The Old Religion & the Law of Attraction

By Ariana Clausen – Vélez

2013 July

“The Principles of Truth are Seven; he who knows these understandingly, possesses the Magic Key before whose touch all the Doors of the Temple fly open”  The Kybalion.

The Seven Hermetic Principles, upon which the entire Hermetic Philosophy is based, are as follows:  These principles are based on the Emerald Tablet and those things in which Thrice Greatest Hermes teaches.

I.        The Principle of Mentalism

II.        The Principle of Correspondence

III.        The Principle of Vibration

IV.        The Principle of Polarity

V.        The Principle of Rhythm

VI.        The Principle of Cause and Effect

  1. The Principle of Gender

The Emerald Tablet (Compiled from several early Latin and German versions)

  1. In truth, without deceit, certain, and most veritable.  (Principle of Mentalism)
  2. That which is Below corresponds to that which is Above, and that is Above corresponds to that which is Below, to accomplish the miracles of the One Thing. And just as all things have come from this One Thing, through the meditation of the One Mind, so do all created things originate from the One Thing, through Transformation.  (Principle of Correspondence)
  3. Its Father is the Sun; its mother the Moon.  The Wind carries it in its belly; its nurse is the Earth.  It is the origin of All, the consecration of the Universe; its inherent Strength is perfected, if it is turned into Earth.  (The Principle of Vibration)
  4. Separate the Earth from Fire, the Subtle from the Gross, gently and with great Ingenuity.  It rises from the Earth to heaven and descends again to Earth, thereby combining within Itself the powers of both the Above and the Below.  (Principle of Polarity)
  5. Thus will you obtain the Glory of the Whole Universe.  All Obscurity will be clear of you.  This is the greatest Force of all powers, because it overcomes every Subtle thing and penetrates every Solid thing.  (Principle of Rhythm)
  6. In this way was the Universe created.  From this come many wondrous Applications, because this is the Pattern.  (Principle of Cause and Effect)
  7. Therefore am I called Thrice Greatest Hermes, having all three parts of the wisdom of the Whole Universe.  Herein have I completely explained the Operation of the Sun.  (Principle of Gender)

So what does any of this have to do with the Craft, the Old Religion, Christianity, Druidism, Muslim or any religion and the Law of Attraction for that matter?  It has everything to do with it, it is the foundation of All.  It is the foundation of magic and all in which we manifest into our lives for the good or the bad.  It is the source to the All.  To understand how one you have to understand the other.  To begin the Law of Attraction is not a new thing, it is something that dates back to the beginning of humanity and the first incarnation of Hermes Trismegitus who was the author of the sacred texts Hermetic Corpus and was also known to the Egyptians as Thoth.  Both Thoth and Hermes were gods of writing and of magic in their respective cultures. Thus, the Greek god of interpretive communication was combined with the Egyptian god of wisdom as a patron of astrology and alchemy. In addition, both gods were psychopomps; guiding souls to the afterlife.  Hermes, Thoth, Mercury is the only God that can walk in both the underworld to guide those souls that have passed and the living world.  He is life and death, light and dark.

The Craft is known as the Old Religion it has been around as long as the beginning of humanity.  The Old Religion is not an easy path for anyone to follow, it comes with great sacrifice and solitary workings, it is however, the path in which focuses on the healing arts, astrology, alchemy and magic, which are the three main paths of a Hermetic teachings.  All leading to the Mystic Will, the Law of Attraction, Manifestation of those things we desire the most to have in our lives be it for the spiritual or the material for they are both connected you cannot have one without the other.  It is magic; it is of the mind of the All, One Mind created which is reached from the base of the One Thing.

However, to understand this you need to understand the Seven Hermetic Principles and how they work in our daily lives.  We all do magic, be it in our words, thoughts, feelings, deeds, actions and reactions it is all magic as it comes from the soul which is the heart.

When the Craft is taught and practiced correctly you will find all of these principles embodied not only in the magic but in how you find that deeper connection to self from within, it is used to find inner healing, too communicate with those entities in other dimensions and realms, to guide us to a greater understanding and knowledge of the All that is within us all.  The understanding of the stars and the planets in astrology, an understanding of the elements and how to transform them in alchemy and in that All magic exists, this is the Old Religion, the Craft of the Wise.  When we do our work we tap into our mental universe to manifest it into matter.

