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.


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.


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.


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.


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.




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.


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



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…



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.




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.





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:





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.






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.

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

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

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

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:

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.




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.





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.




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.




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]


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:


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:



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.



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

The Six-Rayed Star Prayer



Recently, I started developing a very simple prayer and visualization while meditating on the Hermit card and its principle symbol of the Lantern and the Hexagram. I originally just wanted this to be something very straightforward for myself, but I figured that it wouldn’t hurt to share either.

During my experiments in visualization exercises (for instance The Cordis Sanctae Ritual and The Triple Rung Ritual), I have grown to really appreciate the theory that etheric/astral forms can be “charged” easier through this type of exercise. I believe Wildoak explained it quite succinctly that as we work to build these forms on the lower levels, they can be charged with higher spiritual forces as we give them the vessels to embody.

With this in mind, it occurred to me that the Golden Dawn magician spends an enormous amount of time and effort in building these types of forms, especially in the Lesser Ritual of the Pentagram. However, while building the pentagram forms are continually reinforced with every practice of the LRP, less attention is given to the form of the Hexagram at the very center of the sacred space created (“in the column shines the six rayed star”). Some argue that this hexagram figure should be fully centered at the Tiphareth region, which then brings in the better possibilities of an exercise like this being a reinforcement of planting the full Tree of Life within the aura.

The exercise is very simple. The accompanying mantra used is as follows:

“Purify me with sacred fire. Baptize me in cleansing waters. Illuminate me with Your infinite Light, Oh Lord.”

The visualization may be a simple golden hexagram, or a more hermetic version with a Fire triangle and a Water triangle, with a golden yellow solar cross at the center. In fact, the mantra itself is obviously reflecting such symbolism. The visualization should proceed slowly with the upward Fire triangle glowing warmly after the first sentence, the Water triangle calmly flowing after the second, and the Solar Cross blazing brightly after the third. With the addition of the Cross, you should then finish the visual with light filling the entire sphere of sensation.

Aside from the usual symbolism of the unification of opposites, the six rayed star visual places the Hexagram at the center of balance and harmony within the aura and strengthens this Sephirothic energy. This is also a strategic placement of symbol considering that in modern interpretations, the Pentagram is usually a symbol of the Microcosm, and the Hexagram as the Macrocosm. This again solidifies and reinforces the idea that the Divine spark is ever present within the depths of our own being, and this expresses a very personal relationship with Deity.

If one goes into practice with this exercise, it can be a direct connection to the invocation of Active and Passive forces, with the two triangles, and Equilibrium, with the Cross.

As a side note, interestingly enough, I believe the same is done in a more subtle way by those Masonic obediences that make use of the Rule as a third Great Light, laying across the middle of the Square and Compasses as a mediator between two extremes of polar opposites. This has a further correspondence between the three Mother Letters of the Hebrew alphabet, Aleph, Mem, and Shin, which are also indicative of Air, Water, and Fire. These letters and associated elements also fit quite perfectly with the arrangement of the three cross bars of the Ari/Lurianic Tree of Life. All of these things fit rather nicely together as a set of correspondences that is hard for someone like me to ignore, and the practical usage of theory in symbol becomes apparent. Freemasons of the Mark and/or Royal Arch degree will find something further to contemplate as the Keystone of our Arch is placed at the Tiphareth center. This is however merely speculation on my part as I integrate the systems of symbolism that I am familiar with.

Obviously, this and similar exercises can reinforce the LRP and MP (and full Tree vibration) rituals,  but is certainly not meant to be a replacement for such things.

The Six-Rayed Star Prayer

The Passive Meditation and Active Invocation of Tarot



A small group of practitioners and I have developed an approach towards integrating Tarot into our lives, and it consists of a two-fold method that I feel compelled to share with all Tarot users and magicians alike. It is not exactly groundbreaking, however this new series of lessons was aimed at total beginners after all. The two approaches should be used in conjunction with each other for maximum effect if you are looking to fully integrate the symbolism into practical manifestation. The first technique can be done with minimal preparation and could also last anywhere from 10 minutes to a half an hour or so, if you feel so inclined.

Firstly, what we call the “Passive Meditation” method serves to sublimate the card’s symbolism into our consciousness, bleeding through the back doors of our minds, if you will, through a simple ritual of creating sacred space (oratory prayers, LRP, circle-casting, or any other methods you deem appropriate), assuming a comfortable position, staring at the chosen card via candlelight, and memorizing its facets before closing one’s eyes and re-creating the imagery in the mind’s eye with as much detail as possible.

