The Great Work and priorities.

We all know that our ego is full of excuses. When certain work needs to be done what is good for us the ego protests. Over the years I saw many variations from students but also in my personal development I encountered them too. Beside the ego there are some other factors that prevent us from doing the Work. That are expectations from peers, family, job etc. This who have a busy social life have very hard times to create time for doing the Work.

Another factor is ‘Karma’  (internal = thinking patterns  and external = conditions/ situations that come back again and again ) and tests that come from the higher order the so called third order. All those factors make it extremely hard to do the work. In earlier stages its for many almost impossible to do something. Even simple tasks and questions are hard to deal with. Especially when one has applied to a genuine magical order. We all know, especially those who have experience with it but continued their Work that mainly our inner condone is responsible for this obstacles. Our inner world has its own ways of doing things and as many occultists know is that we are microcosmic. What happens inside will manifest outside as well. As the Buddha said  in the Dhammapadha “We are what we think”.  This implies are then just a thought, it implies thought patterns, habits, education, presumptions etc. Its actually a very deep statement. In magick we all know that words have power and when we repeat them they tend to manifest in the outer world. Thoughts are energies, a word is a manifestation of a thought and has its qualities and thus has its energies related to it. In the Kabbalah the human psyche is classified under different parts.

We ave the Nephesh (our instincts, hapbits, desires), we have our Ruach, our thinking faculty. The rational mind, we have the Neshamah our intuition, Chiah our higher Will and the Yechidha or Higher Self. This last three are full accessed by the initiate by overcoming the lower binary. So the higher faculties of our mind are then in control. By the uninitiated isn’t that he case, they are under control of the lower binary. So then we have a limited view on our live, and a limited control over our life. Especially the Nephesh and the Ruach are creating the issues and problems we encounter when we talk about priorities. Since they also functioning separately they can have very different motivations for why we do certain things or not. Like our thinking mind says “smoking is bad for your health, don’t do it. The nephesh says …”one cigarette is not a problem’. I need the cigarette because I have stress etc etc. That also explains why people saying the one thing and doing the other.

How can we overcome all this? The answer is simple but its hard to do. One need to cut activities that aren’t productive for the Great Work (as far as when can recognize them). And starts all practices on daily basis and never skip them, be determent. Like a simple mediation practice or a daily ritual. Then during the process one adds more and more. Also one cuts out things that only cost time but are not productive at all. Endlessly socializing, talking yapping only prevent us from doing what really matters. How did I learn this? Actually Learned this when I quit smoking. I understand my deep reason why I smoked and instead of smoking I meditated. Or did something else related to the GW. Also watching a lot to TV should be skipped. Just watch something you like and switch the television off. Read books about the paths of attainment, books that elevate consciousness. Of one d this relentlessly one gets the discipline in thoughts and actions. Also one sees patterns by keeping te magical diary. Because that is one of the main practices as well. Slowly, and that can take years, one attains the level of “Do Easy” like William Burroughs called it. With the right focus (mindfulness) doing certain tasks and don’t get distracted doing something useless.

“Do Easy” was a magical technique put forth by William Burroughs that consists of doing whatever you do in the most relaxed and efficient way possible — or, as Jason Louv of UltraCulture puts it, “re-training your brain to do everything in the fewest number of steps.”

 

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This whole process is all together very complicated but should be taken in very small steps. Also the magical training, taming the mind, get access to the higher aspects of our mind together with the Knowledge and Conversation of our Holy Guardian Angel, brings us to the level from Neophyte to Adept. This process will be continued in the other Adepts grades and finally to the final step of crossing the Abyss. The Outer order grades of the A.’.A.’. trains the student to the level one finally controls ones mind and attain the KCHGA. In the meanwhile the struggle from the aspirant is dealing with daily life issues, distractions, etc etc. If one is serious about the work, and when one really wants to attain this steps should be taken. Sweep away alle unnecessary activities, unproductive habits into productive ones dig deep into one own psyche to magically get control over our inners sphere, inner World. Get rid of this unneeded thoughts like feeling guilty, pleasing people all very old christian imprints to get the mob moving and under control.  The process includes moments of dispair, spiritual dryness and the so called dark night of the soul. This all should be experienced and overcome in order to get glimpses of illumination.

