PROBATIONER GRADE: CIRCLE CASTING

     

Preparation: The circle can be permanent (i.e. painted) or temporary (i.e. constructed using the Thoth Tarot deck, drawn with chalk or created on a roll of canvas). The signifiers for the four quarters can be any object of suitable nature or a reasonably extrapolated object complementing the natures of the quarters (see Liber DCCLXXII). They are placed at their respective quarters, outside the circle, and serve, among other purposes, as a method of discerning the proper directions. The candles are set up outside of the circle either in front of the signifiers or evenly spaced between. The Magician remains firmly fixed in the centre of the circle throughout. All movement is by turning on the axis.

Casting the Circle: The Magician, facing the northeast, points to the edge of the circle and recites the prepared Statement while turning widdershins (counter clock-wise) tracing the boundary. The method of pointing is left to the Probationer�s discretion. (i.e. a single finger from the hand pointed with the remaining fingers tuck into the palm and the thumb overtop or both hands clasped together with fingers interlaced and the two index fingers pressed together and pointed to the boundary). The statement must be concise (i.e. �I surround myself with this circle of protection�.) and the tracing of the circle should finish at the same instant as the statement, with the Magician finishing in the same direction as he or she started. The Probationer must learn to project their energies into the circle thereby creating a discernable effect.

Charging the Quarters: The Magician, points to each quarter and recites the prepared verses, one suitable verse per quarter. The Probationer must compose his or her own quarter calls using the charts in Liber DCCLXXII as a guide. However, the following represents an excellent example of verse, written by a Probationer, for the quarter calls:

"O Thee, crowned with Light, armed with the Sword, Lucifer! Great angel enlightening the World, spark of the Stars. Arise and come forth from the air, to this Temple of four gates and guard this circle from all perils approaching from the East!" 

"O Thee, crowned with Life, armed with the Wand, Satan! Lion serpent, master of the flame, heart of the Stars. Arise and come forth from the fire, to this Temple of four gates and guard this circle from all perils approaching from the South!"

"O Thee, crowned with Love, armed with the Cup, Leviathan! Dragon of the deeps, guardian of the bitter seas, mirror of the Stars. Arise and come forth from the water, to this Temple of four gates and guard this circle from all perils approaching from the West!"

"O Thee, crowned with Liberty, armed with the Disk, Belial! Thou horned and mighty bull, ruler of the land, concealer of the Stars. Arise and come forth from the earth, to this Temple of four gates and guard this circle from all perils approaching from the North!"    

Charging the Spirit: The Magician again faces northeast (being the direction of the Aeon of Horus) and the fifth verse is recited while forming a pillar (i.e. standing completely straight) or pointing, using the same method as the quarters, to the heart:

"O Thee, crowned with the unity of Light, Life, Love and Liberty. Heart of the Universe, Spark of creation, Mirror of All, Concealer of Naught, Thou Star! Arise and come forth from Within. Enter in turn or at once this Palace of four gates."

      


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