Jupiterian/Mercurial Prosperity Box

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In this post, I’ll detail the process for creating my version of the Jupiter Prosperity Box, sometimes known as a “cash box” for money magic that is fueled by Planetary current. Since I am still inclined to use the Qabalistic correspondences, I use the hierarchy of Chesed (Sephirah: Chesed, Divine Name: El, Archangel: Tzadqiel, Order of Angels: Chasmalim, Intelligence: Iophiel, Spirit: Hismael, and Planet: Tzedek).

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As usual for the Jupiter current, the colors I used were Royal Blue for the base paint coat, and I got a gold paint pen for the inscriptions. For this one I opted to use a simplified Hebrew font that worked out quite well, as it uses straighter lines and simpler forms rather than the calligraphy style of Biblical Hebrew. It might not be AS nice looking, but it made the job twice as easy when it came to woodburning all the names and filling them in with the paint pen. For anyone struggling with Hebrew I would check out the simplified font and start with that, as it looks almost just as nice.

You’ll also notice the motif of the number 4 with the planetary symbol in each corner of the top of the box, because 4 is the sacred number of the planet Jupiter, and also because Chesed is the 4th Sephirah from the top on the Tree of Life, and even the symbol bears more than just a slight resemblance to a stylized 4.

I decided to use the Fourth Pentacle of Jupiter from the Key of Solomon, because it is associated with wealth and prosperity, as the Psalm paired with it is chapter 112 verse 3; “Wealth and riches shall be in his house: and his righteousness endureth for ever.” No, I am not a traditional Solomonic magician, so I don’t mind using the pentacles out of context from Solomonic liturgy for an experiment like this. I do, however, find it mostly necessary for me to rely on the petitions of guidance and intercession of particular entities of this chosen current and sphere of influence with this work, rather than on Hexagram rituals to tune the sacred space and/or the items included.

I’ve chosen to paint the inside of the box Orange to pair the Jupiterarian energies with the road-opening power of Mercury. This hierarchy is as follows; Sephirah:Hod, Divine Name: Elohim Tzavaot, Archangel: Raphael, Order of Angels: Beni Elohim, Intelligence: Tiriel, Spirit: Taphthartharath, Planet: Kokav.

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Inside of the box, I’ll keep a few select herbs, 4 dollar bills anointed with 1 drop of my blood each, 4 quarters, 4 magnets, a petition paper, cinnamon sticks, a vial of nutmeg, a vial of pumpkin pie spice (which includes cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, and clove), and a pair of blue and orange chime candles, tied together with string and placed inside a small muslin bag. On the base of the inside of the box, concealed beneath the pentacle,  there is also a depiction of my personal Mason’s Mark to act as a grounding link. However, I will also be burning candles, inscribed with appropriate sigils, on top of the pentacle on the outside lid as a little offering of sorts to the hierearchy of Chesed/Jupiter (El/Tzadqiel) and to the hierarchy of Hod/Mercury (Elohim Tzavaot/Raphael) periodically to “charge” the currents I am calling upon. I will also place my incense burner atop the lid every now and then and burn the appropriate perfumes (frankincense/cedar/mastic) for the same purpose. For the main workings I will petition the Chesed/Hod hierarchy, but for the lesser devotions I shall work with Bariel and Adoniel, those associated with the 4th Pentacle of Jupiter.

The first step however, is to anoint the box itself with a stash of holy water, oil, hyssop, salt, and incense smoke that will all be exorcised and blessed beforehand. I will include the ritual to prepare these items in full, as this is necessary in my work to use blessed implements in ritual. The prayers are based off of those found in the Key of Solomon and are fairly simple and direct in nature, and these require nothing more than the sacred items to be consecrated, as follows:

-CONSECRATION OF HOLY WATER, OIL, SALT, HYSSOP, CANDLES, & INCENSE-

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In the Name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, Amen.

Our Father, Who art in Heaven…

“Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean; wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.”

[Cross forehead, lips, and chest]

EXORCISM

[Hold hand over all items to be exorcised]

I exorcise thee, O Creatures of [Water/Salt/Hyssop/Wax/Perfume], that the blessing of God Almighty be upon thee, and let all malignity and hindrance be cast forth hence from, and let all good enter herein. I cast out from Thee all the impurities and uncleanness of the Spirits of the World of phantasm in the name of Almighty God; YHVH, who liveth and reigneth unto the Ages of the Ages. Amen.

BLESSING OF HOLY WATER

[Cross Water thrice]

O Lord, deign to bless and to sanctify this creature of water so that it may be a source of cleansing and purification, through the invocation of Thy Holy Name. May all creatures that receive the blessing of this water receive health of body and of soul, through Him Who hath formed the Ages. Amen.

BLESSING OF OIL

[Cross Oil thrice]

O Lord, deign to bless and to sanctify this creature of oil so that it may be a tool of anointing, through the invocation of Thy Holy Name. May all creatures that receive the blessing of this oil receive health of body and of soul, through Him Who hath formed the Ages. Amen.
BLESSING OF SALT

[Cross Salt thrice]

O God, deign to bless and sanctify this creature of salt, to serve unto us for cleansing, purification, and assistance in our operations, and may it be a succor unto us. Amen.

BLESSING OF HYSSOP

[Cross Hyssop thrice]

O God, deign to bless and sanctify this creature of hyssop, to serve unto us for cleansing, purification, and assistance in our operations, and may it be a succor unto us. Amen.

BLESSING OF CANDLES

[Cross Candles thrice]

I consecrate thee, O creatures of wax, by Him who alone hath created all things by His Word, and by the virtue of Him who is pure Truth, that thou cast out from thee every phantasm, perversion, and deceit of the enemy, and may the virtue and power of God enter into thee, so that thou may give us Light, and chase far from us all fear or terror.

[Illuminate candles]

I exorcise thee, O creature of fire, by Him through whom all things have been made, so that every kind of phantasm may retire from thee, and be unable to harm or deceive in any way, through the invocation of the Most High Creator of all.

Bless, O Lord all powerful and all merciful, this creature of fire, so that being blessed by Thee, it may be for the honour and glory of Thy most Holy Name, so that it may work no hindrance or evil unto those who use it. Through Thee, O eternal and almighty Lord. Amen.

BLESSING OF INCENSE

[Cross Incense thrice]

O Lord, deign to bless and to sanctify this creature of perfume, so that it may be a remedy unto mankind for the health of body and of soul, through the invocation of Thy Holy Name. May all creatures who receive the odour of this incense receive Your consecration, through Him Who hath formed the Ages, Amen.

 

After doing this on a Wednesday and in an hour of Mercury, these items are ready to be used. If you are doing this for the first time, remember to try to keep such items wrapped or boxed up away and out of sight from others where they will at least remain unused for mundane purposes, and this goes for any other spiritual tools as well. Keep in mind they are are now charged for magical use, and it would be best to obtain some special containers to keep them in for safe-keeping for sacred use. Such items can be used to then bless and consecrate other tools, and if that’s your thing, then a nice little stash is useful to have on hand if you have the means and the space for it. For my own supply, I got some nice little corked bottles and flasks from my local art supply store for very a very cheap price, kept within the section of glassware and vases. They were perfect for what I needed, and hopefully you can find something similar if you wish to keep a stock of blessed oils, incense, etc.

Now that we’ve covered the initial blessings of materials to use on the box, let’s cover the ritual for consecration and dedication.

The arrangement used for this rite consists of a Blue candle and an Orange candle on either side of the altar, and the prosperity box placed in the middle. Behind these is the blessed Water, Oil, Salt, and Censer with some appropriate Jupiter or Mercury incense to burn. Notice that the Jupiter Hierarchy is called upon first, then the Mercurial Hierarchy after the box is opened. Following this theme of sections, there are 4 knocks to open the Jupiterian petition, and 8 for the Mercurial petition. 

 

BLESSING OF PROSPERITY BOX

[Illuminate Blue candle]

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O Lord EL, by the virtue of the sphere of Mercy do I summon your Archangel TZADQIEL to hear my petition and intercede on my behalf. Great Archangel, deign to bless and to sanctify this creature of wood so that it may be a source of wealth and prosperity for me, marked hereon with Holy Names and signs that represent its purpose; to facilitate the blessing of its contents, to perpetuate prosperous growth, and ensure that monetary success shall not be difficult to obtain, so long as no harm or distress be caused to anyone in the process. In this box shall I keep things related to positive expansion, so may it be a source of productive experience both for my material needs, and also for my spiritual ones.

I anoint the four corners of this prosperous treasury with blessed Water and blessed Salt.

I anoint it with blessed Oil, and I pass it through the smoke of blessed Incense.

The outer form of this treasury having been purified and consecrated, I ask that the blessing of the Lord be upon it, through the merciful influence of His Archangel Tzadqiel, and through the work of the Chasmalim.

 

[Open box and illuminate Orange candle] 

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O Lord ELOHIM TZAVAOT, by the virtue of the sphere of Splendor do I summon your Archangel RAPHAEL to hear my petition and intercede on my behalf. Great Archangel, deign to bless and to sanctify this creature of wood so that it may be a source of wealth and prosperity for me, marked hereon with Holy Names and signs that represent its purpose; to facilitate the blessing of its contents, to perpetuate prosperous growth, and ensure that no blockages or doors of opportunity be closed unto me, but that my road to prosperity be clear, my path clearly marked, and my footsteps guided thereon, so long as no harm or distress be caused to anyone in the process.

I anoint the four corners of this prosperous treasury with blessed Water and blessed Salt.

I anoint it with blessed Oil, and I pass it through the smoke of blessed Incense.

The inner form of this treasury having been purified and consecrated, I ask that the blessing of the Lord be upon it, through the merciful influence of His Archangel Raphael, and through the work of the Beni Elohim.

In the Name of the Lord, I declare this rite complete.

