Monday, June 23, 2008

Casting a Healing or Learning Spell

Seeing as I haven't posted any new spells lately, I thought I would go ahead and add another that I have found useful over the years. You evoke the intelligence and spirit of Venus to cast a love spell, Saturn or Mars to cast a curse, Jupiter or the Sun for wealth and prosperity, and then there's Mercury.

The magical powers associated with Mercury are Miracles of Healing, the Gift of Tongues, and the Knowledge of Sciences, so it can be used for both healing and accelerated learning, especially in the areas of language and technology. Please review the other spells I have already posted for information about the temple openings and other aspects of the general Golden Dawn magical forms. The new ritual form you will be using for this spell is the Greater Invoking Ritual of the Hexagram for Mercury. The hexagram is traced clockwise from the lower left point in yellow as you vibrate ARARITA, and the symbol of Mercury is traced in the center of the figure in purple as you vibrate the appropriate name of God, Elohim Tzabaoth.

00. Preparing the Temple

If you wish to heal yourself or increase your own learning ability you do not need a containment structure so the circle alone will suffice. It should be orange, and you can also trace an eight-pointed star within it in yellow. If you are attempting to heal another person use a containment structure because it will amplify the effect. You can either place a magical link like a photograph in the containment structure or build one large enough for a person to sit within.

I. Opening and II. The Preliminary Invocation

These are the same as in my other rituals.

III. The Conjuration

Perform the Greater Invoking Ritual of the Hexagram for Mercury. As you conclude with "Let the divine light descend!", visualize a column of yello light descending into the circle and enveloping you. You then begin to conjure the Spirit of Mercury. Vibrate the capitalized words. Eight is the number of Mercury, so the names are vibrated eight times.

ELOHIM TZABAOTH, ELOHIM TZABAOTH, ELOHIM TZABAOTH, ELOHIM TZABAOTH, ELOHIM TZABAOTH, ELOHIM TZABAOTH, ELOHIM TZABAOTH, ELOHIM TZABAOTH (el-oh-HEEM tzah-bah-OTH). Come unto me, God in HOD (HOHD), the sphere of KOKAB (koh-KAHB). Send unto me MICHAEL (mee-kai-EL), that great Archangel of thine, that he may answer my behest.

Pause until the presence of Elohim Tzabaoth is perceived. If you don’t feel anything or see anything, wait three minutes or so before continuing.

MICHAEL, MICHAEL, MICHAEL, MICHAEL, MICHAEL, MICHAEL, MICHAEL, MICHAEL (mee-kai-EL). Come unto me, great and mighty Archangel of HOD (HOHD), the sphere of KOKAB (koh-KAHB), by the name of the great god ELOHIM TZABAOTH (el-oh-HEEM tzah-bah-OTH). Send unto me TIRIEL (teer-ee-EL), that great intelligence of thine, that he may answer my behest.

Pause until the presence of Michael is perceived. If you don’t feel anything or see anything, wait three minutes or so before continuing.

TIRIEL, TIRIEL, TIRIEL, TIRIEL, TIRIEL, TIRIEL, TIRIEL, TIRIEL (teer-ee-EL). Come unto me, thou bright intelligence of KOKAB (koh-KAHB), and answer my behest. In the name of MICHAEL (mee-kai-EL) thy lord, compel the spirit TAPHTHARTHARATH (taf-thar-thar-AHTH) who is under thy dominion to manifest within this Circle of Art (or "within this Triangle of Art" if you are using a containment structure).

Pause until the presence of Tiriel is perceived. If you don’t feel anything or see anything, wait three minutes or so before continuing.

TAPHTHARTHARATH, TAPHTHARTHARATH, TAPHTHARTHARATH, TAPHTHARTHARATH, TAPHTHARTHARATH, TAPHTHARTHARATH, TAPHTHARTHARATH, TAPHTHARTHARATH (taf-thar-thar-AHTH). Come unto me, mighty spirit of KOKAB (koh-KAHB), and make manifest my behest. In the name of TIRIEL (teer-ee-EL) thy lord, come forth within this Circle of Art (or "within this Triangle of Art" if you are using a containment structure) that thou mayst wield the powers of the path of BETH (like it looks), the path of the planet Mercury.

