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Contacting the KIA Egregore with Ouija board!

It was the October full moon as we opened the 2013 KIA retreat, and it seemed like a good night to talk to the KIA Egregore. In the past we’ve done this via a computer program that randomly combines sentences provided by various KIA agents. But that program is currently broken, and besides, this time we decided to opt for something a bit more Victoriana: an English Qabalah ouija board.

After opening the rite with a KIA IAO Centring ritual, we sat around the board and began our first experiments with the board. The atmosphere was relaxed and at first we had to try out a few different items as a planchette, ultimately settling upon an upturned glass tealight holder.

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Even then it seemed reluctant to move from ‘Hello’, once it had moved there, so we stopped for a break and practised some glossolalia to shift conscious awareness away from the rational part our minds.

What follows is an account of the conversation with the spirit that followed.  In italics are the questions we spoke aloud to the spirit, in bold are its messages to us. Some of these messages need to be deciphered using English Qabalah. We will make a post about those later. The board has spaces for Hello, Bye, Yes and No, in addition to the letters of the English alphabet.

Hello KIA.

Hello.

Q1. Do you have any questions for us?

1

What is it?

WVQZ 

Is this for the cipher?

(pause)

L

Do you want us to work this out later on?

R

No

At this point the planchette became  unresponsive. We decided to move the next prepared question and rotate the scribe.

Q2 What is the message of KIA?

NZ0

Nothing?

VONCHRHPLPNJGTSNOX

KIA, are you having a laugh with us?

Yes.

Do you want us to move on to the next question?

Yes.

Again we changed scribe as we moved on to the next question. We did this between each numbered question.

Q3. Where should we go from here?

TIWCZ

Is the TIW part a reference to the Norse god?

The planchette was stuck again, we moved it back to the centre.

Z (pause) RVR

Do you want to move to the next question?

No.

Do you want to finish?

A

Tyrannosaurus?

CP4

That sounds interesting!

No.

Maybe we should move to the next question?

Yes.

Q4. Are you happy with the direction we are going in?

Planchette moved near the Yes.

It’s not quite on it.

Yes. (suddenly moved onto it more clearly.)

SEVAVTI

Save something?

Yes.

HES

He’s?

Yes.

ON (pause) U

He’s on you?

Yes.

HAND

He’s on your hand?

Yes.

Who are you?

NAYX

Yes.

OLD

Old One?

Yes.

Nyarlathotep?

Yes.

F (pause) OAKYPLPL

People?

Yes.

Polish People?

6

Planchette stops moving again.

Do you have anything more to say?

Yes. But planchette doesn’t move again.

Shall we move onto next question?

Yes.

Q5. Do you want something to drink?

No.

Should we have asked that at the start?

0 VASIWCXL

No.

Should we ask next question?

Yes.

Q6. What is your time cycle?

92c1K

K = 1000?

Yes.

Did K come after C?

Yes.

Is it 1192? (92 + C + 1K)

No.

Is it 1209? (9+2c+1K)

Yes.

Years?

Yes.

Is it Solar years?

No.

Is it years of some other star system?

Yes.

Is it Sirius?

No.

Is it Orion?

Yes.

Is it in Orion’s belt?

Yes.

Central star?

Yes.

OAN

Oannes?

Yes.

Oannes is normally from Sirius.

No.

Did you mean aeons?

No.

JO

Joshua?

No.

John?

Yes.

EJRHEU

Jehovah?

No.

F

JFK?

No.

Stop suggesting stupid things?

Yes.

C

Is this all one sequence?

Yes. (Which makes ‘EJRHEU F C’

Is this a cipher?

Yes.

Do you have any other message?

5

Yes.

HACA

Hekate?

Yes.

ZNRLE (pause)

YPNEDZ

End of message?

No.

WGWRYVU

Gaps for separate ciphers?

Yes.

ONRUUPMZNRWE

Yes.

End of message?

Bye.

