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Necromancy: Rite of Helios – Shadowmancy Revisited Part 1b

Way back in the first post we touched a bit on the subject of shadowmancy as one of the many aspect of necromancy as a whole. We spoke about the Helios Rite in PGM and the steps required to gain access to one’s shadow and make a servitor. This past Summer Solstice, I decided to perform the rite as best I could to test this operation. I didn’t know what to expect. Maybe a shadow person will show up like PGM mentions after the rite is properly performed? I know I did a lot of mistakes but that’s how we learn. That’s how I have learned why certain practices are performed and why others of not or even if they are relevant anymore. There’s a method to my madness.

I read and reread the relevant PGM chapters and verses. It was pretty straight forward. Go to a place that’s deserted so no one will bother you. Face towards the rising sun. Bring with you an offering and carry everything in a new fiberweave basket. It makes no mention of what to wear or dress as. I am assuming anything white and made of cotton or linen is best. With a red cord, tie two feathers to either side of your head. A falcon on one side and an ibis feather on the other. I used a red scarf and hawk feather I found when I was in AZ and painted a turkey feather to best imitate an ibis feather.

I looked like an idiot. The offering I made was oatmeal with black berries and black sesame seeds. Some ingredients were missing.  I don’t know what thrion is, snd I had no time or money to go get beets. I did this totally on a whim. A spur of the moment. Why? I don’t know why but I felt compelled to. It was like, “if you want to do this, you have to do this now or wait until next year.” It says nothing in the PGM about what season or part of the year to do this particular operation just so you know.

I took with me a beach blanket, statue of Horus, my keys, my phone, the printed out PGM rite, the offering in a gourd, sage, a lighter, wood box, and sea shell to the park across the street from my apartment. Secluded but hardly deserted. I live in the city. The city. NYC. I would have to go upstate to reach the deserted level. Everyone knows that’s crazy with a newborn next to you. My husband agreed to watch Vincent for an hour or so while I was out doing this experiment.

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So I left for the park, first giving a kiss to my baby then my husband. Once at the park, I set up shop. According to PGM it was to be done at the sixth hour of the day. I realized the night before it didn’t mean 6am like I had thought it meant. I was thinking like a modern person. First light or sunrise would be the first hour of the day. So noon or 1pm would be more accurate. On a petrified tree stump I placed my Horus statue. I rolled out the beach blanket making sure I was under the sun.

I gave sage to the area. I sat to mediate and clear my head. Then I followed the instructions on PGM. I read the Helios preliminary prayer. Half way through I realized, “oh shit! Half the prayer is missing! Not translated? Lost to history? How am I going to finish this?” I winged it by using names for Helios from Picatrix trying to remember as best I could. Still didn’t help when it came to herbs, animals, trees, stones, etc. for each hour of the sun. The iphone was of no use. It had overheated and turned off. Did I mention this was supposed to be one of the hottest summers on record?

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In my mind at that point this operation was a failure. People were around. Not a lot but still enough. The prayer is incomplete. The barbarous names I was saying out loud probably sounded terrible and mispronounced. If I was a deity, I’d wouldn’t answer me. I pushed through. I finished the prayer and then completed the second half making the offering.

Then I waited and meditated.

I waited some more.

It was hot.

Really hot.

I was sweating.

I think I’m going to pass out.

I forgot to bring water.

Oh crap! I didn’t have breakfast.

I waited some more.

I prayed again and called out.

My stomach growled.

[EGYPT 29417] ’Tree goddess in Sennedjem's tomb at Luxor.' A mural in the tomb of Sennedjem at Luxor portrays the tree goddess Nut appearing from a sycamore fig tree. Kneeling before her are the deceased Sennedjem and his wife Ineferti. With her left hand the goddess is presenting several offerings on a tray: an elongated bread, two round breads and flowers. Her right hand is pouring water from a pitcher. The Egyptians believed that the goddess would emerge from a sycamore when their ba-souls (usually in bird form) rested in the tree's shade and would give them nourishment and water. Sennedjem was a carpenter and possibly an architect, who lived during the 19th dynasty in the tombmaker's village of Deir el Medina on the Westbank at Luxor. His tomb (TT 1) can be found in the hillside cemetery near the foundations of the village. Photo Paul Smit and Mick Palarczyk.

People were becoming nosy. One person with a cell phone came up to see what I was doing pretending to be speaking to someone. That’s when I closed up shop. There was a brief moment where the area surrounding me was covered like a blanket of butterflies of all colors and birds coming out of nowhere. But I didn’t know if it was a sign from Helios that he heard me or it was just nature doing its thing. So I left feeling stupid and ready to chalk it up as a failure and devise a new strategy to tackle this problem.

 

 

June 29, 2016   No Comments

 

“True” Necromancy: Raising the Dead-Part 5

The Ancient Practices

“When you have reached this spot, as I now tell you, dig a trench a cubit or so in length, breadth, and depth, and pour into it as a drinking-offering to all the dead, first, honey mixed with milk, then wine, and in the third place water – sprinkling white barley meal over the whole. Moreover you must offer many prayers to the poor feeble ghosts, and promise them that when you get back to Ithaca you will sacrifice a barren heifer to them, the best you have, and will load the pyre with good things. More particularly you must promise that Teiresias shall have a black sheep all to himself, the finest in all your flocks.

