Tabatha Cicero’s “Concourse of the Watchtowers”

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the noted Kabbalist Olen Rush), and some brand-new material by Innes, Farr, ThAM-level workings, and even a previously-unpublished 6=5 ritual.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!

Finishing Up My Book

January 11, 2011

Well, I’m in the final stretch of getting my gematria book published. To be honest, I’m excited and a bit nervous about it. The final graphics design are being done by a former coworker who’s work I greatly admire, and it should be ready this month. So keep your eyes open for an announcement here soon on where to buy it.

(Oh, and if you’re interested in getting a sneak peek, I’ll be uploading a bit to some sites as a partial pdf, just to whet the appetite!)

What Makes an Adept?

January 24, 2010

I’ve read many different opinions about what makes an adept. Most of which are written by bloggers (the like of which I reluctantly throw myself in with) and those who defend people who are considered by them to be “adepts,” but what do the people in the past (that most of us in the Western Hermetic Tradition consider adepts) have to say about what makes up an adept? For the purposes of this entry, I’m considering an adept of the G.D.

In Regardie’s Golden Dawn, pp. 106 (newer Llewellyn version), the “Task Undertaken by the Adeptus Minor” states that said task includes,

To expel from the Sephiroth of the Nephesch the usurpation by the evil Sephiroth; to balance the action of the Sephiroth of the Ruachin those of the Nephesch. To prevent the Lower Will and Human Consciousness from falling into and usurping the place of the Automatic Consciousness. To render the King of the Body, the Lower Will, obedient to and anxious to execute the commands of the Higher Will, that he be neither a usurper of the faculties of the Higher, nor a sensual despot-but an Initiated Ruler, and an anointed King, the viceroy and representative of the Higher Will, because inspired thereby, in his Kingdom which is man.

Paul Foster Case says in “The Secret Doctrine of the Tarot” (p. 92) that,

An adept is one who has changed his body into an instrument for transforming solar energy into a psycho-physical force that can be applied in many unusual ways.

Dion Fortune, speaking of the higher ranks of adepthood, says in “The Mystical Qabalah” (p. 176) that,

When the Higher Self and the Lower Self become united through the complete absorption of the lower by the higher, true adepthood is gained; this is the Great Initiation, the Lesser Divine Union. It is the supreme experience of the incarnate soul, and when this takes place, it is freed from any compulsion to rebirth into the prison-house of flesh. Thenceforth it is free to go on up the planes and enter into its rest, or, if it so elects, to remain within the earth-sphere and function as a Master.

The latter quote of course refers to the post-death position of the adept, who has released united the Higher and the Lower (the Neschamah with the Ruach), while Mathers and Case refer to the incarnate experience of uniting the Ruach with the Nephesch. This is an important distinction between the two kinds of adept. The Fortune version is beyond the scope of what I am trying to discuss – the adept who still occupies a human body in the world of Assiah (and ignoring the concept of living breathing “secret masters”).

So the first two quotes state that an adept is one who is unlike his/her peers, by definition an expert in their field, and one who has transformed their ordinary human shells into a vehicle for the higher. After meeting personally several people and lurking among online communities of people who consider themselves “adepts” and are referred to as such by their peers, I am often underwhelmed at what I see. Perhaps I’m just not developed enough to pick up on the transformation these people have undergone, or maybe I’m reading the interpretation of what an adept is incorrectly.

I do have to say that I have known adepts, though very few in the Golden Dawn school. So what’s going on here? I truly believe in the abilities of many of those I’ve met, and seen some of them in action, but it seems to me that the material world  seems to hold more influence over many than the attempt to attain true adepthood. I also abide by my belief that the Golden Dawn holds much to offer for those who apply themselves to the Great Work.

In my humble opinion, an adept in the G.D. would be able to do more than analyze the intricacies of the Outer Order rituals, or to perform a SIRP without the aid of a text, or to write an essay or book on the Order’s overall thematic imagery. An adept is truly one who has transformed his life, both in the magical and mundane worlds, to extend the LVX of the Higher into the world of Assiah (even if that LVX is just a reflection of the Higher light which extends into the reaches of Keter of Assiah). An adept should be someone who works daily not only to improve his/her life, but the lives of everyone around them.

