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first— Oh thou who aspirest unto our ancient Order!— that
Equilibrium is the basis of the Work. If thou thyself hast not a sure
foundation, whereon wilt thou stand to direct the forces of
that as man is born into this world amidst the Darkness of Matter, and the
strife of contending forces; so must his first endeavour be to seek the Light
through their reconciliation.
who hast trials and troubles, rejoice because of them, for in them is Strength,
and by their means is a pathway opened unto that Light.
it be otherwise, O man, whose life is but a day in Eternity, a drop in the
Ocean of time; how, were thy trials not many, couldst thou purge thy soul from
the dross of earth?
Is it but now that the Higher Life is beset with dangers and
difficulties; hath it not ever been so with the Sages and Hierophants of the
past? They have been persecuted and reviled, they have been tormented of men;
yet through this also has their Glory increased.
therefore, O Initiate, for the greater thy trial the greater thy Triumph. When
men shall revile thee, and speak against thee falsely, hath not the Master
said, “Blessed art thou!”?
aspirant, let thy victories bring thee not Vanity, for with increase of
Knowledge should come increase of Wisdom. He who knoweth little, thinketh he
knoweth much; but he who knoweth much has learned his own ignorance. Seest thou
a man wise in his own conceit? There is more hope of a fool, than of
hasty to condemn others; how knowest thou that in their place, thou couldst
have resisted the temptation? And even were it so, why shouldst thou despise
one who is weaker than thyself?
therefore who desirest Magical Gifts, be sure that thy soul is firm and
steadfast; for it is by flattering thy weaknesses that the Weak Ones will gain
power over thee. Humble thyself before thy Self, yet fear neither man nor
spirit. Fear is failure, and the forerunner of failure: and courage is the
beginning of virtue.
fear not the Spirits, but be firm and courteous with them; for thou hast no
right to despise or revile them; and this too may lead thee astray. Command and
banish them, curse them by the Great Names if need be; but neither mock or
revile them, for so assuredly wilt thou be led to error.
A man is
what he maketh himself within the limits fixed by his inherited destiny; he is
a part of mankind; his actions affect not only what he called himself, but also
the whole universe.
and neglect not, the physical body which is thy temporary connection with the
outer and material world. Therefore let thy mental Equilibrium be above
disturbance by material events; strengthen and control the animal passions,
discipline the emotions and the reason, nourish the Higher
Do good to
others for its own sake, not for reward, not for gratitude from them, not for
sympathy. If thou art generous, thou wilt not long for thine ears to be tickled
by expressions of gratitude.
that unbalanced force is evil; that unbalanced severity is but cruelty and
oppression; but that also unbalanced mercy is but weakness which would allow
and abet Evil. Act passionately; think rationally; be Thyself.
ritual is as much action as word; it is Will.
that this earth is but an atom in the universe, and that thou thyself art but
an atom thereon, and that even couldst thou become the God of this earth
whereon thou crawlest and grovellest, that thou wouldst, even then, be but an
atom, and one amongst many.
Nevertheless have the greatest self-respect, and to that end sin not
against thyself. The sin which is unpardonable is knowingly and wilfully to
reject truth, to fear knowledge lest that knowledge pander not to thy
Magical Power, learn to control thought; admit only those ideas that are in
harmony with the end desired, and not every stray and contradictory Idea that
thought is a means to an end. Therefore pay attention to the power of silent
thought and meditation. The material act is but the outward expression of thy
thought, and therefore hath it been said that “the thought of foolishness
is sin.” Thought is the commencement of action, and if a chance thought
can produce much effect, what cannot fixed thought do?
as hath already been said, Establish thyself firmly in the equilibrium of
forces, in the centre of the Cross of the Elements, that Cross from whose
centre the Creative Word issued in the birth of the dawning
therefore prompt and active as the Sylphs, but avoid frivolity and caprice; be
energetic and strong like the Salamanders, but avoid irritability and ferocity;
be flexible and attentive to images like the Undines, but avoid idleness and
changeability; be laborious and patient like the Gnomes, but avoid grossness
thou gradually develop the powers of thy soul, and fit thyself to command the
Spirits of the elements. For wert thou to summon the Gnomes to pander thine
avarice, thou wouldst no longer command them, but they would command thee.
Wouldst thou abuse the pure beings of the woods and mountains to fill thy
coffers and satisfy thy hunger of Gold? Wouldst thou debase the Spirits of
Living Fire to serve thy wrath and hatred? Wouldst thou violate the purity of
the Souls of the Waters to pander thy lust of debauchery? Wouldst thou force
the Spirits of the Evening Breeze to minister thy folly and caprice? Know that
with such desires thou canst but attract the Weak, not the Strong, and in that
case the Weak will have power over thee.
religion there is no sect, therefore take heed that thou blaspheme not the name
by which another knoweth his God; for if thou do this thing in Jupiter thou
and in Osiris
Ask and ye shall have! Seek, and ye shall find! Knock, and it shall be opened