Nov 1, 2015

Botanical Symbols

Although this is not a typical Solomonic magic thing, I ve decided to show you my system of botanical symbols.

I employ this in labelling my plant parts. I ve devised a system of combinatory symbols that is easy to use, easy to remember, and hard to crack for anyone not familiarise with it s basics, so your planty things can be safe in their jars and bottles from nosy people.

The top part represents the plant part in question and the bottom part represents the plant itself. My six parts are derived from Agrippa s correspondencies and I use this inm employing them. Although each plant has it s virtues, every part of it may have different virtues and can be used differently.

The root, with all its subterranean symbolism and deposit of energies and potent juices, is ruled by Saturn and this is my symbol for it, a rough sketch of an outstretched root, placed upside-down for symetrical reasons of the sign series.

The stem, carrier of the sap, vertical and straight and hard and masculine, is of course ruled by Mars, and the symbol pretty much speaks for itself: one main stem with four secondary ones, the base stems being larger. 

The leaves, the receptors of light and heat much the same way our own natural satellite is,  are ruled by the Moon, and I ve chosen to stylise it as triangular not because of some arcane symbolism related to the Fire sign or Water sign but just because it seem damn well pleasent and dandy! 

The flowers, feminine, receptive, open and beautiful, are governed by the ruler of reproduction and beaty, Venus. I ve stylised six petals into one circular glyph due to the sexual symbolism of the hexagram and the pleasant polarity it develops.

The fruits, the berries, the nuts or the husks containg seeds and other potent things, usually full in shape and sometimes hard, are ruled by Jupiter, the master of abundance, stylised here as two round shapes on either side of the stem.

Last but not least, some of the most potent parts of the plant, containing the entire genetical code of itself and the ability to reproduce, the seeds, are ruled by the master of information and androginity, Mercury. The symbol is quite obviously representative of the two halves of the seed and the embrio within. 

To give an illustrative example, we`ll take the symbol I ve devised for Elder, Sambucus Niger, and combine it in two symbols:

Base symbol: Elder

Elder berries                  Elder stems

Just for kicks, another plant that does not have a simple letter symbol, but a magico-astrological symbol for hystorical reasons, the revered Wormwood, Artemisia Absinthium:

Base symbol of Wormwood


Wormwood leaves         Wormwood root

Frequent problems:

But Asterion, you re insane! You can`t make up symbols for a gagillion plant species and subspecies!

You`re right. And I won`t. Basic Solomonic magic teaches the use of 24 plants in the Book of Raziel, add that to another 7 planetary inceses, add to that 10 or 20 of the most potent plants of my country`s magical tradition and that`s kinda it. 
Since you can accomplish at least 6 operations with one plant, those would suffice. 
Every plant, and I mean EVERY plant has a magical use. But not all are as potent or as fit as others. So I will stick to a few and experiment. I think I m creative enough to come up with at least 200 base symbols so I m set..

But Asterion, you ve gone all Wiccan? 

Not really. Plant lore is far older than Solomonic magic, it s used all over the world and it s your duty as a practicioner to become proficient in it. 

But Asterion, you`re a moron! My Book of Shadows doesn t list any uses for Wormwood stems or Elder flowers!

It Should! I use every part of the plant, nothing is discarded. 

But Asterion, where is the Sun in all of this plant arrangement?

The Sun rules the resin of the plants, wherever that may be the case. Not all plants produce it and when they produce it, the resin is treated like a separate substance in it`s own class, like Frankincense, Opoponax or Myrrh, so I have not included a base symbol for Resin. 

Be free to develop your own set, this is just my way of labelling my magical jars and my macerating tinctures and wines. 

Best wishes and much love!

Oct 4, 2015

The Conjuration of the Fire: 1

One of the shortest conjurations and easy to commit to memory, is the Conjuration and Benediction of the Fire.

There are multiple conjurations to be found but some grimoires, such as the Lemegeton, the Key of Solomon by Ptolemy the Grecian, the Heptameron and all derived works follow similar patterns.

I d like to study these a bit and find out how it translates exactly.