KIA retreat 2013

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This years KIA Retreat was based in our home in Inverness. Some KIA agents arrived earlier in the week so the retreat unofficially began on Wednesday. We had a welcome supper at the Clachnaharry Inn, our local pub haunted by the ghost of Donald Forbes. We chose a table near to where his ghost likes to be and enjoyed a most delicious meal. We had a friendly chat with the chef who was more than pleased to talk to us about foraging for wild mushrooms. After the meal we walked back to our house through the woods. The path was illuminated by bright moon light and we could hear an owl hoot in a distance.

On Thursday evening we watched ‘Maybe Logic‘, enjoying home made chocolate liqueur made with double cream and a generous dash of chilli powder. Admittedly not all agents turned out to be big fans of hot flavours, which became an issue, as spicy things tend to mysteriously crawl into my cooking.

Friday meant getting up early to meet an agent travelling from Edinburgh. After a quick coffee at the rail station we caught a bus to Foyers. We went passed Boleskine Graveyard and house but this time we didn’t stop there. We decided to enjoy the waterfall and gorge walk down to the loch side. We all entertained ourselves with Foyers Effect although the waterfall turned out to be really narrow this time.

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Strolling down the river we picked a few wild mushrooms such as brown birch bolete, hedgehog and cauliflower fungus. There was plenty false chanterelles growing in the forest and a couple of Fly Agarics amongst other mushrooms that we couldn’t identify.

We had a nice picnic on a small beach by Loch Ness, staring into its cold blue waters and soaking up the energy of this unique place. It was a good feeling to be charged up before a weekend of magick. We finished the walk with a cup of tea and coffee at Waterfall Café before returning home.

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After a late dinner and a rest, we set up altar for the weekend and proceeded to play around with our newly painted Ouija board. We began by doing the Kia IAO centring ritual. It felt good and brought things into focus. Our aim was to talk to KIA egregore and ask them few simple things. We all had very little or no experience with the board which possibly contributed to this highly amusing evening. KIA was clearly having a laugh but we did get some insightful results and managed to identify some spirits talking to us: Oannes- John, Nyarlathotep, Hecate and Orion. Other answers might make more sense when run through the English Qabala cipher. All in all it was an interesting magickal experience and a great fun.

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Saturday was sunny and really warm. After a lazy breakfast and coffee we eventually left the house for a walk down to the Caledonian Canal and the Ness Islands (another haunted place, although I don’t think you would feel it during the day ). Rabbits were running around below the Inverness castle in huge numbers. It was strange seeing so many of them.

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We had a break in Leaky’s Café and bookshop, the largest second hand bookshop in Scotland, located in a converted church building. We browsed through some occult books in the miscellaneous section located opposite a large log burner. As usual there were many interesting titles and some of the agents left with a book to join their collections. We walked back home enjoying the sunshine.

It took us a while to get organised in the evening. Agent V was leading the ritual this time. We began by drawing sigils around the fire and after a while each one of us read a segment of the ultraterrestial invocation and we all repeated the chorus. Once we finished we burned the text by throwing it in the fire and for a while hung out in the garden, enjoying the evening.

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Eventually Agent V gathered us inside around a small organic looking UFO made of silver balloons and flashing led lights. We sat down in a dark room, in a circle around the UFO. The mix of strange otherworldly beeping sounds from crop circles and UFO sightings was playing in the background as we began the Coherent Thought Sequencing.

The sacrament most of us partook in earlier was having full effect now. Most of us drifted into bizarre dimensions of reality whilst one held the space by staying grounded. We visited dimensions strangely related to each other yet different. The experiences included talking to the Masters of DNA living inside our cells, being controlled by a tentacled monster from deep space, swapping consciousness with a grey alien travelling in a space ship, traversing tunnels of energy inside neurons that seem to span across the whole universe, merging into fractal like structures resembling teletubbies and more. It was an intense and fascinating experience that each participant may want to describe in more detail in the comments, if they feel included to share.

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Eventually the sound track fading signalled for us to return to Earth. We noticed that meanwhile it hard started raining very heavy. It seemed as if our magick brought on this downpour. After collecting the stuff left around the fire and preparing some good strong coffee, we all sat together and related our experiences of the ritual. We spent the rest of the night chatting and discussing our visions. There was a lot of giggling and excitement going on. Before going to bed we looked outside at the strange night world drowning in a thick, yellow mist and at twinkling stars above. It was a truly magickal night.

