Wednesday, April 18, 2012

High Magic




High Magic

What is High Magic? Ceremonial Magic is often called High Magic, but the two terms are really not synonymous. High Magic is more precisely defined as Magic where the end result is to bring the practitioner closer to the Divine. Connecting with the Divine is the ultimate goal of High Magic. High Magic is focused on bringing oneself ever closer to uniting with the Divine on ALL levels.

High Magic is as much art as science. The roots of High Magic are ancient, but the techniques have continually evolved and adapted through all ages. High Magic is also known as Hermetic Magic as it is derived from the hermetic arts and sciences. High Magic uses and relies upon a complex system of correspondences derived from numerous sources including but not limited to: Alchemy; Astrology; Angelic whether Enochian or not; the Elements-Earth, Air, Fire, Water, and Spirit/Ethers; Gematria; the Tarot; and Qabalah-spelled with a Q to distinguish it from Jewish Kabbalah and Christian Cabbalah.

The Great Work is another term for the ultimate goal of High Magic. Each step brings one closer to the Divine. The Great Work is nothing less than the achievement of union with the Divine. The three pillars of Alchemy, Magic, and Astrology are used to achieve this goal. Alchemy is defined as being the Operation of the Sun. Magic in this context is defined as the Operation of the Stars. Astrology in this context is defined as the Operation of the Moon. Together they are the Three Parts of the Wisdom of the Universe.

High Magic is all about balancing the Above and the Below. Since, 'As Above so Below', we are a reflection at a different level of the Universe. We are the Microcosm represented by the Macrocosm of the Universe as a whole. High Magic's intent is reaching for and achieving the Hermetic Marriage within ourselves and thus finding the Magical Equilibrium. The sole purpose of High Magic is reaching unity with the Divine on the highest possible level.

Bill Schell
(AKA) Frater Frabato

8 comments:

  1. I always thought all magic brought one closer to the Divine or rather tapped into the Divine that is in oneself. So Low Magic would be something like magic to get a new job?

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    1. By this definition, Yes. Low magic is magic for a practical purpose while High Magic's sole purpose is union with the Divine.

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    2. Ok, I can dig it :) So most of my magic has been Low. Unless you count meditation which would be to connect to the Divine. Hmm, I need to learn more of this High that you speak of. Do go on.

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    3. All of my blog posts are in one way or another related to High Magic. Since I know you have read them, you may already know more than you think. It is all about balance of the Above and the Below. Since, 'As Above so Below'. we are a reflection at a different level of the Universe. We are the Microcosm represented by the Macrocosm of the Universe as a whole.
      Oh, that's good, going to be part of the post now too. ;-)

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  2. Interesting. I learn something new everyday! So by connecting to the Gods/Goddesses via meditation and ritual is high? This is something new to me.

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    1. Meditation could be High Magic. It would depend on the focus or purpose of the meditation.

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  3. Great article :)))) It's funny, you don't see it mentioned much around what the difference is. I think it's great you put this out there. Thank you :))))) Blessings, Jasmeine Moonsong

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    1. Thank You Jasmeine and You are Most Welcome.

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