ASTRAL BODY AND PHYSICAL HEALTH
Nov 12, 2008
It's true that I'm a lucky guy, both with the bad luck to have
serious medical issues before my time and the good luck to survive
them (so far). But it seems relevant to mention that inviting
Magickal energy to flow through the body tends to highlight areas
of distress, either physical, emotional, situational or Spiritual.
So it was with some interest that I discovered that not just my
heart had failed, but I had developed a fungal ball in the
position of my Third Eye. Luckily, the bad luck of a persistent
and disabling cough led to it's discovery and the good luck of
destroying it before it further changed the shape of my eyeball,
pushed further against my brain, ate more of my skull, or the
fungus colonized my lungs.
I have often used the Middle Pillar to heal myself and others, but
employing it so often, I may have gotten careless in pre-ritual
self examination, and missed weak spots which should have been
fortified before ritual. Perhaps in drawing down the LIGHT, I got
distracted at one point and something Dark crept in. Or, perhaps,
there is NO spiritual significance, and it's just hard to stay
alive and healthy as an immune-disabled heart transplant. Just a
cautionary tale of what may be physical results from Spiritual
Band or Balloon Theory of Magick
9, 2008 c.e.
mentioned in my two previous essays, tension is the mainspring
that drives change, and guided change is magick, particularly when
it comes after a specific WORKing and from an unexpected source.
While it’s a great exercise to learn to produce the tension, you
may find life is full of …opportunities…to explore the
friction with others and the material world which can easily
generate tension without much effort on your own. Thus, you can
save your strength for positioning yourself at a strategic range
from the coming explosion and channeling the resulting release.
this practical WORKing:
a large rubber band, stretch it tight, and let go with one hand.
The energy released may pass above the hand still holding on, or
snap it. Now hold the rubber band between your index and middle
fingers in the V position. Put a paper clip the middle, pull it
back, and let fly with your slingshot. Once again, you either shot
your paper clip away with the released force, or perhaps hit
yourself in the hand. Now, if you really want to carry this to the
extreme, wrap your rubber band around a pencil twice, then wind it
up tight like a propeller. When you let it go, feel the breeze
you’ve just created.
like in magick, change in state (from taut to loose) releases
energy, which can be used, or hurt, or inspire.
this didn’t do it for you, try filling up three balloons. Play
with them for a moment, try juggling! When one falls, step in this
first balloon with your shoe. Listen to the mild BANG and feel the
force released under your foot. Now, hold the 2nd
balloon up behind your head. Wait for a minute or two, then pop it
(or better, have someone else pop it when you don’t expect it).
Do you see where this is going? Hold the 3rd balloon up
to your nose. Stare at it, think about it, and, if you have
already mastered your animal instinct, do your best to get calm
and focused (a mantra helps). Look at a candle flame through it,
perhaps. Then pop it.
something that needs to change in your life within the last
balloon (after suitable preparation) can give you the Force of
Change, if you can channel and ride it.
in the bottle
To create tension as Magickal power, put the force of your
concentration against Nature. Those who fast, over-exercise,
constrain sexual desire or release, or dance naked on a mountain
in the cold and dark, lift themselves out of the dream of waking
life by imposing Will on their natural inclinations.
We learn from our Hindu Tantric Brothers that violating long held
societal beliefs will have a similar effect. By breaking taboos
about food, sex and the Dead, they free themselves with a rush of
long suppressed energy which they ride to a deeper understanding
of themselves and the world, seen and unseen.
Obviously, our bodies and minds are the real container, or
battery, from which and to which these forces flow. But, as we use
our bodies for so many different purposes, it is sometimes useful
to compartmentalize our energies. Indeed, this is the use of the
Tree of Life, to separate out and purify the different aspects of
The One. We can reflect that in organizing our WORKs.
Take a small jar, carefully clean and purify it of its previous
usage. Make a simple drawing on the inside of the lid, and either
on a scrap of paper or on the bottom of the inside, draw a more
elaborate symbol of the change you are causing, or guiding. In
Circle, dedicate the jar to it’s purpose, cleanse and protect
yourself and space and invoke the blessing of the Archangels and
your Holy Guardian Angel (however you define them, similar
concepts may work as well).
