The planetary Spirit Altar for the Trithemius Table

Altar for Trithemius , planetary intelligence- angelic gate way operations … is beginning to come together. I created this to be the table which will hold my Holy table as well as scrying device for the operations. A 3 ft tripod censor will be placed, circle directly behind with seat to view directly in crystal. As stated, the altar is my design and not mentioned in text but construction will be included in the upcoming booklet.

Altar made of two 12x24in boards, ebony stained with center pillar and side supports. Center pillar done with planetary kamea on one side with planetary symbols on reverse. Side of pillars with planetary angelic symbols and Armadel Olympic spirit sigils.

The top has all three sets of symbol/sigils for all 7 planets painted on boarders. Top has Grand Solomonic Seal as well as two pentagrams for the candle locations. The surface will eventually have altar cloth of corresponding planetary color with matching candles.

Liber Spirituum su Goetia

Lemegeton-
Book of Spirits, in line with the methods of the Fourth book of Occult Philosophy in design and usage. Although not mentioned in the Goetia, the methods, prayers and procedures I use through the dictated texts are added along with the parchment sigil seals which were present during successful evocations to physical manifestations. ( Not the metal lamen seal but one used in the binding of any oaths or to be sealed in black box)

The seal is adhered to the drawing of the spirit on the left page, while all pertinent information basic and learned during the ceremony is written on the left. Two quill pens are used to scribe in the book, one goose and one black crow. Each have their special ink and purpose.

Front and back of BOS have silver plates bearing appropriate symbols to the work: Front has Solomon’s table figure with pentagram, hexagram, and seal engraved on a plate below. Back (shown) has grand pentacle with plate below (not engraved as of yet)

the Goetic Circle of Art

The canvas or portable magick 9ft circle rug: Somewhat historic by Islamic and other accounts of Solomonic magic, and possible origins of the “magic rug” also practical and reusable. This one I made with latex paints I treated magically and physically. The paint used for the white circle was mixed with 9 grams of iron filings, 9 grams of powdered consecrated sea salt, and a vial of holy water. The idea was spontaneous at the time to add reinforcement to the physical symbol. Luckily it turned out well and did not affect the paint negatively in any way.

GoeticArtCircle

Southern Almadel Operations

June 19th, 2 days before Summer Solsctice, Almadel constructed on Sunday.

red Almadel1

June 26, 2011 5:45am First Operation of the Southern Chora
Awoke and showered with thoughts rather distracting. Ritual attire set….difficult due to worrying about waking up the baby and cats making noise. Began operation with set up being more difficult than usual. I had trouble balancing the Almadel on the candlesticks. After second round of Invocations there was very vague face shapes. Had the sense that I was pronouncing the Angel’s name incorrectly. Distractions of cats running around and meowing outside and baby waking up brought the operation to an early conclusion and no successful contact was apparent. Felt rather discouraged and irritated with myself for lack of focus/concentration.

July Sunday 3, 10, and 17
Missed operation times due to over-sleeping twice and not hearing alarm, and then on vacation. Time away from operations possibly needed.

July 24th, 2011 5:55am
Last night had difficulty sleeping, was awake for majority of the night, thinking about operation and other arts, mind busy with countless tasks. Arose earlier than alarm, washed face and hands, and went down to room, cautious not to disturb baby. Set up completed just after the hour of the sun began. Stool helped with posture during call, though my focus and concentration were still difficult to bring to bare. Tried with first Angel ‘Alphariza’ call again but I fear the name is incorrect or dissimilar to original. Did not receive the usual strong signs and feelings of the angel’s arrival.
General call to Southern Chora angels were made with slightly better results. Youthful face with long hair slowly appeared after some time but vague and shifty. Periodic ‘flashes’ from eyes made image dissappear momentarily then resume, image seemed to pulse around inside crystal. After I spoke aloud to the image, It asked what I wanted and I added mastic incense and gave the response for appearance.

