A Book of Magicks
The present volume owes its existence to
an instant rapport, though nearly untranslatable.
That unforgettable day in the study, and later
in the garden, a look at a handwritten manuscript.
So wonderful to discuss some of the most
difficult passages with a friend. Occasionally
glosses are offered beyond the text and explain
more fully what is in the mind. In certain orientations
I do not exist, only to be noticed as a shadow;
all pretensions to knowledge of the possibility
of visibility. Borders and no borders
stand in relation; the find for the diver. Matter
mastered and formed; enabled to life in the spirit,
the many tongues of language. Surrendered,
to the stammering of nature under the initial
grasp, before the yield to cosmic risk.
after Martin Buber
Dedicated with poignant memory
of what might have been, apart
from its flamboyancy, a sincere
and simple guide to an intricate
and otherwise obscure art. Credit
must also be given to higher & divine
Genius gifted with greater facility
of pen, and possessed of a more
profound knowledge of the subject
and its concomitants, thus providing
a better formulation of Magick.
The writer will be first to acclaim
the traditional science of the secrets
of the nature transmitted universe
which comprises the heart, soul, and
intelligence of humanity. The creative
imagination developed through reflection
the Logos in the mundane sphere
of a celestial idea. The Opener
of metaphysical essence, exaltation
of consciousness, exerts a subtle fascination
on the mind. Thus, this language is that
of incantations, keys of sound, number,
and figure which open the doors between
the mortal and the immortal. Such poetry
to conjure with belongs to another world,
another aeon, and exists in the dream. Sweet
fruit swiftly yielded to hand of pluck, the wings
then grow stronger, the flight itself longer;
wisdom constantly burning. Become that light
by which may blossom the golden-green
asphodel, and continue into the translucent
curls of will with greater and greater
responsibility; transform and transmute
after Israel Regardie
One would prefer not to hasten
at a furious speed
in a straight line
toward a determined goal.
Only, with quantities and energies,
philosophy ,with psychic qualities;
and ‘there’ was no bridge between
the quanti- and quali-tative.
This claim makes imperative
a detailed presentation of structure
in all its ramifications.
It became increasingly clear
that this smile served as a protection;
and that this smile must have a definite meaning
does not seem plausible.
The function of emotion, long before
the discovery of the cosmic energy, the goal
of liberation, a tangible content
by “airing” in the open fresh air.
Work, and works, easily
and efficiently, while the newcomers
faint dead away.
Peculiarities, rather than signs;
of an entirely fluid meaning, an origin,
a simple construction with regard—partly antagonistic—pressed
in a specific attitude or way of being.
Exchanges of all kinds, and all functions
which depend on the presence or absence of interaction
and potential; the performing
of the most natural embrace—inner and outer.
after Wilhelm Reich
Betaking myself to this quest, a remedy from the state
of great peril, an improvement and purification of
the understanding which brings it into the right path, I speak
in the manner of multitudes. These modes of perception
guide, and, by increased knowledge of nature, can easily avoid
what’s useless. Error is not the dreaming of the waking. Whence
fixed and eternal things, though they themselves are particular, will
nevertheless, owing to their presence and power everywhere, be
universals or genera of definitions of particular mutable things,
and as the proximate causes of all things. Wherefore
the mind-body endeavors to conceive such a state of perfection,
except that the rays coming from a single point are not
collected accurately at another single point for those
who are generally in reality, simultaneous. I adduce
to illustrate, to wit, these matters being thus, the difficulty
completely solved. I affirm the necessary existence
of intellectual love in detailed geometrical fashion; virtue
of substance and essence through some movement of the spirits.
after Benedict De Spinoza
A double history, a blank page
in both ethos and ethnos—
the intellectual spiritualization of initiation.
The psychopomp of humanity operationalizes
the philosophy within the technical
matrix. Correspondence between the worlds
confirms the cosmological scheme. The assertion
of the will on the universe towards gnosis.
As such, essence certainly understood
is the pot formed upon the wheel.
Another blank page performs the rite
in the customary manner. Writing
systems are versions of each other,
a transformation of the self
drinking deeply from the sources
to create synthesis of fire and light.
after Stephen Edred Flowers, Ph. D.
These things might be grouped together
under the vague but convenient term
occult arts and sciences. Specimens of such
writings have come down, syncretic in
the choice of a single name. Think out and go
not astray, but be saved by the divine
within. Numerous manuscripts, many
corrected by a different hand, in which are
the most marvelous sayings. Orpheus received
the same truth from the same source. Let
this suffice as a beginning of knowledge
of the nature of all things. For the good is
utterly alien to heavens and humanity. And
necessity and providence and nature are
instruments by means of which the Cosmos is
governor, and by means of which matter is
set in order. Be thankful by coming
to know such greatness.
after Hermes Trismegistus
In turning to analysis, it is impossible to begin
a philosophical work with a clear statement
because philosophy has its being essentially
in the element of that universality which encloses
the particular. The ceaseless activity of inherent
nature makes at the same time moments
of an organic unity, and the equal necessity
of all moments constitutes alone and thereby
the life of the whole. For the real subject
matter is not exhausted but in the working-out;
philosophy to become actual knowing. Formerly
a heaven adorned with a vast wealth of thought
and imagery, now dwelt in the world’s presence.