 

For those constructing their own Prosperity Boxes, it may be a good idea to periodically anoint the box and say a brief prayer to keep the energy active. If you are using magical timing, then use Wednesday for Mercury prayers and Thursday for Jupiter prayers. Be sure to offer candles as well; white, blue, and/or orange, and also use incense if you are able. The Orphic Hymns are another great way to connect with Planetary forces and add a poetic and moving touch to your ritual. Doing these things regularly will ensure that it’s much more likely to keep the energy active with brief work every now and then the more you pay attention to it. This also goes for most talismans as well, periodically “feeding” it may give you better results, and will at the very least remind yourself of the more mundane work you could be doing to help manifest your desires.

Prosperity boxes are great places to store candles you plan to offer, paper money notes and coins, magnets, appropriate stones or crystals, mojo bags, sacred herbs/spices, and probably most importantly, petition papers to focus your intention. The latter may include any useful sigils or seals that would go well with your goals. Remember that the Jupiter current is profitable expansion and productive investment, structures of beneficial authority, and long-term prosperity for wealth. On the other hand, the Mercury current governs flow of energy, data and information exchange, language, math and science, business, short-term prosperity for monetary gain, and is often used for clearing blockages or road-opening work.

You can see then why I decided to combine these elements for a multi-faceted approach towards not just petitioning for wealth, but to allow those more subtle facilitating processes to flow smoothly in other areas for a well-rounded operation. This may include inspiration for some quick cash in side projects aside from your normal vocation, but may also be the possibility of establishing better long-term relationships with your coworkers and leadership that may manifest in pay raises or career advancement of all kinds, including academic progress and a better flow to your family life, improving relationships with loved ones and friends also. This is the kind of wealth that is just as essential as material wealth of you ask me, but just know that expecting money to fall into your lap may not be the way your magic manifests. If necessary, you can focus your petitions to include specific instructions that relate to paying off bills or other debt, etc etc.

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Jupiterian/Mercurial Prosperity Box

Ritual For the Dead

 

After acquiring a portion of the ashes of a deceased relative, I decided to perform a ritual to honor them. I was waiting for the opportune time to decide what to do with the ashes and how to start developing a relationship with my relative through ancestor work, but I finally figured something out, mostly through the discovery of a Golden Dawn Ritual for the Dead that was posted on Scribd, which has now been removed. Ancestor work is completely new to me, so I figured that this may be a good place to start.

The original Ritual for the Dead that I had come across had appealed to the hierarchy of Binah in order to bring blessings to the deceased and to help establish a connection to the highest part of themselves. Also, it seemed to serve as a devotional service to honor the memory of the departed, to help ease their passages through the levels of being, and to pray for their ability to let go of any unhealthy attachments to the lower realms. So this is exactly what I tried to do with my own ritual inspiration.

How effective it was, I have no idea, but my intentions were pure and I had a good talk with the deceased after the ritual, explaining my intentions for consecrating his remains,  telling him that I hope this operation brought his essence into contact with the magical and mystical work that I experiment with, and that it would be a great honor to gain his blessing and positive influence on the unseen planes in future work.

From the original ritual document, I took several prayer passages and adapted them to my own taste, and added my usual ritual opening, consecrations, and closing. I opted to invoke the presence of Azrael, and I drew out and displayed his sigil in a frame behind the altar items, shown in the above photo. What I did this time around that was really different for me was that I took a few prayers from the Egyptian Book of the Dead and adapted them for my own use. Instead of appealing to Egyptian gods and goddesses, I called on the Name of Christ. This entire re-appropriation of these prayers was kind of a last minute decision and not a usual choice for me, but I figured that it was worth a try and that these prayers had power behind them either way.

I also incorporated a Pathworking Meditation on the Letter Tav, which I already had a personalized guided audio recording prepared. I chose this Path for the reasons listed in the photo below.

Obviously the box of ashes represented his body, and the Lantern, his soul. I decided that was simple enough to suffice as a personal link for the ritual. I also used my Red Cross and White Triangle to represent the usual implications of Christian and Qabalistic symbolism, that of having the Cosmic Christ, through suffering and sacrifice in the descent through lower spheres, bringing the descent of the redeeming blessings of the Supernals to the lowest realms. This emblem also is a definitive symbol of the Elemental Spirit at the center, that which unites the Elements to the south and north of the Cross and Triangle, somewhat similar to the set up of the Neophyte altar.

Myrrh, a Saturnian scent and one that is often associated with funerary rites, was burned in the censer on the Southern quarter of the altar, which symbolized the Elements of Fire and Air, and representing Water and Earth was a small chalice with water and salt in the Western quarter. These were used to consecrate the ash box in the usual manner. At the back corners of the altar were the white and black candles, representing the polar forces of the pillars of Mercy and Severity, Yakin and Boaz.

At first I wanted to keep the entire ritual private, only sharing it with a few people, but I figured there would be no harm in just subtracting the name of the deceased and share it here. Maybe someone who has the ashes or any personal items of their deceased loved ones may wish to use it as inspiration for their own work.


 

RITUAL FOR THE DEAD-

[The Altar is draped in black, and laid out with the black and white candles Eastward, the Censer, burning Myrrh, to the South, the Water Chalice, prepared as a solution of water and salt, to the North, the Red Cross and White Triangle in the center, with the box of ashes in the West, and the Lantern resting atop the ash box. Displayed behind all of these implements is the sigil of Azrael. ]

[Light the candle within the Lantern, light Myrrh incense, and illuminate the black and white candles]

* Procul, O procul este, profani!

In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, Amen. +

The Lord is my Light and my help. In the Name of Him Who rescues us from the darkness and unredeemed places, Invest our Portals, O Lord, and guard our Thresholds. Do Thou clothe us in Thy grace and truth.

The Light of the Supernals be upon us in the place of our devotion, and the Lord Who is with us from the beginning, insure the end. As our Temples are guarded without, let the heart be guarded within.

Holy art Thou, Lord of the Universe. Holy art Thou, Whom Nature hath not formed. Holy art Thou, the Vast and the Mighty One, Lord of the Light and of the Darkness.

[Take three steps toward the West and perform the Rending of the Veil sign]

In the Name of ADONAI, and in the name of AZRAEL, he who carries the soul away from the body at the hour of our death, I tear asunder the Veil between this world and the realm of the dead, in hopes to communicate, initiate, and consecrate the essence of my dearly departed Uncle, [name], into the mysteries of Light and Darkness, with an undying Love that I hope is carried to his undying Soul.

[Return three steps East, facing the altar]

I have presented what remains of the physical body of the deceased, intended as a temporary anchor and a link of experience to the Rites of honor that I perform, yet also represented here is a Lantern of the Soul, symbolic of all that is beyond the material, and all that which survives the mortal death in the realms of the the eternal.

Supernal Splendor which dwellest in the Light which no man can approach, wherein is mystery and depth unthinkable, and aweful silence. I beseech Thee who art the Holy Spirit, to look down upon me at this hour, for the assistance of [name] who has passed beyond the Veil. Grant Thine aid unto the highest aspirations of my soul, in Thy Divine Name RUACH HA-KODESH, which Thou dost reveal Thyself as the perfection of creation and the Light of the world to come.

I implore Thee to grant unto me the presence of Thine Archangel AZRAEL.

[Draw sigil over altar]

O Azrael, I beseech thee to transcend the iniquity that is in me, in order that I may perform a higher work. I seek your assistance to become a medium through which I may properly perform this work with the departed soul of [name].

Lift me, I beseech thee, lift me up so that I may become a messenger of the peace and harmony of higher spheres to [name], whom I honor and for whom I speak in this ceremony, he who has transcended the Veil of the living and traveled to the lands of the dead. I ask that you bring the warmth and brilliance of the Supernals to the one who has entered the invisible.

Term of all that liveth, whose name is Death and inscrutable, be thou favorable unto me in this hour. Unto [name], from whose eyes the veil of physical life hath fallen, grant that there may be the accomplishment of his True Will.

Great Archangel Azrael, who art set over the operations of the paths between the worlds of the living and those of the dead, strengthen and establish his search for Divine Light, that he may be able to rise beyond that lower self-hood which became as nothing as to the Highest Self-hood, which is the clear Light of the Spirit.

I hereby invoke the essence of the One who descended to the depths of death itself through suffering and sacrifice, and rising beyond the strife of mortality, He that transcended into the Father’s hands and the boundless heavenly Spirit, our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, He who is the Way, the Truth, and the Life.

[Bless ash box and Lantern with large Rose Cross while intoning:]

YEHESHUAH, MESSIACH, EMMANUEL, MELEK ISRAEL

[Lift Lantern]

Lord, do I now dare to speak on behalf of the departed awaiting your blessing and ultimate illumination:

I am the Inheritor of a dying world, called to the living beauty. I am a wanderer in the wild darkness, called to the gentle light. A Child of Earth, long have I dwelt in darkness, I have quit the night and sought the day!

[Set the Lantern upon the White Triangle]

My place of hiding is opened, my place of hiding is revealed! Light hath shone in the darkness. The eye of God hath ordered my coming into being, and the Lord hath nourished me. I have hidden myself with you, O ye stars that never set. My brow is like unto that of the Sun; my face is open; my heart is upon its throne; I utter words, and I know; in every truth, I am of the body of Christ. I am not treated with scorn, violence is not done unto me, and I see Thy mysteries. I am crowned like unto a king, and I shall not die a second time in the underworld.

