Practical steps to cultivate a healthy environment for the Gnostic Work.
The purpose of the Gnostic Work is the complete development of all the infinite possibilities of the human being. The only obstacle to success in this effort is our own ego. The work on ourselves is the very foundation of everything in spiritual work, thus if we seek to establish peace and equanimity in our home, we first must establish that in ourselves.
Clearly, the most fundamental (and most challenging) factor in the improvement of a Gnostic household is the relationship between those who live there, especially husband and wife. The work itself is the progressive development of the Perfect Matrimony: progressive, because no one has the Perfect Matrimony until well advanced in the Work; challenging because we must overcome our own ego, not the ego of our spouse. The successful development of the Perfect Matrimony is achieved by those who learn:
Upon this foundation we must work. Without one of these steps, we cannot succeed.
Single persons also face great challenges in dealing with their relationships with others, and are well-advised to treat such situations as preparatory for marriage. Thus, the steps apply, but in relation to others in general.
Those who are working to perfect each of these steps in themselves will be supported by the simple suggestions given below.
The homes of Gnostic Initiates must have a background of happiness, music and ineffable kisses. Dance, love and the joy of loving strengthen the embryo of the Soul that children have within. Thus, this is how Gnostic homes are a true paradise of love and wisdom.
Liquor and fornication must be banished from the bosom of Gnostic homes. However, we must not be fanatics. Whosoever is incapable of handling one drink at a social gathering is as weak as someone who cannot control his liquor and gets drunk. Fornication is something entirely different. Fornication is unforgivable. Whosoever ejaculates the seminal liquor is a fornicator. Thus, for those who reach orgasm, for fornicators, the abyss and Second Death await.
The Initiate loves great classical music and feels repugnance for the infernal music of vulgar people. Afro-Cuban music awakens the lowest animal instincts of the human being. The Initiate loves the music of the great composers.The home of Gnostic Initiates must be full of beauty. The flowers that perfume the air with their aroma, beautiful sculptures, perfect order and cleanliness make of each home a true Gnostic sanctuary. - Samael Aun Weor, The Perfect Matrimony
Neurosis is a very terrible sickness of the soul. In this epoch, people have become neurotic. Neurosis is satanic. We must cultivate sweetness, patience and love. We must educate our children with wisdom and love. We must cultivate in our homes happiness, sweetness and love, because you must know that neurosis damages the lotus flowers of the soul. We must teach our children with examples; we should always be happy and joyous. Gnostic homes should be sanctuaries of love and happiness. Neurotic shouts and screams, weeping and crying destroy happiness; thus the white dove of love leaves the heart forever. This is the disgrace of many homes. Live with wisdom and love. - Samael Aun Weor, Logos, Mantra, Theurgy
We need to take care of the bedroom where we sleep; it must be pleasantly decorated. The colors best suited for the goal we seek, in spite of what other authors recommend, are precisely the three primary hues: blue, yellow and red.
The three basic colors constantly correspond to the three primary forces of Nature: the Holy Triamazikano: Holy Affirmation, Holy Negation and Holy Conciliation.
Let us remember that the three original forces of this great creation always crystallize in the positive, negative and neutral forms.
The causa causarum of the Holy Triamazikano is found hidden in the active element Okidanokh. The latter, in and of itself, is only the emanation of the Sacred Solar Absolute.
Obviously, if we reject the three fundamental colors, having given the above explanations, we become, by simple logical deduction, foolish.
Dream Yoga is extraordinary, marvelous, and formidable. It is, however, very demanding.
The bedroom has to be perfumed and ventilated, but not pervaded with the cold night temperature.
After undergoing detailed and careful preparation of himself for bed and of the room where he will sleep, a Gnostic must take care of his bed.
If we observe any compass, we can see that the needle always points to the north.
It is then possible to consciously take advantage of the planet's magnetic current, which always flows from south to north.
A bed should be placed in such a way that the head is facing north. In this way, we can intelligently use the magnetic current indicated by the needle.
The mattress should be neither too hard nor too soft. This means that its texture must in no way affect the psychic processes of the sleeping person.
Squeaking bedsprings or a base that cracks with every small movement of the body are serious obstacles for these practices. - Samael Aun Weor
It is also recommended to change the bedsheets regularly (even daily if possible).
It is necessary, urgent, that the man defend himself from the attacks of those tenebrous ones, and to learn with urgency how to do so. -Samael Aun Weor, Logos, Mantra, Theurgy
When the semen falls outside of the womb, then because of its corrupted salts certain parasites are formed. These parasites adhere to the Astral Body of the one who created them. Thus, in this way, they absorb the life of their creators.
