Primary Direction: West
Secondary Directions: East; North
Sinister Tarot: Deofel (Atu XV)
Tree of Wyrd: Qamar/Moon-Utarid/Mercury
Lesser Planetary Attributions: Mercury; Saturn
Primary Planetary Attributions: Moon; Venus (Evening & Morning Star)
Among the Nekalah or Dark Gods of the ONA are multiple aspects of the Devil: Satan, Lucifer, Shaitan, and Noctulius. Noctulius is the dark aspect of Lucifer, and is far more connected to Lucifer than Satan. Noctulius, whom Chica de Podenco described as having a didactic and paternal disposition and told her to just call him Deofel, is the primarl, dark, and predatory manifestation of Lucifer.
In Sinister tradition, Noctulius is said to be an earth-based deity of night who can give aid in workings of enchantment, especially those with baleful intent. He presides over death magick, pyromantic gnosis, and lunar magick. He can guide the witch through harsh exercises in torture magick and self-transformative rites of sadomasochism, as well as the alteration of consciousness via trance and workings of vampyrism.
His planetary influence is said to be between the Moon and Mercury. Said to rule over Sinister awakening, Noctulius is the only deity besides Atazoth to be mentioned by name in the O9A’s initiation rite. His incense is petrichor, for he corresponds primarily to Qamar, the sphere of the moon.
Associated with the archetypes of the king and the priest, Noctulius represents raw nature. According to Sinister tradition, he is the “primal awareness of the vibrance of life” which turns a man into an “accuser” (note: the name Satan is often translated as accuser). He rules earthquakes and tornados and he can teach one to control the wind and the weather.
According to an O9A writer named Hagur, Noctulius is a lunar reflection of Satan, who is solar. Hagur posits that the solar and lunar archetypes are not diametric opposites which oppose one another, but rather different forces which interpenetrate to bring about the conditions necessary for life. Noctulius is associated with the 15th card of the Sinister tarot called Deofel. The word “Deofel” means “Devil.” Hostia refers to Satan and Noctulius as “the demonic forms of the spheres.”
“Noctulius” is the Latin word for a species of bat called a noctule (Nyctalus noctula), the largest species of bat in the UK. Since Early Christians believed that Satan took the form of a bat to harass men when he wasn’t otherwise occupied, it is now clear that Noctulius is an aspect of the Devil, the dark aspect of Lucifer, rather than connected to Satan.
Representing liberation and heresy, Noctulius is “the laughter of the savage, wild god,” who terrifies the uninitiated. Noctulius is associated with “hidden knowledge” and “sinister knowledge/terror.” He can do wonders for your third eye and astral hearing. He rules the first and fourth transpersonal chakras.
In The Black Book of Satan, various names are recommended for males as well as females. Noctulius is listed amongst the males, so he is likely male at least most of the time, as he appeared to me, but there are still entities in Naos listed as female who sometimes manifest as male.
Hagur goes into depth concerning the Dark Gods associated with the moon, these being Shugara, Noctulius, and Nythra:
“He who faces the Dark Light of the Moon and stands within its shadowy radiance is not blinded to the issues of Earthly life, while treading on the Dark-lighted Pathway of total absorption in the Chthonic Moon sphere of the Dark Gods Shugara, Noctulius and Nythra. But he who feels the urge to live that way, and still loves to commune with those on the right-handed path, turns away from the throne of Dark Light and becomes totally inefficient, and is but counted as death. Let us be together warriors, and twist them, only gazing to the Dark Light of our Gods, our only redemption.”
Hagur continues: “The mystery of the Moon is the mystery of inner sinister awareness, leading to a life of Satanic dignity and offers an aim worthy of our best endeavour.”
