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Aliens and the Golden Dawn

You have the power to contact alien beings and extraterrestrial intelligences, using the Magic of the Golden Dawn! In fact, this is exactly what the original teachings of the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn were always leading up to!

Seriously: recently I have been investigating the Theoricus Adeptus Minor teaching of the “Tree of Life Projected In A Sphere” – which can be found in Regardie’s The Golden Dawn – and have come to the conclusion that it is no less than a method for astrally projecting ultimately to anywhere in the universe – and all whilst remaining within the GD paradigm.

I will avoid giving a full explanation of the entire “Tree of Life Projected In A Sphere” (which I shall hereinafter abbreviate as “TOLPIAS”) teaching in this particular blog-post, save to say that they basic theory behind contacting Aliens using this method is this: first determine, astronomically, where these Aliens actually are, in terms of the star around which their planet orbits. Given that the TOLPIAS scheme involves mapping the constellations to one’s Sphere of Sensation, it should then be possible to work out the position of the Aliens’ homeworld in relation thereto, and which card of the Tarot would correspond to that particular section of the sky.

The method I have used in my own particular experiments consists of first, working out my horoscope in terms of the “Mathers / Sidereal” system; secondly, during meditation, build-up the TOLPIAS in imagination with myself in the midst thereof, with the degree of my ascendant as determined under the “Mathers / Sidereal” system facing due east. The complete visualisation of TOLPIAS would involve not only imagining the positions of the various Sephiroth, but invoking divine and angelic names as appropriate for each one. This being done, I visualise where the various Tarot cards lie, and then imagine drawing down energy into my Sphere of Sensation by the four-fold Dragon formulae.

At this point I am ready to commence Projecting, which I first do to the appropriate Tarot card. There I establish contact with a spirit-guide – all so far using conventional GD methodology. I then ask the spirit-guide to accompany me to the alien star-system, and to their planet, and have a good old-explore, trying to make contact with local inhabitants, and so-forth. To end the session I travel back with my spirit-guide, and take my leave of him or her in the usual manner.

The Prince of Pentacles from Robert Wang’s Golden Dawn Tarot Deck

A Pleiadian Alien

So, for example, to go visit the Pleiadians on their homeworld one would first project to the “Prince of Pentacles” – one could even imagine that the Prince of Pentacles is taking you in his chariot through space.

The actual utility of attempting to do so I leave to others to determine for themselves. On my first ever attempt to make telepathic contact with aliens, I did not necessarily receive spiritual teachings of cosmic importance, but I did succeed in channelling enough plot-lines for an entire series of a certain popular TV sci-fi show (the producers have yet to get back to me). More seriously I have found that certain spiritual currents do interact with the Earth from outer space – as it were – and that this method is way of interacting with them not just in abstracto but also in the way they manifest upon this planet.

“Mathers / Sidereal”

The positions given in the “Mathers / Sidereal” column in the tables below are worked out in the following manner: the difference in Right Ascension between the position of the star in question, and that of Regulus (Alpha-Leonis) is taken, and converted into Degrees of Longitude. By then assuming Regulus to be 0º of Leo, one can determine the position of the star in question in relation thereto.

This results in a peculiar system of “Sidereal Astrology,” but unlike Sidereal systems which are popular among astrologers today. The primary difference being that in the Fagan-Bradley method, Regulus is assumed to be 5º of Leo – the Lahiri method is almost the same at 5º 53′. If this were so, then the “Age of Aquarius” will occur in approximately 400 years time. However: if MacGregor Mathers’ attribution of Regulus to 0º of Leo is accepted, then the Age of Aquarius is actually beginning (almost literally) now. Mathers’ line of reasoning was that all measurements should be taken from Regulus given that it was the brightest star on the Ecliptic: Regulus also corresponds to one of the four points associated with Tiphereth.

All systems of Sidereal Astrology are attempts to make the astrological zodiac more closely approximate the actual heavens than Tropical Astrology, but they are still approximations only. This is because astrology assumes the zodiac is divided into twelve segments of equal size (i.e. 30º each), whereas in reality the size of each constellation varies greatly. Hence the reason why the Pleiades (for example), although astronomically in the constellation of Taurus, nevertheless falls in the astrological sign of Aries in Mathers’ system of astrology (it would be 29.75º of Aries under Fagan/Bradley).

“Tarot Card”

Given the “Mathers / Sidereal” longitude of the star in question, one can then work out the precise Tarot card by noting its declination in relation to the path of the ecliptic. A decent Star-Map helps greatly here, and by “decent” I mean “more accurate than those given in The Golden Dawn! Two cases in point are the positions of Wolf 1061 and Trappist 1 (see below). These lie so close to the Ecliptic that it is necessary to pin-point exactly where these stars lie in their respective constellations, as it is the difference between the “Prince of Cups” and “Death” on the one hand, and the “Prince of Swords” and “The Star” on the other.

Habitable Exo-Planets

Stars which have been speculated to be orbited by at least one Earth-like planet capable of sustaining life – as found by either the Transit or Radial Velocity methods of detection.

