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!

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… (“O 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. 🙂

Unexpected effects of Enochian on angelic interaction

I thought I’d mention something that I hadn’t seen in the literature before (if someone has a link that goes into this particular effect, feel free to leave it in the comments). I only mention it on account of this happening to me twice, so I can’t write it off as a fluke. After some time working with the Aethyrs–indeed, as part of scrying the later Aethyrs a second time–I found that my Holy Guardian Angel (Knowledge & Conversation, or K&C, happening over a year earlier) had enfolded himself around my energetic body and took on a subtler role.

Usually, I think of K&C as relating to a being who can always be a go-to buffer against the spiritual realm, acting as both intermediary and protector against spiritual forces, as well as an entity who can always bring clarity and add to one’s intuitive power. The HGA is an agent of God who, after the K&C has been permanently stabilized in your awareness on an at-will basis, has all of these Divinely orchestrated powers at its disposal. However, it seems that I have sufficient understanding to have my HGA operate at a subtle level, and my HGA needn’t be constantly called up for protection or clarification–he can simply operate in the background instead.

This didn’t quite make sense (hey, it’s magick), but simply subtly directing my attention towards him increases his energy, and I know that, if I decided it was necessary to speak further, he could unfold and speak to me as a distinct being.

What I have been doing of late is a semi-regular, once every week or two re-scrying of the Aethyr of LIL (in addition to meditation about 5 or 6 times a week–nobody’s perfect!). This has been going on for a few months. I just find it helpful to deepen the Kether awareness, and see where it takes me. The most recent time I scried the governors of this Aethyr (Occodon, Pascomb, & Valgars) went ahead and did the same thing that my HGA had, enfolded themselves about my energy system. I’m not entirely sure what it’s about, but, much like when my HGA did so, I welcome their sustained presence as a blessing and an honor. Obviously these n-dimensional entities are capable of being in more than one place at once, and this sort of thing could happen to another magician, so I’m not worried about this suggesting any sort of limits to the system.

If anyone else has gone through this, let me know. Whenever I scry LIL, the governors tend to form a tetrahedron about me (as does God via three aspects, in all making a Merkaba): the Enochian system is very geometry-heavy. This latest development, however, seems more permanent and not limited to scrying. If I determine the intent behind this, I will add a later post.

“Silgaeth” (Sigil) for activating the diamond body.

Upon re-scrying LIL, I asked regarding how to activate the diamond body of Taoism (and Rosicrucianism). I was told I could make a divine sigil (referred by the angels in the vision as “SILGAETH”–similar to LOAGAETH) to this effect. Rather than a proper sigil, I made a 7×7 square which is the statement: “OI ALCHIDAO QAA OL, CONGAMPHLGH, MOLVI OD HOM A NACRO OL OD IAD,” which translates roughly to “This diamond creation/garment [i.e., “body”] (of) me, man’s spirit [also, “the Holy Ghost”[?!]] surges and lives in renewal (of) me and God.”

Of interest is the relative dearth of letters: Med, Un, & Gon for the vowels, and Ur, Na, Veh, Ged, Don, Gal, Drux, Tal, Ger, Van, & Mals, exactly 2/3 of the entire Enochian alphabet.

Med: 11
Un: 8
Ur: 5
Gon 4
Na: 4
Gal: 4
Veh: 3
Ged: 2
Drux: 2
Tal: 2
Don: 1
Ger: 1
Van: 1
Mals: 1

After activating it, I have had some profound and intriguing effects. I recommend this those initiated into Kether, Chokmah, (and possibly even Binah). I’d like to hear your experiences with it.

Aethyr working: LIN

[March 2, 2019].

I am following the technique of placing attention on attention, and meta-attention, and further meta-awareness on meta-awareness. It appears that the angels are waiting for me to complete this, so I continue. Eventually I have a vision of chaos of all awareness, which in my mind seems like a whirling cloud: it’s a lot for me to handle, so I continue to gaze into the mirror. I see a bit of a pond. They instruct me to close my eyes, so I see a stream emptying into a pond. This parallels the nature field visions from prior Aethyrs. I’m reminding myself of lovingkindness; I continue on that meditation for a bit.

