Devotional practices based on audiovisuals

Chanting mantras can be really tedious. I don’t do it very often. There’s value in the tedium of chanting mantras too of course, as it calms the mind and forces you to face any thoughts and feelings of boredom and thus also strengthens your willpower and awareness. But there’s a time and place for everything, so I am introducing to you here a different practice of working with mantras to connect with spirits and deities. Continue reading “Devotional practices based on audiovisuals”

Negative feelings working with Lord Shiva

Here’s a question by user “Viidyut” on studioarcanis.com, 17 July 2019, concerning negative feelings that came up after starting to work with Lord Shiva. I figure that his question and my answer might be relevant to other people as well:

Hello folks, I have a small problem and honestly I could use some expert advice.

So, I used to be a regular smoker before(5cigarettes a day). I used to smoke every day no matter what. I recently overcame a major health related complication(intestinal ulcer failing to clot because of medicine I’m using in over dose, because of bad advice from an incompetent doctor leading to massive hemorrhage that I miraculously survived)

I started working with God shiva during this time(mostly chatting, working in imagination), I promised that I will change my lifestyle, lead a healthier life and quit smoking. Which I did for one month, then I had a craving and smoked. I was overcome with guilt for breaking my word, apologized, promised to the god I will quit for good this time and smoked again, full of shame. This happened twice more before I realized I can’t really quit cold turkey.

The problem is, every single time, I felt the connection I had with God fading, until it suddenly disappeared yesterday compeltly, Its like there is a block preventing me from reaching out to Shiva. 

Also, I developed existential crisis, my entire confidence crumbled in a single night and I developed depression(not related to God though, I’m having these thoughts about worthlessnesswhich suddenly started pooing up). 

What should I do? Any advice is appreciated, I’m kinda honestly lost.

Edit: also, I want to point, I used to meditate on shiva as a formless force of creation, considering it my own way of attaining HGA.

Some thoughts. You’ve mentioned shame and guilt. “Negative” thoughts and feelings like this can easily block spiritual connections and sabotage works. Accept them as a part of your now-self, in a neutral manner (they are basically just an energy in your body), then move on to changing your reactions. It’s okay to fail sometimes. A good spirit or god will continue to work with you if you desire so.

These thoughts and feelings are a sign that you are making great evolutionary leaps. They’ve been there before, but it was probably Lord Shiva himself that granted you awareness of them. Which means that for now they are very present and powerful in your consciousness. This is natural, and after you have done the work of acceptance you will be able to access powers in you that had been blocked in the past.

Relax, stop judging yourself and ask Lord Shiva to show you a different way than cold turkey. He is still there, you just cannot perceive him as well as at other times. Spend time in silent devotion. Light some candles, speak some prayers, build an altar, get a pendant or something so you can strengthen your connection.

The Lord of Hosts

The following is a short meditation on a concept which, like many others, hasn’t been illuminated very well.

In the Jewish tradition of Kabbalah, a common epithet of IHVH, the One God, is “Tzabaoth”, or “IHVH Tzabaoth” in full. Roughly translated, it means “Lord of Hosts”.

Interestingly, we also find a similar concept in Hinduism: Lord Ganesh is the king of all spirits, and thus also called “King of Hosts”.

But what does it mean to rule over hosts, in a spiritual context? Continue reading “The Lord of Hosts”

Making an image in talismanic operations

2c4de8264f90636f9b80bb1ca91408f3In traditional treatises of talismanic magic, the concept of creating an “image” is ubiquitous. Here’s an example from Agrippa.

From the operations of Mars they made an Image in the hour of Mars, Mars being in the second face of Aries, in a Martial stone, especially in a Diamond; The form of which was a man armed, riding upon a Lyon, having in his right hand a naked sword erected, carrying in his left hand the head of a man; they report, that an Image of this kind rendreth a man powerfull in good and evill, so that he shall be feared of all; and whosoever carryeth it they give him the power of enchantment, so that he shall terrifie men by his looks when he is angry, and stupifie them;

–“Of the Images of the Planets”. In: Cornelius Agrippa, Three Books of Occult Philosophy

But what does it mean to “make an image“? As most things in occult literature, there are multiple layers of meaning to unravel. Continue reading “Making an image in talismanic operations”

Planetary foods

Presently, I am looking for ways to honor the planetary powers in a balanced fashion by honoring them on their respective days. This can be done through various means like prayer, suitable activities (e.g. physical activity for Mars or learning a language for Mercury) but also through foods. This is especially convenient because we all have to eat every day, so why not make use of it? Plus, eating that way increases the chances of having a balanced diet.
Now that we have established our goal we need to find out which common foods are associated with the planets. Here’s my list, which is by no means exhaustive, so let me know in the comments if you can think of more and I will add them to the list if I agree with your attribution.

Sun

  • oranges
  • chicken
  • sunflower seeds
  • dates
  • wheat
  • corn
  • mango
  • rosemary
  • thyme
  • honey
  • fruits in general

Dark side: neglecting other planetary foods, monotone diets

Moon

  • cheeses in general
  • water, esp. clear spring water
  • rice
  • oats
  • beer
  • mushrooms
  • tofu

Dark side: stale and moldy foods that are bereft of vital energy, or that are outright contrarian to good health

Mercury

  • millet
  • white wine with carbonated water (spritzer)
  • chicken legs and wings
  • cocktails
  • hors d’oeuvres
  • intricate dishes

Dark side: anything processed in general, eating too fastnull

Venus

  • vanilla
  • tonka beans
  • sweets, esp. pralines
  • sweet sherry
  • desserts
  • sweet fruit liquors
  • mead
  • cinnamon
  • rose-colored pepper
  • honey
  • anything with pleasant odors
  • white bread
  • haute cuisine

Dark side: overly sweet (e.g. soft drinks)

Mars

  • red meat
  • spirits (high-percentage alcoholic drinks)
  • tripe
  • ginger
  • pepper (esp. black pepper)
  • cayenne peppers
  • onion
  • garlic
  • kidney beans
  • cloves

Dark side: too much red meat, medicated meat, not caring about the origins of one’s food

Jupiter

  • big roasts, esp. turkey
  • puff pastry
  • lentils
  • chicken breast
  • turmeric
  • burgers
  • pasta
  • dumplings
  • pumpkins

Dark side: overindulgence, i.e. eating or drinking too much

Saturn

  • potatoes and other vegetables with edible roots
  • carrot
  • tomatoes
  • topinambur
  • sour and dry wines, port wine
  • black bread

Dark side: constipating foods; eating too little