The Magic of the Pater Noster

In Jesus the Magician Morton Smith suggests that magical influence may account for the preservation of a prayer remembered as that of Jesus. Indeed the magical texts of the time are full of spells and prayers attributed to famous authors, in the Greek Magical Papyri we find such spells as “Solomon’s prayer to enchant a medium” (PGM IV.850), “The Prayer of Jacob (to become an incarnate angel)” (PGM XXIIb); a trend that continued well into the modern era with various grimoires attributed to such authors such as Solomon, Moses, even Pope Honorius.  The prayer I am referencing of course, is the Lord’s Prayer also known as the Pater Noster. It is found, with slightly different wording, in both the Gospel of Matthew ( Chapter 6, verses 9–13) and the Gospel of Luke (Chapter 11, verses 2–4). 

Opening with “Our Father, who art in Heaven”, the reference to a god as “father” whose location is in the heavens is quite familiar in the magical literature of the time.

“Hallowed be Thy name” (Glorified in Luke); hallowing or glorifying means making the god’s name famous, demonstrating its power by miracles, obedience etc, so that outsiders will know it and revere it. For example in the Gospel of John, we find what is known as the Farewell Prayer or High Priestly Prayer; some relevant sections include:

Father, the hour is come, glorify thy Son, that thy Son may glorify thee. (John 17:1)
I have glorified thee on the earth; I have finished the work which thou gavest me to do. (John 17:4)
I have manifested thy name to the men whom thou hast given me out of the world. (John 17:6)
Holy Father, keep them in thy name whom thou has given me (John 17:11)
While I was with them, I kept them in thy name. (John 17:12)
And the glory which thou hast given me, I have given to them; that they may be one, as we also are one (John 17:22)
And I have made known thy name to them, and will make it known; that the love wherewith thou hast loved me, may be in them, and I in them. (John 17:26)

This is closely echoed in many passages of the magical papyri which represent the magician as one who glorifies their god and reveals to their followers the god’s great name. “Glorify me as I have glorified the name of your son Horus!” (PGM VII.504), “Tat, Tat, Tat… come… and reveal thyself to this boy today… for I will glorify thee in  heaven before Phree, I will glorify thee before the Moon, I will glorify thee on Earth.” (PGM XXXVI.165f), “I am he whom you met under the holy mountain and to whom you gave knowledge of your greatest Name, which I shall keep holy, communicating it with none save to your initiates in your holy rites.” (PGM XII.92ff) This last quotation shows that  while the magical texts generally agree with John in “glorifying” rather than “hallowing” the God and its Name, they are not unconcerned with its holiness. 

“Thy will be done” is a prayer used by magicians (PGM XII.189), with “on earth as it is in heaven” expressing the most general objective of a spell: to change the natural order by influence of the supernatural, in this case, as it is often, by the god’s will. 

With this mind how might we utilize this prayer in our own magical practice? My friend Muertero Yamil swears by it as the best prayer for manifestation. Of the prayer, Muererto Yamil says, “If you really take your time to really know it…it shall reveal its secrets. I will share how it was taught to me:”

