- Read Liber OZ
- The Aspirant must meditate.
- Focusing on introspection.
- Mastering the ‘Sign of Silence.’
- Contemplating the Tarot Trumps: Lamed & Aleph (LA)
- Starting Yoga.
- Working with the word AGAPE.
THE HORUS MANDALA Wherein the Mask of Horus is Danced by the Aspirant I) HOOR-PAAR KRAAT
Magic is a part of history and certainly, history is a part of magic not to be overlooked. Since we are considering a source of perception and therefore of action that is free of the conditioning limitations of time and space, we should understand the direct availability of time and space. This seems to be particularly important in a PanAeonic Magical order or lodge, such as the Horus Maat Lodge.
Furthermore, we should consider that History is the study of change over time, in all aspects, and magick is change occurring in conformity with Will. It should be expected that the study of History reveals something of the nature of Will, the main ingredient of Magick.
It is not an accident, I would think, that the word “will” expresses both the future tense and inevitable events and it also expresses a combination of desire, inclination and choice. It means, as well, one’s wishes regarding the disposal of one’s work and property after death. All of it, put together, weaves human history.
I think in the context of the Horus Maat Lodge and my interpretation of it, it might be particularly relevant to study the contents and the nature of the Aeons.
The Nameless Aeon encompasses all of prehistory. Kenneth Grant, in “Aleister Crowley and the Hidden God”, lists three separate prehistorical Aeons (0 of the Void, 1 of Chaos, and 2 of the Earth). For practical purposes, these can be
combined into a single, nameless, Aeon, which would be a worldview of animism, dreamtime, and spirit Magick. All things are animated by spirits; there is an Underworld where knowledge and power may be gained. Food was obtained by
hunting, fishing, and wild harvesting. The godform of this Aeon is Bes. The Aeon of Isis brings the Female force into focus as the Goddess: Mother-Creator, fertile Earth, changing Moon. The change of consciousness represented is that of having to take care of the creatures one depends on; instead of simply availing oneself of the natural harvest of game animals and wild plants, the herder and the farmer assumed the responsibility of care in exchange for control of the sources of nourishment. The Magicians of this Aeon took the Goddess, the Mother, as the clearest example of the type of attitude to have toward one’s living. The godform is that of the Triple Goddess.
The Aeon of Osiris shifted human consciousness to focus upon the authority of the Father-Creator, the law-giver who imposes hierarchical order on growing populations. Agriculture generated specialization of work which spawned cities as centers of trade and commerce. Population pressures spurred migration and territorial conquests, which gave rise to warfare and leaders of men. Force as coercion permitted slavery and serfdom, wherein food production could be commanded and demanded by the strong from the weak. The efficiency of this formula ensured its continuity until the development of science and industry provided a superior efficiency of production. The Osirian formula of the Dying God functions as a bridge between the agricultural realities of planting and harvest and the industrial realities of “conquest” of and “dominion” over Nature, the plundering of resources and the pollution of environment.
In its degeneracy, the Dying God formula is perverted into a rationalization for a number of insanities: resistance to Change, using force of one type or another to achieve and maintain power over other individuals, compulsive acquisition of material goods, and the notion that another entity can provide Salvation for oneself from particular and Original sin, the latter of which according to its Biblical account was a blatant case of entrapment.
In this Aeonic system, the Aeon of Horus began in 1904 with the writing of Liber AL vel Legis. The formula is that of the Crowned and Conquering Child, the Prince who ascends the throne upon the death (transformation) of the King, his father. The monument of the Osirian Aeon, the Military-Industrial Complex of East and West, has achieved its apotheosis in the nuclear arsenals that are capable of sterilizing the planet. It’s the mission of Horus to represent this existential ultimatum as the Lord of Force and Fire.
The necessity at the base of the formula is neither subsistence nor sovereignty: it is survival. The Child is the point of the Aeon: the continuation of the human race. The Law of the Aeon is Love under Will; the application of this Law destroys the poison remnants of Osiris while at the same time it places power and responsibility in the hands of the individual.
