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General Thelema Posted by Alex Bennett on January 21, 2001 @ 09:02 PM
from the light-lunch dept.

Eucharist Magick
or
How to Have Your Cake and Eat It


One of the oldest techniques of magick, common throughout the ancient world and probably beyond, is that of the sacrament. It has at its core the basis of magick itself, i.e., the unification of the microcosm and the macrocosm. As It is Within, So It is Without -- As It is Without, So It is Within. The evocation of an ideal one wants to achieve, followed by its invocation and, hopefully, its achievement. There are many different ways this has been expressed in varying cultures, from incenses and perfumes to taking intoxicants; from ingesting foods to the consumption of blood sacrifices. All, though, have this common theme: of first making something sacred, and then absorbing it into the body (bridging the gap of inner and outer) in order to make that sacred, too. There are other sacraments like incense, absorbed by smell, and the ritual taking of drugs. They differ from the ingested Eucharist in the sense that they are not food for the body. The Eucharist also feeds the mind and soul like the others, but by feeding the body it adds a dimension of physical permanence to the operation. The body is the hardest to change magically, being in its nature Tamas (fixed).

The whole discipline of Yoga starts with the body and progresses to the mind and later the soul. Alchemy, or its hidden meaning, also works in this order, purifying the body or apparatus first. If you succeed in this vital preparation, enlightenment, or whatever you want to call it, is a natural progression from there. Else the body will always be interfering in the process, e.g. Christianity and Islam. The best approach to achieving this is twofold; a comprehensive exercise system designed to breakdown the body armour, such as Yoga or Tai Chi, and a Eucharist to strengthen the underlying true self or "True Will" as it is called in Thelema. The strongest and most practical Eucharist I have encountered is the Thelemic one included in The Book Of The Law, dictated by Aiwass to Aleister Crowley in 1904. This is what is known as the Cake Of Light.

Liber AL, Chapter III

  1. For perfume mix meal & honey & thick leavings of red wine: then oil of Abra-Melin and olive oil, and afterwards soften & smooth down with rich fresh blood!
  2. The best blood is of the moon, monthly: then the fresh blood of a child, or dropping from the host of heaven: then of enemies; then of the priest or of the worshippers: last of some beast, no matter what.
  3. This burn: of this make cakes & eat unto me. This hath also another use; let it be laid before me, and kept thick with perfumes of your orison: it shall become full of beetles as it were and creeping things sacred unto me.
  4. These slay, naming your enemies & they shall fall before you.
  5. Also they shall breed lust & power of lust in at the eating thereof.
  6. Also ye shall be strong in war.
  7. Moreover, be they long kept, it is better; for they swell with my force. All before me.

Ingredients

Meal: I prefer a mixture of 50/50 corn flour and wholemeal flour. This is only my choice, as corn is associated with the sun and wheat with the moon in Mayan thought, but any flour will do as long as it's good quality -- except self-raising flour, as you don't want it to rise.

Honey: From experience, only clear "runny" honey works to bind the flour together. Set honey could work if you stand the jar in a bowl of hot water first to make it runny, otherwise you will be there all day trying to mix in the flour. Locally produced honeys are supposed to be good for people who suffer from hay fever. I like special flower honeys, as they produce good aromas when burning the incense cake and taste better.

Red Wine: A good bottle is essential. You are making a declaration to your deity, so cheap plonk won't do. Also, that week old bottle now reserved only for cooking will be too vinegary for the sweet taste you're trying to achieve. Buy a bottle of your favourite and let it stand for a good while before using it. As only a small amount is used in the cooking, save the rest for the rite. It is good culinary practice to cook with the wine drunk during the meal, as the flavours blend together.

Olive oil and Abra-Melin oil: Extra virgin olive oil is the best to use as it's lighter and they don't use chemicals to extract it like ordinary olive oil. As for the Abra-Melin oil, this has to be made some time beforehand. So if you can't get hold of any, here's a quick recipe.

