northanger (northanger) wrote,

The Ritual of the Banner of the East



Let us first take a good look at the Banner of the East in the Complete Golden Dawn System of Magick (Published by Falcon Press). On a veil of white is shown a yellow cross of six squares. Superimposed on the Golden Cross is a red ascending triangle and a descending blue triangle, and again the interlaced Hexagram is referred to Tiphareth. In the centre is a little White Tau, a three-pointed figure.

This Banner is suspended in the East -- that point in the Temple through which a spiritual Force enters. Nothing more is said about this Banner or any of the symbols; but I want you to remember that any of the symbols given in the Golden Dawn are not to be construed as merely intellectual. Every symbol conceals a practical formula. There is a considerable formula concealed in the Banner of the East. In this Banner symbolism is implied an infinite White Light operating in a balanced way. You have the red fire of the spirit descending upon the blue waters of creation in a balanced, harmonious way. It is the balanced state of Illumination.

The technique implied here is the same. The heart would be the White Tau. What you want to do is this: Here your imagination can take the place of a large Banner. Create in your imagination this large Banner. Imagine yourself superimposed upon the Banner. Imagine yourself as an enormous cross of gold; then see the red triangle interlaced with the blue triangle, and in the heart where Tiphareth is see the White Tau.

What words shall we use as a sympathetic vibration? Two words which imply a harmonious, balanced state. They are JEHESHUAH, JEHOVASHAH, that is, YOD-HEH-VAV-HEH and the letter SHIN bursting through. (Note: Thelemites may substitute these words with the name RA-HOOR-KHUIT.) And if we desire to do so, the invocation to be used would be one which would represent the ascent of the individual in the Light -- "I am the Resurrection and the Life". One makes up composite Rituals for one's self, and in this case you can make one up instead of using "I am the Resurrection ...." If you understand the basic formula involved you apply it to everything and thus create your own initiation.

That is all one need to say about this particular formula

Let us endeavor to do this Ritual collectively, taking one individual as the subject, and we will see him or her as the focal point (being placed in the centre of the circle). We shall see the Banner of the East enveloping the subject; and as it is the symbolism of Light, it should be a healing symbol. And remember that the more Light there is working through the system, the more there is a tendency within to restore equilibrium.

You are the Golden Cross, and superimposed on that the Hexagram of a red ascending triangle with a blue descending triangle. Your whole aura, all about you is White. See clearly this White Aura. The Gold Cross symbolized the equilibrium and balanced man. The Banner of the East itself hangs on a white pole showing purity and illumination of the Adept.

[07-Dec|17:29] first posted.

[11-Dec|09:09] never heard of this ritual when i first posted this. posting comments here where we were discussing 9/11 & i was thinking about the big hole still there. made me think of what Jacqueline Kennedy did after JFK was shot. always thought it was funny she spoke to journalist TH WHITE (Theodore Harold White) about JFK's administration & Camelot & TH WHITE (Terence Hanbury White) wrote The Once and Future King about the legend of King Arthur. found this ritual searching TAU (Hebrew; written Th) + WHITE.

the Banner of the East uses the Greek Tau, which is T (Greek Theta = Th); however, in Hebrew, Tau, or Tav, is Th. i was thinking of Hebrew Tau. [12-Dec|01:45] UPDATE: TH & TAU = GON=0.

{The Enochian Hierarchy} the Great Table {img} in the enochian magic system is a grid of letters 25w x 27h. there are two versions of the table, most folks use the final, revised version of Raphael, but there are a variety of ways to assign different attributes to the Great Table. hopefully ... i'll be describing the Golden Dawn way (which i don't use).

the table is divided into four quarters by a Black Cross — the letters on the cross forms the Tablet of Union. each quarter assigned an element (earth, air, water, fire) & direction (north, east, west, south) — quarters are called Elemental Tablets. each tablet is also divided into quarters by {a} two vertical lines: Linea Patris (Line of the Father) & Linea Filii (Line of the Son); & {b} single horizontal line: Linea Spiritus Sancti (Line of the Holy Spirit). the vertical lines contain the 24 names of the Enochian Seniors; the horizontal line contains 12 Banner Names (aka, God Names, Secret Holy Names, etc) in 3-4-5 form: MOR DIAL HCTGA (Earth), ORO IBAH AOZPI (Air), MPH ARSL GAIOL (Water), OIP TEAA PDOCE (Fire). at the center of each tablet is the spiral name of the Elemental King: ICZHIHAL (Earth), BATAIVAH (Air), RAAGIOSL (Water), EDLPRNAA (Fire).

the Golden Dawn system of magic has, not counting Neophyte 0=0, ten grades representing the ten sephira on the Tree of Life. the four lower grades are elemental grades that make up the First Order of the Golden Dawn. each grade assigned an element corresponding to an Enochian Elemental Tablet & Banner:

 • 4=7 Philosophus : Netzach (Venus) : Worker of Fire

Title: Pharos Illuminans (Illuminating Tower of Light) :: Symbol: ASCH (Heb. Fire; South-Salamanders) :: Path(s): 27th Path PEH (XVI. The Tower) + 28th Path TZADDI (XVII. The Star) + 29th Path QOPH (XVIII. The Moon).