Running concurrently with the Aeon of Horus since 1974 is the Aeon of Maat. She is the Daughter, twin to Horus, and her formula is Truth and Balance. She compliments Horus’ warrior nature with her measure and justice. She ensures the survival that Horus establishes by initiating a fundamental change in humanity: the awakening of the Racial Unconscious to Racial Consciousness.
As Horus signifies the Atomic Age, Maat signifies the Information Age; her Word is IPSOS, “by the same mouth”. In the Double Aeon, food production has at the same time become more automated and more home-grown organic, as business or belief. Recombinant DNA research and cloning promises changes in this area. The successful transformation of humanity into a doubly-conscious species brings about the Wordless Aeon, whose particular godform is Harpocrate. Physical speech is unnecessary with a shared Consciousness; therefore is this Aeon Wordless.
There are other Aeonic clusters “ahead” of us in time, but they are beyond the scope of the present writing.
In the Path of Ipsos vol I, I write that first, we have to begin by understanding the Age of the Nameless Aeon, the oldest that our human consciousness may have access to, the age of the pre-historic human being. There was no technology, no electricity and no interference between man and nature. Man depended on his hunting skills and was completely a creature of nature. All things were alive and communicating to him. This was the perfect age for animism and the magick of humanity was as the magick of the beasts, the rocks, the trees, the stars and the rivers. The most complex ideas were shamanic at best and the practices were wholly instinctive and intuitive.
The formula of this Aeon, the Aeon of BES, is described as the silence that hungs over life and death and that breathes into past, present and future, beast and human alike, giving humans and animals the possibility to master consciousness.
To get the magician closer to the inner life of the Nameless Aeon and to the way human senses perceived reality back then, we will have the magician start by mastering silence, which is the word of the void.
It is considered that until the magician dreams with a serpent, a horned priest/beast or an aboriginal figure, he or she might not have accessed the soul of this Aeon.
The book considers the self is sought through states of ecstasy in this time and that the subconscious and the conscious were not divided.
The magical word with which the Aeon of Isis or of the Mother is worked implies the mind, in this age, is passive to the body. In other words, the mind receives the body. It is the matriarchal aeon when humans started to cultivate the land.
In the Aeon of Osiris or the Aeon of the Father, it is seen that IAO or VIAOV also implies the creation of the plus via the minus and the creation of men via women. It is the aeon for civilizational growth and the time of empires.
The Aeon of the Son or Aeon of Horus is best explained by me in The Way of Abrahadabra, but The Path of Ipsos states that it is the declared Aeon of our present stage of humanity, the Aeon of the Crowned and Conquering Child, and the magician is to abolish all fear of death and reason, reaching out through his self-realization to the realization of the cosmos at large. The formula, Abrahadabra implies the union of the microcosmos and the macrocosmos through the keywords of Will and Love. All perception the magician has of himself is to be shaped by Pure Will, without purpose, and his perception of the outer world is to happen exclusively through the phenomena of Love. With the help of his magical diary the magician is to forge his psyche anew under the law of Love and Will, Agape et Thelema. For the Magical Praxis, the Magician may recur to The Way of Abrahadabra, or such bodies of knowledge as presented through the Thelemic Golden Dawn or the Astrum Argentum. As for theology, he may want to consult The Book of the Law, also known as Liber Al Vel Legis, a work channelled by Aleister Crowley.
The Aeon of the Daughter or Maat shows its magic word implying the fluid principle of all life enlightening the mind, gifting the soul and generating the black flame that is the Dao.
The formula itself (not to be confused with the magical word) is IPSOS, and it means “by the same mouth”, implying, according to the book, that one speaks from the heart of all.
It shows universal thought containing the seed of evolution that is guided by justice and prophetic insight, leading in time to complete control of consciousness, faith and a will-power that changes the DNA to the next stage.
The Magus of this future age is called N’Aton, as first discovered by Nema, and is said in the Path of IPSOS to be of a happiness that is independent of space-time, a pure intellect, divinely inspired, just and is a collective.
In the Nameless Aeon, mankind not only survived gigantic wild beasts, some of around eight meters, but became by far the most dominant species. This is an age of red will, where irrational survival skills were unafraid of life’s sacrifice. The pre-historic man and woman were probably stronger and fiercer than any that came after.
