Goetia Triangle of Art And The Time To Do The Work
For a long time I wanted to do a new Triangle of Art for my work and I decided to make the new triangle using the names in Hebrew.
So to start I had to deal for something that happens sometimes during magickal practice: get the needed material.
Geting materials for magickal practice
To work on magick, witchcraft, whatever, you may need some material one and other time. This includes candles, incense, herbs and tools.
And for ceremonial magick this often means the need to work a lot more.
It's not something easy nor cheap because the work and training needed.
Need long years studying, practice, learning how to make many things and to deal with a lot of special materials and tools.
And most of times, no shortcuts, sorry. Except for some materials, like gold and some other materials we can use the correspondence tables and sometimes, the needed tool can be done even on virgin paper. But please, never take this so easy.
You have to be sincere on your intent. If you really need to use something simple to make your tools, be sure to do the best you can. And be sure to explain to the spirits you will be working about why you needed to work that way. Decent true spirits will understand your reasons and when asked, will point you on the direction to improve your working tools.
And here a gold tip: Master Asterion presented a very nice way to make Gold Lamen, and it is very suitable to many tools:
But if you got some spirit who even try to make you fuck your life because "they want" something that will cost even your health, my suggestion is to dismiss and even banish the spirit. Such ones are like vampires and most probably just want to be feed without any valid return.
Glad we have with time, centuries of work, some new methods and new materials, as magicians around the world have practiced, made experiments, researched to discover it and got solid results. For example, we know there is not need for sacrifices of blood most of times. I learned this in the 90s using fruits as sacrifice and later extended it. And still, due a ATR line I was, I had thousands of animal sacrifices in my hands I'm sure 99,99% was no needed. And many ATR lines today does not use blood, except for special cases.
About using magickal herbs to this use Aaron Leitch write very well at "Blood Substitute – ‘Solomonic Herbal Holy Water’".
Another aspect about the tools of the Art, is some of that is very desirable you have to do it by your own hands.
Studying the grimoires, and most of other magick areas, you will find all time instructions about doing yourself the knifes, swords, sticks, woodworks, seed and grown your herbs, make your ritual clothes, paint your seals, even how prepare special inks, make oils, etc.
Ok, if you have the resources, for sure is very when you have a reliable source of magick jewerly tools for example. I would love to have some of that. We have some talented magicians working to make fantastic tools and jewerly and they are observing all the planetary and material aspects and even consecrate it for you. For sure not cheap. But if you can, this save a lot of time and you will have a piece of art. It's Ok.
So do what you can the best way you can.
Remember, the Great Work is the result of your work. You is the one who need to work.
If you worked to be able to pay someone for something special, Ok.
But never, I repeat, never do that with a mind of "doing it for cheap".
If you does not value the effort, be sure the results will be related.
What you do is part of the Work. So it must have a meaning to you.
So to get the materials to make tools
To me, this means sometimes research and walking a lot and work a lot to find what I need.
I will comment later, some reasons why this may happens sometimes.
In this specific case for a new triangle, it took some years.
I want to also comment about some materials I had difficult to get.
Someways such things came together with "aditional results" (or curious or funny or as teachings) at some areas of my life, like knowing interesting people or having results far from what I was expecting or "by coincidence", that time was happening a topic to learn a lot from others magicians dealing at some work in the same area that time. Remember the old tale:"when you are ready the teaching comes".
Even living in a big city area, some materials can be very hard to find. Many people have the same problems because some ingredients does not exist at your region or country.
I just remember how many times people asked where to find black candles, something very common in my country. But at same time, all that oils people at USA find easy, we have not. Same for herbs, roots and many other materials.
Also just due some reason, you won’t find nobody who want to sell that. I say people and companies who have what you need and they just refuse to sell due the most stupid reasons. What? That happens!
I went at many places and was interesting how just nobody wanted to sell a piece of wood cut in the way I wanted. To say better, nobody wanted to sell even a complete board no matter the price and I stated I was not worried about the price!
Yes, very strange.
Some weeks ago, I find this piece of wood, and this is one part of my life story for sure.
