Rituals/Winter Solstice Rite: Nuit

From Sekhet-Maat Lodge

By Sr. Viktoria Via Sept (revised and edited 12/14/99 by Fr. Doubt-Goat with Sr. Viktoria)

Contents

Outline

  1. Opening
    • Priest/Priestess asperge and cense.
    • Elemental Officers perform group Star Ruby
    • Priest/Priestess perform dual Star Sapphire
    • Priestess speech
    • Priest lights Solstice candle with IAO
  2. The Twelvefold Conjuration of the Signs
    • Aquarius: Air Officer - Invoke, draw astrological sign, light candle, bell. All: Ararita
    • Pisces: Water Officer - Invoke, draw astrological sign, light candle, bell. All: Ararita
    • Aries: Fire Officer - Invoke, draw astrological sign, light candle, bell. All: Ararita
    • Taurus: Earth Officer - Invoke, draw astrological sign, light candle, bell. All: Ararita
    • Gemini: Air Officer - Invoke, draw astrological sign, light candle, bell. All: Ararita
    • Cancer: Water Officer - Invoke, draw astrological sign, light candle, bell. All: Ararita
    • Leo: Fire Officer - Invoke, draw astrological sign, light candle, bell. All: Ararita
    • Virgo: Earth Officer - Invoke, draw astrological sign, light candle, bell. All: Ararita
    • Libra: Air Officer - Invoke, draw astrological sign, light candle, bell. All: Ararita
    • Scorpio: Water Officer - Invoke, draw astrological sign, light candle, bell. All: Ararita
    • Sagittarius: Fire Officer - Invoke, draw astrological sign, light candle, bell. All: Ararita
    • Capricorn: Earth Officer - Invoke, draw astrological sign, light candle, bell. All: Ararita
    • Unity of the Wheel - Priest/Priestess
  3. Sacrament and Sacrifice
    • Priestess speech sigil destruction
    • All destroy sigils
    • Priestess speech
    • Priest speech
    • All Drain cups, Augmn x3
  4. The Twelvefold Denial of the Signs
    • Aquarius: Air Officer - Banish, draw reverse astrological sign, snuff candle.
    • Pisces: Water Officer - Banish, draw reverse astrological sign, snuff candle.
    • Aries: Fire Officer - Banish, draw reverse astrological sign, snuff candle.
    • Taurus: Earth Officer - Banish, draw reverse astrological sign, snuff candle.
    • Gemini: Air Officer - Banish, draw reverse astrological sign, snuff candle.
    • Cancer: Water Officer - Banish, draw reverse astrological sign, snuff candle.
    • Leo: Fire Officer - Banish, draw reverse astrological sign, snuff candle.
    • Virgo: Earth Officer - Banish, draw reverse astrological sign, snuff candle.
    • Libra: Air Officer - Banish, draw reverse astrological sign, snuff candle.
    • Scorpio: Water Officer - Banish, draw reverse astrological sign, snuff candle.
    • Sagittarius: Fire Officer - Banish, draw reverse astrological sign, snuff candle.
    • Capricorn: Earth Officer - Banish, draw reverse astrological sign, snuff candle.
  5. The Casting of the Seed-Will
    • Priestess speech, destroy sigil
    • All destroy sigils
    • Priestess speech
  6. Closing
    • Priest Elevenfold Seal of Enchantment
    • Gong.

Temple

12 Candles in a circle left to right with Zodiacal banners:

  • East, Taurus - brown or dark green
  • Gemini - indigo
  • Cancer - indigo
  • South, Leo - scarlet
  • Virgo - indigo
  • Libra - indigo
  • West, Scorpio - royal blue
  • Sagittarius - indigo
  • Capricorn - indigo
  • North, Aquarius - golden yellow
  • Pisces - indigo
  • Aries - indigo

Tau-inverse altar in the Center (1 cube, 2 cubes, 1 cube) with:

