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Exercise Six: Naming Your Received Object

February 27, 2021
Meditation Postures

As the British occultist Dion Fortune noted: “The physical body is literally an electric battery, and during meditation must be a close circuit.” Therefore, when we meditate or undertake adventures “in vision”, our posture is of primary importance. Dion Fortune explains: “Any position in which the body is symmetrically disposed in poised balance will be satisfactory so long as the spine is straight, the feet together, and the hands either joined, or touching some other part of the body . . . Either flat on the back on a bed or couch, or sitting very upright in a straight-backed armchair, is best.” Her conclusion is that “the best position for meditation is sitting bolt upright, heels and knees together and hands laid along thighs, in the position in which the gods of the Egyptians are sculptured.” When you travel “in vision” the same rule applies.

Naming Your Object

Another remark of Dion Fortune’s is this: “The occultist must be able to give life to the symbols of occultism.” A symbol without life is only an outward show. In the previous guided visualization you undertook, you received either an ancient leather-bound book, a simple gold ring, or a short sword of the type known as a gladius. Which object you were given was dictated by the branch of occult power you have been assigned to study. The time has now come to give your object life. One way to kickstart this process is to name the object. In the same way that a child begins to take on a personality and stand out from all the other children in the postnatal unit once it has been given a name, so does any symbolic object respond to being named. A named object takes on a life of its own, weak and febrile at first, but gaining in strength over time. The quality of the life the object takes on will be shaped to a very great extent by the name it is given.

Read through the guided visualization below and begin to think of the name you might give to your Book, Ring, or Sword. Do not co-opt into use a name that has already been assigned. Do not, for instance, call your sword Excalibur. Your object’s name should reflect its individuality. Before you actually undertake this exercise, in the gap between reading the account of the astral journey and settling down to start the journey several names might suggest themselves. Do not make your final decision until you reach that point in the guided visualization where the name is bestowed. Sometimes exactly the right name comes through into consciousness at that precise moment, almost as if someone else, some other intelligence divorced from your own, is doing the choosing.

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As we come to the end of the first septenary of Trumps, it is appropriate that a bond between the trainee magician and their symbolic object should be first initiated and then sanctified. The two horses that pull the Chariot (in the Waite-Smith deck they are sphinxes) stand for intellect and emotion. The trainee magician learns to get the pair to work in unison, for if they are not mastered, progress along the Path of Initiation will inevitably be erratic to say the least, proceeding usually in fits and starts. But when the chariot does move smoothly forward along that Path, the trainee magician will need a trusty companion to lean upon during times of trial. For you, at this stage in your magickal-spiritual development, that companion will be the object you received during the course of Exercise Five. Naming it is the first step in forging an unbreakable bond between you and it that will be an invaluable asset to you in the course of future adventures undertaken “in vision”. That bond is strengthened when you set your object, Book, Ring or Sword, against your heart as you are instructed to do in the following guided visualization.

Exercise Six

Mentally clear the space around you. Sit in meditation with your eyes closed. Allow darkness to envelope you. Gradually the darkness turns into a grey mist and you feel yourself in motion, as if gently and ever so slightly rocking. The mist thins and clears and you discern, ahead of you, a coastline: a sandy beach and a line of low cliffs with a set of rough wooden slats forming a stairway leading from the beach to the cliff-head. You yourself are seated on a raft made of tree trunks lashed together by lengths of vine or liana. Your satchel containing your received object lies at your feet.

The pull of the tide draws your raft to the shore, where it beaches and settles. Take up your satchel and get to your feet. Step from the raft onto the sand and make your way to the wooden stairway. Ascend the stairway. At the top of the cliff you find yourself looking out over a flat expanse of grass that seems to run on forever. The sky is blue, the sun is warm on your back. As you take in the view, you catch sight of glints of light caused by the sunlight falling on something reflective in the middle distance. Make your way towards those elusive specks of light that come and go as you trudge towards them. As you walk, you feel the wind on your face and you see it ripple the long grass that now lies all around you. There is no path to follow. Your only guide is the twinkling of the light. However, it is not long before it is clear what your destination is: a circle of standing stones. These stones are in their natural state; they have not been worked upon with tools and neither are they formed into trilithons as the stones of Stonehenge are. They stand in a circle and at the center of that circle is a flat stone, again unworked, but whose upper surface is flat enough to act as an altar. Veer to your right so as to enter the circle by passing between the two tallest, most substantial-looking uprights.

Within the circle, approach the central altar and stand at it so that the sun is in front of you. Take your received object out of the satchel and lay the satchel on the ground beside you. Place your object flat upon the altar stone. Pause for a moment, head bowed, gazing at your object as it lies on the grey, slightly gnarly surface of the altar. When the time seems right, lift one hand to sky in a salute to the sun. Allow the rays of the sun to warm your hand before saying, “In the name of the Divine Parent of All . . .” Here, lower your hand so that the palm hovers over your object, and continue. “. . . I name this Book/Ring/Sword . . .” At this juncture, speak the object’s name. It may be one you have thought of before setting out on this “in vision” excursion or it may be one that comes spontaneously to mind at this point in the visualization. Continue, “. . . May it serve its Keeper well by day and by night, in all the worlds whether Seen or Unseen; and always to the greater glory of the One Reality, the ultimate Source of All.”

Take up the object and hold it to your chest for a moment. Then put it in your satchel and start on your return to the sea shore. Be sure to go back by the way you came, leaving the circle by passing between the two tall, imposing standing stones and walking through the long grass that covers the plain until you come at last to the edge of the cliff. Go down the stair of wooden slats and make for the raft with a throne-like chair set upon it. Board the raft and sit on the chair. Wait while the rising tide lifts the raft free of the sand and then, at the turning of the tide, carries the raft with you on it out to sea. Once you are some distance from the shore, a pale grey mist arises out of the water and very soon surrounds you, darkening, turning first charcoal grey and then black. When the rocking motion of the sea stops, you can open your physical eyes and look about you at the familiar room where you seated yourself but a short while ago with the intention of undertaking this astral journey. Have a warm drink or something to eat and make a note of all that happened on your adventure so as to have a record of your experience with your received object before and after it was given a name.

From → occult tarot

  1. Wow ! What a beautiful Work!!! Thank you Tony!

  2. This is superb!

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