Pathworking on the 10th Path of Malkut

GoldenDawnlogoDate: March 29, 2018
Time:  7:33 – 8:04 A.M.
Sun Phase: Rising, cloudy sky
Moon Phase: Waxing Gibbous in 30 degrees Virgo, Lunar Mansion of Awwa
Planetary Day: Day of Jupiter
Planetary Hour: Hour of Jupiter into Hour of Mars
Activities: LIRP, Pathworking of the 10th Path of Malkut, QC, ALU

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?”

“Yes.”

“Does your People often work with humans?”

“Not often.”

“Why not?”

“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?”

“Respectfully.”

“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.

Pathworking on the 30th Path of Resh (ר)

GoldenDawnlogoDate: March 20, 2018
Time:  7:33 – 8:04 A.M.
Sun Phase: Rising, Golden, clear sky on the Spring Equinox, Sun in Aries
Moon Phase: Waxing Crescent in 6 degrees Taurus, Lunar Mansion of Thurayya
Planetary Day: Day of Mars
Planetary Hour: Hour of Mars into Hour of the Sun
Activities: LIRP, Pathworking of the Path of Resh (ר), LBRP

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I projected into my astral Temple wearing a red robe, the red and green-striped nemyss of the Hierophant, since I will be serving as Hierophant in tonight’s Spring Equinox Ceremony, the Rose Cross Lamen around my neck. The Temple appears brilliantly golden with a bright orange banner baring the Hebrew Letter Resh (ר) in harmony with my Will to travel along this Path.

I perform the Lesser Invoking Ritual of the Pentagram with the Hierophant’s Scepter, then I exit the large golden doors of the Temple. After performing the Sign of the Enterer three times, I project through a vast orange archway baring the letter Resh (ר) in white.

I find myself flying through a black and infinite space until I see the Path that connects Yesod (דוסי) to Hod (הוד) coming into view below me. I pass through its border of orange light and find myself standing in a beautiful green field. The sky is a brilliantly clear blue with sparse wispy white clouds drifting peacefully within it. How different this Path feels than the chthonic Path of Tav, the volcanic Path of Shin or the watery and Piscean Path of Qoph (ק)!

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The energy here, the whole atmosphere of the place, is exuberant, vivacious, and brimming with light and hope. Off to my left, I see a giant green mountain with trees and greenery growing all along its slopes. Looking more closely, I see that the mountain takes the shape of a giant Green Man. It is an awe-inspiring sight to see. A bright yellow-golden  Sun–the Planetary attribution of the Path–illuminates the scene overhead in clear and golden light. Nothing is foggy here; all appears  sharp and pristine.

I test the vision by vibrating RESH (ר) and tracing the Hebrew Letter in the Air in Orange Light as well as vibrating YHVH ELOAH V’DA’AT (תעדו הולא הוהי), the Divine Name of the Path. The astral images grow crisper as they resonate with the Name.

In the Name of YHVH ELOAH V’DA’AT (תעדו הולא הוהי), I ask for a Guide to lead me through the Path of Resh (ר). Moments later, I hear the sounds of galloping horses. Turning around to look behind me, I discover that the sounds come from two white horses. One is riderless. On the other, I see a blonde-haired child in a red robe who reminds  me of the child on the Tarot card of the Sun–the Major Arcanum attributed to the Path of Resh (ר).

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“Two White Horses in Finland” By Pasi Laaksonin

I greet the smiling child with the peace and blessings of YHVH ELOAH V’DA’AT (תעדו הולא הוהי), which he returns. I ask him if he would guide me through the Path and he happily exclaims “with pleasure!” His whole presence is brimming with pleasant exuberance, optimism, and life. It feels rejuvenating simply to be in his presence.

I climb on the back of the second white horse and can feel its powerful muscles shifting below me as it gallops. I have never physically ridden a horse, but the experience here reminds me of the feeling of riding an elephant bareback in Laos and feeling its strong muscly form shift beneath me with every step she takes.

“Can you initiate me into the Mysteries of the Path of Resh (ר)?” I ask the Child.

“I cannot, but I know one who can!” He says, smiling.

“What kind of Spirit are you,” I ask. “You shine with so much Light that you remind me of an Angel.”

Hearing this, the Child laugh. “Hehehe! No! I am a Solar Spirit, a Child of the Sun! In another way, I am a reflection of your own Inner Child. Are you in touch with him?”

