The Link Between Philosophy and Magick

“…First, the original form (huperousia) as the originator of all forms; secondly, the physical world, which impresses the traces of the Ideas on the surface matter, and multiplies the original nature in countless mirrors set face to face; thirdly, the form of the rational world, which individualizes numerically for the senses the shadows of Ideas, brings them into one, and raises them to general conceptions for the understanding. The moments of the original form itself are termed Being, goodness (nature or life), and unity.”

There are two states of philosophy; one being the active discourse of the mind, linking together (through imagination) the unconscious/subconscious symbolic ideas of culture, history, and one’s own personal discourses from the past; the other being the passive (but never truly static) memory of the collective unconscious’s discourses, by which we utilize in the active state of philosophizing. The active and the passive states of philosophy always influence one another through discourse itself, and the discourse is reliant upon both states in order to occur.

Magick is discourse through action, whereas philosophy is discourse through thought. The passive state of philosophy, (which includes the idea of magick) is brought forth through imagination and expressed in ritual; rituals then serve as the concretization of this process of unconscious expression. This changes the magician’s self-concept as he becomes conscious of his unconscious expressions, and as his memory is subtly altered and his idea of magick becomes more stable, he receives a foundation for more transmutation.
Discourse through thought begins with the same process; active imagination which is then expressed. Instead of direct action however, philosophy expresses its discourse through language, reinventing the ideas/unconscious memory of the world for the philosopher.

Neither are complete without one another; the magician requires his symbolism to be communicable to himself through the discourse of the philosopher, and similarly the philosopher must be able to let his language affect the world he lives in.