I just went again into a hardware store near my house, they also sell wood, but not the kind I needed. For some reason, that day the store owner commented about a neighbor, just in front their store. An old man who make furniture. Hey! He have no signs in front of the house, nothing. But I already had listened about him some two years before, people from my city talk very well about his work, but I never found where he was!
And that was an interesting meeting. The guy had an entire board unused for a long time as he did a wrong buy long time before, and someways he had nothing to use that.
So he was very gentle, despite all the work, and take near one entire hour preparing and cutting the wood. He didn't knew the maths for the triangle, and I shown a practical method. He loved it. So he made his work and the price he asked after all was so ridiculous to make me shy. And we had a nice time talking about travels and nature places and some other topics. A blessing to me.
And about some events having more results, the hardware store had a garden bench like I was after too for many time! Now I have a garden bench too! Yeeeeaaaaahhh!
|So I get it!|
Going after materials , when I needed brute bee wax to make seals it took months too. And I live in a region with a lot of honey farms, producer's groups, etc. Nobody had wax that time! Walking, searching, calling by phone. Ok, all that added energy to the seals I did and the additional result was a very interesting topic in a forum sharing common experiences.
For my circle to the Goetia work, I had to walk some three months just to get the cotton fabric I was on need. As I worked developing specific software to manage the production area of clothes companies for almost two decades, so I guess I had a good idea where to buy fabric and knew all major stores and no place had white/brute cotton to sell.
And to add another "extra" result, this time I worked different. The saleswoman was really gentle, nice, sweet, inteligent and... uhmm... something told me to let her (I found she was married). Anyways, I had some minutes of sweet talk. May be or not? LOL...
|Cheking the new triangle size to fit space in my room. |
This is a 7 foot size circle so I can use the triangle at all directions.
Because all this lets me comment about four points about the effort to get the material and ingredients you need.
For sure does not think to get proper material is always easy. Some have specific characteristics, not the kind you will find easy at any store.
- First, many times this is just part of your work. Since the starting point, often the spirits are already near and may do you work just to add power to your intent. At some religions areas like the ATR lines I knew, this is even a kind of test to you.
- Second, there are materials really hard to find. So keep calm. There are ingredients, like herbs and oils you won’t find at your region or country. So the alternative is study the correspondences, find alternatives or even making your own recipe.
- Third, may be possible is just not time to you work on that. Due some reason, anything stop to work. This happens even at working practices. For example, I had prepared seals, oils, etc. for entire rituals and due some reason, I had some other activity to put attention and all that material went forgotten in a cabinet for years.
- Four, and this is important to think, may be just is not the right time and despite what you do, it won’t succeed that way. About this think about your guardians.
So is always good to remember: do a reading to get information about what is happening and why.
For sure you must have a very decent degree at least one oracle. For example, the Tarot. This is one of the very basic steps you need before trying such works.
Another you must know and be strong on it is cleaning and banishings.
Guess how many times I tryed to contact someone to get material and the result was a really bad eye or just contacting some very bad place full of that bad energies...
And for sure, never atempt such operations on magick without all the previous needed experience. This is not a matter of gift of birth. This help a bit, but you need the practice.
I often comment as being a practitioner I used to work with what I can, the better way I can do.
And there are things I can’t have, even being desirable, but I put my efforts to get better materials and tools.
This is my life and what I do, so I put all my daily effort on that. Each one may know what level to do.
I have working with the Goetia for some years, and started the most humble way with big paper made triangles, in a house where I had just a really small place to work. Just open your arms and you have and idea.
When I moved to a bigger house, I was able to use a bigger circle and started to draw the triangle in a two foot size black stone with consecrated chalk. And it have worked too.
As most anything I have done in these years, each time I add a new tool, doing corrections and improvements in the ritual texts and invocations or just improve the place, I observed in many ways, the rituals become stronger and more impressive.So keep walking!
Yes, the spirits are there watching what you do, and they are working too someway.
This is part of something very important: to be always respectfull with the spirits.
In the same way, the true spirits will see you are doing your part, and this add for the respect they have for you.
