I’m not sure where to begin. I’ve been trying to introduce Satura for quite a while, but since as some of the people here know, I also find myself in the midst of Abramelin and not only try to keep to myself but also have found myself in stressful situations now and then I just never came around to it. So what am I going to do today? Am I going to introduce Satura? The answer is yes… and no. At first I thought I’d write an introduction explaining the meaning behind Satura, how it came to exist (it doesn’t yet.. at least not fully), what it means to me and the direction I want to take it in. I will do so, but not today. Instead I decided to introduce Satura with a Ritual, since symbols often say so much more than words. But unfortunately, since for the greater part of today I’ve been writing the Ritual which I have been practicing for the last year and a half or so daily and which only existed in my head and got it on “paper”, there won’t be any time left to explain these symbols which means that for now I will have to leave it up to the diligent Mage to study the symbols and find out more about the depth decipher the meaning behind the Ritual.
The Ritual is inspired by a variety of pentagram Rituals, such as the Golden Dawn Ritual of the Pentagram, Crowley’s Star Ruby and Setting the Ward of Power (? I hope I got that one right, I’m too tired to look it up). There is however very little Aurum Solis left in the Ritual. I think the only thing which is left from the Aurum Solis Ritual is the first drawing of the circle followed by the drawing of the pentagrams (The Golden Dawn draws the circle between the pentagrams, from quarter to quarter). The reference to mist during the drawing of the circle is a coincidence and so is the method of drawing the Spirit pentagrams the way they are drawn (I’ve figured this one out myself before entering upon the Aurum Solis material. The Golden Dawn uses the inner lines of the pentagram to draw the Spirit pentagrams, which can get complicated, since they use about 39 different Spirit pentagrams, yes I’m exaggerating, but not too much. Anyway, since I don’t “banish” in the Golden Dawn sense of the word, I only use one, or two. Check the Ritual to find out what I mean by that.) I also found some of the same symbology being used in a Equilibrating Ritual which can be found here on this site, but somehow fail to find it at the moment. This too is coincidental (or synchronistic), but since we swim in the same waters (which was synchronicity in itself) there’s bound to be some overlap.
The Ritual is unedited since I have hardly enough energy left to write this introduction, so I hope it won’t be too full of spelling- or other mistakes. The symbology will be deeper explored during the follow-up Satura posts (God only knows when, but I shall keep trying).
This then is the EROS major. The EROS minor can easily be deduced from the EROS major, simply by not tracing any glyphs or Spirit pentagrams and by flicking the blue pentagrams from your forehead while at the same time using your voice to charge them with the God-names (Star Ruby style). During EROS major or EROS minor words don’t have to be shouted or vibrated but can simply be said or even whispered (unless you’re going for added drama).
Needed for the Ritual is the following:
- Relaxation before (Everyone, or at least most here I assume already use their own Relaxation techniques, which is one reason I won’t go into them here. If you don’t know any, duckduckgo is your friend)
- A Wand (or a working finger which can point at things)
- An Altar pointing East
- A Yellow Candle (or white if you don’t have any more yellow candles)
- Olibanum, Dragon’s Blood or a mixture of the two (if you are going to burn incense that is)
- Music (Optional. Dead Can Dance – Serpent’s Egg would work, but anything mystical sounding and/or Greek like Daemonia Nymphe would probably do. Estas Tonne is another one, but it all depends on taste.)
The Equilibrating Ritual of the Ouroboros Serpent (Eros major)
Step 1: Stand, facing the east behind your altar, hands beside your body, wand in one hand pointing upwards.
Step 2: Visualize a large bright white sphere above your head, with a diameter about the size of your hand from the base of your palm to your longest finger. Take a deep breath in, and as you breathe out intensify the brightness of the orb.
Step 3: Breathe in again, and point the tip of your wand at the center of the sphere, say “Hail unto Thee..”, and with the tip of your wand, bring a strong ray of light down through your body, straight from the center of the orb down into your sexual-center/groin, and say “Protogonos” while you visualize the light/energy accumulating into a silver Orphic Egg encircled by a silver Serpent, reaching from your genitals to your hara/tanden, which is two fingers below your navel. Through this, keep your wand pointing upward. (One could also instead of pointing the tip of the wand at the genitals point the wand at the hara, while holding the other end of the wand before the genitals.)
