Queen of the Seven Crossroads

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Queen of the Seven Crossroads by Humberto Maggi, is a work of sorcerous devotion dedicated to this Queen of Quimbanda, a Brazilian magico-religious system that emerged in the first half of the 20th century. The aim of this treatise is to provide a conceptual background for a better comprehension of the identity and role of the Queen of the Seven Crossroads, enabling the devotee to develop a consistent practice of work and communion with this elevated spirit.

Humberto Maggi weaves together history and myth, taking the reader on a journey from ancient Greece and Rome, to early modern Europe through the Inquisition, to Africa, and finally to Brazil showcasing the power of oral tradition. This is an in-depth survey of the historical developments that influenced the creation of the concept of the Queen of the Seven Crossroads, comprising about 80% of the text. Maggi traces the roots of this complex spirit, introducing readers to the cycle of magic into myth into magic through the lore of Greek witches like Medea and Circe and how one sees echoes of this mythical theme in the lore of Maria de Padilla, and how the Latin myth of the witch reflected in the likes of Erichto and Sagana evolves into the Witch of Evora. We learn how these European concepts; are imported into Brazil through the prosecuted witches of Portugual, and how these beliefs came to meet African concepts about the orisha Exu, over time evolving into what we now call Quimbanda, a witch’s cauldron that gave birth to the spirit known as the Queen of the 7 Crossroads. This is a well researched text, with ample footnotes and plenty of source material listed for the devotee to further their own research. Indeed the sections on the Witches of Evora and Martha Who Is In Hell alone sent me on my own quest, something that delayed this review as the working method Maggi describes of the Witches of Evora proved to be ripe for experimentation.

The remainder of the text is small grimoire for developing a relationship and working with the Queen of the 7 Crossroads. It is short and concise, exploring her iconography, the meanings behind certain offerings, works of sorcery, ponto cantos (sung points) in Portuguese and English, and several ponto riscados (scratched points) including the author’s personal ponto riscado and his methods of working with her.

This book will interest not only students of Quimbanda, but also traditional witchcraft. The historical sections alone gave me so much to think about and to explore. This begs the question of how applicable the sorcerous work is for those who are not students of Quimbanda, which is an initiatory system. I myself am not initiated into Quimbanda, I have received my consulta and know my personal Exu and Pomba Gira, but this certainly does not qualify me as any sort of an expert on such matters. You will certainly hear conflicting things online, so my recommendation is that if this work does interest you and truly speak to you… seek it out.

You can purchase Queen of the Seven Crossroads, as a hardcover, paperback, or eBook; here.

If you are interested in learning more about Quimbanda, I would suggest checking out An Introduction to Brazilian Quimbanda taught by Jesse Hathaway Diaz, Tata Apokan of Wolf & Goat; and Introduction to Kimbanda: Perspectives in South America offered by Emmanuel Leidi of Sorcerous Tarot,

Rosarium Christus Rex Infernus

(Image: Get Behind Me Satan, Ilya Repin 1895)

To be performed on the standard Holy Rosary, to aid the goetic sorcerer in gaining the blessing of Christ; the greatest conjurer to walk the Earth, the King who conquered Hell.

[Alternatively; upon the Chaplet of the Dead, in remembrance of Our Lord’s 40 Hours in Hell]


Rosarium Christus Rex Infernus

Open with – the Sign of the Cross

On the Crucifix-

My Sovereign Saviour Jesus Christ, Son of the living God! Thou who for the salvation of all mankind didst suffer the death of the Cross; Thou who, before being abandoned to Thine enemies, by an impulse of ineffable love didst institute the Sacrament of thy Body; Thou who hast vouchsafed to us miserable creatures the privilege of making daily commemoration thereof; do Thou deign unto thine unworthy servant, thus holding thy Living Body in his hands, all strength and ability for the profitable application of that power with which he has been entrusted against the horde of rebellious spirits. Thou art their true God, and if they tremble at the utterance of Thy Name, upon that Holy Name will I call, crying Jesus Christ! Jesus, be Thou my help, now and for ever! Amen.

On the grouped beads – Immolated Lamb, be Thou a pillar of strength against the demons! Slain Lamb, give power over the Powers of Darkness! Immolated Lamb, grant favour and strength unto the binding of the Rebellious Spirits. So be it.

On the lone beads – Recite the ‘Offering of the Precious Blood’ followed by one Our Father, one Hail Mary, and one Glory Be

Offering of the Precious Blood

Eternal Father! we offer Thee the most Precious Blood of Jesus, shed for us with such great love and bitter pain from His Right Hand; and through the merits and the efficacy of that Blood, we entreat thy Divine Majesty to grant us Thy Holy benediction, in order that we may be defended thereby from all our enemies, and be set free from every ill; whilst we say, “Benedictio Dei omnipotentis, Patris et Filii et Spiritus Sancti, descendat super nos, et maneat semper. Amen.”

