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Main Hall / What is this new Karma thing?
« on: June 07, 2011, 08:20:32 AM »
I haven't been around here much for a while, and I see this little Karma counter with "applaud" and "smite" below it...

What is the idea behind this? As in, why is it there and how does it work?

Magick / I do not understand why you practice?
« on: November 08, 2010, 06:01:27 PM »
Why do you practice direct magic?

I realize it is more simple. But other than that I don't understand it's draw.

I am being serious, I have no want to irritate anyone on purpose, I just realized a few minutes ago that I have no comprehension of why people practice it. To me it just seems like wishing for something really strongly.

Once again, being serious.

Magick / How Content are you?
« on: October 30, 2010, 04:20:06 PM »
Yeah, just felt interested and like starting a topic.

I don't think it would be possible for me to be happier with the Path I am on right now.

If you feel like adding a little about your path without advertising it or bashing it, go right ahead, I am.

I practice Theurgy under a teacher in a lineage of theurgical teachers.

Magick / I lived then? What?
« on: July 07, 2010, 06:12:09 PM »
Yeah, so I remember a couple of my past lives. They were neat.

Do you?

If you feel like sharing your experiences, I'm sure Aunt Clair has something interesting, then the time is now.

I might in a little bit. Not sure.

Magick / A good Book List.
« on: April 01, 2010, 09:22:49 AM »
Since it has been a while since this has been anywhere near the first page. I felt like reposing the book list on hermetic magic that Prophecy posted a while ago. It is a great read.

Here is a booklist of things that could get you started:

The Tree of Life, by Israel Regardie
The Art and Meaning of Magic, a collection of papers by Israel Regardie
The Kybalion, by Three Adepts
The Key of the Mysteries, by Eliphas Levi
Transcendental Magic, by Eliphas Levi
Higher Worlds, by Rudolph Steiner
Corpus Hermetica, by Hermes Trismegistus
Studies in Occultism, by Helena Blavatsky
Teachings of an Initiate, by Max Heindel
Isis Unveiled,  by Helena Blavatsky.

Apart from these, other books you would do well to read in order to best formulate a complete understanding of hermetic science would be:

Magick in Theory and Practice, by Aleister Crowley
The Teachings and Work of an Initiate, by Dion Fortune
Psychic Self Defense, by Dion Fortune
On Animal Magnetism, by Anton Mesmer
The Etheric Vision and what it Reveals, by Max Heindel
The Rosicrucian Mysteries, by Max Heindel
Ancient and Modern Initiation, by Max Heindel
The Emerald Tablet, by Hermes Trismegistus (must be read)
The Lemegeton of Solomon, by King Solomon
The Sacred Magic of Abramelin the Mage, all three books, by Abraham the Jew
The Equinox, Book 4, by Aleister Crowley

This is a somewhat random selection of readings in order from beginning material to more advanced material (particularly Heindel's work), and then ending with a book which contains a large selection of actual events in the field of occultism that is highly informative for any student.  After reading these, you should be ready to read, in this order for best understanding:

The Great Work, by Joseph Pernety
The Three Books of Occult Philosophy, by Heinrich Cornellius Agrippa

At this point you will have a practical understanding of the many aspects of hermetic science, and so you should begin to read Initiation into Hermetics, by Franz Bardon.  This book is much simpler than the others, and far more profound and practical for the student.  However, with the knowledge that has met its fruition through all the previous books you will be able to read between the lines in this one, know instantly the many implications of all of his statements, see the true uses and value behind all of his exercises, and know by what means the basic principles he provides in this book may be extended.

Now this is not to suggest that all of this has to be done for good understanding.  Bardon's Initiation into Hermetics can, without harm, be the very first thing you read, and in this way you will have something good to actually practice with and apply while you are working on expanding your necessary theoretical knowledge.  However, if approached in this means the entire book should be reread some years later after other learning has occurred, for a more complete understanding of its contents.  By the time all of this has been read and understood, you will possess the key to understanding true alchemy, and so you may read the following and understand them well:

The Aphorisms of Urbigerus, by Urbigerus the Wise
Aurora of the Philosophers, by Paracelsus
The Book of Vexations, by Paracelsus
The Twelve Keys, by Basil Valentine
The Secret Book of Artephius, by Artephius
Natural Magic, by John Baptista
The Treasure of Treasures, by Paracelsus
The Archidoxes, by Paracelsus
The Six Keys of Euxodus, by unknown.