The first set of planets with which I shall deal derive from yer actual Astronomy. At the time of writing (November 2017) there have been 13 exo-planets out of 3,693 so-far detected which Astronomers believe are capable of sustaining life, including three Earth-like planets in the Trappist-1 system alone. The fact that only a small number of constellations appear to have such planets is probably because only a small portion of the Universe has been investigated. Hence if we are going to introduce at least a smidgeon of rationality into this whole business of contacting aliens, it would make sense to start here.

Name / Designation Distance (light years) Constellation Tarot-card
(Astronomic) (Mathers / Sidereal)
Gliese 667 Cc 22 Scorpius 7.5º Scorpio Death
Kepler-62f 1200 Lyra 11º Sagittarius King of Wands
Kepler-186f 560 Cygnus 26.5º Sagittarius Queen of Pentacles
Kepler-442b 1120 Lyra 13.25º Sagittarius King of Wands
“Coruscant” (Kepler-452b) 1400 Cygnus 24º Sagittarius Queen of Pentacles
Wolf 1061c 14 Ophiuchus 5.5º Scorpio Prince of Cups
Kepler-1229b 770 Cygnus 25.5º Sagittarius Queen of Pentacles
Proxima Centauri b 4.2 Centaurus 5.5º Libra Justice
Kapteyn b 12.8 Pictor 26º Taurus 7 of Pentacles
GJ-273 b 12.2 Canis Minor 19.75º Gemini The Lovers
TRAPPIST-1e
TRAPPIST-1f
TRAPPIST-1g
(i.e. 3 planets out of a 7 planet system)
39 Aquarius 14.5º Aquarius Prince of Swords
Ross 128 b 11 Virgo 25º Leo Strength

Aliens with whom we are already in contact

Star systems containing Alien Races – as found by “channelling” and other sources.

I now turn to Alien races whose existence has been asserted not by Astronomers or Astrobiologists, but by New Age practitioners and ex-Coventry City footballers. I personally have mixed feelings – some of these alleged alien contacts have inspired the best spiritual teachings of modern times (e.g. the Pleiadians), whilst others have done the most to bring the genre into disrepute – more SewAge than NewAge, as it were. I have a particular bugbear about the significance of Thuban (Alpha Draconis) – it is important in the spiritual history of this planet in more ways than one, but not in the manner alleged by David Icke.

Name / Designation Distance (light years) Constellation Tarot-card
(Astronomic) (Mathers / Sidereal)
An unnamed star which was “in the direction of Orion” but has now shifted to a higher dimension – home of the Essassani 500 Orion Too vague to get a precise fix! The Hierophant (or possibly “The Lovers” due to the vagueness of the directions).
Sirius – home of Sirian Hybrids (cf Kenneth Grant‘s “Sirius/Set Current”) 8.6 Canis Major 9.25º Gemini The Lovers
The Pleiades – home of the Pleiadians 444 Taurus 24.75º Aries Prince of Pentacles
Arcturus – home of Arcturians 36.7 Boötes 2º Libra Queen of Swords
Thuban – home of Reptilians (according to David Icke) 303 Draco 29º Virgo Princess of Wands

Not included – details about the Yahyel or Shalanaya, as apparently they either don’t want to give away the location of their home planet, or they don’t have one, roaming the galaxy in large ships as they do.

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Aliens that only exist in fiction … OR DO THEY???

Finally by way of light relief, a selection of aliens and their homeworlds which, unlike the alien races noted in the section above, are not claimed to be anything other than fiction.

Name / Designation Distance (light years) Constellation Tarot-card
(Astronomic) (Mathers / Sidereal)
40 Eridani A – location of Vulcan in Star Trek 16 Eridanus 1.75º Taurus The Hierophant
Aldebaran – home of Hastur The Unspeakable, from the Cthulhu Mythos. 65 Taurus 7º Taurus The Hierophant
The Horsehead Nebula – location of Magrathea, centre of the custom-built luxury planet industry  1500  Orion  23.25º Taurus  The Hierophant
Altair-4, aka the Forbidden Planet  17 Aquila 25.5º Sagittarius Queen of Pentacles
LV-426 (aka “Acheron”), the planet visited by USS Nostromo in Alien 39 Reticulum 17.5º Aries 3 of Wands

Not included: any planets from the Star Wars films, given that their location is only specified as a galaxy far, far away; nor from Doctor Who, given that in fifty-four years its writers have consistently avoided troubling themselves with astronomy.

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Am I able to Astrally Project to meet with Isis and other Egyptian gods, and my Spirit Guides Or Guardians?

My answer to Am I able to Astrally Project to meet with Isis and other Egyptian gods, and my Spirit Guides Or Guard…

Answer by Alex Sumner:

Yes – is the short answer.

The long answer would be Yes, but it is difficult, because you would have to learn how to do several difficult things and combine them, i.e.

