The Empress and the Hermit
The Empress and the Red hermit meet each other’s gaze, blinded by each other’s light.
The queen of earth, begged for the hermit’s lamp to guide her way, only to realize that the hermit’s lamp was actually a looking glass, and there within in it standing
(64.) HAURES, or HAURAS, or HAVRES, or FLAUROB. The Sixty-fourth Spirit is Haures, or Hauras, or Havres, or Flauros. He is a Great Duke, and appeareth at first like a Leopard, Mighty, Terrible, and Strong, but after a while, at the Command of the Exorcist, he putteth on Human. Shape with Eyes Flaming and Fiery, and a most Terrible Countenance. He giveth True Answers of all things, Present, Past, and to Come. But if he be not commanded into a Triangle, Ò, he will Lie in all these Things, and deceive and beguile the Exorcist in these things, or in such and such business. He will, lastly, talk of the Creation of the World, and of Divinity, and of how he and other Spirits fell. He destroyeth and burneth up those who be the Enemies of the Exorcist should he so desire it; also he will not suffer him to be tempted by any other Spirit or otherwise. He governeth 36 Legions of Spirits, and his Seal is this, to be worn as a Lamen, etc.
- The Lesser Key of Solomon
The Hierophant and the Ten of Disks
The Hierophant has spoken.
But who is the hierophant?
Is he the teacher that lies within? or the teacher that we see without?
Is he the light dimly lit within, or the light that dazzles and blinds without?
The hierophant without speaks of riches and promises of abundance.
The hierophant within, speaks of truth, freedom and inner light.
What are true riches? what is the worth of gold, light and spirit?
Who do I listen to? The hierophant that leads me freedom, or the other one that molds me into a cage?
The decision has been made.
and I choose to be free.
How do we find contentment everyday?
Embrace every experience without resistance, just like the fool. It is in contentment in whatever situation and experience that arrives that we learn, and then find peace.
"The real secret of magic is that the world is made of words, and that if you know the words that the world is made of you can make of it whatever you wish."
— Terence McKenna
Lukhang Murals. A yogi practises tummo, the Tibetan form of Kundalini yoga, the yoga of inner heat.
As the Seventh Dalai Lama wrote: “Vital energies generated by inner or outer means are drawn into one’s central channel, causing the mystic fires to blaze…The letters AH and HAM flare, fall and vibrate, transporting one to the end of the primordial path of insight and Great Bliss. Lights from the mystic fire flash into one hundred directions, summoning the blessings of Buddhas as boundless as space.”
Begin in a comfortable seated position in this case Padmasana (Lotus Pose) although Varjasana (Thunderbolt Pose) is a great option for beginners or those with difficultly sitting cross-legged.
Take a few deep mindful breaths, breathing all they way down into your belly lengthening your spine fully expanding your lungs. Gently float your ribcage up and away from your pelvis. More seasoned Yogis and Yoginis can also add contracting Mula Bandha (Root Energy Lock) as well as Uddiyana Bandha (Abdominal Energy Lock) for even deeper results.
On the next exhalation (Rechaka) bring your hands to Anahata Charkra (Heart Center) for Anjali Mudra (Prayer Pose)
- On the inhalation (Puraka) sweep your hands apart blossoming your chest forward, letting your shoulders melt down your back. Lift the chin up and away from the shoulders.
- On the exhalation sweep the hands forward until they are parallel reaching towards the front of your mat, curving the spine bringing your chin to your chest.
This asana can be done at slowly with long breath cycles or at a faster pace. Allow your body to speak to you and you will find the rhythm of your flow.
Caution this may cause activation of the Anahata Chakra which can lead to universal love and compassion for all beings and nature.
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Gorgeous expression of the Lesser Banishing Ritual of the Pentagram.