Thursday, November 20, 2014

Hermetic Invocation

Let all the Nature of the world entertain the hearing of this Hymn.
Be opened, O Earth, and let all the Treasure of the Rain be opened.
You Trees tremble not, for I will sing, and praise the Lord of the Creation, and the All, and the One.
Be opened you Heavens,
ye Winds stand still, and let the immortal Circle of God, receive these words.
For I will sing, and praise him that created all things, that fixed the Earth,
and hung up the Heavens, and commanded the sweet Water to come out of the Ocean, into all the World inhabited, and not inhabited,
to the use, and nourishment of all things, or men.
That commanded the fire to shine for every action, both to Gods, and Men.
Let us altogether give him blessing, which rideth upon the Heavens,
the Creator of all Nature.
This is he, that is the Eye of the Mind, and Will accept the praise of my Powers.
O all ye Powers that are in me, praise the One, and the All.
Sing together with my Will, all you Powers that are in me.
O Holy Knowledge, being enlightened by thee, I mag­nify the intelligible Light,
and rejoice in the Joy of the Mind.
All my Powers sing praise with me, and thou my Continence,
sing praise my Righteousness by me; praise that which is righteous.
O Communion which is in me, praise the All.
By me the Truth sings praise to the Truth, the Good praiseth the Good.
O Life, O Light from us, unto you comes this praise and thanksgiving.
I give thanks unto thee, O Father, the operation or act of my Powers.
I give thanks unto thee, O God, the Power of my oper­ations.
By me thy Word sings praise unto thee,
receive by me this reasonable Sacrifice in words.
The powers that are in me, cry these things, they praise the All,
they fulfill thy Will; thy Will and Counsel is from thee unto thee.
O All, receive a reasonable Sacrifice from all things.
O Life, save all that is in us; O Light enlighten, O God the Spirit;
for the Mind guideth the Word:
O Spirit bearing Workman.
Thou art God, thy servant crieth these things unto thee through,
by the Fire, by the Air, by the Earth, by the Water, by the Spirit, by thy Creatures.
From eternity I have found the means to bless and praise thee, and I have what I seek; for I rest in thy Will.”

(Adapted from a prayer entitled "The Secret Song: The Holy Speech" from the Divine Pymander of Hermes Mercurius Trismegistus. Published in The Essential Golden Dawn.

Monday, October 27, 2014

While Waiting for Thee

Don't weep at my grave,
For I am not there,
I've a date with a butterfly
To dance in the air.
I'll be singing in the sunshine,
Wild and free,
Playing tag with the wind,
While I'm waiting for thee.
The Comfort and Sweetness of Peace
After the clouds, the sunshine,
after the winter, the spring,
after the shower, the rainbow,
for life is a changeable thing.
After the night, the morning,
bidding all darkness cease,
after life's cares and sorrows,
the comfort and sweetness of peace.

 - by  Helen Steiner Rice

For Buffalo Bob

Under the Shadow of Thy Wings

Sunday, October 26, 2014

GOLD: Israel Regardie's Lost Book of Alchemy

In this newly rediscovered text, famed occultist Israel Regardie sheds light on the psychological/spiritual meaning behind the symbols and metaphors of alchemy. To this end, he presents an important seventeenth century alchemical treatise for analysis, "The True Book of The Learned Greek Abbot Synesius Taken out of The Emperor's Library," written by an anonymous alchemist. As in his previous book on alchemy (The Philosopher's Stone), Regardie discusses "The True Book of Synesius" in the language of Jungian psychology, magnetism, and hypnosis. But here the discussion is more specific, with Regardie citing his own unique experiences as a therapist and a healer. In Gold, Regardie explores the similarities between alchemical theory, Taoist philosophy, yoga, hypnosis, Zen Buddhism, and experiments with the human aura.

Fully edited and annotated by Chic and Sandra Tabatha Cicero, Gold is the first new book by Regardie published in decades and includes two important appendices. First, Regardie talks about the practical use of the concepts, and the Ciceros reveal the earliest version of Regardie's The Art of True Healing, straight from the author's personal advance copy, complete with Regardie's own corrections penciled into the margins.

Available in early Spring 2015 from Llewellyn Publications.