SOLAR MAGICK OF ANTIQUITY




Today we have a very special guest entry authored by Vayu Tiger, also known as Robert Powell.

Magick is an art that has transformed the lives of people from the common man to the most educated. Wonders of this craft produce results based on the effort you place into it (on a practical level and metaphysical level.) Culturally in terms of speaking, each system varies from nation to nation. There were two particular forms of magick around the Aegean and Mediterranean Sea introduced based on the sun 2,000 years ago. Each of these systems has a practical esoteric application and esoteric literal view. Once you learn this ancient duality of Helios these concepts could completely make your magical and mundane life a far deeper experience. However I will be focusing solely on solar magick in this blog post.

The Sun on a practical level was seen to the laymen as the benevolent self-sufficient father that gave life to man. He was the procreative masculine force that was born, died, and reborn. But keep in mind this the most basic of his meaning of Sol. Humans at that period were extremely lucky to live past the age of forty. Essentially, humans saw this cyclic process as reflective upon their own lives. Another practical meaning of the sun was the ability to calculate times and formulate a calendar. It is easy to forget that ancient peoples of two millennia ago and beyond used astrology more for calendar uses than horoscopes, unlike today, where astrology is more personalized for individual psychology. So the Sun was a clock. When we read The Greek Magical Papyri in Translation with Demotic Spells, a book written in Hellenized Egypt, we find the sun had 12 hours during the day and 12 hours during the night, rather than ceremonial magick planetary hours. The sun was the primary focus. The solar timing could determine when the Nile River was going to flood seasonally and acted as a clock based on angle in the sky. Following the patterns of our solar star was seen as the giver of light, as man only had oil lamps to see during the night. Thus, that light was worshiped and was a metaphor for enlightenment or knowledge. This is why philosophers like Pythagoras, Socrates and Iamblichus avidly gave praise to Apollo.

Esoterically and magically, the sun was the benevolent father who defined the journey of the hero. Samson, the man whose strength came from his hair, translates to the “Sun Man” as Manly Palmer Hall states in his astrotheology lecture given in philosophy. Pythagoras was associated to the sun god, Apollo, in Croton according to Iamblichus. Pytha literally translates to Apollo. Therefore many people believed Pythagoras’ wisdom in mathematics, politics, science, music therapy, creating a just legal system, and egalitarian way of life was linked to him being an incarnation of Apollo. It was from Pythagoras that the seed of western civilization had begun to influence latter philosophers such as Plato. The sun was seen as the source of knowledge in the esoteric sense with the application of self-knowledge and scientific knowledge. It was because hidden secrets were being revealed, it was shedding light on darkness. This later played a role in Christianity as the Christ figure with the credit going to Platonism. Most generally, the sun represented the intellect of man.

Practically and esoterically we find the sun’s role in magick when we observe PGM III. 494-611 in this 2,000 year old text called “To Establish a Relationship with Helios”. It is obvious this was written for a mystery school initiation of sorts:

A procedure for every rite, for all things, for whatever you want, invoke this way:
"Come, come to me from the four winds of the world, air-traversing, great god. Hear me in every ritual which I perform, and grant all the petitions of my prayer completely, because I know your signs, symbols and forms, who you are each hour and what your name is.

In the first hour you have the form and character of a young monkey; the tree you produce is the silver fir; the stone the aphanos; the bird... your name is PHROUER.

In the second hour you have the form of a unicorn; the tree you produce is the Persea; the stone, the pottery stone; the bird, halouchakon; on land, the ichneumon; your name is BAZETOPHOTH.

In the third hour, you have the form of a cat; the tree you produce is the fig tree; the stone, samouchos; the bird the parrot; on land, the frog; your name is AKRAMMACHAMAREI.

In the fourth hour you have the form of a bull; the tree you produce...the stone, the amethyst; the bird, the turtledove, on land, the bull; your name is DAMNAMENEUS.

In the fifth hour you have the form of a lion; the tree you produce is the prickly shrub; the stone, the magnet; the bird...on land, the crocodile; your name is PHOKENGEPSEUARETATHOUMISONKTAIKT.

In the sixth hour you have the form of a donkey; the tree you produce is the thorn tree; the stone, lapis lazuli; in the sea, the jellyfish; on land, the white-faced cow; your name is EIAU AKRI LYX...

In the sevent hour you have the form of a crayfish; the tree you produce... you produce...; the stone, sun opal; the bird...on land, the cat; your name is...

In the eighth hour you have the form...the tree you produce...the stone... the bird..; on land, the hippopotamus; your name is...

In the ninth hour you have the form of an ibis; the tree you produce... the stone...; on land, the chameleon; your name...

In the tenth you have the form...; the tree you produce...the stone; one the color of a falcon's neck; the bird...

In the twelfth hour you have the form..your name is ADONAI...

