The Dictionary of Traditional Magick and Etherical Science #15

The Dictionary of Traditional Magick and Etherical Science #15


A column by Gerald del Campo, The Dictionary of Traditional Magic and Etherical Science features ten author-selected definitions per issue. The definitions included in Mr. del Campo’s Dictionary do not necessarily reflect the views of the administrators or other contributors of this magazine.

Ain Sof

(Qabalah) Hebrew “Without end.” A reference to God, who is everywhere and in all things. If Ain is the number 0, then Ain Sof is the number 1 and represents creation as it is about to manifest. Because Ain Sof represents a pre-existent state and is infinite, it can have no attributes. Ain Sof represents the second Veil of Negative Existence.

Ain Sof Aur

(Qabalah) Hebrew “Limitless Light.” The third Veil of Negative Existence, from which all things are manifest.


(Alchemy) In alchemy, a mysterious power that facilities alchemical transformation. Otherwise known as the “universal solvent,” to indicate its capacity to reduce all physical matter to its basic quintessence. Alkahest was used to transmute metals to their purest form, which was gold. In physical terms, this meant creating or revealing the Astral Body.


(Yoga, Theosophy) Sanskrit for space or sky. Madame Blavatsky popularized the word in her Theosophical writings. It is synonymous to the Ether of the alchemists, Levi’s “Astral Light,” and that mysterious “Fifth Element” or “Quintessence.” It is very similar to the Thelemic concept of Hadit. Akasha is the substance from which thoughts are created.


(Alchemy) From the Arabic “al-kimia.” The Medieval origins of chemistry. The preparation of the Stone or Elixir. The word originates with the Coptic “khem” which allude to the fertile black soil of the Nile. It is an esoteric term referring to the First Matter, the One Thing through which all creation manifests according to Hermes. Alchemy is the Work of nature that perfects matter. In modern times, alchemy and its terminology have become a language used is Jungian Analytical Psychology to explain spiritual phenomena. Some schools hold that alchemy is a metaphor for sex magic.


(Gnostic) Literally “Ruler.” Refers to the creators and governing forces in the material world. The Demiurge is an archon, as are his offspring: the angels.


Sanskrit Seven centers of spiritual energy located in the astral body, but correspond to the physical body as well according to yoga philosophy. In rare cases, they can sometimes be seen by the naked eyes. The most important Chakras are: Muladhara (4 petal lotus) located at the anus, Svadhishthana (6 petal lotus) at the genital organ, Manipura (10 petal lotus) at navel, Anahata (12 petal lotus) at the heart, Visudha (16 petal lotus) at the throat and Ajna (2 petal lotus) at the space between the eyebrows. The seventh Chakra is known as Sahasrara, which contains a thousand petal lotus. It is located at the top of the head.


(Philosophy) The emotive theory of moral judgments maintains that moral statements (good and evil) are to be understood wholly or primarily in terms of Emotive Meaning.


(Philosophy) Something useful or convenient serving to promote one’s interest based on a concern for self-interest rather than principle. Expedient arguments are often countered with what morality or justice demands, but Mill sometimes uses expediency to refer to Utilitarianism.


(Alchemy) The fountain is a symbol of the Ouroboros. Whenever three fountains are found they represent the three alchemical gunas: Sulfur, Mercury, and Salt. When a King and Queen are illustrated sitting in a fountain this indicate a bath or Dissolution and Distillation.

©2009 Gerald del Campo
Edited by Sheta Kaey

Gerald del Campo is the author of A Heretic’s Guide to Thelema, New Aeon Magick: Thelema Without Tears, and New Aeon English Qabalah Revealed, among other works. You can visit his blog at and his website at Gerald formerly served as Senior Managing Editor of Rending the Veil.

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