THE FORMULAE OF THE MAGIC OF LIGHT
AN INTRODUCTION TO THE PRACTICAL WORKING OF THE Z-2 FORMULAE
G.H. FRATER S.R.M.D.
In the Ritual of the Enterer are shadowed forth symbolically, the beginning of certain of the Formulae of the Magic of Light. For this Ritual betokeneth a certain Person, Substance or Thing, which is taken from the dark World of Matter, to be brought under the operation of the Divine Formulae of the Magic of Light.
Also herein are contained the commencements of all formulae of Evocation, the development of which is further shown in the Inner knowledge of the succeeding grades of the Outer Order. In the true knowledge of the application of the Symbolism of the “Enterer” lies the entrance to the knowledge of Practical Magic. Therefore are all the Formulae drawn from the Ritual classed under Five several heads, according unto the Letters of the name Yeheshuah.
For to the Letter Yod and the element of Fire belong the works of Ceremonial Magic, as the evocations of the Spirits of the Elements, etc.
Unto the First Heh the consecration and charging of Telesmata, and the production of Natural Phenomena, as storms, earthquakes, etc.
Unto the Great Holy Letter Shin are allotted Three classes of works. Spiritual development, transformations and invisiblity.
Unto the Letter Vau Divination in all its branches; and the art of making the Link between the subject of the work and the process of divination.
And to the Final Heh the works and operations of the Art of Alchemy, the order of its processes and Transmutation.
INDEX FOR GENERAL REFERENCE
TO THE ENTERER CEREMONY OF THE NEOPHYTE GRADE
1. A - The Ceremony itself. The place of the Temple.
2. B - The Hierophant.
3. C - The Officers.
4. D - The Candidate.
5. E - The Ceremony of Opening.
6. F - Hierophant states that he has received a Dispensation from Second Order, and commands Hegemon to prepare Candidate. Candidate prepared. Speech of Hegemon.
7. G - Admission of Candidate. First barring by Kerux. First baptism of the Candidate with Water and Fire.8. H - The Candidate is conducted to the foot of the Altar. Hierophant asks “Wherefore hast thou come, etc.” Candidate replies “I seek the hidden Light, etc.”
9. I - Candidate is asked whether he is willing to take the Obligation. He assents; and is instructed now to kneel at the Altar.
10. J - Administration of the Obligation, and raising the Neophyte from the kneeling position.
11. K - Candidate is placed in the North. Oration of the Hierophant, “The Voice of my Higher Self, etc.” Hierophant commands the mystic circumambulation in the Path of Darkness.
12. L - Procession. Candidate barred in South. Second Baptism of Water and Fire. Speech of Hegemon. Allowing the Candidate to proceed.
13. M - Hoodwink slipped up. Challenge of Hiereus. Speech of Hegemon. Speech of Hiereus. Candidate re-veiled and passed on.
14. N - Circumambulation. Barred in North. Third Baptism. Speech of Hegemon allowing Candidate to approach unto the Gate of the East.
15. 0 - Hoodwink slipped up for the second time. Hierophant challenges. Hegemon answers for Candidate. Speech of Hierophant. Candidate passes on.
16. P - Candidate led to West of Altar. Hierophant advances by the Path of Samekh. Officers form the Triangle. Prayer of Hierophant.
17. Q - Candidate rises. Hierophant addresses him, “Long hast thou dwelt in darkness.
Quit the Night and seek the Day.” Hoodwink finally removed Sceptres and Swords joined. “We receive thee, etc.” Then the Mystic Words.
18. R - Hierophant indicates Lamp of Kerux. He commands that the Candidate be conducted to the East of the Altar. He orders Hiereus to bestow signs, etc. Hiereus places Candidate between Pillars. Signs and words. He orders the fourth and final consecration to take place.
19. 5 - Hegemon removes rope and invests Candidate with his Insignia. Hiereus then ordains the Mystic Circumambulation in the Path of Light.
20. T - Hierophant lectures on the Symbols. Proclamation by Kerux.
21. U - Hierophant commands Hiereus to address Candidate.
22. V - Hierophant addresses Neophyte on subject of study.
23. W - Blood produced. Speech of Kerux. Hiereus’ final caution.
24. X - The closing takes place.
A - The Magic Circle.
B - The Magician, wearing the Great Lamen of the Hierophant; and his scarlet Robe. A Pentacle, whereon is engraved the Sigil of circle and cross as shown on the Hierophant’s Lamen.
C - The Names and Formulae to be employed.
D - The Symbol of the whole evocation.
E - The Construction of the circle and the placing of all the symbols, etc., employed, in the places properly alloted to them; so as to represent the interior of a G.D. Temple in the Enterer, and the purification and consecration of the actual piece of ground or place, selected for the performance of the Evocation.
F - The Invocation of the Higher Powers. Pentacle formed of three concentric bands, name and sigil therein, in proper colours, is to be bound thrice with a cord, and shrouded in black, thus bringing into action a Blind Force to be further directed or differentiated in the Process of the Ceremony. Announcement aloud of the Object of the working; naming the Spirit or Spirits, which it is desired to evoke. This is pronounced standing in the centre of the Circle and turning towards the quarter from which the Spirit will come.
G - The Name and Sigil of the Spirit, wrapped in a black cloth, or covering, is now placed within the circle, at the point corresponding to the West, representing the Candidate. The consecration or Baptism by water and fire of the Sigil then takes place, and the proclamation in a loud and firm voice of the spirit (or spirits) to be evoked.
H - The veiled Sigil is now to be placed at the foot of the Altar. The Magician then calls aloud the Name of the Spirit, summoning him to appear, stating for what purpose the spirit is evoked: what is desired in the operation; why the evocation is performed at this time, and finally solemnly affirming that the Spirit shall be evoked by the Ceremony.
I - Announcement aloud that all is prepared for the commencement of the actual Evocation. If it be a good spirit the Sigil is now to be placed within the white Triangle on the Altar, the Magician places his left hand upon it, raises in his right hand the magical Implement employed (usually the Sword) erect; and commences the Evocation of the Spirit (give name) to visible appearance. The Magician stands in the Place of the Hierophant during the Obligation, irrespective of the particular quarter of the Spirit. But if the nature of that Spirit be evil, then the Sigil must be placed without and to the West of the White Triangle and the Magician shall be careful to keep the point of the Magical Sword upon the centre of the Sigil.
