Flying Roll XI
In order to obtain a clear idea of the relation of Man to the Universe, and to the spiritual planes, it is necessary to understand and perceive that the scheme of the Ten Sephiroth, and their symbolic representation as the Tree of Life is to be applied both to the Macrocosm and to the Microcosm; to the Celestial Heavens to Stars, Planets, the World, and to Man. One aspect of this assertion that has been recently pointed out to you, and has been demonstrated to you on the globe, is in reference to the scheme of Divination; you must further extend this idea when considering the rationale of Clairvoyance and must recognise a Sephirotic arrangement in the constitution of every Star, and if every atom, of Man and his principles.
We look above us into heaven, and see the Stars, and it is commonly supposed that we see the material globes, their Malkuth, but they are complex in constitution and we see but their luminous aura or atmospheres, containing the rest of the Sephiroth, etc., or a reflection of them.
Then as to ourselves, we must never forget our own complex Sephirotic symbolism, and that our bodies that we feed and clothe are but our Malkuth on its lowest plane, and that the higher nine Sephiroth hover around us in our auras, or atmosphere.
We pass through life affecting others, and being affected by others through these akashic envelopes that closely surround us— so that when we close the eyes of the body and senses upon the material world, we first apprehend by interior vision the essences of our own and contiguous natures. This perception of our own environment is a source of error to the beginner in Clairvoyance; for he believes himself to have gone away and to see elsewhere, and may be but among the confused images of his own aura.
An old name of Clairvoyance, in our ancient MSS was ‘Skrying in the Spirit Vision'; becoming a ‘Skryer' was not simply becoming a Seer. but one who descries what he seeks. not only the impassive receiver of visions beyond control or definition.
When one stands in common life in the kingdom of Malkuth, there is but
little confusion of sight, but when one voluntarily leaves the dead level
of materialism and passes up the Path of Tau towards Yesod, then there
is a confusion of lights; one comes within the scope of the crossing,
and reflected, and coloured, rays of the Qesheth, the Rainbow of colours
spread over the earth, and here then we require instruction and guidance
to avoid confusion and folly. And yet this stage must be passed through—to
Our subject falls most conveniently into three heads, which are however, closely related, and the three forms or stages pass one into the other.
1. Clairvoyance. Descrying in the Spirit Vision.
Begin with simple Clairvoyance, and then pass to the other states.
There are several scales of colour, but for our present purpose we need
only note two. Firstly, the scale of the King, that of the G.D.; and that
of the Adept Minor. Scarlet is Fire, Yellow is Air, Blue is Water, Four
dull colours are Earth and White is Spirit. Secondly, the Tattva scheme,
which is nearly the same as our scale of the Queen, which is applied also
to the Sephirotic colours in the Minutum Mundum Diagram. Red is Fire,
greyish White is Water, Golden Yellow is Earth, Blue (greenish) is Air,
Violet Black is Akasha or Spirit.
But, above all, never attempt these Magic Arts if there be any resentment in the mind, anger, or any evil passion; for if you do, the more you succeed, the greater will be the evil that will follow—for yourself.
With the condition favourable, the process may be continued, and this, by means of introducing into the Consciousness and by formulating into sound, the highest Divine Names connected therewith; this invocation produces and harmonises currents of spiritual force in sympathy with your object. Then follow with the sacred names of Archangelic and Angelic import, producing them mentally, visually and by voice.
Then, maintaining your abstraction from your surroundings, and still concentrating upon the symbol and its correlated ideas, you are to seek a perception of a scene, panorama, or view of a place. This may also be brought on by a sense of tearing open, as a curtain is drawn aside and seeing the ‘within' of the symbol before you. As the scene dawns upon you, particularise the details, and seek around for objects, and then for beings, entities and persons—attract their attention, call mentally to them by suitable titles and courtesies, and by proper and appropriate signs and symbols, such as the signs of the Grades, Pentagrams, etc. Test them by divine and angelic names, observing their attitude and responses thereto. Thus losing sight of the symbol, you see its inwardness, perceive things as in a mirror by Reflection. In this form of Descrying, note, that you see objects reversed, as to right and left, for which suitable allowance must be made. You project, in this process, part of your own nerve and spirit force upon the symbol, and by this you attract and attach to it more akashic force from the environment, hence the results obtained. If, instead of this Simple Spirit Vision, a ray of yourself is sent and actually goes to a place (astral projection) there is not necessarily the sense of reversal of objects.
