Most magicians are familiar with the legend of the Golem,a figure made of clay and wood that was brought to life through a process discovered by Rabbi Yehuda Low. According to Kabbalah, Jewish mysticism, the formula for creating a Golem was found in the Sefer Yetsirah, a theory of creation derived from the first 10 numbers and 22 letters of the Hebrew alphabet.
In the original rendition, the prophet Jeremiah and his son Ben Sirah create a Golem in the image of a human being. The word emeth (truth) is then carved into its forehead, bringing the Golem to life. Later stories have the Golem being brought to life by a piece of sacred parchment on whichthe name of God has been inscribed.
The size, shape, and characteristics of a Golem are determined by the individual making it. It is believed that organic material, such as clay, wood, and bone, produce the best results. Once assembled, the Golem is ready to be animated through a process called ritual sculpting, which usually
takes place in a properly consecrated ritual space.
Using a single candle of pure beeswax and a sanctum regnum incense (made from frankincense, myrrh, and gum arabic), the Golem is presented at each of the four quadrants as the archangels are evoked. During this time, special incantations are performed to infuse the Golem with the will and intention of the magician. As the ritual concludes, the candle is extinguished, and the magician will then spend several hours visualizing the Golem coming to life, forcing
energy into it. The entire process can take days, even weeks, to accomplish.
Once the process has been completed, the psyche of the Golem should be fully animated and ready to do the magician’s bidding. At first the Golem will be given simple tasks to do, such as protecting the magician’s personal belongings. In time, as the Golem grows and develops, so do its chores. Rewards come in the form of praise, gifts, and the psychic energy that is offered by the magician. The Golem is an extension of the magician’s will and power, very much like an etheric double. Should the magician need assistance during a magickal operation, the Golem is there to lend a helping hand. The Golem may sound like the answer to hired help, but beware: Like most magickal undertakings, there is another side of the coin to consider.
Once it has been brought to life, the Golem and its creator are psychically bound together, and as time passes it becomes increasingly difficult (if not impossible) for one to exist without the other.
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