Monday, December 2, 2013

Sigil Magic Agent: Sigil RingDex

Well I have not written a blog in a while, because well... I have no excuse.. well I did get really busy.  Gmat and all.

Here is a simple technique of Sigil magic that works great with a 2 dollar product called a Ringdex from Mead.  I just saw these in the store, and knew it could be great.    First, there is a lined side and a blank side.  Get two Ringdexes.  Ringdexes have 80 notecards.  Now, in the first book write down 80 intentions.

Sigils are a common enchantment technique.  A simple Google search will provide tons of information on how.  Now, I like Gordon's Shoaling technique over at  I disagree with him about the note taking, but it is solid none the less.  This is not exactly what I will present here, but I like it none the less.

Intention Hints
A couple hints on intentions. (I wrote a few chapters on this in Hands-On Chaos Magic: Reality Manipulation through the Ovayki Current, which is a pretty good book, if I do say so.)  You can choose any intentions, and you do not have to know how the magic would manifest.  An intention is what you want, want to happen, or something you are trying to bring into your life.

Classically, magicians often write "It is my Will that X should happen" or that "It is my Will that I shall have Y within Z time".  The "It is my Will" construction is clearly a Thelemic construction that involves several definitions and study.  If fully internalized, the Sigil becomes a vector and a re-affirmation of Will.  To really make this work with it's full potential, one has to study a little Thelema, LHP or other Will based philosophy.  Sigils will still work, but it can work better!

  1. When writing out intentions, write the wording with ACTION, as if something has already happened.  For example, I have $200 extra dollars on July 20
  2. Avoid Negative constructions,  such as I do not want this to happen... rephrase for what you do want.
  3. Avoid ambiguous words such , May...want, might, or other terrible words.

So eighty pages means, 80 different enchantments.  Now, this is a great time to use Gordon's technique of Shoaling - which is to choose micro-intentions that are related.  Think of of it as small enchantments linked together like a Sigil school of fish.  Of course, you can do normal enchantments for, you know, stuff.  :)

In your first Ringdex, write down all the intentions.  Translate  them to Sigils; the Sigils go into the second Ringdex. I prefer to use both into an artistic and Mantra Sigil.  I already wrote this all down, once before, yep in Hands-On Chaos Magic: Reality Manipulation through the Ovayki Current, but here it is! :)  You can find multiple Sigil examples online too, but here's some screen shots from my book.  Put all the Sigils and Mantras on the unlined side of the RingDex.

Visual Sigil Magic

Mantra Sigil

Generally, I recommend doing a divination on the finished Sigil and Mantra, just to make sure I got a Glyph and Mantra that will work for my purpose.  Put the Sigils in the second Ringdex, in the same order as the intentions.   Of course, you could do less then the 80 seals.  :)  Give your intention journal to a good friend, have them watch the changes in your life; which conveniently means you'll lose the intentions relatively quickly.
Ki'a Dragon, over at, has started converting the non-duplicate words to Hexcode.  That's working well for him.  You could do all sorts of Sigil conversions from graphing them, much like the Rose Cross Methodology, to a hole bunch of different techniques.  I still prefer the Spare method, I feel like I am doing art.

Now, it would be great if a RingDex had a bunch of micro-enchantments ala Gordon, but there is no reason why you couldn't have multiple general vectors or a whole bunch of normal sized enchantments.

Casting the Sigils

Hands On chaos Magic has tons of ways to cast them.  I know some authors, like Josh Wetzel, were big on the idea that repetitive gnosis becomes less effective, but I have not in research found this to be the case.  In fact,  straight hard Mantra/Meditation seems to work alot of the time.  I will layer those operations with NLP anchors to deep hypnotic states, breathing and altar construction.   Those techniques are in the book.

So using FREE materials on the blog: here's how I would do this for a RingDex. (Which mind you, I have multiple ways of doing this... but this is how I would do it now.)

  1. Do this Chakra Meditation HARD, or Listen to this MP3
  2. I flip through the RingDex using the lined side,  aka the side without the seals (remember your friend has the intentions).  Pick a seal based solely on what position you "feel is best" since you aren't really looking at the seal.    Make sure to pick a Sigil with card that has no date on it.  
  3. Do a simple divination (One card, Obi, Coin flip).  
  4. If the divination comes out well, write the date on the top line with a silly smiley or something.  I write the date, and have smiley stickers.  If the divination turns out badly, pick a different seal (without looking at the seals) in the RingDex.
  5. Turn the page over to the unlined side with the seal.  Personally, I keep doing the Mantra slowly (7 seconds inhale, 7 seconds vibrating out loud the Mantra) while staring at and redrawing the seal, focusing on it becoming "real" until you have a Kundalini response or some other clear body response.  I always get a body response.  I try to go into that body response as hard as I can, then release.   If you are using some NLP anchors to deepen trance states, it probably will take 10 minutes, maybe 20.
  6. Repeat steps 2-5 as many times as you can in a sitting. (AKA pack in as many seals as you can.)
  7. Usually, to end I like doing the Chakra work again, but lots of people just bust out laughing.
  8. Keep coming back to the RingDex as you have time, casting all the seals.
The randomness of the choices allows for a type of divination effect to account for timing effects. Packing the seals in also confuses and helps with the desire of a result. Really done this way, I mostly agree with Gordon that its unneeded to destroy the seals, but one should not go back to the Sigils either after they are cast.   What this does allow, is for a friend to verify your success rate, by observing your life, and you can do the same for them.  I believe this is critically important.   Second, regardless of what you are doing the Sigils for, MAKE sure to actually DO so.  Now my method of deep breathing is highly meditative.  Really, like I said, my Hands On Chaos Magic has a bunch of different methods.  Sure you could do this seething, with sex, really whatever you want.
The Holy RingDex

Now, like the 30 day challenges of magic, this shit changes quite a bit in your life!   I can not stress this enough, make sure you take all the physical steps, and make sure to pursue all your physical vectors as well.  Have Fun.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Ritual of the Shining Beacon II : Haniel Purification of the Heart


This ritual combines some elements of Aggripa's Three Books of Occult Philosophy, some aspects of ceremonial magic (from High Magic), and of course Hands On Chaos Magic techniques.

