Saturday, 28 June 2014

Post No. 567 - An “Egyptian” version of the LBRP



Something I have posted about previously is the Lesser Banishing Ritual of the Pentagram (LBRP), which is basically generally considered to be a Hermetic ritual that has been fairly widely through New Age and some other spiritual/psychic movements.

One of the things I was taught some years ago was a modified version of this, considered by my teacher at the time to be an Egyptian version of the LBRP. Now, as far as I know, the Ancient Egyptians did not use anything similar to this – for all I know they may have, but I consider that if they had, some evidence of it would have been found by now and proudly claimed by someone or another. So … my view is that this a modern creation, an example of that Unverified Personal Gnosis (UPG) that some people don’t like – and perhaps it is, or perhaps it is cultural appropriation or blending that some people don’t like (particularly purists). I consider that some of it comes from Israel Regardie’s work – the structure and the thinking certainly seems Hermetic to me, so I tend to view it as a translation of the LBRP into another language.

However, I do know that I find this extraordinarily effective at raising magickal energy for me.

One thing I haven’t chased through, though, is what changes to make in this for the Southern Hemisphere. The elements and the directions are not correct for us …

So, for better or worse, here ‘tis.

(1) Beginning a Ritual
1.1 Egyptian Cross
1.2 sigils to the Quarters
1.3 invocation of Deities
1.1 Egyptian Cross
Stand facing the East, and imagine a beam of brilliant light – so brilliant you cannot discern its colour –coming down and touching the top of your head. Reach up with your index and middle fingers to connect to the pure brilliance, and then bring your paired fingers down to ..
1.1 (a) touch your forehead,
and then vibrate “Entek Pau” (phonetically: “EN-TEK POW”)
,
meaning (according to Israel Regardie, with a slight modification of mine) “Thou art Deity who is …”;
1.1 (b) touch the centre of your chest,
and then vibrate “ta Sutenit” (phonetically: "TAH SU-TEN-IT"),
meaning
(according to Israel Regardie) “the Kingdom”;
1.1 (c) touch your right shoulder,
and then vibrate “ta Sachem” (phonetically: "TAH SAHK-HEM"),
meaning
(according to Israel Regardie) “the Divine Power”;
1.1 (d) touch your left shoulder,
and then vibrate “ta Djesser” (phonetically: “TAH D-JES-ER),
meaning
(according to Israel Regardie) “and the Glory”;
1.1 (e) fold your hands at the centre of your chest,
and then vibrate “ta Taui en Hah” (phonetically: "TAH TOW-EE-EN-HAH"),
meaning
(according to Israel Regardie) “the World, Forever”.
1.1 (f) vibrate “Nedj Her” (phonetically: "NED-J-HER"),
meaning
(according to Israel Regardie) “Homage to Thee”.

1.2 Sigils to the Quarters
1.2 (a) Go to or face east, and then
- draw an ankh
(good for protection; according to Regardie, symbolises eternal life, and to draw “start on the left side at the point where the circle meets the crossbar and, drawing in a clockwise motion, trace the circular "head" of the ankh. Next, trace the shaft of the ankh, leading from the middle of the crossbar to the lowest point of the shaft. Finally, start at the left point of the crossbar and move straight across to the right point of the crossbar”)
or a wedjat
(Eye of Horus; according to Regardie, symbolises health, wholeness, protection and general well being, and to draw “
start at the left point of the eyebrow line and trace clockwise. Next, trace the outline of the eye itself, starting from the left and proceeding clockwise, around the pupil, and back around the bottom of the eyelid, ending at the left side of the eye near the starting point. Then trace the lowermost line of the figure starting from the right-hand point and tracing towards the left”)
vibrating, as you do so, “
Nudjeru Yebeta” (phonetically: "NUD-JEH-RU YEH-BEH-TAH", probably meaning “Deities of the East”,
- then touch the centre of the sigil, and simultaneously vibrate
NEF” (meaning Air);
1.2 (b) Carry line to or face south,
- draw sigil, vibrating, as you do so, “Nudjeru Resu” (phonetically: "NUD-JEH-RU REH-SU", meaning, according to Regardie, “Deities of the South”,
- touch the centre of the sigil, and simultaneously vibrate "ASH " (meaning Air);
1.2 (c) Carry line to or face west,
- draw sigil, vibrating, as you do so, “Nudjeru Amenta” (phonetically: "NUD-JEH-RU AH-MEN-TAH ", meaning, according to Regardie, “Deities of the West”,
-  touch the centre of the sigil, and simultaneously vibrate “MU" (meaning Water);
1.2 (d) Carry line to or face north,
- draw sigil, vibrating, as you do so, “Nudjeru Mehta” (phonetically: "NUD-JEH-RU MEH-TAH", meaning, according to Regardie, “Deities of the North”,
- touch the centre of the sigil, and simultaneously vibrate (phonetically: ""AH – DOH – NYE" (meaning Earth);
1.2 (e) Carry line to or face east completing circle and return to centre. If I wish to be sure of the protection, I will then repeat the sigil, thinking of this as "locking" the circle. Regardie writes to repeat the Egyptian Cross, but I do not find this necessary.

