This ritual is a practical meditation on the three “rungs” of the Qabalistic Ladder of Lights; the crossbars of the Ari/Safed Tree of Life. It is both an activation of the Paths of Aleph, Mem, and Shin within the Tree that is built within the Sphere of Sensation, and also a direct complement to the modern Golden Dawn Middle Pillar Ritual. As such it is strongly recommended to perform this directly after the Middle Pillar is finished. It can be performed either sitting down or standing up. Embedded within are Psalm verses that correspond to the Elemental nature of the three Hebrew Mother Letters, and is thus also an invocation of their essence. The vibrations of the Letters that connect each rung will therefore complete the charging of the centers of the SoS that correspond with the outer two Qabalistic pillars of Mercy and Severity. The combination of the Middle Pillar and Triple Rung rituals will be an excellent precursor to Pathworking or Rising on the Planes exercises.
The order of the rungs that are activated may be reversed once one is familiar enough to rearrange its aspects. The original order of the rungs, having first invoked the Divine Names of the Middle Pillar descending the Tree from top to bottom, are activated as ascending back up the Tree from bottom to top.
As we have ended the Middle Pillar Ritual with the invocation of the Earthy Divine Name of Malkuth, Adonai Ha-Aretz, and are thus now working our way back up the Tree, we begin with a simple meditation upon the esoteric acronym of V.I.T.R.I.O.L., and it’s meaning should be well recognized by occult practitioners of Alchemy and even certain circles of Freemasonry that use it in the Chamber of Reflection. In this context, we allow its use to be directed almost as a kind of statement of intent to be connected to the Earth element.
That being said, as we commence with Earth and work our way up through the elements, the chosen Elemental Psalm to begin is chapter 33 verse 8.
The Path of Mem, the rung bridging Hod with Netzach, connects the mental energies of the Intellect with the emotional energies of Desire. It’s element is Water, and the Elemental Psalm chosen is chapter 33 verse 7. This rung corresponds also to the region of the belly or the bowels.
The Path of Aleph, the rung bridging Geburah with Chesed, connects the aspects of Severity/Contraction to the aspects of Mercy/Expansion. It’s element is Air, and the Elemental Psalm chosen is chapter 33 verse 6. This rung corresponds also to the region of the chest or the lungs.
The Path of Shin, the rung bridging Binah with Chokmah, connects the aspects of Archetypal Understanding/Form to the aspects of Archetypal Wisdom/Force. It’s element is Fire, and the Elemental Psalm chosen is chapter 29 verse 7. This rung corresponds also to the region of the head or the brain.
We finish off the ritual with the Psalm chapter 104 verse 30, and this relates directly to the Spirit of God rejuvenating the Earth, or in this case, the circulation of higher energies throughout the body.
As you can see, through the activation of the three rungs, the three major centers of the body are also affected and may therefore be useful as a balancing rite for those involved in healing work as well. Most importantly, as a complement to the Middle Pillar, the other Sephiroth are activated through a mystical use of the Psalms in order to provide a more advanced meditation upon the entire Tree. One may also choose to vibrate the Divine Names of the associated Sephiroth if you wish.
The coupling of these two rituals illustrates a symbolic circulation of Divine energy, firstly that of the Descent and manifestation of Creative energy becoming grounded in the realm of the Below through the Middle Pillar, and secondly through the Ascent of aspiration towards Unity in the realm of the Above. The entire process is therefore symbolic of mankind’s Reintegration with the Divine Source, both in Body and in Mind, but most importantly in that of the Spirit.
-The Triple Rung Ritual-
Visit the interior of the earth, and with rectification, you will find the hidden stone. “Let all the earth fear the Lord: let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of Him.”
Lord, rectify for us the gate of Splendor and Victory. “He gathereth the waters of the sea together as an heap: He layeth up the depth in storehouses.” MEM.
[As you vibrate the Letter Mem, visualize the blue rung of the Tree being illuminated across your stomach]
Lord, rectify for us the gate of Mercy and Severity. “By the word of the Lord were the heavens made; and all the host of them by the breath of his mouth.” ALEPH.
[As you vibrate the Letter Aleph, visualize the yellow rung of the Tree being illuminated across your chest]
Lord, rectify for us the gate of Understanding and Wisdom. “The voice of the Lord divideth the flames of fire.” SHIN.
[As you vibrate the Letter Shin, visualize the red rung of the Tree being illuminated across your head]
“Thou sendest forth Thy spirit, they are created: and Thou renewest the face of the earth.”