Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Lesson 3 :: Deities in Magick, Continued

Egyptian Magick
Egyptian Magick


Introduction

This article is the continuation of Lesson Three, of the Beginnings in Magick, how to become a magician series. The series begins with its Preamble. Within this particular lesson, in the first half, Adam K. discussed deities commonly worked with in Thelema magick. Provided were overviews of Nuit, Hadit, and Ra-Hoor-Khuit. According to Thelema, RHK is Lord of the New Aeon; furthermore he is an aspect of Horus. We continue now to discuss another aspect of Horus, Hoor-paar-kraat.



The Continuation of Lesson Three


by Adam K.



Hoor-paar-kraat. HPK is Lord of the New Aeon as much as RHK is. Their dynamic is the ideal; they work together and complement each other. Hoor-paar-kraat is passive and is a child god, but is wise in his silence. Together he and Ra-Hoor-Khuit represent "the Crowned and Conquering Child." Thelema is the Logos of the New Aeon. It means "Will," as you likely know by now. However, Will in its ideal state it is tempered by Agape (love) and vice versa. So if we think of RHK as representing Will and the action it takes to achieve that, and HPK as the state we have achieved within our world while acting upon True Will--a state of peace, harmony, and spiritual centeredness and awareness, this gives a far better idea of the dynamic of the two. As well though, HPK represents the passive, patient stance we are resigned to taking at times in order to make headway. Before you conclude that passivity equals weakness, consider the praying mantis, who appears passive as he waits with incalculable patience for the precise moment to strike. There is nothing weak about this creature.

Hoor-paar-kraat symbolically reached out to Ankh-af-na-khonsu (aka Crowley in this latest incarnation) as it was time to usher in the Aeon of Horus. He did this through his Minister, Aiwass, who was sent to release the Word of Thelema. It was Hoor-paar-kraat who chose Crowley, a descendent of the energy stream of Ankh-af-na-khonsu, to be the Prophet of the New Aeon.

Sidenote: It may be confusing to post this matter here, but this is the point in editing where I received a message from Ra-Hoor-Khuit. As a reminder, Hoor-paar-kraat is a silent god, so RHK communicated; as on the page we were discussing Hoor-paar-kraat, the message was from him. As I (i.e. in this case, Jude Chi) began writing my parts of this, I had a vision of RHK juggling orbs of fire, and also saw him throwing a spear. He wanted me to deliver the messages obtained from seeing this. His juggling orbs of fire shows him predicting change will come, that those who now hold the power and manage us, in time will be managed by us. His throwing of the spear shows that he in time will assist us in reclaiming the power we need to move forth effectively.

As well, RHK conveyed telepathically that a major component of his presence as Lord of the New Aeon is to show us that a large part of our power is in acting from a perspective of personal authenticity, and holding no factor back, be this personality “defects,” shame of any one thing about oneself, the way one speaks, one's looks, one's faults, and more. The feeling I get is that we have been conditioned in society to see things backwards, i.e., that those who choose to be victims really suffer. His message is that they do not. In our own world, in this hologram of an existence, we live, they do not. We have nothing to do with those who suffer.

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Ankh-af-na-khonsu is also mentioned in Liber AL; he was an Egyptian priest, who is depicted on the Stele of Revealing. He is on the right side of the Stele, standing across from Ra-Hoor-Khuit.

Though Ankh-af-na-khonsu (there are multiple spelling variations) was a real person, there were a number of individuals by the exact same name, and several with a father by the name of Besnamaut. The one most likely to be regarded by Thelema, is Ankh-af-na-khonsu V. "Likely," because just as in Egyptian mythology, in historical and genealogical records the facts presented are not the same in each instance. However, given this it appears that he was the son of Besnamaut IV, and Tabetjet.

Ankh-af-na-khonsu V was a Priest and Prophet of the Egyptian god Montu, and also the Prophet of Ra-Hoor-Khuit. He lived in Thebes, around 725 BCE. Thelemites will know his handiwork upon mention, as he created the Stele of Revealing; the stele served as a funerary commemoration of his own death. It was not a mere memorial tribute, but also served to ensure that his identity was known, and secure him a safe path into a comfortable afterlife.

Ankh
An Anhk

Ankh-af-na-khonsu's father came from a glorious ancestral lineage. Within it was Ankh-af-na-khonsu I, Prophet of Montu (twenty second dynasty). Since his time all descendants up to and including Ankh-af-na-khonsu V, belonged to the same priesthood. From his paternal ancestry he also descended from Bak-an-khonsu I, who was a High Priest during the rule of Usermaatre Setepenre Ramses II (aka Ramses the Great). His mother, Tabetjet's heritage was worthy as well. Tabetjet was mistress of the house of Amun-Ra, and was a systrum playing musician. One of her ancestral predecessors was Usermaatre Setepenamun Osorkon II (aka King Osorkon II); 22nd Dynasty. She was cousin to Montuemhat, the Fourth Prophet of Amun; additionally her lineage contained multiple priests and priestesses of Amun-Ra.

This information is of import, as Crowley believed himself to be a reincarnation of Ankh-af-na-khonsu (and thus he initiated the Aeon of Horus in much the same way he initiated the Aeon of Osiris in a previous incarnation). Hence, it is his history. A.C. used his own preferred spelling of the name, Ankh-f-n-khonsu, to sign the comment to The Book of the Law. The name apparently has multiple meanings or multiple potential meanings, including: he who lives as Khonsu, he who lives in Khonsu, he who is from Khonsu, he who lives for Khonsu, and he who is the truth that has crossed over. On a lighter note, the name could even mean "he who gets around," or "he who takes lots of vacations."

If this is confusing, don't worry. It can be confusing to Thelemites who have been studying it for years. And honestly, each of these deities should have a chapter or book unto themselves to fully explain them. But here they are summarized as concisely as possible. 

Liber AL speaks of two entities, known as the Beast & Scarlet Woman. They are also known, respectively, as Therion and Babalon. Many equate Therion with Aleister Crowley, and this is reasonable given that he was in fact known as To Mega Therion, Greek for The Great Beast. But the concept of Therion extends beyond just the man Crowley into further territory. In fact, Therion and Babalon are a dynamic that fits on the Qabalistic Tree of Life (a subject we will be delving into in greater detail in further articles) as representations of Chokmah and Binah--also terms that will be covered when we discuss the Qabalah later on. Where Therion is The Beast, Babalon is The Great Whore. You may recall the characters from The Book of Revelation, the last book of the New Testament. Interpreted by modern Christians, these characters are seen as villains. A more in-depth study, however, shows they were more heroic than previously considered. You are encouraged to take your own in-depth look at these characters, in fact.

Babalon represents Binah and the female energies of creation, in the context of her being the complement to the Great Beast who is Chokmah and male. Together they symbolize creation as a whole (along with Kether). There is no Babalon without the Great Beast, there is no Great Beast without Babalon. And the mage and his/her scarlet woman (who can be a man, believe it or not) are physical representations of these beings. They actually become them.


