Magickal Mystery Lamen

I was surfing yesterday and found this beautiful and mysterious lamen on a Tumbl website, which btw also has lots of other great images.

I googled around and around and found some information. My own first impression is that is looks like a cover from an occult novel printed maybe in the 1970s-1980s.

An early search said it is from an Anime story called Those Who Hunt Elves, which did have the inscription but a different sigil in the center.

The image in the center is obviously of a Solomonic type of circle for magicke with all the normal accoutrements around her.

The French inscription around it is:

Obeissez a vos superieurs et leur soyez soumis parce qu’ils y prennent garde.

Which translated is:

Obey your superiors and be subject because they are careful.

But where did this come from? I found it in the original French Histoire de la Magie by Eliphas Levi.

Here is the full French version of a paragraph in that book, and an English Translation:

Histoire de la Magie – par Eliphas Levi

La doctrine de ce grimoire est la même que celle de Simon et de la plupart des gnostiques : c’est le principe passif substitué au principe actif. La passion, par conséquent, préférée à la raison, le sensualisme déifié, la femme mise avant l’homme, tendance qui se retrouve dans tous les systèmes mystiques antichrétiens ; cette doctrine est exprimée par un pantacle placé en tête du livre. La lune isiaque occupe le centre ; autour du croissant sélénique, on voit trois triangles qui n’en font qu’un ; le triangle est surmonté d’une croix ansée à double croisillon ; autour du triangle qui est inscrit dans un cercle, et dans l’intervalle formé par les trois segments de cercle, on voit, d’un côté, le signe de l’esprit et le sceau kabbalistique de Salomon, de l’autre, le couteau magique et la lettre initiale du binaire, au-dessous une croix renversée formant la figure du lingam, et le nom de Dieu ?? également renversé ; autour du cercle, on lit ces mots tracés en forme de légende: Obéissez à vos supérieurs, et leur soyez soumis, parce qu’ils y prennent garde.
Ce pantacle, traduit en symbole ou profession de foi, est donc textuellement ce qui suit :
«La fatalité règne par les mathématiques et il n’y a pas d’autre Dieu que la nature.
»Les dogmes sont l’accessoire du pouvoir sacerdotal et s’imposent à la multitude pour justifier les sacrifices.
»L’initié est au-dessus de la religion dont il se sert, et il en dit absolument le contraire de ce qu’il en croit.
»L’obéissance ne se motive pas, elle s’impose ; les initiés sont faits pour commander et les profanes pour obéir.»
Ceux qui ont étudié les sciences occultes, savent que les anciens magiciens n’écrivaient jamais leur dogme et le formulaient uniquement par les caractères symboliques des pantacles.

History of Magic – by Eliphas Levi

The doctrine of this puzzle is the same as that of Simon and most of the Gnostics: it is the passive principle replaced the active ingredient. Passion, therefore, preferred to reason, sensualism deified, the woman put before man, a trend that is found in all mystical systems anti-Christian doctrine is expressed by a pentacle placed at the beginning of the book. Isis the moon occupies the center around the growing selenic, there are three triangles that make only one, the triangle is topped by a double cross ankh; around the triangle which is inscribed in a circle, and the gap formed by the three segments of a circle, you see, on one side, the sign of the spirit and the Kabbalistic seal of Solomon, on the other, the magic knife and the initial letter of the binary, below forming an inverted cross the figure of the lingam, and the name of God? also reversed; around the circle, we read these words written in the form of legend:
Obey your superiors, and be submissive, because they are careful.
The pentacle, or translated into a symbol of faith, is literally that:
“Fate reigns in mathematics and there is no other God than nature.
“The dogmas are the accessory of priestly power and impose themselves on the multitude to justify the sacrifices.
“The initiate is above religion which he uses, and he said absolutely the opposite of what he believes.
“Obedience does not motivate, it is necessary, initiates are made to order and lay in obedience.”
Those who have studied the occult, know that the ancient magicians do not write their dogma and formulated only by the symbolic characters of pantacles.


AmerIndian Talking Stick for a Friend

I have a good friend who has stood by me with my illness over the past two years, offering his support, compassion and laughter. He is to retire very soon, in a little over a month. Last year up at my Priestess’s property I cut some pieces from her Russian Olive tree (his name is a variant of the Italian name for olive) and made a walking stick for her (not that she needs one, but she can use it for protection since it is studded with brass tack heads) and had this club shaped piece left over. After drying all winter, with the rest of the sticks i cut last autumn, it was sitting here with no plan for it. Then one day T.O. picked it up and admired it. Well he is a poet, so i thought what better gift for his upcoming retirement than an AmerIndian style Talking Stick. Of course i won’t wait to give it to him but will gift it next time i see him. I did not have exactly everything that the NW or Cherokee Indians put on theirs, but drilled holes for feathers (yes these were obtained legally and unfortunately he will have to find his own feathers, lol), attached a blue shell from a witch friend in NC, and burned his shortened name in a style of German Runes that Dr Santee brought back from Germany. I think he will like this Talking Stick, and it was fun to make, and a good use of a leftover club. Speak poetically and carry a big stick my friend. LOL

Each of the links above goes to a different site about Talking Sticks, and below in this slideshow are pictures of the Talking Stick and Lady Alsace’s walking stick.

