After the preparation, you go into the “Bardo Initiation”. This is where you meet the Agent of Death that will guide you in your journey. They also say the Psychopomp that has chosen you. It is a commitment of sorts to the path, which I’ve already been on for a bit now.
The initiation is an internal journey, a guided meditation. For the parts to have meaning, you need to know who you might meet at the destination. You’ll also find out your “name”. This is the second time I’ve received one and it was different.
This space is said to be your inner temple between worlds and there, one can dispatch the dead waiting to be given tasks. When I took the cup of blood given by my Agent, I could feel it run down inside and this felt like it was a commitment of sorts, but I didn’t feel really bound, tightly bound, by it. Maybe that’s because I already am, in an inner sense, more deeply than this ritual.
My Agent - Ti-Tor, whose sigil is listed above. He asked me to call on him in my ritual space after I completed the initiation.
There are a few places in this guided journey where you have to count the number of steps. The number of steps down do not equal the number of steps up, for example. The numbers are supposed to have meaning. Anyone that’s followed my journey for a bit knows I have a…lack of appreciation…for this sort of thing. But I’ll be damned if I didn’t write them all down as I crossed those points. In one area, there were only 7 steps instead of the 9, I saw green orbs that weren’t in the instructions, and the hallways I walked down to initially meet Ti-Tor was gone when I returned.
Ti-Tor said I should call him (in the journey).I gave him 3 swallows of my beer. I’ve drawn his sigil. Plan on bleeding on it. For he is the Agent that came in the crypt. Now, I’m debating a blood offering. I don’t know that I want to use the scalpel yet. As thankful as I am, I am unsure. Trust must be built before very visible things are done (visible cuts).
I knew when reading the book that it would be Ti-Tor. He told me. But I went into the ritual all the same.
T: “That is true, you did. (And) you got your dead name for this. Yes, you bowed both physically and metaphysically. I noted this. But it was not a bow of (complete) submission. I would swallow you for such. I do not (want/wish) weak-minded practitioners as such (practitioners) I could crush in my fist on a bad Saturday afternoon.”
(This was done on 18DEC22, a Sunday. He let me know he prefers Saturday night rituals, but not to wait if something needs done beforehand)
(I questioned about my relationship with Leviathan, whom I’m a dedicand to)
T: “I will not (interfere with) this romance (?). For there are still terrifying things that can happen to them when Water Meets Death. A good combination, I think.”
He was done.
The last response was a bit odd, because I felt like he was speaking as much about future actual things as general terms. I don’t rule out that there was something missed on my part, but he didn’t bring it back up and I was clearly not fully understanding.