Thursday, April 28, 2011

A Rite To Petition the Spirits of the Air

To perform this spell you will need:

  • Candle
  • Shield of Solomon
  • Poppet of Individual
  • Several Pins

Arrange your altar and when you are ready light the candles and perform the LBRP. Ritually name the doll by holding it your hands, visualizing the person and saying:

“Creature of Earth, I name you [N]. I breathe upon thee with the breath of life so that you now are alive with a portion of his spirit. All that I do to you, I now do to him.”

When you are done invoke the Spirits of the Air saying:

I salute and conjure thee, O Spirits of the Air! By all the powers of fire, by the breath of air which is in me; by the earth which is beneath by feet, I conjure you into my presence to hear me!"

Pause and then say:

"I command you in the name of Tetragrammaton, by the Shield of Solomon [here touch the shield], and by all the Divine Names of God, [take up the pins and begin sticking them in the doll] that you send down to obsess, torment, and harass [N] in such a way that they shall [state your petition]..."

When you are done lay the poppet on the Shield of Solomon and say:

"So shall he be tormented and obsessed until I desire to release him.  Go no ye infernal spirits, I command you by the Shield of Solomon to accomplish my will, and I [Name] do promise to satisfy you duly upon successful completion of this task. So be it done."

You can work the doll each day until your will is accomplished and when that has occurred ritually remove the pins and dispose of the doll.


Saturday, February 5, 2011

Linda Lee

Linda Lee was a student at the Midvale School for Girls where I am employed as a math-teacher. I first met her in Principle Danvers’ office on the first day of school. I remember it clearly because I had gone to his office to complain about the little monsters nailing my desk drawers shut and there she was speaking with the Principle. Later, she was assigned to my computing class where she was an excellent student.

Little is known about her past other than the fact that she is an orphan. Her only other family is Clark Kent, a reporter with the Daily Planet, living in Metropolis. However, it is not known why she doesn’t reside with him. I can only surmise that being a busy bachelor, Mr. Kent felt it best that his cousin get a good education in an environment that offers some structure and discipline.

She attended the school for only a short amount of time, however she left a very curious impression. So much so that I used my influence as a teacher to compel one of my more tech-savvy students to hack into the school computer so that I can read her file. She first piqued my interest when she solved a complicated equation to compute the population of China in the year 2040 without the assistance of a computer or any other device! At first, I thought that she had previously gone through my papers and stole the answers; however after eliminating that possibility I began to think that I had a prodigy on my hands.

I began watching Ms. Lee more closely and noticed that she always seemed to be around when strange things occurred, such as

  • In one instance she was struck in the shoulder with a ball during a game of Lacrosse which shattered to pieces upon contacting her.
  • She was present when some pipes exploded dousing two students with hot water.
  • She happened to be in the wrong place and the wrong time when a runaway bulldozer rampaged through downtown Midvale, scooping up a local gardener in its jaws at one point.
  • She was the first person to speak with the gardener after the bulldozer was stopped and was even seen kissing him.
  • Other than Mrs. Murphy, she was the only person on campus when a person or persons unknown destroyed part of a campus.

In fact, the last time anyone recalls seeing Ms. Lee was the night the campus was vandalized. Eyewitnesses reported seeing her walking North through town fiddling with a strange blinking bracelet which she held before herself. Given that the only thing North of Midvale is the fairgrounds inhabited by Selena and her cohort, I suspect she may have decided to explore the fairgrounds and ran afoul of that evil witch.

Even more curious, no one seems to be interested in exactly what happened to Ms. Lee. To my knowledge there were never any police reports filed, no word as to her moving to Metropolis, nothing. Even Lucy Lane, her best friend and roommate, has been strangely quiet on the subject of her whereabouts. Granted, after all that occurred with Selena taking over the town and enslaving everyone there were many things that the populace has silently agreed to never speak of preferring to forget it ever happened.

Still, I feel that we have not seen the last of Ms. Lee. 

