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
Since the dawn of time, the Earth has been graced with our presence, the true Guardians of the Earth and stewards of the Secrets of the Universe. Sorcerers. Wizards. Mystics. Now is the time for us to emerge and awaken from our hiding places and greet the times, being what they are.
The Sacred Order of the Crystal Dawn, or rather what it represents, has been dormant for centuries, awaiting a time when the “wizard” might resume a rightful role in society – and it is a time of awakening where many will be bonding together (and coming apart) to once again partake in the secret ceremonies, in accordance with the Great Plan of the Illuminati…
The Chapter: defined as a “fellowship” of members. The individual “chapters” must notify their “Grant Chapter” of their region concerning their existence. Only one “Grand Chapter” can operate in a particular state or region as defined by the “Home Office.”
NEOPHYTE – The first degree of the Crystal Dawn, represented by the small green (new growth) diamond as found in alchemical texts to represent the novice “puffer” on a red triangle (of the flaming spirit).
ENTERED APPRENTICE – A second degree initiate who has been allowed to partake in the “Awakening” ceremony after proper study and preparations. The grade is represented by the sign use by alchemists to represent salt (in blue) which looks like a scarab – representing the union and absolution of opposition, within an orange triangle.
ADEPT – A third degree initiate who has proven prowess in the magickal arts including the high ceremonial arts. The grade is represented by the black and white eclipse sign on a checkered triangle.
AWAKENED APPRENTICE – The fourth degree of the Crystal Dawn, also a second degree “sorcerer’s apprentice” is reserved for an initiate in the mystical arts that extend outside the contemporary defined boundaries of “magick” and “wizardry,” possibly including, but not limited to the practical uses of intuition and psionic abilities. The grade is represented by a red androgyne sign (of fusion) on a green triangle (“coming forth”).
MASTER – A fifth degree initiate who has completed the introductory or ‘educational’ degrees preset by the Crystal Dawn, often taking as much as three years of work and study. The sign used to represent the grade is a purple all-seeing eye within a ‘squared’ blue circle (all of which is in a triangle). This is the sign of the philosopher’s stone.
Entrance (admittance) to each degree is also supplemented by an initiation ceremony that is open to members in good standing who are of an equal degree or above (to that which the initiate is being installed to at that time).
To be granted membership (initiation) into a chapter, the candidate must be ‘sponsored’ with a ‘referral’ by an existing member in good standing with the Order. The sponsor must be present at the time of the initial installation (initiation) of the Neophyte.