Glossary – A

Abyss

[uh-bis] “The Abyss” is a term in Thelema for the area of the Qabalistic Tree of Life between the Supernal Triangle and the lower sephiroth, where the non-sphere of Da’ath is found. Wikipedia says, “Within the mystical system of Thelema, the Abyss is the great gulf or void between the phenomenal world of manifestation and its noumenal source,” and quotes Aleister Crowley:

“This doctrine is extremely difficult to explain; but it corresponds more or less to the gap in thought between the Real, which is ideal, and the Unreal, which is actual. In the Abyss all things exist, indeed, at least in posse, but are without any possible meaning; for they lack the substratum of spiritual Reality. They are appearances without Law. They are thus Insane Delusions.

“Now the Abyss being thus the great storehouse of Phenomena, it is the source of all impressions.” (Little Essays Toward Truth)

While crossing the Abyss, one meets the “demon” Choronzon (or Coronzon). According to Meridjet, one is stripped, layer by layer or point by point, of anything that serves as an individual frame of reference. In this state, one forgets everything of one’s past, including one’s identity, until one is reduced to a single point of consciousness without even a glimmer of self-awareness. From this state of no-thingness, one must evolve, create, or otherwise gain the tools to find one’s way back.

The process of being stripped down and then rediscovering the Self resolves personal baggage and personality based issues, bringing one to a state of transcendence that we as human beings cannot comprehend or imagine. At minimum, this process can be likened to a sort of afterlife processing, giving one objectivity with regard to one’s life attachments, and providing the ability to make choices from a place of balanced emotion and full awareness. It provides a higher or farther reaching perspective, and marks the start of the acquisition of tools necessary for the spirit to guide its charges effectively.

Active Reception

[ak-tiv ri-sep-shuhn] Coined by Sheta Kaey The means by which to practice hearing the spirit companion or spirit guide. Passive listening is ineffective and will most often result in getting nothing (it’s also lazy, and if were going to work it would have worked stupendously a long time ago), while reaching for him/her is often too much and results in actually pushing the message away. This is very frustrating and can make you feel like you are sabotaging yourself. The key, then, is to listen with focused attention, but refrain from reaching for it. If you feel it’s not quite making it, then gently offering a mental tendril (you can think of it just that way, if it helps to visualize) to the SC will allow you to feel you are helping without there being a push behind it. Similarly, as the connection cycles over days, weeks, months, etc., you will inevitably find that some days are better than others. On weaker connection days, it’s difficult to resist trying extra hard to get that contact. And the truth is that some days reaching is the right thing to do, and other times it’s the wrong thing, and the only way to know is to try. If you have had several days of good contact followed by a sudden blank nothingness on the other end of the line (so to speak), odds are very high that your subtle senses have reached a state of psychic exhaustion and they will not work again until they are rested. After a few days of rest, you may find (if you have a spirit companion like Meridjet, who is very patient) that you have to try reaching again in order to activate the link on your end — it may be that your spirit companion is not the type to come to you first thing, but will wait for you to take the initiative.

Adeptus Exemptus

[uh-dept-uhs ig-zempt-uhs] Latin The rank of Adeptus Exemptus in the Golden Dawn grading system is known as 7=4, and is associated with the sphere of Chesed. Once a rarely attained grade, it was considered the highest grade reachable by a living human, as beyond it lay the Abyss, which is reputed to be uncrossable before death. Aleister Crowley, in his A∴A∴ order, awarded it more often than Mathers in the original Golden Dawn. Details are sketchy, but Crowley himself attained the level of Ipsissimus, which (if I’m not mistaken) was self-awarded.

Adeptus Major

[uh-dept-uhs mey-jer]Latin The rank of Adeptus Major in the Golden Dawn grading system is known as 6=5, and is associated with the sphere of Geburah. Attaining it indicates one has received Knowledge and Conversation with the Holy Guardian Angel (KCHGA).

Adeptus Minor

[uh-dept-uhs mahy-ner]Latin The rank of Adeptus Minor in the Golden Dawn grading system is also known as 5=6, and is associated with the sephirah Tiphareth. Attaining it indicates that one has mastered the four elements of the first four grades.

Ain

[ahyn] Hebrew: “Light.” The third of three Veils of Negative Existence that precede the sphere of Kether on the Qabalistic Tree of Life. This is the Veil closest to Kether.

Ain Soph

[ahyn-sohf] Hebrew: “Limitlessness” The second of three Veils of Negative Existence that precede the sphere of Kether on the Qabalistic Tree of Life.

Ain Soph Aur

[ahyn-sohf-ou-er] Hebrew: “Limitless Light.” The first of three Veils of Negative Existence that precede the sphere of Kether on the Qabalistic Tree of Life.

Air

[air] One of the four traditional western elements, comprised of warm and moist. It is associated with the suit of Swords in the Tarot, as well as with intellect, communication, and objectivity. The magical tool associated with air is the dagger. When it is negatively influenced or imbalanced, it can be ungrounded and flighty, as in the term “airhead.”

