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The Secret of High Magick By Francis Melville

What is High Magick?
High Magick is both a science and an art. Its root are ancient, but its techniques continue to evolve and adapt to the conditions of all ages. The aim of magick is to effect changes in both inner and outer reality though the awareness and manipulation of unseen therefore occult but powerful forces.

The techniques of High Magick include:
-Kabalistic Exercises
-The Making of Ritual Tools
-The Creation of Talismans
-The preparation of Alchemical Elixirs
-Angel Magick

Know thyself
The practice of the magickal Techniques described in this book will lead you into encounters with higher levels of reality. It is therefore of the utmost importance that you are well grounded. All those who aspire high magick should be blessed with imagination but be free from fantasy. Magick is not a cure for Maladies of the Spirit. Those suffering from nerves or depression will not find such conditions more likely to worsen than improve.
You need to have good equilibrium and be comfortable in your own skin. You must be scrupulously honest with yourself. Any skeletons lurking in the closet are bound to leap out at some stage, so it is a good idea to spend some time mentally reviewing the events of your life. In this way you will be as prepared as possible for whatever emerges.

Profound transformation
-Real magick goes against the grain of mundane life, which tends towards the path of least resistance. Magick demands focus, discipline, tenacity and courage
-If used correctly, the sacred rituals and techniques which for centuries were kept from your life on every level
-They provide the necessary tools for self-initiation into the higher realms of eternal cosmic reality.

The great work
High magick is also known as hermetic magick because it is based on the hermetic arts and sciences. These are so named because they are derived from the teachings of Hermes Trismegistus (thrice greatest Hermes), the many-named genius of magick who meditates between the macrocosm and the microcosm, heaven and earth, the divine and the individual. The great work is nothing less than the achievement of godhood -union with the divine- using the three pillars of alchemy, magick and astrology to do so.
The Egyptian Hermes
The ancient Egyptian knew Hermes as Thoth or Tehuti, the divine personification of wisdom. Portrayed as the Isis-headed scribe of the gods, he was the inventor of hieroglyphics and the patron of the sacred sciences of geometry, mathematics, astronomy, medicine, magick and alchemy.

The Greek Hermes
The Greeks identified Thoth with Hermes, the Divine messenger, who meditates between heaven above and earth below. He is the ambivalent god of the crossroads, being both wide and trickster and patron of both Merchants and thieves.

The Hermetica
Hermes Trismegistus is accredited with writing the Hermetica or Corpus Hermeticum.

-Preparing the Temple
You will find it easier to focus your energies and perform your magical operations if you create a sacred space within your home. Establishing this outer temple is an important first step in manifesting your sacred intent. You also need to develop your inner temple that is, prepare your mind and body for the practice of magick. As the inner temple develops, the importance of the outer temple diminishes accordingly.

The outer temple
If you don’t have a spare room for your temple then a part of a room with a curtain or screen and should be large enough to contain a small table and a chair. The chair should be straight backed, with or without arms and the right height so that your feet rest flat on the floor and your knees form a right angle. You may also like to include a bed or couch to recline in during certain magickal practices.

The alter
A small table about 2x2 feet will work well as an alter. A square shape is ideal but a rectangular or round table will do. An even better form of an alter consists of a small upright cupboard. The cupboard is convenient for storing away magickal implements, candles and incense. Traditionally, your alter should come up to your belly button. Use a piece of black silk, perhaps switch tassels at the corner as an alter cloth it should hang at least a third of the way of the floor. Stand the alter in the middle of the room.
Burn incense and use the aromatic smoke to purify your temple

Once you have established the space for your temple, you need to clean it thoroughly.

It is necessary to establish the orientation of your temple by dividing it into four quarters at the cardinal points: North, South, East and West.

North: white, earth, Capricorn, Taurus, Virgo
South: red, fire, Aries, Leo, Sagittarius
East: yellow, air, Libra, Aquarius, Gemini
West: black, water, Cancer, Scorpio, Pisces

Magickal robes
Wearing a robe that is exclusively reserved for Temple and ritual work is a traditional part of being a Mage

The inner Temple
Becoming a Mage is all about being fit- in every sense of the world- so you need to get in shape.

