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Anu
alias Don
Celtic Goddess of Fertility

Anu was known, in the Celtic World, by several similar names: Danu or Don being the most popular alternatives.

She was a Mother-Goddess, the wife of the Sun God, Belenos, and considered to be the ancestor of all the Gods, the Tuatha dé Danann, who found themselves obliged to reside in the Otherworld when Miled brought the Celts to the British Isles. She still looks down on us from the night’s sky where she appears as Llys Don, better known as the constellation of Casseopeia. Anu was especially popular in Munster, though her most lasting memorial is a mountain in County Kerry called the Dá Chích Anann or “Breast of Anu”.

The Dane Hills in Leicestershire are also named after her and this area, perhaps a major centre for her cult, is where her memory lives on as Black Annis. This hideous old crone’s habit of eating young children was, no doubt, invented by incoming Christians to blacken the name of the Celtic Goddess. In Christendom, the lady usually took on the guise of St. Anne, however, in order to smooth the path of conversion. This saint’s popularity in Brittany probably stems from the previous worship of the Celtic Goddess there. Anu was also the patroness of springs and fountains, hence the numerous St. Anne’s Wells throughout Britain today. Early medieval historians confused Anu with Anna, the daughter of St. Joseph of Arimathea. In Arthurian legend she probably appears as Annowre, a sorceress who imprisoned Arthur in the Perilous Forest.

Source: http://www.britannia.com/celtic/gods/don.htmlimage

The Dark Goddess Lilith
by M. Kelley Hunter

A female tiger. She is magnificent, powerful. We treat her with respect, awe. She can hurt, but we are allowed to stroke her. She is surrounded by a round enclosure, trapped. A number of male cats come in and rape her. She is covered in blood after the second attack. After, she is left encaged, her heart destroyed. Anyone who approaches her is met by a terrible, hateful, warning snarl. She is dangerous, ferocious, destructive, defensive. Why is one of such a royal upbringing led to this fate?

Thus Lilith entered my dreams. One of the dark goddesses, like Persephone, Hecate, and Kali, Lilith expresses the feminine power of the divine, creative life force. If we follow the mythological trail of these dark goddesses back in time to find the source of their darkness and negativity, we discover not only the possibility of a major shift in the collective human image of the feminine, but also some deep undercurrent of unease that needs to be acknowledged and healed in our personal lives.

Lilith first appeared in Sumerian mythology about 5,000 years ago. As “handmaid” to the Goddess Inanna, Queen of Heaven, she would gather men in from the fields for the sacred rites. In another Sumerian story, Lilith lives in the sacred huluppu tree that Inanna has planted in her holy garden, accompanied by the snake who cannot be charmed and the wild Anzu-bird and her young. These creatures are part of Lilith’s untamed nature and have knowledge to give Inanna, who is not yet ready to accept it. So Inanna calls in her brother, Gilgamesh, to cut down the tree. The serpent is killed, the Anzu-bird and its family fly off to the mountains, and Lilith departs for the wilderness.(1)

This story may be the foundation of the most well-known Hebrew myth of Lilith as the first wife of Adam. According to one version of the story, Yahweh creates both Adam and Lilith from earth, but with one important difference: he uses impure sediments to create Lilith, whereas Adam has been fashioned from pure dust. Because of this, Adam expects Lilith to be submissive to him, but, claiming equality, she will not be put beneath him and flies away to lifelong exile near the Red Sea, where she mates with evil spirits and bears scores of demonic children. Meanwhile, Yahweh again tries to create a partner for Adam, this time taking one of his ribs and turning it into Eve – now she is a creation from Adam and not one in her own right, like Lilith. Myth has it that the jealousy and rage generated by Adam’s rejection motivate Lilith to come in the night for her revenge, strangling babies and giving men wet dreams to sap their strength. Amulets were worn to ward her off.(2)

Another figure in Hebrew mythology is the Shekinah, God’s Beloved, known as Sophia in Gnostic Christianity. She is the Wisdom principle, a feminine aspect of divinity.(3) Later Christians came to call her the Holy Ghost. I see Lilith as the “lower” Shekinah, the root of the tree that seeks sustenance in the soil, while Sophia is the sky-reaching branches and fruits. As the Judeo-Christian religions elevated the masculine aspect of divinity, they de-spiritualized material, sensual reality. The “lower” Shekinah became unclean, unholy. The Hebrews had infiltrated the Sumerian and Babylonian lands, where they became familiar with the Venusian goddesses Inanna and Astarte. These goddesses were celebrated as embodiments of love in a sacred marriage ritual between their priestesses and kings. In these cultures, as well as the Celtic culture, it was the goddess who gave the king his power through her love and special favors, but the cultural transition to masculine gods made these love rites blasphemous. However, the sacred marriage comes down to us even in the Bible, as Solomon’s Song of Songs.(4)

This Biblical material was incorporated into a play created by Vermont’s Dragon Dance Theater, which is based on the Sumerian myth of Inanna. I played Lilith, creating a character to give voice to my dream and to the pain of the female vital life force betrayed and suppressed, now to be acknowledged and redeemed. I blended material from my dreams, the Biblical Song of Songs, the Gnostic Gospels, and other sources. From this work I learned that Lilith is the Tree of Life, offering true wisdom rather than ego-fed knowledge. She may offer direct experience of wisdom if we can flow with her beyond our fears from the past, beyond our fear of the unknown, beyond even our fear of death.

Working with this Dragon Dance material for eight months was a profound experience that illuminated other facets of my life and relationships, luring me into deeper aspects of my unknown self. This creative work provided a way to process an inner and outer transformation that brought the recognition of some darker emotions, as well as more authentic action from my personal center, a more full expression of sexuality, and the clarification of appropriate levels of intimacy in relationships. It became clear that Lilith challenges both women and men to connect with their instinctive passion for life, for this natural force turns destructive when it is denied, unfulfilled, caged, or exiled. I still give voice to Lilith in the form of a dramatic monologue. The intriguing circumstances that occur whenever I present this piece continue to open me to her timeless mysteries.

The Three Liliths

Astrologically, there are three Liliths and you need three different ephemerides to find them. She doesn’t make it easy. These include the Asteroid Lilith, found orbiting in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter; the controversial Dark Moon Lilith, said to be the Earth’s second Moon by those who have claimed to see it over the last four centuries; and Black Moon Lilith, an abstract, geometrical point in space (see diagram *).

Asteroid Lilith

Asteroid #1181 bears Lilith’s name and orbits around the Sun approximately every four years. I think of the female-named asteroids as aspects of the Great Goddess, and Lilith is one of the most ancient. The asteroid seems to represent split-off, demonized aspects of the feminine, the result of long-standing cultural projections that perceive feminine roles and attributes as shameful, untrustworthy, and dangerous. Our personal Lilith placement may show where we struggle with social judgments that define how the feminine qualities should be expressed in order to “fit in.” These cultural projections define us, but are not us. Here we may not be seen clearly. A prominent Asteroid Lilith in the birth chart may indicate a person who does not fit the cultural stereoty pe, leading to some kind of exile from the community.

One woman with the asteroid on her Ascendant has a dark, gloomy visage and her straggly hair adds an unkempt look. She does not speak much and is uncomfortable in social situations. She lives simply in the country and works best in the outdoors. This woman could not and would not conform to social expectations.

The symbol for Asteroid Lilith is a stylized hand that signals warning, greeting, or blessing.(5) Perhaps it is how we approach her that will determine what this hand gesture means. In the classic book, Asteroid Goddesses, Lilith is described as signifying resentment and inner rage; she sets herself apart, flies into exile. She is fiercely independent. She refuses to submit to the assumed authority of another or to compromise her beliefs. Lilith asks us to deal with confrontation and issues of equality in relationship. Her asteroid ephemeris can also be found in this book.(6)

Dark Moon Lilith

Some say there is a second Moon circling Earth, a mysterious dark moon that is only seen on rare dates when it is opposite the Sun or when its shadowy silhouette crosses in front of the Sun. Although its existence has not been verified, those astronomers who claim to have viewed it say it is one-fourth the size of our familiar Moon and three times as far away.(7) It takes 119 days to orbit Earth, about ten days per sign. This is Dark Moon Lilith. Supposedly sighted as long ago as 1618, this body came to broader attention through the work of astrologer Sepharial in 1918, and more recently through the writings of Delphine Jay, who also published an ephemeris for the Dark Moon Lilith.(8)

Like a dust cloud, Dark Moon Lilith absorbs the light into itself, a very different process from that of our Sun-reflecting Moon. Whereas the reflective Moon represents personal, subjective feelings, the Dark Moon represents a primal, impersonal, creative instinct that seeks identification apart from the physical and emotional realms.

According to Delphine Jay’s research, the effect of Dark Moon Lilith is distinctly impersonal. When her expression is self-centered, she can be quite negative; when the emotional content is directed to higher centers, she enhances creative, mental, aesthetic, and even spiritual expression. “Lilith strictly symbolizes the objective thinking approach. Anything else is unsuccessful.”(9) The Dark Moon position is where we must grow beyond our habitual patterns of our early Moon conditioning in order to remember the ancient exaltation of our true spiritual parentage.

Black Moon Lilith

Perhaps the most subtle and intriguing of the three Liliths, Black Moon is not a physical body but an abstract, geometrical point, like the Ascendant or the Vertex. Because the Moon’s path around the Earth is elliptical, as opposed to circular, it has two foci, or centers, the Earth being one and Black Moon Lilith the other. We can also describe this point as the apogee of the Moon’s orbit – the place where it is farthest from Earth.

The center of gravity between the Earth and Moon is inside the Earth. As part of the Earth-Moon system, Black Moon is a point or energetic vortex intimately bound to the center of the Earth. Within this context, Lilith is a twin to the core energy of the Earth, the deep heart of fire that feeds and sustains our bodies and the body of the Earth. The creative vitality of the Sun gives life to the Earth and fuels this central core fire.

As a centerpoint of the Moon’s orbit, Black Moon Lilith works in relationship with the Earth-Moon system and with the Sun. As a second center of reference, she gives a sense of rhythm to the Earth, taking the dynamics of relationship beyond the personal Moon-Venus energies into more subtle dimensions that are essential to our lives. For this reason Black Moon Lilith has a strong impact on relationship dynamics. Representing the closest reach of the Moon to the Sun, she is also a reference point in our personal lives that brings us into relationship with the heart of our Sun-fueled experience on Earth, an emotional intelligence informed by the wisdom of earthy instinct. Since our culture has lost – even rejected, as Lilith was rejected – this kind of natural wisdom, it is more difficult to tap into and trust it. Relationships that carry the Lilith energy are initiatory, soul-to-soul meetings that open into a deeper center where personal and impersonal experience merge. Can we trust this energy that is unraveling our edges, tapping into such a deep well? Can we trust ourselves?

The Black Moon point is where we are lured into our more self-centered illusions for the purpose of purging negative desires, thereby leading us to the deeper truth within our hearts, the longings and yearnings of our souls. She insists that we feel through, let go, and surrender to something essential and transparent in us that is primary – the bedrock beneath the shifting sands, the passion of the soul.

