I astral projected into the Inner Temple, which appeared Earthy and natural, not at all like a Cathedral, but with plants and rock features. I assumed the astral appearance of the Hierophant in red robe, red and green nemyss and performed the Lesser Invoking Ritual of the Pentagram with the Hierophant’s Wand.
I then exited the Temple through large double doors and, performing the Sign of the Enterer three times, sent myself flying down into the Sphere of Malkut. I landed before a vast green Temple. With the Divine Names of Adonai (אדוני) and Adonai Ha-Aretz (הארץ אדונ), its vast doors lumbered slowly open and I stepped into the Temple of the 10th Path of Malkut.
As I entered, the walls faded away and I found myself in a vast-domed Earthy realm. This space reminded me of a much larger version of the Biodome in Montreal, which has Earthy natural environments for different ecosystems within a domed structure. I tested the vision with the Divine Name of the Sphere and it grew sharper and clearer.
This place was brimming with life. My feet were wet with the crystal blue waters of a peaceful brook. Trees abounded and birds, deer, and other creatures were around. I made an offering to the King of the Elemental, Gob and asked him to kindly send a Gnome to guide me through the 10th Path.
I heard a low voice say “it is done.” Moments later, a male-looking spirit appeared before me. He had a great brown beard, wore a red cap on his head, and was dressed in a green coat over a brown vest and white shirt. He wore beige pants and had lively green glowing eyes.
I greeted him with love, respect, and blessings in the name of Adonai Ha-Aretz (הארץ אדונ),, which he returned.
“You wish to meet with the Mother, the Queen and Spirit of Earth?” He asked in a deep and gravelly voice.
I said yes and he instructed me to follow him into a cave. The narrow cavern entrance opened onto a winding tunnel through a grey-stoned cave with glittering blue crystals in its walls.
As we walked, I asked him about himself and about his People.
He replied: “I am of the People of the Gnomes.”
“You are Elemental Spirits of Earth?”
“Does your People often work with humans?”
“Partly because most of your People have forgotten us. And partly because many among you destroy our dwelling places.”
“Ah yes, sadly many among us are greedy and destructive, detached from Nature. But I am not like them.”
“Yes, we know what you have done for plants and animals. Tread lightly when you walk in the forest!”
“I will,” I said. “How should I proceed if I wish to work with the Spirits of a forest and the Gnomes who live there?”
“How should I begin to speak with them?”
“Make an offering at a Tree, sit before it with open or closed eyes, and invite any spirits present to introduce themselves. If they wish to do so, they will. If they do not, leave the offering there.”
“What offerings are best?”
“Food is best. Bread is good. Dipped in honey or syrup of maple is better.”
“Thank you, I will respect this. What kinds of things can Gnomes do for their friends among humans?”
“We can help with small things pertaining to our sphere, Nature, earth, gold, and contacting other spirits. Here, we are arriving.”
We stood before large stone doors carved into a vaulting cavern wall. As the Gnome spoke, the doors slid open.
“Thank you for your kind guidance, friend. May I ask your name?”
“GARGA is my name,” he said in his low and rumbly voice.
“Thank you, Garga,” I answered. “I am Frater S.C.F.V. or _________.”
“Honoured to meet you, _______” he replied. “I will wait for you here.”
I stepped into a vast stone chamber with plants growing up the walls. A narrow path led down the middle. On either side, I was surprised to see what appeared to be many knights in grey-black armour, all standing silently.
At the end of the central pathway, a spirit that appeared as a beautiful young woman with long, flowing brown hair sat on a rough black throne carved out of black glossy and volcanic stone that resembled obsidian. She wore a green and brown loose fitting gown and had bright green eyes.
Seeing her, I got down on one knee and greeted her with love, respect, and the blessings of Adonai Ha Aretz (הארץ אדונ).
“Oh so formal!” she said with a laugh. “But thank you. I am surprised to see you, Child of Earth. Few of your kind come here! Why have you come?”
I laughed and expressed my wish to be initiated into the Mysteries of the 10th Path.
“Very well,” she said in a silky and melodious feminine voice.
Speaking to the metal-clad beings on either side of me, she said:
“Golems, please leave us.”
It was then that I realized that these beings that resembled human nights were in fact animated entities shaped by the en-spirited forms of minerals from the Earth.
She placed a crown on my head woven of fresh ivy.
“Disrobe your form and lay on the white cloth on the floor.”
What she was asking me to do reminded me of the initiation ritual for binding oneself to the power of Typhon in the Papyri Graecae Magicae IV (154-285).
I followed her instructions and lay down on the form with arms crossed over my chest as in the PGM ritual, my eyes closed.
“Ah, how Airy and Fiery are your energies! You are often swept up by fiery passion and abstract thinking. You must learn to adapt. Ground yourself in the energies of Earth!” She proclaimed.
Then she crouched over me and pressed her lips to mine, as in a kiss, or a meeting of mouths in CPR to transmit air to infuse the lungs of the other person and resurrect them from the brink of death.
At once, a flood of energy came through my Sphere of Sensation. It felt calming, grounding, solid, stabilizing.
I remained in this position for a moment, after which she instructed me to rise and regarb, retaining the Ivy crown.
I did so and she began to speak:
“If you would rise to work with the realms and forces above, you must be soundly grounded in the Earth. Just as the flower roots itself deeply in the soil before it can send its pollen into the Air, so it is wise for you to do the same.
If you do not, not only can you not grow to reach the higher realms, but you will be like the seed of a dead plant, ever-swept this way and that, chaotically at the mercy of the whims of the Winds.”
I bowed to her and gave her an offering as thanks.
“Go in peace and tread lightly on the Earth.”
“I will, I said.
I returned to Garga and gave him an offering of bread dipped in honey as a thank you.
“Ah!” his usually grimly stern face lit up as he received it. “Thank you! Come, I will accompany you to the surface.”
Reaching it, I thanked him once more and blessed him in the name of Adonai Ha Aretz (הארץ אדונ). He returned the blessings.
I returned to the Astral Temple and performed the Qabalistic Cross and the Adoration of the Lord of the Universe.