The Meditation of the Seer
Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law
True Equilibrium is the basis of the Soul. If thou thyself has not a sure foundation, whereon wilt thou stand to direct the forces of nature?
Know then that as man is born into this world amidst the darkness of nature & the strife of contending forces, so must his first endeavor be to seek the Light through their reconciliation. Thus, thou who hast trial & trouble of this life, rejoice because of them, for in them is strength, & by their means is a pathway opened unto the Light Divine.
How should it be otherwise, O man, whose life is but a day in Eternity, a drop in the Ocean of Time? How, if thy trials were not many, couldst thou purge thy soul from the dross of Earth?
Thou therefore who disirest magical gifts, be sure that thy soul is firm & steadfast, for it is by flattering thy weakness that the Evil One will gain power of thee. Humble thyself before thy God, yet fear neither man, woman nor spirit. Fear is failure & the forerunner of failure; & courage is the beginning of virtue. Therefore fear not the spirits, but be firm & courteous with them, for this too may lead thee into sin.
A man is what he maketh himself within the limits fixed by his inherited destiny; he is a part of mankind. His actions affect not himself only, but also those with whom he is brought into contact.
Neither worship nor neglect the physical body, which is thy temporary connection with the outer & material world. Therefore, let thy mental equilibrium be above disturbances by material events. Restrain the animal passions & nourish the higher aspirations; the emotions are purified by intentional suffering.
To obtain magical Power, learn to control thought. Admit only true ideas which are in harmony with the end desired, & not every stray and contradictory idea that presents itself. Fixed thought is a means to an end; therefore, pay attention to the power of silent thought & meditation.
The material act is but the outward expression of the thought, & it hath been said that the thought of foolishness is sin. Thought therefore is the commencement of action, & if a chance thought can produce much effort, what cannot fixed thought do?
Therefore, as has been already said, establish thyself firmly in the Equilibrium of forces, in the center of the cross of the elements, that cross from whose center the creative word issued in the birth of the dawning universe.
Be thou therefore prompt & active as the Sylphs, but avoid frivolity & caprice
Be energetic & strong like the Salamanders, but avoid irritability & ferocity
Be flexible & attentive to images like the Undines, but avoid idleness & changeability
Be laborious & patient like the Gnomes, but avoid grossness & avarice
So shalt thou gradually develop the powers of thy Soul and fit thyself to command the spirits of the elements.
Love is the law, love under will.