Calming Poseidon – Earthquaker

z2-1poseidonPoseidon is the Ancient Greek God of Earthquakes. With the recent earthquakes in Italy, I decided to try and find out what was going on and what was a possible cause. Earthquakes were often signs of a God or Goddess’s displeasure (something which are a form of imbalance).  This imbalance might be a slight by humans.  If it is, then it is not literal but symbolic. The narrative with the God or Goddess might appear biblical with much talk of smiting etc but the reality is that something has gone wrong.

Modern people have lost the ability to ascribe natural disasters to the Gods, or God or anything other than natural forces. Thus, they become disconnected from them and lose their right to negotiate or appeal to those forces – or resolve the crisis.  A subtle change in mindset however enables us to become more intimately involved.

The invocation I did resulted in a meeting with Poseidon (Neptune) who is probably one of the most by-passed Gods in human history.  An Earth God, he once ruled the Mycenaean Greeks for a thousand years before he was replaced by Zeus. He was too powerful to ignore or remove. By the time of Hesiod and Homer he had become Zeus’s brother and allocated the domain of the ocean.  The issue with this was that some of his titles remained the same… so you find him being called the earth shaker and performing very earthy functions in the Iliad.

aquaman-large-jpg-824x0_q71_crop-scaleWhile humanity depended on the ocean Poseidon was still a vital god and attracted a considerable amount of attention.  With the rise of Christianity, he was replaced by angels and saints like the rest of them.  The rise of modern paganism bought the old gods back. They took very strange forms, but at least they were there. But with our dependence on the sea greatly reduced, Poseidon has been  called less than the rest and was frequently misunderstood being relegated to the much maligned comic book hero Aquaman.

What we are seeing with the increasing number of earthquakes is Poseidon making his comeback and demanding attention and above all respect.  In other words, he wants people to talk to him and work with those earth/ water forces again.  When this balance is restored, he will no longer need to throw his weight around.

This work is specialist stuff and I don’t know anyone who has the urge to make this sort of contact, but as magicians we can still provide Poseidon with part of what he wants.  This is to acknowledge him. This will be stage one in recognising this important Godform and asking it for help.

I have written the following ritual for people to experiment with this contact. It requires you to have a picture or statue of Poseidon and a blue candle.  Feel free to distribute it and above all use it.

Simple Poseidon Ritual for calming Earthquakes

Take a blue candle with the following written on it Aσφάλεια Ποσειδων. Perform the lesser invoking ritual of the Pentagram but after vibrating the divine name of the pentagram say:

May the Earth elementals be calmed in the name of Asphaleios Poseidon

Visualise the elemental king of earth  and say:

“Oh Thou great and Mighty Elemental King IC ZOD HEH CHAL who by the prime degree of the Highest is set over the North as the only King and governor. Principle watchman and protector and keeper from all misuse, malice, illusion and temptation. Be present in this place send forth thy energy through this elemental tablet so that the Earth shall be calmed and the Earthquakes cease.”

Pause and see the elemental king see what it says and then let it depart. Allow yourself to become bigger and look to the North where you will see Poseidon sitting on a white horse. Occasionally he will shove his trident into the ground which shakes. He is angry.


I call the Earthshaker Asphaleios Poseidon

Hear, Poseidon, ruler of the sea profound,

whose liquid grasp holds the solid ground;

who, at the bottom of the stormy face:

dark and deep-bosomed holds the earth in place

By your brazen trident, lives are slaughtered

You part stone crush houses like water.

Earth-shaking, dark-haired God of the liquid plains,

Thee I invoke to save us from pain.

Asphaleios we have not forgotten you and offer you this wine (pour wine)

This smoke (light incense)

To save us from your wrath.

Calm the stone and the Bones of the Earth

Be a liberator of those poor humans who have forgotten that you rule the earth

As you rule the sea.

Do this as I chant your holy name

Asphaleios Poseidon (Vibrate the name Seven times)

See Poseidon become calmer. Talk to him and see if he says anything. Then say:

As you saved Aeneas, the founder of Rome may you save Italy from Thy Shaking Earth.

Let it be known that we have not forgotten the Power of Poseidon

Close as normal



Note: The objective of this ritual is to not only stop earthquakes but also become aware of Poseidon as the maker of earthquakes and a ruler of the Earth

Dark of the Golden Dawn

Most people coming into the Golden Dawn talk about it being “light,” “nice” and “spiritual”, when actually the outer order is dark giant skip packed full of rubbish which the candidate has to sort out within five initiations.

Modern GD groups make a great deal of the outer order grades, and they are vital for the process that the system starts in a magician before they start to handle the heavy lifting magical work of the second order.

For a while I have wondered why it was that people join the Golden Dawn only to leave while in the outer order. Of course, you could argue that the “golden dawn was not for them” but actually those who leave often make right angled choices and go into much different fields or pack in the magical path completely. I have yet to see someone depart the Golden Dawn and head into an edgier form of magic. It is more likely that they will head to something safer which takes them away from their pain.