 

 

A.’.A.’.’Outer college’ studie groep.

Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law.

In het kader van de voorbereiding op het examen voor de ‘student grade’ willen wij een ‘outer college’ vormen in Nederland. De reden hiervoor is dat veel mensen het examen niet halen omdat ze niet aan de eisen voldoen, de stof niet echt kunnen plaatsen en niet de skills hebben om de literatuur te bestuderen. Plus om die abstracties om te zetten in praktische middelen naar zelfverwerkelijking.

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De grooste misvatting is dat onze Order vooral intellectueel is, dat is zeker niet het geval, echter men moet wel zaken in harmonie brengen. Hoofd, handen en hart. Dit zie je terug in alle tradities. Een Druide kon pas verder als hij als bard een bepaald niveau had bereikt. Wij daarentegen willen ons pad vanuit het perspectief van ‘scientific illuminism’ kaderen om zo ook charlatans te weren, en eigen realisaties steeds te toetsen. Hoeveel ‘nep’ magiërs zijn er niet? Dit wordt bij ons weg gefilterd omdat men dan gewoon niet verder kan als er geen ‘bewijs’ is wat men claimt te hebben behaald. Aan de vruchten herkent gij de boom. Iemand die zegt al ver te zijn en zijn leven niet op orde heeft mist nog een belangrijk stuk in zijn/haar realisatie.

 

Daarom gaan we een ‘outer college’ vormen binnen ons Clerkhouse. De bedoeling is dat potentiele aspiranten uit Nederland en België de mogelijkheid hebben om in samenwerking met ons zich grondig voor te bereiden op de eerste stap als ‘Student’. De voorbereiding op het examen en wat daarvoor nodig is. We willen 2x per jaar bij elkaar komen om zo de aspiranten te woord te staan en eventueel hulp te bieden. Echter wat zeer belangrijk is dat in de “new Aeon, men zelf leert na te denken en niet uitgaat van autoriteit, en meningen van anderen maar eerder leert juist op de eigen inzicht te vertrouwen in de aangegeven kaders. Als basis willen we ook het boek van James Eshelman gaan gebruiken ‘The mystical and magical system of the A.’.A.’.. Een zeer handig boek om de structuur van de orde te leren kennen en om op verder te borduren. Als je belangstelling hebt stuur ons dan een mail. Dan hoor je verder wat de vereisten zijn om je te kunnen aanmelden. Wellicht ter overvloede. Aan de lessen zijn geen kosten verbonden. Als het op een andere lokatie is wat we moeten huren en faciliteren dan vragen wij wel een bijdrage om de onkosten samen te dragen.

Applicaties mailen naar: rahoorkhuit93418@gmail.com

 

 

Love is the law, love under will.

Frater Parusha

The magic Wand.

Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the law.

This short epistel is about the magical wand. This instrument is one of the most known of the weapons of the magician. Also because of Hollywood productions and the popularity of Harry Potter one has a popular idea what a magical wand is. There is obviously a serious side on the story.

 

The wand is traditionally attributed to the element of fire. The traditional wand in the Golden dawn is the so called fire wand. There are many different wands for different purposes, a Lotus wand, Fire Wand, Solomonic magic wands, etc. Its the instrument to direct the Will of the magician. This Will is also connected to the Oath which is an affirmation of the magician in line with his True Will. Therefor the Oath and the wand are connected. Concerning the Will Crowley writes:

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My personal Lotus wand

“It is therefore necessary to develop the will to its highest point, even though the last task but one is the total surrender of this will. Partial surrender of an imperfect will is of no account in Magick.

The will being a lever, a fulcrum is necessary; this fulcrum is the main aspiration of the student to attain. All wills which are not dependent upon this principal will are so many leakages; they are like fat to the athlete.

The majority of the people in this world are ataxic; they cannot coordinate their mental muscles to make a purposed movement. They have no real will, only a set of wishes, many of which contradict others. The victim wobbles from one to the other (and it is no less wobbling because the movements may occasionally be very violent) and at the end of life the movements cancel each other out. Nothing has been achieved; except the one thing of which the victim is not conscious: the destruction of his own character, the confirming of indecision. Such an one is torn limb from limb by Choronzon.”

