By R. J. Stewart
Complicated Magical Arts: Visualization, Meditation and formality within the Western Magical culture. just a new release in the past a lot of the fabric during this publication might were considered as 'secret', for personal workforce use basically. a lot of it's been built via small teams of devoted humans over the past decade - a very fruitful interval of development within the magical arts. In "Advanced Magical Arts," the writer attracts upon the coherent, mature and enduring platforms of magic, lengthy preserved in our Western tradition. With appealing illustrations by means of Miranda grey, he deals a chain of basic features of the paranormal arts, which he helps with functional examples of visualizations and rituals. R.J. Stewart is a hugely revered Scottish writer and composer who has labored, researched and written largely on tune, folklore and the Western Esoteric culture. he's the founder and organizer of the once a year Merlin convention.
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The type of visualisation used in Western magical arts certainly has a complex alphabet of symbols, and is coherent and capable of very high levels of development. Tarot represents one major development and pattern of such symbolism, originally related to an oral cycle of mythic tales, but there are many other elements to visualisation which are encountered through specific teaching traditions and magical practices. If we assume that a certain level of skill in visualising has been achieved, what elements might be combined to create advanced visualisations within a Western esoteric tradition?
This relationship need not be rigid or overt; stereotypical formality weakens magical art. On a very simple level this general rule may be defined as follows: the progression of a visualisation should be definable upon the Circle (Wheel of Life) or some other important major glyph. ) A visualisation should not, therefore,· meander through diffuse levels and worlds of imagery and energy . There should be intellectual, psychological, topological and cosmological clarity, through which related realms of consciousness merge, dissolve and re-emerge in a master pattern.
3. The UnderWorld . Below the ground, below the horizon, are the dark potencies and powers . These are not 'evil', but the essential reflections of spirit within matter, or stars within stones. No magical work can be truly developed without experience of the UnderWorld . Furthermore it is the Western Shortened Way still preserved in story, song, legend and, most important of all, in practical experience as a rapid method of spiritual enlightenment. 4. The Vault. This is a threshold or transitional Mystery, for it rests within the horizon, and partakes of both Above and Below.