Seems like I got a fair bit accomplished since my last post. Guess I triggered some change for a good effect, or something. I had a few worries that the hurricane that swept up the east coast would interfere with a few of my plans, but yeah, no. I should keep this advice in mind when it comes to interpreting weather news. Also, Mercury went direct again! He’ll be back up to speed in early September, if you’re curious. And now for the updates:
- As part of my making a working magician’s altar, I’m making a series of planetary talismans, one for each of the seven traditional planets. It’s an awesome project, though it’s taking its own sweet time: each talisman needs to be made in its proper planetary day and hour, which yields three or four hours, one hour at a time, one day a week, for each talisman. Each talisman is a small wood disk engraved via woodburning with the planet’s symbol and its seals along with its angel’s name and his seal (those last two are from the Magical Calendar and Heptameron). The engravings are filled with gold leaf, and a small hole in the bottom of each talisman is filled with the planet’s proper metal (lead for Saturn, a copper nail for Venus, etc.). I’ve got only Mars and the Moon talismans to fill with metal, and afterward need to apply finish to all of them and consecrate them, which will involve calling up the planetary angels for the first time. Lessons learned from this project: don’t try to nail too many things into the same block of wood at once, silver’s really hard to melt down with a propane torch, and if 5′ of gold wire costs only $20, it’s probably not gold.
- I put up two new pages under the Rituals menu: Writing a Defixio, on the writing of binding spells and curse tablets such as those found across the classical Mediterranean and European world; and my complete (but probably crappy) translation of the Planetary Conjurations from the Munich Manual, complete with illustrations. That said, that whole section from the Munich Manual was basically lifted wholesale from the Heptameron, so, whatever. And my parents said that Latin would never be useful for me.
- I conjured Michael again and the Elemental Prince Oriens for the first time last week so I could go through the last of the elemental initiations. Alas! Oriens turned me down, saying that I wasn’t yet ready. Michael suggested that I talk to my natal genius first in order to find out more about my true will and cause for doing all this occult stuff, with the suggestion that understanding why I’m doing this will make my drive to do it all that much stronger. Also, this time talking with Michael, things were much cooler than the time before: the first time I conjured Michael, it was a really intense experience, but I had also been building up for that in every possible fiery way I could imagine. Apparently, it’s much more in tune and harmonic usually, but still wiped me out (or burnt me out, if you will).
- Also as part of this stage of my Work, I had to conjure the other princes of the elements, the nasty demonic ones whose names are Samael, Azazel, Azael, and Mahazael. I conjured the archangels to bring them to me, then I sealed them up on pieces of paper bound in black thread and sealed up in little tea tins taped shut. This is to keep their influence out of my life, and things have felt kind of clearer and a little easier since I started doing this, though that may be entirely psychological (what isn’t, when it comes to magic?). It’s not the sturdiest of prisons, but it’ll do for now. Once I finish the planetary talismans, I’ll redo the prisons, time permitting. Bee tee dubs, those are some spiteful, hateful things. I can’t remember the last time I shivered at that sort of emotion so deeply before. Since then, however, things have felt…I dunno. More relaxed, calm, smoother, even though nothing has explicitly turned out for the better. No complaints, though.
- After chatting with the four archangels, they helped me out by agreeing to come to my aid if I called on them by name outside of a proper conjuration. The conjuration helps forge a stronger connection, but when I don’t have the materia or time, asking for their help with a small oration will suffice. Nifty!
- After my chalice shattered by my own hand after the oh-so-horrible earthquake aftermath last week, I went shopping and got a simple but pretty (and much sturdier and shorter) glass goblet. I conjured up Gabriel the next day and had his help to consecrate this new cup for my altar, and now all is right with the world. Or getting there, at least.
- Along with my new chalice, I bought some asafoetida powder from an Indian store. Asafoetida, also called hing or Devil’s dung, is a powerful herb related to Saturn and Mars, and can curse, uncurse, or banish. That said, now I know why people think Indian food stinks, and my whole house smells like ass forever. Such sadness.
- It turns out there’s a decent Saturn election next month (Saturday, September 17, 2011 at 2:29 p.m. EDT where I live), when Saturn will have an essential dignity of +8 (If I did my math correctly). I’m taking advantage of that to make a decent Saturn talisman for myself and to get some experience in astrological magic. The whole process will be pretty involved, but I’ve already gotten the basic steps done of making a base lead disc for the talisman and planning out the design. I’m pretty excited since, according to a natal reading from Chris Warnock at Renaissance Astrology, a talisman of Saturn is highly recommended for myself. As part of this upcoming ritual, I’m also making a wooden kamea of Saturn, which should be done this coming weekend.
- I’m restarting the practice of a weekly divination. I’m out of practice with geomancy and I really need to pick my skills back up, so I’m going to try to get a weekly and monthly divination up again. I’ll try to remember to note my results on this blog, just for reference’s sake.