BoS document 1441 A-C To Gain the Sight (from Book of Spells)

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    Typescript extract from Book of Spells on methods of developing ‘the sight’


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    This cometh to different people in diverse ways, [’]tis seldom it cometh naturally, but it can be induced in many ways.

    Deep and prolonged meditation may do it, but only if you be a natural, and usually pronglonged [sic] fasting was necessary.

    Of old, Monks and Nuns obtained visions by long vigils, combined with fasting, flagellation till the blood came, and other mortifications of the flesh, and so undoubtedly had visions.

    In the East, it is tried with various tortures, at the same time sitting in cramped positions, and postures, which retarded the flow of blood. And these torments, long and continued, gave good results.

    But, in the Art Magical, we are taught an easier way to intensify the imagination, at the same time controlling the blood supply, and this may best be done by using the Ritual.

    Incense is also good to propitiate the Spirits, by [sic] also to induce relaxation, and to help build up the atmosphere, which is necessary to suggestibility.

    For our human eyes are blind to what really is, so that it is often necessary to suggest that it is there before we may see it.

    As we may point out to another something at a distance before they may see it themselves.

    Gum [m]astic, [a]romatic rush roots, cinnamon bark, musk, juniper, sandlewood [sic] and ambergris in combination are all good, but [p]atchouli is best of all, and if you may have [h]emp, [’]tis better still, but be very careful of this.

    The Circle being formed and all properly prepared, the rites are done and all purified.

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    The aspirant should warlock, and take his [T]utor round the Circle, saluting the Mighty Ones, and invoking them to aid the operation.

    Then both dance round till giddy, invoking, or using chants, or .

    Then the Tutor should warlock very tightly, but not so [as] to cause discomfort, but enough to retard the blood slightly.

    Again they should dance around chanting.

    Then lightly, with steady, monotonous strokes.

    It is very good that the pupil may see them coming.

    This may be arranged from position, or if the Coven has a large enough Magic Mirro[r] available.

    This has the effect of passes, and helps greatly to stimulate the imagination.

    It is important that the strokes be not hard, the object being not to do more than to draw the blood to that part, and so away from the brain.

    This with the tight warlocking, which should be warricked, slows down the circulation of the blood, and the passes soon induce a drowsiness and stupor.

    The Tutor should watch for this, and as soon as the aspirant sleeps, the should cease.

    The Tutor should also watch that the pupil become not cold, and if he or she strug[gles?] or becomes distressed should be at once awakened.

    If it cannot be arranged for the aspirant to see, the wand may be used for a time, then return to the .

    Do not be discouraged if no results come after two or three attempts. It will come when both are in the right state.

    When you get some result, then results will come more quickly.

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    Some of the ritual may be shortened, but never neglect to invoke the Goddess, and the Mighty Ones, or to form the Circle. And do everything rightly, and for good and clear results it is ever better to do too much ritual than too little.

    It hath been found that this parctise [sic] doth often cause a fondness between aspirant and Tutor, and [’]tis a cause of better results if this be so.

    If for any reason it is undesirable that there be any great fondness between aspirant and Tutor, this may easily be avoided by both parties from the onset firmly resolving in their minds that if any doth ensue, it shall be that of brother and sister, or parent and child. And it is for this reason that a man may only be taught by a woman, and a woman by a man. And that man and man, and woman and woman, should neverr attempt these practises together.

    And may all the curses of the Mighty Ones be on any who make the attempt.

    Remember the Circle properly constructed is ever necessary to prevent the power released being dissipated. It is also a barrier against any disturbance of mischievous forces.

    For to obtain good results you must be free from all disturbances.

    Remember, darkness, points of light gleaming amid the surrounding dark, incense, and the steady passes by a white arm are not stage effects.

    The[y] are the mechanical implements, which start the suggestions, which later unlock the knowledge, that it is possib[l]e to obtain the Divine Ecstasy, and so attain knowledge and communion with the Guardian Angel and the Divine Goddess.

    When once you have attained this, ritual is not needed, as you may attain the state of ecstasy at will.

    But till then, or if you, having attained this yourself, wish to bring a companion to this state of joy,

    Ritual is best.