The Headless One by Jake Stratton-Kent

By Jake Stratton-Kent

100 and sixty years after its preliminary e-book, Jake Stratton-Kent reinvigorates the ritual of the Headless One with a brand new analysis.

The ritual of the Headless One tested during this advisor has been the most very important in sleek magic for a hundred and sixty years. Originating within the Magical Papyri, it was once released by way of Charles Wycliffe Goodwin in 1852. It used to be quickly tailored by way of the Golden sunrise and Aleister Crowley, forming the very middle in their ritual arsenal. It has acquired more moderen endorsement from the Temple of Set. The ceremony has borne a variety of titles, equivalent to the Bornless One, Liber Samekh, and the initial Invocation. A key part of what's potent in glossy magic, its historic roots have lengthy remained a closed booklet. just a fraction of the papyri have been to be had to the early revival, and lengthy delays avoided later scholars investigating a lot additional. That the ritual shaped a part of an incredible ‘genre’ inside that historical ritual corpus used to be a truth suspected through few. a huge learn of the ritual used to be released in 1991 by way of Jake Stratton-Kent in No.6 of the lengthy out of print Equinox/BJT. This e-book is a comprehensively revised and up-to-date growth of that ground-breaking research of the ritual of the Headless One.

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45. Clock seemed to retrogress but is correct on leaving Temple! August 9th. 35 Adored Sun and Bornless Rite, prayers from Treasure House: Sagittarius, Unity, 169 Cries... g. g. at several unspecified performances I've been the god looking at me, not me looking at the god in the quarters, especially West, this since taking up use of appropriate pentagrams and Grade Signs, etc. Retirement 1988 6th April. Sun at Noon. Sun at Sunset and Bornless Rite, visualisation good, otherwise not brilliant. Sun at Midnight and Bornless Rite.

Notes on Resh adorations: there are definite distinguishable differences between standing in Apophis and Typhon posture facing different directions at different times. Might be light and shadow, might be blood or brain, might be gravity or all these, but making samahdi on self-sun at these times is qualitively different. Midnight Nov. 9th. Adored Khephra. Saw 'aura colours' when arms went into Apophis and Typhon – produced 'wings' mainly of red and brilliance. This occurred quite frequently during the Bornless Rite period earlier this year, but I don't think I recorded it.

The Goetia edited by Crowley bears the date 1904, and we know that he was familiar with it at least two years preceding this date from entries in his diary and references in Equinox of the Gods. Sometime between these two dates, some person or persons unknown adapted the ritual and altered the name 'headless' to 'bornless', on the assumption that since 'Resh' in Hebrew means 'head or beginning' then the term 'headless’ might be read as 'thou who art without beginning–unborn and undying'. In other words the ‘translation’ relies on Hebrew etymology, which of course need not necessarily connect with a Greco-Egyptian ritual.

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