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Formal Execration: The Learning Curve

While trying to decipher the meaning of a vision that I received while working with O, it was suggested that perhaps I do an execration. I considered this, and sat down with Set to get his thoughts on it, and he agreed it would be a good idea. For whatever reason, I decided I would try a formal execration. I chose the first execration rite listed in Eternal Egypt. This is my first time of doing an execration from a book, and I wanted to document some of it for others to see and consider.

The purpose of this execration was to “clear the board” (Set’s words). He had told me that I had enemies I could see, and enemies I couldn’t see. Things I was considering, and things that I wasn’t considering. So I chose the first rite in an attempt to keep the ‘enemies’ specific (for the ones I could list), but yet still cast a wide enough net to knock out things that I couldn’t see or consider in my current position.

Execration Altar Setup

Execration Altar Setup

So let’s go over what is needed for a formal execration. Reidy has the following “ingredients” for an execration:

  • Candle or oil lamp
  • An image of the serpent-enemy made of beeswax
  • New sheet of papyrus with enemies names listed in green ink
  • Copper brazier or pan
  • Herbs to replace bryony
  • Iron knife or nail
  • Black thread
  • Blade of flint
  • Red clay pot, sand, and a lid or means to seal the pot

Because of limitations, I made a few changes to the above ingredients list. I used regular paper, instead of papyrus. My beeswax image was made from a candle. Instead of a copper pan, I used a brass bowl. And for herbs, I used a lemon. Reidy states in his book that bryony would have been acidic, and I felt that a lemon would be one of the most acidic things I could find. Instead of an iron knife, I used Set’s knife (stainless steel). I chose to use his knife because he is part of the reason I’m doing this at all. And, his connotations of smiting a/pep daily anyways. For my red pot, I chose an old pill bottle that I had. I cleaned it and painted it red.

Once I had all of my stuff together, I set it up all nicely in one spot so that I could do all of my work in one area and not have to leave to go get stuff. The execration was going along alright. Nothing major or exciting, though it was odd to actually speak words during my rite (I am a silent ritualist, usually). And everyting was pretty ho hum until I set stuff on fire.

 

Yes. Set stuff on fire. And holy crap. Did it burn. It burned for a long long time. In fact, I had to bring in a pot lid to smother the flames so that it would stop burning. It got so hot that the wax started to sizzle in the base of the pot. It was seriously like standing in front of the stove while cooking.

Damn.

That’s crazy.

And after it was done, it looked a lot like this:

Execration Remains

And it was at least 20 minutes before the brass was cool enough to touch.

Afterwards, I took the remains and poured them into my bottle. I added the lemon juice (as well as the lemon as a whole) and poured sand on top. I then took my red candle and melted hot wax over the lid and let it drip down (It didn’t quite pan out as I had hoped it would, but ohwell). Since I didn’t have the means to bury it somewhere, I placed it in a dumpster on the other side of my apartment complex where it will eventually be taken to the landfill and ‘buried’ there.

execration bottle

Now it’s time for the learning curve!

As mentioned in the title, there is a bit of a learning curve to this whole ‘formal execration’ thing. It’s really easy to take a piece of paper, write on it, scream at it, tear it up, burn it and pitch it (and call it good). But when you get into the more formal style of things, there are a lot more problems that can crop up during the ritual. There are also more considerations that need to be made while doing the formal style, and I wanted to go over some of my findings, pitfalls, and areas of suggestion so that your formal execration can go smoother.

  • Make sure your execration pot (the thing you burn stuff in) is sturdy. You saw how hot my stuff got. If I had gone with a lesser bowl, its entirely possible that I could have run into serious problems. The bowl could have broken (or shattered) and I would have had hot molten wax all over my table, my person, and possibly my hands as well. Be considerate of the materials you’re using. Make sure that your execration brazier/pot can really withstand high heat.
  • Be considerate of your surroundings. In conjunction with above- make sure you’re performing your execration in a place that can handle high heat. Despite using a brass bowl, I ended up with a black circle on my silverware box. I also ended up with tons of tiny wax droplets all over my box, table, and person. Make sure that you do your rites in an area that can handle high heat, messes, and potentially escaping fire or wax.
  • Be considerate of your clay pot. My jar was extremely hot after placing that wax in there. I wanted to drip the wax down the side of my jar, so that it would actually seal the jar up. However, the wax was still so hot inside, I couldn’t pick up the jar for fear of breaking the glass, or burning my hands. Be sure that wherever you’re filling the jar at can also handle high heat, or potential jar breakage.
  • Don’t make a huge a/pep effigy. My a/pep was made out of a large taper candle. That was dumb. It should have been a lot smaller. I think a lot of my fire issues stemmed from the sheer volume of wax that was in the pot. Be considerate of the size of your burning pot, and the size of the problems you are execrating when you create your a/pep figure. Next time, I think I will make something smaller in size.
  • If you’re going to have a large a/pep figure, make sure you burn your paper before adding the wax. There was so much wax in my bowl, the paper never entirely burned. If I had burned the paper first, that wouldn’t have been a huge problem.
  • Have water, oven mitts, perhaps a large pot lid (for snuffing out fire), and something like sand or baking soda on hand. This is in case fire spreads.
  • Make sure your knives are sharp and can handle some pressure. I had a lot of problem with my knife not wanting to cut this massive wax figure. I ended up doing divots in the wax, and snapping the snake apart… which was quite gratifying. But at least be aware that it can be an issue.

