Tattva Balancing Ritual
is a variation of the Banishing/Invoking Pentagram Ritual. I had
recently become disenchanted with Qabbalah, Golden Dawn, and
Judeo-Christian based mysticism in general. After some 11 years of
daily invocations of god/angel names from a religion I didn't believe
in, it finally wore thin. Fully convinced of the value of the energy
work I was doing and regular centering/balancing, I decided to purge
the BIRP of it's Christian symbolism. I felt the 4 elements were still
necessary and needed something that would jive with the Enochian. I
settled on the Hindu Tattva system, which has many corollaries with the
relationship between the previous symbols I had been using.
The format is almost identical and only the names have changed. I am only notating the differences, so assume everything
else is the same.
Stand in the center of the cross whose arms are the 4 directions, the point of balance, facing East.
Make a cross as before.
Touch the forehead, or Ajna charka, vibrate "Kala"1
Touch the genitals or Muladhara chakra, vibrate "Raga"2
Touch the right shoulder, vibrate "Vidya"3
Touch the left shoulder, vibrate "Niyati"4
Clasp the hands, fist in palm, or palm to palm over the upper chest or Anahata chakra, vibrate "Purusha"5
Holding the position, vibrate all the points together with the "AUM"
no longer find colored spheres to be important since the relation to
the Tree of Life is lost and focus instead on the feeling of vibration
and the concept I am invoking. The key point is to feel these energy
centers connect and balance themselves, for if one is not balanced
within, all attempts at external balance will fail.
Draw a circle of power on the ground in white fire, delineating the magical space. The 4 gates should be on its edges.
There should be a feeling that something has shifted when the circle is completed.
Draw a Banishing Earth pentagram in the East, visualizing it in black.
your eyes and breathe out and as you slowly draw breath back in, empty
your mind of all thoughts, becoming peacefully aware of your
surroundings. Get connected with your inner core, your center point,
this connection should be strong and firm by the time your breath is
fully drawn in.
When you have drawn a full breath, visualize the pentagram opening up onto the Abyss and
simultaneously push your palm(s) towards it, pushing all that is not of your core out and
let all the air rush from your lungs at once. Your strength will stand firm, while weakness will be blown away. Then
visualize the pentagram close as you
withdraw your hand into the Sign of Silence and let your mind rest in that silence as you start the invocation. It should
leave you with a clean, peaceful feeling.
Draw an Invoking Air pentagram in the East, then add a sky blue circle in the middle, then inscribe the Aquarius symbol
Vibrate "Vayu"6 and "EXARP"
Visualize/Feel the pentagram opening onto the Realm of Air, then
make the Sign of Shu and say
"Hail to Thee, Spirits of Air", or any other appropriate greeting. 7
Repeat the Banishing pentagram in the South.
Draw the Invoking Fire pentagram in the South with a red upward pointing triangle in the middle and inscribe the Leo symbol
Vibrate "Tejas" and "BITOM".
Visualize/Feel the pentagram opening onto the Realm of Fire and
make the Sign of Thoum-aesh-neith,
greeting the Spirits "Hail to Thee, Spirits of Fire".8
Return to the center if you have left it and face again East.
Draw the upright Invoking Spirit Active pentagram, in the center with a black egg or vesica shape within, vibrate "Akasha"
and "Yang" 9
Then project all your energy with an out-breath into the
Sign of the Enterer, passing through the pentagram of Spirit.
Pull your hands apart in the Sign of the Rending of the Veil, and beholding the Mysteries beyond the Veil, withdraw your
hands again into the Sign of Silence. 10
Repeat the Banishing pentagram as before.
Draw the Invoking Water pentagram in the West with an upward pointing silver crescent in the middle and inscribe the Scorpio
symbol on it.
Vibrate "Apas" and "HCOMA".
Visualize/Feel the pentagram opening onto the Realm of Water and
make the Sign of Auramot,
greeting the Spirits "Hail to Thee, Spirits of Water".11
Repeat the Banishing pentagram as before.
Draw the Invoking Earth pentagram in the North with a yellow square in the center and inscribe a Taurus symbol on it.
Vibrate "Prithivi" and "NANTA".
