Mt Shasta Dragon Healing Ritual

This ritual is reproduced here with kind permission of the author, Mark Nelson. I first “met” Mark when he left a comment at the bottom of one of my blog entries here and told me of a Dragon ritual he had written and performed on Mt Shasta in 2006 and offered to send me a copy of it if I was interested. Naturally I was interested 🙂 so here it is…

Mt Shasta Dragon Healing Ritual

Written by Mark Nelson of
The Mystic Order of the Purple Dragon

~ Overview ~

Place of ritual:  ~ 8,500-foot level of Mt. Shasta
Date of ritual:  Sunday, 29 July 2006 at about 10:30 AM
Purpose:

  • Call Marlene’s Dragons, for the first time by me.
  • Send healing energies to some people
  • Present [EF aka ES] as Priest of Marlene’s Dragons

In Attendance:

  • [MN] as Priest
  • [ES] as Priest and assistant
  • The gentle Wind in the East (as Air) and the Dragon of Air
  • The Sun in the South with some assistance from CH3OH (as Fire) and the Dragon of Fire
  • Fresh H2O sprinkled in the West (as Water) and the Dragon of Water
  • The Mountain in the North (as Earth) and the Dragon of Earth

Special thanks to [ES] for his assistance in this ritual.

Background:

The Dragon ritual was originally to be performed in Pluto’ Caves (caverns) first and then on Mt. Shasta later.  The cavern ritual was to be a present to the Dragons so that they might have a place to play as thanks for previous healings that they were involved in.  Also the Dragons could clear out any negativity left by satanists that had left their mark there, even though I could not feel their negativity.  However, time did not permit traveling to the caverns and to the Mountain, so the ritual was held only on the Mountain, which was a better thing I think.

This written ritual is only slightly altered from what was performed.  The alterations are essentially for clarity and so that staging (or “blocking”) is less confusing as well as giving the assistant Priest more speaking roles than the original just in case this ritual is performed again.

This written ritual is meant to be a guide as well as a documentary.  Though only a Priest and an assistant Priest are referenced, any combination of Priest or Priestess can and should be used.

~ To Begin ~

Create the Sacred Space:

Select a suitable area to perform the ritual

Draw a 9’ circle from the center in the in the dirt using a Cordelier.

Lay out the Altar cloth with the black background to symbolize ‘From the Darkness of Ignorance Comes the Light of Truth’.  Lay the colors on top of the black background cloth.

Place the other items in the appropriate quarter as per the picture in the appendix.

Place the Athame and the Chalice on the Altar.

<Priest>

Place “The All” white candle in the center.
Anoint it with Tuberose Oil while saying:

“All that ever was, ever is and ever will be.”

<Assistant Priest>

Using the Singing Bowl, starting in the East, walk around the circle doesil while ringing the bowl slowly and chanting:

“Holy, holy, holy
Purify, purify, purify
Sanctify, sanctify, sanctify”

After completing the circle say forcefully:

<Priest>

“All Profane things depart now!”

Invoke the elemental Dragon Quarters:

In the East:

<Priest>

Place the Pentagram Ring on the Air finger of the right hand with the point up.
Show the ring point up to the East.

<Assistant Priest>

Raise the singing bowl and ring it.

<Priest>

“Good Dragon of the East, come to protect us and be honored by us as we are honored by your presence.”

<Assistant Priest>

Ring the Singing Bowl once.

“Bring us your wisdom and your knowledge.”

<Assistant Priest>

Resonate the Singing Bowl.
Pour the incense on the hot coals.

<Priest>

“Come Mighty one and be welcomed.”

Note:

In the following steps a reference is made to making an “offering in three steps”.  This means that you are to take about 1/3 of the coins in your right hand and cast them in an arc just to the left of center of the quarter that you are in.  Then take another 1/3 or so of the coins and cast them in an arc to the center and the last 1/3 cast them in an arc just to the right of center.  While doing this and observing the glitter and sparkle of the coins as they fly through the air in the bright sun, say “Treasure for the Dragons” in a coaxing and enticing way as calling ‘Here Dragon, Dragon, Dragon.  Don’t forget to envision the Dragon as well.

Cast the coins to the Dragon of this quarter as an offering in three steps.  While casting, watch them as they glitter in the light:

<Assistant Priest – Cast 1/3rd of the coins and say:>

“Treasure for the Dragon.”

<Assistant Priest – Cast another 1/3rd of the coins and say:>

“Treasure for the Dragon.”

<Assistant Priest – Cast the last third of the coins and say:>

“Treasure for the Dragon.”

<All say:>

“We are honored by your presence.”

