the book of ceremonial magic

Magical phenomena, however, come under a special sub-class, since they are willed, and their cause is the series of “real” phenomena, called the operations of ceremonial Magic. 

These consist of
(1) Sight.
The circle, square, triangle, vessels, lamps, robes, implements, etc.
(2) Sound.
The invocations.
(3) Smell.
The perfumes.
(4) Taste.
The Sacraments.
(5) Touch.
As under (1).
(6) Mind.

The combination of all these and reflection on their significance.
These unusual impressions (1-5) produce unusual brain-changes; hence their summary (6) is of unusual kind. Its projection back into the apparently phenomenal world is therefore unusual. Herein then consists the reality of the operations and effects of ceremonial magic,(6) and I conceive that the apology is ample, as far as the “effects” refer only to those phenomena which appear to the magician himself, the appearance of the spirit, his conversation, possible shocks from imprudence, and so on, even to ecstasy on the one hand, and death or madness on the other. But can any of the effects described in this our book Goetia be obtained, and if so, can you give a rational explanation of the circumstances? Say you so? I can, and will. The spirits of the Goetia are portions of the human brain. Their seals therefore represent (Mr. Spencer’s projected cube) methods of stimulating or regulating those particular spots (through the eye).

The names of God are vibrations calculated to establish:
( A ) General control of the brain. (Establishment of functions relative to the subtle world.)
( B ) Control over the brain in detail. (Rank or type of the Spirit.)
( C )  Control of one special portion. (Name of the Spirit.)
The perfumes aid this through smell. Usually the perfume will only tend to
control a large area; but there is an attribution of perfumes to letters of the alphabet enabling one, by a Qabalistic formula, to spell out the Spirit’s name. I need not enter into more particular discussion of these points; the intelligent reader can easily fill in what is lacking. 

If, then, I say, with Solomon:
“The Spirit Cimieries teaches logic,” what I mean is:
“Those portions of my brain which subserve the logical faculty way be stimulated and developed by following out the processes called ‘The Invocation of Cimieries.’ “And this is a purely materialistic rational statement; it is independent of any objective hierarchy at all. Philosophy has nothing to say; and Science can only suspend judgment, pending a proper and methodical investigation of the facts alleged. 

Unfortunately, we cannot stop there. Solomon promises us that we can (1) obtain information; (2) destroy our enemies; (3) understand the voices of nature; (4) obtain treasure; (5) heal diseases, etc. I have taken these five powers at random; considerations of space forbid me to explain all.
(1) Brings up facts from sub-consciousness.
(2) Here we come to an interesting fact. It is curious to note the contrast between the noble means and the apparently vile ends of magical rituals. The latter are disguises for sublime truths. “To destroy our enemies” is to realize the illusion of duality, to excite compassion.
(Ah! Mr. Waite, the world of Magic is a mirror, wherein who sees muck is muck.) (3) A careful naturalist will understand much from the voices of the animals he has studied long. Even a child knows the difference of a cat’s miauling and purring. The faculty may be greatly developed. (4) Business capacity may be stimulated. (5) Abnormal states of the body may be corrected, and the involved tissues brought back to tone, in obedience to currents started from the brain. So for all other phenomena. There is no effect which is truly and necessarily miraculous. Our Ceremonial Magic fines down, then, to a series of minute, though of course empirical, physiological experiments, and whoso will carry them through intelligently need not fear the result.  I have all the health, and treasure, and logic, I need; I have no time to waste. “There is a lion in the way.” For me these practices are useless; but for the benefit of others less fortunate I give them to the world, together with this explanation of, and apology for, them. I trust that the explanation will enable many students who have hitherto, by a puerile objectivity in their view of the question, obtained no results, to succeed; that the apology may impress upon our scornful men of science that the study of the bacillus should give place to that of the baculum, the little to the great—how great one only realizes when one identifies the wand with the Mahalingam, up which Brahma flew at the rate of 84,000 yojanas a second for 84,000 mahakalpas, down which Vishnu flew at the rate of 84,000 croces of yojanas a second for 84,000 crores of mahakalpas—yet neither reached an end.

But I reach an end.
Boleskine House,
Foyers, N.B.


