News update: UPS and Fedex both charge $90 for shipping the Mutational Alchemy Tarot to our extra long distance customers in AU, EU and Asia, sorry guys looks like we’ll still be using USPS and Ebay to handle international sales. It’s a 14% price hike at USPS across the board. I’ll try to come up with a value pack of some kind to make the S&H cost more worthwhile.
In other news we’ve had a number of odd delays with the I Ching Beginner kits which I know a few people have been asking me about. The publisher switched distributors and the ISBN appears to have been mixed up with another good I Ching book, not the one we need. At first the new distributor claimed they did not carry it, Princeton contacted me and assured me that they did, and gave me the ISBN, assuring me it was the Wilhelm/Baynes, but I now have a pile of another book that fortunately we’ll be using in the coursework this year anyways. We’re working with them to solve it. This set will be included in the first year coursework which we hope to release soon so when I do get them back in stock I’ll try to coordinate with our coursework and membership for those who would like to become Mutational Alchemists as well as masters of the I Ching.
Until then for those interested in what we are doing, Mutational Alchemy Essentials 001 is always a good start to see if we have what you are looking for.
Abrahadabra is not the only formula we research around here, but it is a large enough topic that the discoveries and insights pertaining to the Word of the Aeon are constantly popping up…
One of the ways of knowing you’re on the right track with theoretical magick of any kind is that even random hunches will tend to pay off at an accelerated pace. In this example I have taken the word Abrahadabra and written it 6 times forward to forward, each letter taking up one of the 66 points that make up the Abrahadabra Grid. I have then gone in and colored those letters that would correspond to Tree of Life sephiroth in red. Daath is not included according to the argument that Daath is not a sephiroth, but the Highest Crown is included whose corresponding number is 0. This would be significant in itself but the hunch has something more to reveal!
Next I remove all the letters save for the ones in red. What remains is an encrypted Abrahadabra with no omissions or duplications, stretching all the way to 0! Embedded in the letters is an unexpected egg-drop. It amounts to another proof that the Tree of Life is a physical subset of Abrahadabra and not the other way ’round. Proofs of this kind mean a little taken by themselves but when added to the pile of harder hitting proofs are profoundly significant. It’s a novelty but novelties have their place. The whole of gematria is rooted in just this kind of meaningful “coincidence”.
Editor’s Note: The Abrahadabra Grid, although similar in appearance to the Chinese chart of Heavenly Superiority documented and illustrated by Bouvet, has an extra row of triangles which is what allows us to extend to Ain Soph Aur (0) and was invented by m1thr0s, our founder.
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International shipping has been a major concern for us as well as our customers, and continues to be a priority as we are recieving a lot of orders from overseas. (For those out of the loop on this, USPS no longer has shipping by ocean as an inexpensive option as in years past.)
We’re doing everything we can to keep the costs low. Ebay offers a small discount and they help evade predatory and abusive VAT-attached charges above our USPS baseline. The basic postal fee automatically adjusts based on user location, so all international orders are encouraged to go there, but they too draw from USPS prices and a price change recently has forced me to look at other shipping options. Our listings on Ebay may be adjusted in the near future due to the changes by USPS this week. However, you will still recieve the advantage of Ebay’s international shipping program which combats abusive VAT processes.
Sunday night the United States Postal Service shifted their pricing matrix on a wide range of packages. Priority mail flat rate small is no longer the least expensive option for long distance international (UK, Australia, Asia) and in consideration of this we’re going to start using our own boxes instead of the USPS provided flat rate boxes.
Here’s a rundown of the new and old shipping costs for single or double tarot pack:
Long Distance International Flat-rate (OLD): $25
Long Distance International Flat-rate (NEW): $30
Long Distance International Custom (OLD): $37
Long Distance International Custom box (NEW): $22
I will be contacting other shipping companies this week to inquire about their prices on custom box options so if you were planning to order the Mutational Alchemy Tarot you may want to wait a few days until I have figured out what Fedex and UPS says about this, as they may be cheaper.
