Laozi, depicted as a Taoist god.
Great is the power of the way. In it Heaven and Hell grow together, and in it the power of the Below and the power of the Above unite. The nature of the way is magical, as are supplication and invocation; malediction and deed are magical if they occur on the great way. Magic is the working of men on men, but your magic action does not affect your neighbor; it affects you first, and only if you withstand it does an invisible effect pass from you to your neighbor. There is more of it in the air than I ever thought.
However, it cannot be grasped. Listen:
The Above is powerful,
The Below is poweiful,
Twofold power is in the One.
North, come hither,
West, snuggle up,
South, spill over.
The winds in~between bind the
cross. The poles are united by the
intermediate poles in~between.
Steps lead from…
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