The Lesser Key of Solomon - Goetia

Compiled and Translated By S.L. “MacGregor” Mathers Editing      Additional Material By Aleister Crowley

Lesser Banishing Ritual of the Pentagram: Satanic Edition

Intone the Sign of the Inverted Cross:


Formulation of the Pentagrams:

  • South: DIABOLUS

Invocation of the Demons (while facing East):

  • At my right hand BABYLON.
  • At my left hand BEHEMOTH.
  • Before me ZIZ.
  • Behind me LEVIATHAN.

About me blaze the pentagrams and within the column shines the six-rayed star.

Intone the Sign of the Inverted Cross:


It’s 2016, we need better magic texts and recommendations.

A lot of the foundational texts for magic that people are referred to were written around 100 years ago, which also incidentally means they were mostly written by people who would nowadays be considered very sexist or racist, or who were actual fascists. Disclaimers are often given: “product of its time,” “please overlook what he says about women,” “remember when this was written,” etc.

Well, it’s time to write new books or find new books. I think it’s fine to research older writings and look through them for insights and to get a sense of history and the progression of magic, but it’s a fucking slog to read some of this stuff if you’re not hetero or cis or white or male. The more PoC or trans or female or LGBTQIA you get, the tougher the slog. And if you’re not a member of those groups but you’re sensitive to these issues, it’s not a piece of cake to read this stuff either.

That’s not a slog we should be requiring new students to go through by default. They shouldn’t have to argue with a book on magic to learn it–ideally, they should be enjoying the books they are learning from! Modern people have the ability to write books on magic too. Write a fundamentals book. Make it work for all those groups. Don’t keep in the elements that exclude those groups out of tradition–find a way to make it work for everyone. Do the work that the lauded and celebrated writers of old didn’t. There is new ground to forge even with the fundamentals.

We need magic books for today. For the real people of today who need to learn magic and shouldn’t have to read bullshit about their bodies, race, sexual orientation, and gender to do it. If you want to tip your hat to the older writers who forged the ground way back in the past then cite them as sources but please write books for everyone who lives in this time period so that we can learn without having to pick up latent fascist, racist, sexist, homophobic and cissexist ideas just as a matter of course.

If you know good fundamental books on magic that you know for a fact won’t feel like an attack on the groups I have described above to read, then please reblog with recommendations! A lot of times we don’t know what to recommend because many authors have been put up on a pillar to such a degree that people feel obligated to recommend their problematic texts instead of more recent stuff. I emphasize that ceremonial magic needs these recommendations direly because it’s got a ton of fascism in its bibliography. Please do not recommend if you have to include caveats–if a caveat is needed then a new book needs to be written because the caveat means the book is gonna still be a slog for these groups.

From Agrippa’s Fourth Book of Occult Philosophy or Of Magical Ceremonies speculatively attributed to Henry Cornelius Agrippa with its appearance in Marburg 1559 

“The knowledge of poisons in nature, and to use them. Wisdom in all evil arts, to the destruction of mankinde, and to use them in contempt of God, and for the loss and destruction of men.”

…You can put that on my resume.

coldandvoid  asked:

Hey, can you recommend me some other movies like the holy mountain? I presume you must be into this kind of thing.

So, I’ve made a couple posts about this over the years but I’ll save you the time and facepalm of digging into my archival fuckery.

The Holy Mountaineering Unorganized List of Rad Occult Themed Movies That Are Not The Holy Mountain, 2014®  

The Saragossa Manuscript

A very Polish comedy with so many stories inside of stories you can forget who was where and that’s kinda the point. One of the few films I’ve ever seen that has similar effects as hallucinogens the first time viewed. 

Occult elements- Strange journeys through wastes, hauntings, Qabalists, enhanced religious conversion techniques, and of course the Spanish Inquisition, which no one expected.

Lucifer Rising

Kenneth Anger’s Thelemic art house cinema explosion. For this film I’d suggest ketamine. Be aware, this film is more of a motion and there is no verbal dialog whatsoever. 

Occult elements- Jimmy Page holding the Stele of Revealing looking longingly at a picture of Aleister Crowley and literally every single other scene in the movie. This is the most Occult film you’re ever going to see. 