One O9A initiate depicts her invocation of Noctulius as such:
“I saw [name restricted] laughing, he turned on the lights and said: ‘HE was here!’ On my comment that he entered my body, he replied: ‘It wasn’t me – He was inside of you.’ I started laughing. [name restricted] said he saw my face changing into demonic forms, huge, limitless rays of Dark surrounding me, and how he had some strange, short communication with Him while He was in me. I have no idea what happened, but this was so unbelievable that I feel strange even now…”
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Hagur’s depiction of Noctulius is as follows: “He represents the will as the male correlative of the High Priestess, the fluidic basis (once more) of all transmission of activity in passionate and intense reactions. He is the Sinister God, the truth behind the veil of dark light. Linked with the Moon, he has also the Goddess tendencies, “the jewelled Lady” combining the “inner sinister” and “outer dark qualities”. “Impaled on a throne” as a Hierophant, he is the Judge of equity, but certainly not afraid of causing destructive situations. He knows that the sinister man (woman) has to be motivated to change and practice, even if it means the shedding of blood through “opfer” as a stirring sinister impulse. But, he is also the prudent Dark God who would not attack anyone honest, and in heart and mind treading the Sinister Path; but protecting him or her to be able to “winter in the wildest woods”.”
In modern English heraldic tradition, a bat signifies “Awareness of the powers of darkness and chaos” (A). Throughout the world, bats are linked to witchcraft, and are often assumed to be familiars of the witch, if not a shapeshifted form of the witch herself (B). They’re associated with Halloween and Samhain and often related to death, dying, or sciomancy (C). In Native American belief, bats were assigned the nature of “the Trickster” (C). This goes back to the associated of Noctulius with the Devil.
Meanwhile, China associates the bat with longevity and health (C). Whenever I am investigating the correspondences of some kind of symbolism, I always find that China’s interpretations invert the Western connotations. It is clear to me that Oriental and Occult spirituality are very much separate in their governing principles.
The Temple of THEM has linked Noctulius to the Pleiades due to the remarkable similarity of their sigils. The Pleiades have an astrological influence considered to be a mix of the moon and another planet, usually Mars. It is purported to have a distinctly evil (Diabolic?) influence, and it is associated with passing from this world to the afterlife (initiation?), mourning, violent death, journeys, and the judgment of the dead. Its most well-known star, Alcyone, is associated with the attainment of occult knowledge and magickal power.
In Gematria, the Pleiades correspond to Lucifer and Laylah, the second of which is the Arabic word for “night” as well as the name of a half-demon half-angel entity who presides over birth.
Of the three groups which joined together to form the Order of the Nine Angles in the Shropshire area of England, there was one group, coming from Fenland, named after this deity. They were called the Noctulians.
“The Noctulians – were also said to be survivals of an old, indigenous, esoteric tradition which it was claimed flourished in the then still rather isolated rural borderland between Wales and England, in the area now known as The Welsh Marches.”
It has been said that The Greyling Owl depicts this tradition. If you have not read this text, the magick demonstrated within it is more subtle and esoteric. “It requires an understanding of individuals as those individuals are – a subtle changing of them.” It is empathic and involves the opening of psychic nexions within an individual.
In modern Sinister nomenclature, the word “Noctulian” is used to designate a psychic vampyre undergoing harsh and dangerous alchemy. Various O9A types have left hints that Noctulius is vampyric.
–In Liber 333, there is an allegory called “Solvet Saeclum in Favilla” which stars the members of a vampyric coven. The story states that Noctulius is the patron of this coven.
-Drakon Covenant has provided a set of instructions on how to consecrate a black mirror for the purpose of communion with psychic vampyres who attained immortality after life, and requires the witch to call upon Noctulius.
-Hagur depicts Noctulius’s “motivation” as being “the life force.”
-There used to be a group called the Temple of Noctulius which focused on vampyrism.
Sources: Hostia, Naos, darknessconverges.wordpress.com, Presencing Falcifer, Roots and Organization of the Order of the Nine Angles, The History of the Order of the Nine Angles in Historic and Esoteric Context, The Deofel Quartet, Liber 333, https://vampyricfront.wordpress.com/, and more.
Sources on the Pleiades
Sources on the nature of bats in spirituality:
-V.K. Jehannum, Anno Maleficarum 2016