The Bell

THE Magical Bell is best attached to the chain. In some systems of Magick a number of bells have been worn, sewn upon the hem of the robe with the idea of symbolizing that every movement of the Magician should make music. But the Bell of which we shall speak is a more important implement. This Bell summons and alarms and it is also the Bell which sounds at the elevation of the Host. It is thus also the Astral Bell of the Magician.< < footnote During certain meditation-practices the Student...

The Lamen

THE breastplate of Lamen of the Magician is a very elaborate and important symbol. In the Jewish system we read that the High Priest was to wear a plate with twelve stones, for the twelve tribes of Israel (with all their correspondences), and in this plate were kept the Urim and Thummin.< < footnote Scholars are uncertain as to what these really were, though apparently they were methods of divination. The modern Lamen is, however, a simple plate which (being worn over the heart) symbolizes...

The Scourge The Dagger And The Chain

THE Scourge, the Dagger, and the Chain, represent the three alchemical principles of Sulphur, Mercury, and Salt. These are not the substances which we now call by these names they represent principles, whose operations chemists have found it more convenient to explain in other ways. But Sulphur represents the energy of things, Mercury their fluidity, Salt their fixity. They are analogous to Fire, Air and Water but they mean rather more, for they represent something deeper and subtler, and yet...

The

AS the Magick Wand is the Will, the Wisdom, the Word of the Magician, so is the Magick Cup his Understanding. This is the cup of which it was written Father, if it be Thy Will, let this cup pass from Me And again Can ye drink of the cup that I drink of And it is also the cup in the hand of OUR LADY BABALON, and the cup of the Sacrament. This Cup is full of bitterness, and of blood, and of intoxication. The Understanding of the Magus is his link with the Invisible, on the passive side. His Will...

The Book

THE Book of Spells or of Conjurations is the Record of every thought, word, and deed of the Magician for everything that he has willed is willed to a purpose. It is the same as if he had taken an oath to perform some achievement. Now this Book must be a holy Book, not a scribbling-book in which you jot down every piece of rubbish that comes into your head. It is written, Liber VII, v, 23 Every breath, every word, every thought, every deed is an act of love with Thee. Be this devotion a potent...

By Aleister Crowley

THIS book is intentionally not the work of Frater Perdurabo. Experience shows that his writing is too concentrated, too abstruse, too occult, for ordinary minds to apprehend. It is thought that this record of disjointed fragments of his casual conversation may prove alike more intelligible and more convincing, and at least provide a preliminary study which will enable the student to attack his real work from a standpoint of some little general knowledge and understanding of his ideas, and of...

The Pantacle

AS the Magick Cup is the heavenly food of the Magus, so is the Magick Pantacle his earthly food. The Wand was his divine force, and the Sword his human force. The Cup is hollow to receive the influence from above. The Pantacle is flat like the fertile plains of earth. The name Pantacle implies an image of the All, omne in parvo but this is by a magical transformation of the Pantacle. Just as we made the Sword symbolical of everything by the force of our Magick, so do we work upon the Pantacle....

The Wand

THE Magical Will is in its essence twofold, for it presupposes a beginning and an end to will to be a thing is to admit that you are not that thing. Hence to will anything but the supreme thing, is to wander still further from it -- any will but that to give up the self to the Beloved is Black Magick -- yet this surrender is so simple an act that to our complex minds it is the most difficult of all acts and hence training is necessary. Further, the Self surrendered must not be less than the...

The Crown

THE Crown of the Magician represents the Attainment of his Work. It is a band of pure gold, on the front of which stand three pentagrams, and on the back a hexagram. The central pentagram contains a diamond or a great opal the other three symbols contain the Tau. Around this Crown is twined the golden Ureaus serpent, with erect head and expanded hood. Under the Crown is a crimson cap of maintenance, which falls to the shoulders. Instead of this, the Ateph Crown of Thoth is sometimes worn for...

The Sword

THE word of the Lord is quick and powerful, and sharper than a two-edged sword. As the Wand is Chokmah, the Will, the Father, and the Cup the Understanding, the Mother, Binah so the Magick Sword is the Reason, the Son, the six Sephiroth of the Ruach, and we shall see that the Pantacle corresponds to Malkuth, the Daughter. The Magick Sword is the analytical faculty directed against any demon it attacks his complexity. Only the simple can withstand the sword. As we are below the Abyss, this...

Samadhi

MORE rubbish has been written about Samadhi than enough we must endeavour to avoid adding to the heap. Even Patanjali, who is extraordinarily clear and practical in most things, begins to rave when he talks of it. Even if what he said were true he should not have mentioned it because it does not sound true, and we should make no statement that is a priori improbable without being prepared to back it up with the fullest proofs. But it is more than likely that his commentators have misunderstood...