In this article I talk about the core teaching of Hermetic spirituality. That core teaching being the science of the four elements. The Spirit/Akasha not technically being an element though I will say five elements from time to time. I will show the connection between ancient and contemporary schools and why the correspondence is very important.
Being that my focus in spirituality is in the Hermetic Sciences, my study includes all schools of thought, but especially schools which are in direct correspondence to the ancient source. Such studies have shown me several that operate, though in disguise. Sufism is one of them. Yoga is another. For now, I call your attention to a forces in the Vajrayana school of Buddhism known as five Dhyani Buddhas(as seen in the image of this post). These five beings are known as the Tathagatas(The Immortal one), each corresponding with one of the five elements. Buddhism is one of the most eminent mystery schools of antiquity still existing unscathed to this day. Now, you may be scratching your head thinking of why I just identified Buddhism as a mystery school, when in every other case it is identified as either a religion, philosophy, or even more often, “a way of life”. Yet, that it has existed in this current age with the identification of religion only speaks to its inherent cloaking ability, due to the genuine adepthood of its protectors, as well as the effectiveness of its system of transmission. Buddhism teaches meditation as its main method of achieving the knowledge and experience of perfection, which to them is the dissolution of all that which is illusory, the envodiment of all that which is eternal, and that final realization being the end of the personal ego, thus the end of reincarnation. This root spiritual aim sought for throughout various schools of Buddhism should be familiar to the student of comparative religions. It is a echoed in the gnostic scriptures. And it’s most ancient correspondent is Egypt, where in the book of Coming Forth By Day(Aka Book of The Dead) is aimed for the exact same result. Those abstract rituals, philosophies, sciences and arts by the priests of Kem were in the Greek and Roman times readvised, simplified, and adapted to those times being faced by the initiates and adepts, and has now been officially known as Hermetism for at least 2300 years. The central idea is that man in his essence is divine, yet largely ignorant of this because of the creation of duality within the mind, which manifested as various subtle dimensions within the consciousness, matter being the lowest with its generator called the brain being the cause of all manner of delusion, due to its personalization of physical phenomena through the five sensations. But, ironic as it is, it is through the harmonization of these five senses which are in them selves expressions of the five elements, that man brings himself back into a position of living in the experience of his divine nature. With that brief reminder of the Hermetic work, I call your attention back to Buddhism. I say Buddhism is not a religion because it does not promulgate a stiff theology which places man outside of the divine. For instance, when something is forbidden in Christianity, it is because according to “God’s law”, it is “wrong”. When something is forbidden in Buddhism, it is because, according to practice, it is ‘unsuitable to spiritual progress’. These are two vastly different attitudes towards restriction. One is based on superstition, the other, on science. When existence is broken down into parts, it’s mystery is unveiled and coveters of secrets can no longer cast a shadow of ignorance over misguided minds. Since Buddhism gives instructions to the student on how to cultivate psychophysical knowledge of the self for the purpose of becoming a Buddha, an illumined being, it is not in anyway a religion, but a Spiritual Training Course that should be given its proper legacy as High Magic and Theurgy. Trusting that you now understand my demonstration of the direct relationship between hermetic science and Buddhism, I enter the main course of this essay: The Four Primordial elements. I’m not going to go into the complete science of these expressions as that would require an entire book. However, I’m going to show the importance of their incorporation in spiritual practice, for attaining internal and external balance, which cures all disease, both physical and mental. Before I begin however I want to say what I mean when I use the word Magic. From the hermetic view, it may be simplified as: the Mental act of expressing or impressing through one’s divine nature (see definitions of Theurgy and Thaumaturgy). In this definition magic is not limited to one or a few processes, but any process that has to do with the consciousness being directly engaged by man from his I Am, or Spirit. The four elements are the primordial forces which inspired the Indian sages to channel a psychophysical diagram called the Chakras. Each have a color, organ, power and weakness correspondence. Interestingly, the Tibetan Buddhist don’t use the seven chakras but the five which correspond with the five elements. In Tibetan buddhism, The five elements are expressed through the deities called the Tathagatas. In this system, practices are advised for the realization of the deities qualities in the practitioner. For instance, Amitahba is the tathagata of Fire, his color is red, his sense is sight, his powers range from meditation, clairvoyance, will, concentration, and mastery over electricity. He also has a mudra and symbol. With all the correspondences known to the practitioner, practice begins by incorporating the various parts to the whole, physical exercise, breath work, stillness, visualization, and uniting the visualization with energy being conjured by the magnetic and electric forces of the mind. The same procedure would be followed with each elemental deity until the qualities are realized within the magician and a balance of the higher and lower forces comes into expression. Often times these teachings are given partially in religions or other systems without informing the practitioner that they are based on elemental correspondence. What I like about Buddhism is that it teaches the harmonization of all elements not just one or two. The ascetic meditating in the cave for instance may appear to be a master to the uninitiated, yet, he avoids the challenges he fears will arise from engaging with society. He fears the effects of certain elements that he has not yet balanced within himself. The phrase be in the world not of the world is appropriate here, as what it means to the mature student is “be mindful towards your existence”. To be mindful means to be patient and observant, as only then can you know that you are beyond all phenomena and have nothing to fear. You especially have nothing to fear when you become aware of the fact that the initiates and adepts from the past have left behind various information on HOW to remember who and what you are. The elements are vital to our day-to-day life. A healthy cultivation of fire in the personality gives life to inspiration, vitality, and creativity. Of water, empathy towards others, calmness in difficult situations, patience. Of air, peace amongst others, thoughts directed towards growth and advancement, ability to comprehend. And of Earth, control over ones personal economy, experiencing prosperity, having a support system. Lack in any of these scenarios is due to an imbalance of elemental force in the psyche. The result of having spirit operative in our psyche will impact all the elements. You will know, because it will seem as if things are just happening in your favor. This type of magic you see in the life of Adepts of mystic traditions like Yoga and Sufism. In a Turkish television series on a judges path towards Sufism, the local Sheikh is shown throughout the series as constantly being taken very well care of. This is because of his direct relationship with source energy. In my view, from the magic standpoint, working with the elements is the most simple yet effective method of reaching illumination and cutting the ties which bind the soul in dense matter. And I’m not the only one who sees it that way. The ancient students of Tehuti who scribed the Emerald Tablet stated in the very first paragraph of that manuscript: “as all things were made from the meditation of one mind, so all things are born of one thing. It’s father is the sun(fire) it’s mother is the moon(water). The wind(air) carries it in its womb, the (earth) is it’s nursemaid. It is the creator of all works of wonder in the world.” The mind drives the elements but the spirit or Akasha activates them. You may find greater resonance with working through the Chakras however, but you can use one or the other or both simultaneously as they do not conflict. Either way the teaching is that harmonizing them not only organizes the mundane, but activates the sublime. ONLY practice will tell.
