Draconis! Draconis! Draconis!

Dancing with Dragons

Dancing-with-DragonsI first saw the phrase “Draconis! Draconis! Draconis!” used in some of the ritual incantations in D.J.Conway’s book, Dancing with Dragons, Invoke their Ancient Wisdom and Power (first published 1994) when I read the book some years ago (I have the 2004, 14th edition). I enjoyed reading it, though not everything in Conway’s book “sat right” with me, but that’s just personal opinion. It also didn’t appeal to me to be calling to the Dragons in Latin so I’ve never used Draconis! Draconis! Draconis! in any of my own rituals. However, to each their own.

MysticalDragon-ConwayA lot of information from Conway’s book has ended up online and every time I  see the phrase Draconis! Draconis! Draconis! on a website it stands out like a beacon showing where her work has been repeatedly copied. Yes, I do have one example of her rituals here as well, but I have acknowledged the source and included a link for people to buy the book, unlike the majority of other websites that have spread her work around. Her second book on Dragon magick — Mystical Dragon Magick, Teachings of the Five Inner Rings (2007) — builds on the work in the first book (I have the 2009 third edition) so of course also uses Draconis! Draconis! Draconis!

I recently purchased the iBooks version of The Book of the Dragon: A New Grimoire (1982) by Ian Corrigan and discovered the same phrase used there as well, a good 12 years earlier than Conway’s book so I realised it wasn’t a Conway creation after all and the phrase Draconis! Draconis! Draconis! had probably been in use long before Corrigan published his book. I checked Conway’s bibliography in Dancing with Dragons and sure enough, there was the reference to Corrigan’s book. 🙂

The Book of the Dragon: A New Grimoire

Book-Dragon-Corrigan-2“The Book of The Dragon is a classic creation from the days of the early Pagan festival movement. It combines the form of a medieval grimoire with Neopagan religious ideas and modern magickal methods. Its method is simple yet effective, evocative yet down-to-earth. Ian Corrigan was, when this book was published, a 27-year-old newly initiated traditional witch. He had already taught many students, and become known as a teacher, ritualist and musician.”

Corrigan’s ritual incantations have an even older and more formal style to them than Conway’s and often begin with the Welsh wording “Draig, draig, draig” to get the Dragons’ attention. In addition to Welsh, many of Corrigan’s incantations utilize Latin and Enochian. One reviewer of the book said…

“Awesome Grimoire!!” I would recommend this book to anyone who fancies the Grimoires of old. The artwork is beautiful and the Ritual liturgy is in perfect Form. This grimoire is also perfect for pagans of all paths and traditions. This is Ceremonial magick for Pagans without any Judeo-Christian influence that one finds in other grimoires!! Get it!!

For example, the following is a small part of the spell to bind Dragon power to an image…

Vovin, vovin, vovin.
Draig, draig, draig.
Draconis, draconis, draconis.
Hear the word of (name), your master and keeper.
By this act are you awakened and roused
in this your image, that you may work my will.

(Here, name any work you would have it do, then repeat the following incantation up to eleven times until the image is completely charged…)

Draconis, draconis, draconis.
Draig, draig, draig.
Vovin, vovin, vovin.

(…followed by the Charm of Ending, used to stop the action of the Dragon…)

OI IA SALMAN CA VOVIN

I find it rather odd that I hadn’t come across this wonderful little book before now — silly me — the information was right under my nose all these years, lol. Oh well, for whatever reason I wasn’t meant to find Corrigan’s book  until now. It is published by Lulu.com and available in hardcover or paperback and is also available on iTunes.

La Magie des Dragons: Les véritables enseignements et rituels draconiques

La-magie-des-dragonsI discovered this book by Marc-André Ricard (from Quebec, Canada) a few years ago. It was published in 2003 and looked very interesting as it also combined Ceremonial Magic with the practice of Dragon Magick, by adding Hermetic Qabalah and Enochian Magic to the mix. Unfortunately this book was only available in French and not English. I eventually contacted the author through his website at draconia.maricard.com and he confirmed via email that he had no plans to ever release an English translation. 😦

I had read some reviews about Ricard’s book — most of them good but some of them quite damning, accusing the author of simply copying the work of others. I was unable to buy the actual book (that’s a story for another time) but at least I did manage to find a PDF of scanned images of the book so I could satisfy my curiosity somewhat, and discovered that in many of the ritual incantations this book also uses the rousing opening line of…

Draconis! Draconis! Draconis!

I found it interesting that that Ricard’s book uses the same names for the elemental dragons as are used in Conway’s book (Sairys, Fafnir, Naelyan, Grael) with a minor difference in spelling (Fafnyr) but makes no reference to her book which was published 9 years before his and appears to be the origin of these names.

In her book Conway says that “the names of the dragons of the elements and the spelling and pronunciation of those names came through in trance several years ago.”

Ricard also presents a chart of Dragon Script which is identical to that shown in Conway’s book. Conway says in her book, “the accompanying chart of Dragon Script or alphabet was taught to me by Fionna, a spiritual entity who appeared in dreams, in meditations and during trance. I have no idea where or with whom it originated, for she never told me.” Hmm… again, no acknowledgment in Ricard’s book of where he got the alphabet from.

