Morning evocation

Morning evocation with Eastern chora angel reminds me that angels are ill concerned for helping humans support a faulty fantasy of ourselves or some sense of deserved circumstance. Instead the angel revealed truth and the simple path for true happiness which does not match the glimmering temptations of society nor my haughty imaginings. Not only are these angels veritable beyond question, they shred the illusions and fallacies of this world in an hour of words and images shown in stark clarity. How much do I really want to connect to divinity, and the world of spirit? How much do we (I) just really want to be externally gratified and supported by a spirit to fulfill physical extravagances?

Ironically, I remember when my magical experiments began with questions of, “is it real? Will it work?”  Now the questions are “Can I live in the way which the being describes? Will I do what is required to really be what I said I desired to be?”  Its not complicated…Its ridiculously simple.

Simple, but not easy. Obviously, what it means to be a “great magician” is defined by an angel differently than my own ego. I’m wagering on the side of the angel having clearer view of reality than myself these days……all days. I wonder how many people would actually acknowledge the truth if it was shown to them when asked?

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Almandel system reflections

I have been working with the Almadel system for almost a solid year now. Granted, I missed a handful of Sundays for this or that reason, and sometimes the operations failed where nothing appeared, but by far, most Sunday mornings have been involved in becoming acquainted and familiar with the beings described in the fourth book of the Lemegeton. To be honest, I have never before had such consistent and timely interaction with any spiritual beings in all my life. With the ease and methodology of the system, I can see myself continuing in this practice for a great many years, so long as the beings are still willing to appear and converse.

I haven’t posted my latest experiences and not sure if I will or of how much value they would be to anyone. I will say this though, last Sunday evening while I was in bed, I spoke (prayed) to the Gediel, the angel I had been working with over the last few Sundays, and asked if I could be instructed during my dreams that evening.

I was quite exhausted and sleep came quickly. I found myself in a fairly lucid state where I was aware of being asleep. I think I fell asleep remembering (visualizing) the angel’s face and how it appeared and spoke with me earlier that morning. My last thoughts were marveling that I could recall and see his face so clearly, in my mind. There seemed to be no defining moments between the time I prayed, visualized the angel’s face, fell asleep, and began hearing his voice as I saw myself in some sort of purplish-crimson cloudscape. The entire episode seemed to go on for a while in which the angel spoke plainly about the paradoxical nature of mankind’s attempts to grasp (more like clutch) at the spiritual. Much of what was said was about simple but direct reconnection. – Appreciating our place in the cosmos without the endless coloration of cultural and anthropomorphic attachments to what we make the spiritual to be about. I recall everything he said clearly, but find it difficult to relate (type) back into words. I was, once again, in that state of -no argument or questions, just –being-…”remembering” perhaps how the illusions and defining points are temporary constructs of the mind, that’s all. The angel’s appearance and presence was quite deified but as a matter of course, standing near to me but often looking ahead as he spoke.

There were no foreign and shocking words of wisdom passed, just truths about living most of us seem to know but like to distract ourselves from. The final words the Angel spoke were about dreams as use in a metaphor. He said dreams are sometimes intense and meaningful for people just like the one I was having, but that after waking, they fade from their original splendor (the concentrated form of the meaning and impact of the experience). After waking and setting our minds to the habitual workings of the day, the feelings, memories, and revelations fade from all previous matters. Many people go through the cyclical seeking out of new or renewed revelations to try and hold on to. He pointed to such things as being beneficial only for the further desire to return to simple matters of truth.
I had a sudden euphoria of divine singularity and awareness, that ultimate point I had felt I had reached more than once before,…. then is passed. I thought: “There is humor in this, sadness, and joy, a perfect, humbling, mix of indefinable certainties.” The experience concluded as swiftly as it began.
The rest of that night my mind drifted through thought after thought of interconnecting questions. I did not sleep deeply the entire night and rather stayed in that in-between dozing state of deep contemplation. Upon “waking”, showering and heading to work, it was still a sharp memory.. but only a memory.

The lesson seemed to be about “thought”, the spiritual and material world, and the nature of reality itself, ….all rolled into one concept. As if designed by intention, the spiritual world is immeasurable and quite indefinable, forcing many to experience it in a fragmentary sense and then apply it to their daily lives. These glimpses are enough for most seekers and magicians, for it encourages us to delve deeper and resume our climb on a continually rotating ladder. My experience was deeply moving for me but not necessarily thought provoking for anyone else.

