Select your ritual space and set up your altar. Clear and release as you always do.
Cleanse the space and cast the circle as outlined in LESSON VI. Invoce the Quarters as you have learned to do.
When you have erected the Magic Circle and called the Quarters, you will want to invoce Deity. You will learn more about invocing Deity in LESSON VII, but for now we will give you a simple all-purpose invocation that is good for any use.
An invocation is a prayer for the presence and aid of Deity -either Universal or personal Deity. An invocation can be addressed to Universal Deity, to the Goddess and/or God, or to a particular Goddess or God -all are ultimately manifestations of the same Universal Power.
To make an invocation, speak to Deity from your heart, and with love. You should always address Deity with respect, but the particular words you use are so not important as the sincerity behind them.
This invocation is directed toward Universal Deity:
"Holy Mother-Father God, Creator and Sustainer of all things, be with me now and aid me in this my undertaking. Give me Your blessing and Your guidence, I pray You, with love and gratitude for Your aid!"
Take up the Ace of Swords. Face the East, and see again the column of white light you called up when you invoced the Guardian of the East.
Now raise the Ace of Swords, holding it out so it faces the East. Imagine the card surrounded by a ball of white light. Address the Guardian of the East with words like these: "Guardian of the East, empower this card as your representative, so that it may be a lasting bond between us. May this card keep the power of Air and the sacred Athame always with me! May I always have mental strength, good ideas and clear communications in this home!"
Take up the Ace of Wands, and face the South. Again see the column of light you drew up when you invoced the Quarter. Raise the Ace of Wands, holding it so that it faces South. Imagine the card surrounded by a ball of white light. Address the Guardian of the South with words to the effect of:
"Guardian of the South, empower this card as your representative, so that it may be a lasting bond between us. May this card keep the power of Fire and the sacred Wand always with me! May I always have strength, vitality, and creativity, in this home!"
Return the card to the altar.
Now take up the Ace of Cups, and turn to the West. See again the column of light you called up when you invoced the Quarter.
Pick up the Ace of Cups, holding it so that it faces West. Imagine the card surrounded by a ball of white light. Address the Guardian of the West with words to the effect of: "Guardian of the West, empower this card as your representative, so that it may be a lasting bond between us. May this card keep the power of Water and the sacred Chalice always with me! May I always have love, compassion, and nurturing in this home!"
Replace the card upon the altar.
Take up now the Ace of Pentacles. Turn to the North. See the column of light you brought up when you invoced the Quarter.
Hold up the Ace of Pentacles, holding it facing North. Imagine the card surrounded by a ball of white light. Address the Guardian of the North with words to the effect of: "Guardian of the North, empower this card as your representative, so that it may be a lasting bond between us. May this card keep the power of Earth and the sacred Pentagram always with me! May I always have wealth, prosperity, and wisdom in this home!"
Say to yourself: "Behold, I am One with the Powers of the Universe!" and imagine a bright light shing out from your Solar Plexus, like a Sun within you. Place your hands over the four Aces and imagine a bright white light comming from your hands and surrounding the cards. Charge them with words like these:"By the powers of Air and Fire, by the powers of Water and Earth, and by the power of Spirit -within me- may these cards be blessed, and may they guard and bless this house! By my will, so mote it be -and it is so."
Now you will give thanks and dismiss, begining with Deity.
"Holy Mother-Father God, Universal force of Life Which suffuses and supports all things, I thank You for Your presence and Your Aid! I offer You my love, and bid You hail, and farewell!"
Now close the Magic Circle, according to the instructions in LESSON VI.
When you have closed the circle, before you cleanse and release your excess energy, take the four Aces from the altar.
Go to the Easternmost wall in your home, and place the Ace of Swords there -hang it with a thumb tack or bit of tape, or affix it in any other manner that may seem right to you. Again imagine the card surrounded with white light and say: "May the blessing be!"
Now go to the Southernmost wall of your house and affix the Ace of Wands there. See the Ace of Wands surrounded by white light, and say: "May the blessing be!"
Go now to the Westernmost wall in the house, and affix the Ace of Cups there. Visualize the card surrounded by white light and say: "May the blessing be!"
Finally, go to the Northernmost wall of your home, and there affix the Ace of Pentacles. See the card surrounded by white light, and say: "May the blessing be!"
The spell is now complete. Clear and release all excess energy. GOD OF THE MONTH
One of the most enduring Pagan Goddesses is Venus, ancient Goddess of love and beauty. Venus has remained popular throughout the ages, showing up in Hermetic and Alchemical beliefs, peasant Witch customs, and allegorical thought. As patroness of romantic love, She has graced many a Rococco painting and Victorian Valentine.
The worship of Venus was widespread in the ancient world, with its principle center at Cypris. It is believed that Venus was introduced to Greece from Asia Minor (modern Turkey) and that Her worship originated there as a local variation on the ancient Goddess Ishtar
Called Aphrodite (Foam Born) by the Greeks, Venus was sometimes said to have been born from the foam generated by the waves crashing against the shore. A more famous version of Her birth says that when Chronos (Time) separated Uranos (Father Sky) from Gaia (Mother Earth), He castrated Uranos and flung Uranos' penis into the sea (representing the womb of the Mother), and that Venus arose from the foam generated by the splash. Either way She was said to have been generated from the sea (the Feminine Polarity) and to have first come to land at Cypris. there is a very beautiful painting of this by the rennaissance painter sandro Boticelli, "the Birth of Venus" which depicts venus comming to shore at Cypris, attended by Zephyros (the gentle west Wind) and Flora, Goddess of flowers.
The principle consort of Venus was Vulcan ( Greek Hephaistos), God of the Forge and of blacksmiths. Vulcan was a God of death and Magic, smithcraft having been viewed as very magical in ancient times, and He ruled the underground realms, and located His forge beneath volcanoes. Vulcan was lame, representing the "dead" Sun of Winter, which limps across the sky.But though paired with Vulcan, venus also took mars (Ares) as Her consort. Remembered primarily as a God of war, Mars was originally a God of the Summer season, of life, passion, and physical activity. Venus constantly shifted between Vulcan (Winter) and mars (Summer) in a seasonal myth of the type which will be discussed in greater detail below.
Though She is most often thought of as a Maiden Goddess connected with romantic love and sensuality, Venus also has aspects as Mother Goddess, and even as Crone.
Her aspect as Mother Goddess shows most strongly in the legend of Venus and Adonis. In this story Venus fell in love with a beautiful mortal named Adonis, and made him Her husband. Killed by a wild boar Adonis crossed into the Otherworld, where he became the lover of Persephone, Queen of the Dead. Heartbroken, Venus went to great lengths to retrieve Adonis from Persephone. Ultimately it was resolved that Adonis should spend the Summer months with Venus, and the Winter months with Persephone.
This kind of myth is nearly universal, and represents the earth continually passing from Summer to
Winter and back to Summer, and the Soul passing from Life to death and back to Life again.
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The pathology of the poet says that the undevout astronomer is mad the pathology of the very plain man says that the genius is mad and between these extremes, which stand for ten thousand analogous excesses, the sovereign reason takes the part of a moderator and does what it can. I do not think that there is a pathology of the occult dedications, but about their extravagances no one can question, and it is not less difficult than thankless to act as a moderator regarding them.