You shall prepare the Sacred Oil in this manner: Take of myrrh in tears one part; of fine cinnamon, two parts; of galangal half a part; and the half of the total weight of these drugs of the best olive oil. The which aromatics you shall mix together according unto the Art of the Apothecary and shall make thereof a Balsam.
-- From The Book of the Sacred Magic of Abra-Melin the Mage, Book 2, Chapter 11

If you try to make it in like this you find you are missing one very important thing, which all self-respecting apothecaries would have had: a perfume press. To get over this, I calculated the mass of the original raw material that my purchased essential oils came from, added those figures together and divided by two, to get the mass of the olive oil to dissolve them in. Essential oils are 1-2% of the raw material, depending on freshness and quality of the raw material itself. So you want to add at least 25-50 times as much olive oil to the mixture and allow it to dissolve for at least a few weeks, months preferably, or years for the good stuff. The oil will gradually turn from green to golden in colour and will not sting or burn as some inferior Abra-Melin oils do.

Mix the olive oil and the oil of Abra-Melin together in equal parts, ready to add to the cake mixture. Make a bit more of this oil mix than you need, as you'll want something to grease the baking tray with.

Blood: This has to be fresh! Remember, this is a sacrifice. It is no good preparing this ingredient before making the cake of light. Every type of blood, no matter what type you choose to use, has to come directly from its source. The other ingredients should be prepared before making the sacrifice.

The blood types in descending order of strength are:

  1. Blood of the moon, monthly (menstrual blood);
  2. The fresh blood of a child (placental blood) or droppings from the host of heaven (semen);
  3. Of enemies (blood taken from the veins of anti Thelemites);
  4. Of the priest or of the worshippers (blood taken from the veins, as self sacrifice or from you or other Thelemites);
  5. Of some beast, no matter what (blood taken from any animal whether it be from the veins, menstruation or semen).

If using menstrual blood, it is best to use one gush than to try to collect the whole lot over the few days. As with semen, one ejaculation is better than waiting to come again. These are both used in Tantric or Tankhem (Egyptian Tantra) rites, and are best done solitary or with Sex Magick partners.

Most hospitals these days allow you to take the placenta home with you after the birth. If not, have the birth at home and get the partner to collect the placenta. With these cakes it could be good to keep one until the child grows up and use it for their initiation. Also importantly, have them for the mother to use them in her own personal working to restrengthen her after the birth and to act as an antidote to post-natal depression.

With enemies: this may be done to strengthen soldiers in times of war, but at the moment you are unlikely to get away with it. Still, if you get the chance I recommend "cowards; professional soldiers who dare not fight, but play," "all chaste women," and "all fools" (AL, 3:57), or the Army of the Patriarchal Authoritarian Imperial Fascist Dictatorship, as Willhelm Riech called them, meaning the people who fight against Natural change within the human psyche.

The only point to drawing blood from oneself or other Thelemites, as I see it, is as a sort of "Blood Brother" rite, whereby a ritual group might get together each with their own razor (burin) or ritual dagger and in turn shed a small amount of their own blood into a communal mixing bowl. This could be useful in cementing "family" relationships, important in ritual groups or covens.

With animal blood: do not use butcher's blood. Either sacrifice the animal yourself, giving it a respectful death, or draw the blood from a large animal so it is not killed. Alternatively, use animal menstrum or semen, a good example being a nice free-range organic egg, like a goose egg sacred to the Saxon goddess Eostra. Whatever you use, these cakes are suitable to give to Thelemites you don't know well as there is less "come back" with cakes from animal blood. They are ideal for inter-group meetings and party sacraments, as even vegetarians might not turn their noses up at the egg version.

Preparation

Once you have decided what blood to use, first prepare the other ingredients. To make enough for a twelve-indent cup cake tray here is an approximate guideline for amounts of ingredients:

  • 80 ml of flour
  • 40 ml of honey
  • 40-60 ml of red wine
  • 40 ml of olive oil & Abra-Melin Oil combined 50/50
  • 20 ml of blood

Mix the flour and honey together into a sticky ball. Add the wine in small amounts, stirring it in, until it forms a soupy liquid, not too thick, or it will burn when cooked. You may want to add as much as 60 ml of wine to get the right consistency. Now add the oil mixture and mix it in well as it will tend to separate at first. It is now ready for the blood and can be refrigerated if necessary until the required moment.