Our Father, Hail Mary, and Glory Be

(Indulgence of 100 days, Pope Leo XII, Oct. 25, 1825)

Closing Prayer

O Jesus, who dost live in Mary, come and live in Thy servants, in the spirit of Thine own holiness, in the fullness of Thy power, in the reality of Thy virtues, in the perfection of Thy ways, in the communion of Thy mysteries, – have Thou dominion over every adverse power, in Thine own Spirit, to the glory of Thy Father. Amen.

(Indulgence of 300 days – Pope Pius IX, Oct. 14, 1859)

Act Of Thanksgiving

Praise, honour, glory, and blessing be unto Him who sitteth upon the throne, who liveth for ever and ever. Amen.

Prayers sourced from the Grimoire of Pope Honorius and the Raccolta.

New Orisons for the Open Hours

“You should know, reader, that there are many creatures in which sorcery cannot penetrate on account of some prayer they might say everday at bedtime and as they rise.” – True Treasure of Black and White Magic; the Book of St. Cyprian, the Sorcerer’s Treasure translated by José Leitão


The open hours refer to particular moments in the day where the borders between the world of the living and the dead are most tenuous and spirits and demons are free to roam the earth. These hours are the four extreme moments of the daily trajectory of the Sun: Midnight, Sunrise, Midday, Sunset. In traditional folklore, not only do we find that it is at these times most forms of monstrous apparitions and otherworldly visitations appear, but that given their nature they have been traditionally elected as the most favorable for the performance of specific sorceries and maleficas.


The Luciferian Catholic could be said to draw their power from three sources; God, the Dead, and the Devil. As such the prayers for each open hour include one prayer for each.

Traditionally the prayers of the Trinities consist of 3 Hail Marys at Sunrise, to remind the faithful of the annunciation of the Archangel Gabriel to the Virgin Mary, and at Sunset, one third of a Rosary, that is one composed of five Mysteries. As such, we recommend Consecration to the Holy Mother at Sunrise, and the Rosarium Imperatrix Inferni at Sunset.

It is important that we also remember what St. Cyprian admonishes us of in the instructions attributed to him in the working book of Arthur Gauntlet:

“The Master must have firm faith And doubt not his work for he that Doubteth to obtain his petition Prayeth with his Mouth Not his heart.”


New Orisons for the Open Hours

For the Trinities (Sunrise and Sunset)

Prayer of the Open Hours of the Trinity

May the Holiest Trinity
Always accompany my steps,
And open friendly arms to me
In the hours of sorrow.
May the Eternal Father aid me,
And Jesus Bless me.
May the Spirit give me light
Against the Temptations of Hell
May I spend all of my existence
Always practicing good
And the Holiest Trinity
Guide me on Earth.
The Holy Trinity
Accompanies me my whole life,
Let it always keep me,
And have mercy upon my soul;
Oh Eternal Father aid me,
Oh Son bless me;
Oh Holy Spirit touch me
Protection, honor, and virtue;
Never let pride envy me,
Instead of evil let there be good
Holy Trinity
Accompany me always. Amen

Prayer for the Forgotten Dead

O merciful God, take pity on those souls who have no particular friends and intercessors to recommend them to Thee, who, either through the negligence of those who are alive, or through length of time are forgotten
by their friends and by all. Spare them, O Lord, and remember Thine own mercy, when others forget to appeal to it. Let not the souls which Thou hast created be parted from thee, their Creator.

May the souls of all the departed,
through the mercy of God, rest in peace.

Amen

For Midday

Prayer of the Open Hour of Midday
Oh Virgin of the Holy Heavens,
Mother of our Redeemer,
Who, among women, holdest the palm,
Bring joy to my soul,
That moans filled with grief;
And come and place on my lips
Words of pure love.
In the name of the God of the worlds,
And also in the name of the Beloved Son,
Where the supreme goodness resides,
Always be praised
In this blessed hour. Amen.

Prayer for the Souls in Purgatory

O gentle Heart of Jesus, ever present in the Blessed Sacrament, ever consumed with burning love for the poor captive souls in Purgatory, have mercy on them. Be not severe in Your judgments, but let some drops of Your Precious Blood fall upon the devouring flames. And, Merciful Savior, send Your angels to conduct them to a place of refreshment, light and peace. Amen.

For Midnight

Prayer for the Open Hour of Midnight
Oh angel of my guard,
In this hour of terror,
Free me from terrible visions
Of the terrifying Devil;
Let God make my soul alert
From the dangers of temptation,
Away from me all bad dreams
And the oppressions of the heart.
Oh angel of my guard,
Ask the Virgin Mother on my behalf
To keep me from danger
While I live. Amen

Prayer for la Anima Sola

O languishing soul! The loneliest and most abandoned soul of Purgatory! I feel thy pain, I feel compassion upon hearing thy moaning and suffering, abandoned in this hard penitence, and I wish to relieve thy suffering and longing by offering thee all the good and decent works I may perform during my life, and all the pains I have endured, endure now and will endure in this life, so as thy faults may be paid to God and He may give thee His grace, and I hope that thou will do me the great help of requesting that His light clear my judgement so as I may follow His law, loving Him above all things and my fellow man like unto myself, so as in that way I may deserve His divine majesty and infinite mercy and salvation. Amen.