I’m staring into the pond, and from it arises a great angel. The angel is appearing to some extent on the HTOP. I’m trying to maintain awareness and union. It’s a large—probably 7- or 8-foot angel. He’s taking me by the hand. We’re walking upon the water. I am—he sets me upon the ground, and I am, partly on account of my meditative state, I am turning into millions and billions of particles. These are swirling, and he is swirling himself in a similar manner, and he instructs me to take on my human form (usually it’s the other way around), so I do that. As part of this, I put awareness on awareness—and I’m going to take this a step further and continue to put Briatic and Yetziratic and Atziluthic awareness on awareness, all sort of returning me to that same spot, and so on: infinite regress. This is a lot for my mind to take on (I strain at the concentration). That’s okay: I’m noticing these changes and I am doing the infinite regress thing and putting awareness on just my physical and metaphysical state.

I’m instructed to breathe, so I’m breathe. I can feel the energy throughout my physical body change, so I put my meta-awareness on all of that, and putting myself back into that state of union [with awareness], and then putting awareness on that union repeatedly, and I’m feeling this very large current of energy now, and he instructs me that this is the path to the ultimate union, and to continue on that path, and that he is very pleased with the progress. I’m very grateful for such progress, but I’m trying to avoid an ego boost, but he says it’s nothing, it

[the ego]

is a delusion and it [consciousness] is merely a flow, so I’m feeling it in my solar plexus right now. He is linking it—he is showing me earth—but he doesn’t want it to be too much of an earthly feeling, so he’s taking me up into heaven.

In heaven, this same feeling in my solar plexus is extending out to, in this lightning-like way, to all of these other beings in heaven. He says this is Chokmah, and to continue that meditative state, and so I do, putting awareness on awareness, meta-awareness, and awareness on union, and I’m including, because this is now the case, the object of awareness is heaven itself. I’m proceeding to put awareness on awareness on heaven itself, (I strain) and it is very powerful feeling energy right now that is opening up, and the angel says to hold off, to just take it down a step. I say, “OK.” He says this is going to continue to get more intense as I continue through [the Aethyrs]. He instructs me that this is the proper path for me to do it, this is well worth the while, and I’m—even as I’m expressing concern about the amount of energy [expended]—he says to just continue with it, to continue with this method.

So I say “Okay.” My mind flits upon the watchtowers [that I have yet to build], he says that everything is already here and coming together. I’m looking at alternative ways [to build the watchtowers], needed to build it. [Here the angel provides instructions to build the watchtower tablets that I made in my possession.] He mentions that the angels like geometry. He tells me to continue at my job; I say “OK.” He reminds me that that which I desire is grand, difficult, but not impossible. He notes my interest in political engagement; he informs me that truly this inner focus is more important right now; he reminds me that these are vicissitudes. I ask about the moral nature of my preferred candidate, whom he says is very moral; I ask if it is plausible, wise, and in the nature of the Divine Will to help this candidate win, and I am getting a very affirmative yes. Indeed, at this moment, it is not merely a matter of if but when I should move forward politically: “For behold, it has been destined.” This generates skepticism in me on account of that affirmation, just because I understand the nature of this [i.e., that spirits often flatter].

I ask if there is anything they would like to share for my magical colleagues. The angel tells me that God is waking the minds of humanity, and that people who practice magick are carrying out their co-divine role in the cosmos…that it should be turned (if it is to be done in the most appropriate manner) toward this liberation of human consciousness and setting humanity into its state of sustainability and expansion (e.g., into the cosmos). I express skepticism, but he tells me to be silent on that matter [Editorial note: there is tension between sustainability and expansion). I say, “OK,” but acknowledge my own divinity, so he bows to my own as well. There suddenly seems to be a great deal of angels who appear at this point. I remember to practice lovingkindness and once again to place attention on attention. He tells me that every time I do this consistently and with enough effort I will be reminded once again of my state of nature. So, I allow the vision to continue and I’m packed full of angels around me. I’m seeing a very solid—it’s as if goldened iron, or cast into this very strong steel—or, you throw in the mercurial quality of mercury with the denseness of lead—they [all of these kinds of metals] are all merging together, and this is how the path before me is laid out. And I’m getting a message: if it is [your] True Will to be wise, then the acts carried out with respect to that True Will are to gain and act from Wisdom, which means that they will always be ever-changing. They will be much more mercurial, and indeed I’m shown this sort of direct line of uniting different natures.

