The Arboretum Mysticum, or AM Lodge, is undertaking our most profound group working to date, the Shem Working – the 72 Names of God.
This form of magic is called Theurgy – Divine working; it is considered the highest form of magic. While we meet each week as a group, this will also be a deeply personal process, as each participant will have their own strengths, interests, and efforts that they put forward. Together we will explore, research and discuss the 72 individual names which are essences of God, said to each contain powers and blessings, and which together form the 72 fold name, the Shem HaMephorash. It has been written and spoken about in grimoires and magical texts going back to the 1st century, in the writings of the Bahir – one of the earliest Qabalistic books. By this name it is said that Moses parted the Red Sea, and Elijah ascended to heaven to become Sandalphon.
Beginning on January 1st, we will go through the names, one by one. Every arborist will keep their own magical record of their experience. The work will be steeped in both ritual and analysis; we will do gematria, sigil work, vibration and meditation on each name. Participants are asked to keep altar space specifically for this working. And then, and if they wish, to engage in writing, artistic medium of any kind, movement, or any other practice through which they can engage with the name.
Right now we are in a preparatory phase, laying some groundwork and background for the working. Please see below for recommended reading, recommended prerequisite training, downloadable resources and previous recordings, as well as upcoming events.
Our student forum is now live! Find the discussion for the Shem working HERE
10/23/2021 – AM Lodge “TETRACTYS”
10/30/21 – AM Lodge “SECRETS OF 72”
11/6/2021 – “Creation of the 72 names of God
11/13/2021 – “Angelic Seals”
11/20/2021 – “The Shem Working “Exodus” with guest Tami Havton
11/27/2021 -” Psalms as Spells”
Clink here to register for : Upcoming
Dec 4th New Moon Purification of Tools and Arborists – Formal Dedication
Thurs December 9th 7:00-9:00pm PST
Magicians Roundtable “The Shem Working and Its Significance in the Magical Landscape” with Naha
$12 More Info & RSVP
Dec 11th Tba
Dec 18th Full Moon Consecration of Tools and Arborists
Dec 25th – No Lodge, Christmas day
Jan 1 – The First Name VHV
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It is recommended but not required that students have a copy of
Science of Kabbalah by Lenain: https://amzn.to/2Zs4AzL
Students will also want a copy of the Psalms and the book of Exodus, either in a Bible or Tanakh. Here is a version of the Tanakh which has both Hebrew and English: JPS Hebrew English Tanakh https://amzn.to/3CzS8wk
Other useful texts/Bibliography:
Studies in Shemot – Nehama Leibowitz – as shared by Tami – for a woman’s perspective on the book of Exodus
On the Art of the Kabbalah Johann Reuchlin https://amzn.to/3mwCcVQ
The Book of Sacred Names by Jacobus Swart https://amzn.to/3kHK4Td
Alef-Beit by Rabbi Ginsburgh: https://amzn.to/3pLErab
Shem Grimoire: https://amzn.to/3jrMGUE
The Complete Golden Dawn: https://amzn.to/3CaQaCm
On the Decans: 36 Faces by Austin Coppock
Kabbalistic Astrology: The Sacred Tradition of the Hebrew Sages by Rabbi Joel Dobin https://amzn.to/2YPaVVP
Sixth and Seventh Book of Moses https://amzn.to/3qDCLjl
Qabalah – the Secret Tradition of the West by Papus https://amzn.to/3kEmdnB
The Bahir – Aryeh Kaplan Translation https://amzn.to/30qaiSW
The Complete Magician’s Tables by Skinner https://amzn.to/3ngfmCu
Godwin’s Cabalistic Encyclopedia https://amzn.to/3Hs2GAe
This list will be added to throughout the working.
Here is the link Tami shared that has Rashi’s commentary on Exodus:
Please note that these works should be considered useful for research and contributing to understanding and not used ultimately as the true or proper instruction or methods
La Kabbale Practique by Ambelain – translated by Piers Vaughan DOWNLOAD HERE The chapter on the Shemhamphorash is pages 130-174
Shem ha-Mephoresh, The Divine Name of Extension an Essay by Aaron Leitch
These trainings are not required but will be helpful for the processes we will be using:
Seals, Signs and Sigils – Master Class with William Kiesel
The Netivot Working – the Letters and Keys
Our last series in the Lodge for understanding the relationship of the letters and their Arcana and Intelligences.
Rite of the Six-Rayed Star
This rite will be used for integration of the names.
It is recommended that you create an altar space in your home specifically for this working. It does not need to be large, simply a space determined by some type of boundary to be a place to focus the intention of this work (a 1ft by 1ft space is plenty, and you can use a square of cloth to denote the boundary)
It is recommended to have a journal specific to this working as it will likely fill an entire book.
A Tarot deck specifically for this working.
A crystal or stone for programming
A version of the Rose Cross Lamen for Sigilwork