Thursday, February 16, 2006

The System of Magick.

Around the turn of the century, when Aleister Crowley was working out his "System of Magick", the source that he turned to for basics was the "System of Abramelin of Egybt". From Abramelin he took his concepts of protections, purifications, evocations, vestments and dromena down to spesific details.

The high point of Abraham´s travels was found in small town on the banks of the Nile, where he encountered the great magician Abramelin, whose complete system Abraham thereupon sets out in detail. This amounts to a complete course in ceremonial magic ( both white and black), which the student can pursue by himself.

Abramelin, whose system is based mostly on Hellenistic theurgy of the Iamblichan sort, but with Jewish increments from the Cabala, explains the qualifications needed to become a magician. Purifications and asceticism to be practiced month by month, studies and activities permitted during this period. Selection of place and time for working magic, equipment needed, prayers and formulas, evocation of good and evil spirits, commandin spirits to do one´s will, overcoming rebellious spirits, and similar material. Specific instructions are offered to develop such powers as clairvoyance, divining metals and treasurers, warding off evil magic, healing illness, levitation, transpotation, rendering oneself invisible, creating illusions and glamour, reading minds, placing compulsions, working black magic, and a host of other abilities.

At the picture Jesus goes to abode of the dead (Hades).


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