your consciousness will then be able to focus more clearly, with new and powerful insights occurring to you frequently, as a matter of course. Following this, you will experience an activation of the various functions of your psychic nature. These are the ‘standard’ progressions of this exercise, and are completely normal. Will this result 'even out' over time as my energies are equalized to this new frequency? What causes this? Are there other results or pitfalls that I should be aware of (without giving me too much information to color my own experience rather than obtain a true result)? What you described is not a “pitfall,” but a true “result.” Since you have already discovered this result for yourself, I can tell you that yes, this condition will “even out” as I stated above. As to the dizziness itself. It is caused by an enormous influx of spiritual energy: it happens when your spiritual nature is unfolding as it should. Again, you are to be complimented for having achieved this effect. I cannot—will not—give you other ‘symptoms’ that will occur. These must be left to you to discover for yourself. For if I even hinted at what you could expect further on down the line, your lower nature could use it to synthesize false results and lead you astray. Such is the nature of its use of the self-fulfilling prophecy technique to its advantage, and to your disadvantage.
2. While doing the adorations, which I have found to be profound in meaning (much of which is beyond me, for now), I have had many in-depth and profound insights. One such insight has led me to realize that in order for my body to be "a Temple of the Holy Ghost" that I need to start treating it accordingly. You are most certainly correct here. And this includes the absolute avoidance of drugs and alcohol of any kind (except, of course, if you are under a physician’s care, and are instructed to take this or that
medication for whatever aliment you have.) Otherwise, you know what I mean. All too often Magic is taken to be an excuse for the ingestion of illegal drugs meant to ‘open your spiritual nature’ or ‘expand your mind,’ or ‘induce altered states of consciousness’ in you. That is all New Age garbage of the worst sort. There is more than enough power in Magic and Mysticism to naturally alter your state. Keep your body pure on the inside and clean on the outside. Alcohol too is a toxin you need not. Let others “drink socially” as they say to justify their own particular brand of weakness. The Magician or Mystic has no need of this hidden gateway to Hell. One of the inspirations I had was to bless my food before consumption. While I am more than capable of constructing a prayer or blessing of my own I was wondering if perhaps you know of something that might be in the same spirit as the adorations themselves (as I find the adorations to be particularly beautiful when said aloud). Perhaps something from a Bible? In these matters do you believe it best to construct prayers on your own directed from that internal voice of inspiration alone or is using a preconstructed passage from the bible acceptable in your experience? The adorations are as they are and were intended to give you the Keys for entering into a state of spiritual devotion. As to prayers for anything else in this regard, rely upon no one but your own spiritual nature. Contemplate—do not meditate here. That is, fix your mind upon the purpose to be reckoned with, e.g., the Prayer for the Blessing of food, and with that in mind, enter into an active-passive awareness of those words that are the most fitting. Let them surface from your own forming Subjective Synthesis. It may very well be that your subconscious state of Subjective Synthesis will provide you with a biblical verse or some other devotional phrase you suddenly ‘just happen to remember.’ This is fine. Otherwise, construct your own according to the guidelines I have suggested here.
3. Looking over the recommended reading list you have provided with the study component of the recommended curriculum I began to form the following question: Should a student study certain material in line with the practice component? Most definitely. There must be a coordinated approach that will fulfill the intellectual component of one’s curriculum, while the practice component allows for application of the (eventually) comprehended intellectual
material. This application will produce the Experiential Knowledge I have written of so many times before. In turn, this Experiential Knowledge will then (gradually) be Apprehended by you, making it a part of your living being. So yes, this is essential. I know that you have already stated that the Way of the Pilgrim can aid with Step III of the Twelve steps but are there other books that would best benefit the student if studied during a time of specific practice? ANY additional information in this regard would be greatly appreciated. I tried to give an example as you state above. But without knowing more about you, I cannot make specific recommendations. When it comes to my private students, yes, I have very specific recommendations for them: and all are making extraordinarily rapid progress, safely and sanely. And as far as I know, none of them have any complaints. It all boils down to this one specific problem: ideally, there must be an Oral Tradition of Instruction at some point. Otherwise, difficulties such as the one you have projected here are sure to arise. Your best bet is to listen to “…that still small voice within…” and do the best you can. This is a very personal matter to be sure, but in my opinion, the specificity of a coordinated study-practice curriculum requires a Teacher at some point. Or in lieu of this, a ‘template’ of instructions that the individual practitioner can adapt to his own case, as greater contact is made with his developing Subjective Synthesis. If successful, such a template could then lead the individual to the only Teacher there really is: that part of God Head that lies within him. I am working on writing just such books or templates of instruction now. I am doing my best to make them all I envision them to be, so they will truly help the sincere, working aspirant. Perhaps they will help such as yourself. While I have many more thoughts and questions I would like to ask I will wait to compose them in another correspondence at a latter date in order to keep this one from being too dense. Thank you for your time, energy, and thoughts. I trust what I have written here will be of some considerable use to you and others. But whatever you do, keep Working! For therein lies the Royal Road to success in all of life’s activities.
////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////// ///////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////// Dr. Lisiewski's responses to readers' questions for the week of January 15 - 21, 2007. Note to Our Readers: Due to a network failure, we are unable to post Dr. Lisiewski’s column this week. Please rest assured the problem is being corrected, and his column will resume here as usual on January 22. Thank you for your understanding. — Webmaster ////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////// ///////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////// Dr. Lisiewski's responses to readers' questions for the week of January 8 - 14, 2007. Note to My Readers: While I certainly thank all of you for sending in questions, I ask that you please keep them as brief and direct as possible. Many queries received give extraneous information about the individual and have nothing to do with the matter at hand. Others are so voluminous, that it would take many screens of computer space to post them, not even considering the answers. I am trying my best to be fair to all, but when I receive such mailings as described here, I must eliminate them in order to answer as many readers as possible. There are only so many hours in a week. I have seen a considerable number of emails regarding the preparation of the Sword according to the Heptameron, astrological considerations behind this instrument of Art, etc. These will be answered in the next few weeks. Since I answer questions as they are received and well over one hundred are received each week, there has been an inordinate delay in answering what I consider to be these more interesting questions. Thank you. Q–1 Even after reviewing the material over and over again (particularly Axiom 3 in Ceremonial Magic) there is still something very elusive about the subjective synthesis concept. In a nutshell, from what I've come to understand about this concept, is that the individual (who is a subjective being, with a subjective psyche) takes in the information related to magic and synthesizes it into their own psyche and subconscious. It in turn becomes a part of them. Isn't that just another way of saying "to properly understand" or to "internalize information." It also
seems to me as if you are implying that when the individual has built a proper subjective synthesis something is activated within that individual and their subconscious can then in turn create the reality that the individual desires. Am I at least headed in the right direction with these interpretations? A–1 You are most certainly correct in your interpretation and understanding of what the subconscious state of Subjective Synthesis is. It shows you have taken the matter seriously, have struggled by turning inward to ‘make it a living part of your own being, and have succeeded. Based upon my own experience—and that of my personal students—I think the reason you feel “…there is still something very elusive about (it)…” is due to two factors: first, the concept itself is new to your normal thought processes, and second, the acceptance of the concept itself is not yet fully integrated into your own Subjective Synthesis. Worry not. Full integration is assured you. You have done a magnificent job here, and are to be complimented for your —work! Q–2 Dear Dr. Lisiewski: I have read and learned much from your book, Ceremonial Magic and the Power of Evocation. As a result, I purchased a copy of The Book of the Sacred Magic of Abramelin the Mage edited by S. Liddell MacGregor Mathers. I agree with your position as argued in your book that what are described as demons and/or devils are actual sentient beings that are fallen angels. I have since researched some Jewish sources concerning demonology and have come across an interesting passage. The passage in question is from Prof. Gershom Scholem in Kabbalah. Prof. Scholem writes, “…amulets and protective charms can be found side by side with the invocation of demons, incantations… As early as the geonic period the title ba’al shem or ‘master of the name’ signified a master of Practical Kabbalah who was an expert at issuing amulets for various purposes, invoking angels or devils…there are also good-natured devils who are prepared to help and do favors to men. This is supposed to be particularly true of those demons ruled by Ashmedai (Asmodeus) who accept the Torah and are considered ‘Jewish Demons.’” From your study and practical experience, do you agree with Professor Gershom’s representation of Asmodeus as a “good-natured devil”? Do you believe that there are devil’s that are actually friendly towards humans? I appreciate the information that your book has provided me. I plan on reading more of your books in the near future.
A–2 Yes, I am familiar with Professor Scholem’s writings. In particular, his edited work, the Zohar: the Book of Splendor: Basic Readings from the Kabbalah, and Alchemy and Kabbalah have been of great help to me throughout the years. As to your specific question. It is a very difficult one due to the application of religious dogma and doctrines to the subject of spiritual beings in general. In some traditions, there are infernal beings that are supposed to be friendlier to man than are others as you cite; and certainly, in all cases there are ways for controlling and dealing with them. However, I can only speak from my own experience—and from what a few others who have done extensive work in this area have confided to me. And that is, that the very term and definition of “demon” indicates their fallen nature, and as such, they are not to be trusted in the slightest. Remember, these are beings whose nature is so chaotic and continually shifting between extremes which we cannot even imagine: they cannot be other than they are. In this way, they are most certainly damned. This being the case, yes, there may have—or even be—times when they appear to be ‘friendly’ to man. Such experiences may have left a marked impression on the one doing the Evoking or Invoking, thereby inducing him to ‘conclude’ that certain of the Fallen are indeed “good natured.” Or could such behavior be a ruse perpertrated by the demon to obtain just such a conclusion, and have that view then disseminated in the world of men? This too is something to consider. You must also remember that if they are “good natured,” why do we take such elaborate protective measures during our interaction with them? Surely the Circle and the Sword of Art, the Blasting Rod, and the Knife with the Black Handle to name only a few, are not simply “props” of Magic, as the practice of our Art and Science according to the New Age with its tawdry teachings would have you believe. As for myself, I am the excessively cautious type, and so treat all of the Fallen as potential enemies teetering on the verge of actively becoming treacherous and destructive. I do not trust any of them beyond the level of direct control I exert over them during the rite. Q–3 Dr. Lisiewski, Although the Necronomicon is obviously not rooted in any historical grimoire, do you feel its rituals can be worked effectively due its Sumerian/Mesopotamian origins, so long as the axioms are observed and a solid subjective synthesis is built?
A–3 No, the book of which you speak is purely a fictional creation of the Horror writer, H. P. Lovecraft. Yes, he stated it was written by the “mad Arab” Abdul Alhazred in the 8th century, but there is no evidence whatsoever that supports its existence prior to Lovecraft’s time (1891 – 1937). However, there is something else to consider here. There is a theory—or more properly, an untested hypothesis as far as I am concerned—that arose not too many years ago. This view states that if any book —even a ‘false’ one—is believed in strongly enough and operated from, it will produce results. The question is: what type of results will the Practitioner receive? But such an approach as the integration of a belief in a false book into the Subconscious Synthesis may indeed produce ‘results.’ Does this mean that Magic is ‘belief–based?’ Of course Magic is belief-based—to a point. But the practice of genuine Magic goes much deeper than any belief, as the Practitioner reading this knows from experience. Considering these uncertainties, it is my ‘belief’ that if one works from any ‘false’ text, he will receive results that are akin to the partial results New Age ‘magic’ is so noted for, in addition to suffering enormously from the Slingshot Effect. It is an academic argument to be sure—that is, until someone has the courage—or enough bad (?) sense—to test it out. Note—The rather curious letter to follow requires a response in context, addressing each point as it arises. My replies are italicized. Q–4 How do you solve the problem of ennui regarding magical practices? I haven't been able to think of a solitary thing wanted personally, and recently had the worst back lash in history from aiding a person to obtain a higher work position... A person’s wants and desires—so very frequently confused—are of course, a matter that is completely up to them. This being the case, I can be of no assistance to you in this matter. As to your backlash. Well, helping people does have its rewards and drawbacks: it goes with the human territory. I am reminded of an old saying: “No good deed goes unpunished.” Apparently, you felt the “Good Samaritan Effect” as I call it. How unfortunate.
And let me go on record to state that there is only so much ecstasy a practitioner can take.. It becomes too painful. Do not be so quick to extend your own limitations to all Practitioners. If you can take only so much ecstasy, that is an indication of the level of your own Spiritual Unfoldment and your lack of its controlled application through the psychospiritual part of your nature. Others—myself included—have and can endure such states—and apply them properly, profitable, and effectively to the task at hand. You would do well to reconsider your position here. One other thing, obtaining the conversation of the HGA.. Why all the fuss when it is a natural thing and occurs naturally in a persons lifetime without all the bother of a full blown magical operation...and...........Tantric Magic... You do have a penchant for generalization, don’t you? First of all, Attaining to the Knowledge and Conversation of one’s Holy Guardian Angel (Attaining to the K&C of the HGA) is not—and I repeat, NOT a “…natural thing that occurs naturally in a person’s lifetime…” If it did, we would live in an world peopled by illuminated beings whose social structure reflected a God-like state, instead of the insanity that weaves the social fabric of the times. Attaining to the K&C of the HGA is a synthetic process, in that it must be carried out as an extended “Working” while adhering to a system of performances and rites that have been laid down centuries ago. Apparently, you see things differently. So be it. As Frater Albertus use to say in our alchemical classes at the Paracelsus Research Society (PRS), “In your way of thinking, yes. It is as you say.” I trust you are enjoying the lofty spiritual heights from which you wrote this post. it is not possible to hold a spiritual thought when performing it. Apparently for you, it is not. Do not be so arrogant as to project your own limitations on others! Rather, Work on improving your condition instead of accepting it as a constant that appears in the nature of all Practitioners of Magic and Mysticism! The focus of consciousness shifts to the lower levels, and stays there.. Again, apparently for you, this is true. But take heart! If you descend from your ‘spiritual height’ and get to work, you may find that you not only can sustain the
spiritual ecstasy and thought, but revel and grow in them. They will become a beacon for you in all those dark places in which you are currently walking. I can't see any advantage to it at all. I have found it more gainful to train the will and imagination and simply ask for what it is you want ...This technique is very rewarding.. any comments? Then there is nothing more I can do for you: your mind is made up, and so you will remain the self-righteous, pseudo-intellectual that you are. Oh. Since you have found the development of your will and “imagination” to be more gainful, I have a question for you: why do you bother writing to someone like myself, who apparently is not as spiritually advanced and psychically developed as are you? Rid yourself of your sloth and self-righteous! Admit what you are and what you are not; who you are and who you are not, and WORK! For if you knew the joy, the blessing, and terror of Work, you would not delude yourself as you have in this letter, nor make the fool of yourself that you did. Throughout all of your pompousness, there is a spiritual being longing to awaken. Work—and let it manifest in you and in your life. Not only your own personal world, but the world at large will be a better place for you having done so. ////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////// ///////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////// Dr. Lisiewski's responses to readers' questions for the week of December 25, 2006 - January 1, 2007. A Merry Christmas and Happy Holiday to All! With the busy holiday season upon us, I ask that our readers use what ever available time they can manage to review previous postings in this column, and especially those in the archives. You just might be surprised at what you find in a second reading of this material! Normal postings will resume here on Tuesday, January 2, 2007 Again, a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to one and all!
////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////// ///////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////// Dr. Lisiewski's responses to readers' questions for the week of December 18 December 14, 2006. Q–1 Dear Dr. Lisiewski, Thank you so much for answering my previous questions. Your answers have really been helpful. I have yet another question. My imaging faculty seems to be very difficult to develop. I have, for several weeks now, been using your suggested method of multiplying a three digit number by another three digit number in my mind. I am able to come up with the correct product on a regular basis, but the numbers don't seem to appear vivid enough in my mind to where I can honestly make an attempt to change the colors of the numbers. I have to mentally repeat the numbers I am working with over and over again so that I don't forget them. I feel as if my memory and multiplication skills are the only things being developed. I wonder if my imaging faculty is being developed as well. Should I continue with this method until I can "see" the numbers more clearly in my mind? Could this possibly take months or even years to develop? Are there any other effective methods that you know of to develop the imaging faculty? Thank you very much for your time and patience. A–1 The fact that you can successfully multiply three numbers by three numbers shows you are most certainly seeing the numbers and imaging the mathematical process correctly. I assure you, what you have succeeded in doing is (generally) no easy task. The problem is not one of imaging, but of concentrating on the images themselves. I too had the same problem long ago, only to find that if I focused on the numbers first and then on the multiplication process, all fell into line quite easily and quickly. And don’t be so down about strengthening your memory and sharpening your basic mathematical skills. Taken together, these faculties are extremely important in all magical and mystical work, because they are also exercises in selfdiscipline. That is, they order the mind and put it more completely under your conscious control. Keep at it, and you will succeed.
Q–2 Dr. Lisiewski, I understand the rationale behind following grimoiric instructions scrupulously to achieve full results. However, how can I choose to approach evocation without remaining within the rigid confines of the ancient grimoires? Evocation is a practice and not a religion, correct? Therefore, it is not the exclusive property of the early Roman Catholic grimoires. My question is, how can I approach the practice outside of the bonds of this paradigm? I would like to create my own system of evocation. I have tried to take up the position of the devoted disciple to some god or goddess, but to no avail. I am far to analytical to settle for the watered-down New Age picture of divinity. I appreciate you taking the time to read this. A–2 You miss the point. Like it or not, the grimoires are a Catholic creation: their structure, prayers, and conjurations are certainly proof of that! Therefore, you can no more separate their being an exclusive practice of the Catholic church anymore than you can separate the Sacrament of Holy Communion from being an exclusive practice of the Sacrifice of the Mass. And as we all know, in the latter case, the entire structure of the Mass is built upon and culminates in the act of Communion itself. The same with the grimoires: they are as much the exclusive function and property of the Roman Catholic Church—in terms of their creation and composition—as Communion is of the Mass, as I have pointed out. So to my mind, an attempt to practice the grimoires outside of the Catholic model is utterly futile—as so many who tout the New Age ‘logic’ of their gun-slinging practice so clearly shows. Create your own system of Evocation? Why? You have enough to master as it is, without the Bardonic idea of Evocation-System synthesis entering into your already full world of magical practice. No, as far as I see it, if I were you, I would examine my ulterior motives, i.e., my likes and dislikes regarding the Catholic ancestry of the grimoires, and what it is that makes you want to create something as your own “System of Evocation.” I assure you, once you adopt the Catholic model and succeed—and I mean, fully succeed—in Evocation to Physical Manifestation, you will wonder why such a Franz Bardon-like idea ever popped into your head. Such an experience as a fully
successful Evocation to Physical Manifestation is, after all, something you will never—and I mean, NEVER—forget! Q–3 You stated that the magician should make their own altar however you didn't seem to give a definite answer as to whether the magician could buy an altar. Because you have mentioned before that it is acceptable to buy a sword of art could it also be acceptable to buy an altar as well? Can I buy rather than make all of my magical implements? A–3 Although both the Altar and the Sword are magical weapons (or “Impedimenta” of the Art) they serve vastly different purposes. The Sword divides, separates, and thus threatens to induce further chaos into those whose natures are already unstable and chaotic: those beings known as the Fallen Angels. It can be made by another if one’s skills are not up to it. Nevertheless it must be consecrated by the Operator as a declaration of his intent to use it to separate, divide, and thus introduce further chaos into those beings who are already in a continual state of chaos. The Altar, on the other hand, is that place whereupon a sacrifice is made and upon which a desire rests. It is symbolic of the Cross of Redemption upon which Christ made His Sacrifice; His desire being the redemption of all mankind. In the case of the magical Altar, the sacrifice made upon it is that of the self of the Operator being offered up; the desire, that which he is seeking to obtain through his ‘self’sacrifice. As such, the construction of the Altar by the Operator is absolutely essential if it is to represent the ‘best’ that the self (the magician) has to offer up at the time of its making. Read the grimoires. In fact, save for the Book of the Sacred Magic of Abramelin the Mage, nothing is mentioned of the Altar at all. Why? Because this piece of equipment was ‘standard issue’ for such rites, its symbology and purpose being just as understood then, as we of today understand that it takes gasoline to make an automobile run. Make the Altar yourself. Make it the best you can: spare nothing in its design and construction. For upon it rests not only your sacrifice, but your desire. As to buying all the impedimenta of Art? Don’t be foolish. This is not New Age Magic where anything goes. That is, where anything that fulfills the idea of the quick fix and instant gratification is supposed to save the day. It won’t. Learn to think and work in these matters. In the case of Magic, the shortest distance between you and your desire is not a straight line or the path of least resistance. It is, instead, only by the most circuitous of routes, and the path of greatest effort
that you will succeed. This is why Magic works. You will learn the how if you learn to—work! Q–4 I am preparing to do my first evocation to physical manifestation this winter outside. It's pretty secluded and generally quiet around here. My concern and question is, will I be the only one to hear and see the Spirits or do I run the risk of my neighbors hearing moans and groans? Also, if you’re not too busy, my second and final question: Is it possible to do a physical evocation of the "good" angels (Michael, Gabriel, etc.) are there any good books for this? P. S. Thanks for writing your books, you have been the largest single influence on my thinking on how to approach this path that I am beginning to embark on. A–4 Noises and groans are just that: noises and groans, and can be heard by anyone who has the ability to hear. I reject in toto that contemporary nonsense that claims all of these sights and sounds that one experiences during a ritual or ceremonial action occur solely in the mind of the Operator: not mine, I assure you. And neither will be those generated by your magical efforts if you practice Old System Magic the way the Fathers of the Grimoires intended. So get use to it: any disturbances that effect the senses—both physical and para-physical—can and will most definitely be detected by others outside of the Rite proper. As to your second question. Under no circumstances is it possible—in my opinion, based upon my experience—to “evoke” an archangel to physical manifestation. The divine nature of these beings is so exalted and above that of man’s, that our senses could neither comprehend nor tolerate—let alone endure— their manifestation. Indirect physical phenomena caused by their presence is most certainly possible, however. But a visible appearance? Not as far as I know. As to evoking other “good” angels as you term them. Yes, this is most certainly possible: the appearance of one’s Holy Guardian Angel (HGA) at the culmination of the Abramelin Operation is one such example. As to books dealing with the evocation to physical manifestation of “good” angels? There are a few, but it seems to me that you are trying to convince yourself of something here; something that is not founded in the purest of motive. Hence I decline to list them.
////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////// ///////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////// Dr. Lisiewski's responses to readers' questions for the week of December 11 December 17, 2006. Q–1 Greetings! I want to thank you for sharing your excellent work, because it has helped me enormously. You are a breath of fresh air in an increasingly stale community of regurgitated knowledge. Through internal dialogue I was given to understand that part of my job is to process structured information - such as the Tree of Life - to the denizens of what is called the subconscious mind; what I called inter-dimensional intelligences mentioned that it gives structure to the presently chaotic state of being that I share with "them". Now this reminded me strongly of what you call the state of subjective synthesis. The only difference was that from what was mentioned by "them" it is not the processing itself that causes the material results of magic(k)al operations subsequently performed, but rather the gained interactions and "rewards" of successfully processing the information between my state of consciousness and that of theirs. I would greatly appreciate your views on this, because it to me lends new light upon the relationship existing between the spheres of consciousness. A–1 You have to remember that there is much self-deception and illusion involved in anything that purports to deal with the Subconscious (Unconscious) Mind through “internal dialogues.” The test for such ‘communication’ is always the same—as it is for any part of Magic or indeed, for any part in life. And that is, “Where are the results” or “What is the proof.” These are the questions that are to be answered directly by putting (in this case) the communications you speak of, to the task of such analysis. Other than offering this small suggestion, I cannot comment upon the validity of the communications of which you speak. There is one point in your question that does stand out, however. And that is where you say,
“The only difference was that from what was mentioned by "them" it is not the processing itself that causes the material results of magic(k)al operations subsequently performed, but rather the gained interactions and "rewards" of successfully processing the information between my state of consciousness and that of theirs.” Remember, any “gained interactions” cannot be had until that information is first processed. This being the case, the methodology of the processing itself would be of paramount importance. The processing is the Cause: the gained interactions and rewards, the Effect. As in any scientific undertaking, argue from the general to the specific, but experiment from the specific to the general. I would also recommend a book to you that Regardie was very fond of. At his suggestion, I worked with it from 1980 – 1981. I found it to be valuable—to a point. Nevertheless, it did open up the gateway to the Unconscious in a safe and sane manner, and provided me with some very deep, accurate, and vital information of both a magical and personal nature. You might try working with it yourself. The book is entitled, Inner Guide Meditation: A Spiritual Technology for the 21st Century by Edwin Steinbrecher. It is currently available, and can be purchased from Amazon.com. Q–2 Hello Dr Lisiewski, I have a question regarding the "Kabbalist Cycles". It's been a question that I had ever since the first time I read your book and it's been never fully answered on my mind. Here it is: On page 191, in the "Example of Use 1" there is an example of someone who is offered a real estate investment on a Sunday during a Saturn Hour. There is a downward Path influence. But the Sun influence is adverse for "launching a new business plan, new idea" and "signing contracts of any kind". Also, Saturn is extremely adverse for making "investments in any kind of business". My question is, although there is a downward path influence over this investment,
shouldn't the specific characteristics of the planetary day and hour that apply to this specific investment be taken into account? Both the planetary day and hour are negative for this deal... why is it only regarding the stabilizing influence of Saturn and the growth desires stimulated by the Sun, but disregarded the planet characteristics which say that they are a bad influence for investments? After reading and re-reading all the sections related to how the whole system comes together there's still a doubt on my mind regarding this point. Thank you for any insight you can provide into this question. A–2 The Sun’s influence also provides for life, light, love, liberty, success of all types, and growth of all types. Likewise Saturn provides for great stability and permanency in those matters begun or ended during it, as does the influence of Venus. Remember, the Path influence will have a much greater effect that either the planet ruling the day or the hour, and hence attenuates—or can exaggerate— any negative influences involved. Consider also that the Path influence connecting these two Sephiroth is represented by the Tarot card of the “Lovers.” This card gives an impulse of your overcoming a test or challenge of some kind. Now think about this: a test or challenge. Certainly, that means that all will not flow easily and mildly in any issue dealt with during this time. Then again, it does not say you are going to really have a heck of a hard time. In fact, it assures you that you will ‘pass the test.’ All in all then, you are going to have some surprises in store for you when working under this particular, combined influence, but yet, you will succeed. When working with the Cycles, you must learn to balance the general trends I cited for each with your intuition; not in making the decision, but in seeing into the inner nature of the planets and Paths in question. As you know I don’t write books that give “canned” instructions; and certainly, this is as true for Kabbalistic Cycles and the Mastery of Life as it is for my other books. The point is, use the system as given, learn the attributions and influences by heart, and use your intuitive faculty to interpret them. You won’t be sorry you did. Q–3 Salve Dr. Lisiewski, After some consideration and thought I have decided to send you this email which is directly related to this particular correspondence rather than through the
question of the week. If you would prefer that I use the question of the week for this line of questioning I am more than happy to compile such an email. There are several questions I would like to ask in order of importance (to me); 4. Will there be a waitlist for this service? If so, how might one get on said waitlist?
5. In the event that this service is open again in the future will someone be able to take part if they begin the recommended course of study outlined on your website or the audio Cd's (once they are available)? Would it be more prudent to refrain from serious study until the learning through the oral tradition can be achieved?
6. Do you know of anyone that you have directly taught or colleagues of yours that are on the same wavelength as yourself that could be recommended with complete confidence for a similar type of service? Any further questions that I have that relate more directly to the website or your books I will be more than happy to send to the question of the week (which no doubt I will do once I am done with my classes this week). Once again, thank you for your time and energy. A–3 Thank you for these questions, for they reflect many of such type I have received throughout the past six months. Because of this, I thought your question should be placed in this column rather than in the Magical Thought for the Week column. As to their answers… 7. There is a “wait list” so to speak, in that all requests to become one of my students and receive instruction through the Oral Tradition are saved and catalogued. However, the students I have now are–quite frankly, so good and are doing so very well—that I don’t envision taking on any others.
8. The forthcoming data—not audio—CD’s will help any sincere, hard working aspirant: of that you may be sure. This being the case, anyone who is willing to put his nose to the grindstone—and keep it there—will most certainly benefit from these future instructional efforts. You ask if it would be more prudent to wait until Oral Instruction can be
had. This is a very loaded question. Unfortunately, I have to say the following. On the one hand, waiting will only cost you lost time, further magical growth, and spiritual unfoldment. What you must do however, is to make certain of the books you choose to study and work from: they cannot be the kind that offers much for little (work) or ‘something for nothing.’ I’m certain you know what I mean. On the other hand, it is my contention that regardless of how hard, diligent, and sincere the aspirant, he can only go so far without the Oral Tradition. I make no secret of the fact that if it were not for the years of instruction I received from Israel Regardie and Frater Albertus, I would be as lost today as when I first started my studies in Magic and Mysticism in 1963. This is the best I can offer you on this point. My dilemma in taking on more students is this. The way I work is by giving each student Oral Instruction twice per week for a minimum of one hour per session. Yet, I never watch the clock. As a result, our sessions frequently run an hour-and-fifteen minutes to an hour-and-a-half, yet the basic tuition of $75.00 per hour is all they pay. That is, no student is ever charged for the extra fifteen minutes or half hour. In addition, when my students run into some difficulty—of whatever kind—they call for additional counsel—all without charge. It would therefore be extremely difficult to add any others, since the relationship between my current students and I—and my commitment to them—is quite demanding. Add my scientific research and the books being currently written, and I have quite a bit on my plate at this time. It is possible—though not at all probable—that should one or even two ‘special cases’ come to light, I might reconsider. But this is extremely improbable as I said. 9. The only one I know of whose attitude toward and approach to Magic and Mysticism is similar to my own, is Mr. Mark Stavish, the Director of the Institute for Hermetic Studies. Be warned though that Mark and I are different in a number of ways. He is tolerant of many things, I am not. He is considerate, I am direct. He has great patience, I am still trying to find some in myself. He has an excellent sense of humor, I have little to none. These differences mean that the mechanics of our Teachings and methods of delivery are as different as night and day, yet both are extremely effective. I frequently tease him, telling him, “You’re the good Cop, and I’m the bad Cop.” It’s not that far off the mark. Having pointed out our differences however, I can think of no one else I would recommend. And as you know, I am being very direct in this. Q–4 I do hope you are well and that you are settling into your new home. You may be become aware recently, but Golden Hoard have released a new book, The Complete Magician's Tables. It isn't part of their Source Works of Ceremonial Magic series, but is good and important all the same. I'm not sure if those
obtained via Red Wheel Weiser had a different dust wrapper on than those obtained directly from Mesers Skinner and Rankine themselves, but the 2nd volume which I have lists the Goetia of Dr. Rudd as the 3rd volume, and another 4th volume, which if my memory serves me correctly is to do with various Planetary and Olympian spirits. If you need more info on this, let me know. A–4 Thank you for this update. I am certain the readers here will benefit from your research. Sometimes confusion arises when books published in other countries enter the American market. It can lead to no end of confusion as your example suggests. At least now those readers interested in purchasing these valuable additions to Magic will now have further information when contacting distributors in this country. ////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////// ///////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////// Dr. Lisiewski's responses to readers' questions for the week of December 4 December 10, 2006. Q–1 I will first off start by saying it is an honor to write such an accomplished man, and I thank you for telling the truth about the slingshot affect that to this day I am still suffering. I was a new age know it all hippy practitioner of the golden dawn that practiced evocation. I have had results but suffered greatly the doom and nightmares accompanied with the failure of an evocation. Therefore I have been following your book religiously and restructuring my belief system. I have this one question for you though in your book under commentary 17 (let him enter the circle, and call the angels from the four parts of the world which do govern.....) are you to call them first? after consecrating the circle then the Latin verse? or are you to announce all the names written in the circle first for the day being worked as said after commentary 19 (and having implored especially all the names and spirits written in the circle, let him say: O vos omnes, adjuro...) I have one more question for you ...since reading your book I am going back to my catholic roots that I left a long time ago. are you allowed to wear a crucifix or rosary during the rite due to it's catholic nature or will it interfere? I hope you get time to answer these questions. and thank you for the inspiration! A–1 A good question your first, and one that causes confusion as I stated in my book. I thought I made it clear enough there, but nevertheless, here is what I mean. First consecrate the Circle. Then, call upon the names of angels of the four
parts of the world for each day, including the day on which you are operating. Then, on bended knees, you recite, “O Angels supradicti, estote…” Finally, you call upon the angels that rule the day of the Operation itself. Following this, you then recite aloud, “O vos omnes…” You will find this to be the correct procedure when you perform the Evocation to Physical Manifestation itself. As to your second question. Wear nothing other than is required by the grimoire from which you are working. Yes, you most certainly should go back to your Catholic roots. But this does not mean you have to display that fact to one of the Fallen, or to that Class of the Fallen such as you will summon forth by operating from the Heptameron. I assure you, they are well aware of your Faith by virtue of the Rite itself. Additionally, wearing anything other than that required by the grimoire, e.g., the Pentacle of Protection and Obedience in the case of the Heptameron, will only introduce imbalance into the ceremonial action. This, whether it is an additional symbol of your Faith (a Cross) or any other (such) device. Just proceed as the grimoire instructs, and all will work out for you. Q–2 Dear Dr. Lisiewski, I recently obtained A Treatise on Angel Magic (by Adam McLean, Weiser Books) that lists the Archangels of Kether to Chesed with their corresponding seals. The book is based "The Treatises of Dr. Rudd" or Mss Harley 6482 (written in late 17th century) at the British Museum. In turn, Mr. Mclean states in his introduction that Dr. Rudd based his materials on the following earlier works: 3 books of Agrippa; Lemegeton; Reginald Scott's book on Witchcraft; Malleus Malleficarum; and the Arbatel of Magic. I would like to follow the concepts/teachings/principles discussed on your evocation book. These are my problems: 10. Nowhere in the Mr. McLean's book (and correspondingly Mss Harley 6482 does it state how to use the Archangelic Seals during invocation(hold it, put on the altar, wear it like a lamen); nor how they are to be made (metal, parchment, plain white paper). 11. May I then just use parchment or white paper in constructing the seals? 12. There are no outlined methods on how to do the evocation (number of days to fast, where to face, where to put altar, purifying bath, where to put
seals). Can I construct an outline using what I have learned from other grimoires? I know that you discourage adding, subtracting, modifying changes in the grimoires. But how am I suppose to do an evocation based on Mss Harley 6482 when it does not have an outline? It does not even state how the seals are to be made of. Another thing that I have been thinking is that: the Mss Harley 6482 is a grimoire based on earlier grimoires. Should I then discard this book and base my work on Dr. Rudd's bibliography (3 books, lemegeton, arbatel of magic, etc.)? I apologize for the long email. I know I'm not supposed to add, subtract or change anything in the grimoires. But what to do if the grimoire is based on other grimoires; and it speaks of invocation to physical appearance but clearly gives no instructions on how to do it. Thank you. More power! A–2 Discard nothing. Mr. McLean’s books are extremely valuable contributions to Old System Magic, and are to be taken very seriously. He is an excellent researcher, highly logical, and impeccable in his analyses of the source material he writes about. You should realize that much of Old System Magic is based upon manuscripts, the original authors of which ‘assumed’ certain levels of common understanding on the part of those who would come after them (a perfect example of this is the Principle of Efficacy which I touched upon in this week’s Magical Thought for the Week column.) However, time and tide change many things and certainly, they have changed the understanding of those who read these magical tracts today as compared to those who read them when they were first issued centuries ago. As such, there is sometimes a great deal of difficulty in understanding the requirements necessary for working these documents correctly—such as the difficulties you list in your question. Nevertheless the material is there, and serves as important information for those who are involved in what others (and I) call “Experimental Magic.” Now, how does one go about ‘filling in the blanks’ of such manuscripts, such that they can be made workable? This is the province of Experimental Magic as I
stated. Such an activity assumes that an individual who engages in such experimentalism possesses several qualities: 13. That the Experimental Magician has a broad knowledge-base in the classical material of the field, i.e., in the many grimoires, and understands them from both a theoretic and operational perspective. This means understanding the thought-stream which lies behind the grimoire(s). Of equal importance is… 14. That one possesses a great deal of practical experience in either Invocation, Evocation to Physical Manifestation (or both) or in any other area in which one may be involved in, e.g., Divination by means of the Magic Mirror (see A.E. Waite’s, The Book of Ceremonial Magic.) 15. That one can withstand—in all ways—the brunt of those inevitable failures produced during the course of the experimental work. That is, it is necessary to endure the events that will come from the Slingshot Effect. 16. That one’s mind possesses enough analytical ability to be able to sift through—not only the number of results that will be experienced—but the diversity of those results and of the details that compose them, and be able to synthesize them into an ordered, structured, eclectic whole. 17. That the subconscious state of Subjective Synthesis be so built and polished, that it can be relied upon to penetrate into the theoretic basis of the grimoire(s) being studied, and so gain insight into the nature of the missing data needed to operate from that (those) text(s). This penetration is effected through an Interior type of Concentration: not “meditation.” It is not enough to think that a sound knowledge of Kabbalah will give the magician the tools needed to work in Old System Magic effectively and successfully: it will not. Why is this? Because as I pointed out in my books, Old System Magic is not founded upon Kabbalah, no matter how loud the prophets of the New Age insist it is. Kabbalah simply embraces certain concepts of Old System Magic and claims it as its own; as if it actually created those concepts. It did not. An example of such a claim Kabbalah makes is that of assigning the Seven Planets of the Ancients to seven of the Sephiroth. It speaks of this assignment as if it were unique to Kabbalah. Again: it is not. Kabbalah simply extracted these assignments from classical Astrology and placed them under its own umbrella of attributions. Hence, as the Practitioner of Old System Magic will find out—if he or she has not already done so after only a minimum of work— Kabbalah cannot be trusted to deliver up the keys to the missing information in any given grimoire or manuscripts of Old System Magic. Only by Interiorized Concentration and Experimentation as discussed here, can those missing pieces of data be reclaimed. Please consider this dialogue carefully. There is more here than at first meets the eye. Q–3 Hello,
I have read your book, Ceremonial Magic & The Power of Evocation numerous times, and I am proud to say that it has easily become my favorite book. I have always been interested in the occult, especially ceremonial magic, and your book was exactly what I was looking for. I am currently saving up to purchase the needed ritual tools, etc. Yet, I am contacting you regarding an unusual question. My family nominated me (without my knowing) to baptize a new baby in the family. I was not notified of this until a few months ago, and it has brought me great stress; the baptism is this Saturday, October 4, 2006, and I would have replied sooner if it was not for the overbearing stress of moving into college (which you may have noticed by this email address). They will not afford me the opportunity to choose whether to baptize the baby or not because I just recently turned 18. I am almost forced to do this baptism, and I am quite nervous; will baptizing a baby in the Greek Orthodox Religion affect my magical workings? I have also wondered about the water of baptism you mentioned in your book, and whether it would be more effective if I baptized the baby myself. This has been bothering me for quite some time, and I meant to email you, but thought you might think I am absurd. I have been re-reading your book, trying to find any answers to my issue, and some hints are visible, but have found no direct answer. The one thing keeping me hopeful that the baptism may help my magical workings is that the Heptameron deals with many Christian rituals, such as communion, etc. I hope you can assist me. A–3 I am sorry, but I did not receive your email until October 10. But your questions are interesting, so allow me to try to answer them. First of all, your performing a baptism in the Greek Orthodox Religion will have no effect whatsoever upon your magical working. Just remember that when working with Old System Magic, the religious avenue to use is that of Catholicism since the Fathers of the Grimoires were indeed Catholic priests, as I pointed out in my books. No matter how much this requirement upsets people, that is just the way it is. For it was the religious streaming of these Fathers—and therefore their spiritual energy-matrix—that created the Grammars of Magic, and nothing will change that. By the same token, connecting into that energy-matrix requires a like mental-set. You would not connect an egg beater that runs on A.C. house current into a D.C. power supply would you? Because if you did, it either would not work, you would burn out the egg beater, or both. You are no different than that egg beater here.
As to your second question. Water of Baptism CANNOT be made by the individual. When it is called for in the grimoires, e.g., as it is in the Heptameron, it is calling for the sacerdotal element. That is, it is calling for the spiritual energy of that Faith which—through the Water of Baptism—is [suppose to] mark the beginning of an individual’s spiritual ascent back to God while yet traveling through the world of men. It is this energy which is needed, and hence can only come from the Church itself. When such is called for, then it is up to you: you either acquire it or abandon working from the grimoire that calls for its use in the Operation. I trust my answer will be of some use to you. ////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////// ///////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////// Dr. Lisiewski's responses to readers' questions for the week of November 27 December 3, 2006. A Reminder — Due to the growing number of reader questions coming in every week, writing my next series of books, and my intensifying scientific research, the number of questions answered each week in this column will be significantly limited. My answers—of necessity—will also be much more concise than they have been to date. I wish it were not so, because I enjoy this exchange with you immensely. An Extended Note to My Readers— While I must hold to the above reasoning and its subsequent methodology generally, please know that during the month of December I will attempt to answer more questions than usual. The answers will also be more in depth. I am doing this because more and more very serious, hard working readers are sending very interesting and important questions, and they deserve the added attention. All of you who read these columns—and particularly those genuine Students of Magic who come here to learn and to work—should also know the following. In keeping with the line of reasoning given above, I have emptied my mail box of all those silly, unbelievably ignorant questions sent by ego maniacal individuals. Throughout the past 10 months I have entertained such babblings here in an effort to help such individuals out of their personal quagmire. But from the continuous and increased mailings received over the past 30 days, I can see my efforts have come to naught. Let me give you just one such example: one person from Australia sent a slew of letters telling me how they experienced the “Dark Night of the Soul,” simply because their life fell apart. The details of those letters showed an individual who lacks any self-discipline, one whose mind is highly uneducated, whose flippancy is second to none, and an expectation—no, a
demand, that I answer him privately—and immediately! Of course, this same one had to give nobility to his own ignorance and mania, and so attributed his plight to one of the most profound spiritual adventures and processes a human being can experience: the Dark Night itself. That same individual then sent me an “emergency” email pleading with me to explain why a “wet spot that just appeared on the floor beneath (his) chair” after writing me of his great spiritual experience of the Dark Night. Unbelievable. My readers deserve better than this—and so do I. In effect, I am issuing a declaration here: if you will not work; if you will not take the responsibility for your own life in your own hands; if you seek “guarantees” for anything and everything before you so much as put your hand to the task; if you insist on being an armchair ‘magician’ who has all of the (New Age) answers and none of the solutions, do not bother writing to me, because I simply will not reply. This website and the columns I write weekly for it are for those souls who possess courage, integrity, and an inner dignity that has been lost to the masses decades ago. And it is to this latter—and only to this latter, ever-growing group—that I will direct my efforts in these columns, from this point onward. Thank you. Q–1 I've been trying to get the book 'The Altar Path' by Dr. Lisiewski, but I have been unable to find it anywhere. Do you know of any places where it is still available, perhaps from Dr. Lisiewski himself, possibly as an ebook? A–1 This book, as well as Geometries of the Mind, will be reissued by a new publisher in the Spring of 2007. That same season will also see the issuing of my third Occult Horror novel, NightShadow. An announcement of the availability of these books will be made on this website in due time. I do not believe in “ebooks” for a number of reasons, and so will never issue any of my writings in this form. But thank you for asking. It is a valid question, and one I have not addressed until now. Q–2 Dear Sir/Madam, Please I am really interested in mysticism especially occult. But I find it difficult get to books to support me to improve my quest, therefore I will be happy to
receive some of your books, articles for free or advise for free to assist me on the path to enlightenment. Please below is my mailing address: xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx Country of GHANA Looking to hear from you and to receive the above-mentioned materials soon and send them air mail. A–2 Two points here. One: you obviously have access to a computer. Why not spend your time doing research on the web? There are literally tens of thousands of papers, articles, and even books on the Occult and Magic available for free downloads there. Quite obviously, you have not done such. For if you had, you would have made use of the tremendous number of resources I make available on this website. And oh yes, they are for—free. Instead, you ask for ‘more,’ while not using what lies under your very nose. Point two: the Path to Enlightenment begins by turning inward; not by looking for exterior things that will inevitably confuse and lead you on a merry chase hither and thither. Books have their place, yes. But even here, you must do the work. If you think that an email to an author for free copies of his books will help you, you are quite mistaken: because you would have never written such a letter if you would have thought the situation through. Oh yes, I give many copies of my published books away for free: but only to those who have shown they have turned inward, have worked incessantly for a long time, but who have nevertheless run into trouble. These are the kind of people I help: not the lazy armchair types who want me to do the work for them, and who have the temerity to assume that I would send them my books for free. Such individuals are as a blight upon the sum and substance of Occultism in general and Magic in particular, and I will have nothing to do with such types.
