Median Theurgy is given to the Hyper-Encosmic Gods. This type of theourgia involves an element of physical sacrifice; however, as the Hyper-Encosmic Gods only have one foot in the material realm, actions such as animal sacrifice, with its close connection to the body and deep physicality, is inappropriate. Those souls advanced enough to worship the Hyper-Encosmic Gods employ what we may call “intermediate” forms of sacrifice. This kind of sacrifice doesn’t involve the slaughtering of animals; but instead employs a kind of materiality that is, nevertheless, less material than animals. These include:
- Hieratic characters and symbols
- Divine names and images
- Musical compositions.
All these things depend on the physical world; names can’t be spoken without lips to utter them or air to vibrate them. They are, however, a kind of materiality that is more refined than the sacrifice of bodies.
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