J - Now let the Magician imagine himself as clothed outwardly with the semblance of the form of the Spirit to be evoked, and in this let him be careful not to identify himself with the spirit, which would be dangerous; but only to formulate a species of mask, worn for the time being. And if he knows not the symbolic form of the Spirit, then let him assume the form of an Angel belonging unto the same class of operation. This form being assumed, then let him pronounce aloud, with a firm and solemn voice, a convenient and potent oration and exorcism of the Spirit unto visible appearance. At the conclusion of this exorcism, taking the covered sigil in his left hand, let him smite it thrice with the flat blade of the Magic Sword. Then let him raise on high his arms to their utmost stretch, holding in his left hand the veiled sigil, and in his right the Sword of Art erect. At the same time stamping thrice upon the ground with his right foot.
K - The veiled and corded sigil is then to be placed in the Northern part of the Hall at the edge of the Circle, and the Magician employs the oration of the Hierophant, from the throne of the East, modifying it slightly, as follows: “The voice of the Exorcism said unto me, Let me shroud myself in darkness, peradventure thus may I manifest myself in Light, etc.” The Magician then proclaims aloud that the Mystic Circumambulation will take place.
L - The Magician takes up the Sigil in his left hand and circumambulates the Magic Circle once, then passes to the South and halts. He stands (having placed the sigil on the ground) between it and the West, and repeats the oration of the Kerux. And again consecrates it with Water and Fire. Then takes it in his hand, facing westward, saying, “Creature of. . ., twice consecrate, thou mayest approach the gate of the West.”
M - The Magician now moves to the West of the Magical Circle, holds the Sigil in his left hand and the sword in his right, faces South West, and again astrally masks himself with the form of the Spirit, and for the first time partially opens the covering of the Sigil, without however entirely removing it. He then smites it once with the flat blade of the sword, saying, in a loud, clear, and firm voice: “Thou canst not pass from concealment unto Manifestation, save by the virtue of the Name Elohim. Before all things are the Chaos and the Darkness, and the Gates of the Land of Night. lam He Whose Name is Darkness. I am the Great One of the Path of the Shades. I am the Exorcist in the midst of the Exorcism. Appear thou therefore without fear before me, so pass thou on.” He then reveils the Sigil.
N - Take the Sigil to the North, circumambulating first, halt, place Sigil on the ground, stand between it and the East, repeat the oration of the Kerux, again consecrate with Fire and Water. Then take it up, face North, and say “Creature of. . . thrice consecrate, thou mayest approach the Gate of the East.”
O - Repeat Section M in North East. Magician then passes to East, takes up Sigil in left and Sword in right hand. Assumes the Mask of the Spirit form, smites the Sigil with the Lotus Wand or Sword, and says, “Thou canst not pass from concealment unto manifestation save by virtue of the name YHVH. After the Formless and the Void and the Darkness, then cometh the knowledge of the Light. I am that Light which riseth in the Darkness. I am the Exorcist in the midst of the Exorcism. Appear thou therefore in visible form before me, for I am the Wielder of the Forces of the Balance. Thou hast known me now, so pass thou on to the Cubical Altar of the Universe!”
P - He then recovers Sigil and passes to Altar, laying it thereon as before shown. He then passes to the East of the Altar, holding the sigil and sword as already explained. Then doth he rehearse a most potent Conjuration and invocation of the Spirit unto visible appearance, using and reiterating all the Divine, Angelic, and Magical Names appropriate to this end, neither omitting the signs, seals, sigils, lineal figures, signatures and the like from that conjuration.
Q - The Magician now elevates the covered Sigil towards heaven, removes the veil entirely, leaving it yet corded, crying with a loud voice, “Creature of. . . long hast thou dwelt in darkness. Quit the Night and seek the Day.” He then replaces it upon the Altar, holds the Magical Sword erect above it, the pommel immediately above the centre thereof, and says, “By all the Names, Powers, and Rites already rehearsed, I conjure thee thus unto visible appearance.” Then the Mystic Words.
R - Saith the Magician, “As Light hidden in the Darkness can manifest therefrom, so shalt thou become manifest from concealment unto manifestation.” He then takes up the Sigil, stands to East of Altar, and faces West. He shall then rehearse a long conjuration to the powers and spirits immediately superior unto that one which he seeks to invoke, that they shall force him to manifest himself unto visible appearance. He then places the Sigil between the Pillars, himself at the East facing West, then in the Sign of the Enterer doth he direct the whole current of his will upon the Sigil. Thus he continueth until such time as he shall perceive his Will power to be weakening, when he protects himself from the reflex of the current by the Sign of Silence, and drops his hands. He now looks towards the Quarter that the Spirit is to appear in, and he should now see the first signs of his visible manifestation. If he be not thus faintly visible, let the Magician repeat the conjuration of the Superiors of the Spirit, from the place of the Throne in the East. And this conjuration may be repeated thrice, each time ending with a new projection of Will in the sign of the Enterer, etc. But if at the third time of repetition he appeareth not, then be it known that there is an error in the working. So let the Master of Evocations replace the Sigil upon the Altar, holding the Sword as usual. Thus doing, let him address a humble prayer unto the Great Gods of Heaven to grant unto him the force necessary to correctly complete that evocation. He is then to take back the Sigil to between the Pillars, and repeat the former processes, when assuredly that Spirit will begin to manifest, but in a misty and ill-defined form. (But if, as is probable, the Operator be naturally inclined unto evocation, then might that Spirit perchance manifest earlier in the Ceremony than this. Still, the Ceremony is to be performed up to this point, whether he be there or no.) Now as soon as the Magician shall see the visible manifestation of that Spirit’s presence, he shall quit the station of the Hierophant, and consecrate afresh with Water and with Fire, the Sigil of the evoked spirit.
S - Now doth the Master of Evocations remove from the Sigil the restricting cord, and holding the freed Sigil in his left hand, he smites it with the flat blade of his sword, exclaiming, “By and in the Names of . . . I do invoke upon the the power of perfect manifestation into visible appearance.” He then circumambulates the circle thrice holding the sigil in his Right hand.