Following thoughts:
I sometimes forget that my current practice of magic came after years of struggle and searching, exploration a variety of paths, religions, and philosophies. The prompt of my becoming a seeker came from more disturbing rather than enlightening experiences of the unknown. My current pursuits were definitely not the initiatory endeavors of getting my young(er) life in order. Those years were essential though as I grew my knowledge base and garnered a plethora of experiences and lessons.

For the select few who have found enlightenment and personal mastery through the paths of magic, each has gone about their own way of experiencing self actualized spirituality. That is to say, their personal involvement in spiritual matters through experience and practice has led them to their current state of awareness and belief. (if not a specified path or faith). Current examples I’ve come across lately are like those the ending chapters of Joe Lisiewski’s “Howlings from the Pitt” and select other which bring the magician full circle to the original ‘point’ of living. You’ll see the evidence of this when the seeker reaches a point of non argument and complaining: A cessation of internal conflict which mirrors their interactions with the world. (Difficult for many of us) That is to say, challenges never cease, but personal actualization has reached a state where there is inherent “oneness” in all things and life and we no longer feel a need to “press a cause”.

I was reflecting on this the other night as my wife and I watched “PEACFUL WARRIOR”. A movie based off Dan Millman’s “Way of the Peaceful Warrior” a book that changes lives. I first read this book when I was a junior in high school. It indeed, changed my life and became a catalyst for living my life differently from that point on. Since that initial reading, I must have read it, and the following books, a handful of times. My later explorations into mysticism and magick were built on the foundations of Eastern mystical insights and modern applications. Far from the off-shot “New Age” trend, it was the few books who give it strait and sure without any fluffy tangents of fanciful intrigue.

When asked on advice about successful and purposeful living I typically will NOT direct people toward a book of magic. I’ve seen magic for many, and even for myself at times, become a distraction from dealing with one’s self and the world. Its pursuit can be a hindrance when it becomes a substitute for personal transcendence.

Instead, I suggest works like “The Way of the Owl” by Frank Rivers, “Way of the Peaceful Warrior” by Dan Millman, or “The Laws of Spirit” also by Dan Millman. These are just three works of a multitude of exquisite works which I have read. The reasons why I personally keep referring back to these and also suggest them to others, is that they are written for the Western mind. There are Eastern concepts and philosophies yes, but ones congruent to our mentalities and culture. On further reflection, the philosophies cannot even be classified by “Eastern” and “Western” as they are found in philosophical and religious works from multiple sources, cultures, and touch on the condition of all modern peoples. Other people may have found other books more insightful but I continue to return to these three works…possibly because they had such a personal and moving impact on me. Also, for each sequential reading, I have not found any of the statements or philosophies to be any less true or profound. They are truly “laws” one can base their life on and never go wrong under any circumstance, a very difficult thing to truly state in any day and age. You’ll find me reading from “Way of the Owl” to my students now and then in Martial arts class, just as my Sensei in Aikido did for me.

Magic, as an inherited or acquired skill is filtered through the developing will and awareness of the magician. In its deeper practice, it should trigger keen introspection, mystical experience, and revelation. Successful, continued, practice of magic can be determined by the spiritual maturity (mysticism) of the magician and to what end they utilize their gifts in service to others. You can almost gauge the degree of successful practitioners by those who have reached this point and continue to expand their grace to others. (This does not signify that they are all celebrity gurus, authors, or charismatic speakers either)

The point in my posted musing is how my own efforts are no “ends”, just pursuits of arts I love and strive to excel in. Whether are or these arts lead me to be existentially wealthy or poor, dignified or unappreciated, extravagant, or common, dynamic, or subtle….. If I continue to live in which each moment has meaning, I will have fulfilled my purpose.

My own council while writing this has been: “Just because I have seen and conversed with powerful beings of the celestial host, had profound and intensely exhilarating magical experiences, many will not….. yet these people may still arrive at the same enlightenment that I seek.”

the FINAL Almadel, the last chapter in a whole season of working

The Northern Almadel was created the Sunday closest to the Winter Solstice, at the first hour of the sun. I now have all 4 of the Quarter Almadels created, and look forward to the following operations this season, to complete the one year cycle of evocations which I began last Spring.

