the 4th house, 8th house, and 12th house forces must be elevated to the surface of consciousness or they threaten to be like forces of fate that steer the individual’s life and psyche in confusing, tormenting, and incongruent ways. Regardless of planets, everybody has a sign on the 4th house or IC this will be the opposite sign of the midheaven Everybody has a sign on the 8th house cusp Everybody has a sign on the 12th house cusp, it will be the sign before the ascendant
the 4th house is the cancer and moon house. it requires deep personal acknowledgement of the very waters that shape the inner world and the base of our nature. these are inherent needs, the ways we need to be validated, feel safe, and feel belonging. these are our private dreams and intuitions, pivotal memories, and primitive necessities. if you stripped away everything you had been taught about yourself, told to be, told to aspire to, and told how to behave, the 4th house or IC is what would remain. we may grow up and grow old, but these needs never change. and when they remain unmet, they may be responded to with the same rage or sadness or fears that they experienced when they were young. for example say a cancer moon or IC child desperately needs the mother as a matter of its existence, but she had to work very long hours. every time she shut the door, the child feared she would never return because sometimes she didn’t for the night. as an adult, these conditions may replay through personal relationships, where those same feelings of fear and terror emerge whenever their partner walks out the front door.
when the inner world is unknown, personal values can be too. the person pursues a life that does not reflect their true system and does not feel content at work nor really wants to come home either. this sort of internal reflection may be especially difficult for conditions like saturn in the 4th, moon-saturn aspects, moon in the 10th, or 4th house planets making aspects to saturn because they feel it necessary to suffocate, invalidate, or discipline the inner child because they must be self-sufficient and completely developed to survive. and it’s not so much about these people learning to ‘parent’ or separate this very integral part of their nature, but simply recognising its concerns as part of their own and the things they needed when they were vulnerable and never given. listening to its needs helps to heal the whole spirit.
the 8th house is a mars, pluto, and scorpio house. imagine it being like walking through a wall of fire into a watery maelstrom of depths unknown. there is only one option with the 8th house, and it’s to wield, accept, honour, and assume the power with fearlessness and will. the 8th house does not accept the victim role, false delusion, or going into hiding. it is surgery that opens up the unconscious to reveal where it is poisoned. embarking on these territories can feel as painful to the mind and spirit as a real surgical incision. it can unveil the unconscious dilemmas that cause us to act out or react in certain ways and blame other people for it. this does not mean taking any responsibility for the cruelty committed to you by other people. it does not mean denying that you have been victimised, hurt, or betrayed. if you weren’t it wouldn’t have been webbed in there to begin with. it’s realising that you lived when you thought you would die inside, and you will be reborn and again. it can be the healing acceptance of events as exposed truthfully beneath pluto that absolves self-blame, self-contempt, and long term feelings of helplessness or weakness. it throws this self-deceit right into a billowing fire, not to be burned to nothing, but to be used as a source of power. the 8th house is where the ego dies, so it may express through our inexplicable fears, our feelings about death, our and self-destructive tendencies. people with focused 8th house planets can feel this to an intense degree. there can be a constant or vague longing for death that is the masked unconscious calling to incinerate a contaminated part of the psyche. the 8th house is where you are a magician, a master of the life and death cycle, where you tame demons, and where you fire twirl with your soul. the 8th house demands to be commanded. mars always wants to win and submission never plays out well. dominate, and be exalted
the 12th house has unfavourable connotations. but the two benefics in jupiter (ruler of pisces) and venus (exalts in pisces) hold prestige over this secret and often misunderstood dwelling. it is not the physical experience of imprisonment or involuntary hospitalisation. but if the individual does not accept and solitarily go into the internal space, then the sense of isolation or loneliness experienced by the individual can feel like imprisonment or exile. the 12th house speaks through dream. it’s the secrets that we keep from ourselves, and the ways we try to self-soothe when nobody else is around. these energies have to be developed or they remain deliriously floating in neptune’s sea. like mars in the 12th must actively learn and teach themselves how to self-assert and demonstrate the ego or a part of the nature remains dormant. because they can be misused as a result, it becomes severe aggression toward themselves so they can suddenly become wrathful at themselves for a simple mistake.
planets in the 12th house can symbolise a sense of loss or emptiness. this mostly relates to the condition of the house or planet, like sun in the 12th can experience the literal or figurative loss of the father at a young age, or venus or taurus in the 12th may have been raised in financial hardship. these circumstances typically cause us to withdraw from the world. and they also open up this empty space within that longs to be filled. and the universe can overflow it, if we seek the relationship and reunion with the divine. its forced periods of isolation are love notes from home. the 12th house is where the spiritual sea crosses the shore. but there is one condition, and it’s that you can only go alone.
I just realized that the Kanes are approximately 3 to 4 years younger than Percy and his friends. Percy was sixteen during the attack on Manhattan and Sadie said that she was twelve during the events of the Red Pyramid, which took place a year or less apart based on the release dates of the books.
This has got me thinking that Percy and his buddies have this cute older-sibling relationship with the Kanes, teasing them, helping them out with their personal issues with some elderly knowledge, tutoring them with class, all sorts of things that big brothers/sisters do.
Plus, Magnus would be three years younger than the Kanes as well! I could see them enjoying being older than another pantheon’s hero for once!
house narrates the story of our first steps in this world.
being granted a physical form, we were one with the universe, dissolved in its starry,
scintillating waters. This is
represented by the 12th house, where universal consciousness links all existing
things together as if they were one and the same, despite physical attributions
and tangible limits. In the 12th house, we were everything. We had nothing to
separate us from everything else; no identity. We had no end — and no
house, then, is a symbolic representation of the moment we receive something to
identify with. We’re cut off from our universal ties in a violent flash of
colourful light, and we fall from heavenly skies to receive a material, limited
form. This specific moment is represented in the cusp of the 1st house, also
called the Ascendant. It is a point in the East horizon, representing dawn,
where energies of the signs emerge into the light of day, and it pierces us as
we’re born, presenting us with an astrological badge that spontaneously says, “This
is who I am now; this is what makes me unique!”
correlation between the 1st house and the moment of birth is why planets in
this house and its characteristics in general may describe conditions of
If we pay attention to it, this is also quite a dynamic house so
far, isn’t it?, representing a constant state of lively actions, separation,
change. Nothing stays stagnant for too long in this angular house, so here energies
are in nonstop movement.
talked on how Rising signs work. Now let’s take a brief look at how planets in
this house tend to manifest.
