In my previous blog on the Syrian Refugee crisis, I proposed resorting to Sorcery to find out what the best solution ought to be. This naturally leads to the question: can Magic be used to put such a solution into effect?
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News today that some scientists have theorised we may be living in The Matrix. This is based on the idea that the fact that cosmic rays always hit earth with a specific maximum energy of 1020 electron-volts, this somehow implies that this limit is controlled from outside by mysterious beings who are running this Universe as a simulation.
However: just as Neo and his friends had the Agents called Smith, Jones and Brown to spoil their fun, so we have Agents of our own called Thomas Bayes and Pierre Laplace! I.e. in all their theorising, the scientists have not once accounted for how probable it is that these results can also be explained by the Universe not being a simulation.
Nevertheless, this has prompted me to write an occultist’s explanation of the whole deal. The Matrix has been described as a parable of Gnosticism in the past: however, this is a rather superficial analysis. In actual fact, the viewpoint of the fictional millieu evolves from a Gnostic to a Neo-Platonic setting as the Trilogy progresses – as I shall explain below.
The basic premise of Gnosticism is that humans are enslaved within the material universe, which is a prison. The ultimate aim of existence is therefore to defeat the spiritual forces which are enslaving us, escape from the material universe, and re-take our place in the “real” or Spiritual Universe.
At once there are some immediate parallels with The Matrix, to wit:
|The Architect is the Demiurge, the creator of the material universe, and hence ultimately responsible for enslaving humankind.|
|The Agents are the Archons, who actively work to prevent us breaking out of the material universe.|
|The Oracle is Sophia.|
|Neo is the Logos, who helps us poor souls break out.|
|The Red Pill is Gnosis, the key whereby to achieve spiritual freedom.|
|Zion is the Pleroma, the real Universe where everybody is free.|
However, this straightforward correlation to Gnosticism was complicated – along with most other things in the Trilogy – by Matrix:Re-Loaded and Matrix:Revolutions. The main problem is the concept of the existence of rogue sentient programs such as The Merovingian and his chums, the Key-Maker, Seraph etc – and ultimately Agent Smith himself. These characters – who exist within the Matrix, but are independent of the forces controlling it and thus follow their own agendas – don’t really have parallels in Gnosticism – but they do in certain Neo-Platonic frameworks.
The Oracle remarks in the second film that these entities are in fact left-overs from previous versions of the Matrix. This basically mirrors the cosmological view espoused by Martinez De Pasqually – the founder of the Elu Cohens and by extension an inspiration behind Martinism – in his Treatise on the Reintegration of Beings. To wit: the so-called Demons of the material universe are in fact spiritual beings that did not fit in nicely in with previous emanations of the spiritual universe. Thus they were consigned to this universe as a sort of prison.
In the third film, this parallel is taken to its logical conclusion when at the climax, the forces of the Matrix, instead of fighting against Neo and friends, ask Neo to defeat Agent Smith, the quintessential rogue sentient program for them. Neo’s prize for doing so is that the war is ended, those that want to be released from the Matrix are freed, and everyone can now play nicely with each other. This is the scenario envisaged by De Pasqually i.e.
|Neo becomes “Yeheshuah,” the mystical Jesus, sent to save the material universe.|
|The Architect is still a demiurge-type figure – the “Supreme Architect of the Universe” as De Pasqually has it – but now he has become a Neo-platonic demiurge – i.e. one that is willing to be merciful to the souls of the virtuous who are trapped within the material universe.|
|Agent Smith – collectively – represents the various Demons, whom “Yeheshuah” (Neo) has to defeat and drive back to ensure that the inhabitants of the material universe (the Matrix) have the chance to achieve their spiritual potential.|
Thus, the Matrix Trilogy collectively represents a development from Gnosticism in the first film, to Martinez De Pasqually style Neo Platonism in the third film – with the second film being a transitional mish-mash between the two.
Following on from my recent post on the subject, I thought I would present the following. I had previously speculated that the Supreme Banishing Hexagram of Binah Ritual ought to be good enough to get rid of any bloodsucking fiend. I have now come across an authentic Rosicrucian ritual for getting rid of Vampires and the Undead. This is taken from “The Sacramentary of the Rose+Croix” by Robert Ambelain – who implies that this is just the sort of theurgic ritual that would have been undertaken by the Elus Cohens (though I cannot attest to the veracity of this statement).
Exorcism against the dangerous Dead (vampires, ghosts, etc.)
The operator of the Exorcism comes next to the body of the presumed Vampire, sprinkles the tomb with Holy Water, or, if the body is outside the tomb, sprinkles the body itself. Put the blessed Crucifix on the dead’s chest or on the tomb and start the Exorcism.
