Rosarium Imperatrix Inferni

“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.
Amen

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.

English Prayers

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.
Amen.

Memorare

Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who fled to thy protection, implored thy help, or sought thy intercession was left unaided. Inspired with this confidence, I fly to thee, O Virgin of virgins, my Mother; to thee do I come; before thee I 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.

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.

ECCLESIA LUCIS ET UMBRAE

Review: Balkan Folk Magic: Zmaj by Katarina Pejovic

My interest in the traditional witchcraft and folklore of the Balkans began a few years ago, when I was blessed to stumble upon Balkan Traditional Witchcraft by Radomir Ristic. In the book, Radomir describes what is very much a living tradition, one that had evolved and adapted over time yet nevertheless maintained very ancient roots. While I cannot claim to practice the traditional witchcraft of the Balkans, the concepts and lore I discovered from reading what little is available (mainly the works of Radomir Ristic, and Thracian Magic by Georgi Mishev) has inspired my own practice greatly, particularly the concept that another person doesn’t make you a witch, rather the spirits themselves do. One such being found within Balkan folklore is the zmaj, a kind of dragon spirit entirely unlike the beasts slain by St. George and St Michael. Very little is said of the zmaj in the works of Radomir Ristic, the newest release in the Guides to the Underworld series from Hadean Press aims to address that.

The zmaj are dragons descended from the stars in the form of meteors and lightning bolts, transforming the animals, spirits, and landscapes they embrace. The zmaj is not only a powerful protector of the people but a mythic ancestor. They are known for their legendary lust, they marry young virgins, teach them witchcraft, and sire offspring known as the zmajevit: humans with zmaj souls. Syncretized with the Nephilim and protected by the Prophet Elijah, many of Serbia’s most distinguished tsars, princes, and knights are counted among their ranks, with songs of their zmaj heritage still sung to this day. Author Katarina Pejovic brings this lore to English speaking audiences for the first time. While short, she weaves together a fascinating overview of the folklore, granting a rare insight into a culture where witchcraft and belief in the spirits never died.

It is said much of the genesis of the Dragon Book of Essex was inspired by Andrew Chumbley’s friendship and magical work with Radomir Ristic, that the work is to an extent built upon zmaj lore. While I cannot confirm this, I can say that this booklet will give lore to consider. There are no workings, no rituals, and no spells in this work. A relationship with the zmaj is a highly personal one as the lore shows.

Of course, we are outsiders to this culture, we cannot simply barge in and demand access to their magic. However there is much lore to consider involving the zmaj and certain saints. The Balkan peninsula is a heavily Orthodox Christian region, here Christanity sits side by side with a belief in spirits and witchcraft. Perhaps through certain Saints, one may gain a glimpse of these magnificent spirits. To that end, Katarina has graciously shared a traditional Balklan prayer and spell to St. Marina.

A Prayer to St Marina

Oh, holy great martyr Marina, you were a living fire of faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, and because of this faith you joyfully and fearlessly died and stood up to receive the wreath of martyrdom from the Lord Himself. With your holy actions, you have shown for all time that the greatest enemy of our salvation can be overcome – the body and the devil. Therefore, the Lord has rewarded you with a great power to help us in our many troubles, especially in the battle against the evil demonic forces. For this reason, we who are full of sin and helpless approach you, Holy Marina, and we ask your gracious help. Help us to overcome our body, which inflicts us in countless ways and which, at every turn, is making us to err and sin. Through our prayers, the Lord makes us stand up from the muddy clay in which we roam and purify ourselves from all physical impurities through deep and sincere repentance, so that we can walk enflamed along the path of salvation.
But we even beg you to help us in this difficult and bloody, invisible struggle, which we fight against the demons of evil and who deceive us and lead us into sin, even though we are often not aware of it. Therefore, with all the holy prayers from the heavenly heights, drive away all the demons who engulf the pitfalls around us and take us out of the path towards salvation. With their malice and cunning they sowed in us the pride, selfishness, hatred, envy, evil, power, pity, and all other passions that have come to us in our midst.
Therefore, with your fiery prayer, Martyr Marina, chase out all those passions that have stumbled upon us and help us rise against them reborn through the Church of Christ, through repentance, through virtuous and pious life. Help the unbreakable fire of the love of God to burst into you, with which you so burned so intensely, to tremble over every part of your mind and to encircle your soul with constant prayer and divine ecstasy. Then the demons will flee from us with fear and will not be able to do much harm to us. May your holy prayers so revive until the end of earthly life stretching to the Upper World.
And once as souls we move through the realm of spirits, let us pass through the evil Satanic armies and enter into the light of the Empire of Heaven, where all the armies of the angels and all the saints, among whom you illuminate with your flame, the holy Marina, The Holy Trinity, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, now and forever in the ages of the ages. Amen.