When you shall have thus besought the ghosts with your prayers, offer them a ram and a black ewe, bending their heads towards Erebus; but yourself turn away from them as though you would make towards the river. On this, many dead men’s ghosts will come to you, and you must tell your men to skin the two sheep that you have just killed, and offer them as a burnt sacrifice with prayers to Hades and to Proserpine. Then draw your sword and sit there, so as to prevent any other poor ghost from coming near the split blood before Teiresias shall have answered your questions. The seer will presently come to you, and will tell you about your voyage–what stages you are to make, and how you are to sail the sea so as to reach your home.”

-Odyssey, Homer, B8th BCE, trans. S. Butler

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The word necromancy means, “divining by the dead”. Reanimation or summoning the actual ghost (versus the shade) with the use of a burial site or particular deceased person’s body was a form of “true” necromancy. Moving in the shadow realm surrounding the physical plane, the dead can also see the location of buried treasure and know the nature of others spirits (such as demons) and how best to communicate with them. Some cultures considered the knowledge of the dead to be unlimited whereas in the West (such as the ancient Greeks and Romans) believed that individual shades knew only certain things. Hence why Odysseus needed to speak directly to the ghost of a seer or oracle in order to get home. The obvious value of the deceased’s counsel may have been based on things they knew in life or knowledge they acquired after death. In Ovid’s Metamorphoses, he makes mention of a giant bazaar in the underworld where the dead could convene to exchange the latest news and gossip.

 

In the ancient Greek world, the standard procedure for necromancy was the same as the offerings made to the dead for funerals:

• create a trench 

• create a fire pyre

• offer libations of honey, milk, oil, water, and wine

• offer grain (including barley cakes) and flowers

• sacrifice (black) animal and burn on fire

• offer blood

• prayers to chthonic gods

 

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The only difference between an act of necromancy and a funeral to bury the dead was the intent. The hair of the participants in both cases were loosely bound or unbound during services. Offerings to the gods were made to the fire and the offerings to the dead went into the pit. In Horace’s Satires 1.8, the statue of the god Priapus is witnessing two silly looking witches grave robbing a cemetery for slaves and performing necromantic rites.

He drives them off and concludes they never had power of any sort if he was able to so easily chase them off being a lowly deity. Horace introduces the concept of using wax dolls as vessels for the summoned spirits by his witches. This is the first literary reference to the use of such figurines (save Picatrix), which have be subsequently been used in various traditions (ATR’s,european witchcraft,etc.).

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Reanimation is considered one of the most gruesome and treacherous of magical operations. It’s considered especially dangerous since the nastiness of its procedures stirs up evil currents or attracts evil forces which may latch onto the magician.

“For nine days before the ceremony the necromancer and his assistants prepare for it by surrounding themselves with the aura of death. They dress in musty grave clothes, filched from corpses, and these must not be taken off until the operation is finished. When they first put these on they recite the funeral service over themselves. They abstain from the mere sight of a woman. They eat dog’s flesh with black bread, baked without salt or leaven, and they drink unfermented grape juice.

The dog is the creature of Hecate, the goddess of ghosts and death and sterility, the terrible and inexorable one, the dweller in the void, who is invoked with averted head because no man can see her and remain sane. The absence of salt is a symbol of putrefaction after death, because salt is a preservative. The bread has no leaven and the grape-juice is unfermented to stand for the matter without spirit, the physical clay without the spark of life. The bread and the grape-juice are also the necromantic equivalents of the bread and wine of a communion, unleavened and unfermented as a sacrament of emptiness and despair.

Through these preparations the magician puts himself in touch with death into a corpse like state in which he is in rapport with the real corpse he intends to disturb. When everything is ready to go the magician goes to the grave either between midnight and one in the morning and draws the magick circle around the grave. Assistants carry torches and burn a mixture of henbane, hemlock, aloes wood, saffron, opium and mandrake.

They open the grave and the coffin, exposing the corpse. The magician touches it three times with the wand, commanding it to arise. one formula is:

By the virue of the Holy Resurrection and the agonies of the damned, I conjure and Command thee, spirit of N. Deceased to answer my demands and obey these sacred ceremonies, on pain of everlasting torment. Berald, Beroald, Balbin, Gab, Gabor, Agaba, Arise, Arise, I charge and command thee!”

– pg.268, Cavendish,Richard. The Black Arts. Perigree Books, 1967

After the corpse has reanimated, you can then make your request. It will, depending on the state and age of the corpse, answer in a faint, hollow voice. Once the task is completed, it’s advised that the remains should be burned or buried in quicklime as a payment so no other could trouble or molest the spirits rest with sorcery. In Roman literature, the character Erichtho is a legendary Thessalian witch who appears several literary works.

“She would demand for a recent carcass with sound lungs which would speak audibly and clearly. Older corpses ‘only squeak incoherently’. According to occult theory, some of a body’s energy remains in it after death, but this energy is gradually dissipated.”

– pg.269, Cavendish, Richard. The Black Arts. Perigree Books, 1967

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As you can see, these ancient practices were considered barbaric and bloody peculiar when you get right down to it. Personally, I can’t see how someone could perform these kinds of rituals legally today, given the laws we have in place to prevent the desecration of corpses and grave sites that would be required. (Maybe the stray medical student wanting that high score on an exam.) As it is, many celebrity burial sites (Marie Laveau, Oscar Wilde, and Lovecraft to name a few examples) have been repeatedly vandalized and graffitied over the years by people who may literally want a piece of them! They’ve had to dramatically increase security as a result. It’s probably just as well, as the end result of such a ritual would be pretty dire.