Pause until the presence of Taphthartharath is perceived. If you don’t feel anything or see anything, wait three minutes or so before continuing.

At this point you deliver the charge to the spirit. Address it to Taphthartharath. This is what you want the spirit to do. You need to write this part yourself, because it’s very personal. You should state what you want simply so that the spirit can’t twist your words around. Bear in mind that this is not because the spirit is deceptive like some authors contend, but because magick is more like operating a machine than it is like conversing with a fully sentient individual. The intelligence and spirit are literal-minded and the magick will always follow the path of least resistance that matches the letter of the charge.

After the charge, pause for a moment before closing the temple.

IV. Closing

The License to Depart should be revised as follows.

O thou ELOHIM TZABAOTH (el-oh-HEEM tzah-bah-OTH) and thy ministers MICHAEL (mee-kai-EL), TIRIEL (teer-ee-EL), and TAPHTHARTHARATH (taf-thar-thar-AHTH), because thou hast diligently answered unto my demands, and hast been very ready and willing to come at my call, I do here license thee to depart unto thy proper place; without causing harm or danger unto man or beast. I charge thee to withdraw peaceably and quietly, and peace be ever continued between us. So mote it be!

Pause for a moment to give the spirits time to depart. Visualize the yellow light being absorbed into yourself.

The rest of the Closing is the same. You're done.

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Knight of Pan said...

Very cool ritual. I'll have to try it out.

Ananael Qaa said...

Thanks! What first really got me interested in working on these planetary rituals was that presentation you gave years ago for Leaping Laughter, so you at least deserve some credit for sparking my interest.

One of the things that I found differs from that presentation is that as far as I can tell the contention you talked about from The Magus that "the intelligence is for good, the spirit is for evil" is not quite correct. You notice that I use both the intelligence and spirit in all of these rituals.

The actual usage is that the intelligence is for knowledge and the spirit is for action. But as you discovered you can't summon the spirit on its own very effectively - for an action you need the intelligence to direct the force and the spirit to provide the force itself.

I'm guessing that the "good/evil" dichotomy comes from the old dualistic belief that reason was good and matter was corrupt therefore evil, so magical actions in the material world were seen as less good than operations intended to increase the knowledge and wisdom of the operator.

Definitely try it out, and let me know how it goes.

yuzuru said...

Hi, have been reading all the posts, loving the blog so far, interesting ritual, will have to try it.

Dacia Pacea said...

I've been meaning to tell you this for a few days, but i thought it was just nothing at first.

I had cast this spell just before Mercury went retrograde last month, to heal someone's strabismus. I conjured Taphthartharath in the containment structure, where its sigil was placed above that person's DNA, visualizing a pillar of yellow light shining upon the triangle and penetrsting the link. I set the time frame of 40days.

Recently I started noticing that my strabismus is starting to heal. My affected eye is starting to shift in the position a normal person would have it, without me having to concentrate on it and force it stay in that position. I've also been noticing a pulling sensation on the weak muscle that had lead to the strabismus in the first place, when I was a kid.

The person that I had cast this spell doesn't sense any of this yet. There is still some time left before the time frame will end though.

I'm preety amazed by this result, especially since i had used the containment structurr. Maybe that person doesn't have strabismus, although the signs are definitely there for all to see, or maybe it works slower on them.

I thought you should know this for your statistics.

Dacia Pacea said...

I guess this would be the right link to ask this: Can healing spells cast on a person fail due to that person's will? I'm not talking about the will of their conscious mind. I mean who in their right mind would want to have one or more physical affections? Unless perhaps they were a scientist experimenting certain affections on themselves, which seldom happens, if not ever. I mean their higher will, something the like of what Crowley was talking about when he wrote "do what thou wilt...", which he describes of being the will of God. That seems like the will of Kether. I'm talking more about the will of Tiphareth, but a higher will that the one of the conscious mind in Malkuth nonetheless.

