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Psychoactives and Magic

To: alt.magick.tyagi,alt.magick,alt.pagan.magick,alt.psychoactives,rec.drugs.psychedelic
From: 333 
Subject: Psychoactives and Magic
Date: Tue, 27 Jul 2004 20:38:29 GMT

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sri catyananda :
> 333:
>> Andrew Shearwood [describes what too many alt.magick posts contain]:
>>> ...Fear of admitting to drug use as an adjunct to magical practices
>> and lack of mention of how psychoactives are being used as
>> part of magical operations. at least some historical mages were
>> fairly concise as to what substances they thought were of some
>> help to them in their works (consider Regardie's, Crowley's,
>> and PBRandolph's mention of Cannabis/Hashish, for example;
>> the former two published books on the topic).
> Randolph published a book or tract on hashish use as an aid 
> to scrying and clairvoyance around 1850, if my memory serves.
> Hashish was legal at that time and he also sold it through
> advertisements in Spiritualist newspapers, as well as using 
> hashish and lettuce-opium along with the mingled sexual 
> fluids of himself and his wife as fluid condensers on the 
> scrying mirrors he made for sale to his fellow occultists. 
> Unfortunately, Randolph's book is, at this point lost (see
> Deveney's bio of Randolph for more on this and why some of 
> Randolph's material was published in such limited editions 
> that no copies or at best one copy has survived). I have long 
> been of the belief (unsupported academically, simply an 
> intuitive belief) that Crowley had read a copy of Randolph's
> tract and aped it as he aped Randolph's magical aphorism. Did
> Regardie publish his own book on hashish or merely a 
> commentary on and an introduction to Crowley's essay?

I had thought so at first, and couldn't find the text in my library
prior to hitting 'send', but later I did find it when you asked me
offline. it was Regardie's presentation of Crowley's text in
"Herb Dangerous". he prepends some pages before Crowley's, 
both of them writing on Cannabis Sativa.


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