The masturbating males engender "subcubi" and the masturbating females engender "incubi." These larvae incite their creators to incessantly repeat the act of masturbation which gave them life. They have the same color as the air, therefore they cannot be seen by simple sight. An efficacious remedy in order to liberate oneself from these larvae is to carry sulfur powder inside of our shoes. The ethereal vapors of the sulfur disintegrate them...
Every common and current human being has a culture of larvae in his astral atmosphere. These have such strange forms that are too odd to conceive of mentally. - Samael Aun Weor, Esoteric Medicine and Practical Magic
Astral parasites are a very real and harmful plague. These are creatures which suck the vitality of the internal bodies, which naturally affects our psychological and physical health. Such parasites are created by the ego.
We must avoid having relationships with evil people, since these people are centers of astral infection... - Samael Aun Weor, Esoteric Medicine and Practical Magic
There are also many elementals and harmful entities charged by black magicians and sent to harm or manipulate the students of the path. These creatures can include the personalities of the dead, certain animal and plant elementals, and many others.
There are many methods to clean our environment of harmful substances in the internal planes. sulfur, camphor, sage, asetofeda, benzoin, frankincense, etc are all recommended. There is extensive information about perfumes and incense in the book Esoteric Medicine and Practical Magic. For example,
We must have our homes clean in the physical world as well as in the Astral. Garbage deposits are always filled with infected larvae. There exist odoriferous substances which burn the larvae or which throw them out of our house. The "Frailejon" is a Colombian plant which the Arhuaco Indians utilize in order to disinfect their homes. The disinfection can also be made with Belladonna, Camphor and Saffron. - Samael Aun Weor, Esoteric Medicine and Practical Magic
Saint Thomas used to say that Sage and Rue should be used against spells, both as a drink as well as burning as aromatic substances. - Samael Aun Weor, Logos, Mantra, Theurgy
Sage is one of the simplest and most effective plants we can use to clean our bodies and our homes. It is best if we can find sage that is growing in nature in order to harvest it in accordance with the procedures taught by Samael Aun Weor. This includes blessing the plant, praying to our Elemental Advocate (a part of your own Being) for help, asking the elemental of the plant for assistance, asking that our Being bless our request and fulfill it according to the law of Karma, and finally with respect, harvesting the plant.
The sage is then dried and bundled tightly into what is commonly called a "smudge stick."
If it is not possible to harvest the plant yourself, you can buy it fresh at the market or dried from any number of sources, then bless and pray over the plant as described.
For any cleansing, light the tip of the smudge stick, which will begin to smolder and produce a thick fragrant smoke, Command the elemental of the plant to assist you, to cleanse the environment or bodies you wish to treat. Pass the smoke over the body or around an environment in order to cleanse it. Accompany this with any conjuration, either mentally or aloud.
It is necessary to pray for help and always call one's inner Being to implement the works we wish to achieve, while praying that such works only be fulfilled in accordance with the law of Karma.
The plant Rue can be used in the same manner.
Those who tread the path are usually attacked by the tenebrous ones when they go to sleep. Temples of black magic exist in the Internal Worlds and, of course, their tenebrous members send certain very beautiful and seductive black sorceresses, to where the student is, with the only purpose of making him fall sexually. They know that if the student spills the seminal liquid, the Kundalini descends and the weak and unwary student loses his power. - Samael Aun Weor, Logos, Mantra, Theurgy
It is highly recommended that you "seal" your house every night, or every time you intend to meditate or sleep. There are several methods to conjure and seal your home or room, and they all work. The simplest is presented here.
Any magic circle or seal is broken when the threshold is crossed. If you seal your home and then someone goes in or out, the seal is broken. It will be necessary to seal it again.
It is also understood that a seal is made stronger with closed doors and windows. However, it is not required: one can seal a space that has no doors or windows, but it is not as secure. For a space without a door or window, or in which one must remain open, place a pentagram there as described below. Your seal will be made stronger if there are pentagrams at doors and windows, whether they are open or closed. (See below).
It is very important that this practice be done with full awareness and presence. It is only effective when the consciousness is implementing it. If we are distracted, it will have no force.
When you trace around yourself a Magic Circle, whether it is with your sword, with your willpower and imagination united in vibrating harmony, or with both at the same time, you must pronounce the following mantras: Helion, Melion, Tetragrammaton.