<Assistant Priest>

Ring the Singing Bowl once.

All bow to the East.

<Assistant Priest>

Keep the Singing Bowl with you.

Move to the South

<Priest>

Place the Pentagram ring on the Fire finger of the right hand.
Show the ring point up to the South.

<Assistant Priest>

Pick up the red candle and present it to the South

<Priest>

“Mighty Dragon of the South, come to protect us and be honored by us as we are honored by your presence.”

<Assistant Priest>

Light the candle and again present it to the South:

<Priest>

“Bring your power, your energy and your might.”

<Assistant Priest>

Raise the candle again:

<All say>

“Come mighty one and be welcomed.”

Cast the coins to the Dragon of this quarter as an offering in three steps.  While casting, watch them as they glitter in the light:

<Assistant Priest – Cast 1/3rd of the coins and say:>

“Treasure for the Dragon.”

<Assistant Priest – Cast 1/3rd of the coins and say:>

“Treasure for the Dragon.”

<Assistant Priest – Cast 1/3rd of the coins and say:>

“Treasure for the Dragon.”

<Assistant Priest>

Ring the Singing Bowl once.

<All say:>

“We are honored by your presence.”

All bow.

Move to the West

<Priest>

Place the Pentagram ring on the Water finger.
Show the ring point up to the West.

“Dragon of the West, come to protect us and be honored by us.”

<Assistant Priest>

Pour a libation into the bowl:
Lift the water bowl to the West:

<Priest>

“Bring your emotion, caring and beauty.”

<Assistant Priest>

Sprinkle the libation from the bowl to the quarter:

<Priest>

“Come mighty ones and be welcomed.”

<Assistant Priest>

Cast the coins to the Dragon of this quarter as an offering in three steps.  While casting, watch them as they glitter in the light:

<Assistant Priest – Cast 1/3rd of the coins and say:>

“Treasure for the Dragon.”

<Assistant Priest – Cast 1/3rd of the coins and say:>

“Treasure for the Dragon.”

<Assistant Priest – Cast 1/3rd of the coins and say:>

“Treasure for the Dragon.”

<Assistant Priest>

Ring the Singing Bowl once.

<All say:>

“We are honored by your presence.”

All bow.

Move to the North

<Priest>

Place the Pentagram on the Earth finger and present the ring to the North, point up.

<Assistant Priest>

Pick up the crackers (or bread, etc.) and present it to the North as an offering and the Priest says:

<Priest>

“Mighty and beautiful Dragon of the North.  Come to protect us and be honored by us as we will be honored by your presence.”

<Assistant Priest>

Break the cracker.

<Priest>

“Bring your powers of the Earth, of materialism and of matter.”

<Assistant Priest>

Crumble the cracker as an offering and say:

<Priest>

“Be welcomed here mighty one.”

<Assistant Priest>

Cast the coins to the Dragon of this quarter as an offering in three steps.  While casting, watch them as they glitter in the light:

Cast the coins to the Dragon of this quarter as an offering in three steps.  As they glitter in the light say:

<Assistant Priest – Cast 1/3rd of the coins and say:>

“Treasure for the Dragon.”

<Assistant Priest – Cast 1/3rd of the coins and say:>

“Treasure for the Dragon.”

<Assistant Priest – Cast 1/3rd of the coins and say:>

“Treasure for the Dragon.”

<Assistant Priest>

Ring the Singing Bowl once.

<All say:>

“We are honored by your presence.”

All bow.

~ Marlene’s Dragons ~

<Priest>

“Mighty Dragons of Air, Fire, Water, Earth and especially of Spirit – For the Dragon of Spirit is always with us, you are here.”

“Dragons, we thank you for coming today.  You are known to me as Marlene’s Dragons for it is she who first introduced me to you.  You also appeared to me at a healing ritual at [ES] residence.  As you are known to me, let me be known to you as [A], and if it pleases you, [ES], here in attendance and I, [A] will have the title of:

“Priests of Marlene’s Dragons.”

<All say while bowing:>

“So Mote It Be.”

Move to the East

Place the Pentagram Ring on the Spirit finger (thumb) to indicate that this is a Spiritual operation.

Introduce and invoke the Goddess and the God and “The All”

<Priest>

Pick up the Chalice from the Altar in your left hand and pour a small amount of water into it.  Then the pick up the Athame from the Altar, face East and hold them both at waist level.  Raise the Chalice and while turning deosil to show all quarters and all present while saying:

“Behold!  This is the symbol of the Goddess before which all must bow.”

As the Chalice passes before any celebrants in attendance, they make a deeper bow than usual out of respect for what the Chalice represents.