T - The Magician, standing in the place of the Hierophant, but turning towards the place of the Spirit and fixing his attention thereon, now reads a potent Invocation of the Spirit unto visible appearance, having previously placed the sigil on the ground, within the circle, at the quarter where the Spirit appears. This Invocation should be of some length; and should rehearse and reiterate the divine and other Names consonant with the working. That Spirit should now become fully and clearly visible, and should be able to speak with a direct voice, if consonant with his nature. The Magician then proclaims aloud that the Spirit (give name) hath been duly and properly evoked in accordance with the sacred rites. U - The Magician now addresses an Invocation unto the Lords of the plane of the spirit to compel him to perform that which the Magician shall demand of him.
V - The Magician carefully formulates his demands, questions, etc., and writes down any of the answers that may be advisable. The Master of Evocations now addresses a Conjuration unto the Spirit evoked, binding him to hurt or injure naught connected with him, or his assistants, or the place. And that he deceive in nothing, and that he fail not to perform that which he hath been commanded.
W - He then dismisses that Spirit by any suitable form, such as those used in the higher grades of the Outer. And if he will not go, then shall the Magician compel him by forces contrary to his nature. But he must allow a few minutes for the Spirit to dematerialise the body in which he hath manifested, for he will become less and less material by degrees. And note well that the Magician (or his companions if he have any) shall never quit the circle during the process of evocation, or afterwards, till the Spirit hath quite vanished. In some cases, and with some constitutions, there may be danger arising from the Astral conditions, and currents established, and without the actual intention of the Spirit to harm, although if of a low nature, he would probably endeavour to do so. Therefore, before the commencement of the Evocation, let the operator assure himself that everything which may be necessary, be properly arranged within the circle. But if it be actually necessary to interrupt the Process, then let him stop at that point, veil and re-cord the Sigil if it have been unbound or uncovered, recite a License to Depart or a Banishing Formula, and perform the Lesser Banishing Rituals both of the Pentagram and Hexagram. Thus only may he in comparative safety quit the circle.
Note—Get the Spirit into a White Triangle outside the midheaven, then shall he speak the truth of necessity.
CONSECRATION OF TALISMANS
A - The place where the operation is done.
B - The Magical Operator.
C - The Forces of Nature employed and attracted.
D - The Telesma or material basis.
E - In Telesmata, the selection of the Matter to form the Telesma; the preparation and arrangement of the place. The drawing and forming of the body of the Telesma. In Natural Phenomena the preparation of the operation; the formation of the Circle, and the selection of the material basis, such as a piece of Earth, a Cup of Water, a Flame of Fire, a Pentacle, or the like.
F - The invocation of the highest divine forces, winding a black cord round the Telesma or material basis, covering the same with a black veil, and initiating the blind force therein. Naming aloud the Nature of the Telesma or Operation.
G - The Telesma or material Basis is now placed towards the West, and duly consecrated with Water and Fire. The purpose of the operation, and the effect intended to be produced is then to be rehearsed in a loud and clear voice.
H - Placing the Talisman or material basis at the foot of the Altar, state aloud the object to be attained, solemnly asserting that it will be attained, and the reason thereof.
I - Announcement aloud that all is prepared and in readiness, either for charging the Telesma, or for the Commencement of the Operation to induce the natural Phenomena. Place a good Telesma or Material Basis within the White Triangle on the Altar. Place bad Telesma to the West of same, holding the sword erect in the right hand for a good purpose, or its point upon the centre of the Triangle for evil.
J - Now follows the performance of an Invocation to attract the desired spirit to the Telesma or material basis, describing in the air above it the lineal figures and sigils, etc., with the appropriate instrument. Then, taking up the Telesma in the left hand, let him smite it thrice with the flat of the blade of the Sword of Art. Then raise it in the left hand (holding erect and aloft the Sword in the right hand stamping thrice upon the Earth with the right foot).
K - The Talisman or Material basis is to be placed towards the North, and the Operator repeats the Oration of the Hierophant to the Candidate. “The voice of the Exorcism said unto me, Let me shroud myself in darkness, peradventure thus shall I manifest myself in light. I am the only being in an abyss of Darkness. From the Darkness came I forth ere my birth, from the silence of a primal sleep. And the Voice of Ages answered unto my soul, Creature of Talismans, the Light shineth in the darkness, but the darkness comprehendeth it not. Let the Mystic Circumambulation take place in the path of Darkness with the symbolic light of Occult Science to lead the way.”
L - Then, taking up the Light (not from the Altar) in right hand, circumambulate. Now take up Telesmata or Material Basis, carry it round the circle, place it on the ground due South, then bar it, purify and consecrate with Water and Fire afresh, lift it with left hand, turn and facing West, say, “Creature of Talismans, twice consecrate, thou mayest approach the gate of the West.”
M - He now passes to the West with Telesmata in left hand, faces S.E., partly unveils Telesmata, smites it once with the flat blade of the Sword, and pronounces, “Thou canst not pass from concealment unto manifestation, save by virtue of the name Elohim. Before all things are the Chaos and the Darkness, and the Gates of the Land of Night. I am He whose Name is Darkness. I am the great One of the Paths of the Shades. I am the Exorcist in the midst of the Exorcism. Take on therefore manifestation without fear before me, for I am he in whom fear in Not. Thou hast known me so pass thou on.” This being done, he replaces the veil.
N - Then pass round the Circle with Telesmata, halt due North, place Talisman on ground, bar, purify, and consecrate again with Water and with Fire, and say, “Creature of Talismans, thrice consecrate, thou mayest approach the Gate of the East.”(H old Talisman aloft.)
o - Hold Telemata in left hand, Lotus Wand in right, assume Hierophant’s form. Partly unveil Talisman, smite with flat of sword, and say, “Thou canst not pass from concealment unto manifestation save by virtue of the name YHVH. After the formless and the Void and the Darkness, then cometh the knowledge of the Light. I am that Light which riseth in darkness. I am the Exorcist in the midst of the Exorcism. Take on therefore manifestation before me, for I am the wielder of the forces of the Balance. Thou hast known me now so pass thou on unto the Cubical Altar of the Universe.”
P - He then recovers Talisman or Material Basis, passes on to the Altar, laying it thereon as before shewn. He then passes to East of Altar, hold left hand over Talisman, and sword over it erect. Then doth he rehearse a most potent conjuration and invocation of that Spirit to render irresistable this Telesmata or Material Basis, or to render manifest this natural phenomenon of. . . using and reiterating all the Divine, Angelic, and Magical Names appropriate to this end, neither omitting the signs, seals, sigils, lineal figures, signatures, and the like from that conjuration.
