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A Book of High Magic

By August 20, 2017Exegesis, The Master

Magic is “the science and art of
causing change to occur in conformity with will.”
Aleister Crowley

Any sufficiently advanced technology
is indistinguishable from magic.
Arthur C. Clarke

Any sufficiently advanced psychological
technology is indistinguishable from magic.
Michael Sharp

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Sosteric, M. (2014). A Sociology of Tarot. Canadian Journal of Sociology, 39(3).


[1] Though to be honest, I don’t have an issue with the mystical type of magic.


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  • michael i don’t understand this line too clearly: ” I will submit to you that contrary to the masonic template developed in temples during the Industrial revolution, a TAROT template was designed specifically for elite purposes, the TOSAS is a creation template designed for altruistic and selfless purposes (Sosteric, 2014″. i understand what you mean but i think the sentence needs rewritten; is too long and hard to understand

  • “Of course, the magic we speak of here is not necessarily magic of the mystical kind.[1] ” – what is ‘magic of the mystical kind??” additionally, if this is not mystical magic, what is the kind of magic you are speaking of here called? (archetype magic??) also would it be possible to define mystical magic in the spirit wiki?

  • my overall comment is that this article is very good. as an idea, consider incorporating the idea of the ‘man behind the curtain’ from the wizard of oz when talking about this. everybody has an intuitive understanding of it. old energy archetypes seem like huge big deal, and they are. but once the curtain (blindfold) is removed there is nothing to fear, and the man behind the curtain is revealed to be nothing to be afraid of, simply one more blindfolded body to be lovingly welcomed into the waiting arms of spirit

  • aim says:

    Nice article. The topic is very interesting.

    Here’s a suggestion of how to break down the different “types” of magic.
    Magic is defined as: “Magic is the science and art of
    causing change to occur in conformity with will”. (Changed quotation marks/ magick)

    Magic can be analyzed concerning several aspects:

    a) method

    1) direct – the most common way to use direct magic is via visualization. direct magic seems to be instantaneous and literal. (it is when the UC (undifferentiated consciousness) abides by the wishes of the IC (instantiated consciousness).
    2) indirect – the human body is essentially a tool for our monad. One trait of this tool is that it is able to create changes from within the universe. In order to change something inside the universe, a monad may chose to do it via a body. This is an indirect way of “causing change to occur in conformity with will”, because a tool has been used – the human body. Archetypes are a tool devised for the body. Archetypes automate will. (“automate will” sounds paradoxical, but the slight paradox can be solved). Therefor, archetypes are essentially a tool for the tool. That makes archetypes the indirect indirect (twice) way of causing change to occur in conformity with will.
    3) science – Science is a method used to manipulate reality. Science is based on a deterministic approach.

    b) intent/ connectedness

    1) black magic
    2) white magic

    I wonder if it wouldn’t fit better into the LP corpus if the “black” or “white” magic was not based on the intent, but on the connectedness of the magician to the fabric. A selfish spell is not necessarily evil. But an evil spell necessarily a selfish one.

    So, black magic would be a magician disconnected from the fabric, while white magic a connected magician. The colour fits. The caster of the “black magic” spell doesn’t see anything as she is casting the spell. While a caster of white magic sees clearly. She is connected to the source, automatically giving her lots of consciousness, understanding and insight. Interestingly, there seems to be a connection with our concept of allignment. Black magic is magic, which is not in allignment, white magic is magic in allignment.

    c) scale

    While discussing allignment, the following “levels” have been discribed. (I think I added “world”, to clarify the distinction between a certain society and the entire global arena – because certain deeds may be good for an entire society, but bad for the world at the same time.

    1) self
    2) surroundings (friends/family)
    3) society
    4) world

    every act one does has effects on all four levels simultaneously. I’ll copy a part of a comment in the magic talk section of the spiritwiki:

    Note that the greatness of the scale of the spells are not indicative of the intent of the magician. Even “selfish” spells which aim for self enhancement may be used for the greater good. If a Lightworker spends some time on self empowerment via magic, it still aims for the greater good, although the cast spell is absolutely aimed for achieving personal (“selfish”) reasons. Note that intent may be stratified. One single action affects a) oneself, b) surroundings, c) society, d) the world. The intent of an action may be good for oneself, but bad for the surroundings, yet again good for the society and still then bad for the world. Example: A war breaks out. A father decides to go to war in order to “defend” his country. He is promissed high amounts of money and honour (should he be able to return home). Which (from his perspective) is good for him. This action is bad for his family, as he will be missing from home. This action will be good for his country, since it will preserve itself more likely. This action is bad for the world because war inevitably leads to hurt, destruction, agony, and finally disconnection. The ability to chose actions which are good for all four areas of effect is what the LP calls allignment. That action will then reflect the wishes of your higher consciousness. Obviously, the system in which we live should be designed in a way which facilitates actions which are in allignment. Our current system systematically does the opposite: it makes it very difficult to act in an alligned way, even for the most basic decisions we have. If the food you eat, the clothes you wear are being “harvested” in unbearable circumstances, your act of buying the stuff makes you part of it. Your action was not in allignment.

    My conclusion is that the method, the intent/connectedness, and the scale are independent variables. ( A large scale spell may be of good or malicious intent, the method may be either one of the three proposed methods.)

    I think this wraps up big parts of what Michael wrote in the article.

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