The Dictionary of Traditional Magick and Etherical Science #2

The Dictionary of Traditional Magick and Etherical Science #2


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.


(Psychology) A Jungian term meaning the feminine side of man. The anima is the archetype of life. It is a personal and archetypal symbol of the woman in the male psyche. It is an unconscious element embodied afresh in every male child, and is responsible for the apparatus of projection. Starting with the identification of the mother, the anima later matures and is applied to other women. It is a repetitious influence in a man’s life. It manifests as mother, daughter, sister, mate, and Goddess.


(Psychology) The male side of woman. (See Anima.)

Collective Unconscious

(Psychology) Oftentimes referred to as the Universal Unconscious, this is a layer of the human psyche accommodating historical genetic material distinct from the personal unconscious. This genetic memory is often referred to as “racial karma.”

Dark Night of the Soul

(Psychology) A condition marked by depression, and lack of energy both mental and physical. Not pathological. The energy that is not available to the conscious is re-routed and used in other areas of the mind, usually the imaginative functions of the brain. Often encountered during magical work, the Dark Night of The Soul often signals a new beginning. It is a decent into Hades, the underworld; it is an immersion in the unconscious. The experiences of Osiris, Christ, Dante, etc., are examples describing this condition. The condition is normal, and even desirable, since it often leads the individual to a break in neurosis.


(From the author’s personal lexicon) A person who does not believe in two gods.


(Gnostic) Like most Gnostic concepts, this has its roots in a Greek word whose root is “image.” Docetism is a belief which subscribes to the idea that the way to salvation is not through the belief in the historical Christ, but in the Gnosis caused by the scripture which explains his account.

Ethical Egoism

(Philosophy) The doctrine that actions are right only insofar as they are advance the agent’s own interests. Ethical Egoism is a form of Consequentialism. It differs from Psychological Egotism, which dictates that concerns itself with things that motivate the agent into action, whereas Ethical Egoism is a doctrine about what it is right to do.


(Yoga) The Hindu processes of controlling the breath. Breathing properly is at the heart of good health. Each inhalation brings in oxygen, which in turn sparks the transformation of nutrients into fuel. With each exhalation, the body purges itself of carbon dioxide, a toxin. Breathing affects our state of mind. It can excite or calm us. It can make our thinking confused or clear. Ancient yogis created many breathing practices to take full advantage of the benefits of prana.

Scientific Illuminism

Scientific Illuminism was a term coined by Crowley, probably after reading Nietzche’s arguments against the existence of a living god. It is a fantasy many Thelemites indulge in, where science has become the new religion and a suitable method for measuring Gnosis. A well-intentioned idea wherein a person’s most personal spiritual experiences and processes are compared to Crowley’s advances, and disregarded as trash when they don’t match. The arena for this “Scientific Method” is often the internet, where well-intentioned magicians have their most personal and beautiful experiences posted all over the Internet to be critiqued by “scientific” individuals that couldn’t illumine themselves out of a wet paper bag.


(From the author’s personal lexicon) A classical Scientific Illuminist blunder. The mental gymnastics and justifications which occur when a Scientific Illuminist attempts to use the principles of Scientific Illuminism to force some badly formed philosophical, magical, spiritual or metaphysical opinion where it doesn’t belong.

©2007 Gerald del Campo
Edited by Sheta Kaey.

Gerald del Campo has authored three books on the subject of Thelema: A Heretic’s Guide to Thelema, New Aeon Magick: Thelema Without Tears, and New Aeon English Qabalah Revealed. He is a photographer, musician and CEO for the Order of Thelemic Knights, the first Thelemic charitable organization. You can visit his blog at and his websites at and Gerald formerly served as Senior Managing Editor of Rending the Veil.

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