Pragmatic Perceptions of Proportion
written by David Bersson

“The Magicians of tomorrow will be armed with mathematical theory, organized observation, and experimentally verified practice. But their Art will remain inscrutable as ever in essence; talent will never supplant genius.”
A quote from a footnote in Magick in theory & practice, Chapter XVIII, by the Master Therion, 1929 e.v.

Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law

I shall bring up the issue of income and ratio for those who follow the apparently controversial Path of initiation. We are not of the type of eastern path where any idiot oaths of poverty are viewed with any false virtue. We find no virtue with rationalizations of religious poverty. Weak fools fear money and we strife to be the center of our circle where we differentiate and pay attention to that brand of intelligent selfishness where we can distinguish the pride of a Thelemite from ego gratifications to one extreme. The degrees of altruism that emphasize self sacrifice on the other end of the spectrum more often than not in contradiction to our True Self. In the universe where Forbes Statistics try to tell you who is the richest they never really present anything but amount ignoring the complexities of ratio. Of course, the complexities of “old money” where wealth is buried and family is king in contradistinction to “new money” where family is ignored over showmanship of charity we never read such ratio in the financial news. Why, if money is power only a fool gives up power, don’t you think? Of course, it might seem morally insane to some to give to charities out of ratio to family. To others, they are simply getting them to get moving on their own. Others consider it better if their sons and daughters do not have to struggle as they did. So the ratio equations of “old money” and “new money” strike at the very core of our private philosophy and how we perceive family and even our sense of virtue.

I might remark that you can solve right triangles using proportional equations which is a good preliminary to Trigonometry. Eventually, using the barbarous words of power, SOH CAH TOA, is to the advantage of preliminaries where the S and T Scale on the Slide Rule will at last make sense. I bring this up to emphasize how much better you will function when very real examples are given for equations rather than firing equations at the student where the student is shot down by numbers that have no inspiration nor imagery nor example. I might comment that without a vision of something to relate the numbers of the equation to the student perishes in frustration and changes his major at the university to social studies where his deterioration continues becoming a teacher than cannot do rather than further development of the mind where creativity is radiant with the volition. I refer you to my essay on the Reformulation of Education where I lecture on inspiration.

It seems like many observe no use for ratio equations or as they are more commonly named at universities that teach these fascinating equations proportional problems. Why yes, shall we get started with this adventure? Now, if five demons from hell fit into three triangles how many demons would fit into 13 triangles? Piece of cake! 5 is to 3 as X is to 13. We have made it all a mystical puzzle where solving X gives us the answer! As everybody knows, such a proportional equation can be written as 5/3 = x/13, or it can be written as 5:3 : : x:13. I should not have to remind everyone that the product of the means equals the product of the extremes. The extremes in this equation are 5 and 13. the means are 3 and x. So, 3x = 5 x 13. For those who are too young to have had Slide Rule (Also called the Slip Stick by the greasers at the Esso Gas station) in school this is how you arrive at the answer. Set the hairline at 13 on the D scale. Move the slider so 5 on the CI scale appears under the hairline. This multiplies 5 by 13. Find 3 on the CI scale. Move the hairline over it. Read 21.6 as the answer on the D scale. This gives you the answer for how many demons of hell equals X where your proportional equations are easily solved without an electronic calculator. I have tried to explain other ratio equations solve the issue of financial proportions where you can be amazed on how someone from California with their gold rush mentality making $100,000 per year is living as well as “Joe six pack” from Mississippi who has his trailer and Ford truck paid up where he has more than the Californian who has no perspective where he has been hypnotized to believe that unless you are involved with coding you have no career. When you try to explain the millions of different types of employment that exist they give you a blank stare. The proportions are adjusted if the Californian suddenly moves to rural Mississippi or the East Coast with his savings where a dollar isn’t worth twenty cents with the ratio equations. With regards to solving ratio equation they are oft times blinded by herd mentality and the proportion equations give a certain clarity to the reality of the true value of income in ratio to each other.

Silver and gold are used in Liber AL, Chapter I, verse 51. The word “equation” is used in Liber AL, Chapter I, verse 56. If I remark to a Thelemite that a beggar cannot ever become King they understand the wisdom of Liber AL, Chapter II, verse 58. It is far more difficult to explain yourself to those whose obsessions with old Aeon dogma have been made slaves without Masters which is a ratio that has old Aeon negative connotations for the path of initiation.

Love is the law, love under will

No matter how much I enjoy Hollywood movies in general it is yet an objection where the brute is the hero and the intellectual is presented on film as the weak fool. The words “geek” and “nerd” were never amusing nor clever to my observation. They imply an unfit, high IQ person who is prone to cowardice and out of touch with social exchange is the norm among that crowd. The Professors of Neurology seem to concentrate on the mentally ill where thesis or published papers never presents the type of mind that can handle reality and you end up being bored shitless by any number of neurosis being presented. Those who are strong and good. Brave and smart. Where are they in this research? The Hollywood script writers are trying to present something that stirs the soul, I take it, which is interesting yet to take some of these invented personalities as a model of who comes out smelling like roses and has succeeded has deplorable implications. The reality is that I do not like anyone around me who has ever had a nervous breakdown, needs meds to be sane, and so forth. Let them peddle their schizophrenia on another doorstep. I refer you to my essay on Obsessions where I clarify and explore the issue of dealing with those who have proven unfit while those who have mastered their circumstances and arisen from any compromise with a conquering sword are far more compatible with true achievement.