• Prayer to Mary and the Archangel Michael

     

    I will praise Thee, O God, in the sight of Thy Angels.

    O Mary Immaculate, great Queen of Heaven and earth and our gentle advocate, we beg Thee to intercede for us. Pray God to send St. Michael and the holy Angels to ward off all the obstacles contrary to the reign of the Sacred Heart in our souls, our families, our country and in the whole world. And thou, O holy Michael, Prince of the Heavenly hosts, chief among the archons of this world, from our hearts we beg thee to come to our aid. Sovereign Principalities, you who are the Princes of Nations, we beseech you to guard our country effectively, that it may realize God’s designs in its regard. St. Michael, the Archangel, and all ye Holy Angels, protect us in our combats, that we may not perish in the tremendous judgment of God.

    attribtuion unknown, taken from RuneSoup

     

  • With only one or two days where I did not perform the full observance (ok, I think it was three... two days with no prayers, one day that was simply changing the waters, lighting the ancestors flame and offering incense), I've been at this for two weeks tonight.

  • Opening the Temple

  • Kindle the altar flames

    Come, come in peace, oh glorious Eye of Heru.

    Kindle the incense.

    Center and banish.

    Meditate.

    Ring once.

  • I feared the Hekate text might be a little too much, with its reliance on barbarous names; and I was correct.

    I am too self concious with their pronounciations and my link to the goddess to tenuous. I fear this section must be dropped at this time for an observance more personal and with less cognitive overhead.

    The prayer to Mary and Michael is going well and my relationship with Michael seems to be deepening.

    The prayer to Hermes Psycopompos for the dead and its associated elements is promising.

    Ritual structure is suggesting itself, with added elements and flourishes. More work is required.

     

    Inimicus Dei Constituitur

  • I've invoked a few divinities, with varying success. I've created a handful of servitors that more often than not did what they were told. I have never summoned anything, deliberately. I have never attempted to contact an intelligence or other entity, at least not consciously.

  • I'm really digging the approach that Ivy (from http://circlethrice.com) takes. I'm looking at the Hygromanteia material in a whole different way.

  • I had a dream last night, actually it was a nightmare.

  • The 12th letter of the Hebrew alphabet is Lamed; in the Hermetic Kabbalah, its meaning is: ox goad.

  • Working The Headless Rite from the PGM in a time of grief.

    • self
    • not self
    • love
    • union
    • annihilation
  • I recognize that I am taking on some serious flavor from Rune Soup at the moment, but I don't think I can be accused of having taken on a guru. But if it starts to seem that way, please be sure to let me know to find my own rabbit hole, quick.

  • So, in thinking about this, a few other things have occured to me.

    Dreams have been infrequent messengers, but since I was a child, they have loomed large when they have been. To this day, dream work calls to me and it seems to be challenging pursuit. I have experienced at least three lucid dreams, two of which involved flying and only one of which involved the ingestion of psilocibin before hand. Blessed Be Hermes Oneiropompos.

  • This is for my mother in law, who I love dearly even if we rarely see eye-to-eye and have a tendency to drive each other crazy.

    After nearly twenty years with my partner, she asked me yesterday: do you believe in God? It was a bad place and time for the question, and I didn't handle it well (blame the shooting pains in my shoulder and arm if you will, it'd be a nice out for me if not an honest one), starting down the road of what I don't believe instead of what I do believe.  Never a good way to begin, nor to win friends.

    So, here's a distillation of what I believe.

    • I do indeed believe in God; several in fact.
    • I believe in God the unknowable, the ineffable spark of all life and creation.
    • I believe in The God and The Goddess, our Divine Parents... the first division of the ineffable spark, the dynamic opposites of Male and Female, Positive and Negative that the Universe shows us are the basic building blocks of all things.
    • I believe that the Divine has many names, wears many faces; that it exists within all things, and especially within us, Their Children.
    • I find the Divine in the World and Universe around me, and also in the deep, still spaces within.
    • I believe that the Names by which I call the Divine were revealed to me for a reason: Hermes/Thoth, Isis and Osiris, Horus.

    That's just a list of things... it barely touches upon what moves me. I pray, not every day, but I pray.  Most often I pray to Holy Mother Isis, because I have felt Her wings about me in times of need and genuine despair. When She moves within me, I am a better person.

    In the end, the fundamentals of what I believe are not so different, really, from that espoused by the Christian faiths. We have many things in common, and hold many of the same things in esteem. We call The Divine by different names, and outwardly worship in different ways, but we're really not that much different.