Sunday, June 17, 2012

Bardon Commentary

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.Opinions are not facts or make something some way. 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. Theory section IIH 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. What is really important about this section and its study is the building of thoughtforms which will assist you in later magics because these thoughtforms build in power and when called upon later in such acts as drawing in one of the elements the work done in studying dilligently in the theory section will cause a stronger mental, then astral and of course eventually physical manifestations. 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. The better understanding of the elements and their operation within you then the better you will understand their workings in the universe. 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 by 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 and God. Possibly my favorites in the theory section. Truth he points out is an individual thing which should never 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 comprehensive understanding of the Theory section it is time to move on to the practice of Step 1.But before this one should look 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. The image is a map of the forces and powers much like a tree of life.Well thats all for the theory section, I may bring up things from the theory section later on but that is another time. IIH 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 repress 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 attain a 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, rememeber 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. Also, once this state is achieved you will experience in a microcosmic way the unity and awe of Kether. 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 begining 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. If you have troubles figuring this out I suggest grabbing a tarot deck and checking out the minors, along with a book on the tarot to tell you the good and ill of each card. This will sort of guide you in the right direction in not only finding your qualities but putting them into their element.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 exercises 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. I will point you in the direction of charging your food and drink with the fundamental attributes of will, intellect, love and consciousness. When doing this work actually FEEL and imagine the power enters the food and that the food actually becomes the attribute, so that you are not drinking a cup of coffee, you are drinking pure LOVE...which is a pretty easy thing to imagine for coffee! So we come to the end of step 1. Before moving on in practice you may wish to really review your notes to see how far you have come and possibly address 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 now compared to before. Heck, give your monkey a banana. Poor bastard is probably worn out. 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, and honestly, I have come to the conclusion that the unconscious is actually the soul, so anytime you see the soul in my work or the unconscious know they equate to the same thing.) 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. The best method I have found is using real will power. Much like before falling to sleep you command yourself to wake at a certain time. If you can achieve that, then using that same ability you can remove the negative soul mirror issues and bring about greater positive ones. 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 too *advanced* for this exercise. He is not trying 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 instead 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. Which brings me to an important point. Bardon is trying to help those that have no order to join, no master or teacher to train them. That is another reason a big focus is on character development, without a master to guide and watch the student it is paramount the student has his development of character carefully watched. Another thing I will say here is that many orders would have one doing rituals in which they imagine or do the sense exercises and train those senses without the initiate directly realizing that is what is being done. Think of The LBRP, all that goes on is a powerful character transforming, imagination working training program. 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 air bring 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: 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. 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: 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? I don’t work on the Bardon program any longer, after step 8 I went along to a system crafted by my own soul and needs. IIH step 3 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 particular 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 are 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 to 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 rememeber 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 re-read the Theory section!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 transfering 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. That is a great way to start by the way, discovering what consciousness is within you, how it moves, grows, shrinks and can stretch beyond the body. Left foot, big toe, I bet before you read that your bog toe on your left foot was not in your consciousness! See how with a thought your consciousness shot down and filled that area? experiment along those lines.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 in 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 diligent studnet to realize how through practice 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 transfer 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 the body 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. During your practice if you cannot imagine the element being drawn in with more power when you draw in a new breath then do not accept that as increase.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.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. One could also use the drawing of pentagrams and tattvas.Bardon goes on to describe the various rites, cults (not the bad cults more like orders, magical lodges in other words) use in order to manipulate the elements. 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, tattvas or pentagrams 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 you 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, elemental 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!!!! Stay 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! 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 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. 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". Pay close attention when reading Bardon, he uses the word initiate for anyone who has not mastered up to step 10, after step 10 one would be a magician. So when he says a magician can do this or that, that is what he means, someone who has mastered all the steps completely. 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 my *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. Consider the body as dense as stone, the soul as fluid and light as water and the mind as free as air, that leaves the divine aspect of the self as a bright flame. 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 when it happens it does so in 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 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. Although I recommend them as they teach powerful lessons on spells and magic work. Although, 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 despair. 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. Very unlucky, 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? 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). In comparison this would be close to Crowley’s True Will. You know your reason for incarnation and you go through life doing your True Will. Not a dream life wher eyou are always right, everyone likes you and you are as sweet as pie, no. Being perfect entails letting your inner light shine out and doing what is right and true within you. You ar eno longer programmed by society, by dogmas, by parents, family, loved ones or friends, you are free. 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. Think of it as gaining the ability to hold thoughts and release them in a perfect way, to understand new concepts and ideas with ease. 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 an aid 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. 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! Another option is to create a Memory Palace where you set up a temple, rooms relating to the elements and spheres. By going through it on a regular basis you will not only mentally, then astrally project you have also created a place to work with the powers of the universe.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 previously in soul mirror steps 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 must learn to 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 was deeply interested in evocation and working with spirits and worked for a couple of years doing so. 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. 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 with each practice. In this lies the secrets of the universe and allows you to glimpse where you will. Bardon also mentions loading magic mirrors with elements, fluids and vital energy. 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 section 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. I believe what is really spoken of though is that there is always some part of you within your body, so in a way it seems as if you are “stretched” out. Now, this is a terrible discription, you do not feel stretched, just very, minutely aware of your body, but mostly aware of your astral body. Bilocation if you will. 