The Seven Spheres Workings (Beginning)

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I have decided to undertake a new direction in life. The need to cast off the old and embrace the new has come on to me. I have been allowing things to be in my life and dropping away the things that don’t serve me any more.

One day you wake up and it just comes to you, “Holy shit, I am an incarnation of Godhead! I can manifest and shape reality.”

I have been exploring reality since… birth I suppose… or the age of sixteen when I looked at all of the spirituality and science stuff but I have only really been starting to feel the truth of it all more fully recently. The desire to truly explore reality and understand it has come upon me. A feeling of ‘the veil has been lifted’, ‘the drowsiness has been expelled’. You get that moment and you wonder why you have been sleepy for so long (sleepy… not sleeping). I have also been thinking, ‘I just want to do what I want to do’. I felt a need to heal, I want to get rid of those stubborn niggles in my psyche, I want greater purification, I want betterment, more awareness, more, more, more…

… And then I found the Seven Spheres book. It is a ‘grimoire’ written by the well- known Hermetic magician Rufus Opus. The purpose of the book was to allow other magicians to been given initiations into the Seven Planetary Spheres (Jupiter/ Chesed, Mars/ Geburah, the Sun/ Tiphareth, Venus/ Netzach, Mercury/ Hod, the Moon/ Yesod, Saturn/ Binah). It was exactly what I wanted. A complete renewal, a cleansing, empowerment, greater magick and manifestation ability etc.

The first step was to create all of the necessary tools and gather all of the necessary materials.

The planetary lamens were pretty easy to do and also helped me to discover the joys of calligraphy for the first time.

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The Table of Practice was fun and unintentionally fitted perfectly with the scrying mirror that I bought to use for each working.

Table of Practice

And now on to the working. It will take about six weeks to do each of the planetary rituals and for the planetary energies to create the necessary changes in my life, it will take about ten weeks for the effects of the initiations to solidify and manifest, and it will take about a year for all of the energies to have fully crystallised and integrated themselves in my reality. The whole process surrounds the idea that there will be an overhaul of my being, the initiations will not only give me teachings but will also burn away anything that is holding me back from manifesting and using each of the planetary energies in my life. The alchemical burning away of impure material will manifest as certain disruptions and abrupt changes in my life as the old structures fall for a new and better way of being that will take it’s place. I suppose it is my job to ‘endure to the end’ and push through.

Brilliant. I will be using this blog to report what happens during each ritual, the effects after the ritual and all various life circumstances as the new world manifests.

Onwards and upwards.

A quick run through of the attributes of each sphere are as follows…

  • JupiterLeisure time, wealth, prosperity, opportunity, assimilation, indulgence, optimism, big business, morality, the higher (abstract) mind, higher education, ambitions, philosophy, luck.
  • MarsDesires, sexual energies, dynamic action, animal nature, force, power, strife, strain, adversity, work, achievement, competition, necessary conflict in order to bring peace.
  • The SunIndividuality, success, leadership, health, vitality, personal fulfillment, energy, essential principles, authority, command, rank, office, title, advancement, identity, capacity for experience.
  • VenusPleasure, natural love, sensuality, sociability, attraction, interaction, art, music, poetry, drama, song, culture, beauty, possessions, jewelry, sweets, sentiments, colour, marriage unions, the right brain.
  • MercuryCommunication, reason, intellect, rationalisation, awareness, perceptions, adroitness, opinions, transmission, words, speaking, writing, mailings, means of expression, the left brain.
  • The MoonInstincts, moods, feelings, habits, the subconscious, tides, phases, reflexes, reflections, alternations, receptivity, needs, desires, personal interests, magnetism, liquids, impressionability, fertility, growth.
  • SaturnOrganisation, discipline, responsibility, structure, goals, career opportunities, limitations, conservatism, crystallised focus, restrictions, delays, theories, orthodoxy, tradition, depth, time, patience, truth, wisdom, aging, solidification.

Got that? The above are merely are a list of attributes that have been discovered by other people that have got into contact with each of the planetary spheres and come back to tell them what they found… but the best way to know about each of these subtle realities is getting personal experience of each of them. So off I go.

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Spirit Offerings

I have been giving spirit offerings daily for about two years now and it has quite quickly become one of my main spiritual practices. I tend to do one main offering everyday and maybe one or two ‘energy offerings’ while at work or out and about. The whole experience is fun and highly enjoyable for me and has benefitted me in a variety of ways.

 

There are many ways to give offerings. I tend to give them a glass or hot tea, candles, nuts or a small picture. You can even give an offering of a song that you sing or even a storytelling session- there are many appropriate and enriching things to give them.

These simple acts of generosity are fruitful ways to improve your spiritual life. Spirit offerings are a great way to open up to the universe and have a truly interactive experience with it. Not only is it fun to find and give offerings but the boons that come from acts of generosity to the spirits will far exceed your expectations.

I also give offerings to the many bodhisattva’s that exist within the Buddhist tradition, invoking them through mantra or through some other form of invocation and then giving them an appropriate offering.

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I came across a good quote about spirit offerings in, ‘The Sorcerers Secrets’ by Jason Miller.

“By making offerings to the ruling powers, local spirits, and even to the land and sky you are building a relationship, just like a relationship between two people. The older and more firm your relationship with the universe, the more apt it is to help you out when you need it. By serving the local spirits of your area you will gain allies that will not only respond when summoned, but act on your behalf of their own accord… On the other side of the coin, not all spirits are friendly. Some are naturally wrathful. Others act in retribution for actions that we take that have consequences in spiritual dimensions… offerings are [also] a pacifying practice that protects by offering an olive branch to hostile spirits and elemental forces.”

