On What Leads People to (and away) from Magickal Practice, and Why It Can Be Worth It

Why do people do magick, anyway? Is it to feel re-enchanted with the world after so many Hard TruthsTM whack you over the head? Is it because there is a Vast ConspiracyTM to conceal the forces of the universe in order to keep Ordinary PeopleTM from knowing the Real TruthTM? Is it level up to throw lightning bolts because it’s Badass? Is it to flow in better harmony with forces of Nature? (All trademarks pending my doing something to trademark phrases).

Probably all of these are reasons for magickal practice. Yet within all of these reasons are the same seeds for not doing magick. Hard Truths of the material world must be faced, not shied away from. Any Vast Conspiracy must surely be more powerful than any single Ordinary Person, and even if you’re lucky, how do you know that the Real Truth you discover is the One Real and Ultimate Truth? Throwing lightning bolts is probably doable, but very expensive, and then you’ve spent a lot of money making your whole life about throwing lightning bolts.

I want to dwell on the last point. I think the issue of Nature and the West‘s relationship to it is at the core of why people don’t do magick, and fairly so. As an example, we understand that chemistry is an ordering principle of nature, that it works marvels, but most of us don’t know anything beyond the basics. So few of us understand atomic orbitals, we probably don’t do advanced chemistry at home, and even those of us who know what we’re doing can still make fatal mistakes. Why dabble with something so dangerous? Leave it to geniuses who are also willing to take the risks.

Still, we probably don’t benefit much from not knowing anything about chemistry. It keeps us from poisoning ourselves with household items. It gives us a rationale to eat healthy, to wash our hands, and to be careful with gasoline. Essentially, an understanding of chemistry is important, and we can have a safer and healthier existence with it.

When it comes to magick, I think there’s a vague understanding of it among most people. For Christians (still the most dominant of the religions in the West), there’s an understanding of the value of prayer for protection and development and, if need be, useful goodies. If need be, the usual professionals in the field are (pastors and priests) can be called upon for counsel and to do advanced work. It’s a lot of study and, frankly, we know that those who reach the peak of the field of Christianity, the saints, often suffer tremendously and lead an otherworldly existence that can seem scary. As with chemistry, magick’s power, as with any aspect of Nature, causes reactions in us to protect ourselves (or our loved ones, if we project our fears onto others) from such suffering, and originally the Church stepped in to become a gatekeeper. So while magick is our birthright, it’s something that the West largely accepted as something that needed balance with other parts of our nature, its secrets reserved only for the priestly (and later, pastoral) class. Much as advanced chemistry became reserved for universities and licensed businesses, advanced magick became reserved for the Church.

Yet nowadays, for most (but not all) of us who make it to adulthood, there’s no longer a Vast Conspiracy of the Church to keep us from exploring magick. There’s less trepidation now that people who regularly practice magick have shown that they largely live normal, if not understood, lives.

This means that whatever Truths there are to be discovered must be evaluated by the magickian her- or himself. I can imagine the protest: “That’s no fun! What if I make a mistake?” Good friends who are not magickians can help you talk through your insights, but yeah, adult life is about responsibility, and this means you’re responsible for how to think and what to believe, unless you choose to submit your mind to an authority. This can be okay (lots of people do this), but may I suggest not settling for anything but the Most Universal of authorities, Who may in fact instead want you to play with your share of power?).

Ultimately, after doing magick with patience and wisdom, I can tell you that one of the things you things you can come to better understand is your oneness with Nature/the Universe. In a way … you are the one throwing lightning bolts.

Rainbow Body Enochian Call, Third Iteration and Results

I composed another iteration of the Enochian call to the rainbow body, as follows:

MADRIAX DSPRAF MAOFFAS QAA DE TON DAMPLOZ OLPIRT DE OI, A AFFA MANIN, NOIB, MANIN TON-L… [continue the remainder of the call to the Aethyrs.]

(O, you heavens which dwell in the measureless [i.e., infinite] garments [i.e., the body] of all variety of light [i.e., a rainbow] of this [i.e., of me], with the empty mind, yea, the mind of All-One [or All-God]…”

This left me in a very tranquil state, and brought me closer to the clear-light mind. The heaven itself instructed me to maintain the clear mind meditation both during the call (and afterward—that is, to maintain this as a waking meditation). Another effect was that my subtle body seemed to melt, or conversely, that it achieved a configuration that allowed for stability within the currents of reality.

