Luciferian Ancestors : Madeleine Montalban

Madeline Montalban was an accomplished occultist and ceremonial magician, an astrologer, writer, journalist and teacher who co-founded her own esoteric school of high magic called the “Order of the Morning Star” (OMS), through which she propagated her own form of Luciferianism.

Madeline was born in January 8, 1910 in Blackpool, Lancashire as Madeline Sylvia Royals. her father Willie Royals was an insurance agent while her mother Marion Neruda (nee´ Shaw) was a tailor’s daughter from Oldham, Lancashire. Her parents married on the 28th June 1909, which was followed by Madeline’s birth seven months later. Little is known about her early life, schooling and education etc, although she appears to have had a strained relationship with her parents. During her youth she was afflicted with a virulent strain of the polio disease, which left her with a lifelong withered leg and a pronounced limp. As a child she suffered from ill-health and led a lonely existence with only the company of strict parents. According to her biography (published in 2012 by Julia Philips,) during bouts of illness and while bedridden and convalescing, she took to reading literature and enjoyed the works of Bulwer Lytton, H. Rider Haggard and E.T.A. Hoffman.  She also avidly read the Bible, particularly texts from the Old Testament, and later said that trying to understand the esoteric meanings of its myths eventually led her to the occult path. She believed they contained secret messages, a theme that became central to her later Luciferian beliefs. In her opinon the Old Testament was a book of magic and the New Testament a book of mysticism.

In the early 1930s, she left Blackpool, and moved south to London. Although she made the acquaintance of many of London’s leading occultists such as Aleister Crowley, Austin Osman Spare, Kenneth Grant and Gerald Gardner, she decided not to follow any particular path or leader and develop her own system of magic. Here in London she in 1933 wrote her first article on astrology for the popular London Life magazine entitled The Stars in the Heavens. She continued to write for that magazine until 1953, during which time she used a number of pseudonyms including: Madeline Alvarez, Dolores del Castro, Michael Royals, Regina Norcliff and Athene Deluce. From February 1947, she also wrote a regular astrological column entitled You and Your Stars under the name of Nina de Luna. Her main pseudonym “Madeline Montalban” was based upon the name of her favourite film star, the Mexican actor Ricardo Montalbán.

By the end of the 1930’s, Madeline was living in Grays Inn Road, Holborn, where in 1939 she married a press photographer George Edward North. Madeline bore him a daughter, Rosanna, but their relationship later deteriorated and he eventually left her for another woman. She would later inform friends that during the Second World War her husband had served as an officer in the Royal Navy while she served in the Women’s Royal Naval Service (WRNS). Gerald Gardner later claimed that when he first met Madeline during the war she was wearing a WRNS uniform and that she allegedly worked as a “personal clairvoyant and psychic advisor” to Lord Louis Mountbatten.

After the war, Madeline continued to work as a writer/journalist in London using an array of pseudonyms, and from February 1947 under the name of Nina del Luna, she penned a regular astrological column in the London Life magazine entitled You and Your Stars. She also undertook freelance work and in the late 1940’s was approached by Michael Houghton (aka Michael Juste) to edit a manuscript for Gerald Gardner’s novel High Magic’s Aid, later published in 1949. Houghton owned the famous Atlantis bookshop in Museum Street, London (located opposite the British Museum), which he had founded in 1922. He had a temple in the basement of the shop from where he ran his own magical group “the Order of Hidden Masters”. Madeline by this time had become a regular visitor to the shop.

In August 1953, Madeline stopped writing for the London Life magazine and from then until her death in 1982 wrote articles on Astrology, Magic and Tarot for one of the country’s leading esoteric magazine Prediction. Starting with a series on using tarot cards, from May 1960 she was employed to write a regular astrological column. Through her articles in Prediction, Madeline soon began receiving correspondence from people seeking further occult information, some she invited to meet at her home and they became her private students. In 1956, she co-founded the “Order of the Morning Star” (OMS) with her partner Nicolas Heron. After her relationship with Heron ended in 1964, Madeline returned to London and for awhile occupied a flat at 8 Holly Hill in Hampstead, which was owned by the husband of one of her OMS students, the Latvian exile and poet Velta Snikere.

In 1966 she moved again and settled into a flat at Queen Alexandra Mansions, 3 Grape Street in St. Giles Circus, Holborn, from where she continued to run and develop the OMS. Grape Street is a few yards walk from the famous Atlantis bookshop and the British Museum. The building, with turrets, balconies and leaded windows the flat seemed out of place in modem London. Michael Howard recounts “Inside this otherworldly effect was heightened by the flat’s unusual antique furnishings and glassfronted cabinets and bookcases full of occult curios and arcane books dating back to the 19th century. Candles and incense were continually burning adding to the atmosphere. It was the most haunted place I have ever been in. Staying the night in the guest room was always a daunting experience, as you lay awake until the early hours listening to ghostly footsteps padding down the hall and the doorknobs rattling. During the day the place was alive with elementals, that you could just vaguely glimpse out of the corner of your eye as small darting shadows, as Madeline was not one for banishing spirits. She took it all in her stride and was ever youthful.”

