The Temple of Babalon is the Foundation Temple of Ordo Astri, an Independent Thelemic magical Order based in the UK. The Temple of Babalon website is here to provide audio podcasts for those with a serious interest in Thelema, Hermetic and magical philosophy, practical magick, mysticism, and the occult.
Temple of Babalon Podcast 05: Previously we explored the Lesser Ritual of the Pentagram and the Middle Pillar Exercise. We now pass from the grade of Probationer to that of Neophyte, the first Initiated degree. The grade of Neophyte is symbolised by Malkuth on the Hermetic Tree of Life, so sometimes the 1=10 grade or First Degree is called the grade of Earth. At the level of Neophyte, the work greatly expands in scope, and becomes very complex. We won’t be able to cover everything that goes on in the Neophyte grade in this broadcast, but we will discuss some of the more important aspects, including the consecration and charging of magical talismans. The formula of magical talismans is of particular concern to the Neophyte, for it is identical to the formula of Initiation at any level of so-called attainment. As we are going to discuss the Magick of Light, we will also afford a little time to discussing the Magick of Night – that is, the Nightside narrative of the late Kenneth Grant, whose writings have popularised what is known as the left-hand path.
Temple of Babalon Podcast 04: Previously we explored the Lesser Ritual of the Pentagram in detail. Continuing with the Foundation work of a Probationer, we will now discuss a cornerstone of modern Hermetic Tantra-Yoga, known as the Middle Pillar Exercise. Later in the broadcast, Heather Carmen will take us through a step-by-step guide to the Middle Pillar Exercise, as it is taught and practiced in the Independent Thelemic Order of Ordo Astri. So, assuming you have fortified your astrosome or body of light with the Lesser Ritual of the Pentagram – or even if you have not yet got round to doing that – then make yourself comfortable and prepare for illumination!
Temple of Babalon Podcast 03: On the Libra Equinox of 2014 we published a new edition of Ritual Magick—The Rites and Ceremonies of Hermetic Light. The book takes theory into practice, revealing a unique system of magical Initiation. Included is an entire volume of Enochian Magick, with a detailed guide to Initiation and the system of Thirty Aethyrs, as well as an exposition on Enochian Sexual Magick. The book now includes advanced operations, such as Goetic Evocation and a full ceremonial Thelemic Mass. In this series of Temple of Babalon podcasts we will provide an overview, and no doubt some previously unpublished anecdotes, concerning each of the grades of Initiation. We begin here with the Foundation, the work of a Probationer to the Order. Heather Carmen will take us through a step-by-step guide to the Lesser Ritual of the Pentagram.
Temple of Babalon Podcast Episode 02: On 23 May 1587 Elizabethan mage John Dee and his
clairvoyant assistant Edward Kelly performed a simple rite for the purpose of
instruction “in the understanding and practice of wisdom”. The result was a
beautiful and truly remarkable oracle received from the Goddess Babalon, whose
mystery is that she is a harlot, loved by many, and yet remains forever a
virgin. In this second episode of the Temple of Babalon Podcast, we will first
discuss who or what Babalon is. Her name is well known to Thelemites as well as
anyone that has studied and worked the Enochian magical system, but here we
will investigate her relation with the vastly ancient mystery cults of the
Goddess. Along the way we will also attempt to dispel some of the popular myths
that have grown around the magical work of John Dee and Edward Kelly in
relation to Babalon. Our first guest, Heather Carmen, will read the Oracle of
Babalon that was received by John Dee and Edward Kelly.
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The Tetragrammaton Shemetah (ShMATh)
Example 1. Cups are opposite in nature to wands
Example 2. All wands – very powerful for good or evil
Example 3. Disks are friendly with cups
Example 4. The sword and disk cancel each other out