Further reading: Initiation into hermetics, Franz Bardon
The elemental equilibrium, Virgil
A master guide to meditation and spiritual growth, Roy Eugene Davis
Healing with form energy and light, Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche
Emerald Tablet, Hermès Trismigistus
Countless discussions have taken place concerning the nature of the ego, across various schools of thought, from philosophy to psychology as well as the various esoteric schools of thought which give their interpretation of the ego. Religion, due to its preoccupation with morals and dogma has not found an answer outside of superstition for the mystery of the mind. Over the course of my spiritual and psychological development throughout the years, having considered many of these interpretations, my intention with this essay is not to redefine the ego, but to break it down all the way to its core, revealing the meaning that it has always had, though obscured.
The etymology of the word ego is the single letter 'I', which in dictionaries pointing to 'I' as its root, do not expound upon what this mysterious 'I' is. One can make any number of speculations of what this 'I' is in it's essence. My conclusion is that it is the "identity" of a personality---particularly the human body and what it experiences; the very "identity" in which the majority of the world-society equate with the entirety of their being. There is a deeper, spiritual meaning to the word ego, but for the purposes of explaining the human ego, that revelation will be postponed for another article.
The ego then, is here simplified as, "the personal identity complex within the mind which through the five senses of taste, touch, sight, sound and scent, actively engages in convincing the subconscious of what it senses to be real, without thorough consideration as to whether or not that is in reality the case." So then, throughout this essay, I will at times say, "Personal Ego" to indicate this definition of the ego.
Being that this ego operates initially and has its expression through the conscious mind, the conscious portion of the mind is the domain of the ego. When the ego takes control over the mind it takes its experiences in the world of senses and impregnates the subconscious, causing the individual to believe that whatever has been experienced personally is real and absolute. However, occultists and even most clinical psychologists recognize that the world of senses deals primarily in relative experiences, and nothing the body goes through is permanent, or else our bodies would be immortal. The mind itself is not actually going through anything either. It is in actuality the minds identification with the body which causes the experiences underwent by the body to be impregnated into to the subconscious, as through this psychological identification with the body it has no other awareness but to receive such experience as real.
With this explanation of the ego, I'm going to talk about how it serves as the greatest adversary to the magicians progress when she or he wills to empower them-self, relinquishing the influence of the external world upon their will, from which the ego gains its fortification. For the Magician, when choosing to empower the mind and body with spirituality, the practitioner is replacing the active influence of ego(human personal identity) with the active influence of spirit(metaphysical impersonal identity). Here's a vivid scenario on what goes on in the mind when such a change oriented decision is made. Look to any social setting such as a relationship wherein a couple has been together for certain amount of years. "Suddenly", one partner informs the other that they are ending the relationship, as they have found someone more compatible and responsive to their needs. The reaction from the divorced partner will most often be a series of emotions such as denial, blame, shame, refutation, depression, outrage, slander and sometimes, threats of retaliation---all of which responses are tentacles of the two root emotions rage and fear. Though this former companion will no doubt feel neglected and abused by what is perceived to be a sudden breakdown of what was "going good", they do not consider that the possible reason for this breakup is poor performance in the relationship. The person ending the relationship may have come to a point of no longer choosing to be co-dependent and feeding the never-ending wants of a narcissist.
This analogy illustrates the psychological effects caused in the mind of one who decides to change their mental habits via willing to allow spirit to guide their mind as opposed to human ego identity. In choosing spirit over ego, there's going to be some jealous reactions by the former ruler of the mind. When one decides to move beyond the mediocre worldview they have allowed to dominate their mind, there is an immediate response of emotions and psychological impressions that refute this new-found audacity by invoking fear-based emotions such as doubt and unworthiness, which begs the individual to remain put as to not step into something which may be "unsafe". The personal ego is obsessed with security, sensation, and safety, all conditions corresponding directly to the lower three chakras, which occultists recognize as the three dimensional domain of the human ego. The personal ego in protest will attempt to conjure feelings of depression, laziness, or even delusion, causing the person to become so confused that they return to their former way of life in fear of going insane. Fear is the great tool of the ego. But the question is, what is the backbone of this fear? Death. Though more so, the imagined perception of death.
You see, as I have explained earlier, the personal identity complex which we are calling ego believes itself to be real, even though it is fundamentally artificial by its having it's identity fashioned by external effects channeled through the five senses and programmed into the ultra receptive subconscious mind. When we come into this world we soon find out that there are things which we find pleasant and things which we fine unpleasant. The moment we experience something which is unpleasant we set up a mental safety net to prevent us from having to experience such unpleasant things. These unpleasant things become registered as traumas and in some cases build up superstitions. Either way, these safety nets are designed for protecting the body and mind from a perceived threat that is believed to be capable of affecting harm. I choose this long explanation so you will understand clearly what I'm going to say next. The ego fights back so heavily against change because through its control over the senses, it gives the psychological impression in the mind that the individual is actually going to physically expire. Because it's identity is based upon it's relative experience, when you alter it's design, since it has no other outlook other than what it senses, its conclusion is that it is dying and must fight back or else be consumed by what it is originally shielding itself from, the unknown. However this fear is imaginary. And this "death" is only imagined. It is only the passing away of a poisonous condition, towards the cultivating of a new psychological disposition more conducive to spiritual attainment---one that does not limit the potential but encourages and actually serves as a conductor by which such potential is utilized in producing transformation in the mind and heart of the spiritual practitioner. .
What I have explained is the meaning of "ego death". It is often said by sages and adepts to destroy the ego. They're not incorrect in their teaching because they are speaking figuratively. What is meant by the teaching is the same meaning as is codified in the warring of Horus and Set: that the ruling of Set(ego) in Egypt (the body and mind) causes imbalance which prevents the prosperity of civilization(balance). Horus(spirit) on the other hand, by reason of his inner balance, is more suited to rule over the land, due to being holistic in view rather than rigid, and thus after a period of battle gains governance over egypt. This myth means the ego is to be transformed, placed in its proper position, as a servant to the higher force in the mind, and not the ruler. Both ego and spirit are of the same root, intellect. To occultists, and metaphysicians alike, I have just made a controversial statement, but I ask for your patience. Ego, with it's identification with relativity is human intellect, and spirit with its union with Akasha is divine intellect. The cause for my attribution of spirit to intellect is because, although its intuition originates subconsciously, it shines forth in conscious results, making its expression felt through the conscious mind, which is the domain of the intellect. The spirit is of course beyond the intellect, but, as I have just expressed, the language will be understood with my explanation in mind. This ego isn't so scary after all then. It's really a complex of traumas reacting to its sensory experiences. It's the factual basis of every theological "devil". In the so called Christian myth, Satan is the adversary of Jesus, the Virgin born son of God. And Set, in the mythology of the Kamites, is the adversary of Horus, the alchemically produced son of Isis. These religious tales illustrate the ultimate duality in mind which is ego and spirit---The Tale of Two Brothers. The illustration of this point is symbolized in the picture which introduces this article.
