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THE MAGICIAN'S DICTIONARY


An Apocalyptic Cyclopaedia of Advanced M/magic(k)al Arts and Alternate Meanings


Second Edition 1996


die jovis, xxxi oct. mcmlxxxxvi, minvs iii: era apocalypt.

LUNAR YEAR OF THE FIRE MOUSE 4694

11 chicchan 8 zac 12.19.3.11.5

3468 Timescape Countdown

Julian Day 2,450,230

Heshvan 17, 5757

2749 Rom.A.U.C.

AN XCII AC

Reed 3

89073 CE


by E. E. REHMUS

(Pseud. "Romulus")


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INTRODUCTION


Everywhere we can see now how the trappings of M/magic(k) are strewn around with such mindless and perfunctory abandon that it's obvious to everyone that the morning of barbarism is well advanced. Moreover, the so-called "New Age" (which is anything but) has produced already so much over- merchandised junk and shadow without substance, that it's clear no mere grain of salt, appearing alongside that sea of sugar, can expect much attention.

In only the most ordinary sense are we "already" magicians. It's true that only deliberate action which produces a visible ripple over the surface of reality is a magical act. Nature itself endlessly engages in creatively magical acts every moment. But what we are painfully learning for the first time is that magic comes out of our connectedness to the world and is in no way whatsoever the wielding of some mystical power over things from "outside" them. Thus, neither ordinary religion , with its parched, subnatural separation from physical, supposedly "unclean" bodies, nor science with its tedious and incessant denial of all "taint" of self, can be called magic.

Continuing in the spirit of that Renaissantial pizzazz which began in the 1960's to raise Hermetic studies from their immemorial grave, we are now entering a much more psychically advanced era. . . ready, as greater and greater numbers of seekers are putting it, for "specific" instruction, even though postmodern minds scarcely understand the words.

Where the wise of the past and present fail to provide, I've interpolated my own quirky insights. Avoiding as much as I can the words and concepts which are abundantly defined elsewhere. I've made it a practice to concentrate on the more esoteric arcana and most misunderstood philosophical or related terms. On the other hand, there are a good many magical buzz words that everyone takes for granted as self-evident, when the truth is, hardly anyone really understands them at all, so I've included some of those as well.

Despite our infatuation with contemporaneity, magic must be tied to tradition - for, once stripped of tradition, it immediately and bleakly sheds all meaning and quickly degenerates into "black" magic, or the search for private power. In all magic, the figures summoned, *daimones* (good and bad), are summonings from the self, but that is not to say that they don't have their own steam and direction.

The goal of the magician, or one might also say the alchemist, is psychic transcendence and not just the manipulation of the material world for the puffing up of the ego or for changing the outward face of things. The magician's aim is to recognize that we are in now way separate from the universe and need to reaffirm our direct and total connection to it. Therefore, we are able to cease acting horizontally in the hopeless trap of cause and effect and can begin acting vertically to link the celestial to the terrestrial, avoiding, if possible, the much easier connection of the infernal to the terrestrial.

Many of us have, with monumental smugness, shoved magic into one corner, metaphysics into another and religion into a third. Magic in particular, we've all secretly fantasized, is a search for "powers". We tend to imagine that it's just the childlike, fairy-tale belief in the ability to work miracles - as though ordinary reality isn't miracle enough. Or, even worse, we act as though magic were just another toy - a superbot, an FTL spacecraft, a cybernetic data cruncher, a revolutionary dimension-splitter, a meta-matter transmogrifier - that we confidently expect some great cosmic Santa Claus to deliver, once we've achieved, say, celibate purity or some pinnacle of self-hypnosis. This is all rather like a dog complacently assuming that you will give him the whole turkey if he merely sits on his hind legs and limps his forepaws.

True, we've been admonished time and again that the genuine traveler shouldn't be distracted by mere conjurings. The yogi must not succumb to the call l to develop siddhis. And even Christ refused to be daunted by Satan's insistence that stones are not easily turned into bread. In fact, we have been warned that we would do better to avoid conjuring altogether. But of course warnings serve only to sharpen all the more the appetites of callow youth. Let's grab the power first, they say, and worry afterwards about whether we have acted wisely or not. Such is the nature of Time that eventually it delivers all things. Such is the nature of man that he can't wait.

Yes, there are the two famous opposing systems: "black" magic versus "white" magic. And yes, there is a gulf between them. For the most part, however, these labels derive from our ordinary religious background, which serves merely as a convenient hook to fetch up the metaphysically unsophisticated. The genuine magician is undaunted by labels. Black and white are no more than reflections of one another.

Magic's inner meaning is more valuable than its outer glamour. If you suddenly found a priceless diamond in the gutter that would be a perfect example of how the ordinary world is the source of the transcendental. Unfortunately, for those who are not initiates, such lessons go unheeded. "Ordinary" reality continues to bore hoi polloi to death.