In Unremembered Country, Susan Griffin beautifully articulates the essence of this core energy: “As I go into the Earth, she pierces my heart. As I penetrate further, she unveils me. When I have reached her center, I am weeping openly. I have known her all my life, yet she reveals stories to me, and these stories are revelations, and I am transformed. Each time I go to her I am born like this. Her renewal washes over me endlessly, her wounds caress me; I become aware of all that has come between us, of the noise between us, the blindness, of something sleeping between us. Now my body reaches out to her.”(10)

Mean or True?

Like the Moon’s nodes, Black Moon Lilith has both Mean and True positions, and the difference between them can be significant, even up to 30 degrees. I understand that most Europeans use the Mean Black Moon. Of course Lilith can be Mean, but I think she is also True. In her True position, she moves very quickly – up to 6¡ per day – and retrogrades often. I will have to do more research before speculating on the meanings of these two positions. Sabian symbols are one way to start. For now, I propose considering a Black Moon corridor, using the section of the zodiac encompassed by the True-Mean section of the chart. For some people Lilith would cover a larger territory, sometimes even expressing through two signs, with transiting planets making a longer passage. Others, with a narrow band of Lilith influence, may have a more focused, intensified experience of her energies.

Triple Goddess Lilith

I find the three Liliths intriguing as a mirror of the triple goddess. Essentially Tantric, Lilith transforms energy to higher octaves. Her impersonal energy opens transparent areas of the mind, not clouded by the weight of collective judgment or the limitations of ego identity. The three aspects vibrate at different frequencies and open channels to clear and spiritualize the emotional body. Dark Moon has the fastest orbital cycle, like clouds passing across the face of the Sun. It represents highly individualized soul desires that are denied satisfaction on a personal level in favor of a higher expression of social and spiritual values. Asteroid Lilith is the most embodied Lilith, and signifies repressed elements, often relating to sexuality, anger, and assertion, that require full, embodied expression. Black Moon is an energy vortex that cuts through the veils of illusion with the sword of truth. Its orbital cycle of eight years and ten months correlates with the Moon’s nodal cycles and has a similar karmic impact.

I have been working with all three Liliths in charts to discover how they work together to evoke this deep, dark, mysterious realm of soul. Much work is yet to be done with such new material, but what I have seen so far is quite provocative. Astro-mythologist Demetra George suggests that, although each Lilith contains the entire symbolic meaning of the archetype, each one may also represent different phases of her mythology, in which “the cycle of our Lilith experience is initiated by the asteroid Lilith, developed by the Dark Moon Lilith, and completed by the Black Moon Lilith.”(11) I believe this is a good initial approach. Personal life stories will show the intertwining of the three with unique individual coloring.

I’ve learned a lot from my own experience. I have Asteroid Lilith in Scorpio on my 4th-house cusp. I associate this placement with memories of my mother, a Scorpio, muttering darkly under her breath in the kitchen. It is after cocktail hour and she is cooking while my father calls out instructions from the living room. This inherited, soul-damaging image of the feminine has haunted me in my search for full expression of my feelings and mutual respect in relationships.

I have Dark Moon Lilith in the 4th house, very close to the 5th-house cusp and conjunct Chiron and Sun in Sagittarius. During a New Moon eclipse that fell on this point in my chart, my young son died. The eclipse was conjunct his Sun as well. In earlier times, Lilith was known as a child-killer, her revenge for having had her own children taken away. In the Middle East, amulets were worn to ward off her danger. I had to face and give voice, again and again, to the guilt, emptiness, and release within me that was so deeply stirred by this death. This is when I first began to speak for the Dark Goddess through writing and performance. In another version of her story, Lilith takes children out of this dark, lower world and returns them to the Lord. I came to know my son’s death as an initiation, even a gift.

One of my male clients had a fascinating Lilith encounter that helped to transform his experience of life. He has Dark Moon Lilith conjunct an Aries Sun and square Black Moon Lilith, Mars, and Juno in Capricorn. He often confided that he felt emotionally abused by his wife over several years of their marriage. One night he dreamt that a 15-foot scorpion emerged from her vagina, which prompted intensive therapy where he worked through what he called “a murderous rage.” Inner visions then revealed the Divine Mother with many faces giving birth to a huge star-like egg. This new and healing female archetype transformed his emotional body, “enabling me to hold the whole,” to delight in the “erotic, creative, juicy life force, beyond judgment.”

A Fourth Lilith?

On yet another frequency, and to leave you with a tantalizing thought, as Lilith would, I’d like to mention the possibility of a fourth Lilith. The star Algol in the constellation Perseus has a reputation as the most evil star in the sky. Most often envisioned as the Eye or Head of Medusa, Algol was also called Lilith by Hebrew star watchers.(12) Such an Eye perceives “with an objectivity like that of nature itself and our dreams, boring into the soul to find the naked truth, to see reality beneath all its myriad forms and the illusions and defenses it displays.”(13) Lilith indeed. All the better to see you with, my dear.

Read Kelley Hunter’s Lilith Monologue

References and Notes

1. Diane Wolkstein and Samuel N. Kramer, Inanna, Queen of Heaven and Earth, New York, NY: Harper and Row, 1983.

2. Barbara Koltuv, The Book of Lilith, York Beach, ME: Nicolas-Hays, Inc., 1986.

3. Ibid.

4. “The Song of Solomon,” The Holy Bible, King James Edition.

5. J. Lee Lehman and Al H. Morrison, Ephemeris of Lilith, New York, NY: CAO Times, 1980. This is probably no longer in print.

6. Demetra George with Douglas Bloch, Asteroid Goddesses, San Diego, CA: ACS Publications, 1986, pp. 301-320.

7. For more details regarding these sightings, see Delphine Jay, Interpreting Lilith, Tempe, Arizona: AFA, 1981.

8. Delphine Jay, The Lilith Ephemeris, Tempe, Arizona: AFA, 1983.

9. Delphine Jay, Interpreting Lilith, pp. 13-14.

10. Susan Griffin, Unremembered Country, Townsend, WA: Copper Canyon Press, 1987.

11. Demetra George, Asteroid Goddesses, pp. 301-320.

12. Bernadette Brady, Brady’s Book of Fixed Stars, York Beach, ME: Samuel Weiser, 1998.

13. Sylvia Perera, Descent to the Goddess, Toronto: Inner City Books, 1981, p. 32. [Editor’s Note:

We suspect that all known ephemerides for the Black Moon Lilith are now out of print. The good news is that we’ve included a two-page, 20th-century ephemeris of the Black Moon’s Mean positions on pages 23-24 of this issue (web page readers see links above.) The even better news is that a book entitled Asteroid Ephemeris 1900-2050, with daily positions for the four principal asteroids, Chiron, and both True and Mean Black Moon Liliths, will be released by San Diego’s ACS Publications in May 1999. There are also two computer software programs, Solar Fire and Janus, that feature the Mean Black Moon, and the Win*Star program calculates the True Black Moon.

© 1999 M. Kelley Hunter – all rights reserved

Kelley Hunter has studied the sky as a professional astrologer, mythologist, and amateur astronomer for over 30 years. She was co-founder of the Roots of Astrology experiential conferences, which were held in Vermont for several years. With degrees in Drama and Depth Psychology, she has counseled and taught adult students at Norwich University and other colleges. In addition to astrological consultations, she now offers a correspondence mentorship program in the language of astrology. Kelley is co-author of the book, Astrology for Women. Contact her at P.O. Box 37, St. John, USVI 00831; 1-888-7ALTAIR, or kellhunter@earthlink.net

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[English translation by Mike Brenner -Copyright Mike Brenner 1997]

This figure is complicated, but to a philosopher, wondrous to behold. In the center of the inner circle is the sun with 7 rays of warmth. Above is the crown of celestial SAL-NITRE of the physical world and the Nature-Spirit. The figure represents: (1) Chaos or universal subjective nature as the purest birth of this Nature-spirit in the center of the Earth, (2) Sulphur saturated with astral Mercury, (3) the White Gold of the wise, (4) the many layers of the Earth, and (5) Travisan’s Fountain.

The outer circle represents the Zodiac where the 7 planets forever course through the ether. The planets concentrate their influx of energy into the world below, inducing the law: as above so below, and as below so above.

The planets in this figure have an occult order, with Saturn in the first, or lowest, spot. From above, Saturn congeals the One Substance (the etherial Fiery-Water or the astral Watery-Fire with its ring of coldness). It manifests right into the alchemist’s hand and continues throughout the Work. The golden Sun-Child already lays concealed in It.

Jupiter is right above Saturn, the next step of the Work. The power of Jupiter first lets black Saturn experience Composition, then darkens the Sun and the Moon. Jupiter then sweeps up to paradise like an airborne dragon, out of the stomach of Saturn. Jupiter transmutes the dark Earth into the subtle elements from which the black child is freshly born in the sky, the way a noble jewel is polished. Finally, this enables Jupiter to completely discard the shadowy mundane world, the old Adam.

At the top is the moon, snow-white Diana, the queen of solidity. She starts her heavenly journey by drinking in and dissolving all the tail colors of a Peacock in a heat. The Moon uses the Philosophers’ Stone to hermetically seal the pure liquid Air-Element. Continuing through the dry gaseous Fire, the Moon journeys on the Path to the celestial Solid Fire and the Red Tincture.

Next after the moon at the very top, is Mercury, the Initiator, the Worker, and the Completer of the whole Work, the moist-radical or base-moisture of the Stone. Now, Mercury swings from the top horn of the crescent Moon down to Venus, entering through her silver chord. Mercury starts out in liquid form at the Moon, but solidifies while passing through Venus and Mars, penetrating through to the center of the Sun.

PARAGRAPH 1
Among the 7 planets I am called the Sun.
My pointy crown symbolizes the process:
First, we become completely subtle and pure
And bind with Mercury,
Then the black raven grows.
It is buried in the grave,
Rising anew,
Adorned with lillies, and betrothed.
Then at last the Sun-Child appears,
Bedecked with purple on his throne

PARAGRAPH 1

The mundane Nature-Spirit: (1) pours itself into the Central-Fire of the earth, (2) starts working in that fire, (3) is bound in mercurial moisture and liquid form, (4) is impelled to and fro, through the Archaeum of the Earth, as a saturated wind, (5) is congealed by Saturn, and (6) is thrown to the ground in front of the Alchemist, like the true metallic gore (the metal’s seed).

The Alchemist: (1) recognizes this as the most valuable treasure on earth, (2) takes it home joyfully, (3) inserts it into the glass coffin, (4) binds it with the gaseous Mercury, (5) seals the coffin, (6) watches the black Raven grow in the putrefaction, (7) is reborn in the Paradisiacal Kingdom to corporal Diana, and (8) is crowned as the Child of the Sun.
CANON 1
Worship God, and love those
Who overcome their depression and cravings.
Give only the best to God and neighbor.
Come, I will show you
A Treasure that you will treasure:
A golden fountain and a silver spring
From the word of God and the Soul of Humanity.
I am that Treasure,
Better than all other good things.
Yet, I am also an poisonous dragon,
A furious lion with jaws open like an abyss.
All metals bow before me;
When I grab them, they bust to pieces.

