Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Foundations of High Magick By Denning and Phillips

The purpose of The Foundations of High Magick is to continue the works of the Ogdoadic Tradition of the Western Mysteries, thereby providing a sane vehicle for the spiritual well-being and advancement of its members in an ambience of living alchemy. The Magical Philosophy is published under authority of Aurum Solis and is endorsed by the Order as a valid curriculum for study and practice of High Magick within the Ogdoadic Tradition.

This is the definitive work on the Western Mystery Traditionboth setting forth the way mainstream Western occultism has developed and providing a completely modern and psychologically valid restatement of the Magical Art. The work of Magick is the work of Man. The famous schema of the Qabalah, the "Tree of Life," which indicates an entire philosophy by means of ten circles and twenty-two connecting lines, is sometimes taken to be an objective plan of the universe. It is not: it is altogether subjective. It is the plan of the universe interpreted through the focus*ng lens of human nature. That is both the limit of what we can know and the limit of what concerns us. The perfection to which we aspire must be perfection of the human kind.

The aspiration towards perfection is essential to all who follow the path of Magick. Here is no place for scruples about spiritual narcissism, or pride, or an=thing of that sort. To reject this aspiration would be to will a disharmony in the universal fabric, and would be at least as great a catastrophe as the defects which it might seem to avoid. It is this aspiration, and this reverent sense of purpose which are the most sure marks of the true student of the Qabalah.

There is Man, the Microcosm, containing within himself all those forces he perceives in the external universe, and, step by step, in his training, becoming aware of those forces and learning at the same time to evoke and control them. For this is the truth, which the guardians of the Qabalah have known through the ages, and which the most advanced psychologists are beginning to perceive: the inner world and the outer are more closely related than is ever dreamed of by the average man, who thinks of himself as the victim of external circumstances and the inner world is the more potent. Man makes his world, or is crushed by the worlds made by others. The greater his understanding and the more enlightened his spirit, the better he will carry out this essential task.

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