We will begin by looking at the first Principle or Rubric; “The Principle of Mentalism”.  “The All is Mind; The Universe is Mental.”  This Principle embodies the truth that “All is Mind.”  The mind creates everything and controls everything, it manifests from the subconscious to the conscious world whether you realise it or not, words do not matter in this case because when you think something for example you send out mentally that you are an amazing, beautiful, successful business man or woman you will materialise this into your life, this being the ride handed side which is of the material plane in where all things manifest into matter.  Also, on the other hand if you are full of self-doubt and feel you are the worth nothing, this will manifest into your life, you will always fail at what you set out to do, be it in love, career, life “The Mind is All”.  What you allow into it will manifest into your material world.

A quote from the Kybalion; “An understanding of this great Hermetic Principle of Mentalism enables the individual to readily grasp the laws of the Mental Universe, and to apply the same to his well-being and advancement.”

Within magic as well as the Law of Attraction we all whether we know it or not work with these principles, be it consciously or subconsciously, our mind is the one connection we have to the All, to everyone we are at some point of the same mind with, the same level or mental capabilities with and we draw to that energy and people, in that we are using the Law of Attraction to connect to those people who end up in our lives.  It is that of mind and hearts all truth.

We take a stone which is a natural object of the earth, some would call this an amulet, a found object, now when you sit down and hold it in your hands and close your eyes you are taking the time to mentally connect to this object, how it was created, where it came from, the energies it will have that you connect to, to manifest that which you seek in your life.  Let us say it is quartz, quartz is clear but within the family it has many colours, magical connections, healing connections, god and goddess connections, planetary connections, numerical vibrations and sounds that from the earth it has grown to carry within this small object that is literally of the earth.  It began as a base object nothing but dirt or solid black stone and over time, many millions of years as it connected to the Mental the All it begins to take form and create its’ own unique shape it manifests into something amazing and beautiful and from that we can mentally connect to the beginning of this object.  It starting out as nothing and ending up as something amazing and beautiful.  This is the Law of Attraction, this is magic this is what we do in the Craft, the Old Religion, and all paths that are of healing, light of both the dark and light for from the darkness light manifests and creates something amazing and enlightened, illuminated when we allow what we want from within to create in our spiritual and material world.

From the Gnostic Bible, chapter the Paraphrase of Shem; Darkness sees the Spirit & Darkness Ejaculates Mind into the Womb of Nature; “When the darkness stirred, the light of the spirit appeared to him.  When he saw it he was astonished.  He did not know that another power was above him.  And when he saw that his likeness was dark compared with the spirit, he felt hurt.  And in him pain lifted up, above the height of the members of darkness, his mind, which was the eye of bitterness of evil.  He caused his mind to take shape in a member of the portions of the spirit, thinking that, by staring down at his evil, he would be able to equal the spirit.  But he was not able, for he wanted to do an impossible thing, and it did not take place.  But in order that the mind of darkness, which is the eye of the bitterness of evil, might not be destroyed, since he was made partially similar, he arose and shone with a fiery light upon all of Hades, that the equality of the faultless light might become apparent.  For the spirit benefited from every form of darkness because he appeared in his majesty.

And the exalted, infinite light appeared, for he was very joyful.  He wished to reveal himself to the spirit.  And the likeness of the exalted light appeared to the unconceived spirit.  I appeared.  I am the son of the incorruptible, infinite light.  I appeared in the likeness of the spirit, for I am the ray of the Universal light.  And his appearance to me was in order that the mind of darkness might not remain in Hades.  For the darkness made himself like his mind in a portion of the members.  When I, O Shem, appeared in the likeness, so that the darkness might become dark to himself, according to the will of the majesty, and so that the darkness might become devoid of every aspect of the power that he possessed, the mind drew the chaotic fire, with which it was covered, form the midst of darkness and the water.  And from the darkness the water became a cloud, and from the cloud the womb took shape.  The chaotic fire, which was a deviation, went there.