This is a further explanation of the Ritual of the Shining Beacon, originally posted here, within the context of a purely Haniel ritual. With the addition of materials to understand the LBRP, this can be performed exactly as written with no further extrapolation or ritual design.

From the Original Framework = “This ritual involves multiple steps. The first step depends on the practitioner's known paradigm(s). This ritual serves to cause a spiritual transformation that allows the ritual participants to alter their 'spiritual DNA' to become resistant to the overall environmental and societal dread and spiritual malaise that seems to be seeping into many of our realities and practices. This ritual will accomplish that through extensively tested and channeled sources of information along with various tested mechanisms. For those of you who require this sort of a ritual (and I encourage you to give it a try, as it is a powerful cleansing and empowering ritual) changing the components of your 'spiritual DNA' allows you to start to transform the world around you in a positive and healing way. For many of the rest of us, this simply will help remove the effects of this malaise/dread on our own psyche.”

First, I have to state that this is a ritual inspired by ceremonial magic.  I am a Houngan, sorceror, and chaos magician who happens to like ceremonial magic but I am not bound by the rigidness of that system.  This ritual represents a well tested system of planetary magic and a reduction of complexity that combines Aggripa, the Hexagram Ritual, and other planetary magic into a streamlined set of rituals for any planet.  I have repeatedly been asked to publish this, and will in the next few months on Lulu.  Disclaimer aside, here is the ritual.

Materials needed:

  • TV Dinner Table (or a Full Table)
  • White Cloth
  • Green Ribbon (optional)
  • Venus Oil, Venusian Planetary Incense.
  • 7 Tumbled Rose Quartz or Tumbled Emeralds (optional)
  • 7 Green Candles + 7 tapers
  • (or 7 Green Tea Light Holders With 7 Tea Lights)
  • Censer
  • Crystal Goblet (or Similar Fine Glass)

TEA Components:

  • Lavender 1 pt
  • Sage 0.5 pt
  • Spearmint 1.5 pt
  • Rose Hips 1 pt
  • Licorice 1 pt
  • Honey (sweeten to taste, organic or wild preferred)
  • Chamomile 1 pt or Orange Peel 1pt

Building the Altar

Picture of a possible Venus Connection Altar.

Cleanse the TV tray or table with some Florida water (or purify it in your own way).  Cover the table with a white cloth.  Shiny is better.  Decorate the altar with emerald green ribbon in a way that looks appealing to you.  I have found it helpful to paint the hexagram and inner core with emerald/green paint with the Venusian symbol and use the hexagram as space to do the work.  Above is a suggested layout.  The Ya Me O Ta U is where you should put the seal of the intelligence for the cleansing.

Each green sphere represents a different set of supplies depending on how many supplies you have.  At the minimum, for this ritual, I would tell you to get 7 green candles (emerald are even better), and dress them with Venus oil. Position the candles around the hexagram as indicated in the picture.  I have 7 green tea light holders which are crystal like and give off a green glow.  These work exceptionally well.   This will serve as a guideline to building the altar in more ways.  Place the alchemical seal of Venus outside of each candle facing outward, so the people looking inward can see the symbol.

Symbol of Venus

Try to make these 7 as pretty as you can.  People using tapers, may feel it effective to decorate the candles with this symbol.

Inside the outer ring of candles, place 7 seals of the Planetary Intelligence.  Although some books will correspond the Planetary Intelligence to the Planetary Archangel, in my experience doing the magic, I do not.  I see the Planetary Intelligence as a live-wire of the evolutionary and most beneficial aspects of the planetary vibration. I have found that working with the Planetary Intelligences and spirits as waveforms instead of a personality to be extremely beneficial and helpful, rather than attempting a personification of the Intelligences into what would traditionally be called a spirit.  Treat the Planetary Intelligence as a live-wire of planetary energy, and you can do amazing things with them.

Each seal should be hand draw on nice paper. I love to have emerald ink on light shiny green paper.  Try to make this as nice as possible. Place the seals outward, toward the people viewing them.  Place the Seal with the name of the Planetary Intelligence.

Planetary Intelligence of Venus

You should place the crystal goblet or glass with fresh water on top of the planetary symbol of Venus at the center of the hexagram.  I have found it useful to add some rose water to the glass, as it helps carry the vibration further.  You should place the censer or cauldron underneath the table.

Under the table, start some Venusian Planetary Incense.  Your own personal blend can be made by doing research on Venusian herbs and oils.  But if you ask me, I will fess up.

If you have the available resources, I have found it helpful to place down seven rose quarts, or emeralds around the inner edges of the 7 seals of the planetary intelligence. If you do this, you should oil the stones.  Although the proper color of stone is green for Venus, rose quartz seems to work exceptionally well to help amplify the vibration.

It is very helpful if there are the available resources, for each person to be wearing white robes with green accents.  This only helps create the vibration and is a further sleight of mind trick to create a vibrational shift and is not strictly needed (See Hands On Chaos Magic for more detailing on other ritual theatrical techniques). It is helpful, time and resources permitting, to take a cleansing bath.  Again your local occult or pagan store should have some baths created on the point of Venus. However, I am available to create a customized and personalized bath blend for you that would arrive fully charged and fully empowered.  Contact me at for pricing and availability.  Each bath will contain detailed instructions on how to use them.    Now continuing.......

"Ya Me O Ta U", Make sure to hand draw this on Green paper, preferably with dark green ink, with light green shiney paper.  Scrying sigils from Hands On Chaos Magic.

Ritual Procedure

Perform the Lesser Banishing Ritual of the Pentagram.  This can be found in (Insert link for High Magic).  I went into extensive details on how I perform the lesser banishing ritual of the pentagram on this web site Instead of visualizing the hexagram around you, imagine the hexagram above and below you in a column of light that extends to infinity in both directions. Once the Hexagram and column of light are established, move to the next step.  A version of the Lesser Banishing Ritual of the Pentagram is included in the Appendix for this ritual.

Opening the Venus Planetary Gate

At this point, open the planetary gateway of Venus through the column of light (changing the aspects of god(dess) that comes through the vibration.
Opening and Closing Hexagrams from High Magic by Frater U.D.

