Date: August 30, 2010
Time: 8-9 p.m.
Sun Phase: Setting
Moon Phase: Last Quarter, 57% Full
Activities: Qabalistic Cross, Fourfold Elemental Lesser Invoking Ritual of the Pentagram (FELIRP), Adoration of the Lord of the Universe, Instruction in the Rite of Elemental Equilibration, Practice by Quarter, Rite of Elemental Equilibration, Qabalistic Cross, Mindfulness Walk, ESP Card Practice, Hebrew letter Study
J. and I began by setting up the Temple in accordance with the Golden Dawn traditions with the parts of the Mystic Repast of the Four Elements upon the altar in their appropriate directions (rose in East, red candle in South, cup of wine in West, bread and salt in North). I also added in some of my other symbols of the Earth element alongside the bread: a pinecone, a green stone, a quartz crystal, a branch of pine. We put on our sashes and took up our banishing/invoking wands.
I began by explaining to J. the nature of the elemental attributions to the pentagram within the G.’.D.’. tradition and we discussed these together along with some points about the larger G.’.D.’. system. We planned out how we would perform the FELIRP as a group since J. had not yet learned the full details of the basic LIRP formula. We decided that we would perform the QC in synchronization, vibrating at the same time and performing the same ritual gestures. Then I would guide the performance of the FELRIP and he would focus on the visualizations and on projecting his energy with the Sign of the Enterer as we charged the Invoking Pentagrams in each of the directions. He would strengthen the visualizations with his energy during the calling of the Archangels and we would once again perform the QC in tandem to close the ritual.
The experience of this ritual was quite strong. I felt the flow of the energies rushing into the temple with the different qualities of the elements. J. later told me that at one point during the ritual he felt that the room was positively humming with energy. My own experience supported this feeling.
After this, we performed the ALU side by side towards the East, which added to the sense of reverence and connection with the Divine LVX established by the QC and FELIRP.
Since we had invoked the elemental energies of Air Water, Fire, and Earth, it was necessary to equilibrate these. J. did not yet know the Rite of Elemental Equilibration, so I explained it and practiced it with him step by step until he felt ready to practice the whole Rite. We then did so in tandem, following the pattern of the synchronized Qabalistic Cross. The result was a profound feeling of balance, peace, and energy. We closed with a final QC to finalize the equilibration. We then partook of the Mystic Repast and closed the temple with great respect for the powers and energies of the elements that had been present for the ceremony.
Following this, we took a walk outside and practiced being mindful of our feelings in relation to the Elements in our surroundings. Both he and I independently reported feeling a connection to Earth and Air that was especially strong on that windy night. J. later told me that was the most meaningful walk he had been on in years.
Returning to the Temple, we practiced the ESP exercise with the Duke University ESP cards. We did quite poorly; I only correctly guessed 2 out of 25, while Jordan scored 3. I did note an interesting phenomenon however; though Jordan incorrectly guessed the card in my hand, in 10 of these cases his guess corresponded not to the card I was holding, but to the following card to be guessed.
We ended off the night by studying some of the basic Hebrew letters and practicing drawing them correctly and bid farewell. Overall, it was a deeply fulfilling night and gave us the first sense of an “egregoric” energy forming between us. The experience of vibrating the words of the QC was particularly strong for me; the resonance and harmony of our voices and the synchronous invocation of energy seemed to double the strength of our individual efforts.