June 14, 2016   No Comments

 

Necromancy: Talking to Shades – Part 2

The first thing about working with the dead that you’ll notice is that you’re working with the shade or shadow part of the deceased. Most shades are unintelligent and more like impressions that are unable to grow or move past the point in which they died. It is still them but more like a recording or hologram, with all the energetic imprints and memories interacting in a certain space-time continuum slightly offset from our own. This is probably why the ancients held the belief that the dead could divine the future, since time is continuos and not linear. The dead could see clearer than we ever could because they had a higher vantage point to look from.

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Shades are still limited, however. They know no more than they did in life. Depending on how the person died, their experience may color necromantic communications or summons. For example if they were a horrible person in life, death will not have changed their ideas, views, or temperament. There may be the color of regret and a yearning or desire of a goal unachieved, but that’s as far as it goes.

Those shades that do exhibit intelligence (the part we speak to on this plane of existence) have a greater degree of progression and connection to their Akh (reunited Ba and Ka that reanimates the spiritual body). “Akh-hood” is only attainable if burial rites are performed properly and ritual offerings are given. That’s why the ATR’s ancestors are given prayers, light, offerings and love to deepen spiritual connection. When ancestors progress or elevate, so too their descendants. Ancestors (Akh) are then in a better position to help and guide loved ones left behind.

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Elevated ancestors are usually able to easily speak to descendants through thoughts or dreams. Ancient Egyptians believed the Akh could influence events and people. They could cause both harm and good effects such as disease, nightmares, feelings of guilt, love or hate, or even insanity. The Akh could be evoked and petitioned with prayers or letters (usually at the tomb or gravesite where the body is held). With certain rituals and prayers, one could also separate the Akh from the Ba and Ka causing a “second death” or as we know it today, reincarnation. The ancient Egyptian view was that you wanted to be in Duat (the underworld) with Ra the sun god and be able to stay. It was beautiful and happy. There was no reason to return back to earth.

So when you are summoning or evoking a particular deceased individual, understand you are communicating with the shade and not the person directly. It’s probably why you hear stories about how gruesome, unpleasant or even dangerous it can be concerning such rituals. Would you like to be awoken by someone you don’t know for some BS you could care less about? That is why it is important to follow certain protocols when dealing with these kinds of spirits. You need to build up a relationship with the dead and with the gatekeepers. I will go into more depth on how to build these relationships in the next blog post. See you there!

 

May 7, 2016   No Comments

 

Necromancy: Shadows Talking – Part 1a

Did you ever read stories like J.M. Barrie’s Peter Pan or Hans Christian Anderson’s The Shadow as a child? Do you know what they have in common? They both told of shadows who seemed to have a mind of their own. They left their owners at night to scout and do all sorts of amazing things. Why would I bring up children’s tales in reference to necromancy?

I was recently playing with my son when it dawned on me. I’ve been noticing lately that he’s been crying a few times while fearfully staring at the wall or certain points on the ceiling. I was trying to figure out what could be wrong, when it hit me: He was scared of his shadow! If you think about it, at one point or another we all were afraid of our own shadow. It is the darkness that always follows us. It mimics us, but often in strange or distorted ways. It can stretch, grow or shrink; changing its form as the mood takes it. This fear of our other, dark self has existed since the dawn of humanity. Even now the concept still holds a strong fascination.

*Note: I’m going to be paraphrasing from Wiki, Book of the Dead and PGM here, so please forgive me. I wanted to get the idea across and straight to the point.

The ancient Egyptians believed that the soul of a person was composed of five elements: the Ren (name), the Ba (the soul), the Ka (life force), the Sheut (shadow), and the Ib (heart). The Ba (soul) was everything that made a person unique. It was the personality that passed on along with the Ka (life spark) into the afterlife. You know how certain people have out-of-body-experiences? This is your Ba astrally traveling while your body dreams.

The ancient Egyptians believed the Ka (soul double) could only be sustained with food and drink. For this reason, food and drink were presented to the dead. Although the dead could no longer consume the physical aspect, the Ka of the offerings could be. The heart was believed to be the most vital since it was the key to the afterlife. They believed the heart survived after death and gave testimony at the Weighing of the Hearts Ceremony.

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Anubis (a death god) would be the examiner of the heart and place it on the scales. If the heart was heavier than the feather of Maat (truth), it would be devoured by the monster Ammit (soul-eater). Your name (Ren), it was believed to live as long as it is remembered. The ancient Egyptians therefore made it their business to put their ancestors on prayers to inscriptions with lists of their achievements.

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And finally the Sheut, or person’s shadow. The shadow is always present. It is impossible to exist without one and vise versa. The ancients surmised that it therefore contained a bit of that person and contributed to their being. A person’s shadow could be detached and captured. Shadow boxes with magical inscriptions were created for Pharaohs to help protect their shadows from harm at night for just this purpose. A person’s shadow could travel at great distances very fast and had protective powers. It could haunt an enemy, give them nightmares, cause insanity or worse. Statues of gods and humans were sometimes referred to as their shadows.

In the Book of the Dead, spells #91,#92, and #188 were used to preserve the Sheut:

THE CHAPTER OF NOT LETTING THE SOUL OF A MAN BE HELD CAPTIVE IN KHERT- NETER. The Osiris Ani saith:- Hail, thou who art exalted! Hail, thou who art adored! Hail, Mighty One of Souls, thou divine Soul who inspirest great dread, who dost set the fear of thyself in the gods, who are enthroned upon thy mighty seat. Make thou a path for the Spirit-soul and the Ba-soul of the Osiris Ani. I am equipped with [words of power]. I am a Spirit-soul equipped with [words of power]. I have made my way to the place where are Ra and Hathor.

