Rose Cross Ritual – Preliminary Investigation

Book of Shadows and Light

While Crowley talked a lot about what he felt the Rose Cross meant, which was polarity magic, he never really explored the Rose Cross Ritual very much. In Liber O, you’ll find instructions for the pentagram and hexagram rituals. He also wrote his own versions of them (the Star Ruby and Star Sapphire) as well as his own version of the Bornless Ritual and various other things.

In many ritual instructions, you’ll find that Crowley described the Rosy Cross, or union of the cross and the rose or circle, as a symbol of polarity magic. God and goddess, male and female, white queen and red king, all kinds of binary kabbalah. But that’s not the only way to look at it. Moreover, Crowley’s hexagram ritual – the Star Sapphire – pretty much only explores the polarity symbolism of the rose cross.

The Rose Cross Ritual does not have a polarity…

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Opening Rite of the Heptagram

Reflections from the Black Stone

This rite from the Papryi Graecae Magicae (PGM) is part of a greater initiatory ritual under the header “Instruction[s] for the recitation of the Heptagram” (PGM XIII. 760 -930).  It has become my preferred practice for defining and opening sacred space prior to any magical work.

Unlike the various opening rituals of the Western Magical traditions that focus on the four cardinal directions and one defined motion for either invoking or banishing (clockwise or counterclockwise), here our focus is to honor and activate seven directions through both clockwise & counter-clockwise motions. As with all opening rites, our primary purpose is to establish ourself – the magus –  at the axis-mundi of the magical universe (see also Pentagram Ritual, Hexagram Ritual,  and Sealing the Six-Dimensions).

Through the intonation of the seven vowel sounds of the Greek letters A,E,H,I,O,Y,Ω (α,ε,η,ι,ο,υ,ω; transcribed in the Betz edition as A,E,Ê,I,O,Y,Ô), we  activate the seven spatial-spiritual directions of North, South, East, West, Above, Below, and Center.  The frequent use…

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