Prayer-Pathworking

My approach to the concept of Qabalistic Pathworking has been driven further and further away from the Creative Visualization/Astral Tourism/Guided Meditation versions more and more these last few years, as I have concluded that I have little use for the more imaginative style, especially those that use Tarot imagery. I have grown to develop my own way of working with the Paths and Sefirot in a prayerful manner that invokes the Virtues and qualities of a given set of aspects of the Tree without using any visualization.

At this point I am unsure of what to call this method, nor do I have much concern for labels or neat little packages when it comes to doing your own thing. If anything, I’d arrange some tealights in the form of the Tree of Life and light them as I pray through their Divine Names and their attributes as I proceed. Appropriately timed intervals of meditation and spiritual “space” allows for the mind to contemplate the prayers. If I was just reading through these prayers without any serious contemplation, I don’t think it would amount to anything substantial whatsoever.

Not concerned with experimental visualization with guided meditations or shoehorning the Tarot into your Qabalah? Then this method may be perfect you. It’s straightforward and invites the presence of the Virtues into your life as an easy invocation of Qabalistic forces without the worry of meeting thoughtforms or entities that you would normally ‘test’ or those with which you would attempt to communicate.

Some readers ask me where I’ve sourced some of the material and what kind of work I did on my own to piece rituals together, so before listing the entire ritual as a whole, I’ll firstly provide the section that deals with Malkut and the Path of Tav, with explanations of how I arrived at the template that I use here.

Should you expect immediate changes or results from whatever work you do after such a ritual? Absolutely not. This is a multi-faceted invocation that should, when used with repetition, set in motion the proper channels of Divine blessings that will lead your state of being into a closer frequency with higher levels of Creation.

In this case, we simply retrace the Lightning Flash/Flaming Sword path from Malkut, to Yesod, to Hod, and then to Netzach and Tiferet(using the Ari/Lurianic Tree). The only visualization I’d personally be using would be the mind’s eye images of the Hebrew Letters immediately after invoking them. Usually I would use their corresponding section of Psalm 119, but for brevity and simplicity’s sake, we stick to a condensed formula here.

“O Supreme One, Thou alone are the Cosmic Crown with Thy Wisdom, Thine Understanding, and Thy Knowledge. Extend Thy Mercy unto us, with all Thy Might, that we may realize the Beauty of Thy Being. Let us Lovingly Achieve the Glory of Establishing ourselves immortally in Thy most Holy Kingdom evermore.”

We begin using a Qabalistic prayer that references the Sefirot from Keter to Malkut, inspired by William Gray’s writing on a format for a Qabalistic Rosary. I thought it was a succinct opening that would be quite fitting for my purposes.

Blessed unto us upon the Holy Tree of Life be thou the principle and power of the Kingdom; Malkut; ADONAI HA-ARETZ; Permit and prosper thou, I pray, my purpose upon the Path of Return; to sow Industry, Thoroughness, Truthfulness, Zeal, and Righteousness into the Material realm.”

Here we continue using Gray’s format that inspired a brief address to the Lord of a specific Sefirah (in this case it is Malkut; ADNI H-ARTz), and the Virtues are taken directly from the Sub-Trees; namely Malkut of Malkut, Malkut of Yesod, Malkut of Hod, Malkut of Netzach, and Malkut of Tiferet. This is the formula used for all the rest of the Sefirotic invocations.


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

Guardian of the Path of Tav, I come before you as a servant of the Lord; whose Name is; ELOHIM TECHINNAH; Favorable God, He who balances irrational fears and obsessions, governs the dreams, cycles of birth, death, and re-birth, memory, imagination, and subconsciousness.”

Here we ask the Archangel of Malkut to provide us safe passage to the next state of being, whether immediate or long-term. The Divine Name of the Path is NOT the one traditionally associated with Golden Dawn path correspondences, obviously, but it comes from the Divine Name of Tav taken from the Ritual of the 22 Divine Names, published both by Ambelain and Stavish. This is a more direct connection for my purposes, mostly because the Divine Names of the GD Paths usually relate to the Hebrew Letters’ Astrological correspondences, which do not fit in this scheme.

Notice that the root of the Divine Name starts with the same Letter that it corresponds to, and expresses a corresponding quality that we can theoretically absorb through this invocation. The qualities that this Path governs are listed towards the end of this section, to remind us of the attributes we are striving for and to set certain boundaries or goals which should be worked with in the time after the ritual.

“He who is the Herald of Truth and Completion, He who sets a Seal of the Return to Essence upon the Soul of Redemption, He that provides the experience of Physical Manifestation and Spiritual Fulfillment, invest in me Your gifts, O Lord.”

This last section of Malkut uses qualities of the Hebrew Letter Tav, culled from a collection of traditional Hebrew interpretations across the web and most specifically from a book called ‘The Hebrew Alphabet; A Mystical Journey’ by Edward Hoffman. Of course, this pattern is then repeated for all the next Sefirot and their Paths. In this case we are reversing the Lightning Flash.

