Pentacle of iron for thelemites

In “The Pentacles and the Tree: Are There Crowleyian Influences on Feri Lore?” [see], Valerie Walker makes connections between the various pentacles of Feri with the Tree of Life, mapping some correspondences between sepherot to the points of the pentacles.

Beginning there, as background, I’d add that I was struck by the following fragment from Liber Librae [see, et]:

“12. Remember that unbalanced force is evil; that unbalanced severity is but cruelty and oppression; but that also unbalanced mercy is but weakness which would allow and abet Evil. Act passionately; think rationally; be Thyself.

13. True ritual is as much action as word; it is Will.”

This notion of acting passionately hints at the ferocity of innocence I once found in the word feri itself through somewhat fanciful etymology. The root of feral is fera, or wild animal. The plural latin ferae poetically reminds me of the word feri. This untamed, natural state is to be unreservedly and naturally passionate; but, without being unbalanced or psychotic. Wild animals are not crazy, but being unreservedly themselves.

In this point about the unbalanced force, I find an echo of the notions of the unbalanced reflections of iron, the gilded and rust pentacles [see, also]. (Strange that there’s not a lot useful that comes up quickly about the rust and gilded.) Although this excerpt is about the two pillars, which are each in a way unbalanced versions of the central pillar and so there are fractals within fractals, the notion of the unbalanced can be applied to any sepherot, and thus, to any point of the corresponding pentacles.

On an elemental level, this is further reflected as Liber Librae continues:

“… Establish thyself firmly in the equilibrium of forces, in the centre of the Cross of the Elements, that Cross from whose centre the Creative Word issued in the birth of the Dawning Universe.

19. Be thou therefore prompt and active as the Sylphs, but avoid frivolity and caprice; be energetic and strong like the Salamanders, but avoid irritability and ferocity; be flexible and attentive to images like the Undines, but avoid idleness and changeability; be laborious and patient like the Gnomes, but avoid grossness and avarice.”

This occurred to me as like a great place to start developing a mutual language within some kind of “Iron Pentacle for Thelemites” exploration. The practices of running the pentacles is maybe an energy practice of interest when working with the sepherot and the extra information may be interesting as part of a rich relationship with the point of the pentacle. Anyhow, something to explore at some point.