Saith [name] of the Body of Christ: Hail the Father, the Son, and Holy Spirit, dwelling in Thy heavenly halls! O Thou great God, grant Thou that my soul may come unto me from wheresoever it may be. If Thou findest me, O Eye of Providence, make Thou me to stand up like those beings who are like unto Christ and who never lie down in death. Let not my soul triumphant, lie down in death in Assiah, the land wherein souls are joined unto their bodies, even in thousands. My soul doth bear away with it my victorious spirit whithersoever it goeth.
Hail, ye angels, who row in the chariot of the Lord of eons, who tow it above the underworld, who make it to pass over the ways of the Abyss, who make souls to enter into their glorified bodies, whose hands are filled with righteousness, and whose fingers grasp your sceptres, destroy ye the foe. The boat of the Son rejoiceth, and the great God advances in peace. Behold, ye angels, grant that this soul of [name] of the Body of Christ may come forth triumphant before the angels, and triumphant before you, from the eastern horizon of heaven, to follow unto the place where it was yesterday, in peace, in the underworld. May he behold his soul, may he rest in his glorified frame, may he never perish, and may his soul never see corruption.

Homage to Thee, O Creator, Thou King of the East and the West; O Christ, victorious, ruler of the world in Thy gracious seasons; Thou art the Lord of the world. O grant Thou unto me a path whereon I may pass in peace, for I am just and true; I have not spoken lies wittingly, nor have I done anything with deceit.

Hail, ye Angels who make the right and truthful of the lost deceased to advance, who apportion unto me my weakness and my strength, who are without falsehood, and who abominate wickedness. Destroy ye the evil which is in me, do away with mine iniquity, put away the wounds which I had upon earth, and destroy all wickedness which cleaveth unto me. Grant ye that I may pass through the tomb, and that I may go in through the hidden doors of the underworld, and that offerings and other things may be made unto me as unto those shining ones who pass into and out from the paths of the tomb, and who go through the doors thereof.

[Cross ash box thrice with Water Chalice]

In the Name of the Fountain of Living Water, which cleanses the Children of Earth, and the heart of man, and the thought of man, and the will of man, I consecrate with Water.

[Cross ash box thrice with Censer]

In the Name of the Divine Desire, which transmutes the Life of Earth, and converts the heart of man, and the thought of man, and the will of man, I consecrate with Fire.

[Return the Lantern upon the ash box]

I protect thee with this flame, and I drive away the foe from the valley of the tomb, and I drive away the sand from thy feet. I embrace the Christ, who is triumphant in peace and in righteousness and truth. I am your nephew, triumphant. I have come to protect thee. I have gathered together the remains of thy body. I have brought this Lantern of the soul and I have placed it upon its throne atop thy body. I have made thy house to flourish after thee.

These are Elements of our Body of Christ, separated by the material yet United in the spiritual, as in the body of He who was perfected through Suffering, and Glorified through Trial. These are as the foundations of His body, which was destroyed in order that we in turn may be renewed. We are those who are clothed with the Body of Flesh, yet in whom is the Spirit of the Christ.

Come in peace, oh beautiful and Divine One, to a body glorified and perfected. Herald of the True God, knowing his speech among the living! Pass thou through every region of the invisible unto the place wherein thy genius dwellest, because thou hast came in purified peace, provided with thy wealth. Dwell thou in that sacred land that far-off travellers call naught, O land beyond all earthly passion and into all perfection! Dwell therein with thy lord Adonai forever. Be thy Mind opened unto the Higher, be thy heart a center of the Light, be thy Body and Soul therefore a Temple of the Holy Spirit.

Hail, Only One, shining from the East and reflecting from the West! Grant that this soul may come forth among the multitudes which are round about Thee; let him be established as a dweller among the shining ones; and let the underworld be opened unto him. And behold [name] of the Body of Christ shall come forth by day to do his will upon earth among the living.

Oh Lord of the Universe, look Thou with favor upon this pilgrim who is now before Thee, and grant Thine aid unto the highest aspirations of his soul, to the Glory of Thy Ineffable Name.

May what we have dedicated maintain in us our search for the Quintessence, the Stone of the Philosophers, True Wisdom, Perfect Happiness, the Summum Bonum. In the Name of the Lord, I declare this temple closed.

[Turn and take 3 steps West and perform the Closing of the Veil, after which, return to the altar]

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-CLOSING-

In the Worship of Holy Conformity and Obedience to the Divine Will:

* Consummatum Est!

May that which I have received in the body represent in its symbolism to our souls the concord of purifying graces and the eternal communication, O Lord, of that life which comes from Thee for the transmutation of our personality into a true Quintessence and for the attainment of our term in Thee.

AD GLORIAM *

ROSEAE *

CRUCIS*

Silence in the mouth of the Almighty One!


 

Thank you for reading!

Ritual For the Dead

Hod Pathworking and Mercury Talisman

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In this post I will document my revised Pathworking ritual arrangement and my new Mercury talisman working. I’ve skimmed down a lot of the details of my previous approaches. To keep from repeating myself, please refer to my last post dealing with a Pathworking ritual template. Here I will actually flesh out the details instead of merely doing a bullet point outline. Again, this is more of a public magical journal at this point, so take from it what you will.

Long story short, I’m getting back into school very soon and I want to increase the flow of mental energy as much as possible in order to really excel this time around and actually have something to show for it in the long term. I had the idea to do an 8 day ritual that culminates on a Wednesday Pathworking ritual/Mercury Talisman working that mainly draws on the influence of the Mercurial Intelligence Tiriel. (What the hell do you call a novena-like operation that only lasts eight days instead of nine?)

In this 8 day operation, I will observe both moderate fasting and complete abstinence in order to evoke the appropriate solemnity and reserve as much energy as possible. I also took the time to increase what I can only describe as spiritual self-awareness and mindfulness of others. This is important to me because I try to call myself out as I catch myself in judgement and in the correction of bad habits and negativity in general. Also, its worth noting that a big part of this has been due to my exposure to the process of awareness of “logismoi”, a Greek term, as laid out within the Eastern Orthodox Church. This basically includes developing enough immediate awareness of one’s own thoughts in order to control how one interacts with obsessions that may lead to the tendency to manifest into actions. It’s worth looking into and Father Maximos is quoted detailing this process of assessing the thought process in the excellent Mountain of Silence by Kyriacos C. Markides.

Logismoi

Anyway, I tried to be extra observant of my thoughts and words instead of just my physical actions. Not everyone will agree that such a process is necessary for magical processes, but this is a Christian magic blog after all. Its important to show your body and mind who is boss, to reclaim control in areas where the mind and body are often able to run wild and manifest typcial sinful tendencies.

In addition to becoming more mindful of such things in order to develop some spiritual focus and purity, the first seven days included setting time aside to pray to the Guardian Angel. No, I have not made contact, not via the Abramelin operation or otherwise, yet I do believe that such an entity is watching, listening, and guiding us in whatever capacity, so I thought it a good idea to acknowledge this being via prayer. Specifically, a simple ‘Elus Cohen prayer’ found on page 207 of “An Anthology of Therugic Operations of the Rose + Croix of the Orient”.

HGAprayer

I also use one of those Catholic Guardian Angel devotional candles for this purpose and for any other time when I wanted to address this angel in particular. I clear my altar to the minimum and draped it in white to honor this devotion. It is said that the HGA often acts a mediator for us and the rest of the spiritual world, so in my attempts to contact the angelic Hierarchy of Hod, I found this as a fitting pursuit, to guide me in my efforts along the way before I got to the eighth day operation. Plus, I had been wanting to try and forge a devotional relationship with this angel anyway, in order to get my life on track within the Narrow Gate of Divine Will.

 

On the eighth day I work my own new experimental Pathworking template, which does include external ritual and recitation but also a good deal of visualization. This plan uses the single Tree model instead of pathworking to higher levels, I figured I would keep this one as simple as possible. Of course this pathworking consists mainly of visualizing the appropriate symbolism along with the usage of the sections of Psalm 119 to invoke the Hebrew Letter angels, forming their sigils along the way as well. Before I roll out the ritual script, let’s briefly run-down the outline:

  • Opening (Lord’s Prayer, Statement of Intent, Psalm Versicles)

Nowadays I pretty much always use the Our Father to open the oratory anyway, this is no different. The Statement of Intent however is very important, see Frater ADA on this very subject, much better explained than I could ever do so. This section also includes 3 Psalm versicles, one of which being the ‘Traveler’s Psalm’, because we are Pathworking here, asking for God’s guidance and protection is a must.

  • Adoration To the Lord of the Universe

A fitting and succint invocation of the Highest. A favorite of GD-inspired magicians.

  • Declaration of Intent
  • Exorcism of Talisman
  • Water Consecration
  • Fire Consecration

 

  • Temple of Malkuth

This visualization looked a bit like this (and the rest are based on this simple template):

PathworkingVisualizationMalkuth

Notice the theme of ten points within the sacred geometry for Malkuth and the sigil of Sandalphon. In the distance can be seen an arched gateway for the Path of Tav. Easy peasy. The simpler the better, IMO. If you work better with letting your imagination/perception run wild, you go girl.

 

  • Vibration of Adonai Ha-Aretz and Sandalphon
  • Drawing of sigils

This part is rather self-explanatory. Here’s what the sigils looked like:

 

Adonai Ha-Aretz

Sandalphon

 

  • Passage unto the Path of Tav

I visualized the sigil glowing and passing to the gateway:

 

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Now that you know what my visualizations of the Temple and the Gateways looked like we can move on.

  • Reading of the Tav section of Psalm 119 and invocation of Taviel
  • Yesod Temple: Vibration of Shaddai El Chai and Gabriel
  • Drawing of sigils
  • Passage unto the Path of Lamed
  • Reading of the Lamed section of Psalm 119 and invocation of Lamediel
  • Hod Temple: Vibration of Elohim Tzavaot and Raphael
  • Petition to Raphael detailing intentions and request
  • Brief Invocation of the Beni Elohim, Vibration, drawing of the sigils
  • Invocation of Tiriel, Vibration, drawing of sigil

Here’s where I lay out my full intentions to Tiriel and ask assistance for my goals. I draw down the Lightning Flash/Flaming Sword figure from Tiriel’s sigil in the air down to the physical printed talisman, which looks like this:

 

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I used the 4 Scale scheme of GD colors for this one for maximum correspondence association, including the Secret Names of the 4 Worlds and the Rose Cross version sigil of Tiriel in the middle, flanked twice by the Hebrew word for ‘prosperity’, a reduction of my intention relating to academic prosperity and success. I also used 4 Lightning Flashes for each of the Qabalistic Worlds. Pretty straightforward stuff (even if the combination of the appropriate color scales in kinda ugly).

