The Magick Weapons of Water
The weapons of the Element Water all represent enduring energy and are passive, receptive and preservative tools of magick. The central Elemental Weapon of Water is the Magick Cup or Chalice. The function of the Magick Cup is to receive
and preserve the energy that is directed by the Magick Wand and more symbolically the Magick Cup is the Holy Grail that the Neophyte must fill with his life’s blood through his devotion to his Great Work. In practice the Magick Cup is filled by the divine force that is invoked at the climax of the ceremony and then applied to attaining the objective of the ceremony. Because the Magick Cup is the initial repository of the magick force all of the other weapons are dependent upon it in some measure to perform their own functions and, as it corresponds to He of Tetragrammaton, it is the representative of the divine Mother in the Magick Circle who is the counterpart of the divine Father that is represented by the Magick Wand. The Magick Cup is usually crocus shaped or parabolic and should be inscribed with the Holy Names and the symbols of Water, usually an eagle. The size of the Magick Cup should be proportionate to the magician who is using it; too small and it will be insufficient to contain the force of the operations and too large will make it awkward to use.
The most obvious symbol of the Element Water that is used in the Magick Circle is the water that is held in the Magick Cup and which is often referred to as the Lustral Waters by Hermetic magicians. Usually this water has been consecrated to be used to purge the Magick Circle of any adversity to the operation at hand, and the regular practice is to mix it with the salt that is brought to the temple to represent the Element Earth. Another liquid that is commonly used in the Magick Cup is the Sacramental Wine which is the symbol of the magician’s life’s blood and is used as a eucharist in the ceremony.
A Weapon of Water that is often confused is the Vial or Decanter where the magician keeps the Holy Oil. This bottle should be shaped like a teardrop and made of red glass to belie the fiery nature of its contents. The Holy Oil itself is attributed to Fire but the Vial that holds it is a variation on the Magick Cup. When full of oil the Magick Vial is a symbol of the object of the Great Work, the union of active with passive elements that is a precursor to the apprehension of essential unity that is the goal of magick.
An aspect of the Magick Temple that may not have been considered as a Magick Weapon at all is the Twilight of the Place in which the ceremony is being performed. Magickal ceremonies are usually performed in a half light which represents the glamor of the astral planes, the darkness into which the magician will manifest the Magick Light. It is this twilight that is reflected in the Magick Mirror which is perhaps the most practical of the Magick Weapons of Water. Any reflective substance that the magician uses for the practice of skrying, because of the passive, reflective nature of the implement, will necessarily correspond to Water.
While the Names and Magick Words are most properly attributed to Air the Oath corresponds to Water. It is the specific instance of the application of the Magickal Discipline and receives all of the exertions of the magician’s will as it is the central focus of the entire ceremony. The Magick Oath corresponds to Scorpio, the transformative power of water and represents the enduring devotion of the magician to uniting his microcosm with the macrocosm. Associated with this is the Pain of Obligation, the sacrifice that the magician makes in order to pursue the Path, and the Devotion that he shows to the Discipline of Magick, and which binds him to the Path of Initiation.
The Magick Cloak, or the Outer Cloak of Concealment, is a weapon that may not at first be thought of as corresponding with the Element Water. The primary correspondence of the Magick Cloak is to the darkness of Binah, the Great Mother of the Qabalah, and the primeval waters from which the created universe issues. The Magick Cloak represents the magician’s temporal form that dwells in the darkness of the material world, separated from the pure Light of Kether. The Magick Cloak is the counterpart of the Twilight of the Place, another weapon of Earth and as the cloak conceals the magician, the twilight conceals his operation.
Although they are more properly counted among the furnishings, both the Shrine of the Temple and the Kerubic Emblems that are used to mark the quarters of the Magick Circle are attributed to the Element Water. Because the shrine is the central nexus of the entire temple and acts as the repository of its spiritual force its enduring powers of preservation and devotion make it distinctly watery. The Kerubic Emblems, also known as the Emblems of Death, are watery for the same reason except that the force that is focused in them is specific to the element that they represent.