The Rainbow Rite of the Arch Angels (3rd draft)

 

 

 

Introduction.

“Peter has come and Paul has come

James has come and John has come,

Muriel and Mary Virgin have come,

Uriel the all-beneficent has come,

Ariel the beauteousness of the young has come,

Gabriel the seer of the Virgin has come,

Raphael prince of the valiant has come,

Michael the chief of the hosts has come,

The spirit of true guidance has come,

And the king of kings has come upon the helm,

All to bestow on thee their affection and their love.”

–traditional Scottish

 

When building a conception of reality we arguably need a map or compass. With this we may travel through our inner cosmos and inner planes. This idea of “a direction is a destination” is a perennial teaching found in many major traditions. In the Western tradition we find a 7 directional model. This is based on many things. However one traditional way is to work with what IS there.

 

This means three dimensional space, the cube, the sphere, physical reality.

The Arch Angelic beings are well known and found in many traditions. In the Western traditions we can find several patterns. We typically relate to Qabalah. There are a few popular patterns and we can examine the overall changes that have occurred, but instead we shall just use a pattern.

Why seven archangels? Often we jump straight to the idea of Chakras. However I will not mention chakras. In the Western path we can see the idea of seven coming from the seven days of creation and thus defining three dimensional space. Thus the cube of space is created from

UP METATRON

DOWN SANDALPHON

FORWARD EAST RAPHAEL

BEHIND WEST GABRIEL

RIGHT SOUTH MICHAEL

LEFT NORTH AURIEL

WITHIN CENTER AND ALL AROUND SAVIVIEL

 

This in turn we can place on the tree of life. But where? We know the common four archangels Raphael, Michael, Gabriel now the fourth Angel we shall place as Auriel or Uriel. Building then, we have four directions. Above us we reach to the heavens themselves, into nothingness, reaching out. Below us we reach the ground below our feet and all manifest reality. This gives us:

Crown/Kether Metatron

Kingship/Malkut Sandalphon

East Glory Hod Raphael

South Beauty Tiferet Michael

West Foundation Yesod Gabriel

North Victory Netzach Auriel

Within/Surrounding Saviviel

But what of our seventh direction, within? We know that through VITRIOL alchemy is a seven stage process. Our seventh direction must surround and be within as a source. Typically then we can see this as the Shekinah. However to stay with arch angels we have Saviviel. Saviviel is perhaps the least familiar of the Angels. Where Metatron is ALL EMPTINESS and Sandalphon is ALL MANIFESTATION, our other four are the “elements.” Saviviel then becomes our Angel of the fifth direction, the so called “spirit.” As such Saviviel is the Angel of the inner voice, the spirit within and without surrounding and connecting all. He is the Angel of the cosmic Cord.

 

The purpose then of this rite, is to awaken and attuned to the 7 directions, the sky above, land below, East south West north and within. By attaining our magic CUBE or SPHERE we attune to the land itself, and the arch angelic forces.

The Operation of the Magical Cosmic Circle is thus the firstpractical processing of raw conglomerate conscious material by directing it into four selected streams personified as Archangels linking the Principles of Divinity and Humanity through the being of the individual Initiate arranging this Pattern of Perfection, Once this is properly done, subsequent selective work and refinements to required limits may proceed quite normally. Entire instructions for this advanced type of magical practice are only obtainable from sources of consciousness contactable via the Archangels or other Telesmics reachable by Initiates in their Cosmoi. Furthermore, each must receive his own particular instructions for himself through his personal contacts.” -WG Gray

 

Suggested way to use this ritual:

Read entire document from start to finish

Memorize or record the words of ritual

Listen to words during meditation with appropriates pauses if using recording

Add music etc.

 

First two stanzas (repeated at end) are opening passages. You may ignore these and perform a more familiar QBLH Cross, LBRP or if you are a Martinist the meditation of the three circles etc.

