Bill Nelson wrote:
I've written about Spare before in these pages but, to recap:
Of all the 'celebrity,' (often notorious,) classic occultists, Spare gets my vote as being one of the most authentic and genuinely talented. I much prefer him to Crowley and Regardie, ('though Regardie has many merits.) Spare was a beautiful artist too...Jimmy Page has quite a collection of his visual work.
If you're new to the ideas that underpin the Western Hermetic Tradition and Ceremonial Magic in general, the Austin Osman Spare story may initially confuse or confound you. If, however, you've read something about the Hermetic Order Of The Golden Dawn, or more recent writings on modern day Chaos Magick, you might possess the neccesary insight to grasp the subject matter which forms the background to Spare's life and work.
But, be warned, he was a complex individual with a unique and idiosyncratic approach to the manipulation of 'reality.' He had a profound understanding of the practical application of arcane forces, resulting in effects that some people refer to as 'magic.'
This is not something to be dabbled in out of idle curiosity...it's powerful stuff when studied with diligence and given the application of will.
I'm new to a lot of that but as soon as I read the Kybalion it seemed like variations of what I was already doing on a fundamental level , and reading in one place about the basic seven Hermetic Principles from the scientific standpoint of being expressions of the underlying nature of 'life, the universe, and everything' (gotta keep it somewhat light
) , I felt at home. But I can feel at home in a hundred different world views, looking more for my own experience of that underlying wahtever that people are trying to describe , than building a view dependent on those descriptions and experiences of others .
Not that I don't modify my pictures as I go along, taking this and that from here and there , but it's like I say about music : it's my own version when it's in my head , and I even make my own music ; the Beholder thing, you know .
I wouldn't call my interest in anything like this stuff to be idle curiosity . I was idly curious back when I was about 13 , before I started doing psychedelics and reading about Harry Krishna
Thanks for the input though ; I have wondered about the references in Kybalion to people walking around in the world , seemingly normal people (which they also are , of course) who have applied fluency with
Hermetics . I wouldn't say I'm interested in ceremonial magick , or that I even really know what it is . The alterations that have happened to me and that I've done to myself are along the lines of Eastern mysticism and some other weird stuff I'm not even going to bring up here . New technology ; but what you speak of interests me to a degree and what Kybalion outlines fits right into my pictures of reality .
I'm never done exploring but it's not like there's an empty hole that's dying to be filled anymore . My cup is full but it don't runneth over because it keeps getting bigger (or something like that) .