It's odd that having done a certain number of healing rituals on someone, they seem to get worse, even though i've cast the spells with their approval and i was careful to construct the charge in such a way that the target would not suffer during the healing process. It's like the target's higher will rejects this manner of healing and would perhaps want the target to heal themselves by understanding some sort of karmic lessons... or something... I've asked both the enochian angels on this matter and Bethor and their answers seem to point to what i wrote above...

Scott Stenwick said...

That is a complicated question. From a Thelemic perspective, magick does not work well when working against the true will of an individual. True will is not solely related to the contents of the mind, it includes the physical body as well. The physical body is subject to real "karma" which is stuff like genetics.

The true will doesn't necessarily "want" anything. That, I think, is a misreading of the concept. It has to do with your base, fundamental nature on both the physical and spiritual planes. Karma in the real world has nothing to do with "lessons" - that's a misunderstanding of the concept as well.

But here's the thing. I have asthma, and I've never been able to heal it with magick. The reason is simpler than you might think - every cell in my body is coded to produce the condition. I can do a spell that makes it better for a little while, but it always reverts to baseline. That's karma.

Outside of New Age circles, karma just means the law of cause and effect. I have genes that code for asthma, so I have asthma. I would need to rewrite my genome to actually fix it. Likewise, it can pertain to actions in simple, logical ways. If you go around treating everyone you meet like shit, pretty soon they'll start treating you the same way.

Here's what karma is not: "Today I refused to give some money to a panhandler, and today my car won't start because that was a mean thing to do." New Agers love that bullshit, but it's not the concept of karma found in any historical religious tradition. It actually comes from Theosophy, and it is based on a complete misunderstanding of Eastern religions.

There's more where that came from. You can read about it here:

I suspect that the healing you tried to do didn't make the person worse, but rather you were prompted to do the healing when their condition worsened. So the trend they were on was already downward, and the spell might have mediated the effects without producing anything that looked like improvement.

Dacia Pacea said...

I've cast their natal chart and they have Saturn in their 6th house, so that would explain things. This placement didn't manifest in the physical body as genetic predispositions to certain illnesses like in your case, but rather like they get enormous complications from the stupidest injuries which the doctors either don't see or don't want to see - happened many times, even sent the patient for psychiatric controls and/or stated up front that the patient was faking it. Without a diagnosis I can only cast for making the affected area better. Baligon told me the names of those conditions, but i was only able to cure a bad bursitis. I wrote above what has happened when I cast for healing their strabismus (LOL), which btw causes terrible symptoms when it's developed by an adult.

I've read your other article and I agree. The reason I've asked you about their will is that (and I'm sorry I didn't mention it before) along with the physical condition going south, so did their mental condition. Now I now that being in constant pain and discomfort deteriorates one's mental health over time, but I've also cast multiple spells for mental and emotional comfort, and still no improvement. That's why I suspected they were rejecting the spells at some inner level.

Dacia Pacea said...

Off topic, but in case I'll forget. Some guy on a forum just came up with a great explanation for the intelligence of the intelligences of the Moon - they are of the lunar mansions. Just thought you should know :)

Scott Stenwick said...

So how exactly is that supposed to work, then? The idea has some potential, but the lunar mansions taken as a group do not represent any particular powers or spirits. You have correlations between specific spirits and specific mansions, but what good does it do to have a single sigil for all of them?

I do know that one of the reasons that you see things like "spirit of spirits" and "intelligence of intelligences" is that when Agrippa published the lore, there was some disagreement in the tradition over which of the names was right for a couple of the planets. Agrippa published it all, leading to some confusion later on.

I would expect that the "intelligence of intelligences" and the "spirit of spirits" work like intelligences and spirits respectively, since there wouldn't have been any arguments about it in Agrippa's time if the names didn't all work. None of that rules out the possibility that the lunar mansions could be involved.

However, that sounds like the beginning idea for a system, not anything complete. How does this individual propose using the concept with the individual mansions?

Dacia Pacea said...

