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Union of the Mandala and Circle
Sam Webster, PhD, M.Div., Mage
Original Date: Thursday, May 18, 2017
The circle of western practice and the mandala (lit. 'circle') of yogic and tantric practice appear quite different. The former a delineated and protected space for ritual and movement, the latter a complex graphic or a spacial arrangement of divine personages. These personages embody ideal states expressed in hand positions, sound, color, emblem, and human form and are typically contemplated or visualized by a seated practitioner. The magic circle is formed through gesticulation, circumambulation, incantation as well as visualization by an upright and mobile practitioner. Combined, the way of the circle and the tantric mandala can produce a cycle of transformation leading to the achievement of the ideal states characteristic of the inhabitants of the mandala, activated by the movement and energy of the circle casting process. Embodied, energetic, and active, this form can swiftly move past the cognitive into the non-dual noetic, refining emotional and mental poisons into the pristine cognitions of the awakened mind.
Sam Webster, PhD, M.Div., Mage, has taught magick publicly since 1984. He graduated from Starr King School for the Ministry at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley in 1993 and earned his doctorate at the University of Bristol, UK, with a thesis on the History of Theurgy from Iamblichus to the Golden Dawn. He is an Adept of the Golden Dawn, and an initiate of Wiccan, Druidic, Buddhist, Hindu and Masonic traditions, publisher at Concrescent Press, and author of "Tantric Thelema". In 2001 he founded the Open Source Order of the Golden Dawn (www.OSOGD.org), in 2013 founded the Pantheon Foundation (www.PantheonFoundation.org), and serves the Pagan community principally as a priest of Hermes. SamWebster11@gmail.com