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Towards an Analysis of The Logomachy of Zos


It might be useful, at this point, to give a little attention to some general observations about Spare's contributions to the occult. Spare can be considered the father of modern sigil magic. To bring this point into focus here is a section from Frater U.'.D.'.'s book High Magic where he describes the heart of Spare's sigil magic:
"Spare's sigil magic is based on a mechanism that plays a key role in the psychology of Sigmund Freud: psychological repression… Spare's brilliant idea that he developed just after the turn of the nineteenth to the twentieth century… didn't view this psychological mechanism as disturbing or undesired, seeking its elimination like the "father of psychoanalysis" did, but rather recognized it in an entirely pragmatic sense as being predefined and therefore quite practical for magical use… If the psyche represses certain impulses, desires, fears, and so on, and these then have the power to become so effective that they can mold or even determine entirely the entire conscious personality of a person right down to the most subtle detail, this means nothing more than the fact that through repression ("forgetting") many impulses, desires, etc. have the ability to create a reality to which they are denied access as long as they're either kept alive in the conscious mind or recalled into it. Under certain conditions, that which is repressed can become even more powerful than that which is held in the conscious mind.
Such considerations almost automatically created the desire to constructively use this mechanism of psychological power instead of wanting to eliminate, reverse, or avoid it. Spare believed that intentionally repressed material would become enormously effective in the same way that "unwanted" repressions and complexes have tremendous power over the person and his or her shaping of reality. It was a logical conclusion to view the subconscious mind as the source of all magical power, which Spare soon did. In his opinion, a magical desire cannot become truly effective until it has become an organic part of the subconscious mind. This can definitely be understood in a physical sense as well, which is why Spare plausibly placed great importance on personal magical posture (mudras)."
Spare's method, then, involves the intentional suppression of the desire which motivates one's magical work through the mechanism of sigil creation, charging, and then banishing (forgetting).

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