Prayer and Meditation
Start your day with a period of prayer and meditation. In prayer, acknowledge all your blessings and ask for the grace to help you achieve your heart's desire then focus on your principal means of achieving this goal- self-knowledge through meditation.

Just as you cleaned your alter temple you must also purify yourself. A ritual shower before prayer and meditation is a good way to start your magickal day. All spirits have a discerning sense of smell. They don't like garlic and onions but they do like fine incense, so it is worthwhile to smell good

Keeping a magickal diary
This can help you achieve self-knowledge a standard desktop year diary with at least half a page per day is ideal.

Creating and Consecrating the Magickal Elements
One of the first tasks of the Neophyte is to make the magickal objects that represent the four elements: fire, air, water and earth. These objects are often called the elemental weapons, but some prefer to use the less bellicose term implements, because they are used to implement the magickal will. They are the chief tools of the Mage.

Four Elements
-Fire--fire is hot and dry. It is symbolized by an upward-pointing triangle, being volatile and ascending
-Air--air is hot and moist. Its triangle is crossed, putting a brake on the ascending nature of fire.
-Water--water is cool and moist. As the descending element its sign is a downward-pointing triangle.
-Earth--earth is cold and dry. It halts the fall of water, so its triangle is crossed.

The Tree of Life
Kabbalah, meaning "oral tradition" in Hebrew, evolved from a strain of Jewish mysticism devoted to penetrating the inner meaning of the Torah, the Jewish scriptures. The key symbol of Kabbalah is the Tree of Life, which provides a model of creation. By meditating on the spheres of the tree of life, the Mage can become more conscious of the true nature of being.

Pathways to God
The Kabbalah explains how the world came into existence from the will of God. This is described as a series of emanations from the divine source.
The Tree of Life can be seen as a framework that shows how the supreme, undifferentiated consciousness of the almighty devolves into the self-consciousness by which we can return to unity with God, by removing those obstacles that limit consciousness.

The Sephiroth
The Tree of Life is depicted as an arrangement of ten spheres on three parallel pillars. These sphere are called Sephiroth, meaning "splendid light". The highest sphere, Kether, represents divine glory, the lowest sphere, Malkuth, denotes the material world in which the divine light is comparative dim. Below Kether on the middle pillar is a nonsphere called Daath meaning "knowledge". This is the abyss, the void, the gulf that separates the manifest form the unmanifest, and the finite from the infinite. To reach the sphere of Daath is to attain union with the divine, the true goal of all mystics and Mages

The four planes
The Sephiroth exist on four planes, known as:
Atziluth, the world of Emanation
Briah, the world of creation
Yetzirah, the world of formation
Assiah, the world of action
All the Sephiroth inhabit two of the planes except Malkuth (sphere 10), which is only present in the world of action.

The Spheres
Kether (1)- the highest sphere, standing alone as the crown on top of the middle pillar of the tree. It is the sphere of God as the creator
Chokhmah (2) and Binah (3)- these spheres are the original couple, the father and mother of the universe, the root of all polarity. Positive and negative, male and female, yin and yang
Chesed (4) and Geburah (5)- below Chokhmah on the right pillar of the tree is Chesed, the sphere of mercy or love. In opposition to Chesed is Geburah on the left pillar of the tree. Begurah is the sphere of severity or strength.
Tiphareth (6)- Balancing Chesed and Begurah is Tiphareth, situated below Kether and Daath on the middle pillar
Netzach (7) and Hod (8)- Netzach at the base of the right pillar is the positive force of attraction and cohesion in the universe. It's opposite, Hod, forms the base of the left pillar and represents the duplicity that results from self-conscious
Yesod (9)- balancing the polarity of Flux and Cohesion is Yesod, the penultimate Sephiroth on the middle pillar.
Malkuth (10)- although the last Sephiroth, Malkuth, meaning kingdom, appears to be at the bottom of the tree.

