The Charge of the God
Listen now to the words of the Great Father, who of old was called Osiris, Adonis, Zeus,Thor, Pan, Cernunnos, Herne, Lugh and by many other names:
My Law is Harmony with all things. Mine is the secret that opens the gates of life and mine is the dish of salt of the earth that is the body of Cernunnos that is the eternal circle of rebirth. I give knowledge of life everlasting, and beyond death I give the promise of regeneration and renewal. I am the sacrifice, and my protection blankets the earth.
Hear the words of the Dancing God, the music of whose laughter stirs the winds, whose voice calls the seasons:
I who am the Lord of the Hunt, and the Power of Light, sun among the clouds and the secret of the flame, I call upon your bodies to arise and come unto me. For I am the flesh of the earth and all its beings.Through me all things must die and with me are reborn. Let my worship be in the body that sings, for behold, all acts of willing sacrifice are my rituals. Let there be desire and fear, anger and weakness, joy and peace, awe and longing within you. For these too are part of the mysteries found within yourself, within me, all beginnings have endings, and all endings have beginnings.
The Gift of the Sun
We have learned that the intuitive and healing qualities of the Moon is the natural attribution of the Goddess and so,the Sun is the representation of the strength of will often associated with the God. This is not to say that these archetypal energies are not found in the Deity of opposite gender; this is simply the general assignation used initially. The Charge of the God is a devotional that may be used during solar rites or as a daily devotional to the Gods and like its companion The Charge of the Goddess adds the power of calling into presence these specialized energies and bringing them into sacred space. The Charge is often used during the invocation to the God at a Sabbat and the Sabbats and workings that are done during those celebrations are generally categorized as Rites of Solar Magick.
When we choose to work with the energy of the planets, the Sun is a most powerful ally in that work. Rites that are specific to strengthening and empowering, the Fire Festivals of the Sabbats and Rites of Transformation are typical focuses when working with the energies of the Sun. A rite held on a SUN-day would correspond with the energy of the Sun. Astrologically, the month that holds the sign of Leo would also be a potent time to connect with the solar energies as the ruling planet of Leo is the Sun.
The Solar Eclipse
If during the workings of an Esbat a Solar Eclipse occurs there is added opportunity to enhance and uphold the working with the combined energies of Sun and Moon.
1999 Total Solar Eclipse Sequence
This sequence encompasses the entire eclipse from start to finish.
For An Excellent Explanation of the Science behind an Eclipse please check out this link: Mr. Eclipse
In Magickal working, a solar eclipse allows for the focus of energy at a point where time seems to pause for a moment; opening the potential for closer scrutiny.
“When a solar eclipse occurs, the Moon is passing between the Earth and the Sun, creating a New Moon as happens every month, but in this case – the alignment is perfect, the occultation of the Sun by our Moon is complete. In a total Solar Eclipse, the intensity of the New Moon is strong because she is so near to the earth, and also because for those amazing few minutes the power of the Sun is bursting out behind her. The luminaries share space in the same Astrological Sign – and there is great power within the energy of that sign.”
Liber Resh vel Helios
In our discussion of Lunar Magick I offered an alternative adoration entitled the Liber vel Hecate for your exploration and use. The Liber Resh vel Helios is a standard daily devotional within Thelemic practice….
“ Liber Resh vel Helios, by Aleister Crowley, comprises four daily adorations to the Sun, to be performed at dawn, noon, sunset, and midnight. The general object is to focus the conscious mind on the center of our solar system” … The Thelemapedia Encyclopedia.
Although the Liber Resh is more closely associated with the Aleister Crowley and Thelemite practice of Magick, it serves as example of how one could construct a series of adorations or devotionals that follow closely the cycle of the Sun through the day. The God Forms used are Egyptian, but crafting your own and using those God Forms that align with the Pantheon to which you have found the greatest affinity would make this exercise more personal in nature.
A word of note, however. Do not simply use your God’s name in place of the one used in the Liber and keep the rest of the adoration as is. This would create a working that would be not useful and energetically would not be compatible with the intent. Those attributions and adorations stated are specific to the Egyptian God for whom they were offered. So, with that in mind, you should create your own that contains the specific attributes and gifts of the Solar God you have chosen. Likewise, do not mix pantheons. The energies of each are very different and for this specific type of devotional work, you want the words of power to be concise, appropriate and meaningful within the container of the general energies of a particular pantheon and its history.
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Next Week’s Post
The Solar Cycles