Blog

Planetary magic squares by special guest blogger Leonardo

Building off the introduction to Planetary Magic Squares posted earlier, this is an example on how to use them to create sigils to manifest a desired outcome. The Grant Morrison video, I posted a while back provides a great introduction into sigil magic. At its core is the concept of abstracting a directed intent into a symbol that effects the practitioner at a subconscious level. There are many ways to create sigils and perform sigil magic, what I outline here is a method that I have used and continue to use to great success.

The process of creating the sigil is a magical act in itself, and this is an important point. Any generative process is an act of creation as it is imbued with an intent and desired outcome, this should remain instilled in the back of our minds throughout the process.

There are 4 stages that I employ in my practice, these are as follows:

1. Formulation of Intent

2. Selecting a Planetary Energy

3. Reduction of Magical Intent to a Numeric Cipher

4. Creation of the Sigil

These stages are quite simple and give a general overview on the creation of a sigil. To examine this process we will use a hypothetical situation of embarking on a new business venture and some of the challenges and desires such a project needs to ensure its success.

1. Formulation of a Magical Intent

The first stage is to identify just what it is that we desire. At first this is simply a broad idea along the lines of “I want my business to succeed”; however, this is just the starting point and we need to examine the business and delve within ourselves to identify the key points that will help it succeed. Let’s say our business relies on certain levels of promotion and social interaction, we need to get the word out and interest people in our idea first and foremost. The key here is our ability to sell ourselves and the business. With that identified we can formulate a starting statement:

“I want to improve my communication skills so that I can grow my business network and trade relations.”

Such a statement is a good first pass, it clearly states what we are trying to improve and hoping to achieve. However, a magical intent must be more poignant. It is important to use affirmative language, and not use words such as “want” or “can” or “try”, but rather direct words like “will”. The phrase should reaffirm our success in obtaining the desire and not leave room for any doubt. As such we refine our statement to read:

“I will improve my communication skills and expand my business network and trade relations.”

This is the magical intent of the sigil that we are about to create. It can be beneficial to meditate on the the phrase and envision oneself obtaining the goal prior to going forward and creating the sigil, this will help shift our mentality over from desiring something to putting forth a direct intent to achieve that something.

2. Selecting a Planetary Energy

Normally, this stage can be somewhat difficult as a desired outcome may rely on multiple planetary energies. The point is to hone the intent to a single measurable and digestible unit. The more aspects and complicated it is, the more points of failure that exist. As a rule of thumb, if the intent cannot be achieved by a single planetary energy, it is too broad for this approach and should be revisited and fine tuned. If necessary, we can always create multiple sigils each with its own specific intent as part of a macro exercise in planetary sigil magic. The key is to work in harmony with the specific planetary energy, not have to fight against it or reinterpret it to fit into a model for which it is not ideally suited. Because we are dealing with business, we could draw on the shrewdness of Saturnian energies, the judicious and monetary currents of Jovian energies, or even the balance, wealth and success of Solar energy; however, our focus is on communication and for this purpose the ideal planet is Mercury.

Once a planet is selected, the more we can do to harmonize with its energies, the stronger our sigil will be therefore making our intent more likely to manifest. For one, we may wish to spend some time in meditation contemplating the planet and inviting its energies into our temple and our lives. Ideally, we should also plan the creation and most importantly the charging of the sigil during a day and time ruled by the planet and ensure that it is in favorable astrological aspects (i.e. in its own house, exalted, above the horizon, in conjunction with beneficial planets,etc.). Note that it is very unlikely that all astrological aspects will be favorable and thus we should make an effort to select a time and date that is most beneficial. If astrology is not your thing, consult with an astrologer to provide a window of optimal times to work with the chosen planet.

Another celestial body that we must consider is the Moon. Regardless of the final planet we end up working with, the Moon can provide and amplifying or muffling effect. It is the nearest astronomical body to us and therefore has the greatest effect on magical workings. Since our intent is to grow our communication skills, we should look towards timing the creation and charging of the sigil to coincide with waxing moon. Again, the core principle is to work in harmony with the rhythms of the heavens.

3. Reduction of Magical Intent to Numeric Cipher

From our statement of intent we can extract a few keywords. Let’s focus on Communication, Network, and Trade. These three words encapsulate the intent and are three concepts that traditionally fall in the domain of the planet Mercury. They will suit our purpose perfectly.

First, we remove the vowels. This results in:

Cmmnctnntwrkngtrd

Next, we remove the duplicate letters and are left with CMNTWRKD

This works out nicely, we now have an 8 letter cipher that corresponds on a numeric level with the planet Mercury whose kabbalistic number is also 8.

At this point we need to convert our cipher to a numeric formula. To do this, we substitute the letters for numbers using the following table of Latin gematria:

A B C D E F G H I
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
J K L M N O P Q R
10 20 30 40 50 60 70 80 90
S T U V W X Y Z
100 200 300 400 500 600 700 800

C-M-N-T-W-R-K-D yields 3-40-50-200-500-90-20-4

The Mercury square only contains numbers between 1 and 64, so some of those numbers above will need to be further reduced. This is achieved by simply moving up one tier on the table; in other words, removing the 0 until the number falls within the range of the planetary square. We reduce 200 to 20, 500 to 50, and 90 to 9.

3-40-50-20-50-9-20-4

Note, that despite the numeric manipulation, the essence of the numeric formula remains the same in terms of Pythagorean numerology since 500 = 50 = 5 in that 5+0+0 = 5.

4. Creation of the Sigil

At this stage, we simply need to draw lines on the Magic Square of Mercury ensuring that each node touches the square defined in the numeric formula. We can embellish the line as we see fit, perhaps adding some curves to make it more aesthetically pleasing, a circle to define the starting point and a perpendicular line to indicate the end point.

Superimposing the sigil back onto the Hebrew version of the square results in a Hebrew letter formula (Gimel-Mem-Nun-Kaf-Nun-Tet-Kaf-Dalet) . This provides a name, a nomina barbara of sorts, that can be used to charge and activate the sigil or as a mantra to meditate on at a later time and breath power and life into the intent. Additionally, we can use the letters individually to help raise energy and draw intent to the sigil in a vibratory formula similar to how YHVH is used in the pentagram rites of the western magical traditions.

Sigil creation with plan magick Squares by Leonardo

Sigil Creation with Planetary Magic Squares
September 16, 2014 4 Comments Written by Leonardo
Building off the introduction to Planetary Magic Squares posted earlier, this is an example on how to use them to create sigils to manifest a desired outcome. The Grant Morrison video, I posted a while back provides a great introduction into sigil magic. At its core is the concept of abstracting a directed intent into a symbol that effects the practitioner at a subconscious level. There are many ways to create sigils and perform sigil magic, what I outline here is a method that I have used and continue to use to great success.

The process of creating the sigil is a magical act in itself, and this is an important point. Any generative process is an act of creation as it is imbued with an intent and desired outcome, this should remain instilled in the back of our minds throughout the process.

There are 4 stages that I employ in my practice, these are as follows:

1. Formulation of Intent

2. Selecting a Planetary Energy

3. Reduction of Magical Intent to a Numeric Cipher

4. Creation of the Sigil

These stages are quite simple and give a general overview on the creation of a sigil. To examine this process we will use a hypothetical situation of embarking on a new business venture and some of the challenges and desires such a project needs to ensure its success.