Q–3 Dear Dr. Lisiewski, I keep having a recurring idea for something I would like to do – a storefront business selling books about the occult and alchemy and various herbs. In almost every case when this idea pops into my mind, it is during a straight Saturn hour (on a Saturday or Monday, for instance). It's uncanny - I can almost tell what the hour is by when this idea pops into my head! This is an idea that I would very much like to create in reality, but the Saturn correspondence seems a little ambiguous. I suppose for a storefront business I would rather see Mercury, or the Sun or something, but Saturn doesn't seem entirely inappropriate. It is, after all, good for attempting sales through the printed media. Still, some of the negative attributions of Saturn are causing me to balk...what do you think? A–3 You’re rationalizing here. That is, you’re really stretching the point, and trying to find a way to make a powerful, generally negative influence, supportive of your idea. “Printed media” generally refers to direct sales as, say, through flyers, newspapers, or catalogs sent through the mail, or distributed in some other way. And even here, this planet will test you beyond belief. Its reoccurrence tells me that its heavy, task-master influence will do just that: take you to task when you try to make your dream a reality. Personally, if I were you, I would abandon the idea. The influence is just too powerful and contentious. I understand your desire to bring your dream about. And certainly, it is a laudable one; one that could help many. But when Saturn is involved and in the manner in which you relate, I have found—from experience—that one is better off to leave the matter alone. Either that, or be certain you have a considerable amount of cash to tide you over until the planet’s taking you to task is finished. But even here, that trip to the Kabbalistic Cycles woodshed so to speak, could leave you dead broke and with a failed business. That would be some test and task, now wouldn’t it? Of course, use your own judgment in this and indeed in all of your life matters. But as I said: if it were me, I would abandon the idea, and look for more auspicious influences when considering such matters. Q–4 Dear Dr. Lisiewski,
I have noticed over the years that most books out there are written for the 9 to 5 society norm schedule. For those of us who are actually working shift work and not bankers hours, going to school, and not on welfare this can pose no end of problems when it comes to actually doing magical work. Specifically, how would one go about adapting the Fourfold Adorations to a shift work lifestyle. I am not trying to find a quick way out of doing the work just trying to make it work within my life, i.e. when you wake up at 8 pm and the sun has just set do you still do your morning Adorations since you are getting up or are you to do the setting sun Adoration etc, etc, depending on when I would wake up for work/school and my schedule? Furthermore, having been a student of post-secondary education yourself and doing magical work on top of it, do you have any pearls of wisdom in this regard to share, specifically in how to make school and our jobs work in tandem with a magical regiment? I hope you can help in this regard, as it has caused me no end of problems trying to make it work. A–4 I salute you most sincerely, because you are one who has taken responsibility for your own life, and who is working to adjust your life to Magic: and not Magic to your life, as so many who write those “9-to-5” books on ‘magic’ would have you do. Your questions are absolutely reasonable and logical, because you have considered the problem(s) carefully, and worked to find viable solutions and make those solutions the crux of your life. Yet, you need a few pointers, and so you have written. Excellent! Now we can take you to where you want to go. First of all, the cycle of the sun does not determine your ‘day.’ The so-called New Age “purists” who have you believe that: rubbish! The sun in the sky is only the visible symbol of the Spiritual Sun that lies at the core of your very being. It is that part of God within you that does not know the limitation of time or space, yet which is all of those things (and so many more) at the same time. Most of the ‘regulations’ you come upon in the Occult and Magic telling you when to do what and what to do when, are laid down by men for a multitude of reasons. Not the least of which is to justify some synthetic train of thought and the equally synthetic system of beliefs that are built upon that thought. Thus, when you arise for your day at 8 PM, let your Morning Adoration prevail. At Midnight, let the Adoration at noon be said, and so on, because after all, it is your day and not another’s. In all of these things, we must look to root principles; the fundamental
underlying tenets, just as we do in physics and mathematics. There is no difference, save for the subject matter itself. You also ask, “…do you have any pearls of wisdom in this regard to share, specifically in how to make school and our jobs work in tandem with a magical regiment?” No, I don’t. Because there is no “tandem” arrangement that will work. All such vain expediencies ultimately fail. There is only prioritizing, because this forces the mind into choosing between that which is important, that which is wanted, that which is needed, and that which is ego-driven. In short, you must sit down and ask yourself the same questions Frater Albertus posed to me one day during my first year (Prima Class) in 1975 at the Paracelsus Research Society: 18. Where did I come from? 19. Who am I? 20. Where am I going? Now, the first requires the experience of past-life recall, which is certainly obtainable. Yes, it will take time, but it can be achieved. This will shed light upon who you are now, and so the second question can be answered: at least, initially to a point. This answer will become clearer to you as you progress in your Occult and Magical work. Attendant to the answer to the second question, you will find your path to the third question and to the answer that can only apply to you. A lot of work, I agree. But then, I had the same agenda to deal with back in 1974. And do you want to know something? I answered my ‘Three Questions.’ You can too. “But what do I do now?” you ask. I have a suggestion. In the meantime, you may have to do what I did: decide on a program of Occult or Magical study and work, and set to it, letting nothing get in your way. Let me give you an example. When I was an undergraduate in physics at university in 1971, I was very poor. The room I lived in had so many cockroaches that I had to put sugar around the baseboards at night to keep them off of me while I slept. In addition, the room was 2 ½ miles away from campus. I had no car, there was no bus service to that area, and I had no cooking privileges in that $45 a month room. Regardie had set me to do the Twelve Steps, and so—while handling my academic schedule and struggling to say alive—I set myself to the task. Since he required that I do the exercises “…three times a day, Joe. You got to really get into it!” I walked back to that room twice during the day to perform my Twelve Step work, returned to the campus for my studies, went to my part-time job, and took care of whatever else was required of me on any given day. An “old man’s embellished memories of his past?” Hardly. I have no need to
embellish anything, unfortunately (or otherwise) because I lived it! And so can you. For you see, prioritizing forces you to do something else; something that requires you to think, prior to setting your priorities. It requires you to choose what things are important to you. THEN, and only then, will the prioritizing set them in their proper order. That’s how to handle it. There is no other way of which I am aware. I trust my message here will be of some help to you. It is the only way I found to succeed. ////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////// ///////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////// Dr. Lisiewski's responses to readers' questions for the week of November 20 November 26, 2006. Note to Our Readers: Due to an unexpected situation, Dr. Lisiewski will not have a posting in this column this week. This column will resume next week as usual. In the meantime, we wish all of our readers a happy and healthy Thanksgiving holiday. Please take some time to reflect on your life, where you are at, and where you want to be. And let those who are important to you know just how much you truly appreciate them. It would be wise also, to take some time and turn inward to that Interior nature which is the greatest part of you. For therein lies all the answers you seek. ////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////// ///////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////// Dr. Lisiewski's responses to readers' questions for the week of November 13 November 19, 2006. A Reminder — Due to the growing number of reader questions coming in every week, writing my next series of books, and my intensifying scientific research, the number of questions answered each week in this column will be significantly limited. My answers—of necessity—will also be much more concise than they have been to date. I wish it were not so, because I enjoy this exchange with you immensely. But hard reality has set in, and there are only so many hours in a day. Nevertheless this and the Magical Thought for the Week column will continue, and I will do my best to be as helpful as possible, even though my responses will not be as detailed as I would like them to be. Thank you so much for your
understanding and continued support. Readers like you are what Magic—and Higher Mysticism—are [or should be] all about! Q–1 Dr. Lisiewski, Thank you for sharing your 40 years of practical magic. I have one question. In the Heptameron, no specific demon names are mentioned other than for example, "Spirits of the West Wind", yet in your book Ceremonial Magic, during the Charge you leave a blank for the "name of the spirit". Where are their names? Are they the spirits of the north, south, east and west winds or are they the 72 grimoire demons? Sorry for my confusion. A–1 No problem. You see, in the Heptameron—a grimoire that predates the Clavicula Salomonis and the Goetia—the spirits are undifferentiated. (The roots of the other two are, arguably, another matter.) That is, in the Goetia, the spirits have been differentiated into individual demons: hence the arising of the 72 Fallen Angels. In the blank space, you simply say, ‘Ye Spirits of the ……Wind’ as is appropriate to the Quarter from which you are evoking. Just use this and you will be have no problems in your secret work. Q–2 Dear Dr. Lisiewski, I appreciate your consideration of my most recent email message, regarding construction of my magical workshop, however only one of my questions requires answering, and then only if you feel justified in doing so. I have been fortunate enough to find the archives on your site, and an article on the magical chamber therein. This answered some of my question, and additional research and introspection answered still another portion. The remaining portion is in regard to the structural strength of the workshop itself. In your opinion, should I build additional strength into the building when constructing? As I stated previously, it will be a wooden building, consisting of two rooms, on a concrete slab. All in all, it will be a rather nice workshop, and I am thankful to have the opportunity to construct it. I have been patient for a number of years, and my efforts have paid off.
I am thankful to you on two levels. One, your absence (during your move) has forced me into finding the answers on my own, and I appreciate that, whether your intention or not. Secondly, I suspect (and hope) that this will be a move that will allow you to create the Alchemy school that you have mentioned previously. Either way, I'm certain that it is something positive for you and your family, and I wish you well. A–2 I would build the “work shop” as strong as is feasible, financial considerations notwithstanding. All depends upon the success you experience with your Evocations to Physical Manifestation. As I wrote here recently, usually during this Ceremonial Action you will receive pounding on the walls, howls, and those (maddening) loud whispers that I find the most terrifying of all (you can never make out the words; only threatening, muffled sounds that come from every direction around you.) Sometimes however, you will find that you just hit the right combination of factors necessary for the highest form of Evocation to Physical Manifestation to occur. That is, that type of Evocation—and I’m not kidding you here—that feels as if it “could bring the house down” as they say. In this type of Ceremonial Action, the poundings become unbelievably powerful and threatening, the loud whispers turn into baleful howls, there are very loud groans, and the ground beneath your feet will either vibrate very strongly or literally shake: you won’t know what is happening the first time you experience such Manifestation. And—it can get worse, but I have said enough for the present. So yes, make your building as strong as you can, and be prepared for—anything. This is no ‘fun and games’ we are involved in here, and you are extremely wise for thinking this matter of the “work shop” through as much as you have. This is not evocation as the New Age postures. It is the real thing, and is a very, very dangerous business as I have stated so many times. I would like to take credit for having planned that my former absence from writing these columns was designed to force readers to do their own research, but I cannot. It was a matter of absolute necessity that forced me to discontinue writing for about 4 weeks. Nevertheless, you and many others have written me of your determination to carry on during my absence, and this pleases me more than I can say. Why? Because all of you have shown yourself to be what Magic so desperately needs: WORKERS, not talkers. Yes, you need the proper material in order to do your research, and that includes a literature review and appropriate references: I trust I have been somewhat successful in providing them for you. But you did what was important: you used that material, on your own in order to continue your studies and your WORK. THAT is what successful Magicians are all about: they WORK, and leave the talking up to the New Age know-it-alls who are content to live in squalor while they ‘rise on the planes’…or so they say. I
take my hat off to you and all of those others who simply won’t take “no” for an answer, have had enough of being made fools of by much of the ‘literature’ out there today, and who have taken their lives and destinies in their own hands. I guarantee you, you will not be sorry for accepting the responsibility for your own lives. Yes, eventually, I will open my own School of Alchemy; because properly speaking, no book can give all that it could or should, and the Oral Tradition is required for the effective transmission of data and mystical force from one individual to another. It will take time, but plans for such are underway, I assure you. My attorneys are working on it even as I write. Thanks so much for showing an interest in this most fascinating field of Occult AND Scientific work. Q–3 Dear Mr. Lisiewski, Seeing as "The Book of Abramelin" has been delayed, I came across this excerpt from the publishers of the book that you might enjoy if you have not already come across it. www.araki.de/index.php?id=98&backPID=156&tt_products=16 Hope you find it as interesting and promising as I did. A–3 Thank you so very much, indeed. This book was scheduled for release on November 1, 2006, according to Weiser. However, there were some production delays as I understand, and hence its release has been delayed. How long? It is not yet clear. But having known Weiser since 1965, I doubt that the delay will be very long. A finer, more professional and reputable publisher—in any genre—does not exist. Thank you once again for making this link available to all of us. It makes for very interesting reading. ////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////// ///////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////// Dr. Lisiewski's responses to readers' questions for the week of November 6 November 12, 2006. Q-1 Dr. Lisiewski,
I cannot tell you how much your books and your website have helped me. I have (FINALLY) stopped doing all magic for the time being and started your proposed plan, although I am working my way through the Qabalah list from your books before I get started on the other list. Interestingly, the change has been quite a relief since my magic was so ineffective there wasn't much point in me continuing that way. I'm also reading "The way of the Pilgrim" and "Hidden Power for Human Problems" by Bailes- thank you for the recommendations. I do have 1 problem that I hope you can help me with. I blessed to have a chamber of my own. It is absolutely perfect for meditation and prayer (which is all that I do nowadays); however from East to West the room is only 8 1/2' long. This means once I have finished the concentration and willpower steps of your plan, I will not be able to perform the LBRP properly (that is, with a nine foot diameter circle as you describe). Do you think it would be permissible (by which I mean effective) to temporarily create a smaller diameter circle? If not could I temporarily perform the LBRP in another room (my living room is big enough)? Barring that would harmful and/or counter-productive to simply move on the middle pillar ritual until such time as I have a larger chamber (no time soon) I also have one more question. I obtained and read "Hermetic Magic" by Stephen Flowers, a wonderful book and very much in line with your own teachings on magic. I am wondering, in learning multiple systems of magic (say the system you teach as the hermetic or runic systems the Flowers teaches) can these be learned simultaneously, or should you become adept in first one and then the other. Thank you very much for taking the time to read this letter. I really appreciate it. And I can't wait for your future books and CDs. A–1 Thank you for your kind remarks. They are very welcome. First off, I would not be studying any New Thought material at this time if I were you. You will only wind up mixing systems; if in no other place, than in your mind. But that is the only place you really need to do such mixing to assure
yourself of negative or disastrous results. In all of this, please remember: if you choose to study and practice Magic, than do so! Do not mix New Thought or other forms of Mysticism with it! If you do, I promise you, you will regret it! I gave New Thought book references for those who are more inclined toward Mysticism than they are to Magic; and for those who—after decades of magical work—realize that the end of Magic is Mysticism, and who are ready to enter into that sublime realm of the Spirit and of thought. If you do decide to devote yourself to Magic (at this time), PLEASE! Devote yourself only to it, AND to one—and only one—‘type’ at a time, e.g., Old System Magic. Even here—as I have said so many times—mixing New Age techniques with Old System practices will lead to absolute ruin. So think these matters through carefully, made a decision, and then stick to that decision until you master that type of Magic you have decided to work with. All too often people think they will save time by studying this one day, that the next, and still something else on day three: they do not. All they do is confuse matters so thoroughly, they wind up scrapping everything, taking an extended break— months to years—and then have to start again. So take your time, think things through, look within for the guidance, make your decision and act. Continue to do so—to work—until mastery is achieved. Then—and only then—are you justified in moving on to another area of Occult interest. If you insist on doing the New Age practices of, e.g., the Lesser Banishing Ritual of the Pentagram (LBRP) please remember you need to perform a full Kabbalistic Analysis on this ritual (or indeed on any ritual or ceremonial act) before performing it. This, to (at least) begin building your Subjective Synthesis in order to get (at least some) results. I suggest you see my book, Kabbalistic Handbook for the Practicing Magician for a discussion of this analysis, and for precise instructions on how to do such an analysis properly. Next, you must have an area of at least nine feet in diameter. No amount of rationalizing or excusing your condition will do: Spiritual Laws—as with physical laws—do not permit conveniences due to circumstances. So no, your idea of using your living room is not advisable. Your Magical Chamber must be just that: a separate room in which you enter into altered states of magical consciousness. It cannot be one that other people frequent, move through, sit around in, watch television in, etc. This is just how it is. Nor can you justify moving on to a more advanced ritual e.g., the Middle Pillar Ritual, simply because of its (supposed) convenience. If you cannot reap the rewards from such a well-analyzed and simple ritual as the LBRP, what makes you think you can handle the tremendous power that the Middle Pillar can call
down? This is New Age fad thinking at its worst, although I can tell you are not such an individual by nature. You are looking for the answers to honest questions, and I am trying to give them to you here. You have been so influenced by the New Age carelessness however, that you have become confused. Please don’t be, and don’t worry. Always seek to do what is required—regardless of the cost—and you will succeed. That is simply the way Magic—the real Magic of Old System Magic—works. You know my opinion of the so-called ‘Magic’ of the New Age. And finally, you innocently expose the negative effects the New Age has had upon you when you ask if you can practice Hermetic Magic and other forms at the same time. Of course not! This is the worst form of mixing systems, and will lead you down a dark path to failure—pure and simple. You must get over the idea of ‘losing time’ and ‘I want to do as much as I can—now!’ and get on with the work at hand. Study must be done, guidance from your Interior nature obtained, decisions made, and then—and only then—the practices of those decisions implemented. Don’t try to destroy yourself or your future: there are enough false prophets out there who will gladly help you do that. If my advice here seems hard, it is because I am not one of the false ones. But you do not know me personally, and so may argue that I am one of the ‘false ones’ regardless what I say. You will have to be the judge and do what you will. Know too, “Not by their words, but by there deeds, shall ye know them.” The choice is yours. Remember on thing though: you—and you alone—are responsible for your success or failure in Magic and in Life. So be extremely careful of whom you listen to, and be even more careful of what you (finally) do. It is all up to you. Q–2 I would like to find some good books on how to open up your chakras. I know that many books now days are watered down new age fluff that make magic easier than it actually is. I know that if you follow these watered down modern new age magic books, the magic won't work and you could get your self into trouble. Can you list some books on how to open up your chakras that you would recommend that are not watered down new age fluff and do not make opening chakras easier than it really is? A–2 As far as I am concerned, there are no such books: all of them are either “watered down,” confused, or have various numbers of Chakras and give socalled ‘modern techniques of ‘activating’ them. I consider such books that litter the market today to be absolute rubbish. Their silliness is something only a fool— or an outright beginner—would possibly consider.
Yes, it is true that you could go back to the early books written by Blavatsky and the early Theosophists, e.g., C. W. Leadbeater, but I caution you: those of us who have (re)incarnated into Western Civilization will have as much chance in succeeding in Eastern Philosophy as a Fakir in India has of successfully operating a Western Evocation to Physical Manifestation. We (re)entered this world for very specific reasons; and those reasons are always deeply embedded in the civilization type and structure into which we entered. To try to do Hatha, Raja, Karma, or any of the other Yoga forms; to try activate the “Chakras;” to attempt to ‘awaken the Kundalini,’ all are activities that are just not suited to Westerners for the reason give here. Yes, you may derive some—and I stress the word “some”—benefit from them. But the benefit will be minimal, as compared to the time and devotion you give to such Eastern methods. If I were you, I would look at the Middle Pillar ritual as given by Regardie—and by Regardie only. Then, after due and diligent study, and after being utterly certain you are ready for it—you could consider turning your active practice in its direction. It is based on the five “Psycho-spiritual” centers within the human psyche and it does work—provided you know what you are doing. I know well the argument you are thinking of posing to me now: “Well, these ‘psycho-spiritual centers are actually only Western wordings for the Eastern Chakras, so what’s the difference?’ The difference is that such statements are generalizations at best: they do not hold up to careful examination, nor do they hold up in daily practice or in the results received. Regardie’s book, Foundations of Practical Magic, which is available once more, gives the Middle Pillar as he originally wrote it in the 1940’s. I recommend you obtain a copy and study it carefully. Q–3 Dear Dr. Lisiewski, Later this year, I will be building a workshop behind my house. This will be a traditional working shop and a magic working shop. Of course it will have a concrete foundation, and the plan is to have the two rooms fully separate, in the event that I need to close one off for any period of time. Both will have adequate ventilation, as I intend to begin my own experiments in Alchemy within the next few years. I do not have the foundation, nor the working knowledge to begin these experiments at the current time, but that's another matter.
Now, so as not to take up any more of your time, I'll shall get on with my questions. I have recently been reading Ceremonial Magic (hats off to you for a great book, by the way), and this is the impetus for my questioning. You make note that the physical phenomena of evocation to physical manifestation can be presented as a pounding so hard as to crack cement walls. Now, if such is the case, should I take this into account when calculating the structural integrity of my new workshop? The walls will be wooden, not cement, and I'm sure you understand the differences in their load-bearing properties. Secondly, my original plans were to create a magic workshop that was 10x20. However, after reading the Heptameron portion of your book, and understanding the Circle of the Art, this does not seem sufficient. If other grimoires call for circles larger than 9 feet, I will be severely limited in my working space. I know you are fond of working directly upon the earth, but if you had to estimate the needed indoor space to accommodate the majority of circles that I may be working with as I continue my studies over the next series of years, what size space would you estimate would be sufficient? Please understand that I am looking for educated advice from someone obviously educated in this field. Ultimately, the design will be based on my own intuition and the findings from my research, these questions being a portion thereof. As always, I greatly appreciate your assistance, your time, and your many, many efforts in this field. A–3 Yes, by all means, take the structural integrity of the walls—and indeed, of the entire “work shop”—into consideration. You never know how successful you will be in the Manifestation phase of Evocation to Physical Manifestation, and therein lies the problem. When I gave examples in my books of the types of manifestation that has occurred in my own work, I was of course, giving a crosssection of results I received throughout a 35+ year period. The better you become at this Science, the more powerful will be the manifestations. For example. Initially, you may receive only knocks on the walls and howls, or—and the most unnerving of all as far as I am concerned—‘loud’ whispers and knocks. As the years go on and you continue your practice, you may very well receive hard thuds on the walls AND floor that are so loud, they reverberate through you. You will find however, that the more extreme the associated phenomena of the Manifestation phase, the more rapid will be the Control that results from the Divine Bliss which overtakes you, and the more effective will be your final Command. Don’t worry. You obviously have taken into account the various
parameters dealing with the design and construction of your Magical Chamber. And as such, whatever you settle on will be quite sufficient, I am sure. Regarding the size of the room due to Circle requirements. In no case will you operate with a Circle larger than 9 feet in diameter: all grimoires settle on this number, and for good reasons. That is, while this number associates the Circle and Magic with Yesod, you will also find that this size Circle gives you ‘just enough’ room not only in which to operate, but one whose size differentiability allows for your maximum focus on the elements of the Ceremonial Act. Why is this? Regardless of all the Kabbalistic hub-bub about Yesod in this matter, there is another, more sublime and mathematically precise reason for this. One that is locked into the deepest strata of human consciousness. And that is, this size Circle acts as a limiting condition in the mind; one that is set by mankind’s awareness and use—since time immemorial—of the nine “Natural Numbers” defined in the mathematics of Number Theory. Most notably, the Real Number System: a system that includes the Natural Numbers, the Integers, the Rational Numbers and the “Irrational Numbers.” Thus, these “Natural Numbers,” 1 through 9, are ‘fixed’ in the consciousness of mankind, the number “9” establishing the limit of action and therefore of the ‘reality’ of—in this case—the Ceremonial Act. (The number “0” [zero] is considered an “Integer” and was devised around 1000 C.E. to enable such higher mathematics as Algebra to be invented) You will find however, that peripheral circle structures, e.g., those that appear in the Clavicula Salomonis, require additional space-consideration such as you have thought about. This being the case, you will find that the ‘ideal’ size room should be 16 feet by 16 feet, or larger. And here, I do mean, the larger the better. Then you will have no concerns when considering operating from any grimoire extant. Dr. Lisiewski's responses to readers' questions for the week of October 30 - November 5, 2006. Q–1 One particular line in your charge for the Heptameron reads, ".completely fulfill my words of Charge given here within the space of thirty days." Why thirty days? Is that so the spirits have plenty of time to carry out the request? What would happen if I were to shorten that length of time to 15 days? A–1 In theory, you can shorten the time to a ‘fortnight’ (2 weeks) if you wish, but I
would not advise it. Your generation—coming over from New Age fad magic—must simply learn to remove your insistence for instant gratification and the quick fix, and allow the process which is Evocation to Physical Manifestation to occur. But beyond your overcoming this “I want it now” attitude, there are other, more realistic reasons for your adhering to the recommended time requirement. In several grimoires, you will find the span of 30 days as the length of time the spirit should be given in order for it to fulfill your Command. Why this length of time? Because as I stated above, this Ceremonial act is a process. That is, it is a natural process that is marked by gradual changes. For during this time—when the spirit will be working to manifest your desire—there will be a continuous interaction between you and it. At times that interaction will be conscious. That is, you will feel an inner excitement or a state of anxious, profoundly fearful apprehension; as if something external were drawing enormous amounts of nervous energy from you. What is worse, you will also feel that you cannot control these states of fearful apprehension. Or you may have a powerful feeling of your being attracted to some thing ‘out there’ or that ‘something’ is being attracted to you. At other times this interaction will be unconscious. That is, you will receive conscious glimpses that something which you ‘cannot put your finger on’ is happening around or within you, or you will find yourself all out of sorts for some unknown reason. Or you will become extremely irritable in an unusual way: a way to which you are not accustomed. You may also have panicked feelings that things are just ‘not right somehow,’ and the anxiety generated by these nagging feelings will send your apprehensiveness to heights you never previously experienced. But worst of all, will be that deep, inner sense of some unknown, unnamed terror; a terror that is within or (literally) ‘behind’ you at all times during the 30 day period. All of these conscious and unconscious states mark the gradual changes that are occurring in your external world as the object of your desire is either being brought to you or is being created for you by the entity you charged with the task. Since this desire is part of your psychic nature, and since the psyche is that Interior Realm in which the Magic is actually performed, you will thus feel the stages of the desire’s manifestation within you. In reality then, the 30 day requirement is not given out of consideration for the spirit: the Fathers of the Grimoires established it out of consideration for the Magician. In short, it was given out of consideration for you, since you will be on an emotional roller coaster ride—one you cannot possibly understand at this point—until your desire is made fully manifest. And don’t take the attitude, “I don’t need that long! I can handle it no matter what this guy says here!” Because the fact is, you can’t! How do I know this? Because until and unless you experience the real thing: Evocation to Physical Manifestation by adhering to
the strict requirements of the ancient grimoire you are working from; until you attain that manifestation of the demon, and struggle through the Control of the process wherein you are flooded with such a Divine Bliss that you don’t know if you are conscious or not; until you face a reality that you only dream (or fantasize!) about now, you cannot possibly know the extent and magnitude of the changes that this process produces. You will need every second of that 30 days—if not longer. As I have stated so many times: Evocation to Physical Manifestation—the REAL Ceremonial act of Evocation to Physical Manifestation—is an extremely dangerous and unbelievably difficult business, and is one that cannot not—and MUST NOT—be taken lightly. Be warned and guided accordingly. Q–2 Dear Dr Lisiewski, I apologize for bothering you with such a simple question, because I know you have far more important ones, but I was wondering what is your opinion about the book The Kybalion, is it useful or just plain crap? Your response will be greatly appreciated. I also have one more question, Is it possible for me to use the 10 axioms and your principles set out in Kabbalistic Handbook for the Practicing Magician to enhance my practice in Egyptian Ceremonial Magic, or is this dangerous? As before, your response will be greatly appreciated. A–2 Yes, the Kybalion, by Three Initiates, is a most useful and insightful book. It has more direct utility in what I refer to as “Higher Mysticism” or “New Thought” than it does in Magic proper. However, the insights gained from it produce unusual states of awareness, these ‘second generation’ states having direct relevance to Old System Magic. It is a most worthwhile treatise on matters Occult, and in my opinion, belongs in the library of every sincere student of the Mysteries. If you do purchase a copy, please buy the hardcopy version. I say this for two reasons. First, I have seen paperback editions that were abridged or ‘abbreviated.’ That is, they were shortened, obviously to increase the profit of the publisher without any regard whatsoever for the material in the text. This is not true for all paperback versions of course, but “…if in doubt, don’t…” and hence my recommending the hardcopy version: I have yet to see any of its various productions shortened. Second, you will find yourself referring to it many times. And with the absolute shoddy quality of many if not most paperbacks published these days, a sewn hardcopy will last you throughout the years.
As to your second question. The principles of magical operation set down in Ceremonial Magic and the Power of Evocation and in the Kabbalistic Handbook for the Practicing Magician are most certainly applicable to Hermetic Magic. Please be certain of one thing however. If you practice Hermetic Magic as, for instance, laid down in Dr. Flowers’ masterpiece, Hermetic Magic, practice only that form of Magic. Do not mix systems by applying techniques from Old System Magic or—God forbid!—those generalities and nonsensical ways of New Age Magic to your work. Oh. And by the way. If you are using Dr. Flowers’ book, please be certain to use the ‘Hermetic’ Glyph of the Tree of Life—the Pagan version—he discusses therein. Do NOT mix it with the Western version of the Glyph that is so popular today. There are different Path geometries or Sephiroth-Path configurations in the Hermetic Glyph, and it is absolutely imperative that you use those configurations—and only those configurations— for your work in Hermetic Magic. In conclusion, stick with your current practices, expand them by using the principles I have given in my two books you cited above, and go your own way quietly, and in peace. Q–3 Dr. Lisiewski, I found "Twelve Steps to Spiritual Enlightenment" by Dr. Regardie in the hardback 1969 original version. It was in a book store in England. I only paid $100.00 bucks for it and I have it now. The Adorations are very nice. In fact I have been using the Adoration at Dawn contained in this book for almost one year now. I found this in another book by Regardie or Crowley and liked it so I incorporated it into my morning ritual. I have not been doing adorations at the other three divisions of the day because I did not like the Four Adorations offered by the Golden Dawn and I could not find any adorations that I liked. The adorations given in this book will do nicely. They seem to flow off my tongue better than any others I have found. That alone makes it worth the price of the book. A–3 In many ways, Regardie’s book, Twelve Steps to Spiritual Enlightenment, is a treasure trove for the aspiring magician. The Adorations are just one of the gems in that hidden treasure as you have discovered for yourself. These Adorations will, in time, become singular devotions in themselves; devotions that will gradually enable your spiritual nature to unfold in a safe, sane, and balanced way, thus preparing you in an ideal way for the practice of Old System Magic. There are also a number of the Steps in this book that—when coordinated in a certain way which I teach to my private students—will prepare the individual in a rigorous
manner for the practice of Old System Magic. However, this book cannot—in my opinion—be used as a complete, ‘stand alone’ set of spiritual exercises to aid one’s advancement. That is, not without bringing the individual to his spiritual and emotional knees; a condition that does not have to be experienced. Regardie himself agreed with me on this point when he told me that if he had time he would “…redo it completely, Joe. I now see too many things in it that could be changed…” But as I said, if certain of the Steps are coordinated in a specific manner, the student can and will most certainly extract the gold from them, and do so in a relatively easy way. Q–4 Before I serendipitously ran into your books I wasted my time on a lot of New Age nonsense that either gave no resolution on a few problems I had or caused a lot of problems themselves. I had then decided that all this feel good airy, fairy, occult junk food was depleting my resources including my pocketbook. The answer I was always given by these books or by others who practiced this New Age junk was 1 of 2 things: 1. You're weren't meant to use magic because of past karma 2. Magic is not a science - you can't control, cause or affect change in the "world" simply because magic is unpredictable. Well by that time I knew that all the NA(new age) was a load. Something inside me knew that every event is preceded by a cause and that everything is repeatable with the correct information and procedures. For this I owe you a lot for having validated my belief and understanding of what Magic should be . As an experiment around that time in the late 80's I used an impromptu ceremony from a half baked grimoire and I did get what I wanted but the backlash was phenomenal. Let's just say it was detrimental personally. I am now starting from nothing basically following your books - actually doing an honest self assessment and cleaning house personally, and am questioning where I want to be in 5 years magically, mystically and financially. I look forward to your Future works on alchemy and Occult novels. I have found out that a lot of information is usually hidden in Novel format if one can only look beyond the story line. When can we expect the novels, the works on alchemy, and CD's? Kudos and thanks for the great work! A–4 There are many such as you. So please don’t feel you are alone, or that there is something wrong with you for trying your damnedest and not getting anywhere due to the
New Age hype. Many are the sincere people, looking for a way out—not for a free lunch or for a free ride—who turn to Magic in particular and the Occult in general because the ways of the world simply have not worked for them. Like you, they find they cannot deal with life on its terms, and so seek another avenue by which they can manifest their Will in the world; and in the process, make their own world a more productive, happy, and prosperous place in which to live and grow. To be sure, there are more than enough ‘spiritual freeloaders’ out there, but you are not one of them. And certainly, neither are those who read these columns every week. You and they are the workers; those who are ready and able to give all that they have in order to get all that they want: no attitude could be more fair than this. I thank you for your compliments, and assure you that I will continue to do all I can to help you and those like you make of your lives what you will. As to my upcoming works. My first two Horror novels, Geometries of the Mind and The Altar Path, will be reissued in April of next year by a new, well respected publisher. They have been reedited and are the publishing house now as I write. The third novel—and the one I consider to be the most horrifying and yet informative in the Occult sense— NightShadow, will also be released in April of next year by this same publisher. A number of you have asked why the name, “Norman Erik Keller” appears as the author on the covers of Geometries of the Mind and The Altar Path. This was the “pseudonym” or “Pen Name” that I used in the early days of my fiction writing. Why did I do this? Frankly, I am not certain. It just seemed like the thing to do at the time, and so I did it. The new, second edition of these two books, as well as the first edition of NightShadow, will be bear my legal name as do my current three books in Magic. As the release dates for these novels draws near, further announcement of their availability will be made on this website. The books on Alchemy are also in progress. Israel Regardie and the Philosopher’s Stone — the Alchemic Art brought Down to Earth will be made available sometime next year, as will be the first of the three volume set on Practical Laboratory Alchemy. Again, further information of the release dates of these books will be posted on this website as soon as they become available. As to the CD’s. There will be no CD’s for the programs in magical instruction. Rather, hardcopy publications covering the material will be made available through this website only. Due to my other commitments and the amount of writing I now have to contend with however, I cannot comment on the date of availability of these courses.
Q–5 Dear Sir, I hope this finds you well. On behalf of all those who are waiting with eager expectation for your new CD's, I ask that you PLEASE kindly consider writing those three books (if they are written at all) that will each deal with a separate grammar of magic of major importance (by incorporating much of your teachings of the Oral Tradition in light of your works and showing us how to carry each step in the grimoires in great detail). This would of course be very important information to put in your upcoming CD's as well. I simply cannot wait! Next, I was wondering if it was possible to put up some manner of timeline or chart for your upcoming works respectively (so that we know approximately when to expect them and how much perhaps your CD's will cost)? I have an idea of a book or CD being written in the "future" (such as your alchemical CD's that you are considering) but how far along into it? Though I will not yet be a practicing magician, I will certainly be expanding my young mind into understanding the depths of the magical world. This may have been asked before, but I tried to order two of your horror books from www.amazon.com but both The Altar Path and Geometries of the Mind were written by a different author (by Norman Erik Keller). Is there a reason to this or are they both the same books offered in your website but under the name of another author? And lastly, this may seem like an out-of-place question, but do you ever sign your books? I thought it might be brilliant to own a book signed by a person I hold in very high esteem as many do. P.S. -Your uncompromising teachings and writings have inspired the hope of something good and right within us all--to finally put aside the guise of false hope encouraged by the New Age. At long last! A–5 As to your questions regarding my novels and forthcoming books in Magic and Alchemy, please see A–4 above. I wish I could be more productive in getting these writings out sooner, but writing is a process that takes time—if it is to be done correctly. The research of fine points alone takes more time than many people realize. Yet that research is crucial, since other more general points will be found to pivot around those finer considerations.
Additionally, my scientific work is consuming a great deal of time these days—more so than usual. The reason for this is that I am not only involved in my own private research, but am also involved in contract work for three other outside scientific bodies. As you can see, taken together, these responsibilities make for a very long day—day after day, week after week, year after year. And finally, the process of writing is such that it is all to easy for a writer to become ‘saturated.’ That is, just plain, ‘written out.’ I have learned to handle this phenomenon in a fairly holistic way. But yet, at times I just can’t “…write anymore…” Nevertheless, when all is said and done, I think I have a fairly good track record as far as turn-around time is concerned in getting the work out. In short then, you can expect to see my upcoming writings appear in a very reasonable length of time. As to my signing my books? I have signed a good many, but they were under special circumstances, e.g., a few workshops, lectures, private group and lodge meetings and the like. But until I can make arrangements to sign these books through my website, I am afraid I cannot help you at this time. I do have one idea as to how to do this, but it will have to be fleshed out to see if it is feasible or not. Thank you for your questions. ///////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////// ////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////// Dr. Lisiewski's responses to readers' questions for the week of October 23 - 29, 2006. Q–1 I have noticed that some people, including my family, react very strangely when I give them a hint of my magical pursuits. Some react with cold hostility, others tease or make fun of me and yet others think I am some kind of nut or weirdo. I have since learned to keep my mouth shut to anyone who is not initiated in the ways and ideas of magic, but all in all I am very disappointed and let down by these reactions. Why do people react this way? Why are they so afraid? I have my own ideas and theories about this but when it is all said and done I am still completely baffled by this sort of behavior. For most of my life I have wondered, "what is the nature of man, what is the nature of reality, what is the nature of man's relationship to reality?" I have always felt that there is something more beyond what human beings can perceive and I have come to realize that many people do not share these same curiosities. They are not even slightly curious. When you were first starting out were you subjected to harsh or negative reactions from people who thought you were crazy or weird for pursuing magic? How did you deal with it?
A–1 You have to realize and eventually accept the fact that most people, including your family and friends, could care less about matters of the Spirit. They are locked into judgment by appearances, and so seek the ways of the world in an effort to change those appearances. They are actually operating in the World of Effects, without considering, learning of, and mastering the Realm of Spirit: the Realm of Cause itself. They call their maneuverings as being savvy to the ways of the world, and seek such devices as relationship strategy courses in order to ‘get ahead’ so they can get on with their ‘real lives’—or so they say. You see, anything that poses a threat to their slothful nature—and I specifically mean their state of moral degradation or their rejection of anything spiritual—requires them to outright dismiss it and the one bringing it to their attention. So they laugh, poke fun at you, and try to dissuade you from your course. All in all they give you a bad time, hoping you will come to your senses. If you do not, I assure you, in time they will ostracize you completely. Why such harsh treatment of someone who sees things differently and simply wants to share his enthusiasm and the discoveries he makes from probing into the occult? Because each of us is a mirror. We reflect back to others who they are, and who they are not; what they are, and what they are not. And when the reflection from your mirror shows them to be the lazy, ignorant, materialistic fools they are, they must either do all they can to dissuade you from your work or else eliminate you from their lives, lest they see their reflection all the more clearly in your mirror. This is why you are being treated as you are, as all of us have been at one time or another, and as all of those who will follow us will be treated. For myself? I was born in 1949. My early years of occult and magical discovery began in 1962 and continued unabated since then. I ran into very little resistance from my family and friends for two reasons. First, even at the early age of 13 when I began my work, I saw that all of those Sunday churchgoers were hypocrites of the worst kind. Sunday Mass served to show off their latest apparel, gave them an opportunity to see what others were wearing, and was a means of collecting further information so they could spread more rumors, strengthen their hate of others, and deepen their envy. I well remember some of them falling asleep in the pews during the sermon, or looking anxiously at their wrist watches, counting the minutes until ‘…this thing is over and I can go home.’ The effect of all of this—and more!—was that I kept my studies to myself and went about my own business. I had two—and only two—friends who shared my interest in Magic. Together, we had many magical adventures, all of which only served to fuel my own spiritual fire. Beyond this, both others of my own age group as well as the adults, knew nothing of what I was up to.
Second, people in that small coal mining town in Pennsylvania in which I was raised were much too busy trying to make a living from the earth. They had no time for anything but the pick and shovel during the weekdays, and the local bars on the weekend. Even though I said nothing to anyone but my two comrades, they nevertheless saw me as just a weird kid whom they left completely alone. The New Age with all of its rampant insanity did not yet exist and so, the occult activities of a young kid attracted very little attention. “He’ll grow out of it” they used to say; that is, the very few members of my ‘family’ when they would take notice of what I was up to. Looks like they were completely wrong (at least) on this one point. So you are in an unenvious position: get use to it, because that is where you will remain for your entire life, if you continue to pursue this line of inquiry. In your aloneness, always try remember the magical admonition: “To Know, to Will, to Dare, to Keep Silent,” and in time, you will become adjusted to your solitary life. It’s all part of the price we pay for gaining that knowledge and other-worldly experience that society in general—and the religious organizations in particular—have and will continue to try to stop us from acquiring. Q–2 Dear Sir, I thank you so very much for having answered my question concerning the circle. If ever a place should open up in your consultation service it would be more than brilliant if you were able to take me as your student. I have taken everything you have said to heart and in many ways am a follower of yourself. Very well let's keep it short, then. I too was born and raised by devout Roman Catholics and am still trying to form a magical subjective synthesis in alignment with my upbringing. This is certainly not easy. In fact, I approached a Catholic priest not so long ago who received his PhD in Physics from Notre Dame. I tried to explain to him the deep science of evocation and told me that the Church has never had the magical rites of magic as part of their liturgy. He further explained and actually took out the Catechism of the Catholic Church and showed me all the places therein that pointed directly to the magical arts as being sacrilegious, sinful, and completely against Mother Church. He told me blatantly that the two could never shake hands so long as the Holy Spirit or Holy Ghost (if you'd like) guided the Church through time. He also said that attempting to rationalize your current belief system with one that is completely contrary to the other was absurd especially if you break away from the former. He further expressed his disgust with priests who would ever have anything to do with or engage in the occult world by saying, "Priests go bad and they can always end up in hell." As soon as I walked out of his office, you could probably imagine the confusion I felt. Since I am only eighteen years old I imagine I still have some time to continue
working harder in understanding the true nature of the Fourth Book of Occult Philosophy. In many ways I feel discouraged because the priest led me to believe that I would not attain salvation (since these acts consisted of mortal sins supposedly). I am certain that I am not the only one undergoing this hardship and it would be most helpful if, like a loving father, you would guide us all (most especially the one who read your Questions of the Week) to understanding the meaning of such things. A–2 You might as well ask the Devil himself why you should not do all of the evil that you possibly can do in this life. Try to remember that you are dealing with an orthodoxy that has stylized and formalized rituals and ceremonial performances, all of which have been constructed, synthesized, and approved by a ‘clergy’ that has caused more pain, anguish, misery and death, than has any other single activity of Man, save for that of open, declared (and honest!) warfare. Additionally—and of course, in keeping with its need for the ‘faithful’ to remain ignorant—this same ‘august’ body has ranted, raved, and perpetuated the idea that “…in knowledge there is much suffering…” while they go on to become educated and schooled in the care of such faithful. You have only to study the details of the Spanish Inquisition and the records of the 6,000,000 old men, women, and children who were tortured and then murdered at the hands of the “Holy Roman Inquisition.” Or, if you are of the more contemporary mindset, you no doubt recall the numerous cases of child molestation, rape, and even murder perpetrated by numerous priests. Such crimes against their own loyal spiritual charges were discovered and prosecuted by courts across this country only a few short years ago, and these investigations are continuing. And yet these same ‘bastions of the Light’ condemn, reject, and downcast all those— even their own brethren, the Fathers of the Grimoires—who produced the books from which we study and work. They assure us that unless we knuckle under and become part of that intellectually mindless, spiritually dead herd of “believers” they term their flock, we will be damned, and suffer the torments of Hell for all eternity. If this is true, I wonder how many of their own ranks we will be in Hell with? Certainly, considering what I pointed out in this answer, it’s going to be one crowded eternity of suffering! And then you are worried what one Jesuit Ph.D. in Physics from Notre Dame told you? Even as a physicist, he should have known better; as did Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, the Jesuit Anthropologist who wrote so many inspiring, religiously balanced works on Science and Religion. His most notable, The Phenomenon of Man, drives my points home quite clearly. The man you talked to is no more than one of the guardians of his particular form of religious mania, and in my opinion, is to be dismissed as completely as one would dismiss a hallelujah-hailing, tent-raising, soul-saving Baptist, who produces an equal amount of verbal venom and emotional excitement, and all—as usual—without result.
