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 Anonymous
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21/10/2012 8:29 am  

Hello,

I'm trying to learn the LRH. I've been on these forums, though not for a while, and mentioned i the past that I'm blind, so some of the symbols are difficult for me to get. So I wanted to explain my understanding so that any errors can be caught, and ask a few questions I'm unable to find the answers to.

Firstly, how I understand it is that the traditional hexagram is made up of two triangles— one pointing upwards and one pointing towards, making six points, of course. I also understand that the planets are found for each point as the hexagram is placed on the Tree of Life, centered in Tiphareth. So Saturn goes on the topmost point, Jupiter on the top right, Venus on the bottom right, the Moon on the bottom point, Mercury on the bottom left and Mars on the top left.

I've also heard that the hexagram has a different form for each element. For earth alone does it take on the traditional form described above. if I have it straight, the fire hexagram has the bottom triangle inverted so that the top point is in the center of the upper triangle. The air hexagram has the bottom triangle pointing down, but the bases of the two triangles meeting instead of overlapping. Finally, the water hexagram has the bottom triangle pointing down, above the other triangle with their points meeting.

I have also read that the elements are rearranged, with fire in the east, earth in the south, air in the west and water in the north. As I understand it, this is to be more faithful to the zodiacal placement of the signs. However, i think I misunderstand this. As I understand it, the cardinal fire sign (Aries) lies at 0°, which would be west. Obviously I misunderstand this somewhere.

Most versions I have encountered say that you must draw the symbol of the planet you are banishing/invoking in the center of each hexagram. Is this true, and how important is it? I do not know these symbols, so does anyone know of a resource somewhere that textually describes these symbols?

A few versions also say that you must face the position of the planet you are invoking/banishing, and that position should be your east. Again, is this necessary? I do not know how to determine the position of the planet. I have programmatic access to an ephemeris, but wouldn't know how to extract such data.

Finally, how does it go if I desire only to invoke one planet? Must I banish all of the other planets, then do the LBRH again to invoke the desired planet?

Let's say for instance that I want to invoke Jupiter. Would I have to banish Saturn, Mars, Venus, Mercury, and the Moon? Could this all be done in one instance of the BRH?

I know that the analysis of the key word comes before and after the BRH. If an invocation has to come after a banishing, would two of such analysis of the key word have to come in succession (one to end the previous BRH and one to begin the IRH), or perhaps they could be collapsed into one.

I apologize for so many questions. Clarification would be greatly appreciated.


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Philip Harris-Smith
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22/10/2012 6:49 pm  

Being blind and doing ritual is potentially complex.

Have you considered the Thelemic techniques that are meditiative practises.  Also stuff like Franz Bardon's Initiation into Hermetics. These do not require a lot of precise movement and orientation, yet can achieve excellent results.


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Shiva
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22/10/2012 11:46 pm  

ANY of the rituals can be a meditative practice. One simply sits still and performs them on the astral plane.


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23/10/2012 1:19 am  

meditation is almost a must. the ritual itself is like a mantra to get you there if you use it that way.


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Los
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23/10/2012 5:20 am  
"devbanana" wrote:
I'm trying to learn the LRH. I've been on these forums, though not for a while, and mentioned i the past that I'm blind, so some of the symbols are difficult for me to get.

Do you mind me asking how you read the forums with a visual impairment? Just curious.

I'm surprised no one has answered your questions yet. I will provide answers below.

I have also read that the elements are rearranged, with fire in the east, earth in the south, air in the west and water in the north. As I understand it, this is to be more faithful to the zodiacal placement of the signs. However, i think I misunderstand this. As I understand it, the cardinal fire sign (Aries) lies at 0°, which would be west. Obviously I misunderstand this somewhere.

It's not that the elements are "rearranged" -- it's that the hexagram rituals use the macrocosmic attributions of the elements. These are Fire in the East, Water in the North, Air in the West, and Earth in the South (it's the attributions of YHVH placed widdershins around the circle, though the magician moves deosil for the ritual itself).

Most versions I have encountered say that you must draw the symbol of the planet you are banishing/invoking in the center of each hexagram. Is this true, and how important is it? I do not know these symbols, so does anyone know of a resource somewhere that textually describes these symbols?

Here you are describing the Greater Ritual of the Hexagram, used for invoking specific planets or signs of the zodiac. For this version of the ritual, you use the Earth Hexagram alone (starting from the point attributed to the specific planet) and draw the symbol of the planet/zodiac in the center (and for the zodiac, you use the hexagram invoking the planet that rules the sign).

There are more elaborate versions of this ritual that you could do. For example, you may want to use the real position of the planet you're invoking as your "East" for the purposes of the ritual. You may wish to decorate the ritual chamber with items sacred to that particular planet. You may wish to read aloud the chapter of Liber VII attributed to that planet in order to put yourself in the mood. The possibilities are endless.

None of it is absolutely necessary. Do what you feel comfortable with.

Finally, how does it go if I desire only to invoke one planet? Must I banish all of the other planets, then do the LBRH again to invoke the desired planet?

The way I used to work was begin with the LBRP and LBRH to clear the space and then perform the Greater Invoking Ritual of the Hexagram for the appropriate planet.

You can do it that way, or you could indeed banish each planet and then invoke the one you want (I believe that was how the operation was performed in Crowley's novel Moonchild, no?). But that's a little elaborate. It all depends on how much time you have and what you feel comfortable doing.

I know that the analysis of the key word comes before and after the BRH. If an invocation has to come after a banishing, would two of such analysis of the key word have to come in succession (one to end the previous BRH and one to begin the IRH), or perhaps they could be collapsed into one.

Personal touch. Try it both ways and see what you like.

