“En Giro Torte Sol Ciclos Et Rotor Igne” (The Spiritual Sun has turned the Ages in a Circle and is their Mover with Fire) are words referred to in the Ogdoadic system of High Magick as the “Clavis Mystica.” Taken all together, they are a palindrome – reading the same forwards as they do backwards. The words are not easy to translate, being a mixture of medieval Greek and Latin, and they form the Sacred Heart of Mysteries and serve as a most perfect Invocation of those Inner Plane Powers.
But what does it mean to “turn the ages in a Circle?” Marsilio Ficino explains: “Eternity is the image of God; the Cosmos, of Eternity; the Sun, of the Cosmos; and Man, of the Sun. People call Transformation Death, because the body is dissolved, but in fact life withdraws into the Unmanifest. I shall tell you, as you are listening with such reverence, my beloved Hermes, that all these things that have been thus Dissolved and indeed the Cosmos, are transformed. Each day a part of the Cosmos withdraws into the Unmanifest, but the Cosmos is never Dissolved. This is what happens to the Cosmos, these are its Cycles and its Mysteries. The Cycles are a continual rotation and the Mystery is the Renewal.”
The daily withdrawal of the Cosmos is the principal concept here, symbolized to the ancients by the setting of the Sun – the well-known journey of Ra and other Solar Gods through the Underworld. This is of course followed by the Dawn: this is the Regeneration, the Rebirth of the Adept after the Sojourn of the Darkness. Thus is this palindrome whose very orthographic structure symbolizes the Cycles of “Continual Rotation” and Renewal.
You can see these eight words in the beautiful marble inlay on the floor of the Baptistery of San Giovanni, where they encircle an image of the Sun, and you can trace the footsteps of the greatest minds of the Renaissance that were quite familiar with this palindrome and still view this sight today inside the eight-sided Baptistery of Florence which is situated in the Piazza del Duomo.
A few people have messaged me asking for my master list of working pdfs. This is what I have and its not super organized but it is in alphabetic order for what its worth. Anyways, they’re all free so please please please save them, download them, print them and most importantly READ THEM if you come across any that strike your fancy. Also, I’m not saying that every single one of these books are completely amazing, but either way, they’re here for you to make your own value judgements on.
I have been getting more and more questions lately about how to find local witchcraft groups to practice in and how to join IRL pagan spaces, so I’m posting this mostly in regards to that but most of this stuff also applies to online spaces even though it isn’t as thoroughly researched.
We’ve all heard of ISIS using online spaces for recruitment, but it’s a lot more insidious than that and the far right uses the exact same tactics, just to different ends (if you’re interested in this and want to read more about it, I recommend Hitler Youth: Growing Up in Hitler’s Shadow)
Ten warning signs of a potentially unsafe group/leader.
Absolute authoritarianism without meaningful accountability.
No tolerance for questions or critical inquiry.
No meaningful financial disclosure regarding budget, expenses such as an independently audited financial statement.
Unreasonable fear about the outside world, such as impending catastrophe, evil conspiracies and persecutions.
There is no legitimate reason to leave, former followers are always wrong in leaving, negative or even evil.
Former members often relate the same stories of abuse and reflect a similar pattern of grievances.
There are records, books, news articles, or television programs that document the abuses of the group/leader.
Followers feel they can never be “good enough”.
The group/leader is always right.
The group/leader is the exclusive means of knowing “truth” or receiving validation, no other process of discovery is really acceptable or credible.
Each of these stages takes place in an environment of isolation, meaning all “normal” social reference points are unavailable, and mind-clouding techniques like sleep deprivation and malnutrition are typically part of the process. There is often the presence or constant threat of physical harm, which adds to the target’s difficulty in thinking critically and independently.
Assault on identity:
This is a systematic attack on a target’s sense of self and their core belief system.
Guilt: Repeated attacks on the target by focusing on errors, big or small, and creating a sense of shame.