This comment gives me pause for a moment as I reflect.

“I hope so!” I say.

Hearing this, the Child laughs out loud.

“Where are we going?” I ask.

“To see the Alchemist,” he replies.

Our horses’ gallop slows into a slow shuffle as we enter a lush green forest and make our way along a light brown-earthed winding path through the trees and underbrush.

I look around at the forest. Between the trees, I am surprised to see three mighty lions. One has the golden fur one is accustomed to see on a Lion, but the other two are brilliantly Green and Red respectively. They growl at us as we walk by and I wonder if I should be on my guard.

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“Don’t mind them,” the Child says, smiling and joyfully and ebulliently calm as always.

At last, we come to what appears to be a cabin in a clearing in the woods. The outer walls are beige-white and the roof is made of red slanting shingles. Large plumes of mysterious smoke emerge from a golden cylindrical chimney on the roof.

“Go on in,” says the Child. “I’ll wait for you here.”

I knock on the golden door, which has an engraving of a solar disc with a point in the center, the alchemical sigil of the Sun, carved into it.

“Come in!” Says the warm voice of a friendly older man. “I’ve been expecting you.”

I enter the cabin and find it quite crowded inside. A cauldron simmers over a fire as a tall-grey bearded man wearing robes with golden symbols of the Sun emblazoned upon them stirs some kind of red liquid within it. Wooden tables are littered with a wide variety of alembics, tubes, retorts, flasks, and other Alchemical instruments. Sunlight filters in through grimy windowpanes.

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I greet him with the peace and blessings of YHVH ELOAH V’DA’AT (תעדו הולא הוהי), which he returns.

“Forgive me,” he says, “I’m working on a tincture of the Stone.”

“The Philosopher’s Stone?”

“Yes,” he said. “To turn Lead into Gold, the metal of the Sun. It is the Great Work of the Adept; Tipharet (תפארת) is the Sphere of the Sun. The true Initiate who attains it must himself or herself become gold, become the Sun.”

“In the Name of YHVH ELOAH V’DA’AT (תעדו הולא הוהי), may I ask you your name?”

“Ah, you are so formal!” Laughs the Alchemist.

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“Of course. It is Rashael. Resh (ר), Shin (ש), Aleph (א), Lamed (ל) in your beloved Hebrew.”

I laugh and thank him.

“What is the meaning of those Red, Yellow, and Green Lions out front?” I ask.

What he begins to reveal comes in a flow of insights clearer and more illuminating than any I have ever seen in an astral vision, without the slightest hesitation to interrupt the flow of the communication…

“The Green Lion is often shown eating the Sun,” Rashael says. “This an alchemical symbol for a substance that dissolves gold, the universal vitriol. The Red Lion is at once liquefied Gold and the rubedo or reddening stage, born out of the blood of the Green Lion. The Yellow or Golden Lion is the perfected and transmuted Gold itself. So much for alchemy, but to me… they are my pets!”

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I laugh and ask him if he would be willing to Initiate me into the Mysteries of the Path of Resh (ר).

“Yes,” Rashael says, “but to know the ways of the Path of the Sun, you must be Him. Therefore, drink this, the tincture of the Sun, the Red Lion, tincture of the Stone itself.”

He ladles the mysterious red liquid into an Erlenmeyer flask and trusting him, I drink it. It has no flavour, but sends a wave of warm sensations radiating through my Sphere of Sensation. I feel an Inner Light glowing out from my Heart region and radiating warmth throughout my consciousness.

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“The Heart is the Sun within. Gold is its Nature, but how many mistake it for lead!” Rashael says.

“Many take themselves to be lead and reflect that perception to you. They may see only lead when they look at you too! But if you remember nothing else, remember this:

The true alchemist sees gold where others see lead, shows others how to transmute potential into gold, and does the same to the lead he or she finds within him- or herself.

When others reflect lead at you, see with Alchemical eyes, speak with an Alchemical tongue, and reflect naught but gold back to them. If you attain this Wise Arcanum, then you yourself shall be the Stone!”

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I bow and thank him for these wise words.

“You know, the least important part of alchemy happens in the laboratory, with plants and metals,” he continues.

“The most important part happens in the transmutations of daily life, the prima materia. Who sees this shines from the Heart of the Inner Sun and sees the Light that hides in darkness.

Oh, if you would go on to Hod (הוד), take this with you.”

