Opening the Gates to the Stellar Path

The last month or two has been a pretty difficult and busy time! But after both failures of the biological and technological kind, I am back up and running in some capacity.

I have been in the main, focusing on important private rituals as well as assisting those who have gotten in contact with me in regards to specific guidance on this path. December saw me receiving and consecrating a very powerful tool. It is pictured below, in its raw unactivated form

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The Obsidian Orb, before its consecration and activation

This tool, a large obsidian sphere, has vastly exceeded my expectation. Consecrated as Hecates perfect stellar eye whilst in possession, the obsidian has proved to be a perfect and potent medium for channelling her energies directly through it. It is now used in almost every rite which involves circle and divination work, and played a pivotal role in a group ritual I ran in December. This ritual centred around a witch god known as the Lord of the Dark Star, a very powerful and very ancient being who acts as amongst other things, the guardian to Hecates throne. This was a very intense ritual, more so than initially planned, and it drew some interesting entities to the circles edge. This manifested in tangible, and slightly violent, physical phenomena as the sheer energy drew alot of attention from the local spirits of the place. It was exhilarating to run and invoke him for his guidance and protection.

This ritual made use of one of two formulas given to me by Hecate, this one being a specific vibration that channels both the stellar currents firstly of her, and then of Lucifer. This call rapidly raised the energy in the circle beyond again what was expected. I spent the rest of the month getting observations from this typed up as well as the gnosis received distributed to those who had taken part. It was made clear to me unfortunately this could not be distributed on the blog. However I say those of you who want to work with this entity, I approached him via Hecate and advise if others are interested, that the do the same in their practice. He can be a very remote and challenging entity that should be sought through her. Invoking him through obsidian consecrated in her name within the activated circle with Hecate invoked, utilising blood, seems to be a valid approach. He is of major importance on the stellar path and I expect this is only the first of such powerful works.

On the left, an optical image from the Digitized Sky Survey shows Cygnus X-1, outlined in a red box. Cygnus X-1 is located near large active regions of star formation in the Milky Way, as seen in this image that spans some 700 light years across. An artist's illustration on the right depicts what astronomers think is happening within the Cygnus X-1 system. Cygnus X-1 is a so-called stellar-mass black hole, a class of black holes that comes from the collapse of a massive star. New studies with data from Chandra and several other telescopes have determined the black hole's spin, mass, and distance with unprecedented accuracy.

Black hole (artists impression), NASA

Outside of this I have finally received the package I have been waiting for to start on the next part of the work. This package contains three birch endgrain woodblocks, which will be the perfect physical medium with which to create the Stellar Gates. Each stellar gate will be created in turn, complimenting the initial gate sigil given through the performance of the initiation within the Temple of the Four Pillars of Fire. It was on my visit here I saw first-hand the importance of creating physical gateways in this manner, as up until this time I had not used wood in the construction of gates.

The initial gate therefore, on my return to my own indoor working space, was created out of similar wood and activated as directed by Belial and the Gates ruling entity. Its surface was marked with the four words of power given by its guardian, the Ivory Spider, as well as his sigil and that of the gate sigil itself. It proved to be once activated, incredibly powerful, as detailed in earlier postings. What follows is a brief description of it’s creation.

I’ll mention firstly that I am no professional engraver nor could I be considered artistically inclined, working entirely within a technical field. However the following has proven to work, if to be a bit of an unforgiving process. I am sure there are many improvements that could be made by those who possess greater artistic skill in this area.

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Typical slab and blocks utilised in Engraving (credit to linked site with more info)

The actual creation of the gates can only be be started when the gnosis for them is delivered by it’s specific patron. Once this has occurred, it’s actual physical creation can be started. It is a process which can be both laborious, and difficult. Once begun care must be taken as even one small mistake can mean the entire process must be restarted.

The wood itself is the first major consideration – gates of this power cannot be constructed in the usual manner using paper or parchment. Instead they must be constructed on a much more potent material such as wood, stone or in some cases bone and flesh. This is foremost to be remembered – they will NOT be correctly or sufficiently opened if carved or marked on poor or unsuitable material unable to unlock their vast energies. Leave any preconceptions of relying solely on magical ‘will’ behind you and acquire the necessary material. Any other approach will serve you poorly in their creation. My affinity for birch and my working with the general and specific familiars of this tree lent itself through intuition to being the wood I eventually used.

The second is the marking of each, individual sigil or seal upon the woods surface. For this I simply mark each sigil first using a pencil and then use a simple array of small chisels to first mark, deepen and then smooth each line. I then get rid of the left over wood shavings ensuring a clean surface, and then fill each and every line with consecrated, artists ink to permanently mark each and every line of each sigil. This is done simply using a dip pen, using an old and broken nib as the process can damage them easily. This part requires caution as a single big mistake can ruin an entire woodblock and thus hours of work. Once applied the ink will spread through the lines and give it a strong definition. It is not difficult for this to be done quite accurately as long as time and care is taken, and the process is not rushed. Rushing the process just lengthens the entire procedure, as mistakes are made and resources wasted. Note the use of specific magickal inks have merit here, if directed to be used.

The third is its full activation. Once the ink has dried, the entire completed stele is passed through heavy sandalwood smoke or other appropriate incense smoke to cleanse and empower it. Exhaled breath after holding a shot of an alcoholic spirit  in the mouth heightens this further. Once thus prepared, the gate is activated in the cast circle via direct instructions given by the Gods either at that time, or at the time the knowledge of the sigil was originally given. Up to now has involved libating each line of the sigil in blood, empowering the stele at the relevant quarter or multiple quarters of the circle,  and then sealing this in sexual magickal communion with the patron of the gate. However the process for each gate can be unique once constructed and should be explored further at an individual level with the gates specific ruling patron.

It is in this way I will be constructing all the necessary stellar gates over the next few months. Each one will be worked with and explored on an individual basis as well as grouped together.  I am also likely to be creating a full evocation triangle for use within this work. This evocation triangle will initially be used in rituals with Lucifer, and will also be made out of wood. It will be used to ask for his guidance, advice, and relevant primary key for use upon this specific path.

Hopefully this has been of help to those who want a bit more insight into this process. I thoroughly recommend this approach to be considered when a permanent gate needs creating. I hope Imbolc was a good sabbat for everyone and can definitely say that there is an interesting journey ahead!

Ave Hecate,
~S~

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