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. Again I think what is attempting to be conveyed is this partial in but mostly out experience. Like you are aware of your body at all times even if you are across the universe. What should be sought is lessening the degree of IN as much as possible to accentuate the OUT. 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 recommend starting with calling the archangels and meditating with them on the attributes. Then start with omniconsciousness. Try and imagine being conscious of all things, being the actual consciousness of the universe. This sounds difficult but it is very close to VOM, just expand your consciousness out further and further and eventually you will feel as if you are a great sphere of mind. Then bring in All Love, meditate on how if you are everything then the love you have for yourself is actually the love of all things since you are omniconscious. If you are the consciousness of all things then all thoughts reside within you and are available to you, your mind is as wide and as clear as the blue sky. Finally, if you are conscious of all, love all and can accept all thoughts then all things are you, then it is easy to understand omnipotence, all will is your will, the galaxies spin by your very will for them to do so. Many meditations done on this will lead you to experience them mentally, then in a emotional way.Load your self with the element or the fluids. Meditate on the four qualities and that they are transfering those powers into your astral being. I have recently discovered another method I will be publishing one day soon. 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 deny 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. In my opinion it is a metaphor for the creative power done, the volt was in a snese Eden and the manifestation of the divine will was the Fall into creation or matter. Just my two cents. 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.This is not to say everything learned will be totally different, as an example my magic is very image centric, telesma and the like because I paint and draw. One friend of mine is big into music and to him he uses music and sound as I use art and image, yet another uses yoga meditation and various Tibetian exercises. Each is an individual take on the same system that grew them. You will have your own way because that is what Bardon is, a skeleton frame that you provide the meat and vitallity to. All skeletons look very similar, only the body gives character and shape to what is underneath. You go from Bardonist to insertyournamehereist 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. From experience though this is the main foundation of all magical work, from some of the magical experiences I have had and visions I was given the further steps are additions in training, major techniques that provide greater spiritual advancement and experience. If one compares the Magus card to the first chakra, the High Priestess card to evocation of symbolic, intelligent forces to the second chakra and the third card of kabbalah using the four senses and cosmic forces to create to the stomach chakra then meditation on the other chakras may lead to interesting ideas for you to imagine. I cannot say more due to the promise of silence on the rest. 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. Consider what he says here and the idea of invocation, you will see this is a preliminary step to invocation of dieties. 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 truly 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. For those at a loss for this section I highly recommend the use of pathworking the tree of life with your HGA or guru. 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? Honestly, I recommend early on having an image of a personal god to meditate on, imagine before you during the previous steps and get comfortable with the image. The rest is easy. 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? This process is used to do magic, to do evocations and kabbalah as well as other magics. By doing these exercises on a regular basis you deify the soul and prepare it to meet higher divinities, not created by you.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. This expands your abilities and consciousness to greater degrees and allows the mind, soul and body to channel more power while doing magic. Body 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.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. Good magics to you all, thanks for reading! Next is my commentary for the Practice of Magical Evocation. *************************************************************************** Practice of Magical Evocation Commentary In the introduction Bardon speaks about how difficult it was for anyone seeking magical knowledge. He states that most books were incomplete, bewildering or fragmentary at best. Not only did a budding magician have difficulty finding information but had the threat of pain and torture from religious institutions that wished to stamp out the art of magic. It is also curious that Bardon mentions that magical orders themselves have been responsible for making the study of magic look preposterous and childish. I guess this was in order to keep away the curious and dabbler. Only someone born with a great deal of potential would be discovered and admitted to the order. Sounds like an idea for a novel or movie to me!In IIH Bardon gives a detailed description at the start of the book of what the first tarot card means, from there one can see how the card describes the training an initiate must accomplish. Although placed at the end of the book PME has a description of the second tarot card and its symbolism which I shall jump ahead to and discuss, because I think it belongs at the front of our discussion.The Temple- it represents the microcosm and initiation. In other words the work is done within the initiate as s/he progresses through the spheres and works with the beings. The initiate has support in her work in the four pillars-knowledge, courage, will, and silence. This is also representative of the four letter name of divinity. One must have the knowledge to complete the workings involved with evocation, the courage to stop watching television and only theorizing about magic and doing the work, the will to perform the exercises-call the spirit-move the energies, etc- and the silence to not go blabbing to every idiot you meet on your magical work. The Floor- The black and white marble floor represents the positive and negative activities of the elements-Lawfulness as in the sphere of Jupiter. For those not familiar with these concepts think of the Yin Yang symbol and how all powers and forces within the universe have a purpose and a place. Lots of meditation on the idea relating to how one interacts with various people should be done, think of meeting someone who for whatever reason just rubs you the wrong way. Is this person evil? Sometimes another’s energy just conflicts with our own field and just because this occurs does not mean the other is evil. Another idea I want to express is the idea of pure spirits versus impure. Angels and gods represent pure concepts and ideas, they represent a single power, ideal or concept, where “demons” represent several forces mixed together, think of paints. Angels would be a single color, higher spirits a combination of one or two and demons are usually a mix of at least three to four forces, sometimes seemingly conflicting powers. So consider that when working with various spirits. The Carpet- Divided equally into red and blue which are the electric and magnetic fluids (positive and negative) which the magician must be a master of. A magic circle- which represents a connection with omniconsciousness or infinity. Within the circle is a pentagram of equal length arms showing the magician is completely balanced and in harmony with the universe.The Magicians Attire- The robe is violet representing a bond or connection to divinity and mastery over the akasha. He wields a sword symbolizing victory and the magic wand representing the will.Isis- she sits on a golden throne, she is the priestess holding the two keys and the Book of Wisdom (The Tarot). The magician is male-electric-might-will and the priestess is female-magnetic-intuition-connection with divinity/nature. Notice the constant dualities being repeated.The Altar- Before the altar there are three steps that lead up to it. These represent the mental, astral and physical planes. The altar is a symbol of respect and reverence. In the center of the altar is the triangle representing the tri-dimensional effect of the electric and magnetic fluid (father-mother-son, birth-life-death, past-present-future, black-white-gray, and red-blue-yellow).Censers- The magician has both positive and negative being under his/her control. I would also add as an aid to manifestation the physical plane is made up of positive and negative materials so both are needed to accomplish the materialization. The Mirror- It has seven colors showing the magician has control over all seven spheres and has mentally travelled to each and made contact with the beings there.Now again each of these things is symbolic! In other words one does not have to build a hewn stone temple, grab a raven haired woman and dress her in see through cotton who apparently bugged the crap out of some key maker to make 12 inch keys that open no door, paint four giant phallic pillars four different colors inscribing them with Egyptian hieroglyphs as well as cutting a mirror that appears to be 6 feet wide. I mean if you want to and have the means go right ahead-but doing so does not mean you can evoke spirits! The whole card represents what should take place within the magician. This means:The magician should be a master of the electric and magnetic fluids and all that implies.The magician should have the five elements under control.The magician should have a connection to divinity.The magician needs to make contact with each sphere in order to evoke beings from that sphere.The magician should have a harmonious astral, mental and physical being.Now all of those things give one the right and ability to evoke spirits, hell, spirits will show up and work for you without asking when that happens. You're just that cool