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On attempting to unify angelic systems

Having worked with different systems of angelic magick (including the Shem Hamphorasch and, of course, Enochian), part of me has wondered how the different systems relate to one another. Having requested this of God for the last few weeks, I received a vision of a spiral emanating from a center point, and am receiving the following transmission:

“All things proceed from the Center that is God, the solar God, the God balanced across All. Behold the angels who proceed, radiating from this Center, first from this pure-light Center, then turning at the four quarters, until, having completed these turns, they complete the wheel.

“The angels of the Shem Hamphorasch, they proceed from the Holy use of this same turning of the Holy Logos.

“The angels of the angelic language [Enochian], also proceeding from this spiral, but from a many-dimensional spiral emanating from this Center.

“Every angelic system can be found to correspond with this emanation from the Center, and followed back thereto.”

Angels identified as seraphim that I’ve encountered

I received the name of a couple of seraphs during scrying which you may take or leave; this is the first (as transliterated from Enochian):

SERAFA PIAP ORS-OLPIRT aka SERAFA PURAN, meaning “Seraph who balances darkness and light” or “Seraph of sight.”

I also received a seraph name and had some interaction with it:

IVGAR (as transliterated from Enochian letters)

Before presenting its sigil, I was shown this:

(the arrows just represent the rotation of the circles).

Then I saw this, which was mentioned as the sigil for IVGAR:

However, it seems likely that these two symbols should be combined thusly:

IVGAR had a very Last Supper feel, in that it took on forms which we are to incorporate. “GAR” has been identified in The Whole Enochian Dictionary by the “Archidoxical Order of Magi” as meaning “Archangel of the East.” “IV” is the prefix for an angel name and also for IUMD which means “is called” in the same dictionary.

I’m very grateful to these angels and of course all the angels with whom I’ve worked and, naturally, the Divine.

Planets ruling Sephiroth on the Tree of Life

Perhaps it’s Uranus transiting over my natal sun right now that’s inspiring me to write a bit about the Kabbalistic Tree of Life. For beginners, I’ll just mention that the Tree of Life is an interesting model of consciousness. Based on the mythical tree in the book of Genesis (from which one could eat and live forever), the Kabbalistic Tree of Life (often abbreviated as ToL) metaphorically explains how divine energy can move from the heavenly to the earthly.

Most sephiroth on the ToL are considered to be ruled by celestial aspects or by the elements; the ten sephiroth, or spheres (i.e., of consciousness/spiritual states) on the ToL and their respective rulers are:

  1. Kether, “The Crown”
  2. Chokmah, “Wisdom,” ruled by the Zodiac
  3. Binah, “Understanding,” ruled by Saturn
    (Da’ath, “Knowledge,” is considered to be a false sephirah; in some traditions it’s also thought to be all sephiroth at once, though I find this unhelpful and somewhat incorrect)
  4. Chesed, “Mercy,” ruled by Jupiter
  5. Geburah, “Strength,” ruled by Mars
  6. Tiphareth, “Beauty,” ruled by the Sun
  7. Netzach, “Victory,” ruled by Venus
  8. Hod, “Splendo(u)r,” ruled by Mercury
  9. Yesod, “Foundation,” ruled by the Moon
  10. Malkuth, “Kingdom,” ruled by the four elements

The rulership of these sephiroth differ from the astrological essential dignity of domicile, which holds that planets have greatest effectiveness in zodiacal sign (e.g., Aries, Taurus, etc.): the Sun is strongest in the royal sign of Leo, the Moon in the nurturing sign of Cancer, etc. There are further essential dignities including

Sephirothic rulership, however, is less about what brings the planet strength, but rather what brings the sephiroth completeness. The Splendor of all the possibilities of form to be made in the physical world is brought to completion by Mercury, which can flow from idea to idea, configuration to configuration. The Triumph of any given form, moreover, is brought to completeness when it is in fact a pleasurable one (for what is the point in Victory without the thrill?).

One consideration is whether to re-assign the planets Uranus, Neptune, or Pluto to the final two sephiroth. From personal experience of the higher sephiroth, my judgment is not to do so. Uranus, the planet some folks consider to rule Chokmah, is commonly considered among astrologers as a “wild card” planet and a rebellious planet. My experience of Chokmah (“Wisdom”) is that it provides an individual insight into an optimal approach to reality. Wisdom is an optimal means to govern one’s life because it is an incorporation of an undeniable aspect of nature, which can be succinctly declared in a Law. Rebellious Uranus doesn’t seem to fit this idea, though one could argue that the newly declared Law is a necessary reflection of a previously unseen aspect of reality.

