Bridging Buddhism and Enochian, Part 5: The Matter of Error

There’s a lot of unspoken tropes in culture in the U.S. (where I live), but they are apparent with even the simplest of analysis. Good vs. Evil, right vs. wrong, inclusion vs. exclusion, collective vs. the individual. Americans tend to polarize these into simplistic terms, and one must remember that we have sophisticated minds which can interpret these along a continuum. Nonetheless, so much hinges on correct understanding of the terms, or we may find our narratives lost; finding this correct understanding, we can begin to operate from Wisdom.

I’ve been binging and re-binging Buddhist lectures and trying to make sense of what I learn. One term that I wanted to linger on for this post was the concept of “wrong view.” It’s a term that is used in Buddhism to suggest that, “Hey, your perspective here is what’s going to cause problems,” and these problems include how one lives one’s life, how well one will progress in one’s practice, and the like. That word “wrong” doesn’t carry with it moral implications in the sense of a root evil. Instead, it’s simply not correct: a mistake.

I’ve been reflecting about how Christianity hinges on sin, which is so intimately connected in Christian thinking to evil. Really, I’ve come to think of this view as mistaken. Sin really means “mistake.” We all make mistakes, and usually it’s some incorrect perspective that has caused us to make mistakes. Of course, sometimes these mistakes will work against our own best interests, or against animals, or against another person, or against nature.

At the same time, it’s important to realize that mistakes are part of ourselves, part of nature, part of our orientation towards others. For this reason, mistakenness and sin are normal. We live with a steady difference between who we are and what we do in the moment compared to who we realize ourselves to be later. This difference, and the discovery of our mistakes, is part of life. I do not consider this to be evil at all. It is actually quite good, for it allows growth. I also consider this tendency to be part of the Divine; it is this Heart which is reflected out, so that the Divine may grow, also. So, we should accept and welcome our failings, while of course steadily working and probing ways to rectify, within ourselves and with each other, to allow for better growth with time.

Once this attitude shift takes place, Christianity and Buddhism will be speaking much more of the same language.

Experiencing Enochian Aethyrs

It would be foolish to talk about a singular experience of scrying an Enochian Aethyr, but I have offered free scrying sessions, both in person and via teleconference, for the lower Aethyrs, as well as having scried all of the Aethyrs at least twice (and the highest one several times). Here some general observations of what I and others have experienced during an Enochian scrying session:

Lower Aethyrs
  • A sense of peace: For beginners, and during the lower Aethyrs especially, there tends to be a sense of peace that comes.
  • Warmth: Some people experience physical warmth, such as on the side of one’s face.
  • Geometry: Interestingly, even for those with aphantasia, visions with geometry tend to arise.
  • Collective visions: It’s quite common for elements from one person’s vision to be repeated in another’s when there’s a group scrying.

Middle Aethyrs: (Note: The following qualities are the reason why going through therapy with a good (and accepting) therapist during the process of scrying the Aethyrs is recommend; also, these are mainly taken from my own experience):

  • Continued geometry
  • Visions of undoing: Depending on how closely one holds to illusory narratives of oneself, visions of undoing, perhaps in violent imagery, may arise.
  • Feelings of loopiness“: This tends to occur during higher Aethyrs; raw emotion and more difficulty managing them during the vision may happen.

Higher Aethyrs:

  • Progressive sense of peace
  • Balancing of projective/yang (unfortunately, often referred to as “masculine”) and receptive/yin visions in the visions from ZIP to LIT.
  • Progressively spherical visions: For the remaining visions, I noticed visions seemed to go from merely stellated to more and more spherical visions, culminating in the highly spherical vision of LIL.

That’s all for now.

Channeling with Enochian

Generally speaking, if you work Enochian, you work with angels. There is a specific set of angels which can be contacted from Enochian, and Enochian has contacts with both the Olympic spirits of the Arbatel as well as the traditional archangels.