RUBRIC: If this Chapter be known by the deceased he shall be able to transform himself into a Spirit-soul who shall be equipped with [his soul and his shadow] in Khert-Neter, and he shall not be shut up inside any door in Amentet, when he is coming forth upon the Earth, or when he is going back into [Khert-Neter.]

THE CHAPTER OF OPENING THE TOMB TO THE BA-SOUL AND THE SHADOW, AND OF COMING FORTH BY DAY, AND OF HAVING MASTERY OVER THE TWO LEGS. The Osiris the scribe Ani, whose word is truth, saith:- The place which is closed is opened, the place which is shut (or sealed) is sealed. That which lieth down in the closed place is opened by the Ba-soul which is in it. By the Eye of Horus I am delivered. Ornaments are stablished on the brow of Ra. My stride is made long. I lift up my two thighs [in walking]. I have journeyed over a long road. My limbs are in a flourishing condition. I am Horus, the Avenger of his Father, and I bring the Urrt Crown [and set it on] its standard. The road of souls is opened. My twin soul seeth the Great God in the Boat of Ra, on the day of souls. My soul is in the front thereof with the counter of the years. Come, the Eye of Horus hath delivered for me my soul, my ornaments are stablished on the brow of Ra. Light is on the faces of those who are in the members of Osiris. Ye shall not hold captive my soul. Ye shall not keep in durance my shadow. The way is open to my soul and to my shadow. It seeth the Great God in the shrine on the day of counting souls. It repeateth the words of Osiris. Those whose seats are invisible, who fetter the members of Osiris, who fetter Heart-souls and Spirit-souls, who set a seal upon the dead, and who would do evil to me, shall do no evil to me. Haste on the way to me. Thy heart is with thee. My Heart-soul and my Spirit-soul are equipped; they guide thee. I sit down at the head of the great ones who are chiefs of their abodes. The wardens of the members of Osiris shall not hold thee captive, though they keep ward over souls, and set a seal on the shadow which is dead. Heaven shall not shut thee in.

RUBRIC: If this Chapter be known by the deceased he shall come forth by day, and his soul shall not be kept captive.

APPENDIX (From the Papryus of Nebseni, Sheet 6)

That which was shut hath been opened [that is] the dead. That which was shut fast hath been opened by the command of the Eye of Horus, which hath delivered me. Established are the beauties on the forehead of Ra. My steps are long. My legs are lifted up. I have performed the journey, my members are mighty and are sound. I am Horus, the Avenger of his Father. I am he who bringeth along his father, and his mother, by means of his staff. The way shall be opened to him that hath power over his feet, and he shall see the Great God in the Boat of Ra, when souls are counted therein at the bows, and when the years also are counted up. Grant that the Eye of Horus, which maketh the adornments of splendour to be firm on the forehead of Ra, may deliver

my soul for me, and let darkness cover your faces, O ye who would imprison Osiris. O keep not captive my soul. O keep not ward over my shadow, but let a way be opened for my soul and my shadow, and let them see the Great God in the shrine on the day of the counting of souls, and let them hold converse with Osiris, whose habitations are hidden, and those who guard the members of Osiris, and who keep ward over the Spirit-souls, and who hold captive the shadows of the dead, and who would work evil against me, so that they shall [not] work evil against me. A way shall be for KA with thee, and thy soul shall be prepared by those who keep ward over the members of Osiris, and who hold captive the shadows of the dead. Heaven shall not keep thee fast, the earth shall not hold thee captive. Thou shalt not live with the beings who slay, but thou shalt be master of thy legs, and thou shalt advance to thy body straightway in the earth, [and to] those who belong to the shrine of Osiris and guard his members.

THE CHAPTER OF NOT LETTING THE SOUL OF A MAN BE HELD CAPTIVE IN KHERT- NETER. The Osiris Ani saith:- Hail, thou who art exalted! Hail, thou who art adored! Hail, Mighty One of Souls, thou divine Soul who inspirest great dread, who dost set the fear of thyself in the gods, who are enthroned upon thy mighty seat. Make thou a path for the Spirit-soul and the Ba-soul of the Osiris Ani. I am equipped with [words of power]. I am a Spirit-soul equipped with [words of power]. I have made my way to the place where are Ra and Hathor.

RUBRIC: If this Chapter be known by the deceased he shall be able to transform himself into a Spirit-soul who shall be equipped with [his soul and his shadow] in Khert-Neter, and he shall not be shut up inside any door in Amentet, when he is coming forth upon the Earth, or when he is going back into [Khert-Neter.]

THE CHAPTER OF OPENING THE TOMB TO THE BA-SOUL AND THE SHADOW, AND OF COMING FORTH BY DAY, AND OF HAVING MASTERY OVER THE TWO LEGS. The Osiris the scribe Ani, whose word is truth, saith:- The place which is closed is opened, the place which is shut (or sealed) is sealed. That which lieth down in the closed place is opened by the Ba-soul which is in it. By the Eye of Horus I am delivered. Ornaments are stablished on the brow of Ra. My stride is made long. I lift up my two thighs [in walking]. I have journeyed over a long road. My limbs are in a flourishing condition. I am Horus, the Avenger of his Father, and I bring the Urrt Crown [and set it on] its standard. The road of souls is opened. My twin soul seeth the Great God in the Boat of Ra, on the day of souls. My soul is in the front thereof with the counter of the years. Come, the Eye of Horus hath delivered for me my soul, my ornaments are stablished on the brow of Ra. Light is on the faces of those who are in the members of Osiris. Ye shall not hold captive my soul. Ye shall not keep in durance my shadow. The way is open to my soul and to my shadow. It seeth the Great God in the shrine on the day of counting souls. It repeateth the words of Osiris. Those whose seats are invisible, who fetter the members of Osiris, who fetter Heart-souls and Spirit-souls, who set a seal upon the dead, and who would do evil to me, shall do no evil to me. Haste on the way to me. Thy heart is with thee. My Heart-soul and my Spirit-soul are equipped; they guide thee. I sit down at the head of the great ones who are chiefs of their abodes. The wardens of the members of Osiris shall not hold thee captive, though they keep ward over souls, and set a seal on the shadow which is dead. Heaven shall not shut thee in.

