Ok, ok. Not Horcruxes. Consecrated Hermai, actually– but check out what I did, here.

So, you might be asking yourself, “what’s the point of this five senses ritual you’ve got going?” The idea in invoking the five senses directly, in the same way that someone else might wield the four (or five) elements, is that you are directly acting upon perception, namely your own. This will hopefully change the way that you perceive a deity, or deities, perhaps leading to more intense and multi-sensory experiences.

First, I assembled a few different objects, representing the five senses:

An altar with tools for the five senses: a candle for Sight, incense for Smell, some white wine for Taste, a feather for Touch, a tuning fork for Sound.
An altar with tools for the five senses: a candle for Sight, incense for Smell, some white wine for Taste, a feather for Touch, a tuning fork for Sound.

I did a modified version of this ritual for an opening.

Then, I laid out the dishes of stones and the tools in question in the five directions.

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For Sight, I laid out a dish of stones which were clear and engraved with colorful ink. When held up to the candle, representing the power of Sight, the stones would change their visual appearance.

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I held them up to the light of the candle, and consecrated them to Hermes, channeling the power of sight into the stones for his use.

For Sound, I laid out the stones in a sort of bell shaped container.

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The tuning fork was struck and touched to the stones with it, using this to channel the power of Sound into the stones, which were then likewise consecrated.

For Taste, I had a quaich designed for drinking out of.

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I dipped my finger into the wine then touched the stones to transfer the power of that sense into them. The stones were then likewise consecrated to Hermes.

For Touch, I included some coins in the dish, to represent the material pleasures gained through money, soft silks, feathers, finery, professional massages, etc.

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I ran the feather as well as the sharp tip of this quill over my skin to summon up the visceral sense of touch and channeled that power into the stones, which were then, again, consecrated to Hermes.

Lastly, I laid out blue stones, which reminded me of the sky and therefore air, for Smell.

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I blew the smoke onto the rocks, since, by this point, the whole room smelled of incense, and thereby channeled the power of Smell into the stones.

These five dishes were then laid out in five discrete spots in one particular room in my house.

If this shows promise, results-wise, I’ll write an update, and maybe post the ritual I used to consecrate the stones.