In magick and other spiritual systems, the ego is transformed into a helper in matters which are relative to its domain. For instance, the ego is needed in all social and economic affairs. And also needed in domestic affairs such as sharing one's life with a family. There is no need to be spiritual when withdrawing money from your bank account or even during a home invasion. Spirituality has always been about unifying opposites, this ancient understanding echoing into the new age where even most humans recognize that the pinnacle of life is to achieve balance. Yet, it is not likely that most humans know what it is they are in need of balancing, and their ideas remain abstract without practical knowledge on how to bring about such a balance. In future essays, details will be shared about such practices which originate from Alchemy and Tantric systems, describing the means and methods to achieve true inner harmony and through long-term practice, enlightenment and immortality...
As a growing symbol of this blog, I intend to share practices that will help the spiritual practitioner to experiment with techniques and exercises capable of producing effects in consciousness wherein the user may notice a before and an after. I therefore depart from the brunt of this essay with a brief on how to overcome the ego when willing to change your mind from being governed by your personal ego, to spirit. Spirit is that Divine, gnostic agent in the mind which has never lost its union with the Absolute. The ego is "the fallen self" who became a human and forgot it's divine identity of which, the vast records of spiritual wisdom and magical techniques are designed to cause that reunion.
Exercise: When practically working with meditation to program the mind with a new thought form different from self-limiting beliefs, opposing thoughts and emotions are sure to arise as a response. Do not give in to such thoughts or feelings. You may even experience certain setbacks with finances or "lose" "friends". Changing the mind is a mental version of what fasting does to the body---purging away all that excess which secretly causing you disease, though you had come to identify with it over a period of time. It is just a necessary breaking down of that which is no longer serving your growth and development. It will try to revert you back to old thoughts. Method: Induce a trance by breathing deeply through the nose, filling your diaphragm with vital energy, and circulating the energy toward your chest (known as the vase breath). Then, calmly affirm your will to change, stating confidently for example, “I am the master of my mind” and “I am in control of my ego”. Repeating this to yourself or other like affirmations, as a mantrical practice, will, soon enough, banish those weak thoughts, and further open your subconscious to be programmed with these new thoughts. You may also experiment with talking to your ego, learning to observe the difference between its words and the words of your spirit, and use whatever language you find effective towards putting it in his place. This basic technique works, and it's properly directed because it focuses on the magical desire rather than concentrating on suppressing that which is not desired. With continual practice the influence of the ego becomes less and less. However, always be direct and sure of success, just as the magician must have confidence that success will follow an incantation due to a strong implementation of the will.
Having dealt in sufficient detail with this strange entity we call ego, defining its origins, associations, how it stunts growth etc, and some basics on how to bring it under your control, I have expressed all there needs to written about this subject. I composed this essay with those practicing magicians and mystics in mind who will find this information useful in understanding not only the complexities of the human ego, but the mind as a whole. May the work be fruitful to you.
Further Reading: Conquering of Fear, Swami Sivananda, Conquering of Anger (by same author)
Following up to my previous article, titled: The Lust After Agape: Misconceptions Concerning The Nature And Expression Of Intimacy Part 1, it is now that I give Part 2, sharing my views on how the art of intimacy is expressed as a demonstration of love in its most essential form. Love and its principal ambassador, intimacy, is such a complex subject for discussion---involving something so arcane to the soul that no other word but essence will suffice in attempting to explain the source of its expression, and being generated often and largely through the emotions, and thus the psychic sense of feeling, that I must emphasize that my views are not for those dominated by the intellectual side of their mind. Rather, this article and the points of view to be presented herein are for those who have experienced, are experiencing, and or seek to experience the reality of love and intimacy on a spiritual level, in their own life, as a means of establishing a greater understanding of the dynamic of relationships, and accessing deeper and more advanced levels of spirituality as a whole. Embarking on such a journey to know with certainty the reality of love and intimacy requires a willingness to experience vulnerability---not necessarily with anything external, but internal---going into the dark depths of the subconscious mind, and facing those conditions of an unpleasant nature which are surely stored there, and determining if you are going to be courageous enough to work through those conditions; understanding why they are there, learning how to remove them and replace them with more conducive ones, and ultimately, DOING IT. However, let me say this to the reader of this article who perhaps was under the impression that this article was to be an essay on how one ego praises another, you know, the whole, "If he/she cant handle my "craziness" he/she is not strong enough for my love"--- This essay is in no way about feeding the human desire for comfort and continual validation through the agent of another's human ego in search for a false remedy to human insecurity. More so, my views are directed towards the practice of applying alchemical formulas intended for self realization--- through magical experimentation, and the eventual accessing/remembering/reactivating of self-knowing through the art and expression of intimacy in ones own consciousness, as from this central point, all outward demonstrations of love and intimacy are made truly authentic. The majority of my inspiration for writing this derives from my own personal experience with relationships in general, so bear in mind with patience that these views combine my personal experience with study of others along with spiritual archetypes in mythology.
The reader of this so far has at least once asked them-self what is the meaning of this word, Philautia? As with part 1, utilizing Agape (Unconditional Love for Another) I have drawn upon the 6 types of love according the the so called Greeks---not as a standard, but simply as a model which corresponds with the ideas and feelings I hold concerning the dynamic of love, intimacy, and relationships. This essay concerns Philautia then, last of the Greek types of love, meaning Unconditional Love for Self, being to the occultist and spiritual practitioner of all advanced schools, the truly highest form of love there is. Many of the descriptions about this word give a moral perspective regarding what self-love means, injecting an impression that its context relates to the ego, or personality of the human side of consciousness, but this is a veil to the truth. Ego as the occultist understands it, is not the self---not even close---it is what may as well be called the false "Self" actually, because its sense of being is contingent upon its "need" to feel secure by external aides. The meaning of ego, is, 'I', i.e., Intellect---that aspect of the brain which deals exclusively in measurement of physically apparent phenomena, and thus excluding any consideration of the spiritual, which is obviously non-measurable and based in experience rather than speculation. All spiritual beings require certain physical aids to assist them on their path to Self-Actualization, but the difference between the ego and the spirit, is that the spirit is satisfied even without the physical aid, whereas the ego cannot live without it. Philautia is love for ones own essence, in the same way that Shiva's love for Shakti is his love for his own essence. It is a love which turns in on itself, like the ouroboros snake which swallows its own tale. It is the love which precedes the Ultimate Return to the realm of Reality---which is the aim of the Magician. Social politics, social media, and of all, theological dogma have all attempted to make the love of self seem a practice given into by the sick and diseased, but as we know, they are in no position to speak of mental health, for obvious reasons, yet mainly, they lack self-love.
