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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