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"In the same manner as lovers gradually advance from that beauty which is apparent in sensible forms, to that which is divine; so the ancient priests, when they considered that there is a certain alliance and sympathy in natural things to each other, and of things manifest to occult powers, and discovered that all things subsist in all, they fabricated a sacred science from this mutual sympathy and similarity."

Proclus, On the Hieratic Art

Quotations from Ancient Sources Illustrative of Theurgic Practice

Sumbola
SunthÍmata
Sumpatheia
Voces Magicae
Guardian DaimŰn (Holy Guardian Angel)
Divination
Purification
Prayer
Contemplation
Esoteric Physiology (The augoeides, pneumatikos and aitherodes ochÍma etc.)
Breath (pneuma)
 
Extant Rites Considered Illustrative of Theurgic Practice
 
The Mithras Liturgy
Solar Rites
Rites Utilising the Seven Vowels
Selections from the Greek and Demotic Magical Papyri
Meeting With Your Own Daimon The sole rite to have come down to us from antiquity concerning the invocation of ones personal guardian daimon.
 

Quotations from Ancient Sources Illustrative of Theurgic Practice

Symbola
 
 
SynthÍmata
 
 
Sympatheia
 
 
Voces Magicae
 
 
Guardian DiamŰn
 
"Why then [you say] is the peculiar daemon invoked by a common mode by all men?" Because the invocation of him is effected through one God, who is the lord of daemons ; who from the first defined to every one his peculiar daemon; and who, in sacred operations, unfolds to every one his proper daemon, according to his own proper will. For always in the theurgic order secondary are invoked through primary natures. Among daemons, therefore, one common leader of the cosmocrators about generation sends to each of us his peculiar daemon. Hence, when the peculiar daemon is present with each of us, he then unfolds the worship which is proper to be paid to him and his name, and likewise delivers the proper mode of invoking him."
 
De Mysteriis, IX, 9.
 
 
Divination
 
 
Purification
 
"Indeed of catharsis, one must conceive its most useful aspects to be: withdrawal from alien things; restoration of one's own essence; perfection; fullness; independence; ascent to the creative cause; conjunction of parts with wholes; and contribution from the wholes to the parts of power, life, activity and similar things"
 
The divine Iamblichus (Stob. I, 455, 25-456, 4)
 
 
Prayer
 
 
Contemplation
 
 
Esoteric Physiology (The augoeides, pneumatikos and aitherodes ochÍma etc.)
 
 
Breath (pneuma)
 
Extant Rites Considered Illustrative of Theurgic Practice
 
The Mithras Liturgy
 
Solar Rites
 
"Prostremo potentiam Solis ad omnium potestatem summitatemque referri, indicant theologi: qui in sacris hoc brevissima precatione demonstrant, dicentes.
Ἥλιε παντοκράτορ,
κόσμου πνεῦμα,
κόσμου δύνααμις,
κόσμου φῶς,
In short, that to the power of the Sun is to be referred the control and supremacy of al things, is indicated by the theologists, who make it evident in the mysteries by the following short invocation.
HÍlie pantokrator,
Oh, all-ruling Sun,
 
Kosmou pneuma,
Spirit of the world,
 
Kosmou dunamis,
Power of the world,
 
Kosmou phŰs.
Light of the world."

Macrob. Sat. lib. i. c. 23. (Quoted in Corey, Ancient Fragments, pg, 306)

Rites Utilising the Seven Vowels
 
"In your seven-lettered name is established the harmony of the seven sounds." PGM, XII; 775-6.
 
"I hymn your holy power in a musical hymn, ΑΕΗΙΟΥΩΩΩ (AE IOU‘‘‘)." PGM, XIII; 630.
 
"Speaking to the rising sun:
Stretch out your right hand to the left and your left hand likewise to the left and say 'A.'
To the North, putting forward only your right fist, say 'EE.'
Then to the West extending both hands in front of you, say "   ."
To the South, holding both on your stomach, say "IIII."
To the Earth, bending over and touching the ends of your toes, say "OOOOO."
Looking into the Air, having your hands on your heart, say "UUUUUU."
Looking up to Heaven, having both hands on your head, say "‘‘‘‘‘‘‘."

        PGM, XIII; 824 - 842.

 
Selections from the Greek and Demotic Magical Papyri
 
Hermetic.com has an excellent selection of material from the PGM. (Offsite link)