Visualize/Feel the pentagram opening onto the Realm of Earth and
make the Sign of Set Fighting,
greeting the Spirits "Hail to Thee, Spirits of Earth".12
Draw the averse Invoking Passive Spirit pentagram 13 in the center with a black egg or vesica within,
vibrate "Akasha" and "Yin"
withdraw the energy of the Universe into yourself with an in breath
making the Sign of the Closing of the Veil.
Finish with the Sign of Silence 14
Make a Tau with your body and invoke the 4 directional guardians,
vibrate "Indra" in the East, "Varuna" in the West, "Yama" in the South, and "Kubera"
in the North. 15
Draw the cross as before,
touching the Ajna, vibrate "Shiva" 16 in the East,
touching the Muldahara, vibrate "Shakti" 17 in the North,
touching the right shoulder, vibrate "Shuddavidya" 18 in the South,
touching the left shoulder, vibrate "Ishvara" 19 in the West,
clasping the hands over the heart, vibrate "Sadasiva" 20 in the center,
holding the position, vibrate "Atman" 21 within, then "AUM" 22 all together.
As when completing the inner cross, there should be a feeling of connection between the 4 worlds without and within.
Energy should be able to flow freely from one to another without obstruction.
Bow or thank the energies in some way.
ritual should be constantly evolving. Practice should bring about
greater understanding, which should then be "re-invested" in the ritual
itself. For this reason I have included a number of the variations I
myself use with the format. This is in no way to suggest that you
should use them as well, but simply to illustrate the many
possibilities, and to spur you to open yourself up and find the ones
you resonate with best. Falling into a static and rigid form is very
easy to do but will create stagnation and reduce effectiveness. The
point of this is to tap into that part of yourself that is truly alive
on all levels and in constant motion as the Universe is in motion.
Creation does not stand still. For that reason adaptation and variation
is key, though it is very difficult to keep up with. Still, I try to
keep a feeling of freshness, innovation, and novelty every time I do
this ritual. Spontaneity is your friend and rote, conditioned action is
your enemy for it encourages sleepwalking in a ritual that is intended
to awaken. Still it is quite a challenge to do the same thing every day
but do it differently each time, so don't be surprised to find yourself
creating patterns and falling into them. Just be aware of it and break
the pattern when it becomes counterproductive. Experimentation is key.
may note that the symbolism of this ritual is not quite as tight as its
predecessor. This is due to my imperfect understanding of the symbolism
of a culture very alien to my own. There is much tweaking yet to be
All the points of the cross here represent the 5 human tattvas, or the
primal forces as translated into the human world. Kala is the divine
wisdom which is intuitive in nature. To me it means following the right
path, and wisdom that springs upon you unawares.
Raga is attachment and corresponds with Tamas, the grossest and most
dense tattva which symbolizes inertia and physical matter. Generally it
is considered something bad and to be overcome, however it too has a
place in the perfectly balanced human being, for without attachment to
our goals in life we become blown about like a leaf in the wind and
never accomplish anything. The trick is in being attached to the right
things. To me it means determination, persistence, and ambition, in the
3 Vidya literally means knowledge, but in the sense of knowledge gained through personal experience, thus justified knowledge
based on experiential context, unlike Absolute Knowledge devoid of context or point of view.
Niyati is fate, the hidden and mysterious future. It is also karma as
the works of the present build the destiny of the future. I also
associate it with reservation or holding back, specifically associated
with silence and stillness.
5 Purusha means sheath and refers to the envelope of the soul, but it is also part of the soul, the part having to do
with individual identity.
6 Vayu, Tejas, Apas, Prithivi, and Akasha, are the 5 physical tattvas. There are 36 tattvas total but really only the
same 6 translated into the different stages of manifestation.
I have found it best to let my intuition guide me as to which method to
use for invoking the elemental worlds, though I try to stick to one
method when I have chosen. Sometimes I am not "with it" visually and
will choose to feel the symbols vibrating. Other times I will focus on
the mental attribute associated with the quarter, or the sound/feeling
of the element itself. Sometimes I will focus on the energy of the
element and the feeling that gives. For the visualization, sometimes I
will vibrate only the tattva symbol with the tattva name and the
pentagram with the Enochian, sometimes both with both, or I may even
imagine the elemental world itself and project the names into it. It is
important to be flexible and find the way that is going to work best,
rather than getting stuck doing something that you don't connect with
or aren't connecting with that particular day. Each of the elements are
multi-faceted, multi-dimensional things and there is an infinite number
of ways to make the required mental connection with that form of
energetic being. The important thing is that the gate is open and a
connection is made. Sometimes I like to pull the energy through the
gate and feel it mix into the center, saying something like "I call the
forces of X into this circle". I also will sometimes include "I invoke,
I greet thy presence Spirits of X" in with the greeting.