Nigel Lovecraft 

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Little Chapel of the Roses

Little Chapel of the Roses

The Little Chapel of the Roses is a non-denominational church which was established in 1980 by Reverend Raymond Randolph to serve the small community of Midvale. Although the Reverend is Protestant, the chapel has been used by Christians, members of other religions, and sometimes interfaith communities, as a place of fellowship and worship. The Reverend offers wedding services, funereal services, and communion twice a week on Sunday Mornings and Wednesday Evenings.

Reverend Randolph is active in the community often allowing the homeless to sleep in the chapel on cold nights, feeding the poor and hungry, and has even taken in runaways going so far as to pay for their bus fare back home. In addition he allows the local chapter of the AA (Alcoholic Anonymous) to meet in the Chapel’s meeting room where he often makes himself available to counsel others. Many couples credit the Reverend’s counsel with saving their marriages as well.

However, there is a dark side to Rev. Randolph and only a few people know about his past. Revered Randolph was actually born Michael O’Malley and grew up in New York where he became a Catholic Priest. Father O’Malley was well liked by his congregation until it was discovered that he was stealing from the church and sleeping with several women (and sometimes men) in his flock. After being confronted with the evidence of his misdeeds, the Arch-Diocese refused to punish Father O’Malley. However, after it was discovered that Father O’Malley was practicing black-magick at the altar late at night the congregation gathered together and drove him from town under threat of death.

O’Malley made his way to Midvale where he changed his name and used his stolen funds to establish his Church. He chose the Rose to be the symbol for his church due to his interest in the esoteric order of Rosicrucianism. During the day, Revered Randolph presents himself as a young, handsome Priest whose only concern is the spiritual well-being of his congregation and the prosperity of the community. However, old habits die hard, as he continues to practice his dark arts going so far as to practice the Black-Mass late at night along with his many female and male lovers.

Reverend Randolph also makes a comfortable living providing wares for various members of the magickal community such as blessed candles, holy water, various incenses, herbs, as well as more rare and hard to obtain materia magica-- such as human body parts. In addition, for the right price he will say a mass for various purposes such as the death of an enemy. His position as a trusted Priest also allows him to gain information about various members of the community which he often uses as leverage against them in return for money, favors and sex. 

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Selena Lionheart

Little is known about the woman who calls herself Selena Lionheart except that her real name may be Betty Munroe and that she was raised in an orphanage somewhere in the Midwest. Betty ran away from the orphanage at the age of 16 sometime in the mid 1970’s and made her way to San Francisco. There she got lost in the counter-culture of the time.

Around 1975, Betty met a man who called himself Dionysus and who claimed to be the High Priest of a coven of witches who call themselves the Wise Fools. Dionysus taught Selena his particular brand of witchcraft which stressed reaching levels of Higher Consciousness through ritual sex and the use of drugs such as Tannis Root and Ayahuasca. It was during this time that plain old Betty Munroe learned that she had an aptitude for magic. Betty transformed herself into Selena Lionheart and pronounced her self to be the Priestess of Sekhmet, the Lion-Headed Goddess of Ancient Egypt.

For a time, Selena was happy being with Dionysus and assisted him in leading the Wise Fools. When shewasn’t with Dionysus, Selena could be found telling fortunes in Golden Gate Park or among the stacks of the San Francisco Public Library reading about magic and witchcraft. It was during this time that Selena learned she could make more money telling people what they wanted to hear rather than the truth. Hustling her clients with small time cons and candle scams became rather profitable for her.

It was during the ritual celebration of the Blood Moon  that the course of Selena’s life took a turn for the worse. Dionysus, her lover and Priest, died of an accidental overdose after ingesting a fatal amount of Ayahuasca. Being an underage runaway and having no desire to return to the orphanage Selena packed her bags and disappeared again taking with her the stash box in which Dionysus kept his drugs as a memento of their love. Later, Selena would fabricate a story about this stash-box being an ancient artifact of mystical origin which she called the Coffer of Shadow.

