The Magick Weapons of Fire
The weapons that correspond to the Element Fire are all expressions of the practical application of the magician’s will. The primary weapon of Fire is the Magick Wand, also often called the Magick Rod. This implement represents the direct application of the magician’s will in its pure form and is the tool that is used to direct the magick force of an operation. As the conduit of the creative force the Wand usually has a polar nature with one end considered to be female and the other male. The usual practice is to direct energy from the female end, which is the proper place to grasp the Magick Wand, to the male end. It is common for the Magick Wand to have a metal rod running through its length and there may also be metal bands at either end, depending upon the design employed by the magician whose will it represents. It is usual for the magician to inscribe his magickal name and the Divine Names of Fire onto the Magick Wand as well as the central word of the magick discipline that he is following.
The Magick Wand is capable of taking many forms and the ultimate development of the Magick Wand is the Caduceus, the Staff of Hermes which is entwined by a pair of serpents and is surmounted by a lotus or, more commonly, the head of an ibis, the symbol of the god Thoth. The Caduceus is the symbol of Hermes office as the messenger of the gods and so his staff is the symbol of the Divine Will that he communicates.
After the magick wands the most significant weapon in the armory of the Hermetic magician is the Magick Sword. While this weapon is commonly and erroneously associated with the Element Air it lacks the discrimination and articulation of an airy weapon and instead represents the destructive power of the magician’s will. Most properly a weapon attributed to the planet Mars it identifies the force of the magician’s true will and is the weapon used to dispel any opposition to it.
Perhaps the most obvious of the weapons of Fire are the Magick Fires and Lamps. While the censer and the thurible are both attributed to air because of their association with the perfumes and incenses the fire within them corresponds to the Element Fire. Generally there is more than one kind of lamp used in a Hermetic Temple with a central lamp being the prototype for all of the rest. This primary light in the temple, often called the Lamp of the Eternal Light, represents the Magick Light that is the source of the energy of the operation. The Lamp of the Kerux, the illumination from which guides the steps of the Neophyte out of the darkness and into the Light of LVX, is the Lamp of the Eternal Light’s representative in the Temple of the Elements and finds its most material expression in the lamps and lights that are used to illuminate the Magick Temple for the ceremony. This hierarchy of lights and fires represents the path that the light takes from its origin in Kether to the material world in Malkuth lighting the entire path from the lowest to the highest.
One Magick Weapon that is often overlooked is the Holy Oil which, due to its power of consecration, corresponds to Fire. Because all of the other implements of ceremonial magick are consecrated with the Holy Oil it is the most essential of the weapons of Fire. Its power is cumulative as its influence permeates the Magick Temple, mirroring the gradual development of the True Will of the magician that is using it.
The Crown, although primarily a symbol of Kether, corresponds to the pure Fire of the Father and represents the pure, True Will to which the magician is aspiring. Counterpart to this are the Inner Robes that the magician wears underneath
the Magick Cloak as a symbol of his Light which is concealed within the darkness of his physical form. This white tunic is the reflection of the Divine Fire of the Crown from Kether to the more material level of Chokmah, and at its most essential is a symbol of the power that is concealed in the Magick Word that the magician is employing for his ceremony. Another piece of the magician’s attire that corresponds to Fire is the Magick Girdle or Cord. This weapon is also often associated with Venus and represents the Discipline that binds the magician in his Great Work. This belt is usually braided from three separate cords that are equal in length to the magician with one end as female with a loop and the other end as male with a knot.
There are a secondary set of weapons that correspond to the Element Fire that, while not universally in use, have specialist uses that makes them significant enough to consider. The majority of these secondary weapons of Fire are martial in nature and some, like the Magick Spear and the Magick Pike are variations on the Magick Wand and perhaps the Sword. The Magick Arrow, always associated with the Lunar Bow represents the direct application of the magician’s force of will. The Bow represents the discipline that the magician exercises while the arrow, a hybrid weapon between Fire and Air, defines and directs his will.
Weapons of discipline and dominance also belong to Fire and the Magick Chains with which the magician compels recalcitrant spirits and the Magick Scourge by which he punishes his departures from the discipline of the Great Work both correspond to the Element Fire. The Magick Mace is a weapon that is totally destructive and indiscriminating making it a symbol of the magician’s ultimate power to enforce his will. The Magick Sceptre and Orb also correspond to Fire as they represent the dominion that the magician has over the elements and which is backed up by the True Will of the magician and his power to dominate and destroy them that he is exercising in his Great Work.
While it may be easy to think of the Magick Pen, or Burin, as a weapon of Air, because it possesses no edge and exerts all of its influence through a single point it is classed as a weapon of the Element Fire. This tool is variations on the Magick Wand and exerts its influence onto the Magick Book, an obvious pantacle and symbol of Earth. This makes it the symbol of the material influence of the True Will of the Magician and so it is used to record his Great Work.
An interesting magick weapon that is rarely used but which has a long traditional history is the Magick Horns. The spiral shape of the Horns makes it a symbol of the Divine Will as it appears in its natural form. Usually used as a repository for energy, the Magick Horns are the most passive of this active class of weapons and operate on a cumulative effect, representing the enduring power of True Will.
The most important Magick Weapon of Fire that the magician keeps in his armory is the Discipline of the Great Work. Without this the other weapons are powerless to express his Will or to cause any change. The Discipline corresponds to Fire because it enflames the magician and identifies his True Will while being the driving force behind all of his magickal ceremonies.
Next: Part 3- The Magick Weapons of Water