Or another variation is after the greeting I visualize myself as a spirit of that realm and add "For I am of you".
It is going to be helpful if you can keep the previous
visualizations/feeling active in your mind when invoking the new
energy. This is not always going to be possible however, and you should
adapt the ritual to the level of mental energy you can currently invest
in it without using that as an excuse to be lazy. In situations where I
find myself fighting off distraction and an inability to focus, I will
do the visualizations with my eyes open to help reduce the propensity
to have my mind wander off in the midst of invocation. Try it with eyes
open and closed and see the difference, then when open try focusing and
unfocusing your eyes and see how that affects your perception and
ability to concentrate. When doing the eyes open thing, I like to
imagine the pentagrams as not part of this reality but existing in a
spirit reality overlaid with the physical. It is hard to explain but I
can feel the difference, how one is behind the other, and they feel
more real to me on that level.
Feel free to substitute another word which suggests active spirit
energy to you. I tried a few pairs and the Yin/Yang combo is the one I
settled on. The influx of spirit should strengthen the 2 active
elements. Make a focal point in the center for them and connect them to
it, then allow the energy exchange to happen as they balance with each
other and the spirit. I sometimes get a curious tingling in my balls
during this and the other spirit invocation. Be open to energy
manifesting in different ways and see what feels right.
This, and the corresponding part of the other spirit invocation, has
become very sexual for me. I visualize the black vesica as the Yoni of
the Goddess, which I thrust myself into, sometimes forcefully,
sometimes gently. My projective desire to experience, allows me to
penetrate the Mysteries. This is a very Yang thing to do. A non-sexual
meditation I sometimes use is to focus on the emptiness between my
outstretched hands, which is as much a part of infinite space as the
night sky. I try to mentally grasp the quality of voidness, then fill
it with myself.
The image of the moon hanging over the ocean feels very appropriate to
me. For some reason the water spirits have always been especially
friendly with me, perhaps it is the nature of water or perhaps we have
a special affinity. You may find that you develop a special
relationship with one of the elemental worlds as well.
Feeling has always been a more effective form of invoking this quarter
than visualization for me. I am able to feel the intangible becoming
heavier and manifesting. This is earth to me. Sometimes when calling
the quarters, I see them as 4 actions of joy rather than things or
places. In that case East is the Joy of Learning, South is the Joy of
Creation, West is the Joy of Loving, and North is the Joy of Physical
Sensation, all physical sensation, sex, a good massage, a good meal,
sweet incense, a beautiful piece of music or art, etc. Working with the
energies on a more conceptual level brings a whole different feel to
This is drawn from the top left to the bottom right. Some people may
have a problem with drawing an averse pentagram. Whatever. To me it is
the precise and necessary complement to the previous spirit pentagram.
Also the way I draw them overlapping, they become a hexagram with the 2
askashic eggs merging into one. A potent formula in and of itself.
The sexual symbolism of this act is just as, if not more potent than
the last for me. The energy of the averse pentagram seems to naturally
turn downwards, so I follow that flow closing the veil, then taking it
down and in through my Muldahara, (closing the Muldahara bandha behind
it) up my spine to Sahasrara, then bring my hands down into the Sign of
Silence. Obviously this is the complementary sexual formula of
reception. Sometimes I will visualize myself as a woman and take the
energy of akasha into my yoni. There is more to this than simple
sexuality. For me it also represents the counterpart to penetrating the
Mysteries, which is to be penetrated by the Mysteries. It works both
ways. Unless we let the Universe in, and make a home inside us for the
Mysteries, allow them to transform us, then we will really not have
accomplished a true Understanding.
