For a beginner, I would recommend “The Alchemist’s Handbook” by Frater Albertus. Although the spagyric work it describes is only introductory, it does do a good job of acquainting the student with the basic terminology.
Also, one should read up on Hermeticism. Freke & Gandy’s “The Hermetica” is an introduction, although I prefer GRS Mead’s edition of “Corpus Hermeticum.”
After one has read these, one is then ready to move on to the more advance stuff such as:
– all of which I would also recommend.
Source: Alex Sumner’s answer to As someone interested in Alchemy, would you recommend any book? Why would you propose those book in particular? What did they taught you? – Quora
A person born in December 1984 would be 33 going on 34 years old in 2018, would have had one Saturn return, and be coming to the end of his third Jupiter-cycle.
The method used in western Tropical Astrology to narrow down your birth time is called “Chart Rectification.” This consists of looking at major events in a persons lifetime, and then comparing them with transits made by (e.g.) Saturn and / or Jupiter to that person’s natal chart.
If a major event corresponds to a planet transitting a -known- feature of the Natal chart, we may ignore that event for the purpose of Chart Rectification.
If however a major event does not correspond to such a feature, that is evidence that one has discovered a previously unknownfeature of the Natal chart – such as the exact position of the Ascendant or Mid-Heaven. We can verify this to see whether the position of the Ascendant would fit in with the known-facts (given the data supplied in the original question, the Ascendant can be narrowed down to a range of 22º 30′ – the maximum amount by which it would change position in ninety minutes).
For example: if one experienced a major life-affecting illness, AND that particular time did not correspond with Saturn transitting anywhere or anything else in your chart, that might show that Saturn was transitting your Ascendant at that time. Alternatively, if you experienced major good fortune in your public life, and Jupiter was not transitting anywhere or anything else in your chart, that might show that Jupiter was in fact transitting your Mid-Heaven.
By thus working out the precise moment of your Ascendant and / or Mid Heaven, it is then possible to work out your exact time of birth by back-calculation.
Source: Alex Sumner’s answer to How can I know my exact birth time if I know I was born between 12.30 pm to 2 pm on 24 Dec 1984? – Quora
This was originally on Quora.com, but it was removed because they didn’t like me linking to an external website.
Give the so-called rational person a copy of Wilhelm Reich’s The Function of the Orgasm: Sex-Economic Problems of Biological Energy (The Discovery of the Orgone, Vol. 1) and explain to them that Kundalini awakening is similar in purpose and function to the release of “orgone” which Reich describes as occurring when a neurosis is abreacted.
You might also point out, however, that a traditional Yogi would view the process in far more spiritual terms than Reich would ever have countenanced: for example, a Yogi would not say neurosis so much as karma, and moreover would see the whole process as a spiritual one, whereas Reich only viewed it as a psychiatric one.
This too used to be on Quora.com but got taken down because they didn’t like me linking to an external website. 😦
I can’t afford to buy a proper Tarot deck. Can I make my own?
It is theoretically possible to make your own tarot deck: I myself have done so. However, get this: the cost of finding an online company and getting them to turn my designs into a finished deck was approximately $45 – but that didn’t include any value placed on all the hours I had spent painting the designs, scanning them and editing them with Photoshop, etc. (I suppose could have cheated and just used pre-existing designs which are floating around the internet as pirated copies, but it would still cost me money to print them out).
Bear in mind however, that, Amazon is currently selling copies of the Rider Waite Deck for less than $20, so you must be really poor if you can’t afford that!
Don’t think in terms of casting spells on other people. This is bad. (See: Alex Sumner’s answer to Why are love spells considered white magic?)
Instead, think in terms of casting a love spell on yourself – i.e. to transform yourself into the kind of person who can attract true love. Mind, though, you have to really transform. If a new lover enters your life and you haven’t changed in any way, you will still have the same luck that you’ve always had, so he will walk straight out again.
A simple spell might be to perform the Middle Pillar Ritual, and then breath bright Green light into your aura, so that is shines like an Emerald, whilst vibrating (i.e. chanting) “Yod Heh Vav Heh Tzabaoth.” (Emeralds and the colour green are traditionally associated with Venus, whilst the words chanted are the Divine Name associated with Venus in the Qabalah.)
Source: Alex Sumner’s answer to I’m going to do a love spell to attract my true love. Is there anything I should know and any easy spells you could recommend? – Quora
(A2A) I tried this once, and was pleasantly surprised by how successful it was! The basic technique is the same as how you do anything in a lucid dream: by carefully using self-suggestion before going to sleep one can influence the content of one’s dream. In this case I gave myself the suggestion: “I am able to travel through time whilst dreaming.”