  • How to astrally project;
  • How to contact disincarnate entities such as god-forms or spirit guides in the most respectful and appropriate manner; and
  • How to do both at the same time.

Regarding astral projection itself, I always recommend Ophiel’s The Art and Practice of Astral Projection. I had my own first out-of-body-experience after reading this book.

Contactacting (e.g.) Isis or other spiritual beings basically involves learning the mechanics of Ceremonial Magic. My own preferred method of doing so is by using the methods of The Golden Dawn. This takes a long time of constant study but the effort is worth it in the end.

Am I able to Astrally Project to meet with Isis and other Egyptian gods, and my Spirit Guides Or Guardians?

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Quora Compendium: Astral Projection

Astral Projection

Astral Projection

A compilation of various answers I have given on Quora.com relating to Astral Projection.

What does Astral projection actually feel like?

My experiences of Astral Projection generally felt similar to Lucid Dreams, but with the following differences:

I had the sensation of actually leaving my body – having a literal Out of the Body Experience;

Often I did not remember falling asleep, but slipping into the AP state whilst awake, though deeply relaxed. I suppose I must have fallen into a kind of trance between waking and sleeping.

I did not hang around in a dream-scape, but made a deliberate attempt to get as far away from mundane reality and into the upper reaches of the Astral plane proper. This is a matter of raising one’s personal energy vibrations (this can be done via the Qabalah, which is what I normally work with on a day to day basis).

Why do people astral project?

Is it for getting in contact with a deity, or maybe your guide? What about a different reason?

Yes I have used AP for contacting Deity and spirit guides, but a more general reason is that Astral Projection is the key to developing and using most psychic powers and paranormal abilities. For example: Clairvoyance, which is accomplished by astrally projecting through a “magic doorway” – the well-known Tattva method. Other effects which can be achieved can be psychic healing, precognition, telepathy, and much more.

Essentially, most psychic and spiritual powers have their basis on the Astral Plane. Hence, if one is able to master the art of Astral Projection, one can learn to make use of them.

What do you think about Astral projection? Is it dangerous? Can people actually leave their physical body and can move outside with astral body?

Speaking from experience, I would say that the act of astral projection is not dangerous as such, and stories that it might be are wholly unsubstantiated. However: what you encounter whilst astrally projecting might be. If you have forces at work in your unconscious which are deleterious to your health, you could very well encounter them whilst projecting – but that is the fault of the contents of your unconscious, not of the astral projection per se.

Although Astral Projection is popularly thought of as some sort of bilocation in the physical realm, in actual fact that is not real astral projection but “etheric projection.” It is also the most discredited form of Out-of-body-experience from a scientific point of view. True Astral Projection consists of projecting onto the Astral Plane, which is a different level of existence entirely.

How is sonic driving different from astral projection?

“Sonic driving” refers to a range of techniques – e.g. drumming, chanting, singing – used to cause Trance.

“Astral projection” refers to wilfully projecting out of the body onto the Astral plane.

Astral Projection may arise from a Trance-state, but then again – not all Trances lead to Astral Projection, and not all instances of Astral Projection necessarily require a Trance-state to initiate them.

Hence, Sonic Driving is not Astral Projection itself, but could conceivably be used to help you attain Astral Projection, as indeed was / is the practice in shamanic or quasi-shamanic cultures.

Can anyone help me with astral projection?

I’ve tried it multiple times with different techniques and I just can’t do it. I laid in bed for 3 hours today trying different techniques and I couldn’t do it. The closest I got was a tingling sensation in my legs if that even has to do with astral projection. I don’t know when I am able to leave my body. Can anyone answer my questions and provide me with some more information?

It would probably help if you describe in more detail exactly what techniques you have tried so far, and how long you have been practising each of them.

Speaking personally, when people ask me how to astrally project, I recommend they read Ophiel’s The Art and Practice of Astral Projection. That was how I first learnt to astrally project.

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What is the best song to get an out of body experience?

Answer by Alex Sumner:

“OOBE” by the Orb. Actually a very clever piece of music: the sounds are inspired by accounts of aural phenomena which take place during out of body experiences.

Other songs could include People Can Fly or indeed – anything – by Astral Projection.

What is the best song to get an out of body experience?

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How *Not* To Astrally Project

Astral Projection

Astral Projection

I have come to the conclusion that most books written about Astral Projection are absolute shite. They are bad because they display complete lack of empathy for their potential readers – for example by describing a method that has worked for themselves, but without giving full consideration to whether it would be suitable for others.

And the methods that are described are done badly. Usually they are in this form:

Method #1: first relax completely, then visualise such and such…

Method #2: first relax completely, then focus on this or that chakra…

Method #3: first relax completely, then chant this mantra…

Etc etc etc. I have read whole books consisting of a list of potential methods in this form.

Now from my own experience of Astral Projection, I have achieved out-of-body-experiences using several different methods: however each of them was similar in that first, before projecting, I attained a trance-like state of consciousness – deeper than deep relaxation, and yet lighter than a light sleep. I believe that this is basically the Theta-wave consciousness, which is linked to other well-known psychic phenomena. I have therefore come to the conclusion that, when it comes to Astral Projection, just about any method can be effective – so long as you attain the right trance-like state of consciousness first.

