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Saturday, May 30, 2015

Mercury-

Some research I'm doing on Mercury-Mercury was known to be the fastest moving of the planets, according to pre-Copernican astronomers. (We now know that he orbits the sun every 88 days, whereas Venus takes 225 days, Mars 687 days, Jupiter 12 years, Saturn 29 years.) Partly because of this rapidity, Mercury became thought of as the messenger of the gods; he is often depicted with wings on his cap (the petasus) and on his heels. He held a wand with which he directed pious souls to their happy dwellings in the after-life. He was credited with inventing the flute.Mercury's lightness and quickness carry over to the metal with which he was associated. Quicksilver will roll around a dish, dividing up into droplets and recombining very swiftly and glitteringly. Mercury brings about 'meeting selves / Same but sundered'.

This tendency of Mercury to divide and reunite meant that he became connected to a variety of different things which split up and come back together. He was the god of boxers, of thieves, and even of crossroads. In Greek mythology Mercury was called Hermes, and in ancient Greece columnar pedestals carrying busts of Hermes (known as 'herms') were set up as boundary-markers or signposts at important junctions. Another of his names was Hermes Propulaios, 'Hermes Before-the-Gates'. Yet another title was Hermes Kriophoros, 'Hermes the Ram-bearer'.As the messenger of the gods, Mercury was also thought to have a particular Bibleresponsibility for speech. C.S. Lewis's poem, 'The Planets', calls him 'lord of language'. He was linked to scholarship and learning. Mercury was thought to rule over the constellation of Gemini, the Twins, - Castor and Pollux, the horseman and the boxer.Paul's ship in the Acts of the Apostles has these twin brothers as its figurehead (Acts 28:11)

Mercury am I, gentle, soft,
Sixth planet, I send the winds aloft.
When other stars are warm, I'm hot;
I'm just as cold when they are not.
The Twins and the Maid so fine
Are the houses I account as mine.
In which I go most cleverly,
So Jupiter can't bewilder me.
I'm at my best when in the Maid,
But in the Fishes sure to fade.
Through all the signs I make my ways
In three hundred and four and thirty days.

His Children
My children I faithfully instill
With lust for beauty, greed for skill.
No long journey for them too hard,
Strange new knowledge is their reward.
Their faces are full and pale and round,
Their bodies white, their limbs unsound.
Their clocks and organs are the best,
Excellent scribes, they take no rest.
Dextrous goldsmiths, painters good,
People praise them - and they should.
They are a smart, hardworking lot,
When asked for help they give it not.-from The Book of the Seven Planets

The root of the idea of Mercury lies in Greek mythology with the messenger god, Hermes. The Romans, whose culture was in many ways a melting pot of the Greeks,Egyptians,and Persians, borrowed the old stories and myths from the Greek God Hermes and laid them on top of their own similar god, Mercury.He killed Argus on the orders of Zeus, by lulling him to sleep and then chopping off his head. He assisted Odysseus in his travels as that wanderer returned from the siege of Troy.Mercury was the son of Jupiter (king of the gods), the result of an illicit union with Maia, goddess of the clouds (as well as one of the Pleiades).His many adventures and his assignment as guide of the dead to Hades, made him the patron god of travellers. But his tricks also made him patron of thieves. The Romans also made him god of merchants and he lent his name to "mercantilism". Wednesday (Wodin was the Norse equivalent of the Roman Mercury) was his day of the week. This day the Romans called "Mercurii dies", which survives in the names for that day in many of the Romance languages, such as the Spanish, "miércoles". We also find Mercury lending his fame, in a "mercurial" manner, to a number of other objects... But that is for another time.-
Copyright 2015 Vincent Piazza

Mercury-

Some research I'm doing on Mercury-Mercury was known to be the fastest moving of the planets, according to pre-Copernican astronomers. (We now know that he orbits the sun every 88 days, whereas Venus takes 225 days, Mars 687 days, Jupiter 12 years, Saturn 29 years.) Partly because of this rapidity, Mercury became thought of as the messenger of the gods; he is often depicted with wings on his cap (the petasus) and on his heels. He held a wand with which he directed pious souls to their happy dwellings in the after-life. He was credited with inventing the flute.Mercury's lightness and quickness carry over to the metal with which he was associated. Quicksilver will roll around a dish, dividing up into droplets and recombining very swiftly and glitteringly. Mercury brings about 'meeting selves / Same but sundered'.

This tendency of Mercury to divide and reunite meant that he became connected to a variety of different things which split up and come back together. He was the god of boxers, of thieves, and even of crossroads. In Greek mythology Mercury was called Hermes, and in ancient Greece columnar pedestals carrying busts of Hermes (known as 'herms') were set up as boundary-markers or signposts at important junctions. Another of his names was Hermes Propulaios, 'Hermes Before-the-Gates'. Yet another title was Hermes Kriophoros, 'Hermes the Ram-bearer'.As the messenger of the gods, Mercury was also thought to have a particular Bibleresponsibility for speech. C.S. Lewis's poem, 'The Planets', calls him 'lord of language'. He was linked to scholarship and learning. Mercury was thought to rule over the constellation of Gemini, the Twins, - Castor and Pollux, the horseman and the boxer.Paul's ship in the Acts of the Apostles has these twin brothers as its figurehead (Acts 28:11)

Mercury am I, gentle, soft,
Sixth planet, I send the winds aloft.
When other stars are warm, I'm hot;
I'm just as cold when they are not.
The Twins and the Maid so fine
Are the houses I account as mine.
In which I go most cleverly,
So Jupiter can't bewilder me.
I'm at my best when in the Maid,
But in the Fishes sure to fade.
Through all the signs I make my ways
In three hundred and four and thirty days.

