first principles (abrahadabra: the anatomy of the body of light 001.01.01)

Well, there’s been complications with my microphone from Razer, I’ve had to send it back yet again. In lieu of the podcasts I really wanted to do this month, instead I’ve had to settle for getting this project kicked off.
      This is the first of a series of excerpts from The Anatomy of the Body of Light, the “much larger work in progress” m1thr0s 729 had hinted at, in many of his articles, after the completion of the Mutational Alchemy Tarot. He and I both decided that it would be best to release the book as a series of articles, in order to both serve our member body with information immediately, as well as to gauge reactions and feedback, so we could identify where we might be going wrong (or right) with the elevation of students’ understanding of our school of thought and praxis.
      It’s not that we are trying to be intentionally complicated, it’s just that we don’t always know where gaps in understanding might lie with any of this. m1thr0s formulated the system himself – he understands it instinctually, and once said to everyone on the original forums, that it would be nearly impossible to retrace all of the steps that lead him to the accomplishment of this thesis as something worth examining on its own merits, when it was clear that it was a uniquely distinct system from all other forms of philosophy, meditation and magick.
      I spent 10 years studying with him, nearly all of them in daily work and discussion. There was never a day that went by that we did not talk about the work. Translating that methodology of learning: the process of creation itself, direct experience, and oral tradition, into a book has proven to be a daunting task. It is more daunting, however, when the students are not asking the right questions about the gaps in their understanding. So, I encourage all of our students to ask those questions of these articles in the months to come, as I begin laying them all out in the Book of Mirrors section on the forums. Since our membership opened in July of 2018, none of you have asked any stupid questions, so don’t be afraid to put it out there if you just don’t get something. I am here to serve the court of the king, and that king is you
      Even despite our best efforts, many individuals simply do not possess the instinct for Mutational Alchemy. They need to be action oriented individuals, with a strong will, focused on mastery over themselves and over the external world – without that becoming something indistinguishable from mere brutishness and methodologies that fall into the category of “unconscious ignorance.” In other words, we found that, while a certain amount of intelligence was involved, there was a far more nebulous sort of thing going on with those who could achieve understanding of Mutational Alchemy, having more to do with their internal universe rather than any mere genetic predisposition. We have always maintained that counting to ten was ultimately the only skill required of a successful Mutational Alchemist.
      Skeptics react well to the system, mostly because they are willing to challenge the work on its face, and then, come to a greater appreciation of its internal strengths. It is perhaps because they are not lazy thinkers that they also manage to pursue the system to effective result, whereas people who are used to less difficult systems that take things step by step will ultimately walk away confused and frustrated with the internal depth and logical cohesion found within it. 
     Abrahadabra: The Anatomy of the Body of Light is a seven-volume series that lays out m1thr0s’ thesis on Abrahadabra and Mutational Alchemy in its entirety. This system was produced over the course of more than 40 years of intensive research by m1thr0s. The series of books that detail the system are incomplete, even though enough data exists to fill all of them easily. Much of the information is stored in the thousands of charts and mirrors he and I produced – all that is lacking is a proper written explanation. We had tried to I suspect that before they are finished, we will have added to this body of knowledge substantially, as this is exactly what occurred when I joined TAI and began assisting in this work. At that time, the doctrine of the P’an Ku mirror, and its subsequent heir, the Twin Trees, was only partially understood. The Hidden Diamond wasn’t even on our radar yet. But the system was already attracting the attention of remarkable minds invested in the Western Mystery Traditions. 
      The biggest problem that m1thr0s faced, and indeed, that I face, is also the very thing that attracted us to this frontier of Kabbalah, Hermeticism, Alchemy, Occultism and Western Magick: the model is enormous and it is changing every day that a talented occultist considers it and shares their findings. The task of speaking to an audience that hasn’t even been born yet is daunting and frustrating at times, but more than this, it requires a certain kind of language and instruction that will not become dated even after three hundred years or more. There are authors throughout history that have achieved a certain timeless clarity and continue to be read today: amongst the ancients, the nameless sages of the I Ching’s images, for example, the poetry of Sappho, the historical accounts of Iamblichus, and the Corpus Hermeticum. There are also the philosophers and scientists of the Great Western Enlightenment – Descartes, G.W. Leibniz, Voltaire and so on. This is a very high bar to hope to attain to, but I was assured by m1thr0s that it would be entirely possible, due to the inherent strengths of the system itself. This has proven to be true. 
      Below is the first short excerpt from the volume series, of many more to come, and I will be posting them in order. Let us know what you think on the boards, here: <http://abrahadabra.freeforums.net/thread/457/abol-volume-001>. 

The Anatomy of the Body of Light, Volume I, Philosophical and Metaphysical Overview of Mutational Alchemy and Abrahadabra, Part 001, First Principles. 

“Stars are a literal anatomical reality…an accessible inheritance to humankind but not without mastering the underlying physics. You can bounce off the ceiling all you like but it will not secure the foundation. This is the gist of future science: there is a physics to that which we have called godhead and we have the wherewithal to grasp it.” – m1thr0s 729

