Wednesday, November 16, 2005

Blackout And Sigils

Blackout And Sigils Cover BLACKOUT AND SIGILS
Fra.: Apfelmann

The blackout or as it is commonly referred to, the death posture, is the
technique that the late Austin Osman Spare refined for his own magical use and
which has been adopted by chaoists, solo and group, world wide as its popularity
has been increased by the works of the IOT over the last decade or so.

The normal procedure, as many will undoubtedly be familiar with, (and this is
only one of its uses) is that a sigil/glyph of desire is held in the mind's eye
whilst in what we all refer to as the death posture e.g., stood on tiptoe, arms
locked behind the head, body stretched to its limit, deep spasmodic breathing,
until total exhaustion and inevitably one blacks out, the sigil is then lost to
the mind of the inner and the banished of laughter is evoked to prevent the
resurfacing of the said sigil.

Anyone who has used this technique for the above said purpose, will have at
sometime or another experienced, even if just slightly, difficulty in holding
the posture long enough for the desired gnosis to take effect sufficiently for
blackout. And due to this difficulty, a well planned ritual can be a well
planned waste of time as the desired result is not implanted properly.

A technique that has been repeatedly employed by myself on such occasions is
based upon the same principles as the death posture but as I have found, a
little easier and without pitfalls that one can experience with A.O. Spare's

This technique is a strange mixture of inhibitory and excitatory gnosis, forced
overbreath-ing, dancing or spinning, and of course exhaustion. The end result
is of necessity for this process the blackout, which is as we know, of the
inhibitory gnosis. I will now explain how this technique is employed by one for
the insertion of sigils for whatever purpose one feels the need.

First one has to sigilize the desire in any form that one may wish, but in all
cases and especially this one, it must be very easy to visualize. Once that has
been achieved, one may then begin to design the ritual for that particular
purpose in mind. Banishings and invocations may be employed, if so wished, this
is, however, not a necessity for the successful outcome of this process.
At the culmination of the rite the individual starts the overbreathing, panting
deeply and spasmodically and at the same time visualizing the sigil as vividly
as you possible can, bright, intense and very clear as the overbreathing
continues. Then when you feel that the time is right, start your spinning round
and round, still overbreathing and still holding your visualized sigil in your
mind's eye. Music can be played for a background to the dancing, tom toms or any
other drum is rather excellent background sound for this purpose. When the
individual has reached a state of sheer exhaustion, very dizzy, sweating and
ready to drop, he or she then, still spinning and overbreathing and of course
holding the visualized sigil in mind, works their way to the centre of the
circle or working area.

There a partner, either active or passive to the rite, (in other words, if a
solo worker, try to get someone to help you with this part) stops you spinning
and grabs you in a bear hug lifting you off the ground and squeezing you about
the solar plexus, where a large network of nerves lie. At this precise moment
the music, if any has been employed, is stopped, and death-like silence is kept.
The practitioner holds his or her breath whilst being squeezed and the sigil is
visualized as if burning with bright, white heat as its image is burnt into your
mind. Within seconds the blackout will occur and the sigil is lost to the mind.
At this point it is important that your partner lets you drop to the floor,
unless that is you wish to return to primal chaos!

On coming round, in most cases, you should evoke laughter to banish the sigil
and all thoughts thereof, your laughter breaks that silence and the rite is
finished in whatever manner wished.

With fractalic greetings and laughter * Fra.: Apfelmann *

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Tuesday, November 8, 2005

The Tarot Contemplation Ritual

The Tarot Contemplation Ritual Cover The Tarot Contemplation Ritual

-Remove the 22 cards of the Major Arcana. Keep the cards of the Major Arcana
with you while you perform the relaxation ritual.

-Immediately after completing the relaxation ritual, take the cards of the
Major Arcana and mix them up (shuffle them) in any manner you desire until you
feel it is time to stop.

II. Brief Rite

(after/before Rituals & Magick)

-Select any one card and look at the picture for about three minutes. At this
point do not attempt to analyze the symbols, simply gaze into the card and
clear your thoughts.

-Take three deep breaths and the Brief Rite is complete.

-Record the card name and number in your Magickal Journal. Also, record any
feelings, sensations, or ideas you received while contemplating the card.

III. Extended Rite


-Select any one card and look at the picture for about two to three minutes.
Take a few deep breaths, and clear your mind as you focus on the card.

-Be sure that your mind is clear and focused on the card. Imagine Yourself as
the main character in the card. You may change the sex of the main figure of
the card so that the sex of that character matches your own. If there is no
main character, or no human character, simply put yourself into the card
anywhere. Visualize yourself in the card.

