In the past few posts I have talked about the Shadow, and Alchemy, and how these ideas are directly connected to psychology. One major aspect of the Occult though, and indeed one of the most important ones for the serious student, is the Knowledge and Conversation with the Holy Guardian Angel. This is often a hotly debated subject within the Occult community, from theories ranging from whether the Holy Guardian Angel is a single entity, or its different for each person. There is also debate on whether the Holy Guardian Angel is a real entity, or a higher form of Consciousness within the person. For today’s discussion, I don’t really want to get into that, but instead, would rather talk about the psychological aspect of the Holy Guardian Angel. Whether it is a real entity, or several real ones, or fake, or several fake ones, that makes no difference to the profound psychological aspect to the Holy Guardian Angel.
What is the Knowledge and Conversation with the Holy Guardian Angel?
The knowledge and conversation with the Holy Guardian Angel is a concept that is very hard for one to explain in mere words. It is a deeply personal revelation that the student of the Arts of Occultism continually strives to reach. It is likened to the Archetypal figure of Christ, and the Self Actualization of Abraham Maslow. The Holy Guardian Angel brings forth the message of the True Will, which the student will finally begin to fully understand, and strive to accomplish that True Will. This is the primary goal of the Occult.
This knowledge and conversation usually does not happen in a vacuum. There are steps and processes one must take to try to reach that step. Much like the process of individuation that Carl Jung talked about, in which the person must find harmony within, conversing with the Angel takes time and harmony within.
Process of Reaching the Knowledge and Conversation
There are many ways a person can reach the Knowledge and Conversation with the Holy Guardian Angel, ranging from Meditation, to rituals, to even yoga. There is a way to fast track this process to about six months, and that is known as the Abramelin Ritual, but even then, unless the student is ready, it will not happen. I highly recommend to not go through with this ritual especially if you are new to the Magick Arts. This ritual is intense and it takes a lot of energy out of the person. My theory on this ritual is that it works so good because it sort of creates a kind of psychosis due to all that is going on around the student. I’m willing to be convinced otherwise, but it just makes sense to me.
I believe the safest way to reach this knowledge is through meditation and daily rituals. The more you meditate, the more you are going to be able to calm and control your mind. This sets the stage for the Holy Guardian Angel. It can come out from the depths to great you because you can focus solely on it. This happens through the daily rituals you perform. It can be anything from the Lesser Banishing Ritual of the Pentagram, to Liber Resh Rituals. It is what works best for you, after all, it is your Guardian Angel.
Once you have had the knowledge and conversation with the Holy Guardian Angel, you will begin on the journey of finding your True Will.
The True Will is the reason for a person being in this world. It is the Will that was given to them from birth onward, and it is the Will that secretly guides many of their decisions, whether they realize it or not. To put it in a psychological way, the True will is like the personality and the unconscious forces therein, that guide a person to make the decisions they do on a daily basis. This personality can be wrapped and crushed, but it’s always there guiding us, Even under the persona’s that we hide behind, we cannot escape it’s guiding force. That is why it is so important to discover our True will. It is literally part of us. There is a saying that goes “fake it until you make it”. Essentially that is what the student of the Arts is doing until they discover their True Will. They live as though they are following it, because in a very real way, it is guiding them.
Once you discover this True Will and follow it, you will have reached a stage in Jungian Psychology know as Individuation. It’s also termed Self-Actualization by Abraham Maslow in his Humanistic Psychology model.
If you want to learn more about the True Will, and take a deeper look at it, I’ll leave a video here! David Shoemaker is a great psychologist, who is also a Thelemite. I like his videos and they have helped me a lot, coming from a Jungian background.
Barriers to the Knowledge and Conversation
There are barriers to reaching the Knowledge and Conversation with the Holy Guardian Angel. Perhaps one of the biggest is an imbalance in the psyche. As I have mentioned in other articles, there is a balance of elemental forces, that help keep the Shadow Self in check, and helps keep the Anima in its place. These imbalances can be from pride, to severe depression, and anything in between. In short, any force within a person that is either over-powering, or neglected, can set a barrier up. The first thing the student must do is make sure they are mentally fit enough to have their Guardian Angel appear. This includes proper dieting and sleep as well, as both of those are needed in order to be in the best mental capacity possible.
It is also important to remember to meditate on a daily basis. If the mind cannot center on summoning the Angel, then it simply will not happen. The Holy Guardian Angel demands our full potential, so that we can reach our full potential. It accepts nothing less than that.
Being spiritually unfit is also one. It is important to remember to do rituals like the Lesser and Greater Rituals of the Pentagram. This helps prepare the mind for the Holy Guardian Angel by banishing bad energies, and summoning good ones.
These are some reasons I believe that the goal of Occultism is psychological in nature. It truly ties in nicely with the psyche and the unconscious.
I hope that I have helped you understand the importance of the process to reach this, and don’t forget to comment on what you think! I love feedback and new ideas!