a person.Finally, and connected to what I just mentioned above a person must have completed up to step 8 of IIH in order to properly evoke spirits. Why? Because at that point you are all of the things I listed above and you have the ability to project mentally to different spheres and skry. That is why. Otherwise these spirits will take one look at you and see a fifth grader trying to sneak into college. Let me be clear, not all spirits require this and the art of evocation does not either. Bardon requires this to work with the spirits he outlined in this book. The Goetia and other books on evocation out there can and do work with little to no training at all, which can be a bad thing for some people. These spirits expect you to have done the work. Now, if one has progressed spiritually and magically to the same level as step 8 in their own way then that counts as well. Possibly, if one calls these spirits up and the need is great as well as the person being on the path, then the spirit may choose to help out. What Bardon wanted was someone who could handle the powers and energies these spirits produce and work with them as a co-worker, not a supplicant. He wanted magicians who did not *need* to evoke these spirits but did it in a learning capacity and to work faster than normal.So, for all of those people out there who will say-"I evoked a spirit when I was five just because I wanted to and had no idea what I was doing", I say "Maybe, but most likely the communication was poor, you were not in control of the situation and the spirit did not see you as an equal." See where I am going? I evoked spirits before even starting IIH and got results. They were not consistent and the communication was next to nothing. After step eight it is like calling up a friend. Another concept I want to express is once one has achieved the level of maturity that step 8 and above imparts then the initiate-magician is expressing through their being the aspects of creation, they work with the divine, that is when spirits truly will do your will because it is aligned with the will of creation. Even so called evil spirits are workers of creation, they have a place and purpose within creation. When you call them and reflect that creative power and design they will naturally perform their function. When you call them without such an expression then at best you are getting lucky if they do anything for you. If they cause trouble or harm to you it is not because they like doing so, it is because you have called a power that you could not handle, like holding a lightning rod without protection. The lightning is not seeking to do you ill, it is just a force moving and working as it was programmed to do. Chapter 1 Magic In this chapter Bardon speaks about many aspects regarding magic in general. He talks about how over time magicians gave bits of wisdom to the uninitiated public but concealed the true art for the most part. Whether for good or ill this is why so many people have a distorted view of magic today. Bardon also mentions something the average reader would most likely gloss over or not fully understand: magical maturity.Much like physical maturity, magical maturity happens over time and grants certain qualities as one develops. The more mature a person becomes spiritually the more the universe opens up to them. Also, just like physical maturity the higher one ascends the more they realize how little they knew previously. Think of any child. They believe that they know exactly what everything is about and if they don't know they fabricate. As teenagers we believe we have got the world figured out, and even though a teen can look at smaller children and see how much more they think they know they still believe adults are ignorant of "the truth". Again we progress and discover a mature adult settled in their ways and see how they think they know all they need to know and discredit the aged. Rarely does one group look upon themselves and see how little they actually know and seek greater truth and maturity. A sign of great maturity is the deep realization of how low and ignorant one really is compared to the amount of knowledge is out there and having a burning desire to develop as much as possible.Bardon then goes about discussing the 3 classes of magic. Lower magic, Intermediate Magic, and Higher magic. He also discusses "white" magic and "black" magic. What it all boils down to is that magic is based off of universal laws. How one applies those laws makes the classification and not some different force of magic. Black and white magic as Bardon mentions were classes of magic created by religion to banish those they did not agree with. There is no "black" gravity or "white" gravity. There is only situations where you *wish* gravity could be suspended for a bit.Bardon also gives his definition of a sorcerer. Any person who not knowing the laws behind a magical act and who still performs the act is a sorcerer. So say if you are given a magic word or symbol from a book or magician and you don't understand the word or symbol or what brings about the effect, but you apply the magic word or symbol and achieve some result. This is an act of sorcery as per Bardon. I think Bardon is a little too harsh here. That would be like saying those who do not know how to build a car and how a car works is less of a person than those who do know how. I see no problem between those who use technology and may not be aware of the science behind it. So do as you will, but I will reach in to my barrel of salt and take a grain out to go along with what he says here. Finally, for this chapter we will discuss the behavior of a true magician. A magician does not go around trying to be dark and mysterious attempting to seem more potent than one actually is. In contrast a true magician should be able to adapt to any situation and seem to be an average person. Only when someone seeks out magical knowledge or guidance should a magician reveal his true being. So for those who think Criss Angel is a real magician because he shows off all kind of cool tricks…your wrong. They are just tricks which are actually something Bardon mentions. Magic has also been maligned by prestidigitators. Stage magic is not the same as real magic. I'm looking at you David Blaine. PME-commentary Magical Aids Chapters 2-14 I will cover a lot of ground in this blog; over 52 pages will be summarized. To start with I will quote Bardon at the beginning of chapter 2, because he says it so succinctly. Although a true magician can achieve everything with his own powers-which he has earned without any other help as a result of his spiritual maturity during is magical development-it is his choice to make extensive use of ceremonial magic and all the aids that belong to it.Ceremonial magic offers the advantage that, when used continuously and frequently for one and the same operation, effects are produced without making use of one's own powers…All magical aids, every single instrument, are basically mnemonic aids, aiding the magician's consciousness." In essence magical aids take the effort and exertion out of doing magic. It is all pre-charged and awaiting your command to release the magical forces involved. So, how does one charge the magical aids with a particular force, and which aids should one use? I will describe my method of charging in a second but the question on which aids to use is all up to the magician.As Bardon mentioned, each tool is just an aid, a repository for magical force at your best. Are you the type of person who keeps post-it-notes all over the house? Well you may need a few magical aids. If you want to supply the energy for the ritual, during the ritual than you may need far less. It really all depends on you, your personal makeup, how you go about doing things, and if you find supplying large amounts of magical energy each and every time you do a ritual. If you remember in IIH when you did finger rituals to make loading elemental or vital energy easier it is the same. Instead of taking a dozen or so breaths of an element into your self and then directing the force outwards you have a prepared ritual that summons the force immediately to your will. Much easier! Like calling a taxi when you need a ride instead of building a car any time you need to go some where.So, let us describe the process of charging an item with what you need and then we will go through each item and what it needs to be charged with. Then you can decide which items you wish to make and charge for regular use.To charge an item you must first embody as much as possible mentally and even astrally a certain quality. We will use the wand as Bardon did for an example. Let us say you wish to load the wand with "willpower". Take the wand into hand and begin to meditate on what willpower is, what are its qualities and characteristics. Try imagining that you are a being of pure willpower no other attribute is a part of you being. Willpower is a quality of the fire element-hot, powerful and expansive- so you should definitely add that to the meditation. What forces in nature come to mind when you thing of fire or the will? Lava or a volcano, lightning, the sun? Any of those or more will do or all three and more. The key to the meditation is to feel absolutely filled with the essence of willpower. Now, focus on the wand. Try and push all of that energy just called up into the wand. You can either feel all of the energy drain out of you and into the wand or imagine you *are* the wand and the energy is now in there with you. Just extract yourself out after leaving the energy inside. Now just repeat until you are satisfied with the charge.Bardon mentions later on in the section of magic wands that normally it takes 462 times to make a battery of charges strong enough to be effective on the physical plane. He mentions this in KTK as well. This depends on how strong the imagination is and the spiritual maturity of the individual. But it basically breaks down to this, if you want to wave your wand and have instant results on the physical plane you would have to repeat the above loading meditation 462 times or there abouts. Also each time you did so you would have to increase the amount of power. Now do not fret, that is just for physical results. Here is how it breaks