I have to say, when E.A. released the Circle of Solomon, I thought it was missing a lot of the traditional stuff on it and I was like wtf this is way missing stuff, whats going on. However, I watched video where he explains the design I have to say, its pretty interesting.
The colors he picks on the six rayed stars, represent the hindu tattvas, the five elements. The 5 elements being unlocked is symbolized by the laymen of solomon over the chest, so each star represents the six rayed star over each element of reality, with the purple being the serpent swalling its tail being in purple also.
A magic circle defines and empowers the magicians aura, and its the energizing of the chakras that have to be opened before the aura is expanded enough to hold power, but the symbols represent and boost the aura also. The hebrew and christian god names E.A. chooses are interesting because Adonai is Lord
The center point reads “master” and the apocalypse mentions the alpha and omega of the greek letters as the beginning and the end. So if you put it all together what it is really saying is “Lord , Master, The Beggining And End”, which satisfy the judeo-christian hermetic symbolism and the magician as god central focus.
Also the center again being purple, and the edge being purple, unite the focus that the energy of the circle that is eternity, is being emitted from the god in the geometrical point within the circle. When you think of E.A’s other teachings, as well as the ascended master teachings, hindu chakras , st germain etc etc, the colors could represent the violet flame of the purple ray, and the white could represents purity or pure white light.
Pretty damn ingenious. E.A. talks about using scrying, and studying yoga, to unlock psychic abilities, especially the 3rd eye. Hinduism talks about "nada
spiritual sound quite a bit. So the divination and meditation methods help the empowered magician to see and hear the spirit when it comes time to evoke. I believe this is why E.A. teaches divination as the first god like power so you can do this your self.
If you look at more traditional methods, including material like that of Poke Runyon (not knocking it by any means) another person is used as the psychic interpreter , in many old books it was a clairvoyant child.
My suggestion is to get the O.A.A material on here if you don’t have a copy (there is a thread on it) and work throw the levels while doing Mastering Divnation. If you look at western magickal order material, scrying , evocation and chakra work are taught last. The hindu system of chakras were known to a lot of western orders, at least since the 1800’s , hard to say if further back, but it was a big secret, not so much anymore, but it is a part of the Hermetic Tradition and E.A’s circle is in line with it.
ps edit: I would also mention that controlling clairvoyant capabilities through yoga is outlined the most scientifically in the Yoga Sutra’s Of Patanjali, which is on the A.A reading list, listing Swami Vivekanda as the choice author, I would agree it is an exceelent commentary, as specific energy points are listed in how they related to psychic abilities and I think E.A was talking about this to someone on face book.
Also what I didn’t write earlier, is that chakras and many elements of hinduism, as well as the solomonic circle and the way it is created lines up with not only the combination of yoga and hermeticism, but some elements of the O.A.A gradework, which I will not go into here.
I don’t have the scratch on hand to buy one at the moment but I think writing all this today sold me for the circle of solomon going on the christmass list