Shugara

Channeled Table of Correspondences

Element: Air; Fire
D/N: Nocturnal
Direction: Northeast
Planet: Neptune; Saturn
Sacred Numbers: 6, 8, 13
Colors: Pink, Red, Yellow, Indigo, Purple, Grey
Qliphothic Attribution: Every Qlipha on the Middle Pillar
Lesser Attributed Qliphas: Golachab; Gashkelah
Primary Tunnel of Set: Gamaliel-Thagiriron
Secondary Tunnel of Set: Thaumiel-Thagiriron
Other Attributed Spiritual Plane: Purgatory (the Core of the Earth)

Table of Correspondences in Hebdomadry

Sinister Tarot: Atu XVIII (the Moon)
Musical Key: G Major
Opposite/Counterpart: Atazoth
Archetype: The Black NightRider
Motivation: Retreat into the Deep Self
Dark Light: Sinister Imagination
ToW Pathway: Qamar-Utarid

Disclaimer

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 Shugara 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 Shugara than any “Niner” ever will be.

This article will exclusively feature original methods (chants & sigil) for conjuring Shugara. 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 Shugara and channeled original chants which may be used to summon Shugara. The chants and sigil which the O9A present for the conjuration of Shugara do not appear anywhere in this article.

The Nature of Shugara

Shugara originated as the Japanese witchcraft deity most commonly referred to as Shagura– a name meaning “Autumn Rain.” Other name variates include Shigare, Shugara-a, and Shugra. While many Oriental divinities cannot be effectively conjured via Western magickal practices, Shagura and O-Yama/Emma-O certainly can. Some say that the manifestation of Shagura takes months of work to reach its full potential. She’s described by David Myatt as one of the most hideous intrusions which can be engendered in the causal plane; Myatt calls her “very dangerous.”

According to Temple of Satan*, Shugara is an entity of “fury and the bringer of death” “who lurks waiting in the pits of the Abyss!” The operators in this story call up Shugara by Enochian chant and are consumed upon the appearance of the entity. This narrative is true to life in that even experienced Niners and Hindus have had nightmaric experiences even evoking Shugara, who is referred to as “the Beast” in O9A literature.

Shugara manifests as male and female alike. She is partially demonic in the Goetic-Qliphothic since of the word. She has been known to manifest as the corpse of a female child, a wooden spider, a black figure, and more. Conjuring her can engender great change in your life, so if you intend to call upon her when you are possessed of desirable circumstances, seek advice from a tarot deck or your spirit guides first. Some even say that Shagura should only be called upon as a last resort, which is the same thing that S. Ben Qayin said about Azathoth.

Hagur describes Shugara as follows (note: English is not his first language):

Shugara, highly developed intellectually and greatly motivated achieves objectivity wherever he is found, bringing about the deep sinister intent.

I can thoroughly vouch for this description. Shugara is an incredibly wise and yet unpredictable goddess. She’s a master tactician whose plans consistently exhibit an astounding brilliance and intricacy. One moment you think she’s your enemy, the next minute she’s giving you valuable (and cryptic) advice at random. I’ve had people send Shugara after me or my friends  and wound up being called by the goddess to obliterate the magickians who sent her.

Shugara plays by her own rules. She may, under certain circumstances, involuntarily possess her worshiper’s friend to convey a cryptic message. She may use unusually dramatic signs to demonstrate her presence. She may introduce herself to you by attacking you at random to test you and get to know you. It would appear that she’s inclined to force you to witness the hidden ugly realities of the social circles you run in. But however unpredictable she may be, I have learned to trust the governing wisdom of her actions.

Shugara is known to be loving and kind and to forgive with great maturity. She may provide mundane blessings to the magickian at random– little things that make your life better and easier. She is certainly possessed of a sense of humor as well. According to the writings of Hagur:

Shugara is compared with a frog revealing human heads within its mouth, exposing his unfettered passion for destruction, war and culling, his only pleasure and challenge. And, he does act through all those feeling attracted to the archetypal Dark God Shugara. He brings near all those with a rough ambition.

