The Invocation of PAN Sinc e we're coming up on the August full moon, I thought some of yo
The Invocation of PAN
Sinc e we're coming up on the August full moon, I thought some of you
wild and woolly pagan types out there might be interested in the
following invocation of Pan
This is an excerpt from THE BOOK OF URIEL, Part one, the Sixth Vision
LUNA, corresponding to the twenty-ninth path of the Cabalah. There are
a few phrases you had better understand if you are going to try this
invocation. It's not a good idea to say words or phrases you don't
fully understand or you could find yourself beset by long- leggedy
beasties. If you screw up an invocation by stumbling on a word or
phrase, you've blown it, and the ritual won't work. You have to try
This ritual will be posted in two parts, but first here are some
SILENT ONE - refers to Pan, of whom it was said that he slept at
midday, and that a look from him could drive to to a 'panic'.
FORGOTTEN ONE - Another epithet of Pan, who was officially declared to
be dead, during the reign of the Roman emperor Tiberius.
ARCADIA - the part of Greece where Pan hailed from.
TWICE-MOTHERED - one of the names of the Greek god Dionysos.
CHILD OF THE SKY - the meaning of the word 'Dionysos'.
SHE WHO WORKS FROM AFAR - the meaning of the Greek name 'HECATE'
goddess of the moon and of magic.
O Silent One, Forgotten one, arise from your sleep of noon and
overwhelm our hearts with ecstacies. Fill the heady air with the songs
of reeds, and burst our breasts with passion. Bring on your sweet
Arcadian dreams and the laughter of the revellers in the forest, for my
beloved and I would lie in your secret places. We will build a shrine
of leaves and upon a carpet of braided vines, celebrate your mystery,
drink the bitter cup and fall into a rapture. Take us to the high
hills, bind our eyes with garlands of violets, stop our mouths with the
sweet honeycomb, and at that instant when our joy is greatest, with
your titan hand, hurl us together into the crevice. We shall fall
across the sky like stars. Like stars shall we explode and spread the
veil of our essence across the heavens. O! Let me die in the arms of my
beloved, for what can there be thereafter to eclipse that moment.
Having climbed the mountain to its summit, I would rise higher still
from its snowy peaks and lose myself utterly, rather than descend the
nether side, and return again into shadow.
O Silent One, Forgotten One, Lead us to the temple of the
twice-mothered, the Child of the Sky. There, far from the gloomy world
of men, my love and I will lose ourselves forever on the bright
threshold of the eternal. Prince of the woodlands, my beloved and I
would see you. You who are cloaked in forests and hills and streams,
concealed by the warm earth itself and hidden in the hearts of
mountains, show forth, and fill us with your madness. By it, we shall
either be destroyed or translated into light. In the depths of night,
within the walls of Tirzah, we cast our lot with love, and now await
with resignation, whatever the dawn may bring. My beloved and I are in
that sweet twilight of mind, that quiet state of victory, that comes
only from submission. We have made ourselves outcasts, and walk the
path of the rejected. Those who despise us are filled with envy, for
we have had the courage to drink forbidden wine. We have done that
which our enemies fain would do, but dare not. They are guided by the
laws of men and have placed these laws into the mouths of their gods.
Under the gaze of She Who Works From Afar, we have cut our ties with
man-made things. Arise, Silent One, The reddening sun fills us with
laughter. Come out of your midday slumber, look upon my love and me,
that in the ensuing folly we may leap into the infinite.
TIRZAH - the Hebrew word for 'delight', also the name of a city
mentioned in the biblical Song of Solomon.
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