Enochian’s first and second spoken calls are associated with evocation and invocation, respectively, by Scott Stenwick in his Mastering the Mystical Heptarchy. I’ve taken to reciting both of these calls preceding any Enochian working and have found that they increase the intensity of the scrying.

The matter of evocation and invocation, it seems to me, is a blurrier one than might at first be supposed. Each of us is exponentially more extended into the universe than our physical bodies, so the distinction between evocation and invocation is less clear-cut than it may seem.

My usual scrying method, which is what I practice when scrying alone, is experiencing a vision and reporting what I see for my phone. On rare occasions during my 2019 Aethyr scrying, though, I channeled an angel during trance at the end (in my experience of LIL, the channeling happened the same way, but with the Divine). These angelic channelings were a bit disorienting (my subtle body was, I’m sure, still adjusting!).

I have been feeling drawn to channeling of late, and I gave some thought to how this might fit in an Enochian paradigm. The 30 Aethyrs have been likened to subdivisions between Earth and the Divine, much like the 7 heavens. LIL is the Aethyr nearest the Divine, while TEX is closest to Earth. Ideally, a channeled source would be close to the Divine, but accessible to people and thus close to Earth.

I do occasionally experiment with new methods using Enochian and this is one of those times. Consulting with Cody P., I iterated a technique to channel angels, which is as follows. First, after activating the Enochian furniture as usual, recite calls 1 & 2. Next, recite the call to the Aethyrs, calling LIL. Repeat the call to TEX, then repeat the call again to “TEX A LIL, OD LIL A TEX” (TEX in LIL, and LIL in TEX). Finally, recite the following prayer:



This translates to:

“Glorious God, in your mercies, make this one [me] with the governors of your voice, and give unto this one your ministers, such as you may. Bring down these unto this one, merciful highest God, and cause the mind of this one to not speak while the ministers speak, to the intent that the voice speaks your wonders, and Earth hearkens unto Thee, and Your Will Be Done!

“Let those in whom may be those who understand” [i.e., who over time would become those who understand] “hearken and see; let all hearts and minds in whom, with the contents of time, may be like unto these who understand, hearken and see.”

This prayer obviously asks for God to send an angel to speak and, crucially, ask that the channeler’s mind stay silent in order for the channeled angel’s voice to come through. Finally, the last part of the prayer directs that the recipients of the message be able to understand it (or that only those who can understand it would receive it).

Let me caution upfront: if you haven’t scried all of the Aethyrs, you may have a more limited vision of LIL. LIL is also more powerful than most Aethyrs, and for this reason I recommend “leveling up” one’s system by scrying the Aethyrs sooner than later. That being said, scrying the union of TEX and LIL was extraordinarily peaceful. It’s probable that only this union of the two Aethyrs needs to be scried.

Now on to my experience. An angel named Tetranos came through with a beautiful message, including the gorgeously evocative phrase, “Listen to the sun,” which reminds me of POROMA, “the secret sun which gives understanding,” a neo-Enochian word I received in 2019. Using the Enochian numerological calculator on Thelemistas (which I believe is based on the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn), Tetranos comes to 1000, and to 112 in ALW English on Gematrinator (which is the number of letters transmitted for Leaf 49). The etymology of Tetranos also suggests a quaternary nature to the entity—and both numbers are divisible by four.

If you try this technique (it’s still kind of in beta due to the length—I may only scrying the union of TEX & LIL followed by the aforementioned prayer). Good luck!

Zodiacal Holy Table of Practice Finalized

I was not quite satisfied with the zodiacal HTOP, though the structure was excellent. I knew that somehow the names of God from the Watchtower tablets needed to be included and, indeed, remixed, but how? With 48 letters, the four names resembled the 48 letters of the archangels on the SDA (and the heptagram seemed to be indicated). But the arrangements of letters just weren’t right. Clearly, the main thing that was missing was the angels!

