The Magic Theatre, is a major symbolic theme in Hermann Hesse’s surrealistic tenth novel entitled, The Steppenwolf (German: Der Steppenwolf), which was originally published in Germany in 1927, and soon thereafter translated into English in 1929. You could symbolically equate the Magic Theatre with Dr Who’s TARDIS.
The novel is a surrealistic fusion of autobiographical personal experiences, Jungian symbolism and psychoanalytic elements, as well as also heavily utilising the philosophy of the far East, of which Hesse was enamoured with. The story can be seen as being a creative catharsis, which had been initiated by a profound suicidal crisis in Hesse’s spiritual life during the 1920’s.
The book is very Faustian of style, whose principle character of a Faust is otherwise called Harry Haller, who attends an Anarchist Evening at the Magic Theatre, which is For Madmen Only, the Price of Admission, Your Mind.
When entering the Magic Theatre, Haller is soon ushered as an unwitting Dr Who into a number of alternate Earth’s, each of which he ‘slides’ into when opening a door within the Magic Theatre of a TARDIS.
One of the alternate Earth’s, Haller explores is enduring a war with the machines, which could be seen as being akin to a science fiction fusion of Terminator merged with Mad Max.
In yet another alternate Earth, Haller finds himself exploring an erotic world of women; where he once again experiences lost loves and unfulfilled desires, to transmute of sexual alchemy; whereupon fully fulfilling them of alternate possibilities.
In each of these alternate Earth’s, Haller transforms himself anew within the Magic Theatre, which has been interpreted in many different ways by Hesse’s audience. The late Timothy Leary described The Magic Theatre as being an ‘Acid Trip.’
Another principle character is a young woman called Hermine, (who is essentially Hermann’s Anima), and like a Succubus, she introduces the much older Haller to the hedonic indulgences of what he calls the, bourgeois. Hermine teaches Haller to trance dance, introduces him to the casual use of psychedelic drugs, finds him an earthly lover, named Maria, and more importantly, she forces him to accept these material experiences as being a legitimate aspect of a full life; for the material and that of the spiritual are one and the same of Love Sex Intelligence, squared.
Hermine also introduces Haller to a mysterious saxophonist named Pablo, who appears to be the very opposite of Haller’s own self. Haller considers himself to be a very self-constained and serious, thoughtful person, who abides by the laws of the land, however insane they be.
Whereas Pablo is what Haller could have been if he had allowed his inner Wolf to be free. After attending a lavish masquerade ball, Ebeneezer Goode Pablo leads a loosened up Haller to the Magic Theatre.
The Magic Theatre is described as being a long horseshoe-shaped corridor, likened of a vaginal form to that of the old European standing stones, with a vast wall-to-wall mirror on one side, and countless doors on the other of its cavernous womb enclosure.
This feminine symbolism refers to the Cabbalistic sphere of Yesod, which is the Ninth Gate. Haller enters five of these labelled (vaginal) doors into their respective alternate (womb) Earth’s, which symbolically reflect back ‘elemental’ issues of Haller’s life.
The title of Hesse’s book is named after the lonesome Wolf of the North-Central-Asian steppe stretching over Mongolia unto Tibet, where shamans still practice their art. Hesse was very interested in the esoteric practices of the far East, such as those of Tibet, from where the myth of a legendary underworld city, called Agartha stems from.
Whether Hesse was aware of Agartha is debatable, though probable, should he have perhaps read Ferdynand Ossendowski’s book entitled: Beasts, Men and Gods, which was published in 1922. In the book, Ossendowski relates a story, which was imparted to him concerning a subterranean kingdom existing inside of the Earth. This inner kingdom within you was known to the crafty Buddhists as (Agartha/Agharta) Agharti.
Some believe that Agartha is tied up with the UFO phenomenon as well as being an actual physical locale; such is indeed the case, although, not in the way most Westerners think it is.
Agartha’s origins stem from ancient shamanistic practices of trance induction, which influenced Tibetan Buddhism. You can gain greater insight into hypnagogic trance induction, when looking into the shamanic trance dance practices of the Kalahari Bushmen of South Africa.
The Kalahari Bushmen communicate that an energy is aroused within the body called Num, which arises along the spine; more so that of the back of the (nape) neck, whose energy, like that of an exhaled breath of a woman caresses the back of the head, as a sensuous kiss; this then initiates the hypnagogic state of trance, they call Kia.
Hesse would have seen the Num of the Kalahari Bushmen as being the same experience of arousing the Kundalini Shakti, as described by the ancient practitioners of Yoga, which also initiates hypnagogic trance. When experiencing trance, the initial phase is that of feeling the distinct sensation that you are falling backwards into a yawning void towards the back of your Hyperreal head.
In the Hebrew Cabbala the back of the head is ascribed the letter of Qoph, which is tied up with the Luna sphere of Yesod. The sphere of Yesod is physiologically associated with the genital area of the body and in turn the autonomic-nervous-system. In other words, the Ninth Gate of Yesod is about introverting the sexual impulse, which erotically empowers the state of hypnagogic trance ingress into conscious dreaming.
The origin of Qoph is uncertain. It is usually suggested that it originally depicted a sewing needle, specifically the (hole) eye of a needle; although in Hebrew it specifically means ‘hole,’ or the back of a head and neck. Qāf in Arabic means ‘nape.’ Qoph of a shamanistic understanding refers to a shift of consciousness towards the back of the head, when attaining hypnagogic trance. Although this is internally experienced as a falling descent towards the centre of the Earth’s core.