The angel affirmed that it would assist to the dictates of my invocation without comment. I forgot to ask its name or if it was the first Angel I intended on calling. I asked about the gold talisman instead and it related that it had not originally been used and that the entire system had seen much variety since the beginning. I asked if the names and letters were proper, and it said the Holy names were, but as before, a variety of names and words of the Alamdel and gold seal had previously been used. (I assume with success). During this exchange, I received images in my mind of someone holding the triangle seal and praying over it before calling the angels and holding it lightly between their fingers, raising it over their head, before placing it on the wax tablet. I’m thinking this was inspired by the angel but I’m not sure. At any rate, it felt like a good method to try out.
It asked if there was anything else I desired and I mentioned I wished to become even more proficient in magick, notably communicating with spiritual beings. The angel responded in the sense that such was not directly in its office and that the ability sat solely with me. “Seek to uplift senses from stubborn concerns to the ascended heavens with frequent prayers which abolish the mind of all baseness.”
These words eased my heart and mind a bit and the angel’s eyes seemed to look above me momentarily. Images of the angel started to flash and become less distinct again which I took as a sign that it was ready to depart. I issued my thanks and bade it fair well. Before the angel departed a distinct outlined face flashed in the background of the crystal ball, then a ‘gold droplet seemed to rise in the air above the tablet and was gone.
I was glad to have received some communication during this operation although still not as spectacular and purifying as the Eastern operations had been. The images had not been as clear as the others. My feeling is that, despite my successes and progression with this art, I still have some internal working to master to create a clear channel for communication.
Last Sunday was interesting as I was pretty ill but did the operation anyway. Mind was hazy at best but no distracting thoughts…. Something interesting happened during the opening invocation, I saw tiny ‘flames’ dance around my crystal ball stand quite distinctly on the altar itself. It caught my attention and came aware that I entirely forgot to place the triangle talisman on the tablet that time. Grabbed it and placed it back on.

Conjured 2nd southern angel, better feeling and response but I had trouble focusing on the conversation due to sinuses going haywire. Face was youthful with intense stare.
Communication consisted of my attachments, professional attitude and standing, what I could do to better fulfill my aspirations I had written in the conjuration, and ridding myself of useless preoccupations. This time I ‘heard’ less and was filled more with spontaneous emotional/analytical adjustments in responses to my questions. Sorta odd.
I get the sense that spiritual communication of this sort cannot happen as easily if the being is outside a circle.

Back in the Day

Back when I began my serious experiments in Goetic work (some 14 years ago), I began like many did thanks to a certain Frater…with the black mirror int he center of an upright triangle. 

 This early ‘Triangle of Art’ was made with plywood, adhered rope, black scrying mirror, magnetic tape boarder, and added 3 flat stone face carvings.

This was used during my earlier explorations into Goetia after my initial experiments with floor manifestation. Found both systems had merit and could be worked. Much has progressed since then and I do not use the mirror for current GoS evocations. I did not ‘distort my face’ for skrying as the image came in time of it’s own accord. Sometimes other distracting images/ beings would drift through mirror as well. If anything, I accredit this ‘Poke’ system to developing my skrying abilities which I’ve used for other systems and my current work involving the Almadel.

Goetia thought for the day

The Hexagram of Solomon or
Solomons hexagonal ffigure

Part of my interest and practice has been in the creation of grimoric equipment. I strive to emulate each item to the dictates of the text as close as I am able.

It has been my experience that the ‘Hexagram of Solomon’ or holy seal has mostly been created on pieces of hide or leather. (Weather calf’s hide from the Goetia or kid’s skin from the Heptameron) Most magicians I’ve talked to or read about, have created their seal on these types of material. I did it this way myself at first. However, this is not the type of material the medieval grimories are actually describing.

From the Key of Solomon we have some mention on proper ‘parchment’ used for various magical equipment, and the process of making it. These types of seals are often used for in evocation of spirits to protect the magician and as a badge of authority (to compel the spirits into cooperation and to assume pleasant visible
form).
There are detailed instructions for the creation of this parchment in the KoS as well as a few other select grimoires. Mg. Aaron Leitch goes into plentiful explanation and notation concerning these sections in his ‘Secrets of the Magickal Grimoires’ as I recall. As very few of us have direct experience and opportunity (not to mention a taste) for skinning animals, etc. parchment of this sort can be impractical to create. None the less, virgin parchment of THIS caliber is possible to obtain for a reasonable fee.

First, let’s take a look at the description given in the Lemegeton’s Goetia (as given on Joseph Peterson’s Esoteric Archives):
“This figure is to be made on parchment made of a calfes Skin and worne at the Skirtt of ye white vestment, and covered wth a lennen [linen] cloath to ye which is to be shewed to the spirits when they are appeared that they may be compelled to be obedient and take a humane shape &c.”

