The Great Paris Magical Papyrus opens with a blank sheet, but for 4 lines of barbarous words at the top - Coptic characters, apart from the five Greek words. Everywhere I look, from Rosemary Ellen Guiley to Marvin W. Meyer to the translator himself - it's a common misunderstanding that this rite is about receiving revelation. Most notably Terence Duquesne and Stephen Skinner stand in unison that this is rather what Duquesne calls the "Goetic preamble" to a self initiation rite. I would concur, from experience. Though this is not the rite I achieved results with, I believe this rite shows us the manner in which forces - no matter their name - begin to act upon the initiate.
Since I am open about talking about my experience - 12 days after the Venus conjuration I ended up drunk, at a concert, and having a disastrous 1 night stand with a woman. The Testament of Solomon has 36 spirits which speak - which correspond to the 36 decans. It so happens this date in July corresponds to the 12th decan. The wikipedia page directly names Saphathorael as corresponding to the 12th decan. As well as Hekate, who Kelly and I would have an experience with in the following year, 2017. And let me tell you, that 1 night stand, caused a fuck-load of discord, apparently which tickled Saphathorael to no end. Relationships. Across the board I was forced to deal with my relationships.
I should note here too, that in my conjuration of Venus, I asked for a Procyon talisman to be consecrated. The picture below is from my altar that night and shows a Venus talsiman from the Veritable Key of Solomon and the front of the Procyon talisman below it.
Jake Stratton-Kent's Testament of Cyprian the Mage lists Procyon's gemstone as Agate, the plant as Primrose, the image as three young girls (Hecate Triformis), the alternate image as a cock.
The second nomine magicae of PGM IV 1-25.
That is, Baal, the god of renewal, fertility, lord of the earth. The guy which the Bible referred to as Lord of Flies. In the days following my Venus conjuration about 30 green flies showed up spontaneously in my kitchen - where Goat stood. Duquesne also points to the Demotic Magical Papyrus of London and Leiden. The exact line being:
The third nomine magicae of PMG IV 1-25, which Duquesne asks us to compare with PGM XIXa 13 ee kinkhtabakinkh. The purpose of XIXa is a love fetching charm placed upon an ostracon.
Duquesne compares likuxania: PGM XII 289; aph koulix: PGM LVII 12. If you look at it as a Latin numeral, the Arabic number 59.
Below is the Duquesne commentary. The mention of "a spirit of darkness" and this spirit as a psychopomp greatly interests me. I have never seen darkness the depths of which were behind Goat's face as he removed it. Also, my dead Uncle appeared in the experience looking as he had just woken up. The thought that my magical dabbling could have that far reaching of consequence boggles the mind.
Duquesne here makes refrence to the shoot, or branch or stem from Jesse to David down to the Messiah. The Widengren book title is interesting enough for me to want to find his book. I am reminded here of Shai-Hulud - that is the Sandworm of Arrakis responsible for the Messiah of Dune.
Compare PGM IV 1632: Bal minthre. A rite to Helios.
Compare PGM IV 715: artentepi (Mithras Liturgy).
Duquesne highly piqued my interest here. The circle of rotating lights that kicked off my experience - there was a landmark - my Uncle's church roof. I used some astronomy software to locate what was in the sky where the circle of lights was. It was EXACTLY in the tail of Scorpius. Mars was in Scorpio. Below is the chart from the night of my Venus conjuration. The cock, which was the image of my Procyon talisman that night, has come up several times. Shortly after the conjuration kitchen windows portraying a rather disturbing cock were given to my mom and put up. The next day a kitchen towel set portraying a cock was given to her by a different person. These were placed in the kitchen where Goat appeared to me only days prior. More strangeness on top of more and more strangeness.
Possibly a rendering of Gehenna? Cf PGM XVI 63: exenne. Gehenna was a place some of the old testament kings sacrificed children in fire. Also, "a place where their worm does not die". Eternal fires of hell is the idea.
I know I promised to get to Crowley's Liber LVX and commentary, but I've realized I have quite a bit more camping out to do in PGM IV 1-25 beforehand. Duquesne's commentary and interpretation are invaluable, and once again, you can find it here. Until next time, friends.