Hermes, the manifestation of the will (Thelema) in the Astral.
Unlike hecate, who represented the passive part of spirituality, through mediumship, Hermes represents the active part of mediumship, or the capacity of beings on the Physical Plane to act on the Astral.
This performance takes the form of mantras (or words of power), magical objects (circles, sword, bowls and other objects magnetized by the astral light) and the magician's will
Hermes is considered one of the most important Greek deities in the Olympic Pantheon. Considered the youngest of the gods, he is the protector of all travelers and thieves, the messenger of the gods, responsible for bringing the word of the gods to mortals (any resemblance to Prometheus or Lucifer is NOT mere coincidence); Hermes is the god of eloquence, along with Apollo, the God of diplomats and diplomacy (who was called Hermeneus by the Greeks) and is the god of mysteries and interpretations (hence the word Hermeneutics). Besides, he was one of the only gods who was allowed to go down to Hades and leave whenever he wished. All others (including Zeus) were subject to the laws of Hades.
Hermes had several symbols, but the most traditional were the winged sandals, the caduceus (which curiously represents the Kundalini, two snakes tangled in a staff) and the tortoise (from whose hull he created the first Lyre) and his 7-note flute. .
As the inventor of various types of racing as well as fights, Hermes was considered the patron of athletes. Finally, he was regarded as the inventor of Fire (in some pre-Prometheus texts) and considered a play-preaching god, who loved to sneak up on his brothers (since his birth, when the first thing he did when he learned to walk was to steal the Apollo's oxen and hide them). Hermes was the patron of alchemists, wizards, and philosophers.
Hermes represents HOD, that is, the REASON. As we can see, reason is directly linked to WILL within Magic. Hermes' symbolic choice as the third Psycopompo reflects this manifestation of magic well.
Influences of the Physicist on the Astral
We have known since ancient times that certain physical elements are capable of acting on the subtle elements of the Astral. The best known and that have become part of countless folklore are Salt, Mercury, Sulfur, Silver, Gold and other alchemical metals. Plants affect the astral because of their auras, which interact electromagnetically with ours and subtle plane elements, as I will explain below.
Salt absorbs negative fumes, crystallizing them and cleaning the environment. From this derive various customs that endure to this day.
The most common of all is the "coarse salt bath". Sea salt water is one of the best substances for removing astral miasmas from a body. And the best energy bath of all remains the sea bath. The ancients had the habit of letting themselves bathe for seven waves to clean up any miasmas or impurities they had.
Coarse salt baths can have the same effect, but there is one caveat. As it acts as a solvent, if the person is already debilitated, in certain cases it is not recommended.
Coarse salt can be placed in the corners of a room to absorb miasmas, functioning as an “astral septic tank” (works on the same principle as “Firmness” in African traditions, but of obviously much less effectiveness). Every 3 or 7 days, when the salt is soaked, collect and pour into running water or under a tree and change the salt. In Europe it is common to spread salt over the doorframe for the same reason.
The word Salary comes from “salarium argentum” which is the measure in silver or gold received by Roman soldiers enough to buy a certain amount of salt (contrary to popular imagination, they did not receive directly in salt; if so, it would be much more profitable. stay by the sea collecting salt all day long than going to battle to smash in exchange for a handful of white crystals). The word "Salarium" comes from the roads to the salt mines ("Via Salarium") that these soldiers protected. The "Salaried" were the soldiers who guarded these roads.
The value of salt was closely associated with its magical power, so it was customary for people to carry small sacks of coarse salt and herbs tied to their bodies to absorb negative emanations. In African traditions this bag was called Patuá and in Japan this practice is known as Kusudama. The Celts used clovers as the main herb in these charms, from which came the tradition of four-leaf clover as a lucky plant.
Pouring this salt was considered bad luck, as it left the person unprotected against astral or psychic attacks. From this custom also comes the expression “so-and-so not worth the salt he eats” which later became “not worth what he eats”.
Also fall into the category of fluids that can absorb bad emanations (especially because it comes with stronger emotional emanations). Needless to say about the amount of medieval legends and tales about "tears" and their healing processes. The very word "longing" comes from "saldare" in reference to the tears shed by the feeling of lack of a certain person.
And finally we have the Lustral Water, and later the copy of the Church called “Holy Water,” widely used to cleanse magical instruments, places, and consecrations.