Ajna Chakra

[Aj-ña chuhk-ruh] Sanskrit The chakra of the “third eye,” positioned between and just above the eyebrows. Reference.com: “…it has two petals, said to represent the psychic channels Ida and Pingala, which meet here with the central Shushumna channel before rising to the crown chakra, Sahasrara. On the left hand petal is the letter ‘ham’, and on the right the letter ‘ksham’, the bija mantras for Shiva and Shakti respectively. Ajna is considered the chakra of the mind. When something is seen in the mind’s eye, or in a dream, it is being ‘seen’ by Ajna.” This is well stated.

Psychic or subtle sight is an ajna sight — more than visualization, but less than seeing something physically in the room (such as your desk or your girlfriend). At times, it occurs so spontaneously that it can momentarily seem physical, but an inability to differentiate the physical sight from the subtle sight can typically be chalked up to hallucination. When a psychic vision blocks out the normal sight to the point that (for example) a person driving a car can no longer see the road — as opposed to being horribly distracted — then there is a problem, and that problem threatens one’s ability to function in society. It’s then that it becomes imperative to seek medical intervention. And anytime someone claims to see spirits as well as they see other people, ask them how, then, do they know they’re seeing spirits? If they can tell the difference, or if they know without asking that no one else can see the spirit, they’re using subtle sight and merely want to sound uber-psychic. Anyone wanting to argue otherwise is free to email me.

The color of the ajna chakra is indigo.

Akasha

[ah-kah-shuh] Hindu: “Sky.” The fifth, quintessential element, associated with ether and spirit.

Akashic Records

[ah-kah-shuhk rek-erdz] The “Akashic Records” is one of those concepts that everyone seems to define differently from everyone else, based mostly on what they’ve heard, read, or been taught by well-meaning friends. Definitions range from a literal library or hall of records to the collective unconscious, but the gist of it is that the Akashic Records are the totality of experience, knowledge, and awareness of the human species. If one wished to up the ante by including the multiverse and the various Otherkin species, then even that definition would fall short. For his part, Meridjet stipulates that Akashic records are a living source of knowledge, much as an egregore is a living source of energy for a collective focus.

Alchemy

[al-kuh-mee] Coming soon!

Anahata Chakra

[ah-nah-hah-tah chuhk-ruh] Sanskrit The heart chakra, associated with emotional expression, and symbolized by a lotus with twelve petals. It is positioned beneath the sternum in the center of the body. In modern parlance, a closed heart chakra can make one feel and/or appear cold, and indicates a difficulty expressing emotion or a propensity for expressing only negative emotion. An overactive heart chakra can indicate a person who falls in love easily, or mistakes infatuation for love (see “The Lovers” in tarot). In traditional lore, the heart chakra is the first chakra that makes decisions unaffected by the wheel of karma, and is summed up by the concept of “following your heart.” A well balanced heart chakra gives one the ability to act in accordance with one’s True Will, i.e. to listen to the “higher self” and to have the momentum of the Universe behind one.

Angel

[eyn-juhl] In Christianity, a messenger or attendant of God. In medieval angelology, angels constituted the lowest of the nine celestial orders (seraphim, cherubim, thrones, dominations or dominions, virtues, powers, principalities or princedoms, archangels, and angels)1. In metaphysics, angels are often considered simply those who came before, or beings that have evolved to positions of greater knowledge and understanding of the universe, thereby allowing them to guide and protect humans and to mediate between human beings and the celestial divine.

Archetype

[ahr-ki-tahyp] In Jungian psychology, a collectively inherited unconscious idea, pattern of thought, image, etc., universally present in individual psyches1, e.g. “archetypal mother figure.” Can also refer to the first example of a well-known concept (e.g. Dracula for vampire) or the quintessential example (e.g. Arnold Schwarzenegger, at the height of his action movie popularity, as the quintessential muscle man).

Assiah

[ah-see-ah] Hebrew The lowest of the four Qabalastic worlds, the world of actualization or manifestation. Malkuth. The physical universe.

Astral

[as-truhl] Hindu A general term appropriated from the Hindu religion, referring to the Astral Plane.

Astral Body

[as-truhl bod-ee] The human body has several levels or layers, depending upon the paradigm. The most commonly recognized is the astral body, which is the densest spiritual body found one level higher than the subtlest physical body (called theetheric body). It is considered to be the emotional body (in some paradigms) and the formative body (in Qabalah). This is the body seen when one sees a ghost, spirit, or living person traveling in an OBE. It may be seen by subtle sight or by physical sight, depending on the talents of the viewer and the energy spent by the spirit.