As you descend into the void, it is very important that you do not not fear, otherwise your fears will determine what you will eventually access of a conscious dream destination. In North-Central-Asian shamanistic practice and that of Tibetan Buddhism, the dream destination is that of Agartha, wherein the (Succubi/Succubae) Dakinis are to be found, whom frequent Agartha, likened to that of a Harem city.
If you are into Edward Bulwer-Lytton’s book: The Coming Race, you might meet up with a Vril-ya Nordic woman piloting her Vimana of a UFO from out of her primordial world; if you are more into the works of Edgar Rice Burroughs, you could perceive the inner descent as leading you to prehistoric Pellucidar where dark haired Dian the beautiful awaits your infernal intercourse into her hot Agartha womb core.
Hell, if you want to continue believing that demonic Reptilians or Illuminati Alien Greys are living within a Nazi underworld base, go right ahead, if that be your Biblical sized anal probe preference of a CIA engineered mythos.
But why stop there, why not get into John A. Keel’s book: Visitors From Space, which covered the 1960’s UFO invasions of Asiatic aliens, when the Vietnam war to have raged around Mothman; whereas prior of aftermath WWII you had Aryan Nordics, and later, of 80’s Iraq conflict, onwards, you have Whitley Strieber’s Sumerian Grey’s.
At least Keel had astutely figured, that some of the visitors were Agartha Tulpa creations of the coming race Phorever People who are becoming aware of their shamanic Vril.
You could instead have Manga trance girls flying around in their Anime UFO’s, wearing skintight Kinsune Grey jumpsuits; or to otherwise imagine Bedroom Invading entities manifesting as black eyed Slender Girl Dakini schoolgirls, out of an Omega point Agartha Hogwarts.
As for Hesse, he otherwise termed Agartha as the Magic Theatre of many alternate worlds, into which of a multiverse he was initiated by his Succubus, Hermine, who in many respects is very much like the Queen of Succubae called Lilith.
The out of body researcher Robert Munroe appears to have also accessed The Magic Theatre of Agartha when attaining lucid dream ingress into what he described as being a ‘hole,’ which led of a descent into an alternate Earth of a Steampunk reality, where he encountered a Succubus called Lea.
But, such internal ingress into Lilith’s Harem of a Magic Theatre Agartha is For Madmen Only, the Price of Admission, is Your Mind, or should one say, your beliefs about yourself and what you believe to be real, or not, as the case maybe. Just keep in mind, of a wrought Magic Circle, that you are only limited by the extent of your Triangle of Art imagination; it is your (Da’at) beliefs, which determines what you tune into of conjuring amidst the quantum computing (Qoph) Magic Theatre, of spun three-dimensional ‘electron’ lucid dreams.
A rich man full of rigid dogmatic beliefs will not be able to pass through the eye of the needle; whom will fear letting go, fearing his death.
But the innocence of an imaginative child can, who, like a sacred Fool, or as a Dr Who Mad Man is enabled to ride the Night-Mare Succubus as his pony-girl TARDIS , who then to Kwisatz Haderach leap into Lilith’s Harem of a Magic Theatre of an Agartha.
NOTE: There will be many who will find the above symbolism to be rather disconcerting, let alone disturbing to their politically correct sensibilities. However, should you investigate ancient shamanistic practices, such as those of North-Central-Asia unto Siberia, as well as elsewhere, you will duly find that the symbolism of the shamans (horse) Mare, which gave rise to the European term, ‘Nightmare’ is associated with Old-Hag Syndrome, a shaman has to learn how to (hypnagogic trance) ride as his (Spirit-Wife) Succubus, rather than being ridden by his own (sleep-paralysis) fear.
A shaman learns how to introvert his (9/Yesod) sexual impulse in order to transform the (11/Da’at)) terror of hypnagogic trance into an erotic impregnation of the Ninth Gate. This then leads to the attainment of (Kingdom Of Shadows) Agartha conscious dreaming, wherein of a bio-photon (Diana-Lucifera) illuminated information domain a heterosexual male shaman can enter into a Coitus Pactum with the (Succubi [Art Muses] Succubae) Dakinis, who are the manifold Tulpa aspects of his ‘Anima.’
A heterosexual female practitioner will dally with the Incubus (Tulpa) emanations of her ‘Animus.’ As for Homosexual, Lesbian and Bisexual practitioners they will erotically engage with their corresponding (Tulpa) dream characters.
Some will invariably point out that Agartha and its counterpart, Shamballah are commonly seen to be physical locales. This is primarily due to an externalised Western mind-set, which has forgotten how to dream, or should I say, been systematically trained over the religiously indoctrinated generations to fear the inner space of the mind, as well as to consider the altered state of dreaming to be quite unreal, having no value at all.
You might ask, why has the mass populace been systematically brainwashed over the generations to fear the inner reality? It is because the elitist few atop of the ziggurat hierarchy do not want you to question their pyramidal religious politics of centralist control.
Should you ever attain a lucid dream, you will soon find out how very real it can be; in fact, you might just discover that a lucid dream can be far more real than what you consider your physical (Maya/Matrix) reality to be.
Agartha describes a shift of consciousness to the back of the (Qoph) head; whereas, Shamballah is associated with a shift of consciousness above the (Resh) head.
So, if you are looking for the reality of Agartha/Shamballah, of a Magic Theatre, go inside your own mind; for everything you experience is processed by your ‘quantum computing brain,’ housed within your crystalline Skull amidst hypnagogic-trance Cross-Bones. Gebo Rune: X of a Seventh Seal secret, marks the spot! Savvy!