To show the time process, the force of mind
is only as great and multiple as its expressive substance,
the pure I as such. Every rare and exotic absolute
Idea, naked possibility in a single assertion
of transfigured essence, the Subject reflected
Refutation is reformative as tautology is spiritual
substance identical to the determination of simplicity
as being. Experience is consciousness in its self, self
object of essence, and dialectical as regards truth
in matters of historical fact. But this eventuality
has nothing to do with content; nothing, qua subject,
passes away in the predicate, and preserved
the freedom imposed upon thought. The inner world, or
supersensible beyond, comes into being out of the world
of mediated appearance. By a true knowing, for
only in the unity of apperception lies this pure immediacy, I
am directly conscious, I intuit and nothing more.
But once more, understanding fails to do justice
to infinity, virtue conquered by the ‘way of the world’
and of necessity again dissembled. Extension constitutes
the existence of intensity, something independent
of every content—active love. The “beautiful soul”
which realizes the form of the spirit’s act is merely
a moment of the whole.
after Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel
Avoid dogmatism, ask awkward questions,
and challenge ways of habitual experience.
The deeper one goes into the image
of fractal logic, the more there is to see;
everything self-similar and connected.
Adoption of belief makes it viable; Theory-in-Use.
Sources of power in the Achievable Reality,
pushed back boundaries and self restriction.
Prepare a framework of organized coherence;
there is always more to do in the sorcerer’s toybox.
Information may be sought via the operation
of controlled feedback to alter the perception
of immediate reality. This Pathworking
could take the form of taking a break, or
reorganizing activity in the Deep Mind
as a whole, through the written word.
after Phil Hine
By a commodious vicus of recirculation back
to crest of heraldry. What then agentlike
brought about, O Sustainer. Enjoyable of our
mounding’s mass, this is the triplewon hat,
grand and magnetic. The silence speaks
the scene. Fake! How charmingly exquisite!
And so. And all. Comsy see! I am
doing it, spinning castle and earthenhouse;
lace at night, at another time. The instance
of watch warriors pleaded nature in all
innocency. The house is fallen. The scene
refreshed. Both and bottlebreaker; yes and no
error. The velocipede that could tell;
a look, so rosetop seed makes the often
expressed wish. Bring to light and note;
slink hook away. The keykeeper of the keys
of the doors of the dreamadoory in the house
of the household. Nobody will know
or heed ghouls to nail. With such for a leary on
acquired unification, pass on to diversity
the instinct and when; back to the spirit.
after James Joyce
Behind all is Occult Philosophy, source of the intellectual
key of obscurities; Poesy to the music of the Lyre of Orpheus.
Adept Love the Word Incarnate; new hieroglyphs
speak evoking thought of all possible conceptions.
Universal omnipresent antiquity glances the spiral page
on the mantle of a troubled wilderness after the storm.
Take pause; here be monsters eating Almond Blossoms,
a clutch of bones in the left—lamp and dagger.
The necessity of revealing; unblind and reform
by Will and by Work, the infinite Hands reach.
Make a common idea of matter enjoys matter and
this in/complete in/consistent instrument.
I, the eternal wanderer among the stars, a comet of all Nature
trace a fractal light preserved in the impress of every logos.
after Eliphas Levi
We speak still of ‘sunrise’ and ‘sunset’.
Vacant metaphors, eroded figures of speech,
inhabit vocabulary and grammar, old ghosts
in the attic. That which the poem is
at liberty to explore and enact; to the end
of illicit verbiage. In this imaginary community
of counter-republic, the order of comment
allowed is explicative and historically contextual.
Interpretation is understanding in action, the immediacy
of translation, simultaneously analytical and critical.
The executant invests being in the process,
answerable to the origin precisely because
putting to eminent risk the stature, the fortunes
of the work. Such regrouping and innovation
is, par excellance, function and justification
of structure (itself, interpretation) and composition
(itself, criticism). The fantasy sketched
is only that co-habitation of the living arts
in the sense used by those who first describe
rigorously the previously unknown or mistaken
work. Semantic codes, of which language is
at the foremost of the innocence of relations
between word and world. There is in reach
an infinity of willed and dreamt supposition
(an act of will is a dream in daylight). One
cannot, save metaphorically, ask in words
of that which may lie before words. One can say
any truth, any falsehood. In beginning
there is the sentence, then the history of meaning.
The underlying ‘logic’ is a Logos derivative
and construct, too easily trusted. One cannot touch
on the experiencing of art in personal and communal life
without touching, simultaneously, on issues
of the most compelling and perplexing orders.
One can conceive of serious art persuading imaginings
towards questions made inescapable by certain moments.
Every day of liberation from inhumanity and servitude
carries the name of hope (there is no word
less deconstructible). Be patient, there
is no waiting.
after George Steiner