On Whether Enochian is a Religion

It’s pretty easy to look at Enochian as a religion, and honestly, I am wondering whether it’s time to call it that. Jason Louv certainly concludes that this was the angels’ goal: a one-world religion. It fuses communicating and working with angels (angels themselves working on behalf of God), magick (an ability to manipulate reality, in this case via Divine power), and devotion to the Divine. Via the Aethyrs, ultimately (i.e., in LIL), these all fuse with union with the Divine, forever changing the consciousness of the practitioner.

It is the latter of these–a procedure that provides union (i.e., yoga) with the Divine (and therefore the universe)–that gives Enochian its power. This power is frightening and heretical to most Western Christian denominations (I cannot speak to Eastern Orthodox Churches). After all, Jesus has made humanity right with God, provided we recognize him as “the Way, the Truth, and the Life, and no one comes to the Father except by/through” Him (John 14:6). Note that Jesus uses the present tense–not “no one will ever come to the Father,” but “no one comes to the Father.” Am I stretching too much here, inferring too much about what Jesus says about the relationship with God and when? Read on: interestingly, Jesus goes on to say that He is in the Father and vice versa, that he will provide another advocate (i.e., one like Jesus, whom Jesus calls “the Spirit of Truth,” thought in theological terms by most to mean the Holy Spirit), who will be in the disciples. This suggests, frankly, that the Father continues to be in the disciples, giving them union with God. He then continues to say “I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you.” An awful lot of sharing of this Divinity, wouldn’t you say? It’s almost as if union with the Divine is the whole point here.

The frightening heresy to denominations in these verses is that God is in the heart of a believer, yet we are still human. We should not aspire to be Divine, the thinking goes, but some unclear version of similarity with the Divine. To that I say–that’s not how it works, at least in Enochian. In Enochian, you learn the heavenly and, ultimately, Divine nature we already are, after using each Aethyr to slowly peel back ego-based delusion. It is this delusion of the ego that feeds the dependency upon the hierarchy of authority.

How does Enochian fit into the grand scheme of other religions? It’s a different form of esoteric Christianity from Gnosticism in that there isn’t some grand conspiracy of cosmic beings who are keeping us deluded, but rather, our own thinking and ego- and mind-identification. It certainly has a deity, but this deity is systemic to the universe (as shown through its identification with mathematics; this suggest pantheism or panentheism), and we are a part of the universe. It may be trite to say that everything is divine, but the point of Enochian is to learn exactly what that means. It is a “suchness.” It is Tathata. Understanding (Binah) this means learning to let go of other kinds of thinking and being, and instead become what one truly is: divine, in all the glory of divinity. Enochian cosmology has excellent, but probably not always perfect, complementarity with Buddhism and other Eastern traditions. Regardless, I am of the view that Enochian, and specifically the Enochian language in general prayers and in modifications made to the 19th Enochian Call to the Aethyrs, can be used especially well to produce the esoteric attainments or states of these and likely other religions.

If Enochian is a religion, it’s highly personal. It comes from personal revelation and interaction with the angelic and the Divine. For Westerners especially, it’s about knowing your place in the cosmic order (and probably getting therapy). One becomes better aligned with the world and every realm one interacts with, yet this reflects the changes to perspective and therefore one’s reactions, all due to Divine revelation. In this sense, it’s not dogmatic, but it’s also not a mere spiritual practice. It probably belongs as a course in Universalist religions of all stripes. Obviously, this would mean that it is fundamentally compatible with most other religions.

Let me know your thoughts!

How I make my planetary talismans

A talisman, strictly speaking, a visual seal (sigil) of magical intent that is energetically charged to bring wanted things toward you; it has typically been contrasted with amulets which repel unwanted things. In Western traditions nowadays, this line is a little blurry, so this post refers to both, but only those related to astrological talismans. Any time is possible to do magick. Elemental magick is always available, no matter the circumstances. Astrological magick is also always available, and can be tweaked via planetary banishing and invoking, but it’s a bit more like playing a game of cards, in which you can discard some cards and draw others.

