The question of scale has always been one that’s appealed to me. _______ noted his idea that me seeing Elethis when young may have contributed to that fascination with scale. Otherwise, I’ve previously thought that my sense of the Dream has a curiously, well, fishbowl quality to it. Like a circle extending out to the horizon where those titanic forms I’ve seen have lurked massive and indistinct in many ways. It makes me wonder if there’s a lensing quality to what I’ve been doing, but the GD paradigm about the Sphere of Sensation suggests there should be a similar process at work, especially given the “rays of light” and pre-modern medical paradigm for vision the GD adopt for “spirit vision.”
Now part of this suggests I may have blown my experience with Dana to Elethis out of proportion (no irony intended), and what I imagined I visualized was just a convenient sleight of mind. However, I don’t think that’s wholly the case, and even then, the existing titanic properties/scale and my ability to comprehend what I’m seeing says that scale-shifting has its place. Even if it’s part of the present process—it’s something to explore.
I’m also reminded of Moorcock and his notion of scaling and the Multiverse. And that notion has something curious to it given recent theories about black holes creating/containing universes (basically, we may exist within a singularity within another universe that’s essentially on another scale). I’m also reminded of Elric’s adventure with Balo the Jester, using Stormbringer as a “battleship” in navigating the scales of Chaos. So these things come to mind.
There’s always been a sense of scale for magical things—giants, titans, gods, Yggdrasil, etc.—and my dreams of “tallness,” of Gandalf McGoohan telling me to stand, to rise—
Using __________ seems to make it easier to project at those scales (as Athene suggested). Mind you, I felt dispersed, low density out at the scale I was at.
The GD SoS functions on scaling a Microcosm inside that allows the mage to project outward to the equivalent point in the Macrocosm. This is necessarily a scaling function given the paradigm and metaphor Regardie and the GD use. (Vector graphics almost, but it’s also a very radar-like system—ping and response.)
What does it mean, though? Are the features in the Dream that far away and that massive? Am I looking into another realm rather than just the “Dream”/Aethyric/etc.? How tall can I be? (Which sounds weird to say.) The dispersion aspect may not be accurate—I may have been disoriented and having a hard time seeing what was there. Am I fishbowled? Or has my vision reached its literal and metaphorical horizon (seven league stride was basically horizon to horizon, and that’s the limit to terrestrial direct vision.)
–Otherwise, glamour and alamûri have kinda fallen by the wayside of late, but [Renaissance faire] may provide opportunities. Practice, confidence, and opportunity is what you need, that and self-reflection. [work] doesn’t give you much chance for that.
If nothing else, awareness of your size gives glamour opportunities, especially if you can move quickly and even somewhat gracefully. You were apparently intimidating when big and tall, and everyone use to freak when you came running at them with a practice sword.
GD focuses on assumption of God-forms (typically Egyptian) and vibrating divine names—Regardie pushes MPE as general exercise and the BoL/aura/SoS as necessary for magic (and really helpful for general vitality). However, it strikes me that “assuming God-forms” isn’t really something I should practice, but instead build myself and my personae so that they can do whatever’s needed.
Everything else is theater and metaphor for envisioning how some effect works.
GD astral & scrying stuff acknowledges that sigils and etc. are experiential realities/forces with ruling spirits (“angels” & etc.) and occupied by “elementals” and etc.). In that sense, using [Elethis] as the “sigil” and “door” may be a valid approach, especially with other techniques, as well. But—well—the GD has very specific sigils: the appropriated Tattvas, Hermetic appropriation of Hebrew, and the grimoire related businesses they acquired.
The GD also seeks to overpower and weave together these things—drawing and directing power to the mage’s desired end (but the mage must always expend their chi/elthil—must exhaust themselves—for “serious magic”—they’re not sure what they may be doing–)
(A note in GD says the GD forces everything into their elemental attribution paradigm as a “valid and powerful” means for absorbing lore.)
Scaling also has a connection to my early exploration of light, shadows, the trance, etc.—which leads me to connect that to the GD light metaphor with the SoS—
I have been blazing through my own discovery of magical principles—distinct from CM, AC, and GD (& others)—
The GD use of “elementals” is merely an attribution and cataloguing schema that also makes everything “not a god” into a subservient sub-entity. The appropriation of lore and sigils and more is merely more cultural imperialism. Despite what the GD glances against, there was someone with a few clues amongst the lot (I kinda suspect Mathers, Crowley, and Yeats), but the GD was lucky or lucked into theory that most of them probably didn’t get.
CM did something quite clever and realized all sigils and language and ideas were magical and alive and said, “Fuck it—it’s not the Paternoster or the Empire, let’s play with that.” The GD grew too internal while the CM want libertarian and solipsistic. AC, I think, grasped a good chunk but was caught in between while developing that public persona in an attempt to carry over and bridge the Real and the Dream. Most devotional paths bang their heads against the Dream until maybe one path is accessible to the deity or WtaW in question.
But everything is ultimately a WtaW and all patterns, language, sigils, signs—representation itself—leads to some experiential reality, some WtaW (but also—other things). We and reality are narrative and meaning and whatever lies beyond. Even incidental patterns—soughing, the shapes of trees—form WtaW, as do we. Mudra, speech, sound. Magic involves the sapient manipulation of the Multiverse’s information layers. The psychical, aspect may be a product of life perceiving and making sense of the patterns of the realm. The Dream requires minds—of whatever kinds—to be the Dream and to transfigure the Material.
GD’s Great Work only leads you towards Keter and the Veils. Enochian leads towards the same thing, towards the “supernal” and the big Pater in the sky.
Curiously, the monadic end point points to Big Bang and existing in a singularity—and shies away from seeing the Multiverse beyond. The monad might be a path towards the Multiverse—but I suspect not. If something sits on the throne in Keter or LIL or wherever, is the “Great Work” just a way to trick mages/mystics into feeding themselves to some demiurge while removing those persons from existence? Now there’s a conspiracy. (Even Kia in CM partakes of this.)
Also, this sigilistic view of reality remains very male, very galdr-like in scope and approach. Receptiveness is very strictly controlled in these systems.
Having a nice moment of clarity for seeing Dana and even Elethis. I sometimes think liminal points like sunset, do have benefits.
Times are bounded, defined, named—as are places, but also words, ideas, phenomena.