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General Discussion / Re: Ceremonial Magic 201 - Introduction to Enochian
« Last post by Satyr on November 05, 2019, 12:03:15 AM »
This is awesome, thank you. When working solely with one element, would you recommend erecting all the watchtower as shown, or do you suppose the banners may be enough?

For most applications, banners would be sufficient.

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Also, is it possible to have multiple keys active at a time? My understanding so far is that one space replaces another.

Using multiple elemental keys is not uncommon. If you were building up the 'governors' of the 22nd aethyr, for example, you would use something like six different elemental keys plus the call of the æthyr.
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General Discussion / Re: Ceremonial Magic 201 - Introduction to Enochian
« Last post by pantare on November 04, 2019, 06:31:17 PM »
This is awesome, thank you. When working solely with one element, would you recommend erecting all the watchtower as shown, or do you suppose the banners may be enough?

Also, is it possible to have multiple keys active at a time? My understanding so far is that one space replaces another.
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General Discussion / Re: Ceremonial Magic 201 - Introduction to Enochian
« Last post by Satyr on November 04, 2019, 01:56:14 PM »
Posts on /omg/ implied I might do all six seniors at once, but I'm not sure if I have the power to chug out all 24 in a few days.

I think you are best served invoking the seniors six at a time from each watchtower. If you have to rest a few days before the next set, that is fine. The important thing is that you get moving again and finish the set.
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General Discussion / Re: Ceremonial Magic 102
« Last post by Satyr on November 04, 2019, 01:49:36 PM »
I don't know if it'd be appropriate to ask this here, but I hope I'm asking in the right stop.
I've been wondering how I'd work on my astral vision. I've tried astral projection many times, but haven't been successful. So far I feel like my astral vision wouldn't be good enough to jump into any invocation without missing many key details.

It takes practice. There's a cheesy book by Ophiel called, The Art and Practice of Astral Projection. It's not written for a sophisticated audience, but includes three methods to try.

I found banishing astrally before going to sleep to be an effective developmental exercise.
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Literature Discussion / Re: Understanding the Thoth Tarot
« Last post by Satyr on November 04, 2019, 01:38:44 PM »
I'm really not sure who this book is aimed at, honestly.

The Caliphate. They are sort of a captive audience. Many are not practicing, so they collect books. It's Lon's job to see that new titles keep coming.
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General Discussion / Re: Helpful tools/ technology
« Last post by Satyr on November 04, 2019, 01:32:37 PM »
https://xhalr.com/ - pranayama timer with visual effect.

I'm really bad about tracking time and pacing myself vs. a clock,

I found that a clock that ticked once per second was effective for pranayama. After a while, you're ability to count once per second develops on its own.

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https://astro.com - astrology. Has pretty much everything western covered.

astro.com is pretty good. I have recently enjoyed using Stellarium.
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General Discussion / Re: Ceremonial Magic 201 - Introduction to Enochian
« Last post by Satyr on November 04, 2019, 01:21:13 PM »
Big Q: what's the specific role of using the hexagram ritual when working with the elements?

It would seem, at first glance, that the pentagram would suffice.

It is sufficient. You don't need to use the LRH unless you are working with the seniors. It's also used for planetary work, but its efficacy is debatable.

I usually included the LRH because it didn't take very long, and most of my general ritual work was essentially practice, not anything specific.
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General Discussion / Re: Ceremonial Magic 201 - Introduction to Enochian
« Last post by koba on November 04, 2019, 04:05:43 AM »
Koba, how'd you invoke Babalon with the watchtower?
I didn't, I opened the watchtowers, then invoked babalon using invoks 2-5 in liber49
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General Discussion / Re: Ceremonial Magic 201 - Introduction to Enochian
« Last post by Nubti on November 04, 2019, 02:44:55 AM »
Fantastic. Glad it finally worked. Lots of interesting takeaways here. Big Q: what's the specific role of using the hexagram ritual when working with the elements?

