It is immaterial whether these exist or not. By doing certain things certain results will follow; students are most earnestly warned against attributing objective reality or philosophic validity to any of them.
It is desirable that the student should never attach to any result the importance which it at first seems to possess.
(In another book will it be treated of the Expansion and Contraction of Consciousness; progress by slaying the Chakkrams; progress by slaying the Pairs of Opposites; the methods of Sabhapaty Swami, &c., &c.)
When these are committed to memory, he will begin to understand the nature of these correspondences. (See Illustrations The Temple of Solomon the King in this number. Cross references are given.)
Let us suppose that you wish to obtain knowledge of some obscure science.
In column XLV., line 12, you will find "Knowledge of Sciences."
By now looking up line 12 in the other columns, you will find that the Planet corresponding is Mercury, its number eight, its lineal figures the octagon and octagram. The God who rules that planet Thoth, or in Hebrew symbolism Tetragrammaton Adonai and Elohim Tzabaoth, its Archangel Raphael, its Choir of Angels Beni Elohim, its Intelligence Tiriel, its Spirit Taphtatharath, its colours Orange (for Mercury is the Sphere of the Sephira Hod, 8), Yellow, Purple, Grey, and Indigo rayed with Violet; its Magical Weapon the Wand or Caduceus, its Perfumes Mastic and others, its sacred plants Vervain and others, its jewel the Opal or Agate; its sacred animal the Snake, &c., &c.
These rituals need not be slavishly imitated; on the contrary the student should do nothing the object of which he does not understand; also, if he have any capacity whatever, he will find his own crude rituals more effective than the highly polished ones of other people.
The general purpose of all this preparation is as follows:
[The importance of these lies principally in the fact that particular sets of images that the student may meet in his wanderings correspond to particular lineal figures, divine names, &c. and are controlled by them. As to the possibility of producing results external to the mind of the seer ("objective," in the ordinary common sense acceptation of the term) we are here silent.]
These, at least, should be completely mastered before the dangerous Methods of Chapters V. and VI. are attempted.
It is a matter for very great regret that no simple and certain test of success in this practice exists.
(The Grade of the "Portal" is particularly attributed to the element of Spirit; it refers to the Sun; the Paths of ס, נ and ע, are attributed to this degree. See "777" lines 6 and 31 bis).
(The Grade of 4° = 7□ is particularly attributed to the element Fire; it refers to the planet Venus; the paths of ק, צ and פ are attributed to this degree. For other attributions see "777" lines 7 and 31).
(The Grade of 3° = 8□ is particularly attributed to the element Air; it refers to the planet Mercury; the paths of ר and ש are attributed to this degree. For other attributions see "777" lines 8 and 23).
(The Grade of 2° = 9□ is particularly attributed to the element of Air; it refers to the Moon; the path of ת is attributed to this degree. For other attributions see "777" lines 8 and 23).
(The Grade of 1° = 10□ is particularly attributed to the element of Earth. For other attributions see "777" lines 10 and 32 bis).
Which Word consists of the initials of a sentence which means "One is His Beginning: One is His Individuality: His Permutation is One."
This hexagram consists of two equilateral triangles, both apices pointed upwards. Begin at the top of the upper triangle and trace it in a dextro-rotary direction. The top of the lower triangle should coincide with the central point of the upper triangle.
This Hexagram has the apex of the lower triangle pointing downwards, and it should be capable of inscription in a circle.
This Hexagram is like that of Earth; but the bases of the triangles coincide, forming a diamond.
This hexagram has the lower triangle placed above the upper, so that their apices coincide.
The Hexagram of Earth alone is used. Draw the hexagram, beginning from the point which is attributed to the planet you are dealing with. (See "777" col. lxxxiii.)
Thus to invoke Jupiter begin from the right-hand point of the lower triangle, dextro-rotary and complete; then trace the upper triangle from its left hand point and complete.
Trace the astrological sigil of the planet in the centre of your hexagram.
For the Zodiac use the hexagram of the planet which rules the sign you require ("777", col. cxxxviii); but draw the astrological sigil of the sign, instead of that of the planet.
For Caput and Cauda Draconis use the lunar hexagram, with the sigil of Caput Draconis or Cauda Draconis.
To banish, reverse the hexagram.
In all cases use a conjuration first with Ararita, and next with the name of the God corresponding to the planet or sign you are dealing with.
The Hexagrams pertaining to the planets are as in plate on preceding page.
But at least make sure of this: that any imaginary figure or being shall instantly obey the will of the student, when he uses the appropriate figure. In obstinate cases, the form of the appropriate God may be assumed.
 Asana originally meant "sitting down", a sitting position. In the practice of Yoga it denoted the art of sitting still, but later was applied to cultivating the ability to remain in seated meditation for extended periods.
 Pranayama is "extension of the breath" or "extension of the life force". "Yama" is also often taken to mean "restrain" or "control" rather than "extend".
 Dharana is translated variously as "collection or concentration of the mind (joined with the retention of breath)", or "the act of holding, bearing, wearing, supporting, maintaining, retaining, keeping back (in remembrance), a good memory", or "firmness, steadfastness, certainty".
 See Illustration in Vol. I. No. 1, Blind Force.
 See Illustration in Vol. I. No. 1, The Silent Watcher.