I start my planetary talisman process based on the desired astrological energy. To do this, you need to have familiarity with basic astrology and what makes a planet’s energy strong as well as harmonious with other planets. Once the dominant planetary energy is selected, I pick the time and the base metal. Paper is fine but not as durable energywise as metal. Classically each astrological planet has its own metal; of the seven planets, only four have metals that are realistic to use nowadays: Saturn’s and Mercury’s metals (lead & mercury, respectively) are toxic, and the sun’s metal, gold, is toxic to your bank account! I substitute silver, the moon’s metal, for these three planets, because the moon is “closest” to the earth in the medieval tradition.

Once I have the metal picked, I begin the design; there’s not much imagination on my part in designing talismans. If a planetary talisman, I begin by looking up the magic square for that planet. This will be the center of the overall design, and also tells me the number of elements to incorporate into the talisman, including the numbers of the square itself (but not the grid). I usually go with the sum of a given row or column.

Once I have the number of elements, I incorporate the names of the selected deities and/or archangels associated with the planet & its sephira. In the Hermetic tradition, these can be found by looking them up ina correspondence resource such as 777, 776_1/2, or Thelemapedia (in the case of a Mars talisman, for example, I use row 27, and perhaps also row 5 for the sephira it rules, Geburah); these are all based on the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn (which itself is largely based on Agrippa: see below); I have yet to explore other similar orders’ materials such as Aurum Solis but this is forthcoming, I’m sure. I then start counting the letters in the deity names and try to use some combination of them that adds up the the planetary square total (in the case of the Mars talisman, 65). Also, I do one final check for the planetary seal from Agrippa’s Three Books of Occult Philosophy, Book 1, Chapter 33. My standard approach is to have the names parallel to each of the four sides of the square (placed according to the Four Worlds associations in the Kabbalah and/or stacked as necessary according to the hierarchy in which they fit; the planetary seal I break into four parts which go at the corners, in a rounded formation of long enough).

Once the design is complete, it comes to a method of charging the talisman. Here you’re asking the deity or angel to do you a solid and please charge your talisman. Angels work in the capacity of their deity, so appeal to that connection, and deities like it when you approach via the things they are connected to (such as the incenses or plants in a correspondence book like 777–the more the better, but there is diminishing returns, so don’t dip into your savings! If money is an issue, cultivate sincerity and it will make up for it). Use a picture of the appropriate animal, a small clipping of the appropriate plant, light the appropriate incense, etc. Next, perform the planetary invoking ritual (I use the Greater Invoking Ritual of the Hexagram) to call forth the energy associated with your astrological election. Then I usually will either do an invocation for the deity to temporarily inhabit my body (choose your deity wisely!) and provide a charge to the object, or a call to the angel by appealing to its deity. I will usually modify Liber Israfel for the former; for the latter, it depends on the system. Enochian has specific methods to call upon its angels; similarly, the Shem-Hamphorasch has its own 72 angels and various authors have books on contacting them. Once those methods are done you make your request to the angel(s) that you have called to charge the talisman for you.

One alternative to the entity method is energy work, such as Chi or Reiki (though the latter still accesses divine entities). Reiki is probably better since it explicitly calls on the energy of the heavens (which, you know, where the stars and planets are), but Chi could probably also be used, if you set a strong intention to only use the more terrestrial energy that fully reflects the celestial.

Here we come to a point not to be overlooked: timing is essential. Unlike other astrologers, my view of an event is to look at the definitive “birthing” portion. Just as astrologers typically use a birth time and not a conception time, events or even ideas have to be birthed and not just stirred or conceived. A seed doesn’t count as a new plant just because it’s been planted, or watered, or the like. The seed emerge from its shell and touch the air and light as well as put down its first root. I dwell on this point because, well, you have to time your actions to culminate as closely to the time you’ve elected.

That’s it: you now have a charged talisman!

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!

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.”

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.