The Abrahadabra Institute’s Body of Light techniques, and its highest expression, Mutational Alchemy constitutes a modern Hermetic-Taoist hybrid school of so-called Inner Alchemy. It references an evolved system of elements built upon simple binary and ternary mathematical structures, (historically referred to as Bigrams, Trigrams, Tetragrams and Hexagrams). These can be observed in the geomantic classics such as the I Ching and the Tai Hsuan Ching from ancient China, among others. Mutational Alchemy is especially focused on the physics of the Body of Light as understood via these most fundamental of all mathematical systems. People who study the traditional Hexagrams (also called permutations) are called Mutationists, since what is generally being studied is change itself as it moves through these various geomantic houses, or structures. Mutational Alchemy is especially focused on the elemental characteristics of these permutations and how they can be proactively combined, providing a logical means of simulating resonant and reactive energy fields.
      Mutational Alchemy is one of the highest expressions of Taoism in this world, even though generally Taoist principles rejected analytical process. This constituted a betrayal of Taoism from the beginning, and the reader will find that TAI diverges sharply from various root disciplines it draws from, often at event markers dating back over a thousand years. There is a historical precedent for asserting this divergence, from the revolutionary rise of Tantra against the oppression of Vedic priests, to the syncretic style of Hermetic Alchemy which absorbed anything full of wisdom and usefulness, so that there is a distinctive form of unorthodox Kabbalah, called Qabbalah, within Hermeticism itself that is in itself a very advantaged, but very different school, from traditional religious Kabbalah. The astute practitioner who already posesses familiarity with the complexities of more refined Hermeticism will also recognize Mutational Alchemy as one of the highest expressions of Hermeticism in the world, although modern Hermeticists have become greatly degraded from the Hermeticists of the past, who eagerly adopted new knowledge, rather than clinging to old orthodoxies.
      The term Mutational Alchemy is used consistently throughout this book to identify its principles under a general heading that most people should be able to grasp without too much difficulty, once a few basics have been assimilated. In order to understand why this term has evolved, it is essential to recognize what is meant by the term elements, and to understand how these elements compare and differ from their historical counterparts. It is also important to understand where Mutational Alchemy fits in with other major philosophical and occult schools of thought historically. The elemental definitions being employed here will be dealt with in future chapters and take up the majority of Volume II. Ideas completely new and specific to Mutational Alchemy will also be discussed, but a generalized philosophical foundation can be addressed in less time and should logically come first in this initial volume.
      Mutational Alchemy does not exist in a vacuum. It is linked to virtually every form of transcendental thought that has ever found expression in this world. It comes as close to an alchemical universal solvent as anything ever published. Clarifying why and how such a claim could be taken seriously will be the challenge and focus of this book. It is my contention that this thesis exhibits all of the known attributes of the legendary Philosopher’s Stone sought after for millennia.
      Naturally, it will ultimately be up to each individual to decide upon this independently, but I would not presume to make such an outrageous claim if I did not consider it unequivocally true. Though not entirely complete, this advanced transmutational physics is too important to be left lying in shadow. The time has come to make every effort to communicate its content to the world at large.
      It will not be possible in this book to explore all of the philosophical and scientific parallels contained within its framework, but it is important to hyphenate the most apparent of these to establish an irrefutable pattern of continuity with past and present models of perfection on a global scale. I have deemed it best to begin from a basic overview of its most apparent traditional influences. Additionally, before we begin this book it is important for readers to know that when I use the word Man or Mankind I am referring to all genders. In the Chinese system of polarities, Yin is Earth (female), Yang is Heaven (male), and Jen is Man (neutral).
      The goal with this series of introductory writings is to guide the neophyte through the murky waters of magick and mysticism to grasp a short and concise synopsis of each branch of occultism, the veritable “best of” that has contributed to the rise of the advanced physical and mental discipline of Mutational Alchemy. It is not intended to be a complete history, but rather a distillation of what must be covered in each area so the student does not have to spend months or years poring over the meanderings of this or that ancient occultist – never knowing whether or not their flowery language has a shred of truth or value in it or not. One can waste a great deal of time poring over ancient tomes and never achieve a measure of success beyond simply becoming a walking dictionary.
I will now conduct a brief presentation of each pre foundational element involved in the synthesis of Mutational Alchemy.

(Continue in 001.01.02)

february newsletter

The Abrahadabra Institute

Class of 2019 Curriculum has Begun

This is orientation week, we officially begin on the 10th of March, so I will be expecting hexagrams either in my inbox (on the forums, or in my google mail) or in your journals by March 17th! Registration for these guided classes is ongoing until June, so you still have time if you want to get in on it. My order for paper was delayed, so I went ahead and posted the entirety of the March curriculum, so if you’re chomping at the bit just go ahead and start. Otherwise, I am available for questions all week by phone (please leave a message if I’m not there) or on Discord <https://discord.gg/3vrApsM>

Those of you who will not be taking the guided curriculum will still be given access to all TAI materials, and as my microphone will be replaced within the next couple of days, that means we will be shifting away from articles and back towards podcasts. If you have a request, ping me on Discord or e-mail me.

Visitors

I will be booked through the week at the end of March, as a student of mine will be visiting me for one week to get his Westworld on with the local scene and maybe if he’s lucky I’ll teach him some Mutational Alchemy. Visitors will still be welcome to join us but I will not be able to offer you a bed or a room. 

Also, please make sure you give me a reasonable amount of time to prepare before coming over, especially if I don’t know you very well. A minimum of three days’ notice is almost always required, and more than two weeks is best, so I can make sure my schedule is clear, and I am not entertaining any other visitors. (Who knows, I might be already having my English lover over, I do have a life too, people!) Also we do NOT offer initiations to neophytes as I have explained in the article below.

A Theory of Aeonic Progression

"Yes! I was frightened when the God of Things as They Ought to Be told me that They Were to Be. I was born under a German Queen, and I did not believe in the Revolution that I willed. And lo! it is upon us, ere the Fifteenth Year of the New Aeon has dawned." - Baphomet 729

A re-release of a previous article, for members only, discussing a new theory of Aeonic progression via the lense of Mutational Alchemy.

<http://abrahadabra.com/theory-aeonic-progression/>

What is Self-Initiation?

“Lately I have been getting a lot of requests for more information about initiation. It’s not surprising to me – many are unfamiliar with these classical Hermetic concepts, which are stripped out of, or just missing, from revisionist texts. The concept of initiation is so basic to Hermetic praxis, some of the older texts presume that one understands what is meant by the term. While self-initiation is always a respected process in the Hermetic ouevre, there is a very clear difference between self-initiation alone, and initiation into a lineage.”

<http://abrahadabra.com/what-is-self-initiation/>

Reading the I Ching – Tips and Tricks

“Reading the I Ching is pretty simple. The key is to pick a method of casting you like and stick with it. Yarrow stalks are valid as is the m1thr0s method of d10 dice. The dice even have a precedent in early I Ching history, as bones were often shaken inside of a turtle shell to determine lines, using an undocumented method. Below are some tips and tricks to get you on the right footing with your I Ching journey.”

<http://abrahadabra.com/reading-ching-tricks-tips/>

Pentagrammaton Part I: Introduction

“5-Line Structures are known as Pentagrams. There are exactly 32 Pentagrammal Structures corresponding to the 32 Paths of Wisdom in the Tree of Life so it is very important to know about them, even though so little is known about them generally. I discovered them early on in the formation of the Mutational Alchemy Tarot, and with a ton of help from m1thr0s, developed them more systematically about 3 years later.”