1) Kether
Meaning: crown
Element: root of air
Color: brilliant white
Magickal image: old, bearded king
Achievement: divine union
Virtue: completion of the great work
Illusion: attainment
Vice: none
Tarot card: the aces
Charka: Sahasrara (crown of the head)
keywords: unity, all, pure consciousness, godhead, beginning, source
Divine name: Eheieh (Iam)
Archangel: Chiroth Ha Qadesh
Material manifestations: primum mobile (prime mover), nebulae

2) Chokhmah
Meaning: wisdom
Element: root of fire
Color: gray
Magickal image: bearded patriarch
Achievement: the vision of god face to face
Illusion: independence
Vice: none
Tarot card: the two
Chakra: Ajna (between the eyes)
Keywords: pure, creative energy, life force, wellspring
Divine name: Yahweh (Lord)
Archangel: Ratzeil
Angelic choir: Auphanim
Material manifestation: zodiac

3) Binah
Meaning: understanding
Element: root of water
Color: black
Magickal image: queen mother
Achievement: vision of sorrow
Illusion: death
Virtue: silence
Vice: inertia, avarice
Tarot card: the threes
Chakra: Ajna (between the eyes)
Keywords: limitation, karma, time and space, law, death
Divine name: Yahweh Elohim (Lord/God)
Archangel: Tzaphqiel
Angelic choir: Aralim
Material manifestation: Saturn

4) Chesed
Meaning: mercy
Element: water
Color: blue
Magickal image: magnificent enthroned king
Achievement: vision of love
Illusion: self-righteousness
Virtue: obedience
Vices: tyranny, hypocrisy, bigotry, gluttony, waste
Tarot card: the fours
Chakra: Vissudha (throat)
Keywords: authority, creativity, inspiration, vision, leadership
Divine name: El (Him)
Archangel: Tzadkiel
Angelic choir: Chasmalim
Material manifestation: Jupiter

5) Geburah
Meaning: strength, severity
Element: fire
Color: scarlet
Magickal image: mighty warrior in a chariot
Achievement: vision of power
Illusion: invincibility
Virtue: courage, loyalty
Vice: cruelty, destruction
Tarot card: the fives
Chakra: Vissdha (throat)
Keywords: power, courage, domination, passion
Divine name: Elohim Gevor (Almighty God)
Archangel: Camael
Angelic choir: Seraphim
Planet: Mars

6) Tiphareth
Meaning: beauty
Element: air
Color: yellow
Magickal image: shining king, divine child, sacrificed god
Achievement: vision of harmony
Illusion: identification
Virtue: devotion to the great work, integrity
Vice: pride, self-importance
Tarot card: the sixes
Chakra: Anahata (heart)
Keyword: harmony, integrity, balance, wholeness, the self, self-sacrifice
Divine name: Yahweh Eloah Va Daath (Lord God of Knowledge)
Archangel: Michael, Raphael
Angelic choir: Malochim
Material manifestation: Sun

7) Netzach
Meaning: victory
Element: fire
Color: emerald
Magickal image: beautiful naked woman
Achievement: vision of beauty triumphant
Illusion: unselfishness
Vice: lust, wantonness
Tarot card: the sevens
Chakra: Manipuraka (Solar plexus)
Keyword: empathy, sympathy, pleasure, luxury, sensuality, desire, lust
Divine name: Yahweh Tzabaoth (Lord of Hosts)
Archangel: Haniel
Angelic choir: Elohim
Material manifestation: Venus

8) Hod
Meaning: glory
Element: water
Color: orange
Magickal image: hermaphrodite
Achievement: vision of splendor
Illusion: order
Virtue: truthfulness
Vice: falsehood
Tarot card: the eights
Chakra: Manipuraka (solar plexus)
Keyword: genius, reason, meditation, communication, self-knowledge, ambivalence
Divine name: Elohim Tzabaoth (God of Hosts)
Archangel: Raphael, Michael
Angelic choir: Beni Elohim
Material manifestation: Mercury

9) Yesod
Meaning: foundation
Element: air
Color: violet
Magickal image: beautiful, powerful naked men
Achievement: vision of the machinery of the universe
Illusion: security
Virtue: independence
Vice: idleness, sloth
Tarot card: the nines
Chakra: Svadhisthana (genitals)
Keyword: perception, imagination, emotion
Divine name: Shaddai El Chai (Almighty Living God)
Archangel: Gabriel
Angelic choir: Cherubim
Material manifestation: Moon