RUBRIC: If this Chapter be known by the deceased he shall come forth by day, and his soul shall not be kept captive.

APPENDIX (From the Papryus of Nebseni, Sheet 6)

That which was shut hath been opened [that is] the dead. That which was shut fast hath been opened by the command of the Eye of Horus, which hath delivered me. Established are the beauties on the forehead of Ra. My steps are long. My legs are lifted up. I have performed the journey, my members are mighty and are sound. I am Horus, the Avenger of his Father. I am he who bringeth along his father, and his mother, by means of his staff. The way shall be opened to him that hath power over his feet, and he shall see the Great God in the Boat of Ra, when souls are counted therein at the bows, and when the years also are counted up. Grant that the Eye of Horus, which maketh the adornments of splendour to be firm on the forehead of Ra, may deliver

my soul for me, and let darkness cover your faces, O ye who would imprison Osiris. O keep not captive my soul. O keep not ward over my shadow, but let a way be opened for my soul and my shadow, and let them see the Great God in the shrine on the day of the counting of souls, and let them hold converse with Osiris, whose habitations are hidden, and those who guard the members of Osiris, and who keep ward over the Spirit-souls, and who hold captive the shadows of the dead, and who would work evil against me, so that they shall [not] work evil against me. A way shall be for KA with thee, and thy soul shall be prepared by those who keep ward over the members of Osiris, and who hold captive the shadows of the dead. Heaven shall not keep thee fast, the earth shall not hold thee captive. Thou shalt not live with the beings who slay, but thou shalt be master of thy legs, and thou shalt advance to thy body straightway in the earth, [and to] those who belong to the shrine of Osiris and guard his members.

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If a person managed to preserve all five elements, he would become an Akh – spirit with special magical abilities and allowed to live with the gods. Ancient Egyptians would write letters to the dead (specifically the enlightened ancestors who reached Akh status) for divine intervention in their lives. They would leave the letters at ancestral burial sites since they were considered direct spiritual portals to the underworld. These necromantic portals were a accessible both ways. The dead could travel to the living and the living vise versa.

Since the shadow is part of the soul of a person or thing, any magics that involved manipulating said shadows were considered unnatural and part of the necromantic arts. Since shadows were not bound to the grave, they could go anywhere. Shadows all belong to Anubis though. They must return to the afterlife to serve him. Those that do not, wander the earth. This myth is probably the earliest explanation for Shadow People/Folk/Men sightings.

Here we have an excerpt from the Greek Magical Papyri giving us instruction how to awaken, summon and feed your shadowy servitor.

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Basically, if you go to the middle of a field at 6:00 AM to make a specific offering to your shadow, you can supposedly contact your shadow spirit self and bind it to do your will. It doesn’t specify what astrological day/timing to perform the ritual, but personally I would do it on a Sunday (given the connection to the sun) and dedicate it to Ra. As for getting up at the crack of dawn, my inner “La Madama” is yelling “Ain’t no one got time for that!” But maybe that’s just me.

Would you want to be like Peter Pan, sending your shadow ahead to work for you?

Comment and let me know what you think!

May 7, 2016   No Comments

 

Being Female in the Occult – Periods, Pregnancy & Sex

My mind lately has been all over the place. I am trying to prepare for an upcoming class called “Erotic Symbolism in Tarot”. It will be held at the Tarot Society in Brooklyn this May 14th, 2016. I am freaking out – silently screaming in my head, thinking of all the things that could go wrong.

Will I remember this or that bit of academia?
Will I forget anything?
Will the baby be okay with the grandparents?
Will everyone love it?
Do my students know what they are getting into?

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I’ve also been thinking a lot about necromancy and the lack of modern female occult writers. I recently had an interview with Spiritual Alchemy Show. I spoke with Astrid on the subject of women in the occult and how male dominated it is. I am slowly watching the dialogue unfold on social media. It’s interesting to point out the majority are white males claiming “that’s just not true.” That’s like claiming there’s no racism or sexism because you just don’t see it or it isn’t happening to you.

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I don’t want a fight or a debate. Don’t want/need/have time for the drama. We need an ongoing solution to the problem. So I’m thinking, what better way then to get the best female occultists/writers to come together? Have them create an anthology that other women in the practice can read, enjoy and be proud of. Hopefully, that will get the ball rolling for other projects. Maybe open the door for women who were too fearful to do it or didn’t even think could be accomplished.

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Seriously! Pick up any book from either Scarlet Imprint to Aeon.
All the writers are predominately male. Maybe one or two females sprinkled here and there.

 

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Why should we even care about something like this in occult practice?

Here’s an example why I think it’s important as a female practitioner:

The Ambramelin speaks a few times of how you must be a male or a virgin to complete the operation for the HGA. If you’re a woman, married and with children, well…sucks to be you. I discovered during these ceremonial magical operations/experiments with my girlfriends that angelic being don’t care about all that since they see us as one and the same. They see us as “the divine light of the Creator made in his image.” It is one of the main reasons why the beings request we cover our heads during ritual. They cannot look upon us! Specifically, that divine light the emanates from the top of our heads. They didn’t even care if we were female or showing our hair.