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Next, we have Aiwass, the minister of Hoor-paar-kraat. Aiwass is the otherworldly being, or angel, if you will, who dictated Liber AL vel Legis to Crowley, meeting his awareness through his wife Rose. He could be described as a messenger of the gods, like Mercury, Hermes, or any of the various angels mentioned in the Bible; in this way he qualifies as a deity. Additionally, Aiwass was Crowley’s HGA, or Holy Guardian Angel. (A Holy Guardian Angel’s role is to guide a Thelemite to cross the Abyss, at the time they become ready for that to happen.) Aiwass’s primary importance within Thelema, is in line with the power of the message he delivered, and in that he represented HPK in delivering it.

Then we have Pan. Not particularly mentioned in Liber AL, most people nonetheless have some idea who he is. He is the god who is portrayed with the hind legs and horns of a goat, like a satyr, or like the image Christianity stole to portray their god of evil, Satan. Pan is a highly sexual and virile being traditionally, and his name suggests he was a far more important god than most today would think; but his history is murky. It seems that Crowley identified strongly with Pan.

The name "Pan" alludes to "all," to shepherding, and also to pasturing; pasturing alluding to taking time out from daily commitments to engage in joyous pastimes or to rest. Pan's mother was Penelope, and she was said to have been impregnated during an orgy. The nature of his conception, and the fact that he is half animal, would explain his animalistic attitude towards sex. It’s no great wonder that he was often depicted with an erection. He is not a god of loving or romantic sex so much as he is of lustful and emergent sex. He is also regarded as being relative to the various arts, including poetry; these things are of great magical importance, which may explain Uncle Al's affinity for Pan. Frenetic sexual energy and an artistic approach to all things, certainly has its place in magick.

One legend has it that Pan's death coincided with the death of Jesus of Nazareth, which may bear some relativity as to why Pan was significant to Crowley & Thelema--in a way he is symbolic of the death of the old Aeon and its Christianity.

Pan is often seen as a loud god, and loudness mirrors violence as a power. However, this is not to say that Pan is a violent god; loudness is but one of his aspects. Though violence is not necessary in magick, at times one might use it as a means of defense, to avoid being attacked themselves. Another of Pan's powers is to cause panic in his enemies, which is said to have led to groups fighting within themselves.


Summary


We will discuss other matters relative to working with deities and daemons in future chapters of this lesson series. Given that you’ve been shown the basic nature of this set of Thelemic deities, finding your own analogous deities or beings to work with should become far simpler. During meditations, spells, rites and workings, cleansings, chargings, and more, these deities can be a boon, or may simply provide peace of mind. To those who work alone but would like at least some form of companionship in their workings, the feeling of familiarity and companionship to be found when working with these entities is quite comparable to working with other human beings.



Note From the Editor


Adam asked for a suggestion on how to close the piece; I asked if I may close it, so he handed over the reins for me to write this bit. Thus we shift into discussing triumvirates in magick. Most of us have heard about triumvirates; the first thing that comes to mind for me is the Roman Triumvirate of Caesar, Crassus, and Pompey. What happened there is that due to complications of circumstance, one man could not maintain strong enough authority. But with the alliances and intellect of the three working together, their efforts created a successful political solution.

How can a triumvirate apply to magick, especially when working with deities, daemons, and so on? It's rather simple, really. Instead of calling one entity forth, call forth three. You can even just call two, and have yourself be the third party. It's that simple. How? That's the easy part, as all magick is as you determine it to be. You decide as you become aware enough to make such choices. In working with triumvirates in magick, there is only one relevant principle, and that is the power of three as it applies to magickal works. Some of you may be saying this reminds you of something, that you have heard of triumvirate bindings making spirits more easily perceptible when communicating with them (outside of actual magickal works, i.e., in spirit keeping). Is this the same thing? In my own experience, yes it is. If you work with one spirit and can barely perceive it, would like to perceive it more strongly, or would like to enhance its powers--do a triumvirate binding and connect it, either to two other spirits that you intend to commune with, or to yourself and one other spirit as the third party. Side note: it is not necessary for a triumvirate to be bound to the magician. This is a matter of preference.

At the risk of complicating the matter, you can even have a triumvirate that involves four people, but is still a triumvirate of three. Let me quickly explain. When the magician is the fourth person, but the triumvirate (as always) is of three, said triumvirate can be bound to the magician and remain a triumvirate. As previously mentioned, it is also a triumvirate if two spirits are bound to the magician, but in this sense the magician is part of the triumvirate. There is another possible dynamic, two magicians can be bound to one spirit, and this is valid as a triumvirate formation. For the record, binding one triumvirate to another adds far greater power, and each time the amount of triumvirates in said network hits a multiple of three, the network and all within it is exponentially stronger.

A word of caution: be respectful when determining which entities work with which ones; be sure to avoid conflict. Consult them for the best result. Long term bindings should never be done without the spirit or entities' express permission for that to happen. In fact, no magician without the awareness to consult spirits on how they'd like their bindings to be set up should be doing them. To remind oneself of the important details of bindings, written records should always be kept. When adding triumvirates to a network, it is best to create a hierarchical diagram.


There you go, Adam. It's all yours.

(At this point, Adam returns to close out the chapter)

To keep everyone informed, the next chapter in this series will be dealing with more concepts in yoga. Particularly, we will be discussing Pranayama and Mantra Yoga. Further down the road a bit we will be returning to the subject of spiritual and divine entities when we discuss invocation, so don’t think that this subject is completely finished. I have more for you, don’t worry.

I would also like to thank Jude for her time and participation in the writing of this particular chapter. This one was a piece of work, to be sure! So thanks, Jude!

Till next time, 93s!


References used for this lesson
One source material was discovered at LAShTAL, and is supported here (The Eye) and here (Sekhet Bast Ra Oasis) in PDF format.
Rodney Orpheus's book, Abrahadabra. (Amazon affiliate advertising link inserted)


Other Articles in This Series
The Preamble
Part One, Elementary Level Knowledge
Part Two, Rituals
Part Three, The Gods of Thelema
Part Three, The Gods of Thelema Continued (this page)

Saturday, January 5, 2019

A Basic Money Drawing Candle Magick Spell


"The best things in life are free, but you can give them to the birds and bees, I want money, that's what I want..." 

 ~ The Beatles, from the song "Money (That's What I Want)" 

Draw money, draw prosperity candle magick
Draw money, draw prosperity candle magick


Get Some Positive Financial Energies Flowing Into the New Year!


2019 is sure to be the best year ever--let's do it

by Jude Chi


We are entering into a new year, and what more could a person want than to become more wealthy, more prosperous, and more successful? That would hold true anytime, but there is no better time than right now, given that this entry point into the New Year is an ideal time to reach out to a better future. What we are going to do here, is a candle magick spell to draw money and prosperity. Candle magick is simple, and is referred to as "low magick." The terms low magick and high magick, refer to the amount of preparation, complexity, occult knowledge and tools etc., one requires to engage in a rite.** As for candle magick, anyone can do it. Round up what you need in advance, and that would be candles and holders; the candle colors are as recommended below, and one or more tangerine quartz pieces. As well grab an oil of your choice to anoint your candle with.


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If you are using chime candles, consider cutting each in half for shorter burning time. If you bless your candles, bless them beforehand. Blessing/not blessing is an individual call. I prefer not to bless, but rather, to send all non-serving energies out of the candle, and call fresh energies in from the Sun. Select a red candle and an orange one, a green one as well if it pleases you, but that's optional. The orange and the green ones hold energies relative to wealth and money drawing. The red candle is the catalyst, or the amplifier, as it were.