Sun in the 1st house: alone, a vigorous warrior contemplates the sunrise before parting on a
journey to fulfill their destiny. Their determination is reflected in the warm
radiance that proudly illuminates the dark. Accessible motivation and confidence. This is
someone whose personal purposes, goals and individuality tend to be easily perceived
by others, because the essence of who they are is constantly projected outwards
in their everyday life. This Sun favours the nurturing of an energetic physical
body, as well as being in leadership positions.
Moon in the 1st house: on the horizon, the Moon descends quietly, like a heavy shooting star
leaving out a fading trace of watery silver. The seas are restless. The world
watches, mesmerized. People
with this placement tend to have strong and spontaneous emotional responses to
their environment and surrounding events. The individuality is emotionally sensitive
and tends to react defensively. Physical well-being and feeling beautiful become
emotional needs with this placement. The Moon is not so distant anymore, and on
Earth it now absorbs worldly problems and conflicts from other people,
producing an empathetic individual.
Mercury in the 1st house: a child runs happily in a park, talking excitedly to their friends. They
are amazed by the infinite information that world has to offer. Children of Mercury are often clever
and witty, usually with great communication skills with which they express their
impressive ideas. Curious, active and creative, the individual has a rich and
instinctive experience within their own mind, and this is easily perceived by
others as they express themselves.
Venus in the 1st house: among flowers and heavy curtains, a young noble charms everyone around
with their beauty and politeness. They wear their heart on a bracelet beside
ribbons and jewels. The
embodiment of Venus, this is someone who expresses their ability to appreciate
balance, harmony and stability in all things. They usually value the Arts and are
on a constant quest for finding beauty and love in the world.
Mars in the 1st house: upon a windy arena, a young soldier wields their sword, ready for an
ultimate battle. The sky is changing with swift-moving clouds; birds fly quickly
away from the turmoil. Blessings upon the individual’s ability to assert oneself due to strong
passions. Active and enthusiastic, this is someone who forges ahead towards the
accomplishment of their desires; this an evident trait for everyone around.
Jupiter in the 1st house: sit in a giant library, an old magician reads quietly. The pages’
surface flickers with green, twinkling light, producing ancient sigils of
individual is blessed with an abundant interior experience, favouring the
exploration and study of one’s own character, ideals and aspirations. This
placement also infuses the personality with fairness and benevolence, often
producing the self-confidence that is needed to take risks and work towards the
expansion of oneself.
Saturn in the 1st house: an elderly scholar looks down upon newer students as they bow down, embarrassed
by their folly; the scholar’s gaze is fixed, demanding and wise. There’s still
much to be learned.
This is someone who easily expressed their concern for discipline, commitment
and loyalty, favouring the transmission of one’s knowledge. These people are
usually regarded as professors of some kind, even if they’re not related to a
career in education. Being spontaneous might be hard, for Saturn draws clear
limits for the 1st house’s flaming instincts.
Uranus in the 1st house: an Angel suddenly emerges from the dark, revealing themselves for an enlightened
scientist. They talk of what discoveries are to come, revealing inspiring
visions of the future. One presents themselves as original and eccentric in the way they present
themselves as individuals. This placement favours development of independence
and enlightenment, blessing the individual with an ability to foresee future
events because of their clear understanding of present tendencies.
Neptune in the 1st house: as a composer dreams, glittering ideas are poured from the stars and
into his mind; words of celestial music reverberate from the deep starlit sky. Blessings from Neptune favour
creative and artistic expressions of one’s individuality through a poetic
imagination. People with this placement usually have a broad understanding of
the universe, producing someone who’s receptive and caring towards other people’s
expressions. The 1st house’s physical limits are partially dissolved by Neptune’s
Pluto in the 1st house: cornered, a noble calmly considers the furious riot that spreads into
the burning castle. It’s not over yet. Powerful and persuasive, this is someone whose
powers may transcend their own understanding. Pluto’s blessings produce an
individual who has a great ability to transform themselves and others, as well
as a need to exert powerful influence over others.
It is important to remember that any of these potential manifestations can be altered by the charts overall conditions.
Detail from: Falling Star, 1884 by Witold Pruszkowski (Polish, 1846–1896).
“If you drink much from a bottle marked ‘poison’ it is certain to disagree with you sooner or later.” ― Lewis Carroll.
Nobody imagines like Mercury in the 12th. The mind is a canvas that uses thoughts as water colour brushes to design the illustrious ideal. It rides a vessel of solitary confinement to find messages from mermaids in bottles from a secret sea. Visual imagery, abstract fantasy, and psychic activity blend together and produce natural creativity and receptivity that borders on telepathy. But Mercury can become delirious and disoriented in 12th house water. Mental activity operates in the subconscious and the mind hides like a white rabbit. In social situations, Mercury vanishes to a distance place and takes her thoughts along too. She can seem vague, evasive, uncertain, and away with the pixies. It’s possible to become easily over stimulated, disturbed by noise, and exhausted by the unspoken words she hears through her psychic mind. There can be a mental paralysis and long periods of hibernation along with shyness and intriguing privacy. Dreams can be so graphic, lucid, and stimulating that she wakes up tired. The double theme of the trickster with Mercury and the 12th house can riddle dream with real life and real life with fantasy.
