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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.
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 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
(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)
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.
“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
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.
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.
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.
Lucia was born in 283 to a noble family in the city of Siracusa, Sicily. Her father was a Roman, but he died when she was 5 years old. Her mother, Eutychia was of Greek origin. When Lucia’s mother became ill, she went on a pilgrimage with her mother, in 300, to Catania, to St. Agatha’s tomb to seek a cure for her.
Her mother was cured, and when Lucia saw this, she became a Christian, and took a vow of virginity, vowed her life to Christ, and gave away her dowry to the poor. Her mother, not aware of Lucy’s vow, offered her hand in marriage to a pagan young man. The groom became offended when Lucia turned him down, and took his case to Paschasius, the Governor of Siracusa, claiming Lucia was a witch. Paschasius tried to convince her to marry her groom, but she refused. Then he ordered her to be carried to a brothel, but she became so heavy that even oxen could not move her. Later she was tarred, put on the stake to be burned to death, her eyes were removed by the executioner, and she was stabbed with a dagger, yet she did not die. When the priest was called, she finally took her last breath. (Another legend says she plucked out her own eyes because a suitor admired them.)
Other than that, not much is known about her life. She believed in God and she died for her beliefs. In the 6th century, she was declared a saint, patroness of the blind and those with eye trouble.
Her name comes of the Latin word lux, which means light; therefore she is also remembered as a “bearer of light”. That is why her feast day was placed on December 13th, which at the time was the shortest day of the year. (With the change of calendars from the Julian to the Gregorian in 1582, several days were added, so that the solstice now occurs on December 21st or 22nd). Lucy the Lightbringer rules that longest night. It is considered an optimum time for magic spells, divination and spiritual activity. In Austria, Lucy’s Light is a folk name for second sight—psychic ability.
Was Lucy a martyr or a witch? We remember her as both, but in some folklore she is considered mostly a witch.
Her feast day is important during Advent but also popularly appears amongst several different folkloric accounts involving werewolves and witches. In Sweden the Santa Lucia’s night originated in an older tradition of Lussinata, the beginning of a 12 day period ending on Yule whose nights were haunted by the Lussi, a nocturnal demon or witch who would punish and snatch ill behaved children or disappear anyone caught outside on her nights. Likewise she was joined on these nights by the Lussiferda, a host of trolls, goblins and restless spirits who wandered about with her.
Her feast is one of the Ember days of the liturgical calendar, which according again to Honorius (or the anonymous author of the magical manual of attributed to this pope) makes her feast an apt time for the conjuring and binding of demons. In Christendom the Ember days are weeks set for fasting and prayer occurring seasonally. Given the prerequisite of devout prayer, confession, and fasting prior to conjuration that is called for in many of the grimoires there is little reason to wonder why these particular weeks would be chosen for the timing of such magical workings. The ritual tasks of the necromancer would not appear suspicious or out of place, given the context of the liturgical calendar and popular observances.
The other Ember days include one in the spring, typically beginning the first Sunday of Lent, one in the Summer after Pentecost, one after the Exaltation of the Cross in September and finally after St. Lucia’s feast. Another interesting appearance of the Ember days appears in the confession of the 17th century Livonian werewolf, Thiess of Kaltenbrun. Thiess, an octogenarian at the time of his confession and trials claimed that on three nights a year: Saint’s Lucy’s, Pentecost, and Saint John’s, that he and others he called the “Hounds of God” would become werewolves and descend into Hell to return with grain and livestock stolen by the Devil and his witches. When their battles were won the werewolves would ensure a bountiful harvest, but on the years where they suffered losses, it assured famine. Thiess’ account, along with the account of the Benandanti of Friuli (see Night Battles by Carlo Ginzburg) is believed to show a rare glimpse into an ancient agrarian cult that at on point was possibly common across central Europe, and preserved by a few in their observances on these now Christian holy days. For more on the connection between werewolves and witches in popular, and historical record, see the works of Claude Lecouteux, particularly Witches, Werewolves and Fairies: Shapeshifters and Astral Doubles in the Middle Ages.