And yet, it is that trance-like state of consciousness which is the least well described part of the process – which is so often dismissed in so many badly-written Astral Projection books by “first relax completely” or some similar phrase. It strikes me that if a writer does not fully understand the importance of the prior relaxation, and the relative insignificance of the actual method to exit the body, they do not fully understand Astral Projection.

 

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“What if after I successfully did astral projection, and I can’t return to my body back? Am I considered dead?”

Astral Projection

Astral Projection

This is a query that has been raised by more than one newcomer to astral projection, so I thought I would address it in a blog post. The answer is surprisingly optimistic:

As long as nothing physically happens to your body whilst you are “out,” this is guaranteed never to happen!

The fact is that there is no evidence whatsoever that getting trapped outside your physical body whilst astrally projecting has ever occurred, nor that anyone has died as a result thereof. And before you say, “well there wouldn’t be,” there isn’t any evidence of known astral projectors mysteriously dying for no apparent reason either, which is what you would expect if this phenomena occurred.

The only conceivable way that you could get trapped outside your body whilst astrally projecting, is if your physical body died in the meanwhile. And then, being trapped outside your body is the least of your problems!

So in other words, the simplest way to avoid this is the same way you would avoid dying generally – live a healthy lifestyle, and avoid doing anything unhealthy or dangerous.

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Scientists Claim That Quantum Theory Proves Consciousness Moves To Another Universe At Death | Spirit Science and Metaphysics

 

Scientists Claim That Quantum Theory Proves Consciousness Moves To Another Universe At Death | Spirit Science and Metaphysics.

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Out of Body Experiences

Non-European readers of this blog may only be slightly aware that this past week Britain has been gripped by a miniature ice-age. This has forced your humble blogmaster to take most of the week off work. On the plus side however, it has given me more time to devote myself to magical endeavours – which I have been doing astrally from a horizontal position. This has inspired me to write a post about Astral Projection and Out of the Body Experiences.

My first experience of Astral Projection – as distinct from Lucid Dreaming – came as a direct result of reading The Art and Practice of Astral Projection by Ophiel. In fact, my very first OOBE happened round about the same time that I was still learning how to dream lucidly – so it is questionable whether Ophiel or my lucid dream practice influenced me more. In time, however, I eventually learnt to have OOBEs with each of the four methods which he describes, although Lucid Dreaming remains my prime method of accessing the astral plane.

In my experience, OOBEs and Lucid Dreams are so similar in the way they feel and behave that I find it hard to distinguish them – save in the fact that in an OOBE I actually feel that I have gone “out of my body.” Other than that, the similarities are more remarkable than the differences. Both seem to require me going into an altered state of consciousness which is deeper than relaxation, and lighter than sleep per se. I have always supposed that the real difference between astral projection and lucid dreaming is how one achieves this altered state of consciousness. In lucid dreaming one ascends into it after having fallen asleep first (i.e. it is hypnopompic) whereas in other methods of astral projection one descends into it without necessarily falling completely asleep (i.e. hynogoguic).

Hence, for example, when I have practised Ophiel’s “Little Method,” what usually happens is that I repeat the prescribed visualisations over and over and over … until I fall into a sort of trance, whereupon I find I am astrally projecting. However, my best efforts at using this method have occurred when I am lying in bed of a lazy morning: hence the practical difference between this being a method of either astral projection or lucid dreaming were further blurred.

I have had similar experiences with the “Body of Light” method. Curiously though when I have tried this it has had a different “feel” to it – it felt more like Clairvoyance than an actual OOBE per se (I don’t know if this is common). The “Body of Light” strikes me as a method of causing astral projection by creating an artificial elemental – i.e. the light-body itself – and then transferring ones consciousness into it. Seen in this way, it is possible to greatly increase the potential of astral projection by using the techniques one can use on artificial elementals generally on the light-body – e.g. by deliberately enduing it with positive characteristics and magical powers when creating it. One can be very creative in this way – one is only limited by ones imagination.

I have attempted other methods of astral projection with success, e.g. I tried out one method from a book called Astral Odyssey: Exploring Out-of-body Experiences by Caroline Eby and it worked straightaway, although by that point I had grown so use to astral projection and lucid dreaming that I wonder if my prior experience did not make it easier for me.

On a few rare occasions I have become aware of a sort of Bilocation, in which I was both awake and aware of my physical body, and astrally projecting at the same time. I wasn’t actually doing anything in particular with my physical body at the time: except maintaining unbroken concentration on my astral vehicle. I have tried going for a long walk whilst doing a simple astral ritual, but I doubt that I could do anything more complicated than that. However it does suggest to me that given the right circumstances, achieving the right state of consciousness and so forth, it is possible to work on the astral plane and achieve palpable results without having a full-blown OOBE.

