Basic Magical Practices of the Aurum Solis
Excerpted from the out-of-print book Mysteria Magica by Denning & Phillips
Posture and Breathing
The three established postures of the Western Tradition are:A. The Sitting or God-form PostureB. The Standing or Wand PostureC. The Supine or Earth PostureA. The God-form Posture is of ancient Egyptian origin. It is essential for this posture that aseat should be arranged so that the thighs shall be horizontal while the lower leg isvertical, and the soles of the feet rest steadily upon the floor, or if necessary upon asupport. Thus seated, with the spine erect but not stiffly vertical, the feet should beplaced side by side as should the knees. The upper arms should hang loosely at the sidesand the hands should rest palm downwards upon the thighs. The head should be held sothat if open the eyes gaze straight ahead.B. The Wand Posture is a normal and well-balanced standing position. The head is helderect, the shoulders are dropped back so that they are neither drooping nor held rigidlysquare. The arms hang by the sides with a slight natural curve at the elbow; the feet areplaced side by side, the toes being turned neither in nor out.If this posture is correctly maintained, it should be possible to take a step forward witheither foot as required, without shifting the weight.C. The Earth Posture is a position in which the subject lies flat on his back. The legs arestraight and the arms lie straight at the sides of the body, It is essential for this posturethat tight clothing and unnecessary discomforts should be avoided.The standard breathing technique used in connection with Aurum Solis practices isreferred to as the Rhythmic Breath. This particular rhythm of breathing is termed by somepeople the Healing Breath, because one of the good results of its proficient use is therapid and powerful release of energy: for oneself if need be, or to implement works ofhealing and magical acts generally.To practice this Rhythmic Breath, begin by counting your own heartbeats. At first it maybe difficult to concentrate upon the heartbeat, so keep away while practising from soundssuch as a ticking clock or strongly rhythmic music. In time you will be able to disregardsounds which do not relate to what you are doing.When you first begin to concentrate upon your heartbeat, it may slow down to someextent before steadying itself. This is quite normal, and with more practice will cease tooccur.