1. Formulation of a Magical Intent

The first stage is to identify just what it is that we desire. At first this is simply a broad idea along the lines of “I want my business to succeed”; however, this is just the starting point and we need to examine the business and delve within ourselves to identify the key points that will help it succeed. Let’s say our business relies on certain levels of promotion and social interaction, we need to get the word out and interest people in our idea first and foremost. The key here is our ability to sell ourselves and the business. With that identified we can formulate a starting statement:

“I want to improve my communication skills so that I can grow my business network and trade relations.”

Such a statement is a good first pass, it clearly states what we are trying to improve and hoping to achieve. However, a magical intent must be more poignant. It is important to use affirmative language, and not use words such as “want” or “can” or “try”, but rather direct words like “will”. The phrase should reaffirm our success in obtaining the desire and not leave room for any doubt. As such we refine our statement to read:

“I will improve my communication skills and expand my business network and trade relations.”

This is the magical intent of the sigil that we are about to create. It can be beneficial to meditate on the the phrase and envision oneself obtaining the goal prior to going forward and creating the sigil, this will help shift our mentality over from desiring something to putting forth a direct intent to achieve that something.

2. Selecting a Planetary Energy

Normally, this stage can be somewhat difficult as a desired outcome may rely on multiple planetary energies. The point is to hone the intent to a single measurable and digestible unit. The more aspects and complicated it is, the more points of failure that exist. As a rule of thumb, if the intent cannot be achieved by a single planetary energy, it is too broad for this approach and should be revisited and fine tuned. If necessary, we can always create multiple sigils each with its own specific intent as part of a macro exercise in planetary sigil magic. The key is to work in harmony with the specific planetary energy, not have to fight against it or reinterpret it to fit into a model for which it is not ideally suited. Because we are dealing with business, we could draw on the shrewdness of Saturnian energies, the judicious and monetary currents of Jovian energies, or even the balance, wealth and success of Solar energy; however, our focus is on communication and for this purpose the ideal planet is Mercury.

Once a planet is selected, the more we can do to harmonize with its energies, the stronger our sigil will be therefore making our intent more likely to manifest. For one, we may wish to spend some time in meditation contemplating the planet and inviting its energies into our temple and our lives. Ideally, we should also plan the creation and most importantly the charging of the sigil during a day and time ruled by the planet and ensure that it is in favorable astrological aspects (i.e. in its own house, exalted, above the horizon, in conjunction with beneficial planets,etc.). Note that it is very unlikely that all astrological aspects will be favorable and thus we should make an effort to select a time and date that is most beneficial. If astrology is not your thing, consult with an astrologer to provide a window of optimal times to work with the chosen planet.

Another celestial body that we must consider is the Moon. Regardless of the final planet we end up working with, the Moon can provide and amplifying or muffling effect. It is the nearest astronomical body to us and therefore has the greatest effect on magical workings. Since our intent is to grow our communication skills, we should look towards timing the creation and charging of the sigil to coincide with waxing moon. Again, the core principle is to work in harmony with the rhythms of the heavens.

3. Reduction of Magical Intent to Numeric Cipher

From our statement of intent we can extract a few keywords. Let’s focus on Communication, Network, and Trade. These three words encapsulate the intent and are three concepts that traditionally fall in the domain of the planet Mercury. They will suit our purpose perfectly.

First, we remove the vowels. This results in:

Cmmnctnntwrkngtrd

Next, we remove the duplicate letters and are left with CMNTWRKD

This works out nicely, we now have an 8 letter cipher that corresponds on a numeric level with the planet Mercury whose kabbalistic number is also 8.

At this point we need to convert our cipher to a numeric formula. To do this, we substitute the letters for numbers using the following table of Latin gematria:

A B C D E F G H I
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
J K L M N O P Q R
10 20 30 40 50 60 70 80 90
S T U V W X Y Z
100 200 300 400 500 600 700 800
C-M-N-T-W-R-K-D yields 3-40-50-200-500-90-20-4

The Mercury square only contains numbers between 1 and 64, so some of those numbers above will need to be further reduced. This is achieved by simply moving up one tier on the table; in other words, removing the 0 until the number falls within the range of the planetary square. We reduce 200 to 20, 500 to 50, and 90 to 9.

3-40-50-20-50-9-20-4

Note, that despite the numeric manipulation, the essence of the numeric formula remains the same in terms of Pythagorean numerology since 500 = 50 = 5 in that 5+0+0 = 5.

4. Creation of the Sigil

At this stage, we simply need to draw lines on the Magic Square of Mercury ensuring that each node touches the square defined in the numeric formula. We can embellish the line as we see fit, perhaps adding some curves to make it more aesthetically pleasing, a circle to define the starting point and a perpendicular line to indicate the end point.

Superimposing the sigil back onto the Hebrew version of the square results in a Hebrew letter formula (Gimel-Mem-Nun-Kaf-Nun-Tet-Kaf-Dalet) . This provides a name, a nomina barbara of sorts, that can be used to charge and activate the sigil or as a mantra to meditate on at a later time and breath power and life into the intent. Additionally, we can use the letters individually to help raise energy and draw intent to the sigil in a vibratory formula similar to how YHVH is used in the pentagram rites of the western magical traditions.

Planetary Magic Squares
Planetary Magic Squares
In “Magic Squares”
Magic Square: Saturn
Magic Square: Saturn
In “Magic Squares”
Magic Square: Jupiter
Magic Square: Jupiter
In “Magic Squares”
Magic Squares Agrippa, chaos magick, Jupiter, magic squares, Magick, making sigils, Mars, Mercury, Moon, planetary magic, planets, Saturn, sigil, sigil creation, sigil magick, sigil tutorial, sigilization, sigils, Sun, Venus
Similar posts

Reclaiming the Language of … — Language is the vehicle through which we transmit culture. It is the manner in which we package and exchange information, ideas and concepts and is the most basic symbolic unit upon which we can progress and grow as individuals, as a society, and ultimately as a species. The oft-quoted statement by Isaac Newton that “if […]
Calling the Mighty Dead — This post has been republished by Anthony Arcanum over at ArcanumTarotMagick.com For many cultures the end of October heralds the holy days that celebrate the ancestors and the dead. In the northern hemisphere this is the midpoint between the autumnal equinox and winter solstice when nights get noticeably colder and longer as we enter the darkest time of […]
Elemental Quarters — Across the magical traditions of the world we find evidence of a primordial practice of mapping and anchoring the spiritual realm to the physical landscape. For most, this act of hallowing space begins by defining and honoring the four cardinal directions, the sky above, and the underworld below. Through these a physical, mental, and spiritual center is […]
Honoring the Ancestors and … — From our earliest origins we as a species have kindled a sacred relationship with our dead. Fueled by a belief in the continued existence of the soul and the ability of the dead to influence the lives and events of the living, the cult of the ancestors arose as our most primordial and universal tradition. Our ancestors are our strongest allies, teachers, and guides unconditionally looking […]
Black of Isis — The Black of Isis is a magical cloth mentioned in two rituals of initiation and three oracular spells in the PGM. It is generally understood to be a linen cloak (or piece, thereof) used to dress the effigies of the goddess.[1] Our goal in this post is to better understand the use and significance of this Black of Isis in the PGM and within […
http://voces-magicae.com/2014/09/16/sigil-creation-with-planetary-magic-squares/ orinigal article there

My Real..BIRTH CHART Very fucking spot on!!!

What follows is your personal natal chart information, as well as interpretations of the positions and aspects in your chart.