<http://abrahadabra.com/an-introduction-to-pentagrammaton/>

Sanatana Dharma

The Consequences of an Indian Raj

Of late there has been alarmist talk of India succumbing to its most hated and despicable dark ages mentalities, specifically the caste system as it was understood in the past 100 years – nothing like the ancient caste system, that is – and a thousand times more backwards and oppressive. Sanatana Dharma (Hinduism) has been leveraged of late to motivate Indian nationalists to stand against the admittedly real threat of a Muslim incursion in the face of an aggressive Pakistan and the rise of ISIS in years past. India has enjoyed a a high level of respect and support from other Western Nations due to its generally sincere support of Democracy and Western ideals. It is for this reason that India is counted as a Western Nation, the only one in Asia as a matter of fact (Japan is technically a constitutional monarchy.)
      Political writers have been ringing the alarm bell that India is beginning to look a lot like a theocracy, and less like a democracy, of late, and that there is a real danger of it losing its Democratic status. The West has never taken kindly to countries which talk Democracy and practice tyranny, so the consequences for this direction would be most dire.
       To this problem Devdan Chaudari has written a thoughtful article discussing the very real possibilities and consequences of India becoming a Hindu Rashtra, or even a Raj, in the Daily O, India’s trendiest hipster rag. 

<https://www.dailyo.in/politics/hindu-rashtra-hinduism-bhagavad-gita-bigotry-religion-love/story/1/22571.html>

Hindu Priestess Initiated As Tantric Leader in Kerala

Kerala has a long history within Tantra, and is discussed in one of our classes this year. This article details the life and initiation of an 18 year old girl into the Tantric priest profession, something usually reserved for men today, but more acceptable in India as neocon ideas revert back to the more natural ideologies of ancient Bharat and Sanatana Dharma. The priestess is going on to acquire a degree in Vedanta in order to study Tantra, the Deccan Chronicle reports. 

<https://www.deccanchronicle.com/lifestyle/viral-and-trending/270218/heeding-a-spiritual-call.html>


Gatherings 

Occult Conference in Wales, June 2nd 2018

<http://wildhunt.org/2018/01/occult-conference-organized-in-wales.html>

Ma’at Watch

5-Year-Old Girl Permanently Disfigured in Voodoo Ritual, Police Say

As usual, there has been NO public outcry from leading Voodoo or occult organizations…fortunately the girl is now with a foster family and these terrible people are being prosecuted. 

http://time.com/5132317/child-burned-voodoo-ritual/

Lodoe Gyatso for Free Tibet Arrested

Lodoe Gyatso recorded a video calling for the release of Tibet from Chinese hands, and an end to the persecution of the Tibetan people. He was promptly arrested and still sits in a cell.

<https://twitter.com/freetibetorg/status/963187113876389888>

Occulture

Occult Act Siva Six has released its new remix album “Nyx”

Our favorite occult musicians are at it again.

<http://abrahadabra.com/siva-six-new-remix-album-released-nyx/>

Katy Bohinc’s Invocatory Reading at Treadwell’s, UK

Video in the link below: “Katy Bohinc’s sold out invocatory reading of her ode to the divine feminine, Trinity Star Trinity, recorded by Tony Torn at Treadwell’s Bookshop in London on Friday 23rd February.” – Scarlet Imprint

<https://scarletimprint.com/journal/katy-bohincs-invocatory-reading-at-treadwells>

Katy Bohinc’s Trinity Star Trinity is a long poem dedicated to the divine feminine, written in response to her experiences and encounters with faith and deity during a sojourn on the islands of Lesvos, the home of Sappho; Samos, the birthplace of Hera; and Patmos, where St John wrote the Book of Revelation.”
 

 

Witchcraft

Witches and Pirates

Captain Tonz is a retired marine captain and self-proclaimed pirate, currently based in Italy. He has worked  the South China Sea, the Red Sea, the North sea, the Med, Baltic, Atlantic, Philippine sea, Andaman sea and the Mekong river. Recently he wrote an article for Witchvox explaining the relationship between pirates and witches! Pretty much this guy is the epitome of cool. As well as this, he implies the later origins of the caduceus and its connection to medicine!

<http://www.witchvox.com/va/dt_va.html?a=itxx&c=words&id=16018>

Shamanism

In Our “Duh” Column, Yes, Art is Magick

DJs are like shamans, says Chicago nightlife star Eris Drew.

<http://www.chicagotribune.com/entertainment/music/ct-ott-chicago-music-local-sounds-eris-drew-0302-story.html>

AJ the Sage

Aj the Sage, aka AJ Morgan, swears constantly throughout his occult videos and makes us laugh with all of the likeability of John Lemon crossed with the looks of Black Panther, plus, we’ve been watching him for a while to make sure his information is on point, therefore, we put our stamp of approval on it. Be aware these videos are targeted more towards the neophyte side of things, but they’re fun enough to watch that adepts won’t regret letting them play, I think.

Damh the Bard, Druid, Describes Death Rites

The Express draws readers in with the most prurient sounding title of all time and then just goes on to let one of the local druids describe the weird shit they get up to in caves, faux murdering people. m1thr0s 729 composed a similar ritual over 20 years ago which is still in use here at TAI, officially. 

<https://www.express.co.uk/news/weird/922666/Druid-Damh-the-Bard-pagan-ritual-slit-throats-Occult-Conference-Glastonbury>

Sealaska Heritage Institute asks Tourism Company to Stop Commercially Exploiting Shamanism

California is once again embarassing itself by sending its faux shaman into American Indian territories and pretending to be them. 

<https://www.ktoo.org/2018/02/08/juneau-shamanism-retreat-leaders-financial-cultural-spiritual-legitimacy-challenged/>

If you want to be a shaman, maybe don’t keep protected species in jars and sell them?

A Scottish shaman has been selling wildlife parts online to other people interested in shamanism. This is really stupid and constitutes a betrayal of shamanism. They’re supposed to be respecting Nature and yet they’re keeping body parts of protected species. Not just roadkill, or for personal use, but catching and killing them in order to sell them to other assholes. That’s not Shamanism, that’s wasichuism. The Daily Record reports.

<https://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/scottish-news/scottish-shaman-kept-owl-heads-12052238>

Land Battle Over Santuário dos Pajés, the Sanctuary of the Shamans


Indigenous leadership Marcia Guajajara poses for a photo in indigenous land Santuario dos Pajes in Brasilia, Dec. 3, 2017. Photo Karia Mendes (Reuters) “When the developers arrived, we were already here. They think that money always wins,” she said.

