That man is a complex of appetites seeking
satisfaction—imperative—either 'copulatio or suppositio' (or
That by certain arbitrary and deliberate acts he can synchronize desire
and event 'as now', i.e., as though arbiter.
That any desire, sufficiently dynamic, compressed into a single wish or
belief (as 'question-request'), if arabesquely formulated, will fulfil its
evolution expediently and return its conative possibility.
Transference from the conscious to the subconscious is automatic when
[the wish is] suppressed and sublated by symbols, sigils or glyphs
understood either personally or universally. Man is a ratio of his
experience, but the subconsciousness is all-knowing (limit unknown).
The mind grants limitless power (will), only measured against belief,
and indifferent re: 'quo animo'.
Familiarity breeds all things, including Gods, and Virus, the rare
compathy or the commonplace: either we are 'arrivists' or recidivists.
Anyone is capable of anything (will plus belief is ability) if they
themselves create the opportune moment and incentive. Heaven gives no
genius to disbelievers and no vengeance worse than the body denied.
The terrain between pure Ego (mediator) and ego empirical (conative) is
the formative, amalgamative and rationalizing domain which reveals by
symbols and metaphor only, and which answers only by such
presentation, i.e., a problem, a cryptograph and picturesque arabesques.
Such a question is answered at once (as near as). But written as an
absurd succession of corrupt semantics, thus: "What is truth?", is never
answered. The original relation of shapes, sounds and meaning is lost—tortuosities—ambiguously
dissipating. Other factors are scattered in the text (q.v.) as given.
Although only one desire is expressed (No. 1, supra), with little
alteration it would fit many others. The change is in the Wish, the
Familiar employed, and appropriate ritual modifications. Three other
alternatives are suggested, the four being classified:
No. 1: Desire for Truth expressed as a question in word-symbols thus:
("What is consciousness?")
No. 2: Desire for Pleasure. Request to realize Ideal tactually: "I
desire a large-bottomed woman for social congress". As word-symbols:
No. 3. Desire for unique experience expressed as: "I desire intercourse
with a vampire".
No. 4: Altruistic desire, as: "I wish the death of Stalin".
(N.B. Names always given as sigils.)
Apart from the above, the rest is symbolic metaphor as an abstract
ritual of the thesis, and here the use of spatial and expressive language
is justified and gives colour and verisimilitude. Onomatopoeic words
should be used.
The ritual opens with an ovation or hymn to Isis—chosen as presiding
deity (for personal reasons, though Thoth or Athene would have been more
appropriate). Hymn begins:
"O' Glorious Isis, Mother of men, let thy hand reach out and touch my
travail...", etc., all of which is expressed by sigils (they should be of
one's own composition) followed by the evocation of the familiar or
elemental necessary: (1) to act as carrier and bring en rapport
subject and object, (2) to pierce the protective aura of the subject, if
necessary, (3) to assist the dynamic qualities. The animal chosen should
typify the qualities necessary: Tiger = strength, fierceness, etc., or
selected from one's own Totem or from face value, i.e., if you look like a
horse or a snake, they are your nearest familiars. They are evoked by
their secret name which should be inscribed on a strip of parchment, and
burnt immediately after calling their name. Except for the name, the
evocation is expressed by word-symbols. The familiar chosen is Horus:
Or an Owl could be used. The operator's stance is entirely 'exercite',
his gnosis is within the arcanum symbolized by a geometric form without a
parallel, issuing from which is the correspondence between all factors
used (as modus operandi). Acts of simulation are essential:
For No. 1, writing the desire on a strip of parchment, enclosing it in
an envelope and burning or burying it is sufficient—as symbolizing
transference. For No. 4, the tradition of making a wax image of the
subject and stabbing same should be followed; it is essential that
the operator simulates the pains that will be suffered by the victim. The
'Death Posture' (The Book of Pleasure q.v.) is often depicted:
this symbolizes the positive negation of everything except the wish
desired. Previous to the adventure, token sacrifices and abstinences
should be made. Some will have difficulties of expression, being neither
draughtsmen, scholars or writers: it is sufficient to do your best,
however naïvely. The only potent magic now existent is Obeah, practised by
ignorant, arrested natives, who know not what they do. But they have this
virtue—they believe and perform sufficiently the remnants of a great
tradition reaching back to the pure and pristine mind of man.
Arbitrary Transference: illustration
The technique for materializing our demands is simple for Nature
embraces all those who seek individuation, as Nature herself seeks every
1) Our desire (for the thing) must be whole-hearted and all else
sacrificed to that end.
2) Our belief must be fixed and be-lived, at least 'as if'.
3) Our will (nervous energy) must be secret, and suppressed, to create
tension and released only at the psychological moment. At that time gaze
into, and beyond, the familiar vista (from hill-top), into The Aeon,
the spaciousness beyond your meannesses, corners of reality, borrowed
precepts, dogmas and beliefs; until you are in spacious unity. Indraw your
breath until your body quivers and then give a mighty suspiration,
releasing all your nervous energy into the focal point of your wish; and
as your urgent desire merges into the ever-present procreative sea you
will feel a tremendous insurge and self-transformation. The Devil himself
shall not prevent your 'will' from materializing. In your prayers (media),
remember: your Soul is your nearest, and the bringer of all good things.
Your God is stone deaf.