The Path of Ipsos goes on to state that even normal things were subject to magic. The shaman would cross that threshold, stepping into the active pole, so that to him, everything was magickal. To mankind at large magick was biological and transmissible, and it was science, not religion, for it had a precise and tangible function.
Individuality was a mask expressing the life of things and gods alike, and, at this time, from four and four generations the spirits would be reborn, but human perceptions were not so much concerned about time in a cyclic way, they were more concerned with the world as something utterly unknown except through direct experience from moment to moment.
This was an age of unconscious logic and subconscious dualism. The closer mankind had to dogmatic knowledge was in games represented by signs that would become subject to the tests of luck and chance but also to the tests of skill in the precision and exactness of instinct.
Men and women knew Earth’s creative chaos and their own fertile shadow, and after mastering them they used it to tame the land and one’s nature, connecting to the Mother and becoming the Mother.
At this stage (the Aeon of the Mother) the tribes start to fix themselves on the land and practice agriculture, eventually coming to dominate the metals. Once they were fixed to the land, a greater introspective knowledge comes into place through the void of stillness, connected with the stellar cults, for the stars, fixed in the void, kept moving. The tribes would settle near the rivers and start to tame animals such as the ram, the bull and dogs/wolves. That humanity unblocked the taming of such beasts means, in esoteric terms, that their previous evolutions had come to fully fix on their DNA the faculties of concentration, force, fearlessness, determination, virility, strength, intuition, balance and solitude. By consequence, they had the wheel at their disposal, which rendered them capable of taming the land itself, the wheel having the shape of the planet, the circling of the stars, and of the pentacle, the latter signifying control over the elements and the body.
The feminine and the masculine suffer here from a greater polarization. Females and males were divided, males protecting, fishing and hunting while women would tend to the children and the plantations. The storing of provisions allows for more time, and more time for greater leisure and more decorative and Venusian applications to the objects at the disposal of the tribes. Money is born at this age, not with coin, but with seed. Thus, a seed would grow into a certain creature of the vegetable kingdom once planted, but if traded, it could turn into anything and, after the wheel, it was the highest physical representation or talisman of magickal power and potentiality.
The first species of the vegetable kingdom to be mastered under cultivation were wheat, barley, rice, corn and beans. Dominion over the wheat meant that humanity had come to learn of love and generosity. Dominion over barley came from the recognition of inner truth and goodness, while dominion over corn of the good in nature and its truth. Rice became available due to the capacity for spiritual nourishment, and beans indicate that mankind at large had become conscious of reincarnation and immortality, the reason why dolmens and menhirs, as gateways and devices to the land of the dead, are creations of this Aeon. While women became physically weaker, they also became the image of the land, and sacred, adored with bloody seashells and central statues around which masculine items revolved, their occult power increasing. This age ends with the beginning of writing.
Resuming, populations started to form and to fix themselves on the earth. By fixing themselves they saw the world turn around them and they measured space and time in a way that appeared to them to be linear and possible to articulate in a studied manner. This leads to the categorization of many aspects of existence.
But, while during the Aeon of Isis dominion over the land still meant becoming one with it, at the Aeon of Osiris categorization led to the possibility of expansion and, with it, to imperialism. A culture could move and colonize without losing spirit, for categorization and linearity rendered the spirit itself vulnerable to colonization. The elementals specific to certain regions of the planet started to move to other regions with the human psyche, and they were left as fish out of the water, hanging on to the mental plane alone. The human mind became stronger under the banner of Osiris, but the soul was sickened and the senses weakened.
With the accumulation of people near the rivers, eventually, cities started to form, leading to the complexification of social roles on a vertical disposition of order, from the highest authority to the lowest. Metals were important resources, especially bronze, meaning, in esoteric language, that mankind had mastered durability. Writing marked the transition from the Aeon of Isis to the Aeon of Osiris, it stabilized and materialized spirit through the written word and was used first as a weapon of peace by the inscription of rules and laws, maintaining an order capable of sustaining civilization and punishing the transgressors. Regardless of rank or class, the written word embodying law was a pentacle of protection in a time when many different people lived so close together.