Developers are hemming in on the sanctuary’s legal rights again, federal prosecutor Felipe Fritz Braga said the sanctuary is crucial to ensure the Fulni-Ô Tapuya’s tribe’s future in the area. Due to the presence of sanctuary, the area has gone up in value. This happens all the time in “artist havens” in the US as well, where the presence of artists naturally gentrifies a very poor, destitute area, famously the meat-packing district in New York and Seattle’s Capitol Hill and Wallingford districts. These places then become the cool spots in town, but then, as it becomes trendy and attractive to the wealthy over time,the artists can no longer afford to live there and it just becomes another urban sprawl. Art and Shamanism are intrinsically linked and have been since the dawn of time. Now more than ever, Shamanism has become the new “hot” trend with yuppies and places like the Sanctuary are in danger of being annihilated by their popularity and the greed of developers who try to bend or break the laws to get their way. Voa News reports.

<https://www.voanews.com/a/land-fight-simmers-over-brasilias-shrine-of-shamans-santuario-dos-pajes-/4252723.html>

Arunachal Pradesh Opens “Shamanic Centre”

Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu on Thursday inaugurated the ‘Mipi Pene Centre’ – the state’s first Shamanic centre. Arunachal Pradesh is one of the 29 states of India and is the northeastern-most state of the country. Due to its close proximity to Tibet, it is one of the havens of traditional Vajrayana Buddhists and Tibetan shamans. The centre’s name translates as ‘the place for Shamans’ in Mishmi dialect and will be a place for Shamans to perform and offer their priestly service.

<https://www.northeasttoday.in/khandu-inaugurates-arunachals-first-shamanic-centre/>

 

pentagrammaton: part i, introduction

This work is far too important to conceal behind the Institute’s private forums, so I present it here for the public to reference and utilize it. In published works, please attribute it to m1thr0s 729 and Izi Ningishzidda, of The Abrahadabra Institute.

5-Line Structures are known as Pentagrams. There are exactly 32 Pentagrammal Structures corresponding to the 32 Paths of Wisdom in the Tree of Life so it is very important to know about them, even though so little is known about them generally. I discovered them early on in the formation of the Mutational Alchemy Tarot, and with a ton of help from m1thr0s, developed them more systematically about 3 years later. The Mutational Alchemy model, and indeed, the MAT itself, is enormous, and it took that long just to properly attend to the discovery while we sorted through the other weighty tasks, such as the new doctrine of the Hidden Diamond Sutra and the differences between the Primordials and Temporals in the doctrine of the Twin Trees, which is the master formula of Mutational Alchemy.

 

The discovery of Pentagrammaton was one of the most exciting experiences I have ever had. Uncovering new occult thesis no one in the world has ever published is one of the most romantic things a Magus can hope to achieve in their lifetime. All of our members who continue on to become Mutational Alchemists lineaged to TAI will be required to make a declaration of their will and wyrd – the final rank we offer requires a thesis on an entirely new, undiscovered territory within the occult. The reason we demand this of our members is because there is a vast body of knowledge out there that has yet to be discovered. We will not consign ourselves to the current state of the occult which has found itself stagnating in the big three: sigil, goetia and spells.  I present these works at all not to impress members with our achievments – or even to provide instruction, although this is the primary objective, but to inspire one to the realization that they too can be a pioneer. We are The Abrahadabra Institute, the world’s premier research organization on cutting edge star thesis. Everyone who is a member of TAI should take on the attitude of an explorer, rather than a mere student, if one is to live up to our name and standards at all.  

 

 

The discovery of Pentagrammaton and the Hidden Diamond Sutra both occurred during the lifetime of Abrahadabra Forums 1.0, and the way they were brought forward to m1thr0s and developed by him underlines the extreme importance of an organizational hub for this work. There is no possible way I could have developed this alone, and m1thr0s’ plate was already so full he couldn’t possibly step back and look at all angles with fresh eyes. So, as I have said before, and I will say again, “We are very interested in what is going on in your head.” There is no telling where the state of occultism can go when we take an exploratory attitude and begin working together. 

 

Below are two sets of charts. The first two images illustrate what we call the Heaven Descending arrangement, in binary and then numeric form, respectively. The last two images illustrate Earth Ascending. 

 

By the tarot attributions, the Pentagrams are classed into two main groups: major arcana and minor arcana. The major arcana pents begin at 11, and end at 32 while the minors begin at 1, and apply numerically one to one, for example, Pentagram 2 is assigned to any elemental card with the value of 2, such as 2 of Pentacles. The reason for this is that this is where the tarot is assigned to the paths of the Tree of Life. Eliphas Levi, a French occultist, was the first Hermetic Magus to map the tarot to the Tree of Life, at least in recorded history. 

During our investigation of the Pents, as we had started referring to them, m1thr0s asked me what I wanted to name them, both generally and individually. I simply answered, “Well, Pentagrammaton. Isn’t that what they are? I’d rather keep it simple.” I looked at him for approval of course, as this is what one does with one’s teachers, especially if they are also a mate. Of course he was pleased with that simplicity. m1thr0s was a true minimalist, and any true minimalist, as any minimalist would tell you, is also someone who, seemingly paradoxically, loves technology (and by proxy, the creator of technology, Man) while also holding Nature in the highest esteem.

 

Students are given a metal disk by the O.T.O., something all neophytes get, and they are instructed to engrave it with a symbol of their Will, something meant to act upon the element of Earth. He just left it blank, and, it’s still like that to this day, although, since the 70’s it has also gathered a lovely patina of rusty speckles, the largest of which, no bigger than a grain of quinoa, exactly resembles a vivid, sinister looking, reptillian eye. The essence of who m1thr0s was, how he conducted himself as a Magus, and the way in which he built the foundation for The Abrahadabra Institute is summarized in this one curious artifact. There are the other four elemental tools of course, and they offer different insights, but we’re talking about Pentagrammaton here and there is a direct inference of something having to do with the element of Earth.  It is, perhaps, this respect for the sovereignty of the elements, of numbers and of pieces of Nature that sets TAI apart from all other magickal organizations, and allowed us to discover these hidden facets and bits of data from the “vault” where others had often walked right by them. “Universe is sufficient first cause unto itself” m1thr0s often reminded me – a quote from G.W. Leibniz, one of our culture heroes.

I went on to make sure we both agreed on the naming convention. “And they should just be called by their numbers or their description, “Fire of Heaven” or whatever” I finished. He agreed, and did not have any other suggestions for it. We were both pretty much on the same page, although it had not always been like that. I had to get rid of a lot of bad habits to synchronize with him and this is part and parcel to the lineaged initiation process I have discussed in the previous article. There is a strong filiality required of lineaged initiates, and a peculiarity with prior masters which requires one to love them, if one is to make any progress. During one of our discussions he mentioned this in passing. “Do you think I would have been able to pull the incredible insights from the I Ching if I didn’t respect Fu Hsi and King Wen? I wouldn’t have been allowed to touch it.”       