Self-betrayal: The target is forced to accept that they are “bad” and turns on any others that shared their previous world-view. This strengthens the bond between the target and the agent committing the brainwashing.
Breaking point: The target experiences a breakdown. Symptoms may include a deep sense of isolation, depression, uncontrollable sobbing. Their sense of self is up for grabs.
Leniency: The agent offers a small kindness which the target experiences as an impossible kindness.
Compulsion to confess: To reciprocate the kindness that has been offered, the target “confesses” the sins they have been accused of.
Channeling of guilt: The old belief system is attached to pain and guilt, and the new belief system is attached to redemption.
Releasing of guilt: The target feels a sense of redemption and righteousness from rejecting the old belief system in favour of the new one.
Progress and harmony: The new identity provides a sense of security and safety
Final confession and rebirth: The target “officially” commits to the group via pledge, initiation, or public promise.
(This article is long and subject to edits, changes and corrections as I see them. As a warning, information may disappear or appear as I try to make clarifications in the future. This article is not complete by a long shot.)
In the Chaos Magick ladder which I briefly described in a previous article we have Servitors as the next evolution of our high magick. Just to remind you we go from Sigils -> Servitors -> Egregores -> God forms. Servitors are much more difficult to put into application than sigils. They require more time and energy as well. The good news (for some) is that Servitors can still be created in private. Egregores and Godforms are almost impossible to create without some sort of extra participation or fellowship with other people (however I have some clever methods to use which will be described when I get to those subjects.) Regardless, before I jump into how to create a servitor, I need to clearly define WHAT a servitor IS.
What is a Servitor?
As servitor is a thought form of your own creation. One of the most popular occurrences (back in the day) was the creation of imaginary friends by children. The power and purpose of your servitor will be entirely dependent on you and your desire to develop it. For young children, to have a non judgmental companion to walk beside them as they learn to socially cope with other people is a common mission for some servitors. Another way to think of Servitors is as “Familiars.” Now this comes with a bit of a warning, without proper attention your servitor may gain independence and a life of its own (Thus evolving into an Egregore.) I am all about responsibility and making your magick do exactly what it was intended to do, so I will give you some tips on how to keep a leash on your familiar.
Why would I want a Servitor?
Like I said in a previous article, sigils are typically where the buck stops for most Chaotes. They are powerful, work as intended and are very accurate. You could technically stop right there and have everything you will ever need for working with magick. However, magick is more of a walk for some and an exploration of endless possibilities for others. Servitor creation is the next step into some deep waters and a step out into the wild frontier of Magick. This is where the pedal hits the metal; this is where the wild adventure begins. For many adult occultists, this is also a return to childhood which can be a very scary place for some.
That being said; familiars and their purpose are left to your imagination. A companion (friend), a bodyguard, and yes even lovers are all applications for Servitor work. However let me come with a warning, the more you feed a servitor the stronger and more independent it can become. As such I advise highly against creating servitors for sexual gratification. You may end up giving birth to a hag or a succubus (a result of uncontrolled mutation), which in the end will make your life miserable. It would be better to create a wing(wo)man to help bolster your confidence to gain a physical mate. My point ultimately is, just like sigils, there is no limit on what a servitor can do, look like or become. The only limit is your imagination. If a sigils is a magickal computer program, Servitors are magickal robots, just shy of becoming Magickal AI.
Servitors are astral constructs. Servitors can cause physical change.
Practical use for servitors include:
An assistant in solo magickal work.
A protector for your house.
An assistant for keeping your workspace clean.
To name just a few.
Okay I get it! How do I MAKE one?
First rule: Temper your enthusiasm with caution. Respect the ritual you are about to perform.
Second Rule: We do not create accidents; make sure you truly want to create a servitor. These are not toys, they are very real beings created from your energies, they are in short, your children. Be a responsible parent.
Third Rule: Always, always, always, set up rules and restrictions to keep your servitors exactly that. Without rules, a servitor has the potential to become an Egregore and no longer under your control.