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Well ladies and gents, we’re at war; in a world so close to attaining perfection. The good news is we’re outnumbered one thousand to one. Since those odds are about the same as mediocrity to genius it is both a privilege and a tactical advantage to the elite few. At one time one might have been able to say Chaos Magick was merely a trend, but it’s held on too tightly in the only circles that matter in today’s occult world: the online ones. This is the alembic of ideas forming the world of Hermetics today and tomorrow, where the only accurate pulse of the occult can be taken.
The enemies of chaos magick are the enemies of the occult, and it’s all for the same reasons. They fear losing control. This is the very reason that Tantra seems to be dead or dying in most regions of the world, but it is actually on the upswing in practices such as Chaos Magick and to some extent American Buddhism and Taoism. Freedom and real Magick will never die, no matter how viciously it is attacked. It isn’t difficult to point to the attacks themselves, for our history as occultists is a litany of blame, isolation, betrayal and petty degradation.
The frivolity with which Chaotes treat Magick is the subject of some distress in those more interested in less modern paradigms, but this is a minor complaint considering that the true roots of Chaos Magick are ancient and legitimate. It is an advantage to Tantra that it is framed in the modern, as it stands to lose nothing and finds an audience it would have otherwise lost in the detritus Tantra has acquired, despite its gem-like core. This stands as a virtue in a time when belief systems which are rotten to the core but have acquired some gems, are held up as paragons of virtue by some misguided persons. Catholicism comes to mind, a Church which killed Giordano Bruno, a paragon of Hermeticism (Occult Science) less than five centuries ago. The Italian infestation still has not apologized for that, and even if it did, should any initiate ever believe these lying monstrous worms? Their doctrine of self-sacrifice and exalted misery stands in stark contrast to the axiom “There is no God but Man” and every line of the Book of the Law.
Religious nicety worships at the altar of group-think, where Chaos Magick does not. Individuality is the ideal in Chaos, not social harmony in and of itself – though freedom is proclaimed as a guiding force towards natural social harmony just as promised to us by Crowley with Thelema. Individuality and anarchistic freedom are the religious virtue of the Chaote, if there is one at all. Diversity is fun – that’s the whole point. This is a good reason for Chaos to be popular with anyone, even if few people really understand or appreciate what freedom is.
This freedom extends to several sore points in the occult where it has been slow to evolve: the secrecy and subsequent stagnation within the orders, and the inessential trappings that have piled up in the traditions outside of the larger orders. The orders have become tombs of old knowledge, stagnating and unimpressive – easily revealed by any serious investigation. The great silence of the orders on current events and the larger discussion of the occult outside of their pet grimoires is strange. This tells us that they all hope if they just leave the Chaotes alone we’ll somehow go away. Chaos is in for the same ride – except it is far more wild and uncontrollable. If you criticize Chaos you cannot help but paint yourself as either irrelevant or afraid, if not merely ignorant on what it is.
Chaos is like Jeet Kun Do is to the martial arts. It’s a modifier, a hack, and it wasn’t quite possible before the founding of America and all that came with it. Freedom of speech – real freedom of speech, including the ability to criticize the most powerful man in the country without fear of penalty, and the complete security of freedom of religion which has been improving year after year with a steady victorious march.
The action, dynamism and brilliance of Tantra pairs very well with Western culture, which also values individuality, freedom and innovation. Tantra failed in the East due in part to a betrayal on its own soil – the aversion to the world in India – the world which Godhead created, and in China, the fear of analytical study in Taoism which “made the great miss” and failed to apprehend Science because of its pet preferences.
It remains to be seen if Tantra’s second wind in this millennium will hold – Chaos magicians make all kinds of mistakes in their thinking today, so much so that one often hears of someone “being attracted to” “considering themselves akin to” or “reading about” Chaos Magick rather than going all in and stating that they are definitely a Chaote.
The weakness in Chaos Magick is this illusion that it is something entirely new – that it is not in fact founded on the shoulders of giants and a rockbed of steel as far as practice goes. In this it is dangerous because newcomers can flounder without much needed guidance. The ordeals that we know are consistent enough that we can consider them to be real and unavoidable in the human condition. Crossing the abyss is one such ordeal, but there are others, less formally marked.