You can not buy respect. Remember this if you buy ready tools or try to get shortcuts, as I commented before.
Do it with the most sincere desire and true effort.
You can only get respect as result of sincere work.
You may see this work even as part of an offering you are doing to work with them.
Just to compare, think for a moment, if you have a date, a romantic dinner with your loved one, what you do? Have a bath, wear nice clothes and prepare the food and place for a good time! Well, if you are not doing this, may be interesting to think how is you love life… You have to do your part! LOL…
The Triangle and Names
About the position of the names in the triangle.
The most know schema is like the following from the Lemegeton edited by J.Peterson, a great reference source:
Magical circle and triangle, from Sloane 3648.
Source: Lemegeton - Clavicula Salomonis - J.Peterson - Esotericarchives
Just to point something you will find at most ancient texts: the names are outside the triangle, as comments.
I can only think the original authors put the names there to remember the magician what position means. OR NOT.
But this become standard and most everyone have used triangles with the names inscribed/painted on the borders.
I chose to keep that too just because is one more thing I like to see inscribed as a remember for the reasons why the names are there and what they means.
But this affects the triangle size and the inside circle.
About the sizes:
The size in the grimoires is 3 foot (near 90cm).
I observed many modern magicians done the triangle this size, with a larger border with the names inside. I kept this idea but observe this reduce the circle size. Some are lesser others are bigger.
At the grimoires you will see the circle usually use all space available inside the triangle.
Look again the previous example and you will observe the circle use almost the entire available area inside the triangle.
But when I finally get the wood piece I wanted for years, I was so happy I forgot this. And also because for years I have seen all triangle types, at all sizes.
So my personal note for a future work: my idea is to get a triangle a bit larger, to do an entire working area of three foot, plus a margin to the names.
So I went into the painting work and the margins really disliked me.
This is something I took sometime to think after my first paint. I really disliked it. I really felt first uncomfortable for some reason so I put the triangle at my room and looked for it for some days. I watched it over my desk for some an entire week.
Then I realized for obvious reasons the circle was too small for the triangle size and the border too large.
So I painted it all again and reduced the border to 8cm (near 3,15 inches), but still a size to use large characters for the names, and I painted the circle again for a bigger size.
Just to explain, or repeat something I comment often: I'm not good at artcrafts, and I have not steady hands to such works, so I have to respect my personal limits.
So I kept a large border because I won’t be able to paint decent characters in a lesser space.
Now some steps I had
After initial paint and doing it again, I made paper stencils with the hebrew names.
I had to redraw the names using Inkscape software and print it at the needed size.
The stencils helped a lot, as my hands are not so good painting.
Because the black background, I have to paint first white and then use the red paint.
But the paper I used as mold got wet with the paint and it glued that over the board!
So, here another note: remove the stencil just after paint, do not wait to dry!
|The paint was absorbed by the paper and that glued... what a mess!|
|Trying to cleanup all glued paper.|
So, the obvious result was: I had to paint it all again!
Ok, keep working!
If I will have a spirit as guest to my ritual, is easy to think I want offer a better space. When you are making your tools, this is something important, may be you can’t be perfect, but work to do the best you can.
About the names
Thanks to the work of many scholars and others practitioners, I searched and revised the material from many sources. There are a list of sources at end of this article for more information and complete research texts from other authors.
I repeat: I'm not a scholar, just a practitioner, but be sure I have to read the books, take notes, research the material and external sources, etc. In my case often I go further as I can even to some originals just to see how it was centuries ago before chose the way to do it as there are many different ideas sometimes.
Only then I will have an idea about what and how to work.
This is the Greek names, the Hebrew ones and their text:
Tetragrammaton - IHVH
Thou God of Almighty power, be ever present with us to guard and protect us, and let Thy Holy Spirit and presence be now and always with us;
Primeumaton - ElohimThou Who art the First and Last, let all spirits be subject unto us, and let the Spirit be bound in this Triangle that disturbs this place;
Anephezaton (or Anaphaxeton) - TzabaothThou great God of all the Heavenly Host;
By Thy Holy Angel Michael, until I shall discharge him.