Well i don't know. Haven't asked him yet. I asked Aaron Leitch a few days ago, because Brother Moloch said that he (Aaron) could know the answer behind the existence of spirit of spirits and intelligence of intelligences. That was before that guy popped up with the lunar mansion answer. A.L. answered that it doesn't prove it Agrippa was thinking of this when he wrote the grimoire, but that it to him.

Here's the link to that conversation in the comments if you're interested:

I'll PM the guy on the blog and ask him about his view on working with the individual mansion. I'll get back to you with his answer.

Dacia Pacea said...

*but that to him it "it has the ring of truth"

Dacia Pacea said...

*forum not blog

Scott Stenwick said...

I am not all that interested in getting involved in yet another forum, but from that my guess is the association is probably spurious. A.L. does do some decent scholarly work, but I generally find anything he can't back up with research is usually not anywhere near as useful as he says it is, and not nearly as "obviously true" as he always seems to insist.

Two examples: grimoire magick as a form of shamanism, and "restoring" the Heptarchia Mystica. The former is a contention based on equating African religions with the European grimoires only because they share a few spirit names, and the latter is an innovation he came up with that he insists was "the angels' real intent" without any actual evidence that effect.

It's not that he doesn't put out some good material, but you have carefully test all of it because nothing is ever as cut and dried as he makes it sound.

Dacia Pacea said...

I've read your written dialogue with A L. on the restored Heptarchy. That's uncharted territory for me :) About the lunar mansions he said an interesting thing - they should have a ruler and said that Malkah-Queen could be that ruler.

I guess I'll have to wait for that guy to answer my pm and see if he can share certain procedures.

Scott Stenwick said...

Pretty much. And then make sure that you test out whatever you get as thoroughly as you can.

Dacia Pacea said...

I got an answer from that guy on the forum. I asked him if he conjures each intelligence through the lunar hierarchy: godname-archangel-intelligence-specific inntelligence from the intelligences.

He said he follows Christopher Warnock's Mansions of the Moon booklet. He waits for the Moon to be in the specific mansion, lights 9 candles, speaks the conjurations from the book and awaits for the entity to appear in the dark mirror. He also said the rules of the mansions can be found there.

I haven't read that book yet, so I guess I'll try to find it and see what it contains and figure out of it could be adapted to fit a GD style ritual.

Scott Stenwick said...

Okay, and that is all fine and probably workable, but what does it have to do with the sigil for the intelligence of intelligences? It seems to me like with that method you would not need it all. The point of the sigil is to identify a specific entity or principle.

You would adapt to an operant style ritual like so:

Middle Pillar
GIRH for the Moon
Conjuration - Charge - License to Depart (adapt from Warnock book)
LBRP or Qabalistic Cross

I have only ever done one of Warnock's rituals in my life, but I can't say that it seemed to do very much even though it had a very favorable election behind it. Still, you can't draw much in the way of conclusions from a single operation.

Dacia Pacea said...

I suppose the sigil of the I. of I. is meant to be used in order to conjure them as a whole and then instruct them to bring forth the specific lord or lady that rule a certain mansion. In that case, I don't know why Agrippa didn't mention it in the book.

Thanks for adding the ritual steps! Once I get hold of Warnock's book I'll give it a try.

Something still puzzles me. From what I know, the primary use of the mansions is the creation of talismans. In this case I think a spirit would be more suited for the task, it being closer to the physical realm than an intelligence. Perhaps the lords are then intelligences and the ladies, spirits, and the former would command the latter to empower the talisman. In any case, I'll get back to you with further details once I'll do a ritual.

PS: Franz Barton names 28 intelligences of the Moon in this book

Scott Stenwick said...

It just seems kind of odd that you would not have a collection of 28 sigils for the difference mansion intelligences. Usually that is the way grimoire magick works.

Otherwise, why not just use the character of the Moon by itself and call forth the mansion intelligence by the god-name? It seems that would be no less effective, and has the advantage of being easier. The whole point of a specific sigil is to have a visual representation of the spirit's specific name.

Of course, I'm speculating here, since I've never tried either version of those operations. If you do get a chance to test it out, let me know how it goes.

Dacia Pacea said...

