Friday, October 07, 2011

The Astral Warrior's Handbook

A long, long time ago, I started writing up a book I called The Astral Warrior for fun. In it I was planning on throwing out all those concerns about accomplishing the Great Work, all that fuddy duddy old dusty musty grimoire bullshit, and just having fun talking about the joys of Astral Magic, romping about the astral plane fighting demons and saving the world.

And it is joyful. I love it. It's like being a super hero in your own comic book. All those Neil Gaiman Sandman comics that talk about the land of Dream? Yeah, it's like that. All the time. Beautiful stuff up there.

But as I was writing it up, I realized that I use astral magic every day. It's an intricate part of the Great Work. I talk a lot more about strategy and approach these days, and when I talk tech I talk about conjuring and seals and such, but I've overlooked the fundamental basic stuff that makes it all stick together, the Astral Magic part of it.

Every time I conjure a spirit into a crystal, I'm gazing into the ball, but my third eye is wide open on the astral plane, where I can see and sense the spirits better, more clearly. When I'm doing a tarot card reading, the story line comes clear in the Astral, where I see the events indicated on the cards unfolding in the client's world. When I'm doing cleansing and purification, initiations, or lifting curses for my clients over the internet, it's the Astral realm that provides me with the ability to direct the magical effects around the world, bringing blessings, success, and victory to those with the balls to claim it on their behalf.

And every day at work, I'm keeping an eye on the Astral plane to get a feel for the currents in the air, to keep track of politics, to catch warning signs of imminent danger, or discord before it can manifest as something unpleasant for me personally. When I'm stuck in traffic, I'll lift my awareness and see what's blocking the flow, and see what I can do to make it better so things move more quickly (usually applied Mercury, in some form). When I'm trying to keep a low profile, I weave a glamour in the astral and cloak myself in it. When I want to influence someone my way, I slip into the astral and give them a nudge toward agreeing with me.

Astral magic is a part of all my magical acts. It's everywhere!

So I wrote up the Astral Warrior's Handbook. I think it's entertaining, but it contains a whole lot of really useful information, and a technique for creating an on-demand portal to the astral realm whenever you need to using a bit of Aggripinian magic that might be a bit baroque, but is damned useful.

A lot of the things I touch on in this book are things that you can do much better if you're also doing the magic I've been doing for years. The Gates Rites prepare you for this, as do the initiatory conjurations of the Archangels from the Modern Angelic Grimoire. Students of the Red Work Courses will be in a good position to utilize the techniques in this book, as will folks of other traditions.

The Table of Contents is provided below as an overview of what you can expect in this handy guide:

1 Astral Warriors ........................................... 3
2 The Astral Realm........................................... 4
2.1 Developing the Astral Faculty of the Mind ............... 5
2.2 Vortex Creation ......................................... 6
2.2.1 Opening the Vortex .................................... 7
3 Taking Form ............................................... 9
4 Types of Astral Magic .................................... 11
4.1 Sniffing Out Magical Attacks ........................... 12
4.2 Snooping and Spying .................................... 14
4.3 Reading People’s Hearts and Minds ...................... 16
4.4 Cleansing and Healing .................................. 17
4.5 Combat ................................................. 19
4.6 Manipulation ........................................... 22
5 Astral Magic in the Great Work ........................... 23

The book is going for $11.95, my new favorite price to charge for eBooks. It's 29 pages of stuff to do in the Astral Realms to get ahead and have some fun.



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