Throughout history, Christian and non-Christian religions around the world have used different forms of rosary-like tools to repeat prayers, mantras, and invocations. The one described here is modeled after the traditional rosary of the Roman Catholic Church, usage which has a history of over five centuries. Besides serving as a useful instrument for work with mantras, prayers, and invocations, I feel that the regular use of the rosary can transform the rosary itself into a significant source of personal power.
There are many ways to make a rosary, from a simple string of prayer beads to an elaborate work of art. To make mine, I strung fifty small hematite beads in a loop in sets of ten with smaller, black beads between them, just to seperate the hematite beads.The sets of ten beads are known as decades. It has been suggested that different colored stones might be used for each decade, possibly representing the colors, attributed by Peter Carroll, to the rays of the Chaos Star. I've been researching stones and their magickal properties, and hope to develop this idea in the future. Each decade is separated by a large bead. This loop is connected to a centerpiece.From the centerpiece depends a large bead, then three small ones, then another large bead, and finally a Chaos Star pendant. This is an eight-decade design. The eight decades can be attributed to the Chaoshere, or Timothy Leary's eight-circuit model of consciousness An eight decade design is not the only option, however. Other possibilities might include:
- A simple, single decade, which could represent some concept of unity.
- Two decades, representing positive and negative, yin and yang, or other concepts of duality
- Three decades, representing one of many Holy Trinitys, or the Alchemical concepts of Salt, Mercury, and Sulphur
- Four decades, representing the Powers of the Sphinx or the four worlds of the Hopi, for example.
- Five decades, attributed to the "traditional" elements of earth, water, air, fire, and spirit, or a more modern version of the same idea, such as perceiving, understanding, thinking, knowing, and illumination.
- Seven decades, representing the Chakras.
- Ten decades, possibly representing the Qabalistic Tree of Life.
In my opinion the Chaos Rosary does not require a special charging by ritual etc. Rather, the charging takes place by its practical application.
A traditionally based practice of incantation with the rosary begins with the pendant, progresses up the chain to the center, and then completes a series of the decades, reciting the appropriate formula at each part.Typically, a single long incantation concludes the practice. The following is an example:
I. Balance and Center. While holding the chaostar, make the sign of the cross, as found in "several" popular Banishing Rituals, possibly using a method like the one below:
Touch the forehead, or point up, and intone UJAI; ("aether")
Touch the genitals, or point down, and intone CHABOSEF; ("matter")
Touch the right shoulder and intone DINTHOQAF; ("power")
Touch the left shoulder and intone BORVEMAX; ("self-love")
Touch the breast and intone ULAV; ("infinity")
This is only one possible example. Other examples can be found in the Lesser Banishing Ritual of the Pentagram, or Crowley's Star Ruby. Any short rite used to center and balance should suffice. It need not be in the form of a cross.
II. Formula of the Chaoshere. Next, recite a short Incantation for each ray of the Chaosphere. I personally believe that each person should write and perform their own invocations, which reflect their own concept of the power invoked. The following is an example of what might be recited.
"Power of the Purple Ray of the Chaosphere! Power of Lust! Power of Sex! I call upon thee!"
Something similar should then be recited for each of the other seven rays. It should also be noted that not everyone associates the rays with colors. The above was only one possible example.
III. Formula of the large beads. On the first large bead, recite a prayer to Chaos. This should be a heartfelt prayer to the concept(s) that Chaos embodies to you. An example being:
The Void, the beginning, the end
Oh Great Chaos,
Nothing is True Everything is Permitted.
Oh Great Reigning Mother and Father of All,
I commit myself to thy service.
Oh Great Formless Fire, etc.
IV. Formula of the small beads. On each of the next three small beads, recite the following: XIQUAL UDINBAK, which means roughly "manifest chaos".
V. Formula of the Center. Recite an Invocation to Chaos on the center piece which joins the loop of decades with the short chain. The Invocation from Peter Carroll's "Mass of Chaos", found in Liber Null & Psychonaut, could be considered here, or something such as a modified version of the famous "Bornless Ritual".
This will bring you to the beginning of the loop section of the rosary. Following a "traditional" style method, each decade would be completed by reciting a small bead formula for each of the small beads and a large bead formula for each of the large beads.
This completes what is traditionally known in Rosary work as a Circuit. In Christian Rosary work several Circuits are performed while reflecting on different events from the Gospels. It may be useful to perform multiple Circuits with the Chaos Rosary as well, especially when used in a similar fashion as the example above. One method that could be used for Circuit work with the Rosary is similar to Crowley's Liber Resh vel Helios, simply performing the rosary ritual four times a day, at dawn, noon, sunset, and midnight (or as close as possible to those times). One may find it useful to associate the times of the day with their elemental correspondances. I've also included the Ouranian word for the element(s) to compliment some other parts of the ritual.
NOBO ("Earth"). Midnight
DIJOW ("Air"). Sunrise
ASHARA ("Fire"). Noon
THALDOMA ("Water"). Sunset
When the Rosary is completed, Cross arms over chest and intone XIQUAL CHOYOFAQUE ("phenomonize the Great Work of Magick"), pause, and then drop your arms and intone SYCUZ ("it is done").