Do this by starting with the background, then the foreground and any central figures, then any minor figures and details, including color, if you are able. Systematically assemble the entire card in your mind, piece by piece, slowly and as closely as you can to the real card, and then hold this unified image steady and study it for several moments, (keeping in mind you’ll be armed with the explanatory study of its symbolism that you have done previously). If it helps to keep a checklist of all the scenery to study beforehand, keep it close by as it may be a good memory trigger.

After you have sat and absorbed the symbolism as best as you are able within the completed visualization in your mind, begin to slowly subtract the facets of the image before you, one by one, until there is nothing left. This reversal is a second step to the Passive Meditation method and is also an excellent technique for strengthening the memory. Contemplate the darkness for a moment and clear your head, relax, open your eyes, and observe the tarot card before you briefly in order to check your memory and see how well you did.

Another easy way to reinforce the tarot symbolism would be to keep the card with you in your purse or pocket as you go about your day. As an alternative, these days it is rather easy to also find a high-quality image of the card and set it as your phone background or lock screen. I do this, and for as much as I use my phone per day, I might see the card many many times over the span of about a week or two, which is how long I’d recommend spending time with each card anyway, doing the meditation ritual several times a week. Some people place the card underneath their pillow as they sleep, though I usually just keep it propped upon my altar. Sometimes it’s beneficial for meditation to print out a large representation of the card with a frame for a nice centerpiece (those who subscribe to the various occult attributions may also decorate the altar with depictions of the associated Hebrew letter or Elemental/Planetary/Zodiacal symbol for extra symbolism, though this may cause clutter, and for some decks these symbols are already on the card design). 

Others may find it helpful to simply gaze at the card in the morning upon waking and/or at night right before sleeping. The Passive Meditation method, or a simplification thereof, would be very useful before bed as it may influence your subconscious and your dreams more easily. At that point it would be ideal to analyze your dreams for any associated symbolism or themes that seem related to your card.


The point of all this is for the card to sink into your mind as deeply as possible. As you study the Tarot, its meaning and application, you’ll begin to exercise your magical Will and start making conscious decisions related to positive, active aspects of the card. The idea is to let the card penetrate your mind and heart so that you begin to truly LIVE the meaning and not just study it from a theory point of view, here we wish to bring them into the active realm and make them as practical as possible.




Now, the cards can be used as vehicles with which their symbolism may be seen as a meta-sigil of desires and goals. In this manner, using the second Active Invocation method, a more direct approach may be taken in that you may invoke the qualities of the card’s symbolism itself by composing an invocation that seeks to directly channel the esoteric archetypal imagery and imbed it into your mind, and by extension, the metaphysical aspects of the Will, which, in theory, would develop and manifest into a magical outlet. This is where creative types have a lot of techniques to choose from, and this section of the ritual may either be simple and direct or very complicated, depending on your ritual taste.

One can formulate such an invocation in many ways, and here is where the correspondences of the cards come in. For example, the Fool is, in many setups, attributed to Air. By extension one could then invoke the card’s Divine forces (YHVH), its Archangelic forces (Raphael), and even the forces of the Angel and Ruler as well (Chassan and Ariel), according to the Hierarchy of Air. This may be overkill for many, but for those of the ceremonial magic crowd, this is standard practice to run down a list of entities for a complete ritual invocation; however, it must be stated that such lengths are definitely not necessary. I am merely brainstorming for the benefit of the reader.

There is even a possibility of experimenting with taking up the actual physical posture of the card’s figures and creating the world of the card’s scenery around you as a point-of-view creation on the subtle levels. At this stage, if your visualization skill and symbolic memory is strong enough, you might choose to interact in some way with the environment you have created around you. Those familiar with both the Golden Dawn practices of Godforms and Pathworking will no doubt feel at home with such ideas and may even be an expansion or extension of those ideas. Have a bit of fun and experiment, feel free to share your ideas as well.

Then there is the matter of the words of the invocation itself. Although I no longer subscribe to its specific attributes anymore, for those using the usual GD/BOTA arrangement of correspondences, you can find a goldmine of esoteric poetry in Paul Foster Case’s “Book of Tokens”, that which links the Trumps to the Hebrew Letters and their accompanying Elemental/Planetary/Zodiacal associations. These can be used to explore the symbolism of the cards in this capacity and is an eloquent solution if you have no ideas for writing an invocation yourself. However, I still strongly advise that at least a section of the invocation should be written by yourself. If you find yourself stuck at this juncture, there are many, many sources of “Tarot Affirmations” that you can search online for that will serve this purpose wonderfully.


