Living Thelema - Patterns Cycles and Obstacles on the Magical Path (by speechinthesilence)
Frater Volantis (Brother Bobby Creech) under the auspices of Dove+Serpent Oasis traveled to Maryville, TN to give a lecture and workshop on a practical approach to the Ars Goetia. Recorded on 11-27-2012
I have performed “The Bornless Ritual” twice these last couple of days, but still , i find it hard to motivate mysef to the work.
A great article and adressing things close to my heart!
Living in a country full of lodges (Sweden) and being an initiate of several, both Magical and Fraternal, i have often wondered why it seems so impossible for new ones to form?
I sometime think people are obsessed with lineages or the feeling of antiquity (wich seldom holds up to historical scrutiny anyway) rather than focusing on the “results” of potential new orders.
I have a great love for the “lodge model” of doing things and think formal,ceremonial initiation does indeed make a difference sometimes played down by many solitairy practicians.
When performed well and within a functioning order that is (this goes for Coven,Grove, Circle, Temple or whatever other term is used for an initiatory body too ofcourse).
Having said that, ofcourse any initiating organization would have to be in the know themselves when it comes to the system it teaches and initiates in.
Besides, just like the lodge idea has in history been used for a lot of purposes, so it could today. The idea is not only useful for people interested in magic but for anyone agreeing that a picture says more than a thousand words.
Imagine how much a picture in 3D, talking, walking, instructing, and presenting a whole landscape of symbolism, isolated from everyday life and to a large part interpreted by the canidate him/herself would be.
Then add the fact that a lot of the interpreting is done on a “deeper” level since allegory and symbols are among the main tools. The canidate being the main character and acted upon in tune with this symbolism.
All of this “reintegrated” to everyday life both during and after the ceremony.
I know orders for actors, choir singers, temperence activists, local historians, artists and many others in my country, all of them still active and having regular lodge meetings with officers, initiations and other ceremonies.
Still, i find myself strangely lonely in my passion for this???
This is a very good article with many points i agree on regarding Initiation .
I HAVE had Initiatory experiences of a non ceremonial form (as has everybody else) but an order who is fully functioning more or less according to its claims would benefit a magician of that particular current so much.
I have found ceremonial initiation very rewarding when it DOES work, and also affiliation to certain orders. It is when it doesent and one finds oneself in a sandbox of disapointing behaviours in the middle of what could have been a rich tradition and a powerful vehicle that one starts to worry. Not only for oneself but for the tradition itself and those who would have had use of it.
These tips are mainly aimed a ceremonial magicians since many other traditions allready fulfill a lot of it through their make up, or it doesent apply to them for some other reason (ontolgy, cosmology for instance).
I have found that “going back to basics” is sometimes important and that a lot of esoteric secrets hide so well in plain sight that you smack your forehead when you get an “a-ha moment”.
These tips are ,however, most beneficial when doing thaumaturgic work, that is attempting to make a difference in the material world.
More strictly theurgic work, “only” affecting energetic and spiritual parts of the magician can often work just fine even if done in a purely astral circle with purely astral symbols (visualized letters, godforms, pentagrams and so on) with only the voice, movements and body of the magician having manifest form beyond Yesod.
22 years of work and initiations down the tube.