  • Eightfold battery and Closing

Here I knock 8 times, close in the name of the Holy Trinity, and then “ground” myself back to the Malkuth Temple by vibrating Adonai Ha-Aretz ten times.

 

Here is the full script:


 


Procul, O procul este, profani!
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In the Name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, Amen.

Our Father, Who art in Heaven, hallowed by Thy Name
Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done on Earth as it is in Heaven
Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses,
As we forgive those who trespass against us
And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil
For Thine is the Kingdom, the Power, and the Glory, forever and ever, Amen.

Dear Lord, as I seek to raise my consciousness to higher levels, to petition your messengers for safe passage, and to create change within myself and in this world in order to further the Great Work, I ask that you protect me in my travels; open my eyes, my mind, my heart to your influence of benevolence, and the protection of your Angels.

 

Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.” +

“Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for Thou art with me; Thy rod and Thy staff they comfort me.” +

“The Lord shall preserve thy going out and thy coming in from this time forth, and even for evermore.” +

 

Holy art Thou, Lord of the Universe. Holy art Thou, Whom Nature hath not formed. Holy art Thou, the Vast and the Mighty One, Lord of the Light and of the Darkness.

I declare this a work of the Paths, to rise on the planes and arrive at my destination, the Sephirah of Hod. I seek to plant the seeds of change upon this plane for the manifestation in the lower levels of Action.

[Hold hand over talisman]

I exorcise thee, O Creature of earth, that the blessing of God Almighty be upon thee, and let all malignity and hindrance be cast forth hence from, and let all good enter herein. I cast out from thee all the impurities and uncleanness of the Spirits of the World of Phantasm in the name of Almighty God, who liveth and reigneth unto the Ages of the Ages. Amen.

 

[Cross talisman thrice with Water Chalice]

In the Name of the Fountain of Living Water, which cleanses the Children of Earth, and the heart of man, and the thought of man, and the will of man, I consecrate with Water.

[Cross talisman thrice with Censer]

In the Name of the Divine Desire, which transmutes the Life of Earth, and converts the heart of man, and the thought of man, and the will of man, I consecrate with Fire.

 

[Begin visualization of Malkuth Temple]

I commence with the desire to commune with the current of the Divine force Adonai Ha-Aretz, and to petition Sandalphon for the acquisition of the Virtue he rules as the great Archangel of Malkuth.

ADONAI HA-ARETZ

SANDALPHON

Great Archangel Sandalphon, please allow me safe passage to the Celestial Corridor of Tav.

TAVIEL, guardian of the Path of Tav, Thee I invoke! I come before this celestial corridor as a servant of the Lord. Come forth in the Name of the Almighty. Reveal to me the gateway so that I may ascend.

169 Let my cry come near before Thee, O Lord: give me understanding according to Thy word.
170 Let my supplication come before Thee: deliver me according to Thy word.
171 My lips shall utter praise, when Thou hast taught me Thy statutes.
172 My tongue shall speak of Thy word: for all Thy commandments are righteousness.
173 Let Thine hand help me; for I have chosen Thy precepts.
174 I have longed for Thy salvation, O Lord; and Thy law is my delight.
175 Let my soul live, and it shall praise Thee; and let Thy judgments help me.
176 I have gone astray like a lost sheep; seek Thy servant; for I do not forget Thy commandments.

I desire to commune with the current of the Divine force Shaddai El Chai, and to petition Gabriel for the acquisition of the Virtue he rules as the great Archangel of Yesod.

SHADDAI EL CHAI

GABRIEL

Great Archangel Gabriel, please allow me safe passage to the Celestial Corridor of Lamed.

LAMEDIEL, guardian of the Path of Lamed, Thee I invoke! I come before this celestial corridor as a servant of the Lord. Come forth in the Name of the Almighty. Reveal to me the gateway so that I may ascend.

89 For ever, O Lord, Thy word is settled in heaven.
90 Thy faithfulness is unto all generations: Thou hast established the earth, and it abideth.
91 They continue this day according to Thine ordinances: for all are Thy servants.
92 Unless Thy law had been my delights, I should then have perished in mine affliction.
93 I will never forget Thy precepts: for with them Thou hast quickened me.
94 I am Thine, save me: for I have sought Thy precepts.
95 The wicked have waited for me to destroy me: but I will consider Thy testimonies.
96 I have seen an end of all perfection: but Thy commandment is exceeding broad.

I desire to commune with the current of the Divine force Elohim Tzavaot, and to petition Raphael for the acquisition of the Virtue he rules as the great Archangel of Hod.

ELOHIM TZAVAOT

RAPHAEL

O Thou Who art from everlasting, Thou who hast created all things, and doth clothe Thyself with the forces of Nature as a garment, by Thy Holy and Divine Name ELOHIM TZAVAOT, whereby Thou art known especially of the eighth emanation which I name Hod, the Sephirah of Glory and Splendor, upon the pillar of Severity, and that which rules the forces of Kokav, Mercury.

Great Archangel RAPHAEL, I approach you by way of the Temple of Hod, the sphere of Divine influence that governs reason, logic, communication, language and the eloquency and cleverness thereof, the flow data, and all things of a Mercurial nature. Before the mercy of the Lord, I take this time to ask for assistance in allowing your influence and intervention in my academic affairs. I wish to prosper in my attempts at finishing my program, and I wish to do so with advanced understanding, with excellent grades, and with expert preparation for my future career. If it be the will of the Lord, please help me do these things so that I may secure a prosperous life, that I may suffer in sadness no more, that I may become a reliable provider for my loved ones, that I may succeed in the Great Work.

 

“Lift up your heads, O ye gates; and be ye lift up, ye everlasting doors; and the King of glory shall come in.”

Remove from us our obstacles Lord, and grant us safe passage unto the opening of roads, upon the paths of righteousness.

 

Under the guidance of the Archangel Raphael, I hereby summon the influence and intervention of the Order of Angels:

BENI ELOHIM

And under their authority do I hereby summon the influence and intervention of the Mercurial Intelligence:

TIRIEL

Tiriel, I call upon you to manifest my intentions: to succeed and prosper academically in the near future. I ask these things not out of selfishness but in an appeal to the mercy of the Lord and His angels, that I may be thereby the better enabled to accomplish the Great Work. I also ask that the assistance given for this task result in no harm or inconvenience to others, especially those dear to me as friends, family, and loved ones.

Therefore, Tiriel, do I summon the power of your influence and bind it to this talisman, marked with Holy Names hereby called, the titles of the Four Worlds, their Secret Names, and the word and sigil of prosperity.

Therefore, Tiriel, do I conjure and bind your influence through the eight-fold flame of Hod, by the sigil and seal of Mercury, and by the mystic lantern of the Guardian that I carry with me always, that which guides from beyond the material world and in the secret depths of the soul.

Therefore, Tiriel, do I call forth the substance of your influence to be bound to this material basis by the symbol of the Lightning Flash, Flaming Sword of creation and manifestation. Come forth, O angel of Mercury, come forth and manifest by virtue of the Holy Name YAHDOHNHAI

[Draw descending Lightning Flash upon Talisman]

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[Continue visualization of the Hod temple but travel quickly backwards through each pathway until the Malkuth temple dissipates into complete darkness]

This rite being fully accomplished, I express gratitude and release any and all entities called upon, and in the Name of the Father +, the Son +, and the Holy Spirit +, do I now close this ritual.

ADONAI HA-ARETZ x 10


 

So there you have it. Hopefully it gives you some idea of where I am with Pathworking and applying these methods to grounding this influence into a physical basis, and binding the influence of a spiritual Intelligence to the talisman itself. I feel this is a good way to utilize the energies of the higher Sephiroth to descend upon Malkuth. Hopefully it gives you some ideas for pathworking yourself.

Though I must stress that during the pauses of visualization aids that are presented here, there must be adequate room for letting visions form on their own, so as to let objective experience exert influence on your travels, just remember to test or challenge any other entities that appear, and to be careful of any mental/spiritual experiences or physical sensations that appear to be out of place. Using the proper banishings or cleansings beforehand and afterward is also, of course, an excellent idea.

 

Hod Pathworking and Mercury Talisman

The Magic of Geomancy

After having recently decided to take up learning Geomancy as a new tool of divination, I have set Tarot aside for now and dove headfirst into the art. I started with the material of John Michael Greer, who always has excellent books for newcomers in my opinion, and it got me prepared for the basics so that I could start immediately. However, after researching some other sources and speaking to some friends who are well versed in this practice, I ran into a bit of frustration concerning the attributes. Turns out that there were inconsistencies in almost every set of correspondences I checked out.

Usually I am in favor of simply picking the system that personally makes the most sense and sticking to it. Thankfully, I have some rather in depth comparisons to check out in the material offered over at The Digital Ambler to help, so I’ve chosen to go with his associations. He gives some particularly helpful advice on using this form of divination in various posts, and I encourage everyone interested in giving meaning to random arrangements of dots to go see what he has to say, there is a lot to see there and he makes the system very approachable.

For those of you unfamiliar with geomancy, it’s a system of creating a random number of dots, say, on a piece of paper or in sand or dirt, which, after being easily calculated and manipulated, go on to compose one of the geomantic figures seen here in the chart below.

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These figures all have their own meanings with which one creates a chart in order to assign meaning to their positions in relation to each query. Greer recommends starting with a simple approach and generating one or several figures to get the hang of it, even though traditional geomancers usually look for details within either the Shield chart or the House chart. What’s nice about geomancy is that it can be as simple or complicated as you’d like. I won’t get into a lot of these specifics because one can read these details in much better sources than what little insight I have to offer, so instead of regurgitating any of the already widely available material on geomancy, I’ve made convenient links as appropriate along the way.