If you are serious about discovering or ‘rediscovering’ your Catholic Faith, I have several recommendations for you to consider. First, The Cloud Upon the Sanctuary, by Karl Von Eckartshausen et. al (ISBN 0892540842) available from Amazon. Here you will learn of the Church behind the church, and the Altar behind the altar. Eckartshausen explains that for "those capable of light" that there is still a "Community of Light", or a wisdom school, where the sacred mysteries are kept. The Candle of Vision by A.E. (George William Russell) is a 1919 publication available from Health Research. At first it may not seem to be directly related to your question. But I think that with some thought, you will find some unique ways of viewing yourself, life, and the universe—and hence Creation in its myriad parts. Eventually, you may come to see that all religious conventions are just that: placations for the average mind that neither cares nor tries to understand God and Its Works. The book discusses such matters as why we are indeed most miserable when we dream we have no power over circumstance, and I account it the highest wisdom to know this of the living universe that there is no destiny in it other than that we make for ourselves. Some of the Contents: Retrospect; The Earth Breath; Slave of the Lamp; Meditation; Many-Colored Land; Analytic; Mingling of Natures; Memory of Earth; Imagination; Dreams; Intuition; Power; Earth, etc. The writings of Pierre Teilhard de Chardin are, as I have stated above, not to be ignored. They must be carefully studied and meditated upon. Finally, there is a simple little book that may prove to be of more value to you than you may know at this moment. Christ in You (ISBN 0875165060) available from Amazon, is a remarkable anonymous work which will prove to be of great help to many. In the end, it is always the same: your link with that part of God within you can only be forged by yourself. No man, no institution, no organization, no occult group, no magical fraternity, and certainly, no church of stone and mortar can make it for you. Nor can they assist you in making this link, or energizing the vibrant, living connection it becomes, or in the further development of this connection; no more than did the Sanhedrin or the doctrines of Judaism assist in making that Link within Christ to His Father which is in Heaven. Your Salvation will come from one and only one source: from the connection that you make with the Christ Consciousness that lies at the center of your very being. Go your own way, do your own work, and listen to your own heart. Temper your insights with your reason, sanctify your work through private devotion, and remain true to those Eternal Verities you already know lie above and beyond the dogmas and man-made doctrines of any man made religious institution, the Roman Catholic Church included. If you do these things, Christ in you will guide you every step of the way. All of the rest is prologue.
Q–3 Can you refer me to a source which will help me to correctly pronounce the names of god from the prayers and conjurations of the Heptameron? A–3 I recommend Godwin's Cabalistic Encyclopedia: A Complete Guide to Cabalistic Magic by David Godwin, ISBN 1-56718-324-7 It has about all anyone needs. If studied carefully, the pronunciations will become quite apparent. It is much better than anything else I have seen to date. You can find it at: http://www.llewellyn.com/bookstore Q–4 As circumstance would have it I will have to perform the Heptameron outside somewhere in the woods or in the desert. What is your advice in regards to items I may have to take with me that are not related to the actual grimoire but are helpful in dealing with environmental conditions? For example, portable light sources such as lanterns or flashlights, steaks to pin down the circle of art, brooms for sweeping debris, etc. Could the spirit use these items against me in a dangerous manner? Is it safe to have a portable light source within the circle? I am particularly concerned about the sharp steaks I am thinking of using to pin down the circle of art. A–4 This is a very good question which I am treating at some length in the Magical Thought for the Week column. I suggest you go to that column for a discussion of this matter. Q–5 Dear Dr. Lisiewski, I am in great need of your guidance in a situation. I have practice magic for a long time(a majority of it has been New Age unfortunately) and after all the time, effort, sweat, tears, confusion, etc... I still haven't experienced anything magical or really mystical in the profound sense, I am only 24 years old, so I still know I have a long way to go, but I have reached my wits end, I feel so lost. Anyway my question is this, should I attempt the Abramelin Operation to gain the K&C of HGA, because I know without doubt that once I have my Visitation I will no longer be so confused. I was also wondering if its possible to do the Abramelin Operation first and then start practicing magic. Your answer will be very helpful. A–5 Under no circumstances, should you attempt this exalted Operation! If you have not succeeded to any perceptible extent with more minor practices (Evocation to Physical Manifestation being considered one of those ‘minor practices’ here) what makes you
think you are ready to attempt this most difficult and dangerous (from a number of perspectives) Work? The Attainment of the Knowledge and Conversation of the Holy Guardian Angel (Attainment of the K&C of the HGA) is a working that lies at the summit of the Magical or Mystical Mountain. And as with climbing any mountain, you have to make your way slowly, cautiously, carefully, taking one step at a time. You must insure that your subconscious state of Subjective Synthesis has been properly built and polished; you must be extremely familiar with your own Interior nature, and with the psychic mechanisms by which you project that magical force, i.e., that force that is either called down or summoned up from within your being and projected into the world of form: that is, into Malkuth. Your psychic faculties must be opened and developed, and you must be able to tap into them—and control them—at will. Additionally, you must understand your physical body, and have conscious knowledge of the many sensations and processes that are going on within it. And you must be seasoned in the experience of your own mind: both the depths to which it can plummet, and the heights to which it can attain. And finally, you must be adept at controlling that Interior point within yourself at which your Spirit, Mind, and body, meet. No, you are not ready for the Abramelin Operation. If you attempt it, it is my opinion that one of two eventualities will befall you: you will receive no result whatsoever, even if— and it is an extremely doubtful “if”—you were able to take it to completion (owing to what it does to your entire being.) Or you would tax your physical and mental constitution so greatly, that you would wind up with some type of a severe and serious breakdown. Be warned! This Operation is nothing to fool with, and is never—and I repeat, NEVER!—to be taken lightly! ///////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////// ////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////// Dr. Lisiewski's responses to readers' questions for the week of October 16 - 22, 2006. An Extended Note to Our Readers: Many things have happened the past few weeks owing to Dr. Lisiewski moving his scientific research center and private residence. We realize that these activities have been hard on our readers who expect him to post answers to reader questions and give a new Magical Thought for the Week, each and every week. Please understand, this recent time has been inordinately difficult for him, this past week being the most difficult of all. However, while he cannot post answers to reader questions or give a new Magical Thought again for this week, we want to let our loyal readers know that this will be the final week that such postings will not be made. All is in place that will now allow him to continue his work. And this means that the postings to both Author's Response to Readers' Questions and the Magical Thought of the Week will resume and continue on a weekly basis, beginning October 23rd. We also want to thank all of you for the enormous number of emails we received,
thanking him for writing these weekly columns and for the help these columns have given to so many. We were not aware that so many people were coming to our website each and every week to learn from these two columns, and that the absence of their weekly postings affected so many. Rest assured that these columns will continue, so that as many can be helped as want to be helped, and each in his own way. We would like all of you to also know the following, since so many have inquired about these matters:
1. Dr. Lisiewski’s Sci-Fi Horror novel, Geometries of the Mind, will be reissued in a second edition by a well known and respected publisher in April of next year. Likewise, his Occult Horror novel, The Altar Path will also be reissued by the same publisher in April as well. Finally, his latest Occult Horror novel—the one he believes to be the most horrific and terrifying of them all—NightShadow, will be released in a first edition in May of next year by the same publisher who is releasing the other two. All arrangements have been made, with the publishing dates given above being the ones we have received.
2. While his fourth Occult book for New Falcon Publications, Israel Regardie and the Philosopher’s Stone—the Alchemic Art brought Down to Earth, has suffered setbacks due to the move (and other events of this hectic year) the book is being finished and will be submitted to the publisher in due time. It is anticipated that it will be available next year.
3. The three following books on Alchemy are also being worked on. The first will deal with the Vegetable (Herbal) Kingdom of Nature, the second with the Animal Kingdom, and the third, with the Mineral Kingdom. Each will contain full instructions and explanations for all alchemical processes that Dr. Lisiewski was taught by Frater Albertus in the mid 1970’s, as well as including his own work done in this esoteric field. For example, he will give complete details on his own experimental work on the generation of a strange type of ‘animal’ according to the Golden Chain of Homer, as well as his dark work on the creation and development of the Homunculus. These books will appear in a timely fashion, each one submitted to the publisher as they are completed.
4. The Magical Study Courses that so many of you have asked for are also now in preparation. While a great deal of work remains to be done on them, the first
course will be available next year. Rather than use a CD format, the manual will be made available in hardcopy, being approximately 125 pages in length. It will coordinate the use of several other books—in the same way the Kabbalistic Handbook for the Practicing Magician coordinated several books—in addition to the courses giving extensive private instructions, explanations, and discussions relative to the material being studied. In this way, the individual student will be able to not only work Old System Magic effectively, but he will even be able to obtain dramatic results when using the more contemporary forms of Magic as well. They will be very simply bound, but will contain all any genuine aspirant will need to produce the results in Malkuth that they so desire. As you can see, a great deal has been done this year, with even more being accomplished at the present time; all of which is geared to helping those who want to help themselves create the type of life they desire. This is no joke: we are here to do something that has not been done before in the field of Magic in recent history. And we are and will continue to do all in our power to see to it that the sincere aspirant receives all needed to effect those very real-world changes one so desperately wants—and needs—to make in one’s life. We continue to welcome your questions and feedback, and once again, thank you for your understanding during this very busy time. — Webmaster
///////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////// ////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////// To Our Readers: The final part of Dr. Lisiewski's move of his research facility and private residence that began in August has finally been completed this past week. However, due to this and his having to make a publication deadline for a research paper, there will be no Author's Response to Readers' Questions this week. This column will resume next week as usual. We thank you for your patience and understanding. Webmaster ///////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////// ////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////// Dr. Lisiewski's responses to readers' questions for the week of October 2 - 8, 2006. Q–1 Greetings Dr. Lisiewski, I have a question regarding a book listed in your "Recommended Publishers List." You have listed three books by Stephen Skinner and David Rankine, unfortunately I can find no information elsewhere about the existence of the third volume in their series of magical source works. I have e-mailed the publishing site to no avail. I was curious to
know if this book has been published yet. My interpretation of their website seems to suggest the book in question has a projected publishing date in September, but the wording is unclear. If you can share some information about the book (I don't even have the title) I would truly appreciate it. Thank you for your efforts. A–1 You are speaking of the Goetia of Dr. Rudd. I called my contact at Redwheel Weiser, and she informed me that the book is scheduled for distribution in mid November. You might try contacting Weiser at that time and order a copy. Like all of Skinner’s and Rankine’s work, this promises to be a valuable source of much needed data. All of us can look forward to its distribution here. The URL for Redwheel Weiser is: http://www.redwheelweiser.com Q–2 – A Hi , I just ordered your book 'Kabbalistic Handbook' . It hasn't arrived yet so pardon if my question is already answered there. But my question is about Agrippa's Three Books of Occult Philosophy ... Seeing as you seem to feel ritual has to be done by the book how do you feel about Agrippa's comments on astrological magic ... i.e. that planets should be in their sign of rulership , term etc. . basically that electional astrology should be used to determine the proper time of ritual . How far can one go with that ? I find it almost impossible to find the right timing where for example Jupiter is essentially dignified and has no bad aspects and the moon is not void of course and the midheaven is well aspected and it goes on and on . One rotten bad apple in the chart makes me have serious doubts about the ritual and that is not a good thing . Do you feel planetary days and hours are good enough ? I used to do OK with just that but now the more I read the more confused I get . I think I am basically wanting a way out ... i.e. a good rational reason NOT to use electional astrology in a Kabbalistic planetary ritual . Can you give it to me ? Q–2–B Yes I am sorry . I just read chapter XXXIV of Agrippa in which he says you can use only one , or both , of the systems ( planetary hours/days or electional astrology ) .. So you can disregard my question . Thanks A–1 & 2— I chose not to disregard your question because I think it is based in several interesting considerations. First, The Three Books are notoriously difficult to read. As a result, it is easy to see how you became confused, and jumped the gun before finding what you needed. This is a cautionary note the reader must be aware of when studying the Three Books in a serious and linear fashion.
If you want to study these books properly and see the connection between different parts of them, be sure to have a notebook with you as you read. Take notes. Not only on what is interesting and obvious, but write down those ideas that are unclear to you, in addition to those questions that arise in your mind. After reading a section or chapter close the text, review your notes, try to draw tentative conclusions, and connect features that are both clear and unclear to you at the moment. Continue this process as you study, always referring back to your earlier notes of preceding chapters. In this way, you will be able to see into the many different aspects of Agrippa, and gain an understanding of this major work of Old System Magic that very few possess. Second, yes, as Agrippa states, you can use either system. But please remain faithful to the one you choose. That is, don’t slide from one to the other: consistent results are almost impossible to obtain if you do so. And third, if you consult my book, Kabbalistic Cycles and the Mastery of Life, I am sure you will find a synthesis that will give you a system that is even more dependable and reproducible than either of the two ‘straight’ systems Agrippa discusses. You can apply the Cycles system to anything in life, including your Occult practices, and be better off for doing so. Q–3 Dear Dr. Lisiewski, Please forgive me if I sound judgmental in this letter, but there is something I'm not understanding. You have exhorted the student in one of your books to follow the commandments of God as if his life depended on it. It's hard for me to see why this is important when it is well known that Crowley was a drug addict, adulterer, and "the most evil man in the world." And in spite of this, he was able to experience true spiritual unfoldment. What then is the standard we use to determine what God's commandments truly are? Is there a divine, universal moral code by which mankind is to live by and if so, how can it be known? Any insight into this question is appreciated, as morality and distinguishing between right and wrong is something I am struggling greatly with at this time. I want to "follow the commandments of God" as you say, but I don't want to fall into meaningless dogmatic and Puritanical posturing. Thank you very much. A–3 What we label “good” or “bad” are purely societal conventions that are accepted en masse at any given point in human history. For instance, it was not only acceptable to own slaves in ancient Rome, but it was considered ‘good’ to have them, for these captive people were indicators of status and rank in the Roman world. Today of course, we cannot even comprehend such a thing, let alone think of bringing it back into ‘vogue.’ This is only one very obvious example. If you think it through, there are countless others. Then there are variations on these themes of ‘good’ and ‘evil.’ For instance: the taking of one’s own life is not only considered to be against the Law of God, but it is also decreed
as being against the law of man as well. That is, it is a crime under the legal statutes of most ‘civilized’ countries. Yet, there is ‘physician assisted death’ along with a “Living Will” that allows you to terminate your own life under certain conditions. And what are those conditions? Those that this society—at the moment—feels are ‘acceptable.’ So to say that Crowley was such and such and draw the conclusion that he was ‘evil,’ is a completely moot point. If anything, he upset the status quo so greatly, that he was called “The Wickedest Man in the World.” And yet this same man who was hated by so many, remains misunderstood by most, and who despised people in general, yet wrote some of the most meaningful, haunting, and beautiful poetry I have ever read. For me, one of his two most beautiful poems, “Jean,” captured the transiency of human existence, the grandeur of Creation, and the inevitably of man’s fate. It ended so appropriately: “…for the end of science and the end of art, is just…my ear, against your heart.” And this, from “The Wickedest Man in the World?” Don’t be so quick to take up the judgments that radiate so easily from the mouths of others. Make no mistake about this: Spirit—the Life of God as it manifests Itself in Man—takes no notice of the ever-shifting conventions of man’s definitions of ‘good’ and ‘evil.’ It is there for the ‘sinner’ as well as for the ‘saint.’ After all, didn’t Christ Himself say, “I will go into any house where I am welcome,” and “All are welcome at my Father’s Table, whether they be Jew, Gentile, Pagan, or Roman.” And wasn’t it He who sat with sinners, saved prostitutes from being stoned by the ‘righteous’ crowd, and walked with the dregs of the society of the times, all to the chagrin of the Sanhedrin? It is all too easy and convenient to become so enmeshed in the conveniences, contrivances, and reigning mores of the times, such that you can label one individual as ‘bad’ and another as ‘good.’ All such designations are relative in the history of mankind, and are inconsequential to Spirit. But we humans need some type of moral referent system if for no other reason than to have something which enables us to maintain a personal mental, emotional, and spiritual equilibrium amidst the ever-changing mores of the times. The “Divine, Universal Moral Code” to which you refer is what I call the “Eternal Verities” that exist in all people. They are those instinctual, yet spiritually-motivated humanistic attitudes which are the “Mark of God in Man” as I term them, and which constitute those precepts that all religions try to lay claim to as their own but which—in fact—predate all such man-made organizations. They consist of the need and desire to care for each other; the feeling of compassion; the feeling of empathy; the need to help; the desire to share; even that impulse to lay down one's own life for another: another, who may be a total stranger to the one giving up his own life for that stranger. There are more to be sure, but these few listed here are suggestive of those others that fall under this “Mark.” As to the Ten Commandments? They are vitally important as I stated in my books. Why? Because they are about as complete and reasonable a set of well-established and thoroughly tested written-down values as can be found anywhere, although the essence of their contents are far from Judeo-Christian in creation: earlier Babylonian, Syrian, Persian, and Egyptian sources contain very similar exhortations of humane behavior in abundance.
The choice of which moral code to consciously follow is a matter that is strictly up to the individual. There are no ‘right’ or ‘wrong’ answers here, nor are there any canned solutions (although for those of us reared in Western society, I do recommend the Ten Commandments as I stated.) As in all things in life, the choice—and the responsibility for making that choice—is an individual one. For myself, I choose to follow the Ten Commandments, seeking to understand their meaning as they apply to my own life and affairs. At the same time, I try to follow the Teachings of Christ and understand them in a way that is both meaningful and useful to me. I do this by studying such works as the Manresa, different versions of “Ta Biblia”—The Bible (both Old and New Testaments)— and the writings of Pierre Teilhard de Chardin. Additionally, I have found the Psalms to be a veritable font not only of inspiration but of practical advice, as well as a source of power for use in magical rituals and ceremonial work. At the same time, I make no judgment on the choice of the moral systems followed by others. As I have said so often in my writings, “One size does not fit all,” and that is certainly the case here. For those interested in this very difficult problem of ‘good’ and ‘evil,’ I recommend the following books—which of course are hard to find. Nevertheless, they deal with the issue in an interesting and unique way, and were instrumental in forming my own personal moral system. I am referring to books: 1. The Christos, or the Problem of Good and Evil by Vitvan (School of Natural Order, Baker, Nevada, 1951) 2. Lessons in Truth, by Emilie Cady (Unity, Kansas, 1939) You may also find help and succor in the following books that are not too dissimilar: 1. The Loves & Fishes, by Heward Carrington (Scribers, New York, 1935) and 2. The Perrenial Philosophy by Aldous Huxley (Harper, New York, 1944) I trust that at least parts of this reply will be of help to you. Q–4 From looking at the results of your Kabbalistic cycle program, it looks like your using the day/night method. This conflicts with all older writings (Talmud, Chaldean, Egyptian, etc.) that says that the cycle is night day. I know this may sound silly but if the night comes after the day in these systems, then the night is the 'next' day. i.e. Monday begins at sundown Sunday night and from sundown till sundown is Monday which is divided into the night and day and then into the 12 parts per half. I'll be blunt and say I'd rather not buy a book using the day/night system as I feel (based on religion and history) that it's wrong but I had to ask first. Thanks. A–4 Now I’ll be blunt. The idea of which came first: the day or the night, is equivalent to your saying that the chicken came before the egg or the egg before the chicken. Obviously, we are looking at the same phenomenon, but from a different viewpoint.
As to Egyptian, Chaldean, and Egyptian systems? You are not living in a culture versed in those systems and therefore cannot work them fully. This, owing to their substantive content having been lost to the ages. Yes, there are bits and pieces here and there. And certainly, there is no end of modern-day books spouting ‘secret’ knowledge of these systems. However, only for Egyptian—actually Graeco-Egyptian writings—do we have dependable scholarly sources from which modern treatments have been culled or adapted. Dr. Stephen Edred Flowers’ vitally important contribution, Hermetic Magic is such a work, having as its reference the scholarly writings of Professor Hans Dieter Betz. Further, trying to ‘adapt’ elements of those systems—a kindness for your actually ‘mixing’ systems’—by blending them with some form of Western Magic, will result in your receiving partial results—or no results—from your magical work, at best. This is not to mention the very real probability—not simply, ‘possibility’—of your experiencing no small measure of the Slingshot Effect. Also, I sense you have not worked the Kabbalistic Cycles System that I proposed, and therefore you cannot comment on its effectiveness from your own experience, anymore than you can comment on any of the ancient systems you named (Graeco-Egyptian, excepted.) ‘Right’ and ‘wrong,’ ‘good’ and ‘bad,’ ‘good’ and ‘evil;’ such words and their attendant concepts are relativities as I discussed in Question 3 above. What you are really saying, is that you feel more comfortable with a night system, for whatever reason you claim. But—as in all things—the choice is yours. My suggestion: Go with what you think is best for you, and be prepared to shoulder the consequences—whatever they may be. Q–5 I have read in the web site that Dr. Lisiewski intends possibly to create CDs which delineate a whole course in Magic. In the "The Kabalistic Handbook" it is recommended to buy Mr. Griffin's "The Ritual Magic Manual" in order to make the Golden Dawn system work. But, at the same time, the CDs intend to be a whole course in itself. So, does it make unnecessary to buy Mr. Griffin's book? A–5 First of all, Mr. Griffin’s manual is a must, and for the reasons I gave in my third book that you mention above. It is invaluable and most necessary. Period. And you can safely disregard the negative book reviews Griffin’s work received on Amazon. Those armchair ‘magicians’ are always trying to stir the pot with their theoretical mumbo jumbo, itself based upon a system of magic which just DOES–NOT–WORK as they well know from their own prevailing, pathetic life conditions. (And no, I do not know Mr. Griffin, nor have I had any contact with him. His work speaks for itself, and for the man —THAT is all I need to know.) Second, the courses in Magic will be detailed guides only: much like a roadmap that takes you from where you are to where you want to go. Without that map, you can wind up going in circles and never arrive at your destination. But even with it, you will have to read signs and think along the way. And those ‘signs’ you will have to read with this ‘roadmap’ (the courses) are the books that must be studied—not to mention the practices that must be done—if you are to arrive at your final destination. These courses however,
will not simply coordinate such readings: they will contain additional explanations and will reveal even more of the power different ritual performances and ceremonial actions contain. Thus, just as the Kabbalistic Handbook for the Practicing Magician coordinated several books while giving new material to the student, these courses are being designed to do the same thing in the same way. Also it is quite obvious that I cannot extract entire sections from the books that will be recommended and reproduce them in the courses. That would not only be unfair to the writers of those books, it would be downright illegal, and virtually impossible to do. The courses will be 100 – 150 pages in length each, (may) be on a ‘data’ CD’s only (not audio) and will be expensive ($25.00–35.00 each.) Don’t forget, they are the result of 43+ years of my own work in Magic, and such knowledge and guidance has a price: just as does everything in life which is of value. The courses will also contain unique material, e.g., discussions of salient ideas and details, as well as ritual and ceremonial practices not found anywhere else; things I have discovered from my private efforts in Experimental Magic throughout the years.
There is also something else you may want to know. Rather than release these courses in CD format, they may very well end up as hardcopy documents. As paper-publications, they would have simple covers and certainly no fancy bindings: probably just heavy-duty staples securing the pages to the inside of the covers. We are considering this due to the large number of requests we received for such, as opposed to our releasing them in CD format. Regardless of the type of release—whether CD or paper document—the courses will be unique to say the least. They will certainly be worth the effort of those who are serious about Magic, and about using it to improve themselves and their lives to the extent they desire.
///////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////// ////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////// Dr. Lisiewski's responses to readers' questions for the week of September 25 - October 1, 2006. To My Readers: It is such a pleasure to be here with you once again, doing all I can to help as many as possible in what has become an actual ‘Magical Movement;’ a Movement back to the only form of Magic and Occultism that truly works and which brings immediate results—that of Old System Magic. We are now established in our new house (although far from fully functional) with construction on the new research facility beginning next month. So with these changes behind us, you and I can resume our studies and work in this utterly fascinating field which has captured our hearts and minds so long ago.
I will try to answer more than the usual number of questions this week, in order to express my gratitude to all of you for your understanding the recent delay in these postings which our move necessitated. I trust you will find the questions and answers below to be of value to you. Q–1 Your work is certainly admirable and serious and exposing the terrible new age stupidity is a refreshing oasis. However, your system seems more or less to equate progress and success in magic with reaching a state of mystical saintliness as the only way to control the powers and intelligences in magic. Perhaps you are right, but most people drawn to magic are people handicapped psychologically and tormented in life in general. A person who is born in a right family and environment and is raised in a psychoanalytical correct way becomes a real human person-as opposed to a dehumanized non-person or "alien"- with a huge set of abilities(solid self-image, true and intact self, free from inner collision, ability to love, connected with his body as opposed to asomatics, etc) that allow him-especially in our age-to achieve almost everything without needing any magic( perhaps because he is lucky to have the magic of an Unconscious that works for him). My question is whether magic is an eclectic system only for those who are already lucky in life from the beginning because otherwise I cannot see persons "prisoners of childhood" to really have the necessary inner structure and tendency to respect cosmic law and thus avoid tears from mistakes in magic. I do not mean that the lucky ones do not do any work but it is only work in a correct and comfortable current after having been "selected" by life. Even Crowley, as important and competent as he was, I know from sources other than books that in the end his body completely disintegrated and rotted and pieces fell off, a tragic end in life that I know about another real magician and Satanist in Greece. So magic exists ok but for who? Psychoanalysts have a saying that "if you are fed with excrements once you are born and as a child, no matter what happens in-between, you will end up in excrements eventually". Is that true about magic too, not in theory, but the way it usually happens? A–1 Your question is a good one. What is more, is it is a completely fair one. ALL of us are "handicapped psychologically" in one way or another. The idealized individual you describe above does not exist and never has. That imaginary person is, instead, a ‘theoretical model’ that so-called modern day “Psychoanalysists” have invented as a justification for that which they cannot justify nor prove: their own ‘theories’—actually conjectures—about the human psyche. The "saintliness" you speak of for controlling magical power occurs at points along the way. And yes, it does allow us to control that power. But at NO time do we become so 'holier than thou' that we dispense blessings upon those that others may see as 'less fortunate' than ourselves. The Mystical States of Attainment are the END of Magic: not the BEGINNING of it. And certainly very few of us sought Magic in the beginning to attain such states. Make no mistake about it: almost all of us initially sought Magic because we were incapable of dealing with life on its terms. It was only after we began the Path and continued, regardless of the personal inner obstacles and external
impediments, that we saw ‘something else.’ A ‘something’ which lies over our personal horizons of self-gratification and indulgence. Then—and truthfully, only after having attained to some satisfactory level of personal gratification and indulgence—did that ‘something’ else beckon to us, and lead us in the ultimate Path to which Magic serves as the Gateway. We—all of us who have struggled, clawed, and crawled our way along the magical path —are intensely REAL, HARD WORKING individuals in the extreme. We have come from—what is now referred to in oh, such a politically correct, sociably responsible way —"dysfunctional families," having been bombarded to the extreme by so-called "psychologically impaired" parental and social influences. But—and this is the quality that makes us different from those who have used such negative influences as excuses for laziness, dependence, and to commit crime—we persisted, uncovered what we found to be the Truth, and continued until we found the Light at the end of the tunnel. Make no mistake about it. That “Light” is just that: a Divine Light wherein all of the pain and anguish does not simply melt away as so many of the contemporaries and their psychology-spouting cronies would have you believe. But rather, those negativities are TRANSFORMED by this Light into something of such beauty, that our lives are fulfilled in ALL ways—and that includes the material. And by the way, this is not to mention the deepest emotions we experience from having finally and honestly forgiven ourselves and all those who have wronged us throughout the years. There are no words for this personal purging of hate and anger, and for the depth of love and peace we experience as a result of its dawning upon us. We learned what the phrase, “When hating someone else, dig two graves,” truly means. Know then, that Magic is for ALL who have the COURAGE to face who and what they are at this moment, take themselves in their own two hands, and determine to tread that Path that has been called, "The most grueling discipline ever conceived of by the mind of man." The Path of Magic. There are no easy routes to Salvation. And by “Salvation,” I do not mean that emotional sense of ‘righteousness’ that is sold by churches, temples, or synagogues, or by that host of so-called “magical orders” and “secret societies.” I am speaking of an inner spiritual freedom and cleanliness; something so pervasive and complete, that the errors of your past life are actually transformed by an Event that leaves no part of you untouched. You cannot ‘buy’ such by paying your church, Order, or synagogue dues, attending their religious rituals, or being members of their inner societies that give begrudged alms to the community, while holding back the bounty for their own extravagances and comforts. No. It is a matter of each of us becoming accountable for our own spiritual progress, and doing something about it. Something for which we take the “blame or the fame” as the saying goes. Be guided accordingly. As to the outcome for the INDIVIDUAL? As in all things in life, this depends EXCLUSIVELY on the individual; on the lengths he will take, the devotion he will give, and upon the links he makes with his own Divinity within as he treads the Path. All in all,
one cannot ask for more in life: to be able to write one's own ticket, and then use it to get to where one wants to go. Oh. As to your concern with Psychoanalysists, their ‘sayings,’ so-called theories and conjectures? Based upon those whom I met and knew throughout my life, and from the writings of such that I have studied for well nigh 35 of my 43+ years in Magic, I will attempt to answer your question regarding them in two parts. First: why is it that for the simplest so-called ‘psychic disturbance’ or psychological phenomenon, any randomly chosen 12 different ‘Schools of Psychological Thought’ — oh yes, there are a plethora of them—will those 12 produce as many different answers? Can you imagine if, say, gravity had as many explanations that determined ‘how’ it worked? And why? You couldn’t even get out of bed in the morning without worrying if you would float off into space or be pulled down through the earth and crushed. In short, these people have no science that can define anything with predictability, repeatability, and which is capable of independent verification. Their theories (conjectures) are based upon the most convenient statistically-manipulated data that can be further bent to their own way of thinking, and which cannot be treated by other more advanced mathematical procedures. It is if they read the books, How to Lie with Statistics and The Statistical Treatment of Experimental Data, combined the two in some bizarre way in order to produce an amalgam that suits their purpose, and then based their ‘science’ upon it. This is my opinion of these moderns. And with the exception of a single, formally licensed Analysist, all of those I have met are completely nihilistic. How do I use this term? By it, I mean that such individuals hold to the view that traditional human values and beliefs are unfounded, and that existence itself is senseless and useless. Consequently, such also espouse the view that any objective ground of truth and especially of moral truths is useless and unfounded. And then you are going to worry about such kind, their opinions and ‘science?!’ Second: In order to shore up their own negative views they reduce human existence to a purely mechanical, chemical phenomena, including the complexity of the brain itself. Yet those same ‘intellectuals’ cannot explain the workings of the brain with any more clarity and certainty than if they advanced the idea that the skull was filled with cotton wadding! Yes, there are those Psychoanalysists of another era that I admire, and whose work are (at the very least) inspiring, as they encourage us to look within to study our own nature and complexity; that nature and its inherent complexity that the mechanistic Psychologists and Psychoanalysists of today have reduced to a handful of interacting chemicals: the works of Roberto Assagioli, William James, and to some extent, even select writings of Carl Jung, to name those I am thinking of. Particularly, the writings of Assagioli and James have great value here. Listen to no nay sayer. Be your own man (or woman), chart your own course, make the inevitable errors, continue to learn, and hold no one accountable but yourself for where you are in life at this moment, where you want to go, and for your finally getting there —or not. This is how the man or woman of Honour lives and dies: not according to the prevailing whims of an insane society that is slowly but surely killing itself with every
passing day. These are not some high-sounding words, meant to produce some useless, temporary state of exaltation in you. Nor is this an attempt to impart to you a trite emotional state that will fade as a mist in the morning sun. These are hard core words of Truth; the only Truth that can truly—and once and for all permanently—set you free. The choice is yours: let your center lie within your own being, not in some hateful pseudo-intellectual’s ramblings. Q–2 I am the reader who submitted Q-2 the week of June 26-July 2 concerning the Sword of Art. Thank you for answering that question. Thank you for answering all of our questions! This next one has to do with the altar. In your article "The Magical Chamber" you mention that the altar is "that basic design taken from The Book of the Sacred Magic of Abramelin the Mage. In The Book... it says "the altar, which should be made of wood, ought to be hollow within after the manner of a cupboard, wherein you shall keep all the necessary things." That is helpful but still a bit vague. Before I read this, at first I pictured something similar to a small podium that you would sit at on the floor; but now I am thinking it may be something you stand at. Since I am considering having one custom made I was wondering if I could ask you for the precise dimensions of the ideal altar so that way I have an idea of what information to give to the designer. Again thank you for all of your help. A–2 Imagine if you will, two cubes, each made of ¾” thick plywood, and having 18” finished sides. Imagine these two cubes stacked one atop the other, and secured in place by 4, 4”x ¾” bolts (the bolts are placed inside the two cabinets, such that the bottom of the upper cabinet is secured to the top of the bottom cabinet.) Now imagine a burnished solid brass handle on the front face of each cabinet, and a 12” brass hinge securing the front face of each cabinet to one of the sides, such that each cabinet can be opened and closed easily (a simple brass latch with eyehook keeps the face of each cabinet closed until access to the interior is needed.) Finally, add 4, 2” diameter coaster-wheels to the bottom cabinet, such that the entire assembly can be moved above the Magical Chamber with a single push of one hand. This is my interpretation of the cabinet Abramelin described, and which is simple to make. It is also an Altar you can stand in front of. Be warned, however, that such a unit, made of ¾ plywood, is enough to bust a gut if you try to lift it: hence the casters. Such a cabinet-assembly offers plenty of surface for a work area, and certainly more than enough room inside for storing the Impedimenta needed for this or any magical operation. One thing: NEVER, and I repeat, NEVER, have anyone build this or any critical magical structure or Impedimenta for you! (The only exception to this rule, which many grimoires allow, applies to the Sword. It can be purchased or forged. If the latter, it must be done by you.) Such is your job, as is its design. If the Abramelin Operation demands the most intense effort from you over an extended period of time—as does all
Old System Magic—what makes you think the components of this (or any) Operation require anything less as well? Dispense with your New Age attitudes, roll up your sleeves, and get to work! Only them can you expect to succeed in what you will to do. As I have said so many times: there is simply no other way. Enter your Interior World, seek the council you desire there—in the silence of that world—and carry it through to completion. In this way you will learn. And in time, you will succeed to the extent you desire. Q–3 When I have decided which room I want as my temple is there a ritual I must perform to "make it official"? A–3 There is a ritual procedure I use in such cases that may be of help to you. It is simple and straightforward, but has proven extremely effective. It assumes you have a ritual or ceremonial vestment of the type described below, an Altar erected in the center of the room, and a candle snuffer. The rest of the material is easily obtainable. Purchase 9 white, unscented candles, 9 new candle holders, a new unglazed earthen bowl, a box of new table salt, fresh, clean mountain spring water (a few ounces will do) and a box of new wooden sulfur-less matches. Enter your new Magical Chamber and don your pure white, ritual linen vestment. Place one of the white candles in each quarter of the universe, and one in each sub-quarter in such a way that the positions of the candles outline a Circle 9 feet in diameter. Place the 9th candle at the center of your Altar. Light the candles in the following order: rotating clockwise, first light those in the quarters. Begin in the East, continue through the North, and then move back to the East. Next, light the candles in the sub-quarters, beginning with that in the SE, moving to the SW, then to the NW, on to the NE, and conclude by returning to the East. Move clockwise within the circle of candles to the West of the Altar, facing East, and light the 9th candle there. While facing East, add some water to the bowl. To this, add ½ - 1 oz. of table salt. From your position behind your Altar (still facing East) dip your right hand into the saltwater, remove it along with a quantity of the liquid, and asperge toward the East, turning clockwise through the directions of the compass until you are facing East once more. While you are asperging, say the following: “Thou shalt purge me with Hyssop, Oh, Lord, and I shall be clean! Thou shalt wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow!” Make the Sign of the Cross (equal-armed to indicate the equilibration of the four Elements) in the air, in each quarter and sub-quarter. Begin doing this from your position behind your Altar, again facing East (make the Sign of the Cross in the quarters and subquarters in this one circumambulation.) As you make this Sign, recite some Prayer of Dedication you feel is appropriate to your purpose. This prayer must be composed by you and no one else, i.e., it must not be taken from any book of any kind. Be highly focused on the words you speak, and on their meaning.
Extinguish the candles in the quarters first, beginning in the East and finishing in the North. Return to the East, move to the SE and extinguish the candle in that sub-quarter first. Then extinguish those in the remaining sub-quarters, always moving desoil. Remove your ritual or ceremonial vestment, take each of the white candles and their holders, and destroy them: make certain they can never be used again by anyone. Take the saltwater outdoors and while facing East —not South as so many would have you believe—pour the mixture on the ground, reverently. Finally, destroy the bowl totally. Your Magical Chamber has now been asperged , and is properly consecrated to Magic. Q–4 You state that the sword must be made or bought in the same hour that it is to be consecrated and inscribed with the names of power. This question probably reveals my ignorance of smithing, but won't it take an hour or longer just to make the sword? A–4 I knew this question would come up. Why? Because I became lazy when answering it initially, and failed to explain this one point. So here we are again. No, your interpretation of what I actually stated is not quite accurate. Nevertheless, you have the general idea. What must be observed here however, is the following: as long as the sword is purchased or its production (by you) begun during the ruling planetary hour in question, another, separate hour which has the same planetary ruler can be used to inscribe the characters and consecrate it. Maybe an example will help. Let us say I am going to work from the Clavicula Salomonis. The sword is to be (in this case) purchased during a Mercury day, Mercury hour. As long as the grimoire does not lay down any particular lunar requirements, I would purchase the sword on a Wednesday during a Mercury hour, the Moon waxing to full, and the inscribe and consecrate it during another, following Mercury hour of the same day. In most instances, the Moon will be in the same Sign under which the sword was purchased, and will be in the same waxing phase, albeit somewhat more along in its waxing. Using these guidelines (and any other specifics of the grimoire I was working from) I have never failed to produce a sword which did what it was supposed to do. If you want to forge the sword yourself (you must not have it forged for you!) begin the process by purchasing the raw metal during a Mercury day, Mercury hour. Then, begin the actual forging during another mercurial hour of the same day if possible. If not, wait until the following week, and while under the same lunar phase, begin its forging. You will be working under a different Moon Sign in this case, but unless the grimoire has some special lunar requirement as I said, you will be alright. What is important is that the processes of production of this Instrument begin during a Mercury day and hour, the Moon waxing to full. Q–5 Is there any ritual or practice that you have found that will increase a person intelligence or learning ability, so that the person could comprehend written and verbal information better? If not anything to improve memory? Would you recommend any
Sephiroth for doing either of these in conjunction with Regardie's Art of True Healing technique? Thank you for your time. A–5 Most certainly, you could and should create and ‘charge’ a Talisman of Mercury for these purposes. Mercury rules all matters of communication—including those matters of our internal communication with ourselves—intelligence in particular (both general and specific, e.g., the increase of one’s general intelligence, as well as the improvement of one’s verbal and written skills.) Mercury takes the correspondence of the Sephirah, Hod, and its color is orange. You should of course, learn all you can about this planet’s Kabbalistic nature, and incorporate these ideas and the specifics of your intentions into the talismanic design. I take it your reference to The Art of True Healing was made because you intend to charge the device by the Middle Pillar Ritual. In that case, you would use the properties of Mercury as Regardie gives in that little treatise, turn your aura orange (at the end of the formulation of the ovoid of white light surrounding you) and vibrate the Divine Name assigned to the planet/Sephirah. As the mercurial forces of the universe converge upon your (now) orange auric ovoid, you would direct those forces into the Talisman, while concentrating on the specifics you wish to bring about within yourself from the talismanic influence. Be certain to place the charged Talisman in a piece of asperged and consecrated white linen—not silk. The linen does not have to be dyed orange: you will find that a pure white linen is best in all magical matters, and hence my recommending such here. Q–6 I'm reading two of your books at the moment. They are a great help to me in understanding "Abramelin the Mage". My wife, who is originally from Poland and Catholic, thinks I've lost my mind. I explained to her that you are a scientist which has eased her fears somewhat. I'm glad to know that there is a rational and positive side to Jack Parsons. I am not a scientist, but work with many scientists in my field of work. Anyway, my question is simple. I'm looking for "pepperwort" for a Friday evocation and can't find it anywhere. I've checked all of your recommended suppliers. Could you send me the name of a company that carries pepperwort? A–6 No, you didn’t lose your mind, and your wife is quite understandably justified in worrying about you. After all, you apparently crossed some sort of Interior bridge, and so have introduced a certain alienation that has her wondering. Relax. It will pass: usually does. Just remember the ancient Magical Axiom that lies at the heart of all Magic: “To Know, to Will, to Dare, to Keep Silent.” Say nothing of what you in Magic do to anyone, ever. This is the only certain way to success in this art and science. Now, as to your search for “pepperwort.” I know you stated you tried all of the sources I list here on my website, but I called my long time friend, Harry Roth, the owner of Alchemy Works, and discussed the matter with him. In fact, today, Sept. 20, Harry and I
spoke again, and he assures me he has what you need. I suggest you give him a call at his business number (also posted on his web site) which is: 607. 737. 9250 Please know something about Harry and Alchemy Works. Harry and I go back more than a few years, and he is the only source of herbs and oils that I recommend for those who are serious about Magic and Alchemy. He is actually a scholar who turned to Magic and Alchemy many years ago. He uses his refined research ability to track down the finest suppliers of those materials we typically use in the art and science of Magic and Alchemy, and has spent countless hours studying manuscripts and insuring that the products he sells are as faithful to the original requirements as anyone can produce. He is as honest as the day is long, and puts himself into his work, 110%. We have done business together throughout the years; and as I said, I consider no one else when looking for those herbs, oils, and formulations needed in my own work. Please table a look at his website also. The URL for the site is: http://www.alchemy-works.com/ By the way. I do not receive any commission for recommending Harry and his products as vigorously as I do. But knowing the man and his products, I can do no less. He is as devoted to seeing that Old System Magic—and genuine Alchemy—are not lost amidst the trash that litters the field of Magic and Alchemy today, as are Mark Stavish, Director, Hermetic Institute, and I. Hence my recommendations. If you buy elsewhere and get burned, don’t say you were not warned. I trust these words will be of help to you and all my other readers. Q–7 In your book Ceremonial Magic you mention in axiom 6 that the magician should not wish for wealth. I take this to mean that in the line of your charge that reads "I therefore charge thee to bring unto me (name your desire here)..." I should not install the word "wealth" or the phrase "great wealth" at the end of this line. On the one hand you say this would be too general and on the other hand I certainly do not wish to be as specific as the friend you mention, so what if I were to install the phrase "x (x as in unknown, meaning I am not mentioning the amount as I type this) amount of dollars" or to make an effort to close loopholes "x amount of American dollars in denominations of (such and such)." Would this kind of wording get the results I am looking for? A–7 I am not sure of your question due to the wording: you seem to be making several statements at the same time that appear contradictory to me. Nevertheless, if I understand your general query, the charge to be given would be something on the order of: “And thou shalt insure the delivery unto me of material, worldly wealth in such abundance that shall delight me and be made use of by me as I so see fit to use, and in whatsoever way I desire to use it. Further, thou shall always see to it that regardless of the material wealth needed by for an issue that I choose to undertake, that wealth shall come into my possession in any and all ways that hurt neither man nor beast, nor violate the lands in any way nor cause any grievances onto any thing.”
