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Featherine Augustus Aurora
Featherine Augustus AuroraMember Since 26 Jan 2010
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There is nothing so annoying as to be fairly rich, of a fairly good family, pleasing presence, average education, to be “not stupid,” kind-hearted, and yet to have no talent at...
Magic in occultism is the metamorphosis of will to action to enlightenment. In occultism, there are two paths to magic later explained called the right and left hand paths to magic. Most people have a mundane understanding of the occult. Unnerving rituals, for example, are not eerie out of a distasteful aesthetic, but because rebellion is an exhibition of acausality, and chaos magicians pursue magic through deconstruction of causality as a mere mindset versus religions/white magic, which use community, cooperation, cosmos, to perform magic. The universe is hypercomputational in religion and stochastic in the occult, but this is an illusory dichotomy. Causality is chaos recognized and chaos must be recognized to be of use.
The "path to magic" is a fission that disembogues into a common body. The left hand path harnesses magic through the occult/esoteric/chaos (gnosis/sophia); right hand path magic through religion/causality/cosmos (Nirvana/Moksha/etc). Baphomet's arms sprout both from the same body. Theurgy is gnosis, Nirvana, the beatific vision, kenosis, Moksha, et cetera. There's high magic (theurgy) and low magic (thaumaturgy), the image below displaying their relationship. Low magic deals with influencing factors in this world (money, health, a job, et cetera), usually so you can be well-off enough to do the real great work, which is high magic as listed above: self-actualization, apotheosis, enlightenment, et cetera. That's why low occult magic uses ciphers, rituals, acts, taboos, and sacraments. They're equivalents to religion's holidays, prayers, services, meditation, ego death. They're the same thing. That's why divination like scrying uses reflective surfaces but upon mastery can be done with eyes closed.
What you find through cosmopolitan (across the entirety of human philosophical literature) study is that magic is common, from east to west, 3000 years ago to 500 years ago, to what has ultimately evolved to modern sciences, which are an extension of ancient alchemy. Scientific terms are merely nominal, and they comprise the same essence as Gods, daemons, spirits. In motion, you're invoking elemental aspects. By getting a glass of water, I'm invoking the Archangel of Hydrodynamics to fill the glass, the Archangel of Gravity and its lower aspects as angels of personifications of gravity: Fall-el, Drip-el, Roll-el, etc. Today we know these things as scientific laws and principles under physics, but a name is a buoyant tag on something timeless, like foam atop an ocean, science thus a contemporary religion, very directly magical, without intermediate spiritual nodes. Here you find Schopenhauer's will, and ancient Chinese Dao. This is why some (a friend, Wittgenstein and I) say religion (and all metaphysics) are a valiant pursuit of magic. Magic is ineffable. It's God's own akasha—the will's will—above all things and secret causal laws, and above even the blueprint the highest abstraction draws from. We can only speak of what it precedes, since it precedes everything, but never itself for its own sake. That would be a desecration.
There's a common, tainted view of religion. It's useful to keep a standard and, for most without eminent intelligence, it invokes dogmatism, organizing and teaching important, eusocial principles in tandem with that visceral fulfillment sought to escape nihilism (this is part of why god dying started a slippery slope). It galvanizes the majority into a conductive, productive, and self-sustaining gestalt, teaching divine wisdoms that most people won't be able to grasp or pursue. Religion's utility is that it's either the catalyst to witchcraft (spirituality) or it keeps dim, materialistic humans organized in a phantasmagoria (religion). We mesmerize them with illusory rules and traditions, but God is a philosophical and personal concept, so he can only be touched through spirituality and those who pursue, and never the dogmatically and materialistically religious. Materialism and nihilism are the student's hamartia.
Wittgenstein said religion is a form of magic, which (as said above) is why I'm sympathetic to and interested in occultism. Spirituality, in its adventurous and profound philosophical exactitude and immediacy, must incorporate some rebellious principles, like the left hand path to magic. Spirituality is for those who can understand beyond immediacy and identify those universal patterns. They see religion's utility and understand the valiance of God and follow its critical tenets not as dogma, but as wisdom. That's exactly why if you start looking up the great philosophers, they overwhelmingly were either religious apologists or "believed" in God in some sense. The sages induce patterns with the shadowy filaments cast by constellations. They see the heavens from the earth.
And of course, spirituality is that fabled witchcraft, which Ryukishi in Umineko showed through the Madhyamakan lens (remember 1 from 0/Sunyata). Like the occult magician employs circles and numerology to place himself in the appropriate headspace (this is low magic) and then achieves gnosis to sublimate the symbology into the spiritual ether (high magic), the Madhyamakan magician, too, observes and considers the movement of the hand (low magic), seeing the will manifest where there should otherwise be nothing, but as magic (high magic).
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