Fama Fraternitatis - 1614

Wiewohl wir nun wohl wissen, daß es umb ein ziemliches noch nicht an dem, da wieder unserm Verlangen oder auch anderer Hoffnung mit allgemeiner Reformation divini et humani, solle genug geschehen, ist es doch nicht unbillich, daß, ehe die Sonne auffgehet, sie zuvor ein HELL oder dunkel liecht in den Himmel bringt und unter dessen etliche wenige, die sich werden angeben, zusammen tretten, unsere Fraternitet mit der Zahl und Ansehen des gewünschten und von Fr.R.C. fürgeschriebenen Philosophischen Canons, einen glücklichen Anfang machen oder ja in unserer Schätz (die uns nimmermehr aufgehen können) mit uns in Demut und Liebe genießen die Mühsamkeit dieser Welt überzuckern und in den Wunderwerken Gottes nicht also blind umbgehen.

Vi vet dock att det enligt vår åstundan och andras förväntningar efter någon tid kommer en allmän reformation av både gudomliga och mänskliga ting. Ty innan solen går upp, upplyses himlen av
MORGONRODNADENS ljus. I väntan på denna reformation församlas några få som med sitt antal skall utöka vårt brödraskap, höja dess anseende och stärka dess förhoppningar och ge de av Fr.R.C. föreskrivna Filosofiska Canons en lycklig begynnelse. I all ödmjukhet och kärlek skall dessa nytillkomna tillsammans med oss dela våra skatter, som aldrig skall förgås, och så lindra denna världens möda och inte längre vandra ovetande om kunskapen om Guds underbara verk.

Howbeit we know after a time there will now be a general reformation, both of divine and humane things, according to our desire, and the expectation of others: for it is fitting, that before the rising of the Sun, there should appear and break forth AURORA, or some clearness, or divine light in the sky; and so in the mean time some few, which shall give their names, may joyn together, thereby to increase the number and respect of our Fraternity, and make a happy and wished for beginning of our Philosophical Canons, prescribed to us by our brother R.C. and be partakers with us of our treasures (which never can fail or be wasted) in all humility, and love to be eased of this worlds labor, and not walk so blindly in the knowledge of the wonderful works of God.


Det brittiska ordenssällskapet Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn och den tyska Frimurarlogen L'Aurore Naissante, vilket grundades i London 1888 respektive Frankfurt-am-Main 1807, delade på samma hebreiska namn Chevrah Zerach Bequr Aur, förevisat i gyllene gult vid bloggens huvud, vilket ordagrannt kan översättas till “Stigande Gryningsljusets Sällskap”. Denna tyska Rosenkorsiska Frimurarloge i Frankfurt, vilket måste anses vara det ursprungliga modertemplet till GOLDEN DAWN, kallade sig på tyska även Loge sur Aufgehenden Morgenröthe, vilket kan översättas till “Gryende Morgonrodnadens Loge”. Detta skiljer sig åt från den engelska seden att översätta orden Bequr Aur till “Golden Dawn” eller “Gyllene Gryningen”. Med anledning av Rosenkorstraditionens tyska ursprung är en mer korrekt översättning av Bequr Aur, genom franskans L'Aurore Naissante och tyskans Aufgehenden Morgenröthe, inget annat än GRYENDE MORGONRODNADEN. Denna hänvisning till ett stigande gryningsljus, morgonrodnad eller aurora är en klar hänvisning till den allmäna reformationen omnämnt i det ovan citerade stycket från Fama Fraternitatis. Denna blogg har dock valt att behålla den försvenskade anglo-saxiska termen GYLLENE GRYNINGEN för att denna, invand som den är, lättare associeras med den Rosenkorsiska tradition som här ämnas att framställas.