This sort of love makes a person a typically pleasant being to be around, because when love for the self is attained, a radiance of healing energy is emanating constantly when that person is in the atmosphere, and people will be drawn to them to benefit from that frequency. Philautia love develops ones emotional and psychological maturity in such a way that when it comes to attracting a significant other, a deep friendship-- be it romantic or otherwise--, exclusive or not, they are now prepared to receive the love of another having accessed or in the direct process of accessing the same sort of love within themselves, as this is the only bond of love which does not exclude the law of reciprocity. Everybody, whether consciously, or subconsciously, seeks to know the secret to the attainment of that state of consciousness wherein no longer is there an inclination to look externally for ones sense of fulfillment, emotionally, psychologically, and spiritually. I know this is true because thousands of people visit psychics and hypnotists, seeking to receive a tip on how they might fix a particular issue they are dealing with. They seek advice from such persons because they feel that they have in some way accessed this state of knowing they themselves are subconsciously seeking. This essay however intends to provide more than a tip, but an entire framework for going beyond the inclination to seek externally for that which is abundantly present within the very being that is you, effectively affirming the desire and will to attain mastery of self on the path of spirituality.
Thankfully, this practice is very, very simple. When it is decided that your desire for something is certain, say an intimate lover(not an "intimate fucker"), the energy for such is set in motion in mind and settled in body. That means, when someone says they seek love, knowing that nothing exists outside of them-self, they will move to harmonize the energy of love inside of them-self by learning the nature of love without its conditions, and viewing love as a formula, blending psychologically, mentally and emotionally with this desire, and thus be loved from within, intimately. As I said in my last article, intimacy means intense nearness, but another definition which I learned from my mother recently is, In-To-Me-See, and that is fitting, because it is into your self which you, and me, are seeking to see, that an acquaintance with the deepest aspect of being may be brought to the surface to operate in ones life tranformatively. When one has taken what they desire, and given it life by seeing, feeling, and imagining that it is already theirs on an astral level, they have indeed acquired the object of their desire, and it is only a matter of "time' before a physical correspondence to this astral form manifests itself in the magicians life. The whole work of Hermetic Alchemy is to create a scenario in your mind relative to your expressed desire, and begin living as if that desire is a reality to which you are experiencing each moment. Practicing this, simply as it is, is what hermetic alchemy is teaching: the usage of formulas intended to activate deeper levels of consciousness and in this case, love, most certainly being a deeper, if not the deepest level of consciousness. Self love is of real importance to the Gnositc if any real progress is going to be made in life, let alone spirituality. Without self love, one is unable to establish mutually beneficial relationships with others, because internally there is a belief of lack, and where there is lack, there is slack---the absent-ness that leaves relationships void of reciprocity. For myself, it wasnt until I truly began to see myself as complete, that I begin to attract the type of relationships that I had been consciously seeking. Before that, because I was not living in a way that demonstrated that I truly understood what I claimed to be seeking, I attracted people who were decent individuals, but had nothing of substance to add to my life, other than another case for me to study, and I can satisfy the bulk of that need with mythology. When I began to walk in the experience of my mental affirmations, I began to receive the type of relationships I had been seeking, and these relationships were and are none other than relationships with manifestations of myself in another spiritual being having a human experience.
I and the intimates in my life, do not identify as human, by any means whatsoever. Seeing the human form as the lowest aspect of being, it is really no point to go into that right now, as all Gnostics know, that Self, God, Reality, Essence, Source etc, is One entity, and Man is no different. Spirituality from the view of the Magician is about rising above humanity by shifting ones consciousness from subject to sovereign, in mind. The only subject, is the heart unto love, in submission to its fragrant force. It is really not a question of how to be intimate, or finding the words, and actions to show or share intimacy. Intimacy comes naturally the greater one delves into the love of their own divine self. You see, every woman is seeking Shiva/Osiris, and every man is seeking Shakti/Isis. In other words, every soul seeks its essence, but the way in which this pursuit has been and continues to be gone about is missing of the only method capable of completing that search. It would seem redundant to those who have seen it written about, or spoken about so often, but I don't believe it can be said enough: there is no love unless it is internal first. It is only an illusion of love, a disguise for attachment, which is the exact antithesis to true love of the self, when self love is not had within. Shiva did not seek love in the world. He knew that love was within him at all times, and so he meditated night and day, conjuring constantly the Kundalini fire subsisting at his spine to be in the intimate presence of his sacred consort, lover and friend, Shakti, who was to him, a living force, though invisible to the physical world. This deep understanding had by Shiva allowed for him to receive a physical manifestation of Shakti in the form of the woman Parvati, who was perfect in her devotion to yoga and meditation, thus providing not a distraction for the perfect Yogi/Master Magician that is Shiva, but a friend and aid along the path; a physical manifestation of the love that was already recognized on an immaterial level. Shiva was the best thing in all of existence to Parvati. He knew how to touch her heart, and her soul, but how, since he was an ascetic? Because he did it to himself through his relationship with Shakti, the immaterial Kundalini Goddess who lives within spine. But heres the thing also, one who has achieved this state of self love does not have the same desires or anxieties for physical unity as others do. That is not to say that they dont, but when such manifestations are absent, there is no heaviness of heart, as the overwhelming force of love that is accessed within provides the interim championship belt which satisfies the top contender, as with this interim belt, immanence of a greater belt is known to be approaching as the next phase of attraction. There is no wanting for the Magician, as everything which is desired is trusted to be acquired. Unlike a religionist who prays---petitions to an energy perceived to be external, in hopes that their request will be granted, the Magician subscribes to no such notion. To the Magician, The All Is Mind, And The Universe Is Mental, as the Kybalion puts it so powerfully. There is no wanting that is not already had. There is no desire which is not already acquired. There is no level in consciousness which is not already accessed, and so forth. It is a conflict of interest to express desire for something, yet hold fear or feelings of unworthiness regarding the attiainment thereof. That is the case for most who petition to what they perceive to be a power greater than they. For the Magician however, though the play of lover and beloved may be utilized as a ploy to keep the ego ignorant of the heart and minds designs, the understanding remains that it is none other than the mind of the one who wills that is bringing forth whatever is called upon. For many however, this is not the case. They are looking for someone to tie their shoes, yet they have yet to learn how to tie there own, which means they also cannot tie anyone elses shoes. That is to say they are looking for someone to love them, or looking to love someone, when they have yet to fulfil the first requirement: love of the self. The process towards consciously experiencing the reality which is always present, is called remembering, because Reality is existing at every moment, without anyone seeking it or even knowing it is operating in this way. And Love in its most essential form, that of Philautia is the expression of that Reality, which is why those not within its realm are helpless in attempting to comprehend the mentality of one who is. A lover of the self to such a person is weird, strange, a lunatic, and other synonymous terms. A lover of the self to such a person is indeed weird, strange, a lunatic. And those persons are correct in identifying the mystical characterics of the self-lover as such, but they are ignorant to believe such labels are anything less than praiseworthy. Weird means having power to control destiny/time, strange meaning foreign as in otherworldy, and lunatic meaning a person influenced by the magnetic energy of the moon, i.e. divine feminine energy---all correct. Self love is about letting go of all of the conditions which limit the infinite expression of self, and reclining into the deepest part of ones self, which the Magicians and Sufis in particular, call Essence, and learning to be at peace with that silence. I cannot say whether it is easy or not, because that is to be determined by the heart of each individual who endeavors to work towards the Gnosis. What I can and will say is that learning to love oneself is the best thing anyone can do for themself, as this sets the stage for all other enjoyments in the spiritual and material life. It is a truly fulfilling place to be--- and the highest of all types of loves is not contingent upon a pair. Consider if you have not already, some of the ideas and practices I have shared in this essay, and see if you do not begin to experience greater levels of peace in your own skin. I am not speaking of a mere self-esteem boost, though such will naturally come as a part of this; I am speaking of a feeling of transcendence, which radiates from the heart all around you, so much so that confidence and contenment become very familiar words to you. And still, once this stage in consciousness is reached, let it not be assumed that the work is over. Loving oneself, like any relationship, is an ongoing process. It does not stop even after death, for the spiritual worlds beyond this one are finer and much more receptive to the frequency of love and intimacy than this one. Since the love of self emulates the Reality--The Eternity itself, it must go on, forever. I for one plan to continue in this way, seeing no other way worthy of the name. Understanding Philautia---True and Divine Self(Essential) Love grants knowledge concerning the art and expression of intimacy, as what is known for self, is known for others. Love yourself without condition, and the your experience in consciousness will flourish.