Her patronage over sight and the eyes makes her an excellent saint to call upon in to aid in the ability to see the unseen, as well as the ability to heal diseases and afflictions of the eye, including that of the Evil Eye. Here we close with a novena to this blessed saint. Beginning on the night of December 4th on a clean space draped in white, ideally with a cross and icon of Saint Lucia, offer a white seven-day candle and frankincense alongside the orison we have included below along with the recipe for a psychic vision oil. This is a time to ask for her intercession and protection as well as to make magica materia, such as the Holy Vision oil, to be consecrated and blessed by the devotion of these nine nights of vigil held in her honor and by the power of her spirit descending upon it by the grace of the Holy Trinity and Queen of All-Saints, the Blessed Virgin. On the 8th night prepare a dough for a traditional sweet bread made for her night, to be baked and offered on the 9th and final night of her novena.
May the Lord and all his saints keep you in health and high spirits, and in this time of year when night predominates, may the fire your eyes burn bright and all the shades and horrors of winter be dispelled by the light and majesty of Saint Lucy!
Salve! Sancta virgo et martyr beatissimus, ora pro nobis.
Saint Lucia’s Holy Vision Oil
You will need:
- Frankincense resin
- Myrrh resin
- Star Anise
- 2 blue Evil Eye charms
- Olive oil
Crush and macerate the Frankincense, Myrrh, and Eyebright in some olive oil. Place this in a glass container and pour in more oil, enough to cover the crushed mixture. Let this sit for the duration of the novena on the altar of Saint Lucia.
In a new container place a few pieces of Mugwort, Wormwood, Star Anise, Frankincense, Eyebright, Myrrh and two blue Evil Eye charms. Strain the oil from the first container into the new one with the whole herbs and resins. The result should be rich-colored oil with a fragrant scent with a few pieces of resin, root, and herb.
The Orison of St. Lucia
Oh Saint Lucia thou preferred to have thy eyes gouged and torn than deny thy faith.
Oh Saint Lucia the pain of having thy eyes torn was not greater than the one of denying Christ. And as an extraordinary miracle He gave thee new eyes, healthy and perfect, to reward thee for thy virtue and faith.
Protector from illnesses of the eyes I plead to thee to bless this oil, to grant the second sight and to protect from the Evil Eye, so as thou may protect my sight and heal the illness of my eyes.
Oh Saint Lucia protect the light of my eyes, so I may see the beauty of creation, the light of the Sun, the color of the flowers, the smiling of children. Protect also the eyes of my soul, of my faith, through which I can see my God and learn His teachings so as I may learn with thee and always refer to thee.
Saint Lucia protect my eyes and preserve my faith.
Saint Lucia protect my eyes and preserve my faith.
Saint Lucia give me light and discernment.
Saint Lucia give me light and discernment.
Saint Lucia pray for us.
Here is a recipe for a traditional holiday bread for St Lucy’s Night:
“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.
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.
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.
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.
before 1000; Middle English, Old English < Latin: morning star, literally, light-bringing, equivalent to lūci- (stem of lūx) light + -fer -fer
a proud, rebellious archangel, sometimes identified with Satan, who fell from heaven.
a title of the planet Venus when appearing as the morning star.
1300–1350; Middle English < Latin catholicus < Greek katholikós general, equivalent to kathól(ou) universally (contraction of phrase katà hólou according to the whole; see cata-, holo-) + -ikos -ic
broad or wide-ranging in tastes, interests, or the like; having sympathies with all; broad-minded; liberal.
universal in extent; involving all; of interest to all.
pertaining to the whole Christian body or church.
