Astral Projection Techniques
One very important magickal use of the Tarot is as a tool for scrying and astral projection. Scrying is a form of autohypnosis which induces psychically perceived visual images. Astral projection takes scrying one step further. This is a practice which involves the use of altered states of consciousness to turn inward, and travel through the paths of the mind, eventually coming ever closer to Spirit which lies beyond the more accessible levels of the Intellect. The spiritual forces manifest in the mind of the Magician, and operate through his her mental archetypes. In working with the Higher Forces, the Magician tends to activate the Higher Archetypes, resulting in visions of gods and goddesses. The cards of the Tarot are the perfect vehicles for taking a mental or astral journey of this sort, providing a prepared image into which the reader may scry and travel. In recent years there has been an explosion of a phenomenon called pathworking. In some cases this is nothing more than...
The Lesser Banishing Ritual of the Pentagram - A Relaxation Ritual -The Ritual Bath - Tarot Consecration Ritual - The Lesser Banishing Ritual of the Hexagram - The Advanced Tarot Consecration Ritual -The Rite of Consecration - Supreme Invoking Ritual of the Pentagram - A Simple Tarot Meditation - The Four-fold Rite of the Tarot - The Tarot Rose Cross Ritual - Finding the Birth Card -Personal Tarot Formula - Working Tarot Talismans - A Tarot Talisman Ritual - Scrying and Astral Projection - The Ritual of Scrying the Tarot - Dream Work with the Tarot - The Invoking Dream Rite - Divination - Card Relationships and Interpretations -The Meanings of the Major Arcana - Summary Meanings of the Minor Arcana - The Court Cards - General Meanings of Several Similar Cards - The General Meanings of the Court Cards - Tarot Spreads - The Ten Card Spread - The Fifteen Card Spread - The Opening of the Key - A Few Final Notes on the Thirty-two Paths of Wisdom
Path The twentyfifth path is called the consciousness of trial because it is the primary test by which the creator
An alternate translation of the title for this path is the desired and the required -- two separate needs. Again this speaks of the sustenance provided by the mental level unto the astral level, but it's also a statement of what the initiate must accomplish with the path of Peh -- namely, to differentiate between that which is merely desired and that which is a requirement, between what's essential and what's superfluous within the rational intellect. This is a willful act of paring away the irrelevant and illuminating the relative darkness of the personal self.
The Queen of Swords is a gray-haired matriarch who sits on her throne above the clouds like a majestic statue. She wields a mighty sword in her right hand while in her left she grasps the newly severed head of a sovereign king. This alludes to the idea that clear insight and accurate understanding are the weapons used to fend off the illusions of the Astral World. Our intellectual powers can in fact flatter our egos and deceive us, were it not for the sobering Force of the Queen of Swords, cutting away our false perceptions. A winged head of a child is the personal emblem of the Queen, signifying the fertility of ideas which she creates. The background color is green, formed from the mixture of blue and yellow the colors of (Heh) Water and elemental Air.
The Seven of Swords is Netzach in the scale of Yetzirah. It is Venusian Victory in the Formative, Astral world. The Victory of Netzach in the airy realm of Yetzirah is precarious and unsteady. Peace has been restored as in the last card, but there is much tension, and balance can be disrupted at any moment. Compromise and appeasement is suggested, but may or may not be enough to halt disaster. Moon in Aquarius only adds to the insecurity of the situation. The result is much effort that is wasted and perhaps futile. Too much interference from outside forces for lasting stability to occur.
The Astral Body, or Body of Desires. 3. N Nitrogen. In Alchemy the letter N symbolises the authentic Solar Astral Body, so different from the Body of Desire. It is obvious that the legitimate Sidereal Body is the Nitrogen of Occult Chemistry. They manifest by means of the atoms CON. (carbon, oxygen, nitrogen). The H (hydrogen) is a force free of the other three, for which reason it is the physical vehicle which serves as an instrument of the Body of Will and the Mental and Astral Bodies.
