Friday, April 11, 2008

How to skry

I have talked to several magicians and mages in training, along with many others who would love to skry but for one reason or another "cannot". Well kids, today we fix that problem.

First off skrying is easy. In fact I believe the problem is most people think it is hard and never realize HOW easy it really is. In fact learning how to rhythmically breathe is harder than learning how to skry. First off rhythmic breathing makes you *force* yourself to breathe in a certain manner. Skrying is the exact opposite-it is the lack of force that allows it to take place. This is the second reason so many hopeful skryers fail. They think they must work at it, and force it to come. WRONG! It is so easy in fact that you may be pissed off at the end of this whole thing that authors and magicians have lead you to believe you had to try and force it.

Now does that mean after you read this and try it out you will have *perfect* skrying abilities that can give you the lucky lotto numbers? No. BUT, after this blog you will have all the tools you need to learn how to develop *accuracy* in your skrying. So enough build up already, let's get to skrying!!!!

Step 1: Go outside on a sunny day.
Step 2: Stay out there for ten to fifteen minutes until your eyes adjust to the brightness.
Step 3: Go inside and lay down in a darkly lit room (no tarrying to drink tea and have a few cookies either!)
Step 4: Close your eyes while lying down (make sure you're not sleepy).
Step 5: Now, "look" through your closed eyes towards the ceiling. In other words do not get all deep into your mind or start thinking about skrying or bills you have to pay, just look.
Step 6: You will see many colors and lights flashing through your inner vision. Is this magic or some astral plane? No. It is a chemical reaction and your eyes adjusting to the dark.
Step 7: Eventually these lights and shapes will fade away and you will be left with a fairly energetic "black" screen before you. Wait for it!
Step 8: Now, here it is kidos…think of something! A color, a fruit or vegetable, a toy, your favorite part of the opposite's sex's anatomy, ANYTHING! The whole thing to remember is to NOT force it. Just think: apple. And then LET the apple appear before your field of vision. The color and vividness should be exactly equal to the color and shapes you saw while your eyes where trying to adjust.
There is no step 9!

It looks too easy right? Do it. It is easier than what you think AND more potent than you might guess. Once you know how to do it, it is way easy to accomplish it again without doing the first two steps.
So…what now? Making your skrying ability accurate is what now.
1. Take a deck of cards. Take one out and skry to discover what card it is. This is the hardest so you may want to try this one last.
2. Make four images on note cards. Draw a mean face in red, a happy face in yellow or green, a sad face in blue, and finally a normal black and white face with no emotion. With each card you draw try and feel the emotion and color is shining that color from the card. Now skry each card at random until you get it perfect.
3. If you have a pre-planned route to work or activity you do every day then skry that (Not while doing the activity, later on during your daily "skrying fun time"). Try and focus on every detail you can remember. Go through those activities in real life with an eye for detail to use in your skrying. Try and be as perfect as possible. DO NOT FORCE IT!
4. If you can master all of those then start working on power-ball numbers. This is the one I'm on.


Fun things to do with your new skill
Choose an image or a symbol that interests you. Begin skrying and visualize this symbol for a few minutes. Do not consciously think about it or influence it other than keeping the symbol in your vision. After several minutes you should feel very relaxed and deeper into a trance. Let go of the image. Do not force anything to come just let whatever comes be. Let this go for several minutes. Record results and impressions you got.
After the above has been done several times try asking questions in this state and wait for answers to appear. Take all answers as inner truths which are subjective. At no time push your subjective visions on the reality of others (that's what magic is for!). These exercises are then excellent for learning about yourself and your inner reality than they are for outer truth, although correspondences may occur depending on your advancement.
If ever you could not finish a dream, or would like to more deeply explore a dream you had simply recall the dream while skrying and you will be able to interact with the aspects of self within that dream and the message it was trying to convey will become clearer.
When you can easily interact and understand symbols in dreams and within skrying as easily as you understand the meaning of a word, then communication with spirits will be capable and easy to do, similar to the way people communicate.




Remember:
It is easy!
Do not force it, think it and let it come on its own. This is the Kindergarten level of evocation!
Have fun with your new skill!

The Philosopher's Stone


This is a glyph of power and word of power that grants one astral immortality. Simply meditate on the glyph for several days in front of you skrying and then continue from then on meditating on it within you. Imagine it charges your astral being like a battery.


It may also grant untold powers and psychic abilities over time. Your overall health can increase if used often.

It is free to all, I forfeit all rights.

The Book of Power

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Cosmic letters F-

I do believe that everyone gets the general idea of how I work with the letters. I practice a couple days in the akasha, then through the spirit, in the astral and finally I condense it to the point of physical through dynamic breath. I typically charge some of my food, drink and even my cigarettes with the letter to manifest the letter in all three bodies. That being said I will from now on just cover my experiences with the letter that give insight into each letter.
The letter "F" is a wonderful letter to work with. In a few ways in reminds me of the cosmic letter "A" in the sense of the peacefulness it brings. In the akasha it is about lawfulness and harmony. This bridges down into the spirit with understanding cosmic lawfulness and controlling the attributes of the spirit. In the astral it creates the ability to master the tetrapolar magnet which grants you control over any character trait, virtue as well as giving you insight into the universal laws. Finally in the physical it grants one the power over the magic of the circle or in other words the YHVH/ four elements combined.
My first real experiences with "F" from the akasha principle gave me the experience of being taught by a Chi Kung healer. I just became aware of a flow of information on the nature and connection of the elements, how and why they bond together to form the spirit of "man". I also was informed how the various personalities are formed through varying degrees of elemental development and the work of the fluids. It was very interesting to understand all of this just from using the letter. The letter also has a very calming and balancing effect on the being developing into a deep peace.
I preformed an experiment in which I meditated within the power of "F" for about 15 minutes. I then tried to think of any thought or memory which would rouse the emotions (in essence trying to piss my self off). It was fascinating because the letter created a "non-stick" feeling towards emotions. The peace and balance is so deep that even the most angry emotion or thought slid right off without effect.
After a week of work I decided it was time for a review of the letters I had worked on so far. I found the letters manifested much more powerfully than before and I believe it was due to the balancing effect of the letter "F". I also noticed a general balancing of mood. I felt more active and vital. Later on when one begins working with formulas, Bardon mentions this letter added to another letter will cause even the most quarrelsome couple to live in a peaceful marriage. I can now see why this would be. It harmonizes and balances opposing elements and brings them together to work harmoniously. This letter is a little taste of Eden.


The cosmic letter "G" is grass green in color and feels icy cold. It is the letter of divine mercy and grace, divine peace and divine blessings. In the astral it brings bliss and satisfaction in the physical it can manifest abundance and wealth. One interesting thing about working with the cosmic letters, one gets a sense of how the universe is structured from the divine level down to the physical. As in all things one could draw a map of how this manifestation works and what divine attributes are responsible for what force. The cosmic letters give one a grand tour of the kingdom. You get to see and experience each and every facet of the divine creation.
The very first time I produced all four of the aspects of "G" (color, feel, tone and legality) I nearly wept from the beauty of it. To be honest a few tears did roll my friends. It is tough to describe the why of the sensation. I found this analogy helped: Imagine you are a small child and you accidentally broke something very valuable that your parents loved. You know you are in trouble! Yet when your mother and father discover the broken object and the fact that you are to blame instead of fussing at you and punishing you they pick you up and smother you with love and affection, kissing away your anxiety. That my friends is exactly the sensation produced from this letter. It is divine mercy and love flowing down from a cosmic source, holding you and letting you know "All will be OK."
This letter also produces a feeling of pleasure and contentment. It feels as if everything is taken care of, all is right with the universe. A swooning of enjoyment of simply being here and now fills your soul. Aside from the cosmic letter "A", this letter was quite possibly the easiest to work with. It was like remembering an old friends phone number.


"H" produced a potent trance state within me the very first time I used it. I felt as if I was a churning sun bursting with power. Each time I practiced with it I felt waves of heat pour out of me my very being becomes empowered with will. I also notice that my visual abilities become heightened afterwards. I meditated on the Emperor card during some of my meditations, with the idea of being the ruler and master of destiny. I then did a review of each letter to see if there was any difference in the way each manifested. I noticed the color, feeling and experience of each letter had developed a good deal. I also had intuitions on getting the tones perfect as well as ways of practicing or rather the manner in which "I" should practice. A very enlightening letter, if I was asked which letters someone should start their practice with, so far I would recommend "A" and then "H" as the first two letters in that order. It makes all of the other letters just make sense and become more familiar for lack of a better word.


Cosmic letter "Ch" is all about clarity, purity and understanding. If one would manifest clarity and purity down through the mental, astral and finally physical planes one would eventually get water. In the astral one has rhythm and life. In the mental plane you would experience understanding and clarity of thought so grand that you could understand anything or anyone. Moreover you could be understood due to the clarity within you! I practiced this letter for four days and quickly "got" it. Now, for all of these letters you should understand that I have not mastered a single letter. A few I have gotten to the density of astral and one (cosmic letter A) I can manifest physically pretty well. Right now I am simply trying to experience each letter and at best get a mental or even astral density or effect. I believe "Ch" was so easy first off due to the fact I just worked with "H" and second because of the clarifying power it bestows. I noticed I understood others intentions and motivations a good deal more almost as if I developed a sublime telepathy (this letter may actually cause a type of deep emotional telepathy in which your intentions are communicated and you understand another's.) I then performed yet another review of all the letters to see if I understood them better. I cannot report any burst of enlightenment on any letter during the review. I guess I understood each well enough



The cosmic letter I rules over fate, memory/conscience,, the astral matrix-the breath of life as well as the laws of analogy. It has a lovely light opal color (I like opal) has the feel of gravity to it and rules over the L. Kidney and the legs.
This letter gave me Kryias even in the akashic level, it was quite potent and worked on all levels quite quickly but most especially the mental and astral for me. The very next day I noticed a sharp increase in my memory and I was bombarded with philosophic thoughts of what is right and wrong. The Kryias continued for three days during my workings. And at the very end of the working my memory for even slight things has become near photographic.
Bardon also mentions this letter has to do with Karma. Now I saved this part for the very end because I will once again blab on about Karma. If you know what I am about to say then keep reading, if you believe the whole three fold law baloney then stick around. Karma is the ancient way of saying "cause and effect". If you ever hear or read me say or write Karma I am not talking about all of the good or bad deeds which will one day determine reincarnation or other such tripe. If you drop a bouncy ball it will fall, it will then bounce. You caused something bouncy to drop and the effect was it bounced! That is it, end of story!!! This letter is like the memory of the universe. It keeps things in running, cause and effect order. Short term or long term it rules cause and effect. My hypothesis on the aspect of analogy is that once mastered you are able to transform or change cause and effect relations in the astral and it transforms the physical existence of a "thing" or object.That was pretty vague, I know (There are some things that if you read Bardon's book or are following along with that book you will get, I am purposely being vague to weed out those who may try to circumvent buying his book to work this magic.) A good example of this sort of magic would be J.C's loaves and fishes miracle. He was able to manipulate the number of items he had with this type of letter (If he indeed existed, no matter the mythical Jesus "would" have used this letter in a formula to "adjust" the actual numbers.)



Another opal color, this time dark opal. I had to play around with the color a bit before I found just the right color "tone". This letter is similar to "G" and "D" in some ways. Mix the love of "G" with the libido of "D" and you get "J". It starts off very subtle but the effects and energy build after each usage. I experienced pleasant waves of energy lifting me up; by the third time I was able to distinguish the different types of ecstasy:
Fire: very much the feeling of bursting spiritually as if one was a volcano, the will craves to be used and to feel power.

Air: Like the letter "A" one feels peaceful enlightenment and the mind opens like a flower to let the light in.
Water: Feels like a rolling stream of delight running through you and every nerve.
Earth: Sexual stimulation and excitement of just being aware.
"J" also has the power of attraction / repulsion. Although I really can't experiment with this aspect for myself (and the single key is used only for oneself) I could feel astral waves either drawing in or pushing out depending on my wish. This letter combined with "D" in a formula would transform someone into a sex god(dess).
My last experience with "J" is the feeling of almost intoxication as if drunk on pleasure. An odd feeling sense my wits were intact. This was followed by a sensation of wanting to fall into a blissful sleep almost as if rocked. If you are feeling down, "J" is an assured pick me up!




The power of the cosmic letter "K" is…well, power! It transforms your thoughts into reality and dynamizes your personality to the point of spilling out and affecting others. You feel active, joyous and ready to conquer the world.
I noticed I could think about something and it would happen pretty soon after. A good example that we all have is thinking about a song and then it plays. Well imagine thinking of a song and it constantly finds you every day even over different radio station (and it is a old rock song as well!) I watched as I thought of what someone was about to say and watched them have a strange look on their face as if lost and then say verbatim what I thought of. Kinda' spooky!
The two weirdest by far is the other day I was thinking (as all student who take math do) how wonderful it would be just to have a class that just teaches what you need in the real world. Well the same day I overhear some math teachers talking about how they are about to vote on making a liberal arts class for math, in other words just the stuff you need for daily life!! The second was I overheard on a radio station that Germany is trying to pass a bill to make marriage a renewable license like all other licenses. Now if you know me, or read a past blog that is no longer up I have always thought that would be the smartest idea for marriage ever! Not that I would end mine, but instead of all that nasty stupid divorce crap it would just end! Weird.