An in depth conversation regarding the nature of intimacy in relationships of all sorts is a most underrated conversation on the lips of modern occultists. There are a few who do hold this conversation---the Adepts Bobby Hemmitt and Brother Panic are the most noteworthy in that field of discussion, as their copious lectures on the subject demonstrate, but very little emphasis in general occultism is placed upon the need to understand why it is that this "taboo" called intimacy is so often shoveled under the heap of synonymous terms for "sexual relation". Having long delt with the dilemma of myself being naturally inclined towards affection been misinterpreted, and at other times myself misinterpreting, I am now prepared for this task of providing an esoteric view of what it all means. I have sought in my personal life to establish a balance between being uninhibited in my expression of love, yet simultaneously exercising a degree of discrimination, as to prevent the invitation of emotionally unstable persons and the toxic situations they bring. My intention with this essay then, is to share what I have gained through corresponding personal experience with the records of mythology so that a new insight regarding intimacy as a divine quality of the spirit, not exclusively of the body, may be utilized to become more open to intimacy, and not make incorrect associations based on such a divine expression, that is intimacy.
With the widespread misinterpretation of intimacy being a major flaw in the dynamic of relationships, it is very common for people to lose out on a would-be spiritually enhancing divine friendship due to an attachment to a misguided, pre-mature desire for exclusivity. While I'm here though, it will serve this message well to include the meaning of 'relationship', as this word is misunderstood in its own right. The term 'relationship' is made up of two words: relation and ship. Combined together the term means: "the quality of being connected to each other." Being an affectionate person, as those near me have expressed, I have first-hand experience of cutting ties due to another's excessive desire--- which I at present, see simply as an adolescent view of intimacy. And this is because so few have done any investigation of this significant element in relationships. However, this survey is concerned particularly with how intimacy is expressed by those deeply in spiritual-thought, and how it is received by those dominated by ego-thought. This word intimacy is used incorrectly at every juncture that I've ever seen it. People's reluctance to research the essential meanings of words is puzzling, but nothing of the sort surprises me. The word 'Intimacy', stemming from the Latin, intimus, means "inmost, innermost, and deepest". Those definitions alone place the term in a mystical and thus spiritual context, as in mysticism, the inmost is the source of being---what the Sufi's call the Beloved, and what the Magicians call the Quintessence. In a context of relating to another however, the meaning is extreme closeness or nearness. You are not only near, and extremely close to your significant other. You are near to your parent, your sibling, your comrade, your teacher(s)(if you have this dynamic in a personal setting), and anyone who you love in a special way is intimate with you, and you with them. So then, what this proves is that intimacy is not synonymous with monogamy, or any other sexual relations. Intimacy is a great mystery, and I do not suppose that I have all the answers to its secret chamber. I wrote this essay to not only share my ideas and findings regarding it, but to stimulate in the minds of other seekers a desire to make their own personal inquiries into this at times perplexing aspect of relationship. If you are familiar at all with this topic you may think about polyamory being next but I am not talking about that either. Monogamy is a very sacred bond which is to be engaged into only when one is emotionally and spiritually prepared, and that preparation is determined by a feeling of such exclusivity being that which is desired without a reasonable doubt. I have not encountered many poly-amorous people, but a large portion of the world are definitely poly-erotic, having (or at the very least desiring) multiple partners for sexual relations, often times while having agreed to a monogamous one already. But it's also not enough to intellectually know the former statements. A part of honoring the knowledge is to aspire through practical work to reach that level where one is ready for the crown, which is the divine union of Shiva and Parvati, or Soul and Quintessence. The Secret of monogamy is that it imitates the essential reality of unity, to which an inclusion of multiples does not. The search for exclusive Unity with another is the search of Isis for Osiris; of Quintessence for soul(vice versa). The folly of it is that many desire this union without recognizing the need to develop the mentality necessary to actively exchange in such a union, as this sort of bond is by no means one-sided. It's altruism is not vested in a dogma or empty morality, but in a mutual desire to give and receive from one another. Unity is an experience only capable of being had once an understanding of love without condition is felt and known. Often times, when a spiritual help appears in ones life, such is there as a demonstration of the archetype of love and intimacy, not for the student to covet and seek exclusivity with, but to learn, heal, grow, and finally know what this divine energy looks like, smells like, feels like and acts like. Then, as they go on in life they will not be deceived by the games played by those ignorant of these mysteries. This is the sort of Love expressed by the Sufi's in their mystical poems...and how unfortunate would it have been for a female student of Rumi to let her personal feelings of want for his exclusivity, and his subsequent decline of such, deter her from the presence of his spiritually beneficial teachings? It would be very unfortunate indeed, not because he's the only one with this benefit, but because the cause for this student's departure was based purely on ego. I am sure that throughout the ages, many students have fallen into what they see as love with their spiritual teacher, and that is fine. When it becomes a conflict for the student and the teacher, is when there is a sense of personal, human want, as opposed to impersonal, spiritual desire. I wrote in a poem recently, that a true friend wants for your happiness, regardless if it involves them or not. This friend may be madly in love with you, but even if they find that such love is not felt by the other, they do not become callous; they continue to love their friend as a testimony to the sincerity of their affection. You might kiss your brother on the lips, or hug your dear friend passionately, yet no one will imagine that you desire a monogamous relationship with your brother or dear friend. Intimacy is not an expression which all comers are privileged to. It may be given to whoever the heart of the beholder sees fit. In the path of magick and mysticism it is given to those who the magicians heart and discernment has verified as a genuine and sincere being, worthy of such nearness, as in this way it will not be a hindrance to your path of spiritual advancement. There are many friends whom I hold dear that I am intimate with, that I do not desire sexual union with. I love them because love for my own soul has given me access to this ability to extend love to others, which are in reality, an aspect of my own self. That is what I learned from the presence of the Mystics who teach that Man(as Mind) is the Reality---if only he will Know Himself, and Be Himself. When you gain access to the supreme truth that you yourself are the Reality, how can you not be overflowing with so much love that you are an affectionate and caring being? When love inflames the blood and cells from within, its outward manifestation is intimacy, because the one who has reached this level has gone beyond one of the biggest fears of all humans on this earth: vulnerability. Many people, both occultists and regular humans alike are afraid to show themselves, for fear that they will be exposed to a threat capable of unmounting their power. This fear however is a superstition, for who can overpower the Mind of All? And what is in this body, so precious, that one will guard it with deception as if their life depended on it? Alas! There it is: Fear of death. The Gnostic who dies again and again by accepting challenges and passing initiations invites death at every corner, not as a reckless arrogance or disregard for his earthly lot, but in knowing that Reality, to which he is, Is, without time, or life, or death...It simply, eternally, is. There are degrees to intimacy of course, and one does do with their beloved what they do with their childhood comrade. Yet a relationship without intimacy is not really a relationship, but a business contract, be it financially productive or not. Unfortunately, for many, this is what they call love, relationship and intimacy---two people in attachment to one another trying to impose their wills upon the other, yet sharing no mutual trust, affection, or tenderness. With learning more advanced ideas concerning the nature of intimacy as is presented in this essay, one can begin to step into a greater understanding of how love expresses itself in relationships with our friends, family and lovers. My only direct advice is that you learn to love yourself in your essential form. That means, piercing beyond the veil of human ego, through personality and the multitude of conditions barried deep within the subconscious mind, looking at those conditions, evaluating if they are helping your progression or your regression, discarding ones that are of no benefit and going straight to the source which is essence through soul. Dwelling in that place causes a transcendence of all the barriers to self expression, which thus expels fear of vulnerability. When that occurs, the man or woman is capable of understanding intimacy.
