We know how to make them. Now let’s take a look at what makes them work, magickally speaking. There are several ways of approaching the subject and several important perspectives worth yielding. Here are the ones that come to mind immediately:
The Magick of the CoL:
A: Magickal Link I – A little bit of Heaven
A cake of Orgasmic qualities:
One might view the magickal dynamics of the Cake of Light as one that leads to Transcendence on the grounds of it being a Magickal Link to the Orgasms that preceded it and went into its creation. Thus, the unit is an indirect manifestation of the 2=0 formulae and therefore creates a bridge between the partaker and the annihilation of the individuality that we encounter in the Orgasmic bliss.
Seen from this p.o.v. one could therefore also call the CoL an agent of ”Solve”.
B: Magickal Link II – Love under will
The Cake as a delivering mechanism for the Magickal Will:
In this perspective we acknowledge the focus of the Lovers that encoded the orgasm itself, also known as the Magickal Will and it determined the magickal direction of the Elixir at that moment. This might be claimed to be the initiated definition of ”Love under will”.
Also called the Magickal Child, the will-bud and so on, this Will is therefore present and active in the CoL via the Elixir in it. Hence, the CoL is a magickal link to the wills of the magicians/Lovers behind the creation of the cakes. Partaking in the CoL is partaking in that Magickal Will.
This puts the Cake of Light within a western Sexual Magickal continuum, openly active from at least the publishing of P. B. Randolph’s writings.
Opposite to the previous perspective, this sees the CoL as an agent of Manifestation, or in other words of ”Coagula”
C: Elixir – Neither fixed nor free, neither solid nor fluid
The Cake as a container of the Elixir:
The Red Lion and the White Eagle are alchemical symbols for the Elixir, that union of male and female orgasmic elements that are the building blocks of Life. The Elixir, that is also known as Amrita, is said to work physiologically upon the partakers to ensure longevity, renewed vitality and according to some claims even immortality. Known as The Stone of the Wise, it is said to have rejuvenating properties as well. This perspective put the current praxis of the Cake of Light within a long Alchemical continuum.
Here the Cake of Light is a means to partake of the Elixir substance and enjoy its magickal effects.
D: Sympathetic Magick – Hear thou me and make all spirits subject unto me…
A Mighty Cake of Correspondences:
We might have all these elements baked into the Cake of Light and have a potent magickal tool. Yet, we have an ingredient in the CoL which is not necessary for the magick itself to work, per se. This ingredient is the Oil of Abramelin. This might be seen included as a safe-guard to ensure that the work remains within the aegis of the True Will. Another way of putting it is that its inclusion could be indicative that Crowley wanted to program the effects of the host in accordance with the workings of the HGA, by using the oil from the Abramelin operation.
Here we see that the Cake of Light operates within the Hermetic Magickal continuum of the West.
The Cake of Light is then an affirmation of one’s link to the Divine via one’s personal Holy Guardian Angel, and in that manner gives the means to yield the power necessary to accomplish the Great Work.
E: The God-Eater – ”Homo est Deus, Deus est Homo”
The Cake of Light as a means to unite with the divine, symbolically and practically.
Via this perspective, we might view the CoL as a sacrament proper, a digit converted, transformed and transubstantiated by our magickal will into, not only a representation in symbolic form, but a vessel proper for magickal energy, our Will.
A host that may in time create the true transubstantiation through digestion into spiritual energy. And by this magickal act, of uniting oneself with the inherent magick of the CoL, we unite the human and the Divine. From this perspective, following our act, we might therefore claim that there is ”no part of me, that isn’t of the Gods…”
This perspective puts the Cakes of Light within the orgiastic Eucharistic continuum that goes back to, at least, the Gnostics.
The fact that these perspectives are defined as separate possibilities does not necessarily imply that they may not co-exist and synergistically support each other in the magickal results of the Cake of Light. It might very well be so that they co-exist and support each other to an over-all greater effect.
As a practical reflection upon the last perspective (E) here is an example of a short Eucharist ritual that may be used for daily consumption of the Cake of Light. The ritual is inspired by the EGC mass and is a minimalist version of a sacramental Eucharist ritual. It was constructed thus in order to be handy for daily usage. Due to the fact that this ritual is so shortened down, there is ample room to include elements that suit your needs and flavor of Magick.
Cakes of Light ritual
Light candle on altar. Hold hands over the wine and Cake of Light: “To the accomplishment of the Great Work, Summum Bonum, True Wisdom and Perfect Happiness. I shall now complete the Sacrament”
Take up CoL. Hold it up “This, the essence of the Sun’s Life!”
Make a cross and circle on the Paten. Hold up grail and drop CoL into the grail. ”Hriliuu”
Hold up grail. “This, the Essence of the Joy of the Earth”
Make a cross and circle on the Icon with the Grail. Drink wine and CoL together.
Stand in the sign of Osiris Risen. “There is no part of me which is not of the Gods”