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The Patron of Magic.

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of these intoxicant words is like a pillar of fire extending as a vertical
or upright column in the Astral Light. As the letters of the name
leave his lips and are propelled forth into the ether, let him imagine
that his own consciousness in the Body of Light follows those letters
in their journey through subtle space, and is shot violently along
that shaft. The next barbarous word should be conceived to occupy
a column perhaps twice as long or as high as the preceding one, so
that by the time the last word of the invocation is reached-
ignoring for the moment the action and power inherent in the invoca-
tion itself-the consciousness will be supremely intoxicated, and
the ego will be overwhelmed by a feeling of bewilderment and
fatigue. The shaft should be seen at the end to increase in stature
before the spiritual eye, to tower up ever higher till the imagination
is almost stricken by the looming greatness and immensity which it
has created. This sense of awe and wonder produced by this travel-
ling on the fiery shaft of each barbarous word is the right precursor
of magical exaltation and ecstasy. And with practice the Theurgist
will invent other methods, more suitable to his own temperament,
for the satisfactory use of these words.

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For the enlivening of ceremonial work Dancing, Music and the

striking of knells are other subsidiary accompaniments. So far
as the knells or knocks are concerned, they should be in harmony,
so far as number is concerned, with the type of operation. Their
use is to announce mastery, to register the note of the triumph of
the Magician, and to restore the wandering attention. Music is a
much more complicated matter, inasmuch as its appreciation
varies so widely with different individuals. I t is better omitted in
most invocations, since it is more or less bound to distract the
attention of the Theurgist, although as a prelude it may assist in
the ecstasy and exaltation. I t requires the presence of a musician
or musicians, and any sign of self-consciousness or a flaw in their
technique spells discord and failure. The violin or the harp has the
most transcendent and exalting note and may, occasionally perhaps,
be employed.

The tom-tom with its fierce passionate drubbing is useful in
other kinds of work where it is required to stir up energy, or even to
still the mind. I t is a simple matter to force the mind to follow the
rhythmic beat of the tom-tom, which can be increased or gradually

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slowed down until, when it has faded away into a subdued silence,
the peace of a tranquil mind ensues. Oriental music consists mainly
of this monotonous kind, thus implying a religious or mystical
motive. At a ballet performance to which a friend of the writer was
invited in Java, there were about a dozen dancers in grotesque yet
gorgeously coloured costumes and masks, typical of the ostentatious
Orient. The orchestra consisted of five players ; three upon an
instrument resembling a huge xylophone, comprising but five notes,
and two thumping on Javanese drums. In an outdoor theatre the
dancing, principally with the hands and fingers, continued for five
hours without a single interlude. All the time the industrious
members of the native orchestra were zealously beating out their
monotonous rhythms until it seemed to the Europeans as though
the senses and mind would succumb to its dull rhythm, and pass at
last into silence.

A tripping dance, in the form of a simple two-step, for instance,
may be useful, and, accompanied by a tom-tom and a mental
mantram, within a consecrated circle or chamber, may be employed
as the precursor of ecstasy. I t is of particular interest to the
Magician, this dance, since its characteristic is rhythm, and the
whole of nature is the embodiment of rhythm and grace, both
aspects of the dance. The dance in Nature is shown in growth
and motion, for motion is the essential element of life, the theme
enacted on an infinite stage. The ecstasies of Nature and her
creatures have passed into common usage, recurring again and
again in popular parlance. The music of the spheres, and the dance
of the hosts of the planets and heavenly bodies in the infinitudes
of space, have received due attention always at the hands of the
greatest philosophers and poets who have seen into the heart
of things. Frequently too one speaks-in clichks it is true-of
the frisking of lambs, and the kids leaping in green meadows ; the
floating dance of clouds, and the forward surge and retreat of the
billows of the sea. These phenomena-what are they, if not joint
participation in the Dance of Life which day in and day out, year
after year, century upon century, proceeds unchanged and unaltered,
and which in its perpetuity must be considered as the very incarna-
tion of joy ?

SO far as the employment of the Dance in magical operations is
concerned, the clue afforded by the dance of Islamic Darweshes
should be quite sufficient. These Mohammedan mystics are proud

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. . . the most comprehensive introduction available to the
Golden Dawn system of initiation, and the numerous, complex
and -sometimes obscure mystical writings of Aleister Crowley .

Over fifty years ago Israel Regardie set himself the gigantic
task of making accessible to the intelligeit layman the root
principles upon which Magic is built - principles which
Aleister Crowley devoted his life to exploring and reveal-
ing. Drawing on his experience as personal secretary to
Crowley and his involvement with the Golden Dawn
system, Regardie skillfully unifies a wealth of diverse
material into a marvelously coherent whole. The result 3s
THE TREE OF LIFE, a book which has become the
definitive overview of the Western Magical Tradition.

Continuously in deman'd since its original publication in
1932, THE TREE OF LIFEYucid presentation convincing-
ly supports Regardie's theas that Magic is a scientifically
precise discipline. Anyone willing to devote the time and
energy to its pursuit will experience a profound expansion
of consciousness - an awareness that gives meaning and
purpose to life.

Contents include: Yoga and Magic as the two branches of
mysticism; Magic as distinct from psychism, witchcraft
and other disciplines; exercise techniques for dsvdoping
the will and imagination; plus much more.

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