Licht, Leben, Liebe

torsdag 17 februari 2011

A few notes on energy work


The other day I commented upon a blog post made by Frater A.I.T. where he proposes that meditation constitutes energy work, especially meditation of the kind that uses “prayer” to aspire towards God or the ALL. He mentions Alchemical Masters who often admonished their students to use Prayer in their workings. My good Frater also proposes extended practice several hours per day as the true key to aquiring immortality, warning the student against becoming content with the standard daily half or whole hour exercise. I basically agree with Frater A.I.T. in almost every word, with the only exception of contrasting energy work with ritual. Meditation surely is “energy work”, or is “energetic” in its nature; and with “energy” I am referring to both astral, etheric and physical forms in this context. Furthermore, meditation also has the great benefit of simplicity. I myself often meditate on the tram to and from work, and sometimes while I walk along a street.

My own experiences, that I would like to share with you for the first time since I started this blog, has taught me that it is the Words of Power (or the “matram” to use an equivalent oriental term) used in meditation that makes the energetic work done. The power of words triggers it; or at least the logos has some important part in all of this “raising of energy”. I have found out, through my own intuition, that a particular set of vowels really gets my energetic juices flowing so to speak, even if I only “say” them mentally (i.e. silently without using my mouth), which is how I do it in the majority of cases because of meditating in the public. The simple thought and focus upon the Word triggers the energy!

This meditation of my own device, silently using a power “mantram” of the Western Esoteric Tradition, and with no particular visualization, together with another energetic meditative exercise which I was taught in the R.R. et A.C., which make use of both vibrated Words of Power and visualizations, in fact “awakened” or “activated” my energetic body, centered along my spinal column.

I have always with ease felt etheric “energy” while doing invocations, especially in working God-Form Magic and intoning the Enochian Keys, but that feeling of energy has more been of a gentle type, even though I have felt it being spread through the whole of my physical body, either as a shower falling from my head or as a surge raising from the feet. Since I awakened my Serpent Fire along my spinal column, using the aforementioned techniques of meditative nature, the sensations has been much more intensified, as physical nerv currents of electricity and sometimes approximating orgasmic sensations; also regular invocations using Supreme or Greater Invocation Rituals (of the Pentagram and Hexagram) awakens this latter flow in my energetic body centered in a never before felt intensity along the spine.

I have been hesitant to share this highly personal gnosis with you, my dear reader, but feel that I must deviate from my principles of secrecy to make you understand that I base my opinions on my own practical experiences. So I must add to what Frater A.I.T. have stated in his blog, that also Ceremonial Magic – the use of ritual by and of itself – constitutes true energetic work. Thus I see no actual difference between meditation and ritual in importance, other that the use of ritual requires much more preparation and cannot be performed everywhere as with meditation. Thus it is simpler and more practical to use meditation as the basis for one’s work. But one shouldn’t substitute ritual work with meditation as I believe that the former is crucial in manifesting it fully in the physical body, because of the physical movements and different postures being done. Lets not underestimate the value of movement and posture!

To use a comparison between the traditions of the occident and the orient. While the meditative exercises may be compared to Hindu Yoga or Tibetan Buddhism, Ceremonial Magic may be compared to Taoist energetic work such as Qi-Gong, or Thai Chi, etc. Both perspectives on spiritual exercise work splendidly and should be seamlessly integrated in the Adept’s work, and also in that of the Aspirant’s, constituting a work in two parts.

So, in the final analysis I agree that meditation should be extended and used in prolonged application also outside of the traditional ritual Oratory, as often as one may find moments of opportunity in the daily affairs of life, simply because it is manageable to use in this way. And that this is the key to success I can attest fully with myself as a living example. It is always when I devote myself to the work fully, and in most aspects of my life, when I harvest the most true results.

I also agree with Frater A.I.T.:s advice to study the Western Alchemical Tradition in conjunction with the Eastern counterparts, as the latter are so related to the Western equivalents when it comes to energy work and alchemical applications, especially the traditions of Tantra, of Hatha Yoga and the practices of the Nath and Rasa Siddhas. A very good introduction to the Eastern tradition for the western Alchemist and Magician is David Gordon White’s books, such as The Alchemical Body and Kiss of the Yogini. While being academic works they also gives ample references to the original source and canonical texts. These books have the advantage of describing Tantra and Yoga as it was meant to be when these text books were written in the mediaeval times, i.e. the historical point of view, not the New Age stance on these topics that often divides matter from spirit, as well as energy from the body.


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