down:To be effective in the akasha you must charge it twice.To be effective in the mental plane it must be charged sixty times.To be effective in the astral plane it must be charged four hundred times.And it is cumulative too, so…there is that. But once complete that ritual is now so strong it can immediately change the physical world without any effort on your part. Another way to charge a tool is to just imagine the tool IS the attribute. Do not see a wand or pentacle, see WILL or CONSCIOUSNESS expressed physically. When you pick up the tool it is not a tool but the power or force.Let us now move on to the tools or aids you may wish to use and what ideal they need to be loaded with. For purposes of working in evocation I would recommend charging an item several times for a mental density. Once you begin evocation work you will most likely only be able to call a spirit to the local mental plane so it will be effective there. Over time and many rituals the item will grow in power. Occasional additional charges can never hurt either.Circle-Divinity, one needs to feel as if they have immediate contact with the divine once they stand within the circle. It does not matter what the circle is made of or how it is created. As long as it creates the ideation of divinity.Triangle- As mentioned previously the triangle represents all things three. Bardon mentions it should be point upwards and not lying down. It represents two universal powers (electric and magnetic) united by the base. The will, intellect and feelings-power, lawfulness and life. All thoughts, connections and ideas concerning threes should be meditated upon in connection to the triangle.Censer- Bardon goes off on several tangents while talking about the censer as if he could not make up his mind whether or not it served an actual function or just provided some sort of symbolic key for loading the atmosphere. I would recommend charging two censers. One censer with the electric fluid and the other with the magnetic fluid. Both would then receive the charge that over time their powers would increase and lend the energetic component to manifesting the spirit. Then of course with each ritual one simply loads the atmosphere with the proper color (discussed later).Mirror- The magic mirror is a fantastic tool to use. It provides many more uses than any of the tools mentioned above. A magic mirror does not have to be made of glass either. I made mine from a round piece of wood I picked up at Lowe's. It is a little over a foot long and three inches thick. I drilled four holes in the four "corners" and loaded each with a special fluid condenser of my making (amber and rock crystal mixed with pieces of gold.) I then painted the front in a swirling dark violet and then another swirl of black-violet. Mixing in tiny pieces of amber and rock crystal on the wet surface as I painted. When the paint dried the rocks were sealed in. I then loaded the akasha principle into the mirror with the idea that it connects me to anything I wish to see without space-time getting in the way (akasha is beyond space-time). I have had a few people tell me that looking at it they think it starts to move and swirl. You can load the mirror with any force you like, spherical colors of the planes- white light- astral light (like a bluish flame or gas light). You can make your mirror as you please. Even a good coat of midnight black or a near blue black is good. Make several for different spheres. Do as you will.Lamp- Using color filters on an oil lamp is a great way to load a room's atmosphere with the proper astral mood. I recommend an oil lamp obviously but feel free to experiment. Bardon thinks electrical lighting disturbs the astral sphere making it harder to manifest a spirit. I have never noticed any such thing but you make the call. I would buy some oil for the lamp and charge the oil with electro-magnetic energy (a volt) and then imagine that the light produced by the oil fills the room with a thick astral substance aiding the spirit to manifest.Wands- That's right wands. You can charge many different wands with whatever force you choose. Different elements, spherical energies, the akasha (good for necromancy or Goetic work Bardon says, although as a secret I will reveal probably the best wand to use for the actual Goetic spirits from the famous book is most likely a wand loaded with solar light. One should meditate on why this is so before using it though.), vital energy for healing, the fluids for healing or commanding negative spirits, attributes (such as the will, commanding or domination). All of the many different ways are the same. Simply identify the energy you wish to load, accumulate that energy within yourself through concentration and meditation and load that energy into the wand.Sword- The sword is to be charged with the idea of absolute victory on all planes and spheres. Try to call up the feeling of victory and being unbeatable. Do as you did with the wand and load the sword with this idea. It is very potent against unruly spirits and dark forces. Possibly a meditation of Michael the archangel's sword may be an aid.Miter cap, crown, and headband- Either one of these should be loaded with the idea of spiritual authority and great dignity. Think of the most revered thing you can imagine and load it with that energy.Robe- Bardon recommends a silk robe for protection. I can wholeheartedly agree with the insulating power of silk. Any robe will do though, or as Bardon mentions several robes can be used –one for each sphere. Symbols of protection as well as the idea of protection should be loaded into the fabric of the robe so that it shines with great power on the astral.Belt- The idea of mastery over the elements as well as equilibrium and balance should be meditated on for the belt.Pentacle, Lamen, Seal- The pentacle Bardon states should be charged with the wand to exert the influence of obedience and respect on the spirit when it shown to the being. The seal is made before the evocation and wrapped in silk until needed. While making the seal the magician should meditate on the spirits qualities and attributes as well as the sphere the spirit resides in. He does this as he draws the sigil, thinking in his mind how this sigil is already in connection with the spirit. One should have a connection to divinity at the time to make this the most effective.Now imagine if you will, having to provide all of those energies and do all of those meditations every single time you performed an evocation. You would be exhausted at the end! That is if you could finish it. These tools save time and energy. So, what tools do I use? Depending on the spirit or whether or not I have evoked the spirit before I may use little or no tools at all. But that comes from a few years of doing evocations and experiments in the art. Kind of like an artist who uses certain paints and brushes. When I do use all of my tools they are the following: a wand charged with willpower, my earth pentacle/ seal of Solomon, an oil lamp-I do not use color filters but I have done so in the past. I use a magic mirror on occasion, the one I described above. I also have a "mojo" bag filled with items of power or things that connect my mind to magic. I "borrowed" this idea from something Brother Moloch mentioned on his website and an idea from someone at a coven I used to hang out at mentioned. In most respects it is similar to a medicine bag and I believe witchcraft has a similar concept where they place miniature replicas of their magical tools inside the bag to work on the road. Basically, the bag is filled with a few items of power such as solid condensers, a feather given to me by the archangel Gabriel, a few stones, a glyph or two of power and some other items I will not discuss. I also have a sword that is charged with the energy of victory and several meditations on the sword Michael the archangel uses. I only use it when dealing with spirits that may be troublesome. PME-commentary The Book of Formulas.Bardon discusses the Book of Formulas in this chapter, it is basically a magician’s journal outlining the evocation of spirits. A book like this would have conjurations, calls, and magical signs, seals, sigils and words within it. The idea is that some uninitiated people think that all one would have to do is read from the book and *poof* a spirit appears. This of course Bardon says is untrue. Without the key to the journal an uninitiated person would have very little luck deciphering the journal. Bardon then says the whole book is code for the actual process of an evocation, which I disagree with. I think Bardon put a blind, yes, without the key an uninitiated person would be without the ability to make use of the journal. What is off is the idea that the Book of Formulas is simply rote process used to evoke a spirit. While there may be some of this included it is not the main idea. The Formula Book in actuality would start much like Bardon says, with an outline of the method of working and even the place and time of the work. What would be coded is the sigils and words of power involved. Once a magician learns the secret to the energetic makeup of a spirit/concept or power the magician no longer requires the calling of the spirit/ going through the condensation process or cal the power, they simply must remember the energy signature and use this either loading the atmosphere with the energy or transform their mental or astral body to mimic the spirit/concept/power. I could publish all of my personal seals, letters and sigils to the general public and even trained magicians would be unlikely to discover their use. The magical “formula” is the energetic signature or “code” the magician uses. This sounds abstract so let me break it down.The fire tattva is a red triangle. It looks like a flame in a way. If I showed you tejas (the fire tattva) and you had no previous instruction on it you would say it was just a red triangle. However, if I explained that fire is expansive, red in color (with clairvoyant vision) and gave the feeling of warmth you would mentally understand it (mastery of the mental plane aspect of the element). If I then taught you how to draw in the element of fire until it reached a strong astral density you would then discover that your astral energy