Ritual gestures & Postures

 All theses gestures are from the books published and use in the different rituals of the Order. Others are yet unpublished and used in special rituals or occasions. In these you can find gestures for the work on hebraic letters, Tarot, oracle riual, etc.

 

BASIC GESTURES

Wand Posture

The Wand Posture is a normal and well-balanced standing position. The head is held erect, the shoulders are dropped back so that they are neither drooping nor held rigidly square. The arms hang by the sides with a slight natural curve at the elbow; the feet are placed side by side, the toes being turned neither in nor out.
If this posture is correctly maintained, it should be possible to take a step forward with either foot as required, without shifting the weight.

 

Earth Posture

The Earth Posture is a position in which the subject lies flat on his back. The legs are straight and the arms lie straight at the sides of the body. It is essential for this posture that tight clothing and unnecessary discomforts should be avoided.

 

God-form Posture

The God-form Posture is of ancient Egyptian origin. It is essential for this posture that a seat should be arranged so that the thighs shall be horizontal while the lower leg is vertical, and the soles of the feet rest steadily upon the floor, or if necessary upon a
support. Thus seated, with the spine erect but not stiffly vertical, the feet should be placed side by side as should the knees. The upper arms should hang loosely at the sides and the hands should rest palm downwards upon the thighs. The head should be held so that if open the eyes gaze straight ahead.


Arista 

 The Gesture Arista is accomplished as follows:
1st point. Commencing from the Wand Posture, raise the arms at the sides, so that the body and the upcurved arms form roughly the shape of the Greek letter 41, with the upturned palms held almost horizontally though not stiffly so.
2nd point. In one smooth movement the hands are brought over to cross upon the breast, right arm over left, fingertips touching collarbones.
3rd point. In one smooth movement the forearms are fully extended downward and slightly forward from the body (the elbows move only slightly in this change of position), the hands horizontal with palms downward and closed fingertips pointing
forward. This position is, in its own right, the Gesture Pronatio. 4th point. In one smooth movement return to position 2, as above, but with left arm over fight.

5th point. In one smooth movement the arms are opened to a gentle curve just below horizontal, so that they are outward to the sides of, and slightly forward from, the body: the hands following the same line but slightlyincurved, very slightly cupped.

 

Ave

 The Gesture Ave is accomplished as follows:
The right arm is raised with the elbow flexed, so that the upper arm is held forward in an almost horizontal position, slightly out from the side as necessary, the forearm and hand being raised vertically, the palm forward.

 

Cervus

 Both hands are raised in front of your forehead, palms facing front, the thumbs and index fingers forming an up-pointing triangle: thumbs at the base and index fingers as the sides.  The fingers making the triangle should be touching your face.  The empty space within the triangle should reveal the center of your forehead.  During the rite, you will visualize an upright pentagram within this triangle.

 

Orante

 The arms are raised forwards, with elbows flexed; the arms come to rest at a position in which the upper arm is approximately horizontal, the forearm raised to about 45° above horizontal; the hands are raised in a natural manner so that the palms are directed forwards and towards the object or person to receive the projection, the fingers are not
separated. Having taken the Orante Gesture, projection may be undertaken from this position if suitable: or any adaptation of the posture may be made, which will bring the palms into a more effective relationship with the subject of the projection.
When a materium which is to receive projection is upon the Bomos, for example, the hands may be lowered and brought closer together so that the palms are just above the materium.
There is no hard and fast rule about this, but symmetry is essential: both palms should be focused upon the subject. In any instance the body also may be inclined, and either foot advanced, as the student feels to be right: all should be achieved in one graceful change from the Orante Gesture, but the Orante Gesture is invariably taken first no matter what modification may be adopted for projection.


Pronatio

Begin by the Wand posture. Then in one smooth movement, fully extend your forearms so they are pointing towards the earth or floor; they should be slightly in front of your body (as you change position, your elbows should move only slightly), your hands should be parallel to the floor, with your palms down and your fingertips pointing forward. This position is, in its own right, the Gesture Pronatio.

 

Psi

In this posture, you are putting your body in the shape of the Greek letter Psi. Place your feet shoulder width apart.  Your arms should be raised in a gentle arc, palms slightly upward.

 

Tau

 Your arms are raised in the form of a Tau (T). In this position, the vertical line of your body should be balanced by the symmetrical, horizontal extension of your arms, evoking an awareness of Jupiter (Mercy) to the left and Mars (Strength) to the right as balanced powers within you. Your palms should be upturned to signify that you are a balanced being who is ready to receive the powers of the Higher Self.
 

PLANETARY GESTURES - See also >>>

Korax (Raven) --- Luna

1st point , "the Wand.": Wand Posture.
2nd point , "Medean step.": Left foot steps back, trunk turns to left comfortably. At the same time, arms are raised slightly at sides, palms turned up.
3rd point , "Calling Luna.": Arms are raised in a graceful, flowing movement until fingers meet overhead, elbows and wrist slightly bent to curve the arms. Then arms are lowered, still curved to about shoulder height, then raised, without haste, overhead as before.
4th point , "Taurus.": The elbows are bent decisively to bring the hands down to form the Bull Sign at brow as follows: the two fists are clenched, palm towards brow the outer edges of the hands touching. The two thumbs, slightly crooked are extended to point outwards and upwards at the sides.
5th point , "The Wand.": Wand Posture.
6th point , "Active Repose.": With fingers extended, arms are crossed on beast, right arm outside.
7th point , "Lunar Pronatio.": Upper arms remaining close to the body the forearms are extended downwards and slightly forward. The hands are horizontal, palms downward, closed fingertips pointing forwards and thumbs extended as in "Taurus".
8th point , "the Wand.": Wand Posture.

