Phase of Moon: Weather Conditions: Emotions: Physical Condition:
Name of Rituals Performed: Performance:
Oh, one last thing about rituals at this time. No, you should not do the ritual seven times in one day and forget doing them for the rest of the week. You may do them more often than once a day, but you should do them at least once every day.
As a result of giving these lessons many times, I realize that some of you will do no more than read this book. Many more people study occultism than practice it. If you are really interested in learning how to do magick, I strongly suggest that before the seventh or eighth lesson you read at least one other book. Many books will be suggested in the bibliography which follows each lesson. You may select any of those books, or you may choose any book concerned with the Kabalah, the Tarot or Magick. The purpose of this is twofold:
1. So you get a slightly different view of the subject matter. I make no claim to being a guru or divine master. Studying the same subjects from a different point of view will be good for you.
2. So you can get a more in-depth study of a particular subject which interests you.
You do not need to buy a book. You can get it from the library, borrow it from a friend, or even pick one from your personal collection of books. In fact, it could be a book you have already read. It would be a good idea to keep a record of your readings, too. List the book's title and author, the date you completed it, and any comments you may have on the book.
Now, before giving you your first ritual, I want to tell you about the one thing which you should have in order to gain the most from this book: a Tarot deck. While this is not primarily a course in the Tarot, the Tarot does play a very important part in the study—a part not limited to "giving readings."
The best decks for use in this course are: The Golden Dawn Tarot The B.O.T.A. Tarot The Hermetic Tarot
Acceptable decks for this course include: The Rider-Waite (or Albano Waite) Tarot Tarot decks based on the Rider Waite, such as: Aquarian Tarot, Morgan-Greer Tarot, Royal Fez Moroccan Tarot, and many others.
Decks not acceptable for this course include:
The Crowley Thoth deck, which is an excellent deck but too complex in symbolism for beginners. If you are not a beginner in working with the Tarot and you really like the Thoth deck, go ahead and use it. If you are not familiar with this deck, avoid it for now.
Under no circumstances should you use a "non-standard" deck; that is, a deck with more or less than 78 cards as described above. This would include the Secret Dakini Oracle, I Ching cards, Gypsy Witch fortunetelling cards, and many others. This is not to say that these decks are bad or wrong, only that they do not go with these lessons.
Tarot decks can be purchased at most major bookstores; however I suggest that you patronize metaphysical bookstores or occult supply shops* The people who work there are generally far more knowledgeable, friendly and helpful than those at a general bookstore.
On the next page is your first ritual. Remember, it should be practiced at least once a day. You may have learned the ritual elsewhere. Many groups, organizations and even doctors and psychological therapists teach forms of it. But although it is simple, do not underestimate its importance! Walking seems simple now, but it was very difficult for you to learn—and you had to learn it before you could learn to run. This ritual will be used to prepare for every magickal ritual in this entire course.
* Most of these decks are available from Llewellyn Publications.
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