10) Malkuth
Meaning: kingdom
Element: earth
Color: citrine, olive, russet, black
Magickal image: a young woman crowned and throned
Achievement: vision of the holy guardian angel
Illusion: materialism
Virtue: discrimination
Vise: avarice, inertia
Tarot card: the tens
Chakra: Muladhara (feet)
Keyword: material, solid, nature, heavy
Divine name: Adonai ha Aretz (Lord of the Earth)
Archangel: Sandalphon
Angelic choir: Ishim
Material manifestation: elements

Stars of the Wise
The ancients combined sacred Geometry and Numerology to generate magickal figures that express the profoundest relationships of the microcosm and the macrocosm. These stars of the wise form the basis of the key rituals of high magick. They are used to open and close magickal operations and to attract or dispel elemental or cosmic forces:

The Pentagram
The five-pointed star of the pentagram is the holy cross of the five elements: the four physical elements of air, fire, water and earth, plus the fifth element known as the quintessence, spirit, aethyr or Akasha.

The Quintessence is the unifying source of all elemental energy, the matrix that allows energy to emerge through the four material elements. The Pentagram is therefore a symbol of the Quintessence and also a geometric symbol of man as the microcosm- the image of God imbued with spirit, the perfected man as Lord of the elements, who governs the elements by the authority of his will.

The Hexagram
The Hexagram is a six-pointed star, made by interlocking two equilateral triangles. In Hermetic science, it is known as the seal of Solomon.
In legend, it was delivered to King Solomon by the archangel Raphael as the seal of the ring with which he might bind the demons that were disrupting the building of the temple. In Indian Alchemy, it is known as the Sri-Yantra, being the complete interpretation of Shiva and Shakti, Male and Female. The mystic alchemist Jacob Boehm called it “ the most meaningful sign in the entire universe”. He saw it as a symbol of Christ androgyny, the perfectly balanced, and all-recoiling divine human.

-The interlocking triangles of the hexagram symbolize the union of fire and water, the marriage of soul and spirit, and the alchemical wedding of sulfur and mercury
-It is the union of the above and the below, the marriage of heaven and earth, the macrocosm and the microcosm, two things becoming one thing
-The harmonious resolution and fusion of opposites represents the completion of the great work and corresponds to the 6 days of creation, the great work of the absolute

The One
The hexagram as a whole symbolizes the one, often emphasized by enclosing it within the ourobouros (the dragon or serpent eating it’s own tail that represents eternal cycles or nature)

The Duad
The two composite triangles symbolizes the unity of Fire and water, above and below

The Trinity
Soul, Spirit and Body are implicit in the repeated triangles

The Quarternity
The alchemical symbols of the four elements: air, fire, earth and water, appear in the crossing triangles

The Quintessence
The fifth element of Spirit is implicit as the mystic center, the manifesting source of energy and intelligence that is found through meditating on the hexagram as a mandala

The Hexad
The six points denote the six directions: north, south, east, west, above and below, that, as pairs, define the three dimensions (soul, sprit and body) within which the great work takes place

The Hexagram and the planets
The Mage primarily uses the hexagram in its equation with the seven planets. The attribution of the planets to the hexagram accords with their position on the tree of life. Saturn/Binah takes the position of Daath at the top, being the first Sephirah (and the only one of the supernal) to manifest in the macrocosm.
The hexagram is therefore the symbol of the soul system, with the sun at the center. As planetary energies that the ritual uses of the hexagram invokes are therefore difference manifestations of constructive, harmonious solar power made available to the Mage. The destructive aspects of Mars and Saturn, for example, cannot manifest through the hexagram. In this way the hexagram also acts as a shield against disruptive astral energies.

The secret Seven
Geometric representations of the number seven provide fascinating and satisfying examples of the harmony of the planets.

The Planetary Hours
1. Draw a heptagon and place the sun at the top angle, followed counterclockwise by Venus, Mercury, the Moon, Saturn, Jupiter, and Mars. This gives the sequence of the planetary hours into which each day is divided.
2. To see how this connects with another planetary sequence start at Saturn and follow the sequence counterclockwise. This describes the “Chaldean Order” of the spheres.
3. This sequence, first observed (supposedly) by the Ancient Chaldeans of the Middle East, gives the order of increasing speed of the planets against the fixed stars, as observed from the east.
4. This ordering of the planets was superseded, but not invalidated by the heliocentric theory of the solar system. For the Mage as microcosm, the Chaldean order remains entirely valid.

