Additional Readings

Now that you have completed the basic course, here are some quotations and additional readings that may be useful to challenge your beliefs and assist you in gaining additional insights. They are not provided because your personal beliefs and discoveries are ‘wrong’, nor are they provided because the authors are ‘right’. They represent various individuals’ or groups’ views on the topics already covered. There is no requirement for you to read them; however, doing so will provide the opportunity to further explore the concepts you have learnt about. Remember, reading is not a substitute for doing; the constant practice, development and refinement of your magic skills is essential.

Introduction & Beliefs 1

“The magnum opus is pre-eminently the creation of man by himself, that is, the full and complete conquest which he can make of his faculties and his future; it is pre-eminently the perfect emancipation of his will.”Eliphas Lévi

“A gardener has to have a knowledge of the unseen root of the tree before he can be expected to give his concentrated effort to watering its root so that the whole tree remains fresh and green.”Mahrishi Mahesh Yogi, Transcendental Meditation

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The Magic Mirror

“When an inner situation is not made conscious, it appears outside as fate.”Carl Jung, Psyche and Symbol Of the Means of Arriving at the Secret The requirements necessary in order to arrive at this Secret, are: the knowledge of Nature and of one’s self. One may not understand the first perfectly, or even the second, without the aid of Alchemy. The love of wisdom, the horror of crime, and of falsehood, … the association of the wise, the invocation of the Holy Spirit; not to add secret to secret, to attach one’s self only to one thing (because God and Nature delight in unity and simplicity), such are the conditions necessary for obtaining the divine revelation. Man being the epitome of all Nature, must learn to know himself as the summary, the miniature of Nature. By his spiritual part he is allied to all immortal creatures, and by his material part, to all that which is transient in the Universe.”Antoine-Joseph Pernety, An Alchemical Treatise on the Great Art

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Imagination & Will

“Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited to all we now know and understand, while imagination embraces the entire world, and all there ever will be to know and understand.”Albert Einstein “Each man is the painter for his own life; the craftsman in this task is the will.”Latin Proverb “Determined will is the beginning of all magical operations. It is because men do not perfectly imagine and believe the result, that the (magical) arts are so uncertain, while they might be perfectly certain.”Paracelsus

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Inner Work

“Intent creates edifices before us and invites us to enter them. This is the way sorcerers understand what is happening around them. I want you to understand the underlying order of what I teach you. It means two things: both the edifice that intent manufactures in the blink of an eye and places in front of us to enter, and the signs it gives us so we won’t get lost once we are inside.”Carlos Castaneda, The Power of Silence “We are dominated by everything with which our self becomes identified. We can dominate and control everything from which we dis-identify ourselves.”Roberto Assagioli, Psychosynthesis “The psychological mechanism that transforms energy is the symbol”Carl Jung, On Psychic Energy “Images, mental pictures and ideas tend to produce the physical conditions and external acts that correspond to them. Some psychologists have formulated this law in the following ways: a. Every image has in itself a motor element; and b. Every idea is an act in a latent state.”Roberto Assagioli, Training the Will

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Higher Self

“We fear the sublime because it is unknown and because if we admit the reality of higher values we are committed to act in a more noble way. Goodness, cooperation, the loss of self-centredness, and responsibility for spiritual growth go along with acknowledgement of the Higher Self.”Roberto Assagioli, Psychosynthesis

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Synthesis

“The day of the analytical mind is past … you’ve got to go beyond mere analysis and on to synthesis, or you will be a galley slave all your life, chained to the System or the Machine!”Harry Kahne, Multiple Mentality

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Magic

“All you need to begin the practice of magic is concentration, imagination and the ability to laugh at yourself and learn from mistakes. Some people like to dress up as Egyptians or monks to get themselves in the mood; others wear animal masks or Barbarella costumes. The use of ritual paraphernalia functions as an aid to the imagination only.” Grant Morrison, Pop Magic “In this book it is spoken of the Sephiroth, and the Paths, of Spirits and Conjurations; of Gods, Spheres, Planes, and many other things which may or may not exist. It is immaterial whether they exist or not. By doing certain things certain results follow; students are most earnestly warned against attributing objective reality or philosophic validity to any of them.”Aleister Crowley, Magick in Theory and Practice

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Morality

“It is the mass-ego that constructs dogmas and laws; for while the individual soul is, if free at all, self-poised, the mass-mind is always uncertain, driven by vague, wandering aims; conscious, in a dim fashion, of its own weakness, it builds round itself a grotesque structure in the everlastingness of which it implicitly believes. When each unit of humanity merges itself in the mass, it loses its bearings and must rely on externals. The whole effort of evolution is to the development of individual souls who will dare to be free of the architecture of crowd-morality. For when man is herded, he remembers the savage.”Mary Webb, The House in Dormer Forest

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Beliefs 2

“For Magic does not countenance a retreat from life, an escape from the turmoils of the world; it seeks only to transmute what was dross into gold, and transform the base and low into the pure and splendid.”Israel Regardie, What You Should Know About The Golden Dawn

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Review / Feedback

“Only the development of his inner powers can offset the dangers inherent in man’s losing control of the tremendous natural forces at his disposal and becoming the victim of his own achievements”Roberto Assagioli, The Act of Will “Sciences are acquired only by study, by meditation, and not by dispute. Learn a little at a time; repeat often the same study; the mind can do all when concentrated upon one sole object, but nothing when trying to embrace too many.”Antoine-Joseph Pernety, An Alchemical Treatise on the Great Art

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Last modified: 22 July 2017