Magical Hip-gnosis post (from the archives)

(This went up on my livejournal on 2011-04-10)

This is from the I-thought-I-invented-this-until-I-saw-it-in-a-book1 dep’t:

A few years ago, I started doing magical hypnosis work. Right away, I hit on the idea of programming keywords by way of post-hypnotic suggestion. I recently picked this up again, with better technology for self-hypnosis and a couple of books under my belt (Leslie LeCron2 and Adam Eason3).

The set of keywords I use most often and most successfully are:

DOWN — used to get into the flowing relaxation state, just as if I had done a full progressive-relaxation program.

PARAGATE — used from the DOWN state to drop into working trance (WT).

PANORAMA — used from WT to open up visualization (astral light). For me, this often comes in as if I had only my right eye open (when, physically, they are both closed) since that is my “spirit eye” ever since it got baptized with a raindrop.

SUNYATA — used from WT or DOWN to drop into deep meditation.

I have names for my conscious and subconscious minds (my magical name and a pun on GNOW, resp.) which comes in handy for programming and for doing various kinds of offhand magic.

My problem with this is the typical one of finding time to do it when I am not sleepy. A couple of other keywords need to be done for that (SLEEP and WAKE).

Credit for rekindling my interest in using hipgnosis for magic goes to Fr. Thabion of the OTA (Poke Runyon).



1. There’s something very much like it in Jason Augustus Newcomb’s The Book of Magick Power (The New Hermetics Press, 2007) for one.
2. LeCron, Leslie M., Self-Hypnotism: The technique and its use in daily living, Signet 1970 (first edition 1964).
3. Eason, Adam, The Secrets of Self-Hypnosis: Harnessing the power of your unconscious mind, Network 3000 Publishing, 2005. Don’t get on Adam Eason’s mailing list unless you like a LOT of promotional mail.

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TEA!

I just subscribed to this Assam tea from Amazon, it’s dreamy:
Ahmad Tea Ghalami Loose Tea Packet, 16 Ounce.

Tea will never replace coffee entirely for me, but I’ve been finding it spiritually uplifting and less jangling than the bean for afternoon use.

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RAW! RAW! And Shea! But RAW!

Copyright 2014() Freeman Presson, all rights reserved

To whom it may concern:

It has come to my attention that some of you people may not have read The Illuminatus! Trilogy by Bob Shea and Robert Anton Wilson.

Do us all a big favor and correct this.

If you didn’t immediately think of Pentagram Sam upon reading my opening, follow that link, too.

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Little Books available

I know that some of my Magical peeps work with saints. I have two copies of The Little Book of St. Vincent de Paul/Ste.  Louise de Marillac, just little compendia of quotes. Email or DM me a postal address and I’ll send you one.

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New review: The High Magic of Talismans and Amulets

My review of Claude Lecouteux’s The High Magic of Talismans and Amulets: Tradition and Craft is up on Spiral Nature.

“[T]he Faustian current which arose in early modern magick didn’t just appear without help. Apparently, it is as possible to call an egregore into being by constant execration as by constant evocation!”

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Pens for Talismanic drawing?

I’ve been using Pilot V5s (like these: Pilot Precise V5 Stick Rolling Ball Pens) because Poke Runyon recommended them, now I see these ultra-fine pens (Sakura 50075 16-Piece Pigma Micron 05 Assorted Colors) that look even better for “close” work. Does anyone else have a favorite inexpensive drawing pen?

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Review of The Theban Oracle

My review of The Theban Oracle is up on SpiralNature!

I tracked down the first printed mention of the Theban alphabet for your viewing pleasure. This is p. 597 of the 1613 Zetzner edition of Polygraphia by Trithemius and von Glauburg. (the whole book is available on Google Books. There are earlier editions that have not been digitized).

The Latin text below the alphabet refers to the one on the next page, which is the one used in the Golden Dawn Cypher Manuscript. The text above it means, roughly, “Next is an alphabet from Honorius who was known as the Theban, which magicians used to obscure their follies, as Peter d’Abano said in his major quarto book.”

H. Cornelius Agrippa copied this, but simplified it slightly: “Of this kind of character therefore are those which Peter Apponus [Petrus de Abano] notes, as delivered by Honorius of Thebes, the figures whereof are such, being related to our Alphabet.” (Using the JHP edition from Esoteric Archives.)

No one has been able to find the actual text where Peter d’Abano says anything about this alphabet, though. I suppose that means there’s a very interesting quarto that went missing sometime after ca. 1550.

Theban Alphabet in Trithemius's Polygraphia

Theban Alphabet in Trithemius’s Polygraphia

Wait, what? Their follies? Wasn’t Trithemius a magician, too? Well, yes, but not a stupid one; he was writing at a time when one could still get a very unwelcome visit from certain authorities, ones who might not bother you if you were just recording old curiosities that you weren’t actually using.

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