To be noted that there are more than one fires that the magician uses, al all firesv must be dealt with accordingly. The fire for fumigations is dedicated in a way, the fire that lights the candles, in another way, the fire used to torment rebellious spirits, in yet another way, and so forth.

The fire used to warm the hearts of the spirits before the circle will be useless in constraining more dangerous or obstane spirits, and vice versa. The element stays the same, the physical phenomenon stays unchanged, but due to the magical charge, it has different properties.

Most sources draw upon the Goetia and the Heptameron, the latter being the source of inspiration for the rituals in the former.

Let s take a look at the Heptameron:

Exorcismus ignis, cui superponuntur fumigia.

The Exorcisme of the fire upon which the perfumes are to be put.

Exorcizo te creatura Ignis, per illum, per quem facta sunt omnia, vt statim omne fantasma eiicias à te, vt nocere non possit in aliquo.

Deinde dic:

Benedic Domine Creaturam istam Ignis, & sanctifica, vt benedicta sit, in collaudationem nominis tui sancti: vt nullo nocumento sit gestantibus nec videntibus: Per Dominum nostrum Iesum Christum, &c.

Turner s translation:

I exorcise thee, O thou creature of fire, by him by whom all things are made, that forthwith thou cast away every phantasme from thee, that it shall not be able to do any hurt in any thing.

Then say,

Bless, O Lord, this creature of fire, and sanctifie it, that it may be blessed to set forth the praise of thy holy name, that no hurt may come to the Exorcisers or Spectators: through our Lord Jesus Christ, &c.

Is it correct?
Yes and no. 

Gestantibus, from Gestanti, does not mean Exorcisers, it means Bearers, that is, the disciples or assistants that hold the incense or the Master of the Art who does the incensing. That is why the plural is used. It ensures the safety and wellbeing of the bearers of the coals, even in the (avoidable) event of punitive measures of the spirits via smoke, as Goetia implies.

Videntibus, from Videnti, does not mean only Spectators, as in passive assistants that only witness the rites, but all those who see the rite and the beings evoked, including the Seers used in certain catoptromantic or hygromantic rituals, so the word Seers might be more adequate.   

The most important part and the most overlooked is the lack of ending: the dormula ends with &c, (etc cetera) meaning, And so forth, indicating that it has been shortened, the original text containing the full ending that was often repeated and here it was truncated for the sake of brevity. 

Not only is the Heptameron conjuration mistranslated, but it is incomplete. 

A very close text is to be found is Reginald Scot s Discoverie of Witchcraft appended material of the 1665 edition: 

An Exorcism for the fire

The Exorcist ought to have the earthen Censer, wherein to preserve the fire for magical uses, and the expiations and fumigations, whose consecration is on this manner.

By him that created Heaven and Earth, and is the God and Lord of all, I exorcize and sanctifie thee thou creature of Fire, that immediately thou banish every phantasm from thee, so that thou prove not hurtful in any kind: Which I beseech thee O Lord to confirm by sanctifying and making pure this creature of fire, that it may be blessed and consecrate to the honour of thy holy Name. Amen.

The text most likely copies the Heptameron, omits the &c and ends with an Amen. 

The Clavicle of Solomon, in the earliest manuscript in English (Sloane 1387) dated circa 1572, has a similar one:

The Coniuration of ye Fyer.

Exorsizo te creatura ignis per que~ facta sunt omnia ut sine mora aliqua eiicias fantasinata [sic] ut nocere non possunt in aliquo oprtr naturam humanam per invocationem altissimi creatoris, Benedic domine creaturam spei~ ut sanctificiata et benedicta sit in collandationem no~is tui sancti ut millum nocumentum sit gestantibus et videntibus per dominum nostrum et.
With scribal notae and mistakes, the text is nearly identical, yet stillincomplete, endind with et (and).

A very new addition , and valuable indeed, is the Folger Manuscript, recently transcribed by Peterson and Harms and published under the name of The Book of Oberion. By their immense generosity, the full transcript is available for free at mister Peterson s website.

It contains extensive material that ties everything together, and among many other precious finds we have this very conjuration (my translation , I do not own the book yet):

Exorcismus ignis, cui superponuntur. Fumigia. 
(Exorcism of the fire over which the suffumigations are put)

Nota ignis quo utendum est ad fumigationis sit in vase fictili seu terreo novo. Exorcizatur autem hoc modo. 

