Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Outline of Liber IV, Liber ABA (Part 2) Magick

"Only by experience can the student discover the ingenuity of the mind in trying to escape from control. He is perfectly safe so long as he sticks to meditation, doing no more and no less than that which we have prescribed; but the mind will probably not let him remain in that simplicity. This fact is the root of all the legends about the "Saint" being tempted by the '"Devil." Consider the parable of Christ in the Wilderness, where he is tempted to use his magical power, to do anything but the thing that should be done. These attacks on the will are as bad as the thoughts which intrude upon Dharana. It would almost seem as if one could not succesfully practice meditation until the will had become so strong that no force in the Universe could either bend or break it. Before concentrating the lower principle, the mind, one must concentrate the higher principle, the Will. Failure to understand this has destroyed the value of all attempts to teach "Yoga," "Menticulture," "New Thought," and the like."
-Liber IV, Liber ABA (Part 2) Magick, Preliminary Remarks

The rebellion of the will is how Crowley put it. That we cannot remain in simplicity, to do anything but the thing that should be done. Lack of focus in essence. The will must be trained to retain that focus before any work can be furthered. If yoga produces Genius as Part 1 says, then Magick is essential to train the will, so that we may successfully pursue yoga to produce genius.

Liber IV, Liber ABA (Part 2) Magick, is a concise guide to the symbols and tools of Magick, the science of life, the training of the will.

The Temple: The external Universe. i.e. The contents of your consciousness, since all without does not exist for you.

The Circle: Imposes limitation, focus, and definition for the work. The temple may be the all but within the circle nothing exists except what you place there.

The Alter: Represents the fixed will, the law, as the law provides the basis on which to work.

The Scourge / Sulphur: Energy to arouse the Nephesh, applying passion to the work.

The Dagger / Mercury: Sacrifice of what does not asset the work and the threat of death if we do not complete the work.

The Chain / Salt: The fixed principle, to bind oneself to the work.

The Holy Oil: The aspiration, the will to succeed. It's application consecrates you by dedication to the work.

The Wand / Yod: The will and the application of that will.

The Cup / Heh: The understanding and intuition.

The Sword / Vav: The intellect, cutting away what is not useful.

The Disk / Heh final: The all, the basis of the work. Materia Prima.

The Lamp: The light of the soul, illuminating the work.

The Crown: Attainment, showing the completion of the work, even while still pursuing it.

The Robe: Silence / Concealment Mental, spiritual, and ethical isolation from all except the work.

The Book: Karma / the Past. The record of the journey of the work.

The Bell: The Now. The proclamation, directing attention towards the work.

The Lamen: Summation and harmonization of all the symbols. The direction and goal of the work.

The Fire: The destination before you, the destruction of the imperfect, the annihilation of the self.

The Thurible: The perfect vehicle holding the sacred fire.

The Charcoal: The caput mortum being consumed in the fire.

The Incense: The image of the aspirations rising off of this sacred fire as the dross is burned away.

The test consists of sixteen chapters.
From 777:
Magical Tool - The Labor of Preparation
Magical Power -The Secret of Physical Strength

Both of these apply beautifully to the instruments of art.