As a closing note, I would advise you to be aware that all of these rituals are entirely psychological. You're just creating changes within yourself. There are no "energies" out there that you're actually summoning up. So there's basically no danger in doing something "wrong," if that's what you're worried about. Just get out there and experiment.

The "planets" are symbolic ways of talking about aspects of your True Self that you can concentrate on by working yourself up via ritual psychodrama -- nothing more, but also nothing less. Great wonders are possible with these rituals, but they are wonders that are entirely within you. These rituals are, essentially, the equivalent of Dumbo's magic feather or training wheels. Enjoy the journey.

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 Anonymous
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23/10/2012 7:16 am  

An (mostly) excellent post, Los (and this is not the first time I've said so, believe it or not)!  I have been meaning to answer the post, myself, but I've had a hard time trying to "textualize the symbols". Without knowing the OP's extent of blindness (like from birth or sometime after) it is difficult, for me, to explain using terminology s/he would be familiar with.  Also, I have no visual artistic talent, so perhaps someone that does could help the poster with this?


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 Anonymous
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23/10/2012 7:44 am  

Kyle, you are an artist and work with people with "impairments" so, that should "be right up your alley".


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Los
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23/10/2012 8:46 pm  
"N.O.X" wrote:
I have been meaning to answer the post, myself, but I've had a hard time trying to "textualize the symbols". Without knowing the OP's extent of blindness (like from birth or sometime after) it is difficult, for me, to explain using terminology s/he would be familiar with.

I feel like it would be a hell of a lot easier for the OP to simply have a friend google "planetary symbols" and then (verbally) describe each one so that the OP could ask for clarification, etc.  That's not really something one needs a web forum for, and I think it would be significantly harder over text.

The pentagram and hexagram rituals are fascinating topics, but they're not really topics about Crowley per se. I think a valuable conversation might be Crowley's new versions of these rituals (i.e. Libers XXV and XXXVI) and how, exactly, they differ from the originals and how they fit more comfortably into a Thelemic paradigm (or maybe whether they do or not).

I'm actually in the process of writing an article on the Star Ruby, comparing it to the traditional LBRP, but I haven't really had the time to finish it. Maybe when I'm done, I'll post it up here so that we can have a more in depth (and Crowley-centric) discussion.


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 Anonymous
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25/10/2012 12:19 am  
"Philip Harris-Smith" wrote:
Being blind and doing ritual is potentially complex.

Have you considered the Thelemic techniques that are meditiative practises.  Also stuff like Franz Bardon's Initiation into Hermetics. These do not require a lot of precise movement and orientation, yet can achieve excellent results.

I understand where you are coming from, but I have no problem at all with moving or with orientation. I'm actually quite a visual person mentally, so I easily create a mental map of my surroundings and navigate them without trouble.


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 Anonymous
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25/10/2012 12:27 am  
"Los" wrote:
Do you mind me asking how you read the forums with a visual impairment? Just curious.

I use software called a screen reader, that verbalizes anything I desire to read— Web pages, e-mails, text documents, chat, or pretty much any application.

"Los" wrote:
I'm surprised no one has answered your questions yet. I will provide answers below.

I appreciate your answers. That clarifies things a lot.

I'm still trying to recognize that it is all psychological. I see all of this symbolism that is so interconnected, and so it seems important. For instance, the analysis of the key word that is in this ritual. I don't connect much with Egyptian mythology, so I've been wanting to alter it to my own preferred mythos/symbolism. However, all of the symbols seem so interconnected— INRI with Yod-Nun-Resh-Yod, with Vergo, Scorpio, Sol, etc, then with the Egyptian God names, and finally with IAO and LVX. I enjoy the symbolism of LVX=Lux, but would like to change some of the interposing symbols and names. But it feels like a delicate tapestry with its interconnectedness. I guess, though, it is whatever works for the individual, as you said, that is important, so that encourages me.


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 Anonymous
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25/10/2012 12:31 am  
"Los" wrote:
I feel like it would be a hell of a lot easier for the OP to simply have a friend google "planetary symbols" and then (verbally) describe each one so that the OP could ask for clarification, etc.  That's not really something one needs a web forum for, and I think it would be significantly harder over text.

Yes, my apologies for that. I have in the meantime learned those symbols in the manner you suggested. Luckily there are unicode representations of nearly any astrological symbol.


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 Anonymous
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25/10/2012 1:15 am  

Very good! 


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 Anonymous
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25/10/2012 4:09 am  

For the record, I just performed the LBRH and GIRH, and it worked quite well.

As a final question, what do you do for the invocation in the GIRH? I've heard some do an elaborate invocation. Others simply vibrate Ararita followed by the name of that planet/sign. Others vibrate a God name associated with that planet/sign. What is common?


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Los
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25/10/2012 2:31 pm  
"devbanana" wrote:
I'm still trying to recognize that it is all psychological. I see all of this symbolism that is so interconnected, and so it seems important.

That magick is entirely psychological does not prevent it from being important to a person.

For instance, the analysis of the key word that is in this ritual. I don't connect much with Egyptian mythology, so I've been wanting to alter it to my own preferred mythos/symbolism. However, all of the symbols seem so interconnected— INRI with Yod-Nun-Resh-Yod, with Vergo, Scorpio, Sol, etc, then with the Egyptian God names, and finally with IAO and LVX.

Just because the effects of these rituals are entirely psychological does not necessarily mean that one can do any old thing and still produce a profound psychological effect. You’re absolutely right that these rituals are intricate with deep symbolism, and that’s why it pays to study and practice them.

Once you have a firm basis of experience, you can start attributing other things to these symbols/words. Crowley did that sort of thing all the time. Look at his versions of the pentagram and hexagram rituals for an idea of how to take a basic form and adapt it for different ends.


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