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« on: December 13, 2008, 06:28:54 AM »

The abyss does not have its origins in Golden Dawn , New Age or Crowley .

The Tree of Life has always had an abyss it is not a Crowley invention . This gap   represents the gulf from the Magician to God , between humanity and Godhead after incarnation .

The naming of the spheres of the Tree of Life which are used today comes from Abrahamic Scriptures .From Proverbs 3:20 we get one of these namings and the abyss is there with the sepiroth ;
http://scripturetext.com/proverbs/3-20.htm ;
thowm  (teh-home')
an abyss (as a surging mass of water), especially the deep (the main sea or the subterranean water-supply) -- deep (place), depth.

In Ancient Sumer the depths of the sea was a hell from which Tiamet arose in defiance of the Gods and was slain by Marduk . There is a chasm, a void , an empty gulf  or some  description of a place of separation between God and Humanity in many Mythologys .
This is called the abyss .


The Tree of Life is a ancient and universal archetype occurring in Ancient Sumer and Ancient Indus Peninsula for example . The abyss is that gulf between the Mystica Unio and the aspirant , which since the time of Isaac Luria (1534-1572) has come to include the pathway through Daath to Kether . This is not of Golden Dawn origin .

 Kaballah is specific to the magician . It is commonly held that the projection of consciousness across the abyss is to attain Daath and Kether .

Daath is promoted as a hole or as a sephira . It represents the chasm or abyss the distancing from Godhead which is crossed for a time in Unia Mystica and at will by the adept .

 Since Bardon eliminated Da ath it might be assumed he was not accepting this 11th emanation preferring the more traditional 10 on the Hebrew Tree before Isaac of Luria in the 1500s .

Daath is the 11th Sephirah or a Hole by other interpretations and was added to the Tree by Isaac of Luria (1534 – July 25, 1572)nearly 4 centuries before Bardon
 (December 1, 1909 – July 10, 1958) was born .

The Cabalistic "explanation" runs as  follows:  when Malkuth "fell" out of the Garden of Eden (Fig.  2) it left behind a "hole" in the fabric of the Tree,  and this "hole",  located in  the center of the Abyss,  is called Daath,  or Knowledge.

In the  Bardon Companion by Rawn Clark p 121  ; "In western kabbalistic terms, the work of Step Ten corresponds to the final approach to the Abyss -- which lies between Chesed and Binah (the Jupiter and Saturn planes) -- culminating in a successful crossing of the Abyss (i.e., the reaching of Binah/Saturn which confers Unity). The Abyss marks the barrier between the kabbalistic "worlds" of Yetzirah and Briah, of the sequentialized realm and the non-sequential realm (also known as "chaos")...The crossing of this Abyss completely, and forever, transforms the consciousness of the initiate, for from the "other side" of the Abyss, the initiate perceives eternity.The work of this section of Step Ten concerns the exploration of the various spheres and planes of existence through mental wandering. The student begins with an exploration of the realms inhabited by the beings of the Elements ."

To cross the abyss is to cross through Daath but Bardon does not mention taking that journey ;

Bardon goes on to name the remaining seven zones .
Moon Yesod foundation 9
Mercury Hod splendour 8
Venus Netzach victory 7
Sol Tipareth beauty 6
Mars Geburah severity 5
Jupiter Gedulad / chesed mercy 4
Saturn Binah understandng 3
Beyond these ,Bardon discusses that there are ;
chokmah /wisdom and kether/crown and beyond Kether more realms .

Bardon does not claim to have attained Daath or Kether so one may assume he did not do so . Crowley clearly describes the black cube at the clasp of the spheres , so one may find his statement credible once they attain that sphere themselves . And Monroe and Brown claimed to have projected to the afterlife homes of the deceased . When one projects there , then they can judge the credulity of these master magicians too . An instructional venue would allow for the meeting of minds and the confirmation of each other's magical experiences by their description and  replication of such feats .

Book resources where they talk about obtaining Da ath, and Kether :
Dion Fortune Mystical Qabalah
Complete System of the Golden Dawn

Crossing the Abyss...[Da'ath on the throat] ... meaning knowledge, but representing in the Qabala the Abyss before Kether and true enlightenment. ...

Abyss and Back~In terms of this structure, Kether is the union of our moment to moment .... What is happening when we are crossing the Abyss is we are withdrawing ...www.hermetic.com/webster/abyss.html

alt.magicK KfaQ#10: The Abyss? (kreEePing oOze faQ)
What does crossing the Abyss mean? Many things. I associate it with the path of ... There is another Abyss between the Kether of Atziluth and the En Soph. ...