In a way, the center point of the LBRP creates a small column that directly connects the magician to god(dess) or heaven.  Ultimately, god and the magician are one at this point, but the column of light metaphor seems to work better for my personal work and connecting to heaven in this way.
This planetary diagram is originally from High Magic (insert link). Once  you have the hexagram column of light that you are at the center of, you can extend that out to include the altar.  I prefer to think of the planetary hexagram as an opening of the planetary energies as opposed to a invoking hexagram and have labeled the hexagrams as such.  In a way, this shows some of my shamanic and paradigm biases, however, many other people have gotten very good results through these methods.  Draw the hexagrams overhead while changing the hebrew associated with that planetary hexagram.  Vibrate the hebrew.  After drawing one hexagram above head, light one candle.  For each planetary hexagram, imagine the energy streaming down from “heaven” becoming more and more Venusian in nature.  It is often helpful, to imagine that this column becomes more and more emerald tinged.

Changing the Vibe to the Evolutionary Aspects of Venus

Once the 7 (Venus's number) gates are open.  All participants should start to draw out the seal of the Planetary Intelligence of Venus over the altar while chanting the name of the Planetary Intelligence of Venus.  This should be chanted in a beautiful melodious and harmonious manner as all participants sync together.  The name of the Intelligence is Hagiel.

Planetary Seal of Venusian Intelligence, again.

The seal should be drawn in a slow fashion over the altar while deeply chanting the name of the Intelligence.  Each participant should allow themselves to think about, dream, feel, see and experience the most beautiful aspects of their life.  Aspects of their life at any point truly aligned with love, beauty and pure inspiration. The best memories to work with are those moments of awe inspiring beauty.  Hands On Chaos Magic more extensively deals with the use of memory and states of mind in magic.  The name of the Intelligence should be vibrated until the room is fully saturated with the evolutionary and beneficial properties of Venus (by saturated, I mean that the room should be entirely thick with energy).  I have seen skilled magicians take at least 20 minutes to perform this to the level needed so you  may need more time then this to reach the level of saturation needed to continue with the ritual.

Ascending and Calling the Arch Angel of Venus

At this point, each participant should start to chant the name 'Haniel', and focus on a being of light descending down through the column of light now completely aligned with evolutionary Venusian energy.  All parties should be in deep enough trance state that, at this point, each participant should start to chant Haniel, and focus on a being of light descending down through the column of light now completely aligned with evolutionary Venusian energy.  All parties should be in deep enough trance state that imagining the Arch Angel descending down through the column of light, should be relatively easy.

The Arch Angel Haniel
I have always perceived Haniel as an extremely feminine force (although angels are androgynous).  Usually, I see Haniel dressed in brilliant light, with various emerald and green accents.  With piercing emerald eyes (more like emerald suns no black center), and sometimes with flowing and beautiful emerald hair.
While imagining the angel descending and chanting in a melodious, serene fashion until the angel is fully present, once the angel is present move to the next step.

Drink the Tea (now charged from having been on the altar)

Activate the Seal

Once the presence of the angel is fully and completely felt, the participants should chant in a slow methodical fashion:

"Ya Me O Ta U"

while staring at the following seal.

This seal should be drawn out by hand in the nicest way possible before the ritual starts. Participants should use the chanting to deepen and go as far into trance state as possible. Methods for obtaining and maintaining trance states are fully covered in 'Hands On Chaos Magic'.

Integrate the Seal into your energy body/essence

After chanting while Haniel is present, and you have stared at the seal long enough to memorize it, imagine the seal at first over your chest and head areas. As you do this, see tiny versions of the seal replicating and spreading throughout your own body. As they spread - feel, see, and hear your body progressively becoming more and more filled with light, in the way most comfortable to you. Allow yourself to feel even more attuned with the divine power you are invoking, as you allow yourself to become brighter and brighter.

Keep chanting the mantra, while imagining yourself becoming brighter and more light filled as the tiny seal spreads to every single cell of your body. Imagine this seal as having etched or tattooed  itself onto each cell, each molecule of your being, and that those etchings or tattoos then melt into the cells, becoming one with your being - changing the fundamental structure of your spiritual or energetic makeup.

This should take at least 30 minutes to fully integrate the Seal.


Pray to Haniel for happiness and joy.  Again, allow yourself to brightly and thoroughly beam with that happiness and joy as you express true gratitude for their assistance in this ritual. Spend a good 5-10 minutes praying and expressing your gratitude.  Continue to feel the divine presence.


Profusely thank the Arch-Angel Haniel. Profusely Thank the Planetary Intelligence Hagiel.  Thank the four Cardinal Arch Angels (Uriel, Michael, Gabriel, Raphael).

Perform the Kabalistic Cross as included in the appendix.

Go do something else, positive, and fun!

To find more information on how this ritual was put together, you might find the following books helpful.

Get Hands On Chaos Magic ( Andrieh Vitimus ) from Amazon right here.

GET  "High Magic: Theory & Practice" (Frater U.:D.:) From Amazon right here

"Three Books of Occult Philosophy (Llewellyn's Sourcebook)" (Henry Cornelius Agrippa, James Freake, Donald Tyson)

PLEASE DO share this ritual as you feel inclined to do so. Please do forward this to as many parties as you like, including on your Facebook, over emails or where-ever and whenever you are inspired to do so. A .pdf version of this ritual will be available on this page for download and easy email transference. While I release this fully under the creative commons license, I must be given credit for the work and that includes a link back to my web site for any derivative variants that come as a result of working with the current.

NOTE: For those of you who follow the older ways, for those of good character who are trained in Vodou, Ocho, Ifa, Palo, etc. -For those of you who are more honorable- if you use these methods to clean a client whose issues are giving you problems you should either email Andrieh Vitimus with some additional training information (or potentially offers for additional training, as I am very much interested in expanding my knowledge base along these lines), or email with a percentage of the profits. What is given in exchange is really up to you, but in the interest of fair exchange, and holding to the concept of good character, the effort should be made. Of course, if you are using this on yourself and feel like you need to give something back, and have the above skills or feel it appropriate to paypal me to relieve that burdon of fair exchange, email me at If you take issue with trading money and spirituality, but do desire to give back, is my Amazon wish list.