signature had a red triangular shape feeling with a red color that wanted to expand out into the universe in all directions. You would then master the astral fire element by knowing that transforming your astral signature into a red triangle would give you power over astral fire. Over time and practice you would then be able to change the physical atmosphere in a room or location filling it with heat and even light once mastered. This may still be a little abstract but closer to a substantial or tangible idea you can grasp. I will draw it down further into the physical for you.Imagine you are five years old. You are very happy and want to take your Crayola crayons and draw a picture of how you feel. What colors will you choose? Now imagine your pretty advanced for a five year old and someone tells you that you are unable to draw yourself being happy but you can draw what happy “feels” (astral) like. What would you draw to show how your internal being is like? What does happiness look like? If you like, go do this now and come back with full understanding. Got it? Awesome! Welcome to astral signature magic. So, now we understand why a magician could fill an entire book with glyphs and sigils of spirits, words of power and someone picking it up would never know how to use it. Someone looking at your picture of “Happiness” might be able to look at it and say “wow, look at those really energetic shapes and joyful hues, it is filled with life and the colors make me recall …blah blah blah” most likely they are an art major, so watch out. However if you sent this astral signature into another person or loaded a room or item with it someone who comes in contact with it would then be “infected” with “Happiness” Bardon then goes through the process of preparing for an evocation. Now that you have read the above read his list and tell me how many times he mentions some abstract idea or concept that must be recalled or drawn in, or banished or some such thought. Now think exactly how one would do that. How difficult would it be to go from calm center to “attaching the magic sword to the magic belt with the meditative attitude of absolute victory; repeat loading while employing the magic wand AT THE SAME TIME, which the magician holds in his right hand, so that his absolute will can be realized” That is just step 16 out of 26! If you had to meditate on each force, power and attribute each time the way Bardon recommends, an evocation would last hours. But imagine if you had some symbol or code that held the entire energetic loading of some idea or concept and all you had to do was bring it to mind and load it into your astral being or magical item, much simpler, aye? Now, Bardon does not use as many blinds as most occult writers in the past did. He is actually one of the most straight forward occult authors you can find. He only has one other MAJOR blind in the book, the same one you can find in all three of his books which I will discuss *possibly* at the end of this blog series. Discussing it will not really help unless you do the actual work though, so in a way it is one of those blinds that are important. I just let the cat out of the bag when I think it can speed up the magical progress of fellow workers and not give those who dabble a free pass to trouble. If you are doing the work you will automatically figure out what I am saying if you put effort into it. If you just read the book you will never guess it in a million years (I mean do the work all ready, if you have a million years just sitting around and guessing why not try working it once?)...The next two chapters are about the various spheres of the beings and familiar spirits. I may briefly cover these two chapters just highlighting some essential points I think are poignant PME-commentary In The Sphere of the Beings In this fascinating chapter Bardon gives us a quick 30 odd page tour of the different spheres of the beings. He discusses how these spheres are similar to the degrees of density on our physical planet. We have solids, liquids and gasses (plasma was not declared a substance then, I believe). So as well are the spheres of the spirits. The earth sphere is made up of the four elements starting with earth as the densest and fire as the more ethereal. The as one ascends up the tree of life one meets with finer substances. Bardon also mentions that the Zone Girdling the Earth (ZGE) or earth zone is the actual Malkuth on the tree of life and not our physical planet.Bardon then discusses life on the astral plane after death. This section lets the uninitiated in on what one can expect after they pass on. When we die the bonds that we had to loved ones or partners will not be as strong as they are on the physical plane. What keep a physical relationship going are physical pleasures and the actual relationship. Once we pass on those physical traits and desires will not be there because they reside in the body. Also depending on the astral makeup of the couple (personality) they may reside on two different degrees of density in the astral. To get an idea of this concept think about your thoughts and what makes up your personality. This is your astral makeup and shows your spiritual maturity. The types of thoughts that you have day in and day out as well as your overall mood will reveal to you the type of sphere you will reside in once you pass on. The more developed you become and the more enlightened then the higher the sphere you can attain after death. Also, a person can easily go down to a lower sphere but it is near impossible to rise above to a sphere that you could not attain in physical life. That is the whole point to reincarnate. People desire to attain a higher sphere so they go back down to be born and attempt to attain a higher vibration through personal evolution and trials. When one reads this chapter they begin to understand why in IIH Bardon tells you to astrally transform yourself into the being that lives in the sphere you wish to reside. Again you are changing your energy signature in order to move about in the sphere. To use our previous example of “Happiness” let us imagine that you wish to enter a sphere that is filled with joy, pleasure and happiness (most likely the sphere of Venus) one would not transform their astral or mental being into a domineering-powerful-willful being. You would not be able to enter the sphere and the beings of the sphere would not be able to perceive you. Your vibration would not match theirs. Using this idea to go on a slight tangent we can see why prayer or spells may not always work. If one is trying to connect to a certain power or sphere to have ones supplication heard and your entire energetic makeup is counter to that sphere the beings there will not “hear” you. So, for instance you wished to be healed and you make a prayer to be so. However all you can feel is the misery of sickness. Your prayer or spell would then not reach the proper sphere to release the energy. You must have the temporary imaginative ability to feel healed *now* to be healed. Kind of sounds like faith, maybe?Back on subject we then turn to what happens to various beliefs once they die. When a person of a type of religion dies they experience their god in the way they imagined it. Atheist can not perceive a divine being and long for the guidance it will provide in the astral. A person who believed in many various religions will have difficulty at first in the astral due to them having to eventually choose the god that most connects with them before moving on. A magician usually perceives divinity as a wonderful light on the astral similar to a sun. Bardon mentions that the type of divinity one chooses in life is usually a big deciding factor on where one will incarnate again on the physical plane. After many lifetimes of reaching towards perfection a person will eventually attain it. This is the whole point and purpose of incarnating and a major aspect of magic in general. Eventually attaining the status of divinity in the ZGE is what the magician strives for and eventually for some merging with the ultimate divine light. However until that time while on earth the magician will try and attain the highest sphere possible and make the entire spiritual universe a home. This is the advantage of evocation; it sets up friends on the other side.Bardon then discusses the difference between a Kabbalist and a Magician. A Kabbalist has no need to evoke spirits because he uses the creative language as a Magician would call up spirits. Of course a Kabbalist can do both but has no real need to call a spirit that can offer him everything he/she can on their own. A Magician for the time being is dependent on spirits to give him aid or information when he is caught for time and cannot produce the results he/she needs in time. Personally, I still evoke spirits mostly as a way of learning or experiencing certain aspects of the universe or to create telesma for the tarot I am working on or the spirit compendium I am working on, but when I do I simply use the Kabbalah to evoke them. I no longer use any tools save some art for the sigil or a telesmatic image based on the Kabbalistic symbols I have. It can be likened to someone who uses an abacus discovering a calculator. One good thing about evoking spirits AND having knowledge of Kabbalah is that the Magician has a deeper understanding of the spirits makeup and can learn new formulas to use in place of calling that spirit again. Again the Magician makes use of spirits when he needs a being that is more intelligent than an elementary he/she can create or when time is a factor making it more advantageous to work with a spirit.Finally, Bardon discusses the universal or cosmic language. I discussed this many times before but here we will discuss it quickly again. When we speak with spirits or with other people on the astral we form pictures of this information which turn into vibrations that are received by the other being and turned into their language. This is why two people speaking different languages can communicate on the astral plane or why spirits can converse with people from all nations and languages. Bardon paints an evocative picture when he speaks on how ancient civilizations used the pictorial language as their own and could create powerful