 

THE RITE:

Light a candle

 

(say)This LIGHT comes from deep within the EARTH

Through my Body the LIGHT rises

It becomes as ONE in the Stars

(make hexagram over candle)

I Affirm the FATHER Above (focus attention and point upwards)

I Praise the MOTHER Below (downward)

I am Purified in FIRE (Right)

I am Cleansed in WATER (Left)

 

Together we are ONE (encircle and finish circled cross)

 

AMEN (may be chanted elongated, hands brought together)

Begin by building the four Creatures of the directions.

(once built proceed further, this stage is optional)

Hallowed be the LIGHT above in the name of METATRON

For KINGSHIP, power and GLORY are yours forever. Amen.

( envision a burning Aleph, you may intone W visualize a light of ultra-violet)

(you may envision the Crown  METATRON) (ABOVE)

 

Hallowed be the Light below in the name of SANDALPHON

For KINGSHIP, power and GLORY are yours forever. Amen.

( envision a burning Tav, you may intone Y, visualize a light of infra red)

(You may envision  the cube of SANDALPHON) (BELOW)

 

Hallowed be the Light arising in the name of RAPHAEL

For KINGSHIP, power and GLORY are yours forever. Amen.

( envision a burning Yod, you may intone E ,  visualize a light of blue)

(You may envision the sword of RAPHAEL) (FORWARD)

 

Hallowed be the Light descending in the name of JIVRAEL.

For KINGSHIP, power and GLORY are yours forever. Amen.

(envision a burning Heh, you may intone O, visualize a light of RED)

(You may envision the cup of GAVRIEL) (BEHIND)

 

Hallowed be the Light increasing in the name of MICHAEL

For KINGSHIP, power and GLORY are yours forever. Amen.

(envision a burning Vav, you may intone I, visualize a light of Yellow)

(You may envision the rod of MICHAEL) (RIGHT)

 

 

 

Hallowed be the Light returning in the name of AURIEL

For KINGSHIP, power and GLORY are yours forever. Amen..

(envision a burning Heh, you may intone A, visualize a light of INFRARED this is our orange) (You may envision the shield of AURIEL) (LEFT)

 

Hallowed be the Light encircling in the name of SAVIVIEL

For KINGSHIP, power and GLORY are yours forever. Amen.

(envision a burning Mem, you may intone U,  visualize a light of Visible light, this is our green) (You may envision the star of SUVUVIEL) (ALL AROUND AND WITHIN)

 

(here you may envision yourself being bathed in a rainbow and enveloped in the presence of the Angelic forces)

 

I Affirm the FATHER Above(focus attention and point upwards)

I Praise the MOTHER Below (downward)

I am Purified in FIRE(Right)

I am Cleansed in WATER (Left)

 

Together we are ONE (encircle and finish circled cross)

 

AMEN (may be chanted elongated, hands brought together)

This LIGHT comes from deep within the EARTH

Through my Body the LIGHT rises

It becomes as ONE in the Stars

(make hexagram over candle)

Extinguish candle.

 

Copyright BB Baum 2017

 

 

 

The earliest reference to a system of seven archangels as a group appears to be in Enoch I (the Book of Enoch) which is not part of the Jewish Canon but is prevalent in the Judaic tradition, where they are named as Michael (Sunday), Gabriel (Monday), Raphael (Tuesday), Uriel (Wednesday), Raguel (Thursday), Remiel (Friday; he is described in the Book of Enoch as having fallen from grace, possibly replaced by Phanuel (angel), who is the fourth Archangel) and Sariel (Saturday). While this book today is non-canonical in most Christian churches, it was explicitly quoted in the New Testament (Letter of Jude 1:14-15) and by many of the early Church Fathers. The Ethiopian Orthodox Church to this day regards it to be canonical.

In the late 5th to early 6th century, Pseudo-Dionysius gives them as Michael, Gabriel, Raphael, Uriel, Camael, Jophiel and Zadkiel.[1]

The earliest Christian mention is by Pope Saint Gregory I who lists them as Gabriel, Michael, Raphael, Uriel (or Anael), Simiel, Oriphiel and Raguel. A later reference to seven archangels appeared in an 8th or 9th century talisman attributed to Auriolus, a “servant of God” in north-western Spain. He issues a prayer to “all you patriarchs Michael, Gabriel, Cecitiel, Oriel, Raphael, Ananiel, Marmoniel (“who hold the clouds in your hands”)

 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seven_Archangels

 

But who are these angels?