Selena resurfaced a few months later in a section of Gotham City known as The Village. Selena met Jon Billings in Gotham Park one day where he found her offering tarot reading. Billings, a professor of psychology at Gotham State University, became smitten with Selena and it wasn’t long before she moved into his apartment.

Billings considered himself an adept Sorcerer. Selena convinced Billings to teach her sorcery. Billings put Selena through several rituals which he claimed were to prepare her for uniting with her Higher Self. While Billings was at work one day Selena took the opportunity to study his personal Grimoire---something which he had forbidden her to do. Reading the rituals Billings had lead her through, Selena realized that Billings was preparing her to be a human sacrifice for the demon Nebrios.

Using the Grimoire as a guide, Selena summoned Nebrios and offered up Billings’ soul in exchange for power. Nebrios admired her viciousness and the pact was sealed. Billings died of a stroke that day and once again Selena disappeared taking Billings’ Grimoire with her.

Having tasted real power, Selena wasn’t satisfied with what had been given her and so she sought out those she believed could give her more power. Everywhere she went Selena made it a practice to seek out powerful men for their knowledge and then leave them as soon as she felt that she had outgrown them.

Selena met her final mentor, Nigel Lovecraft, while reading tea-leaves in Lake Tahoe where he was on vacation. Nigel impressed Selena with his knowledge of Ceremonial Magic and it wasn’t hard for her to convince him to take her back to Midvale with him. Whereas Selena found it easy to manipulate Nigel, getting him to reveal the inner-most secret of black-magic was another matter.

Frustrated with Nigel’s lack of sharing his knowledge, Selena began attending meetings of the Psychical Research Society of America (PRSA) in hopes of finding someone more forthcoming. It was at these meetings that Selena met Bianca Versace and eventually the two became roommates. Bianca taught Selena what she knew about Stregheria (Italian Witchcraft) and even allowed Selena access to her family’s extensive occult collection of Grimoires and personal magical diaries. In return Selena made a decent enough living to cover their expenses by telling fortunes out of an office she set up on the fairgrounds.

Selena eventually came into possession of a piece of alien technology in the form of a crystalline sphere. It was later identified as an omegahedron by Supergirl who had come from another dimension to retrieve the mystery ball. The omegahedron was a power-source vital to her home-world, but in Selena’s hands it became a powerful force of magic.

Selena became aware of Supergirl’s existence on Earth when the heroine interfered in her plans to seduce Ethan, a local landscaper. Selena tricked Ethan to her fun-house, where she lived, with the prospect of hiring him as a landscaper. She secretly fed Ethan a love potion which rendered him unconscious and he wandered away while Selena was temporarily distracted. Selena scryed out his location in her magic mirror and called upon the power of shadow to bring him back. The spell animated a nearby bulldozer which pursued Ethan. After tearing apart a portion of the business district along Main Street the bulldozer captured Ethan inside its jaws.

A bystander interfered with the spell by climbing inside the bulldozer in attempt to bring its path of destruction to an end, which caused Selena to lose control of the bulldozer. Selena and her cohort Bianca watched as Supergirl appeared out of seemingly nowhere to save the bystanders from the effects of the bulldozer’s rampage. Once Supergirl secured the scene, she removed the jaws of the bulldozer to a safe location and freed Ethan.

Upon awakening from his potion-induced stupor, Ethan laid eyes on Linda Lee and subsequently fell in love with her. Enraged, Selena called upon the power of shadow to take the form of a destructive invisible force to destroy Linda. Supergirl interfered and, after a brief but hard-fought battle, defeated Selena’s demonic creation. Afterward Selena spied Linda Lee snooping around the fun-house, followed by a love-sick Ethan. When Selena confronted the couple, Supergirl interfered and removed the two to safety.