  • North Altar - bowl of saltwater, bell
  • Central Altar - black flame, chalices with red wine (1 per participant including officers), solstice candle,
  • South Altar - abramelin oil, votive (to light sigils), earthenware bowl, incense and censer

Preparation

Two Sigils:

  1. One representing those things (or one specific thing) which he or she wishes to destroy, such as a bad habit, a conflict, a restrictive environment - anything that presently hinders that individual's progress on the path of the Great Work.
  2. The other item should represent the seed-Will of the individual's present goal(s); a representation of That which is to be. These can take the form of sigils on parchment or some other material, or of a small poppet or figure. Both items should be flammable (the more violently so, the better!)

Officers

  • Priestess - robed in blue and gold, rich headdress, ritual dagger
  • Priest - robed in blue and gold, rich headdress, ritual dagger
  • Fire Officer - red sash, blue violet or indigo robe, ritual dagger
  • Water Officer - blue sash, blue violet or indigo robe, ritual dagger
  • Air Officer - yellow sash, blue violet or indigo robe, ritual dagger
  • Earth Officer - green sash, blue violet or indigo robe, ritual dagger
  • Musician - skilled in ritual music, blue indigo robe, ritual pendant, ritual dagger
  • Celebrants - blue indigo robe, ritual pendant, ritual dagger

Ritual

Opening

  • The Priest stands on the eastern side of the central altar, facing north.
  • The Priestess stands at the western side of the central altar, facing north.
  • The Air Officer stands in the North.
  • The Earth Officer stands in the East.
  • The Fire Officer stands in the South.
  • The Water Officer stands in the West.
  • The Celebrants fill in the circle.
  • The Musician is outside the circle.

Music. The Priestess takes the bowl of salt-water and walking widdershins, asperges all celebrants and Officers. The Priest lights the incense and following her censes all in like manner.

Priestess (for every participant):

For pure will, unassuaged of purpose, delivered from the lust of result, is every way perfect.

Priest (for every participant):

The word of the Law is THELEMA.

They retire to the eastern and western sides of the northern quarter.

Modified Quaternal Star Ruby:

  1. The Four Elemental Officers move to the central altar, and facing outwards draw in a deep breath, closing the mouth with the right forefinger pressed against the lower lip. Then dashing down the hand with a great sweep back and out, expelling forcibly the breath, cry -
APO PANTOS KAKODAIMONOS.
  1. With the same forefinger all touch:
    • the forehead, and say - SOI
    • the genitals, and say - O PHALLE
    • the right shoulder, and say - ISCHUROS
    • the left shoulder, and say - EUCHARISTOS
    • then clasp the hands, locking the fingers, and cry - IAO
  2. The Officers step to the rim of the circle, still facing outwards.
  3. The Officer in the East imagines strongly an upright Pentagram in the forehead, and drawing the hands to the eyes, flings it forth, making the sign of Horus and roaring - THERION, then retires the hand in the sign of Hoor-paar-Kraat.
  4. The Officer in the North repeats; but says - NUIT
  5. The Officer in the West repeats; but whispers - BABALON
  6. The Officer in the South repeats; but bellows - HADIT
  7. The Officers turn to face inwards. They perform the signs of NOX in order with the paean of IO PAN:
    • North - Puella
    • South - Puer
    • East - Vir
    • West - Mulier
  8. The Officers move to the center and face outwards. They extend the arms in the form of a Tau and say simultaneously, low but clear -
    • East:
      • PRO MOU IUNGES, OPISO MOU TELETARCAI, EPI DEXIA SYNOCEIS, EPARISTERA DAIMONES. FLEGEI GAR PERI MOU O ASTHR TON PENTE, KAI EN THI STHLHI O ASTHR TON HEX ESTHKE.
    • South:
      • EPARISTERA IUNGES, EPI DEXIA TELETARCAI, PRO MOU SYNOCEIS, OPISO MOU DAIMONES. FLEGEI GAR PERI MOU O ASTHR TON PENTE, KAI EN THI STHLHI O ASTHR TON HEX ESTHKE.
    • West:
      • OPISO MOU IUNGES, PRO MOU TELETARCAI, EPARISTERA SYNOCEIS, EPI DEXIA DAIMONES. FLEGEI GAR PERI MOU O ASTHR TON PENTE, KAI EN THI STHLHI O ASTHR TON HEX ESTHKE.
    • North:
      • EPI DEXIA IUNGES, EPARISTERA TELETARCAI, OPISO MOU SYNOCEIS, PRO MOU DAIMONES. FLEGEI GAR PERI MOU O ASTHR TON PENTE, KAI EN THI STHLHI O ASTHR TON HEX ESTHKE.
The Officers then retire to their stations at the rim of the circle.