You may for economy's sake use only one orange candle, or a white one which replaces all colors. If you use the three colors suggested, place the orange and green ones in front of the red one, to create a triangle formation, as to do so intensifies spell power.

Carve the words "draw money" into each candle, and/or any other relative words or phrases that are powerful to you. If you wish to carve "success," or "prosperity" as well, that's fine, because the appropriate energies are present. Choose your words carefully before you carve.

Tangerine quartz (copyrighted)
Tangerine quartz example pieces

Have one or more pieces of tangerine quartz seated near the candle holder base. Anoint the candles with whichever oil works for you, but of course certain ones are more appropriate to such a spell, such as bay leaf, basil, thyme, cinnamon, and clove. Anoint the candle from tip towards its horizontal middle, as this spell draws energies to you (for spells that send away, you anoint from the base towards the tip). As you light the candle, keep your intent in mind, which is that you are drawing lots of money and success, on an ongoing basis. Notice that the spell's intent is in a present tense--you ARE drawing it, it is NOT stated as "you WILL draw it." If you say you will draw money, you are not drawing it now. To put it in the present tense puts a definite start time on the order, which is now. Keep your focus on the candle for as long as you can--the entire burn time if possible.

Do not stare directly at the flame, diffuse your vision if you gaze for long. Once the entire procedure is done, say "so mote it be," to conclude the intent. If there is anything left of the candle after, bury it outdoors; the idea is, it is like a seed you are planting. Thought to keep in mind: this seed is different than most in that it is self sustaining; it won't need water, etc.


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Optional other: Burn dragon's blood incense to further amplify energies, if you wish, and/or have clear quartz crystals near the candles. As well, if the desire strikes you, you can make a sigil and a spell note, and have them sitting under the holder as the candle burns. When done, either burn the sigil and the note, or bury them, with or in place of any candle remnants.


Money drawing, prosperity drawing sigil (copyrighted)
Money drawing/prosperity sigil



An example sigil


To use a sigil is optional. However, the more detail one uses in a ritual, the more power the rite will hold. I made an example sigil, using the phrase, "Drawing to me now and for all time, all money, success, and assets available to me. This order remains strong." It was written on paper, all the vowels were struck out, and all repeated consonants were struck out; the process left one each of the remaining consonants. The consonants were arranged into a formation that was pleasing to my eyes.

Hint: Letters need not repeat within your sigil. If you have an N, an M, a W and an U, a W could cover for all, reducing the number of letters used within your sigil significantly (all letter forms mentioned can be found within the W). Another example, if you are using upper case and have an O and a Q, use the O only, and make a tail on it to add in the Q. Again, T can be found within a capital H. The letters do not need to be right side up or any which way within the sigil, nor do they have to be right side forward; meaning that a lower case d could serve as a lower case b or p. Use whichever case you want, by the way. The point of mentioning this, is that very simple sigils work best, so these ways to reduce how many letters you use are important. For balance in form at times, however, you may want to use repeats, and that's okay.


An example spell note


A written spell could be anything your heart desires. Traditionally however, they tend to be written somewhat poetically, or have some sort of impressive flow. So you could write:

"This wealth of positive energy, 
ever flowing, is mine,
Bringing me success, abundance, and financial prosperity,
now and throughout all time
So Mote it Be"


Keep in mind though, that if you are no poet, to be satisfied with the wording is the important thing. It doesn't have to rhyme or sound poetic. In such spells, avoid writing negative orders. Do not state what you do not want, only state what you do want. If you want to be rich, you for example do not ask not to be poor, and this concept applies to all spells. It works this way because you want wealth, not poverty, to be the key request in your spell.


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 **Yet in some lineages of magick the description varies. One example is that in Thelema, high magick is that which aligns with one's true will, and low magick does not align with it. In Thelema though, low magick can sensibly be used to remove obstacles that block one to achieving their true will.

Friday, January 4, 2019

Tangerine Quartz; Healing and Metaphysical Properties

Tangerine quartz cluster (copyrighted)
Tangerine quartz


Tangerine Quartz :: Bringing in Sunshine


by Jude Chi


Tangerine Quartz combines the properties of quartz with those of the color orange, and therefore primarily targets issues relative to the sacral chakra. Furthermore, the color orange embodies the qualities of the colors yellow and red. This is important to observe, as for example, red and yellow as separate colors, may have significantly different metaphysical properties to the color orange in instances; the difference is that in orange the various properties come together as a blend, as it were. Naturally, creating an awareness of the specific properties crystals have in detail, allows one to work with each far more effectively.

Quartz, as we know, has six basic properties, which as a reminder, are to amplify, store, focus, transmit, transform, and structure. This particular grouping of traits means that virtually no matter what you are doing, quartz will help you achieve it. As for the color orange, it is a color relative to the sun and its energies, joy, pleasure, self esteem, creativity, enthusiasm, persistence and fixity of purpose, success, stimulation, physical strength, endurance, wealth, desire, and awareness in matters of Self.


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Common applications for tangerine quartz are: to assist in countering the blues and depression, to to draw money and to support career and other successes, to aid in matters relative to the Self, incite passion, inspire creativity, raise self esteem, resolve guilt, bolster courage, to address inner child issues, and to motivate. In healing, to draw sun energies, enhance physical strength, support immune system response, and to aid metabolic function.


One lovely trick some use, is to take a small piece of tangerine quartz and place it in their wallet to draw money. I do the same, but have it wrapped in a piece of paper with a bay leaf.


Too much orange power can result in temper and aggression issues, blockages in trusting people, and having people tend to be repelled by one's arrogance and/or self centeredness. In such instances one should ideally engage in chakra meditation to seek harmony and resolution. Too little orange and one may question self worth, feel belittled and/or overshadowed by others, or be perceived as needy; this too may be addressed with chakra meditation.


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What Tangerine Quartz Is

Quartz qualifies to be called tangerine when it has a certain hue of orange, which is fruity and on the brighter side. When such a stone has subtle coloration, it is usually called pink quartz, even when its hue is orangey. The coloration of tangerine quartz can be held inside the quartz or can be an external coating. The coloration is caused by iron. When an orange stone's coloration is not of a tangerine hue, it is called hematoid quartz. Be careful when cleansing pink and tangerine quartz, as the outer coloration may in time wash off in some instances. I'd recommend to cleanse them with selenite or smudge.

You will at times see it written that tangerine quartz only comes from one certain mine in Brazil, and to some extent that is true; yet it is not 100% true. That is the mine which first discovered tangerine quartz, and crystals from there look significantly different than most from elsewhere. The mine is called Santinho.


What Hematoid Quartz is

Basically, if quartz has an iron coating or has iron inclusions within it, it is hematoid quartz. From this we can see that if quartz is orangey but not tangerine in color, it is hematoid.