Step 4: Lengthen your arm and point your wand in front of you at the height of your heart. Visualize and feel the light flowing upward from your tanden straight to your heart, from there on to your shoulder and through your arm and through your wand and proceed to project the head of a golden serpent in the east. With the energy still flowing trace a golden Ouroboros around you clockwise, its body following the movement of the Sun through the heavens, while saying: “Scatter the dark mist which lays before mine eyes. Whirl about and throughout this World, and bring pure light.1” End in the East, where the Serpent takes its own tail in its mouth.
Step 5: Still facing the East, trace with your wand a white (invoking) Spirit pentagram in front of you, starting at the lower left corner (Earth) moving towards its highest point (Spirit) and from thereon clockwise until ending up in the lower left Earth corner of the finished pentagram. Charge the pentagram by tracing the Phi glyph in the middle (also in white) while saying the word “Thesis”, thus making the Spirit pentagram spirit active.
Spirit active pentagram
Step 6: Trace an electric blue pentagram of Air over the pentagram of Spirit, starting in the higher right corner (Water) moving horizontally toward the higher left corner (Water) of the pentagram tracing the rest of the pentagram in anticlockwise fashion. Then, in yellow, charge the pentagram with the symbol of Aquarius (Zodiac sign), first the upper “wave” from left to right, and then the lower wave from right to left, but as you trace the waves of the Aquarius symbol literally, while drawing you visualize the upper wave as a Serpent with its head at the left side, and the lower wave as a Serpent with its head at the left side. Also while drawing the glyph say the God-name “Irikepaios.”
Step 7: Circumambulate clockwise and face the South. Draw another Spirit active pentagram in front of you, charging it again with the Phi glyph and the word “Thesis.” Now proceed and draw a blue (all Spirit pentagrams are white, the rest are the same electric blue color) pentagram of Fire over the Spirit pentagram, starting at the uppermost point (Spirit) moving toward the lower right angle (Fire). Charge the Pentagram with the glyph of Leo, in red, once again drawing the glyph literally but visualizing a serpent, with its head replacing the circle and its body moving upward and then downward again in a clockwise manner. Say the God-name “Aion” while doing so.
Step 8: Move toward the West, and draw a Spirit pentagram. This time however, charge it with the Theta glyph (which resembles the Alchemical symbol of Salt), and use the word “Physis”, thus making the Spirit pentagram Spirit passive. Draw a Water pentagram over the Spirit Pentagram, beginning in the upper left corner (Air) moving horizontally toward the upper right (Water) corner. The hieroglyph used to charge this pentagram is believed to be the precursor of the Semitic letter Nun, meaning Serpent and fish. Like all the other glyphs it is drawn as a line, and (apart from the Aquarius glyph) in one draw. It is however visualized the same as the hieroglyph but in blue, and the accompanying God-name for this quarter and glyph is “Antauges.”
Spirit Passive Pentagram
Step 9: Circumambulate and face the North. Draw another Spirit passive pentagram as in step 8. Trace an Earth pentagram over the Spirit Pentagram, starting at the uppermost point (Spirit) moving toward the lower left point (Earth). Herein draw the glyph of Taurus in one draw starting with the left horn moving downward, tracing the circle clockwise down, and up again ending with the left horn. In this glyph we find again the two serpents from the first glyph (Aquarius) who now in the final quarter of Earth are no longer indecisive and aloof but have conjoined and coagulated. Their heads are visualized at the top of the horns, facing each other.2 Their heads and body are black, and the inside of this glyph is see-through. The God-name of this quarter is “Pan.”
Step 10: Turn again and face the East. Put your wand on the Altar (or keep it in your hand but point it upwards) and stand with your arms spread horizontally and palms turned downwards in the Tau position (which is what this position is called). Say: “Asklepios, I call upon Thee as the Guardian of the East 3” and visualize Asklepios on a mountain plateau sitting on a golden throne with the Sun rising behind him. Asklepios is dressed in a yellow-golden garb and the Serpent coiling around his staff bears the same color.