Wikipedia says this about Calfskin parchment:
“Calfskin is a leather or membrane produced from the hide of a calf. Calfskin is particularly valuable because of its softness, and non fine grain. It is commonly used for high-quality shoes, wallets and similar products, as well as traditional leather bookbindings. Fine calfskin is one of the skins used for vellum and parchment manuscripts.”

You may recall that VELLUM is the parchment required for the book of Spirits as describe in the Trithemius operation of ‘Drawing Spirits into Crystals’ in The MAGUS. I found a great website which seems to create high quality calfskin parchment. If you are interested in creating a seal using this traditional material, you can find them at: http://www.pergamena.net/products/parchment/. On their website they describe calfskin parchment as thus:
“Calfskins are thin but tough and flexible, hence they are the traditional choice for binding and manuscripts. Calfskins sometimes exhibit surface veining and often lack a discernable grain. This latter quality, along with a dense skin fiber weave, is ideal for text or calligraphy, as there is less visual competition from the parchment surface.”

About.com says:

“Parchment is a paper-like material made from sheep or goat skin. Very fine parchment is called Vellum and is made from calf skin. Parchment is not paper, as technically, paper is made from cellulose pulp.
The reverse side of parchment paper has a pitted texture from the hair follicles in the skin, but the drawing surface, on the carefully prepared underside of the skin, is extremely smooth. The flawless surface of parchment allows a very fine line, making it ideal for drawing and calligraphy.”

When studying the process of how parchment is made, even without the added complexities as the Key of Solomon describes, you can see an undergoing alchemical transformation. Although this type of parchment was more common during the times the versions of the grimories were recorded, the value placed on ‘virgin parchment’ is obviously apparent. From the young virgin animal, the skin becomes parchment only after a process of intense treatment and refinement. We can see shedding of the unneeded and “base” material in favor of the purified core or essence. We need not look much deeper to recognize the components of the Salt, Sulfur and Mercury.

Traditional evocations of spirits into crystals

I am working on a rather large text (small book on the Art of Drawing Spirits into Crystals) here is the very Rough draft of what my outline will look like:

Herein are my personal accounts, discoveries, and workings with the system of magic according
to:
TRADTIONAL EVOCATION OF SPIRITS INTO CRYSTALS
According to Johannes Trithemius

From Francis Barrett The Magus, Book II, London, 1801, pp. 135 ff. This text appeared as Part IV of Book 2, parts I-III being (I) a treatise on magnetism, (II) The Cabala, or Ceremonial Magic, plagiarized from pseudo-Agrippa’s Fourth Book, (III) The Key to Ceremonial Magic, plagiarized from Peter de Abano’s Heptameron.

The
Magic and Philosophy of
TRITHEMIUS OF SPANHEIM;
containing his book of
SECRET THINGS,
and
DOCTRINE OF SPIRITS
with many curious and rare secrets (hitherto not generally known;)THE ART OF DRAWING SPIRITS INTO CRYSTALS, &c.
With many other Experiments in the Occult Sciences, never yet published in the English Language. Translated from a valuable Latin manuscript,

By Francis Barrett,
Student of Chemistry, natural and and occult philosophy, the Cabala, &c.
All found and edited by Joseph Peterson
Outline:
1   Introduction

2.   The experiments of traditional work. The methods behind the madness

3.   The equipment:

a. The crystal, ebony pedestal, and gold disk.

b. The Table of art, candles and candlesticks.

c.  The ebony wand, magic ring, and lamen.

d. The book of spirits

e. The tripod and perfumes.

f. The circle and setup.

4. Putting it to practice. Steps for evocation.

5. Conclusions and personal experiences.

In this work I hope to take any interested magicians wishing to duplicate the experiments offered in the MAGUS through each stage of the work with my own discoveries.

Ignis Maxima!

HAPPY SUMMER SOLSTICE EVERYONE!

Happy Summer Solstice indeed….on a Tuesday…the day of Mars….the first time of the sun at the hour of Mars. Can we say “Fire Power”?

I think so. I thought as much and decided it was a perfect day and time to use the compounding ‘fire’ energies to consecrate my new fire wand. My magic room is already set up for fire Almadel workings with the red decor, so alternating it somewhat to accommodate the Golden Dawn type workings of the consecration ceremonies based on the Opening By Watchtower took little time.

