The Maat Continuum

                                  by Sor.'.Nema
             published in "Cincinnati Journal of Ceremonial Magick"
                            Volume I, Number 5, 1983
                                 with permission
    Nema Kingdom Maat Continuum
    Time and Space are the basic qualities of Matter/Energy. With the proper keys, these qualities are available to the working of Will. Time and Space are plastic in the present, crystalline in the past, and fluid in the future. Consciousness affects the form of Space/Time. Each node of choice has a number of possible "histories" fanning out ahead of it; Willed choice determines probabilities, and Tao determines actualities. The past, for instance that of the species Man, is the record of probabilities chosen and actualized. The "paths not taken" continue their own divergent evolutions in dimensions created with and by their own coming-to-be. Our "mainstream reality" is approaching a serious node of choice. The future of our planet is at stake; we have the capacity of racial anihilation. One of the probable futures containsevolved Man - the human race at its next level of development - the planetary gestalt. Without sacrificing individuality, Man, in this particular reality, has acquired a Race Consciousness, an empathic interconnection of individual consciousness that constitutes a discrete individual persona. This mega individual has identified itself as N'Aton. N'Aton has made contact with its "ancestors" in the present Aeon of Horus. There have been previous contacts during the course of history, but these were necessarily indirect and disguised. The latest Equinox of the Gods has enabled N'Aton to be comprehended unmasked; the approaching node of choice has made it necessary that Initiates be given access to the Magickal Current from the Aeon of Maat. In "Nightside of Eden", Kenneth Grant refers to the forces of the Qlipoth massing beyond a Gateway thrown open by the use of nuclear weaponry. The aerial and underground detonations of nuclear explosives have changed the nature of our planetary planes, which now admit penetration by beings inimical to our survival and growth. If the planetary gestalt is to become the mainstream reality, then we must achieve the capacity of dealing with these entities. To this end, we have been loaned the methods of contacting the Maat Current and of uniting it with the 93 Current of Shaitan-Aiwass, a system of discipline that enables us to use the resultant Double Current in a soundly-earthed manner, and formulae applicable to all circumstances. While the major thrust of the Maat material is to racial evolution, the individual likewise benefits from the use and mastery of the Double Current. It is guaranteed that the serious practitioner will be changed by using the formulae of Maat. There is no guarantee, however, as to the nature and direction of this change. Complete self-honesty is mandatory from the outset; one must be a master of the Microcosm and be able to relinquish everything, especially the assumption of one's own "reality". Please understand also that the energies dealt with herein cannot be perverted to selfish ends; any attempt to do so will destroy the Magickian. The course toward Mastery in Maat is marked by the decrease and disappearance of one's self, and of all the acquisitions of that self. To those who "only work on the Astral", either be prepared to work on the physical plane or forget about contacting the Maat Current. It's necessary to earth these energies, lest one's vehicles be swept away by their force. The Temple, Altar and Weapons, in their larger sense, on one end of the Working, key in all the bodies in coordination, and should be regarded as the fulcrum for moving worlds. (The "larger sense" includes not only the actual items named, but that which is their extension and which the weapons symbolize: the Will, the Intuition, the Mind, the bodies and the Universe.) On the other end of the Working, one must achieve the sure grace of absence-in-action when the Current moves any particular event. To this end, the Hadit-point, or Observer, must be cultivated and used as the constant seat of consciousness. The results of a Maat-working occur through the Magickian, at his/her Will: presence of the Ego only serves to bias and distort the manifestation. If one's armory of Weapons is incomplete or neglected, the initial action