Cakes ov L.V.X.

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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 IA 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 IILove 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: ElixirNeither 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 MagickHear 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 ou
r 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”

 

Cakes of Light (CoL)

For perfume mix meal & honey & thick leavings of red wine: then oil of Abramelin and olive oil, and afterward soften & smooth down with rich fresh blood.
The best blood is of the moon, monthly; then the fresh blood of a child, or dropping from the host of heaven: then of enemies; then of the priest or of the worshipers: last of some beast, no matter what.
This burn: of this make cakes & eat unto me….
(Liber AL vel Legis, Chapter III, verse 23-25)

Most Thelemites and many occultists are familiar with the concept of ”Cakes of Light”.  Known under diverse names, such as ”Cakes ov Light”, ”The Portable Elixir” and ”The Tooth-breaker”, this minute round digit has over the years enthusiastically been given many names. Used as part of the Sacrament in the E.G.C. Mass, this item has also been central to the regular worship of the Thelemic seasons.

Besides being a sacramental unit, magickal usage of the CoL might include enabling to partake of a single portion of the Elixir over longer periods of time, in different or other places than it was created or even administration of the elixir to sick and needy who do not have the opportunity participate in the creation of it.

A quick investigation of the CoL recipes currrently in the public domain reveals much the same discovery that a visit to your local EGC mass might, namely that the CoL offered are closer to a jaw breaking ordeals than magickal sacraments.

We have tested and tried this recipe not only to meet our personal requirements and high standarts, but even to include those practical considerations that would be self-evident in the creation of delicious and pleasing CoL

So, without further ado..

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THE RECIPE

One might claim that baking is an exact science. It is Chemistry. Likewise, that baking is an art. It is culinary creativity in expression.
In order to create proper Cakes of Light, those somewhat small, dry, tasty cookie-like items to have on one’s alter, it would seem necessary to follow an instruction with exact measures to recreate the correct amounts of elements that would make an exact recreation possible. Hence, this recipe.

4,5 dl wheat flour
6 tablespoons olive oil
8 tablespoons honey, liquid
2 ml Thick Leavings of Wine
3 ml Bicarbonate (Natron)
3 drops of pure Abramelin oil (if made with essential oils, if not then 7 drops)
Elixir X, one load (preferably refrigerated or recently thawed if frozen)

Mix all the dry ingredients together in a bowl.
Mix all the wet ingredients (except Elixir X) in another bowl. Mix e.g. the Abramelin oil together with the olive oil first: Good idea to thin out the Abramelin oil in advance, since the Abramelin oil is not easily dissoluble. First measure out the oil, then the honey, since the oil makes sure that the honey is easily detachable from the measuring device.
If you are not using Potassium Bitartrate but thick leavings of wine/port, then mix the thick leavings in the wet portion.  If using Potassium Bitartrate, please adjust the amount of flour (e.g. adjust it to 4 dl flour and 1.5 ml Potassium Bitartrate).
Mix in the Elixir into the wet ingredients (the coldness of the Elixir makes sure that the oil and the honey will mix well). Make sure to mix in the elixir well.
Mix the dry ingredients with the wet ones. If sticky, then add more flour until the dough is easy to roll.
Roll out the mix until it is ca. 1.5 mm thick
Cut out small cakes (the top lid of a wine bottle will work well as a form)

Bake in 175 degrees for about 10 mins (or until they have been thoroughly baked).

CoLBaked

Specifics about this recipe:

Thick leavings of wine:
Traditionally, the recipe calls for “thick leavings of wine”. (LL 3:23)
This was, in previous centuries, a bi-product of the wine making procedure that left residue elements from the wine making process present in the wine, which would then over time gather at the bottom of the bottle.
Since the wine making procedure today has improved greatly, that is to also include better standards of filtering and other equally delightful improvements, we have witnessed a creativity amongst CoL bakes to find ways to recreate this element in order to follow the recipe to the letter, yet not always understanding this points true function.
We have therefore seen e.g. some try to boil down Port to a gooish mass, others have sought out bottles of wine that are made the old way (e.g. some brands of Natural and Ecological wines and certain expensive brands that do not filter the wine), and so on…
We estimate that the function of this element in the recipe was to bring to the cakes a yeast process in combination with the High PH value of the Elixir. We can therefore recommend to swap it out with Potassium bitartrate and Bicarbonate, as a possible alternative.
If you feel that by swapping out this element with Potassium bitartrate / “Cream of Tartar”, you are somehow creating something other than the traditional CoL, there are, as mentioned before, creative ways to partially or wholly recreate the “Thick leavings of wine”:
Port:
If you insist on using “Thick leavings of wine”, using the thick leavings found at the bottom of certain port bottles is an easy and inexpensive way to get a hold of the necessary naturally occurring “Thick leavings”.
There are three major kinds of Port: Ruby, Tawny and Vintage.  A cheep Ruby port can have unfiltered crystals and such a port may be used to collect the heavier mass at the bottom and thus extract the crystals to activate the necessary chemical reactions in the dough. The chemicals may appear as a darker fluid or as small crystals, not unlike grains of sand. When such crystals form in bottles of Port, boiling the port is not necessary.
Abramelin oil:
With the strength of the Abramelin oil made today, with all the high quality of essential oils presently out on the market, we estimate that it is necessary to adjust the dosage accordingly. That is, unless you want a slightly Christmas like taste to your CoL (meaning, that the taste of cinnamon will totally take over). If your Abramelin oil has been made without essential oils or only partially with such high grade oils, we recommend of course that you add some more drops to the mixture.
Elixir:
“This burn: of this make cakes & eat unto me” (LL. 3:25)
It would seem that this has been interpreted in a diverse number of ways. “This Burn” has inspired a number of CoL bakers to burn the dough mentioned in LL 3:23 to a powder (on account of it containing blood) and then use this powder in a new dough, almost identical with the original (yet without the blood). In other words, this makes the new dough have an “Elixir X” in it that has been burnt to a powder and reintroduced into the dough.
We find that this does not make sense and advise to stick to one making of the Dough, and “burn” the cakes the original way in an oven at 200 degree Celcius for 10 mins or until the baking is done.
Use the cakes for yourselves, if you fear sharing your Elixir with others.
Result:
By following this recipe, the cakes produced will be dry, crispy and long lasting, making them ideal for keeping on the altar. Also, since they are dry there is no need to keep excess cakes in the freezer.
The optimal consistency of these cakes enables for a more pleasant and enjoyable sacrament at the mass. No need to flush it down with wine and no broken teeth.