Divination with St. Cyprian – Insights on the Shadow and First Pentacle of the Sun

By Frater SC.F.V.

Date: November 24, 2018
Sun Phase: Set
Moon Phase: Waning Gibbous (206 degrees) in 28 degrees Gemini
Mansion of the Moon: Dhira
Planetary Day: Day of Saturn
Planetary Hour: Hours of Mars and the Sun
Activities: Solomonic Ritual Purification by Water; Solomonic Bell Sounding to the Spirits of the Quarters; Offerings to the Most High and Saint Cyprian; Prayers; Rune Divination with St. Cyprian; Temple Closing 

Today, the Moon is in the 7th Mansion of Al-Dhira, a time when it is auspicious to seek and strengthen friendships and give and receive assistance.  About this Mansion, the Picatrix (11th century) says:

“The seventh Mansion is Aldira, and it for the acquisition of all good [things]. When the Moon has come around to this Mansion, fashion a seal of silver, and sculpt the image of a man clothed in robes and with his hands extended to heaven after manner of a man who is praying and supplicating [the gods]; in the breast [of this image] write the name of the lord of this Mansion. Cense it with all things which have sweet odors, and say: You, Siely, cause such and such to happen, and fulfill my petition. Ask [of it] whatever you wish from among all the good things. Carry this seal with you, and you will receive all you ask for. And know that Selehe is the name of the lord of this Mansion.”

Agrippa adds the following in the Three Books of Occult Philosophy (16th century)

“Aldimiach or Alarzach: arm of Gemini. 17°08’34″ Gemini. Brings money and friendship, profits lovers, disperses flies, destroys teaching authorities. To obtain every good thing. A man well clothed, holding his hands up to heaven as it were praying and supplicating.”

Therefore, it seemed to me that today was a fitting day for divination, both on a question that has been on my mind lately and to ask a question of Saint Cyprian from a friend as a way of building that friendship and assisting a friend in the spirit of Al-Dhira. 

I began by purifying myself with ritual bathing. Then I donned my scapular of Saint Cyprian white Solomonic robe, Stole, and placed my Cyprianic Rosary around my neck. I sounded the Solomonic Bell of Art three times before entering the Circle, as per the Hygromanteia, then sounded the Bell to each of the full Quarters, as per the Key of Solomon, saying “I greet and bless the Spirits of the (direction) with great love and respect in the name of Adonai!” I continued greeting the Spirits of the Above and Below and all other directions. As I did this, I began to see ‘sparks’ of light flickering around the Circle, suggesting the presence of Spirits. I formally opened the Temple in the name of YHVH. 

I then unwrapped my Solomonic Wand from its white covering and began preliminary prayers. I lit four large candles in each of the Four Directions as offerings to the Most High. I then made offerings of a chocolate and banana muffin to Cyprian as well as a purple lavender candle, a stick of incense, and a glass of fresh Spring water. Earlier today, I gave the bread offerings from last week to the local spirits of the land and local animals and the remaining bit of water from Cyprian’s offering from last week to our house plant.

I also felt a sense of warm presence in the room, which was very pleasant. I addressed the Spirits in each direction in term, pausing to ask if any of them would like to introduce themselves, and offering each blessings, respect, and friendship. No Spirit took me up on my offer today–sometimes they do and sometimes they do not–but I invited any Spirits presence in each direction to partake of the Candles lit in each of the Four Directions in a spirit of peace. 

Out of the corner of an eye, I saw a spot of light drift up a wall. Then a black tablecloth spontaneously fell off of a chair over which it had been draped outside the Circle. I invited the Spirit who had moved it to engage in conversation, but it did not wish to, so I did not press the matter.

I then said some additional prayers and sat down and gazed into my Crystal while chanting Saint Cyprian’s name and inviting him to be present and to speak with me. 

I greeted him and continued to gaze into the Crystal as Cyprian sometimes opts to communicate with me through it. Today, however, he gave me a nudge to close my eyes, so I did. 

Immediately, I saw the good Saint wander out of what appeared to be a black mist appearing on my closed eyelids, holding his golden Crozier, and stand “before me.” 

I greeted him once more and he greeted me back in his warm and knowing voice. I asked him if he could offer any insights on how to best go about integrating darker aspects of our Shadow that emerge in the course of meditation and spiritual work.

His answer came immediately and was very interesting:

As we begin to move beyond the identification with the familiar and to open up some inner space where there was once only total immersion in unconscious patterns, it is normal for shadows to arise.  These shadow fragments of unintegrated Selfhood are naturally drawn into the light of awareness and Divine presence. Here, they can at last be seen instead of looked from

As these previously fragmented and splintered off shadow aspects of ourselves and programs begin to well up within us, they carry a fascinating power. If we are not careful, we risk being possessed or taken over by them. A splintered off aspect of us that lusts for power, for instance, may itself seize control over us, inspire us to focus on it and identify with it, and then further dissociate into it carrying us off completely on a course of action it stipulates. Do not confuse this with integration; it is not. It is simply another form of disintegration and dissociation. It inspires a dream-like state of acting out its drive or program, totally automatically and unconsciously. In time, we awaken from such a state and wonder what happened while we were carried off in its waking dream. Be wary to fall into this trap.”

