john parsons

A Quote by John Whiteside Parsons on magick, scientific illuminism, and thelema

Nothing could be more mistaken than the view that magick is based upon a misapprehension of the nature of the physical world in relation to human intellect.  As a social equilibrator it is essential that the magician have a comprehensive knowledge of the various planes whose interaction results in a comprehensive reality.  The primary function of the magician is the understanding and control of the basic forces of life and death as they manifest in change.  Thus it is necessary that the magician be free of the limitation of any particular point of view.  He will thus understand and utilize the scientific method, but he will also comprehend this as one force in the network of forces which constitute his field of culture.
-"Purpose and Object of Magick" in On Magick.

john parsons

Source: Freedom is a Two-Edged Sword and Other Essays Oriflamme 1, Pages: 47

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A Quote by John Whiteside Parsons on balance and good and evil

Nothing is of its nature evil, and nothing is of its nature good.  Evil is only excess, good is simply balance.  All things are subject to abuse, all things are susceptible to beneficial use.  And balance does not consist in denial, or excess of indulgence.

john parsons

Source: Freedom is a Two-Edged Sword and Other Essays Oriflamme 1, Pages: 33

Contributed by: Keith

A Quote by John Whiteside Parsons on thelema, freedom, tyranny, and dogma

Now since all tyrannies are based on dogmas, that is, on fundamental statements of absolute fact, and since all dogmas are based on lies, it behooves us first to seek for truth, and freedom will not be far away.  And the truth is that we know nothing.
Objectively, we know nothing at all.  Any system of intellectual thought, whether it be science, logic, religion, or philosophy, is based on certain fundamental ideas or axioms which are assumed, but which cannot be proved.  This is the grave of all positivism.

john parsons

Source: Freedom is a Two-Edged Sword and Other Essays Oriflamme 1, Pages: 11

Contributed by: Keith

A Quote by John Whiteside Parsons on sorcery and reality

Magick is not created by man, it is a part of man, having its basis in the structure of his brain, his body and his nervous system in their relations to his conceptual universe, the matrix of thought, and of speech, the mother of thought.

john parsons

Source: Freedom is a Two-Edged Sword and Other Essays Oriflamme 1

Contributed by: Stone

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