His Children
My children I faithfully instill
With lust for beauty, greed for skill.
No long journey for them too hard,
Strange new knowledge is their reward.
Their faces are full and pale and round,
Their bodies white, their limbs unsound.
Their clocks and organs are the best,
Excellent scribes, they take no rest.
Dextrous goldsmiths, painters good,
People praise them - and they should.
They are a smart, hardworking lot,
When asked for help they give it not.-from The Book of the Seven Planets

The root of the idea of Mercury lies in Greek mythology with the messenger god, Hermes. The Romans, whose culture was in many ways a melting pot of the Greeks,Egyptians,and Persians, borrowed the old stories and myths from the Greek God Hermes and laid them on top of their own similar god, Mercury.He killed Argus on the orders of Zeus, by lulling him to sleep and then chopping off his head. He assisted Odysseus in his travels as that wanderer returned from the siege of Troy.Mercury was the son of Jupiter (king of the gods), the result of an illicit union with Maia, goddess of the clouds (as well as one of the Pleiades).His many adventures and his assignment as guide of the dead to Hades, made him the patron god of travellers. But his tricks also made him patron of thieves. The Romans also made him god of merchants and he lent his name to "mercantilism". Wednesday (Wodin was the Norse equivalent of the Roman Mercury) was his day of the week. This day the Romans called "Mercurii dies", which survives in the names for that day in many of the Romance languages, such as the Spanish, "miércoles". We also find Mercury lending his fame, in a "mercurial" manner, to a number of other objects... But that is for another time.-
Copyright 2015 Vincent Piazza

A Review of Wisdom of Eosphoros: The Luciferian Philosophy

Wisdom of Eosphoros: The Luciferian Philosophy Paperback – May 14, 2015

A Review of Wisdom of Eosphoros: The Luciferian Philosophy

Wisdom of Eosphoros: The Luciferian Philosophy Paperback – May 14, 2015

Friday, May 29, 2015

Naamah,Lilith,Mahalath and Igrat

You could have heard Lilith is a model for Oppressed Womanhood. You could have heard she's a succubus who gives men wet dreams. You could have heard that she's a demoness who murders babies. You could have heard that she's a goddess, the wife of Death.

On the one hand there are all these (and likely other) interpretations. On the other hand there are the legends themselves, which are also quite varied, from Jewish folklore. Let's start with a paraphrase of the most familiar legend, which dates to medieval times, from the controversial work known as the Alphabet of Ben Sirah, including a few of our own interjections:

When God created Adam, he was lonely, so God created Lilith from the same dust from which Adam was molded. But they quarrelled; Adam [the proverbial domineering male] wished to rule over Lilith. But Lilith [a militant feminist] was also proud and willful, claiming equality with Adam because she was created from the same dust. She left Adam and fled the Garden. God sent three angels in pursuit of Lilith. They caught her and ordered her to return to Adam. She refused, and said that she would henceforth weaken and kill little children, infants and babes. The angels overpowered her, and she promised that if the mother hung an amulet over the baby bearing the names of the three angels, she would stay away from that home. So they let her go, and God created Eve to be Adam's mate [created from Adam's rib, so that she couldn't claim equality]. And ever since, Lilith flies around the world, howling her hatred of mankind through the night, and vowing vengeance because of the shabby treatment she had received from Adam. She is also called "The Howling One."
You can see how this legend could lead to various interpretations, depending on whether you think she is noble (in rebelling against male domination) or evil (in vowing vengeance against innocent babies.)

But where does this legend come from? The author of Ben Sirah basically wove together three separate threads from centuries earlier works, because Lilith is a very ancient legend.

Let's start with the Bible as primary source material. Genesis of course mentions Adam and Eve, but -- please note -- doesn't mention Lilith. The idea of Lilith as a "prior first woman" before Eve arises much later. The only reference to Lilith in the Bible (Old or New Testaments) is Isaiah 34:14, probably written around 540 BC; it's a description of desolation, jackals and ravens among nettles and briers, etc.: "Goat demons shall greet each other; there too the lilith will repose." Most of the other creatures referenced in this poetry cannot be positively identified. The KJV, following the Vulgate, translates "the lilith" as "the night demon," confusing the lili- with the Hebrew word for night. But presumably Isaiah meant some sort of demon.

The notion of a lilith as a demon is probably Assyrian (say around 700 BC), incorporated into Isaiah by way of the ancient Israelite contacts with the mythologies of Babylonia and Chaldea. The Assyrians had three female demons, Lilit, Lilu,and Ardat Lilit. There's little doubt that the Hebrew lilith-demon mentioned in Isaiah was a folkloric adaptation of the Assyrian demons.
Several hundred years after Isaiah, we find Talmudic writings that describe Lilith (now as a named demon, rather than a broad category) as an irresistibly seductive she-demon with long hair (presumably worn loose, a sure sign of wantonness) and wings. Terey wants us to be sure to say that she's a succubus. She seduces unwary men, then savagely kills the children she bears for them.

From this, she becomes the demon responsible for the death of babies. In ancient times, one needed to protect against such demons; today, we blame other factors for the death of infants. To guard against Lilith, superstitious Jews would hang four amulets, one on the wall of each room of a newborn babe, with the inscription "Lilith - abi!" ["Lilith - begone!"] which some think is the origin, much later, of the English word "lullaby."

OK, that's legend one: a she-demon who kills babies. 


 Legend two: early rabbinic writings about Adam and Eve. There are rabbinic midrashim, stories filling in the gaps in the text, that tell of Adam and Eve after they leave the garden. Adam is angry with Eve for causing so much trouble, so he leaves her, and is beset by demons (called "lilith"; the name is still a generic category of demon). A particular lilith called Penzai seduces Adam and becomes pregnant. Got it? So that legend associates a lilith with Adam.

Legend three: an early midrash that puzzles about why Eve is created from a rib of Adam, why not created equally with him? The midrash suggests the creation of a prior "first woman" (unnamed) who doesn't work out as a fitting companion for Adam.