When ready, take the mixture to the altar and do your preferred invocation. Make the sacrifice and add the blood. It is important to include Ra Hoor Khuit in these proceedings, as you will need something as powerful as him to protect a blood rite such as this. Even if the cakes are not to be used exclusively to him, include him in the litany. Your own deity may be very powerful, but you need a force that is most definitely Thelemic, and as Ra Hoor Khuit is the chief of the gods of Thelema, he rules over this rite. (It may be possible to use another pantheon's chief deity instead but I am not guaranteeing anyone's safety in attempting this.)

Prior to this, preheat an oven to 170° C (160° C, for fan assisted ovens) and grease a cupcake baking tray with some of the oil mixture. When the sacrifice has been made, and the blood has been mixed in well, spoon the mixture into each cupcake indent, straight away so to not lose any of the Ojas (Life, Orgone Energy, whatever you call it). Then cook immediately for about 15 minutes or until golden reddish brown. When just done they should be still flexible; they then harden to a biscuit-like consistency. Don't be tempted to over cook them if intending to keep them for a long time as the sugar in the honey and the Abra-Melin oil combine to form a very strong preservative. I have kept some for years with no deterioration, but it does help to "smoke" them a little in thick incense smoke from time to time.

It's best to use the Abra-Melin incense for this, so here it is.

The Perfume shall be made thus: Take of Incense in tears (Frankincense in sold in drops) one part; of Stacte (Srorax) half a part; of Lignum Aloes a quarter of part; and not being able to get this wood you shall take that of cedar, or of rose or of citron or any other odoriferous wood. You shall reduce all these ingredients into a very fine powder, mix them well together and keep the same in a box or other convenient vessel.
-- From The Book of the Sacred Magic of Abra-Melin the Mage, Book 2, Chapter 11

Store the cakes in an airtight container upon your altar until they are required. It is important to keep them dry and cool, but if they are, they will last ages.

How They Are To Be Used

This method requires a "visible object of worship," and cannot be used with any supernal deity. Even the Christian Eucharist uses Christ, not God. It has to be a deity that you can relate to on a personal level and that is below the abyss. Hadit and Nuit cannot be used, as the energy built up will dissipate to whoever nearby is having the best time at that moment, regardless of their beliefs. This goes for all such deities such as Shiva-Shakti, Yin-Yang, Tao-Te, etc. These are absolutes and not deities as such, so they don't perform the same task. They are the macrocosm and the microcosm, not the device by which they are united.

The best one to use is your own personal Holy Guardian Angel Deity. If you don't have one yet, then start with a Solar, Lunar or planetary deity that you particularly like, within the system you are most familiar with. As long as it doesn't clash with the basic tenets of Thelema, the Eucharist will increase your intimacy with it. I had successful workings in this way with Ra Hoor Khuit, Hathoor, Ganesh, Tara, Kali, Maat and Set, until I found my own HGA deity Set Ha Ka, the protector of Heru Ra Ha against Apep, the destroyer of the world (not the Greek Apophis, Apep was never worshipped in pre-Hellenic Egypt).

They can also be used in the place of blood sacrifices in such systems as Voodoo or Santeria. It could get a bit messy bludgeoning a chicken to death in your front room, but if you prepare the blood from the chicken in this way, the deity will be just as happy with you and so might the neighbours. They can also be used as a sort of payment to a deity for manifesting a desired outcome, for example, paying the Wanga (an altar tool in Voodoo used for cursing) when making an attack or an icon of Erzulie (Hathor or Venus) when you want someone to fall in love with you. They have many uses, but the best one to start out with is the HGA deity. It's best to have some reference point first, else you could fall foul as in the old saying, "be careful what you wish for, it might come true."