There are many versions of the 4 guardians of the quarters, some name 8
including the sub-quarters. I picked the 4 that I could find the most
info on and who seemed most prevalent. Also the others had weird long
names. Indra was once the King of the Gods, he is a great hero credited
with slaying many cosmic demons. He is associated with the sky,
thunder, storms, and war. He is depicted as a warrior in shining armor,
sometimes riding a horse, and he carries the Vajra or lightning bolt as
his primary weapon. He was very important in olden times and plays a
large role in the Rig Veda. Varuna is the Lord of Destiny, and is
associated with the aquatic realms. He rides a large tortoise or other
sea creature and is very beautiful of form. Originally a sky god who
was later assigned to the sea, he has some rivalries with Indra. He is
depicted as a youth and his primary weapon is the noose (to hang
evildoers). Yama is the Lord of the Dead, and his is the fire of the
cremation ground. He is a fearsome god who probably has some crossover
with the Japanese O-Yama. He is the lord of the underworld and judge of
the dead, and he represents the power of the ancestors over the
individual. He is depicted as a grim & burly man with curly black
hair, riding a fierce black buffalo. His primary weapon is a long iron
rod which he uses to break the bones of the wicked. Kubera is the Lord
of Wealth and pleasure. He is depicted as a rotund Buddha-esqe figure
(later as a dwarf when his importance waned) dressed richly and covered
with jewels. He is king of the mountains and the treasures of the earth
and rides an elephant or in a chariot. His primary weapon is the money
The tattvas of the greater, external cross, represent the archetypal or
original tattvas. Shiva is the essence of pure consciousness devoid of
characteristics. It is the primal tattva from which the others emanate.
I associate it with the ideas and energies of the East.
17 Shakti is the essence of pure energy and motion. It forms a duality
with Shiva and their interplay is the creation and dissolution of the
world. I associate it with the ideas and energies of the North, though
I used to place it in the West. It may be difficult at first to
correlate earth with pure energy. Think of it as the energy of life
itself rather than a clod of dirt.
18 Shuddavidya is Pure Knowledge in the absolute sense, the counterpart
to Vidya of the inner cross. I associate it with the ideas and energies
of the South. The dissolution of the ego in the fire of immolation
reveals perfect knowledge.
19 Ishvara is concealing grace. It is a complex idea, one I don't fully
understand, but which relates to the power of the gods and their grace
in bestowing blessings and wisdom on mortals. Also the "inner guru" is
called the Ishvara. I think of it as that which keeps the mysteries
hidden and doles them out a bit at a time as we become ready so we are
not overwhelmed, thus it contains both the idea of concealment and
revealing at once. I associate it with the ideas and energies of the
Sadasiva is the balance between Ishvara and Shuddavidya, which are the
extreme poles of knowledge and concealment. Sadasiva to me represents
balance in all things, between all energies, and its place is in the
center the final balanced formulation of the active and passive spirit
Atman is the completed or original soul, the correspondent to the
purusha or lower soul. It is called God in Hindu literature but the
concept is more personal than our ideas of God and is probably closer
to the concept of a True or ideal Self, a god-self.
During the formulation of the cross, while touching your body (I
actually hover just over the appropriate part) rather than focusing
your energies on the body, instead focus outward on the appropriate
quarter. Reconnect with the energies you just invoked, refresh the
visualizations, etc. Hold them there when you move to the next, so that
by the end you feel a strong connection with all. I feel the pentagrams
and the quarter itself vibrating as in the initial invocation, but
rather than feeling them as something outside of me vibrating, I feel
them as a part of me that is "extended", so the whole room and all the
energies within become my body. You are the center point, the active
mover and agent of balance at once, the 4 worlds are harmonized through
and within you. When vibrating AUM feel all the points of the cross and
the 4 worlds vibrating in unison with you, by attaining the same level
of vibration you are united. Each should strengthen and energize the
others. I see this as being not only a harmonizing of spiritual
energies, but as a harmonizing of the layers of consciousness, the
worlds within. The energy will normally grow and peak and astounding
personal revelations may come at this point or unusual modes of
perception may be attained. This is not always the case though, and it
can be difficult to spread out the consciousness in such a way as to
hold all these disparate ideas and energies at once. It is well worth
the effort however, as even a partial success brings greater balance
within and without and should have a powerful effect on your life and
awareness. When I complete this right, I feel like I am truly myself
and capable of anything. Sometimes I close with the affirmation, "The 4
worlds are one".
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