Astral Children

[as-truhl chil-druhn] Children born of astral pregnancy. Babies and children of astral pregnancy grow at a varying rate, depending upon the operative paradigm of the parent(s). In my experience, their growth is fairly typical, or slightly advanced of their physical counterparts. I’ve heard of others that have experienced a child jumping overnight from a toddler to a teenager, but I have never experienced or witnessed this first hand. In my opinion, the entire phenomenon of astral pregnancy and children is hard enough to swallow without adding such leaps in development, and experiencing these leaps doesn’t make it much easier to believe.

Astral Plane

[as-truhl pleyn] The astral plane is a plane of existence commonly referred to as “the other side” or “the spirit world.” It is “generally said to be populated by angels, spirits or other immaterial beings. In the late 19th and early 20th century the term was popularised by Theosophy and neo-Rosicrucianism2.” It is the densest of the worlds or planes inhabited by beings immaterial to the physical world, and in Qabalah is made up of the six spheres from Yesod to Chesed. This world is called Yetzirah, the Formative World.

Astral Pregnancy

[as-truhl preg-nuhn-see] The phenomenon of being pregnant in the astral body while not pregnant in the physical body. Among those who perceive parallel lives on the astral plane (typically in a type of bilocation I call phasewalking), pregnancy by a spirit is limited to the astral plane, and is followed by the astral birth of the child and subsequent growth. The length of the pregnancy is variable, much more so than a physical pregnancy. I’ve heard of births after two months of pregnancy and also of births following the typical nine months or even longer. Otherkin often give birth after a gestation similar to the species they identify with. As to the pregnancies I’ve witnessed or experienced first hand, they have all been between six and eight months of gestation.

In his book Soul Flight, Donald Tyson describes my astral pregnancy with my son Alex, as well as his birth and various aspects of my relationship with Meridjet. He has something about us in each of his spirit books: Sexual Alchemy: Magical Intercourse with Spirits mentions me in passing, and Familiar Spirits describes my relationship with Meridjet. He never identifies us by name, but he has referred to us many times, particularly when describing “a woman” he knows or specific aspects of interacting with spirits.

Astral Projection

[as-truhl pruh-jek-shuhn] “Astral projection” is a term that is unfortunately used interchangeably for a variety of experiences. The layman commonly thinks of astral projection as synonymous to out of body experience, during which the consciousness of the traveler is fully transferred to the astral body while the physical body lies unconscious. Occultists, particularly ceremonial and chaos magicians, consider astral projection to be a matter of focusing the mind onto the astral plane, for purposes of ritual work and exploration. Many magical orders have degrees which are not awarded to the magician until s/he can identify a symbol placed on astral for hir to find. Due to this confusion, I have created the term phasewalking for conscious astral projection. The book Astral Dynamics by Robert Bruce is probably the best how-to book on OBE in print today, though he does use the terms “OBE” and “astral projection” interchangeably.

Astral Temple

[as-truhl tem-puhl] A location created by ceremonial magicians (and some other occultists) for the purpose of performing ritual in places where it is not possible to perform a physical ritual. Many ceremonialists perform daily ritual comprised of the Lesser Banishing Ritual of the Pentagram, the solar adorations, and various other rites, and as it is not always possible or convenient to find the time alone for physical enactment, an astral temple is a useful compromise. Using an astral temple, subtle finger motions and a whisper (or silent mouthing of the words), one can perform full rituals in the grocery line or (in one example of Aleister Crowley) on a crowded bus/train. Donald Tyson addresses astral temples in his book Soul Flight.

Astral Travel

[as-truhl trav-uhl] Another term for astral projection, or referring to exploits and wanderings experienced during astral projection.

Astrology

[uh-strol-uh-jee] The art (or science, depending on one’s opinion) of using the placement of the planets, sun, and moon (and sometimes, asteroids) at the time of one’s birth to gain insight into one’s personality. Also, the use of the current planetary placements, usually in tandem with one’s birth chart, to determine the effect of the planetary energies on one’s life. Synastry charts can be done using the natal charts of more than one person, to determine the challenges a relationship might face, as well as placements working in favor of a successful relationship. Astrology is not meant to carve your destiny in stone, but it can be an effective way to study one’s propensity for various qualities, and a way to discover what may be most challenging in one’s life or work.

Atziluth

[at-zih-loot] Hebrew The highest of the four Qabalistic worlds, the world of emanation. It is the divine or spiritual world. Some schools of thought state that Atziluth contains the spheres of the Supernal Triangle: Kether, Chokmah, and Binah, while others state that Atziluth contains only Kether.

Aura

[awr-uh] Wikipedia (17 January 2009) states: “In parapsychology and many forms of spiritual practice, an aura is a field of subtle, luminous radiation supposedly surrounding a person or object like the halo or aureola of religious art. […] According to the literature of Theosophy, Anthroposophy, and Archeosophy, each color of the aura has a precise meaning, indicating a precise emotional state.” Ted Andrews wrote a book called How to See and Read the Aura that readers may find interesting, though I haven’t read it. Kirlian photography purports to photograph the human aura.

1 — Dictionary.com
2 — Wikipedia, fetched 17 January 2009

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