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Worship of the Goddess Astarte in the Coven of the Catta

As a Priest of the Coven of the Catta I always wondered why one of the main Goddess we worship is Astarte. But now I see that since our coven is of the lineage of the Coven of the Horsa from Sybil Leek I see she may have gotten that from the Romani aka Gypsies she learned from in the New Forest in England. On a search i came across a reference to Saint Sarah whom the Romani worshiped and whom they called Astarte. So There.

To quote from that Wiki article

One of our people who received the first Revelation was Sara the Kali. She was of noble birth and was chief of her tribe on the banks of the Rhône. She knew the secrets that had been transmitted to her… The Rom at that period practiced a polytheistic religion, and once a year they took out on their shoulders the statue of Ishtari (Astarte) and went into the sea to receive benediction there. One day Sara had visions which informed her that the Saints who had been present at the death of Jesus would come, and that she must help them. Sara saw them arrive in a boat. The sea was rough, and the boat threatened to founder. Mary Salome threw her cloak on the waves and, using it as a raft, Sarah floated towards the Saints and helped them reach land by praying.[3]

Its also interesting to note that Saint Sarah’s center of veneration is  of her Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer, a place of pilgrimage for the Roma. Even more interesting is that it is just down the Mediterranean coast of France from Gorges-du-Loup where Sybil Leek was initiated into our mother coven, the Coven de la Dragon Rouge.

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Witchcraft (1964 film)

A friend sent me a bunch of old B movies, including this one – Witchcraft – made in 1964, black and white, starring Lon Chaney Jr. I Love Yvette Rees as Vanessa Whitlock in this film. Actually for a B movie this one is pretty damned good.

Here’s the plot from Wikipedia:

In the 17th Century the Lanier family buried a Whitlock woman alive as a witch and took over the Whitlock estate. A bitter hatred of the Lanier family continues into the present. However two descendants, Amy Whitlock (Diane Clare) and Todd Lanier (David Weston), fall in love and plan to marry regardless of the families objections.

The Laniers, headed by Bill Lanier (Jack Hedley), are building developers who now own part of the old Whitlock Estate. Without their knowledge and following the instructions of Lanier manager Myles Forrester (Barry Linehan) a bulldozer overturns headstones and churns up graves in the old Whitlock Cemetery. At night, when all is quiet an exhumed grave opens and Vanessa Whitlock (Yvette Rees), the witch buried centuries ago, rises from the grave. Together with Morgan Whitlock (Lon Chaney Jr.), they use their witchcraft and one-by-one, the Laniers meet with various fatal accidents.

Tracy Lanier (Jill Dixon) follows her future sister in law Amy into the family crypt only to see the risen Vanessa and her witches conducting black magic rites. Tracy is captured and while either in a trance or drugged tied up to be used as a human sacrifice. Looking for Tracy, Bill and Todd go to the Whitlock crypt. They find and rescue Tracy. Todd returns to the crypt for Amy, who has now joined the rest of her family and embraced Satanism. He is captured by the witches. Vanessa threatens Todd and reverting back to good, just in time to save her beloved, Amy pours burning oil over her ancient ancestor. The fire kills not only all the witches but Amy as well. Todd escapes and along with his surviving family stands and watches the Whitlock estate burn to the ground ending the 300-year-old nightmare.

All Hail the Honored Dead!

I am re-blogging this post from Spanish Moss’s excellent blog Thicket of a Witch. Click on the name for his blog or the images below from his site for this Memorial Day post.

I have never been in the military, but I honour their sacrifices to keep our country safe and the world free of tyranny as much as is humanly possible.

Plants Of The Gods

There are many different methods of spiritual astral travel up through the chakras and sephiroth out into the various internal and external (the same) planes, from these etheogens to various forms of sensory deprivation to sensory overload, sonic driving (drumming), meditation, tantra and various magickal flaming up of the spirit.

Thanks KP for “turning me on” to this video.

Breaking Promises to Nagas – from the Digital Tibetan Buddhist Altar blog

Here is an excellent article called Breaking Promises to Nagas about how we may have broken our promises to them as individuals and as humans. It is posted on the excellent blog Digital Tibetan Buddhist Altar. I am not sure if i quite agree with their statement that You cannot communicate directly with nagas, nor would you particularly wish to try as I have had many nagas and naginis approach me in nature over the decades, and like he says they are both good and tricky to deal with at times. But then my definition of nagas may be from within a Western concept of the fey, mermaids, elementals, lwa and other egregores within my practices of both Tibetan Buddhism and Celtic Witchcraft. I live along a mountain stream that rises fast and floods easily, so working with nagas is an important practice to me for sure. Please click on the title above or picture below (which is from his/her site) to link.