EXPLANATION OF CANON 1

The Alchemist should be a pious, sincere, lover of God and neighbor. That way, better success will ensue in this highest mystery of nature, which can only be given as a gift from God. The author of this canon writes about the origin of the Substance of the Stone. This One Substance originated from the very first moment of creation when God said the all-powerful word FIAT.

The One Substance is animated by that emanation of Being Itself called the Nature Spirit. Therefore, the Substance is as powerful for this Work now as it was in the beginning, and ever shall be until the end of the world. Now this is (1) Hermes’ superior and inferior, (2) Bernardus’ little well, (3) Hermogenes’ magic fire-staff, (4) silvery Mercury springing from the forehead of God, (5) the highest good from the time of the Fall, when people became poisoned by ignorance, until the time they are reintegrated into Paradise.
This fire breathing dragon is Hermes’ little bird, flying here from the North. It is a celestial creation, consisting of fire and air. Its fire-breathing mouth, therefore, has the power to (1) warm the cold chaotic water, (2) transmute it into a virgin earth, and finally (3) transmute it into a fire-resistant liquid-wax Stone, which is why the Stone is called a Tincture.

The dragon wings have 7 indentations, to indicate the seven steps Eleazer said are needed to chop off those wings (after Eleazer’s meaning). The first three steps involve progressing the dragon gently and without corrosion through the 3 worlds in turn: the Mundane (solid), the Paradisiacal (liquid), and the Celestial (gaseous). The fourth step represents passing through frequent barriers in the distant islands of the philosophers where the dragon eats himself so full of Earth, that he can no longer fly, as if he wanted to melt everything solid into liquid. In the fifth stage he becomes a prisoner of Saturn’s scythe. In the sixth stage, everything turns around, liquid becoming solid again
PARAGRAPH 2

If the sublime wisdom of the universe,
Prized about all else,
Had opened up clearly,
As told by Philaleth; and
If my mother, Nature,
hadn’t grayed
My colorful Mercury; and
If my fiery life were revealed;
Then there would be as many Adepts,
As there are Sophists now.
But God wills
The greedy world not to
Grasp my nature or
Discover my Mercury.
So I am only known to those
Who God sends to my Master.
Who explains everything clearly,
And reveals my figure:
What to make out of the poisonous dragon,
And my solid red brother.

EXPLANATION OF PARAGRAPH 2

Physically, mentally, and emotionally turn to the Kingdom in your heart. Only then can you truly understand our overall mother, Nature. Only then can you comprehend the Mercurial Spirit hidden deeply in her innards, which gives life, seed, and soul to all 3 kingdoms. If the innumerable modern pseudo-Adepts would just recognize this, then the world would be full of true masters.

But it is hidden from their mundane eyes, that can perceive only the tranistory, that is, physically manifested things like minerals and metals. The One Substance escapes them. They do not recognize the seed and germ of all metals, where the glowing Mercury of nature lies hidden, the seed which the south-wind provides in shining gray, viscous liquid form.

Why? Because greedy, self important people, seeking only to satisfy their cravings, are fated to lose this Treasure which the God of Gods gives only to those in tune with nature, seeking with the heart of a child. And only these, not the thousands of sophisticated manipulators, know what to make of this poisonous Mercurial dragon and his accompanying liquid Sulphur and viscous Earth.
CANON 2

My species gives me a grey belly,
but I’m neither male nor female.
Rather, I have both genders.
My flesh and blood prove it.
My blood is male, my flesh female.
The power of both is spiritual.
I have both male and female organs.
So people call me a hermaphrodite.
My treasure is the Earth Element,
where there are minerals, metals, and such.
Yet I’m nothing that you may suppose.
I am One Substance by my nature.
In my metal form I am simultaneously
hot and cold, wet and dry.

EXPLANATION OF THE CANON 2

Here the author points out that the One Substance, is a viscous, gray, hermaphroditic liquid. Its passive, feminine characteristic comes from its liquid state and spirit of Mercury. Its active, masculine characteristic comes from its solid state and spirit of fiery Sulphur. In other words, physically it is Water and earth, but spiritually it is Mercury and Sulphur.

The author’s second paragraph shows the Substance born in the center of the Earth and brought forth by the South-Wind. The author empowers us with clear words: It is neither mineral nor metal. It is an essence or substance with equal proportions of the characteristics of the 4 elements.

Now what can sophists and vain seekers after this mystery say about this atomic Substance, which has a hermaphrodite spirit and body, yet is neither a mineral nor a metal? All their misconceptions are swept away: there is no antimony, vitriol, saltpeter, salt, quicksilver, sulphur, gold, silver, nor other metalic compounds. One Substance only is needed. It encompasses all wisdom. Nature consituted It. The wise use It. Discover it and recognize Its esoteric secrets, lest, in all your science, you completely miss the target.
Figure 1 shows the superior and inferior of Hermes. Figure 2 showed the hermaphrodite duality in a single thing, the philosophical Adam, who still has his rib, that is, who had not yet divided into separate male and female to produce offspring. Figure 3 conceals many important symbols of theory and practice.

(1) The most-secret dual receptacle, without which the Work cannot be done. (2) How to hermetically seal the passions (CAPRICUS in the form of golden Earth or Sulphur, representing masculinity) with the the power of the Conscience (BE-JAH the Holy Spirit [literally, the Lord God], in the form of liquid Mercury or the Moon, representing femininity). (3) The hermaphrodite figure standing on the circle, so it belongs to that circle, but is nevertheless separate from it. (4) The green lion in the circle, which represents the blossoming of Life, and which attains its power through the gaseousSAL-NITRE. It becomes larger by devouring the liquid Mercury it drank, which it excretes as thick as tar.
PARAGRAPH 3
Hermes called me the Sun and the Moon. Riplaeus called me the green lion. Our author called me hermaphrodite, but I pay no attention to that. It makes no difference. Nor does it matter what the sophists call me, for they learn nothing for all their trouble except: (1) I am One Substance, not two; (2) In me is Bernard’s little fountain; (3) I am dry water, subtle pure; (4) I am raised up by the power of Mars, as commanded by Philaleth, the famous Adept who coagulates my esoteric nature with Mercury.

EXPLANATION OF PARAGRAPH 3

In their books for the curious world, the adepts spoke in symbols. For example, the Stone is made of One Substance. It is a thing that is a simple unity, not a composite. It has equal parts of Earth, Water, Fire, and Air. It possess equal attributes of heat and cold, moisture and dryness. It arises from liquid and solid Fire. Thus, in the first verse, Hermes calls it the Sun because it is made of Solid Fire; and in the second verse, he calls it the Moon because it is made of Liquid Mercury. Riplaeus calls it the green lion, because it grows more fiery whenever the Celestial Fire is inflamed.

The Master Norton called it a Hermaphrodite, since Hermes said it is both solar and lunar. But don’t make the mistake made by most current-day alchemists. This single thing with dual characteristics is not a composite constructed by human hands. As it says in verse 13: By my nature I am One Substance.

And in verse 15: I am Dry Water, subtle and pure, and I am powered with Mars energy. That means, that in the center there is a subtle Fire. The Mars energy causes this Fire to rise up and become strengthened by the Celestial Fire. According to the words of the philosopher: Give the fire to the Fire and mercury to Mercury.
CANON 3

Four elements are sealed in me,
Sulphur and Mercury are dissolved in me.
I am savage, deadly, smoky, poisonous,
solid, liquid, constant, and gaseous.
Not animal, vegetable, fungus,
arsenic, vitriol-alaun, salt,
sulphur, mineral,
gold, nor any metal.
I am White Mercury. I have only one root and two stems.
Everyone despises me, because I don’t look too cool in my dull gray coat.
Yet, I am like the prize-winning beehive that produces the best honey
for lords, princes, and the king.
I am equally valuable for everyone,
high and low, rich and poor.

EXPLANATION OF CANON 3

We are informed in Verse 1 that the chaotic-philosophical Water is not the same as the Water Element. There the author states: the four elements are sealed in me. And to show us the origin of his central Sulphur and astral Mercury, he adds: flowing with sulphur and mercury. The next 2 verses clarify that this hermaphrodite Substance is both solid and gaseous.

First he describes the dark, earthly, liquid characteristic, saying: I am wild, deadly, smoky, and poisonous. No man can face it without crying out and suffering from the most terrible poison. None dare touch it nor taste its repulsive smell. Yet even its raw state, it effects wonderful cures. Also, after a little preparation with small doses of ADMIRACULA PRAESTANDA, it can be touched or taken without harm.

But the following verse describes its characteristic as solid, liquid, constant, and gaseous. The author already named the interior and exterior forms of this One Substance. But, admittedly, God and the adepts do not permit discovering any clearer revelation.

Next,the author states what it isn’t: not animal, vegetable, fungus, arsenic, vitriol, alum, salt, sulphur, mineral, gold, nor metal. So this universal Tincture is not from the animal, vegetable, mineral, or metal kingdoms. These words bring particular dizziness to the brains of today’s alchemists, who will ask: what is it then? Well, it has certainly already been named several times, but to repeat it one more time superfluously: (1) It is the purest offspring of the gaseous mercury in the belly and center of the Earth. (2) It is a stone in liquid form. (3) It is an invisible solid. (4) It grows up like the mustard seed. (5) It works through the astral fire. (6) It transmutes everything it touches into a liquid-solid like itself. (7) It is a fiery water or air which cold Saturn congeals on top of the Earth. Enough said, since anyone who does not understand this now is beyond help, and further words will not help, for this is essential to any real Alchemy. (8) Manipulations, spells, and magical formulae do not apply here, because it is a dual spiritual-physical material, intractible to sophists. (9) It is White Mercury transmuted into gray, liquid form. (10) Even though it is laying at everyone’s feet, philosophy cannot explain it better than as a unity with balanced dual characteristics.
The face on the Sun shows a different emotion in Figure 4 (The Mystical Substance) from the Sun in Figure 1 (The Physical Substance) in order to highlight the following differences between the two substances.

(1) The Physical Substance evolves naturally and is called the lesser substance of the Stone, while the Mystical Substance is manufactured by the Adept and is called the greater substance of the Stone. Compounding these two Substances together completes the first Rotation, by fulfilling the seven circulations of the Water. This symbolically prepares the Earth to accept the Astral Seed. The queen has sex with the king and conceives the Child.

(2) The three clouds represent the three principles of Mercury, Sulphur, and Salt appearing from the four elements.

(3) The planets around the horizon differ in their order.

(4) Mercury, the hermaphrodite spirit balancing passion and conscience, is the first symbol on the bottom because Mercury is the first to work on the Hermaphrodite Child. The Child’s material attachments lead to Saturn dominating it from above, to teach it that its animal nature is illusionary.

