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Term: Holy Guardian Angel


Holy Guardian Angel: An expression meaning your Higher Self to some, a more knowledgeable non-physical entity to others. Contacting the H.G.A. is known as “The Knowledge and Conversation of Your Holy Guardian Angel.” Establishing this relationship is considered to be the same as achieving enlightenment or cosmic consciousness.
source: Modern Magick, by Donald Michael Kraig

Holy Guardian Angel:

The transcendent spiritual self that mediates between the Divine Self and the Lower Personality and serves as guardian and guide. The term was used by Abramelin the Mage as the focus of the magical operation known as "the Knowledge and Conversation of the Holy Guardian Angel." The HGA is also called the Higher Self, known also as the Augoeides of Iamblichus’ system, the All-Knower, the Divine Genius of the Golden Dawn, the Atman of Hinduism the True Ruler, Adonai, the Indwelling Spirit, etc. Carl Jung calls it his Daemon (not demon!) as did the Greeks.

Contact between the Higher, Divine Self, and the Lower Self/Personality, has to be initiated by the Personality, and then is experienced as a separate being. That contact is the first step in the Great Work (also known as the Knowledge and Convfersation) that leads to integration, and thus to Initiation. This is the discovery of one’s True Will.

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Knowledge and Conversation Of One’s Holy Guardian Angel
Knowledge and Conversation . . . This is an important concept for you are to recognize in your Holy Guardian Angel as your own teacher with whom you, the present personality or (small "s") self must actually converse, recognizing the HGA as your ...
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Inner Relationship with the Holy Guardian Angel
This is the goal for the Retirement Ritual, and of the Great Work. Think what it is saying—that you can and will establish an actual relationship with your Higher Self. Through this relationship—the knowledge and conversation with your ...
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The Seven Heavens and Their Angels
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Planetary and Seasonal Angels
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