I asked Saint Cyprian how we avoid falling into so tempting a trap and he said:

Consciously remain dispassionately aware of the shadow aspects as they arise. Notice them. Note them. Acknowledge them. Greet them. But then let them be. Remain detached and equanimitous towards them. As we slowly make the unconscious conscious and meet it fully without allowing ourselves to be taken over by it or to identify with it, it will become integrated on its own. Instead of having power over us, it will give us back the power that splintered off into it as a fragment. This is authentic integration.

I asked Cyprian if he could offer some more specific insight into some specific Shadow content I was experiencing. He said simply:

Cast three Runes. The first will be of the Past, the second the Present, and the third the likely Future.”

I obliged and cast the three Runes on his Altar. They came out as the following:

Divination with Saint Cyprian. 
From left to right: Uruz, Thurisaz, and Wunjo.

The Past Rune was Uruz, the Rune of Strength, the giant Aurochs. The meaning was that I had once found strength, virility, and a sense of manhood through a splintered off sense of lust for both power and sexual conquest. Uruz encompasses the raw, wild power of freedom, precisely the state I felt when I allowed myself to be “possessed” by this powerful Shadow drive.  However, I did not always wield this power with responsibility and sometimes, the result was misery for myself and others.

As a result, I seem to have pushed down this aspect of myself, disidentifying with it because of the danger and mischief it risked inviting into my life. Recently, it arose back into my consciousness with a vengeance as a deep yearning with a dark amoral tone, only this time, it was, as Saint Cyprian said, seen rather than looked from. The challenge was to acknowledge and allow it to be without being swept away by it as I had been in my youth.

The present Rune was Thurisaz, the Rune of Chaos, Evil, and Temptation, the Thorn, the Giants fought by Thor with his hammer Mjölnir. This is a warn about resisting temptations, especially ones that offer rewards through dishonesty and trickery. Fittingly enough, it represents the raw forces of the human psyche from anger to lust, which can give us power or alternately overpower us. The meaning is clear: as this Shadow aspect arises, it beckons me into the unbridled pleasure-seeking that once led me astray; it promises reward, but threatens to unleash the chaos of Pandora’s Box into the stable clearing of beauty and order I had constructed in my life. The advice of the Rune is in harmony with Cyprian’s advice: notice, acknowledge, but be not led away. Possession by old patterns only provides the illusion of integration; not true integration itself.

The final Rune, the Rune of the Future, was very encouragingly, Wunjo, the Rune of Joy. Interestingly enough, Wunjo looks just like Thurisaz, except that the point of the Thorn has shifted up to resemble a Flag. If I can integrate this Shadow rather than being possessed by and swept away by it, the promise is joy, happiness, light, and a satisfaction deeper than mere impulse gratification, with roots far deeper than superficial urge-fulfillment. Wunjo contains the sense of things going well due to harmonizing ourselves with Life, much like the Sephirah of Tipharet on the Tree of Life. The message is to strive for harmony, balance, and the kind of honesty and truth that set us free from the convenient lies that can bind us. 

From left to right: Uruz, Thurisaz, and Wunjo.

I thanked Saint Cyprian kindly for these wise insights and asked if I could ask him a question on behalf of my friend Chijioke, namely, if he could share anything about the nature and uses of First Pentacle of the Sun from the Key of Solomon. 

Again, the inner prompting to close my eyes came, and I again saw Saint Cyprian standing before me. Immediately, he began to speak saying:

The First Pentacle of the Sun draws forth the Solar virtues. It is best consecrated when the Sun is in the sky and left on the Altar in view of the Sun. It bestows confidence, even a radiant glow upon the one who holds it, which attracts and fascinates. It can lighten the spirit and bestow joy and even glory. Beware, however, for this Pentacle can bring out arrogance and pride in those who have tendencies towards such qualities. It depicts the face of mighty Metatron; know that whenever you gaze upon the face of Metatron, he also gazes upon you. Be mindful that you use not his countenance for evil; instead, live in a worthy way that you might be found worthy when gazed upon.”

Once again, I thanked Saint Cyprian for this wise instruction and asked him if he had any final insights he would like to offer. He said quite simply:

Yes. Forgive my servant N, with whom you recently quarreled. He meant well. You, like him, have your own faults. Hold no grievances against him. Forgive and walk your own way, putting your disagreement behind you, and allow him to do the same.”

I said I would and thanked him for this advice. His ghostly form smiled,  nodded, and then vanished into the black mist from whence he had emerged. 

I stood back up and used my Solomonic Bell to give the License to Depart to Spirits in the Four Directions and in the Above and Below, blessing them as they left, before formally closing the Temple.

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