by Sr. S.D.M. and Fr. Balise d'Anubus
December 2001 e.v.

Setup

Props (general)

  • iron cauldron
  • charcoals
  • paper
  • elemental flags or banners for the cardinal points (optional)
  • feast of delicious items
  • Ambergis, benzoin, musk, olibanum, myrrh are all appropriate incenses
  • Moon card (large blowup) or a moon
  • Sun card (large blowup) or a sun
  • Rod, flail, crown, pouch. Pouch must be made of flammable material that will burn quickly and create a lot of flame; making it out of flash paper works well

Props (participants)

  • Penny
  • Word sigil of a goal
  • Image sigil of that which restricts the goal
  • black, white, and gold clothing/jewelry

Temple

As large a circle as possible is drawn around the Temple. In the center of the circle is a circular altar, on top of which is a cauldron containing very hot smoldering coals. At each of the four cardinal points, a flag or colored banner is set- black (earth) at East, red (fire) at South, yellow (air) at West, blue (water) at North (1). At the North is a veiled space, the Underworld, with a large image of the Moon hung from the outside front of the veils. On either side of the Underworld are black and white pillars with incense burning profusely at the bases. Hidden behind the veils is a feast, the Yellow Priest's garments, and a large image of the Sun.

image of temple setup

Preparation

Cauldron: Fill the cauldron with charcoal (like for grilling) before the ritual starts. Light it outside. The idea is for the fiery smoky bit to be over and for the coals to be glowing and very hot at the start of the ritual. Once ready, coals will stay hot for approximately two and a half hours.

Sigils: Each participant must come prepared with two sigils- a word representing a personal goal, and an image representing something that is standing in the way of achieving that goal. The participant will be supplied with a piece of flash paper on which they will draw the sigil of their obstacle. The participant will then wrap their penny (representing their goal) in the flash paper and hold onto it until the appropriate moment.

Officers

  • (I) Priestess (Isis) - clothed in purple, green, and blue with silver jewelry.
  • (A) Black Priest (Set)- clothed in black.
  • (O) White Priest/Yellow Priest (Osiris/Horus) - clothed in white as Osiris, and yellow/gold as Horus. As Osiris has a crook, flail, and crown, and wears a pouch or sash, falling over the genital area.
  • Two Muu Dancers (2) clothed in blood red loin cloths with Muu dancer hats.

Ritual

I. Opening

Priestess is standing in the North facing South. White Priest is in the East, facing West. Black Priest is in the West, facing East.

The participants are lead into the temple widdershins by the Muu Dancers, and stand in a circle.

-GONG-

Muu Dancers move widdershins to stand to the East and West of the central altar, back to each other, and perform a Star Ruby together (3).

Muu Dancers stand in front of each of the pillars at the Gates of Death. They face South.

-BELLx3-

II. Statement of Intent

Priestess: O Boatmen of the Gates of the Moon, what is the time?
Muu1: The longest night of the year.
Priestess: O Boatmen of the Gates of Death, what is the place?
Muu2: The crucible of transmutation.
Priestess: O Boatmen of the Gates of the Underworld, what is the work?
Both Muu: To find the sun.

Priestess walks South in a straight line through the center of the circle, coming to rest in the South facing North, opposite the Gates of Death. As she walks, she says:

I am the stars and the sky
the earth and the oceans;
I am Virgo the priestess of priestesses-
virgin mother
whore of redemption
bloodless bride who exhalts the bottomless cup;
I am the matrix
The undernetting of the underpinning
the weft
the womb
the great sea
I am the tapestry-
If one seeks the sun, then
one seeks me!

-BELL-

Black Priest walks widdershins in a triangle with its points in the West, South, and East. He comes to rest again in the West, saying as he goes:

I am the open eye and the storm
the whip on the horse's back;
I am the Scorpion who curls about the temple-
sun swallower
secret force
potent warlord whose visage destroys the world;
I am the deconstrctor
the eater of life
the defiler
the death-bringer
the potency
I am the banshee-
If one seeks the sun, then
One seeks me!

