An Empirical Approach to Magical and Mystical Development

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The Central Glyph was developed from the foundational principle that everything we need to learn or know, to fully actualize as mystics, and/or magicians, is encoded in the nature of things, meaning the dynamic and interactive things of our natural, experiential world. The Medieval study of Natural Philosophy share at least some similar assumptions. The principle might also be juxtaposed to more recent New Age ideas that the esoteric knowledge we seek is to be found elsewhere: for example, the Ascended Masters concept assumes that after leaving the natural world (i.e. dying), some beings return from supernatural domains to share special knowledge gained elsewhere. The foundational principle directs seekers to look no further than the world in which they live for the knowledge they seek. There are of course, as discussed below, many ways to look.  

A secondary but still fundamental principle is that any dynamic we can recognize at work in some specific domain is reflected in other domains. A well-known axiom aptly expresses the concept: as above, so below—as without, so within. Perhaps the starkest example of the cross-domain principle is reflected in the annual and daily cycles of lighter and darker times. Consider the natural ease with which the Spring and Autumnal Equinoxes functionally align with Sunrise and Sunset, as the equipotent moments separating periods of relative lightness and darkness. Likewise consider how the Solstices naturally align with Midday and Midnight as the peak moments of both cycles. Those relationships are clearly encoded in the Glyph, but more to the point and perhaps considerably less obvious, this principle also implies that some of what can be learned from contemplating the meaning of sunrise might have implications for finding a new job, or buying a used car, etc.  That assumption has implications for both mystical development—pertaining to an orientation to Truth, and magical development—pertaining to initiating desired change.

With consideration toward the two principles discussed above, the Central Glyph is best regarded as a basic framework, illustrative of natural dynamics, but at their most obvious (e.g. the correspondence between the Winter Solstice and Midnight). The deeper connections and associations are left to be discovered by each individual seeker, though direct intercourse with the world in which they live. The process of discovery is the heart of the matter, perhaps more so even than the derived conclusions themselves. This is why there are no preset lists of correspondences accompanying the Glyph. Such lists, even if containing qualities and characteristics that are broadly shared among users may deprive the seeker of the true benefits of personal exploration and discovery. These ideas reflect a third fundamental principle, captured in the New Age axiom: it’s the journey, not the destination that counts.   

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