Set up an image of the god or goddess that you choose above your altar and lay the cakes out in front of it. Then do your Abra-Melin devotional prayer or orison as it's called. This consists of burning Abra-Melin incense while evoking the deity with a heartfelt prayer, honouring it, written by you. Then anoint your Ajna Chakra (Third Eye), or all the chakras, with Abra-Melin oil, followed by an invocation and meditation upon the deity. At special times, i.e., the deity's holy day, or when you think you need a boost: after doing the orison, dip one of the cakes in some red wine and burn it as incense, feeding the god, then eat one yourself, drinking some of the wine. As the incense cake burns, sending its smoke towards the image of the beloved, so does the ingested one take effect throughout the body.

The important point to laying them out during your orison is to banish any weakening influences in your life from them. Do a banishing over the cakes after your orison, mentioning these influences, people, etc., and when you come to do the Eucharist, these things will have no power over you while the effects of the cake last, and for some time after the negative influences will be greatly reduced. In your daily practice you can just do the orison and the banishing, consuming a cake on the day you choose as your Sabbath. Over time the cakes left will gain in strength, absorbing each successive ritual. Eventually the whole body will be cleared of all obstacles and body locks, allowing the mind to become more precise in its perception, freeing the fetters of the soul. The stronger the blood the more lasting the effects, but it's best to start off low.

Aleister Crowley called this Eucharist "the Medicine of Metals, Stone of the Wise, the Potable Gold, the Elixir of Life" (Magick, Chapter XX). Although it is a very simple system, it has in it all that is needed to progress magically. It enhances within, a natural improvising alchemy, doing away with the need for tons of magical theory and overbearing strict discipline. I believe it is an extremely important method that everybody could benefit from in his or her own practice. I have used it to regain strength after illness, help with reasserting determination in completing projects and speeding up my own Abra-Melin operation (otherwise, with my resolve, it would have easily taken 40 years). It has also helped me get jobs, find places to live, and get laid. There may be more uses, as yet not tried. I wish everyone attempting it the best of success in establishing their true will. I also hope that people will take the basic recipe and improve upon it. There are lots of different flours, honeys and red wines to choose from varying the taste and perhaps the effects. Good Luck!



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    Re: Liber Sacrificium Nobilis
    by Tau Aleph on Monday January 22, @09:14AM
    Great article!

    While there are many minor points which might be discussed (and probably will be here on Beastbay), the only thing I really disagree with is the comment about Shiva-Shakti. Shiva-Shakti should really not be lumped in with Yin-Yang, Tao-Teh, etc. Shiva is not just an absolute, nor even is the combination Shiva-Shakti. They are Tantric deities, and have canonical murtis (images). See here, and here for just a couple of examples. Images of Shiva and Parvati together are also common, and they are treated as personal deities (Ishta Devata). It is common to ask for boons from Shiva via offerings or austerities (large numbers of mantra, severe yogic practices, etc).

    A related Tantric Buddhist deity which has its roots in Saivite Tantra (don't mention this to a true believer), is Vajrasattva, frequently depicted in union with his consort, as here. Vajrasattva and other yab-yum (male and female) deities such as Chakrasamvara are considered Yidam, or personal deities (Daimons in the original sense), and offerings are made to them when requesting boons.

    This brings me to another point. Cakes of Light are equally efficious for strengthening one's own invocation of a deity. There need be no "visible object of worship" when one strongly visualizes oneself as the deity and invokes. The offering of the Cake is then made to oneself-as-deity, no external dualistic imagery required. Consuming the Cake strengthens one's visualization, and its connection with one's own physical form. With regular practice, visualization and invocation become easier and easier, eventually resulting in continuous union.

    Tau Aleph (a.k.a. Adityanath)
    Ecclesia Gnostica Universalis

    • Re: Liber Sacrificium Nobilis
      by Xnoubis on Monday January 22, @04:03PM
      Do you know where I could find more information about the connection between Vajrasattva and Saivism?