The midrash (Midrash ha-Gadol, Gen. Rabbah 4:22) relates that Naamah was the most beautiful woman in the world, so much so that she caused the ministering angels to fall prey to her loveliness for they thought she was one of them.
As it is said (Gen. 6
:2): “The sons of God saw how beautiful the daughters of men were.”
The late Midrash and the Zohar developed the figure of Naamah as a seducer of men and even of demons.
To make things more complicated, it is said that there are counter-parts or opposites of some of those mentioned in the bible 1 evil 1 good,as you will see as you read through this information, however the more comparisons, the more they sound like the same person.. so let’s keep an open mind & continue…..
According to tradition, Naamah was created directly by God, as was Eve and Lilith.
Naamah and Lilith lived in the Red Sea coast where they were expelled by God.
Naamah appearance is similar to Lilith,
Naamah was the wife of Shamadon and the union with this fiend produced Asmodeus (Ashmedai), the king of the demons.
Also according to Zohar, Naamah corrupted Uzza and Azael.
Naamah is often named as the mother of the demon Asmodai, the consort of the Lesser Lilith (Lilith and Samael’s daughter).
but Lilith being more sensual, young and beautiful and as one that corrupted the fallen angels and their leader Semyaza.
Naamah is generally identified with the daughter of Lamech.
However THIS Naamah must not to be confused with Lamech’s daughter Naamah,
sister of Tubal Cain, a descendant of Cain.(Genesis 4:22)**here is one of those identical comparisons**
This Naamah is a counterpart to the one who appears in Genesis, and she is regarded,**here is one of the identical comparisons** and like her mortal counterpart, as a patron of divination and music.
In Gnostic Kabbalah, she is called Nahemah and is the qliphah corresponding to the sephirah Malkuth.
Like Lilith, she takes many forms: Naamah is a demon,
Her fellow succubi are Lilith, Eisheth Zenunim, and Agrat Bat Mahlat.
She, along with Lilith, causes epilepsy in children.

They are the original four queens of the demons.
According to Zohar she is a succubus and fallen angel, and is generally regarded as an aspect or relation of Lilith.
an angel (albeit of prostitution),
and a primordial goddess.
The Kabbalah describes Naamah as being similar to Lilith.
Like her sister demon, Naamah seduces men and strangles sleeping babies.
(She’s blamed for SIDS: Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, also known as crib or cot death.)
Like Lilith, she can be a powerful ally to those she perceives as her constituents.
one of the four mates/wives of the archangel Samael,
Naamah, ancient and mysterious spirit, is a sometime ally, sometime rival, sometime traveling companion of Lilith.I've spoke to each of them in my Qliphahic work and do not feel they are the same Goddess AT All,much different in appearance and voice.In the Talmudic and Kabbalistic traditions Mahalath and Igrat resurface as two of the four queens of the demons who are Lilith, Nega(Igrat), Mahalath and Naamah. It is not clear why Mahalath and Igrat are included in this group and the stories about them are often conflicting but they contain enough similarities to piece together their exploits.
The Queens ruled over the four Tequfot or the equinoxes and solstices. It isn't clear which Tequot (meaning orbit/course) is assigned to which queen, but certain details and attributes may point the direction and will be discussed later. The Tequfot are:
TEVET Winter Solstice
NISAN Vernal Equinox
TAMMUZ Summer Solstice
TISHRI Autumnal Equinox
Each Queen was assigned regions by Samael, the Great Demon, king over all demons (the four Queens being referred to as Samael's concubines). These regional assignments were:
LILITH Kingdom of Damascus,House Rimmon,Rome
NAAMATH Kingdom of Tyre (opposite the land of Israel)
MAHALATH Kingdoms of Granata(Granada)& Ishmael, Egypt
IGRAT Kingdoms of Malta (also called Rhodos)
Also bedeviling responsibilities were assigned to each queen:
LILITH fornicates with all men and strangles children because she can not bear her own
NAAMATH fornicates only with gentiles

MAHALATH sets out to do harm on the nights preceding the Sabbath and Wednesdays
IGRAT fornicates only with Israel ("12 tribes")
Lilith is considered to be the wife of Samael; and Naamath is often called Lilith the Maid or Lesser Lilith and is Elder Lilith's granddaughter. Igrat is Mahalath's daughter. These stories suggest a succession of women in two separate familes who ruled over the orbits and courses of the heavens and over a large portion of the lands that today we call the Iran.
Returning to the desert Mahalath assumes command of 478 legions of demons including some who flew through the air. The size of her 'military' compliment is determined by the gematria of her name 478.(Lilith commanded 480 legions of demons.)With her legions she harrassed and did harm to the tent people (presumably Hebrews) on Wednesdays and nights preceding Sabbaths,and instructed her "destroying angels to go forth, and each had permission to wreck distruction independantly."
Mahalath had direct contact with the desert peoples in this Talmudic writing:
On one occasion she(Mahalath) met R. Hanina b. Dosa [and] said to him, 'Had they not made an announcement concerning you in Heaven, "Take heed of Hanina and his learning," I would have put you in danger.' 'If I am of account in Heaven,' replied he, 'I order you never to pass through settled regions.' 'I beg you,' she pleaded 'leave me a little room.'
Copyright 2015 Vincent Piazza

Naamah,Lilith,Mahalath and Igrat

You could have heard Lilith is a model for Oppressed Womanhood. You could have heard she's a succubus who gives men wet dreams. You could have heard that she's a demoness who murders babies. You could have heard that she's a goddess, the wife of Death.

On the one hand there are all these (and likely other) interpretations. On the other hand there are the legends themselves, which are also quite varied, from Jewish folklore. Let's start with a paraphrase of the most familiar legend, which dates to medieval times, from the controversial work known as the Alphabet of Ben Sirah, including a few of our own interjections:

When God created Adam, he was lonely, so God created Lilith from the same dust from which Adam was molded. But they quarrelled; Adam [the proverbial domineering male] wished to rule over Lilith. But Lilith [a militant feminist] was also proud and willful, claiming equality with Adam because she was created from the same dust. She left Adam and fled the Garden. God sent three angels in pursuit of Lilith. They caught her and ordered her to return to Adam. She refused, and said that she would henceforth weaken and kill little children, infants and babes. The angels overpowered her, and she promised that if the mother hung an amulet over the baby bearing the names of the three angels, she would stay away from that home. So they let her go, and God created Eve to be Adam's mate [created from Adam's rib, so that she couldn't claim equality]. And ever since, Lilith flies around the world, howling her hatred of mankind through the night, and vowing vengeance because of the shabby treatment she had received from Adam. She is also called "The Howling One."
You can see how this legend could lead to various interpretations, depending on whether you think she is noble (in rebelling against male domination) or evil (in vowing vengeance against innocent babies.)