The olive green cosmic letter "L" is all about the inspiration and purity. Everything it creates is enlightened and refined to a higher order. "L" works on a level in which your thoughts and feelings take on a new glow of life and all things seem "just right".
I had a few interruptions in practice with "L", with school, work and the family (and the evil demon Laziness struck) but any time I worked on it I felt immensely clearer and able to see things better. I had a number of profound insights into life while I worked with "L"
Bardon mentions that this letter causes astral immortality due to it's spiritualizing power. I noticed that after working with it my work on the light body would come much easier. I could see the light much more clearly and feel it solidifying around and within me. I think this letter has a way of clearing the astral garbage away and letting the light in, or if you will places your bodies into a state in which lower energies cannot effect you. That would produce a non-decomposition state in the astral body that would allow it to live indefinitely.



The primal water principal: the divine womb, mother of water and fluidity in all forms. The Cosmic letter "M" is a wonderful letter to work with before bed, if you have trouble sleeping. This letter places you above your emotions as well as the flow of life and therefore allows you to witness the inner goings on of your being as well as nature.
It is a lovely letter to work with and brings a calm quiet spirit. It also places the magnetic fluid at your command that is always a plus. Using this letter the feeling of love is easy to come upon. You feel enchanted with life and all those around you. You honestly at times feel connected to all things and can become part of the flow.

It was during this time I got a bunch of intuitions on changing something in my practice. That is why I have been so long in sharing all this with you. After some meditation and searching along with a chat with my HGA I will continue with my work as before. My changes that I intuited will come after the first round of work with the cosmic letters.



The letter "N" when used in the akasha creates a very pleasant feeling. It is something like a peaceful rest mixed with a joyful flow from within outward. Also I found that my general demeanor was elevated and quite happy.
The mental level of "N" has to do with the mental matrix, or the connection between the mind and the soul. This letter when used gave me the ability to "tune in" to others thoughts much like a radio receiver. It is not that you know the other persons thoughts separate from yours it is more like being a really good friend and finishing each other's sentences. I also found that it could be turned the other way and you can influence another's thoughts quite easily. Another benefit is quicker thoughts in certain situations. I found my mind much sharper and quicker.
The astral level gave me a feeling of sharp cunning. Bardon says that it will give one the desire for self-preservation. I can only figure that for me it comes out as cunning. Possibly another person would experience this in a more personal way; this was my experience with it.
I did not get to many physical results with this letter. Like some of the others a condensation to the physical level will take some time, with others they operate more so on the physical. It just depends on the vibrations and one's development. The letter is suppose to control movement and cohesion. I did notice I felt more physically active while using the letter but that could be other things in life causing that (like way to much caffeine lol.)




The cosmic letter "O" with it's dark ultramarine color, heaviness and relation to Venus (or the number 7) has to do with balance. Bardon says Justice but in my humble opinion they are the same. Justice as many people do not realize is not about public vengence but a balance and maintaining of harmony. The scales of Justice should be equal. The cosmic letter "O" balances you on every level, that is how you become cosmic Justice incarnate. You have no extreme, you see things from each and every angle, and if you pass judgement the whole of the universe brings down the mallet of Justice.
I noticed during the work with "O" that it felt my mind was being sectioned and divided. It seemed almost as if some weird mathimatician was finding angles and geometry in my head. I noticed a little more reserve and observational power within me. That is the neat thing about the letters. When trying to develop a new skill it usually takes a lot a pratice and memorizing what must be done. With the cosmic letters one simply notices changes after one has done the work. It is an intresting thing to witness.
An intresting side note with this letter. I started practicing "O" before I went to the "Tool" concert. There was one other possible causation that was, let us say "all natural" that I partook on the way to the concert and during the ride my third eye opened like never before. Typically I open it. This time it opened itself and I was host to some really intense visions one of them being the sacred heart. I am not sure if "O" caused it in combination with that magical green fire or what (very unscientific of me I know) but just in case I thought i would mention it. I just could not help to think of the Thoth deck's "The Devil" card which is Ayin and shows the old goat wth a third eye (which is positioned the wrong way from my experience... it is up and down: (I) not side to side like your other two eyes. Which makes one think of some other part of the anatomy found on the ladies. Sorry for the tangent.



Have you ever gone really far out at night past the city lights and houses? Gone where there are no electrical lights and looked up at the stars? If you have then you most likely felt a little of what the cosmic letter "P" has to offer. You can get the same feeling from seeing a grand sunset and feeling that God is an artist. But it is just not recognizing the grandness of the creator, it has the additional aspect of realizing how small and insignificant you are. You feel infinitesimal compared to creation, but, then you realize, you are a part of creation. You may even be a very interesting part of it. A sense of love towards humanity and wanting to be something grander, more balanced is all that is left to really get the feeling of the essence of "P".
Down on the physical level Bardon uses the analogy of maternal love for the letter "P". This is not goo-goo-ga-ga love. If you are not a parent than I cannot tell you what it is like. If you are than just remember that first moment you held your newborn in your arms. Take all those feelings of true love, responsibility, joy and everything else and turn it towards the creator and then to all of suffering humanity that wishes to strive to the highest. That is the feeling that Divinity has towards mankind when they look upward and begin their ascent into the higher realms. That is how you will feel to mankind as well.
The letter "P" makes you want to become balance, and strive to unite with God. From this letter one also perceives true beauty, that is harmony and balance in an individual. That beauty shines like a brilliant illuminated rose from within the soul of people on the path.
I find it humorous that the letter "P" is dark gray in color as well as heavy. The sound is even the second lowest you can make. If you are into alchemy you can see that this letter is the perfect representative of spirit reaching the lowest point in matter and turning its mind upwards again to rise.




A shining gold light; cold and penetrating. This is the cosmic letter "R". This letter appears to work mostly on the mental and astral levels from what I can notice. It frees one from any mental attachments and allows one to awaken and sharpen one's intellect. In "The Key to the True Kabbalah" Bardon mentions that this letter allows one to never violate any law yet still feel free and independent. This would definitely be a mental and astral ability, one would intuitively work within the domain of cosmic law and know without a doubt the way to go.
The elemental makeup of the letter is akasha (penetrating) and water (cold) therefore one is developing the dual sense of being one with everything on an emotional-feeling level. It then makes sense that you would not break the laws of nature or man because it would be an injury to ones self. One does right because one *is* right.
During my work with "R" I noticed a feeling that would cause a visualization of me being freed from chains and a deep prison. Very interesting.




There are qualities and quantities. One may be an artist but not as good an artist as Rembrandt. You may remember my cosmic letter "K" I wrote on a while back. That letter represents the virtue or quality of omnipotence (all-power). Qualities are more abstract. Quantities are a measure of an ability, a substance. The cosmic letter "S" is a quantity or the actual workings of the amount of power within you. In that sense my work with the letter "S" is very similar to K, but more present-more "there".
My first work with "S" was very interesting. I immediately became very warm as waves of purple-red light flowed through me. I noticed the familiar presence of the electric fluid the more I worked with the letter. My visualizations grew brighter and more defined while work with the letter grew deeper. In nearly every other sense I would say that "K" is similar to "S". There are some differences but in general one could say fire is fire.





There are three mother letters: A, M and SCH. Sch is the original, primal divine fire element. M is the original water element and A comes from the interaction of fire and water ( think steam ). You may think of Sch as the Fiat Lux of creation, the primordial explosion of fire that is a furnace for all of matter to form and be purified. All other letters besides A and M arise from the mother letters.
SCH confers enlightenment, mastery over fire as well as mastery over the electric fluid especially in the physical plane. Bardon mentions that on the mental level on causes ones consciousness to spiritualize to the point of ecstasy and rapture. I can see this, during my work with the letter I noticed a feeling of just wanting to reside in the presence and power of this letter. This letter is also a real "pick me up". During the week of working with this letter I felt more awake, capable of doing a lot more even though typically during this time of year I feel run down and usually don't do much magical work.
The electric fluid was very potent in this letter, so much so that I re-established my ritual to call the electric fluid to make use of all that power.
Lastly I noticed in increase in vivid, deeply insightful and sometimes quite disturbing dreams. Whenever one works with primal forces, those forces have a way of dredging up emotions and thoughts that you never knew were in you. The best thing to do is to confront these layers of yourself and work them into your psyche as much as possible. Otherwise one could go a little batty and it will certainly throw your elemental balance way out of whack.
My friend who is also working on the cosmic letters (He finished up the first round last month, he is now allowing them to sink into his subconscious for later work) started with the mother letters and then did the rest in an order he thought was best. Unless you have spent years doing intense yoga, or working with primal cosmic forces I do not recommend that tactic. If one started with SCH without the base of the other letters developing a resistance in the three bodies you would probably have some issues to deal with, not to mention having to re-work your elemental balance. If you get much trouble with SCH I recommend going back to the letter A and then M to balance that out. Working with the earth element would not hurt much either.





The cosmic letter "T" is a boon to an artist or any other creative individual. The only other time I have felt such inspiration is the first time I evoked the archangel Haniel. As you may have guessed "T" with its warmth and dark brown color rules over powerful inspiration, invention and even intuition. This force is like many others letters that deal with intuition in that one feels swept up into the flow of the universe. You get into this flow and you get in touch with the creative force.
I also noticed that the control of elemental forces is increased as Bardon says. It reminds me of being an in akashic trance in that you can wield the elements quite easily as if moving blocks or playing with some token.
Lastly, I noticed a flow of concepts which make analogous connections very simply. Again with my artwork and even with some of the sigils and glyphs I have been working on I have noticed certain connections between force and symbol which seem quite obvious but until connected with this force would have never been apprehended.




A very potent letter! Even on the akashic level I got kryias that ran through my entire body on the first attempt. This letter is excellent for trance work and connecting to the divine mind. If one is exploring cosmic consciousness this letter is the key.
The second night I worked with it I filled my astral body with the velvet black light of "U" and immediately I was out of my body. Took about five seconds, and was not even trying. I returned to keep working and the second I recalled the letter I was popped out again. After a few tries I was able to stay in and keep working on the letter.
This letter may cause very little sleep yet a desire to keep working with it. Seriously in the past three days I probably got 18 hours of sleep. It does not make you energetic just unable to go to sleep. Glad its all over! Lol.

I came even less close to mastering this letter than some others. This one evaded me in some ways and kicked my keester in others. I know akashic magic can be slow, so my initial disappointment may end up a happy surprise later.





"W"'s lilac color and combination of cold-lightness causes some interesting let subtle effects. It was not until the very last day or two that I noticed any real effects of the letter. I was about to chalk it up as a bust until I noticed that I was catching others thoughts 3-4 seconds before they spoke them and I could reverse the flow, inserting my own thoughts into another's mind and they would say whatever I projected. Bardon mentions that on the akashic level the letter "W" has to do with unifying the individual consciousness with that of the cosmos. I found that this was not done immediately (or all at once) but slowly. I would awaken from sleep and feel Like I had a dozen conversations, remembering bits and pieces through the day. I decided it worked more on a unconscious level and just allowed it to work. I am sure when I work on this letter again eventually the information granted from the cosmic mind will flood my consciousness. I also found contacting and speaking with my HGA was a bit clearer and more easy. This would make sense.
Concentration, and creating a religious or temple atmosphere are also abilities granted through "W". I did notice a progressive increase in my concentration power, even if exhausted I could easy clear my thoughts and direct them with ease.
Unfortunately I could not do any of the really neat stuff like materialize water or turn water into ice. I guess only time will bring that ;-)




The law/number behind cosmic letter "Y" is nine, yesod or the moon sphere which rules the astral domain. One can definitely get a sense of this when working with this letter. It causes a dream like consciousness that the akasha often provides but grounds it with the connection to the earth element, so one is working on the level of the physical ether or the densest material of the akasha.
I started to notice that my mind would flow ahead picking possible outcomes of my thoughts and ideas. Foreknowledge of what path you may go down if you follow an idea. Gestalt thinking one may title it. Later, as I materialized the letter in the astral I got very interesting dreams (This morning I dreamt that my car was taken, after I woke up my wife told me that someone offered to by my car. Until this morning we were planning on just handing it down to my stepson.)
Of course I was intruiged by the idea that mastery on the physical grants the powers of invisibility and teleportation (more interested in teleportation as invisibility is relatively easy if you know the mental trick.) So I focused a little bit more on trying to materialize the letter in the physical. Sadly I did not appear in Hawaii this morning. However I did notice as I was working on the letter that at one point I saw a bright white light "pop" into my astral vision and at the same time I jumped up, my wife who was sleeping next to me, made a noise as if she was scared in her sleep. I thought that was rather interesting.

*Note* I will be now going out of sequence in the letters. I have in order Z, umlaut O, and umlaut A left. I will do the two umlauts and then finish with Z. The reason for this is that Z grants on the mental level full knowledge of all past incarnations. One of the big reasons I started this work was to get Z. By saving it until the end I will allow myself more time to work and focus on this letter in hopes of mastering it to a higher degree than the others in an attempt to test the validity of past lives, also if it is true I am sure I will have a lot of inner work to complete afterwards. So prepare for a long discussion on the cosmic letter "Z" as well as at least a week or two wait for that letter to be posted. Now back to our regularly scheduled letters.




