The Scarlet Letter
I. The Elevenfold Embrace
O is in the East,
O performs the Vertical Component of the Enchantment upon I.
Both chant slowly, using one another’s mouths as resonators:
They clasp with arms crossed behind each other’s backs, hands on each other’s shoulder blades, and whisper αβρα’αδαβρα!
α —The Pronaos
They advance past one another, O to the West, I to the East. Both move widdershins around the space for ¾ of a revolution. In these and subsequent circumambulations, each makes the Sign of the Enterer upon passing the East.
O stops in the North, and I in the South. O invokes Nuit with an averse Pentagram of Air, while I invokes Hadit with an averse Pentagram of Fire. Then they turn to the center, O as puella, and I as puer. They circumambulate widdershins another 1½ revolutions.
I stops in the North, and O in the South. I invokes Nuit with an averse Pentagram of Air, while O invokes Hadit with an averse Pentagram of Fire. Then they turn to the center, I as puella, and O as puer. They circumambulate widdershins another 5/4 revolutions.
O stops in the East, and I in the West. O invokes Therion with an averse Pentagram of Earth, while I invokes Babalon with an averse Pentagram of Water. Then they turn to the center, O as vir, and I as mulier. They circumambulate widdershins another 1½ revolutions.
I stops in the East, and O in the West. I invokes Therion with an averse Pentagram of Earth, while O invokes Babalon with an averse Pentagram of Water. Then they turn to the center, I as vir, and O as mulier.
ς — The Sacred Stigma
They join hands and spin deosil, crying Ερως, until they fall together in the center.
They make the H...H...
They make the ...y...s, crying Θελημα upon its completion.
α —The Adytum
They separate; I climbs upon O and says λα; they kiss (ς); O says αλ.
They separate; O climbs upon I and says λα; they kiss (ς); I says αλ.
They separate, stand, link hands palm-to-palm with fingers interlaced, and extend their arms out horizontally, so that both form a cross with their fronts pressed together.
I says, “About us flames our father’s face, the star of force and fire.”
O says, “And in the column stands his six-rayed splendour.”
λ —The Elevenfold Embrace
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Explications & Encouragements
This Puissant Ritual is Ritual 34/55 of the Barking God Project, a private and polymorphous canon of magick ritual and doctrine.
The Mark of the Beast is worn on the brow and the hand in this ritual, i.e. the ritualists must know and practice Ritual 34/5 in order to practice this one. Ritual 34/5 is fully detailed in the Master Therion’s “Book of the Princes” (Liber V). The key blinds in the 34/55 rubric should be transparent to initiates of I° M.'.M.'. M.'., but the rough context of the rite is in accord with the II°, and its substance harmonizes with the V°.
In each section λ, O strikes a total battery of 9 (i.e. 333—333—333), interspersed with I’s total battery of 13 (i.e. 1-333—333-1—55555). 9 is the number of the Moon, and 13 is the number of lunar cycles in a solar year. 13 is also achad, or Unity. O’s batteries are threes, thus related to Binah. In the initial battery, I contains O. In the final battery, O contains I.
In the Pronaos, the pentagrams may be supplemented with any appropriate invocations. The officers should totally identify with the forces invoked. When they make their individual signs of N.O.X., each experiences the drive for union with the complement on the opposite side of the space.
The Sacred Stigma is not clarified by ritual 34/5. See ritual 34/69 and “Energized Enthusiasm.”
In the Adytum, the officers extend the enchantment in all directions under the formula of λαςαλ, where each kiss is an echo of the Stigma in the Aethyr of their rapture. I identifies the circumference with Sut, and O extols the center as Aten.
Where there is smoke, there is heat.