Sub Rosa Nigra
Transubstantiation

By Frater Mercurius

based on a magical formula from Mysteria Magica: Fundamental Techniques of High Magick (Vol. V The Magical Philosophy)

Tides

As most potent for the working.

Two offices: Magus (representing the Principle of Pneuma, and triune Principles in balance)

Ensor (representing the Principle of Sarx)

Basic robe, etc. Topaz Lamen.

Bomos

Bomos slightly to East of center, so that the operator when standing at center is directly before it. Traditionally, the drape for this Magical Solar Mass is chosen from the following:- white, yellow, gold, red and gold, blue and gold, white and gold. The operator makes his choice to express either a particular interpretation of the rite itself, or the keynote of any program of work in hand. Equipment placed upon Bomos to be arranged with due balance, each piece suitably for use from eastern or western side as required.

Equipment (essential requirements)

  1. Mystical Tessera

  2. Patella and Goblet (these vessels of any preferred material and design, to hold bread and wine respectively)

  3. Great Wand

  4. Sword (not to be placed upon Bomos)

  5. Veil of white linen

  6. A small table, bare or covered with a white drape, is placed at the western limit of the place of working. The Goblet and Patella are set here initially, the Goblet containing red wine, the Patella containing bread. These two vessels should be placed side by side upon the table, the Goblet towards the North, thus to the right when the table is approached from the center. N.B. The Grail is not to be used for this working.

Incense and Lights

As deemed fitting and desirable.



(THE DYADIC RITE)
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1. The Astral Defenses. Setting of the Wards of Adamant

2. Constellation.

Station at East of Bomos facing East. 2nd Formula Clavis Rei Primae.

A three part invocation of "the Worshipped."

North of Bomos facing East, Lady Leukothea; Ensor

Certain as the morning, established as the fertile plains, she awaits time without time. She contemplates that which comes to pass in beauty and stillness as of the mountain summits that gaze into heaven’s height. As the calm brightness of the lake, taking to itself the hue of day and of night, so without changing is she transfigured. As the depth of the ocean, as the tranquil swell of the waters, so reast the soul of earth in the presence of inspiration divine.”



South of Bomos facing East, Lord Melanotheos; Magus

Behold, as lightning’s fire descends to earth or red flame leaps from earth to the celestial vault, so does he speed. As the rushing of wind, as the high song that calls above the valleys, as its wild song that cries among the branches, so does he exult. As the whirling dance of the storm, so the victorious spirit moves all things as he wills. Even thus is the triumph of divinity, over, and through, and entwined with all.”



HA: Join hands, together

Hear now concerning the king of intellectual fire. Hear concerning the giver of light, the master who holds the key of the fountain which sustains life. And who makes the flow from on high, into the terrestrial worlds, the powers of life and of increase. He dwells above the aether, his throne is the center, and his ensign is an effulgent circle, yea the heart of the world. With sustaining power he fills all things, and evolves within man the light of the mind.”


3. The Spirit.

West of Bomos facing East. 2nd Formula Clavis Rei Primae.

"Crown of Twelve Rays"; Magus
"Ancient and potent Protector, Agathodaimon, hail: we adore thee and thee we invoke.
Glorious Serpent-God, encircling the Equal Cross, Knouphis--Agathodaimon, hail: we adore thee and thee we invoke.
Abundant goodness bestowing, Agathodaimon, hail: we adore thee and thee we invoke.
Terrible invincible God, Knouphis-Agathodaimon, hail: we adore thee and thee we invoke.
Holy Shepherd of thy People, Agathodaimon, hail: we adore thee and thee we invoke.
O thou Winged Splendor with broad pinions of emerald and gold. Knouphis-Agathodaimon, hail: we adore thee and thee we invoke.
Divine Priest of the Sun, thou white and scintillant, Agathodaimon, hail: we adore thee and thee we invoke.
Aid of the Seeker for Truth, Knouphis-Agathodaimon, hail: we adore thee and thee we invoke.
Immortal Guide of the Wise, Agathodaimon, hail: we adore thee and thee we invoke.
Mighty Champion of the Way, Knouphis-Agathodaimon, hail,: we adore thee and thee we invoke.
Orient Spirit of Light, Agathodaimon, hail: we adore thee and thee we invoke.
Now and ever blessed, crowned with the Crown of Twelve Rays, Knouphis-Agathodaimon, hail: we exalt thee!"

4. The Telling of Joy.

Magus goes to the eastern limit of the place of working, facing West. Ensor, West facing east.

