What am I talking about?
I am talking about the lack of clear and sincere insight into Reality; about attachments to the false and flashy ideas about things as some individuals would like them to appear instead of seeing them as they Really are; I am talking about indulgence in the glamour of lower astral (emotional) realm (where lower elemental spirits, souls of dead people etc... reside) and illusions created within the minds of those who lack the ability to face the Truth as it really is.
In practice these tendencies manifest as self-delusion about the (spiritual) HGA attainment or contacts with demons or powerful spirits and deities.
In a way, it is far better to believe that there is nothing happening in the evocation ritual than believing in illusions of grandeur: in such cases, self-persuasion about efficiency of evocation/invocation rituals replaces the real deal.
Craving for name and fame and instant magick miracles is what obstructs most wanna-be magicians and adepts, I observe.
Emotional perception or focusing primarily on sensations and/or mental understanding is seriously limited and yields no spiritual attainment.
One can not astraly feel or emotionally sense truly spiritual Beings (Goddess Kali, or Ra-Hoor-Khuit, for example) and the same goes for mental masturbation. Not even in dreams can mental level bring spiritual attainments.
The astral sense is limited and inherently flawed. If one thinks that it is possible to feel Her or Him, think again, for the "magus" is most likely feeling only some low astral spirit that is mind-fucking him.
Glamour, in its turn, veils and hides the truth behind the fogs
and mists of feeling and emotional reaction; it is of unique and
terrible potency, owing to the strength of human nature to
identify itself with the astral nature and to the vital nature of
conscious and sentient response itself. As you know and have
been taught, glamour can only be dissipated by the inflow of
clear, directed light; this is true of the life of the individual or of
humanity as a whole.
- Glamour - A World Problem, p. 185
Just take a look at the glorious photo of the lovely American model Michele Merki up there. Can you perceive her and her lovely energy beyond your astral senses of beauty, sex attraction?
Or, take a look at the sigil of the famed A∴A∴ here:
Now, taking all the politics and rivarly around this one Order into consideration, maybe the quotes on the astral and mental glamour are quite fitting, would you agree?
Mental illusion when intensified by desire, occurring on the astral plane. (Emotional attachment to forms - distracts attention away from reality.) 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.
One more notion from Alice A. Bailey:
Illusion: Mental fixation upon an idea - exclusive of the whole thus not seen in its reality - leads to misinterpretation of the phenomenal world.
Illusion is the power of some mental thoughtforms, of some ideal, and some concept - sensed, grasped and interpreted in mental form - to dominate the mental processes of the individual or of the race and consequently to produce the limitation of the individual or group expression.
A good book that deals with the astral glamour problem has been written years ago and is still quite relevant (quotes above are from that book):
Glamour - A World Problem, a book by Alice A. Bailey and her Master, can be purchased here >>