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Lucid Dreaming

This is the text of a paper which I presented recently on Lucid Dreaming. It is an abbreviated form of the extended treatise which appears on my website and in many ways it is more autobiographical.


Lucid Dreaming

Introduction

In this paper I intend to speak about a method of attaining an altered state of consciousness which is almost as easy as falling asleep – literally.

“Lucid Dreaming” is a special type of dreaming in which one is aware that one is dreaming, but without waking-up. This is only a very basic and incomplete definition, because there is far more to lucid dreaming – as I will explain presently.

As a phenomenon, Lucid Dreaming has been known to occultists like Dion Fortune, Ophiel, and more recently, Carlos Castaneda[i] for many years. It is my contention that Lucid Dreaming is actually a form of Astral Projection – and that occultists of the past have recognised it as such.

Speaking personally, it was through Lucid Dreaming that I first became interested in the occult. I was into Lucid Dreaming even before I was into the Golden Dawn. Way back in the distant-past (1995 actually) when I was a student, there I was, reading an interview with ambient musician “The Aphex Twin” in Melody Maker. I didn’t particularly care for the Aphex Twin’s music at that time, although one thing he said piqued my curiosity: he claimed that he used something called “lucid dreaming” to compose his records. He would have all his equipment set up in his studio, and then he would fall asleep and dream lucidly, coming up with a new piece of music which he could immediately record on waking. Apparently he was able to create a lot of material in this way: at one point he claimed that he was able to come up with several albums’ worth of material every week. (Compare this with Kate Bush who is currently averaging one album almost every four years!)

All this talk about Lucid dreaming struck a chord with me: as soon as I heard the phrase, it just sounded as if it were the kind of thing that I could do myself. I therefore read up on the subject and started practising nightly. It took several months of practice for me to get the hang of it, after which I was rewarded with a short dream in which I became aware I was dreaming right in the middle of it, and managed to remain asleep. It was not a particularly interesting dream, and I did not actually do anything with it – it being my first time.

However, after that, as I became used to it, I found I was able to lucid-dream more often: also, the quality of my lucid-dreaming improved. I was able to do quite ambitious things with my lucid dreams, for example: to decide the content of my dream beforehand, whilst awake; to alter details within the dream whilst dreaming, simply by an effort of will; and generally to do all kinds of things like the character Neo was able to do in the movie “The Matrix.”

Around about this time I was becoming interested in the Western Mystery Tradition, and the system of the Golden Dawn in particular. I read Dion Fortune, who claimed that Out of the Body Experiences were just like lucid dreams;[ii] I read Ophiel, who explicitly described lucid dreaming as a means of performing astral projection.[iii] I therefore wondered to myself: can I use my own lucid dreaming to do all the things in the Golden Dawn system, for which astral projection is recommended? The result of my researches was that generally speaking, the answer was yes.

Prior to getting involved with the Golden Dawn system, my lucid dreaming had merely been about self-indulgence. However, as I began to incorporate magick into it, I found I was able to access new dimensions of awareness. I was able to do things like perform rituals such as the LBRP and the Middle Pillar Ritual; develop clairvoyance in the form of tattva-journeys; perform magic spells; commune with angels; and experience heightened states of consciousness. On one or two occasions I even experienced a rudimentary form of pre-cognition, although it did me no good whatsoever – I have never predicted a winning horse or set of lottery numbers, unfortunately.

I also came close to wrecking my health – which is when I discovered that it is possible to do too much lucid dreaming. As a result, nowadays I have cut-down on my lucid dreaming. Whereas when I was starting out I was practising literally every night, nowadays I only attempt to dream lucidly on two or three nights every month. I have found that this is usually quite adequate for all the lucid dreaming which I need to do. I have actually spoken out in public forums, saying that too much lucid dreaming can be bad for you, although I was not received particularly well, as most people in those forums wanted to hear about all the benefits of lucid dreaming, and closed their minds to someone alerting them to the possible dangers.

However, I believe that lucid dreaming, when done in moderation, is fairly harmless and indeed can be quite good for oneself. I also believe it is a very interesting phenomenon because it is one that a complete beginner, with no other talent for psychism, can experience with only a little practice. I myself started out as just such a complete beginner.

I shall now go into detail about what lucid dreaming actually is, the kind of things you can achieve with it, and some practical suggestions which you can take away with you.

Lucid Dreaming: What

Among the types of possible brain-activity in existence, there are four which are relevant when discussing Lucid Dreaming. These are:
· Beta Waves – in excess of 12 Hz i.e. twelve transitions or cycles per second -which correspond to normal waking consciousness;
· Alpha-waves – between 8 to 12 Hz – which correspond to when one is awake, but relaxed, with a stilled mind;
· Delta waves – from 1 to 4 Hz – which correspond to deep sleep; and
· Theta waves – between 4 and 8 Hz – which is between deep sleep (Delta) and relaxation (Alpha).

