Star Ruby, Liber V Vel Reguli, Star Sapphire
I was wondering if anyone had an opinion or knew if Crowley and his disciples ever applied the pentagram rituals Crowley designed in the manner of the Golden Dawn as banishing and invoking. I got the impression from DuQuette’s Magick of Thelema the Star Ruby and Liber V Vel Reguli were applied as rituals to invoke the New Aeon and were considered improved pentagram rituals.
I have never seen banishing inverted pentagrams ever applied to Liber V Vel Reguli in Beta’s edition of Book 4 nor Duquette’s Magick of Thelema. I was wondering if Liber V Vel Reguli was originally never meant to be a banishing ritual.
Then the Star Sapphire leads me puzzled. I read somewhere where Theodor Reuss accuses Crowley of publishing the OTO’s secret in the Book of Lies by pointing out the first part of the Star Sapphire “Let the adept be armed with Magick Rood [and provided with his mystic Rose]” I do not know if this account really did happen. If it did happen I wonder if Crowley originally intended this ritual to be a non-sexual ritual. I have never seen Crowley’s or any historic secret notes on which type of hexagram to inscribe the Lesser Golden Dawn Hexagram, Unicursal or Traditional Hexagrams or do we visualize a Star Sapphire hexagram like the Star Ruby ritual?
The Star Sapphire is a ritual that I practice infrequently. The ritual does not use the INRI formula of the Golden Dawn. I was wondering if anybody applies this ritual as a non-sexual ritual like the Golden Dawn Hexagram rituals. I mean by non-sexual having no physical acts, symbolically the ritual is sexual.
Do what thou wilt shall the whole of the Law.
Honestly i feel it it is not important what Hexagram is used, G.D. or Euclidian? Eh, its your artistic license.
In Star Sapphire i feel the Hexagram is symbloic, not just sexual interlocking of triangles, but the union of the Magician and the Planetary Godhead invoked. The rosy cross is that union, the aspiring prayer of the magician, i.e. the invocation, is reciprocated by the descending grace of that planetary godhead. Or else one may treat it in the manor of L.R.H invoking or banishing, employing Euclidian Hexagram for a Thelemic twist.
The N.O.X. signs reflect the interlocking of the sexual triangles, and the sexual energy raised and released in the orgasm, as Set appears in the Circle. The sexual fluid is a consumation of the union of you and the planetary godhead invoked, which is then consumed.
This is ceremony as i understand it.
Love is the law, love under will.
Thank you, Ababalond, for your response and insight on the Star Sapphire. Lon Milo Duquette’s Magick of Thelema and Book Four provides the student with detail to perform the Star Ruby and Liber V Vel Reguli. The Star Sapphire is left for interpretation and artistic license. Perhaps, I am in error for trying to equate this as a Thelemic Version of the Golden Dawn Lesser Hexagram Ritual.
In the Star Ruby ritual, the student to visualize a Star Ruby in the shape of a pentagram, I thought the same would apply to visualize a Star Sapphire in the shape of a hexagram.
Here is an example how a Star Sapphire looks like.
I was hoping to find historical insight and written records on how the Star Sapphire was historically practiced from its inception from the Book of Lies to its being practiced if it was even practiced by Frater Achad, Karl Germer, Jack Parsons, Grady McMurty and other historical Thelemites.
I recall reading Theodor Reuss made Crowley head of the British OTO because of the Star Sapphire rite “Let the adept be armed with Magick Rood [and provided with his mystic Rose]” Crowley acts as though he never intended this rite to be a sexual rite revealing the secrets of the OTO. From what I read of this I cannot say if this story is completely true.
In all honesty I don't think much evidence exists for Crowley having used the Ruby or the Sapphire as his rituals of choice. I am sure someone will correct me but he seemed to teach the old GD versions exclusively. As far as Liber V, it was originally a group ritual used at the Abbey that Crowley adapted for personal use to my understanding, but again, I could be wrong.
Liber V, I believe is just what it says it is:a ritual to invoke the energies of the Aeon of Horus. The most potent part of the ritual for me personally is the recitation from memory of the commentaries,i.e-I also am a Star in Space,etc.After invoking the energies of the Aeon, you proclaim your own Godhood, and the qualities thereof. The averse pentagrams represent Spirit descending into matter.
Liber 36 is extremely powerful and personal to me. I use the Unicursal Hexagram with the five petaled rose in the center as my symbol of the Eucharist as I currently do not have a partner. I invite Set into the circle to join in the Eucharist, for the destruction of my own self. When I assume Mater Triumphans, I am suckling my new spiritual self with my own life's blood, my milk, as in Liver V you are suckling the Child Horus, to help usher on the New Aeon.
These rituals, over time, become understood as our Lord would have us Understand them. Each for her/him self.