The Magic Theatre, is a major 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.
The novel is a surrealistic fusion of autobiographical personal experiences, Jungian symbolism and psychoanalytic elements, it also heavily utilised 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 into a number of alternate Earth’s, each of which he ‘slides’ into when opening a door within the Magic Theatre.
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 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. 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 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 one is 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. 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 one does 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 (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 Mad Man is enabled to Kwisatz Haderach leap through the void into Lilith’s Harem.