“And when the darkness saw the womb, he became unchaste.  And when he had aroused the water, he rubbed the womb.  His mind dissolved down to the depths of nature.  It mingled with the power of the bitterness of darkness.  And the womb’s eye ruptured at the wickedness of the order that she might not again bring forth the mind.  For it was a seed of nature from the dark root.  And when nature had taken to herself the mind by means of the dark power, every likeness took shape in her.  And when the darkness had acquired the likeness of the mind, it resembled the spirit.  For nature rose up to expel it; she was powerless against it, since she did not have a form from darkness.  For she brought forth the cloud.  And the cloud shone.  A mind appeared in it like a frightful, harmful fire.  The mind collided against the unconceived spirit, since it possessed a likeness from him, in order that nature might become empty chaotic fire.

And immediately nature was divided into four parts.  They became clouds that varied in appearance.  They were hymen afterbirth, power, and water.  And the hymen and the afterbirth and the power were chaotic fires.  And the mind was drawn from the midst of the darkness and the water – since the mind was in the midst of nature and the dark power – in order that the harmful waters might not cling to it.  Because of this, nature was divided, according to my will, in order that the mind may return to its power, which the dark root, mixed with the mind, had taken from it.  And the dark root appeared in the womb.  At the division of nature the dark root separated from the dark power, which it possessed form the mind.  The mind went into the midst of the power – this was the middle region of nature.

It all comes from the same place, the Law of Attraction is this, magic is this, Old Religion is this, as is everything in which we create from our mental universe.

When it comes down to it we all do magic no matter what path we may follow it all comes from the same place.  Every principle is mentioned in the above paraphrases of Shem.  Shem is the son of Anu the Sumerian God who is the Father of all and from him all things manifest from base to illumination.

The ancient philosophers knew this, Akhenaton, Balinas, Empedocles, Paracelsus, Socrates, Aristotle, Bruno, Galileo, Copernus, Hypatia and many, many more (the first two being the reincarnated Thoth).  They knew that all was in the Mind and in the Universe and because of them we have the Law of Attraction as it is called today and it is used by Craft and everyone who truly understands what real magic is the mind and heart.



What do you find Challenging about being a High Priestess?

anahita-lady-of-beasts-statue-CU-SS-LB-2 Being a High Priestess of the Craft is not as easy as many think it is, you want a title then you have to be willing to take with it the good and bad, the easy and the hard, a High Priestess is a Priestess to the gods and their work.  Yet, sometimes people get in the way and cloud our decisions, and we have to look to the gods for a greater guidance and wisdom to do what is right.  Will it always be what others want?  No.

I learned many years ago the hardest thing a Priestess or a High Priestess has to do is say no, it may go against what others think should be but you as a High Priestess are held to a higher standard, it is not that of a double standard, you are the one who goes out to do for your community, advice those who seek spiritual guidance, presided over sacred rituals, communicate with the spirits, gods and those beings in the realms of the unseen.  We are the ones who are sought out when others say no they cannot help.  Having a title does not mean anything unless you prove you have truly earned it and that comes from the gods not man, man in many traditions of Wicca and many of the Pagan traditions do perform this rite as specific times of training and knowledge, growth and understanding; yet it is up to you to be validated by the gods for your works and deeds as a High Priestess.

When I first became a High Priestess and had my final initiation I had sought counsel on the timing of the rite, I felt it was too soon following my previous elevation (under at that time a specific tradition in Wicca), yet I was told by a very wise woman that she would not perform such a rite until at least three years following this was to allow the spirit to find a balance in the previous elevation and that it could cause greater damage then good.  In the end I had been initiated to a High Priestess.  This proved to be exactly what my counsel had advised me would happen, it was the most challenging and difficult time of my life.  It came with many problems I had to face and overcome, I ultimately had to endure having my name boar to false witness by others and many accusations were made against me that later proved untrue.  Hence, I was not aware of any of them until six months to a year later.  In the end it was cleared up and I left the tradition to go on my own and find the truth of the Old Religion.

