XXXIII: Dragons

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XXXIII TANIN

Servitors: Negen, Sigis, Gesegas, Nasi, Lagasas, Isagas.

The primary word on the Square’s outer edges, TANIN, comes from the Hebrew תנין‎ (Tannin), meaning ‘dragon,’ ‘serpent,’ ‘a monster’ or ‘a sea monster,’ though its ultimate root is תן (tan), denoting a jackal or any other fell land animal. The secondary on word on the outer edge NINAL may expand the watery connotations associated with the tannin, in its possible expression of NIN as the Hebrew letter nun, נן—which derives from a Phoenician pictogram that represented a fish or water serpent—and the divine suffix AL to represent a ‘fish god’ or divinity of the waters such as Dagon or Atargatis. The spirit name in the central cross is that of Negen, whose name comes from the word נגן which denotes ‘a musician.’ The word in the second column and row is also of importance as it comes from אשף (asep), meaning ‘a wizard,’ ‘a magician’ or ‘a sorcerer.’ In the original Square, the second row actually featured the word ASEPIN, which is the pluralised form of this word, but the ‘N’ at the end was removed as it would not fit in the Square and is also accounted for by the appearance of the letter ‘N’ both above and below the final ‘I’ of ASEPI.

The Vision

After invoking the Four Kings, the Dragon I visualised Egin sitting upon swooped down from behind me in the North and took me to the South over many fields and old castles before setting me down me to a thick forest. I climbed down from its back and stood at the eaves of the wood from which the sound of drums and wooden percussion instruments could be heard. I was reticent to enter the forest, which was filled with tall, straight trees that were planted in neat lines very close to each other, thinking that the dragon would incinerate the trees with its breath as soon as I set foot in it. On detecting this thought, it brought its enormous maw up close to me and told me that it could tear me apart easily enough if it meant to destroy me and urged me on. I raised myself up to look over the thick growth of orderly trees and saw that their heights were all also perfectly even. In their centre, in a grove, stood a tall white column, as sharp as a spike. I knew that this was where I must head.

I made my way through the woods and found it very difficult to walk through, and also found the vision, difficult to keep my concentration on as I attempted to walk through the trees, as though the whole vision would end any moment. I persevered and after travelling into the woods a little more, saw bloody human heads, from which all of the flesh had been gnawed upon the forest floor. The sound of the drums, which had not ceased since my entering the wood, now suggested the presence of cannibals. Then I came to a trough where all of the trees had been knocked flat to the floor by some great monster. Here I saw that the trees had fallen to form the shape of a great ribcage. I followed the direction of the carcass of this strange creature that was at once tree and bone, that was set at a crossroads that ran from west to east. Turning to my right, I headed east and came to the forest’s edge. The trees thinned there, and I recognised that part of the woods to be where the eagle had set me down in the previous vision. I saw the cliff line running away to the direction of the village where dragon meat disguised as that of buffaloes was sold and saw the sea before me where the buffaloes had dived down into the water.

Realising that my coming here had diverted from my goal, I re-entered the wood, came back to the wooden rib cage at the crossroads and ventured south again. I came to the tall white tower and saw that it was fastened to the earth by four white clamps, each of which ran in each cardinal direction. The tower tapered to a point, at the top of which a candle flame burned. I entered the tower and was elevated straight to the top where I found my essence merging with that of its flame. From that vantage point, I looked out in all four directions. To the South, before me, I saw the great watery dragon, Baltharin, in the waters, and also the island where the pig demons roamed far in the distance. Around to the West, I saw the great ranges of mountains with the chanting witches who lived in the thick forests at their feet. To the North, I saw the dragon who had set me at the forest’s edge and beyond him, the great plains, rivers and meadows, where I had seen the Lawn, the Beautiful Garden and the Bridges, Steers and Farm Buildings. And to the East, I perceived the forests and trees bordered by the rough wastelands and waterfalls where I had seen the Grape Plant, Vineyard and the Rose Garden. Here, in the centre of all of these things, where neither dragon could go, I connected with both of them, acting as an intermediary between them, and merged both of their essences as one in my fiery body.

As I gazed upon Baltharin in the seas to the South, I saw his body in the colours of blue and white, as I had seen them before, and upon his breast the number 6 was formed. Then, as I gazed upon the northern dragon, I perceived that his names was Larandros and that his black body and yellow breast were marked by the number 9. I understood that they represented the Sun and the Moon from this, and in me the forces of the two were combined and their spirits soared into the air and danced around one another in a wheeling dance taking the shapes of the number six and nine. I understood their names were deeply connected with one another in a way that I needed to figure out if I was to uncover the mystery behind each of their beings.  Then, above me, in the central point between these two forces, I saw that the Sun was directly over my head, as it would be if I stood at the Equator, and upon it was marked the glyph of the Zodiacal sign of Aries. Once the mingling of the essence of the dragons was complete, I became one with the beams of sunlight that came down from the scorching sun above and realised that everything in this world of visions was born of my own psyche and that I, as the essence of its Sun, had dominion over it. Yet all the creatures that lay within, although given flesh by the processes of my own mind and imagination, came from the great darkness beyond the spheres of that world, as, ultimately, did I.

The vision ended with the sight of a brown apple core and empty corn husk being tossed into the earth while the rays of my light shone on them. Then, almost instantly, the patch they were buried in yielded fresh produce in great abundance.

Notes

The vision was set about by a feeling of completion, as if it represented the coming together of all of the aspects of these visions so far, yet there are still six more visions to be seen. As the thirty-third vision, there may have been a mathematical relationship to the numbers six and nine that were revealed, with three plus three equalling six, and three multiplied by three equalling nine.

My place in the central point of the crossroads between the two oppositional forces was represented by my position on that worlds equator, which represents the position of 0º Latitude, mid-way between the tropics of Cancer in the North and Capricorn in the South. The appearance of the glyph of Aries upon the Sun also represented the point of 0º on the East-West ecliptic, where the Sun lies precisely between its Southern and Northern solstitial points. As the point of balance between these Solar and Lunar forces, I was a vessel for their coming together as male and female conjoined into one. Strangely, however, their positions were reversed, with the Northern Dragon representing the element of Earth and the Moon, and the Southern Dragon representing the Element of Water and the Sun. My understanding of these principles is good enough to know this wasn’t my own error, so why this anomaly occurred cannot be explained other than it showing the interchangeability of their essences.

The name Baltharin was previously assessed to mean Lord of the Razor, or similar, though an alternative possibility is that its suffix was not –tharin, as I interpreted it to be, but –thanin or —tannin, which would make it the Lord of the Dragons. The name Larandros represents a Latin or Greek linguistic expression, with Lar– possibly relating to the Lares, who were tutelary spirits of the home and the crossroads. The word Lares has an etymological origin in the Etruscan 𐌋𐌀𐌓, also meaning ‘Lord,’ while –andros either represents a masculine quality or a truncation of the Latin andron or andronis, which relates to a corridor, passageway or hallway. Given the great deal of imagery relating to crossroads in this vision, this seems of potential relevance, but there is also the possibility that the name Larandros means ‘Lord of Men’ in contrast to the ‘Lord of Dragons’ expressed in the name Balthanin.

The Square was constructed with the Moon at 1º Leo and scried with the Moon at 8º Leo.

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