3=8 | Astral Projection Mantra – LA RA S

This recording vocalises the mantra LA RA SSS, 7 times for 3 rounds (Law of 3, and Law of 7). With each round the volume decreases and eventually fades out along with the background music. We know that we cannot astral project if we are distracted by our 5 senses, so the reason for making this recording is to allow the mantra to reverberate in your mind and heart. After a while as you approach the sleepy state, you are left in complete silence for 2 hours in which you can totally internalise the mantra and not be distracted by the senses. Be sure to turn off autoplay so that the next video won’t automatically play while you sleep. I hope this recording helps you in your endeavour to successfully astral project and reach the internal worlds.

ARBATEL of the Magic of the Ancients

A 17th-century English translation of the Arbatel de magia veterum (English: Arbatel of the Magic of the Ancients), a Latin grimoire of Renaissance ceremonial magic built up from a series of septenaries of aphorisms, some detailing the famed Olympic Spirits, albeit from within a Christian context.

[PDF of this book is in the Horus Resources library.]

Let’s Explore The Holy Responsibility Of Archangel

Archangels

It’s quite reassuring to know that you’ve got your support team up in heaven. Yes, you read that right – you have your own support team. The lead of the team is the Lord. And His subordinates, who are also in this team, include Archangels, Guardian Angels, and spiritual masters. Basically, these masters are spiritual beings who’ve lived on the Earth. Besides, your support team may even include the souls of your loved ones who’ve passed away.

Most importantly, whenever you pray to the Lord, He’ll receive your prayers through this support team only.

Nine out of ten times, you’ll pray to the Lord whenever a challenge daunts you. But, sometimes, you may even call upon the support team that the Lord has established for you. Yes, you may call upon Archangels, who’ll help you under some circumstances. So, whenever you call upon Archangels, you’ll call for help to the appointed specialists of the Lord. Like everyone else in the support team, Archangels have some gifts that the Lord has bestowed on them. And that’s why Archangels always use these divine gifts to help people like you make better decisions and lead happy life.

In this explainer, we’re going to focus on one major component of your support team – Archangels. This explainer will shed light on the divine responsibility of Archangels in your life. But before that, let’s get to know who’s an Archangel.

Who’s An Archangel?

Archangels exist. If you have faith in them, then the presence of these heavenly beings will be the eternal truth for you. On top of that, the presence of Archangels is even confirmed in the Bible. Archangels are incorporeal beings, and they’re perfect. The perfection of Archangels is only because of the fact that the Lord has created them.

Archangels have been with you since the dawn of time. They’re the Lord’s messengers and servants. Not even for a single moment, Archangels have ceased singing the praises of the Lord. Because of that reason, Archangels always rush at His command. Every Archangel belongs to the high spiritual rank. The term “Archangel” is always associated with Abrahamic religions. Nonetheless, beings who are familiar with Archangels are found in numerous religious texts and traditions.

Now that you know a thing or two about Archangels, let’s discuss their sole responsibility.

The Divine Role Of Archangels

The chief responsibility of an Archangel is managing life on this planet. This management basically comprises the creation and nurturing of life paths, souls, and the divine order in the natural world. Besides, there are many Archangels – and everyone has their own areas of expertise.

When all Archangels come together to serve humanity, they bring together their expertise. And this conjunction of angelic expertise delivers the best outcomes. It’s needless to mention that these outcomes align well with God’s master plan.

To cut a long story short, Archangels exist so that they can assist humanity towards building a better tomorrow. These Archangels use their expertise and divine capabilities to help you live your life to the fullest. That’s why more and more people want to call these Archangels for help time and time again.

Summing It Up

Now, you know who an Archangel is. Besides, you even know the divine role of Archangels. So, if you’re stuck in a deadlock and need divine help, then Archangels will rush to serve you. The only thing is, you have to pray to Archangels without fail.

Lamens of the Golden Dawn, Part 1

For decades, the designs on the Lamens worn by the Officers in Golden Dawn ceremonies has largely been taken for granted, with the vast majority of people relying on or replicating the forms given in Israel Regardie’s The Golden Dawn, or other books.
The original source material shows some subtle, and not so subtle, differences, which I will highlight in this series of articles.  […]

Donald Michael Kraig | From “Inner Secret” to Minor Diversion

When Aleister Crowley was initiated into the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn, he was initially impressed with the intensity and seriousness of the vows he took never to reveal any of the secrets of the Order. He quickly became disappointed, though, when those “secrets” were revealed to be relatively mundane—or at least well known—things like the Hebrew alphabet and the signs of astrology.  […]
Source:  Inner Secrets

A Brief Defense of the Golden Dawn System of Magic

On the Occult Corpus website, a poster by the name of alwayson posted a thread entitled ‘How to Become Better than a Golden Dawn Magician,’ in which he claimed that one could easily do […]

