Monday, April 17, 2017

Via Solis Aries Elixir Rite

Today's Magick Monday post is a full script for the Aries Elixir Rite that we will be performing tomorrow, Tuesday April 18th, at Leaping Laughter Lodge, our local Twin Cities body of Ordo Templi Orientis. This is similar to the Libra Elixir Rite posted back in 2014. Going forward, we will be performing one of these per month, once for each of the twelve signs, in a ritual series called Via Solis (the way or path of the Sun). The Via Solis Elixir Rites were written by Michele Montserrat in 2010 for the Comselh Ananael magical working group. I will be posting the full scripts here on the preceding Mondays so people can take a look at them if they want to attend. Also, if you are in the Twin Cities (Minneapolis and Saint Paul, Minnesota) and would like to attend, let me or someone at the lodge know. This is a public ritual and all are welcome.

0. The Temple

The ritual space is set up with an altar table in the center. The bell chime, banishing dagger, and invoking wand are placed on the altar. In the center of the altar is placed a cup of wine for creating the elixir, within the Table of Art corresponding to Aries. Items to be consecrated may be placed on the altar by any of the attendees, as Aries is attributed to the Power of Consecrating Things. This ritual may be performed with one, two, or three officers, who may alternate taking the Officiant role and divide up the reading from Liber 963.

I. Opening

All stand surrounding the altar. Officiant inhales fully, placing the banishing dagger at his or her lips. The air is then expelled as the dagger is swept backwards.

Officiant: Bahlasti! Ompehda!

Officiant then performs the Lesser Banishing Ritual of the Pentagram. All rotate accordingly.

Officiant: We take refuge in Nuit, the blue-lidded daughter of sunset, the naked brilliance of the voluptuous night sky, as we issue the call to the awakened nature of all beings, for every man and every woman is a star.


Officiant: We take refuge in Hadit, the secret flame that burns in every heart of man and in the core of every star, as we issue the call to our own awakened natures, arousing the coiled serpent about to spring.


Officiant: We take refuge in Heru-Ra-Ha, who wields the wand of double power, the wand of the force of Coph Nia, but whose left hand is empty for he has crushed an universe and naught remains, as we unite our awakened natures with those of all beings everywhere and everywhen, dissolving all obstacles and healing all suffering. 


Officiant: For pure will, unassuaged of purpose, delivered from the lust of result, is every way perfect.

All: All is pure and present are and has always been so, for existence is pure joy; all the sorrows are but as shadows; they pass and done; but there is that which remains. To this realization we commit ourselves – pure and total presence. So mote it be.

II. The Magical Field

Officiant performs the Lesser Invoking Ritual of the Hexagram (Comselh Ananael or standard version). All rotate accordingly.

All: Now I begin to pray, thou child,
Holy thy name and undefiled.
Thy reign is come, thy will is done,
Here is the bread, here is the blood,
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.

Officiant: In my breast I carry the mark of the Living God.

All: I adore thee, thou light of the world. I adore thee thou Light of the Grail. I ask nothing from thee for I am become thee. I and thee are one in the perfection of the Mystery of Life.

Bell chime.

III. The Preliminary Invocation

Officiant: And before the throne there was a sea of glass, like crystal, and in the center and around the throne, four living creatures full of eyes in front and behind. Without stopping day or night they were saying…

All: Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty, who was, who is, and who is coming – IAO

All make the Sign of Apophis and Typhon.

Officiant: Holy art Thou, who art Universe,
Holy art Thou, who art in Nature formed,
Holy art Thou, the Vast and the Mighty,
Source of Darkness, Source of Light.

All make the Sign of Silence.

All: Lord all mighty and all powerful, hear our Prayers
Command thy holy Angels above the fixed stars
To be Assisting and Aiding of thy people
That we may command all spirits
Of the air, fire, water, earth, heaven and hell
So that they may tend to the glory of God and Man

Bell chime.

IV. Tuning the Space

Officiant performs the Greater Invoking Hexagram of Aries (Hexagram of Mars in scarlet with ARARITA, symbol of Aries in emerald green with YHVH). All rotate accordingly. Officiant(s) then read the unification statement from Liber 963, alternating the first twelve lines between them and reading the thirteenth together in unison.

1. O Thou snow-clad volcan of scarlet fire, Thou flame crested pillar of fury! Yea, as I approach Thee, Thou departest from me like unto a wisp of smoke blown forth from the window of my house.

2. O my God, Thou Mighty One, Thou Creator of all things, I renounce unto Thee the crimson lust of the chase, and the blast of the brazen war-horns, and all the gleaming of the spears; so that like an hart I may be brought to bay in Thine arms, and be consumed in the unutterable joy of Thine everlasting rapture.