When we seek out advice we must be willing to listen with an open heart and open ears, the truth is not always easy it is sometimes the hardest thing we have to hear. 

540360_4209868521207_1202622859_nBeing a High Priestess to the gods and their work is not something that anyone can do, or that just anyone is called to do it comes with a price.  In the ancient times to be a Priestess or High Priestess of a specific cult was all part of your work, being a Priestess of both Apollo and Diana was to be a virgin and with Diana to break this vow and found out was punishable by death.  Apollo also have virgin Priestesses tending to his Temple/s.  This was how they kept their power.   A High Priestess in ancient times was a solitary life without anyone around you other than those you served with in the temples.  The Vestal Virgins were chosen at a young age to serve in the Temple for thirty years and during that time they had to remain pure, if they were found to have broken that vow, it was too punishable by death and they would be placed in a dark hole with only bread and water and left to die in darkness.  Yet, this is not today, but it is still a path in which comes with many challenges.

We look at those who are of the Craft today and it does sadden me to see so many mislead, undertrained, misrepresenting the truth and using the Craft for their own self gain and instead of helping the community or those who are with them in either a coven, grove, or temple.  I see many today who abuse the Craft in order to push, control and make their will the will of those who are under them or part of their group as we slave keepers, enforcers of another’s will and so on?  No!!!  In being the head of a Coven, Grove, Temple or any type of organisation in which you have members everyone should be treated equally there is not one person who is over the other and each should treat another with equal respect and love, not judge, gossip or turn one against another, if you have issue you deal it yourself you do not bring it into the fold of the others.  It is no others issue but your own.  A High Priestess must also be willing to take the truth as well as know when she is wrong in her actions and one who is true to herself, the gods and the position in which is held will be one who accepts this and fixes any wrongs in which have been made, this is one of the hardest things to do for you have to look at yourself in the mirror and see your own reflection.  You always have to be true to yourself “First”, others may have an opinion or comments but if it does not feel right to you, do not do it.

Within the Temple of Diana which I founded back in 2004 April 21st the one thing I have always brought focus on is the equal respect of all our members and when one is being attacked we defended them and stand up for our brothers and sisters.  We have a Code in which we follow and it is one in which as the High Priestess I hold everyone of our members too and if any of them do harm to another it is dealt with immediately, I  do not accept anyone pushing another or making decisions that can harm another where there is not justification.  When this happens as a High Priestess this is where many challenges arise being willing to stand up no matter what the cost.  Honour the Gods, Serve and Work with the Gods and Honour yourself, your body, spirit and mind as you would the Temple of the Gods.

This and much more is what is challenging about being a High Priestess in the Old Religion.

My Blessings to you all in this Spring, make room to love and be true to yourself, for you truly only answer to yourself and your reflection is the one that looks back at you, not any other.  Let your heart guide you to truth and listen for the truth is always in your heart.

Ariana, HPs and Reverend

Temple of Diana, Inc.


Ordination and What it means in the Craft of the Wise

Ordination and What it means in the Craft of the Wise

By Ariana Clausen – Vélez

When we look today and what it means when bestowed with rights as a Reverend or Minister, what is the first thing that comes to mind?

In the early 70’s the work of Dr. Leo Louis Martello where he fought for our civil rights within the Heathen community to have equal rights and liberties as the Christians.  When he fought for those rights it ended in Victory, and this victory allows us today to have Legally Ordained Reverend and Ministers, incorporating and 501 c 3 religious organisations recognised by the government as legal and part of the communities in which we live.

When one is ordained it is something in which one should take great pride and honour in, having papers is not a light responsibility, it is not a form of validation, it does not make anyone legal, and it is not a means of protection, like any position of responsibility it comes with a level of responsibility to the Gods, self, community and the organisation and heads of that organisation in which they are under.  Throughout the media over the past years, many years there have been story after stories of persons who were of the cloth, ordained ministers, reverend, priests and fathers who have been charged with crimes against communities, humanity, their organisations in which they were the head of or in charge of under that of another, all were prosecuted and stripped of their privileges.

