Planetary Correspondences: A Ritual to Jupiter

Since I am a Roman Polytheist, the spell that I constructed followed a traditional Roman ritual. The items I used were from my Lararium (altar). For the correspondences, I repurposed a lapis lazuli and amethyst from my collection. I gathered oak leaves and cedar for offerings. I did purchase a purple candle and carved the Pentacle of Jupiter on it.

In Roman rituals, Janus (Ianus), the two-headed God, receives the first and last offering. He guards the Threshold between ordinary and Celestial space. Offerings are made to Salus and the Lars for blessings and protection. I made an offering to the Planetary Being Jupiter. (The Roman God of the same name is called Iuppiter.)

Jupiter Spell for Finishing My Studies in a Timely Manner

Materials:

Turibulum: Incense burner with incense.

Salinum: Salt Cellar with salt.

Gutus: Milk pitcher with milk.

Lucerna (The Sacred Fire): A purple candle with Jupiter Sigil on it.

Patera: Offering bowl.

Talismans for blessing: small lapis disk and small amethyst ball.

Offerings: incense for Jupiter, cedar and oak leaves gather from around the building.

At the Lararium (Altar)

Signal approach: ring bells

Light the incense in the Turibulum:

Salve Ianus Pater!

Two-headed God

Who watches the comings, who watches the goings.

You guard the Threshold

Keep this inside and that outside.

Salve Ianus Patulcius!

I make the first offering to You to ensure that the opening of the Celestial Doors will result in good.

Offering the salt:

Salve Salus Mater!

The Purifying Goddess,

The Giver of Salt,

The Keeper of Public Health,

I offer this salt to You.

Offering the milk:

Salvete Lars Familiaris!

Guardians of the Home,

Guardians of the Family,

I offer this milk to You.

At the Lucerna, lighting the Jupiter Candle.

Salve Jupiter, Upholder of the Law.

Magnificence of Sovereignty

I offer this fire to You

Please attend and bless my rite.

Peaceful Jupiter fill the rite with your generosity.

Ritual Workings:

I sing the praises of

The Source of the Forces of Life,

The Disposer of True Wisdom,

The Great Benefic,

Most Magnificent and Bounteous.

I sing of Jupiter, the Upholder of the Law

Praise and Honor to You.

I offer this incense for your blessings on my endeavors. I offer this cedar and oak in your name. I wish to finish my Grey School of Wizardry studies in a timely manner. I will be at Level Seven in the next three months. Let me not tarry but continue onwards. Bless my efforts to graduate and become a Journeyman Wizard in two years.

Fill these talismans with your blessings that I may carry them with me to remind me of your wisdom. I thank You, Most Exalted Jupiter.

Unwinding the rite:

I thank you, Royal Wielder of the Scepter. Most Sovereign Jupiter.

(Blow out candle.)

I thank you Lars Familiars, Watchers of my home and family.

(Cork the milk bottle.)

I thank You, Salus Mater, Protector of Public Health

(Cover the salt cellar.)

The last offering is for You, Ianus Clusivus for guarding the Threshold. I thank You to ensure that the closing of the Celestial Doors will result in good.

(Offer incense.)

Ring bells to signal the end.

Prayer Beads: Shapshu and Yarikh of Canaan

Materials:

Charms:
Sun and moon: 1
Hamsa: 1

Beads:
Clear Quartz: 3 beads
Light Jade: 4 beads
Dark Jade: 4 beads

Pattern:

Sun and moon charm
Clear quartz
Light Jade (3 beads)
Clear Quartz
Dark Jade (3 beads)
Clear Quartz
Light Jade
Dark Jade
Hamsa

Prayers:

Sun and Moon:
Bring peace and well-being, O ‘Ilu and the Gracious Gods

Clear Quartz:
Bring peace and well-being, O Gracious Shapshu the Torch and Yarikh the Lamp

Light Jade:
Bring peace and well-being, Yarikh Lord of the Sickle

Dark Jade:
Bring peace and well-being Shapshu, the Burner of Illness

Hamsa:
Bring peace and well-being by your loving kindness, O Gracious Gods.

Prayer Beads: The Well of the Wyrd

Materials

Charms:
Tree of Life: 1
Well: 1
Small suns or moons: 4

Beads:
Rhodochrosite: 9
Clear Quartz: 9
Smokey Quartz: 9

Pattern:

Tree of Life: 1
Small moon: 1
Rhodochrosite: 9
Small moon: 1
Clear Quartz: 9
Small moon: 1
Smokey Quartz: 9
Small moon: 1
Well: 1

Prayers:

Tree of Life:
I sing of the World Tree
From the misty void of Ginnungagap
The Great Tree of the Nine Worlds
At whose roots lies the Well of the Wyrd
There live the Norns
Weaving the threads of all

Small Moon:
In the Turning of Time, we are our deeds.