Modified Dual Star Sapphire:

  1. The Priest and Priestess move to the center and face outwards.
  2. They together give the L.V.X. signs, saying: L - V - X, Light in Extension.
  3. The Priest advances to the East and makes the Holy Hexagram, saying: Pater et Mater unus deus. Ararita.
  4. Simultaneously, the Priestess advances to the West, makes the Holy Hexagram and says: Mater et Filius unus deus. Ararita.
  5. The Priest returns to the center, turns clockwise to face South, advances to the southern rim of the circle, makes the Holy Hexagram and says: Filius et Filia unus deus. Ararita.
  6. Simultaneously, the Priestess returns to the center, turns clockwise to face North, advances to the northern rim of the circle, makes the Holy Hexagram and then says: Filia et Pater unus deus. Ararita.
  7. Together they then return to the Center, with alternating breaths saying: Ararita Ararita Ararita...
  8. They then say:
    • Priest - Omnia in Duos
    • Priestess - Duo in Unum
    • Together - Unus in Nihil
    • Together - Haec nec Quatuor nec Omnia nec Duo nec Unus nec Nihil Sunt.

The Priestess picks up the unlit central candle in her hands. No music.

Priestess:

000: In the Beginning there was Naught, and Naught spake unto Naught saying: Let us beget on the Nakedness of our Nothingness the Limitless, Eternal, Identical, and United: And without will, intention, thought, word, desire, or deed, it was so.
00: Then in the depths of Nothingness hovered the Limitless, as a raven in the night; seeing naught, hearing naught, and understanding naught: neither was it seen, nor heard, not understood; for as yet Countenance beheld not Countenance.
0: And as the Limitless stretched forth its wings, an unextended, unextendable Light became; colorless, formless, conditionless, effluent, naked and essential, as a crystalline dew of creative effulgence: and fluttering as a dove betwixt Day and Night, it vibrated forth a lustral Crown of Glory.

Priestess holds the Solstice candle above the central altar while the Priest ignites it.

Priest:

I - A - O

The Twelvefold Conjuration of the Signs

Music. Elemental Officers turn to face outward.

AQUARIUS

Air Officer: O Thou eternal river of chaotic law, in whose depths lie locked the secrets of Creation, primal waters of the Deep.
Air Officer draws Aquarius symbol, then reaching "through" the symbol, lights the candle
--Bell--
ALL: Ararita

PISCES

Water Officer: O Thou Dragon-regent of the blue seas of air, as a chain of emeralds round the neck of Space, the twin fish of Time, which being set apart never divulge the secret of their unity.
Water Officer draws Pisces symbol, then reaching "through" the symbol, lights the candle
--Bell--
ALL: Ararita

ARIES

Fire Officer: O Thou flame of the horned storm-clouds, that sunderest their desolation, that outroarest the winds.
Fire Officer draws Aries symbol, then reaching "through" the symbol, lights the candle
--Bell--
ALL: Ararita

TAURUS

Earth Officer: O Thou crimson smoke-wreath of the volcano, open the secret shrine of Thy Bull's breast, and tear out as an augur the heart of thine all-pervading mystery.
Earth Officer draws Taurus symbol, then reaching "through" the symbol, lights the candle
--Bell--
ALL: Ararita

All Elemental Officers move clockwise to their next position.

