Enochian astrological assignments of the Ensigns of Creation

[The TL,DR: the placement of Enochian astrological ensigns of creation seem to fit the astrological system of exaltation, with adjustments for sect across the equinox line of 0 degrees Aries/Libra). Enochian does not seem to fit the Planetary Joys, which fits the nature of the mystical nature of the sephira into which Enochian guides the initiate: Binah (and its associated Vision of Sorrow). Following the Enochian astrological placements on the Kabbalistic Tree of Life makes intuitive sense if you hold that the ensign of Mercury is referring to Raphael as archangel of Tiphareth and the ensign of the Sun as is referring to Michael as archangel of Hod.]

Episode 255 of The Astrology Podcast featured a discussion with Chris Brennan and Benjamin Dykes about the exaltation of the planets, based on the latter’s translation of Abu Ma’shar. The episode itself is worth a listen as it gives additional rationale to what was already put forward about the exaltation of the planets. This spurred my thinking about the reasons for the assignments of the planets in Enochian, specifically the heptarchical system and the ensigns of creation; the latter is shown below:

Enochian assignments to the Ensigns of Creation on the Holy Table of Practice

In the Heptarchical system, each planet is ruled by an angelic king and its prince, but while the king is always called on the day (e.g., the king for the sun is called on Sunday–though, as Stenwick points out, the king seems to have authority over the sephiroth which the planet rules: Sunday for Tiphareth, Monday for Yesod, etc.) and hour, the Prince is called on the day of the planet but the hour of the planet which follows the heptarchical order above (i.e., the prince for Sunday is called on the hour of the moon). The order above,

Sun–>Venus–>Moon–>Saturn–>Mercury–>Jupiter–>Mars–>(Sun, etc.)

Does not follow the typical hours scheme, which my sources tell me goes back to the Chaldeans, of:

Sun–>Venus–>Mercury–>Moon–>Saturn–>Jupiter–>Mars–>(Sun, etc.).

This seems like a minor detail, but it is one that has bothered me. After all, Dee would request the angels’s views of existing magic and they were known to reply, paraphrasing Jason Louv, “That’s nice,” in the way a parent comments on a child’s drawing, and then provide a corrected version of it (consider the similarity of the Sigillum Dei Aemeth to the geometry shown on the cover of this translation of The Sworn Book of Honorius, for example!). So what is behind the change to the typical planetary hourly rotation?

I wondered whether the exaltations might have anything to do with this. Here is a chart of the exalted planets in their signs:

By Meredith Garstin – Meredith Garstin, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=4464225

Things do seem out of order, don’t they? But then I pondered how these planets might look if I included sect rulership:


Exaltations with Sect

Finally, it occurred to me that with the start of the zodiac being at Aries, and with Venus being closest to this, I should mentally orient my zodiac about Venus and then add sect into the matter. A mental flipping of the Enochian about this equinox axis looks like this:

Note that the flipped Saturn precedes Mercury in Virgo because it has 21 degrees to shift vs Virgo’s 15 degrees which separate it from the equinox.

Dykes also mentions the interesting zig-zag pattern if you follow the planets according to decreasing brightness:

and here’s the same order with Enochian–interestingly, the same zig-zag pattern does not appear. However, following the luminosity pattern (below) does not follow any of the individual parts of the Enochian counterclockwise path (second figure below), plus, malefics and benefics are both separated by 2+ planets, and the most luminous planets all occupy the highest three positions of the heptagon:

Enochian order, path of decreasing luminosity
Enochian heptarchical order

I also wondered whether the Enochian order of the planets also relates to the planetary joys:

Planetary joys, taken from the Astrology Dictionary.

Note that the planetary joys are a house-based system, not a sign-based assignment of planets. Regardless, if we put Venus at the top of this pattern, this is the result:

Following the same order but using heptagonal spacing, we get:

Consolidated heptagonal view, planetary joys with Venus shown at top

If we flip this, once again about a vertical line, we get:

Flipped planetary joys, heptagonal pattern

This is now resembling the Enochian heptarchical assignments. A few things to note about the four “mis-placed” planets (according to the original Enochian system):

  1. The bottom-right three planets are all the heaviest and day-chart rulers (a familiar issue, as seen above!).
  2. Two of the planets, the Sun and Mercury, have archangels (Michael and Raphael, respectively) whose associations switch when considering the sephiroth they rule (Raphael is the archangel of Tiphareth, which is ruled by the Sun, while Michael is the archangel of Hod, which is ruled by Mercury). Thus, we’ve seen some flexibility in associations across these two sephiroth.
  3. Saturn and Mars, both malefics, also rule sephiroth on the Pillar of Severity (“on your left”) on the Tree of Life in Kabbalah–as does Mercury.
  4. The seven classical planets are slightly imbalanced towards the Pillar of Severity as it is; the Luminaries and Benefics together rule four sephiroth, two each on the Middle and Mildness Pillars (though the entire tree itself is balanced).

