Aleister Crowley’s Greatest Error Is The Fatal Fallacy of Mainstream Magick

Aleister Crowley Himself Falsely Held Linguistic Signs To Be Arbitrary, A Horrific Error In Which Thelema and Magick Persist

Listen up, if you have just encountered The Integral Cauldron, then you think you know two things about it, both of which are significantly wrong.

The first thing you think you know it that it is grounded in Magick, perhaps the Thelema inspired by Aleister Crowley about which I have written positively. However, in fact, sadly I was forced to make a radical break from Crowley very early on in my magical education.

The second thing you think you know is that it is grounded in Integral Theory (IT), presumably the corpus of writings linked to Ken Wilber. However, in fact, Wilber’s Integral Semiotics fails to address the most significant facts which make possible Integral Magic™, though it does technically include them within the Lower-Left Quadrant (a point which I make in the Preface to The Black Stone).

What’s more, the crucial facts missed by both Magick and IT are the same, and these very facts have made it necessary to approach my work in the manner that I have, neither directly from Magick nor from IT. I don’t think I could have begun with an “integral theory” book or a “magick book”, but instead with The Kalendar Series have begun with literature and poetry of a peculiar sort.

The literature and poetry is intended as a sort of “proof” which will help me to make the case for Integral Magick. It is a proof in Science-Art, beauty mixed with utility, a technology of advanced consciousness. You will see what I am talking about when the books come out, but for now I need to tell you what to look for.

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Magick as Both a Science and Art

Magick is the Science and Art of Aligning Change to Conformity with Unique Will

Thelema defines Magick as “the Science and Art of causing Change to occur in conformity with Will”, by which Integral Magic concurs with two relatively minor but not insignificant modifications: “Magick (or the New Magick) is the science and art of aligning change to conformity with Unique Will.”

Unchanged is the notion that Magick is both a science and an art, a perspective which is reflected by the understanding in Integral Magic™ that it is (a) a systematic enterprise that creates, builds and organizes knowledge in the form of testable explanations and predictions about the universe, and involves (b) creating visual, auditory or performing artifacts – artworks, expressing the author’s imaginative or technical skill, intended to be appreciated for their beauty or emotional power. (These are common definitions which have been taken from Wikipedia’s pages for “Science” and “Art”.)

Let us begin to define Magick by opening a discussion of status of Magick as a Science or Art, a topic we will by no means exhaust. Today let us pause to marvel at the idea that Integral Magic brings together Art and Science in a new way, showing the beauty of science and the methodological rigor of art in a way which is nowhere else to be found. Magick is an Art-Science or Science-Art.

Let us take for an example of such “operational wonderment” the first Sign of the New Zodiac, which is the first techno-magical interface of the Integral Magic system. It is one of nine foundational artworks, designed to be architectures upon which many feats of Magick can be performed just as many creative works can be written on a blank scroll or empty journal. Consider these two points: (1) Signs are given the name of an animal, and (2) the name of the first Sign specifically is the Bear. The symbol of the Bear does not stand alone, but serves part of a systematic enterprise that creates knowledge in the form of the New Zodiac in a specific fashion, being the first of 54 distinct operators which create testable explanations and predictions about the universe.

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Thelema and Integral Theory: A Missing Link

True Will is Unique Gift is (the Triune) God’s Will

With this formula, the central tenets of Thelema, Integral Theory, and Catholic mysticism can be put into harmonious juxtaposition. My True Will expresses My Unique Gift, which makes visible the invisible activity of God’s Will.

Thelema understands that the evolved soul is capable of a higher morality which must follow the course of its self-realization into a fulfilling sense of mission, not merely obedience to a rigid moralism. It speaks of the Will, which we call Unique Will.

Integral Theory understands that there is a Unique Gift which we have to give, a flowering of the Unique Self, which is our enlightened awareness, knowledgeable of our lack of separation with All-That-Is. The Unique Will is the Will of the Unique Self.

Catholic mysticism recognizes above all the reality of God as Trinity, the Holy Creator, Redeemer, and Sustainer in Whose Will the will of the believer is inspired, freed from its baggage of crude egoism, and maintained in the face of difficulties.

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