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Techniques of High Magic, by Francis King and Stephen Skinner

By Gesigewigu's | May 23, 2009 | Leave a comment

Techniques of High Magic: A Guide to Self-Empowerment, by Francis King and Stephen Skinner
Destiny Books, 0892813504, 228pp., 1976

This book brings together Francis King and Stephen Skinner to create what they believe is a beginner’s guide to High Magic. Their definition of magick was short and sweet; “the art and science of using little known natural forces in order to achieve changes in consciousness and the physical environment”. Though despite being a beginner’s book, they don’t discuss what magick can be used for, what reasons there are for magick, but after a bit of theorizing about magick jump right into it.

They discuss the first steps of magic on their path, which is Continue reading


The Art and Practice of Geomancy, by John Michael Greer

By Gesigewigu's | April 13, 2009 | Leave a comment

Art and Practice of Geomancy, The: Divination, Magic, and Earth Wisdom of the Renaissance , by John Michael Greer
Weiser Books, 9781578634316, 243 pp. (incl. appendix), 2009

Geomancy is a form of divination that reached the height of popularity and practice in the middle ages and renaissance. Ignored for centuries, it became part of the Golden Dawn’s teaching, but it never really caught on, and there is a chance this book will help change that.

Greer first places the reader Continue reading


Sacred Sonoma, by Beth Winegarner

By Psyche | August 25, 2007 | 2 comments

Sacred Sonoma, by Beth Winegarner Sacred Sonoma: Sacred Sites and Alignments in Sonoma County, California, by Beth Winegarner
Kirin Books, 9781430320678, 180 pp. (incl. acknowledgements and bibliography), 2007

In the interest of full disclosure I should preface this review by noting that I’ve known Beth online for a number of years, though we’ve never met in person. This is the first book I’ve read of hers, though she has published several books, including two novels, Dream Brother and Beloved, and a collection of essays on music titled, Read the Music and several published poems and short stories in various literary magazines. I was thrilled when she asked me to review her latest, Sacred Sonoma, detailing her exploration of the ley lines and energetic sites in Sonoma County. Continue reading


Thoughtforms and Spirits

By Phil Hansford | July 25, 2001 | Leave a comment

Although there are hundreds of kinds of divination, the principle ones are astrology, geomancy, the tarot, the I Ching, and direct psychic means (especially clairvoyance). True divination is more than a mechanical system, for it implies true psychic interpretation (receiving). Some form of divination is often used in magick ritual to communicate with the entity invoked.

Since divination operates through the mind, it is affected and biased by the mind. Our attitudes and fears may alter it. Sometimes results are very detailed, and accurate — but not always. Often the future is plastic and changeable anyway, and the use of magick may alter the result. Thus divination shows tendencies only, which may be helpful, but must not rule us.

Developing Clairvoyance

It is possible to improve your natural ability with clairvoyance through practice. A good start might be to look around you, then close your eyes and try to picture your surroundings. This is also good exercise for visualization. And visualization is an essential talent in magick. Open your eyes again and check your accuracy. Then close your eyes and try it again. When you use your physical eyes, look at everything like a child seeing it for the first time. Let the vividness of colour and form burn into you, until everything takes on a veritable glow. Try to capture that glow when you close your eyes now and picture your surroundings. It’s just a simple step to extend what you see with your eyes closed into what you remember seeing in the next room, or what you *imagine* seeing in the next building, the next city, even the other side of the world. Don’t expect perfect results, especially at first. Just try to be even partly right. Another exercise is to picture a clock face, and thereby tell the time clairvoyantly.

The Aura

Under the right conditions, it is possible to clairvoyantly observe a coloured light around other people. This is known as the ‘aura’. Sometimes the aura is seen as multi-coloured emanations around the person, built up of various differently coloured layers and zones. Although many occult dabblers claim to be able to see the aura easily and under many varied conditions, I seriously doubt that they do. There are optical illusions and qualities of sight which can sometimes trick one into thinking he sees what he does not see. In this area, the quality of sight known as after image is especially pertinent. Do this: stare at any solidly coloured bright object for a few moments. Very intense red, green, or blue are especially good for this. Now look away at a white surface and you will see a phantom image of the object in its complementary colour (a red object will show green, a blue one orange, etc.). If the bright object is in front of a light surface, you may observe a fringe of complementary colour around the object after a few moments. This is all very normal, and is used by some magical groups as an aid to visualization sometimes called ‘flashing colours’. Some silly people will stare at other people in the same way. And when they see the after image of the person’s clothing, they think they are seeing his aura. What is more, various meanings have been attributed to the colours of the aura. A psychic who can see the aura is supposed to be able to determine that persons emotional state. Thus psychic frauds can have a marvellous time with auras. One deluded psychic taught a class I attended in which he performed instant psychoanalysis on the basis of the supposed aura. It was obvious that he was actually observing after images from the students clothes!