With this report, you will find out the positions of the planets in your natal chart by sign. The most personal of these are the Sun sign, Moon sign, Mercury sign, Venus sign, and Mars sign. Most people already know their Sun sign. If your time of birth is known, you will also find out your Ascendant, or rising sign, as well as the positions of the planets in the houses of your chart. Aspects between the planets are also listed and interpreted.

If the birth time is unknown, you may not know the Moon sign for certain. This is because the Moon changes signs approximately every 2-1/2 days, making it quite possible that someone is born on a day in which the Moon sign changes. Less probable but still possible is a change of signs for the other planets and luminaries, depending on the planet itself (example the Sun changes signs every 30 days or so). For an unknown time, on some birth dates the Moon may be in one of two possible signs. The possible range for Moon signs can be determined by noting the sign at 00:01 and also at 23:59.

Each paragraph of interpretation refers to an individual position in your chart. All of these positions and aspects are some of the “parts” that make up a “whole”–you! Some of these interpretations will be contradictory, just as people are contradictory. A person can be downright timid in love, and that same person can be aggressive in business. Not only that, we evolve and grow throughout our lives, facing challenges that help us to handle our positions and aspects in a different way. We all have choices, and one of the largest benefits of astrology is the ability to understand ourselves better so that we can work with our natal charts rather than against them. Any computerized report that interprets the individual placements in a natal chart is somewhat disjointed, simply because the different parts that make up the whole are not synthesized.

Some of the interpretations that follow are detailed, while others are brief. You can do some further reading about different positions (such as Moon in Libra, Saturn in the 10th house, Moon conjunct Mercury) in your chart by exploring our own site, other astrology sites, and by reading astrology books.

The tables here show the technical details of your natal chart, personalized based on your birth data. Below the tables is your free birth chart report.
anthony m anzalone jr Sex M
New York, NY 36 United States 09/26/1977 12:00 – Julian day 2443413.17
Timezone -4.00 ST 11.25 Lat 40.43 Long 74.00

Planet Positions, Ascendant, & Houses

The following table shows the position of the planets in your chart, by sign and degree. On the right, you will find the sign of your Ascendant and the signs on the cusp of each house in your natal chart. The Roman Numerals refer to the houses, where the Ascendant is also the first house and the Midheaven is also the tenth house. For example, if the sign Taurus is next to Mars, you know your Mars is in Taurus. If the sign Libra is next to Venus, you know your Venus is in Libra. If Cancer is next to Ascendant, you have a Cancer Ascendant, and if Leo is next to II, Leo is on your 2nd house.

Zodiac : Tropical Placidus Orb : 0
Sun Libra 3°27′ Ascendant Sagittarius 4°04′
Moon Pisces 25°17′ II Capricorn 6°26′
Mercury Virgo 17°09′ III Aquarius 13°57′
Venus Virgo 4°55′ IV Pisces 20°35′
Mars Cancer 15°05′ V Aries 20°36′
Jupiter Cancer 4°54′ VI Taurus 14°18′
Saturn Leo 25°49′ VII Gemini 4°04′
Uranus Scorpio 9°48′ VIII Cancer 6°26′
Neptune Sagittarius 13°39′ IX Leo 13°57′
Pluto Libra 13°41′ Midheaven Virgo 20°35′
Lilith Gemini 17°26′ XI Libra 20°36′
Asc node Libra 15°07′ XII Scorpio 14°18′

 

 

Aspects

The following table shows the planetary aspects in your natal chart. Short interpretations are found below.

Planet Aspect Planet Orb Orb/Value
Sun Opposition Moon 8°10′ -17
Sun Square Jupiter 1°27′ -74
Sun Sextile Ascendant 0°37′ 88
Moon Opposition Mercury 8°08′ -49
Mercury Sextile Mars 2°04′ 123
Mercury Square Neptune 3°29′ -63
Venus Sextile Jupiter 0°02′ 155
Venus Conjunction Saturn 9°06′ 14
Venus Sextile Uranus 4°52′ 3
Venus Square Ascendant 0°51′ -30
Mars Trine Uranus 5°17′ 15
Mars Square Pluto 1°24′ -27
Jupiter Trine Uranus 4°54′ 40
Neptune Sextile Pluto 0°02′ 60
Neptune Conjunction Ascendant 9°35′ 3
501 -260 241

 

Asteroids & Chiron

The following table shows the positions of the four major asteroids and Chiron. These points are not as commonly used by astrologers, but are presented here for those interested in knowing where the asteroids are positioned in their birth chart.

Chiron Taurus 4°44′ R
Ceres Scorpio 7°20′
Pallas Libra 15°13′
Juno Scorpio 27°45′
Vesta Virgo 29°55′
Fortune Taurus 25°54′
South node Aries 15°07′

 

Natal Chart Report

Birth Chart

This birth chart report shows the positions of the planets for anthony m anzalone jr .

The Sun represents vitality, a sense of individuality and outward-shining creative energy.

Sun in Libra

Libra natives are generally thought to be sociable, somewhat intellectual souls. They have an almost innocent way about them that makes them very approachable. Generally quite eager to cooperate, Librans spend a lot of their time trying not to rock the boat.

In theory, Libras are peace-loving. In practice, they can quietly stir up all sorts of trouble with their ways. Because Libra enjoys balance in their lives, they seek the middle ground. In the process, they may end up trying to be everything to everyone. This is where their reputation for untruthfulness comes from. Generally, their untruths spring from a true desire for peace and fairness–although they may not be comfortable with direct and malicious trickery, they feel totally justified when they lie in order to avoid making waves. Peace at any price! In this sense, they seem harmless. But, what can result is quite a ruckus! People involved with Libras may crib about their lack of directness and their apparent inability to take a stand. Librans are experts at avoiding being the one to blame. When confronted, they’ll (calmly and reasonably) say, “What, me? No, I just want peace.” “On the fence”, “middle ground”, “middle road” — these are all expressions that we can safely associate with Libra. Some more powerful signs may consider Libra a little on the weak side. This is all a matter of opinion, however! Without Libra, life simply wouldn’t be as fair.

Librans are known for comparing and thinking in relative terms, instead of in absolutes. This weekend is not just a good weekend, it’s better than last weekend. These people are always looking for the “best” way or the “right” way to live. Harmony is the ultimate goal, but their idealism and high expectations can mean plenty of discontent. Since life presents all of us with an extraordinary amount of choices, if Libra doesn’t learn to live in the moment at least some of the time, they’ll be in a constant state of unrest. Society needs rules, and these rules attempt to bring justice, equality, and fairness. On an individual level, Libra represents these laws of civilization. Libra comes across as very civilized and rather refined.

He has a great need to be part of a group. He likes to mix with people and looks for partnerships. He likes and respects justice. He approves of society’s values. He is level-headed and assimilates quickly.

Weaknesses: does not think enough, he is frivolous. A dilettante in love. He is easily swayed by group pressure.Sun in X

The urge to work toward a goal, for success and accomplishment, and/or for power is part of your make-up. You are uncomfortable in any position in which you must “take orders” from someone else. Recognize your ambitions and your need for authority without going overboard. Seek out a career that allows you to manage, rather than be managed, if possible. It is crucial that you accept the part of you that is ambitious, but take pains not to over-identify with an image that is not really you! Successful career is guaranteed, but may sometimes come late.

