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 his posthumously published work on Elementals called Ex Libro de … 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 a lot of people in occult and pagan communities. Because … 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. I want to clarify that I am not invalidating anyone’s … Continue reading Goetic Magic and Evocation

Planetary Magic 101: The Sun ☉

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, which are used in planetary magic of the Renaissance. I. Philosophy of the Sun Philosophers, theologians, and the like … Continue reading Planetary Magic 101: The Sun ☉

Planetary Magic 101: An Introduction

I. What is Planetary Magic? When we speak of planetary magic; then there are several concepts that can come to mind. What I am specifically talking about, is the type of magic where you call on and use the energies of one of the seven traditional planets in order to gain a certain effect which corresponds to that said planet. This specific model was especially … Continue reading Planetary Magic 101: An Introduction

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 the divine mind, by means of the soul of the … Continue reading Planetary Squares: Magic, Talismans and Astrology

Dealing with Nightmares, Sleep Paralysis and Spirits

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 your life essence or even act like incubi/succubi. The German “Alp” or “Mahr” for instance is … 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 one in order to get your magical properties. In this … Continue reading How to find Ingredients for Spellwork: Planetary Properties

A Look at Abrahamic Curses

Most people will not think of curses when they think about any “Abrahamic” magic system – be it biblical mysticism, miracles of saints or faith healings of Jesus. The idea of harming someone else with magic – which is what a curse is – seems to be the very opposite to the idea of Christianity or Judaism. “Love your neighbor as you love yourself” is … Continue reading A Look at Abrahamic Curses

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The Historical Faust: “Font of Necromancy”

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 astrologer, from trusting Faust. For context on who Trithemius was: Johannes Trithemius was a German abbot … Continue reading The Historical Faust: “Font of Necromancy”