In Ancient Egypt, hierarchy became highly polarized and pharaohs held absolute power. The writings of Ancient Egypt were built based on pictures of things, but the Phoenician civilization built a writing based on drawing sounds and, therefore, the first alphabet. Finally, in opposition to Ancient Egypt, Ancient Greece used the power of writing to create democracy and allow the people to rule themselves. But they constantly fought each other and ended up being conquered by Rome, which used part of the democratic system of Greece except only electing powerful and rich citizens. The Roman Republic used a unified set of laws and conquered a large part of the world through war. Then, the Romans used the law to maintain a long-lasting peace, the Pax Romana. Powerful generals could control elections, and eventually, the thirst for power had Eastern Rome crumbling on itself, but Western Rome survived through the law of Christ up to today, defied by the Muslim World ruled by Mohammad, who had just captured about all of the Arabian peninsulae and established peace in there through a set of duties. While expanding the Muslim world, Mohammed’s followers and the followers of Jesus Christ fought.
The Eastern world also had the Aryans with their Vedas, India with their Sidharta Gautama, whose religions are less affected by the Aeons, Hinduism having no founder and Buddhism being iconoclast. Hinduism, generally speaking, is still a religion of what we now call the Old Aeon – it being the Aeon of Osiris – in that it is hierarchic and based on the belief that all people are born to a particular caste and must do as is required of their class. Buddhism preaches self-denial and existence as suffering, and tries to move away from the whole paradigm, but, when it comes to the constitutions, it is still a religion of slaves and masters.
Islam has their five basic “pillars”: acceptance of no God but Allah, the five daily ritual prayers, Sawm, and the pilgrimage to Mecca. Christianity has its seven deadly sins, etc, they are pentacles of protection, control, order and hierarchy and are heavily polarized by the Aeon of the Father.
Judaism, in its true essence, was never given the chance to fully embrace the Aeon of Isis nor the Aeon of Osiris, as its tribes remained nomadic. Their evolution through the Aeons was more spiritual than material.
Empires thrived and fought constantly between themselves, each aiming to attain peace by eliminating the others. It is an extremely dualistic and polarized Aeon, where peace means war, war means peace, and where a master needs a slave.
On the other hand, The Aeon of the Son, the Aeon of Horus, starts when freedom is given to the people of the world, and with it immense power like the power of the sun, the sun being exactly what the nuclear bomb can partially materialize on Earth. The Bible portrays it with the coming of the Beast, a Beast of the so-long-desired globalism that will lead the nations to a false freedom, power and self-indulgence, and later mentions the Aeon of the Daughter, when the nuclear bomb explodes, threatening the planet and all source of life. Here, the human world awakes to its truth and responsibility. Still in the context of the Bible, this period of Judgement lasts until the second coming of Christ, who we know, in his second incarnation to be our N’Aton. Then, everyone is known and decided upon for what they truly are, being that the quarantined freedom of the Beast has given them enough expression and the empathy and telepathy of N’Aton leaves nothing hidden. The rising of the dead, by our calculations, is indicative of the Wordless Aeon, when all times become directly available to the Homo Veritas.
Regarding the Aeon of Maat or of the Daughter (the formula is that YHVH expresses Mother, Father, Son and Daughter), it is said in The Path of Ipsos vol II that to understand it we have to understand the basics of physics and then quantum science.
At the Aeon of Bes time is non-linear, it is focused on the present where times collide. At the Aeon of Isis, time is cyclical, the present flows into the past and the past into the present. At the Aeon of Osiris these two axis stop being a circle to become a vertical line, it is an age of conservative hierarchies and solid faith. At the Aeon of Horus, time becomes a horizontal line, time flows from the past into the present and then to the future, and progress is the goal. At the Aeon of Maat, time flows from the future into the present and from the past into the present, unveiling Truth at the centre. At the Wordless Aeon, we shall witness the consequence, the spiral.
It should be sufficient to say that at this Aeon time is manufactured from the outside, as a sculptor may use different moulds for different sculptures according to his imagination. From the inside, the charade is not possible to be solved rationally, for every kind of sequence is turned against itself and dissolves into mystery.