Desperate to defeat her enemy and master her newfound powers Selena called upon Nigel for assistance once again. Nigel brought Selena a special wand that allowed her channel the power of shadow more directly. Selena and Nigel were successful in teleporting Ethan back to the fun-house in hopes that Supergirl would come to save him and fall into their trap. Nigel didn’t trust Selena completely, but little did he know that she would betray him so soon. In a moment of passion, she snatched the Burundi Wand out of his hands and turned its power on him. Weak and helpless he could only stand by as Selena transformed her home into a castle stronghold high atop a mountain in the center of town.

When Supergirl arrived to save Ethan, Selena cleverly banished Supergirl to a dimension where her powers abandoned her. With Supergirl trapped in the Phantom Zone and Superman on a diplomatic mission in a galaxy several hundred trillion light years away there was no one to oppose Selena’s will. She quickly overtook the town and intended to expand her power until she had achieved nothing less than world domination.

Before Selena could achieve her sick dream Supergirl found a way out of the Phantom Zone and returned to Earth with her powers restored. Supergirl confronted Selena who called upon the full power of the Coffer of Shadow which had grown to gigantic proportions. Supergirl fought Selena’s evil creation and would surely have been defeated had Ethan not been able to sever Selena’s connection to her power-source. Supergirl used the opportunity to sweep Selena, Bianca, and her monstrous creation into the Phantom Zone and sealed the portal between dimensions. After Selena’s defeat everything returned to normal.

Nigel Lovecraft

Monday, August 9, 2010

The Omegahedron

The Omegahedron is one of two great power-sources vital to Argo City. Along with its partner, the Alphahedron, the Omegahedron powers the entire city, its devices and provides its people with light, heat, air, and all the things necessary to survive.

While on the surface the Omegahedron seems to create life, it only creates the appearance of life, a ‘fancy shadow of the real thing.’ Human science cannot explain how the Omegahedron works, in fact compared to our present technology it is indistinguishable from magic.

However, based on close observation, the abilities listed below can be attributed to the device, though it may have additional powers we have yet to define. They are:
  • to generate unlimited energy.
  • to power devices on Earth such as cars, telephones, lights etc…
  • to convert energy to matter, and matter to energy.
  • convert one form of energy into another (potential energy into kinetic, etc.)
  • to re-arrange matter on a subatomic level.
  • to manipulate and control human biology.
  • to enable travel between dimensions.
  • to manipulate all forms of energy such electricity, magnetism, light, gravity, etc….

With these abilities Selena was able to create fire from her fingertip, teleport Ethan from place to place, summon an invisible construct of her will, animate and control a bulldozer, cause Ethan to love her, banish Supergirl to the Phantom Zone, remotely view people and activities in her mirror from a faraway distance, and conjure material things out of thin air to name a few.

In addition, the Omegahedron seems to have the capacity to interface with the human mind and respond to human thoughts. A person is able to either mentally or verbally express their desires to the Omegahedron and it will comply with that person’s intent in accordance with that individual’s concept of reality. The Omegahedron seems to be limited only by the imagination of the person who wields its power.

Nigel Lovecraft

Bianca Versace

Unlike Selena, who learned her craft from a series of teachers with dubious reputations, Bianca was born into a family of Italian Witches. Like a good daughter, Bianca learned her craft from the women in her family however she never showed as much interest in their witchcraft as she did in their family business.

The Versace family owned and operated the Midvale Fair and was successful enough to send Bianca away to business school to get her BA in Business Management. However, unknown to her, by the time she graduated from college the family business was bankrupt.  Despite her education, Bianca was unable to save the family business from failing. However, knowing the value of the land on which the Fair stood Bianca took on several jobs to ensure that the land stayed in her family’s name.

After her parent’s death, Bianca formulated a plan to convert the fun-house into apartments. She found an investor and construction began but never finished. Desperate to keep her family’s land, Bianca moved into the funhouse and decided to live there as she tried to complete the project. It took Bianca two years working two full time job to complete and furnish one apartment.

Despondent with her lot in life, Bianca began seeking spiritual fulfillment and looked to her roots. She found an active chapter of the Psychical Research Society of America (PRSA) in Midvale and began attending meetings. It was there that Bianca met and subsequently became friends with Selena Lionheart.

