Okay, I’ll admit. Between traveling around Virginia, being sick, hosting a friend who got sick because of me, and wanting to have something resembling a social life, I’ve been slow in my work. It’s true. I’d like to do more, and I have the time to do it. I just need to make the damn time and stop being so lazy. The big thing is meditation: I can’t stress how important it is to do it frequently and to practice it, but there’s something about sitting there that I keep wanting to avoid, even though it’s only for fifteen to twenty minutes at a time.
Instead, I sit for hours in front of the computer being unproductive. Go fig.
So I’ve decided to make myself do something, some ritual, some conjuration, something at least twice a week beyond my normal banish/prayer/meditation routine. I’ve got conversations to hold with spirits and mysteries of the universe to learn, and I can’t afford to languish behind and take things so lazily, especially when there’s so much awesome stuff I can do with a bit more knowledge and practice. Looking around the blogosphere, I’m seeing all sorts of things that I could do and seem easy enough to do, if only I could get myself in the habit of learning what this shit does or what that shit doesn’t do. To that end, I’m going to really make myself do stuff while I have the time and energy to do so.
Okay, that’s enough whining. This morning I called up Auriel again, since at work the other day I drew up a laundry list of questions to ask him (and other spirits, when I get around to conjuring them later in the weekend or next week). The connection wasn’t as strong this time around, but I could still feel something and I was able to communicate with Auriel. Plus, in addition to having a number of things cleared up for me, I was able to call up Amaymon through Auriel to ask for an initiation into the knowledge of manifesting things through earth (it’s better, I’m taught, to call up an elemental prince through their elemental king instead of conjuring the prince on their own). The atmosphere changed decidedly when Amaymon was around; I could feel Auriel’s presence shift outward toward me and around the summoning area, and then a much denser, more brusque and rougher feeling came into the area. So weird. However, things felt a little clearer with Amaymon, and I asked him to show me how things work in the material plane. Things seemed to go fine.
I asked a number of other things, too, including what being immersed in the element of earth felt like. It was trippy: I felt compressed, like I was packed tightly in soil or sand. I couldn’t see, I couldn’t breathe, I couldn’t move at all. It was like my limbs were being compressed into spaghetti noodles, and I was immobile and locked in. That said, it was also comforting in a way: I couldn’t move, but I had no need to; I couldn’t do anything on my own, but I was supported and fortified. I felt strong, or rather, I felt able to support and be a foundation for other things. It felt cool, it felt soft but rough like a loofah, it smelled of soil and peat and salt and dry sand. It was nice, except for the whole not-being-able-to-breathe bit. I kinda freaked out a bit because of that.
So that was this morning, and it seemed to go fairly well (though I wonder if doing the conjuration on a Wednesday or in an hour of Mercury would have made communication a bit clearer, this should be explored). I’ve got studying and contemplating like WTF to do this weekend on water and air, and a few more conjurations coming up over the next couple of days. Plus, it’s Father’s Day tomorrow, so I’ll be calling up my old man and having a pleasant chat with him/bitching about how much my recent car repairs cost me.
Oh, one more thing. If you’ve taken a look at the Designs page and seen the lamens for the elemental kings, you’ll notice that there’s a blank space in the hexagram as if the seal is missing. No book, grimoire, or guide will show you seals for these spirits, my teacher doesn’t provide them, and neither do I. Instead, you get the seals for the elemental kings from them directly. Because the elemental kings are sublunar spirits, their seals are more mutable than those of the celestial governors of the planets, who are more permanent and stable; this is also why the governors of the planetary spheres have their names written in Celestial, while the angelic kings who are of this world have their names written in Hebrew. Plus, there’s a good chance that the angelic king of Fire Michael is not the same as the angelic governor of the Sun Michael, at least because their roles in the universe are different. This is all hinted at by the case of Auriel, who doesn’t have a corresponding planetary governor. Thus, you use a seal which is unique to your connection with the angelic king that they give you and different from the seal of the planetary angel of the same name. You can then draw this into the lamen where there should be a seal for the angelic king.