Magus: This is the joy of the Priest-initiates of the Glorious Star:

Ensor: The Sacrament of the Sun and the Ecstasy of the Snake.

Magus: This is the joy of the Lords of Topaz: the Indwelling Fire and the Irradiation of the Temple.

Ensor: This is the joy of the God: the conjoined Ecstasy of Adorer and Adored in the Rite of Agathodaimon.

Both: And these things shall be.

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5. Stella Gloriosa.

Magus goes to West of Bomos, facing East. Ensor stays in place, to left of Magus. Ogdoadic Catena.

BOTH: Salutation and again salutation in the splendor of the Star which unites us.

MAGUS:O you High Guardians, Hidden Adepti, Dwellers in Eternity: you have given signs and you have shown wonders, and you have revealed yourselves unto your children.

BOTH: EN GIRO TORTE SOL CICLOS ET ROTOR IGNE

The Spiritual Sun has turned the Ages in a Circle and is their Mover with Fire!

Such are the Words, such is the Greeting!

MAGUS: In the bond of Holy Light, by the coming forth of the Phoenix and by the effulgence of the Morning Star do we call upon you, High Guardians, we who are the continuators of your Work: O Luminous Ones, behold and hear us. Not without our own questing do we seek Gnosis, nor without our own endeavor to achieve the Supreme Good: but that the sowing shall be crowned in the harvest. For oneness of purpose do we call unto you, for that joy of resolve, which is the wine of the will, transforming all that was strange to it. For living light and for luminous life do we call unto you, O Hidden High Ones! So Light and Life shall be drawn at last to the radiance of one Star, and that Star shall mount to the unshadowed height.

Both move to Witness on Tessera

6. Gnosco.

Here are affirmed Spiritual principles. Magus

O Gods, ye who guide the course of holy Wisdom, hear me!

Ye who kindle in human souls the flame of return, who lead them back to the immortals: ye who bestow in your festal songs which are ancient initiations, the power to win free from the dark cavern of ignorance.

Hear me, lords of freedom!

Grant me by knowledge of the hold writings, by dispersal of the night which encircles, a high and true perception, that I may truly know the incorruptible God, and the Man that I am.

Let me never as a supreme misfortune, in forgetfulness turn my face from you, never may a dread retribution bind me to earthly life, or my soul to its icy deep, for my desire is not to linger therein.

Hear me, O Gods, Sovereigns of radiant wisdom, and reveal to one who hastens on the ascending path of return, the ecstasies and the initiations which are enshrouded in the divine words.



7. The Enfolder. (Ensor hold script for Magus)

The Holy One shall arise. And his voice shall cry in the dawn, yea, his mighty voice shall cry in the dawn. He shall go forth in his name Knouphis and his crown of light shall enkindle the worlds. A thousand Aeons shall adore him, and men shall seek death. The earth shall tremble, the voice of the Holy One shall sound in the tempest (face west) The Gnostic shall stand in contemplation (wand posture) He shall lift up his hands in adoration (raise arms) Above him shall be the Diadem of Light (formulate Ophiomorphic godform) and these shall be the words of the Gnostic, ‘Terror and vastness are about me, but the broad wings of the serpent enfold me. The fleeing darkness is before me, but I keep in concealment the glory which is mine. And time is not yet when I shall unveil my face. Yet I stand in majesty and power and bliss unending.’ These shall be the words of the Gnostic in adoration of the Holy One.”

Posture to be dismissed, Magus to withdraw from formulation, re-centering on his magical personality.

8. The Elements.

West of Bomos, and to face West

Bread and Wine are now to be brought from West to West of Bomos.

Magus takes up Goblet in right hand, Ensor takes up Patella in left. Places items on Bomos

Magus takes up Goblet (Right) and Patella (Left)

Anthropomorphic God-form of the Agathodaimon

Turn deosil through 270"

Proceed deosil circumambulation

Facing East across Bomos, place bread and wine East of its center.

Magus to withdraw from the formulation, re-centering on his magical personality.

(THE TRIADIC RITE)
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9. Dedication.

Hands upon Goblet and Patella. Magus:

I declare these elements of bread and wine to be the destined focal point in time and space for the divine power, in the presence of Agathodaimon.”

10. Dedication. Magus

Psi gesture

Hymnodia Krypte.

HAI DUNAMEIS HAI EN EMOI,
HYMNEITE TO HEN KAI TO PAN.
SUNAISATE TO THELEMATI MOU,
PASAI HAI EN EMOI DUNAMEIS.
GNOSIS HAGIA, PHOTISTHEIS APO SOU,
DIA SOU TO NOETON PHOS HUMNON
ChAIRO EN ChAIRAI NOU.
PASAI DUNAMEIS HUMNEITE SUN EMOI.