It is pronounced as the oo's in food or boo. This letter is all about refinement of some trait, quality or essence. It evolves it, transmutes it into something higher and more enlightened. It being one of the letters which combines two elemental senses (heaviness-penetrating) it can cause quite a trance very quickly. At first I did not pick up exactly what the letter was doing. Then I realized it works very much like when doing the akashic training for Initiation into Hermetics except on a deeper and more expedited level. It brings up deep rooted energies from within and forces you to look at these forces. Where it differs from the basic akashic training in IIH is that the letter itself--after it brings it up--transmutes it through attention upon the force. Like a laser that burns away the dross and enlivens the base material. In summary one can call this letter the Philosopher's Stone.
On the astral level it deals with mastering astral projection. I think (read: opinion) Bardon means the true body of light is begun and will eventually carried through until the diamond body is created. For those who read that while scratching your head this is what I mean. The body of light is a more refined and created astral body and the beginning of creating a body that survives past death which can manipulate and exist on any plane: mental, astral or physical. The stages of the light body are as such: Light body-Solar Body-Diamond body. The diamond body is the final and perfected stage in which ones physical form is transmuted into a refined and spiritual body much as Enoch, Jesus, countless buddhist saints and depending on your religion Mary and heck even Moe-hammaed (picture unavailable). Whether any of those people existed and if they did how many achieved the diamond body is all speculation. Regardless nearly every advanced culture has a concept for this work so it seems pretty universal.
Anywho. Basically what this letter does is take slow stagnant energy, brings it to your attention and through that attention allows you to increase the vibration causing it to become a new and more useful trait, power or virtue. So, like I said it is the cosmic letter equivalent of the Philospher's Stone.






At first I was getting disappointed with this cosmic letter, nothing was happening. For two days I focused intensely on all aspects of the letter to no avail. Then I went back and checked my work and notes. I was using the wrong damn tone! I was about two tones too high. If ever you are working on the letters and see no result or a result that is not in line with what Bardon describes (stronger or weaker) it probably means your tone or sound may be off. It may still have a result but it would be like cosmic slang!
Anyway, back to the letter. This letter is quite a material vibration, and expect some deep and potent dream, I even had one nightmare after the akashic level. The akashic level has to do with mastering negative beings. This letter grants you a direct pipeline to the deepest darkest material forces and allows you to "manipulate" their energy and control them. This relates directly to passions (not ooh-la-la passion, the type that imbalances you such as negative character traits...although the ooh-la-la type can be a type of passion if it got out of hand.) I would say that if one worked exclusively with the two cosmic letter A's than one would in no time be a consummate buddhist sage. "A" granting enlightenment and umlaut "A" granting complete control over attachments, desire and passions. In some ways this letter reminds me of the fortune card. The sphinx on the top of the wheel is symbolic of the perfected man having mastered the wheel and no longer trapped by its ups and downs. To say suffering is greatly reduced is an understatement. In some other ways this letter reminds me of some information I received from a elemental earth king on the mastery of the earth element (put in my first book under the alchemy section). This letter certainly grants you a deep understanding of the more material base you that is and frees you from its bindings, or lets you explore them with impunity. Truly one can use this letter to understand completely the material side of life without being taken in and trapped by it.
A minor warning with this letter, watch your breathing. The sensation of deep heaviness can cause you to have a strange breathing pattern which may cause you to lose concentration. Try and get the sensation of deep heaviness and even breathing to match so it does not cause unneeded tension and possibly health issues.






After the first working I immediately noticed a odd flow of consciousness that was quite clear, direct and seemed guided by some outside force. Felt connected to some mind stream which I typically consider "The Cosmic Mind" or what most call God. This letter creates a clarity of thought and focus that even stays while sleeping. When I would wake up it was as if I was becoming aware of a line of thought that had always been there, behind waking consciousness.
The astral aspect of "Z" brought about many creative idea for my art and ways of doing certain artistic exercises for further creativity.
The physical level brought instant pleasantness and a happiness that felt like it spread to every part of my being. Very nice to have!

Unfortunately I did not have one recollection a any past life or develop any skill or recall any previously learned language from some other life. In other words as far as my mileage goes, this letter does not recall past lives. Either there are no past lives to call up or the letter simply does not do this.
However I think this letter does connect one easily to the Cosmic Mind, which could be used to garner information of the past and connect your mind to any other being in existence, past or present. From my experience with the akashic and mental levels of density with this letter it does just that, and with further work could be used to channel those thoughts directly into your mind, much like downloading a program from the Internet.
So, this was the last Cosmic letter.



I thought a final word on the cosmic letters would be a good idea. It would allow me to some up my practice and offer you some of the lessons I learned while beginning this work.
1. Most likely you will not master all the letters: Possibly you could. Most likely not. I do not think Bardon meant for you to sit and master each letter in all planes. That would be like going to college, getting degree in every possible major, and then getting masters in each major and finally going into the field and being the leader in each and every field. One should work on each letter, adapt their being to each in order to become a more perfect human being but in the end--at best--my guess is you will master about 10 or so letters over a lifetime. Don't be disappointed! Each letter imparts wonderful powers and abilities. You should pick a few that really call to you and a few that challenge you. Once you get to formula magic, if you mastered only 10 letters eventually you will have over 10x10x10x10 different formulas you can work (akashic, mental, astral and physical). That is 10,000 formulas available to you!
2. When working with the letters: Do not just meditate on the letters, become the letters. Typically, I would first spend a day meditating on the letter and its analogies. The next I would attempt to fully BE that letter. Make your entire consciousness emulate and personify the essence of the letter. The following days would be deepening that experience and placing them in the respective body parts.
3. Don't be afraid to use the letters: While working on the letters don't just try to understand them, USE them. This goes along with part two. Becoming the letter and willing it to transform your being in accordance with the letter is part of the work. Otherwise you work with the letters will be dull and stagnant. We are not making a butterfly collection; we are trying to transform ourselves! If you have previously made elemental finger rituals, enhance them when working with a cosmic letter that corresponds to the ritual.
4. Keep your balance: Give yourself breaks, do the elemental balancing exercise Bardon gives in which you fill the appropriate body region. Heck, do the LBRP! Anything that minimizes the dross and enhances your balance should be done regularly. As well as long walks, living life and having a good time. Do not be a kabbalistic hermit. No one likes those.
5. Bardon is a worry wart: MOST of his warnings and cautions are designed to scare off the wary. Which, the wary should be scared off. However, do not sweat it if you are dedicated to advancement and personal evolution. This is your bread and butter and do not let a damn thing scare you off your path, your better than that! That being said, make haste slowly. Do not go charging in and blow your mind. There are some powerful forces at work within these letters and they can alter the shape of reality and your very being. Take your time and remember the above tip 4. If you keep your balance and progress in a pace that is healthy for you everything will be kosher (kabbala-kosher, lol, sorry could not help it.)
6. Keep a journal!!!: This should be 1 but ah, well. Seriously would you travel across country with no map? Not likely (a TomTom counts too damnit, don't be smart with me!) Your journal keeps you in contact with your self before and during the work. You can look back and see what you have done as well as make decisions about what to do next. Seriously, the magic police will check if you have a journal and they will be so peeved if you ignore my advice. Honestly, I told them to check.
7. I am not an authority: You are. Do the work, study the letters check your work and know thyself. Whatever I have to say is immensely, nigh infinitely less important than your own personal experience. Two people can study light; one will see waves the other particles. Both are right. Think of what I wrote and even what Bardon wrote as the following: California is more west than Colorado. That really does not tell you much, correct? However if you are driving and see Colorado, you know, a little further west lies California. I could talk all day about my experiences growing up and my life. While you may relate to a few experiences in a general way and a fewer still in the same way you can never fully experience my life just as I cannot fully experience yours. Only you can do that. As our revered Pope Bob says "You are your own infallible Pope in the domain of you."
8. Have some bloody fun!: Use the cosmic letters to get laid, change the weather, have a vision, a dream, and help with the finances. That is the only way you will get better with them or have a chance at mastering one. Do something with them that gets you excited, experiment, play, DOIT! All praise the goddess named DOIT!!!!!
9. If you plan on working the letters: If you are serious about doing the work here is a plan to begin and work:
a. Spend 6 months to a year studying what Bardon wrote on the letters, make notes, correspondences and get a notebook where each letter and all its attributes and aspects is easy to read and review. Study this and what he writes on the formulas to get an idea of what each does.
b. Make sure before you begin that you can access and work with your mental, astral and especially the akashic state of awareness while simultaneously aware of all of these bodies.
c. Make sure you can meditate without distraction for at least 15 solid minutes.
d. Make sure you can visualize a color, sound, feeling and analogies all at the same time. If you cannot do this with ease, train to do so until you can before doing the work.
e. Once that is all complete start with A and keep on trucking. This is my method of work, you may develop your own:
· Enter akasha, become the letter and use all aspects of color, sound, feeling and analogies (laws-numbers 1-10)
· When that is good and strong meditate on what is like to be that letter, letting that fill the universe
· Stop the meditation and read the material Bardon gives on each level of density.
· The next day focus on the mental. Stop and read analogies for mental and formulas with that letter.
· The next day: do astral, read analogies and meditate on your character and traits and how they may or may not already have aspects of that letter.
· The next day do physical, place in the relevant body areas. Also place in food and drink for that day.
Doing that for a few of the letters will develop the needed skills for you to shorten that process down to around three days. Doing akashic-mental on day one, astral day two and physical day 3. That is my method. Feel free to come up with your own. It should take close to 6 months for you to go through the 1-letter key. Any faster and you may not develop the proper associations. After that take a few weeks to a month break to let all of those associations sink deep into the unconscious. From there start working on the two letter key using the letters you plan on mastering.
Well that is all I think I have a right to say. So, what is next for me? I plan on doing some evocations, some more writing, art, a little more undoing myself, start up a ceremonial magic group, become an immortal spirit being, and then come back to the cosmic letters and create a glyph for each one for personal work (Using the information in my upcoming book "The Book of Power".) I won't write about that due to the personal nature of the work, hell, writing what I have so far would be in bad taste to some mages. But who gives two flying….any who, you guys have a good one. More blogs on my crazy magical adventures to come!
Thanks for reading and all the comments, questions and patience you gave me. If this helps just one magician on their path I feel beyond honored.

Cosmic Letter E

This is the first cosmic letter that no one should have any trouble pronouncing properly. It is also the first letter in the series to deal with the akasha. Again, if you have not completed "Initiation into Hermetics" up to step 8 or a similar program (like my book) than you really should not be doing these letters at all, much less this one. Where as the letter D could cause some trouble do to its potency and others perceptions of that force in you, this letter could cause some extreme disturbances in your consciousness due to the nature of akasha within you.
7-30-07 8:44pm- 9:00pm
My surroundings vanish and my body melts away after pronouncing the letter. I experimented with the proper tone finding it by going up from my lowest pronunciation to my highest. A deep resonating tone produced a brilliant flash of the dark violet color ascribed to the letter. The color of dark violet and the feeling of penetration were quite strong.
7-31-07 11:30am-11: 45am
Meditated on omni-consciousness while in depth point. Then drew the letter into mental, astral and physical from akasha by meditating on each body. Almost like creating a feeling of radiation that becomes more condensed and focused on each level. Although the overall force diminishes I wanted a sense of how it manifests to each body and the effects thereof.
8-1-07 9:03am-9: 35am
Meditated on attributes and analogies of "E" in each body after pronouncing it in each from the akasha principle or depth point. From akasha this letter creates an omni-consciousness or cosmic awareness. In other words all things are as one within your mind. The mental level brings about a sense of neither time nor space like akashic awareness; again without time or space we are all one thing. Then in the astral one brings about the manifestation of sound which is (for those who know charkas) the sense ruled by akasha. You're beginning the manifestation process. Then finally the physical world, by bringing from no-time/space down to time-space you are able to manifest all things. That sounds quite vague but that is the nature of trying to convey cosmic forces. Another way of putting it, "D" is the moment just prior to creation. "E" is creation complete and whole yet undifferentiated or still as one. Creation with no time. Another analogy, which is rather easier to understand I hope, is this: An un-played CD. When you put the CD in to play one song manifests from the whole, yet the others are all there waiting to be heard. There is an order and the CD holds all of these potential songs ready to manifest to your ears.
8-1-07 9:50pm – 10:15pm
I have always found it amusing that after dealing with akashic energies it takes me a few minutes to remember how to write letters and words. Typically after a meditation on a letter I will re-read Bardon's writings on that letter and then journalize. After using "E" it is difficult to read or write due to letters making absolutely no sense at all.
For my work during this time I meditated on the physical aspect of "E" this placed me in a deep akashic trance. I then placed letter into head and meditated on it there. Later that night after practice all boundaries of self vanished and were completely voided out. I could feel that I had the ability to enter any mind or form whatsoever with perfect ease and completely understand it.
8-2-07 9:30 –9:50am
After using the letter in all four states of being I enter a deep consciousness, my mind empties, the soul enlarges and the body is negated. I can manifest self or refine and ethereal-ize my *self* on a whim. Like switching polarity or flipping a light switch. It then came to me a way of manifesting through the akasha or dematerializing through it by such a polarity that unfortunately I cannot share (some things must be taught by experience and not words). My time sense is lost with this letter. Typically I can feel about how much time I have been meditating without a clock. With this letter time seems stretched or condensed to a fantastic degree. What feels like a minute could have been fifteen, what felt like an hour only a minute. Now and then some of the other letters will produce this state but not nearly as extensive as this letter does. Placed letter into spinal column.
8/2-8/3
As usual before I fall asleep I practice the letter and usually I do not mention it here unless something unusual happens. I dreamt that I descended from a larger room down a white bone like tube. At the bottom of this tube a tropical paradise and several electrical outlets. I plugged in a new electrical cord into the outlet and the whole structure lit up like a Christmas tree. I awoke knowing it was time to move on to the letter "F".

