A Hermetic Journey for the Gnostic/Thelemite
With an excerpt from Daughter of the Mighty Ones
During the rigors of our path, we take the hero’s journey through the unknown while battling our inner monsters, facing our fears, and collecting wisdom along the way. “Daughter of the Mighty Ones” is one representation of that journey, told through anecdotes, quotes and symbolic messages through a Gnostic and Thelemic dialogue in order to provide a visual tool for the excursion. It is my hope the reader will travel along with me and find his own truth therein.
Sample: I’m speaking to my imaginary daughter.
Ritually cleansed from your bath, you are now veiled and led to the Temple of Solomon and seated at the gateway, between Mildness and Justice. All hail the Gnostic Queen of the Moon, merry guests proclaim as the nuptials commence. Lovely and just, you have learned the wisdom of balance. You sit between the pillars never drawn to one more than other, never to be thrown about in chaos, but sitting there strong and mighty, a daughter taking her place on the throne of Isis.
Be this High Priestess. She, who is Atu II, she is memory. Please, let me remember you and you remember me. She is reflection. Please, shine upon my magick mirror so that I may see, for you shall bring forth prophecy. But today is your wedding and the focus of your attention. Be the mighty priestess and oracle, whom the Bridegroom comes to read with from the sacred book, before awaiting to hear his beloved impart its divine meaning. Memories start to return. Soon they speak of their division, now joined as one. The new Bride, now open to seed, she who is Atu III, takes the hand of her Bridegroom, Chokmah, their hearts united, as if divine light from their union descending upon them in order to accompany the soul’s ascent. It all becomes clear in their passion and union.
“Oh Lady of Sorrow,” the Bridegroom proclaims to his Bride, “I was tempted into manifestation by my desire to love, and the remedy for the sorrow in love is to have sorrow thrust upon us, the great mystery of the human heart. For without it, I would not have awakened.”
“To seek love is to deny love,” she reminds him, “You already were love, created of itself.”
It is with the Divine Marriage that one comes to the two pillars, yet this number is unity in the higher world and division in the lower, but always with the possibility of unity, and the uniting factor is love. The Shekinah is love, the mystery of the sexes.
“All is dissolved in formless Light of Unity.” –Liber CL: De Lege Libellum
The ecstatic Bride recites from the Book of the Law, “For I am divided for love’s sake, for the chance of union. This is the creation of the world, that the pain of division is as nothing, and the joy of dissolution all.”
I, mother of the Bride, filled with honor. Binah would have made a lovely bride, had she been of this earth, of this kingdom. In a way, she is here, in thought, in feeling, in imagination, and I would teach her the great secret, as I’m telling you, that the mystery is the union of spirit and matter by marrying, dissolving two into one, thus transcending both.
“I go forth in the Light, and as the Light, and I enter in for the fulfillment of Pistis Sophia, the consummation of the Great Cosmic Aeon; she who is my Twin, she who is my Soul, has called to me, and I answered her – I have joined with her as a single image, and she gives birth to me in the Entirety: the True Light shining forth through her, and we appear in the Great Matrix as the Holy Bride and Groom.” — Ascension of Christ the Sophia
This is one sampling from my book, and some may find the quotes a distraction when reading the story, but I think they pull something from outside of me, while I am pulling something from inside of me in order to create a story to tell, something to hopefully resonate within another student of the Mysteries. Each of us has our own story or an encapsulation of the mysteries to share. Perhaps, you wish to write your own. Start by stating what the path means to you, what have you been through so far? Write that down on paper and read the next quote. Contemplate your journey.
- “Wherefore I charge you that ye come unto me in the Beginning; for if ye take but one step in this Path, ye must arrive inevitably at the end thereof.
- This Path is beyond Life and Death; it is also beyond Love; but that ye know not, for ye know not Love.
- And the end thereof is known not even unto Our Lady or to the Beast whereon She rideth; nor unto the Virgin her daughter nor unto Chaos her lawful Lord; but unto the Crowned Child is it known? It is not known if it be known.
- Therefore unto Hadit and unto Nuit be the glory in the End and the Beginning; yea, in the End and the Beginning.” – Liber Cheth vel Vallum Abiegni,
Now continue and tell “your” story whether real or symbolic, even a partial pathworking or glimpse into your occult life so far. Of course, your journey is your own, but it is one perspective of all our journeys both separate, yet interwoven, as we are all heading that way, no matter which side of the mountain we climb from. Each of us is that stumbling fool treading on our lonely path as darkness falls and the hungry hounds howl around us until we come to the jagged cliff, even though we are afraid of the fall, and yet we are tasked to build a bridge where none stands, all the while with the weight of our mortality in our hands, and we’re told to go forth. Don’t stop! Yet you see the abyss below. What will you do? Write your journey, even if imagined.
From here on out, build your story, build that bridge, and your words may be stepping stones to those trying not to fall, or become wings for those who prefer not to get trapped by the entanglements at their feet, real or imagined, and are emboldened to make that leap. Write. Inspire. Share your truths. Sit around a fire with your buddies and ask each to tell a story about his path or share a myth that most represents how you would like to see yourself. It is in reflections like these that we can grow stronger and wiser in order to return to the outer better prepared.
“Look thee above or look thee below, the same shall ye find. For all is but part of the Oneness that is at the Source of the Law.” -Thoth-
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