Primary Planetary Attributions: Saturn, Pluto, & the Sun
Compass Attribution: All Four Cardinal Directions
Material Attributions/Ingredients: Iron, Tea Leaf, Rose, Willow Tree Bark, White & Red Sage, Nag Champa, Frankincense
“I commune nightly with the four Elemental Kings. I speak with all lords of nature, and I am established within the core of the planet. My power knows no boundaries here. I manifest my Will and strike down those who inhibit my agendas.” -Kthunae
I do not support the Order of the Nine Angles or associate with persons affiliated with it. Nonetheless, I do have beneficial relationships with many of the entities venerated by the O9A, and introducing these entities to the broader black magickal community has been something of a side-project of mine for some time.
I am writing this article because I believe that Kthunae and other spiritual intelligences venerated by the O9A deserve a better pool of magickians to work with than that which the O9A has to offer. I believe that many members of my audience are or will become better equipped to work with and venerate Kthunae than any “Niner” ever will be.
This article will exclusively feature original methods (chants & sigil) for conjuring Kthunae. My experience is that the magickal current of the O9A causes the spirits they venerate to manifest in ways that are unusual, often undesirable, and generally unpleasant to both the magickian and the spirit.
Ergo, I have channeled a unique sigil for Kthunae and channeled original chants which may be used to summon Kthunae. The chants and sigil which the O9A present for the conjuration of Kthunae do not appear anywhere in this article.
The Nature of Kthunae
Thus far, nearly every treatise regarding Kthunae I have seen has had nothing better to offer than pointing out the fact that the names “Chthulhu” and “Kthunae” have vaguely similar letters in their names, positing that there may be a connection because of this likeness in syllables. I have no intention of studying this deity as shallowly as persons drawing this connection have, but I also cannot delve into scholarly resources regarding the deity because the author of Naos refuses to cite the majority of his sources. I would like to point out that I am under no obligation to cite that man’s sources for him.
Kthunae is a god, a king, and a ruler who hails from the chaos before the cosmos. His name is best pronounced kuh-tew-nay (the H is silent, not the K). Kthunae is a dark spirit, but he is not a demon, so long as the word “demon” is used in a specific manner so as to denote the variety of spirits seen in texts like the Grimorium Verum and Ars Goetia.
Kthunae is the Lord of the Earth. He governs nature spirits. He dwells among the spirits of the waters and the lords of the flame. He governs nature magick, the use of plants/herbs in magick, and the use of natural cycles (equinoxes, lunar phases, etc.) in spellwork. He has nothing to do with Kutulu/Chthulhu.
Kthunae once taught me to respect and tap into the innate deific power of my soul, which same power lies in your soul, by subduing me alongside Aosoth and thereby forcing me to overcome them.
On the off chance that you happen to study both Maergzjiran sorcery and Hebdomadry, I will point out that Kthunae and Rominath are not the same being—I considered that possibility at first myself.
Kthunae has a second name has revealed to me: Yornothya (yoor-nawth-yuh). It means “Gatekeeper of the Planet’s Spirits” (this is not a secret name). I asked him what the name Kthunae means, and he responded with “the Lord Over the Earth” (who would’ve guessed?).
In Hebdomadry, Kthunae’s name is part of a magickal chant: “Nythra Kthunae Atazoth.” Hebdomadry borrows its understanding of Azathoth from Kenneth Grant, relating the spirit to Azoth and describing it as a reflex of the abyss. Using the power of Nythra, an abyssal goddess, and Kthunae, a tellurian deity, to aid in manifesting Azathoth is a sensible practice. In the Deofel Quartet, we see the chant “Nythra Kthunae Baphomet” used—it is worth noting that Baphomet here represents a theomorphic manifestation of the metaphysical aspect of the Earth.
The all-purposed summoning chant I have channeled for Kthunae is Zyllock Iaza Shiassan Yiennara.
- Long, Anton. Naos.
- The Deofel Quartet.
- Dreadwood, Somnus. Profane Seals.
- Grant, Kenneth. The Magical Revival.