It would seem, at first glance, that the pentagram would suffice.
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General Discussion / Re: Ceremonial Magic 201 - Introduction to Enochian
« Last post by Satyr on November 03, 2019, 10:55:21 PM »
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The 4 houses are the 4 Angels of the earth, which are the 4 overseers, and Watch-towers that the eternal God in his providence hath placed against the usurping Blasphemy, misuse, and stealth of the wicked and great enemy, the Devil.

To the intent that, being put out to the earth, his envious will might be bridled, the Determinations of God fulfilled, and his Creations kept, and preserved, within the Compass and measure of order.

In each of the houses, the Chief watchman is a mighty prince, a mighty Angel of the Lord, which hath under him 5 princes.

The 12 banners are the 12 Names of God that govern all the Creatures upon the earth, visible and invisible, comprehending 3, 4, and 5.

[The angel Ave, in Krakow, Poland, on Wednesday, 20 June 1584. MS Cotton Appendix I, leaves 190 (front) and 191 (front)]

There are at least two general methods of setting up watchtowers. The first is based on “The Consecration Ceremony of the Vault of the Adepti, with Watch-Tower Ceremony”, (The Golden Dawn, 6th edition. Llewellyn Publications: St Paul, Minnesota, 2002. pp 264-279). It begins with the cry, “HEKAS HEKAS ESTE BEBELOI!”, from the Eleusinian mysteries. There follows the Lesser Banishing Ritual of the Pentagram, and the Lesser Banishing Ritual of the Hexagram.

Banishings done, the chief adept proceeded to set up watchtowers beginning with fire. They took up the cross, went to the south, raised it above their head, and walking slowly sunwise around the chamber recited a verse from the so-called Chaldean Oracles (compare for example the “Magical and Philosophical Precepts”, in The Chaldean Oracles of Zoroaster, edited by W Wynn Westcott. The Aquarian Press: Wellingborough, Northamptonshire, 1983):

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“And when, after all the phantoms are banished, thou shalt see that holy and Formless Fire, that Fire which darts and flashes through the hidden depths of the Universe, hear thou the Voice of Fire.”

Upon reaching the south again, they traced the invoking pentagram of fire with the cross, saying,

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“OIP TEAA PEDOCE.

“In the Names and Letters of the Great Southern Quadrangle, I invoke ye, ye Angels of the Watch Tower of the South.”

The cross was replaced and the chief adept took up the cup. They went to the west, sprinkled some water, and then walked sunwise around the chamber reciting another verse from the Oracles:

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“So therefore first the Priest who governeth the works of Fire must sprinkle with the Lustral Water of the Loud Resounding Sea.”

Reaching the west again, they traced the invoking pentagram of water with the cup, saying

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“EMPEH ARSEL GAIOL.

“In the Names and Letters of the Great Western Quadrangle, I invoke ye, ye Angels of the Watch Tower of the West.”

The cup was replaced and the dagger was taken to the east. The chief thrust it in that direction, then moving around the circle sunwise repeated another verse from the Oracles:

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“Such a Fire existeth extending through the rushings of Air - or even a Fire formless whence cometh the Image of a Voice, or even a flashing Light, abounding, revolving, whirling forth, crying aloud.”

Reaching the east once more, they thrust the dagger again toward that quarter, and tracing the invoking pentagram of air said,

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“ORO IBAH AOZPI.

“In the Names and Letters of the Great Eastern Quadrangle, I invoke ye, ye Angels of the Watch Tower of the East.”

The dagger replaced, a chain was taken to the north and shook three times in that direction. The chief adept then turned right, and moved sunwise around the chamber reciting yet another verse from the Oracles:

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“Stoop not down into the darkly splendid world wherein lieth continually a faithless depth, and Hades wrapped in gloom, delighting in unintelligible images, precipitous, winding - a black, ever-rolling Abyss, ever espousing a body, formless, unluminous and void.”

