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Bob Makransky is a systems analyst, computer programmer, and professional astrologer. For the past 35 years he has lived on a farm in highland Guatemala, where he is a Mayan priest and is head of the local blueberry growers’ association.
Bob became interested in magic at Micky Russo’s Spiritualist Church in San Francisco in the 60’s, but it wasn’t until twenty years later that he began channeling spirits himself. He moved to Guatemala in the early 70’s and started a farm which operates on principles akin to Rudolf Steiner’s Biodynamics, but with a Mayan slant. He became involved with local Mayan priests because of Mayan calendar software he had written, which they had all adopted; and he was given a ritual to invoke Mayan spirits himself. He studied Mayan astrology and performed ceremonies with his teacher, Don Abel Yat Saquib, until Don Abel's death in 2009.
The Magician’s Creed
You are the people,
You are this season’s people –
There are no other people this season.
If you blow it, it’s blown.
– Stephen Gaskin
I. The human race is in imminent danger of self-destructing and dragging our mother earth down with it.
II. There will be no miraculous salvation due to Mayan prophecies; or Jesus’ or the Mahdi’s return; much less from the irresponsible governments, corporations, media, and academics who got us into this mess in the first place.
III. The theory of probable realities states that each individual person decides the fate of the entire universe. If you truly choose to save the world, you will wind up in a probable reality in which the world is saved.
IV. The only chance for survival – not to mention prosperity – is for each individual to reject society’s mutual suicide pact and make saving the earth and future generations their NUMBER 1 PRIORITY (as opposed to something they may get around to someday). This is the magician’s equivalent of the Bodhisattva’s oath.
V. Rejecting social conditioning means eradicating all trace of self-pity. Only by clear, sober, objective thinking (not unquestioning adherence to beliefs) can each individual save him/herself and the earth.
VI. This type of thinking is based upon what each person’s heart tells them. It is different for everybody; and everybody has to find their own answers for themselves by examining their own habitual thoughts, moods, and concerns minutely. To do this magicians use various techniques, including:
a) techniques of self-analysis such as Active Imagination and Recapitulation.
b) techniques of transformation such as resorting to tree spirits and the earth.
c) techniques of hopefulness such as Creative Visualization.
VII. Detaching from society’s conditioning of self-pity necessarily implies taking complete responsibility for oneself rather than wallowing in helplessness or daydreaming. To do this magicians:
a) channel their own spirit guides themselves for information and advice;
b) go to nature spirits for validation rather than seek the approval of other people or society;
c) become as self-sufficient and frugal as possible, including growing at least some of their own food and reducing their needs to the bare minimum.
VIII. The goal of magic is to make everyday life more dreamlike; to be able to feel comfortable in situations beyond one’s control. Feeling relaxed and in good shape even in the midst of a maelstrom is called “enlightenment”. Enlightenment doesn’t mean light as opposed to dark; but rather light as opposed to heavy.
‘Introduction to Magic’ series – Vol. 1: What is Magic?; Vol 2: Magical Living -Essays for the New Age; Vol. 3: Thought Forms; Vol 4: The Great Wheel, by Bob Makransky.
(Published by Dear Brutus Press at Smashwords)
It’s a platitude these days to begin a glowing review with the words: ‘if you only buy one book on (subject) this year, then make it this one ...’ I could have adopted this phrase myself, but then I’d have had to urge you to buy all four. Here is why: if you’re the kind of reader who found the touchy-feely, scholarly-lite magic of Rhonda Byrne (of The Secret fame) somewhat lacking in substance, not to say conviction, you really need to check out the work of Bob Makransky. This, as it says of a certain famous soft-drink, is the Real Thing.
In this series, not only do we get an author who knows his subject inside out, but also a directness of approach not often seen in works of this kind. Not for Makransky the wishy-washy approach that attempts to soothe and reassure the reader with false promises of magical success - something about which many customer complaints arise on the Amazon website - but, rather, an honest and uncompromising study of what Magic really entails.