Mercury can be the mimic magician of imitation in the 12th house. The mind can become the still, silenced, cerulean oceanic reflection and drift into meditation with entrancing ease. It may only take a short period before the individual is mirroring the mental mannerisms around her. She can read the hidden and emotional messages in conversation and focuses on the subjective experience. Listening with a sensitive ear, the individual takes more notice of things left unsaid. She can read the story in the their eyes and their body language like a book. There is a hypnosis acquired when she is counselling, advising, and soothing crisis. Words become cleansed in the tears she refuses to let anybody see her cry. She delivers her supportive message with a Neptune analgesia that tranquillises, rests, and restores her company into a state of serenity. This quality requires routine self-nurturing. The individual must go into hiding with her white rabbits and harvest from the source of solitude. Lack of boundaries drown out her own thoughts with her company’s spoken and unspoken voices. She can become so sensory or physically overloaded that her mind halts to a standstill. She doesn’t know what belongs to her or what direction she was going. Alone time makes it possible to hear and comprehend what she is truly thinking. She can raise authentic knowledge from the subconscious.
Once a dreamer, always a dreamer resonates with Mercury in the 12th. As a child, the individual lived in two worlds, existing in an imaginative exile that she visits to this day. She may have been unfocused, uninspired, and abstract at school. This may have generated routine reprimand for her dreaming, disengagement, and failure to stay on task that leaves long term doubt in intelligence. She may feel overwhelmed or intimidated by study material and convince herself she isn’t up to the task. She may also be overly shy and unsure to ask for help from academics. The memory can seem unreliable in material terms, but the individual remembers everything. She converts factual memory into dream that returns to her when she needs it. Ideas are exchanged through creative mediums that inspire the spirit, and the mind has a creative way of expressing emotions. The response, immersion and delivery of information is based on the individual’s state of mood. Intuition is delivered as thought that may be spoken through a distinguishable voice. The colour run of imagery and calligraphy produces an imagination mosaic in detailed and divine designs. It can make the individual a brilliant creative writer, poet, story teller, children’s writer, or even an automatic writer. She watches another white rabbit hurry away with her mind, and she searches through every rabbit hole to find it again and again. Where she goes nobody knows, and least of all, herself.
Name: Aaron Age: 15 (16 in September) Country: United States
I’m a trans boy from Virginia! I’m the team captain of a FRC robotics team! I’m also in a production team for Visual Novels. Soon I’ll begin studying French! I love shows like Criminal Minds, The Magicians, and Tiny House Hunters. I’m interested in robotics and engineering. I’m hoping to study abroad next year in the Netherlands. I’m interested in a pen pal because I don’t leave the house often and I think that having a pen pal would be a wonderful networking opportunity.
Quentin Coldwater, Discipline: Minor Mending, Group: Physical, House: Hufflepuff
Quentin Coldwater, the main character of The Magicians, I believe belongs in Hufflepuff. This sweet little kid was broken by the world, which unfortunately leaves him with a dickhead attitude in early books, but slowly he grows up to be our beloved thirty-year old Professor Quentin, the fixer. His discipline also shows his inside mind: Minor Mending, it is tedious and hard, and somewhat useless, but intends to fix everything around him. Sometimes he repairs small objects, like teacups, sometimes he decides to revert a niffin back to life!
Anyways Quentin shows the true personality of a Hufflepuff: justice, hard work and kindness!
Flowers and hearth fire, spiced wine and underneath, the scent of home.A place of strength and beauty, laughter and music and the steady hum of magic. Power in balance, and balance in power. The palace arcs over the glittering Isle, the river like a ribbon of red light beneath. The regal House of Maresh sits on the throne. And a magician stands behind it.
In the 1st
house, we’re gifted an identity: personality traits and instincts that make us
unique and tell us apart from everyone else. In the 1st house, we start to be.
house, then, is where our newly-discovered individuality is solidified. Our
sense of self is now slowly being organized and consolidated as it associates
itself with the things we own. Our
possessions are generally a reflection of what we are inside. We do not seek to
own things we don’t like; somehow our individuality doesn’t identify with them.
house is not only an astrological echo of our material possessions, but is also
a reflection of our personal values and of our self-worth. Money, properties,
resources, expenditure, values. Our individuality finds reinforcement, dignity
and security in all of these things, as it they were pendants of one’s personality, reminding one of who they actually are… This house is where we’re happy to identify
ourselves with our surroundings once we’re confident about who we are inside.
The sign on
the cusp of the 2nd house often tells if one’s sense of security is based on
material, intellectual or spiritual identification.
Sun in the 2nd house: an aristocrat lays delightfully among cushions and curtains; sunlight
filters through the wide windows, falling happily on golden coins. Self-worth and creativity is linked
to one’s idea of wealth. This is someone who expresses themselves through the
concept of comfort and stability. Dealing with money and material possessions
may be easy and natural. This Sun shines with poise and portraits himself with
security; seems to be self-sufficient.
Moon in the 2nd house: a poet contemplates a natural landscape in absolute and silent
to her material surroundings, this Moon’s emotional structure is highly
receptive to material beauty and comfort. The intuitive ebb and flow of the
seas is transposed to one’s possessions, symbolizing changeable and instinctive
conditions in one’s finances and self-confidence. Here, the Moon is focused on
building a secure and stable internal home with her own feelings.
Mercury in the 2nd house: an entrepreneur carefully analyzes their company’s balance sheets; they’re
silent, yet their mind is continuously making links. The intellectual structure is focused
on analyzing, expressing and obtaining whatever it values. People with this
placement often have a gift for giving speeches or singing beautifully through
earthly comfort, always manifesting their own beliefs.
Venus in the 2nd house: a gardener tends to their plants and trees with a delicate grace; the
wind blows smoothly, picking up the dazzling smell of happy flowers. Venus in this house values all
material and beautiful things. Being a symbol of attraction, Venus here often
represents skillful abilities with money, finances and material arrangements. Appropriate
stimulation of the five senses is highly appreciated. Life imitates art.
Mars in the 2nd house: a young champion holds a pendant in their hand, surrounded by armed
thieves; the champion’s ready to fight in the name of the jewel’s memory. Strength, determination and passion
are linked to material and personal values. People with this placement may
usually find that their sense of aggressiveness and assertiveness comes alive
when others mess with their possessions of some kind. Mars in this house gives
blessings on the individual’s strength to go and fulfill their desires in the
material realm and also to fight for their own basic survival.