 

Raphael. The Sun rises in the east in the northern hemisphere. Angel of Mercury, the temple of the east, of instruction and learning. His weapon is the sword, he is the healer and the physician’s angel. (Standard Hebrew רָפָאֵל, Rāfāʾēl, “It is God who heals”, “God Heals”, “God, Please Heal”)

Angel of communication and swiftness we place Raphael before us.

 

Michael stands before our right hand side. As a Solar Angel Hebrew: מִיכָאֵל‎, translit. Micha’el or Mîkhā’ēl, lit.Who is like God?‘‎; His is the rod of rulership and rightness. He heals through light. We see in Michael’s rod balance and harmony. For Michael is Beautiful. He is seen as weighing souls also slaying darkness. Each pertain to his Solar nature, that of harmony as mediator of the Solar system, from night into day.

 

Gabriel the Virile One of God (Hebrew: גַּבְרִיאֵל Gavri’el “God is my strength”, Biblical Greek: Γαβριήλ, Gabriel; Amharic, Geez and Tigrinya: ገብርኤል, Arabic: جبريل or جبرائيل Jibril or Jibra’il) As the Angel of the Annunciation we see his weapon as the cup, the water bearer.

We find the symbol of Earth, the circled cross as a traditional offering to the cup of Gabriel.

 

Auriel or Uriel is our angel on the left.אוּרִיאֵלEl/God is my light“, Auriel/Oriel (God is my light). The light of Venus with his magic weapons of the Mirror and Shield, protecting and reflecting. He stands in some traditions as an Edenic Angel, a guardian of paradise. Perhaps fitting for an Angel of Venus.

 

Metatron “Near thy Throne”, (Hebrew מטטרון; prob. derived from the Latin mētātor: “one who metes out or marks off a place, a divider and fixer of boundaries”, “a measurer”, although several other suggestions exist. Metatron is the Crown or apex of the tree of life. We can see Metatron as the entire tree, the entirety of the Archangels,

Angels and of course the entire tarot deck. His is the Crown made of the circled cross. The astute will see a further symbolism in the Crown having a symbol of the Kingdom.

 

Sandalphon Our Co brother, The name Sandalphon, the protector of unborn children, is possibly derived from the Greek prefix sym-/syn-, meaning “together”, and adelphos, meaning “brother”; thus approximately meaning “co-brother”, since the modern Greek word for “co-worker”, synadelfos (συνάδελφος), has these roots as seen in the Book of Revelation, chapter 19, verse 10. This probably refers to Sandalphon’s relationship to Metatron, though this derivation shows uncertain Semitic influences. He is the of manifestation. If Metatron is all emptiness. His weapon is that of the special cube. His is the ground beneath our feet, our family and “brotherhood.” His cube is the crown of Metatron formed into a cube.

 

Saviviel the mysterious encircler. His is the fifth weapon or the cord also the Star as the direction of inwardness or origin. His is the beginning and end of thought, the chain of emanation. He connects both time and space and events, encircling them all, he is there in his silver  and golden garments.

 

Now we have built our cosmos the astute will notice we have constructed a being. Head in Metatron, Heart in Michael, loins in Gabriel, feet in Sadalphon. In addition of course we make this 3 dimensional and have the 7 directions.

Kingship, Foundation, Glory, Victory, Beauty, Crown.

The astute will notice patterns such as lightning flashes and other similar patterns

 

Having built this let us examine the ritual itself.

We begin of course with LIGHT and a candle. The words we see as an opening of the way and an opening and call to the 3 realms. That below our feet within the very planet itself, the ground below a LIGHT deep from within rises to us, then

further on into the heavens.

 

We see this opening lines then in the works of Jacob Boehme and other works like the Secret symbols of the Rosicrucians.