What Tangerine Aura Quartz Is


Another stone with very similar properties to tangerine quartz, is Tangerine Aura Quartz. It has all of the properties tangerine quartz has, and has the additional properties of the vaporized metals applied to its exterior, which provide its coloration. The metals most commonly vapourized to coat quartz in order to create this stone, are gold, iron, and copper. Gold is a spiritual metal, and its properties support healing work. Copper supports circulation, detoxification, vigor, and also mental clarity and aptitude. Iron shields one to negativity and psychic attack, and supports courage and physical strength; like copper iron promotes mental sharpness.


Disclaimer: You should consult your health and/or mental health professional before using any alternative healing methods. This article does not suggest otherwise.


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Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Sulaiman Stone, Sulemani Akik Stone--Its Metaphysical and Magickal Properties

A banded agate necklace
Banded agate (Sulaimon stone) necklace. Image, courtesy of Pixabay


Sulaiman Stone


Sulaiman stones and akik (aka Sulemani akik) stones embody the same basic concepts and energies; in other words they are the same stone, no matter how different one may look from another. Yet there are subtle differences that become apparent when describing each type, that will soon be shown. Outside of Islam, people generally do not call the magickal and mystical Sulemani akik stone of tradition, by its full name, but instead simply call it Sulaiman stone, or Suleman stone (there are a number of spellings of the name). Anyway, as a magick practitioner and demonolator this crystal caught my attention deeply, as it is regarded to be a powerful stone in protection magick, healing magick, and in magick in general. One unusual characteristic of this stone, is that crystals of it are not comprised of a specific mineral with a specific look, or range of looks; but rather are from within a range of types of a mineral (chalcedony), that relate to biblical legend.

Within Islam this stone provides a symbolic connection to Muhammad, that secondarily contains mystical powers and energies; whereas outside of Islam it is a magickal tool, and provides an ideal vessel to call djinn to; but is also one that draws djinn energy to those desiring it, by its very nature.

Though for the rest of this article the Islamic version of this stone will primarily be referred to as Sulemani akik, it is more rightly called simply akik, unless its from Yemen. However, that's confusing given that non Muslims call it Sulaiman stone.


Sulaimon stone example image
One example of what Sulaimon stone may look like (a Wikimedia file)


What Sulaimon Stone Is


While browsing, one may read that Sulaiman stone can be entirely black agate, or alternatively may be largely black or grey, but banded, either softly or more visibly so. Pale, white, and even colored agates--basically any agate, no matter what it looks like, may be crafted as this stone. In some ways these descriptions mildly conflict; it is somewhat confusing that you can go to one site and see yellow agate labelled as Sulaiman stone, and on another the stone you see may be black, red, or green; yet each is as likely to be a true representation.

As an observation--to say "entirely black agate" may seem like a contradiction in terms, as agate by its very nature is banded. However, its bands can be widely spaced, allowing for entirely one colored stones to be cut.


Within Islam


Traditionally akik stone is relative to the Islamic religion, and there are rules to wearing it--including that a stone containing it is to be crafted of silver, that during prayer one is not to wear one set in iron, and that wearing one set in brass is tabu. The main reason this stone is popular in Islam (according to Wikipedia), is because "the prophet Muhammad took to wearing one on his right hand, after idols were removed from the Grand Mosque in Mecca, 630 CE." Both Sunnites and Shiites may wear them. For the record, Sulemani akik and akik stones are for the most part the same, meaning that they embody the same concepts and are worn for the same general reasons. But where they differ, is that the Sulemani version of the stone comes from Yemen, and the name Sulemani refers to the stone descending from a specific lineage of people within Islam.

The Sulemani, or Yemeni version of the stone is believed by Muslims, to be the highest quality available, where outside of that faith, people tend not to make such distinctions. But then again, outside of Islam people tend towards not wearing agate jewelry so much, which may explain their lack of concern for details in that sense, if there are any. I am no expert, but it's agate, not rubies or diamonds--how fine does it get? However, it's possible that stone from Yemen may hold more perceptible metaphysical qualities, or just different ones than from other areas. Yemeni akik is at times richly colored. Agate by nature is not commonly found in rich colors, thus some stones are potentially color enhanced. By the way, Akik (aqeeq) means quartz in Arabic, and agate in Turkish.

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What Meditation Revealed

       
I meditated what this stone is--what makes it a Sulaiman stone, and also how to choose one. An agate stone that is black or deep grey will be amongst the most powerful, and more so if offset by a fairly neutral, pale color. A Sulaimon stone can be half or a bit more banded with a pale color, and still be powerful. The banding can be wide, thus if your stone appears roughly half and half black and white, it can have strong energies. Your stone may have other colors in it, so long as it primarily fits this description; as well it can be blotchy or mottled in pattern rather than striped.

Note: a stone with deep coloring in its bands could call you as its keeper, and in such cases that's fine--that's the best stone for you. When a stone calls your attention to it, it usually has a lesson for you, or may even have a spirit that wants to connect with you, associated with it.

Now, what makes it a powerful stone is not the fact that it is agate, but rather that it is a quartz stone with certain traits. Of course this means that there are other stones apart from those traditionally used, that can embody what a Sulaiman stone is. Originally this article was written to include a range of mentions of which stones. But upon asking the universe if it were wise to publish the article as it was, I was urged to take that out. I was told, "magicians need to earn special knowledge, it cannot all be given away." Thus to those who do not meditate, you are looking for a stone that fits the description previously provided. Those who do, are advised to meditate upon which powerfully magickal stone type suits you best. 

To to reduce the vision's content for the sake of clarity, of course it is not wise to say that there are many other stones that are Sulaiman stones besides the agates traditionally used; but it can be said that there are stones equal to it magickally, as well as otherwise metaphysically and energetically, that could be used in place of it. Furthermore, my vision did not suggest that other stones traditionally used are not genuine, but rather, that if they are other than largely black or deep grey, they just aren't as powerful for metaphysical purposes. If you were wanting to target life issues relative to a specific chakra, a colored one could help; but ideally you should have a darker, neutral colored one to use along with it.


Etymology


Sulaiman means Solomon. That the name Solomon is at the root of this stone's title, associates it with King Solomon and his virtues--this regardless of that its history points in another direction (it's named after a tribe, after all). The energies people have long attributed to it, recognizably relate to the biblical king. Solomon was known as a man of wisdom, who possessed a range of talents; as well he had many wives and lovers. Solomon was extremely wealthy, and was known to have had marvelous buildings erected. These things all relate to this stone. Note: This stone should not be confused with King Solomon stone, also known as Eilat stone. 

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What Sulaiman Stone Energies Consist Of


A Sulaiman crystal is traditionally believed to be most powerful when it comes to wisdom, health, wealth, and protection, and related magicks; and this is the case, as this is where the beliefs of mankind as a whole, support its energies (because of the power of all those beliefs propelling it!). However, at the same time, King Solomon, the stone's namesake and raison d'etre, as it were, was a man who worked with magickal concepts innumerable; thus the true expanse of the magickal ability of this stone, is equally as unlimited.

To enhance magick accordingly, use one or more of these stones, combine it with the most appropriate Solomon Seal, and activate the seal. Or, simply use it to support your magickal energies--just program it accordingly. Or otherwise imbue it with djinn energies for even more power. Use it beside a drawing of the Udjat, or the All Seeing Eye, if you like--especially if the eye is drawn within a pyramid, with the sun above it and rays coming down. Meditate the sigil for other details you can add, to tailor it more to you... it's a powerful symbol. And along with this stone... POWER... know what I mean?