Years later, right before I was about to take on the task of writing the MAT book, I stumbled across a Kabbalistic way of arranging the verses of Genesis, called the “32 Paths of Wisdom and Genesis.” There is a ton of old Kabbalistic knowledge coming out today in our information age, and it’s putting a lot of the old, lineaged ideas, to shame, especially old aeon orders like the O.T.O., (earthly manifestation of) the A.’.A.’. and even the Golden Dawn, since, the doctrines they promote are being outed as mutant bastards, based on a whole bunch of hearsay, assumptions and outright nonsense.

I didn’t want to put my stamp on Pentagrammaton by calling it something naft, like “Izi’s Pents” but I did want to call attention to this parallel, and as I am Hebrew, certainly it’s a personal stamp. So, all we did was take the numerical order of the 32 Paths of Wisdom and afix them to the Pents. What happens when we do this is we get an affirmation of the ordering of the Elements in Western Magick – the lines begin, through Pents 1-2 “Elohim created, and his Ruach.” According to the Pents elemental nature, who is Elohim and what is his Ruach (“spirit”)? Fire of Heaven, then Fire of Wind – this is Fire the Father and Air the Son, to any classical Hermetic Alchemist who is paying attention.

 

There are yet at least a hundred other mysteries within these paired Pentagrams and verses, but I’ll need to wait until I have some classically trained Hermetic Alchemists listening before I begin pointing them out in the next few years of the curriculum. Three key edits were made, just for the sake of clarity – the sea is called by its Sumerian name, Tiamat, and certain Hebrew words such as Ruach and Rak’ia have not been translated (usually they are interpreted as Spirit and Sky respectively, but our idea of what the sky is has changed tremendously in the past century, and the word Spirit is too often used to refer to the element of Akasha in Hermeticism.)

Full list of the Pentagrams

Pent #1 – Fire of 乾 (Ch’ien) The Creative, Heaven
Berashith: “In the beginning, Elohim created.”

Pent #2 “Illuminating”– Fire of 巽 (Sun) The Penetrating, Wind
Berashith: “and the ruach of Elohim”

Pent #3 “Sanctifying” – Fire of 離 (Li) The Clinging, Fire
Berashith: “And Elohim said “Let there be dawn.””

Pent #4 “Overflowing” – Fire of 艮(Kên) Keeping Still, Mountain
Berashith: “and Elohim saw the Dawn.”

Pent #5 “Root” – Fire of 兌 (Tui) The Joyous, Lake
Berashith: “And Elohim separated the dawn…”

Pent #7 “Hidden” – Fire of 震 (Chên) The Arousing, Thunder
Berashith: “and Elohim said “Let there be a raki’a”

Pent #8 “Perfect” – Fire of 坤 (K’un) The Receptive, Earth
Berashith: “and Elohim made the raki’a”

Pent #9 “Pure” – Air of 乾 (Ch’ien) The Creative, Heaven
Berashith: “And Elohim called to the ra’kai”

Pent #10 “Resplendent” – Air of 巽 (Sun) The Penetrating, Wind
Berashith: “And Elohim said, “Let Tiamat be collected in one place”

Pent #11 “Scintillating”: Air of 離(Li) The Clinging, Fire (Above/Below), Fire of 坎(K’an) The Abysmal, Water (Without/Within)
Berashith: “Elohim called the Dry Land Earth”

Pent #12 “Transparent”: Air of 艮(Kên) Keeping Still, Mountain (Above/Below), Air of 坎(K’an) The Abysmal, Water (Without/Within)
Berashith: “And Elohim saw that it was good”

Pent #13 “Unifying”: Air of 兌 (Tui) The Joyous, Lake (Above/Below), Fire of 震(Chen) The Arousing, Thunder (Without/Within)
Berashith: “Let the Earth be vegetated”

Pent #14 “Luminous”: Air of 坎 (K’an) The Abysmal, Water (Above/Below), Air of 震(Chen) The Arousing, Thunder (Without/Within)
Berashith: “Elohim saw that it was good”

Pent #15 “Constituting”: Air of 震 (Chên) The Arousing, Thunder (Above/Below,) Fire of 坤(Kun) The Receptive, Earth (Without/Within)
Berashith: “Elohim said let there be luminaries”

Pent #16 “Eternal” – Air of 坤 (K’un) The Receptive, Earth (Above, Below,) Air of 坤(Kun) The Receptive, Earth (Without, Within)
Berashith: “Elohim made two luminaries”

Pent #17 “Disposition”– Earth of 乾 (Ch’ien,) The Creative, Heaven (Above/Below) Earth of 乾(Ch’ien) The Creative, Heaven (Without/Within)
Berashith: “Elohim placed them in the firmament”

Pent #18 “Influence” – Earth of 巽 (Sun) The Penetrating, Wind (Above/Below) Water of 乾(Ch’ien) The Creative, Heaven (Without/Within)
Berashith: “Elohim saw that it was good”

Pent #19 “Secret of All Spiritual Activity” – Earth of 離 (Li) The Clinging, Fire (Above/Below,) Earth of 巽 (Sun) The Penetrating, Wind (Without/Within)
Berashith: “Elohim said, let the waters swarm”

Pent #20 “Will” – Earth of 艮(Kên) Keeping Still, Mountain (Above/Below,) Water of 巽(Sun) The Penetrating, Wind (Without/Within)
Berashith: “Elohim created great whales”

Pent #21 “Fulfilled Desire”– Earth of 兌 (Tui) The Joyous, Lake (Above/Below) Earth of 離(Li) The Clinging, Fire (Without/Within)
Berashith: “Elohim saw that it was good”

Pent #22 “Faithful” – Earth of 坎 (K’an) The Abysmal, Water (Above/Below) Water of 離(Li) The Clinging, Fire (Without/Within)
Berashith: “Elohim blessed them, be fruitful and multiply”

Pent #23 “Stable” – Earth of 震 (Chên) The Arousing, Thunder (Above/Below) Earth of 艮(Kȇn) Keeping Still, Mountain (Without/Within)
Berashith: “Elohim said, let the earth bring forth animals”

Pent #24 “Imaginative”– Earth of 坤 (K’un) The Receptive, Earth (Above/Below) Water of 艮(Kên) Keeping Still, Mountain (Without/Within)
Berashith: “Elohim made the beasts of the field”

