The week with Red king felt to me like a dream. My dreams somehow felt more real than reality and day to day life was foggy and imprecise. It could have been at least partially a result of the week with Zalty. Having such an intense time meant that my energy levels were down and I needed restful and calm time to absorb the experiences. Red king was a great companion to do it with.
My first impression of him was very surprising and sort of overpowering, completely not what I expected. As I stared at his sigil during evocation an image of Shonen Bat from Paranoia Agent imprinted on my mind and would not go away. Shonen Bat would strike his victims with a golden baseball bat and miraculously their live would improve afterwards. I could not help but also associate him with Lajkonik who’s wooden figurine we placed at the bottom of the alter, between two red candles.
I grew up in Zwierzyniec, Kraków where a yearly parade takes place. Lajkonik represents a Khan who tried to invade the city and failed according to one story. Him riding a white horse connects to a wider Hobby Horse tradition. The parade has a strongly pagan overtones and has been going on for 700 years.
Lajkonik holds a mace with which he strikes people. To be touched by his mace is to receive good luck. I remember being really scared of him when I was little. Above is a photograph my Mum took of him in 2013. You see him touching a girl with his mace. It could as well be myself since I also would be dressed in traditional Kraków outfit just like the little girl in the picture. I see Lajkonik as a great representation of the Red King.
This insight gave me a strong impression that Red King can be related to the Crowned Conquering Child of Thelema, Heru Ra Ha . Shonen Bat representing the Hoor-pa-kraat (the child) element and Lajkonik Ra-Hoor-Khuit (the warrior).
Medieval Scapini Tarot : 5 of cups
Inside Red King’s dream
First few evenings with Red King were dreamy and meditative with no clear communication except for strange visions of Shonen bat, Lajkonik and Heru ra ha mentioned earlier. During the ritual on Saturday night it occurred to me that since he is the sleeping king perhaps I need to enter his dream to communicate. In my thoughts I asked the permission to do that. Red king responded asking what dream do I want to be part of? I responded by giving him brief outline of my hopes for the future. He liked it and asked why do I consider myself a good character to be dreamed about. I wasn’t sure what to answer to that. He challenged me to come up with a good pitch but my mind was empty. He suggested I dream the answer. I figured that he can make my dreams materialize as long as I make them entertaining enough for him to dream about.
One of the things that came out from working with Red King is the idea of performing a gnostic mass during Conjunctio week. Red king suggested that he will be the god and White Queen the goddess and that I should represent him taking on the role of the priest. Anton and I took a simplified version of Gnostic Mass for two and began reworking it into Conjunctio Mass. Red king gave me some feedback and suggestion as to how the mass should look and what elements we should keep. He also guided me in terms of language and titles to use when invoking him. By the end of the red king week I managed to create a working draft ready for the priestess to look at.
After deciding to do Conjunctio mass I began working on my robes and figured I need a staff. It so happens that I have an old staff I bought in Cheddar back in 2009. It’s a beautiful wooden cobra. I never used it for magick before. I always wanted to paint and consecrate it but I wasn’t sure what type of energy it should be devoted to. The Red King provided me with an opportunity. After painting it I placed it beside the altar so it can be fumigated and consecrated during our daily rituals.
Red King presented me with a challenge of writing my pitch for him that would convince me to dream about me. I asked him to give me an inspirational dream. All I could remember upon waking up was a dream that had something to do with the Doombringer birth rite. I decided to look into it and found an account by Frater Sheosyrath mentioning 663 being a manifestation of his HGA. This resonated with me because my own experiences with agent 663 had a signature of my own HGA all over it. Reading about Doombringer evoked him right away and he suggested help in writing my pitch for the Red King. He pretty much dictated it to me as a stream of consciousness. He said that all I need to do is to write it in first person. I did so and presented it to Red king the next time. He liked it.
Pitch to the Red King
I am a crazy child who’s favourite toy is magick.
I play with it to explore my potential, its limits and to see how far reality can be affected.
I am only begging to understand my own abilities and the possibilities that magick can create.
The best fun is ahead of me and I have the courage to plunge right into it.
My true charm comes from so called imperfections. I am stubborn and proud, even arrogant at times.
I can not stand authority and easily get into conflict with it. I am probably reacting to my difficult childhood.
This makes for an explosive combination of personality traits that is bound to result in an entertaining narrative.
Not to mention my libido!