Source: A Brief Defense of the Golden Dawn System of Magic

The Ring of Solomon in Southeast Asia

Batak manuscript books from north Sumatra, written on tree-bark and then folded accordion-style, are known as pustaha. These generally contain texts on divination and spells, and were compiled by a shaman known in Batak as a datu.  Many pustaha contains magical diagrams in red and black ink, and a symbol that frequently appears in these Batak books is a design of two overlapping squares, the smaller one rotated by 45 degrees and set within the other, with eight looped corners.  The upright square is called bindu matoga, and the diagonal one bindu matogu.  In some pustaha this symbol is shown enclosing a turtle, and is itself surrounded by a snake.  […]

Source: The Ring of Solomon in Southeast Asia

1=10 | Tarot Contemplation, Part 2: Minor Arcana

Wands – Work, sex and life purpose prompts:

Ace of Wands – When were you last really horny and what triggered it. Don’t be shy this is an ideal exercise for shedding any inhibitions.

2 of Wands – Describe the most irritating colleague you have ever had the displeasure of working with.

3 of Wands – Write about the last time someone flirted shamelessly with you (or your ideal flirting scenario).

4 of Wands – What sort of bed would you prefer to make love in? Have you ever made love in a really noisy/creaky bed? What happened?

5 of Wands – Talk about the last time you were forced to resist a temptation due to outside influences or the environment.

6 of Wands – Describe a time when you got promoted or recognised for an achievement at work/school.

7 of Wands – When was the last time you felt that you had to defend yourself?

8 of Wands – Write about the last time your received surprising/shocking news regarding someone’s sexual conduct.

9 of Wands – Write about someone at work who broke your trust and how you dealt with it.

10 of Wands – How are you at delegating work. Give an example of a time when you delegated work? How happy were people to help?

Page of Wands – When was the last time you did something really impulsive in terms of sex? What happened?

Knight of Wands – What’s your seduction style?

Queen of Wands – If you had your own business, what would you sell and who would you employ?

King of Wands – You are the boss of one of the largest corporations in the world – describe your office.

 

Cups – Relationships, emotions and psychic development prompts:

Ace of Cups – Describe your first kiss.

2 of Cups – Who was the first person to ask you out?

3 of Cups – Who was your first love rival.

4 of Cups – Write about the last time you cried.

5 of Cups – Describe the last time you experienced a deep sense of loss (does not have to be a person).

6 of Cups – What are your thoughts on soul mate love?

7 of Cups – When was the last time you were really confused?

8 of Cups – Talk about a time when you dumped someone or ended a friendship.

9 of Cups – The last time you laughed so hard your stomach hurt. Who has this effect on you?

10 of Cups – How psychotic is your family?

Page of Cups – Describe your happiest dream – a dream that made you so happy that you tried to repeat it the following night.

Knight of Cups – How romantic are you? Talk about how you express romance in your life.

Queen of Cups – Are you psychic? Talk about how you discovered it and/or how you would like to develop psychically.

King of Cups – Who is the most caring person you know? Write about the connection you have.

 

Swords – Problem solving, intellectual pursuits and communication prompts:

Ace of Swords – Describe your best and shiniest idea at the moment.

2 of Swords – Discuss your (in)ability to fence-sit and postpone important decisions as if you were defending your tactic.

3 of Swords – Write about a time when you tried to reach out and communicate and got totally stonewalled.

4 of Swords – Explore how meditation has helped/could help you gain greater mental clarity.

5 of Swords – Talk about a time when cutting your losses was the only way to resolve a dilemma.

6 of Swords – Have you ever gone away to distance yourself from a problem/situation? Where did you go? Where could you go to gain clarity?

7 of Swords – That time you got away with it.

8 of Swords – A problem you never managed to solve and still puzzle over from time to time.

9 of Swords – A problem that kept you up at night and/or gave you nightmares.

10 of Swords – Have you been stabbed in the back? How did you deal with this problem? What did you learn from it?

Page of Swords – When was the last time you felt like asking lots of questions about a topic that piqued your curiousity?

Knight of Swords – What truth are you willing to die for or at least fight for?

Queen of Swords – How do you use your communication to nurture those you love?

King of Swords – Describe your problem-solving strengths.

 

Pentacles – Body consciousness and wellbeing prompts:

Ace of Pentacles – What gift are you giving your body this year?

2 of Pentacles – If your feet could talk, what would they tell you?

3 of Pentacles – Your right knee has a message from your father and your left knee has a message from your mother… What are they saying?

4 of Pentacles – Describe your favourite method for grounding and centering.

5 of Pentacles – What does your body need right now?

6 of Pentacles – Name six resources that you could start using regularly to feel better.

7 of Pentacles – Write about a health habit that you implemented in the past and how that worked out for you. What did you learn from this experience?