The angelic beings also spoke how they rest above the heads since coming down to the material plane is “base” and “unclean”. I didn’t get a sense that they meant we were dirty but that the lower planes were heavy compared to the higher vibrational frequency they were coming from. And none of the angelic beings seem to complain or bring attention to the fact that all of us were at the end of our menstrual cycle (This was not planned for. It just sorta happened. We were worried maybe we would have to reschedule because of this fact). I’m assuming they didn’t since we all were constantly spiritually bathing and doing the accompanying prayers.

During pregnancy, I found certain spirits will still speak to you. If you’re still able to do certain things like healing, divination and the like, this could hint that your child might also have these abilities. Otherwise, the majority of the pregnancy is spiritually uneventful for a reason. You are spiritually protected and closed until after delivery. Again, has to do with being “unclean”.

We happened to also discover why being sexually clean was important. To the angelic beings if you have intercourse with someone, you’re energies become enmeshed causing confusion to them as to who you are and where one person begins and the other ends. That is what they see as “unclean.” They only see us as energy. I suspect this is probably why the enochian entities ordered John Dee and Edward Kelly to wife swap. I think a few occasions, the angels even told them they saw John and Edward as one and the same person and wanted to complete/confirm this union.

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Would a male practitioner be able to answer these gender sensitive questions? I highly doubt it. Most of the works out there are made to be abhorrent (if not punishable) to the female gaze so they wouldn’t practice it. There needs to be a new and fresh perspective to the way things are done in magick.

May 6, 2016   No Comments

 

The Lovecraft Oil by @house_of_orpheus has finally arrived. I put it in a special place in the library away from my eggun (lest they create chaos in my home). The bottle was created by the amazing @chetzar #lovecraft #houseoforpheus #marcusrmccoy #chetzar #graveyarddirt #perfume

The Lovecraft Oil by @house_of_orpheus has finally arrived. I put it in a special place in the library away from my eggun (lest they create chaos in my home). The bottle was created by the amazing @chetzar #lovecraft #houseoforpheus #marcusrmccoy #chetzar #graveyarddirt #perfume

April 22, 2016   No Comments

 

The Art of Crystal Ball Gazing: Part 2 – What to Look For

If you haven’t already, please refer to “The Art of Crystal Ball Gazing: Part 1 – Starting Out” blog post before watching this video. Click on link below.

The Art of Crystal Ball Gazing: Part 2 – How to Crystal Gaze 101

March 15, 2016   No Comments

 

Tarot Jam Blog Hop: Using Tarot for Relationship Readings

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My mother in her infinite wisdom and curiosity asked about my blog recently, especially on the subject of tarot. She knows I use my blog as a tool in my business to communicate and reach out to my fans. She finds this “new platform” (really any form of social media) interesting yet alien, and has asked me what this month’s topic was. I told her since we’re entering into the month of February with its season of love, relationships and sex (Valentine’s Day/Lupercalia); anything pertaining to that and tarot would be up for grabs.

My mother wanted me to tell you guys that when it comes to reading the Baraja Española for love and relationships, use the entire deck straight through. Don’t use the three to five card spreads or any short layouts, but the “gypsy spread”. You need to get a nice general feel of the person and their situation in order to understand the root of the problem. That is why the client came to see you. They have a problem or situation they need clarification on. Don’t feel like you are prying or digging too deep. Sometimes the client needs to hear something they won’t like. Despite this, you need to be faithful first and foremost to the cards, and repeat their messages. It is your job to relay the information accurately, not just to tell the client what they want to hear. Remember this saying: “The cards will never lie.” This is not to be confused with releasing the need to be “right.” There is a difference. Don’t feel bad if the cards go “dead” or you seem to blank out. These cards have a tendency to pause and start up again. My mother likes to joke saying, “that’s when you grab a cigarette, a cup of coffee or a bag of popcorn because now it’s about to get really good.” SC

“Okay, but what about the cards themselves?” I hear you ask, “How can I be sure they are talking about sex, affairs, the nitty gritty of the relationship? What symbols do I look for? I’m so confused!”

Don’t worry. Here are some combinations or significators we look out for in a reading:

Page of Clubs and Swords, King of Cups and Ace, Two or Three of Cups: I saw this combination recently with a client. Immediately, I saw a young couple in front a priest getting married. There was a catch though. The cups spoke of vows, promises and even a verbal contract between the couples but one of the lovers was followed by the three of swords and six of clubs. This told me that one of the lovers would habitually profess “love until the end of time” then get cold feet and leave the other at the altar confused. I saw this combination over three times in the reading! This meant this person was likely a con artist / big time player. Children from previous relationships are also indicated by the ace and three of cups together.

One of Clubs and Two of Coins or Three of Cups: Depending on the surrounding cards of course, it’s indicative that someone in the client’s life or they themselves are pregnant. If followed by the five or nine of swords, it indicates a sudden miscarriage or abortion. *Be aware some decks do or don’t have certain cards such as the 8’s and 9’s.

Two cups and Five of Clubs: When I see this followed by a page or feminine looking court card, it is most indicative of what we call in our family “Brujeria”. It means someone, usually a female, did a love spell or infatuation curse on the person, which is probably why the client is being mentally tormented. When followed by sword cards, it is most definite that the person meant to be malicious or even hurt the person.