-17 Opposition Sun – Moon

You have an internal struggle between your needs and your wants. You can lack focus and be indecisive as a result. Your ability to be objective is both an asset and a liability, simply because when you decide on one route, you are pulled in another direction at the same time. Something tugs at you, and you begin to question your stance. “But what if…” and “on the other hand…” are statements you can’t help but make, and that might plague you. You are always aware of the opposing point of view and the other side of the coin.

-74 Square Sun – Jupiter

Although your intentions are generally good, you are given to overdoing things. You can easily gloss over realistic details and get yourself into debt, overindulge in pleasures such as food and drink, and promise more than you can deliver. For the most part, you find help for your excesses. Somebody’s there to bail you out, as plenty of people believe that your heart is in the right place. Generally, this is the case, but if excessive behavior becomes a pattern, and you continually face light consequences, there is the danger that you will not learn from your mistakes and abuse the “system”, relying on your friends and family to help you out a little too often. Your reputation for being “good people”, thus, can eventually be used to further your purposes–something that should, of course, be avoided.

However, many people with this aspect don’t fall into the trap of losing their sincerity. You are generous, helpful, and charitable. Still, the tendency to live beyond your means is a real threat that you might struggle with much of your life. Another thing to watch for is depression. You tend to go through periods of intense highs when you are excessively optimistic. These periods are so marked that they seem to be unnatural and a fall seems to be inevitable. You can make promises you intend to keep, but have a problem with follow-through. Self-control can be a real problem. Try to avoid gambling altogether. Usually quite knowledgeable and generous with your time, you have many talents that you might take for granted.

88 Sextile Sun – Ascendant

It is easy and natural for you to be received well by others. There is a distinct air of authority and magnanimity surrounding you. The authority you project generally doesn’t offend others, generally because sincerity is sensed at the same time. Most people would describe you as natural, easy to like, and friendly. You may have a marked interest in the performing arts and/or sports and games, both as a spectator and participant. This is an especially favorable aspect to have for those who are in the public eye.

The Moon represents the emotional responses, unconscious pre-destination, and the self-image.

Moon in Pisces

Lunar Pisceans are known to be dreamy and not always in touch with reality. However, though these people may not always show real-world savvy in day-to-day, practical affairs, they make up for this with remarkable intuition. They can put themselves in anybody’s shoes with extreme ease. On the plus side, this endows them with remarkable compassion and love. The down side with this apparent ability to break down boundaries is that these people can easily lose themselves in the suffering of others. Their sense of humor is delightfully silly and a bit odd. These are perceptive souls who seem to be in touch with all the nuances and subtleties of human nature. Often this comes through in a strong sense of humor that is more of the receptive kind than the type of sense of humor that would make people the “life of the party”. It’s generally pretty easy to get them giggling.

Moon in Pisces people may get tagged as spaced out, but there’s a lot more to them than meets the eye. They feel things out, and rely on their intuition. It just doesn’t feel right for them to do otherwise. Their dreaminess can mean plenty of moments of absent-mindedness. These times of oblivion can land them in all sorts of predicaments with others who can too easily misunderstand these complex souls. Without plenty of space and time to daydream, Pisces Moons easily get overloaded with life. Give them room to be alone with themselves, and they’re generally able to take on the world–even if their style when they do so is not always conventional or understandable. Generally considered soft-hearted and sweet, Lunar Pisceans care about others and are easily touched by human suffering. This tendency gains them the reputation as suckers for sob stories. Although this may sometimes be true, many Lunar Pisceans learn, in their lifetimes, how to discern between sincerity and manipulation. Still, they definitely do have plenty of soft corners.

In personal relationships, Lunar Pisceans are giving and yielding. They are generally open on a sexual level, in a quiet way. Their fantasies can be far-reaching, intricate, and rich with emotion. Love is closely tied in with their sexuality. Most Lunar Pisceans are shy; they need a trustworthy lover to bring them out. There’s a delightful accepting side to Moon in Pisces that is sometimes mistaken for weakness. Pisces is the twelfth and last sign of the zodiac, and thus carries with it a little of each sign of the zodiac. As a result, they see themselves reflected in the behavior of others, giving them seemingly boundless compassion. Since the Moon represents our instinctive nature, Moon in Pisces seems to know how things feel without actual experience. For example, they may have never had sex, but seem to know all about it — even, or especially, the subtleties of it. The ones that aren’t too shy make awesome actors and actresses. This ability to empathize even in the absence of experience gives them an open mind and heart. Most long to express this through writing, music (both listening and making), poetry, and art — in fact, the happiest people with this position do just that. Though some are doormats, most Pisces Moon people instinctively know when they’re due for a much-needed recharge. It’s at these times that they retreat from the world (and its harsh realities) if only to gather strength to face everything and everyone again. Solitude is important to them, but they also need people, so their retreats will usually be short-lived. Pisces Moon individuals believe; and, let’s face it, the world needs Piscean leaps of faith.

Short description:

Imaginative, sharp insights. He is impressionable, with an abundant imagination. Gentle, warm, humorous, artistic.

Weaknesses: troubles caused by too much sentimentality, worries, problems, unhealthy imagination, nervousness.

Moon in IV

He likes family life, peace and quiet — he likes to stay at home, surrounded by loved ones, in agreeable circumstances. Strongly influenced by the mother.

You long for a sense of true belonging, but you may be quite restless in your search. You might change residence frequently, or simply feel the need to make many changes in your home. Moving frequently may be a healthy thing if it keeps you emotionally stimulated, but if you find that you do so on whims and later regret the changes, you might want to treat it as a symptom of emotional unrest–as a sign that you are in a constant search for the perfect mood and setting, when in fact a feeling of belonging should be worked on from the inside out, not the outside in! Some of you might remain rather immature on an emotional level, never wanting to truly grow up and take care of yourself. Attachments to your past, traditions, and family are strong.

-49 Opposition Moon – Mercury

There is a conflict here between the head and the heart. Your emotions tell you one thing and your mind tells you something else. The result is a see-saw effect: you can be emotional to the point of irrationality at one moment, and logical the next. How to blend the head and the heart is a constant struggle for you, usually because you have a tendency to resist blending them! You love to chat, enjoy story-telling and writing/poetry, sometimes enjoy bending the truth, and you possess a sparkling wit! You are animated when you speak, and have a sense of humor that others appreciate simply because it’s very imaginative. You may be especially adept at satire. People can usually read your mood by how much you’re talking. When nervous or excitable, you talk up a storm. Moodiness is a characteristic, definitely, and an especially subjective nature makes you prone to hypersensitivity. It usually has to do with the fact that you take in so very much from your environment. This is also one of the reasons why you tend to be indecisive. You may swing between irrational and rational thoughts and feelings. It’s pretty much something that takes place “upstairs” in the mind, although others are sure to see the struggle from time to time. You are always interesting, and usually funny. You have a tendency to misrepresent yourself with what you say from time to time, but you’re a charming, if a little kooky, friend.

Mercury represents communication, Cartesian and logical spirit.

Mercury in Virgo

He discusses, deduces and judges. He reasons logically and accurately. He spends a lot of time on practical matters and keeping things in order. Sometimes nitpicky and nervous, secretly feeling he handles matters better than others.

Mercury in IX

His thirst for knowledge is never satisfied. He is full of mental activity. He undertakes exhaustive studies, always studying for pleasure. Likes journeys to faraway places, and can go to live abroad.