You should consider the above as a template and adjust it to your own particular requirements. It works as you will find out if you use it. Be warned though, that unless you are very skilled in Evocation to Physical Manifestation, you will not escape the Slingshot Effect. Yes, the more experience you have and consequently the more complete the physical manifestation of the demon, the greater your control and command, the less the Slingshot Effect will be. But it will still be, and that is the important point to remember. You cannot escape Cause–Effect no matter how hard you try. Remember, as I have said so often before, “Something for nothing does not exist in this business.” You will pay for what you get. The only question is “How much will you pay?” Q–8 Hi , I just ordered your book 'Kabbalistic Handbook' . It hasn't arrived yet so pardon if my question is already answered there . But my question is about Agrippa's Three Books of Occult Philosophy ... Seeing as you seem to feel ritual has to be done by the book how do you feel about Agrippa's comments on astrological magic ... i.e. that planets should be in their sign of rulership , term etc. . basically that electional astrology should be used to determine the proper time of ritual . How far can one go with that ? I find it almost possible to find the right timing where for example Jupiter is essentially dignified and has no bad aspects and the moon is not void of course and the midheaven is well aspected and it goes on and on . One rotten bad apple in the chart makes me have serious doubts about the ritual and that is not a good thing . Do you feel planetary days and hours are good enough ? I used to do OK with just that but now the more I read the more confused I get . I think I am basically wanting a way out ... i.e. a good rational reason NOT to use electional astrology in a Kabbalistic planetary ritual . Can you give it to me ? A–8 You are way ahead of yourself. From the sound of it you do not need the Kabbalistic Handbook for the Practicing Magician: at least not now. You might consider returning it for a refund. At any rate, what you do need is Ceremonial Magic and the Power of Evocation, and Kabbalistic Cycles and the Mastery of Life. The first will explain the relevance of Agrippa’s works in relation to Old System Magic—you have an incorrect view of it as you expressed it here. The second book will give you a method of using Kabbalistic Cycles—which incorporate astrological influences—that will work 100% of the time: if you use this system I uncovered over a 35+ year period, as described. It not only deals with the planetary attributions and Sephirotic influences, but with what I call “Flow” up and down the Tree, while taking into account the Path influences for every day of the week. These are vitally important in all of life, and the matters you discuss are no exception. If you choose to use the Cycles book, you will not even have to make the simple— although extensive—daily calculations the book requires you to make daily. You can come to this website of mine everyday if you choose, and use the Kabbalistic Cycles
Calculator I have had placed on it, for free. You can then print out the results for any day and carry that single piece of paper with you so you can use the system effectively in charting your course through the day. We all want ‘guarantees’ in everything we do in life. This is perfectly understandable. The two books I mentioned above—particularly the Kabbalistic Cycles and the Mastery of Life—will give you just that—as much as is humanly possible. Later, the Kabbalistic Handbook for the Practicing Magician will give you greater insight into Old System Magic and even into the magic of the Golden Dawn. But from the sound of your letter, the latter book will be of no help to you at this moment. Whatever you decide to do, I wish you the best in doing it. You are not ‘talking’ as so many do: you are working, and that is what Magic and Alchemy are all about. ///////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////// ////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////// To Our Readers: While Dr. Lisiewski's move is not yet complete, the bulk of it has been accomplished. This now frees him up to resume both the Author's Response to Readers' Questions and the Magical Thought of the Week columns. Hence, these columns will resume Monday September 25, 2006. Dr. Lisiewski and all of us at ^8th Matrix Press wish to sincerely thank our readers for their patience and understanding in this matter. With what is to follow we feel all of you will be delighted with the new material to be presented. Thank you. ///////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////// ////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////// A Special Note to our Readers Dr. Lisiewski’s appearance on the national radio talk show, Coast to Coast, has been moved from Wednesday, October 18th to April of next year, at his request. This will better enable him to talk about his new books in Occult Horror that will be coming out at that time, as well as discuss his latest book on Alchemy which is slated to appear next year as well. In addition, he will be in a better position to discuss his other magical writings that will then be emerging, including his magical courses of instruction. We will leave this page up until April of 2007, and provide detailed information as to the exact date of his appearance, as soon as that date is set. Thank you. — Webmaster
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Thank you from all of us here at ^8th Matrix Press. Your understanding and kindness are greatly appreciated. Webmaster ///////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////// ////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////// Dr. Lisiewski's responses to readers' questions for the week of August 14 - August 20, 2006. Announcement — Due to the ever growing number of reader questions, developments regarding the effectiveness of my efforts in trying to answer as many questions as possible each week, and reader requests for a private consultation service, the number of questions answered from now on will be significantly limited. My answers—of necessity —will also be much more concise than they have been to date. Please click here for a complete explanation of this evolving situation. Thank you. Q–1 I am sorry to bother you, but I wrote you a question last week, and your answer brought about a few more questions. I asked you about the boundaries within the offices of the spirits. My question now is what determines exactly what asking for “too much” is? Since money is at the top of most peoples list we’ll use it as an example. Say someone Evokes a Spirit to physical manifestation with the desire to ask for money, how much would be too much? I wonder at what point would the threat of the slingshot effects rise. Is there that much difference between asking for a few thousand dollars verses a few million? I can understand if someone wanted to surpass Bill Gate’s wealth that it would be considered sheer greed, but at what point would the line be drawn? With the many multimillion dollar lotteries out nowadays, it is not unreasonable to be able to win millions at a time, if the operator so desires, and somebody’s got to win it. Really performing an evocation with the desire for money is no more greedy than say buying the ticket in the first place, it’s all the same intent. So how would the operator know how much is too much to ask for? And would their personal reasons for asking for something determine the slingshot effects? And I’m not speaking just of money here, but in general. If the operator asked for something that truly was important to help them get to where they want to be in life, would that reduce the slingshot effects? The intent would be a lot different than if they commanded something that was just some “flippant want”. My last question has to do with the slingshot effect. Would it be possible to add into the “charge” to not cause any negative effects? Wouldn’t the spirits be bound by the charge if the operator were to add that little clause in there? Once again, I am sorry to bombard you with so many questions. And thank you so much for answering my previous questions, I greatly appreciate it. A–1 I will answer your second question first, as that is the important one here. No, it is not possible to “add into the charge…” anything that would somehow eliminate any
“negative effects” as you term them. Why? First of all, in even thinking about adding such a condition to your charge you are sending a clear cut message to your subconscious mind that you are afraid you will fail in the Evocation to Physical Manifestation proper, and as such, want to escape the responsibility for your failure. Your fear of failure may be due to your inexperience, your lack of preparation, or knowing that you willfully took shortcuts in preparing both the implements of the rite and yourself. Your unconscious mind will most certainly communicate this to the demonic entity involved, and you can be sure it will happily—and effectively—play upon that, such that your fear reaction will cause you to fulfill the ancient admonition, “As your belief, so be it unto you.” Second, you can no more expect to escape the effects of a badly performed or aborted Evocation to Physical Manifestation than you can expect to escape the consequences of using the law of gravity and escape its effects, depending upon how you use this physical law. You can ask, plead, reason, demand and so on all you like: gravity will have its way, and the demon will have its, no matter what you do. The key is to build and polish your subconscious state of Subjective Synthesis as carefully and as completely as possible, so that these needless fears of the lesser self are not factored into the actual Operation. Yes, you will be nervous and frightened during your first few evocations. But such fears of the unknown are understandable and your unconscious mind knows this and will (generally) guard against these biologically-based fears being communicated to the demon. It will NOT, however, shield you from those fears arising from guilt; that guilt that secretly arises from knowing that you are not ready to do such work, have taken shortcuts, etc., and yet you proceed to do it anyway. Now as to your first question. You will not like this answer but it must be stated. Wondering about the “boundaries within the Offices of spirits” and “how much” is “too much” to ask for tells me you are indulging in mind games with yourself (or others who are equally ‘musing’ over such matters) instead of WORKING. These may be valid questions from your point of view, but they are also the questions of a theorist who has not engaged in any practical magical work whatsoever; because if you did, you would understand the depth and breadth of these issues from a philosophical and pragmatic point of view, and would have an inner understanding that will lead you to the answers: those answers that are valid for you and you alone. “What’s this? Answers for me will differ from those for another?” you say? Of course! Your subconscious state is a totality of consciousness that embraces not only your subconscious state of Subjective Synthesis, but a constellation of other thoughts and ideas about an equal number of infinite issues and things, all of which interact with each other to make you unique in terms of who you are! So what applies to you does NOT automatically apply to me or anyone else. MY suggestion to you here is to use your time productively, and begin a magical regimen that will lead you where you (may) desire to go, and WORK at it. Then and only then will the answers to your (then former) theoretical conjectures—that are unique to you—appear on your mental horizon in the twinkling of an eye.
Q–2 Sir, I note with great anticipation your announcement that you have decided to produce the CDs of guidance into what I feel may be the greatest insight into the true nature of reality. I am very thankful to you for your work and will in producing these programs and anticipate someday reaching a state of being to where I will successfully complete both of these miraculous milestones. I have been acquiring the other books you mention on your site that aid a beginner in developing the correct framework and refinement in pursuit of all these more advanced workings. So the sure and steady journey has begun! However I noticed something that surprised me regarding the order of the last two programs. I see that you have as reward for those who *successfully* complete the "Advanced Program of Magical Attainment" a bonus program for "Attaining to the Knowledge and Conversation of the Holy Guardian Angel". I had the impression from my seeking along these lines that it was advised that one reach K&C of the HGA before ever attempting Evocation to Physical Manifestation of a lesser/infernal entity. And your comments elsewhere of the merging of the Divine with the Operator during the evocation being quite the key to it all had me connecting this with the HGA. I admit I have not finished reading your book on Ceremonial Magic yet, having only just received it the other day. So if this is covered in your book, I do apologize. I still can use this email as an opportunity to thank you as I have been moved to do after reading all you have shared on your web site. A–2 As you well know, I have divorced myself from the New Age stream long ago. As such, I have separated myself completely from their “advice” as to what has to be done first, second, last, etc. For all of their “advice” and insistences, I have never met one who has attained the Knowledge and Conversation of the Holy Guardian Angel (Attained to the K&C of the HGA) in any genuine way: save for some psychological ‘phenomenon’ produced through some New Age ‘technique(s)’ that they read as having been the Knowledge and Conversation of their Holy Guardian Angel: one has only to look at their lives and life circumstances to determine if indeed they have Attained to this Mystical Height. The long and the short of it is those who can’t, Preach and advise. Those who can, do and Teach. In fact, the Evocation to Physical Manifestation of an entire assortment of demons is—in my experience—a prime requisite to attempting the Abramelin Operation. If one cannot gird his mind and soul by achieving the Divine Bliss —by momentarily uniting with God—in an evocation, how can such a one possibly endure the State beyond the Divine Bliss that accompanies the Vision of the Holy Guardian Angel? Of course, one can’t. No. Disregard the New Age nonsense of all those “Chiefs,” and “Order Heads” who strut around showing their badges of ‘authority’ while living in poverty and who are beneath the contempt of even the lowest, and do what you must do. EVOCATION TO PHYSICAL MANIFESTATION IS PREPARATORY TO ATTAINING TO THE KNOWLEDGE AND
CONVERSATION OF THE HOLY GUARDIAN ANGEL: it is not ancillary to it! And you will find that when you subdue the Princes of Evil of the World who will parade before you during the Three Days of the Attainment, you will no longer need to engage in such vanities as Evocation to Physical Manifestation any longer. You may do so if you choose, but I am willing to wager you will find the Truth and the Power that lies (then) within you to be more than sufficient to deal with any condition, and will no longer need such a trifle as Evocation to Physical Manifestation. You will also find that the Word that proceeds from your mouth will be enough. “Impossible?” you think? Too hi-falut’in and filled with bragadosia and illusionary promises? From a New Age ‘perspective,’ most certainly. But not from the Mystical Height. Oh no, it’s not at all. And if you do your Work, you will find out for yourself if I am right—or not. ///////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////// ////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////// Dr. Lisiewski's responses to readers' questions for the week of August 7 - August 13, 2006. Announcement — Due to the ever growing number of reader questions, developments regarding the effectiveness of my efforts in trying to answer as many questions as possible each week, and reader requests for a private consultation service, the number of questions answered from now on will be significantly limited. My answers—of necessity —will also be much more concise than they have been to date. Please click here for a complete explanation of this evolving situation. Thank you. Q–1 Your reply about not accepting all of your applicants is no surprise to me to be honest. I sort of picked up on your genuine nature when I decided to purchase your first book. I respect that very much and think you truly are someone who is sincere in his desire to teach as well as learn. I'm sure the few you did accept are very glad to be embarking on a new chapter of their lives with you in the wings. I think you have an idea now of where I'm at experience-wise now, which is basically at zero. I think that your book based on the Heptameron is probably out of reach for me now, even if I were able to summon a demon I wouldn't be prepared for it mentally. Maybe you can offer a small bit of advice for someone who isn't in a larger city with avenues that most might have? I had looked into the book "New Hermetics" and I say this only because you recommended "21st Century Mage" by the same author. Do you think this might be a good way to start, or would you recommend something different for someone new and aspiring? I'm really just looking for a starting path Doctor, if that makes sense? Maybe you can offer something simple to send me on my way as I'm very eager to learn and frustrated by lack of finances (I had to pick saving lives and squirting water as a career,
HA HA!) as well as resources in my area (I'd lay odds not one person in my city has ever heard the word "Heptameron") All in all, thank you so very much for taking the time you have to write to me. It truly means a lot and I hope you know how sincere I am being sir. A–1 You are a very honest and sincere man in many ways. Such are much needed in Old System Magic and in the world today. I am sending you under separate cover a special document that will get you on your way. There are not many who care to WORK, but you are such a one. Others ask for what I am sending you. All too soon they return with innumerable questions, showing that they have not done what they were instructed to do. Perhaps this document will be what you need. If it is, you are welcome to write back to me, and perhaps I can help you further—but only informally—as I have more on my plate than I can handle every day. Q–2 I noticed that in the Heptameron there are no instructions on preparing and consecrating some of the materials used, such as the parchment, pen, ink, etc. Now I know I am not supposed to mix grimoires but in this case will it be permissible to use the consecration processes for these equipment given in the Key of Solomon. Because I would really hate to work with unconsecrated items. Also in your book you hinted that the robe need not be worn by a priest during mass, although if that is possible all the better. So is this a must or no. A–2 The items you mention can be effectively asperged with holy water and suffumigated by passing them through the smoke of the Dominican Brand incense, which is used generally in the Heptameron Operation as you know (of course, you would also use the Benediction of the Perfumes, Exorcism of the Fire, etc., as given in Ceremonial Magic and the Power of Evocation.) After suffumigating in this way, the particular ink, parchment, and pen (only these three items) used for a given Operation could also be passed through the Perfume of the planet you will be working under. It is also far better to devise your own words of purification that are in agreement with the nature of the Operation than it is to take such words from a ‘canned’ source such as the Clavicula Salomonis (unless you were working from the latter grimoire, of course.) Consecration of the items will actually occur through their use in the ceremony, so do not worry about that. As to the robe. For most, it is well nigh impossible to obtain the ‘ideal’ robe such as described in the Heptameron. A good quality, white, LINEN robe is all you need. It too would be asperged with holy water, and suffumigated with Dominican Brand incense. The Oration to be said when the Vesture (robe) is put on would also be used at that time, which dedicates the robe and the act of donning it to the Operation. As such, it is a form of consecration, and a very powerful one indeed.
Q–3 I have the book "The One Year Manual" and I have searched the internet for a reasonably priced original version of "Twelve Steps to Spiritual Enlightenment". I am not keen on the Thelemic based Adorations in the One Year Manual but I can not find the Christian based Adorations. I know you will probably chastise me for not spending the money for the original "Twelve Steps" but if the only difference in the two books by Dr. Regardie is the Adorations, I would like to try to find the Christian Adorations elsewhere before dropping $150 bucks on the original out of print book. Where could one find the Christian based Adorations to use as a part of their program? I anxiously await the release of your CD's. Thanks for all your help. A–3 I compliment you on your good common sense in NOT spending $150.00 on one of the extremely few available copies of the original Twelve Steps. Several unscrupulous used book dealers have been charging this and even higher prices for the book, which is a clear indication of their absolute greed and utter malice. Discard them and their wares as you would an old shoe. As to the Adorations. Do what I do: either create them yourself—based upon your own inner promptings that come during your meditations—or extrapolate meaningful verse, thoughts, and ideas from one of the following three books, and weld them into an Adoration that exalts your own mind and Spirit. (It is so easy to automatically rely upon others for that gold that lies hidden within us. But it is there, and should be mined by one’s work in the Spirit.) I have found the three books to be a great help to me, and a constant source of inspiration that aids my own spiritual unfoldment dramatically, safely, and continuously. The books I so highly recommend are: Christ in You, Anonymous, Meditations With Teilhard de Chardin, and 15 Days of Prayer with Pierre Teilhard de Chardin. I am sure the three books cited above will lead you on to others, in addition to enabling you to use these three most effectively (see the extremely extensive index in the first book, the References in the second, and the Bibliography in the third for other similar reading material.) Q–4 I have read all of your practical books and have found much energy and excitement from just reading them. I have also just discovered your website for which I am truly grateful, and especially to your advice on re-studying (I had a horrible foundation before) and building subjunctive synthesis (via Regardie's books and yours). My question to you is many grimoires speak of controlling fire, levitation, teleportation and control over any of the other elements in a physical sense, by gaining the power from a spirit. In your experience, have you found this to be so, or just another enticement by "New Age" writers?
A–4 Last week in this column, I noted, “Those who can’t, Preach. Those who can, Teach.” By extension, the essence of that argument applies to your question as well. When a grimoire tells you a spirit can cause fire, move a person from one place to another, turn coins of the realm (you live in) into gold, or whatever the case may be, the meaning is neither allegorical nor symbolic: it is factual. Of course, the New Age can’t admit to this, since its adherents are incapable of producing even the most basic and fundamental of material —and certainly never spiritual—results. This being the case, how can they accept such statements, when their lives are filled with hate, anger, greed, frustration, lust, poverty and failure, all wrapped neatly by a protective blanket of unjustified and undeserved arrogance and that (in)famous, “I know-it-all because my Order Chief said so!” attitude despite their blatant lack of any significant results, as I have mentioned? The answer of course is, it and they cannot. They must continually ‘interpret’, ‘rephrase’, or ‘translate’ what the Fathers of the Grimoires gave us in pure, direct, and undiluted form, thereby turning the “Grammars” into a decaying miasma meant to ‘justify’ their lives and belief systems, all of which amount to—nothing. So fear not. Read the grimoires EXACTLY as they are given. DO YOUR WORK, and take their counsel INTO THE CIRCLE where you can test their claims. When you do this; when you achieve experiential knowledge for yourself, then you might drop me another letter, telling me just who is right—the New Age, or me. ///////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////// ////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////// Dr. Lisiewski's responses to readers' questions for the week of July 31 - August 6, 2006. Announcement — Due to the ever growing number of reader questions, developments regarding the effectiveness of my efforts in trying to answer as many questions as possible each week, and reader requests for a private consultation service, the number of questions answered from now on will be significantly limited. My answers—of necessity —will also be much more concise than they have been to date. Please click here for a complete explanation of this evolving situation. Thank you. Q–1 Doctor Lisiewski, my first question is on that so called black art, otherwise known as necromancy. Why does this particular branch of magic have such a bad reputation in popular culture, as well as fringe? It would seem that it's disdainful reputation in the minds of men is equal to, if not greater than, evocation to physical manifestation. Even genuine conjurers of infernal spirits look upon it with hands clasped over their eyes. Surely the prospect of summoning a demon is less pleasant than the likes of a human's disembodied spirit? Perhaps it has to do with that orthodox Christian doctrine that Jesus will resurrect the dead during the Second Coming. Or that the souls of men go directly to heaven (or hell) upon physical death? I'll leave the final answer to this question up to you.
My next and final question is this: Which, in your opinion, is the better Tarot deck, the Original Rider-Waite Tarot, or the Universal Rider-Waite tarot? Both decks have the same essential artwork, but I've been hearing bad things about the Original edition of the Rider-Waite Tarot. Such as the images not preserving the minute details of the cards, to the colors being of a less than ideal nature. P.S. When do you think the forums will be up? A–1 No doubt, the individuals you speak of who shudder at the thought of Necromancy are thinking of Infernal Necromancy: that practice of raising the spirit of a dead person who was “..hanged, drowned, or otherwise did away with himself…” as given in the book, An Encyclopedia of Occultism (additional book) by Lewis Spence. This latter type of practice requires that the grave of the deceased be dug up, the casket opened, and through the rites of this magical act, the corpse made to stand upright and answer the questions put to it by the magician. Note that it is believed that all Necromancy—that is, ‘standard’ Necromancy as well as Infernal Necromancy—is simply a form of divination and was engaged in—primarily by Medieval magicians—for the purpose of having certain questions answered by the raised spirit. This is not so. For years I wondered why any magician who desired to use divinatory practices would not simply employ the Tarot, Crystal Ball, Magic Mirror, or any of a host of other so-intended methods to find the answers he so earnestly seeks to his pressing questions. But it was while doing research in Britain and France in the mid 1990’s and in 2005 that I found a number of clues; clues so fantastic, that I have made it the sum and substance of my third Occult Horror novel soon to be released, NightShadow. The entire key is that two people are needed to conduct the Rite: the Operator and an Assistant—and there is a reason for this: one that is absolutely beyond terrifying. At the same time, if this (now) long forgotten and (originally) hidden reason for Infernal Necromancy is true, then everyone has more than enough reason to fear such a practice—and its unbelievable aftermath. (Readers of my other Occult novel, The Altar Path, have written to me stating they learned more of Magic and its practices from that one ‘novel’ than from a host of other books that dealt with Magic directly; simply because I used the practices of Magic and its theory in a story line that they could not forget. I trust this latest effort of mine will provide readers with as much knowledge and reading pleasure concerning this remarkably horrifying tale of Man’s seeking the ultimate in this life.) The original Rider-Waite deck is all anyone needs. The complaints you are hearing about come from—you guessed it—those New Age do-nothings who have all of the answers but none of the solutions to anything. They complain about the “details” of the cards? They can’t read the details that are there now. They complain about the “colors” in the cards? As if they understood the meanings of the colors to begin with, and how they relate to the forces the cards represent. Stick to the original deck: you won’t be sorry you did. As to the forums? Those who have been reading these columns regularly know that the forums will not be coming, due to the flood of email we have had from New Age
adherents promising to do everything possible to destroy the forums’ contents. Since we do not have unlimited time and resources to put up Moderated Forums, we have had to eliminate them from this website. Just another little gem you can thank the New Age for. Q–2 How would you feel about putting up testimonials from the people who have read your books? I mean, have them share stories of their experiences, what they have learned, and how they have grown to understand the Great Mystery. The letters you receive from these would be brilliant to hear, and may inspire others to learn. True stories of the occult world are always intellectually stimulating to read, as they can serve as objective lessons for the seekers of true wisdom. A–2 Please understand, this website is devoted to educating people in Old System Magic. To do that, I answer questions and write a weekly Magical Thought column so people can begin to think outside of the New Age box, or “Prison of Ignorance and Sloth” as I term it. We are not here to offer pleasant little goodies that make people feel warm and fuzzy inside by giving them that worst of all attributes, “hope.” Nor are we maintaining this site so our readers can get excited by fantasizing as to all of the possibilities that magic has to offer: such is New Age hype, and the perpetual lie used to keep selling their books, and have others ‘admire’ and yes, even fear them. We are not interested in hype or lies. We want them to learn, understand, comprehend, and eventually apprehend, what REAL Magic is about, and to P-R-A-C-T-I-C-E IT SUCCESSFULLY. And all of this requires the hardest of continual WORK, the “inspiration” coming from succeeding in Magic along-the-way, as one does the WORK. “Intellectual” musings are of no use whatsoever to anyone who is serious about Magic. So no, we will not offer such a posting. For those who need such vanities as stories about the Occult, there are several magazines out there that treat ‘strange events’: FATE magazine is one. I suggest those interested look into these sources. Q–3 I hope this finds you in good health and spirits, and that the New Age "Pabulum Eaters" have not gotten your spirits down. I hate to trouble you with what might seem to be elementary questions to one such as yourself but, these questions have been bothering me to no end. Even after rereading all three of your books, and mulling over the problems I can't seem to find any answers. A–3 (Due to the number of questions embedded in this single email, answers appear below each question in bold italics) 1. Suppose there is an idea that has been coming to you on and off for some time, or an issue your subconscious has been bugging you to deal with for a while, in this case would it be the time when the issue is acted on that would accept the Kabbalistic stamp? I mean since it has been troubling you at odd times through the whole spectrum of the hours system how do you figure out the influence ruling this idea/problem?
When you finally put the idea into action, it will bear the stamp of that Kabbalistic force in effect at the time you initiate the action. This is really a good question, as such things happen all of the time in daily life, and it shows you are truly using the Cycles System and making progress. Congratulations! 2. In regards to timing your rituals to the hours system in the "Kabbalistic Handbook" for example, you say to use Venus and Saturn for the LBRP and Mars and the Sun for the LIRP, which I totally understand, but should the path influence be also incorporated? For example, I am planning on doing the LBRP during a Venus hour, do I now have to factor in the flow up and down the tree as given in your cycles book, or is the cycles system to be used solely for mundane affairs and taking it this far is just splitting hairs? Oh Yes, you use the Cycles in everything,. They are NOT meant solely for “mundane” affairs. I can only put ‘so much’ into any book, so perhaps I was not clear in this instance, i.e., applying the Cycles to ritual practices. Going on this assumption, let’s take your example using Venus and Saturn to see how you could easily arrange your ritual schedule for the Lesser Banishing Ritual of the Pentagram (LBRP.) On a Monday, Venus hour, Flow down the Tree, perfect. On a Tuesday, Venus hour, no Path connection, but still, good hour for the ritual. On a Wednesday, the Path between Netzach (Venus) and Hod (Mercury, and the Ruler of the day of course) provides for an extremely unfortunate Path influence. What to do? Do the LBRP during a Saturn hour. On a Thursday, Flow is up the Tree between Netzach and Chesed, an influence you can do without. Solution? Use a Saturn hour again. On a Friday, despite a ‘double’ influence—since Venus rules both the day and the hour—you can do the LBRP during a Venus hour or Saturn hour. On Saturday, try to avoid a ‘double’ Saturn effect by not doing the ritual during a Saturn hour. Simply do it during a Venus hour. On Sunday, the Venus hour is to be avoided: you do not need to bring about decay, stagnation, lethargy, etc., into your Sphere of Operation. Instead, do the ritual during a Saturn hour, which brings about a positive downward Flow from Saturn into the Sun (Tiphareth) and a favorable Path influence: the Lovers, or, a challenge overcome or test passed. It’s that easy. 3. Is your book "Israel Regardie & The Philosopher's Stone" to be the first in your Three Volume Set of Practical Laboratory Alchemy series? No. It is a stand-alone work, dealing with Regardie, Frater Albertus, and myself, and our alchemical interactions together: both while Regardie and I were attending the Paracelsus Research Society (PRS) in Salt Lake City, Utah, and when we were working together outside of the PRS. It also includes work Frater Albertus and I did privately, in tandem, between classes, while I was back at my home in Pennsylvania. It includes no small amount of alchemical
thought and explanation as well, and will serve as an interesting ‘introduction’ to the other forthcoming alchemical books. 4. Do you plan, or would there be any purpose to writing a book concerning "old system magic" as you have done for the GD style stuff? Yes. The data CD’s that are being written now will address this need (remember, these are data, not audio CD’s: I will not put my voice on such a medium for personal reasons). Additionally, I am considering three other books, all of which will deal with a separate grimoire or major importance. The New Age had it’s say: now it is time WE of Old System Magic have ours! 5. In regards to your plans on a CD series would they each have a beginners, intermediate, and advanced one for each category, i.e. Alchemy, Magic (both old and New), etc.? Most certainly. If you read my comments of a few weeks ago on this matter in this column, you will see there be will one CD for each of the three ‘stages’ of Magical Attainment. There will also be a fourth that will guide the student through the Abramelin Operation, but it will only be made available to those who have completed the other three levels of Attainment. I am considering doing alchemical CD’s as well. But with my time commitments being what they are, if such CD’s will be done at all, they will be some distance off in the future. 6. I thank you for writing the books you have, and can't wait for the subsequent material to get published either through printers or through your website. I hope your own personal God keeps the inspiration flowing through you and blesses you with a long and fruitful life. As for the New Agers out there, think of them as colicky infants, eventually they will cry themselves to sleep and let the grown ups take care of business. Thank you so much for your well wishes. I agree with you about the “New Agers” out there. They are ‘such fun,’ aren’t they?! As to their ‘getting my spirits down?’ That can never happen. I would have to take them seriously for that to occur; and worse yet, feel a dependency upon what they think of my Magical System and of me! A “dependency” on the opinion of failures? They would be erecting altars to Christ in Hell before that happened! Q–4 How do you feel about Visualization. I understand that modern magicians use the three techniques of visualization coupled with the movements and vibration of divine names to create on the astral. But you seem not to care much for visualization, do you think magick is possible without this very important tool. The grimoires make no mention
of visualization, some say this is because visualization was passed orally from master to disciple. What is your thought on this? A–4 Pardon my bluntness here, but “moderns” not only use the “techniques” you mentioned above, but also an entire arsenal of others; and yet, they produce—nothing. If this were not true, the vast majority of them would not being living in squalor or nearsqualor conditions, would not be haggling over the price of a $10.00 or so book, and would not be living in “from hand-to-mouth” conditions while spouting how much “magical power” they have and all that they “create” on the Astral Plane. There is a saying—a modern one—which I agree with completely: “You got to walk the walk if you want to talk the talk.” In my 43+ years in Magic, I have yet to see any one of the New Age persuasion produce any effects in their lives that were not directly attributable to chance, statistical probability, or pure luck. And the very few I knew who did manage surprising material manifestations were the first to admit that their gift was most likely due to “something else.” So don’t be concerned with all of their “visualization” and theorizing about how and why such works—or is supposed to. As to your specific question? THEIR “Magick” produces nothing of any real consequence as far as I am concerned, regardless of all of their techniques of “visualization” or what have you. “Magic” on the other hand—that of the Old System— produces what the magician is after; and it depends solely on the IMAGING that arises naturally within the mind of the magician, which—in turn—is produced by his desire for the result. Remember your first girlfriend (or boyfriend, as the case may be?) Bet you didn’t have to struggle and strain and sit motionless, entering (supposed) ‘deep states’ of ‘secret practices’ to evoke a perfect mental image of him or her, did you? That’s because desire is the single—and only—ingredient necessary to form a “Image Template” as I call it: one into which the magical force summoned is directed, naturally and automatically. It’s as simple as that. Old System Magic teaches one special attitude that is so wanting in the world in general. It is also that attitude which allows for a clean Operation, a quick, full, and clear result, with as minimal of a Slingshot Effect as possible. That attitude is represented by the acronym, KISS which stands for, Keep it Simple, Stupid! And how right that attitude is! Don’t worry about all of their theories and speculations. Remember: those who theorize and speculate, PREACH. Those who do, TEACH. Keep up your WORK in Magic, and the best to you. ///////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////// ////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////// Dr. Lisiewski's responses to readers' questions for the week of July 17 - July 23, 2006. Announcement — Due to the ever growing number of reader questions, developments regarding the effectiveness of my efforts in trying to answer as many questions as possible each week, and reader requests for a private consultation service, the number of
questions answered from now on will be significantly limited. My answers—of necessity —will also be much more concise than they have been to date. Please click here for a complete explanation of this evolving situation. Thank you. Q–1 Have you heard, and what do you make of, "The Book of Abramelin" by Abraham Von Worms, Georg Dehn (Editor). Supposedly it is coming out in September, is based on a comparison of several Abramelin manuscripts, corrects many of Mathers's mistakes, changes the operation to one and a half years, and has a fourth chapter? In view of all the Golden Dawn mistakes out there I though I would ask about this book. Might the Mathers Abramelin book be tainted? Or is this just another New Age, sterilized, blenderized and rehashed book for the masses? A–1 Like you, I too am curious about this book and in fact, have preordered it from Amazon.com And again like you, at this point I don’t know what to make of it. But when I consider Mathers’ personality and his massive run-away ego and the problems he created for himself and so many others, I would not be surprised if there are other documents out there that either give additional insight into the process, or give another process containing significant differences in the Attainment to the Knowledge and Conversation of the Holy Guardian Angel (Attain to the K&C of the HGA.). I can say this much however: Mathers’ version of the process does work, and this I know as a personal fact. So the questions become: is this another version that would/could also work? If so, do its differences enhance the process of Attaining to the K&C of the HGA in some way? If so, how? Is this new information sufficiently intriguing to justify its attempt in actual practice? How scholarly is the research behind this new information? Can the research sources be independently verified, i.e., at least as far as their actual existence is concerned? These and many other questions come to mind. But one thing is for certain: those interested in the Abramelin process should purchase the book, study it, and answer these questions for themselves. In all fairness to Mathers, while his ego did cause no end of problems, he was a meticulous researcher; and his effort, The Book of the Sacred Magic of Abramelin the Mage is trustworthy as I have said (as far as his ‘contributions’ to the Golden Dawn material is concerned, that is quite another matter: the sources of much of it are highly questionable as far as I am concerned.) Those interested in Mathers may like to know of an old book that is worth reading. It is the best book I know of dealing with Mathers and his role in the Golden Dawn. Entitled, The Sword of Wisdom: MacGregor Mathers and the Golden Dawn, it was first published in 1975 (the American edition) by G.P. Putnam Sons. It’s author, Ithell Colquhoun gives a fair and balanced account of both Mathers and the Golden Dawn, and is as I said, certainly worth studying. Of course, like many of the books I recommend, it has long since gone out of print, but copies may still be found from rare and used book dealers.
In conclusion, this new book by Von Worms should make for interesting reading, to say the least. Q–2 I find the Heptameron sword consecration a little too simple. I know I am not supposed to change anything in the grimoires but what if I added a little to it. Would it be permissible. I was thinking about (mention is made of performing a certain blood sacrifice) and pouring it over the sword to add to the ferocity and as a warning to the sprit. Would adding this be a good idea or a disastrous one (another question is asked here about what magical implement would be used to perform this nefarious act.) A–2 Do you want the long and short of it again, for the upteenth time?! You do NOT add, subtract, or change the requirements of the grimoire you are working with under any circumstances. At all: now or ever! This process: Magical Evocation to Physical Manifestation, is NOT about how YOU “feel.” It’s about GETTING THE RESULTS YOU ARE AFTER, AND NOTHING ELSE! Your “feelings” are like anyone else’s “feelings” about anything, my own included: they are a complex of physiological and psychological factors that change more frequently than do the directions of the winds. Get rid of your “New Age” NEED to change what does not—MUST NOT—be changed. Do what the grimoire instructs you to do and in the manner in which it instructs you to do it, get the results you are after, and enjoy the fruits of your own hard work. Beyond that, there is NOTHING further to consider in these matters. Q–3 I just have to say that I've been looking through hundreds of occult and magic books for the past fifteen years and have been searching for something that had a "ring of truth" to it - I wasn't sure what I was looking for exactly, but I would know it when I saw it. I've found some books over the years that had kernels of things in them that felt right to me, but there was still a great deal missing. When I read your book on magical evocation and then, because of that book, read the book "Hermetic Magic" by Flowers, I finally felt like I had found what I had been looking for - or at least the tip of the iceberg. But it was a definite direction and the information contained therein resonated with me, made sense, and also seemed to fit logically in my find. I'm working through your other two books now and have managed to acquire the books you mention in the "Possible Magical Study and Practice Curriculum for Beginners" - I am going to start from there as you recommended and hopefully that will fill in some of the blanks for me. I would like to become more than just a "dabbler". I've recently discovered your website as well and have been browsing through the answers to the readers' questions and the magical thought section. I was reading the entry under "Magical Thought" titled "Magical Saturation & Supersaturation: Just What are these States?" and thought that the description of "magical saturation" sounded very similar to something I have experienced a few times. I have dabbled/practiced magic off and on over the past fifteen years (some of it the "new age" type magic, which never really worked well). Twice now I have experienced what I have always referred to as "magical whiplash" but sounds a lot like your magical saturation
description. The effect was essentially that I went through about a 5-6 month period where I didn't want anything to do with magic - I didn't want to read a magic book, think about it, or talk about it whatsoever (which is unusual for me, as I am constantly reading). The very idea of it just brought a profound distasteful feeling. It's kind of hard to describe, but that's essentially it. Both times this occurred was right after I had done a ritual – I think that the rituals backfired. The first one I'm not sure what I did wrong (this was very early in my magical practice), and the second one I was about 2/3 of the way through and accidentally knocked over a candle and set the carpet on fire. Needless to say, that brought the ritual to a screeching halt. Both times I had the same 6 month period of profound distaste and completely abstained from anything magical, reading or otherwise. Those are the only two times in my life that I've ever felt that. The experience of the whiplash, both times, gave me a slight fear of magic and I think has partially kept me from really pursing it as deeply as I want to, because I am too afraid of throwing things out of balance or making something worse by my "dabbling". I'm hoping to correct that by following your suggested curriculum and feeling more confident in my foundations. My question is, do you think that this was "magical saturation" or something else that had a similar effect? Was just curious to see your thoughts on the matter. I've never read of the effect described in any of the books I've read. A–3 Frankly, what you describe does sound like Magical Saturation or Supersaturation, although I never heard of it happening from intermittent magical practice. Nor have I ever heard of it occurring after a specific ritual performance; meaning, it sort of sneaks up on you until over a period of time until you realize you just can’t take it anymore. Usually then, it occurs—as I mentioned in that particular Magical Thought of the Week column—after months or even years of intense daily magical work. OR it can occur if you manage to ‘call down’ or ‘summon up’ such an enormous amount of psychic energy that it overwhelms the psyche (over a period of time.) In this case, the unconscious seeks to protect itself from further overloads while ‘digesting’ or assimilating the energy that was contacted, by simply pulling back from further magical work. There are two factors that are important here. First, just because I never heard of Magical Saturation or Supersaturation happening in the way you describe, does not mean it can’t happen that way. And second, you may be that rarest type of individual who falls into the category of “The True Magician is brought forth from his mother’s womb” as Waite so accurately stated. If it were me (and is was many years ago) I would CONTINUE TO PUSH like all getout, to see what happens after a predetermined period of time, e.g., a further 30 days of intense magical practice. This may sound contradictory to what I suggested in the article, but I have a special (and third) reason for making this suggestion here. If you follow this
suggestion, write back to me after that 30 day period and tell me what happened. I have a hunch, but do not want to prejudice your mind by ‘letting the cat out of the bag’ at this point. Q–4 I was one of those that wrote requesting the CD's and wanted to say *thank you* for deciding to create them. As you have said they will be expensive, however I am more than willing to pay good money for this valuable magical material. I also wanted to mention that through your site I was inspired to check out the New Thought Philosophy which I had never heard of before. A thorough study of an essay by Ernest Holmes gave me solid hermetic reasons for forgiving and forgetting the ills of the past and being optimistic about the future. In short, this was truly a life changing experience. A–4 You are the first of my readers to acknowledge that they have looked into that form of Mysticism referred to as “New Thought.” I am very happy you have indeed. You will find that—as I have written in the Magical Thought of the Week column weeks ago— Mysticism completes Magic: it is not the other way around, no matter how much this upsets people who are so entirely devoted to Magic. The entire matter of Spiritual “Unfoldment” as I term it—not Spiritual “growth” as the New Age insists—eventually leads to this end. Further, the amazing thing is that what the individual so desires; what he or she so sincerely wants or needs in their life, is all obtainable through this form of Mysticism, and ever so easily. Yet the paradox is that one cannot force one’s self into accepting, working, and mastering New Thought simply because the results they require are so readily obtainable from it. Quite the contrary. One must ‘unfold’ into it. And when that glorious days dawns, then all is made perfectly clear and works almost effortlessly for the individual so blessed with this ‘discovery.’ People who are attracted to Magic must persist in it until the day comes when they ‘step over the line’ that leads from Magic to Mysticism. It cannot be hurried. It cannot be rushed. But it will come. This is what Percy Bullock, one of the original members of the Golden Dawn Society meant, when he said at the turn of the 20th century, “In the end, we all become Mystics.” Congratulations on your being attracted to it so early on. Perhaps—as sometimes does happen—it is the right—and only—Path for you to follow, even from the beginning. Q–5 I have a question regarding the Kabbalstic Cycles. Before learning this wonderful tool for life, many of us would have started long term projects without the knowledge of the cycles we have now. For instance, deciding to attain to our HGA.
If we have decided to do this under a less than favorable influence, we have a real problem! Is it possible to reaffirm your intent during a more suitable time? Or are the energies set in stone, as it were, for the rest of our days? A–5 This is an extremely good question and I am glad you brought it up. The fact is, there is no fixed sequence of events—from inception of the initial thought to the implementation of it in practice—that occurs as a matter of daily course. One may decide on this or that, or even begin this or that without being aware of the time that the initial thought occurred, or one is not aware that he has made a ‘break’ between his first thought of doing an action and actually carrying it out i.e., if he has not begun the action in some conscious, volitional manner at some predetermined time. That is, not unless one becomes aware of that first thought, decides on an appropriate hour to launch it into action, and then follows through with that action. We humans are so very wonderful at procrastination it is pathetic. Yet in this instance, that generally negative trend rescues us in the end. And even when you carry through by initiating an action in agreement with the thought, unless you continue the actions according to the nature of the project, you have produced a break which technically calls for a new beginning! So relax. When the time comes to begin some important project, be aware of the time of that (new) initial impulse, set a time for the first action that puts that thought into motion, and then continue those actions as required by the nature of the project. Then all will work out the way you have DESIGNED it to. You have nothing to worry about here. ///////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////// ////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////// Dr. Lisiewski's responses to readers' questions for the week of July 10 - July 16, 2006. Please Note — Due to unexpected business demands, Dr. Lisiewski has not been able to prepare the Author's Response to Readers' Questions for this week. This column will resume next week as usual. Thank you for your understanding. — Webmaster ///////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////// ////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////// Dr. Lisiewski's responses to readers' questions for the week of July 3 - July 9, 2006. Announcement — Due to the ever growing number of reader questions, developments regarding the effectiveness of my efforts in trying to answer as many questions as possible each week, and reader requests for a private consultation service, the number of questions answered from now on will be significantly limited. My answers—of necessity —will also be much more concise than they have been to date. Please click here for a complete explanation of this evolving situation. Thank you.