The Planetary Joys scheme as a means of understanding the Enochian astrological order seems to fall apart (though I’d appreciate any commentary to the contrary–I already tried changing according to sect as above ), but why? Trying to think about why this might be, my mind kept going back to the pillar of Severity–the topmost sephiroth of which is Binah, which is associated with the mystical Vision of Sorrow (as well as the Vision of Wonder). What does Sorrow have to do with Joy? The answer is nothing!

However, what would an initiation of Binah, (“Understanding,”) have to do with exaltation? Why, everything! The exaltation of the human(e) into the Divine, which of course has everything to do with Sorrow (for those who cannot Understand their own Divinity), but Wonder for those who can.

Let me return to the Tree of Life for a quick look at the path as suggested by the ensigns; I’ve removed the sephiroth names for simplicity and shown what happens if we follow the heptarchical path (the path of the sephiroth in order of their ruling planets):

It’s kind of a mess! There’s a jump from Yetzirah to Atziluth & back down again! Then I thought about changing the associations of Mercury to mean Raphael as ruler of Tiphareth, and the sun to mean Michael as ruler of Hod:

Revised Enochian path on the Tree of Life

This path seems faaar cleaner, and it makes more sense. A balanced person (Tiphareth) takes inventory of all the aspects of the surrounding sephiroth on the Tree of Life (much like the counting of the Omer), and then, having done all of this and found themselves with a solid foundation (Yesod), is initiated (via the Aethyrs) into Binah in Atziluth. After this, the initiate returns to this place of balance, but now with Divine awareness.

“If you’re not already solid in Tiphareth, you’re gonna have a baaad tiiiime.”

Just some thoughts!

Talismanic elections, 2nd half of 2020 through end of 2021: Talisman 3, True Node exaltation

There weren’t extra-special elections that I found for a talisman in 2021 (this may change as I study the ephemeris more deeply), so I have only selected just one for the entire year: the true node exaltation in September 2021. This simple election takes advantage of a grand air trine including the true node, the ascendant, and the moon in early Gemini (don’t worry, this isn’t anywhere near an eclipse!), the sun, Part of Fortune, and Mars in Libra, and Saturn in its domicile in Aquarius and not within a 5-degree square of Uranus at this particular time of the year. The sun and Mars in their fall and detriment, respectively, should feel somewhat less frustrated via their enclosure of the Part of Fortune.

Together, the ascendant and moon should bring a subtle sense of the winds of the moment–a perfect fit for airy Gemini! Happily, Jupiter trines Mercury, and lands in the 9th house where the MC resides, and the MC also moderates the erratic energy of Uranus via its sextile. The only thing missing, it seems, is that the Ascendant and the MC are not conjunct any fixed star. Oh, well: you can’t win them all!

I would expect such a talisman, with its ascendant in my 11th house, to bring a better social sense, which is something that I could honestly use! The other placements are extraordinarily heavy in air, which could be a great complement to all the fire in my natal chart–it nearly completes a grand sextile with m in synastry.

For this talisman, I recommend evoking (or, if you wish, invoking) the angel Sagarash is the angel of the first decan of Gemini according to Rose Manning, and Yezelel is Shemhamphorasch angel associated with the first half-decan of Gemini according to Damon Brand. Each has their own technique that can easily be modified to charge a talisman.

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Divine and angelic assistance in the activation of the Rainbow Body of Light

Updates at bottom…

Recently, after having worked through a lot of the development after my Kether initiation, I decided to focus on the rainbow body of light. My magick teacher, Jason Louv, emphasizes that it is not uncommon to find Easterners who have achieved this level of realization, which made me consider what additional levels there were. CodyP, a friend who I also consider a mentor, has focused on the rainbow body, as has another friend and mentor, Sean Coan.

