I have been getting a lot of questions over the last couple weeks about my consecration as a Gnostic Bishop at Crucible. I thought I might take a moment to answer them here on the blog. It is a particularly auspicious day to do so because the Book of Abrasax by Mike Cecchetelli is finally shipping!
Read more about this amazing work from the author himself here. Of particular interest is his recent evocation of Abrasax and the four Luminaries. The first working I did from his book was his Rite of Kindling the Four Lights, and I have repeated this rite many times since getting the book. I think that going forward the Luminaries, which have been pretty much ignored in western magic, are going to start shining their light in many home temples soon.
So what does all this have to do with my consecration as a Gnostic Bishop?
I believe, and have for some time, that the rite of consecration is similar in many ways to Tantric Abhisheka: it is a direct passing from person to person through lines of succession that extend back to an enlightened master. In the case of Tantric Samaya it goes back to a Mahasiddha. In the case of apostolic succession it extends person to person back to the original disciples of Christ.
As to what gets passed it boils down to power, spiritual authority, and subtle keys that access certain functions peculiar to the lineage. Apart from the sacramental functions that a Priest or Bishop performs, he also performs exorcisms and has other types of contact with the spirits and angels. After my Priest consecration a few years ago, I noted a different dynamic when dealing with spirits, especially when done using symbols and language of the Grimoires, most of which were written by and for Clergy, who would possess the type of consecration I am talking about. The Bishop consecration is different from that of a priest. Apart from the administrative duties that would come with being the Bishop of a functioning church, it is a full participation in the lineage of succession, making you able to bless Chrysm, and pass on the ordination to others. In every way equal to the Bishop that consecrated you, or any other Bishop. This also has a weight of service to it that I will write about at a later date. Suffice to say that the line of Christ is a fusing of the line of Kings with the line of Priests, and a Priest King has responsibilities not just to other people, but to the spiritual church as well.
When I performed the Kindling of the Lights after my consecration, it was like looking at them in HD. A whole different flow of messages started coming through all four of them, not just Eleleth – who had been the only one who spoke previously. Though I do not believe that you need this type of consecration to work Gnostic magic texts or Christian grimoires – it definitely puts a different spin on it.
So what Church are you a Bishop of?
The ultimate answer is that I am a Bishop of the one true Church, as are all Bishops. How this translates on earth however is another matter. I do not belong to any organization and am a true Episcopus Vagans – a wandering Bishop. You can read a brief description of what this means here.
Who Consecrated you?
Tau Shawn Knight consecrated me. Since Shawn is not the most vocal person on the net I made sure that Andireh Vitimus, Rufus Opus, as well as their better halves were in attendance as witnesses, just so you know I was not making shite up.
He in turn was consecrated by +Allen Greenfield whose details are here. +Don Correll who was one of Grady McMurtry’s Roomates. +Mar Thomas, who is a bishop of the AJC currently serving as Primate of the United States of America.
Are you going to start your own Church?
No. Probably not. I may become a Gnostic Televangelist if there is money in it:-)
Seriously though, I have performed a lot of different versions of the Liturgy, and I one of the things that I want to work on in the future is a version of the Liturgy that combines more time for contemplation into the rite itself. The Logos will guide me when the time is right.
In the meantime, get out there and get a copy of Mikes new book and start tapping into the Hidden God of the Gnostics: АВРАΣАΞ ΑΒΛΑΝΑΘΑΝΑΛΒΑ !