Q - The Magician now elevates the covered Telesma or Material Basis towards Heaven, then removes the Veil entirely, yet leaving it corded, crying with a loud voice. “Creature of Talismans, (or Material Basis), long hast thou dwelt in darkness. Quit the Night and seek the Day.” He then replaces it on the Altar, holds the Magical Sword erect above it, the Pommel immediately above the centre thereof, and says, “By all the Names, Powers, and rites already rehearsed, I conjure upon thee power and might irresistible.” Then say the Mystic Words.
R - Saith the Magician, “As the Light hidden in darkness can manifest therefrom, so shalt thou become irresistible.” He then takes up the Telesmata, or the Material Basis, stands to East of the Altar, and faces West. Then shall he rehearse a long conjuration to the Powers and Spirits immediately superior unto that one which he seeks to invoke, to make the Telesmata powerful. Then he places the Talisman or Material Basis between the Pillars, himself at the East, facing West, then in the sign of the Enterer, doth he project the whole current of his Will upon the Talisman. Thus he continueth until such time as he shall perceive his will power weakening, when he protects himself by the Sign of Silence, and then drops his hands. He now looks toward the Talisman, and a flashing Light or Glory should be seen playing and flickering on the Talisman or Material Basis, and in the Natural Phenomena a slight commencement of the Phenomena should be waited for. If this does not occur, let the Magician repeat the Conjuration of the Superiors from the place of the Throne of the East. And this conjuration may be repeated thrice, each time ending with a new projection of Will in the Sign of the Enterer, etc. But if at the third time of repetition the Talisman or Material Basis does not flash, then be it known that there is an error in the working. So let the Master of Evocations replace the Talisman or Material Basis, upon the Altar holding the Sword as usual, and thus doing, let him address an humble prayer unto the Great Gods of Heaven to grant unto him the force necessary to correctly complete the work. He is then to take back the Talisman, to between the Pillars, and repeat the former process, when assuredly the Light will flash. Now as soon as the Magician shall see the Light, he shall quit the station of the Hierophant and consecrate afresh with water and with fire.
S - This being done, let the Talisman or Material Basis have the cord removed and smite it with the Sword and proclaim “By and in the Names of. . . I invoke upon thee the power of .“ He then circumambulates thrice, holding the Talisman or Material Basis in his right hand.
T - Then the Magician, standing in the place of the Hierophant, but fixing his gaze upon the Talisman or Material Basis which should be placed on the ground within the Circle, should now read a potent invocation of some length, rehearsing and reiterating the Divine and other Names consonant with the working. The Talisman should now flash visibly, or the Natural Phenomena should definitely commence. Then let the Magician proclaim aloud that the Talisman has been duly and properly charged, or the Natural Phenomena induced.
U -The Magician now addresses an Invocation unto the Lords of the plane of the Spirit to compel him to perform that which the Magician requires.
V - The Operator now carefully formulates his demands, stating clearly what the Talisman is intended to do, or what Natural Phenomena he seeks to produce.
W - The Master of Evocations now addresses a conjuration unto the Spirit, binding him to hurt or injure naught connected with him, or his assistants, or the place. He then dismisses the Spirits in the name of Yehovashah and Yeheshuah, but wraps up Talisman first, and no Banishing Ritual shall be performed, so as not to discharge it, and in the case of Natural Phenomena it will usually be best to state what duration is required. And the Material Basis should be preserved wrapped in white linen or silk all the time that the Phenomenon is intended to act. And when it is time for it to cease, the Material Basis - if water, is to be poured away; if Earth, ground to powder and scattered abroad; if a hard substance as a metal, it must be decharged, banished and thrown aside; if a flame of fire, it shall be extinguished; or if a vial containing air, it shall be opened and after that well rinsed out with pure water.
ALEPH - IN VISIBILITY
A - The Shroud of Concealment.
B - The Magician.
C - The Guards of Concealment.
D - The Astral Light to be moulded into the Shroud.
E - The Equilibriation of the Symbols in the Sphere of Sensation.
F - The Invocation of the Higher; the placing of a Barrier without the Astral Form; the clothing of the same with obscurity through the proper invocation.
G - Formulating clearly the idea of becoming Invisible. The formulating of the exact distance at which the shroud should surround the Physical Body. The consecration with Water and Fire, so that their vapour may begin to form a basis for the shroud.
H - The beginning to formulate mentally a shroud of concealment about the operator. The affirmation aloud of the reason and object of the working.
I - Announcement that all is ready for the commencement of the operation. Operator stands in the place of the Hierophant at this stage, placing his left hand in the centre of the white triangle and holding in his right the Lotus Wand by the black end, in readiness to concentrate around him the shroud of Darkness and Mystery. In this operation as in the two others under the dominion of Shin, a Pentacle or Telesma suitable to the matter in hand, may be made use of, the which is treated as is directed for Telesmata.
J - The Operator now recites an Exorcism of a Shroud of Darkness to surround him and render him invisible, and, holding the Wand by the black end, let him, turning round thrice completely, formulate triple circle around him, saying, “In the Name of the Lord of the Universe, etc., I conjure thee, 0 Shroud of Darkness and of Mystery, that thou encirclest me so that I may become invisible, so that seeing me, men see me not, neither understand, but that they may see the thing that they see not, and comprehend not the thing that they behold! So mote it be.”
K - Now move to the North, face East, and say, “I have set my feet in the North, and have said I will shroud myself in Mystery and concealment.” Then repeat the Oration, “The Voice of my Higher Soul, etc.,” and then command the Mystic Circumambulation.
L - Move round as usual to the South, halt formulating thyself as shrouded in darkness, on the right hand the Pillar of Fire, and on the left the Pillar of Cloud, but reaching from Darkness to the Glory of the Heavens.
M - Now move from between the Pillars thou hast formulated to the West, face West, and say, “Invisible I cannot pass by the Gate of the Invisible save by the virtue of the name of ‘Darkness.” Then formulating forcibly about thee the shroud of Darkness, say, “Darkness is my Name, and concealment. lam the Great One Invisible of the Paths of the Shades. I am without fear, though veiled in darkness, for within me, though unseen is the magic of Light.”
N - Repeat process in L.
O - Repeat process in M but say, “I am Light shrouded in darkness. I am the wielder of the forces of the balance.”