Cosmic Letter D

The cosmic letter D is quite potent. For fear of misuse I will not describe the attributes of this letter for those of you reading or wandering the net. If you have the book you know what the attributes are. Call it keeping a good conscience for myself. Something I would like to mention is Kryias. In yoga practice one gets a Kryia due to energetic blockages along psychic centers or nerve paths. The energy meets the block and burns it up causing the body to jump or move on its own. If you have not done the proper work and get to much energy through your system typically you have a mental breakdown or worse. If you have done your work and just have some minor blocks then you get a Kryia. This letter caused me to have a BUNCH of Kryias. The power is fiery and intense and I feel has a direct link to kundalini energy. This is one reason why I will not describe the attributes. I have done A LOT of energy work and energy clearing in my system and this letter found stuff I had no idea of. So be careful with this one!

7-24-07 10:50 pm – 11: 05pm
This letter had a calming effect even for all its potency. I kept getting the image of pre-big bang energy. D is that force ready to "let there be". It creates a strong laser like focus that corresponds nicely to that power ready to spring to life.

7-25-07 10:45pm – 11: 30 pm
This letter is all about desire and the primal urge to create. It affects the "I" due to the desiring to exist. It has a movement towards sexual expression and desire. If one existed seconds before the big bang and felt the build up and excitement of everything to come you would find the expression of this letter. Another way to put it is the moment between a man and woman were the desire is highest; the mystery to a peak and the first kiss that leads to sexual union is a second away. Take the energy from that couple, condense it down into a spark and throw it in gasoline! Another image came to mind: a great and powerful king, subtle and wise about to make the first move of a chess piece but already seeing the check-mate. It seems funny for me but verses from Genesis keep coming to mind and I now see how they correspond to certain cosmic letters. I would say that this letter is a must for the creative power needed to work kabbalisticlly.

7-26-07 10:16pm – 10:30 pm
This letter is influencing the essence of the program. This is how it affects the "I" as well as seeds. One can create a brand new program or re-program through use of this letter. By transforming the essential "I" of a being you influence creation.

7-27-07 10:06am- 10:30am
From creation to the "I" to love/erotic energy to physical fertility these are all bound together from lofty divine power down to our physical reality. Focused on all three bodies and the effects the letter has in each. Condensed into legs. Noticed I had a bunch of Kryias, if one never purified energy system or worked with creative forces before they would have a rough ride!

7-27/28 –07 11:30pm – 12:00pm
Experienced so many intuitions on the kabalistic numbers-birth-creation and cell formation that I could easily fill a book. This is all then connected before my eyes to the "I", erotic love, and seeds. This was all so very clear it amazed me. Condensed energy into appropriate regions felt the energy quite strongly. Kryias clearing up.

7-28-07 10:00am – 10:15am
Called letter into all three bodies from akasha and meditated on their attributes. Everything went well, no Kryias. Moving on.



I found it quite funny that two people mentioned love magic work during my practice with "D". With both of them it was quite out of the blue: "Can you do love magic work?" Thought that was interesting.

Cosmic Letter C

As I mentioned last time the letter C is a little tricky to pronounce. If you say "C" you are really pronouncing "Sea". What should be done is put the tip of your tongue on your slightly open teeth and pronounce "ts" real quick. It should almost sound like "S" put when done properly it will be a true "C". Practice it by making an S sound, which is done with the teeth closed and tongue not touching the teeth. You will hear the difference. The letter C is a vermilion color, has a feeling of warmth and lightness and its number is 9.

7-18-07 9:37pm-9: 50pm
Practice as usual, which means focused on all three aspects of being (physical, astral and mental then entered depth point or personal akasha) and then pronounced letter physically bringing all aspects of letter together through concentration. Meditated in each on the attributes of the letter. I then meditated on the highest divine light manifesting as a diamond upon speaking the letter. All aspects of letter came together easily and without any trouble.

Note: during bed, after I had charged tea and cigarette. I was practicing letter while in bed. It came to me that this letter is perfect for the practice of "The Golden Flower" technique that Jung wrote on and that I described in my book. After repeating the letter a few times I tried drawing in light from my third eye into my loins. After a few minutes I then brought up the light that was now mixed with sexual energy into the brain. Immediately after I noticed I could see the entire room in bright vivid colors. I easily left my body as simply as thinking about it. All the objects and walls in the room were vivid multi-colored and LSD like. If you have ever seen gasoline mixed in water and the rainbow colors it produces this is exactly what I saw on all things. I stayed out exploring this for some time until I decided it was time to go back to bed. Truly outstanding imagery as it was the most powerful OBE I have ever had..

7-19-07 10:00 am –10:15 am
Spoke letter as per above. Meditated on alchemical transformations of base materials from dung into gold to man into a divine being. Focused intensely on color, tone, feel and number.

7-20-07 12:15 am- 1:00 am
Usual practice. Condensed dynamically into head and stomach. Spent rest of time meditating in akasha on letter.

7-22-07 12:00am- 12:30 am
Took two days off. My sister got married. Usual practice. Experienced a vision of "Jacob's Ladder". This letter draws spirit down to matter and raises matter to spirit.

7-23-07 6:59am – 7:15 am
Meditated on how this letter grants one the power to create or transform the essence of matter. Imagined gaining and being the power of this letter. Repeated letter several times in a physical voice. The letter was quite potent within and around me.

7-23-07 10:50pm –11:00 pm
Connected with the divine essence of C (akashic meditation). Meditated on how it ennobles matter and brings the divine down into a form. The potent direct fire balanced with the calm lightness of air. Put outside of my body and condensed into a spark. Breathed the spark in slowly. Then banished by intention and saying the letter.

I enjoyed working with the letter C. It is a letter that really works on the astral body quite strongly. My experience with the Golden Flower after chanting the letter C interested me a great deal. If and when you decide to work with C make sure to try out the Golden Flower exercise. As much as I enjoyed working with C, I pretty much mastered it the first night. The rest was just trying to deepen the dynamics of it. Now the next letter D is a little more fun and mysterious. So far each time I practiced it and re-read what Bardon says I see new information in the text I did not "see" before. As most anyone who has read Bardon can tell you while practicing the exercises it is almost as if Bardon has the ability to sneak information into his books that can only be read after you have done some of the work. Until then!

Cosmic Letter B

If you say baseball or boy and take off the rest of the word except for the B, that is how B is pronounced. It is a very powerful letter that I learned the hard way should not be practiced the first time late at night. Here are my experiences with B.

7-12-07 10:28pm-10: 40pm
Realization (I define a realization as something beyond knowledge of a fact. It is realized when experienced. In other words you know tigers have sharp teeth and claws. You truly realize this when one attacks you.) that all matter is instilled with divine life, otherwise it would not exist. All things are alive. Then meditated on polarity (+/-) in all forms. This letter came quite quickly and manifested easily. Note: I could not sleep until 2 am. Intuition was incredible as something kept bugging me to get up and check something. Sure enough it was correct. The life force within this letter is incredible!

7-15-07 4:55pm-5: 15pm
Took some time to make sure energies from 7-12 are completely assimilated. Also was commissioned to create a talisman. Back to work. Realization: The friction of polarity is what causes life to be. Life force is only possible because the universe ranges back and forth between the poles. I then meditated in each body on the powers and attributes of B. Loaded legs and right eye.

7-16-07 8:50am-9: 30am
Focused more on divine life force within this letter. How it would feel to be a divine being having dominion over the +/-. I realize that the very power of volting is within this letter. If one blended the electric and magnetic fluids together as one force this would be the letter B. The profound intuition comes from being connected to all life through this letter. It is something akin to mother's intuition. Dynimized letter in legs and right eye. Could see the color vividly radiating out.

7-16-07 10:50pm-11: 15pm
Focused on the powers given by letter in each body. Then placed in room and breathed force in. note: usually after practice I will enjoy some tea and a cigarette charged with the letter (I typically practice the letter before going to sleep as well but do not journalize it.). As I was enjoying both the cig and tea all of a sudden the physical vanished from my sight and all I could see was pure energy flowing everywhere, making everything. I could not see objects except for their energy. Everything appeared as an ocean of pure light. Reminded me of an experience I had several for several days after a lunar eclipse a couple years back. By willing it I could return the physical vision, almost as if it was the harder one to see!

7-17-07 6:08pm-6: 30pm
Allowed vision to come to represent letter: A divine man and Woman in a cone of power creating all things. B is the matrix and web of life in which love and will intermingle and create all things.
Condensed in legs then R. eye, eventually returned energy to body. Sat and experienced letter for some time. Received impressions and knowings that are impossible to relay for they are without words. As if downloading information to be released or opened at some other time. The experience is similar to seeing a stranger who looks familiar although you do not know why. You know it with no conscious knowledge.

7-18-07 12:50am -1:30am
Called in a dynamic charge of B by repeating letter many times. Condensed into legs and eye. Meditated on attributes.

After working with B for several days I found it just as easy as A to call up even in the beginning. The color, tone, feel and kabbalistic key give it vivid life and power. For those wondering which key belongs to which letter A was 1 and B is 2 (duality). Basically I am doing each letter several times just to see what experiences come out of it as well as memorizing all aspects of the letter so as to not have to refer back later on. It is shocking how easy a letter comes! On to letter C! C is pronounced like "ts" almost like tsk, tsk, tsk!



Until next week gang!!

Cosmic Letter A

The first Key practice works on the akashic level of the letter. What one is trying to do is tie in the sense concentration with the divine attributes of each letter. When Bardon says you must connect each letter's attributes together that is what he means. You do not have to memorize each attribute on the mental, astral, and physical level. By connecting the color, tone, feel and divine attribute on the akashic level you are programming your mind to make this connection and eventually do it at a moments notice. ALSO, the practice on the akashic level filters down through the mental, astral and physical levels over time transforming your inner and outer essence to that of the letter. In other words (for the letter A) by speaking the letter in the akasha and meditating on the divine nature of wisdom, the highest illumination and the purity of all ideas, these energies will manifest in you—depending on your development and character—in certain ways. If you wanted a certain trait from the letter than you focus on the appropriate body, speak the letter there and program that energy to manifest that trait. Now that we have that covered let us move on to my journal.

7-6-07 11:30pm-12:05pm
Using this letter creates the sensation of airy vastness as if I was the dome of the sky. The light of divinity easily shines through me and there is no ignorance or "clouds" to block this light from the "Earth" or material realm. My physical body is light and desires to float away. As spacey as this may sound my awareness is razor sharp as if it is a powerful wind that could devastate all that opposed its path. I sense that my curiosity and questioning nature are enhanced and refined. Each time I repeat the letter the response grows more potent and my mind clearer. I sit in amazement at how easily the qualities of the letter produce this sensation, synchronize and cause the power to become real.

7-7-07 11:10pm-11: 30pm
Letter became very strong; I created an even better connection with it. Allowed letter to work in each body and manifest, as it likes. The letter A is the divine origin of all talents, abilities, the vital breath and learning. It is understanding and the air element in divine form. Allowed akashic fundamental attributes to unfold in my awareness. I feel so wonderful after these sessions!

7-8-07 3:15pm-3: 55 pm
A storm happened to be going on before and during meditation, I swear it was not me! Focused specifically on wisdom and enlightenment as the main attributes. Brought energy down into chest region then eventually the lungs. Asked for a personification of this letter from my unconscious mind. A wise old monk with long white hair and beard appeared before me. Spoke to him about what enlightenment and wisdom were. I quote him " When one is connected to the divine intellect, one cannot help but to be free of ignorance and know truth. One becomes a conduit for wisdom. One personifies the divine intelligence." This letter comes very easy now; in an instant speaking "A" produces all qualities associated with it. Allowed a vision of the letter to come to me. It was very clear and vivid.
"A boat at sea, still and awaiting the wind. Shakespeare, trying to find the perfect words for a play. Both of these things originate in the same divine breath. Raphael appears and we speak the letter A without pause as we float up into a pure consciousness of light. I dissolve into this Cosmic mind as it chants the letter A into all of the universe. I then float down returning to the Bard writing finally, then the boat sailing, having caught a wind." The vision ends.

7-9-07 10:45pm-11: 02pm
Began condensing A into a tiny point, increasing the dynamics. Tension is quite strong. Connect with King Solomon and his wisdom in the akasha. Then entered the Buddha's experience of everyone being asleep but himself. Then meditated on each analogy in each body and how the letter would produce that attribute. Quickly went through each attribute and imagined I possessed in NOW. Pronounced letter several times
Increasing dynamics.

7-10-07 10:10am-11:00am
Focused on how letter A affects the elemental makeup of aspect of the astral body. It gives reason to will/illumination to awareness (fire). Gives pure thoughts to intellect (air). Gives insight into emotion (water). Creates a purer consciousness (earth). I then "grounded" the letter A's divine awareness through the bodies and locked it in to the physical by focusing on the bones, skin, muscle and breath. Spent time rolling the attributes of A in my mind and then repeated several times the letter until all was A.

7-11-07 2:00pm-2: 45pm
Focused on letter's divine connection. Imagined my mind as a vast, open and endless sky. Became the sky and tried to think as an infinite divine mind. From this perspective all the attributes of the letter are natural. Meditated on how letter effects each world. Later that night practiced for an hour (11-12am) on only the divine intellect.

As we grow older it feels as if we see more of the world. I have often symbolized this in my mind as a lotus flower opening slowly in the head allowing one to perceive more. This letter is the means by which that lotus flower opens. It banishes ignorance and makes one more internally aware. One becomes more capable of picking up outside and inside information. The letter also leaves one in a feeling of complete balance and ease. It is as if you float past all the cares and worries of life, looking down on them as if they were fluffy white clouds. You can control the weather using this letter because your mind and the sky are alike. It becomes natural and easy to do such things because it is you, you control your mind, and your mind is like the sky. One can read these words over and over and get the "idea" of what I am saying. They sound simple and almost obvious or possibly insane to some. However once you "experience" the letter you realize how easy it all is and how these words even complicate the experience.

