The Gateway to Your Higher Self

In Thelema, a major emphasis is placed on achieving “Knowledge and Conversation” with your “Holy Guardian Angel,” or higher self. I expect that some of you are familiar with the concept, but likely not a majority on a forum like this. The higher self, or HGA, has been viewed as either an aspect of ourselves or a separate bound entity (depending on who you ask), that is a sort of guide in our spiritual progress. The entity is always with us through each incarnation, until we choose to cross the abyss and shed our identities/egos. It can provide powerful insight and direction on the correct path to take in any given situation, and can advise on the correct goals to pursue in magick. Achieving knowledge and conversation with it is one of the most sought after goals in modern ceremonial magick.

Traditionally Thelemites work the Abramelin operation from the grimoire “The Sacred Book of Abramelin the Mage,” which contains a lengthy 6 month long ritual containing the construction of a specific ritual chamber, tools and numerous evocations, all resulting in a vision of your HGA at the end.

In reality, the task is actually quite simple. I am dismayed at the quantity of traditionalists who still view the Abramelin operation as a necessity. Really, all you need to do is soul travel, and use a specific magical square as a gateway and pass through it (not unlike those in Kingdoms of Flame).

This information is not online or in print anywhere, as it was given to me in my own search for my HGA. As I was traveling, I sought out assistance in my quest at the Akashic records - the repository of human knowledge through the ages, for those who are unfamiliar. A being of light appeared before me and said in latin “Here you must use the Rotas (or wheel, this is translated of course).” It’s worth noting that I don’t speak Latin, I had to use google translate. A quick Google search yields one of the more famous latin palindrome magical squares - the Sator/Rotas square. This square has for millennia been used as a protective talisman, among other uses. I had not heard of it before it was mentioned to me by the being. These sorts of things are great validations of the reality of our pursuits.

I took the square and traced it in the air while traveling, and stepped through. I wont bore you with the details of my own experience, as it lasted probably an hour and I saw many things (some of which were pretty amazing though), but it culminated in me finally understanding the true nature of my HGA, and consequentially being able to see it and converse with it. We have been in frequent communication since.

I wanted to share this method - using this square as a gateway to this part of ourselves, as it is the simplest method I have ever come across that is actually legit. If you can soul travel, you can easily perform this and achieve this previously lofty goal that occultists often strive for their entire lives.

All the best,
Frater Cervus

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Thanks for sharing. Did you recite the words from the square before stepping through? I have worked with a few gateways but have not used the squares from Abramelin for that purpose.

That’s a good point to bring up! I did recite the words as I traced the square.

Is this the right one?

http://speakzeasy.files.wordpress.com/2014/04/sator.gif

[quote=“defectron, post:4, topic:3292”]Is this the right one?

http://speakzeasy.files.wordpress.com/2014/04/sator.gif[/quote]

That’s it!

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Thanks for sharing your experience, FireAbove.
I do have one thing to add. The Abramelin operation takes 18 months, not 6 months. Mathers’ translation was quite flawed (just like many of the holy squares). It wasn’t his fault, though. He just used the wrong manuscripts.

[quote=“archaea, post:6, topic:3292”]Thanks for sharing your experience, FireAbove.
I do have one thing to add. The Abramelin operation takes 18 months, not 6 months. Mathers’ translation was quite flawed (just like many of the holy squares). It wasn’t his fault, though. He just used the wrong manuscripts.[/quote]

Thanks for the correction archaea. I’ve only ever read the Mathers version. It’s still by far the most common translation.

This is the new translation:

http://www.amazon.com/The-Book-Abramelin-New-Translation/dp/089254127X

[quote=“archaea, post:6, topic:3292”]Thanks for sharing your experience, FireAbove.
I do have one thing to add. The Abramelin operation takes 18 months, not 6 months. Mathers’ translation was quite flawed (just like many of the holy squares). It wasn’t his fault, though. He just used the wrong manuscripts.[/quote]

Still, in “Questing After Vision” it is mentioned that it’s a six-month operation.