Rhodochrosite:
I sing of Urda
Of Which Has Been
Who governs the threads
Of memory,
Mists and shadows

Clear quartz:
I sing of Verdandi
Of Which Is Becoming
Who governs the threads
Of the ever present,
Clarity and light

Smokey quartz:
I sing of Skuld
Of Which Is Yet To Come
Who governs the threads
Of endings
Night and blackness

The Well of the Wyrd:
The Well feeds the World Tree
Deeds upon deeds
Rippling in the waters
Layers upon layers like fallen leaves
The Past becomes the Future

Prayer Beads: Meditations on the Elements

Reflecting on the elements helps people to be a fuller part of the world. It can help to restore a person to wholeness. The following is how to use prayer beads in these meditations.

Materials:

Charms:
Tree of Life, large: 1
Tree of life, small: 6
Medallion of Stars: 1

Beads:
Clear quartz: 5
Amazonite or blue lace agate: 5
Carnelian: 5
Picture jasper: 5
Labradorite: 5

Pattern:

Tree of Life, large
Tree of life, small
Clear quartz: 5
Tree of life, small
Amazonite: 5
Tree of life, small
Carnelian: 5
Tree of life, small
Picture jasper: 5
Tree of life, small
Labradorite: 5
Tree of life, small
Medallion of stars

Prayers:

Tree of life, large:
May The Air blow to All with inspiration
May The Water flow to All with cleansing
May The Fire warm All with courage
May The Earth shelter All with love
May The Spirit embrace All with wholeness

Tree of life, small:
May the elements flow together in harmony
May They join as one in the Spirit

Clear quartz:
I sing of The Air of the Elements
May The Air blow change
May The Air blow dreams
May The Air blow wisdom
May The Air blow purpose

Amazonite:
I sing of The Water of the Elements
May from The Water, flow healing
May from The Water, flow peace
May from The Water, flow love
May from The Water, flow serenity

Carnelian:
I sing of The Fire of the Elements
May The Fire burn cleansing
May The Fire burn creation
May The Fire burn intuition
May The Fire burn excitement

Picture jasper:
I sing of The Earth of the Elements
May The Earth bring steadiness
May The Earth bring nurturing
May The Earth bring abundance
May The Earth bring rootedness

Labradorite:
“The Spirit above me
The Spirit below me
The Spirit before me
The Spirit behind me
The Spirit all around me”
(“The Spirit All Around Me” from the album “She Changes” by Moving Breath)

Medallion of Stars:
The Air, The Water, The Fire, The Earth
May The Elements flow together in harmony
May The Elements flow into The Spirit
From which all harmony comes
The Cosmos, all things seen and unseen

Little Known Methods of Prayer

Many Western Polytheists are converts from monotheistic faiths, therefore the subject of prayer is a thorny one. Since prayer is an important part of Polytheistic devotions, there are ways to circumvent that reluctance. Because prayer is basic to conversing with the Gods, it comes in many forms. Some of which were employed by ancient Polytheists but have been ignored by modern people.

One type is the “Prayer of Lament.” This prayer can be used when a person is in deep pain or grief. It is a cry from the heart to the Gods. An example of this is the “Lament for Ur”, an ancient litany about the destruction of that Sumerian city. From the lament, “O Enlil! What has my city done to You? Why have You turned away from it?”

The structure of the Prayer of Lament:

  1. Address the God. Call upon the Holy Power.
  2. Complaint. Describe in detail, your grief.
  3. Affirmation of Trust. How did the God help you on other occasions?
  4. Petition. Say what you want to happen.
  5. Assurance of Being Heard. What do you need from the God to be acknowledged?
  6. Vow of Praise. For having your lament addressed, what do you offer in return?
  7. Hymn of Blessing. Sing a word of praise about the God.

Another type of prayer is the “Abecedary,” which was used until the end of the Middle Ages. The principles behind this form of prayer is that every letter of the alphabet has spiritual significance. The order of the alphabet is divinely ordained. When Jesus said, “I am the Alpha and the Omega,” He was referring to the mystical powers of the alphabet.

An Abecedary is a work of prose or poetry. It can be a method of communicating with the Gods or creating magic. (Think of the Norse Runes and their usages.) Using the successive letters of the alphabet, the Abecedary sings of the God. It can be as long or as short as a person wants. For example a letter can spark an entire paragraph of spiritual writing.

An example:
For Neptune, God of the Waters
A is for the abundant water of the world.
B is for the bounty of fish that You provide.

Z is for the zest of the life-giving waters.

Praying in “Mystical languages” (Note) is a third way to communicate with the Gods. It is how to have the God inside your person. According to alchemists, “The Language of the Birds” is believed to be the language of the Gods since the birds are from the heaven. John Dee, the famous magician, with Edward Kelly invented Enochian as “celestial speech.” They received visions from angels who told them the script. Dee said that Enochian was the language used by God to create the world.

A modern example using a mystical language is the song “Now We Are Free” by Lisa Gerrad and Hans Zimmer for the movie “Gladiator” (2000). Lisa Gerrad said, “I sing in the language of the Heart. It’s an invented language that I’ve had for a very long time. I believe I started singing in it when I was about 12. Roughly that time. And I believed I was speaking to God when I sang in that language.”

Note: This is glossolalia or the speaking of tongues

Suggested Reading:
Dr. Raymond Moody, “Making Sense of Nonsense”
Christine Valters Paintner, “Earth, Our Original Monastery”
Paintner, “Lectio Divina: The Sacred Art”