Bianca admired Selena’s confidence and lust for life. She re-energized Bianca’s spirit and gave the confidence to attempt to complete converting the fair grounds into apartments. Unhappy with her then living arrangements with her mentor, Nigel, Selena moved in with Bianca at the funhouse-apartment.

Bianca taught Selena what she knew about Stregheria (Italian Witchcraft) and even allowed Selena access to her family’s extensive occult collection of Grimoires and personal magical diaries. In return Selena made a decent enough living to cover their expenses by telling fortunes out of an office she set up on the fairgrounds.

When Selena came into the possession of an alien artifact that greatly amplified her powers to a considerable degree Bianca tagged along sharing in the spoils. Selena was nearly successful in obtaining world domination, but was defeated by a Supergirl who was sent to our dimension to retrieve the artifact. When Selena was defeated and banished to the Phantom Zone, Bianca shared her fate as well.

Nigel Lovecraft

Sunday, August 8, 2010

The Secret History of Baphomet

The Ram of Mendes

Little is known about the true origin of Baphomet. Oral legend states that as far back as 2500 B.C. a tribe of hunter-gatherers located in the Valley of Shadows, in present day Egypt, were known to worship the God Banebdjedet. Banebdjedet has been described as having the form of a humanoid-goat hybrid, similar to the later deity known as Pan. In fact, it is believed that Pan is an aspect of Baphomet.

According to the legend, Banebdjedet spied a fair maiden named Hatmehit bathing in a stream and immediately fell in love with her. He seduced Hatmehit promising her that he would grant her any wish if she would agree to be his bride. Hatmehit replied that she only wanted to be close to him at which they became fused together resulting in a being of both sexes. Having the head of a goat, the upper-body of a woman and the lower-body of a man, this new God became known as Baphomet.

Baphomet through the Ages

It has often been said that the gods of one religion are the devils of another. Throughout the ages as nations rose and fell, Baphomet subsequently became identified with various devils and demons associated with Black-Magic. Around 525 B.C. after many years of peaceful co-existence Persia invaded and conquered the Valley of Shadows. Baphomet was absorbed into the dominant tribe’s mythology and was later identified with Ahriman (the prototype for the modern Satan.) Later scholars put forth the idea that Baphomet was the same Horned-God of fertility, lust, and wisdom associated with Pagans and their worship.

Christians interpreted the myth of Banebdjedet and Hatmehit as an inverted re-telling of the story of Adam and Eve. Whereas Eve was created out of the body of Adam, Baphomet was created by Hatmehit becoming fused with Banebdjedet. Around 1307, during the Crusades, the Knights Templar was accused of revering Baphomet in the form of a human skull. They were alleged to have considered the idol the source of their riches as well as a powerful charm for fertility.

Levi’s Baphomet

Baphomet, as Lévi's illustration (see above image) suggests, has occasionally been portrayed as a synonym of Satan or a demon, a member of the hierarchy of Hell. The downward-pointing pentagram on its forehead is enlarged upon by Lévi in his illustration of a goat's head arranged within such a pentagram, which he contrasts with the microcosmic man arranged within a similar but upright pentagram.

Lévi's Baphomet is clearly the source as well of the later Tarot image of the Devil, in the Rider-Waite design. The symbol of the goat in the downward-pointed pentagram was adopted as the official symbol — called the Sigil of Baphomet — of the Church of Satan, and continues to be used among Satanists.

The Crowley Connection

The Baphomet of Lévi was to become an important figure within the cosmology of Thelema, the mystical system established by Aleister Crowley in the early twentieth century. Baphomet features in the Creed of the Gnostic Catholic Church recited by the congregation in The Gnostic Mass, in the sentence: "And I believe in the Serpent and the Lion, Mystery of Mystery, in His name BAPHOMET."