Researchers have found that phenomena like lucid dreams, out-of-the-body experiences, etc, occur when an individual is in a state of Theta-wave brain activity. In other words, in order to dream lucidly, it is necessary to attain a state of consciousness which is somewhat deeper than deep relaxation, but somewhat lighter than deep sleep.

I contend that the real difference between astral projection and lucid dreaming lies in the way that the individual attains this state of “Theta-Consciousness.” A lucid dreamer will start by descending into a Delta-wave state (i.e. fall asleep), and then ascend into a Theta-wave state. An astral traveller on the other hand would descend into a Theta-wave state from deep relaxation (alpha), without necessarily falling asleep first.

From my experience, there are several different types of dream or non-lucid dream, some of which are easier to achieve than others. They are:
0. Ordinary non-lucid, unmemorable, dreaming – of the kind that most people experience every night.
1. Non-lucid but memorable dreaming.
2. A non-lucid, memorable dream, the topic of which one has successfully “incubated” i.e. decided whilst awake before going to sleep.
3. Basic Lucidity – in which one becomes aware that one is dreaming, but does not necessarily do anything with the dream, apart from observing what goes on.
4. “Wilful Lucid Dreams” – in which one not only dreams lucidly but takes control of the dream whilst it is in progress.
5. Magical Dreams
6. (What I call) “Trans-Lucid Dreams.”

“Non-lucid but memorable dreams.”

Anyone can have an unmemorable non-lucid dream, indeed most people do every night. Even people who claim not to dream probably do, it is just that they forget them. Memorable non-lucid dreams are rarer. People who are not attempting to dream lucidly will only have memorable non-lucid dreams if they are particularly vivid or unusually interesting.

However, it has been found that a necessary first step to lucid dreaming is to be able to remember ones dreams in detail – even the uninteresting ones. This is in fact extremely simple to achieve: it is as simple as keeping a notebook on your bedside table, and writing down everything you can remember as soon as you wake up. This act of making a conscious effort to remember your dreams will in fact have the effect of making your dreams more memorable! You may not be able to write down anything, or anything more than a few sentences at first, but if you keep at it, within a few nights you will be able to fill a whole page or whole pages with the contents of one night’s dreaming.

“Incubated Dreams”

The next level of mastery is to be able to choose what you dream about. This can be done quite simply – for example, by formulating your chosen topic into an affirmation, and repeating it silently to yourself as you drift off to sleep. E.g.: “I will dream about the Taj Mahal.” Repeated practice increases the likelihood of success. However, if the affirmation can give rise to ambiguity, then your unconscious mind may become unco-operative. For example – if you did try to dream about the Taj Mahal in India, and it so happens that you have a Tandoori restaurant down the road from you with the same name, you may find that using an affirmation like “I will dream about the Taj Mahal” will in fact cause you to dream about the wrong thing! Hence, you might learn from experience to be more specific when formulating an affirmation: alternatively, you could try to visualise your chosen topic, in addition to making an affirmation about it, as you fall asleep.

“Basic Lucidity”

The next-step up is actual Lucidity, the quality of being aware that you are dreaming whilst the dream is in progress. This can take some time to achieve for the beginner, but in my experience it is like learning to ride a bike: it becomes easier after one has experienced it the first time.

There are a number of different techniques for achieving basic lucidity, but most of them have in common a method for programming your unconscious so that when a certain event happens in your dream, it will act as a trigger to make you realise that you are dreaming.

For example, one can condition oneself to continually look for differences between dreaming and real-life, so that when something strange happens, you realise that you are in the middle of a dream. You could also make it a daily habit to periodically do “reality-checks” whilst you are awake – i.e. deliberately stop and try to work out whether you are awake or dreaming. The theory being that if you make this a waking habit, you will carry on doing it whilst asleep. A third method is to program your unconscious with a suggestion, that you will realise you are dreaming when you see a specific thing or object within your dream – for example, your own hands. There are numerous other methods which I will not go into now.

When I first started practising, it would be the case that when I realised I was dreaming, I woke up immediately. However, after becoming used to the surprise, and a lot of telling myself “I will remain dreaming,” I was able to become lucid, even though I had no control over the dream’s content. So although it is possible with practice to achieve basic lucidity, there is actually very little difference to start-off with between a basic lucid dream and a non-lucid one: although lucid dreams always seem to be more vivid and more memorable than non-lucid ones, and even more important. Note: they only seem more important because your ego is telling you that they are.

“Wilful Lucid Dreams.”

What I have been describing up to now I consider being relatively easy to attain. However, the next logical step is to take control of ones lucid dreams – for example:
· To improve their quality;
· To lengthen amount of time you remain dreaming before waking up;
· To avoid lapsing from lucidity into non-lucidity;
· To change the content of the dream whilst it is in progress;
· To change what you are able to do in the dream;
· To be able to consciously choose one thing or another;
· To be able to play out sophisticated scenarios of your choosing;
· To be able to do all manner of ambitious or creative things with your dreams.
All of this takes practice – years of practice. I myself have to practice all of this. I have found that if I get sloppy, I have to re-practice to get back to a proper standard. However if I am practising regularly, I can usually succeed.

