Thursday, January 31, 2019

The Ace of Wands, RWS and Thoth Tarot Card Meaning

The Ace of Wands, RWSThe Ace of Wands, Thoth
Meanings Upright, Ill-dignified, and Reversed, rx
Rider Waite Smith, and Thoth

Occult Name: The Root of the Powers of Fire
Ace of Wands in timing: One day; or the season of spring
Qabalah: The fiery aspect of Kether
Reading with Playing Cards: Equivalent to the Ace of Clubs
Astrological: Aries, Leo, and Sagittarius

The RWS Ace of Wands

In the RWS Ace of Wands image, a hand reaches out from a cloud; it is symbolic of Divine Energy emanating from Kether. Alternatively, some would see it as a gift being offered from Divinity. The second idea is just as correct, but as long as the gift, as like the energy of Kether, is seen as delivering a potentiality; this as the Ace of Wands doesn't refer to that which comes signed, sealed and delivered. The shoots on the wand symbolize the essence of spring, which is filled with the potentiality for growth.

In the background there is a building; it looks like a castle, but furthermore it is a distance away and looks like it needs some work. This is the message of the Ace of Wands; what you want is available, but there is work to be done to get there. Sometimes rather than work, it's change in one's approach or perspective that's required. Each element is represented in some way, to denote that the power exists for the querent to reach their goal, and that the resources they need are available to them. This card's meaning is fully encapsulated within its occult name--The Root of the Powers of Fire; it is a raw energy, that needs to be channeled into a working, and shaped accordingly.

A final word of insight: Each Ace encapsulates all of the other cards of its suit within it. This is exceedingly apparent in this particular card. After being fixed up, the castle will in time again erode, it will need maintenance. In this there is an implication of infinity... the Ace is a starting point, with no actual end in sight. To give credit where credit is due, this brilliant observation was appended by my friend, Adam K.

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The Ace of Wands Thoth

The Thoth Ace of Wands shows a wand bursting with energy; its flames are in the form of Yods, which are symbolic of Kether energies. Also referenced here, is the Qabalistic tree; this as there are ten Yods and they are set like its spheres. The Qabalistic Tree in turn, represents a journey or a process. The bolts in the background symbolize raw energy--strong, vital, and inspirational energy; it motivates and propels. It goes without saying, that this is the ruling energy one can tap into as they work to reach their goal; and as with the RWS card of the same name, where one goes with it depends entirely on how they work with it, as well as their perspective.

There are 18 bolts, the numeral depicts Chai; Chai means life, but furthermore it is a depiction of energy in godform. Chai can be perceived as the nearest emanation of God, to the material plane. Though not directly related to the meaning of the card, in Hebrew tradition people give "gifts of Chai." Gifts are given in multiples of 18 or in the shape of the numeral, at important life events such as bar mitzvahs or weddings. The practice is seen as giving the gift of life, to the people of Israel that they may live on and prosper; this can be interpreted as a blessing, which adds an additional vibe relative to those bolts. The bolts are tinged with green, as green depicts Netzach--which in this context refers to victory, vitality, and following through on one's thought processes; but also infinity, which in the RWS image is portrayed by the castle.

The Ace of Wands Dignified or Upright

  • An opportunity.
  • A new beginning; another chance.
  • One's view of things will color the outcome of a situation; thus positivity in beliefs is integral to success.
  • Proceed with plans, as the potential for success exists.
  • Excitement and eagerness. 
  • There is a solution available to the problem; brainstorm it.
  • The Ace of Wands may refer to the conception or birth of a child (especially male); this can be determined by neighboring cards.
  • One way to deal with current blockages, is to state exactly what's on your mind to others involved.
  • Take note of the fact that there is a hand in this card, as sometimes it can refer to that, or to a nail, as on the finger [RWS]. It can therefore symbolize the grasping of a concept, or anything else that such a grouping of symbols may bring to mind.
  • Creativity, imagination, and application of will, are forces available to help the querent break through blockages. 
  • One has succeeded, in which case this card may be suggesting for them to consider examining new opportunities (to increase the magnitude of their success). 
  • A talent is not currently being used. 
  • Find a way to inject inspiration and fun into your project, for the sake of motivation.  
  • In a current venture, one only has themselves to depend on. 
  • The querent may find it rewarding to break away from their current working environment to embark upon a solo project.
  • There's a goal that you place great value upon; think about pursuing it.
  • Refers to creative projects and talents, that one can use to express themselves. 
  • Sometimes alludes to starting with a basic idea, and allowing it to expand and flourish.
  • Urges one to examine their motives in moving forth with an idea sometimes. Is it really right for them? is it something that they'll be interested in working with long term?
  • Seeing value in oneself and their abilities. 
  • Sexual excitement; lust.
  • A moment of inspiration.