So, Shugara embodies aggression, as a strong will force working through human history from ages immemorial. He also shows forth that showing compassion whether towards oneself (self-pity) is dangerous and also hypocritical towards others, as the doer will pay the price for his emotional action. The risk is especially high when Sinister Satanists in temple ritual are exercising Black Magick over victims, and are at the same time tormented and beaten up by doing it, the price to be paid for the lack of character will be very high.

*Temple of Satan is part of the Deofel Quintet– a series of five allegorical novels which impart certain magickal and philosophical teachings. Deofel is an Old English word for “Devil.” Certain Niners do not acknowledge the fifth entry to the Deofel Quintet– to them, Temple of Satan would be part of the “Deofel Quartet.” There are two versions of the controversial fifth entry; the latter of which (being the one I recommend) was edited so that it would be more useful (i.e., contain more magickal knowledge).

img_0564.jpgAbove: My Original Sigil for Shugara

Shugara in Witchcraft

Shugara’s planetary attributions are to Neptune and Saturn, and she also holds authority over the spiritual realm of castigation within the core of the earth wherein dead souls suffer for their actions if they deserve it. On the Tree of Wyrd, Shugara is attributed to the pathway leading from Qamar [the Planetary Sphere of the Moon] to Utarid [the Planetary Sphere of Mercury].

In the Qliphoth, Shugara is attributed to all four Qliphas in the central column of the tree, which Qliphas are attributed to the three black planets and Thaumiel (Neptune & Pluto/ Moloch & Satan). She has lesser attributions to Golachab (Mars/Asmodeus) as well as Gashkalah (Jupiter/Astaroth)– her attribution to Golachab is stronger than her attribution to Gashkalah. Her primary attribution in the Qliphothic pathways is to the Tunnel of Set between Gamaliel (Black Moon/Lilith) and Thagiriron (Black Sun/Belphegor), and her secondary ToS attribution is the pathway from Thaumiel (Neptune & Pluto/ Moloch & Satan) to Thagiriron (Black Sun/Belphegor). Note that the second Tunnel of Set that she’s attributed to is the where Da’ath is located.

The auspices of Shugara are apt for lunar magick, casting runes, necromancy, astral projection, lethal and non-lethal execration, Qliphothic self-initiation, pyromancy, initiation through the spheres of the core of the earth and the moon, warding, shielding, exorcism, kundalini work, and chakra work.

Seek guidance before you work with Shugara. I would not advise using the magickal chants or sigil provided in O9A literature.

Shugara within Hebdomadry

While Sauroctonos and Gaubni were deities that I was meant to work with only and handful of times and thereafter forget about them, the goddesses which the O9A refers to as Davcina and Shugara are spirits that I will be working with for a very long time.

Sauroctonos is the deity known as Apollo in Olympian mythology and Abaddon in magickal demonology. While I am free to work with Apollo/Abaddon as I please, I was instructed to call upon the specific aspect of this deity which the O9A calls Sauroctonos only a handful of times. When you work with Sauroctonos, you will be given instructions of how many rites to him you should perform. If you call upon him one more time after the number of rites that Sauroctonos has instructed you to perform to him, he will castigate you. I’m told that if I had called upon him an additional time after that, I would have been punished.

My point in sharing that information about Sauroctonos is to show you that the Nekalah or “Dark Gods” venerated by the O9A are often manifestations of known Pagan deities which operate in a fashion particular to Hebdomadry (the magickal praxis of the O9A). While Sauroctonos is an aspect of Apollo, he will not act the same as Apollo generally would if called upon via the praxis of Hebdomadry.