You are eternally curious and hunger for knowledge. You enjoy studying and learning, and do it not because you have to, but because you want to. You enjoy exchanging ideas and personal philosophies with others. You can be especially buoyant, enthusiastic, and even inspiring in your communications. While you may not pay enough attention to details, you are skilled at finding a quick solution to problems. You readily see the bigger picture and enjoy sharing your opinions and ideas. You get off on how information affects people’s lives, and you take great pleasure in learning that something you have shared or taught has inspired others to take action, experience something new, or make changes in their lives. Some of you might be too quick to offer advice, however, that might be lacking in thoroughness and practicality, or that you yourself don’t follow.

123 Sextile Mercury – Mars

He likes to discuss, likes polemic. He has good judgment and is determined. He is a worker and has lots of energy. He has a lively intelligence and goes to the heart of things. He is enthusiastic, incisive, and energetic in thought and speech.

-63 Square Mercury – Neptune

He makes errors of judgement, and lacks sincerity. He lets things happen, and is happy in his dreamworld. Confronted by reality, he is hesitant, incapable of being tested and falls back into his imaginary world. He might become a drug-taker.

Venus represents an interest for emotions and values, exchange and sharing with others.

Venus in Virgo

Venus in Virgo people are not the flirtatious sort. Instead, their appeal lies in their dedication, their willingness to work on the relationship, and to make the relationship work in real terms. Unlike Venus in Leo, they won’t try to impress you with grand gifts or promises. Their gifts are less showy, but perhaps far more generous — gifts of devotion and attention to details about you. Venus in Virgo men and women quietly (and often slowly) make their way into your heart. They are quite sensitive in love — even insecure — and this reserved, loner-like quality is part of their appeal. They prefer to play it safe in their relationships, and they need to be confident that you like them before they make a move. They are great listeners and they make it a habit to observe and learn all of your ins and outs. Their love can be of the Kindergarten variety — they show they care by nagging or criticizing. Remember, though, that they are not trying to hurt you when they are pointing out the flaws in your thinking, plans, or even character. They truly are trying to help! Venus in Virgo is attracted to nondescript people who have largely gone unnoticed. Show-offs and know-it-alls turn them off.

Pleasing Venus in Virgo involves showing you appreciate them for all the little things they do — and they do a lot. The problem is, they do these things so quietly that you may not always notice or credit them for all these kind gestures. They do need some space (after all, they’re generally quite busy making everything work), so give it to them. Be genuine, not ostentatious. They are really not difficult to please after you have taken care of these basic needs. Avoid pushing your friends or family on them too fast — remember they are a little shy. They aim to please, and are easily intimidated by your experiences. Let them know how much you value them, and they will reward you with devotion and a charming willingness to talk things out.

Short description:

He is very devoted, does not show emotions: he and doesn’t always let himself go, either through fear of ridicule or through fear of not being loved in return as much as he loves. He is therefore sometimes too undemonstrative. May give off the sense that his love is not for free. Caring but worries that he is not exciting enough. Careful with money.

Venus in IX

Finds love abroad or marries a foreigner. Refined mind, he likes the Arts, is carried away by beautiful things. He is very happy abroad.

You are attracted to, or you tend to attract, people of different cultural backgrounds. You are attracted to a partner with a sense of adventure. You are not especially clingy, and you expect a certain amount of freedom in a partnership. You want to feel like you are growing as an individual, and you won’t be happy in a relationship that is restrictive or confining. In fact, you have a great love for the feeling of freedom or limitlessness. Your hips and thighs may be especially attractive! You appreciate a lover who is enthusiastic and not afraid to have a good time (with you!). You aspire to high ideals in love, but some of you might pursue sensations in love rather than true or deep feelings and attachment. Beware of a tendency for dissatisfaction with what you have, as the tendency to think that the “grass is greener” elsewhere can keep you from enjoying or developing what you have.

155 Sextile Venus – Jupiter

He is good-hearted, generous and has a good character. He likes well-being, comfort, a life without problems. He has good relations with his circle. He is easy to approach. All the same, he falls in love easily. He has a successful married and professional life.

14 Conjunction Venus – Saturn

He has a good grasp of reality and of duty. He is thrifty, reserved and does not show off. He likes truth and justice. In love, his sentiments are sincere and deep, he never plays false. He is, of course, faithful in love and friendship. He can love a much older person and appreciates his intelligence and good sense.

3 Sextile Venus – Uranus

Independent in love. His love life is rich, but possibly with passing love affairs. He tires quickly and is scared of losing his liberty. Traditional marriage may not be for him. He has that little something that attracts the opposite sex: he likes amorous adventures, he is romantic. He is the eternal lover and perhaps is unfaithful if he has a serious relationship. He likes art, anything new.

The ability to get along with–and accept–people from all walks of life as friends is strong with this position. He can readily see through insincerity in others. In relationships, tolerance is the most important “ingredient” to him. His sexual preferences are somewhat unconventional, and he won’t be happy with a partner who tries to limit his sexual expression. He is usually quite capable of maintaining relationships that require a great deal of freedom and tolerance, such as long-distance romances or set-ups in which partners are unable to see each other consistently. His style in love is somewhat free and breezy, and noncommittal. He quite naturally accepts the idea that his partner might need some personal space and freedom.

-30 Square Venus – Ascendant

He goes to excess in his pleasures, frequents doubtful company. He lacks good taste. He is very spendthrift, but spreads his money around his circle. His friends are more self-interested than sincere.

Mars represents the desire for action and physical energy.

Mars in Cancer

This position inclines toward passive-aggressiveness. These people seem to resist change and to shy away from direct confrontations. They need to feel secure before they act. As a result, they can appear rather slow at times. Their motto is “The best offence is defense”. They may appear weak to some, but they can be very strong. Their strength lies in their tenaciousness. Their sex drive can be very tied up with emotional need. At their best, they turn others on with a protective, almost therapeutic way about them. The protective nature of Cancer is best expressed when Mars in Cancer natives are turning the energy outward — when they are being the protectors of others. Turning it inwards is when there are problems. They must avoid over-sensitivity and self-protection when it comes to sex. Some Mars in Cancer people are especially turned on by the thought of creating a baby.

These people are threatened by indifference. They can be argumentative and manipulative. Their energy levels are variable, and they can appear to move rather slowly. They have defensive reactions and bursts of emotional displays when they feel cornered. With reassurance and confidence, these natives are protective, helpful, and dependable in the long haul. They prefer to handle situations peacefully and humanely.

Mars in VIII

Sexually very powerful, he is also capable of tremendous focus and hard work. Sexually intense and deep. Is adept at professions requiring research, strategy, uncovering truths, and analysis. Arguments may occur over inheritance.

15 Trine Mars – Uranus

He possesses exceptional energy. He is impulsive but bold. He takes on risky enterprises for the good of the community, with all the energy he possesses. He has a great need of his independence, likes his freedom of action.

-27 Square Mars – Pluto

You have a tendency to impose your will upon others, which can cause severe problems for yourself when they react in self-defense. You have a hair-trigger temper and may even resort to verbal or physical abuse when upset. Learning to react to unpleasant circumstances with your intellect rather than your emotions comes with maturity.

It is all too easy for you to find something negative about a situation. Avoid issuing ultimatums when you meet an obstacle. Instead, find a way to convince others to work with you of their own free will. Ordinary life often seems drab and uninteresting to you and you must have something that stirs your imagination, some vision or ideal or dream to motivate you. You have a strong urge to act out your fantasies or to live your dream, and you will DO things that others only talk about or dream about. Artistic creation, drama, or other areas in which you can express yourself imaginatively are excellent for you.

