Tools on the Table

So, I have this nifty Table of Manifestation as a result of my ceremonial magic work, specifically under the tutelage of Fr. Rufus Opus and his Red Work series of courses.  A recent photo of it shows the tools on the Table: the four elemental weapons (pentacle, chalice, sword, and wand), representatives of the four elemental angels (four amethyst crystals in the Platonic solid forms assigned to each element), and the seven planetary talismans (one for each of the seven traditional planets), with a space in the middle to act as a focus.  An incense burner and consecrated candle are also present.

However, neither RO nor any other source I could find showed how to actually use the tools.  It all seems to act as a general layout to form a ritual space incorporating the forces a Renaissance Neoplatonic Hermetic magician might work with, and it all seemed kinda mish-mashed and jumbled together.  Until now.

Based on reading my friend’s post about orgone generators and Babalon matrices, it turns out he incorporated a technology called a crystal grid.  Basically, it’s a set of crystals linked up to each other energetically to form a cohesive unit of magical power for a certain task.  The crystal grid was overlaid with the Babalon matrix to generate a more powerful field, but the crystal grid works well on its own.  Interestingly, he says that the components of the grid need not be crystals, or even stones; he says that any object that can hold a (magical?) charge can work, from crystals to ritual weapons to pieces of driveway gravel and twigs.  And, boy howdy, do these things on my Table of Manifestation ever have a charge.

So, my idea was to use the same technique for the crystal grid and Babalon matrix to link up the tools on my Table of Manifestation, to turn the many into one coherent unit.  However, this is a fairly advanced layout, with several “layers”: the elemental angels, the elements themselves, and the planets.  Further, the Babalon matrix or crystal grid relies on a focus stone or object; however, the focus here is simply the center of the altar, which is empty unless actively being used to charge or work on something.  Using the original altar layout designed by Fr. RO, I came up with the following scheme to link the layers up:

  1. If desired, put a focus stone or object of intent/Will in the center
  2. Trace: Center → Crystal of Auriel → Center→ Pentacle →Center
  3. Trace: Center → Crystal of Gabriel → Center→ Chalice →Center
  4. Trace: Center → Crystal of Raphael → Center→ Sword →Center
  5. Trace: Center → Crystal of Michael → Center→ Wand →Center
  6. Trace: Center → Talisman of the Moon → Center
  7. Trace: Center → Talisman of Mercury → Center
  8. Trace: Center → Talisman of Venus → Center
  9. Trace: Center → Talisman of the Sun → Center
  10. Trace: Center → Talisman of Mars → Center
  11. Trace: Center → Talisman of Jupiter → Center
  12. Trace: Center → Talisman of Saturn → Center
  13. Repeat steps 2 through 12 until a sufficient link is present between the tools
  14. Input of energy, drawing from the (lit) consecrated candle into the center

This setup, used in conjunction with the Alignment of Forces ritual (done before the linking?), will probably sate my need for a coherent setup and “fix” for the Table.  In this case, the Alignment ritual would give a good, solid charge with the individual tools, then to the set of tools as a whole; following this by setting up the grid between the tools would snap them all into place, as it were.  For inserting or charging something in the focus, I’d probably just forgo the Alignment ritual (unless it’s just time for that anyway) and link everything to the focus object.

Alignment Ritual, First Observations

At the behest and urging of my genius, who got on my case tonight about not being active enough while we were chatting during our semi-regular weekly conjuration, he told me to do the Alignment of Forces Ritual I wrote up a while back.  Despite writing it, I haven’t yet had a chance to do it, either to the recent Thanksgiving stuff or general life/business/laziness.  So I caught up on the last few things I hadn’t memorized yet, did a bit of prep, and performed the ritual.

It worked, whatever it was supposed to do.  I didn’t have any expectations of what would happen or how I would feel after doing this, though I had a few guesses.  It was partially modeled on the banishing ritual Frater RO instructs in his Black Work course, as well as a general invocation of all the spirits and forces of the world.  Based on that, I figured it’d have part of the cleansing aspect (“remove from me all defilement, all impurity, all deficiency, all excess…wash me, cleanse me, fill me…”) of a banishing ritual as well as a sort of centering or empowering thing.  After the ritual, I feel…I dunno.  The closest way to describe it is like a good story at its closing, with all the loose ends tied up and everything laid down well to move on.  I don’t feel more complete or full or aware, but I feel more here-ish, more power-ish.  It’s like someone who just recently discovered how real the world is outside a cave they’ve been in for a long time and how much they can actually feel.  It’s like feeling bright.  I wish I had some of the powers of my wordsmith friends to describe this better than I am, but whatever.

As a side result, I’m wondering what the hell I’m doing on the Internet (besides writing this up).  It’s not that I feel suddenly more authoritative or responsible, but I do feel more okay with things, like whatever plan’s been set down I’m on the way to carry it out.  I guess that alignment thing worked.

A few notes on the ritual itself:

  • Do it many times, at least once a week, if not several times a week.  Prep more, learn more of the spirit names and names of the forces in the other languages by heart so I don’t have to keep peeking at a cheatsheet.
  • Change the positions of the hands a bit.  Holding the right hand aloft with the left over the altar was decent at first, but not after having all the spirits present and asking them for help.
  • While calling on the spirits, I felt more and more eyes watching me, more presences around me in the air.  After the conjuration of the Saturnine spirits, the air around me was almost buzzing with activity, it felt like.
  • Visualizing the elemental tools as emanating their elements themselves instead of “soft light” (the wand sending off fire instead of a soft red light) is a better practice.  Let the sublunar forces be a little more concrete than the supralunar ones.
  • Let the forces of the elements and planets really work on you, let them really get at you.  Let them first quicken and empower the tools and talismans themselves first, then let them do the same to you.