8 of Pentacles – Do you have any OCD tendencies when it comes to your body and health?

9 of Pentacles – Describe your ideal body and how it would feel.

10 of Pentacles – Talk about how your family has influenced your health habits and what you have done to break away from the dysfunctional aspects of them.

Page of Pentacles – What new aspect of wellbeing are you curious about exploring?

Knight of Pentacles – Write about the good stuff you already do on a daily basis and give yourself a pat on the back!

Queen of Pentacles – How do you nurture wellbeing in others?

King of Pentacles – In what area are you wellbeing expert and how can you share more of your expertise?

0=0 | TAROT STUDY AND JOURNALING

Are you keeping a journal? Here are some ideas you will appreciate if you enjoy both writing and the Tarot … or even if you are completely new to the Tarot but open to using a new tool for triggering new thoughts and ideas.

Tarot and journaling are the two tools that can help you achieve self-awareness better than any other. Using the Major Arcana Tarot cards (or archetypal keys) as journaling prompts, combines these two tools in a powerful way and helps you access the realm of the subconscious.

TAROT TIP 1: These prompts can also be used together with your daily draw and will inspire a deeper connection with your card of the day, drawing on your own life experience.

TAROT TIP 2:  After you have completed the entry, come up with a new prompt/WORD based on the same card … simply by looking at the image. Write it down for next time you pull this card.

TAROT TIP 3: Place your deck inside your pillow case and sleep with it for a minimum of one week to connect and bind your energies to it.

HOW-TO PERFORM TAROT CONTEMPLATION EXERCISE AND CIRCLE SPREAD DIVINATION

1 – Perform your LBRP and Relaxation Ritual. If you’ve already performed your daily banishings ritual, there is no need to repeat your LBRP; just perform the Relaxation Ritual.

2 – Recite the Prayer to HRU. (You should be memorizing it for testing purposes anyway.)

3 – Shuffle only the 22 Major Arcana cards only. If you are 1=10 and higher, go ahead and add-in the Minor Arcana.

4 – Divide the cards into four piles, right to left, while intoning YOD-HEH-VAV-HEH (one syllable, one pile each syllable). Recombine the piles, picking up each pile, again, right to left.

5 – You are now ready to use your cards.

6 – If practicing a Circle Spread divination, pull out a blank worksheet and write down your IF-THEN Karmic query. To wit, WHAT ARE THE KARMIC CONSEQUENCES IF I (perform an action or think specific thoughts), OR NOT? (You need to produce 3 dated, completed worksheets to qualify for advancement into 1=10.)

7 – If performing a tarot contemplation exercise, then randomly pick a card you haven’t drawn before, or work through the Major Arcana in order, i.e., Fool, Magician, High Priestess, Emperor, Hierophant, etc.

8 – Journal your results either in your magical journal, or in a separate tarot journal. You can use poetry or prose as your journal entry … Your journal won’t even object to the occasional haiku, hiccup or squiggle… Be free with yourself (like The Fool!) and enjoy! 🙂

9 – Be sure to keep your tarot deck wrapped in a WHITE CLOTH.

Here are some ideas for prompts to contemplate:

The Fool – Describe the last something you did something so spontaneous or ‘off the cuff’ that someone might label it erratic

The Magician – Which skill have you always been good at? Describe how you discovered your talent.

The High Priestess – Write about a vivid and meaningful dream you have had or would like to have.

The Empress – Write about the most positive traits you have after your mother.

The Emperor – Write about the most positive traits you have after your father.

The Hierophant – Write about the teacher you remember most vividly… what made him/her stand out?

The Lovers – Write about how you imagined married life to be when you were 16.

The Chariot – Write about your definition of success.

Strength – When was the last time you had your mettle tested. What did you learn about your strengths?

The Hermit – Contemplate what lessons the past 12 months have brought you. Try writing about the lessons in detail without judging your performance.

The Wheel of Fortune – Write about a time when you took a really big risk. What happened?

Justice – Have you ever had a run-in with the law? Talk about it (even if it was just a parking ticket).

The Hanged Man – Have you ever had an experience that radically changed how you perceived a person or situation? Write it down.

Death – How do you feel about death? Is there an afterlife? What will it be like?

Temperance – Talk about the portion of your healing journey that made the biggest difference to how you view your own health and wellbeing.

The Devil – Write about the last time you gave into temptation.

The Tower – Write about the most traumatic experience you had in the past five years.

The Star – What is your best, brightest vision of where you will be and what your life will be like five years from now.

The Moon – Write about what being anxious feels like in as much detail as possible.

The Sun – Write about your perfect day, when everything you do is done with the utmost ease, confidence and clarity of mind.

Judgment – What is your calling? Where are you on the path of your life’s purpose?

The World – Write about the last time you had a sense of achievement thanks to completing a complex and time-demanding task.

