Readers, please enjoy this guest blog post by Simon Court, author of the new The Magic of Pathworking.
Magic, or the Western Esoteric Tradition, captured my mind at an early age. It seemed simple and straightforward to learn and progress through study and work, especially as a member of a reputable order or school. I applied to a group and was accepted, beginning the daily meditation work and text study. This was Qabalistic magic and I devoured the basics of the background theory, the Tree of Life, the correspondences, the method and structure of ritual. I was immersed in it. Then everything changed.
I knew vaguely of pathworkings but was directly introduced to them by Dolores
As I described in Modern Magick, one of the important tools of a magician is pathworking. The concept behind this skill is simple. It holds that the Tree of Life is a map of the levels of the astral plane.
The Tree of Life
Design: Kircher ——— Colors: Golden Dawn "Queen Scale"
In my book I wrote, "Magicians can use this map to chart their way to meeting with higher spiritual entities, non-physical consciousnesses capable of giving any information needed."
For this post, that leaves a lot of questions. First is the term "pathworking" itself. When I first became involved with the practice, the term exclusively described the process of projecting astrally up
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
One of my favorite websites for many years has been The Witches' Voice. It's a great site for magickal people of all sorts. A recent blog post by Rose Hollow interested me. It's entitled, "So, You Want to Write a Pathworking? Take a Lesson From Jane." In it she writes:
Pathworking is a great tool to help you along your spiritual path. It can be defined in any number of ways, but for this purpose, pathworking will be defined as: A way to understand our own divinity, incorporate it into your live, and grow in your journey. Usually, a pathworking is given to a student by a teacher and begins with some form of astral work, a meditation, daydream, etc., and these have a profound effect on the