  • OUR FATHER: Means our higher self or the Inner God within)
  • WHO ART IN HEAVEN: Who is in the higher part of my consciousness or the Holy Sacred space in my mind.
  • HALLOWED BE THY NAME: To say Hallowed is to say Holy…Here we are tapping into our higher self. The reason for our existence. To feel blessed and manifest, you must know you are blessed and feel deserving of such blessings. You are lifting your higher self to a high degree, meaning you are a sacred being.
  • THY KINGDOM COME: Meaning the Kingdom is that what we want to manifest. It’s knowing that we have a vault of blessings awaiting for us and we are bringing into existence.
  • THY WILL SHALL BE DONE : Is affirming that what we want is already here. The higher self or the God self has already manifested that which is wanted. We are talking to ourselves.
  • ON EARTH AS IT IS IN HEAVEN:
    As Above So Below. That what we want has already been thought and felt. The key for manifestation starts in a thought…we must feel this thought and feel it to the point that it feels real. When we know that what what we want is already here with full confidence and no doubt.
  • GIVE US THIS DAY OUR DAILY BREAD: Daily bread can mean many things. In the Latino Culture we say El Pan De Cada Dia. Meaning that which sustains us.
  • FORGIVE OUR TRASPASSES AS WE FORGIVE THOSE WHO TRASPASSED AGAINST US: This is very important because at times those things we do which may hurt others knowingly and unknowingly can infringe in us receiving blessings. If we are caught in bitterness, backbiting and always fighting with others because we feel hurt….we don’t learn how to let things go. We are stuck in a cycle that does not allow us to evolve. By knowing that we to hurt others and we learn not only to forgive others but also learn how to forgive ourselves we begin to unclog pipes of blessings and the flud gates of blessings begin to shower in our lives.
  • DISCLAIMER!!!
    I don’t ever say “Lead us not into temptation…” I say: DON’T ALLOW US TO FALL INTO TEMPTATION. This is the way it is said in the Spanish version and it is the way I also say it in English. The higher self will not allow us to fall into temptation or guide us in those things that will not allow to evolve.
  • AND DELIVER US FROM EVIL: Deliver us not from the Devil, Satan or any Being that Religion sees as an opposer. But from our own Habits, Doubts, Fear, and Insecurities. Those things that are not constructive for our manifestation and development.
  • AMEN: So More It Be or It Is Done.
    When saying this we are visioning what we want and manifestation is taking place and it is done. It is the best guide to practice with. Focus on that what we want. To me the Our Father is the best Mantra one can use and when one really taps into its virtues the sky is the limit.

You can find Muertero Yamil at https://www.muerteroyamil.com/

A Charm Against the Coronavirus & Other Fevers

Disclaimer : I am not seeking to endorse following only spiritual practicein lieu of following medical advice. Wash your hands, respect the elderly and immune compromised and remember to be kind to one another in this trying time.

A Prayer for Healing and Protection from Fevers

The below prayer comes from Ancient Christian Magic: Coptic Texts of Ritual Power edited by Marvin W Meyer and Richard Smith. It was originally a long narrow peice of papyrus, folded and tied to be worn easily as an amulet. In this version, the prayer is used a petition paper, for a Southern Folk Magic style mojo bag.

♰ Flee, hateful spirit! Christ pursues you, the son of God and the holy spirit have overtaken you. O God of the sheep-pool, deliver from evil your servant NN whom (mother’s name) bore. ♰ In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. All things where made through Him and without Him was not anything that was made. O Lord, ♰ Christ, son and Word of the living God, who heals every disease and every infirmity, also heal and watch over NN whom (mother’s name) bore, and chase away and banish from them every fever and every evil. Pray through the intercession of our Lady, the Mother of God, and the glorious Archangels, and the holy and glorious apostle and evangelist and theologian John, and St Serenus and St Philoxenos and St Victor and St Justus and all the saints. For your name, O Lord God, have I invoked the name that is wonderful and exceedingly glorious and fearful to your adversaries, Amen ♰

Directions to Prepare the Charm Bag

Soak the paper with 4 Thieves vinegar, praying Pslams 114 and 115 (Psalm 116 in KJV) as you do. Let it dry, write the prayer, praying it aloud as you write it. Fold 3 times toward you (in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit). Put in a flannel bag with dill seed, rosemary and hyssop. Breathe life into the charm bag, asking for protection from disease in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Tie up the bag with 7 knots, attach a cross medal (or alternatively one of Christ, the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Archangel Raphael, St Sebastian or any other saint associated with healing) to the end of the yarn you use to tie off the charm bag. Feed the charm bag with a few drops of Flordia Water, carefully pass the bag through a candle flame to warm it, and then pass through frankincense smoke to fix it. Finally place the completed charm bag under an upturned bowl; dress a white candle with a Blessing or Healing oil, place the candle on top of the bowl and light it. Pray the Rosary, using the Glorious Mysteries; allow the candle and incense to burn themselves out. Carry and sleep with the charm bag for the next 7 days to attune it to you.

Sources: Ancient Christian Magic: Coptic Texts of Ritual Power edited by Marvin W Meyer and Richard Smith

Power and Success With the Pslams by Donna Rose

Hoodoo Herb and Root Magic by Catherine Yronwode

The Art of Making Mojos by Catherine Yronwode

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!