What’s also interesting is that you can use geomantic figures as fully fledged sigils as well, either in their original simple form of dots or their associated sigils, which lends itself to simplified magic uses very nicely. Balthazar’s Conjure vlog makes the great suggestion of combining geomantic figures with candle magic by carving or writing them onto each candle. If you’ve picked a set of associations to use, you can then go a step further and use the appropriate Elemental, Planetary, or Astrological colors to reinforce your working. I seem to be gravitating towards using the Planetary/Sephirotic associations (see graphic and explanation ahead), mostly because I work within  Planetary/Qabalistic assignments anyway and its the best lens through which I can currently understand them. I’ll use this as a springboard to memorize and go from there. 

This essay on Geomantic Magic treats the figures as if they are full entities in and of themselves, and the author even claims to have evoked their presence, and it is a great (albeit necessarily brief) list for deciding which figure to use for specific magical ends. The Digital Ambler also extrapolates the Hebrew words given by Skinner and assigns Angelic names to each figure as well. This makes things even more interesting and provides us some more correspondences to use, if you’re willing to get creative and experiment. I do this as a primary invocation source in the candle magic ritual that I detail at the end of this blog.

There is also a graphic floating around the net that aligns the geomantic figures with the Qabalistic Sephiroth, but there is an error on it, so I made my own version, as it quite helpful for me to contemplate the nature of the figures. While some in the magical community find the classifications of the Tree of Life arbitrary and outdated, I still find it useful for meditation so, ya know, sue me. Those still working within a GD or Hermetic Qabalah framework may find it helpful as a visual aid like I do.

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So, on to my personal plans for geomantic workings. I use a version of the Ciceros’ prayer found in their Self-initiation book, which invokes the Divine Name Adonai Ha-Aretz, Auriel, and then can be fashioned to invoke a Planetary Intelligence and Spirit to guide the divination, matched up as the most appropriate Planetary force which resonates with the nature of your query. So for instance, if you were looking to ask a question about love, the hierarchy of Venus may be appropriate, etc. Here is my working version of the prayer to be said before generating the figures:

“In the Divine Name of ADONAI HA-ARETZ, I invoke the great Archangel AURIEL, come forth and invest this divination with truth, that I may gain the knowledge of hidden things, that their secrets may become revealed to me through sacred signs and by enlightening my intuition. I hereby invoke the guidance of the Planetary Intelligence ______, ruling the Spirit ______; to come forth and invest this working with truth so that all may be made clear through sign and symbol.”

I suppose that if you were to invoke an Elemental Hierarchy instead of a Planetary one, using the Angel and Ruler of whatever Element governs the nature of your query, that would probably also work just as well. I plan to experiment with this idea myself.

Notice the importance of invoking the forces of Earth beforehand, not just because geomancy was originally used by manipulating dirt or sand, but also because this element represents full manifestation and expression of higher forces brought into material creation, being grounded in the Active realm. This is the force we should look to in order to manifest divinatory answers, if you’re going to use this ritualized approach to begin with. I am a sucker for prayer-oriented work and I also have little faith in my own power alone to manifest results from universal forces, so I see these invocations as quite necessary for divination and magic, even if they may seem forced or formulaic to others. Those not too keen on this approach will rest easy knowing that you need not bother with such preparations if this is not your style.

As for divinatory material mediums, instead of using sand, dice, or sticks, I really liked the idea of using coins, thanks to Greer’s suggestion. Luckily, I already had some decent sized wooden pieces that would work out perfectly, those which I drew one dot on one side, and two on the other. There would be 4 of them, one for each element, colored Red, Yellow, Blue, and Black, and this way I would generate the figures by each element instead of using just one coin.

I also decided to dedicate a very thick and large wooden tablet to my geomantic work, making it the official plate upon which I would spin the coins and generate each figure. I worked out a simple design for this, shown below, using the appropriate Golden Dawn Divine Names of Malkuth and Earth, and of course the hermetic hexagram which stands for the union of elements.

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Now, as for taking Balthazar’s ideas and running with them, I began to arrange little ritual setups for a main working. After giving some thought to the possibilities of candle magic provided in the classic Master Book of Candle Burning, I thought of a simple way to use the principle of manipulating the candles over a period of time that incorporated the geomantic figures/sigils themselves and an arrangement of 3 candles. This approach would also include some Psalm Magic(my list includes Psalms that would work for each Element and also for Divination in general).

My setup is rather simple, and I’ll include the ritual here, though it can easily be fitted to your own alterations of course. The template is as follows: First you’d want to figure out your intent and express it as succinctly as possible, then choose three Geomantic figures. The first would represent your goal, and the other two would be the influencing factors that would manifest this goal, or those that would represent steps along the way. Maybe they stand for other people or situations, so get creative. My intent for the ritual itself was to manifest a prosperous venture toward a new career path.

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So, for my ritual, I chose the figure Via as the goal figure, which signifies change and movement, as I am looking for significant change in my own attitude and character in order to accomplish my goal. This is a Lunar force, which reflects the influences surrounding it, revealing truth as mirrors and water always do (sometimes the difficult but necessary harsh truths which we must overcome in the form of external and internal trial), and is also fitting in its symbolism because the Moon is a very fluid and Watery force that is cyclic and fluctuating, becoming purified in its nature along the way. I chose this as my goal to represent the changes I need to go through on a personal level. Some would warn that asking for change in this form is asking for upheaval of comforts and consistencies in life, but honestly, that is exactly my problem and I am looking for the assistance to persevere through such a transformation. A quest isn’t worth anything unless the journeyman is transformed by the end of it, we are alchemists and spiritual Masons after all, working on ourselves. For Via I chose a purple candle, relating to Lunar forces and the sephirah of Yesod.

The next figure I chose was Albus, due to its association with Mercurial mental faculties and their connection to the virtues of academic value that I am after. Albus has been described as being the influences in life that act as a guiding force on our paths, an elder of some sorts, or a spiritual guide that has all the experience needed to pass on knowledge and wisdom. For Albus I chose an orange candle, relating to Mercurial forces and the sephirah of Hod.

The last figure was Acquisitio, which is favorable for business and school investments, and represents gain and long-term establishment and fortune of all kinds as a manifestation of the Jupiterian current and the Qabalistic force of Chesed. For Acquisitio I chose a blue candle, relating to Jupiterian forces and the sephirah of Chesed.

Since I also planned on using the angelic names for each figure as linked earlier, this process would entail the invocation of those three figures through their respective names. For the physical set up itself, I put the Goal figure Via, inscribed in gold color on a wooden disc, in the middle of the altar. Flanking this, inscribed in silver, would be Albus and Acquisitio. On top of all three would rest their respective candles, with a chosen sigil carved into each.

The two supporting figures, positioned with enough space between them, would act as a sort of gateway, while the goal figure would be eventually positioned in the middle after three intervals of movement, marked by the use of Psalms. So, we start with the candles in a downward pointing triangle, and end up with all three in a horizontal line.

After an opening prayer, I invoke the two supporting figures through their angels, and move the goal candle up a bit toward the gateway, reading three Psalms. After everything in its final position, I declare my intent, and petition for assistance from the final angel. After a period of meditation where I visualize my ultimate goal, I give thanks, read Psalm 150, and close the whole operation.

The Psalms I chose were selected from my own list of associations and related to prosperity, manifestation, trust in God, Divine mercy, and guidance. The order in which I use them for the candle movement intervals was Psalm 20, 16, and 25. This time I opted for reading the entire chapter instead of using verses.

 

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As for the knocks used at the beginning and ending of the ritual, I start with 1, and end with 10. Those familiar with Qabalistic symbolism will note the numerology of Kether and Malkuth. Not only are these sephiroth intimately connected as reflections of one another, this action is basically calling on the purity of the Divine Consciousness and watching it manifest fully into the Material plane.

You should be able to tell that the real meat of my brief ceremony rests in the petition section, and I almost did not include this as it gets a bit personal with my needs and my requests, however, after some contemplation, my words are honest with much sincerity for such a simple ritual, and I have nothing to hide from anyone who happens to be reading, so enjoy the ritual in full. Thanks for reading.



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Holy art Thou, O Lord of the Universe, Holy art Thou, Whom nature hath not formed. Holy art Thou, the Vast and Mighty One, Ruler of the Light and of the Darkness.

O Thou Who art from everlasting, Thou who hast created all things, and doth clothe Thyself with the forces of Nature as a garment, by Thy Holy and Divine Name ADONAI HA-ARETZ, I beseech Thee to grant unto me strength and insight for the search after the hidden light and wisdom.

I invoke thee, Albus, LABANIEL

[Light orange Albus candle, visualize Albus and meditate on its figure and meaning]

and I invoke thee, Acquisitio, HASHIGIEL

[Light blue Acquisitio candle, visualize Acquisitio and meditate on its figure and meaning]

I invoke your influences over my passage to good fortune through a new career path. May you guide my actions toward a successful venture of prosperous change.

I invoke thee, Via, DEREKHEL

[Light the purple Via candle and read Psalm 20, 16, 25, moving the Via candle accordingly]
Labaniel, spirit of Albus, invest me with the keys of knowledge and wisdom I need to make good decisions in approaching new and unfamiliar things, meeting new people, communicating my needs and desires, and gaining the necessary council of those more experienced in order to develop the mental faculties I need to succeed. Assist me in the art of memory, that I might make profitable progress in academic understanding and professional success.

