During my previous run at Abramelin, the phrase that kept coming into my prayers was “Show me the path that I must go.” And I did feel that I was shown that path, in a blast of inspiration, and I set off on it. I’ve had a hard time following it, though. The three words in the title of this post came to me when I kicked off my second attempt at Abramelin, this time the six-month (French/Mathers) version. The trio of words immediately reminded me of the tarot card I often get, Three of Disks (in the Thoth deck). This card is about a new project or about one’s work and is usually a good sign. I like the way the wheels look busy, but it also reminds me of the description of the four-wheeled chariot in the Hebrew Bible, so to my mind, it is a very practical card but also a mystical one. Some point out that the threeness of this card is related to combining the three alchemical Elements: Salt, Sulfur, and Mercury. That fits in well with my present Abramelin ritual and with my general attitude towards magic, that it involves combining. I usually connect that to the image of the alchemical hermaphrodite, which is well figured in the Thoth decks trump called Art. Here it is unfolded from two to three.
These three qualities–strength, discipline, and wisdom–I ask for now as gifts or tools to be used to follow that revealed path much more rigorously than I have been. This request has echo in a recent project where I created an incense that would help me combine Art, Work, and Magic. My work has to do with magic, but often there is a mechanical relationship–the magic is much more for other people than for me. I wanted to draw on some of that magical energy or power for myself and my own life. The other aspect, Art, has been compartmentalized in my life to a great extent, being either a servant of work, such as in my web design, or something I engage in off in a corner, like writing or making talismans. I would like these endeavors to be more unified. So I created the incense to combine Sun, Jupiter, and Mercury scents that I felt represented these three fields of endeavor. I am not satisfied with the incense I ended up with, and I think that is because I have not yet found how to successfully combine those three endeavors in life. I hope, though, that by making that incense–and by making others dedicated to the same or similar tasks–that I come closer to uniting those three areas of endeavor. But I asked the gods for strength, discipline, and wisdom to get me there (and also, of course, as gifts in their own right). Wisdom–yes, I know I have gall to ask for that. But Solomon is my Hebrew name, and King Solomon has functioned as a model figure for me in terms of his love for women, his tolerance of other faiths, his mastery of magic, and his prizing of aesthetics. All of these things, to my mind, both sprang out of and supported his wisdom.