ESOTERIC EXTENSION OF TAROT TO DEVELOP SUPERSENSORY POWERS LESSON 1 Transcriptions from Ann Davies' Class Lectures you are
being privileged for the first time to participate in With this course of lessons the transcription of tape recordingsextendingthe practical work in Tarot and the principles of Holy Qabalah. In order that you may understand the importance and the significanceof this opportunity, you should be aware of at least a portion of the recent history and tradition of the Western Mystery Schoolof which Builders of the Adytum is the lineal descendantand the active instrument. During the twenty-six thousand year cycle of the great solar year, the sun passes during its 2,155 year through each zodiacal sign; each sign of the zodiacin turn exercises, interval, a small but important influence. Three centuriesago, as the sun began nearing the end of the PisceanAge, those fetters with which the feudal church and state had bound men's minds and bodies began to be discarded. The invention of the printing press weakened the hold of old patterns on men's minds and the great upheaval in orthodox Christianity createdby the Reformation weakenedthe possibility of enforcing acceptedideas on inquiring spirits. Early in the seventeenthcentury, it was possiblefor a statement of Qabalistic doctrine to be published openly for the first time, in the Fama Fraternitatis and the ConfessioFraternitatis, although they had to be published anon;rmously. Both participation in the Mystery Schooltradition and publication of Mystery School teachings acceleratedsharply in the eighteenthcentury. This new century was called the it. The "age of reason," in sharp contrastto the "age of faith" thathad preceded culminating years of the eighteenth century saw the rebirth of democracywith the establishment of the American Republic,dedicatedto a new order of the ages;the foundations were laid for new humanitarian movementsto provide aid to the poor, to care for the insane, and for the ill; and the first steps were made in the elimination of traditional discrimination against different races,religions and sects. Astrologically, this "age of reason" was highlighted by the discovery,in 1781,of the planet Uranus. It is signiflrcant that Uranus, as the higher octaveof Mercury, is the planet attributed to Tarot Key 0, and is the co-ruler of the dawning Aquarian Age. Superconsciousness, As all movementsare characterizedby tides, and as the waters, even when swelling to high tide, withdraw intermittently, so a period of reaction necessarilyfollowed the intense activity of the eighteenth century. The hesitating steps of experimental science,still in its infancy, were obstructedby the dogmaticrigidity of orthodox religion; the industrial revolution, for a time, made the laboring poor worse off than before; in reaction to the American and French revolutions, the remaining absolutemonarchiesstifled any outward movementsby the people toward democraticforms of government. But the reaction to changesof a new age was only temporary. Great reformers of the mid and late nineteenth century devotedtheir hearts and souls to the eradication of existing social inljusticesand evils by seekingknowledgeof the laws of life and developing broad ethical standards. Because the establishedchurchesof this period were too entrenched in dogma, for the most part, to satisfy the growing desire within the people for greater spiritual awareness, the teachingsof the outer school of the Western Tradition were revealed through many and various channels. Somerecipients of this Mystery training perverted or polluted its teachings,somemisinterpreted them, some tried to use the occult
misplaced. Casepublished a number of works dealing with occult and Qabalistic matters. he continually was aided by an Inner Voice. It is. he had succeeded
. Dr. and to face martSrrdom. Thus.a young man in the United States was beginning to find his true life vocation. During his study of the history and meaning of Tarot. The Golden Dawn numbered among its membership some of the most brilliant and talented men and women of that day and age. Within this same period. Christianity itself degeneratedinto formality and dogma. It must not be thought that the secrecysurrounding the outer vehicles of the with the Eastern Tradition. At the time the Golden Dawn was in its ascent. Casehad becomean authority on the wisdom of Holy Qabalah as expressedin the Tarot. was led to a life-long interest in Tarot. Dr. which led him and encouragedhim in his endeavors. But the lost has Tradition the Western that tragic course. reason it wa. Dr. Within a few years.or misunderstood. And for this reasontoo. Dr. has savedits teachingsfrom being Age portion of the Piscean during a secrecyof Qabalism perverted by the same types of popular misinterpretation and from the same forms of degradation by power-seekingleaders. Becauseof his innate knowledge. Before he was 21.snecessarythat For this physical the yet transcends embraces ideal that purge the Eastern intervals to various upon at great numbers of reformers be called tradition of corruption. invited by Michael Whitty.brought over from many incarnations as a great Qabalistic scholar and teacher.ASSWORKON SUPERSENSORYPOWERS: 1
knowledge for personal power and aggrandizement. to remain dedicatedto an It has always been difficult for the materially successful plane. a true outer vehicle for the Qabalistic Wisdom appeared in England. the then Praemonstrator General of the Order of the Golden Dawn for the United States and Canada. therefore. of Western Tradition places it at any true disadvantage some of its ancient literature.as can be found in so many instanceswithin the Eastern Tradition.while still a youth. Dr. its flame would be pure. Members of the Golden Dawn. upon reading these works. were horrified and probably terrified to discoverthat many of their most cherishedsecretswere here presentedto the public gaze. Paul Foster Case.600years.2
CI. The man or woman who sought illumination in the Mystery Schoolsof the West after the victory of the exoteric side of Christianity (and it must always be rememberedthat the esotericside of Christianity was as ruthlessly repressedas any non-Christian belief) had to be prepared to learn in secret. too. and a good deal of what was taught had been corrupted. After his initiation into the Golden Dawn. Michael lvhitty the Mystery School Paths of Return. Casewas. Casediscoveredthat most of what they taught he already knew. was planted the seedof the weed that flrnally choked the the formation by the Inner flowering of the Order of the Golden Dawn and necessitated Schoolof a new outer vehicle.These very qualities necessaryto anyone who dared to seek the light under these conditions insured that even though the lamp might be small. the Order of the Golden Dawn.to shun any public use of knowledge of power.Dr. It was the first open and public Order of the Western Tradition to exist in over 1. Casequickly traveled the grades. Others were too timid to put into practice that which they had learned.to join the Order.
