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A Method of Vibrating Adonai Ha-Aretz To Unite Yourself with your Personal Kether

This is a follow up to my previous blog post, Golden Dawn Manuscripts and Where To Find Them. Your Humble Blogmaster, and basset-hound of all things GD, has found yet another cache of original Golden Dawn manuscripts, i.e. in addition to the one which I said its owner did not want publicised. This new cache, however, is reasonably accessible to the public – it is also at a venue that I happened to mention in passing the last time – the Library and Museum of Freemasonry at Freemasons’ Hall in London.

It hasn’t been hidden away at Great Queen Street all this time, it was actually purchased by them in 2008 (I would not be surprised one bit if it is Bob Gilbert’s old hoard). It has only just been catalogued in the past few weeks – i.e. since I first wrote my original blog post. Most of the papers, from my initial perusal, appear to be from the collection of the Reverend Ayton, who was amongst the very first members of Isis Urania temple. Ayton, an alchemist who had briefly met Eliphas Levi many years earlier, became a 5=6 in the original order, and stayed with Isis Urania after the split, becoming a member of Waite’s Holy Order of the Golden Dawn.

As you might expect, the contents of most of the documents have found their way into the public light by other routes, although there are a few rare gems. By way of example, I present the following ritual, which to my knowledge has never before been published. There is a saying in the Golden Dawn – “Invoke the Highest, First.” In this spirit I present the following: the first goody to be revealed from the archives at Great Queen Street is an invocation of the Highest, a ritual of pure Theurgy. It is a particular method of vibrating “Adonai Ha-Aretz” which was distributed to advanced members of the 5=6 Adeptus Minor grade. NB: This is substantially different from the method mentioned in Regardie’s “The Golden Dawn” ! It is, however, similar to a document in the other archives to which I have had access.

Unfortunately I don’t have a facsimile of the ritual. When I asked about making a copy, I was informed that they don’t do photocopies – as this damages the books. They can arrange to make digital photographs of the pages, but this is charged at the rate £2.50 per image (+ £1 for burning it to CD-Rom). Hence the ritual I present below, which was two pages long, would have cost £6 (I didn’t have any change on me at the time when I had a look at it). NB the National Library of Ireland charges similar rates for making facsimiles, which is why Yeats’ papers are not more widely known.

Hence I will have to rely on my notes which I made.

Pay attention – it’s the Scholarly Bit!

The ritual is hand-written on both sides of a sheet of foolscap octavo, which on the front bears a hexagram device in the top-left corner. It is illustrated through at key points in the text with pencil line-drawings. It is bound with other papers of different handwriting in a volume called “Grade of Geburah etc,” which despite its name contains just two documents relating to the 6=5 of the Holy Order of the Golden Dawn, whilst the rest are mainly Adeptus Minor documents of the original order, along with some miscellaneous items.

The hand-writing itself is very neat. I was not able to make a comparison with any known handwriting samples to establish precisely who copied or wrote it. The only thing I can definitely say that it wasn’t Wynn Westcott! Doubtless it would be possible to work out who did it simply by spending more time studying it.

The Ritual Itself

First clear the room with the Banishing Ritual of the Pentagram.

Stand in the form of a cross. Say I N R I

YOD NUN RESH YOD*

Alex’ note: in the original this is written in Hebrew, right to left.

Virgo Isis Mighty Mother

Scorpio Apophis and Typhon Destroyer

Sol Osiris slain and risen

Isis Apophis Osiris. IAO

The Sign of Osiris Slain.

L the sign of Isis mourning.

V the sign of Apophis and Typhon.

X the sign of Osiris Risen.

Alex’ note: the above lines are each accompanied by a miniature line drawing demonstrating the signs of an Adeptus Minor. Think of a stick-figure wearing a tau-robe and you get the idea. Interestingly, the “L” is not a straight-armed “L” as given in Regardie’s books, but more of a crooked-arm swastika-like arrangement demonstrated by Crowley in the plates that accompany “Magick in Theory and Practice.” I.e. from the sign of Osiris slain, turn the right arm straight up at the elbow, and the left arm straight down from the left elbow.