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

A Protective Ward with St Michael the Archangel

Here is a simple protective spell, with layers of protection and plenty of tools to feed the spirits to work their roles.

St Michael’s candle is surrounded by a base of a trio of cleansing/banishing herbs as well as the materia for fiery wall of protection. The candle is anointed with Abramelin Holy Oil and dressed with fiery wall of protection. Pslam 92 verses 12-15 and the Prayer to St Michael the Archangel are prayed over the candle to bless it and charge it Michael’s protection.

The idea behind this is as you light the candle and say your prayer to Michael, you are essentially asking Michael to “guard the gates”, with the spell staying active so long as the candle is lit. I typically use this an extra protective measure when doing work with Santisima Muerte or the Dead.

Recipes

Cleansing/Banishing: Rue, basil, rosemary

Fiery Wall of Protection: sea salt, frankincense, myrrh, dragon’s blood, ginger, cinnamon

The Bible as Grimorie

It is often overlooked in our modern times, that ALL magickal traditions in Europe (and countless other traditions worldwide) have been impacted by Christianity. Regardless of your personal beliefs or feelings about the Bible, Christianity, or its adherents; it is absolutely impossible to deny that the Bible has been one of the most influential books in human history. The tenets, beliefs, and symbols of the Bible are inextricably interwoven into the fabric of our society, whether we like it or not.

Over the last thousand years, the vast majority of European magick workers, sorcerers, conjurers, and cunning folk were Christians. The same holds true in America.

Practitioners of folk magick, alchemy, rootwork, hoodoo, conjure, powwow, hexcraft, Appalachian granny magick, Ozark Mountain magick, spiritualism and mysticism have been overwhelmingly Christian since the days of the Puritans. Even the renowned and beloved Voodoo Queen of New Orleans, Marie Laveau, was a devout Catholic who attended Mass daily.

While every one of these traditions has also preserved remnants of pre-Christian beliefs and practices from their respective countries of origin, over the last 1000 years, elements of Christianity have also been uniquely preserved and incorporated into the various practices as a whole.

As practitioners of magick, many of us are eager to connect with our pre-Christian roots, often completely overlooking a wealth of information that our most recent predecessors considered essential.

The Bible has been used as talisman, divination tool, and spell sourcebook for generations. The book of Psalms has served as an ancient magic formulary in countless magick traditions. The power of the words, psalms, and prayers in the Bible, as well as its sacred holiness as an object, made it the most widely used magickal resource across the social and cultural spectrum for the past 1000 years.

Some observations on the Psalms:

1.There is something about how they’re written, the word choice and tone that makes them
A.) Powerful and charged with the right emotions
B.) Evocative of the correct neurolinguistic concepts, thus tapping into the desired archetypal energies, thus very precise and deliberate in their effect, and acting as any good spell should as a direct code of language, energy and intention
2. The bible is written in a language that not only meets the above criteria but is distinct enough from contemporary speech to render it unique, and thus has written into it a psychological separation acting as a neurolinguistic anchor to the state desired
3. The bible and it’s concepts and thought forms have the energy of the bulk of the population feeding them energy, which is largely untapped , ripe to be hijacked via syncretic integration into more holistic and driven beleif systems
4. The bible is one of the most common books on the face of the planet, making it easily the most accessible book of spells on earth.

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

Archaic Goetia and authentically ‘traditional’ witchcraft

“In other news, I’ll debate the relative virtues of Archaic Goetia and authentically ‘traditional’ witchcraft when someone clarifies how they differ.” -Jake Stratton-Kent

In defense of this argument, I present to you this treasure, first shared with me by my dear friend (and the ever knowledgeable) Sfinga of With Cunning & Command, LIBELLUS VENERI NIGRO SACER, The Consecrated Little Book of Black Venus. 6 chthonic spirits, ruled by a black Venus… this sounds rather Witchmother to me!
I’d also like to point out the prevalence of the Grand Grimorie and the Book of Saint Cyprian that are embedded within traditional Mexican brujeria.
The essay “Infernal Conjure Craft” by Chad Barber published in Conjure Codex I from Hadean Press is a fine example of how this works in practice.