I’m still learning about Dzogchen, but I worked up the courage to look into it and found Padmasambhava, or Guru Rinpoche. Yet another mentor who goes by kingnine suggested that I seek out direct lineage and referred me to Lama Lena, who is informative and a captivating teacher via her live videos. I have a lot to learn about it and am still studying, so take this next part with a grain of salt! But, having listened to a couple of her videos (and not necessarily knowing if that counts 100% as “lineage”!), I decided to begin reciting the mantra to Padmasambhava, and this is a daily practice of mine, if an informal and often ad hoc one.

Recently, this paid off. I had an inkling of an Enochian technique earlier, but believed I didn’t have the proper translation for the words, and sort of let the matter rest. But today, the translation hit me.

So, the rest of the matter is simple: in an Enochian setting (with furniture, having presently banished, and having already scried all of the Aethyrs over several months, etc.), make the same call to the Aethyrs, but, as with the calls to heaven in order to initiate into Chokmah, Kether, Ain Soph Aur, and Ain Soph, you will not be using an Aethyr name. Instead, you will be making a call to the heavens that governs your own rainbow body. This makes perfect sense: it is a celestial thing, and moreover it is a means of calling down heaven to earth: realization. The specific opening of the call would then be:

MADRIAX DSPRAF QAA DE TON DAMPLOZ OLPIRT DE OL… (β€œO you heavens which dwell in the garments/creation of all variety of light of me”).

I will follow up on this post as I experiment with it, but I’m fairly sure that it is sound.

Update: So thankfully there weren’t any problems with this call. It was moving, and very, very personal. I dare say it works as such, and I will be repeating it, but, of course, supplemented with meditation and my other works. πŸ™‚

Talismanic elections, 2nd half of 2020 through end of 2021: Talisman 2, Albireo

Chriiiistmas, Chriiiistmas, tiiiime of year! Time for Talismans, and cheer!

Yes, the next talisman is for Christmas Eve of 2020. Saturn and Jupiter will still be in their conjunction in Aquarius, and the first fixed star they interact with in this sign is Albireo! My attention was brought to this particular fixed star by Kelly Surtees in either the Astrology Podcast or her presentation at the Astrology University. If I have the reference to her reference wrong, be a good referee and feel free to refer me to the correct reference to her reference.

Regardless, Albireo looks like a fairly good fixed star to have Saturn and Jupiter work with (when you see Obama, George Clooney, Picasso, Elizabeth Taylor, Jim Carrey, and Jeff Bridges spanning both of these planets, you think, “There’s probably some sweet major modification energy here!). This makes it an uneasy neighbor to Altair, its next-door neighbor: because of this, the caution that I advise on this talisman is to not only use this election (i.e., not a later one), but also to make sure to include the symbolism of the swan’s beak in your talisman’s design.

This talismanic election, as you can see, has the part of fortune conjunct my own north node. Always check the astrology against your own chart–and against the eclipses!–to ensure you’re creating something that not only works to lock in a desirable “constellation” (heh, heh) of energy, but also one that works well with your own chart.

I have put Saturn in the 10th house; the chart ruler, Venus, is in Sagittarius, which looks to Jupiter; Jupiter, the greater benefic, is no longer in its fall in Capricorn, but still is modified in its expression by the greater malefic of Saturn. In fact, Saturn is the final dispositor of everything, with the exception of (the lesser malefic of) Mars which is still strong its domicile, but, as mentioned in my previous post, you can banish any planet, including Mars, via the Greater Banishing Ritual of the Hexagram. I haven’t decided yet whether to do so for this ritual, because it’s in my 9th house, where my natal Mars resides, but it’s far closer to my natal MC. Note, too, the squaring energy of Uranus and the moon! Nonetheless, the former is in a 5+ degree orb, and the moon is separating, and both are trine the sun, which is the sect light, and Mercury. Nonetheless, you may consider doing a general banishing via the Lesser Banishing Ritual of the Hexagram, then invoking Saturn and Jupiter for the purposes of this talisman (leaving those two planets’ energies as predominant).

For your humble “talismaker,” this conjunction lands in my 7th house. It’s an angular house, so although not quite as strong as the 1st or 10th, it’s by no means the weakest! I’m hoping to bring out the best in my interactions with others and vice versa with the energy of this fixed star.