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(UP NEXT: 1=10 and Higher – Minor Arcana.)

What does it mean to serve the Goddess Isis?

Isiopolis

The pharaoh, as High Priest, makes offering to Isis
The pharaoh, as High Priest, makes offering to Isis

With a number of us gearing up to serve as ritualists in an upcoming Pacific Northwest Fall Equinox Festival, I’m re-running an older post on what it means to serve Isis as Her priest/ess. (Also, I’m scrambling to get the ritual written before our next Festival Crewe gathering, so bear with me.)

Of course, not all of our Festival ritualists will desire a relationship with Isis beyond the festival. Probably most won’t; they may already have important Divine connections in their lives. But for those who may, I offer these next few posts as starting thoughts for discovering a specific type of relationship with Her.

Oh, and another thing. As these are older posts, they used the gendered terms “priestess” and “priest.” As a community, we haven’t yet settled on a gender non-specific title for the intensely connected relationship with the…

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Astrological Talismans: Deneb Algedi Talismanic Tile

Peter Stockinger's Traditional Astrology Weblog

Regular readers of my web log may remember that in November 2020, Christine Norstrand, artist and founder of William Morris Tile, provided me with Planetary tiles from the well known De Sphaera series. The image below shows them in situ:

After a long, possibly pandemic related, postal delay I recently took hold of another parcel from William Morris Tile. It contained a Talismanic Tile, another one of Christine’s exciting projects.

Jupiter conjunct fixed star Deneb Algedi

The tile’s main image is based on The White Hart, a pub sign, painted by the artist Myles Birket Foster in 1875. Foster lived in the village of Witley, near Godalming, Surrey, where this sign hung outside the village inn, the White Hart.

The image of the hart is surrounded by sigils of the Behenain fixed star, Deneb Algedi, a star in the Sea Goat’s tail.

The 15 Behenian fixed stars are a selection…

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Kaballah | Hastening to the Sunrise with the 5th Pentacle of Mars

The darkest hours are those before dawn.

According to what is happening around us, this is the stage where we are currently on the personal and collective level.

We are at the final stretch in the process of great change towards the entry of humanity into the new dimension.

The great change is currently taking place in the spiritual dimension, but until we can feel it here, on the physical level, many of us are still experiencing pain, fear, limitations, confusion and quite a bit of frustration.

The spiritual lesson brought to you here, is conveyed by seal # 12 of the King Solomon seals, the 5th pentacle of Mars, and explains exactly what is happening around us now, and what can be done to pull ourselves out of the thick darkness:

message seal 12 Eng Sm

 

As we face a new stage in our spiritual development, our conscious vessels expand to absorb new lights.

The desire to absorb more and more filling light intensifies, but until we transform the vessels and get rid of negative thought and behavior patterns, the new light will not be able to fill them.

This is a critical and dangerous stage where we grope in the dark, and evil and harmful forces can befall us.

We are spiritually weak and exposed to dangers.  In order to pull ourselves out of the mud, we must bring light into our lives in a conscious and proactive way.
To act altruistically for the common good, to engage in giving and help the disadvantaged.

Even in times when we feel a reduction in light, we still have the ability to make a good impact in the world.

Notice the verse that appears on the seal:   “Thou shalt tread upon the lion and adder: the young lion and the dragon shalt thou trample under feet.” (Psalms 91 -13.)  Seal No. 12 helps to draw light to the person and fights the forces of darkness that want to cling to him.

On the magical level, the seal gives you magical and spiritual powers and helps you control evil and dark forces.

When we spread our unique light in the world, and act for the common good, we can defeat the toughest forces of darkness.  Therefore, dear friends – do not succumb to the darkness, and do not listen to the messages of terrorization and conspiracies that flood you from the media and social networks.  It is very easy to get carried away with hysteria and helplessness because that is what we have become accustomed to over years of controlling our consciousness. Control through fear.

 

All this is about to change, because we are waking up now.

Although at the moment everything seems muddled and chaotic, always remember that in our limited vision, we cannot see the whole picture, only sections of it, and these sections may seem threatening when our vision is partial.

Be assured that everything is in the hands of the Supreme Providence, everything is happening just as it should be.  When dawn rises (very soon), everything will be flooded with a bright light that will reveal to us the full story of what we are going through, and what enlightened reality we are entering.

Mark Stavish | Assumption of a Godform

Introduction

The technique known as Assumption of the Godform is among the most impressive, as well as challenging techniques in esotericism. A careful study of a chosen pantheon in depth is often required, along with the willingness to spend a great deal of time in extended meditation and devotion each of the pantheon’s deities. Yet, if done carefully and in a progressive and step-by-step manner, Assumption of the Godform can offer practical occultists insights into the depth and power of ancient cults, practices, and ideas that simply reading about them can not.

