April 12th, 2011
| | Posted in Essays
The first card of the major arcana is called 0.TheFool.
0.TheFool. is an intensely beneficial character, because he exists in a state of wonder.
0.TheFool. is pure and open, explorative tendency. He possesses neither skill nor information,
but he is blessed, because he is not burdened by false understanding.
The second card of the major arcana is called 1.TheMagus.
1.TheMagus. is held in greater esteem than 0, but is less holy, being tainted with purpose.
1.TheMagus. is a journeyman of his trade. He has acquired all the tools and understanding of their use,
but lacks wisdom. He takes too much pride in his accomplishments.
a prescriptive poem
by Michael Scott
Unless one is seriously willing to take up the path of the adept,
there are four basic tools for the improvement of the mind:
Prayer, Contemplation, Affirmation and, Mantra.
Prayer is a declaration of hope for that which you do not believe.
The benefit of Prayer is cleanliness.
When bent at knee, lift your eyes and speak freely of your woes, and your desires.
Offer gratitude. Recite praises.
Thus you will find your heart is gently rinsed of the anguish.
The psychic result is the same as therapy, but Prayer is better.
No other person need be present.
Contemplation is the act application of reason to that which you do not understand.
The benefit of Contemplation is luminosity.
When you sit with many books and find in each a “truth,” make a study of contradictions.
Struggle to know what is the work of a sage and what of a charlatan.
Thus you will find the light of your wisdom brightened in aid of discernment.
The psychic result is the same as experience, but Contemplation is better.
There is no risk to your livelihood.
Affirmation is the intonation of that which you do not believe.
The benefit of Affirmation is firmness.
When you are alone and physically safe, though you may not be well and virtuous,
repeat to yourself that you are. Remind yourself that you are all of the things you wish to be.
Thus you will root that virtuous self impression and grow to embody it outwardly.
The psychic result is the same as success, but Affirmation is better.
It does not rely on testable outcomes.
Mantra is the repetitive intonation of that which can not be understood.
The benefit of Mantra is levity. When you sit with fullness and depth of breath, repeat the words of ancient prayers.
Sing the sounds, not the words themselves. Let the language be void of meaning.
Thus your heavy, liquid thoughts will lighten into steam.
The psychic result is the same as orgasm, but Mantra is better.
The duration of the experience is controlled by the will instead of the body.
One who undertakes these practices seeking God is called a Wizard and worldly things may come to him.
One who undertakes these practices seeking worldly things is called a Fool.
It is for the Fool that The Secret is written, so let The Fool hear it.
It may be that within the vehicle of the mind magickal flight is possible,
but this requires intense concentration and long hours of training.
If magickal flight is desired, then an airplane is the best vehicle.
Careful examination of this example teaches The Secret, which is properly called
The First Secret of The Magus:
In worldly matters, an act of will is most effective when it is a physical act; a practical work, or a logical sacrifice.
Therefore, let The Fool practice no magick in his thoughts,
unless that magick be either subordinate to, or set upon enrichment of his willingness to act.