1.3 Invocation of Deities
1.3 (a) Stand with arms outstretched,
- then visualise a great beam of bright light coming down from above, and passing through the vertical axis of your body, followed by a great beam of bright light from the side (I generally use the right side as the source) and passing through the heart, thus creating a great cross of light;
1.3b Then say the following:
"Before , HATHOOR, the Mother of Light,
behind me, TOUM of the setting sun,
on my right hand, SAKHMET, mighty lady of Flame,
on my left hand, HAPI-WER, the Bull of the Earth,
for about me flames SEHEDJ, a heaven of stars,
and above me shines TAU NUDHER, the star of Deity."

(2) Ending a Ritual
2.1 Egyptian Cross
2.2 sigils to the Quarters
2.3 devocation of Deities
2.1 Egyptian Cross
Stand facing the East, and imagine a beam of brilliant light – so brilliant you cannot discern its colour –coming down and touching the top of your head. Reach up with your index and middle fingers to connect to the pure brilliance, and then bring your paired fingers down to ..
2.1 (a) touch your forehead,
and then vibrate “Entek Pau” (phonetically: “EN-TEK POW”)
,
meaning (according to Israel Regardie, with a slight modification of mine) “Thou art Deity who is …”;
2.1 (b) touch the centre of your chest,
and then vibrate “ta Sutenit” (phonetically: "TAH SU-TEN-IT"),
meaning
(according to Israel Regardie) “the Kingdom”;
2.1 (c) touch your right shoulder,
and then vibrate “ta Sachem” (phonetically: "TAH SAHK-HEM"),
meaning
(according to Israel Regardie) “the Divine Power”;
2.1 (d) touch your left shoulder,
and then vibrate “ta Djesser” (phonetically: “TAH D-JES-ER),
meaning
(according to Israel Regardie) “and the Glory”;
2.1 (e) fold your hands at the centre of your chest,
and then vibrate “ta Taui en Hah” (phonetically: "TAH TOW-EE-EN-HAH"),
meaning
(according to Israel Regardie) “the World, Forever”.
2.1 (f) vibrate “Nedj Her” (phonetically: "NED-J-HER"),
meaning
(according to Israel Regardie) “Homage to Thee”.

