As many SS students did this past new years, I celebrated the SS Hekate/Helios rite on the 1st and 4th. My Hekate rite went off pretty quietly. I also only had a few moments to make the best of the Helios rite, but since I’ve been working with Helios closely for the past year, I connected to his energy pretty quickly. I seemed to get much more out of the Helios portion, as I was nursing a Solar buzz throughout the rest of the day.
Later in the day, as I nodded off while watching Curious George with the twins, I had a dream induced vision. In it I saw a new table of practice, that incorporates elements of the PGM and Gnosticism, while maintaining a strong connection to the Chaldean aspect of Hekate. I saw the form of it in perfect detail, though I confess the actual names and leters where more abstract and needed to be fleshed out. Many thanks to Polyphanes for suggestions via twitter! What I came up with is below.
This is more of a personalized table of practice, rather than the standard Trithemius one. I remember reading this blog post, where the author hypothesizes that the best magic circles are the ones that include your own personal connection to the powers. That’s kind of what I’m running with here.
It is a rough draft, and not set in stone. My “vision” was based upon the number 8, not the standard heptarchy. I don’t know, but I ran with it, deciding to include Abrasax into the mix.
The outer edge contains the “Maskelli Maskallo” formula from the PGM, which can be used to create a sacred space. This is an important element, since basically the ToP can be used to create a sacred space around itself by virtue of the names written on it, this sets the perimeter.
The 8 triangles contain (in this version) Jason Millers 7 planetary seals along with the Abrasax sigil on the top. I’m not married to this option. Polyphanes suggested using M.C.’s seals of the 7 heavens or petitioning for my own seals. I originally filled them in with Agrippa’s seals. I kind of like the SS seals in here because they are system neutral, and a symbol set which I myself use often. I may keep them, I may not. I’m still choosing this section.
Next in place of the 7 planetary angels, are the names of the Greek gods + Abrasax. Below that are the Ephesian Letters. Below that, in place of the 4 elemental angels are the 4 luminaries. Though not necessarily elemental themselves, I think they work well here.
Moving on we have the Aktophis etc, formula around the triangle, and inside the triangle of course if Hekate’s seal, surrounded by IAO.
Like I said, it’s a work in progress. I’m sure I made many mistakes (and if you see any please let me know!). I have no illusions of infallibility where these things are concerned. Once I get it ironed out, I’ll set to work crafting the darned thing.