At Each Open Hour

The Prayer of the True Grimoire

ASTRACHIOS, ASAC, ASACRA, BEDRIMULAEL, SILAT, ARABONAS, IERAHLEM, IDEODOC, ARCHARZEL, ZOPHIEL, BLAUTEL, BARACATA, ADONAI, ELOHIM, EMAGRO, ABRAGATEH, SAMOEL, GEBURAHEL, CADATO, ERA, ELOHI, ACHSAH, EBMISHA, IMACHADEL, DANIEL, DAMA, ELAMOS, IZACHEL, BAEL, SCIRLIN; GENIU DOMOS!

O Lord God, Who art seated above the heavens and Who regardest the Abysses beneath, grant unto me Thy Grace I beesech Thee so that what I conceive in my mind, I may accomplish in my work: through Thee O God, the Sovereign Ruler of All, Who liveth and reigneth unto the Ages of Ages. Amen.


Commentary on the New Orisons

The Prayers of the Open Hours are sourced from O Grande livro de S. Cypriano ou thesouro do feitceiro as translated by José Leitão and are the inspiration behind this post. In his commentary to the book, José notes that given the place where these prayers are presented in the Book, that he believes they are meant to be practiced on a daily basis as so one may be spiritual fit and protected for the orisons and exorcisms that follow.

The Prayer for the Devil is from the Grimorium Verum, and is an interpretive reconstruction by Jake Stratton-Kent. Jake notes that this prayer is absolutely central to the system, intended to be recited multiple times a day in the lead up to the ritual conjurations. The times stated for these recitations are the open hours and are thus included here.

The Prayers for the Dead and Anima Sola The importance of these prayers is anchored in the traditional Roman Catholic eschatology that many of the Dead await the end times in Purgatory, stuck there until the remission of their sins or the second death of eternal damnation on the day of Judgement. Prayers said on the behalf of the souls in purgatory are a good work and show the virtue of caritas. The traditional prayer for anima sola contains an interesting clause and condition, that all the good works and prayers of the one praying it be given to the loneliest soul in Purgatory, thus essentially promising Anima Sola that you will take their place, but on the condition that once elevated that soul would extend prayers to God on your behalf. As we ask the saints to pray for us, now and in the hour of our death, so do we ask that of the rest of the Dead, whether in Heaven or in Purgatory.

For a deeper understanding of why this would be of benefit to a goetic sorcerer or Marian diabolist, we turn again to the Book of Saint Cyprian. Under the heading “Why God permits that the Devil torments His creatures” we find eleven reasons, the final is the most appropriate to this topic:

“So that these creatures may have their Purgatory in this world, and be confounded, seeing as from their evil so much good can be accomplished.” Occult Powers; the Book of St. Cyprian, the Sorcerer’s Treasure translated by José Leitão

These things together imply that prayers said on behalf of the Dead, whether known, forgotten or lone, preserve the soul of the sorcerer against the dangers their work exposes them to, because the very nature of their work, the conjuring and pacting with infernal spirits subjects them to the pains of Purgatory in this life. Thus irregardless of having given up their good works to the soul of another, they may still in good faith work towards their own salvation by the torments of the Devil.

Rosarium Imperatrix Inferni

“My children,” Mary seems to say, “when the enemy assails you, fly to me. Cast your eyes on me, and be of good heart. Since I am your defender, victory is assured to you.” In this way, turning to Mary is a most secure means to conquer all the assaults of hell. For she is even the queen of hell and sovereign mistress of the demons, since she is the one who tames and crushes them. St. Bernardine of Siena expresses the thought this way: “The most Blessed Virgin rules over the regions of hell. She is therefore called the ruling mistress of the demons, because she brings them into subjection.” —St. Alphonsus Liguori, The Glories of Mary

This is a version of the Holy Rosary I employ as a devotion for Maria as Empress of Hell, which replaces the Credo with the oldest surviving Marian prayer, Sub tuum praesidium (Beneath Thy Protection). While some may see this as heretical, I don’t particularly see it as a heresy, if anything it makes it more Marian. The Sub Tuum also predates the Credo. The rosary as we have it now went through centuries of change. It’s no more heretical than using the rosary as another chaplet for which there are many. The goal when constructing this devotion was to make it applicible to both orthodox Marian devotees as well as goetic sorcerers.

How can devotion to Mary be of use to the goetic sorcerer? For this I turn to my friend and practitioner of Marian diablerie, Maria Miles.


