“And you? When will you begin that long journey into yourself?”
“The soul becomes dyed with the color of its thoughts.”
— Marcus Aurelius, Meditations
“The hawk is also a correspondence (of Kether). Bearing in mind that Kether is the Monad, the individual point of view, we can understand that the hawk is so attributed because it has the habit of remaining poised in mid-air, looking down from the blue aether to Earth and beholding all things with the eye of utter detachment.”
— Israel Regardie ‘A Garden Of Pomegranates’
"But there were always a few faithful souls who kept alive the Flame, tending it carefully, and not allowing its light to become extinguished. And thanks to these staunch hearts, and fearless minds, we have the truth still with us."
- The Kybalion
“I searched for God and found only myself. I searched for myself and found only God.”
— Sufi Proverb
"Ceremonial magic has been misunderstood by overzealous beginners principally because there has been no general understanding of the principles here laid down as rudiments of the work. Except in the rare cases of those born with a definite flair, it is quite impossible to succeed in ceremonial magic until a great deal of development has been obtained. And by development, I imply the awakening or formulation within of the Sephiroth of the Tree of Life. Development implies the arousing of the dormant power of the psyche. Above all else it means the ascent into consciousness of the light and love and wisdom of the higher genius, the Yechidah. Until that light shines above and through the student, and the magical power is operative within, ceremony must remain what it is for most people: a thing of habit and custom-a set of observances perfunctorily to be performed, celebrations in which there is no trace of virtue, of value, of power."
- Israel Regardie, ‘The Middle Pillar’
"Everything is interrelated. The universe must be viewed as one, as a whole. We are all one. We are all part of the same whole."
- Rav Berg
"A wise man has the foresight to see the end in the beginning."
- The Zohar (Naso, verse 15)
(Source: minsct, via atenuousrowbetween)
"The wise man is like a blacksmith’s anvil on which many experiences
are hammered out without change to the anvil itself.”
~ Hindu proverb
“Millionaires don’t use Astrology, billionaires do.”
― J.P. Morgan
“Know that the philosopher has power over the stars, and not the stars over him.”
“The initiated brother realizes that his so called symbols and rituals are merely blinds fabricated by the wise to perpetuate ideas incomprehensible to the average individual. He also realizes that few Masons of today know appreciate the mystic meaning concealed within these rituals. With religious faith we perpetuate the form, worshiping it instead of the life, but those who have not recognized the truth in the crystallized ritual, those who have not liberated the spiritual germ from the shell of empty words, are not Masons, regardless of their physical degrees and outward honors.There comes a time in the growth of every living individual thing when it realizes with dawning consciousness that it is a prisoner. While apparently free to move and have its being, the struggling life cognizes through ever greater vehicles its own limitations. It is at this point that man cries out with greater insistence to be liberated from the binding ties which, though invisible to mortal eyes, still chain him with bonds far more terrible than those of any physical prison.”
- Manly P. Hall
“Never trust the occultist who tells you that he is the head of a tradition, because if he were, in the first place, he would not tell the fact to the uninitiated, and in the second place he would in all probability be living in great seclusion and inaccessible to all but his immediate subordinates. If a man is a great artist he does not need to inform us of the fact; we shall know him by his pictures that are hung in the galleries of the nation, and we shall, moreover, find that he guards himself from casual acquaintances because of the inroads on his time to which his fame renders him liable. The more eminent a person, the harder he is to approach, not out of any spirit of pride and exclusiveness, but because so many people want to see him that discrimination has to be used in admitting them.”
— Dion Fortune - The Training And Work Of An Initiate