The Three of Swords is Binah in the scale of Yetzirah. It is Saturn, the Mother in the Formative Astral World. In the preceding cards, the Three of Wands and the Three of Cups, Saturn was the Great Mother who gave birth. Here she is the Great Dark Mother in her destructive aspect, creating hardship, trouble and pain. She is not evil she is the Great Destroyer who breaks down forms in the natural course of things. In this card, Saturn has tipped the scales of Libra and upset the former balance so that a new symmetry can take place. The feeling given by the card is accordingly that of total disruption, disharmony and heavy sorrow. The Three of Swords displays the flashing colors typical of the suit of Air. Three aggressive male hands now hold the three implements. (In the preceding Threes that of Wands and that of Cups only one hand was needed to display the unity of the Supernal Triad. In the Astral realm, that unity is lost, as the three sword-bearing hands now compete with one...
Hod is the Astral World, the Astral Body. The Astral is governed by the Moon it is due to this that astral projection is made easier with the waxing Moon, and a little more arduous with the waning Moon. The astral plane is really the plane of Practical Magic. In some tribes, for example in the deepest jungles of the Amazon, the Piaches, Sorcerer- Priests, give the people a special substance to enable them to enter the astral plane at will. The messages which descend from the world of Pure Spirit become symbolic in the astral plane. These symbols are interpreted according to the Law of Philosophical Analogy, the Law of Analogy of Opposites, the Law of Correspondences and Numerology. Study the Book of Daniel and the biblical passages of the Patriarch Joseph, son of Jacob, so that you may be able to learn to interpret your astral experiences. The legitimate and authentic Astral Body is the Solar Astral. The Body of Desire, which is of a lunar nature has been called the Astral Body. The...
This is Malkuth in Yetzirah, the influence of Malkuth in the Astral World. From the standpoint of material things, this is the most destructive card in the deck, and no one likes to see it appear in a spread. But those who use the Tarot as an instrument of spiritual development learn not to take life's experiences at face value. And insofar as the Tarot is used to predict future events, the statement can be made about it that can be made about astrology, The stars impel, they do not compel. We are not slaves to our destiny, but have the capacity, through inner processes, to considerably improve our earthly lot. To do so is no less ethical than resigning a position when it is clear that some work-related disaster is on the horizon, or walking on the sidewalk when the cards tell you that if you walk in the street you will probably be struck by an oncoming automobile. We should use the capacities we have been given.
The Eight of Swords is Hod in the scale of Yetzirah. It is Mercurial Splendor in the Formative, Astral World. Here the intellectual powers of Hod are weakened and distracted by the Astral realm. Focus and persistence are lost, because of confusion. Jupiter lends some positive influence to the card, but its powers are somewhat weakened by the natural polarities of the airy sign of Gemini. The energy is pulled first one way and then another. The force could be strong and decisive but only for a short period of time. Good fortune is continually hindered by outside forces which restrict it.
The Nine of Wands is Yesod in the scale of Atziluth. It is the Moon, a Firm Foundation in the Archetypal World of Pure Spirit. Yesod is the realm of the Astral Light, a magnetic current of energy which underlies all forms on the material plane. All physical forms are created on the Astral before they manifest in the material world. Yesod is the sphere in which the Magician operates to effect changes in the physical plane. It is the Sephirah of meditation and Magick. The Moon with its distinct cycles of light and dark is the planet assigned to Yesod. Likewise, the Astral Plane, divided into two parts, Upper and Lower, retains the records of all images, both beautiful and hideous, created from the collective mind of humanity. Yesod also has attributed to it the sexual organs of Microprosopus, thus the sexual serpent energy is said to reside there. This procreative aspect of Yesod is another reason for its title of, Foundation. All of the nines therefore indicate very great
The ideal moment for astral projection is that of the dawn, the hour of Venus. If one is however, not at a very pure level, the Luciferic currents pull on one. Remember Venus-Lucifer which has two aspects, just as there is the Sacred Fire which rises, Kundalini, there is the fire which descends, Kundartiguador.
