Just a few thoughts on the Breath of the Dragon, which is one of the great primordial powers.
It is a path of (self)initiation, of which we can find traces in several ancient cultures and myths. For example, in Ancient Egypt we hear of the “Shemsu Heru”, the Sons of Horus. A cult/ organization founded by Isis itself, falling back on ancient initiations, performed or known by the high priests of On-Heliopolis. It is aimed to go through the archetypes of the Ennead, bringing to life each aspect of the nine gods in themselves, as such opening the chakra’s and coming in touch with the primordial power, which we name “Breath of the Dragon”.
The family Bathory have in their coat of arms, the teeth or nails of the dragon. Around the shield we see the dragon itself, spinning in a circle, biting in its own tail, as such representing the ouroboros. Many members of this family have been seen as Dragon lords or ladies. Erzsebet Bathory, being one of them. Though accused of killing about 600 women, for their blood, recent investigations have shown, that this most likely is a false accusation. A strong women, who controlled her own properties and took care of her own business, wasn’t liked very much in those days. Women were seen as less worth then men, and as such could be no equals.
In the same line, we can see Lilith. The first wife of Adam, created also from mud, was equal to Adam and refused to obey him. Legends and myth say that for this she became the first of demons, and was cursed for all time. Again, a strong women wasn’t liked by society, and by demonizing her, they were able to get her out of the way, and it’s easier to hide, that she was the archetypal Dragon lady, who initiated herself in the system, and knew how to use and harness the power. Next to Lilith, we also can name Isis a.m.o.
Closer in time and culture, we find Merlin, who is said to use the Breath of the Dragon as source of his magick. Only when Morgana Le Fay finds out his secret, he falls in an eternal sleep and what he has build up falls apart.
We can ask ourselves if for example the Cathars, didn’t work with this energy, when bestowing the consolamentum.
Now, what is the Breath of the Dragon? We probably have heard of the kundalini, the force which opens the chakra’s, by removing energetical obstructions and etherical webs. This is a slow process, which is brought forward by life itself, by practicing yoga or meditation or which can be brought forward in a kind of initiation.
The Breath of the Dragon is the power of the Aum, the sound which brought forth creation It is the combination of the four elements, its combined force and power, raging through the etherical body and removing all obstructions at once. It’s not hard to understand, that such a process can lead us to a path of destruction, if those who try to handle it are not fully prepared for it. We see a glimpse of it, in the book “Initiation” by Elizabeth Haich, were the main character falls into a lower energy, and while trying to reach the source of high energy, described as the ark, she is almost burned.
The dragon is said to show itself to those, who are chosen to wield his power. Some set their first steps on this path, but can’t continue, because of the great impact it has on their state of being.
Afterwards, some have tried to institute a copy path, which for example relies on strict ritual or the use of blood in one form or another. Though these systems can have great results, they don’t tip to the original power, which is only unveiled to a selected group through history. As the saying goes, “ Many feel called, few are chosen.”
Rituals have been manifold through human history, being it done in temples, in houses, short or long ones, it is something we find again and again in every society that exists or ever existed. Rituals have been performed to ask for certain intentions, like healing of someone who is sick, to obtain something, to express our gratitude, to offer to the gods, to celebrate, to achieve a higher level, etc., etc. ,etc….
To see, what ritual can mean for each of us, let us first look, at what wikipedia describes as being it:
A ritual "is a sequence of activities involving gestures, words, and objects, performed in a sequestered place, and performed according to set sequence." There are hardly any limits to the kind of actions that may be incorporated into a ritual. The rites of past and present societies have typically involved special gestures and words, recitation of fixed texts, performance of special music, songs or dances, processions, manipulation of certain objects, use of special dresses, consumption of special food, drink, or drugs, and much more.
This is already enough to baffle most of us, but let’s put it into an easier context. Ritual is every act, that connects us with a higher being or energy, in what ever way and for what ever goal we perform it.
If we aren’t used to work with any type of rituals, it’s best to keep it simple. Let us not forget, that lighting a candle is also a ritual, and one of the most basic. For example, we can light a candle, for someone who is sick, while we do it, we aim our thoughts to the person, and send out energy of healing, or prayer/ energy to which being/ god we are connected with.
It’s not the candle that will perform anything, it are we, doing the simple, but effective ritual. We aim our thoughts to a certain goal, we send out energy, and as action equals reaction, a response will follow. Sometimes it is difficult to obtain what we desire, as simple things are achieved easily, more complicated matters take more time.