Q–1 I have all three books and I am on the waiting list for Israel Regardie and the Philosopher's Stone—The Alchemic Art Brought Down to Earth. I like your work and enjoy working with your system. In your opinion using the Kabbalistic Cycles, which day and hour is best to retire? There are a couple of examples in the book which could be rearranged to represent a retirement scenario but I would like to get your thoughts. This is an important step for many of us and I would wager others might like to know your ideas on this subject. I am thinking on a Monday hour of Venus or hour of Mercury. Or on a Sunday hour of Jupiter. I wish to make a correction to my previous question. On a Sunday hour of Mars (not Jupiter). Thanks. A–1 Good question. If it were me, I would arrange for retirement on a Monday during a mercurial hour, flow down the Tree, and invoking the nineteenth card of the Tarot, the Sun, representing joy, happiness, contentment, and abundance of life. Be careful of the Sunday hour of Mars. Yes, it represents justice, balance, equilibrium, and energy, but the manifestations of these things can occur in ways that will surprise you and not necessarily be to your liking. Perhaps much chaff must be removed from your life to bring about and maintain equilibrium. But what YOU deem as necessary in achieving balance, equilibrium, justice and energy, may not be what the universe deems as necessary in achieving such, and so will remove much in order to bring about, e.g., true equilibrium for you. Then again, “justice” is a tricky thing. Most people feel they are “just” to some extent…and they are as far from it as I am from the New Age. Once again, events may happen—events you will not like one bit—in order for true “justice” to enter into and become a permanent part of your life. You may have to pay the piper as they say, and this could bring down more on your head than you bargained for. The Path from Netzach to Yesod—on a Monday during a Venus hour—as you indicate, and which takes the Tarot card of the Star, is a very good influence. I have always, however, had a problem with that portion of the general influence here which essentially is, “hope and a bright future.” The problem is with the “hope” part. I have governed my entire adult life by taking the following attitude toward the concept of hope and which I made up a little saying to remind myself when I start to fall into its clutches: Hope is the last bastion of children and fools. Hope for nothing: DO, instead. Other times worth considering are on a Wednesday during a Jupiter hour, or on a Thursday during a Mercury hour. Even though Flow is up the Tree in the latter case, Tiphareth (the Sun) has a positive mediating effect on this, and all turns out quite well. In fact, this influence turns out to actually provide much more “balance” than the influence of the Mars hour on a Sunday. If you study Kabbalistic Cycles and the Mastery of Life
carefully, I think you will find you will achieve a resonance with the Kabbalistic forces to a much greater extent as your subconscious state of Subjective Synthesis develops. Q–2 I just wanted, as an old Rosicrucian of over 50 years standing, to send my very best wishes re: your work. A–2 Thank you so much. There are many life-long Rosicrucians out there who visit my site and who correspond with me privately. And despite the New Age bad mouthing of the Rosicrucian Orders that exist today, I am completely supportive of them. In fact, I recommend the Rosicrucian Order, A.M.O.R.C. headquartered in San Jose, CA to many, and was a member of this august body myself for many years. It is my opinion that people who do not want to become as deeply embroiled in Magic as I and others are, should look into this philosophy and give it a fair test (at least a two year membership trial.) I sincerely doubt those that do will find they made a mistake. I also strongly recommend that these individuals—and anyone who is deeply interested in the early ‘lost’ Teachings of the Rosicrucian Order—obtain the hardcopy edition of Roger Kessinger’s complete catalog of available books he has for sale. This can be purchased at Amazon.com or downloaded free of charge from Roger’s website (see my listing of Suppliers on the top bar of this page.) In this catalog the interested individual will find a virtual wealth of early (1912-1940) reprints of Rosicrucian publications and documents. I spent well over a thousand dollars purchasing them not very long ago, and would easily have spent twice the price for what I received. Q–3 I was wondering how work was progressing on your instructional CDs? I have greatly appreciated your recent posts regarding fundamentals programs for the aspiring magician; but I was wondering if you had any recommendations for fundamentals programs that are not so Golden Dawn based? My reason being that I have myself worked with the GD materials, and agree with you that the system is not entirely "internally consistent". Can we look forward to your own program in the near future, or do you feel that the program you have outlined is a good fundamentals program for any aspiring magician? A–3 I have considered this matter very carefully because of the demands made on my time. At first, I though such CD’s would help a few here and there only, and that—all things considered—it was not really called for; that the program I outlined on this site would be good enough to ‘get people going.’ But over the weeks, there have been so many serious requests for these CD’s, that I decided to do them after all. They will be expensive as I said: I don’t want to delude anyone as to this matter. But they will be done. Owing to the way things are in Magic, the way I was ‘brought up’ in it and how I have practiced it throughout 40+ years, of necessity they will start off with some Golden Dawn ‘type’ instruction in the Introductory (beginner’s) Program of Magical Advancement. This will be a 52-72 week program of essential magical attainment.
The Intermediate Program of Magical Advancement will begin the work in Old System Magic after it finishes with what might be considered ‘Modern Magic,’ i.e., the Middle Pillar Ritual. Instructions will be given in performing this rite that have never appeared in print previously; what I and many, many of my other students have found to be true and verified throughout the years by plain, hard work. The Intermediate CD will then go on to examine and instruct in—but will not be limited to—Talismanic Magic and methods of charging talismans and talismanic images by means of Old System Techniques, Daily Devotions according to Old System principles, making the Magic Mirror according to the grimoires, and an in-depth analysis of—and guide—to Evocation to Physical Manifestation using grimoires other than the Heptameron, which was the basis for my first book, Ceremonial Magic and the Power of Evocation. It too will be a 52-72 week program. The Advanced Program of Magical Attainment will lead individuals through their first Evocation to Physical Manifestation. Using a certain grimoire I have already chosen, we will analyze it in extreme detail, take the rite apart, and put it back together in such a way that while doing so the individual’s Subjective Synthesis will be ordered and polished such that it works as it is supposed to work. THEN—and ONLY then—will we launch into the actual act of evocation itself, so the student can perform it—and successfully if the preliminary work done in the Introductory Program and in the Intermediate Program have been faithfully performed. In short, this is a PROGRAM— a complete synthesis—of Magical Advancement: not something that can be picked up in ‘midstream’ and expected—demanded—to work. Such thinking and an approach is New Age, and I will have nothing to do with that as you so well know. The time for completing the Advanced phase of this program? That will depend on how well the student has executed the Programs given in the first two CD’s. I would think a best case scenario would be 72 weeks. A worst case scenario I would estimate at 260 weeks, or 5 years. The typical case will exist somewhere between these two extremes. But it must be remembered, since each person is different and will have to contend with different variables in their daily lives and magical practices, there is no way of knowing exactly how long it will take. As usual, it will be UP-TO-THE-INDIVIDUAL. There will also be a fourth disk. ONLY those who make it through the previous 3-CD Program will be entitled to buying it. This CD will deal ONLY with Attaining to the Knowledge and Conversation of the Holy Guardian Angel (Attaining to the K&C of the HGA) such that the Visitation occurs and the Attainment is achieved. The entire process will be done using—and ONLY using—The Book of the Sacred Magic of Abramelin the Mage. There will be NOT be any New Age nonsense involved whatsoever. These programs will take time to complete. But rest assured, the process has been started. In fact, I STRONGLY RECOMMEND that you add your email below if you are interested in being added to our growing list of people who want to be informed when each of these disks become available. Enter email:
Q–4 First I would like to say that I am a huge fan of your books. They are filled with so much useful information. I can’t tell you how thankful I am that you took the time to write the books to share your knowledge. Anyways I have a question from your Ceremonial Magic book. Well I have been studying magic for years, and actually I have not worked any magic yet, nor do I really have the desire to. It completely fascinates me, and I enjoy reading up on it, and I guess that there just isn’t anything in my life I wish to change, or feel needs improved. But I plan on always studying as much as I can with magic. Anyways a few days ago I got into a discussion with an acquaintance of mine who is very much into magic, namely the old system magic, and we had a disagreement about what the evoked spirits can and can’t do. So my question is about the Spirits that the Heptameron instructs to call forth. I know that it tells of their offices, but what exactly are their boundaries? For instance the Spirits of the Air of the Saturday can “slay and kill everyone”, but I can’t see that literally meaning killing off the entire human race. And the Spirits of the Air of Friday can “excite men”, well for instance what if a homosexual male (and I ask this because we got in a long discussion over this one) desires from the Spirits of Friday to literally “excite men”, into believing that he is in fact very attractive, and wishes to arouse all men? Surely this cannot be literate. There are many other examples I can think of, but I’ll leave it at these two. So what is your opinion on this? I know it may sound like a strange question, but it is the point of the matter…are there any limitations to what these spirits can or cannot do? And the second part of my question is can the spirits do more than what their offices states, as long as it’s in the same general area of their offices? I am sorry to bother you with these question, but in my time I have studied many grimoires, but I never really thought about these questions until a few days ago. And once again…Thank you for your wonderful books. A–4 Your questions are not really new. They are variations on the theme of extremes that can be taken in Magic, but which rarely—if ever—are attempted. In the first place, a spirit’s Office is just that, and it has no boundaries within the province of that Office. It can do as much or as little as the Operator cares to demand of it. But there is a catch here: and it is not with the spirit, it is with the Operator himself. The Operator? How can that be? Surely, anyone who wants, say, wealth for example, will demand as much as he can conceive of? Why would he want any less? Or what if someone wants to destroy everyone on the planet, or excite all men—including heterosexuals and homosexuals—to a homosexual or heterosexual lust the Operator may have? Surely, such a powerful Operator will do just that! There are three good reasons for this catch. First, there is the Divine Bliss which overwhelms the Operator at the height of the Evocation to Physical Manifestation.
Second, there are the boundaries of human nature itself, and third, there is the Slingshot Effect. In the first case, the Divine Bliss sets the limits of the “Result of Evocation” when it overtakes the Operator. That is, in a genuine Evocation to Physical Manifestation, the Operator may want a zillion dollars, or the love of all men, or to destroy all people. But the Nature of the Divinity within him allows only that which is bounded by the rules of Malkuth itself. That is, IT —the Reigning Divinity within—allows only that which maintains the tenuous balance with which Malkuth continually contends. In fact, the Divine Will that merges with the will of the Operator during the Divine Bliss will allow the Operator to become wealthy, or to even arouse homosexual desires in someone who has this propensity but who views himself as being straight, or will allow the destruction of this person or that one. Usually however, here is what happens: the Operator enters the evocation desiring to do this or do that. But after the Divine Bliss overtakes him, he finds himself—consciously and purposely—modifying his desire during the charge as he delivers it to the spirit. So the “boundary condition” is not the spirit’s: it’s the Operator’s! But frankly, your theoretically-based question is never taken this far in practice. That is, it does not reach theses extremes in practice. Why? Because of reason number two: the boundaries of human nature itself. In Marlowe’s play, Dr. Faustus, the Doctor, intoxicated by the prospects which Magic has to offer, sings in delight, “…or have my spirits to or’e whelm (overwhelm) the world, or have them build a wall of gold around fair Wittenberg, wherein the students shall be bravely clad…” All possibilities for the spirit. But when Faustus actually contacts the spirit and has the latter serve him for twenty years, he comes to realize what he has lost in the process—himself. He has come to see and understand the human comedy and drama, and that the balance of all things is set by the very nature of existence itself. Wealth? Oh, he obtains that in abundance. Sexual pleasures? He has more than his fill. Destruction of his enemies? He has filled coffins beyond measure. But still, the limits of his own humanness prevent him from “…or have my spirits to or’e whelm (overwhelm) the world, or have them build a wall of gold around fair Wittenberg, wherein the students shall be bravely clad…” In other words, his own humanity prevents the extremes that are/ were in him from manifesting in his spoken desires. And finally, there is the Slingshot Effect. For it is during the first few attempts at Evocation to Physical Manifestation that the Operator—even if he has operated without truly knowing what he was doing but has yet managed to receive some results—very quickly finds out that there is a price to be paid for everything. If you will re-read Ceremonial Magic and the Power of Evocation you will see what I mean exactly. So the greedy Operator becomes less greedy before he enters his next evocation. The lustful pull back quite a bit, remembering what had happened the last time they got carried away. And the hateful cool down and very typically rethink the situation after licking the wounds of their last evocation attempt to destroy this one or that one. In fact, in this case, after mending their own Slingshot-induced scars, they decide to resolve their ‘enemy issue’ without any recourse to magical means.
It is fun to play around with such theoretical ideas and wonder about them. But when it comes to actual practice, it is a different matter entirely. In a way, evocation is a lot like mathematics. Many people will say, I read the chapter in this math book and saw how they did all the problems and understand all of it. But I can’t do the problems myself! This is because they lack experience in trying to solve such problems. You see, it is not knowledge that gives wisdom: it is the experiencing of that knowledge that leads to wisdom. The same with evocation. When experience is gained, a new level of awareness of the full extent of the power of spirits and their Offices, the frailty and limitations of human nature, and the unforgiving ‘pay back’ of the Slingshot Effect, force the Operator into an entirely new world of understanding and responsibility. There is much, much more to Evocation to Physical Manifestation than I could possibly cover in one small book on the subject. Just as there is more to, say, Calculus than can be covered in one huge book on the subject. It is an area of Magic that demands ALL, and will give MUCH in return; the difference being that if you subtract the MUCH from the ALL, that which is left will be the measure and magnitude of your result. It is NOTHING to fool with, as I have said so many times. I trust I have answered your question, at least to some extent. ///////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////// ////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////// Dr. Lisiewski's responses to readers' questions for the week of June 26 - July 2, 2006. Announcement — Due to the ever growing number of reader questions, developments regarding the effectiveness of my efforts in trying to answer as many questions as possible each week, and reader requests for a private consultation service, the number of questions answered from now on will be significantly limited. My answers—of necessity —will also be much more concise than they have been to date. Please click here for a complete explanation of this evolving situation. Thank you. Q–1 (Properly, this is not a question but an informative notice that may be of benefit to all, so it is included here.) I noticed you'd recommended Donald Tyson's Tetragrammaton a few times on your site. And I'm sure people will be able to obtain copies, but I just though I'd let you know in case you didn't already, that it has been re-titled to The Power of the Word. I myself originally assumed that it was a different book, but then I had a chance to check the edition info behind the title page. As far as I'm aware, it is the same book. I don't know why they have to change titles. A–1 Thank you so much for pointing this out. I saw the new title on Amazon.com that you cite in your post, read its description, and also wondered. Now, thanks to you, we know! Yes, “…a rose by any other name smells just as sweet…” is an apt comparison to this work of his. It is one of the finest books I have ever seen on the subject, is highly operable, and in my opinion, belongs in the working library of every student of Magic.
Again, thank you for letting all of us know this important fact. Q–2 The Heptameron states ".let the master carry the sword." It is clear that the magician needs a sword, however it does not specifically instruct to have a sword made. What if I were to buy a sword during the time periods you say the sword has to be made. Would this sabotage the intended results of the ceremony? A–2 You must remember, when de Abano wrote the Heptameron, there were no swords commercially available. That is, you couldn’t simply walk into a store and buy one as you can today. Still, there were Smithies around, and one could be engaged for the purpose of making such a sword. Yes, you can purchase one during the appropriate day and hour as you say. Be certain however, to consecrate and inscribe the Names of Power on it during the same day and hour as well. No, it would not sabotage your efforts, simply because the Heptameron is a ‘brief’ grimoire, and presupposes the Operator already knows the ‘basics’ of such things. That is, those things which were basic for the era in which the book was written. You’ll be alright with this approach, as you are not changing anything in the grimoire itself. Q–3 I hope this finds you well. I just finished reading your brilliant work Ceremonial Magic and the Power of Evocation. What a well-written work, indeed! Best since Occult Philosophy by Agrippa himself in my opinion! It truly is one of the greatest works on the occult in our current era. Thank you, at long last! Allow me to get straight to the point so that you can find the time to answer my question with greater detail. I have been practicing Ceremonial Magic for eight long years and have been getting poor results. Your book showed me EXACTLY the reasons why. Since I would like to amend my ways, I just wanted to ask you personally how you were able to get all those very rare ingredients for brewing a good and worthwhile evocation. Where do you perform these rituals that requires so much space, paint work, and ritual tool assembly? How specific do you need to get when making the tools? Can you use pewter instead of silver, blood of, say a regular chicken than a specified hen, leather instead of skin of lion? There are some that just seem impossible to find and I'm looking to you for help as my teacher, in order to grow in this field. I mean, this can cause serious problems for the average American nowadays. Can you in any way help me? Is there a good supply shop I can look to? I'm sure so many others have the same exact question for you and I would be forever grateful if you could in any way help me out. I have a deep yearning to learn, and would take anything you said to heart! Please, help me grow as you once did as a student of Israel Regardie.
A–3 I’ll answer this interesting set of questions below, in text, by responding to each matter separately… “I just wanted to ask you personally how you were able to get all those very rare ingredients for brewing a good and worthwhile evocation” All of this is either answered or ‘suggested’ in Ceremonial Magic and the Power of Evocation. As to how I, personally, obtain all of these things, that is a private matter. There are techniques I have worked out over 42+ years, and which are a function of ‘who’ I am and ‘what’ I am, my location, my financial condition, the people I know, my own resourcefulness, etc. In short, all those things that are particular to me as an individual involved in such Work. Thus, what applies to my situation would—in all probability—not apply to anyone else. “Where do you perform these rituals that requires so much space, paint work, and ritual tool assembly?” Again, this is a personal matter, and a function of my living condition. But I will say I own a substantial amount of property, and hence have the physical space I need to conduct magical work. As to the tools themselves: over these many years I have acquired the materials in one way or another and made them myself. The result being a very large and well-equipped Magical Chamber and auxiliary ‘workroom.’ But all of this took time, effort, energy, absolute commitment, and an extremist attitude: one I apply as much to my scientific work as I do to my Magic. “How specific do you need to get when making the tools?” EXTREMELY specific! You follow the grimoire you are working from to the letter… and spirit of the text. And according to the grimoire involved, you will—in fact—have more than one set of tools. In other words, ‘To each (grimoire) its own (set of tools.)’ “Can you use pewter instead of silver, blood of, say a regular chicken than a specified hen, leather instead of skin of lion?” All of these examples you name are simply variations of one theme: “Can I change things to suit my own purpose or ease?” The answer—No. You use what the grimoire calls for. Period. There are NO substitutions allowed, unless you want to wind up with NO results, PARTIAL results, and ALWAYS, with more Slingshot Effects than you know what to do with. “There are some that just seem impossible to find and I'm looking to you for help as my teacher, in order to grow in this field. I mean, this can cause serious problems for the average American nowadays. Can you in any way help me?”
Do you think it was ‘easy’ for a Ceremonial Magician living in England to obtain a lion’s skin or other required material during the Medieval era, or a location in which to perform his Art and Science when the Holy Inquisition was breathing down his neck? When people lived in towns and cities, stacked 10 to a small ‘apartment?’ When to venture out in the surrounding countryside left you prey to wild animals, men who would kill you for the old cloak you wore, or other highwaymen? Such difficulties have been the TEST for ALL Magicians throughout time—and it is no different now. It is as simple as this: these are the requirements. IF this is what you have chosen to do, have accepted the process involved, now you must produce the Will needed to fulfill those requirements. And all of this is STRICTLY and SOLELY up–to–YOU! And remember this also: Magic—REAL Magic, is not, has never been, nor ever will be, meant for anyone who is “average.” And this applies most especially to that brand of people who demand everything, and demand it instantly, conveniently, inexpensively, and with as little ‘fuss’ as possible: the average American. Their deeply ingrained mindset of absolute convenience is why there are so very few successful American Magicians —or anything else, for that matter. Is there a good supply shop I can look to? Several are listed on my site here under the suppliers index. Yes, Regradie helped me to no end. But the growing part was up to ME. He provided the knowledge and direction—as I have done for others in my books and here on this website. The “growth” part, is now up to THEM and them only—AND to YOU! It may not sound like I “helped” you very much by this reply. But if you follow what I have said herein, the day will come when you find out that I have given you more help here than you may think at present. Q–4 When will the forums be up? I’m sure there are a lot of people out there would like to discuss your books openly without the other stuff that messes up other magic forums and bulletin boards? A–4 Unfortunately, there will be no forums coming, which is why their listings on the website have been removed. Actually all three of the forums are set up and are on the site: they have only to be ‘activated’ by adding one, simple link to the pages. But only my Webmaster and I can see them, i.e., since there is no public link to them. Why have we made this decision? Because over the weeks, we have received a deluge of ‘threats’ from New Age people; people who are so angry over my exposing their “New Age” for the clap trap nonsense it is, that they stated—in no uncertain terms—they were just waiting to destroy the content of my genuine readers forum exchanges; and destroy them just as fast as they could. The fact that I upset this group of ne’re-do-well ‘experts’ at failure, pleases me to no end. But as usual, going against the prevailing ignorance and dogma of the crowd has its price:
and the forums are one of them (there are others, but they are my problem exclusively and it would do no good to discuss them here.) To work the forums properly and eliminate this problem, we would have to have the forums moderated, which means one of my staff of 4 would have to read every posting before allowing it to go to the forum on the site. In plain words, we just do not have the manpower and time to do this. Hence, the forums had to be eliminated. The next time you think of that ‘glorious’ New Age phenomena, remember this. It is one —and only one—of the reasons why I am so against it, and why I make my stand against it and what all of that crowd stand for. ///////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////// ////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////// Dr. Lisiewski's responses to readers' questions for the week of June 19 - June 25, 2006. Announcement — Due to the ever growing number of reader questions, developments regarding the effectiveness of my efforts in trying to answer as many questions as possible each week, and reader requests for a private consultation service, the number of questions answered from now on will be significantly limited. My answers—of necessity —will also be much more concise than they have been to date. Please click here for a complete explanation of this evolving situation. Thank you. Q–1 dear mr. lisiewski: what are your thoughts on a system based on your work of dealing with problems of drug and alcohol abuse ? as a longtime student of the esoteric, things will go great for some time then almost beyond my conscious control i slip into a downward spiral then when I’m at the point of collapse i seem to snap out of it. A–1 I do not understand the context of your question. If you are referring to the use of the book, Kabbalistic Cycles and the Mastery of Life, I say—and as a great number of my readers have confirmed—it can be applied to many areas of life; although I have no idea how the Kabbalistic Cycles System would be applied to your ill-defined question. If you are referring to some medical problem you have, I cannot comment. I am not a medical doctor and cannot—and would not—offer any advice or suggestions in any medical direction whatsoever. I am sorry I cannot be of more help to you here. Q–2 Thank you for revealing and expounding upon what I consider to be a revolution in magical theory and practice. I just wanted to write a brief note to strongly encourage you to create the 3 CD's (beginning, intermediate, advanced) of magical instruction. Instructions such as these with emphasis on the period of time to practice (i.e. 15 minutes/day for one month) each exercise or technique and descriptions of the complete results to be expected upon mastery of the exercise or ritual would be invaluable to myself and many others.
A–2 Thank you for your comments on my magical system of thought and practice. It is gratifying when people tell me they are receiving benefit from applying my Teachings. As to the CD’s. Easier said than done, I’m afraid. Time and work load is always a problem. If—and I say IF—they are produced, they will certainly not give anything that can be done in “…15 minutes a day for one month.” As you know, Magic is not something you ‘do.’ Or even worse, something you ‘do’ when you can ‘spare the time.’ Magic is something you live, and eventually—become, in the truest and purest sense of the word. And these transformations certainly cannot be brought about in a 15 minute period per day. You may well ask, “What do you mean I will ‘become’ Magic? How can I do this?” Zen provides a perfect example and explanation here. Consider a dancer and the dance. When the two become so united through performance, there is no longer the dancer and the dance: there is only dancing. This is what I mean, and this is how you will—must— eventually ‘become’ Magic. The CD’s will also NOT be book length. That is not their purpose: such tomes of information can be conveniently found on any New Age bookstore shelf. These CD’s of Magical Instruction would each contain about 50-75 pages, giving the pure techniques with basic underlying theory, along with an exercise regimen that would require the individual do three things: work—Work—and WORK! There is nothing of any value in this life which comes easily, quickly, and according to someone’s time-line sense of personal expediency. And I can guarantee you that none of my writings are aimed at—or written for—the lazy, the ‘New Age’r’ or the dilettante. These CD’s will also be expensive as such things go: probably about $25 - $35 a piece. It is my opinion people pay for useable information: not for massive books meant to impress when situated just so on a coffee table or bookshelf. In summary: my writings are for the hard core individual who desires to grow and succeed in this world, and who is equally and grimly determined to WORK in order to attain and then maintain that success. Q–3 I don't mean to keep bothering you about certain books dealing with hermetic magic, because I know that is not your area of focus in magic, but I know that you are very keen in your perception of what works and doesn't work, so my question is dealing with a particular book on hermetic magic...What is your opinion on the book Initiation into Hermetics by Franz Bardon...Your answer will be greatly appreciated. A–3 All of Bardon’s books are anything but “Hermetic.” As you are probably all too aware, simply because a book uses a popular (and all too frequently misunderstood or not-understood) word in its title, does not mean its content reflects the subject matter of that term. This is the case with the Bardon work you cite here. I am not a fan of any of his books, including The Practice of Magical Evocation which I found to be very
ineffective and—in my opinion—ludicrous in its theoretical underpinnings. In this instance, we have “New Age” in its most obvious and obnoxious form. There are also other problems with his writing as I see it. But then again, these are only my own opinions—based upon studying and working with them decades ago. Q–4 In your books I haven't seen any reference to Franz Bardon. I'm sure you have opinions on him. Would you share them ? A–4 Please see my reply to Q–3 above. While I don’t care to comment upon individual books unless I recommend them in my own writing, because of the number of questions received the past two weeks regarding Bardon’s works, I thought I should at least offer some brief comment here for whatever it may or may not be worth to the reader. Bardon is not ‘truly’ “New Age” in the popular sense. But his system is—as I have found out personally—utterly unworkable. Now, it does give the student a different view of Magic, and is valuable in acquainting one with what’s out there. But as a functional, working system of Magic, my opinion is— no, it’s not. Just try completing the exercises he recommends in Initiation into Hermetics. If you can complete them—and get the so-called ‘results’ he discusses in them—let me know: you’d be the first I ever heard from who succeeded. I know it’s unpopular to comment on other’s writings so I don’t, unless I genuinely enjoy them; and that, only because I found much meat in them. There is an old saying that is so true: “If you don’t have anything kind to say about someone (something, etc.,) then say nothing at all.” This has been my general policy and I will keep to it. But once again, since so many questions have come in regarding Bardon’s books, I thought I would give my opinion, for whatever it may or may not be worth. ///////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////// ////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////// Dr. Lisiewski's responses to readers' questions for the week of June 12 - June 18, 2006. Due to Dr. Lisiewski attending a Physics Conference in Boston, this weekly column will resume next week. Thank you for your understanding. --- Webmaster ///////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////// ////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////// Dr. Lisiewski's responses to readers' questions for the week of June 5 - June 11, 2006. Announcement - Due to the ever growing number of reader questions, developments regarding the effectiveness of my efforts in trying to answer as many questions as possible each week, and reader requests for a private consultation service, the number of questions answered from now on will be significantly limited. My answers-of necessity-
will also be much more concise than they have been to date. Please click here for a complete explanation of this evolving situation. Thank you. Q-1 My problem is "Operator Error"...and not a "Program problem"...I wanted to ask you if there is someone you would suggest to me, that does a consultation on "Kabbalistic Cycles" pertaining to their own individual birth information...and/or a compilation of information (in chart form) of the Angelic Beings present at ones birth time... I am very new to the writings of Dr. Joseph C. Lisiewski, I find (what I have read thus far), compelling me to read on...I have ordered his other books and await their arrival... And now I have a great curiosity as to "how" and "where" I fit into the Kabbalistic System.... I have enclosed my birth information (withheld) A-1 There are no consultations needed for the Kabbalistic Cycles based upon one's birth data, simply because when you are 'in the game,' and are subject to the same rules of that game as are all of the other players. Think of a football team. Eleven guys on each side of the ball. They all have strengths, they all have weaknesses. One specializes in being a 'deep threat' because he has a 'natural talent' for running the routes and getting his hands on the ball, no matter how badly it's thrown. Another guy is built like a brick…well, you know…and piles through the line for that needed one or two yards on third down, or on the super critical 'fourth-and-one.' But each one is influenced and must execute his duties according to the rules of the game. It's the same here. You were born-you're 'in the game.' The rules-here, the Kabbalistic Cycles-were taught to you by your 'coach'-my book. Now, all you have to do is learn those rules, and use your innate strengths to capitalize on them, in addition to using them to offset your weaknesses. That's all there is to it. They will-and are!-working for you now, whether you realize it or not, or are aware of it or not. So learn the 'rules' of the game - memorize your playbook - get out on the field -Life - and give it all you have. You'll find out your birth considerations are irrelevant here. Lucky you (and everyone else!) And don't worry about angelic beings present at your birth or not. Who cares?! YOU are YOU, right here, right now. Worrying about such things as who's who at the moment of your birth is New Age nonsense. It's a con, run by those who are trying to make something that has a value of zero, meaningful to others so they and those others can feel special or important while they make their no end of bucks from others' fanciful notions and New Age clap-trap. YOU are special and important enough. So much so, that there was only ONE being of importance who was surely present at your birth: your Holy Guardian Angel (HGA.) And believe me when I say, you will have your hands full in getting to know this most resplendent and divine being, without worrying about any of the others. The others have their place and function in various magical work, yes. But who was present (or absent) at your birth, is not one of them. Q-2 In one of your books (if I remember correctly) you stated, that daily practices in concentration were not recommended, as to be of no real value. Initially my interest is with the mystic. So prayer, meditation and alchemy I feel is the correct path for me.
I focus on Raja Yoga and prayer. Currently I have developed the physical process of yoga to the point were I will be ready for meditation proper. Interesting psychic abilities have already begun to open up within me. Do you think I am fooling myself taking this path? A-2 The concentration I was referring to is that New Age diatribe meant to (somehow) develop some ethereal 'spiritual quality' that is (somehow) to be used in magical work. Remember your first girlfriend (or boyfriend?) Remember how you could clearly 'see' (Image) her (or him) in your mind? Remember the focus-the concentration-you automatically attained in holding that image ohhhh, so clearly in your mind? Remember how you reveled at her (or his) slightest gestures, as you recalled their countenance and body movements? That little turn at the corner of their mouth as they smiled? That little twinkle-or so it seemed-in their eyes as they looked at you sheepishly? That, young man, is Concentration and Imaging: for one cannot exist without the other. It's a basic function of the human mind. I rail against those mindless New Age 'exercises' designed to have you use years of time, effort, and energy, in seeing trees, streams, mountains, etc., all in preparation for your 'spiritual growth'…whatever that is. It is unnecessary. For your spiritual nature is already perfect; made so by that Fire of the Indwelling Part of Godhead that exists within your very core. When your time comes to 'concentrate' in your mystical pursuit, go to it, remembering that the Imaging will fall into place automatically. Focus (concentrate) on that part of the Kabbalistic Trinity with which Mysticism involves itself: the God of Love (Chokmah), as opposed to the God of Law (Binah) or the God of physical and Paraphysical universal existence (Kether.) In time, the Essence of Chokmah-the God of Lovewill lead you to the Crown, Kether. But do not neglect the God of Law, or you will not only lose your way, you will lose the end itself. The Trinity of Creation is needed to experience what some have called "Cosmic Consciousness," "Nirvana," The "Mystical Marriage," or simply, "Union with Godhead." For that Godhead does not (only) exist somewhere outside of you in some nebulous area of the universe. It exists within you, right now, at the very center of your being. All too often we travel 'out' to the ends of the universe looking for that Godhead. Yes, it does exist there also, as it does throughout the 'everywhere' all around us. But it is nearer than your hand, and closer than your breath, even now as you read these words. Seek it here; now, by your own way. And don't fall for the contrivance that Attaining to the Knowledge and Conversation of the Holy Guardian Angel (Attaining to the K&C of the HGA) means that once you do this, you have reached the Summit. You have not. Attaining to the K&C of the HGA is only the beginning of the Great Awakening…it is not the end of it. But it is a vital, first step. This too can come to you through your (exclusive) Interior Work. It does not have to be solely through the Abramelin Operation which is of course, the magical way. Indeed, that is only one way. There are many mansions in the Father's House, and many are the roads that lead to the Palace.
The psychic abilities that are awakening within you are the first step-or the first fruits-of your efforts. You are not deluding yourself. "Ask permission of no man to perform," is an ancient injunction. Choose your own way, travel it with your HGA, relying upon It more and more as you go along, and It will open the way for you. You need no one to tell you your Path is 'right' or 'wrong.' That is the "New Age" way. Light your own candle: that of your spiritual yearning. And if the dark outlines of the Path you chose are lit even so slightly at first by that single candle's radiance-but it feels right for you-then take it. Never look back. You will be led the rest of the way. Q-3 Does the man who "surrenders to the will of god" arrive at the same place as the man who learns his true will through" The attainment of the knowledge and conversation of the holy guardian angel" ? What is the purpose of magic? A-3 To be valid, "Surrendering to the Will of God" must be done with the heart, and not the mind. Going to church, lip service, joining magical groups, orders and lodges, mystical bodies, and the other devices of men, are not the way. The mind instructs in the way to be taken; the heart travels that way. After much doubt and objection, if the realization of God is attained with an all consuming clarity, the heart then offers itself in unconditional resignation to the Will of God through an act of selfless Love: the Surrender itself. Ironically, this is when the individual comes to understand that the Will of God and his will are one and the same-and always have been. The "places" arrived at by either this pure Mystic Process of Surrender (Resignation), or the magical way of Attaining to the Knowledge of the Holy Guardian Angel, are exactly the same. For the One God is the ultimate aim of both methods, and of both adherents to those methods. Neither method is 'better' in and of itself. Neither is 'more desirable' in and of itself. It depends on the interior nature of the aspirant, and on his or her present place in the scheme of things. For these are the factors that determine-in very large measure-just which method a given individual will select in order to make the Ascent. There are many definitions of Magic prevalent today that supposedly sum up the 'purpose' of Magic. Perhaps the most common is, 'The Art and Science of causing changes to occur in conformity with one's own will.' This is true enough. But I conceive of this to be a beginner's operational definition: something to keep the new aspirant going; a means of focusing on the magical work that lies before him/her. It is a construct, used primarily-and all too often exclusively-by the individual to deal with that neverending stream of life-difficulties that are the province of Malkuth. When used exclusively for this end, the Magic may succeed, but the individual will fail. For his Crisis in Malkuth as I term it, is never addressed.
In the end, the 'real' or 'hidden' purpose of Magic is-in my opinion-only one: the following of a unified process and its practices that lead to an Ultimate Conscious Union with Godhead, however brief that interlude of Union may be. The effect of such Union is so all-encompassing, as to render a new individual in every way. It is thus that the individual's Crisis of Malkuth is not 'overcome.' It is literally transfigured, and the Ascent to Godhead is accomplished. It is-in the purest sense then-the bringing of Godhead down into Manhood, and the elevation of Manhood to Godhead. And although Magic is many times chosen as the 'first step' in this process, the process itself-this Ultimate Union-is usually attained or completed through strictly mystical techniques. As such, while the ultimate purposes of Mysticism and Magic are the same in the early phases, in the end, the Attainment of Ultimate Union occurs primarily through mystical means, as far as I am concerned. Q-4 Intro: It is refreshing to read that you embrace the Old System Magic. My opinion is similar to yours in that I believe all 'new' systems bring the paradigm/ego of the translator/self-professed magician into play. Going straight to the main source, and translating what really worked and not sugar-coating the system, is most excellent! As to where I am now with your writings-I am in the midst of reading Ceremonial Magic and thus far have not read your other books...yet. Question: Given the fact that the manifestations summoned up by the Old System are familiar with exclusively men as being the main summoner/voice/presence, do you think that being a woman has any hindrance in performing the ceremonial magic and summoning the manifestations? Is there any proof that the Old System Magic works with women? I know that the Golden Dawn, OTO, yada, yada, yada, have women in it, but I also know that they practice what you label the New Age and not the Old System. Since there were no women who wrote the Grimoires of the Old System, what can I do to make it work for me? Don't get me wrong, I don't wanna make the system all 'women oriented' or alter it in any way AT ALL - that's not my style!!! If I suggested that, then I'd just be doing what we would both despise- making it Old System 'Lite'. I'm just inquisitive and would like to understand how I fit into the Old System. Your thoughts on this are greatly appreciated. A-4 You were created by a Absolute God who invested you and all of your gender with certain qualities and abilities, just as it visited other qualities and abilities upon my gender. Yours are not superior to mine, nor mine to yours: both sets of qualities and abilities are simply, unique. As such, there is nothing whatsoever to bar you or any of your gender from the successful practice of Magic in general, and of Evocation to Physical Manifestation in particular. In fact, the more easily accessed emotional nature of the woman may enable her to 'break through' that rigid haze of logical objection needed for manifestation to occur. It may also, however, operate against her during that extremely difficult process of Control,
which leads to final Command. For in this second instance, the biologically-based proclivity for ruthless, masculine logic; the logic of survival dating back to pre-history and the days of the cave-when we men had the roles of hunters and warriors-was fixed by Nature to assist us, the males, in performing our life sustaining and maintaining activities for the clan or group. Yet, it is entirely possible for such 'ruthless logic' to be emulated by the female. It may not come all at once-no more than 'nurturing' will come all at once to a male-but it can come. Nevertheless, these 'challenges' in no way prohibit, exclude, or dictate that 'a man's evocation will give better results.' Yes, the grimoires were-as I have pointed out in Ceremonial Magic and the Power of Evocation-initially written by Catholic Priests. As such, they are most certainly genderspecific. But the essence of those manuscripts; the techniques, methods, and theological base upon which they were built, are suitable for all who have the courage, the determination, and the will to see them through to their bitter-or sweet-or bittersweet end. Do not doubt yourself: continue to Work. ///////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////// ////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////// Dr. Lisiewski's responses to readers' questions for the week of May 29 - June 4, 2006. Announcement - Due to the ever growing number of reader questions, developments regarding the effectiveness of my efforts in trying to answer as many questions as possible each week, and reader requests for a private consultation service, the number of questions answered from now on will be significantly limited. My answers-of necessitywill also be much more concise than they have been to date. Please click here for a complete explanation of this evolving situation. Thank you. Q-1 Please don't apologize, for your lateness on some weekly submissions of answers and thoughts of magic and mysticism. Many of us have waited a decade or (what seems) a lifetime for such practical information! I personally, can not thank you enough, for the mental AND seemingly spiritual relief your words have given me so far. The gift of your words are truly a legacy of the wonderful men that were Israel Regardie and Frater Albertus. Some of us have had mystical experiences at a very young age through no prompting of our own. Quite frankly it sent my life (for a while) into a spin through lack of understanding. Although I have an interest in magic, initially my interest is with the mystic and alchemy for exploring nature. You have outlined a program for the budding magi. Could you please outline one for the budding mystic and alchemist? A-1 In many ways, Magic is more overt in its structure and practice. This does not preclude the interior work that is to be done in it at first by any means, since practicing Magic properly involves putting the horse before the cart: not the other way around.
Mysticism is entirely another matter, as its interior work is primarily designed to effect the interior life, which then 'spills over' into the exterior (material) world of the Mystic. I have thought about this a great deal; especially since no small number of other readers have requested the exact same programs as you have described here. But owing to the differences outlined above, designing such a program for Mysticism would take much time and considerable effort. And in the case of Alchemy, the differences are even greater: it demands that the interior and exterior work be done at the same time and in a coordinated way. That is, mystical exercises can-and I stress the word, can-be used as methods to encourage True Spiritual Unfoldment (not "growth," since the spiritual nature of Man is already perfect as I have said so many times in my writings.) This interior unfoldment is then reflected in exterior results obtained in the alchemical laboratory. These two areas then, cannot-as far as I am concerned-be as easily outlined here in this column as was the proposed Beginner's Program in Magic (and in fact, that one took 12 hours to carefully think through.) There were so many possibilities for such a program it was staggering to think of them, then to study old notes of my own and some of my former students, construct that program, discuss it with several of those former students, and spend yet another 4 hours polishing before presenting it here. What I am going to do in the not so distant future, is write out extensive development programs for students in Magic, Mysticism, and Alchemy, put them on CD ROMS, and provide them on this site. The interested individual will be able to purchase them, print out all of the instructions contained on them, and thus have detailed information of the type that simply cannot be presented in this column (see the Announcement at the top of this column. It further explains the time-limitation situation I am faced with.) There is one recommendation I can offer you at the moment. You might find Dr. Israel Regardie's book, The Romance of Metaphysics - An Introduction to the History, Theory, and Psychology of Modern Metaphysics of some value. Written before Regardie entered the armed forces in 1942 during World War II, it was finally published in 1946 by Aries Press. It is an interesting and cohesive treatment of the subject with mystical overtones, and may expose you to more than you think. Pay special attention to pages 104 - 105. There is much meat here, as indeed there is in the entire book. You will have to obtain it from a used book dealer, as I am unaware of it having enjoyed a printing past its original 1946 publication date. Q-2 Thank you for answering my question, the advice you gave me will not be in vain...The Question I have for you this time is concerning the advice you give your readers about creating their own spiritual path. Now I agree with that and it wasn't easy for me to give up my "New Age" ways but you spoke with so much experience and truth that veil of illusion was almost instantly removed (also I was at my wits end with failed attempts at this so called magic), but
anyway on to my question, I feel (and have felt this way for quite some time) this strong connection to Egyptian Gods, Goddesses, Magic, and Mysticism, and especially Isis, so I wanted to know where should I start in exploring this calling I have inside of me, I bought a book titled "Isis Magic" by Isadora Frost a couple of months ago and tried the rituals inside and they had very profound effects on my psyche, but I don't know if this book is just another new age gimmick or not, so what do you suggest I do, where do I start or look. p.s. sorry for being so wordy but I feel Her Presence so strongly with me, and I just want to behold the true Isis, not some new age mental projection of what she should look or feel like...Thank you.... A-2 I have no knowledge of the book you cite above and therefore cannot comment on it. One thing I do know, is that True Hermetic Magic is not so much concerned with 'feelings' and 'effects on the psyche,' as it is on causing changes to occur in one's own world of Malkuth. As far as I am concerned, there are primarily two books that I recommend the genuinely interested individual use to begin their Hermetic Magic studies and practices: Hermetic Magic: The Postmodern Magical Papyrus of Abaris by Dr. Stephen Edred Flowers, an utterly masterful expose' of Hermetic magical principles, theory, and practice, and what I conceive to be its 'companion' book, Hans Deiter Betz's, The Greek Magical Papyri in Translation : Including the Demotic Spells : Texts. Pay special attention to Flowers' Recommended Reading list at the back of his book: it will enable you to amass a library of your own in Hermetic Magic easily and quickly, with the best texts available on the subject (I did this myself and am very grateful that I took Dr. Flowers' advice on this and certain matters he presents in the book.) Q-3 I'm currently studying your three books, especially Kabbalistic Handbook for the Practicing Magician, and also the advice you have given on your website. And my view of Magic is now changing drastically. I realize that although I've been studying and working unsuccessfully with various systems over the past fourteen years, my grounding wasn't all that solid. So I'm working with the guidelines you've suggested over the last couple of weeks (periods covering 8th to 21st May 2006). And so that I can follow your advice as closely as possible, I just wanted to clarify which editions of two of Israel Regardie's books you refer to. Before the current third editions of The Tree of Life, The Middle Pillar, and A Garden of Pomegranates, second editions of two of them appeared in 1970, and the other in 1972. Are you saying that the current edition of A Garden of Pomegranates (first part of the current edition) is basically unchanged? And you suggest obtaining an earlier edition of The Middle Pillar. Do you mean the first edition (pre 1970)? Lastly, I wanted to ask you about the technique of OBE you spoke of in your answer to question four for the period of 15th to 21st May 2006. I won't assume that it was Israel Regardie who taught you this method, as you may have met more than one old Rosicrucian in 1971. But can you share this method at this point in time, or do you plan
to do so in one form or another at some point in the future? Astral Projection was the first subject I became passionate about, and I am still, but I haven't so far had any real success with the techniques published, including those I've tried in the books you mention. Anything you can suggest or share would be greatly appreciated. I know you're a very busy man. But if you're able to reply either via your site or privately if at all possible, then please do, especially in regards to the books. A-3 Thank you for the questions relating to Regardie's books. Personally, I do not purchase-nor advocate-that any of the 'old greats' that have been 'edited' or 'expanded' or some such nonsense be purchased by the serious student. Why? I am of the mind that to learn what a man-or woman-had/has to say, you must read their writings in undiluted form: interpretation is a very dangerous and questionable practice indeed. My contention is: if these 'editors' and 'expanders' of great books are so knowledgeable and astute in their own right, why do they have to tamper with books that need no 'new introduction,' or editing,' or 'expanding?' In this sense, I am a purist and will remain so. Many years ago I was led too far astray by this new author and that one 'adding his two cents worth' to what was an unblemished work. And that 'two cents worth' cost me a fortune in lost time, energy, effort, money, and in a few instances-in suffering badly from the Slingshot Effect. All I can tell you is what I have used going on well nigh thirty-five years now. They work. They have not been tampered with. I do not have to sit down and compare every word on every page to make certain some 'editor' or 'expander' did not miss something or 'pull a fast one' by trying to get his point across instead of that of the original author's. Yes, I have seen the 'modern' paperbacks and their 'edits' as I stated, and owing to what I said, reject them all, outright. Having added my 'two cents' to the pot, let me say as to the books you inquire about, that the ones I recommend and that I use to this day are as follows: 1. A Garden of Pomegranates - Second Edition, Hardcover, 1970 (I also use the 10th printing of this in paperback, 1994, which is a pure copy of the original. This paperback edition was published by Llewellyn and has an ISBN of: 0875426905) 2. The Middle Pillar - Second Edition, Hardcover, 1970 3. The Tree of Life - Copyright 1969, 1971 printing, Hardcover, linen cloth cover with Pentacle of Evocation design, Samuel Weiser, ISBN: 0877281491 As to your question about OBE (Out-of-the Body Experience) and the technique I was taught by an old Rosicrucian in 1971. That man was a great friend of mine, and a very evolved soul-personality (he was actually a physicist at MIT.) He taught me this method to aid me in my early days, and laid down no conditions on my teaching it to others. The problem is, it is not something that can just be 'written down.' It is a technique that has to be discussed in the oral tradition so as to be properly conveyed. Then it can be very effectively demonstrated. As such, it is something I teach only by word of mouth, and only to those with whom I personally meet. I wish I could be of more help to you in this matter, but under the circumstances, I cannot.