A Spell

One balkan spell involves drawing a black dragon (not a zmaj but the usual european dragon with the lizard body and wings) and writing on it all the things you wish banished that are constricting you, usually in the belly. Then you pray the above prayer and as you pray the portion about her inflamed with fire while she was inside the dragon, you anoint yourself and the image with the sign of the cross in holy oil and burn the paper.

Prayer translated and spell provided by Katarina Pejovic
Purchase Balkan Folk Magic: Zmaj here.

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!

A Heretic’s Daily Consecration to the Holy Mother

(image credit – Our Lady of Fallen Stars by AzK // Shandi)

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.
Amen.

“Recommended for daily use” – Rev. TAU BARNABAS, Presiding Archbishop, ELU

Hail Mary, Empress of Hell

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.”

An Evening with Anima Sola

“On ghosts which appear at the crossroads, or souls from the spirtual world, who on a mission from God come to this corporeal world in search of orisons to be purified from the mistakes they committed in this world against the Lord our God” – On Ghosts from the Book of St. Cyprian, translated by Humberto Maggi.

I began with Psalms 68 verse 1-5 and 134 for the Exorcism & Blessing of the Working Area, fumigating with frankincense, and asperging with holy water. For “the Opening of the Rites & Workings of the Wise” I prayed Psalms 141 verses 1-2 & 104 verses 1-9 (as per the Charmer’s Psalter by Gemma Gary) followed with the fifty-first Psalm as confession (as per the Grimorium Verum). Lighting the candles upon Saint Cyprian’s altar, I prayed the Lord’s Prayer, then knocked 9 times on the altar, each time calling out “Saint Cyprian”. I then proceeded with the Sorcerer’s prayer to Saint Cyprian, with my San Cipriano amparo between my hands, asking him to guide me and protect for the work ahead. I took my amparo, as well as my Exterminator Talisman from the Book of St Cyprian: the Sorcerer’s Treasure, and placed them in a red flannel bag attached to a cord so it could be worn in the style of a lamen. I constructed a ward with St Michael the Archangel, asking him to only allow the named spirits through.

I began the chaplet for la Anima Sola at midnight (it being the hour of Saturn no less, an appropriate for contacting spirits as per la Vèritable Magie Noire) and I had Mattie’s box open on the shrine for it. (Mattie’s box being a box of grave dirt from a young lady who was killed by a drunk driver on prom night. A precious gift from my dear friend Jack Grayle, author of the Hekatæon). I began the prayers, devoutly kissing my Pardon Crucifix before each Lord’s Prayer, as to earn an extra indulgence for the dead. As I prayed, the atmosphere began to change very quickly. There were tons of chills and thumps in the room, while getting a very hot feeling inside myself, along with bursts of severe hunger pangs. As the chaplet progressed I felt her cool, and by the end she no longer felt upset about having her sleep interrupted.

As I prayed and scryed the candle flames, I had a few vivid visions of a young woman in fire, alternating with visions of Maria. The flames were the most persistent image in the ‘visions’, these visions being in the mind’s eye more so than appearing ‘externally’.

After completing the chaplet and prayers, I sat and meditated, the atmosphere haunted yet not menacing. I thanked Mattie and gave her a dismismal from the Book of Cyprian for human spirits, then closed the ritual with prayers to Maria, then Psalm 150 as thanks for blessings and answers recieved, ending with three Lord’s Prayers.

I then cleansed with a previously prepared bath of rue, basil, rosemary, hyssop, sea salt, holy water, flordia water, and cascarilla; reciting Psalm 101 “Against Evil Spirits & People” (again, the Charmer’s Psalter by Gemma Gary). I did the Holy Rosary before bed, my sleep still rather restless although dreamless.

The Book of St. Cyprian: the Sorcerer’s Treasure

“Maybe there never was a a book so coveted and searched for, neither one which arose more passions and desires to be possessed…we are talking about the Book of Saint Cyprian, popularly known as Ciprianillo.” – El Libro der San Cipriano by Felix Castro Vicente.

The Black Books of Cyprian, many of which arose from Spain and Portugal, were popularized and spread throughout the New World. Their influence ranged from North America to as far south as Brazil and would come to influence a variety of practices from traditions found there.

However the Libre de San Cipriano: Tesoro del Hechicero is considered to be a talisman in of itself, in folklore merely by possessing it one can become a sorcerer. Indeed, a brujo friend of mine has commented often on the strange synchronicites that happen more often than not from happening to own the book or from begining a devotional relationship with the sorcerous saint. I shall offer an example from my own life.

