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|A Hermetic Blessing|
|An Invocation of Hermês-Thôth|
|A Hermetic Benediction|
The following brief Rite of Blessing is designed to be worked by a Priestess and Priest, though it may also obviously be employed by an individual. It was first used by a Hermetic Priest and Priestess at the Ordination of a Christian Priest who asked clergy from a range of Traditions to add their Blessings to her Ordination.|
|PRIEST. Awaken! And open thyself to the Wisdom of the Heavens!|
|PRIESTESS. Awaken! And open thyself to the Wisdom of the Earth!|
|PRIEST & PRIESTESS. Let us join together in balance between the living Heavens and the living Earth to invoke the Hermetic Blessing.|
|PRIESTESS. Come unto me, O Thou Who dost breathe Spirit into us to give us life.|
|PRIEST. Thy Name and Thy Spirit rest upon the good.|
|PRIESTESS. Mayest Thou dwell in my heart and my mind all the days of my life---|
|PRIEST. And bring unto fulfillment the highest aspirations of my Soul.|
|PRIESTESS. Grant Thy Grace unto all my deeds---|
|PRIESTESS & PRIEST. For Thou art I and I am Thou; Thy Name is my Name, and My Name is Thine; for that I am Thy Likeness.|
|PRIEST. Hermês Trismegistos---|
|PRIESTESS. ---Isis Mystikê.|
|PRIEST. All the Gods are One God---|
|PRIESTESS. ---All the Goddesses are One Goddess.|
|PRIEST & PRIESTESS. ---And there is One Initiator.|
|PRIESTESS and PRIEST together trace in Holy Light the Wheel of Spirit.|
|PRIESTESS. That Which is Above is as That Which is Below.|
|PRIEST. The Light Divine is established.|
Let all Darkness be dispelled for us, and let the Great God Hermês-Thôth shine for us, and let Him harken to these sacred Words:
Come Thou to this Temple, Lord Hermês, as children come into the wombs of women, and fill us with Thy Light.
Come Thou to this Temple, Lord Thôth, Whose power doth nourish both Gods and Humans, and nourish us with Thy Light.
Come Thou to this Temple, Lord Hermês-Thôth, and guide us in the ancient and eternal Path of Light.
I call upon Thee, Lord Hermês, Thrice-Great Leader of the Gods and Chief of all Magicians, to establish with Thy Power the Seven Sacred Points within this Hermetic Temple of the Magic of Light, dedicated to Thee in Thy Name of Hermês-Thôth.
First, I honour and invoke Thee in the Four Quarters by the Forms and Celestial Names by which Thou didst lay the Four Foundations and mix the Four Winds:
In the East, Thy Form is that of an Ibis, and I call upon Thee in Thy Celestial Name of LAMPHTHEN OUÔTHI;
In the South, Thy Form is that of a Wolf, and I call upon Thee in Thy Celestial Name of ENTHOMOUCH OUÔTHI.
In the West, Thy Form is that of a Dog-faced Baboon, and I call upon Thee in Thy Celestial Name of OUASTHEN OUÔTHI;
In the North, Thy Form is that of a Serpent, and I call upon Thee in Thy Celestial Name of OAMENÔTH OUÔTHI.
I also call upon Thee, Lord, to complete the Sacred Heptad by establishing the Three Points of the Middle Pillar in the midst of the Four Quarters.
Above this hallowed Temple I call upon Thee in Thy true Name, which is engraved on the sacred stele in Thy Shrine at Hermopolis: OSERGARIACH NOMAPHI.
Below this Temple I call upon Thee in Thy Great Name which is inscribed on the prow of the Sacred Ship: ACHCHEMEN ESTROPH.
Finally, at the true Heart and Centre of this Sacred Place, I call upon Thee to establish the Seventh Point, the Mystic Centre, in Thy Name of Seven Letters, which hath the value of 365, corresponding to the cycle of the Year. And, verily, this Mystic Name is ABRASAX.
I know Thee, Hermês, and Thou knowest me. Thy Name is mine, and my name is Thine. I am Thee, and Thou art I. Therefore, do that which I ask, and turn Thou to this Temple now and always with Thy two Ministers Agathotychê and Agathodaimôn, Good Fortune and the Good Spirit.
As I have rehearsed Thy Names and Mysteries, arise! move! and establish Thy Power within this Place, for we who call Thee are true Magicians of the Hermetic Path and like Thee, servants and channels of that Light which is beyond all lights.
We give thanks with every heart and soul and mind stretched forth to Thee, Thou of the ineffable Name, honoured with the title of God and blessed with the title of Father, for to all beings Thou hast shown parental goodwill, affection, friendship, and sweetest Power, granting us intellect, speech, and knowledge; intellect so that we might understand Thee, speech that we might call upon Thee, and knowledge that we might know Thee.
We rejoice because Thou hast revealed Thyself unto us. We rejoice because while we are yet incarnate, Thou hast touched us with divinity by granting us the Knowledge of Whom Thou art. The prayer of humankind to Thee is one: to come to Gnosis, O Womb of All Knowledge. We have come to Know, O Womb Pregnant by the Supernals. We have come to Know, O Eternal Continuation of the Pregnant Father.
(Saluting Sign.) Saluting thus Thy Goodness and Thy Truth, we ask of Thee two further things only:
First, a blessing: that we be maintained in Knowledge of Thee;
Second, a protection: that we not fall away from a life such as this.
So mote it be. (Sign of Silence.) Amen.
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