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Question to ponder on magick

To: alt.magick
From: "Alex Sumner" 
Subject: Re: Question to ponder on magick
Date: Tue, 14 Mar 2000 18:27:00 -0000

Thompson  wrote in message
news:38cd73ee_1@news.access1.net...
>
> In the magick systems that I understand (familiar with) one of the key
> underlying
> ideas is "as above, so below"

This is a blatant misquote of the Emerald Tablet of Hermes Trismegistus. It
is continually pedalled by wiccans such as the Farrars and their ilk,
although the greater blame lies with Dion Fortune, from whom it was
originally plagiarised.

The correct quote is "True, without error, certain and most true: that which
is above is as that which is below, and that which is below is as that which
is above, to perform the miracles of the One Thing."

[snip]

> Finally my question:  If as above so below, what does this say about the
> other planes of existance like the astral plane and so on?
> If as above so below is true then eventually all existance will end even
our
> spirits or souls or conciousness or what ever it is will eventually lose
> energy forever.

"As above, so below" misses out half the quote: one could equally say "as
below, so above" and go on to argue that the physical plane will pass away,
but it will be the astral that will continue. (I do not necessarily claim
that either proposition is correct).

AS



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