Ah the outrage a meme can inspire. Perhaps the word play went over some people’s heads. A heated argument in grand internet fashion naturally ensued. This somehow got mangled in the course of the discussion into ‘Christian Satanism’, thereby showing not only a lack of reading comprehension (considering the orginal post is about Luciferianism and never mentions Satanism but I suppose to some they equate to the same) but also a lack of understanding of the concept and history of Satan, ie it is a thoroughly Christian invention (Quick primer on Satan, The Christian concept of him can be found in the Dead Sea Scrolls found in Qumran which Paul directly refers back to by calling him Belial. However the Early Christians most likely viewed him as the leader of the Children of Darkness, our modern ideas are based off of dogma implemented by much later councils, long after the establishment of the Church. This is a topic outside the scope of this blog post, much of my knowlege of this comes from The Origin of Satan: How Christians Demonized Jews, Pagans, and Heretics by Elaine Pagels) ergo to be a Satanist is to buy into Christianity to an extent.
The idea of a Lucferian Catholicism or Catholic witchcraft is not a strange one, these ideas are pretty common in historic ‘traditional’ European witchcraft, particularly of the Iberian and Italian variety (or much New World witchcraft for that matter) where we find the deliberate masking of Gods and spirits as Saints, both to hide in plain sight and also to harness the collective power of belief in that Saint. We find the working of the Left Hand through the Right. St Peter Lord of the Keys becomes Lord of the Crossroads, St Catherine becomes Dama Fortuna, the Madonna is the Witchmother herself, and Lucifer is revealed to be the Light of the Christos. This is a witchcraft born of Unity not duality, and requires us to abandon preconceived notions, to dare to gaze beyond the mask and see what lies behind the veil.
There is a long standing tradition, especially in groups like the Clan of Tubal Cain and Cultus Sabbati, in using names as symbols to elude to different aspects of the divine and to tear down the illusion of duality. So the point here is that Lucifer/Lumiel and Christ are one and the same God and Devil, it’s part of the mystery. The point is that both the Right and Left hand paths are illusions as they both lead back to the Monad. Historically speaking, Christianity most likely started off as a mystery religion by Hellenized Jews, and the religion as we have recieved it in the modern era is quite distant from its roots! Christianity has never been one static set of beliefs, they have changed and evolved over time just like any other.
Regarding the Mysteries, and speaking from personal experience and gnosis the ordeal of the Rite of the Sacred Waters of the Moon was very ‘Passion of the Christ’ esque. The crucifixion is the sacrifice of the lower self to the higher self, or the sacrifice of one’s self to ONE Self. The descent into hell is the underworld initation, the resurrection is our rebirth, the assumption into heaven is our ascent into the emperyan spheres.
Some seem to be content to accept American Protestantism/Evangelicalism as the default Christanity. I’m rather certain heretics such as I are anathema to Evangelicals and the like but I digress. I’d daresay the Church of Man has failed the Spiritual Church… and we are here to do the Devil’s work.
As ‘success be thy proof’ was brought up in the conversation, I thought it might be fruitful to share some of the successes of my work.
3 years ago – I began to take my witchcraft practice seriously for the first time since I was a teenager. No more endlessly reading books, it was time to get off the armchair and into the circle. I begin to pray nightly to the Queen of Witches, and practicing various LHP Luciferian oriented rituals. The results in hindsight were rather lackluster, some interesting phenomenon, nothing spectacular until…. One night I dream of a feminine black clad reaper.That Saturday, I decided to take the left path out of the cemetery I was doing meditations in at the time. Three blocks down the road there is a man rebuilding a public shrine… a shrine to Santisima Muerte, the Mexican folk Catholic Saint of Death. My jaw goes slack as a deep sense of deju vu triggers and I know beyond any shadow of a doubt that this is the spirit I dreamt of. I soon am invited to private chaplet for Her. I am most disappointed in the Catholic framework; after all I’m a Luciferian and I certainly don’t need this religion of the oppressive Shepard! Still I cannot deny what I felt in that room. I dream of Her again, get invited to another chaplet. I purchase my first statue. I try to deCatholic Her veneration. My floor, where I built her first shrine, gets set on fire as la Negra’s candle decides to fall over. I begin to approach Her within the context I was taught at the New Orleans Chapel, Michael and the Virgin are added to the altar which is now on a table. No more disasters. I continue to attend private chaplets for Her even as I dive into a tradition of revealed witchcraft via talismanic grimories centering on Hekate and Lucifer.
