Earthing that isnt

When you are trained, some things go into your head and you accept them without thinking.  You live them because they provide you with a temporary answer.  Sometimes though the universe moves to challenge your views. The issue of “earthing your magic” has come to the forefront lately and I have discovered that I have changed my view completely.

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When I was trained, I was told that it was vitally important to “earth” both yourself and your magic. I was taught to be suspicious of teachers who relied on training for their income and look only to those who participated properly in the material universe. It was claimed that it was impossible to be a full time magician or occultist, because that was unbalanced and your magical life needed to be fully integrated within your material world. There is only problem with that.

It does not work.

Make a list of occultists who were good at what they did. You will find that most of did not have proper jobs, some did not have parental responsibilities; others were really crap at the material world. Many were independently wealthy which means they were living off their parents’ efforts. If people had jobs, they were not regular incomes and few people remember what they were.

Far from being material successes, they were not earthed at all. In fact, they were often in some way dependant on other people so that they could continue to write, teach or work magic.

Going through history, the same thing applies. Once being a magician was a career option and it was often lucrative. Groups of magicians were supported through a temple structure until the Christian period and even then there was talk of some monasteries practicing occultism on the Church’s dime.

While doctors, scientists and lawyers which were all similar careers became lucrative, the magician became a volunteer. It is telling that in English you can practice law, or medicine, but you can only dabble in the occult.

Those who took magic seriously and made it their life in the late 20th century had two choices – they wrote books or ran workshops. Although a workshop might appear expensive, a teacher would not do that many of them. The rest of their time was spent actually doing the magical work which makes up a lion’s share of the time and training other people.

However, they had to run up against students who felt that the teacher should be doing this for free.

I have been trying to find where this idea came from, it does not come from the East where gurus are financially subsidised and it was not part of western ethics which always suggested payment for work done.

Osho-Rich-Mans-Guru.

What it appears to have come from is a misappropriation of a Christian idea that money is evil and therefore there was something wrong with charging for spiritual training.  Instead the teacher should be working at a regular job.

Ironically, all this attitude is the opposite of being earthed.

The demand is that an occult teacher should stop doing something that they are good at to work at a job that they are not because the material world is evil and a good teacher has no truck with it.  Yet these anti-materialistic students do not suggest how their teacher eats. Instead, they piously claim that they should be properly earthed in careers which should express their magical lives.

I have a job (in fact I have three) because I am pretty good at writing, however I would be able to write a lot more, train a lot more people if I did not have to spend nine hours a day writing about technology or translating. No one is spiritually moved by my anti-Apple rants or looks at the latest AMD hardware. I might be ok at it, but that is not what I get the most out of writing. Magic cannot be part of my career and neither can it be earthed in anyone’s life.

To make a life magical it means a commitment to do everything in a magical way, based on a magical philosophy.  It is not putting a sticker with “Hekate Rocks” or “witches do it with broom sticks” on your computer.  Once you decide to live a magical life then a lot of the sorts of material decisions which are so important for ordinary people become less of a priority. Chosing between the latest television, and finding some weird ebony to build a Thoth wand would not be an issue for 21st century couples.  In a magical couple, the wand wins. Books that improve your magical practice become far more important than a shelf full of DVDs. A house selection is not based on children’s schools, but whether there is room to install a temple or a vault.

This sort of thinking is not earthed… nor can it be. In fact, if I was thinking about those things I would not be doing the magical side of things properly.

The same applies to relationships. You will often find non-magical couples saying about their partner, “oh they are really good they keep me earthed.” To be fair I have said the same thing twice. But in practice the magical path is hard enough without a partner who understands magical decisions may not be earthed.  Both sides often end up pissed off that the other does not understand them.  Magical couples have other problems but if they have that in common, it is a big plus.

Instead of being earthed, the question should be can I be who I am, live life in the way I like, and do what I do best.

 

“Everybody’s born to do a certain thing
and if you’re dead jammy you’ve found it.
And if you’re good at something,
just keep doing it
until you’re fed up…then do something else.”

