Date: August 17, 2010
Time: 6-7 p.m.
Sun Phase: Setting
Moon Phase: Waxing Gibbous, 65% Full
Activities: Qabalistic Cross, Fourfold Elemental Lesser Invoking Ritual of the Pentagram (FELIRP), Middle Pillar, Adoration of the Lord of the Universe, Rite of Elemental Equilibration, Qabalistic Cross
I have begun this blog as an online record of my magical practices and workings. Today’s rituals were performed in full regalia and with a semi-complete Golden Dawn temple.
I wore my grade sash, and had on the altar the cross and triangle as well as symbols of the elements: a red candle in the South, a cup of water in the West, a rose in the East, and a pinecone (Greek symbol of earth and initiation used in the rites of Eleusis and carried by Initiates (mystes); this particular one was found on the grounds of a Benedictine monastery) and stone in the North.
The rituals were performed with the Hierophant’s Wand, with its potent symbolism of the Qabalistic Middle Pillar and the connection of Kether to Malkuth which plays a key role in the symbolism of the Qabalistic Cross and other rituals. The whole set of rituals was imbued with a great sense of power and closeness to the Elements. I felt clear and purified as well as balanced, reverent, peaceful, and energetic at the closing of the Temple.
Today, I added to the visualizations during the Invocation of the Archangels in the FELIRP some additional elements: with the Invocation of Raphael, great gusts of wind and tornadoes were visualized as blowing in through my body and through the temple from the East. With the invocation of Michael, great blasts of flame, as if blown from the throat of a dragon, were felt as blazing in through my body and through the Temple from the South. With the invocation of Gabriel, a waterfall was seen as flooding a great rush of water through the temple and around myself and the Altar. Finally, with the invocation of Auriel, great boulders were seen as rolling out of the North and bouncing through the temple, along with a cascade of beautiful leaves, as flowers bloomed all along the floor behind the boulders and leaves. I vividly felt the infusion of elemental energies through my being and equilibrated these with the Rite of Elemental Equilibration and Qabalistic Cross.
I also added to the visualizations of the spheres of the Middle Pillar the Queen Scale colours from the Minutum Mundum diagram, to great effect.
Overall, these were, I felt, successful rituals. The difference from months ago to today, from before my formal grade initiation to the present, was very pronounced. All thanks for that are due to the One Who “formulateth in Silence and Whom Naught but Silence can Express.”
One last worthy thing of note was that I performed an informal Invocation of my Holy Guardian Angel and stood in receptive silence to see if a message would come therefrom. There was nothing but silence for a long period of time. Then, a male voice said simply “Adam.” Whether it was simply my imagination, another astral figure, or the actual HGA, I cannot say. I will suspend judgment for the moment.
Frater S. C. F. V.
Frater Sapientia Compassione Fortitudineque Vivo