The seal and mantra signify a type of intelligence (aka a 'spirit') and can be integrated into further work including talismanic work. The seal and mantra are linked to about 2 years of on and off work on the astral planes (which is where most of the work to build in the vibrational patterns of the seal was done). There may be some loose similar agents that have been released as this project has had more than a few people involved. This is, however, the most stable configuration to date. The spirit and intelligence is adaptive, partially a synthesis between Andrieh Vitimus's servitor techniques (not published in 'Hands On Chaos Magic'), divine inspiration and support, and multiple conference calls. This is an intelligence that will mutate and adapt to serve the purpose it has (which is cleansing out that sense of malaise and dread which seems difficult to cleanse in other ways).

If you have trouble following along with this ritual, most of the fundamentals can be learned and mastered through the practice exercises in 'Hands On Chaos Magic'.

©2010 Andrieh Vitimus, written and developed by Andrieh Vitimus, originally published at


Lesser Ritual Banishing of the Pentagram (fast review)

Face East

Perform the Qabalistic cross (below)

Touch forehead and vocally vibrate 'Ah-ta-ah'
Touch chest and vocally vibrate 'Malkuth'
Touch right shoulder and vocally vibrate 'Ve-geburah'
Touch left shoulder and vocally vibrate 'Ve-gedulah'
Touch stomach and vocally vibrate 'Le-aa-oh-la-am amen'

Face East
Draw a Lesser Banishing Pentagram and vocally vibrate 'Yod-heh-vav-heh'

Face South
Draw a Lesser Banishing Pentagram and vocally vibrate 'Ah-don-nai'

Face West
Draw a Lesser Banishing Pentagram and vocally vibrate 'Eh-he-yeh'

Face North
Draw a Lesser Banishing Pentagram and vocally vibrate 'Ah-ge-lah'

Face East, and extend arms to form a cross and say...
Before me Raphael
Behind me Gabriel
On my right hand Michael
On my left hand Auriel
For before me shines the flaming Pentagram
and behind me shines the six rayed star


Repeat Qabalistic cross

For a detailed analysis, check out High Magic, or do a google search on the Lesser Banishing Ritual of the Pentagram

Here are some links I found

Thursday, August 29, 2013

The New Lifestyle Accessory: Magic

Lifestyle Accessories, add a Wand please
I will probably get some hate mail for this, but as Gorden from would say, don't post a blog unless you are scared to post it.

Magic and the occult are getting even more popular today.  I was chatting with Kia Dragon from as we are friends in real life, about the occult being the next big thing.

There are a few signs he might very well be right.  More famous stars are gravitating toward the OTO.   Wicca is now the 5th most populous religion, and generally there has been an explosion of small press occult publishers.

However,  we were talking about a friend and talking about his search for Love.  Ki'a was quick to point out that the friend could have the pick of multitudes of Pagan or Occult Woman.  I pointed out a simple fact that the friend was looking for someone who did magic, that most people who are into the occult/paganism are into it for a lifestyle accessory. Flabbergasted, he paused. After he thought about it, he came to the conclusion I was right and this was the perfect term.  For many people, paganism and the occult is a lifestyle accessory that really has no real impact on their life except for stylistic concerns.  Don't think I am being a jerk to pagans alone.  It is also true for most Christians, some Buddhists, even some Hindus.  Every religion has this happen, but riding the wave if Kia is right, we will see ALOT more of it in the occult and we're already seeing it a lot.

This often means that books will sit on the coffee table, and of course they have to be the best quality.  Of course, there are lots of publishers publishing some animal skin books with stuff in them.  Likewise certain authors, depending on the look your going for, have to be in the bookcase, to get that certain image, whatever that image is.  It all adds to the certain ambiance of personality that we are creating and broadcasting all the time.  Does this book go with this culture and the like?  Often, when a person changes occult subculture, say going from the OTO, to a more new age circle... they purge their books. It's not part of the new lifestyle.  I have actually heard this happening more then once.  Whether or not I was running a Reiki Circle, you'd have a tough time getting me to sell my Rudd's Goetia.

I cannot possibly be the judge of whether or not that is true for a person so NO, I am not talking about anyone specific and as an author, what do I care whether or not a person uses my book.   I shouldn't , but I do... I'd like to see it used.  That was the point.

I have never been big on lifestyle accessory.   One can buy 1000 rare and animal skin books.  The finest Chalice and the best wand, and still not do much to actually feel the presence of the Lord and Lady in Wicca.  Likewise one can go to and do the work, and get get down to the hard business and no one would ever know.

Allow me to simply ask, in our heart of hearts how much of the Occulture and paganism is just for show?   How much is marketing, and how much is just informercials.    Really how much is just a lifestyle accessory? Let's all be honest with each other for a second, and most importantly with OURSELVES.

Magic is fucking hard.  No Really It Is.  Easy to do, but really the process is hard.  Fixing up the internal blocks, manifesting and externalizing powers.  Dealing with failure and success ( both can be hard).  Hell a Lifestyle Accessory is so much easier that I really can no longer blame anyone.

I work hard for the Numinous experiences I get to have, and I know it is not about the show.  While I might be more "results" orientated, clearly I am striving and struggling to perfect things.  Sometimes I succeed, sometimes I don't.  I am fairly willing to risk things to move toward that.

I can hear the critic saying, but Andrieh, you don't know what other people do.  Nope I do not, but I can tell the difference between a ritual which has a purely social purpose and maybe has some trappings of a ritual, versus a ritual where their may be a social purpose AND a clear connection to spirit in intent.  The energy, preparation, and even demeanor of the people presenting the ritual give it away.  That doesn't mean rigid seriousness either, but I bet most of the people reading this can tell which rituals are have a real intention to do more then be a social focal point.

Unfortunately, even if regular ritual is done, but done for entirely social reasons, isn't this just for the purpose to adding a certain flair to the lifestyle.  Its just a lifestyle accessory to augment a certain flair.
So again allow me to ask the question, really how much is just a lifestyle accessory and how much of what we all do is something else?  

To be clear, my purpose in writing this is not to belittle or judge anyone, but to start a discussion on this. More then the back and forth as well, really to get some people to ask WHY are they doing things that look "magical"?  Whether it is just a lifestyle accessory or something more.  Either answer has consequences and choices and either answer is acceptable for yourself, if honest.

My choice is pretty obvious if you go to

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Initiation and Magic, a Personal View.

What its an initiation, crazy shit of course.
So for the past 4 weeks, I have been working on  initiatory work for some of the peeps I work with.  The initiation period was a full 13 months of trials that was about Faery magic.