Crazy Biker

I was off of work and it is fall break so I decided to go to my local art supply house and a local book store. The local art chain supplied me with a pad of drawing paper without incident; however, the local book store which reports holding millions of books did leave me with a story to tell.
I went to take a look at Brian Froud's "Runes of Elfland" because it has many of the concepts I wish to use for my second book. I found it at the end of an aisle and began flipping through the book. Then from the land of sterotypicalness came a biker. Leather jacket, black leather pants, black bandanna with red equilateral crosses, scruffy beard and long hair. I now give you the transcript of this meeting:
Biker: Man! There it is, I have been looking all over for this stuff!
Me: Oh ya?
Biker: Ya man, I see fairies all the time!
Me: (Thinking a gay joke is due any moment) Really?
Biker: Ya, I go to fairy land all the time, they even asked me one time if I would be their king. I see them all the time. At first I thought I was crazy but it kept happening. (me: as if repetition cancels out insanity)
Me: Wow (start looking for the most efficient escape route, I put down the book.). I saw one once.....I was walking in the woods and there it was a few feet away...it was about this tall (I bend down as if to pet a small dog)
Biker: (he bends down and shows the height of the ones he sees which are a good foot taller then the one I showed him) So you saw a gnome?
Me: Ya, scruffy beard, real dark. (I keep the fact to my self that I too have seen plenty of fairy creatures, none of which were on bourbon street. I did not want to excite the guy to much just give a relevant story)

Biker: Wow man, cool. I even had a fairy come to me in bed at night, she would leave vampire bite marks and bruises. My wife did not know what to think. I just woke up one night and the fairy was on top of me and I just said "All right, lets go!"
Me: (Again assessing which way would be the best route to get away.) Man, that is a good way to get your wife mad at you!
Biker:Ya, you know there are many ways to get into fairy land. I want to know more about them.
Me: Ya.There is a lot out there we don't even know about.
Biker: Not to many people believe in fairies, it is a shame.
Me:Ya that's pretty crazy huh. (I think this was a Freudian slip and when I realized the words crazy came out of my mouth I hoped he did not catch on)
Biker: Ya man, I want to meet more of them and try and get into their world some more.
Me: uh-huh, that would be cool!
Me: Well, it was good talking to you man, later!
Biker: Ok dude, you too!

Now when I had first walked in to check out the art section this guy was in the kama sutra section. I don't know if he was intrested in learning secret love making techniques for his fairy girl-friend or what. I don't know why I passed such judgement on the guy, but he just seemed so out of it. Really, all he could have wanted was some validation for his weird experiences and was telling the truth. I know how the fay can make things seem so strange that even you think you are going crazy. I don't know, I guess it was the just forthright manner in which he proclaimed their desire to make him king of the fairies. Which they could have done! Who the hell knows, really.
I will forever look at bikers in a new light.

IIH walkthrough

Over the past month or so I had a couple people ask me about the work of Franz Bardon's Initiation into Hermetics or IIH from here on out. These are tough questions to answer to be honest with you. I have found through the few years I worked on the exercises, that there are many ways one can go about these steps each as individual as the person. So I try and choose my words very carefully, to say the wrong answer is to rob someone the opportunity of self discovery and eventually self mastery! A heavy burden indeed. Now for those unfamiliar with Franz's works I wrote a blog some time back about IIH and Bardon. In a nutshell Franz's wrote a book which attempts to teach the initiate from the bottom up how to become a master magician. At the time it was an amazing work because most occult manuals were not as clear or as explanatory as his was. Still to this day I would say it is possibly the most complete and certainly a very valuable system to work. He simply goes into detail about so many exercises and bridges them together to make a system that with a little creativity and a lot of dedication will bring you a long way.

So why am I wasting your time talking about this today? Well kids I have decided to give a overview and suggestions for each step in IIH. I will respect the copyright info of Bardon and Merkur publishing by not divulging the actual exercises, but I will give general advice and suggestions as well as my personal thoughts on what is going on in each step.

If you think this is not your cup of tea, well ignore the next 11 blogs I write. You may wish to stick around, you never know where you might find a gem or two even if you do not work Bardon's system. It truly does have many aspects that are useful within any system; which, I think was the real purpose of Sir Franz Bardon.

So this is your warning, over the next few weeks expect Theory, speculation and a Bardon centered way of thinking. In other words ***LOOK OUT... OPINIONS ARE COMING YOUR WAY!!!***
Opinions are not facts or make something someway. I may not even agree with the opinions I state in my current view of life and the occult, however I will approach it from a Franz Bardon memmetic structure. If you disagree, good, fine, excellent. I just ask you consider it in a intelligent manner and ask your self "Is this of value?" "Does this help me in some way?" "Would this be a more effective or less effective view than one I currently have?" and finally for those of you working IIH...."Should I do what he says or make my own way through this?" And that is the most important consideration to ponder on.

So, the next blog we shall begin. Hope you will come along. It is on it's way!


Theory section IIH pt.2


Bardon gives 14 subjects in his theory section. Each one should be read, re-read, meditated on and then read again for even beginning practice. Not for memorization purposes but in order to get a good idea of what each concept has to do with magic, self and the world. Bardon is giving a working model of the universe from which the student can order and catogorize nearly anything in the universe.
The elemental section is truly wonderful, to this day I still map out things in my head by the elements. Once one understands the elements and how they effect the person or universe it seems as if one can truly understand nearly every occurance presented to you. I sometimes think of "The Matrix" in which the elements and what is "encoded" in each elemental attribute appears like the green computer script cascading down everything, giving it form and function. Magic is knowing the script and transforming it to fit your intent, manipulating the code.
Karma is one of the things Bardon speaks on. He does a good job of making one consider what Karma really is. In essence it boils down to cause and effect. You cause an effect, that is karma. Every cause creates an effect. He also leaves off my invoking the readers common sense and logic in the matter. In other words he is asking you to truly consider what cause/effect-karma is. Another importnat thing he mentions is that development is under cause/effect. This is important for the student about to under take the work of IIH. William Mistelle puts it real well when he says that working the Bardon system draws all of the lifes Karma in a small amount of time. Consider this, IIH *causes* the initiate to experience and deal wth an entire lifes deeds so they can evolve or develop into something higher. Starting IIH is like saying to the universe "Hit me!". Trust me, you get tested and things fly at you as fast as you work the system. Divine Providence wants to make sure you are prepared to be what you want to be. Do not take that anthropamorphism to seriously, in truth you are just putting your spiritual development on high. So the things that would have occured to you in 10 years time happen in 1 or 2 years. You either stand and deliver or falter. I will talk more on this later and the personal effects it causes someone on the path.
Bardon also goes into diet and asceticism (harsh treatment of the body, fasting, inflicting pain on ones self) he really does well here in banishing ignorance and deplorable practices to ones self as un-needed and unreasonable. He basiclly states to treat your self well, and keep yourself healthy. Now, a fast or selective diet can be a good thing in moderation. I have fasted and it taught me many things about myself and body. Bardon was reputed of having only eaten differently for one operation and it was not a long time either. This would seem to stem from the idea that man is to be a reflection of the divine and of the universe. If this is true there is no need to inflict torments or pain on the body, it should be cared for and treated with respect "as a brother" I beleive he states somewhere in that section.
Truth, Religion & God. Possibly my favorites in the theory section. Truth he points out is an individual thing which should necer be thrust upon another unprepared or unwanting to hear your version or perceptions. These exercises will open up vistas of reality and about life that few ever consider or even give a rats donkey about! But to you they will seem like collosal things which should be shared with every man, woman and child. To state it simply, to impart the truth on one who is unwilling or not ready is like lying to them. To share turths with fellows and peers can be a great blessing. In this same vain Bardon treats Religion. Whatever you view as the highest, purest and greatest is for you the image of divine. Again what is it to try and convert another to your image of the divine? We look upon the same mystery and come out of it with different perspectives, neither false to ones development but awesome and wonderful to our own selves. It behooves no one to convert or coherse another to believe what we do, in truth this is the same as the truth section but valuable for focusing on this one dimension of life.


I must again state the value of contemplation and re-reading the Theory section. It illuminates a great deal on what one is going to do later as well as a key for understanding whatever problem is in front of the initiate.

Once one has gotten a thourogh understanding of the Theory section it is time to move on to the practice of Step 1.
But before this one should at the cover of IIH. Bardon claims this is the true first key of the tarot "The Magician". It is of course different from nearly other representation of the 1st card of the Tarot. However, it is a valauble key to ponder and meditate on. If one is conversant with Yoga then they will see some intresting images or hermeticist will see a powerful image of the universe. Either way I suggest a sort of controlled day dream in which one steps into the card and speaks with a person or image within the card. This does much in discovering your inner thoughts about the work ahead as well as your current magical development.

Well thats all for the theory section, I may bring up things from the theory section later on but that is another time.





IIH part 3 step 1

We now begin the actual practice of IIH. One of the earliest goofs in practice is the idea that the three sections are to be completed one after the other. For each and every step the spirit, soul and body exercises are to be worked on simultaneously. Now, within each section of spirit, soul and body they have subsections which must be completed by succesion. This is a very wonderful idea Bardon used. Each aspect of your being must be trained and developed or one will lag behind and eventually bring down the whole. Below I break down each section.

Spirit

The exercises here begin the long glorious work of controling your thoughts. Or, as I like to think of it quieting the monkey in front of the cave. Let us say you were trying to enter the cave of insight but they had a boulder in front of it. Next to the boulder sat a wild monkey. As you attempted to open the cave the monkey goes nuts! It chatters, it screams, it dances, anything to get your attention away from moving that boulder and on the scared little monkey. These exercises teach you how to gag that annoying little oaf and get to moving that boulder.
Do not think that once you have succeded in each of the sub section of thought control that you may put them on the way side and forget them! Use these exercises any chance you can. They pay off later on in step 5 and in step 8 and beyond with evocation.
Thought Control is the watching or silent observation of thought. This exercise disengages the initiate from the thoughts they are recieving. Thats right I said recieving. In truth your real mind is empty and void, silent. Depending on your elemental makeup as well as your development you will recieve thoughts from the mental plane of a certain type and order. An analogy would be a radio. Depending on your channel you have set determines the information it will play. You may balk at this idea but I ask you only to practice the exercises and see for your self.


Thought discipline is to be used all the time. Here Bardon wants you to keep your thoughts on the things you are doing. From work, school, home, recreation, even day dreaming! Keep your mind in order. Now relaxation and recreation are important, you should set some time aside just to let the mind wander and play. As long as you are in charge of when it does that, all is well. Now once you get pretty good at that Bardon asks that you retain a single thought in your mind. This in truth can be a train of thought or any concept which you desire. One simply focuses in on the concept and represses or denies any thought not in some way related to the original chosen. If you do not know what to pick, guess what? The theory section is full of things on which to focus on! Just pick a theory, focus on the material and allow the thoughts to come. Unless of course the thoughts that come are about your laundry or bananas (damn monkey).

Vacancy of mind is the clearing of all thoughts. When one enters this state it is rather profound. There are varying layers to this state as well. At first you will attain a sense that you are holding the thoughts off, as if locked outside a door. Then the monkey gets a little tired and fewer thoughts show up. Finally you think no thoughts for several minutes (oh shit I just thought, damit it, again, crap, agh!!!!) That monkey is sneaky my friends, watch out! Eventully you attai na state where no "thoughts" come at all. Then, you percieve the coming of thoughts, you sense them like Spider Man senses bad guys. These are pre-thoughts. They are powerful yet subtle things which you should learn about and spend time with before delving deeper into Vacany of Mind or VOM as we Bardonist say when we get together and hobknob. These pre-thoughts will teach you much about the nature of mind and perception. Don't dilly daddle to long, rmemeber the real point is to be vacant of all thought. When you finally reach this state be prepared to experience true peace and clarity. This will last long after the exercise is done with and you will have powerful intuitions about life, nature and people from this.

The SOUL
In this section we take a long hard look at our selves. This section is especially aided by the exercises in thought control due to the fact you are really begininng to look within yourself possibly more than ever before. Bardon asks that we list every defect, fault, sin, weakness and failing in every possibly manner it appears. My gods, that hurts! Trust me go buy some Blue Bell ice cream or whatever treat you like and after each session give your self some love when you have moments of cruel, cold clairity about your self. If we were just rolling in our own mud then I would say to hell with this! However, this exercise is beyond valuable. From this you will attain a self knowing that builds a potent force within. What if Superman never realized Kryptonite could kill him? He would not do to well. Hell he might even have a kryptonite earing and just thing he was a sickly normal guy. But no, he stays away from kryptonite and because of this he has super-human power. Now I am not saying once you get rid of your faults you can fly and bend steel, or even date journalist who always seem to get in trouble, All I am saying is we gain power just by knowing what our faults are!
We also gather together all of our strengths, talents, abilities, and good qualities. This can be harder than the faults sometimes. We so shy away from what makes us sepcial and wonderful because we think we will embarass our selves or people will think we are to "pridefull". Be honest, take a good clear look at what makes you wonderful and what makes you foul.
We now catogorize each trait into a elemental heading. This can be difficult if you have not really studied the theory section and meditated on what the elemental qualities are.
Now you may wonder why Fuhrer Bardon would be so cruel as to make you do this, what the hell does this have to do with magic anyway? Well kids the more positive and balanced your astral and mental bodies are the more balanced and healthy your physical body will become, the easier it will be to control the elements, to do the senses exercise, to control volts, to percieve and work with spirits, to invoke divinity, to meditate, shoot, to just be a more effective human being!
Don't fret, I have up my sleeve an ace that will help you banish those negative attributes and develop your positive aspects in a effective and easier way. But that is another step ;-)

The BODY
This section covers valuable exercise which will keep you active and full of life energy. It also alludes to the magic of the eucharist or transmutating your food into powerful attributes and qualities. As nearly the whole section is practice and it is pretty straight forward I see no need to waste your eyesight on going over it.