The Ace of Wands Ill Dignified or Reversed

  • If one concept has failed you, move on to try another.
  • An event you were looking forward to will be postponed or cancelled.
  • Delays complicate an issue.
  • A situation that once held promise is now facing collapse and decay.
  • Emotional issues countering the powers of fire.
  • Dealing with a loss of faith in oneself.
  • Lacking optimism.
  • Unclear in direction or strategy.
  • A project fails early in.
  • An existing venture faces termination.
  • Even though things look okay to proceed, the initial takeoff will be of poor quality.
  • The properties of fire exist in too large of a volume to be effectively controlled.
  • Now is not the ideal time to proceed with your venture. 
  • One may be facing blockages now, but the future is unwritten; don't write the project off.
  • Someone who virtually always has sex on their mind. 
  • Impotence, sterility, or infertile land.
  • A female facing consistent issues with men.
  • The querent is urged to rethink their strategy in proceeding with a project. As things stand, there are blockages to them reaching success. Other cards could clarify what kind of blockages.
  • Unwilling to commit.
  • Unmotivated.
  • Blocked by fear.

Illustrations from the Rider-Waite Tarot Deck®, known also as the Rider Tarot and the Waite Tarot, reproduced by permission of U.S. Games Systems, Inc., Stamford, CT 06902 USA. Copyright ©1971 by U.S. Games Systems, Inc. Further reproduction prohibited. The Rider-Waite Tarot Deck® is a registered trademark of U.S. Games Systems, Inc.

RWS image is a Wikimedia file from a 1909 deck originally scanned by Holly Voley

Thoth images copyright (c) US Games Systems Inc.; AGMuller; O.T.O.

The Disks, or Pentacles Suit of Tarot

The Disks, or Pentacles suit of Tarot

Element: Earth
Direction: North
Gender: Female
Speed: Slowest of the suits
Qabalah: Asiyah

The Disks, or Pentacles Suit

The Disks, or Pentacles suit of tarot, concerns all that is relevant to us on the earth plane. Relevant in which way? you might ask. The Disks cards refer to things both material and intangible; but when intangible, we still work with them or refer to them in the mundane world. Furthermore, the Disks cards relate to efforts to gain materially, to reach our goals, and also our efforts to preserve what we have.

In essence, this suit demonstrates the pathway to success, in making clear the connection between our beliefs, and our place and success within a seemingly material world.

When our view of the world is harmonized, we easily gain materially, when it's faulty we tend to face blockages. Our outlook combined with our beliefs determine how we respond to this world, so this is only logical. Fortunately, the cards of the Disks suit help us to see when we need to make adjustments. Additionally, Disks, or Pentacles cards hint at which things will bring us joy, and also things that'll motivate us. This suit at times concerns our attitude toward material possessions, i.e., whether we are generous or stingy with them.

The axiom of the earth element is in maintaining silence. In being silent you are mimicking the ways of the Earth itself; in doing so you keep your powers compacted. When we discuss our passions and ambitions with others we transfer energies that should fuel us, thereby diminishing them. Silence, is therefore our power. As well, silence is a metaphorical analogy for patience, acceptance, and stillness; which could also be described as the way of the Dao.


Dignified, the Disks suit cards may suggest ways to create the life you'd want to live. Ill dignified, of course, there may be something missing that's necessary in order for you to create an ideal path there. As well, dignified Disk cards speak of material gain, effort, kindness and compassion, motivation, that which you treasure, physical beauty, and generosity. Ill dignified they may represent loss, clinginess, stinginess, habits and addictions, laziness, dirtiness, and unappealing ways.