-When you are certain that you have placed yourself within the surroundings of
the card, slowly close your eyes. Be sure that your last Physical image is of
the card. While strongly concentrating on the fact that you are still "in" the
card, will your psychic eyes open. Once your psychic eyes are open, look
around. See everything in the card from the view of yourself within the card.
Try to see what is behind the designs of which you can normally only see the
front. Most importantly, determine if you can "see" anything beyond the edges
of the card. Don't do anything, just look. Do not attempt to move or go

-Will your psychic eyes to close and return to normal consciousness. Record
your experience, whether or not you experienced any unusual sights, sounds,
smells, tastes, feelings, or sensations. Read this several hours after you
have completed the ritual.

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Sunday, October 16, 2005

The Tarot Path Of Achievement

The Tarot Path Of Achievement Cover by Hermotimus

The Path of Achievement is charted by the Major Arcana of the Tarot Deck. Each
of us is aware that achievement is based on the accomplishment of goals. The
Major Arcana accurately charts the process of setting and completing goals
through 22 steps, each represented by a Major Arcana card. The Understanding of
this 22-step process is a very important tool for self-development.

The Path begins with The Fool. This card illustrates each one of us. We walk
along a path with our heads in the clouds, and fall into the abyss. The fall is
normal and almost a part of our nature. The shock of landing in the abyss is,
however, the separation between success and failure. The failures blame this
fall on others, or on circumstances or the Gods and Goddesses. When they pick
themselves up they walk upon whatever path is easily found. The successful
person stops at this point and asks "Why have I fallen?" This question leads to
the realization that one need not have fallen, and that to prevent a future
fall, one must make a change in what one is doing. This realization is the
beginning of the Path of Achievement. The realization that change is necessary
leads us to The Magician.

The card of The Magician illustrates that we have all the tools needed to make a
change in our path. The four tools upon the table are symbolic of the four tools
available to us. The sword symbolizes reason, and the cutting edge of logic that
is the conscious mind. The Wand represents the subconscious mind. The Cup is
symbolic of the superconsciousness, and the Pentacle represents our experience
and knowledge of the world around us. These four tools are all that are needed
on this path. The understanding that we have all we need to proceed along the
path, is the first step on the Path of Achievement.

The High Priestess represents the subconscious mind symbolized by the Wand on
the Magician's table. This is intuition, and the hidden wellspring of knowledge
that we have gained from experience. Through this intuition we learn what change
must be made to prevent another fall. The knowledge of what change is needed is
inherent within us. We must allow what is there to come forth. Quiet meditation
is the key to allowing the subconscious mind to tell us things we need to know.
This change, suggested by our subconscious, now becomes our goal. This is the
second step on the Path of Achievement.

The Empress represents our experience and knowledge, and is symbolized by the
Pentacle upon the Magician's table. Here, we add up the experience learned in
our life about the world around us, and the nature of existence. This is the
basis that the other tools will use to chart our path toward the goal. Here we
must take time to reflect and remember. This is the third step upon the Path of

The Emperor represents the conscious mind, and is symbolized by the sword upon
the Magician's table. We know the goal. We have our experience to guide us. Now,
through reason and logic, we must set forth the necessary course that we will
traverse to achieve the goal. The conscious mind will take the goal and what we
have learned, and develop the specific acts needed to achieve the goal. Each act
must be clearly defined and stated before we can proceed. This is the fourth
step of the Path of Achievement.

The Pope represents the superconsciousness symbolized by the cup upon the
Magician's table. Here is the first test of the goal we have set for ourselves.
Our emotions guide us to understanding the superconsciousness. Does this goal
feel right? Is this what I need to do? Seek quietly within the mind and allow
your emotions to tell you the rightness of this goal. This is the fifth step on
the Path to Achievement.

The Lovers card is the point of decision of whether to proceed with the goal.
Here, we must take all our intuition, our knowledge and experience, our reasoned
thought, and our emotions as the basis for this decision. If there is something
wrong with our goal or the acts we will perform to achieve it, we will know it
here. If there is something wrong, return to the High Priestess and start from
that point again. The sixth step is your decision. When your decision is Yes,
the Chariot awaits you!

The Chariot begins the second phase of the Path of Achievement. It represents
the drive and self-discipline needed to carry out each specific act set down as
part of the first phase. Here we must set ourselves to the accomplishing the
specific acts needed to reach the goal. This is the key to achievement. The
self-mastery needed to complete what we set out to do is thus the seventh step
on the Path of Achievement.