This year has been a very transformative year for a reemerging magus that is myself. And all of it has all come from me going deeper into the practice of magick and mysticism. I have gone through many initiations, none of which were pre-packaged rites of passages such as in fraternal organizations. I am not a member of any secret association, as I favor solitary spiritual practice, and something about the way in which the ancient wisdom says, "Know Thy Self", not know thy neighbor, really resonates with me. To anyone who has achieved some transformation in the practice of internal alchemy, it is known that the more you know about yourself, the more you will know about others---the masses of course, insist on fulfilling this process in reverse.
A bit about myself though... I have gone from a, "I can't fuck with that dude, he ain't eating right" to a "Do what thou wilt... who the fuck cares about moral standards; what someone is eating or whatever---some shit that doesn’t even exist or register in the higher realms of chaos consciousness." For me personally, plant-based eating is optimum, and I intend to stick to this health plan for the bulk of my human experience, but I no longer, as so many faithfuls of the vegan mafia, subscribe to the notion of physical food being the crown of spirituality, a rather disturbing misinformed notion. But what I have noticed in my own thinking in the early periods of my consciousness journey, and with others, is that often when a new way of life is accessed, though the playing field will have evolved, the same old rules remain because the mind has not been emptied of its superstitions and moral-stipulations; a process requiring a breakdown of ones narrow views of law and principle.
A great deal of my growth has come via study of the Tree of Death(i.e. the Tree of Knowledge or Qliphoth). The majority of European occultists who write about, has written about or mentions the Qliphoth, dismiss it as a useless waste of "shells" concealing the "true light" that is the Tree of Life. According to them, the Qliphoth is "evil"--- funny how occultists go back to church when the scene gets a bit darker. Evil in truth is a misrepresented concept, having beneath its veil many mysteries concerning the essence of consciousness, but that will get me off topic so I will cover that in a later article.
What I will tell you about those who write or speak dismissively about the Qliphoth is: 1. They are either party to an agenda to suppress information i.e. under arbitrary oath and thus seeking to prevent you from obtaining light which they themselves do not even have, or 2. They are Pie---Sweet---Fruity---Funny---Spooky---Scurred; having yet to transcend the shells of their medieval superstitions, or in very rare cases, they are concerned for the mental health of the potentially premature magician who engages such occult phenomena without an understanding of what exactly she or he is getting into.
But regardless of that, there are many benefits for the Magician to be acquired in the study and corresponding engagements with Daath.
Daath, is the 11th "hidden" Sephira on the Qabalistic Tree of Life and its meaning from Hebrew is Knowledge. It is largely ignored and often times left entirely out of the diagram of the Tree of Life by occultists and Rabbis alike. However, this sort of knowledge to which Daath is referring is dual: Knowledge via Intellect, or Gnosis via Spirit. The Ace of Swords in the Thoth deck illustrate the process of the Ruach (spirit, sometimes called Divine Intellect) being illumined by the light which is shrouded in darkness, but as you go deeper into this darkness called Daath, that mere intellectual knowledge becomes gnosis---spiritual insight and intuitive knowing, as after having journeyed into the abyss, you will have learned some valuable truths about your world; you will have seen the limitations of logic and reasoning firsthand, thus allowing your innate knowing to rise to the surface of your mind and operate actively and intelligently as it assists you towards the ultimate realization(Self Illumination). Daath is the gateway into that realm which shows you all the secrets of the universe; what has been hidden from you, and what you are hiding from your own self. The test is if you will make a choice to transcend your fears of your self, and become the perfect gnostic. Understanding these ideas by intellect alone is not sufficient to bring about a total transformation, and this is why the practice of meditation, incantation and invocation come into serious play, because in doing such you are actively fusing these ideas with your subconscious mind, thus causing the forces of whatever formula being invoked or meditated upon to work with or for you in a spiritually beneficial way.
Such has been the process for me. And the journey continues. One thing which is for certain is that I will always persist in seeking "new" ways to attain more light and understanding of myself. I parenthesis the word new because it is not necessarily that whatever avenue I take or method I enlist has not been known or used prior, but that it is an experience or experiment to which as far as my conscious mind is concerned, I had not encountered. It is a magician's work to know the ins-and-outs of his mind and how mind is reflected in the world around him, as the very notion of being a victim is truly a juvenile and laughable idea when the Hermetic Principles are understood. Though the magician probably incurs the greatest suffering of all, because to know something is an illusion, yet reconcile with it is no easy task, there is a secret joy in knowing that it is all a learning experience and the power is not merely within but it is, and it is the only Reality that truly is.
1. The Gnostics, Jacques Laccariere
2. The Elements of the Qabalah, Will Parfitt
3. The Hermetica, Timothy Freke & Peter Gandy
4. 777 and other Qabalistic Writings, Aliester Crowley
5. The Tree of Life (A study in Magic), Israel Regardie
Contrary to what is collectively agreed upon by the misinformed masses of to-day, few titles known to the Goddess compare to the raw force vested within the word Bitch, as a title attributive to the most Ancient Form of Being, both physically and spiritually--- that of Androgyny.
