Monday, May 6, 2013

Venus Talisman Ritual

It seems that I'm not the only one doing talismanic work lately. RO put up a post yesterday describing his own recent efforts in that regard around the time I was putting this one together over the weekend. The ritual described here has a lot in common with my Venus elixir ritual that I put together for the transit of Venus last June. The reason that I decided to go for Venus again had a lot to do with my studies of traditional astrology, in that a particularly favorable Venus election manifested last Friday morning during the first hour of the day. So it entailed rising early, which I'm not particularly fond of doing, but I'm expecting that the talisman itself will prove potent enough to justify the loss of sleep.

Venus is not just associated with love spells, which I'm not in need of at the moment, even though that's the most common sort of Venus rite most magicians perform and such rituals do work quite well. The state of consciousness associated with the planet is "the vision of beauty triumphant" and in traditional astrology the planet is considered the lesser benefic, the greater benefic being Jupiter. Venus is also associated with art, creativity, and aesthetic virtue in addition to this sort of general good fortune. I won't reveal the exact nature of the charge here as the talisman itself represents an ongoing operation, but its influence is intended to fall within those areas rather than the realm of love and relationships.

Because the nature of the talisman is generalized, the angel of Venus is conjured rather than the intelligence or spirit. The intelligence of a planet is best for Theurgic rituals intended to induce particular states of consciousness or obtain information about the divine realm or for protection, while the spirit is best for obtaining specific practical objectives - the more specific the better. This contradicts Agrippa's statement that the "intelligence is for good and the spirit is for bad," but my experience with these entities suggests that this stems more from a bias against "sorcery" - that is, practical magick - than anything inherent in their nature.

Some of this bias may also be due to the fact that a spirit conjured on its own without the influence of the intelligence behaves like a blind force that's hard to control, but the solution there is simply that you never do it. Even when calling on the spirit to perform an specific action, you conjure the intelligence first to provide a measure of control. With a generalized intent, though, that may involve both Theurgic and Thaumaturgic components in some unknown combination, the angel is usually a better option. You don't need any sort of additional sigil to conjure the angel; the planetary seal from Agrippa works just fine.


In a previous series of magical operations with my working group I constructed a series of seven planetary tablets in the Golden Dawn flashing color style incorporating the planetary seal from Agrippa and a collection of names associated with each planetary realm. Such tablets are wonderful implements - they mean that when conjuring the angel, most of your preparation is already done for you. You just put the tablet in the center of your altar, set your talisman on top of it, and you're good to go with the ritual proper.

This rite also incorporates the main magical weapons that I use in my workings, a Tibetan phurba dagger that I use as a banishing implement and a purpleheart wand with an opal at the base and a carnelian at the tip that I use as an invoking wand. In the context of my operant field model, the dagger is used from Lesser Banishing Ritual of the Pentagram and the invoking wand is used for the Lesser and Greater Invoking Rituals of the Hexagram, in addition to being employed during the conjuration. In this rite the bell chime is used to mark both the opening of the operant field and the arrival of the angel.

The ritual itself follows. It may be adapted for any of the other seven ancient planets by substituting their seals, employing the appropriate form of the Greater Ritual of the Hexagram, and changing the colors visualized and number of circumambulations to match.

The temple is arranged with an altar in the center. The altar holds the banishing dagger, invoking wand, bell chime, and a cloth to shroud the talisman. In the center of the altar is placed the Venus tablet. The material basis for the talisman is placed on top of the tablet at the start of the rite and remains there throughout.

I. Opening

Officiant starts at the west of the altar facing east. All others present stand around the altar as space permits, facing inwards.

Officiant: Balasti! Ompehda!

Officiant then performs the Lesser Banishing Ritual of the Pentagram, with all present joining in for the initial Qabalistic Cross.

II. The Magical Field

Officiant performs the Lesser Invoking Ritual of the Hexagram.

III. Preliminary Invocation

Any invocation by which the group accomplishes union with the divine may be substituted here. My working group usually employs Aleister Crowley’s Prayer of the Aeon, shown here.