Hashigiel, spirit of Acquisitio, invest me with the ever-expanding good fortune on my path toward genuine change. My needs are simple and my tasks are direct, yet I need to develop the fortitude to interact profitably with others, and even myself, in order to see my investments pay off. I desire the grace and mercy of the Lord in this venture as He has led me with strength through trial and tribulation with an opportunity of a wonderful gift ahead of me. Help me to gain the recognition for working honestly, and grant me the purity of heart needed to undertake that work in a positive manner. I seek also the patience necessary for these undertakings, so that my skills will become sharpened and my value of worldly contribution will increase.

Derekhel, spirit of Via, invest me with the quality of motion, as I have been stagnant in my undertakings and slow in my progress toward a better life. Invest me with light in my journey out of the darkness of ignorance. It has been my natural inclination to stay comfortable, out of a deep fear of change. I wish for you to help me develop the confidence needed to overcome the obstacles in my path, both internal and external, and also to overthrow the influences weighing me down, closing the paths of opportunity. I seek to be motivated and eager for positive and active change, and I ask that you assist me through transformation of the Self.

Lord, I have laid bare my soul with honesty, search my heart for sincerity in the words that I speak.

[Read Psalm 150]

In the Worship of Holy Conformity and Obedience to the Divine Will:

* * * *   * * *   * * *  Consummatum Est!

 

The Magic of Geomancy

The Elemental Tools

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It is no secret that I draw heavily on the Golden Dawn tradition for many of my techniques and practices, yet I do not adhere to the system to the letter because there are many elements I either do not agree with, or that I wouldn’t mind changing for my own reasons. Many of them are documented here on the blog, and this case is no different.

So, the Elemental Tools. I was told by some friends that I publish a quick blog on their construction, so here we are.

I have chosen to make each tool in my own way and according to the set up of having only 4 names of the hierarchy upon each (Divine Name/Archangel/Angel/Ruler). Are they perfectly made? No, some parts of the paint jobs are a bit sloppy, but its the best I could do. I am not a painter, but I consider myself as having a steady enough hand to crank out some artwork here and there with a pen, pencil, or woodburner, so I tried my best. I had a friend once tell me that your magical tools don’t always have to look pretty in order for them to be effective, and I’ve always remembered that. As I continue to make magical tools of various sorts, I try to remember that in most cases, many of these tools are done in honor of specific entities, and that my work is a kind of offering in and of itself. After all, it is through such tools that I aim to work with a set of angels in order to channel a specific Divine force into my work (specifically, I’m going to ask these angels to directly empower them during the Elemental Cycles).

Now that I have finished them all, I will soon work on consecrating them as well, using my variant of a talisman consecration that is based on the Z2 Formula mixed with prayers from the Fellowship of the Rosy Cross Neophyte grade. Boy, if the purists aren’t angry by now…

 

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Starting with the Earth Pentacle, this I did by first woodburning the basic design into a small wooden plaque. I used a stain pen to stain the edges for a darker hue, and I actually like that it brought out the wood grain in an interesting way, as opposed to the very light natural wood color it was originally after I sanded it down. Then I simply used colored pencils and filled in the four quadrants, and then came the white paint on the hexagram to finish it up.

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Next is the Air Dagger. Yes, its wooden. I preferred this because I have a supplier that makes me the occasional wooden goodie at affordable prices, and I had them fashion me this dagger in the style of the knife found in the Key of Solomon (there was a time a few years ago where I was dead set on creating the Solomonic tools, that went out the window, as you can see). I really don’t see an issue with the “blade” being made of wood, and if you think that a metal blade can better channel the forces of Air than a wooden one, then that’s just, like, your opinion man. I can see that argument for the magical Sword, certain metals being sacred to Mars, but whatever.

 

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The Water Chalice. This was actually my favorite tool to make. I mostly just liked the way the metallic blue paint came out, nice and shiny. This is a small porcelain egg cup I found for a dollar. It is rather small, as you can see from the first picture of the group of tools together, and its really only about 6cm tall! I liked the size because I didn’t think I needed a large goblet just to hold some lustral water. However, I did have a back up Water Chalice made from a slightly larger glass cup that I found at my local art store for pretty cheap as well:

 

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Lastly, the Fire Wand. This was also very fun to make and was also the one that ended up deviating the most from the traditional design. I specifically wanted a sharp cone tip for this one, so I bought a few wooden ring holders that were the perfect shape and size.

 

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Instead of using a plain dowel rod for the shaft of the wand, I opted to use these neat little miniature spools that, when glued together, created small nodes to separate the names of the hierarchy. So it worked out just fine. There may be a day where I create another one with a plan dowel and an egg shaped tip, but for now I am satisfied with the tools as they are.

I hope this post inspires others to make their own set of tools, as their construction can be affordable and moderately easy as long as you have the time and the heart to break out the paint and try a bit of artwork. Blessings.

The Elemental Tools

Elemental Cycles and Scrying Experiments

Recently I have decided to undertake a series of cyclic operations that will immerse myself within each of the 4 Elements through invocation of their respective Hierarchies, which I will briefly outline here, for anyone not familiar. These are based on the traditional Golden Dawn attributions.

Earth-
Divine Name- Adonai
Archangel- Auriel
Angel- Phorlak
Ruler- Kerub

Water-
Divine Name- El
Archangel- Gabriel
Angel- Taliahad
Ruler- Tarshish

Air-
Divine Name- YHVH
Archangel- Raphael
Angel- Chassan
Ruler- Ariel

Fire-
Divine Name- Elohim
Archangel- Michael
Angel- Aral
Ruler- Saraph

This is also the order in which I’ve chosen to work with each Element, starting with Earth. Moderate fasting, abstinence, and spiritual mindfulness will be observed throughout each period.  Each cycle lasts about a month, with simple devotional invocations performed every day, culminating in an attempt to scry the Ruler of each in the last week of each period. I have created my own Elemental Tablets using the appropriate flashing colors and depictions of the Hebrew names. These tablets can be used in the same way as the Tattvas, and for me they are simply mandalas for these meditations after the invocations are performed. These prayers follow an easy formula (all of which are preceded with the ‘Adoration to the Lord of the Universe’) and are as follows:


Earth-
Under the authority of the Divine Force of ADONAI, who governeth the Element of Earth, I call upon the Archangel AURIEL, the Angel PHORLAK, and the Ruler KERUB, for I humbly ask of your guidance and to bless my endeavor to connect with the energies of Earth and to harmonize my own faculties with stability and reliability.

As a wanderer in the wilderness, I invoke the powers of Earth to bear witness to my spiritual endeavor. Grant me the knowledge of the Element and the Active Realm, so that I may obtain a greater understanding of Hidden Things and thereby advance in the Great Work.

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Water- 
Under the authority of the Divine Force of EL, who governeth the Element of Water, I call upon the Archangel GABRIEL, the Angel TALIAHAD, and the Ruler TARSHISH, for I humbly ask of your guidance and to bless my endeavor to connect with the energies of Water and to harmonize my own faculties with purification and reflection.

As a wanderer in the wilderness, I invoke the powers of Water to bear witness to my spiritual endeavor. Grant me the knowledge of the Element and the Astral Realm, so that I may obtain a greater understanding of Hidden Things and thereby advance in the Great Work.

WaterTalisman2

 

 

 

Air-
Under the authority of the Divine Force of YHVH, who governeth the Element of Air, I call upon the Archangel RAPHAEL, the Angel CHASSAN, and the Ruler ARIEL, for I humbly ask of your guidance and to bless my endeavor to connect with the energies of Air and to harmonize my own faculties with intuition and diligence.

As a wanderer in the wilderness, I invoke the powers of Air to bear witness to my spiritual endeavor. Grant me the knowledge of the Element and the Mental Realm, so that I may obtain a greater understanding of Hidden Things and thereby advance in the Great Work.

AirTalisman2

 

 

Fire-
Under the authority of the Divine Force of ELOHIM, who governeth the Element of Fire, I call upon the Archangel MICHAEL, the Angel ARAL, and the Ruler SERAPH, for I humbly ask of your guidance and to bless my endeavor to connect with the energies of Fire and to harmonize my own faculties with courage and faithfulness.

As a wanderer in the wilderness, I invoke the powers of Fire to bear witness to my spiritual endeavor. Grant me the knowledge of the Element and the Spiritual Realm, so that I may obtain a greater understanding of Hidden Things and thereby advance in the Great Work.

FireTalisman2

 


 

For the Scrying sessions at the end week of each cycle, I’ve used a [very reduced] version of the Evocation ritual provided in Regardie’s Golden Dawn black brick, as the format found in Zalewski’s ‘Talismans and Evocations of the Golden Dawn’, the evocation of Taphthartharath, is unnecessarily long for my taste. Those familiar with the Key of Solomon may recognize elements of the Exorcisms, and those familiar with GD Enochian will notice the repurposed prayer found in the Watchtower Opening. The full ritual example for the evocation of Kerub is as follows:

 

* Procul, O procul este, profani!

To the Eastern quarter, I call upon the great Archangel RAPHAEL
To the Southern quarter, I call upon the great Archangel MICHAEL
To the Western quarter, I call upon the great Archangel GABRIEL
To the Northern quarter, I call upon the great Archangel AURIEL

I invoke ye, ye Angels of the celestial spheres whose dwelling is in the invisible. Ye are the guardians of the gates of the Universe, be ye also the guardians of this mystic sphere. Keep far removed the evil and the unbalanced. Strengthen and inspire me so that I may preserve unsullied this abode of the mysteries of the Eternal God. Let my sphere be pure and holy so that I may enter in and become a partaker of the secrets of the Light Divine.

[Hold hand over crystal]

I exorcise thee, O Creature of crystal, that the blessing of God Almighty be upon thee, and let all malignity and hindrance be cast forth hence from, and let all good enter herein. I cast out from Thee all the impurities and uncleanness of the Spirits of the World of Phantasm in the name of Almighty God, who liveth and reigneth unto the Ages of the Ages. Amen.