As with any talisman, you can add the Agrippa symbols for Saturn and Jupiter:

You can also add angel names via the methods suggested by Agrippa or similarly derived versions by Aaron Leitch in his great book, The Angelical Language, Vol. I (Vol II is also excellent), or by the more recent The Angels of Fortune, by Rose Manning, who has worked through the appropriate angels by both research and experimentation (always important to include this as part of your magickal practice!). You can also use the associated deity names for the correspondences for Saturn, Jupiter, and Aquarius. For this in particular for Western astrologer/Western magicians, I recommend referencing Eshelman’s 776_1/2 and not 777, which did not have the references for Aquarius and Aries fully worked out. Though 776_1/2 still seems to have some problems with other panthea (I really believe Ganesh remains mis-assigned, for example), it’s a vast improvement and expansion on the already groundbreaking work done by Crowley–and likely his Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn colleagues–in 777.

Good luck!

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Talismanic elections, 2nd half of 2020 through end of 2021: Talisman 1: Alphecca

By unanimous demand by the 8 people who voted on Twitter, I am presenting my talismanic elections for the 2nd half of 2020 through 2021.

You might not be at all surprised that 2020 was a little challenging, and even the Astrology Podcast has had difficulty this year with the challenging Saturnian placements. First I’ll present each of my elections, followed by my approach:

1. Alphecca Talisman: November 19, 2020 (San Antonio, TX: shown in synastry with my natal chart)

This is a talisman designed to bring out the healing speech factor of Alphecca. Who wouldn’t want to be subtly healing our fellow human beings simply be speaking as we normally would? Put another way, who wouldn’t want our normal speech to also happen to be healing?

Yes, I’ve opened myself to some criticism: “This has both malefics in domicile! Are you mad?” Well, first thing’s first: if you’re making talismans, you’re a magician. If you’re a magician, you’d better know how to banish. If you know how to banish, you’d better banish appropriately! So the first recommendation is to banish Saturn (via the Greater Banishing Ritual of the Hexagram or other means) before making the talisman, because as you can see, he’s still doing his stuff in the 8th house. This leaves the moon without a ruler, but she’s getting some out-of-sign sextile support from the Sun & Chiron.

Second, even awesome talismans are still going to hit your natal chart, so planning around this means doing a synastry with your own natal chart. So what to do about the Mars placement? Well, as you can see, this Mars placement isn’t so bad for me: it’s my natal Mars! Also, I’ve put the Part of Fortune conjunct Mars, which at 19deg Aries is trine my natal, to take the edge off and make it productive. This makes the rulership of the Sun & Mercury suddenly strong but also more positive. 11th house could indicate fights, or it could indicate hard work in social organizations–what better use of the healing factor than in a social context? Mercury also gets support by trining the MC, and Uranus, though in the 12th house, is sextiling it.

How to design such a thing? Because this is a talisman for a fixed star, the only thing we’re invoking is the conjunction (even if we want the “birth” of the talisman to still be a good chart). Use Agrippa’s sigil for Mercury:

as well as the Mercury square, then add the Alphecca images (cf. Christopher Warnock’s Fixed Star, Sign and Constellation Magic) as well as any stones to your base, in a design of your own making. I usually try to make the square (including the numbers) and then draw the Agrippa seal in a circular manner around the whole thing.

How do you charge it? My recommendation is to fuse a modified version of Liber Israfel to request some divine energy (in this case, call upon Hermes or Mercury), or use the techniques provided by Warnock (I prefer the YHVH to Arzel to Raziel method from Damon Brand’s book on the Shemhamphorasch angels–but who knows, I may change my mind). Regardless, be sure to add into your request to the deity or deities inside you that the talisman be energetically charged.

Good luck!

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Knowledge & Conversation of the Holy Guardian Angel: Techniques and Rationale

“Who am I? Why am I here?”

Beyond a political in-joke about the bottom of the third-highest-popular-vote presidential ticket of any third-party in U.S. politics, this question is one that cuts to the core of an individual’s search for meaning. The intensity of this question usually starts getting asked around adolescence and there are large sub-fields in psychology devoted to it. However, it should not be taken lightly, nor thought of as an “adolescent” (i.e., immature) question, because it cuts to the core of how we spend our limited lifespan, doesn’t it?