3. O Thou flame of the horned storm-clouds, that sunderest their desolation, that outroarest the winds; I swear to Thee by the gleaming sandals of the stars, to climb beyond the summits of the mountains, and rend Thy robe of purple thunders with a sword of silvery light.

4. O Thou Sovran Lord of primaeval Baresarkers, who huntest with dawn the dappled deer of twilight, and whose engines of war are blood-crested comets. I know Thee! O Thou flame-crowned Self-luminous One, the lash of whose whip gathered the ancient worlds, and looseth the blood from the virgin clouds of heaven.

5. O Glory be to Thee, O God my God; for I behold Thee in the smoke-veil'd fire of the mountains: Thou hast inflamed them as lions that scent a fallow deer, so that they may rage forth the Glory of Thy Name.

6. O Thou mighty God, make me as a white ram that is athirst in a sun-scorched desert of bitterness; I beseech Thee, O Thou great God! That I may seek the deep waters of Thy Wisdom, and plunge into the whiteness of Thine effulgence: O Thou God, my God!

7. O Thou effulgence of burning love, who pursueth the dawn as a youth pursueth a rose-lipped maiden; rend me with the fierce kisses of Thy mouth, so that in the battle of our lips I may be drenched by the snow-pure fountains of Thy bliss.

8. O Thou God of the Nothingness of All Things! Thou who art neither the fivefold root of Nature; nor the fire-crested helm of her Master: O Thou who art not the Emperor of Eternal Time; nor the warrior shout that rocketh the Byss of Space! I deny Thee by the powers of mine understanding; Raise me in the unity of Thy might, and suckle me at the swol'n breasts of Thine all-pervading Nothingness; for Thou art all and none of these in the fullness of Thy Not-Being.

9. Ah! but I rejoice in Thee, O Thou my God; Thou cloud-hooded bastion of the stormy skies; Thou lightning anvil of angel swords; Thou gloomy forge of the thunderbolt: Yea, I rejoice in Thee, Thou all-subduing Crown of Splendour; O Thou hero-souled helm of endless victory! I rejoice, yea, I shout with gladness! till the mad rivers rush roaring through the woods, and my re-echoing voice danceth like a ram among the hills, for the Glory and Splendour of Thy Name.

10. O my God, suckle me with truth and be merciful unto me, as I humble myself before Thee; for all my agony of anguish is but as a quail struggling in the jaws of an hungry wolf.

11. O woe unto me, my God, woe unto me; for all my works are as a coiled-up sleeper who hath overslept the day, even the dawn that hovereth as a hawk in the void. Yet in the gloom of mine awakening do I see, across the breasts of night, Thy shadowed form.

12. O what art Thou, O God my God, Thou eternal incarnating immortal One? O Thou welder of life and death! Thou whose breasts are as the full breasts of a mother, yet in Thy hand Thou carriest the sword of destruction! O how can I cleave the shield of Thy might as a little wanton child may burst a floating bubble with the breast-feather of a dove?

13. O Thou Unity of all things: as the sun that rolleth through the twelve mansions of the skies, so art Thou, O God my God. I cannot slay Thee, for Thou art everywhere; lo! though I lick up the Boundless Light, the Boundless, and the Not, there still shall I find Thee, Thou Unity of Unities, Thou Oneness, O Thou perfect Nothingness of Bliss!

V. The Conjuration

Officiant: Oh Glorious and Mighty MELCHIADEL, You who command and rule over the spirits of TELAH, Behold me, and in the name of the same your God, the rushing and fiery YHVH, Attend and Appear before us in this circle of art! Full powers and wonders of the Sign of Aries do we rightly desire! Enlighten our understanding, encourage our hearts, and manifest unto us now as we partake of your spiritual realm.

All: So mote it be.

All vibrate the name MELCHIADEL repeatedly until the presence of the angel is perceived by Officiant. Officiant rings Bell Chime to stop the chant. The following section then alternates between OFFICIANT(S) and ALL.

You are holy and your name is holy. You are exalted and your name is exalted. You are mighty and your name is mighty. You are strong and your name is strong. You are honored and your name is honored. You are true and your name is true. You are ancient and your name is ancient. You are blessed and your name is blessed. You are chosen and your name is chosen. You are great and your name is great. You are praised and your name is praised. You are power and your name is power.

