Apprenticeship: Merlyn’s School of Magick & Wizardry — First appearing in “New Babylon Rising” (Issue #4, April 2012) — this ‘apprenticeship lesson’ is part of a progressive curriculum adaptation series drawn from the work of ‘Merlyn Stone‘ and the “Arcanum” notebooks.
LESSON 5 – ELEMENTAL MAGICK & NATURE POWER
EARTH provides the sorcerer with structure, substance and foundation. They are the keys to abundance.
AIR offers communication, illumination, focus and clarity; the codes of intellect.
FIRE gives strength, courage, vitality and faith, offering personal and external protection.
WATER brings transformation, healing and purity, the means to inner wisdom.
Sounds pretty good, eh?
So HOW does one go about tapping into this awesome spectrum of elemental powers?
ANSWER: The sorcerer employs Elvish and Druidic practices.
The basic foundation of all practical Nature/Earth-oriented systems of magick operating under the premise that knowledge of the “composition” of energy enables it to be used and transformed constructively.
Although traditions vary concerning the quantity of elements and the divisions of the attributes, most of the non-chemical paradigms are based on the four basic currents: air, earth, fire and water. These forces, as well as metallic elements interpreted in the form of planetary energy, became the focus of ancient alchemy.
The material elements, earth and air, divide the basic interpretive division into solids and gasses. Water was later discovered to be composed of more elements and fire was rejected from the model as a “process” of combustion, not a standalone element.
QUANTUM METAPHYSICS & ELEMENTALISM
In the elemental model proposed by Joshua Free in ARCANUM, earth and air correspond to the first two forms of manifestation that modern science becomes familiar with: gravity-G and electromagnetism-EM.
The discovery of the other two sub-atomic nuclear forces completes the fourfold “standard model” of Western Elementalism.
In this model, fire corresponds to the W-weak (nuclear) force responsible for radiation, fusion and heat. The qualities found in the water element correspond to the S-strong (nuclear) force that bonds and unites particles together all across the fabric of space. This model has never before been presented in New Age literature.
Elemental magick is the basis for all practical systems used in the New Age. Every facet of virtually any philosophical, scientific or magickal model can be reduced to an elemental relationship.
Wizards and magical practitioners who use such models in their interpretation of energy and existence are called “Elementalists.”
Elementalists have already gained a sense of this unifying force in their own models, calling it Akasha, the essence of all things both manifest and invisible. It suggests a new vision for the “aether” as an inter-dimensional shroud or brane by which the elemental forces are able to vibrate their existence. This “fifth element” or spiritual dimension would in fact hold the sum of the other elements in it as well. This is why Akasha has the peculiar attribute of being a fifth “encompassing” element and yet the product of all four at the same time. This type of metaphysics is only discernible by adopting “dimensional theories.”
For novices, elementalism can be a quite individual path of exploration. It requires that the student work with and understand the energy of each of the elements. Not only are physical manifestations of the elements employed, astral journeys and visualizations into the elemental realms or “domains” are also observed.
When calling elementals to the ritual nemeton, these beings or conscious personifications of the energetic current, are visualized as coming to the edge of the circle.
The wizard invites their energy into the nemeton via intention. Elemental tablets and candles (of an appropriate color) are set out at each of the four directions, each corresponding to a specific element.
In traditional interpretations they are:
NORTH = earth
EAST = air
SOUTH = fire
WEST = water
Apart from the ceremonial magick applications of the Necronomicon System (whether that of the Simon ‘Necronomicon’ or the more intensive work applied to the name as conducted by the Mardukite Research Organization), the only other significantly advanced and controversial tome of magick from antiquity that became of popular interest during the founding of the Mardukites in 2008 and 2009 remains the BOOK OF ABRAMELIN, a magickal and spiritual paradigm that I explored at length through a series of YouTube videos, all of which were based on material prepared for ARCANUM and then later for ENOCHIAN MAGIC & THE KABBALAH.
According to the ARCANUM materials…
THE SACRED BOOK OF MAGICK OF ABRAMELIN THE MAGE is a potent grimoire of holy magick, considered sacred in the “Dragon-King grimoire cycle,” which is drawn from the high magickal tradition of the Kabbalah. The magick of Abramelin was first translated into English from an 18th Century French manuscript by MacGregor Mathers for use by the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn (GD) at the end of the 1800s. The title of the that version actually introduces the subject quite well: “The Book of Sacred Magic of Abramelin the Mage as Delivered by Abraham the Jew unto his son Lamech: A Grimoire of the Fifteenth Century.”
The knowledge has not had significant exposure to the public, such as is seen with the other more “famous” grimoires. The work is composed of a true Mesopotamian-Semitic tradition of the magick of angels via magick squares and names, which actually predates the 16th Century Enochian System. As with most of the early revival work of the Golden Dawn System, The “Book of Sacred Magic” later proved to be flawed. From the start, the French manuscript used by Mathers was incomplete. Some important instructions are missing and more than half of the magick squares are unfinished. Steven Guth translated the “Book of Abramelin” (2006) from German manuscripts antiquating the French one. Great lengths were also taken in the verification of Abraham the Jew, both his biographical and geographical renderings. [Some scholars have confused the identity of the author of the text (Abraham) with that of his mentor or instructor (Abramelin).] Abramelin may be a magickal or religious name. Abraham attributes all of the true “Holy Magick” that he has learned in his life to the wisest of mentors that he has found in all the lands: Abramelin.
The magick of Abramelin is “sacred” or “Holy Magick,” quite different from the ceremonial magick that wizards are more traditionally familiar with. The Kabbalah, whether spiritual or practical, is a sacred system of mysticism originally reserved for the priests of the Hebrew Tradition and ancient Semitic Dragon Kings. It is the priestly magick used by clerics, requiring prayer over ritualized incantations. In fact, someone who has not yet undergone deep religious purification outlined for an 18-month period cannot even use the magickal “operations” of the grimoire. It is amusing then, to find Abramelin’s magick squares appearing in contemporary New Age books of magick that suggest their use without adhering to all of the preliminaries.
—Joshua Free in Arcanum