RO and I performed a conjuration of Tzaphkiel, spirit of Saturn, last night. It was the first planetary working for some time, since we’ve been busy with Thelemic things (including an invocation of Baphomet that I may describe at a later point). Tzaphkiel is held to be the angel of YHVH Elohim, and is connected with the sephira of Binah. The link between “understanding” as the characteristic of Binah and patience and hidden things (a few of Saturn’s attributes) is chiefly made through the application of silence and observation, which will explain some of what we experienced.
I started with a purification bath, with sea salt, magnesium sulfate and sodium bicarbonate. I made it as hot as I could bear, as I have reported previously, and sat singing bits of Lutheran liturgy until the water was cold, then dressed in a black robe with my phylactery and a black filmy veil. I was absolutely empty at this point. I went into the temple room, where RO was finalizing the preparations of the altar and the space, and sat down. Then we began.
We purified one another with hyssop and consecrated with Abramelin oil. We then together said the phrase from the Stele of Jeu (ΑΟΘ ΑΒΡΑΟΘ ΒΑΣΙΜ ΙΣΑΚ ΣΑΒΑΟΘ ΙΑΟ). After that we called universal forces with the First Father prayer, and consecrated the crystal and the incense. RO then summoned Tzaphkiel. I then read Fr. Achad’s Conjuration of Kronos (http://hermetic.com/achad/misc/conjuration-of-kronos.htm ). The room began to thicken, and I put down the veil. It made the candlelight dance in an interesting and confusing way (meaning it was perfect).
RO then read the Orphic hymn to Saturn. The room was electric, and I peered into the crystal. I saw first a mouth with a thousand very slender and pointed teeth, and it then resolved itself into any eye. The overall sense was a quiet expectant waiting. RO saw an old man in the crystal, but I will leave his impressions for his blog post on the subject.
RO then stated our requests, for Tzaphkiel to open us to the wisdom of his sphere, to help us on the path to occult wisdom and understanding.
Everything felt of quiet and patient waiting (although I confess to being concerned about the flammability of the veil and the lack of a strong impression) when I heard the voice:
“You can take off the veil any time you want.”
Of course, there was a mild joke in it about my headdress, but it was also directly addressing our request. Apparently, it really is up to us.
Blessed be thou.
Photo credit: http://www..aworldofmyths.com%2FGreek_Gods%2FCronus.html