I write this letter to you personally, to introduce you to a fantastic personage, the Theurgic Tradition itself. It is variously called the Rosicrucian Art, the Hermetic Science, the Divine Science, the Great Work, the Secret Doctrine, the Holy Mysteries, the Veritable Work, the Path of the Good, the Central Pillar, the Great Arcana, The Quest for Immortality, the Pursuit of the Philosopher’s Stone, the Journey to the City of Gold, the Secret of Resurrection, the Secret of Secrets, the Sanctuary of Sanctuaries, and the Mystery of Mysteries. It is the synthesis of all religions; their reason, their purpose, and their ultimate end. It has used all the gods and myths of man as its clothes to hide in plain sight throughout the millennia. It is the aim of religion pursued with the method of scientific reason. It is in turn science animated by the soul of art. It is all of these things, but this all may well mean nothing for you yet. Still, hold it close at heart.
While the Theurgic Science is all-encompassing in its reach for resources to ascend to the divine, the teachers of this lineage have reduced its name simply to Theurgy. “Theurgy” can be translated to mean “The works which take one to God,” or “The working of God.” In our mind, it pulls together under a clear meaning all the methods of Theurgy, and puts them in a namesake which prevents their abuse by sorcery. In Theurgy, all works are applied solely to the attainment of personal communion with God, called Apotheosis in our tradition. The Theurgist (also called the magician) approaches his path with his mind and heart yearning for something higher, something greater, something which religion or philosophy alone fail to satisfy in the advanced soul. Worn weary of the lectures of men on stages, the words of books and pages, the student rises and seeks the mages. For what is a mage? It is a magus, a “wise man,” one who has mastered the magia or “wise art” of the ancient Fire Sages. It is one who has seen, who has experienced, what is beyond the veil of matter and spirit alike. It is a person illuminated in the inner glow of peace, love, light, liberty, and truth.
This magnetic pull of the soul towards the divine flame of God will result, inevitably, in the individual coming into the hands of those who have been entrusted with the task of teaching others. I am writing this letter to you in the hopes that you are one such person, without worry about whether or not your temporary stay along your path will be with our teachers or those of some other lineage. If you have made it this far, God will put you where you belong. Even though the names of our organizations, lodges, and societies change from place to place, and have changed over the centuries, whether you are with one group or another does not matter; once God has brought you into the circuit, into this orbit, you will not leave until you are united with Deity. I write this therefore knowing in my heart that I will see you eventually, maybe in this life, maybe in a future life, maybe in between lifetimes in a celestial college, but eventually all members of this path come upon each other, for it is the same overarching group of masters who watch over us all.
Let us move, in the mean time, to more practical considerations. I imagine you may have some questions, and I will try to predict them as best as my own experience will allow me. If by the end of this letter you still have questions you would like answered before making up your mind about beginning in this tradition, then please get a message to me via email. I may not reply immediately due to time constraints, but I promise I will reply, and I will do so to the best of my abilities.
What is the difference between magic and theurgy?
The word “magic” evokes more misconceptions than it does spirits. Certain teachers throughout the history of our lineage have tried to salvage the word “magic” from the ruins of superstition and fear. Pointing out that its root is “magia” and it refers to “the wise arts,” they have argued nobly that magic is the sublime tradition of attaining the knowledge and understanding of the universe, and man’s real relationship to God. The people of the world, though, have refused to listen. Even those thought to be learned on subjects of spirituality and mysticism have turned a deaf ear to any defense of the word “magic,” and will not under any circumstances allow themselves to be educated in that area. Seeing this, it was decided that a new set of words should be used, which though more exhaustive, do not have the superstitious associations that the word “magic” does. Indeed to be able to recognize them at all by their names requires education in the field of occultism. Were you to mention Rosicrucianism, the Hermetic Science, or Theurgy, to most people, they would have no idea what you were talking about. If you said “magic,” they would instantly conjure ideas of black masses, orgies, candles lit in smoky rooms dedicated to infernal lords, etc, etc, etc. This separation in education opens a channel for a more meaningful understanding of this tradition. If you say that magic is an art and science whereby man elevates himself spiritually into the arms of God, few will believe you. If you say, however, that it is Theurgy which does this, people will be intrigued. For this reason we have adopted the name of Theurgy as the practice, philosophy, and system itself, in hopes of bringing this light to more people. Properly understood, if we make “magic” to be the understanding of the universe and its forces, then Theurgy is the application of that understanding to divine and noble ends.