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A Ritual of Healing
“Elohim is The Gods, the God and Goddess, who are the Father and Mother of all, the Great Mother Goddess.”
—-S. L. MacGregor Mathers in a footnote to his translation of The Grimoire of Armadel

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Many of us who practice alternative types of spirituality have found that we have had to tear ourselves out of the mainstream American religious culture—the Judæo-Christian culture—in order to conduct our religious lives in a manner that more closely reflects our own spiritual experiences. For some of us, this has left deep wounds and anger; while for others, it has meant a feeling of vague unease around the trappings of organized religion. The Ritual of the Equilibration of Jehovah is an attempt to heal those wounds and create ease. The ritual is designed to do this in several ways: by purification, by beginning the process of balancing (equilibrating) the unbalanced energy of ‘Jehovah’ the Vengeful and Terrible in our society, and by forgiveness.

The primary ritual formula of the Working is the Qabalistic interpretation of the Tetragrammaton: Yod=Father, Heh=Mother, Vav=Son, Heh Final=Daughter. Thus, during the course of the Ritual, we invoke balanced energy into our society and selves by invoking El and Asherah, the Father and Mother Deities of Canaan, and the Christos and Sophia, the Son and Daughter Deities of Christianity and Gnosticism. Each Deity represents a letter of the Name of Yahweh or ‘Jehovah.’ The Work of the Rite is to begin to balance the imbalanced Godform of Jehovah by blending the energy of these four Deities into a single, balanced Godform: Yahweh Elohim, or Yahweh of the Gods and Goddesses.

Seven ritual officers are required for the Working: A High Priestess, a High Priest, A Priest of El, a Priestess of Asherah, a Priest of Jesus Christos, a Priestess of Sophia, and a Priest of Yahweh Elohim. As many as a dozen additional ritualists may participate. Participants in this Rite of healing are asked to come prepared to share an incident from their lives which illustrates how they have been harmed by the religious prejudice of fundamentalism.

For a complete discussion of the background of the Ritual, its formulæ, and a full script for its Working, please see "The Equilibration of Jehovah" by M. Isidora Forrest in The Golden Dawn Journal II, Qabalah—Theory and Magic, edited by Chic and Sandra Tabatha Cicero.

The next Working of the Equilibration of Jehovah is as yet unscheduled. If you’re interested, please let us know so we can include you when we begin organizing the next ritual Working.
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