Pyrhum- The fire sphere
As I enter the sphere of Pyrhum I see the world as it was first conceived a fiery, molten sphere. Nothing solid and the sky itself is sweltering heat. I get my bearings and imagine the sigil of Pyrhum before me glowing red hot. I call out his name and in the room where my body resides I hear the faint crack of the candle that is lit to my right. I call out again to Pyrhum and his mind finds mind. He draws towards me with lightning speed and his attention and awareness are light a searchlight directed towards me. We meet and size each other up. I speak his name as I draw my awareness back towards my room and into the nearby astral plane. My mirror has his image but most of the time we speak to each other mind to mind
We have some minor small talk and greetings. I feel my body wants to move about as if I had a dose of caffeine. Pyrhum's presence makes one feel very active and filled with energy. The searchlight feeling is Pyrhum's outer aura his inner aura can be described as sharp and fierce like five swords with a swirling fiery center. I begin the questioning. (J- me, P-Pyrhum)
J= what can be achieved in magic through the element of fire?
P=Anything relating to will and desire owe their origin to the fire element. Flashes of inspiration come from the will to know and the light of awareness seeking and finding the desire. Once one masters fire and the will, nothing can be denied of that person. They will have a desire and their will shall immediately seek out the solution. It is a force of its own that cannot be hindered.
J=How does one reach mastery of the will and fire?
P=In order to release the inner will and mastery of fire, one must take on goals that are difficult to achieve. Then one must do everything they can to conquer that goal absolutely. The feeling that arises upon success is the inner will and fire. More goals conquered will strengthen this power until one comes to be familiar with this power.
J=Bardon speaks of humans making pacts with spirits. Have you any knowledge of this or know humans who have done this?
P=Yes. Magicians make pacts and enter the fire sphere or any sphere of a being they make a pact with in order to come to a greater mastery of an element or power. This is for magicians who have the "Long View"*. Magicians with the Long View see no problem with a pact and know this speeds their development and mastery over the elements. The deal is made before hand and a familiar is assigned to the magician so they can learn about the element in the physical. After the death of the magician they enter into the sphere of the element and work with the familiar and under the principal the familiar works with. This aids both the magician and the familiar. Spirits grow more powerful with their interaction with a human master. Once the magician has served their period of time in the sphere they return to the physical with a greater mastery over an element. These are people who excel in that element in their life and find it easy to work with that power. There is much to tell about this sort of work.
J=Could you explain more on how one works with a familiar of the fire element?
P= Familiars depend on the deal made and what the magician is willing to expend in order to work with the spirit. Lesser familiars need a flame that constantly burns and certain herbs to be burnt as an offering. These offer mostly inspiration and some minor aid. These familiars greatly appreciate the chance to work with a human for they develop quickly from this. Greater familiars require greater offerings but give more aid. They participate in rituals and can find spirits that will answer whatever questions their master may have. In either case the pact must be fully explained and at no time does the magician give over his soul, unless temporarily to learn more about the element as I discussed before. A deal can even be made to serve during the life of the magician when the magician sleeps. Other deals can be made as well. One should speak with a principal of the sphere first in order to be given the proper familiar.
I thank Pyrhum, and ask if I meditate with him for a few moments which he agrees to. After this I again thank him and return him to his sphere. I then end the ritual write what I needed down and drew Pyrhum. As you can see he is a beautiful creature with very large eyes.
Although Pyrhum has a potent aura that is very active he is not what I expected from Bardon's description. I expected a very forceful being that would be difficult to deal with. Pyrhum was kind and forthcoming with answers. He also surprised me with the information on pacts. I was expecting something along the lines that humans that worked with the fire element (or any power or force over another) too much were simply drawn into the fire element by resonance until they could release themselves by working through it. Pyrhum's answer made sense in the bigger, cosmic scheme of things once I thought about it. If this is actually the case I can see why Bardon said what he did on pacts. He was likely worried that his readers would immediately go signing pacts to master the elements. I can see the benefits and the dangers in this. If a magician or dabbler who was not truly prepared for such a pact agreed to one than they may not attempt to reach mastery in one life as Bardon's work teaches us. This could hinder a magicians growth in the sense of not being absolutely balanced and not as much help to mankind as they could be. One should attain the Long View before making any decision of this nature and then only through deep meditation and possibly asking Divine Providence directly or ones Angel.
*The Long View is apparently the ability to see that one reincarnates in order to eventually master our sphere. The Long View is a patient view of spiritual development and trust in the natural order that eventually mastery shall be attained. I also gleaned that this was a common practice in the "old religion" or magical cults of ancient times. It would be similar to eastern monks who work on one aspect of the divine for several lifetimes and once mastered move on to the next until all aspects have been mastered and total enlightenment is achieved. It is not a new age-y notion of reincarnation, it is the **KNOWING** that one reincarnates. To use a movie reference it is not Morpheus telling Neo he is "The One", but Neo finally believing absolutely he is the One. All of the Long View information was transmitted in what I call an information "packet". A spirit will say something that I have no previous idea of and instead of explaining it the information is just revealed to the magician instantly. Sometimes larger packets can be sent which will take days, weeks, months or even years to fully "unwrap" based on the development of the magician.