By now, the suggestion is probably clear that history should be learned or researched not as something solely of the past but also digging into the possible future. Beyond that and the few hints we have given on the nature of the Aeons as periods (time is an important aspect of the Aeons in Thelema, while in old gnosticism it is more or less irrelevant), history should be understood in its logic and processing.
A History of Religious Ideas, Volume 1
From the Stone Age to the Eleusinian Mysteries
“No one has done so much as Mr. Eliade to inform literature students in the West about ‘primitive’ and Oriental religions. . . . Everyone who cares about the human adventure will find new information and new angles of vision.”—Martin E. Marty, New York Times Book
A History of Religious Ideas, Volume 2
From Gautama Buddha to the Triumph of Christianity
Covers the history of religious ideas from ancient China, Brahmanism and Hinduism, Buddha and his contemporaries, Roman religion, Celtic and German religions, Judaism, the Hellenistic period, the Iranian syntheses, and the birth of Christianity.
Richard tells the history of religion from its known beginnings until now with encouraging tolerance and curiosity. Major world religions apart, Richard explores the source of religious belief and meaning throughout history and also the motivations behind religious violence.
The Great Transformation
The Beginning of Our Religious Traditions
Karen Armstrong goes from Confucianism and Daoism in China, Hinduism and Buddhism in India, monotheism in Israel, and philosophical rationalism in Greece, Buddha, Socrates, Confucius, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, the mystics of the Upanishads, Mencius, and Euripides to the violence and desperation of our times. The idea is that all such sages emerged from the violence of their own time, demolishing religious institutions with selfishness and spiritual compassion, preaching responsibility, self-awareness, and effective action.
A Brief History of Humankind
Yuval Noah Harari goes from the six initial human species that inhabited the Earth to our cities, kingdoms and nations, religions, law, commerce, literature, and our general enslavement in bureaucracy, consumerism, and rush.
It takes into account the breakthroughs of the Cognitive, Agricultural and Scientific Revolutions, biology, anthropology, and paleontology, exploring the history of our human societies, the nature around us, and the personalities inside us.
Philosophical questions like those of happiness throughout history, our capacity or lack of it to free ourselves from ancestors, and our power to influence the future, are posed and explored.
It challenges our knowledge of what it is to be human.
Depending primarily on the treatments of transcendence found in the writings of twentieth-century philosophers Eric Voegelin and Bernard Lonergan, Glenn Hughes explores the historical discovery of transcendent meaning and then examines what it indicates about the structure of history. The main focus is on clarifying the problem of transcendence in relation to historical existence.
Transcendence and History will be of particular value to those who have grappled with the notion of transcendence in the study of philosophy, comparative religion, political theory, history, philosophical anthropology, and art or poetry by examining transcendent meaning as the key factor in the search for ultimate meaning from ancient societies to the present.
Transcendental History defends the claim that historicality is the very condition for human knowledge. By explaining this thesis, and by tracing its development from Kant and Hegel to Derrida and Agamben, this book enriches our understanding of the history of philosophy and contributes to epistemology and the philosophy of history.
This book focuses on three great shifts in the scale of social organization – the rise of syntactical language, agricultural society, and today’s new global social discourse – and links processes of social evolution to the dynamics of biological and cultural evolution. Integrating approaches from world history, environmental studies, biological and cultural evolution, social anthropology, sociology, and evolutionary linguistics, Patrick Manning offers an unprecedented account of the evolution of humans and our complex social system and explores the crises facing that human system today.
The Magic in History series explores the role magic and the occult have played in European culture, religion, science, and politics. Titles in the series bring the resources of cultural, literary, and social history to bear on the history of the magic arts, and they contribute to an understanding of why the theory and practice of magic have elicited fascination at every level of European society. Volumes include both editions of important texts and significant new research in the field. Sponsored by the Societas Magica.
by Eliphas Levi
Magic of the Magi, Magic in Ancient Greece, the Kabalah, Primitive Symbolism, Mysticism, Oracles, Magical Monuments, Magic and Christianity, Pagan Magic, Kabalistic Paintings and Sacred Emblems, Sorcerers, Magic and Freemasonry, the Illuminati, and more.