So we come to the end of step 1. Befor emoving on in practice you may wish to really review your notes to see how far you have come and possibly addess some things which you may have looked over. I would again read the theory section with new eyes and return to the image on the front of the book for a daydream meet and greet with all the images inside the tarot card. You may be suprised how much comes to you know compared to before. Heck, give your monkey a banana. Poor bastard is probably worn out.

till part 4, step 2




part 4 IIH step 2

Ok, on to step 2. Bardon starts out with a discussion on auto-suggestion and describes the methods of slipping in commands through the conscious mind into the sub-conscious or unconscious mind ( A term I now disagree with do to reading a few NLP books the sub-conscious is anything but sub or un, heck it may be better than normal consciousness) at any rate I would like to mention a certain thing Bardon does in IIH that the initiate usually does not get until they have completed the exercise. IIH is cyclical. What starts out simple builds in a cycle like fashion getting more complex and deep. To not let the cat out of the bag I will make off hand comments so those really looking may find them. Here is my first and maybe last obvious hint: read secrets of the subconscious in step 2 and then flip a few pages to step 5. Now there is a building up between those two sections but compare how what you may be doing in step 2 will be in some way related to step 5 and even further in step 6 spirit section. Back to suggestion. As you will read a little later in the spirit section I do not think *forcing* a suggestion is the best way to go. The more conscious attention you place on the suggestion the less it enters your subconscious. Suggestion does not mean beating down the door. Gently, passively slide it under the crack in the door. If lava cannot go through a rock it goes around it, eventually wearing it down and melting it, adding the mass to its power. Moving on.

Spirit
This is most likely the trickest section you will come to. Once you get past this one you will figure out what these sections are all about. Here Bardon starts teaching us to build up our senses. Imagining this or that, sight, sound, feel, taste, smell. If you don't realize what section you are in and superficially read the things he is saying you may just spend a lifetime developing these skills. Thankfully you are in the spirit section, in other words you are suppose to ***mentally**** see,hear,smell, feel and taste these things. They will not appear in HD color and sound quality. In fact if you have the same quality of experience as a day dream it may be to *advanced* for this exercise. He is not rying to get you to effect the astral or physical planes here, he is trying to get you to imagine it in your mind! Remember your only in step 2 here folks!
I have found that in stead of forcing something to appear in your mind it is better to *allow* it to come. In whatever way you find best *suggest* to yourself the sense you are working on is to come by itself. If you find it difficult to single out a single sense let it come naturally the way it will at first. Then try focusing on the single sense more and more until it stands alone. Now do not count the dual or triple sense experience in your alloted time amout for success. Do not be afraid to experience and play with the exercises. Remember Bardon is only giving you what is required to move on, he is not dictating *how* you get there or if you want to go the extra mile.

Soul
eeek! Possibly the most frightening and most desired section to skip. Do not fret! Read this section carefully, he does not want you to be a perfect angel at the end of this step! He wants you to work on your most vile problems which will bring your elemental equlibrium into balance. So let us say for the sake of simplicity you have the following problems: fire:15 water: 20 air:16 earth:17. where do we start? Well find the ones that effect you the most, and the most seriously. Water in this example would probably be the place to go. Try and bring it down to only 15 problems. Next earth, bring that down to 15, fianlly airbring that down to 15. You now are equilized in your black soul mirror! Now do the same thing but in reverse for your white soul mirror. Create qualities which you desire to strengthen or create and develop them.Once that is done guess what: technically you could move on! That is all Bardon is saying. Of course you will have to keep at them for the rest of your development, but for now that is enough to move on! Now before I told you I had an ace up my sleeve for this section. Here it is: http://www.emofree.com/LearnEFT.htm
Go there and download their free PDF which they will send to your email. I swear to you me and a friend of mine who practices Yoga, as well as having completed up to step 6 of Bardon 3 years ago both used this and it works wonders. It will not work for all of your problems, it will however destroy attachements and negative thought patterns as well as emotional control over many problems. It can even work in reverse (something you will understand after reading it) building stronger traits within you. Trust me, would I steer you wrong? Not only does it do all that but it helps you rate the emotional (read astral) potence of that trait within you.
Again many may wonder why they have to be balanced to do magic or rid themselves of negative qualities. I direct you to the theory of chakras and the blockages within them. My much-in-the-future book "The Book of Godforms" will have some extremely powerful exercises which not only banish these qualities but give you command over them to transform you into a god.Bardon in a different manner does the same thing here.

Body
This section describes vital energy breath or at least the preliminary exercise of working with vital energy and body control. The breathing exercises for banishing qualities are quite excellent, definitely try them out and work diligently on them, adding emofree to the breathing exercise will create a significant transformation of your character. The breathing exercise is good for developing good qualities as well. Body control is something which you should place the highest value on. Spartans did extensive body control methods and they developed tremendous will power from that. As a teenager I learned some of their exercises and implimented them to learn patience and control of my mind and body. Let me tell you they pay off. Once completed you see how powerful a strong will can be and you develop a great self confidence as well as self awarness. It really pays off.
Bardon speaks on picking an asana. Any will do. If you can get into those wild poses of the yogi's then by all means do it. The egyptian pose will do quite well. It may be advantageous to also look up some mudras or hand locking positions as well, if you like.

Well thats it for this step! One question which always comes up which I failed to put into the step 1 blog is how long on average do these steps take. A couple years back Rawn Clark did a questionnaire on that exact question. here is the link, download the zip: http://www.abardoncompanion.com/Question/Links.html
Now you should never really think of this as a race. It is your development, your progress, there is no need to rush. There will never be some Bardon competition in which Bardonist from all over the world compete to see who can load an object with vital energy or an element the fastest or who can make the best volts. Won't happen. We as westerners have this time=money program which makes us want to do it and do it fast. Stop. Just do it well, this is the art of making yourself.
On average I would say it can take one person about 3-4 years to work every step. You will have some that go faster, some slower. I saw someone fly through it in a year only to take a signifigant amout of time on one of the final steps.
And to answer the final question possibly on some of your minds, what step am I on? Hahahaha. I will tell you this. For it is quite nebulous. I meet all the criteria for step 8, some of step 9 and 10 as well. I am no longer working the exact order which Bardon has given. I have tailored my own method, which sticks fairly close to his. You may even see how 8,9 and 10 sort of blend together as well. That should suffice I think







IIH step 3 (part5)

Step three starts with another introduction about the four pillars of magic. Bardon's words here are really inspiring and ring true. There is one in paticular which I would like to speak on and maybe try and sound like a hypocrite for. Silence. Silence is a powerful magical key which few really delve into or use properly. Bardon uses a certain phrase I will share here " Silence is might! The more you keep silent about your experiences and knowledge without seperating yourself from humanity, the more you will recieve a fountain of knowledge from this source." I will say this, he is not pulling your leg. When used properly you will discover something welling up within you, a power or feeling that begins to slip in certain knowings or inspirations. It is quite strange, as if some power source within is only activated by keeping your trap shut. Now this does not mean not talking to your magical brothers and sisters about magic or helping those on the path. This is not throwing your pearls before swine. This is also quite helpful when times are intolerant of magical workers. If you think that does not apply today then just realize a few decades back China decided it would banish the old ways and enter a new world, it killed and placed people in prison for such things as knowing how to make bows in the old way. Those who practiced tai chi got the same cold treatment. So am I a hypocrite for preaching silence? In some ways yes. All things have a place and time I guess will be my excuse.

Spirit
Here again we practice exercises which develop our senses. Now instead of simple one sense exercises we go on two dual senses with eyes first closed and then open. Again these are done in the mind, however they should have your total attention. In other words your surroundings will not be the focus, your imaginings will. Now the eyes open eyes closed can present a minor problem, to overcome this adjust the lighting in your room with an oil lamp. Eventually raise the lighting to the point where you can just turn on the electric lighting and still imagine just as well.
As Bardon says these exercises are very important later on. For magics that require complete focus as well as developed senses. I have found playing around with this exercise is fun way to really master the practice. I would sometimes have coffee at a bookstore while having an imaginary conversation fully imagined in my head with various mythological creatures. Transform people you are talking to into other things or people using your imagination. You will be suprised how long it holds and how easy it is once you make it fun! Bardon recommends 5 mins and then you can move on. I trained in the fun method and would sometimes go for 25 minutes forgetting the time. This gave me more time to play around with the elemental breathing exercises.

Soul
Bardon gives the warning that if you have not balanced out your astral mirrors you will cause great harm to yourself. This is true. I learned this lesson in my days of practicing a certain form of tai chi called "Ling Kong Jing" or translated "the empty force". Basiclly it develops a strong charge of earth energy. This caused me an extreme decrease in sex drive, bouts of depression and meloncolly (and shit I am a capricorn already folks, do the math). After three years of practice I gave it up (I had started out only to do it for three years as an experiment) Luckily I discovered the lbrp and some other exercises that balanced me out a bit more. So be warned, take him seriously here! These energies start out subtle but grow in power.
For each element one starts out with just a few breaths and eventually working ones way up to no more than fourty. You are not to do any yogic breathing or paranayama type breath holding. As you normally breathe in a relaxed state should be the same as you breathe here. There ar numerous little tricks one could come up with here to make the exercises more potent but start out as he says to. One thing one can do right away is two take the element in physical form and place it before you, meditating on that for a while, tocuhing it if possible, smelling it and just really taking it in. For air I reccomend finding some light steam to let pass through your fingers. For fire a warm room or outside on a summer day, for water go dive in the ocean or a pool and just sink down. For earth if possible go into a cave, if not a cave play in the dirt, work with clay, rocks and wood. Really get an internal sense for each element as singular as possible. Also during the seasons or in daily life try and figure out what element rules the situation or day. This will take you a long way to mastering these exercises. Also do not be afraid to use the tattvas.

Body
Vital energy! I tell you what folks I probably spent way to much time in step 3 just because I found it so powerful and varied in energy work and development. Your not suppose to have a favorite step but this was mine at the time. I really got into vital energy in a big way. That along with the element work I was doing really kept my blood oxygenated lol! I think I remember finally having to move on when a good friend (the one who does yoga) asked if I was *still* on step 3. The other two steps took me about 2 months each and this one was going about three to four months if I remember correctly. If that does not seem long to you just consider I was doing about an hour or two a day on exercises and possibly an hour or two on study everyday except one day a week I took off (which sometimes meant I only did one hour exercises) as well as having done previous magic work and tons of meditation. The Ling Kong Jing exercises required an *average* student to *stand* in a horse riding stance with harms held up to the sides for *at least* 1 hour!!! Oh, and I almost forgot, you had to have a vacancy of thought for that hour, followed by a sitting exercise for another half hour...EVERYDAY .Sometimes, and it was considered better if you did : twice a day! And I did that crazy shit for three years! So if I went a little fast it was because I had some of these things down already. There may be exercises for you which you breeze through, thats fine, just make sure you have it down. Just rmemeber the average step is only going to take you about 3 months anyway unless you have NEVER done any magical training what-so-ever. Then you can add a month or two to that estimate, or not. So anyway.....where was I, oh right, the body and vital energy. Just remember to keep up on previous exercise of body control, thought control as well as elemental soul mirror work.

Before moving on guess what you should do? That's right moonpie (hehe sorry Laura had to steal it) re-read the Theory section!

Till monday !




(part 5) Step 4 of IIH

Ok, step 4 is another awesome step which really goes a long way in expanding the students views on the universe as well as themselves.
Bardon reminds the student not to rush as well as to make sure *every* exercise which has gone before this one has been completed. By now one should have a praxis of most of the theory section and a new understanding of self, the elements and the world around themself.

Spirit
The spirit section is all about transffering the consciousness of the initiate into objects, living beings and people. Remember this is just the consciousness and not your soul. You will most likely not get astral or emotional responses of any real order with these exercises. Again I had a lot of fun with these practices. I learned much about what consitutes consciousness and where consciousness resides in all things.
At first and for that matter some time, one is only *observing* the thoughts of the subject. They are not influencing them! Can you see why step 1 thought control is so vital in this step? Especially the vacany of mind, it allows you to silence your thoughts and simply observe the inner workings of other minds. Make a list of ascending order of things and people you wish to explore mentally. Don't go for people already passed on, at least for now, wait till you master the akasha to do that. This step also prepares one for the akasha in the next step. I leave it to the dilegent studnet to realize how through practice as some things just cannot be conveyed in words.
Bardon leaves off with a warning about evil practices with this exercise. It is possible to steal the mind of another individual and even steal the body of another if one masters this practice. However, if one wants success here one should enter this practice with a sense of higher love and learning, without which would cause many problems and blocks to the practice. Once mastered though one's experiements can broaden. There is a story of yogi's using a similar method to trnafer their minds when near death to another body, animal or human (eventually human though). Aparently the mystery to this practice is sealed in the sacred sound "HUM". I will leave it at that.