Madame Blavatsky, G.I. Gurdjieff, Aleister Crowley and the like were wise enough to ignore the multitudes and to write directly to their small circles of friends who sought truth and did not beg to be flattered. I find little reason to stray from that course. In any case, there are but ten remaining years for the world (as of 1989, when this was written) and it would not be seemly to waste them trying to interface with hostile technocrats, "impious xtians", prime-time consumer units or any of the rest of the millennial rag-tag rabble.


WARNING:


It cannot be said often enough, M/magic(k) does not tolerate belief. Therefore, we must neither cater to popular superstition nor seek to avoid offending it. Nor shall I apologize for exercising prejudice. Although all are potentially suspect, despite a widespread misconception, not all religions are equally virulent. And why should we be tolerant of intolerance? Christians refer to all non-Christians with the prejudicial labels of "heathen" and "damned". Muslims betray their intolerance by referring non-Muslims as "infidels". Comitas adfabilitasque contra barbaros? But my objection to Christianity is more subtle and harder to explain than the usual reasons people give. I object on the grounds that Christianity per se has a habit of pretending to "live and let live" while insinuating itself into other practices and beliefs, like a tumor, growing until it gradually takes over entirely. It then rejects the shell, the original teaching as having been but a poor and shameless imitation of Christianity (as, it insists, all alternatives are) henceforth to be replaced by the orthodox Church.

In any case, the proselytizing religions of Yeshu's Galileanism and Mahomet's Allahism exercise vast control over the minds of hopeless billions and do more irreparable harm to the human spirit than any force on this planet, including nuclear fission.

(June 24, 1989)


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AARON


Brother of Moses and the "Adept of the Adepts". The first high priest and magician (through Jehovah's power). Introducer of the "golden calf." HPB explains Aaron's rod, which turned the water to blood, as a magnetic pole acting upon red lichen in fusoria.

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A'ANO'NIN


Guardian of the 26th tunnel of the Tree of Death, in Grant's teaching. "The Lord of the Gates of Matter". Corresponds, in the Tarot, to The Devil's atu. Its magic, indicated by the letter Ayin, is the "evil eye" or Eye of Set ("The Diamond in the Night"). Its disease is priapism.

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AB


Egyptian "heart". The source of life amongst the Nilots. Considered the center of the conscious mind. It as essential that the Ab survive death through physical embalming, because even if the physical heart was "dead" the spirit still had to derive its post mortem existence from it. Metaphysically, the heart is the center of the innermost self, which is simultaneously the innermost center of the universe, not to mention Ra, the Sun, as being the objective counterpart.

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ABBREVIATIONS


Occult literature, particularly contemporary magic literature, teems with abbreviations and initials, which the general reader may or may not always readily identify. Examples:


AAA 1) Anti-Authoritarian Anonymous

2) A A A, as in Djahuty A A A or "Thoth Great, Great,

Great", equivalent of Hermes Trismegistus.

AAB Albigensian Anti-Procreation

AB Alice Bailey

AC Aleister Crowley

ADE After-Death Experience

AP Astral Plane

BCE Before Common Era

BEM Bug-Eyed Monster

BHM Big Hairy Monster

BVM Blessed Virgin Mary

DOR Deadly Oranur Radiation

EA Era Apocalyptica

EBE Extra-Terrestrial Biological Entity

ELF Extremely Low Frequency

EOW End of the World

FTL Faster than Light

FTT Faster than Thought

GOO Great Old Ones

HGA Holy Guardian Angel

HPB Helena Petrovna Blavatsky

HPL Howard Philips Lovecraft

IFO Identified Flying Object

JJ Jumping Jesus

KG Kenneth Grant

LLLL Life, Liberty, Light, Love

LOT Lamp of Thoth

LRH L. Ron Hubbard

MAM Malicious Animal Magnetism

MIB Men in Black

NARBO National Association for the Reduction of Boring

Occultists

NPG Negative Population Growth

OT Operating Thetan

PK Psychokinesis

PKD Philip K. Dick

RAW Robert Anton Wilson

RPN Ring-Pass-Not

SLB Superluminal Being

UEI Universal Eschatonic Implosion (End of the World)

TP Teleportation

XID Christian Intelligence Detection

ZAG Zero Automobile Growth

ZPG Zero Population Growth


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^ ABDUL AL-HAZRED


"Slave of the Presence". The "Mad Arab" of Damascus, poet and supposed author of Al Azif (730 A.D.), which Lovecraft translates as the Bedouin word for the sound of nocturnal insects or the howling of demons. All of this is fairly fanciful Arabic. Al Azif is better known as The Necronomicon and is about the "Forgotten Ones".