2.2 Sigils to the Quarters
2.2 (a) Carry line to or face north,
- draw an ankh
(good for protection; according to Regardie, symbolises eternal life, and to draw “start on the left side at the point where the circle meets the crossbar and, drawing in a clockwise motion, trace the circular "head" of the ankh. Next, trace the shaft of the ankh, leading from the middle of the crossbar to the lowest point of the shaft. Finally, start at the left point of the crossbar and move straight across to the right point of the crossbar”)
or a wedjat
(Eye of Horus; according to Regardie, symbolises health, wholeness, protection and general well being, and to draw “
start at the left point of the eyebrow line and trace clockwise. Next, trace the outline of the eye itself, starting from the left and proceeding clockwise, around the pupil, and back around the bottom of the eyelid, ending at the left side of the eye near the starting point. Then trace the lowermost line of the figure starting from the right-hand point and tracing towards the left”)
vibrating, as you do so, “
Suten Baraka Mehta” (phonetically: "SOO-TEN BA-RAH-KA MEH-TAH", meaning, according to Regardie, “Deities of the North”,
- touch the centre of the sigil, and simultaneously vibrate (phonetically: ""AH – DOH – NYE" (meaning Earth);
2.2 (b) Carry line to or face west,
- draw sigil, vibrating, as you do so, “Suten Baraka Amenta” (phonetically: "SOO-TEN BA-RAH-KA AH-MEN-TAH ", meaning, according to Regardie, “Deities of the West”,
-  touch the centre of the sigil, and simultaneously vibrate “MU" (meaning Water);
2.2 (c) Carry line to or face south,
- draw sigil, vibrating, as you do so, “Suten Baraka Resu” (phonetically: "SOO-TEN BA-RAH-KA REH-SU", meaning, according to Regardie, “Deities of the South”,
- touch the centre of the sigil, and simultaneously vibrate "ASH " (meaning Air);
2.2 (d) Go to or face east, and then
- draw sigil, vibrating, as you do so, “Suten Baraka Yebeta” (phonetically: "SOO-TEN BA-RAH-KA YEH-BEH-TAH", probably meaning “Deities of the East”,
- then touch the centre of the sigil, and simultaneously vibrate
NEF” (meaning Air);
2.2 (e) Carry line to or face east completing circle and return to centre. If I wish to be sure of the protection, I will then repeat the sigil, thinking of this as "locking" the circle. Regardie writes to repeat the Egyptian Cross, but I do not find this necessary.

2.3 Devocation of Deities
2.3 (a) Stand with arms outstretched,
- then visualise a great beam of bright light coming down from above, and passing through the vertical axis of your body, followed by a great beam of bright light from the side (I generally use the right side as the source) and passing through the heart, thus creating a great cross of light;
2.3b Then say the following:
"Suten Baraka , HATHOOR, the Mother of Light,
Suten Baraka, TOUM of the setting sun,
Suten Baraka, SAKHMET, mighty lady of Flame,
Suten Baraka`, HAPI-WER, the Bull of the Earth,
Suten Baraka SEHEDJ, a heaven of stars,
Suten Baraka TAU NUDHER, the star of Deity.

HAFEZ EZRAH HEKA!"
I may repeat the last line three times, and possibly stamp on the ground three times (which is something I read about in Katherine Kerr’s Deverry series).



[1] BPLF = Balanced Positive (spiritual) Light Forces. See here and here for more on this.

[2] Please see here and my post "The Death of Wikipedia" for the reasons I now recommend caution when using Wikipedia. I'm also exploring use of h2g2, although that doesn't appear to be as extensive (h2g2 is intended - rather engagingly - to be the Earth edition of "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy").

Love, light, hugs and blessings


Gnwmythr, Wéofodthegn 
(pronounced "new-MYTH-ear"; ... aka Bellatrix Lux? … Morinehtar? … Would-be drýicgan ... )

My "blogiography" (list of all posts and guide as to how to best use this site) is here, and my glossary/index is here.

I started this blog to cover karmic regression-rescue (see here and here), and it grew ... See here for my group mind project, here and here for my "Pagans for Peace" project (and join me at 9 PM on Sunday, wherever you are, to meditate for peace), and here for my bindrune kit-bag. I also strongly recommend learning how to flame, ground and shield, do alternate nostril breathing, work with colour, and see also here and be flexible. 

I am a Walker upon the Path of Balanced Positivity, seeking Spiritual Maturity.
  • One size does NOT fit all.
  • Don't be mediocre - seek to excel.
  • Gnwmythr's Stropping Strap: Occam's Razor only works if  the simplest solution is actually recognised as being the simplest, rather than the one that best fits one's bigotries being labelled 'simplest'.
  • Our entire life experience, with all the many wondrous and varied people, places and events in it, is too small a sample for statistical reliability about Life.
  • May the world of commerce and business be recognised to be a servant, not a master, of the lives of people.
  • Ban the dream interpretation industry!
  • A home is for living in, not feeling, becoming or being rich or a “better” class than others.
  • Being accustomed to interacting via certain rules makes those rules neither right nor universal.
  • Like fire to the physical, emotions to the soul make a good servant, and a bad master.
  • Expertise at intimacy and emotional happiness is generally not the same thing as spiritual growth.
  • Any person, male or female, who has neither a serious health issue, dependents nor an agreement about study. yet expects their partner to work to support them, is, spiritually speaking, little more than a parasite.
  • The means shape the end.
  • BPLF restraint of uncooperatives is NOT an opportunity for revenge or getting even - even unconsciously.
  • As words can kill, the right to freedom of speech comes with a DUTY to be as well-informed, objective and balanced as you can be.
  • My favourite action movie of all time is "Gandhi", although I've recently come across "Invictus" and might put that one in to that category. However, I loathe the stereotypical action movie - and, for similar reasons, I loathe many dramas, which are often emotionally violent, more so in some cases than many war films.
  • All of the above - and this blog - could be wrong, or subject to context, perspective, or state of spiritual evolution ...
Do not pray for easy lives. Pray to be stronger [people].
John F. Kennedy (who was quoting 19th Century Episcopal Bishop Phillips Brooks)