For various reasons I was delayed until today in making the call to King Carmara, yet when he arrived he was kind enough to make the corrections for me. I used a color scheme close to Liber 777’s for the letters (as this was advised) and got a very stable new vision of LIL when I made the call to it. I’m including the latest version of the Enochian tools below, and will update where it appears elsewhere on the blog. You may use it but please do not adapt it:

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The general use here is to combine the planetary angels of the original holy table with the zodiacal angels. Obviously, knowledge of essential dignity is key, but with this you can do combinations related to your birth chart for MAJOR remediation. This is not something minor and should be seen as a massive opportunity.

Use it wisely, use it well, use it joyfully.

Enochian Tools: Banners

Update: I decided to sew the Enochian god names for the north & south onto proper silk backgrounds. No photos so this post stays unspammy, but they definitely seem better to me.

One of the challenges in starting with Enochian is getting enough of the tools to do the rituals properly. Ironically, one of the last things I wound up creating was the Enochian banners, which is one of the less expensive tools to make! It wasn’t clear to me, though, what the order and color scheme of the banners should be. The correct order and color correspondences of the banners has caused confusion in Enochian practitioners, which modern authors have noted. The names of God on them are clear enough:


Ultimately, I decided to use the color and directional correspondences which match the Tabula Recensa: ORO IBAH AOZPI to the east, MPH ARSL GAIOL to the south, OIP TEAA PDOCE to the west, and MOR DIAL HCTGA to the north. See the finished banners below (east is shown at top):

I will be updating the Enochian implements page to include the banners. Note that this should not necessarily be considered definitive, as different authors have taken different views as to what directions and colors should be associated with the names on these banners.

Fractal Enochian: Zodiacal Kings, Heptarchical Kings, and the parts of the Earth

I may have one more Enochian post this year, but I wanted to mention some observations about the overall structure of Enochian that I noticed recently. Enochian’s powerful initiatory system of the 30 Aethyrs has 91 governors, which correspond to the same number of “parts of the earth” (the governors’ names are derived from the Enochian Watchtowers). 91 is an interesting number Kabbalistically, as Bill Heidrick points out, for it is the sum of 50 (Mem-Yod: “Who?”) and 41 (Mem-Aleph: “What?”).

91 is also interesting in that it is 7*13. Enochian is septenary, but 13 is interesting; it’s Jesus with His disciples, or Israel with his 12 sons/its 12 tribes. Each Watchtower tablet is 12 by 13. Moreover, because the angels were keen on reversals (“The last shall be first, and the first, last”): 91 is the reverse of 19, which is a significant number in Enochian. The first 19 calls complement the 30 calls to the Aethyrs, which sum to 49 (7×7). 19 is also the number of zodiacal kings (12) and heptarchical kings (7). (13 is the reverse of 31, which is the number associated with the name of God “El” in Hebrew and which appears as a number in Enochian called “GA” (which is also the name of an angel).

Together 91 and 19 sum to 110. This sum is very close to 111, the number associated with the fully spelled letter Aleph. However, there is a 92nd governor, Laxdizi, whose name can be derived in the same way as 90 of the other governors (the name Governor Paraoan, who is included as one of the 91 governors, was derived from the watchtowers in a different manner from the other 90), suggesting the system is subtly pointing at 111. 92 is 23*4, and 23 is the total number of kings in the system (for there are four elemental kings, each at the center of a watchtower tablet, to go with the 12 zodiacal and 7 heptarchical kings).

Updates or follow-up posts as they occur to me.

On the Subject of Confession after Alexander Eth’s Latest Episode of Glitch Bottle

If you’re an explorer in magick, you may have come across Alexander Eth’s Glitch Bottle podcast. If you haven’t heard his show yet, it’s very well produced and worth digging into! Today, I’m focusing on his latest episode on confession, which I’ll give a quick overview of and then expand on slightly.

Eth’s episodes skew historical and Western, and this fills a big gap the understanding of modern magicians. The original Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn and Enochian magick both reflect a great deal of the groundwork laid by Agrippa, but as Glitch Bottle listeners quickly come to understand, there’s a lot more to what can be broadly called “the Western magical tradition” which isn’t included in Agrippa. It should become clear, after reflection, that the entirety of the magical tradition to that point was all too much to put on one historical figure!

