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.
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”.
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
This visualization looked a bit like this (and the rest are based on this simple template):
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:
- Passage unto the Path of Tav
I visualized the sigil glowing and passing to the gateway:
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:
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!
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.
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
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.
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:
And under their authority do I hereby summon the influence and intervention of the Mercurial Intelligence:
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]
* * * * * * * *
[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.