 

Our next verse we build a 3 dimensional circled cross. This a variant of the so called Qabalistic cross, here shortened to a few lines. We can see the qabalistic emanations for example the Fire of Geburah (Severity) and the Water of Chesed (Mercy).

Image Tractatus de Sphaera (On the Sphere of the World) by Johannes de  Sacrobosco,  published 1230  approx.

 

Next we build our four Angelic agencies of the elements, the Cherubim.

 

Then we begin focusing upwards toward Metatron. Here we may come into communion with Metatron if we have worked with this being before. The Crown you may see resting above or on your head. The Aleph BURNING above you. Aleph is our first letter of the Hebrew AlephBet, it is the Oxen head with its horns pointing upwards.

 

Matthew 6:13 gives us “For kingship, power and glory are yours forever. Amen.” Kingship of course refers to all manifestation in the tenth emanation in qabalah, Glory being the Mercurial eighth.

 

Next we go to Sandalphon the letter Tav we see in early hebrew is a cross. Similar of course to the letter T. But as a cross this reminds of us of the symbol of Earth in alchemy and in Qabalah KINGSHIP (MALKUTH). His is the Cube.

 

Then we focus on the four archangels, RAPHAEL, MICHAEL, GABRIEL, AURIEL. Spring Summer Autumn Winter. We form the tetragrammaton. Here we follow a less conventional pattern of AIR FIRE WATER EARTH. This may upset or confuse some, but we know the elements are fluid, and if we keep to a consistent pattern of AIR FIRE WATER EARTH we keep consistent.

 

In Suvuviel we see our Mem or M. M is for Mother. It also points to chaos, blood and water.

Finally we end with a rainbow. This of course ties into the tradition of the 7 rays and many others.

 

This is a redacted version and there will be a further version with other tweaks and additions not published here, although suggested in the text above. Other enhancements include the use of candles, the use of tarot cards for the entire meditation, a 7 stage chant based on notes A to F.. etc.

 

Other suggestion: buy some Orthodox icons of the four main Archangels.

 

 

It is interesting to compare this with the Lesser key of Solomon. Here we see the 4 directions, the use of the hexagram at each of the 4 quarters, which is indeed something you can do, simply add more candles. In the central part we see the cross. Surrounding it all see a snake, encircling everything. In turn there are a further three components to make a total of 7. Of course it has the addition of the pentagrams (Our Cherubim?), but we still see a very similar pattern.

 

I shall expand on this entire article hopefully in a forthcoming book on Angelic meditations and Tarot.

 

BB Baum Copyright Lughnasadh  2017

 

References:

http://www.ancient-hebrew.org/

 

A self made by Magic

Magical ritual methods

Qabalistic concepts

Temple Magic

The Talking Tree

Beginner guide to Kabbalah

Sangreal Sacraments

Sangreal Ceremonies and Rituals

Inner traditions of magic

The Tree of Evil

By WG Gray

 

Living Magical Arts

Advanced Magical Arts

Sphere of Art III

Private Qabalah course By RJ Stewart

 

The Book of Immediate Magic by Jacobus Swart

etc.

 

Further Reading:

 

The Mystery of the Seven Directions by Coleston Brown

The mystery of the seven vowels in theory and practise by Joscelyn Godwin

A dictionary of Angels by Gustav Davidson

Mediations of the Cube of Space by Kevin Townley

Sefer Yetzirah by Aryeh Kaplan

Ecstatic Kabbalah by David A. Cooper

Invoking Angels:For Blessing, Healing and Protection by David A Cooper

Unseen Worlds and Practical Aspects of Spiritual Discernment by Anastacia J Nutt

The Book of Seals and Amulets by Jacobus Swart

 

About Author

 

BB Baum was born in Burlington Vermont, the product of a “Rabbi and a Priest.” He grew up in south west England in and around the towns, cities and villages of Glastonbury, Wells, Cheddar and more. He began his journey into the Western mystery tradition consciously about twenty years ago. Unconsciously he realizes he began at least a decade or more before. He now lives in Pennsylvania in USA with his wife and two large maine coon cats (Phinneas and Merlin).

 

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