Exorcizo te creatura ignis, per illum per quem facta sunt omnia, ut statim omne phantasma eijcias ate, ut nocere non possit in aliquo. deinde dic. Benedic domine creatura istam ignis, et sanctiffica + ut benedicta sit in collandationem [*collaudationem] nominis tui sancti, ut nullo nocumento sit gestantibus, nec videntibus, per dominum nostrum Iesu, Christum fillium tuum, qui tecum vivit et regnat in unitate spiritus sancti deus, per omnia secula secculorum Amen.

Without doubt, this is the correct and full conjuration to be used, complete with ending, for the first time rendered. The sign of the cross in the text marks where the Exorcist marks the fire with the sign of the Cross. 

Exorcism of the Fire

 Exorcizo te creatura ignis, per illum per quem facta sunt omnia, ut statim omne phantasma eiicias a te, ut nocere non possit in aliquo. 

 I exorcise thee creature of fire, by Him by whom all things are made, that forthwith thou cast away every phantasme from thee, that it shall not be able to do any hurt in any thing.

Benediction of the fire

Benedic Domine creatura istam ignis, et sanctiffica + ut benedicta sit in collaudationem nominis tui sancti, ut nullo nocumento sit gestantibus, nec videntibus, per Dominum nostrum Iesu Christum,  fillium tuum, qui tecum vivit et regnat in unitate spiritus sancti deus, per omnia secula secculorum Amen.

Bless, O Lord, this creature of fire, and sanctifie it +, that it may be blessed to the praise of Thy holy name, that no hurt may come to the Bearers, nor the Seers, through our Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son, who with Thee lives and reigns in Unity with the Holy Spirit, God, forever and ever, Amen. 

Discoverie of Witchcraft:

Clavicle of Solomon, Ptolemy the Grecian:

Folger Book of Magic:

Feb 13, 2014

Four Rulers

Diagram of the Kingdom of spirits rulership, presided over by the Four Powerful Archangels Michael, Gabriel, Raphael and Uriel. 

The seals of the Four Emperors are taken from the Clavis Inferni. I have four other previously unpublished seals of them, but I will not post them here or now.

This is from a forthcoming book of mine, just a little taste. Please do not copy, repost, share, tweet, tween, twerk or blog without my permission or without linking it to this blog. Please don t make T-shirts, mugs or epoxy keychains out of it.

Lova ya!

Jul 13, 2013

Purification Bath

Whenever I have a ritual coming up or any other working of a spiritual nature, I like to use a cleansing rite that does the job pretty well.

It uses the famous Asperrges Me verse:

Asperges me, Domine, hyssopo et mundabor,
Lavabis me, et super nivem dealbabor.

 Thou wilt sprinkle me, O Lord, with hyssop and I shall be cleansed
Thou wilt wash me, and I shall be washed whiter than snow.

I usually sing it in my native tongue of Romanian, with a melody that is usually sung in Church. 

1. Run your bath water however hot or cold you like.
2. Perform the Consecration of the Salt on a bowl of salt, prefferably coarse natural salt or marine salt.
3. Being consecrated, take a fistful of salt and release it into the water in the shape of a cross: In the name of the Father. Next to it, another fistful, and of the Son, and another one, and the Holy Spirit. I usually hit the water with the salt, in an exorcising manner.
4. Put the right foot in the water, reciting the Asperges Me the first time.
5.Put the left foot in the water, reciting the Asperges Me a second time.
6. Kneel with the right foot in the water, reciting the Asperges Me a third time.
7.Kneel with the left foot in the water, reciting the Asperges Me a fourth time, upright.
8. From the kneeling upright position, sit on your heels, letting the water come up above your waist, reciting the Asperges Me a fifth time.
9. Sit in your tub and extend your feet, lye down and let the water reach your neck,  reciting the Asperges Me a sixth time.
10. Submerge your head underwater for a few seconds and come up again, and recite the Asperges me the seventh time, taking care not to lose your breath or choke with water.
11. Relax and pray in any fasion you want, meditate and give thanks.
12. Get out dry and do your stuff. 