Generally, it is possible to do absolutely anything in a lucid dream – so long as you convince yourself that your dream-self is capable of it. A problem I found, however, is that if I had not prepared myself before going to sleep, I might not realise that I had unlimited powers in the dream-world.

For example, because in waking-life all objects are solid, I had unconsciously accustomed myself to thinking they were always so. However, it was after one lucid dream in which I felt boxed-in by something that I remembered: “Dreams are fantasy. I can do what I want in them. Hence, I can give myself the power to pass through solid objects!”

Incidentally, although becoming lucid in a dream is no guarantee that you will be able to think completely rationally in your dream. This takes some effort as well.

In my experience, training oneself to improve the quality of your lucid dreams will involve a lot of programming your unconscious to remember things, that you can stay lucid, that you can stay dreaming, that you have all manner of super-powers and so forth. In this regard it is probably helpful to also have an understanding of self-hypnosis, so that you are able to control you unconscious satisfactorily.

“Magical Dreams”

Everything I have described up to now relates only to the Astral Plane. Non-lucid dreams are in the realm of the lower-astral, whilst lucid dreams are higher up the Astral, so to speak. However if we, as Golden Dawn practitioners want to do actual Magical things in our dreams, it is necessary to reach up and make contact with the forces which lie above and behind the Astral Plane – i.e. the Mental Plane and beyond.

Actually this is not really that much more difficult than attaining the kind of control over ones lucid dreams which I described a moment ago. It is all about practice, training oneself to remember the correct procedures, and being brutally honest with oneself.

You can get a good indication of the standard you need to work to by reading the chapter entitled “Clairvoyance” in the “Black Book.”[iv] Essentially, in order to access a particular magical force, you need to have symbol for that force, which you can conjure before you in your lucid dream. You then project through that symbol as if it were a magic-doorway. You will also need to know the Divine and Angelic names associated with that force, which you then vibrate, and also the appropriate magical signs. The combined effect of symbol, names and signs will serve to attract the actual magical force into your lucid-dream.

The other important thing to remember is to continually test everything you see and experience – and banish everything which tests badly. Spirit guides which do not recognise the Divine names, or give the wrong ones, or make the wrong sign or give the sign with the wrong hand, or which fail any of the other methods of testing – banish them all! Be brutal. And if you only realise there is something wrong with vision after the fact, when you are awake, discount it all, and give it up as a bad job. There is a danger here, in that although your vision might be faulty, it may nevertheless gratify your ego, and you do not therefore want to disregard it. Disregard it! It will hurt you and be a pain for you to think you will have to do it again, but, disregard it! If you start to overlook one little thing in your vision which is out of place, just for the sake of gratifying your ego, you are on a slippery downward slope to self-delusion. Your unconscious will lose all respect it has for you, and your dreams will start lying to you indiscriminately. It is better to have one magical dream which is of an impeccable standard, than a thousand flawed dreams – because the one true dream will always be of a higher quality than any ego-gratifying dream which has a flaw in it.

However, if you do accustom yourself to brutally disregarding false and flawed dreams, you will find that the genuine magical dreams will more than make up for them. It is possible to experience tremendous power and receive genuine insights from bona fide magical dreams. I believe it is possible to use such magical dreams to follow the magical and / or spiritual path, in a manner similar to the way that one would use astral projection to do so. I even believe it is possible for magical dreams to cause effects in the waking world. It is all a matter of years of practice, self-discipline and hard-work.

“Trans-Lucid Dreams”

The final type of dreams, which I will mention very briefly, are what I call “trans-lucid” ones, i.e. lucid dreams in which one experiences transpersonal states of consciousness. I cannot say too much about them because I have very limited experience of them indeed: I merely theorise them to exist.

You ought to be aware that a number of Eastern sources claim that lucid dreams, or astral visions, are most definitely not the highest form of consciousness attainable. For example, in Tibetan Dream Yoga, lucidity, far from being the end-result, is in fact a mere side-effect which arises as one attempts to attain what is described as “clarity” – a state of perfected contemplation.[v]

Furthermore, Ramana Maharshi describes the ideal state of consciousness as akin to dreamless-sleep, though conscious[vi]. Following this line of reasoning, the ultimate perfection in lucid dreaming would be to dream lucidly about absolutely nothing – to hold the mind completely still. Which of course is extremely difficult because as soon as one thinks of something one has broken ones line of consciousness.

Practical Dream-work

As promised I will now describe some practical work which you can undertake in your own time. The magical power of dreams has been known or suspected since ancient times – it was certainly known to Henry Cornelius Agrippa, author of Three Books of Occult Philosophy, a key sourcebook of the Western Mystery Tradition: in fact most of the Golden Dawn knowledge lectures are taken more or less directly from Agrippa.