Pent #25 “Trial” – Water of 乾 (Ch’ien) The Creative, Heaven (Above/Below,) Earth of 兌(Tui) The Joyous, Lake (Without/Within)
Berashith: “Elohim saw that it was good”

Pent #26 “Renewing”– Water of 巽 (Sun) The Penetrating, Wind (Above/Below,) Water of 兌(Tui) Joyous, Lake (Without/Within)
Berashith: “Elohim said, let us make man”

Pent #27 “Exciting”– Water of 離 (Li) The Clinging, Fire (Above/Below) Earth of 坎(K’an) Abysmal, Water (Without/Within)
Berashith: “Elohim created man”

Pent #28 “Natural”– Water of 艮(Kên) Keeping Still, Mountain (Above/Below) Water of 坎(K’an) The Abysmal, Water (Without/Within)
Berashith: “In the form of Elohim he created him”

Pent #29 “Corporealizing” – Water of 兌 (Tui) The Joyous, Lake (Above/Below) Earth of 震 (Chên) The Arousing, Thunder (Without/Within)
Berashith: “Elohim blessed them”

Pent #30 “Universal” – Water of 坎 (K’an) The Abysmal, Water (Above/Below) Water of 震(Chên) The Arousing, Thunder (Without/Within)
Berashith: “Elohim said be fruitful and multiply”

Pent #31 “Perpetual” – Water of 震 (Chên) The Arousing, Thunder (Above/Below,) Earth of 坤 (K’un) The Receptive, Earth (Without/Within)
Berashith: “Elohim said behold I have given you”

Pent #32 “Serving” – Water of 坤 (K’un) The Receptive, Earth (Above/Below) Water of 坤 (K’un) The Receptive, Earth (Without/Within)
Berashith: “Elohim saw all that He had made”

So that’s it for the introduction to what the Pentagrams, or Pents, are. In the next installment we’ll begin exploring what this means in Western Esotericism or the occult, now and in the future. 

reading the i ching – tricks and tips

 

Reading the I Ching is pretty simple. The key is to pick a method of casting you like and stick with it. Yarrow stalks are valid as is the m1thr0s method of d10 dice. The dice even have a precedent in early I Ching history, as bones were often shaken inside of a turtle shell to determine lines, using an undocumented method. Below are some tips and tricks to get you on the right footing with your I Ching journey.

  1. Use a backgammon cup. This special oblong dice game cup allows you to cast the dice into a straight line, allowing one to obtain Gematria numbers with precision. The I Ching likes to play with these numbers. It also offers a pleasant sound and allows one to incorporate a magickal knock into the rite more easily than can be done using just one’s hands alone.
  2. Use a magickal knock. A magickal knock is a certain key number of times to shake the dice. m1thr0s used 3, I prefer 6. The magickal knock is a signal and act of intent that augments the ritual. You should use a number you want to key into, for example, if you are focused on Venus for love or relationship matters we would use the corresponding number, which is 7. It’s okay to switch numbers, or stick with one number. 
  3. Keep your casting device in a special pouch. The dice or yarrow should always be protected. In China, highly ritualized container specifications were utilized by the scholars of the I Ching. Red, black and white are the traditional colors of the I Ching flux values, with red and white representing the two Yang flux types, and black representing Yin. Pale yellow and grey are associated with the Tao. I use a small natural leather pouch stamped with the Eye of Ra. 
  4. Use a wooden casting tray. Woodworkers make many beautiful shallow rimmed trays and bowls. The tray should be a round shape, representing Heaven, although you can use a square shape for certain styles of reading, representing Earth. Generally the Heaven shape should be used more. The tray should not be made of metal or plastic, which makes an unpleasant sound. Porcelain is also too hard on the dice. If you are using crystal dice, you should only case on cloth or felt lined bowls to protect the dice from chips, even though some will naturally occur over the course of time.
  5. Build from the bottom up. Even though this is repeated a few times in nearly every book on the I Ching, and I explain it from the start to everyone I speak to personally, more than a few people seem to forget it. 
  6. Learn how to examine the nuclears. If you don’t know what the nuclears are, you have not read the Wilhelm-Baynes I Ching. Read the Wilhelm-Baynes I Ching.
  7. Keep track of your hexagrams and the accompanying question or request for advice in a journal, set aside specially for that use. Date them. This serves two purposes. Number one, you’re going to forget the hexagrams very easily, and this will help keep track of the trajectory of the I Ching’s advice to you over time, and how that plays out into the future. Secondly, it commits your Will and Wyrd to Malkuth, or Earth, and is an act of magick.
  8. Use a red pen and a black pen to write your hexagrams. Red lines are Yang, black lines are Yin. This not only looks beautiful in the end, it’s a ceremonial act that can add gravity to readings by putting one in the right mindset.
  9. If you’re having trouble with a moving line, or the entire hexagram, or anything in particular about a reading, you may perform a crossing. A crossing is simply using a divination tool to divine details on a part of the reading you don’t understand. It is used in tarot readings extensively by classically trained magi and witches. You can perform another hexagram reading, or use the tarot. The Mutational Alchemy Tarot is perfectly aligned to the I Ching and can be easily used for this. One may also limit it to the ATU only, court cards only, or smalls only, depending on the focus. 
  10. The I Ching responds in crisis. You don’t have to be in a perfect mood or state of mind to use it. So don’t be afraid to go to it during an emergency. Crisis mode sometimes triggers individuals towards greater episodes of gnosis. 

 

what is self-initiation?

 

Lately I have been getting a lot of requests for more information about initiation. It’s not surprising to me – many are unfamiliar with these classical Hermetic concepts, which are stripped out of, or just missing, from revisionist texts. The concept of initiation is so basic to Hermetic praxis, some of the older texts presume that one understands what is meant by the term. While self-initiation is always a respected process in the Hermetic ouevre, there is a very clear difference between self-initiation alone, and initiation into a lineage.

I suspect not everyone will be interested in the latter, and that’s perfectly fine – our focus has always been on self-initiation – lineaged initiation only becoming possible by two things: m1thr0s’ decision to formalize Mutational Alchemy as school, rather being a mere practice or book on a particular hybridized branch of Hermetic Alchemy, and second, a student dedicated enough to spend 10 years in a formalized student-teacher relationship with him. We still offer Mutational Alchemy lessons to new students, because it was always that way around here, but after doing this for a few years, it became clear that self-initiation was not enough. Individuals were struggling with the concepts surrounding Mutational Alchemy. We figured out that if we did not form a lineage and continue this praxis, we would not be able to return to the work  later on, for example if reincarnation is a reality, and we had some suspicions that this was the case. I am certain of it, actually, but one should always doubt one’s own certainties.)