Sunday as one might expect was fairly lazy and relaxed. We went for a short walk to the hill fort in Craig Phadrig forest. The forest was damp and full of honey fungus. Drops of moisture were collected in small cobwebs all around the place. It was very refreshing strolling through. The mountains were drowning in the clouds so you couldn’t see them from the top. The waters of the firth were silver grey and you could hear crows in the tree tops.

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At home we put down a pre-drawn KIA sigil on the floor and during the evening we all filled it up with small sigils, automatic drawings and significant symbols. One of agents took us on a journey into their dream scape in the fashion of a role playing game. We walked around the place familiarizing ourselves with it and its strange inhabitants. It was a very nice way to unwind. We all wondered if we will come back to this place in our dreams. At the end of the evening we all shared a Black Rat and focused on its energy. This served as a closing of the magickal time we shared.

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On Monday I was waken up by clacking of geese flying pass in a large flocks. We had a coffee and a croissant for breakfast and watched ‘Subterranean Dreams’ (an Alchemical.tv film yet to be published). I prepared tomato and roasted pepper soup which got nicknamed ‘Satanic Soup’ because of its colour and the chilli infused oil that crept in somehow. After the meal we had another lovely stroll in the woods. In the evening, one of the agents left for home and the rest of us decided to have a closing celebration in Clachnaharry Inn. Each one of us had a couple of pints and some delicious haggis. We walked along the canal on the way and came back through the woods. Night was quite cold and very pretty. We talked a little about the weekend and our plans for the rest of the year before going to bed.

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The ones who were still present on Tuesday enjoyed a day of watching horror films. We watched short version of Dumplings by Fruit Chan followed by 1957 British horror Night of the Demon. In the evening we enjoyed Nosferatu: Phantom der Nacht by Werner Herzog and The Gate by Tibor Takács snacking on home made macaroons and drinking some heavily peated whisky.

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Preparation for Egregore sigil charging ritual

With the the KIA retreat starting in less than a week, I have some last minute preparations to do. As I was preparing a mass sigil charging rite to be empowered by the KIA Egregore, it occurred to me that we could accept sigil submissions from those of you who can not attend in body.

You can expect a full write-up of how this and other rituals went, after the event.

You can attach images of any sigils you want included in the ritual in the comments below.

 

KIA Retreat – October 2013

First off, for various reasons I won’t go into, we can no longer do the retreat on our prefered dates of Crowleymas this year.  But if we get two or three more confirmations, we CAN do it the following week.

UPDATE: The retreat is going ahead this weekend, with at least 5 people in attendance, however it might not be at any of the places mentioned below. Any new comers with whom we haven’t had existing contact should at this point meet with us prior to the retreat itself. A good place. and possibly the only opportunity to do this, is at the Open Circle Moot on Wednesday 16th.  The greyed out text below is no longer the plan, but is left in place so you can see what we originally intended for the retreat.

That will mean arriving at Loch Ness on Friday 18th of October, and leaving on Monday 21st.

Second, the Lodge, as we know from last year, has one master double room with balcony and spring bath, one double bedroom and one twin room with two single beds.  It seems a little unfair to charge the same price for all these options, so this year we would like to divide the cost up as follows:

Master double: £235 (can sleep two).

Double: £210 (can sleep two).

Twin: £180 (can sleep two).

Total cost of lodge is £625.

The hot tub on the veranda is available to all staying in the lodge.

So far, we have three confirmed guests, including myself and Lolita who are happy to take the Master bedroom.  Our other guest is a single male who would occupy one of the beds in the twin room.  This means we can accommodate one other couple and another single in this lodge.

If we got another 4-6 guests in addition to this we could book two lodges, or if we got 1-3 extra there is a B&B nearby that can offer accommodation at similar prices.  But not self catering.

If however, we don’t get any more confirmations, the meeting this year will not be held in a lodge at all.  It doesn’t make sense for us to book the lodge at £200 each, as I originally posted.  I think that is too expensive for us all.  As cool as the weekend is.  Let me know what you all want to do.