But where does this legend come from? The author of Ben Sirah basically wove together three separate threads from centuries earlier works, because Lilith is a very ancient legend.

Let's start with the Bible as primary source material. Genesis of course mentions Adam and Eve, but -- please note -- doesn't mention Lilith. The idea of Lilith as a "prior first woman" before Eve arises much later. The only reference to Lilith in the Bible (Old or New Testaments) is Isaiah 34:14, probably written around 540 BC; it's a description of desolation, jackals and ravens among nettles and briers, etc.: "Goat demons shall greet each other; there too the lilith will repose." Most of the other creatures referenced in this poetry cannot be positively identified. The KJV, following the Vulgate, translates "the lilith" as "the night demon," confusing the lili- with the Hebrew word for night. But presumably Isaiah meant some sort of demon.

The notion of a lilith as a demon is probably Assyrian (say around 700 BC), incorporated into Isaiah by way of the ancient Israelite contacts with the mythologies of Babylonia and Chaldea. The Assyrians had three female demons, Lilit, Lilu,and Ardat Lilit. There's little doubt that the Hebrew lilith-demon mentioned in Isaiah was a folkloric adaptation of the Assyrian demons.
Several hundred years after Isaiah, we find Talmudic writings that describe Lilith (now as a named demon, rather than a broad category) as an irresistibly seductive she-demon with long hair (presumably worn loose, a sure sign of wantonness) and wings. Terey wants us to be sure to say that she's a succubus. She seduces unwary men, then savagely kills the children she bears for them.

From this, she becomes the demon responsible for the death of babies. In ancient times, one needed to protect against such demons; today, we blame other factors for the death of infants. To guard against Lilith, superstitious Jews would hang four amulets, one on the wall of each room of a newborn babe, with the inscription "Lilith - abi!" ["Lilith - begone!"] which some think is the origin, much later, of the English word "lullaby."

OK, that's legend one: a she-demon who kills babies. 


 Legend two: early rabbinic writings about Adam and Eve. There are rabbinic midrashim, stories filling in the gaps in the text, that tell of Adam and Eve after they leave the garden. Adam is angry with Eve for causing so much trouble, so he leaves her, and is beset by demons (called "lilith"; the name is still a generic category of demon). A particular lilith called Penzai seduces Adam and becomes pregnant. Got it? So that legend associates a lilith with Adam.

Legend three: an early midrash that puzzles about why Eve is created from a rib of Adam, why not created equally with him? The midrash suggests the creation of a prior "first woman" (unnamed) who doesn't work out as a fitting companion for Adam.


The midrash (Midrash ha-Gadol, Gen. Rabbah 4:22) relates that Naamah was the most beautiful woman in the world, so much so that she caused the ministering angels to fall prey to her loveliness for they thought she was one of them.
As it is said (Gen. 6
:2): “The sons of God saw how beautiful the daughters of men were.”
The late Midrash and the Zohar developed the figure of Naamah as a seducer of men and even of demons.
To make things more complicated, it is said that there are counter-parts or opposites of some of those mentioned in the bible 1 evil 1 good,as you will see as you read through this information, however the more comparisons, the more they sound like the same person.. so let’s keep an open mind & continue…..
According to tradition, Naamah was created directly by God, as was Eve and Lilith.
Naamah and Lilith lived in the Red Sea coast where they were expelled by God.
Naamah appearance is similar to Lilith,
Naamah was the wife of Shamadon and the union with this fiend produced Asmodeus (Ashmedai), the king of the demons.
Also according to Zohar, Naamah corrupted Uzza and Azael.
Naamah is often named as the mother of the demon Asmodai, the consort of the Lesser Lilith (Lilith and Samael’s daughter).
but Lilith being more sensual, young and beautiful and as one that corrupted the fallen angels and their leader Semyaza.
Naamah is generally identified with the daughter of Lamech.
However THIS Naamah must not to be confused with Lamech’s daughter Naamah,
sister of Tubal Cain, a descendant of Cain.(Genesis 4:22)**here is one of those identical comparisons**
This Naamah is a counterpart to the one who appears in Genesis, and she is regarded,**here is one of the identical comparisons** and like her mortal counterpart, as a patron of divination and music.
In Gnostic Kabbalah, she is called Nahemah and is the qliphah corresponding to the sephirah Malkuth.
Like Lilith, she takes many forms: Naamah is a demon,
Her fellow succubi are Lilith, Eisheth Zenunim, and Agrat Bat Mahlat.
She, along with Lilith, causes epilepsy in children.

They are the original four queens of the demons.
According to Zohar she is a succubus and fallen angel, and is generally regarded as an aspect or relation of Lilith.
an angel (albeit of prostitution),
and a primordial goddess.
The Kabbalah describes Naamah as being similar to Lilith.
Like her sister demon, Naamah seduces men and strangles sleeping babies.
(She’s blamed for SIDS: Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, also known as crib or cot death.)
Like Lilith, she can be a powerful ally to those she perceives as her constituents.
one of the four mates/wives of the archangel Samael,
Naamah, ancient and mysterious spirit, is a sometime ally, sometime rival, sometime traveling companion of Lilith.I've spoke to each of them in my Qliphahic work and do not feel they are the same Goddess AT All,much different in appearance and voice.In the Talmudic and Kabbalistic traditions Mahalath and Igrat resurface as two of the four queens of the demons who are Lilith, Nega(Igrat), Mahalath and Naamah. It is not clear why Mahalath and Igrat are included in this group and the stories about them are often conflicting but they contain enough similarities to piece together their exploits.
The Queens ruled over the four Tequfot or the equinoxes and solstices. It isn't clear which Tequot (meaning orbit/course) is assigned to which queen, but certain details and attributes may point the direction and will be discussed later. The Tequfot are:
TEVET Winter Solstice
NISAN Vernal Equinox
TAMMUZ Summer Solstice
TISHRI Autumnal Equinox
Each Queen was assigned regions by Samael, the Great Demon, king over all demons (the four Queens being referred to as Samael's concubines). These regional assignments were:
LILITH Kingdom of Damascus,House Rimmon,Rome
NAAMATH Kingdom of Tyre (opposite the land of Israel)
MAHALATH Kingdoms of Granata(Granada)& Ishmael, Egypt
IGRAT Kingdoms of Malta (also called Rhodos)
Also bedeviling responsibilities were assigned to each queen:
LILITH fornicates with all men and strangles children because she can not bear her own
NAAMATH fornicates only with gentiles