magical effects due to this. These same nations were responsible for the development of the Hermetic science and magic in general. Again, when we work with the Kabbalistic letters we make use of the cosmic pictorial language and its potent effects on creation. Imagine if this language was taught as a speaking language for an entire nation or the world! PME-commentary Spiritus Familiaris or Servant Spirits and Pacts. Bardon discusses in this chapter that familiar spirits should not be confused with family spirits. Family spirits are your ancestors or people within your lineage that did great things so they are called upon or used in magical families. This would fall into the practice of necromancy or working with the dead. Familiar spirits according to Bardon are spirits that a magician, sorcerer or other practitioner would call forth and make a deal with.I actually agree and disagree with Bardon here, I think in the beginning of magic familiar spirits were family spirits and thousands of years later the term got borrowed to any spirit one kept around. Sometimes one makes a deal with a spirit and they give the magician a servant spirit endowed with all the powers the head spirit has in order to not be bothered with all the requests a magician may have for the head spirit. The servant spirit will do everything in its power in order to please the magician or sorcerer because as Bardon says this is a form of credit. With each act done the magician falls deeper into debt with the head spirit. Eventually when the magician dies the debt is then collected. The magician is brought into the sphere of the being and must "work off" the debt accrued. This can be done with spirits of a higher order as well as demons according to Bardon. Eventually once the magician works off the debt they are free to move on and re-incarnate on the physical plane, that is if they have not lost their individuality and become a part of the spirits sphere. This would mean that the magician loses his 4-pole being and becomes a spirit himself.Wow, so is this true? From one spirit I summoned they explained this is one path of development, they work with a certain spirit for a lifetime and after work in the sphere to better master that realm, then incarnate again and choose a new realm and spirit. I can’t condone or condemn this practice, just something to consider. In one of my past lives I remember being made of pure light in a strange world of light filled objects. It was very strange and to top it off Ed Fitch himself read my past lives and he mentioned this as well, he was as confused as I was at this weird life. Is it possible that I made a pact with a spirit being long ago and had to work off a debt? Maybe? I am still probing my past lives for information. Bardon then speaks about the "proper" way of gaining servant spirits. By being a TRUE magician, one who reflects the divine attributes. In this way spirits will think you are so cool they will just want to serve you. That's right spirits will just send their subordinates to your house in the truckloads- cut your grass, wash the dishes, round up some cuties and help pay your bills. I am being funny here if you can't tell. What really happens is this: When you work with a spirit and they respect you they "send" a spirit that will keep you inspired and aid when they can in their sphere of expertise. You do not owe the spirit anything but you can reward them as a mater of choice and goodwill. This should not be confused with working with a spirit and giving it a fair payment. If you request anything from a spirit you should work out a compromise that works for both of you. Always ask the spirit, but typically if you have achieved step eight in IIH you can reward them with a Volt. This is an extremely powerful form of payment which vitalizes a spirit a great deal. If you just want to call up a spirit and discuss or get information they typically do this as two people will, just talking and sharing thoughts. At least that is what I have found from Bardon spirits. If they respect you and think of you as a true magician they will speak with you on your subject of interest. If not, they will either bluff you or not show up at all. I have had one Bardon spirit a couple years back bluff me with false info. When I tested the information later I realized what it had done. I now know why, and have no ill will towards the spirit. My first evocation was Michael the archangel. It was a request to protect my family from all harm that was not needed for their spiritual development. I regularly pay Michael for this task so I will not end up owing him a debt.Bardon ends with the thoughts on why one should even practice evocation. In a word "respect". By working with the various spirits in the spheres you will gain a reputation and be respected in the various spheres. This may sound a little strange but in actuality this is sort of symbolic. Respect from these spirits means they open up avenues for you and regularly inspire you through out you life without need to call them up.Magical Evocation.Here we read the method Bardon proposes to perform a magical evocation. The most important factor is well developed astral senses. Without these senses developed the magician will never know whether or not he/she is merely creating an elementary (thought form), if the correct spirit has come or merely deluding oneself. Without the senses developed a person with a good imagination who raised the proper energy could simply excrete some of their astral-mental essence and form a being charged with the idea of the spirit one truly wishes to conjure. This could weaken the health of the magician or cause a disturbance in the summoner's consciousness. Imagine taking a part of your being and ripping it out, calling it something else and transforming it into another being. This would not be too healthy! (I'm looking at you Poke Runyon) On top of this some magicians threaten spirits to do their will and if the spirit is not successful even torture it (Savedow). This gives another meaning all together to self abuse! Another problem one could run into is that another spirit has come besides the one you have called. Without proper astral senses you would be unaware of this situation. Finally, one could just delude oneself having entered an altered state of consciousness and not evoke anything at all. All of this is remedied if proper astral senses have been developed from your previous training in IIH or similar instruction.Let us now go over what it takes for a successful evocation as per Bardon:Proper loading of the atmosphere of the room with the light substance or elemental substance from the beings home sphere. Imagine if aliens from another world came down and picked you up. Their environmental conditions and evolution have it so that they breathe a poisonous gas to us mere Earthlings. You would require some sort of protective atmosphere so you could survive and you would expect the aliens (if they were nice) to provide this. You would be much more likely to befriend these otherworldly visitors if they did this.Transference of consciousness into the sphere of the being. Your friend wants you to come over to his place but he has no telephone in which to call you up! Whatever shall he do! This is the same dilemma one has when calling a spirit. You must be able to enter the sphere of the being in order to send out the call. One learned how to do this very early on in Bardon's IIH and continued further mastery in akashic training and mental projection.The magician commands reverence from the being with his magical authority. This sounds like a douche move on the part of the magician however it is not like you appear in the sphere and start pushing around the beings. This is done either through the aid of your connection with your guardian angel, you connection to the divine attributes which is a part of your magical maturity. The spirit will immediately recognize your authority to evoke it by seeing you. By imagining yourself in the sphere of the spirit then this is using the power of omniconsciousness.Another method is to influence the spirit by its spheres divinity. This is the idea of chanting divine names related to the sphere. One influences ones aura with the vibrations of the divine names chanted and meditated on. This gives a temporary boost to the magician's aura which the spirit will recognize and see it's superior.That is the tri fold process Bardon says is of the utmost importance to evoking a spirit. Everything which is in the rituals of evocation is accomplishing these points.Then Bardon speaks on what the magician should do when the spirit has appeared. In the beginning he recommends asking a few simple questions to the spirit concerning its sphere and activities. Later through mastery the magician can ask them things beyond mere knowledge. However, he/she will not ask them to bring treasures or do physical labor because the spirits require physical condensed substance to accomplish this and this can only come from the magician (In other words you could accomplish this yourself through your own powers if you could ask the spirit to do this). Spirits at first will only be able to accomplish mental tasks, then later astral tasks and finally physical tasks. Just remember they are acquiring the substance and energy to accomplish this from the magician him/herself. They need the same substances you would require in order to perform these various tasks. In chapter 20 Bardon describes step by step the method involved to evoking a spirit. He chooses a spirit of Venus Hagiel in order to acquire luck and success in friendship, love and maybe even courtship. In essence one is asking that the energies involved in success and luck in the realm of sympathy and love be more active in your life than they were previously. Hagiel is the conscious, intelligent aspect of these qualities which one can commune with and work with. If you are interested in the exact method Bardon prescribes than feel free to read this chapter in detail, several times if you plan on actually performing it. I would recommend doing it several times in the imagination alone just to get the astral blood flowing if you will. I will now go through the process I will use for these evocations that follow (I no longer