Not only does the Glorious Virgin provide refuge from the attacks of the spirits, but unconditional forgiveness for those who fall into sin by trafficking with them. We find this in the account of Saint Theophilus the Penitent, whose tale is traditionally attributed to have inspired the legends of Faust and his pact with the Devil. Her threefold ability to dominate evil spirits, protect and absolve those who invoke them make her the quintessential patron of any who practices Goetia. Given this knowledge of her, it makes sense what is said by Pope Honorius (in the Grimorie of Honorius) that the eves of her feast days, nineteen in all, are most propitious for the conjuring and binding of devils.

Her mystic title of Door is just as meaningful, as the liminality inherent in this title is vital to the calling forth and the manifestation of spirits in the Goetic arts. The use of the rosary for me is tied to initiating trance states where I am able to perceive and communicate with spirits more effectively by enhancing my mediumistic talents. Her association with the Moon, whose sphere disseminates the rays and virtues of the other six planets upon the sublunar Earth, is another demonstration of her title of Porta Coeli, or Gate of Heaven. The moon likewise is the only planet of primary import and consideration in the planning of conjurations, and whose timing is vital to Goetic praxis.

Mary can be appealed to when a pact has gone wrong or been unfulfilled, her aspect of Undoer of Knots being called upon for intercession when a sorcerer has become too entangled in their workings.

To the witch and practitioner of Marian Diablerie, it is an important key to remember that Christ is but a hollow mask for the spirits of Infernus. There is no image more famous or more adequate a synecdoche for human suffering than that of the crucified Christ. For this reason, that image is beloved by these spirits for misery is their sustenance, but Mary is the root and gate of this mystery. Just as she is mother of us all, so is she a mother to Devils. Mater Lamiae, radix et porta Inferni et Coeli.


Rosarium Imperatrix Inferni

Begin by making the Sign of the Cross
In Nomine Patris, et Filii, et Spiritus Sancti. Amen.

On the Cross – Sub tuum praesidium

Sub tuum praesidium confugimus,
Sancta Dei Genetrix. Nostras deprecationes ne despicias in necessitatibus nostris, sed a periculis cunctis libera nos semper, Virgo gloriosa et benedicta.

On the Lone Beads – Pater Noster
Pater Noster, qui es in cælis, sanctificetur nomen tuum. Adveniat regnum tuum. Fiat voluntas tua, sicut in cælo et in terra. Panem nostrum quotidianum da nobis hodie. Et dimitte nobis debita nostra, sicut et nos dimittimus debitoribus nostris. Et ne nos inducas in tentationem, sed libera nos a malo. Amen.

On the grouped beads – Ave Imperatrix Inferni
Ave Maria, Mater Domini Nostri,
Regina Cœli, Domina Mundi, et Imperatrix Inferni. Dona Nobis Pacem, Nunc et in Hora Mortis Nostrae.
Amen

De Mysteriis Imperatrix Inferni

I – Adam Novam videndum in Calvariae loco
II – Corpus ipsius portandum ad sepulcrum et in inferno imponendum eum
III – Videndum super sepulcrum vincendum ipsius
IV – Ipsius liberatae peccato dormiscendum
V – Ipsam coronandum Novam Evam

End with the Memorare

Memorare, O piissima Virgo Maria, non esse auditum a saeculo, quemquam ad tua currentem praesidia, tua implorantem auxilia, tua petentem suffragia, esse derelictum. Ego tali animatus confidentia, ad te, Virgo Virginum, Mater, curro, ad te venio, coram te gemens peccator assisto. Noli, Mater Verbi, verba mea despicere; sed audi propitia et exaudi. Amen.

English Prayers

The Sign of the Cross

In the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Sub tuum praesidium

Under thy protection we seek refuge, O Holy Mother of God;
In our needs, despise not our petitions,
but deliver us always from all dangers,
O Glorious and Blessed Virgin.

Ave Imperatrix Inferni

Hail Mary, Mother of Our Lord,
Queen of Heaven, Lady of the World, and Empress of Hell.
Grant us peace, now and at the hour of our death.
Amen.

Memorare

Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who fled to thy protection, implored thy help, or sought thy intercession was left unaided. Inspired with this confidence, I fly to thee, O Virgin of virgins, my Mother; to thee do I come; before thee I stand, sinful and sorrowful. O Mother of the Word Incarnate, despise not my petitions, but in thy mercy hear and answer me. Amen.

The Mysteries of the Empress of Hell

1.) Beholding the New Adam on the Hill of the Skull
2.) Bearing his Body to the Sepulcher and placing him in Hell
3.) Witnessing his Triumph from the Grave
4.) Her Falling Asleep free from Sin
5.) Her Crowning as the New Eve


Latin translation of the Mysteries and the Ave Imperatrix Inferni prayer were graciously provided by the Church of Light & Shadow. The Ave Imperatrix Inferni is based on the Antiphon from the Saltair Mhuire (as previously featured here), and the traditional Hail Mary.

This post inspired by Michael Lux’s article on the rosary, wherein he comments that he is unaware of any particular pietistic practice associated with Mary’s role as Queen of Hell. This rosary aims to address that.

The Orison of the Instrument

“Lord make me an instrument…” -St Francis

Orison : Preparation.