In using Symbols it is necessary to avoid Self hypnotisation, for this
occurrence would dispose you to mediumship, and to be the playground of
forces you must control, and not permit to control you. For this reason,
partly, it is well not to have the Symbol too small. It is of advantage
to pursue these researches with the aid of the presence before you of
the four Magical Implements, and even to hold the one suitable to the
investigation. If you enter upon the Spirit Vision without a Symbol you
proceed by a mental symbol, imagined in the Astral Light: this is not
a wise proceeding for learners because it opens the door to other Astral
effects; you create a vortex, into which other astral influences are drawn
and hence confusion and mischief may result.
In using symbols, placed before you—it is a useful addition to
provide a large circular (or square) tablet, around which are placed Divine
Names etc. related to the Elements, and to the cardinal points; then after
arranging this duly, with respect to the compass, place your symbol upon
and within this frame.
In this Travelling of the Spirit the process may be caused to start also
by the Symbol, as before, or by Will alone; but anyway the Divine names
should be used and relied upon. If the ray be emitted, and you succeed
in this travelling to the place—you perceive a different result
to that of the clairvoyant, mirror-like vision—scenes and things
instead of being like a picture, have the third dimension, solidity, they
stand out first like has relief, then you see as from a Balloon, as it
is said, by a bird's eye view. You feel free to go to the place, to descend
upon it, to step out upon the scene, and to be an actor there.
This old Proverb enshrines a great truth, as many of them do:
Invoke the Great Angel HUA, and conceive of yourself as standing fastened
to the Cross of Suffering, carefully vibrating the Holy Names allied to
your position, and so may the mental Vision attain unto Higher Planes.
Formulate the Hebrew letter Tau in Whiteness.
If the Vision change or disappear, your memory has falsified your efforts. If Imagination cheat thee, use the Hebrew letter Kaph for the Forces of Jupiter, named ‘Lord of the Forces of Life'. If the Deception be of Lying—intellectual untruth, appeal to the Force of Mercury by the Hebrew letter Beth. If the trouble be of Wavering of Mind, use the Hebrew letter Gimel for the Moon. If the enticement of pleasure be the error, then use the Hebrew letter Daleth as an aid.6
Never attempt any of these Divine processes when at all influenced by Passion or Anger or Fear—leave off if desire of sleep approach, never force a mind disinclined. Balance the Mem and the Shin of your nature and mind, so as to leave Aleph like a gentle flame rising softly between them.
You must do all these things by yourself alone. No one can make you nor take you. Do not try to make, or take others. You may only point out the Path, and guide but must not help others.
A strong person can galvanise a weak one, but its effect is only a temporary
folly, doing good neither to the strong nor to the weak. Only offer guidance
to those who are making necessary efforts of themselves: don't assist
a negligent pupil, nor encourage one whose desire is not in the work.
This rule is open to some alteration when, passing from our Mystic studies,
you refer to the worldly guidance of childhood
It is well to make all symbols for Clairvoyant use yourself, otherwise, to obtain a purely individual result, you have to banish the influence of him who made them.
It is best to do high Clairvoyance alone, or only with others of the
utmost purity, and in whom you have the utmost confidence.
The V.H. Soror V.N.R. 6°=5°, sat at a table, robed, and took a Tattva card coloured symbol (Tejas—akasha)—an erect red triangle, upon which is a dark violet black egg shaped centre. She placed her hands beside her side, or held it in turns before the eyes (held the Magic Fire Wand). Gazed and contemplated and considered as the Symbol grew before her, so enlarged and filled the place, that she seemed to pass into it, or into a vast triangle of flame. She realises that she is in the presence of a desert of sand, harsh, dry and hot.
Thinks of and vibrates—Elohim. Action seems set up, increase of
heat and light. Passing through the symbol and scene: