February 15, 2012
I just received my copy of “Concourse of the Watchtowers: An Exploration of Westcott’s Enochian Tablets” by Tabatha Cicero. While I must admit I’m not finished with it yet (I don’t get as much time to read as I’d like), so far I’m highly impressed with the content so far. Kudos to Tabatha for making this information public.
The book itself contains an explanation of what the Tablets are, and how vastly they differ from the “standard” Golden Dawn Enochian Tablets. It shows detailed explanations of each square in the tablet, what each sub-sector contains, how it relates to the Laws of the Convoluted Forces (with some great stuff by the noted Kabbalist Olen Rush), and some brand-new material by Innes, Farr, ThAM-level workings, and even a previously-unpublished 6=5 ritual.
Needless to say, this isn’t an entry-level book on the Golden Dawn. One should be intimately familiar with the 5=6 material given in Regardie, and have practiced it for quite a while in order to get the most out of this book, but like others on the market right now (like Pat Zalewski’s “Golden Dawn Rituals and Commentaries”), it’s great to see advanced publications come out of the GD, rather than the fluff that seems to permeate the market.
Oh, and did I mention I received a copy signed by Chic and Tabatha? Get it now!
August 28, 2011
After reading “God Making” by Donald Tyson in The Golden Dawn Journal III: The Art of Hermes, edited by Chic & Tabatha Cicero, I realized that creating a godform within a statue was a worthy pursuit. Since that time, I’ve been kicking the idea around of creating a cabinet-style box wherein I can place a god or goddess, and work with him/her. This finally came to fruition over the past few days when I remembered I had a bunch of spare lumber and a dedicated ritual space. Here’s what you’ll need:
- A statue of the god/goddess/angel you wish to work with.
- A full sheet of 1/4″ plywood (though a 2′ x 4′ piece would probably work as well).
- A good saw (electric handsaw or preferably a table saw).
- Medium and fine-grade sandpaper.
- White primer paint.
- Black (or whatever color you desire) paint OR Chalkboard paint.
- Some hinges & a lock, as well as a means to place the box on the wall of your room.
Here’s how to do it:
- Measure the width, height and length of the statue. My particular statue of Thoth is small, only 8″ tall, 3.5″ long and 2.25″ wide. Add approximately 2″ to each measurement.
- For the base of the box, add about 6″, making a space for sacrifices.
- My particular box now measures 10″ tall, 8″ in depth (14″ on the bottom), and 6″ wide (see 3d model)
- Cut your lumber (be careful!) to the measurements. Ignore the door for now.
- Sand the wood with a medium-grade sandpaper, then a fine-grade paper.
- Dust off the wood and prime all sides (be sure to prime and paint in a well-ventilated area!).
- Once the primer is sufficiently dry (usually within an hour for most primers), sand the primed wood again with a fine-grade sandpaper.
- Paint the primed wood with the appropriate colored paint. Instead of making one box per color (and thus per god) I wish to work with, I used chalkboard paint. I can then use the appropriately-colored chalk to paint the name of the god as well as any sigils I wish around the inside & outside of the box.
- Apply a second coat of paint. You’ll likely not have to do this if you’re using chalkboard paint, as it covers primer very well.
- Nail or screw the box together with finishing nails or small screws. If screwing the wood together, you’ll need to drill a small hole where you’ll put the screw in, to avoid splitting the wood.
- If needed, paint over any points where the wood has shown through after screwing/nailing.
- Now measure the inside front of the box, as shown here.
- This is the size of the door, which will cover the god from prying eyes.
- Cut, prime and paint the door.
- Attach the hinges & the lock.
- And now you have a house fit for a god!
You may mount the box on your wall, so you can sit directly across from the god, as Tyson suggests, or you could put legs on the box.
You can either leave the door open all the time, or shut it with the appropriate sacrifices inside with the god, opening it to commence worship or whatever you have in mind.