(5) Saturn, the mythical ancestor of the planets, swallows the golden Child of the Sun (which Mercury made) into his pitch-black belly. Saturn is next above Mercury and stays for seven time seven days. Then Saturn tires. His predecessor Mercury, with help from celestial Mercury, forces Saturn to spit the Child back out, and to hand the Child, undamaged, over to Saturn’s follower, Jupiter.

(6) Jupiter lovingly nurses the vomitted Child in the cosmic kingdom of the Air and gives the Child a beautful form like a well polished noble jewel.

(7) Venus, the snow-white crystal liquid Mercury comes next, the Amazon queen, already on the other side of and ruler of the cosmic kingdom of the Air. The Child begins to grow aggressive. Venus, the nurse-mother, uses her virgin milk to suckle and wash the Child and make the Child grow.

(8) Mars is next under Venus. The Child grows strong and fiery from the virgin milk of Venus, solid as Mars himself, yet liquid as Venus. When this perfect balance is achieved, the blackness of the Child gives way to a rainbow of colors. Finally, the colors all join together to form white light.

(9) The Moon is now directly opposite below the cosmic kingdom of the Air, the solid, snow-white Diana, the white Stone, the crowned queen, who supervises the seven circulations of the Air, and becomes the solid Tincture, which transmutes all incomplete metals into the finest Silver.
PARAGRAPH 4

Norton, Philaleth’s instructor,
Drew me
In my correct form
And he saw me clearly.
Everything good is in me,
Which you and everyone can do.
In the middle is my crowned figure,
My silver Mercury,
Which the educated call argentum,
And which is known as quicksilver.
Two hazy materials must be made very clear,
Maria writes, to perform the Work:
Those two are my frozen Water
And my brother Mercury, subtle and pure.

EXPLANATION OF THE PARAGRAPH 4

People enjoy expounding about the height of the sky, the depth of the sea, and the location of the center of the earth, but they are quieter than Pythagorean neophytes about the nature of the Universe. And without knowing the nature of Being itself, the rest of their speculations are worthless.

In this Work, there are uncountably many seekers of the Stone. However, they do not know the keys which are called quicksilver or mystical Mercury, or the Medium between two bodies, the conjunction of passion (CAPRICUM) and conscience (BE-JAH). Finding the Stone seems like untying the Gordian knot or bumping into a brick wall, because modern speculators imagine they are looking for earthly, physical things instead of mystical, spiritual things.

Norton, the Adept who taught the famous Philaletha, hints that we should seek and find quicksilver or philosophical Mercury in the Medium of the One Substance.

Maria the prophet says it even clearer what this Medium is, namely, two invisible gases, composed of black-red material, appearing to the adept in crystal clear liquid form. Now comes the key, when she says that this Medium should be harnessed to lead the entire Work. She adds that the source of these two hazy chemicals is Aqua Composita and its esoteric gaseous Mercury.
CANON 4

I am the good unicorn of the ancients.
Dissociate me into two,
And then bond us back together,
So that my mortal remains no longer decompose.
That is how to get the most powerful medicine.
Pay no attention to my wild and poisonous nature,
Because, God willing,
I cure all sickness and give long life.

EXPLANATION OF CANON 4

The One Substance is above all a unity, symbolized by the one horn of the unicorn. Denying this unity would overlook important mechanisms and laws of nature. The One Substance is a single material with both male and female gender. It is the One Glass for the adept blower, but which Aficentia [sic] calls a duality, and Hafilio [sic] and others call a trinity. It is the One Oven producing flames with as many degrees of cold and heat as you can find on a thermometer, and a similar number of degrees of wetness and dryness. The degrees are determined by the Element appearing in biggest proportion, which willingly and gently gives It its form. The one plan and recipe for the Work is: Dissolve and Coagulate; this formula creates the entire world, according to the occultist Dicentes [sic].

Keep dissociating (dissolving the coagulation) and bonding (coagulating the solution) until the moisture is completely overcome from the dryness and soldified. Then you have that powerful medicine, that the modern world cannot understand, and that makes fools of those who pretend to be wise.

This triangle depicts the philosophical alembic or oven. Inside the triangle are the hexagon, representing the Mystical Substance as a conjunction of four equal and intertwined elements, and the sun and the moon, representing the wedding of Passion (CAPRICUM) and conscience (BE-JAH). Outside the triangle are salt, sulphur, and mercury, the three principles of the Stone, orbiting in perfect balance. These principles appear to the adept as an ephemeral spirit or a diaphanous dragon, transmuted from the murky bodies of the mundane world into the clarified bodies of the the paradisiacal world. Afterwards, White Mercury will appear above, Red Sulphur in the middle, and Black Salt at the bottom.

Gently (without damage) unify these pure Principles by science and art, and you hit the target dead center.
PARAGRAPH 5

This Figure clearly shows
The orbiting of the four Elements:
Turn Air, Fire, Water, and Earth
into Water through our Fire.
Then make that Water into Earth.
That completes the Work.
In other words, separate
the Air, Fire, Water, and Earth,
and unify them once more.
Do it gently or all is wasted,
And all the work and all the reward are lost.
The Crown sits in the point of the Earth.

EXPLANATION OF PARAGRAPH 5

Alchemy teaches of three kinds of circulations occuring in three worlds: the outer Earthly, the Paradisiacal, and finally, the Celestial World. Mass concentrates in the outer World where the gross, corporal elements, Water and Earth, predominate. The subtle elements, Air and Fire, predominate in the paradisiacal and celestial World.

In the first World, the Earth is drowned in Noah’s flood of sin and bottoms out into the ground. In the next World, the Earth is evaporated by the warm breeze, and the rainbow appears. In the third world, the Earth is purified by fire, crystallized, and coagulated.

In each World, the Elements procede along their orbit: Water turns into Air, Air into Fire, Fire into Earth. The same order is also used for Reduction. Eventually this cycle repeats. The first World has seven circulations of Water. The second seven circulations of Air. The third seven circulations of Fire. The Latin scholar Morienus, who moved to Jerusalem from Rome, said that you find what you seek when you change the Water into Air, the Air into Fire, and the Fire into Earth. Ebner [sic] agrees with Hermes, saying: It come into Its full power when It turns to Earth, which must occur gradually and without damage, or else the Work is lost.
CANON 5

Seek after reason and intelligence,
And do not look down on me,
Though I am vile and small,
Nothing else in the entire world
Contains the true Tincture,
Since I have the subtle and pure Mercury,
Settled, without turbulence,
Completely liquid, yet white and clear.

EXPLANATION OF CANON 5

Zealous Adepts can see further and sharper, because they penetrate through to the center, to the esoteric meaning of things. Thus they perceive the effects of Spirit manifesting in the physical. The One Substance, in which God and nature placed such a deep mystery, appears to be a vile, contemptible thing. Yet, the Tincture or Stone of the Philosophers can be made out of nothing else in nature. The One Substance houses, attracts, and produces the absolutely purest spirit of Mercury. In It, the wise find all they seek.
Back in Figure 1, Mercury swung from the dark, exoteric world of the gross elements to the subtle, esoteric kingdom of the Air. This same spirit of Mercury in pure, crystal-white, liquid form appears in Figure 4 inside the innermost triangle. The crown sitting on the triangle represents the Sun-child as a solid jewel. Though the noble Salt is sealed in the excreted soil, that soil is now set aside, later to become the cornerstone, the foundation of the entire Work, unchanging and forever.

The seven stars represent the circulations of Air, through which the paradisiacal queen nourishes so the Child grows in power, strength, and virtue.

PARAGRAPH 6

The dry water indicates
A substance that wets nothing, yet is
The Seed of all humidity.
It is the Green Lion’s partner,
Made pure and subtle by the Mars-nature,
The White Mercury is made here:
It must be polished as bright
As a spring of liquid silver:
That is how to gently inspire the Work along,
So it binds with its Red servant.

EXPLANATION OF PARAGRAPH 6

The Dry Water symbol is fundamental to this Work of our hearts. It is a dry rain from above, a rarefaction and condensation strange to the touch. Your hand would not get wet, but would change colors, becoming black as chimney soot, white as snow, and red as freshly spilt blood. It is invisible, yet everywhere. It is the moist Center, the warm Radical, the green lion, the liquid dragon. The magical fire in Its waters evaporates It. It becomes a liquid silver Spirit rising up from a fountain floating in the Air. It is transmuted from the putrid murk of the rotting grave, into a pure and splendid Light full of Glory. It is now the Nymph-Spa where the Sun and Moon bathe, preparing for a magical copulation so powerful that they are permanently bonded together into a single being.

THE SIXTH CANON

A king in purple robes
Stabilizes me each time:
That is the pure Gold of the Philosophers
Who seek It in me.
It is called Solid Red Sulphur.
Everything else keeps a wide berth,
Because I can do it all single handed,
Though I am only one Stone,
I tolerate no Silver or Gold,
And Mercury treats me with disdain.
I complete the entire Work
All by my Self.

EXPLANATION OF CANON 6

In this recipe for cooking the Stone to coherency, the cloudy, vaporous Water that does not wet the hand serves as the moisture that binds and stabilizes the Stone, like an egg binds dough. This stabilization process is represented by the Regulus of Jupiter who is the newly born heavenly Child or the black Stone beset with rubies. It symbolizes the passions regenerated into true desire, the red solid Sulphur that arises from this same purified moisture and becomes the Stone. The art and science of this spiritual union and reintegration gives It the power to complete all Work pertaining to the Stone and the true Tincuture.

Only someone (are your ears turning red now?) wallowing in blissful ignorance of natural law would think that lifeless metallic gold, silver, and mercury, which neither speak nor breathe, could ever give birth to a life-giving Stone or healing Tincture. The Adept who wrote this Canon dismisses all such nonsense.

True, the Stone may look like gold, silver, and mercury, but its internal essence is the Mystical Substance from Figure 4. This Mystical Substance is sometimes called gold because part of it is solid fiery Earth. Silver because part of it is liquid-water, and Mercury or quicksilver because of the white mixture and the product arising from it. So, with the bubble of pride burst, you can succeed in achieving your goal and reach closer to your final destination.

The number 7 is very symbolic of the stages of the Work, including 7 planets, 7 days, 7 weeks, 7 circulations, and 7 systemic periods. The spiritual energy of Nature courses through the Mystical Substance using the 7-spoked wheel of the planets. The mystical Earth is readied by the 7-day work, a symbolical months-time, and then 7 weeks makes a systemic period. The 7 circulations, occuring in both the magical and natural rhythms, bring the Work all the way throught to the white Tincture.

Figure 7 reveals the Gold, Silver, and Mercury from Paragraph 6 and Canon 6 fully.

The Sun represents the Child emanating from Saturn, or Jupiters Stone, or the Gold of the Philosophers still half-shrouded in darkness, whose internal heat draws in and devours the magnetic whiteness of the Mercury-Water of his sister the radical humidity.