Fold his arms across his breast, left over right

11. The Lady.

Magus goes to East of Bomos facing West. Raise slightly from Bomos the Goblet and Patella (Goblet in his left hand), and to celebrate, in what form he will, the natural dignity of the Creatures of Bread and Wine, sacred to Leukothea (in her earth-aspect) in their own right. Vessels to be replaced.

Ensor to take up the Sword and, standing at eastern side of Bomos, to trace with the Sword a threefold widdershins circle encompassing both vessels upon Bomos. Sword is replaced. Ensor raises hands, palm downward, slightly above the vessels; and declares:

In the holy and dread name Aiana, and with celebration of her spirit, I solemnly declare that we here set these creatures of bread and wine apart form the uses of mere earthly nourishment and refreshment.

Remaining at eastern side of Bomos, Magus to assume the anthropomorphic God-form of the Agathodaimon: in this formulation he is to turn deosil through 270", and without pause to proceed deosil about Bomos to its western side, there to face East across it. Maintaining the formulation, Magus to take up the vessels containing the elements (Goblet in his right hand), to turn deosil through 270", to proceed deosil around the Bomos to its eastern side, there to make a turn deosil to face the East .

Still in the formulation, Magus to raise both vessels simultaneously to the level of his brow-center. Continuing to hold vessels thus, he is to withdraw from the Agathodaimon formulation, re-centering on his magical personality. Magus:

In the sweet and powerful name of Aglaia, and with all due praise unto her, I do solemnly affirm that these Creatures of Bread and Wine, having been duly set apart, and now having been by the Agathodaimon raised up in service to the Light, are worthy to fulfill their destined spiritual purpose.



Vessels to be lowered. Magus to turn about deosil to face West, and place vessels again upon Bomos. (Goblet and Patella will now have exchanged places from their previous positions upon the Bomos.)

Casmen I: Ensor

Thus shall the praises sound of Leukothea; ever thus while praise shall be:- The crystal-flashing splendour of her love pervades all things, nourishing and renewing. Of her bounty she gives secret dew into an earthen cup. those who love her drink deeply of it, and she casts around them the brightness of her regard. Where is the Great Serpent, where is he, her Lord? She has over-come him, she has shattered his fangs: from her womb is he born anew, a toothless babe. Yet is she Ally of the Strong, a mighty helper to the Sons and Daughters of Gnosis. Before the white-fire face of the Moon she chants in shadow, and the Moon's self stoops to hear the song of allurement. Before the white-fire face of the Moon she chants; and a lone devotee, ensorcelled, staff broken and magick set at naught, casts himself, powerless, into the dark gulf of her being. Thus without choice he waits, until the vision of splendour and flame arise, and wisdom be his, or madness. Upon her palm the single flame quivers, seeming air-nurtured. Hand upon hand. Sign most awesome. The beryl-stone in her circlet becomes a pool filled with waters of compassion and clear vision; whoso gazes therein shall mount a winged steed. The crystal-flashing splendour of her love pervades all things, nourishing and renewing.

12. The Lord.

Magus to take Great Wand in right hand, and to make one deosil circumambulation of the Bomos. Again facing West, with the Great Wand Magus to trace an equal-armed cross: the first line from South to North above the two vessels, the second descending vertically between them. Great Wand to be replaced.

Magus to raise his hands, palm downward, slightly above the vessels,

In the name of Melanotheos, and with all due honor to him, I solemnly bless these creatures of bread and wine

Casmen II: Magus

Hear of the Oracles concerning Melanotheos.
He is the pursuer of all who seek him not:
They awaken, they turn to find what has bestirred them;
But he has withdrawn. Beyond the deep of night he has withdrawn.
To the imaging of the mind's lone seeking
The Unmanifest seems as the myriad flame-particles which shadow forth his being.
One only is there, one in all her forms, to whom without cease he draws nigh.
She whom he seeks is found, and sought, and found in all worlds to Time's ending.
Therefore as a quest is Existence transmitted to all;
Therefore is Love the pulse of all being, and the lance of Light is the source of life.
In silence and darkness he moves
But that which he has wrought shines in flame, dances in water,
And to all who know him through that which he has wrought, the Father of All is manifold:
The thronging Star-Lords, Daimones,
The glittering dew of heaven imaging the seed-horde of godhead -
The myriad of the star-host in the body of the Goddess of Infinite Space.
She gives her oneness to that multitude, for to her he is one,
And the Gnostic for whom she is Wisdom knows him as one, Melanotheos.
Io, Melanotheos!
Daimones Poliastres, Io!

