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Exercise 1: Running The Iron Pentacle Stand up or lie down on the floor with feet apart and arms

out, so that your body forms a pentacle. As you chant each phrase, feel the energy which is generated by the individual concepts of Sex, Pride, and so on, focusing in the area of the body next to each point: In the names of those things which trouble me: In the name of Sex [head] In the name of Pride [right foot] In the name of Self [left hand] In the name of Power [right hand] In the name of Passion [left foot] In the names of those things which trouble me: I claim them, I own them, I become them, I affirm them, I accept them with thanks, They shield me. They are mine. Exercise 2: Running the Pearl Pentacle In the names of those things to which I aspire: In the name of Love [head] In the name of Law [right foot] In the name of Knowledge [left hand] In the name of Liberty [right hand] In the name of Wisdom [left foot] In the names of those things to which I aspire: I claim them, I own them, I become them, I affirm them, I accept them with thanks, They shield me. They are mine. Exercise 3: Running The Blessing Pentacle In the names of those things I am given: In the name of Devotion [head] In the name of Truth [right foot] In the name of Radiance [left hand] In the name of Grace [right hand] In the name of Blessing [left foot] In the names of those things I am given: I claim them, I own them, I become them, I affirm them, I accept them with thanks, They shield me. They are mine. Exercise 4: Running The Pentadecagram In the names of those things I am given: In the name of Sex-Love-Devotion [head] In the name of Pride-Law-Truth [right foot] In the name of Self-Knowledge-Radiance [left hand] In the name of power-Liberty-Grace [right hand] In the name of Passion-Wisdom-Blessing [left foot] In the names of those things I am given: I claim them, I own them, I become them, I affirm them, I accept them with thanks, They shield me. They are mine.

Fifteen-fold Blessing Blessed are my feet, that have brought me in these ways. Blessed are my knees, that shall kneel at the sacred altar. Blessed is my sex, without which we would not be. Blessed are my breasts, formed in strength and beauty. Blessed are my lips, which will speak the sacred Names. Blessed are my hands, that will do the work of the Gods. Blessed is my head, which coordinates my movements. Blessed are my senses, that taste the Magick of the world. Blessed are my internal organs, fitted together in form and function. Blessed is my skin, which contains and protects me. Blessed is my blood, which nourishes me. Blessed are my bones, which support me. Blessed is my flesh, in whatever age or stage it presents itself to Life. Blessed am I: I am her child. I am Her Self.

THE GUEST HOUSE This being human is a guest house. Every morning a new arrival. A joy, a depression, a meanness, some momentary awareness comes as an unexpected visitor. Welcome and entertain them all! Even if theyre a crowd of sorrows, who violently sweep your house empty of its furniture, still, treat each guest honorably. He may be clearing you out for some new delight. The dark thought, the shame, the malice, meet them at the door laughing, and invite them in. Be grateful for whoever comes, because each has been sent as a guide from beyond.

Rumi translated by Coleman Barks

Ghazal 609, from the Diwan-e Shams if you dwell very long in a heart depressed and dark be aware you've fallen low in will and quest a heart filled with grief whirling and spinning endlessly can never feel at peace what makes you tremble in fear that's your true worth now whatever seems to be your healing source is the cause of your pain whatever you think is sure secure and forever is what has hunted you down whenever your mind flies it can only land in the house of madness whenever love arrives there is no more space for your self claim a heart filled with love is like a phoenix that no cage can imprison such a bird can only fly above and beyond any known universe --Rumi (translated by Nader Khalili)