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 are popularly associated with that which is called 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 Thelemic Order of Ordo Astri. Prepare for illumination!

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Monday, 3 November 2014

Ritual Magick Foundation

Temple of Babalon Podcast 03: In this first series of Temple of Babalon podcasts we will provide an overview 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 ancient mystery cults. We will also 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 as received by John Dee and Edward Kelly.

© Oliver St. John 2014

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Thursday, 18 September 2014

Tarot Alchemy Podcast

Temple of Babalon Podcast Episode 01: 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. To apply meaning to the Tarot, we first have to understand how the four principles or magical elements relate to each other in combination. Once we can do that, we can understand how a set of three cards can combine together to produce meaning, and there is no need to have cards with upside down or so-called ‘reverse meanings’. When Tarot dignities are applied, all the cards in the deck are kept turned upwards.

© Oliver St. John 2014

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