Billy Connolly

What I find faintly hypocritical about the “flat earthers” is that they do not make the same demands of themselves or other careers. We will see people extolled to develop their artistic gifts for example and if someone makes money on it there is no problem.  No one asks a doctor, or a lawyer, or any other career choice that requires training or skill to do something else while making their services available for free, so why should a magician?

WHO RUNS A GOLDEN DAWN TEMPLE? 

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Caligua Imperator of Rome…. what could go wrong

 

For a long time, there has been a mistaken belief that the chief known as the Imperator runs a Golden Dawn temple. In fact each group has three chiefs which are supposed to be equal, but practically are not.

When a group is set up, the one with the biggest ego usually takes the role of Imperator because it is so “Imperial” and is clearly supposed to be the group leader.

However, what they have forgotten is that the outer order is a school and the person in charge of a school is the principle teacher – or the Praemonstrator. If a school lacks a teacher it is pointless and the Golden Dawn group should close immediately.  A Golden Dawn temple is not in the position of being there just so someone can order people about, it is there because a teacher is working with students.

This was shown in the grading structure of the chiefs which is often overlooked by those who want to be an Imperator and order people about.

If you look at the Golden Dawn Z documents it says that the Praemonstrator is a 7=4 and mediates the power of Chesed into the Temple and the Imperator is a 6=5 and mediates the powers of Geburah.  (See page 279 of Mathers’ Last Secret). In practice few people have these grades in Golden Dawn temples, but it does indicate that the three chiefs are not so much equal, but work in a sort of specialised lightning flash.

The Praemonstrator sets the teaching which defines the policy, the Imperator makes sure it happens, disciplining those who don’t follow it and the Cancellarius expresses both to the Order itself. Using the school analogy the Praemonstrator is the Headmaster, the Imperator is the deputy head (who is in charge of prefects and discipline) and the Cancellarius is the school manager.

Imperator should be a thankless task and a complete poisoned chalice. Like the deputy head, their job is to tell people off if they cock up and make sure that everyone knows what they are doing in ritual. Most of the work of the order is done through teaching, so they should rarely get to do much. In fact, most of the work is done by the Praemonstrator and the Cancellarius and it is possible to get by completely without one.

There are some good reasons for this. The moment someone is named as Imperator his or her ego inflates. I have seen this with four people who held the Imperator role who went off the rails soon after taking the job. One case the Imperator attempted to assert their authority over the Praemonstrator who told them go forth and multiply. The Imperator then attempted to get that Praemonstrator expelled for not obeying her will. It ended badly and she resigned.

Usually the person who should not get the Imperator job insists they do it. This is the person with the psychological profile which suggests the sort insecurity which can only be resolved by bossing people about, who craves status because they lack any recognition in their life.  Mathers was one such type, but at least he made up for it by coming up with important work.  The worst is those who goes around  projecting their own fears and paranoia onto others while at the same time insisting that everyone know that THEY ARE THE IMPERATOR.

So why bother with three chiefs? Well in a crisis, they are supposed to be semi-democratic with three heads working better than a single autocratic one. It also means that the teacher can concentrate on teaching without having to worry about paperwork and disciplinary methods.

Don’t forget that the outer order chief roles are less important if a group has a second order. Then most of the decisions are made by the Chief Adept.

I have seen two cases of the three chiefs system working really well. In both cases, the Imperator had to be forced at gunpoint to take the job and in fact you never found out they actually WERE the Imperator until it came to a sticky situation. They sat back until their services were required, which was fortunately not that often.

 

NOME ALONE – the animals of Hekate and the MOON

Research has revealed an interesting link to the lunar animals of Hekate in the Greek Magical Papyrii of the London Paprus 121 (PGN II) and the Mansions of the Moon (Weinstock, 1949), however it has so far failed to nail down a source for the list.  Indeed if it was meant to be a list of animals attributed to Hekate it had shortfalls. However there is a pattern, which suggests that the list might have originated in Egypt and was adapted until its original meaning was lost.

hekate

The London Paprus provides a list of 20 animals which it says are attributed to Hekate.  Weinstock says that this indicates that there are two lists of lunar animals and finds another eight  from another Paprus to make up 28 the number of lunar days, and by extension the lunar mansions.