Soul
Here we begin to accumulate the elements into th ebody and then condense or compress that element into a specific body part. This is a powerful practice that should be done with care and attention to your astral equlibrium. It also will bring your body into a new level of vitality and health.
The secret to doing this exercise is to place ones focus or consciousness into that body area and *allow* the energy to go there. The energy will follow your intent. Simply focus your intent in that body part and it will flow there! No need to strain or force the energy, it will just flow like water.
Bardon then describes a meditation which will really improve your astral senses, abilities and health. In essence one places the element within their appropriate body section. I find doing this while meditating on how that area is related in physiology as well as symboliclly is a very good starting meditation. This meditation should be done at first (in my opinion) every other day, then once a week. You will notcie many positive things from this practice! I cannot praise it enough.



Body
Bardon speaks on deepening the exercises spoken of before and one should do so. He then goes on to creating rituals for the elements. In other words when you enact the ritual the element projects as needed. One could use mudras, ones own creation or the method Bardon describes. I find that a silent intonation is good for mental projection, a whisper for astral and physical element projection should be signalled by a speaking voice. This will come in handy later as one does evocation where when calling the spirit to one of the three spheres one will mentally call, then astrally-whisper, and physically call-summon to the physical plane. This will provide that mental program now which will develop into a powerful rite later.

Bardon goes on to describe the various rites cults (not the bad cults necessarilly, magical lodges in other words) use in order to manipulate the elements. In other words all these books published today which give the rituals used in their lodges are the same thing one can use to project the elements. That is why I suggest mudras because they have been around for thousands of years and are geared to such thoughts as magical uses or elemental dispositions.
Now a secret method for creating your own rituals! First draw a tremendous amount of vital energy within ones body. Then accumulate it within the hand gesture (which should symbolically represent the element to *you*!!!) Now simply auto-suggest that when one perform the given exercise the stated result will occur. Next, draw the element into your astral form. Condense the element into the ritual gesture. Now imagine a minature archangel, lemental ruler or god of that element in the gesture. See them in the same pose and performing the same ritual gesture as you are with the desired outcome. Now whisper the formula you have chosen (if you so choose to use that method) and imagine they do the same with the desired effect occuring. Ask them to aid you in this ritual and to empower the rite. Now send the element away with the spirit. Practice, practice, practice!!!! It could take over four-hundred meditations to effect the physical plane automatically with the ritual. In other words one must charge the energetic battery of the ritual before it becomes effective.
Another secret method!!!!- This is the one I give in my book, one I discovered long after I did this exercise and worked the rituals here. Stay quite some time filled with the element you wish to master with a ritual. Try to fix in your mind every detail of how this energy is experienced. Now banish the element. Try simply by re-creating the experience you had while you were filled with the element. Repeat. I find this is a much more quick and easier method to work with and still follows the basic schemata of what Bardon intended. Eventually and quickly one just imagines the element into the body and wa-la done!!! This exercise can even grow stronger over time, when one begin evocation/invocation. Meging with a spirit or god will create an even more potent energetic signature to work with and re-create through ones imaginings!

I know, I know, I am too good to you ;-) lol.
See you tommorow!



(part6) Step 5 of IIH

Spirit
In this step we learn how to move our minds or spirits into the center point of any object. This brings about a powerful trance state as well as affording us a means to load an object with whatever energy substance or intent we desire. This is accomplished due to the idea that the center point is the origin or the central matrix from which the physical object is created around. It is the program nexus or central control for the entire object or being. If this practice is mastered one could "re-write" the very nature of the object (this would be done once one masters step 10 and merges with divinity). The dis-placement of your mind to the central point brings on a powerful trance. It centers the mind within the body which allows a deeper meditation to unfold. I have also found that if one simply focuses on the center point while drawing elements or energies into the body one finds the concentration of that energy is stronger and it is easier to fill the body with that energy.

Soul
This section deals with further mastering the elements. Now we learn how to form them and control their shape when condensed. This is a very valuable exercise for further works in Bardon and in magic. Later when we condense the elements into fluid condensers or magical items one will need all the training from this section behind them and mastered. Also for creating elementries (something that if you read my blod a while back I had a tough time doing) this section is invaluable. One seperates condensing elements into shapes and creating elementries? What I have discovered from my own mistakes is that intent is always key, and not overdoing intent. In this step we just play with the elements as a child plays with clay. Later we inject intent into that energy to give it a drive or motivational force akin to Freud's Id (without all the different desires, just the one you give, and if allowed to exist to long self preservation) If one fills or thinks of to many intents then those intents compete with each other and cause the elementry to fail.
This step is also fun because you finally get a chance to prove these energies are not all in your head. I love the exercise where you transform the water's taste through the elements. Be careful though I found out that filling water with an element too much can cause the drinker to experience strong sense hallucinations. I once filled a glass of water with way to much fire energy and the drinker later on thought she saw someone walking in her house. The excess fire energy stimulated her psychic vision (fire=light=vision) which temporarily caused her to see things. Just a warning (great, now everyone will be drinking water to hallucinate lol)

Body
Another fun section! Here we begin to use vital energy and the air element to move our fingers and hands. I have seen a few people (ok, myself included) trying to move other peoples fingers and hands with this exercise. Good luck, it is difficult. First off if you do this to yourself you accept what is going on. Another may be afraid, apprehensive or just try to counter your efforts in a test of wills-- and more often than not they will succeed. Just worry about moving your own fingers and hand for now, play elemental games later when you have plenty of experience and free time. This practice leads you to automatic writing and drawing as well as working with your guru or if you like HGA. This is where I finally started chatting with my HGA and learned many things. Be warned if you focus to much or crave a certain answer (even subconsciously) than this exercise will fail.
The main reason for this exercise beyond your first glimpses of other worldly beings is very important for evocation. Here we learn *once again* the value of VOM and observing your thoughts. By not focusing on a certain thought or desire and allowing other impressions to come in from else where you learn a most valuable skill in learning how to *hear* spirits. Without this preliminary step one would interject and contaminate the messages with ones own thoughts.
A good way to see if you are up to par for this exercise is to go speak with many different types of people. Just listen!!!!! Do not interupt them or wander off in your thoughts. For every occasion you do wander off or interject your opinion realize that if that was an evocation you would have just contaminated your message. Seriously, go try it.
Eventually, at the end of this step if one really goes to town and does what is required and then some you will be able to eventually set up a mental dialoge with you HGA or guru on a normal basis. You will learn their *way* of speaking and be able to use that in your daily life to answer questions or succeed in other ways. Also the more you work with your "guide" the more potent they become in your sphere of operation. After a few weeks my wife one time commented after an automatic writing session that I must have burned incense because it smelled so nice in the room. I had not burned insence it was my HGA.

Before moving on I would stress that you should have your elements in check and balanced. There should be no major conflicts within your elemental attributes or imbalances. If that is the case you should double time your work and get them under control. If not master of your elements than the next step will be very difficult if not impossible. You do not need to be perfect yet (lol) but balance is a must.

until tommorow gentle readers.


(part 7) Step 6 of IIH

We are now on step 6 of Initiation into Hermetics. Bardon introduces this step with a plea to be sure that before you start this step you should have of course mastered all previous steps. That is not to say that you should be able to turn water to wine, throw fire balls or other such amazing feats. A simple review of what he requires shows you that at no time does he expect that level of "mastery".

Spirit
We begin this step with a deep meditation and pondering of the will, intellect, feeling and consciousness; their elemental residence and the fact that these belong to the spirit. One is required to understand in what ways these qualities are within the spirit, and they are then reflected or surrounded by their astral and physical counterparts.
We then practice the very intresting exercise of being conscious that the spirit lives within the soul or astral body and that both of these reside within the physical body. This can be a little tougher. In fact I think bardon is forcing the bodies into this mold instead of the initiate realizing that it is this way. Let me explain. I can easily feel my mind and spirit *within* and *around* the body. It is mu *opinion* that Bardon is doing the reverse, forcing the finer bodies within the course body. I am not saying to ignore what Bardon says here, I thought I should bring my experience to the table and let you experiment and decide for yourself. At the very least practice his method for a time and see what is gained or benifits you recieve from the practice. Later on in higher steps it does become quite useful especially in projecting the mental and physical bodies out. It also increases the over all dynamics of the magician because the magus has trained themself in being effective on all three planes at the same time. There is much more to this practice and the student would be well to delve deeply into study, meditation and practice in this step until it is mastered and comfortable.

Soul
This is a powerful practice here as well. If one has mastered the elements as one should up to this point then be prepared for some dramatic transformations in your life. If you have lagged behind in practice be prepared for trouble. This practice draws etheric energy(akasha) into the initiates soul. This along with the idea that one is master of the elements will create within you the ability to manipulate the elements as a child plays with toys. Both me and another practitioner marvled at how easy elemental exercises are when this step is completed. one can literally enter the akasha and simply command an element be loaded in a certain place, in a certain strength and whatever other desires one has for that element. It is master control of the elements. In fact entering the akasha and focusing on any cause or idea given enough willpower and faith will cause the event to happen. It may take longer than some other forms of magic such as evocation, but their is less collateral strangeness (sometimes evocation can cause strange experiences as reality shifts to conform to your will by way of the spirit) and it happens it a much more long lasting way.
The akasha has its dangers though! Be warned daydreaming or drifiting off into sleep is not recommended in the akasha. I don't know how familiar most of you are with my famous duck story, regardless here it is. One day I had a long day and was tired. I had to practice my exercises and I was working with the akasha. For some reason I drifited off in thought. For whatever reason I began to think about a duck. Well I began to transform into a duck, first mentally and I had begun to transform astrally. Luckily the astral is difficult to change and holds our very personality. Something deep down in my self-dom cried out to "wake up" and I did. Re-affirming my humanity and my personality. I still wonder to this day if I would have actually turned into a duck( Imagine my wifes suprise as she opened the door and saw a yellow duck on the bed, and no husband!)

Body
Here you have graduated the body to no longer need further training. Bardon gives experiments which may be undertaken to master furhter magics later on. Namely elementry creation and what goes into accidentally created elementries, such as phantoms and schemata as well as larvae. Some light reading on Alexandra David-Neel would give you about the same info and a nice story to go along with it. I recommend trying a few of these experiements but remember they are not required. One can simply spend more time developing themselves further in previous exericses.





At this point the magician will most certainly look at the world in such a way he will feel a stranger in a strange land. You will understand inner motivations of yourself to such a degree that looking at others allows you a window into their soul, a window to see their greatness and desparity. You even at this point wield the power to manipulate their very soul and decisions. You will see the world in grander, broader terms. No longer black and white but a million shades and ecstatic colors. Worst of all you may feel supremely lonely. Few on earth understand where you are at now, even your brothers in magic may not glimpse some of the sublime qualities you are just now begining to see. Even if you broke silence and told them it only widens the gap between you and humanity. I think around this time most of us will go through a dark night of the soul, if not here, then a good chance of having it at step 8. That is why having your soul mirror in order is so vital! If you enter here with more darkness than light and little control over yourself you may be lucky and go through a deep depression. Not so lucky some minor insanity. Not so lucky, well you could turn into a duck.
My advice is re-affirm your humanity every chance you get. Have fun, enjoy life and those around you in it. If not ask yourself why do this work anyway?




(part 8) Step 7 of IIH

Spirit
This section delves once again into the spirit working within the other bodies. Now we begin developing the spirit through previous exercises to strengthen certain attributes within ourselves. Now we are getting to the "perfection" zone. What is perfection for a human being? It is getting rid of all the bullshit in your life which bogs you down. Whatever denies you the ability to be in the here and now, what so ever clouds our vision of reality, prevents us from being who we truly are. Humanistic psychology would best define the terms of human perfection. Once we have banished all that keeps us from becoming who we really are or self actualizing than we are on the path of perfection. Your not trying to be holier than thou or a friggin saint. You are on the path of becoming ***YOU***. Take a while and ponder what that means (which should have been done in the soul mirror section). Anyway in this step we focus on raising our elemental attributes in our spirit to a balanced self actualized whole. Your feelings should be equal to your willpower, your intellect should be on par with your feelings, and your willpower should be balanced with your intellect. Now the exercises you should do to raise or balance off these qualities are the ones you have done in previous steps. These practices let us say for intellect would be meditating on sound for a period of time. This in itself does not grant you a astounding intellect. It develops your ability ***to learn*** and think. It is not like one day while practicing astral/spiritual listening a PHd is confered upon you. So, just keep that in mind.


Soul
In this section Bardon gives you several practices which develop your astral senses to a awesome degree. For each sense he gives you a formula which you can produce and use as a catalyist for further development. These formulas do not in themselves grant you astounding astral senses, they just help. One should have already come along way in their work with the senses. Now Bardon is a little tricky here when it comes to the actual practice. He tells you how to make the formula, where to put it and then a meditation to proceed with. The meditation will usually deal with an element or aspect of the element and then simply you focusing on how your astral sense is developing. While this is all well and good, it really is a piss poor way of testing your development. I discovered after a few sessions of doing as Bardon says one should jump right back into the sense exercises one did in previous steps. I had tremendous jumps in skill once I started doing that. This is when you may even "wow" yourself with how vivid you can create these astral scenes. It is truly amazing at times.
Oh, one of the ingredients is chamomile and another is eyebright for clairvoyance. I found eyebright at GNC for improved vision and chamomile at walmart in the tea section. Just a heads up.
One other practice I did on my own on this step was to at bed time draw in a decent amount of an element and condense it into the area you wish to develop. It should be a strong radiating presence. Now go to sleep. Not only will you have powerful dreams using that sense but it develops that sense a great deal. Just be sure to banish the element and at first do this once a week for each until you are sure you can handle the accumulation.