The Nine of Swords is Yesod in the scale of Yetzirah. It is the Moon, a firm foundation in the Formative, Astral world. Although the energy of the suit is now placed back on the balanced Middle Pillar, it is too little, too late. The power of the Swords has been steadily declining the airy realm of Yetzirah is now too far removed from the pure, Supernal energies. The swords no longer represent the highest qualities of intellect as much as dull, callous thought processes. Mars in the dualistic sign of Gemini only makes matters worse by changing wrath into cruelty. The end result is suffering and misery.
The Two of Swords is Chokmah in the scale of Yetzirah. It is Wisdom and the realm of the zodiac in the Formative, Astral World. The suit of Swords rules all intellectual manifestations therefore it is the most complex and sporadic suit of all. For the most part, Sword cards are often negative and troublesome, for they are very susceptible to change. The element of Air, to which the Swords are attributed, is conceived by the tumultuous marriage of Fire and
The Six of Swords is Tiphareth in the scale of Yetzirah. It is Solar beauty in the Formative, Astral World. Here Success is earned after a long and desperate struggle. The solar energy of Tiphareth is carried through the Air of Yetzirah to re-establish balance and peace. Two hands are seen holding the swords to indicate the forgiving influence of Chokmah, the father. Each hand holds three swords which refer to Binah Saturn, who is the co-ruler of Aquarius. In this instance, Saturn acts as a form-builder, stabilizing the ethereal qualities of Mercury in the airy sign of Aquarius. The result is success after trouble, indicated by the crossed (positive) swords of peace.
The Four of Swords is Chesed in the scale of Yetzirah. It is Jovian Mercy in the Formative, Astral World. Jupiter in the sign of Libra bestows love and harmony upon this usually destructive suit. This card displays compassion after a fierce battle (the Three of Swords). Peace and order have been reinstated through the authority of Jupiter. A cease-fire has been ordered. The Four of Swords represents a sanctuary from confusion and mental break-down.
Path The twentythird path is called the stable consciousness because it is the power of sustenance among all the
The 32 Paths passage speaks directly to this, stating that the action of the rational mind is what completes the astral matrix or personality. The term beneath the sphere of the sun refers to the Sephirot Netzach, Hod, Yesod and Malkuth -- the lower astral realm of the personal self. Thus with Ayin, the initiate's task is that of consciously applying their rational understanding of things to the realm of their personality, with the unrelenting aim of transforming it into a closer semblance of their truest Self. Within the structure of the personality or lower astral body, Netzach is the pre-rational, instinctual gut reaction. The work of Netzach therefore, is to look within the rational reaction and penetrate to the initial gut-level instinct. In other words, to experience the force that ignites ration. This force is the secret of all spiritual activities because the direct perception of this force is what enables the completion of the transformation of the personal self. Having...
The Ace of Swords is Kether in the scale of Yetzirah. It is the Crown, the Primum Mobile in the Formative, Astral World. Kether in the world of shadowy images is erratic and has great potential for creation or destruction. It is in some ways, cut off from the purer influences of Atziluth and Briah. The Ace of Swords is the essence of the element of Air, the Vav of Tetragrammaton, which corresponds to the Ruach of the human soul that is the mind and reasoning faculties. That is precisely why the quality of Invoked Force is attributed to it. The energy invoked by it through the powers of the human mind can be for good or evil, for it is a double-edged sword. This is the primary difference between this card and the Ace of Wands which is a very natural force, closer to the Pure Source. The Ace of Swords is painted in the colors of yellow and violet, the flashing colors of the entire suit of Air. In the center of the card, a mighty sword is held in an attitude of strength by a masculine...
In order to become fused with Atman the following experience is necessary to project the Astral body, abandoning the Physical body. One then sheds the Astral body by ordering it leave me this requires will. The Astral body leaves via the spinal column, and we are left in the world of the Mind. Later one sheds the Mental body, ordering it Mental body, leave me . This is realised by an act of will, and one is left with the Causal body, which one also orders to leave this also requires a great effort. The body of Conscious Will functions better, and one commands it to leave and to abandon the 33 vertebra, the Buddhic or Intuitional body thus remaining which is very obedient. It also is commanded to leave, one thus remaining in the world of Chesed, of Atman, the Ineffable. In the world of Atman one feels a Complete Man. Here, the intellectual animal is not a Man. The Initiate feels filled with an immense plentitude. There, in that world he is a Real Man in the most objective sense.
