First Ritual of Five Senses

I’ve decided to write a very basic ritual using the glyphs I created for the senses. The objective is to create a simple practice, possible to do daily, which accustoms the unconscious mind to the notion of manifestation. While I do not recommend casting this ritual in a public bathroom stall, it was designed so that one could, if need be.

The framework upon which this ritual is founded will produce a variety of similar rituals of varying complexity, each building upon the previous, allowing for a deeper connection to the concepts in question. This will allow the practitioner to get their feet wet gradually, slowly adding on layers of meaning and power, for the least possible chance of unconscious sabotage. This very first ritual is designed to simply be practice for wielding the energies. No manifestation is expected to occur during this ritual, and a boundary is cast to keep extraneous presences out. Hopefully, by removing expectations of a certain outcome, we can focus on becoming conversant with the powers at hand.

Note: The ritual is written for the right-handed person. A left handed person should flip the temple space horizontally from what is shown below, work anti-clockwise instead of clockwise, and draw the sigils with the left hand, working from left to right (to invoke), and undraw with the right hand, working from right to left (to remove the sigils). The dominant hand tends to be the projective hand, the off-hand tends to be more receptive.  

The Arrangement of The Sacred Space

The ritual uses a five-point arrangement which is not as immediately intuitive as the standard four-directional one, but if the caster is in a square room, the walls may be used as a guide, as follows:

Using_the_walls

For ease, I recommend taking the midpoint of the eastern wall for Sight, the midpoint of the south and north walls for Sound and Smell, respectively, and the two corners in the West wall for Taste and Touch. If you are outdoors, simply grab a few natural objects to mark the locations.

The senses are arranged according to density. The top is least dense, and on each of the subsequent two tiers, the right one is less dense than the left. I had an argument with myself about whether it was Light or Sound that was the least dense, but Light is the most mysterious. It’s a particle and a wave, it can split into two without losing anything, and the halves could be lightyears apart and remain entangled. Sound makes booms. It can be felt in the bones. Smell requires chemical material to be received, but it is through the air. Taste is generally through a liquid medium. Touch is generally very solid.

This arrangement causes density to settle in the West, and indeed, physical things are most subject to the forces of Death, associated with that direction in Greek mythos (as well as many others). I readily admit that an equally valid approach is to hail the senses in the order of their density, rather than creating such a gradient.

The Ritual

Firstly, trace a boundary around the perimeter with your finger (or dagger, if you like) in black fire. If indoors, trace where the wall meets the floor, rather than casting a circle. Imagine that line growing, creating a hollow container/barrier the exact three-dimensional shape of the room you are in, or a sphere, if you are outdoors.

Stand in the center of the space to start.

Take stock of how solid the objects around you are. Push against the solidity of the matter with your mind. Wrap your mind around that quality of solidness. As you breathe in, imagine breathing in the strength of your physical environment. As you breathe out, radiate that energy, imagining yourself glowing with it in a bright golden color. Take seven such breaths, of more, if you need to. This is the energy you will be wielding in this rite.

Walk to the first point. 

At the first point (midpoint of the eastern wall), trace the glyph for Sight in the air, working with your right hand from right to left. Imagine the glyph shining with golden fire. 

Pictogram of an eye, meant to represent the sense of Sight.

Project into the glyph and say, “Hail Opsis! Hail to the Guardian of Sight. Hail, color and light, pattern and paralax. Hail the power to distinguish form. Opsis, I give you permission, within this space, to show me non-physical things as physical. I give consent for my household gods to manifest to me within this space as physical beings until such time as I break this circle by undrawing it or by walking outside of it.”

At the second point (midpoint of the southern wall), trace the glyph for Sound in the air, working with your right hand from right to left. Imagine the glyph shining with golden fire. Trace a line from this point to the next one. 

Sound

Project into the glyph and say, “Hail Akon! Hail to the Guardian of Sound. Hail the grinding of stones, the falling of rain, the crying of birds, and the sounding of the lyre! Akon, I give you permission, within this space, to show me non-physical things as physical. I give consent for my household gods to manifest to me within this space as physical beings until such time as I break this circle by undrawing it or by walking outside of it.”

At the third point (the south-western corner), trace the glyph for Taste in the air, working with your right hand from right to left. Imagine the glyph shining with golden fire. Trace a line from this point to the next one. 

Taste

Project into the glyph and say, “Hail Geuma! Hail to the Guardian of Taste. Hail, the power by which chocolate is made tasty! Hail the sting of wine and sumptuous sweetness of berries. Geuma, I give you permission, within this space, to show me non-physical things as physical. I give consent for my household gods to manifest to me within this space as physical beings until such time as I break this circle by undrawing it or by walking outside of it.”

At the fourth point (the north-western corner), trace the glyph for Touch in the air, working with your right hand from right to left. Imagine the glyph shining with golden fire. Trace a line from this point to the next one. 

Touch

Project into the glyph and say, “Hail Haphei! Hail to the Guardian of Touch. Hail, sensuality! Hail the highest of physical pleasures. The embrace of friend or lover, the gentle breeze that caresses the skin, hail. Haphei, I give you permission, within this space, to show me non-physical things as physical. I give consent for my household gods to manifest to me within this space as physical beings until such time as I break this circle by undrawing it or by walking outside of it.”

At the fifth point (the midpoint of the northern wall), trace the glyph for Smell in the air, working with your right hand from right to left. Imagine the glyph shining with golden fire. Trace a line from this point to the next one. 

Smell

Project into the glyph and say, “Hail Osphreisis! Hail to the Guardian of Smell. Hail, the subtle and sweet stirring of memory, baking bread, a lover’s perfume, salt spray and freshly clipped grass. Osphreisis, I give you permission, within this space, to show me non-physical things as physical. I give consent for my household gods to manifest to me within this space as physical beings until such time as I break this circle by undrawing it or by walking outside of it.”

Trace a line from this point to the first point on the eastern wall. Touch the glyph of Sight lightly with your finger. 

When you are done, undraw the glyphs from left to right, working counter-clockwise around the space. Collapse the boundary of black fire back into a line, and let the energy fall to the ground, imagining it sinking deep into the earth, becoming cool and calm. Your circle is now closed.

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