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“To turn one hemp-seed from its proper use is to disturb the balance of Nature.”

— deleted passage in Aleister Crowley's typescript for Duty

“Learn first—Oh thou who aspirest unto our ancient Order!—that Equilibrium is the basis of the Work. If thou thyself hast not a sure foundation, whereon wilt thou stand to direct the forces of Nature?”

Liber Librae sub figurâ XXX, The Book of the Balance

“Let us try to make considerations of the nature of Magick in a strictly scientific spirit, as well as, deprived of the guidance of antiquity, we may.

What is a Magical Operation? It may be defined as any event in nature which is brought to pass by Will. We must not exclude potato-growing or banking from our definition.”

Magick in Theory and Practice, Chapter XIV, Of the Consecrations: with an Account of the Nature and Nurture of the Magical Link.

“The themes of balance and moderation are key principles in the development of the individual within the Golden Dawn … The balance of these forces within the initiate as they progress in the order allows them to exit the First Order, which is focused on the study of the knowledge necessary for the ‘sacred rites’ above, and enter the Second Order, which is focused on their practice. This balance and the bringing into order the sephiroth of the Ruach allows the initiate to symbolically pass through the veil between the lower portions of the Tree of Life, represented by the Portal grade, to be initiated into the sephira of Tiphereth in the Adeptus Minor grade. It is from this point that the adept is able to engage in the ritual activities that allow him or her to continue to advance their consciousness up the Tree of Life towards the unity represented by Kether and the Divinity that is above its highest point.”

— Al Billings, The Soul and the Adept

“Achieving balance is a key element within Thelema, in terms of both the worldly and the spiritual. This includes balancing pride with humility, light with dark, matter with spirit, knowledge with wisdom, logic with emotion, and even free will with destiny. It is through the reconciliation of apparent opposites that Attainment is possible. ”

— Ash, Thelema 101