But a position like this is, I understand, according to convention, highly extreme, so allow preconceptions to rest, so that I will explain…
It is with little effort that you will find in searching through old dictionaries, or any high quality thesaurus containing etymological documentation regarding the original conceptions of a word, that most sources which are available to the researcher express that the word Bitch is derived the Old English Bicce, which means, "female dog," and similarly, though not exactly corresponding, the Old Norse Bikkjuna, meaning, "female of the dog", both sources reportedly born in the 14th Century. Without putting forth much more intellectual substantiation (meaning in this context heavy reliance upon the scholastic sources), as I with this inquiry am communicating primarily to those who feel the language most consistent with the spirit, mind and soul is that of symbology, I will consider, using the ancient records of mythology as my substantiation, the occult meaning behind this “Female Dog”, known contemporarily as Bitch.
In Ancient Kamite/Tamuurian (Misnomer: “Egyptian”) mythology, several major significances are associated with dogs, both as Deity and as Planetary Sphere. The Deity most famously associated with the dog archetype, is Anpu, known in Greek transliteration as Anubis. Being that the realm to which his duty lies was that of the underworld, he is therefore a lunar(moon) Deity, the moon being feminine, and his position thus being within the realm of femininity. The previous statements as they are, prove Anpu an androgynous entity, as in the mythological language of the Egyptians, allegories and analogies to other worlds were often used to stimulate the imagination of the people as to cause their constant remembrance of the imaginative faculty being the true creator of all things in this world, but what they were actually referring to is the Conscious/Seen World(Masculine) and Subconscious/Under World(Feminine) regions of the mind, and how a true Gnostic---a self-realized being, will seek to harmonize these two regions of the mind as to make themselves whole. Magick being the sublime art and science of the ancient Initiates and Adepts was designed towards instructing the mind step by step towards understanding the natural laws, how they relate to mind and matter, then the higher principles which govern the mentality of the universe. Many veils for secrets concerning mans hidden power were used in the symbols of deities and locations, which the student at first believed was external, but through gaining insight through experimentation and persistent practice, realized were all descriptive of an inward technology only accessed through the will to penetrate beyond all veils...
Anpu's primary role in Kamite mythology was a significant one: weighing of the hearts of man upon the scales of the Goddess Ma'at, who was to reject them, or accept them, according their heart being either heavier, or lighter than a feather.
The secret behind the dog having this role in the mythology is not fantasy; for it is founded upon sound knowledge that all dogs are endowed with a certain, particularly potent degree of Clairsentience (the ability to sense the subtle vibrations of human emotion) and thus has intuitive knowledge regarding the true nature of one's feelings. I must mention at this moment that the word dog is the word God in reverse, and it's numeric value is 8, relating back to the scales of Maat, whose numeric value is also 8.
It is well now also to note that the numeric value of the name Anpu is 7, the same as Sex, which as its very definition is: "Male and Female collectively", hence, androgyny.
So you see, Anpu is the Dog of the Underworld who works with the Judge, Goddess Ma’at. I have only scratched the surface with this interpretation. Nonetheless, it clear by the above correspondences that Anpu is a Bitch, as he is feminine in nature i.e. according to his natural disposition--- being of lunar designation--- and 'feels' his way to understanding--- a known trait of the feminine expression... and thus, him being a Dog, with femininity as his nature and principal expression, is it of any argument that he is in fact a Bitch?
In the mythology of the West African Dogon Tribe, it is indicated that the Star constellation of Sirius B is their origin place, the star Sirius being associated with Isis in the “Egyptian” Mythology. Interestingly, if one were to take the name of the Father Deity of “Egyptian” Mythology, Osiris, and rearrange the letters of his name, you may derive: Sirios, such being phonetically identical to Sirius, and therefore revealing a secret connection between the Great Old God Osiris and the Dog Star Sirius, which is undeniable. It only helps that both God and Osiris equal 8 numerically. European astrophysicists refer to this Star constellation as the Dog Star, identifying it with the name of those indigenous people who truly, though it is not explicitly admitted, revealed its existence to them. It is safe to say then, that the word Bitch refers to a form of manifestation more ancient than anything comprehensible to human intellect. Then, greater clarity is had when it is recognized that the Nommos, the ancestral spirits of the Dogon people, which are identified by them as the "Masters of Water", and, the androgynous fish- like beings, (which is the True and Essential Meaning of the name Moor).
It is because of the richness of feminine symbolism already inherent in the archetype of Anpu alone that I do not consider it necessary to give extensive detail on the female consort of lunar deity Anpu, but briefly as there is very interesting notes regarding her nature and role, I will consider. Her name is Anput or Input. She is very interesting, as her role was the Goddess of funerals and mummification, and she was to prepare the physical bodies with the necessary wrappings which would make them suitable to be placed in their tomb for the spirit to travel through the underworld (realm of Osiris) and be met by her male consort, Anpu. This Goddess who prepares the bodies of dead men is important, but my point regarding the true meaning of the word has already been made so I need not elaborate further with regards to her role. One should note the simplicity in all of this, for if one is simply to remove the various delusions of the apparent, an obvious inner reality is revealed.
Truthfully, as I trust I have expressed in the language of etymology, numerology, mythology, and symbology, the word Bitch is relative to that androgynous state of being, that of appearing in the form of masculinity(as does Anpu), but holding as its essence the original energy, that of femininity, or vice-versa. Therefore, not only is the word Bitch not an insult, it is not a term appropriate for ones who have not achieved this perfect state of inner Alchemy.
Now, having made this point, perhaps you will have less tension regarding the usage of this term bitch, and actually aspire to be one with its ideal. Keep in mind, however, this is only one perspective concerning this word, and there exist many more of similar capacity, one of particular interest to myself that you will find in an article composed by Abdullah El Talib Mosi Bey, writing about the astronomical origin and meaning of the 4th of July Celebration. His corresponding research to the connection with the Goddess to Sirius is far more extensive than mine, and I encourage the reader of this essay to consider his works, which you may find at his website (Moorishciviletter.net).
This inquiry is now complete, and trusting that such has broadened the readers perspective, perhaps reclamation of this divine word will be an effect which these thoughts have caused. To conclude, the word Bitch, neurologically, equals 6. And the word Androgyny, neurologically, equals 6! Androgyny is the unified function of the feminine and masculine energy currents, harmonized within the mind and body to bring into fruition the completed person, or as the Gnostics say, The Perfect Man. With all of the aforementioned having been said, who will deny the sacredness of the word Bitch; as a term indicative of the highest degree of unity possible for the spiritual being? If one has read this paper seeking truth, that, they have found. But no doubt if one is stuck in beliefs based on conditioned opinion, and the definitions given to words via mind-control social engineering, continue in the way of their belief they will.
In any event, the Bitch is back!
