The Reality of Inner Worlds

Don’t try to validate any of your spiritual or visionary experiences. You determine what they mean for yourself. Your inner world is wholly and completely yours. And yet, it reaches beyond what you have been conditioned to think of as the boundaries of your everyday self. This is why my teachers used the term “within you and beyond you.” These inner experiences, whether dramatic or commonplace, are taking place in the inner world of your conscious and subconscious, but they are also resonating with the macrocosm (as below, so above). Therefore, your experience as a spiritual being is unique and also transpersonal. Honor what comes to you and what you send forth into this experience and respect the spiritual experience of others. In that respect is a certain parity that contains the paradox of individuality-vs.-universal oneness. It also contains the paradox of free-will-vs.-fate.

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Wishing All Readers of this Blog Good Fortune on This full Moon!

Be well and see clearly by the light of the moon.

Last night I took my troubles to 
The Magian sage whose keen eyes see 
A hundred answers in the wine 
Whose cup he, laughing, showed to me. 

— Hafez

Jinn Summoning and Sorcery is Back

We’re having an interesting conversation about some new Jinn magic texts over on Studio Arcanis.  This post comes from that discussion, given that Jinn magic seems to be making a comeback.  I just read Corwin Hargrove’s Practical Jinn Magick: Rituals to Unleash the Power of the Fire Spirits.  And, though this post isn’t a proper review of that book, I liked it and want to mention it here.

Intrepid and curious magicians might want to investigate it.  That said, there are other worthwhile texts available that might give some foundation.  I’ve enjoyed Legends of the Fire Spirits: Jinn and Genies from Arabia to Zanzibar by Robert Liebling. It’s not a book of magic, but it’s definitely a book that feels magical, if that makes any sense. Another good one is Islam, Arabs, and the Intelligent World of Jinn by Amira El-Zein. A smart magician could draw a lot of inspiration from these two alone.

As far as practical books are concerned (apart from Jinn Sorcery, which, like all Scarlet Imprint books, is beautiful first and useful second), two others immediately come to mind. There’s S. Ben Qayin’s Book of Smokeless Fire (which Hargrove indirectly dismisses) and which I haven’t read and am not interested in. Then there’s Baal Kadmon’s Jinn Magick: How to Bind the Jinn to do Your Bidding, which is the highly simplified approach Hargrove criticizes in his book. Hargrove doesn’t name Kadmon’s book directly, but he says:

You have to be careful with simplification. One author recently wrote a book that simplifies Jinn Magick to the point that, in my opinion, the magick isn’t there anymore. His ritual form does nothing more than call to the Jinn King, with no structurally sound opening framework, direction, protection or any allusions to named Jinn. It’s a book that could be seen as either useless or dangerous, and to an extent that depends on the person using it, but it’s an example of what I can find disappointing about the over-simplified approach. I hope that what you get here has more meat than his book, without the convolutions set out by some older systems.

The thing with Kadmon’s books is that they seem like beginner texts but you actually have to be fairly confident and experienced to make them work (like many Finbarr, Parker, and Starlight texts). I think this is what Hargrove means when he says using it “depends on the person,” but it seems like a low blow. He also takes a shot at Nineveh Shadrach, calling Magick That Works overrated. I am surprised Al-Toukhi also didn’t draw some insults, given that Red Magick has been one of the few relatively well-known Jinn magic books in the West. It’s clear that Hargrove consulted Red Magick or at least is aware of it because he lists the book in his bibliography.

I was disappointed that Hargrove criticized Kadmon and Shadrach because I’ve gotten a lot out of both of these authors. Moreover, Hargrove is a solid spellbook writer in the Gallery of Magick vein (even if he claims not to be part of that group) and really doesn’t need to disparage the competition. His work is good and can stand on its own.

Revelations of the Heart

I really enjoyed these stories.

Story 1­­

Four pupils used to practice meditation.
These close friends vowed to each other to observe silence for seven days.

The first day passed well.
But as the evening progressed and the oil lamps became dim, one student couldn’t help himself.

“Attend to the lamps!” he shouted impatiently to an assistant.

His friend turned to him, surprised.
“You are not supposed to speak! Have you forgotten?”­­

The third friend piped up, “You fools! Why are you talking?”

“Hah, I’m the only one who’s kept silent!” exclaimed the last.

Story 2

The mystic’s dog loved his evening romp with his master. The dog would bound ahead to fetch a stick, then run back, wag his tail, and wait for the next game. On a particular evening, the Mystic invited one of his brightest students to join him – a boy so intelligent that he became troubled by the contradictions in…

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Are you human?

Are you human? Birth, life, death. A self-propelled sleep cycle for most people. Doing what they’re told. Getting married at the time they’re supposed to. Kids. Jobs. Praying at the right churches. Eating the right foods. Saying the right things. Voting for people just like them. Most people are, sadly, culturally conditioned automatons. But you can live in conformist culture, do all those culturally expected things, and still own your experience. You don’t do it by attacking the beliefs or behaviors of others or “burning it all down.” That just creates a violent tribal reaction against you. Instead, you become human by turning inward. You ask, “Why does this thing I do matter? And how does it matter to me personally?” At the same time, you try to show compassion to others because, believe it or not, being critical and elitist is the ultimate conformity—all systems of dominance and submission are based on some form of criticism and elitism.

So you examine yourself and you show kindness and understanding toward others, whether or not they are doing the same to you. You try not to cause harm to others because you know you’re not wise enough to fully understand life. And you decide to believe that your existence matters in itself, that you don’t have to prove yourself or be useful to some power structure in order to be worthy. You may believe in a particular spirituality or you may be a reductive materialist atheist. The important thing is that you believe you exist and that you find such existence to be inherently good. This is the path of initiation. And it is open to everyone.

An oracle for those who have come to a crossroads.

 

The Cauldron indicates the importance of combining a variety of techniques or elements to get the best result.  Refuse to choose just a single rigid pathway when a variety of ways are there to be enjoyed and experienced.  You can find your own ways of creating something new.  The cauldron is a deeply transformational tool—things change once they are put under pressure.  Resilience is being cultivated over time and this means that you will be able to withstand any negative pressure much more healthily from the inside out.