Lord God Adonay, who hast made man in Thine own image and resemblance out of nothing! I, poor sinner that I am, beg Thee to deign bless and sanctify this water, so that it may be healthy for my body and my soul, and that all foolishness should depart from it.

Lord God, all-powerful and ineffable, and who led Thy people out of the land of Egypt, and has enabled them to cross the Red Sea with dry feet! Accord me this, that I may be purified by this water of all my sins, so that I may appear innocent before Thee! Amen.

When the operator has thus purified himself, he is to set about the making of the Instruments of the Art.

Conjuration of the Instrument.

I conjure thee, O form of the Instrument, by the authority of our Father God Almighty, by the virtues of Heaven and by the Stars, by the virtue of the Angels, and by the virtue of the Elements, by the virtues of the stones and herbs, and of snow-storms, winds and thunder: that thou now obtain all the necessary power into thyself for the pefectioning of the achievement of those things in which we are at present concerned! And this without deception, untruth, or anything of that nature whatsoever, by God the Creator of the Sun of Angels! Amen.

Then we recite the Seven Psalms, and afterwards the following words:

Dalmaley lamekh cadat pancia velous merroe lamideck caldurech anereton mitraton : Most Pure Angels, be the guardians of these instruments, they are needed for many things.

Source of above quotes: Grimorium Verum (public domain translation)

While primarily meant to be used for the consecration of the various tools used in the work of the Grimorium Vernum, the above charm can also be used on one’s self. Indeed this process not only serves in cleansing and empowering the witch who uses it so, but also aids greatly in the act of internalizing the ritual itself. As such I have begun to incorporate it into my practice on retreat days for my Catchehumane work within the ECCLESIA LUCIS ET UMBRAE.

I begin with a Three Souls Alignment, as taught by the Feri tradition of American Traditional Witchcraft, then proceed to drawing upon and cycling the Two Powers, as taught by the ELU.

Thus grounded, aligned, and empowered I create sacred space using the Rite of Light & Shadow, again as taught by the ELU. The circle cast and the gate between the worlds open, I proceed to an altar blessing, asperging and fumigating both the altar and myself. The area now prepared for work I consecrate myself to the Divine Mother, then proceed to a meditative period, again cycling the Two Powers.

I proceed to what is known in the Feri tradition as “making Kala.” Kala comes from the Hawaiian word meaning “to loosen, untie, or absolve”, and is used to transform negative energies and blockages within ourselves, as well as to reclaim the power that these blocks have “tied up” within our energy bodies. For the purposes of this devotion I focus on something within myself that I feel is a block to progressing in my Craft. This blockage is then ‘transfered’ into the water, turning it a murky color in my mind’s eye. The ‘sin’ then caught in the water, I shake the energy off, flicking my hands away from myself. I then begin to cycle the Two Powers within myself again. Once I can really feel them flowing within me, I pick up the cup, transfering the Two Powers through my hands and my breath as I utter the first prayer, cleansing the water within, seeing it clear and glow brightly in my mind’s eye. I drink the water, and feel it work its way through me as I breathe slowly and deeply for a few counts.

Thus prepared, I continue to cycle the Two Powers, and with my arms in the Orans prayer posture, I begin the Orison of the Instrument, enchanting myself. I typically experience a general lightness of being, physical sensations of energy coursing through me, and visions of cascading light.

Once completed, I typically spend a few minutes in meditation, then ground and close the ritual.

Peace! The charm’s wound up!

Many thanks to Michael Lux, the Gentleman Necromancer for his general encouragement and recommendation of incorporating both the Three Souls Alignment and the Kala Rite into my daily praxis. Blessings of Light & Shadow to you brother!

A Heretic’s Daily Consecration to the Holy Mother

(image credit – Our Lady of Fallen Stars by AzK // Shandi)

O Immaculate Holy Mother!
Live in me, act in me, speak in me and through me.
Think your thoughts in my mind.
Love through my heart.
Give me your disposition and feelings.
Teach me, lead me and guide me to the Morning Star.
Correct, enlighten, and expand my thoughts and behavior.
Posses my soul, take over my personality, and replace it with yourself.
Incline me to constant adoration.
Pray for me and through me.
Let me live in you and keep me in this union always.
Amen.

“Recommended for daily use” – Rev. TAU BARNABAS, Presiding Archbishop, ELU

An Evening with Anima Sola

“On ghosts which appear at the crossroads, or souls from the spirtual world, who on a mission from God come to this corporeal world in search of orisons to be purified from the mistakes they committed in this world against the Lord our God” – On Ghosts from the Book of St. Cyprian, translated by Humberto Maggi.

