Monday, November 26, 2012

Ask Brother Ash

I am going to try out a new segment here for the blog. I love answering questions about sorcery, and in some cases about myself. So every Monday I will answer a question submitted by one of my blog followers. If you have a question  feel free to contact me or shoot me a message on Facebook or Twitter.

My First question comes from SilverShadow of the Pagan Rapport (@CriticalFault)

"I wondered about geometric placements of candles, incenses, etc. Often you
see people post images of their ritual workings and their materials are
setup in circles, triangles, squares etc. I wondered if you had some insight
on how to use these shapes within a ritual context and what those shapes
meant when they are applied!"
 Like many things with workings I believe that this is a matter of personal preference and based on your own accepted symbolism. I personally tend to use equal arm crosses or "crossroads" quite often, and triangles both in candle configurations, and when laying out certain materials. I use the cross because it symbolizes a metaphysical space and point where all possibilities can be achieved. I use he triangle as a space where spirit can manifest. So my two main go to configurations are a mix of  hoodoo lore, and ceremonial magic thought. Occasionally I will use circles of candles to represent protection as well. If you have a fondness for ceremonial magic or Kabbalistic thought, that can certainly be incorporated into candle workings especially if you are utilizing planetary energies. I would recommend the "Golden Dawn Lecture on Polygrams and Polygons" for reference. In regards to Hoodoo a lot of the candle configurations that you will see are influenced by or come directly from books such as the "Master Book of Candle Burning" by Henry Gamache. In my opinion there are no set rules on this. If it feels right, then do it. If it gets results, do it again. If not, then back to the drawing board.

2 comments:

808hack said...

You answer was more than solid -- it was thought provoking.

First, thanks for the link to Gamache. Been meaning to buy a copy, now I don't have to.

Second, the Golden Dawn link was a great read. I found to be in line with my instincts. What struck me is that the triangle within the circle, which is at the center of the symbol of Cabal Fang, is associated with the Sephiroth of Binah (understanding) which is associated with the left eye. I like the association, but I wasn't conscious of it when I designed the CF symbol. Also notable is that it is common practice among Eastern martial artists to focus on the left eye of an opponent rather than the entire face. In theory one gets the sense of where the opponent is looking without being distracted by facial expressions.

Brother Ash said...

I had not stopped to think of the CF symbol in that regard. Very interesting.