Whether you view them as psychic explorations of higher planes or something more akin to Jungian active imagining, visions are an essential part of any magician's career. It's the oldest magic, really, with roots deep in the shamanic experience. To cross over into the Otherworld (however you wish to define it) and bring back treasures is the core of the magic experience. It is what makes a magician a magician.
It's also a nearly universal motif, a classic feature of what Eliade, Campbell, Leeming, and Vogler understood as the Monomyth, or Hero's Journey. The Hero sets out of his quest, and at some crucial point crosses over into the Unknown, which can be represented as an Underworld, an Otherworld, or an Inner or Outer world. There he faces challenges and trials, gains wisdom and strength, at at some crucial point crosses an Abyss that leaves him irrevocably transformed.
I invite the reader to check out the links above first, to familiarize himself or herself with the Enochian system and cosmos. The short version, however, is a gnostic cosmology in which the physical world is surrounded by 30 concentric "Aires" or "Aethyrs," the 30th being the innermost and closest to physical reality, the 1st bordering on the Divine, or "Ultimate Reality." The Enochian magician experiences each in a series of visions, moving ever outwards. The best example of this is probably Aleister Crowley's The Vision and the Voice, which provided many crucial elements of his system of Thelema.
In subsequent posts, I will be sharing abridged journal entries of my own journey across the Aethyrs, starting with the 30th Aethyr of TEX back in 2004 and moving forward. My methodology has been more or less consistent. I perform a banishing/purification followed by an invocation. In my case, these are specifically The Star Ruby and The Star Sapphire, but again any equivalent rituals will do. I then recite the 19th Enochian Call or Key, inserting the name of the Aethyr I intend to visit. This is followed by intoning the names of the Governors associated with that Aethyr with my eyes closed. The vision usually comes on fairly quickly.
I tend to narrate what I see and hear aloud, either recording myself or working with a partner who keeps a record.
In the next post, we will start out journey with TEX.