Order? Membership?

I’ve been thinking about some of the wording I used to describe KIA lately. The main wiki page said we were ‘A decentralised order of sorcery’.  And other parts of the site talk about ‘membership’.  Well, I don’t think KIA has ever been an ‘order’, and their is no organisation which one might be a ‘member’ of so what is all this talk of ‘order’ and ‘membership’?

I’ve updated the main wiki page now to describe KIA as ‘a decentralised network of sorcerers’.  It may not be the best phrase, but its better than ‘order’.  I’m also thinking that the wording of ‘membership’ on other parts of the site may be replaced with the term ‘participation’.  KIA doesn’t seek ‘members’ but ‘participants’.  We don’t ‘belong’ to an egregore as its ‘members’.  We participate in the egregore, as participants.  We each choose a level of participation with which we feel personally comfortable.  The word order gives the impression of an organisation.  The only order in KIA emerges from our collective participation.

Having an account on this website does not really guarantee participation.  Indeed there are over 400 accounts on the website but only a small proportion actively participate in the egregore to my knowledge.  And some sorcerers that do participate, don’t have accounts.

So enough with the old aeon language! I think it gives totally the wrong impression…

Kia IAO Centring Ritual

Following the excellent suggestion of Hippi to share more magical practice on the site, and her recommendation of describing the feelings of our practise, I thought about an exercise we can all take part in.  It is a simple centring ritual, sometimes known as a ‘banishing ritual’.  To participate in this group exercise, perform the following ritual in your own time and make a special note of any sensations and feelings that occur to you as you do it.  If you don’t wish to participate, kindly refrain from commenting on this post.

The ritual chosen for this exercise is the Kia IAO Centring Ritual I recently posted on the wiki.  I reproduce it below for your convenience:

Kia

  1. Stand still with one arming pointing upwards and one downwards, like in the picture of Baphomet by Eliphas Levi.
  2. Take a deep breath inwards.
  3. On the out-breath vibrate the word ‘Kia’, like ‘Kiiiiiiaaaaaaaaa’.
  4. Visualise Austin Osman Spare’s glyph for Kia over your heart chakra.

I

  1. Raise both hands above your head, palms together, as you breath in deeply.
  2. On the out-breath vibrate the vowel ‘I’, like ‘Iiiiieeeeeeeeeeeee’. High pitch.
  3. Visualise a pillar or axis of light extending from your heart up to the heavens and down deep into the earth.

A

  1. Lower both arms so that they point outwards to your left and right, forming a cross, as you breath in deeply.
  2. Vibrate the vowel ‘A’ on the out-breath, like ‘Aaaaarrrrrrrrhhhhhhhh’. Medium pitch.
  3. Visualise a horizontal axis of light that crosses the vertical one exactly at your heart chakra.

O

  1. Lower both arms, bending the elbows and form an ‘O’ with the hands, such that your thumbs are close to your solar plexus and your fingers near your navel. Breath in deeply as you do so.
  2. On the out-breath, vibrate the vowel ‘O’, like ‘Oooooooooooooooooooo’. Low pitch.
  3. Visualise yourself, (or the ritual space), enclosed in an egg, about which circles an Ouroborus.

KIA Crowleymas Retreat in Loch Ness 2013

After the success of the 2012 KIA retreat on Loch Ness, we have decided to organise one again this year.  This time we are giving several months more notice so more of you can save up the cash and make necessary arrangements to attend.

NOTICE: The dates and prices mentioned below have been changed.

I will organise accommodation for the weekend of Oct 11th, 12th and 13th (now Oct 18th-21st) as we did last year.  To cover deposits and worst case numbers I will need £200GBP (now rooms range from £180-235, meaning a single attendee sharing a room could be as cheap as £90GBP) in advance from each attendee, with possible refunds if numbers work our better than expected. Or I can use any excess to group order the food for the weekend.  Let me know if you require a single or double bedroom, and whether you are willing to share a room.

