Building the Arte

Magic: talisman of Venus rising in the first degree of Pisces on Flickr.This morning, Venus was on the ascendant in the first degree of Pisces. So I got up, made the appropriate image and wrote out my poem for the occasion, and celebrated with a short ceremony in her honor.

Magic: talisman of Venus rising in the first degree of Pisces on Flickr.

This morning, Venus was on the ascendant in the first degree of Pisces. So I got up, made the appropriate image and wrote out my poem for the occasion, and celebrated with a short ceremony in her honor.

Analysis Of The Qabalistic Cross

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This simple little ritual is often the very first that neophytes in the Golden Dawn tradition will learn. It’s effect is mild, and it is often said that it is set preliminary to more dynamic rituals in order to center the magician in the working. I agree with this whole-heartedly. In my experience, it helps not only to center me, energetically, but to help me center my focus entirely on the following ritual rather than get caught up in whatever mundane worries that exist outside of the operation.

As always, the symbolism is not quite apparent, yet painfully obvious to the astute Kabalah student.

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New geomancy poster

I’m working on a new, smaller geomancy poster. This time it illustrates the sixteen figures of geomancy as small illuminations. I haven’t decided if it will be black and white or color, yet.

Geomancy poster

I’m making a new poster, as well, of the sixteen traditional images associated with the geomantic signs. It’s coming along nicely.

Mercury sash, in progress.

The two photos show the first couple of stages: raw cuttings of fabric on the left, with the remains of the yardage pulled away. Two sashes next to one another. The photo on the right shows the interfacing interleaved with the fabric, ready for ironing/gluing in place.

The next step after gluing will be to sew the tails to the center sash on both the front and back pieces, and then sew the front and back sides of the sash together, with the tab tucked in side. I may not do that step tonight, though, because I don’t have orange thread.

Once that is done, both sashes will have to be turned right-side-out. The turning holes will then be ladder-stitched up, the tab sewn into place, and the whole thing ironed and pressed with an inch of its life. And then it’s done.

KevinReader, I hope you see this.

To my great but pleased surprise, I was able to cut two sets of parts for a ceremonial sash for Moon work from the same cloth. One will be somewhat shorter than the other, but they’ll be close enough for my needs.

And the two sashes, “completed” — except trees a lot of fiddly hand sewing bits left to do: closing up the turning holes, ironing them, and sewing the hip tabs in place. Those three tasks will likely take half as much time as the basic sewing. Neither sash is perfect. There’s a bunch of little flaws here and there— a mis-cut tail, some interfacing showing, a weak seam in a few places. But, had I waited for perfection, or undid the first try and the second, to make a third and fourth, I’d have made little besides a mess. Let this then be added to a string of small mistakes and medium successes, each of which makes me better than before.

And the two sashes, “completed” — except trees a lot of fiddly hand sewing bits left to do: closing up the turning holes, ironing them, and sewing the hip tabs in place. Those three tasks will likely take half as much time as the basic sewing. Neither sash is perfect. There’s a bunch of little flaws here and there— a mis-cut tail, some interfacing showing, a weak seam in a few places. But, had I waited for perfection, or undid the first try and the second, to make a third and fourth, I’d have made little besides a mess. Let this then be added to a string of small mistakes and medium successes, each of which makes me better than before.

The second ceremonial sash, still assembled inside out. I haven’t had the courage yet to try to make a reversible one, with one color on the facing and another on the backing. But it’s on the list of things to tackle.

The second ceremonial sash, still assembled inside out. I haven’t had the courage yet to try to make a reversible one, with one color on the facing and another on the backing. But it’s on the list of things to tackle.