Eth dives into the nature of confession in the magical context. Confession, he explains, restores the covenant between the Divine or the spirits (usually angels) and the magician/supplicant. As another example which Eth gives: any attempt by the entity to undermine the mind of an exorcist by appealing to guilt about misdeeds is nullified in advance by the confession. Intriguingly, Eth mentions that for some practices, magicians are to confess to wrong acts, whether they have committed them or not!

There’s more to the episode, but let me move on to some observations behind the philosophy of magick. Eth alludes to, but I’ll say explicitly, that what’s happening with confession is a means to single-mindedness. Rather than selectively mentally pushing back and forward certain portions of the mind, what one normally ignores (for the sake of protecting the ego) one instead puts forward in confession. As far as the operation is concerned, confession helps one move toward unbiased/nondual mind and minimizes the dialectical monkey mind. In short, confession should some of the same effects as meditation(!).

Returning to the matter of confession to sins one hasn’t even committed: as a human being doing the ritual, one brings all of their potential with them to it. “There but for the grace of God go I,” as the saying goes, which points to the deeper matters of Original Sin, or the broader idea of dukkha. We are where we are in life both in spite and because of our flaws. In this broader sense, we are guilty of murder and every sin because we know that we are capable of it (though of course we strive to not commit such an act). I would also add that as a human being, we come to the ritual as an emissary for all of our fellow humans, whose affairs will be significantly altered by the influence of the spirits we call upon.

So there is a statement of identity and overlooked reality that, within a ritual context, the magician chooses to bring forward before the ritual in order to even it out in the mind with the more typical (and affirming) subjects of thought. This brings the mind closer to a nondual state. Note that this is a rectification of one’s astrological 12th house, “The House of Bad Spirit.” This makes sense: to maximize the effectiveness of magick, one needs to align this house (along with the 1st house, the “House of Good Spirit”) to the ends of that magick. The cost of not engaging with the 12th house, of course, is that it can weaken the 1st house’s effectiveness during the ritual, or worse, be strong enough to overcome the 1st house and lead to backfire during the ritual.

There’s also the matter of the logic of doing magick itself. If one approaches magick with the attitude of “Reality is just fine, I’m fine, we’re all fine here now–how are you?” then why even do magick? But if, instead, one admits misdeeds, though, one is heightening the obvious contrast between how things are and how one wants them to be: “current state” and “goal state,” an idea closely related to intelligence.

Ultimately, my recommendation is to consider confession as either an alternative or supplement to meditation and relaxation before one’s magical practices. Good luck!

New: Services for Astrology and Angels!

Update: The 2021 introductory rate is over. Please visit from current rates.

After 20 years of studying astrology, this fall I decided to take the next step and become a certified astrologer. On Monday, I got 95% on my NCGR-PAA Professional Certification Examination!

With that, I would like to expand my services to include astrological consultation. If you reach out to me through the end of 2021, you receive one hour of consultation for an introductory rate of 25 U.S. dollars. We can discuss the astrological factors you were born under, look at upcoming astrological influences, and/or or come up with some fortunate astrological time for an important event, such as a wedding date and time or for starting a business. Over time I intend to expand this into horary and other areas of astrology.

Even more, I will be offering a very special service, which is to provide up to seven angel names that are unique to you, derived from your natal chart (following Agrippa & Leitch). I will also give you a short write-up of how these angels could be petitioned. You can request names derived from either the Hebrew or Enochian alphabet (I’ll provide suggested pronunciations). This will also be offered for $25, but only offered at this rate through the end of 2021.

Financial Hardship: Not to worry: I’ve been there! If you cannot pay, please let me know; just put “Hardship” in the subject line of your email. I will do one hour of free or pay-what-you-can consultation per month, on a first-come, first-serve basis. I only ask that someday, when things get better for you, just offer your generosity to someone else.