The list is as follows:

Ox, Vulture, Bull, Beetle, Falcon, Crab, Dog, Wolf, Serpent, Horse, She-Goat, Asp, Goat, He-Goat, Baboon,  Cat, Lion, Leopard, Field-Mouse and Deer.

There is nothing to indicate that the order has to follow any scheme.

The second list is:

  1. Dragoness
  2. Mare
  3. Bitch
  4. she-wolf
  5. Cow
  6. Camel
  7. dove
  8. sphinx.

These two lists have duplications and require the use of mythical beings.  There are also other issues in that the first list contains animals which are not traditionally associated with the moon.  The Ox for example has never been a lunar animal some of the other creatures, if associated with anything do not immediately rush to being associated with the moon – in Greece, Egypt or anyone else. So the question then arises “where the first list does come from and what is it trying to do?”

 

Having ruled out an astrological meaning to the positioning of the animals I had to find a place where a similar list existed. I realised I had compiled a similar list of animals for my book Egyptian Shaman:

Crocodile

Hawk

Vulture

Sheep

Falcon

Crocodile

Cow

Bull

Cobra

Ant eater

Viper

Jackel

Cow

Hare

Oryx

Jackel

Falcon

Mormyrus fish

Cow

Cow

Crocodile

Hawk

Cow

Ostrich

Crocodile

Bull

Snake

Sheep

Ausar

Ox

Ox

Cow

Sheep

Anteater

Ibis

Lepidotus fish

Hawk

Cat

Cobra

This list was created using the animal’s associated with the Early Egyptian Nomes.  If you delete those animals which were not in the London Paprus you get the following:

 

1.Vulture

  1. Sheep
  2. Falcon
  3. Cow
  4. Bull
  5. Cobra (snake)
  6. Viper
  7. Jackel
  8. Cow
  9. Hare
  10. Oryx
  11. Jackel

13 Falcon

  1. Mormyrus fish
  2. Cow
  3. Cow
  4. Cow

18 Bull

  1. Snake
  2. Sheep
  3. Ox
  4. Ox
  5. Cow
  6. Sheep
  7. Baboon
  8. Lepidotus fish
  9. Cat
  10. Cobra

There are a few that are missing from the list: Beetle, Crab, Dog, Wolf, Horse, She-Goat, He-Goat,   Lion, Leopard, Field Mouse and Deer. However, these can be explained. The Oryx was a deer and some of the sheep attributions might be goats (the so-called He Goat of Mendes was actually a Ram. Mendes was known as “The Domain of the Ram Lord of Djedet)). The fact that the Papyrus mentions three types of goat (even at the best of times there could only be two) suggests that in some instances cow or sheep was intended).

Egyptians did not have a wolf either – the golden Jackal has been recently proved a species of Grey wolf, but pre-dynastic Egyptians did not have access to DNA testing. The Horse would not have arrived in Egypt when the Nome list was compiled. Hare is not on the later list but was a moon animal who was associated with Hekate and a Nome. It could have been replaced by the Ancient Greek field mouse (and was associated with Hekate). All that is missing then from this list without explanation is the Beetle, the crab, the Lion and the Leopard. The crab and the lion were symbols which were a later form of astrology and to the Egyptians the Beetle was associated with the sun and not the moon (and was Nomeless). Pakhet was a lion goddess who was associated with Artimis who might fit the bill (she was worshipped in Speos Artemidos which is in the Oryx nome so that is a dead end).

What this then would suggest is that there was a lunar calendar probably based around Thoth or Khonsu or a similar lunar god. However, this controlled 28 of the Nomes which had a closer association with the moon than the solar Nomes.

 What was so important about the nomes?

The Nomes were an integral part of the Egyptians’ idea of themselves and their country. In Dynastic times the standards from each Nome were a part of a key ritual called the Heb-Sed. This ceremony was the method the Pharoah symbolically renewed his sovereignty and rule of the country.

