This unique prayer book, compiled and edited by Rev. Yuri McGlinchey, ELU, contains a wealth of Marian themes and texts in a format patterned after the Liturgy of the Hours in honor of her obscure medieval title, the Empress of Hell. Prayers included for Lauds, Vespers, and Compline; with morning Angelic prayers, evening prayers for the Holy Souls in Purgatory, St. Bonaventure’s Psalter of the Blessed Virgin Mary, a unique Rosary devotion, and Consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, Empress of Hell.
“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.
Ave Maria mater Domini nostri Iesus Christi regina cœli domina mundi imperatrix inferni misere mei & totius populi Christiani Amen.
–Antiphon from the Saltair Mhuire, attributed to Domhnall Albannach Ó Troighthigh, in manuscript dated 1477.
Hail Mary, mother of our Lord Jesus Christ, Queen of Heaven, Lady of the World, Empress of Hell, have mercy on me and the whole of Christian people.
To speak of Mary as Empress of Hell may sound surprising and even confusing. But St. Alphonsus explains.
“Not only is the most Blessed Virgin the queen of heaven and of all saints. She is also queen of hell and of all evil spirits. For she overcame them valiantly by her virtues. From the very beginning God foretold the victory and empire that our queen would one day gain over the serpent, when he announced to him that a woman would come into the world to conquer him: “I will put enmity between you and the woman. . . . She will crush your head” (Gn 3:15). And who could this woman, his enemy, be but Mary, who by her fair humility and holy life always conquered him and beat down his strength?”
The most famous and enduring example of this, and possibly the source of the Queen of Heaven/Empress of Hell dichotomous terminology, is variations on the Theophilus legend. This is especially interesting because Theophilus is the forerunner to one Herr Doktor Faustus. In this legend/miracle story, Theophilus makes a transaction with the devil for the rights to his soul. Near death, he comes to regret his decision, and begs Mary to help him. As Mary is infinitely merciful, she does. She girds her loins for battle, descends into hell, and steals back the charter conveying Theophilus’ soul to the devil!
Possibly the most interesting part of this miracle story is Mary’s mission to hell is portrayed as warfare. The tales evoke the devil’s anger, and use language of violence and theft to describe Mary’s actions. In her guise as empress of hell–that is, more powerful even than Satan–she is not the mother of mercy, she is the “queen of vengeance.”
“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