Jupiter in the 2nd house: the merchant’s house in town overflows with worldly possessions; coins
pour from the doors and, through the windows, civilians can see the richness of
their banquets and golden rooms. The great benefic is as generous as the legends tell. Here, Jupiter
blesses the individual with unspeakable fortune and abundance of sensory
delights. People with this placement often find an eternal comfort in nature
and in their own spiritual and moral values. This is probably someone who finds
themselves stablishing fruitful financial partnerships and businesses because
of their positivity and optimism towards this area.
Saturn in the 2nd house: a beggar reveals themselves an immortal magician after a rich aristocrat
refuses to aid them on their journey. A curse is placed until an important
lesson is learned. Saturn
in this house exposes the importance of hard-work and integrity, exposing the
essential difference between moral and material wealth. The witch from the Beauty and the Beast sets clear
limits and delays regarding worldly achievements, all the while instructing the
individual about building their own self-confidence and self-worth; that should
be the point, in the end.
Uranus in the 2nd house: a mirror suddenly brakes, splitting a creature’s self-image into a thousand
sparkling versions of themselves. Uranus electrifies one’s self-worth, producing a changeable and radical
experience with one’s own self-confidence and sense of security. Disruption is
often found on one’s material possessions too, so the financial status may be unstable. Uranus blesses
the individual with the ability to express themselves independently through
their values, destroying old, personally useless forms of security.
Neptune in the 2nd house: at the opera, a celestial voice reverberates within the walls; the
spectators’ souls are slowly lifted into the warm air. Neptune’s sparkling waters enchant
physical senses and material possessions, so that experiencing them may provide
a sense of transcendence for this individual’s soul, which may be able to
perceive the beauty and presence of universal consciousness in all things.
Identification with palpable things may be extreme and illusory; placing
material possessions under a dreamy appreciation. On the other hand, Neptune
may dissolve physical forms, placing one’s value on intangible matters, thus
making it hard for one to be able to acknowledge the importance of their
physical body’s needs.
Pluto in the 2nd house: from the top of a cliff, a wanderer contemplates the ground down below,
where rivers run and cities grow. So much to conquer. People with this placement often
have impressive desires to take absolute control of their possessions and
express their power through their personal values or material goods, maybe
struggling with obsessive thoughts surrounding their sense of security. There
could be intense transformations in one’s self-confidence slowly making themselves
noticeably needed, until crisis is installed for better.
Please remember that life’s bigger than astrology. We’re in charge of our natal charts <3
uranus in the first house: a popped bubble of electric delight. the portrait of everything obscure, intriguing, and wonderful. his outfit is sky blue and his eyes are turquoise. his house has a lot of satellites uranus in the second house: the rogue accountant. uses electronic money. builds wealth from a wicked blog. she wears accessories and experimentation makeup because she likes to spend her money on something cool and creative uranus in the third house: black framed glasses, holding a pile of uneven books with topics stemming from politics to near death experiences, knee high socks and cute creepers. a genius that captures you with her imagination. has a chemistry set on the kitchen table uranus in the fourth house: a bohemian flair and artistic dress sense. she is a spirit that cannot settle. she keeps changing her name and address. she wears bracelets and zodiac charms and flowers in her hair uranus in the fifth house: the mad artist, he wears a penguin suit and top hat, and his spotlight flashes neon rainbows.there is a baby who hangs off his back giggling. uranus in the sixth house: she drinks green tea 74 times a day and works freelance. her home is vintage neat and expresses a lot of nervous energy. she wears cat eye glasses and likes to use a typewriter uranus in the seventh house: she wears purple lipstick with a black and bright pink outfit. the photo of her boyfriend is the lock picture on her phone because she likes to spend a bit of time away. she is wanted by all for her etheric charm, she is a galactical sweetheart uranus in the eighth house: he is a magician who pulls all sorts of intuitive sorcery from his hat. his eyes are purple and his hair is dark, he seems like a visitor from the afterlife, one who makes magic crackle from the cauldron of his mind uranus in the ninth house: she wears crystals around her neck and watches videos of alien conspiracies and zeitgeist. she lights soy candles on top of her giant bookshelf and takes many paths of study at university uranus in the tenth house: she carries a blue scepter and she wears a short stylish business suit with a blue bow in her hair. she carries a galaxy case with her laptop and wears purple heels. her earpiece looks professional but she is receiving transmissions from aliens uranus in the eleventh house: lives off the grid and has never paid taxes. does not vote and styles long salty locks. he dresses in singlets with witty slogans and smells of tea tree and organic body wash. he doesn’t hang around long uranus in the twelfth house: her room is darkened and lit with glow in the dark planets. there is a ring around hear head like an electric halo and she is dressed in black and purple. she seems like a mythological goddess
Just like him, his baby brother had a gift. It almost made him feel- normal, in a sense. Like there was someone in the world like him, someone who he could train and talk magic with. Someone who could understand his ways!
There was just one problem.
The young magician dropped his cards and took off running towards the sound of his baby brother’s cries. He found the boy in this room, admits a crowd of torn up teddies. His bright eyes were glassy with tears, and his expression was a confused one.
“Hudson!” Harrison gasped, rushing over and pulling his brother into his arms. “What happened here!?”
“I-I don’t know! I was just playing- A-and… And- DON’T LET MOMMY AND DADDY SEND ME AWAY!” With a sob, the child wrapped his arms tightly around his older brother and wailed.
His little brother’s magic was far too dangerous.
Growing up with strict Baptist parents had allowed Harrison to learn to restrict and control his abilities. The birth of his brother allowed him to mature enough into the older sibling role, that he advanced a few levels in magic. However, Hudson didn’t have such an upbringing, instead being raised by parents too frightened to even want to deal with him.
The boy was right to assume that their parents would send him away… To where was a place that Harrison had feared so greatly, having experienced the “treatments” once in his life, back when his magic was just as unstable. He wouldn’t wish it onto anyone, including his brother.
“T-they won’t send you away…” Harrison muttered, swallowing thickly.
