XXXV: Vultures

Carrington

XXXV Vultures

Servitors: Izozon, Iuar.

The word in the top row, AIIAH, resembles the Hebrew איה (aiah), meaning ‘falcon,’ ‘hawk’ or ‘kite,’ while that of the bottom row, RAIAH, resembles ראה (riah), meaning ‘vulture.’ The word in the first column, AIIGR, may derive from אגור (agor) ‘hoarded,’ ‘accumulated,’ or ‘collected,’ while the word in the fifth column, HAIIH, may come from חיה (chiah), meaning ‘animal,’ ‘beast,’ ‘brute’ or ‘life force.’ The name in the Central Cross is that of the spirit Izozon and takes its meaning from the word זוז (zoz), meaning ‘move,’ ‘stir’ or ‘go away.’

The Vision

I saw a vulture sitting in the branches of a dead tree that looked as though it had been struck by lightning. The tree was set atop a bald hill which looked like the crown of a skull from which the flesh had been stripped away, while the vulture looked fat and satiated. Around the foot of the hill grew wide stemmed grass, almost as thick as reeds, and strewn among that grass were fresh entrails. Above the scene, high in blue skies with white and grey clouds, circled other vultures, though they did not dare approach the pickings of this mighty bird.

In the midst of the entrails lay a wolf, dying, its innards strewing forth from a rent in its abdomen. I approached the wolf as it lay at the edge of death and took mercy upon it, healing its wound and bringing it back to life. I asked what creature had done this to him and he replied that it had eaten one of the vulture’s young, which then proceeded to tear its way out from inside of him. The vulture sat in the tree above him waiting for him to die so it could feast on him. I saw a clock at this point and its hands stopped at the moment I healed the wolf. The time on that clock read 5:29:27. The vulture informed me that in thirty-three seconds time, at 5:30 exactly, the wolf would have died and it would have feasted upon its carcass, and that I had made a great error in depriving it of its meal. I said that it looked well fed enough as it had feasted on the flesh of the hill, leaving nothing but bare bone there, but it replied that it had not taken any sustenance from this great banquet, but had only eaten of it to open the gateways of death. As the lands were bare of all other life, the vulture told me that I would now be its next meal and it would stalk me until my death, which would now be hastened greatly. I informed it that my death was far away and that my ally the wolf would help preserve me. ‘But see how he slinks away’ said the vulture, and I turned to see that the wolf was departing.

I caught up with it and found that it was not fleeing from me, and that the vulture was trying to remove my hope and faith in my new ally. To prove this, the wolf bade me ride upon its back and took me to a grove where he and his fellows lived. There, I could take refuge from the stalking vulture who could not enter that place. In the centre of the grove was a well, the waters of which shone with the golden light of the Sun. On the stones of the well, each character set one-sixth of its circumference apart, were written the runes ᚴᛁᚦᚭᚱᚭ which the wolf informed me should be engraved onto a drinking vessel containing water drawn from a spring. This would keep the vulture and the forces of death at bay and would keep me healthy and rejuvenated.

After this, the sky grew dark and the wolf and his kin departed the grove to hunt by the light of the Moon. Left alone, I saw the vulture in the eaves of a cedar tree high above me, though its guard was down and it had fallen asleep. Seeing this, I departed the grove, escaping my hunter, and the vision ended.

Notes

While the runes were Germanic, the word they spelled was Greek, being κιθάρα, (kithara), the word from which ‘guitar’ comes. This was traditionally the instrument of the sun god Apollo, who exchanged it with Hermes for his Caduceus. It is therefore a solar instrument and relates well to the well-water that shone with the light of the Sun. The appearance of wolves and birds may also prove related to the spirit Barbatos, who knows the languages of dogs, birds, oxen and other beasts, and who is also associated with the woods, hunting, stringed instruments (the name Barbatos may derive from the words Barbiton and Barbat, both of which are stringed instruments) and the principles of magical protection. This I take as the fulfilment of the promise of a message delivered to me by that spirit in a previous work that he would deliver me a meaningful message at a designated place or point in time. The magical formula given will therefore be incorporated in a practical manner to obtain the benefits described. Runes were developed as a writing system by the Etruscans and were based on Greek characters, so a link between Runic and Greek script is not unfeasible.

It is also notable that the name of the Book of Offices spirit Ozia appears in the Square. Ozia comes under the rulership of Egin and can teach all manner of arts or sciences, invisibility, grant the favour of enemies and can carry one from one place to another, so there are also connections between his abilities and the events that occurred in this vision.

The Square was constructed with the Moon at 8º Aquarius and was scried with the Moon at 13º Aquarius, where it was conjunct with Mars. With the wolf being a Marsian creature, it is possible that the appearance of the wolf was a manifestation of the influence of that planet over the vision.