Becoming Whole

 One of the roots of the Hermetic practicum is the theurgy taught by Iamblichus in the third and fourth centuries CE. Iamblichean theurgy teaches that whereas Gods are each a whole entity, lacking nothing and being perfect images of the One from which they sprang, humans are partial and imperfect. Our souls have voluntarily exiled themselves from the Whole in order to make manifest the perfection of Deity within a realm that is set apart.

Building the athanor: Sacred Space

The term "athanor" refers to the furnace used by an alchemist to purify the First Matter and transform it through heat into the Stone of the Wise. Here we use this term to describe the methods by which the theurgist establishes sacred space and extends the aura, preparatory to further work.

Lighting the fire: the Body of Light

Having established the athanor of the Art, the theurgist must now apply "heat" in order to begin transforming the First Matter. These techniques, from the basic Circulation of the Light to the more advanced Godform work, are used to create an excited state in the subtle bodies of the magician, liberating energy and making it available for personal development.

Project: Awaken the Valley in Summer 2011

This summer, we will begin an experiment in 'large' theurgy. We're calling it "Project: Awaken the Valley", and our intent is to find locally significant natural places where the Gods seem to be 'closer' and, through a program of invocation and seership, cultivate those places with theurgic offerings and related work. We hope to establish a living network of 'awakened' places in this way, and hope that this will be of immediate and long-term benefit to both the spirits of place and physical inhabitants, both plants and animals (including humans).


Separating the Sulfur: Leaving the Body

In the Western tradition, a primary goal of many schools is to establish a continuity in awareness at all levels of the human psyche, in order to train the intuition and make the theurgist fully aware of her purpose for being. In the Golden Dawn school, one of the ways this is done is to separate a portion of the subtle body/bodies, energize that portion, and re-absorb it. This is meant to plant a seed deep within the self that will, in time, create deep and lasting change in the psyche and increase the theurgist's level of awareness until, eventually, a connection is established between all functioning parts.

The Elemental Path

The students receive a series of initiatory transmissions and learn personal workings that awaken the four Elements within. During this process, each student dedicates a portion of his or her Salt (personal time and a bodily Witness such as hair or spittle), Mercury (energy and energetic work) and Sulfur (consciousness and intent) to the Elements, such that when the parts are reunited within the student, they bring with them a "tincture' of the Whole.