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In esoteric teachings the word "glamour" has a particular meaning. Alice A. Bailey defines it as mental illusion when intensified by desire, occurring on the astral plane. "Glamour has been likened to a mist or fog in which the aspirant wanders and which distorts all that he sees and contacts, preventing him from ever seeing life truly or clearly or the conditions surrounding him as they essentially are... He is deceived by the appearance and forgets that which the appearance veils. The emanatory astral reactions which each human being initiates ever surround him and through this fog and mist he looks out upon a distorted world." (Glamour - A World Problem (1950)).

The human race is held sway, Bailey says, "by a very ancient glamour or series of glamours, of entrenched desires, potent aspirations of some kind and definitely human-made forms which seek to hold the consciousness of humanity upon the astral plane. Such a glamourous concept is that of money and its materialistic value. This glamourous desire is like a dense fog, cutting off the vision of truth, and distorting a very large number of human values."

Contributed by Alan Pert, Sydney, Australia

Alice A. Bailey writes about various New Age/New Thought topics such as esoteric astrology. This discipline attempts to understand the energies conditioning life on earth beyond the (traditional astrological) planetary and zodiacal influences to embrace the Seven Rays, their distant star sources and other non-ecliptic fixed stars. Ms. Bailey's book Esoteric Astrology was one of the last in a series of 19 books telepathically dictated and transmitted to her by the Tibetan Master, Djwal Khul, over a period of 30 years in the first half of this century.

The reincarnating soul as the purposeful initiator of experience in the human kingdom is the underlying assumption of esoteric astrology, which asserts that all astrological influences are energies the seeker toward mastery must learn to manage wisely.

Van alludes to Alice Bailey in the Beautiful Vision liner notes: "Lyrics on "Dweller on the Threshold" and part of "Aryan Mist" inspired by Glamour - A World Problem by Alice Bailey and the Tibetan"

Contributed by Kimberly Livingston

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