Episode 29: The Moon

For this episode, we start a series of planetary meditations. I take you on a journey to connect with all 7 classical planets of antiquity. We will be using the classical planets. These are the Moon, Mercury, Venus, the Sun, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn.

For the planetary meditations, I will be using the Greek Vowels to call upon the planet, as per the Greek Magical Papyri and we shall also be using some of the Orphic Hymns during the meditations.

You will notice, that for these planetary meditations I will be changing some parts at the beginning. You do not visit your Oak tree for these, but what you do is open your door to a different dimension, a room that sits between the worlds.

For this meditation I am using one of the Hymns of Orpheus, translated by Thomas Taylor (1792). For this particular episode I am using the Hymn VIII, to the Moon (Selene):

Hear, Goddess queen, diffusing silver light,
Bull-horned and wandering through the gloom of Night.
With stars surrounded, and with circuit wide
Night’s torch extending, through the heavens you ride:
Female and Male with borrowed rays you shine
And now full-orbed, now tending to decline.
Mother of ages, fruit-producing Moon,
Whose amber orb makes Night’s reflected noon:
Lover of horses, splendid, queen of Night,
All-seeing power bedecked with starry light.
Lover of vigilance, the foe of strife,
In peace rejoicing, and a prudent life:
Fair lamp of Night, its ornament and friend,
Who gives to Nature’s works their destined end.
Queen of the stars, all-wife Diana hail!
Decked with a graceful robe and shining veil;
Come, blessed Goddess, prudent, starry, bright,
Come moony-lamp with chaste and splendid light,
Shine on these sacred rites with prosperous rays,
And please accept your suppliant’s mystic praise.

Below are a few books to get you started on Planetary Magic. I recommend you read Sorita D’Este and David Rankine’s book first. It is a very good book which has been thoroughly researched. I ask my trainees to read this book during training. Also you will find the link for more information on the Orphic Hymns.

If you want to know more on the PGM or the Greek Magical Papyri, I have written about it here.

Hope you enjoy the journey!

Lusete

Useful books:

Betz, H., 1992. The Greek magical papyri in translation, including the Demotic spells. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

D’este, Sorita and Rankine, D. (2007). Practical planetary magick : working the magick of the classical planets in the western mystery. Avalonia.

Dunn, P. (2018). The Orphic hymns : a new translation for the occult practitioner. Woodbury, Minnesota: Llewellyn Publications.

‌‌Mierzwicki, T. (2006). Graeco-Egyptian magick : everyday empowerment. Stafford: Megalithica Books.

Opus, R. (2016). Seven Spheres. Nephilim press

Useful websites:

https://www.theoi.com/Text/OrphicHymns1.html

Episode 29