The Opening by Watchtower
Opening by Watchtower was designed by a Golden Dawn Initiate named
Israel Regardie as an alternative to the Supreme Invoking Ritual
of the Pentagram used by the Order. It contains verses from
various mystical sources, including the Oracles of Zoroaster and
the Enochian Keys, and is probably the most inspirational ritual
opening used in the modern era.
truly effective, this ritual should be performed with consecrated
magical implements. This includes the four elemental weapons and
tablets, the Tablet of Union, and the dagger and wand used in the
This ritual is written as if you are using the correct tools or
implements. For now, feel free to substitute the above-mentioned
implements. Unlike the banishing rituals, this rite does not have
to be practiced on a daily basis. However, try to become familiar
with it, as you will be performing it before every evocation.
I suggest you write it out on index cards (download
PDF Version here) and read from them until you memorize the
ritual. Don't worry about trying to learn this ritual, it is
really a lot easier to commit to memory than it seems to be at
1. Prepare an altar in the center of the room. Position the
magical tools on the altar so each is closest to the elemental
quarter it represents. The Air Dagger should be placed on the east
side of the altar, the Fire Wand on the south, the Water Cup on
the west, and the Earth Pentacle on the north. In the altar's
center, place the Tablet of Union. Also, make sure the Elemental
Tablets are positioned on the correct walls or on stands in the
correct quarters. Have your dagger for the LBRP and your wand for
the BRH on the southwest and northwest corners of the altar,
Stand behind the altar, facing east.
2. Pick up the dagger used for the LBRP with your right hand and
knock on the altar three times using its handle. Then walk to the
northeast of your circle (moving clockwise) and say loudly with
Hekas, Hekas Este Bebeloi!
commands all unwanted entities to leave the area because a ritual
is about to begin.
3. Moving clockwise, return to your place behind the altar, facing
east. Perform the LBRP and the
BRH, making sure to finish with the Analysis of the Keyword.
Note: When moving around the altar to pick up the magical tools in
the following steps, or when pivoting to face the direction of
that tool, always move clockwise.
4. Move clockwise to the south of the altar and pick up the Fire
Wand. Pivot and face the Elemental Tablet of Fire in the south.
Wave your Wand three times in the air, in front of the tablet, and
then raise it. Walk clockwise around the room, keeping the Wand
raised, while you say,
And when, after all the phantoms are
banished, thou shalt see that Holy and Formless Fire, that Fire
which darts and flashes through the hidden depths of the Universe,
hear thou the Voice of Fire.
you come back to the south, face the tablet and wave the Wand in
front of it again three times. Then use the tool to trace a large,
blue Invoking Pentagram of Fire in the air before the tablet
While doing so, vibrate
OIP TEAA PEDOCE (oh-ee-pay teh-ah-ah
trace the figure of Leo in the center of this pentagram in red.
Point to the center of it with the Wand and vibrate
Wand and say,
In the names and letters of the Great
Southern Quadrangle, I invoke ye, ye angels of the Watchtower of
the South! Put the Wand back on the altar.
6. Move clockwise to the west of the altar and pick up the Water
Cup. Face the Elemental Tablet of Water and wave the Cup before it
three times. Lift the Cup above your head, and walk clockwise
around the circle saying,
So thereforefirst, the priest who governeth
the works of Fire must sprinkle with the lustral water of the loud
7. When you return to the west, wave the Cup three times in front
of the tablet. Trace a large, blue Invoking Pentagram of Water
using the tool, while vibrating,
MPH ARSEL GAIOL (ehm-pay-hay ahr-sell
trace the blue Eagle head in the center. Point at the center of
this pentagram with the Cup and vibrate
ALEPH LAMED AL (ah-Ief lah-med ahl).
Cup above your head and say,
In the names and letters of the Great
Western Quadrangle, I invoke ye, ye angels of the Watchtower of
Put the Cup on the altar.
8. Move to the east of your altar, pick up the Air Dagger, and
pivot to face the Air Tablet. Wave the Dagger before it three
times, and lift it above your head. Walk clockwise around the room
with the Dagger in the air while you say,
Such a Fire existeth, extending through the rushing of Air. Or
even a Fire formless, whence cometh the image of a voice. Or even a
flashing light, abounding, revolving, whirling forth, crying
you arrive back at the east, wave the weapon in front of the
tablet three more times. Trace a large, blue Invoking Pentagram of
Water using the Dagger while vibrating ORO
IBAH AOZPI (oh-row ee-bah-hah ahoh- zohd-pee) Then trace a
yellow Aquarius sign in the center. Point at the center of the
pentagram with the Dagger and vibrate YOD
HEH VAV HEH (yode-heh-vahv-heh). Hold the Dagger high and
say, In the names and letters of the Great
Eastern Quadrangle, I invoke ye, ye angels of the Watchtower of
the Dagger on the altar.