She said that much of her occult knowlege had been gained by “years of study in dusty libraries and museums.” The key to her success as a magus and occult teacher was how she managed to synthesis ancient Chaldean stellar lore with Egyptian mythology, the medieval sorcery of the grimoires, the natural magic of the Renaissance and a Luciferian gnosis. Her primary major sources for her magical system were the Chaldean Oracles, the Picatrix and Corpus Hermeticum, the Heptameron of Peter d’Abano, Agrippa’s Occult Philosophy; Sir Francis Barratt’s The Magus, The Key of Solomon, The Book of Abramelin the Mage and the Enochian system of Dr John Dee. Much of her practical magical and occult work was similar to the traditional practices of the old cunning folk. It used the minimum of magical props – a candle, some incense, a relevant Tarot card or two, some magical sigils and an incantation written on virgin parchment in one of the magical alphabets, and a few coins.

Describing herself as a “pagan”, Montalban’s personal faith was Luciferian in basis, revolving around the veneration of Lucifer, or Lumiel, whom she considered to be a benevolent angelic being who had aided humanity’s development. Within her Order, she emphasised that her followers discover their own personal relationship with the angelic beings, including Lumiel. Montalban considered astrology to be a central part of her religious worldview, and always maintained that one could be a good magician only if they had mastered astrology. Her correspondence course focused around the seven planetary bodies that were known in the ancient world and the angelic beings that she associated with them: Michael (Sun), Gabriel (Moon), Samael (Mars), Raphael (Mercury), Sachiel (Jupiter), Anael (Venus) and Cassiel (Saturn). Each of these beings was in turn associated with certain days, hours, minerals, plants, and animals, each of which could be used in the creation of talismans that invoked the angelic power. Montalban disliked the theatrical use of props and rites in ceremonial magic, such as that performed by the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn, preferring a more simplistic use of ritual. Madeline believed a lot of nonsense was talked about initiations into this or that magical lodge or high degree. She believed that the most important initiations did not take place behind the doors of humanmade temples. To her life was the Great Initiation and that is why we were incarnated on Earth as it was a
training school for souls.

Madeline passed to spirit on January 11, 1982 after a long struggle against cancer. This condition had been helped by her love of Woodbine cigarettes and cheap Spanish wine, but Madeline was a down-to-earth person with human flaws like anyone else. She once told a journalist: “I cannot stand those so-called ‘magicians’ who treat the whole thing as an intellectual exercise – not smoking, not drinking, being strictly vegetarian . . . that is nonsense. Magic should make life easier. That’s what it is all about!”

When she died in 1982, copyright to all her writings and the OMS correspondence course passed on to her daughter Rosanna. After her funeral, Rosanna approached occult author Jo Sheridan, had worked for Prediction from 1959 through the early sixties, during which time she had edited many of Madeline’s articles, and asked if she and her husband Alfred Douglas (a student of Montalban, author of the book The Tarot: the origins, meaning and uses of the cards, a work heavily inspired by Madeline’s teachings) would be willing to continue her mother’s work. As well as being authors themselves, Jo and Alfred had the practical skills needed to keep the School and correspondence course going. Jo and Alfred happily agreed and a contract was drawn up, modelled on a standard publisher’s contract, under which they were given exclusive “World Rights” to publish Madeline’s correspondence course. There was also a written agreement between them and the executors of Madeline’s Will, authorising them to publish Madeline’s works.

In the 1980s, Jo Sheridan (aka Patricia Douglas) opened an alternative therapy centre situated in Church Street, Stoke Newington, North London, before she and her husband Alfred retired to Rye, East Sussex in 2002, from where she ran the OMS correspondence course until her death in 2011. Since then Alfred Douglas has run the OMS and its correspondence course, which continues today.

In his 2002 article on Madeline for the Cauldron, Michael Howard mistakeningly mentioned that the Order she had started did not survive her death. However he noted “The Order of the Morning Star still operates on the inner planes. As such its ‘temple not made with human hands’ can be contacted in the astral realms by those with an open mind and an open heart who sincerely seek the mysteries of the Elder Gods and
contact with Lord Lumiel and his ‘fallen angels’. This is Madeline’s legacy to modem occultism and one for which she will always be remembered long after the last of her earthly students has passed to the Land of the Summer Stars.”

Sources

Michael Howard; Teachings of the Light: Madeline Montalban and the Order of the Morning Star; published in the Luminous Stone: Lucifer in Western Esotericism editied by Daniel Schulke and Michael Howard; Three Hands Press 2016

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Madeline_Montalban

http://www.the-cauldron.org.uk/Resources/MagusStGiles.pdf

http://www.sheridandouglas.co.uk/oms/

Julia Phillips; Madeline Montalban, the Magus of St. Giles; Neptune Press 2012

Rosarium Christus Rex Infernus

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

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

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


Rosarium Christus Rex Infernus

Open with – the Sign of the Cross

On the Crucifix-

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

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

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

Offering of the Precious Blood

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

Our Father, Hail Mary, and Glory Be

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

Closing Prayer

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

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

Act Of Thanksgiving

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

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

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!

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.

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.