Gemini & the Magician | An excerpt from May’s 22 Teachings Newsletter
Naha Armady, one of our beloved contributors and fluent masters in practical and ritual magic, has provided us all the gift of a monthly newsletter this year under the name 22 Teachings. With 22 Teachings, Naha supplies a yearly curriculum, which includes courses in Tarot, Developing Intuition, and Crystals and Stones. The symbolism of 22 for Naha? “Since I can remember, 22 was my favorite number. It was one of those things that just always seemed to pop up for me, seeing it throughout the day on clocks, receipts, signs, sidewalks, parking spots. The more I delved into my esoteric studies, the more I learned that number 22 is woven through many mystical traditions. There are 22 major arcana in the tarot and 22 corresponding paths on the Tree of Life. 22 Hebrew letters, derived from 22 Phonecian letters. 22 deities in the Mayan, Annunaki and Sumerian pantheons. 22 poems written by Saint John of the Cross. One day doing my numerology I realized that my birth year 1975 reduces down to 22. (1+9+7+5=22). And the list goes on.”
For the month of May, Naha focused on Gemini and the Magician card, as this month the Sun will beam through the mutable air sign of Gemini – the Twins. You can devour her wisdom on these interrelated topics by signing up for her newsletter here. She also shared a simple magical ceremony you can practice on your own, which we’ve excerpted below.
A MAGICAL INITIATION
The step from key 0 of the Tarot to key 1 may be the largest leap, from the Fool to the Magician.
Only the purest in heart and intent might rise upon the planes.
Raise one hand to the heavens, point the other down to the earth.
The four magical weapons lie on the table before thee.
The Rod, the symbol of thy will, The Cup, symbolic of thy receptive nature,
The Sword, the precision of mind, and the Pentacle, representing the tangible value of The Great Work.
The table beneath; a solid foundation. White lilies and red roses representing thy truth and thy desire respectively growing together. The lemniscate above thy head signifying respect of the free will of others, and the ouroboros about thy waist: infinite introspection and self-renewal. Destroying thyself that thou may re-create thyself.
Purify thyself and ever strive in thy spiritual evolution. Humble thyself and rule thyself. Know thyself and master thyself. Become thy highest self.
SO IT IS!”