Almighty God, Word of the Father, Jesus Christ, who gave to the Apostles the power to crush the Snakes and the Scorpions, and to annihilate all effort from the Enemy, You whose Power vanquished Satan and made him fall from the sky as fast as lightning, here I am, trembling and begging, I call Your Holy Name for You to forgive my sins, I, N……., Your servant, and for You to give me the necessary Faith and Power to attack this formidable demon sheltered in Your powerful arm, O You who reigns with God the Father in the unity of the Holy Spirit, now and forever. Amen. +
A Reading from the Holy Gospel according to Saint Matthew, Chapter VIII, 28ff – “When He arrived at the other side of the region of the Gadarenes, two demon-possessed men coming from the tombs met him. They were so savage that no one could pass that way. “What do You want with us, Son of God?” they shouted. “Have you come here to torture us before the appointed time?” Some distance from them a large herd of pigs was feeding. The demons begged Jesus, “If You drive us out, send us into the herd of pigs.” He said to them, “Go!” So they came out and went into the pigs, and the whole herd rushed down the steep bank into the lake, and died in the water.”
Psalm LIXii – “Lord, deliver me from my Enemies and protect me from those who rise up against me! Deliver me from evil-doers and save me from bloodthirsty men. See how they lie in wait for me! Fierce men conspire against me for no offense or sin of mine, O Eternal! I have done no wrong, yet they are ready to attack me… Arise to help me; look on my plight… You, Eternal, God of Armies, God of Israel, rouse Yourself to punish all the Nations, show no mercy to wicked traitors… They return at evening, snarling like dogs and prowl about the city… See what they spew from their mouths, they spew out swords from their lips, and they say, ‘Who can hear us?’ But You, Lord, You laugh at them; You scoff at all those Nations…O my Strength, I watch for You; You, O God, are my fortress, my loving God…God will go before me and will let me gloat over those who slander me.
But do not kill them, O Lord our shield, or my people will forget…In Your might make them wander about and bring them down. For the sins of their mouths, for the word of their lips, let them be caught in their pride…For the curses and lies they utter, consume them in wrath, consume them till they are no more…Then it will be known to the ends of the earth that God rules over Jacob…(Silence).”
“They return at evening, snarling like dogs, and prowl about the city…They wander about for food and howl if not satisfied…But I will sing of Your strength; in the morning I will sing of Your love; for You are my fortress, my refuge in times of trouble. O my strength. I sing praise to You; You, O God, are my fortress, my loving God.”
Psalm XCI – “He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadows of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord: ‘He is my refuge and my fortress, my God in whom I trust.’ Surely He will save you from the fowler’s snare and from the deadly pestilence…He will cover you with feathers and under His wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and your rampart… You will not fear the terror of the night nor the arrow that flies by day nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness, nor the plague that destroys at midday…A thousand may fall at your side, ten thousand at your right hand, but it will not come near you…You will only observe with your eyes and see the punishment of the wicked… If you make the Most High your dwelling – even the Lord who is my refuge – then no harm will befall you, no disaster will come near your tent…
“For He will command His Angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways; they will lift you up in their hands so that you will not strike your foot against a stone…You will tread upon the lion and the cobra; you will trample the great lion and the serpent…’Because he loves me,’ says the Lord, ‘I will rescue him; I will protect him, for he acknowledges My Name. He will call upon me and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him and honour him…With long life will I satisfy him and show him my salvation.”
The Exorcist takes the Sword in his left hand and the Sacramentary in his right.
I beseech you, ancient Serpent, Evil Spirit, Power of Darkness, by the Supreme Judge of the Living and the Dead, by the Creator of the World who has the power to push you to Hell, go away this instant from this human body. He orders you, cursed demon. He is the one who, from the Heavens, pushed you into the abyss of the earth, He commands you! He is the one who has the power to make you fall back. Listen, O Satan, and tremble so that silence accumulates on your head on the great Day of Anger… Get out this instant, vanquished, crawling and adjured in the Name of Our Lord Jesus Christ, who will judge the living and the dead, and who will purify the world with the Fire. Amen. +
The Exorcist “pose l’Epee”, and sprinkles again the new Body, or if it has been exhumed, on the Tomb.
Then you begin the “Our Father”
“Our Father, Who art in Heaven, hallowed be Thy Name, Thy Kingdom come, Thy Will be done on Earth as it is in Heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us, and lead us not into Temptation, but deliver us from Evil. For Thine is the Kingdom, the Power and the Glory forever and ever. Amen.”
