October 26, 2018
Begin: 9:07 am
End: 10:20 am
Tools: the Disc, the Tablet of Earth, Atus XVIII (The Moon), XIV (Art) and XIV (Art)
Based on the audio transcript, which cut out halfway through. The rest of the session has been recalled as best as we can remember. Comments in italics.
“There was a voice heard crying in the wilderness. There was a great shadow that darkened the land. It was the shadow of the souls of man.”
This statement abruptly begins our session. Its meaning was not immediately clear, especially to the Seer who did not understand what the words, spoken in a feminine voice, meant. It seemed to set the pace for the rest of the vision.
It is dark. Unable to see, the Seer is drawn to the South. Something about the place feels burned, barren. The Seer sees something in the distance moving toward us. It is still too dark to see clearly so the Mage gives the Sign of Light. This helps some. The figure before us seems to reflect the light. It takes the shape of a bird but not a bird from our world. It has a long curved beak and its head was partially bald but with tufts of colored feathers. This bird is a phoenix.
The Mage greets the entity and asks if it will speak with us. A letter appears in the air before the phoenix in deep red. It is the letter Tal, though it is reversed. The Mage asks the phoenix to share it’s name.
“Ad-Akhen-Ra” is the answer.
The Seer at first had trouble picking up this name but said the “Ad” portion was important. Akhen-Ra is ancient Egyptian for “Beneficial to Ra” (the hawk-headed solar god, Ra Hoor Khuit, Lord of the New Aeon).
The letter Tal reversed looks very much like a number 3, though the Seer felt strongly that it was a letter, not a number. Still, 3 is a pattern that seems to repeat here, even with the letter Tal, which by itself has the meaning of “nine.” 9 is the Ennead, the square of 3. See below for further references to the number 3. With the meaning of 9, it is symbolic of Yesod, the Foundation and the Astral Plane. 9 is a lunar number (see Atu XVIII), perhaps why the bird seemed to reflect the light.
The Mage asks, “What can you share with us, Ad-Akhen-Ra, on the southern plains of RII?”
“There are many paths. There are many choices, many decisions for you to make. This place will not be easy for you to cross.”
The Mage thanks the spirit for its counsel.
“Choose your direction,” it says.
“East,” the Mage responds.
As we move to the East, it becomes more green and no longer feels burned. It is not necessarily green from plants, it is just green. Everything, the rocks, the ground, the foggy clouds around us. Unable to see clearly we rise higher. There is still a cloudy feel around us, still green, but now a gate appears in the mist. It is very big and old, and is made of rusted metal. The gate is locked.
“It takes a key,” the Seer says. “It takes an old key, a large key. Do we have the key?”
The Mage produces a key, which the Seer uses to open the gate. Beyond is a road. It goes off into the East. Around us are green hills with no trees, rolling hills like those in Ireland. It is unbelievably green, much deeper in color than one would expect for this type of landscape. The sky is dim and bruised looking; it appears to be dusk.
The sky is always dark in this Aethyr. Even when there is light, it is dim light.
As we continue down the road we come to a sheer wall of stone rising before us. Into the cliff are cut stairs that zig-zag up to the top. We climb.
Reaching the top, we are confronted by a figure in a black robe.
The Mage greets the spirit and the figure gives the Sign of the Rending of the Veil. The Mage asks what lessons we are to learn here.
“Not to doubt,” is the response.
This seemed to be directed at the Seer, who has struggled with self-doubt.
“Will you share with us your name, great spirit,” the Mage asks.
“I have many names as the wind has many names.”
“Will you be our guide through this Aethyr?”
“Will you follow me?” the spirit asks.
“We will follow.”
Suddenly the entire Aethyr opens up like a curtain or veil behind the robed figure. The sky, the land, everything. We find ourselves in a crystal cave, bright with cobalt blue light. There are many shades of blue here. It is clearly underground but it is the brightest place in the Aethyr. The walls are crystal columns. Everything glows. The Seer feels like the light is refracted moonlight. She feels the energy here is very positive and comforting.
“What is this place?” the Mage asks. “Can you tell us?”