When push comes to shove you want more than a cool looking chaos star in your pocket, and for some there is little else they take away from Chaos Magick except for the freedom. In that sense its usefulness is limited. It remains to be seen if the movement will progress or stagnate.
Beyond that the threats to Chaos Magick and Tantra are as real as they ever were 500 years ago in Europe and Asia, within those regions. In America it enjoys immense security with the US Constitution and prevailing attitudes bearing the hallmarks of The American Enlightenment. It holds the key to unlocking the basic inhibitions that tear at the axiom “There is No God but Man”.
The Lo Shu Diagram is the oldest known example of a “magical square” in the world, despite parallels to it in other places such as the Key of Saturn from ancient India and others. Briefly defined, a magical square is any squared arrangement of numbers that add to the same sum vertically, horizontally and diagonally. The Lo Shu Diagram dates back as far as 5600 years by some estimates and we apparently don’t really know who actually discovered it. It comes down to us in the form of a myth, following several prominent versions, depicting the mysterious appearance of a tortoise from the river Lo which carried upon its back a curious set of markings, which, upon inspection, revealed a numerical super-symmetry, thus deemed magical for its unexpected qualities. In some versions of this story the credit is given to Fu Hsi (also Fu Xi) for its discovery though we have no actual reason to assign it to him in fact. What we do know is that Fu Hsi was so impressed with this magical arrangement of numbers that China itself was subsequently structured around its underscoring principle, with the heart of the empire seated at center surrounded on eight sides by powerful Lords and Houses, each representative of one of the eight primary trigrams flanking the outermost edges of the Lo Shu Diagram itself.
Aside from making it possible for us to integrate the Lo Shu invocation into our card reading, even inexperienced readers very soon develop intuitive understandings of what the eight principal trigrams mean so that it can be useful to us to have access to this information while attempting to sort out an answer to our various inquiries. The trigrams are very distinct with their own personalities, natures and so on. A card that lands in Chen (heaven) will have a very different meaning than if it had landed on K’an (the abysmal, water) for instance. Skillful readers make use of these kinds of distinctions. Another advantage of working with the Lo Shu is the readers ability to draw cards according to their proper positioning within the magickal square itself. This gives us a kind of insurance that our reading is a technical invocation complete with sigil or anything else that the Lo Shu has to offer us.
Trigrammal attributions taken from the Wilhem Baynes translation of the (King Wen) I Ching. This is a very partial, albeit impartial list of attributions. A more comprehensive list can best be obtained by studying the I Ching cover to cover to get a better working sense of how the trigrams interact with each other under a wide range of conditions.
(1) The Creative (Heaven): Kh’ien, father, cosmological yang, action principle, duration, time orientation, formlessness, energy rooted, conquest, overcoming obstacles, awareness
(9) The Receptive (Earth): K’un, Mother, cosmological yin, recessive principle, spatial orientation, surrender, material formation, devoted, serving, digestion
Other than the eight principal trigrams, there also exist the nine principal bigrams that form the core of the 729 ternary hexagrams. It isn’t necessary to have memorized the 729 ternaries in order to get a good Mutational Alchemy Tarot reading but having a copy of the Willhelm/Baynes I Ching on hand is definitely recommended. So is The Tai Hsuan Ching by Derek Walters (if you can find it!). Any other support materials that aid us in defining our basic layouts are equally recommended since divination is a projection skill at bottom such that the better grasp we have of our guidelines, the more accurate our readings will tend to be. Even a simple thing like deciding whether to emphasize trigrams or elements will impact the readings that we get. Neither choice is ever wrong but will mediate the type of information we get notwithstanding. So the key is to try to be as clear as possible right from the start how we will proceed and what system of symbols and key components we will employ at the level of interpretation. Whether we run with the Lo Shu, the Tetractys, The Sword and Shield or some other system not here discussed (astrological houses for instance) the choices we make right at the beginning will shape the answers we get.
