Two pentagrams taken from the 1897 book “La Clef de la Magie Noire” by Stanislas de Guaita.
The upper Pentacle is “white”, including the “Pentagrammaton” at the vertices of the pentagram (i.e. an incorrect attempt to derive a version of the Hebrew name of Jesus by adding the letter shin ש in the middle of the Tetragrammaton divine name yod-he-waw-he יהוה).
The lower Pentacle is “black”, with the Hebrew letters for Leviathan at the vertices of the pentagram.
Note that the idea that a pentagram with one point down is “bad” (in contrast to a pentagram with one point up which is “good”) basically originated with mid-19th century French occultist Eliphas Levi.
Anton LaVey, the founder of the Church of Satan based his “Sigil of Baphomet” on this image: a goat face in a five-pointed star (one point down), with “Leviathan” written in Hebrew in two concentric circles surrounding the pentagram.
*clears throat* CAN WE JUST APPRECIATE THE GLORY if somewhat low-key a bit cringeworthy OF THE THEME’S EXTENDED VERSION?? i *know* they’ve been out for like forever and i just discovered them but are we gonna ignore the fact these two dorks are basically singing the plot to us and in each version they say something different, like nice character reveal there fuck u youtube why would you suggest me this video we’re on hiatus you monster
also the HSM au comes to mind for some reason…
THE FANDOM SHOULD DO A SINGALONG VIDEO, LIKE A VIDEO COLLAGE OR SOMETHING. WHAT? WHAT.
also, the lyrics and translation from the French version’s vid description are below the cut. this has been a psa, you may resume your scrolling.
Fell madly in love in Neiman Marcus this afternoon (it happens a lot I’m afraid). I was wandering cluelessly through their newly revamped cosmetics floor looking for a birthday gift for my BFF that would be fabulous enough for him yet still within my dwindling credit limit. No easy task. I stumbled across a perfume that knocked my black lace ankle socks off.
It’s called “Coven.” I wasn’t expecting much; I have sniffed a lot of scents with “dark” “edgy” names and themes (“Stiletto” “Notorious” “Magie Noir” etc.) and none of them really lived up to the hype. Finding fragrances that suit my moods and personality and persona is something of an on-going quest. Today, I was pleasantly surprised.
Coven is by an artist named Andrea Maack. She is from Reykjavik, Iceland, and she has used fragrances in some of her art installations. They made such a strong impression that she decided to turn them into stand-alone perfumes. Coven was inspired by the dramatic topography of her native land: fog shrouded mountains, mystical pine forests, and her fascination with the supernatural. The result is a perfume that is androgynous, wearable by a man or a woman, and both fae and feral. It blends fresh notes of green grass and balsam, with sharp notes of pepper, and a sweet, peat moss trace of single malt whisky. There is a touch of patchouli in it, and quite a bit of incense. All in all, it smells like a dank forest, consecrated with incense. I spritzed some on around three in the afternoon, and I can still smell it at 8:30. It’s not a summery fragrance; I would so not recommend wearing Coven when it’s 85 degrees out! But, when the frost is on the pumpkins, I will definitely be wearing Coven. It goes perfectly with black leather, black cashmere and black velvet.