published in "Cincinnati Journal of Ceremonial Magick"
Issue VII, 1989
"His formula is not yet fully understood."
"Following him will arise the Equinox of Ma, the Goddess of Justice, it
may be a hundred or ten thousand years from now; for the Computation of
Time is not here as There." Aleister Crowley, Commentary on Liber AI
(Ch. iii, v. 34).
[Magical and Philosophical Commentaries on the Book of the Law;
Symonds and Grant; 1974; 93 Publishing; Montreal; page 271.]
In the writings of Aleister Crowley, Kenneth Grant and other Magicians,
there is a system of dividing time, as humanly measured, into Aeons.
This division has been useful in demonstrating the differences
between an incumbent Magickal Formula and its successor, such as the
Aeon of Horus replacing the Aeon of Osiris. The demonstration helps the
Magician understand the changes in perceptions, outlook, and attitude
that must be accomplished for the practitioner to be able to use the
leading edge of the Magickal Current's evolution.
The Nameless Aeon encompasses all of prehistory. Kenneth Grant, in
"Aleister Crowley and the Hidden God", lists three separate
prehistorical Aeons (0 of the Void, 1 of Chaos, and 2 of the Earth).
For practical purposes, these can be combined into a single, nameless,
Aeon, which would be a worldview of animism, dreamtime, and spirit
Magick. All things are animated by spirits; there is an Underworld
where knowledge and power may be gained. Food was obtained by hunting,
fishing, and wild harvesting. The godform of this Aeon is Bes.
The Aeon of Isis brings the Female force into focus as the Goddess:
Mother-Creator, fertile Earth, changing Moon. The change of
consciousness represented is that of having to take care of the
creatures one depends on; instead of simply availing oneself of the
natural harvest of game animals and wild plants, the herder and the
farmer assumed the responsibility of care in exchange for control of
the sources of nourishment. The Magicians of this Aeon took the
Goddess, the Mother, as the clearest example of the type of attitude to
have toward one's living. The godform is that of the Triple Goddess.
The Aeon of Osiris shifted human consciousness to focus upon the
authority of the Father-Creator, the law-giver who imposes hierarchal
order on growing populations. Agriculture generated specialization of
work which spawned cities as centers of trade and commerce. Population
pressures spurred migration and territorial conquests, which gave rise
to warfare and leaders of men. Force as coercion permitted slavery and
serfdom, wherein food production could be commanded and demanded by the
strong from the weak. The efficiency of this formula ensured its
continuity until the development of science and industry provided a
superior efficiency of production. The Osirian fonnula of the Dying God
functions as a bridge between the agriculuual realities of planting and
harvest and the industrial realities of "conquest" of and "dominion"
over Nature, the plundering of resources and the pollution of
In its degeneracy, the Dying God formula is perverted into a
rationalization for a number of insanities: resistance to Change, using
force of one type or another to achieve and maintain power over other
individuals, compulsive acquisition of material goods, and the notion
that another entity can provide Salvation for oneself from particular
and Original sin, the latter of which according to its Biblical account
was a blatant case of entrapment.
In this Aeonic system, the Aeon of Horus began in 1904 with the writing
of Liber AL vel Legis. The formula is that of the Crowned and
Conquering Child, the Prince who ascends the throne upon the death
(transformation) of the King, his father. The monument of the Osirian
Aeon, the Military-Industrial Complex of East and West, has achieved
its apotheosis in the nuclear arsenals that are capable of sterilizing
the planet. It's the mission of Horus to represent this existential
ultimatum as the Lord of Force and Fire.
The necessity at the base of the formula is neither subsistence nor
sovereignty: it is survival. The Child is the point of the Aeon: the
continuation of the human race. The Law of the Aeon is Love under
Will; the application of this Law destroys the poison remnants of
Osiris while at the same time it places power and responsibility in the
hands of the individual.
Running concurrently with the Aeon of Horus since 1974 is the Aeon of
Maat. She is the Daughter, twin to Horus, and her formula is Truth and
Balance. She compliments Horus' warrior nature with her measure and
justice. She ensures the survival that Horus establishes by initiating
a fundamental change in humanity: the awakening of the Racial
Unconscious to Racial Consciousness. As Horus signifies the Atomic Age,
Maat signifies the Information Age; her Word is IPSOS, "by the same
mouth". In the Double Aeon, food production has at the same time become
more automated and more home-grown organic, as business or belief.