How then is the will to be trained? All these wishes, whims, caprices, inclinations, tendencies, appetites, must be detected, examined, judged by the standard of whether they help or hinder the main purpose, and treated accordingly.

And:

‘Vigilance and courage are obviously required. I was about to add self-denial, in deference to conventional speech; but how could I call that self-denial which is merely denial of those things which hamper the self? It is not suicide to kill the germs of malaria in one’s blood.

Now there are very great difficulties to be overcome in the training of the mind. Perhaps the greatest is forgetfulness, which is probably the worst form of what the Buddhists call ignorance. Special practices for training the memory may be of some use as a preliminary for persons whose memory is naturally poor. In any case the Magical Record prescribed for Probationers of the A.’.A.’. is useful and necessary.

Above all the practices of Liber III must be done again and again, for these practices develop not only vigilance but those inhibiting centres in the brain which are, according to some psychologists, the mainspring of the mechanism by which civilized man has raised himself above the savage.

So far it has been spoken, as it were, in the negative. Aaron’s rod has become a serpent, and swallowed the serpents of the other Magicians; it is now necessary to turn it once more into a rod”. (Page 62 – 63 Liber ABA).

All these parts including the magical Oath are connected to our “Will”. To train this ‘Will’ one starts with binding him/herself with an Oath. The name of the Magical Wand is the Magical Oath. A confirmation of our highest aspirations together with the chosen  motto, the Probationer should find. Once this Oath has been taken together with the energy of ‘going’ the Motto the Probationer starts his/her work. Then it seems that the whole universe is trying to avoid to do this Will, obstacles arise, our daily life seem to ruin our practices, we experience problems at school, at work or in our private life. All this come up and can be a part of matters that should be overcome. Then our daily practices, keeping the diary, doing our meditations, control our thoughts and emotions, practice Yoga are all part of this. The trick is to continue the work (to will) and not be distracted by all those obstacles and issues. Its easier said then done but this is the only way to do it. One cannot just conjure a spirit and ask to vanish all our problems. No one can, no god, angel or demon, we should work on our Karma, we should create ‘new’ Karma in order to accomplish the great Work. There is no substitute for this and that means that all the works should be come from inside. We should have our Will focussed and solve all the issues.

Therefore its very important to make up our mind before we get involved into a serious magical order like the A.’.A.’.. Too many people tend to think its all very romantic and willy wooly love and light. Yes, for the New age like groups it is. Its not within our Noble Order. A lot of commitment is asked and our actions are not with our results. We cannot see beforehand what the results are since we thread undiscovered territory of our mind and being. Therefore is the development of the Will important together with the directing instrument of our Wand. Care should be taken to formulate our Will, taking the Oath and execute our practices to deepen those insights and to map out our own inner life. In order to know our strengths and weaknesses. It all start with little things, little signs of awareness of executing will power on the long run. Not occasionally willed ambitions. No long term willed actions in order to be united with our True Will, (Knowledge and conversation of our Holy Guardian Angel) and act accordingly like  King. Like our Order is selecting the fit and eliminate  the unfit, likewise we should do with inner processes to become a perfect vessel for a God to indwell.

Love is the law, love under will.

 

Frater Parusha

 

 

 

Review of my work from a Brother on the Path.

“Let the Magical Link be made strong!” (Aleister Crowley)

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I want to share with you the inspiring craft of Frater Parusha. He works magical sigils and sacred symbols into corresponding metals, in accordance to principles of magick and alchemy. A couple of weeks ago, I received this beautifully crafted sigil of the A.’.A.’. (Sigillum Sanctum Fraternitatis A.’.A.’.). I opened it in my sanctum, and immediately, it was evident he had crafted it not only with care and excellence in a mundane sense, but also using his abilities as a trained magician and alchemist. Moreover, it was imbued with the force of a true aspirant and adept of our Order–a true sign of someone who doesn’t only read about magick, but practices it with zeal and verve.