For those of you who didn’t make it last year, this is what to expect:

    1. Rituals, we performed several over the last retreat.
    2. Quiet time.  Plenty of time for meditation, divination etc.
    3. Walks in a Scots pine forest, taking in the beautiful Falls of Foyers, a beautiful tree covered gorge and down to the shores of Loch Ness itself.

Walks to Boleskine cemetary, opposite Crowley’s old house (now a private residence, so show consideration when there).

  1. Depending on how many people, and where you get accommodated, the facilities are amazing.  One B&B has a no children policy, ensuring a level of peace and quiet.  The self catering lodges come equipped with outdoor hot tubs and spa baths.
  2. The chance to meet and socialise with the fellow magicians you commune with frequently on this site.

Hope to see as many as possible of you there!

KIA Retreat 2012

After the successful and enjoable KIA Retreat 2012 in Foyers by Loch Ness, and a short walk from Boleskin House, the KIA Egregore feels stronger than ever.  Much of the retreat has been written up in detail, so I’ll use this post to summarise the writeup so it gets contained in one place:

Also I’d just like to add, that I had originally intended a group healing rite at some point, although I had no definite plan for how that would happen.  When one of our group contacted a spirit that seemed to have healing properties I suggested we ask it, but the one that made contact seemed reluctant to do this so I didn’t pursue this further.  Instead when I found myself alone in the hot-tub I meditated on the healing energies of the experience.  After absorbing the healing I felt I needed for myself I thought of projecting outwards to those I had heard were in need:

  1. A relative of +Dositheos that had been injured in an act of violence.
  2. Those on the Congregational Illuminism healing list.  I didn’t have the list on me but thought about sending healing energies in support of whoever might be on it.

So a good time was had by all.  Next year, we shall make it bigger and better…

KIA Retreat -Brown Magic.

 

One of great contributions to the retreat was an acquisition of a special and unique grimoire of Brown Magic. Three of us visited Leaky’s Bookshop in Inverness before the retreat. It’s a wonderful shop and cafe in old church building. It resembles a library. The tall shelves filled with old books are truly overwhelming. There is a fireplace in the middle and spiral, metal staircase leading to the balcony with a cafe, nice sofas, prints and old maps and fantastic collection of folio society books. We were browsing for few hours. On the shelves labelled miscellaneous there was quite a lot of books on paganism, new age, magic, psychology and other difficult to label subjects. In between all this we found an intriguing paperback with a strange title and cover. The cover features centrally a big fly agaric mushroom surrounded by hares and a fairy. The title reads: BROWN MAGIC. A BOOK FOR BROWN OWL. by V. Rhys Davids. The book is dedicated to THE BROWN OWLS OF THE WORLD WHO ARE WORKING FOR THE FUTURE.

We had  a real fun with this little book. Not only we began calling each other Brownies or Boggarts and our meeting pow-wow but also we incorporated some of the magical techniques described in the book. We were inspired to include a sacrament of chocolate brownies for our last evening and also used the book for divination by opening it and reading random passages out loud. Here is one of them:

“This brings us to the Toadstool, as it too, signifies, in a way, permanence and security. For it stays when they go, and will in time come to signify the life of the Pack.”

“Nature Lore might be called the heart of Guiding.The more we learn and know of Nature the more our religious sense and or spiritual qualities are quickened and strengthened .”

“One way of opening a meeting is to magic the room. Think of some lovely place you would like to be in-a forest, a fairy palace, a cave, on the seashore- change it each time but be sure the Brownies know what they are choosing; for instance, inland Brownies might find it hard to picture the seashore. Then go about the room and with your two fingers draw imaginary trees along the walls- that is, if you want a wood, or rocks for a cave etc. The two fingers used in the Brownie salute may have a magic power!”

I think you get it by now!

We researched Brown Magic a bit before the retreat and came across this great Brown Owl Motto:

” We are the druids , here is our wish; to wave our wands and make Magic Fish, who can swim through the sky and mysterious mountains, who know how to fly!”

On the last evening of the retreat we used the technique described in Brown Magic to close and tidy up the magical space. As we removed KIA banner and other important object we pointed our fingers at them shouting VANISH! At the end we shared the sacrament of chocolate brownies. It was great fun.

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