Background on the Technique

“Think of a place and thou are there. Think of a thing, and thou are it.

The fundamental idea behind “Assumption of the Godform is that within each of us there are power that lie in potential for awakening, and that by identifying ourselves with those idealized expressions of those power from ancient times, in the form of ‘gods’, we can awaken through resonance, similar powers and wisdom within our own psyche.

The multitude of deities, gods, and heroes of ancient mythologies represent the various means of expressing the highest human ideals of those time. Surprisingly, they also seem to do the same for modern practitioners as well, in that the Western world lacks a cohesive and comprehensive modern mythology that answer life’s questions in the same fashion as those of Greece or Egypt.

Modern mythologies, such as Star Wars or Star Trek, exert a strong influence over our collective psyche, but lack the coherent veneration, sacred status, or social-political position of the ancient cults. Modern churches, as survivors of the Medieval and Renaissance periods, also lack any appreciation for the techniques of direct experience, although some methods have managed to survive in Roman Catholicism, and some minority Protestant sects. In short, if we are to have a technique that offers us direct experience of an ideal in our lives, a veritable means of incarnating an aspect of deity, then we must turn our attention to the ancient cults for some guidance.

Variations on the Technique

Assumption of the Godform as a practical technique exists on at least three different levels. The first level of the practice is the easiest, and consists of little more than sitting in a chair and imagining that you are your chosen deity – Thoth, Ptah, Jesus, etc. This is fundamental to success in the advanced levels, and it is suggested that this practice be undertaken until competency and familiarity with the practice is developed. Much in the same way we move from simple to complex assumptions when going, from minerals, to plants, to animals, and finally humans, in the previous technique.

On the second level, it is important to study the deity you’ve chosen, in fact, you might want to study the entire pantheon to some degree. When picking a godform, it is not uncommon to pick one for each of the planetary powers, and when possible, have them come from the same pantheon. In many instances, the Egyptian gods and goddesses are suggested for several reasons. One, they have been, and are still in use among esotericists, and as such, have an inherent power that makes success easier. Second, they are abstract – neither too human, as the Greek deities, yet, not too unattainable as others.

When this is done, and you’ve picked the god you wish to assume, and have studied its appearance, gestures, and mannerism, you begin to build a small likeness of it in your heart. One you feel comfortable with the image you’ve built, you may begin to ‘grow’ the image until it almost fills your being. Stay at this level for some time.

According to Dolores Ashcroft-Nowicki, Assumption of the Godform can create a tremendous amount of pressure on your endocrine system, presumably as it stimulates the psychic centers on a very physical level, and should be undertaken slowly and with patience so as to not create psychic or physical imbalances.[1]

The Next Level

In the next level, you grow the god within, and allow it to expand beyond your body, growing to immense height. You may want to also sense it merging, or ‘clicking’ with it corresponding image in the cosmos. That is, your god grows to meet or become one with its exact corresponding image in the cosmos. Like to mirror images becoming one.

In Liber O Crowley describes the practice of Assumption using Qabalistic Divine Names. The following description is taken from the PON Qabala Course.[2]

According to the lesson, there are three fundamental techniques in Western magical-qabalistic ritual:

  1. Rituals of invocation and evocation.
  2. Vibration and vocalization of Divine Names.
  3. Identification of the operator with a chosen deific form.

Of which, “The mastery of these three points leads ipso facto to the mastery of ritual, either in personal practice (solo, as it were) or in a group (an orchestra, as it were). [3]

After performing a banishing pentagram ritual, and then, perform an invoking pentagram ritual to first cleans, and then stabilize the area of working.

The technique assumes a familiarity with the gods of Egypt, or some other chosen pantheon. However, for reasons states, as well as being seen as the most ‘magical’, Egyptian deities are preferred.

After preparing your oratory ritualistically, sit in a chair in the Pharaonic or Egyptian God posture, or with feet flat on the floor, palms down on thighs, and back straight.

Imagine that the god you have chosen envelopes your entire being, slightly larger than you, and that you are in complete identification with it. Do not rush this part, but take your time before proceeding to the next step.

Once identification is established, stand up, extend arms to your sides, and breathe in deeply through your nostrils, imagining that the name of the god is being inhaled in flaming white light. Let the name descend to your lungs, heart, solar plexus, abdomen, genitals, and feet.

When it touches your feet, quickly place your left foot forward (about one foot), while thrusting your body and hands forward (at eye level), into the posture of “the Enter or of the god Horus. As this is done, image the name ascending with force, power, and brilliance, from your feet while exhaling out of your nostrils.

Feel as though your voice carries the Name to the edges of the Universe.

Pause for a moment, and them place your left foot besides the right one, and place your left index finger on your lips, so that you find yourself in the position of Harpocrates – the god of Silence.

