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

Luciferian Catholicism

Lucifer

WORD ORIGIN

before 1000; Middle English, Old English < Latin: morning star, literally, light-bringing, equivalent to lūci- (stem of lūx) light + -fer -fer

noun

a proud, rebellious archangel, sometimes identified with Satan, who fell from heaven.

a title of the planet Venus when appearing as the morning star.

Catholic

WORD ORIGIN

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

adjective

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.

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