I got some misty type effects on a few of the photos, nothing was enhanced
Pure gold triangle talisman

The angels of the Norther Chora or Altitude are said to bring a sense of seriousness and solidity to the inquiring magician. Said to appear like small boys or men, in very dark earth tones with birds. The names of the angels bring interesting, possible translations. The first angel’s name possibly meaning: “ The Living well of God”

So far, each of the angels have appeared with quite obvious elemental correspondences and relations. An almost typical relation of hermetic and lodge style references concerning elementals and their abilities to assist human beings have been present. To be honest, I was not really expecting these types of “cliches” concerning the Almadel angels but have been in no ways disappointed. These angelic beings have been highly generous in their involvement in my personal undergoing. The Lemegeton’s acount of what phenomena marks their coming has proven to be substantial. Their advice is sound and matter of fact in many ways, their willingness to help and answer my questions unmatched in my experiments.

I am gathering quite a volume of the experiences I ‘ve had about every Sunday since I began. I plan to reflect and not my progression after the year is complete. The result of my experiments should eventually find Each Chora and angel has something unique to offer and may assist in a variety of ways.

I have not asked for anything extreme from these beings and have been quite content to just perceive them every week and spend the time in their presence learning how to improve aspects of my life on this world and forming better relationships with the other world. As far as I know, I am the only one in quite a while to conduct a full series of experiments with all 4 of the Almadels. Since my sharing I’ve seen a growing amount of interests and artist reproducing the tablets. I’m hoping others experience  the beneficial aspects and interactions with these angels as I have.

EAST ALMADEL

 

SOUTH ALMADEL

 

WEST ALMADEL

 

NORTH ALMADEL

I will be forever grateful for the circumstances and aptitudes which lead me to experience the beings of this ARTE. Despite the origins and transmissions which led to alterations through time, the grimories still in fact hold, veritable exorcizes in spiritual attainment and progression. The formulas are workable and are able to be utilized by those with the will and aptitude.

Western Almadel

Creation of the Fall Green/Silver Almadel came at a time where I am juggling my maximum of magical undertakings. The making of the tablets has never been ‘easy’ and this time I was making two sets. ( For private reasons unique solely to this occasion) .  The operation took all day from sunrise and was very rigorous despite my experience making these items twice now.

this much pure bees wax costs a fortune

Despite the prolonged labor, I’ve been excited for this set of operations due to my inherent agreeability toward the colors and mentioned angels.
Green and silver I’m particularly fond of, and this Almadel asks for the wax to contain both! I spent the early weeks debating how I wanted to add the ‘silver color to the wax. Metallic colors are usually ‘painted’ on the outside of candles and not easy to produce by simple color dye. I did find a wax based metallic silver that worked perfectly and created mesmerizing swirls with the light green as I stirred it in.

The tapper candles proved the most difficult this time around and came out looking quite peculiar.

ohhh swhirrly

The end result was rather curious and unique compared to my other two tablets. Actually each seems to be quite unique in look and feeling which I enjoy. I cannot wait to get these operations underway in the midst of my other magical endeavors. Once I complete all four tablets and operations, I may again write up a booklet of all my experiences and guild lines. That is, if interest for such things arises.

All in all I love how everything came out and happy that the two colors ‘mixed’ after all.  Lord knows how the magi did it back in the day.
The Almadel operations have been very ‘reconnecting’ for me. They are congruent to the ‘classical’ correspondences I’ve been use to since my lodge enthusiast days and really give a deeper edge on the spiritual connection to nature and the elements. After initial contacts, its great to ask/receive the angels consideration harnessing your elemental prowess through your chosen implement.

My ‘Water’ Chalice

The break with the flim-flamy modern methods comes with a reconsideration of just how and why your implement works for you. Only way to get a new perspective is to get new advice. These angels are great for that. Scrying angelic beings is probably one of the most fulfilling  acts of ritual magic with the least amount of headache (after you get everything made!)

Completed Western Almadel

NO worries to my DRAWING SPIRITS INTO CRYSTALS fans, I’m still making sure all is set and ready before offering it out. Stay posted!

By the way, these two systems are GREAT for becoming a top rate scryer, and perfect for delving into angelic communication of various degrees.

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.