In Magick in Theory and Practice (quoted above), Crowley dedicates a chapter to the subject of the “magical link.” He explains there that this magical link is one of the most neglected topics in magical literature, even though it is one of the most important factors of a magical operation. The magical link is what can connect the Will with the manifested intent of the operation. This is why this chapter is dedicated to the production of talismans, magical operations, and the work of the Philosophus. The Philosophus is one of the pivotal grades of the A.’.A.’., it decidedly determines who attains to the Lovers degree and who doesn’t, because it is the degree where the magical link is set and proven. Those unable to establish this link are doomed to remain arm-chair magicians at best, able to discuss theory but utterly unable to make their Will and magical force to manifest in this plane. In the end, the aspirant to the A.’.A.’. aims to unite the inner with the outer, and the high with the low. It is the magical link what makes this union possible, and the aspirant then becomes an Adept, having made of her body a talisman, consecrated and dedicated to the manifestation of the inner genius.

Frater Parusha’s work is a tangible example of the outer work of a magician and alchemist who is working beyond theory and delves into practice the right way.

“Let the Magical Link be made strong! It is ‘love under will’; it affirms the identity of the Equation of the work; it makes success Necessity.” (Crowley, MTP. Chapter XIV)

Koyote the Blind

Concerning the pentacles and items I make.

As most of you know I’m not only make this artwork, I consecrate them and I use them myself successfully as well. So the craft technique is required and the ability to consecrate them properly. Most of the pentacles available are nicely casted or mass produced. That are not the ones I make. The ones I make are special ones , a one of a kind unique pieces with a very special energy. (that is what I hear back from this who have them from me) They are very valuable tools that sometimes create very surprising situations. And that directly beats the idea that they are placebo’s. Naming Pentacles just placebo’s is an insult and definitely do no justice to the spirits and angels involved. They are truly Holy.

 

On our webshop site there will be an option to support my work in a patronage system. There will be 3 level in a way you can donate to support my work. Not only because I’ll do it but also its an old craft that magi from the past were doing. With my Work I will continue this Work so that it won’t be lost. Beside this its also a way to investigate the workings of those magical objects and one is able to experience that oneself. Many people these days read about it, which is good , but experiencing is a whole other story. The same is true about my Alchemical work. This “patronage’ will give you extra possibilities, like discount, gifts, information etc. So if you not want to buy items from me but you like my work you can be a Patron of ‘Ancient Artifacts Workshop’. more on this later when the webshop is on line.

 

 

 

 

New items.

Some new work from me and an update. The fifth pantacle of the moon is updated. Its engraved upon 1,5 mm thick .925 silver. The other pentacle is a Mercury pentacle for business. Ruling angel Hamoniel. Made on the day and hour of Mercury. From brass. This one is made for a special person (a brother and friend) as a gift He helps me a lot about all this without asking anything in return.

Also I made and designed a “Star Ruby” pendant. With Swarovski Rubies in it and a Zirconia in the middle.

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For those who don’t know. I  make Custom made pendants, seals, sigils magical lamens from your own design etc. Examples are visible on this blog but also on our Facebook Page. If you have a design then its possible I can make that for you from all common metals. In the future I will work with precious and semi precious stones as well.

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Considering engraving pentacles and sigils/seals and the way I work. For those who are not familiar with the engraving technique. The seals and pentacle I make are engraved with a ‘traditional’ consecrated Burin and that takes a lot of effort in the sense of concentration, stability and strength in the hands. It cuts deep into the metal. One small mistake can ruin the whole seal or pentacle. Most of those mistakes are not repairable some are. All this beside the skill to consecrate them. Actually that already takes place in the process of engraving them. When I do that I’m in some kind of trance state. Its a form of alchemy that is very powerful.

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Seals of Lucifer.

On this page you can see two seals of Lucifer I engraved and made. One is from Brass, the small one and the others is from Copper.

Concerning Lucifer.

Concerning Lucifer in Dutch.

“Esoteric philosophy admits neither good nor evil per se, as existing independently in nature. The cause for both is found, as regards the Kosmos, in the necessity of contraries or contrasts, and with respect to man, in his human nature, his ignorance and passions. There is no devil or the utterly depraved, as there are no Angels absolutely perfect, though there may be spirits of Light and of Darkness; thus LUCIFER – the spirit of Intellectual Enlightenment and Freedom of Thought – is metaphorically the guiding beacon, which helps man to find his way through the rocks and sandbanks of Life, for Lucifer is the LOGOS in his highest, and the “Adversary” in his lowest aspect – both of which are reflected in our Ego.” (Vol. 2, p. 162)