The accomplished experience from astral travel, in whatever form
and by whatever method, will fundamentally change the perception
of the traveler. If the material plane is that of the sleepers
and the astral is the waking, then the astral training will
allow the waking of the Neophyte, even in the world of sleepers.
Put another way, the Neophyte will gain, as a natural
consequence, a higher-sight that allows the true essence and
energies of all things to be seen, and this with little more
than a moments’ focus.
The result is the unmasking of people and things, which provides
a means of discerning the true nature of most things. This has
been called the aura or radiance, and these labels are as good
as any, but slightly misleading. The aura is not a glowing
frame, although this is certainly present, but the identifying
of the energy within a thing, and the nature of the energy
projected from a thing. Therefore, Initiates shall know one
another on sight, accurately gauging the level of attainment
present, without a word being uttered. Also, the virtues, or
lack thereof, of the sleepers shall be made apparent and this
provides Initiates with the opportunity to converse with the
noble and dispel the unjust. Moreover, the second-sight that can
observe the invisible nature of the astral, which mirrors the
material (Called the Astral Light, being the omnipresent fluid
of extremely fine matter diffused throughout the manifest
universe and penetrating every form and object.), and this is a
method of clairvoyance, being the discovering or finding of
things hidden or secret to the sleepers.
The exposure and exploration of the astral planes and waking of
the Neophyte are the methods of attainment used to ascend the
path of Tau into the next grade. The complete method of the
attainment of this pathway is now to be set forth.
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of astral development are precise and the progression
measurable, with stages that include: the forming and
strengthening of the ‘Body of Light’, also called the ‘Astral
Body’ (Also known by many other names, including the Astral
Double, the Fine Body, Body of Fire, etc.); the transference of
consciousness, the transiting into the Material World; the
elevation to the Astral Planes (overlapping the formative
world); a method of attaining to the Magical Plane; and the
observations possible with the ‘Higher-Sight’.
contains an introduction, practical exercises presented in
continuous steps, and a method of measurement being the required
result(s) that will allow the minimum
development of each stage before continuing on with the next
step. Neophytes within the Invisible House Society have used the
training provided within the instruction that follows
successfully for many years.
Body of Light:
The forming and strengthening of the Body of Light is the first
step, and the most important. If enough definitive form and
cohesion is not developed, all further operations of astral are
weakened. Every living person has the natural ability to form a
Body of Light, and given enough time will gain some measure of
meager success, even with no instruction. However, the Neophyte
must create the astral body and build it in strength.
body can, with absolute devotion, be strengthened to such
solidity that it would fool the sleepers into believing it to be
the physical body, yet the Neophyte is not expected to reach
this level of mastery.
Step One ––
Neophyte assume a supine position with palms flat to the ground
and feet pointed down – on any comfortable surface and within
any pleasant, quiet and dark space.
Let the body
be slowly stretched and the muscles relaxed:
toes (big toes over), clench – then relax.
tips of the feet down, stretching the legs – then relax.
legs tight (not shifting position) – then relax.
pelvis up, clench – then relax.
the stomach – then relax.
shoulders, clench – then relax.
hands into fists (thumbs over), clench – then relax.
the tips of the hands down, stretching the arms – then
arms tight (not shifting position) – then relax.
to chest – then relax.
the neck up – then relax.
Let many deep
breaths be taken and released with slow exhalations, and with
each slow exhale, the body becomes heavier. The physical body
should become at first heavy and then numb.
Neophyte relax the deep breaths into a steady rhythmic
breathing. With each inhale; energy is pulled in through the
feet, through the body and out the crown, and this as one evenly
flowing wave. With each exhalation; energy is pulled in through
the crown, through the body and out the feet, and this as one
evenly flowing wave.
clear indication of success is the astral vibration, which is a
startling quake through the astral body. This vibration is
unmistakable when it rattles through the astral body and the
lack of movement in the physical body is so disconcerting as to
snap most Neophytes out of their meditation. When the vibration
is felt and passes without a complete break in
concentration then the Neophyte is proficient
enough to continue on with the next step.
Step Two –– Separation
Neophyte, retaining concentration after the astral vibration, at
first picture a method for the separation of the Body of Light
from that of the physical body (Any method can be pictured for
the separation of the light and the heavy bodies. For example,
slowly rising above, sitting up, rolling over, etc. ), followed
by the pictured method being accomplished, and this by an Extension
of the Will.
experience in purposefully Extending the Will has been gained, a
few more words on the subject are prudent; the pictured action
is willed in the same way that a physical arm is moved by will.
The conscious mind pictures the arm lifting, the will extends,
the body reacts with the appropriate response and all this
happens in a nanosecond. The same method is used, but the
physical body is replaced by the astral body. The willing of the
separation can still be a matter of a nanosecond or it can take
much longer, as the physical nervous system is replaced with the
purer form of energy that takes the place of the nerve impulses
with something altogether different.
the separation is successful and can be maintained long enough
to accomplish the third step, then the Neophyte is ready to
transference of consciousness from the physical to the astral
body is significantly aided by the clear realization and
acceptance that the Body of Light is as substantial as the
physical body. Until this is affirmed in the mind of the
Neophyte, there will be a general lack of trust in the Body of
Light. This lack of trust can and usually does inhibit the
proper or complete transference of the conscious self. Travel is
still possible with a minimum of retained consciousness, but is
akin to being blind, deaf, mute and clumsy.