The magician defends himself against attacks from the demons with the magic circle and the esoteric pentagram. - Samael Aun Weor, Esoteric Medicine and Practical Magic
Stand in the most used doorway or entrance to your room or home. Cross your arms over your chest in the Egyptian manner (right arm over left). Pray to your inner Father and Mother for help, asking them to cleanse your home and to protect you.
Turn 90 degrees to the right. Place your left hand on your solar plexus and your right hand aloft, with the thumb, index and middle fingers raised, and the two remaining fingers down.
Close your eyes and visualize your Elemental Advocate coming out of you with a flaming sword and passing throughout your residence ejecting any and all unwanted entities: astral parasites, harmful elementals, witches, warlocks, vampires, dead personalities, etc etc. Speak aloud the following conjuration:
In the name of Jupiter, Father of the Gods, I conjure thee, Te Vigos Co Slim!
Turn 90 degrees to the right. Continue the visualization and repeat the conjuration again.
Turn 90 degrees to the right. Continue the visualization and repeat the conjuration again.
Turn 90 degrees to the right. You should now be facing the doorway. Continue the visualization and repeat the conjuration again.
Cross your arms again, and visualize your Elemental Intercessor creating a flaming barrier all around the room or house. Thank you divine parents, and retire to your practices in safety.
If you are undergoing intense attacks of any kind or believe your home is still being invaded in spite of the practice given here, it is recommended that you then utilize the Conjuration of the Four, the Conjuration of the Seven and the Invocation of Solomon, finishing with the Magic Circle.
Once sealed, persons in the astral plane can only enter if invited (thus the ancient tradition regarding vampires: it is true that they can only enter if we allow them to). However, the black magicians utilize many tools in order to be invited into our homes. They may appear to us as loved ones, as our spouse, as our lustful ideal, as a trusted friend, etc.
Our space is only as secure as our psyche. If we are vulnerable psychologically through particular egos, those egos can be utilized by black magicians in order to enter into our homes within the astral plane. As Dion Fortune notes in her book Psychic Self-defense, the most commonly used egos for psychic attacks are fear and lust. If we are feeding egos of lust daily, the black magicians can easily be aware of it and may approach our homes in the astral plane and use those egos in order to enter into our homes and cause great damage to our work. They may also cause us to be afraid of them, and we will open our homes because of fear.
There is no need to be afraid of black magicians, for they are truly weak souls who prey upon the weak. With the tools given in the Gnostic tradition and the power of the Being, no black magician can stand against us. Our ego is the only real problem, and that should be the focus of our attention. If we reduce the ego to dust, there is nothing the black magicians can do to us. So long as the ego is alive, we remain vulnerable.
We need to learn to rely on our Being, to be prudent, and to discriminate all phenomenon. Do not take anything at face value; always question what you perceive. In all cases, before all appearances, pray and remember Him, with full awareness that nothing is as it seems. Developing this point of view strengthens our defenses and makes us less vulnerable. However, it is also important to avoid entering into paranoia. Be attentive, pray and do not worry.
It is very important that we remain highly attentive to our psychological vulnerabilities in order to develop a well-defended psychological and physical home.
The Pentagram expresses the dominion of the Spirit over the elements of nature. We can command the elemental creatures which inhabit the regions of Fire, Air, Water and Earth with this magical sign.
Demons tremble and run away terrified in the presence of this terrible symbol.
The Pentagram, with its superior ray aiming upwards, forces the tenebrous ones to scatter.
The Pentagram, with its superior ray aiming downwards serves in order to call upon the tenebrous ones.
When the Pentagram is placed on the floor of the threshold (entrance) of the room, with its superior ray aiming towards the interior and its two inferior rays aiming towards the outside of the room, it does not permit the entering of the black magicians.
Samael Aun Weor explains in several works various methods of presenting the Pentagram. These include drawing it with carbon (pencil), or drawn on glass, on made with gold on marble. Each of these procedures are effective. It is common practice now to use photocopies, which in practical experience proves to be effective as well, with the added benefit of reproducing the image perfectly and to the appropriate size.
It has been the experience of many instructors that the Pentagram should ideally touch the left and right edges of the doorway. Many instructors report that those who wish to enter into our homes in the astral plane use many devious methods to slip past the pentagram, yet if the two feet of the star spread completely across the passage, it is not possible to enter without permission.
Many students place pentagrams at all windows and doors in order to fully seal their homes.
(The book Psychic Self-defense by Dion Fortune incorrectly describes the use of the Pentagram. Whether this was her mistake or something that was edited later is unclear).