I recently ordered Humberto Maggi’s translation of the Book of St. Cyprian (which among others, contains an English translation of Tesoro del Hechicero) and recieved it on a Wednesday, along with a package of Santisima Muerte supplies from a brujo friend. I went to show it off to my friends at the Botanica Macumba. They were unfortunately closed so I went up the street a bit to a different botanica to stock up on some needed supplies. I was close by a spot were black nightshade grows so I decided to go over there and see if I might harvest some to replant. This was a spur of the moment decision, I wasn’t really sure what I was doing nor actually equipped for it. Still felt like it was ‘the right time’ to do this so I went along with it.
I get to the spot, an abandoned lot. I find they have been doing construction to the lot, there’s a large dirt mound that catches my eye. I proceed to the nightshade, noticing an empty bottle of Miracle-Gro Liquid Plant Food I can put a cutting in to take home and do so. That dirt mound kept catching my eye however and when I wonder why aloud… crow cawed thrice. I go over and find sticking out of the mound an elder tree… well what is left one the leaves still green, the tree stubbornly clinging to life. Its Wednesday, the day of Mercury. The Grimorium Vernum calls for an elder wand cut in the day and hour of Mercury. I check my planetary hours phone app. It is not the correct hour, and I find myself lacking any offering for the tree spirit. A thought occurs and I speak it aloud “I could cut it to size in the day and hour of Mercury”, crow cawed thrice again. “This piece is the perfect size, it has two small branches growing out… I could offer to transplant those as a pact to harvest it now…” again crow cawed thrice. I went to work without hesitation, pulling dirt chunks out of the way, I get to the branch I wish to harvest and in the name of the Trinity by the power and intercession of San Cipriano I broke it off stating my promise to transplant the two small branches and transfer them to the wild one day if they made it to be strong trees.

A Chaplet for Anima Sola, the Lonely Soul

The Anima Sola, Italian for “Lonely Soul”, is an image used in Italian style folk Catholic worship of the dead in Southern Italy, that has become popular in many cultures and spiritual traditions, especially Hispanic and South American ones. The image represents all the lone souls who have died in venial sin and therefore after death atone for said sins in the flames of purgatory. These poor souls are too good for Hell and are destined for Heaven, however they must suffer in fire so they can be purified before entering Paradise, as there can be no bad things in Heaven.

This chaplet is based upon the Rosary of the Seven Sorrows, also known as the Chaplet of Seven Sorrows or the Servite Rosary, a Rosary based prayer that originated with the Servite Order. This rosary was granted indulgences by Bendeict XIII in1724 and Clement XIL in 1734. These indulgences were confirmed by a decree of January 17th, 1747 and rendered applicable to souls in Purgatory. This chaplet for the Anima Sola follows this rosary closely, with the main addition being a prayer containing the Requiem Aeternam (which carries an indulgence for the dead) after each Lord’s Prayer.

This chaplet can be used as a focus for pretty much any petition to the Holy Souls in Purgatory. Suffering the intense flames of purgatory The Poor Souls welcome all prayers and in return bestow large favours and graces in gratitude for those willing to trouble themselves with prayers to cease their suffering and get them into Heaven faster.

A Suggested Basic Set Up
Print out a nice picture of the Anima Sola and frame it, or get an Anima Sola statue. Lay out a white cloth and place a crucifix at the back and place the image in front of it. You may also put images of St Michael, Madonna del Carmine,San Nicola da Tolentino, Santa Rosalia, San Padre Pio, and Santa Caterina da Genova on the space (all associated with assisting the Poor Souls). Place a white candle on the shrine along with a cool glass of water to soothe the spirits sufferings and give them a medium to travel through.

The Chaplet for Anima Sola

One begins and ends this chaplet with the De profundis (Psalm 129)

Then pray 1 Lord’s Prayer, 3 Hail Marys, a Glory Be, and a prayer to St. Michael the Archangel. Following this, you pray the Prayer for the Anima Sola and the Orison of Anima Sola.

You are now ready to begin the chaplet proper.

Holding the medal: Sign of the Cross, then Introductory Prayer

3 beads: Hail Mary

On the connector: Announce the first Sorrow, then say the Lord’s Prayer followed by the Prayer for the Anima Sola

On the 7 beads: Hail Mary

On the remaining medals: Announce the next Sorrow, then say the Lord’s Prayer followed by the Prayer for the Anima Sola. Continue with Hail Mary on each set of 7 beads

On returning to the connector: the Lord’s prayer, followed by the Prayer for the Anima Sola.

On the 3 beads returning to the medal: one Hail Mary each, in remembrance of Her tears.

Close with Orison of Anima Sola, the Memorare, Sign of the Cross, De Profundis.