So as one starts their journey into adulthood, one of the first things to do is to get started on where one is at the moment, then, if one has the luxury, move on to other questions as they become pertinent. Usually this means stabilizing the circumstances (basic needs) and becoming self-sustaining (either working or on the path to working via education). Along with this requires growth, but–all too easily–it is here that what I would deem major mistakes begin to be made.

The mistakes that can be made are simple: starting work or education at something that one doesn’t like or has other misgivings about: selling dangerous products, not making the world better as a result of one’s work, or simply not feeling one’s job or field in one’s heart. This is not always easy: some professions or fields are difficult to discover, or haven’t been invented yet (there were no YouTube stars who make all their money off of videos when I had my high school career counseling!). Another possibility is that one wants to do with their life may have very little to do with one’s career. The best that one can do is approximate what they want to do and learn what it is they really want to do via trial and error. Of course, this presumes a completely “balanced” and “head on their shoulders” personality!

The magical traditions of the West (and those of the East as well, but these are not the focus of this post) focus on the possible steps of development and usually lay them out in a sequential order. This is slightly problematic, because people often have some degree of initiation later stages, but overall the system works well. One learns how to integrate the tools that they need in order to progress, and these are metaphorically labeled as elements: earth (both physical and the metaphorical structure of security and routine), water (physical and the metaphorical emotions that a person carries, which can leak out or be put to positive use), air (physical as well as the tendency of the mind to blow from place to place like the wind), and fire (the dangerous passion that can nonetheless be used to accomplish will). Those familiar with the Golden Dawn can see these elements in the lowest Kabbalistic sephira, Malkuth.

Once these are established and recognized, it becomes important to see how important it is to balance these; doing so can provide the foundation (Yesod) for further work, as one discovers the tendency of the mind to discover splendor (Hod) of possibilities of form, and finally to victory, Netzach, of using one’s energy to pick a general possibility to work towards…but which one?

This is where the middlemost sephira, Tiphareth (Beauty), comes in. Anyone who has had to leave a career path that they discovered wasn’t for them (or leave the idea that a “career path” is the focus of what they should be doing) can understand at least one of the following thoughts (I’ll add the associated sephiroth and the Kabbalistic ruler for reference): I need to stay at this job I dislike just to scrounge together rent (Malkuth/elements). I’m kind of stable but I don’t know how to get my life ready for change (Yesod/Moon). I don’t know all of life’s possibilities or how they even work or fit together (Hod/Mercury). I don’t know how to pick a possibility, and how to make it work for me (Netzach/Venus). Ideally, you would know exactly what you would want to focus on and, like Jimi Hendrix at the age of five after seeing a cartoon character playing a guitar, you would know exactly what you were supposed to do.

For most of us, this sense is not so easy. There are techniques to answer this question, and of these, those proposed by a teacher of mine, Jason Louv, are excellent (and during a pandemic, when everything is being questioned, is as good a time as any to ask if one is doing the right thing with one’s life). Another technique is to seek heavenly guidance, that offered by the Knowledge and Conversation of the Holy Guardian Angel (K&C HGA, for short). This highly personal entity is unique to each individual (and is not to be confused with the Natal Guardian Angel/good daimon), and is the beginning of initiation into Tiphareth, wherein resides the True Will, that which the individual feels compelled to do with their life. Aleister Crowley considered K&C HGA the essential work of a magician, and for good reason, as it was to lead the individual–among other things–to understand and carry out their True Will.

There are multiple techniques for obtaining this (and I have an ongoing study trying to suss out how people obtain K&C HGA–contact me if you ware interested); some, I am sure, have come to it completely spontaneously, others after massive trauma. I’m not one to recommend seeking out trauma, but if one finds oneself in the midst of it (such as, say, a global pandemic), I believe that this can actually be a catalyst for an otherwise longer process.

When I requested a topic for my blog, I was asked specifically how to go about obtaining the K&C, including modifications to existing rituals necessary for the modern age. For this, there are no easy answers, but I would start with the essays in the Holy Guardian Angel anthology by Nephilim Press, especially Scott Stenwick’s, which provides techniques to get you started straight away. Stenwick also provides additional information on HGA initiation on his website.

