23 Slices
Medium 9781904658498

15: Application 4: Love, Intimacy, Sex

Daniels, Aaron B. Aeon Books ePub

We all manage to create goals and reasons for our lives that have little to do with how we live — or want to live — our lives. This is a multi-layered conundrum. When someone asks us what we want in life, nearly all of us will say something like, ‘peace,’ ‘happiness,’ ‘to love and be loved,’ ‘respect,’ or some other abstraction of this sort. In spite of these declarations, we also find ourselves locked into lifestyles, jobs, relationships, and a thousand other compromises that we claim are all ultimately trying to get us to those big sparkling abstractions but are almost always at odds with them. And so, once we have created this dissonance in our lives, we find ourselves creating substitute goals — long-term diversions by which we can distract ourselves from the dismal reality that we have neither the ability nor the intention of actually living toward those initial ideal desires for our lives.

These substitute goals may include reaching the top of our cult’s game of ‘Initiatory Shoots and Ladders’ — or corporate ladder. Or it may include wasting 30 or more days cultivating Obsessive Compulsive Disorder in the form of some pseudo-historical ‘working,’ invocation, or practice — or a fad diet. Or it could involve hobbies like scrap-booking, banishing rituals, multi-level marketing, Massively Multi-player Online Role-playing Games, or sitting around naked with people for whom you have learned to have no emotional connection because the quasi-intimacy of nudity is overwhelming enough.

See All Chapters
Medium 9781904658498

6: Te Structure of the Moment: A Sidelong Glance at the Voids

Daniels, Aaron B. Aeon Books ePub

Now we finally come to the eight voids. This brief chapter ofers a first glimpse of the fundamental, unalterable foundation of life as lived. One of the key misunderstandings about existentialism is that, given its name, people assume that these Galois-smoking philosophers actually defined ‘being.’ Nothing could be further from the truth. Existentialism aims to unblinkingly describe the human condition — a condition rife with unanswerable questions. Heidegger in particular notes that humans are those posed with these questions and that this very questioning — and all too often inappropriately answering — defines our existence. Thus, the voids listed below are the canvases upon which we create our lives. These voids remind us, for instance, that indeed we almost always function with something like an ‘identity,’ but these various confgurations of self-defnition are transitory and contingent. Trough an open and sincere reverence for their primacy, these voids can free us to let go of our strangle hold on false-certainties through the mystical process of liberation; but they also provide us with the means by which we may change and engineer our lives, our realities. To say it more clearly, these open-ended questions enable us to weave the magic of our lives rather than bludgeon infexible rules of material reality into submission. These voids define the imaginal space in which magic happens.

See All Chapters
Medium 9781904658498

2: Mere-ness and Magic: An Informing Image

Daniels, Aaron B. Aeon Books ePub

Seattle in the Summer, once the rain temporarily retreats, is pretty hard to beat. Before me unfolds an image so typical of this city as to be a cliché: iron bistro tables with mosaic tops, a brick plaza, the smell of roasting espresso beans, and two overly-artsy men debating the fner points of a genre of literature.

I am one of those two men. The other is a publisher of esoteric literature — call him Frater Kiri. He has just fnished the release of the first English translation of a 1000-year-old grimoire. He is justly pleased and lets his broad and mischievous smile overtake his face at my compliments.

‘I guess I’m just blown away by the psychological insight of these works,’ I say, speaking of several of the grimoires we have been discussing.

I cite examples of a polycentric vision of identity, the need to channel demonic-libidinal forces toward our will, and the image of the great magical circle as more of a representation of centering balance than boundary protection.

Kiri’s smile fades.

See All Chapters
Medium 9781904658498

12: Application 3: Stories about Your Selves

Daniels, Aaron B. Aeon Books ePub

For this next experiment, put aside the bigger questions of the last chapter and simply consider the stories you tell in the course of a normal day. When people ask you to tell them a little bit about yourself, what do you say? For many people, an average week is full of questions, such as, ‘Where are you from?’ ‘What do you do?’ ‘What do you do for fun?’

The answers can be difficult to produce when you are alone since they happen in a reflexive fashion. So, observe yourself the next time you find yourself engaging in this sort of compulsory chitchat. Once you have a fix on the sort of answers you give, ask yourself a second level of trickier questions. Do your answers vary depending on the audience? How? Why?

Many occultists I know are a bit cagey when responding to such questions. Often, this may be a dissembling due to some apprehension about how they will be received, but the savvier of this group demurs more as a result of an uncertainty about how one would answer such a question (and, honestly, a desire to seem terribly mysterious).

See All Chapters
Medium 9781904658313

Five of Swords

Zalewski, Chris Aeon Books ePub

The Five of Swords shows that the additional Sword from the previous card has, in fact, shattered the rose and split apart the locked swords through the application of too much force being applied. The disunity has equal forces of two swords on each side, with a central disrupting sword. This force was necessary to break the locked stalemate of the previous swords.

The falling petals and clouds lowered again to the bottom of the card show that again the wings of the white eagle have been clipped. The clouds are higher, however, which appears to show more moisture as strength is restored and the Mercury is united with the Sun and Moon for transmutation. This is the first stage of multiplication which is an operation of the Great Work where the “Powder of Projection” is multiplied. To do this the operation must be repeated many times but each time with more perfected matters, but even in this a reduction of time occurs. It is said that every solution is made according to expediency and that every matter which dissolves the Moon dissolves also the Sun. This reduction is the first stage as explained above.

See All Chapters

See All Slices