Two of Cups, Six or Seven of Coins, Ace of Wands or Swords: This combination is just screaming passion and hot kinky sex. Any court cards that follow will tell you who is involved and the motives or intentions behind each person. Watch out for seven, eight or nine of swords following these cards. It’s usually indicative of an affair or someone lying and being deceitful. Five of coin following speaks of either a huge building, hotel, meeting place, hospital, or work place where the lovers meet up.

This is but a few of the possible outcomes to be on the lookout for. It would take a book to list out all the possible combinations and what they mean. You’ll know you’re on target when the client starts bursting out crying or has to have a few moments to collect themselves. Seriously though, there will be times when you know you’ve hit it and times when the client will leave you guessing. I have had clients lie to my face and contradict me during readings. I just cross my arms and nod my head while they finish rambling an excuse. All I can tell you is to follow the cards and your instincts. They know the story they’re telling.

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February 3, 2016   No Comments

 

How to use the power of Saturn to eliminate debts…

So besides using practical methods and making smart choices, what else can we do to eliminate debt not just on the physical/material level but a spiritual one? If you haven’t given Jason Miller’s book “Financial Sorcery” a look yet, I highly suggest you do. I am in the school of thought that spirit will not help you unless you help yourself first. If you do the work and then give yourself a magical push, wonderful things happen. I also find being specific with spirits increases your chances and likelihood of getting what it is you want.

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During the holidays, I did a series of planetary offerings  to Saturn. Putting aside knowing that the astrological weather for the most part this and last year has been abysmal at best, I wanted to focus on this planet that I’m exalted in my natal but never really worked with. I wanted 2016 to be the year of “peace of mind” and focusing on eliminating debits that have accrued over the years; mainly due to either ill advisement on student loans, necessities, work equipment, poor choices, etc.

Me and my husband never really made budgets since we as freelancers lived paycheck to paycheck with an erratic economy, paying off bills monthly while continually pumping the well of clients just to survive. One of the scariest things I did was sit down and write what the actual income was. I made a list of total debts and then the monthly expenses. Seeing things clearly in numbers was not only shocking, depressing or jarring but in the end gave a sense of purpose, a goal to achieve and eventually hope and excitement.

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Once I had a physical idea of the debt we had, I drew Saturn’s sigil on the print outs and Jupiter’s on the printed resumes. I bought 3 of the 7 day black candles for the next three Saturdays starting the beginning of December. I always clean my candles from any store with soap and water then with florida water. Afterwards, I dress my candles with the appropriate oils and herbs. For this, I used pine oil and hyssop flowers. Honey is also a good Saturnian offering. It represents the Golden Age when Saturn ruled before Jupiter; the lands flowed with milk and honey and everyone trusted one another. I also found tobacco and coffee were acceptable offerings.

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The prayers I used were from the Orphic Hymns and Picatrix’s planetary evocations, in conjunction with christian prayers. I set up the sacred space in a corner of my apartment so it wouldn’t be disturbed and easily accessible during the weeks ahead. I cleared the space with a quick LBRP and proceeded with the prayers and petitions. On the print out of the debt, I wrote on the back my goals and petition to Saturn. During this time, I should mention, I used one of the Saturn talismans purchased through Christopher Warnock’s site to consecrate and carry on my person. When not in use, I put them on the magus next to the boveda.

Once I was finished, I cleared again and closed the space. I found myself feeling so relaxed after each evocation I fell into a deep sleep that I couldn’t explain other than, “hey, I’m pregnant. It happens.”  After completing all three of the rituals, I did my normal routine of calling companies. I make sure we are always up to date and never delinquent with bills. I then update the calendar with all the info at my finger tips for the next month.

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Recently, I had two credit card companies do something really weird. They didn’t do the standard monthly interest. What they did was charge you after a certain time with promotions and fees (then hit you with at collections before it’s processed the next month before you even know anything was up), or charge an entire year interest if you didn’t pay the entire amount in X amount of time.

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I shut both card accounts down disgusted at the new scam tactics credit card companies are now doing to make people in further debt. I’m told  by the way, that this is bad since it ruins your credit score but honestly I find it helps to break the endless cycle. Credit card companies do this in the hopes you don’t catch them until it’s too late. With credit card A, we were lucky to not only show proof that we were in the right and they in the wrong, but we were easily able to pay off the remainder in the next check. So that item got crossed off the list.

Credit card B’s story I couldn’t believe. During one of the phone conversations, one of the representatives explained to me that I was for this card, enrolled on an “unemployment protection plan”. She sent me the paperwork, I filled it out and showed the necessary documents of proof. I am excited to say that not only it was approved but the entire debt is written off. I am awaiting my documents of approval from the company to file away in my records for safe keeping (incase in the future should they turn around and say otherwise). So item two was crossed off the list.

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This week, I received news from one of my student loans it has been paid in full. Item three has now been crossed off the list. Only two weeks into the new year and already I am seeing the results. In two months time, I can already see another two debts being crossed off. I plan sometime later this month to renew the Saturn ritual to help keep the momentum going. I’m finding picking off the smaller debts help at first and the rest fall in place like dominos. I plan to sit down during tax time with my accountant and figure out other strategies that could finally help me get into the mindset of actually saving!

January 14, 2016   No Comments

 

The Art of Crystal Ball Gazing: Part 1 – Starting Out

How did I get into crystal ball gazing? Well, I sorta fell into it. One thing leading to the next. I knew about scrying from my mother and was practicing it with her for years. She taught me the black ink in water method at first. It’s just how it sounds: You pour ink into a basin of water, turn the lights off, and light a candle and some incense. You then peer into the shapes caused by the smoke and ink and allow your subconscious to derive meaning from them. It’s the same method of divination that Nostradamus used (minus the hallucinogens, of course). This method is less about seeing specific shapes, and more about the mental images that come to you through the smoke and the shadows. It is slightly similar to mirror scrying that way.