What is Initiation?

Initiation, according to Oxford English Dictionary, is “1.1 The action of beginning, entering upon, or ‘starting’ something; the fact of being begun; beginning, commencement, origination.” So right away we can see that the key ingredient here is intent, really the seed element of magick itself – conscious action. The definition also means that everyone can be initiated – the act of will, deciding to practice magick, is an initiation in and of itself. What about the higher echelons of gnosis, can anyone access them and be initiated into the highest realizations? Our answer will always be a resounding yes. It may not be easy, but the simple axiom “Every Man and Every Woman is a Star” should be enough for us to presume that every man and every woman is capable of initiation into the highest mysteries of stars,  or more accurately, self-made universe. Buddhism has maintained from the very beginning that enlightenment – gnosis in the West, happens in an instant, and can be triggered by seemingly random, insignificant things.

The Abrahadabra Institute has always prided itself on self-initiation, as a way of bypassing all of the fluffy bullshit and rigmaroles that old-aeon organizations such as AMORC, The Golden Dawn and BOTA make their members go through. These initiatory practices can be powerful – only inasmuch as the particular initiate is powerful. So at all times our goal is to raise power, and we do this with several tools. The focus is to hack away the inessentials and achieve *Maximum Inertia* and *Minimum Stress* – perfect equilibrium despite the forces under our control. Tools like the Da’ath hack, TwinStar and TwinTrees offer us a way to achieve this equilibrium, at least for a short time. The more one works with the mirrors the more this effect becomes manifest. They are, in effect, reflections of the perfect Man – all of them are you, at least at some level of your being. It may be lying face down in the mud buried under a ton of garbage that one has accumulated, but it is there inside you, somewhere. The function of the mirrors is described in the title – it allows one to see one’s self as they truly are – beyond the lower rungs of the Body of Light (the physical body.) 

The Heart of the Master

Between the worlds, beyond consciousness and being, there lies a force that is likened to the greatest, most authoritative, all-powerful Master across all time and space – the so-called Heart of the Master. It has also been referred to as the Logos in Hellenic thought, Ehyeh ’ăšer ’ehyeh, (I Am that I Am) in Israel, and the Tao by the Chinese. Although the conceptualization of this mysterious secret heart differs slightly from civilization to civilization where it has been identified, the essential aspect of its identity: omniscience and omnipresence is undisputed. It is possible that it is nearly omnipotent, but this omnipotence is split between two great aspects of intelligence with equally matched power, Yin and Yang. These are all mere theories. The loftiness of the concept prevents any concrete knowledge. The goal of all initiatory praxis is to achieve singularity, at least for a moment, with this sacred heart. This is the goal of the Great Work, or Magnum Opus, and the purpose and function of the Philosopher’s Stone.

     Where a civilization has identified this overarching force, it is also accompanied by theories on a way to achieving harmony with it. The Israelites composed and followed the way through mysticism – prayer, ritual, study and righteousness (right thinking, right action, as it is called in the East.) The Hellenic people pursued the Logos through analytical study, philosophy and other intellectual pursuits using the basic premise that the way is supremely logical, and reflecting this nature is the best way to emulate it. The Taoists in China composed poetry in the form of Zen koans and so forth, in order to show the way, and the I Ching and T’ai Hsuan Ching – these were studies of the code of the way. This turned out to be right on point – our entire DNA strand reflects the structure of the I Ching, as I have discussed before in DNA and the I Ching Explained. 

The basis of Hermeticism was the initiation process into this great mystery of the intelligence that was the Logos, personified as Hermes in some cases. Much of the great mystery school doctrine has been lost, due to iconoclasm, but we do know that initiation formed the backbone of their popularity. Where today, religion is mostly an empty ritual that mimics the old rites, Hermetic, Mithraic and Eleusinian mysteries used *real* sacrament and *real* phenomenon as a scaffolding for their way of life and that way of life included ecstatic rites. Today Hermeticism has lived on in many ways, from rave festivals that reflect the Dionysian and Eleusinian parties, to the preservation of Hermetic texts and grimoires in the Western tradition. Scientific and philosophical discourse, the legacy of Hermeticism, is everywhere in our world, not just in a few cities, and all nations benefit from advances in knowledge, very rapidly, without political barrier.

      While physical alchemy evolved into modern chemistry, internal alchemy has remained in a state of abysmal stagnation since the beginning of the Enlightenment era. Philosophy, science and politics have advanced by leaps and bounds, while nothing has been done on the subject of Hermetic Alchemy for hundreds of years. The last major update that Kabbalah received was in the work of Isaac Luria; the tarot, with Eliphas Levi; the star thesis of human evolutionary dharma, Aleister Crowley (one could certainly argue that Isaac Luria’s thesis is a proto-star theory, especially considering the emphasis on Ain Soph Aur, the introduction of Da’ath and other very crucial keys to Body of Light theory.)  In recent times, Ray Sherwin birthed Chaos Magick, while Anton Lavey ignited the Left Hand Path. Both of these new ideas have something to do with internal alchemy, but they have not yet found their bearings. I expect that in time these will attract more and more attention, as they recognize, within their doctrine, a fundamental reality about Man that many old aeon organizations have forgotten: we want to be free, and powerful. Power is almost always a dirty word in occult organizations, and it even shows in the OTO as a sort of lackluster effort to de-emphasize the third chapter of the Book of the Law as well as not mentioning any swear words like: satanism, sex, authority, combat, martial theurgy or anything that might possibly drag them out of the previous aeon.

 This is where The Abrahadabra Institute diverges from the normal party line, quite sharply. The essence of Chaos Magick and Satanism are welcomed here, if not so much the dogmas and hurf-blurfing that has cropped up around the two circles. Namely, for Chaos Magick, what we like is the principle of freedom in magick, being able to adjust our methodology on the fly without any regard for traditions, rules, or standards – especially where these are holding us back from power, brilliance and ecstasy. Satanism has largely declined into puerile horseshit in the last few decades, and has nothing in common with us, but the roots in classical left-hand path ideology are obvious, that is, the emphasis on the sinister, and an adversarial asana to entire universe itself, with the aim of exerting our Will. This is directly connected to the secret inner head of our order, spoken of extensively in some areas of the forum. There is some elitism here. This doesn’t mean we have to be assholes to anybody, or anything like that, but we won’t lower our standards. This wouldn’t make a whole lot of sense anyways, since all Mutational Alchemy requires is the ability to count to ten. People tend to attach a lot of unnecessary complications to it that throws them off course, or they get distracted from the praxis by an overemphasis on the peculiarities of the meditations. This is usually just a distraction from the goal, which is gnosis. Without the initial motivation to do something, anything, instead of constantly being lead around like sheep, nothing will happen. That’s usually the demon people are grappling with – “there’s nothing to it, it’s all a bunch of bullshit” whispering at the back of the mind. I have seen persons go well out of their way to try and prove this subconsciously and it’s pretty stupid to watch. They usually end up being very lazy practitioners who cannot follow simple instructions which would lead them to the gnosis they hope for.

