I meditated earlier than usual today and had some free time so I’m going to go ahead and make the post (as opposed to the day after as usual). I did five minutes of hermetic then performed a the Pillar and the Spheres described by Miller in The Sorcerer’s Secret.
The following exercise establishes a column of energy in the body that flows between the Ouranic or heavenly realms above, and the Cthonic or underworld realms below. The descending energy is purifying, symbolized by the dove. The ascending energy is atavistic and vitalizing, symbolized by the serpent. After the column is established we break the elements down into five centers or spheres in the body.
The full descriptions is copied from the book (with permission) here. I find the exercise both exhilarating and calming. It’s an almost alchemical exercise for me in that I’m breaking down myself into component elemental parts. I spent the balance of my time working on pore-breath. As I was taking a break during moving for the meditation, I was very tired. With about 10 minutes left, I found my concentration drifting and almost started to nod off. I did some basic yoga poses while breathing for the remainder of the session.