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A Sense of Direction?

To: alt.magick
From: (Andralphus)
Subject: Re: A Sense of Direction?
Date: 4 May 2002 12:18:11 -0700 (Dragul) wrote in message news:<>...
> I'm wondering if someone can point me in the direction of a site that
> at least describes in some detail the different paths of magick...
> like enochian, hermetic, etc. 

I'll do my best to answer it here.

Hermetic - There are a number of manuscripts that have survived from
Late Antiquity (2nd-4th centuries AD or so) attributed to Hermes
Treismegistos (Hermes Thrice-greatest, i.e. Thoth).  They are kind of
a mixed bag, but generally contain the doctrine that the soul of man
is divine and give some hints as to how it might go back to its
source.  Hermetic magick generally refers to magick in which the goal
is to re-integrate oneself to the Divine, the True Will, etc.

Golden Dawn - A British Victorian occult order.  They came up with a
huge classification of almost all imaginable Western occult concepts
(see Crowley's 777) and some very useful rituals (the Lesser Banishing
Ritual of the Pentagram, the Banishing Ritual of the Hexagram, etc.)
that have become the de-facto standard in magick today.

Many or most of the "paths" below have a basically Hermetic goal and
most of their practitioners use the basic Golden Dawn ceremonies and
framework, or a variant thereon.

Enochian - A method of contacting angels discovered in scrying
sessions by John Dee and Edward Kelly in the Elizabethan era. 
Significant parts of this method were incorporated into Golden Dawn

Goetia - The title of one chapter in a late-Renaissance grimoire
called the Lesser Key of Solomon.  Describes 72 rebellious spirits
(demons? djinn?) and how to summon them.  The Goetia is probably the
most-worked form of grimoiric magick, but there are others.  The
Lesser Key has chapters called Ars Paulina and Almadel which give
methods of summoning angels.  There is a Greater Key of Solomon which
details the 'Olympic Spirits' of the planets and how to summon them.

The Sacred Magic of Abramelin the Mage - Another Renaissance grimoire.
 Details an involved method of contacting one's Holy Guardian Angel.

Thelema - Aleister Crowley's own personal magico-religious system,
concerned with obtaining knowledge of one's True Will.  Crowley and
his students have produced variations on GD rituals.

Pathworking - Meditation with the goal of ascending the 'paths' on the
Kabbalistic Tree of Life.

Franz Bardon - German-Czech magus who came up with his own system with
little or no debt to the GD.  His first book, Initiation into
Hermetics, has some *crazy* theoretical sections where he talks about
channeling electric and magnetic forces, etc. and then a very useful
practical section, with techniques for developing clairvoyance,
clairaudience, astral projection, etc.  Try doing a Google Groups
search and look for some of Gnome's old posts on him.

Scrying - Staring into a mirror, crystal, or whatever to induce

I'm sure there are plenty of other things I've forgot, but those are
some of the chief points.

Note that some of the above (Hermetism, Thelema) describe goals for
magick, some of them describe techniques (scrying, pathworking), and
some of them describe spirits to contact with those techniques (e.g.
Enochian).  Some of them have a mixture of all three (the grimoires,
Golden Dawn).

> PS. If I could just throw in some *really* general questions: What do
> you do with magick? 

Talk with angels, demons and gods.  Whatever those are, whether they
exist or not.

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