... GABRIEL ALLOEA... OUREEDYDIE THARABRACHIRIGX IARBATHACHRAMNEPHIBAOCHNYMEO KAMPYKRIL... ELAMMARE


I have spoken your signs and symbols. Therefore, lord, do the NN deed by necessity, lest I shake heaven. Do the NN deed for me; you are the image, the whole of the universe, you who, after being selected, guarded the holy place of the great great king. Do the NN deed for me, the one who keeps the keys the triangular paradise of earth, which is the kingdom. Do the NN deed for for me, the fatherless child of an honored widow, BOIATHYRITH, lest they take away from me the lord's fatherland and so that all good things happen by command, PHNOUNKENGEPSEUARETATHOUMISONKTAIKT MASKELLI MASKELLO PHNKETABAO ARIO ZAGRA RESICHTHON HIPPOCHTHON PYROSPARIPEGANYX KAILAM IALMIO LILIMOULEALABAELABAENEREDEMOU.

Come to me in your holy circuit of
The Holy Spirit, founder of the world,
O god of gods, lord of the world, who have
Divided by your own divine spirit
The universal first from the firstborn you
Appeared, created carefully, from water
That's turbulent, who founded all the world:
Abyss, earth, fire, water, air, and in turn
Ether of roaring rivers, red-faced moon,
Heaven's stars, morning stars, and whirling planets.
Tis by your counsels they attend all things.

You who summon... AMOCHL... PHODOPH... M... ARPHTHO... IBK/PSOUPHIS TOM... OIOTH OPHROUER CHMEIB HARPONKNOUPHI BRINTATENOPHRI BRISKYLMA BAROUAR ZARBAMESEG KRIPHI NIGTHOU MICHMOUMAOPH IAOLI PRIN ASTRAPTES AI CHEAOKRITABAOZAALE ASRISKI...OU BRITHEI STOMA, master. Come to me, lord, you who sometimes raise the light, sometimes lower the darkness with your own power. Hear me, lord, me, NN, graciously, gladly, and for a blessing, from every element from every wind, today, with your happy face, in the present hour, because I invoke your holy name from the right of the axis: IAO AOI OAI OYA OOOOOO AAAAAA IY...OAI, but from the left of the axis; IAO AYO IOAI PIPI OOO OO III AYO.. OA OAI. Come to me with a happy face to a bed of your choice, giving to me, NN, sustenance, health, health safety, wealth, the blessing of children, knowledge, a ready hearing, goodwill, sound judgment, honor, memory, grace, shapeliness, beauty to all who see me; you who hear me in everything whatsoever, give me persuasiveness with words, great god, to the EYAEO IO IAO OAI OIO EAYI TAS ERCHIS AUXACHOCH HARSAMOSI. I beg, master, accept my entreaty, the offering to you which you commanded. In order that you might now illuminate me with knowledge of things beloved by you even after the kind restoration of my material body, I pray, lord, accept this my request, the entreaty, the preliminary spell, the offering of my eloquent spirit. Let it also come to you, ruler of all, in order that you fulfill all the petitions of my prayer, you who originated from gods. We give you thanks with every soul and heart stretched out to you, unutterable name honored with the appellation of god and blessed with the appellation of father, for to everyone and to everything you have shown fatherly goodwill, affection, friendship and sweetest power, granting us intellect, speech, and knowledge; intellect so that we might understand you, speech so that we might call upon you, knowledge so that we might know you. We rejoice because you showed yourself to us; we rejoice because while we are still in bodies you deified us by knowledge of who you are. The thanks of man to you is one: to come to know you, O womb of all knowledge. We have come to know, O womb pregnant through the father's begetting. We have come to know, O eternal continuation of the pregnant father. After bowing thus before your goodness, we ask no favor except this: will that we be maintained in knowledge of you; and one protection that we not fall away from a life such as this...


In conclusion, this spell clearly demonstrates the practical and esoteric metaphysical practices the sun symbolized the world of man internally and externally. Therefore, I wrote this invocation below in my own way for further purposes of understanding.



AN INVOCATION OF HELIOS:

IAO, SABAOTH, APOLLO, HELIOS, RA, OSIRUS, HORUS
I invoke the Holy, Solar One.
The one who is victorious over Seth.
Thee, Thee I invoke.
The God of man yesterday, today, and in the future.
Hawk-headed you are and laurel is sacred to you.
Thee, Thee I invoke.
Each hour of the day is yours and yours only,
You carry the golden orb across the sky.
Thee, Thee I invoke.