Using the correct sacred geometric patterns associated with your card’s attribute can give you some ideas for an altar set up, as will the corresponding colors for candles and scents of incense to burn, if you plan to go the full nine yards. Elemental attribute? Consider the design of a square or equal armed cross in which to place your card in as a magical perimeter. Planetary? Consider a heptagram. You get the idea folks.


Put simply, I treat the card’s central figure as if it were a divine aspect of a pantheon, and I “invoke” it through a formal address, and even present offerings to its ruling Divine and Angelic hierarchies (see the Cicero’s “Tarot Talismans” for a full and completely detailed list of angelic counterparts to each and every single Tarot card). For an example of my first attempt at this Active Invocation method, see the last section of my Mercury Invocation. The possibilities and opportunities are endless here, but I would advise to start simply and directly for the best results at first, then gradually work your way up to more complicated rites if you choose.

The Passive Meditation and Active Invocation of Tarot

Psalmistry Part 2

For examples on how to use the Psalms within magical ritual, and also to see my train of thought for appropriating verses instead of only whole chapters, refer to the first blog I’ve written on Psalmistry HERE.

In this list of Psalm correspondences you will find, unlike in most other lists out there, more direct relations to the words used in the verses themselves, making more relevant appropriations, including some metaphorical extrapolation that make for some strong magical opportunities. This list is far from complete, but represents a limited example of how you can appropriate the Psalms towards the many needs of life.

Where there are no verse indications, this means the entire chapter or at least most if not all of the verses contained therein are generally applicable to the attribute listed. In those instances you have a lot of freedom to choose which verses resonate best with your goal, or just stick with reading the entire chapter. What’s important here is emotionally resonating with the words used. When you come across a Psalm (any scripture in general, really) that you do not understand either because of lack of context or vocabulary, take some time to do a bit of research and you may end up resonating with it more. If you still don’t get excited about finding the perfect fit in a book filled with endless options, rest assured you can keep looking.

That’s why I made this list, because I found myself getting pretty excited about researching Psalms for my meditations and rituals, and ended up enjoying the scriptures more, not just as a means to an end. I hope those readers interested in using these will expand on what I’ve done and make their own appropriations, fashioning their own simple rituals, or learning more about how the scriptures can be used to amp up your work. Those with further ideas are invited to share.

Some further notes on these correspondences; there are certainly some reoccurring themes that run through the Psalms, most of them being prayers against enemies and praises to God. When using those that deal with prayer against the attacks of enemies, one might think that this isn’t applicable or practical. But, if you think metaphorically, it is clear to see that we all have enemies; Vices and imperfections. They assault us from all sides, every one of us; laziness, lust, greed, etc. A good exercise is to read these types of Psalms and try to figure out how you can apply them to yourself even if the subtle meanings may seem irrelevant to you at first. I recommend Psalm 69 for this, it is a powerful passage that includes many references to this theme, but there are numerous ones that can be used in this way.

I have even listed a good deal of curses (!), as there is some hefty power behind some of these chapters that sometimes deal wholly as “Dear Lord, fuck up my enemies, badly!” Some are even moderately graphic (like Psalm 58, which features poison snakes, broken teeth, melting and cutting enemies, melting snails, and miscarriages), and while I make no endorsements for the use of “black magic” per se, real enemies and real threats always exist and sometimes it is hard to sit idly by and let people drag you down. So, there’s that. No need to get into a discussion of magical ethics here, do as ye will. Let’s just be adults and recognize the much needed care that should be taken when accepting responsibility for using these Psalms to curse/hex others.

Another thing about the Psalms is that there is a lot, a LOT, of chapters categorized by Worship and Praise. This should give us a clue about the way we practice and pray; that maybe we should also dedicate as much time in praise and thanksgiving as we do in ritual for when we need something. The fact is, life will always be challenging, so there will always be problems to pray on, but for the many blessings in life we also need to be thankful as well. This should keep us reflecting on the issue of balance. So take the time periodically to fashion a ritual of thanksgiving or praise when good things happen, or even when they don’t! If you can’t find things to be thankful for, or if you can’t find the time to put together a ritual of thanksgiving, then, without trying to sound at all holier-than-thou, you may need to prioritize and reassess your approach to working with Judeo-Christian magic.