While my intention in writing this article is to delineate facets of Shugara which were not integrated into the praxis of Hebdomadry, I will be discussing the representation of Shugara within the literature and magickal paradigm of the O9A later in the article. Regarding Shugara, Hagur writes:

Shugara influenced by the Moon knows the wilderness of the Dark Pool, the wilderness within us all. This may be the deepest value of such an experience when meditating on the Dark God, the recognition of our kinship with the Chthonic Underworld. Once entered into the Dark Pool, one becomes more reflective and responding to the persuasive pull of the Moon. In the Moonlight, the Sinister Man in communion with Shugara becomes a self-conscious part of the Pool, nature at night where the landscape is muted, details are indistinct, and yet beautiful and mysterious.

Downward the Pool of the inner sinister self through meditation, “the spiral staircase is used to arrive in the Blue room”, where the chaotic program (dark force and power, war, adversity, ark energy and sex) of Mars is evoked. The spiral staircase is man’s unconsciousness, where his dark life energy is moving at incredible speed through atoms into cells, organs and body. “The Blue room” (indigo blue, almost black) stands for the sinister man’s intelligence and ego under Moon control, becoming the perfected Sinister Satanist.

Many Niners record a sense of self-discovery resulting from the ToW’s sphereworking via Shugara. Increases in confidence and self-knowledge are a common motif. Persons evoking Shugara via Hebdomadry often describe a physically extant stench arising as Shugara manifests. One Niner even described the stench being so awful and lingering for so long that he wound up searching his chamber for something dead. An O9A blog entitled Yorkshire Rounwytha presents a recording of a sphereworking through Qamar [the Planetary Sphere of the Moon] via the Tree of Wyrd– Hebdomadry’s equivalent to Qabbalah’s Tree of Life. The Niner writes:

I begin to chant the name, Shu-ga-ra echoing throughout the darkness and filling my mind. I note under the incense a vague smell growing, and realise what it is- rotting meat. The stories are true, then.

I then stand up and begin my spiralling dance, feeling incredibly dizzy quite quickly. All throughout the rite I had felt a nagging doubt at the back of my mind. I feel unprepared, the sounds of civilisation are bothering me and I do not feel as engaged as I was the previous times I undetook the Dark Pathways. I feel this rite may be a failure. Regardless I carry on until dizziness forces me to the ground, out of breath and finishing the rite with a beseechment to Shugara. During the rite, I felt genuine fear at what I was calling, my mind imagining great black cat-like creatures peering through the darkness at me, with yellow eyes waiting to consume.

I sit in front of the altar afterward, wondering if it had been a success. I felt the doubt grow and turn into anxiety and then the anxiety give way to a vey uncomfortable feeling. I saw men, in ancient times, worshipping great slabs of rock smeared in blood and lit by fire, the horrors of war, the horror of being human in this vast world.

The terror slowly filled me, making me feel incredibly disturbed and jaded, as if I had witnessed a gruesome accident of some sort. I had wholly misinterpreted what Shugara’s essence was, and suffice to say, it was and is not a pleasant essence at all. Shugara is the pathway from the Moon to Mars, and quite fittingly…

…No frogs revealed human heads, just a stark and uncompromising view of what this world can offer in it’s most bloodied form.

Another Niner recorded his experience with Shugara as follows:

This is when the acknowledgement proper to Shugara began. I vibrated the name for what felt like half an hour before I felt compelled to stop. The caves I was in were far off the visitor’s path, and I knew that the local bats weren’t in residence at the time, so I could be reasonably certain that no natural noises would occur, and I prepared to sit in the pure darkness for another hour or so, vigilant for any sign. 
What began then was a strong burning sensation on the skin, accompanied by a powerful and sickening scent, at once sweet and brutish. I am not one to experience panic, but what followed could be best described as something akin to a drawn-out panic attack. It came and went over an unclear amount of time, and was followed by a sense of blurring of self, a dull ecstasy that felt more like dread when unexplored. 
The sensation still sits with me now. I ruminate on it daily, and it will change me. I have felt and seen what a world in flames could mean at its worst.

