Readers, please enjoy this guest blog post by Jean-Louis de Biasi, author of Secrets and Practices of the Freemasons, The Divine Arcana of the Aurum Solis, and the forthcoming Rediscover the Magick of the Gods and Goddesses. Jean-Louis is also Lifetime Grand Master of the Ordo Aurum Solis and Kabbalistic Order of the Rose-Cross.
Various processes are used to build such relationships. Many traditions make use of divine names in prayers and invocations, believing that a specifically correct pronunciation and vibration will create a connection to the divinity. There is a strong belief in the magic community that if you know how to pronounce a sacred name, its power will be drawn to you and your ritual will benefit of this divine influence. This idea is as old as Ancient Egypt.
Another way to fulfill this goal is by identifying oneself with a divinity. You can visualize him or her, pray, invoke, imagine his/her presence in you, etc. Christians did that with Jesus and pagans are doing that with Hekate, Osiris, and many others. All that can be good, and even successful; but is it real? How can we be sure that we are really in contact with a divinity? Can we be fooled? Are the ritual invocations of the divinities effective?
In the past I had great success with such invocations in rituals from various traditions: Christianity, Hebraic, Gnosticism, etc. I did the same in other pre-Christian rituals, in theurgy, etc.
Then something progressively changed.
â€śMay I speak to the President?â€ť Do you think that you merely have to pick up the phone, dial the number of the White House (or any other foreign Presidential residence), and ask to speak directly with the President? And that the receptionist will immediately give you the line? Even if you introduce yourself and conclude your question with â€śPlease,â€ť do you really think that you can talk to the President? Even more, do you believe that he will stop doing his work and fly to your home to listen to you?
If the President wonâ€™t do that, what about a God or a Goddess?!… If a divinity really exists, I am sure that his or her activities are essential, numerous, and far removed from my daily problems. Of course, I am not talking about a divine energy present everywhere. I am talking about real Gods and Goddesses.
â€śMay I speak to the President, Please?â€ť Magicians can be persistent and obtuse! I can try calling, and calling, and calling again. But is this the best way to proceed? I am not so sure. Maybe they are steps to follow before even pick up the phone.
I must be humble and have a strong will.
I must be ambitious, but not arrogant.
I must learn how to pronounce his name.
I must understand how government works and who to meet first.
Then, maybe one day, I will be able to demonstrate the correct attitude and let the President know that I exist.
Rituals are not so different. Remember next time you invoke a divinity during a ritual: maybe this divinity actually exists and is very busy right now. Donâ€™t upset her! Hang on! Hold the line! If you get disconnected, try to find the best time to call back.
Our thanks to Jean-Louis for his guest post! Visit Jean-Louis de Biasi’s author page for more information, including articles and his books.