Issued by the
of the Golden Dawn
The following is the Traditional Middle Pillar Exercise.
Visualize yourself standing in the Temple, facing West.
Formulate the Black Pillar of Severity on your right side and the White Pillar of Mercy on your left side.
Imagine now that the Black Pillar is reflected in your left side and the White Pillar in your right side.
Visualize a Flaming Sphere of brilliant White Light emanating seven inches from above your head. Inhale deeply and vibrate the divine name of Eheieh, which means I Will Be or I Am.
Bring down the Light from above and visualize a Flaming Sphere of brilliant Indigo at the nape of your neck. Inhale deeply and vibrate the divine name Yehowah Elohim, which means Lord God or Lord of the Gods.
Bring down the Light and visualize a Flaming Sphere of brilliant Yellow at your heart center. Inhale deeply and vibrate the divine name Yehowah Eloah va-Daath or IAO. The former means Lord God of all Knowledge and the latter is a Gnostic name of The Sun and is a Notariqon of the former.
Bring down the Light and visualize a Flaming Sphere of brilliant Violet at your genital region. Inhale deeply and vibrate the divine name Shaddai el Chai, which means Almighty God of Life.
Bring down the Light and visualize a Flaming Sphere of brilliant Green at your feet. Inhale deeply and vibrate the divine name Adonai ha-Aretz, which means My Lord of Earth.
Circulate the Light by formulating in your Aura the Talismatic Atom.
Equilibrate the Light by formulating the Qabalistic Cross, thus:
Touch the forehead with the Sign of Benediction (or the index finger), and say Atah (Thou).
Touch the breast, and say IAO (God Name of Tiphareth).
Touch the genitals, and say Malkuth (the Kingdom).
Touch the right shoulder, and say ve-Geburah (and the Power).
Touch the left shoulder, and say ve-Gedulah (and the Glory).
Place the two palms of the hands together upon the breast, and say le-Olahm, Amen (To the Ages, Amen).