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Middle Pillar PDF book (1938) by Israel Regardie (with illustrations) A study of the kabbalah

Middle Pillar PDF book (1938) by Israel Regardie  (with illustrations) A study of the kabbalah


In the early decades of this century, little was known about the techniques of western ceremonial magic due to the veil of secrecy which had shrouded these practices. Unless a person happened to be a member of a magical organization, there was little chance of learning the procedures and initiatory practices of high magic.

This changed in 1937 when Israel Regardie published four volumes titled The Golden Dawn, a collection of ceremonies and teachings from the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn. Earlier, Regardie had published two books describing the magical principles of the Golden Dawn system. The Middle Pillar, published in 1938, gave step-by-step details on how to perform practical exercises of ceremonial magic, something which was quite revolutionary for its time.

Perhaps even more radical was Regardie's daring attempt to correlate these magical techniques to the (then) new' methods and hypotheses of psychoanalysis. Since the object of study in both magic and psychology was the human mind, it was Regardie's belief that magic could be regarded as a subdivision of the science of psychology. Such a thing was quite unheard of in 1938. In fact, Regardie postulated that psychotherapists could use the techniques of magic, such as the Lesser Banishing Ritual and the Middle Pillar exercise of the Golden Dawn, in a clinical setting for the benefit of patients.


Contents of the book:


Chapter One

The Two Pillars of the Temple (ed.) .3

Chapter Two

The Tree of Life (ed.) .25

Chapter Three

The Qabalistic Cross and the Pentagram Ritual (ed.) .47

Chapter Four

The Middle Pillar Exercise (ed.) .69

Chapter Five

Circulating the Light and the Formula of Vibration (ed .)....85

Part Two: The Balance Between Mind and Magic

Further analysis of the relationship
between psychology and magic.

by Chic Cicero and Sandra Tabatha Cicero

Chapter Six

Psychology and Magic 103

Chapter Seven

The Art of Relaxation.139

Chapter Eight

Yoga, Chakras, and The Wisdom of the East.159

Chapter Nine

The Pentagram.175

Chapter Ten

The Middle Pillar Exercise. 209

Appendix

The Musical Qabalah by Thom Parrott .243

Glossary.251

Bibliography.267

Index.273





Author: Israel Regardie
 Publication Date:1983 

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