1. http://www.moorishciviletter.net/astronomy.html (The Astronomical and Geometrical Origin and Meaning of The 4th of July Celebration)
2. Laird Scranton, The Science of the Dogon
3. *Pythagorean Number/Alphabet Correspondence Scale(The Method of Numerology Employed*
4. Gerald Massey, The Egyptian Book Of The Dead and The Ancient Mysteries of Amenta
°Throughout the ages, many occultists have declared that their position in consciousness is higher than that of the angels, yet in their writings, I have seen no explicit explanation of why this statement has be made, or what it means. I intend with this short essay to explain what is meant by such statements which shock and puzzle the multitude. In a poem by Rumi, he says, "At one time our home was in heaven, there we were in companionship with the angels... let us go back to that abode, O Lord, for that is our dwelling-place. We are above the heavens and greater than the angels; why do we not go beyond these two? Our journey is to the vision of the glory of God." But why does Rumi, the sweet and tender, currently best-selling love poet make this rather self-affirmative statement? We shall find out now. The word Angel is a code veiling within its garb, a designation of spirit-entities--- benevolent or not, which dwell on the astral plane, and have as their exclusive duty to serve men on earth. You might be thinking, how can a malevolent entity provide a service in which it's work is to cause harm? To which I would tell you, it is all a matter of perspective; there are many services instituted towards hindering instead of helping, and all such choices have their correspondence.
The angels who appear in all religious and magical conceptions, have been described as "angles of light", by more explicit occultists, as "they" come in a moment of in-spir-ation, or, when knowledge sincerely desired, to shed light upon previously un-realized truths. It is important to recognize this dynamic of all knowledge being unrealized, and never truly gained externally, as all knowledge is hidden in the darkness within; and if this were not the case the Hermetic principal of Mentalism would be a lie, to which we know such is not the case. In truth, "they" are not a "they". If we are to consider the etymology of the word angel, which gives us the word messenger, we will understand that the word 'angel' is a figure of speech, relating to the active intelligence which is accessed through man's expansion of his own inner consciousness--- as for instance, in the story of the Prophet Mohammed, he received an in-spir-ation from the angel Gabriel while in a state of deep trance and meditation. That inspiration led to the creation of a doctrine which came to be known as Islam, and now billions of people follow that creed which began only as an excitement of the mental and emotional faculties in the mind of a meditating ascetic. Did it ever occur to you, that Mohammed could have been talking with the delusions of his own mind, and thus his ego? It is only an assumption backed by belief, that what was received unto him in the mountain was a revelation to be adhered to as the absolute truth. So then, when man interacts with angels, he is only interacting with his own inherent intelligence; the latent abundance of spiritual light which is within the mind and soul.
The angels are refereed to esoterically as "angles of light", because in a moment of inspiration, wherein many spirits abound, a previously un-realized point-of-view begins to surface in the mind, and a perspective which was previously hidden to the minds eye becomes visible. That I am considering the relationship between angles and point-of-view, I will give a pertinent example. From one point of view, the Planets and their Animal Zodiacs are for man, an institution of spiritual and psychological oppression, which reigns down from the Astral Plane, designed to govern the every thought and action of man, feeding him baby formula from the cradle to the grave, rendering him an unchanging, non-evolving animal, governed by the vibrational tides of the celestial bodies, no different than the beasts of the jungle. Then, from another point of view, the Planets and their Zodiacal archetypes are symbolical representations of the Genesis(Genes of Isis) of Man from his Spiritual Origin---his descent into dense matter, the repeated instances of death and rebirth to which he must endure to reclaim his forgotten sovereignty, and the awesome powers latent within him that must be accessed in order for him to break free from the cycle of time, i.e. the Clock of Destiny, the Zodiac, and reawaken the Essence of the Soul, which is the highest goal of all Magicians and Mystics. Both points of view are correct, and so it is important to know how to use these tools for empowerment, rather than profitless servitude.
To make this even more clearer, the angels are like cells in the body; when the blood stream is nourished, these cells keep the body and brain in a state of vitality. When the blood stream is poisoned due to lack of nourishment, the cells become toxic, causing all manner of disease which leads to cancer and other harmful health conditions. Rumi, the Sufi mystic and theosophical love poet, was well aware of this reality, and in one of his ecstasy induced emanations, revealed a great secret: "From what source is this Earthly world--- from what source is the pure gym? Although we have descended to this place, let us hasten to return--- for what place is this? Yet we are pearls in this sea, all of us have our place in it, otherwise, why should wave after wave come from the sea of spirit? It is the opportunity for us to attain Union, the time to reach the beauty of immortality, the time to draw near and receive gifts, it is the ocean of perfect purity." Rumi, like many other Sufis held explicitly Gnostic views concerning the illegitimacy of the world of manifestation, seeing it as an illusion, and that the real world is in the soul realm, is even higher than the spirit(astral) world. The idea, concerning angels, is that, if desired, these Angelic Energies may be utilized to assist or hinder you in your spiritual work, depending upon your level of comprehension concerning their nature and role; to be successful in spiritual and magical work, a mentality free from superstition, and rooted in the realization of the paramount role of will is required. To conclude, consider this saying by a highly regarded medieval Andalusian Sufi, Muhiyyideen Ibn al-Arabi, "Angels are the powers hidden in the faculties and organs of man."
Readings From The Mystics of Islam, Margaret Smith, pg. 105-6
The Sufis, Idries Shah, pg. 159
To the occultist, to whom this website is designed for, some knowledge regarding the concept of Gnosis should be had. Still, there are many occultists who as yet have not been drawn to that particular composition of ancient spiritual writings, though they are aquainted with many other writings of the ancient occultists. The term Gnosis, from whence the word Science is derived, means, "insight; intimacy or personal acquaintance with internal or hidden mysteries". The Gnostics historically are those later-day Egyptian Initiates who, recognizing the social and political fall of the Kamite dynasties, realized that the ceromonial ritual/priesthood systems of old would no longer serve those seeking light towards attaining their mystic goal, that of eternal life through spiritual illumation. They thus synthesised the writings of the Egyptian Adepts into a simplified teaching which encourages the attainment of Gnosis, through internal transformative work, contemplating often and those attributes applied to the highest idea of a divinity whose power is transcendental--- a divinity which the gnostics teach will not be known through any other means except Gnosis. This way of thought is the original playwright for what became in its utter distortion, Christianty---The Constantinopolitan Creed more accurately. The Gnostics were therfore the true Christians, and the symbol of the Fish was the symbol of the Christ, which represented to them, the Chrystalization of Consciousness after having actualized the GodForce within the soul. The word Twilight signifies the setting of the Sun into the darkness of chaos from which it repeatingly emerges. Twilight Gnosis then, is the soul of the Chaos Being reclining into the darkness to gain the insight neccessary to navigate in the innermost subtle planes within consciousness. If you have sought, are seeking, and or wish to know the mysteries of yourself, the nature of the cosmos, your purpose and reason for having manifested into a body of flesh, you are a Gnostic, seeking the knowledge of your self, which is the only knowledge that a Gnostic is concernced with. I myself am a student in the path of Gnosis, and intend to carry on towards the attainment of total illumination, until my very last breath. Here at TheAllOrNothing that same level of dedication is encouraged, and the aim of this work is to supply fellow occultists with beneficial information on how to break down mental and emotional barriers, thus freeing the mind to practically receive, achieve and maintain higher levels of consciousness, which will allow one to govern their own world, their own universe.