of anyone intending to work with Maat is to remedy the situation. The Weapons are as much instruments of NoThing as is the Magickian. The methods of emptying-out oneself for the clear passage of the Magickal Current has nothing to do with passive mediumship. However, until one becomes accustomed to the process, and sure in one's mastery, it were well to banish the Temple thoroughly and regularly, lest there be interference (and perhaps obsession) by any existing entities. For this purpose, there has been given a banishment rite of Maat that has thus far proven satisfactory. This should be performed prior to any Maat-working. The Priest(ess) of Maat does not ordinarily work within a Circle; we are contiguous with the Universe and there are no dividing boundaries, in Truth. The energies employed in maatian ritual orbit the aura of the Magickian, unless and until they are released in a laser-type ray directed by Will. The banishment simply permits clarity of transmission and does not establish a traditional barrier. MAAT BANISHMENT Begin facing South, making an "X" vertically before you with the sword; do the same at each directional point. South: (X) In the name Shaitan S. E.: (X) In the name Heru-Pa-Kraat East: (X) In the name Ra-Hoor-Khuit N. E.: (X) In the name Hadit North: (X) In the name Nuit N. W.: (X) In the name Maat West: (X) In the name BABALON S. W.: (X) In the name Aiwass South: (X) (Forcefully): Begone, all elementals out of place. East: (X) Begone, all malignant entities North: (X) Begone, all who work contrary to the Double Current West: (X) Begone, all Ye who would interfere. Facing South, whirl the sword overhead thrice, chanting:: Shaitan-Aiwass! Shaitan-Aiwass! Shaitan-Aiwass! Hold the sword-hilt at the heart, pointing it outward horizontally. Turn 360* deosil, crying: "Anathema!" Again, beginning at the South, make the Mark of the Beast at each Station: South: (0) In the name Shaitan S.E.: (0) In the name Heru-Pa-Kraat East: (0) In the name Ra-Hoor-Khuit N. E.: (0) In the name Hadit North: (0) In the name Nuit N. W.: (0) In the name Maat West: (0) In the name BABALON S. W.: (0) In the name Aiwass After assembling the necessary implements and before consecrating them, one who Wills to work with the Double Current must first contact Maat, This is done in a simple ritual; the ritual is guaranteed effective for its purpose. Before giving its description, it must be stated that contacting Maat will begin changes within the consciousness. It will also increase the force and velocity of teaching-events, or Ordeals. The forms of these manifestations will vary individually; the force is the same in all cases. Do not approach this ritual without serious consideration and complete self-honesty. The results will demand of you your uttermost. If it be your Will to pursue the Magick of Maat, understand first the basic precepts. The general aim of all Maatian workings is to promote the evolution of Man, and of all sentient life. The general method of working is the shifting of the balance of prana in all forms, in the formula "By the same mouth ..." By speech and Silence, breath and sustenance, in the kiss and in the devouring, is Truth manifest. Maat is Truth, Justice, Righteousness and Balance. She is Air and Feather and is also the vulture. The Priest(ess) of Maat masters the Dance of the Mask, while at the same time knows that there is no Dancer. One undertakes self-discipline on all planes while keeping the awareness that act is performed without subject or object. Finally, it's to be understood that working with Maat will result in new experiences; one must be prepared for the unknown, yet remain skeptical of all experiences un til they are proven True. INVOCATION OF MAAT Position the body comfortably in relation to the Altar. Upon the Altar place a candle, and a feather standing upright in a small container. Align the candle-flame with the mouth, with the feather interposed. In such wise as to vibrate the feather without disturbing the flame, repeatedly pronounce the word IPSOS. It should begin aloud, in a clear, firm voice: then diminish to a whisper, then silence with the word eventually disappearing in its internal repetition. Any thoughts and images arising during the diminishing of the mantram should be allowed to pass, without effort being made against them. The influx of Maat is usually perceptible to consciousness. Again, each