After this preliminary, there are two famous classic techniques for K&C HGA: Abramelin and Liber Samekh. The former has several requirements, including Abramelin oil and incense, but also a separate room, restrictions on sex, as well as thrice daily prayers. Being written from an esoteric Jewish tradition, there is also the matter of aligning to the Jewish calendar, specifically Passover. My recommendations on this for the modern practitioner, whether Jewish or not (and I am not) are as follows: try to balance the elements externally (Abramelin oil, interestingly, balances both yin and yang ingredients) via the Abramelin oil and incense (if it’s in your budget) or via the gratis LBRP and/or LIRP; focus on self-isolation (did I mention we’re in a pandemic?) to maintain this elemental balance (i.e., others’ drama doesn’t throw your delicate elemental balance off); and devotional prayers (three times a day at a minimum) and the self-abnegation quality of the technique. Going to a closet or if need be even a bathroom for a short time to make a sincere prayer is sufficient (Scarlet Magdalene reports going to her car over her lunch hour, a technique I copied). Wash your hands (did I mention we’re in a pandemic?) and continually reflect on the outward cleansing and isolation from human affairs as a means to more clearly attune yourself to the purity of the Divine and the messenger thereof. As I have hinted, this pandemic is actually something of an ideal time to begin K&C HGA work!

As far as Liber Samekh (adapted by Crowley from an exorcism ritual known as “The Bornless Ritual” from the Greek Magical Papyri), so in another manner, this also isolates you from spirits–and eventually the delusions surrounding yourself that have accumulated. I would also recommend no less than three times a day for this technique as well.

Both the Abramelin ritual and the Liber Samekh ritual can be done silently (the latter requiring more memorization and visualization of one’s astral body completing the techniques–but it can be done). It is possible, for people with a great deal of cleverness and insight into the technical aspects of magic, to create their own ritual for the K&C HGA (the key features of this from a technical perspective seem to be elemental balance, crowding out things that throw off that balance, and a powerful technique to petition–or take upon oneself–the celestial). Regardless, from a practical perspective, the essential is to pick a technique and make sure that the people in your life expect to see less of you for many months. This is a unique task that few in the West undertake, and taking it on deserves respect, a great deal of reflection, and no small amount of testing of the spiritual breakthroughs you may think you achieve along the way (false insights are the worst!).

What are the advantages of K&C HGA, as opposed to just learning your True Will via an audit technique (or other means)? The biggest advantage is that your HGA is also an interface with all other entities (including people) and can help you navigate an otherwise confusing landscape. The HGA is your biggest ally and works to evolve you after K&C is reached (to the extent that you actually engage with this invaluable resource). Regardless of what you encounter, your HGA will do its best to lead you down an optimal path and has heavenly authority to protect and guide you along it. The only downside to this is that the HGA is not human, and so keep your rationality, practicality, and common sense handy! Furthermore, the HGA can accompany you only so far on the path–crossing “the Abyss” has its own, ah, “pitfalls” that the HGA must temporarily step aside for the aspirant to face.

Is K&C HGA necessary? To end on the positive note requested by the other suggestion for a blog entry: it is a gorgeous first step toward calling forth one’s own divinity, one that I never regret having taken. Yet others have not needed this step in order to reach very high states of spiritual development. So, if it seems right for you, then explore it.

I wish you good luck either way.

How to “OM” (among other ways)

So I was thinking about how to improve some foundational work. There’s probably no limit to how much a foundational technique can be practiced, if done with attention. I decided to say a mantra, and–keeping it simple–I decided to try to improve on my Om:

  1. Inhalation as you drop mouth simply (“Ah” shape to mouth, don’t vibrate yet). If you can, visualize a small (5 cm or 2″) hemisphere that is ironically forming away from your mouth.
  2. Shape mouth into “O” (which is halfway between “Ah” & “U” (which sounds like the “oo” as in fool) vowel shapes) and vibrate the “O” sound. I always tell people your voice should have a slight vibrato–not a huge one like an opera star but not like simple humming, either. Imagine the other half of the sphere now forming, touching about where your mouth is.
  3. Slowly reduce the size of this “O” until you are forced to briefly make the “Uu” sound as your mouth closes. Continue visualizing the sphere completing its formation.
  4. Mouth closed (nearly a kiss shape), continue vibrating. Your sphere can now gain luminosity and color. It should also have a gentle shadow to it and feel balanced. Allow lips to return to simple closed state (i.e., neutral) and continue humming “M.” The sphere floats away,
  5. Drop mouth again & inhale, repeat 1-4.