Inauguration of the Pleasure Dome

Another Anger flick with no dialog and heavy on occult symbology and general weird shit. The premise is more or less a High Mass for the Gods. This film also features some influential people in their own right like Marjorie Cameron and Anaïs Nin.

Occult elements- All of it. The whole film

Basically any other Kenneth Anger film

Because I don’t wanna go through them one by one.

The Ninth Gate

If you judged this movie by the cover you might not want to watch it. Johnny Depp is an antiquarian book dealer who gets brought into a touch of weird occultiness trying to find a client a particular occult book.

Occult elements- Antiquarian books on ceremonial magic and some fiery sex magic. 

Eyes Wide Shut

Honestly this movie barely made the list because it’s the most overrated film in this category and The Ninth Gate is actually better for the occult aspects of weird rich people as portrayed by Hollywood stars. The actual shots in this movie as well as the sets make it worth seeing.

Occult elements- Pseudo initiations, sweet robes, and the rich and powerful being creepy and generally untrustworthy.

Any Alejandro Jodorowsky film you haven’t seen yet

Most of his films have very prevalent occult themes, especially regarding attachment and false attainment.

Occult elements- Spiritual Journeys nearly always with people who represent material attachment and a boat load of other stuff.

The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus

I’m reasonably certain that director Terry Gilliam is not a freemason but this movie is rife with the symbolism of freemasonry. The plot is pretty straightforwardly about the choices a person makes with the opportunities they get, but the execution and storyline are a bit convoluted at times. 

Occult elements- Lots of freemasonic symbols and scenarios, deals with the devil.

The Wicker Man (1973)

This is a film about sacrifice. Mostly the human kind. Sir Christopher Lee is a leader of a group of neopagans that are under suspicion after people become uncooperative in a disappearance investigation. There is a lot of 1970s style folk singing and neopagan stuff presented as being ancient, like most neopagan stuff. Oh, also, don’t watch the Nick Cage remake unless you want the bees.

Occult elements- Neopaganism, May Poles, fire jumping, baccian rituals, human sacrifice.

Season of the Witch (1972)

This movie is seriously some hilarious Shirley MacLaine meets the first few rounds of private practitioner wicca books kinda shit. It’s kind like a fictionalized documentary of how housewives in the 1970s got into witchcraft. Also, the Donovan song of the same title is in the movie.

Occult elements- Lots of really silly neowicca and satanism as the hardcore practice.

So, that’s all I got for you right now, I’ll add to this as I remember things I forgot.


1993. Covenant

is the third album by band Morbid Angel. It was released on June 22,   The style of this album is more akin to the slower style of the previous album Blessed Are the Sick. Some early pressings of the album had a Parental Advisory logo on the cover.

Much of the lyrics for this album, written by David Vincent, could be considered Morbid Angel’s most Occult and Satanic based. The album’s cover image shows a page from The Book of Ceremonial Magic by Arthur Edward Waite to the right, and a reproduction of “The Pact of Urbain Grandier” on the left.

“Covenant” is a very proficient display of death metal technique and musicianship that solidifies the band’s importance in the genre. With a strong focus on straightforward riffing and more complex rolling drum rhythms, Morbid Angel shows off skillful songwriting and musical ability while still playing in a very direct style.

         David Vincent       Trey Azagthoth     Pete Sandoval

Imagine being Loki’s personal maid, and going to clean his room while he’s at a ceremony. As you’re cleaning you notice a book on the table, full of odd spells and symbols. When you were little, you found out you could use magic, but rarely practiced it for fear of being punished for it.

You decide to try a simple levitation spell from the book, since Loki won’t return to his room for a few hours yet. The door opens and your concentration breaks, the book slamming back down onto the table.

You stand there in fear as Loki enters the room, staring at you in amazement. The other maids always spread rumors of how cruel Loki can be, and you start tearing up and uttering apologies, begging him not to punish you.

When you’re done he only observes you, before nodding to the book on the table and asking you to do it again. Once you (hesitantly) show him your magic, he decides to be your mentor and teach you how to control it.


