I get a lot of hits on my blog from across the realm of the Internet, many of which are from links on Facebook, Twitter, or RSS readers. To you guys who follow me: thank you! You give me many happies. However, I also get a huge number of new visitors daily to my blog from people who search around the Internet for various search terms. As part of a monthly project, here are some short replies to some of the search terms people have used to arrive here at the Digital Ambler. This focuses on some search terms that caught my eye during the month of September 2013.
“visualize offerings water light incense flowers” — Visualized offerings are good for some spirits, or for complex astral rituals. However, for most purposes, why not actually get the physical offerings themselves, and offer actual water, candles, incense, and flowers? They’re more concrete and, if the spirit is “low” (i.e. an elemental spirit, genius loci, shade, etc.), they’ll be able to benefit more directly since they’re closer to the physical realm.
“munich manual english” — As far as I’m aware, there is no full translation of the Munich Manual into English, though I have translated some excerpts from it (which you can find under the Rituals menu above). That said, it’s been suggested I take that on as my next big translation project, and I think I’ll oblige. No idea when it might be ready, but it wouldn’t be unwelcome, as far as I can tell.
“blessing the sator square” — It’s unclear how the SATOR Square was actually used, only that it came up time and again since the early Roman empire as a kind of memetic charm. One theory is that it acted as a sign for hidden Christians, since reorganizing the SATOR Square can yield a different arrangement of two PATERNOSTERs intersecting at the N, with two As and two Os leftover (alpha and omega). As a charm, I believe that the mere construction of the SATOR Square suffices to “bless” or charge it, though other consecrations can be added on top of it (cf. the second pentacle of Saturn from the Key of Solomon). Depending on the purpose used, you’d consecrate it as you would any other talisman, charm, or tool.
“eskimo fucking” — I assume that’s how eskimos happened in the first place. (Also, what…?)
“geomantic designs for capricorn” — You’d want to go with the geomantic figures for Carcer or Populus and their associated geomantic sigils. Carcer is linked to Capricorn through its association with Saturn retrograde; Populus is directly associated to Capricorn in Gerard of Cremona’s system of astrological correspondences (which I use personally in my geomantic work).
“if i write de name of ma boyfriend n put it in de annoiting oil n pray over it can it makes him love like crazy?” — First, I’m honestly impressed people write unironically in an eye-dialect like this; after all, written communication is meant to help spoken communication cross time and space in a way that sound vibrations can’t, and writing as one speaks is certainly not a wrong way to do it. As for the question itself, the answer is (as it often is in magic) that it depends. Writing his name on a hoodoo-style name paper, and using something like “Come Here Boy” or another love-drawing/love-forcing oil on it with a prayer or repetition of a psalm over it, it can certainly induce love or love-craziness. Caveat mage, though; Jason Miller has a story about someone who did this on a particular girl, and not only did the girl fall head-over-heels in love with him, but she ended up becoming an overzealously jealous, codependent, clingy stalker that the dude only wanted to get rid of after, like, two weeks. Be careful what you wish for, my readers.
“how to kssss hole body” — I hope you wash that hole first. I also hope you can tell me what exactly you were looking for.
“what to ask during geomancy” — Anything you want, really; geomancy is another system of divination, and divination exists to answer questions. That said, it helps to ask questions that are clear, concise, and concrete: vague, open-ended, undefined questions tend to work badly with geomancy. A good question in geomancy often takes the form of “will X happen with conditions Y?”, with X and Y clearly defined and stated.
“how to convert geomantic figures into binary” — Pretty simple, actually. The method I use is to use a four-bit number, interpreting a single point (active element) as 1 (logic high) and a double point (passive element) as 0 (logic low). The first bit in the number is the fire line, the second bit the air line, the third bit the water line, and the fourth bit the earth line; in other words, if you read a four-bit number from right to left, it’d be the same as reading a geomantic figure from top to bottom. Thus, 0101 is Acquisitio, 1000 is Laetitia, 1101 is Puer, 1111 is Via, 0000 is Populus, and so forth.
“how long can you keep holy water in a bottle” — It depends on the type of holy water, and for what. From a religious standpoint, the blessing may “wear off” over time, or may be depleted if anything unclean contaminates the whole bottle. Any liquid can get physically contaminated over time without proper preparation, so it helps to make sure the bottle you’re using is thoroughly sanitized and that the water is used in a short time, often no longer than five days. Using holy water that uses herbs like basil or hyssop can also easily get contaminated, and you’ll see a wispy web-like growth in the bottle over time. For this reason, I make my holy water with just purified water and salt that I boil for twenty minutes and pour it into only sanitized bottles I’ve washed out with boiling water and soap.
“house blessing preparation” — Get a few white candles, incense that stings the eyes and nose, incense that sweetens the air, holy water, some clean white clothes, and a book of religious texts or prayers of your choice. Wash yourself thoroughly and ablute in the holy water, meditate and focus yourself, dress in the clothes while praying for protection and light for yourself, light a candle in each room of the house, pray in each room of the house for protection and guidance in the house, waft the sharp incense in each room of the house, pray that all evil and defilement be removed from the house, sprinkle holy water in each room of the house, pray that all impurity and filth be washed from the house, waft the sweet incense in each room of the house, pray for happiness and joy to fill the house, pray to offer your thanks and for the assistance received, relax.
“howtoinvokeadonai” — Youusehisnameinaprayer,begginghimforhispresenceandaidtohelpyouinyourlife.Youdon’thavetobeJewishorChristiantocallonADNI,butyoudoneedtohavefaithinhispowerandbeabletoanswertotheresponsibilityofcallinguponhim.AnynumberofprayersintheSolomonicandHermetictraditions,goingasfarbackasthePGMatleast,usethenameADNI,sohaveatandexplorewhatusesyoumightcomeupwith. Also, please never type like this ever, even if you’re on a lot of DMT.
“hermetics most feared adversary” — I think it’s sloths, for some reason, but I’m unsure why. Alkaloid herbs may have been involved, or so I’m told.
I laughed out loud when I read a few of these. Thanks. <3 A lot of these things also needed to be said.
As for 'hermetics most feared adversary,' I'd say (at least in my xp) the overzealous bunnyfucker fluffy Pagans. Not most, by all means, but the ones that are in it for show more than anything. They're the ones that are all, 'Ouija is bad, but automatic writing is safe because it comes from spirit guides, not demons.' Umm…uhh…mmmkay, whatever. oh, and 'Nature spirits are always friendly and never lie. The Keys of Solomon are evil and it's all BLACK MAGIC.' Lolwut? If anything, a lot of nature spirits have their reasons to NOT co-operate or even downright hate us for encroaching on their territory. Solomonic spirits will do business with us more often than not. So…gotta love the willfully ignorant. *sigh*
Anyway, keep up the good work!
Thank you! Also, I totally hear you on the nonsense a lot of fluff-obsessed neopagans spew. I’m just blessed to have friends and colleagues (and readers!) who actually Do Shit.
It’s like one of my favorite jokes: how can you tell the difference between a witch and a neopagan? Throw them both into a river; the witch floats, but the neopagan drowns under the weight of all their crystals.
Haha, that’s a new one, but it’s also God’s Own Truth. Here we have a great many of the former, unfortunately. I blame Sedona and Southern California. :/
Let me plug Alpha Book Center in downtown Phoenix for a second. They Do Shit, and I thank God every time I do something magical I had John and Joy to set me straight. They knocked the fluffy notions out of my head when I was a teenager–for this I will be forever grateful.
I should comment more…
Thanks for the chuckle this morning- I needed it!
This. This is why I want better metrics. :)