As a wealth drawing charm, carry it in your pocket. Its energies also work to enhance physical strength and health, to attract an ideal mate, for success in matters of administration, authority, and politics; to reach success when the odds seem stacked against you, to make wiser choices, to pull a team together to reach a common goal, for success in architectural drafting/building, to achieve better comprehension, to gain respect from others; also use in energy clearing, to block the evil eye, to divide and conquer, working with demons (demonolatry), especially djinn, and also in higher learning.

The great value of having a Sulaiman stone that is mostly black but with a contrasting color: it will help turn things around, including one's perspective when necessary; and additionally, it assists in analyzing and assimilating darker aspects of self.

Friday, November 23, 2018

The Eye of Horus Is Horus's Left Eye

An Egyptian style depiction of a singular eye. Public domain image


The Eye of Horus and the Eye of Ra--What's the Difference?


Introduction: Upon researching the eye of Horus and the eye of Ra, you will likely encounter some confusion at times. There is a degree of fluidity and overlap within Egyptian mythology; even in Internet searching it--punch in the term "Eye of Horus," and the Eye of Ra will make an appearance within the results, and vice versa. Thus it is my intent to alleviate as much confusion as possible, as the tale of the eyes in question is presented. Many are led to ask, what is the difference between the two? Are both Horus's eyes, and if so why is one referred to as the eye of Ra? These points and others will be approached within this piece.

As you will soon discover, both of the eyes mentioned--that of Horus and that of Ra, are in fact Horus's eyes. Let's begin by taking a look at the history of the two deities, in order to gain a better understanding. Ra (aka Re), emerged early in Ancient Egyptian history. He was represented by a falcon, but had other forms including a phoenix, a beetle, and a man with a ram's head. He stood amongst the most powerful of deities. He was God of the Sun and was worshiped as a creator god; he even created himself. After he did he was sitting on a benben stone in the pre-creation darkness. He next created his children, a boy, Shu, and a girl, Tefnut, by spitting.

Ra
Ra, a Wikimedia FileCC by SA 2.5. User, Perhelion


The children went scouting around in the darkness and did not find their way back. Ra became distraught when he could not find them. He sent his one eye to retrieve them. But when it returned with the children it was livid, as another eye had been placed where it should be. The tears Ra wept upon the return of his children, became the first humans. To placate the angry eye and honor it, Ra turned it into a cobra (uraeus), and had it affixed to his crown to serve as a guardian and companion, not only to himself but also to the pharaoh (who was one with he). This pacified the uraeus, but also its power was contained in binding it that way. Hence the contained eye/uraeus, symbolized the ruler's power as well as their protection; also implied is the potentiality of the ruler unleashing chaos if necessary as a means to keep order. To keep things as clear as possible, with the aforementioned version of initial creation, some tell it replacing Ra with the god Atum; either is correct.
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Later on in Egyptian mythology Ra was melded with Horus, in the form of Ra-Horakhty. In that form Horus was god of the two horizons, but was also considered god of all within the entirety of creation. How much the two deities were as one singular god is a matter of speculation. Some suggest that the prefix Ra was given to Horakhty/Horus simply to denote him being fueled by the sun's powers; which would of course mean that Ra-Horakhty was not an actual composite god. This author says that's splitting hairs, as Horus's energy stream will carry each of his aspects that was ever believed. To clarify--even if they did not comprise a composite god, due to the fact that there are people who believed they did, that version of Ra-Horakhty exists in spirit--as does the one that does not have the god Ra as a part of him.

Horus, on the other hand, was a multifunctional god; but his main role was that of being patron deity to the ruling pharaoh (and confusingly enough, this same role was assigned to Ra). He was seen as a deified version of the pharaoh. In that he was a descendant of the gods, he supported the ruler's power and authority. Furthermore, as in the case of most Egyptian deities Horus was seen as embracing the principles of Ma'at, which in turn depicted the pharaoh as being just. Being a patron deity in that sense was just one of his aspects. Beyond concepts already presented, Horus's roles included: god of the sky, god of the morning sun, god of the noon sun, god of war, and he was a god of vengeance and a hunter's god; furthermore he was a keeper of secret wisdom, and the son of truth. Ra's wife was Hathor, who was powerful, and was the most popular goddess throughout most of Egyptian history. She was eventually displaced in the sense of being most popular, by Isis.

Horus
Horus; a Wikimedia file, by CC 4.0. Author Jeff Dahl

Horus is comprised of Horus the Elder and Horus the Younger. Horus the Elder (Ra-Hoor-Khu, Kemwar, or Her-ur [Greek, Haroeris]) is associated with the upholding of justice, truth, and liberty. Horus the Younger (Hoor-paar-kraat, or Heru-pa-khered [Greek, Harpocrates]), is a silent, passive, and pacific god. He is depicted as a child, often with his finger to his lips; he appears to be making a motion saying "be quiet." Beyond these two common aspects of Horus, there is a third. At times of arousal to war and in fierce protection, he was Heru-sa-Aset. This is the Horus that defeated Set. You will see him often referred to as part of Horus the Younger or as part of the Elder one; neither depiction is accurate though. He is not passive, and he is not matured and mellowed out. His strength aligns with the midday sun. His Elder and Younger aspects act as balancing weights, as he takes center stage.
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This newer categorization of Heru-sa-Aset as the prominent and most balanced, and thus a third aspect of Horus in this sense, is not a personal judgment from the author but rather is one provided to her through spiritual transmission. To clarify, if someone were to ask in earnest for the real Horus to please stand up, it would be Heru-sa-Aset that would respond. He would have the Elder and the Younger as reflections at his side; they come as a package deal.

Note: As this site often presents articles relative to the topic of Thelema, it should be mentioned that the depiction of Horus within this article in multiple ways stands apart from the Thelemic Horus.

Both Ra and Horus are often illustrated as falcons. To tell them apart, Ra is depicted with a solar disc on his head, and Horus, the pschent (the crown of upper and lower Egypt combined). On a basic level you are now acquainted with who Ra and Horus are, so let's move on to talk about the eyes...

Eye of Ra
Eye of Ra amulet

The Right Eye is the Eye of Ra


In Egyptian mythology, the eyes are female. The right eye of Horus is relative to the attributes and power of the sun, and also to Ra. Horus's right eye, to us when we look at his image, is the one on the left. It can be a self standing entity, and also is personified as or associated with: Bastet, Sekhmet, Hathor, Tefnut, Nekhbet, and the goddess Wadjet.

At times Sekhmet was sent forth as "the Eye of Ra," to fight those who rebelled against him. That's why the Eye of Ra has darker connotations than the Eye of Horus. Later she was brought to be more peaceful, and at that point transformed into Hathor.

There is a theory that when Hathor is angered, she can become Sekhmet, Bastet, or even both. Give your cat red tinted milk to have things go well. (Nice bit of magick right there**). It resembles what Ra did to the goddess Sekhmet, when he tricked her into shutting down her murderous rampage. Ra had become angered at peoples' less than just behavior, and sent Sekhmet out to teach a lesson. Sekhmet had an insatiable appetite for blood, and much was being spilt. As a result Ra had a change of heart. He colored a lot of beer red with pomegranate juice; Sekhmet believed it was blood and drank her fill. She slept for days afterwards and woke up at peace.