The Prayers

De profundis
(Psalm 129 Out of The Depths)

Out of the depths I cry to You, O Lord;
Lord, hear my voice!
Let Your ears be attentive
to my voice in supplication:
If you, O Lord, mark iniquities,
Lord, who can stand?
But with You is forgiveness,
that You may be revered.
I trust in the Lord;
my soul trusts in His word.
My soul waits for the Lord,
more than sentinels wait for the dawn.
More than sentinels wait for the dawn,
let Israel wait for the Lord;
For with the Lord is kindness
and with Him is plenteous redemption;
And He will redeem Israel from all their iniquities.

Lord’s Prayer

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name.Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. Amen.

Hail Mary

Hail Mary, full of Grace, the Lord is with thee. Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners now, and at the hour of our death. Amen.

Glory Be

Glorybe to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

St Michael the Archangel

St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle. Be our defense against the wickedness and snares of the Devil. May God rebuke him, we humbly pray, and do thou, O Prince of the heavenly hosts, by the power of God, thrust into hell Satan, and all the evil spirits, who prowl about the world seeking the ruin of souls. Amen.

Prayer for the Anima Sola

O Lord, I offer my prayers for the salvation of the Lonely Soul. With your Divine Majesty and Love direct your Merciful Eyes to the Loney Soul, Amen

Eternal rest, grant unto them O Lord
May they rest in peace.
Amen

Orison of the Anima Sola

Hear mortal men, the cries of the imprisoned soul, alone and abandoned in a dark prison.O Anima Sola, soul of peace and war, soul of sea and of land. I desire that all that I have lost be returned.

O Anima Sola, you who are alone and abandoned, I accompany you in your grief. I take pity upon you. For I know of the grief and suffering you must endure within your harsh and long imprisonment.

I offer you this prayer and glass of water because I desire to lessen your pain and quench your thirst. Sad Soul, Lonely Soul, no one calls you, But I call you. No one looks for you, but I seek you out. No one loves you, but I adore you.No one remembers you, but I keep you in my heart.

I offer you this lit candle so that you may find your way into the light. In this moment I offer to you my meritorious labour, and all that I have suffered, suffer and will suffer in this life, even though it can never compare to yours. I humbly pray that you finish paying for your mortal sins of the flesh so that you may find the grace of God, and be lifted from your imprisonment, with your grace you shall be my benefactor.

Amen

Eternal rest, grant unto them O Lord
May they rest in peace.
Amen

Sign of the Cross
By the sign of the Cross (sign of cross over forehead), from our enemies (sign of cross over lips) deliver us O Lord (sign of cross over heart), through the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary. In the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen

Introductory Prayer

My God, I offer You this Rosary for Your glory, so I can honor your Holy Mother, the Blessed Virgin, so I can share and meditate upon her suffering. I humbly beg you to give me true repentance for all my sins. Give me wisdom and humility, so that I may receive all the indulgences contained in this prayer. O Lord, I offer this rosary for the salvation of the Lonely Soul. With your Divine Majesty and Love direct your Merciful Eyes to the Loney Soul, Amen

Eternal rest, grant unto them O Lord
May they rest in peace.
Amen

The Seven Sorrows

The First Sorrow The Prophecy of Simeon.

When Mary and Joseph present the infant Jesus in the temple, Simeon predicts that a “sword” (of sorrow) will pierce Mary’s soul.

The Second Sorrow The flight into Egypt.

When King Herod orders the death of all male children age two or younger, Mary and Joseph flee to Egypt with the infant Jesus.

The Third Sorrow The Child Jesus Lost in the Temple.

Mary and Joseph search for the child Jesus for three days, finding Him at last — after agonizing sorrow — in the temple.

The Fourth Sorrow Mary meets Jesus carrying the cross.

As Jesus makes His way to Calvary, condemned to crucifixion, He meets His mother, Mary. He is bruised, derided, cursed and defiled and her sorrow is absolute as Jesus drags His own cross up the hill of His crucifixion.

The Fifth Sorrow Mary at the foot of the cross.

Mary stands near her dying Son unable to minister to him as He cries “I thirst.” She hears Him promise heaven to a thief and forgive His enemies. His last words, “Behold your mother,” charge us to look on Mary as our mother.

The Sixth Sorrow Mary receives the body of Jesus.

Jesus is taken down from the cross and His body is placed in Mary’s arms. The passion and death are over, but for His mother, grief continues. She holds His body in her arms.

The Seventh Sorrow Mary witnesses the burial of Jesus.

The body of Jesus is laid in the tomb. Mary is alone in sorrow, awaiting the Resurrection.

the Memorare
Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who fled to thy protection, implored thy help, or sought thy intercession was left unaided. Inspired with this confidence, I fly to thee, O Virgin of virgins, my Mother; to thee do I come; before thee I kneel, sinful and sorrowful. O Mother of the Word Incarnate, despise not my petitions, but in thy mercy hear and answer me. Amen

A Protective Ward with St Michael the Archangel

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

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

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

Recipes

Cleansing/Banishing: Rue, basil, rosemary

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