One of the most effective miasma removal materials, sulfur was widely used in smoking in ancient times. Before major religious rituals or in heavily loaded places, it was customary to pass smokers containing myrrh, laurel and sulfur, especially in places where there were many sacrifices. Later the church would invent the association between the devil and the sulfur smell based on it.
In the East, sulfur was used in the form of gunpowder and fireworks to dissolve miasmas and other obsessive entities, especially elemental and evil astral constructs. From this comes the custom of using fireworks in celebrations. They are used to literally "clean the environment".
Gunpowder is also used by African cults in “unloading” sessions precisely because of this property of dissolving astral larvae that are perhaps rooted in one's double-etheric (and many universal picks are also trying to adapt the practice “in the name of Jesus” - they even made up the excuse for the sulfur smell that follows). It is also used in Celtic and Nordic witchcraft within cauldrons (the practical reason cauldrons need to be iron).
The alchemical metals
The seven alchemical metals (gold [sun], silver [moon], mercury [mercury], copper [venus], iron [mars], tin [jupiter] and lead [saturn]) affect astral fluids to varying degrees and intensity. For this reason, they are used in different rituals for different purposes, which are beside the point now.
The best known in the legends are silver, associated with Yesod / moon / Astral, which dissolves miasmas to the touch (whence the legend of silver originated as the metal capable of hurting werewolves and vampires); Iron (which is used on cemetery gates and railings to prevent angry spirits from piercing the necropolis's boundaries and has also given rise to the legend that fairies and elementals cannot touch cold iron, which is true).
The plants also have double etheric and consequently an aura. When we speak of “herbal bath” we mean that the herbs in question need to be macerated (crushed with their own hands and let the sap - which is the BLOOD of the plant - mix with water). What is the science behind it? Usually the Guide or medium is able to see some disturbance in a person's double-etheric and recommends an appropriate herb to establish balance (whence the legend arose about certain orixas owning certain plants). With this sap mixed with water, the bath will make both subtle electromagnetic fields come in contact and balance. The most common plants for these baths are rue and basil, but there are dozens of different herbal baths depending on the type of problem. Something important that almost nobody knows is that after taking a herbal bath we should not dry ourselves, but only lightly dry our body, letting it finish naturally.
Similarly, there are herbal teas, in which herbs are boiled and drunk later, with healing effects of various kinds.
With the knowledge that our bodies are electromagnetic machines, many diseases are nothing more than the energetic imbalance in the nadis in our etheric double. In this sense, what acupuncture does is to properly direct these energy flows and balance the prana balance within the body, eliminating the cause of the disease early on.
Crystals work analogously; they generate subtle magnetic fields that resonate with the electromagnetic fields of each specific chakra, aiding the flow of prana and restoring balance and health.
There has always been some confusion between the limits of mediumship and conjuring magic. From shamanism and its earliest aboriginal and African tribal manifestations, there were two classes of magicians. In essence, both worked on the same principle, only varying the astral frequencies of their conjuration.
Unlike mediumship, where the medium will passively “receive” a spirit, in ceremonial magic the magician will actively order the spirit to come to him and obey his will.
And the key word for all this is "will." Through mastery of his conscious and subconscious, the magician is able to channel his will through Astral Light and to influence the subtle bodies of both the spirits of the dead (Thanatos) and the mediumistic abilities of others (Hecate).
The circle and the tools
The circle delimits the magician's workspace. It is considered a manifestation of the magician's will and an extension of his domains. You can trace it physically on the floor or mentally in space (physically it will be better for beginners, as this will allow you to maintain concentration more easily, especially when the mind is busy with all the other details of the ritualistic).
Tools will require a subject just for them. The most common are the staff, the sword, the athame, the pantacle, the cup, the censer, the candles, the clothes, and the scepter (or wand). With them the magician is able to direct his will and channel his mental manifestations in the astral more effectively.
Comparing with Thanatos: By will, a magician can interfere with the astral enough to affect any nearby astral beings / spirits, either by removing miasmas, pushing them away, or even imprisoning them (the stories about them). geniuses inside bottles are not mere allegories).
Comparing with Hecate: through the will, the magician can interfere with a person's mediumship, increasing or decreasing sensitivity, cutting the connecting channels between mediums and spirits or facilitating / simulating this communication through other objects (magic mirrors). oracular, for example… “mirror mirror mine, do you think Uncle Wall Disney put this passage idly on Snow White?”)
Translated by Iracy DeFalco