** When to use the spell mentioned above: Any time the world or your personal space seems to be falling prey to chaos, that can be seen as Apophis getting out of control. But if everything is fine yet you still feel the way you would if things were out of control, that is Sekhmet or Bastet continuing to rage. Feed her the tinted milk and she becomes Hathor. Peace will overtake you, and you will find your center. Seemingly a simple spell, but it is powerful in the sense that it is a way to control chaos in creating order around it. Please use natural food coloring for this spell, it's available at health food stores.

Bastet, who is also seen as an eye of Ra, is in an eternal battle against Apophis. It is Apophis's aim to destroy the universe that is being built and constantly worked upon. Imagine the universe as a box of Legos, and mankind and all deities are working to make something grand from the pieces. Now imagine Apophis trying to shove the Legos back in the box... Bastet's job is to keep him from interfering.

Eye of Horus
The Eye of Horus, a Wikimedia file, by Jeff Dahl. CC by 4.0

Set Ripped Out Horus's Left Eye


The left eye is the Eye of Horus, and an older name for it was Wadjet, or Udjat, which refers to being whole, healthy and strong.

After Set killed Osiris, Horus set out to avenge his father's death, and a brutal fight ensued. Set tore out Horus's left eye and broke it into bits, and the pieces were scattered across Egypt. The fight was not entirely one sided--Set was castrated by Horus. It was the god Thoth who gathered up the bits of Horus's eye and restored it to a healthful state; in other accounts it was Hathor that restored the eye, others yet, Khonsu. Once the eye was restored Horus gave it as an offering to Osiris, who ate it and hence came back to life. The left eye is associated with multiple things, including, the moon, healing, renewal, the golden ratio, miracles, manifestation, magick, protection, and personal sacrifice.
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Did Someone Just Mention the Golden Ratio?


As a matter of fact I did. If you look at a mathematical breakdown of Horus's eye, you see a representation of the golden ratio. Each section represents a fraction, beginning with 1/2 and being reduced by half with each reduction. Eg.--1/2, 1/4, 1/8, 1/16. And it continues, and where it ends the end is not definite, and any continuation of it in appearance would make the wholeness of the eye more complete, but at no point could it ever be completed in adding more fractions. Seemingly miraculous, and thus is the magick of Horus's eye. The nature of the magick of this eye, may have something to do with why it has become so popular in today's culture, in the form of the All Seeing Eye.


Why Does Horus Have Ra's Eye?


The author, prior to immersing themselves in this topic, felt that the most likely response to this evocative question was--given that Horus and Ra were combined as one, the eye was symbolic of that (how simple!). However, that is not the case. What happened is, that Isis wanted to know Ra's secret name, in order to restore Osiris to life. She devised a plan--she hid a snake, and it bit Ra. It would not be any snake that could bring down such a powerful god; however, this one was created from dirt combined with the god's drool (the drool had fallen from the skies when he was very tired). Because the snake held his essence it could hurt him. Isis's terms dictated that she'd save Ra only if he'd share his secret name. He did, and as part of their agreement, her son Horus was given Ra's eye and the powers it contained. Given all that's been shared so far, it's easy to see how both eyes are magickal and hold similar powers.




A Vision 
I, the author of this piece recently had a vision, wherein Horus's right eye opened up and a magickal event ensued--it appeared as if an energy stream was pulling in from the great nothingness (the nothingness that is Nuit; and the pupil, so vaguely present, was obviously Thelema's Hadit). As it did, Ra uttered words of magick on my behalf. From that vision I gleaned that as the right eye set magick in motion, the left eye would work to manifest it. It was also understood that in different magickal circumstance it would be vice versa--the left eye pulling the unwanted out, and the right eye working its magick to assist in removing it.
And when the eye later on returned to work further magick and provide further vision, it returned as an eye neither left nor right, thus it was the eye of Atum-Ra. Strangely enough, it was walking on legs that looked like the curlicue and the stilt commonly drawn beneath the eyes being referenced.

As a Summary, I'd like to close with yet another alternate view, which is that some view both Horus's left and right eye as the Eye of Horus, and view the eye of Ra as a separate concept. When this is the case, it is the uraeus that is the eye of Ra in question, or otherwise it's one of the goddesses known as a personification of the Eye of Ra acting in that capacity, or even the self standing Eye, (sigh) of Ra, or Atum-Ra. So it's confusing to say the least, to look at it this way due to the obvious overlap.

It was an absolutely enriching experience to write this, as the gods and goddesses of Egypt had much to say along the way. As well my friend Adam K. was a great help--especially in offering the bits about Sekhmet and Lego. If you found this article interesting at all or evocative in any way, please feel free to share the link.

Friday, November 16, 2018

The Beginning Magician, Lesson 3 :: Deities in Magick

Magickal
Magickal

Note from the editor: In multiple genres of magick we see that practitioners commonly work with deities and other entities; and in that sense Thelema magick is no different. Magick can self propel, but with the help of deities and other various entities, we are in fact best prepared in all magickal, ritual, and spiritual settings.

Along with the description of Thelema deities, this post presents other necessary/relevant Thelema concepts; but it is not the author's intent to convert you to Thelema. The author of this work does not necessarily propose you consult this particular set of deities, but rather suggests that you use consideration of them for a starting place in magick if you do not have a pantheon of your own.

The very presence of any deity in your pantheon should hold a strong resonance. What do you know of them? Why are they there? What was their purpose through history? What does their history tell you about your own place in the microcosm or macrocosm? With the gods presented, Adam delves into what the relationship or symbolism of each is as it pertains to Thelema, to provide a clear example of what can be gleaned through paying attention to them as one works with them and learns more about them.



Magick Lesson 3: The Gods and Other Supernatural Beings


by Adam K.

We begin Lesson Three, with the question--”do gods exist?” Short answer: Yes, and no. Long answer: That's going to take a bit of explaining.

Without quoting him verbatim, the Thelemite author Rodney Orpheus once wrote something along the lines of, ”whether gods exist or not is unknown, but the universe behaves as if they do.” What this means is that if you pray or perform rituals to a particular deity, chances are you will get favorable results. This can be shown as true through repetitively engaging in your experiment, in form of prayer or ritual, and getting the favorable results you were expecting. Remember that scientific method referred to a few chapters ago? This is part of that.

It cannot be said with any certainty that any particular deity or deities exist, however. For example, science and scientists frequently present evidence that supports the theory that there may have been some sort of intelligent creator or creators behind the universe as we know and observe it. Invariably, there will be Christians who say, “see? Our God exists!” That is like saying that, since we are mostly water and bleach is mostly water, we are bleach. Just because something godlike may exist doesn't mean the Christian God exists. The same is true of all the various gods, spirits, elementals, and so on. But it also doesn't mean they don't exist.

Hadit
The Thelemic god concept, Hadit

The gods of Thelema likely exist then? Sure, why not. And your personal experiences with those gods or any other, are the personal proof you have of their existence. Thelema is gnostic in nature, which separates it from religions and philosophies wherein the tenets propose that deities exist whether or not proof is seen.