There are many traditions and rites that give a focus on giving offerings to disembodied beings (take your pick). Many of the original shamanic magical practices of early man simply involve giving the right offerings to the right powers for the benefit of the community or individual. Interacting with spirits is something that is deeply embedded in the history and culture of the distant past of humanity. These types of practices still exist in the world. Shamanic practices are still very much a part of communities within Mongolia for example. A shaman has a very specific role, travelling to and from the spirit world to talk to spirits for the sake of their community,  serving as a bridge between the spirits and their community.

In the western world spirit practices seem to be more formalised. There are hundreds of grimoires dedicated on to how to invoke, bind and interact with spirits. Ceremonial magic is a thriving (seemingly under the radar) practice and many societies and groups have been created in the west in order for modern magicians to work with spirits and interact with reality. Grimories like the Goetia have a whole list of spirits with diagrams, symbols, ritual instruments and so on to call up demons for various purposes.

I think that one of the greatest ways to interact with spirits are through simple practices. You could leave some jam and bread under a tree, you could leave some incense and a candle on a shrine, you could pour a libation on the ground and dedicate it to the spirits of the surrounding area…

The universe is there to help you. It is your divine right to interact with reality and allow the microcosm and macrocosm to enrich each other.

 

Blessings.

Aham Prema

 

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On the 4th February 2016 I woke up with a need to say the ‘Aham Prema’ mantra. Over the past few weeks I had realised that my mind had gone a bit off kilter and I needed to get to that place of equilibrium again. I needed to realign with my true values.

I began chanting Aham Prema on the bus to work, throughout the day, before I went to bed and while I was falling asleep. Over the following days I became increasingly devoted to reciting the mantra and spent a long time going over the mantra in my head while I was doing my daily activities.

Here is an extract from Thomas Ashley- Farrand in his book, ‘Shakti Mantras’:

“With this simple mantra, you affirm your own essential nature as one of Divine Love. The vibration of this mantra begins the process of transforming your entire body, being, nature, and spirit into an emanation, your own particular emanation, of Divine Love. “

The meaning of Aham Prema is simple. It means ‘I Am Divine Love’. If recited with devotion over a long period of time, it will completely change you and make you a living embodiment of love. When you invoke this quality in yourself, love will begin to permeate more strongly in every aspect of your life, every situation, every interaction.

It is a life transforming mantra.

It promotes self- love  and when this happens it gives the opportunity for you to love the universe more and for the universe to show you that love back to you. If you give out love, love will be given to you. This mantra can change your whole experience. Love is transcendental and selfless and it is what we truly are. Once love spreads throughout our being, it will change our behaviours into pure expressions of love. These expressions will have an effect on the rest of the universe, the butterfly effect will take it’s course, and you will contribute to the collective uplifting of all beings.

I am looking forward to see the changes in the universe.

Blessings

 

 

The Idea Consciousness

I have been trying to observe what comes into my mind at the mid-point between going to sleep and being awake. In that vague and abstract place, thoughts unfamiliar and illuminating have come to me. Many creative people keep a pen and paper by their beds every night for when this mental event brings itself into their awareness. However, what is this state and why is it so significant for so many creative people?

I began to investigate into this phenomenon. It became apparent that as you lose consciousness, your mind becomes closer and closer to your subconscious mind. For example, the author Robert Louis Stevenson used to ask his subconscious mind to evolve stories for him while he slept. Whenever his bank account was low, he would ask his subconscious mind to gift him with a good, marketable book. He said that this inner mind gave him complete books in small snippets, which he then put together and published.

Likewise, the recently successfully Japanese comic book creator, Hajime Isayama, who created the vastly popular manga series Attack on Titan, attributed all of his ideas as coming to him at a period every night he called ‘Super Enlightenment Time’: “When I’m half awake, just before I drift off to sleep, my mind gets flooded with information… subconsciously…”.

Is this true? Does the veil between the unconscious and the conscious becomes less dense in this state? Can writers and artists channel their art from this strange mind?

In his book The Power of the Subconscious Mind, Dr Joseph Murphy writes: “Within the subconscious depths lie infinite wisdom, infinite power, and infinite supply of all that is necessary, which is waiting for development and expression… Though invisible, its forces are mighty… you will find the solution for every problem, and the cause for every effect.”

This inner power has also been hinted at in psychology and mysticism. Carl Jung introduced the idea that all beings have both a personal and a shared mind in their ‘collective unconsciousness’. In the traditions of mysticism, this collective unconscious is called ‘the astral plane’ – a place where every single thought that any human has ever had exists.

This plane of existence can be touched upon and manipulated through the imagination. As certain mystic traditions state, humans can tap into the astral world and bring back remnants into their waking consciousness. This permeates the whole of the universe and is named as being ‘the foundation’ because it is from this that all matter is built upon. Every human being is connected to it and shares this one mind. In the Kabbalah, the sephirah of Yesod is attributed to the astral world and is also referred to as ‘the Soul of the World.’ Through astral projection, a mystic may be able to dive into this infinite world of ideas, concepts and experiences and gain great insights and inspirations. To the normal human being, we may touch upon this world through sleep and through the in-between, which is the Idea Consciousness.

The astral world can be understood as the unconscious mind, a mind that can be summed up as the collective mind of all life. When we are nearing sleep, be aware that you are closer to your unconscious mind – that you are disconnecting yourself from your conscious, individual mind and diving into the realm of an infinite world of ideas.