Thelematron: thelemized elemental invocation/banishing work
Thelematron presents an approach to a fully-thelemized elemental invocation/banishing framework. Note this is nothing like star ruby or star sapphire, which are banishing rituals - rather these slot where LIRP and such like go. This is an experimental work and only gentle use is recommended.
So the goal was to rework the rituals so they could be used cross culturally?
"Similarly, the traditional Golden Dawn practice
of having four hexagrams drawn of two interlocking triangles
representing the elements seems to be a historical convention rather
than being based on visible deep theory."
These four Elemental Hexagrams could be used if one wanted to invoke, for instance, the fiery aspect of Jupiter or the Watery aspect of Sol, they would then employ the Lesser Ritual of the Hexagram.
"These diagrams are fundamentally arbitrary"
If the diagrams you are referring to are the Pentagram and the Hexagram with their elemental and planetary angles, I can asure you, they are anything but arbitrary. Also, the method of tracing the Pentagrams so that you invoke water by banishing air and vice versa has a deeper esoteric meaning, another hint at this is the symbol of the Eagle traced for water, and the water bearer for air as done in the traditional Invoking Ritual of the Pentagram.
"There are two common mappings of elements to directions. The are the
terrestrial, and the celestial. The terrestrial/masonic relates to the day,
and the celestial to the zodiac and the (anti-clockwise) wheel of the year.
Astral forces are mainly elemental in nature, causal ones, celestial."
Out of curiosity, where did you come up with this explanation?
"You start in the east
with whichever element seems most appropriate for the working, and
Why would this be the case in a Thelemic ritual? Because Thelema is solar-phallic?
I found this interesting, wherever this comes from, but it makes Kundalini seem analogous to DNA
"Typically the kundalini is manifested in ordinary life
in three modes: spiritual development, worldly success, and children or
students. The energies and presence which give rise to these things are
often aspects of the kundalini power reshaping the world to deliver the
results it desires."
Some interesting concepts, have you employed them practically?
I have worked these rituals for a fair while, yes. I have read - source now distant in memory - that the elemental hexagrams were generated because Mathers thought they looked like the magical weapons of the element involved. I am aware of the water-of-Jupiter type applications.
The elemental order places air-earth and water-fire opposite each other - this is why the active/passive spirit pentagrams are dropped - that equilibration runs across the space rather than through a pentagram.
But the main body of the work is Our Will and Mandate, the new powertrain. The other stuff is not substantially better than the older GD versions - it's easier to remember and to teach because it's "orthogonal" - but it works pretty much the same way. Our Will and Mandate, though, works in a very different and (to my eye) substantially more thelemic way than the Qabalistic Cross.
It's worthy of examination. It may or may not suit you, and it may or may not pass muster given time, but it's at least interesting.
it is interesting. and I'am personally glad to see some experimentation going on in the realm of ceremonial magick.
The elemntal Hexagrams can actually be seen in Mathers translation the the (greater) Key of Solomon, in one of the magic circles, so their occult use may predate Mathers, unless he snuck them into the translated grimoire.
Interesting. Did they have the elemental attributions in that text, or were they symbols at the elemental attributions were attached to at a later date?
The powertrain on Thelematron really does work well because it doesn't reference anything from any tradition outside of the Thelema of the The Book of the Law - specifically it doesn't drag the QBL along for the ride. Seems to work very nicely and that strongly leads me to suspect that there are many places where the QBL is just unnecessary complexity on top of relatively simple and direct concepts.
Law is for all, after all, right?
I'm sorry that you can't appreciate the subtleties of the Qabalah and it's symbolism. Perhaps you could begin experimenting with new qabalistic concepts for delving into the mysteries of Liber AL, or to derive magic words of power and other symbols and conjurations to be integrated into a modern Thelemic Grimoire.
SO far as I know the elemental attributions were drawn from the quaters of the circle on which they were drawn, I think according to the zodiac.
I used to teach QBL to orthodox rabbis.
It's a long story, but I do know my onions on QBL. That's why I took it out.