Got inspired to make a list of my magickal and magickal related books.  :)


*The Alchemist’s Kitchen: Extraordinary Potions and Curious Notions by Ogiluy


*Astrology by Burk

The Element Encyclopedia of Birthdays by Cheung

*Personology by Gary Goldschneider 

*The Only Astrology Book You’ll Ever Need by Woolfolk


*Magic of the Celtic Otherworld by Blamires

*By Oak, Ash, & Thorn by Conway

*Draoicht by Corrigan

*The Fire & Well Spellbook by Corrigan

The Druidry Handbook by Greer

*Druid Magic by Mann

*Celtic Inspirations by Wilde

Celtic Lore & Spellcraft of the Dark Goddess by Woodfield

Celtic History

The Historical Atlas of the Celtic World

The Encyclopedia of Celtic Wisdom by Matthews

Celtic Myth

*Celtic Myths and Legends by Ellis


*Magickal Self Defense by Cuhulain

*Protection and Reversal Magick by Miller

Curses, Hexes, and Crossing by S. Connolly


*Psychic Palmistry by Ahl

*Numerology by Barrett

*Complete Book of Tarot Spreads by Burger

*The Book of Ogham by Thorsson

Runecaster’s Handbook by Thorsson

*The Runes Workbook by Wild


Aegishjalmur by Kelly

Apophis by Kelly


Symbols, Signs, & Dream Interpretation

The Book of Dreams

The Dream Dictionary

*Psychic Dreamwalking by Belanger

Egyptian History

Temples, Tombs, and Hieroglyphs: A Popular History of Ancient Egypt by Mertz

Egyptian Hieroglyphs for Everyone by Scott


Aesop’s Fables

Fae and Other Creatures/Beings

The Encyclopedia of Fairies

The Lore of the Unicorn by Avenel

*Fantasies and Other Realities by Eriksen

Spirits, Fairies, Leprechauns, & Goblins by Rose

Fairy Tales

*The Random House Book of Fairy Tales

Grimm’s Complete Fairy Tales


*The Book without Words: A Fable of Medieval Magic by Avi

*So Mote it Be by Bird

Merry Meet by Bird

*Second Sight by Bird

*What the Cards Said by Bird

*Witches’ Night Out by RavenWolf

*Witches’ Night of Fear by RavenWolf

*Witches’ Key to Terror by RavenWolf


QPB Treasury of North American Folktales edited by Peck

Greek Myth

Greek Gods and Heroes by Graves

The Greek Gods by Hoopes

The Illustrated Dictionary of Greek and Roman Mythology by Michael Stapleton


*Handfasting and Wedding Rituals by Kaldera


Healing Mantras by Ashley-Farrand

Practical Feng Shui: Arrange, Decorate and Accessorize Your Home to Promote Health, Wealth and Happiness by Brown

The Joy of Reflexology: Healing Techniques for the Hands & Feet to Reduce Stress & Reclaim Health by Gillanders

Introducing Spirituality into Counseling & Therapy by Khan

Reiki: A Comprehensive Guide by Miles

Shaman, Healer, Sage: How to Heal Yourself and Others with the Energy Medicine of the Americas by Villoldo


The Folk Remedy Encyclopedia: Olive Oil, Vinegar, Honey and 1,001 Other Home Remedies by Beasley

*Cunningham’s Encyclopedia of Magickal Herbs

*Magickal Herbalism by Cunningham

*The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Natural Remedies by Fiedler

Back to Eden by Kloss


The New Hermetics by Newcomb


The Story of Man III.  The Middle Ages by National Geographic Society

The Story of Man IV.  The Renaissance: Maker of Man by National Geographic Society

History of Witchcraft

Witchcraft and Magic in Europe by Clark

The Golden Bough by Frazer

Ritual, Myth, & Magic in Early Modern Europe by Monter

Witchcraft in the Middle Ages by Russell

Irish History

A Short History of Ireland by Wallace

Irish Myths and Folk Tales

Myths and Folk Tales of Ireland by Curtin


*The Magickal Household by Cunningham

Enochian Vision Magick by DuQuette

*Practical Sigil Magick by Frater U.D.

