November 5, 2018
Begin: 10:26 am
End: 11:09 am
Tools: the Disc, the Tablet of Earth, Atus XVIII (The Moon), XIV (Art) and XIV (Art)
Based on the audio transcript. Comments in italics.
Much of the symbolism of the following vision is of a personal nature to the Seer and the Mage, each in their own way. As such, these things will not be commented on here in any detail. Certain key points of the vision will be better understood by those of at least the Master Magician grade of the O.T.O. (The Seer herself is not yet of this degree.)
There are three stars burning brightly in the night sky. From them comes a flaming bird, the phoenix we encountered in the last vision. It dives towards the earth and directly after it is a second bird of flame that is also a bird of darkness. The two spin together spiraling downward toward us but when they reach us, only the dark one can be seen.
Duality, obviously. This vision seems focused on this concept, in particular the duality between light and darkness, day and night.
The vision goes dark. There are flashes of light, like lightening obscured by clouds. The Mage vibrates the names of the Governors once again.
We turn to the West. There is briefly a silhouette of a man but it does not respond in any way when addressed. It fades.
The silhouette never moves or speaks. Stagnation, death. It is a passing memory, like the lives of men.
We move on towards the West. Soon a path becomes visible. It is a cobblestone path and it winds through a dark forest. There is very little moonlight but what light there is reflects off the path causing it to appear quite bright. We follow the path, which winds down a hill.
The face of a lion becomes visible. It is above us, looking down on us. It has a humanoid body. It gives two signs, the Sign of Thoum-aesh-neith followed by the Sign of Shu. The Mage returns the signs. When he does, the eyes of the lion entity flash violet.
The Sign of Thoum-aesh-neith would make sense, being the sign of fire. It is unclear at this time what the meaning of the Sign of Shu would be. Fire and air are both active/masculine elements and the voice of the entity seemed male.
The lion represents fire, Leo and solar energy. It is associated with the Strength and Lust tarot cards, and the Lion-Serpent, Baphomet.
The Mage greets the spirit and asks for a name.
“Sadre” (pronounced Sah-deh-reh)
This name is very similar to the name of an angel in the fire quarter of the Fire Tablet, ruled by Rzoinr Nrzfm, ADRE or ADIRE. The letter directly below “a” (Un) on the tablet is “s” (Fam).
UPDATE: The name ADRE would seem to supply us with an answer as to why the entity signed both the signs of fire and of air as a greeting. There are four elemental angels in the Fire Quarter of the Fire Watchtower; ACAR/fire, PALI/earth, SISP/water, and ADRE/air. Our next question is what this angel from the Fire Tablet has to do with the 29th Aethyr.
In addition, S (the letter Fam on its own) means both 1) four or fourth, and 2) Filia Filiarum Lucis, an angel associated with Sol. A (the letter Un on its own) simply means “in, on, of or with.” Da means “three” and Re, while having no specific Enochian translation, is the name of the Egyptian Sun God. Viewed in this way the name implies solar influences. Of particular interest is the meaning of “three” or “three suns.”
“We greet you Sadre. Will you be our guide through this portion of RII?”
“Where is it you seek to go?” he asked.
“We seek the West.”
“Then follow.” Sadre turns and walks down the path to the West. We follow, deeper and deeper into the dark forest. It is still nighttime and the only clear thing is the path, still glowing in the dim moonlight. The Seer becomes aware that everything around us in the shadows are number 3s. Everywhere she looks is the number 3. In the sky to the West are the three stars that she saw in the beginning.
The number 3 is overwhelming in this vision. It seems to be the key to this message. It was also prominent in the first vision of RII (clock, triangle, etc.).
“Spirit,” the Mage asks, “can you tell us the significance of 3?”
“Thrice born.” Sadre says.
“Can you explain further the meaning of this?”
“Thrice born of the waters.”
The vision goes foggy. Our guide is ahead and still with us but nothing else is visible in the green fog. Three lights shine through the fog in front of us. It is the three stars but in the fog they are three suns.
We come to a rock wall. There is a ladder or some kind of ladder-like contraption like a scaffold going up the side of the rock. It is made of round bars that criss-cross up the cliff, similar to the crosses on the Watchtowers of the Great Table. The ladder is white, the cliff behind it dark.
We climb the ladder and come to a ledge at the top. It is covered in green grass. There is still a great deal of fog about us so nothing can be seen of the landscape. In front of us is a well. We go to the well and look inside.
It is very old. The Seer is aware of a great deal of color in this area, variations in the colors of the stones used to make the well, the grass and the moss, everything is vividly colorful. Reaching into the well with a dipper, the Seer sees that it is not water in the well but a reflective liquid, like mercury.
The guide is still near so the Mage asks what the well is for.
“The well is your reflection, your spark. What do you see in the water?”
The Seer looks into the reflective liquid and sees the two of us reflected back, except that behind us is the image of blue skies and daylight, even though we are in the dark of night.
Mercury is the Messenger of the Gods and is also expressed as Thoth/Tahuti and Hermes or Hermes Trismegistus (the Thrice-Great). The reflection bears a message and one that seems of importance. Again, we are seeing the duality of light and dark, just as we did in the beginning with the two phoenixes. “What do you see in the water?” The entities of the Aethyr are hinting here that the message lies in the reflection.
“Would you to drink the water?” the lion-faced spirit asks.
The Seer feels unsure about this so the Mage asks what would happen if we drank the water.
“You’ll die!” Laughing, Sadre asks, “Would you expect anything else from drinking poison?”
“Okayyy,” the Seer responds with some unease, “maybe we should move on.”
We are in the West. The specter of Death is strong here. “Thrice born of the waters.” The well is the first.