Scenes on the walls of a Dendra temple show a delegation of priests arriving for a council in which each priest carried a standard bearing the Nome of the city he represented. It is possible the Nome standards could have stood in the boundaries of their provinces, much as road signs do today.

In his book ‘Early Hydraulic Civilisation in Egypt; a study in cultural ecology’3 , Karl Butzer suggests the Nomes could have had socioeconomic and ecological implications. The Nome may have been a way of marking out irrigation networks, which became the basis of settled village life. Effective management of the land was the job of the Pharaoh and some of the early rulers are depicted digging canals.

The Nomes are important to an understanding of the way Egypt mapped out their spiritual landscape. The Egyptians believed their country was a mirror of both heaven and the Underworld. Each Nome had a God or Goddess appointed to rule it and was given a heavenly and underworld location. Just as you could journey on a boat up the Nile, it was possible to sail on the Heavenly Nile, which was the Milky Way, or through the river of the Underworld through the various Cities of the Dead.

It is likely then that the Egyptians would find a physical correspondence between the progress of the moon and their own Nomes and the animals represented. The journey of the moon through the mansion would be a Journey down the Nile stopping off at key Nomes.

 Why are they so different from the Papyrus?

It has long been pointed out that the Egyptians did not have use for a lunar calendar and moved to a solar one based on Babylonian design. It is possible that their lunar model might have merged with astrological teaching, certainly it had at least a thousand years to do so and past on to the Greeks and rest of the world. This would explain the double immigration to the East – the first wave through the Egyptian trade contacts with India and the second through Babylonia.

The London Paprus hints that this knowledge might have remained, particularly within the Egyptian magic circles. When the Greeks annexed Egypt, the two magical strains reconnected. By that time, Thoth in particular had lost his connection with the Moon and was replaced by Hekate, who was more popular in that role. This would allow for the introduction of foreign animals which were more in keeping with the new concept.

 Speculative Mansions of the Moon

Based on these ideas we can come with an Egyptian and a Greco-Egyptian mansion of the moon.

 

Egyptian

The starting point for this would be the rise of Sirius and have a strong connection with Orion (who was connected with the God Osiris)   This means the starting point for the mansions of the moon would be the eight nome (Jackel) which would be at 10 degrees Cancer.

The focus God is probably Thoth

 

1.Vulture

  1. Ram
  2. Falcon
  3. Cow
  4. Bull
  5. Cobra
  6. Viper
  7. Jackal
  8. Cow
  9. Hare
  10. Oryx
  11. Jackel

13 Falcon

  1. Mormyrus fish
  2. Cow
  3. Cow
  4. Cow

18 Bull

  1. Snake
  2. Sheep
  3. Ox
  4. Ox
  5. Cow
  6. Sheep
  7. Baboon
  8. Lepidotus fish
  9. Cat
  10. Cobra

 

Greco-Egyptian

The starting point for this would be Aries which is the second Nome Ram. The focus God is Hekate. Cow is replaced with She Goat and Ram with He-Goat. Sheep becomes Ram (this is keeps the ram cult sheepish). Cobra becomes the more general serpent. Jackal becomes wolf and dog (this was arbitrary dog gets the Dog Star). Oryx becomes Deer.

 

1.Vulture

  1. Ram
  2. Falcon
  3. He Goat
  4. Bull
  5. Serpent
  6. Viper
  7. Dog
  8. She Goat
  9. Field Mouse
  10. Deer
  11. Wolf

13 Falcon

  1. Fish
  2. She-Goat
  3. She Goat
  4. She-Goat

18 Bull

  1. Asp
  2. Ram
  3. Ox
  4. Ox
  5. Cow
  6. Ram
  7. Baboon
  8. Fish
  9. Cat
  10. Serpent

 

Summery

While it is far from perfect, we have a system of lunar mansions which explains some of the anomalies of the Magical Papyrus and gives us a format for times for mansions of the moon.  There is some duplication which comes from historical rather than practical magical concerns and these may be reconciled through skrying or practical work.  Using such measures it should be possible to place all the animals within this format having exhausted the historical considerations.