I found these drawing on a disc I’d thought disappeared years ago. I drew them in crayon when I was 16 and working through a series of visualization exercises found in Ophiel’s The Art and Practice of Astral Projection.
The exercises start with the Lesser Banishing Ritual of the Pentagram. After you finish the ritual the usual way, you remain standing and visualize a landscape through each of the pentagrams. When you later graduate to what Ophiel calls the “Symbol Method,” you use the Tattwas to project into these images as representative of each elemental domain.
I can’t draw. I was no better at it when I was a teenager. But it was interesting to find these drawing and revisit my teenage perspective compared to when I read those same pages today.
After each picture, I post the relevant text from the book (all typos as found in the original). So here we go!
IN THE EAST: AIR
You are facing the East. Say (later you will vibrate) this name EURUS (E-U-RUS). Enlarge the blue flame star. Visualize a scene like this thru the star. A beautiful dawn. Pink to rosy clouds. The East is the quarter of Air whose Archangel is Raphael whom you have invoked now for some time. So FEEL AIR. Let this AIR wash over you. Let it pierce you through and through. IMAGINE AND FEEL a soft COOL morning breeze coming from the dawn clouds and passing over you. The name of this East wind is Eurus so name it and call it.
IN THE SOUTH: FIRE
After a time finish with the East and, gently erasing it from your mind, turn to the South. Say NOTUS (NO-TUS). The south is the quarter of Fire so visualize the tropics. Feel it, warm to hot, visualize blue seas, white waves dashing on rocky coral reefs, palm trees swaying in the warm breeze. Feel the gentle heat coming from this quarter and let it warm you through and through. Finish and erase from your mind.
IN THE WEST: WATER
Turn West. Say ZEPHYRUS (ZE-PH-ER-US) The West is the quarter of Water so picture and feel gentle misty rain on your face. Visualize a waterfall with clouds of mist arising from it. The water, after coming over the fall, is coming towards you and you feel it flowing into your sphere. Feel wetness.
IN THE NORTH: EARTH
Now turn North. Say BOREAS (BOR-US) The North is the quarter of the element of earth. These quarters have no relation to the usual ideas of Air, Fire, Water, Earth, but are concerned only with the principles of them. Hence the quarter of Earth, North, is not the north pole of the earth but the North Quarter of Earth. It is in the quarter of Earth that all the other forces end. In fact all forces end in Earth, the North quarter. Hence Earth is the great end storehouse of ALL THINGS AND FORCES. You will find in Earth all the things you are looking for and all the things you need to make you happy.
So therefore when you visualize the quarter of Earth you first visualize all the vast areas-fields of things that make up the food for people. Great fields of ripened grain and vast fields of ripened corn. Vast orchards of Fruit trees loaded with fruits of all kinds. Then visualize great herds of animals grazing on their foods, the green grasses. All is plenty and full of Peace. Beyond this fertile land stretch forests of trees that furnish the materials for our homes. Then beyond these forests rise mountain peaks. These mountains contain mines of metals that supply other of our needs. And on the tops of these mountains is ice and snow which gathers there and then melts and flows down to the plains thru streams and rivers to nourish and water the growing things below.
Train yourself to visualize and realize all this as you say the name of this North Wind Bor-us.
So there you have it, the scope of my artistic and visualization talent when I was 16. If you’re a 16-year old studying magic, or if you have a 16-year old that you’re allowing to study magic, then PLEASE take note and teach them to strive for better!