Ogdoadic Magick: Being a Year of Study with an Arum Solis Commandery

Voorkant
Weiser Books, 30 nov. 1999 - 320 pagina's
For the person wishing to undertake a reliable study of magic in a place where a working group is not established, or the person who simply seeks a solitary practice, Norman Kraft has developed a credible and meaningful text for the initiate. Kraft's Aurum Solis: Initiation in a Modern Mystical Order began as a training manual for members of the Aurum Solis in their first initiatory degree with the Order. The manual grew into this book that takes the novice through an entire year of magical practice. Kraft's work includes a clear definition of magic, drawing on sources both within his own and other respected traditions. He answers the question, How does magic work? with an insightful discussion of the true work of magic: the discovery and enlightenment of the true self. Kraft illuminates the magician's path and provides a deeper understanding of the magician's intimate connection to the vital flow of life in the universe. Ogdoadic magic employs the eightfold star as its symbol of the earnest search for union with the divine. In his review of the history of this magical system, Kraft takes the readers on a journey through the history of Western civilization to illustrate the esoteric significance of the number eight in Western spiritual traditions. The Knights Templar, the Platonic Academy of 15th-century Italy, Angelo Poliziano, (scholar and member of the Medici household), and the Order of the Helmet (an order founded in Elizabethan England), are all groups that have made magical use of the eightfold star. Kraft goes on to set the Order Aurum Solis in a 20th-century context, describing its emergence into the modern world. Everything the initiate could desire is found in thesepages: a foundation in magical ethics, an exploration of Jungian archetypes as magical tools, wards and warding, creating a magical robe, an introduction to the five magical elements and to Qabalah, as well as sensible instructions for establishing a daily and weekly practice. In addition, Kraft lays out the magical year and teaches the initiate about lunar tides, planetary hours, the velocia, and planning rituals.
 

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What is Magick?
1
A Magical Theory
4
Further Thoughts about Magick
7
First Steps into Magick
9
Magical Ethics
15
Magick and Ethics
17
The ActionReaction Principle
18
Responsibility
20
Sophia Terrae
123
The Law of Similars
126
Elementals
128
Working with Elements
130
Spirit
146
The Magical Voice and Ritual Movements
154
Study Revisited
156
Qabalah
159

White and Black Magick
22
Working Magick on Behalf of Others
23
A Tarot Card Divination
25
Call to the Journey
29
The Magical Personality
32
Chapter Study and Practice Yin and Yang
37
Time for Study and Practice
38
How to Read
40
The Magical Diary
45
The Magick Ring
48
Meditation
51
Breath
52
Posture
59
Mental Discipline
61
The Power of Voice
64
A Simple Meditation Practice
67
Archetypes The Tools of Magick
71
Jungs Concept of Archetypes
73
The Heros Journey
78
Voglers Archetypes
81
The Magical Mythic Journey
91
Contact with the Archetypal World
100
Banishments Warding and Astral Defenses
103
The Magical Robe
107
The Lapiz Lazuli Robe
109
Elements of Ritual
110
The Four Worlds
161
Tying Things Together
167
The Ain Soph
169
The Sephiroth
172
The Tree off Life
173
Using the Qabalah
181
Establishing a Rhythm
187
The Wine Blessing
190
Practical Magick
193
Does Practical Magick Work?
194
Building a Rite of Practical Magick
196
Finding Lost Objects
204
Times and Tides
209
Fire Festivals and Sun Festivals
210
Lunar Tides
215
The Velocia
216
Planetary Hours
217
Ritual Planning
220
A Few Last Thoughts
223
Aurum Solis and the Ogdoatic Tradition
225
Recommended Additional Reading
249
Order of the Sacred Word
259
Endnotes
261
Bibliography
275
Index
279
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Norman R.nbsp;Kraftnbsp;wrote Ogdoadic Magick

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