The Moon represents this Mercury-Water, the mystical Silver. When Sun and Moon are equally mixed they accomplish the true Wedding of the red Servant with his good smelling white sister.

Mercury, the hermaphrodite spirit with both masculine and feminine attributes, the off-spring of the Sun and the Moon, is symbolized by the cross connecting these sacred siblings.

This Mystical Mercury or quicksilver has a positive and negative aspect. Its negative aspect is being dissolved in the very Mercurial Water it magnetically attracts to itself. Its positive aspect is that it binds this Water and solidifies it.

Like red and white roses grow form ordinary stems, Silver and Gold flowers grow from the stem of mystical Mercury.

PARAGRAPH 7

Here the Work begins,
A duality
gives the power
To heal,
The elixir of long life.
A duality separated by a moist fire,
Bestowing health and wealth.
That is how to see this Figure.

EXPLANATION OF PARAGRAPH 7

The results of the Work can only be attained in Fire wet with sweat by this alchemical wedding of the red groom to his white sister. No one knows this better than those who strived for ages without the benefit of this paragraph. Had they only placed the red groom at the altar between the center of the heavens and the earth, and then brought his pure, liquid sister-bride to kiss him there. Then they would have been well along their Path to stable health and limitless wealth, the by-products of the white and the red elixirs.
CANON 7

Do not pollute me,
Just dissolve me, coagulate me,
And turn me upside down.
That how to do good Work.

EXPLANATION OF CANON 7

In these 4 verses Northon tosses all the the other Alchemists a rock to stub their toes on. (1) Guard It from pollution by any external substances that are not homogenous and harmonious. (2) Pour your water on the fire without putting the fire out so the water escapes as steam. (3) Following the ancient wisdom, give Fire to the fire and Mercury to the mercury. (4) As they melt into each other, their tight embrace dissolves them and finally coagulates them. (5) Then a doubled Mercury dissolves and coagulates itself through a strengthened or doubled Fire.

As Mercury completes the circle by returning to fiery Earth, like a flower turned stem-up, you become master of the art of the Stone and complete the Work.

The figures in this book organize the stages of the work, like the links in a chain, loud and clear. Meditation on these figures teaches everything ever published about Alchemy, with no need to even read the accompanying words.

So far, the figures portrayed the life cycle of the One Substance: Its origin, birthplace, purification, separation, hermetic sealing, pollution, congealing, sublimation, and union in strict succession. These processes led to the consummation of the alchemical wedding between the red groom and the white bride.

Figure 8, next in this mystical life cycle, contains a miniature copy of itself inside it. There is a cross on top of an outer circle, containing an inner solar system.

The shaded area inside is the dead Winter Earth, the old-Adam, who experiences a force field emanating from the circle within. That force enlivens him, calcinates him, and transforms his hidden Salt into thickly flowing, solid white, Mercury, which is the new Spring Earth, where Hermes said to sow our Gold.

Sun and Moon hang in perfect balance with each other, witnessing this alkinization.

The placement of the 4 elements is significant. Fire is on top by the cross because the Fire for the process must be sought from Above.

Earth is directly under Fire, because the fire calcinates the Earth and makes is fire-proof. Fire, Air, and Water then transform similarly, and the Stone is produced.

The Sun, a golden pebble, floating between Fire and Air, represents solid Red Sulphur which consists of Fire and Air and which is the masculine aspect of the Moon.

The liquid Mercury, floating between Fire and Water, consists of Fire and Water and is the feminine aspect of the Moon.

The Mercurial Moon hanging from the underside of the transforming Earth repesents all this joining, circulating, and one-time concentrating into solid Earth.
PARAGRAPH 8

When Sun and Moon with Mercury
Are Joined together,
Indivisible and fireproof,
An eternal splendor occurs.
But, you must know and understand Figure 8.
All work will be in vain
In this mysterious art,
If mundane Moon and Mercury
Entice you from the Path.
Mystical Moon and Mercury
Is another name for one’s nature:
Mystical Fire is the Fiery Water,
In which the Mystical Moon and Sun are cremated.

EXPLANATION OF PARAGRAPH 8

To join the Sun and Moon with Mercury, use solid Fire. The Mercurial Moon is made of Fire and Water, here called Fiery Water. To really learn something from the beautiful Paragraph 8, meditate on the dual state of this Fiery Water that the Sun and Moon cook in.

The feminine aspect of this dual Mercury consists of Fire and Water. It dissolves, penetrates, and makes things turn green and blossom. Its Humid Primigenium or Radical maintains and nurtures the inner heat of the Sulphur and the dry heat of the Salt.

The masculine aspect appears as a viscous Oil when extracted from Sulphur and Salt. The mystically implanted Fire-Nature is the first to bind and to coagulate.

When you can repeat this dissolution and coagulation in a controlled manner, then you can claim to truly understand Paragraph 8.

CANON 8

Dissolve me gently,
With no water or powder.
Place me in a moist coffin.
I turn white and red,
Then bubble forth a spring,
Fair as the Moon, bright as the Sun.

EXPLANATION OF CANON 8

Without using acid, dissolve a stone into liquid, so gently you would say it dissolved itself voluntarily, the way a black agate is polished into a diamond without cutting any faces. Physically this cannot be done, and even more so more so, because the Canonist says to do it with no water or polishing powder, which prohibits forcing the transformation with physical strength (Aqua Forte), economic power (Aqua Regis), or any other compulsive powers (corrosive powders).

The next verse describes how to do it mystically, by placing it in the moist coffin. That means, submerge the newly wedded couple, our Gold and Silver, into the liquid mercury. They are raised to the spiritual plane as they become one with each other in the fiery Water. This united Spirit, Soul, and Body bursts forth like bubbles in a bright shining spring. And the horns of the moon hide at the boundaries where these bubbles meet.

A soaring eagle with heart aflame, with the Sun and Moon at the threshold of its wings, bears tokens of dominion: the crown of influence, the sceptre of the king, and the globe of the empress.

Its buoyancy in flight and its flaming heart show the etherial nature of this eagle: wet outside, fire inside. It is our Liquid Mercury.

The Sun and Moon seek solace under the shadow of these wings, basking in the pleasing radiation from the flaming heart.

To win the Crown of the Earth, fuse the power of the sceptre and the globe using the Dry Fire of Mars and the Wet Fire of Venus.
PARAGRAPH 9

This figure shows the power of the
Liquid Fire:
Cooking and melting
Solid into liquid.
Fire which slays the Sun and Moon then
Resurrects them.
Then the 4 elements turn
Solid red:
The Lesser Work gives way to the
Birth of the child of the sun.

EXPLANATION OF PARAGRAPH 9

Philosophers speak of four fires symbolize the four attributes of the elements: moist and cold, dry and warm, each one serving as the cure and resurrection of another. There are also two lions, one volatile drawn with wings, and one solid drawn without wings. The latter magnetically attracts the wisdom to turn the solid to liquid, and the liquid to solid, and to unite them together.

One is solar, and the other lunar. One is Red Sulphur, the other White Sulphur, which must be made one with each other.

Here is the conflict between the wolf of ascent and the dog of descent, who bite each other to death, melting into a pool of their own commingled blood.

When the solid is thus made liquid (when the Dry Fire is dissolved in the Wet Fire, and the warmth begins to work in the moisture) then this mixture gives birth to the black raven of solar and lunar eclipses which then dies.

The Lesser Work ends when the mystical Fire changes the 4 elements into Solid Fire like a black, tarry, metallic gore. That is the beginning of the Great Work where the child of the sun is born.

CANON 9

The black raven grows
For those who are able to
Stop the fire, and be patient,
Until the colors appear.

EXPLANATION OF CANON 9

It seems impossible to change a black raven into a white dove or swan, but that is just part of the hermetic work.

Noah first tried to use ravens to scout out whether the waters of the Sin-Flood had receded. But the ravens found some dead carrion to feed on and did not come back, so he used doves. That is why we drown the black raven in the Liquid Mercury, so it is resurrected as a white dove that proclaims the white Stone.

The raven had nothing more to give except to stay submerged in the Liquid Fire until the spiritual dove arrives.

This process of changing from black to white passes through all the colors of the peacock’s tail, or the colors of the rainbow.

While the Liquid Fire predominated, the black raven was born. As the Dry Fire surpasses the Liquid Fire, the dry gaseous colors appear, but eventually turn into pure white.
There are several ways to say the same three things.

The raven (symbolizing our dark earth) (1) sits on the ground though quite flight-capable, (2) stares straight into the sun hungering for, gobbling up, and sealing in the vibrations of the astral north-wind, (3) builds up enough internal heat to metamorphose into a gorgeous peacock.

The darkened Hermaphrodite Child (1) putrefying in the shadows (2) uses Midnight Fire (3) to overcome the cold light of its former life.

Saturnian lead must (1) melt, (2) cook, and (3) turn to tin.

The dove (1) can sometimes go back, but (2) once the raven drinks in this fire, (3) the ashes can never be unburned.

The fermenting metallic sperm is like dough. (1) Let it finish rising on its own before adding any flavors. (2) Heat the oven as gently as the gurgling of a brooding hen. (3) The Tincture is ready when a golden crust appears on the loaf, if we can patiently conquer our damned ignorance and compulsion to hurry the process.

PARAGRAPH 10

Your first task is
Controlling this faculty:
Turn our virgin Earth
Into Milk, but
Be Gentle and take as long
As a pregnancy.
Then the raven is born,
Later classified as the peacock,
In 5 months, lilies bloom
When you decide to open the door for him.

EXPLANATION OF PARAGRAPH 10

The most difficult part of the Work is exactly controlling the intensity of the expansion and contraction of the esoteric Fire. Mistakes are guaranteed without precise understanding. The word Alchemy denotes both Chemistry and Physics, so pay careful attention to both.

The expanding-contracting Fire is actually two non-interacting, freely circulating fires corresponding to the elemental attributes dry-moist. These two fires balance each other out so when one rests the other works.

Gracefully expanding and contracting both fires will prevent dissolving the moist liquid Fire too abruptly or coagulating the dry mystical solid Fire too harshly.

Right from the start of the Work, continually emphasize this gentleness in processing the White solid into the mystical Fire, so that neither overwhelms or ruins the other.

This takes time, so Paragraph 10 makes the beautiful analogy to the nine months it takes to bear a child. This also happens to be the time it takes to manufacture the Elixir and for the other operation that creates the Stone.

At the end of this time period the raven is at the door. The Raven is deprived of its body or its darkness after lasting 40 days.

The peacock colors appear in the half-solid liquid gases, which become fully solid along the way, as they change into the Moon.

Evaporate the raven’s body (our Liquid Mercury), then resolidify, meaning kill it.

That is how the swan is born, swimming in the sea of glass, Hardening into the crystal Stone of the first order.

This paragraph follows Flamell in keeping the fiery king sealed for 150 days, though Bernardus Trevisanus says 130 days, to produce the first Stone.

CANON 10

Now it whitens
And has the power to
Transmute lead, tin, copper,
And Mercury
Into the finest Silver,
Blessed be.