do this process during this re-edit but figured I would leave it here in order to see a method): I will hide myself away in my room, wash my body while imagining all mental, astral and physical impurities are being washed away that may interfere with my evocation being a success. I will put on clean clothes, I do not have magical clothing (I used to) but they will be fresh and have no associations on them that would be counter to the evocation (Like a band t-shirt or something similar).. I will then set up my oil lamp and get it to the right setting for the room to be slightly lit but enough to write or draw by. I will set up my magic mirror loading it with the akasha principle in order to speak to the spirit easily. Most of the time I do not require this but if I want the spirit to show me something such as a picture or something more physical I use this. I then do my own special banishing to clear the room of any negative influence. I may even do this again if I feel it is needed. I usually light some incense at this point, more for my consciousness to know something magical is going down. I rarely use it as a medium to manifest a spirit-although I have done so in the past with great effect.I then Place my mojo bag on, my meditation beads (they are not loaded with anything other than my continued use during my work through IIH as counting beads.) and take out my wand and sword. I usually have my sword near by but not in my hand. Unless of course the spirit may be an unruly one or negative in some way. The wand is usually in hand for most of the evocation but I will put it down to sketch out the energy signature of the spirit when I have it. I then meditate on my three fold being as a mental being, an astral being and a physical being all in one. This is preceded by a meditation on the four divine attributes. I then reinforce my aura in my own way as it is the true circle of protection. I then perform a ritual that loads the room with vital energy for the spirits use.I load the room with the appropriate energy of the sphere in which the spirit resides. I load it until I feel the energy substance is condensed enough for my astral senses to easily perceive it or if I want a physical evocation* even denser. I then take out my prepared sigil which was meditatively drawn in the proper color. I meditate on the sigil imagining it is a direct transmitter to the spirit. I will typically do this in an akashic state and as I connect to the spirit and draw it closer go down to a mental-astral and possibly physical density. When I feel a connection to the spirit I then draw the sigil with my tripolar being (mental-astral and physical). I then directly focus my mind on this sigil in order to project my mind to the spirit. Once connected, I guide the spirit to the needed density. I commune with the spirit and discuss what is needed. I then thank the spirit and guide it back once there I project the energy gathered back into the sphere behind it.I sit for a minute or two to journalize the experience. I then return to normal consciousness and banish any residual energy in my own way. I make sure the room and atmosphere are as they should be and return everything back to where it belongs. I then go outside to drink some hot tea and smoke a cigarette (I no longer smoke, going on two years now but still go out and do the rest). This is my period of reflection on what just happened, which I then turn into a revere on nature. I usually commune with the stars, the wind, the night and the earth I especially love it when it rains or there is a thunderstorm. I find this is an excellent way to take any surplus magical energy and transfer it to nature. This also connects me to the universe in a wonderful way. Finally, it provides a natural way for me to disengage from thinking about the evocation and allow the spirit to get to work. By spiraling my attention outward into nature it allows the spirit to get to work without my attention and imagination calling it back. Also, since it starts within me and then slowly further out into nature it is a way for me to either bring the spirit into the physical world to work or let my consciousness be inspired and make associations for later revelations. I will then usually go inside and maybe watch TV or read which completely disengages my mind from all things magical. PME-commentary final Mental travel, Talismans and the Epilogue Chapter 12 is a discussion for the theorist to learn about the various spheres that await the initiate as he travels towards the ultimate goal of all mankind. He describes the spheres-their light vibration what the method of entering these spheres and working within them. Since we had most of this discussion between evocations and the previous entry I feel we are well versed on what Bardon describes in this chapter. Chapter 13 is the method which can be used in order to make talismans as a means of loading a spirits energy for personal use. Bardon begin with telling the initiate of the metals used for the various spheres, then saying gold or silver can be used depending on if the spirit is either electric or magnetic and finally states that for a true magician the metal is of no consequence because a magician can load the spirits energy directly into any object of his or her choosing. The summarized method to do this is purifying the talisman imaginatively and physically using the four elements, if the mage decides to use astrological timing which is not absolutely nessicary then awaiting the proper time, the carving of the spirits seal into the talisman repeating the spirits name while doing so along with the meditation on the qualities of the spirit. However the most potent method is to conjure the spirit up after preparing the talisman above and asking the spirit to bless of charge the talisman with its nature. There are several other methods to loading the talisman but the above is best especially if one is knowledgeable in Kabbalah. Of course a magician who knows Kabbalah can just load the talisman with the letters that make up the spirit and attain the same powers within the talisman as the spirit would load. The important thing to keep in mind is to not keep a talisman too long as the attachment to the energies within it will be a setback for your development. We now reach the epilogue. That’s right my friends we come to the end of our journey and our commentary. Here Bardon congratulates the spherical magician who visits all the spheres and gets them under his control. Bardon states that those who have not had practical experience with evocation will now see the magnitude of the work to be done and at the very least respect the knowledge and the art. I hope this is the case. Finally, Bardon speaks on the practical nature of this book and how it is not a book one just reads and then lets the dust collection begin. This book is to be used and worked with or at the very least meditated on so it may sink deeper into the consciousness of the initiate and eventually sprout into fruition. Bardon then gives the predication that one day millions will use these teaching methods for their spiritual development in order to move closer to perfection. What a fascinating time that will be. Now, for my final word. After reading these blogs I hope you have some idea of the experiences and the larger nature of the universe that awaits you once you take up this wonderful art of evocation. There are many ways to practice this art just as there are many art forms. The essential nature of an effective evocation is stated in the second tarot card that Bardon describes and I spoke on in the beginning of this commentary. Here are some of my personal views about Bardon’s second book: 1st- the main thrust of this book in my opinion is mental projection and a guidebook on what to expect in these spheres. It is also a foundation for someone who wants to know the powers behind astrology’s influence. 2nd this book was also designed for the Kabbalist to have a near dictionary of formulas to work with. I cannot recommend enough that the magician learning Kabbalah should work with a number of these spirits from each sphere to see the diversity and application of kabbalistic magic. Nothing will teach the cosmic letters faster than this. 3rd As any of these spirits will tell you, you do not *need* to evoke them. Their job is to inspire mankind with the information they have. A friend of mine who has done yoga for many years sent me an email telling me he had been practicing the Master level of pranayama given by Romasara for months and had never contacted this spirit. This is what they do! Every great idea, inspiration, and invention comes from these beings doing their job. The negative spirits and negative elementals have the exact opposite task and insinuate negative thoughts and emotions. Evocation is about singling them out and directly working with them consciously. 