Strength illustrates that while physical strength is needed, it alone is not
enough. We cannot open the jaws of the lion (nature) without his cooperation. We
must work with and cooperate with the natural order in carrying out our specific
acts. Many strong people fail because they do not realize that nature must be
worked with, and not against. This is the eighth step on the Path of

The Hermit represents the constant need for vigilance as we carry out the
specific acts. It is easy to become distracted by the day to day events of life
and thus abandon our goal. Vigilance is the lonely sleepless watcher who warns
us when we are about to go astray. The ninth step is to be vigilant each day and
remember the importance of what we are accomplishing.

The Wheel of Fortune illustrates the working of fate in our daily lives. We all
experience the daily variations of existence, but allowing these variations to
rule your life is not the path to your goal. Accept that fate has a hand in all
things, and thus all things change. Accept also that we are not ruled by fate,
and our will to succeed can overcome the casual acts of fate. This is the tenth
step of the Path of Achievement.

Justice pictures the need to balance our daily affairs with the accomplishment
of our goal. The need for balance and harmony in the midst of the changes we are
under-going must be realized. The single-minded pursuit of a goal leaves too
many routine tasks unfinished. Therefore, we must balance our daily needs with
the specific acts required to accomplish our goal. Proper rest and leisure, an
adequate diet, daily household chores must be part of the balance and harmony of
accomplishing the goal. This is the eleventh step upon the Path of Achievement.

The Hanged Man represents the need for sacrifice. The task of creating something
new is always preceded by the destruction of something else. We must sacrifice
old ideas and old patterns to achieve the goal. We must be willing to sacrifice,
and we are at the point in reaching our goal where certain things must be given
up. This realization is the twelfth step on the Path to Achievement.

Death illustrates that the sacrifices we are making from the previous step have
opened the door for new ways. Death is the Transformation from old to new. Old
growth must be pruned to allow the new seeds a chance to grow. The destruction
of the old ideas naturally results in the growth of new ideas. This is the
thirteenth step on the Path to Achievement.

Temperance is the time of prudence to allow the new ideas to grow and develop.
Give yourself time to allow your conscious and subconscious minds the
opportunity to set these new ideas in place. Haste is not a sign of progress.
It is a sign of failure. Thus step fourteen is the growth of new ideas and the
putting of these ideas into their proper places.

The Devil illustrates that we are easily chained to our past. It is never easy
to break old patterns and habits. Here we must sift through the ideas which have
grown and chose those of benefit to keep. Not all the new ideas are good, and we
must separate good and bad before we can continue. The task of the Devil is the
separation of good and bad, and is the fifteenth step on the Path of

The Tower Struck by Lightning is a graphic description of our break with the
past. Here we destroy and leave behind all the old patterns and habits. This is
the stripping away of what is no longer needed. The Tower suggests that this
stripping away is not always a painless task. But it is a necessary task. Thus,
the sixteenth step is the final removal of the ideas and patterns that have
hindered us on the Path of Achievement.

The Star represents the calm following the storm. Here one must take stock of
what remains and place it in proper order and perspective. This is not the time
for action but a time for ordering the cycle of our existence. The water in this
picture shows that we are in the emotional storm that gives no outward look. The
stars in the sky each have a definite place and so do we. This is the
seventeenth step on the Path of Achievement.

The Moon illustrates climbing out of the emotional sea and into the heights of
reason. The dark night of the soul is that climb from emotion to reason. Here we
stabilize what has occurred within us. We are emotionally calm and the light of
reason is just a short distance ahead. This is the eighteenth step on the Path
of Achievement.

The Sun shows the new person we have become in the full light of reason and
enlightenment. We are again as children, looking through our garden at the
wonders and delights it holds. We have gained new meaning and new ideas, and
here we can explore all that we have achieved. This is the nineteenth step on
the Path of Achievement.

The Final Judgment. Here we must ask "Have I completed my goal?" This is the
final step. A final judgment of all that has been done along this path. It is
also the judgment of our higher power on what we have done and accomplished
along the way.