EXPLANATION OF CANON 10

Initially, Saturn produces 4 kinds of forms and 4 corresponding colors: (1) Saturnial black, (2) Jovial gray, (3) Mercurial or Lunar white, and (4) Martial or Venusian yellow. Then Solar red evolves followed by all the mixed hues of nature and contrivance.

When the various principles complete the final darkness of their putrefaction, the mixture or composite is called Laton. The Laton crystallizes through Azoth (Mercurial Acid) and augments and solidifies into the white Tincture.

After completing the cycle of putrifying and cleaning the Stone and fermenting it, there is nothing left to worry about, except to hope God preserves it from violation.

Only the White Stone can turn the black Laton Stone to yellow. And only the Yellow can turn it to Red. Make (1) the Black into White, (2) the White into Yellow, (3) the Yellow into Red, then you have Mastery.

The Black Stone is like Winter, the White like Spring, the Yellow like Summer, and the Red like Autumn.

Pay exceptional attention not to take the White Stone from the fire too early, before it is completely solid and precipitated. When it is done, it shatters all by itself, and from then on we use its shards.

The first Stone hardly transmutes anything. However, after the Astral Mercury resurrects it, and joins it with as much acid as it will soak up, then one part of this Tincture will transmute many thousand parts of incomplete metals into Silver.

The White Stone appears as a swan standing on both feet, wearing a silver crown, which transmutes all metals into Silver.

The twelve stars of the zodiac conduct the last rites as the Water dies and turns to Stone.

The Astral force field represented by the cross first multiplies its power by marrying it with its Acid, then supplies it with Dry Fire, coloring it yellow like Venus and Mars, and finally reddens it as the Sun.
PARAGRAPH 11

Diana shines through
When the proud peacock gives up his tail
The white swan Diana appears
Like the man-in-the-moon
You can transmute Venus, Mars, Mercury, and Tin
Into Silver:
Just think about what he did,
And do it the same way:
Then the power of the swan grows,
And changes all metals into Silver.

EXPLANATION OF PARAGRAPH 11

When the peacock gives up his tail colors, a tiny circulation of white opens up. Shortly after this everything turns white in the blink of an eye.

Be careful not to break the glass and shiny figure too soon, or else the Fire goes out, the uncooked product is wasted, and better luck next time. It has to harden by itself, so it shatters like a piece of glass.

It is important, each time you use Virgin Milk (its Acid) to dissolve and precipitate it, to multiply it by 10, going from 10 to 100, 100 to 1000, etc., ad infinitum.

My favorite is the Method of Projection where you dissolve the Stone in its White Oil (its fermentation) until it turns to oil. Put quicksilver in the vessel with some of this oil, and cook until solid. This precipitate transmutes lead, tin, or copper into Silver.

You can also do this process with the Solid Red Sulphur or Stone.

Before combining it with quicksilver, mix a little of this oil with some wine or brandy. This produces the world-famous Aurum Potabile (liquid gold) which cures every illness of the human body.
CANON 11

Keep going until it turns red,
If that happens, thank the Lord: for
The Sun is the beauty that is in all the metals,
The Sun is the power that turns those metals into Gold.

EXPLANATION OF CANON 11

Inside the Black (the attribute of the body) dwells the White (attribute of the spirit), inside the White dwells the Red (attribute of soul). Thus Alchemists work in three worlds, the outer dark world, the paradisiacal spiritual world, and the celestial Light beyond.

The first Work is done through Water and Earth (according to the outer mundane qualities), the second through Air and Salt, and the third through Fire and Light.

Whoever knows how to make the Solid White Stone from the celestial Light, that is, from the mystical Dry Fire, knows how to conduct the marriage of the solid queen and the solid red king.

So simmer it in Dry Fire, and in Dry Calcination, until it is red as cinnabar. Do not add water or anything else. Wait until it is brewed to complete redness.

Before you get any red, a gray ash appears which contains the hidden Phoenix. Then yellow or orange Red emerges from that ash, turning into red.

By simmer it a while longer and the Salamander appears, who first takes on a yellowish Red, and finally a lack Red color. The Salamander is solid and fire-proof, and actually enjoys being in and feeding on the Fire.

The multiplication and projection of Paragraph 11 are now clear with nothing more to do except what I left out in the interest of brevity.
The snake eating its own tail represents the solid White and Red Stones. These first harden and solidify the virgin Milk, and then transform into a Salamander who lives in the Fire. The Fire furnishes the Salamander with the energy for its continued evolution.

The flying dragon, now fallen to Earth, breathes fire, which devours all metals, transmuting them into Silver or Gold.

The cross designates the Attraction Field of the Astral Fire whose vibrations color the Salamander Venusian yellow, Martian Citrine-Red, and blood-red. This is the Fire of eternal Youth through multiplication, experienced by many.
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Alchemy
Turns the swan into a
Salamander abruptly.
She feasts on
Heat
And lives in flames,
Blood-Red in color,
Nourished by the glowing embers:
Those who bow to her rule,
(Like the Pelican
Who gives all to his young):
Will see the Salamander
Develop their
Strength and Virtue,
But she only appears to those who
Understand 7 stars:
She opens up
The 7 gates for us.

EXPLANATION OF PARAGRAPH 12

Fire is the energy for implementing and completing all Alchemical Work. Fire and heat instantly changed the swan to a Salamander. Dry mystical Fire was used in the earlier part of the Work. Now the moist physical Fire at steady heat builds up, maintains, and cools the mystical Fire. The mystical Fire is called the blood of its own Fire-Embers, appearing in Figure 12 beneath the pelican.

The 7 Stars, which remind us of the magical or natural Imbibitiones, the author himself clarifies:

The Milk of the Moon is not like the virgin Milk of the Sun: making (EINTRAENKUNG) the White Stone requires whiter milk, than the Red.

Use Dry Fire to sublimate and calcinate it. Start making it red by pouring a tiny bit of yellow-red Mercury on it, once or, if needed, twice.
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Just One Thing under the Sun
Its Possession is the secret of making Gold.
Its form is both male and female.
Its nature is both hot and cold.
Its nutrients pour out,
Its male part, solid, Its female part, liquid.
Its unity makes it the beginning and the end.
Its state changes from male to female:
Dissolving, putrefying, purifying, coagulating,
Until the golden Child appears.
Its milk feeds the Child anew,
And lets you immediately repeat the Work,
Until everything flows and penetrates.
Then fine gold accumulates,
Its Spiritual Body turns acid.
Its Colors have to be made ready for the Work:
But be righteous and guard against sins,
And God will grant you this treasure:
Its color will eventually turn red,
And then remember to thank the Lord.

EXPLANATION OF CANON 12

To sustain succintness, the Author can say no more, yet says all.

This final canon is the Epilogue summarizing and confirming the others.

In the beginning verses, there is the One Substance, our White Ingredient, the Ens Mundi, the One Thing, the secret Subject or spirit energy which is the source of the physical energy transmitted through its object, the Sun.

This One Substance is in a state of perfect balance, a perfect gender balance of male and female, and a perfect vibrational balance of heat and cold.

The male and female aspects of this balance are this passive Subject and its active Object. The male (the artificially modified Object) waits inside the Subject in solid form, until the female Subject acts on the Object. Then the Object loses its congealed solidity and turns liquid. When its flows (as Hermes said) they can be harmoniously and gracefully separated from teach other, and later hermetically sealed back together.

At the beginning of the Work, as a liquid, and at the end, as a solid, It is just One Thing. But not in between, from the time Passion and Reason are separated, until they are sealed back together to produce the White Stone.

The steps are: (1) dissolve, (2) putrefy, (3) purify, (4) coagulate. Repeat this process until the golden Child appears in the form of the noble Stone. Separation followed by marriage. Nourish the Stone with heavenly nectar, the ambrosia of our virgin Milk, which means dissolve it. Let it rot and wash it with magical solutions. Seal it in its tomb until it coagulates and solidifies, until the power of the Tincture climaxes.

This Gold of the Sun is the fine Gold of the Wise. Repeat the process until It becomes cherry red. Then just melt a bunch of metals together, one fifth gold, and toss in a freely flowing portion of the Tincture, and you will see how much incomplete metal you can change into the finest gold this way.

Praise The Gods

for the Result.

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The dark primordial river of wild male shakti has nothing to do with the distorted masculine we see at large in the world today – true male shakti is very, very wild and powerful. Very strong and playful. Very direct and penetrating. It serves only Love. Many men have never given themselves permission to access this side of their being.

Pure male shakti energy comes from the deepest root of a man’s being, flowing in a a very free and relaxed way, with nothing to prove. This is the essence of a power that can bring down civilizations, it can fight to the death for love, it can live only for love, it can bring a woman into her wildest, deepest pleasure. The world is terrified of this transformational energy.

Male shakti is expressed directly in the world. It is the warrior energy that can inspire humanity to rise up off its knees and incite change in radical ways. This wild male shakti can ONLY ever come into being through an open heart and full connection with the feminine. That is why what we see in the world at the moment is a negative shadow of this energy – the power to manifest creations that are ultimately destructive or disharmonious. It is not so much that men are frightened to embody this energy, they just don’t know how to.

Men have been deliberately guided away from this energy, or its secrets have been hidden to them. In the very depth of their beings they’ve always desired and searched for it, but have been led in the wrong direction – misled onto paths of separation from the feminine and separation from love.

The full expression of this wild masculine sexual energy needs a very powerful, open, wild womb to receive it – a ‘Magdalene’ Womb. When the wild feminine rebirths the wild masculine, and when men claim the full magnificence of their loving power, a New Earth is birthed.

~ Azra Bertrand

Crescent Moon

The moon is in her Waning Crescent phase 37% of full in the sign of Aquarius and is 24 days old.

Moon Rise ~2.55am ~ Moon sets ~ 13.19pm (BST)

The Last Quarter can be a stressful and unsettled period. Your ambitions are being stirred up and there is a desire to do something very important and show everyone how cool you are. However, the best way forward is to think thoroughly before doing anything and to direct your energy towards jobs planned earlier, rather than ideas which have just sprung into your head now.

There is a lot of tension in the air today as Mars clashes with the mad planet of revolution and disobedience, aka Uranus. This is a part of the Grand Cross that astrologers everywhere have been talking about. The energy today is abrupt and erratic. If you have been fighting for something, what happens now can be a wonderful thing – it releases you in some way so that you can do your own thing and do it with a lot of gusto. This is a time to get really clear on what you want and to let other people know. It’s a chance to live really consciously. The more you act with integrity, the better the outcome. The more you embrace change, the better the outcome. The more you focus on solutions, the better the outcome. Yes, it’s an exciting time!