I am he, the benevolent father who gives life,
Also he who the malevolent warrior who acts with every word.
From the East I am born and resurrected,
And in the west my last breath takes me into a journey in the underworld,
The fumigation of Frankincense is my offering in the day,
I am the Lord of Light of the watch tower from the height of heaven.
In the ecstasy of my pleasure I give thou the waters of the sacred Nile,
The abode of prophets and kings is my initiation.
Air-Traversing God of fire and man I am,
He who gives life on the impoverished and aristocratic alike.
For I am King by day and a wayfarer by night,
One half of the day I am in my palace of Gold,
The other half on a conquest with no possessions in darkness.
Behold, my words to be splendor the soul with every sound,
Each thought is carried to my azure, my beloved widow.
My hawk-headed son is heart full of passion,
Fighting in my name to conquer the storm-bearer, Seth.
Behold, as I am the chariot rider bringing light to darkness,
Philosophers hold my bounteous name for eternity.
I will rise for ever and ever without chains or restraints,
Slaying creatures and keeping the world’s vitality in my fortitude.

Helios and I are now one together,
In union through body, mind and spirit for the Great Work!
For we give light to the dreary and dispirited,
We give the heart of a lion for every conquest.
Every spirit and elemental conjured in my name,
Here thy voice! The voice of fire and thunder.
The crown on my head exhibits my reign and power,
It is my mind inflamed continuously burning with knowledge!
My right hand wields the sword and the left, the wand,
One is my thought and the other is my action!
Humbled, yet stern I stand before thee,
Consoled through the journey of the dead.
My end is your end,
My beginning is your beginning!
I am Ra, Osiris, Horus, Apollo, Helios, and Hyperion!
My throne is thine even when appearing vacant,
Round this whirling circle I go to keep the circular earth in order.
Surviving the chaos of the ferryman and the daemons,
They grasp after my garment and I am still here!
Hearken to thy power in silence,
And forever shall we live a life such as this.


I would like to thank Leelahel for allowing me to post such a blog and you reading it!



Thank you, Vayu Tiger
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VIVID JOURNEY TAROT




The Vivid Journey Tarot
by J Alaire is a real whimsical delight! I first stumbled upon this deck a couple of years ago on Instagram, and please believe me when I tell you it was love at first sight. I fell right into it! It's just a very appealing deck.

I appreciate decks that can deliver a tough set of news with utmost grace. After all, sometimes the problems we face can come at us aggressively when we are most vulnerable. Even the most indisputable truths can cut deep wounds within our hearts. And yet, even though this deck doesn’t mask the facts with sugarcoated luster. Instead, messages are delivered with compassionate precision. The truth is still the truth, but my querent won’t run from the table.

The stylization of this deck really resonates with me. It is rather beautiful. The flourishing swirls of the clouds, the shading done in hatching lighter values. I see you. We reflect light into one another, and from that reflection comes a bond. The colors remind me of ice cream. Minty pastels and some contrasting darker colors. The suits have their corresponding color schemes, which I am appreciative of. It creates patterns in readings, and suggests a different season of the year. Color choice really ties this deck together cohesively.




Something I really like about the Vivid Journey Tarot is that it depicts clever renditions of the Rider-Waite Smith system. It has a unique flair to it that I appreciate.

The card stock of this deck is a delight for me! It is thin, buttery and slippery. The cards themselves are borderless and vibrant. The stylization is a true delight! After I went through the deck, I found I didn’t dislike any of the cards. This is good! There is usually one or two cards I am not so sure about, but that was not the case here. I find the cards delightful!

The good news is that the Vivid Journey legacy doesn't stop here. J Alaire is actually working on another tarot deck now. The previews look so amazing! It's definitely going to be a deck to look out for in the future.




What is your most important characteristic?
Six of Swords. Grab your things and get in, we’re going on a journey together. You will visit new places, broaden your horizons and find yourself in the process. Through trial, error, stormy weather and sunlit skies until you are reassured by your identity and comfortable moving forward. Off we go!

What are your strengths as a tarot deck?
Five of Coins. Giving solace to those that feel lost or who need to find their way forward to progress. A shoulder to rely on when you feel hopeless or lonely, if things aren’t going the way you have been in need for them to. Come to this deck for support, to build a halo of support for yourself. Most importantly, remember to be kind to yourself. Find the patience.

What are your limits?
The Fool. If you leap before you look, you may make a mistake. Try to use these cards as a preemptive tool to identify possible mistakes being made further on. If you are aware of your patterns and behavioral tendencies, you become more conscious of how to avoid getting yourself in trouble. Look before you leap!



What are you here to teach me?
Four of Coins. This deck is going to teach me to work with what I’ve got, to be present in the moment and possibly to hold back from spreading too thin. I have a tendency to keep 10-15 decks on my desk at any given time, and this card is reminding me that less is more. A rotation of four to work with will be enough. It can help to declutter the space.

How can I best learn to collaborate with you?
Two of Coins. Get in there, read for yourself and for others. Don’t wait, just jump right in and see how the energy flows. Establish a routine in which you make cards as much as part of your personal life as they are in your professional life. Really bond with them. Get personal and involved.