Jesus loves you. Odin wants you to grow up.
(Facebook meme, according to John  Beckett)

We make our decisions. And then our decisions turn around and make us.
F.W. Boreham

Females, get over 'cute'. Get competent. Get trained. Get capable. Get over 'cute'. And those of you who are called Patty and Debby and Suzy, get over that. Because we use those names to infantalise females – we keep females in their 'little girl' state by the names we use for them. Get over it. If you want to be taken seriously, get serious.
Jane Elliott

The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good [people] to do nothing.
(based on writing by) Edmund Burke

The significant problems we face cannot be solved at the same level of thinking we were at when we created them.
Albert Einstein

We didn't inherit the Earth from our ancestors, we only borrowed it from our children
Antoine De Saint-Exupéry

Like an unchecked cancer, hate corrodes the personality and eats away its vital unity.
Martin Luther King, Jr.

True compassion is more than flinging a coin to a beggar; it is not haphazard and superficial. It comes to see that an edifice which produces beggars needs restructuring.
Martin Luther King, Jr.

Too much and too long, we seem to have surrendered community excellence and community values in the mere accumulation of material things. Our gross national product ... if we should judge America by that -- counts air pollution and cigarette advertising, and ambulances to clear our highways of carnage. ... Yet the gross national product does not allow for the health of our children, the quality of their education, or the joy of their play. It does not include the beauty of our poetry or the strength of our marriages; the intelligence of our public debate or the integrity of our public officials. It measures neither our wit nor our courage; neither our wisdom nor our learning; neither our compassion nor our devotion to our country; it measures everything, in short, except that which makes life worthwhile."
Robert F. Kennedy 1968

There are risks and costs to a program of action. But they are far less than the long-range risks and costs of comfortable inaction.
John F. Kennedy

If we could change ourselves, the tendencies in the world would also change. As a man changes his own nature, so does the attitude of the world change towards him. … We need not wait to see what others do. (Often degraded to “Be the change you want to see in the world” – see here)
Gandhi


Tags: about me, devoking, Egypt, energy work, invocation, Israel Regardie, Lesser Banishing Ritual of the Pentagram, magick, protection, rituals, 
First published: Laugardagr, 28th June, 2014
Last edited (excluding fixing typo's and other minor matters): Saturday, 28th June, 2014

Friday, 27 June 2014

Post No. 566 - A few thoughts



I’m going to begin this with a bit of a rant. Later on is some content which may be triggering in relation to child abuse.

There is some truly appalling house construction done in Australia - and elsewhere. I’ve been watching some late night TV, in between doing what I can for Dad, and caught one show where people were buying, ‘renovating’ and selling houses, and everyone - including the real estate agents and, presumably, the idiotic buyers - was thinking solely about the use of internal space, and NO ONE gave any thought to structural integrity, insulation, making the house more sustainable, etc.

Here in Oz * , we mostly have light houses - wood frames and brick veneer in the south, timber frame and weatherboard up north. Very few are built with verandahs these days, almost none are built with underfloor heating, and there is a completely misdirected obsession with passive solar - which is bleeping useless south of Sydney.

Ancient Rome was capable of building better homes than us (although that was for the rich).

Boat design here is also stupid. I’ve been watching the generally wonderful Keep Turning Left (has a few moments of gender bias), and something I am awestruck with is that almost every boat has a head (a marine toilet). True, they all discharge over the side, which they shouldn’t, but compared to the stupid arrangements made for toilets on Aussie designed boats (e.g., under parts of double bunks!), the Pommies are light years ahead of us.