Body
Here Bardon goes into the creation of the elementals and tulpas he spoke of in the previous step. He gives many methods of development and creation of each as well as their eventual destruction.
If you have some free time one thing extra you can practice is transfering your consciousness through the akasha into people you believe have elemental makeups you would like to develop. Let us say for willpower you pick a karate master who can brake concrete. Just enter their consciousness and examine their elemental make up, especially fire. Really pay attention to how their fire element feels and what thoughts arise from them. Stay in their element for a while until you think you have a good grasp of their firey nature. Now return to your mind and see if you can re-produce that aspect within yourself through your imagination. Keep at it and see what develops.



(part 9) step 8 of IIH

On to step 8. This is a very involved step and in this step begins the possibility of bridging out to Bardon's other two works "The Practice of Magical Evocation" as well as "The Key to the True Kabbalah". One will not finish "The Key.." until one completes IIH in step 10. So, in reality one could spend quite a while on this step.

Spirit
In this step we learn mental projection, or mental wandering. Bardon tells us that we should begin by studying ourselves in a mirror and memorize our image. This is a good way to start off. By mentally seeing your image outside your self it brings you one step closer to projection. Now simply transfer your consciousness into that image. If you are up on all your exercises this should not be difficult at all. One then observes their surroundings. You will most likely notice that your surroundings are different. This because it is a mental journey. A magician named Ophiel wrote a book in which he gives steps to astral projection, in it he tells you to memorize your surroundings, or memorize a path to an item which you have studied and "imagine" that journey from the comfort of your bed. Repeating this over and over will eventually cause you to project. So, for example sit in your bed. Now rise up and taking your time examine the room. Now walk over to an item. Pick it up, play with it, feel it, see if it makes noise, so on and so forth, really study it. Now go back and lay down. Imagine that you rise, seeing all that you saw and imagine repeating everything you just did. Eventually you will begin to notice the imagery becomes more and more vivid. One day you will just pop out. Continued work will bring even more vivid experiences. Just keep at it, when you succeed it is quite exciting!
Bardon goes on describing what is required next, which is of course extending the time you are out as well as traveling through time and space in your mental body. Remember, you are in the spirit section! Your are not astrally projecting just yet.

Soul
Bardon prefaces this step with a petition to the student to be sure they are of course prepared for this step, and that they will know this readiness by the fruit of living in the *now*. Dreaming about the past or future will waste your energy and create causes within the akasha that you may not like. At this point in your development, dwelling on things which cannot be helped is quite dangerous. In truth a magician at this level if depressed can create powerful forces of negativity to be unleased about him/her. So it is important to live in the now. If you remember what I said in my last blog this step can be dangerous for those who have not completely worked out their soul mirror. At this stage the inititate should be and know their true selves and have banished all traits which are not of that nature or cause negativity within themselves.
Moving on, Bardon describes working with the two fluids, the electric and magnetic. These two potent forces blend together to make the elements and all of creation. They are in truth two divine forces! Bardon gives two methods each for working with these energies and they should be practiced with great care and attention. Follow his directions carefully and do not rush!!!! These powers can be almost addictive in their use. They have a energy which can only be described through poetry. The electric fluid is as powerful as a burning sun and all that power is within your body. The magnetic fluid is as deep and influential as the sea or a thousand lovers and you to will control that force. Be safe!
Once mastered these two forces can heal, create powerful magical charges, destroy, manipulate, in truth they can do anything and only the gods can deny them, if they can!

Body
In this step we learn the uses of magical mirrors and other tools we can use to explore the magical universe and help us in our magics. This section is another reason why this step can take a year or more! Of course one does not have to do all these things, they are experiements that will aid in the students learning and experience. Truly it is up to the student to progress here as they will and decide what they wish to do. I am still on this step like I told you before, but have worked on several other exercises in the next two steps. I was deeply intrested in evocation and working with spirits. At this time I am almost done with my experiments and will msot likely begin the Bardon exercises where I left off.
You will see a certain bridging of step 9 into step 10. That is no mistake, one needs only look at the basic idea of the practice compared to the tree of life. It is like going from Hochma to Kether. One is nearing god-hood. Now in my time playing in step 8 and dabbling in a great deal of practices of step 9 and 10 I took a long time in deciding what things I will do in step 10 once I got there. I would also recommend that you take a considerable amount of time reading over the next two steps and see where they go, how they connect and what you plan to do in them. They are not as laid out as the previous steps and should be considered a great deal.
So, the next two blogs about step 9 and 10 will be from the standpoint of what I have learned while doing some of the exercises as well as my plan for attack if you will, on step 10.
Until tommorow!





(part 10) Step 9 of IIH

Step 9's introduction discusses the weaknesses of other systems development of astral senses, namely clairvoyance. Bardon states that since most practices develop the senses by force (staring at a mirror, black ink, coffee, etc...) they create an imbalance in the elements leading to disease of the eyes, nervous disorders and the like. One should think on this. By forcing an astral sense and not letting it develop naturally there are in a sense stunting the true development of their abilities. An example of this would be teaching a child to be potty trained to young or to old. It creates a fixation which may lead to character flaws later in life and minor traumas. One should allow ones self time and be patient with your development. Never force what is not ready!

Spirit
Bardon goes into the step by step processes of using the magic mirror in a variety of situations. If you can delve in depth which each practice. In this lies the secrets of the universe and allows you to glimpse where you will. At this time I am profiecent at reading the nearby astral plane and the spirit(s) that reside there. I can do this with great vividness, with or without a mirror. I have had my visions tesdted with another magician in the room and we both were able to see the same things in detail with no distortion. Now, viewing else where, I need some work there. That will be my next endeavor I plan on conquering. Bardon also mentions loading magic mirrors with elements, fluids and vital energy. This is a great practice which I have experiemented with frequently for a couple years now. One simply loads the mirror (from oneself if it is only to affect yourself, from the outside to affect others) with the desired trait and intent. The mirror then "reflects" that energy outward. This is wonderful to use in your home for health, peace or other things you may desire.


Soul
Here Bardon relates his way to astrally project. As I said in the previous blog mental projection will enventually develop into astral projection. One should experiemnt as they will to see if they prefer this method or to simply continue their previous practice. One thing Bardon mentions is of course the astral cord. I have never seen such a thing, however there are what Huna practitioners call "aka cords" to everything one touches in some form or the other. This I have seen. Whether or not this is what Bardon relates to as well as other writers is up to you.
Another very intresting thing Bardon brings up is how your physical body and astral body have a semi-elastic energy bond. Over time and perseverance one can stretch the astral cord further with each attempt, loosening the tight grip between your soul and body. Without which you would not get very far. I have experienced this to a decent degree. It is as if there really is a froce binding the body to soul and over time it does stretch. As always check your results before subscribing.
The next part of the astral section calls for you to develop and incorporate the 4 divine attributes within yourself. This is done, of course, as with all these exercises with the elements. As he says deep and penetrating meditation is called for with these qualities. I have come up with two methods of attack here. 1. If you so choose, working with the four archangels of the quarters to a great extent with develop these divine qualities within your mind. I recommend calling them and simply asking them to meditate with you on the quality you seek. This is a tract told to me by Sandalphon when I evoked her and asked her this.
2. If archangels are not your cup of tea, one could simply create four elemental tulpas that appear as elementals and exhibit the qualities you desire. Frequent and deep meditation should be used unti lthey exist in a very real way in the astral. This should take you into step 10 where you could then merge the tulpas together into one for your personal god.
3.Something you come up with.
4.Load your self with the element or the fluids. Meditate on those qualities and that they are transfering those to your astral being.
5. Something you come up with.

Body
Here Bardon goes into how one can load the bodies of the sick with the fluids to heal them. He also goes into the practice of volting. a volt is a combination of the two fluids which when placed into the akasha releases a powerful causation. Truly, at this point once mastered only Divine Providence can dney the magician. I think else where Bardon mentions how Adam and Eve where banished from Eden for the mysteries related to volting and abusing this practice. Now Bardon was a x-tian and he was a magician. Whether he believed the story in the Bible or was making refrence to a symbolic sexual refrence I cannot say. Sex magic and volting can be seen as tied into one another, obviously. Either way it should tell you the high nature of that magic.


You may have noticed that as we have gone from about step 6 that the details get more vauge. This is because at this point the magician is capable of working this stuff out in their own manner and discretion. These blogs are more for consideration of the lower steps and seeing how they tie in and what is important. I wanted to show how earlier steps will be built upon and developed as you progress in a clear manner. Your experiences from step 5 & 6 and of course beyond will be much different than mine. If not then you should take a look at your practice.


One more to go! I will try to either get it out later tonight or some time tommorow.





(part 11) Step 10 of IIH

Bardon once again admonishes us to make sure every bit of our previous training is mastered. If not, he says we should catch up now and be ready to move on. As great as an acomplishment it is to finish this work one should be humble and realize that this is just the first tarot card, The Magician, and that to be a true master we would have to complete the other 20 initiations. That's right IIH is the starting point. Bardon only wrote two other works and wrote a few pages of a third. The rest is supposedly beyond the grasps of humanity. If one considers how many *have* completed this work in it's entirety than that statement does not seem to far fetched. Who knows in another couple hundred years mankind may look at the requirements of IIH and see them as elementry.


Spirit
Here, Bardon gives a wonderfully written and thought provoking section on traveling to the elemental kingdoms. He tells us that we must first skry and view the inhabitants of each sphere before traveling there. Once we have grasped their shape and form we then project our spirits out of our bodies, transform our spirit into the shape and appearance of the elemental and then travel to their kingdom. From there we acquiesce to our surroundings and the energies present. We do not immediately engage the spirits or the surroundings we come upon. This is good advice. When projecting to different astral zones one should allow oneself to adjust to the setting and become comfortable there. Once we are truly ready we will be recognized by the spirits there. Again one should wait for the spirits to acknowledge your presence and speak to you first. This will prove your maturity to them and let them realize your ability and peacable nature. If you do not act according to the elemental worlds guidelines you get booted out, because you do not fit. Just as a fish is not accepted on land (but to be eaten). Just think how you would feel if a spirit showed up in your house and rushed you with questions, if you were master of your domain you would most likely banish it outright. If instead a peaceful being showed up and awaited your approval you would be far more hospitable.
Bardon also speaks on the character of each elemental spirit and it's manner. He also says that the initiate will come to realize that while each elemental is bound to it's element man is a combination of elements along with spirit. In this they will recognize you as a higher being, but also desire that power. You see man has the power within him to make elementals turly immortal. Our spirits are immortal because of ther composite nature, elementals on the other hand being singular live dramaticlly long live but eventually melt back into their element. We as humans hold the key to granting them immortality. One should meditate on this idea and come to their own realizations.

Bardon ends this section with how one should rise up and meet their guru or guardian angel. and speaks on how the mental development of the inititate is now in the guru's hands as well as noting that further spheres should be explored.


Soul
Here Bardon finishes what he spoke on in the previous section on meditating on the four divine attributes. In the previous section he mentions how one should be almost at the point of realization with them and that when this occurs one can move on to this step. He also mentions establishing the personal god.
The personal god is not actually god-head or true divinity. In essence it is the medium one uses to ascend to divinity. True god-head will be found in the ecstatic silence of the akasha and in the light. This exercise is to transform (or finish the transformation) of making the initiate into an avatar or god-man.
Hence, the personal god can be anything symboliclly. A light, a flame, a guru, a symbol, whatever lets you connect the image to god-hood. This is a seemingly easy statement, but for one who has not probed their inner nature or beliefs it will be a great hard-ship. For many x-tian trained minds an old guy in a robe will be the image, but what if you are no longer x-tian? The image is still there, should you use it? That is up to you. There is much to consider in these few simple sentences. I can tell you it does not matter what image you use as the day is long and that it only matters the belief and intent you place in the work that matters. Something inside may not buy it, that is when you need to do some soul searching. What will your personal god look like?
The rest is easy. I guess. One simply brings the four attributes of divinity together into one form and meditates on that. This is done until the image of the divinity can be seen bright and clear before you (hallucination wise, yes). Once that is accomplished one simply imagines that the divine form moves into your body and takes over your soul. You now are filled with the divine attributes and powers. Case closed...or is it?
At the very end of the soul section Bardon mentions communicating with other gods, divinities or higher intelligences. He says that once one can do that he can be effective as god in *every sphere* and not just simply a magician. Thats right, the work continues upward and onward. Rising through the spheres you advance in each domain up to working with the divinities there, from that point you merge with them and become a god in that sphere, and of course more of a potent divine force on earth. See many people have the conception that a god is all powerful and all knowing. Not so! This is a christelmew idea mainly. Gods in nearly every culture were masters over certain domains, with one main god. distant and unintrested above all. What Bardon is getting at is this, you expand your powers and domains by merging with various gods.


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Here Bardon speaks on various powers and abilities one can attain through merging, and mastering of the elements.
More importantly Bardon comes to a unique and powerful conclusion that the imagination is the force called Kundalini! This is something one should really think about. If one knows anything about the hindu myths of kundalini then they will come to value the power of the imagination. I would recommend reading that final little piece of information in IIH several times, letting it sink it.

Well that is it kido's! I had a few little fun things planned but I decided to save them for a rainy day ;-)
Hope you enjoyed my little annotation series. I know I had fun going over my old notes and thinking about the achievements and foilbles that I made going through it. There are many things I left for the inititate to discover while working and by no means was this exhaustive. While I do not think I can ever recommend IIH to any one as it is a massive work and difficult I must say the benifits are quite worth it in the end.

Good magics to you all, thanks for reading!