When the chief adept reached the north, they again shook the chain three times in that direction and, tracing the invoking pentagram of earth, said:

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“EMOR DIAL HECTEGA.

“In the Names and Letters of the Great Northern Quadrangle, I invoke ye, ye Angels of the Watch Tower of the North.”

The chain was replaced and the chief adept took up the incense. Moving to the west of the altar and facing east, they raised the incense and traced the active invoking pentagram of spirit saying,

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“EXARP BITOM”

The chief then traced the passive invoking pentagram of spirit saying,

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“HCOMA NANTA”

The chief continued:

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“In the Names and Letters of the Mystical Tablet of Union, I invoke ye, ye Divine Forces of the Spirit of Life. I invoke ye, ye Angels of the Celestial Spheres whose dwelling is in the Invisible. Ye are the Guardians of the Gates of the Universe! Be ye also the Watchers of our Mystic Vault. Keep far removed the Evil; strengthen and inspire the Initiates, that so we may preserve unsullied this abode of the Mysteries of the Eternal Gods.

“Let this place be pure and holy, so that we may enter in and become partakers of the Secrets of the Divine Light.”

The chief replaced the incense, then returned to their place and said:

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“The Sun, daily returning, is the dispenser of Light to the Earth. Let us thrice complete the circle of this place, the abode of the Invisible Sun.”

The chief adept then led the assembled adepts in three circumambulations around the chamber, sunwise, saluting the east with the 5=6 signs each time they passed. The chief then extended their arms in the form of a cross and said,

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“Holy art Thou, Lord of the Universe.

“Holy art Thou, Whom Nature hath not Formed.

“Holy art Thou the Vast and the Mighty One.

“Lord of the Light and the Darkness.”

This is a reasonable approach to setting up watchtowers and one easily adapted to solo use. Regardie's Ceremonial Magic uses a variation of this opening for its “Ritual of Opening by Watchtower” (The Aquarian Press: Wellingborough, Northamptonshire, 1980. Chapter II, p 19 and pages following).

Memorizing this ritual is fairly easy since the structure of the invocation used in each quarter is the same:

  • Take up an appropriate elemental weapon.
  • Brandish the weapon toward its quarter.
  • Carry the weapon sunwise once around the circle while reciting something appropriate.
  • Trace the appropriate invoking pentagram while saying (or vibrating) the three Enochian names of God for that quarter.
  • Say, “In the Names and Letters of the Great (…) Quadrangle, I invoke ye, ye Angels of the Watch Tower of the (…).”

Such repeated structures are useful and practical, as we shall see in another example below. They build momentum through the power of repetition.

The verses from the Chaldean Oracles are here used to strong effect during the circumambulations. Because the God names represent the highest level of the elemental hierarchy, invoking the angels of a watchtower using only those names is fairly appropriate. As Ave said, they “govern all the Creatures upon the earth, visible and invisible”. John Dee used these twelve names of God in his own “Fundamental Prayer”, the first invocation of his Enochian grimoire.

The order in which the watchtowers are set up - fire, water, air, earth - is the familiar formula of Tetragrammaton (See “The Formula of Tetragrammaton”, Chapter III of Magick in Theory and Practice, by Aleister Crowley. Dover Publications: New York, New York, 1976. pp 22-23). It is a formula of manifestation, and therefore appropriate for invoking the guardians of a ceremonial space.

I hesitate to recommend using the names from the “Tablet of Union” while tracing the invoking pentagrams of spirit. In the original Dee materials, this table of twenty squares was used to construct the central cross of the “Great Table” and for no other purpose. The letters of the “Tablet of Union” are drawn from the names of the three “Governors” of the tenth æthyr, ZAX (See “The Cry of the 11th Aethyr, Which Is Called IKH”, and especially “The Cry of the 10th Aethyr, Which Is Called ZAX”, in The Vision and the Voice, The Equinox, No I, Vol V. Samuel Weiser: New York, New York, 1972). While it is easy to see how this tablet might be related to spirit, it does not appear to be a soft light and fluffy clouds sort of holiness. I used these names when I first began practicing Enochian, but as I learned more about their origin I incorporated them into an opening as follows.

