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By Louis T. Culling and Carl Llewellyn Weschcke. Founded upon the revolutionary premise that High Magick can be distilled to a few powerful and efficient steps, Louis T.
Culling's original edition of this classic magick book broke all the rules. Louis T. Carl Llewellyn Weschcke, publisher of Culling's original edition of this book, offers illuminating commentary, definitions, and discussion points to render these profound magickal philosophies and practices even more accessible and relevant for contemporary magickal practice.
This new edition is also an interesting philosophical commentary, answering a number of questions about historical occult orders and figures like Aleister Crowley. The techniques taught in this curriculum include:. Chairman of Llewellyn Worldwide Ltd. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration Babson , studied Law LaSalle Extension University , worked toward a doctorate in Philosophy University of Minnesota , has a certificate in clinical hypnosis, and honorary recognitions in divinity and magical philosophy.
Author Donald Michael Kraig refers to him as the Father of the New Age because of his early sponsorship of new understanding of old occult subjects. In the fall of Weschcke helped organize the Council of American Witches and became its chairperson and drafted The Thirteen Principles of Belief , one of the corner-stones of modern Wicca.
While no longer active, he retains ties to the Wiccan and magical communities. Still actively associated with Llewellyn, he is engaged in studies and practical research in parapsychology, quantum theory, Kabbalah, self-hypnosis, Tantra, Taoism, Tarot, Astrology, Shamanism, Wicca, Magick, and World Spirituality.
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Any Internet references contained in this work are current at publication time, but the publisher cannot guarantee that a specific reference will continue or be maintained. The author, Lou Culling, died in When Llewellyn published the first edition in , I was so interested in it that I edited and designed the book and even did the cover art for the dust jacket and typeset the entire book on the IBM Composer system that was a technological breakthrough at the time. Otherwise, he would be writing this new edition himself.
We no longer see the Universe as a machine-like mechanism somewhat like a wind-up clock but more as an organism based on complex interactions of energy and matter guided by intention, which is another name for Will or for Divine Plan.
And we no longer see a person as merely a biological wonder with—perhaps—something called my soul attached to it. Why produce a new edition of an old book? Because it is a good book made better, and it is a better book than most new books. It was a pioneering book at the end of an age that helped usher us into the New Age. This new edition helps demonstrate that transition and clarify its meaning. At the same time, the message and the technique of A Shortcut to Initiation is forever valid.
That phrase was written long ago with Above representing the Macrocosm—the Cosmos as a whole, and Below representing the Microcosm—Man in his total self.
What is being said is not merely that Man and Universe are part of a single whole a glorious realization itself but that each human being is a miniature cosmos, complete in every detail even though those details may exist in more potential than current fulfillment. First: Each person functions through the same laws, principles, formulae, etc. Second: Each person has the potential to become successively greater representations of the Universe in all its glory.
We are gods in the making! Each of us is in process of becoming more than we are. The life purpose of each person is to grow in our wholeness, developing innate powers into actual skills. It means that the laws of the universe—the systems by which it functions everyday from the beginning to the end of time if there is such a thing —are the laws of magick, and through the study and practice of magick we grow into the Whole Person we are intended to be, uniting our Lower Self with the Upper Self.
In psychology that is called integration. In magick it is called Initiation. It is also known as Self-Empowerment because the process heals the divisions of Self, enabling the Whole Person to draw upon all the Knowledge, Powers, and Skills of the entire Consciousness. That is the promise of this book.
The founding concept is that the whole operation of Ceremonial Magick can be reduced to a few very efficient steps. It means that, acting upon the premise that the goal of Magick is the integration of Lower and Upper Selves, we may remove all excesses commonly found in other Magickal Orders and Esoteric Societies—those robes, fancy trappings, complex formulae, long drawn-out rituals and extensive speeches, secret handshakes and unnecessary acronyms, and the necessary everyday busy-ness of groups functioning as lodges or covens or organizations.
If we are travelers with a detailed map, we look for the shortest route from where we are now to where we want to go: from our current condition to psychological and spiritual integration.
Yes, of course, should you wish you can bring together a small group of like-minded people and follow the same instructions given in this book—but like the journey of the Fool in the Tarot deck, the esoteric path is ultimately personal and solitary even when you are surrounded by others in a Lonely Crowd. On the solitary path, you are the one in charge, you are the one responsible, and you are the lone actor on the stage of life even though it is the same path and the same stage we all eventually traverse.
Of course you have resources—like this book, and others—to draw upon that were previously unavailable to sincere students. There are hazards you will encounter, and you alone will meet and defeat the challenges to your success.
Even with the help and guidance of others, you alone must crown yourself, just as Napoleon crowned himself emperor of the French empire. And it is in that regard I want to tell you a little about Lou and then a few words about myself.
