Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Smart Mages Being Stupid.

I just finished the short bio of Agrippa in the front of Tyson's Llewellyn translation. What an unfortunate life filled with hardship that man had! Much of it, sadly was due to his being an intellectual savant, as well as naive in his dealing with others, especially in royal circles.

Through out the history of the Western Esoteric Tradition, many of its adepts, its great luminaries came to very unfortunate ends. Crowley was plagued by money problems despite a hefty inheritance, and died destitute, lamenting his lack of friends, tobacco, and fun. Bruno was burned as a heretic for his inability to keep his damn mouth shut. Agrippa was constantly dealing with money problems as well, and always getting into trouble with the church and government because of his writings. Bardon died under mysterious circumstances in a Soviet hospital. The pattern of being bad with money, being socially estranged, and major fall outs with government and religion happens over and over again.

Some Adepti have had better luck, but that is because luck has nothing to do with it.

Many Adepti of the past have over and over again ignored the "secular" world. It's boggling. But, it goes to show that just because you are decent at summoning a spirit, or making a talisman does not necessarily give you adepthood over your finances!

Magic is a skill set, like woodworking, calligraphy, massage, or computer programming. It is very much a trade. It delves into spiritual waters, but does not, by its practice lead to enlightenment, common sense, or being any sort of a good person. It doesn't make you better than anyone.

You can't just study one thing and be good at LIFE. Not to shine the mans ass or anything, but that is why I really enjoy Jason's books and course. He teaches practical Sorcery, a skill set. But he's also adamant that you should also have complimentary skill sets in things like your own career, the ability to communicate, and the ability to plan out your financial future. He even refers out to other authors, books, and classes.

There is a temptation many times among those who deal in the Esoteric to try to use Magic to solve everything. It's like the story of the yogi who meditated in solitude till he could walk on water. When he told his guru, said guru calmly led him to a dock where you can take a ferry across the water for a small fee.

We must be whole people. Spiritually whole. Intellectually whole. Emotionally whole. Physically whole and secure. The Spiritual is not the "real" you. It's all you. And you need to take care of all of you. To let your physical and emotional life languish while you reach for the stars is just a waste. A waste that will topple your every rising tower, as its foundation will be weak.

Think the three questions from Babylon 5:

"Who are you?"

"What to you want?"

"Where are you going?"


Anonymous said...

This is such a wonderful commentary to various spiritual paths/communties today. You have given me an "aha" that I've been struggling to put into words with others.

Humans seem to want to highlight and exaggerate specific qualities, rather than seeking what I call a passionate equanimity with all the dynamic qualities that being here teach us. Embrace it all, drink deep!

Kim @redhandferi

Rufus Opus said...

Yeah, exactly.

Fortunately there are spirits that will gladly teach those willing to learn things like financial management. Key words being "those willing to learn."

VH Frater ID said...

*applause* I felt as I was reading it that you were saying that which was right on the tip of my tongue. This is very well put.