The days of the week
Draw a seven-pointed star, starting at the moon crossing over to Mars, the Mercury, Jupiter, Venus, and Saturn, the sun and back to the moon. This provides the sequences of the seven days of the week, whose names still preserve their planetary connotations, particularly in the Latin tongue. Sunday, Lundi (Monday), Mardi (Tuesday), Mercredi (Wednesday), Jueves (Thursday), Vendredi (Friday), Saturday.

The Classical Metals
The seven planets equate to the seven classical metals of antiquity. Here, too, harmonious sequences can be found. Draw a seven-pointed star, starting with Mars/iron, crossing to Venus/copper, then the Moon/silver, Jupiter/tin, the Sun/gold, Mercury/quicksilver, Saturn/lead, and then back to Mars. This sequence describes the increasing atomic numbers of the Metals.

The musical sequence
The seven-pointed star also contains a musical sequence. It involves the two consonant musical intervals between two sounds that are one octave apart-namely, the fifth and the third, as counted from the lower octave note. Counting clockwise in a circle, aebfcgda represent a cycle of fifths. Counting along the lines of the star, ac, ae, eg, gb, bd, and df represent a cycle of thirds. Counting along the points of the star, skipping every alternate point, abcdefga represent the scale.

The ogdoadic star
Ogdoadic means “pertaining to the number eight”. As the number of Thoth and Mercury, eight is one of the most important numbers in magick.
The star’s connection with Hermes/Mercury is apparent from the figure eight formed by the serpents of the Caduceus, representing perfect equilibrium and the union of opposites. Eight was the mystic number most revered by the knights Templar, who built many of their temple octagonally and shared the symbol of their temples octagonally and shared the symbol of the eight-pointed cross with their brother order, the knights of Malta. The respected magical order called Aurum Solis follows the ogdoadic tradition of High Magick.

Connections with the tarot
When placed on its side, the number eight is the lemniscates, the symbol of eternity found above the head of the magician in the tarot. It therefore depicts the eternal cycle of rising and falling, joining and separating. Most tarot decks depict the major arcane card the star with an eight-pointed star surrounded by seven smaller stars, suggesting the octave of 7+1. The card’s number is 17, numerological 1+7. At the time when the tarot first appeared, eight corresponded in mystic cosmogony to the fixed stars of the firmament, denoting transcendence of planetary influences. It was also an emblem of the regenerative holy water of Baptism and this is also represented in the card.

1. Geometrically, being the product of 2x4, eight represents two squares that form an octagon, the intermediary between the square and the circle-symbolizing terrestrial order and eternal order.
2. Eight is also the number of the initiate who has passed through the seven spheres (from Malkuth to Chesed) on the path of return on the tree of life.
3. Like the musical octave, it represents a completion of the cycle of seven and a new cycle on a higher octave. It therefore symbolizes regeneration, resurrection, palingenesis and immortality.

The Angelic Hierarchy
Angelology is a complex subject that has been studied for millennia. The tradition is shared by Judeo-Christian, Islamic and Hermetic traditions, developed from the much older traditions of the ancient Egyptians, Chaldeans, Babylonians and Zoroastrians. All of them agree that different group, or choirs, of angels are arranged hierarchically in much the same manner as the tree of life of the Kabbalah. Only the angels of the Kabbalistic traditions are discussed here.

Chioth Ha Qadesh
The supreme order of angels that gaze upon the sphere of Kether, the greater countenance of god, is known as Chioth Ha Qadesh. Its angels are also known as the Holy living creatures and equate to the seraphim of Dionysius. Their archangel is Metatron, referred to as “he who bringeth others before the face of god.” Metatron is the youngest of all angels, and tradition has it that he was once the Biblical Patriarch Enoch. The Talmud says that Metatron is the link between god and humanity. He may therefore be invoked, despite the fact that Kether itself is beyond the Mage’s reach.

The Auphanim are known are the whirling forces and the Cherubim in Christian angelology. These are the angels of Chokhmah, ruled by the archangel Ratziel, the prince of knowledge of hidden things, also called the angel of mysteries. The legendary book of the angel Ratziel was said to contain a secret code that held the keys to the mystery of the world, which not even any other angel knew.