At any rate I feel there’s a very large contingent of angelic forces. There’s a feeling of mutual respect; a very large nexus, which for someone who is an introvert to become aware of, having an extremely extroverted spiritual side—seeing all of these angels and interacting with them [is ironic]. I thank the angels for their time and for their wisdom and their insight, and with that the vision ends.

More on the “unused” SDA letters

I scried LIL today & got more explanation on the unused letters of the Sigillum Dei Aemeth (SDA). The governors of the Aethyr (Occodon, Pascomb, & Valgars) took me up and showed me a pentagram, then specifically the pentagram of the SDA, and then a mirror of it. The 7 angels associated with that are shown with the original pentagram are shown as one name (Sabathiel) on the outside, one on the inside (Levanael), then 5 angels connecting each arm to the next (Zedekiel, Madimiel, Semeliel, Nogahel, and Corabiel).

When applying the names of God to this pentagram formation, the idea, I was told, was to consider these names as actively using the seven classical astrological planets in an alchemical manner as a means of “leveling up.”

The 3 remaining names go with the mirror pentagram; the Archons represent an upper limit (preventing ascension) Amon representing a lower limit (keeping one at one’s current level); In a sense, LNNON can be thought as one’s divinity within the limits of the world. In a sense, no matter how limited one feels, one’s own Divinity (“God Self-Made”) is also there. However, the downside of this is that one can rest easy in one’s own divinity, never choosing to explore it fully. Whenever one comes to an understanding of this, the seven main god names (Galas, Gethog, Thaoth, Horlωn, Innon, Aaoth, Galethog) can help one discover and integrate the many levels of one’s infinite Divinity.

—UPDATE: I researched the Sumerian pantheon & LNNON seems close to “El Nanna,” a Sumerian deity of wisdom and the moon. This could potentially also be the Norse deity of the same name,

Enochian initiation into Chokmah, Kether, Ain Soph Aur, & Ain Soph

Jason Louv contends that Enochian is a means to initiate into the Kabbalistic sephirah (sphere of consciousness) of Binah. The final seven Aethyrs, he argues, reveal the final to sephiroth of Chokmah and Kether, but these lock up if one has not initiated into these sephiroth. In my experience, this is absolutely true.

It is possible to request the Enochian angels show you how to initiate into these sephiroth and thus enable full visions when you scry the last seven Aethyrs. Assuming you have successfully scried through ZID, you should have begun the initiation into Binah and thus be ready for the following sephiroth. The process is long, but it is started very simply. What you do is make the normal call to the Aethyrs (“MADRIAX DSPRAF ___,” where the blank is filled in with the name of the Aethyr) and then substitute the Enochian word for the name of the sephirah (rather than the name of the Aethyr).

So, to initiate into Chokmah, you would use the word for “the secret wisdom,” ANANAEL. After making the call, follow the instructions of the angels and you will begin the initiation process. The same can be done for Kether (the highest sephiroth) as well as Ain Soph Aur and Ain Soph. I have tested this technique on three of the following four (once again, do not make this call until you have successfully scried through ZID–that itself should be challenge enough):

Chokmah (Wisdom): ANANAEL (Secret Wisdom).

Kether (Crown): MOMAO (Crown)

Ain Soph Aur (Limitless Light): MAOFFAS OLPIRT (Measureless Light)

Ain Soph (No Limit): MAOFFAS (Measureless[ness]).