In that book, Agrippa described a method of “Dream Divination” which has the benefit of being both astrologically and qabalistically sound.[vii] The method is as follows:
· Firstly, draw up your natal horoscope, and make a note of where your ninth house lies.
· Secondly, using a current ephemeris, find out exactly when the Moon transits your ninth natal house. Given that the Moon makes a complete circuit of the Zodiac in a lunar month, it will usually transit your ninth house for a period of two to three days each month.
Agrippa contends that one can attempt dream divination during those two days when the Moon is in your ninth house. This is because your ninth house represents, amongst other things, occult visions; whilst the Moon is the planet of dreams: according to “777” it is associated with the magical powers of clairvoyance and, not surprisingly, dream divination.

Hence, what I recommend is that on the night or nights indicated by your calculations, you “incubate” as a subject for your dream, the question which you want answered. I also recommend that you make a note of the time, date and place where the question occurs to you: that way you can cross-check the results of your dream divination with Horary Astrology.

It would also help if you invoke Luna as best you know how, immediately before retiring. I personally like to use the following Graeco-Egyptian invocation.[viii] It is quite short, but it is meant to be repeated nine times, the effect of which, combined with vibrating the barbarous names of invocation, do lead one into a kind of altered state of consciousness by itself.

Hail, Saks Amoun! Saks Abrasax!
For thou art the Moon, the great one of the stars, he who formed them!
Listen to these things which I say!
Walk thou in accordance with the words of my voice!
Hear me now:
Than
Thana
Thanatha
Thei
For this is my true name.

Bibliography

Agrippa, H C, Peterson, J H (ed.), 2000, Three Books of Occult Philosophy,Twilit Grotto – Esoteric Archives, http://www.esotericarchives.com/agrippa/agrippa1.htm, accessed 25/06/2008.
Betz, H D, 1986, The Greek Magical Papyri in Translation,including the demotic spells – volume one: texts, University of Chicago Press, Chicago & London.
Castaneda, C, 2004, The Art of Dreaming,Thorsons, London.
Crowley, A, 1987, 777 and other Qabalistic writings of Aleister Crowley, including Gemetria & Sepher Sephiroth, Weiser, York Beach ME.
Fortune, D, 1987, Applied Magic, Thorsons, London.
Ophiel, 1961, The Art & Practice of Astral Projection,Weiser, New York.
Regardie, I, 1989, The Golden Dawn, sixth edition, Llewellyn, St Paul MN.
Rinpoche, N N, 1992, Dream Yoga and the practice of Natural Light, Snow Lion Publications, Ithaca NY.
Wilber, K, 2000, One Taste: daily reflections on Integral Spirituality, Shambhala, Boston & London.

Notes

[i] See bibliography.
[ii] Fortune (1987) – see bibliography.
[iii] Ophiel (1961), chapter 2.
[iv] Regardie (1989), p456 et seq.
[v] See Rinpoche, N N, in Bibliography.
[vi] “That which is not present in deep, dreamless sleep is not real.” Quoted in Wilber (2000).
[vii] Agrippa, Book 1, Chapter 59.
[viii] Betz, pp232-3.

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What am I doing?

Over the past few years I have not been updating my original website so often – this has been for a number of reasons. Firstly, work has been keeping me busy. This is not so bad: one of my money spells must have worked for a change!

Secondly, the Great Work has been keeping me busy. In the past few years I have been heavily involved with various magical projects, which have meant I have had little time to write new material for my website. When I realised that this was the situation I was in, I sort of retired from being an online-presence.

Irony of ironies, however! I have been meeting a number of different people through my magical projects, and when they heard that I was the great author Alex Sumner, they basically press-ganged me into writing papers for their own study groups, etc.

La plus ça change, la plus c’est la même chose, as some Martinist no doubt said in the past.

Essentially, my esoteric work is organised on the following lines:

  • I am heavily involved in Golden Dawn magick – as indeed I always have been. Certain aspects of the GD have taken on a greater degree of importance in my life, such as Tarot and Astrology. I am still involved with Enochian Magick: I am currently in the process of translating a book of John Dee’s conjurations from the original Latin into English.
  • Lucid Dreaming and astral projection. My lucid dreaming practice has evolved somewhat, as I am now on a quest to discover that which is more advanced than Lucidity per se.
  • Freemasonry – especially the esoteric aspects thereof; and
  • Rosicrucianism.

I am also exploring Fiction writing. Having experienced the occult in real-life, I am conscious that if I tried to write a fictional occult story that was completely authentic, it would actually be quite boring. As a fiction writer one should not write about ordinary characters – one should write about extraordinary ones – people who are the best at what they do, who take unusual risks, get into unusual scrapes, who have extraordinary adventures, etc etc. Thus, if I want to write about a villain in an occult novel, I cannot just describe someone who practices black magick – I would have to invent someone who practices magick which is sicker, blacker, more extreme and more evil than anything which would occur in real life.

My only problem so far has been that whenever I think “what is the most vile and disgusting practice someone could possibly do?” I am astounded to find that some pervert somewhere has already claimed to have done it. If I had not shaved my head already I would be tearing my hair out in frustration! 🙂

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