      • Re: Liber Sacrificium Nobilis
        by El Nigma on Monday January 22, @04:45PM
        93!
        Someone else gotta fill in on Saivism, I don't know it.
        Vajrasattwa practice is often done before other empowerments too to cleanse up and prepare. He's a purification Buddha (of the body, speech, and mind)as well as a root lama.

        Also, making an Eucharist might be tried with the Medicine Buddha. This is a word for word about the empowerment practice and very good article.
        http://www.shenpen-osel.org/issue10.pdf

        Perhaps if someone is sick, they could request the Medicine Buddha make the cakes be effective medicine.

        93 23,
        El Nigma
        ----------------------------------
        Simple things for simple minds


      • Re: Liber Sacrificium Nobilis
        by Tau Aleph on Monday January 22, @08:00PM
        I don't remember a specific reference for Vajrasattva. But let me sketch out the scenerio, and I can give references for the borrowing (or better put, sharing) of Saivite deities by the Buddhist Tantrics.

        The place is the cremation grounds of Kashmir. The time is between the 9th and 11th centuries A.D. or so. Various tantrics of both Saivite and Buddhist schools reside in the sacred cremation grounds and exchange notes and practices.

        For example, "Hindu Kapalika [skull-bearers] were invariably Saivites who imitated in their own way the peculiar behaviour of Siva, their mythical exemplar. It was possible for members of differing Saiva sects to adopt the Kapalikas vow. Even Buddhist ascetics could take similar vows in the context of their own tantric practice. Thus Kanhapada (Skt. Krsnapada) who lived in the eleventh century and is well known as one of the Bengali Siddhas of the Buddhist Tantric Sahajiya calls himself a Kapalin. He is such, he says, because he has entered into the higher path of Yoga and is sporting in the city of his body in non-dual form. His anklets and bells (ghanti) are the two breaths which represent the opposites. His earrings (kundala) are the sun and moon. The ashes he smears on his body are the ashes of passion, aversion and error. His pearl necklace is the highest liberation. These are the same insignia that distinguish the Saivite Kapalika as well, namely, the necklace (kunthika), neck ornament (rucaka), earrings (kundala), crest jewel (sikhamani), ashes (bhasma) and sacred thread (yajnopavita). Most important of all is the skull the Kapalika carries, which distinguishes him from the other ascetics and symbolizes his antinomian way of life." -- from The Canon of the Saivagama and the Kubjika Tantras of the Western Kaula Tradition by Mark S.G. Dyczkowski.

        In short, if the deity or consort carries a Kapala (skull-cup), you can be pretty sure of a strong Kapalika influence. Also telling is the "sacred thread" of Hinduism, sported by a number of Buddhist higher tantric deities. Other deities borrowed by the Buddhist Tantrics include:

        Ganesha (see Ganesh: Studies of an Asian God by Robert L. Brown for some extremely cool Tantric Buddhist sadhanas of Ganesha).

        Chinnamasta, from whose mantra and practice springs the Vajrayogini tradition (see Chinnamasta: The Aweful Buddhist and Hindu Tantric Goddess by Elisabeth A. Benard).

        Bhairava (I don't have a reference, but a Tibetan Buddhist sadhana of the "Soltary Hero" form of Bhairava is available from the Snow Lion catalog).

        I'm sure I could come up with more examples and connections, but this should be enough the get anyone interested in the subject started.

        Tau Aleph
        Ecclesia Gnostica Universalis


        • Re: Liber Sacrificium Nobilis
          by Matt on Wednesday April 10, @07:06AM
          Do you have any information on a tantric human skull, not just the skull cap, but the whole head?
          Are the bones those of monks that have passed or do the Buddhist have religious accesse to bones of the dead? Please e-mail me back with any and all of the information you can provide for me.
          Thank you,
          Matt


    • Re: Liber Sacrificium Nobilis
      by Alex on Thursday January 25, @09:02AM
      I stand corrected!
      What I should have said, instead of Shiva-Shakti was Sadashiva. Shiva and
      Parvati united in eternal ecstacy in the Ajna Chakra and openning the
      Sushumna. This is the supernal form, as they are inseperable like this. I
      stupidly thought that if I used that form, my reader wouldn't understand me. I know this could still be a 'visible object of worship' but it is sufficiently lofty form that it has more in common with Nuith-Hadith than the lower, more personable forms of Shiva or Parvati. I wanted to include this Tantric identity though, as it is important to me. It has filled in many of the gaps, for me, in the Egyptian system.