These are also the words to talk when you consecrate the triangle. It's something with really few material.
For more information about consecrating Solomonic ritual tools, I strongly suggest Aaron Leitch's book Secrets of the Magickal Grimoires for reference about that. If you have not this book yet, be sure it became a real classic and a "must have" for grimoires practice and will save you a lot of time.
Now observe the name’s position in the triangle:
The greek names, like latin, are read left to right, so the words are clockwise direction. Same for Michael.
So, with greek names we have:
- Tetragrammaton at right side;
- Anephezaton (or Anaphaxeton) at left side;
- Primeumaton at base;
- Michael is writen starting at left side.
But Hebrew is read right to left. So the names counter-clockwise. Same for Michael.
So for hebrew names we have:
- Tetragrammaton IHVH at right side;
- Primeumaton Elohim at left side;
- Anephezaton (or Anaphaxeton) Tzabaoth at base;
- Michael is writen starting at right side.
This is way I changed the position of the names in the triangle.
Many authors have similar opinions, but for sure, some may vary a bit about what name use.
Nick Farrel had chose Adonai instead of IHVH due pronouce too, but here is something I had my own opinion as I have used IHVH in hebrew since the 80s at many works, so became an habit.
And so, all effort had a result:
|The ready triangle over the garden bench I got.|
And this is the result after some years.
Some tremble lines due my hands, I painted the entire triangle four to five times again, had to remake all characters, and to do some experiments too.
Total time: 49 days from get the wood and start at same day working until I found it was ready to consecrate and use it. Plus all previous time researching it and colleting information. Just to compare, the circle needed some six to eight months of total time.
I found funny newbies who start from zero level and tryed something for few weeks and does not understand why they have no results!
But I still had some funny part during the first ritual using the new triangle.
Yes, I commented before each work sometimes have additional results. This time was a funny part.
For the first ritual with this new triangle, I chose to do a former invocation for a spirit I have worked, King Paimon, explaining at start I was doing a complete rite to consecrate the new circle.
And he is one who know a lot about everything. So my intent was to make this event also a kind of offering to his knowledge and asking to learn more too and etc.
Well, as he have been called before, he is already exorcized, just to remember, once you get more contact (to say so) you can call the spirit near direct. But as a King he like that former part too, so I continued. I observed Presidents also like that formal procedures.
So I consecrated again my tools, the triangle and did prayers thanksgiving for the material I got and the work being ready and did the invocation.
Well, he was near since my first prayer presenting himself as usuall with sounds and a strong presence feeling.
But all the time I was feeling something behind me, but I just didnt't looked behind.
And guess what?
I pointed to the triangle and asked to him appears and stay "inside the triangle".
And he told in my mind something like:
-Uhm, Ok, but wich of the two triangles you want I choose?
Only then I look behind me and realized the old triangle I have used drawn in the black stone still was there at the other side of the room leaning in the wall. And it was consecrated and ready to use!
And the nearest candle had burned near to the base, ready to burn the circle!
Know that moment you get the spirit told you: "Hey stupid, you forgot to release the old triangle!".... LOL...
Well, Kings have humour too!
So. now lets continue the work.
Some sources and references:
Joseph Peterson: http://www.esotericarchives.com/solomon/lemegeton.htm
Joseph Peterson: http://www.esotericarchives.com/solomon/goetia.htm#trianglehttp://gilberttheoccultist.blogspot.ie/2010/11/triangle-of-art-translated-and.html
Nick Farrel: http://www.nickfarrell.it/triangle-of-the-art/
The Digital Ambler: https://digitalambler.wordpress.com/materia/img_0060/
Enoch Bowen: http://theoccultandmagick.blogspot.ie/2011/06/reconstructing-solomons-triangle.html
Studio Arcanis forum: http://www.studioarcanis.com/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=706
Aaron Leitch: Secrets of Magickal Grimoires.
Golden Dawn Glossay: http://wolf.mind.net/library/ancient/qabala/kabgloss.htm
Sorry bad english!