MAHALATH sets out to do harm on the nights preceding the Sabbath and Wednesdays
IGRAT fornicates only with Israel ("12 tribes")
Lilith is considered to be the wife of Samael; and Naamath is often called Lilith the Maid or Lesser Lilith and is Elder Lilith's granddaughter. Igrat is Mahalath's daughter. These stories suggest a succession of women in two separate familes who ruled over the orbits and courses of the heavens and over a large portion of the lands that today we call the Iran.
Returning to the desert Mahalath assumes command of 478 legions of demons including some who flew through the air. The size of her 'military' compliment is determined by the gematria of her name 478.(Lilith commanded 480 legions of demons.)With her legions she harrassed and did harm to the tent people (presumably Hebrews) on Wednesdays and nights preceding Sabbaths,and instructed her "destroying angels to go forth, and each had permission to wreck distruction independantly."
Mahalath had direct contact with the desert peoples in this Talmudic writing:
On one occasion she(Mahalath) met R. Hanina b. Dosa [and] said to him, 'Had they not made an announcement concerning you in Heaven, "Take heed of Hanina and his learning," I would have put you in danger.' 'If I am of account in Heaven,' replied he, 'I order you never to pass through settled regions.' 'I beg you,' she pleaded 'leave me a little room.'
Copyright 2015 Vincent Piazza

The sigil of Lucifer

The Sigil of Lucifer was first documented in the 16th century (1517) Grimoirium Verum also known as the Grimoire of Truth. The document was authored as a practical guide to invoking and working with Lucifer, Beelzebuth and Astaroth, and their lesser daemons, This sigil has become synonymous with Lucifer for close to half a century but was actually the third sigil of Lucifer noted in the first book of the Grimoirium Verum. This third sigil was the only one that was created on a 9 by 9 (order 9) magic square, which no doubt explains its use and popularity over the first two sigils.The order 9 magic square that the Sigil of Lucifer is believed to be created upon represented the number 369. The number 369 would be the sum of all the numbers added together whether the numbers in the magic square were added horizontally, vertically or diagonally. Furthermore, consider the square (grid) of 9 columns, 9 rows deep and the sum of any of them added totaling 369, which when added 3 + 6+ 9 = 18, which further reduced would be 1 + 8 = 9, we can only suspect that there may be some significance. The purpose of the Sigil of Lucifer is that of an instrument of visual invocation during ritual. By performing the appropriate ritual, the sigil acts as a gateway to invoke and bestow the power and presence of Lucifer.To Quote Brother Ehren William =The Sigil or Seal of Lucifer is an ancient representation of one of the many deific masks of the Adversary, in this case Lucifer; the Light Bringer. We Luciferians choose the name Lucifer out of the many forms as our label. Our Church Sigil includes the classical Sigil of Lucifer along with other symbols representing self-englightenment, self-liberation, and self-illumination.

The sigil of Lucifer

The Sigil of Lucifer was first documented in the 16th century (1517) Grimoirium Verum also known as the Grimoire of Truth. The document was authored as a practical guide to invoking and working with Lucifer, Beelzebuth and Astaroth, and their lesser daemons, This sigil has become synonymous with Lucifer for close to half a century but was actually the third sigil of Lucifer noted in the first book of the Grimoirium Verum. This third sigil was the only one that was created on a 9 by 9 (order 9) magic square, which no doubt explains its use and popularity over the first two sigils.The order 9 magic square that the Sigil of Lucifer is believed to be created upon represented the number 369. The number 369 would be the sum of all the numbers added together whether the numbers in the magic square were added horizontally, vertically or diagonally. Furthermore, consider the square (grid) of 9 columns, 9 rows deep and the sum of any of them added totaling 369, which when added 3 + 6+ 9 = 18, which further reduced would be 1 + 8 = 9, we can only suspect that there may be some significance. The purpose of the Sigil of Lucifer is that of an instrument of visual invocation during ritual. By performing the appropriate ritual, the sigil acts as a gateway to invoke and bestow the power and presence of Lucifer.To Quote Brother Ehren William =The Sigil or Seal of Lucifer is an ancient representation of one of the many deific masks of the Adversary, in this case Lucifer; the Light Bringer. We Luciferians choose the name Lucifer out of the many forms as our label. Our Church Sigil includes the classical Sigil of Lucifer along with other symbols representing self-englightenment, self-liberation, and self-illumination.

Thursday, May 28, 2015

LEVIATHAN and BEHEMOTH

Some Research on
LEVIATHAN and BEHEMOTH= Leviathan, Hebrew: לִוְיָתָן meaning twisted or coiled,also know as Tannin,Lotan,and Yam. Behemoth is the plural form of "behemah"="beast.You can't talk about one without the other,and I will try and start from what we know now and then pull from sources that explain the origin of these two noble creatures. "behemoth" has been taken to denote the hippopotamus; and a pair of Rabbis used the name and tried to make it correspond exactly with that animal, compared an Egyptian form, "p-ehe-mu" ( "water-ox"),This doesn't quite work,but the hippopotamus may have furnished in the main the template for the description in the bible. behemoth is the Archetypical primeval beast, the king (or Queen) of all the animals of the dry land, while leviathan is the king of all those of the water,Both Gunkel ("Schöpfung und Chaos,")And Ford (Serpent of the Two Flames) suggests that behemoth and leviathan were the two primeval monsters corresponding to Tiamat ("the abyss"; Hebr. "tehom") and Kingu ( Aramaic "'akna" = serpent") of Babylonian mythology.In Job 41 from New International Version (NIV)of the Old Testament,we have a full understanding of how the Hebrews saw the power of Leviathan

41 [a]“Can you pull in Leviathan with a fishhook
or tie down its tongue with a rope?
2
Can you put a cord through its nose
or pierce its jaw with a hook?
3
Will it keep begging you for mercy?
Will it speak to you with gentle words?
4
Will it make an agreement with you
for you to take it as your slave for life?
5
Can you make a pet of it like a bird
or put it on a leash for the young women in your house?
6
Will traders barter for it?
Will they divide it up among the merchants?
7
Can you fill its hide with harpoons
or its head with fishing spears?
8
If you lay a hand on it,
you will remember the struggle and never do it again!
9
Any hope of subduing it is false;
the mere sight of it is overpowering.
10
No one is fierce enough to rouse it.
Who then is able to stand against me?
11
Who has a claim against me that I must pay?
Everything under heaven belongs to me.

