Wind, commented on my last post, asking if I would share the modifications I use for the BRH and Watchtower rituals. I figured I would do it here for those that are interested.
I want to point out that I use these very rarely. Theyare not part of my regular rotation of practices anymore and to be honest it’s usually nostalgia that sparks their use more than need. That said, they are perfectly fine rituals and there are certain Servitors, sigils, and engines that I created back in the day within that Pentagram/Hexagram/Watchtower space that seem to be recalled up better within that space than any other.
Anyway, here is a list of the mods that I use.
LBRP: other than using my Universal Centering Excercise before the Quabalistic Cross, there are no other modifications I make to this ritual. Its pretty damn good as is for what it is.
BRH: I throw out the entire Analysis of the Keyword. I think it is lame and based on false understanding of the word IAO both historically and energetically. I also do not like the fact that in a series of rituals that are relying primarily on a Judeo Christian current, we are suddently invoking Isis, Apophis, and Osiris. Its just shoddy.
Instead, I simply intone IAO with the mudras that I gave in Protection and Reversal Magic. A single finger on the right hand pointed to the 3rd eye while intoning I (EEEEE). The right hand than lowers over the heart with the palm facing inward as you sound A (AH). The right hand than lowers over the groin, palm facing up index and thumb tips touching as you sound O (OH). All gestures are given about 6 inches from the actual body and are meant only to trigger the residing of that sound within the central channel. They were taught to me by a Martinist who claimed they were from the Russian tradition. I have no idea if that is correct, but they do work well.
I have written at length about the word but suffice to say that it is both a shamanic word that represents the full spectrum of sound (notice where in the mouth each letter revirbrates: lips, midmouth, throat) and represents the planetary spectrum I=Saturn, A=Sun, O=Moon. There are other mysteries of this word, but that is enough for now.
The drawing of Hexagrams I keep pretty much exactly the same, sounding Ararita with each one.
At the end, rather than the analysis of the keyword, I repeat the above gestures adding in the sound “M” (mmmm) at the end with the hands in prayer position at the chest.
WATCHTOWER: I keep the intro with the bells and Hekas and all that jazz. I keep the sequence of watchtowers (FWAE). I shake the fire wand three times at the quadrant and begin to pore breathe the element in question, drawing it from the quadrant. Than as I walk clockwise around the circle rather than speaking the quote from the Chaldean Oracles (and when after all the phantoms have vanished… etc) I remain in a state consumed by the qualities of that element. I draw the pentagram and do the sign of the enterer, and repeat the three names from the middle of the tablet. I do NOT trace the sign of Leo within it, and I do not intone the name of the king of the quadrant as is done in some versions. What I do instead is release the fire from within me that was breathed in prior as an offering. I make the gesture of offering, and spend a moment looking through the pentagram/gate into the watchtower of fire. If signs appear I take note of them. I say “in the names and letters of the great southern quadrangle, I invoke and thank ye, you angels of the watchtower of fire.”
I repeat the same process for the other three quadtants.
The rest of the ritual is exactly the same except that I use my “Rending of space” gesture rather than Rending the Veil. If you think that they are the same gesture, than you really do not understand the rending of space. If you cannot feel physical pressure on the backs of your hand as you do the rending of space, than you are NOT doing it.
Anyway, that’s it in a nutshell.