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As Above, So Below!

This article was written by Carl Llewellyn Weschcke on November 30, -0001
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"As Above, So Below" is the key phrase found in the Emerald Tablet that recognizes the dynamic formula established when "God created Man in his own image." Simply stated, the human person is the Microcosm and the Universe in the Macrocosm. Not only is their identity between Man and Cosmos but there is a continuity correspondence of action between the two. Each human being is a miniature cosmos, complete in every detail even though those details may exist in more potential than current fulfillment. In our new perspective, this means two things: First: Each person functions through the same laws, principles, formulae, etc. as does the Universe as a whole. It means that the "Laws of the Universe—the systems by which it functions—are also the "Laws of Magick." Second: Each person has the potential to become successively greater representations of the Universe in all its glory. We are "gods in the making!" Each of us is in process of becoming more than we are. The life purpose of each person is to grow in our wholeness, developing innate powers into actual skills. Through the study and practice of Magick we grow into the whole person we are intended to be, uniting the Lower Self with the Upper Self. In magick it is called "Initiation." It is also known as Self-Empowerment because the process heals the divisions of Self enabling the Whole Person to draw upon all the Knowledge, Powers, and Skills of the entire Consciousness.

Of the many esoteric subjects studied by ceremonial magicians, alchemy is often considered one of the hardest and most arcane, while the tarot is thought to be one of the most accessible and "hands-on." Historically the language of alchemy, with its inscrutable riddles and metaphor, has baffled many students, while the images of the tarot are more... read this article
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