I will certainly let you know how it went and what the results were. I can't seem to find that damn book as a pdf though :)

Dacia Pacea said...

I've found the angels of the mansions in Agrippa's Book 3, chapter 24: Geniel, Enediel, Amixiel, Azariel, Gabiel,
Dirachiel, Seheliel [Scheliel?], Amnediel, Barbiel, Ardefiel, Neciel, Abdizuel, Jazeriel,
Ergediel, Ataliel, Azeruel, Adriel, Egibiel, Amutiel, Kyriel, Bethnael, Geliel, Requiel,
Abrinael, Aziel, Tagriel, Alheniel, Amnixiel

Dacia Pacea said...

So perhaps their sigils could be made using the lunar kamea.

Scott Stenwick said...

Right, that is exactly how I would go about doing it. But what, then, do you do with the sigil for the intelligence of intelligences? It seems to me that all you would need is the sigil for the mansion angel to get the job done.

Dacia Pacea said...

I've also found Warnock's book here
Hope you'll be able to see it if you choose to read a bit. The ritual is described starting on page 29. There are 2 ritual methods described, and they are quite simplistic.

I think I'll do two rituals. The first one is gonna be like this: operant field-MP-GIRH of Luna, with the general invocation and opening of the veil along the way, and I'm gonna conjure the mansion and it's lord as described in the book, by coloring the talisman and passing it through the incense smoke while reading the specific prayers.

In the second one I'm gonna use the GD steps after the GIRH of Luna - read the Moon conjuration from the book them call upon Shaddai El Chai x9, Gabriel x9, the intelligence of the intelligences x9 and instruct them to send the specific angel in a containment structure - the sigil of the specific angel will be placed upon the talisman in the structure. I'm gonna use the conjuration from the book the book when I'll call the specific angel to manifest inside the triangle and empower the talisman.

Now I only have to study each mansion and figure out which talisman I need.

I'll get back to you with the results. This might take some time.

Dacia Pacea said...

And a LBRP closing for both.

Dacia Pacea said...

Quick question: when creating the sigils of the letters, should I transliterate each Latin letter into its Hebrew counterpart? I've seen that 777 doesn't do that. For instance Raphael is transliterated as Rphal... I've seen you transliterated each letter of the elemental kings in order to produce their sigils. I'm also having a hard time in finding each Hebrew counterpart. I see that 777 has X as Sadhe (final), which is weird, but i guess it'll have to do. I also can't find the correspondence for the letter E. According to 777 transliterations it should be Aleph, but i also found He as the corresponding letter :(

Scott Stenwick said...

For Hebrew words like angel names, you want to find the Hebrew spelling and use that. The language does not transliterate directly letter by letter. With the elemental kings, nobody knows where the names came from. It likely is not Hebrew, so you have to work with what you have.

Crowley often used Heh for E, since the letter E does not exist in Hebrew. However, an E that you pronounce more like an "ah" sound in English should usually be rendered as Aleph instead. The transliteration system is not entirely definitive, since as a language Hebrew is so different from English.

Dacia Pacea said...

I was afraid it would and up this way :)

I guess I'll have to find the right spelling. Thank you!

Scott Stenwick said...

So if you are looking at angels, the -iel ending is yod-aleph-lamed, the -uel ending is vav-aleph-lamed, and the -ael ending is aleph-lamed. That should simplify it for you a bit. You would not use a Heh for the E in any of those cases.

Otherwise, take a look at the "Geomantic Intelligences" column in 777 that gives a bunch of angel names along with their Hebrew spellings. You should be able to tease out patterns from it - at least, that is how I would do it.

Example - for angels like Raphael and Gabriel you wind up dropping the first A, so any angel names with similar construction should do the same. So Barbiel would be beth-resh-beth-yod-aleph-lamed. E's are also dropped in a lot of cases, so I would think Jazeriel would be yod-zayin-resh-yod-aleph-lamed.

Dacia Pacea said...

There is definitely a pattern in 777 and I began working on the transliterations by comparison with the angel names there. Thank you again for making it easier for me! :D