I cannot disclose the origin of this rite. If you wish to use it, feel free. 
Non-Christians can replace the trinity with the names Agla, On, Tetragrammaton, but that s about it. Other religioons have their own rites, don t try to use Cthulhu, Yog Sothoth and Nyarlathotep or Satan, Baal and Astaroth, it s not meant to work like that. 

Jun 9, 2013

The Mass of the Holy Ghost

Most people have a problem finding this Catholic service anywhere. The Heptameron asks for it in the consecration of the Sword and the Pentacle:

Then take this Pentacle made in the day and hour of Mercury, the Moon increasing, written in [paper or] parchment made of a kids skin. But first let there be said over it the Mass of the holy Ghost, and let it be sprinkled with water of baptism.

and let the master carry the Sword; over which there must be said one mass of the Holy Ghost; 

 Since both the pentacle and sword are to be consecrated on a Wednesday, this is a stronger reason to believe that this service is not the common Holy Liturgy, but one of the Votive Masses, namely that of the Holy Spirit or Holy Ghost.

Thought this might help. 

 Missa de Spiritu Sancto

Introitus. Sap. l, 7.
Spíritus Dómini replévit orbem terrárum: et hoc, quod cóntinet ómnia, sciéntiam habet vocis.
 (T.P. Allelúja, allelúja.) Ps. 67,2.
Exsúrgat Deus, et dissipéntur inimíci ejus: et fúgiant, qui odérunt eum, a fácie ejus. . Glória Patri.


Deus, qui corda fidélium Sancti Spíritus illustratióne docuísti: da nobis in eódem Spíritu recta sápere; et de ejus semper consolatióne gaudére. Per Dóminum . . . in unitáte ejúsdem Spíritus Sancti.  

Léctio Actuum Apostólorum.

Act. 8, 14-17. 

In diébus illis: Cum audíssent Apóstoli, qui erant Jerosólymis, quod recepísset Samaría verbum Dei, misérunt ad eos Petrum et Joánnem. Qui cum veníssent, oravérunt pro ipsis, ut accíperent Spíritum Sanctum: nondum enim in quemquam illórum vénerat, sed baptizáti tantum erant in nómine Dómini Jesu. Tunc imponébant manus super illos, et accipiébant Spíritum Sanctum.

Graduale. Ps. 32, 12 et 6. 

Beáta gens, cujus est Dóminus Deus eórum: pópulus, quem elégit Dóminus in hereditátem sibi. ℣. Verbo Dómini coeli firmáti sunt: et Spíritu oris ejus omnis virtus eórum.

Allelúja, allelúja. (Hic genuflectitur)
Veni, Sancte Spíritus, reple tuórum corda fidélium: et tui amóris in eis ignem accénde. Allelúja.

Post Septuagesimam, omissis Allelúja et
Versu sequenti, dicitur:
Tractus. Ps. 103, 30.

Emítte Spíritum tuum, et creabúntur: et renovábis fáciem terræ. ℣. O quam bonus et suávis est, Dómine, Spíritus tuus in nobis! (Hic genuflectitur) ℣. Veni, Sancte Spíritus, reple tuórum corda fidélium: et tui amóris in eis ignem accénde.

Tempore autem Paschali omittitur Graduale,
et ejus loco dicitur:

Allelúja, allelúja. ℣. Ps. 103, 30. 
Emítte Spíritum tuum, et creabúntur: et renovábis fáciem terræ. Allelúja. (Hic genuflectitur) ℣. Veni, Sancte Spíritus, reple tuórum corda fidélium: et tui amóris in eis ignem accénde. Allelúja.

Sequéntia sancti Evangélii secúndum Joánnem. P

Joann. 14, 23-31. 

