XXV: Steers

Minotauros

XXV PARAH

Servitors: Ramoras, Mara.

The word at the outer edges of the square, PARAH, comes from the Hebrew פרה (parah), ‘cow,’ while the spirit referred to in the central cross is Ramoras, whose name means ‘thunder.’

The Vision

I walked through a meadow and discovered a large puff mushroom that resembled a distorted-looking skull. Curious about what it was concealing, I took out the ankh knife I had found on my own dead body in the vision of A Mountain and cut it open. Inside were a writing mass of millipedes, but before I could look at them properly, a cloud of spores that seemed to also be tiny insects exploded out of the husk and made their way into my nose and mouth and down into my lungs. As soon as I inhaled them, I soared up into the sky, which darkened, then found myself landing in another field, though I came there by landing from below the earth, not above it. In the field a herd of Minotaurs stood guard, just as one of them had in the vision of Wild Animals. They came towards me with great suspicion and the one who led them held a chain, which another Minotaur to his right held the other end of. He explained that they were taking me prisoner as I shouldn’t be trespassing in their domain. I consented to be bound in the chains and kept a reserve of great power within me that I could easily break their bonds with if I felt any danger.

Once bound, they became winged bulls, like the Lamasu of Mesopotamian lore, and flew me to a lonely and sinister looking tower with a stone bull’s head mounted above the main entrance. Inside, on a dais at the end of a dark, stone chamber sat the monarch of the bull-men, who questioned me on how I got to his domain. On telling him that I arrived there after cutting open the puff mushroom, he seemed concerned and asked how I had managed to cut him open. In response, I showed him my ankh dagger and he grew fearful. He asked where I obtained such an artefact, and I told him I had recovered it from my own dead body on the top of a mountain. On hearing this, he apologised profusely for having me brought to him in chains, as one who had been resurrected from death as I had should not have been treated in such a way. I told him that I had not been offended as his servants had only been keeping due vigilance and had acted correctly. I reminded him that if I’d been offended by being brought to him, he would be aware of it by now.

As recompense for the discourtesy he felt he had done me, he asked me what I wanted of him to make amends, as he seemed greatly fearful. I said I wished for the essence of strength, vitality and prosperity that lay in the bones of his kingdom be granted to me, and he had one of his minions, who he named Taja, to bring me a vial that was filled with a thick, honey-gold substance. He bade me to drink it and told me it was the essence of a bull mixed with liquid gold. I drank it and felt a rush of warmth and well-being fill me. With this favour granted, I thanked him and bade him farewell and was returned back to the sunny meadow I had wandered before the mushroom spores had transported me to the darkened world of the bulls. In front of me when I returned was a brown and white cow happily chewing grass. On her ear was a white tag on which the number ‘39’ had been marked. Before the vision ended, a bull’s horn appeared in my hand and a voice came from the world above telling me to blow it if I ever had the need to summon any of its denizens to me.

Notes

The word AZOFA in the second row of the square comes from the Hebrew עזוב (azob), ‘abandoned,’ ‘forsaken,’ ‘derelict,’ ‘deserted.’ This wasn’t strongly reflected, but the castle where the Minotaur King resided was set alone in a dark environment.

The name Taja the King addressed his servant by is Minoan for ‘five’ and it was the Minoan culture in Crete that the legend of the Minotaur originated from. Both the beast itself and the culture its myth grew from derive their names from King Minos. With Minos being believed to mean ‘king’ and taur meaning ‘bull,’ a Minotaur is in essence a ‘king of the bulls,’ just as the throned king in this vision certainly was. That the king called his servant ‘five’ suggests that his minions were given numbers rather than names. This was reflected with the placid cow I saw in the field towards the end of the vision who had the number ‘39’ etched into the tag she wore on her right ear. 39 is directly relevant to the number of squares in this chapter of the Abramelin, though whether there is any esoteric meaning behind this is not something I have spent much time considering yet. Its Kaballistic meaning is ‘IHVH is One’ and also has the same meaning in its expression as the word אחד (achad), ‘unity’ = 13, reiterated three times.

The Square was constructed with the Moon at 12º Sagittarius and performed with Moon at 27º Sagittarius.

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