Recombinant DNA research and cloning promises changes in this area.
The successful transformation of humanity into a doubly-conscious
species brings about the Wordless Aeon, whose particular godform is
Harpocrate. Physical speech is unnecessary with a shared
Consciousness; therefore is this Aeon Wordless.
There are other Aeonic clusters "ahead" of us in time, but they are
beyond the scope of the present writing.
In 1986, at the Winterstar gathering at Atwood Lake, Ohio, there was
conducted a large group ritual called "The Circus of the Aeons." The
intent and result of this rite was to earth all six Aeonic formulae in
the present. The purpose of this writing is to extend the event to the
individual level of Working.
To do this, we will consider the commonalities and note the differences
among the Aeons, to the end of developing a PanAeonic Magick. The power
and efficacy of such an inclusive Magick cannot help but be greater
than the use of any particular Aeonic formula alone.
The first commonality that arises is the ancient Hermetic dictum: "As
above, so below; as below, so above." Change in the Microcosm of the
individual effects change in the Macrocosm of the world - and vice
All Godforms involved are anthropomorphic: even the Hawk-headed Horus
has fully human aspects. The four core Aeons represent family
relationships, while the two outlying Aeons are ancestor and
descendant. The second commonality is human social context The images
of the lone wizard or retiree of the Abramelin Operation have impact
only as contrast. Most Magick is done through and with other people.
A third commonality is aspiration of transformation. All living things
strive to develop potentiality into actuality and produce viable
offspring. The Magickal Children of each Aeon are to be understood in
the light of the formula involved; evolution is evident. The aspiration
is common to all, though, and is aligned with Nature and Tao.
A fourth commonality is the removal of obstacles to the manifestation
of Current or Will. Even when a Magician pitches the ritual toward
obtaining a specific end, the net result is an opening in
matter-energy through which the Current may flow more easily.
The fifth, and most important, commonality is the necessity of earthing
the Magickal energies employed. One puts change into action in the
physical plane - wishing doesn't make it so. This includes both the
doing of of actual ritual ("thought-experiments" don't count) and the
application of the energy/information/insights to everyday life.
In order to consider the contrasts of the Aeons for ritual purposes,
let's compare the following tables:
AEON SOCIAL TYPE COLORS GODFORMS TOOLS
Nameless Hunter Black Dwarf Drum
Isis Farmer Blue Mother Chalice
Osiris Soldier Green Father Sword
Horus Warrior Red Youth Wand
Maat Witness Silver Maiden Pantacle
Wordless Ambassador Gold Gynander/Androgyne Incense
AEON MAGICKAL ACTS SCENTS TALISMANS SYMBOLS PRACTICES
Nameless Dance, Dreams Pine Bone Staff Shamanism
Isis Blessing/Cursing Rose Blood Throne Wicca
Osiris Banishing Myrrh Horn, Iron Sceptre Christianity
Horus Invocation Frank- Talons Eye or Thelemic
incense Gold Utchet Magick
Maat Vibrating of Jasmine Feather Feather Maat
Word Mercury Magick
Wordless Mudra, Gesture Sandal- Hair, Alloy: Child Silence,
wood Brass, Steel Tao
A PanAeonic Working can be used to power the usual ends of Magick; it
can be used to acquire Wisdom from the full range of human experience.
It can be used to speed our species' transformation, and it can be used
to speed the individual's transformation. The experienced Magician will
readily see how to apply the basics to individual need. It were well to
establish oneself in the combined Formulae in a balanced fashion before
undertaking specialized enterprises. For this purpose, the following
ritual is proposed:
THE PANAEONIC INVOCATION
Prepare a private place as Temple, indoors or out. At the compass
points place the following:
East: sword, iron, green candle
South: wand, gold, red candle
West: chalice, silver, blue candle, wine
North: pantacle, mercury, silver/gray candle
Center: drum, incense, copper, steel/brass, black and gold candles
After suitable meditation and awareness of the items around you, their
positions and significance, beat the drum and dance around the Circle,
widdershins and deosil. Invoke Bes with chanting as inspiration directs
you, in time with the drum. When the energy has reached the proper
pitch, lie at full length and call down to the Underworld.
"I invoke you, Bes, ancestor of my bones. Lost in the mist of Time, you
live in me in the patterns of my cells and the deepest parts of my
brain. Awaken to new life within me; let the power of your passions and
fears drive my Magick to its rightful end."