The World illustrates the victory of our achievement. We have successfully
negotiated the Path of Achievement, and reached a new summit to our life and
being. But remember, the Fool again waits ahead for us to stumble. We will not
fall so deeply into the abyss next time, and our rise will be to a higher

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Friday, September 9, 2005

Anima Astrologiae Or A Guide For Astrologers

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Book: Anima Astrologiae Or A Guide For Astrologers by William Lilly

We have formerly some thoughts of revising our Introduction to Astrology, now out of print, and to have enriched it from another edition with the choicest aphorisms, both from the writings of the ancients and our own many years’ experience, but the laboriousness of that work, considering our age and many infirmities of body, with the discouragements we have already me with from some ungrateful persons, caused us to lay aside (at least for the present) those

Yet that we might not be wholly wanting to promote anything that might tend to the advancement of Art and gratification of its painful students, and knowing how necessary the ensuing Considerations of Guido Bonatus and Aphorisms adjoined, are to be known and regarded, which many of our ingenious countrymen could not do, for they have hitherto remained in the Latin tongue with the rest of the works of these authors in large volumes, difficult to be got at and too chargeable for man to buy, we therefore recommend them to a friend to be translated by themselves, which he has judiciously performed in plain significant language, so that we judge the work may deserve the title Anima Astrologiae which we have given it, comprehending the marrow and substance of Astrology, and much excellent matter necessary to be observed by all honest students that practice Art to discover truth and not to vapour with.

We doubt not but the legitimate Sons and well-wishers of Urania will find considerable advantages from hence, directing them to a certainty in giving judgments upon all occasions, and they will for this publication have cause to thank their old friend. William Lilly Walton-upon-Thames, 2 August, 1675.

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Saturday, August 27, 2005

The Complete Guide To The Tarot

The Complete Guide To The Tarot Cover

Book: The Complete Guide To The Tarot by Eden Gray

As someone new to the study of the Tarot, I found Eden Gray's "A Complete Guide to the Tarot" to be the best general Introduction to this fascinating divinatory system. Gray writes with a confident but accessible authority that makes her book very appealing.

This book truly explains the deep meanings behind the hermetic symbolism of the Waite-Rider deck. With the systems and symbolism section it becomes a comprehensive text on metaphysical thought- a true book of Thoth, or Hermes. My only complaint is that there is no deluxe copy with leather binding and vellum pages. I would gladly pay extra for it, for this is the kind of book you will refer to again and again over a lifetime. Of course, if the tarot is no more than a new-age parlor game to you, you might want to look elsewhere. If you are prepared to meditate on the meaning of deeper things, then you have found your guide.

Gray devotes one or two pages to every card in the classic Rider-Waite Tarot deck, and lists possible divinatory meanings. She shows how to use various spreads of the cards in order to give readings, and she also discusses the use of the Tarot as an aid in meditation. She also explores the connections between the Tarot and other systems of occult wisdom: numerology, astrology, and the Kabalah.

It is a perfect guide for beginners as well as an excellent convenient reference for more experienced readers of Tarot Cards. I've seen many books aimed at those new to tarot, none are as complete and most are confusing to novices. This book clearly and concisely explains the divinatory meanings of the cards as well as the symbolism behind each one. Its illustrations are of the popular and easily accessible Rider-Waite deck, but it can be used with most standard decks. Gray also provides information on some systems of thought that can illuminate the tarot experience. This book's low price is a big bonus. One wishing to dabble in tarot can easily afford this excellent guide. One who is experienced can easily afford to add this to a reference set.

The book includes a bibliography for those interested in further study. Overall, I found this to be a useful and enjoyable book.

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Monday, July 4, 2005

Awareness Techniques

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a. Make person comfortable
b. Rub Legs and feet
c. Rub (manipulate) forehead


a. Close Eyes
b. Make Yourself a few inches taller (feet) "tell me as soon as you have done
c. "go back to normal size"
d. foot taller (feet) tell me as soon...etc
e. "go back to normal size
f. repeat d&e
g. few inches taller (head) "tell me as soon...etc
h. go back to normal size
i. foot taller, tell me etc.
j. go back to normal size, tell me.
k. Repeat i & j 2 times (3 times total)
l. Now this time I want you to extend yourself through the head, (pause)face,
(pause),body,(pause),arms,(pause),legs,(pause), and feet. In other words blow
yourself up just like a balloon.
m. go back to normal size


a. Now I want you to blow yourself up like a ballon but much bigger this time.
Tell me when you have done this.
b. Go quickly and stand in front of the building in which you live tell me as
soon as you have done this.
c. Have him briefly describe the door, doorknob, windows, walkway, trees,
shrubs, marks of any kind.
d. Go quickly and stand on the roof of the building and look down into the road
(yard) in front, tell me as soon as you are there.
e. "Briefly describe what you see"
f. "Go 500 ft. into the air and look down. (tell me when you have done this.
g. "Describe what you see"
h. "Is it day or night?" Why do you think it is so?"
i. "I want you to change is to (day/night) tell me as soon as you have done
j. Repeat i 3 times ending with it a bright sunny day.
k. "who is making it day and night?"
l. "Now are you still high in the air?"
m. "Please keep it bright and come back to earth in another lifetime that you
have lived Many Years ago. Come down quickly, as you go back in time;
bringing your feet down quickly and firmly but gently, and stand on the
ground tell me as soon as you have done this.
n. (watch for Rapid Eye Movement)

* * Controller * *

Now go to the question sheet.
Remember to advance or go back in some order and to keep the subject talking! If
at any time you must discontinue running say

"Do you see any reason to continue at this time?"