In Magick (Book 4), Crowley asserted that Baphomet was a divine androgyne and "the hieroglyph of arcane perfection":

The Devil does not exist. It is a false name invented by the Black Brothers to imply a Unity in their ignorant muddle of dispersions. A devil who had unity would be a God... 'The Devil' is, historically, the God of any people that one personally dislikes... This serpent, SATAN, is not the enemy of Man, but He who made Gods of our race, knowing Good and Evil; He bade 'Know Thyself!' and taught Initiation. He is 'The Devil' of the Book of Thoth, and His emblem is BAPHOMET, the Androgyne who is the hieroglyph of arcane perfection... He is therefore Life, and Love. But moreover his letter is ayin, the Eye, so that he is Light; and his Zodiacal image is Capricornus, that leaping goat whose attribute is Liberty.”

For Crowley, Baphomet is further a representative of the spiritual nature of the spermatozoa while also being symbolic of the "magical child" produced as a result of sex magic. As such, Baphomet represents the Union of Opposites, especially as mystically personified in Chaos and Babalon combined and biologically manifested with the sperm and egg united in the zygote.

Etymology of Baphomet

While modern scholars such as Peter Partner, Dr. Malcolm Barber, and the Oxford English Dictionary, state that the origin of the name Baphomet was a probable French version of "Mahomet" (i.e., "Muhammad") alternative etymologies have also been proposed:
  • Emile Littré (1801–1881) in Dictionnaire de la langue francaise asserted that the word was cabalistically formed by writing backward tem. o. h. p. ab an abbreviation of templi omnium hominum pacis abbas, 'abbot' or 'father of the temple of peace of all men.' His source is the "Abbé Constant", which is to say, Alphonse-Louis Constant, the real name of Eliphas Lévi.

  • Arkon Daraul proposed that "Baphomet" may derive from the Arabic word أبو فهمة Abu fihama(t), meaning "The Father of Understanding".[21] "Arkon Daraul" is widely thought to be a pseudonym of Idries Shah.

  • Dr Hugh J. Schonfield,[22] one of the scholars who worked on the Dead Sea Scrolls, argued in his book The Essene Odyssey that the word "Baphomet" was created with knowledge of the Atbash substitution cipher, which substitutes the first letter of the Hebrew alphabet for the last, the second for the second last, and so on. "Baphomet" rendered in Hebrew is בפומת; interpreted using Atbash, it becomes שופיא, which can be interpreted as the Greek word "Sophia", or wisdom. This theory is an important part of the plot of The Da Vinci Code. Professor Schonfield's theory however cannot be independently corroborated.

  • Some believe that Baphomet’s name is derived from the Greek words baphe and metis to mean "Baptism of Wisdom", alternatively "To Absorb Knowledge

The Teachings of Baphomet

Baphomet is the patron God of the Coven of Shadows and the High Priest or High Priestess of the coven is believed to be his representative on Earth.  The coven abides by the teachings of Baphomet as found written in The Witch’s Guide to Heaven and Hell.

The main tenets of their beliefs are:
  1. The path to at-one-ment with Baphomet begins with the reunification of our inner masculine and feminine selves.
  2. Before power can be claimed, knowledge must be attained. Therefore the goal of the true witch is the accumulation of knowledge in order to wield power.
  3. Nations rise and fall, kings and queen are born and die, currency changes…but power is absolute.
  4. The path to power is a life-long process. It takes a life-time to discover the secrets of black magic from the ancient Grimoires
  5. Power without knowledge, over-reaching ambition, loss of control, short-sightedness, impatience… these are the paths that lead to one’s destruction.
  6. Knowledge shared is power lost. Be ever mindful with whom you share your knowledge and wisdom.
  7. Power which is not exercised is tantamount to being powerless. What good is a sword if it is not unleashed?
  8. Indulgence is expected but only in mediation, however addiction is a sure sign of loss of personal power.
  9. To have fear is to be powerless. Therefore it is wise to be an active force in one’s own life as well as to seize control of every opportunity before one.