Throughout history, Christian and non-Christian religions around the
world have used different forms of rosary-like tools to repeat prayers,
mantras, and invocations. The one described here is modeled after the
traditional rosary of the Roman Catholic Church, usage which has a
history of over five centuries. Besides serving as a useful instrument
for work with mantras, prayers, and invocations, I feel that the
regular use of the rosary can transform the rosary itself into a
significant source of personal power.
There are many ways to make a rosary, from a simple string of prayer
beads to an elaborate work of art. To make mine, I strung fifty small
hematite beads in a loop in sets of ten with smaller, black beads
between them, just to seperate the hematite beads.The sets of ten beads
are known as decades. It has been suggested that different colored
stones might be used for each decade, possibly representing the colors,
attributed by Peter Carroll, to the rays of the Chaos Star. I've been
researching stones and their magickal properties, and hope to develop
this idea in the future. Each decade is separated by a large
bead. This loop is connected to a centerpiece.From the centerpiece
depends a large bead, then three small ones, then another large bead,
and finally a Chaos Star pendant. This is an eight-decade design. The
eight decades can be attributed to the Chaoshere, or Timothy Leary's
eight-circuit model of consciousness An eight decade design is not the
only option, however. Other possibilities might include:
* A simple, single
decade, which could represent some concept of unity. * Two decades,
representing positive and negative, yin and yang, or other concepts of
duality * Three decades,
representing one of many Holy Trinitys, or the Alchemical concepts of
Salt, Mercury, and Sulphur * Four decades,
representing the Powers of the Sphinx or the four worlds of the Hopi,
for example. *Five decades,
attributed to the "traditional" elements of earth, water, air, fire,
and spirit, or a more modern version of the same idea, such as
perceiving, understanding, thinking, knowing, and
illumination. * Seven decades,
representing the Chakras. * Ten decades,
possibly representing the Qabalistic Tree of Life.
In my opinion the Chaos Rosary does not require a special charging by
ritual etc. Rather, the charging takes place by
its practical application.
A traditionally based practice of incantation with the rosary begins
with the pendant, progresses up the chain to the center, and then
completes a series of the decades, reciting the appropriate formula at
each part.Typically, a single long incantation concludes the practice.
The following is an example:
I. Balance and Center. While holding the chaostar, make the sign of the
cross, as found in "several" popular Banishing Rituals, possibly using
a method like the one below:
forehead, or point up, and intone UJAI; ("aether") Touch the
genitals, or point down, and intone CHABOSEF; ("matter") Touch the
right shoulder and intone DINTHOQAF; ("power") Touch the
left shoulder and intone BORVEMAX; ("self-love") Touch the
breast and intone ULAV; ("infinity")
This is only one possible example. Other examples can be found in the
Lesser Banishing Ritual of the Pentagram, or Crowley's Star Ruby. Any
short rite used to center and balance should suffice. It need not be in
the form of a cross.
II. Formula of the Chaoshere Next, recite a short Incantation for each
ray of the Chaosphere. I personally believe that each person should
write and perform their own invocations, which reflect their own
concept of the power invoked. The following is an example of what might
"Power of the Purple Ray of the Chaosphere! Power of Lust! Power of
Sex! I call upon thee!"
Something similar should then be recited for each of the other seven
rays. It should also be noted that not everyone associates the rays
with colors. The above was only one possible example.
III. Formula of the large beads On the first large bead, recite a
prayer to Chaos. This should be a heartfelt prayer to the concept(s)
that Chaos embodies to you. An example being:
Oh Chaos, The Void, the
beginning, the end Oh Great Chaos, Nothing is True
Everything is Permitted. Oh Great Reigning
Mother and Father of All, I commit myself to
thy service. Oh Great Formless
IV.Formula of the small beads On each of the next three small beads,
recite the following: XIQUAL UDINBAK, which means roughly
V. Formula of the Center Recite an Invocation to Chaos on the center
piece which joins the loop of decades with the short chain. The
Invocation from Peter Carroll's "Mass of Chaos", found in Liber Null
& Psychonaut, could be considered here, or something such as a
modified version of the famous "Bornless Ritual".
This will bring you to the beginning of the loop section of the rosary.
Following a "traditional" style method, each decade would be completed
by reciting a small bead formula for each of the small beads and a
large bead formula for each of the large beads.
This completes what is traditionally known in Rosary work as a Circuit.
In Christian Rosary work several Circuits are performed while
reflecting on different events from the Gospels. It may be useful to
perform multiple Circuits with the Chaos Rosary as well, especially
when used in a similar fashion as the example above. One method that
could be used for Circuit work with the Rosary is similar to Crowley's
Liber Resh vel Helios, simply performing the rosary ritual four times a
day, at dawn, noon, sunset, and midnight (or as close as possible to
those times). One may find it useful to associate the times of the day
with their elemental correspondances. I've also included the Ouranian
word for the element(s) to compliment some other parts of the ritual.