Nonetheless, more fundamental to my judgment is the contrast between Binah (“Understanding”), ruled by Saturn, the greater malefic and Lord of Time, and Chokmah. Binah occupies the top of the pillar of Severity on the ToL, while Chokmah occupies the top of the pillar of Mercy (ascending the Middle Pillar of Mildness is often considered a standard goal of the Kabbalah). Saturn reflects the need for discipline and patience, and brings Binah (often described as all possibilities and thus bringing the initiate the Vision of Sorrow) to completeness by imposing its cold order and a logical connectivity of these possible states into a coherent flow (eliminating–bringing death!–to nearly all of them!). If feminine Binah is ruled by the Lord of Time, then masculine and protruding Chokmah, it follows, should be ruled by Space itself. Space and time being essential aspects of the universe, the Zodiac seems like the superior choice of ruler.

What rules Kether, the Crown? As you might guess, I don’t believe it is ruled by either Neptune or Pluto. My argument is that it lacks formal rulership, except that it is existence itself, which does have limits. Therefore, I would argue that perception rules Kether–reality perceives itself, no matter what, and therefore perhaps the best way to put it is that the Divine rules it, for the Divine is the Complete Perceiver, and initiates into Kether may partake of the perception of the Divine.

Some scholars suggest that the Biblical Tree of Life and the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil are the same tree. Eating of the Crown this Tree, I can tell you that the answer is yes: as I put it when first scrying the Enochian Aethyr of LIL: “This is the End of Death.”

Miniature SDAs

Those familiar with the Enochian system are likely aware of the Sigillum Dei Aemeth (SDA), or “Seal of God’s Truth,” a disc made of beeswax which is carved by the magician. This gorgeous seal has on its top an outer ring segmented into 40 parts, which circumscribes a heptagon of 49 spaces (7 for each side), which touches an inner heptagram at the points, within which are two more heptagons, the inner of which touches a pentagram. On the bottom, the Notarikon AGLA (Atah Gibor Le-olam Adonai,” or “Thou art powerful forever, Lord”) is written in a clockwise formation, within which several interlocking crosses are arranged.

There are hundreds of letters and numbers to be written on the spaces in the front in order to complete this seal. This can be done, but it takes patience on the 9″ version to do so when working with the beeswax: it an immense amount of when working on the four 4″ versions! My recommendation is to do so on the miniature (4″) SDAs soon after making the geometric template (and not waiting for a year, as I did!). Another caution is that it’s much easier to make a mistake with these, so be patient and careful. Double-check each place before lettering it. However, the angelic “high” that comes from making these smaller pieces of the temple furniture is the same as for the SDA, so it’s worth it from that perspective alone.

I’ll be reporting back after having done the lettering on all 4 of these. Chances are I’ll re-scry LIL again (that being my main Enochian activity nowadays).

Chakra awareness ritual

Another non-Enochian ritual. This one came to me from a female figure in a dream.

So during meditation or as you fall asleep, think back to your birthday, and then back to your conception day.

Think of your parents and all the energies they were bringing to that sexual act—the raw emotionality.

Now take your astral hands and make a clasping fist over your navel, like a Christmas caroler. Alternate back and forth over which hand is on top. Increase the speed (remember, this is astral, so you can technically have them going as fast as the Flash, just don’t move your physical hands).

Now, extend your astral palms in front of each other, about six inches apart, like you’re trying to show how big something is to someone, except this your hands are closer to your navel. Alternate where they are with your navel as the common center.

You’re going to make an octagon by rapidly alternating your extended palms in opposing locations: up down, left right, up-left/down right, & up-right/down-left. Just keep alternating your hands’ locations about this common center.

Now imagine a glow appearing where your fists were, but your hands are now making an octagon about it (it need not be an inscribing octagon). Next, imagine a screen appearing around where the orb was. You can still have your moving hands in the back of your mind but now focus on the screen.

A story may appear about what’s happening with you at this chakra on this screen.

Note: you can do this same technique for each/all of your chakras. You can imagine multiple pairs of hands (like a Hindu god) on the astral. You will have an opportunity to create a new alignment of how these chakras are relating to each other and to the world at large. When I did this for my third eye in the middle of the coronavirus pandemic, I saw a crying child on the screen. I then rearranged the chakras in order to better use the energies there….

Review | Success Magick: The Hidden Power of Enochian Rituals, by Damon Brand

This book challenges a great deal of the conventional wisdom surrounding Enochian magick. I’ll start by listing some of the proposed changes, then evaluating the relative justification of these changes. Along the way, I will evaluate the practical usefulness.