      Alex


    Re: Liber Sacrificium Nobilis
    by Mordecai Shapiro on Monday January 22, @03:58PM
    >Red Wine: A good bottle is essential. You are making a declaration to your deity, so cheap plonk
    >won't do. Also, that week old bottle now reserved only for cooking will be too vinegary for the
    >sweet taste you're trying to achieve. Buy a bottle of your favourite and let it stand for a
    >good while before using it. As only a small amount is used in the cooking, save the rest for
    >the rite. It is good culinary practice to cook with the wine drunk during the meal, as the
    >flavours blend together.

    On otherwise commendable essay is marred by this bit of misunderstanding. The BOTL doesn't call for red wine in the cakes, it calls for leavings of red wine (also called "the lees"). The leavings are what is left after the newly made wine is decanted. It's a sludge of dead and dying yeast and remains of fermented grape solids, and it will make your cakes rise somewhat.

    • Re: Liber Sacrificium Nobilis
      by Alex on Tuesday January 23, @11:16AM
      Thanks for your comments on the article. When I was trying to dicipher Liber AL on this I reffered to an old cookery book (about 1900) that said that leavings, meant mixing in, in small amaounts by folding it in to the mixture. I assumed this conformed more to the vocabulary of the time of Crowley.
      I suppose I should have said 'mix in the red wine bit by bit'.

      Alex


    Re: Liber Sacrificium Nobilis
    by El Nigma on Monday January 22, @06:17PM
    93!
    COP alert hehehe
    Ideally true leavings of wine is around handy for the magickian to make cakes with. I've never used it myself- my initial understanding of "leavings" of wine was leftover wine (Merlot) and I still use that presumption. After a week it does turn vinegary but some leftover in an open bottle overnight or so from a previous party or romantic sharing (which imo blesses it) I do use. Thats me though. Other people take big bottles of wine and cook it down to get the proper texture.

    Its all personal to the magickian. Going into Cakes of Light recipes can probably overload the Beast Bay site.

    93 23,
    El Nigma
    -------------------------
    Simple things for simple minds

    • Re: Liber Sacrificium Nobilis
      by Mordecai Shapiro on Monday January 22, @08:44PM
      >Its all personal to the magickian. Going into Cakes of Light recipes can probably overload the
      >Beast Bay site.

      In practice this is true, but in fact there is an actual "meaning" to the term leavings, as Crowley certainly recognized whenever he wrote about the make-up of the cakes. If you want it to be "all personal" then it is, but if you want it to be true to the Book then you follow its meaning -- wherever you can figure that out :-)


    Re: Liber Sacrificium Nobilis
    by Marfiza on Tuesday January 23, @01:04PM
    Actually, gents, none of you are quite right on the "leavings" score. In archaeo-speak -- as one can find it in American Colonial cookbooks, among other places -- "leavings" is what we'd call "leaven". It's also called "barm" or "emptins" -- not the leftover bits after you decant bottled wine, but the YEAST (still plenty live, Mo) leftover after pouring off the mast into bottles. It was very VERY common to use beer barm to leaven bread with; not so common this wine thing, but I find that Lalvin "Pasteur Red" works just fine. I make a (very) little wine in the kitchen every time I make Cakes, mixing the wine yeast with unpasteurized grape juice and letting it sit overnight; by the next day, I've got a little live yeast workshop going -- I pour the juice off the yeast and that yeast is what I use for cakes.


