Re: the Headless Rite, first some perspective.
The last time I performed it was on 23 October 2017 in Paris. I adapted Gordon White's version given in his Chaos Protocols
, rewriting his invocation of the four demonic kings to correspond with information on them in Poke Runyon's Book of Solomon's Magick
, including their sigils. The immediate outcome was interesting but not altogether pleasant.
Now over 9 months have passed. In that time, I've performed 121 magical workings for myself and for others. Of these, there was one direct failure and four outcomes that could not be verified. My results timeline, in most cases, runs to 3 months at the longest, which is admittedly an arbitrary limit, but imposing a timeline for your workings is a great way to stay sane and avoid lust of result. I mention these numbers not to toot my own horn but to point out that, because I keep track, I can say that the success rate of my operative work increased noticeably after performing the Headless Rite.
So I'm thinking about another performance of this. This time, I'm going to use the version given in Dr. Stephen Flowers' Hermetic Magic
on page 182, "The Stele of Jeu the Hieroglyphist or the Rite of the Headless One" (PGM V.96-172, 350 C.E.). It's simpler and I will not be invoking the four demon kings. However, I will be using the "General Magical Invocation" (PGM V.459-189, 350 C.E.), given on page 196 as a frame ritual.The Invitation
The members of Studio Arcanis are also invited to perform a version of The Headless Rite, whether they prefer Liber Samekh
, Gordon's version, Dr. Flowers' version, or some other. The performance does not have to be synchronous. I will include a sigil in this thread at some point, maybe this evening, that will bind all workings of this together to accomplish three things: (1) amplified power in the outcomes for all participating magi
; (2) benefits accruing to Studio Arcanis itself as a magical entity
(if you know what I'm talking about here, you need not ask / if you don't know, don't ask); and (3) a greater sense of community here
. I firmly believe (along with a few of the old timers from EM), that this forum has potential not only as a knowledge resource, but also a powerful magical engine. So I'd like to see a bit more collaboration. Instead of complaining about it, I've decided to step up. There are only three working rules I ask the participants to observe
1. No whining
. If "shit jumps off" in your life as a result of performing this ritual, don't blame me or SA. Blame your unresolved baggage, daddy, or karma. Suburban housewitch phobias about "threefold return" and "blowback" have no place in an advanced forum. If stupidity were painful, mentioning this would be largely unnecessary. Unfortunately, it needs to be said.
2. Report your results
. Look at how I have written this post. First, I give background on what I did, where, and why I performed the rite. Then I talk about the praxis I intend to use. Then I speculate about the outcomes / theories. If you use that model, you will be offering at least something to others here from your hard work.
3. Try to keep the UPG to a minimum
. Obviously, you're going to have to report your subjective impressions as well as the objective steps you took to do this work. But if Ronald Reagan shows up in a gold Cadillac to take you to Aleister Crowley's Enochian rumpus room in the fifth level of Baator or whatever, maybe ask whether that is going to be of any use to your colleagues here. Similarly, if you scare yourself silly in the process of doing this, try not to foam at the mouth too much on these forums. The bottom line is providing value to the community.
I want this to be a useful experience, but any kind of "initiatory magic" takes an investment of time, focus, and consideration. If you want to be part of this, please feel welcome.
I discuss my earlier experience of the Headless Rite in these threads: http://www.studioarcanis.com/viewtopic.php?p=193176#p193176http://www.studioarcanis.com/viewtopic.php?p=181220#p181220
↑ I'm pretty hard on the ritual in these comments, but I do believe the benefits outweigh (and, at least for me, have outweighed) the costs.
Download an excellent template from the original rite in the PGM from The Scribbler here:https://seethingamongthesuits.wordpress.com/2016/05/10/a-headless-ritual-template/
“Be like the cliff against which the waves continually break; but it stands firm and tames the fury of the water around it.” — Marcus Aurelius