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Telesmic Images

To: alt.magick,alt.magick.tyagi,alt.pagan.magick,alt.mythology
From: Ed Heil 
Subject: Re: Telesmic Images (Gray) (was Re: Jesus as a Teles....)
Date: Wed, 23 Dec 1998 12:29:54 -0500

The Greek word "telesma, telesmatos" meant "payment", and a related
word, "telesmos" meant "consecration ceremony."  It is where we got the
word "talisman," by an interesting route:

See this entry from

Main Entry: tal·is·man
Pronunciation: 'ta-l&s-m&n, -l&z-
Function: noun
Inflected Form(s): plural -mans
Etymology: French talisman or Spanish talismán or Italian talismano; all
from Arabic tilsam, from Middle Greek
telesma, from Greek, consecration, from telein to initiate into the
mysteries, complete, from telos end -- more at TELOS
~Date: 1638
1 : an object held to act as a charm to avert evil and bring good
2 : something producing apparently magical or miraculous effects
- tal·is·man·ic /"ta-l&s-'ma-nik, -l&z-/ adjective
- tal·is·man·i·cal·ly /-ni-k(&-)lE/ adverb 

Another word, 

Polar Bear wrote:
> In alt.magick nagasiva  wrote:
> : but you made no comment on whether what I remembered from Gray
> : was accurate (I wasn't completely sure, and as it turned out he
> : called them "telesmic" images -- I don't remember who it was that
> : called them "telesmatic", if anyone).
> I didn't comment because I didn't see the need to. I figured
> that anyone who reads enough Regardie, GD or Enochian texts
> would be able to figure out what a telesmatic image in the context
> of magical operations is.
> In any case when I found that the reply wasn't relevant to
> my question, I basically ignored it and reasserted my question.
> : in any case, here is the pertinent text from Gray:
> :       What exactly are the 'Telesmic Images' we read about
> :       in connection with magical arts and practices?  A
> :       precise definition is not easy. It would be simple
> :       to say that a Telesmic Image is an imaginary creation
> :       having no existence apart from the consciousness of
> :       its creator -- a kind of Heavenly hallucination in
> :       fact -- but this would be very far indeed from the
> :       actual truth.
> Yes, Regardie puts it as "an identification with the
> God-form itself", presumably to widen one's consciousness.
> :       A so-called Telesmic Image (or TI for short) is a
> :       perfectly genuine Inner construction of Force and
> :       Form, designed for a particular purpose and having
> :       as much, if not more, reality in its own dimensions
> :       than we have in Outer terms. It is a composite
> :       creation, brought into being as a concretion of
> :       consciousness inspired by spirit, animated by soul,
> :       moulded by mind and based on body. A TI is in fact
> :       made up very much as we are ourselves, except that
> :       it objectifies on levels of existence that to us
> :       are subjective. Its main function is that of an
> :       operative focus between our Inner and Outer states
> :       of Being.
> Sounds different from a telesmatic image. Let me
> look up Regardie's "Art and Meaning of Magic" before
> I reply to the rest of this posting.
> God Bless,
> Colin.
> --
> Believers will be given the power to perform miracles:
> They will drive out demons in my name; they will speak in strange tongues;
> if they pick up snakes or drink any poison, they will not be harmed;
> they will place their hands on sick people, and these will get well.
> -- Mark 16:17-18

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