Pause here. and after each invocation until you have become the god and
see from His/Her perspective. Arise and approach the West. Pour the
wine into the chalice, then pace the circle widdershins and deosil,
asperging with your fingertips and the wine. Stop at the West and
elevate the chalice, saying:
"I invoke you, Isis, Triple Goddess; maiden, mother, and crone. Though
I came from you and will return to you, you live in me in love and
compassion for all things. Awaken to new life within me; let the power
of your patience and endurance sustain my Magick to its rightful end."
Drink the wine and replace the chalice. Approach the East; seize the
sword and wield it about the circle widdershins and deosil. Brandish it
as though fighting an enemy. Stop at the East, ground the sword and
"I invoke you. Osiris, Dying and Rising Lord. Though you are the seed
that gave me life and gives rebirth to all of Nature, you live in me as
logic and control of action. Awaken to a new and purified life within
me; let the power of your commanding direct my Magick to its rightful
Salute with sword to brow, then replace the sword. Approach the South.
Grasp the wand, elevate it, then trace spirals down and around you as
you stride the circle widdershins and deosil. Stop at the South and
"I invoke you, Horus, Crowned and Conquering Child. You are the Lord of
Force and Fire, living in me as my True Will and its manifestation.
Awaken to life within me; let the power of your invincibility speed my
Magick to its rightful end. Touch the wand to the genitals, heart and
third eye, then replace it.
Approach the North, grasp the pantacle, elevate it, then spiral about
it as a center as you move around the circle, widdershins and deosil.
Stop at the North, and say:
"I invoke you, Maat, Witness of Truth in all things. You are She Who
Moves, that which is life itself in all my various bodies. Awaken my
awareness of you within me; let the power of your balance manifest my
Magick in its rightful end."
Kiss the pantacle and replace it. Approach the center, ignite the
incense, then cense the circle widder shins and deosil. Return to the
center and replace the incense. Spread your arms heavenward and gaze
'I invoke you, Harpocrat, infant Lord of Silence. You are that within
me of which I may not speak. Awaken me to possession of your fullness;
let the power of your innocence grace my Magick in its rightful end."
Envision yourself as being of both genders. Reach out your awareness to
the Universe; at the same time plunge within yourself to the Hollow
Center. Stretch your sense of self to encompass the Earth, to become it
and all its living creatures.
When fullness of consciousness is achieved, pronounce the Words of
Power. If it be your Will, here begin VIII* and use the Words as
mantra, changing to the voice of command at the climax. Have the
pantacle ready to receive the Elixir. If the use of VIII* is not your
Will, vibrate each Word once in the voice of command, pausing between
them to follow their vibrations into the Current. Say:
Place your finger to your lips in Silence.
If VIII* was used, anoint the candles, tools, and metals and consume
Sit in meditation in the center of the circle until your bodies are in
balance with the forces, then extinguish the candles and depart the
The PanAeonic Invocation will be effective in direct proportion to the
Magician's state of attainment, to enable the Magician to make use of
the ways of all Aeons. For those who have established and are working
with a TransAeonic Vortex (see "Beauty"), this rite will extend the
Vortex into the past, thus increasing its range and leverage.
Time-travel Workings to the past are good for gathering information;
changing the past through Magickal intervention is as yet problematic.
Although imparting information pastward is possible, the receptivity
of receiving individuals is conditioned by their particular
world-views. We have a history of geniuses whose thoughts were "ahead
of their time," but these are rare; pastward contactees are likely to
flee in terror or attempt to banish you as a demon. Working futureward
is also good for gathering information, if your worldview permits you
to understand what you encounter.
Be aware that the only time you can change events and situations is
Now. The dimensions of Now are flexible in terms of human understand
ing, though some see the Now as a dimensionless interface between Past
and Future. Some Nows are longer than others; the Now of a normal human
pregnancy is nine months long, whereas four minutes is the length of
the Now of brain death or damage from oxygen-lack.
By bringing the power of all the Aeons to bear upon the Now, PanAeonic
Magick enables the Magician to increase the effectiveness and
timeliness of his/her action. It also enables the Magician to act more
wisely that is, from a broader and higher viewpoint than Work with any
single Aeon can provide. The third benefit is the Magickal Link among
the PanAeonic Magician and Initiates of all the various Traditions
based upon a particular Aeonic formula.
Such a Magickal Link is the basis of the worldwide neural system that
manifests our Racial Consciousness; the more varied and numerous the
participating individuals, the more intelligent the Racial
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