You do not easily tolerate a dominating attitude in others. You have a healthy respect for power and authority, but only if it is handled fairly.

This aspect gives you a somewhat Scorpionic attitude toward your lovers, and it can modify the traits associated with the sign of your Mars considerably. In other words, there is a distinct possessive and demanding streak in your sexual nature. Your approach to love and sex can be quite intense at times. Your sexual desire nature is a very strong one, and you may even use sex as a bargaining chip in your relationships in order to achieve your goals. More likely, however, is a very focused and intense sexual nature. This also adds a very magnetic quality to your appeal. When a woman finds you attractive, it can transform into a near obsession! Your aura is strong and somewhat mysterious. You tend to come across as stronger than you intend. In fact, some people are intimidated by you, and you may not understand why this is so. When you want something (or someone!) you are very determined. For you, it can be “all or nothing”. When you are finished with something, you leave it behind you and there is no going back. You want a deep, soulful attachment on a sexual level. In your love life you do not take rejection well. You fear betrayal and abandonment, and this can skew your perception of your lover. You have a highly developed sex drive, but you must learn to rein in your aggressiveness in this area. Power struggles and control issues may surface often in your relationships. You perceive the cruel edge in people, and understand its source. Self-confidence develops out of self-control in your interaction with others.

Jupiter represents expansion and grace.

Jupiter in Cancer

He attracts the most good fortune when he is sympathetic, charitable, uses his powers to save and accumulate, and comforts others. Real estate and the food industry can be prosperous avenues. Values tradition and works towards security. Relies most on gut instincts when it comes to pursuing goals and business success.

Jupiter in VII

He makes a good marriage, with a useful partner who helps to bring success if only by her advice. He never goes outside the bounds of legality.

40 Trine Jupiter – Uranus

He knows what’s going on at a glance. He thirsts after knowledge, and is a good organizer. He is very independent, likes his freedom of action, is a non-conformist. He is very agreeable company and is always in demand.

Saturn represents contraction and effort.

Saturn in Leo

In a position of authority, he likes responsibilities and assumes them. He receives favours from patrons, who recognize his merits or similarly receives honors in return for well-accomplished tasks.

Weaknesses: abuse of power, little feeling in the workplace.

Saturn in IX

He is studious, patient, rigorous, austere. He likes reflection, meditation. He carries out all the plans he makes. He is a stay-at-home.

Uranus represents individual liberty, egoistic liberty.

Uranus in Scorpio

Intelligent and subtle. Adores research, inquiry, investigation. Very sensual.

Uranus in XI

His freedom is important to him, even with regard to friends. These are extravagant, original, intellectual. They are not from the same background and have a different up-bringing.

Neptune represents transcendental liberty, non-egoistic liberty.

Neptune in Sagittarius

Likes long voyages, things foreign, water.

Neptune in I

He is intuitive, sensitive. Not a fighter and is indecisive. May have some identity problems until he decides on a more spiritual or artistic path. May be psychic or simply strongly intuitive. Gentle and yielding.

60 Sextile Neptune – Pluto

3 Conjunction Neptune – Ascendant

He has strange relationships. He is easily influenced, very sensitive and emotional.

Pluto represents transformations, mutations and elimination.

Pluto in Libra

Looks for new ways to relate to others.

House I is the area of self identity. The ascendant is a symbol of how one acts in life. It is the image of the personality as seen by others, and the attitude that one has towards life.

Ascendant in Sagittarius

The world is filled with adventure, new things to experience, and, most of all, hope, with this Ascendant. There is an unmistakable faith and enthusiasm with Sagittarius rising people. Grand schemes, big promises, and a willingness to explore and experiment are themes, although follow-through is not a strong characteristic of Sagittarius. These individuals are somewhat restless and often active people. They always seem to be looking for something that is just out of grasp — and many do this their entire lives. They can be quite direct at times, yet they are likable enough to forgive for their faux-pas. Most have a lot to say and offer. Their insights and opinions are usually interesting and exciting, although sometimes lacking in details.

Sagittarius rising people have opinions about everything, and they just love telling others exactly what they are. Not all people with this position are outgoing folk, but they all have a way of moving about that at least exudes a certain level of confidence. Some might even call them naive or overly optimistic. Even the quiet ones don’t shrink from life and from experience. One of the most obvious and endearing traits of Sagittarius rising is their willingness to keep up a sense of humor. Even when they’re feeling low, they manage to find humor in life and have fun with whatever they do have. The placement of Sagittarius’ ruling planet, Jupiter, will give more clues to how they go about expressing themselves. Jupiter in Capricorn, for example, might give a more sarcastic approach, but underneath there lies an unmistakable hope and spirit for living.

House II is the area of material security and values. It rules money and personal finances, sense of self-worth and basic values, personal possessions.

House II in Capricorn

A cautious approach to money and personal finances, possessions. Financial success may be slow but steady. A hard worker. Savings are important. Patience with accumulating. Money situation improves with maturity.

House III is the area of social and intellectual learning.

House III in Aquarius

He is always at the forefront of progress. Likes everything that is new, original and ingenious. Likes every new idea, as long as it improves life and naturally is good for everyone. He is happy to travel even at a moment’s notice, likes a life full of change and meetings.

House IV is the area of home, family, roots, and deep emotions/sense of self-worth.

House IV in Pisces

He is very susceptible to the mood of those around him. A hard difficult upbringing can mark him for life. When a child, has to be protected, given confidence.

House V is the area of creative self-expression, romance, entertainment, children, and gambling.

House V in Aries

Full of initiative. Things are done to the full, with energy, vigor and strength of purpose: It is the same with love life. Children will be hardy and rarely ill.

House VI is the area of learning by material transaction.

House VI in Taurus

Completely trusted at work. Knows how to keep a secret and is of irreproachable honesty. Weak point: the throat.

House VII is the area of one-to-one relationships such as marriage and partnership, and of social and intellectual action.

House VII in Gemini

Marries quite young, and divorces later. A second marriage doubtless with less passion but a lot of friendship. Frightened of living alone in old age.

House VIII is the area of emotional security and of security of the soul.

House VIII in Cancer

Small inheritances.

House IX is the area of learning that shapes the identity.

House IX in Leo

He is tolerant, accepts all differences and respects them. He is honest and loyal.

House X is the area of material action. The Mid-heaven represents the work one will do in his life, the place one will take in the world of society. It becomes more important as one grows older

House X in Virgo

All medical, paramedic or social work are recommended.

House XI is the area of search for social and intellectual security.

House XI in Libra

Looks for friends among “well-placed” people, artists known even regionally, influential people in society, the social or political world, likes high class evenings.

House XII is the area of education and of emotion.

House XII in Scorpio

Work in the police field, likes investigating other people’s private lives.

Your Personal Natal Chart

Click on a planet for more information

Mental Masturbation Article on Evocation by the GOD KING!

