The Gnostic Rosary; A Meditation for Enlightenment


The Rosary, a beautifully beaded and adorned tool, with a history that is more unclear than what most would think. From the earliest use of prayer beads in 3rd century BC to the acceptance of the Rosary by the Vatican in 1520,  and then here into common era, these spiritual tools of focus are still in use. Commonly, the Rosary is a literalist tool of prayer to fight against the adversary and his dark forces, but I thought, “how would a Gnostic Rosary look like?” This Rosary that I have deloped is an homage to the Emerald Tablets, the Golden Dawn, and the core of Gnostic thought – gnosis.

Operation and Structure: 


If you recognize the work of the Golden Dawn then you will be familiar with this operation, for It is derived from their Lesser Banishment Ritual of the Pentagram.  Holding it with your right hand, touch ‘A’ marked in the image above, to your forehead. With your chest voice vibrate the word, “ATEH”(thou art). Touch ‘A’ to your Solar Plexus (stomach area) and vibrate the word, “MALKUTH” (kingdom). Touch ‘A’ to your right shoulder vibrating the word, “VEGEVURAH” (the power). Touch ‘A’ to your left shoulder and vibrate the word, “VEGEDULAH” (and glory). Still holding ‘A’ in your right hand cross your arms and touch your palms to your shoulders vibrating, “LE OLAHM” (forever). Make prayer hands clasping ‘A’ and vibrate the word, “AMEN”. Kiss ‘A’ and say, “PAX” (peace). 


Go to your first bead, ‘1’, and hum in a constant unchanging tone, or you can vocalize in your chest voice ‘ah’. On this bead, you should meditate on the alchemical process of calcination

Psychologically, this is a destruction of ego and our attachment to material possessions. Calcination is usually a natural humbling process as we are gradually assaulted and overcome by the trials and tribulations of life, though it can be a deliberate surrender of our inherent hubris gained through a variety of spiritual disciplines that ignite the fire of introspection and self-evaluation.


This section is a procession of three beads where you will vibrate the words (on each bead), “I am that I am.” These words are derived from 3:14 in Exodus. Moses asks God for his name and He replies in such a manner. This is to remind us that after calcination the Higher Self begins to be revealed. That once this gate has been opened there is truly no going back because enlightenment cannot be retracted that it can only evolve. 


Bead ‘2’ is reserved for the alchemical concept of dissolution.  Humming meditate on the meaning of this concept and how it is present in your life.

Psychologically, this represents a further breaking down of the artificial structures of the Psyche by total immersion in the unconscious, non-rational, feminine or rejected part of our minds. It is for the most part, an unconscious process in which our conscious minds let go of control to allow the surfacing of buried material. It is opening the floodgates and generating new energy from the waters held back. Dissolution can be experienced as “flow,” the bliss of being well-used and actively engaged in creative acts without traditional prejudices, personal hang-ups, or established hierarchy getting in the way.


Humming still on to the next bead, ‘3’, you will meditate on separation. This is why I chose bead ‘3’ to be specifically for separation because it creates the imagery of literal separation. How is separation present in your life?

Psychologically, this process is the rediscovery of our essence and the reclaiming of dream and visionary “gold” previously rejected by the masculine, rational part of our minds. It is for the most part, a conscious process (that has become conscious through the process of Dissolution), in which we review formerly hidden material and decide what to discard and what to reintegrate into our refined personality. Much of this shadowy material is things we are ashamed of or were taught to hide away from our parents, churches, and schooling. Separation is letting go of the self-inflicted restraints to our true nature, so our true personality can shine through.

Physiologically, Separation is following and controlling the breath in the body as it works with the forces of Spirit and Soul to give birth to new energy and physical renewal. Separation begins in the Naval or Iron Chakra located at the level of the solar plexus.


‘C’, a procession of ten beads, is where touch each bead vibrating, “we are many branches growing from one tree.” This is where the meditator begins to focus on the greatest truth – all is one. We all come from the same source. We are all connected. 


Bead ‘4’ represents the healing process of conjuction. Humming, meditate on this process. What have you left in the past, and what have you carried with you?

Psychologically, It is empowerment of our true selves, the union of both the feminine and masculine sides of our personalities into a new belief system or an intuitive state of consciousness. The Union of opposites can also be seen as the integration of the Conscious and Unconscious aspects of the Psyche, when combined and in cooperation bring about a wholeness that generates the Child of the Union, which, can be seen as the Hermaphroditic Essence of the True Self which is freed from the restraints of preconditioned and preconceived moral and social beliefs, that have restricted the True Inner Self from being freed. The alchemist referred to it as the Lesser Stone, and after it is achieved, the adept is able to clearly discern what needs to be done to achieve lasting enlightenment, which is union with the Overself. Often, synchronicities begin to occur that confirm the alchemist is on the right track.


“We are many branches growing from one tree.” On each bead. 


Humming, meditate on fermentation. 

Psychologically, The Fermentation Process starts with the inspiration of spiritual power from Above that reanimates, energizes, and enlightens the alchemist. Out of the blackness of his Putrefaction comes the yellow Ferment, which appears like a golden wax flowing out of the fowl matter of the Soul. Its arrival is announced by a brilliant display of colours and meaningful visions called the “Peacock’s Tail.” Fermentation can be achieved through various activities that include intense prayer, desire for mystical union, breakdown of the personality, transpersonal therapy, psychedelic drugs, and deep meditation. Fermentation is living inspiration from something totally beyond us.


“We are many branches growing from one tree.”



Psychologically, Distillation is the agitation and sublimation of psychic forces is necessary to ensure that no impurities from the inflated ego or deeply submerged id are incorporated into the next and final stage. Personal Distillation consists of a variety of introspection techniques that raise the content of the Psyche to the highest level possible. Free from sentimentality and emotions, cut off even from one’s personal identity. Distillation is the purification of the unborn Self – all that we truly are and can be.

Physiologically, Distillation is raising the Life Force repeatedly from the lower regions in the cauldron of the body to the brain (what Oriental alchemists called the Circulation of Light), where it eventually becomes a wondrous solidifying light full of power. Distillation is said to culminate in the Third Eye are of the forehead, at the Level of the pituitary and pineal glands, in the Brow or Ajna Silver Chakra.


“We are many branches growing from one tree.”


Coagulation, the complete realization of a fulfilled being,

Psychologically, Coagulation is first sensed as a new confidence that is beyond all things, though many experience it as a Second Body of Golden Coalesced Light, a permanent vehicle of Consciousness that embodies the highest aspirations and evolutions of the Mind. Coagulation incarnates and releases the Ultima Materia of the Soul, the Astral Body, which the alchemists also referred to as the Greater or Philospher’s Stone. Using the magical Stone, the alchemists believed they could exist on all levels of reality.

Physiologically, this stage is marked by the release of the Elixir in the blood that rejuvenates the body into a perfect vessel of health. A brain ambrosia is said to be released through the interaction of light from the phallic-shaped pineal gland and matter from the vulva of the pituitary. This heavenly food or viaticum both nourishes and energizes the celss without any waste products being produced. These physiological and psychological processes create the Second Body, a body of solid light that emerges through the Crown or Gold Chakra.


“We are many branches growing from one tree.”

Once you are done repeat the process described on bullet ‘A’. 


Dismore, Joseph D. “The 7 Steps in Alchemical Transformation.” The 7 Steps in Alchemical Transformation. N.p., n.d. Web. 09 Jan. 2017.


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