The Complete Book of Spells, Ceremonies & Magic by Gonzalez-Wippler

Foundations of Practical Magic by Regardie


*The Soul’s Book of Answers by Bolt

The Power of Concentration by Dumont

Book of Tao translated by MacHovec

Yoga and Mysticism by Prabhavananda

Quiet Mind, Fearless Heart by Seaward

*Trance: From Magic To Technology by Wier

Myths and Legends

Minute Myths & Legends by Schubert

Handbook of Classical Mythology by William Hansen


*Book of Shadows by Curott


Three Books of Occult Philosophy by Agrippa

*The Kybalion by Atkinson

*Daemonolatry Goetia by S. Connolly

*The Mystical Qabalah by Fortune

The New Encyclopedia of the Occult by Greer

*The Goetia: The Lesser Key of Solomon the King by Mathers

*The Key of Solomon the King by Mathers

The Golden Dawn by Regardie


The Art of Aromatherapy: A Guide to Using Essential Oils for Health and Relaxation by Allardice

The Complete Book of Incense, Oils, & Brews by Cunningham

Past Life

*The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Discovering Your Past Life

*Sun Signs and Past Lives by Ashman

Search for the Soul Time-Life


Quantum Psychics: 2nd Edition by Kelly

*Change Your Aura Change Your Life: A Step-by-Step Guide to Unfolding Your Spiritual Power by Martin
Karma and Reincarnation: Unlocking Your 800 Lives to Enlightenment
by Martin

You Are Psychic! by Sanders

*Mind over Matter Time-Life

Transformations Time-Life

*Psychic Energy by Weed


*Santeria The Religion by Gonzalez-Wippler

Scandinavia History

A Brief History of the Vikings by Clemens

A History of Denmark by Lauring

The Last Apocalypse: Europe at the Year 1000 A.D. by Reston

King Harold’s Saga by Sturluson

Scandinavian Myth


The Sagas of Icelanders

*A Handbook of Norse Mythology by Mortensen

*The Poetic Edda by Sturluson

*The Prose Edda by Sturluson

Scottish History

The History of Scotland by Fry


*Witches Brew Healing Spells

*Everyday Witch A to Z Spellbook by Blake

*The Element Encyclopedia of 1000 Spells by Illes

*Spell Casting by Sister Moon


*The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Wicca and Witchcraft

*Simple Wicca by Morgan 

*Gothic Grimoire by Konstantinos

*Nocturnal Witchcraft by Konstantinos


*Enchantment: The Witch’s Art of Manipulation through Gesture, Gaze, and Glamour by Paddon

*A Grimoire for Magickal Cunningfolk by Paddon

*Visceral Magick: Bridging the Gap Between Mundane and Magick by Paddon

*Books I have read.

Abramelin Oil Info

A ceremonial magical oil described in the Book of Abramelin written by Abraham the Jew (Abraham of Worms) a 15th century Kabbalist.

Adopted from the Jewish holy oil of the Tanakh, described in the book of Exodus, attributed to Moses.

Traditionally used in the Abramelin Operation outlined in the Sacred Magic of Abramelin the Mage. It is a month long purification, that prepares one to communicate with their Holy Guardian Angel, which allows the magician to effectively command demons in ceremonial magic.

Used by workers of all kinds for pact making, binding spells, often combined with dragon’s blood oil for self-anointing before spirit communication.

There are traditional translations: German and French
The French version is translated from the German version of the 1400s. 1pt. Myrrh, 1 pt. cinnamon, ½ pt. galangal, ½ total weight olive oil
The French translation substitutes galangal for calamus, which shouldn’t be done according to some.

Originally, the recipe called for one part cinnamon and one part cassia which are very similar if not the same, also Kalamus from the German manuscript was translated into Galangal originally.

Cinnamon and Cassia were two species of the same genus, originally called for in the Hebrew formula.

Hoodoo Symbolism of Ingredients: olive oil for felicity and stability, myrrh for sacredness, cinnamon for money and luck, calamus used by men and women to sweetly control one another, it’s phalliform shape stands for male sexuality.
Blessing, protection, healing, un crossing, magical success, and general all purpose anointing oil.