"It should never be forgotten for a single moment that the central and essential work of the Magicians is the attainment of the Knowledge and Conversation of the Holy
Guardian Angel anything apart from this course is a side issue and unless so reguarded may lead to the complete ruin of the whole work of the Magician. "
Aleister Crowley, Magick Without Tears
The Term Holy Guardian Angel was adopted by Crowley from the Golden Dawn, particularly from S.L. MacGregor Mathers' translation of The Sacred Magic of Abramelin, The Mage. Crowley used Abramelin to attain the Knowledge and Conversation of his Holy Guardian Angel. This name is especially appropriate in Enochian Magick. In each Aethyr that you enter, you will encounter at least one governing Angel. Crowley demonstrated that if you are properly prepared beforehand, at least one Angel will serve as your personal Cuide through each Aethyr. The Cuide that awaits you in the 8th Aethyr, ZID, is your own Holy Guardian Angel. You will confront him face to face when you enter ZID.
One problem that you must confront meanwhile is that ZID lies aboye the Abyss. The Holy Guardian Angel is often used by Magicians as an aid in crossing the Abyss. This is possible because, even though a direct confrontation is not attained below the Abyss, you can nevertheless develop an intuitive feeling for your Holy Guardian Angel and calI on him for assistance at any time.In fact, this is a prerequisite to entering the Abyss which is in ZAX, the tenth Aethyr.
But what is your Holy Guardian Angel? It is none other than your own spiritual self or genius. Enochian Magick teaches that every person has a spiritual counterpart, a spark of divinity, at the core of bis being.You are inherently spiritual.Your physical body is an expression of your mirad. Your mirad is an expression of your soul. Your soul is an expression of your spirit. This inner spark of divine light acts on a higher level than your human mirad.It will appear to be separate from you and will seem to act independent of you. In Enochian Magick it is called your Holy Guardian Angel.
The Knowledge and Conversation with the Holy Guardian Angel refers to the act of the human self confronting the spiritual Self. It is a mystical experience in which the Human personality or ego melts into its Source. In the East, this'blowing out' of the ego is called Nirvana. It involves a magical shift in your sense of identity. Your sense of identity will shift from the human personality to the spiritual individuality. This shift in identity is necessary to safely cross the Abyss and directly confront the Holy Guardian Angel in ZID.
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