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…


VI. Charging Elixir

Officiant: O rushing and fiery YHVH. To thee we present 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 Elixir of Aries, charging it with the creative energies of TELAH, we shall achieve a true alchemical ferment, mighty in Yetzirah and vitalized by thy blessing. In partaking of this Mystery, let there be unto us vitality of soul, increase of sight, true gnosis, and complete manifestation of the wonders of thy Sphere!

All make one clockwise circumambulation, visualizing a wall of scarlet light whirling rapidly in the same direction about the circle. When finished, the wall of light is allowed to fade. Beginning with Officiant and proceeding clockwise, the cup is passed to each participant. Each holds cup at heart level and says:

Creature of Wine who art established in the Sphere of Aries: by the vital force of my breath I enliven thee to perfect this work of Holy Magick in the realm of TELAH.

Each participant then breathes into the wine and passes cup clockwise. When finished, the cup is replaced and all circumambulate the altar 5 times. Officiant then raises power, visualizing a continuous spiral of red light ascending from the ground at feet, whirling clockwise around body and ascending until it disappears above head. Officiant holds this visualization, and then vibrates the permutation of the divine name once: YHVH

Each participant in turn, clockwise around circle, does the same as above. Note that this is power raised WITHIN YOURSELF. The power raised is NOT being projected into the elixir cup at this point. When finished, all join hands and vibrate once more: YHVH

All now extend hands toward elixir cup. THIS is where the power is projected into the elixir cup. Visualize beams of scarlet light emanating from both hands and entering into the cup. When the cup feels “full,” Officiant ends visualization, folding hands on breast left over right. All do likewise. Finally, Officiant traces the symbol of Aries in a horizontal plane while vibrating once more: YHVH

All make one complete circumambulation of the circle. Battery: 1. Officiant raises cup.

Officiant: Behold the Elixir of Aries! For all and for each it is prepared! Let each and all receive its magick virtue!

Officiant(s) drink first, followed by all participants. Each person takes a drink and visualizes or speaks their intent, either to themselves or out loud. They should also touch any item or tool they wish to consecrate at this time. The cup should not be entirely drained. When all are finished, Battery: 1.

Officiant: (indicating the cup, which should still contain some of the elixir) Glorious and Mighty Melchiadel, we make this offering unto you, that it may nourish and fortify you as you attend to your appointed tasks. Be the ferment of our spiritual alchemy mighty in the crucible of our souls!

All: So mote it be!

VII. Closing

Officiant: O thou MELCHIADEL, Praise and honor be unto thee for the Spendor of thine office and the majesty of thy being. And the blessing of thy God and Mine, the rushing and fiery YHVH. 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. We charge thee to withdraw peaceably and quietly, and that the peace of the Almighty, Eternal, True, and Living God be ever continued between us. AMEN.

All: So mote it be!

Officiant: May Life, Light, Love, and Liberty be extended universally to all under the regency of the one law of Thelema. May all attain the Stone of the Wise, the Summum Bonum, True Wisdom and Perfect Happiness.

All: May the benefit of this act and all acts be dedicated unto the complete liberation and supreme enlightenment of all beings everywhere, pervading space and time. So mote it be. May the benefits of practice, ours and others’, come to fruition ultimately and immediately and we remain in a state of presence. AH!

Officiant(s) perform the Qabalistic Cross.

Officiant: I now declare this temple duly closed.

Bell Chime. The rite is at an end.

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Unknown said...

I was JUST about to leave a comment asking why you never post anything much more Thelema-oriented, given the fact that you consider yourself a Thelemite before anything else! haha

Seems like a great ritual! Might actually be giving it a shot, once I have enough people commited to memorizing it.

Are these rites better performed if the sun is in the used zodiac sign? Is there a particular reason for this? I believe it must be an obvious thing I'm very stupidly missing haha

Scott Stenwick said...

I guess I am not sure what exactly you mean by Thelema-oriented. I do design my rituals to be generic, but if you use Star Ruby/Star Sapphire/Elevenfold Seal as your ceremonial forms you get something pretty Thelema-ish, at least as I see it. On the other hand, the rituals will work if you are more of a standard GD practitioner too, by using LBRP/LIRH/Middle Pillar instead of the Thelemic version. Also, every single correspondence I use in my rituals is right out of Liber 777.

I will say that I see myself more as a Scientific Illuminist than an Aleister Crowley groupie, for what that's worth. I think Crowley is great because he was really the first magician to try and bring science and the occult together, and because the Holy Books he wrote/received/channeled/whatever you want to call it reflect some really profound mystical realizations. But I also believe in following his advice to cut my own path through the jungle, so to speak, in a number of areas.