There was also specific instructions about how to behave at the time of death, to ignore things such as the pain in the heart as well as the lungs and instead just be very present in the moment with the Clear Light Mind. Additionally, there was a sense that God dipped himself down like an inverted 3D bell curve, into my central channel and feet as a blessing.

I’m very grateful.

Modifying Agrippa Book 3, Chapter 27 for higher-order Enochian names

I’ve probably written about this before, but for the tabular-minded (bonus points for getting the Latin joke), you can create higher-order angel names from existing names. Aaron Leitch gets into this in particular in The Angelical Language, Vol. 1; I discovered his method after having coming up with something similar from reading Brian Pivik’s summary of Agrippa. Basically, you create a table in the same manner that Cornelius Agrippa mentioned in Book 3, Chapter 27 (XXVII for you Roman numeral fans!) of his Three Books of Occult Philosophy, except you use the Enochian alphabet, which is 21 letters long instead of the 22 letters of Hebrew.

Leitch’s method has a valid difference from Agrippa in that he uses the Heptarchical order of the planets: Venus, Sun, Moon, Saturn, Mercury, Jupiter, Mars. As discussed earlier, this appears to be an order derived from the exaltation of the planets, with a flipping of day-sect planets.

However, I find it really difficult to go with the sun as anything other than the “monarch” over all other planets and stars (for us earthlings, anyway!). The angel Prince Bornogo, whose powers appear to be related to those of the Sun in 777, is called during the hour of Venus in the Heptarchy, but following this same logic of exaltation, this would seem to be due to the “rising” or progressing influence of the Sun towards Venus, the next planet (in the counterclockwise order of the ensigns of creation). The monarch of the planets, the Sun, should rule at the head of the table, with courtiers to the left and right; therefore the Sun should be in the middle of the table (if not on the Holy Table of Practice), and for this reason I continue to use Agrippa’s order of planets; the remainder (the order of the Enochian letters) is no different from Leitch’s.

I dwell on this point about planetary order because I only use the column of the Sun when I apply this same logic to the names of God, with the idea being that there is a higher, hidden, or more enfolded aspect of God behind the Enochian as presented. Essentially, take a name such as “JAIDA” (“highest God”), and look up each of the (Enochian) letters, and you’ll obtain the name “ZZZDZ,” which I pronounce (using the Early Modern English pronunciation of “Z”) as “Zod-Zod-Zod-Dee-Zod.” The results you get are the same as if you use Leitch’s table and its column for Jupiter. Jupiter, being the greater benefic, is the next-best thing to the Sun, so it probably doesn’t ultimately matter when it comes to this topic. Frankly, I suspect that there is a power of structure behind Enochian such that it doesn’t matter which version of the table you use, but I have yet to put this to the test. Regardless, the Z/D/L letters found only in the middle column of both of our tables are also the middle letters corresponding to each of the three sets of seven letters as originally given. The centrality of these letters seems to parallel the “centrality” of God in this system–and the other planets, directly or indirectly, revolve around the sun.

Below are the names of God (left column, taken from The Whole Enochian Dictionary) that I used my modified Agrippa table for higher versions (right column); the bottom two entries are a Neo-Enochian word, PRONOA (roughly equivalent to alchemical love) and the Enochian phrase “TON I L (“All is one”):

Enochian names of God and higher-order names derived from a modified Agrippa method

I haven’t used all of these names in ritual, but I would be curious to hear your feedback. Thanks!

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!

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 alternative view of this is that one can rest easy in one’s own divinity, never choosing to explore it fully, or worse, feeling as if the Creator made a prison (this can lead to a paranoid or powerless POV that could be said to resemble Philip K. Dick’s). Whenever one comes to an understanding of this, the seven main god names that are to be used (Galas, Gethog, Thaoth, Horlωn, Innon, Aaoth, Galethog) can help one discover and integrate the many levels of one’s infinite Divinity.

—UPDATE 1: 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.

—UPDATE 2: No and Ymon/Amon are both given a good treatment here. Here, we see that Amon Himself is intimately linked as the supreme deity to the city of No. Indeed, the word “multitude” seems to have been a corruption in later books of the bible from the earlier reference to No. Thus, we have “Amon of No,” and therefore L-NNON literally would mean, “the God/First within No,” either of which would refer to the supreme deity.