What this all ultimately means, is that you must experiment and discover for yourself, in order for the gods you call upon to respond as you expect. As Liber AL says, “Success is thy proof...” In other words, if you repeatedly call on the same gods in the same way and get the same results, your success should tell you everything you need to know.

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Consider this though, that the gods and goddesses in question may not be so much human-like or even have any actual shape, as it were. But they may each be an energy body or entity, relative to a specific set of laws, principles, and energies--the mechanics of which collectively, they propel everything within our universe. However, it works best if we give them names, and keeps things simple if we can associate a specific appearance with them. It is strange how it works though, because at times these beings can manifest so fully that they can be felt.

Got it. So who are the gods of Thelema? Once more we are in the land of tricky questions. The truth of the matter is any and all deities are respected in Thelema and, in fact, in the end it is the Thelemite in question who is the god in question. However, for the purpose of far less confusing conversation if for no other reason, Thelema does have default gods that make it easier for Thelemites to talk about their practices with one another. Each of these gods corresponds with one or more gods in a great variety of other pantheons, and in some instances it can be understood that all gods are in fact simply aspects of a single god.

Isis (mourning Osiris)
Isis (mourning Osiris)

Just answer the question, already! Who are the gods of Thelema? Alright, alright! Jeez... Well, the following is a bit of a clue, though admittedly it is a bit misleading, in the sense that rather than providing a concise list of Thelemic deities, it’s information that illustrates the link these particular deities have to Thelema. Thelema teaches that the history of man is divided into aeons, and so far there have been three aeons. We are currently in the Aeon of Horus, which began 20 March, 1904 ev (Era Vulgaris). Before that was the Aeon of Osiris, which began about the time of the first ancient civilizations, including Ancient Egypt. And before that was the Aeon of Isis, which existed in the time of the hunter-gatherer societies.

The Aeon of Isis is seen to have been matriarchal in nature, giving great respect and worship to the Moon and to the various great moon goddesses, motherhood was highly regarded, and so forth.
The Aeon of Osiris was a time of patriarchy, worship of the Sun, and the beginnings of agriculture. Man was working with carpentry and masonry, building with shaped wood and stone.

Unlike the Aeon of Isis when the male role in reproduction was not yet known, in the Aeon of Osiris it was no longer a mystery. Men saw the magick of reproduction as being all their own. As well, while the Aeon of Isis was a celebration of life and the power of the Mother to create it, the Aeon of Osiris was more about death and rebirth. The power and wisdom of women was less respected, and the strength of men who wielded the power to end life was exalted. It was taught that suffering and servitude in this life led to reward and riches in the next, and this teaching was used as a method to control others.

Horus
Horus; a Wikimedia file, by CC 4.0. author Jeff Dahl

This continued until the Aeon of Horus, and though many today do not realize it, the world we live in now is vastly different from the world before the twentieth century. This is the aeon of The Crowned and Conquering Child, the aeon of the rights and personal responsibility of the individual. Through sheer will and sheer determination, we can shape our own lives as we see fit. Of course, we are still caught in the death throes of the previous aeon as it refuses to let go; but it is dying. We are seeing it in the way the religions of the old aeon are warring with one another. Our new aeon is having its own growing pains as it works itself out, but it isn't the end of the world--it is the beginning of a new one.

The gods of Thelema are Egyptian? Yes and no. Some are and some aren't. In truth, some aren't gods at all in the traditional sense, but are rather concepts that fulfill the role of a god, such as Hadit does. We will explain these things as we progress. The following gods or concepts and their names are derived from Liber AL vel Legis, the central text of Thelema. In the book are three chapters, each dictated by and dedicated to a particular god or concept. Chapter one is the chapter of Nuit, Egyptian goddess of the infinite night sky.

Nuit, as portrayed on the Stele of Revealing
Nuit, shown at border of image top

Nuit can be seen depicted on the Stele of Revealing in her traditional form, arching over the heavens with her feet on one side and her fingertips touching down on the opposite side. She is nude, clothed only in the light of the stars that inhabit her body. As one concept describes, Nuit is the absolute embodiment of all possibility and potentiality. She is thought of as the infinity that the universe expands into, where her infinity makes the universe itself seem infinitely small. She is the circumference of the circle; she is infinite space and the infinite stars therein.  Ironically, because of her infinite nature, no thoughts we have about who or what she is can ever truly define her.

Liber AL describes her as being ”divided for love’s sake, for the chance of union.” The  union in question is that of man losing his ego based view to become part of the Oneness. However, from there he/she must transcend Oneness to become part of Nothingness--which is to join the Unity, and to do so is the Great Work of Thelema, which is encapsulated within the concept of Nuit being divided for love’s sake.

"Make no difference between any one thing and any other. We all exist. But we are all one. I am the only thing in my universe that truly exists. There is no you, because we are one, and in truth naught."

Another commonly used quote in Thelema is, “every man and every woman is a star.” Nuit is associated with the heavens and the stars; we, you and I, are the stars. Stars relate not only to Nuit but also to Hadit; Hadit is a manifestation from within the infinity that is Nuit.

Chapter two provides the message of Hadit, who in Thelemic cosmology is the lover and consort to Nuit. Hadit is not actually of the Egyptian pantheon but is an Arab word meaning divine utterance. The Winged Globe that typically represents Ra Harakte (a form of Horus the Elder) is referred to as Hadit in the museum records for The Stele of Revealing, and this “coincidence” is no accident in Thelema. Hadit as a word is similar in connotation to the word Logos. Aleister Crowley was the Magus who brought the word Thelema to the world--the Logos of this Aeon. Thus Thelema is a hadith--in the Arab sense, a divine utterance. In Thelema, the speaker of a divine Word is also called a Logos. When one attains the Grade of Magus one speaks such a Word, or alternately contributes to another Word.

Hadit as an entity is found beneath Nuit on the Stele in the form of a winged red globe, rising to meet her as her lover. He can be seen as the conceptualization of the universe within Nuit, especially as it was before the Big Bang; but essentially even as it is now, which is the infinitely finite universe, the point within the circle, the singularity. He is also seen as each of us as we grow into ourselves and become more our, uh, Selves.

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Hadit is the complement to Nuit, which is an unusual statement. He is not her husband in traditional Egyptian mythology, where her husband is Geb. So what does it mean? To grossly summarize, it means that while Nuit is all matter and all potentiality, Hadit is the action, the motion required, in order to cause anything emerge from all of her infinite and wondrous potentiality. To summarize then, in this context Hadit is an active aspect of Horus (Ra Harakte, that red winged globe we mentioned) which represents motion, activity, manifestation, and the divine Logos. And as far as I can determine, Geb can be seen as an earthbound variation of Horus. So the contradiction is, at the very least, lessened.

The third and final chapter is dedicated to Ra-Hoor-Khuit. He is an active god, who has another sort of passive, introverted and thoughtful form known as Hoor-paar-kraat; together they comprise the Horus who is the Crowned and Conquering Child of Thelema. In this context (there are various contexts with many Egyptian deities) RHK is the child of Nuit and Hadit. The names for his two forms respectively are Horus the Elder (Ra-Hoor-Khuit) and Horus the Younger (Hoor-paar-kraat); together they are Heru-ra-ha.