Psalm CXXX – “Out of the depths I cry to You, O Lord. Lord, hear my voice! Let Your ears be attentive to my cry for mercy. If You, O Lord, kept a record of sins, O Lord who could stand? But with You there is forgiveness; therefore You are feared. I wait for the Lord, my soul waits, and in His Word I put hope. My soul waits for the Lord more than watchmen wait for the morning. O Israel, put your hope in the Lord, for with the Lord is unfailing love and with Him is full redemption. He himself will redeem Israel from all their sins.”
The Exorcist again takes the Sword in his left hand and the Sacramentary in his right.
“I beseech you again, o you vile Spirit, deceitful Ghost, diabolical Invader, I beseech you + in the Name of Jesus of Nazareth, who, after the baptism of John, was led into the desert where he triumphed over you in your own territory. I beseech you to stop fighting against the one who God has created from the mud of the earth for the honor of His Glory! Make way for + Jesus Christ, who, for this man, spilled his Precious Blood. Make way for + the Holy Spirit, who, through the blessed Apostle Peter + made you fall with Simon the magician, who condemned you in Annanie and Saphire, who beat you through Herod, refusing to honor God, who, through his apostle Paul, plunged you into the darkness of blindness along with the magus Elymas, and who, by the same Apostle, made you go away from Pytonisse + with just one word.
Get out now and + go away, vile impostor. Your journey is the desert and your home is the snake. Here comes the Lord, your ruler, an ardent fire walks before him and his igneous sword springs out of the mouth of the One who must come one day to judge the living and the dead and purify the world with fire. Amen. +
God, who possesses mercy and forgiveness, we beg You for the soul of Your servant, N……. (or Your female servant N…….). Do not give him to the hands of the Enemy nor forget about him but order Your Angels to receive him and lead him to Heaven, his country. May he, after believing in you, not suffer the sorrow of hell but possess eternal joys. Through Jesus Christ Our Lord and Master and through Saint John His servant. Amen. +
God, whose mercy procures rest for the souls of the faithful, deign to bless + this tomb and give Your Holy Angel Doumiel the guard. Freed of all ties with sin, may the souls of all those whose bodies lie here be forever rejoicing with You and Your Saints. Through Jesus Christ Our Lord and Master and through Saint John His servant. Amen. +
The Exorcist puts down the Sword and prepares the Incense which he then blesses. The Exorcist goes around the tomb and the Body by incensing them both. He then says:
Lord, may You visit, we beg of You, this tomb and this human body and chase away all obstacles from the Enemy. May Your Holy Angels guard it, keeping the Peace Your Servants, and may Your Holy Blessing + be always on us and on them. Through Jesus Christ, Our Lord and Master, and through Saint John His servant. +
Lord God Almighty, whose Army of Angels surround with trembling, whose spiritual and ardent service we all know, Lord, may You look and + bless this tomb and this human body so that all evil passion, satanic possession, all murderous and bloody madness disappear and dissipate at the smell of this Incense, and may it have no more hold on Your Creature from now on, sheltered from the bites of the Ancient Snake and redeemed by the Precious Blood of Your Son who lives and reigns with You, God the Father, in the Unity of the Holy Spirit, now and forever. Amen. +
If the Body was in a leaden, wooden, or marble tomb, you then take it from it and the body is put on the soil of the tomb. You remove the wood or the metal which will be afterwards put into the fire.
The Exorcist then blesses a great quantity of salt which is sprinkled on the body.