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Sunday, January 27, 2019

The Cups Suit of Tarot

The Cups suit of Tarot

Element: Water
Direction: West
Gender: Female
Speed: Second slowest of the suits
Qabalah: Briyah

The Cups Suit

The cards of the Cups Suit of tarot show us that we have good reason to keep our emotions and feelings in order. One could, for example, be mired in hardship, with no simple solution available by which to extricate themselves. The cards of this suit remind us that meantime they could be managing their reactions, and be attempting to create perhaps better long-term energetic mirroring, and should also work to maintain balance and peace in spite of anything further that may arise. The less wise alternative, of course, would be for them to stew on negative feelings, and even allow their emotional reactions to guide them in making choices and deciding whether to take action or not take action. The bottom line is, that to live life on our terms, to experience stability, harmony, joy and abundance, we need to be in control of our emotional responses to life events. Why?...

Cups is the suit of Water, and it relates to the world of Briyah of Qabalism. It's the world where ideas of what will manifest, begin to take form. Thus without a doubt, if one steeps themselves in negative emotion, that's the fastest way to manifest more events which create further negative emotion.

Imagine life as like a succession of swimming pools, each situation and relationship represented by one of them. You get out of one pool, dry yourself off and move on to another. If you don't dry off well enough and change your clothes, you may ail in some way, or may drag that excess wetness on to your next situation as baggage. Ha - okay, okay, I am not the best at drawing parallelisms, but it gets the idea across anyway...

The cards of this suit refer to such feelings as love, happiness, sadness, forgiveness and so on. In managing emotional responses to events, interpersonal situations and relationships strengthen, and one can more definitively act in their own best interests. One thing about emotions, is that they are highly prone to change and are many a time fleeting. Which leads one to consider if it's even wise to ask the cards, for example, how someone feels about an issue or a person at any given time.

The Cups are ruled by the element of water. The axiom of water is to dare; the suggestion is for you to rein in your emotions and dare to move towards your goal, despite having being wetted by a veritable sea of emotion at times.


Dignified, the Cups refer to positive feelings and emotions, intuitive awareness, creativity and imagination, attraction, emotional stability and centeredness, and being able to act in all areas of life without emotion impacting your choices. Also, choosing to respond to your world in a positive manner, making effective interpersonal connections, and giving and accepting love and affection. Cups may also refer to an event being short term.

Ill dignified, this suit refers to suppressing feelings, emotional imbalance, life and relationship impediments resulting from emotional issues; emotional battle or upset, carrying emotional baggage forth, etc. Cups cards ill dignified may at times refer to imagination getting carried away, someone having a bleak outlook, or a situation being fleeting.

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Saturday, January 26, 2019

The Swords Suit of Tarot

The Swords suit of Tarot

Element: Air
Direction: East
Gender: Male
Speed: Second fastest of the suits
Qabalah: Yetzirah

The Swords Suit of Tarot

Maybe the Swords suit of tarot gets a bad rap... is it really so bad? We know that it's ruled by the element of air, we need air to breathe; so we can safely say that air is a good and positive thing, as to disagree, we may well be dead. Also, new, fresh air moves out old, stale air; this process allows for positive change to occur. Messages from the Swords cards can indeed be positively or negatively aspected, as with the other suits. And with that said... messages from the Swords often relate to matters we find vexing--problems, people who cause us problems, making monumental decisions, and so on.

Many issues in life involve forethought and contemplation, logical planning, making efficient judgment calls, and problem solving. At times we fail to do things right the first time around. When matters come back at us because they require a better class of action than what was taken the first time, they will often find their way into the suit of Swords. Furthermore, when we find ourselves vacillating on a decision, the cards within this suit urge us to consider justly.

Though it is commonly stated that the suit of Wands is the one most closely identified with spirituality, if you contemplate the matter, the Swords cards are strongly spiritual as well, and perhaps to some, more so when it comes to the imagery. Looking at a clear blue sky (air), it seems as if you could reach in and touch Divinity. As well, air being opposite to earth, and earth being all that is mundane, it potentially leads one to think that air therefore, includes the far end of that which is not mundane. By the Qabalah though, Atziluth, spirituality, and fire, are Wands territory. Still, it's no great wonder that some lineages transpose some or all attributes of the suits of Wands and Swords.

The axiom of the element of air is to know. Know that you will use logic, forethought, and sound strategy, and your outcome will be a good one. If you feel less than competent in an endeavor, to know suggests that you have the option to learn, to gather resources, to communicate your needs to others, and so on.


The cards of the Swords suit when dignified, may refer to matters such as: beliefs, thoughts, using logic, allowing for change, orchestrating your life with harmony, effective communication, and using intuition. Also, liberty, justice, fairness, and balance; possessing a viewpoint free of limitation and restriction, cutting through problematic issues; and victory. Ill dignified, Swords cards can refer to cruelty, manipulation, being harshly critical, corruption, stagnant and restrictive thought, shallowness, bragging, avoiding to make a decision or to take action, using intellect to poor ends, injustice, resistance, lying, etc.