In illo témpore: Dixit Jesus discípulis suis: Si quis diligit me, sermónem meum servábit, et Pater meus díliget eum, et ad eum veniémus, et mansiónem apud eum faciémus: qui non díligit me, sermónes meos non servat Et sermónem quem audístis, non est meus: sed ejus, qui misit me, Patris. Hæc locútus sum vobis, apud vos manens. Paráclitus autem Spíritus Sanctus, quem mittet Pater in nómine meo, ille vos docébit ómnia et súggeret vobis ómnia, quæcúmque díxero vobis. Pacem relínquo vobis, pacem meam do vobis: non quómodo mundus dat, ego do vobis. Non turbátur cor vestrum neque fórmidet. Audístis, quia ego dixi vobis: Vado et vénio ad vos. Si diligerétis me, gauderétis útique, quia vado ad Patrem; quia Pater major me est. Et nunc dixi vobis, priúsquam fiat: ut, cum factum fúerit, credátis. Jam non multa loquar vobíscum. Venit enim princeps mundi hujus, et in me non habet quidquam. Sed ut cognóscat mundus, quia díligo Patrem, et sicut mandátum dedit mihi Pater, sic fácio.

Offertorium. Ps. 67, 29-30. 

Confírma hoc, Deus, quod operátus es in nobis: a templo tuo, quod est in Jerúsalem, tibi ófferent reges múnera. (T.P. Allelúja.)

Múnera, quǽsumus, Dómine, obláta sanctífica: et corda nostra Sancti Spíritus illustratióne emúnda. Per Dóminum . . in unitáte ejusdem Spíritus Sancti.

Præfatio de Spiritu Sancto.

Communio. Act. 2, 2 et 4. 

Factus est repénte de cælo sonus tamquam adveniéntis spíritus veheméntis, ubi erant sedéntes: et repléti sunt omnes Spíritu Sancto, loquéntes magnália Dei.


Sancti Spíritus, Dómine, corda nostra mundet infúsio: et sui roris íntima aspersióne fecúndet. Per Dóminum . . . in unitáte ejúsdem Spíritus Sancti.

1. You have the source right here. 
2. Do not ask me to translate it. I am not your free Latin to English translator, I do not have time to do that. You may find an English or native language version for yourself. It has the Bible verses quoted, so it s quite easy with some practice.
3. Kids skin is not the skin of a child, if you were thinking to debunk me as a satanist and child molestor.  Many people think that. Kids skin is the skin of a kid, a young goat, like lamb is a young sheep.

Apr 2, 2013

Book review: E.A. Koetting: The Book of Azazel


I have begun a very fruitful collaboration with Nephilim Press this last year as you might already know, and part of my payment was agreed to be a book or two that would far exceed my budget. They were kind enough to save one such rare piece of book art and after doing about 70 or 80 illustrations, I’ve finally earned it. I waited in anticipation for it for about a year and although I knew it was far beyond my financial possibilities, I somehow knew I would have it in my hands and kept calm, working my way towards it.

There is another type of satisfaction when you truly earn something, especially a book, through hard work and lost nights in front of my computer, drawing, scanning, altering, admiring or destroying the result. You never question the amount of money you d spend on it, thinking about how many cheaper books or how many pairs of shoes would be the equivalent, you just know that this specific amount of work will earn you that specific book. The feeling that I got opening the box and unwrapping it from the bubble wrap was awesome. 

I knew that sooner or later a pirate pdf would pop up  on the web, but that could hardly be of any comfort. This is the last work that E.A. Koetting promised he wouldd pen down, and incidentally, the first work by him I would own in the original format. More than anything I appreciate the work one puts into books, so I did not want a cheap ride along in the pirate ship. 


I will start by saying that it is not the first book by him I ever read, and I could not count myself as a die-hard Koetting fan, but I do not have any prejudice against the author. I acknowledge his merit and am glad for his success, although i do not share all his ideas nor would I like to make his path my own. I started reading his works not as a right-hand-pather trying to find faults in one s left-hand-path ideology or as a light-side magician fighting against darkness, but as a perpetual student reading and informing himself of others successes or experiments in magic. Many people that know me and my faith-oriented nature often find my interest in all the branches of magic troubling, not being able to conceive a light-side mage reading books that would teach diabolical acts or deal with demonic magic. Well, magic is this, and it certainly is that, so I reject nothing. 