Notice also that the Penitential Psalms, those of confession for mercy, are Psalms 6, 32, 38, 51, 102, 130, and 143 (6, 31, 37, 50, 101, 129, and 142 in the Septuagint numbering). However, there are more than just these listed, many other chapters and verses have been listed as confessionals and for mercy, so keep a lookout for these when you find yourself needing some honest confession. Consider building a little ritual out of it if this suits you.


1 To avoid wicked counsel, bad advice, gossip, or to surround yourself with righteous company
1:3 Prosperity
1:4-6 Judgement for the wicked


2 Against conspirators
2:9 Curse enemies with physical harm

3 Protection against oppression
3:4-5 For trouble sleeping, against nightmares
3:6 For confidence, against fear

4 Mercy
4:1 For prayers to be heard
4:4-5 To strengthen prayer
4:6 Against fear and despair
4:7 Thanksgiving
4:8 For trouble sleeping, against nightmares

5:1-4 For prayers to be heard
5:6, 9-10 To curse the violent and liars
5:7 Worship/Praise
5:8 For guidance, Against confusion, feeling lost, indecision
5:11-12 For victory

6 Mercy, Against depression
6:9 Affirmation for prayers to be heard, for mystical manifestation
6:10 Curse to shame and vex enemies

7 Deliverance from evil
7:8-11 Justice
7:17 Worship/Praise

8 Worship/Praise
8:3-5 For Planetary Magic
8:6-9 For Elemental Magic

9 Justice/Deliverance
9:1-2 Worship/Praise
9:3-6 Protection against oppression
9:7-9 Justice
9:10 Trust
9:13-14 Mercy
9:18 Hope
9:19-20 Humility of Mankind

10 Against deceitful and fraudulent oppression
10:12 Justice for the humble
10:15-16 Curse against the wicked

11 Justice
11:6 Curse against the wicked

12 Protection from oppression
12:6 Alchemy

13 Against Depression/Prayers to be heard
13:5 Trust in Salvation
13:6 Worship/Praise

14 Curse against the wicked
14:5 To instill fear

15 To increase righteousness
15:1-3 Divination and Pathworking

16 Deliverance
16:3 For working with Saints
16:4 Against black magic
16:5-6 Prosperity
16:7-11 For guidance, Against confusion, feeling lost, indecision
16:11 For happiness and contentment/Divination and Pathworking

17 For sincere prayer/Against depression
17:4-5 Safe travel
17:6 For prayers to be heard
17:8 To keep secrets or to be hidden
17:8-15 Protection against oppression

18 Deliverance/Justice/Affirmation of Faith
18:1-3 Trust/Hope
18:19-22 Prosperity
18:24 Manifestation of reward
18:25-26 Mercy
18:28 Knowledge/Wisdom/Against ignorance, For guidance, Against confusion, feeling lost, and indecision
18:29 To overcome physical trials
18:31 Faith
18:32 Strength through trial
18:32-50 Preparation for battle/war
18:40-46 Curse against enemies/Victory against oppressors
18:47 Vengeance

19 Worship/Praise
19:7-8 Self-transformation, Knowledge/Wisdom/Against ignorance
19:9 Endurance, Judgement
19:9-11 Against thirst for luxury
19:13 Against temptation of sin
19:14 For prayers to be heard and purified

20 For prayers to be heard
20:2-3 For presenting Offerings
20:4-5 For presenting Petitions
20:6-9 Trust and confidence

21 Worship/Praise
21:2 For prayers to be answered
21:3 Prosperity
21:4 Physical health
21:8 To expose hidden enemies
21:8-12 Curse against enemies

22 Against depression and despair

23 Worship/Praise
23:4 For comfort

24 Worship/Praise, Blessing for righteousness

25 Trust and Hope
25:7 To cleanse yourself of past sin
25:9-10 For guidance, Against confusion, feeling lost, indecision
25:11 Mercy and plea for pardon
25:12-13 Victory for one’s children
25:14 Manifestation
25:16-22 Protection from oppression

26 Trust and hope/Affirmation of righteousness
26:9-12 To dissociate one’s self from the wicked

27 Confidence, Trust and hope
27:5 To keep secrets or to be hidden
27:6 Worship/Prayer
27:7 For prayers to be answered/Mercy
27:11 For guidance, Against confusion, feeling lost, and the anxiety of indecision
27:14 Patience

28 For prayers to be heard
28:3-5 Deliverance from the wicked
28:6 Thanksgiving for manifestation of desire
28:7-9 Trust and Worship/Praise