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^ ABOMINATION OF DESOLATION


The mysterious indicator of the Apocalypse as mentioned in the Book of Daniel and Mark 13. It was mistakenly believed by the writers of the New Testament to be a future event that would be self-explanatory once seen. The truth is it had actually already taken place in Daniel's own time, for it referred to a pagan altar erected in Jerusalem, 168 B.C.E. by King Antiochus Epiphanes. Or at least so states G.A. Wells in his "Historical Evidence for Jesus". (The title is a misnomer).


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ABRACADABRA/ABRAHADABRA


The former is the traditional magical word, the latter is Crowley's mutation, for the sake of its "proper" numerological value (418), which was also the number for Boleskine, his castle and for AIWASS, his Holy Guardian Angel. Originally the intention of the word was to cause ailments to diminish and death to be vanquished as letters were progressively removed from either end.

ABRACADABRA

BRACADABR

RACADAB

ACADA

CAD

A

As an amulet, therefore, it should be worn with the point downwards. Similar traditional magical words were Shabriri (for banishing the demon of the same name) and Ochnotinos (for diminishing fever). The Gnostics used Ablanathalba, a palindrome, meaning "The Father hath given to us". With Crowley, however, Abrahadabra meant "The Great Work of the aeon of Horus". (See ABRAXAS (or Abrasax) Being the unreachable, unknowable and unmanifested "God" beyond existence and non-existence, beyond good and evil, beyond all dualities, "he" may be considered the ultimate synthesis. Since the Judeo-Xtian God is a monad, He must have an opposite (Satan), in company with Zoroaster's Ahriman and Ahuramazda, Abraxas does not require opposition.

The Gods are the original essences of Reality and as such are limited to the manifestation of the processes of Nature or Subnature. Therefore, they are necessarily below Abraxas.

Budge is the only Egyptologist who presents us with the Egyptian word:


Abraskkiaks (Leemans Papyrus, III, 210- ). Probably derived from the same word as ABRACADABRA (Heb. Ha-b'rakah, "the blessing" or "the sacred name"). He is the ultimate God beyond good and evil (for that matter he is even beyond being and non-being). On ancient Gnostic amulets he appears as rooster-headed, with two serpents for legs and bearing in one hand a whip and in the other a shield with the word 'IAO'. Occasionally he appears as a charioteer. He is the source of the 365 emanations of the Divine Pleroma. The Creator God (see IALDABAOTH) is much inferior, hardly more than a Demiurge. It is said that, in order to express the important number 365 ("The Divine Cycle"). In Greek letters, Abraxas has that many Gods or "aeons" (or "Archons") under him.


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ABYSS


The gulf between the individual mind and Cosmic Consciousness, between manifestation and non-manifestation, or between life and death. The plane that the magician must cross on his own, without any assistance whatever.


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ACCIDIE


Heedlessness, torpor, sloth. In the 14th and 15th Centuries it was a malady generally ascribed to hermits and monks who fasted too much and fell into mental prostration. Later it gradually came to mean simply the common sin of sloth.


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ACELDAMA


The name of the land that was purchased with Judas' thirty pieces of silver. Means "field of blood."


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ACTEON


A Hunter who chanced to see the chaste goddess, Diana, nude in her midnight bath. Diana, being also the bright light of the full Moon (as Hecate is the dark of the moon) and its nearly hallucinative brilliance, he was immediately struck by anamnesis and "remembered" the naked omnipotence of pantheistic divinity in all creatures, including himself - so that, in this amazing illumination, he literally became one with everything, including the stag he had been chasing, whereupon his own dogs (not being in on the revelation) tore him apart.


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'AD


Mythical giants of Arabian pre-Islamic history.


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ADONAI


(Greek Adonis). Hebrew for "Lord", but in Thelemic practice it can stand for the HGA, the Augoeides or "Higher Self".


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ADYTUM


A temple, oracular shrine of holy of holies which only priests may enter.


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AEON


The personification of an age. New aeons are referred to as "Equinoxes of the Gods." Power exradiating from Divinity, sharing in the creation and government of the universe. Most founders of religions or fully initiated magicians attempt to inaugurate their own personal aeon or "age" (see AGE OF AQUARIUS).


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AETHYRS (or Aires)


Each of us stands at the center of the Universe, within a four-part series of tablets, cornered by the elemental Watchtowers. Beyond the aethyric dimensions is the Astral, the mental circle, the Abyss, the spiritual circle and the divine. The aethyrs themselves are Dr. Dee's thirty otherworldly dimensions of consciousness, which he describes as "angelic" (or Enochian). They can be reached, however, only through the 19 "Keyes" or "Calls", the first 18 of which summon the Angels of the magic squares. The 19th call lifts the magician's mind to the æthyrs and can be used to summon any one of the Aires. Actually there are 49 Calls (Zero being the first), but only the latter 30 are the æthyrs themselves. There are also 92 Governors, whose names can be found in the Watchtowers. At least 3 Governors are assigned to each aethyr. There are also 24 Seniors, 4 Kings, 192 Angels and 128 Demons in the 4 Watchtowers.
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