I read the book with an open mind and a keen interest and found some things that I wholeheartedly agreed with, things I clashed with and things that were not at all my way of thinking or things that i liked easily creeping in and settling themselves comfortably in my mind, making me wonder if he had convinced me, if the ideas were there all along or simply if it was a seduction technique of the author. It may be all three at once, what i can say is that this book is certainly seductive. It may convince a seasoned occultist to give it a try and it may blow a beginner s mind. When dealing with the occult, there is a great power in announcing philosophical truths that cannot be questioned, such as man s desire to have more than he needs or the necessity of compliance and service that must come before ultimate ruler-ship, mixed with the desirable process, in our case, that of the demonic pact. This technique is quite well-known, selling your product with someone else s product in order to gain trust. Grimoires are no different. Some  use previously known angels and demons to introduce new ideas or rituals, some use known rituals to introduce new hierarchies of spirits. Of the former category I can name The Ars Goetia and Ars Theurgia-Goetia, The Grimoire of Turiel and the Sixth and Seventh Books of Moses, while of the latter category, the Enochian materials of John Dee and Edward Kelly are the most widely known. 


Also, the idea of otherworldly authorship is not only old, but recurrent in magical books. Venerable ancestors such as Enoch, Ishmael, Moses, Hermes, Solomon and Cyprian have ”written” grimoires long after their deaths, angelic figures the likes of Raphael and Raziel have passed on secret knowledge to man in  the form of books and Honorius wrote his famous Liber Juratus under the guidance of the angel Hocroel, but books written by or inspired by demons were definitely missing. Outside of fictitious books such as the Necronomicon, inspired the the so-called Old Ones of the Cuthulu Mythos and the Delomelanicon, written by Lucifer himself, wellspring of the Nine Gates of the Kingdom of Shadows from the work of novelist Arturo Perez Reverte, books revealed by demons missed from the Western Magical tradition. The closest thing we have to this is the Liber Byleth, a magical book quoted by Wierius in the description of the demonic king Byleth, but that has only been known in manuscript to but a handfull of experts that so far have not bothered to translate or transcribe it.  A grimoire inspired by a demon was definitely needed...

Why Azazel? I have no idea. Maybe because he is the demon of desolation, isolation, damnation and sin in the Old Testament and the major Promethean initiatory figure in the Book of Enoch. He would be the most fit character to lead the magician to total damnation and initiation into the dark arts.

The book is about liberation through utter damnation, the power that the destruction of the temporary constructs has over the feeling of one s true freedom.


 If in the beginning we are encouraged to find a system that responds to our needs and fits our demands and expectations, we later might feel constricted by this very system in our search for ultimate liberation. The idea is quite interesting, but is definitely not new. It may perplex students of a certain system, but all systems teach at one point or another renunciation. Death followed by rebirth is a constant in all initiatic traditions, reaching out of ancient Egypt and the ancient mystery tradition to our contemporary luciferian ideologies and Eastern teachings. From Osiris to Osho and from Prometheus to Jesus, all state that only through self-annihilation true spiritual insight can be gained.    

The style of the book varies greatly: sometimes is a manual of dark ritual  magic,  sometimes a course in self-discovery and oftentimes a journal or a confession as to a friend. The language tends to be dense, poetic and bombastic, a feature shown in other books by the same author, but that may be excusable and lend a personal note of his own work. What matters is that it brings three new things into the world of the grimoire. 

The first is the most obvious always, that is the grimoiric part itself, the catalogue of demons that Koetting claims he has called and worked with, referred to in the text as the commanders over the legions of Azazel, called Nethers. Might be an Egyptian reference, where the word Neter or Netjer usually designated a god. He gives the seals of 33 such creatures, organised in three categories or Houses, with powers, appearances and personal notes. 


The second thing he brings new to the table is the very concept of the demonic pact itself. Pushing the envelope as he likes to call it, the author does things that other ascertain as toxic and destructive, even to his own personal well-being. If the entire magical lore alluding to pacts shows them as being demonic traps in which the sorcerer might lose his soul an place himself among the damned, our author heeds not the warnings and goes out looking for it. While other sorcerers take great precautions not to be beguiled by the demon into signing a pact, he does precisely that, and lives to tell the tale, of course. 

