Saturday, 22 July 2017

Thelemic Mysticism and Jacob Boehme

Episode 18: We will discuss Thelemic mysticism, with a particular emphasis on the practical side of things. The saints and sages down the ages were not all ‘up in the clouds’. We will demonstrate this with some readings from The Confessions of Jacob Boehme. Boehme had some encouraging and helpful advice to anyone facing the trials and tribulations of the spiritual path. We will of course provide plenty of comparative readings from the Egyptian Book of the Law, Liber AL vel Legis.  
 
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Friday, 7 April 2017

The Phoenix and Nightside Astrology


Episode 17: We will look at a new book to be released at Easter this year, entitled The Phoenix and other Stellar Rites of Initiation. I shall read from the Introduction, augmenting it with additional asides and anecdotes. Heather Carmen joins me in a dramatisation of some of the Phoenix Ritual. We also include here Astrology of the Holy Guardian Angel Part Two. We shall cover what Edwin C. Steinbrecher called “Alien Powers” in a natal horoscope. In our book, Hermetic Astrology, we call these Outer Gateways, borrowing a term used by Kenneth Grant to describe the three outer planets: Uranus, Neptune and Pluto. 
 
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Wednesday, 8 March 2017

Astrology of the Holy Guardian Angel

Episode 16: We can now move on to the grade of Dominus Liminis. At this juncture it seems timely to investigate relations between the Holy Guardian Angel and the astrological natal chart. We will therefore include an overview of the subject of Hermetic Astrology—one that is frequently neglected by modern students, and sometimes even completely ignored. We will use as case studies the horoscopes of two men that started out the best of friends but ended up sworn enemies—Samuel Liddel MacGregor Mathers and Aleister Crowley.

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Saturday, 28 January 2017

Building an Astral Temple and Thelemic Initiation

We can now move on to the grade of Philosophus 4=7. At this juncture it seems timely to look at the subject of building an Astral Temple. The magical temple is conceived as a pyramid in the grade of Neophyte, but it does not stop there. The “Z” formula by which the Probationer passes to Neophyte is used for talismans, evocation and all manner of magical work. We will therefore take a look at the whole matter of Initiation in the Outer Order or Golden Dawn. We will examine the role played by the Qliphoth in the Great Work, the use of traditional visionary material such as the book of Daniel and the Revelation or Apocalypse, and how these themes are resumed in the Egyptian Book of the Law, Liber AL vel Legis.

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