Star Blessing Gesture
pentagram (sometimes known as a pentalpha or pentangle or a star pentagon)
Visualise a glowing yellow light
The Catechism of the Children of the Goddess [Dea]
Appendix 1: Making The Pentacle
The Pentacle (Note 1) is a powerful protective symbol. It is a variant of the five-pointed star of the Goddess [Dea] (the Madrian Rosary, the archetype of the rosaries used in all the masculist world religions, has one decade for each petal of the Rose – hence its name).
To form the Pentacle, one should first touch the forehead, then visualising a line of silver etheric light, bring the hand diagonally to touch the left hip, then draw another line to touch the right shoulder; then the left left shoulder; the right hip and finally the forehead again.
One of the most important symbolisms of the Pentacle is that of the elements or seasons. The uppermost point represents the fifth element: Spirit, and the fifth season, Moura. The other elements are arranged sunwise (clockwise) around the remaining points in order of the seasons: Water (Spring), Fire (Summer), Earth (Autumn) and Air (Winter). See diagram.
On page 83 of Sacred Myths and Rites of the Madrians. Edited by Philip P Jackson.
The forming of the Pentacle symbolises the Cosmic Drama. We touch first Spirit, which represents the purity of the first creation; then Earth – the descent into matter; then Water (the Easter element) – the sacrifice of our Lady in coming to us; then Air – the star of Her coming and the bringing of Her light; She brings us to the consuming Fire of Her Mother’s Love – to “the Rose that is the Flame and the Flame that is a Rose”; through the Divine Fire, we are purged of imperfection and return to our first purity, touching Spirit again.
As well as its devotional value, the Pentacle can form a barrier against harmful spiritual and psychological influences.
One very effective visualisation, having made the Pentacle, is to envision a small flame at the tip of each point. Allow these to grow in size until their bases meet at the centre of the Pentacle. Thus each is a fiery petal of one great Rose of flame. This is particularly apt for the final decade of the Rosary, when completing the Great Pentacle and contemplating the Mystery of the Rose of the World. (1)
The term Pentacle is incorrect. This is a Pentagram. The terms pentagram and pentacle are sometimes used interchangeably. An upright pentacle is generally defined as an upright pentagram surrounded by a circle.
[The Janite Tradition uses Rose of Heaven, Rosa Caeli. NOT Rosa Mundi or Rose of the World because that means something else besides what the Madrians thought it did. (Or the Aristasians/DOSH).
Rosa Mundi. A Poem. By Aleister Crowley as H. D. Carr. One of a suite of poems written by Crowley for his then-wife, Rose on 7 January 1904 while Rose was suffering from an attack of fever. The frontispiece is a color lithograph of executed by Auguste Clot after an original pencil and wash design by Auguste Rodin. Published by Ph. Renouard, Paris (1905).
Aleister Crowley was an occultist involved in sex magic.
Beware of illustrations of naked people alongside this article.
The following is a Deanic understanding:
“This image of the Rosa Mundi, or Rota Mundi, is the solar wheel of Apollo, the Lord of movement, of the ever passing/present moment. It is the Solar Citadel, the abode of the Heart, the symbolic center of the Supreme Center which is everywhere centered at once. It is a door through which this invisible place may be accessed by one with a pure heart and an unblemished soul. If one gains access to the center of the rose…”
…”A rose with seven petals each alludes, in all probability, to secret doctrines of septenary emanation…
Joscelyn Godwin, in Robert Fludd – Hermetic Philosopher of Two Worlds. Shambala, Boulder, 1979: 10 [w/illustration.]”
Commentary on Dat Rosa Mel Apibus by John Eberly
24″ x 36,” acrylic on canvas, 2000
“The Rota Mundi is a term frequently occurring in the early manifestos of the Fraternity of the Rose Cross. The word Rota by a rearrangement of its letters becomes Taro, the ancient name of these mysterious cards.”
Other articles of interest:
The Madrian Rosary of Five Mysteries/Five Solar Seasons
Evening Star – Venus – The Great Mother – Roman Era Rose of Venus