I began with Psalms 68 verse 1-5 and 134 for the Exorcism & Blessing of the Working Area, fumigating with frankincense, and asperging with holy water. For “the Opening of the Rites & Workings of the Wise” I prayed Psalms 141 verses 1-2 & 104 verses 1-9 (as per the Charmer’s Psalter by Gemma Gary) followed with the fifty-first Psalm as confession (as per the Grimorium Verum). Lighting the candles upon Saint Cyprian’s altar, I prayed the Lord’s Prayer, then knocked 9 times on the altar, each time calling out “Saint Cyprian”. I then proceeded with the Sorcerer’s prayer to Saint Cyprian, with my San Cipriano amparo between my hands, asking him to guide me and protect for the work ahead. I took my amparo, as well as my Exterminator Talisman from the Book of St Cyprian: the Sorcerer’s Treasure, and placed them in a red flannel bag attached to a cord so it could be worn in the style of a lamen. I constructed a ward with St Michael the Archangel, asking him to only allow the named spirits through.

I began the chaplet for la Anima Sola at midnight (it being the hour of Saturn no less, an appropriate for contacting spirits as per la Vèritable Magie Noire) and I had Mattie’s box open on the shrine for it. (Mattie’s box being a box of grave dirt from a young lady who was killed by a drunk driver on prom night. A precious gift from my dear friend Jack Grayle, author of the Hekatæon). I began the prayers, devoutly kissing my Pardon Crucifix before each Lord’s Prayer, as to earn an extra indulgence for the dead. As I prayed, the atmosphere began to change very quickly. There were tons of chills and thumps in the room, while getting a very hot feeling inside myself, along with bursts of severe hunger pangs. As the chaplet progressed I felt her cool, and by the end she no longer felt upset about having her sleep interrupted.

As I prayed and scryed the candle flames, I had a few vivid visions of a young woman in fire, alternating with visions of Maria. The flames were the most persistent image in the ‘visions’, these visions being in the mind’s eye more so than appearing ‘externally’.

After completing the chaplet and prayers, I sat and meditated, the atmosphere haunted yet not menacing. I thanked Mattie and gave her a dismismal from the Book of Cyprian for human spirits, then closed the ritual with prayers to Maria, then Psalm 150 as thanks for blessings and answers recieved, ending with three Lord’s Prayers.

I then cleansed with a previously prepared bath of rue, basil, rosemary, hyssop, sea salt, holy water, flordia water, and cascarilla; reciting Psalm 101 “Against Evil Spirits & People” (again, the Charmer’s Psalter by Gemma Gary). I did the Holy Rosary before bed, my sleep still rather restless although dreamless.

The Book of St. Cyprian: the Sorcerer’s Treasure

“Maybe there never was a a book so coveted and searched for, neither one which arose more passions and desires to be possessed…we are talking about the Book of Saint Cyprian, popularly known as Ciprianillo.” – El Libro der San Cipriano by Felix Castro Vicente.

The Black Books of Cyprian, many of which arose from Spain and Portugal, were popularized and spread throughout the New World. Their influence ranged from North America to as far south as Brazil and would come to influence a variety of practices from traditions found there.

However the Libre de San Cipriano: Tesoro del Hechicero is considered to be a talisman in of itself, in folklore merely by possessing it one can become a sorcerer. Indeed, a brujo friend of mine has commented often on the strange synchronicites that happen more often than not from happening to own the book or from begining a devotional relationship with the sorcerous saint. I shall offer an example from my own life.

I recently ordered Humberto Maggi’s translation of the Book of St. Cyprian (which among others, contains an English translation of Tesoro del Hechicero) and recieved it on a Wednesday, along with a package of Santisima Muerte supplies from a brujo friend. I went to show it off to my friends at the Botanica Macumba. They were unfortunately closed so I went up the street a bit to a different botanica to stock up on some needed supplies. I was close by a spot were black nightshade grows so I decided to go over there and see if I might harvest some to replant. This was a spur of the moment decision, I wasn’t really sure what I was doing nor actually equipped for it. Still felt like it was ‘the right time’ to do this so I went along with it.
I get to the spot, an abandoned lot. I find they have been doing construction to the lot, there’s a large dirt mound that catches my eye. I proceed to the nightshade, noticing an empty bottle of Miracle-Gro Liquid Plant Food I can put a cutting in to take home and do so. That dirt mound kept catching my eye however and when I wonder why aloud… crow cawed thrice. I go over and find sticking out of the mound an elder tree… well what is left one the leaves still green, the tree stubbornly clinging to life. Its Wednesday, the day of Mercury. The Grimorium Vernum calls for an elder wand cut in the day and hour of Mercury. I check my planetary hours phone app. It is not the correct hour, and I find myself lacking any offering for the tree spirit. A thought occurs and I speak it aloud “I could cut it to size in the day and hour of Mercury”, crow cawed thrice again. “This piece is the perfect size, it has two small branches growing out… I could offer to transplant those as a pact to harvest it now…” again crow cawed thrice. I went to work without hesitation, pulling dirt chunks out of the way, I get to the branch I wish to harvest and in the name of the Trinity by the power and intercession of San Cipriano I broke it off stating my promise to transplant the two small branches and transfer them to the wild one day if they made it to be strong trees.