This process of birth and death is marvelous. By meditating upon that whole process of the birth and death of a plant, by meditating upon the whole marvel of vegetable life, if the concentration is per fect and if deep sleep is attained, then the chakras of the Astral Body rotate, unfold, develop. All incoherence, all lack of logic and of mortal equilibrium obstructs and damages the evolution and progress of the chakras, disks, or lotus flowers of the Astral Body. The student needs much patience, will, tenacit and absolute conscious faith. One day, in the midst of sleep a distant image will arise during the meditation, a vista of nature, a face, etc. This is the signal that one is progressing. Little by little the student elevates his imaginative knowledge. Little by little, the student will draw back the Veil of Isis. One Later, during sleep, one's consciousness will awaken, and one is then able to say 'T am in the Astral Body . The consciousness awakens little by little. The moment...
YETZIRAH is the third level, known as the World of Formation. This consists of Netzach, Hod and Yesod. Vav, the third letter of the concealed Name is associated with this realm, along with Primordial Air. This World is approximate to the Astral Plane, because the etheric framework behind the material universe is found here. It is also the domain of the various orders of angels.
When the cards are used individually for astral projection, they are graphic and subjective symbols of that which is experienced on the Paths between the Sephiroth. Here they might also be described as that which is required to pass from one Sephiroth to the next. They define stages of personal development. On the other hand, when the Trumps appear in a divination, they are viewed from without, and are objective forces affecting the question. A large number of these Trumps, appearing in a spread, shows forces entirely beyond the control of the Querent. Path working, particularly when it involves the Tarot cards, has a high degree of mystery and romance attached to it (as does all astral projection), but the experiences are very practical. To be of any use, the inner lessons must be applied to our every day lives.
The Astral Light has often been described as an electrical, or magnetic current. Indeed, as one brings down the Light, the effect is of one's body being highly charged. Yet this is an energy which is plastic. It is mentally maleable. Not only can it be circulated throughout the body, or projected in certain spiritual operations, but it is the raw material from which visual images are built on the Astral Plane. As the lowest level of the Astral World, Yesod is the realm of images cast off by mankind, bright and dark. It contains the Akashic Record, which is both the history of races and of each individual mental act of man. Blavatsky claimed that much of her extraordinarily detailed writing was gleaned psychically from this record, a flamboyant claim at least. The lower Astral is also called Maya or illusion. The powers of the Astral plane are pleased to let us believe whatever amuses us. They will provide visions to corroborate the most absurd of notions while at the same time...
However, having said this, it is undoubtedly a help to have some kind of structure to use initially, until experience has given the ability to come to terms with the fluidity of the astral plane. This is the reason for the formal attributions. They should be regarded as a scaffolding rather than a confining structure a crutch that is, in time, to be dispensed with. The mention of the term 'astral' brings up the inevitable question as to whether this kind of work is 'astral travelling' or 'astral projection'. We would do well to make a clear distinction between the meaning of these two loosely used phrases. We would say that path working is certainly 'astral travelling' but is not necessarily, or even desirably, 'astral projection'. In astral travelling one is always, to a greater or lesser extent, aware of being located in one's own physical body, with its various minor discomforts and distractions. In astral projection one has dissociated consciousness entirely from the physical...
This is Binah in Yetzirah, the influence of Binah in the Astral World. Saturn is a very powerful planet, sometimes called The Great Destroyer, and sometimes The Great Initiator. Its presence usually means pain and hardship but this should not be taken as evil. It is through suffering, and through encounter with the Dark Sterile Mother that we learn life's most important lessons. Saturn throws the scales of Libra off balance in order that they may be rebalanced in a better way. Waite's card of unhappiness and sorrow shows a heart pierced by three swords, while the Golden Dawn swords tear apart the Rose of five Petals as does Crowley's version.