Step 11: Still facing the East and holding your arms in Tau, say: “Athena, I call upon Thee as the Guardian of the South.” In the Southern quarter visualize Athena, standing in a volcanic landscape and the hot Sun shining high above her.** Here she is clothed in red warrior garb and her weapons are a spear and a round gleaming golden shield. Either behind the shield or at her feet lies a red Serpent (whichever is easier to visualize).
Step 12: Say: “Ophion, I call upon Thee as the Guardian of the West”, and visualize Ophion (who is none other than Okeanos) in the blue open sea, his Serpent-fish tail blue and with on his head the claws of a crab as horns. In one hand he holds a large golden cup and in the other a blue Serpent as a wand. Behind him shines a setting Sun.
Ophion/Okeanos on the far right.
Step 13: Say: “Demeter, I call upon Thee as the Guardian of the North.” Visualize Demeter dressed in a robe of earthly colors (or just black, depending on your visualization skills) standing in a frosty barren field. Wearing a crown of gold, she holds a sheaf of wheat in one hand a green Serpent in the other. In this quadrangle there is no Sun and consequently, it is night.
Step 14: Lower your arms, take a deep breath, and center (which can be done by concentrating on your feet in the middle of the circle). Pick up your wand and assume the position of the Magician (extending your arm pointing the wand upwards, and pointing the finger of your other hand downwards as in The Magician card of the Waite Tarot deck). Say: “I call upon Pan, I call upon the Universe.7”
Step 15: Get out of the Magician’s position but keep your wand raised above your head and point it straight upward (keep your other hand beside your body, without your finger pointing downward), close your eyes and slightly tilt your head upward. Visualize a bright white eye high above you in the center of the Universe which like a Universal source or fountain shoots light toward all ends of the Universe (look at Atu XXI from Crowley’s deck to get the idea, only here the eye’s circumference and pupil are shining bright white). Say: “And above me, The Sublime Eye of Weightless Fire8, Aion, Primeval Source of All.9”
Step 16: Now visualize a beam of light from this source shooting down in through your wand and through your head, your wand following the beam through to your heart, lowering your head to its original position. Look toward the East and assume the God-form of Phanes, girthed with a golden serpent and carrying golden wings, wearing a golden crown and holding the dorje (lightning bolt) in one hand and the scepter of the universe (staff) in the other, saying: “I invoke thee Phanes, ineffable, hidden, brilliant scion. Golden winged bringer of pure light.10” Hold on to this position/assumption for a while, until you feel you have completely merged with the God (or longer).
Step 17: Repeat step 1 to 3, still assuming the God-form of Phanes.
Step 18: Bring the point of your wand and the light in a straight line upward to your heart-center and touch the center of your chest slightly saying “The Heart…” and visualize a golden crux alisee over your heart-center. Then starting at the top draw another Ouroboros around it (anti-clockwise from your perspective, clockwise from an outsiders perspective) saying “girth with the Serpent…” Stand in Tau again, this time with your palms facing forward, and slowly (but not too slowly) bring your hands together meanwhile collapsing the God-form into your heart center and into the cross girth with the Serpent you just created (see the God-form grow smaller and smaller and morph into the “Heart” girth with the Serpent Astral Telesma), and folding your hands in front of your heart-center, during this entire move saying: “is my name.11”
The Mesopotamian Sun God Shamash wearing the Sun Cross 12:
Take note of the circle in the middle of the cross and the rounded arms.
End of Ritual.
It should be noted that all Serpents, glyphs etc. (like the Serpent entwining the Orphic egg) follow the movement of the Sun, unless otherwise stated.
Instead of electric blue, the Pentagrams could also be drawn in the colors of their elements (Yellow in the East, Red in the South, Blue in the West, and Black in the North.) For now I use this color scheme only in the Pentagram Rituals of the Elements, and meanwhile in this Ritual the blue of Chesed gives balance to the five pointed star symbol associated with Geburah. The blue pentagrams is also a reference to Eros the Elder (who falls in Chesed) and thus the name of the Ritual.