Q-4 I'm sorry to keep bothering you with all these questions but I just want to really be clear on a certain thing...I just purchased your book Kabbalistic Handbook for the Practicing Magician(which is a life saver) and I was wondering if it was possible to do a Kabbalistic Analysis on Egyptian Myth and Mysticism to eventually create my own Egyptian-based personal System of Magical Practice that is specific to my own inner nature...? Something inside of me tells me its possible and somehow, I can sense a correspondence between the Kabbalah and Egyptian symbolism and myth, its just that I would love to hear your guidance in this matter. I remember you told me to listen closely to my HGA, and I think that may be what that inner prompting is, but I don't want to delude myself, because as you stated in your book--although not in these exact words-that it is easy to imagine a nested or hidden Kabbalistic concept or principle in such things and this can be most dangerous...I heed this advice well. Thank You and Please keep up the good work, you and others like you are what our Present Age of Magic needs to aid people like myself get results instead of frustration and delusion. A-4 Please see my answer, "A-2" to Question 2 above. You certainly need those books if you wish to pursue the Path you describe. For that Path is the Hermetic Path: make no mistake about it. One other book I would like to recommend to you is The Greek Qabalah-Alphabetic Mysticism and Numerology in the Ancient World, by Kieren Barry. It is a most excellent book. You will need it to do a proper Kabbalistic Analysis of the type you suggest, because the Hebrew Kabbalah cannot be used in the Egyptian scheme! Why? Because as Dr. Flowers so aptly points out in his own book, there is a cosmological Graeco-Egyptian glyph which may have been used by the Graeco-Egyptian Mystery Schools, and from which the Hebrew Kabbalah may-I say, "may"-have been derived. Nevertheless, theoretical conjecture aside, the glyph presented in Dr. Flowers book, and that discussed in Mr. Barry's is integral to the Hermetic System of Magic as it is different from the Hebraic-based Kabbalistic glyph: remember, we do not-ever-mix systems! Thus, if you wish to operate in the Hermetic realm, you would use the same principles and techniques as given in my book, Kabbalistic Handbook for the Practicing Magician, but use the associations and Path connections from the Graeco-Egyptian cosmological glyph as the principles to understanding. To both you and the reader from Question 2, I also recommend you acquire the five volume set, Hermetica - The Ancient Greek and Latin Writings Which Contain Religious or Philosophic Teachings Ascribed to Hermes Trismegistus, by Walter Scott, and Mithraic Mysteries-Restored and Modernized: A Drama of Interior Initiation, by Kenneth Sylvan Guthrie (all are available from Kessinger Publishing, LLC, through Amazon.com I trust these brief answers will be of help to my readers. ///////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////// //////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////
Dr. Lisiewski's responses to readers' questions for the week of May 22 - May 28, 2006. Announcement - Due to the ever growing number of reader questions, developments regarding the effectiveness of my efforts in trying to answer as many questions as possible each week, and reader requests for a new service, the number of questions answered from now on will be significantly limited. My answers-of necessity-will also be much more concise than they have been to date. Please click here for a complete explanation of this evolving situation. Thank you. Q-1 I've been using the Cycles for a couple weeks now. Thank you for answering my other question on your site. I have another question for you. I am finding myself on Path 26 and 24 with upward flow every weekend. I feel paralyzed! The Cycles are definitely useful, however does this weekend thing ever change? I have noticed that in the past the springtime is usually a difficult time for me, and perhaps this is why? Thanks for any further insight. A-1 Path 26-connecting Tiphareth and Hod, and Path 24-connecting Tiphareth and Netzach, are-all things considered-not really all that 'bad.' Yes, upward flow for Path 26 essentially means that whatever happens during that influence will have a negative outcome, while the upward flow for Path 24 indicates a state of stasis; inertia; lethargy; stagnation. They are simply times for you to 'make the best of it' and do something that possesses no intrinsic value, or that requires little mental effort-like watching that utterly abused invention called the television set. No, these influences will not change from weekend to weekend since they are fixed features of the Tree of Life. As to having a particularly difficult time in the Spring of each year, there are many possible reasons for this and I could not comment without knowing more about you and your background. However, I suspect that these upward flows irritate this Spring time condition of yours, and as such, are no doubt indicators of the root problem. But as I said, without knowing more about you, I cannot comment further. Q-2 Thank you very much for answering my question I asked you concerning the constant seeing of the numbers "1111" I've ordered some of the books you linked me to and I'm very curious about them. I have received the two books I ordered that you authored and find them very interesting and well written. I'll have to admit, the idea of summoning a demon is both frightful and fascinating. Bringing such a being into manifestation would simply change the way one views the world in a blink of an eye and I would imagine that you are nodding your head and grinning as you read this? I have gone through and read some of the older questions you have fielded and one stuck out where you told the writer he needed years of experience to prepare him for his first summoning. This is a bit disappointing for me as I have no experience in the art.
So, my question to you is where should one start? If I need to work on skills to master the possibility of one day dealing with a entity I've summoned, where do I start? It's sad when you want badly to have someone teach you and explain things to you when you're alone and with no such mentor. I would very much like to awaken things in me that will help me in my life and my views of it, but I am a bit lost. It would mean a lot if you could make a few suggestions as to where you would send a new student to begin his studies. Thanks again for answering my first question. I have a great deal of respect for you and wish you the very best! A-2 I think you will find the books you ordered to be of significant value to you in your studies. Be sure to look at their Recommended Reading lists and Bibliographies, and they will steer you even further into this fascinating subject of "Kabbalistic Arithmetic" if I can coin a phrase here. I am sorry you feel disappointed about requiring years of study and practice in (other) forms of Magic before attempting Evocation to Physical Manifestation. But if I told you otherwise, I would not only be doing you a great disservice, I'd be flat out lying. It is dangerous business as I stated so many times, when done correctly. It literally takes the Operator to the very edge of human experience. But I am glad you brought up the matter (many others have as well in their email the last several weeks.) Why am I glad you did? Because I failed to make a few things clear in my responses (replies can only be so long and cannot include every possible detail.) 1. You can most certainly see my column, Magical Thought of the Week for May 15 - 21, 2006. There you will find a Possible Magical Study and Practice Curriculum for Beginners presented. It is brief to be sure, but must be since different people need different help at different times as they proceed, even along this safe, sane, 'quiet' method of basic magical development. Still, it will serve all who use it well. 2. This curriculum is-as I said-a basic program; like a template that allows you to build something within it or erect some structure over it. But since no two students are alike, it cannot-and does not-answer those myriad questions and provide for those numerous suggestions that the student will need along the way. What you stated above about needing a mentor is just another example of those numerous requests I have received over the last months for such a service. If you are interested, I suggest you click on the "Consulting Service Coming Soon" tab above and read its contents. It may help you at some point in your work. 3. The reason it takes the average student of Magic years to reach the stage where they have the necessary development and skill to successfully perform Evocation to Manifestation, is due to the very problem you cited in your email: they have no guidance along the way, and inevitably make many costly mistakes that take years to straighten out-if they are able to deduce they have been making mistakes at all. Yes, the student must learn to depend upon his or her Holy Guardian Angel
(HGA) in the final analysis to be sure: no one other than that divine being can lead them to the Summit of the Magical Mountain. But making this connection to that being such that Its (at first) inner promptings and guidance become clear and dependable, is quite another matter. That's why a mentor is needed by the serious student, at least as some point(s) in their development. I can unequivocally state that if it were not for Regardie's tutelage of me from September 1971 until his death in March 1985, I would have never Attained to the Visitation. Of that you can be most certain. Like so many others who started out in Magic when I did, I would have been completely lost very soon, and would have remained lost. The same with Frater Albertus. If he did not teach me Alchemy himself, I wouldn't know the Gur from the Pre-Adamic Earth, or a 'dry distillation' from the results that are received from "Let the Eagle fly seven times," nor how to use each to get the results I wanted. Am I trying to sell you the idea of using my forthcoming consulting service, or tell you it's impossible to do it on your own-that is, get where you want to in Magic (or Alchemy)? In the first instance, my time for the consulting service will be limited each month, and solely aimed at helping only those few who are serious about their magical development. And even here, you can be certain these few will object to paying a fee for the private help, insisting that the love of knowledge and the student's need for help should be given freely-like it is being done here, for instance? But again, the written instruction can only take one so far: that is why there is an Oral Tradition not only in Kabbalah, but in Magic and Alchemy. In the second instance, of course I am not telling you (or anyone) they cannot successfully go it alone in either Magic or Alchemy. In theory, it is of course, possible. Is it probable? I can only speak from my forty-plus years of experience in these fields when I say: even many of those who did have private tutoring from some of the greats in both Magic and Alchemy, failed (I am thinking of a few Regardie worked with, and his concluding comments to me about them, and of a large number of students whom Frater Albertus taught and who yet failed miserably.) So once again, there are no guarantees. Why? Because it is up to the individual to do or not do; to work or not work; to strive, or not strive: having the 'love of knowledge'-and having that knowledge-is simply NOT enough! I trust I have been of some service to you in trying to make students progress in this convoluted, complex situation involving the Magical Arts (and Alchemical Sciences) more clear, if not more palatable. These are the kind of things people do not want to hear, and that is why they have the New Age, so they can continue their self-illusion and delusion to the grave. As always, it's up the individual to decide which Path he or she will take. Q-3 I have searched for the third book of The Ceremonial Magic Series. Can you please provide any insight into obtaining this book?
A-3 This is curious. I have received approximately thirty emails asking this same question. So far, I have three books published through New Falcon Publications: Ceremonial Magic and the Power of Evocation, Kabbalistic Cycles and the Mastery of Life, and The Kabbalistic Handbook for the Practicing Magician. There is a fourth to be published by New Falcon in the latter part of this year, Israel Regardie and the Philosopher's Stone - Bringing the Alchemic Art Down to Earth. I have no others published to date, other than these. However, I am seriously considering writing a series of instructions to help students in their magical practices. These would not be books, but CDs that contain programs for helping take one's magical development and practice as far as they can without some type of help along the way. There would be three CDs (these would be produced and sold exclusively by ^8th Matrix Press.) One CD would be for beginners, the second for the intermediate student, and the third, for the advanced student. Each would contain not only what I was taught privately by Regardie, but what I have found to be true and workable from my own forty-plus years of magical practice, and which has been confirmed by the large number of private students I have had throughout the years. You may ask, "Why would someone need further instruction if they are at the advanced level?" Put simply, the further you go; the more you learn and the better you become at what you do, the more you realize just how much more there is to learn. There's an old joke in graduate school when a person is finishing their doctorate degree and about to graduate. It goes something like this: "I thought when I got this Ph.D. I'd know it all! But I have to tell you, I never felt so dumb in my entire life! There's so much further to go!" And they are right! Q-4 I am very interested in learning more of the "old school" of magic. However, I do not feel I am at all ready for evocation, nor do I have a tremendous interest in that branch. However, so many of the classic grimoires seemed focused exclusively on evocation. Are there any classic texts that give more focus to other practices, such as enchantments and talismanic magic? A-4 This is a good question. First off, the grimoire, Clavicula Salomonis (the Greater Key of Solomon) has frequently been used as a "source book" for talismanic designs (although this is not its intended purpose as even a cursory reading of it will prove.) I am even told that some have used the Heptameron itself as a source book for talismans. I have no knowledge or experience in using this grimoire from the Fourth Book of Occult Philosophy (attributed to Agrippa) for talismanic ends, but such an idea just might get your mental machinery spinning in that direction. Then there is that vast tome of priceless information in The Three Books of Occult Philosophy, by Henry Cornelius Agrippa (edited and annotated by Donald Tyson.) As I have said so many times, Mr. Tyson has done a phenomenal job in not only producing an accurate version of the Three Books, but his annotations and further instructions-some of which deal with Talismans and other topics of great interest-are anything but New Age in my opinion. They are completely trustworthy, and I recommend his work highly. He
has another book of interest as well. While it is not a grimoire, it is a unique extrapolation of ancient Hebrew and Kabbalistic material that presents a powerful 'process' for working with the "Angels of the NAME." This book, TETRAGRAMMATON, is one you should not miss. In my opinion, it is derived from Old System Magic, and is highly, highly, workable. You might also look at the book, Albertus Magnus: Egyptian Secrets, White And Black Art For Man And Beast (purchase from Health Research-see list of suppliers) and Franz Hartmann's, Magic - White and Black. The Science of Finite and Infinite Life (also from Health Research.) These should give you a start. Q-5 I am writing in regards to the kabbalistic cycles. I have been using the cycles long enough to know that they do work with very significant results but the desire remains to discover more. In an effort to bring the same scientific fervor and precision that you have shown to my own experience I want to begin experimenting with all of the paths and planet combinations and their effects. However I am unsure how to proceed with the majority of them. It would be greatly appreciated if you could elaborate on experimental guidelines and possible experimental actions that can be used with the cycles. A-5 At first glance, this seems to be a very difficult question, if for no other reason than the Sephiroth and Paths of the Tree are 'fixed,' and what I call 'Flow' up and down the Tree has established a pattern of Sephirah-Path interactions that bear themselves out in practice. But-for example-you might consider this: we know there are more assignments given to any path than just its Tarot attribution. For instance. Given a Monday, and assuming Flow down the Tree, you might consider the Flow from Hod (Mercury) into Yesod (the Moon) by Path 30. Now, you know that the Tarot attribution here is card XIX, the Sun. Further, you know that Path 30 takes the Basil Attribute of the Sun, and of course, by the Tarot assignment and the Flow, you are to expect happiness and contentment in whatever you do under this influence. Next consider Path 25, connecting Tiphareth (Sun) and Yesod (again, the Moon.) The Tarot card assigned here is XIV, being Temperance. Downward Flow states that this influence provides for a reconciliation of seemingly disparate or opposing conditions or situations, e.g., possibly mending a disagreement with a friend or business interest. Yet the Basil Attribute of Path 25 is the Zodical Sign of Sagittarius, which is ruled by Jupiter, but has Mercury as its detriment. Is there a Jupiteranean influence behind this Path, as well as a direct correlation between the downward Flow and the Tarot attribution? And what of the Mercurial detriment? Could this detriment provide a moderating influence to the Jupiteranean effect? These are just some ideas for you. In fact, I have been experimenting myself along the same lines given here. In reality, because the glyph of the Tree is so universal, and all forces, conditions, situations, and manifestations are embraced by its framework, the type and number of experiments that could be conducted with it are infinite. Good luck in your experimental work!
///////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////// ////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////// Dr. Lisiewski's responses to readers' questions for the week of May 15 - May 21, 2006. Please be aware that the number of questions submitted each week has grown considerably. Dr. Lisiewski is doing his best to answer as many of them as he can every week. Those questions not answered in any given week will be answered eventually, so please be sure to check this column every week to see when your question has been addressed. Thank you! Q-1 Having read through the prior questions and answers, as well as the current discussions, I am wondering if you can answer the following: What course of action (books, courses, occult groups etc) do you recommend for the budding ceremonial magician to get him up to the level where he can cope with the procedure detailed in CM [Ceremonial Magic and the Power of Evocation.] I do note that you have recommended an occult society, that being the Institute for Hermetic Studies, however this site does not yet have a correspondence course up and going. A-1 Please see last week's Author's Response to Readers' Questions here in which I addressed this issue of a 'Beginner's Study and Practice Program' in Magic. In my opinion it will get the budding aspirant off to a sound start, addressing and effectively dealing with the formation and development of their subconscious state of Subjective Synthesis, while training them in what I consider to be the most fundamental psychospiritual techniques needed to work ALL later forms of Magic correctly. And by correctly, I mean such that the Practitioner receives full results-not the partial results or lack of results for which the New Age is so famous. Even so, it will take years of assiduous study and practice of other forms of Magic, e.g., Invocation, Talismanic Magic, Divinatory Magic, Kabbalistic study and application (using Kabbalistic Analysis as I discuss in great depth in Kabbalistic Handbook for the Practicing Magician.) But do not despair. I know how badly everyone wants to get to the meat material of Evocation to Physical Manifestation. I was no different. But it takes time, study, practice, more study, more practice, and most of all, Self-Discovery through these studies and practices before one can attempt High Ceremonial Magic: it is dangerous business-when done properly-as I stated in CM. Think of it this way. You are a freshman entering college. You want to be an engineer, chemist, mathematician, or physicist. You know full well that Partial Differential Equations (PDE's), Real Analysis, Complex Analysis, Set Theory and Topology (among other areas of advanced math) are where it's at. But to get those exalted higher forms of mathematics, you have to start out by taking Calculus I, II, III (hoping that Calc III will really give you the Real Analysis you want.) Then you'll have to grind your teeth as you
study Ordinary Differential Equations, Vector Analysis in depth, only to finally arrive at PDE's. And when you do, you then find that it is such a vast field, you can only cover its highlights. Finally; finally, you get through Complex Analysis, some Abstract Algebra, and can then feast on Set Theory and Topology, not to mention Algebraic Geometry and some other even more exotic goodies. Well, you're in 'Magical College' now, either a freshman or maybe even a sophomore, taking the equivalent of that Calculus III course. My, there's a long way to go! But each course (step) you take brings you closer to your ultimate goal AND along the way you will learn so much; your subconscious state of Subjective Synthesis in Mathematics - or Magic - has made you a whiz in abstract thinking (or in Imaging, Concentration, Kabbalistic Theory and Analysis, etc.) and enabled you to see different approaches to any problem. Something those other guys who took the short courses - those New Age quick fixes - can't even dream about, because they don't have a clue as to what Magic is REALLY about. Who do you think will make his mark in the world of math, engineering. chemistry, physics, or - MAGIC? You guessed it: the one who did all that back breaking work - YOU! As I said so many times: Magic is NOT a quick fix or expediency by any stretch of the imagination. In my opinion, all of the mathematical areas I cited above are infinitely easier to learn, understand, comprehend, apprehend, and apply, than are even the 'easier' forms (rituals) of Magic. Both require much from the student; but Magic, requires even more. As to Mark Stavish's correspondence course. Realize that the preparation of any book or course - as well as website columns such as this one - takes huge amounts of time and effort-daily. And during any given day, other matters must also be addressed - such as correspondence with readers who just can't wait for a course or column to answer their questions. Besides, there is so much work to do from that little magical Beginner's Study and Practice Program I gave in this column last week, you'll have more on your plate than you know what to do with for a long time, if you start to work with it. Good luck! Q-2 I am reading your book Kabbalistic Cycles & the Mastery of Life. On page 188 you wrote "When paths are taken into consideration, reading from left to right will read as a positive flow from hour into day. Reading from right to left will exhibit a negative flow from hour into day. On page 198 your wrote "Path 19-Tarot Card: VIII Strength (positive) Downward flow = Mars (Geburah) Hour into Jupiter (Chesed) Day. Ok, from left to right is a positive flow. On page 240 you wrote "Path 27-Tarot Card: XVI The Tower (Positive) Downward Flow = Venus (Netzach) Hour into Mercury (Hod) Day. This is where I get confused. Reading from left to right becomes a positive flow?
Are you following the sword flash or lightning flash path down the tree? A-2 As I have remarked so often in my books and on this web site: Theory is one thing and Practice, quite another. For practice many times clashes with theory, that is, in those areas where the application of theory contradicts the results of practice. No, it is exactly as I said in the book, the flow is as you cited above and it works. The "Sword" or Lightning Flash down the Tree is one thing: how it works in practice, is quite another: at least in this instance. Just try it out. You may be even more disgruntled when you find out it works! How great it would be if every theory did not have 'holes' or points where, under certain, specific conditions, it produces an anomaly of some kind. The same is true here. A smooth, linear, perfect world of Theory and Application would be so desirable. But unfortunately, such does not exist in any dimension, least of all in that dimensional realm we term "Magic." Opening Note to my readers on Question 3 that follows: The following two letters from a Belgian gentleman are included here as an example of what an individual can accomplish when he takes the Work seriously, and seeks to meditate and consider his own questions. As this man has shown, the processes of both Self-Enlightenment and Self-Discovery are alive and growing within him, and will inevitably lead him to that Holy Place he so fervently seeks. It would do all of us well to study his letters given below, carefully. This individual demonstrates what the True Aspirant on the Path is made of, and how his own Holy Guardian Angel (HGA) has interacted and influenced him in his quest for understanding. (Please note: The only editing I have done to his letters was to edited out the names of New Age books and their authors that he describes, and for obvious reasons.) Q-3 I am a Belgian student in the Occult and have been "training" for many years now. First as a young child I experimented with Witchcraft because I simply could not find anything else about Magick in that time and at my age. After a few years I could find and study the more Magical texts. I did not only read but really thought about the "stuff" I read. After searching and reading many works and systems I felt that Qabalah was the thing that appealed me the most. And so I progressed by reading everything I could find about Qabalah with the works of Dion Fortune, Mr. Regardie and many more. I have even made a physical representation of the Tree of Life that turns and moves and was always busy drawing the Tree and drawing the symbols on it, and associations etc. This was years ago. After a while I decided that it was high time to begin PRACTICAL training. And so I began the "serious" training with the aid of the book (a New Age book, title withheld) from (A contemporary author, name withheld) following every step and every discussion until the step of Evocation. During that time I enlisted and began "training" in the (Name of a magical order, also withheld here) and a course by Mr. XXX for quite a few years, and to this very day. I joined an Egyptian Lodge during that time and participated in the
Rituals for two years. I also followed many workshops held by (Name withheld) of the (magical order.) And here comes the point and thus my question. I still train almost every day, first with a Relaxation Ritual (RR), the LBRP, the BRH, the Middle Pillar Exercise with the Circulation of Light. Please believe me that I have done this for many YEARS now, and I have really build these Rituals up from first studying them consciously, translating them into Dutch and understanding them COMPLETELY. But still: after all these years RESULTS are not really what I expected after so many years. Looks like it is all subjective and nothing really happens. AND I REALLY NEED OBJECTIVE RESULTS after all these years!!! Question 1 - Is this, my daily training, the New Age stuff you talk about? Question 2 -Have I not build up the subjective synthesis you talked about during the years of study prior to my training? If so what am I doing wrong for lacking OBJECTIVE RESULTS? Your book on Ceremonial Magic is really GREAT and I am seriously considering attempting the Experiment. As you know I am an extremist and will go all the way. More difficult for me because in Belgium it sill not be easy to find all the things needed, but where there is a Will, there will be a way. One additional question remains: As I am Belgian I would like to translate the Grimoire (The Heptameron, given in Ceremonial Magic and the Power of Evocation) into Dutch, and perform the Conjurations in Dutch, but only for the English text, and of course not the Latin or other text. I have ordered all your other books of course. Sorry for the long text and sorry for the poor English. Hope you can help me (like so many others) and KEEP UP THE EXCELLENT WORK!!! - Letter Two of this man's Self-Discovery and Enlightenment follows Dear sir, This is again the occult student from Belgium who asked a question before. I just wanted to let you know that I had a "realization" today while driving home from work. All the necessary information can be found in your EXCELLENT book "Ceremonial Magick & Evocation", but there must be a passing of time before the Intuition and Understanding can rise to the surface of my consciousness after reading your book and questioning the text itself. And if you don't mind I would like to share my realization briefly with you. And thus it will not be necessary to answer my previous questions. In short it was a misunderstanding of some concepts of your book, and partly due to my poor translation and thus interpretation of English to Dutch. I have never had English at school and learned mostly from watching Star Trek series on BBC. (the old series)
This is what I used to do: In the past when I wanted to make a Talisman for "something" I would follow the book by (name of contemporary author withheld) and thus make a few symbols on a paper. Then I would choose a day at the correct moon phase and the correct Planetary Hour. Then I would perform the "Opening by Watchtower Ritual" (this I know by heart) and I would perform a Ritual to Charge and Consecrate the Talisman, but I would read the text from paper or book, and forcing myself to "feel" and "see" the Divine Love filling myself and the Temple. I end then with the Closing of the Watchtower. But is the Talisman really charged this way? I BELIEVE NOW THAT SUCH AS THIS IS THE NEW AGE OR the MODERN SYSTEMS OF MAGIC THAT YOU TALK ABOUT!!! I now realize that this is how it should be: I will make a full investigation about the Symbols that I need to bring me my "something" (using your Kabbalistic Analysis from Kabbalistic Handbook for the Practicing Magician.) After taking sufficient time reading about the chosen Symbols and understanding them completely, I would engrave them on the object that has been chosen to become Talisman (the correct Cabbalistic material, Color, form etc.) I would then take my time and carefully pay attention to every detail. I would memorize every single Ritual to be performed, the Watchtower Ritual, the Charging and Consecration Rituals etc. Making sure I understand, comprehend, and accept the statements of every detail and Ritual that would bring about this Talisman. Nine day before the Ritual I would begin fasting and meditate daily about the Symbols, Tree of Life, Charging, Consecrations. All my being, all my energies and interests would focus on the Talisman and Ritual. Then I would prepare myself completely until the big moment I would begin the Ritual, and then I believe I would experience the Divine Love without purposely visualizing and trying to "trigger" emotions. This Divine Love would UNDERSCORE the different parts of the Ritual automatically. This I believe would make a very powerful Charging of the Talisman, and a true one following the ancient Magic System. Yes, the Divine Love should only be for Evocation, but since it corresponds to your Magical Axioms, I see where it would apply to any area of Magic as well including Talismans and I believe I read somewhere where you said this is so. The difference is very clear to me know: Contemporary or modern Magick is under the impression that by simply performing a Ritual for this or that, and without due PREPARATION, you just follow a mechanical set up that does NOT demand REAL TRUE EFFORT on the part of the Operator. The New Age way then believes that simple visualization and trying to raise the emotional state by effort would make the Magick work and you would get the results. After all my years of work in this New Age way, I now know that this is not the case. Instead, as you wrote, one must follow a definite laid out set of "rules" and conditions prior to the Ritual that demands time and true effort, like in the Ancient Grimoires. This will make sure the Operator EXPERIENCES the different Energies during the different parts of the Rituals, and thus an act of TRUE MAGIC WILL HAPPEN. The results should follow not because you forced them, but because you EXPERIENCED THEM DURING THE RITUAL, AND WILL follow without any doubt.
Dear sir, from the deepest parts of my heart I would like to thank you very much for making me realize these very important facts. And it is thanks to your book that this HAS happened to me. Concluding Note to my readers on Question 3 Now you see how this man's own Inner Light penetrated deeply into his own darkness. He did not seek out yet more 'schools' of (supposed) 'adepts' who have all of the answers and none of the solutions. He turned inward, worked incessantly, and fulfilled the admonition, "Invoke Often! Inflame Thyself with Prayer!" through his daily magical practices. If my books helped him in some small way to achieve this, then it is I who have been truly honoured by this great soul. Q-4 Do you believe that Out of Body experiences or Astral Projection is real and something that can be done, or is it just another 'New Age' trap looking for my money....? I would really love to hear your guidance in this matter... A-4 Oh yes, "Out of the Body Experience" (OBE) as I prefer to think of it, is a genuine psychic phenomenon, and one I have successfully experimented with many years ago. There are many exalted ideas that the New Age has made of it, e.g., an "etheric" body, the "astral" body, the "Body of Light," and others. But even in documents of Old System Magic-the grimoires themselves-we find evidence of this phenomenon. The most rational books on the subject are The Phenomena of Astral Projection by Muldoon and Carrington (An old classic. More of a case study but well worth the reading) available only from used booksellers-there are four available on Amazon and no doubt others at www.abebooks.com For actual practice, The Astral Projection Workbook: How To Achieve Out-Of-Body Experiences by James H. Brennan is a decent book. It too is out of print, but Amazon has thirty-seven copies alone as of the time of this writing, and abebooks will no doubt have other copies available as well. The other book that has use, with a lot of work being applied to its techniques, is another 'classic' that-of course-the New Agers laugh at. That book is The Art and Practice of Astral Projection by Ophiel. It is readily available on the market. While it deals with the techniques that can easily be termed, "New Age," there are techniques in it that do (I am told by a few I trust) work. (Ophiel was a close friend of Israel Regardie. Well, he was closer in his mind than he was in Regardie's but I remember Regardie telling me Ophiel's works should "…at least be looked at with a careful eye…" My own experiences in OBE have shown that only my consciousness was projected, along with my emotional and rational content. I never 'saw' a 'double' of my own physical body or any such. Instead, if you try this it will give you an idea as to what to expect when you successfully 'project.' Stand straight up, extend your head forward so you can
no longer see any part of your physical body. The resulting 'you' is what is experienced: like a point of consciousness just 'out there' moving about at will. I also have to say that I never met anyone who claimed to have achieve OBE or 'Astral Projection' by any of the New Age fad techniques. Just the opposite-I met a great number of thoroughly disgruntled and angry people who failed using such so-called methods. Of course, a few of them were able to contact the author(s) responsible, and in every case their reply was that it was the "…readers fault. You must have done something wrong, because my methods works!" And on, and on, and on. I learned the technique of OBE from an old Rosicrucian. This technique I have never seen in any book, he having taught it to me privately in 1971. And oh my, does it ever work! Q-5 I know I wrote earlier, however upon completing your book, I have one more question. If it is a day and an hour ruled by the same planet, which way is the flow headed, up the tree or down, or doesn't it matter?? A-5 If the day and hour have the same Ruler, then there is no flow! In such a case, e.g., a Mercury Hour on a Wednesday, the influence of the Ruler is simply magnified to the point of instability (in most cases) as I discussed in the Kabbalistic Cycles and the Mastery of Life. Q-6 Ok, I REALLY apologize for my current streams of notes to you; I really wish your forum was up and running because I would definitely use it instead of bothering you!! Anyway, I won't ask any more for a while, and wait for your responses; however I came across a curious item with the calculator today. When putting in tomorrow's data (Monday May 1st, for Eagan Minnesota, sunrise 05.03, sunset 19.18 using the adjustment for daylight savings), the program told me there is a path from the Jupiter hour into the day--moon (Yesod flowing up the tree to Chesed). The comment was "First Significant Action will be extremely difficult. I thought I had figured out the program but then this happened. I've pored over the book for the related information to no avail. Am I reading incorrectly?? Once again, thank you. I continue to study the material and I get more and more out of it each time. There are SO many connections to make, and I know I'm just scratching the surface. A-6 There is no mistake here. We looked into the matter of your getting a Path indication between Chesed and Yesod, but were unable to reproduce your experience. And of course as you know, there is no path that connects Chesed and Yesod. However, please know the following: A Jupiter hour on a Monday does have the characteristic that the first significant action initiated will be extremely difficult. That is, when you take the first
action on any important matter during that Jupiter hour, you will come up against opposition of some kind. Why this is, I don't know. Nevertheless, if you push past this first opposition, the entire matter will work out very favorably for you. You will have to exert some effort, but your actions will bear the characteristic fruit of Jupiter. This is the only hour-day combination on the Tree that produces this action. Once again, I must say I do not know why this occurs. I wish I could tell you 'why,' but I cannot. As to the forums: they will be operational soon, one for each of my (thus far) three books. Please note, these forums will be moderated by me. This simply means I will be reading every post to see if someone is attempting to push new age on the forums. This measure will be taken to assure that any who attempt to turn the forums into so much New Age clap trap instead of discussing my books and Old System Magic in general, will not only be barred from using the forums, but their postings will be permanently deleted. I have received a great number of emails on this issue, and in over 95% of all cases, readers have insisted that these forums be kept "clean" and "Free of New Age debris," as one individual so beautifully phrased it. Q-7 You frequently stress the great influence that the religion we were raised in still has on us even after we've adopted different religious beliefs. I grew up in a conservative Protestant household, and my mother taught me that all forms of Magic were evil and sinful. I was not even allowed to watch cartoons in which the characters were doing magic or casting spells. I now have a desire in my heart to start doing magic, and believe that God put that desire in me for a purpose, that I might know more about Him. Could this religious upbringing of mine have a negative effect on my ability to properly perform Magic. Thank you so much for your time. A-7 I salute and congratulate you for being an individual of such character, that you were able to break out of that insane shell of society called "Religious Orthodoxy." By the same token, I understand how much you must have suffered under the heavy hand of "God, Mom, Country, and Apple Pie,' all artificial constructs designed and implemented by the reigning 'powers that be' to keep you-and the almost 250 odd million others in this country of theirs-in 'their place.' I say this, because my own personal history is not that much different from yours, save mine was against a Roman Catholic background. The problem is this: the bases of all orthodoxies-including those of accepted religions-are nevertheless founded in Truths. Truths that were meant to Teach and Free individuals from the pains of this world: not to extol, "This world is nothing but a vale of tears! Go to church, do what you're told, pray your little prayer book or rosary, and beg; beg! Ask God for that new color television you want so much!" Sounds tawdry, doesn't it? Yet that is exactly what their clerics advocate under the guise of their 'religion.' And of course it is also demanded of you that you assume that the bread and wine you take as the Sacrament of Holy Communion is truly the "Body and Blood of Christ," even if it comes from the hands of some child molester, alcoholic, sexual deviant, thief,
embezzler, rapist, or murderer, who his orthodox organization staunchly defends and has the temerity to yet call, priest, minister, rabbi, or whatever trendy term is currently in vogue. The fact that you are aware of the hypocrisy, delusional nature, and spiritually very dangerous composition of the orthodox religions of the day, and that your inner eye has found another-and genuine-road to the God you worship and adore, will shield and gradually eliminate most of the negative subconscious impact your earliest religious training had upon you. Mark me well here: it will never eliminate all of it, however. But you can nevertheless 'appease' it by doing as I stated in Ceremonial Magic and the Power of Evocation: pay it some small homage at least once a year. Even if that homage is something so slight as lighting a small candle as a 'peace offering' to that buried, recessed, unconscious ideational material within you. At first, your Magic may-but not necessarily will-be effected to some extent by your religious upbringing. Most likely, it will be from bouts of guilt, and the voice of your mother ringing in your ears telling you just how 'bad' Magic is. As you continue to study and practice, while consciously building and later strengthening and polishing your subconscious state of Subjective Synthesis, that voice will fade quickly and dramatically. When that time comes-and it could come rather quickly-that little 'peace offering' will prove more than enough in allowing your Holy Guardian Angel (HGA) to begin teaching you: quietly, and in off moments. At other times, your HGA will influence you by thoughts that just come to you from 'nowhere,' or through flashes of inspiration, all of which will bear themselves out as being true. And at still other times, by a seeming small whisper of that 'still small voice within.' Go your own way. Listen to no man, group, organization, church, 'magical order,' or anyone to whom your HGA does not direct you. You will know who those are to whom he points you. But even then, learn to "Invoke Often! Inflame Thyself with Prayer!" and always, let this act be dedicated to the God you envision, and to the Holy Guardian Angel who is forever at your side. Trust no one but these Two. ///////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////// ////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////// Dr. Lisiewski's responses to readers' questions for the week of May 8 - May 14, 2006. Notice to our Readers - We apologize for this column, and the Magical Thought of the Week column, not being posted on Sunday evening as usual. Dr. Lisiewski was called out of town unexpectedly, and hence the delay. Thank you for your understanding. Please be aware that the number of questions submitted each week has grown considerably. Dr. Lisiewski is doing his best to answer as many of them as he can every week. Those questions not answered in any given week will be answered eventually, so
please be sure to check this column every week to see when your question has been addressed. Thank you! Q-1 I just recently bought your book Ceremonial Magic and The Power of Evocation, and in it Axiom 2 states that "Every aspect of any Magical ritual, ceremony, or rite, including evocation, must be consciously and thoroughly understood." I completely agree without question, but my question is this: Where should I look to find the meaning of the "Words of Power" and the God-names so that when I am performing the evocation, I fully understand the Powers and the aid that I am calling upon...? That would be tremendously appreciated. P. S . : From just one reading, your book has changed my whole paradigm in life and Spiritual matters in more ways than I can count. There is an old saying.." When the student is ready, the teacher will appear," to that I say "I am ready for my Lesson." A-1 There are many sources from which such an understanding can be gained, to be sure. Several of my favorites are: The New Encyclopedia of the Occult, by John Greer; Godwin's Cabalistic Encyclopedia,by David Godwin; The Golden Dawn, by Israel Regardie; A Garden of Pomegranates, by Israel Regardie; The Holy Kabbalah, by A. E. Waite; The Mystical Qabalah, by Dion Fortune; and The Kabbalah, by Scholem. Each has something unique to contribute to the understanding you seek, and is well worth having in your Magical library. As to your P.S. note: Please understand, you already have that Teacher with you. He resides both within and above you at all times: he is your Holy Guardian Angel (HGA). As you continue to study and work intelligently, the HGA will guide and influence you more and more. Look only to him and to the ONE who created all. You need no outside 'teacher' gurus, or worst of all, "Masters." Such are a dime a dozen. Their motives takes different forms of manifestations, but all can be summed up in one word: Power. This is what they seek: power to control and influence others for their own ends. In my younger days, well over thirty-five years ago, I was hell bent on leather to belong to this Order and that one; to this group and the other. And I did. In the end, I found to be true what I told you above. There is only ONE, and the Emissary IT has assigned to you: your HGA. Seek and trust no other: let alone the one made of flesh and bone. That old Christian adage is true after all: "Seek ye first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added unto you." Q-2 I have avidly studied your three books published by New Falcon Press, and I would like to thank you for providing the valuable information in those volumes and I look forward to the future publication of more of your work. I have many questions, but I will limit myself to the most basic one. (This question is urgent for me personally because I live in a third story apartment in a hundred year old building.) In your books you have clearly stated that for operations of ceremonial evocation to physical manifestation the operator must evoke on either the bare ground, or on a
concrete surface laid directly upon the bare ground. I understand that this is necessary in order to stabilize the evocation of the spirit. My question comes in with how this axiom fits in with Western Magic and specifically with the practice of daily rituals like the Lesser Banishing Ritual of the Pentagram, Lesser Banishing Ritual of the Hexagram, Middle Pillar, Rose Cross Ritual, etc. Does this mean that I must use the same axiom in the same way for these rituals of Western Magic? Must I have a Magical Chamber in a basement somewhere in order to perform these daily rites? Thank you so much for your hard work in trying to help some of us along our way. A-2 Ideally, even daily ritual performances should be conducted on the bare ground or on a concrete floor, laid directly over the earthen one. And certainly, for Evocation to Physical Manifestation, this particular condition must be observed at all times. But for daily ritual practice, I have found that by performing the rite with bare feet, excellent effects are easily and consistently achieved. And by "bare" I mean "bare." No socks or even the lightest of slippers of any kind must be worn. Nothing must stand between the soles of your feet and the bare-or even carpeted- floor upon which you stand. Because Western Magic is 'synthetic' and above all eclectic-and not very well eclectically balanced at that-there are variations in its working that can work. This is one of them. If you follow it, I think you will be delighted with the results you receive from your daily Magical practice. Q-3 Of all the tarot decks available today, which one do you recommend for path working? I have used Crowley's deck, but the colors and images are disturbing. I find myself becoming depressed when endeavoring to use his cards, even though his cross references of kaballah, astrology, etc. are helpful. I find myself leaning toward the Morgan Greer deck more often probably because of the brilliant colors, and the ease of imaging. Do you have any other suggestions? I wish to thank you very much for your article "Magic Versus Mysticism-You May be in for a Surprise." I did download it, ordered the books mentioned, and found to my surprise that I had covered their contents many years ago. It was refreshing to note how quickly past material came to mind, for the fruits of mental alchemy are numerous. One last comment. How fortunate you are in having had Regardie as one of your mentors. God Bless for your wonderful website. Please keep up your good work. A-3 I understand and appreciate your position on the use of different Tarot decks. Your concern and feelings are not unusual, and they are well founded. New Age 'reasoning' would tell you to use the deck that most appeals to you, and you most certainly can do this. But I caution you here as well. Many of these New Age decks are neither accurate in their depiction of those forces that correspond to the Magical theme they are supposed to
represent: thus you will have difficulty in tapping into the energy stream of those forces. That is, many of these modern decks are not reliable in serving as pathways by which one can access the energy wells behind the symbolism; energy wells that (supposedly) correspond to the forces of the Collective Unconscious. Additionally, they do not correspond to those personal subconscious (unconscious) energy patterns that resonate or are in harmony with the universal Magical energy and the forces of the Collective Unconscious. I have no experience with the deck you cite, so cannot comment on that particular one. As far as a suggestion goes, I would recommend that you (at least) consider the classical deck, the Rider-Waite deck. I have never known it to fail in either divination, or as a source of study for the inner meanings behind the forces that govern our universe. This deck also serves as a prime model of central meditation themes in better understanding the Tree of Life and its Paths, and as a powerful 'backdoor' approach for entering the Sephiroth by means of the Paths, as I gave in the Kabbalistic Handbook for the Practicing Magician. As to your comment about your having restudied the books I cited in Magic Versus Mysticism-You May be in for a Surprise, yes, restudying books and texts from earlier periods of our lives frequently gives greater insight into their teachings, and a more profound understanding of their message. It would do all of us a world of good if we followed your example in this matter. And finally, yes, I consider myself to have been very fortunate indeed to have studied under Regardie and Frater Albertus, directly. What they taught me I am now trying to pass on to others, adding my own efforts, experiences, and understanding to their Teachings-but always judiciously. In the vast expanse of Magical and alchemical madness that exists out there today, these two men became beacons of Light and Understanding that will unfailingly guide earnest Seekers of the Hidden Wisdom for generations yet to come. Don't get me wrong: as I developed under their tutelage, we had our differences. But always, something profound and wonderful arose from the disagreements we had. For instance, Regardie was literally captivated by the pomp and majesty of the Golden Dawn Initiation Ceremonies: I could not have cared less. I was searching for inner patterns that would enable me to understand the ultimate, theoretical basis of Magic, so that my practice would not only become more productive, but would eventually work with the regularity of physical law. With Frater Albertus, he warned me against "…taking the experiment with the Homunculus too far…" I disregarded that advice, and took it to its extreme end. Yes, I had great difficulties when I did so, but in my mind, it had to be done-and it was. Yet we all gained-in one way or another. And all, from such spirited disagreements. This is what Discovery is all about-whether it is in Magic, Alchemy, Physics, Mathematics, or any other intense human endeavour. It is a human process, Discovery, by which individuals grow and develop, and the knowledge of any given field of human activity is expanded so all can share in it. Yes, I am grateful to both Regardie and Frater Albertus to this day, and will be for all the days to come.