12
“I will not fail to speak of Leviathan’s limbs,
its strength and its graceful form.
13
Who can strip off its outer coat?
Who can penetrate its double coat of armor[b]?
14
Who dares open the doors of its mouth,
ringed about with fearsome teeth?
15
Its back has[c] rows of shields
tightly sealed together;
16
each is so close to the next
that no air can pass between.
17
They are joined fast to one another;
they cling together and cannot be parted.
18
Its snorting throws out flashes of light;
its eyes are like the rays of dawn.
19
Flames stream from its mouth;
sparks of fire shoot out.
20
Smoke pours from its nostrils
as from a boiling pot over burning reeds.
21
Its breath sets coals ablaze,
and flames dart from its mouth.
22
Strength resides in its neck;
dismay goes before it.
23
The folds of its flesh are tightly joined;
they are firm and immovable.
24
Its chest is hard as rock,
hard as a lower millstone.
25
When it rises up, the mighty are terrified;
they retreat before its thrashing.
26
The sword that reaches it has no effect,
nor does the spear or the dart or the javelin.
27
Iron it treats like straw
and bronze like rotten wood.
28
Arrows do not make it flee;
slingstones are like chaff to it.
29
A club seems to it but a piece of straw;
it laughs at the rattling of the lance.
30
Its undersides are jagged potsherds,
leaving a trail in the mud like a threshing sledge.
31
It makes the depths churn like a boiling caldron
and stirs up the sea like a pot of ointment.
32
It leaves a glistening wake behind it;
one would think the deep had white hair.
33
Nothing on earth is its equal—
a creature without fear.
34
It looks down on all that are haughty;
it is king over all that are proud.”
This Last passage,gives us an understanding of Leviathan as Rahab the Angel of Pride,the Torah give a much better description=
[If] God will not withdraw his anger, the proud (rahaḇ) helpers do stoop under him. (Job 9:13)
He divideth the sea with his power, and by his understanding he smiteth through the proud (rahaḇ). (Job 26:12 )
Rahab has also been used as a name for Egypt,but that's off topic...
Anyway,According to a midrash, the leviathan was created on the fifth day (Yalḳ., Gen. 12).EL produced a male and a female leviathan, but lest in multiplying the species should destroy the world, He killed the female, reserving her flesh for the banquet that will be given to the righteous(or foolish) on the advent of the Messiah (B. B. 74a). R. Johanan, who gave us nearly all the haggadot concerning big L and B: "Once we went in a ship and saw a fish which put his head out of the water. He had horns upon which was written: 'I am one of the meanest creatures that inhabit the sea. I am three hundred miles in length, and enter this day into the jaws of the leviathan'" (B. B. l.c.). When the leviathan is hungry, he sends forth from his mouth a heat so great as to make all the waters of the deep boil, and if he would put his head into paradise no living creature could endure the odor of him, His abode is the Mediterranean Sea; and the waters of the Jordan fall into his mouth.

The body of the leviathan, especially his eyes, possesses great illuminating power. R. Eliezer,a crazy rabbi who, in the course of a voyage in company with R. Joshua, explained to the latter, when frightened by the sudden appearance of a brilliant light, that it probably proceeded from the eyes of the leviathan. He referred his companion to the words of Job xli. 18: "By his neesings a light doth shine, and his eyes are like the eyelids of the morning" (B. B. l.c.).It is said that leviathan is afraid of a small worm called "kilbit" , which clings to the gills of large fishes and kills them (Shab. 77b) In Personal Ritual work with Leviathan ,I've always seen him with a child riding on his head or neck,and this child would speak for the Angel,so the Kilbit is part of Leviathan itself,just like our fears are a part of us and often lead us to greatness.There is so much more to write about these two Great beings,but I just don't have the time,I do refer you to the ENUMA ELISH THE EPIC OF CREATION for a more complete understanding of their origin.the Book of Enoch and the Epic of Ba'al also give vital information on this research.
Copyright 2015 Vincent Piazza

LEVIATHAN and BEHEMOTH

Some Research on
LEVIATHAN and BEHEMOTH= Leviathan, Hebrew: לִוְיָתָן meaning twisted or coiled,also know as Tannin,Lotan,and Yam. Behemoth is the plural form of "behemah"="beast.You can't talk about one without the other,and I will try and start from what we know now and then pull from sources that explain the origin of these two noble creatures. "behemoth" has been taken to denote the hippopotamus; and a pair of Rabbis used the name and tried to make it correspond exactly with that animal, compared an Egyptian form, "p-ehe-mu" ( "water-ox"),This doesn't quite work,but the hippopotamus may have furnished in the main the template for the description in the bible. behemoth is the Archetypical primeval beast, the king (or Queen) of all the animals of the dry land, while leviathan is the king of all those of the water,Both Gunkel ("Schöpfung und Chaos,")And Ford (Serpent of the Two Flames) suggests that behemoth and leviathan were the two primeval monsters corresponding to Tiamat ("the abyss"; Hebr. "tehom") and Kingu ( Aramaic "'akna" = serpent") of Babylonian mythology.In Job 41 from New International Version (NIV)of the Old Testament,we have a full understanding of how the Hebrews saw the power of Leviathan

41 [a]“Can you pull in Leviathan with a fishhook
or tie down its tongue with a rope?
2
Can you put a cord through its nose
or pierce its jaw with a hook?
3
Will it keep begging you for mercy?
Will it speak to you with gentle words?
4
Will it make an agreement with you
for you to take it as your slave for life?
5
Can you make a pet of it like a bird
or put it on a leash for the young women in your house?
6
Will traders barter for it?
Will they divide it up among the merchants?
7
Can you fill its hide with harpoons
or its head with fishing spears?
8
If you lay a hand on it,
you will remember the struggle and never do it again!
9
Any hope of subduing it is false;
the mere sight of it is overpowering.
10
No one is fierce enough to rouse it.
Who then is able to stand against me?
11
Who has a claim against me that I must pay?
Everything under heaven belongs to me.