[Ignite incense]

I exorcise thee, O creature of fire, in the name of the sovereign and eternal Lord, by his ineffable name, which is YHVH, by the name IAH, and by the name of power EL, that thou mayest enlighten the heart of all the spirits which we shall call into this crystal, so that they may appear before us without fraud and deceit, through Him who hath created all things.

[Raise hands and visualize the descent of white light unto the altar]

Holy art Thou, Lord of the Universe. Holy art Thou, Whom nature hath not formed. Holy art Thou, the Vast and the Mighty One, Lord of the Light and of the Darkness.

I hereby adore the Lord and King of Earth, ADONAI HA-ARETZ, ADONAI MELEK. Unto Thee be the Kingdom, the Power, and the Glory. +

Adonai Ha-Aretz, O Thou who art the King of Earth, taking the earth for thy footstool, I invoke Thee, and adore Thee. Dwell Thou within my heart, I beseech Thee, to awaken that which shall prove a true channel for the working of Thy Divine power. May this ceremony for the evocation of the Earth Angel Kerub be a focus for the rays of Thy illuminating wisdom, to the end that I may use this consecration to progress further in the Great Work, and thereby help others who may come within my sphere of influence.

Grant unto me the presence and power of Thy Archangel AURIEL who governeth the spirits of Earth, that he may guide me in my quest for the hidden stone.

Direct Thy Angel PHORLAK to watch over my footsteps in this Path of Light. O thou mighty Angel of Earth, I conjure thee by these Divine Names, that thou permeate my mind now in this temple, to aid me with thy power, that I may truly evoke to visible manifestation the Ruler of Earth, Kerub.

O thou angelic Ruler, KERUB, I bind and conjure thee in the name of Auriel who thus prepares the way for thee, that thou appear in visible form before me in this crystal within the triangle of art, set with the Holy Names of YHVH, EHEIEH, ELOHIM, TZAVAOT. In the name of Adonai, I request that thou shalt come hither from thy abodes to appear before me. In the presence of the Lord and by the virtue of the Holy Trinity of the Father +, the Son, our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ +, and the Holy Spirit +, I invoke and charge thee, that even as within me is concealed the knowledge of the magic of the light divine, so shalt thou pass from concealment unto manifestation visibly in this crystal within the triangle of art placed before me.

Creature of Earth, long hast thou dwelt in darkness. Quit the night and seek the day.

[Chanting of the Name of Ruler until appearance]

[Interrogatories]

In the name of ADONAI, the Eternal and Everlasting One, may you return unto your place; and may there be peace between you and I.

 


 

The Triangle of Art mentioned I have personalized to this design:

Triangle

If all goes well, I will also spend an additional cycle with Spirit, invoking the symbolic force of YHShVH, including the use of my own Tablet of Union:

TabletofUnion

 

Hopefully I will gain some forces of elemental integration from these operations, because I am seeking to invoke the particular positive energies for a more balanced well-being.

Elemental Cycles and Scrying Experiments

Pathworking the Ari Tree of Life

 

First things first, my approach to Qabalistic Pathworking admittedly draws heavily on the Golden Dawn tradition, even though I have been experimenting with working the “Ari” Tree, and the material found in this post in particular owes much to the works of Mark Stavish and Alex Sumner, so I must give them credit and praise for the Path correspondences and also the ritual framework, respectively. With that said, please check out Stavish’s Kabbalah For Health and Wellness and Alex Sumner’s Path-working On The Qabalistic Tree of Life as the source of inspiration for most of this material.

The ritual outlined here is also based on a framework I recommended back when I first blogged about the invocation of Hebrew Letters and how to Pathwork using their corresponding section from Psalm 119. If you haven’t seen those posts yet, just understand that Psalm 119 is grouped into 22 sections according to each letter of the Hebrew alphabet, and I basically pose the idea to use those specific verses as one more association when attempting to connect with the spiritual force behind the Hebrew letters themselves, which in turn would then provide another method to Pathwork. In addition to this, I also explore the possibility of treating the Hebrew letters themselves as angelic entities, and I proposed that using the suffix of “iel” (יאל) affixed to the letter spellings, as traditional Angels themselves are named, would be yet another way to personify, and further, to invoke, the forces that these letters represent. However, I wanted to streamline this information as a bit of a magical journal here, just to show my train of thought and document my theory/practice, yet I of course understand that most of the magical crowd out there is working the Kircher Tree instead of my chosen Ari Tree, I figured I would post anyway.

First off, let’s take a look at the Tree and map out what it is each Path can do for us, using this design as a visual aid. Information on the Paths and how we can work with them is not nearly as prevalent as finding info on the Sephiroth themselves. I am going to assume that anyone still interested in using the Ari Tree will have at least some knowledge of the correspondences of the Sephiroth, and since this can be studied easily from many sources other than my own, I will include only the Path associations.

 


 

Tree of Life Ari

Path of Tav- Psalm 119:169-176- Malkuth to Yesod

This path connects the physical body to the subconscious/astral plane/subtle bodies. This is the bridge between the Earth and the Moon. Working this Path will balance irrational fears and obsessions, and it governs the dreams, ideas of both literal and symbolic birth and death, the solidification of ideas, reproduction, all higher things in their connection to the material world with the physical body, the link between the Outer world and the Inner, and Physicality with the Imagination and the Subconscious.

 

Path of Lamed- Psalm 119:89-96- Yesod to Hod

This path connects the subconscious/astral plane/subtle bodies to the mental energies of the intellect. This is the bridge between the Moon and Mercury. Working this Path establishes the connection between our conscious and rational mind with our subconscious mind and psychic centers, especially concerning dream states and insights into symbolism in general, bringing this information to light in a practical way of understanding instead of remaining hidden. The link between imagination and knowledge/logic.
Path of Nun- Psalm 119:105-112- Yesod to Netzach

This path connects the energies of the subconscious/astral plane/subtle bodies to the emotional energies of desire. This is the bridge between the Moon and Venus. Working this Path establishes the link between our emotions and the subconscious mind and the psychic centers, and deals with repressed emotions and bringing them to the surface in revelations, and also governs fertility and sexual issues as they pertain to their mental/astral context. The link between imagination and desire, the realm of fantasy.
Path of Mem- Psalm 119:97-104- Hod to Netzach

This Path connects the mental energies of the intellect with the emotional energies of desire. This is the bridge between Mercury and Venus. Working this Path will harmonize the Intellect and the Emotional aspects and governs anxieties of a general nature, while cultivating and purifying deeper intuition. The link between knowledge/logic and desire/pleasure.

 

Path of Resh- Psalm 119:153-160- Yesod to Tiphareth

This Path connects the energies of the subconscious/astral plane/subtle bodies to the Higher Self/True Will/aspects of Harmony. This is the bridge between the Moon and the Sun. Working this Path establishes a healthy link between the Ego and the true Higher Self, it reveals inner truths about the personality as a whole, and governs all processes of self-actualization and inner revelations about the True Will. Use this Path to meditate on and to establish the link between Lunar and Solar aspects. The link between the imagination and subconscious with harmony/wholeness/peace.

 

Path of Yod- Psalm 119:73-80- Netzach to Tiphareth

This Path connects the emotional energies of desire to the Higher Self/True Will/aspects of Harmony. This is the bridge between Venus and the Sun. Working this Path can bring the deeper emotional aspects into purification and harmonize them with the True Will and the life’s purpose. The link between emotional desire/pleasure and harmony/wholeness/peace.

 

Path of Samech- Psalm 119:113-120- Hod to Tiphareth

This Path connects the mental energies of the intellect with the Higher Self/True Will/aspects of Harmony. This is the bridge between Mercury to the Sun. Working this Path will bring the rational intellect and lower mental thought processes into balance with the True Will and the life’s purpose. Spiritual cognition may improve along with clairvoyance. The link between knowledge/logic with harmony/wholeness/peace.

Path of Tzaddi- Psalm 119:137-144- Tiphareth to Geburah

This Path connects the Higher Self to the aspects of Severity/Contraction. This is the bridge between the Sun and Mars. Working this Path will balance orderly and Martial energies with our sense of true self, and governs physical energy and health. Use this path to strengthen the Will and provide direction and ambition to the life’s purpose. The link between harmony/wholeness/peace with strength/energy.
Path of Peh- Psalm 119:129-136- Hod to Geburah

This Path connects the mental energies of the intellect to the aspects of Severity/Contraction. This is the bridge between Mercury to Mars. Working this Path will improve circulation of intellectual direction and flow of mental inspiration and rigorous follow-through in the context of the mental energies. The link between knowledge/logic and strength/energy.

 

Path of Aleph- Psalm 119:1-8- Geburah to Chesed

This Path connects the aspects of Severity/Contraction to the aspects of Mercy/Expansion. This is the bridge between Mars and Jupiter. Working this Path will provide higher balance to all thought and emotions and even the Higher Self, but especially in regards to taking control of issues of endurance, purposeful change, and prosperous self-governing aspects. The link between strength/energy with expansion/compassion/prosperity.

 

Path of Chet- Psalm 119:57-64- Tiphareth to Chesed

This Path connects the Higher Self/True Will/aspects of Harmony to the aspects of Mercy/Expansion. This is the bridge between the Sun and Jupiter. Working this Path will expand leadership and self-rulership ability and prosperity in general, governs the expansion of peace, luck, and also mental/physical health. The link between harmony/wholeness/peace with expansion/compassion/prosperity.

 

Path of Kaph- Psalm 119:81-88- Netzach to Chesed

This Path connects the emotional energies of desire to the aspects of Mercy/Expansion. This is the bridge between Venus and Jupiter. Working this Path will expand and purify feelings of love and compassion and harmonize them through physical expression and health. The link between emotional desire/pleasure with expansion/compassion/prosperity.