(After the note SI comes DO, which corresponds to another musical scale and a higher octave.) SI can be elevated to a higher musical octave by restraining the sexual impulse and ejaculation. This is how H-SI-12 passes to a second octave, giving rise to the Solar Astral Body. Through a third shock the hydrogen will pass to a third octave which will give rise to the Solar Mental Body. A fourth octave gives birth to the Body of Conscious Will. All this work is with the Maithuna. Once in possession of these 4 vehicles, our Divine Being will enter through the pineal gland and we will then attain the Second Birth and become True Men. Whilst we have the lunar animal bodies we are intellectual The nutriment of the physical body is in H-48 (48 laws). If we conserve this hydrogen it can be transformed into H-24 (24 laws) which serves as nourishment for the Solar Astral Body. This hydrogen (24) is wasted with excessive work, futile efforts, desires, emotions, rages.
As a further development there comes a third triangle, and is represented by Netzach the mind, the seventh Sephiroth. It continues with Hod, the eighth Sephiroth, the Astral Body further down is Jesod, the ninth Sephiroth, the principal foundation of sex, the vital base of the human organism, the vital body or etheric vehicle, the Lingam Sarira of Theosophy. Tiphereth of the Hebraic Kabalah. The third triangle is very interesting. The Magic triangle is made up of the mind, that is Netzach, the Astral Body or Hod and the Etheric Body, that is to say, Jesod, the basic sexual principle of Universal Life. Why is it called a Magic triangle Because undoubtedly in the Kingdoms of the Mind, of the Astral, and even of the Kliphos or Infernal worlds is where one exercises High Magic. Without doubt, in Netzach we can find Hermetic Magic and in Hod, Natural Magic. Other authors think differently. They believe that Natural Magic is in Netzach, the mental world. I must disagree with them in that...
A symbol is of value in that it suggests something which cannot be adequately expressed in language (although language is itself a form of symbolism). More important, however, is that while on our plane of existence symbols are abstractions, they are realities on other planes. In the astral realms a symbol can be a powerful device for attracting or for repelling spiritual entities. It can be a call or a protection, in that it affirms the power of a deity governing a particular form and level of energy. When used in this way, a symbol could be defined in the same terms as a talisman on our own plane it is essentially charged with the force which it is intended to represent.
Astral Body Thus, the Intimus with His two Souls, the Divine and the Human, officiates upon His Throne, which is the cerebro-spinal nervous system. He his crowned with the Sephirothic Crown. The Intimus dwells in His Temple. The Temple of the Intimus has two columns Jakin and Boaz. Jakin is the Mind. Boaz is the Astral Body. The Mind is the Sephiroth Netzach. The Astral is the Sephiroth Hod. These two columns of the Temple are maintained upon the Cubical Stone of Jesod. That cubical stone serves as a foundation of the Kingdom of Maichuth.
There is a key for travelling in the astral body which is very swift upon awakening from normal sleep, one closes the eyes without moving, and with the eyes closed one vividly imagines any place (but do not imagine that you are imagining). It must be translated into fact. If you feel completely sure of being in the imagined place, Will and Imagination are thus united and it is logical that this Union being attained, the result will be Triumph. Put the Imagination into play, take a walk in the place that you are imagining with faith .
Achieve a still and silent state of mind. Go to sleep thinking of the figure of the Holy Eight (infinity), making an outline upon the heart in accordance with the previous description. Allow the aforementioned figure to submerge itself within your consciousness, then place the mind in a blank state, without thinking of anything. Thus, after a certain period of time you will awaken consciousness in that region called the Astral World . Immediately prior to going to bed, concentrate on the Sacred Order of Tibet and on the Holy Eight, calling the Master Bagavan Aclaiva he will assist you to travel in the astral body. Some night we will be called to the Lodge of Tibet and in the Temple of Himalaya we will be submitted to seven tests. When one is called, one is pulled by the feet so that one may present oneself in an upright position.