Not weak Faery Magic, but kick your teeth in Faery magic, as it should be.

That's not exactly the point of the post.  I have had lots of initiations.  Some were more meaningful then others.

Some I wish that the initiator had taken more weight of the after care and the initiation.

Initiation is always supposed to accomplish a few things.  From a psychological POV, it is supposed to shake things up.  Initiations are supposed to give an opportunity for the solidity of mind to be cracked.  In that cracking, opportunities for restructuring arise.  This technique of shock and awe allows for radical changes to the mind to occur.  Used in a negative context, you can break someone.  For many groups, the initiation is little more then a hazing using the techniques of psychological shock and awe,  a sort of group hazing that has little spiritual consequence but allows for a shared bonding experience. This to me is unfortunate.  It allows a group to break the ego of an individual practitioner to conform to radically transform to group norms.

Often,  an initiation introduces the persons energy system or subconscious mind to a certain new energies through a transformation of symbol.  These energies open up different spiritual vectors, hence why not all initiations serve the same purposes.

Ideally, I believe successful initiations should produce some sort of psychological change immediately but often initiations will take much longer to process.   Our initiations were a type of introduction to a certain class of spirits from a magical current that really hasn't been really explored in a very long time.  It will take a very long time for the people to process the initiation.    Because of the extended time it took to set everything up, I haven't been writing as much.

The initiations we did are far less formulaic then most and very intense.  Oh certainly, people had radical transformations right way.  It will take a while for the people to fully process it.

All that work, tons and tons of work... Service to the people...... and in that instant of transformation, a whole new life for a couple people.  Right there....   A whole new world brought by service, time, tears and blood to them.... to just bring a little more of the world on the upward spiral, and that is the best reward of all.

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Improving your Tarot Readings, the Andrieh way

Tarot can be a powerful medium and one many of us use for divination.     Outside of stating the two disclaimers that no one states about divinations...

First, regardless of what people say, a divination is a snap shot of current possibilities and current potentials.  Now, even looking at this can have an impact, and it depends on the questions asked.   That means it is not set in stone, but seeing the divination and assuming that it is can set it in stone if approached from the wrong angle.

Second, divinations generally get less accurate as you go further in time from the crossroads of right now.  Peter Carroll was quite right to advise divine short, enchant long.

Divinations are a great method to gain insight about a situation or even about yourself.  Even more then the predictive aspects, they are a hugely valuable reflective tool.  This also points out one of the problems of the Tarot (less so with Ifa divinations, which have other problems, and other geomatic or numeric based divination systems), is that it tends to reflect what you strongly want.

Read the book
The book that comes with the deck you have is useful.  It's not the end all be all, but its a good starting point.  Read it like 10 times before you do a reading.  Seriously.  Really engage the book.  Read the description of the card, look at the card, read the description of the card, look at the card.  You get it.   If you know about Tarot, this might not be needed, but it is helpful.

Check yourself before you read yourself.
Unless you are reading to figure out what to put into a customized bath work, do a reading before a cleansing ritual before reading.

From Hoodoo:
Uncrossing Bath
Sea Salt  (6 ounces)
Broken Chain ( Silver is probably best)
Hyssop  (Hyssop oil is acceptable) (1 ounce)

Take the mixture and pray over them for at least 30 minutes.
I usually just connect to the herbs and myself and ask to be cleansed.  Psalm 51 is a great one for this. Spend at least 30 minutes really praying over the mixture.

Boil them for 17 minutes or so.
Take 1 ounce of hyssop and about 6 ounces of water and dilute in a pail with a couple gallons of water.

You could certainly do this in the traditional fashion aka
1.  Shower --> Rinse --> Take bath from the head to the feet ( removing conditions) --> airdry.
Traditionally, this is done before sunrise, and you'd catch some of the herbs and throw them in the crossroads toward the east.   Throwing the herbs and capturing seems to matter alot in practice, the before sunrise has not seemed to matter as much in results.

Of course, this is a baseline formula.  There is a lot more customizations you could add such as Lemon Balm, Camphor, Rue, etc.

Chakra Meditation:

I already provided a lengthy one at

Of course,
The Lesser Banishing Ritual of the Pentagram, coupled with a Bornless one recitation will get you there as well.

Bettering the Reading:
Ambience, Breathing and Focus
Now, if it sounds like there is a ton of steps before doing the reading, there are.  Of course, this is a post on improving your Tarot readings at the time you are doing them.

1.  Ambience
Ambience does matter.  I know people do snap readings, and sometimes they work well, but often, eh.  Hell, I go the nine yards.   Incense.   Glass of Water.  Candle.  White Cloth.

I have been doing Tarot readings semi-professionally for 10 years.  Semi-Professionally means I have a day job, so I don't have to scam people for money.

 Do I need to do all that show, Nah.  In a pinch, I give good readings without it, but it helps get your mind in the right state of mind.  I love doing readings in a darker room and there's some great science to suggest that even darkness adds to altered states of consciousness.

The incense can matter, and I will give some incense formula and psychic ability boosters in a future email.

2. Breathing
Try this exercise.  Close your eyes.  Breathe as deeply as you can through your nose and exhale through your mouth.  Try to have no pause between inhale and exhale.

Do this for a good 15-20 minutes right before you do the reading.

3. Test and Calibrate
A simple way to test Tarot and really any divination system is to calibrate.  Some days,  you will just be off.   Some days, things just won't be working.  Perhaps, you're too tired, sick, distracted.

I generally attempt to calibrate the divination.

I ask three questions where the answer is clearly a yes or no.  I pull a card for each question.   Now, if your deck is attuned to you ( yes that's a different blog post), it should reasonably answer in a way that is consistent with the yes or no answers.  Believe it or not, I can tell pretty quick, if this turns out badly, that I just don't have the right mindset, my energy is off, or there are other problems.   Usually this happens a lot less, IF I have done the bath-work or formally banished.   So, when this happens, I will use a combination of banishing, cleansing, to get myself up to par.  Then, re-calibrate and recheck myself.