Yes, that’s right. I said it. There is a serious disease of self delusion in what is termed the spirit art, namely in the realm of evocation. It’s sad when I visit various occult related forums, blogs and websites and see so many people deluding themselves into believing something is happening when it most definitely is not. It is even more saddening when one of my favorite occult authors promotes this self delusion. The formal name for this delusion is called mental masturbation. For those unfamiliar with mental masturbation, according to Wiki.c2:mental masturbation.png

In layman’s terms; delusion. I hate it say it. Well, actually I don’t, because it’s the truth. What’s more, is that this delusion comes from the New Age scene. Now, I won’t bash the entire New Age movement, even though the vast majority of the information that comes out of it is severely watered down. But not everyone is meant to study and practice the occult so I can understand why. I will, however, speak out against those who promote self delusion when working with spirits. What exactly am I talking about though? Visit any occult forum that has threads about spirit work. What do you see? I can almost guarantee that you’ll find at least half a dozen recent threads with people claiming they can evoke spirits simply by focusing on the spirit’s sigil and chanting it’s “demonic enn” a few times in their heads. Or you’ll see people saying that they did some made up evocation ritual and even though they couldn’t see or hear the spirit, they proceed anyway as if the spirit was there. Shame! I shake my head as I write this.

Magic is more logical than not. What sense does it make to call out to a spirit but if you get no observable response to proceed as normal? If you called your friend and the phone picked up but no one was on the other end would you continue on with a normal conversation? Most likely not. Why would calling a spirit be any different? This is why I advocate Grimoire Tradition above all other systems of spirit contact. GT leaves no room for error or mistake. All bases are covered. If you call the spirit and it does not respond in a perceptible way, you pack up and try again later. And if spirit evocation was as simple as picturing the sigil of a spirit and chanting it’s “enn” (which is easily found with a Google search) a few times, I can promise you that I wouldn’t be sitting here typing this article. I’d have used Bune to get me in on some huge business deal or Vassago to give me the winning lotto numbers and I’d have fled to Monaco to live out the rest of my life like a king. Don’t get me wrong here, I’m not saying no other methods of spirit evocation or contact is valid. On the contrary. Shamanism has amazing methods of spirit contact, in the fact that Shamans don’t evoke spirits, they go directly to them by descending to the Underworld. Druids have particularly interesting rites of evocation. Ian Corrigan gave us a piece of the Druid evocation cake when he published The Book of Summoning, which I highly recommend to any and all Pagans who wish to evoke spirits in a systematic way that resembles the grimoires of old. Paul Huson presented a very workable system of evocation in Mastering Witchcraft. However, these New Age influenced methods of spirit contact just won’t work. Sitting there pretending like you’re talking to a spirit that isn’t there isn’t magic, it’s psychotic. In Grimoire Tradition we protect ourselves from such delusion by not proceeding with the ritual if we can’t perceive the spirit. You may not always need to see the spirit, but you need veritable proof that something is there. “Feeling” that the spirit is there usually isn’t always enough. An exo-GT example; in the Green Tradition of Witchcraft, we use feelings only with the spirits one has developed a long term relationship with (this is usually one’s Matron and Patron and their pantheon).

I sincerely advocate that one use some sort of verification method to ensure that a spirit is indeed present to avoid the effects of mental masturbation. Ask for a sign. Again, feelings aren’t usually enough, especially for the novice. The sign could be unusual noises (I say “unusual” because most houses/buildings make noises anyway), audible voice, apparition, visuals (lights, flashes, etc). If you’re using some sort of communication device, such as an ouija board (I am against the use of ouija boards in nearly every other case save veritable spirit contact) then you can request the spirit use the board to prove it is present. Something is better than absolutely nothing. I understand that not everyone wants to waste their time by preparing for a spirit evocation only to not have the spirit appear, so the desire to proceed may be strong. But mental masturbation helps no one.

The New Age community places a lot of emphasis on one’s mental power and their ability to visualize and imagine things. This is extremely useful in magical workings when it comes to things like spellcasting or ritual work. But when it comes to evocation and other such spirit work, imagining things can be more harmful than helpful. Now, I realize that this article may ruffle some feathers, especially among New Agers. That is fine. I challenge all who are offended by this to test me. Don’t blindly accept what I say. Test me. See if what I say stands up or falls flat on it’s face. Compare the results of just sitting there focusing on a sigil and chanting an enn to the results of a veritable evocation method, again not talking about just GT here. I’m quite sure your findings will mirror my own.

Special Guest Blogger Leonardo Has an excellent Article to share on Calling the Mighty Dead..Click the link below for his article and blog.

http://voces-magicae.com/2015/10/11/calling-the-mighty-dead/

Calling the Mighty Dead
October 11, 2015 Leave a Comment Written by Leonardo
This post has been republished by Anthony Arcanum over at ArcanumTarotMagick.com

For many cultures the end of October heralds the holy days that celebrate the ancestors and the dead. In the northern hemisphere this is the midpoint between the autumnal equinox and winter solstice when nights get noticeably colder and longer as we enter the darkest time of the year. It is a fitting time to turn our minds and hearts towards the unknown, the underworld, and the dead – and remember those who have come before us.

As discussed in Honoring the Ancestors and the Dead, I firmly believe it is our duty to respect, care, and honor those who have come before us at all times regardless of the season or holiday. So while this post is indeed appropriately themed for the season, it is not about celebrating any particular holiday. This post is something a little different, it is about my personal journey digging deeper into the ancestral mysteries, and is undoubtedly a work in progress.

If I were to pick a beginning to this work, it would be about ten or eleven months ago. For some time, I had been trying to better understand certain elements of my ancestry and given that I had been working frequently with Hekate and to a lesser degree, Hermes, it felt natural to reach out to them to help facilitate communication with those remote ancestors whom I did not yet know by name.

This was a simple and sincere prayer along with the use of the PHORBA voces magicae from PGM IV 1390-1495 while I made offerings to them as guardians, protectors and guides to the dead.

Guardians of the Gates, Light-bearers of the Crossroad, Guides and Leaders of the Dead, I burn this offering in your honor.

And ask that by your power the veil between the realm of the living and the kingdom of the dead be parted so that I may commune with the Ancestors.

PHORBA PHORBÔBAR BARÔ PHÔRPHÔR PHÔRBAI

I invite those ancestors who I have known by name to this altar, come [names of deceased relatives], come together with those ancestors whose names I have yet to learn but whose blood runs in these veins. Come and partake of these offerings of food, fire and water laid here before you tonight.

Using the generic titles (“Guardians of the gate”, etc.) instead of the names Hermes and Hekate gave the practice a more universal feel while firmly establishing the psychopompic and liminal role of these spirits. This is also an invitation for those ancestors present to honor the spirits of these domains by whichever names they have known them.

Over the past months, I have enjoyed countless hours following the above openings in ritual, prayer, meditation, drumming, and even sleeping before the ancestral shrine. These sessions have also yielded some of the most vivid visions and authentic spirit flight experiences of my life.

As I explored the depths of our remote ancestry, I began to see a common thread woven together by the shamans, magicians, witches, and sorcerers of our past. Through them I have come to believe – with utmost conviction – in a lineage of magic practitioners dating back to our first prehistoric ancestors.

These ancestors are so far removed from modern human populations, that it is likely that we all share this ‘witch blood’ to one degree or another. For some of us this is a strong and almost inescapable calling to tap into this Promethean gift and to awaken this primordial tradition of witchcraft and magic. But for most, this mystery is a vestigial shadow of a long forgotten past.

I work magic, plain and simple. This is my primary interest and the practical application of all my esoteric studies. So naturally, these ancestral patrons of the magical arts are the mighty dead that I want to seek out and call into my workings. I soon learned; however, that while these spirits seemed willing to teach and work with me, they were definitely not easily accessible. It was only through my immediate ancestors – and in particular via a spirit I consider my primary ancestral helper – that I was able to gain access to these mighty dead.

