Saturday, 13 December 2014

Magical Talismans and the Neophyte Grade

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.

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Saturday, 22 November 2014

The Middle Pillar Exercise


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!

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Monday, 3 November 2014

Ritual Magick Foundation

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.

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Friday, 10 October 2014

The Oracle of Babalon: Daughter of Fortitude

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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Thursday, 18 September 2014

Tarot Alchemy Podcast

This podcast tutorial is for those who want to learn how to practice and understand the method of Tarot dignities based on the four classical elements of fire, water, air and earth. Subscribe to the podcast: Atom feed

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


Example 5. The sword takes the wand to the cup