Blessing of the Salt
I exorcise you, Creature of Salt, + by the Living God + by the True God + by the Holy God + by the God who wanted you to be thrown in the water by the prophet Elisha to heal the sterility of the water so that you become exorcised Salt for the rest and salvation of Believers. From all places where you will be sprinkled may all ghosts, prodigies, evil illusions, tricks, and
all wickedness of Evil Spirits to go away and disappear like all Vile Spirits, conjured in the Name of the One who will come to judge the living and the dead, and purify the world by Fire. Amen.+
Almighty and Eternal God, we humbly implore Your leniency and Your Mercy to bless + and to sanctify + this Creature of Salt which You created for man’s use so that those who will use it obtain the Salvation of the Soul and all which will be touched or impregnated by it be from now on purified of all impurities and of all invasion of the Evil Spirit! Through Jesus Christ Our Lord and Master and through Saint John His servant. Amen. +
The Exorcist sprinkles abundantly the tomb (or the body laying on the ground) and says:
“May this Soul and those of all defunct faithful rest in peace through the Mercy of God. Amen. +
“Lord, grant to them eternal rest…”
“And may the light which is never extinguished shine on them. Amen. +
If the acts of Vampirism were to continue and need to be burned as was done before in Central Europe, here is the blessing of the Fire of the stake:
Blessing of the Fire of Cremation
“Lord God Almighty, whose multitude of adoring and trembling Armies of Angels surround You and obey You spiritually with the ardor of the Fire, Lord, may You look + bless and sanctify this Creature of Fire so that it can devour all evil signs and all material support of the wickedness of the Enemy. May by this Fire all supernatural illnesses and disabilities, all magic, spells, charms, and evil be forever destroyed and disappear, forever removed from Your creatures redeemed by Your Precious Blood, O You, He who lives and reigns with God the Father in the Unity of the Holy Spirit, now and forever. Amen. +
“I thus bless you, Creature of Fire, and I sanctify you in the Name of He who created you and appeared to His servant Moses as a scorching bush. I bless you + I exorcise you + and I conjure + you, O Creature of fire, in the Name of He who made the Earth shake and has the power over all things so that you help me against the dark Spirits who, lifted from the dead to torment the Living, want to destroy in them the Image of He who vanquished and chased them into the Abyss. I thus order you, O Creature of Fire, in the Name of Our Lord Jesus Christ, in the Name of the four Archangels, Michael, Raphael, Gabriel, and Uriel, chase them away and punish them by burning them in the Fire of Hell, a Fire more scorching than sulphur.”
“Lord, may You bless and sanctify this Creature of Fire which is Yours, so that it becomes a Fire devouring the Demons with all their works and evil doings whatever they are, the ones already done or those to be done, may they be consumed, destroyed, and annihilated through these Holy Flames. All those works, all those things, all those spells, and all the power of the demons, in Your name, Lord, I destroy and annihilate them forever. It is why, Lord, we humbly beg Your Almighty Mercy and Your Infinite Kindness to give to this Creature of Fire such a power that not only this Fire bring to the Infernal Spirits the bitter souvenir of their terrible punishment but also because of their persistent stubbornness against You and Your Ministers, he torments them, he exterminates them, and chases them away. I thus bless + and sanctify + this Creature of Fire, in the Name + of the Father and of + the Son and of + the Holy Spirit. Amen. +
You then throw into the Fire the blessed Salt, in four throws, in the shape of a Cross.
March 21st is the Vernal Equinox in those parts of the Northern Hemisphere which lie above the tropical zone – so I shall spend some time analysing how various occult traditions treat this seasonal event.
In Wicca, the Vernal Equinox is celebration of Light. The central part of the ceremonial consists of the following invocation, which the High Priestess recites before a bonfire is lit.
We kindle this fire today
In the presence of the Holy Ones,
Without malice, without jealousy, without envy,
But the High Gods
Thee we invoke, O Light o fLife;
Be thous a bright flame before us,
Be thous a guiding star above us;
Kindle thou within our hearts
A flame of love for our neighbours,
To our foes, to our friends, to our kindred all,
To all men on the broad earth;
O merciful Son of Cerridwen,
From the lowliest thing that liveth
To the Name which is highest of all.
(Source: “What Witches Do,” by Stewart Farrar).
In the Golden Dawn, the Equinox is the time when the old Hierophant steps down, and the new Hierophant is installed. It is also the time when the pass-word for the Equinox has changed. The choice of pass-word is significant, for it represents a Magical Affirmation to inspire and guide the Order for the next six-months. The Equinox ceremony of the Golden Dawn when worked with all the inner magical working, is in fact a magical ceremony to put that Magical affirmation into effect.
It was for this reason that Crowley referred to the reception of the Book of the Law as “the Equinox of the Gods” – because he saw it as a cosmic Equinox ceremony to give effect to the new Word, not of the next six-months, but of the new Aeon, i.e. “Thelema.”
Those of us who are not so much interested in becoming the Magus of a new Aeon as using the Equinox formula in our own workings, may find an insightful analysis of the ceremony in Circles of Power by John Michael Greer.
The final equinox working to which I will briefly refer is that of the Elus Cohens. This was a theurgic order founded by one Martinez De Pasqually in the eighteenth century. It ceased working in the late 18th / early 19th century, but was revived in modern times by Robert Ambelain. Ambelain’s own group was allegedly closed sometime in the late 20th century, although it is within the author’s personal knowledge that the Elu Cohen rituals are still being worked by various people to this day.
The essence of the Elu Cohen Equinox ritual is that it is a great Exorcism rite, designed to banish all evil spirits from this planet. It is in fact quite intense, as it takes five days to complete (i.e. it was worked on five successive nights).