This blog is based on the synthesis of magic and esoteric cultivation. The strength of the former depends on progress in the latter, but the reverse can be said; that cultivation is smoother and more balanced when there is healthy magical application. If magic is an athletic event, cultivation represents all the basic strength, stamina and dexterity training that goes into improving one’s game.
In the context of these snippets of commentary, the two occult expressions are complemtary and make for a more potent and balanced occult exploration and practice. This blog is also based on the premise that traditions of cultivation and/or magic, don’t always directly apply to present-day conditions. Magic and cultivation practices evolve, and either adapt and strengthen in the face of historic and social change, or become corrupt or diluted to degrade into a caricature of what they used to be. On the other hand the occult principles themselves upon which the various approaches are based cover a broad spectrum and are timeless to boot. As such, they reflect the perennial potentials of human nature as opposed to some form of cultural ownership.
Thus, while this blog is not about socio-political issues, the analysis and design of theory and application keep the modern-day context in mind, while holding the history of traditional dynamics as a reference. This may not seem obvious as I describe the various aspects of theory and practice as I understand and express it, but it is a view held after years of exploration, cultivation and practice. Disagreement will always exist among occultists on such matters I think, but each probably realizes in some way that occultism weakens with weak and wishy washy beliefs and attitudes. It may even be one reason why seasoned occultists engage less in debate than beginners who are trying to figure things out. Then again ego drama is a sign that said occultist is probably not as grounded in application as they may think.
The mature (psychologically, psychically and psycho-energetically) occultist neither needs nor wants to be the focus of moralistic critique, because they know who they are, what they are doing and why. Persistent disrespectful critique should be taken as a form of hostility, but the response to it need not be a return of hostility, especially magical hostility. The mature psyche has a stable center, after all, and carries no chip on their shoulder. Such an individual does not repress or deride emotion and feeling, knowing its unhealthy and hence unwise.
The mature occultist understands that construction/deconstruction are two sides of the same coin, but they also look deeper into the givens of reality, the nature of life and death, of consciousness and life force, and the multi- sided nature of the occult experience- an encounter being either an entity, an abstract force of existence, or an aspect of our being. are absolute, or that fate is inevitable regardless of our desires.
In my view, occultism is not for the masses in its advanced forms. In terms of basics, however, I would recommend cultivation and magic to anyone interested. Take it easy, play with it, and you won’t stress unless you push too far- even if that doesn’t seem much. Magic awakens and delivers patterns of consciousness and life force through the body-mind. Each individual has their own disposition and constitution regarding occult dynamics, and adaptation is not always smooth or even a thing. Forces are awakened, then dissipated and banished or absorbed and integrated. If we ignore what we stirr up, even if life force in ourselves, it can come back to bite us.
The primary application I see for the magic to be discussed here is similar to the application of runes. They represent fundamental mysteries of creation. As such they are keys to the dynamics of existential causality, although there are so many nuances to wise- not just skilled or empowered- application. As much as I used to wish it was the case, quick and easy magic- unless it involves the expression of basic mundane awareness states that still can muster magical force. Most of us have the psyche’s version of an immune system, and are only affected by occultism beyond the day to day variety, of people just wanting things to go smoothly in their lives.
Modern magic is usually defined in terms of esoteric means used to influence, if not define, the course of events. Technically, everything we experience is an event. Even if we manifest an object in front of a crowd, that is still an event. We don’t make the object in magic. We make the event. Events don’t have material qualities, like objects do. So we can more easily alter the form of reality when focused on the changes occuring at the level of event.
This installment is an update, however, for a reason. Everything I described represents principles that I sought to weave into a magical system of my own design, using existing traditions as reference, and three different systems of esoteric awareness and expression as pillars of its function. The system came together more out of a series of synchronous events and revelations that kept me going back to it as a kind of experiment as well as a real ambition.
I have been off the blog in order to practice the material about which I have written up to that point. This involved the third and fourth of the ten steps of cultivation delineated in the chapter of the Sepher Yetsirah on the Ten Sephirot Belimah. As I was addressing the challenge I realized that the first four steps of the cultivation process lead to potential that could be applied to my experimental system instead of using the Hebrew alphabet and its correspondences as a context of cultivation and magic. This was especially true of the Ouroboros system I had designed due to the similarities with the treatment of sacred space and circulation of magical energies, not to mention the use of phonetic symbol glyphs with coherent meanings and multiple correspondences.
I’m not advertizing this system, as I call it. I will compile my notes, diagrams and analyses into a book, but I am not sure about what I want to do with such a book at this stage other than use it myself. At this time, however, I am consolidating the meaning of its patterns and refining it into greater semantic coherence and bringing the system to life. The more the system makes sense mythically and esoterically, and the more it sustains a coherent internal logic compatible with paradox, the less it will leak magical potency and be prone to fail in its intended functions. So I will be discussing the theory and practices around this system, as opposed to interpreting a translation that itself is based on interpretation. I will get back to that at some point, but for now I think this will be more fun.