2 years ago
Via my connection to the SM Chapel here I get invited into a Quimbanda house that had begun to form here. To backtrack a bit, I moved to NOLA in 2005 hoping to get initated into vodou. My first job here, at an occult shop no less, introduced me to Exu and Pomba Gira. I was enthralled but held back by a lack of English resources and a lack of local practioners as Quimbanda, like other ATRs, is an oral tradition, one cannot learn it out of a book. Over time I meet various practioners of ‘New Orleans Vodou’ and pretty quickly learn that term is misleading, its simply Haitian vodou practiced in New Orleans, New Orleans vodou is just a marketing term. Fast forward to 2017 and I’m blown away by this invitation. And there at the top of the tronco…. is St Michael, the Archangel as the Maioral. I begin to move away from the grimories I had been using and approaching things via the Greek Magical Papyri, folklore and more ‘traditional’ forms of witchcraft. Santisima Muerte devotion quickly forms the core of my work. San Cipriano starts to pop up more and more….
1 year ago
I began a devotional relationship with San Cipriano, and watched my spellwork improve almost overnight. I pray to Santisima Muerte to introduce me to a real practioner of brujeria so I may learn more of her traditions, within the week I’m on the phone with a brujo from the RGV furiously scribbling notes. I finally do la Tributa with Santisima Muerte to see if I can move from devotee to worker. She says yes. Knowing damn well nothing is free with Her, I ask what She wants from me in return. I dream of helping a friend who now runs the NOLA chapel baptise and bless Santisima Muerte statues, rosaries etc. Said friend has apostolic succession via the EGC, divination confirms that receiving apostolic succession is what she wants. I begin researching how one might do so, she rejects the Gnostic lineages I present to her. Soon I discover the ELU… and she heartily approves. I begin doing the catchehumane work…. Upon the very first new moon of the work, the omen I had been waiting for for over a year to begin the Rite of the Sacred Waters of the Moon, aka the Toad Bone Rite, triggers.
Not long after, The Archbishop of the ELU makes an announcement regarding “recognizing time in grade” – or what we might call “credit for life experience.” based on his expierences with his “Great Grandfather in Zen” Seungsahn.
What this meant was that if you’d already been practicing for a year or so in another zen school, and he met you and you weren’t *too* crazy or creepy, he’d make you a dharma teacher on the spot. He said that people didn’t want to go to a dharma center with only other beginners – they wanted a teacher there, and that “the good ones” (who received the on-the-spot promotion) would work that much harder to be deserving of the responsibility.
The announcement continued “For those who make it to the Great Sabbat – contingent on “life experience,” members will receive 1st Degree Baptism and some also 2nd Degree Confirmation. Some will receive 3rd Degree ordination to the Diaconate, and some may be ordained directly to the priesthood.
This will be based on previous experience, meeting you, and your acceptance of the invitation to advancement.”
I pray to Santisima, asking her to aid in attaining the priesthood should it be her will…
With Praise and Thanksgiving to the DIVINE the ECCLESIA LUCIS ET UMBRAE joyfully announces the Ordination of MX. YURI MCGLINCHEY to the SACRED ORDER OF PRIESTHOOD through the imposition of hands and the invocation of the Holy Spirit, by The Most Rev. TAU BARNABAS, Presiding Archbishop, ELU on Sunday, the third of May, two thousand twenty, during the first annual GREAT SABBAT retreat of our Ecclesia.
“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!
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.
“Recommended for daily use” – Rev. TAU BARNABAS, Presiding Archbishop, ELU