A Chaplet for Anima Sola, the Lonely Soul

The Anima Sola, Italian for “Lonely Soul”, is an image used in Italian style folk Catholic worship of the dead in Southern Italy, that has become popular in many cultures and spiritual traditions, especially Hispanic and South American ones. The image represents all the lone souls who have died in venial sin and therefore after death atone for said sins in the flames of purgatory. These poor souls are too good for Hell and are destined for Heaven, however they must suffer in fire so they can be purified before entering Paradise, as there can be no bad things in Heaven.

This chaplet is based upon the Rosary of the Seven Sorrows, also known as the Chaplet of Seven Sorrows or the Servite Rosary, a Rosary based prayer that originated with the Servite Order. This rosary was granted indulgences by Bendeict XIII in1724 and Clement XIL in 1734. These indulgences were confirmed by a decree of January 17th, 1747 and rendered applicable to souls in Purgatory. This chaplet for the Anima Sola follows this rosary closely, with the main addition being a prayer containing the Requiem Aeternam (which carries an indulgence for the dead) after each Lord’s Prayer.

This chaplet can be used as a focus for pretty much any petition to the Holy Souls in Purgatory. Suffering the intense flames of purgatory The Poor Souls welcome all prayers and in return bestow large favours and graces in gratitude for those willing to trouble themselves with prayers to cease their suffering and get them into Heaven faster.

A Suggested Basic Set Up
Print out a nice picture of the Anima Sola and frame it, or get an Anima Sola statue. Lay out a white cloth and place a crucifix at the back and place the image in front of it. You may also put images of St Michael, Madonna del Carmine,San Nicola da Tolentino, Santa Rosalia, San Padre Pio, and Santa Caterina da Genova on the space (all associated with assisting the Poor Souls). Place a white candle on the shrine along with a cool glass of water to soothe the spirits sufferings and give them a medium to travel through.

The Chaplet for Anima Sola

One begins and ends this chaplet with the De profundis (Psalm 129)

Then pray 1 Lord’s Prayer, 3 Hail Marys, a Glory Be, and a prayer to St. Michael the Archangel. Following this, you pray the Prayer for the Anima Sola and the Orison of Anima Sola.

You are now ready to begin the chaplet proper.

Holding the medal: Sign of the Cross, then Introductory Prayer

3 beads: Hail Mary

On the connector: Announce the first Sorrow, then say the Lord’s Prayer followed by the Prayer for the Anima Sola

On the 7 beads: Hail Mary

On the remaining medals: Announce the next Sorrow, then say the Lord’s Prayer followed by the Prayer for the Anima Sola. Continue with Hail Mary on each set of 7 beads

On returning to the connector: the Lord’s prayer, followed by the Prayer for the Anima Sola.

On the 3 beads returning to the medal: one Hail Mary each, in remembrance of Her tears.

Close with Orison of Anima Sola, the Memorare, Sign of the Cross, De Profundis.

The Prayers

De profundis
(Psalm 129 Out of The Depths)

Out of the depths I cry to You, O Lord;
Lord, hear my voice!
Let Your ears be attentive
to my voice in supplication:
If you, O Lord, mark iniquities,
Lord, who can stand?
But with You is forgiveness,
that You may be revered.
I trust in the Lord;
my soul trusts in His word.
My soul waits for the Lord,
more than sentinels wait for the dawn.
More than sentinels wait for the dawn,
let Israel wait for the Lord;
For with the Lord is kindness
and with Him is plenteous redemption;
And He will redeem Israel from all their iniquities.

Lord’s Prayer

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name.Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. Amen.

Hail Mary

Hail Mary, full of Grace, the Lord is with thee. Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners now, and at the hour of our death. Amen.

Glory Be

Glorybe to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

St Michael the Archangel

St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle. Be our defense against the wickedness and snares of the Devil. May God rebuke him, we humbly pray, and do thou, O Prince of the heavenly hosts, by the power of God, thrust into hell Satan, and all the evil spirits, who prowl about the world seeking the ruin of souls. Amen.

Prayer for the Anima Sola

O Lord, I offer my prayers for the salvation of the Lonely Soul. With your Divine Majesty and Love direct your Merciful Eyes to the Loney Soul, Amen

Eternal rest, grant unto them O Lord
May they rest in peace.
Amen

Orison of the Anima Sola

Hear mortal men, the cries of the imprisoned soul, alone and abandoned in a dark prison.O Anima Sola, soul of peace and war, soul of sea and of land. I desire that all that I have lost be returned.

O Anima Sola, you who are alone and abandoned, I accompany you in your grief. I take pity upon you. For I know of the grief and suffering you must endure within your harsh and long imprisonment.

I offer you this prayer and glass of water because I desire to lessen your pain and quench your thirst. Sad Soul, Lonely Soul, no one calls you, But I call you. No one looks for you, but I seek you out. No one loves you, but I adore you.No one remembers you, but I keep you in my heart.

