Here we are, May 24, 2017, Wednesday, the day of Mercury. The Astrological positions for Mercury today are 8° Taurus, in House II. So, it’s been a while since I performed any larger operations. I have been focusing on other smaller projects, but have been itching to do something a bit more involved. It occurred to me that there may be some serious blockages in my life, and Mercury, being the planet/entity that corresponds to flow, change, fluctuation, communication, the intellect, data exchange, road-opening, and magic in general, I figured that this would be a good time to start increasing my work with Mercury. Up until now, I haven’t worked with Mercurial forces very much, and I aimed to change that by commencing this relationship with a strong and heartfelt invocation.
Of course, I prefer to do this through the angelic and Qabalistic channels that properly correspond to Hod, the eighth Sephirah upon the Tree of Life, that which has Mercury as its assigned planet. It’s color is often Orange and Yellow, though I chose to use Orange for this Rite as the main decoration for the link to the Golden Dawn Queen Scale of Hod.
I composed a ritual that combined several different elements. The opening prayers were taken from some self-initiatory versions of the Fellowship of the Rosy Cross grades my group created, and of course other elements of the traditional Golden Dawn influence will be more than apparent.
Some of you know me too well, I’ll take any excuse to make a new altar block or centerpiece! I’m a bit artistic, I can’t help it. Plus, I really think that this type of work, putting your efforts into making the ritual just right and creating various tools, can really connect you to the forces you’re after in wonderful ways. It doesn’t have to be all perfect, either. Since the number of Hod/Mercury is eight, I woodburned a large Octagram/Octagon within a circle onto a square piece of sanded wood for an altar centerpiece.
This figure would be the center of the altar and provide points for candles to be placed. I try to incorporate sacred geometry into the Work whenever I can, the layering of symbolism only adds to the correspondences and adds to the effects of Ritual Consciousness.
I also painted up an old candlestick that was waiting for a new purpose. I started with a base color of bright orange, and in blue, I painted Raphael’s name in Hebrew upon the base, with eight petals at the root of the stem, and eight dots upon the top portion.
I had some photos printed out and framed for this rite as well. The first was a nice painting of the Archangel Raphael (I simply added the Planetary seal near the bottom and cropped with Orange and Blue).
The second was a quick digital coloring and crop of the Magician tarot card (this version by Barbara Moore, you can get the rest HERE).
I thought these would be excellent additions to my meditations, so I picked up some frames for them to look all purdy and such. The Magician card was chosen because it has Mercury as its correspondence, and by further association, the Hebrew Letter Bet.
From there, I got the idea to spend the preceding week reading and meditating on the Bet section of Paul Foster Case’s ‘The Book of Tokens’, which is an excellent little book of poetry pertaining to the Hebrew Letters and their tarot counterparts. I thought it fitting to begin the meditation on the Magician card with this, as PFC does a great job of delivering some quality spiritual poetry. At the end of the ritual I basically used the Magician as a mandala and kind of lost myself in its symbolism while letting it sink in to my consciousness, which was altered via ritual by then.
I closed the entire ritual with in the Name of the Trinity.
Here’s an overview of the ritual;
- Opening Prayers
- Invocation of Elohim Tzavaot
- Presentation of the Offerings (incense, food, candles)
- Invocation of the Archangel Raphael and the Order of the Angels Beni Elohim
- Circumambulation (this part calls upon the astral light and circulates it around the altar, while being broken up into eight sections, divided by the reading of Mercurial biblical verses, mainly Psalms, and the lighting of eight candles placed upon the vertices of the Octagram/Octagon centerpiece)
- Adoration of the Lord of the Universe (here the collected astral light with the circumambulation is projected to the altar via the Sign of the Enterer and sealed with the Sign of Silence)
- Invocation of the Magician tarot card
- Reading of the Bet section in PFC’s ‘Book of Tokens’
- Meditation on the Magician tarot card
- Closing Prayer
-MERCURY INVOCATION RITUAL-
[The central altar is decorated with the figure of the Octagon/Octagram, an orange candle in the center, etched or painted with the symbol and/or seal of Mercury, surrounded by eight tealights. In the Eastern quadrant there is the censer with Mastic incense, a depiction of The Magician tarot card, and a depiction of the Archangel Raphael.]
* * * * * * * * Procul, O procul este, profani!
The Lord is our Light and our 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 was with us from the beginning, insure the end. As our Temples are guarded without, let the heart be guarded within.
O Immanent and Transcendent Source and End of All, Lord of the Two Worlds, Thou hast set up Thy holy signs in all the quarters of the heavens, a revelation of Eternal Mind unto the mind of man. Thou dost speak to us by day and by night in Thy greater and lesser luminaries, Thy Suns and stars and constellations. Grant, I beseech Thee, that the hidden grace and the Radiant Light which abide in the Supernal Crown may be communicated to us. May whom Thou hast placed thereon dispense Thy Light and Grace. May You illuminate the Path of Thy Mysteries, and may that Light lead us even unto the attainment of the Quintessence, the Stone of the Wise, the Wisdom which has its root in Thee, and the Beatitude which is found in Thy Presence.
