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The Holy Guardian Angel

Visit the Innermost of the Earth and by rectifying you will find the Hidden Stone.

The Holy Guardian Angel is representative of one’s truest divine nature. The process termed “Knowledge and Conversation” in the system of Magick is derived from the single most important goal, to consciously connect with one’s HGA, by doing so, the magician becomes fully aware of his own true will.

According to several systems of Magick, including a certain Edward Alexander Crowley, it is supposed to be the ‘ultimate goal’.Jeremy Crow compares it to psychology, especially that of Jung, that the HGA can be explained as the ‘shadow’, what essentially protects one from what (the ‘mind’) could not process at the time, for one's own safety, and compares it to the archetype of the (commonly accepted role of) Satan, as keeper of Hell, and the damned souls, demons who keep everybody in.

He explains further, that our goal would be to make the transition from Satan to Lucifer, the bringer of light, to make those secrets come out of the dark and be available to us.

I say, what about the idea of the ‘shadow self’ as your adverse persona? Your true opposite often depicted as something sinister or limited, part of the unconscious mind consisting of repressed weaknesses, shortcomings, and instincts. Surely the ‘Knowledge and Conversation with your Holy Guardian Angel’ must be grander.

In the Golden Dawn tradition, the purpose of initiation is to achieve this, and ‘Perfect Happiness, ‘Summum bonum’, happiness in the material world (Malkuth). I would say this is achieved by visiting your darker side and discovering all its hidden aspects, balancing them, thus returning with the stone of the wise.

If one is feeling down, remember your shadow is the opposite. The real discovery is that the integration between yourself and your shadow is always in perfect balance and in perfect happiness. Sometimes you cancel each other out. Then you realize what potential lies within your close partnership.

ii-wy em Hotep - Patrick Gaffiero


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