So we literally have the supreme deity of the Ogdoad and his consort, Boraoth. Her epithet, “Mother who is Father” suggests that this a female aspect of the same god Amon, while L-NNON simply refers to the same god. Thus we may be dealing with three god names for one of the first gods to approach monotheism:

Wikipedia entry as of July 16, 2020: “His position as King of Gods developed to the point of virtual monotheism…”

So, I think the depth of a universal monotheistic nature of this system should not be underestimated. While it used Christian symbology for Dee, the hidden use of Egyptian symbolism (Egypt itself intimately linked with Israel), suggests that it is quite flexible in this regard, even able to refer to an apparent duality of Egypt and Israel in order to instead put forward monotheism and essential unity of the Divine.

On the “unused” SDA circumference letters

I’ve been making some additional Sigilla (plural of Sigillum) Dei Aemeth in order to help local magicians get started with the Enochian system. Originally, the archangel Michael showed Dee & Kelley which cell to begin with (those with capital letters) and instructed them to move around the circle based on the number in that cell to find the next cell in order to construct a name of God. For example, with Thaoth, they started with 4/T, meaning that the name started with T. Because the 4 was on top, the movement was clockwise 4 cells to 22/h for h, the next letter. 22 more cells clockwise took them to 11/A, and so on. That along with the removal of a duplicate A at Michael’s instruction, yielded the name Thaoth.

In all, 28 of the 40 letters were used to make the seven names of God (Galas, Gethog, Thaoth, Horlωn, Innon, Aaoth, Galethog). It occurred to me to think about the 12 letters on the SDA that aren’t used to make the names of God and see what happened. I got a minor intuition not to work these, and the reasons for this became clear as I investigated. I’m pretty sure this occurred to me in 2014 when I constructed my first SDA, but I didn’t investigate it much further when I set the system aside for a while.

At any rate, looking at the letters as such, it’s kind of unclear where to start (lacking the guidance of an archangel). However, if you look at each of the 12 cells and simply count in either a clockwise or counterclockwise manner, you can see whether that count takes you to a related letter that would precede it in order. Eventually, you find three groups and, starting at the beginning of each, yields three god names. Two of these are YMON and BORAOTH, variations on the Egyptian god Amo(un) and the Ogdoad, respectively, which are given excellent treatment by Scott Wilde. Given their apparent relationship to Archons, these seem wisely avoided.

A third name that I found is LNNON (which for some reason I haven’t seen referred to elsewhere), which was somewhat puzzling to me. The name didn’t match any particular god names that I was familiar with. There’s a case to be made for a modification of Elyon (Most High), but Enochian already has the word for this: “JAIDA.” Another possibility could be an Enochian spelling of L (i.e., in this context, El, the generic name for “god” in Hebrew). Still another is the name of the Egyptian god Nun, which is suggestive of Ain Sof, but as a member of the Ogdoad, this seems redundant.

A simpler solution seems to be use the Enochian language itself. L once again would mean “God,” NN is a root word related to “interiority,” “self,” or “power,” and ON means “built” or “made.” This suggests that LNNON or “L NN-ON” means “God, self-made.” Another possibility is NO with ON, eliding the middle O and adding an extra N (not unheard of for Enochian). L could mean either “first” or “God” in this context, and NO would mean hexagram. “The divinely made hexagram” or “The first built hexagram” would be the translation. Regardless, it’s indicative of Kabbalistic magick, and both Enochian-language interpretations suggests that this is an aspect of God in Atziluth.

Do I recommend working with this last god name? I will report back on it after my next LIL scrying where I’ll ask about it, but it seems like LNNON should rule over the original 7 names of God, and the other two hidden names of God, in the same manner that the 7 heptarchical (planetary) angelic kings which are ruled by an 8th (CARMARA). The value of this name from the SDA itself is 44 which in Gematria reduces to 8 (which would fit this motif). 44 is also 1/10th (rounding down) the value of the entire SDA, suggestive of a sephira and the 10 names discovered (so far) using this system (note that some take the 6/A cell and instead use Michael’s original A/6, which creates the name ABORA; seeing the several corrections to this system during the original transmission, I tend to accept these corrections as a result of the angels clearing up garbled transmission rather than tipping their hand to a magical blind). Interestingly, the Enochian value of these letters comes to 220, half (rounding down) of the SDA and 44 * 5. Together with the first two hidden names, these come to 155. All ten names together are:

Galas: 71
Gethog: 453
Thaoth: 838
Horlωn: 221 ( or 251 or 1021, depending on if one counts it like Enochian Med for 30 or uses the Isopheny value of 800 for omega)
Innon: 240
Aaoth: 443
Galethog: 499
Boraoth: 572 (or 578 if the middle A is retained, which is doubtful)
Ymon: 230
Lnnon: 220

The hidden god names totaled together come to 1022, ironically meaning “conspicuous.”