One of the first rituals taught in the different schools and traditions linked to the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn is the Qabalistic Cross. It has many uses that have evolved over the past century or so when it was first introduced in ritual form by the founders of the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn and has been modified to suit individual schools of thought and practice. This post will explore an alternate way of looking at and using the Qabalistic Cross in individual work, thus serving to further help the reader explore and experiment with this ritual. Continue reading The Qabalistic Cross and Balancing Polarities
In the previous post, the Natural Order of the Elements, it was seen that there are reverberations regarding correspondences throughout a magical system of placing the elements in their natural order. It must be stressed that one set of correspondences should be consistent throughout a system. Magical systems throughout time have observed the natural world and what was within the magicians themselves. That being said, one of the first issues that comes to the forefront is the attributions of the 4 lettered name of Omneity, the Tetragrammaton, to the elements. Continue reading The 4 Lettered name and the Elements
The principle of correspondences is one of the mainstays of any magical system. In the West this is one of the first points of magical philosophy to be learned in one’s magical training along with 6 other principles that have been summarized quite well in the Kybalion, a Neo Hermetic text. The Kybalion has had a great influence on the modern Western Mystery Tradition as it is practiced today. Most systems, in one way or another, teach about the 7 principles outlined in the Kybalion. The principle of correspondences summarized, states that things in the physical world are a reflection of the things in the spiritual worlds Continue reading Harmony, Correspondences, and The Natural Order of the Elements
To some, the term Western Mystery Tradition conjures up images of esoteric lodges performing some group ritual or initiation and possibly some mysterious religious activity in ancient Greece. To others, it may have to do with practices handed down from their spiritual, and sometimes familial ancestors perpetuating a tradition Continue reading The Western Mystery Tradition Term
Over the years working in several different lodges in different roles from low to high, there always were questions regarding correspondences and how many times, in the Hermetic Qabalah, they were at odds with another set of correspondences. If you have ever delved into this subject, it is without doubt you’ve had these same questions Continue reading Welcome to the Hermetic Herald!