Are We There Yet?

The time it takes to earn an initiation depends on the goal, the choices you make along the way, your true will, and how hard you are willing to work at it. Many kinds of initiation, those linked to one godform or another, for example, have their corresponding organization, as it is with the Vaishnavites and ISKCON, for example, or the Catholic Church and the Franciscans, but the initiation which grants certain heightened levels of gnosis is notoriously spontaneous. In the West these people are called adepts, Other organizations offer initiation based on the judgement of one’s peers – only involving Man in the process, as it is within Masonic, Satanic and Golden Dawn organizations. Some organizational initiations take years to achieve, and are managed by higher ups in that organization, for example, most martial arts lineages. Many lineages include rituals that go along with the initiation, that can last anywhere from a moment of trial (such as in the Bujinkan) or a few hours, as with many Masonic grades. For those curious about The Abrahadabra Institute initiation for students, I will lay this all out below. Keep in mind we do not provide organizational initiation on demand. I have had new members want to show up to my house and be “initiated” but there is no initiation for new members beyond what is performed when your certificate is produced. 

Our certificate is sealed with silver wax, using our TwinStar emblem. The process of creating and sealing the certificate involves a kind of ping – the intelligences that we serve analyze everyone and give me feedback on what sort of an individual – a star – you are, and I proceed from there to determine your coursework. This is an on-the-fly type of initiation process that would only be allowable by a dedicated Hierophant or Priestess – the Magus. The method has never failed me to this date on illuminating the qualities of one or another individual. We believe that it is divine providence that leads one to TAI, and that we are concealed from those who are unworthy, so this initiation is already the result of a prior initiation process that has occured, one that you may or may not have noticed! This sort of initiation is not spoken of very often, but it is one of the more important ways we have at our disposal of filtering out the wrong sorts of people. The Jewish Rabbis use this to great effect by refusing curious converts three times. Nowadays another explanation has been invented explaining why this happens the way it does, but in essence it’s a way for H’ashem to refuse them, or for potential problems to find their way to the surface. H’ashem is the inner head of the order, in the Hebrew religion. 

The Abrahadabra Institute initiates members, but, becoming a member of the Institute does not mean you are part of our lineage, just as someone on the exclusive invitation list of the Rites of Eleusis was not necessarily an Eleusinian Hierophant. It is not necessary to be initiated into TAI itself to reap the benefits of learning from us, and not everyone is going to be fully aligned with our lineage. Initiation into certain lineages aligns one to the forces that govern those lineages. Someone who wishes to be initiated into The Abrahadabra Institute lineage,  is a person who is no longer interested in pursuing any other path or lineage. That is why the initiation takes place after 3 years, and requires two graded tests, one ungraded test, and several essays. Initiation into our organization at the level of Mutational Alchemist is a privilege. It isn’t just handed out to anyone who wants it. Why the fuck would we want to do that? Even the initial neophyte initiation carries some requirements with it, but the title of Mutational Alchemist requires a certain amount of in person training and observation, to make sure you meet our quality standards. Initiation as a Mutational Alchemist will never be granted remotely, and it will not be granted just because you ask or you are in a hurry to get it. After the third year, further grades of initiation are rigorous and will require a lot of work on your end, but they will also introduce you to the most powerful meditation practice that this world, or any other world, has to offer. If anyone wants a fast track to enlightenment in any trash lineage, feel free to join an organization that specializes in sloppy, and never updates its methodology as there’s plenty of them out there. 

I have no doubt that limiting access to a perceived occult value will piss some people off, or frustrate them, but I don’t really give a damn. If rank and lineage are to have a place at TAI they need to actually mean something, and therefore we won’t hand them out to every demanding newbee off the streets who thinks they are entitled to it.  

So how does this special TAI initiation happen? Once the testing is completed, then students will be invited to our initiation rituals. This is done in person and once a year, for all third year students who want to graduate. The process takes about 3 days and you will be taken to a secret location for the initiation. More details will be explained in the years to come. 

How Long Does it Take, and What if I Fuck Up?

While it takes about 3 years for an official initiation into the Abrahadabra Institute, self initiations can be spontaneous, there’s really no way to measure them. Intentionally setting out on a path is a form of initiation as I have already discussed earlier. Intensive study and practice means everything in this work. Not everyone is cut out for that and this is only as it should be. When working with the mirrors especially, which are self-initiation gadgets, basically, they will meet you more than halfway. It is not untoward to work on a mirror for up to 8 hours at a time, especially when we are partaking of sacraments. This sort of dedication can and has caused outright miracles to occur. I’ve seen it before and heard others share their stories about the TwinStar efficacy when used with strong intent and need. 

So the answer is, it’s really up to you. No one can know your own dharma or path better than you yourself do. Gnothi Seauton. 

As for the dangers of initiation – the shamanic death, for example, a well known initiation process with particular side effects, has always been fraught with imagined perils, this is why so many often fail the initiation process. Letting go of fear is crucial to apprehending an initiation, especially the major ones. Nothing in life is completely safe, but learning to trust your tools is part of the process of preparing for the mental asana of not being afraid of anything. These questions don’t really become an issue for an experienced Magus, archaic or modern. In the past this was all done with the vehicles of the previous aeon; the religions of that aeon, the pomp of ceremony and certain archaic tools. We still use these today but they are not enough to engage the velocities we are aiming for here with our focus on Abrahadabra rather than merely the Sephiroth. Once a Magus reaches the apex of the praxis at year three, he or she has already seen what the tools in Mutational Alchemy can do and this reduces the fear factor that kills the experience. In other words – the study time and experience matters, this is exactly why we don’t do lineage initiations, as we derive our authority from some pretty spooky cats, and they don’t tolerate boring assholes or cowards. The student needs that time to grow, learn and mature.