L V X Lux the light of the Cross.

Trace the Rose-Cross in the four cardinal points.

Alex’ note: Here there is an illustration of the Rose-cross. Note that the ritual clearly says the “four cardinal points,” not the cross-quarters – thus differentiating it from the more well-known Rose Cross Ritual. Thence over to page 2…

Formulate whilst facing the East before you in flashing white brilliance:

Illustration from the ritual - Adonai Ha-Aretz formulated in flashing white brilliant letters. Recreated from memory. (c) Alex Sumner 2010

Alex’ note: The word Formulate conceals far more than it reveals. As a magician I would guess this means vibrate “Adonai Ha-Aretz” by the vibratory formula of the Middle Pillar 16 times – once for each letter of the cruciform version of the divine name. However – and note well – this is not indicated in the text.

Attach yourself to your Kether until you see brilliant white light.

Alex’ note: The ritual ends with a sketch of an Adept standing in the sign of Osiris slain, a globe of brilliance immediately above his head (i.e. Kether).

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The Tools of an Adeptus Minor

When one becomes an Adeptus Minor in the Golden Dawn, one is suddenly faced with the fact that there is an awful lot of amount of paraphernalia that one is supposed to acquire. E.g.:

  • A white robe;
  • A yellow and white striped nemyss;
  • A Lotus Wand;
  • A Sword (the Sword of Geburah);
  • A Rose-Cross Lamen;
  • The Four elemental implements –
    • The Fire Wand
    • The Cup of Water
    • The Air Dagger
    • The Pentacle of Earth

I recently totted up how much it would cost to buy this lot online from various magickal suppliers – it came to about £400 (about $560 or more). Not good.

Then I tried looking into the matter. The fact is that through a combination of carefully searching the internet, thinking laterally, searching through various local shops and DIY, it is possible to slash these costs by 90% or so.

Take for example the acquiring of the white robe. A white tau robe is otherwise known as an “alb.” From a certain occult supplier, this would cost £52. From a church supplier it would cost £72. However, a white-coloured Arabic Thobe costs around £10.

An even better example is the Rose-Cross Lamen. It is apparently possible to buy a very finely made version in wood and in all the proper colours for around £100, which at least does have a high degree of workmanship. Yours truly on the other hand created one from materials costing around £10 from a local artists’ supplies shop.

The Fire Wand caused me some difficulty. After deciding that trying to stuff a length of coathanger wire down a bamboo cane is ultimately futile, I discovered that there is such a thing as “air drying clay” which is again available from my local artists’ supplies shop. Hence I hit upon the idea of moulding fire wand from the clay around the wire core. Result: the cost of materials, about £5, whereas to buy a fire wand would be about £50 or more.

Incidentally: there is an easy way to come up with a magnetised core for one’s Fire Wand. It involves coiling a length of wire as many times as possible around the length of the assembled wand, and connecting the ends to a battery (via a 1000 Ohm resistor, so it does not short out), for a brief period. You have in effect created an electromagnet, with the Wand’s steel core becoming the solenoid in the middle. After extracting the wand from the electromagnet you will find the core remains magnetised. Again, the cost of assembling such an electromagnet is just a couple of quid from a store that sells electronic components.

I admit to some luck – or was it? – in finding my sword, in that there was a local second hand shop in which I managed to find a pair of display swords going for a mere tenner.

The Pentacle of Earth was the cheapest of all, because by now I had accumulated enough material from my local artists’ supplies shops that I was able to make it out of left-overs.

So – by searching around carefully enough it is possible to create all of your own magical accoutrements for a fraction of the cost of if you were to buy them outright. You may need to borrow equipment, such as a soldering iron, sewing machines, etc. The main cost to you is your own time – it might take you several weekends to get it all done, assuming you do not do it whilst on holiday.

Finally, I would like to leave you with this link, which details how to make your own nemyss: http://www.geocities.com/lvx_120/nemyss.html

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