The Power of Divine Names
The Power of Divine Names
There are two main magical paradigms in which we see these “names” enacted and made use of, these being the Judeo-Christian “Great Work,” and the Egyptian Magic systems. Let us first examine the Names of God as presented in the High Magic paradigm, as well as the respective meanings of the more known ones:
EHEIEH: “That which the eye sees not.” It is the simplest representation of God that mortals are granted to perceive, and is best summed as “I AM.” From there, it has been extended to point towards the “Mighty I-AM Presence,” particularly in St. Germain’s writings. The extension is EHEIEH ASHER EHEIEH, which is how God addressed himself in The Burning Bush before Moses. It may also be noted that when Judas lead the Roman Soldiers to Jesus, when they arrived they said “Are you the one who calls himself The Christ?” And when he responded “EHEIEH,” or “I AM,” all the soldiers were instantly knocked unconscious.
ELOHIM: “Shining One,” though is usually used with EL to donate “The Shining One,” as ELOHIM itself can also refer to an angel
EL: The, thou, ye, etc. Used to point towards one being in particular.
YHVH: Jehova, the common Jewish name for God.
(EL) SHADDAI: The Almighty and Most Powerful.
ADONAI: Lord. One of the few names of God by which he can be called in public, as tradition goes. It may be note-worthy to see that The Disciples called Jesus ADONAI often.
AGLA: The Mighty God Forever. The power and strength of the universe collected within one. It is the name Jacob heard when he was shown The Ladder.
These names are, excluding a few, essentially the ones used in most esoteric High Magic. With the vibration of those names, the magician is said to be able to bind down demons, and call upon angels. Though Abraham the Jew did not particularly make use of them and still achieved greatness in magic via the teachings of Abramelin the Mage, most esoteric texts contain the use of those names within them, particularly as a part of constructing the circle.
Apart from the above mentioned names, it may do well to here also make mention of The Tetragrammaton. The Tetragrammaton is said to be the highest name of God, with which all things on Earth are commanded and put into order. In Jewish mysticism concern with this name can still be found. However, in Christian mysticism(such as healing, exorcism, raising the dead, etc), use of the name has been done away with altogether because God came and was called Jesus Christ, and therein that is now His name. Because of that, the Christian paradigm follows that all things can be done in the name of Jesus Christ, whereas the Jewish paradigm believes all miracles belong to the proper utterance of The Tetragrammaton, which is the name of God. Those whom have spent their entire lives practicing the Qaballah, and believe themselves to have learned the proper pronunciation of The Name, are called the Baal Shem, or literally, “Masters of The Name.” Using that name, they work many miracles, and as a result are sometimes called the Messiah(or even label themselves as such). However, it seems that many of the Baal Shem who go as far as to declare themselves “The Annointed One,” often die an untimely, and rather painful death(such as cancer).
It would do us well now, before explaining the “why this is” part of the section, to take a look at Egyptian Magic. Egyptian Magic essentially consists of two main things: Those rites which are layed down in the Book of the Dead, And the proper use of “True Names” to bind spirits into action. It is believed in Egyptian tradition that to know anything’s real name, be it the wind, a rock, a frog, a person, or even a god/dess is to have complete power of it. Interestingly enough, you see a degree of this same belief carried over into Hermeticism, where any demons encountered are asked for their actual name, as opposed to simply being referred to as “fear, pain, etc.” As an example, we can look at the old story of Isis and Osiris. Isis was a maid of Osiris the god, a powerful chief-god of the Egyptian pantheon. Over time, Isis fell in love with Osiris, but knew that a mortal could not be with a god. At the same time, she thirsted for the power of a god such as Osiris. Being clever as she was, Isis devised a scheme. Osiris walked the same trail every day, she had observed. She would go to the trail before he walked it, lay a poisonous snake off to the side of it, then hide in the bushes as wait. She did so, and sure enough Osiris came walking along and got bit by this poisonous snake, the poison to which only Isis had the cure. When he was bit, Osiris fell to the ground and began crying for help, and sure enough, Isis ran to his side with the remedy. When Osiris asked for it, she said that she would only grant it under one condition, that condition being that Osiris reveal his true name to her. Though he chose not to at first, the pain began setting in fiercely, and eventually he cried aloud his sacred name. This having been done, Isis handed over the remedy and Osiris was cured. When he was healthy again, Isis used Osiris’ true name to make herself a god, and therein set herself up in the pantheon amongst the other gods.
Its an entertaining story, but aside from that, it demonstrates where the belief of “true names” came from, and one way in which it could be used. Because most of their magic relied on the proper enunciation of such names(which were obscure and hard for the human tongue to utter), they often attributed any unsuccessful spell to the improper enunciation of the governing true name.
So now we have seen an example of these power names within both High Magic and Egyptian Magic. What is so powerful about these words, that they are attributed as being key in many magical operations? I shall provide one theory, which is the one that I too believe:
The vibrations released via the EXACT pronunciation of certain words is parallel to the vibrations of a given substance’s existence. This follows the paradigm that all things exist on more than one level, and therein have a frequency of their own. Their power names, when uttered correctly, tap into those currents and link to the mind of the speaker, giving that speaker complete control over that current via a level of synergy, and as a result, all operations pertaining to the desired can be accomplished. Now this theory does apply to mundane corporeal things, such as trees and rocks, but applies even more so to entities, whom exist solely on an ethereal level, and to whom the magician is told to ask the true name of. The true name of a spirit resonates with perfection the vibration of the entity’s own energy, therein tying the speaker to it from an authoritative position, forcing the entity to be subservient to whomsoever can speak its true name.
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