-BELL-

White Priest walks widdershins in a full circle, coming to rest in the E, saying as he goes:

I am a man among men
the light 'round which earth dances;
I am the Sun who warms the sea-
sky's fire
beauty's lance
glowing groom who takes the stars for bride;
I am the rosy cross
the center of the cycle
the rod
the ray
the seed
I am the laurel tree-
If one seeks the secret sun,
One seeks me!

-BELL-

(vibrate together)

Priestess gives the Sign of Isis: I
Black Priest gives the Sign of Apophis: A
White Priest gives the Sign of Osiris Risen: O

-BELL x3 -

III. Death (Scorpion)

All three officers step forward to the center of the Temple together, and then move together to the East in a triangle, with the Priestess at the apex.

The Black Priest stands behind the White Priest, like his shadow. At each of the four revolutions deosil around the circle, the two of them move together. With each full revolution, the two Priests exchange power, so at the start the White Priest is at full strength, the Black Priest hobbling behind him, and a the end the White Priest is hobbling and the Black Priest is at full strength.

The Priestess weaves in and out around the Priests in a dance, spinning around them, and around each of the cardinal points. She is in her aspect as a Lunar goddess, as the moon, as YSUD, and her dance should reflect this.

Music throughout this section should transition slowly to a climactic build.

First Circuit:

Muu Dancers and the participants make the Sign of Earth. The White Priest watches them in the Sign of Osiris Slain. The Black Priest stands back to the White Priest, giving the same Sign.

Muu Dancers and participants: (4)
Hail unto Thee who art Ra in Thy rising,
even unto Thee who art Ra in Thy strength,
who travellest over the Heavens in Thy bark at the Uprising of the Sun.
Tahuti standeth in His splendour at the prow, and Ra-Hoor abideth at the helm.
Hail unto Thee from the Abodes of Night!

The officers begin to move in their deosil circle. The White Priest is at the peak of his strength and prances radiant around the circle. The Black Priest is frail and hunches in the shadow of the White Priest.

As the three move between East and West:

Priestess: Where do you journey, my Rising King?
White Priest: Through the Springtime world of growing things!
Priestess: How do we meet my Strong-lit King?
White Priest: We meet as the earth of creation sings!
Priestess: When will you be back, my Springtime King?
White Priest: Listen for returning birds on beating wings!

As the three move between West and East:

Priestess: Through the Spring day I'm eclipsed in ecstasy
Black Priest: In Spring's birthing waits the breath of Autumn's lonely date;
Priestess: And when the sun is gone from the sky
Black Priest: I bide my time, I wait my turn,
Priestess: Your reflection shines in my eyes.
Black Priest: He does not know his throne, I'll earn.

Second Circuit:

Muu Dancers and the Participants make the Sign of Fire. The White Priest watches them in the Sign of Osiris Slain. The Black Priest stands back to the White Priest, giving the same Sign. While he is looking at the Muu, the Black Priest takes the flail from the White Priest.

Muu Dancers and participants: (4)
Hail unto Thee who art Ahathoor in Thy triumphing,
even unto Thee who art Ahathoor in Thy beauty,
who travellest over the heavens in thy bark at the Mid-course of the Sun.
Tahuti standeth in His splendour at the prow, and Ra-Hoor abideth at the helm.
Hail unto Thee from the Abodes of Morning!

The three continue again as before. The White Priest's power has dulled somewhat. The Black Priest is still frail but less hunched over.

As the three move between East and West:

Priestess: Where do you journey, my Glorious King?
White Priest: Through the Summer world of living things!
Priestess: How do we meet my Beauteous King?
White Priest: We meet at the fire with wedding rings!
Priestess: When will you be back, my Summer King?
White Priest: Watch for the ripened fruit that I shall bring!