The Aralim are the strong and mighty ones. These 70,000 angels are made of white fire and serve the Sephirah of Binah, the sphere of the eternal female principle. Their leader is the archangel Tzaphqiel, the prince of spiritual strife against evil, whose name means contemplation of god. When invoking Tzaphqiel, it is appropriate to say “I allow Binah to show me her true nature.” Binah’s symbol is the Vesica Piscis, the pointed oval formed by two overlapping circles.

The brilliant ones serve Jupiter in the sphere of justice, corresponding to Chesed on the tree of life. The ruler of the Chasmalim is the archangel Tzadkiel, prince of mercy and beneficence, who is also a guard of the gates of the east wind. He may therefore be invoked from that quarter when the position of Jupiter is not known. When invoking Tzadkiel through Chesed the Sephirah may be addressed as follows: “o thou great one, whose name is mighty and whose nature is just, rule in me that I may show forth thy mercy.” Chesed’s symbol is the pyramid or royal orb.

In Christian angelology, the Seraphim are the highest ranking of all angels. They are the flaming ones, the avenging angels of destruction who serve the Sephirah of Geburah, the sphere of the fear of god. Their archangel, Camael whose name means “he who sees god” bears the flaming sword, the symbol of Geburah. As the prince of strength and courage he may impart these qualities if successfully invoked or petitioned. When Geburah is invoked, the Mage may say “o thou most holy, may we pass through thy purging and be clean.”
1. Occasionally referred to as the Shimanin, the Malachim are the kings of Tiphareth, the sphere of the solar light, whose symbol is a cube.
2. The Malachim are responsible for the motions and cycles of all the stars and the planets of the universe.
3. They govern all natural laws and are therefore responsible for all miracles that break these laws.
4. They reflect the ideals of virtue, inspiring valor in heroes and grace in saints.
5. Their archangel is traditionally given as Raphael, the angel of healing, with Michael as his lieutenant (these roles are reversed in the Sephirah of Hod).
6. Although this does not tally with the planetary or elemental correspondences, Tiphareth is so benignly disposed toward the Mage that it can be invoked without reference to the angel.
7. The best solution perhaps is to invoke both angels when invoking either Tiphareth or Hod.

The Elohim, which means gods, equate with the choir of principalities. Their ruling archangel is Haniel, prince of love and harmony, which are two qualities of Netzach, the Sephirah he serves. The symbol of Netzach is the rose, a plant ruled by the corresponding planet Venus, known in the Kabbalah as Nogah, meaning “external splendor”.

Beni Elohim
Beni Elohim, the sons of gods, equate with the choir of archangels and server the sphere of Hod, whose symbol is a square apron. Michael, whose name means “who is as god” and Raphael are their leading angels. Hod corresponds to the planet Mercury, mediator of art and knowledge.

The Cherubim, meaning “those who intercede” are the guardian angels of mankind. They rank as the second choir of angels after the Seraphim and are associated with Yesod, the Sephirah that rules the sphere of action and of the moon. Their presiding archangels is Gabriel, whose name means “god is my strength.” Gabriel is one of the most revered of all the angels. It was he who appeared to the Virgin Mary and who dictated Koran to Mohammed. The symbol of Yesod is a pair of footprints.

The lowest order of angels is the Ishim, associated with the sphere of Malkuth, the kingdom, which equates with the earth on the mundane level. The Ishim are also called the Blessed Souls and the souls of the just made perfect. In this respect they equate with the Bodhisattvas of Buddhism, being saints who choose to assist their fellow humans. The archangel of the Ishim is Sandalphon, whose name means “co-brother”. He is the twin of Metaron, and like his brother he was once a prophet, Elias. The Shekinah is the goddess of Malkuth and shares the same essence as the Virgin Mary, being daughter, bride and mother of god.

