Convictions, morals, other societies and religions.
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Thank you soror & you are welcome. As mentioned before elsewhere, I’v been somewhat connected with SoA some time now as a member and not, and there seems to be something weird (in the most fascinating way) about the formal membership, a sigil – or would seal be the correct word?, much more real than ‘just a formality’ and more weird than just belonging to a group. To that I hold as something-of-a-proof the experiences also mentioned earlier in the introductions thread.
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It may sound banal to say that there's an astral side of an esoteric group, and that astral connection can be felt when (and only if) the participant starts to Work inside that group. But that is how it goes. The seal that you mentioned is like an item, a curiosity, and when such item is received, a member faces two possibilities. One either excepts such an item to start working its magic on him on its own, in which case it will be soon forgotten in the shelf with the other relics – for it will not work this way for long. Or, if one studies it in earnest, she will gradually become more and more fascinated by it, because there seems to be more and more inside patterns, like layers in a puzzle box. Opening that box (via Work) then becomes mostly an inside journey, which might have only a small social aspect. And yet its insides are shared and common to the esoteric group in question. Thus these patterns themselves are the spirits of that particular shared Working, parts of its genius loci.
And this, by the way, is also one reason why it demands a great deal of juggling to be part of several different esoteric groups, and still avoid the snares of surficiality and dilettantism. It is possible, but now very easy, since the different groups are working with slightly different "spirits." Even while they are connected to the same archetypes, their differentiated secondary and tertiary patterns can belong to different puzzles, so to say. The problem is instantly solved to the measure the tertiary & secondary spirits are purifiable back to their primal archetypes, but to the point they are not, the separate patterns can clash as easily as mundane ambition clashes with true occult striving.
Faust: "Lo contempla. / Ei muove in tortuosa spire / e s'avvicina lento alla nostra volta. / Oh! se non erro, / orme di foco imprime al suol!"