Haoma in Healing Ceremony – An Ahrimanic perspective
In Zoroastrianism haoma (The Sanskrit root su or bu meaning to ‘squeeze’ or ‘pound’1) is the name given to the yellow plant, from which a juice was extracted and consumed in the Yasna ceremony. The Yasna ceremony is seen as an encompassing sacrifice in honor of all Zoroastrian deities. Within the context of the adversarial path, we utilise the Zoroastrian Yasna as the ‘devils Yasna’ or sacrifice to the ‘devil’. We invert the Priests daily fire ritual – likewise, undertaking this ritual daily for a period to bring about result.
Haoma (hōm) within the Zoroastrian path was seen as a divine plant, it was used in acts of healing, sexual arousal, gaining physical strength and to increase awareness and alertness in relation to the conscious. The Āb–zōhr is the pre-Yasna ritual which offers symbolic offering in order to clarify the water to be used in the Yasna. The Yasna was used to interweave and seek assistance from the ‘Invisibles’. This could be undertaken as an act to serve the Priests conducting the ceremony or by the Priests on behalf of laypeople. Leading up to and during the ceremony haoma was consumed to heighten awareness, open paths of healing and to induce a deep state of relaxation, with mild psychadelic effects. The preperation of the liquid is refered to as parahōm.
Yasna 68.1 refers to the parahōm where the zaothra (offering) is made to the world and the symbolic cleansing of the water at hand was extended to purify all water through thought and energy, since even during these early times pollution of waterways by humans was an issue. The purifying of the water through āb-zōhr represents the Zoroastrians connectivity with the cosmos, viewing primeval waters (the lower half of the sky, upon which the universe rests, and from which two rivers encircle the earth) was at great risk of pollution by humankind.
Alongside purified water, a fire-pot forms a central component to this ceremony. Fire brought about the judgement and purification of the Priests performing the ceremony, and again, the use of fire to purify was often extended symbolically to the laypeople in the area. Fire is used to communicate with Ahura Mazda with the use of mantras to enter trance states. Within the adversarial path the leading in to the burning of an offering or sacrifice to the Daeva (daēuua) can be done utilising the ritualised steps above. Zoroastrians often falsely have the idea that they ‘worship’ fire directed towards them, in fact they worshiped their gods and used fire as a conduit for connectivity.
Aŋra Mainiiu is said to be the adversarial to the path of the Zoroastrian god Ahura Mazda, and as part of the adversarial path or counter-path to reclaiming my own beliefs while honouring the origins of Zoroastrian belief and the two-party path, I utilise the following ceremony for these benefits: *note throughout this path there is the use of both Ahura Mazda and Angra Mainyu energetics, since there need not be a default to choosing one path over the other.
- Sustained workings on the path of adversarial current
- Healing for self and others
- Water purification – local and global (see enviro-hacking (coming soon))
- To assist in an outcome of desire using this ceremony as intent
Location: Near flowing water
Bowl for water, fire-lighter, small amount of twigs/sticks for fire-pot. Recognising the use of Haoma and that it is not available, you can replace with a fine wine (see Persian Wine – Symbology and ritual (coming soon)). If you have access to the spice Esfand or Arrowroot, you can use these in the fire towards the end.
7-stones to form a circle, in which you will sit. Bread or fruit to eat at the end.
Set up your space and prepare your fire-pot by setting alight contents. Take a moment to sense your surroundings and give honour to the naturally occurring splendour of the flowing water. Find a place to gaze into the water, sit with relaxed vision and observe a point in the water flowing. When ready collect your bowl of water.
Sit with the bowl of water and gaze into it. Take your mind to a vision of polluted water that you may have seen elsewhere. In your mind watch as the pollution from the water you have visualised is ‘sucked away’ into the ether –parahōm. Return focus to the bowl and move closely to the fire-pot and into the circle of 7 stones.
Yasna – Fire/Jupiter/Healing #envirohack
“Oh great Hazarders, from the sea flows this river and from this flowing water comes healing. Al-Razi the great healer, recognising the pain of us all and of the planet, Peace be Upon you.
I knock upon the doors of the Pure Spirits. Fix our situation (think of the purifying of water and the healing of self (or other)) ease the suffering at hand. I call upon the fire of Jupiter.
Heed our limits and do not extend beyond them. I call upon you;
Answer my call in the name of RAFAEL (sense any presence, think deeply of your intent)
I faithfully keep your name Ahriman! My deeds are in your honour. The lands of Great Persia, the Adversary, always and forever!”
Consecrate through the further drinking of wine and eating of food.
Wait and watch the fire burn down. Collect all. Leave nothing behind. Exit space.