29 Worship/Praise, Elemental Magic
29:3-4 Water Element
29:5-6 Earth Element
29:7 Fire Element
29:11 Blessing of Peace

30 Thanksgiving
30:6 Prosperity

31 Deliverance from depression, despair, anxiety, grief
31:14 Affirmation of Trust
31:18 Curse to silence liars
31:23-24 For working with Saints

32 Confession, for Mercy
32:8 To teach or instruct others

33 Worship/Praise
33:4 To discover truth
33:6 Air Element/Astrological
33:7 Water Element
33:8 Earth Element
33:9 Manifestation
33:10-11 To nullify evil
33:18-22 Divine Protection

34 Worship/Praise
34:7 Angelic protection
34:13-14 Against wicked speech/gossip

35 Justice

35:1-8 Curse against enemies

35:26 Curse enemies with shame, confusion, and dishonor

36 Worship/Praise
36:5 Mercy
36:7-10 Trust
36:11 Against pride

37 Trust/Hope
37:4-5 Mystical Manifestation
37:7 Patience
37:8-9 To calm anger, for patience and trust
37:16 For spiritual riches
37:17 Curse against the wicked
37:18-19 Prosperity
37:24-26 Hope in Divine mercy
37:29 Prosperity
37:33-34 Patience
37:39:40 Salvation/Deliverance

38 Against depression and despair, physical ailments
38:15 Hope
38:17-18 Confession

39 Meditation of humility and upon mortality
39:1 Against wicked speech/gossip
39:12-13 For prayers to be heard, against depression/despair

40 Thanksgiving, Worship/Praise
40:1 Patience
40:2 For guidance, Against confusion, feeling lost, indecision
40:3 Inspiration (in yourself or in others)
40:4 Trust, against pride and lies
40:11 Mercy, Blessing for well-being
40:12-13 Against the troubles of sin
40:14-15 Curse against enemies
40:16 Prayer for the blessing of the righteous
40:17 Against poverty, for mercy

41 Mercy
41:4 Mercy, Confession
41:9-11 Against friendly betrayal

42 Against depression, spiritual confusion, or lack of faith

43 Justice, for favor in court
43:4 Worship/Praise
43:5 Against depression, spiritual confusion, or lack of faith

44:1-3 Work with ancestors
44:4-8 Victory against enemies/in competition
44:15 Confession of shame, against confusion
44:17-19 To increase faith and righteousness in time of distress and conflict
44:23-26 For prayers to be heard, Divine assistance

45 Worship/Praise
45:17 To inspire righteousness/evangelism

46 Protection
46:2 Against earthquakes
46:3 Against floods
46:8-9 Against war

47 Worship/Praise

48 Worship/Praise
48:9 To cultivate lovingkindness
48:14 For guidance, Against confusion, feeling lost, indecision

49 Meditation on mortality, humility, and the impermanence of wealth, against the haughty and proud
49:3 For wise speech and understanding
49:14-15 Curse against enemies

50 Hope in Divine judgement, curse against enemies and wicked speech/gossip

51 Mercy

52 Curse against liars and wicked speech

53 Against the unrighteous
53:5 To instill fear and shame

54 For prayers to be heard, Protection against oppression
54:6 For sacrifice, devotion

55 For prayers to be heard, Protection against oppression, Against corruption and violence
55:4-8 Against depression, spiritual confusion, or lack of faith
55:8 For Protection against storms
55:9-11 Curse against the corrupt and violent
55:12-23 Curse against betrayers and former friends
55:17-18 Thanksgiving for victory

56 For confidence, against fear, for Mercy, against enemies
56:4/11 Trust, Hope

57 Mercy/Deliverance/Protection against enemies
57:7 Devotion/Steadfastness
57 7-11 Worship/Praise

58: Curse against evil enemies/Physical harm hex

59: Protection against enemies
59:12 Against wicked speech/gossip
59:16-17 For Protection

60 Mercy/Against Sin and Defeat
60:2 Against earthquakes and natural disasters

61 For prayers to be heard
61:2 For guidance, Against confusion, feeling lost, indecision
61:1-4 For Protection
61:7 For Mercy and Truth
61:8 For the keeping of vows

62 For Mercy and Protection
62:1 Patience
62:2 Salvation/Confidence
62:3 Curse against conspirators
62:4 Against lies and false speech
62:5-7 Salvation/Confidence
62:8 Trust
62:9-10 Against Vanity