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.
God of Hosts, we ask that you deign to bless and sanctify this offering, that it may be pleasing unto You and Your Angels. As the Psalmist wrote: “Let my prayer be set forth before Thee as incense; and the lifting up of my hands as the evening sacrifice.”
[Ignites the incense and the central candle]
In the Name of Elohim Tzavaot, RAPHAEL, attend our worship, BENI ELOHIM, join us in these holy words.
[The Magician begins with the circumambulation, broken into 8 parts, so that the stations form an octagon around the altar]
“Lift up your heads, O ye gates; and be ye lift up, ye everlasting doors; and the King of glory shall come in.”
[lights first candle]
Remove from us our obstacles Lord, and grant us safe passage unto the opening of roads, upon the paths of righteousness.
“Shew me Thy ways, O Lord; teach me Thy paths.”
[lights second candle]
We are your children, lost on our way back home to the splendor of Thy unity. Bring us ever higher and assist us in the true ascent.
“Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.”
[lights third candle]
We find solace in the Divine Silence, in that hidden world within, where we are moved by the Holy Spirit and the guiding hand of the Father. Keep our lamps lit with Truth and Love, O Lord.
“Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in Thy presence is fullness of joy; at Thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.”
[lights fourth candle]
Our days are made joyous as we live in Your Will, but our own glory is but a reflection of Your own. Our faith and trust is put in You, our God, that we will find the path of truth and that our success will be because of your mercy.
“Hold up my goings in Thy paths, that my footsteps slip not.”
[lights fifth candle]
How often do we falter when our houses are built upon sand, when our faith is put in the world and not in Your way. Grant us the keys of wisdom, that we may open the doorways of new opportunity.
“He restoreth my soul: He leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for His name’s sake.”
[lights sixth candle]
We cannot be satisfied with worldly treasures, for we are only made whole through spiritual unity and the guidance from on high.
“I will go before thee, and make the crooked places straight: I will break in pieces the gates of brass, and cut in sunder the bars of iron.”
[lights seventh candle]
That which imprisons us and suppresses our highest potential will be broken down by the hand of God. Clear our pathways Lord, increase the flow of our possibilities.
“In all thy ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct thy paths.”
[lights eighth candle]
As we learn to dissolve our will into the Will of the Father, we set ourselves upon the path of return, a return to the source, a return to oneness, a return to the place whence we were cast down.
“All the paths of the Lord are mercy and truth unto such as keep His covenant and His testimonies.”
The Lower self cares naught but for its own desires, but strengthened may we be if we listen to the voice of the Highest within us. Then, and only then, may our broken parts be mended, our very souls repaired.
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.
[Perform Sign of the Enterer, projecting at the altar, then perform the Sign of Silence]
Upon the table of offerings there is depicted the form of the Magician, he that is Mercury, he that is master of the tools of magic and of complete control, he that is strong of character and of mind, he that uses the knowledge of practical things to unravel the Sacred Mysteries and apply the link between the Supernal Crown with the Supernal Understanding. We therefore invoke the Hebrew letter Bet as the Shelter or Dwelling of self-mastery, in its Mercurial aspect, as to dwell within and to make our very home the realm of fluctuation, of adaptability, and of adept control over all cognitive processes; for clarity of mind and direction as we accept the role of Magus in order to become the channel between the Above and the Below, between the Divine and Man.
[Briefly place right hand pointing to the heavens, and left hand pointing to the Earth]
O Magician, he that channels the fleet-footed messenger of the gods, invest us with the qualities of consciousness, creation, and action, and let us become as the lightning rod of spiritual manifestation, as vessels for true inspiration and to be filled with Holy Breath. Give us the power to break the barriers that block our way, to release the potential for Holy blessings, and to bridge these connections with others so that we may do the same for them. We therefore solemnly swear, as craftsmen employed at the site of the spiritual Temple, not to abuse this power, nor let it go to waste, lest we profane the divinity of our inner Will and slow the motion of our positive change.
[The Acolyte then reads the Meditation on the Hebrew Letter Beth from the Book of Tokens and meditates upon the image of the Magician afterwards]
In the Name of the Blessed Trinity do I close this ritual, may the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit guide us on the path toward Reintegration forever more. * * * * * * * *
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Right before closing the ritual, I spent some time praying through Raphael/Elohim Tzavaot and specified what I was trying to accomplish. Even though I enjoy well thought out scripted ritual, I still strongly believe that there should always be room for free-form prayer from the heart, so I made sure to speak genuinely in addressing my concerns and my goals for such a devotional rite. I ended the ritual in thankfulness.
One interesting little tidbit as well, I had a quick vision of lightning when I assumed the Magician’s ‘As Above, So Below’ posture. After doing a bit of research I realized that Mercury also governs the nervous system and electricity. So there’s that, which was interesting. This coincides with my intention to become a conduit for the blessings of the Divine, and I suppose I should expect nothing less than quick bursts of revelation like this during times of Mercurial inspiration.