I offer you this lit candle so that you may find your way into the light. In this moment I offer to you my meritorious labour, and all that I have suffered, suffer and will suffer in this life, even though it can never compare to yours. I humbly pray that you finish paying for your mortal sins of the flesh so that you may find the grace of God, and be lifted from your imprisonment, with your grace you shall be my benefactor.

Amen

Eternal rest, grant unto them O Lord
May they rest in peace.
Amen

Sign of the Cross
By the sign of the Cross (sign of cross over forehead), from our enemies (sign of cross over lips) deliver us O Lord (sign of cross over heart), through the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary. In the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen

Introductory Prayer

My God, I offer You this Rosary for Your glory, so I can honor your Holy Mother, the Blessed Virgin, so I can share and meditate upon her suffering. I humbly beg you to give me true repentance for all my sins. Give me wisdom and humility, so that I may receive all the indulgences contained in this prayer. O Lord, I offer this rosary for the salvation of the Lonely Soul. With your Divine Majesty and Love direct your Merciful Eyes to the Loney Soul, Amen

Eternal rest, grant unto them O Lord
May they rest in peace.
Amen

The Seven Sorrows

The First Sorrow The Prophecy of Simeon.

When Mary and Joseph present the infant Jesus in the temple, Simeon predicts that a “sword” (of sorrow) will pierce Mary’s soul.

The Second Sorrow The flight into Egypt.

When King Herod orders the death of all male children age two or younger, Mary and Joseph flee to Egypt with the infant Jesus.

The Third Sorrow The Child Jesus Lost in the Temple.

Mary and Joseph search for the child Jesus for three days, finding Him at last — after agonizing sorrow — in the temple.

The Fourth Sorrow Mary meets Jesus carrying the cross.

As Jesus makes His way to Calvary, condemned to crucifixion, He meets His mother, Mary. He is bruised, derided, cursed and defiled and her sorrow is absolute as Jesus drags His own cross up the hill of His crucifixion.

The Fifth Sorrow Mary at the foot of the cross.

Mary stands near her dying Son unable to minister to him as He cries “I thirst.” She hears Him promise heaven to a thief and forgive His enemies. His last words, “Behold your mother,” charge us to look on Mary as our mother.

The Sixth Sorrow Mary receives the body of Jesus.

Jesus is taken down from the cross and His body is placed in Mary’s arms. The passion and death are over, but for His mother, grief continues. She holds His body in her arms.

The Seventh Sorrow Mary witnesses the burial of Jesus.

The body of Jesus is laid in the tomb. Mary is alone in sorrow, awaiting the Resurrection.

the Memorare
Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who fled to thy protection, implored thy help, or sought thy intercession was left unaided. Inspired with this confidence, I fly to thee, O Virgin of virgins, my Mother; to thee do I come; before thee I kneel, sinful and sorrowful. O Mother of the Word Incarnate, despise not my petitions, but in thy mercy hear and answer me. Amen

Dual Faith Observance and Traditional Witchcraft

“To return to witches however, although there are obvious similarities with some of the modern magical practices carried out by Wiccans, most of the methods and techniques used by the old-time witches bear little resemblance to those used by today’s neo-pagan witches. Often the cunning folk practised dual faith observance and the charms, amulets, prayers and incantations they used invoked Jesus, the Virgin Mary, the Trinity and the company of saints. Psalms were used for magical purposes as spells and they still are in some modern traditional witchcraft circles. With the coming of the new faith of Christianity and the suppression of the ancient pagan religions, objects such as crucifixes, saints’ medallions, the host and holy water were widely used by folk magicians because they were believed to possess ‘virtue’ or magical energy and inherent healing power.

Christian symbolism was used in folk magic rituals involving psychic protection, counter-magic snd healing. Many of the old pagan charms were Christianised and some of the saints took on the earlier attributes of Pagan gods and goddesses. Sacred springs previously dedicated to goddesses for
instance were re-dedicated either to the Virgin Mary or to female saints such as Winefrede or Bride.

Healing charms replaced the names of pagan deities such as Woden, Loki and Thor with those of God, Jesus and the Holy Ghost. Many of the grimoires used by witches and the practitioners of folk magic also inevitably contained Judeo-Christian symbolism.

Some modern traditional witches still follow dual faith observance using the psalms for magical purposes, working with the company of saints and employing Christian imagery, symbolism and liturgy, often in a heretical and subversive way. The neo-Pagan witch speaks of ways that harm none, while the modern traditional witch – in common with the witches and cunning folk of the past – can both cure and curse as the need arises. Here the magic, while Christian, is undoubtedly authentic
rather than a romantic revival. Similar practices can be found in Vodou, Hoodoo, Santeria, Macumba, Ju-ju and Obeah in the Americas and in Africa. A Catholic model of the universe, including heaven, purgatory and the underworld, influenced Congolese acceptance and use of Catholicism in their magical practices, such as Palo Mayombe. It is just as useful in Western necromancy.”
– from the Testament of Cyprian the Mage by Jake Stratton-Kent

The Testament of Cyprian the Mage review by Frater Acher