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A Treatise on White Magic - Rule Seven - The Battleground of the Astral Plane

The dual forces on the plane (whereon the vital power must be sought) are seen; the two paths face the solar Angel; the poles vibrate. A choice confronts the one who meditates.

The Battleground of the Astral Plane

We must start our study and consideration of the seventh Rule for Magic. We have completed the first six Rules which deal specifically with work on the mental plane, and hence have a practical value only for those who are beginning to utilize the power of the mind in the magical work of creation.

It is interesting to note in this connection that, as humanity enters into its heritage of mind, there appears simultaneously a growing tendency towards magical work. Schools of affirmation are cropping up on all sides, whose announced intent is to create those natural conditions wherein a man may have what he deems to be admirable and advisable. Books on the subject of the creative mind are flooding the markets, and discussions on the force back of the creative arts are deemed of vital interest. Psychologists are giving the entire matter much consideration, and though at present the ideal is viewed almost entirely in terms of the physical plane, yet the sum total indicates a vibratory activity in the world soul, as it expresses itself through humanity, and issues forth from the mental realm. The pioneers of the race, and the foremost thinkers and creative workers of humanity are but the sensitives who respond most readily to the mental impulses. They are in the minority as yet, and most people respond to the forces and vibrations emanating from the plane of the emotions and of desire. More and more however are awakening, and the significance of the six first Rules of Magic will become increasingly apparent. [220]

These fifteen rules are divided into:

  • Six rules on the mental plane.
  • Five rules on the desire or astral plane.
  • Four rules on the physical plane.

The main thought to be held clearly in the mind is that they confine themselves to the use of energy in the three worlds, and that this energy is either consciously manipulated by the governing soul or is swept into activity by the force inherent in the matter of the three worlds, independently of the soul. When this is the case, the man is a victim of his own form energies and the matter aspect of all manifestation. In the other case, he is the intelligent ruler, controller of his own destinies, and swings the lower energies into forms and activities through the power of his mind impulses, and the focused attention of his own soul. In the six rules already considered one or two thoughts most clearly emerge and might be summed up in the following terms:

  • Rule 1 - Recollection, resulting in concentration.
  • Rule 2 - Response, resulting in an interaction between higher and lower.
  • Rule 3 - Radiation, resulting in a sounding forth.
  • Rule 4 - Respiration, resulting in creative work.
  • Rule 5 - Reunion, resulting in the at-one-ment.
  • Rule 6 - Reorientation, resulting in a clear vision of the Plan.

Students would do well to consider these relationships, and to work out the underlying synthesis.

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