4.  Layer with your Guardians,

Protectors or Spirits

Layer your Readings with other techniques.   You can often super-power your readings by performing an Evocation, angelic calls, or asking for spiritual help from your guides.  I often will offer a couple shots of rum to Papa Legba to help me see the roads, and ask La-Sirene to help boost my abilities in harder situations.  Of course, you have to develop a relationship with those types of guides BEFORE you do the reading.   That is beyond the scope of the blog post,  however, I do cover the basics in Hands-On Chaos Magic: Reality Manipulation through the Ovayki Current

5. Attune
Attune your Deck to yourself.  This is also a little beyond the scope of the blog, but I will post a blog just about that at,  it will be the next blog post.

6. Stop Over-thinking and Reacting
And that means really ANY thinking.

            • No on the spot Judgements
            • No emotional Judgements
            • No second guessing (which is thinking)
Tower comes up, people freak.  Guess what.  Reading is functionally done. Once the emotional reaction is there, and the thought "oh my god" or similar thought replicates in thinking, the energy and reading is buggered up.    

Mental control is a big plus, and YES meditation matters alot.  Instead of reaction try to just blurt out or write things down.  If the deck is calibrated (described above), you can keep asking for clarification.    Think of a reading more like a conversation then an "exact do this".  I usually get better results if I approach it from the conversation aspects.  If I don't get it, I ask for more clues and keep breathing as deeply as I can.

Blurting things out, opens the communication and could help to loosen up things.  If you are breathing deeply throughout the reading, the divination will be easier.

It's alot like no-mind.  Really, do more of the analysis POST reading.  This separates the getting the vibe from the "thinking part".  Treat the reading as a full on ritual in itself.

Post Reading and Probabilities.
Readings are not truth.  They are snapshots of right now.  Often the most useful readings to me, are not predictive, but reflective.   This means ASKING different questions.

Predictive readings ask:  Will this happen or what will be the result of this, if I do this, or will a Guy get to me.  The reading gives an answer.  Sometimes, you get a real solid answer that is still based on a current snapshot.  The further the question asks out, the harder it is to lock in an answer.  So if I asked, will Susan come back to me?  The cards give you a snapshot.

Now if I called Susan after the reading, and had that certain bravado she always hated, and I had this cockiness because the cards said it would happen, guess what?  Yep.  The snapshot has radically changed and so has the future.

Better questions for me are more similar to the following:

  • What parts of me contributed negatively to this situation?
  • How can I improve my relationship skills, and what areas do I need to work on regarding my relationship skills?
  • Help me understand my patterns, so I can clarify what habits to work on?
  • How can I positively change the situation?
These are not the questions most people want to ask.  They are sometimes far more important, offer far more choices, and bring about changes in the situation through dedicated work.  

Sometimes, you do need a predictive answer, but this should be taken like stock market advice.  Sometimes, the analysts are WRONG.  That said, it is possible to fine tune and get better and better at predictive answers, but often answers which reflect parts of yourself for change are far more powerful.

FUTURE Blogs On this Topic ( so do encourage me to write)
Attuning Your Deck
Your Tarot Deck as Living Artifact.
Tarot Quantum Evocation
Other Ceremonial and Chakra Methods of Increasing Psychic Ability Temporarily
Psychic Incense

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Mercury Planetary Bath of Clear Communication and Adaptability

What Follows is a Mercurial Bathwork with 8 incidents.  Yes in Hoodoo, usually you would use an odd number but Mercury's number is 8.   Included is the full charging ritual as I have performed many times.

This ritual clears up some spiritual communication issues and interpersonal communication issues.  Since I am coming out of my Facebook fast, figured this was a good time to re-do this.  Extra clarification of charging materials can be found in my first book, Hands-On Chaos Magic: Reality Manipulation through the Ovayki Current.  Typically, Mercury is associated with Air, but bathwork can really get the energies into your skin and body.  Besides, I like Baths.

Understanding what Mercury is, and why it's helpful.

In his description, Peter Carroll describes orange magic ( or Mercury work as follows) :  "Charlatanry, trickery, living by one's wits and thinking fast on one's feet are the essence of the orange power. These mercurial abilities were traditionally associated with the god forms which acted as patrons to doctors, magicians, gamblers and thieves.".  Although,  a little harsh, Mercurial energy is very close to the idea of thought and communication in rapid fire.  Wits and communication.   Need to speak, communicate, or write... Well Mercury.    Need to think rationally and fast, Mercury.

Typically, Wednesday is the best day to do this type of ritual as Wednesday is Mercury's day.  You could look up the exact hourly time based on your geography at

You could figure that out by hand too if you read lots of ceremonial magic, but to quote the internet "ain't got no time for that".  I am not sure if the hour time matters independently of the belief in the fact that the hourly time matters, but you could do this charging on the Mercury day at the Mercury hour.

Materials Needed:

Celery Seeds
Cedar Tips
Fennel Seeds
Lemon Grass
Parsley ( fresh)
Deer's Tongue

Before using each herb, you have to bless it and put your energy into it.  Usually, this can be achieved through breathing and focus and active imagination.  Need more help, yep, see Hands-On Chaos Magic: Reality Manipulation through the Ovayki Current.  I almost always will appeal to Gran Bwa, to turn on the herbs and fix whatever Ashe is wrong with them.  Just take the extra time to do this, even better if you try to communicate with each herb spirit (again see Hands on Chaos magic for lots of details on this).  I like to add fresh stream water to do this (nice clean movement to the water), which brings the nice total to an uneven number for bathwork if you count the water.  If you can get rain water, for this ritual, it is even better instead of the stream water.

I will tend to bias the mixture toward Lavender and Lemon Grass and Parsley.  These are all fluffy and I really enjoy those herbs so I would almost go 3 parts on these three, 1 part everything else.

Crush up part of a small part of the mixture into a powder.  This will take a bit of time.

Now I know Deer's Tongue herb is not usually a Mercurial herb, and I know it is usually used to "talk your way out of trouble", but I have found that it just smooths out most communication when used in a bath.  I like it, the readings when I put this together were very positive.

Altar Materials and Altar Setup:  

8 small orange candles dressed with Mercury Planetary oil (4 drops Lavender, 2 drops Eucalyptus, 1 drop Peppermint).    Carve the seal into each candle with a brass or tin instrument if possible.  To make it more visible, I will take the crushed bath powder and rub it into the mercury seal.  Together the mixture will be somewhat greenish so it will make the seal stand out on each candle.