13. The Circled Cross.

Energization of self by 2nd Formula Clavis Rei Primae.

Magus to take Great Wand in right hand and to proceed deosil round Bomos to face East across it. The elements are now to be charged, thus: with Great Wand, trace a circled cross horizontally above the vessels containing the elements, and, while tracing each line, to vibrate the appropriate Divine Name:

A straight line from North to South, Magus: LEUKOTHEA

A straight line from East to West, of equal length to the first, Magus: MELANOTHEOS

A circle, deosil, enclosing the cross, beginning and ending East, Magus: AGATHODAIMON

Great Wand to be replaced.

14. The High Invocation. Magus:

Thee we invoke, the sacred flame that abideth in holy and luminous silence. The the light of the great gods and the life of the worlds. Thee the might and shining one, whose spirit filleth all things and whose holy fire is invoked in every sanctuary under the heavens. We would ask your assistance in the perfect accomplishment of this operation of the light, this mystery of the Agathodaimon.

15. The Solemn Affirmation.

Station East of Bomos facing West. Magus to assume Anthropomorphic God-form of the Agathodaimon. Maintaining the formulation, raise Patella in both hands and to vibrate the Latin Words of Affirmation:

EGO AGATHODAEMON

I, Agathodaimon,

HUNC DONUM PARATUM TOLLERS

raising this prepared gift,

SARCIO HUNC PAREM

decree this Bread

CORPUS MEUM VERUM ESSE.

to be my very Body.

Patella to be replaced. take up Goblet in both hands, and, still in the formulation, to vibrate the Latin Words of Affirmation:-

EGO AGATHODAEMON

I, Agathodaimon,

HUNC DONUM PARATUM TOLLERS

raising this prepared gift

SARCIO HUNC VIRUM

decree this Wine

SANGUEN MEUM VERUM ESSE.

to be my very Blood.





Goblet to be replaced. Magus to withdraw from formulation, recentering on his magical personality.

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16. Orante Formula.

Both to project upon the consecrated elements, the Bread first, then the Wine, by means of the Orante Formula.

17. "En Deus Est, Deus Est"

Proclamation of the Presence. Together

18. "En Deus Est, Deus Est"

At this point is to follow some action in honor of the very-present Deity: the manner of this action is to be as preferred. Meditation, silent or spoken adoration, intoned praise, ceremonial devotion, joyful song, music, ecstatic dance: any or all of these things, or any other thing which the jubilant imagination may devise, can rightfully find place here.

19. Daps Dei.

Participants stand East of Bomos, facing West across it. The consecrated elements are now to be consumed. The following utterances (in Latin or in English), or any others preferred, may be employed, and whatever ceremonial gesture is deemed fitting or felt to be expressive may be introduced:

Having taken Bread, and immediately before consuming it:

TU O AGATHODAEMON

Thou, O Agathodaimon,

TU LUCIS SERPENS MIRABILIS

thou the marvelous Serpent of Light,

O TU REFULGENS TU BENIGNE

thou refulgent thou benign,

IN ME MANE.

dwell within me.

Having taken Wine, and immediately before consuming it.

TU O AGATHODAEMON

Thou, O Agathodaimon,

TU LUCIS SERPENS MIRABILIS

thou the marvelous Serpent of Light,

O TU REFULGENS TU BENIGNE

thou refulgent thou benign,

UT FLAMMA ME CORRIPE.

sieze upon me as flame.

20. l am He.

After a pause, the empty vessels are to be covered with the white linen. Together

Thou who art Thou! We adore thee and thee we invoke.

Grant to us, Thy children, Thy blessing and Thine aid, that we may fulfill more effectively our parts in Thy Divine Plan.

21. Stella Regenerationis.

After a pause, both to move to West of Bomos and to face East across it.

BOTH: Salutation and again salutation in the splendor of the Star which unites us.

MAGUS:O you High Guardians, Hidden Adepti, Dwellers in Eternity: you have given signs and you have shown wonders, and you have revealed yourselves unto your children.

BOTH: EN GIRO TORTE SOL CICLOS ET ROTOR IGNE

The Spiritual Sun has turned the Ages in a Circle and is their Mover with Fire!

Such are the Words, such is the Greeting!

Witness on Tessera

22. Konx om pax

Here may follow any desired valediction.