Saturday, September 12, 2009

The Jewel of a Theoricus Adeptus Minor

The Ring
Jewel of a Theoricus Adeptus Minor

Multi-Media cardboard, paper and pen & ink.
Created by VH Frater YShY, Fall 2009

The Jewel of a Theoricus Adeptus Minor is the Ring, from the Ring and Disk of a ThAM. As the ThAM studies the 1 = 10 grade, so too is the Jewel is hung by a ribbon of white, or the four colors of Malkuth. The colors of the ring are attributed to the elements, and are the three primaries and black (or alternately the three primaries and instead of black, the four colors of Malkuth). This use of primary colour is to show that to the ThAM the elements are not as intermingled as they were to the ZAM, who (apart from white charges) uses the earth tones in the creation of the earth disk of that sub-grade.

A cross between a pendulum and the Ouija board, I have never been a tremendous supporter of the Ring and Disk as it smacks of the table turning and spirit seances popular in the Fin du siecle. Not that this means it should be excluded, it has its place. In my opinion, and speaking only from my own experiences, I have had equal but different successes with the Enochian system. Enochian seems better suited for full conversations, while The Ring and Disk is best to receive certain formula by way of specific words and quotes, information some magicians have less success gathering through scrying. For some reason, Enochian magicians have not all learned the trick of automatic writing while scrying, a technique already touched upon in a post below, and therefore the Ring and Disk are more useful for very specific words to be received. It is for this reason I do recommend both types of working.

The divine name upon it in white is Eheieh, meaning "I AM", and which among other things, is attributed to Kether, the first sphere and the numeral one in 1 = 10.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Complete Rose Cross

The Complete Rose Cross of the R.R. et A.C.
Jewel of a Zelator Adeptus Minor

Multi-Media cardboard and acrylic.
Created by VH Frater YShY, March 2001ev.

The Jewel of a Zelator Adeptus Minor is the Complete Rose Cross, which is a key to all the solitary R.R. et A.C. rituals.

The cardboard used is actually book-board, and about 1/8" thick. It is five layers of card, built up to make the petals of the rose three-dimensional, which also makes the overall depth 5/8" thick. You can see this by clicking on the high resolution photo, where the camera angle shows the petal of lamed slightly blocking the glyph of Saturn at the top point of the hexagram. If I was ever to undertake the creation of this Jewel again, I would use MDF or wood for the cross, and finish the rose the same way with the book-board. This would make a slightly sturdier device, as it is beginning to show slight signs of wear from use.

This is the latest CRC I have constructed, the first one was completed in 1993, and the first paint version in 1994. I may scan and post these later to show some artistic progression. In my opinion, this is by far the best. These jewels do wear down a bit over the years, and the colors fade a lot over time. While I believe that it is good to hone ones skills at the art, I have taken a bit of a break from re-making this item for the time being.