As the three move between West and East: Priestess: Through the Summer day I'm eclipsed in ecstasy
Black Priest: In Summer's excess waits the fruit of Winter's empty plate;
Priestess: And when the sun is gone from the sky
Black Priest: I bide my time, I wait my turn,
Priestess: Your reflection shines in my eyes.
Black Priest: He does not know for his lover, I yearn.

Just before the three reach East Muu Dancers and Participants give the Sign of Silence.

Third Circuit:

Muu Dancers and the Participants make the Sign of Air. The White Priest watches them in the Sign of Osiris Slain. The Black Priest stands back to the White Priest, giving the same Sign. While he is looking at the Muu, the Black Priest takes the crook from the White Priest.

Muu Dancers and participants: (4)
Hail unto Thee who art Tum in Thy setting,
even unto Thee who art Tum in Thy joy,
who travellest over the Heavens in Thy bark at the Down-going of the Sun.
Tahuti standeth in His splendour at the prow, and Ra-Hoor abideth at the helm.
Hail unto Thee from the Abodes of Day!

The three continue again as before. The White Priest's strength is waning, he is hunched over, just the slightest bit more powerful looking than the Black Priest. The Black Priest has become nearly as potent as the White Priest.

As the three walk between East and West:

Priestess: Where do you journey, my Setting King?
White Priest: Through the Autumn world of dying things.
Priestess: How do we meet my Joyous King?
White Priest: We meet in air, you with your arrows, me with my sling.
Priestess: When will you be back, my Autumn King?
White Priest: Smell the leaves when they tumble and fling.

As the three move between West and East:

Priestess: Through the Autumn day I'm eclipsed in ecstasy
Black Priest: In Autumn's colors I wait as he grows old, heavy with weight;
Priestess: And when the sun is gone from the sky
Black Priest: I bide my time, I wait my turn,
Priestess: Your reflection shines in my eyes.
Black Priest: He does not know but soon he'll learn.

Just before the three reach East Muu Dancers and Participants give the Sign of Silence.

Fourth Circuit:

Muu Dancers and the Participants make the Sign of Water. The White Priest watches them in the Sign of Osiris Slain. The Black Priest stands back to the White Priest, giving the same Sign. While he is looking at the Muu, the Black Priest takes the crown from the White Priest.

Muu Dancers and participants: (4)
Hail unto thee who art Khephra in Thy hiding,
even unto Thee who art Khephra in Thy silence,
who travellest over the heavens in Thy bark at the Midnight Hour of the Sun.
Tahuti standeth in His splendour at the prow, and Ra-Hoor abideth at the helm.
Hail unto Thee from the Abodes of Evening.

The three continue as before. The White Priest has become frail and hunched over, like the Black Priest at the beginning. The Black Priest is now as strong as the White Priest was at the beginning. The White Priest looks like the Black Priest's shadow, stretching out before him.

As the three move between East and West:

Priestess: Where do you journey, my Hidden King?
White Priest: Through the Winter world of frozen things.
Priestess: How do we meet my Silent King?
White Priest: We meet on the shoreline where life still clings.
Priestess: When will you be back, my Winter King?
White Priest: Feel for my heartbeat; the pendulum swings.

As the three move between West and East:

Priestess: Through the Winter day I'm eclipsed in ecstasy
Black Priest: The Winter ends my wait the time has come to greet my fate;
Priestess: And when the sun is gone from the sky
Black Priest: I bided my time, I waited my turn,
Priestess: Your reflection shines in my eyes.
Black Priest: and now he knows-

Just before the three reach East Muu Dancers and Participants give the sign of silence.

When the three reach east:

Black Priest gives the Sign of Set Fighting:
AND HE SHALL BURN!