Now, this is not to say that an adept is some demigod or enlightened being who will never utter a curse word at the person who cut them off in traffic, or drink a beer or two, or to get angry, or to do many other things that many might consider “un-adept-like”, but there should be an overall sense of achievement on their part, as well as the extension of that achievement to others. Otherwise, the Order has done nothing but produce writers and theoreticians, not magicians.

What do you think? What makes an adept?

Enochian and Some Other Thoughts

December 15, 2009

Apologies for not writing much lately.  My life’s been rather busy. So with no further waste of space, I’ll start right in.

Having worked the Enochian system for a while now, I can say two things tentatively, though definitely within my realm of experience:

1. It works. Very well.

2. It’s hyped.

So what do I mean by these two contradictions?  In my opinion, the Enochian system (as both Golden Dawn and traditional) is quite useful, though on one hand the GD attempted to make it sit well inside their cohesive schema, and on the other, it’s a new way to look at the Universe and deity. So you either have to look at it as an elemental schema or a new language altogether (much like Kabbalah).  After looking at both, I am excited to begin traversing the Enochian world in its entirety, especially after looking at it through GD eyes.

There’s so much more to be said about Enochian, but above all it works, and well. I’ve done scrying sessions with another Frater here with much more experience, and his prior sessions are remarkably similar to ours. All scrying sessions (at least for me) come with doubts about the veracity of the vision, but these sessions greatly improved my abilities not only to call the angels/kerubs/gods, but to see them as well.

So if you haven’t tried Enochian, do so. IMHO, it’s no more “dangerous” than Kabbalah, though I’ve found it more immediately powerful. The Calls are very moving, even in the Enochian language. The theory that Enochian is “dangerous” I think comes from the original GD and less from those who’ve actually worked the original system.

Oh, and it’s NOT an apocalyptic working at all.

Turning my attention elsewhere, I’m going to be out of the country with my lovely wife starting this Friday, so I’ll be out until the end of the month. Look for more posts after the first of the year.


Frater AENE

The Genius as Creative Force

October 28, 2009

Elizabeth Gilbert, author of “Eat, Pray, Love” recently went on TED, the excellent series of videos on “ideas worth spreading.” This wonderful video expresses the evolution and downfall of the idea of creativity and what Socrates called his “daemon”. All those who are Abramelin fans or consider western esotericism to be a source for contact with the genius or daemon should take a look:

Elizabeth Gilbert on the Genius

I find her overview excellent, and a good reminder to all of us that our true genius is only a part of something larger than ourselves. She insists that we have lost our way in referring to persons as geniuses rather than understanding that we come from the One. Her argument is that the post-Renaissance humanistic viewpoint of homo sapiens at the center of the universe has essentially killed off our creative people, due to the stress of thinking we’re the total package and must rely upon no one but ourselves.


The Tree of Life Revisited

September 3, 2009

After years of studying the Golden Dawn’s version of the Kabbalistic Tree of Life, I decided to make a lengthy examination and invocation for the Lightning Flash on the Tree itself. It’s gone something like this:

Week 1: Invoke the Names of Keter (God Name, Archangel, Angel, Sphere) from top down. During the last couple of days or so, vibrate Alef (the first path). During the entire time, study up on Keter and its associations.

Week 2: Invoke the Names of Keter, Alef, then Chokmah. Again study the associations of Chokmah. Begin to vibrate Dalet. At this time, I also began vibrating the Names from bottom to top.

Week 3: etc.

While this is a somewhat elementary exercise, it’s helped me not only to concretize the Names in my mind, but understand the different vibrational levels they each exist at. For example, Metatron feels different than Eheieh, and different than Raziel.

Give it a shot if you’ve not done something similar. For my next round, I’m going to focus on the paths themselves, one at a time, using a similar formula, but probably that of the serpent winding itself round the Tree.