“Exorcizamus te..”: Demons, Possession and Exorcism

An exorcism is a religious or spiritual act of casting out a spirit either from a possessed person or a place. While several rites of exorcism exist within various cultures and religions, I will specifically go into Abrahamic forms of demons, possession and exorcism. This post will have two bigger sections, one being the section … Continue reading “Exorcizamus te..”: Demons, Possession and Exorcism

Elementals: The Folklore of Paracelsus the Alchemist

During his lifetime Paracelsus (born as Theophrastus von Hohenheim) was primarily known to be a physician, as well as for his involvement and studies into occult sciences through his teacher Trithemius - who also taught Heinrich Cornelius Agrippa. Today he is known for both his alchemical and medical writings. An almost lesser-known work today is … Continue reading Elementals: The Folklore of Paracelsus the Alchemist

Elitism: Research, Academia and Traditionalism

Like in any other community, within communities of Pagans, Witches, and Occultists people will complain about elitism. Most of the time those complaints dub traditionalists like myself as "elitists" due to my and other people's approach towards occultism, religion and magic practice. Relying on research and academic sources has almost become synonymous with "elitism" for … Continue reading Elitism: Research, Academia and Traditionalism

Goetic Magic and Evocation

The grimoire called Goetia and its 72 demons do have some sort of a "cult status" within communities of Pagans, Witches, Satanists, and Occultists in general. However, there are a lot of misconceptions about the Lemegeton and its Goetia regarding its origins, its magical operations, and the nature of the spirits listed in the grimoire. … Continue reading Goetic Magic and Evocation

Planetary Magic 101: The Sun ☉

"Creation of the Sun, Moon, and Plants" by Michelangelo The Sun has had its place within astrology and mythologies since ancient times; be it within the ancient Greek pantheon as Helios and Apollo, within Greek philosophy, or even within the Bible itself. In this particular post, I will go into traditional interpretations of the Sun, … Continue reading Planetary Magic 101: The Sun ☉

Planetary Squares: Magic, Talismans and Astrology

"It is affirmed by Magicians, that there are certain tables of numbers distributed to the seven planets, which they call the sacred tables of the planets, endowed with many, and very great vertues of the Heavens, in as much as they represent that divine order of Celestiall numbers, impressed upon Celestials by the Idea's of … Continue reading Planetary Squares: Magic, Talismans and Astrology

Dealing with Nightmares, Sleep Paralysis and Spirits

"The Nightmare" by Johann Heinrich Füssli Several people have experienced some sort of sleep paralysis; the feeling of being pushed down by something in very simple terms. And while there are several scientific explanations for sleep paralysis, multiple different cultures associate this phenomenon with spirits; who can also cause nightmares, scratch you up, feed on … Continue reading Dealing with Nightmares, Sleep Paralysis and Spirits

How to find Ingredients for Spellwork: Planetary Properties

Many people ask themselves how to determine what type of herbs or crystal one should use; especially if you want to write your own spells. There are several ways to write your own spells and rituals; but when it comes to ingredients it can get kind of tricky. Especially considering there are more systems than … Continue reading How to find Ingredients for Spellwork: Planetary Properties

The Historical Faust: “Font of Necromancy”

Johannes Trithemius; German Abbot and Occultist The following letter counts as one of the primary sources regarding the historical Faust, who made his way into German folklore, legends, and literature. This letter is known as "Würzburger Faustbrief" (engl. Faust letter of Würzburg). Here we have a very upset Trithemius trying to dissuade Johannes Virdung, an … Continue reading The Historical Faust: “Font of Necromancy”

Essential Reads: De Occulta Philosophia

Illustrations from De Occulta Philosophia by Heinrich Cornelius Agrippa De Occulta Philosophia Libri III(engl. The Three Books of Occult Philosophy) were written and published by Heinrich Cornelius Agrippa during the 16th century, the first book of this work was published in 1531 in Paris, Cologne and Antwerp. There are several curious stories revolving these three … Continue reading Essential Reads: De Occulta Philosophia

Literature and Resources for Renaissance Magic

Renaissance magic blends Kabbalah, Neoplatonism and astrology into one system of magic. This system of magic laid out ceremonial magic as we know it and influenced the grimoire tradition as well as future magic traditions and orders such as The Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn and even the demonology of modern demonolatry. Renaissance magic … Continue reading Literature and Resources for Renaissance Magic

0 – The Fool: Symbolism and Meaning

As part of the Major Arcana, the Fool kicks off a sequence of major life events depicted in each card of the Major Arcana; and thus marks the beginning of life, the foolishness of young age and being oblivious to the dangers of the world. Hebrew Letter: Alef א Number: 0Element: AirKeyword: The Spirit of … Continue reading 0 – The Fool: Symbolism and Meaning

Tarot Guide: Breaking down the System of the Cards

"The true Tarot is symbolism; it speaks no other language and offers no other signs. Given the inward meaning of its emblems, they do become a kind of alphabet which is capable of indefinite combinations and makes true sense in all." A. E. Waite, The Pictorial Key to the Tarot Many people read and study … Continue reading Tarot Guide: Breaking down the System of the Cards