Readers, please enjoy this guest blog post by Gregory Peters, author of The Magickal Union of East and West.
I enjoy traveling, and will fly overseas as often as possible to explore different regions. Spending an overcast day slowly wandering through the ruins of Pompei; climbing up the winding path of of Lykabettos to get a great view of the Acropolis; navigating through the chaotic and cacophonous streets of Bombay during Navratri in order to sit at a Durga pandal; spending the night sitting in contemplation on the banks of the Bagmati river, watching the strangely sweet smoke and ashes of the cremation ghats at Pashupatinath continuously drifting up to the stars…these experiences
In my two previous posts I presented some basic ideas for astral projection and astral travel. In that second post I pointed out that astral travel was about more than going to the moon or visiting a girlfriend or boyfriend. It's even more that visiting someone to help heal them from the astral plane or to have consensual astral sex with them. Astral travel can lead to the fountainheads of spiritual wisdom. However, as they say in the infomercials, "But wait! There's more!"
Most practitioners of magick didn't just chant a spell or wave a wand and woosh!, magick happened. And yet, you wouldn't be reading this if you didn't believe or hadn't experienced the fact that magick works. So
When Aleister Crowley was initiated into the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn, he was initially impressed with the intensity and seriousness of the vows he took never to reveal any of the secrets of the Order. He quickly became disappointed, though, when those "secrets" were revealed to be relatively mundane—or at least well known—things like the Hebrew alphabet and the signs of astrology.
Aleister Crowley Giving the "Sign of Pan"
The title of the book next to him, Perdurabo Magister, means "Master Perdurabo"
Perdurabo, "I shall endure to the end," is the magickal name Crowley took in 1898
when he was initiated into the Golden Dawn
It's true that the Hebrew alphabet and basic
Our ordinary experience and our education has led us to believe that the only substance is physical, but both the ancient wisdom and modern quantum science say that everything that exists has substance. We must accept this principle and realize that even thoughts and feeling are “substantial”—consisting of substance. These are not physical substance but astral and mental substance.
When metaphysicians and psychics, and even a growing number of parapsychologists and other scientists, speak of planes or worlds—physical/etheric, astral, mental, and spiritual—they are recognizing the existence of different kinds of substance. These substances are distinguished by distinct ranges