Wednesday, 10 April 2013

The Satanic Adorations

 Originally published 7 November 2008. © Torey B. Scott

The Satanic Adorations are merely adaptations of what is known as "The Four Adorations", a daily observance of one's own Divine Self and Oneness with the Universe. For practical purposes, I have provided for you an overview of the original Four Adorations and the significances and variations I will be using for the Satanic Adorations.

Introduction To The Four Adorations


If anyone is familiar with Aleister Crowley's Liber Resh vel Helios, then you already know a little about what is commonly referred to as "The Four Adorations". In Crowley's Four Adorations, the practitioner pays homage to the Sun and to the Divine Self (the essence of Tiphareth) at four points during the day - each point representing one of the Four Elements at its corresponding time of day (Sunrise for Air, Noon for Fire, Sunset for Water and Midnight for Earth).

The purpose of this daily acknowledgment is to remind the practitioner of his or her quest to complete the Great Work, to know the conversation of one's Holy Guardian Angel (in other words, to communicate with and to know fully the Divine Self) in the journey towards union with the Godhead. Its purpose is to also initiate contact between the practitioner and the energy of the Sun in a more literal sense - as the Sun is representative of Tiphareth, The Divine Self. In other words, this daily observance recharges our spiritual batteries.

Why, you might ask, are The Four Adorations significant to Satanists? From a Satanic point of view, these Solar rituals have deep significance.

The Sun and "666"


It should be known that the infamous "Mark of the Beast", the number 666, is actually a number whose origins far precede the birth of its contemptible reputation as a number of evil and a sign of Satan or the Antichrist.

Magickally and historically speaking, the number 666 is foremost what is known as "The Most Holy Number of the Sun" - it is represented by the symbol of the Hexagram, whose points number six and whose single lines are divided into three parts - with six lines (6) composed of three parts each (x111), the calculated sum of the Hexagram equals 666. Furthermore, the significance of the number 666 and the Sun may be seen in the Magic Square of the Sun:

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If one adds up the numbers in a single row or column, the sum of that row or column will be 111. There are six rows and six columns, thus 6 x 111 = 666, The Most Holy Number of the Sun.

The Sun & Other Satanic Significance


Again, from a Satanic point of view, the significance of the Sun in The Four Adorations may be seen in its fiery aspect - often representative of Satan. Likewise, the Demon Lucifer (often mistaken for or confused with Satan) is sometimes associated with the Sun (and enlightenment, a very good fit for the Sephirah of Tiphareth) as is Belphegore (the Arch-Demon of Togaririm, the Qliphothic Shell in Tiphareth's position in the Qliphoth) and Flereous (the Elemental Demon of Fire, represented by the Sun).

Man is often seen as the manifest embodiment of the Sun, itself a representation of the Spiritual Source. Therefore, when we adore the Sun, we also adore ourselves and recognize our Divine Natures by doing so. Very much fitting with Satanic creed.

The Grade Signs Vs. Invoking Inverted Pentagrams


In the original Four Adorations, Crowley makes use of what are known as "Grade Signs", gestures of significance, especially in the magick of the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn (which Crowley belonged to). Each Grade Sign represents a level of adeptness of rank within the magickal order, some corresponding with a particular Sephirah on the Kabbalistic Tree of Life which embodies the essence of and lessons of that particular grade. (For more information on the gestures and the meaning behind the signs, download this PDF to view the A.'A.' variations of the Grade Signs) Many of these were further developed by Crowley and bear significance and correspondence to various Egyptian Deities (the original Four Adorations pay homage to specific Egyptian Deities).

Although the original Four Adorations are heavily saturated in Egyptian mythology and symbolism, they may be adapted (and easily) to most any cultural mythology or spiritual path. Concerning the use of the Grade Signs, additionally, one may easily substitute his or her own symbol(s) of preference which may or may not correspond to the Four Elements.

We have to understand, however, before dismissing the Grade Signs, the purpose behind the implementation of them to begin with. When one performs such a gesture, he or she is not only bringing his or her awareness of the body and spirit into harmony, but he or she is also interacting with unseen worlds - essentially, one is manipulating energy by performing these gestures.

The two signs which are commonly used in the Four Adorations are the Sign of the Enterer (to move energy) and the Sign of Silence (to seal or finalize the action).