 • 3=8 Practicus : Hod (Mercury) : Worker of Fluids

Title: Monocris de Astris (Unicorn from the Stars) :: Symbol: MAIM (Heb. Water; West-Undines) :: Path(s): 30th Path RESH (XIX. The Sun) + 31st Path SHIN (XX. The Aeon).

 • 2=9 Theoricus : Yesod (Moon) : Worker of Air

Title: Poraios de Rejectis (Brought from Among the Rejected) :: Symbol: RUACH (Heb. Air; East-Sylphs) :: Path(s): 32nd Path TAU (XXI. Universe).

 • 1=10 Zelator : Malkuth (Earth) : Worker of the Realm

Title: Periclinus de Faustis (In the Wilderness) :: Symbol: ARETZ (Heb. Earth; North-Gnomes) :: Path(s): None.

four rituals associated with elemental grades (OSOGD rituals kinda similar) — each ritual mentions the 3-4-5 Enochian Banner Names from the appropriate tablet. have no idea what the Banners of the North & South look like, but here's the Banner of the West, from Ceremonial Magic Unveiled by Dion Fortune; part one (Banner of the East) & part two (Banner of the West). more info here.

i'm not part of any order & haven't looked at the Golden Dawn system very closely; however, a very unclose reading of the rituals in Regardie's The Golden Dawn makes me think the East & West banners are the primary banners used in all GD rituals. if the info i have is correct, then the north-south axis = Zelator (Earth)-Philosophus (Fire) & the east-west axis = Theoricus (Air)-Practicus (Water). (btw, the Temple at Karnak has a north-south axis).

in the GD system, north-south axis corresponds to the two lower tablets (north/earth = LL | south/fire = LR) & east-west axis corresponds to two upper tables (east/air = UL | west/water = UR).

Djed & Tet

the Djed Pillar is also called Tet (see here about "Tet is incorrect and that it should be called djed"), the backbone of Osiris associated with the Egyptian White Crown of the South (Upper Egypt). two djed pillars are on the cover of Liber 777 & i've tried to relate the Platinum Group Metals with the Djed. from the Pyramid of Man website:

In chapter 30b of the Book of the Dead the God Khnum is described as the re-uniter of the body of Osiris, in a similar role as that of Seshat. The Djed pillar with arms is the hieroglyphic sign used to illustrate the god Khnum as shown on page cxxxiv of Wallis Budge's Egyptian Hieroglyphic dictionary, or with horns on page cxiii. Khnum is one of the oldest gods in Egypt dating to Predynastic times and texts of all periods state that Khnum was the 'builder' of Gods and Men. It was believed that at a person's birth, both the ka and the body were fashioned by Khnum and after the king died he was refashioned by Khnum. Sometimes Khnum is shown with four ram heads on one neck and according to Brugsch, each head symbolized each of the four elements air, water, fire, and earth. In this form Khnum was known as Ba-Neb-Djedu, "The Ram, Lord of Djedu" ...

Sometimes Khnum is depicted wearing the White Crown normally associated with Osiris. Usually translated simply as 'white', the word Hedjet is spelled using the mace of Horus hieroglyph listed in Alan Gardiner's sign list as T3 and stems from its allusions to the rising sun, a metaphor that was regularly used to denote the rebirth of the King. The same word is used to signify the meanings "dawn, daybreak, white, anything bright, shining".

Although it is usually identified as the crown of the king of Upper Egypt, the 'white' crown, or Hedjet crown could be understood as the 'Crown of Resurrection' or 'Crown of Rebirth'.

This notion of the 'Rising Sun' and 'Crown' also exists in the word for 'Coronation', kha. This hieroglyph is translated by Alan Gardiner as meaning 'sunrise', 'appear in glory'. The location of the sunrise in the eastern horizon is a powerful symbol that plays a prominent role in the parts of the texts dealing with the King's rebirth. The very name that Khufu gave to his pyramid is Akhet, the place where Re ascends into the sky after having triumphed over darkness, the sun's "Going Forth by Day".

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