The third thing being brought to the table is the author s intimate tails of gain and loss, destruction and recovery, anguish, retreat and freedom. I for one find it intriguing and interesting. It might be a technique meant to make the method more appealing to the suffering, the scarred, the shamed and the pariah, but I could not make such a statement with a content heart. Anyone who suffers and builds their life back is certainly worthy of anyone s respect, and anyone who would share it for an example with others, even more so. 

The book is a good read and an interesting account, beyond the precious style that aims to make something ordinary seem like a legendary feat. That is something I found a bit bothersome: the magician never simply looks into the smoke of the brazier, he always pierces through with his magical focused gaze in the bellowing smoke of scented copal rising forth from the great triangle of manifestation, bringing to existence the very substance and idea of smokingness itself. He does not merely step into a circle, but he commands his weakened body and exhausted mind forward into the sacred precinct of the temporary temple that is the circle of the pacts.(not actual quotes, sorry, but you get the picture). As curious as this style may be to the contemporary reader, this method of combining grimoiric magic and thrill-filled stories is not new either, and not a trademark of Koetting. Many works of magic begin with warnings to the reader, advices for the imprudent and curses for the ignorant, making the grimoire even more evil and even more impotant than it really is.

The Book of Azazel is an interesting read. I have no inclination nor time to see what exactly matches Crowley, Chumbley, Ford, Grant or Yogi Bear in what he writes because I had no time nor enough interest in the Left Hand Path to read them critically, so  will refrain from doing so and leave this task to other readers, more seasoned then myself in this area. 

The quality of the book itself is great, the binding is good but a bit too stiff for my taste, the cover is simple yet intriguing, keeping the cover and spine decoration to a bare minimum, the drawings are superbly executed (by Frater Akherra, whom I commend for his great work), the layout is great and the black and red text takes us back to the Middle Ages, where most such books were written with the same colors.

Glad to have one of the 33 copies. Ebay tells me that one such copy already reached the price of 1200 $. Not that I m selling. 


Jan 10, 2013

Affordable scrying implements

Ever got the feeling that the tools and implements you use in magic choose you rather than the the way around? I had. And it s a recurring thing.

Even before I got to working on Frater Ashen s book about experimenting with the Art of Drawing Spirits into Crystals, I found myself in an avid search regarding scrying, both with a crystal ball and with a water vessel. 

Somehow, the water vessel attracts me more. 

Besides the ambivalence that the four books of the Lemegeton shows towards the evoking medium (before the circle or in the scrying surface), a lot of texts carried me towards water scrying. 

In particular, the method used in Arthur Gantlet s grimoire and in the Book of the Treasure Spirits, both edited by David Rankine and in the experiments of Frederick Hockley.

The method involves a table covered with cloth, a round vessel full of water, a band of divine names, one or two candles and a seal drawn on vellum or paper that covers the mouth of the vessel.

Yesterday while shopping a very peculiar thing caught my eye and I thought it was perfect for such a task: a clear, simple wide wine glass. 

Filled with water it can provide the ideal vessel for scrying and the cost was very low, about 1 or 2 dollars.

Also, I needed a stand or a circular wooden plaque. Found one, bought one. Very conveniant. Now, mind you, it s not a special scrying wooden plaque, it s a hard wood, hand carved thingy people use to chop stuff in the kitchen, but the size of it was just right. 

If the method does not require a holy table like Barret asks, and just the table and vessel, this very thing can be supported on three wooden legs to make the table itself.

Today I woke up and set my mind on buying a bigger one. I went to a commercial complex that sells all kinds of stuff, rushed through it, climbed the stairs and went straight to the glassware section. And the first thing I saw was this pretty thing.

Basically it s the same thing, only four times bigger than my big wine glass. The round part is bigger than my head, I think. The total hight of the thing is 36 cm (about 14 inches) while the circumference of the bulk is 58 cm (about 23 inches).


Never tried my had at scrying but always was fearful of not being able to see things in small crystals. Well.. problem solved. This is the flat-screen monster of all scrying vessels. 

Only thing is that filled up with water it can hold up to 2 liters, so it can be quite heavy. The leg might give and break. I m considering reinforcing it somehow or building a tripod like stand to take some of the pressure off.

Price: the whole shebang, under 20 $. That s about half of the price I would pay on Ebay for a small glass ball being passed off as a Chinese quartz sphere.