P - Now, concentrating mentally about thee the Shroud of Concealment, pass to the West of the Altar in the place of the Neophyte, face East, remain standing, and rehearse a conjuration by suitable Names for the formulating of a shroud of Invisibility around and about Thee.
Q - Now address the Shroud of Darkness, thus: “Shroud of Concealment. Long hast thou dwelt concealed. Quit the Light, that thou mayest conceal me before men.” Then carefully formulate the shroud of concealment around thee and say, “I receive thee as a covering and as a guard.” Then the Mystic Words.
R - Still formulating the shroud, say, “Before all Magical manifestation cometh the knowledge of the hidden light.” Then move to the Pillars and give the signs and steps, words, etc. With the Sign of the Enterer, project now thy whole will in one great effort to realise thyself actually fading out, and becoming invisible to mortal eyes; and in doing this must thou obtain the effect of thy physical body actually gradually becoming partially invisible to thy natural eyes, as though a veil or cloud were formulating between it and thee (and be very careful not to lose thy self-control at this point). But also at this point is there a certain Divine Exstasis and an exaltation desirable, for herein is a sensation of an exalted strength.
S - Again formulate the shroud as concealing thee and enveloping thee, and thus wrapped up therein, circumambulate the circle thrice.
T - Intensely formulating the Shroud, stand at the East and proclaim, “Thus have I formulated unto myself a shroud of Darkness and of Mystery, as a concealment and guard.”
U - Now rehearse an invocation of all the Divine Names of Binah, that thou mayest retain the Shroud of Darkness under thy own proper control and guidance.
- State clearly to the shroud what it is thy desire to perform therewith.
W - Having obtained the desired effect, and gone about invisible, it is required that thou shouldst conjure the Powers of the Light to act against that shroud of Darkness and Mystery so as to disintegrate it, lest any force seek to use it as a medium for an obsession, etc. Therefore rehearse a conjuration as aforesaid, and then open the shroud and come forth out of the midst thereof, and then disintegrate that shroud, by the use of a conjuration to the forces of Binah to disintegrate and scatter the particles thereof, but affirming that they shall again be readily attracted at thy command. But on no account must that shroud of awful Mystery be left without such disintegration, seeing that it would speedily attract an occupant which would become a terrible vampire praying upon him who had called it into being. And after frequent rehearsals of this operation, the thing may almost be done “per Motem.”
A - The Astral Form.
B - The Magician.
C - The Forces used to alter the Form.
D - The Form to be taken.
E - The Equilibriation of the Symbolism in the Sphere of Sensation.
F - Invocation of the Higher. The definition of the Form required as a delineation of blind forces, and the awakening of the same by its proper formulation.
G - Formulating clearly to the mind the Form intended to be taken. The Restriction and Definition of this as a clear form and the actual baptism by Water and by Fire with the Order Name of the Adept.
H - The actual Invocation aloud of the form desired to be formulated before you, the statement of the Desire of the Operator and the reason thereof.
I - Announcement aloud that all is now ready for the operation of the Transformation of the Astral Body. The Magician mentally places the form as nearly as circumstances permit in the position of the Enterer, himself taking the place of the Hierophant, holding his Wand by the black portion ready to commence the Oration aloud.
J - Let him now repeat a powerful exorcism of the shape into which he desires to transform himself, using the Names, etc., belonging to the Plane, Planet, or other Eidolon, most in harmony with the shape desired. Then holding the Wand by the black End, and directing the flower over the head of the form, let him say, “In the name of the Lord of the Universe, Arise before me, 0 Form of. . . into which I have elected to transform myself. So that seeing me men may see the thing that they see not, and comprehend not the thing they behold.”
K - The Magician saith, “Pass toward the North, shrouded in darkness, 0 Form of. into which I have elected to transform myself.” Then let him repeat the usual Oration from the Throne of the East. Then command the Mystic circumambulation.
L - Now bring the Form around to the South, arrest it, and formulate it there, standing between two great Pillars of Fire and Cloud. Purify it with Water and by Fire, by placing these elements on either side of the Form.
M - Passes to West, face South East, formulate the form before thee, this time endeavouring to render it physically visible. Repeat speeches of Hiereus and Hegemon.
N - Same as L.
0 - Same as M.
P - Pass to the East of Altar, formulating the Form as near in the position of the Neophyte as may be. Now address a solemn invocation and conjuration by Divine Names, etc., appropriate to render the form fitting for thy Transformation therein.
Q - Remain East of Altar, address the Form “Child of Earth, etc.,” endeavoring now to see it physically. Then at the words, “We receive Thee, etc.” he draws the form towards him so as to envelop him, being careful at the same time to invoke the Divine Light by the rehearsal of the Mystic Words.
R - Still keeping himself in the form of the Magician say, “Before all Magical Manifestation cometh the knowledge of the Divine Light.” He then moves to the Pillars and gives Signs, etc., endeavoring with the whole force of his Will to feel himself actually and physically in the shape of the Form desired. And at this point he must see as if in a cloudy and misty manner the outline of the form enshrouding him, though not yet completely and wholly visible. When this occurs, but not before, let him formulate himself as standing between the two vast Pillars of Fire and Cloud.
S - He now again endeavours to formulate the Form as if visibly enshrouding him; and still, astrally, retaining the form, he thrice circumambulates the place of working.
T - Standing at the East, let him thoroughly formulate the shape, which should now appear manifest, and as if enshrouding him, even to his own vision; and then let him proclaim aloud, “Thus have I formulated unto myself this Transformation.”
U - Let him now invoke all the Superior Names, etc., of the Plane appropriate to the Form that he may retain it under his proper control and guidance.
- He states clearly to the Form what he intends to do with it.
W - Similar to the former W section on Invisibility, save that the conjurations, etc., are to be made to the appropriate plane of the form instead of to Binah.
A - The Sphere of Sensation.
B - The Augoeides.
C - The Sephiroth, etc. employed.
D - The Aspirant, or Natural Man.
E - The Equilibriation of the Symbols.
F - The Invocation of the Higher. The limiting and controlling of the lower and the closing of the material senses, to awaken the spiritual.
G - Attempting to make the Natural Man grasp the Higher by first limiting the extent to which mere intellect can help him herein; then by purification of his thoughts and desires. In doing this let him formulate himself as standing between the Pillars of Fire and Cloud.