It’s important, that you believe, that what you are doing will cause a difference, however this may manifest itself in the end. Without a deep belief in what you do, each ritual or manipulation is useless.
We can perform elaborate rituals, with expensive incenses, candles, wines, clothes, sword, etc. Which can all help to aim your thoughts to the goal which you want to achieve, but which can be done in a very easy way also. The power of ritual lays not in using expensive items, but in the belief that it will work. Building up the power of accepting and believing that you, through your will can achieve things around you in the material world, takes time, but through exercise you can achieve much. Here the sky isn’t the limit, your mind is.
What ever you desire or want to achieve, basically nothing is impossible, only we can hinder ourselves to reach our set goal. If you use rituals, in what ever form, keep them simple, in your own language, or a language you do comprehend. The more you can follow, what and why you do it, the more you are connected with the working and the stronger the energy is, you can put into it. As to the duration of a ritual, it’s best not to prolong it to much, as it’s difficult to remain focused for a long time, but of course that differentiate for each of us. Once you are more advanced, you can use a more elaborate working, if you so desire. But always remember, it’s not that which holds the power, that force lays inside of you.
What ever way you choose, may it be successful and a wondrous path of discovery.
More and more we hear about the archetypes, or at least it seems as such, as it’s already an old concept, which has brought forward more through Carl Gustav Jung. The archetypes are seen as an ancient or primordial form or image, for example the mother, the king, the warrior, the healer, the priest, the creator, the sage, etc.. The list can go on and on. Most of these archetypes are used, whenever we speak of a role model, a set image of a task, or what society has made of it.
Though this all may sound a bit too far from daily life, the archetypes do influence what we do, or better said, what we can do with them. Whenever moving into a new step in our lives, we can fall back on these ancient form, to aid us. Most of the time, this happens unconsciously, while we prepare ourselves to take a new path in life, which can range from starting a new job, becoming a mother, changing religion, etc. the possibilities are factually numerous, and only end with what you permit yourself to accept or belief.
If you are starting a new project, or taking a next step in life, and you are nervous or scared about it, look up which archetype resembles what you wish to do, or comes closest, then meditate or do a visualization on it. Try not only to imagine how the archetype would present itself, but also how it acts and reacts to certain matters it’s faced with. If anything valuable is found, why not use this to your advantage? It’s not just a copying, but making it your own. Maybe you will use certain things which you see or experience in meditation/ visualization, but when you start using them for you, you will change it for your specific need.
Ok, this theory may sound good, but how to use it practically? Well, let us look at a few examples.
A women is expecting a child, she is nervous, as it’s here first. She got a lot of advice on what to do, but it didn’t really help her. While she goes through books and reads whatever she can on the internet, she is making an unconscious connection with the primordial mother, she starts making connections, she didn’t see as first, and slowly but certain, she becomes prepared for her time of labour.
A priest, just freshly ordained, is worried, will he perform his office in a good way? He reads about the life’s of well known priests, he takes in him what they did and how they did it, and he molds it into a form for himself, as such preparing himself for his duties.
A man is setting his first steps on the magickal level, he wants to do a ritual, but doesn’t know how best to perform it. He looks on youtube for video’s others posted, while performing rituals, he looks into some text examples, and slowly but certain, he sees the ritual developing in his mind. With that he is taking the first step, he is living the ritual in him and already giving it power. It is as laying the foundation stone for the coming work.
An actor is asked to play a role, he has never done before. It’s rather scary, as it’s something completely fresh. He reads what the part is about, what and who the figure he is playing is, how he acts and why. As such he is getting a deeper sight in his role, maybe he will see how to use elements he already knows, in a new way, combining skills in another form. Factually becoming the person, he is asked to play.
It still may sound a bit ambitious, but the only thing holding you back, to reach what you want, is yourself. If you are open for new challenges, prepare for them, except them as a part of yourself, you have already crossed the threshold, which usually is the hardest step to take. It’s like learning a language, sometimes it seems so difficult, but that is because we often stay thinking in our mother tongue, while trying to speak the new language. The same goes for changes in our lives. Too often we are comfortable in what we are, or what we are doing, but sometimes we need to take a step in the dark, without challenges no growth can be reached.
May whatever your path brings you, it be fruitful and great, and confirm that this is something you have reached, you have build. It’s a wonderful experience, that will build your self-trust and self-respect, and lay the foundation for even more wondrous things to come your way.