“This is the Halls of Korlah.” the figure responds. “The halls of that which is hidden, the treasures of the soul.”
No translation or exact spelling of the word Korlah has yet been determined. Spelled in Hebrew Kaph-Ayin-Resh-Lamed-Aleph-Heh its gematria equals 326, the number of Jeheshua, or Yod-Heh-Shin-Vau-Heh. “The halls of that which is hidden, the treasures of the soul.” The fire of Shin descending into creation.
The Mage asks, “What is it you will teach us here?”
“You must learn to see the beauty in all. You must learn to look with different eyes. There is much light but there is also much darkness.”
The Seer sees symbols on the wall to the South. They are arranged vertically in columns, carved into the crystal. Some of the symbols are the Enochian letters Gon and Tal again reversed, and Na, this one upside down. There are other symbols as well; a circle with a point in the middle, two marks or dots with a solid line beneath. The symbols are only on the South wall, nowhere else.
The symbol of Sol is rather obvious, though the two marks with the solid line are less so. The letters do not spell anything together. Gon is symbolic of the angel (Filius Lucis) associated with Sol, fitting with the earlier symbol, and Tal, as mentioned above, has the meaning of “nine,” which is a lunar number. Na is a bit more mysterious, having no (known) meaning by itself, in addition to the fact that it was the only symbol we know is upside down and not just backward. There are 3 letters, another reference to this number. Below are Gon and Na, as they appeared to the Seer.
As we change direction, the cave disappears and becomes an emerald room, of sorts. The floor and ceiling seem to be made of thin sheets of emerald. The Seer cannot see walls. On the ceiling, the Seer sees the silhouettes of vines, as though they are growing outside the room we are in. As moonlight shines on them, their shadows appear about us.
Our guide, the robed figure, is no longer with us.
The Mage calls upon the Lords of the Aethyr.
A figure appears. He seems to be very ancient. He has a very long face, not human at all, with large black or “hollow” eyes. The face looks skeletal, in part because it is very pale and also because the features seem very angular.
The Mage says, “We greet you spirit. May we know your name?”
Neither the Mage nor the Seer recall there being any answer to this query.
At this point the recording of the session abruptly stops or pauses. It resumes again the moment we bid farewell and leave the Aethyr. We have no explanation for this anomaly. The rest of the account is strictly from the memories of the Seer and Mage.
Later, when reviewing the session, the Mage showed the Seer a photo of the Pharaoh Akhenaten. Were his eyes hollow, the Seer feels this would look very much like the Ancient One in her vision.
UPDATE: Upon further investigation, the source of the mysterious pause in the recording was found to be an inconsistency from the power supply. This is since been addressed. There was no supernatural cause for the pausing of the equipment.
As the Seer looked at the figure, a spinning cylindrical object floats into her line of sight from the right. It appears to be an upright cylinder that spins on its vertical axis. There are faces on the cylinder, changing constantly as the object spins around and around. The faces are all different but none are human. They all seem to have the characteristics of the Ancient One.
“There are many,” the Seer remarks.
On the floor before us appears an orange triangle with a yellow circle within. It looks to be under the emerald floor but visible through it. It is an inverted triangle, the lower point at our feet. Looking up, the Ancient One and the spinning cylinder have vanished. We move on.
The triangle represents the trinity, or supernal triad, with its 3 sides. One point down symbolizes the chalice or cup, a lunar symbol. The color of the triangle is orange, a color sometimes associated with solar energy. The yellow circle within is also highly solar in its symbolism. Orange is a combination of red (wine or blood) and the yellow of the solar disc. It is a combining of energies, solar and lunar, as illustrated in the Art card.
We come to another sheer wall of stone. This time, it appears to be a dried up waterfall. It seems to have dried up a very long time ago. The wall of stone reminds the Seer of the Grand Canyon, with several layers of beautifully colored stone.
An illustration of the Aeons of man and of cumulative karma. All things pass and are forgotten but even in so doing they become a beautiful part of what is to come.
The wall of stone blocks our path to the North so we decide to turn West. We go for a short ways and the Seer sees a flame. It is far ahead and in the Southwest. It is just a flickering and, as we move closer, the Seer sees that it is in fact the phoenix we encountered earlier. It is now flying away from us.