H - The Aspiration of the whole Natural Man towards the Higher Self, and a prayer for Light and guidance through his higher Self, addressed to the Lord of the Universe.
I- The Aspirant affirms aloud his earnest prayer to obtain Divine Guidance, kneels at the West of the Altar; in the position of the Candidate in the Enterer, and at the same time astrally projects his consciousness to the East of the Altar, and turns, facing his body, to the West, holding astrally his physical left hand with his astral left. And he raises his Astral right hand holding the presentment of his Lotus Wand by the White portion thereof, and raised in the Air erect.
J - Let the aspirant now slowly recite an oration unto the Gods and unto the Higher Self (as that of the Second Adept in the entering of the Vault) but as if with his Astral Consciousness, which is projected to the East of the Altar. If at this point the Aspirant should feel a sensation as of faintness coming on, let him at once withdraw the projected Astral and properly master himself before proceeding any further. Now let the Aspirant, concentrating all his intelligence in his body, lay the blade of his Sword thrice on the Daath point of his neck, and pronounce with his whole will, the words “So help me, the Lord of the Universe and my own higher soul.” Let him then rise, facing East, and stand for a few moments in silence, raising his left hand open, and his right holding the Sword of Art, to their full length above his head; his head thrown back, his eyes lifted upwards. Thus standing let him aspire with his whole will towards his best and highest Ideal of the Divine.
K - Then let the Aspirant pass unto the North, and facing East solemnly repeat the Oration of the Hierophant, as before endeavouring to project the speaking conscious self to the place of the Hierophant (in this case to the Throne of the East.) Then let him slowly mentally formulate before him the Eidolon of a Great Angel Torchbearer, standing before him as if to lead and light the way.
L - Following it, let the Aspirant circumambulate, and pass to South, then let him halt, and aspire with his whole will, first to the Mercy side of the Divine Ideal, and then to the Severity thereof. And then let him imagine himself as standing between two great Pillars of Fire and Cloud, whose bases indeed are buried in black ever rolling clouds of darkness, which symbolises the chaos of the World of Assiah, but whose summits are lost in glorious light undying, penetrating unto the White Glory of the Throne of the Ancient of Days.
M - Now doth the Aspirant move unto the West, faces S.E., and repeats both the speeches of Hiereus and Hegemon.
N - After another circumambulation, the Adept aspirant halts at the South and repeats the meditation in L.
O - And so he passes unto the East, and repeats alike the words of the Hierophant and the Hegemon.
P - And so let him pass to the West of the Altar, ever led by the Angel Torchbearer. And he projects his Astral, and he implants therein his consciousness, and his body kneels what time his soul passes between the Pillars. And he prayeth the Great Prayer of the Hierophant.
Q - And now doth the Aspirant’s Soul re-enter unto his gross form; and he dreams in Divine Exstasis of the Glory Ineffable which is in the Bornless beyond;and so meditating doth he arise, and lifts to the Heavens his hands, and his eyes, and his hopes, and concentrating his Will on the Glory, low murmurs he the Mystic Words of Power.
R - So also doth he presently repeat the words of the Hierophant concerning the Lamp of the Kerux, and so also passeth he by the East of the Altar unto between the Pillars; and standing between them (or formulating them if they be not there as it appears unto him) so raises he his heart unto the Highest Faith, and so he meditates upon the highest Godhead he can dream of. Then let him grope with his hands in the darkness of his ignorance, and in the Enterer sign invoke the Power that it remove the darkness from his spiritual vision. So let him then endeavour to behold before him in the Place of the Throne of the East, a certain light or Dim glory, which shapeth itself into a Form. And this can be beholden only by the mental vision. Yet, owing unto the spiritual exaltation of the Adept, it may sometimes appear as if he beheld it with mortal eye. Then let him withdraw awhile from such contemplation and formulate for his equilibriation once more the Pillars of the Temple of Heaven.
S - And so again doth he aspire to see the Glory conforming and when this is accomplished, he thrice circumambulates, reverently saluting with the Enterer the Place of Glory.
T - Now let the Aspirant stand opposite unto the Place of that Light, and let him make deep meditation and contemplation thereon. Presently also imagining it to enshroud and envelope him, and again endeavouring to identify himself with its Glory. So let him exalt himself in the likeness of an Eidolon of a colossal Being, and endeavour to realise that this is the only True Self, and that the Natural Man is as it were the base and throne thereof, and let him do this with due and meet reverence and awe. And therefore he shall presently proclaim aloud “Thus at length have I been permitted to begin to comprehend the form of my Higher Self.”
U - Now doth the Aspirant make entreaty of that Augoeides to render comprehensible what things may be necessary for his instruction and comprehension.
V - And he consults It in any matter he may have especially sought for guidance from the Beyond.
W - And lastly, let the Aspirant endeavour to formulate a link between the Glory and his self-hood; and let him renew his obligation of purity of mind before it, avoiding in this any tendency to fanaticism or spiritual pride. And let the Adept remember that this process here set forth is on no account to be applied to endeavouring to come in contact with the higher soul of another. Else thus assuredly will he be led into error, hallucination, or even madness.
A - The Form of Divination.
B - The Diviner.
C - The Forces acting in the Divination.
D - The subject of the Divination.
E - The preparation of all things necessary, and the right understanding of the process so as to formulate a connecting link between the process employed and the Macrocosm.
F - The Invocation of the Higher; arrangement of the scheme of divination and initiation of the forces thereof.
G - The first entry into the matter. First assertion of limits and correspondences: beginning of the working.
H - The actual and careful formulation of the question demanded; and consideration of all its correspondences and their classifications.
I - Announcement aloud that all the correspondences taken are correct and perfect; the Diviner places his hand upon the instrument of Divination; standing at the East of the Altar, he prepares to invoke the forces required in the Divination.
J - Solemn invocation of the necessary spiritual forces to aid the Diviner in the Divination. Then let him say, “Arise before me clear as a mirror, 0 magical vision requisite for the accomplishment of this divination.”
K - Accurately define the term of the question; putting down clearly in writing what is already known, what is suspected or implied, and what is sought to be known. And see that thou verify in the beginning of the judgment that part which is already known.
L - Next let the Diviner formulate clearly under two groups or heads (a) the arguments for, (b) the arguments against, the success of the subject of one divination, so as to be able to draw a preliminary conclusion therefrom on either side.