selecting is but one of the outer B.O. and practice formerly revealed only to the chosenfew. which without its inner contact. Dr. Casewas directed to give out the teachings of this vehicle more widely than had hitherto been possible by means of our modern media.
At this time the Golden Dawn was still operating as a true outer vehicle. At one time in the west and in the east. spoke to him. The voice that he heard. Soon after Dr. vehicles of the Invisible Order. had somewhat detracted from the purity of its teachings.he found that in general its arcana were identical with his own independentdiscoveries.there was the need for personal contact becausemuch could not be given in writing or even in speech. that is the SaeredTemple within. his Inner Teacher. It was necessaryfor the pupil to receive much of his attunement with the Higher Self by a processknown as impactation. however. It was not until the period in which the Fama Fraternitatis was published. a processsimilar to the use of a tuning fork to make another tuning fork vibrate. training in the Qabalistic Tradition was given only by direct contact with the teacher. There is.with whom the pupil generally lived in close association.the contact with the Inner School. It was the Master "R.to make public an ever increasing amount of that information. Even then. Casehad receivedhis spiritual linkage at the highest levels of this mystery training. made by well-intentioned but misguided individuals in most cases. This method becametraditionally acceptedin the Eastern Tradition. Dr. service time to the full devote his The Master R gave lengthy instructions to Dr. Caseto lay the foundations *R' spent three weeks with Dr. no question that to progressbeyond a mere knowledgeof the theoretical
. physically. doctrine. Caseformed the Builders of the Adytum. Dr.TA. a true Mystery Schoolof the Western Tradition and the Qabalistic Mysteries and does not claim sole proprietorship to Truth. it has been possibleon instructions from the Inner School. Caseresigned from the Order of the Golden Dawn. it is possibleto use a written medium to accomplishthis training. for many centuries such private instruction was required by the grim necessities." the author of the Fama Fraternitatis and the ConfessioFraternitatis mentioned on the previous page who had come personally to New York for the expresspurpose of preparing Dr. gradually career as a musician in order to disintegrated. The Master Case for the purpose of transferring the channel.CLASSWORK ON SUPERSENSORYPOWERST 1 as the "greatly honored" SupremeHead of the Order of the Golden Dawn for the United States and Canada. In the west. Caseretired from his own successful of the Masters. over the phone. Case. of the Holy Inner Shrine. Dr.O. Dr. was allowed to give out much more information than the Inner of the wealth of doctrine that he was allowed to School had previously released.TA. Caseon the methods of purifying the teachings of the Golden Dawn and on the extent to which these teachingscould be made that name to signify builders public. however. As B. has grown and as the Aquarian Age has come more fully into its own.however. for the next outer vehicle of the Inner School. he received a telephonecall. Although a number of innovations. from the Order of the Golden Dawn to a pure and more satisfactoryvehicle. or perhaps until the Freemasonry movement gained impetus that it becamepossiblefor a teacher to dare to lecture openly to groups of students. Because make public.
During the presentation of the class lectures from which these lessonsare taken. For this process. Dr.a different view of each separateterritory must be achieved. It is for this reason that this coursehas been prepared which will eventually give you detailed instruction in ritualistic work wherein you will be able to participate. These additional lessons provide you with the opportunity for personalparticipation in a more intimate spirit. As you ascendthe spiral of evolution. The lessons that you will receiveare taken from transcriptions of the recordings of actual classes conductedby Ann Davies. The curriculum you have already received has been much enhancedby direct instructions from the Inner School. is participating in the extra forces that group work provides rcalize that your consciousness and participating in the telepathic rapport that is brought about by a common goal.an occultist (as opposedto the mystic) must participate in carefully controlled group work. deeper and deeperstrata must be transmuted. As you work with the lessonsof this course.SENSORY considerations. Davies included much new information as she received it from the Inner School.
. In these lessonsyou are receiving a new point of view.POWERS: 1 CLASSWORK ON SUPER. These lessonsexpand and bring an enlarged understanding of the material presentedin earlier courses. the spirit that group work can give.