The other problem I’m not happy with here is the proliferation of incompetent project managers. The people I’m talking about all seem to be in their 30s, determined to make a name for themselves at managing costs - and all at the expense of the truly skilled people who actually do the work. The people I’m thinking of have no conception that they’re in a line of competing interests and may need to wait their turn. One such idiot in the last few days was foolish enough to claim that it was ‘unfair’ that his project make less profit because an estimate, provided in a hurry as a favour to this cretin, wasn’t exactly correct and the project lost a couple of hours - less than 1% of the total scope of work.

It was enough to make me momentarily wish I worked in a company where everyone was over 40. The problem with that is that I know many engineers, including project managers, in their 20s and 30s who are good at their jobs, as well as being decent human beings - unlike the moron referred to above - and who I would be perfectly happy to work with.

The real enemy here is the drive for what is euphemistically referred to as ‘efficiency’ at the expense of humans - and the factory collapse in Bangladesh is the ultimate expression of every person who has ever complained about the cost of consumer goods.

We like to keep our heads in the sand about what we do to people, us homo sapiens sapiens, whether it is about costs, other people, or design.

Not good. Not spiritual, not decent in terms of humanity, not clever, not compassionate. Not good.

Oh, and a quick note on a totally different expression of stupidity (which was the working title of this post), despite the truly appalling acts of our current prime minister, Tony Abbott (including the misogyny he - along with many other Australians - showed towards Julia Gillard), I have not described him as evil. Why? because he is too stupid to be effective, and that makes him a dangerous fool, not someone I would consider to be truly evil.

John Howard, on the other hand, was a master manipulator of people - he used fear politics and selfishness as he destroyed large chunks of what was good about Australia. That effectiveness was part of what made him evil in my view. (The only other Australian politician I would apply that label to is Joh Bjelke-Petersen, the ‘flying peanut’, who was premier of Queensland and used flagrant abuse of the law to do whatever he wanted. The current incumbent in that position, Campbell Newman, is rapidly heading towards earning that word as well … )

On this, have a look here …and also, the TV series "37 days" is sad indictment on how close efforts to prevent the First World War came to success ...

OK, so moving on from that, I’ve read a few things on the Internet that are of concern.

The first is some parts of the media’s use of the wrong acronym for the group causing so much trouble in Iraq recently. Isis is a wonderful Goddess, people, not an acronym for a terrible group. This is something that has concerned me several times recently - that terrible group in Greece which has misappropriated the name of the Golden Dawn is another example. Fortunately, in both cases, the Wild Hunt has posted something - and clearly, in the recent case, people are taking action (I was inspired by the post to write to one major media outlet, actually). The articles are here (which is about respecting the sanctity of Isis’ name), and here, for the earlier one.

Now, the Wild Hunt has also posted some quite disturbing information about one of my former favourite authors: Marion Zimmer Bradley. Through this post, I have discovered that MZB was worse than I originally understood: not only did she fail to respond to her the abuse that one of her husbands committed, it turns out she was an abuser herself, according to her daughter. For more on this, see here.

I’m glad that some of the people who have benefitted from publication of stories in anthologies that MZB edited have done thinks like speak out or make donations. I’ll probably keep the MZB books I’ve got, but I will do some thinking on something to do ... although clearing the negative units that allowed this to happen strikes me as something useful to do …


 * slang for Australia


[1] BPLF = Balanced Positive (spiritual) Light Forces. See here and here for more on this.

[2] Please see here and my post "The Death of Wikipedia" for the reasons I now recommend caution when using Wikipedia. I'm also exploring use of h2g2, although that doesn't appear to be as extensive (h2g2 is intended - rather engagingly - to be the Earth edition of "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy").

Love, light, hugs and blessings


Gnwmythr, Wéofodthegn 
(pronounced "new-MYTH-ear"; ... aka Bellatrix Lux? … Morinehtar? … Would-be drýicgan ... )

My "blogiography" (list of all posts and guide as to how to best use this site) is here, and my glossary/index is here.

I started this blog to cover karmic regression-rescue (see here and here), and it grew ... See here for my group mind project, here and here for my "Pagans for Peace" project (and join me at 9 PM on Sunday, wherever you are, to meditate for peace), and here for my bindrune kit-bag. I also strongly recommend learning how to flame, ground and shield, do alternate nostril breathing, work with colour, and see also here and be flexible. 

