1st Sunday In Advent

The liturgical year begins on the First Sunday in Advent, which is the fourth Sunday before Christmas. Advent continues up until Christmas and, as its name suggests, it is a time of fasting and preparation for the advent – the arrival, or birth – of Christ. As it is a season of fasting it is presided over by the (9) Hermit; as the advent prefigures the Second Coming of Christ, the season is also presided over by the arcana of (20) Judgment. The arcana of the week is the (7) Chariot.

The Collect

Almighty God, give us grace that we may cast away the works of darkness, and put upon us the armour of light, now in the time of this mortal life, in which thy Son Jesus Christ came to visit us in great humility; that in the last day, when he shall come again in his glorious Majesty, to judge both the quick and the dead, we may rise to the life immortal; through him who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Ghost, now and ever. Amen.

Book of Common Prayer

Old Testament Reading

The Lord God is a light and defence: the Lord will give grace and worship, and no good thing shall he withold from them that live a godly life. O Lord God of Hosts: blessed is the man that putteth his trust in thee.

Psalm 84: 12-13

New Testament Reading

The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armour of light.

Romans 13: 12

Meditation

Without insulation nothing can be concentrated, and without concentration no magic action could be carried out.

Oswald Wirth, The Tarot of the Magicians, p. 98

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