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The Wands Suit of Tarot

The Wands Suit of Tarot

Element: Fire
Direction: South
Gender: Male
Speed: Fastest of the suits
Qabalah: Atziluth

The Wands Suit of Tarot

Cards of the Wands Suit of tarot, relay messages concerning all we do in order to better our respective life experience; additionally they refer to the energy, passion, and force, which must be present in order to get things moving and see things through. The Wands cards relate to enterprise, social circles, spirituality and awareness, thoughts regarding necessary change; and all that drives us. They may relate to the spark of a new romantic attraction, the drive to compete, and also to having a vibrant, positive predisposition; conversely when these things are not present they can provide us with awareness in that sense.

When you engage in negotiations to facilitate a better circumstance for you and your family, when you participate in a creative project that feeds an inner passion, and when you act to defend yourself, your efforts fall within this suit. Also, anything to which you apply your will fits in here. More rightly put though, acting on matters that stem from one's True Will, is a fundamental theme of the Wands cards. What is rightfully best for you, not what you have decided on a whim, is how best to describe one's True Will.

The axiom of the element of fire is to use the will effectively. The will and the ego are strongly associated, as illustrated by the statement "I will"; and ideally they should be prepared to accept wisdom emerging from the subconscious mind in order to benefit from its guidance.


When dignified, this suit's cards tell you that you are effectively managing matters of will; i.e. that you are doing what needs to be done in order to keep your world peaceful, harmonious and productive; your self image is in order, and you treat others decently well, and effectively restrain passions from flying you off to Never Never Land. When ill dignified, Wands speak of lack of action, negligence, recklessness, and the destruction that can be caused by letting passion and will (but certainly not True Will), like fire, burn out of control. And one more thing - ill dignified the Wands often portend of delay, or of a need to delay, or to slow things down.

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Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Crowley Myth #5 :: Is Aleister Crowley George W. Bush's Grandpa?

Barbara Bush/Aleister Crowley
Barbara Bush's photo side by Crowley's. People oft chose shots with the two in similar poses etc, to add weight to that Barbara is rumored to be Crowley's daughter. 

Many say that Barbara Bush was Aleister Crowley's biological daughter. But the evidence (or lack of it) is clear to see, and...

No Matter What Anyone Thinks, it Just isn't So

by Jude Chi

It is commonly bandied about, that Barbara Bush is Aleister Crowley's daughter. If that were true, former president George W. Bush, naturally, would be his grandson. But is it true?

Analysis: ❌ This is false.

What can be said about this "myth"? How did it originate? How did it become so popular? Is there any basis to it? Let's look at these things, and see what light we can shed on them. It is my duty through this article to prove that Barbara Bush is not Crowley's daughter--that is, at least as much as it's possible. Though there's no proof or any logical reason to believe that it's true, it's possible that anything could have been written between the lines of documented history.

Where did the idea that George W. Bush is Aleister Crowley's grandson, originate from? The concept was first presented in 2006, through an article published on April Fool's day, no less. The article states that the blog author researched this on some level, and offers that the initial premise the article was founded upon was that Pauline Pierce, Barbara Bush's mother, was friends with Nellie O'Hara, who lived with Frank Harris in Paris at the time this would have unfolded. 

Ultimately, a lot of reading was done on my part, that yielded this: there is no evidence whatsoever, to support that Crowley was Barbara's biological father, and no evidence supporting that Pauline encountered Crowley. Furthemore, if one scouts the Net for research purposes, what they will primarily find on this, are instances where people've quoted pieces of the April Fool's article, not realizing it was one. I came across a seemingly convincing article or two, that ultimately cited no sources of proof whatsoever, or pointed at snippets from books citing no sources of origin. To imagine, to some that constitutes proof.

Question: An imaginary tale thrown out as a prank, is all there is to this? Answer: Nods head. I am afraid so.

Any articles wherein people insist that Crowley is Bush's father, dig deeper into the theory that Crowley actually met Pauline. But to repeat, this cannot be substantiated. The closest we can get to the truth, is what is quoted on this Gizmodo article. Within it, author Tobias Churton, who read Crowley's diary, said "but I had not seen the name of the lady in question in his diary." "Crowley was very well known in artistic circles in Montparnasse and was highly gregarious, so the chances of the lady being charmed by AC, as many other women were, is high; but there is no direct evidence, that I am aware of, that could lend conviction to the hypothesis that the lady’s pregnancy was the result of a passion for AC." Churton added that there were gaps in the diary; however, that too proves naught.