M - First formulation of a conclusive judgment from the premises already obtained.
N - Same as section L.
0 - Formulation of a second judgment, this time of the further developments arising from those indicated in the previous process of judgment, which was a preliminary to this operation.
P - The comparison of the first preliminary judgment with one second judgment developing therefrom, so as to enable the Diviner to form an idea of the probable action of forces beyond the actual plane, by the invocation of an angelic figure consonant to the process. And in this matter take care not to mislead thy judgment through the action of thine own preconceived ideas; but only relying, after due tests, on the indication afforded thee by the angelic form. And know, unless the form be of an angelic nature its indication will not be reliable, seeing, that if it be an elemental, it will be below the plane desired.
Q - The Diviner now completely and thoroughly formulates his whole judgment as well for the immediate future as for the development thereof, taking into account the knowledge and indications given him by the angelic form.
R - Having this result before him, let the Diviner now formulate a fresh divinatiOn process, based on the conclusions at which he has arrived, so as to form a basis for a further working.
S - Formulates the sides for and against for a fresh judgment, and deduces conclusion from fresh operation.
T - The Diviner then compares carefully the whole judgment and decisions arrived at with their conclusions, and delivers now plainly a succinct and consecutive judgment thereon.
U - The Diviner gives advice to the Consultant as to what use he shall make of the judgment.
V - The Diviner formulates clearly with what forces it may be necessary to work in order to combat the Evil, or fix the Good, promised by the Divination.
W - Lastly, remember that unto thee a divination shall be as a sacred work of the Divine Magic of Light, and not to be performed to pander unto thy curiosity regarding the secrets of another. And if by this means thou shalt arrive at a knowledge of another’s secrets, thou shalt respect and not betray them.
A - The Curcurbite or the Alembic.
B - The Alchemist.
C - The processes and forces employed.
D - The matter to be transmuted.
E - The selection of the Matter to be transmuted, and the formation, cleansing and disposing of all the necessary vessels, materials, etc., for the working of the process.
F - General Invocation of the Higher Forces to Action. Placing of the Matter within the curcurbite or philosophic egg, and invocation of a blind force to action therein, in darkness and silence.
G - The beginning of the actual process. The regulation and restriction of the proper degree of Heat and Moisture to be employed in the working. First evocation followed by first distillation.
H - The taking up of the residuum which remaineth after the distillation from the curcurbite or alembic; the grinding thereof to form a powder in a mortar. This powder is then to be placed again in the curcurbite. The fluid already distilled is to be poured again upon it. The curcurbite or philosophic egg is to be closed.
I - The curcurbite or Egg Philosophic being hermetically sealed, the Alchemist announces aloud that all is prepared for the invocation of the forces necessary to accomplish the work. The Matter is then to be placed upon an Altar with the elements and four weapons thereon; upon the white triangle and upon a flashing Tablet of a general nature, in harmony with the matter selected for the working. Standing now in the place of the Hierophant at the East of the Altar, the Alchemist should place his left hand upon the top of the curcurbite, raise his right hand holding the Lotus Wand by the Aries band (for in Aries is the beginning of the life of the year), ready to commence the general invocation of the forces of the divine Light to operate in the work.
J - The pronouncing aloud of the Invocation of the requisite general forces, answering to the class of alchemical work to be performed. The conjuring of the necessary Forces to act in the curcurbite for the work required. The tracing in the air above it with appropriate weapon the necessary lineal figures, signs, sigils and the like. Then let the Alchemist say:
“So help me the Lord of the Universe and my own Higher Soul.” Then let him raise the curcurbite in the air with both hands, saying: “Arise herein to action, 0 ye forces of the Light Divine.”
K - Now let the matter putrefy in the Balneum Mariae in a very gentle heat, until darkness beginneth to supervene; and even until it becometh entirely black. If from its nature the mixture will not admit of entire blackness, examine it astrally till there is the astral appearance of the thickest possible darkness, and thou mayest also evoke an elemental form to tell thee if the blackness be sufficient. But be thou sure that in this latter thou art not deceived, seeing that the nature of such an elemental will be deceptive from the nature of the symbol of Darkness, wherefore ask thou of him nothing further concerning the working at this stage but only concerning the blackness, and this can be further tested by the elemental itself, which should be either black or clad in an intensely black robe. In this evocation, use the names, etc., of Saturn. When the mixture be sufficiently black, then take the curcurbite out of the Balneum Mariae and place it to the North of the Altar and perform over it a solemn invocation of the forces of Saturn to act therein; holding the wand by the black band, then say: “The voice of the Alchemist” etc. The curcurbite is then to be unstopped and the Alembic Head fitted on for purposes of distillation. In all such invocations a flashing tablet should be used whereon to stand the curcurbite. Also certain of the processes may take weeks, or even months to obtain the necessary force, and this will depend on the Alchemist rather than on the matter.
L - Then let the Alchemist distil with a gentle heat until nothing remaineth to come over. Let him then take out the residuum and grind it into a powder; replace this powder in the curcurbite, and pour again upon it the fluid previously distilled. The curcurbite is then to be placed again in a Balneum Mariae in a gentle heat. When it seems fairly re-dissolved (irrespective of colour) let it be taken out of the bath. It is now to undergo another magical ceremony.
M - Now place the curcurbite to the West of the Altar, holding the Lotus Wand by the black end, perform a magical invocation of the Moon in her decrease and of Cauda Draconis. The curcurbite is then to be exposed to the moonlight (she being in her decrease) for nine consecutive nights, commencing at full moon. The Alembic Head is then to be fitted on.
N - Repeat process set forth in section L.
O - The curcurbite is to be placed to the East of the Altar, and the Alchemist performs an invocation of the Moon in her increase, and of Caput Draconis (holding Lotus Wand by white end) to act upon the matter. The curcurbite is now to be exposed for nine consecutive nights (ending with the Full Moon) to the Moon’s rays. (In this, as in all similar exposures, it matters not if such night be overciouded, so long as the vessel be placed in such a position as to receive the direct rays if the cloud withdraw.)
P - The curcurbite is again to be placed on the white triangle upon the Altar. The Alchemist performs an invocation of the forces of the Sun to act in the curcurbite. It is then to be exposed to the rays of the sun for twelve hours each day; from 8:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. (This should be done preferably when the sun is strongly posited in the Zodiac, but it can be done at some other times, though never when he is in Scorpio, Libra, Capricornus, or Aquarius.)