Q-4 I just wanted to start off by saying how much I have appreciated "Kabbalistic Handbook for the Practicing Magician," especially, as well as your other two books. I have a couple questions I hope you might be willing to answer: Firstly in your weekly response you have warned people about starting off too quickly in their Magical endeavours (i.e., evocation), and this most certainly applies to me. I wonder if you would give us (or recommend) a course of experimentation; guidelines for us beginners who get a little overwhelmed. Also, for example, how would we (beginners that is) know when we are ready to work for change in the objective universe, and what type of initial experiments would you recommend? I hope that was not too long winded, but I really think this would be very useful to so many of us. A-4 A 'recommended course of study' for a beginner is always a very difficult recommendation to make. There are so many variables involved: the age of the individual, their level of intellectual development, emotional maturity and stability, their natural ability or affinity for the Work, their financial situation (books and equipment cost money!) their living conditions and overall life-situation (married, single, children, no children) to name a few, all impact a potential study curriculum. But to be frank with you, I have had so many such questions, that I gave the matter no small amount of thought and came up with a general, (very) basic "Possible Beginners Program" that could help many (and I stress the word, "possible" as it will depend upon the individual in the end). It consists of two parts: I. II. Study Component Practice Component
Now, the practices of Part II do not reflect the readings of Part I in a linear way, and purposely so. Why? Because there is a phenomenon I call "Magical Saturation"; a state that very quickly leads to another most undesirable state I term, "Magical Supersaturation." Regardie did not differentiate between the two. Rather, he referred to both states as a condition of "Spiritual Dryness." This is a condition I have never encountered in any so-called New Age writings. Briefly, this Magical Saturation can be summed up as, 'too much of any good thing causes problems.' To be specific: in the state of Magical Saturation, the psychic nature becomes so overloaded with Magical energy that it-the psychic nature-cannot-just like a sponge-absorb anymore. When this happens, it just closes down. In other words, you cannot even think of doing any Magical reading or practice: the very idea just shuts your mind down. Of course, if you can't do any Magical reading, trying to do any ritual work is even more unthinkable: you just can't bear it anymore (this is actually a normal, healthy state that allows you to adjust to the new energy levels, safely.) You can push past this first state, of course. At least you can the first few times it occurs, but even then, you can do so only for a short time. If you do however; if you push past the Magical Saturation stage, then you enter another periodone of Magical Supersaturation-in which it is difficult to even think deeply about
anything-even daily life matters. This is a state to be avoided at all costs, for reasons I will explain in this week's Magical Thought of the Week Column. The first time Magical Saturation happened to me was in January 1973, one month after getting married, and after eight years of increasingly intense Magical work (including two full blown Evocations to Physical Manifestation) and sixteen months after going under Regardie's tutelage. I didn't know what happened: I could not even form a mental image of a pentagram let alone trace one in the air. My tongue refused to even pronounce any of the Divine Names, let alone intone or vibrate them. Regardie's advice? "Get used to reading some Agatha Christie novels, Joe, or start watching the boob-tube until the Dryness passes!" And it did-six months later. If I had pushed past this first state into the state of Magical Supersaturation-which I did, years later-the time it took for that state to fade away not only increased in length, but in terms of the life-troubles it led to. Put briefly, it was thirteen long months before I could even broach the idea of 'working Magic' once more. Can this state be avoided? No. Can it be put off? Yes, but only so long. Why does it occur? Because it eventually leads to the Great Crisis: The Dark Night of the Soul and the Abramelin Operation. But these are matters for another time. In fact, if the reader is interested, he or she can go to the Magical Thought of the Week column for this week, and find a more detailed discussion there of this phenomenon. Now, the Study Component should consist of: 1. 2. 3. 4. A Garden of Pomegranates The Middle Pillar (the original edition) Foundations of Practical Magic Kabbalistic Handbook for the Practicing Magician
The Practice Component consists of: 1. The Twelve Steps to Spiritual Enlightenment Notes on the Study Component: 1. A Garden of Pomegranates is readily available, in undiluted, unedited form. It is a basic-although rigorous-introduction to the theory and assignments of the Kabbalah. I say rigorous because it contains many associations that are not readily connected to one another. It also presupposes the reader has some knowledge of Kabbalah. Nevertheless, even the basic knowledge presupposed can be gained from a careful study of it. As such, it demands serious attention. 2. I strongly recommend you obtain the Middle Pillar by Regardie in its original form from a used book dealer such as www.abebooks.com or another such source. The 'modern' versions-or should I say, edited versions available today are-well-
best left to the New Age types. You won't regret buying the original from a used book dealer, I assure you. 3. Foundations of Practical Magic also by Regardie is, very happily, an unedited collection of five original papers that taken together form the cornerstone of genuine Western Magic: not the New Age clap trap so readily found today. It has only been recently re-released, and is worth every cent of its $25.00 price tag. Those five papers it presents are: The Art and Meaning of Magic, A Qabalistic Primer, Meditation, The Qabalah of Number and Meaning, and The Art of True Healing. 4. The Kabbalistic Handbook for the Practicing Magician brings into the play the assignment and use of the Tarot in practical Magic along with further meditative techniques; not to mention that most important of techniques, "Kabbalistic Analysis," that must be applied to all Magical ritual and ceremonial practices. Notes on the Practice Component: 1. The book to be worked from, The Twelve Steps to Spiritual Enlightenment, must be purchased as a used book from one of the many used books dealers online, as I mentioned. No doubt, www.abebooks.com will list at least several, and other dealers will also have more to sell. In fact, the counterpart of this book, The One Year Manual, has the same content as far as the mechanics of the "Steps" are concerned; but it bases the Morning, Noon, Evening, and Midnight Adorations on Thelema, and contains other New Aeon inclusions as well. I told Regardie I did not like this latter book at all, and felt it 'defocused' one's attention from the classical (and therefore Christian) basis of Magic. He agreed, but said he did it "…out of consideration for the old boy…" The 'old boy' of course, meaning, Crowley. He was never pleased with it, but felt it had to be done. Hence my recommendation that the original Twelve Steps be purchased by the serious student. Notes on Coordination of the Study and Practice Components: The student would do well to follow the outline suggested here: Study A Qabalistic Primer first Study The Qabalah of Number and Meaning Next, study carefully the book, A Garden of Pomegranates A thorough study of The Art and Meaning of Magic would then follow Careful reading of the paper, Meditation, follows next The Art of True Healing would then be studied very carefully, paying attention to the application of basic Kabbalistic ideas to the Spheres operating within the psycho-spiritual nature of the individual. 7. A thorough study of The Middle Pillar would follow next 8. The Kabbalistic Handbook for the Practicing Magician would round out this basic study. Here, Kabbalistic Analysis would be applied to the ritual content given in the Middle Pillar, and to the content of the ritual techniques given in The Art of True Healing. In doing this, the student 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6.
will learn to apply Kabbalistic Theory to Ritual Practice: a process which breathes a unique and powerful life into the ritual performances. While working their way through the suggested reading, the student would begin to practice Steps I through III, and Steps V through VI of the Twelve Steps, paying careful attention to the Four Adorations and doing them every day. At the very least, one month should be devoted to each of the five Steps: no less. Practice of the Lesser Banishing Ritual of the Pentagram (LBRP) as given in the book, The Middle Pillar, and the Middle Pillar Ritual (MLPR)-as given in The Art of True Healing-would not be attempted until the five Steps cited above are mastered, and all of the reading is done. It is extremely important that the reading be done carefully and thoughtfully, in order to build and strengthen one's subconscious state of Subjective Synthesis. For without this synthesis, the student can expect to receive-at the very best-paltry to partial results from all of his or her Magic, whatever area of Magic in which they eventually engage. The mastery of the LBRP and the MLPR-after having fulfilled all 'prerequisites'-will take many months indeed. But the beginning Magician will find that in the final analysis, that attention to these details will bring the full results they have every right to expect from Magic, and do so quickly when they enter into more advanced Magical practices. These then are my suggestions for the beginning student of Magic, or for those who are honest enough to admit they did not begin their development properly, no matter how long ago that may have been. I trust this guidance will be of value to the serious student. Q-5 How does one avoid mental suggestion and/or psychic attack from others? A-5 You cannot really avoid mental suggestion or psychic attack if someone chooses to exert such influence upon you. You can only ward it off or 'ground it.' As to mental suggestion. This is a form of hypnosis. As such, it requires that the subjector recipient, here-be in a relaxed state. For without the relaxation, access to the subconscious (unconscious) mind is difficult at best. The easiest way I know of to ground such attempts at mental domination and control is to firmly press the fingernail of either or both hands into the sensitive, fleshy part of one of your fingers until you feel a sharp pain. Release the pressure every few seconds and reapply it, each time increasing it until the pain increases. Repeat the procedure while the individual is trying to influence you. You may feel a bit light headed if the attempt to influence you is strong. But without a relaxed state, the success of that attempted influence will amount to zero. As to Psychic Attack. This has always been a problem, especially since it is rarely a Magical Attack proper. That is, when a psychic attack is launched against an individual, it is usually unconsciously - but also can be consciously - generated by an aggressor. If it is a conscious, volitional act, it is typically done using the most primitive forms of 'Magic' imaginable. This is the reason why such Magical rituals as the LBRP and the Banishing Ritual of the Hexagram (BRH) are rarely effective in combating these attempts: the energy of the attack is of a much lower, baser 'frequency' than that generated by the LBRP or the BRH. Yes, I know that the theory of the LBRP and the
BRH insist these rituals will take care of all nonessential entities and influences in the area of operation. But they do not when there is such a disparity in 'frequency.' In short, this is another case of, "One size does not fit all." At least, this has been my and others of my acquaintance experience throughout the years. In such a case then, I suggest the 'old standby' book, Psychic Self-Defense by Dion Fortune. Its Christian-based methods do work to reverse the attack, and fulfill the ancient admonition, "A curse, like a rooster, soon comes home to nest." Meaning, of course, that you happily send the energy of the attack right back to the one who consciously or unconsciously generated it. I trust these suggestions will be of help to you. Q-6 I am writing to ask you what your stance is on befriending demons, as opposed to regarding them as a type of nemesis that must be threatened into action. Do you think it would be worthwhile to gain favour from a demon through a type of worship? I would also like to inquire about the summoning text in the heptameron: would it not be appropriate to add in a line of text to a deity such as Lucifer since all demons are under his command? I really enjoyed your book Ceremonial Magic & the Power of Evocation, it has provided me with much insight into the shortcomings of new-age material, as well as quality material to further my personal growth. I thank-you for writing it. A-6 Attempting to "befriend" a demon makes about as much sense and is about as successful as is one trusting a Pit Bull. It simply does not work, and is-along with your idea of "worshiping" it-about the most dangerous things I ever heard of! Realize two things here: first, they are not your "nemesis." Like a Pit Bull, it is simply their nature to be malevolent. They don't 'hate' you; they don't automatically insist on destroying you; but they most certainly can and will (eventually) do their best to make your life a living hell. To give you an example by way of analogy. Not long ago, I read of a woman in California who raised a Pit Bull from the tiniest puppy. In fact, she helped the mother dog deliver her litter, one of which was the puppy Pit Bull she took for her own. For four years she loved the animal, and gave it all the love and care imaginable. Then one day, while she was watching television, the animal jumped up on her lap as it did so many times before. But this time-it tore the left side of her face completely off. It then proceeded to tear at her throat and chest. If it were not for her husband killing the animal on the spot, in all likelihood she would have been killed or died from her injuries. So be warned. Do not even think of such a thing-unless you really like the Pit Bull 'mentality!' Secondly, you are not-in a properly performed Evocation to Physical Manifestation-"threatening" the demon in any way! As I explained in Ceremonial Magic and the Power of Evocation, it is through the state of Divine Bliss that occurs at the height of the ceremony; that state in which the Will of God and your will temporarily become One, that you charge the demon to do your bidding. It is no different than a boss
telling his employee to do this or to do that: their roles dictate the positions of each and the work to be done. In short, the demon is carrying out the Will of its Creator, God, which has-for the moment-been united with your will. It is simply doing its job. Add or remove nothing to the Heptamerton or to any other grimoire! The spirits of the Heptameron are undifferentiated spirits; they only became differentiated, i.e., having been assigned separate names and seals later on, as is evidenced by the Goetia, the Clavicula Salomonis, and other grammars of Magic. You are working a specific combination-sequence when you work from any grimoire. And in this case, "Lucifer" has nothing to do with it. In fact, only in such later grimoires as the Goetia, are we told that in cases of obstinate spirits, the Operator is counseled to call upon the King ruling the demon in question. And these four Kings have nothing whatsoever to do with a "Lucifer" structure. Thank you for the compliment concerning the book. It is much appreciated. Please be sure to study it very carefully, mull it over, and think it through. You won't be sorry you did. ///////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////// ////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////// Dr. Lisiewski's responses to readers' questions for the week of May 1 - May 7, 2006. Notice to our Readers - Please be aware that the number of questions submitted each week has grown considerably. Dr. Lisiewski is doing his best to answer as many of them as he can every week. Those questions not answered in any given week will be answered eventually, so please be sure to check this column every week to see when your question has been addressed. Thank you! Q-1 This is for an additional question regarding your response to Q-your March 27-Apr 2 column here, which I have copied below. So if you don't intentionally want to banish it and still do the LBRP or BRH: 1. Won't the spirit get hurt? 2. Will it retaliate against you? This could end up in a backlash, in the sense that the spirit will harm you after you do the LBRP or BRH. A-1 It will take a lot more than a simple LBRP or BRH to "hurt" or injure a spirit. If a spirit meets this type of opposition, it would be pretty much like you or me getting a solid sock in the jaw from someone: we would think twice about going back for more. Especially if that someone could easily assert him or herself the same way again, i.e., do the LBRP or BRH at will. Remember too, you are dealing with LAW: psychic law, but law nevertheless. You cannot demand that gravity works when and how you want it to. It has its own rules, operates constantly throughout the known universe, and 'is as it is.' The same here. If the entity is one you do not wish to banish, but yet use the LBRP or BRH, I
imagine it is possible that your ritual acts could give it that clout in the jaw spoken of. But you must also consider the discussion of "essential" and "nonessential" given below. As to retaliating against you, causing a backlash, etc., please remember that the LBRP and the BRH were designed to remove nonessential entities from one's magical sphere of operation. Of course, what is 'essential' and 'nonessential' depends upon the nature of the magical operation and the will of the magician. So while I do not know of any absolute answer here, perhaps these guidelines will better enable you to ascertain your particular situation and act or react properly. That is, in your own best interest. I sense you are looking for some guarantee here and justly so, out of due concern. But please remember there are no guarantees in Magic or anywhere in life for that matter. All we can do in Magic is our 'best.' That is, to increase the likelihood of result, meaning, to take something from a condition of it being 'impossible' to one of it becoming 'possible' to finally a condition of it being 'highly probable.' We do this by learning all we can, building, strengthening, and ordering our subconscious state of Subjective Synthesis, and letting that part of God within us guide our movements and work. Let these factors, as well as your developing psychic perceptions and old fashioned common sense, dictate the specifics of your particular circumstance. In short, trust yourself-and EXPERIMENT INTELLIGENTLY! (Copied question Q-7 from Mar. 27 - Apr. 2) Let's assume that a spirit has attached itself to a person's aura/body: Would the spirit get hurt if the person performs the lesser banishing ritual of the pentagram or any other standard Golden Dawn banishing ritual? What if the intention is not to banish it in the first place, but rather, the intention is just to do such rituals as part of the mage's training in raising and directing energy? (Copied answer from Mar. 27 - Apr. 2) A-7. The purpose of any banishing ritual is to remove that which is unessential from the magician's sphere of operation, and from his or her being. Thus, it is performed in order to clear the immediate sphere of working, as well as to 'refine' the magician's nature. To be more exact, banishing is designed to remove that which is unessential from the Practitioner's physical, mental, emotional, and psychic natures, while allowing for (gradual) spiritual unfoldment, when performed frequently and correctly. As such, it most certainly will - or should, if done properly and enough times - remove the spirit from the magician's sphere of influence, which includes the area of working and his or her being, as noted. Whether you intend the spirit to be banished or not is beside the point. True, if you intentionally intend to banish it, then - as given in the original Golden Dawn documents you would image (or visualize it as the documents state) the spirit (or psychological complex) in front of you, and then banish with the intention of removing it from you permanently. However, you must remember you are dealing with Law. In this case, psychic law, but law, nevertheless. So whether you desire it or not, and since the
banishing is intended to remove that which is unnecessary from you, the spirit most certainly will be removed. Look at it this way. You may be on a roof, repairing it, and are using the Law of Gravity to support yourself, your tools, and your materials on the surface of that roof while working. But if you get too close to the edge, that same law will pull you to the ground at the rate of 9.8 meters/sec - squared, no matter what. You didn't 'intend' to get too close to the edge but you did, and the law worked. It's the same here. Law is quite impersonal whether it be of the physical, psychic, or spiritual variety. It simply works, but it's up to you how to use it. Q-2 First of all, I would really like to thank you for answering my previous questions. And now, here comes another one. It's about the nature of the entities subject to evocation, in your book ceremonial magic, you insist that those entities are objective. Which is their origin, their genesis? How is the place that they inhabit?, & what is their role and objective in that habitat? A-2 This is an interesting question. It points out that I may not have been explicit enough in my writings to make my position in this matter crystal clear. In Old System Magic, the entities dealt with are-as far as I am concerned and from what my experience has taught me-objective beings; entities that have as much of an objective existence as do you and I. In other words, those spirits evoked from the Goetia, the Clavicula Salomonis, the Heptameron, and so on, possess an existence of their own in their world. They have certain powers or "Offices" as the grimoires term them; Offices that can be used or discharged into another dimension of existence-our own for instance. This is where the strain in evocation comes in: trying to make a 'link' between them, their powers, and our world, so those Offices can indeed be discharged into our four dimensional world; and done so according to the will of the magician. A New Age evocation sees it differently. According to the rewrites, additions, subtractions, and changes proponents of this way have foisted upon the original Old System grimoires, these beings are either objective, subjective-as in a psychological complex that corresponds to a specific demon's nature and which is 'projected' from the magician's unconscious into the Triangle of Manifestation or to some point outside the Circle of Art-or a combination of both. But as usual, they are completely unclear as to exactly what they mean here. It is my opinion that this uncertainty-a product of changing whatever does not suit their fancy or level of commitment to the Work-is the cause of the partial results they receive from their work in evocation, and for so much of the Slingshot Effect which they so fervently refuse to admit to, no matter how much they suffer from the results of those 'evocations.' As to the genesis of these beings, their habitats, duties there and so on, this would depend upon the religious tradition to which the individual was raised in. Notice I said raised in, not the one he or she has adopted or even denied. These matters go far, far down into the unconscious realm, effecting every area of our lives, and are anything but simple cut-anddried matters. Hence the answer to this is just as I have given: it depends upon the earliest
religious tradition given you. To be sure, your modifications of such a tradition by either rejecting or replacing that tradition will have an effect on your unconscious perception of these beings, their natures, Offices, and so forth. But that essential quintessence administered to your unconscious during your formative years, will always be there as a backdrop against which these beings are seen. Q-3 I am new to your books-- I recently purchased Kabbalistic Cycles and I'm finding it very intriguing. I have a few questions that I'm hoping you can answer via your website. First, do you have a recommended outline of the order in which one should work through your materials? There is another author that I've communicated with (of which I also love his materials). I asked him the same question and he said don't try using "book x" before you work on "book y", however this information wasn't anywhere to be found, so if I didn't ask, I wouldn't have known! Second, I've read some Kabbalah materials, however I'm not understanding what you mean by the Intelligible and Sensible worlds. I know the information on p.84-85 is critical to understanding the rest of the work, but I'm just not getting the gist of it. Can you please put it in another way? Or could you possibly be referring to the imminent vs. transcendent presence of God in the universe, i.e. Imminent = Sensible, and Transcendent = Intelligible? A-3 As to your first question: I try to make each of my books as 'stand alone' contributions, realizing that not all students will be attracted to each title. Then again, while Ceremonial Magic and the Power of Evocation deals primarily with just thatEvocation to Physical Manifestation-it also deals with Magical Axioms and their Propositional Arguments that can be applied to virtually any area of Magic or the Occult for that matter. So technically, this book has a general utility for the practicing magician. Kabbalistic Cycles and the Mastery of Life is an extremely practical system by which one can navigate his or her way through the heady waters of daily life, handling opportunities or crises as they arise, and always in one's own best interest. Yet to do this, Kabbalah had to be addressed, as did the Tarot. So again: there is something to learn here that was not included in Ceremonial Magic. The third book, Kabbalistic Handbook for the Practicing Magician, deals with something not appearing in any magical literature: "Kabbalistic Analysis," along with detailed examples of how to do such an analysis, and indeed, why this must be done prior to ritual or ceremonial work. But it also contains information on the Kabbalah, the Tarot, and a unique way to enter into the Sephiroth by using the Paths of the Tree of Life, along with meditation procedures I devised throughout the decades, and which I have never seen anywhere else. There are really two points to consider here: 1. No author can put everything into one book (you would be surprised how many readers insist this be done!) 2. Depending upon the needs of the reader at any given time, he or she will have to decide on which book will best fulfill those needs.
Thus, all things above considered, you can study any of my books in whatever order you choose, and be assured that for that particular topic, I have given all that I could within the confines of a book of x-y-z dimensions. And yes, your equations of: Imminent = Sensible and Transcendent = Intelligible, are perfectly valid conceptual equivalents of my original terminology in this matter. Q-4 I find it exciting that you are a physicist and are commenting on the very NATURE of the universe and its magical sense. Another author that I thoroughly enjoy--and you might as well--is Matthew Fox, former Dominican priest, now ex-communicated and a priest in the Episcopal church. Anyway, he has written much on the Rhine mystics, i.e. Meister Eckhart, Hildegard of Bingen, etc. Very mystical writings from a creation spirituality point of view. Finally, I found the quote below on your website in one of your answers to another question, and I think it is very profound: "If my Light shines in my own darkness, how can someone outside of me direct me to It? It is ALL within you, and nowhere else. Trust that Light and yourself: no one or nothing else. It will guide you to those books, people, rituals, and magical practices that you need, if you learn to listen to It and feel Its Presence. And no one can do that for you. No one." Food for thought for years to come. A-4 Thank you for the compliments and comments. Perhaps other readers of this column will gain further understanding from your recommendations. In fact, your very mentioning these other authors may be a move toward that fulfillment I spoke of in my words you quoted above. Q-5 I am most grateful for your work and particularly the kabbalistic Cycles book and programme. As I speak and read Hebrew fluently, I have had the privilege of studying Kabbalah in its original Hebrew texts. In those texts Binah is connected to Chesed via a path. In the kabbalistic Cycles you do not count a path there - Why? In the Hundreds of original Hebraic Kabbalistic texts that I have studied I have never seen a reference to the tarot - Can you account for that. In your book Kabbalistic Cycles you state that the originators of the Tree of life connected it to the Tarot?? What is your source for this? On a more mundane note: is there a particular time/influence under which the one should buy a lottery ticket? A-5 You are most certainly correct. There is a very ancient glyph that makes such an assignment, but I am unaware of its usage in any part of Dark Ages, Medieval,
Renaissance, or modern Kabbalistic work, not to mention the Magic or Occultism of those eras. In that glyph, yes, there is as you pointed out, a Path assignment connecting Binah and Chesed. If there were such a Path-one connecting Binah and Chesed- in the glyph currently in universal use, then we would either have twenty-three Paths, or would have to eliminate one to keep the number to twenty-two, the number of letters in the Hebrew Alphabet; the number of letters in the Alphabet being one of the essential features of the Kabbalah itself. Hence the glyph I use is that 'common' pictorial representation in which there is a Path connecting Binah to Chokmah, Path 14, Daleth. In this latter case, I did not include the influence of Path 14 since Chokmah has no planetary correspondence to the Seven Planets of the Ancients (it is assigned the planet, Uranus, and this is by recent convention: one I do not accept for use in any Magical or Occult work.) And we must remember, that Western Magic and Occultism is nothing if not intensely practical; at least, we conceive it to be so and strive to apply it to practical life here in Malkuth. There are other New Age assignments to Chokmah of course, but since you probably know my opinion of the New Age, I'll leave it at that. None other than Eliphas Levi (Alphonse Louis Constant, 1810-1875) the magician who brought about the revival of Magic in particular and Occultism in general in the 19th century, is credited with having made the Tarot assignments to the Tree of Life. He observed that-as there are twenty-two cards in the Major Arcana of the Tarot-so too are there twenty-two letters in the Hebrew Alphabet. From his private magical experimentation, he eventually assigned each card to one of the Paths; a convention that has proved so successful over the past one-hundred-plus years, that it has been adopted as a unity-the Tree and the Tarot-by magicians everywhere to this day. It is a "Synthetic System of Assignment," as I term it, but one that simply works. As to the lottery ticket matter: always remember, that the time an idea first comes to you, an offer is first made to you, the time you first see something you desire, etc., takes the planetary correspondent of the hour-and Path, if applicable. There may be 10,000 people in the same city who buy lottery tickets on any given day. The Cycle-influence dominant at the time that idea occurred to each of them is the first Cyclic Impulse that determines their outcome. Of course, additionally, the Cycle-Influence dominant at the time in which each purchase their ticket will also have a powerful effect. In short, if you 'get the idea' during a negative influence but buy the ticket during a positive influence, your result will be negative. If the idea occurs to you during a positive influence but you buy it during a negative influence, your result will still be negative, according to the system I have laid down in Kabbalistic Cycles and the Mastery of Life. Should you 'catch yourself' having this idea during an hour in which a positive influence prevails, and then you purchase it during another such hour, you are going to have a surprising result. There are many variations on the above theme of course, including the general or 'background' effect of the planetary ruler of the day in question. It thus becomes a matter of individual fine-tuning of the Kabbalistic Cycles system which does work, perfectly, when the many factors that apply to any activity are carefully followed. Please study the book thoroughly, build your subconscious state of Subjective Synthesis correctly and carefully, and then apply it intelligently. You will be glad you did.
Q-6 Dr. Lisiewski, Thanks for creating the "8thmatrixpress" website. This has been a lifesaver both in the ability to get the daily Cycles in record time and for teaching the knowledge that actually works in improving daily/spiritual life. Would like to get clarification on the Kabbalistic Cycles as it relates to when an event is categorized into the right hour. In one of your first teachings on your website there was an explanation on the most appropriate time to write an email to take the most advantage of the Cycles. This was helpful in clarifying that the time that you start an activity carries that influence into the next hour. What happens when I receive a voice mail or email from someone? Does the voice mail fall under the hour that I actually picked up the voice mail on or the time when the voice mail was recorded into the system? For instance, if someone calls me during a Saturn hour and I check the voice mail during a Jupiter hour which one is the correct hour that it falls under? My best wishes to you and thanks again for your dedication to people who are working on improving their lives utilizing a proven method. A-6 The planetary hour in which you FIRST hear the message is the influence that prevails. The time the message arrived does not matter. For instance. A salesman could be calling on 10 clients on one block on a given day. While he has the same product to sell each one, that SAME offer will ONLY be valid for those who are exposed to it during a favorable influence. That's just how it works. It took me a long time to 'get it' when I first uncovered this fact. It just didn't make sense. But then, there are some scientific theories that don't make sense either, but which are physical realities, nevertheless. Like the one about the bumble bee. According to all the principles of aeronautics, the bee just cannot fly. Period. Guess the little fellow never studied those principles. There is much in the Cycles book that has to be studied carefully. People are not used to this as we know, since most want 'quick fixes' to life's problems. There are none, of course. The content of the book will also raise many questions regarding issues that have not been addressed specifically in its pages. And many of those questions will be of a theoretical nature: not of an experimental or practical nature. These are all fair game for applying and testing this system, something I strongly encourage. But such further testing is left as an exercise for the individual: it is for each one to discover for him or her self. It is simply not possible to include all variations of a theme in any book, as I noted in an answer to another question here. I trust this information helps. ///////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////// ////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////// Dr. Lisiewski's responses to readers' questions for the week of April 17 - April 23, 2006.
Notice to our Readers - Please be aware that the number of questions submitted each week has grown considerably. Dr. Lisiewski is doing his best to answer as many of them as he can each week. Those questions not answered in any given week will be answered eventually, so please be sure to check this column every week to see when your question has been addressed. Thank you! Q-1 I noted your admonition concerning Path 19 that "flow is the opposite of what you might think," but I still don't get it. The Flaming Sword reaches Chesed before Geburah, so why is downward flow from Geburah to Chesed? It seems like Strength reversed would be during a Mars hour on Thursday and Strength would be during a Jupiter hour on Tuesday, yet it's the opposite. Can you straighten me out if it's not over my head? I'm only a Zelator, albeit a late blooming one at forty-nine. A-1 Yes, I know this causes problems to many because it conflicts with Golden Dawn theory. But experimental results often do this. The best, most carefully thought out scientific theories-whose premises make the most sense when the prepositional calculus is applied to them-are often 'blown out of the sky' completely when the lab results come in. It is, in effect, a conflict between dogma or doctrine, and empirical evidence. Such is the case here. For some reason, the energy flow of Path 19, Teth, and Path 27, Peh, are as I have given in both books, Kabbalistic Cycles and the Mastery of Life, and in The Kabbalistic Handbook for the Practicing Magician. It is one of those anomalies of life that just "is." But if you work with these flows on the Tree of Life as I have given them, I am certain you will find they bear themselves out in actual practice, as so many before you have found to be the case. After all, isn't that what all of us really desire? To improve our lives? It is one thing to admire a theory; quite another to let the dogma behind it hamper your growth. I'm willing to bet that you who sent me this question, seek growth above all else: that is, psychic growth (or development), spiritual unfoldment, and worldly success. So try it 'my' way just as an experiment. You'll be glad you did. And congratulations on your attained Grade. But please, don't let anyone try to put you into some 'lower class' of magical attainment because of your age. You will find that those who try to make you feel guilty or less worthy because of your years, are not only the ones who have the least to offer, but are those who have attained the least of all. All they have are their Grade badges to parade around with, and tales of having done things in the past…or so they say. Keep to your own course, work hard, trust your own inner counsel, and be guided by your own Light: not the admonitions, injunctions, or dictates of some lodge or group. If anyone tells you, "Well, your own inner Light is fine, but you must be directed toward It by specific (and 'approved') lodge or order practices and rituals," ask them: "If my Light shines in my own darkness, how can someone outside of me direct me to It?" It is ALL within you, and nowhere else. Trust that Light and yourself: no one or nothing else. It will guide you to those books, people, rituals, and magical practices that you need, if you learn to listen to It and feel Its Presence. And no one can do that for you. No one.
Q-2 In this column for the week of March 27 - April 2, a reader asked the following question: "Do you know anything about the 2nd Nodin Manuscript? Unfortunately, at that time I had to reply, "Sorry, I can be of no assistance to you here." A-2 Since then, my friend and colleague, Mark Stavish, Director of the Hermetic Institute, contacted me with the following information. If you do as he suggests, you will find your answer in great depth indeed. His reply to me follows: "The Nodin Manuscript is a document purported to have been in the possession of H. Spencer Lewis, Imperator of AMORC, and used in the writing of the Order's Fourth Degree. It deals principally with the creation of matter and the influence of mind on matter. Participation in AMORC's RCUI Alchemy Classes at one time, or may still, required members be at least in the Fourth Degree. It has been stated that Gary L. Stewart, Ralph Lewis' successor as Imperator, and later removed from office and succeeded by Christian Bernard, is in possession of either the so-called 'Second Nodin Manuscript' of 'keys' that it may contain. The origin of the Nodin manuscript is unknown and it is believed to be an inspired creation by HSL. Gary Stewart is the current head of the Confraternity of the Rose+Cross (CR+C) an organization that utilizes the original monographs written by HSL.' "For more information on the monographs used by AMORC in the 1920's and 1930's please see the Files Section of VOXHERMES, at www.yahoogroups.com" Q-3 For the past four months I have been studying "Ceremonial Magic and The Power of Evocation", along with some of the books on your recommended reading list. I have always believed in the power of Magic, so in that sense I feel that my subjective synthesis is built up, but at the same time there is some doubt as to whether the Heptameron will be the right grimoire for me. Your book is incredibly interesting, and it is obvious how much work you have put into it, but have you ever known of anyone who has put forth all the effort to gather the things needed for the ceremony, and after properly preparing everything, turned out to have a failed evocation? What advice would you have for someone who has done everything properly, and yet did not achieve any results? I am getting close to my first evocation, and I am just wondering if it is possible for someone to follow through with the book, and still not experience any results. Thank you for your time. A-3 You are confusing having a strong, well-defined subconscious state of Subjective Synthesis with having a belief that Magic works. The 'belief' and the actual subjective state are completely opposite: much like trying to compare apples and oranges. This highly defined, energetic subconscious state can only be built up by hard, conscious work in studying magical texts, the Kabbalah, and weaving the results of your own experimental magical work in with that subconscious structure. How do you do such "weaving?" By analyzing your experimental magical results. And how do you do this? By using-for example-the technique of Kabbalistic Analysis that I rigorously developed for my readers in the book, The Kabbalistic Handbook for the Practicing Magician.
Hence your wondering if the Heptameron is the "..right grimoire.." for you. (And no, I'm not trying to sell another book here. But as far as I know, this book is the only book on the market that deals with the issue, and in great depth.) The fact remains: no one can determine the suitability of this or any other grimoire for you, but you. But the fact is that (in my opinion) you do not have a strong subjective state built up, and it is creating a subconscious prompting; it is influencing you and generating-at the very least-some of your doubts regarding this issue. You see, as far as the study component of developing your Subjective Synthesis goes, the study process you must undertake follows the sequence: Learn----->Understand----->Comprehend----->Apprehend----->Apply That is, you must study the material to 'learn' it. But learning is not a single, absolute state in and of itself. It's a process by which something new eventually finds its way into your subconscious mind. Hence the different 'levels' of the process as given above. As to "Apprehending" the material: this is a peculiar feeling that comes to the student after so much exposure to it; an uncanny awareness that they 'know it cold.' That's the best way it can be described. And as to the "Apply" step, well, that speaks for itself, doesn't it? You then test the strength and structure of your Subjective Synthesis by applying it to your ritual and ceremonial work. And how do you do this? Do you fret and strain, grunt and grimace, seek to 'induce' states of exaltation and ecstasy into yourself while doing the magical ritual, thereby defocusing from the mechanical movements, physical gestures, and verbal conjurations and mental perceptions? Or do you just enter into the mechanics, allowing the subjective state to 'take over,' and apply the power flowing through you from your Divine Nature into the ritual or ceremony? Of course, you do the latter. And as you know, this is the exact opposite of what every "New Age" book out there tells you to do. So the question becomes: "What do I do? Follow this Lisiewski guy's books and instructions, or get out my old New Age books, and keep plugging away at them, no matter how many times I have worked from them and still have no results or only partial results at best? What do I do?" Of course, as I mentioned above, this is something only you can decide. As to your second question: no, I have never known anyone who put all the effort into a grimoire-as that grimoire called for-and who did not get the result they sought. I do know hundreds who took the 'salient advice' of the New Age, made more short-cuts in using the materials required and in the Preparations of the Operator, and who got nothing or more trouble than they knew what to do with-and they deserved every bit of it as far as I am concerned. Why? Because Magic is not a quick-fix, instant gratification expediency designed to quickly get you out of some mess you got yourself into because of laziness, greed, lust, jealousy, plain 'bad thinking,' or foolishness. It is a process like any other in life, and must be adhered to on its own terms: just as you automatically 'obey' the Law of Gravity and its 'rules' without complaining about them, so too must you apply that
attitude to Magic. Then, and only then, will the Magic work for you as you want, and give you what you desire. And finally, your last question: "..what advice would you have for someone who has done everything properly, and yet did not achieve any results?" I would have no advice to give them; because if the principles of Magic are strictly adhered to-in this case those given in a specific grimoire-results are the last thing they will have to be concerned with. Yes, there is a Slingshot Effect to be sure. But then, that's part of the business as it were; and it's the Magician's duty to so prepare and conduct the Evocation to Physical Manifestation, so that as little of that effect occurs as is possible. You also mentioned something in you closing comment: "I am getting close to my first evocation.." Please pardon my forwardness here, but from your email, I feel Evocation should be the furthest thing from your mind. You simply are not ready for it. Evocation to Physical Manifestation is not a 'starting point' or a jumping off point for anyone: this suggestion is not just applicable to you, but to anyone and everyone, as I said. This is a magical act that takes a great deal of study, building the subconscious state of Subjective Synthesis, personal preparation on the part of the Operator, and years of 'magical maturity' before it can even be attempted. This is not to mention the (as best as can be done in advance) preparation of one's mind for the unbelievable shock that will occur when your first demon manifests without the Circle of Art. There is a great deal of study and maturity that all of us must do first if our ends are to be attained. That is simply the way of things. I trust I have been of some help to you in your concerns, and that you give serious thought whether to enter into Evocation at this time. For I assure you, the magnitude of the Slingshot Effect you could experience will be so great, that you may very well end up with more than you can possibly handle. I know. I was where I believe you are at, 40+ years ago, when I would not take Regardie's advice. And I am damn fortunate I am still here to tell about it! Q-4 Thank you so much for the excellent work and knowledge you've shared with us. I was almost ready to give up on magick, and now here it turns out alright and real in the end. I'm new to evocation. I've only been researching it about a year. Someone who I have held with respect has explained and advised me to use your work, but instead of commanding the being, he advised bartering with it and that this will avoid the slingshot effect. His view was that of course it tries to screw with you, you are using it as a slave, and that is why other grimoires advise bartering. Could you please tell me what your views and experience are on this matter? I want to do my first evocation, and for it to be as successful as possible, but am really concerned about the slingshot. Would this help, or would it be horribly disastrous? A-4 Please see my reply to Q-3 above, as much there applies to you as well; including the part about reconsidering doing any evocations just yet.
As to bartering. In fact, very few of the grimoires mention anything about such an exchange. Neither the Clavicula Salomonis, the Lemegeton (including its most famous book, the Goetia) the Grimoire of Armadel, The Secret Grimoire of Turiel, The Sworn Book of Honourius the Magician, nor The Enchiridion of Pope Leo to name the most well known, state anything about 'exchanging' something with the demon for what you want from it. Far from it. In fact, as I wrote in Ceremonial Magic and the Power of Evocation, it is by the Divine Bliss that overtakes the Operator during the height of the evocation, that the demon is brought to obedience. This occurs because-in fact-that part of God within the magician becomes the One who demands from the demon through ITS human agency, the magician. And in so doing, the demon's fulfillment of this demand 'sanctifies' the Fallen One, by allowing it to serve the Will of its Creator. Sounds all very hypocritical, doesn't it? Yes, but only by the rules of man-made ethical convention; a convention that preaches fairness and goodness and does everything it can to either enslave the individual by keeping him or her locked into their little world of the daily grind, or outright destroy them through some legal maneuvers because that individual refuses to 'stay put' where society demands he or she stay. Thus, when the magician reaches a certain state of development, God's Will becomes his will, and his will becomes God's Will: the two are-in that moment-identical. Hence there are no reasons for bartering; an act which simply establishes an unnecessary and very dangerous link between the demon and the magician. Only in the Grimoirium Verum of 1517 and the Grand Grimoire, do we find such measures called for. And of course, the object in both of them is to outwit the demon anyway so one does not have to make the ultimate exchange: a pact with the demon, by which one grants his soul to the demon in exchange for what the "Karcist" (Operator) desires, as the Grand Grimoire states. For in the Grand Grimoire the Karcist states: "Moreover, I command you to give me the nearest treasure, and I promise you as recompense the first gold or silver coin that I take all the first days of each and every month. Here is what I ask of you." And in the Grimoirium Verum, in the very first part of it, we find under the heading, "Of the Nature of Pacts," the following: "If you make a pact with a spirit, and have to give the spirit something which belongs to you, that [then] you have to be on guard." Such a thing is highly inadvisable, for the very reason I have laid out above. No, this idea of bartering is yet another example of New Age nonsense; a quick-fix and instant gratification method meant to escape the grueling demands of Building one's subconscious state of Subjective Synthesis, psychic development and spiritual unfoldment, all of which are required for Evocation to Manifestation to work as the original grimoires intended them to work-and as those manuscripts state evocation inevitably must work. Be not deceived. There is no getting away, around, over, under, or stepping aside of the Slingshot Effect. It will happen, no matter what you do. The point is to make its impact as minimal and minor as possible. And this can only come by doing as I have given here.
Many people do not like to hear this. Many have (and will continue to) criticize my writings and me, claiming I am saying, "My way is the only way!" In truth, this is not my way: it is the way, founded, explored, and worked by the Fathers of the Grimoires. I was just fortunate enough to rediscover it; and this through many years of more work, effort, personal agony and misery, than anyone wants to hear about. In the end, only you can choose. But remember this: choose well! Because you will pay a price for getting what you want through Evocation to Physical Manifestation. It's all up to you. Q-5 Though I have not been able to purchase any of your books yet, intuition and logical deduction have drawn me to have faith in your credentials. I will strive to buy them very soon, however. I have many questions for you, but I will only burden you with two, for now: My first question pertains to Alchemy. I, not too long ago, purchased Frater Albertus' Alchemists Handbook, an excellent book, after simmering over an interest in The Art of Hermes for many months. After investigating other titles, I noted that there weren't any instructions on how to use basic, traditional Alchemy apparatus, rather than modern Chemistry equipment. My question for you is, do you know of any modern sources who give proper instruction on how to use said tools, better yet, are you going to include such instructions in your up-coming Alchemy literature? Okay, that was technically two questions, but I only have one more, I promise. My third, and hopefully final question, is what is the traditional meaning and difference, in a historical context, between a Mage, Wizard, Sorcerer, Witch, Warlock, and Druid, and where would the general Shaman fit into all this? I know this most likely only belongs in fiction, but I've never gotten a satisfactory answer for this question. Hopefully this won't take up to much of your time. A-5 As to your first question: In point of fact, chapters II and III of The Alchemists Handbook, by Frater Albertus, deal exclusively with modern chemical equipment: there is no "traditional equipment" involved whatsoever. For example, the Soxhlet Extraction Apparatus, their thimbles, electric hotplates and heating mantles, etc. are all modern equipment. In my Second Class (Secunda Class) at the Paracelsus Research Society back in the mid 1970's, Frater Albertus made the following statement to us: "The ancient alchemists would have cut off their right arms if they had access to the equipment and chemicals we have access to today! Do you really think they would have gone out and killed a stag (deer), removed the antlers, and scraped the marrow-like substance out in order to prepare the Kirkrum Menstrum if they could have ordered a chemically pure grade of Ammonium Chloride from their nearest chemical supply company? Of course not! People today want to reproduce the old equipment, whereas the ancient ones had no choice but to use what they had and invent what they needed from the materials available to them in their own time!" If, however, you are looking for some book that will tell you how to use such contemporary laboratory equipment, yes, there are such books out there. They can be found in any university library under the category, "Laboratory Equipment" the "Proper Use of Chemical Laboratory Equipment," and "The Use of Specialized Chemical
Apparatus in the Chemical Laboratory." The categories, "Organic Chemistry Laboratory Equipment" and "Laboratory Manuals for Organic Chemistry" are also filled with detailed information. But please remember: reading how to use anything is one thing: translating that usage into 'hands on' experience is quite another. But if this is all you have at the moment, then by all means, begin by studying the books that can be found under the categories suggested. As to using the traditional alchemical laboratory equipment, e.g., Retorts, Alembics, special distillation train designs, special furnaces and the like, no: there are no modern books out there which treats with these matters. At least there are none of which I am aware. In this case, you will have to confine your studies to the alchemical writings of Paracelsus,(Hermetic and Alchemical Writings of Paracelsus Part 1, Part 2) those of Basil Valentine (Basil Valentine's Triumphal Chariot Of Antimony), the writings of A.E. Waite (as translator) and a veritable host of others, which describe and (in a loose way) discuss the operations of such equipment: you will have to 'deduce' their exact usage from those discussions. In this case I suggest you explore the wealth of available ancient titles made available by Roger Kessinger at his very fine website, http://www.kessingerpublishing.com. To be sure, the very specific types of instructions you are interested in most certainly do exist: in rare alchemical manuscripts. That is, in manuscripts that deal very explicitly with the precise use of traditional alchemical equipment, and in great detail. But such are in private libraries of individuals and are not available to the public (besides my own personal library, I am aware of twelve other individuals world-wide who possess a massive number (of copies) of just such rare documents.) Another point. On page 80, Chapter VII, The Wisdom of the Sages, Frater's Handbook quotes from the Resume of A Rosicrucian Convention, 1777: "To speak without a figure, our subject must now be enclosed in a small glass vial, made strong enough to bear a due heat, which is to be raised gradually to the highest degree: the best form for this vessel being that of an oil flask, with a long neck; but these are much too thin in substance for this operation." This description is actually calling for a retort. But since this device is meant to produce a very slow distillation using a very gentle degree of heat, and since Pyrex glassware was not available until the 20th century, the Old Ones described it as such, knowing that their readers would understand a 'retort-like' piece of equipment was required. Why? Because successive degrees of heat would not only produce different distillates, but which process actually breaks down the substance in the retort, thus bringing about the alchemical phase of Separation and Purification, each separately, and at the proper time in the operation. This is an extremely important point Frater Albertus was trying to make by quoting this source. That is, in turn, each of these processes occur automatically and thus occur naturally, in producing the Stone. See what I mean? It takes more than reading: it takes work in the alchemical laboratory for the understanding to come.