Success is hard to describe, but a definite sensation will be felt. If a single vocalization exhausts you, it is considered a sign that it has worked. A sensation of intense heat, onset of sweating, and possibly even trouble remaining standing will occur..

If you hear the name of the god resounding, “as if carried off by a thousand thunders; this sound will seem to come from an enormous voice coming from the whole universe and not from him is also considered a sign of efficiency.

The more time it takes to return to normal awareness, the better the experiment.

Other modern Golden Dawn authorities suggest inscribing the name, and/or sigil of the entity in your heart prior to the vibration of its name. Then to formulate the image in the “East’ of the temple area you are working in, and to move towards the image and into it, with your back towards the ‘East’ and facing the ‘West’.[4]

The Assumption of Harpocrates

The first and most important of the godforms used in Assumption in the Golden Dawn is that of Harpocrates – the son of Osiris, and Lord of Matter. Harpocrates is “the god who is the cause of all generation, of all nature, and of all the powers of the elements’ and as such he ‘precedes all things and comprehends all things in himself.’[5]

After having immersed yourself in the imagery and symbolism of Harpocrates, begin your experiment with a brief period of relaxation. You may, if you desire prepare your working area with a ritual, such as the Lesser Ritual of the Pentagram, or simply imagine yourself surrounded by a brilliant sphere of blueish-white light.

Then, imagine Harpocrates emerging from the primordial darkness, on a lotus flower. When the image is real to you, step forward, and assume his classical pose, of the left foot about six inches in front of the right, and raise your right forefinger to you mouth in the sign of silence. Imagine, feel, that you are becoming Harpocrates. Then vibrate his name – Hoor-po-krat-ist, while you imagine yourself emerging from the primordial waters of creation.

This visualization can also be made more potent by employing the following affirmation:

“Hoor-po-krat-ist, Thou Lord of the Silence. Hoor-po-krat-ist, Lord of the Sacred Lotus, O Thou Hoor-po-krat-ist (pause and contemplate the force invoked), Thou that standest in victory on the heads of the infernal dwellers of the waters wherefrom all things were created, Thee, Thee, I invoke, by the name of Eheieh and the power of Agla.

Behold! He is in me, and I in him. Mine is the lotus as I rise as Harpocrates from the firmament of waters…For I am Hoor-po-krat-ist, the Lotus throned Lord of Silence…I am Ra enshrouded, hephra unmanifest to man. [6]

If you are successful, a period of bliss, and extreme elevation may be experienced.

Divine Names

“A rose by another name…

It is often stated that the Egyptians had two names for their gods: one public and one private. It was these private names of the gods that gave the priesthood of Egypt power over them, and could invoke them to visible appearance in their temples. According to tradition, if you know the ‘name’ of a god, deity, person, or thing, you can control or influence it.

So then, what is in a name? Roche de Coppens states:

“Names are symbols and psychic media which convey and elicit the various units of human consciousness we call intuitions, thoughts, feelings, and vital energies. As such, Names are the true units of human consciousness, acting as streams of focused thoughts, emotions, and “bundles of energy. They are the mental lenses that focus out whole attention upon one aspect of reality, one power, or one being. Names also function as catalysts to awaken, invoke, and evoke certain energies and states of consciousness in the Psyche. In short, they are the psychospiritual means at our disposal to invade a certain Presence and induce a certain state of consciousness by focusing our awareness. Names are the intellectual tools by which we can recreate in ourselves an image or facsimile of that which is without, or below, or above our consciousness… [7]

Esoterically speaking, a Name is the means by which we can know something, by becoming its temporary channel and by recreating it or allowing it to express in our consciousness and in our being. [8]

Synthetic Approach

The following technique is a bullet point synthesis of the above techniques, so as at avail ourselves of the various ‘tricks’ used by the various authorities in the technique.

  1. Perform a pentagram, or such ritual, to prepare your area of working.
  2. If suitable, perform an appropriate hexagram ritual.
  3. Offer an oration, of your construction, or a classical one, such as the Orphic Hymns, or from the Egyptian Book of the Dead.
  4. Imagine the deity perfectly in your heart.
  5. Imagine in the deities heart, its sigil, or other sign.
  6. Imagine this image growing to match your body is size, enveloping it, masking its appearance with its own.
  7. Stand upright, and intone the name, and or the name and Divine Name appropriate to the godform chosen. “In the Name of YHVH Aloah Va-Daath, I am Osiris, the Risen Lord! If the deity doesn’t easily fit into the qabalistic Tree scheme of things, invoke it “In the Name Eheieh, and by the Power of AGLA, I am….. This utilizes the principle Names of Spirit from the Supreme Ritual of the Pentagram. In either instance, it is important to ‘inhale the names’ as previously described, and to exhale them with great force, and visualization.
  8. Allow the image to grow to immense height, carrying you with it, for it is you.
  9. Offer another oration is you like, or simply experience the results of you invocation.
  10. When the moment is right, perform the Sign of Silence. Rest and absorb the energy.
  11. Banish, and stamp your foot, return to normal consciousness.