Angels of the Tesseract

While scrying the Aethyrs, I also did some work with the angels of the Shemhamphorasch. The working was powerful and effective, and the thought occurred to me that the same principle of discovering angel names within a long divine name could be also be applied to an exclamation of awe at divinity. Although I grew up Christian, the exclamation that occurred to me was cosmic: “O, A UNIVERSE OF THE MIND OF GOD!”

The astute observer will notice that this phrase is 24 letters long—matching the number of faces of a tesseract (also known as a “hypercube”: a four-dimensional version of a cube), so I then applied each of the letters to the faces, with the end of the exclamation at the “innermost” (from my 3D point of view). I then broke this out into eight cubes (each face of the tesseract applying to two cubes), and discovered eight angel names came from the cubes thereby. I also took four directions of the Tesseract and found four dimensional angel names. The results are summarized in the figure below:

One angel, AUDEOV, immediately struck me as an angel helping to deal with shame. I continued working with I Ching divinations to better understand their natures. The angel names, pronunciation, and natures are summarized below (I use the same Latin pronunciation scheme as with Enochian to pronounce the angel names):

GOFDOD (gohff-dohd): [I Ching: Hexagram 39, with a changing line in the fifth position, therefore changing to Hexagram 53]. Contact this angel for help in overcoming obstructions and turning away from superficial desires that distract from inward needs in order to align and toward heaven, and the gradual progress toward the divine.

TRAGOS (trahg-ohss): [I Ching: Hexagram 38, with changing lines in the first and fourth places, therefore changing to Hexagram 4]. Call upon this angel when beginning a journey, new venture, or taking on an apprentice, new employee.

OOINEE (oh-oh-ee-nay): [I Ching: Hexagram 8, with changing lines in the second, third, and top places, therefore changing to Hexagram 57]. This angel brings transformation for those willing to engage with it, and softens the effects of inevitable change.

FUMNIF (foom-neef): [I Ching: Hexagram 51]: Alignment with the will of God or Universe, especially after vast destruction or shock.

AUDEOV (ah-oo-day-ohv): [I Ching: Hexagram 11 with a changing line in the fifth place, therefore changing to Hexagram 5]. This angel helps you deal with issues of shame, and thereby leads to nourishment of the soul.

HIVEOR (hee-vay-ohr): [I Ching: Hexagram 34 with changing lines in the first and fourth places, therefore changing to Hexagram 46]. This angel helps cultivate proper humility in times of great change in order to influence all of one’s social group to take proper action.

FONDES (fohn-dayss): [I Ching: Hexagram 52, with changing line in the third place, therefore changing to Hexagram 23]. Understanding of one’s immediate situation and how to best obtain proper flexibility within it.

NITHEM (nee-them): [I Ching: Hexagram 29, with changing line in the second place, therefore changing to Hexagram 7].Call upon this angel to help hear the heart’s call, and then evolving in order to carry it forward into the world.

IODE (ee-oh-day): [I Ching: Hexagram 18, with changing lines in the first, third, and fourth places, therefore changing to Hexagram 38]. Gentle Reformation of one’s society.

HODN (hoh-denn): [I Ching: Hexagram 31, with changing lines in the first, fourth, and fifth places, therefore changing to Hexagram 36]. Letting go of control & reconciling with others.

TGFM (teeg-eff-em): [I Ching: Hexagram 53, with changing line at the top, therefore changing to Hexagram 39]. Slow, lifelong development and harmonization of conflict.

EVOE (Ay-vo-ay): [I Ching: Hexagram 60, with changing line at the fifth place, therefore changing to Hexagram 41]. Accepting limitations of one’s life and making do with less.

RIFS (reeff-ess): [I Ching: Hexagram 32, with changing line in the second place, therefore changing to Hexagram 56]. Endurance in acts, and not being distracted from the goal.

ONUA (oh-noo-ah): [I Ching: Hexagram 58, with changing line in the 3rd place, therefore changing to Hexagram 43]. Finding allies and support to accomplish the seemingly impossible.

          The aspirant can use any prayer they like to initiate contact.