“T-they won’t?” Hudson sniffed.
“No… I’m going to send you away instead. To a good place where mom and dad won’t find you until you can control your magic a little more.” With a gentle smile, Harrison got to his feet. “But you have to be quiet for a little bit after I make you "disappear”, okay?“
Taking a breath, Harrison stood up, preparing to perform what he considered to be the best trick of his life:
Helping his brother get out of here.
A blanket was the best cloak of concealment, and a shout of made-up magic was all the cover story they needed to sell the ruse. In just a few hours, the trick was complete, and Harrison now stood with his brother next to a car, parked at the edge of their street sign.
“Our parents would send him away if they found out about his magic… Mine is stable enough that they- I can handle them.” Harrison sighed, helping his little brother into the car. “Its for the best.”
In the car, there sat a woman, her expression filled with pain and concern. However, Harrison knew he could trust her. If she could handle him- She could handle Hudson.
“I don’t condone this, Harrison… But I’ll keep your secret for as long as I can.” She replied.
“I know… Good luck.” The magician sighed, glancing back towards his house every so often. “My parents will be awake soon… This is where we part ways.”
“You need that luck more than I so, sweety.”
With that, the car took off down the road. And in that moment, for once Harrison felt alone and strange once more.
Julia Wicker, Discipline: Meta-composition, Group: Knowledge, House: Ravenclaw/Slytherin
Julia Wicker, the girl who tells the impossible to go fuck itself, never takes a no for an answer and whose thirst for knowledge is so unbelievably enormous that she ends up going some wrong paths. In both books and TV show, The Magicians, she exhibits a never ending ambition for magical power and a ready mind that craves for more and more knowledge. This mixed personality classifies her as both a Ravenclaw and a Slytherin, and her discipline contributes to this: Meta-composition, the skill to understand the magical theory behind spells, and to reshape them and create new ones.
For a Knowledge Student, she sure hanged out a lot with Physical Kids, in another timelines, but anyway she demonstrates some of Ravenclaw and Slytherin’s attributes: Ambition, Intellegence and Cleverness.
“Bowie once had a conflict with Jimmy Page at his Manhattan townhouse, and since then he believed that Page had put his soul in peril. He was convinced that Jimmy, who owned the home of black-magic philosopher Aleister Crowley, was in cahoots with the witches and they were out to get him. Hence he stocked all his urine in his fridge to keep it safe from them.”
Rock’s Sympathy for the Devil
April 12, 2012 By davidjones
By MICHAEL HOWARD (1948–2015)—
It was popularly believed in the 1930s that the legendary bluesman Robert Johnson, who inspired Muddy Waters, Bob Dylan, the Rolling Stones and Eric Clapton, sold his soul to the Devil in exchange for his musical gifts. It was believed Johnson had the ‘Evil Eye’ and was murdered because of his alleged power over women. He seduced the wife of a beer hall owner who in revenge laced the musician’s whisky with arsenic. Many moralists saw his fate as a punishment for dealing with the powers of darkness.
Johnson is said to have sold his soul to Old Nick during a midnight ceremony at a crossroads. However, that story did not originate with him. In the 1920s and 1930s there are numerous tales of black musicians and gamblers signing a pact with a mysterious ‘man in black’ at the crossroads. Famous examples are the black singer Clara Smith and Robert Johnson’s namesake Tommy Johnston, a decade before him. The dark stranger has been identified by some writers as either the Christian Devil or the West African trickster god Eshu, worshipped in voodoo and taken to the southern states of America by black slaves.
While there is little evidence of modern pop and rock musicians actually ‘selling their souls’ to the ‘Devil’, the link between popular music and the occult is a strong one. Christian fundamentalists have predictably seen the widespread use of magical and occult symbols in rock music as evidence it is the work of Satan, but the truth is far stranger than their religious fantasies.
Sometimes the alleged connections of famous rock musicians with occultism surfaced in apocryphal showbiz gossip or rumour. For example, everyone knows that ill-fated glam rock star Marc Bolan studied as a sorcerer’s apprentice with a magician in a French chateau (in fact he actually admitted it), that the late pop diva Dusty Springfield allegedly belonged to a satanic group called the Temple of the Prince in Manchester, and that Jim Morrison of The Doors married a Wiccan high priestess (which was true).
Then there was the 1970s British musician Graham Bond, accused by his fellow R & B artist Long John Baldry of sacrificing his pet cat in a magical ritual. Bond told his groupies he was one of the illegitimate sons of the infamous ‘black magician’ Aleister Crowley, and that his musical output was designed to contact “higher forces.” Bond also believed he had been cursed by a fellow occultist. When in 1974 the musician fell in front of a train on the London Underground in mysterious circumstances, many thought the curse had worked.
The Beatles & the Rolling Stones
The Beatles are well known for flirting with Eastern mysticism and transcendental meditation during their psychedelic hippy stage in the late 1960s. They may also have had darker interests. For instance, the Great Beast 666, Aleister Crowley, is featured (top left corner above) in the photomontage of “people we most admire” on the cover of the Fab Four’s famous album Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.
Antiquarian bookseller and Crowley bibliographer Timothy D’Arch Smith relates how the Beatles attended an exhibition of rare books on witchcraft and the occult he held in Swinging London. Jane Asher, Paul McCartney’s then girlfriend, had suggested the visit to him and, according to D’Arch Smith, encouraged him to buy rare books as an investment.
If the Beatles were mildly interested in the occult, then their main rivals for the pocket money and affection of teenage girls, the Rolling Stones, were definitely involved in a more dramatic way. Despite their respectable middle-class backgrounds, in the Sixties the Stones were deliberately promoted as the ‘bad boys of pop’. It now seems this was a marketing ploy by their then manager Andrew Oldham, and is summed up in the famous newspaper headline, ‘Would you let your daughter marry a Rolling Stone?’ If the parents of Middle England had known about their dabbling in the occult, the answer may have been in the negative.