“By way of conclusion, let the aspiring Candidate always keep present in his or her consciousness that the WORK must first be KNOWN BY THE HEAD, then FELT BY THE HEART, then CHOSEN BY THE WILL, to be LIVED BY THE BODY, SO THAT ONE CAN MAKE THE “WORD BECOME FLESH OR BECOME THE IDEAL ONE IS NURTURING. [9]

Psychological Support for the Technique

Assagioli’s ‘Ideal Model’

“We must become aware that each of us has within himself various self-models or models of the ego, or – more exactly, using our terminology – of the personality. Such models are not only diverse in nature, origin, and vividness but this constitutes not only one of the major difficulties but is also one the most useful fields of application of a right psychoanalysis. [10]

Assagioli points out that there are three kinds of models which obscure and prevent our realization of what we actually are in the present tense.

1) What we believe we are. Either in over-evaluating, or under-evaluating ourselves.

2) What we would like to be. Often idealized, unattainable models.

3) What we should like to appear to others. Each model reflecting each relationship.

Of course, there are also the models that are projected onto us, thereby affecting our relationships with others:

4) What others believe us to be.

5) What others would like us to be.

6) Images of ourselves, evoked by others.

Assagioli states that the rational behind ‘ideal models’ is in “the utilization or taking advantage of the psychological law that every image has a motor-element which tends to be translated into action – which is a rather dry, objective way of indicating the creative power of imagination…The model must first be static and then “manifesting in motion. The stages are: first the idea, which if seen as desirable becomes an ideal, and then ardently sought after emerges or expresses itself in form and function. [11]

Assagioli further points out that ideals, or traditional ‘hero worship’ should not be confused with modern ‘idol worship’ such as is applied to sports players, movies stars, business men and women of dubious morals, or celebrities.

The ideal should be the model we chose, and the external form of the living person, or the person themselves. “It should be an idea, an image, introjected, and not a personal attachment to the inspirer of the model. [12]

In advanced work, an entirely new, and integrated personality can be ‘imagined’ and brought into being this way.

Peter Roche de Coppens describes his use of the technique of an ‘Ideal Model’ in his work, The Invisible Temple, and combines it with the traditional use of “Assumption of the Godform and use of Divine Names.

“Let me give you an example of how I have used (and still use) the Name of one of my teachers, who is an 85 year old woman still alive in Paris, whom I have known and been inspired by for over 25 years….

In her presence, I have become transformed: being more myself in its higher sense, more alive, more creative, generous, and functioning at a higher level of consciousness. When I invoke her Name…I immediately feel her presence there and no longer feel alone, but instead connected to God, to Humanity, to Nature. All that I know about, and have experienced with her immediately returns to me and is present with me as her Spirit is connected with mine, and I become transformed again with powerful motivations and urges to become the better person I can be. [13]

Assumption

In his work Invisibility, Steve Richard’s discusses the technique of “Assumption of the Godform in relationship to the practices of the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn and their ritual for invisibility. The godform used for this practice is the Egyptian god of Harpocrates. However, the technique is not limited just to idealized personalities or anthropomorphized archetypes. In fact, it is used in a much more practical manner: to progressively attune with the many facets of creation, or to other human beings.

“Once you have selected your object, sit quietly, close your eyes, and visualize it in front of you. Now gradually increase the size of the object in your visualization until it becomes quite large, large enough, in fact, that it we were an open door you could walk through it. Then imagine that you are merging with your object, that you and the object are in fact becoming one. Once you feel that you have been successful, and that you have in fact merged psychically with whatever you are using, try to become sensitive to any feelings or sensations that may come to you. How does it feel to be a piece of steel? What does it look like? Are there tactile sensations that come to you? How cold is your object? What are its textures?

If you are successful with this experiment, the first thing that will happen is that you will actually feel that you have in fact merged with whatever you are trying to merge with, if not physically, then psychically. Then as you progress with it, you will begin to have actual sensations, intuitions, even thoughts that come to you as you do the experiment, and which proceed directly from this sense of merging that you will produce. [14]

After working your way up the chain, from mineral, to plant, and animal life, you can begin to experiment with human beings.

“You will now be able to merely visualize the animal or the person standing in front of you, and then, as before, imagine that you are merging with it, so that your consciousnesses are merged together and you become one with it.

