For this episode, I continue with the mini series of planetary meditations. For this mini series, 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 LIV, to Venus (Aphrodite):
Heavenly, illustrious, laughter-loving queen,
Sea-born, night-loving, of an awful mien;
Crafty, from whom necessity first came,
Producing, nightly, all-connecting dame:
It is yours the world with harmony to join,
For all things spring from thee, O power divine.
The triple Fates are ruled by thy decree,
And all productions yield alike to thee:
Whatever the heavens, encircling all contain,
Earth fruit-producing, and the stormy main,
Your sway confesses, and obeys your nod,
Awful attendant of the brumal God:
Goddess of marriage, charming to the sight,
Mother of Loves, whom banquetings delight;
Source of persuasion, secret, favouring queen,
Illustrious born, apparent and unseen:
Spousal, lupercal, and to men inclined,
Prolific, most-desired, life-giving, kind:
Great sceptre-bearer of the Gods it is yours,
Mortals in necessary bands to join;
And every tribe of savage monsters dire
In magic chains to bind, through mad desire.
Come, Cyprus-born, and to my prayer incline,
Whether exalted in the heavens you shine,
Or pleased in Syria’s temple to preside,
Or over the Egyptian plains thy car to guide,
Fashioned of gold; and near its sacred flood,
Fertile and famed to fix thy blest abode;
Or if rejoicing in the azure shores,
Near where the sea with foaming billows roars,
The circling choirs of mortals, thy delight,
Or beauteous nymphs, with eyes cerulean bright,
Pleased by the dusty banks renowned of old,
To drive thy rapid, two-yoked car of gold;
Or if in Cyprus with thy mother fair,
Where married females praise thee every year,
And beauteous virgins in the chorus join,
Adonis pure to sing and thee divine;
Come, all-attractive to my prayer inclined,
For thee, I call, with holy, reverent mind.
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!
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