For those of us following a Satanic path, I have chosen to use the inverted invoking pentagrams of the Four Elements in place of the Grade Signs.

The use of the term 'invoking' can be confusing. Invocation, to some, means to invite a force or entity into the physical vessel (the body). When one uses an 'invoking' pentagram, however, he or she is not literally summoning the presence of the Element into themselves, but is inviting the essence of the Element into the proximity to themselves externally. Technically, this should probably be regarded as an 'evoking pentagram', but for the purpose of avoiding confusion, we will refer to them as magickal history has dictated and continue to call them 'invoking' pentagrams.

For the purpose of the Satanic Adorations, thus, we shall invite the essence of each Element (inverted invoking pentagram) into our proximity and we shall, additionally, respectfully end each adoration by bidding farewell to the Element (inverted banishing pentagram). We will also end each adoration by paying homage to the Sun and to our Divine Selves.

The Satanic Adorations


It should be noted that, for many of us, the hectic whir of life's daily tasks renders the exact timing of these adorations impossible at times. These adorations should be performed daily in an ideal world, but at least once a week is sufficient. The point is, the timing does not have to be exact - for example, "sunrise, noon, sunset and midnight" may be translated (for the busy person) to "when I wake up, the middle of my day, the winding down part of my day and before I go to bed".

The First Adoration
  • Time of Day: Sunrise
  • Element: Air
  • Direction: East

Face the East and draw (with your index finger or your Elemental Dagger) the inverted invoking pentagram of Air directly in front of you:

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Visualize yourself standing atop a tall mountain summit, the sunrise flooding the sky with hues of blood red and violet, a soothing breeze brushing against your skin. Envision the Sun, in it's splendor, rising before you on the horizon, its golden rays bathing your entire body in warmth as the winds grow stronger. Feel yourself rise into the air and ascend towards the Sun, pausing mid-air between the Earth below and the brilliant fiery Sun above you. Feel yourself held aloft by the Spirits of Air, having all confidence in their strength to keep you from falling to the Earth. Feel the wind rushing over your ears and through your hair as you open your arms, 'spreading your wings'. Say:

Hail, Satan, God of Man, Lord of Air - I, Your child, adore You in Your splendor. Lucifer, Bringer of Light unto the world - by Your illumination I am awaken to that within me which is Divine. Upon Your shoulders I find my footing - I am strong in Self, strong in You. Enlighten me, Father, Brother...bestow unto me Your vision and Your strength as You rise, glorious, in the heavens and within me. Hail, Satan. Hail, Lucifer.

Feel the energy vibrate and pulse within you, the light of the rising Sun filling your entire body and pervading every cell within your body. Envision yourself slowly being lowered back to the Earth by the Spirits of Air, your feet firmly planted on the ground once more. Feel the winds subside and silently thank the Element of Air, Lucifer and Satan for Their presence with you and within you.

Conclude the adoration by drawing (again, with your index finger or Elemental Dagger) the inverted banishing pentagram of Air directly in front of you:

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Close your eyes and raise your hand to your brow, touching your ring finger (the Sun finger) to your Third Eye Chakra and tracing the symbol of the Sun thereupon:

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The Second Adoration
  • Time of Day: Noon
  • Element: Fire
  • Direction: South

Face the South and draw the inverted invoking pentagram of Fire directly in front of you:

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Envision yourself standing in the center of a circle of fire, flames rising like walls around you. Imagine yourself, too, bursting with an inner fire - your entire body glowing orange and red and white, flames dancing across your skin but not harming you. Above you, visualize the Sun, like a fiery eye gazing upon you, empowering you...filling you with its energy and its life force. Raise your arms and reach towards the Sun, feeling its power descend into your body, through your fingertips and down your arms into your entire being. Say:

Hail, Satan, God of Man, Lord of Fire - I, Your child, adore You in Your splendor. Flereous, Great Bird of Flame, arisen from the ash and reborn in the glory of the Sun - imbue me with Your ardor, Your passion, that I may draw upon Your guidance and find, within myself, the strength to endure and to overcome. Upon Your fiery wings I soar aloft - I am strong in Self, strong in You. Embolden me, Father, Brother...bestow unto me Your brilliance and Your inspiration as You quicken me and make keen the Divine within me. Hail, Satan. Hail, Flereous.

