A few months back, nearly a year back at this point, I was looking through John Michael Greer’s book The Celtic Golden Dawn and felt terrible for leaving it sit on the shelf, ignored. Even though I couldn’t get my head around using it ‘as is’, I thought that there must be something I could do with it. So,very sincerely, I began plugging Tolkien’s Legendarium into it and came up with a personal system I was calling Calaquendi.
I wouldn’t say that this is a dead practice for me, but at this point it has been several months since I practiced it in any legitimate manner. I merely wanted to post it here and give others a foundation with which to start experimenting with this magic(k)al expression. What I present here is just the first slice of what I had developed. Perhaps I will begin sharing the many pages of notes I had compiled if interest grows; those regarding altar structure, kabbalistic assignments, and much more…Much of what follows is not explained, but those familiar with Tolkien symbolism will understand why the Awen and the Pentangle are used, or can be used to some effect in a Legendarium based practice.
So, here are some of those original notes —- Any questions or criticisms are always welcome.
It is a magic(K)al current utilizing the Legendarium of Tolkien. It is highly influenced by the Golden Dawn practicum, but far less rigid and less preoccupied with the toys usually associated with such endeavors. The impetus with this practice is not worship of the archetypes of the Legendarium but of the building of a bridge between the working area of the magician/practitioner with the liminal world of Tolkien’s mythos.
My foundation for the practice is the book The Celtic Golden Dawn by John Michael Greer. Because this book attempts to place the Golden Dawn material into a more naturalistic sensibility the modifications needed to make this work are minor.
It’s important to note that Calaquendi is not a Religious quest, it is a magic(K)al one. By magic(K)al I do not mean hocus pocus and the limited selfishness of material need. Gareth Knight states in his book The Secret Tradition in Arthurian Legend “Magic…is the technique of the control of images and imagination…”(1983). Magic in this sense is then a tool of personal Gnosis and not merely meant to be a path toward the inflation of self for the sole purpose of ego enrichment. Magic(K) here, and within Calaquendi, is meant to stretch awareness and perspective toward a mythos that grows self in a positive manner and brings the richness of the Legendarium closer to the everyday reality of those practicing such techniques.
The core changes have to do with the names and titles of many of the practices from a Druid Revivalist pseudo welsh to Quenya (or an honest attempt to do so) such as those related to practices of the LBRP, Rite of the Rays, and Kabbalah associations. Along these lines, associations found within Greer’s material and the original Golden Dawn material are being modified to suit the mythology of Arda – incorporation of the Two Trees, Silmarils, the Rings, Istari, Vala, etc.
A preview of Greer’s The Celtic Golden Dawn can be found here – In order to view the references in the following examples.
One of the first practices within any Golden Dawn derived system is the Magician’s implementation of the Cabbalistic Cross and the Lesser Banishing/Summoning Ritual of the Pentagram. Greer rewrites the Cabbalistic Cross to be the Rite of the Rays within the Celtic Golden Dawn (CGD) which makes use of the modern Druid symbol of Awen:In the Calaquendi version we will use the Awen symbol as well, but will rewrite some of the terms to work with the Legendarium.
Rite of the Rays (p.31) – Calaquendi version performed just as listed in book, but the with changes to the vocalizations;
First Vocalization = Menel (the heavens, firmament, sky)
Second Vocalization = Rainë (peace, good will)
Third Vocalization = Laurë (light)
Fourth Vocalization = Vérë (bond, troth,honor)
Fifth Vocalization = Mi Silmë Maruvan (In starlight I will abide)
Final Vocalization = Eä (pronounced [ˈe.a]) (the world)
Lesser Ritual of the Pentagram (p.32) – Calaquendi version performed just as listed in book, but with changes to the vocalization; Normally a godform is intoned at each direction following the tracing of the Pentagram, instead we are intoning the name of a Vala or Valie. Once each direction has been signed with a Pentagram and a Vala/Valie vocalized the next process is to vocalize the Element and a Maiar (more immediate beings of earthly interaction) that coincide with both the Element and Vala/Valie. In the Calaquendi system these Maiar are the Istari, the Wizards that walk among man/elf/dwarf and effect the lands of Arda/Middle Earth directly. Again this is done exactly as in the CGD – Tracing of Pentagram with Valar vocalized in each direction – then facing the east and the vocalization of the Element and naming the Maiar associated with the Vala the direction and element.
East Vocalizations = Manwë – Air – Olórion
South Vocalizations = Aulë – Fire – Curunír
West Vocalizations = Ulmo – Water – Uinen or Ossë (As Ossë has been tainted by Melkor and is somewhat aggressive due to this I would recommend using Uinen, his consort.)
~elen sila lumenn’ omentielvo~