The pictures with the Gods are included to show their connections with serpents. Janice Duke’s representations of Athena for example is much closer as to how Athena should be visualized. But since this is Athena as the Guardian of Fire and not Athena in Chockmah-Wisdom the owl shouldn’t be included and the Serpent should be added in the visualization.
For the correct pronunciations one could play around with Google Translate (first look up the names in Greek and click the little speaker)
This Ritual is a taste of Satura and thus free and can be adapted and republished without my permission, but if you like this Ritual and feel the need to republish it in any form, please, be a decent person and cite me as the author and link to this post on this website so people know where to find the original and are able to ask further questions (when I will be able to. Meanwhile there’s always a chance that someone of the Serpent lovers here on this site figures it out and is willing to answer questions.)
Sources and Notes:
- Adapted from Orphic Hymn 6. To Protogonos – Athanassakis & Wolkow – The Orphic Hymns 2013
- Thank you Anton for this one. This glyph was a brain cracker, even though it was in front of me all the time but I didn’t notice it. I finally became aware of it reading Anton’s Channing’s and Janice Duke’s wonderful book Chemical Serpents (Page 15 About the Caduceus “The Roman version carried by Mercury, known as Hermes the caduceus, had two wings beneath the serpents and in time this image became simplified to a crescent atop a circle, like the zodiac sign for Taurus…”) Note however that this glyph within this Ritual doesn’t carry any Mercurian associations.
- Adapted from PGM XIII. 856-871. Bethz 1986. Also mentioned in Skinner’s Techniques of Graeco-Egyptian Magic (2014) page 73.
- Image source: http://www.drblayney.com/Asclepius.html
- Image source: http://owlandcrow.saladd.com/2012/08/25/dont-mess-with-athena/
- Image source: http://cista.net/kykeon/
- Adapted from Orphic Hymn 11. To Pan. See note 1
- Idem. “Eye of Weightless Fire” in this hymn is probably a reference to the Sun or the Sky. It is easy to imagine Aion who is the source of All in this context as a Sun sort of all seeing eye. Aion and Ouranos/Sky have been depicted as being the same deity in art.
- Adapted from Orphic Hymn to Sky/Ouranos (number 4). See note 1
- Adapted from Orphic Hymn 6. To Protogonos (Phanes)
- Originally from PGMV. 96-172 but since adapted and used in the famous Bornless Rite.
- Image source and further information: http://secretsun.blogspot.nl/2008/04/croix-patte-alse-arrondie-httpwww.html. This cross is the only inherently non Greek mythological symbol used in the Ritual, even though it is known as a Greek Cross. At first I was reluctant using any symbology which could be taken as overtly Christian and tried to avoid anything cross, but seeing that this symbol is an equal armed cross which predates Christianity by at least eight centuries and that this cross circled by the Ouroboros forms the Phoenician letter Theth corresponding to the Lion-Serpent in the Tarot (Strength, or Lust), the path of which can be found in the exact center of the Tree of Life, and that the Phi and Theta glyphs combined form a similar cross which can be envisioned on the ground of the Magickal circle, I saw no harm in overstepping my boundaries a little. The Cross and Ouroboross over the Heart in the microcosmos is a reflection of the outside Magickal (macrocosm) circle with all it’s symbology. The cross is only pointed at (and not traced) so as to establish the point within the circle (astrological symbol of the Sun).
- Rest of the images are from Wikipedia.
** 2/11/16 Just changed this from desert to volcanic landscape. The backgrounds behind these Gods and Goddesses have been constantly changing since I began practicing the Ritual. One of the later adaptions was to take all “human” elements out of the background. Demeter stood before the iron gates of the Underworld, and Asklepios sat in an open air Asklepeion for example. But because these Gods are here Daimones who are representatives of Nature and thus between us and Nature it followed that their backgrounds became more natural. I have no clue how Athena ended up in the desert however and only just noticed it while contemplating the above written form of the Ritual. Athena is not a desert Goddess and deserts aren’t that prevalent in Greek mythology.