All in all, I’m glad I tried a formal execration out. I think that each format of execration is useful, and really serves different purposes all in all. I love basic execrations where all I’m doing is focusing on smashing the crap out of something. I don’t need to worry about words or structure, it’s all about the emotional release. However, the formal style is pretty cool too, because you seriously feel like you’re beating something much larger up. Especially when the wax started to really go off- I was like “Damn, this is crazy. What the hell did I just unleash?” The styles and feelings are different, and that each format is better for certain situations over others.

It is my opinion that Formal Execrations are good for large scale, long term goals. For example, let’s take losing weight. You’d start with a Formal Execration to get you started. And then you’d do lots of smaller execrations along the way to keep you going. The best way to find out which is best for you is to try one of each version and compare and contrast their results.

I urge you to try a formal execration and see how it feels!

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Posted by on December 6, 2012 in Devo Magix Series, Kemeticism

 

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Devo Magix: Warding Through Movement


Above is a video tutorial that I put together for the creation of basic barriers through movement and gesture. I wanted to create a text version of this as well, for those who can’t see or hear the video above.

The creation of a barrier using gestures is very simple. In order to give this a try, you’ll need the following:

  • Yourself
  • A small space at the center of the area you’re creating the barrier for that you can move around in
  • Incense (optional)

Here is the basic walk through of how you create the barrier:

  1. Go to the center of your space with your lit incense.
  2. Calm your mind, still your energy (aka stand there for a few seconds and acclimate to the space).
  3. Pick your starting point for your barrier (I use the front door)
  4. You will pool the energy in your hands. I do this through a series of circular and waving hand movements.
  5. Once you have the energy gathered, you will point your hand out towards where you want your barrier to start. The pointing direction essentially directs the energy to the base of your barrier.
  6. In a swift movement, once you’ve pointed out where you’d like the energy to start, lift your arm up to direct the energy upwards. This is to create a pillar or ribbon of energy for you to pull from.
  7. Take your hands and “roll the energy out”, as though you were rolling dough. I do this with long broad strokes in a circular shape around my person.
  8. Once you hit the 180 degree mark for your first “energy pillar”, you will create another one. (this happens to coincide with my back door)
  9. Take the energy that you’ve “rolled out” in btwn these two pillars, and lift the energy over your head. I do this with a motion of bringing my hands over my head.
  10. Move to the second “energy pillar” you’ve created and continue to roll the energy out to where you started. You will then bring this energy up over your head in the same fashion as before.
  11. At this point, you more or less have two half circles of energy above you.
  12. With swift, encompassing and circular movements, I bring these energy halves around upon themselves. This step is to remove and holes, seams or cracks and to ensure that the energy is working as one unified force.
  13. Be sure to bring the energy below you as well as above.
  14. Finish off your movements by ensuring the energy is the shape and solidity that you want. I like to finish off my barrier making by dropping some ashes from the incense on the ground.

The movements are highly personal. You can create barriers of any shape, color, or thickness. You could also do this same series of movements multiple times to create layers of barriers if you wanted. Don’t be afraid to experiment with motions, music or other forms of energy directors (wands, water, knives, etc).

 
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Posted by on November 23, 2012 in Devo Magix Series

 

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Astral Don’t Care.

 

Alternate title: The Life That Everybody Asks For.

It seems that everyone wants to get to the astral. The Internet is filled with questions, guides and discussions about astral travel, getting there, what to do once you’re there. Much like having a guide or a broke-open head, everyone wants to be a part of this massive thing called the astral.

And I must ask- why? Why in all the multiverse would you want to really immerse yourself into the astral?

It’s an important question, really. Because once that door opens, you can’t readily shut it again. Oh, you can try. But you’ll likely fail. If your life is like a house, the astral is a box of matches and a jug of kerosene. It will light your life house on fire, and you can either choose to try and ignore it as it burns down around you (likely taking you with it), or you can choose to react to it, and participate in the cluster that is astral life.

That is because, my friends, the astral is a honeybadger. It just doesn’t care. It doesn’t give a shit, it just takes whatever it wants. It will take it’s matches and kerosene and burn your whole block down, if it feels like it.