Walking beyond the well, we see more grass and moss. The colors are deep green. The landscape is uneven, rising and dipping. In the distance are trees. We walk toward the trees and, as we approach, it becomes more clear that they are mainly Eucalyptus and Bay Laurel trees. They grow tightly together and there is no path through. The path we’re following leads to the trees and then splits to the left, South, or the right, North. We decide to go to the right.
Both Eucalyptus and Bay trees symbolize protection, healing and purification. This is further emphasized by their growing together so thickly, preventing further passage. The West symbolizes Death and the trees are protecting that which lies beyond, the afterlife and the wheels of karma. There are other lessons to be learned first and we are deflected off our current path.
Moving North, it immediately becomes cold and icy. Everything is covered in snow and we seem to be at a high elevation. Before us is a frozen lake, a sheet of ice. Around the lake are snow-covered pine trees.
The pine also represents protection and healing. The resolving of past karma, perhaps, leading to evolution. The landscape around us has become cold and lifeless, with the exception of the evergreen trees. The pines represent the idea that life continues, even when all around is only death.
The Seer is unsure whether we’ll be able to cross the lake, unsure if it is frozen enough. As we draw near, however, she sees that the ice is cracked and continues to split open as we approach. We go down into the frozen lake. We are in what looks like an ice cave, frozen water all around. Symbols appear in the ice. A number 3. Other sigils that are undecipherable.
“Thrice born of the waters.” The lake is the second. Still, though, not waters any more than the poisonous elixir offered to us at the well was “water.” Here we are seeing frozen ice that is more like stone. Water stagnated.
We seem unable to go North any further. To our left, a green face appears briefly and then vanishes. We move in that direction.
We are no longer in the cave. We stand under a night sky. The stars are thick in the heavens but there are three that are particularly bright. A low muffled voice is heard to say, “The song of a dying sun.”
The three bright stars that continually appear throughout the vision are always in the West. This is further illustrated by the phrase “The song of a dying sun,” which would indicate the West and the setting sun.
In this final portion of the Aethyr, the Seer sees a vision of Nuit in Her endless splendor. The three stars may be symbolic of the three parts of the Book of the Law; Nuit, Hadit and Ra Hoor Khuit. They may also be a reference to the Supernal Triad, as we are now at another vision of water. This time the image is Binah.
We are standing on the shore of a great black sea. There is sand under our feet and large rocks around us. Cliffs rise from the ocean to the mountains along the shore. We move towards the water but it recedes from us. We continue moving and the water splits, rising around us like the Red Sea.
We are not yet worthy of Binah. This is a vision only, a mirage. It is not the true Binah.
We find ourselves in a room underwater. The walls are gold and the room is triangular in shape. At the apex of the triangular room is a spinning gold ball on a stand with 3 legs. The stand is very plain and “modern looking,” not ornate in any way.
The Seer described it as looking like something one might buy at Ikea.
In the previous vision of RII, the Seer saw a triangular shape in the floor in front of us. That triangle was downward and we stood at the bottom point. This time the triangle is upward. We enter the room from the bottom and at the other end of the room is the spinning ball. Once again, we see the interplay of the inverted and upright triangles, together making the Holy Hexagram.
Looking up at the ceiling, the Seer sees what appears to be a glass roof. She sees fishes and “crawly things” and, as she looks up at the ceiling, she sees a butterfly. It appears, opens it’s golden brown wings and then vanishes. The Seer can tell we are not too deep underwater, as moonlight is filtering in through the water and casting rippling shadows in the room.
The butterfly, which seems so out of place in an underwater room, represents resurrection. Its sudden appearance in such an odd manner makes its symbolism that much more striking. We have gone to the West/Death. We have reached the shores of Binah and have been given an image of the promise of resurrection, both by the golden room as well as the butterfly. The message is that in order to achieve this resurrection, a complete transformation must occur. The butterfly shows no similarity to the caterpillar that it once was. It has undergone a fundamental alchemical change, transforming itself from lead into gold, hence the golden wings. Our paths are the same.
The fishes are symbolic of Pisces, Atu XVIII, the Moon. It is also interesting to note that during the whole journey through RII, we have been in night/darkness. The image of the Moon card is that of the sun at night being carried by Kephra to the dawn. It is the night of the soul, which is not a permanent condition, as viewed by the Old Aeon religions and their concepts of the afterlife and eternity. It is a temporary condition and dawn/resurrection lies at the end.
There doesn’t seem to be anyplace for us to go. As the walls of the room to not appear to be solid, we walk through one of them. We are underwater so we swim upwards, coming to the surface.
It is very bright, too bright to see. We are no longer in the water but are now in what appears to be a cloud. The Mage invokes the spirits of the Aethyr and the phoenix Ad-Akhen-Ra appears.
“Do you have anything else to share with us?” the Mage asks.
“What did you see in your reflection?” the bird asks.
Again, as above, we return to the vision at the well. Duality; light and dark; day and night; life and death. The message of the reflected image is of utmost importance, in particular with regard to our karma. This is the second time we have been asked to report on what we saw in our reflection. This is the lesson that the spirits of RII are trying to teach.
“Ourselves.” the Mage replies. He asks for the blessings of the Lords of the Aethyr.
“Do you have your own blessings?”
“Then you have ours.”
The Mage thanks Ad-Akhen-Ra, and the Spirits and Governors of RII. The vision ends.
Death, resurrection, karma and the after-life all seem to be dominant factors in RII. While we are satisfied with the scrying so far, we are still curious about the name Sadre and it’s similarity to the angel on the Fire Tablet, in addition to the fact that the name can be spelled out there. Because of this, we are considering invoking the angels of the Fire Tablet for clarification. No date has yet been set for this but it will be soon as we are eager to continue our journey to the 28th Aethyr, BAG, as soon as possible.