The phoenix, “Beneficial to Ra,” is flying away to the Southwest, the direction of the setting winter sun in the Northern Hemisphere. Again, the feeling of night and the coming darkness. The sun, or our current era, is setting.
The landscape around us suddenly becomes barren and rocky, as if we are back inside a cave of some sort. On the ground before us is a book. On the cover of the book is an eye. It is horrific, and seems alive somehow and yet disembodied. At the request of the Mage, the Seer picks up the book. It is icy cold to the touch. It locks with a very old clasp and the cover is very thick leather. The feel of the book and the eye are repulsive to the Seer. She opens the book. The letters within are in a script she is not familiar with, perhaps Enochian, perhaps some kind of rune. As she looks at them, the letters become wispy like smoke and float away off the page. She cannot tell what it says.
Placing the book aside, we continue on our way. We are being pulled South again. Ahead, to the South, is an arch of stone. Within the arch is the face of a clock, except the face is not round but oblong, like the face of the Ancient One we encountered earlier. The hands on the clock are ornate, very gothic looking. The clock is marked with Roman numerals. The hands spin around the face, going faster and faster. When the Mage asks the Seer what time it is, she responds “3:00” though the hands continue to spin. The clock fills the Seer with a foreboding sense of doom and makes her feel very uncomfortable. She feels the clock is telling her that time is running out, not for the two of us, but for humanity as a whole. As the hands of the clock spin faster and faster, she begins to feel physically ill and sick to her stomach. We decide to stop here and, thanking the spirits of the Aethyr, depart in peace.
The Seer knew the time even though the hands of the clock spun so quickly. She very specifically knew it to be 3:00 PM (again, 3). Neither of us can come up with an explanation of what this could refer to but the whole experience with the clock left her with such a feeling of dread as to cause her to feel physically ill. (A premonition perhaps? Will something happen at 3:00 PM in the South?)
This Aethyr is the karma of man. “There was a voice heard crying in the wilderness. There was a great shadow that darkened the land. It was the shadow of the souls of man.” The book and the clock seem to suggest the same thing. Judgment Day, the Day of Reckoning, the coming hand of Justice. There is a price to pay and time is running out quickly. The spinning hands of the clock are the spinning wheels of destiny, which cannot be stopped.
Time and antiquity are major factors in RII. Everything in this Aethyr seemed very old; the bird with an Egyptian name, the rusty old gate, the carved stairs, the Ancient One, the dried waterfall, the book, the spinning clock, everything seemed to suggest time and the passage of time on a grand scale. This is karma, but not individual karma. This is the karma of the human race.
This Aethyr is often associated with the afterlife of common religion. The afterlife is not always heaven, and though the Seer did not feel that the Aethyr was malevolent in any way, it was uncomfortable in parts, just as karma can be uncomfortable. This place is like Purgatory or Limbo.
There also seems to be a very strong solar aspect here, which is odd considering that throughout our journey, we never actually saw any sunlight, only moonlight (or what was perceived as such). This is suggestive of reflectivity and the lunar current, which is strong as well, and there is a constant mingling of the solar/lunar principles. The triangle, taking the lunar aspects of the cup and filling it with solar energy. The phoenix, who identifies itself as “Beneficial to Ra” and yet seemed to reflect light as the moon. See the imagery of Atu XIV, Art, for more on the combining of these energies.
In addition, the symbols continually appear either backward or upside down, as though reflected. This is further lunar and karmic symbolism. Elah saw the symbols as though she were looking at them in a mirror. What she sees is a reflection of herself, projected as a reality.
Note also the similarities between the name Ad-Akhen-Ra and that of the Pharaoh Akhenaten, the founder of monotheism and the Cult of the Aten, or Solar Disc. Also the resemblance between this Pharaoh and the description of the Ancient One.
There is more to explore here. Our next session is planned for November 5, 2018, when we will skry RII once again. This is in keeping with our agreement to cover the basic Aethyrs well before moving to the higher levels. We want a very solid foundation in TEX and RII to build upon later.