    Just another datapoint,
         - M


    • Re: Liber Sacrificium Nobilis
      by Mr. Nice on Tuesday January 30, @10:20AM
      Sounds absolutely disgusting.


    Re: Liber Sacrificium Nobilis
    by Tim Maroney on Thursday February 01, @08:18AM
    "All, though, have this common theme: of first making something sacred, and then absorbing it into the body (bridging the gap of inner and outer) in order to make that sacred, too."

    I question that word "all" in this context. The Christian Eucharist is a particular type of ritual with its own peculiar characteristics, which should not be confused with general formulae for all of world religion. The Eucharist derives from Roman common meal practices within the mysery religions, which in many cases were primarily of social value and did not involve any theurgical food transformations as opposed to a simple pre-meal blessing.

    I think many students of Crowley are too quick to adopt his own sweeping generalizations about world religion as the last word on any subject. In fact, Crowley was not even well educated or widely read in the religious studies of his time, and the field has moved forward significantly since his death. (I hesitate to draw any causal conclusions on that last point.)

    Tim

    • Re: Liber Sacrificium Nobilis
      by Xnoubis on Thursday February 01, @10:18AM
      > the mysery religions

      *chortle*

      I think his statement might be defensible, though. The Christian Eucharist isn't the only example that fits this description; there's prasad in Hinduism, for example. It's not the only way that food and drink are used ritually, but I read him as speaking specifically of "sacrament." Other ways of using food and drink in ritual could arguably be considered to be something other than sacrament.


      • Re: Liber Sacrificium Nobilis
        by Tim Maroney on Thursday February 01, @11:34AM
        But "sacrament" is a specifically Christian usage -- its Latin origin has a rather different meaning -- so isn't that begging the question?

        As for prasad, how does it match? Hinduism is not one of my specialty areas, but consulting online references I found this rather long and discursive piece on the subject which somehow fails to refer to the food offering being transformed into the god to whom it is offered. Other references I found also did not refer to that formula. They all say the food is offered to the deity; none of them say that it is transformed into the deity.

        (The closest I could find is this, which says, "The Hindus believe that, when an offering is made to the deity, it is blessed by the deity and becomes infused with His or Her prana energy." But this is rather different from saying it is transformed into the deity.)

        Tim


        • Re: Liber Sacrificium Nobilis
          by Tim Maroney on Thursday February 01, @11:39AM
          Actually, checking the original quote, I find that I was confusing the poster's model with Crowley's. Prasad does fit the model of making someting sacred and then taking it into the body. What it doesn't fit is the model of making it "God," which is the formula expressed in MTP by AC. The model expressed by the poster is more generally applicable than AC's. Sorry for the error.

          Tim


    Re: Liber Sacrificium Nobilis
    by Samael on Monday February 19, @03:48PM
    Great article. Good stuff.

    Uh...hate be a pedantic spoil sport but if you intend the title to translate into English as "The Book of the Noble Sacrifice", the Latin should be "Liber Sacrificii Nobilis".

    Sorry if I seem nit picky. But if that's my only critique, consider it a compliment.

    Re: Liber Sacrificium Nobilis
    by Kaladevi on Sunday April 14, @12:56PM
    Hi Alex,

    Just read this article for the first time. One item of note... why would you even consider collecting an entire gush of menstrual blood let alone over several days? That's alot of blood, either way, and completely unnecessary to have that much for this magickal op. A dab will do.

    prems,
    Kaladevi

    • Re: Liber Sacrificium Nobilis
      by Alex Bennett on Sunday April 14, @03:48PM
      I'm afraid homoeopathic dosses of blood don't do it when you are going to cook these cakes. It's a recipe and blood is a major part of it. I tried with small amounts and they don't have the right consistency. I'm only talking about the same amount that get's eaten during a blow job or whilst releaving menstral pain with cunnilingus, anyway. If you're too squeemish, then try it with an egg and work up but 'dabs' don't do it for me. I guess in truth I'm a bit of a vampire and need all the blood I can get. The important thing is though, that the highest blood is victimless.



     
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