One of the first modifications made by is the proposed working order to the Aethyrs. As author Damon Brand admits, this is quite controversial for practitioners, where the bottom-up, Numbers 30 to 1 approach is the norm.

The justification that Brand offers is a dubious one: that this is the order that Dee received them in. However, this ignores an obvious reason as to why the angels presented the Aethyrs to Dee in this order: the Angels, looking at the highest Aethyr—it being closest to God—start there (they are messengers from God, after all) and then work their way to the farthest Aethyr.

Furthermore, having scried all 30 Aethyrs (from the bottom up) and also having scried some Aethyrs out of order before having done all 30, I can emphatically state that the energy of this Aethyr is quite intense. Readers of this book, introduced to this energy of LIL without prior experience, would either have to manage such energy without any experience with it, or would get a limited version of it.

For practical and theoretical reasons, this is not an approach I endorse. Regarding the sigils for the Aethyrs, they seem plausible enough (the outer circle uses the initial text of the call to each Aethyr), but using them as means for “success” without touching on the depth of the energy at play was disappointing. I’ve no doubt that the Aethyrs can provide a means for success, but the practitioner may get far more than bargained for, not in the sense of a “monkey’s paw,” but rather in the sense of perhaps being set upon a path to do advanced work that was not necessarily chosen. While I personally value the soul-unfolding nature of this work, novice readers may not yet share such a value.

Additional changes of note to the restored Enochian system are the changes made the watchtowers. The watchtower tablets are modified into sigils so as to include god names and three angels for each sigil. Why, for a 7-based system, the three additional god names that are also used in the ritual to call upon these angels weren’t included as part of the sigil is strange. Indeed, these angels and the additional three god names themselves already appear on the watchtower tablet, so their inclusion in a standalone sigil seems superfluous and redundant. Furthermore the main god names from the black cross can be incorporated into the watchtowers without issue: the watchtowers themselves are sufficient.

The effectiveness of such watchtower-derived rituals seems likely, but the rationale for them is unclear; angels are intelligent beings who can indeed be called upon via derived rituals, without calls, but it seems strange that a method to sidestep the means of communication–namely, the Enochian calls–that the angels themselves transmitted. This strikes me as the celestial equivalent of calling a friend during work hours who asks that you text them. Sure, they’ll kindly reply, but is this really how you want to treat them?

Ultimately, I give this book 3.5/5 stars. It’s likely to have some effectiveness, but not as much as the means offered in other works on Enochian. Unfortunately, it does not seem to be a good introduction into the system. One line in particular I take issue with: “[T]he angels…urged us to stop fretting over the nature of the magick, to stop worrying about the details, and stop obsessing over what it all means.” I dare say that most who have studied and practiced this system magick know better.

Heart invocation

This ritual includes some Enochian; it translates to “Arise, move, and appear, Crown-Heart-Mind-Diamond-Light-Body, to the intent that thorns of the marrow of the heart may become trussed with light. Because all is one, listen and look, as a covenant with all, (on) the voice and wonders of all.”

Heart invocation

Procul, procul, este profani.

Bahlasti! Ompehda!

O, All which I perceive, in the name of PELE, give me true answers eternally as to everything about which I wonder.

O, you poetry in motion,

O, you speaker in the stillness.

TORZU, ZACAR, OD ZAMRAN MOMAO-MONONS-MANIN-ALCHIDAO-OLPIRT-GAH, FAFEN NANBA DE TRANAN MONONS NOALN COMMAN DE OLPIRT!

BAGLE TONIEL, SOLPETH OD PURAN, TA SIBSI A TON, BIAL OD LZIRN DE TON.

Out of the utter marrow of our hearts cometh this: we can no longer be silent, and our ears must open as our mouths! We must forge the glorious song that is begging to be birthed among us! Music must pour forth from us as one glorious harmony! 

O, Come into me as one, You Who govern my perception, Ye Who perceive me in my subtlety and divinity, Ye Who move me and Ye Whom I move, Ye Who govern all my relationships.

Come into me as one, in an eternally unfolding and enfolding multiplex relationship with all I am, Ye Whom I have called, and allow us all to work harmoniously, hearts crowned in our True spirit as a gloriously living and aware nexus.

Come into me as one, Ye parts of All, You totality of All. Let transcendence and mundane, unfolding and enfolding, become married in our midst!

Behold! I am I! I am They! I am All! All is one! Eternally rolling, evolving, leaping, reveling, revealing, growing, and weaving, in an inexorable roaring flow! This perfect magnetic flow shall be borne witness to, as it bridges light to light, color to color, dust to life, life to awareness, awareness to continuity, continuity to fullness, the fullness to the beauty of infinity.