The lesser Ritual of the Hexagram
Perform this ritual as a form of meditation on the symbolism of the hexagram, or before and after the greater ritual of the hexagram. This rite centers around the letters INRI, the Latin abbreviation for Jesus of Nazareth, king of the Jews. The inscription also includes other occult meanings. One of these is the Hermetic Maxim “igne natura renormatur integra” which means “by fire, nature is perfectly renewed”. Additional meaning can be found in the correspondence of the Hebrew Letters to the Paths of the Tree of Life. The path corresponding to the Hebrew letter Yod (I) is linked with Virgo, that of Nun (N) to Scorpio, and Resh (R) to the Sun. Virgo is also associated with the Egyptian goddess Isis, Scorpio with Apophis, and the Sun with Osiris. The first letters of these names combine to form the divine name IAO. The signs of Isis, Apophis and Osiris from the letters LVX which is Latin for light. Thus within the letters : INRI are concealed the words IAO and LVX. IAO was considered by the Gnostics to be the Supreme name of God. The letters also allude to salt, sulfur and mercury in alchemy.
1. Perform the lesser banishing ritual of the pentagram to make a magic circle.
2. Extend your arms like Christ on the cross (the sign of Osiris slain) and say “Yod Nun Resh Yod”.
3. Point your right arm straight up with the elbow locked. Bow your head toward your still extended left arm, forming a letter L (the sign of the mourning of Isis) and say “Virgo, Isis, mighty mother”.
4. Throw your head straight back, raise your arms above your head in the shape of a V (the sign of Apophis and Typhon) and say “Scorpio, Apophis, destroyer”.
5. Cross your right arm over your left arm on your chest, forming a letter X, bow your head (the sign of Osiris risen) and say “Sol, Osiris, slain and arisen”.
6. Gradually raise your arms, palms upward, saying “Isis, Apophis, Osiris”.
7. With arms fully extended, raise your head as if to the noonday sun and resonate the divine name of God –IAO (pronounced Ee-Ah-Oh)
8. Repeat the physical movements in steps 3-6, saying “L”, “V” and “X” as each letter is formed.
9. Fold your hands on your chest, bow your head and say “the light of the cross”.
10. Using the wand (for invoking), the dagger (for banishing) or the sign of the Benediction (index and middle finger extended, the other fingers tucked into the palm and covered by the thumb) trace appropriate. Hexagram in each quarter of the circle (see steps 11-15). Note that the elementary correspondences of the quarters differ from those used with pentagrams, in accordance with the zodiacal order of the elements. Aries/fire, Taurus/Earth, Gemini/Air, Cancer/Water. As a result, fire is now in the east, earth in the south, air in the west and water in the north.
11. Trace the invoking or banishing hexagram of fire in the east.
12. Bring your hand up to your chest and thrust it out as if stabbing the center of the hexagram, vibrating the word Ararita. (These seven letters correspond to the seven planets and stand for “one is his beginning; one is his individuality; his permutation is one.”)
13. Trace the invoking or banishing hexagram of earth in the south, then thrust toward the center of the hexagram, again vibrating the word Ararita.
14. Trace the invoking or banishing hexagram of air in the west, then thrust toward the center of the hexagram, again vibrating the word Ararita.
15. Trace the invoking or banishing hexagram of water in the north, then thrust toward the center of the hexagram, again vibrating the word Ararita.
16. Repeat steps 2-9.
17. Conclude with the lesser banishing ritual of the pentagram.

The Greater Ritual of the Hexagram
Use this ritual to invoke or banish planets or their related zodiacal signs. You will need to refer to an astrological chart to find out in which quarter the planet is situated at the time of the ritual.

1. Perform the lesser banishing ritual of the hexagram.
2. Turn to the quarter of the circle in which the planet is situated at the time of the ritual, and trace the relevant invoking or banishing hexagram. For example, to invoke Mercury, begin at the lower left corner of the upward-pointing triangle, inscribing the line clockwise to trace the triangle. Then trace the downward-pointing triangle from the top right corner, again working in a clockwise direction. Finish by tracing the astrological symbol of the planet in the center of the hexagram. Banishing hexagrams are preformed the other way around and traced counterclockwise.
3. If you are invoking or banishing the sin, you will need to trace all six planetary hexagrams, one on top of another, before drawing the astrological symbol of the sun in the center. This is because the sun is not connected with any point of the hexagram.
4. If you are invoking or banishing a zodiac sign, use the hexagram of the planet that rules the sign and inscribe the astrological symbol of the sign in the center of the hexagram instead of the planetary symbol.
5. While tracing the hexagram and symbol, vibrate the word Ararita.
6. Perform the lesser banishing ritual of the hexagram (omit step one).

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