All: Now I begin to pray, thou child,
Holy thy name and undefiled
Thy reign is come, thy will is done
Bring me through midnight to the Sun.
Save me from evil and from good,
That thy one crown of all the ten.
Even now and here be mine.
AMEN.

Bell Chime.

IV. Conjuration

Officiant performs the Greater Invoking Ritual of the Hexagram for Venus (Venus hexagram in emerald green, Venus symbol in scarlet, godname YHVH Tzabaoth).

Officiant: Oh glorious and mighty ANAEL, you who command and rule over the intelligences and spirits of NOGAH, behold me, and in the name of the same your God, the beautiful and triumphant YHVH TZABAOTH, attend and appear before us now. Full powers and wonders of the planet Venus do we rightly desire! Enlighten our understanding, encourage our hearts, and manifest unto the majesty of your spiritual realm.

All: So mote it be!

Officiant: Gloria Patri et Matri et Filius et Filia et spiritui sancto interno et spiritui sancto externo ut erat est erit in saeculo saeculorum sex in uno per nomen septem in uno…

All: ARARITA.

Led by Officiant, all begin to vibrate the name ANAEL as a chant. When Officiant senses the angel’s presence, he or she rings the bell chime and the chant stops.

V. Charging of the Talisman

Officiant: O beautiful and triumphant ANAEL! To thee we raise this talisman of our magickal will! We ask thee, oh Exalted One, to receive this body of our rite into the light of thy presence. As we proceed in making this Talisman of Venus, I charge you to manifest the victorious energies of NOGAH vitalized in Assiah by thy blessing. In the crafting of this Mystery, let there be unto our creation vitality of soul and true embodiment of the wonders of thy Sphere!

All make seven clockwise circumambulations, visualizing a wall of emerald green light whirling rapidly about the circle while maintaining attention on the talisman. When this is finished the wall of light is allowed to fade.

The formal charge linked to the talisman is now delivered to Anael.

Once the charge is delivered Officiant raises power, visualizing a continuous spiral of emerald green light ascending from the ground at feet, whirling clockwise around the body and ascending until it disappears above the head. He or she holds the visualization and vibrates the divine name once.

YHVH TZABAOTH

Officiant then allows spiral to fade. Each participant in turn, clockwise around circle, does the same as above. When finished, all vibrate the name once more.

YHVH TZABAOTH

With Officiant leading, all extend hands toward the center of the altar, visualizing beams of emerald green light emanating from both hands and entering into the talisman. When the talisman feels “full” of power Officiant ends visualization and folds hands on breast, left over right. All do likewise. Finally, the Officiant traces in a horizontal plane the symbol of Venus over the tablet while vibrating the divine name once more.

YHVH TZABAOTH

All make one more complete circumambulation of the circle, then shroud talisman.

Officiant: There is success.

All: ABRAHADABRA!

VI. The License to Depart

Officiant: O thou ANAEL, praise and honor be unto thee for the splendor of thine office and the majesty of thy being. And the blessing of thy God and mine, the beautiful and triumphant YHVH TZABAOTH. Because thou hast diligently answered unto our demands, and hast been very ready and willing to come at our call, we do here license thee to depart unto thy proper place; without causing harm or danger unto man or beast. Depart, then, I say, and be thou very ready to come at our call, being duly exorcised and conjured by these sacred rites of magick. AMEN.

All: So mote it be!

VII. Closing

Officiant performs the Lesser Banishing Ritual of the Pentagram, with all joining in for the final the Qabalistic Cross.

Officiant: I now declare this temple duly closed.

Battery: 1.

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3 comments:

Rhonda Howard said...

can you do the same with Archangel Chamuel?

How would you Have to energy of Chamuel charge the Venu Talisman?

Rhonda Howard said...

Just read he is a fallen angel who tried to stop Moses from obtaining the book of the law. Never mind.

Scott Stenwick said...

As far as calling on other angels in general for planetary magick goes, the most important thing is to make sure that the angel is actually associated with the planet that you are working. So you could certainly modify this rite to call upon any angel attributed to Venus.