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 February 2015.
“saturn%25252525252525252525252525252525252525252525252525252525252525252525252525252525252525252525252525252525252525252525252525252525252bsabbath” — Oh really, now? I’m not sure why you’re using the % sign so much in that query (%25 is a common way to represent the % sign itself in some encodings), but…I mean, Saturn is in a little bit of everything, Hermetically speaking, so yes, you could represent how closely something is associated with Saturn as a percentage? I guess?
“where does wiccan writing come from” — You likely mean the Theban alphabet. This script was adopted at some point by people in Wicca, though I’m not sure when or why. It was given as a magical writing system for the Roman script by Agrippa (book III, chapter 29), and we find this same script appear in Johann Trithemius’s Polygraphia, which makes sense as Trithemius was Agrippa’s mentor. However, this script predates Trithemius, originating in alchemical cipher scripts of medieval and Renaissance Europe. Trithemius claims that it started with Honorius of Thebes (yes, the same one after whom the Sworn Book of Honorius is named after) “as given by Pietro d’Abano”, though d’Abano gives no such reference. There are some theories that the Theban writing system was loosely based on Georgian script or Ethiopian script, though these still seem far-fetched to my mind.
“hermetic how consecrate a orisha” — You don’t. End of. Orisha are not part of the Hermetic tradition; they’re part of the African diasporic religions that originate in Yoruba culture and mixed with European Christian saint veneration and American indigenous traditions, like Cuban (Santeria) or Brazilian (Candomble). If you want to consecrate a vessel for an orisha, you’ll need to be part of those traditions, which keep those methods and tools as secret mysteries one has to be initiated into. If you want to approach an orisha on your own, you can do that in a way not unlike calling a Greek or Roman god or a planetary power, but you’d do best to approach them in the way they’re traditionally called. Go to your local botanica or ile to ask more. Besides, the Hermetic tradition is jam-packed with spirits of all kinds, types, names, and histories all their own. It’s a complete system and framework for approaching the cosmos, and even though it can incorporate or understand other traditions from within itself, there really is no need to borrow so liberally from other traditions just because you want an exotic flavor in your own work.
“what happens when you summon hermes” — I wouldn’t know, since I don’t make it a habit to summon or conjure gods. I invoke them and call upon them and invite them to be with me or to help me, but I don’t conjure them in the way I conjure an angel. That seems presumptuous of me, especially since Hermes is usually pretty busy and comes at his leisure and choice rather than my forceful summons.
“what spirit should be my first conjuration?” — Personally, I suggest a spirit close to you. Land spirits of places you frequent often, such as a park or an office building, or even your own home, are fantastic. Ancestor spirits and people from whom you’re descended are also easy to come in contact with, and being their progeny, you already have an in with them that makes for an easy contact. If you want to go with angels, I suggest Uriel, not just because Uriel was the first angel I went with, but because Uriel is the angelic king associated with Earth, and thus the angel closest to humanity and the world we live in. The important thing is to not reach too far, but to pick something easy and relatively safe for conjuration so that you begin to get the feel for what feels right in a context like that.
“how to position candles when conjuring a seal” — I’m not sure about the positioning, but I’m rather more intrigued by your attempt to call forth marine mammals into being with magic. Seals can be a very good source of fragrance and fuel materials, to be sure.
“was pope gregory or psuedo dionys first wirh archangel names” — Neither, actually. There are references to seven archangels, and archangels generally, that predate Pope Gregory and Pseudo-Dionysus the Areopagite by centuries. We find Michael in the Book of Daniel and Raphael in the Book of Tobit, and we find more extensive archangel names in the Books of Enoch, all of which were written long before the births of Greg or P.-D.
“wiccan language” — You mean English?
“summoning ghost rituals aaaaaaaaaa” — Dude, it’s not that scary. Relax.
“sigils greek gods” — The Greek gods don’t really have seals or sigils of their own; they simply weren’t worked with like that, and the use of seals is very much a later thing. We find the use of barbarous words of power and celestial characters in magical writings from the PGM, sure, but nothing like a “seal” like what’s given in the Lemegeton Goetia. Rather, the Greek gods were usually called upon and prayed to, perhaps using a statue or other sacred image of them as a focus.
“occultic gay love bonding” — I’m game for it; I’m always for using magic for getting laid and getting paid, and all the better if you live happily ever after. Thing is, since most people are straight, most magic is, too. Doesn’t mean that queer/gay/trans/agender magic is wrong or trivial, though, though it is hard to come by. There’s one spell from olden times I know of specifically for male-male love, but that’s about it. Generally speaking, any romance or love spell you can think of will work as well for same-sex or agendered relationships as it would for different-sex relationships. However, if that ritual uses very gendered elements (one partner has High John the Conqueror root and one partner has Queen Elizabeth root, or there’s some combination of a phallus and vagina candle), you may want to change those as desired for the proper effect.
“kybalion is male focused” — Ugh. The Kybalion is hardly focused at all, and among modern texts, it’s basically swill. If your only issue with the Kybalion is that it tends to focus on men or masculinity (I guess?), then you need to get out more or read more texts, because there are many more problems in the Kybalion than just that.
FYI…We know that Gerald Gardner used Theban for marking Wiccan jewelry. If you define Wicca, as I do, as starting with Gardner and his buddies, then that answers when it was adopted in Wicca.