Sunday, July 25, 2010

Geographical Magick

by David Griffin

Once Patrick, my goldsmith, had finished cutting the golden letters for the Wand of Power according to my rigid rules, it was technically a simple matter to add the Names of Power to the staff of the wand.

The shaft of the wand was made of simple wood that was a gift from a dear friend in a city sacred to both of us. In terms of construction, epoxy actually makes a nice bond between wood and 24k gold. In the nearly 20 years that have passed since I constructed the Wand of Power, not even one letter has come off or needed to be reglued.

Affixing the letters to the staff was no real chore. What did complicate matters was my determination that this was to be no ordinary wand. The rituals would be carefully timed according to Solar and Lunar cycles of alchemical magick.

I created a unique ritual for each of the twenty Names of Power and chose a special city for each ritual. I carefully chose these cities each for various reasons, mostly for their spiritual history.

London and Paris were clearly on the list due to their historical importance for the Golden Dawn and the Alpha et Omega. Several cities, including Chartres, Einsiedeln, and Montserrat were chosen for rituals as places of pilgrimage of the Black Madonna, a vestige of the mysteries of Isis and the Great Goddess that had survived Christianity from within the new religion itself.

The Black Madonna
I ritually payed my respects to the Alchemist Queen, Christina of Sweden, in the Riario Palace in Rome where she lived and practiced alchemy following her abdication.

Christina of Sweden, The Alchemist Queen
I chose Tubigen, The Hague, and Berlin due to their key roles in Rosicrucian history. In Tubingen, I invoked the Spirit of the Rosicrucian movement and payed my respects to my primogenitors, in the city where a circle of alchemists, together with Johann Valentin Andreae, released of the first Rosicrucian manifestos.

Johann Valentin Andrae
In The Hague lies of the Palace once occupied by Princess Elizabeth Stuart and Frederick V, Elector Palatine of the Rhine. Following Frederick's failed attempt to take the throne of Bohemia and the couple's flight from Prague, Frederick and Elizabeth's Court in The Hague became a veritable Mecca for Rosicrucians and Alchemists.

Palace of Frederick V & Elizabeth Stuart in The Hague
Center of the Rosicrucian Enlightenment
This palace today houses part of the Dutch government, the Raad van Staat, so the building has heavy government security. I explained to the guards the spiritual importance of the chapel of this Palace to Rosicrucian history. To my great pleasure, the guard granted me not only entry, but even special permission to hold ritual in the Chapel. Alone in what was once the private chapel of Frederick V and Elizabeth Stuart, I invoked the Rosicrucian spirit of this place.

With the magnificent stained glass rose shining down upon me where once the altar had stood, my heart opened and I wept tears of joy. I was completely overwhelmed by the beauty and sanctity of this most sacred Rosicrucian chapel.

It is entirely possible that this was the first time in Centuries that any Rosicrucian ritual had been performed in this chapel. I was deeply moved and highly honored as I paid my respects to my Rosicrucian forbearers.

To my progenitors in the Golden and Rosy Cross Order (Gold und Rosenkreutz), I payed my respects at the tomb of former Rosicrucian Grand Master, Ormesus Magnus, Friedrich Wilhelm II, King of Prussia, in the Hohenzollern family crypt beneath the Dom church in Berlin.

Ormesus Magnus, Frederick Wilhelm II
In all, I performed the 20 invocations,  in 20 specially chosen cities, welding the magical Forces of 20 Qabalistic names to the Wand of Power. Each of these 20 invocations additionally corresponded to one of the 22 Hebrew characters. Thus following the invocations of the 20 Names of Power, 2 additional invocations would be necessary to complete the entire cycle of 22.

I therefore returned to Paris, where I rented a room in a hotel directly next door to where S.L. and Moina MacGregor Mathers had once lived in Paris.

Moina and S.L. MacGregor Mathers
Here I performed a ritual with the intention of restoring the Alpha et Omega to its rightful place as an powerful school of light and guidance for those seeking spiritual development. At the crescendo of this ritual, I welded the power of the Greek characters "Alpha" and "Omega" to the Wand of Power.

For the 22d and final ritual, completing the geographical magick cycle of The Wand of Power, only one city seemed to me to correct one - once the center of occult power of the Knight's Templar, the city that still today remains confluence of the three dominant Western religions:

Seal of the Knights Templar
In Jerusalem, I welded the symbols of the 7 ancient and 3 modern planets to the Wand, thus completing its Qabalistic and Astrological Magic symbolism with the culmination of the 22 invocations.

Thus, no further obstacles remained to the consecration of the Wand of Power. Having gone to such extremes in its construction, in my mind there was only one place worthy left on Earth of such a consecration:

The King's Chamber of the Great Pyramid of Egypt
With this Wand so sacredly assembled, its consecration should have proven easy. Little did I know what an ordeal still lay ahead of me, however, and just how wrong things would go in Egypt.

But this too is a story for another day!

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  1. Care GH Frater,

    thanks for this posting again. In fact, you put me on the track about something i was wondering throughout all my years in the Order.
    Maybe you remember the first official lecture of the Golden Dawn you gave in Germany in Autumn 2002. After your lecture, you provided a practical experience for the audience, and made with us a little skrying into one of the main symbols of the Order.
    During this this skrying, i saw an entity approaching me that was a black woman, like a mother goddess with many arms like Kali, and she was giving me a symbol that looked exactly like an Ankh, but wihtout the horizontal shaft.
    Before some years, apart from my magical work, i was encountering Her again at a powerful shamanistic Cura i have attended in Berlin (funnily enough this Cura happened at the same place where the GD Lecture in 2002 was being held). She appeared again and annihilated my consciousness in a few seconds, causing me to faint in front of all the people- and thereby showing me her severe nature compared to the merciful nature i experienced some years before.
    Since then i always wonder whats the story about this black mother goddess.....and i thank you very much now, because you gave me an important hint for looking in the right direction now, by mentioning the black Madonna.

    Fraternally in L.V.X.,
    H. Fra. L.e.N.e.

  2. care GH Frater

    Thanks for all the information that you are giving on your blog.I would like to know though,in case you read the comments,is the golden dawn open for everybody whithout distinction of race or religion ? It would be very kind if you answer me. Thanks.

  3. Today there exist numerous Golden Dawn orders. Each are different some that have religious influences. The Esoteric Order of the Golden Dawn, for example has Roman Catholic as well as a New Age influences. The Open Source order of the Golden Dawn, has strong Buddhist and Thelemic influences.

    Our order, the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn, the outer order of the Rosicrucian Order of Alpha et Omega, has particularly strong Hermetic and Rosicrucian influences. The Golden Dawn as a tradition, has strong Christian influences.

    I can not speak for the other orders. The HOGD/AO is open to qualified candidates regardless of Race, religion, or sexual preferences. We have members from various religious and ethnic backgrounds, as well as from the GBLTP (Gay, Bisexual, Lesbian, Transgender, Polyamory) communities.

  4. Yet another post about a wand. I keep encountering things about wands over and over. Clearly the Universe is telling me something! I've given you an award!

  5. Hello, I've visited your website and was struck by the large number of mystical and magical orders that you and Mr Ruggiu are members of. Why have you two chosen to join so many orders, spanning various Masonic rites, Martinism, and numerous Rosicrucian groups, and why those in particular?

  6. Is there an ideal length for a wand based on the significance of numbers?