12
“I will not fail to speak of Leviathan’s limbs,
its strength and its graceful form.
13
Who can strip off its outer coat?
Who can penetrate its double coat of armor[b]?
14
Who dares open the doors of its mouth,
ringed about with fearsome teeth?
15
Its back has[c] rows of shields
tightly sealed together;
16
each is so close to the next
that no air can pass between.
17
They are joined fast to one another;
they cling together and cannot be parted.
18
Its snorting throws out flashes of light;
its eyes are like the rays of dawn.
19
Flames stream from its mouth;
sparks of fire shoot out.
20
Smoke pours from its nostrils
as from a boiling pot over burning reeds.
21
Its breath sets coals ablaze,
and flames dart from its mouth.
22
Strength resides in its neck;
dismay goes before it.
23
The folds of its flesh are tightly joined;
they are firm and immovable.
24
Its chest is hard as rock,
hard as a lower millstone.
25
When it rises up, the mighty are terrified;
they retreat before its thrashing.
26
The sword that reaches it has no effect,
nor does the spear or the dart or the javelin.
27
Iron it treats like straw
and bronze like rotten wood.
28
Arrows do not make it flee;
slingstones are like chaff to it.
29
A club seems to it but a piece of straw;
it laughs at the rattling of the lance.
30
Its undersides are jagged potsherds,
leaving a trail in the mud like a threshing sledge.
31
It makes the depths churn like a boiling caldron
and stirs up the sea like a pot of ointment.
32
It leaves a glistening wake behind it;
one would think the deep had white hair.
33
Nothing on earth is its equal—
a creature without fear.
34
It looks down on all that are haughty;
it is king over all that are proud.”
This Last passage,gives us an understanding of Leviathan as Rahab the Angel of Pride,the Torah give a much better description=
[If] God will not withdraw his anger, the proud (rahaḇ) helpers do stoop under him. (Job 9:13)
He divideth the sea with his power, and by his understanding he smiteth through the proud (rahaḇ). (Job 26:12 )
Rahab has also been used as a name for Egypt,but that's off topic...
Anyway,According to a midrash, the leviathan was created on the fifth day (Yalḳ., Gen. 12).EL produced a male and a female leviathan, but lest in multiplying the species should destroy the world, He killed the female, reserving her flesh for the banquet that will be given to the righteous(or foolish) on the advent of the Messiah (B. B. 74a). R. Johanan, who gave us nearly all the haggadot concerning big L and B: "Once we went in a ship and saw a fish which put his head out of the water. He had horns upon which was written: 'I am one of the meanest creatures that inhabit the sea. I am three hundred miles in length, and enter this day into the jaws of the leviathan'" (B. B. l.c.). When the leviathan is hungry, he sends forth from his mouth a heat so great as to make all the waters of the deep boil, and if he would put his head into paradise no living creature could endure the odor of him, His abode is the Mediterranean Sea; and the waters of the Jordan fall into his mouth.

The body of the leviathan, especially his eyes, possesses great illuminating power. R. Eliezer,a crazy rabbi who, in the course of a voyage in company with R. Joshua, explained to the latter, when frightened by the sudden appearance of a brilliant light, that it probably proceeded from the eyes of the leviathan. He referred his companion to the words of Job xli. 18: "By his neesings a light doth shine, and his eyes are like the eyelids of the morning" (B. B. l.c.).It is said that leviathan is afraid of a small worm called "kilbit" , which clings to the gills of large fishes and kills them (Shab. 77b) In Personal Ritual work with Leviathan ,I've always seen him with a child riding on his head or neck,and this child would speak for the Angel,so the Kilbit is part of Leviathan itself,just like our fears are a part of us and often lead us to greatness.There is so much more to write about these two Great beings,but I just don't have the time,I do refer you to the ENUMA ELISH THE EPIC OF CREATION for a more complete understanding of their origin.the Book of Enoch and the Epic of Ba'al also give vital information on this research.
Copyright 2015 Vincent Piazza

Mephistopheles


also known as Mephistophilus, Mephistophilis, Mephostopheles, Mephisto, Mephastophilis (what a mouthful ! )
Mainly found in old German folklore,this grand old man of the Infernal first appeared on the stage in the late 16th century Faust chapbooks.Shakespeare mentions "Mephistophilus" in the Merry Wives of Windsor (Act1, Sc1, line 128), and by the 17th century the name became independent of the Faust legend.
Doctor Faustus
by Christopher Marlowe
In Act 1, Scene 3, as he contemplates making a deal with the devil, Faustus remarks, "Had I as many souls as there be stars, / I'd give them all for Mephistopheles" (1.3.100-101). It sure sounds like he really loves the guy.And you know what? He really does. Mephistopheles is a source of never-ending delight for Faustus. He brings the guy women and wealth, enabling him to conjure the spirits of Alexander the Great and Helen of Troy, and taking him on a spur of the moment, round-the-world vacation. Oh, and to top it all off, ol' Mephistopheles takes the doctor on a trip to the stars, just so he can learn the mysteries of creation. That's one hell of a devil.
As a spirit, Mephistopheles has some major supernatural powers, which he uses to keep Faustus in line. He manipulates our main man out of repenting by threatening him whenever he thinks about God or heaven, or calling on his devil friends to distract Faustus and win him back to the Dark Side. It's almost like some sort of strange form of reverse psychology. He manages to make Faustus feel guilty for thinking good thoughts about God.