(1) Fire: The Lo Shu defines this element as a Yang of Heaven married to a Yang of Earth. Qabbalistic tradition assigns it to *Atziluth*, the first of the Four Elemental Realms emanating from Ain Soph (boundless nothingness) in the Tree of Life. It is an elder masculine force said to contain all of the four elements within itself. Its power is called *emanation* and typically corresponds to the faculty of *Will*.
(2) Sun: The Lo Shu defines this element as a Yang of Heaven married to a Jen of Earth. It most closely parallels Fire but also contains abundant Air. In Vedic tradition it represents the Shiva principle in the relation of Macrocosm and correlates to the Vijnanamaya Kosha within the Five Koshas. Its power is called *discrimination* associated to the faculty of Intellect.
(3) Air: The Lo Shu defines this element as Yang of Heaven married to a Yin of Earth. It is a youthful masculine force with a strong ascending nature. Qabbalistic tradition assigns it to *Yetzirah*, the third of the Four Elemental Realms emanating from Ain Soph in the Tree of Life. Its power is called *formation* and it typically corresponds to the faculty of *conceptual abstraction*.
(4) Lingam: The Lo Shu defines this element as a Yang of Earth married to a Jen of Heaven. It most closely parallels Air but also contains abundant Fire. In Vedic tradition it represents the Shiva principle in the relation of Microcosm and correlates to the Pranamaya Kosha within the Five Koshas. Its power is closely linked with alchemical *levity* (ascending life-force energy) and is associated with the property of *movement*.
(5) Akasha (Spirit): The Lo Shu defines this element as a Jen of Heaven married to a Jen of Earth. It is unique and sovereign within the 9-elemental system. All other elements emanate from it and collect back into it. It has no outstanding powers or faculties yet all powers and faculties are rooted in it. It binds, directs, coordinates and liberates both Mind and Matter. It is roughly equivalent to the qabbalistic *Mezla* (the influence of Kether) in the Tree of Life and corresponds to the Anandamaya Kosha within the Five Koshas, whose physical composition is defined as purest *Bliss*, or *Ecstasy*.
(6) Yoni: The Lo Shu defines this element as a Yin of Earth married to a Jen of Heaven. It most closely parallels the element of Earth but also contains abundant Water. In Vedic tradition it represents the Shakti principle in the relation of Microcosm and correlates to the Annamaya Kosha within the Five Koshas. Its power is *physical sensation* associated to the 5 senses, linked to *primal mind* including both *instinct* and *intuition*.
(7) Earth: The Lo Shu defines this element as a Yin of Heaven married to a Yang of Earth. It is a youthful feminine force with a strong descending nature. Qabbalistic tradition assigns it to *Assiah*, the fourth of the Four Elemental Realms emanating from Ain Soph in the Tree of Life. It is called the *world of making* where forms become physically *real*. Its properties are *stability* and *predictability*, allowing for reality to be a shared experience across all borders and boundaries.
(8) Moon: The Lo Shu defines this element as a Yin of Heaven married to a Jen of Earth. It most closely parallels the element of Water but also contains abundant Earth. In Vedic tradition it represents the Shakti principle in the relation of Macrocosm and correlates to the Manomaya Kosha within the Five Koshas. Its power is called *separation* linked to the alchemical process of *distillation*. It links to Mind as a dispersive instrument making it possible for us to scrutinize differences.
(9) Water: The Lo Shu defines this element as a Yin of Earth married to a Yin of Heaven. It is an elder feminine force pervasive in all forms of life in this world. Qabbalistic tradition assigns it to *Briah*, the second of the Four Elemental Realms emanating from Ain Soph in the Tree of Life. Its power is called *creation* and it is often identified with Dualistic Mind on a universal scale.
These attributions are but a starting point in the greater defining of the 9-Elemental System of the Lo Shu Square, but should serve to set readers on a path of astonishing discovery that never abates once it has begun. We are witnessing the evolution of a legitimate physics of universal consciousness in all of this far in advance of anything makeshift religions could ever have produced.