Let the subject decide when to stop.
Insist that the subject answer your Questions and does only what you tell him.

Move ahead by skipping first a day then a week, then a month ,a year, then on to
another lifetime.

After several lifetimes controller should have subject die and go through death.

* It is important to keep the subject talking!

1. Look down at your feet. Tell me what you are wearing on them. Describe them.

2. What do you have on your legs? Describe?

3. What else are you wearing.

4. Are you wearing jewelry? describe

5. Are you wearing anything on your waist? Describe

6. Are you male or female?

7. How old are you now?

8. What is your name?

9. What color is your skin?

10. Look around you and tell me what you see.

11. Do you have anything in your hands? Describe

12. Go stand before your (house) dwelling. Describe it to me.

13. Go quickly to the top of the roof and describe what you see.

14. Go 500 ft up and describe what you see.

15. Go back to standing before your home quickly, tell me when you are there.
Enter your home and tell me what you see.

16. What is this place called, your homeland?

17. What year is it?

18. What season is it?

19. What happens next?

* The CONTROLLER should also ask questions about what the subject is doing, how
things are made, what places look like and give orders leading the subject to do
things or go places which may be of interest.


Now I want you to die (remind subject he/she is safe)

1. How did you die? What caused your death?

2. What happens next?

3. Describe what is around you.

4. Are there others around you? What do they look like.

5. How do you feel? Why?

6. Looking back what was your general impression of this past incarnation?

7. Were there any significant lessons learned in this lifetime?

* * Do this for several lifetimes. ask him to go back and find his present
parents from the first time he saw them until after he was born. ask questions,
keep em talking.

1. Describe them to me

2. Did you choose them?

3. Why?

4. enter into the womb. Tell me when you are there

5. How do you feel

6. What do you hear

7. What happens next?

8. What do you expect to learn from this lifetime? From these parents

9. Age 3 months in the womb

10. Ask questions 5-7 again

11. Age 3 months more.

12. Ask questions 5-7 again

13. Today you will be born - Describe what your birth from your point of view.

14. (after birth) what is happening?

15. How do you feel?

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Wednesday, June 8, 2005

Names And Attributes Of The Minor Arcana Of The Trumps

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Israel Regardie

5 Wands Strife Saturn Leo
6 Wands Victory Jupiter Leo
7 Wands Valour Mars Leo
8 Pentacles Prudence Sun Virgo
9 Pentacles Material Gains Venus Virgo
10 Pentacles Wealth Mercury Virgo
2 Swords Peace Restored Moon Libra
3 Swords Sorrow Saturn Libra
4 Swords Rest from Strife Jupiter Libra
5 Cups Loss in pleasure Mars Scorpio
6 Cups Pleasure Sun Scorpio
7 Cups Illusionary Success Venus Scorpio
8 Wands Swiftness Mercury Sagittarius
9 Wands Great Strength Moon Sagittarius
10 Wands Oppression Saturn Sagittarius
2 Pentacles Harmonious Change Jupiter Capricorn
3 Pentacles Material Works Mars Capricorn
4 Pentacles Earthy Power Sun Capricorn
5 Swords Defeat Venus Aquarius
6 Swords Earned Success Mercury Aquarius
7 Swords Unstable Effort Moon Aquarius
8 Cups Abandoned Success Saturn Pisces
9 Cups Material Happiness Jupiter Pisces
10 Cups Perpetual Success Mars Pisces
2 Wands Dominion Mars Aries
3 Wands Established Strength Sun Aries
4 Wands Perfected Work Venus Aries
5 Pentacles Material Trouble Mercury Taurus
6 Pentacles Material Success Moon Taurus
7 Pentacles Success Unfulfilled Saturn Taurus
8 Swords Shortened Force Jupiter Gemini
9 Swords Despair and Cruelty Mars Gemini
10 Swords Ruin Sun Gemini
2 Cups Love Venus Cancer
3 Cups Abundance Mercury Cancer
4 Cups Blended Pleasure Moon Cancer

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