The pentagram is held to signify the four causal (physical) elements of water, earth, fire, and air as united with or by the fifth acausal (non-physical) element of spirit. All archaeological evidence points to the reality that the original pentagrams all pointed downwards. If memory serves, that goes back to Sumerian architecture. As Aquino has observed, it is most sensible that the entire pentagram should balance upon the fifth point if that fifth point symbolizes azoth/spirit.
In this article, we will be analyzing the various significations of the averse or point-downward pentagram within the context of demon magick. Different symbols do have different significations in different spiritual paradigms and all or most of these significations are, at least functionally, quite valid.
For example, the Hindu (right-facing) swastika represents Mjollnir, Thor’s hammer, when used in the paradigm of Norse Paganism, and represents the letters of the four-letter name of the Abrahamic divinity when used in the paradigm of Judao-Mysticism.
Personally, I was confused as fuck when I became conscious between bouts of ritualistic (consensual) possession to find my limbs sprawled out in the shape of an unmistakable leftward-facing swastika. My guiding demons had told me Nazism held no true aeonic or black magickal significance, so I wondered why I was using that shape in my magick.
Little did I know that three different LHP lodges of demon magick practitioners employed the leftward-facing swastika in their rituals despite the fact that none of them had Nationalistic elements to their weltanschauungen [worldviews]. The leftward-facing swastika, in the paradigm of demon magick, hearkens to the four-letter name (HVHI: transliterated as Havayoth or Chavajoth) of the eleven gods of the Qliphoth.
So, how is the averse pentagram used in demon magick? Anton LaVey interpreted the averse pentagram as exhibiting “two horns” raised upwards in defiance of the Abrahamic divinity– a characteristic inference. LaVey was good at identifying symbols but had a nasty habit of interpreting the symbols he identified in a very shallow way.
If the two upward-facing points of the averse pentagram signify horns, then these horns should be something more than a middle finger to a different spiritual paradigm. The horns of the pentagram should represent the same thing that the horns of Ashtoreth and Moloch represent– fertility, or the power to create.
Let us attribute the upper-two points of the averse pentagram to the horns of Qayin (Cain), the first witch, who was said to be born of the Devil himself. Traditions exist wherein the Mark of Cain was a pair of horns. The horns of the pentagram, then, within demon magick, represent our power to create which is the heritage of the Witch-Father.
Within Judao-Mysticism, the ten angles of the pentagram are attributed to the ten realms of the celestial dwelling of the Abrahamic divinity. In this case, the ten angles of the averse pentagram, in demon magick, relate to the ten spheres of the Qliphoth. And if we are endeavoring a Qliphothic interpretation of the averse pentagram, the two horns should also be two figures– the Twin Rulers of Thaumiel, the Penultimate Sphere of the Qliphoth. In this interpretation, the inner pentagon would be Thaumiel, and the three other points would be the pathways which stretch out from Thaumiel to form the three pillars of the Qliphoth. By putting the averse pentagram’s depiction of Thaumiel’s creation of the Qliphothic Tree within the context of its ten qlipha-signifying-angles, we can conclude that the pentagram symbolizes the pattern-of-flow of the infernality which emanates from Thaumiel.
But there is another signification within the averse pentagram, and this signification draws from the identification of the pentagram with the human body. In this interpretation of the upwards-pointing pentagram, the uppermost point of the symbol is the head of a man, with the two mid-line bars being the arms and the lower two points being the legs. The averse pentagram, drawing from this, would symbolize a human suspended upside down, which has two mythological significations relevant to demon magick.
The first is Lucifer’s purported fall from grace. While we do not accept the myth that Lucifer was an angel once upon a time, the gnostic interpretation of this myth as a metaphor is relevant to demon magick. Lucifer’s fall is said to symbolize the impregnation of the causal plane with the acausal fifth element of azoth/spirit. Gnostically speaking, the removal of the serpent’s legs is an identical metaphor– the binding of spirit to matter. This is the embedding of the Black Flame within the flesh and the embedding of the Kundalini within the base chakra.
The other myth is that of the Grigori (this name means “Grey Ones”) or Watchers– the angels who rebelled to fornicate with women in the Book of Genesis. Two main versions of this myth exist in non-biblical Hebrew mythology. In one, the Watchers are led by Azazel, and in the other, the Watchers are led by Azael and Semyaza (also called Aza). It is the latter myth which is relevant to this signification of the averse pentagram in demon magick.
Semyaza and Azael led the Grigori/Watchers to mate with humankind, giving birth to demigods called the Nephilim, and to teach humankind the various methods of witchcraft and divination. At the end of the myth, Semyaza suspends himself, of his own deliberation, within the sky face-downwards, between our world and the celestial plane.
There averse pentagram, then, has four mythological symbolizations within it:
- The establishment of the tradition of magick by the Devil’s son Qayin or Cain the Witch-Father, i.e. the origin of the human race’s power to create
- The emanation of the Black Light of the Qliphoth by Moloch and Satan of Thaumiel into our world, whereby the Black Flame is crafted
- The impregnation of the causal realm with azoth symbolized by the fall of Lucifer
- The establishment of the tradition of magick by the auspices of the Grigori
Just as the four causal elements have one unifying and animating force, these four mythological significations have one esoteric meaning: the establishment of humankind’s capacity for magickal ascent at the hands of the Infernal Divine.