In this case, you may wish to visualize yourself standing directly behind the person you are assuming, then, in imagination, reach out and put your hands on the sides of the other person’s head. Now, imagine that you are putting his head on, in other words, that you are slipping his head over yours, just as you would a ski mask. After you have done this, try to see with his eyes, hear with his hears, and think with his brain. His thoughts will become your thoughts, and your thoughts will become his. Using this method you can communicate with another person telepathically and implant thoughts in his mind without him being consciously aware where they came from. [15]

Elsewhere he states:

“It is a very versatile technique, and it would not be too much to say that an ingenious student can derive all the benefits of any system of psychic culture from this one technique alone, without the benefit of any other. [16]

Alchemical Applications

From Richard’s comments we can see that the theory and practice behind ‘assumption’ is in no way limited to qabalists and their myriad of pantheons and mythologies. Practicing alchemists can, and some would say do use it, even it unconsciously, when working with laboratory materials and their enigmatic picture books.

Through constant contemplation of the Work, its components, and their realizations that an energetic exchange is taking place on some level between their inner self and the outer materials, an experience of assumption is inevitable for the alchemist. This experience of ‘oneness’ could even be said to be a benchmark sign of some degree of interior success or initiation in the Work at hand.

Through a conscious application of the technique, it becomes possible to have an interior awakening regarding the various manuscripts, their authors, the time and culture in which they lived, and in short, to view their Work through their soul.

Even if the great alchemists such as Christian Rosencreutz, Flammel, or Saint Germain, were more legend than reality, the use of Assumption allows us to touch the archetype that they have become. To, in short, ‘assume’ them in the same fashion the qabalist ‘assumes’ Thoth, Osiris, or any other deity they chose.

The advantage of this technique over many others is in its directness. When it works we are aware of it. The knowledge and experience we gain is often very clear, although powerful. The often confusing array of subconscious symbols that qabalists wade through in interpreting psychic experiences, dreams, or meditation insights, is avoided. An intuition is often the fruits of this work, signifying a more Briactic level of experience. We get a glimpse of the powers of Tiphareth – the powers of direct experience.

Summary

The uses of the techniques of Assumption, be it of a godform, a plant, mineral, piece of laboratory equipment, or a mythic hero is limitless. When combined with a direct and real desire to perfect ourselves and to unfold those hidden potentials buried deep within, be it through an ‘ideal model’ of a mythological character, we come closer and closer to being a ‘whole’ and ‘holy’ being.

Maybe there is nothing better to quote on this point than the Hermetic text which reads:

“If then you do not make yourself equal to God, you cannot approach God: for like is known by like. Leap clear of all that is corporeal, and make yourself grow to an expanse like that greatness which is beyond all measure; rise up above all time, and become eternal, then you will apprehend God.

Think that for you too nothing is impossible; deem that you too are immortal, and that you are able to grasp all things in your thought, to know every craft and every science; find yourself at home in the haunts of every living creature; make yourself higher than all heights, and lower than all depths; bring together in yourself all opposites of quality, heat and cold, dryness and fluidity; think that you are not yet begotten, that you are in the womb, and that you are young, that you are old, that you have died, that you are in the world beyond the grave: grasp in your thoughts all this at once, all times and places, all substances and qualities and magnitudes together; then you can apprehend God.

But if you shut up your soul in your body, and abase yourself, and say, “I know nothing, I can do nothing, I am afraid of earth and sea, I cannot mount to heaven; I do not know what I was, nor what I shall be, then what have you to do with God? Your thoughts can grasp nothing beautiful and good, if you cleave to the body and evil. For it is the height of evil not to know God; but to be capable of knowing God, and to wish and hope to know Him, is the road which leads straight to the good; and it is an easy road to travel.


[1] The Sacred Cord Meditations by Dolores Ashcroft-Nowicki, Aquarian Press, Wellingborough, Northhamptonshire, 1990. P. 107.

[2] Lesson 67, p. 5.

[3] Ibid.

[4] The Secrets of a Golden Dawn Temple by Chic and Sandra Cicero. P.374.

[5] Ibid. p.130.

[6] Ibid. p. 132.

[7] Ibid, p. 84.

[8] Ibid

[9] The Invisible Temple by Peter Roche de Coppens. Llewellyn .p. 17.

[10] Psychosynthesis by Roberto Assangioli . p. 166.

[11] Ibid, p. 168.

[12] Ibid, p. 169.

[13] Roche de Coppens, p. 93.

[14] Invisibility – The Art of Vanishing by Steve Richards, Aquarian Press, Wellingborough Northamptonshire, 19 . p. 125.

[15] Ibid, p. 126.

[16] Ibid. p. 124.

Consecration of Golden Dawn Temple Tarot deck and box …

What I am doing is utilizing an interpretative Four World painting scheme.

The inside of the box — White for Kether/Atziluth — as Archetypal Imagery, and the outside Citrine/Olive/Black and Russet for the manifestational aspect of Assiah/and the Active principles of practical applications of the Wisdom that the cards present…

Source:  http://darkmoonmojo.blogspot.com/2014/02/consecration-of-golden-dawn-temple.html