Ankhafnakhonsu Esoterica

In my conversations with various practitioners in recent weeks the subject of initiation has come up on a regular basis. From magickal groups that are actively organizing graded material, covens of witches, lodges of Freemasons to solitary eclectic students of occultism this subject is one that touches on all, or almost all of the different systems of spiritual attainment. Yet in spite of its near universality across disciplines it remains one of the most controversial and often misunderstood concepts of occult practices.

Part of the reason for this is because in many disciplines the meaning of initiation is not clear. The O.E.D. defines initiation as the action of beginning, entering upon, or ‘starting’ something; the fact of being begun; beginning, commencement, originating. It also ascribes the definition of Formal introduction by preliminary instruction or initial ceremony into some position, office, or society, or to knowledge of or participation in…

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A great article and adressing things close to my heart!

Living in a country full of lodges (Sweden) and being an initiate of several, both Magical and Fraternal, i have often wondered why it seems so impossible for new ones to form?

I sometime think people are obsessed with lineages or the feeling of antiquity (wich seldom holds up to historical scrutiny anyway) rather than focusing on the “results” of potential new orders.

I have a great love for the “lodge model” of doing things and think formal,ceremonial initiation does indeed make a difference sometimes played down by many solitairy practicians.

When performed well and within a functioning order that is (this goes for Coven,Grove, Circle, Temple or whatever other term is used for an initiatory body too ofcourse).

Having said that, ofcourse any initiating organization would have to be in the know themselves when it comes to the system it teaches and initiates in.

Besides, just like the lodge idea has in history been used for a lot of purposes, so it could today. The idea is not only useful for people interested in magic but for anyone agreeing that a picture says more than a thousand words.

Imagine how much a picture in 3D, talking, walking, instructing, and presenting a whole landscape of symbolism, isolated from everyday life and to a large part interpreted by the canidate him/herself would be.

Then add the fact that a lot of the interpreting is done on a “deeper” level since allegory and symbols are among the main tools. The canidate being the main character and acted upon in tune with this symbolism.

All of this “reintegrated” to everyday life both during and after the ceremony.

I know orders for actors, choir singers, temperence activists, local historians, artists and many others in my country, all of them still active and having regular lodge meetings with officers, initiations and other ceremonies.

Still, i find myself strangely lonely in my passion for this???

Magic of the Ordinary

A couple of years back I gave a lecture on this theme. I never got around to tidying up the text and plonking on the website and so when I stumbled across it today, i thought ‘…MOTO? Why not?’. So i have roughly chopped out some parts to reduce the size, and here it is. This is a topic dear to my heart and one which I think needs to be talked about and understood in the western traditions far more. Please excuse the roughness of the writing in parts and enjoy 🙂

Sometime ago just before a Western Australian State election I was on the train, using the time to memorise an initiation ceremony for the Golden Dawn. Near me were two young women, obviously green activists, consciously and loudly making political statements to try and promote a discussion. At one point one of the women in a friendly…

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Magic of the Ordinary

Since I enjoyed jotting down my take on astral initiation, I thought I’d do the same with ‘self-initiation’. 🙂 Here I am specifically talking about Golden Dawn and RR et AC initiations. Other MOTO posts touching on this topic are:

Of course in any analysis of personal experiences, such as initiation, we have to take care not to invalidate people’s experiences.

After all, all inner experiences are valid and can, if we follow them with honesty and altruistic motivations, lead us to learning more about ourselves and the universe.

That said, it is perfectly fine to critique and offer differing opinions from the outside, even if they may upset the apple cart a bit. I have just read a good example of this in Yours Very Truly, selected…

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5000???


I wonder what happened at Nov 13:th???

I had over 5000 visitors to the blog that day (paranoia setting in).

Also, Swedish people have begun reading this blog.

I have had a way of seeing this blog as a way to be “open” and “private” at the same time as no Swedes (with a few exeptions) looked at it anyway.

I guess i have no right to feel ambivalent about that, nobody forced me to publish anything after all.

Sorry for not being “around” for a while.

My laptop had a total meltdown and a havent gotten around to buying a new computer (got my eyes on one though).

As it is now i´m writing from the library.

 


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Liber LXV: The Heart Girt with a Serpent

The Parable of the White Swan of Ecstasy and the Little Crazy Boy of Reason

Also the Holy One came upon me, and I beheld a white swan floating in the blue. Between its wings I sate, and the æons fled away. Then the swan flew and dived and soared, yet no whither we went. A little crazy boy that rode with me spake unto the swan, and said: Who art thou that dost float and fly and dive and soar in the inane? Behold, these many æons have passed; whence camest thou? Whither wilt thou go? And laughing I chid him, saying: No whence! No whither! The swan being silent, he answered: Then, if with no goal, why this eternal journey? And I laid my head against the Head of the Swan, and laughed, saying: Is there not joy ineffable in this aimless winging? Is there not weariness…

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