Build your enthusiasm to a climax while invoking your Highest Self
as having accomplished the WORK of the evening, make some physical
change to release the energy, and direct/contain it in your genie
Repeat for a
significant number of days, weeks, months or experiments, then
have a releasing ceremony, preferably outdoors, where you break
the glass with a suitable invocation. My general recipe is “This
is Who I Am, My Spirits are with me, my WORK is just, I release
you as an instrument of my WORK, your old home destroyed, once you
accomplish my Will, you will return to your world.” Modify as
of Magick, the Magick of Nature
Find or create a source of
tension, associate it with an idea through use of an image, word,
phrase, name, feeling, taboo or ideal, then overload it. Channel
all the released energy to a specific goal or future event through
your "cosmic trigger" to the Astral. Then forget it, and
revisit your results in 9 days, 9 months or 9 years, depending on
the scope of the change you are creating. Repeat as needed, but
re-evaluate every time to see if you should change your goals or
methods for greater success. Cleanse yourself, write down your
WORK, and leave room for future comments on it's results.
Don't be afraid of Change,
expect the unexpected and look for coincidences, omens and
portents. Use any means that suit you and do not harm others or
Using this principle to create
change according to WILL (Fire) and Imagination (Air), pay
attention to what you Feel (Water) and WORK just about everyday
and don't discharge the energy prematurely but discussing it or
over-analysis. Silence is the Trial of Earth.
Sexual Union is the
uniting of opposites held apart till their yearning (tension) is
released in any sexual act. It is a powerful force for
Change, as observing any teenager can show you.
In the East, the sexual
tension is generated but then withheld, so the tension increases
until the conscious mind is overwhelmed and ceases to interfere
with the communication between the Will, the Astral and the Earth.
In the West, the male seed is
infused with the concept to be WORKed by meditation, then the
tension is brought to a climax and the "trigger"
employed to direct the ensuing flood of energy to the goal. There
are several ways in which the partner can receive this, from
Willing the same goal and using a similar or the same trigger to
focusing totally on being empty, or a clear portal into the
For Procreation, imbue the
child with desirable characteristics. If procreation is
deliberately avoided, then the energy is freed up to create an
Astral Child, or Bud Will. For goals that can be achieved
naturally with available resources once properly aligned, use
normal heterosexual intercourse. For goals that seem unlikely to
occur through pushing the Natural scheme of things, use
"unnatural sexual practices". For entrance to the
Astral, use oral or manual methods.
Sometimes a "Trelph"
is employed in certain Astral WORKings to better ground yet
elevate the Priestess (or Priest). This area of exploration is not
well mapped out, but the Trelph may worship and adore the
Priestess without gaining any satisfaction (thus producing a 2nd
source of tension and power). While adored, she empties herself of
ego and translates that adoration and tension into opening and
holding the gateway to the Astral agreed upon. Then the Priest
reaches through her to the place in the astral that has been
located, or conjured.
(My thanks to Frater PVN for
the basic Theory, and Truthseeker and X for the Practice)
There is some controversy over
whether the physical seed is imbued with the power released,
and it's use as a healing agent and in talismans. It may just be
the release of the energy, or the feeding of the Astral form, or
the act of "sacrifice" which powers this process.
Experiment, record, revisit, revise and Learn from your own WORK.
to turn Invisible, read omens,
cure bad habits
Fantasy books are filled with stories of Magickal Powers, but
actual Occult texts shy away from any discussion of them. Perhaps
it seems too easily debunked, or not spiritual enough, but I think
it's worth applying the Magickal process to:
to gain the Sight, use Divination, Tarot, Astrology, Palmistry,
yourself to your Highest Potential, then admit you are Mortal and
appeal to a Higher Power (however you define it) for Guidance,
Inspiration, persistence, strength etc.
and declare your Will, your Great WORK, right at this time and
the senses, particularly Sight (because we depend upon it
heavily). You can blindfold yourself for a while while preparing
to WORK and unveil your eyes at a particular moment. Another
useful (and discreet) technique is to find a viewpoint that has
both a foreground object and a background object and rapidly
switch your focus from one to the other without moving your head.
Once you have disrupted the illusion we call Normal, open yourself
up to inspiration, consult any ambiguous phenomena (tarot,
astrology chart, runes, the flight of birds, etc) and REMEMBER
your impressions. Ground, breath and absorb your impressions,
paying particular attention to how it feels. Write them down soon
afterwards, analyze them both in your normal and exalted
some time pass, then revisit what you wrote, and re-invoke the
feeling you got. Analyze and do Gemantria if you like, and distill
the Experience. Be open, but critical, be practical, but willing
to believe, and test your results in the real world. Overtime, you
will develop- the ability to recognize the Feeling of being
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