The first (FIRST) day is finally done.
I did the morning invocation in my car, in my work parking lot. That’s when I could see the sun.
On my way into work which is about quarter mile, I started the Sun Breathing. Instead of quitting after five minutes, I continued. I entered the building and then drew from the Sun to breath in its energy and transfer it to the appropriate points over a period of time. If I felt there were still blockages after the ten breathes, I continued until I could feel the energy move upwards without issue. I’d done similar meditations in the past, so I didn’t expect to find MAJOR blockages preventing the energy from moving onwards.
I will say that by the time I was done, I was surprised at the level of trance I was in. I was pretty deep and could feel the solar energy running from my feet to my crown. I knew I could keep going, but didn’t feel there was any reason to do so, since I had achieved the object.
I started the Oath in the parking lot, but once I remembered that I needed “consecrated” water, I discontinued it. I did do the Inner temple meditation, which is really journeying to this place with not intent in mind. It may be decorated with a bunch of symbolism, but that symbolism isn’t put to use anywhere that I recall. So, it’s a glorified visualization exercise, as nothing happens inside of it.
There is mention of the inside reflecting the outside when overlaid the physical space, but this is only used in the beginning stages, so major changes will likely not be reflected there. Thus, it’s mainly an exercise in visualization.
I performed the noon…words… around 1300. I honestly almost forgot with the tasks of the day. The 3 x day…ritual is from a older text, where it was a singular ritual. NOTHING else is done with this ritual, outside of stating it an getting indoctrinated with the symbolism used that is then reflected upon the Higher Genius. So, the truth is that this singular ritual was made to be done as a single unit, but is broken up here to force the use to reflect on the Higher Genuis (and the author and historical symbolism for it.).
So…there seems to be no reason to do this 3 times a day, other than reminding the magician that they have an obligation three times a day. In my run through, the hours don’t have special meaning to me right now, but they were very specific in the meanings of them, so this is an indoctrination method to match specific imagery to the Higher Genius (and any given meanings of that).
When I did the morning and noon spoken text, it wasn’t coupled with anything to give it meaning. It was symbolic text. Nothing more. The important part is setting aside MEANINGFUL time to give these symbols meaning that isn’t inherently there. How each person does this is up to them. But the times of day have no meaning as written.
The third is a little different and that could be because this is where the bulk of my work is done. Sunset, that beautiful time when the Sun decides to fuck off and everything cools down and calms down… Not biased or anything…
But this is where I did the majority the remaining work. To do the Oath, I needed to consecrate some “mineral” water (what water is devoid of minerals that isn’t in some lab somewhere…). Rather than wasting time consecrating water every day (not explicitly stated), I grabbed three bottles of purified “mineral” water, consecrated each, and set them out in the sunlight to stay that way. This IS a path of Helios.
Things got little interesting with the Oath. Now, I had talked to Hecate and Orcus about this oath and the changes needed before I wouldn’t simply cooperate anymore (to put it nicely). It was agreed that doing the Oath more than once was nonsense, as it was a custom Oath, with conditions. So, we went about ratifying the conditions. But there were a few key words introduced that I wasn’t comfortable with. There was some back and forth and while is seemed like semantics, that’s important when I’m giving up 7 months of my life, whose end I don’t have a known appointment for. So saying it’s ONLY 7 months when I may only have 8 is something that needed clarified. No, I wasn’t asking for the end date, but the language got cleared up.
So, rather than waste a bowl full of consecrated water, I filled the cap, stuck my finger in it, and made the agreed upon Oath. From now on, I’ll use the amended version that’s been agreed upon, as we agreed that reciting the same Oath multiple times wasn’t needed if it REALLY was a binding Oath. And having called Hecate and Orcus, that made it pretty damn binding.
I used Crowley’s confession in the book, because I felt the whole thing is absurd. I get that this is a “purification” process. But somehow “confessing” my sins to Helios and them getting automagically reduced by doing so doesn’t ring true to me. Nowhere does it was Helios to do this for me and nowhere does it pretend that he accepts the tasks of reducing these things. So, there is no agreement for this to work in the first place, which means it’s either up to Helios’ good will to reduce them or the act of declaring them is somehow supposed to reduce them on its own. I think my opinion is clear. BUT I agreed to do it. So I shall and I did. But I do admit so smiling with some of them and didn’t feel guilty at all…
The “Descent Into Chaos” got interesting. By itself, it really isn’t anything more than setting the scene of the underworld and then using standard no-mind practices to let things float past your mind that don’t have any genuine context. The mind’s clutter, if you will, will slip by, but instead of it becoming silent like out one would expect from meditation, this exercise tells the reader that it will slow and then show things that are relevant to the current spiritual progression. So, it uses the standard technique with some preloading to guide the end result. Not a bad idea of all. It’s focused, measured, and arguable relevant.
But that’s not how I did it (of course). Instead, I saw Typhon’s photo in the book and, having just spoken with Hecate and Orcus, decided to call up Typhon. We had a conversation that he thought I should take down and share. Not Earth-shattering, but it is what it is.
Typhon : “These meditations are to help people remove Darkness. But this will not work for you You ARE darkness, among other things. Rather than fight against this (I saw references to Shadownomicon experiences), you have acknowledged and reduced them. They are never “gone”, only their “influence” and power reduced.”
At this point, I was thirsty, so I invited him in for a non-water drink.
T: (Thank you for inviting me in) Come to me in this space. Call on me and we will fine tune."
As he left, I was given the impression that I should continue this. Rather than blindly follow the 20 minute procedure given.
I thanked him and he said the meditation was done for the day.
The LVX and the Spell to Become a Magician were done, but not noteworthy. I finished with the Greek Cross as recommended.
That was it I did liked an incense disc for the evening ritual, with Frankincense resin, then a combination of that and Myrrh for Typhon, at his request. I can’t say it helped, but if I were a newer magician, it may have. Hard to say with these rituals at this point.