Mars opposes Uranus and squares Pluto early today. This can be a time of much restlessness, rebellion, and impatience. We have a tendency to take risks and to act on sudden impulses without considering consequences. There may be changes in work schedules, or life’s circumstances could challenge us in such a way that we need to change our goals or actions. This can also be a time when we tend to resist others and challenge them if they are trying to hold us back. Anger can erupt seemingly from nowhere. Our desires are intense and difficult to satisfy. A tendency to bully and confront may dominate. Efforts to make changes could be thwarted, or power struggles emerge. The trick is to remain flexible and to develop strategies for achieving our goals. It would be wise to observe whatever powerful feelings that confrontations or conflicts arouse, as these influences have a way of pulling out suppressed matter, or emotional “slush”. Mercury enters Taurus, where it will transit until May 7th. During this cycle, our thinking is down to earth, solid, and grounded. Common sense reigns over more fanciful thinking. We communicate more deliberately, and our minds are oriented to the world of the five senses. We prefer the tried and true rather than new ways of thinking. Attention to one thing at a time can simplify our lives, but we may be in danger of narrow, overly conservative, or rigid thinking. With today’s Mercury-Chiron semi-square, there can be impatience with rules, worry or guilty feelings, and conflicting viewpoints. The Moon is in Aquarius all day.

A void of course Moon occurs from 17:12 PM BST, with the Moon’s last aspect before changing signs (a square to Saturn), until the Moon enters Pisces tomorrow, Thursday, April 24th, at 7:56 AM BST.

Correspondences for Wednesdays are:

Colour: Purple

Planet: Mercury

Metal: Mercury (Quicksilver)

Deities: Odin, Hermes, Mercury, Athena, Lugh

Gemstones: Adventurine, agate

Herbs & Plants: Aspen trees, lilies, lavender, ferns

Associations: Business and job-related issues, communication, loss and debt, travelling and journeys

Wednesdays are represented by the Archangels Raphael and Michael

 

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Egyptian God, Bes

Egyptian God Bes

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My favorite of all the Ancient Egyptian deities is Bes.

He began as protector of the pharaoh, but gained popularity when he started to be known as protector of households, but specifically of mothers and children and childbirth.

A common depiction of Bes is where he is pictured protecting a young Horus.

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If a baby laughed for no reason, the explanation of the time was that Bes was shaking his rattle, or making funny faces to make them laugh.

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As his popularity increased, so did his coverage. He soon became known as the defender of everything good and the enemy of everything bad.

Bes was against all that was bad, so he then became the symbol of all that is good, including anything regarding music, dance, art, as well as sexual pleasure.

Bes was thought to come from the Great Lakes Region of Africa, and very specifically, from the Twa people, a pygmy group in what is now considered modern-day Rwanda

The original image of Bes was thought to be a Lion roaring back on his hind legs, but now is what appears to be a shorter looking man.

Bes isn’t considered by Western standards to be an attractive image at all, so that has been something to think about before I slap this image on my body.

Interestingly, I am not the only one who has thought of tattooing Bes on their body. In the New Kingdom dancers, musicians and servant girls could be found with tattoos of Bes (and possibly prostitutes to ward off STDs)….

The Phonecians also worshipped Bes, and Saint Bessus (of the Theban Legion) and was associated with the Egyptian god-demon of protection Bes, and was thought to represent the Christianization of the Egyptian deity.

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Later on, Bes was the inspiration used by artists to craft the artistic image of the Christian Devil, just as the images of the goddess Isis and young Horus were used as inspiration for the Madonna with Child.

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Appearances can be deceiving…


CURSES Part One

CURSES

What You Need To Know Before You Begin:

Please take care to read all of the points below, then, read them again! Before you consider laying out a curse, please, know all of these points like the back of your hand.

These points will tell you if you should even be considering a curse at all. If they do tell you to go ahead, then they have the power to arm and protect you when you do.

*remember, this is my method and how I was taught. I am sure that there are many other ways of doing this.

THE RULES:

1.)  Never try out a curse for a joke. You will not like what happens!

2.)  Ignore the small harms and slights that befall you; we all have the same types of things happen. Curse when you only truly deserve a resolution, and you have tried all other means.

3.)  Never cast a curse on someone who is innocent. Never curse someone who might be innocent. Wait to see if they are truly guilty or not. If you cannot cast a curse without collateral damage, don’t curse. Wait until the enemy becomes an unobstructed target.

4.)  Curse only when your cause is just and true. Remember, you are NOT always the best judge of what is just, who has wronged you, or what you are owed.

5.)  Exhaust all other options first. Try appeals, mitigation, arbitration, assertive communication, and compromise. Should you jump right to the curse first, you will regret it.

Why put a curse on someone? Well, why not? You have tried everything else, haven’t you? You’ve asked nicely, been patient, willing to compromise. Now, from being so reasonable, you are feeling like a pushover. Now, you have been shut down and shut out altogether. So, try a curse. Much cheaper than a lawsuit and much more civilized and legal than punching someone in the face, and you won’t have to explain a curse to the police.

There are lots of paths with lots of curses out there, but in reality, there tend to be a basic four that we work with.

 

The Revenge Curse

When you’ve been stabbed in the back, nothing else will really do, now will it? But remember this: Betrayals are, unfortunately, pretty common, so pick your battles wisely. Not everything calls for a curse. You must know when to walk away.

The Warning Curse

Use this is ward off a betrayal coming down the line.

The Binding Curse

Also can be called a neutralizing curse, it ends stalemates, wears down enemies, gets you noticed, and gets your calls returned. Whenever possible, choose a binding curse over a revenge curse. In the dark art of malediction, less is usually more. Binding spells are much softer and gentler and defiantly much more idiot-proof than revenge curses, and will usually leave you feeling better about yourself the next morning.

The Repudiation Curse

This will guard you from organized harm. Use it against institutions that mislead or hurt people.

Do I need animals to sacrifice when I curse?

You don’t need goats or chickens to sacrifice, most ingredients for a curse are very commonplace, and you already own them.

Will It Work?

It will if you believe it will, and if you follow the rules that I posted above. Just like with any type of spell craft, you must believe, have the will, and be focused for the curse to manifest. Remember, however, that doing nothing can sometimes turn out to be the best thing that you can do. Not every problem can be solved, nor does every problem need to be solved. Many battles are not worth fighting, so why allow the stress poison you? Choose your battles wisely! *”One of the most time consuming things is to have an enemy,” said E.B. White, you know, the guy that wrote Charlotte’s Web. Cursing should not make you bitter, nor should you be obsessed with the outcome. If you are, you will not get the desired result. Step back, let the curse work, no fussing, no monitoring and no touchups. Like with other spell work, walk away from the cast and forget about it. Your curse will work in time.

Is Cursing Ethical?

As for me, the methods that I am sharing here are karmically and ethically sound. Yet, I did say for me. Also, what I will be sharing is not complete, so please, do your own work when cursing. Again, you will get tired of hearing me say this, make sure that you deserve the remedy that you are asking for! Have you truly been harmed by this institution or person, or have you instead been hurt by the events and not truly harmed? Is it your pride or something else that you are trying to redeem with a curse. Do some self searching as well. Often, we may thing that the harm has come from the outside, when in reality, we brought it on ourselves. Remember the bottom line, if you aim a curse at an innocent, your curse is not ethical and it will be dangerous to you!

I Have A Legitimate Complaint And A Curse Is Ethical, How Soon Can I Cast It?

That will depend on that type of curse you choose to use. A warning curse should be cast just as soon as you sense a threat that is coming at you. Don’t even wait to know for sure. Yes, I know, this sounds contradictive to what I wrote above, but if you do turn out to be wrong, the warning will only glance off the intended target and will not come back on you. Do not be too hasty to cast a revenge curse. Revenge curses can really cause harm to the intended target and you don’t want to use it on someone without being absolutely sure that they deserve it. You also want to make sure you have taken every other step possible to resolve the problem. Don’t take binding or repudiation curses lightly. They have power and can have repercussions on you. Again, make sure you are not casting against an innocent. Never cast any curse casually or as a joke/experiment, or when there is plenty of time to wait and see what happens by itself.

Is There Anyone I Shouldn’t Curse?

Yes, innocent people. Never curse anyone that is not responsible for your trouble. Never cast a curse on someone near and dear to your enemy in order to hurt them vicariously. Never curse yourself, unless it is a self-help “self-curse” that will rid you of a bad habit.

Never curse a child or an animal. Do not curse anyone that is sick. If you do decide to curse a loved one that has wronged you, consider the future first. Do you want to lose that person forever? Lay that curse, and I you most assuredly will.

Can I Curse People I Don’t Know or Can I Curse Institutions Or Groups That Have Hurt Me?

Yes and Yes. Stay away from institutions like the IRS, FBI, NSA, ICE and CIA if you really know what is good for you, or unless they have really, really, really harmed your or harmed your family. (This is a good time to consider a repudiation curse if you like. You are sheltered there.) Whatever you do, DO NOT and I repeat, DO NOT curse innocent people at the institution. Focus only on who is tormenting you or your family. Find this out before you start, or curse only the people at the top. Again, do what ever it takes to NEVER curse an innocent person.

What If My Curse Comes Back On Me?

This is certainly a common worry for everyone, at one time or another. You do not need to worry. Before embarking on your journey of revenge, Confucius had this to say, dig two graves. I believe he was only partly right. To protect yourself, just follow the rules above. They are not hard to learn or to adhere to. Commit them to memory, know them as a friend. Follow them to every letter, do not vary. If you skip over them, cherry pick them, or change them, you will do so at your own peril and at your own energetic danger level.

What I have found is this, when I stick to the rules, sometimes I find a better solution to the problem at hand. In this way, I find a much more pleasant resolution to the situation. This is always better than utilizing a curse, wouldn’t you say? But when a curse truly is needed and is warranted, follow the rules!

What If Someone Is Innocent When I Curse, And I Didn’t Know? Will The Curse Boomerang?

Make every effort to insure that the person you are cursing is not innocent in the situation. This comes back to not being the best judge of your own situation. Ask others. Do not ask those that will just tell you what you want to hear, truly ask others for what they see. Remember, accidents do happen. In the case that you were honest about your endeavor of finding the guilty party, you adhered to the rules, and yet you cursed an innocent person, the curse may not ‘take’, you can hope and attempt to visualize this, but you won’t know for sure if you have been heard and more to the point, if luck was on your side.

If you have done your homework beforehand, the curse usually will not revert back to you, but you won’t know that right away either. The very best thing to do, and what has worked for others I know in the past, is to do nothing. Do not talk about it to anyone, be contrite. I will cover this little problem later on in this series.

Does A Curse Have A Statute of Limitations, How Long Does It Last?

This question truly depends on the curse you throw. Some can be short, some can last centuries, and even other’s will not end until the enemy is dead…and who knows for sure if the curse actually ends at death. Some will lose power over time, and fade away somewhere in the middle, usually closer to the short end of the spectrum. When casting, just specify the length of time you wish the curse to last. The life of the curse should specified in your incantation, just like in any other spell, be specific!

WARNING: think long and hard before laying a curse that will last forever, or even a very long time. There is some truth to you reap what you sew. Very few things in life deserve a forever curse. Think this through very very carefully.