I long since memorized the ritual and it unfolded lovely in the wee hours of this spectacular Summer morning. In addition I utilized Levi’s prayer to the salamanders and my own constructed calls…

My custom made Fire Wand. The shaft is carved from aromatic cedar with an inner core of fire powder then painted bright red. A bronze dragon plated in 24kt gold curls around the wand. The wand is studded with rubies, garnets and fire opals.

 

Summer Solstice: Southern Fire Almadel

I do not keep my blog updated as much as I …could, I suppose. I keep in contact with other magicians over Facebook on a more regular basis, but for those who are interested in my magical workings, there are four major workings in undertaking which do not count daily and weekly practices.
These four are:
1. Tradtional, grimoric, Goetic evocation to ‘physical manifestation’/apperence.
2. Weekley (Sunday) Almadel evocations.
3. Trithemius Angelic planatery evocations.
4.  Elemental evocations
There is some info I may be posting which will be back dated as I have been writing and adding to it as I’ve been practicing.
This posting however is about the red Summer Almadel. I completed the Spring Air/White operation and performed an operation almost every Sunday of the season. I attempted and succeeded to contact all five of the Angels which are listed in The Lemegeton. The experiences were by far some of the most amazing I’ve experienced pursuing OSM, or traditional grimoric magicke ( spelling Goetia) by the book. So I’ve decided to continue in this work and intend to create and work with all four of the Almadel tablets and cross quarter angels of the elements/seasons. I’ve learned so much working with this system and believe that contact with these angels are imperative before attempting to successfully conjure and control the demons of the Goetia.
The Lemegeton seems to be set up for success when working it ‘back to front’, and may have actually been written that way originally. If originally from a Jewish tradition it would have been written thus.

Although not described in the text itself, I believe each Almadel was intended to be inscribed with the triangle and inner words ‘pointing’ toward the names (and thus the proper direction/Chora/altitude) which the Almadel is designed. I designed the Eastern Almadel this way and received the before results so I’m taking this as a sign I’m on the right track. Also, I have followed the two Hebrew versions of the Almadel and corresponding names rather than the pictured one.Making the Southern Almadel was not quite as difficult or time consuming as the first (Eastern) one . I learned a lot after making the first one. It still took me from the hour of the sun (5:33 AM) till about 11:00 am though which was long enough. The process is tedious, time consuming, and potentially very messy with difficult clean up.

 I woke at 5:00 AM, washed, said part of the Solomonic bathing ritual, and went down to the magical room to retrieve everything I use to make the wax and clay items. Before the allotted time, I knelt in front of my altar with all the items , prayed over them and sprinkled everything with holy water.

This coming Sunday will be my first in contacting these particular angels. I actually received advise from the Eastern angels on what to ask for and how to speak with them which was surprising.

I have the other previous accounts recorded but I have not posted any them yet. I debate the idea with how much (magickal) information to share on an online blog. Regardless,I hope you’ve enjoyed the photos of my work. All the best in the Great work!

Easter Angels

April 24th Easter Sunday. 0610am.
Notes:
Woke up tired but mind more empty..Washed face and hands but did not shower. Operation now ritualized with sure steps:
1. Arrive in Oratory and light my main oil lamp.
2. Walk clockwise around perimeter, open white curtains of altar space, and secure side openings. I also get charcoal and a side burner ready and place it near the canopy.

3. Retrieve my Alamadel materials from my altar cabinet. Three white church linens contain three parts of the Almadel setup. The first on the bottom hold the four white candles and candlesticks. The second cold the wax Almadel tablet and silver talisman. The third hold the crystal ball, gold crystal stand and white incense burner. I also retrieve my printed invocation on two sheets of parchment and a pure white card stock sheet. I place the items within the coiled white rope that sets the perimeter of my working space in front of the curtained canopy.

4. First, I unwrap the large linen that contains the candles and candlesticks, place the linen on the altar as the main altar cloth and then set the white card stock directly in the center which the candle sticks will be placed on. I then arrange the candlesticks in approximate distance for the Almadel to sit on and place the candles securely within. I then unwrap the Almadel, remove the talisman and set it upon the Altar cloth. Then, without touching the Almadel with my bare hands, I use the linen to arrange the tablet on the four candlesticks. I then set the silver talisman directly in the center. Next, I unwrap the crystal ball and stand making sure I do not touch the polished crystal with my bare hands. I arrange the stand over the silver talisman and palace the crystal ball on the stand using the linen.