I draw out a copy of the Mercurial Planetary Seal on decent yellowish paper.  Make this large enough that you can place a bowl in the middle of this.  Dress the lines of this seal with Mercury oil.

Place the 8 candles on the corners of the seal and around the diamond of the seal.

If I can get them, I usually like to put 8 topaz stones ( low grade and orangish), in each of the corners sections of the seal, pointing toward the bowl of herbs.  I just like doing this, and the topaz acts as a sort of crystal magnifier.

Why Orange candles:  Planetary magic is just BLOODY color corresponding CONFUSED.  Orange is the correspondence for Mercury in the Greater Key of Solomon, and pretty much in Peter Carroll's Chaos Star, and various Hoodoo stuff, and just a host of other sources.  If you think Yellow, Purple (Picatrix), or Blue is better (or more classical in some sources), use that.  Also, Green is often cited as an allied color of Mercury, which I have already have when we rubbed the powder onto the candles.   Really, just don't over think this.  I like Orange for Mercury.

Place all the herbs into a orange colored mesh bag, or a small jar.  If using a jar, cover the jar with orange fabric.    When I have it, I will place some Mercury Metal in a SEALED and small airtight container ( like a vial), in with the herbs.  Make sure non of the actual Mercury is mixed with the herbs.  Elemental Mercury is toxic.  The vibration near the herbs through ritual is sufficient.  DO NOT add the Mercury to any bath work.  No Really, DON'T DO THAT.

Mercury Intelligence Tiriel

On the Left is the Sigil for the Planetary Intelligence of Mercury, Tiriel.  On the right is the Planetary Magic Square For Mercury.

Magic Square for Mercury
Now, I like drawing out the seal with ORANGE ( see I did that again), on a printed magical square using the various methods from Aggripa. Honest, for most applications, unless you are very interested, you could just copy the the Seal onto clean paper.   Place the seal on the front of the jar or on top of the bag of herbs.

Square of mercury, but I have no idea
how you'd use that to draw the Seal untop of.  Maybe black.

So this is meant as a add in to your altar as it is.  Here is how I would set up the working area for this ritual.

Your Millage may vary, but the picture on the left should give you a visual representation of the altar set up above.

Mercury Bath Charging Ritual

This ritual uses components of standard Western Ceremonial Magic in ways that use far more of a material base.  I realize this is not quite the standard "Ceremonial Magic", but rest assured this works.

Start by Meditating or doing some Chakra work.

1. Start the Incense Burning.  Use a pinch of the mixture you powdered in the preparation step and that you pushed into the candle.

2. State your intent:  It is my will to Imbue the bath herbs with the the strength and energy of the highest aspirations of Mercury

3. Basically Perform the first and second part of the LBRP

4. Perform a Hacked Greater Hexagon Ritual

Hexagon Gate Opening, and
Convienient Mercury Hebrew to open the Gate

I see this component as more of a Gate opening, and there are more then a few ways to do this.

For the strictly hard core Ceremonialists who need extensive oration recite the Orphic Hymm to Mercury

I usually skip that, concentrating much more on the vibration.  I see/feel the hexagram ritual much more as a type of opening of the planetary energies.

Orphic Hymm to Mercury ( for those who want it)

Hermes, draw near, and to my pray'r incline,
Angel of Jove, and Maia's son divine;
Prefect of contest, ruler of mankind,
With heart almighty, and a prudent mind.
Celestial messenger of various skill,
Whose pow'rful arts could watchful Argus kill.
With winged feet 'tis thine thro' air to course,
O friend of man, and prophet of discourse;
Great life-supporter, to rejoice is thine
In arts gymnastic, and in fraud divine.
With pow'r endu'd all language to explain,
Of care the loos'ner, and the source of gain.
Whose hand contains of blameless peace the rod,
Corucian, blessed, profitable God.
Of various speech, whose aid in works we find,
And in necessities to mortals kind.
Dire weapon of the tongue, which men revere,
Be present, Hermes, and thy suppliant hear;
Assist my works, conclude my life with peace,
Give graceful speech, and memory's increase.

Hexagon Gate Opening, and
Convenient Mercury
Hebrew to open the Gate
From High Magic.

Now, I will Vibrate with every cell of my body, "Elohim Tzabaoth Ararita",  Need advice on vibrating it out fully, yep, yep, see Hands-On Chaos Magic: Reality Manipulation through the Ovayki Current.  Draw out the hexagram starting with the 1 position ( which is Mercury for this ritual) and dray the first triangle.  Then do the second triangle starting from the Jupiter 2 position.  Both are drawn with your magical weapon or finger in a clockwise manner. Visualize/draw the Hexagram over the whole altar.   Now at this point,  light the first of the Candles (which should be the most eastward one).  

Ring a nice sounding Bell.

Repeat this 7 more times ( 8 in total, till all the candles are lit).
Light the Candles in a Clockwise manner.

5.  Call Tiriel and Go to Town

To remind you, here is Tiriel's symbol again on the left.  This should be on the jar.  I know Aggripa's
Intelligences sometimes present themselves with a personality, but for this working and many of the times I use the Aggripa Intelligences, I find it more convenient to conceive of them as planetary LIVEWIRES. Essentially, for this ritual, understand the personality is a reflection of the aspect of God(dess) that this is. That actually, if you think about it, makes the ritual more dangerous.  Focus on the Seal and Chant Tiriel while imagining with all of your five senses that the bath is getting the MOJO.  I picture this as the Orange Mercurial Vibe... dosing the bath herbs.

Mercury is Fast, Witty, Zappy.  I sometimes will break into laughter as if someone told me a real joke.  The Chanting should be fast, frantic but controlled.  So fast you barely can pronounce the words.  Pay attention to any visions, but try to direct this all into the herbs.  Notice, for Intelligences, I do not use a protection circle.  Really, we are making a bath, what's the point of that.

Keep going till you are out of breath.  Thank Tiriel for super Mercurifying the bath herbs.

6.  Close the Planetary Gate

Now, I will Vibrate with every cell of my body, "Elohim Tzabaoth Ararita",   Go from the Jupitar point Draw out the hexagram starting with the 1 position draw the first triangle in a counterclockwise manner, and from the point 2, draw the second triangle in a  counterclockwise manner.  Snuff the last candle you lit

Ring a nice sounding Bell. 