GEMINI

Air Officer: O Thou Consuming Eye of everlasting light set as a pearl betwixt the lids of Night and Day.
Air Officer draws Gemini symbol, then reaching "through" the symbol, lights the candle
--Bell--
ALL: Ararita

CANCER

Water Officer: O Thou ten-footed soldier of blue ocean, whose castle is built upon the sands of life and death, who dwells within thine armed hermitage, beneath the lid of the Mighty Sea.
Water Officer draws Cancer symbol, then reaching "through" the symbol, lights the candle
--Bell--
ALL: Ararita

LEO

Fire Officer: O Thou incandescent lion's mane of light, stir from thy lair, and lash the noontide with serpents of fire.
Fire Officer draws Leo symbol, then reaching "through" the symbol, lights the candle
--Bell--
ALL: Ararita

VIRGO

Earth Officer: O Thou intoxicating Vision of Beauty, fair as ten jeweled virgins dancing about the hermit moon.
Earth Officer draws Virgo symbol, then reaching "through" the symbol, lights the candle
--Bell--
ALL: Ararita

All Elemental Officers move clockwise to their next position.

LIBRA

Air Officer: O Thou unalterable measure of all things, in whose lap lie the destinies of unborn worlds, the balance of Light and Darkness.
Air Officer draws Libra symbol, then reaching "through" the symbol, lights the candle
--Bell--
ALL: Ararita

SCORPIO

Water Officer: O Thou sting who settest forth the limitless expanse, spanned by wings of thunder above the cosmic strife as an eagle to feast for ever upon the silence of the stars.
Water Officer draws Scorpio symbol, then reaching "through" the symbol, lights the candle
--Bell--
ALL: Ararita

SAGITTARIUS

Fire Officer: O Thou flame-tipped arrow of devouring fire that quiverest as a tongue in the dark mouth of Night.
Fire Officer draws Aagittarius symbol, then reaching "through" the symbol, lights the candle
--Bell--
ALL: Ararita

CAPRICORN

Earth Officer: O Thou of the mountains, glistening as an old white ram above the fleecy mists of Earth.
Earth Officer draws Capricorn symbol, then reaching "through" the symbol, lights the candle
--Bell--
ALL: Ararita

All Elemental Officers move clockwise to their initial position. The Priest and Priestess turn to face inward, looking at the solstice candle.

The Unity Of The Wheel

Priest and Priestess: O thou silver axle of the Wheel of Being, thrust through the wings of Time by the still hand of Space; I swear to Thee by the twelve spokes of Thy unity, to become unto Thee as the rim thereof, so that I may clothe me majestically in the robe that has no seam.
All: AUMGN AUMGN AUMGN

Sacrament and Sacrifice

Priest and Priestess go to the earthen bowl at the southern altar, the Priest to the eastern side and the Priestess to the western. The candle from the central altar is placed next to the bowl by the Priest.

Priestess:

In fullness we cast aside that which will hinder us no more. May the force and fire of heat and light consume, and leave behind only a little pile of dust.

She takes the Abramelin and anoints that which is to be destroyed.

Priestess:

This is the creation of the world, that the pain of division is as nothing, and the joy of dissolution all.

Priestess impales the sigil upon the point of her dagger, and thrusts it into the flame.

Priestess (whispering):

ABRAHADABRA.

All approach the fire and do likewise with their sigils. If a participant bears a word of his or her own, or there is a particular spell or mantra that is appropriate for the individual's working, then he or she may substitute that for ABRAHADABRA. All return to their places in the circle, taking a chalice of wine with them.

Priest and Priestess go to their respective sides of the northern altar.

Priestess (holds the chalice aloft and says):

O Circle of Stars whereof our Father is but the younger brother, marvel beyond imagination, soul of infinite space, before whom Time is ashamed, the mind bewildered, and the understanding dark, not unto Thee may we attain unless Thine image be Love.