  • Perform the Lesser Ritual of the Pentagram.
  • Purify the temple with water.
  • Perform the Lesser Ritual of the Hexagram.
  • Consecrate the temple with fire/incense.
  • Stand in the center of the temple and rehearse “The Opening of the Portal” (from “A Brief Abstract of the Symbolic Representation of the Universe, &c”, in The Equinox, Vol I, No VIII. Samuel Weiser, New York, New York, 1972. p 102).
  • Read the first key, English then Enochian.
  • Advance to the east and trace the inverse invoking active pentagram of spirit while vibrating, “EXARP”. Inscribe a circle clockwise around the pentagram. Return to the center.
  • Go to the west. Trace the inverse invoking passive pentagram of spirit while vibrating, “HCOMA”. Inscribe a circle clockwise around the pentagram. Return to the center.
  • Advance to the north. Trace the inverse banishing passive pentagram of spirit while vibrating, “NANTA”. Inscribe a circle clockwise around the pentagram. Return to the center.
  • Go to the south. Trace the inverse banishing active pentagram of spirit while vibrating, “BITOM”. Inscribe a circle clockwise around the pentagram. Return to the center.
  • Face east. Read the second key, English then Enochian.
  • (And so on)

I believe that was the last time that I used those four names. The Golden Dawn drew the circles first and then the pentagrams, but I did not draw them in that order.

The above fragment of ritual opening suggests another way to set up watchtowers. Not long after I began practicing Enochian I decided that following the natural order of the keys - east, west, north, south - seemed preferable to the somewhat artificial order adopted by the Golden Dawn. I had become very sensitive to how far the GD's interpretation of the Dee material departed from what the texts actually said. Moving toward an opening by watchtower that was more faithful to the original material became a major goal in my practice.

I used both the lesser banishing rituals of the pentagram and hexagram more out of inclusiveness than necessity. For the purification and consecration of my ritual space I used verses from The Book of the Law (Liber CCXX: Chapter 2, verse 62 and Chapter 1, verse 44, respectively). As in the above fragment, I usually included the second Enochian key, but would not ordinarily do so today. For a long time I set up the twelve banners in the arrangement of the “Hall of the Neophytes”. It remains an interesting choice. I used it in our previous example and will do so again here.

Prepare yourself and a ritual space with a minimum of a small altar in the east, a cup of water, a small dish of salt, incense with a safe means of holding and burning it, and a suitable weapon, if desired.

  • Perform the Lesser Banishing Ritual of the Pentagram.
  • Advance to the east. Take a pinch of salt and sprinkling it into the water say, “Let the salt of Earth admonish the water to bear the virtue of the Great Sea”.
  • Go to the west. Dip your fingers in the water and sprinkle a little three times, as if you were watering the points of an upright triangle, saying, “I am uplifted in thine heart; and the kisses of the stars rain hard upon thy body”.
  • Turn left, and walk about one-third of the way around the circle. Stop, face outward, and repeat as before. Sprinkle water three times in the form of a triangle and say, “I am uplifted in thine heart; and the kisses of the stars rain hard upon thy body”.
  • Turn left, and again walk about one-third of the way around the circle. Stop, face outward, and sprinkle water three times as before, saying, “I am uplifted in thine heart; and the kisses of the stars rain hard upon thy body”.
  • Turn left, and continue around the circle until reaching the west once more. Pause facing outward, elevate the cup for a moment, and then return it to the altar.
  • Perform the Lesser Banishing Ritual of the Hexagram.
  • Take up the incense and facing east hold it aloft for a moment and say, “Let the Fire and the Air make sweet the world!”.
  • Trace three crosses with the incense in the form of a triangle, as you did before when sprinkling the water, saying, “For pure will, unassuaged of purpose, delivered from the lust of result, is every way perfect”.
  • Turn right. Move about one-third of the way around the circle. Stop and facing outward trace three crosses with the incense, saying,  “For pure will, unassuaged of purpose, delivered from the lust of result, is every way perfect”.
  • Turn right. Again move about one-third of the way around the circle. Stop, face outward, and tracing three crosses with the incense as before, say, “For pure will, unassuaged of purpose, delivered from the lust of result, is every way perfect”.
  • Turn right. Continue around the circle until reaching the east once more and facing that direction raise the incense for a moment before replacing it. Return to the center.
  • Face east and begin (probably, reading) Dee's “Fundamental Prayer”:

    “O [vibrate] Yahweh Tzabaoth, I invoke and implore most earnestly your Divine Power, Wisdom and Goodness, and most humbly and faithfully ask you to favor and assist me in all my works, words and cogitations, concerning, promoting or procuring your praise, Honor and Glory. And by these your twelve mystical names.”
  • Advance to the northeast. Pause for a moment, turn right, and moving to a point a little north of east face outward and vibrate “Oro” three times.
  • Continue around to the east and facing outward vibrate “Ibah” four times.
  • Continue around to a point a little south of east and facing outward vibrate “Aozpi” five times.
  • Move around the circle to a point a little east of south and facing outward vibrate “Oip” three times.
  • Continue around the circle to the south and facing outward vibrate “Teaa” four times.
  • Move to a point a little west of south and facing outward vibrate “Pdoce” five times.
  • Continue around the circle to a point a little south of west. Face outward and vibrate “Mor” three times.
  • Move around to the west and vibrate “Dial” four times.
  • Continue around the circle until reaching a point a little north of west. Face outward and vibrate “Hctga” five times.
  • Continue around until reaching a point a little west of north and facing outward vibrate “Mph” three times.
  • Move around the circle to the north and facing outward vibrate “Arsl” four times.
  • Move around to a point a little east of north. Face outward and vibrate “Gaiol” five times.
  • Continue around the circle until reaching the northeast again, to the point where you began. Face outward and pause for a moment, then turn right and pace around the circle a second time.
  • Returning to the northeast once more, continue around for a third time, this time spiraling inward toward the center of the circle. Upon reaching the center, turn to the right until you are facing the northeast and give the “Sign of the Enterer”. Hold it for a moment, then face east and continue with the “Fundamental Prayer”:
    “Most ardently do I entreat and implore your Divine and Omnipotent Majesty: that all your faithful Angelic Spirits whose mystical names are expressed in this book and whose offices are briefly noted, in whatever part of the world they be and, in whatever time of my life I summon them by means of their peculiar powers or authority of your Holy Names that most swiftly they come to me visible, affable, and appear to me peacefully and remain with me visibly according to my wishes, and that they disappear at my request from me and from my sight. And through you and that reverence and obedience which they owe you in those twelve mystical names above mentioned, that they give satisfaction amicably to me also, at each and every moment of my life, and in each and every deed or request to all, some or one of them, and to do this quickly, well, completely and perfectly to discharge, perfect and complete all this according to their virtues and power both general and individual and through the injunctions given by you (O God) and their charged offices and ministry. AMEN.