clockwise to the north of the altar and pick up the Earth
Face the Tablet of Earth and wave the Pentacle before it three
times. Then walk clockwise around the circle with the Pentacle
high in the air while saying, Stoop not down
into the darkly splendid world, wherein continually lieth a
faithless depth and Hades wrapped in gloom, delighting in
unintelligible images, precipitous, winding; a black ever-rolling
abyss, ever espousing a body unluminous, formless, and void.
you return to the north, wave the Pentacle in front of the tablet
three more times. Then trace a large, blue Invoking Pentagram of
Earth using the Pentacle, while vibrating
EMOR DIAL HECTEGA (ee-mohr dee-ahl
center, trace a white Taurus sign. Point at the center of the
pentagram with the Pentacle and vibrate
Then hold the Pentacle above your head and say,
In the names and letters of the Great
Northern Quadrangle, I invoke ye, ye angels of the Watchtower of
the Pentacle to the altar.
clockwise to the west side of your altar and face east. Over the
altar and Tablet of Union, make the following Sign of the Rending
of the Veil: Step forward with your left foot and, at the same time, thrust
your arms, palms together, forward. Then separate your arms as if
separating two curtains.
the following in Enochian, vibrating the words in capital letters:
Ol Sonuf Vaorsagi Goho Iada Balta. ELEXARPEH
Zodakara Eka Zodakare ad Zodameranu. ado Kikle Qaa Piap Piamoel od
Vaoan. (Oh-ell soh-noof vay-oh-air-sah-jee goh-hoh ee-ah-dah
bahl-tah. Elex- ar-pay-hay Co-mah-nah-noo Tah-bee-toh-ehm.
Zohd-ah-kah-rah ehkah zohd-ah-kah-ray oh-dah zohd-ahmehr-ah-noo
oh-doh kee-klay kah-ah pee-ah-pay pee-ah-moh-ehl oh-dah
reign over you, says the God of Justice. (Three magical names.)
Move, therefore, move and appear. Open the mysteries of creation:
balance, righteousness, and truth."
I invoke ye, ye angels of the celestial
spheres, whose dwelling is in the invisible. Ye are the guardians
of the gates of the universe. Be ye also the guardians of this
mystic sphere. Keepfar removed the evil and the unbalanced.
Strengthen and inspire me so that I may preserve unsullied this
abode of the mysteries of the eternal gods. Let my sphere be pure
and holy so that I may enter in and become a partaker of the
secrets of the Light Divine.
15. Move clockwise to the northeast corner of your circle and face
Say the following:
The visible Sun is the dispenser of light to
Let me thereforeform a vortex in this chamber that the invisible
Sun of the spirit may shine therein from above.
clockwise around your circle three times. Each time you pass the
east, make the Sign of the Enterer (see LBRP,
step 7) in the direction you are moving. This is how you form the
vortex mentioned in the last step.
After the third time you pass the east and make the Sign of the
Enterer, return to the west of your altar and face east. You
should feel the vortex of energy in your circle.
17. Make the Sign of the Enterer and say,
Holy art Thou, Lord of the Universe.
Make the Sign of the Enterer again and say,
Holy art Thou, Whom Nature hath not Formed.
Sign of the Enterer one more time and say,
Holy art Thou, the Vast and Mighty One. Lord
of the Light and of the Darkness.
the Sign of Silence (see LBRP, step 7).
you perform whatever magical work you want to accomplish and are
ready to end the ceremony, say the following:
Unto thee, sole wise, sole eternal, and sole
merciful One, be the praise and glory forever, who has permitted
me who standeth humbly before Thee to enter into this far into the
sanctuary of the mysteries. Not unto me but unto Thy name be the
glory. Let the influence of Thy divine ones descend upon my head,
and teach me the value of self-sacrifice so that I shrink not in
the hour of my trial, but that thus my name may be written on high
and my genius stand in the presence of the holy ones.
walk around the circle three times, counterclockwise. Give the
Sign of the Enterer as you pass the east, in the direction you are
walking. The vortex of energy you created earlier should now begin
to fade away.
Perform the LBRP and the
the following, making sure to vibrate the words in capital
I now release any spirits that may have been
imprisoned by this ceremony. Depart in peace to your abodes and
habitations, and go with the blessings of YEHESHUAH YEHOVASHAH (yeh-hay-shoe-ah
three times on the altar with the handle of the dagger you used to
perform the LBRP and say, I now declare this temple duly closed.
to 22 of this ritual are known collectively as the Closing by
Watchtower. It should be clear by now, after reading the various
orations, the types of links that are created with Divine when
this ritual is performed.
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