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A new door opened

Posted by Mike on September 24, 2011

It’s interesting because in the greater Golden Dawn community of late there’s always talk about the shadowy third order and the mythologies of those that were part of the tradition that believed they were in contact with the third order. Now personally I’m clearly working on my outer order material and so don’t even think anything like this is an issue, the only thing I’m concerned about is doing the work.

I say this because I had an experience this morning that was very similar to what I had read by people who feel they’ve encounted the third order, although I would think in my case if it was such a thing it might have just been an adept. I went to the post office this morning and as I was leaving the building a couple was walking towards me. As far as I know, I had never seen or met either of these people before (nor did they seem familiar in any way) and the approach was similar to any encounter walking past strangers, in this case I wasn’t paying attention. As soon as I reached the door, the woman turns around, reaches in front of me, opens the door and says “Let me open the (or this) door for you Mike.”

The mundane explanation of course would be that this person met me before and knows my name, but if this was the case I feel like I would have been recognized by the couple and I wasn’t. It felt to me that this woman somehow knew my name in a way that was completely inexplicable. And as kabbalist I later went door, daleth, empress. And so I have some studying and meditation to do. Because that was literally the weirdest thing that’s ever happened to me, and this is from someone who says that about once a week now.

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The Golden Dawn

Posted by Mike on September 22, 2011

I’d have to say, at this point in my life, that the Golden Dawn system is the most profound, intelligent and transformative system of thought I’ve ever come across. It has a sense of cohesiveness and interconnectivity that continually surprises me. It doesn’t saddle me with dogma and impossible things to believe, it saddles me with hard work and the shocking results of that work. It hosts a lineage of brilliant and most importantly imperfect human beings that confirm the point that a real transformative system transforms you with its values not the values of the systems and paradigms that don’t work.

Much of this work has been excruciatingly painful and difficult and has left no part of my life unscathed. But I’m profoundly grateful to the system and its community. The writings of people like the Ciceros, Pat Zaleswki, Nick Farrell and Lyam Thomas Christopher have always seemed to be there in the right place at the right time. Just when I think I’m going to crash and burn from the pressure, the right message comes and disaster is averted. I’m now deeper into the work than at any other time in my life, am the most physically healthy I’ve been in since I was a child, have more vitality and energy than I ever thought possible, have turned into a painter nearly over night and most importantly I’m moving closer to the goal of the Great Work every day.

To these writers and everyone else who’s aided my initiation, I thank you from the bottom of my heart.

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Amongst the rubble…

Posted by Mike on September 19, 2011

I can imagine nearly anyone who works one of the western esoteric systems has difficulty explaining it to anyone not involved. This article more or less saved my life (or sanity or something) in the last year, I think without it things might have turned out vastly different. As part of a temple one might be prepared for this, but as a self-initiate I was more or less completely unprepared for it, had no idea it was coming and tried dealing with it in the way I deal with anything else, as a very mercuric Virgo.

Fire is the element associated with the higher self and the heat increases approaching Netzach from Hod. On this level of the tree these two spheres are opposite one another. Hod thinks a lot, Netzach doesn’t think at all. Hod has lots of labels and categories and schematics, Netzach has none of these. Hod thinks it can think its way through feeling, but one can not penetrate Netzach by thinking. But my what an energy can be generated between the two of them, hot, warlike, retributory and picking for a fight. If it wasn’t for that article I wouldnt have read the very wise advice to experience Mars and not react to it (although I sure as hell wish I would have discovered this in January rather than April).

Mars doesn’t just disappear at this point, it shows up elsewhere once it’s not left to destroy everything in its path. Denied an outlet, it starts to cooperate instead of fight you and the energy becomes useful instead of uncontrolled. I realized this on a personal level when I “forgot myself” during the (fountain) circulation of the light of the Middle Pillar and ended up doubled over in ecstacy for almost two minutes when the kundalini rose. Believe me, you only think you want an orgasm to go two minutes.

Anyway I’m writing this because this is really how I understand what must be extremely mystifying to a lot of people at this point. The rest I can best demonstrate through artwork instead of words, but this little quote is also germane…

“I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance. but he that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire.” Matthew 3:11

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“Thou art the gleam upon the hoards of brilliance, the mighty presence in the light of gems.”

Posted by Mike on September 15, 2011

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Visita Interiora Terrae Rectificanto Invenies Occultum Lapidem Veram Medicinum

Posted by Mike on September 10, 2011

Visit the interior of the earth, and by rectifying you will find the hidden stone which is the true medicine.

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“Thy garment is as darkness, and it covereth and revealeth Thee in the encircling of the void.”

Posted by Mike on September 1, 2011

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