Awhile back, I posted my Favor of Kings working, which was inspired originally by a post from Frater R.O. Since that time I have systematically been cultivating a relationship with Helios, and the sphere of the sun in general. My goal in creating the poppet and box was to have a physical materia that I could pray over to keep the enchantment ongoing. This has developed into a much larger rite for me however, well beyond the simple maintenance of the enchantment.
First, I have created this shrine to Helios and the Sphere of the Sun:
Here I have my solar disk, solar box, lots of candles, talismans for two solar spirits I work with, a candle and lamen for Michael, offering dishes, and a special candle holder with the name of my HGA engraved on it in celestial script. Baphomet was also here when this picture was taken due to his Luciferian associations, but he has since been relocated to a shelve I installed above my main working altar.
Every Sunday in the hour of the Sun I come here to pray and give Helios offerings and praise. I start off by giving the offerings. Here frankincense is the scent par excellence, though I occasionally offer cinnamon a well. Liquid offerings include white wine, whiskey, or Goldschläger, and solid offerings include honey and real gold shavings. Finally, don’t forget flame! An altar to Helios cannot have enough flame on it. All of my candles set upon it are liberally rubbed with Abramelin Oil as well.
I then anoint myself with Abramelin oil and give the offerings, light the flame, ignite the incense and contemplate the solar disk. I will then usually vibrate the sacred seed syllable and read Jason Millers “Sol of Sol” call from the Planetary magic chapbook 6x and then say:
“Helios by thy secret name I call thee: Achebukrom, Achebukrom, Achebukrom, Achebukrom, Achebukrom, Achebukrom”(Vibrated 6 times).
I then read the Orphic Hymn to Helios:
“Hear golden titan, whose eternal eye with broad survey, illumines all the sky. Self-born, unwearied in diffusing light, and to all eyes the mirror of delight. Lord of the seasons, with thy fiery car and leaping coursers, beaming light from far. With thy right hand the source of morning light, and with thy left the father of the night. Agile and vig’rous, venerable Sun, fiery and bright around the heav’ns you run. Foe to the wicked, but the good man’s guide, o’er all his steps propitious you preside. With various founding, golden lyre, ’tis mine to fill the world with harmony divine. Father of ages, guide of prosp’rous deeds, the world’s commander, borne by lucid steeds, immortal Zeus, all-searching, bearing light, source of existence, pure and fiery bright bearer of fruit, almighty lord of years, agile and warm, whom ev’ry pow’r reveres. Great eye of nature and the starry skies, doom’d with immortal flames to set and rise dispensing justice, lover of the stream, the world’s great despot, and o’er all supreme. Faithful defender, and the eye of right, of steeds the ruler, and of life the light. With founding whip four fiery steeds you guide, when in the car of day you glorious ride. Propitious on these mystic labours shine, and bless thy suppliants with a life divine.”
At this point I will address him in my own words in a fashion that goes something like this:
“Oh blessed Helios I give you these offerings to once again renew our bond. Place upon my head the crown of the favor of kings, that all who see me may be dazzled by thy light reflected through my lens. Let the power of the sphere of the sun suffuse my sphere that all who encounter me may see me cast in thy divine light. Solar king, bring onto my sphere the aura of health and well being, and let that aura be shared with all whom I encounter that may have need of it.”
I will sit and meditate upon the disk until I feel sufficiently charged up. I will usually feel a warmth spreading through my body and sphere as I do this. If I’m feeling in need this is where I will do the Stele of Jeu as well, but I find that if I do it too frequently it really messes up my juju. Less is more on this rite in my opinion. I’ve come to have a lot more respect for it than I used to.
The blessings of Helios are many. not only does he confer the “Golden Child” aura as I like to call it, but blessings of health and well being. The amount that I have gotten sick since I’ve started this ritual has gone down many fold, even when those who are around me are often ill. I don’t quite consider Helios to be my “patron”, but definitely a tutelary deity who I work with and a relationship I’ve come to enjoy in my life.
I do have to offer one word of caveat though. The sphere of the sun can be tricky to work with. when i first stared doing solar rituals my life went to shit for awhile while all the cracks in it were exposed. Since then however it’s been built back up stronger than ever. No longer on a shaky foundation, my walls are now solid. Be warned though.
Hail Helios. May his light shine forever.