And honestly, if you could live your entire life not having to subject yourself to that- why wouldn’t you?

The astral, for all its wondrous places, interesting people/entities/beings is really messed up. It really is. Astral brings a lot of heartache, a lot of strife. And it likes to mess with your life all in all. People complain that Set is a pot stirrer, but he’s got nothing on the astral. The astral contains more than just wonderful, nice, helpful things. There is a lot of bad there, too. And if you find yourself in a mess of trouble, there is no way to avoid the bleedthrough into day to day life. What kind of bleed through? How about visions dealing with nasty stuff like rape, death, or murder while you’re trying to work on spreadsheets at work? How about feelings of pain that are so crippling, you can barely get up in the morning? How about whispers and sensations that are non-corporeal that consume you while you’re trying to drive in rush hour traffic?

Not enough yet?

How about finding a group of people you work with on the astral, and then having shit go down (while you’re trying to continue living out here in the physical world), and having to cope with the deaths of said people- all while putting a smile on in your day to day life?

Sound like fun? It’s a lot more common than you think.

The astral. Doesn’t. Care. Things will happen at any time, any place. You will be living two lives- one of which you have to hide, because the physical realms will think you’re crazy, and the other of which doesn’t care that you’re part of the physical realms (or will extort that to their advantage). For all of its supposed awesomeness, the astral is also a huge cesspool of fubar and tears and I think people don’t discuss that nearly enough.

This is not to say that the astral is all bad. The astral can lead to quite a bit of growth and “character building”, and there is a ton of useful information there (but at what cost?). I also have some amazing bonds there, and know some great people- and my life would be missing something without it (I was in the category of the astral was burning my house down, and when I tried to run away, I paid the price-  I never went looking for the astral). But I think that I needs to be said that anyone who is seeking the astral, anyone who is poking around, trying to get there (as opposed to the astral poking you), that you really should heavily consider if you want that level of strife and/or responsibility in your life. Because once you fall down the rabbit hole, it’s nearly impossible to truly climb back out again. And if most of the people I’ve met who have a foot in each world, a large chunk of what waits for you is strife, because Astral don’t care.

Astral Y U NO TIME YOUR SHIT BETTER?

 

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Devo Magix: Know Your Basics

This is an argument in favor of making up your own stuff.

When you surf around on the Internet, there are a lot of questions about spells. There are also a lot of prefab spells out there as well. And for a large portion of the pagan/witchy community, there are a lot of people who use pre-made spells as the bread and butter of their practice.

I think that this is okay for the beginner (possibly), but that at some point or another, you have to really break free from prefab stuff. At some point or another, you need to look at prefab spells, or any magix work you’ve done, and really figure out what is going on, what is making the magix tick.

Let me use an example.

Let’s say that learning magix is like learning a new language (which, it sorta is). There are many ways to learn a new language, and one of the most popular methods is the phrase book. You know- the books that are nothing more than “Hi, my name is ___.” “How are you?” “May I please have that?” “Where is the bathroom?” It has lots of phrases that you can memorize- but it doesn’t discuss grammar, tense, or any of the parts of the creation of the sentence.

So let’s say you use this book to learn these phrases- what is going to happen when you interact with your first local? Yes, you might get past the “Hello my name is”, but what if they say something that wasn’t in your phrase book?

You’re going to bomb.

And that’s how it goes with magix. You only use pre-made spells, you only learn magix via a “phrasebook”, and that works for a while… But what happens the one time that something goes wrong (let’s say you have some weird hobgoblins knocking on your door). What then? If you’re just using a magical “phrasebook”- how will you know what words, spices, etc. to put in where to create what you need? And what if your “phrasebook” is unavailable? How will you keep yourself protected?

Or what happens if you’ve got a prefab spell that you wish to use. Let’s say it involves a river, and a strict timeline, and you go to the one place you can think of with a river- except the road is closed, barring your path.

What now?

You can’t get to the river. Time is running out, and your phrasebook doesn’t give you any other options for when the road to the river is closed. What do you do?

And this, my friends, is why we need to know our building blocks.

In order to really be successful with magix, we need to try and move beyond the basics of prefab cookbook styled spell workings. We need to be unafraid and jump into the hot mess that is magix and not be concerned with our hands getting dirty. This is why we should try new things, write stuff down, experiment, fail, succeed. Because only through trial and error will you really figure out what works for you. Only through working with each magical concept and ingredient will you really understand how the spells come together to create the magix. This is also why you will not see many (if any) pre-fab magix on here- because I believe in giving you the building blocks, so that you can make your own awesome magix.

Because only by knowing your building blocks would you being to decide that if the road to the river is closed, you find another source of moving water, such as a large fountain.

Only by knowing your building blocks will your magix become unstoppable.

 
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Posted by on November 9, 2012 in Devo Magix Series, Rambles

 

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