Priest: (holds the chalice aloft and says):

O Nuit, continuous one of Heaven, let it be ever thus, that men speak not of Thee as One but as None; and let them not speak of Thee at all, since Thou art continuous.

All make the sign of the circle with the chalice, and drain it in silence.

All: Aumgn Aumgn Aumgn

The Twelvefold Denial of the Signs

Elemental Officers turn to face outward.

AQUARIUS

Air Officer:
O Thou Nothingness of All Things! Thou who art neither the Crown of the flaming storm, nor the opalescence of the Abyss: O Thou who art not a nymph in the foam of the Sea; nor a whirling devil in the sand of the Desert!
I deny Thee by the powers of mine understanding!
Air Officer draws astrological sign backwards, sucking it up. Snuffs candle.

PISCES

Water Officer:
O Thou Nothingness of All Things! Thou who art neither the formulator of law; nor the Cheat of the maze of illusion: O Thou who art not the foundation-stone of existence; nor the eagle that broodeth upon the egg of space!
I deny Thee by the powers of mine understanding!
Water Officer draws astrological sign backwards, sucking it up. Snuffs candle.

ARIES

Fire Officer:
O Thou Nothingness of All Things! Thou who art neither the fivefold root of nature; nor the fire-crested helm of her Master; O Thou who art not the Emperor of Eternal Time; nor the warrior shout that rocketh the Byss of Space!
I deny Thee by the powers of mine understanding!
Fire Officer draws astrological sign backwards, sucking it up. Snuffs candle.

TAURUS

Earth Officer:
O Thou Nothngness of All Things! Thou who art neither the golden bull of the heavens, nor the crimsoned fountain of the lusts of men; O Thou who reclinest not upon the Wagon of Night; nor restest Thine hand upon the handle of the plough!
I deny Thee by the powers of mine understanding!
Earth Officer draws astrological sign backwards, sucking it up. Snuffs candle.

All Elemental Officers move clockwise to their next position.

GEMINI

Air Officer:
O Thou Nothingness of All Things! Thou who art neither the starry eyes of heaven; nor the forehead of the crowned morning: O Thou who art not perceived by the powers of the mind; nor grasped by the fingers of Silence or of Speech!
I deny Thee by the powers of mine understanding!
Air Officer draws astrological sign backwards, sucking it up. Snuffs candle.

CANCER

Water Officer:
O Thou Nothingness of All Things! Thou who art neither the forge of Eternity; nor the thunder-throated womb of Chaos: O Thou who art not found in the hissing of the hailstones; nor in the rioting of the equinoctial storm!
I deny Thee by the powers of mine understanding!
Water Officer draws astrological sign backwards, sucking it up. Snuffs candle.

LEO

Fire Officer:
O Thou Nothingness of All Things! Thou who art neither the traces of the chariot; nor the pole if galloping delusion: O Thou who art not the pivot of the whole Universe; nor the body of the woman-serpent of the stars!
I deny Thee by the powers of mine understanding!
Fire Officer draws astrological sign backwards, sucking it up. Snuffs candle.

VIRGO

Earth Officer:
O Thou Nothingness of All Things! Thou who art neither the moaning of a maiden; nor the electric touch of a fire-thrilled youth: O Thou who art not found in the hardy kisses of love; nor in the tortured spasms of madness and of hate!
I deny Thee by the powers of mine understanding!
Air Officer draws astrological sign backwards, sucking it up. Snuffs candle.

All Elemental Officers move clockwise to their next position.

LIBRA

Air Officer:
O Thou Nothingness of All Things! Thou who art neither the primal cause of causes; nor the soul of what is, what was, or will be: O Thou who art not measured in the motionless balance; nor smitten by the arrow-flights of man!
I deny Thee by the powers of mine understanding!
Air Officer draws astrological sign backwards, sucking it up. Snuffs candle.