Lower the Chalice to waist level and raise the Athame to the heavens.  While turning deosil as before say:

“Behold!  This is the symbol of the God, before which all must bow.”

As the Athame passes before any celebrants in attendance, they make a deeper bow than usual out of respect for what the Athame represents.

Hold the Chalice and the Athame to the heavens and place them next to each other, touching, and say:

“This is the sign of ‘The All’ form which all came, without whom nothing can be.”

As the signs of the Goddess, the God and their source, “The All” have been made, invoke the presence of the Goddess and the God.

Hold the Athame and the Chalice high and say:

“May it be the will of “The All” that the Goddess and the God be present here today to witness this rite.  Be welcomed Lord and Lady.”

While bowing, all say:
“So Mote It Be.”

Replace the Chalice and the Athame on the Altar.

Invoke the power of the Dragons:

<Assistant Priest>

Move to the East and pick up the Alcohol container.
Present it to the East.

<Priest>

“The power of the Dragons UNmanifest!”

<Assistant Priest>

Pour the alcohol over the salt circle in a doesil direction all the while repeating the above words until you reach the East again.

In the East, light a match.

<Priest>

“The power of the Dragons Manifest!”

<Assistant Priest>

Light the alcohol.  Meditate a while and visualize the Dragons being present.

Purpose:

<Priest>

“Dragons!  You have helped us greatly in the past for which we humbly thank you.”

Slight bow.

“As you can see we have worked hard to find a place that is to a Dragons liking and then bring you here to enjoy this beautiful place in thanks.  But now we must ask favors of you today.  The favors we ask are:

We have a friend, ill of body and maybe of spirit also.  He is known to you.  He is [RB].  You have helped him before.  Please send your healing energies to him.  Make him as well as can be done and with no pain and bring wealth to him also.  Stop his suffering.  I am visualizing him now.”

After a moment of visualization, all say:

“So Mote It Be.”

<Assistant Priest>

Ring the bell.

<Priest>

“Dragons!  We have another friend who also is ill of body and spirit.  She is not known to you.  Her name is [TW] and she has truly lost her way and caused much heartache.  See the image of her in our mind now.  Send healing energies to her for mind, body and spirit.”

After a moment of visualization, all say:

“So Mote It Be.”

<Assistant Priest>

Ring the bell.

Dismiss the God and the Goddess:

<Priest>

Face the East form the West side of the Altar.

Pick up the Chalice and the Athame from the Altar.  Place the Chalice in the left hand and the Athame in the right hand.  Hold them upward so that your arms form a “V” shape and say.

“We thank the Lord and Lady, who represent “The All”, for any assistance given this day.  Stay or return to your Holy realms at your will.”

Cross the Athame and the Chalice across your breast and all bow.

Return the Chalice and the Athame to the Altar and move to the East.

Place the Pentagram ring on the Air finger and say:

Dismiss the Elemental Dragons:

<Priest>

“Thank you mighty and powerful Dragon of the East for your help this day.  Please feel free to roam these mountains and valleys, or anywhere else you wish.”

<All say:>

“So Mote It Be” And small bow.

<Assistant Priest>

Ring the Singing Bowl once.

Place the Pentagram ring on the Fire finger and say:

<Priest>

“Thank you mighty and fierce Dragon of the South for your help this day.  Please feel free to roam these mountains and valleys, or anywhere else you wish.”

<All say:>

“So Mote It Be” And small bow.

<Assistant Priest>

Ring the Singing Bowl once.

<Priest>

Place the Pentagram ring on the Water finger and say:

“Mighty and compassionate Dragon of the West – essence of the element of Water.  We thank you for your presence and protection.  Please feel free to roam these mountains and valleys, or anywhere else you wish.”

<All say:>

“So Mote It Be”  And small bow.

<Assistant Priest>

Ring the Singing Bowl once.

<Priest>

Place the Pentagram ring on the Earth finger and say:

“Mighty and powerful Dragon of the North.  You who have manifest here so well!  We thank you most humbly.  Please feel free to roam these mountains and valleys, or anywhere else you wish.”

<All say:>

“So Mote It Be”  And small bow.

<Assistant Priest>

Ring the Singing Bowl once.

<Priest>

“Marlene’s Dragons are free to roam now!”

<Assistant Priest>

Resonate the bell while walking in a deosil manner starting in the East and returning to the East.

<All Say>

“This rite has ended.  Only good will prevail here.”

Obliterate the salt circle starting in the East and finishing in the East going deosil.

Bury any hot coals and douse them with water.

Make sure any fire is out.

Splash all the remaining water to all quarters outside of the circle.

