becomes more pronounced although still more conceptual than practical. Netzach whichcorresponds to both Venus and Fire has both the Girdle and the Lamp attributed to it. Hod, whichcorresponds to Mercury has the Names and Magick Words that are used in the ceremony. Hod isalso Watery and so the Apron, as is used in Freemasonry is intended to absorb the injuries of theGreat Work, corresponds elementally to this Sephirah. The Perfumes or Incenses that are to beemployed in the ceremony are attributed to Yesod because of the correspondence with Air whilethe Lunar attribution connects this Sephirah with the Altar and the sacrifice that is made upon it.Perhaps the best well known and yet the most conceptual weapon of ceremonial magick is noteven thought of as a weapon at all, the Magick Circle and its compliment the Magick Triangle.These constructions of magick art correspond to the Sphere of the Elements in Malkuth andcreate the environment wherein all of the other weapons and their symbolism find their completeexpression. The Magick Circle is the microcosm symbolically spread out and arranged in aworking space that allows the magician to access the different components of his consciousnessand to change them in accordance with his will. Just as Malkuth is the fulfillment of the uppernine Sephiroth so too is the Magick Circle the product of the influence of all of the weaponsabove it, including those that are attributed to the Paths of the Tree of Life that join theSephiroth.The Magick Circle is the central symbol of the ceremonial magician and even without the otherweapons it is still possible to operate the Magick Circle while without it the effect of the otherweapons is meaningless and so ineffective. The Elements as they are found represented in thesymbolism of the Magick Circle have more to do with the Four Worlds than with the elements asthey are found in the physical world. While these physical elements may be useful for invokingthe construction of the magick circle, especially for beginners, the object of creating the Magick Circle in the first place is to transcend these physical elements and ascend through the FourWorlds to the Unity of Kether and the completion of the Great Work. This is reflected in thenatures of the four primary Elemental Weapons of ceremonial magick which correspond to thesearchetypal elemental forms rather than to the earthly elements that are their shadows. TheMagick Wand, the quintessential weapon of Fire, isn't used for stirring up actual burning embersbut for directing the essential fire of the magician's True Will.This deeper correspondence of the Elemental Weapons of classical Hermetic Magick allowsthem to bridge the abyss between the conceptual nature of magick and the practical applicationof performing a magickal ceremony. They also correspond to the four actions of the magician asCrowley described them in Liber I B vel Magi;
With the Wand createth He. With the Cup preserveth He. With the Dagger destroyeth He. Withthe Coin redeemeth He. His weapons fulfil the wheel; and on What Axle that turneth is not known unto Him.
The forces that are being manipulated by the four Elemental Weapons are those that lie at theessence of the elements themselves, that existed before there were elements and which are theultimate expression and reflection of the four worlds in our temporal and illusory perception of creation.The four primary Elemental Weapons are most correctly referred the Powers of the Sphinx; toWill, to Dare, to Know and to Keep Silence. These four powers represent the nature of the work