4th and finally, returning to the symbolism of the second tarot card and the topic of the major blind of the book. Bardon presents all of this information and these spirits in order to give you an idea of what the journey can be like. However, in my opinion you will learn even more through your own personal exploration of the spheres. Take Bardon’s map of the universe and mentally project to the individual spheres. Make friends. Learn the cosmic language and many a magical secret. Then once you have a few friends up there invite them over if you want, to your place, use the cosmic letters to grant them a certain density so you can experience them on your level. So, what I am trying to say is this. There are a bunch of different types of people practicing Bardon and each does evocation differently. Some use tons of tools, others use absolutely none. Because, in the end the magic to make those tools work, came from you to begin with. This ends the PME part of this commentary. We now move on to The Key to the True Kabbalah. *************************************************************************** The Commentary of The Key to The True Kabbalah In this commentary I depart from the typical way I did the commentary. The reason I do this is because Kabbalah is an art. Each magician should and will approach it in their own unique way. Because of this I will use Bardon’s sections as a spring-board to express my thoughts on the work in hopes that my perspective gives a more comphrensive view. In the introduction and through the entire book Bardon mentions the requirement of completing up to step 8. The reason for this is a good one. Imagine all the knowledge and experience gained by working with the elements, powers, spheres, energies and concepts one comes to understand and work with by reaching step 8. Without all of this experience and work the ideals and abstract concepts that one begins to work with have no foundation to be built on. The amount of time it would take to properly reach the level needed without such a training system such as IIH and PME would take many years and one would still be lacking. So what is Kabbalah? Kabbalah is the philosophical and practical application of the universal laws and powers of creation. By creating a metaphorical key or map of the spiritual universe and how it materializes down to the physical plane one can work with and master creation, working as a divine being. By taking these spiritual concepts and giving them a symbolic and metaphorical expression they can be worked with and used in magic. Bardon uses the German alphabet instead of a Hebrew because in my opinion he was trying to create a new system without requiring the need for studying ancient Hebrew or learning information that was not a part of his other two works. For years I practiced and work with his system but have recently come to work with a english adapted system. I did this for several reasons, mostly personal but some had to do with working with the tarot, the archangels, angels and spirits that rarely have umlauts. One very important aspect of Bardon’s system is the tetrapolar power of working magic. By using the three senses combined with the lawful nature of the 10 divine keys one utilizes all of their imaginative and will power and more easily connectes with the powers of the universe. Bardon begins by training each of the senses and condensing these powers in a way that should be easy for anyone practiced in step 8 of IIH and PME. If I were to write KTK I would have a very different approach, I would be sure the initiate was familar with symbolism granted from working with PME and the ability to understand the universal forces gained from IIH and PME. Then I would teach the 10 keys, from there the symbolism of each letter and why that is based on their connections between the spheres. Finally, I would reveal the symbolic magical image for each letter and how to work with it. However, we will be looking at how you as a kabbalist will work your personal system so let us focus on how to develop the ability. Color First we connect the letter sounds to the color. You should be able to easily speak the letter and instantly the appropriate color should come to mind. When you are able to do that move on to the next step. Sound Connecting the proper sounding of the letter to the color. This requires some experimentation and personally I find the letter can take on different connotations with different pitch. Experiment and discover the various expressions the letter has. When you find the right pitch you will experience the color in a vibrant way. Element Connect the color and sound to the elemental qualities they belong to. Again, with each step in the training everytime you speak the letter it should evoke the color and the element without difficulty. The next part of this step is to place the letters in the appropriate body regions. This exercise really transforms the spirit and soul of the initiate and causes those changes to be reflected in the body. The mage will notice their abilities at working with elements, lights and powers dramatically increases. The Ten Kabbalistic Keys This study alone could take a couple of years to fully master even with all of the previous training Bardon requires. One should build a schematic diagram of the tree of life and see the creative progression of the spheres. Drawing it out helps reveal a lot of valuable information. Then by connecting each of the spheres like mixing paints you begin to understand the letters and 10 powers in a deep way. You should reach a level of understanding and development where if presented with any concept, idea or manifestation you could classify it according to one of the 10 spheres (A magician friend and I do it with comic book characters and movie characters just for fun.) Once the student has reached this stage they then begin the work of connecting the previous work to the akashic, mental, astral and then physical analogies. This is the final stage of the learning and prep work. At this stage I recommend getting a huage notebook and begin it with the Letter A and place all of the proceeding work analogies under the heading of the letter. With each proceeding meditation add notes, symbols, conecepts and ideas that come up and before each practice of the letter review and study what you have come up with. As you progress find art work, stories, characters, dreams, and other information that relates to each letter. The reason for this is the work you are doing is making connections, bringing many various thoughtforms under a heirarchy of a single power. When you do this you physcially connect these ideas in the structure of your brain. When you speak the letter all these various parts come together and produce a powerful force. On the astral level these symbols become linked together and like the brain structure creates a potent emotional force unleashed on the astral plane, the thoughtforms and ideals linked together creates a potent force on the mental. The divine force on the akashic plane links all of these together and unites your spirit to divinity. So, when you speak the letter in the akasha it opens a a pipeline of divine force through your being and it is then released creatively. I would also like to direct the attention of the student to the concept of NLP and modalities. If that field is studied and the concepts added to KTK I think one will understand the depth of power here and how transformative this work is to someone. Now I will respect Bardon’s work and not give out the information in his book on each letter. What I will do with each letter is to give a concept or idea that summarizes the idea behind the letter. The idea is to take this idea and through your meditation and work imagine how this idea filters down into the mental realm which is the home of ideas, theories, concepts and thought to the astral plane realm of feelings, symbols, emotions then into the phsycial realm which everyone is familar with. By meditating on the way these forces bridge down to manifestation will illuminate each force and how to connect with them. A- Divinity B- Polarity C-Blessing D-Creation E-Consciousness F-Harmony G-Beauty H-Force Ch-Purity I-Life J-Love K-Omnipotence L-Virtue M-Fluid N-Transformation O-Justice P-Perfection R-Freedom S-Power Sh/Sch-Spiritualization T-Inspiration U- Intuition W- Union Y/UE- Evolution Z-Intellect AE-Materialization OE-Alchemy Consider each of these concepts, allow each one to bring up the thoughts, symbols, memories, experiences, and how these energies manifest within your mind, dreams and in the world around you. The more you do so and the deeper your meditations the more powerful this work becomes. Kabbalah is working with the divine code of creation, where magic is taking the laws and working with the forces and evocation is a higher step up that system, working with programs that run creation, Kabbalah is taking the very laws that create the programs that run creation and creating and transforming them to fit your will. An analogy for this is like a basic computer user with no internet connection is a magician. A person who downloads programs, music and documents online learning and beocming inspired in an amazing way. A kabbalist is someone who makes their own computer programs, music and documents and transforms the internet. I would also like to return to something I said much earlier in this commentary. Bardon created all these works for someone without a teacher, without a system, he presents you a framework from which you can build your own. Anyone attempting to just do what Bardon says will have a poor magic system indeed, a bare bones system. You are required to reach into your creative self, your soul and life and give this system life and make it your own. Take his ideas, his concepts and use it like a paint pallet, creating a work of personal art, the opus of your development. Before using Bardon’s Kabbalah, consider what he says is the structure of the universe, test it, experiment, meditate. Does it agree with your experience? Does it agree with your magical views? Where do they link, where do they differ? Try and understand why, and more importantly what will you do with that information. I think one of the greatest gifts Bardon’s system gives a initiate is a clean, clear structure which the initiate can use to develop themselves. Unlike other systems draped in religion, dogma, and cultural magical leanings Bardon gives the very nature of magic in such a way that it can be added to any culture, any system, any view. Let us look at that essence. Magic is the trained imagination brought to realization through the four fundamental attributes and the initiates connection to the the divine. Evocation is working with and getting to know on a personal level the forces that run the universe. To create as a divine being one needs to know on a deep intuitive level the fundamental building blocks of the universe, how they interact and manifest. By uniting these fundamental concepts from each book the practitioner crafts themselves and eventually the world into a divine place, or rather they reveal the divine nature already present in themselves and the universe. I hope this commentary helps everyone pursuing the Bardon system. Although it is not any longer the system I follow I look upon it fondly and know the value it holds and the power it can convey if the student working it does not get so wrapped up that they lose sight of the total message. This new updated commentary was done years after the original and not much changed except adding the newer insights I have gained. The KTK commentary is a new addition though.