SCORPIO

Water Officer:
O Thou Nothingness of All Things! Thou who art neither the formless breath of Chaos, nor the exhaler of the ordered spheres: O Thou who art not the cloud-cradled star of the morning; nor the Sun, drunken upon the mist, who blindeth men!
I deny Thee by the powers of mine understanding!
Water Officer draws astrological sign backwards, sucking it up. Snuffs candle.

SAGITTARIUS

Fire Officer:
O Thou Nothingness of All Things! Thou who art neither the vitality of worlds; nor the breath of star-entangled being: O Thou who art not horsed mid the centaur clouds of Night; nor the twanging of the bowstring of noon!
I deny Thee by the powers of mine understanding!
Fire Officer draws astrological sign backwards, sucking it up. Snuffs candle.

CAPRICORN

Earth Officer:
O Thou Nothingness of All Things! Thou who art neither the Pan-Pipe in the forest; nor life's blue sword wrapped in the cloak of death: O Thou who art not found amongst the echoes of the hills; nor in the whisperings that wake within the valleys!
I deny Thee by the powers of mine understanding!
Earth Officer draws astrological sign backwards, sucking it up. Snuffs candle.

All Elemental Officers move clockwise to their initial position.

Priestess takes the candle from the southern altar and lights the cauldron of blue-violet flame with it, and then extinguishes the candle.

The casting of the Seed-Will

Priestess passes her hand over the violet flame.

Priestess:

By the Might of Mystery Manifest,
In the word of All and of None;
I cast this seed into the Womb of Night.
Presence of the Promised Child;
Exalted Sekhem, Holy Wanderer
That is Mother of Mothers, and Father of Fathers,
Both and None—
Fulfill this Will and bring about That which is to Be!

She then places the seed-form (sigil, object, etc..) into the flaming cauldron.

All others approach and do likewise. They may pronounce a Word or mantra over the cauldron as the seed is cast, if they so desire.

Priestess:

Perfect is the plan to produce Life, but the Nature of this life is concealed. It is capable of taking any possible form; but what form?
Hidden in the depths of Night is the Mystery of its becoming; that Mystery of which we partake every second of our conscious existence.
Rejoice, therefore, O Sons of the Morning, for we have this Night begun the manifestation of that which we have declared to be our Will. And, with the dawn of the waxing Sun, begin the cycle of another year.

Closing

The Priest performs the Elevenfold Seal of Enchantment.

The Elevenfold Seal of Enchantment.

  • The Animadversion towards the Aeon.
    1. Let the Magician, robed and armed as he may deem to be fit, turn his face towards Boleskine, that is the House of the Beast 666.
    2. Let him strike the battery 1 - 3 - 3 - 3 - 1.
    3. Let him put the Thumb of his right hand between its index and medius, and make the gestures hereafter following.
  • The Vertical Component of the Enchantment.
    1. Let him describe a circle about his head, crying NUIT!
    2. Let him draw the Thumb vertically downward and touch the Muladhara Cakkra, crying, HADIT!
    3. Let him, retracing the line, touch the centre of his breast and cry RA_HOOR_KHUIT!
  • The Horizontal Components of the Enchantment.
    1. Let him touch the Centre of his Forehead, his mouth, and his larynx, crying AIWAZ!
    2. Let him draw his thumb from right to left across his face at the level of the nostrils.
    3. Let him touch the centre of his breast, and his solar plexus, crying, THERION!
    4. Let him draw his thumb from left to right across his breast, at the level of the sternum.
    5. Let him touch the Svadistthana, and the Muladhara Cakkra, crying, BABALON!
    6. Let him draw his thumb from right to left across his abdomen, at the level of the hips.
  • The Asseveration of the Spells.
    1. Let the Magician clasp his hands upon his Wand, his fingers and thumbs interlaced, crying LAShTAL! THELEMA! FIAOF! AGAPE! AUMGN!
  • The Proclamation of the Accomplishment.
    1. Let the Magician strike the Battery: 3 - 5 - 3, crying ABRAHADABRA.

-Gong-

The Temple is closed.


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