Somewhere amongst all of this you will want to begin to study the Qaballah, and you may begin this lengthy and exhausting task wherever you desire, but it is necessary for a full understanding of the mechanisms of magic and how they may be applied practically.  For this purpose, you should read the following:

The Mystical Qabalah, by Dion Fortune (345 pg.)
The Secret Wisdom of the Qabalah, by J.F.C. Fuller (92 pg.)
Elements of the Qabalah, by Eliphas Levi (25 pg.)
Sepher Yetzirah (23 pg.)
Sepher Bahir (59 pg.)
Kaballah Unveiled, by S.L. MacGregor Matthers (182 pg.)
The Zohar (24 volumes)
NOTE: I asked Prophecy about this section and he reordered it. I also have the pages numbers next to each because I calculate how long it will take me to complete each book >.>

If you ever find yourself with the resources, finances, time and patience to go through all of this, you will no doubt know more about true magic and all of its aspects, theories and applications than nearly anyone you will ever meet, and almost certainly anyone you are likely to meet in person without coming into the high ranks of certain Orders.  Regarding the latter, the following are some presently active Orders that are all beneficial and possess high-ranking and effective magicians amongst their ranks:

Servants of the Light (SOL)
Ancient Mystical Order Rosae Crucis (AMORC)
The Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn (HOGD)
Societas Rosicrucianis in America (SRIA)
Rosicrucian Fellowship
Sodalitus Rosae Crucis et Solis Alati
Builders of the Adytum

End of Prophecy's post.

I have read quite a few of the books and it is a great selection and goes in a very fluid order even for those who do not practice diligently enough to understand all the books deeply.  If you need one of theses books, I have most of them on my computer. If you enjoy reading, or if you really would like some more background on theory then I would highly suggest this Book List.

The Cafeteria / Belief-o-Matic Post your results
« on: June 18, 2009, 09:10:24 PM »
Took this for another forum I visit and thought it was fun.  I have this feeling it may have already been on here recently, if so, sorry please show me the old one.

1. Hinduism (100%)
2. Mahayana Buddhism (84%)
3. Jainism (80%)
4. Sikhism (78%)
5. Neo-Pagan (75%)
6. New Age (68%)
7. Unitarian Universalism (67%)
8. Liberal Quakers (64%)
9. Theravada Buddhism (63%)
10. Baha'i Faith (60%)
11. New Thought (58%)
12. Reform Judaism (58%)
13. Scientology (58%)
14. Orthodox Judaism (58%)
15. Orthodox Quaker (57%)
16. Taoism (57%)
17. Islam (54%)
18. Christian Science (Church of Christ, Scientist) (49%)
19. Seventh Day Adventist (44%)
20. Mainline to Liberal Christian Protestants (43%)
21. Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (Mormons) (37%)
22. Mainline to Conservative Christian/Protestant (36%)
23. Eastern Orthodox (31%)
24. Roman Catholic (31%)
25. Jehovah's Witness (31%)
26. Secular Humanism (30%)
27. Nontheist (23%)

Main Hall / I found the Academy.
« on: May 11, 2009, 04:18:57 PM »

turns out the Internet Archive has archived Veritas for quite a while now.

Main Hall / Happy Birthday to Silverdawn!
« on: April 02, 2009, 07:35:03 PM »
Felt like wishing you a happy birthday. Thanks for being a founder of the site.  :heart:

Magick / Auto-Suggestion while asleep?
« on: March 21, 2009, 10:52:06 PM »
Hey, I was wondering if listening to a phrase repeated over and over while you are asleep would do basically the same thing as when you repeat a phrase over and over to yourself right before falling asleep, if not work better? I am referring to the Auto-suggestion described in the Introduction of Step II in the IIH.


Magick / Pain in the kutastha point
« on: March 09, 2009, 06:07:01 PM »
If I focus on my kutastha point for too long I get an intense head ache, any idea why this would happen? (kutastha = third eye area for this question)  It doesn't happen when I focus on other body parts I don't get a head ache or pain in the area, so I don't know why it happens there.

Main Hall / question about sanskrit
« on: March 08, 2009, 05:05:52 PM »
How would you say and spell "White Tiger" and "White Lion" in Sanskrit? I mean as in a White Bengal Tiger(just to specify in case there are other white tigers I don't know about).

I have been wondering for a while, I tried looking it up before but I know too little about Sanskrit to figure out how it would be said.

Main Hall / Jabberwacky
« on: February 07, 2009, 02:20:07 PM »
Hey I found my old account for jabberwacky, the chat AI, and I thought I would post it on here so it could learn from all of you.

Main Hall / PhotoReading, Scam or Real?
« on: February 06, 2009, 01:11:01 PM »
It seems kinda hokey, but I am not good at judging whether something is a scam or not. SO I though I would ask if anyone here knew anything about it or if they found it interesting as well they would join me in figuring out whether it does what it claims by finding reviews and stuff.


Main Hall / How to Study and take Notes?
« on: January 20, 2009, 02:37:00 PM »
Anyone know of a good website for learning how to take notes and study and things of that nature? I am very bad at taking notes as well as studying and would like to get better at both to help with school but also to help me get more out of what I read on Magick and metaphysics. So I would need to know how to take notes both for lecture setting and taking personal notes from a book.

If you have any insight or structured advice you can give me from your own experiences in high school/college/higher education or from your personal studies. That will be appreciated greatly even if it doesn't work for me personally.

Thank you.

Main Hall / Sivananda's "Twelve Tissue Remedies"
« on: January 15, 2009, 04:57:41 PM »
Anyone know what he was talking about? As in what medicines? I don't think he was being metaphorical as he mentions it around doctors most of the time.

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