Step Three –– Transference
Neophyte waken the vision of the astral body, and this is
accomplished by picturing the opening of the eyes. If
unsuccessful, concentrate instead on simple movements (swinging
of the arms, kicking of the feet, rocking back and forth) and
with some success, return to the opening of the eyes. The
opening of the eyes, more properly defined as the waking vision,
is the first small transference of consciousness.
attention be turned to the sensations of the astral body and
although different than the sensations of the physical body,
there is still a counter-relation of sensation. Awareness of the
forces affecting the astral body is the second step in the
transference of consciousness.
the astral sight is opened and awareness of the astral body and
its state is attained, the Neophyte is ready to proceed to the
next step. It may also be, in weaker states of accomplishment,
that the vision is a rapidly moving blur. This is caused by the
conscious mind rejecting the astral vision. Continuous exposure
will slowly settle the mind until the astral view is relatively
plane of the astral exists as a mirror of the material world,
but this mirror is a reflection of energy and essence. This can
be at first very confusing and the likeness of a thing seen as
energy founded in invisible matter (as opposed to sleeping
vision that sees matter founded with invisible energy) will make
it difficult to identify all but the most mundane things.
Accurately identifying a thing of the material when in the
astral is a most advanced skill, and a most useful one.
of this is accomplished by the higher-sight wakened in the world
of the sleepers, and it is this that allows the identification
of things in the material world to be seen as they exist in the
astral. This is a method of reverse learning. The ability to see
in the astral body, even with no comprehension, automatically
wakens the higher-sight while in the physical. Complete
instruction in this is given below (Higher-Sight).
Step Four –– Moving
Neophyte, in the astral body and having successfully transferred
the consciousness, move through the material plane to any
desired place. Movement within the material by the astral body
is a very different process, in spite of this, it is also a very
simple process, but nonetheless practice is required.
a level of comfort is attained in the process of moving about,
the Neophyte proceeds to the next step. It will also be noted
that the astral body is constrained to the material in the same
way as that of the physical body. For example, after leaving the
body, an attempt is made to reach the moon; the result will
likely be the sliding into a different astral plane, and not
necessarily that of the moon.
is impossible to fully detail the nature of symbols. A symbol is
a living thing, a representation, a thing unto itself, a spirit,
the true essence of existence, and in practical application it
is never just a symbol but part of a system of symbols. The
Neophyte moves to the different planes by fixing symbols
suitable to the destination both in the form without and the
substance within. The Neophyte will be unable to accomplish the
next step without a minimum amount of progress in Asana,
Pranayama, and Dharana. This is not to say that an elevated
level is required, but some small success in each.
Step Five –– Elevation
Neophyte suitably arrange the Temple and assume a seated Asana
posture within a properly constructed circle. The comfort of the
Asana should be the same as that of any flat supine position;
else enough progress has not been achieved to accomplish this
consciousness be singularly focused on the symbols of the
destination and the senses consumed by suitable methods. For
example, if the desired plane is that of the planet Mars, an
appropriate symbol(s) is strongly fixed, and the incense and
general atmosphere adapted to the nature of the planet.
Let the Body
of Light lift out and transit directly to the desired
destination and let the Neophyte use extreme caution not to
grant power to any being that might be encountered.
exploration of any plane be conducted as one who is absolute
Master over all manifestations within any plane. If overwhelmed
and faltering in will or authority, the operation should be
immediately stopped, the Star Ruby ritual diligently done, and
the first four steps revisited
until the Neophyte is better equipped to handle the various
planes of the astral.
the method is such that any success is gained and dominance
secured, the Neophyte may attempt to elevate the Body of Light
onto the Magical Plane. This is a means of pushing the
advancement and taxing the small mastery hereto attained. For it
is the striving ever onward, and in this case upward, that
continuous progress is made.
highest plane of exalted living symbols is the Magical Plane.
All other planes exist within it but in a purified form. The
reaching of this plane is by any formula that contains the
supreme adorations. The Neophyte is given a perfected method of
attaining this plane in the study Liber VII and
further to this, the memorizing of one chapter of Liber
Step Six –– Adoration
Neophyte suitably arrange the Temple and assume a seated Asana
posture within a properly constructed circle.
perfect recitation of a chapter from Liber VII be
thy adoration and method of transiting to the Magical Plane.
the attempt is sincere the benefit is self-evident.
waking and refining of the higher-sight in the course of
everyday life is the seeing of the material from the view of the
astral, but this is done while in the physical body. It is then
a matter of identifying the look of a thing, while in the
physical body and then re-examining the same thing while in the
Body of Light.
Step Seven –– Extrapolation
Neophyte in the physical body examine many things, both active
and inactive, and record the essence of each thing.
