The intention is to shift my identity to that of “No-Man” (see the separate post forthcoming for Week 1), to ascend on the LHP (Left Hand Path), and to commune with my Holy Daimon (Holy Guardian Angel). The shift is transgressive, dark, individual, and progressive in contrast to a more mainstream, light, collective, and traditional initiation.
- Impulse to foundation/identity balanced with emptiness (river of Heraclitus)
- Impulse to pre-defined purpose balanced with the never-ending ascent of evolution
- Impulse to love, faith, hope, or bonds balanced with focus on Self and responsibility
Nine weeks of readings from the Atu descriptions in Crowley’s Book of Thoth and essays from Don Webb’s “Grand Initiation” in chapter three of Uncle Setnakt’s Essential Guide to LHP. Keep a Journal.
Set 1: Apostacy
Week 1: The Thoth Juggler and Priestess; Webb’s words on Chaos
Ritual: Put on favorite outfit of identity; remove, wash, and store for nine weeks. Sit sky clad.
Sigil suggestions: ouroboros, reversed pentagram
Card reading: do an intuitive three card spread on your identity, its release, and other wisdom.
Week 2: The Thoth Hierophant and Lovers; Webb’s essay on Order
Ritual: burn phrases and/or symbols of old identity
Sigil suggestions: Baphomet, Samael, Lilith
Card reading: Intuitive five-card spread on false purposes, desires, relationships, goals, ideas.
Week 3: The Thoth Devil and Tower; Webb’s essay on Clarity
Ritual: break, destroy, or trash a symbol of false purpose.
Sigil suggestions: broken or reversed symbols of the mainstream mindset
Card reading: Two central cards and added clarifiers for needed transgression + destruction
Set 2: Transmutation
Week 4: The Thoth Wheel, Hanged Man, and Death; Webb’s essay on Life
Ritual: Cut apple slices from core and eat; save 7 seeds; hide core in nature to decompose.
Sigil suggestions: star of Babalon, wheel of the year or of Buddhism
Card reading: Daily draws and reflections on life changes. What am I becoming?
Week 5: The Thoth Hermit and Star; Webb essay on Creation
Ritual: create intuitive, runic, or A.O. Spare-style sigil on a dawning intention
Sigil suggestions: rune Gebo, railroad crossing and crossroads sign
Card reading: What are my primal desires? What is my true will?
Week 6: The Thoth Tarot Lust and Moon cards; Watch television shows or movie (Incubation)
Set 3: Apotheosis
Week 7: The Thoth Chariot and Art; Webb’s essay on Birth
Ritual: cast apple seeds into nature and release saved sigil (from weeks 4 and 5)
Sigil suggestions: 8 arrows of chaos magic, hieroglyphic monad
Card reading: What is my temporary anchor or foundation? How is it/is it not stable?
Week 8: The Thoth Sun and Aeon; Webb’s essay on Re-creation
Ritual: in/evocation of deity (Hecate? Santa Muerte? Lucifer and Lilith?)
Sigil suggestions: rune Dagaz, rising sun, butterfly, lemniscate
Card reading: How do I flow one day at a time? How is my ascent unending?
Week 9: The Thoth World and Fool; Webb’s essay on Victory; Review journal
Ritual: Black Mass (black candles, music, invocation, communion with Self)
Sigil: combination of runes Gebo and Dagaz plus triangle of mountain in circle
In this Grand Initiation, I fan the Black Flame, ascend the Black Mountain path, and invoke the Black Sun.