This brings us to the chart of aura colours on the next page. It is a general guide, based mostly on Theosophical material. Various groups may attribute different meanings to the colours. The colours we show on the chart are emotional in nature; useful if you plan to create an artificial elemental or do healing. Surrounding yourself with a particular colour will tend to produce the specific psychological effect described in the chart. That quality of colour is useful in magick ritual.

Colours of the Aura

BLACK                  malice
       dark grey       depression
       pale grey       fear
BROWN                  materialism
       muddy grey      selfishness
       dull rust       selfishness
RED                    energy
       bright red      anger and force
       dirty red       passion and sensuality
       dull red        selfish love
       rose            unselfish love
ORANGE                 pride
       orange cloud    irritability
       bright orange   noble indignation
YELLOW                 intellect
       yellow-green    low intellect
       earthy yellow   selfish thought
       lemon           high intellect
       bright gold     logical thinking
       brt. red-yel.   spiritual thought
GREEN                  empathy
       grey-green      deceit, jealously
       greenish-brown  jealousy
       emerald green   unselfish resourcefulness
       foliage green   sympathy & empathy
       brt. apple-grn  strong vitality
       brt. turquoise  deep sympathy & compassion
BLUE                   devotion (religious feeling)
       grey-blue       fetishism
       light blue      noble spiritual devotion
       dark blue       religious feeling
       brt. lilac-blu  lofty religious idealism
VIOLET                 spiritual (psychic & spiritual) faculty
WHITE                  purity/protection

Thoughtforms and Spirits

Whenever we concentrate our thoughts, we draw psychic energy together. This is called a thoughtform. Usually the energy dissipates as soon as we break the concentration, but it is possible to purposely concentrate energy in this way, producing very strong thoughtforms. Such thoughtforms are vortexes or centres of psychic energy. They can exist as entities by themselves, at least for a while. They are basically inanimate, non-thinking forces. Talking to one is about as logical as talking to a chair. In this way, thoughtforms are similar to elementals, ghosts, and spirits. All of these psychic entities consist of a psychic energy vortex which could be described as a localized field or as a discontinuity of the physical world.

Psychic entities respond to certain electrostatic and magnetic fields, and to other energy vortexes. That is why they respond to magick ritual. Someday, we may accomplish the same thing with electronic machines. Psychic entities are sometimes able to affect our thought processes.

Thoughtforms, elementals, and ghosts are usually not very smart. If they display any intelligence at all, it is limited. They are the morons of the spirit world. Their behavior is usually automatic, repetitive, robot-like (just like some people). We see that artificial elementals are little more than astral robots. Spirits and deities are more intelligent and volitional.

Directed Attention

Your mind follows your attention. Wherever you direct your attention, there will your thoughts go too. By directing attention to a specific place or purpose you *focus* mental energy upon it.

For example: you’re having lunch in a cafeteria crowded with people. It is a large place, and everyone there is talking at once, so that the room is a constant jumble of noise. You happen to notice a man accross the room; he reminds you of someone. All at once he drops his fork and you hear it hit the table. But would you have noticed the sound of his fork if you had not been looking? No. Only by focusing your attention there were you able to pick out that individual event and associated sound.

It is a dark night. You are walking and the only light you have is from the flashlight you hold in your hand. As you move the flashlight around, the beam of light from it directs your attention first one way then another. Now, the mind is something like that flashlight in the dark. And by directed attention, you point the mind to one place or another. As with that flashlight beam, you see where the mind is pointed; nothing more. The rest is ‘noise’. And so we could define mental noise as anything not focused upon. In another way, noise could be considered as negative emotions, attitudes, and thoughts which make it more difficult to direct the attention.

Your emotions follow your thoughts quite easily. Your emotions are not YOU, but are rather reactions prompted by your model and ego — like a performance or an act, while the real you watches. In a similar way, directing your attention toward a specific emotion will cause you to experience that emotion.

Review Questions

  1. What is the aura?
  2. What is a thoughtform?
  3. How can you develop clairvoyance?

Book List

  • Annie Bessant and Charles Leadbeater, Thought Forms.
  • W.E. Butler, How to Develop Clairvoyance.
  • J.H. Brennan, Astral Doorways.
  • Piero Ferrucci, What We May Be.
  • Kilner, The Human Aura.
  • Swami Panchadasi, The Human Aura.
  • A.E. Powell, The Etheric Double.
  • Harold Sherman, How to Make ESP Work for You.

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P.O. Box 83 Tujunga, CA 91042

Copyright (c) 1988 by Phil Hansford. This article is licenced for free non-commercial distribution only.