Despite the title, no, I’m not into My Little Pony, nor am I a bro-ny. For some reason that escapes me, the new MLP series is all the rage among men 20 to 35 years old. I…I don’t even.
So I haven’t been completely idle these past few days, though I’m not as caught up as I wanted to be. However, the next set of coursework for my Hermetic stuff came out, which goes over how to build a proper magician’s altar. Now, keep in mind that I already have two altars, sorta: I have a devotional altar which I pray at and light candles and make offerings and stuff, and a small Ikea table which I use to perform miscellaneous rituals as the need arises. The real altar, though, is going to be the Table of Manifestation, my sort of personal map of the macrocosm and microcosm as it relates to me, a supertalisman and focus for all my magical work. It’ll have all my elemental weapons, symbols and talismans, and so on. To that end, I’m getting together a rather large shopping list of metal ingots and weights to melt down to make talismans with and various other things (like some real frankincense resin incense and a proper charcoal incense burner). Clearly, I’m putting my promotion and raise at work to good use.
As part of my altar setup, I’ll need talismans for each of the seven planets. I got started last night on a Jupiter talisman, it being the day of Jupiter and all. I took a wooden yo-yo from Michaels, split it apart, woodburned a few symbols into it, covered it in blue paint marker, then filled the woodburned inscription with silver ink. There’s a hole in the bottom of the disc left from the yo-yo axle, which I’ll fill with molten tin (96% tin-4% silver solder from a hardware store). Once that solidifies, I’ll apply a layer or two of glossy finish over the thing, then consecrate it under the auspices of Tzadqiel. Lather, rinse, and repeat for the other six planets; the whole thing should be done by mid-September, if I’m dutiful. For metal that can’t easily be melted, I might widen out the hole and just fit a piece of the planetary metal in there and glue or fasten it on somehow. There’ll be pictures once I get all seven done, by which point the whole altar should have come together.
In other crafting news, I took an old staff of mine and made it all Solomonic. The Key of Solomon has instructions to make a magical staff, which is virtually the same as the Solomonic wand and can be put towards the same use as other wands, such as the wand from Trithemius (I believe). Unfortunately, I don’t have access to elderberry or cane wood, so I used an old staff I happened to find in a forest behind my last apartment (it was deliberately planted in the ground and already cut to a suitable height). It’s not in the best of shape, but sanding it down and smoothing it off helped wonders. I woodburned the symbols from the Key of Solomon into it as well as the Hebrew words AGLA + ON + IHVH, rubbed it with olive oil, and suffumigated it with incense. Alas that no pictures show it properly since the oil turned the staff rather dark, but it looks pretty nifty. Definitely an outdoorsy tool for a mage, and wielding a freaking staff feels pretty awesome. I’ll be rubbing oil in it during hours of Mercury in the future just to make sure it gets waterproofed and treated properly.
Last but certainly not least, and related to the title of the post (of course there’d be a reason), I contacted Auriel and Raphael recently for a number of things, not the least of which to ask about obtaining elemental familiars. You know, little helper spirits to call upon as I need. I’m still kinda unsure about why I’d need them off the top of my head, but I figure it’s nice to call upon something already intimately familiar with the element in question as a need arises. They’re pretty cool beings, I’ll admit, and are closer to humanity than the archangels. That said, I didn’t expect the earth elemental Auriel to whom introduced me to have the high-pitched perky voice of a female Asian pop star, nor did I expect the air elemental to have fond memories of London and rhymes.
Don’t look at me. I’m just writing this shit down.
Anyway, they’re pretty cool beings, and agreed to come when I called them. They have pretty cool names, too, which just so happened to follow the rules of Hebrew theophoric names, which is interesting (ending in -iah or -el). I’m starting to build myself up a whole circle of beings, apparently, to get things done. Either I’m awesome or psychotic; after a certain point, I have a hard time telling.
Ooh, ooh! Also, I splurged last week and got like eight new books for myself, including Forbidden Rites: A Necromancer’s Manual of the Fifteenth Century by Richard Kieckhefer, a modern reprint of the famous Munich Manual. It’s got a lot of source material for the medieval, Christian, or Hermetic scholar, and has a fair bit of planetary and demonic magic. I’m not too keen on the demonic aspects of the work, but it’s got a lot of interesting stuff, regardless. I’ve already translated one ritual from the source in Latin, so expect some more stuff to be thrown up as well.