 

Path of Qoph- Psalm 119:145-152- Chesed to Binah

This Path connects the aspects of Mercy/Expansion to Archetypal Understanding/Form. This is the bridge between Jupiter to Saturn. Working this Path will combine the expansive and ruling energies of Jupiter with the formative boundaries and restrictions of Saturn. This path is a paradoxical fluctuating energy that results in a state of adaptability and fluidity. The link between expansion/compassion/prosperity and structure/limitation.

Path of Ayin- Psalm 119:121-128- Tiphareth to Binah

This Path connects the aspects of the Higher Self/True Will/aspects of Harmony to Archetypal Understanding/Form. This is the bridge between the Sun and Saturn. Working this Path imposes healthy limits and boundaries to life’s goals and higher purpose. The link between harmony/wholeness/peace and structure/limitation.

 

Path of Gimel- Psalm 119:17-24- Geburah to Binah

This Path connects the aspects of Severity/Contraction to the aspects of Archetypal Understanding/Form. This is the bridge between Mars and Saturn. This Path connects the Lesser and Greater Malefic forces and can be dangerous and tumultuous because it works with the essences of destructive reduction to break down unnecessary or weak forms built up in one’s spiritual life and higher psychology. The link between strength/energy and structure/limitation.

 

Path of Shin- Psalm 119:161-168- Binah to Chokmah

This Path connects the aspects of Archetypal Understanding/Form to the aspects of Archetypal Wisdom/Force. This is the bridge between Saturn and the Zodiac. Working this Path may result in the establishment of spiritual balance. The link between structure/limitation and creation/initiative.

 

Path of Zayin- Psalm 119:49-56- Geburah to Chokmah

This Path connects the aspects of Severity/Contraction to Archetypal Wisdom/Force. This is the bridge between Mars and the Zodiac. The link between strength/energy and creation/initiative.

 

Path of Tet- Psalm 119:65-72- Tiphareth to Chokmah

This Path connects the Higher Self/True Will/aspects of Harmony to Archetypal Wisdom/Force. This is the bridge between the Sun and the Zodiac. The link between harmony/wholeness/peace and creation/initiative.

 

Path of Bet- Psalm 119:9-16- Chesed to Chokmah

This Path connects the aspects of Mercy/Expansion to Archetypal Wisdom/Force. This is the bridge between Jupiter and the Zodiac. The link between expansion/compassion/prosperity and creation/initiative.

 

Path of Heh- Psalm 119:33-40- Chokmah to Kether

This Path connects Archetypal Wisdom/Force to Archetypal Consciousness. This is the bridge between the Zodiac and Divine Union/Gnosis. The link between creation/initiative and unitive consciousness/Divine awareness.

 

Path of Dalet- Psalm 119:25-32- Tiphareth to Kether

This Path connects the Higher Self/True Will/aspects of Harmony to Archetypal Consciousness. This is the bridge between the Sun and Divine Union/Gnosis. The link between harmony/wholeness/peace and unitive consciousness/Divine awareness.

 

Path of Vav- Psalm 119:41-48- Binah to Kether

This Path connects Archetypal Understanding/Form to Archetypal Consciousness. This is the bridge between Saturn and Divine Union/Gnosis. The link between structure/limitation and unitive consciousness/Divine awareness.


 

 

 

Now, let’s talk about a Pathworking ritual framework. My version of Pathworking relies heavily on the shift in consciousness that meditation brings, and allowing yourself to pause for a time and deepen your thoughts while going back to the ritual is a must for this method.

For this style of Pathworking you’ll need to set up your altar as simply as possible. The few elements I would recommend are simply a black and white candle setup, white on the right for the Active/Male/Positive Force, and black on the left for Passive/Female/Negative Form. This is simple enough and represents a great deal for the modern ceremonial magician. It is symbolizes the opposing forces of the Universe, and the double pillar setup usually functions as an archetypal Gateway in many lodge traditions. The initiate or practitioner should keep in mind that he or she then represents the synthesis of such forces, and in Qabalah, this is the Middle Pillar and central “trunk” of the Tree.

The rest of the elements are up to you to decide what you’ll need once you “arrive” at your planned destination of Pathworking, though simpler is better. For instance, I recently had a discussion with a friend and fellow magician about how they were looking for options on how to raise their consciousness to the Creative World of Briah, create certain intents and goal-oriented imagery on this level, and have it trickle down through to Assiah and manifest on the Physical plane. I suggested that once having worked their way up the Tree by the method here explained, you have many ways of using some simple sympathetic magic at this point to reinforce what you’re doing mentally/astrally.

For instance, I suggested to work out your statement of intent and reduce it to a simple word. Find the proper translation of this word in Hebrew, then using the Golden Dawn Rose Cross, create a sigil using this word. After your ascension you could use this sigil to strongly project in a full visualization, and you could even couple this with grounding yourself by physically drawing this sigil onto the surface of a bowl of water with your finger or writing it onto a small mirror (if working in Yesod for example), or inscribing it into a yellow Solar Candle or using the candle flame to draw and project (if working in Tiphareth). Another option would be to draw the sigil on a notecard and then burn it, saving the ashes for some leftover mojo, if you feel so inclined. The opportunities are endless, but also wholly optional, as there are some who may prefer to keep their Pathworking solely on the mental and astral levels. Personally, I prefer to mix the two approaches.

 

The ritual framework would follow as recommended; start by doing some deep meditation for as long as it takes to get you properly relaxed. Some may prefer to perform a banishing ritual. One brother of mine described to me how he often performed the Lesser Ritual of the Pentagram mentally with good results, which may be a viable alternative to a physical LRP since visualization plays such a huge part in the required sections. I would recommend opening the oratory by a simple prayer like the Our Father, or maybe the GD’s Adoration of the Lord of the Universe.

Commence with a Statement of Intent. This is always good to do with any sort of working anyway for multiple but mostly obvious reasons. Keep your SoI clear and concise.  For our Pathworking, it could be something like this: “It is my will to raise my consciousness to [Sephirah] of [Qabalistic World], in order to petition the heavenly gatekeepers for assistance in [goal].” Maybe throw in a line about approaching these entities humbly in order to make a positive hange within yourself and thus progress the Great Work. Or not. ‘Sup to you.

Notice that since our previous example dealt with travelling forward on the Tree through the Worlds instead of merely using the single Tree model, things get specific here. I’ve included this simple diagram to map out our potential paths of travel. Though, keep in mind that one cannot expect to fully enter and experience the upper realms of abstract thought and creation by merely using meditation and ritual. However, this is exactly why its important that we approach the entities along the way and petition them to help us ascend in whatever way possible, and to further our cause. In this manner, approaching the Angels of the Tree and asking them for assistance and to do some of the work for us is paramount to any amount of success.

4Worlds

 

Notice also that I have included the “Secret Names” of the Worlds; Atziluth: “Aub”, Briah: “Seg”, Yetzirah: “Mah”, Assiah: “Ben”. In the bit of searching that I have done, I can’t find much use of these names in a practical magical method.  However, we can use them to vibrate and to act as a further “key” to connecting to the higher worlds, just as one would separate the Tetragrammaton by its letters to connect to each level as well.

Now comes the artsy part of our journey, if you so choose to incorporate some mandalas into your meditations. These visual aids will help one focus their concentration and then visualize with closed eyes. For example, for simplicity’s sake, if we were to travel to Tiphareth of Yetzirah, we would draw out (or print, if you’re lazy) a set of Hebrew letters to meditate on or scry upon as a gateway, using the appropriate colors of each World of Qabalah. You can find these correspondences easily here: Color Scales in the Four Worlds.

Once having used the appropriate invocations of each Divine Name and Archangel, and having also read the Psalms of each Hebrew Letter for your pathway through Assiah, you can then approach them again in the higher worlds using a mental projection of their sigils instead of being subject to unnecessary repetition, depending on how high up you’re going. To proceed up the Tree by way of the Middle Pillar would yield a framework something like this:

 

Malkuth of Assiah (Invocation of Adonai Ha-Aretz/Sandalphon/Ben)
Tav of Assiah (Psalm 119:169-176)
Yesod of Assiah (Invocation of Shaddai El Chai/Gabriel)
Resh of Assiah (Psalm 119:153-160)
Tiphareth of Assiah (Invocation of YHVH Eloah Ve-Da’ath/Raphael or Michael)
Daleth of Assiah (Psalm 119:25-32)
Kether of Assiah/Malkuth of Yetzirah (Invocation of Eheieh/Metatron and Adonai Ha-Aretz/Sandalphon/Mah)
Tav of Yetzirah (Project Taviel sigil or Tav Letter)
Yesod of Yetzirah (Project sigils of Shaddai El Chai/Gabriel)
Resh of Yetzirah (Project Reshiel sigil or Tav Letter)
Tiphareth of Yetzirah (Project sigils of YHVH Eloah Ve-Da’ath/Raphael or Michael)

You get the idea.

 

Now as for visualizing the Sephirotic Temples, I use a simple framework of the appropriate sephirotic or planetary flashing colors. Others are able to visualize intense details, I am certainly not one of them. I picture the Angels as luminous beings who interact with me in simple ways like a cross blessing and an unveiling of an arched gateway that leads to the next Path and Hebrew Letter.

Once you have “arrived” at your destination, thank the gatekeepers and petition for assistance for your main goal. Here is where the gray area comes in, where you have a myriad of ways to employ your intentions. If it is to be done all in the mind, then keep it simple. If you are incorporating some physical reinforcements while at your altar, try not to take too long or your shift in consciousness may be too abrupt.

Some prefer to backtrack their way down the Trees, and this is certainly recommended for general safety, however, you may wish to briefly petition Adonai Ha-Aretz/Sandalphon of Malkuth to guide your way back and to “ground” your consciousness properly. Take some time before entering back into mundane activities as well, spend a few minutes in thankful prayer, or in meditation without any specific visuals.

 

I hope this post gives you some ideas for your own Pathworking experiments, whether or not you subscribe to the Ari Tree symbolism or whatever. Peace.

Pathworking the Ari Tree of Life