5. When that is set and the tablet is balanced well between the candles, I light the charcoal using the light from my oil lamp. When the charcoal is burning and being ready to be used I begin with a set of purifying prayers to God and use a bit of my will to become centered and clear my mind and heart for what I’m about to do. When I feel ready I light the candles ( I begin with the one in the far left which I designate as the ‘Eastern’ most candle, then moving clockwise I go in order: South, West, then North). I then recite the Invocation which is printed on my parchment and given in the Lemegeton. This morning the call was to the angel Borachiel (BRa+Chy+El) “Life Creator of God”)
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My first invocation I vibrated the holy names but only had moderate attention and will put into what I was saying and became distracted when I noticed the Almadel tablet looked uneven upon the candlesticks. I resorted to correcting the placement, trying to level the tablet without touching it but felt I had lost the focus of my ritual. I decided to begin again and this time I poured my full concentration and will into what I was saying and did not bother with ‘vibrating’ the words so in as much as I felt and spoke of the power those names represented. Even more so than before, I focused solely on what I was doing and thought of nothing else. Somewhere in the midst of my invocation, I began to feel a presence descend and recognized the unmistakable increase in light and density above the tablet. I transferred the charcoal to my white clay censor and placed a bit of mastic powder upon it. I then placed the censor under the Almadel and the perfume began to swirl around the tablet, candles, and crystal stone.
I then recited the invocation and prayer to the angel ending it with my personal desire to see, hear, and communicate clearer with all manor of spirits I would seek to call. I then sat and let my gaze become enveloped by the glowing presence of the Almadel and crystal sphere. I gazed for some time and eventually beheld a man like figure in the right side of the ball which moved to the forefront. I focused my gaze on this figure but had trouble seeing it clearer. At this same time, I immediately became aware of the fact that every time I begin to behold a spiritual being, I get so excited to tell others of this experience that I get distracted and lose focus of the operation. This point has been a bit too prevalent in my works of late. With a sense of deliberate will, I wiped away all distracting thoughts and spoke aloud and directly toward the figure asking that my mind be clear and focused only on itself and learning what it had to offer. I at once began speaking a prayer and invocation of my own spontaneous invention. It came out of a sincere desire to converse with the being who was gracious enough to even attend upon my ceremony.

This time the Almadel sparked (the candles and lights actually sparked) and a large gold and white mist enveloped the entire altar table. I saw the image of the figure move to the back of the sphere and this time it took on a very distinct 3D image of a thin, masculine face looking directly at me. At fist I was sure my eyes had focused on my own reflection which had not been there previously, but I moved my head from side to side and the image did not follow my movements. I heard clear instructions in my mind that I was to close my eyes and count ten slow breaths, thinking on absolutely nothing but my breathing. I did so and felt all thoughts, cares, and even physical sensation drift away. When I reopened my eyes I had no thought in my mind but saw the face again, even clearer than before. it turned and extended an arm and hand which swirling clouds or misty forms appeared over. At once I began speaking again as if this begin was helping me to correct my mind and intentions toward what this art was really about. I spoke something along the lines of, ” Oh great angel of the East, of the Dawn and new fresh beginnings of life and day, you angel of the East, of air, of springtime and youth, grant my mind clear of all needless folly, thoughts, and distraction which intrudes on your true gifts. Let my mind be still to receive thee, and my heart be open to your teachings and words that I may better connect with the truth of divine living.”
After this spontaneous prayer, I felt a block that was somewhere hidden between my mind and my heart release and I began to weep. I saw images of the face turn and be seen in profile only to move froward and backward in perspective, I saw the lights shimmer but more so i felt clarity of mind I have not felt for a long while. my mind was quite but my heart was overflowing with a release of emotion I am not able to put into words. I stayed a long while just watching the figure before me move every so often and show various images above its outstretched hand. My mind remained still and calm. Emotionally, I felt more than I could comprehend. I prayed in thanks a long while after. I prayed with full heart and empty of distracting thoughts. my eyes still tear at the sensation and remembrance

I’m really quite the fool sometimes, but thankful, oh so thankful for this experience. I’m not quite sure why such beings even waste the time to converse with me, but I’m so glad they do, …and so glad I took the time to try.