I do this because, while traversing the Middle Pillar straight up is a good idea too, I prefer to work on my consciousness at lower levels instead of skipping steps. Now, of course there are other Paths we haven’t taken, but I refer mainly to the lower Sefirot leading back to Tiferet.

QADOSH L’ADONAI (x6) 

This phrase translates to “Holiness to the Lord” and is both a statement of Praise and Thankfulness in this context, having arrived at the final destination of our prayers and attempts at invoking the qualities and Virtues of the Sefirot and Paths.

At this point, the plan is to again meditate on the words we have spoken and the opportunities for advancement in our practical lives. If you have a specific operation to do that involves any practical work or a ritual which aligns with Tiferet energies, this would be the perfect time to engage with them. Here is the script in full:


O Supreme One, Thou alone are the Cosmic Crown with Thy Wisdom, Thine Understanding, and Thy Knowledge. Extend Thy Mercy unto us, with all Thy Might, that we may realize the Beauty of Thy Being. Let us Lovingly Achieve the Glory of Establishing ourselves immortally in Thy most Holy Kingdom evermore.

Blessed unto us upon the Holy Tree of Life be thou the principle and power of the Kingdom; Malkut; ADONAI HA-ARETZ; Permit and prosper thou, I pray, my purpose upon the Path of Return; to sow Industry, Thoroughness, Truthfulness, Zeal, and Righteousness into the Material realm.

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

Guardian of the Path of Tav, I come before you as a servant of the Lord; whose Name is; ELOHIM TECHINNAH; Favorable God, He who balances irrational fears and obsessions, governs the dreams, cycles of birth, death, and re-birth, memory, imagination, and subconsciousness. 

He who is the Herald of Truth and Completion, He who sets a Seal of the Return to Essence upon the Soul of Redemption, He that provides the experience of Physical Manifestation and Spiritual Fulfillment, invest in me Your gifts, O Lord…

Blessed unto us upon the Holy Tree of Life be thou the principle and power of the Foundation; Yesod; SHADDAI EL CHAI; Permit and prosper thou, I pray, my purpose upon the Path of Return; to sow Peace, Vigor, Efficiency, Piety, and Reliability into the Astral Realm.

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

Guardian of the Path of Lamed, I come before you as a servant of the Lord; whose Name is; ELOHIM LIMMUD, Learned God; He who establishes connection between the subconscious and the rational mind, who brings to Light the Hidden. 

He who is the Herald of the Expression of the Will, Divine Learning, He who provides the Experience of the Channel to Higher Wisdom and Spiritual Discipline, invest me with Your gifts, O Lord…

Blessed unto us upon the Holy Tree of Life be thou the principle and power of the Glory; Hod; ELOHIM TZAVAOT; Permit and prosper thou, I pray, my purpose upon the Path of Return; to sow Grace, Diligence, Logic, Sincerity, and Purity into the Rational Mind. 

Great Archangel Raphael, please allow me safe passage to the Celestial Corridor of Mem…

Guardian of the Path of Mem, I come before you as a servant of the Lord; whose Name is; ELOHIM MABORAK; Blessed God; He who establishes connection between the rational mind and the emotions, who brings purification to Desire. 

He who is the Herald of the Revelation of Providence, and the Patience for Fruition, He who stirs the Cosmic Waters of Creation, Emotional balance, and the blessing of Humility, invest me with Your gifts, O Lord…

Blessed unto us upon the Holy Tree of Life be thou the principle and power of the Victory; Netzach; YHVH TZAVAOT; Permit and prosper thou, I pray, my purpose upon the Path of Return; to sow Vitality, Determination, Intuition, Devotion, and Conviction into the Emotional realm. 

Great Archangel Haniel, please allow me safe passage to the Celestial Corridor of Yod… 

Guardian of the Path of Yod, I come before you as a servant of the Lord; whose Name is; ELOHIM YAH; Divine God; He who establishes connection between the emotional realm and the Self-Consciousness, the Will of Being, who brings Harmony and Realization to the Life’s Purpose. 

He who is the Herald of the Infinite Presence within a Finite World, the Primal Vibration and Focus of Energy, the Unity within Multiplicity, He who provides the Sustenance of Divine Will, the Intuitions of the Inner Self, and who overcomes Stagnation, invest in me Your gifts, O Lord…

Blessed unto us upon the Holy Tree of Life be thou the principle and power of the Beauty; Tiferet; YHVH ELOAH VE-DA’AT; Permit and prosper thou, I pray, my purpose upon the Path of Return; to sow Frugality, Order, Adaptability, Joy, and Humility within the True Self. 

QADOSH L’ADONAI” (x6)

When finished with the Prayer-Pathworking or whatever other work you have planned, it would be appropriate to intone the Divine Name of Malkut at least 10 times to ground your consciousness back into the Material realm fully.

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