The so-called ‘satanic’ influence on the Stones was through the avant-garde filmmaker, Luciferian and Tinseltown gossip-queen Kenneth Anger. He had become interested in the band’s career and particularly in guitarist Brian Jones and his girlfriend Anita Pallenberg, a German film actress and model. Jones had some unusual interests, and both he and the pop singer Robert Palmer were fascinated by the master musicians of Joujouka in the Atlas Mountains of Morocco in North Africa. These musicians claimed to be still practising the ancient rites of the goat-footed god Pan. Jones went so far as to travel to North Africa to record an album of the tribal music performed by this pre-Islamic cult.
In an interview with Rolling Stone magazine Robert Palmer described how he had witnessed one of these rites to Pan. He said the dancing tribesmen appeared to be in an ecstatic trance with their eyes rolled back in their heads. Palmer said that when “the power came down” the dancer was suddenly “not there.” In fact “something else” was looking out of his eyes, which began to “glow like ruby lasers” (Rolling Stone, 23 March 1989).
Kenneth Anger believed that Anita Pallenberg and Brian Jones, who was to drown in mysterious circumstances in the swimming pool of his Sussex mansion, were witches. Allegedly, Jones showed the filmmaker an extra nipple he had on his inner thigh and told him: “In another time they would have burned me [as a witch].” Extra nipples were regarded by witch-hunters as a sign of the Devil’s Mark. A friend of Anita Pallenberg, Tony Sanchez, believed she kept her drug stash hidden in an old carved wooden chest in her flat. One day he looked inside. Instead of drugs he found it contained bones and pieces of fur and skin from “strange animals.” Mick Jagger’s one time girlfriend Marianne Faithfull described how she and Pallenberg used to sit for hours reading aloud passages from Robert Graves’ book The White Goddess and studying the ancient Celtic tree alphabet.
In her autobiography Marianne Faithfull claims the gay Anger had a crush on the bisexual Stones’ singer which was not reciprocated. When the filmmaker’s sexual overtures were rejected he became a bit of a nuisance. One day he turned up at the couple’s house in Cheyne Walk, Chelsea and bizarrely threw several books by the 18th century poet and mystic William Blake through the window. Jagger responded in disgust at this stunt by burning all the copies of the occult works that Anger had given him by Crowley and the French occultist Eliphas Levi.
Despite this, Marianne Faithfull got involved in Anger’s experimental movie Lucifer Rising, allegedly financially sponsored by Anita Pallenberg, and with a score originally to be composed by Mick Jagger. Initially the Stones’ singer was to play the leading role in the film, but he got cold feet and backed out of the project altogether. In the first version, made in 1967, the lead was taken by his brother Chris Jagger. Marianne Faithfull became involved in the second version filmed in 1972 and she agreed to take the part of the demon-goddess Lilith.
Faithfull described the baby-slaying Lilith as one of the classic female archetypes and compared her with pagan goddesses such as Diana, Astarte, Ishtar, Aphrodite and Demeter. However, she added: “From the view of patriarchy, of course, she was the pure incarnation of evil” (Faithfull by Marianne Faithfull with David Datton, 224). Interestingly, the part of the ancient Egyptian god Osiris in the film was played by Donald Cammell, son of Charles Cammell, a friend and biographer of Crowley. The younger Cammell made his own films including the controversial Performance in co-operation with Nic Roeg. It starred Mick Jagger, Anita Pallenberg and the archetypal English actor Edward Fox. Donald Cammell committed suicide in the 1990s.
The shooting of Lucifer Rising took place in Egypt and Faithfull claims that as soon as the crew and cast arrived in the country it was obvious Anger did not know what he was doing as either a film director or a magician. At that stage in her life Faithfull was seriously addicted to heroin and admits she did not know what she was doing on the set either. The whole thing was a recipe for disaster. The last sequence of the film was a winter solstice rite shot at a Neolithic site in Germany. During it, Faithfull managed to fall off a mountain. She somersaulted and landed on her feet without sustaining any injury. This convinced her that her magic was stronger than Anger’s. In her autobiography she dismissed him as a “kitsch occultist” and “a witch out of a Hollywood tabloid.”
Marianne Faithfull claims that both Mick Jagger and the Stones’ lead guitarist Keith Richards were also sceptical about Anger’s “satanic hocus-pocus” and did not take any of it seriously. However, after an incident involving the magician at the house in London now shared by Richards and Anita Pallenberg, Faithfull became seriously spooked out. As a result, she believed she was under psychic attack. Allegedly, she wore a clove of garlic around her neck and slept in a circle of lit candles for protection. Whether this paranoid behaviour was connected to her heroin addiction is not known.
One of Marianne Faithfull’s tracks on her comeback album Broken English is called ‘Witches Song’. She dedicates it as “my ode to the wild pagan woman I know and have always around me.” Faithfull says she got the idea for the song after she and Mick Jagger visited an exhibition in Madrid of paintings on the theme of the Witches Sabbath by the Spanish artist Goya. Her autobiography also describes an incident when she and Jagger took LSD before visiting Primrose Hill in North London “where the ancient ley lines are supposed to run” and where modern neo-druids hold their seasonal ceremonies. Under the influence of the acid the couple saw “a great face in the sky” they were convinced was the head of the Celtic giant god Bran. This seems to fit with Faithfull’s professed pagan beliefs. In her autobiography she says she believes not in God the Father, but in the Great Goddess and her consort Pan.
Jimmy Page & Aleister Crowley
In 1969 the satanic aura around the rock mega-group Led Zeppelin reached such a pitch that, in echoes of Robert Johnson, rumours circulated in the Los Angeles music scene that its members had signed a pact in their own blood with the Devil to gain fame.
James Patrick ‘Jimmy’ Page’s well-known interest in the occult fuelled these rumours of the group’s alleged satanic activities. Described by the magazine AllMusic as “one of the all-time most influential, important and versatile [rock] guitarist and songwriters,” Page had been interested in alternative religions since childhood. While a member of the Yardbirds, he had hung out with Brian Jones and Anita Pallenberg at their studio flat in South Kensington. Page has never hidden his interest in Aleister Crowley, and Led Zeppelin’s famous album Rune has a photograph of the Great Beast on its cover. In an interview with Soundsmagazine in 1976 Page is quoted as saying that Crowley was “a misunderstood genius of the twentieth-century.”