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I received my first crystal when I was about 11 or 12 years old. It was a simple crystal quartz point the size of a fist.  I was taught that my crystal quartz helped strengthen communication with spirits, and that I should leave it on the boveda or bring it along for certain tarot card readings. Back then in the 80s/90s, you could get something like that really cheap like $5 or $10. Thanks to the recent crystal healing craze that’s been going on the past 5-7 years now, something like that would be $30-60 or more today. In years past, crystals were mainly thought of as little more than pretty rocks, but since then more and more books on the subject of crystal metaphysics have become available. A decent crystal ball (4-6 inches in diameter) will set you back a good amount nowadays.

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I slowly became interested in working with other crystals. This was how I met “Lover,” my favorite go-to smokey quartz crystal. I’ve been told by many who meet Lover, if you look into it a certain way, you could see a skull-like face or a well dressed man from the 1920’s peering back at you. I went to every metaphysics store in NYC hoping to find something that suited my needs, but at the same time didn’t “cost an arm and a leg” to get.

As I was about to put down this small smokey quartz ball back on its pedestal, I saw a flash of light coming from within the crystal. Like a black and white TV turning on, it started to play images across its tiny surface. It showed me what certain people I knew were doing right then at that moment. I became fascinated. As fast as it came, it flashed off.

*Disclaimer: I know a lot of books on the subject say this cannot happen and not to expect this. Well, I never expected the Wicked Witch of the West treatment but lo and behold it happened. It’s different with everyone. All I can say is, I guess it just takes practice?

 

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I haggled with the store owner and was allowed to do layaway for the piece at a discounted price in cash. I was overjoyed. I had never experienced something quite like that. Usually it was shadows, silhouettes, flashes of images in your head…not a full on physical vision! When the piece was finally paid off, I took it home and cleaned it physically with soap and water, taking all the dust and dirt of the store off. Then I saged and consecrated it. Like any spiritual tool we get, me and my mother will brake it in doing real readings with it.

We started off the usual way we do our tarot readings. We then meditated and focused on the crystal. At first it was silhouette images that you had to put together to understand the meaning, sorta like playing charades. On the rare occasions when I was able to tap into the “movie-film state”, the events unfolded clearly before me with no hesitation. I was really happy being able to enhance my tarot readings using this tool. To me, it really added depth and cleared a lot of mental blockages and hang-ups. It boosted confidence in my tarot reading abilities.

Side Note: Latin card readers will use the glass of water and candle next to them in the tarot session same way as a crystal ball. It helps to focus and recenter when a reading goes dead, blank or there’s been an interruption. Be aware though that the candle and water are still spiritual offerings in which spirit is able to communicate clearly and disperse negativity.

 

Step One: Where to look and what to look for…

Find the Crystal ball that’s right for you. It can have inclusions or blemishes such as clouds or rainbows, as long as it resonates for you. Some recommend that you get a perfectly clear one, but that will cost you more money. Perfectly clear crystals can range anywhere from $300 and up. Don’t purchase it online like eBay or secondhand like at a pawn shop. You will never know what you really getting. It could be cracked, damaged or worse. If none of the pieces at a store speak to you, then keep searching. You don’t have to get a giant ball like in the movies. Anything that’s 3-4 inches in diameter is perfectly fine. If all you can afford is a glass ball that’s fine but it won’t be the same as a real crystal. You’ll know the huge difference when working with both.

Don’t settle. Remember, this is not just a tool. It will eventually grow a personality and become a companion over time. Also know that just like friends in our lives, don’t get upset if they walk out one day and leave. Their work with you is done. If you want a crystal ball for visions, a plain clear white crystal quartz as your starter will be right for you. For intermediate readers, honey calcite and obsidian are amazing.

You will also need a black or red bag to carry or store your crystal ball in and a pedestal that won’t scratch the surface of the crystal over time as your turn or rotate it during readings. Keep out of direct sunlight. Besides the obvious magnifying glass effect, sunlight will destroy your crystal over time and change its color. Do not have anyone else besides yourself handle your crystal ball.

Step Two: Clear and Consecrate it.

Cleanse and clear any unwanted vibrations or attachments from the crystal. I physically clean mine with soap and water at first to remove the dirt of the store. Be careful though with other crystal types. Some are either toxic or water soluble. You can use sage, tobacco, lavender or frankincense and myrrh to clear and consecrate your crystal. If you are a Reiki healer, feel free to use your clearing techniques as well. Crystals seem to really love it.

Step Three: Program it.

There’s a reason why we use quartz crystal in most of our technology today. Quartz is a great memory and time keeper. Quartz crystals have been used in everything from watches to computer chips. They are used in transmitting instruments like radios, lasers, ultrasounds and more. Once you are ready to relax and meditate, hold your crystal in your hands with your eyes close in a yogic position. Make sure you are in a sacred space where you won’t be disturbed. Visualize and focus on nothing at first. I suggest doing the breathe of fire technique for general body release and focusing. Then slowly start to mentally speak to your crystal. Ask it questions. Tell it what you are looking for or expecting. Wait to hear a response. Sometimes it takes a while but don’t get frustrated if it doesn’t happen at first. When you are done, thank the crystal and put it back in its bag/pedestal that’s on your altar.

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So that’s how you find and prep your crystal ball. Stay tuned for part 2, where I will explain how to do the actual readings.

 

 

 

January 12, 2016   No Comments