:The Transfiguration of Glykon: Blood-Begotten Witness
$169.00 – $288.00
Let’s get this out of the way from the outset: Glykon is hilarious.
and often thought of as a lie!
So when I approached Robert Fitzgerald about a ritual collaboration for this series, and he suggested one involving dream incubation a la Glykon, I was somewhat tentative. AND YET, we at Sphere + Sundry are not in the business of bossing around our collaborators! — each enjoys full creative control of their contributions.
We also fancy ourselves open to experimentation, and value humor as much as efficacy, so… that’s how we alll got here!
What I find fascinating about this is 1. even if Glykon *began* as a hoax, that does not mean he stayed one. Chaos Magic has a lot to offer on that subject, and Glykon’s Cult was very real, persisting for over 100 years. And second, the fixed star Ras Alhague — the one used to invoke Asclepius — kinda sorta belongs to a hoax itself, in the form of Ophiuchus, dread (alleged!) “13th Sign” of the perfectly complete with 12, thanks, Zodiac.
Perform in good faith (ideally multiple times), and do report back! Our powers combined, we can help breathe new life into a bygone snake-puppet cult!
Of the Rite, Robert offers:
The Transfiguration of Glykon is a votive ritual observance prefaced by a mythologem detailing a specific Apollon/Aesclepian lineage wherein the chimeric godling of Dream, Glykon, is praised and utilized as a means of oneiric healing. Long misunderstood, with its Cultus often ridiculed, Glykon is the supreme eidolon of the Aesclepian Healing Opus and ouevre entire. Maintaining a permanent home as the tutelary deity within the precinct of the Aesclepion dream incubation chambers, Glykon serves as the embodiment of the physis of Aesclepius.
Beneficial on all levels of being and sentience, the Glykonian rite allows the Adorant to process within their own Mind/Body complex transfigurative healing that derives from the energia of the deity itself. The Dreaming Self is ultimately purified, contributing to maximum physical and psychic health.
To heighten the experience, adding snake shed/ materia to the Oil is ideal, but not required. The trimmings of a blonde wig, entirely optional.
For the visualization component, a high resolution image of Glykon can be printed, or this 3d rendering can be as a digital focal point for meditation [view in full screen]. I recommend taking advantage of the 360° exploration capacity to gain familiarity with all elements of the statue before settling on a compelling longer-term view. This model can also be explored with a VR headset.
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Standalone Ritual, Ritual Set (5 ml Asclepius Oil, 1/2 oz Incense + Powder, and 2.5 oz Salve)
I wasn’t sure how this would go but I am glad I got it! I’ve always been an avid dreamer and dreamwork already comes naturally for me so this just elevated my Dreamtime exponentially.
As a person who struggles with dreaming, I absolutely love this votive ritual. On nights when I perform it, I find that sleep comes easier and my dreams are much more vivid. My ability to recall them is significantly improved. I have been pleasantly surprised by the whole experience of Glykon and plan to continue in this practice.
I've only performed this ritual twice (so far!) and both nights, I had poignant dreams. I'm someone who struggles to remember my dreams, much less make sense of them or dare I say learn things from them - so this surprised me. I wanted to try this mostly for the experience of it, for the fun of it, so the dreams themselves really were/are a nice perk. :) I love the richness of myth and historic context provided, as well as the way the rite itself is structured and of course the poetry. I don't want to say too much and give it all away. But if you're on the fence, definitely lean toward the YES side! (As it says in the site description, blonde wig trimmings are optional : ) ).