More precisely than the Sun in the sign, you want a compatible chart victor, and preferably a dignified one. With the way the calculation works out, that's almost always easier to do when the Sun is in the sign, and especially before the Full Moon (because then pre-natal lunation will often be in the same sign as the Sun). Basically, it's shorthand for a more complex set of relationships.

Because of scheduling with the Office of the Readings (more Thelemic stuff), we're doing Aries after the Full Moon. This time we lose the pre-natal lunation, but because our ritual nights are on Tuesdays, Mars makes up for it with points for the day.

Unknown said...

That was a great and very thorough explanation, thanks!

What I meant by 'thelemic stuff' is for instance Horus invocations, or Babalon workings and stuff like that. Though I like your take on following your on road and taking what's needed from Crowley without actually trying to relive his own livings (I try to live my Magick in the same way). Sorry if I expressed myself poorly haha

Scott Stenwick said...

You are very welcome.

In fact, I do put on rituals like the ones you describe at the local lodge - the Invocation of Horus to open the Office of the Readings on the vernal equinox, a Mass of Nuit/Babalon on the summer solstice, and an invocation of Horus and Set on the autumnal equinox. But so far, I haven't posted any of those here aside from the Invocation of Horus, which is basically the original Crowley ritual adapted for group work.

BTW, you didn't really express yourself poorly. I just needed a little more context to see what you were getting at.

Anonymous said...

Been meaning to ask you this since I read your other rituals on elixirs and talismans.

Why do the participants project the energy into the elixir, when the spirit itself can charge it alone? Is it because you also want to add your personal energy to it, so that the spirit would receive it along with the liquid? I for one do this when I give offerings. I tend to offer one thing for every element - candle, incense, libation, food - and then create an energy ball in the appropriate color and send it into the offerings, as an equivalent for Spirit. Don't know if that's quite correct, but so far I have received positive feedback. Like at one time Raphael had told me that even Sorath likes the offering. Don't know why... Probably Sorath is pretentious :)

Sorry for the digression :D

Scott Stenwick said...

That one is easy. The power of the elixir - and any other material basis, for that matter - is powered by a combination of your own magical power and that of the spirit when created in this fashion. You can empower it just by calling on the spirit, but if the ritual participants have any magical talent at all the talisman or elixir will be that much stronger.

Think of it like this:

P0 = Probability of success by chance, measured as an integer number N representing odds of N to 1 against.
P1 = Probability of success after your ritual, measured as an integer number N representing odds of N to 1 against.
C = Coherence of your working group, that is, a measure of how well their energy and techniques synchronize, on a scale from 0 to 1.
M = The probability shift produced by an individual magician, measured as an integer number N representing odds of N to 1 against.
S = The probability shift produced by the conjured spirit, measured as an integer number N representing odds of N to 1 against.

So, for a ritual with four participants calling one spirit, the simplest version of this hypothetical formula works out something like this:

P1 = P0 + C * (M1 + M2 + M3 + M3) + S

If you're not employing the energy of the magicians in the group and just that of the spirit, on the other hand, your result is just:

P1 = P0 + S

Unless you have a group where the cohesion is bad and/or the participants lack magical talent, you're going to get a better result by combining the energies of both together.

Scott Stenwick said...

...and that last M3 there should read M4. Clearly I need to pay better attention.

Anonymous said...

Forgot about that LOL!

Thank you for reminding me and sorry for making you write so much :)

Scott Stenwick said...

No worries. If writing a lot bothered me, I sure would not have kept this blog going for more than a decade. :)

Anonymous said...

@Scott I've started my own series of elixir workings, but unlike yours, mine are aimed at more... let's say material goals. Like I'm experimenting with using them to improve health and change the metabolism and such. So far my efforts were not in vain.

I'd like to ask you if the effects of the elixirs wear off at some point, or if the energy contained in them somehow ends up permanently in the personal sphere.

Scott Stenwick said...

I tell people they can do practical intents in mine, too. But you can structure them more explicitly around specific objectives, too.

What I have found is that specific practical effects do tend to wear off more quickly in your personal sphere than they do when anchored to talismans. If you keep doing the ritual on a regular basis, though, that's one way to keep the effect active in your personal sphere indefinitely. I would say at least every month, maybe as often as every two weeks. Something like that.

Anonymous said...

That's good to know. Thank you!

Anonymous said...

But it's safe to say that creating and ingesting multiple elixirs won't overcharge one's personal sphere, as is the case with casting multiple spells on one's self, right?

Scott Stenwick said...

Correct. You should be able to perform any number of eucharistic rites without having problems like that. As an example, Crowley recommended that his students perform or take part in some sort of Mass every day.