The Averse Pentagram: A Personal Insight

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.

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The Nature of the Qliphoth

The Qliphoth is an esoteric intimation of the Infernal Plane composed of ten spheres and twenty-two tunnels. I call it the Nightside Palace of Deathful Wombs. Every Qliphothic pathway and sphere is a gateway to self-transformation which, all together, entirely rewrites the personhood of the sorcerer.
 
The true nature of Infernality is balance– the harmonious union of darkness with light, the optimal juxtaposition of insight and ruthlessness, and the reconciliation of deserved compassion with justified eradication.
 
The Qliphoth is known variously as the Tree of Knowledge and the Tree of Death. The word Qliphoth means “Husks” or Shells” but esoterically translates to mean WOMBS. And the Tree of Death is indeed composed of wombs– the nature of Infernality is balance.
 
The Qliphoth is ruled by eleven Infernal Gods– the demonic aspects of the deities which humankind has trusted with their well-being since the dawn of time– and every pathway and sphere is an astral biosphere of local species of demonic and deathful divinities.
 
The Tree of Knowledge and Death is presided over by male, female, and androgynous divinities alike, and the adept molded by its emanations is balanced between masculine and feminine like the Demonic Gods she aspires to emulate. Unlike systems like white magickal Kabbalah which degrade the feminine and the Sevenfold Way which autistically restricts it, the Qliphoth fully embraces, employs, and exhibits the true range of the Divine Feminine through its Infernal Manifestation.
 
The black magickal avenue of self-transformation and self-deification made possible by the Qliphoth is of a most powerful and painful kind.
 
The first three spheres will brutalize you, mutilating your fallacious conceptions of who you are at a person, brutalizing your heart and your ego alike. The second two spheres will make you WHOLE AGAIN, and the last three will elevate you in ways I cannot convey.
 
It has been written that those of us who have learned from personal adversity attain the favor of wisdom. Every sphere elevates your consciousness, and then fulfills its transformation of you via correlated mundane ordeals. Embrace the suffering, become whole, and thereby, become divine. Hail Satan.

Deities You Probably Shouldn’t Work With

Ra – Ra hates psychic vampyres. He is inclined to select vampyric covens at random and attack its members, sometimes managing to pit them against one another. If you get to a certain level of attainment, it is quite possible that Ra will eventually beg you for forgiveness and seek to work with you. It’s pathetic.

Zeus – Zeus is a cunt. Really, just read any myth about him ever.

Lovecraftian Divinities – These entities are not logical in the harm and dismay they incite. Azathoth, for example, presses initiatory test after initiatory test upon his chosen ones, illogically, even when it’s overly unnecessary and sometimes unproductive to do so. It’s the more the merrier for him. Most of the people who work with Azathoth (e,g, Discordians, LaVeyan Satanists, Setians) do not acknowledge the objective existence of the entity, while those that do (e.g. Niners) often do so from the point of view that throwing away all regard for their own well-being is the way to cultivate strength, despite the fact that it’s predicated upon self-loathing. Some persons who work with Lovecraftian Divinities, such as S. ben Qayin, advise that these entities only be contacted when absolutely necessary, positing that Azathoth in particular should only be invoked when every other attempt at solving your problem as failed—explain to me how you’re going to fuck up badly enough for that to happen. What the fuck kind of problem are you going to have that none of the gods you work with are able to set it aright? Look at the founder of the Cult of Cthulhu, Venger As’Nas Satanis. His first writings were absolutely fucking brilliant, but then he lost his goddamn mind along the way. Niners consider Atazoth’s auspices useful for humanity’s advancement, but their idea of humanity’s advancement entails the obliteration of all modern religions (yours included) and the obsolescence of almost all of the deities we follow. The ONA’s agenda is overtly fascistic, just like Venger Satanis’s long-term agenda for a Lovecraftian theocracy. Tell me if that’s what you want.

Sekhmet – It’s surprising to me that anybody who has read the mythology of Sekhmet would want to work with her—she devours her own worshippers at random if they don’t sacrifice to her enough. She’s no different from Jehovah, save that she is weaker and more overtly malicious.

Odin – If you read the mythology about Odin, you will find that he is inclined to randomly turn against warriors whom he has previously worked with. He is inclined to lash out at people without justification, largely at random. Most Norse Pagans, meaning the ones who originated Norse Paganism, really didn’t like Odin much at all because of how dishonourable the fucker was, but nowadays, lots of left-handed magickians would like to ignore Odin’s constant dishonourable faggotry on the account that some parts of Odin’s story exhibit Feminist, Antinomian, and Faustian values. Look at the modern Astaru community—beta male central—and ask if that’s what you want to emulate.

-V.K. Jehannum
Agios Octinomos-Drakosophia

The Objective Existence of Demons: Against Skepticism in Magick

In one of his older Youtube videos, E.A. Koetting recounted the time he summoned Azazel to ask him whether or not he objectively exists. Azazel answered by saying that when Koetting evokes Azazel, he causes Azazel to exist, and that when Azazel answers Koetting, he causes Koetting to exist. If you boil this answer down to its simplest interpretation, Azazel said that he is just as real as Koetting.

Due to the things I have experienced and had related to me in my correspondence and collaboration with fellow magickians, I have come to reject the suppositions that (i) the existence of demons is subjective and (ii) the demons are parts of the operator’s mind or consciousness, and for the sake of the argument I am going to make, let’s assume I am wrong in doing so.

Whenever I write an article on a demon, I recount observations made by several modern authors. The authors whose texts I refer to include S. Conolly, John R. King IV, Michael W. Ford, the 218 Current, Asha’Shedim, T.B. Scott, the Joy of Satan Ministries, Rufus Opus, J. Thorp, E.A. Koetting, Cort Williams, T.J. Dawson, S. Aldarnay, Asenath Mason, Linda Falorio, Daemon Barzai, Kuriakos, and a handful of Demonolatry blogs.