I learned long ago from a wise woman, my “True Mother”, that initiation is not validated by the hands or man, but by the hands of the Gods it is only they who can truly initiate you.   Many years ago I went through a great trial, I was a solitary and then later joined an online school and as I grew within myself I felt that it was time for initiation, however, there was no one in my community who could perform this ritual, as I was a solitary, so I self-initiated to the Gods at that time I followed a more Celtic path.  Later as I continued with my training I was invited by a local group to audit their coven and see if I wanted to join, at a later time I did so, and within the next four months I had resigned.  In following this I was still with this online school and had met online a woman who claimed to be a High Priestess in the Wiccan community out of Canada, I studied under her and later she did my next initiation via the internet.  I prepared as I would for any initiation, fasted, prepared oils, soaps, and ritual garb and tools for the ceremony, it was a beautiful and powerful journey.  When at a later time I had asked if she had filed my papers with her organisation, she kept putting me off, so I did what any person with a mind would do, I sought out and contacted them myself; boy did I get a rude awakening, not only was she not a part of their organisation but she had stolen their watermark logo for my certificate.  I was destroyed, or at the time I thought I was, full betrayal by someone who claimed to be in service of the gods.

Shortly following this I had bumped into the old HP of the local coven I had been a part of where I live and he had the audacity to tell me I should step down as a Priestess as I was not ready and only when man blessed would I be; now I was already over the betrayal from the other at this time, so I sat and taught long and hard about this situation.  Flowing this I had a vision, it was of Dr. Leo L. Martello and he had led me to my “True Mother”, we had many amazing conversations over the next year and half and then I went to Salem, MA for the first time and we met and from there I have learned so very much and gained so much in knowledge and wisdom.  The one thing she taught me and it stays with me every day.  We were in the hotel lobby where I was staying and she cast circle it was on Samhain night and as she placed her hand on me she said the following, “No man can validate a Priestess of the Gods, only they can if you lift your arms and eyes to the heavens and say I am of the Gods and they give you a sign that is all the validation one ever needs, the rest is just icing.

Now, I do not speak much of my experiences, yet it is these experiences in which have brought me to why I write on this subject today.

When we as Priestesses and Priests of the Gods stand and after many years of studies and training are bestowed the gift of becoming a Reverend/Minister within our communities we have a greater responsibility, we have to stand up not only for our community but for our brothers and sisters, those who are in need that are otherwise ignored by other religious communities for a variety of reasons.  We are not to think such papers are a form of validation (they do not validate us in the eyes of the Gods), we validate ourselves by our works and deeds towards others, we as Priestesses and Priests must prove we are worthy of such title.

They are not for protections for anyone who betrays this Oath they can easily be revoked, it is not legal protection for we are all held accountable under the laws of the Gods and man.  Yet, under the laws of man we need to have such Ordinations in order to be legal, protected, and validated, so that we can do the work of the Gods here on Earth.  If you do not stand before the gods each day and honour them first, give a helping hand to someone who is of greater need than yourself, you go behind your brother or sisters back, have envy, jealousy and hate in your heart because of one’s’ growth, when you commit a crime against another in your community, when you use your papers as a way to manipulate for your own gain these are all crimes against the Gods and grounds proper actions to be taken against those person/s who do such acts.

Ordination is an Honour and when bestowed such an honour one should take great pride in the work they do, not use them as an excuse to get away with harmful acts against another.

There is a price to pay when bestowed such a gift from the Gods, it is not monitory but it is giving your Oath to the Gods that you will Serve and Work with them, Honour your Vows keeping sacred all things, keeping your oaths of silence and respect your family and treating them with respect and honour as they are equal to you, not above and not below you, the Gods are above us all and in the end it is their hand that comes down in full judgement of your works and deeds.

When ordained honour it and hold it dear to your heart for it is between you and the Gods not you and everyone else; never brag, show off, or treat others less than you are, for in that you will be judged by the Justice of the Gods.

What did I learn from this?  When I stand before the Gods and they validate me, then man has no authority over me or my path, it is the Gods that guide me daily.  When one is blessed enough to have a “True Mother” or “Teacher” who is honourable then they are there to guide you, encourage, support and be proud of you.