Thursday, January 31, 2013

PGM XII. 153-60

Spell for a Divine Revelation: Invoke the great name in a time of great stress, in major and pressing crises. If not, you will blame yourself. In addition say three times the “IAŌ,” then the great name of God.

I call upon you, PHTHA RA PHTHA IĒ PHTHA OUN EMECHA ERŌCHTH BARŌCH THORCHTHA THŌM CHAIEOUCH ARCHANDABAR ŌEAEŌ YNĒŌCH ĒRA ŌN ĒLŌPH BOM PHTHA ATHABRASIA ABRIASŌTH BARBARBELŌCHA BARBAIAŌCH; let there be depth, breadth, length, brightness, ABLANATHANALBA ABRASIAOUA AKRAMMACHAMAREI THŌTH HŌR ATHŌŌPŌ. Come in, lord, and reveal.”

The serpent-faced god* will come in and answer you. When you dismiss him, make an offering of the skin of a serpent.”
- PGM XII. 153-60, TR: W.C. Grese. (From Betz, Greek Magical Papyri in Translation, p. 159.)

* Betz adds in the footnotes: “When depth, length, and brightness are summoned, this may indicate the re-enactment of creation. In such a context, a serpent-face deity... would be appropriate, because the serpent is the primordial form of the Gods...”


I found it interesting for, y'know, reasons.


NOTE: The VM phrase for the Great Name of God is INOUTHŌ in PGM I: 42-195 (line 150, to Selene: INOUTHŌ PTOUAUMI... etc.). Even is this isn't the name explicitly referenced in the above spell, it should work, as it's used in invocation rituals. If you want to experiment, play with IAŌ, INOUTHŌ, IAŌ, etc. Or reverse the sequence. Unless angry Caco-Daimons show up to mock you, you should totally be fine. Particularly if you Call the Sevenths and blast out space, or clean out space around you before.

3 comments:

Rufus Opus said...

Is the serpent faced god agathos daimon?

Brother Christopher said...

you know, I adapted a spell from the PGM for making a dream light, to being an benediction I recite over my altar candles to consecrate them, and before I light them each day. It also used the phrase "length, depth, breadth, heighth, brightness" and since having used that benediction for so long, I totally agree that it refers to the process of creation, and the primordial light. That is always the experience I get when reciting it.

Jack Faust said...

R.O.: Only one way to find out...

Bro. Chris: Hmmm. Thanks! I think there are some other dream oracle spells (for lamps) that do the same thing that I can also test out.