Date: Sunday, November 28, 2010
Time: 8:30-9:45 (Day of the Sun – Hour of the Venus and Mercury)
Sun Phase: Set
Moon Phase: Third Quarter (Waning), 46% Full
Activities: Rite of Purification by Water, Relaxation Ritual and Fourfold Breath, Lesser Banishing Ritual of the Pentagram with the Sword of Hiereus, Great Invocation of the Light (QC, R.B.D.L., Q.C., A.K.), Adoration of the Lord of the Universe, Themis Meditation, Adoration of the Lord of the Universe, Maat Meditation, Adoration of the Lord of the Universe, THME Meditation, Adoration of the Lord of the Universe, Assumption of the Godform of THME, Lesser Banishing Ritual of the Pentagram with the Hegemon’s Wand, Request for Guidance from THME, Stepping out of Godform, Thanking of the Elements, Formal Temple Closing and License to Depart
Today’s ceremony followed the same sequence as Friday’s, and served the continuing purpose of preparing me to be able to initiate the new Frater next week. I entered the shower somewhat frustrated with prior events, but the purification ritual washed these away and left me feeling lightened.
I performed the Ritual of Relaxation, visualizing the Light suffusing my being and concentrating in a spheric orb of Golden energy, which would move through the tense areas of my body and release them of their tension. Relaxation would remain. Some time was spent in this until I felt quite relaxed. I then put on the Nemyss and took up the Sword of the Hiereus for the Banishing ritual.
This was done with slow care, as on Friday, and produced similar results. I felt clear and purified and the area felt cleansed. My visualizations were not as strong in this part of the ceremony as they had been on Friday, but some vague hints of the blue flaming pentagrams were observed. The Invocation of the Archangels was stronger however; I saw a pillar of Light in the primary colour of the Element in the direction of each invoked Archangel. I saw my own Aura shift to yellow with flashing glints of purple when Raphael was invoked, for instance. This shifted with the invocation of Gabriel to blue and orange, to red and green with Michael, and to black, white, and green with Auriel. I felt balanced and clear by the end.
I performed the Adoration of the Lord of the Universe, put down the Hiereus’ sword and took up the wand of the Hegemon. I arranged the elemental candles in a circle in the center of the Temple and sat in the midst of them. I gave the battery of four knocks and began the Themis meditation. I invoked Themis and projected my energy into her godform to animate her via the Sign of Projection. Once animated, she responded with the Sign of Silence. I saw Themis in her beauty, standing in white Greek robes, and felt strengthened by the union with her balance and the drinking from her Golden Chalice. At the end of the meditation, I asked her to Adore the Lord of the Universe with me. She turned—I saw astrally—and faced the Banner of the East. After each line of the Adoration I uttered, she would repeat it, and we would give the appropriate Sign together. At the end of the ritual, I asked her to project the energy of the current of Divine force she represented into the Hegemon’s wand, that it might become an energetic anchor and living symbol of her power. She did so, and I felt the wand pulsate with an influx of energy.
Themis stepped to the side, and I proceeded to begin the Maat meditation. Maat appeared, upon being invoked, in the same brilliant images that had marked her appearance on Friday, with the same bright blue and golden robe flashing with undercurrents of red, blue, and yellow. I always see Maat the clearest of any of these three Godforms and today was no different. She projected her energy into me and I asked her to project it into the wand of the Hegemon and empower it as Themis had done. She agreed to do this and saying “I send a surge of the Power of the Goddess of the land of the Pyramids and the black soil into this wand...” did it, with the same influx of power livening it as had Themis’. Together, we offered an Adoration to the Lord of the Universe.
Maat stepped beside Themis, and I proceeded to begin the Thme meditation. Upon being invoked, the great form of Thme, in white robe, black and white nemyss, and carrying the golden Phoenix Wand, appeared. Each line that she spoke to me seemed to resonate within me and I was given new insights into her words as they related to her position between the Pillars in the Neophyte Ceremony. When the Canopic Jar containing my heart and the white Shu feather were absorbed into my hand, I felt strengthened and unified, as I did when the feather of Maat was united with my microcosmic Kether.
I then asked Thme to project her energy in this form into the Hegemon’s wand, which she consented to do. Finally, I asked her, Themis, and and Maat to project their force simultaneously into the wand, which they did. I touched the bottom of the wand to my heart (Tiphareth) center and felt the force flow into me. It came with great, vivid energy and flooded me with warmth and Light.
I then saw the three godforms merge into one, Thme, with the eyes of Maat and the skin of Themis, the three forms of the goddess from Greece, Egypt, and the Hellenistic Graeco-Egyptian worlds uniting in one embodiment of a single achetypal current of Divine force. I formulated the Godform strongly and then declared my intent to merge with and Assume it. This I did, stepping into the image and seeing the Godform merge with my own astral form.
I then performed the final Adoration of the Lord of the Universe while in this form (I noticed that it was performed with more energy and much more rapidly than I usually perform it) and proceeded to perform the LBRP with the Hegemon’s wand. After the final Qabalistic Cross, I stood in the center of the Circle and asked the godform inwardly:
“Godform of Thme-Themis-Maat, do you have any guidance to offer me at this time?”
I received the answer in the voice of Maat, serious, beautiful, and ethereal. It said:
“Look deeply into the teachings; do not rest with the surface. Just as the diver plunges deeply under the waves and into the black depths of the deep, and there finds the beautiful multi-coloured corals which cannot be seen from the surface, so must you dive deep beyond the surface of the spiritual teachings and find the deep, inner core of philosophic truth. It is this profound truth which will nourish you as the surface words and images cannot.”
I thanked the Goddess form for this insight and declared my intention to step out of the Godform. This I did, and declared my Will to re-assume my own ordinary astral image.
I then proceeded to each of the Elemental candles in the Four Quarters, and said “Thank you, oh Powers of _____ for your presence. Strengthen me and go in peace.” I then struck and played the Singing Bowl, gave the license to depart, and declared the Temple duly closed.