individual will experience it in his or her unique manner. The initial task following perception of the Maat Current is to unite it with the 93 Current of Shaitan-Aiwass within the Magickal Consciousness. This is the wedding of Love under Will to On-Going Balance. It is the union of direction to action; it is an act of Inner Silence, and will proceed correctly if not interfered with by the conscious Mind. The beginning of the union of the Double Current will be earthed firmly by the performance of the consecration ritual. It must be noted that all Maatian rituals must be permitted to continue their effect beyond the Temple confines. Unlike "Sunday Christians", the Priest(ess) of Maat lives constantly by the force and form of Truth: ritual is the core of the energies that manifest in the course of daily living. Maintain the consciousness within the Observer, the Hadit-point, the Witness. As soon as one becomes lost within the ecstacy of Maat, or in the icy heat of channeling, or in the perfection of Willed act, there is danger of identifying with the experience. There is nothing more seductive than the wielding of power. Only by constant awareness of its illusory nature can one remain Master of power and avoid becoming its slave. Mere intellectual apprehension of theory is insufficient in working the Double Current. The necessary intuitive leap occurs through total participation in ritual and daily living. The body, voice, senses, the mind, soul and emotions all achieve the required resonance by complete participation in ritual. Mental effort alone is not enough, nor will mechanically "going through the motions" serve to effect change according to Will. Temple Work alone will fall short of the mark. All one's acts - from making money to making love; in work, play, study, sleep; in stasis, in transit - in Truth - must be geared toward the doing of Will, in harmony with the rituals performed in the temple. Indifference in the Outer will retard, or perhaps negate, the flowing-toward-manifestation begun on the Inner. One should be mindful of diet, rest, exercise, and mood. Order well the Kingdom, then, so that the Work on planes above it maybe well-based. Indeed, there may be occasions when the Weapons and Temple are the only means to avoid disintegration into chaos. A Master's tools at all times should be trustworthy. CONSECRATION-DEDICATION RITE: 93/MAAT It is suggested the celebrant bathe and rinse the body with the traditional hyssop-water as a preceremonial ablution/preparation. The Temple shall be appointed and arranged as follows: The altar shall be bare. The Circle, which is the boundary of the Universe, shall be scribed astrally. About its circumference are arranged the following: To the South, the Wand and candleflame. To the West, the Chalice and vessel of water. To the North, the Pantacle and a small mound of earth. To the East, the Sword and the feather. Central is a vessel of oil (pure olive oil or one's personal scent); small quantities, in appropriate containers, of salt, rice, and milk; one's "badge of office" - robe, crown, or ring; a vessel of wine. Enter naked. Approach the Circle from the South, in the Sign of the Enterer. Walk the Circle deosil, and at the East, assume the gesture of Heru-Pa-Kraat. Banish, according to the rite given previously. Face the center of the Circle and proclaim: "Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law. "By the same mouth that declares the Law, shall the Will be spoken and the Work be vowed. "THELEMA! AGAPE! ABRAHADABRA! IPSOS!" Extend the arms upward, palms to the sky. "To NUIT! "By HADIT! "In the Name of RA-HOOR-KHUIT!" Proceed to the South, stand before Wand and candle flame, facing outward. Take up the Wand in the right hand, pass it through the flame, hold it aloft, saying: "This Wand is the weapon of my Will. It is the phallus of my spirit, the sceptre of my Kingdom." Turn to the center of the Circle, pour a few drops of oil upon the Wand, and return to the South, facing outward. Rub the oil into the Wand: as you do so, chant then Name SHAITAN-AIWASS - loudly at first, then diminishing to a whisper. Breathe the whispered Name into the Wand as you anoint it. Then: "In the Name SHAITAN-AIWASS, I will work for the manifestation of the Law of Thelema. I will work for the establishment of Truth, Balance and Justice in the Kingdom. I will work for the evolution of the Universe." Keep