Envision yourself pulsating with overwhelming power and energy, the Sun above you, blinding and brilliant, its light and your own light merging as one. Feel the Sun outside of you and within you. Then visualize the light shrinking and withdrawing into your body as you lower your arms...tucking itself away, but ever-ready to recharge you should you call upon it. Feel the warmth subside as the flames around you extinguish slowly. Thank the Element of Fire, Flereous and Satan for Their presence with you and within you.

Conclude the adoration by drawing the inverted banishing pentagram of Fire directly in front of you:

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Close your eyes and raise your hand to your brow, touching your ring finger to your Third Eye Chakra and tracing the symbol of the Sun thereupon.

The Third Adoration
  • Time of Day: Sunset
  • Element: Water
  • Direction: West

Face the West and draw the inverted invoking pentagram of Water directly in front of you:

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Envision yourself standing at the edge of the ocean, the gentle sound of the waves crashing against the shore and the salty smell of the air encapsulating your senses. Before you, the Sun hangs low in the sky, its vibrant orange glow dancing across the glassy surface of the water. The sky begins to darken and hues of gray and violet fall over the sandy shore. The winds calm around you and a peaceful still sets in. Say:

Hail, Satan, God of Man, Lord of Water - I, Your child, adore You in Your Splendor. Leviathan, Serpent of the Abyss - within Your coils, strong and enduring, I seek solace at the closing of the day. By Your forgiving essence I shed that which is impure, that which hinders me - I am cleansed; diminished now to my repose, strong in Self, strong in You. Allay me, Father, Brother...bestow unto me Your subtlety and Your restitution at the Sun's somnolent descent. Hail, Satan. Hail, Leviathan.

Visualize the sky darkening as the Sun disappears beyond the horizon. Feel the darkness surrounding you, comforting you as the stars begin to twinkle lazily in the heavens. Your entire body and mind relaxes and you feel a soothing calm settle over you. Thank the Element of Water, Leviathan and Satan for Their presence with you and within you.

Conclude the adoration by drawing the inverted banishing pentagram of Water directly in front of you:

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Close your eyes and raise your hand to your brow, touching your ring finger to your Third Eye Chakra and tracing the symbol of the Sun thereupon.

The Fourth Adoration
  • Time of Day: Midnight
  • Element: Earth
  • Direction: North

Face the North and draw the inverted invoking pentagram of Earth directly in front of you:

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Envision yourself laying on the grass in the midst of a vast field beneath the starry sky. A cool breeze brushes your jaw and you feel the power of the Earth beneath you, solid and unyielding, against your back and your hands. Feel the blades of grass against your skin as you run your fingers across the ground. Smell the musky scent of the soil as it hangs in the air about you. Feel the energy of the Earth beneath you as it throbs and rises to the surface of the soil, permeating your skin and settling in your bones, your muscle tissues, your very being. Feel yourself becoming one with the Earth - your breaths are its breaths, your most inconsequential gesture...an earthquake...with every exhale, a mountain bursts forth from the skin of the land. Say:

Hail, Satan, God of Man, Lord of Earth - I, Your child, adore You in Your Splendor. Belial, in Your abode of stone and stick and soil and bone - glorious are You in your unaged countenance - upon Your terra firma I duly construct my foundation of humility with righteousness. Instruct me that I may know the courage within my heart and seek to perfect my understanding of myself and my talents. Prepare the soils of my spirit for seeding with the knowledge and experience of this gift of life. I am immovable - strong in Self, strong in You. Instill within me resolve, Father, Brother...bestow unto me Your sustenance and Your wisdom as brightly burns the Black Flame in the veil of night. Hail, Satan. Hail, Belial.

Visualize the stars above you burning brightly and glimmering in the velvety sky. Feel the earth beneath you warming slightly as your body relaxes, your own energies returning to normal and the Earth bolstering you. Imagine yourself rising to stand slowly, the excess energies seeping from your body, through the soles of your feet and back into the Earth. You feel rejuvenated and secure within yourself. Thank the Element of Earth, Belial and Satan for Their presence with you and within you.

Conclude the adoration by drawing the inverted banishing pentagram of Earth directly in front of you:

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Close your eyes and raise your hand to your brow, touching your ring finger to your Third Eye Chakra and tracing the symbol of the Sun thereupon.

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