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Thursday, May 7, 2015

Chilling with the Spirit of Earth

So, having talked about modes of putting together magical rituals, and also having looked at the way in which the Golden Dawn based methods can still work with traditional methods, here is a visionary ritual which can be adapted for practical results as well. It streamlines the ritual and draws in GD and other modern elements along with elements based in tradition. Easily adaptable for other hierarchies or directly to an angel.

This was originally put together as part of a packet for initiating the element of earth in the body of the magician.

Ritual for Contacting the Spirit of the Earth
Fr. V.H.

The magician disrobes and washes external to his temple or working space.
His ritual clothing is laid out and waiting in his temple space. He enters and dresses in his ritual clothing.

The magician stands at the altar in the center. On the altar is a bowl of water, a
paten of salt, an asperger, an unlit candle, unlit incense, and a match. In the east,
beyond the working space is a single lit candle on an altar, or table, or some raised surface. The space is otherwise dark.

The magician advances to the east and makes the sign of blessing with his hand and traces the rose cross saying:

By the sign of light, I consecrate this work in the name of …N… that I might receive and know Phorlakh, the spirit of earth, his work and his nature.

Return to the center.

The magician places his hands upon the table, lowers his head, inflaming himself in the prayer he says:

Holy art thou Lord of the Universe
Holy art thou whom nature hath not formed
Holy art thou the vast and mighty one
Lord of the light and of the darkness

He takes the salt and makes over it the sign of earth and replacing it he takes the
water and makes over it the sign of water.
He then pours the salt into the water
saying:

So therefore first the Priest who governeth the works of fire shall sprinkle with the Lustral Water of the loud resounding Sea.

With the asperger he then sprinkles the quarters.

Having completed his sprinkling he returns to the center, replacing the bowl so that it is at the lower right corner of the altar. He takes the candle and over it he makes the sign of fire, then striking the match lights the candle saying:

When all the phantoms are vanished thou shalt see that Holy and Formless Fire…

Taking the flame he approaches each quarter making the sign of the cross with the candle, as he progresses through the quarters he says:

…that Fire which darts and flashes through the hidden depths of the Universe…

When he has accomplished this he returns to the center, replaces the candle so that the candle is in the upper left corner of the altar, and says:

…hear thou the voice of Fire.

The magician then kneels, bowing his head momentarily to consider the highest, and then raises it towards the light in the East in adoration saying:

My beloved is white and ruddy, preeminent above ten thousand.
His head is as the most fine gold, his locks are curled, and black as a raven.
His eyes are like doves beside the water-brooks; washed with milk, and fitly set.
His cheeks are as a bed of spices, as banks of sweet herbs; his lips are as lilies, dropping with flowing myrrh.
His hands are as rods of gold set with beryl; his body is as polished ivory overlaid with sapphires.
His legs are as pillars of marble, set upon sockets of fine gold; his aspect is like Lebanon, excellent as the cedars.
His mouth is most sweet; yea, he is altogether lovely. This is my beloved, and this is my friend

The magician then rises and adjusts the bowl and candle so that they are even at the middle right and left of the altar respectively. He then takes the incense and lights it from the candle and makes the sign of the cross with it saying:

Be thou the light, my shield and my breath.

The magician then replaces the incense and faces the east. With his hand he traces the hexagram saying the following passage, as he comes to the first instance of each angelic name he traces the sign of the appropriate element following in sequence fire, then water, then air, then earth:

Hail unto thee who art called holy,
Lord of the Earth who established his foundation beneath the firmament
Fertile field and bearer of treasurer
Who receives the light of the stars
And manifests their glory within secret chambers.
By the authority of your holy name, Adonai Ha-Aretz
I call upon the archangel, Sandafalon
One of the two most holy princes of heaven
That I might receive Michael
Who is warden and keeper of the Earth,
And the strength of your hand,
That he might send Kerub
Who is the formation of the foundation
That Phorlakh might be manifested unto me,
That I might know the mysteries of Earth
Through his work and his nature.
By the holy name Adonai Ha-Aretz
Be thou present Phorlakh!

The magician then sits in meditation to receive the spirit of earth and communicate with him. When he has accomplished this he may bid the spirit to peaceably depart.

He should then write in his journal. When he has finished this let him stand, making
the cross on himself, and at the center pause and say:

By the holy name ….N…. I declare this rite concluded, that all may be at peace.