Does My Victim Have To Hear My Curse To Make It Work? Do They At Least Have To Know About It?

No, and no. The cursee will not know that they have been hit with a curse in the first place; they will just consider it a bad case of flu, or a bad patch, or a bad life. You shouldn’t tell him either. There are exceptions to that, but we will discuss that on a curse by curse basis. You shouldn’t tell them either, resist the urge to tell anyone, actually (unless of course, this is group work when the curse is laid). Remember, you should tell no one when laying a curse, or tell anyone that you already have. Cursing is a lonely art.

What Curses Won’t I Find Here?

It has been a very long time since the dark ages, and these days, we can settle our differences with gentle versions of the ancient maledictive curses that we know of. That means, you won’t find ways to wither crops, sicken livestock, or dry up their milk ( or harm any animal at all, and remember, you should never curse an animal in the first place).

SICKO SPOILER ALERT!!! You will not find any information in this series of posts of how to do away with anything or anyone. Nothing that I will write to you will bring on death. We will not discuss summoning Lucifer, Devil, Dark Spirit, etc. You cannot disfigure, age your kids’ bullies and tormentors, you cannot make a pregnant woman miscarry, or make houses catch fire. Well, you can, but I won’t tell you how.

We no longer settle our differences by killing people or blighting their crops. Remember, people can be bothered by a myriad of things, not just financial or health related. If you do your homework, you will find that sore spot, the little place, that when poked, can bring on a big reaction. Remember, you aren’t trying to kill or harm for fun, this should only be done when the situation does warrant a curse.

So, What Will I Find Here?

You will find curses and incantation on how to sour and spoil milk; peel paint; shatter china; split seams, zippers, and bra straps; make pants drop; and other such things. Just because these curses do not cause death or destruction, do not underestimate their power. Remember, these curses are also ancient, existing side by side with the kind that could drop people dead in their tracks.

You will not find here anything to help you deal with getting rid of what I call ‘life’. You know, those things that you have to deal with, that require pulling up the big kid panties. You shouldn’t be cursing the guy that cuts you off in traffic, but the guy that speeds off from the scene of an accident, well, I will leave that decision up to you!

I must say one more thing about the modern adaptations of the ancient curses, the intent is the same but the punch is lighter, and often, so are the materials needed to curse. Many curses utilized blood, urine, or other bodily fluids when utilizing the elementals in their work. You have heard of blood magick, right? When ever you see wine, sherry, or stale beer for example, you may substitute with any bodily fluid that you see fit. This will make your curse more powerful and have more longevity. Think about what you are doing before you substitute with fluids,, and make sure that is where you want to go. Substitutions are always allowed, your choice!

Final word of caution: Spirits can be tricky to work with. Since you probably do not have a relationship with the spirits and entities I utilize in my work, I will limit spirit invocation here to a very few easy going type of curses. The ancients, of course, called up darker and more dazzling spirits, but that also means more dangerous as well. I am not going to cover that here. I mean, for goddess sake, how would you explain it to the ER doctor and the police?

 

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CHURCH OF SATAN

Fact or Fiction: Are They Evil?

History of the Church Part Four:

 

LaVey knew the date upon which the first Church of Satan must be established. It would have to be during the traditional night of the most important demonic celebration of the year, when witches and devils roam the earth, glorifying the fruition of the spring equinox: Walpurgisnacht, the night of April 30th—May 1st.

LaVey shaved his head as part of a formalized founding ritual, in the tradition of medieval executioners, carnival strongmen, and black magicians before him, to gain personal power and enhance the forces surrounding his newly established Satanic order. It was the enactment of an allusion at the end of Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s Kubla Khan: an incantation rejecting the Holy Trinity and the spiritual life in favor of one devoted to Hell and material pursuits.

Shaving the head is also traditional to the Yezidi devil worshippers as a rite of passage that the emerging adept must perform. The razor for this rite is washed in the waters of Zamzam, the subterranean well of Islam said to be the point of origin for underground streams flowing under the Seven Towers of Satan. The caverns beneath the Towers are supposedly tributaries leading to the place of the Satanic Masters, known as Shamballah, or Carcosa. Thus, shorn of his locks, he leaves the world of the descendants of Adam behind him. To make the ritual complete, LaVey declared 1966 Year One, Anno Satanas—the first year of the reign of Satan.

LaVey declared 1966 Year One, Anno Satanas — the first year of the reign of Satan.”

The Council of Nine, following the dictates of the Nine Unknown, was established throughout the world. Many significant writers have obliquely referred to this mysterious cabal—Shakespeare, John Dryden, Talbot Mundy, and Richard Johnson—an archetypal formation that is reflected in the nine members appointed to sit in positions of absolute authority on the United States Supreme Court. The new Age of Fire had been inaugurated, and though the ceremony on Walpurgisnacht, 1966, was a highly personal, private one, LaVey would soon feel the tremors it was to produce.

“We blended a formula of nine parts social respectability to one part outrage,” says Anton LaVey. “We established a Church of Satan—something that would smash all concepts of what a ‘church’ was supposed to be. This was a temple of indulgence to openly defy the temples of abstinence that had been built up until then. We didn’t want it to be an unforgiving, unwelcoming place, but a place where you could go to have fun.”

And thus was initiated two revolutions which have carried over into today: 1) the integration of magic and logic, and 2) a religion based on self-indulgence, carnality (here and now instead of there and then), and pleasure instead of self-denial. Other ego-affirming, human potential programs like EST drew from the groundbreaking attitudes and techniques of the Church of Satan.

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Painting by Warlock Marcus Mayer

Sources:

Official Church of Satan Website

Church of Satan: A Historical Overview by Tina Parsons 2011

The Devil’s Avenger (1974) by Burton Wolfe

Secret Life of a Satanist (1990) by Blanche Barton

by Blanche Barton ©2003
(condensed from The Church of Satan and with supplemental material by Peter H. Gilmore)

I love Raven’s and I loved this piece. Check it out!

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Aside from my own family members, I was fortunate enough to have had two additional mentors to guide my practices. The second one, whose name was Maria, was the mother of a friend I had made while studying the Mayan temples and rain forests in Guatemala when I was 19. I was there for only a month or so, and I fell in love with the people, the history, the nature and the culture…. and especially the food….. ( I didn’t particularly enjoy having to shake out shoes, bedding, towels and clothing for black widows each day, but that’s another story for another time 😉  ).

But Maria welcomed me when I came back into the states. I remember the day clearly as though it were yesterday. Fresh off a plane and jet lagged, the cab pulled up to a small cottage on a back road three towns over from…

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CHURCH OF SATAN

Fact or Fiction: Are They Evil?

History of the Church Part Three:

Modern Prometheus

LaVey was never expecting to be the founder of a new religion, but he saw and recognized a need for something publicly opposing the stagnation of Christianity, and he knew that if he didn’t do it, someone else, probably less qualified, would.

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He noticed that there must be a new representative of justice, someone who understood the torment and torture of being human, which shared our own passions and follies, yet was somehow wiser and stronger. He began to realize that those who rebelled against “God” and the traditional Church, or at the very least, the dictates of conventional, and mainstream society had achieved most of our progress in science and philosophy. Humankind needed a representative for that revolutionary, creative, and irrepressible spirit within all of us. This single figure, and who it must be, was very clear to LaVey from an early point in his life; a deity whose rebellious, passionate nature and been described, either in awe or fear or both, from the darkest beginnings of time.

Satan, by one name or another, haunted mankind, tempting him with sweet delights and enlightening him with blinding secrets intended only for the Gods and Goddesses. Lucifer, Son of the Morning, could be petitioned and evoked for powers of retribution and who gave deserved rewards right now. Instead of creating sins to insure guilty compliance, Satan encouraged indulgence. He was the single deity who could really understand what it is like to be human and could understand us.

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The Magic Circle/Order of the Trapezoid

From the early 1950’s, LaVey explored some of these ideas, eventually gaining himself notarity as a powerful black magician and San Francisco character. Those who felt aligned with his philosophy gravitated to him, gathering in his Victorian “Black House”. In line with LaVey’s researching of demonic geometry, they took to wearing odd shaped black and red medallions adorned with a bat-winged demon and formed a group called the Order of the Trapezoid, which later became the governing body of the Church of Satan.

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Those who attended LaVey’s soirees always comprised an array of professions and pursuits: “the Baroness” Carin de Plessen—who grew up in the Royal Palace of Denmark, Dr. Cecil Nixon—magician and eccentric extraordinaire, underground filmmaker Kenneth Anger, as well as artists, attorneys, doctors, writers, and law enforcement officers. City Assessor Russell Wolden might share the room with Donald Werby, one of San Francisco’s most influential property owners; anthropologist Michael Harner with writer Shana Alexander. A ship’s purser might be seated next to a deep-sea diver, a dildo manufacturer next to a plastic surgeon. A famous tattoo artist, the grandson of a U.S. president, the owner of one of the world’s largest collections of Fabergé artifacts—all attended LaVey’s get-togethers. The field of fantasy and science fiction personages alone yielded the likes of Anthony Boucher, August Derleth, Robert Barbour Johnson, Reginald Bretnor, Emil Petaja, Stuart Palmer, Clark Ashton Smith, Forrest J. Ackerman, Fritz Leiber, Jr., to name a few, into LaVey’s circle of magical compatriots.

LaVey wanted to establish something new, not strict doctrines awash with attitudes of blind faith and worship, but something which would smash all concepts of anything that had come before, something to break apart the ignorance and hypocrisy fostered by the Christian churches. Something, too, that could free people to apply the black magic he and his Magic Circle were using. Anton became convinced he was learning methods to harness the dark forces which cause “a change in situations or events in accordance with one’s will which would, using normally accepted methods, be unchangeable,” as LaVey defines magic.

Anton expanded and refined his formulas for the Magic Circle rituals and began achieving precise results—professional advances, unexpected rewards, monetary gain, sexual or romantic satisfaction, the elimination of certain enemies—it was apparent to everyone involved that Anton had indeed tapped into that mysterious Dark Force in Nature.

There was the magic—and there was a workable philosophy to go along with it. It was a down-to-earth, rational, bedrock philosophy that emphasized the carnal, lustful, natural instincts of man, without imposing guilt for manufactured sins. To break apart the crust of stupidity and irrationality fostered over the past 2000 years, LaVey knew it was necessary to blast its very foundations. His ideas could not be presented as just a “philosophy”—that would be too easy to pass off or overlook. LaVey would blasphemously form a religion and, even more, he would call his new organization a church, consecrated not in the name of God but in the name of Satan. There had always been a Satanic underground, centuries old, but there had never been an organized Satanic religion, practicing openly. LaVey decided it was high time there was.

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sources:

Official Church of Satan Website

Church of Satan: A Historical Overview by Tina Parsons 2011

The Devil’s Avenger (1974) by Burton Wolfe

Secret Life of a Satanist (1990) by Blanche Barton

by Blanche Barton ©2003
(condensed from The Church of Satan and with supplemental material by Peter H. Gilmore)