So I fell asleep, started dreaming and became Lucid. I then willed myself to travel forward in time, imagining that I was physically going to a place where I knew I would be meeting someone in real life the next day. Once I got there I noticed what they were doing, how they were behaving, etc. Eventually I woke up.
So I then went to this actual meeting. The other person was completely unaware that anything supernatural has occurred or was occurring. But they did behave in the way I had observed them behaving in my lucid dream.
So one may argue that I didn’t physically travel through time and space whilst lucid dreaming. However, I do believe that the very act of at least attempting to do so gave me some knowledge of the future.
How can you time travel in a lucid dream? by Alex Sumner
Sure they can! It would just not be recognised as regular by male Freemasonry, and neither would the body that conferred it.
Incidentally, there are co-Masonic bodies which do work the degrees of the Ancient and Accepted Rite: possibly women-only Masonic bodies as well, but I am not acquainted with them.
Source: (1) Alex Sumner’s answer to Can a female get a 32nd or 33rd degree in masonry? – Quora
No, we’re nice people really!
Freemasons on this planet do not currently recognise any Grand Lodges or Masonic obediences of a non-Earth origin. Hence we are not in Amity with any Extraterrestrial Masons, and if there is any Alien Masonic activity happening on this planet it would be considered “Clandestine”: i.e. if a regular Freemason tried to take part in it, he would be subject to Masonic Disciplinary Proceedings.
Furthermore, if an extraterrestrial applied for membership of a regular lodge here on Earth, it would run into problems. The qualifications for membership are to be a free *man* aged twenty-one years or more, who believes in a Supreme Being. Hence there might be arguments over whether the extraterrestrial can properly be said to be a “man” or not.
More prosaically: Freemasons probably do know the truth about Extraterrestrials, as many of them (Freemasons that is) are intelligent men who keep up to date with current thinking on astronomy. Freemasonry itself does not have an official opinion on the matter.
Source: Alex Sumner’s answer to Do Masons know the truth about Extraterrestials? – Quora
So first of all there was this guy called Doctor John Dee (1527 – 1609) who was obsessed with acquiring knowledge. After he had received the best education that was available in Tudor England, and had built up the largest library in the country at the time – he still wanted more. So he resorted to the Occult to get it.
Round about 1582 he met Edward Kelley (1555 – 1597) who helped him “skry” i.e. Dee would make the conjurations and ask the questions, whilst Kelley reported what he saw in Dee’s crystal ball. Over the next few years they reported that Angels gave them or described to them:
- A magical seal, containing the names of Angels and planetary spirits (the “Sigillum Dei Aemeth”)
- A Holy Table, inscribed with letters from a magical language derived from the names of –
- 49 Good Angels
- Another table, the Table of Nalvage;
- More tables of letters (Liber Logaeth), from which were derived –
- A giant table of Angel names, divided into four Watchtowers; plus a “black cross” (referred to by later interpreters of Dee’s work as the Tablet of Union);
- A method of dividing the known world into 91 parts, grouped in thirty “aethyrs”;
- Forty Eight Angelic calls, i.e. eighteen calls plus thirty to invoke the thirty aethyrs (the last thirty are practically identical except the name of the aethyr is changed each time.
These represent the totality of original “Enochian Magic.” The Enochian language is the supposed language of the Forty Eight Angelic calls – and which has correspondances with the earlier 49 Good Angels as well: whilst the Enochian alphabet comprises the letter first used on the Holy Table.
Some good books to read on the subject:
John Dee’s Five Books of Mystery – details how Dee and Kelley derived everything up to the Table of Nalvage;
Dr John Dee’s Spiritual Diaries 1583 – 1608 – a modern reprint of “A True and Faithfull Relation…” which details the latter half of Dee and Kelley’s adventures; and
Enochian Vision Magick – an account by a modern occultist (Lon Milo Duquette) as to how one would go about becoming an Enochian magician.
Source: Alex Sumner’s answer to How was Enochian magic invented? – Quora
Recently I seem to have been answering the same question multiple times on Quora.com, to wit: about Love Spells. The question is normally along the lines of Is placing a love spell on an ex morally wrong for a Christian?, or even Why are love spells considered white magic?
To answer the latter first: they are not. The term “love spell” is a euphemism. Historically, so-called “love spells,” as featured in classic grimoires of magick, are actually very nasty curses in which the caster wishes death / pain / unbearable torment / etc on the “loved one” (read: victim) unless they do exactly what the caster wants: e.g. fall in love with him, have sex with him, leave the safety of her parents’ house and run away with him, refrain from cheating or straying, etc.
Hence “love spells” ought really to be called “Rape Spells,” or “Sexual Harassment Spells,” or “Jealous Revenge Spells.” Not only would it be morally wrong for a Christian, it would be morally wrong for just about everyone.