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Holy Guardian Angel: Your Higher Self
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The Holy Guardian Angel is representative of one’s truest divine nature. This is the higher self of some Wiccan traditions, and Jungian psychology. It is the Genius of the Golden Dawn, the Atman of Hinduism, the Augoeides of Iamblichus, and the Daemon of the Gnostics.
Early in his life, Crowley said that this was a part of yourself as is suggested in the first paragraph. But when he is in his seventies he takes a diametrically opposed view. In "Magic Without Tears" he states:
"Now, on the other hand, there is an entirely different type of angel; and here we must be especially careful to remember that we include gods and devils, for there are such beings who are not by any means dependent on one particular element for their existence. They are microcosms in exactly the same sense as men and women are. They are individuals who have picked up the elements of their composition as possibility and convenience dictates, exactly as we do ourselves... I believe that the Holy Guardian Angel is a Being of this order."
The idea of the Holy Guardian Angel is intrinsically tied up with the idea of True Will. Crowley comments on this in several of his works. But summarized it is the will as it is in direct link with the universe and the way things are meant to be. This is what is meant by "Do what thou Wilt shall be the whole of the Law". If you are following your divine will, True Will, you will not be able to do anything wrong. You will be doing exactly as you should be doing.
This is also referenced by the Vision of the Machinery of the Universe. This is the vision of the Qabalistic Sepheroth Yesod. When one attains mastery of this sphere one knows that everything is exactly as it should be. And nothing is wrong. This doesn’t mean there is no suffering or vice. It simply means that the universe plays itself out just as it should.
The Knowledge and Conversation with the Holy Guardian Angel (KCHGA) is the way to find your True Will. Although there are several methods in the different schools and lodges, there is no one way to do it.
It is impossible to lay down precise rules by which a man may attain to the knowledge and conversation of His Holy Guardian Angel; for that is the particular secret of each one of us; as secret not to be told or even divined by any other, whatever his grade. It is the Holy of Holies, whereof each man is his own High Priest, and none knoweth the Name of his brother's God, or the Rite that invokes Him. (Book 4, "One Star in Sight")
The preoccupation with the needs of the other parts of the individual stands in the way to the Knowledge and Conversation of the Holy Guardian Angel. Crowley stated in Liber Samekh the following concerning this process:
"The Adept will be free to concentrate his deepest self, that part of him which unconsciously orders his true Will, upon the realization of his Holy Guardian Angel. The absence of his bodily, mental and astral consciousness is indeed cardinal to success, for it is their usurpation of his attention which has made him deaf to his Soul, and his preoccupation with their affairs that has prevented him from perceiving that Soul."
Since there is as many ways to achieve the Knowledge and Conversation of the Holy Guardian Angel as there are magicians, I will talk about some of thing that may be common to most.
Since the Holy Guardian Angel is said to be our higher self, we must realize that this part of ourselves is divine. We invoke it just as we would any other god or goddess. We must still the mind and heart in order to listen to the soul. If there is anything that can deter you in your search and invocation it will.
You must have the ability to still the mind and invoke the god or goddess with no hesitation. You should do this often and regularly. Do not think that it will come easy, because it will not. You are connecting with God.
The base for the word religion is 'to relink'. This operation is a 'relinking' of sorts to the deity within each of us. It has long been said that each of us are gods and goddesses in the Craft. Take for example the Church of All World greeting "Thou art God". This is an acknowledgement of the Holy Guardian Angel. It is the acknowledgement of the divine within each of us.
Crowley sums up the operation of Abremalin the Mage in his book Equinox of the Gods as such:
"The aspirant must have a house secure from observation and interference. In this house there must be an oratory with a window to the East, and a door to the North opening upon a terrace, at the end of which must be a lodge. He must have a Robe, Crown, Wand, Altar, Incense, Anointing Oil, and a Silver Lamen. The terrace and lodge must be strewn with fine sand. He withdraws himself gradually from human intercourse to devote himself more and more to prayer for the space of four months. He must then occupy two months in almost continuous prayer, speaking as little as possible to anybody. At the end of this period he invokes a being described as the Holy Guardian Angel, who appears to him (or to a child employed by him) , and who will write in dew upon the Lamen, which is placed upon the Altar. The Oratory is filled with Divine Perfume not of the aspirant's kindling."
This seems like a lot of work, and it is. But the basis for the ritual is seen here. You must be able to remove yourself from the world a great deal. The more you are in contact with the world the harder the operation will be. This is to bring yourself away from material concerns and this makes opening up the channels easier.
There is really no need for all the trappings such as the tools and the lodge and so forth. Abramelin was very wealthy and could have these things if he wanted them. While it is advisable for you to be in no dire need of money, you should be well supported nonetheless. This is simply a way to remove yourself from worries.
The key to a successful invocation is simply to invoke often and earnestly. It will take some time for you to do this. But the rewards are very worth it.
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