Mephistopheles makes his allegiance to Lucifer abundantly clear the moment he first appears, telling Faustus, "I am a servant to great Lucifer / And may not follow thee without his leave. / No more than he commands may we perform" (1.3.38-40).
Mephistopheles serves Lucifer. You don't get any more Luciferian then that.and Yes, Mephistopheles's allegiance is clear, but he even start to rebel against Lucifer himself for Mephistophilis, an agent of Lucifer, appears and at first advises Faust not to forgo the promise of heaven to pursue his goals,This makes him even more Luciferian .Goethe's Mephisto is very different from the crude devil of medieval legend and the original Faust story. He is a cultivated, witty, and cynical exponent of materialism and nihilism, and preaches a sophisticated doctrine of philosophical negation. Mephisto's most outstanding characteristic is skepticism; the inability to believe in anything. Ironically, although Mephistopheles represents evil, he can also be an unconscious force for good.According to certain extra-biblical texts relating to Christian mysticism, and a number of related works written during the 17th century, Mephistophiles was the first to join with Lucifer during the rebellion against God at the beginning of time. When the rebel angels were banished from Heaven, Mephistophiles was the second to fall, after Lucifer. In exchange for his loyalty, Lucifer granted him power in Hell, appointing him his second-in-command.Another belief was that Mephistophiles was an angel that assisted God in the creation of the universe. He was known for the designing of [[orca whales, seals, and a few other ocean mammals typically working with a fellow angel named Cerenus. Cerenus is known for creating dolphins in particular. Eventually, Mephistophiles joined Lucifer's banner due to his jealousy toward humans.Asenath Mason, founder of Lodge Magan – Polish lodge of the Order Dragon Rouge,explores the goetic tradition through an exploration of the Faustus myth, specifically his making of a Pact with Mephistopheles, whom she identifies at various times with Ahriman, Samael, the Initiator, the Opposer, and the Jungian ‘Shadow’. She sees the Faustian Pact to be ultimately a misunderstood manifestation of the Great Work of the Left Hand Path, pointing out early on that in Marlowe’s play he does not evoke demons to satisfy petty desires, as many of the later editions of The Lesser Key promise to fulfill. He does not seek material benefit, or to have control over other humans. Rather, he sells his soul in exchange for knowledge, and for exploration of the outer and inner cosmos. In this sense he seeks illumination with the ultimate aim to become himself ‘as a god’, which as Mason points out is the definitive quest of the Left Hand Path magician.And I agree with her position on this in my own work. I hope you enjoyed this litle write up on Mephistophiles and the Faustian Mythos..Copyright 2015 Vincent Piazza

Mephistopheles


also known as Mephistophilus, Mephistophilis, Mephostopheles, Mephisto, Mephastophilis (what a mouthful ! )
Mainly found in old German folklore,this grand old man of the Infernal first appeared on the stage in the late 16th century Faust chapbooks.Shakespeare mentions "Mephistophilus" in the Merry Wives of Windsor (Act1, Sc1, line 128), and by the 17th century the name became independent of the Faust legend.
Doctor Faustus
by Christopher Marlowe
In Act 1, Scene 3, as he contemplates making a deal with the devil, Faustus remarks, "Had I as many souls as there be stars, / I'd give them all for Mephistopheles" (1.3.100-101). It sure sounds like he really loves the guy.And you know what? He really does. Mephistopheles is a source of never-ending delight for Faustus. He brings the guy women and wealth, enabling him to conjure the spirits of Alexander the Great and Helen of Troy, and taking him on a spur of the moment, round-the-world vacation. Oh, and to top it all off, ol' Mephistopheles takes the doctor on a trip to the stars, just so he can learn the mysteries of creation. That's one hell of a devil.
As a spirit, Mephistopheles has some major supernatural powers, which he uses to keep Faustus in line. He manipulates our main man out of repenting by threatening him whenever he thinks about God or heaven, or calling on his devil friends to distract Faustus and win him back to the Dark Side. It's almost like some sort of strange form of reverse psychology. He manages to make Faustus feel guilty for thinking good thoughts about God.

Mephistopheles makes his allegiance to Lucifer abundantly clear the moment he first appears, telling Faustus, "I am a servant to great Lucifer / And may not follow thee without his leave. / No more than he commands may we perform" (1.3.38-40).
Mephistopheles serves Lucifer. You don't get any more Luciferian then that.and Yes, Mephistopheles's allegiance is clear, but he even start to rebel against Lucifer himself for Mephistophilis, an agent of Lucifer, appears and at first advises Faust not to forgo the promise of heaven to pursue his goals,This makes him even more Luciferian .Goethe's Mephisto is very different from the crude devil of medieval legend and the original Faust story. He is a cultivated, witty, and cynical exponent of materialism and nihilism, and preaches a sophisticated doctrine of philosophical negation. Mephisto's most outstanding characteristic is skepticism; the inability to believe in anything. Ironically, although Mephistopheles represents evil, he can also be an unconscious force for good.According to certain extra-biblical texts relating to Christian mysticism, and a number of related works written during the 17th century, Mephistophiles was the first to join with Lucifer during the rebellion against God at the beginning of time. When the rebel angels were banished from Heaven, Mephistophiles was the second to fall, after Lucifer. In exchange for his loyalty, Lucifer granted him power in Hell, appointing him his second-in-command.Another belief was that Mephistophiles was an angel that assisted God in the creation of the universe. He was known for the designing of [[orca whales, seals, and a few other ocean mammals typically working with a fellow angel named Cerenus. Cerenus is known for creating dolphins in particular. Eventually, Mephistophiles joined Lucifer's banner due to his jealousy toward humans.Asenath Mason, founder of Lodge Magan – Polish lodge of the Order Dragon Rouge,explores the goetic tradition through an exploration of the Faustus myth, specifically his making of a Pact with Mephistopheles, whom she identifies at various times with Ahriman, Samael, the Initiator, the Opposer, and the Jungian ‘Shadow’. She sees the Faustian Pact to be ultimately a misunderstood manifestation of the Great Work of the Left Hand Path, pointing out early on that in Marlowe’s play he does not evoke demons to satisfy petty desires, as many of the later editions of The Lesser Key promise to fulfill. He does not seek material benefit, or to have control over other humans. Rather, he sells his soul in exchange for knowledge, and for exploration of the outer and inner cosmos. In this sense he seeks illumination with the ultimate aim to become himself ‘as a god’, which as Mason points out is the definitive quest of the Left Hand Path magician.And I agree with her position on this in my own work. I hope you enjoyed this litle write up on Mephistophiles and the Faustian Mythos..Copyright 2015 Vincent Piazza