Coincidentally (!?) a comparison of the tables of contents of Dancing with Dragons and La Magie des Dragons shows a lot of similarities in the section titles and the order in which they appear, but also some differences with additional information on ceremonial magick being included in Ricard’s book, which of course is why I wanted to read it. The only way I can do so (as I don’t speak French) is by converting the scanned images of the pages to text and then putting that through “Google Translate”  — I haven’t gotten very far with that unfortunately as it was more difficult to do than I thought …oh well, maybe one day.

TDsig

September 1, 2016 ~ Edited to add:

Draconia: Les Enseignements Draconiques de la Véritable Magie des Dragons

DraconiaThis new book, published in July 2016, is essentially a redo of Marc-André Ricard’s original La Magie Des Dragons with a few additions, rearrangements, patches and improvements. At least now I finally have a copy of it! 🙂 …even though it is written in French, which I can’t read …oh well, I’ll figure out some way around that.

I found this book purely by “chance” when I decided in early August 2016 to look again for Ricard’s original Dragon book to see if it had been republished or if there were any secondhand copies available for a decent price. I was pleased to find this new edition of Draconia available on Amazon, so I bought it, but not before checking to see if Ricard’s website was accessible again, as it had been offline for quite a while. Yes, the website was back, but it only had the original book advertised on it, so I headed back to Amazon to buy the new book. It took a couple of weeks to arrive but now that it is finally here I’ve checked Ricard’s website again and found it has been totally redesigned and updated.

I find it rather interesting how I “randomly” decided to look for a book right at the time it had been republished. Perhaps the Dragons led me to it?  😉

Here is some information about the book from the author’s recently updated website (also in French) at maricard.com via “Google Translate”…

DRACONIA – THE DRAGONSWORN TEACHINGS OF THE TRUE MAGIC DRAGON

For the first time in the esoteric literature disclosed the True Teachings of Magic Draconic.

Dragons have always existed. Wrongly represented in stories and legends as evil and malevolent beings, they are above all power of archetypes, of nobility and wisdom. Their role is to be the guardians of a priceless treasure: an amazing esoteric and spiritual knowledge and extremely powerful.

Dragons, holed up in the astral world, reveal and share their knowledge to those who prove themselves worthy and prove the righteousness of their intentions. The Art of Magic Dragon allows the serious researcher and sincere student to resonate with Dragonsworn vibrations. It is then possible to inquire into the teachings dragons, learn to work in harmony with them and get their assistance in the conduct of our daily life and our magical and spiritual journey.

Although it offers several effective rituals promoting contact and the development of cooperation with the dragons, this book is not a vulgar grimoire. It reveals the true magic of Draconic processes allowing the student engaged to perform wonders in magic and blithely walk on the spiritual path. It also reveals the existence, role and description of different types of dragons. True science, the Magic Dragon can not be regarded as a mere hobby. It is a path of personal growth and integral development of the person who is doing it with seriousness and integrity.

Marc-André Ricard’s book is a major work on High Magic and dragons.

The new version of Ricard’s website also contains a list of the books he has in his personal library …some very interesting titles and authors there!

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One comment on “Draconis! Draconis! Draconis!

  1. hiramash says:

    Hello, Topaz,

    Interesting article…Still upset that you cannot read the last book in English ; for having talked with Marc-Andre Ricard a few years ago, he told me that he had a tough time at spreading his work. Moreover, his editor died after the book publishing (natural death, I supppose…)
    So I am sure that he was not malevolent in not translating his work.

    Now, with Dragon Magick, there is a very very specific “social networking” problem. We had a discussion about it with M.A. Ricard, let me show you…
    If we consider the three books you presented, Dragon Magick always strives to create an intimate link between a dragon and a human, right ?

    On the other hand, “classical” magick, let’s say “Golden Dawn” Ceremonial Magick, is not aimed at creating such a link. You study high, low magick, elemental stuff, astrological patterns, that’s all !
    So, when a “daraco” practitioner (named “A” for convenience) talks about Dragon Magick to a “classical” magick practitioner (called “B”), there are actually 3 persons involved in the relation : “A”, “B” and…the dragon keeper of “A”, which I will call “d(A)”.
    Let’s imagine now that both A and B are draconic practitioners : You have A, B, d(A), d(B) without counting common friends to both d(A) and d(B) !

    You begin to see the point ? Whenever it is asked whether A has copied onto B, always is forgotten the hidden social network created inside Draconia, with d(A) and d(B) at least !
    So, if the draconic script (and I agree with you) appears both in Conway and in Ricard, has Ricard copied onto Conway, or does it come from the same authentic spiritual source ?

    So, strictly logically speaking, you can accept that there is no copying in Draconia if you believe that there is a unique source of knowledge…
    This is the definition of “anti-science”, a system that can justify itself by the means of itself (see “Durkheim”, etc…).
    There do exist other such systems, like faith, psychoanalysis, etc…

    And there is only one way to overcome such a paradox : Both having the bravery to receive Draconia, and having the intuition of the consequences of such an acceptance.

    Good luck, Topaz !

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