Optional but highly recommended: When I create servitors I get into the habit of breaking down ones I no longer use and incorporate them into the newer, upgraded models. I had a bad experience with leaving “junk servitors” unattended only to have them haunting my dreams and bumping into me in the middle of the night. If you are down with a servitor, release the energy and let it be free. This act prevents the buildup of malice and negative energies from neglected thought forms. Keep your workspace clean, in the astral and in the physical.
Now that we have that established let me begin.
As always with Chaos Magick, there is no right or wrong way to do this. What I offer you is what has worked for me. Tweak it for your purposes. (For me) It always helps to have a template to start with, but YOUR magickal walk is exactly that, yours not mine; you are the final Judge on what you are willing and able to commit to such a practice.
Step 1: State the purpose of your Servitor
Create a sigil or series of sigils which will define the purpose of your servitor. “Protect my home,” “Keep my house clean,” so on and so forth. Make as many sigils as you need. This is the easy part, feel free to find my article on sigil making in this blog.
Step 2: Create a body for your Servitor
You have two options here.
You can bind them to a fetish like is a doll, figurine or even a drawing of your own design. I am a naturally arts and crafts kind of person so this is my preferred method.
However if for whatever reason I don’t not have the time or money to create a physical representation of my servitor, I use meditation and create the servitor in my mind and in astral space.
Regardless, the process requires the same amount of energy, effort and IMAGINATION. You must visualize the servitor. How tall is it? Does it have limbs? Can it speak? It can take hours to create a body for your servitor, but you need to define as many of its functions and characteristics as possible. Its body needs to be a vivid as possible. Some of my servitors have looked like Lovecraftian horrors, while one of my longtime companions is a very cute four foot tall blonde elf girl who speaks in wind chimes.
Step 3: Bind your sigils in the body of the servitor, and put in its safety protocols.
Binding your sigils can be as simple as drawing them inside your picture, carving them into your doll, or imagining the sigils being put in place of where its “heart” or “battery” may be. The point is to make sure your sigils are part of your servitor. Once this occurs, and you are convinced the two have become one, a safety should be put into place. As I said before, without a leash or restrain, your servitor has cart-blanche to run amok and out of your control. You have again, to options here: A command word or a counter sigil. The command word can be: “Stop!” “Sit!” “Go away!” It is best to keep it simple; although I know a few people who used poetry for particularly devious machines to make sure not everyone can shut them down. That is the key to command words however, anyone can use them. A servitor must be compelled once a person speaks a word or command phrase to abide by its programming.
Safety Method A: Command Words
Creating a command word is as simple as touching your servitor (if you used a fetish, this is easier) and speaking plainly to them “When I say <x> you will do <y>” (X and Y are your phrase and its action.) Repeat this as many times as you need to remember or until you feel you servitor is ready to comply. You can put as many command words on your servitor as you want, just be careful not to use the same word to do multiple things, or that they words are counterproductive to its mission. You could confuse the crap out of it.
Safety Method B: Counter Sigils
The second method, counter sigils, are kind of a fire and forget method. It lets a servitor know where it is or isn’t allowed to be. This requires you to name your servitor and upon naming it, creating a sigil of its name. You must decide if this sigil is a ward or a summoning upon its creation. You do not need to commit much thought to this nor does it change the method of how the sigil is created, the intent is good enough. “This sigil means you are welcome to work in this place,” or “This sigil prevents you from going into this place,” Is good enough of a declaration for this method to work. I have seen people bind servitors in boxes with this method and let them out when needed, while others have put the symbols on doors and the like to let servitors know where they should go.
Step 4: BRING YOUR CREATION TO LIFE!!!!!
The ritual can be as elaborate or mundane as you want. However I will tell you, the more elaborate the more powerful your servitor will be in the long run. I have used a simple hand flick gesture (like turning on a light) to activate some, they only lasted a few days before the broke down. My longtime companion servitor had entire weeks of music and food dedicated to her and if she didn’t have any safety protocols in place, probably would have become an Egregore by now. Still, perform a ritual that lets the servitor know it is born. Throw it a birthday party, show it around the house, get silly, get childish. There is no right or wrong way to invite this new entity into your home, just know, the more gnosis you feed it, the better.