"Only Man", D. H. Lawrence The triad of Binah, Chokmah and Kether are a ..... Is it possible to "cross the Abyss"? The answers to these questions depends on ...

Faith is the key to crossing the abyss between kether and tipereth. The abyss of daath is not easy to cross which makes this particular path ...

Crossing the Abyss is a symbolic path which involves the 'Destruction of Self' ( to ... replaces the supernal triad, with Daath taking the place of Kether. ...

GIMEL the camel is the means of crossing the abyss from Tiphareth to Kether. DALETH the door is provocative (Venus), it is the Gate of Supernals (between ...

Realise Kether and that dream is over. Here creation ends because our backs are turned against creation and ...

crossing-the-abyss-from-meridjet. Well, as I said a few days ago, .... birth yourself from the emptiness that emanates from Kether and gives shape to all. ...

The abyss to Kether. Like the Moon, Kether has two aspects: manifest and hidden, and for this ..... Is it possible to "cross the Abyss"? The answers to ...



Bardon does not claim to have attained Daath or Kether so one may assume he did not do so .
Crowley claimed to have attained Daath and to have crossed the abyss . Bardon did not claim to have done so .

Another reason that it has been held that Bardon did not cross the abyss or attain Kether is because of his descriptions and the magical experiences he relates . This is not an opinion I formed . It is one I agree with though .

 It is not difficult to believe that each generation might fly higher and further than the previous one ? Let us hope humanity shall continue to evolve spiritually over generations of time .

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« Reply #2 on: July 07, 2015, 10:10:13 AM »

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Has anyone experienced the Abyss? What was your experience like?
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Imho and ime;
Yes I have had and have experienced it in circle with peers also.

The preparation to cross the abyss can require a sacrifice. The magickian may need to sacrifice part of the vibration that they have attained in order to release that aspect to the greater universe to alternate realms to learn 24/7 while the magickian is mired in the physical. This apparent sacrifice causes the magickian to be noticably depleted of their powers , and their consciousness. It seems as if one is halved in magnitude less capable of feeling, seeing , hearing , flying and knowing magickally. But this sacrifice of physical current potential is not in vain. The part that leaves the magickian returns to teach them in alternate states of consciousness and eventually improves the magickian immeasurably . But some say by being halved now the magickian will double later.

The pathworking of meditative trance, dreamstate lessons, circle , shamynism, healing, evocation et cetera will cause the vibration to continually ascend when all is done in love, forgiveness and service. The magickian's preparations will afford greater ascension of vibration and at the end of each journey around the wheel ; from the fool to the magickian again, the aspirant is more capable of the culmination and another crossing of the abyss.

Each time that the abyss is crossed during ascension the gap becomes smaller between the self and the source . Crossing the abyss is the jump in faith from self to the greater self to reunite albeit for a brief period with Godhead; Samadhi, Kether, Unio mystico, Henios. Each time that the magickian crosses their abyss the effort required is less, the rewards are greater and the time spent in zen is longer. However crossing the abyss is a form of acceptance of the true self the faults the negative emotions and the fears.

Also if the soul is descending than the crossing of the abyss becomes more difficult with each attempt it is the reciprocal seemingly easy at first but that is the attraction to the dark side of self and the illusion of power. The next attempt increases the dark nights of the soul. And further attempts at descension can and do lead to insanity and self destruction.

Eventually , the magickian is able to cross the abyss at will to manipulate the cosmic spheres the beads of the energy body so that the black and white cubes discussed by Uncle Al come together to join the spheres in a loop and the gap is gone. When the spheres become unattached then these are linear and the magickian is grounded in physical reality and the abyss seems infinite. The spheres are topped by gold and silver; amoris/shen and akasha. The cubes are black and white.
these four elemental energies are manipulated by the magickian to join them together or pull them apart by imbibing the body with the appropriate tattwas ;

bringing the golden sun to the silver moon conjoins the spheres  into the cosmic necklace ; at onement
bringing the white cloud of water and air to the black earth conjoins the spheres into the cosmic necklace ; at onement
bring all four together as above and the link lasts longer as long as one can endure trance

bringing the white cube to the silver sphere repels the spheres into a linear vertical stack
bringing the black cube to the golden sphere repels the spheres into a linear vertical stack
It is easier to ground self that is the naturally occurring state

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