The music becomes violent, sexy, passionate, and discordant. White Priest and Black Priest begin to dance with each other in battle toward the central altar. The Priestess continues to dance around them, sexy now, impassioned. She shifts from her aspect as a Lunar goddess, to her aspect as passion, love, NTzCh. The start of the fight should be witnessed by the participants before they are allowed to begin the ecstatic dance themselves.

As soon as the officers reach the center, the Participants break from the circle even as the officers break from the orbit they were following to do battle, and are encouraged to dance wildly, by the Muu Dancers if necessary. Dancing should go on for quite some time- at least 10 minutes- long enough for the energy to build. When the fervor has reached its peak, there are three loud screams.

-SCREAM- (both Priests scream in rage)

The Black Priest strikes the White Priest in the forehead.

-SCREAM- (the White Priest screams in agony)

The Black Priest strikes the White Priest in the chest.

-SCREAM- (the Black Priest screams in triumph)

Black Priest tears pouch from White Priest's waist and throws it into the cauldron while the White Priest screams his word. The pouch should ignite on the charcoals, creating flame.

Music stops.

White Priest falls to the ground, dead.

Black Priest stands beside the central alter with his arms raised in triumph, in the Sign of Apophis.

Priestess dances sexily, seducing the winner of the battle, passionate.

These events are the cue for all Participants to throw their pennies into the cauldron, scream their word as loudly as possible, and collapse on the floor, mimicking the actions of the White Priest.

IV. Transmutation (Serpent)

While everyone is down, the Black Priest and the Priestess come together and have a moment suggestive of copulation, (Babalon rides the Beast) at the central altar.

Muu Dancers go to the body of the White Priest, bearing him away behind the veils of the Underworld. The Muu Dancers return and stand again in their places at the pillars.

Priestess goes to stand directly in front of the Underworld veil, facing South, and gives the Sign of Salt (5). She transitions again now from her role as a Passion goddess, to her role as Mother goddess, as Nuit.

The Black Priest stays on the ground, spent; dead.

-KNOCK 3x5x3x-

Muu Dancers: Abrahadabra!

V. Resurrection (Dove)

During the Muu Dancers' speech, the White Priest changes robes to become the Yellow Priest and lights additional candles at the feast, if necessary.

Muu: O! the heart of N.O.X. the Night of Pan.
Muu1 P(6) AN: Duality: Energy: Death.
Muu2: Death: Begetting: the supporters of O!
Muu1: To beget is to die; to die is to beget.
Muu2: Cast the Seed into the Field of Night.
Muu1: Life and Death are two names of A.
Muu2: Kill thyself.
Muu: Neither of these things alone is enough.(7)

Priestess makes the sign of Muellier.

Priestess: Remember all ye that existence is pure joy; that all the sorrows are but as shadows; they pass & are done; but there is that which remains.(8)

-GONG-

Muu Dancers rip the veils apart and the Yellow Priest bursts from between the Priestess' open legs to stand in front of the Priestess.

Yellow Priest gives the Sign of the Enterer, proclaiming: There is no God but Man!(9)

Yellow Priest gives the Sign of Silence.

Fall to feasting.

VI. Closing

When the feasting is complete, each participant goes and collects their Lucky Penny. Water may need to be thrown on the coals to cool them first.


FOOTNOTES

1. Resh elemental attributions are used throughout the ritual.

2. The Muu Dancers are the Egyptian boatmen of the underworld, fulfilling a role similar to Charon in the Greek mythos. For a full article on the Muu, see the essay at http://www.egyptology.com/reeder/muu/ called "THE MYSTERIOUS MUU AND THE DANCE THEY DO" by Greg Reeder

3. See the script for The Rite of Babalon for blocking.

4. Liber Resh vel Helios sub figura CC

5. See the Empress card in the Thoth deck

6. Greek pi, or "P"

7. Aleister Crowley, The Book of Lies, 1 The Sabbath of the Goat

8. Aleister Crowley, Liber AL, II.9

9. Aleister Crowley, Liber OZ

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