Tuesday, December 30, 2008

PME-commentary

The Book of Formulas.



Bardon discusses the Book of Formulas in this chapter, it is basically a magician’s journal outlining the evocation of spirits. A book like this would have conjurations, calls, and magical signs, seals, sigils and words within it. The idea is that some uninitiated people think that all one would have to do is read from the book and *poof* a spirit appears. This of course Bardon says is untrue. Without the key to the journal an uninitiated person would have very little luck deciphering the journal. Bardon then says the whole book is code for the actual process of an evocation, which I disagree with. I think Bardon put a blind.....

Yes, without the key an uninitiated person would be without the ability to make use of the journal. What is off is the idea that the Book of Formulas is simply rote process used to evoke a spirit. While there may be some of this included it is not the main idea. ....

The Formula Book in actuality would start much like Bardon says, with an outline of the method of working and even the place and time of the work. What would be coded is the sigils and words of power involved. Once a magician learns the secret to the energetic makeup of a spirit/concept or power the magician no longer requires the calling of the spirit/ going through the condensation process or cal the power, they simply must remember the energy signature and use this either loading the atmosphere with the energy or transform their mental or astral body to mimic the spirit/concept/power. I could publish all of my personal seals, letters and sigils to the general public and even trained magicians would be unlikely to discover their use. The magical “formula” is the energetic signature or “code” the magician uses. This sounds abstract so let me break it down.....

The fire tattva is a red triangle. It looks like a flame in a way. If I showed you tejas (the fire tattva) and you had no previous instruction on it you would say it was just a red triangle. However, if I explained that fire is expansive, red in color (with clairvoyant vision) and gave the feeling of warmth you would mentally understand it (mastery of the mental plane aspect of the element). If I then taught you how to draw in the element of fire until it reached a strong astral density you would then discover that your astral energy signature had a red triangular shape feeling with a red color that wanted to expand out into the universe in all directions. You would then master the astral fire element by knowing that transforming your astral signature into a red triangle would give you power over astral fire. Over time and practice you would then be able to change the physical atmosphere in a room or location filling it with heat and even light once mastered. This may still be a little abstract but closer to a substantial or tangible idea you can grasp. I will draw it down further into the physical for you.....

Imagine you are five years old. You are very happy and want to take your Crayola crayons and draw a picture of how you feel. What colors will you choose? Now imagine your pretty advanced for a five year old and someone tells you that you are unable to draw yourself being happy but you can draw what happy “feels” (=astral) like. What would you draw to show how your internal being is like? What does happiness look like? If you like, go do this now and come back with full understanding. Got it? Awesome! Welcome to astral signature magic. It is a little more complex than that, and this is what I cover in my book “The Book of Power”.....

So, now we understand why a magician could fill an entire book with glyphs and sigils of spirits, words of power and someone picking it up would never know how to use it. Someone looking at your picture of “Happiness” might be able to look at it and say “wow, look at those really energetic shapes and joyful hues, it is filled with life and the colors make me recall …blah blah blah” most likely they are an art major, so watch out. However if you sent this astral signature into another person or loaded a room or item with it someone who comes in contact with it would then be “infected” with “Happiness”.....

Bardon then goes through the process of preparing for an evocation. Now that you have read the above read his list and tell me how many times he mentions some abstract idea or concept that must be recalled or drawn in, or banished or some such thought. Now think exactly how one would do that. How difficult would it be to go from calm center to “attaching the magic sword to the magic belt with the meditative attitude of absolute victory; repeat loading while employing the magic wand AT THE SAME TIME, which the magician holds in his right hand, so that his absolute will can be realized” That is just step 16 out of 26! If you had to meditate on each force, power and attribute each time the way Bardon recommends, an evocation would last hours. But imagine if you had some symbol or code that held the entire energetic loading of some idea or concept and all you had to do was bring it to mind and load it into your astral being or magical item, much simpler, aye?....

Now, Bardon does not use as many blinds as most occult writers in the past did. He is actually one of the most straight forward occult authors you can find. He only has one other MAJOR blind in the book, the same one you can find in all three of his books which I will discuss *possibly* at the end of this blog series. Discussing it will not really help unless you do the actual work though, so in a way it is one of those blinds that are important. I just let the cat out of the bag when I think it can speed up the magical progress of fellow workers and not give those who dabble a free pass to trouble. If you are doing the work you will automatically figure out what I am saying if you put effort into it. If you just read the book you will never guess it in a million years (I mean do the work all ready, if you have a million years just sitting around and guessing why not try working it once?)....

The next two chapters are about the various spheres of the beings and familiar spirits. I may briefly cover these two chapters just highlighting some essential points I think are poignant

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