One point that screams to be made here, is that many who write articles on this, are doing it entirely to produce sensationalistic pieces; so factuality is not a prime requisite. It has been said a few times over, that "they have the same eyes." Well let's analyze that one small point. One, it proves nothing. Two, Crowley was heavy into heroin due to his asthma, and one gets a sense from looking at his photos, that the buggy eyes are aligned with that. I am no physician or healthcare worker whatsoever, but looking at Barbara Bush's photo hints to me of Graves. So my mind, which takes on a comedic slant at the best of times, goes--"that AC had issues with drugs that made his eyes prominent in later life, and that Barbara Bush potentially had thyroid issues that made her eyes prominent, is proof that they are related? Phffft!!..."

The Truth:
People, and primarily mainstream religion communities, have long worked to desecrate the memory of Aleister; and naturally this phenomenon is the only fuel such fallacies need to propel them. He may not be regarded as a hero, but he was a high achiever and left the world of occultism and magick with much to consider. Additionally, he left the world of faith with Thelema as a philosophy. AC was a bold and proud man; he'd have been proud to state that Barbara, or any other child for that matter, was his if it was true. Bottom line is, it is nothing more than a superficial notion to say that Crowley was George W. Bush's grandpa.

I issued a query to the prank blog post's author, and his now paraphrased response was: "I've admitted this many times. The article was published on April 1st, and I never thought anyone would take it seriously. Unfortunately, this country is filled with conspiracy-crazed people, who are emotionally wedded to a belief in 'evil bloodlines.' It is sickening.

In part, that April 1st article was intended as a test. I wanted to see if anyone would take the logical first step that any Journalism 101 student should take -- a step which you yourself have taken. In short: I wondered whether anyone would write to the author and ask 'Where did you get this information? Did you make it up?' 

The piece was published in 2006. In the 12 years since then only TWO people have taken that logical first step. You are the second. That fact says something about the state of our culture."  ~ J. Cannon

Though this post may have failed to outrightly prove that Barbara was not Crowley's daughter, it brought to light that the entire premise was based upon a prank, or in other words, an outright lie. To underscore the point--without that prank, this whole theory would never have been born.

And to conclude this piece, a quote from long term OTO icon, Bill Heidrick, who said (in his classy, tongue-in-cheek style) in response to my querying him on this: "As near as I can tell, it's BS, not BB. For that matter, it doesn't make a bit of difference how many people believe it for whatever reason -- advertisements for fad products to the contrary, the more people believe some silly bit, the less likely it is to be true. The world's great religions are a major case in point -- since they all contradict one another (often themselves internally), it is no issue how many people believe they will go to some sort of heaven or hell for picking or not picking an arbitrary nit. 

As to the Crowley-Bush allegation, it's not worth a DNA test on Jerry Springer -- Springer probably wouldn't want it anyway because the subjects in question are no longer available for a food fight. Absence of evidence creates a presumption of doubt, rising to falsity in cases of lascivious political interest; and Crowley was much given to acknowledgement of his offspring. If Crowley had done, he would have said.

I haven't seen anything in the extant Crowley diaries about a Pauline Pierce. In any event, Crowley marked his diaries with particular symbols to indicate various forms of sexual activity, and just meeting someone would not be an indication of anything but a meeting and whatever else was written down. You can't get Crowley from a toilet seat!"

As for me, Jude, the blog author, my concluding thought is this--this piece has presented as close to the entire truth that could be gleaned at this point in time. Yet as has long been the case, people will want to rebuke it, turn their backs on it. Perhaps that's because without having someone to attribute the Devil persona to, this world is too difficult for many to make sense of.

** I have permission from Bill Heidrick to quote him, under the condition I make it known that he will not be available to respond to comments.

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Lesson 3 :: Deities in Magick, Continued

Egyptian Magick
Egyptian Magick


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.

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.

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 group intimacy. The nature of his conception, and the fact that he is half animal, would explain his attitude towards intimacy. 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. Highly charged 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 is simply a higher octave of 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.


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)
Part Four, Yogic Breathing Basics

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.

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.

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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