What is the potential outcome of our working relationship?
Page of Cups. A nurturing friend to have quiet conversations with, to make sense of feelings and organize them in place. It will keep you happy to know you’ve got a reliable sidekick to come to. Stay inspired, draw from the sweet energy of these cards to give messages of solace to others. Listen to your emotions and your intuition and help others to figure out how to do the same.



Which card do you want to show off?
Ten of Cups. Working with this deck can help to achieve emotional fulfillment. You will feel an overwhelming sense of joy and satisfaction once you tune into the deck and establish a routine that works for you. Getting to know yourself better is just as important as helping others do the same.

How do you see me?
The Empress. I am depicted as a self-assured and confident female. The wreath of white flowers in her hair promotes confident and peaceful thinking for solutions to problems. The mantle has pomegranates, also present in the High Priestess’ traditional portrait. Abundance of blessings and good fortune follow the one with the golden touch. An omen for good luck.

How do you see yourself?
The Sun. This deck sees itself as a bringer of light and joy to the lives of the people who work with it. It casts a positive sheen on the readings with that same good natured spirit that it intends to contaminate us with. Good laughs, fond memories and having your day in the sun is what you can expect when you work with this deck. Rejoice!



The overall vibe of reading with this deck is a positive one. Even the scary cards don’t feel menacing because of the vibrancy and the stylized renditions. I am really loving getting to know this deck, and feel it will become one of my go-to decks for its clarity and amicable vibes.

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TROPICAL KALEIDOSCOPE



This last trip to Puerto Rico has been a soothing balm to an aching soul. I genuinely enjoyed myself in the very best of ways. Being around friends that understood me made me very happy. Their presence in my life brings color back, and the hues inspire to keep moving forward. Parties, cemetery walks and savory food wrapped in the summer balm. Something about it all enticed me, and made me feel called to explore it all further. Down the rabbit hole we go. In my past I think I had closed myself off to happiness and to live fully, particularly because I put others first even when they were not reciprocating. I turned a blind eye and then I pushed it too much, with no surprise there was a lot broken up. Myself included.

During this trip I had some very real magic encounters. People that have been in the periphery my life started coming closer and opening up in ways I never imagined possible. I also bonded with some of my long-forgotten tarot cards. Then I went out with a very enticing guy and I broke the deal on a temporary break from Caribbean nightlife. I met new people and as an act of magic my soul acquiesced in its original home. It was a bittersweet delight to take some edibles and have interesting experiences in my old room while I cleaned my closet of past life clothes, receipts, bags, gifts, jackets made by ghosts, and memories. I said goodbye to my old self and put a very abrupt end to my hoarding. Kill the memories. As if by magic I felt called to clean out my old closet, and that was a journey in itself.

But there has been more than one journey going on simultaneously. I am getting reacquainted with the world around me. My relationship to the outside world is changing. It's a lot to get used to, with absolutely everything rearranging itself. The Rubic's cube is set in motion. My life is new to me again. I feel myself on the verge of a completely different trajectory. It's scary and exciting at the same time. I'm not used to it.

Everybody has been so wonderful to me. I can't tell them enough how much I appreciate their warmth, support and love. Even in the face of a crippling depression I find that I have pulled a glamoured veil over myself and fill my heart with light. When we cross paths, you pass by a magician in civilian's clothes. That is the magic of illusion. Glamours delight!






By the end of the trip, I came out radiating joy. I also made great progress in calming my inner tempest. My takeaway has been that I had no reason to fear to begin with. It was all a matter of time for everything to fall into place, no matter how painful the process may have been. Now that I’m back, I look forward to spending more time connecting to my motherland. I want to be a part of its happenings and I want to smash the negative memories that had remained. They don’t hold me captive anymore. Not all of that progress is up to me, though; but in what is in my control I intend to make the most of it.

I feel my path changing, trading concerns and fears for newfound confidence. Releasing old complaints to make way for more progressive ways of thinking. Life has splendor and color back, even with all the ups and downs of the path. And despite dragging old feelings of loneliness, I feel more loved now than I ever did before. Kill the feelings of loneliness too. They don’t serve a purpose.




I walk out of this experience with an uncharted map, and the possibility to make my own waves or ripples depending on what I feel like that day. When the situation calls for it, solitude. My vision changed. I changed. As I get acquainted with the new me staring across from the mirror, the context I am in changes as well. This kaleidoscope of newfound feelings lights my face with a different color every day. I love deeply.

Thank you Puerto Rico, your warm reception has paved the way for great new adventures. I am honored to witness your folklore and radiance despite having a riotous past. Cheers, to a new adventure on the horizon and just short of two weeks. I look forward to come back and kill the loneliness.

See you soon,
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