63 Worship/Praise and Devotion

64 Against wicked speech/gossip and conspirators

65 Prosperity/Blessing of the Land
65:3 Purgation of Sin

66 Worship/Praise
66:12 Endurance through trial
66:13-20 For presenting Offerings/For prayers to be heard

67 Mercy, Worship/Praise, and Prosperity

68 Protection/Prosperity

69 Mercy, Against depression, addiction, and for Protection
69:22-28 Curse against enemies

70 Mercy/Deliverance
70:2 Curse to shame and vex enemies

71 For Trust and Deliverance from enemies/Strength in old age
71:13 Curse against enemies
71:14-16 Hope/Trust

72 Judgement against oppressors/Justice for the poor

73 Against the proud/greedy
73:24 For guidance, Against confusion, feeling lost, indecision
73:25-28 Trust/Hope

74 Protection against oppression

75 Worship/Praise

76 Against war/to invoke wrathful judgement

77 For guidance, Against confusion, feeling lost, indecision/ To recount Divine miracles

78 To recount Divine miracles/ Against the unfaithful and disloyal, Judgement against sinners
78:1-4 To reveal secrets or hidden knowledge, uncover mysteries

79 For guidance, Against confusion, feeling lost, indecision, For mercy and Judgement

80 Protection against oppression, For salvation

81 Worship/Praise, to increase Divine awareness

82 For DIvine Judgement

83 Against enemies, Judgement of wicked

84 Worship/Praise, Trust
84:1-4 For matters of the Home, house blessing

85 For spiritual restoration, Salvation, Divine promises
85 Harvest magic

86 Mercy, Trust, To shame enemies
86:11 Spiritual direction

87 Worship/Praise

88 For prayers to be heard, against depression, For guidance, Against confusion, feeling lost, indecision

89 Worship Praise/Against oppression, protection in warfare

90 Against oppression

91 For Hope and Trust, Shelter, Divine Love, Deliverance, Salvation

92 Worship/Praise
92:9 Against enemies
92:12-15 Flourishing of righteousness

93 Worship/Praise, Divine strength
93:5 Temple blessing/consecration

94 Against oppression, Divine judgement

95 Worship/Praise

96 Worship/Praise

97 Worship/Praise
97:7 Against idolatry

98 Worship/Praise, Divine spark in Nature

99 Worship/Praise, Divine guidance

100 Worship/Praise, Thanksgiving

101 Against sinners and liars, for purity

102 For prayers to be heard, for relief in old age, against oppression,

103 Worship/Praise

104 Worship/Praise, Nature magic, to glorify natural beauty
104:34 Meditation

105 Worship/Praise

106 Worship/Praise, Thanksgiving

107 Worship/Praise, Thanksgiving, To recount Divine miracles

108 Worship/Praise, against enemies

109 Curse against the wicked, against accusers, against black magic

110 For protection, Against enemies, warfare

111 Worship/Praise
111:10 For wisdom

112 Prosperity

113 Worship/Praise, prosperity

114 Worship/Praise

115 Against idolatry, For trust

116 For prayers to be heard, Thanksgiving, fulfillment of vows, oaths and obligations

117 Worship/Praise

118 Thanksgiving, Divine refuge, prosperity

119 Worship/Praise, prosperity, wisdom, Grace, comfort, thanksgiving, protection, righteousness, deliverance, salvation, Divine refuge, sustenance, strength, Divine inspiration, endurance, for prayers to be heard

120 For prayers to be heard, Against distress, against warfare

121 For protection

122 For peace and prosperity

123 For mercy

124 For protection and escape

125 For trust, endurance

126 Divine restoration, salvation

127 For protection

128 For peace and prosperity

129 Against oppression

130 For prayers to be heard, for mercy, for endurance, for guidance, Against confusion, feeling lost, indecision

131 Against pride, for humility, for hope

132 For salvation

133 For peace and prosperity

134 Worship/Praise

135 Worship/Praise

136 Thanksgiving, Worship/Praise

137 Worship/Praise, Divine retribution

138 Worship/Praise, for prayers to be heard

139 For spiritual transparence, Worship/Praise,

140 For deliverance, against enemies, For mercy,

141 For prayers to be heard, for protection, against enemies

142 For prayers to be heard, for guidance, Against confusion, feeling lost, indecision, spiritual refuge

143 For prayers to be heard, for protection, against enemies, for spiritual direction

144 Worship/Praise, for protection, against enemies, deliverance, prosperity

145 Worship/Praise, prosperity

146 Worship/Praise, against oppression, against enemies, deliverance

147 Worship/Praise, protection, prosperity

148 Worship/Praise

149 Worship/Praise, against enemies, DIvine judgement and vengeance

150 Worship/Praise


Psalmistry Part 2