Lou Culling, —, born February 12 was a fascinating and beloved person. I knew him for only a few years before his passing, during which time we communicated and visited, and published four books. He was born in St. Louis, Missouri, of a prosperous family owning their own business, the Carondelet Foundry. His daughter wrote in that Lou was never interested in the foundry business, which disappointed his father.
He was brilliant on the pipe organ and was the sole organist at the Emmanuel Episcopal Church in Webster Groves, Missouri. Lou was married and had a daughter, Georgine, born August 24, , in Florence, Kansas.
He was in the navy during World War I, and then they moved to California where he had a job playing the organ in a small theatre in Encinitas. In the era of silent films, his profession was a moving picture pipe organist. Lou wrote, In playing music for the fifty-six varieties of emotions, I developed a deep interest in human psychology which destined me to become the sole disciple of psychologist Dr. Clarke Walker. He was my mentor for six years until his death in For a time Georgine was in a private school the Rosicrucian Fellowship.
I hated it and tried to run away! In he homesteaded eighteen acres in Rainbow Valley at the base of Vallicitos Peak near San Marcos, and they lived there until She writes that they mostly lived on quail and rabbits.
Later they moved to San Diego and Dad had a terrible time finding work. For a while he worked in book stores, but the Depression was too tough. In June he attended the first national astrological convention in Los Angeles where he met Llewellyn George founder of Llewellyn Publications , then known as the Dean of American Astrologers, and was invited to do a week of astrological lecturing in San Diego where he outdrew the better-known Manly Palmer Hall.
Georgine still owns the ranch, and her oldest son lives there, managing a nearby nursery. She has four children who were always proud of their grandfather and his books, but neither Georgine nor her children shared in his interest in the occult. Her mother likewise was not interested in the occult but went to meetings with Lou and met Crowley and Regardie, and others involved in the A.
She did not like any of them. Wanda Sue Parrott, forty-one years his junior but sharing the same birthday, then a young student who often shared coffee with him, wrote: Many people look upon Louis T. Culling as a spiritual or occult master. Perhaps he was, but to me he was a kind, perhaps eccentric, unforgettable human being—an Aquarian like myself—who adventured into psychic territories because he was born to do so.
He was a man whose mind had tremendous reach and vitality, whose life was one of adventure and fulfillment, and whose contributions to modern Occultism are unique.
In , Lou joined the Magickal Order G. In connection with the dream techniques of the Order and his work with Dr. Walker, he helped many people learn to dream correctly and significantly. He worked with many patients of Dr. Walker, applying the G. In addition to this book on magickal initiation, Lou wrote several other books on the I Ching, Dream ESP, Nature Magick, Psychic Self-Defense, Sex Magick, and other shorter papers that we may be able to combine in an anthology of his writing and thoughts.
Lou Culling was involved with many of the southern California esoteric leadership during approximately forty years, and had friendships with many of them, including Israel Regardie, Grady McMurty, L. Ron Hubbard, Jack Parsons, and others. He also was in communication with Aleister Crowley who issued him a chart for an autonomous O.
My intent in this new edition is not only to bring back a CLASSIC but to take this as an opportunity to get rid of the misapprehension and misunderstanding of what is communally called Ceremonial Magick. Much of the complexity found in the rituals and practices of the Golden Dawn and other orders should be understood as voluntary—to be used as needed in the same way a symphony director can call upon more musical instruments to enrich the presentation, or a good chef can add other seasonings to please different pallets.
The object of ceremonial magick is to stimulate the senses, to power-up the emotions, and to firmly conceptualize the purpose of the operation—which is to create a transcending experience to unite Personality with the Divine Self.
To this end, rituals, symbols, clothing, colors, incenses, sound, dramatic invocations, and sacraments are selected in accordance with established correspondences of one thing to another to transport the magician towards a mystical reality.
While some groups and individuals insist on rich recipes, I suggest that you can strip them down to what works for you.
Even more, I suggest that sometimes all those extras can get in the way of your intended goal, just as too much incense can cause an asthma attack. The G. What does this statement of intent have to do with about me? And even though I had a hand in this book forty years ago, I know we can make it better and that as such it is an outstanding book fulfilling a mission of great purpose.
The Complete Magick Curriculum of the Secret Order G.B.G. (Paperback)
By Louis T. Culling and Carl Llewellyn Weschcke. Founded upon the revolutionary premise that High Magick can be distilled to a few powerful and efficient steps, Louis T. Culling's original edition of this classic magick book broke all the rules. Louis T. Carl Llewellyn Weschcke, publisher of Culling's original edition of this book, offers illuminating commentary, definitions, and discussion points to render these profound magickal philosophies and practices even more accessible and relevant for contemporary magickal practice.