Crumble all remaining crackers (or bread) and scatter to all quarters outside the circle as an offering to the creatures that live on the mountain.


Appendix 1

~ Aftermath ~

It could not have been more beautiful on the Mountain that day.  The weather was perfect, the wind gentle.  It was a perfect time to do this ritual.

In the East the Incense billowed greatly due to the large amount of coals we had lit.  We used “Three Kings” incense and the smell was excellent.  The Air Dragon Elemental was well represented.

When the alcohol was poured in the salt circle it ignited in the South because of the votive candle there, but the circle it’s self did not ignite.  Because the alcohol burns with little light even at night, it was virtually impossible to see in the daylight and there was no doubt an impressive fire in the South.  At the end of the ritual it had burned so hot in the South that the glass that held the votive candle broke.  We like to think that this was the result of the Fire Dragon that we had summoned.

In the West we sprinkled water on the barren ground and it seemed to drink up this offering in the arid environment.

The mighty mountain in the North was a wonderful representation of the Earth and it was hard for any vision to overcome it.  It was THE Sacred Mountain after all.

The energy from the Sun was very high then and we returned with sunburn, but there was more than that.  The energy of activity, haste, running, doing things was most present everywhere.  A call back home to [ME] was in order.  She said that she also felt the energy as I talked to her on the phone.

Other events:

What happened with [TW] as a result of the ritual?
I would like to say that there was a spectacular success but if it is on the material plane the observers cannot see it.  It is difficult to see someone continue a downward spiral, but we will again petition the Gods for assistance.

It has been said that perhaps the Dragons and their energy prevented events that would have been much worse for [TW] than if we had not performed this ritual.  It is our sincere hope that that is so.

What happened to [RB] as a result of the ritual?
At the time of the ritual he was focused on something else and apparently blocked out any effects.

Overall feeling of the ritual:

Need to do next time:

  • Should have only one task for the Dragons to do.
  • Might add a better invocation to the God and Goddess.
  • Take my time doing the ritual as I think I did it too fast.
  • Need to use a low, small portable table for the Altar.  Placing the Altar cloth on the ground does not let it stand out as it should.

Observations:

Because of doing this in the bright Sun, the energy was so high that it was very difficult to visualize anything.  However the over all effect was very good.  With some practice and refinements this will be a good ritual.

Must practice more in the daylight.

Diagram of the altar layout. (Click to enlarge)
ES getting ready to do the ritual on the mountain
ES preparing to make the site holy
MN with the symbols of the God and Goddess
MN with the symbols of the God and Goddess again
The symbols of God and the Goddess united symbolizes ”The All”.

Appendix 2

Mark’s  (author) Comments on the Ritual:

I know it seems a bit repetitive and slow in some places, but it takes longer to tell than it does to do when it is performed, especially if you have enough people so that there is one person per quarter in addition to the Priest and Priestess.

Mark’s Comments on the Altar Cloth:

The Altar cloth is in two pieces: One piece is a square background cloth of a solid color which can be seasonal colors of your choice. But if you use black as we did, it represents the unknown or ignorance. That it is square means that it represents the universe. The other piece are the four colored strips that terminate into the white square. When this piece is placed on top of the black square, the symbolism is:

From the darkness the light (of “The All” [God]) comes (which is the white square), then expands to the four quarters of the universe enthroning the four Elementals (Quarters) of the universe. In reverse: From the Elementals, separating themselves from the darkness, their power (the colors) making a holy place for “The All” from whom comes the Goddess and the God (meeting together as the white square), the holy place is separated from the darkness.

Our vision of the Creator of All Things, Giver of Life, is derived from what we can see of what is known of the universe by science, our understanding of mystical experience and of our personal experiences. Given what we can understand of all of this, we conclude that the Creator cannot be human. In fact this being is likely not to be anything that a human can relate to on a personal basis. We believe this being to be all powerful, all wise, compassionate and loving. Because we believe this Being is within and without everything, we refer to this being as “The All.” Therefore, to communicate with us, “The All” presents itself to us in a form that is best for us to understand. In our case it is the Goddess and the God, They are perfect in all ways, the essence of female and male, perfectly in balance yet different. They are all that we would wish to be. The movie “Beyond Lemuria” (see Appendix 3) uses this idea when the various people are receiving an enlightening vision on Mt Shasta. But the entity that each sees is unique to that person as it is more in keeping with the psychology of the receiver of the vision.


Appendix 3

Extra information from Mark…

16 May, 2012

Greetings TopazDragon,

I have received permission from my friend Ed Sitch (AKA Ed Fitch), to use his unaltered pictures in the ritual and name. You can therefore use all of the pictures and names in the ritual.