Let the same
things be examined while in the astral body and the record
updated on the similarities or lack thereof.
thing examined in both states should be identical.
every astral working, regardless of the progress made or lack
thereof, it is important to align the astral and physical bodies
or, in the words of the Master Therion – “Your
Body of Light may wander away uncontrolled, and be attacked and
obsessed. You will become aware of this through the occurrence
of headache, bad dreams, or even more serious signs such as
hysteria, fainting fits, possibly madness or paralysis.”
*After every Step –– Aligning
Neophyte, after every astral working, assume the Sign of
Silence, then lifting the sign (using the hand pressed against
the lips to then touch the forehead) and vibrating a suitable
name, being that of Harpocrates, Aum, Babalon or Therion and
thereby regaining a unity of consciousness. If the result is
uncertain, let the Star Ruby ritual follow.
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Master Therion maps the planes, in as much as they can be
reasonably charted, no such attempt will be made here. It is
left to the Student to read the descriptions provided by the
Master Therion, but doubly recommended that the personal
explorations be carefully recorded and compiled into a map by
It should be
obvious that the above instruction is, for the most part, the
method and not a complete instruction on the exploration of the
astral planes. The Neophyte takes up the task of exploration in
any way they may deem fitting. Advice may be found in various
writings, but this is never to be used as a substitute for the
inner pull and desired direction of the traveler.
The use of
any narcotic or herb drug should not be employed to further
astral exploration until the above minimum (excluding any
attempts to explore the Magical Plane) has been attained without
such assistance. Hashish is the most effective for such
operations and its properties and proper usage is fully detailed
in “The Herb Dangerous (Part I – IV)” which
can be found in ‘The Equinox, Volume I’. It has also been
printed in a separate edition. If the results of the astral work
are not solidly confirmed to the satisfaction of the Neophyte,
then it is strongly recommended that the use of any drug for
astral exploration be delayed until the grade of Adept has been
appropriate at this time to provide some valuable insight into
the use of narcotics and herb drugs.
Student should carefully research a drug before attempting to
use it to elevate their Magical and Mystical undertakings. The
specific applications of the drug should be thoroughly
unrefined drugs are usually more effective than artificial
narcotics. However, many natural drugs contain poisons and in
some, the poison is the catalyst creating the altered state.
addictive substances should be completely avoided by all
Students and only experimented with by Adepts possessing
use of drugs is not essential for the elevation of the work. The
use of drugs is an optional aid.
The Student should not fear the use of any means required to
further their training and this especially includes social
stigmas attached to such methods. However, consideration must be
given to the law of the land and the possible consequences of
breaking that law. It is left to the Student to weigh the
possible consequences against the possible rewards. It must also
be unequivocally stated that any form of induced intoxication,
does not absolve the Student of the burden of responsibility
resulting from any unworthy actions perpetrated, while so
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shall not pass, nor desire to pass into the next grade without
some measure of success in each step (excluding
any attempts to explore the Magical Plane, which is more
adequately attacked in the next grade), as provided above, for
the tasks of the Zelator cannot be accomplished without a
minimum level of astral experience and the resulting
higher-sight that is produced.
the Spirit Vision
is warned not to substitute one reality for any other. The
transmission, in whatever form, ripped from the interior
consciousness and exposed to the conscious vision, should not be
given any more or less legitimacy than anything acquired by the
conscious vision through use of the senses. A blooming lotus
flower sprung from the soil is as real or unreal as the blooming
lotus flower sprung from the conceptualized inner vision. It can
be accurately stated that existence is an illusion and this
realization should extend to all levels of perception equally.
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There is no
difference, when viewed from above, between the Astral
Planes and the Journey in the
Spirit Vision, however it is necessary to treat them
separately. In this way, proper instruction will produce, at
first, separate results, and later, these two methods will be
seen as a complete form of the same thing.
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The method is
simple; the exploration of the hidden interior through visions.
The result is obvious; the examination of the visions by the
conscious mind. The hidden interior of every man and woman
contains the higher-self and the solution to every aspect of
Student examines the visions,
the Adept communicates with the
visions, and the Magus exists within
the vision. It is an easy delusion for the Student to believe
that control over a vision translates into communication within
the vision. However, communication achieved by the Adept is
independent from the conscious mind, and therefore, not a matter
of control. Becoming completely immersed within a vision and
temporarily loosing the sense of self is not the same as the
Magus existing within the vision.
must explore the hidden interior, exposing the darkness to the
light, achieving whatever depth of understanding and experience
is possible, and this is completely dependant on the current
level of development. The only adequate test for the level of
Spirit Vision attained is found in the ability of the Neophyte
to accomplish the tasks of the next grade.
exercises have been included in the last chapter of Part 8,
‘Meditations for the Neophyte’ and are meant to provide adequate
examples of Spirit Vision techniques. The Neophyte must devise
his or her own methods of tailoring and expanding the
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The use of
any narcotics or herb drugs can be recommended for all
meditations and all levels of Spirit Vision, provided that the
previous advice in the use of any mind-altering drugs is heeded.
That said, psychedelic drugs provide
the most benefit, and have the advantage of not being addictive.