silence for a space, then, with Wand in hand, proceed to the West. Place the Wand before the Chalice. Take up the Chalice, ririse it with the water, hold it aloft, saying: "This Chalice is the weapon of my Love. It is the yoni of my spirit, the Graal of my Kingdom. " Proceed with the anointing as with the Wand, this time using the Name BABALON-MAAT. Then: "In the Name BABALON-MAAT, I love thee, NUIT, all that is, and is not! I love thee, Lord PAN, god of living beauty! I love thee, Man, sleeper in the night of pain and madness." Keep silence for a space, then, with Wand and Chalice, proceed to the North. Place the weapons before the Pantacle. Take up the Pantacle, rest it upon the earth, then hold it aloft, saying: "This Pantacle is the weapon of my Bodies. It is the Word of my spirit, the seal of my Kingdom." Proceed with the anointing as above, using the Name NUIT-HADIT. Then: "In the Name NUIT-HADIT, I am King and Mage. I am Priest, Hermit, Warrior, and Fool. I am the Dancer of the Mask; the Mask conceals nothing." Keep silence for a space. Then, with the three weapons, proceed to the East. Place them before the Sword. Take up the Sword, touch it to the feather, hold it aloft. saying: "This Sword is the weapon of my Mind. It is the sentinel of my spirit, the warrior of my Kingdom." Proceed with the anointing as above, using the Name HERU-RA-HA. Then: "In the Name HERU-RA-HA, I know that we dream as we dance. I know the Law that governs the play of the dream. I know that I am as much illusion as the rest of the Dream." Leaving the weapons assembled in the East, return to the center. Anoint the Chakras with the oil, saying: (At base of spine) "I dedicate and consecrate my body of flesh to the Great Work. I will keep it in strength and health to this end." (Genitals ) "I dedicate and consecrate my astral body and sexual power to the Great Work. I will make love only under Will, and always to NUIT." (Navel) "I dedicate and consecrate my etheric body and my Chi to the Great Work. I will fight as warrior and brother, and will strike low and hard." (Heart) "I dedicate and consecrate my complete identity, Inner and Outer, to the Great Work. All that I am, yea, to the last drop of blood, I pour into the Chalice of our Lady BABALON." (Throat) "I dedicate and consecrate my speech and my silence to the Great Work. I will speak only Truth, and keep silence forever within." (Third Eye ) "I dedicate and consecrate my vision to the Great Work. I will behold all things with clarity, making no difference between any one thing and any other thing, soever." (Back of skull) "I dedicate and consecrate my Observer, the True Self, to the Great Work. I will accept my non-existence, and again become Tao." (Top of skull) Silence. Put on the ring/crown/robe. Take up the vessels of salt, rice and milk. Beginning at the South, cast a few grains/drops beyond the circle at each compass-point, saying. "To thee, SHAITAN-AIWASS, are the kingdoms of the Kingdom." (West) "To thee, BABALON-MAAT, are the kingdoms of the Kingdom." (North) "To thee, NUIT-HADIT, are the kingdoms of the Kingdom." (East) "To thee, HERU-RA-HA, are the kingdoms of the Kingdom." Return to the center with the vessels. Take the wine to the East. Pour wine into the Chalice. Take up the Wand, and proceed with VIII*, making sure the Elixir flows onto the Wand. Transfer the Elixir to the wine: using the Wand, stir to commingle. Dip the Sword-point into the Chalice, so the fluid runs down the blade. Spill a few drops upon the Pantacle. Turn to the center of the Circle, holding the Chalice in the left hand, the Wand in the right, and declare: "I will pursue the Great Work to its completion. I will continue from life to life, from world to world; yea, until the end of Time, until the evolution of the Universe be domplete. This is my Work, my Word, my Will, my Love." "ABRAHADABRA" "IPSOS." Drink from the Chalice, to the final drop. Place the weapons upon the Altar. "So mote it be. "Love is the law, love under will. The closing banishment is done by making the Mark of the Beast at each station deosil, as follows: South: (0) In the Name SHAITAN S. W.: (0) In the Name AIWASS We st: (0) In the Name BABALON N. W.: (0) In the Name MAAT North: (0) In the Name NUIT N. E.: (0) In the Name HADIT East: (0) In the Name RA-HOOR-KHUIT S. E.: (0) In the Name HERU-PA-KRAAT.

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