There are those in the world who enjoy both the artistic and symbolic expression afforded by building a physical temple, filled with ritual implements, magical circles, and various other accoutrements. If you are one of these people, you can still benefit from the New Hermetics. You can easily convert the patterns of mental and spiritual direction that you find in the New Hermetics tools into physical rituals performed in a physical temple. In fact, it may be very useful for many people to do this.
If you would like to do this, I suggest acquiring or making a magick pantaclc (circular disk), cup, sword, wand, and lamp. The pantacle should be a round disk made of wax, wood, or gold, engraved with a symbol you feel represents the universe for you. You can just engrave it with a pentagram, a hexagram, or the seal of the New Hermetics if you wish (sec front cover). The cup should be made of silver. The sword should not be so big that it overwhelms the other implements. All of the objects should be harmonious in size. The wand can be a cylinder of copper or wood, preferably cut from a tree and prepared lovingly by you. The lamp can be any sort of light, candle, oil burning lamp, etc.
You can then use these articles in each of the levels respectively. For instance, you can incorporate or simply hold onto the pantacle during rituals of the Initiate level. The cup can be incorporated into tools for the Zealot level, etc. You can find some other ideas about ritual movement in the Appendices.
If you are having trouble using any of the tools in this book, please review the instructions carefully. Any problems that you may have will almost certainly occur because you are missing one or more of the instructions. Ask yourself these questions, although these are obviously quite subjective:
• Are you getting properly into the altered state of consciousness?
• Arc you vividly imagining the components of the exercises (you don't have see things in crystal-clear detail, but you must be really into it), or are you just muddily fantasizing?
• Are you immersed in your visions? In other words, are you seeing your inner temple in the first person, or are you looking at yourself from the outside? It is vital to your success to be "in" your visions, except in those cases where it says otherwise in the instructions.
• Are you involving all parts of yourself in these tools? Are you physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually involved?
If you are doing all of these things and still having trouble with any parts of the New Hermetics, then by all means, please try something else. Try anything else. These tools are designed to meet the basic needs of most people, but you are an individual. At all times, trust your own creativity and make the New Hermetics your own. Feel free to modify any components of these tools to make them most effective for you. Only you can know exactly what's right for your spiritual journey. The most important thing is to keep going, and make sure you're always having fun.
You may also wish to add or change words, symbols, or concepts to help you feel connected with your own belief systems throughout this program. Please feel free. You may eventually find yourself limited if you change things to lit one rigid set of beliefs, but you should still do it if it makes you happy. It is your life and your inner world. You will find the correct way for you to proceed in all things inside of yourself. That is ultimately the goal. This book is merely a guide to help you get in touch with yourself as deeply as possible. Strive on!
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