States Of Consciousness

The electrical activity of the brain has been observed and classified with EEG (electroencephalograph) equipment signals picked up from the scalp by electrodes, then filtered and amplified, drive a graph recorder. Brain activity has been found to produce specific ranges for certain basic states of consciousness, as indicated in 'hz' (hertz, or cycles vibrations per second) delta -- 0.2 to 3.5 hz (deep sleep, trance state), theta -- 3.5 to 7.5 hz (day dreaming, memory), alpha -- 7.5 to 13 hz...

Thoughtforms And Spirits

Whenever we concentrate our thoughts, we draw psychic energy together. This is called a thoughtform. Usually the energy dissipates as soon as we break the concentration, but it is possible to purposely concentrate energy in this way, producing very strong thoughtforms. Such thoughtforms are vortexes or centers of psychic energy. They can exist as entities by themselves, at least for a while. They are basically inanimate, non-thinking forces. Talking to one is about as logical as talking to a...

Forms Of Astral Projection

Astral projection may be subdivided into three basic types mental projection, astral projection (proper) and etheric projection. And your OOBE may shift between them. Mental projection is really simple clairvoyance ('remote viewing'), and 'traveling in your mind'. Imagination plays a key role. The experience of mental projection is not particularly vivid, and you will more likely be an observer than a participant. Nevertheless, mental projection is an important 'way in' to astral projection...

The Banishing Ritual

One of the most basic and useful ceremonial rituals of magick is called the *banishing ritual*, or lesser ritual of the pentagram. A pentagram (or pentacle) is a five-pointed star with the point up. The banishing ritual is helpful in psychic protection and healing since it forms a protective barrier against malevolent forces. The psychic barrier it creates can be made to permit entry of desired (constructive) forces and the exclusion of negative ones. Thus, the banishing ritual is an essential...

Microcosm And Macrocosm

We have been describing 'traditonal' occult philosophy here, and certainly an important part of the tradition is the idea (and terms) microcosm and macrocosm. The greater universe, known as the *macrocosm*, includes everything that exists. It corresponds with the *microcosm*, or tiny universe, ie. man -- who is thought of as a miniature replica of the macrocosm (whole universe). This basic magical relationship is demonstrated in the Bible (Genesis 1.27), where God is the macrocosm and in the...

Artificial Elementals

An artificial elemental is useful for certain tasks 1) invisible watcher and observer, telling you what it sees 2) psychic guard 3) it can be used in healing 4) it is helpful in other ways. Ophiel calls the artificial elemental a 'familiar'. Producing your own artificial elemental is fairly easy. YOU MUST ASSUME THAT THE ACT HAS PRODUCED RESULTS, EVEN IF YOU DO NOT IMMEDIATELY OBSERVE THEM. It is entirely possible to produce one of these little beasties and not know it (not being clairvoyant...

Basic Techniques

Most methods of astral projection are methods of conditioning. Some form of trance or altered consciousness is always involved. No one ever projects consciously while fully awake (some may think that they do). Although there are many techniques used to produce an astral projection, they boil down to nine of them. They all sort of overlap. 1) Diet -- Certain dietary practices may aid in OOBE, especially at first. These include fasting, vegitarianism, and in general the eating of 'light' foods as...

Book List

David Conway, Magic an Occult Primer (or Ritual Magic). Aleister Crowley, Magick in Theory and Practice. Denning and Phillips, Creative Visualization. Ophiel, Creative Visualization. A.E. Powell, The Astral Body. _, The Mental Body. Joseph Weed, Wisdom of the Ancient Masters. Julian Wilde, Grimoire of Chaos Magick. ** MAGICK 8 HEALING AND BANISHING ** Psychic or spiritual healing is a human potential we all possess. Some people are especially good at this. It is probably easier to heal someone...

Matos Spells And Magic 12 Techniques

J.H. Brennan, Astral Doorways. Robert Crookall, The Techniques of Astral Projection. Denning and Phillips, The Llewellyn Practical Guide to Astral Projection. Oliver Fox, Astral Projection. Gavin & Yvonne Frost, Astral Travel. Celia Green, Out-of-the-body Experiences. Richard A. Greene, The Handbook of Astral Projection. Herbert Greenhouse, The Astral Journey. Jack London, Star Rover (historical occult novel). Janet Mitchell, Out of Body Experiences....