Q - The curcurbite is again placed upon the white triangle upon the Altar. The Alchemist repeats the words: “Child of Earth, long hast thou dwelt, etc.” Then holding above it the Lotus Wand by the white end, he say: “I formulate in thee the invoked forces of Light,” and repeats the mystic words. At this point keen and bright flashes of light shoula appear in the curcurbite, and the mixture itself (as far as its nature will permit) should be clear. Now invoke an Elemental from the curcurbite consonant to the Nature of the Mixture, and judge by the nature of the colour of its robes and their brilliancy whether the matter has attained to the right condition. But if the flashes do not appear, and if the robes of the elemental be not brilliant and flashing, then let the curcurbite stand within the white triangle for seven days; having on the right hand of the Apex of the triangle a flashing tablet of the Sun, and in the left one of the Moon. Let it not be moved or disturbed all those seven days; but not in the dark, save at night. Then let the operation as aforementioned be repeated over the curcurbite, and this process may be repeated altogether three times if the flashing light cometh not. For without this latter the work would be useless. But if after three repetitions it still appear not, it is a sign that there hath been an error in the working, such being either in the disposition of the Alchemist or in the management of the curcurbite. Wherefore let the lunar and the solar invocations and exposures be repeated when without doubt, if these be done with care (and more especially those of Caput Draconis and Cauda Draconis with those of the Moon as taught, for these have great force materially) then without doubt shall that flashing light manifest itself in the curcurbite.
R - Holding the Lotus Wand by the white end, the Alchemist now draws over the curcurbite the symbol of the Flaming Sword as if descending into the mixture. Then let him place the curcurbite to the East of the Altar. The Alchemist stands between the pillars, and performs a solemn invocation of the forces of Mars to act therein. The curcurbite is then to be placed between the Pillars (or the drawn symbols of these same) for seven days, upon a flashing tablet of Mars. After this period, fit on the Alembic Head, and distil first in Balneum Mariae, then in Balneum Arenae till such time as the mixture be all distilled over.
S - Now let the Alchemist take the fluid of the distillate and let him perform over it an invocation of the forces of Mercury to act in the clear fluid, so as to formulate therein the aichemic Mercury, even the Mercury of the Philosophers. (The residuum or the Dead Head is not to be worked with at present, but is to be set apart for future use.) After the invocation of the Aichemic Mercury a certain brilliance should manifest itself in the whole fluid, that is to say, it should not only be clear, but also brilliant and flashing. Now expose it in an hermetic receiver for seven days to the light of the Sun; at the end of which time there should be distinct flashes of light therein. (Or an egg philosophic may be used; but the receiver of the Alembic if close stopped will answer this purpose.)
T - Now the residuum or Dead Head is to be taken out of the curcurbite, ground small and replaced. An invocation of the Forces of Jupiter is then to be performed over that powder. It is then to be kept in the dark standing upon a flashing Tablet of Jupiter for seven days. At the end of this time there should be a slight flashing about it, but if this come not yet, repeat this operation up to three times, when a faint flashing of Light is certain to come.
U - A flashing Tablet of each of the four Elements is now to be placed upon an altar as shown in the figure, and thereon are also to be placed the magical elemental weapons, as is also clearly indicated. The receiver containing the distillate is now to be placed between the Air and Water Tablets, and the curcurbite with the Dead Head between the Fire and Earth Tablets. Now let the Alchemist perform an invocation using especially the Supreme Ritual of the Pentagram, with the lesser magical implement appropriate. First, of the forces of Fire to act in the curcurbite on the Dead Head. Second of those of Water to act on the distillate. Third, of the forces of the Spirit to act in both (using the white end of Lotus Wand). Fourth, of those of the Air to act on the distillate; and lastly, those of the Earth to act on the Dead Head. Let the Curcurbite and the receiver stand thus for five consecutive days, at the end of which time there should be flashes manifest in both mixtures. And these flashes should be lightly coloured.
V - The Alchemist, still keeping the vessels in the same relative positions, but removing the Tablets of the elements from the Altar, then substitutes one of Ket her. This must be white with golden charges, and is to be placed on or within the white triangle between the vessels. He then addresses a most solemn invocation to the forces of Kether to render the result of the working that which he shall desire, and making over each vessel the symbol of the Flaming Sword. This is the most important of all the Invocations. It will only succeed if the Alchemist keepeth himself closely allied unto his Higher Self during the working of the invocation and of making the Tablet. And at the end of it, if it have been successful, a keen and translucent flash will take the place of the slightly coloured flashes in the receiver of the curcurbite; so that the fluid should sparkle as a diamond, whilst the powder in the curcurbite shall slightly gleam.
W - The distilled liquid is now to be poured from the receiver upon the residuum of the Dead Head in the curcurbite, and the mixture at first will appear cloudy. It is now to be eiposed to the Sun for ten days consecutively (ten is Tiphareth translating the influence of Kether). It is then again to be placed upon the white triangle upon the Altar, upon a flashing Tablet of Venus to act therein. Let it remain thus for seven days, at the end of whiëh time see what forms and colour and appearance the Liquor hath taken, for there should now arise a certain softer flash in the liquid, and an elemental may be evoked to test the condition. When this softer flash is manifest, place the curcurbite into the Balneum Mariae to digest with a very gentle heat for seven days. Place it then in the Balneum Mariae to distil, beginning with a gentle, and ending with a strong heat. Distil thus till nothing more will come over, even with a most violent heat. Preserve the fluid in a closely stoppered vial. It is an Elixir for use according to the substance from which it was prepared. If from a thing medicinal, a medicine; if from a metal, for the purifying of metals; and herein shalt thou use thy judgment. The residuum thou shalt place without powdering into a crucible, well sealed and luted. And thou shalt place the same in thine Athanor, bringing it first to a red, and then to a white heat, and this thou shalt do seven times in seven consecutive days, taking out the crucible each day as soon as thou hast brought it to the highest possible heat, and allowing it to cool gradually. And the preferable time for this working should be in the heat of the day. On the seventh day of this operation thou shalt open the crucible and thou shalt behold what Form and Colour thy Caput Mortum hath taken. It will be like either a precious stone or a glittering powder. And this stone or powder shall be of Magical Virtue in accordance with its nature.
Finished is that which is written concerning the Formulae of the Magic of Light.