These sources range widely in their usefulness, and they exhibit a clear pattern in doing so. Of the many black magickal weltanschauungen which my sources are divided amongst, the practitioners of Demonolatry, Khaos-Gnosticism, and Spiritual Satanism consistently provide the best insights into demons.

It is not a coincidence that the best promulgators of modern Demonography adopt the most spiritual viewpoints and approaches to demons, nor is it coincidental that skeptical authors, who reject the objective real-ness of demons, fall consistently short in comparison to their more religious contemporaries.

The argument I am trying to make, in hypothetically conceding the real-ness of demons, is that the approach which treats demons as objectively and autonomously extant creatures, is the most effective manner of relating to demons, even if they do not actually exist.

If demons are not demons in truth but are really parts of mind, and if the existence of demons is truly subjective, then they are, to an extent, imaginary. I do not state that skeptical magickians are entertaining the act of imagination to insult them, but rather to make a proposition.

If you are willing to entertain, to an extent, imagination, then I would propose that you commit to it. If you doubt the existence of demons yet call upon them nonetheless, leave your doubt behind and imagine that their existence is objective, because even if you are contacting hidden parts of the mind, the spiritual approach to doing so is very clearly best.

“The magician should treat the entities he calls upon as friends and companions, for even an ‘impersonal’ device will respond better to a conscientious and respectful user.” –The Satanic Rituals by Anton LaVey (1972)

-V.K. Jehannum
Agios Octinomos-Drakosophia

The Esoteric Signification of Lucifer

“Magic consists of pulling things from the Darkness into the Light.” -Don Webb

I have written previously in my article Lucifer is Never Sometimes Always Satan that the moniker of Light-Bearer is applicable to many different divinities and has been applied to many different divinities. The conclusion I drew from this is that it is completely appropriate to refer to Satan as Lucifer just as it is completely appropriate to speak of a Lucifer who is separate from Satan.

The entity or aspect of Satan known as Lucifer is related both to the Sun and Venus. Depending upon the time of day, Venus is either referred to as the Morning Star or the Evening Star. Lucifer Qui Mane Oriebaris [Lucifer Son of the Morning] is the planet Venus at Night– i.e. the Morning Star. That is to say, Lucifer is Venus as a portent (or harbinger) of the coming Sunrise (Enlightenment). Helel [Morning Star] has a numerical value of 75 in Gematria. Helel ben Shachar [Morning Star, Son of the Dawn] has numerical values of 635 and 1285.

Lucifer is referred to as the Angel of Light, or in Greek, Aggelos Phos. The Greek word Phos is a contraction of Phaos, which has connotations beyond physical illumination. In his translation of the Pymander Tractate, David Myatt defines Phaos thus: “[Phaos] implies the being, the life, ‘the spark’, of mortals, and, generally, either (i) the illumination, the light, that arises because of the Sun and distinguishes the day from the night, or (ii) any brightness that provides illumination and thus enables things to be seen.”

The Temple of the Black Light refers to Satan as Lucifer or the Light-Bearer in reference to Satan being a harbinger of the Black Light (known as Xul or Aur She-Yesh Bo Machshavah) of which the Black Flame is composed. The definition of Phaos as the life spark of mortals validates this conception.

The Black Flame is considered to be the operative mechanism of individual consciousness as well as the source of humankind’s spiritual/magickal/psychic potentiality. The Qliphoth or Hell is referred to as Reshut ha-Rabbim [Kingdom of Multiplicity] in reference to its facilitation of individual consciousness or self-hood through its construction of the Black Light. The most important component in the construction of the Black Light is the Black Sun, which resides in a sphere of Hell entitled Thagirion [the Disputers] in reference to its invention of conflict through its facilitation of self-hood.

The term Phaos can also signify liberation or victory.

Returning to our quotation of Myatt, Phaos “provides illumination and thus enables things to be seen.” This meaning is well-described in Alexander of Aphrodisias, which states that Phaos is the agent of the process of “coming-to-light” whereby things become “apprehensible to sight.” That is to say, Phaos is the principle and mechanism of manifestation.

-V.K. Jehannum

Fluctuations in Magickal Development

Suffering trauma, particularly in the formative stages of one’s lebensweg [life path or journey], sharply augments the spiritual potentiality of the afflicted. It wasn’t until I saw my behavior through the lenses of another person’s observations that I realized exactly how traumatized I had been.

But what I went through was nothing compared to the prior experiences of the persons I initiated, and I was confused as to why some of them appeared to surpass me from the moment of their inception into the Black Arts. I have learned not to mind this, as my covenmates and I take turns surpassing one another in various fields over the course of our ascents.

Many practitioners studied the Craft in their past lives and/or consorted with forces of infernality betwixt incarnations, and therefor incarnated with augmented potential. I wonder if mundanes sense their gifts and last out at them subconsciously. Those who do not pursue anodos, or magickal ascent, are destined to try and impede it. A time will come when the persons around you will lash out and try to drag you down to their level– a homeostatic impulse on the part of both the Cosmos and its inhabitants. Positivity, optimism, and aplomb are everything in these stages.

A person afflicted with illness or fatigue will want to neglect the Craft pending recovery, but it is these times when spiritual endeavor is truly needed the most. And it is natural, when encountering adversity, to drift away from one’s guiding spirits and loved ones, but to indulge in antisocial moping is the wort thing that one can do. Let your allies be your comfort and the Black Arts be your therapy, and you will find yourself all the better off for your commitment.

-V.K. Jehannum