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Old 20-04-2014, 06:47 PM   #101
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23rd is Aim.. He is a Great Strong Duke. He appeareth in the form of a very handsome Man in body, but with 3 Heads; the first, like a Serpent, the 2nd like a Man having 2 Stars on his Forehead, the 3rd like a Calf.. He rideth on a Viper, carrying a Firebrand in his Hand, wherewith he setteth cities, castles, and great Places, on fire.. He maketh thee witty in all manner of ways, and giveth true answers unto private matters.. He governeth 26 Legions of Inferior Spirits...

It is loftily amusing to the student of Magical literature who is not quite a fool--and rare is such a combination!--to note the criticism directed by the Philistine against the citadel of his science. Truly, since our childhood has ingrained into us not only literal belief in the Bible, but also substantial belief in Alf Laylah wa Laylah, and only adolescence can cure us, we are only too liable, in the rush and energy of dawning manhood, to overturn roughly and rashly both these classics, to regard them both on the same level, as interesting documents from the standpoint of folk-lore and anthropology, and as nothing more..Even when we learn that the Bible, by a profound and minute study of the text, may be forced to yield up Qabalistic arcana of cosmic scope and importance, we are too often slow to apply a similar restorative to the companion volume, even if we are the luck holders of Burton's veritable edition..To me, then, it remains to raise the Alf Laylah wa Laylah into its proper place once more..One Thousand and One Nights (Arabic: كتاب ألف ليلة وليلة‎ Kitāb alf laylah wa-laylah) is a collection of West and South Asian stories and folk tales compiled in Arabic during the Islamic Golden Age.. It is often known in English as the Arabian Nights, from the first English language edition (1706)...

I am not concerned to deny the objective reality of all "magical" phenomena; if they are illusions, they are at least as real as many unquestioned facts of daily life; and, if we follow Herbert Spencer, they are at least evidence of some cause..Now, this fact is our base. What is the cause of my illusion of seeing a spirit in the triangle of Art?.Every smatterer, every expert in psychology, will answer: "That cause lies in your brain.."English children are taught that the Universe lies in infinite Space; Hindu children, in the Akasa, which is the same thing..Those Europeans who go a little deeper learn from Fichte, that the phenomenal Universe is the creation of the Ego; Hindus, or Europeans studying under Hindu Gurus, are told, that by Akasa is meant the Chitakasa. The Chitakasa is situated in the "3rd Eye," i.e., in the brain. By assuming higher dimensions of space, we can assimilate this fact to Realism; but we have no need to take so much trouble..This being true for the ordinary Universe, that all sense-impressions are dependent on changes in the brain, 2 we must include illusions, which are after all sense-impressions as much as "realities" are, in the class of "phenomena dependent on brain-changes"..Magical phenomena, however, come under a special sub-class, since they are willed, and their cause is the series of "real" phenomena, called the operations of Ceremonial Magic...
The coiled serpent is only shown in one private codex, the Hebrew names being in most cases simply written round in a somewhat spiral arrangement within the double circle.. It is to be remembered that Hebrew is always written from right to left,instead of from left to right like ordinary European languages. The small Maltese crosses are placed to mark the conclusion of each separate set of Hebrew names. These names are those of Deity Angels and Archangels allotted by the Qabalists to each of the 9 first Sephiroth or Divine Emanations. In English letters they run thus, beginning from the head of the serpent: ✠ Ehyeh Kether Metatron Chaioth Ha-Qadehs Rashith Ha-Galgalim S.P.M. (for "Sphere of the Primum Mobile") ✠ Iah Chokmah Ratziel Auphanim Masloth S.S.F (for "Sphere of the Fixed Stars," or S.Z. for "Sphere of the Zodiac") ✠ Iehovah Eolhim, Binah Tzadquiel Aralim Shabbathai S. (for "Sphere") of Saturn ✠ El Chesed Tzadquiel Chaschmalim Tzedeq S. of Jupiter ✠ Elohim Gibor Geburah Kamael Seraphim Madim S. of Mars ✠ Iehovah Eloah Va-Daäth Tiphereth Raphaêl Malakim Shemesh S. of the Sun ✠ Iehovah Tzabaoth Netzach Haniel Elohim Nogah S. of Venus.. ✠ Elohim Tzabaoth Hod Michaêl Beni Elohim Kokav S. of Mercury ✠ Shaddaï El Chai Iesod Gabriel Cherubim Levanah S. of the Moon ✠... and wind come from the sky.. There comes a time,when the jewels cease to sparkle, when the gold loses its luster,and all that is left is a father's love for his child...

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