I am a Walker upon the Path of Balanced Positivity, seeking Spiritual Maturity.
  • One size does NOT fit all.
  • Don't be mediocre - seek to excel.
  • Gnwmythr's Stropping Strap: Occam's Razor only works if  the simplest solution is actually recognised as being the simplest, rather than the one that best fits one's bigotries being labelled 'simplest'.
  • Our entire life experience, with all the many wondrous and varied people, places and events in it, is too small a sample for statistical reliability about Life.
  • May the world of commerce and business be recognised to be a servant, not a master, of the lives of people.
  • Ban the dream interpretation industry!
  • A home is for living in, not feeling, becoming or being rich or a “better” class than others.
  • Being accustomed to interacting via certain rules makes those rules neither right nor universal.
  • Like fire to the physical, emotions to the soul make a good servant, and a bad master.
  • Expertise at intimacy and emotional happiness is generally not the same thing as spiritual growth.
  • Any person, male or female, who has neither a serious health issue, dependents nor an agreement about study. yet expects their partner to work to support them, is, spiritually speaking, little more than a parasite.
  • The means shape the end.
  • BPLF restraint of uncooperatives is NOT an opportunity for revenge or getting even - even unconsciously.
  • As words can kill, the right to freedom of speech comes with a DUTY to be as well-informed, objective and balanced as you can be.
  • My favourite action movie of all time is "Gandhi", although I've recently come across "Invictus" and might put that one in to that category. However, I loathe the stereotypical action movie - and, for similar reasons, I loathe many dramas, which are often emotionally violent, more so in some cases than many war films.
  • All of the above - and this blog - could be wrong, or subject to context, perspective, or state of spiritual evolution ...
Do not pray for easy lives. Pray to be stronger [people].
John F. Kennedy (who was quoting 19th Century Episcopal Bishop Phillips Brooks)

Jesus loves you. Odin wants you to grow up.
(Facebook meme, according to John  Beckett)

We make our decisions. And then our decisions turn around and make us.
F.W. Boreham

Females, get over 'cute'. Get competent. Get trained. Get capable. Get over 'cute'. And those of you who are called Patty and Debby and Suzy, get over that. Because we use those names to infantalise females – we keep females in their 'little girl' state by the names we use for them. Get over it. If you want to be taken seriously, get serious.
Jane Elliott

The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good [people] to do nothing.
(based on writing by) Edmund Burke

The significant problems we face cannot be solved at the same level of thinking we were at when we created them.
Albert Einstein

We didn't inherit the Earth from our ancestors, we only borrowed it from our children
Antoine De Saint-Exupéry

Like an unchecked cancer, hate corrodes the personality and eats away its vital unity.
Martin Luther King, Jr.

True compassion is more than flinging a coin to a beggar; it is not haphazard and superficial. It comes to see that an edifice which produces beggars needs restructuring.
Martin Luther King, Jr.

Too much and too long, we seem to have surrendered community excellence and community values in the mere accumulation of material things. Our gross national product ... if we should judge America by that -- counts air pollution and cigarette advertising, and ambulances to clear our highways of carnage. ... Yet the gross national product does not allow for the health of our children, the quality of their education, or the joy of their play. It does not include the beauty of our poetry or the strength of our marriages; the intelligence of our public debate or the integrity of our public officials. It measures neither our wit nor our courage; neither our wisdom nor our learning; neither our compassion nor our devotion to our country; it measures everything, in short, except that which makes life worthwhile."
Robert F. Kennedy 1968

There are risks and costs to a program of action. But they are far less than the long-range risks and costs of comfortable inaction.
John F. Kennedy

If we could change ourselves, the tendencies in the world would also change. As a man changes his own nature, so does the attitude of the world change towards him. … We need not wait to see what others do. (Often degraded to “Be the change you want to see in the world” – see here)
Gandhi


Tags: abuse, attitudes, children, discrimination, environment, family, governance, peace, personal responsibility, politics, society, violence, war, 
First published: Fryrsdagr, 27th June, 2014
Last edited (excluding fixing typo's and other minor matters): Friday, 27th June, 2014