I have written before about how the different outer order initiations effect the candidate. This could be positive, but is more likely to be a negative reaction to the energies of the grade or the ritual.  In the HOGD the 1=10 tended to hit a person’s finances, in MOAA the 2=9 always hits males who have problems with women, the 3=8 creates pressures on relationships etc. I have been told off by the leaders of some GD groups for saying this, because they claim that THEIR candidates only have wonderful experiences in the grades and I must be doing something wrong.  After years of thinking about this I have decided that I probably am right and I am going to come out and say it.

The Outer Order is where candidates process their dark.

Everything about the outer order rituals is about light dawning in the dark, but if you read the script there is an awful lot of darkness.  This effect is probably missed because most modern GD groups meet during the day and don’t memorise their scripts. However, the original GD (and Whare Ra) had most of its rituals conducted in semi-darkness –  just enough so you did not trip over. Things like the tablets were lit by single candles and there was a dull light from the Dias.

Lots of lines within the rituals are about the dark. The 0=0 which is the template for the Outer Order theme talks of “coming forth from an abyss of darkness” the ritual pattern is of a journey through the dark lit by a single lamp.  This is hardly the good and wholesome light which is much talked about.  In the grades the same thing applies, much of the temple is in darkness most of the time. Diagrams, movements emerge from the Darkness and retreat backwards.  The candidate and most of the officers wear black. Even the Hierophant’s red robe would also would also appear dark.  In fact, this is a good reason that the diagrams were all black and white. You could not make out colour in the gloom. Only the white of the Hegemon, the religious impulse standards out with any certainty.

A spiral caused by a sparkler in the dark

The candidate is told that the outer order is all about the black pillar and they are in the dark moving towards the light.  This is where the rubbish I was talking about earlier comes in.  Each of us has stuff within our unconscious which is baggage to be processed in our life. It is not meant to be overcome, it just is and we have to work out ways to live with it. As the light of the ritual shines in darkness it picks out those parts of ourselves which are either repressed or stunted by our life. These then shamble from the dark cave of our unconscious like shades from the underworld. Each grade picks out another monster (or several) to deal with. In most cases this is not a problem, but in other situations the monsters can be too scary. The candidate either breaks down, or runs away. This running is normally done by projection. It was the Order that produced this mess, therefore there must be something wrong with the leader, or the Order. If the group is good, then it provides the support for the candidate and helps them to come to terms with their dark.  They are unable to do so the person flees into their own personal shadowlands, often loudly berating the group they have left. Note, I am not saying that leaving a group is a sign that you have failed to deal with your stuff. There are loads of reasons to leave a group ranging from the leader being the occult equivalent of Donald Trump, a con-person or a front for a terror group, but if the group was good BEFORE you took the grade then you need to look at what has changed your mind.

quote-i-wear-my-shadows-where-they-re-harder-to-see-but-they-follow-me-everywhere-i-guess-bruce-cockburn-73-7-0792This process is terrifying, but still desirable for those who want to deal with the harder magic of the second order.  The light which in the first order gently picks out monsters one at a time, whereas the second order flicks the lights on in the cave and activates many of the unconscious bugbears all at once.  The light of the First Order is more like a bright sparkler than a defuse beam, it comes into the temple from the east and spirals clockwise three times as it lifts up the supernal triangle. It is the sort of light which looks bright only because everything else is dark.  In the darkness we process.

129raccoonThe outer order candidate should see themselves like a racoon in a dumpster.  Sure they wash (purify and consecrate) their paws, but they are still dealing with their rubbish and they should acknowledge that is what they are fearlessly doing.  One of the most important lines in the 0=0 is that you should not give into fear. In your personal dark you learn to be the best version of yourself possible. If you tremble at the monsters in the cave, or get turned to stone by your personal medusas you will have no chance when you meet the gods, angels and demons of the second order. For this reason, seeing and comprehending that light which flashes through the outer order and the demons it reveals is all part of the process.

The dark of the outer order is a two-way street. When officers take roles in an outer order ritual, their darkness also comes out. Many Golden Dawn hierophants convinced by the fact that they “are only using light” and projecting an air of benign goodness should realise that when the light comes from the East into the place of darkness it comes through them and projects their darkness on the whole temple. Their shadows can become projected onto the candidate and indeed the whole temple. There is one group which has a “lineage” of teachers using their power to sleep with their students going back at least four lines and growing. Sure the ritual has safeguards against this in the form of the purification and consecration, but there are limits.  Often those who fail to acknowledge their own darkness start to change in response to the light. People who start good, or at least having the right intentions, end up becoming twisted ego-maniacs, others, like Christina Stoddard become progressively crazy and paranoid.

All this is because the outer order rituals are dark ride through the underworld which must be navigated before the White Pillar of the second order can be touched. In the outer order, the candidate then has to wear their darkness with pride.