Jimmy Page purchased as many artefacts and first edition books belonging to Crowley that he could find. In 1969, Kenneth Anger rented Crowley’s old (seriously haunted) house Boleskine on the shores of Loch Ness where he lived in the 1900s for a few months. When it came on the market for sale, Anger suggested to Page he should buy it. This he did and hired an occult artist called Charles Pace to paint suitable atmospheric magical murals in each room. The Led Zeppelin guitarist could be seen driving around the area like a Scottish laird in a Land Rover with a stack of stag’s antlers on the bonnet. Page also visited Sicily and contemplated buying the old villa where Crowley established his ‘Abbey of Thelema’ in the 1920s.
In the early 1970s Page opened an occult bookshop in Kensington called The Equinox. It was done out in a futuristic style with glass bookshelves and display cabinets and chrome steel pillars. Under its auspices, Page published a facsimile of Crowley’s 1904 edition of the medieval grimoire Goetia.
Kenneth Anger approached Jimmy Page and asked him to provide a soundtrack for his ongoing film project Lucifer Rising. Unfortunately, the two men fell out when Page only managed to produce 23 minutes of music and Anger wanted 28 minutes. The filmmaker accused Page of being a mere dabbler in the occult and a drug addict so out of his mind he could not finish the film score. However, in 1976 Page lent Anger the basement of his London house for film editing purposes. Again, the two men did not see eye to eye and Page allegedly cursed the filmmaker. Page later branded the incident as “silly and pathetic” and said he still respected Anger as an occultist.
There has been a lot of debate about whether Jimmy Page ever belonged to one of the modern versions of Crowley’s magical group the OTO (Ordo Templis Orientis or Order of the Eastern Temple). In fact, the jury seems to be out on whether Page is an actual magical practitioner at all. In this respect New Musical Express journalist Nick Kent dismisses rumours the guitarist spends his time with “his head in a cowl ritually slaughtering various species of livestock.” Kent instead says from his experience Page is “just another seeker after esoteric knowledge, a collector of dusty old books, and committed student of the ‘magical’ information that was supposedly contained in their yellowed pages.”
Although Jimmy Page’s interest in Crowley and the occult is well known, his Led Zeppelin colleague Robert Plant also has esoteric interests. These manifest in a study of folklore, Norse and Germanic mythology, and reading ‘sword and sorcery’ novels. Plant spent most of his life living on the Welsh Border and in an interview with the rock music magazine Kerrang! he said he often visited the Black Mountains in South Wales. There he rediscovered his roots in the local Celtic culture. Using an ordnance survey map, he wandered the hills visiting Bronze Age sites and places where the Welsh had battled with the Saxons.
Another famous rock star who openly admits an interest in the occult, magic and Crowley is David Bowie (born David Robert Jones). In the 1970s he says he studied the Kabbalah and “Crowleyism” and more recently became interested in Gnosticism. On a practical level the singer used Tarot cards and a crystal ball for divination, an ouija board to contact spirits, and performed magical rituals for exorcism and psychic protection. His early album Hunky-Dory features a song called ‘Quicksand’ that references both Crowley and the Victorian magical group Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn.
According to David Bowie’s wife Angie in her autobiography, her husband’s interest in the occult was due to his desire to outdo Jimmy Page. Allegedly, he saw the Led Zeppelin guitarist as a magical rival. Bowie eventually decided, possibly because of Page’s interest in him, that Crowley and his works were “small shit.” For that reason he began studying Tibetan magic which he claimed was far more powerful than anything the Great Beast or Page had ever done.
In an interview with New Musical Express (February 1997) David Bowie admits he had been into “old fashioned magic” in the 1970s, and said he always believed Crowley was a charlatan. He reveals that Arthur Edward Waite, a member of the Order of the Golden Dawn, and the Welsh-born occultist Dion Fortune, author of Psychic Self-Defence, have been important to him. In fact, Bowie used Fortune’s book extensively when he believed he was under psychic attack. Talking of a house he rented in Los Angeles in 1975, Bowie said he decorated it with ancient Egyptian artefacts. This was because, “I had this more than passing interest in Egyptian mysticism and the Kabbalah…” (Stage Fascination: David Bowie the Definite Story by David Buckley, 235).
Angie Bowie says the musician was heavily involved with occult activities in 1975-76. This coincides with a period when he used cocaine and she believed this made him paranoid. Apparently, Bowie stored bottles of his own urine in the fridge and carefully disposed of his nail and hair clippings. This was in case magical practitioners obtained these personal items in order to cast spells on him. He also set up an altar in his sitting room with black candles on it, painted occult symbols on the walls, and performed magical banishing rituals for protection. Angie Bowie once witnessed him exorcise a swimming pool he believed was haunted.
When the couple were viewing properties to rent or buy in Hollywood they came across an old house with a pentagram of five-pointed star painted on the floor. Bowie freaked out and said he could not live there as the building had been used for black magic rites. One day he phoned his wife and told her witches were trying to steal his semen. Allegedly they wanted to create a test-tube baby and then sacrifice it in a satanic rite. It turned out the ‘witches’ were just some innocent groupies he met in a bar.
At this difficult point in his life Bowie also flirted with neo-Nazism. He explained in an interview with the British rock music journalist Tony Parsons in 1993 that this was only because he was fascinated by the use of occult symbols like the swastika by the original Nazi Party in Germany. He was interested in their quest for the Holy Grail because he was also searching for its meaning (Stage Fascination: David Bowie the Definite Story by David Buckley, 235-236). Bowie once said that it might be a good idea to have a fascist dictatorship in Britain, although he later denied he was serious and claimed it was a joke.