Thus, I believe it is imperative that before seeking out the mighty dead we have a well established working relationship with our familial ancestors and specifically with a primary ancestor or guardian spirit. Beside the real danger of confronting these powerful spirits without the proper guidance and protection that trustworthy spiritual allies afford, we simply do not have the spiritual authority to call them forth. This authority is built up by the spiritual lineage of our ancestors. They are as rungs in a chain connecting us to these remote ancestral heroes, the more ancestors we connect with, the stronger the chain.

The ritual I present here was not a final goal or planned in any way as a “ritual”; it just grew organically in response to the path I was on and am very much still walking. In an attempt to make contact with these ancestral forebearers of the magical tradition, I have landed on a core set of tools, actions and phrases. Together, we may say that these elements compose a ritual in that they can be followed to produce a specific spiritual experience.

This practice is to be undertaken at night, the closest to midnight, the better as we can draw on the chthonic energies of the sun being underfoot near to the nadir point. The altar is dressed with a black cloth and set up in the north. Atop the altar we have the ancestral skull for directing the invocation, a bell, a glass of water, a brazier for burning incense and two small candles for additional light. A third candle – a white taper – should be at hand to be lit and placed atop the skull during the ceremony.

The skull can be any spirit-vessel that has been attuned to one’s ancestors. It functions as a focal point for directing the invocation and as a temporary physical home to help ground the spirits. I use a bronze skull that has been filled with soil from the graves and homelands of my relatives together with some of their personal items and various herbs, bones and other small items that have become significant in my ancestral practices.

Additionally, a glass of red wine and some honey bread (or other suitable food and drink) should be offered at the end of the rite.

mighty_dead_rite

We need two incenses for this rite. 1) A general offering of frankincense for the psychopomps and gatekeepers, and 2) A necromantic blend – containing the practitioner’s blood. I use a mix of aloes, dittany of Crete, wormwood, copal resin, honey, olive oil, and my own blood. Blood is an important element of this ritual as it the life-fluid that directly connects us to the ancestors. You just need a few drops mixed into the incense blend, so be responsible and use a sterilized needle or medical lancet.

Upon completion of the ritual we will be in the presence of those ancestors who come forth together with the ancestral mighty dead we have called. It is important to understand that we are inviting the ancestors in, not commanding or forcing them to come. At this point we may leverage their help for spell work or another magical operation, or – my favorite- ask them to teach and guide us, and to bring us into their realm. This will initiate an extremely rewarding journey into the underworld, one that is not to be taken lightly as the dangers of spirit travel to the land of the dead are very real and can have serious consequences. The journey can be facilitated using flying ointments, by maintaining the slow and deep breathing patterns, and by a repetitive action such as drumming, rattling or tapping bones together in rhythmic beats while swaying back and forth.

I have chosen to omit certain gestures and signs that I use, as I believe that each practitioner will be guided to their own proper ones. The rite should be led by a visceral feeling and not feel overly scripted. The words below are a rough guide and need not be followed to the letter, let inspiration and spontaneity guide you.

A final piece of advice is to not rush through this ceremony. Pause between the stages and let yourself become immersed in the experience.

¤ Calling Forth The Mighty Dead ¤

I light this candle in honor of the Ancestors, those of my blood and those of my spirits, may its light be their light and may their light illuminate me in the darkness.

Guardians of gates, Light-bearers of the Crossroad, Masters and guides into the mysteries of the dead, I burn this frankincense in your honor.

And ask that by your power the veil between the realm of the living and the kingdom of the dead be parted so that I may speak with the Ancestors.

PHORBA PHORBÔBAR BARÔ PHÔRPHÔR PHÔRBAI

Spirits of the dead, I call to you!

Souls of those who have met the challenges of their time, and who have lived and died well, I call to you!

Ancestors past, present, and future, I call to you!

I [name] born of [mother’s/father’s name], call to you; I who came into this world by mortal womb, come to you now with immortal Spirit and call to you. Hear me my beloved and blessed dead. By the sacred mysteries of our blood, I call to you.

Come [name of primary ancestor], guardian, guide and protector.

Join and empower me in this sacred work that together we may bring forth the ancestors.

We call to you blessed and honorable ancestors. We invite you to come forth from your eternal realm and witness this rite. Come ancestors, father’s side and mother’s side, come and lend your strength and your grace to this work. Come, so that together we may call out to the forebearers of our sacred blood, those who made the first pacts and covenants with the spirits of the land.

Ancestors of the distant past and those yet to be, together we stand at this crossroad between the worlds, and together we call forth those whose blood runs in these veins; and, those who have walked upon this earth long before the bloodlines of kings and nations.

Come ancestors of the ancestors, lords and ladies of the earth! You, whose spirit ablaze with primordial Fire forged our path and story upon this sacred land. Come forth by the many names and titles by which you have been known, you who were the first to peer into the mysteries of the unseen and the unknown.

Come spirit-workers, shamans and sorcerers of a long-forgotten age; ancestral healers, hexers and wisdom keepers; come diviners, magicians and witches for I [name] am of your spirit and of your blood!

Come, O most ancient teachers and patrons of the magical arts, giants of our past, heroes and mighty dead. Come forth from your realms o lords and masters of our primordial craft…

Related
Los Angeles Day of the Dead
Los Angeles Day of the Dead
In “General Esoterica”
Honoring the Ancestors and the Dead
Honoring the Ancestors and the Dead
In “Magic in Practice and Ritual”
Piango Piango: First Steps in Palo
Piango Piango: First Steps in Palo
In “Palo Mayombe”
Magic in Practice and Ritual, Serpent Path Ancestor Veneration, Ancestor Worship, Ancestors, ceremony, Halloween, Living & Dead, Magic, Magick, Mighty Dead, Necromancy, Rite, Ritual, Samhain, Skull, Spirit Vessel, Traditional Witchcraft, Underworld, Underworld Journey, Witch Blood, Witch Father, Witch Mother, Witchcraft
Similar posts

Reclaiming the Language of … — Language is the vehicle through which we transmit culture. It is the manner in which we package and exchange information, ideas and concepts and is the most basic symbolic unit upon which we can progress and grow as individuals, as a society, and ultimately as a species. The oft-quoted statement by Isaac Newton that “if […]
Piango Piango: First Steps … — Palo Mayombe is a path that my ancestral spirits have intended for me to walk. Following more than a year of intensive working with my ancestors this has became undeniably clear to me. I was initially hesitant to commit to Palo because I was very comfortable, successful, and happy with my existing magical and spiritual practices. But the second […]
Pact-Making in Palo & … — Over these past winter months I have dug deep into my personal spirit work. My focus has been on the ancestors and through them I’ve been led back to the Afro-Cuban traditions that were sprinkled onto me as a child. I have thus been exploring these paths and, in particular, the tradition of Palo Mayombe. I don’t intend to give a detailed description of the […]
Los Angeles Day of the Dead — Tradition is: : a way of thinking, behaving, or doing something that has been used by the people in a particular group, family, society, etc., for a long time : the stories, beliefs, etc., that have been part of the culture of a group of people for a long time This definition (from Merriam Webster […]
Why the PGM? — I write quite a bit about the PGM, clearly it is very important element of my magical and spiritual practice. Yet despite working very closely with some Graeco-Egyptian deities, I do not strongly identify with either Greek or Egyptian “religion.” So why do I place such high value on the PGM? This is a question that I have recently begun to […]