Repeat this 7 more times ( 8 in total, till all the candles are snuffed).

7.  Perform the Cabalistic Cross ( For More Info)
8.  Do something else that's fun.

Layered Angel Work with Raphael

As the Arch-Angel Raphael is the highest aspirations of Mercury ( to me), it is possible to move from doing the Tiriel step in 5, and adding a Step 5.5, which would be to directly evoke the Archangel over the bath mixture for additional support and really up the ante.  This type of layering on the physical material really ups the vibration.  That my friends, will be a different blog post.

Preparing and Taking the Actual Bath

This is intended as a soaking bath (although not needfully a relaxing one).  Boil the herbs for a good 15 minutes.  Strain the material (and save it).

Add the herb soup to the bathwater.

First, take the 8 candles from the ritual and place them around the tub and light them.

Hop in.

Start problem solving, mentally ramping  up the activity, having fun.
Nothing to me says Mercury like MATH, oh that's right MATH.   Hard Math....

Calculus, Derivatives.... any hard project or best of all  ...

Fibonacci numbers
0,\;1,\;1,\;2,\;3,\;5,\;8,\;13,\;21,\;34,\;55,\;89,\;144,\; \ldots\;

F_n = F_{n-1} + F_{n-2},\!\,

Work through as many as possible as fast sitting in that tub as possible.

For those who HATE MATH
Really any crossword puzzle, or any puzzle.  Sit in the water and get the mental juices flowing as fast as possible.

If you want, just start lying outloud. Outrageous lies... fast and furious at lightning speed.

When you are done in the the bath, AIR DRY.  Do not towel the herbal bath off.  Your skin will absorb the energy and herbal medicine.

Now, you can take the herbs and bring them to a crossroads.  Throw them out there while giving the crossroads a shot of rum.  Of course, this is slightly modified version of a traditional Hoodoo technique (to not clog up the drain).


From the Open Source Golden Dawn

Appendix A: Performance Notes on The Lesser Banishing Ritual of the Pentagram

The Kabbalistic Cross

Stand facing East. Allow the body to relax. Feel your awareness expand outward to the Universe, while at the same time feel your feet firmly grounded beneath you maintaining a firm foothold in your Earthly existence. Breathe deeply and fully, and prepare to make your entire body vibrate with the sound of your voice.
See, in your mind's eye, a sphere of blazing white brilliance just above your head. Raise the right hand up high and draw down a beam of brilliance from the sphere into the top of your head, filling the entire cranium with light. Touch the forehead and intone "A-tah" (Thine)
Bring the hand down before the body and touch the solar plexus (just below the sternum). Simultaneously, see the Divine white brilliance descend in a beam through the center of the body, down between the feet, into the Earth. Intone "Mal-kuth" (Kingdom)
Touch the right shoulder, and see the Light extend in a ray to that point. Intone "Va Gaburah" (the power)
Touch the left shoulder, and see the Light extend likewise to that point. Intone "Va Gadulah" (the glory)
Clasp the hands at the breast and intone "Leh-olahm. Amen" (Forever. Amen)

The Formulation of the Pentagrams

In the East, draw a large banishing Earth Pentagram with a fully extended right arm and forefinger. Start at the lower left hip, draw a bluish white line up to a point high over your head, continue the line down to a point before your right hip, up beside your left shoulder, over to the right and then back down to a point before the left hip. This is a symbol of the divine power reigning over the Elements of the universe. See it as an all encompassing representation of great power. Breath in deeply drawing energy from the hidden depths of the universe, then give the Sign of the Enterer toward the center of the pentagram, intoning the God-name "Ah-sher-rah" Feel the power rushing out and charging the pentagram. You may or may not feel anything physically. Just see the pentagram burst into electric blue flame as you intone each name. Resume your standing position and give the Sign of Silence as you receive back the reflux of the energy you have just sent forth.
Draw a white line from the center of the pentagram, making a quarter of a circle as you proceed toward the South. Stop there and draw the pentagram as before, but this time as you give the Sign of the Enterer, intone "Ah-doh-nai" followed by the Sign of Silence.
Continue the white line to the West. Draw the pentagram, give the Sign of the Enterer, and intone "Eh-heh-ee-yeh".
Continue the white line to the North. Draw the pentagram, give the Sign of the Enterer, and intone "A-gah-lah".
Return to the center of the circle and see the pentagrams in the air about you. Feel their fierce heat and protection. Raise your arms to form a cross, and see Raphael, the archangel of Air, standing before you in the East. His hair is blonde, his skin is very fair, his robe is yellow with flashes of violet, he stands atop a hill with the wind coming from the cloud-patched sky behind him, and he holds the caduceus in his right hand. Say "Before me" and then intone, "Rah-fah-el."
Visualize Gabriel, the archangel of Water, standing behind you in the West. His robe is blue flashing with orange. He stands in the shallows by a gushing spring. He holds a silver cup in his left hand, his hair is light brown, and his skin is fair. Feel moisture wafting in from the West. Say "behind me" and then intone "Gah-bree-el."
In the South, see Michael, the great archangel of Fire. His robe is brilliant scarlet flashing green. He stands in the desert, and fire rises up from the burning sands around his feet. He holds upright in his right hand a flaming iron sword. His hair is black and his skin is dark. Feel intense heat radiating from the South. Say "at my right hand" and then intone "Mee-chah-el" (the ch is pronounced softly as in the Scottish word for lake, "loch").
In the North, see Auriel, the archangel of Earth. His robes are citrine, olive, and russet. He stands on black soil from which ripe wheat springs up behind him. He holds sheaves of wheat in his left hand. His hair is black and his skin is tan. His eyes and intense, large, and dark. See cattle grazing in the field behind him. Beyond them is forest, and beyond the forest are mountains. Say "and at my left hand" and then intone "Or-ee-el."
Still maintaining the arms in a cross, say "for about me flame the pentagrams (see the pentagrams) and in the column shines the six-rayed star." See a hexagram floating in your torso, its uppermost angle peaks in your throat and its lower most rests in your groin. The upright triangle is made of red fire. Its blue, downward-pointing triangle wavers slightly like a reflection on water. Feel the dry heat of the flame and the cool moisture of the water. These forces intertwine in your being.
At this stage in training, the LBRP should be performed at least once per day, preferably upon rising.

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