Black Sabbath & Heavy Metal
Partly as a reaction to the hippy ‘flower power’ and ‘peace and love’ movement of the late Sixties, heavy metal bands began to appear using violent satanic imagery and playing loud over-amplified rock music. Groups such as Warlock, Saxon, Venom, Motley Crue, W.A.S.P., Slayer, Iron Maiden, Incubus and Bathory put out albums with covers decorated with human skulls, pentagrams, hooded figures, gravestones, goat-headed demons and vampires. One of the most famous and pioneering heavy metal bands Black Sabbath came out of Birmingham in the industrial Midlands of England in 1969. They combined heavy guitar riffs with satanic inspired lyrics and an obsession with the gothic dark side that soon gave them a dedicated, if rather odd, fan base.
The band’s distinctive name was taken from an old horror movie starring English actor Boris Karloff, famous for his movie interpretation of Dr. Frankenstien’s monster. Originally, Black Sabbath started out as a jazz-blues band until they became influenced by the ‘black magic’ novels of the thriller writer Dennis Wheatley and books by Aleister Crowley. Their leader ‘Geezer’ Butler was lent a 16th century grimoire or book of magic. Its contents so freaked him out that he locked it in a cupboard before going to bed. During the night he had a spectral visitation from a dark shadowy figure who stood at the end of his bed. In the morning when Butler opened the cupboard the grimoire had vanished and it was never seen again.
Butler claims the band was invited to play a gig at a Witches Sabbath at Stonehenge, which sounds like something out of a Dennis Wheatley novel. When the boys refused the chief “warlock” of the coven ritually cursed the band. Geezer says he consulted a “white witch” to get the curse lifted and was told the band had to wear crosses to ward off the evil forces directed at them. Apparently, lead singer Ozzy Osbourne’s father, who was a bit of a handyman, made the crosses for each of the band members to wear.
Ozzy Osbourne always denies he was seriously into the occult, although he did have his Tarot cards read – twice. Famously he said the only evil spirits that interest him are whisky, gin and vodka! He describes the strange people attracted to the band, who habitually wear white face make-up and black hooded robes, as “freaks.” Ozzy says the only good thing about all the satanic stuff is it gave the band free publicity increasing their record sales and bank accounts.
Some of the heavy metal bands took their interest in witchcraft and magic more seriously. One of these, for a while, was Black Widow who played a mixture of progressive rock and folk music and used demonic imagery in their act based on serious research. In 1968 the group’s manager approached Maxine and Alex Sanders, the so-called ‘King and Queen of the Witches’. He wanted to know if the couple could recommend a nubile young witch with dancing skills to take part in their new stage act. This featured a magician played by one of the band’s members conjuring up a demon who was once an ancient goddess called Ashtaroth.
Several professional dancers auditioned for the part of the demon-goddess. Each one suffered fainting fits during rehearsals and felt they were being possessed by an evil spirit. In desperation the band wanted to hire a real witch who would not be fazed by the magical goings-on. Black Widow’s manager said the Sanders were happy to help and he described them as “clever business people” only interested in making money in any way they could.
A member of the Sanders’ coven volunteered for the role and the rehearsals were successful. Unfortunately, on the day of the first performance at the Lyceum Theatre in London, she fell ill. Alex Sanders volunteered his wife and the high priestess of the coven Maxine as a suitable stand-in. When the lead singer of Black Widow playing the sorcerer invoked the demon-goddess and accidentally stepped out of the protective magical circle, she was supposed to attack him. In her autobiography Maxine Sanders says the singer complained afterwards about the bruises he suffered from the physical assault by the ‘Queen of the Witches’.
Another more contemporary band called Tool and its lead singer Danny Carey are well known for their interest in all things magical. Carey collects rare limited edition publications by such modern occult practitioners as Crowley, Kenneth Grant, Austin Osman Spare and Andrew D. Chumbley. During their recordings of albums, Tool use magical banishing rituals to get rid of unwelcome influences left in the studio by previous performers. They have also been known to employ talismans and occult sigils used by the Elizabethan magician and astrologer Dr. John Dee in their gigs. During a South American tour, local Christian workers refused to handle the band’s equipment because it was “satanic.”
The 1990s saw a sinister link established between rock music and Satanism with the rise of the so-called ‘black metal’ or ‘death metal’ groups. These new bands were committed to an anti-Christian philosophy of anarchism, nihilism, violence and an obsession with death that made Black Sabbath stage appearances look like a vicar’s tea party. Possibly the most dramatic and violent manifestation of this new trend was in Scandinavia. A new cultural trend united satanic beliefs with atavistic forms of neo-paganism and extreme nationalist right-wing politics promoting racism and white supremacy. This deadly combination was to lead to arson and murder.
In 1992 an ancient wooden stave church was burnt down in a firebomb attack. Rumours began circulating that hard-core black metal fans were responsible for the outrage. It was alleged they were pagan Viking revivalists who expressed neo-Nazi views. Further church burnings and graveyard desecrations took place followed by murders involving rival groups of black metal fans and biker gangs. Media reports said that self-styled teenage satanists saw neo-Nazism and rock music as cultural stepping stones to a revival of Aryan-based paganism. Because the historic Christian churches were built on the site of pagan temples, they had to be destroyed before the heathen ‘old religion’ could be established again.
Today the number of rock bands using satanic and occult imagery is increasing. The new ‘high priest’ of the Church of Satan in the USA, Boyd Rice, is himself a musician. Critics have dubbed his musical output as “sonic terrorism as an art form.” Strangely enough, his satanic master, Anton LaVey, who found the Church of Satan in the 1960s, preferred Gershwin and Cole Porter with his bedtime cocoa.
It seems certain that in the future wherever and however rock music is played, there will always be those who claim, quite literally, the Devil has the best tunes.
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MICHAEL HOWARD (1948–2015) was an English practitioner of Luciferian Witchcraft and a prolific author on folklore, paganism, and esoteric topics. From 1976 until his death he was the editor of The Cauldron magazine. The author of over 30 books including Pillars of Tubal Cain, The Book of Fallen Angels, Children of Cain, and Secret Societies: Their Influence and Power from Antiquity to the Present Day, Michael Howard was an exemplary practitioner and teacher of traditional craft.