This is Tiphareth in Yetzirah, the influence of Tiphareth in the Astral World. Saturn is the ruler of Aquarius, and here exerts its stablizing power on the fleeting qualities of Mercury in that Air Sign. The success is the result of Saturn's work in this aspect. Thus the card is called the Lord of Earned Success. Here, again, the cutting qualities of Swords are turned to positive advantage, and the Golden Dawn Rose is resurrected after having been torn apart by the five warring Swords of Geburah. In Golden Dawn symbolism, crossed Swords are the positive power of Air. The Swords which do not touch one another are the negative power of Air. And where the Swords come together and touch one another, or the Rose, they may be positive or negative.
This is Yesod in Yetzirah, the influence of Yetzirah in the Astral World. It takes little familiarity with astrology to recognize that the fiery Mars energy could do no good in the sign of dualities. In the Golden Dawn card the rose has been completely destroyed, while Crowley's version shows poison and blood dripping from the nine jagged and rusty swords.
During the night the splenic chakra gathers the energies left by the Sun during the day. With that energy the splenic chakra transmutes the white corpuscles into red corpuscles. During the day the organic wastes obstruct the nerve channels of the Great Sympathetic nervous system. During sleep the vital energy makes the chakra there rotate, and this in turn uses the energy of the Sun. It passes to the spleen transmuting the white corpuscles into red. The energy passes to the solar plexus and is distributed throughout the whole nervous system. The thyroid gland cooperates, disinfecting the whole organism. It is clear that when the ego (lunar Astral ) returns, the organism will have been repaired, and we feel in better health. When one gets up feeling very tired, it means that the organism is ill. The hepatic chakra serves for astral projection. The Astral Body is con nected with the liver. By awakening the chakra of the liver anyone can enter and leave the Physical Body at will. The...
In this present reincarnation when I was struggling for the Fourth Grade of the Power of Fire, and had still not dissolved the ego, I saw on the screen of a cinema the image of an erotic couple. That night in the world of the mind I was submitted to a test in which the couple upon the screen repeated the same scene. The aforementioned scene was reproduced by my mind and seemed to have life, movement. I came out of the test. When I left the world of the mind and passed to the astral world I was harshly recriminated, and I was warned that if I returned to those places (cinemas) I would lose the Sword that it would be better if I were to study my past lives in the Akashic Records.
The Ka (astral body) On the third day, the Initiate in astral body comes before his Holy Sepulchre accompanied by the Divine Hierarchies. The Initiate invokes his body and with the assistance of the Divine Hierarchies it rises, entering hyperspace. This is how the escape from the tomb is achieved. In the suprasensible worlds of hyperspace, the holy women treat the body of the Initiate with medicaments and aromatic unguents. Obeying supreme orders, the physical body then enters the astral body through the top of the head. This is how a Master comes to retain possession of his physical body. This is the Gift of Cupid. After the Resurrection the Master is eternal will not die. With this Immortal body they can appear and disappear instantaneously, make themselves visible in the physical world at will.
The Five of Swords is Geburah in the scale of Yetzirah. It is Martial Severity in the Formative, Astral World. Geburah is in its most severe and destructive aspect in the element of Air, being cut off from the purifying influences of the King and Queen scales. The Five of Swords is one of the most disruptive cards in the entire deck. Here the usually balanced relationship between Mars and Venus has gone haywire. Venus in the airy sign Aquarius flounders in sentiment and indecision. The Sword of Geburah slicing through the Astral World completely overpowers the germinating powers of Venus, shattering the Rose of Peace. The result is complete failure and defeat.
The Ten of Swords is Malkuth in the scale of Yetzirah. It is the Kingdom in the Formative, Astral world. The tens all serve to illustrate completion unfortunately, the Ten of Swords indicates the complete disruption of energy that had begun in the last few cards. As far as material things are concerned, this card is disastrous, leading only to utter ruin and loss of possessions. However from a spiritual standpoint, this is not the terrible calamity that it may seem to the average person. The Ten of Swords is ruled by the Sun in Gemini, but the solar energy is only weakened and dissipated by the duality of that airy sign. The result is disorder and complete devastation. This card can also mean physical death as opposed to a state of transformation.
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