The Magick Circle

Often an important part of formal ritual is the magick circle. Medieval magicians considered the circle essential, and placed great emphasis upon its exactness. Elaborate designs were invented with many layers of complex symbols and words. It was very important that the circle be completely intact with no breaks in it. The magician and any other participants stand in the circle during ritual. Today, circles are made on the floor with chalk or paint, rock salt, or a rope. Whatever its form, the...

The Subconscious

Postulated by Freud and others, the concept of the subconscious mind is an important one. Basicly, this is the idea that part of the mind normally operates below or outside of ordinary consciousness and awareness. Dreams and hypnosis are examples of this. Also subconscious are the many automatic functions of the physical body such as respiration and digestion. Magick encompasses many things -- science and art, philosophy and metaphysics, psychology and comparative religion. Magick is an...

Chakra Meditation

There is a special type of concentrative meditation which we will call 'Chakra meditation'. This is basicly Kundalini yoga -- the practice of causing psychic energy (kundalini) to flow up sushumna, energizing the various chakras along the way. The practice, considered dangerous by some, will produce deffinite physiological sensations and psychological effects if continued long enough. It should not be attempted by epileptics or persons with an unstable mental or physical condition, or with...

Invocation

Formal ritual usually involves the invocation (ritually calling up) of a god or goddess, spirit, or other entity. In this sense, magick is somewhat similar to pagan religion and witchcraft. However, we consider magick ritual a technique, not a religion. Worship need not be involved. Sometimes the invocation of an entity creates an artificial elemental. Crowley says there are three different kinds of invocation -1) Devotion to the entity (as in the Bhakti yoga of the Hare Krishna sect the...

Health And Diet

Certainly the way you treat your physical body will affect your mind. In magick you want an alert mind. Therefore, your body must be as healthy as you can keep it. Take care of your body. Exercise regularly. eat a good diet (with vitamin supplements), and do not consume anything which will have a negative effect upon the mind. Drugs, smoking,, and alcohol should be restricted, or eliminated. (The mind can create any condition which a drug can create.) A good rule here is moderation in what and...

Magick White And Black

'Personal magick' is that magick used to affect the self often involving affirmation, self-suggestion, and self-hypnosis. 'Active magick' is outer directed magick (as in PK) used to affect someone or thing, or to bring about an event. 'Passive magick' is to be affected (as in ESP) by an outside non-physical cause. Everyone possesses some magical (and psychic) potential. Some are especially gifted. Usually people are better at one kind of magick (ie. active or passive) than they are at the other...

Magick And Witchcraft

A number of other occult disciplines are prevalent today besides magick. There are many cults and sects which profess their own views, but there are really few differences between them. One popular area in the occult today is witchcraft. This is far removed from the cliche of devil worship. Real witchcraft is a nature religion (pagan). Witchcraft has much in common with magick. Alchemy also has much in common with magick. It's heritage comes from the middle ages. Alchemy fathered chemistry and...

Systems Of Magick

Magick always involves self-hypnosis. However, it is more than that too. For one thing, there are objective forces involved (or so it would seem). Deities, spirits, and cosmic force can have an independent existence. And the repetitive physical movement sometimes involved in ritual can itself generate PK force. On the other hand, it could be argued that all of this is subjective to the magician. Perhaps all magical effects could be produced through hypnosis alone. But the effects are certainly...

The Fourfold Breath

With physical exercise too, moderation is advised. You should be cautious, or not attempt it if you have a respiratory or heart condition. Check with your physician if in doubt, and don't overdo. One of the most useful physical exercises is pranayama, or controlled breathing actually a type of hatha yoga exercise . For this and any other calesthentics or hatha yoga which you might choose to do a 'kitchen timer' is suggested many of these aren't accurate for under three minutes, but are helpful...

Affirmations

The mind is always open to suggestion -- especially the subconscious. Most of the time we censor any suggestions according to the model but one way to break through the censor is with repetition. An affirmation does this exactly. By suggestion, we mean any statement which is capable of affecting your model. Usually suggestion is in the form of a positive statement such as the hypnotist's patter -- You are becomming sleepy . An affirmation is the same kind of thing -a positive suggestion, which...

Parapsychology And Psychic Phenomena

Through parapsychology, we are at last beginning to gain insights into the hidden nature of man. Parapsychology is a branch of psychology which studies psychic phenomena. Remarkable evidence has been gathered on numerous cases of psychic phenomena. Knowledge gained from parapsychology studies can be applied, so far as it goes, to the much broader based, much more theoretical study and practice of magick. Thus, the human mind and body appears to broadcast psychic energy or force, much like a...