In my previous three posts (HERE, HERE, and HERE) I described an easy way to astral project, why astral travel is important and how to do it, and the concept explaining why performing astral magick can be very powerful. In the last post I wrote, "it’s possible for us to prevent ourselves from achieving our magickal goals by unconsciously countering our magick." I would contend that this is the primary reason magickal rituals and spells that have been performed well and should be successful end up failing. This was understood many years ago by Aleister Crowley, but he presented this understanding in a very sexist way.
As we look back at some of Crowley's comments from our perspective
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
Popularized by astronomer Carl Sagan, the actual source of the quote I used to title this post may be from Marcello Truzzi, a co-founder of the debunking group called CISCOP. The concept, however, goes back to people such as the French astronomer Pierre-Simon, marquis de Laplace —usually just called "Laplace"— (""The weight of evidence for an extraordinary claim must be proportioned to its strangeness") or even Scottish philosopher David Hume ("A wise man, therefore, proportions his belief to the evidence"). It seems so reasonable. The question, however, is should we accept it as valid?
The people at SCEPCOP point out that no matter how reasonable it seems, the debunkers or