Rashael lifts up a radiant golden medallion on a gold chain and places it around my neck. Engraved into this Solar Pentacle, are a Circle with a point in its center and a Hebrew letter Resh (ר).

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I thank the wise Rashael, who radiates warmth, golden love, and Solar wisdom in everything he says, for all he has given me and wish him well. He returns my blessings with his characteristic good-humored grace. When I ask him if I can call upon him again, he says  “Happily! Drop by anytime. It was a pleasure.”

Grateful and still glowing from the effects of his tincture, I rejoin the Child outside and climb back up onto my horse.

The Child continues in his exuberant way, smiling and laughing.

“Did you get what you were looking for from the Alchemist?” He asked.

“Yes, indeed! Abundantly so!”

“Fantastic. Sounds like him, alright! He never disappoints! On we go to the end of the Path to Hod (הוד).”

As our white horses shuffle their way through the forest, we come upon the Red, Green, and Yellow Lions again. This time, however, they do not growl. Instead, they bow graciously as we pass. “How interesting,” I think, wondering if they recognize my golden medallion as the Alchemist’s.

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“Island of a Thousand Waterfalls” by Piotr Dura.

At last, we come upon a golden bridge over a vast gorge. On the opposite side, the orange Mercurial Temple of Hod (הוד) (הוד) glows brightly in the Sun.

“I can go no further, I’m afraid,” smiles the Child. “Be safe, be well, and do not let the darkness of dreary thoughts consume you. Instead, tune into your inner Sun and shine from within!”

I thank the Child for his counsel and guidance through the Path of Resh (ר) and we salute each other goodbye. Then I make my way along the golden bridge towards Hod (הוד). Looking to my left, I see a vast waterfall thundering into the depths.

Standing before the great orange doors of Hod (הוד), I hold up the medallion. The Sun reflecting off its surface casts a glimmer on the door, which open its mighty double doors. I step inside and the scene fades to orange.

At home in my astral inner Temple, I perform the Lesser Banishing Ritual of the Pentagram and return to my body.

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Update I: a sense of glowing inner warmth, spiritual presence, and gratitude for the Gold has within lingered me through as I did my social work with older adults throughout the day. I reminded myself to remain sensitive to gold hidden in the lead of problems and work presented throughout the day and I found more than enough to prove Rashael right!

Update II: at night, my ability to practice the reflecting only gold back to those who see lead philosophy was tested when my Temple’s Officers all informed me for different reasons that they would not be able to attend the Equinox Ceremony and we would have to cancel it. I was shocked. After all of the preparations for the Ceremony I had done, I was really blindsided by this. I would have no choice but to renew all Officer positions until the following year since we could not install a new Hierophant in the Temple until the next Equinox, the Autumn Equinox. Then I went to my girlfriend’s house only to find her facing numerous daily life challenges. What a bushel of lead I was handled here from which to attempt to make Gold!

If anyone ever tells you that Alchemy is all about “love and light,” they have never done the real work; real Alchemy works with all of the dross of life, with suffering, with the messiness and complexity of life, and is hard work.

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Calling on the Divine, my HGA and the Spirit of the Runes to show me a Rune best suited to the lessons of this Pathworking and the aftermath of having to cancel the Equinox Ceremony, I cast Nauthiz, the Rune of Necessity. It literally means “need-fire” or “firey-need.” Esoterically, it suggests constraints and constrictions, which remind me of the energies of Saturn and the Sephirah of Binah (בינה).

nauthiz.jpgNauthiz connotes need, necessity, extreme circumstances, needs, wants, cravings, compulsions, and desires. Nauthiz suggests obstacles and adversity, but also the perseverance to overcome them. It counsels patience and tends to have a delaying influence. It also suggests hard-work, creative friction, the consequences of past action, short term pain for long-term gain,

As Tyriel writes, “Invoking need is more powerful than wishing, but what we need and what we desire are not always the same. In this sense, Nauthiz can protect us from ourselves, but its lessons are often harsh. The force of the past exerts its effect on us in the present. Previous action catches up with us and attempts to restrain and restrict future action, which is the counter-movement of the cyclical processions of JERA. However, armed with humility we can learn our lessons from not only our own errors, but the mistakes and successes of others.”

Update III: The Nauthiz Rune proved Prophetic; today was a difficult day of friction, conflict, delays, and needs for patience and perseverance. Rashael’s work of transmuting the lead of daily life into gold goes on…

 

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