Regular maintenance of your servitor is a must. Your servitor must be in your mind from time to time. If you forget about it, it loses energy and dies. While, just thinking about it is okay, offerings or rewards are much more potent. For my lesser servitors I give them a drop of life force when they have done well. For my companion, I have treated her to donuts and milk. The key is to understand the relationship between you and your servitor. Unless you set them free, they cannot live without you. If you forget them, they will die. Woe to the chaote who creates a servitor with no restrictions and then neglects them, you may create a vengeful spirit to infest your house. So reward you servitor when they have done their duties and let them know you still care about them.
Dismantling your Servitors:
I include this part because all good occultists know the value of banishment. Some servitors outlive their usefulness and thus need to be released back into the cosmos. This is not a cruel thing to do, as a matter of fact; actively releasing your unused servitors is very humane. It is cruel to leave a bound servitor unattended to die an agonizing death of forgetfulness and neglect.
Dismantling is simple. Take the abject or thought of you servitor and tell it “You are free” or “I set you free” Imagine all of the bindings and words leaving and falling apart into harmless light. If you have a fetish, set it ablaze or destroy it in some gentle way. Make sure that the object can no longer physically house the servitor. IT is a very good practice to tell it, that it has performed well and it is time for it to move on. If the servitor doesn’t seem to want to leave then you may have to perform this a few time. My companion didn’t want to leave me when I tried to banish her the first three times, she was so fiercely loyal that I gave her a second birthday and still keep her to this day.
That is servitor making in a nutshell.
I am sure many of you have questions or will want me to elaborate. So feel free to ask questions if you need help. This is a basic outline, I am vague for a reason to encourage you to go out there and find what works for you. Just be safe and Chaos Magick responsibly.
There isn’t much about sigils that hasn’t already been said. A Google search can get you all the information about sigils, how and why they work. Even youtube can come up with some very vaild methods for creating them. Sigils happens to be, in my opinion, where many magickal practices begin and end. When I say end, I don’t mean that the practitioner stops magick altogether, what I mean is that sigils are so effective, that once one gets into the practice of making them, often times that’s all the magickal worker wants or needs in their arsenal. Sigils are one of the tried and true methods of spellcraft. However, as I will show you in other articles, there is a ton more to be obtained with the sigil process; sigils are in my opinion the strongest foundation for magickal work and the platform be which many other magickal processes can grow their roots, so it is important we begin here on our way up the high magick tower.
My method for sigils is slightly mutated and deviant of the traditional method. It is what works for me, do your own research to find out what works for you.
Step one: Write down your desire
Write down your desire. However write it down as if you already have said thing or are already receiving it soon. “I am feeling well” or “I have found happiness” or “I have met a new friend” are all good examples.
Step two: Dissect and minimize the words
Some people cross out all of the vowels, I don’t. However if crossing out the vowels works for you, feel free to do so. I instead cross out all the repeating letters, which is typically the next step if you were crossing out all of the vowels as well.
So if you have “I am feeling well”:
My Version looks like this:
The vowel-less version looks like this:
Draw a wild image using only the left over letters you have. Some people write the letter as is, one on top of the other. Others dissect it and make it look as much like abstract art as possible. The goal is to make the symbol look nothing like your original intent.
My sigil ends up looking like this when I am done:
I’ve written many posts about Pop Culture Paganism and I figured it’s about time I wrote about Pop Culture Magic, too. This will simply be an overview; some topics will be elaborated on at a later date.
