Tarot – Lust (XI)

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Lust: The True Power of Command   As Adjustment (the complementary counterpart with this Atu) deals with the equilibration of opposites, so does the position of this path on the Tree of Life. The influence of Chesed on Geburah (Mercy and Severity respectively) add to this dynamic. In alchemy this is shown as a naturally […]

Tarot – Fortune (X)

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Fortune: The Wheel in Perennial Motion The incalculable factor known by those whom study Thelemic Gnosticism as ‘ordeal x’ is the one single factor that makes forecasting with Tarot cards (or even the weather) an inexact science. We can think about this as that element that occurs in the course of the events of our lives […]

Tarot – The Hermit (IX)

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The Hermit: The Hermaphroditic Source The first and natural inclination in contemplating this Atus is to say that the Hermit is one who moves within. Of course, if you ruminate even further and have a mystical bend to your thoughts, you would recognize that the source of being is a movement from within to without. […]

Tarot – Adjustment (VIII)

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Adjustment: The Equilibration of Opposites The court cards describe the process of Tetragrammaton and this card refers to a specific moment in that process. The final adjustment of this formula is when the daughter (Heh final) is redeemed by her marriage with the son (Vau) and set up on the throne of the mother (Heh) […]

Tarot – The Chariot (VII)

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The Chariot: The Adepts Sacrifice   Cancer as attributed to the Chariot (ATU VII), calls in the Priestess (ATU II) as the moon which rules Cancer is attributed to her. It also calls in Fortune (ATU X) as Jupiter which is exalted in Cancer is attributed to it. Study of these two cards is a […]

Tarot – The Priestess (II)

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The Priestess of the Silver Star: Midwife of Initiation The universe as we understand it, is dual in nature (i.e. black and white; good and bad; etc.). It manifests archetypally in the masculine and the feminine with transcendence being the result of their union. This concept is triune in form and represents the totality of […]

Tarot – The Lovers (VI)

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The Lovers: Virtue of the One Becoming the All What is immediately apparent in this card (Atu VI) is the attribution of Gemini which is ruled by Mercury. Both the astrological sign and its planetary ruler are of an intellectual or mental plane denomination (at least on certain levels). Further, to enhance this angle for […]

Tarot – The Hierophant

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The Hierophant: Mother of Initiation or The Vestal Virgin Returns The main business of the Hierophant and of all Magick is the uniting of the microcosm with the macrocosm. This results in the initiation of the adept. The magickal formula by which this is achieved in the present stage of human evolution is ‘love under […]

Tarot – The Emperor

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The Emperor: The Authority of the Initiate In the world of Tarot deck publication we are besieged with a potpourri of designer decks from non-initiates with one fetish or another. At best, they popularize the medium and at their worst, they promulgate ignorance. Either way, they are an abomination that confuses the Western Mystery Tradition […]

Tarot – The Empress

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Empress: Goddess of Love The path of the Priestess (last issue) carries us over the abyss and crosses the path of the Empress on its way to Kether (actually to Binah as the serious student of Magick will learn). The Empress is then the door leading us into the Supernal Triad. For this, the Hebrew […]

Tarot – The Magus

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The Magus The Logos and its Creation Mercury is the bearer of the Wand and is attributed to the Magus. That is, Mercury or the Magus is the director of energy. This energy is the Logos or the Will of God. As it has been written, “In the beginning was the Logos” or the word. […]

Tarot – The Fool

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The Fool: Namesake of the Master The Qabalistic attributions for this first card of the Major Arcana are as follows: 1. The Hebrew letter Aleph 2. The number Zero 3. The Alchemical element of Air Aleph is the first letter of the Hebrew alphabet and the first of the three mother letters. It is written […]

The Muse : Sleep Fast Awake

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Silver sky before the dawn On the lake floats a white swan Timeless it seems and without motion Blazing starlight soul’s devotion Crossing roads at thoughts turnpike Traveling smoothly through my psyche Clearly I see a million lights While shadows dance in silent nights The eggshell got a severe crack Under this cosmic love attack […]

On Pure Will: Frater Appolonious- Final Draft

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      On Pure Will   Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law.   AL:I.44 “For pure will, unassuaged of purpose, delivered from the lust of result, is every way perfect.”   Over and over again, we find Thelemites saying: “it is my will to [do this or that]” and […]

The Muse : Crimson Day (for K.)

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The morning on a crimson daythe grass blades-wicked spearsof Mars to slaythe grey ghost world-“reality”-set upon the backdropof a colorful dreamwhile sunlight bleeds through skinlike fountain inkthrough cotton paper.Day light claims the brain, of the crimson day.           The fading swoon of a fairy greenand a sweet cubefor the short rushmore certainthan the eternal […]