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from the Ohhh-Rosaree-why-can't-you-be-true dept.
Many traditions use a rosary, mala, or prayer beads of some stripe as an aid to meditation, prayer, and magickal working.
I've found few experiences as trance-inducing and powerful as that of reciting the (RC) Rosary in the context of a vigil for the recently-deceased, where the prayers are recited many many times over, in a ritual lasting three hours or more.
Recently, I became interested in the idea of developing a Thelemic "rosary" -- fully aware that I'm not the first person to try this experiment. I made an in-depth study of as many (again, RC) rosaries and "chaplets" (chaplet being a sort of lesser rosary dedicated to a particular Saint or concept such as the Sacred Heart or the Holy Spirit) as I could find in my research, and extrapolated from them all to develop the ritual that follows.
The Chaplet of the Holy Guardian Angel
The Chaplet consists of 7 groups of 7 beads, each group separated by a single bead (making 56 total), and a Guardian Angel medal or other such token.
The object of reciting the Chaplet is threefold:
To begin, say on the Angel medal:
Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law.
On the first solo bead (and each of the subsequent solos), exclaim:
As you recite on each of the first set of seven, see the darkness develop deep orange flashes, and work on feeling the darkness transform from a binding into a robe wrapped around you, tingling on your skin:
Exclaim on the second solo bead as on the first. See the robe around you lighten to a deep blue, visualize the Cake and Cup of the Gnostic Mass offered to you as by the Angel, and feel how it will nourish you for the Work as you say very fervently, on each bead of the second group:
Exclaim on the third solo bead as before. The robe of light on your shoulders deepens to a bright, fiery crimson; feel your intent strengthen, your judgement clarify to one-pointedness as you affirm, on each bead of the third group:
Exclaim on the fourth solo bead as before. Now you are robed in a rosy-gold brilliance; the light extends from within you, expanding all around you to illuminate your way. Fix that path in your mind as you declare, on each bead of the fourth group:
Knowing for a certainty that the Angel yearns as ardently to you too, exclaim on the fifth solo bead as before. Your robe of light darkens to a rich emerald green; try to feel the Angel's kiss as you say on each bead of the fifth group:
Exclaim on the sixth solo bead, as before. The robe brightens and shifts to orange; pause and listen for the Angel's voice after each time you say on a bead of the sixth set:
Exclaim on the seventh solo bead, as before. The robe is a rich royal purple; relax into a deep peace and certainty, saying on each bead of the last set:
Pause and rest in stillness for a time, open to whichever of the energies you've invoked may come to inform you. (If this is part of an EGC Rite of Reconciliation, here is where one might also reflect on the counsel of the Priest/ess, if one hasn't been so doing all along.)
Coming back to just before the first solo bead, declare as you meditate one last time on the Virtues of the Mass:
Exclaim Glorious, glorious, glorious... one last time on the solo bead, then on the medal finish by saying:
I refer to the Angel as "He" in this both for convenience and for custom, as Liber LXV consistently refers to the Angel as "He". You may do as you Will.
This ritual assumes that the practitioner ever attends Gnostic Mass. If not, then the practitioner may visualize whatever Eucharist s/he does partake in (Mass of the Phoenix, or even one's main meal of the day) in the ChSD section.
The "Rite of Reconciliation" mentioned in the text is still under development, and will be offered to general perusal upon completion.
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