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from the nice-guys-finish-LAShTAL dept.
Liber V vel Reguli begins with a declaration that it is "adapted for the daily use of the Magician of whatever grade." And it is no secret that its daily use is suggested for members of the Second Degree of OTO. But many Thelemites have come to the opinion that performing Reguli every day is not a good idea.
I began the practice of Reguli in New Orleans, where few Thelemites lived at the time. The most striking feature of the ritual was for me the use of the averse pentagram. The rite didn't seem demonic to me, at least in the Ozzy Osborne sense of the term. So why were the stars averse instead of aright?
After a few days of practice, I felt that I had "gotten" it. When we draw the pentagram aright, we affirm the spirit's control over the elements. By the averse pentagram, we acknowledge the elements' control over the spirit. This is our ordinary state, except that ordinarily, we do not recognize it. With the regular pentagram, we lift ourselves from the darkness into the light. With Liber Reguli, we develop the ability to see in the dark, so to speak. The more I practiced Reguli, the more integrated I felt with parts of myself that had previously gone unnoticed. Overall, I found the experience to be settling and calming.
It wasn't until I moved to California that I heard the accepted wisdom: "What a work of mischief, to get Second Degrees performing Reguli every day!" In my adopted homeland, it seemed that most magicians who worked with Reguli, er, regularly, found it to be rapidly and profoundly disruptive.
At first, I thought that this must have been due to the bad experiences of one practitioner who spread the news of his difficulties around, which influenced others, who spread it from there, etc. But since then I've heard the same evaluation from others all over the country.
Am I the only one who practiced Reguli unscathed? What does Reguli do to you?
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