Ed is a fine author on a number of Magickal subjects and one of the founders of the Gardenerian tradition in America.

Some notes about the ritual:

Back in 2006 we were at Mt. Shasta to film sequences of a mystical movie called “Beyond Lemuria.” Though not a Dragon movie, I thought the place too special to miss the chance to do some ritual in this most sacred spot. It seemed all the more sacred when we found a medicine circle left by the native American Indians to commemorate the death of either a Chief or noted medicine man (we couldn’t get the story straight), but clearly it was something Magickal. As my wife is very connected with the Dragons (she has a cat and a young Dragon that guides her to the Elder Dragons on occasion), I had Dragon’s running through my head. So the idea of a Dragon ritual was born. In between scenes while on the mountain the ritual was written over a couple of days. I then asked if Ed would mind assisting me and he agreed. As I needed some Dragon treasure and something for the Quarter elements, we obtained several rolls of dimes (sparkly in the Sun), some alcohol for the fires in the South, a bottle of water for the West and some bread/crackers (i.e. food) for the living in the Earth plane in the North, thus corresponding to our Hermetic style of rituals.

Performing the ritual was interesting. I had never performed a ritual in the daytime before. The Sun energy in the East was very high and somewhat distracting. In the South we burned the alcohol but did not realize that in the sunlight it was neatly invisible and we were both mildly burnt by it during the ritual. While casting the water in the West, the feeling of the dry land there, soaking up the offering was very strong. Then the offering of food in the North (food was cast to that quarter), gave a feeling of gratitude by the small unseen hungry animals in the area. There was, I believe a brief vision of a Dragon near the Sun but it I am not clear on that as it was brief.

After the ritual we realized that we were both Sun burned. So, it appears, something happened.

In any event we hope you enjoy the ritual. My wife and I have a small group called “the Mystic Order of the Purple Dragon” which you will see in the ritual write up.

Some notes about where to get/watch “Beyond Lemuria:”:

See Amazon for the movie by that name as well as the website http://www.BeyondLemuria.com. Click on the picture of the mountain to enter further into the site). Also there are clips on You Tube that you might like. Each of us plays two characters. I play the materialistic Dr. X and the spiritual Dr. Xavier, while Ed plays the materialistic Colonel Rich and spiritually seeking (but initially on the wrong path) Reverend Bobby-John Rich.

A bit more detail is here:
http://www.beyondlemuria.com/Lemuria/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=50&Itemid=58

Another interesting write up is here:
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1333983/synopsis

~~~oOo~~~

The trailer (also at http://www.beyondlemuria.com)…

~~~oOo~~~

17 May 2012

Greetings Topaz,

It seems that Dragon connections are matriarchal initially, at least according to Iona Miller. That seems to be true on this end as my wife and her twin sister have had a Dragon connection since day one as I understand it. Though my wife did not have a word for what is now called Magick, she was practicing it before she know what it was. In my case, I had been interested in mystical things since about the age of 12 and when we met my (now) wife years later, I already had some knowledge of ceremonial Magick, Golden Dawn (Hermetic) style and therefore had a name for what she did.

Only upon meeting my wife did I become aware of Dragons in a spiritual sense. After a bit of study I realized that the likely reason for the difference between the Eastern “Good Luck” Dragons and the Western ‘Evil’ Dragons was that the Western Dragon was linked to Paganism and was therefore demonized by the Christian church.

I have had only a few encounters with them. One of them was during a healing ritual for a family member. The vision was particularly strong and rather interesting as five of them showed up, but they were small and all of them hung on my back like large lizards (I hate to use that word as it annoys my car Dragon :-)). They did not seem to posses weight as I was aware of them clearly, but could not feel their weight. If they were in the colors of the quarters + spirit, I would have more quickly understood what they were, but they were grey in appearance. They asked me what I wanted them to do. I said; “But you are the Dragons,” being rather startled by their sudden appearance, implying that they should know what to do, but immediately I said, “Heal him,” pointing to the vision of the patient on the coffee table before us. All five jumped into the image and everything then disappeared.

As that ritual seems to have had the desired effect (patient has been well for some 5 years), I have come to the conclusion that the ritual that contains a vision such as this is more likely to work. Even more so when, in this case, the Dragons were not invoked as the ritual had no reference to them.

I am not sure if I mentioned this, but there are a couple of books that describe the mystical world (energy world) and Dragons very well. The books are called “Eon” and “Eona” (here & here). We both liked them. In an email to the author I asked about what inspired her to write about the energy world in the manner that she did. She replied that it was mostly due to her practice of Tai Chi.

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