Pop Culture Magic can take on many forms: using lines from the movie Chicago in a curse, creating tarot cards about your favorite show or book (for those who consider tarot cards to be a part of their magic practices), using sigils from Supernatural, naming your spells after Pokemon, referring to a spirit guide as a Patronus…the list goes on and on. Pop Culture Magic is surprisingly common because pop culture is, for most of us, a part of our daily lives. It’s what we see when we turn on the television, listen to the radio, open a magazine, gaze through a library. It permeates our lives and, as a result, sometimes seeps into our magical practice (x)
Why PC Magic? For starters, it’s fun. It allows us to personalize our magic further, to connect with the culture we’ve grown into, to draw magical strength from fictional characters, and in some cases work within different universes.
Different Universes? Yes! Many PC Magicians (myself included) work within the paradigms and events of other universes, especially if it’s a universe that is drawn from a lot by a witch. When I say “work within” I don’t necessarily mean that we “travel” to that universe (though I don’t doubt there are some who do exactly that by means of astral travel); more often, it’s as simple as thinking as if you are already in that universe – following the rules and restrictions of that universe in order to encourage your magic to act more like it would if you did exist in that universe.
Common Types of PC Magic:
Spells and Curses: This is by far the most common form of Pop Culture Magic you’ll find within the tumblr community as it is becoming more and more popular. There’s a whole ‘how-to’ coming your way next week so I won’t get into that right now. It’s also becoming more common to see real spells based on spells in books or movies, such as the Harry Potter spells going around the community.
Divination: Pop Culture Tarot cards! Here is an incredible fandom deck. PC tarot cards aren’t actually that uncommon: Off the top of my head I’ve found Jane Austin, Star Trek, Homestuck, Legend of Zelda, Dragon Age, Doctor Who, Sherlock, and Supernatural decks or stray cards, some of which can be purchased on Amazon or Etsy. There are also plenty of pc-inspired spreads, as well as other methods of divination floating around tumblr.
Magical Books: Some people choose to design their Book of Shadows like the one on Charmed. Others use magic books in video games as a resource for building on their own magic or creating new magical practices.
Words and Phrases: Incorporating words and phrases in spellwork that characters have said is pretty common, but it’s even more common for someone to pick up little words or phrases that they use for casual, on the go magic. For example, saying “I can do zat” like Chekov when you’re in a tight spot and need a boost of confidence.
Pop Culture Magic, though often thought of as a very specific area of study, is actually a vast umbrella term that has so many different aspects to it, most of which can’t be given justice in one post. Hopefully my follow-ups to this post will shed some more light on the topic and answer the questions you may have. And as always, feel free to ask me anything on the topic.
“Malicious acts are performed by people for personal gain … Sorcerers, though, have an ulterior purpose for their acts, which has nothing to do with personal gain. The fact that they enjoy their acts does not count as gain. Rather, it is a condition of their character. The average man acts only if there is a chance for profit. Warriors say they act not for profit but for the spirit.”
You see me now a veteran of a thousand psychic wars I’ve been living on the edge so long Where the winds of limbo roar And I’m young enough to look at And far too old to see All the scars are on the inside I’m not sure if there’s anything left of me
Don’t let these shakes go on It’s time we had a break from it It’s time we had some leave We’ve been living in the flames We’ve been eating up our brains Oh, please don’t let theses shakes go on
You ask me why I’m weary, why I can’t speak to you You blame me for my silence Say it’s time I changed and grew But the war’s still going on dear And there’s no end that I know And I can’t say if we’re ever… I can’t say if we’re ever gonna to be free
Don’t let these shakes go on It’s time we had a break from it It’s time we had some leave We’ve been living in the flames We’ve been eating out our brains Oh, please don’t let theses shakes go on
You see me now a veteran of a thousand psychic wars My energy’s spent at last And my armor is destroyed I have used up all my weapons and I’m helpless and bereaved Wounds are all I’m made of Did I hear you say that this is victory?
Don’t let these shakes go on It’s time we had a break from it Send me to the rear Where the tides of madness swell And been sliding into hell Oh, please don’t let shakes go on Don’t let these shakes go on Don’t let these shakes go on