FEAST OF THE STARS

A Ritual for the Succedent Decan of Aquarius (circa Feb. 2)


"There are rituals of the elements and feasts of the times." --AL II:36Aquarius by Fr. Pnesomaum

The Feast of the Stars is part of the effort of the Smoking Dog project to develop communal thelemic rituals of celebration for the "cross-quarters" of the solar year. Thelema already provides symbolic acknowledgement of the solar maxima (solstices and equinoxes). The number of feasts can be doubled by including the midpoints between those dates, when the Sun is is the second decan of each of the fixed signs of the Zodiac. These holidays have traditionally been recognized by Christianity as a way of preempting their celebration by pagans. This Smoking Dog Project enterprise is designed to provide thelemites with symbolic resources to celebrate these occasions in terms of our own mythic environment.

Last year (i.e. IVii E.N.), the Smoking Dog Project organized a Feast of the Stars for Scarlet Woman Camp and guests. The experimental liturgy used for the event is reproduced below.

A central altar is decorated in violet and white. It is set with the Book of the Law, a lit censer, and a single candle burning on it. Three officers are required:

The Cancellarius has a bell. Each person attending the ritual should bring a candle. The rite takes place in the evening.

The Imperator announces the ritual and asks the participants to assemble in a circle around the altar.

The Cancellarius sounds the bell once and then banishes with rituals of the pentagram and hexagram.

The Cancellarius sounds the battery 4444.

Imperator: "Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law." All: "Love is the law, love under will."

The Imperator passes around a container which holds paper slips, each of which bears a different one of the 169 Cries of Adoration of God from Liber 963 ("The Treasure-house of Images"), and requests each participant to take one and keep it. As this process is occuring, musicians begin to play, and the Imperator places incense on the censer. (The Cancellarius may prompt the musicians at various points of the ritual.)

When everyone has a slip, the Cancellarius sounds the battery 1-333.

The Praemonstrator stands at the altar and reads "Liber Tzaddi," verses 0 through 32, from the Holy Books of Thelema. As this is done, the Imperator lights his or her candle from the candle on the altar, and then brings the flame around to light the candles of all assembled. A musician may accompany the reading.

The Cancellarius sounds the battery 22-22.

Each participant, beginning with the Cancellarius, then the Imperator, then deosil around the group, reads the Cry of Adoration that he or she has drawn. The tune indicated in Diary of a Drug Fiend may be used, if desired. Musicians may accompany the readings.

The Cancellarius sounds the battery 333-1.

The Praemonstrator reads the remainder of Liber Tzaddi, verses 33 through 44. There should be no accompaniment.

The Cancellarius sounds the battery 4444.

Imperator: Every man and every woman is a star.

The Cancellarius sounds the battery 333-5555-333.

Music, dance, song, the reading of poetry, and the drinking of wine follow.

Where there is smoke . . .