Let it be said, very firmly too, that Makransky possesses an astounding knowledge of occult tradition and what we can expect when we work with the inner planes. He has an engaging writing style, too, and this makes him the perfect companion for your magical journey, whatever your level of experience. So, if you are the kind of reader who appreciates the value of sagacity, passion, years of real experience and a lovely down-to-earth approach, these four books most definitely deserve a place on your bookshelf.
James Lynn Page (author of Celtic Magic, Everyday Tarot and The Christ Enigma: The Jesus Myth and the Gospel Code.)
on Nov. 20, 2010 :
The material here relates to the subject of Mercury and the theory of thought forms, presented from four different points of view: astrological, psychological, metaphysical, and magical. This book is deep. It is not a page-turning skimmer, but must be read while engaging your mind. How refreshing! Chapter one explains that Mercury is the astrological symbol for mind, which reflects our attitudes and which forms our thinking patterns and affects our decision-making choices. The six marking points and the six phase-types of Mercury's synodic cycle – its cycle around the sun as seen from the earth – reveal the different ways we have of establishing our rationale toward out decision-making process; of forming our individual logic, assumption patterns, and self-justifications. The book explains "why people think they are doing the right thing and making the right choices." Bob breaks the cycle down into six phases and into double pairs of conjunctions, elongations, and stations. These are then explained fully as to their development and effect on current decision-making processes. There is a full and detailed synodic cycle table at the end of the book (to easily look up any Mercury phase for any birthday from 1900 to 2050, so you can see at a glance which of Bob's descriptions apply to you and to the people you know). There are also appendices which explain how to use the tables to predict future events in your (and other people's lives) by observing the astrological progressions and current transits of Mercury.
In the second chapter he shows that our reality consists of sensory and conceptual thought forms which are conditioned by the society we live in. Our society trains us to focus upon a "self" by constant moment-to-moment thinking. The content of this internal dialogue consists of thoughts about the future, and thoughts about the past. Thoughts about the future seek glory in the eyes of other people (they scheme and manipulate; and daydream fantasies of control, riches, sex, or romance). Thoughts about the past invoke in us feelings of shame: self-hatred of our looks, our actions, our feelings. Our society has us believe – and manipulates us through this belief – that we are separated, individual "selves" by involving our attention in an endless loop of seeking glory from other people and hiding shame from them. Bob's sense of humor shines through this very intimate but direct layer of the personal denial experiences which all of us have, but would never mention openly to anyone.
The third chapter deals with our dream mind, and how it operates to open up our future prospects and our true feelings – how we create our own realities, and what we can do to choose the probable reality which – the future – will bring us what our true feelings desire. This means tuning out society's static of what it considers desirable for us, and instead listening to our heart's message of what we truly desire for ourselves in this lifetime.
In Chapter four Bob explains how to manipulate thought forms to our advantage by using magical techniques such as banishing thought forms, casting out demons, and ejecting black magicians from our lives. The basic techniques are based on Active Imagination, a technique originated by Carl Jung, which involves interacting with our own thought forms by automatic writing or direct channeling. We free ourselves of evil influences by willing them away. And we can free ourselves of karmic ties with negative, oppressive, and energy-depleting people by pulling their lines out of our bodies and hurling the lines to the ground.
This book has been difficult to review from a synopsis point of view because the material is deep, rich, and encapsulating. It's worth having this book on your shelf as a reference just for the astrological interpretations alone; but there is a wealth of information on a wide variety of topics which will engage your thinking, whether you agree with it all or not. If you think you have heard it all regarding the female sexual role, macho male dominance, or homosexual stereotyping, read this book to open your mind to another connection. I will fully agree with the statement on the back cover that "you've never read a book like this before." The material is fresh and woven very skillfully to conclusion. I highly recommend this book, and I look forward to his next installment of the trilogy.
(reviewed long after purchase)