Kryphios (the Concealed) --- Mercury

1st point , "the Wand.": Wand Posture.
2nd point , "Priest of Babylon.": Forearms are held horizontally so that hands are palm to palm in front of the solar plexus right hand palm down over left hand palm up. The fingers of both hands are closed, each hand enfolding the fingers of the other The thumbs he closely alongside the forefingers.
3rd point , "Herald.": Right foot is advanced with knee flexed. At the same time, right arm is raised forward to horizontal, left arm raised backwards to horizontal. Left heel is raised, body inclines forward in straight line with left leg.
4th point , "the Hidden One.": Both hands are raised simultaneously to draw the hood swiftly over the face. Then, head is bowed, forearms are crossed in front of head, left arm on outside, palms forward.
5th point , "the Wand.": Wand Posture. (hood still covering face).
6th point , "the Revealed.": Both hands simultaneously throw back hood.

 

Miles (Soldier) --- Venus

1st point , "the Wand.": Wand Posture.
2nd point , "Denial.": Right palm is placed on left shoulder. Then, right arm, with palm now turned out sweeps vigorously around in a semicircle, upwards and over to rest extended horizontally from right shoulder palm forward.
3rd point , "I aspire.": Left hand is raised cupped, overhead with slightly flexed elbow to allow the cupped palm to take a horizontal position. The eyes follow this action of the left hand.
4th point , "Active Repose.": Hands crossed, right over left, on breast.
5th point , "Dedication.": The left hand is lowered in front of the body, palm down and horizontal, while the right hand signs the Sigillum Tau on the brow.
6th point , "Passive Repose." Hands placed on breast left over right.
7th point , "Victory.": In one simultaneous movement, the arms are raised in the Psi position ,the head is thrown back, and the right foot is advanced to stamp once.
8th point , "the Wand.": Wand Posture.

Leo (Lion) --- Sol

1st point , "the Wand.": Wand Posture.
2nd point , "Calathus.": The forearms are raised vertically in front of the chest with their undersides touching each other from elbow to wrist Maintaining this position, the two hands are bent backwards until their palms are as nearly horizontal a, possible, the fingers bent to suggest a shallow cup shape.
3rd point , "Flamma.": From this formulation, the arms are raised with an outward curving motion, until the hands curve inwards allowing fingers and thumbs to formulate a fire triangle at maximum height overhead.
4th point , "Catinus.": The arms form the Psi posture. At the same time, the right foot steps back and the body inclines backwards, head thrown back.
5th point , "Ignis.": Right foot is restored to normal standing position, body restored to vertical, while the hands again formulate the fire triangle but this time on breast.
6th point , "the Holy.": Left foot is advanced, body bends forward, middle fingers touch floor in front of feet.
7th point , "the Wand.": Wand Posture.

Persis (the Persian) --- Mars

1st point , "the Wand.": Wand Posture.
2nd point , "Gradivus.": In one movement step forward and left with left foot; then, in one movement step forward and right with right foot. (Feet are thus firmly planted astride).
3rd point , "Quintus.": In one movement both hands are brought up to shoulder and hung out sideways, so that arms are horizontal and the five digits of each hand are spread wide.
4th point , "Paratus.": Upper torso is twisted to left.
5th point , "Anhur.": Both fists being clenched meanwhile, upper torso is twisted violently to the right: as the torso is twisted to the right, the left fist is moved to the breast and the right fist is raised, right upper arm horizontally out sideways from shoulder, forearm raised vertically, as if about to hurl a spear.
6th point , "the Wand.": Wand Posture.

Heliodromos (Path of the Sun) --- Jupiter

1st point , "the Wand.": Wand Posture.
2nd point , "the Thunderer.": Left arm is raiseded upwards and back to "hurling" position, fingers curved as if grasping a thunderbolt; at the same time right arm is raised straight forward, horizontally from shoulder, left foot stepping back.
3rd point , "Chesed.": Right arm is drawn back from above position, to rest palm on left shoulder. At the same time, left foot is brought forward to standing position beside right foot The left arm is lowered to rest horizontally across the front of the body.
4th point , "Kaph.": Elbows to sides, both forearms am raised forward horizontally. The left hand turned palm upwards, cupped: the right hand turned palm downwards, hat with fingers straight.
5th point , "the Wand.": Wand Posture.

 

Pater (Father) --- Saturn

1st point , "the Wand.": Wand Posture.
2nd point , "Orante.": Make the Orante gesture.
3rd point , "Attis.": In one flowing movement, the left arm swings downwards to the left side and somewhat away from the body, palm upwards, balancing the right arm which is raised aloft and maintained with the cupped palm upwards, fingers to the back. The head meeanwhile is raised to look towards the right hand, and the right foot is advanced, toes resting lightly on the ground and heel raised, completing the balance of the entire figure. This changes smoothly to:
4th point , "Cybele.": Right arm is brought down and forward to about horizontal. The palm is upwards, forefinger and middle finger are extended together, the third and little finger are closed but not tightly. Left palm is turned downwards, the arm raised to the horizontal but not rigid. The head turns to look along the left arm. At the same time, the right foot is brought back beside the left.
5th point , "Uplifting the World.": Head forward, both hands sweep around slowly in incurving crescent movements to reach a symmetrical position, arms raised forward, elbows bent and pointing down, palms upwards and held on high, as if raising (for instance) a sheaf of wheat or similar offering which lies across the forearms.
6th point , "the Wand.": Wand Posture.


 

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