Hoor-paar-kraat
 Hoor-paar-kraat statue. Wikimedia Commons by CC3.0
Author, Patrick Clenet

Ra-Hoor-Khuit is Horus as Lord of the New Aeon. In Thelema he is the son of Nuit in her aspect as Isis (who is: Infinite Space and Infinite Stars), thus Hadit would reasonably be his father, while in traditional Egyptian mythology the father of Horus is Osiris. With that said, it is possible that this Horus is seen in Egyptian mythology as relating in some other way to Osiris; Egyptian mythology can be a bit confusing, honestly.

RHK is a god of vengeance and war. In his history, he defeated Set, the one responsible for the death of his father. One of his primary works is to kill off any remaining residuals of the previous aeon, or rather, guide us through to the New Aeon. Christianity is a residual from the Aeon of Osiris, and is not willing to relinquish its grasp so easily. Christianity is problematic in various ways, one being that it does not allow for freedom of religion and does not support freedom of will.

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Thelemites have no vendetta against Christianity, however, Ra-Hoor-Khuit's message is that patriarchal powered organizations must die, period, and Christianity is a major part of patriarchy.  Mind you, this does not mean all men are evil or that men holding positions of power is an evil thing. It simply means that each person, no matter their sex or color or creed or any other factor other than personal merit and effort, has equal beginning potential. It also doesn’t mean that the outcome will be equal for all people. It only means that there is nothing but the individual's will, which will ultimately be able to hold the individual back. It calls for an end to sexism; matriarchy and patriarchy are to be assigned to a past tense. It is the Aeon of the Individual.

This chapter quickly became longer than expected, and will soon carry further on. Bookmark us and check back soon.


Other Articles in This Series
The Preamble
Part One, Elementary Level Knowledge
Part Two, Rituals
Part Three, The Gods of Thelema (this page)
Part Three, The Gods, Continued

Sunday, October 14, 2018

The Black Swan as a Totem, by Jude Chi

Black Swan, a Wikimedia file, from Joseph C Boone. By CC SA 4.0



Animal Totem Message :: The Black Swan


The presence of a Black Swan, in visions, as an animal messenger and as a totem, presents us with various considerations; and as in the case of most totem animals, some positive, and some less so. Firstly, it alludes to a creature that is unusual amongst its species, that leaves one perplexed as to why it even exists, in a sense (this concept will be elaborated on further in, under the heading "Displacement"). Yet once the existence of said species is understood and accepted, its great beauty and uniqueness, and its specific qualities and traits, can be appreciated in full. So when we see this bird, one of the primary messages we can take from it, is that we are to appreciate who we are, even when we feel like odd woman or man out amongst the many.

Within that message is contained another--that if at first people do not see your strength, competency, and formidability within your field or circumstance, leave them come to their senses and learn the truth of you, and in time they will.

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Red Eyes, Red Bill


The bill of the black swan is red, and so are its eyes; these things in and of themselves speak volumes. The red eyes can be seen as alarm at what it sees, and its red bill alludes to serious communications, or alarming ones. If we relate this to the black swan's message to us, it tells us that an individual stands out from others when they perceive things that cause alarm and speak out on them; or alternatively, that a whistle will be blown, as it were. Conversely, at times these same traits suggest that a person may receive a message of something unsettling that has happened, and that it will be life changing to hear.


Displacement


As already touched upon, the black swan can present a message of displacement. It is extremely uncommon, but you can see a black swan the rare odd time, amongst white swans. It is a sight to behold. And if one does not know that black swans are in fact their own species, it seems like a big blunder of nature indeed, to have one amongst white swans.

It makes one wonder how swans perceive the one with different traits, and if they treat it differently than they do others more visually like themselves. Maybe they do, maybe not, but one message to be gleaned here, is that when an individual is amongst those they differ from, by culture, tradition, beliefs, or physical appearance or whatever, that they stand out, and also that they will be prone towards feeling as if they stand out or as if they are treated differently in some way...

And this is normal to feel, but there is no way to measure accuracy of such feelings. If one could measure accurately, should anything be done? Probably not, as surely there would be a tendency towards diminishing authenticity of self in creating change in this sense. The best one can do therefore, is to not place any emphasis on such feelings.

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Different Color of Offspring


A black swan has offspring that are of a different color than itself. In this context the message is that a person appears to be in charge of something they should not be in charge of, which could be a child, a project, a business, or you name it. It can hint at anomalies in hierarchy or in ancestry in instances.

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In Relationships


The black swan sticks with one chosen mate, and thus speaks of loyalty to its kind and of being at peace with someone much like itself, within a relationship. And more significantly than with most other birds or animals the males of this species pair homosexually, and in cases females do. Multiple messages can be conveyed by these things, mostly obvious ones, so take from them what you will.

As well, the black swan after breeding loses its feathers and has to stay in one place. This provides another of its less comforting messages--feeling confined to a relationship, or to an area or circumstance due to being engaged in one. But it's only a passing phase, and every experience is an opportunity to learn; before you know it you'll be free to fly again.


In Parenting


Largely the black swan is a parent like any. But when weather conditions are less than ideally humid for them on dryer lands, they will abandon their young. Thus another message to be gleaned, is that in a given situation, one ideally should not depend on their parents to be there for them.


Exotic Beauty


When one feels as if they are rebuked or vastly underappreciated or misunderstood, these feelings may (once again) be erroneous. People may stare at someone. And they may in fact be staring without judgment, or because someone is unique looking, and or perhaps because they are captivatingly beautiful. But if it keeps on happening, the person getting those looks may develop a complex just the same, because this is the nature of humans. Thus in this case, the message of the black swan tells us that we are to know and value our Self, our beauty, our truth, our everything, because even when we are not like others, we have a central truth, that we came here on a mission to use.

As for being misunderstood, when people have a profound message, it is often the case that others do not understand, or perhaps resist understanding their message. That people do not understand is something that one must accept and move beyond as they work to create change and improvement in this world--which seems to be a predominant underlying message of the black swan.

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Against the Odds


The term "Black Swan," refers to an event that defies the odds. We want to change this world for the better, and when working to create improvement in a given area and the odds seem stacked against anyone who tries; the black swan urges you to keep on going, no matter what appearances dictate.


Creating Change


These birds were originally found only in Australia, and were introduced to other lands, where their populations set in. Them having remained in lands they were introduced to, is a demonstration of the black swan's ability to create change in this world, and to survive despite hardship.


Aggressiveness


The black swan is more aggressive than the white swan, and is not beyond using this trait to get what it wants or needs. As a totem message, it suggest one of two things--if you are being timid, it is not serving you as well as baring your teeth and flexing your muscles might. If you are being aggressive on the other hand, such behavior is not going to help you in your current circumstance.


Summary


When it feels like the chips are down because you are a "black swan"--not like everyone else, remember that whatever it is that sets you apart, is a significant part of your strength. The black swan is seen as an enchanting beauty, largely because most swans are white. Your special beauty lies within, and your special beauty lies without, it's all part and parcel of the same concept.

Beautiful messages indeed, supplied by the black swan.


~ Jude Chi

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