As to your second question: yes, in my three volume upcoming series on practical laboratory alchemy, I will give as explicit instructions as possible on the use of the traditional equipment. But once again, it will be up to the individual to learn by applying those instructions correctly to the equipment in question. Finally, you query the exact distinctions between such concepts as Mage, Wizard, Sorcerer, Witch, Warlock, and Druid, etc. I can think of no finer reference source to consult than John Michael Greer's classic work, The New Encyclopedia of the Occult (ISBN 1- 56718 - 336 - 0). This masterful work will give you more insight into more areas of the Occult and Magic than any dozen or more individual books that purport to deal with these subjects. And John's Bibliography at the end of the book is one of the most important research references I have seen in decades. In my opinion, it belongs in the library of every student of the Occult and of Magic. Please avail yourself of a copy at your earliest. You will not regret it. Q-6 Is it possible for you to give us discussion forums on this website so we can discuss your books? There are quite a number of us who are writing emails to each other discussing the nuances and incredibly valuable information you have given in your Ceremonial Magic, Kabbalistic Cycles, and Kabbalistic Handbook, and we really need a place to go to do this. We have tried some of the newsgroups, but there is so much to wade through, so much anger and hatred about so many people and writers, and so much anger and jealousy going on in them that we need a safe and sane place to go. Can you please help us? I am sure there are more than my group out there that would welcome this. Please, please consider giving us these forums. A-6 Thank you for this kind post, which sums up so many others we have had over the past month. Yes, people are fed up with all the craziness going on in various newsgroups, and do need an alternative place to discuss the information given in my books. I discussed this with my webmaster, and the answer is, you will be getting a separate "Readers' Discussion Forum;" one for each of my (so far) three magical books (other forums will be added as additional books of mine are published.) Please know, that these forums won't happen overnight; it takes a great deal of work to do any web site properly, let alone give a free program (Kabbalistic Cycles calculator) and then add forums. We ask that all of our readers be aware of one very important thing when it comes to these forums: they will be provided in order to discuss my books and matters relating to them. Discussions of "New Age" books, New Age speculations, fads, or materials of any such kind, will NOT be allowed. We will have 'rules' regarding any "New Age" books and their discussion, as I am NOT a proponent of the New Age in any way, as you can tell from my writings. Put bluntly, I have nothing to do with it. These 'rules' will also apply to the "New Aeon," Crowley, and "Thelema" as well. I have great respect for these latter three, but they overlap too much and all too frequently
with New Age pabulum. Hence these areas of Magic will not be entertained in any of the forums, and anyone breaking these rules will be barred from using the forums. As you mentioned in your question, we do not want these forums to turn into just another magical chat group where people who have nothing better to do just talk and spew their pent up hatreds and frustrations in order to pass the time. We want to help others LEARN, EXPERIENCE, and SUCCEED. And to do this, certain ground rules must be laid. My attitude may seem hard: but I am an empiricist, and believe in getting results, and in nothing else. And that is what I want you and all of my readers to have: results, like no others. ///////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////// ///////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////// Dr. Lisiewski's responses to readers' questions for the week of April 10 - April 16, 2006. Dr. Lisiewski has been detained in Europe for another week. He wishes his readers to know that this column will resume next week, April 17 - 23, and that he sincerely apologizes for this unavoidable delay. ///////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////// //////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////// Dr. Lisiewski's responses to readers' questions for the week of April 3 - April 9, 2006 Due to Dr. Lisiewski's travel to England, there will be not be any answers to reader's questions for this week. The column will resume the week of April 10, as usual. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause to any of our readers. ///////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////// ///////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////// Dr. Lisiewski's responses to readers' questions for the week of March 27 - April 2, 2006 Q-1. Do you know anything about the 2nd Nodin manuscript? A-1. Sorry, I can be of no assistance to you here. Q-2. I would like to personally thank you for the time and effort you have put into your books. I can tell you that I had the same thoughts you relate in your Ceremonial Magic book some 25 years ago. I let myself get side tracked by 'new age' ideas regarding evocation. However, that's at least a 3 whiskey story! I do have a question. Small though it is, I do believe it to be important:
Dominican Brand Incense, I have looked everywhere using various search engines. I have been unsuccessful in a specific match. If you are aware of a supplier, or even the recipe, could you provide some help or direction? Any help would be great appreciated. A-2. Thank you so much for your kind remarks. As to the incense. Even in the remote area in which I live, it can be found. I suggest you go to a Catholic Church supply store (or even a general Christian supply store) and check there. It is used as a general suffumigation by Catholic priests everyday during the standard Mass, so it is available. You can also try Tyrad Co (I list their address in the Recommended Occult and Magical Suppliers section of this web site.) They have many brands of incense, not the least of which are some general 'church types.' However, seeing that things change so quickly these days, I will look into the matter myself and let you know what I find. Q-3. (From the same individual who posed Question 2 above) - I have taken your advice in earnest. Although the incense I obtained is not Dominican in name, it is used regularly in masses that I have attended. Will it do? A-3. While my investigations showed "Dominican Brand" incense is still available, apparently it is not as 'common' as it was thirty-or-so years ago. In fact, according to a Catholic priest friend of mine living in my area, there are several different types now being marketed, all of which are really the same blend used in the Dominican Brand formulation, although they are sold under different names. You should be fine with the type you found then, given the current marketing tactics of the incense manufacturers discussed above. Q-4. I am really looking forward to your alchemy book. It is one of the subjects I hope to pursue in due course (being a civil engineer puts a lot of demands on my time). I have read as much as I can now, however in looking for practical application, all I come in contact with are nuts and crack pots. I believe a good avenue would be to take a chemistry course at a local university to familiarize myself with the equipment and process. Do you agree? And when do you think these books of yours will be out? A-4. Really, taking one or two college courses - but with labs - would be a good idea; if for no other reason than to familiarize yourself with the symbolism, terminology, general reactions, processes and the like, that make up the science of Chemistry today. But be warned: actual laboratory Alchemy has little to do with the techniques, equipment, and ideas that comprise modern day Chemistry. For instance. You'll learn of distillations and distillation trains in a general college chem. lab course. But when it comes to performing a "dry distillation" in Alchemy, other factors not covered in such a course will come into play. Such questions as:
By "dry," do they mean completely dry, or should the material being distilled be at least moist so as not to burn the Alchemical Sulphur? Should I use a Allihn or Leibig condenser? And why?
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Is the first part of the distillate that comes over of any use, or is it to be discarded? If it has use, should I 'sharpen' it? And if so, how? And, how many times should I, "Let the Eagle fly?" in a (particular) distillation? In the "Water Work" of The Golden Chain of Homer, how do I test the Water of Water, Water of Air, Water of Fire, and the Water of Earth, before imbibing the Gur with it? How do I prepare the "Fixed Tincture of Antimony of Jupiter," and what are its uses compared to the "Unfixed Tincture" of this chemical element and planetary attribution?"
Nevertheless, Frater Albertus was absolutely insistent and correct when he admonished us to, "Know the Theory before attempting the Praxis!" Therefore, the theory and chemical equipment in general use in contemporary chemistry does have a place in Alchemy. Such colleges courses today will also help you flesh out some of the physical theory underlying Alchemy. But please remember, that while such courses will help in your understanding something of the chemical basis of Alchemy - along with the proper use of common chemical equipment used in chemistry today - that purely physical understanding will be of very little use when you begin to work in serious Alchemy: be it the Alchemy of the Vegetable, Animal, or Mineral Kingdoms of Nature. Additionally, when it comes to the equipment used in the Art, the further you venture into serious Alchemy, the more 'exotic' equipment you will need. You will soon find that this specialized equipment is not only hard to come by in most instances, but is virtually impossible to obtain today in other instances. In the end, you will either have to use the equipment designs I have used and that I suggest in my books, or design your own. In either case, you will then have to find a very good and skilled glassblower to make that equipment for you. Such is the Science and Art of Alchemy. There is no easy way in Alchemy - just as there are no easy ways in Magic or Mysticism. All are simply different points of the same Triangle of Manifestation. Now: as to the alchemical books I am writing. Of necessity, there will be four books on the subject. The first will be available this year. Originally, I was so foolish as to think all could be placed in one large volume. After beginning the project, I found out otherwise. This first book will be more or less of an anthology of Israel Regardie's early views of Alchemy as given in his book, The Philosopher's Stone, his later realization of the physical basis of Alchemy after he met Frater Albertus in 1965, followed by his and my interactions with each other and with Frater Albertus at the Paracelsus Research Society (PRS) over the years, the methods of teaching the latter employed, and some general alchemical theory. In short, it will be a 'background' book, if you will; one that will be a precursor - but a precursor only - to the three laboratory 'manual' types that will (eventually) follow. Even so, volumes two, three, and four will be expensive to produce, due to the technical aspects of inserting chemical symbolism, glassware illustrations and other art work, not to mention some color photographs which the student will absolutely need in order to work the processes correctly. I will not compromise on these issues which - in fact - these matters are being addressed at this very moment. Therefore, these
books will be meant only for those who are serious about pursuing Alchemy in the laboratory. That is, they will not be meant to adorn some book shelf or act as "coffee table" books so placed as to impress others. In effect, volumes two, three, and four will contain all of the original Teachings of Frater Albertus over the complete "Seven Year Cycle" of class instruction that he taught at the PRS from 1960 through 1980, and which has never been published before. If you like, you can sign up on this website to receive further information on these books, and be informed when they become available. Q-5. How can I get my hands on my own Kabbalistic Calculator? (PC Version) A-5. This is a popular request, the answer to which was given in this column, for the week of February 27 - March 5, 2006. To save you time however, I'll restate my response here: I'm afraid you can not get a private version of the calculator. First of all, there is a Patent Pending on the program, and this of course, prevents copies of it from being distributed. Secondly, the program is quite extensive. It was written in the computer language, Fortran 77 ("Formula Translation," the main program type used in physics) which requires a compiler that compiles the lines of code so the program will run. In order to make it available for free on our website however, we then had to convert the Fortran program into another language suitable for the website, called, "PHP," which uses a "Interpreter" instead of a compiler. As you can see, a lot was involved. Because of these factors, the Cycles calculator has to remain as is for the time being: available only for use on this website. But by all means, please enjoy using the program as often as you like. Q-6. I have a question that is troubling me. I have read your books which I think are very well written. I have also read Crowley, Flammel, Jung, Fortune, St. Martin, Hindman, Papus, Regardie, Waite, Levi, etc. But, over the years, I have begun to wonder if all the paraphernalia and rigorous ceremonial rituals are really necessary...Is it possible to perform these actions within your own mind? Visualization with interior sight ,sound, scent , and dance? I have found that these methods accord some measure of success. Am I deluding myself? A-6. While there is more to it than you mention above, you are most certainly not deluding yourself! In the end, such 'Impedimenta of the Art' becomes completely extraneous. Please see my paper in the March 20-26, 2006 column , Magic Versus Mysticism - You May be in for a Surprise, in the Magical Thought for the Week column on this website. I suggest you print it out, study it carefully, daily, for some time, and by all means consult the books cited there. They will help you in your quest more than you may know at this moment. Whatever you do, do not give up on this idea of yours: because you are most certainly correct in reaching the conclusion you have come to. Q-7. Let's assume that a spirit has attached itself to a person's aura/body:
Would the spirit get hurt if the person performs the lesser banishing ritual of the pentagram or any other standard Golden Dawn banishing ritual? What if the intention is not to banish it in the first place, but rather, the intention is just to do such rituals as part of the mage's training in raising and directing energy? A-7. The purpose of any "banishing" ritual is to remove that which is unessential from the magician's sphere of operation, and from his or her being. Thus, it is performed in order to clear the immediate sphere of working, as well as to 'refine' the magician's nature. To be more exact, banishing is designed to remove that which is unessential from the Practitioner's physical, mental, emotional, and psychic natures, while allowing for (gradual) spiritual unfoldment, when performed frequently and correctly. As such, it most certainly will - or should, if done properly and enough times - remove the spirit from the magician's 'sphere of influence,' which includes the area of working and his or her being, as noted. Whether you "intend" the spirit to be banished or not is beside the point. True, if you intentionally intend to banish it, then - as given in the original Golden Dawn documents you would image (or, "visualize" it as the documents state) the spirit (or 'psychological complex') in front of you, and then banish with the intention of removing it from you permanently. However, you must remember you are dealing with Law. In this case, psychic law, but law, nevertheless. So whether you desire it or not, and since the banishing is intended to remove that which is unnecessary from you, the spirit most certainly will be removed. Look at it this way. You may be on a roof, repairing it, and are using the Law of Gravity to support yourself, your tools, and your materials on the surface of that roof while working. But if you get too close to the edge, that same law will pull you to the ground at the rate of 9.8 meters/sec - squared, no matter what. You didn't 'intend' to get too close to the edge but you did, and the law worked. It's the same here. Law is quite impersonal whether it be of the physical, psychic, or spiritual variety. It simply, 'works,' but it's up to you how to use it. Q-7. I read some recent books about the subject of entity possession, and checked out some websites on the topic. They say that if you invoke demons, they probably will attach to you, since their main concern seems to be to feed on human energy, cause havoc and restrict human evolution to something better. I would like to hear your opinion about that, meaning, is this true or is this just nonsense? A-7. Properly speaking, "Invocation" refers to the act of 'calling down" or 'calling forth' a benevolent, positive, intelligent force or being - such as an Angel. Or, it can refer to the calling down or calling forth of a neutral force, the application of which is up to the discretion of the magician. An example of the latter would be the planetary forces 'called down' by an extension of the basic Middle Pillar ritual. On the other hand, "Evocation" refers to the 'calling up' or 'summoning forth' of a malevolent, negative, intelligent or semi-intelligent force or being - such as a demon. There is no 'neutrality' in this case: the
force or being is malignant; but not due to any purposeful hatred toward the magician. Rather, these tendencies are simply are a part of the nature of such a force. So, according to the term used in your question, the short answer is "no," possession is not possible through the ritual techniques of "Invocation." Be advised however, that intense, prolonged periods of Invocation can most definitely lead to the surfacing of anxieties, great depression, and panic attacks. Why? Because regardless of the type of Magic (or Mysticism for that matter) that you practice, the subconscious mind (or unconscious mind) is involved. And while Israel Regardie was most certainly correct when he wrote in his book, The Middle Pillar, that one "…cannot gate crash the unconscious…" rest assured you can rattle those gates sufficiently, and wake whatever lies behind those gates! And this, to your great consternation! However, such a condition as possession is possible through a badly botched Evocation. But really, even here, only as a theoretical probability. That is, in a badly performed Evocation - one in which there is only a partial manifestation of the demon, and where control is not fully established even in such a partial manifestation - the end result will most likely be a negative result (a severe Slingshot Effect as discussed in Ceremonial Magic and the Power of Evocation) or no result at all. However, if the Operator succeeds in bringing about a full manifestation of the demon, and either loses control or does not fully establish that control, and attempts are made to command the being, disastrous consequences can result. But even in this instance, those consequences are not likely to end in 'possession.' Rather, they are more likely to produce extreme fright in the magician; a fright which can severely effect the heart, or end in a mental instability that can bring on insanity. Such is the nature of this 'business.' I have investigated the authors whose works you mentioned to me (but which are withheld here for obvious reasons) and looked at the websites you asked me to view (also withheld here.) I am not at all surprised at the egregious statements made by them. They are - in my opinion - the worst of the worst examples of the New Age phenomena. They speak in the most vague generalities, and generate their 'opinions' from data they have not personally observed and tested. Yet they proceed to make these pronouncements, and then draw specific conclusions from them: all inevitable consequences of their undisciplined minds seeking instant answers, quick gratification, and convenient belief systems designed to make they feel warm and cozy in their inner world of ignorance. It was clear from even a cursory examination of their material, they do not understand the historical, traditional, and precise definitions of the Occult terms they were bandying about. There is a not too similar consideration which may have bearing upon your original question, so we might as well consider it here: 'Can working with such things as the Ouji Board, or involving one's self in Automatic Writing, bring on possession?' Actually, no. Such practices, however, can stir up intense anxieties and fears, just as can intense, prolonged periods of Invocation. If you are interested in the fascinating field of Spiritualism, I can thing of no better place for you to start than with the books, You are a Psychic, by Sophia Williams, and the Mediumship of Mrs. Leonard, by Susy Smith. I would also strongly recommend you visiting the website of Health Research Books, an
old, established publisher and book seller that deals with a plethora of books in the Occult, not the least of which are many old volumes on the subject that are not obtainable anywhere else. You can also order their large catalog listing all of their publications. I highly recommend them. ///////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////// /////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////// Dr. Lisiewski's responses to readers' questions for the week of March 20 - March 26, 2006 Q. I bought your book on Ceremonial Magic and am getting ready to do my first evocation the way you gave in your book. But I am getting plenty scared, because strange and weird things have been happening to me without warning and I didn't expect this. All of the breaks on all of the wheels of my car suddenly fell off, things around my place are actually disappearing, I hear wheezing noises and rapping on the walls where no neighbor lives (I also live alone) and I keep seeing things off the corner of my vision that dart and flash but there is nothing there. It gets worse too. My bed feels very cold and my sheets have a bad odor, even though I change them and they are fine when they come out of the drier. The mattress has no odor either. Only when I do something to further get ready for this evocation does the smell and coldness return to the sheets and bed. Is all or any of this due to the demons I am getting ready to call on somehow knowing I am working toward calling them up? Please help! A. Yes, it is entirely possible that what you are experiencing has a direct correlation to your evocational preparatory activity. While I do not know what your other daily magical activities may be, i.e., your daily magical ritual practices and what effect they might have on your preparatory work, I experienced such things (and worse too!) many times, when preparing for High Ceremonial Magic. In my opinion, when the magician prepares for such a Rite, a call goes out to the beings he or she is preparing to summon. They 'hear' it in their world, and react. Remember: they are not necessarily hostile to you as a human being. Rather, it is a property of their nature to be antagonistic, and so will cause a fuss. The best and only way I found to combat this problem was to purchase a "Bloodstone," wrap it in a piece of 100% virgin (never used for any other purpose) white linen, and to keep it on my person twenty-four hours a day. This stone, also called, "Emantile" in the Grand Grimoire, has a way of either distracting the demons or confusing their 'homing in' on you. Either way, it works, and works very well. Give it a try: I think you will find that it will work very well for you too (I have recommended it to others throughout the years, and have never received a complaint.) Above all, do not be afraid to the point where you abandon the Operation. Continue to prepare, gird your heart with strength through prayer as recommended in the Heptameron, and when the time comes, carry out the Operation. The best to you.
Q. In your magical though for the week a couple of weeks ago, you mentioned Israel Regardie's book The Art of True Healing but linked it to old copies available from used book dealers. There are more modern editions available so why didn't you link to them and even recommend them over the older edition? A. Aside from more than a few intense personal disagreements I have with people editing the great classics of Magic and the Occult, I always felt that if you want to understand the original ideas, thoughts, and perhaps even the motivations of a writer, you must study his writings in undiluted form. Therefore, you have to obtain the editions in which only the original author's hand appears. In theory, there may not be anything wrong with a 'modern' writer adding his two cents to someone else's book. But unless those additions are clearly spelled out and delineated, I have great objections to such tampering. Notice Mr. Donald Tyson's edition of the famous Three Books of Occult Philosophy, attributed to Henry Cornelius Agrippa. Not only does Mr. Tyson clearly indicate the edit, but he annotates the entire document perfectly as well, thereby making it a - if not the shining example of accurate rendition in a form contemporary readers can use with advantage. Another example of such exemplary work is to be found in Joseph H. Peterson's, The Lesser Key of Solomon, Lemegeton Clavicula Salomonis. There are others to be sure, but by and large, they are not many in number. If you want to understand the basics; the original instructions and intent of any book, please do yourself a favor: buy either the original edition(s) as explained above, or make certain the edited versions are as pristine in form and content as are those of Mr. Tyson and Mr. Peterson. ///////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////// /////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////// Dr. Lisiewski's responses to readers' questions for the week of March 13 - March 19, 2006 Q. What makes the biggest difference in a successful e-mail: 1. The Cycle I'm in when I draft it 2. The Cycle I'm in when I send it 3. The Cycle the recipient is in when they read it I'm not trying to be facetious or something because I send out messages to colleagues and customers everyday and I want the maximum positive effect. A. Always use the Cycle in which you draft the letter as the most important. Next - and if you can manage it - send it out during another propitious Cycle. I find a good way to do this is to: 1. Draft the letter during a favorable Cycle, then queue it until another favorable time rolls around. Then I send it. This is the BEST possible way to get the most
favorable results (usually, writing a letter from scratch takes longer than a given Cycle's time period, so hence this action of sending it out during another favorable Cycle-time.) If I cannot do this, then I... 2. Sit down, draft the letter during a favorable Cycle, and send it during that same Cycle. This works very well too. It does not matter when the recipient gets it. Once you impress the Cycle's force upon the (e)mail and send it, that force will be the one that dominates the recipient's thoughts when he or she receives it, regardless of the Cycle in which it is received and opened. These considerations hold not just for email but for any written correspondence or verbal dialogue. In short, always choose the most propitious Cycle to BEGIN the action. If possible, continue the action under that same Cycle until the action is completed. If the latter is not possible, i.e., to bring the action to a successful completion during the Cycle under which the action was initiated, wait until another favorable Cycle before taking that action to completion. Q. I am interested in Rosicrucianism but am not very happy with the organizations out there today that call themselves "Rosicrucian." I read your 3 books but didn't see you mention anything about this subject. Can you steer me to a source for some real Rosicrucian material? A. I am sympathetic to your views and dilemma. There are two sources I recommend, the second one being more personal, perhaps giving you access to more than you may be ready for in this matter. The first one is: Rosicrucianism List on Yahoo The second one is: The Hermetics Resource Site The third one is: Institute for Hermetic Studies On this third (or last link) you may want to write an email to Mr. Mark Stavish, the Director of the Institute for Hermetic Studies at: email@example.com and subscribe to his extremely informative newsletter, VOXHERMES. I trust this information will be of help to you. ///////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////// ///////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////
Dr. Lisiewski's responses to readers' questions for the week of March 6 - March 12, 2006 Q. Considering the size of the circle of art. How large do you find a room needs be for a rite such as the LBRP? In the same vain, does an evocation to physical manifestation require a greater amount of room or space for a spirit to successfully manifest? A. Always use a nine foot diameter Circle of Art for every ritual and ceremonial act. "Nine" is the number of Yesod, of course, and corresponds to the subconscious (unconscious) mind, wherein all Magic truly occurs- we only 'see' the results of that 'occurrence' in the outer world (Malkuth.) That is, the subconscious mind should be thought of as the Causal Agent of the External Effect we wish to produce. There is a great deal of correlation between this concept and the central doctrine of New Thought. That is, with the extremely pragmatic philosophy and practice of the latter. But this is another matter for another time. As to the size of the room. I intensely dislike generalizations, but there are a few that carry merit. And in this case, "bigger is better" is one of those generalizations. There are several reasons for this. First - while it is a maxim that you can never be absolutely certain what will occur during any rite of High Ceremonial Magic, this axiom or rule is also true in such common ritual acts as the daily performance of the Lesser Banishing Ritual of the Pentagram (LBRP.) This is especially true if you have performed a full Kabbalistic Analysis on the rite, e.g., the LBRP. The phenomena that can occur even from this seemingly simple performance are simply too numerous and varied. Hence the need for a sizeable Magical Chamber when performed indoors (This is what the New Age terms a "Temple") or for a large Area of Practice (if performed outdoors) as I refer to the space of practice. It's better to have 'maneuvering room' in order to avoid potential problems, than to be confined to some small space because that is all that is readily (or 'easily') available to you. For instance. Let's assume you are in your Magical Chamber and have just drawn a pentagram in the North, are in the process of stabbing its center and vibrating the Divine Name for that quarter, and suddenly you hear something like a heavy breathing or growling directly behind you (this has happened to me many times during the performance of this ritual.) Now, you are in altered state of consciousness of course, owing to the ritual, and so, are caught off guard. If you are doing the LBRP about your own axis - or in, say, a three or four foot diameter operating space - it would be easy for you to break the bounds of the pentagram-circle formed thus far, and ruin the entire ritual. THEN you will have to put up with the negative energy that such a botched performance most certainly will level on you for at least a twelve hour period. (And don't fool yourself: immediately 're-doing' the ritual will bring nothing but more trouble. Count on it.) Second - The size of the circle has a powerful effect upon your mind, and hence upon your ritual performance. When you don't feel cramped; when you don't have to worry about bumping into some object in the room; when you have the peaceful assurance that you have a 'buffer space' within the Area of Operation into which you can 'retreat' or use
to regain your composure in case the physical manifestation is just too great or surprises you, then will your unconscious mind aid you that much more in the effective performance of your rite. So what am I saying here? Whether it be the daily practice of some ritual, e.g., the LBRP, or the complex, full performance of High Ceremonial Magic - such as Evocation to Physical Manifestation - use a nine foot Circle of Art. Fine! So, what does this presuppose? Quite obviously, if presupposes a Magical Chamber or Area of Practice that is larger than nine feet in diameter. In the case of a Magical Chamber - and depending upon the ritual or ceremonial rite being performed - it is wise to add another three feet all around. So the Chamber or Area would be fifteen feet by fifteen feet. In the case of Evocation to Physical Manifestation, when operating indoors, make certain you have plenty of extra room: this is very risky business indeed, especially until you become astute in the process. It is not that the entities being summoned 'need' this extra room to materialize: you will, once the manifestations begin - and I am not joking here in the slightest! That idea; that knowledge of 'extra space' cushions the mind, and enables it to deal with the physical phenomena of any rite or ceremony. And in the case of Evocation to Physical Manifestation, it allows the Operator a psychological edge a very wide edge - in handling the onset of the ecstasy and Divine Love that will soon overtake the Magician. To give you some example of what I have found to be a highly effective Chamber size for my own work, my Magical Chamber is twenty-eight feet by twenty-eight feet, with a twelve foot ceiling. I realize this is a problem for many Practitioners. It was for me as well until I bought a house large enough to accommodate these requirements. But simply because something is difficult is no reason to revert to 'easy expediencies.' These intolerable conditions; these hard situations; these 'impossibilities' are what a large part of Magic is all about. And they are requirements - they are not up for debate or 'rationalization,' as many would have you believe in this day of the quick fix and instant gratification. In the case of the grimoires, they are quite direct, clear, and outspoken in what the requirements are. And those ancient manuscripts are also something else-they are right, because they work! Q. I heard or read somewhere you can use almost any kind of incense available locally for magickal purposes. I mean even in evocation or for rituals you do every day. I'm betting you don't agree with this (I read 2 of your books) but can you explain why? A. You are so right: I don't agree with this slipshod attitude and never will. A "Suffumigation"- as it is frequently termed in the grimoires - is of Latin etymology and stems from the words "suffuses" or "suffundere," which literally mean "to pour beneath, to spread over or through in the manner of a fluid or light, or to infuse." So what you are doing, is 'pouring forth' a type of light, or in the case of a magical act, a Light or fluid whose purpose is to serve as a base medium for manifestation, or for infusing the Magical Chamber or Area of Practice with those qualities that are conducive to the rite or ceremony being performed. In other words, you are creating a miniature universe: one
that is in harmony with your magical act, and from which you desire a definite, clear, and fixed result. Given all of this, why would you use anything but the best substance available in the creation of that universe? Of course you wouldn't. In all magical cases (except those requiring the use of blood), you will find the suffumigation required to be some type of herb, resin, oil, or even elixir. Always purchase the best base material for the suffumigation that you can find. Please stay away from those "Head Shop" incense sticks, synthetic oils and resins, and ALWAYS away from those Indian incenses you are only to apt to find everywhere. The two finest source for herbs and resins that I know of are Alchemy Works, and the Penn Herb Company. A further explanation of these companies can be found on the Recommended Occult and Magical Suppliers page. You can click on the blue clickable line here or on the tab at the top of the page. Q. I like to use brass incense burners and candle stick holders for my magical work, but they can be expensive. Are there any substitutes you know of? A. In the case of suffumigation burners or candle stick holders, brass is the best, when the material of the device is unspecified. Most often however, the material form of the device will be stated. For instance. You may find a particular grimoire calling for "taper base" made of clay. Or for a "tablet" to be made of "wax" (and don't confuse this with the paraffin you can find in any grocery store!) In these cases, clay or genuine wax is what you would use to fashion your candle holders or tablet. Always remember: use what is required from the grimoire or text being worked from. NEVER change it! In the case of more contemporary texts, such device requirements are either not specified, being left to the ingenuity of the Practitioner. In that case, it's up to you. But even here, when you do find that the material of a given device is spelled out for you, use what is called for. Now it may be, that in a given contemporary text you will find - for example - that the candlestick holders are to be made of wood, but the type of wood is not given. Then what? Always consider the nature of the Operation to be performed, and guide yourself accordingly. This is why I so strongly recommend a full Kabbalistic Analysis be performed on each-and-every-rite and ceremony to be entered into by the Magician. For it is through such an analysis that the exact nature of the Operation will be made known to the Practitioner. Magic is more than a now-and-then process, as you well know: it is a way of life. It is a philosophy that propels us into a series of actions that first makes us aware of our world and of ourselves in a most unique way, and then instructs us in methods by which we can alter the fabric of this apparent 'reality' to match the dictates of our Will. Somewhere between these two extremes, it both helps and enables us to define ourselves as to who and what we truly are: spiritual beings, whose Essence grows and becomes more than it was when we began our Path. This being the case, always look upon every item; every device; every act, with the utmost of reverence, treating it and yourself according to your highest vision.
///////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////// /////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////// Dr. Lisiewski's responses to readers' questions for the week of February 27 - March 5, 2006 Q. Is there really a difference between concentration and meditation? They seem to be so much the same. I mean, how do you tell the difference between them realistically and how do I achieve them? A. Yes, there is a difference between the two, and it is significant. As to their seeming to be much the same, this is due to the New Age miasma of confusing them in text, many of these current, trendy authors not having taken the time to study the old books on these subjects. As a consequence, they have passed their ignorance on to yet another generation of sincere students. Let me try to explain this subject clearly. Concentration is the fixed attention of the mind upon one idea, thing, concept, physical sensation, internal impulse (either physical or mental) or external condition, to the exclusion of all else. In this state, the mind becomes much like a laser beam that emits-in this particular example-a specific visible frequency of light. In other words, the beam has achieved a state of "coherency," in which all other light-frequencies, save one, are eliminated. The same occurs in Concentration, or at least, should. The achievement of this state of one-pointed ness is dynamic, but only in that the mind has determined-in advance-to attain it. Thus, in effect, Concentration becomes an action of the mind. The techniques themselves that induce this state however, are both "active" and "passive" at different points in the process. Thus, this state is not-as so many have stated-an exclusively "active" process. In Meditation, the individual focuses the fixed attention of Concentration upon the single idea, thing, concept, physical sensation, internal impulse or external condition that was the motivating reason for attaining to the concentrative state in the first place. Here, the very focusing of the mind on the issue or object becomes an "active" process. Once the attention becomes fixed however, the mind then becomes "passive," by opening itself to the inspiration, guidance, or gift the idea or concept being meditated upon has to offer the aspirant. As such, the process of Meditation is a reaction to the flow of inspiration, guidance, etc., that the ideal concept, or image has to offer the individual. Now, how does one attain to these inner states of Spiritual-yes, Spiritual, as opposed to the Psychic states I am so fond of discussing? As to Concentration, there is no better process that I know of than that laid down by Israel Regardie in the first "five steps" of his classic book, The Twelve Steps to Spiritual Enlightment. In Step One, Body Awareness, the individual becomes aware of those physical sensations-mostly subconscious (or unconscious)-that do not simply disturb attempts at Concentration and Meditation, but which outright prevent one from attaining to them. By applying the very definition of Psychoanalysis to the process, that is, 'making conscious
that which was formerly unconscious,' those hitherto unknown activities within the body become know to the conscious mind. And in the process, discharge their energy from the body through the mind, thereby quelling their negative influences on the mind as it strives to achieve these states. In short, once they become 'known' to the conscious mind, they can no longer 'surprise' the individual during the 'action-reaction' processes of Concentration and Meditation. Step Two, Relaxation, induces a deep release of those neurophysical tensions hidden below the layers of the 'automatic' mental pressures, physical tensions, and impulses in the body that were rooted out in Step One. Once discharged, the free flow of psychic and spiritual energy, no longer impeded by this new or 'second-level' of resistance, ultimately becomes accessible to the student. Step Three, Rhythmic Breathing, can be thought of as psycho-spiritual 'filler' for the tensions and physical impulses of the psyche that have been emptied by the first two steps. In this exercise, the energy of Spirit, contained in the very air, is brought into the body of the individual according to a four-fold rhythm, its life-giving properties spreading from the physical body into the mind and psyche, much as a stone thrown into a pond sends out ripples throughout the entire pond. New levels of physical power and mental clarity are experienced, which soon constitute a new way of living for the practitioner. Step Four, Mind Awareness, is the most difficult step in the process. In this exercise, the hidden content of the mind is attacked directly. Through the Freudian process of Free Association, the mind is allowed to empty its secret contents directly into the consciousness. The horrors and hidden machinations contained below the surface of consciousness stream into the conscious mind in torrents. But in the process, these phantoms empty themselves of their pent up psychic energy, thereby reestablishing a free flow of psychic energy to those formerly damned up levels. In short, after this step is completed, there is nothing left within the mind that can disturb the individual in his or her inner quest for effective Concentration and Meditation. Finally, in Step Five, all of the benefits and development achieved through the previous four steps are brought to bare on the problem at hand: that of Concentration, and this by using a mantra to fix the attention of mind upon the meaning of the words that compose that mantra. Once this phase is mastered, it then becomes easy to apply the technique to the act of Meditation: to focus the fixed attention of Concentration upon an idea, thought, concept, etc., of the individual's choosing, for the purpose of discovering its hidden nature, and the special gift that idea or concept has for the individual. As you can see, like all else in the Occult in general and Magic in particular, the development of Concentration and Meditation requires a great deal of hard work, perseverance, determination, and dedication. There is nothing for nothing in these Arts and Sciences. But the gifts they bestow upon the individual who doggedly pursues them, are beyond the ability of anyone to put into words.
Q. I enjoy using your free Kabbalistic Cycles calculator on your website. The only problem is that I travel a lot, and would like to get a copy of it for use in my laptop that I take with me. Can I get a free copy of it? A. I'm afraid not. First of all, there is a Patent Pending on the program, and this of course, prevents copies of it from being distributed. Secondly, the program is quite extensive. It was written in the computer language, Fortran 77 ("Formula Translation," the main program type used in physics) which requires a compiler that compiles the lines of code so the program will run. In order to make it available for free on our website however, we then had to convert the Fortran program into another language suitable for the website, called, "PHP," which uses a "Interpreter" instead of a compiler. As you can see, a lot was involved. Because of these factors, the Cycles calculator has to remain as is for the time being. But by all means, please enjoy using the program as often as you like. ///////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////// /////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////// Dr. Lisiewski's responses to readers' questions for the week of February 20 - February 26, 2006 Q. In Dr. Hyatt's recent DVD in Radical Undoing he made a statement that I personally felt important. He stated that if the aspirant hasn't control over the energy (kundalini energy) of his body in all likelihood his/her efforts will come to naught (or worse I suspect). In the Lesser Banishing Ritual of the Pentagram (LBRP) the astral body expands during the rite. For someone with limited experience in astral projection, magic and these energies, will the ability to expand the astral body during the ritual happen as a consequence of the rite and an effective subjective synthesis? In your experience do these energies need to be controlled and effectively so in operation for the ritual to have successful results? A. This is a good question. First of all, Dr. Hyatt is most certainly correct: these energies need to be controlled. Remember though, my position is that these are psychic energies, and not the oft touted "spiritual energy" the New Age is so found of slinging about. While I have not seen Dr. Hyatt's new book you cited above, I do know him very well, and know that he is quite hard-core in these matters. Being so, I assume he is referring to a type of psychic energy that has a physical correlation with the human body, i.e., in this case, with the human nervous system. So yes, it must be controlled. Now, he probably gives techniques for controlling that energy. And in his approach his techniques…as they have been in the past…will most likely prove quite effective. However, we must remember, that his approach and the magical approach you refer to via the LBRP are different; much like two sides of the same coin. That is, while the techniques differ, the energy involved may be quite the same.
Specifically, in the LBRP, the expansion of the astral form occurs through Imaging. That is, through seeing and feeling the astral body expand at the beginning of the rite. At first, the expansion is purely 'mechanical,' in that you must strive to image it. Then too, as you do so, you will be adding to your subconscious state of subjective synthesis. Later, as you become proficient in the rite, you will notice that both the astral expansion and the ability to control the energy 'summoned up' or generated by the performance will become automatic. That is, it will become "…a consequence of the rite and (of) an effective subjective synthesis" as you suggest. You may ask yourself: "Why does it take practice before this automatic state 'kicks in' in such a ritual, whereas in Evocation to Physical Manifestation, the attainment of higher states of magical consciousness and the state of Bliss or Divine Love occur simply by focusing on the actions of the ceremonial act itself?" The answer being, that by the time you have reached the stage where you are truly ready to attempt such an advanced magical practice as Evocation to Physical Manifestation, you will have developed your Imaging faculty and you subconscious state of subjective synthesis to such an extent, that all falls into place…automatically. Hence the need for linear, progressive, slow growth in these matters. Your job…your Divine Task…is to develop your psychic faculties so that your perfect spiritual essence can shine through, fusing itself into those faculties, and manifesting through your body and magical acts into the world of Malkuth. Unlike the New Age nonsense which implies…or outright demands…instant gratification and the quick-fix, Magic…TRUE Magic…requires patience, thought, research, analysis, and above all, a stern dedication to it for the magic to work as it was intended to work. There are no shortcuts to Heaven. But there are to Hell; and they are the demands imposed upon Magic by the ignorant, the rude, and the ego maniacs of our day. Keep to your course, and be guided by only that which can guide you in Truth and beauty: that part of God within you, also know as your Holy Guardian Angel (HGA.) Q. My question is about the 'dry-run' process. For example, If I have done a full kabbalistic analysis (including dry-run) of a talismanic consecration for (say) an earth talisman; would I then need to do another dry-run process if I wanted to charge a second earth talisman later on? Also what about another elemental or planetary talisman? Similarly how would you recommend doing the dry run process on something simple, like a candle burning ritual? A. These are more interesting, thoughtful questions. As to the first. If you wanted to construct and charge a second Earth Talisman, then yes, another full Kabbalistic Analysis would be required, as well as another dry run, and for two reasons. (1) No doubt the intended purpose for the second talisman would be different from the first, or you would not be considering producing another one. Thus, a second Analysis would establish a 'mirror image' of this new device within your subconscious state of subjective synthesis. (2) Imagine if you will, a spider's web. So many threads, each one so fine, and always more than one leading to and emanating from any given vertex of the web. Each one not
simply supports the others, but also serves to define the web. That is, give it form. The same here: all are needed for the subjective state to operate effectively. Most certainly, if you want to create additional talismans for other planetary or elemental considerations, you will need a full Kabbalistic Analysis AND dry run for each-andevery-one, too. And for the same reasons as I gave above. As to your second question regarding the candle burning ritual. Please! Don't fall for New Age faddism! You can burn all the candles you like, whip yourself up into fever pitched states of emotional excitation, dose your burning tapers with gallons of essential oils, yearn, 'pray,' beg and…get nothing in return. I have never know anyone to receive even probabilistic results from this so-called 'magical' practice, myself included (during my earlier days, over 40 years ago.) If you have other wants or desires, and are attracted to Talismanic Magic, then by all means, make one or more talismans for those purposes too. Please devote your time to a structured, energy-based magical effort; an energy that comes from you, as opposed to some burning candle flame. Look to the old grimoires for talismanic ideas and designs, e.g., The Clavicula Salomonis for instance. But remember: make certain that your Kabbalistic Analysis answers the questions as to WHY you are going to use those designs or elements of them, and WHAT those figures, symbols, and kameas mean in a Kabbalistic sense. Candles have their purpose in magical acts, yes: but 'wish-granting' is not one of them. Keep your nose to the grindstone and WORK! Because above every magical temple door there should be a sign that reads: WORK FIRST! -------> THEN do the Magic! ///////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////// ///////////////////////////////////////////////////////////// Dr. Lisiewski's responses to readers' questions for the week of February 13 - February 19, 2006 Q. Why are you so hard on the New Age? After all, it has brought magic into the public view more so than ever before. Why do you have such a grudge against it? You're not being fair! A. As I pointed out in my third book, The Kabbalistic Handbook for the Practicing Magician, my argument is not with the material that actually comprises this so called "New Age" phenomenon. Far from it. If you study the texts from what I term Old System Magic, you will find their contents are what these New Age books are all about. In fact, if you read Donald Tyson's excellent annotated and edited version of the Three Books of Occult Philosophy, and pay special attention to his Introduction, you will find that what is called "Golden Dawn (GD)" material is really material taken from those Three Books-and Mr. Tyson is most certainly correct! But specifically, the original GD material came from Barrett's, The Magus, which is the butchered version of the Three Books.
Another example-and one which lent the "Hermetic" to the term, "Hermetic Golden Dawn"-can be found in Stephen Edred Flower's classic, Hermetic Magic. As Mr. Flowers points out in that splendid book, the true Hermetics came from the Graeco-Egyptian magical stream, being locked away in scholarly works, the like of which have only recently been discovered and treated seriously in translation. Most certainly, there is nothing wrong with utilizing those original forms of magic as contained in the early grimoires of the Dark Ages, the Medieval era, and the Hermetic approach of the GraecoEgyptian line. But when this material is extracted from those sources and patched together into a flippant "system" meant to "do Magic" in some slip-shod,, quick-fix, hodge-podge way, then yes, I am most definitely against it! Why? Because such rubbish not only gives Magic a bad name, but it produces terrible results, the likes of which canand which all too often do!-create more misery and difficulties for the serious student of Magic than if he or she had not attempted them at all. I hold to what I said in my books: the individual must develop his or her subconscious states of subjective synthesis by learning the Kabbalah, learning to research the material being worked with, analyzing the ritual or ceremonial act to be performed (as for instance, through what I call a "Kabbalistic Analysis") and in the process, building an eclectically balanced "system" of interior (psychic) thought patterns along with ritual and ceremonial actions that will work for that individual. "One size fits all" does not, has never, and will never apply to Magic. I am against all contemporary writers who take shortcuts with original material, change requirements for magical weapons and ritual material, bastardize magical instructions with their 'views" based upon some convenience, social contrivance, whim, or their flat out ignorance of what the rite is intended to do, and who only look to their royalty check as the measure of their "success" as a writer. In my view, my stance on this issue is more than justified, and I will continue to do everything in my power to write books that will bear themselves out in the reader's practice of the material given in them. If some reviewers on Amazon and other online bookstores have characterized me as being arrogant, a "know-it-all," a charlatan, a so-and-so, or that I am advocating that "my way is the only way," then so be it. In 1937, Edward R. Murrow, a famous World War II correspondent, replied to a heckler who did not like his predicting that a world war was about to explode, "Rant all you want! Keep writing how wrong I am! What you don't understand, young man, is that all press (reviews) is good press, whether you like it or not!" I never forgot those words, and see them as applying to my own writing efforts. I will not change my views or stance on this matter, until the sources of these mindless "magical" books change the material they are producing. And that is that. Q. Can you give me your opinion of the following books? I guess I'm asking if they are worth my time and trouble. (A list of books then follows) A. The fact of the matter is, what I think of any book is irrelevant (unless it is a "New Age" book, and then of course, we know what my answer would be in most cases.) But seriously, an individual's like or dislike for any given book is a complex matter that is particular to him or her. It all has to do with one's subconscious state of subjective
synthesis, how complete it is, how well it has been structured, and how one's emotional nature relates to it. For instance. I may like a particular 17th century grimoire because it had a 'certain appeal' to me years ago when I first picked it up, and when my subjective synthesis was being built up. Maybe it had a cover I liked. Or the stylized script of its wording appealed to me. Then again, maybe it was by an author I heard of, and for some 'unknown reason' felt drawn to. Perhaps some or all of these factors got me to try it. After working from it, getting some results, I then may have favored it or turned completely against it, the latter conclusion based upon my experience of its content. Of course, any given individual will have a host of (other) initial feelings about that book, most of those feelings being based upon psychological reactions to its features, promises, etc. The best I can advise anyone in this matter is to ask yourself: "Why am I attracted to this particular book?" See what answers you get. If it 'feels right' explore it. Read a chapter or two, and see if that feeling persists, grows stronger, wanes, or disappears completely. Of course, it is your subconscious state of subjective synthesis that you are building, so guide yourself accordingly. Magic-like Life-is extremely personal. In the end, it is your life. Apply the same to your Magic: make it yours!