    “Through you, [trace the sign of the cross]
    “AMEN.”
  • Advance to the east. Give the “Sign of Shu”, saying, “Let us adore the Lord and King of Air”.
  • Trace the invoking pentagram of air.
  • Give the “Sign of Shu” while saying, “In the names and letters of the great watchtower of the east, spirits of air adore your Creator!”
  • Say, “In the names Oro Ibah Aozpi, borne upon the banners of the east, spirits of air adore your Creator!”
  • Say, “In the name [vibrate] Bataiva, mighty king of the watchtower of the east, spirits of air adore your Creator!”
  • Say, “And in the name of that most puissant prince, [vibrate] Bataivh, I ask that you come forth and aid me in the accomplishment of my will!”
  • [Optional: Read the third Enochian key, English, then Enochian.]
  • Turn and advance to the west. Give the “Sign of Auramoth”, saying, “Let us adore the Lady and Queen of Water!”
  • Trace the invoking pentagram of water.
  • Give the “Sign of Auramoth” while saying, “In the names and letters of the great watchtower of the west, spirits of water adore your Creator!”
  • Say, “In the names Mph Arsl Gaiol, borne upon the banners of the west, spirits of water adore your Creator!”
  • Say, “In the name [vibrate] Raagios, mighty king of the watchtower of the west, spirits of water adore your Creator!”
  • Say, “And in the name of that most puissant prince, [vibrate] Raagiol, I ask that you come forth and aid me in the accomplishment of my will!”
  • [Optional: Read the fourth Enochian key, English, then Enochian.]
  • Return to the center and advance to the north. Give the “Sign of the god Set fighting”, and say, “Let us adore the Lady and Queen of earth!”
  • Trace the invoking pentagram of earth.
  • Give the “Sign of the god Set fighting” while saying, “In the names and letters of the great watchtower of the north, spirits of earth adore your Creator!”
  • Say, “In the names Mor Dial Hctga, borne upon the banners of the north, spirits of earth adore your Creator!”
  • Say, “In the name [vibrate] Iczhiha, mighty king of the watchtower of the north, spirits of earth adore your Creator!”
  • Say, “And in the name of that most puissant prince, [vibrate] Iczhihl, I ask that you come forth and aid me in the accomplishment of my will!”.
  • [Optional: Read the fifth Enochian key, English, then Enochian.]
  • Turn and advance to the south. Give the “Sign of Thoum-aesh-neith”, saying, “Let us adore the Lord and King of Fire!”
  • Trace the invoking pentagram of fire.
  • Give the “Sign of Thoum-aesh-neith” while saying, “In the names and letters of the great watchtower of the south, spirits of fire adore your Creator!”
  • Say, “In the names Oip Teaa Pdoce, borne upon the banners of the south, spirits of fire adore your Creator!”
  • Say, “In the name [vibrate] Edlprna, mighty king of the watchtower of the south, spirits of fire adore your Creator!”
  • Say, “And in the name of that most puissant prince, [vibrate] Edlprna, I ask that you come forth and aid me in the accomplishment of my will!”
  • [Optional: Read the sixth Enochian key, English, then Enochian.]

To close, reverse the circumambulations made while setting up banners and then banish.

  • Standing in the center of the circle turn left, and move counterclockwise around the ritual space, spiraling outward until you reach the perimeter of the circle. Upon reaching the northeast, continue pacing around the circle two more times. Upon reaching the northeast the third and final time, face the center and give the “Sign of Silence”. Return to the center of the circle.
  • Perform the Lesser Banishing Ritual of the Pentagram.
  • Perform the Lesser Banishing Ritual of the Hexagram.
  • Facing east, say, “Depart in peace unto your abodes and habitations. Let there be peace between us, and be ever ready to come should I call or have need of you.”
  • Say, “I declare this temple closed”.

If you know them, and feel confident performing them, you may substitute the “Star Ruby” and “Star Sapphire” for the final banishings with advantage. For the consecration of the elements, above, I used passages from the “Gnostic Catholic Mass” (Liber XV, in The Equinox, Vol III, No I. Samuel Weiser: New York, New York, 1974. p 253).

Using Enochian keys three through six to set up watchtowers is optional, as noted. The keys add great force to the invocation of the elements, but the metaphysical structure they create is very heavy. It is unfortunate that we must use such vague and undefined terms such as these, but it is hoped that experimentation and experience will demonstrate what is meant.

Both of the above methods may be altered or elaborated to taste. Elements of the GD's ritual “Watch-Tower” ceremony might be used to invoke the elements in a different order, for example, or one might replace or combine the invocations in either opening with those of Liber Chanokh.
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