New: Approaching Shugara

Allow me to provide clarity on some of the concerns that I expressed in this article. We’ll start by contrasting Shugara with Atazoth, whom Hagur provides as an exogenous counterpart, and Choronzon, whom Shugara is mistaken for by disabled cock-stained assclowns a few rumor-prone Alex-Jones-type people.

Atazoth and Choronzon alike have both manifested to me as entirely lucid, rational, beneficent, and transcendentally wise intelligences. However, they have also both manifested to me as disharmonious forces whose mere presence was affliction. The reason for this is simple: Atazoth and Choronzon (and Shugal, for that matter) are, at their core, lucid, self-aware, and prudent intelligences, but should a person evoke one of them with the fear that she will be contacting a babbling and volatile deity, they would manifest in the very state of disharmony which the magickian was paranoid about.

This is what differentiates Shugara from Choronzon, Shugal, and Atazoth: Shugara is not possessed of whatever component-of-being causes Atazoth to manifest as a blaze of fury and idiocy when it is believed by the summoner that he will do so. On one occasion, I summoned Shugara on the fly with the O9A’s chants, and she began joking around with me. Her words would have been the world’s funniest joke if I hadn’t misidentified them as hostile derision. I became worried that I might have accidentally caused her to manifset in the disharmony-of-composure that Atazoth embodies when he is summoned by someone who has taken the phrase “blind idiot god” too literally.

But I hadn’t. Shugara fixed my problem, made a hilarious joke, and stayed around me for a day or so longer, giving me life lessons and emotional support via both astrally audible words and direct telepathic communication. My conversations with her produced very tangible changes in a couple situations of personal adversity.

So, now I see that Shugara, even when summoned in a frantic state of mind, even when summoned as a last resort, and even when she is summoned by using only the praxis of Hebdomadry, is a trustworthy goddess. If I compose myself as well as I intend to in future interactions with her, she’ll never have to prove herself to me again.

When summoning Shugara, you can use any chants and any sigils provided for working with her by the David Myatt, yours truly, or any resources about Shugara which are truly worth reading. It doesn’t make much difference; in her words: “You aren’t powerful enough to control how I manifest.”

Magickal Chants

Io Shagura-Khaosophoros
“Hail Shagura the Bearer of Chaos!”

Subrige Mater Shagura
“Arise Mother Shagura!”

Shagura Liftoach Qliphoth
“Shugara, Open the Qliphoth!”
Calls upon Shagura to strengthen the sacred space, strengthen the rite, and induce a gnostic state in a singular celebrant designated by intention.

Salve Shugara Matercula Nex
“Hail Unto Shugara, the Mother of Deathly Violence!”

Shugara O-Yama Emma-O Shagura Ramaphest
Two names of Emma-O, two names of Shugara, and a magickal word of power. This chant calls upon Shugara and Emma-O to open or close a portal to Purgatory. (Note: NEVER open a portal to Purgatory unless instructed to do so by your guiding spirits. Follow the hyperlink below for my video about Purgatory).
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vm2JLVWyAJQ

Sammitrakashah Shaloazoth Chasheinphos Shagura Gashar-Abyllo-Kresh
Shugara Xuliphazoth Saphorozos Shugara Aeonifer Goessabim Khaosophoros Diabalachara Shagura Mavethol Artorzozam Manifestos
This is a string of names and words of power which is used to call upon Shugara in the context of Qliphothic-Goetic rites of demon magick. Best used in the middle of the rite or at its end.

V.K. Jehannum
Agios Octinomos-Drakosophia

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Meditations on Mephistophiles

This article serves to analyze Chief Duke Mephistophiles, best known in Demonolatry as Mesphito, the Keeper of the Book of Death, through the esotericisms of demonology, Qabbalah, and Greek magick. This is a very deep look into demonology which may not be suitable or helpful for beginners.
We know from grimoires modern and medieval alike that Mephistophiles (often called Mesphito) is a real demon, and a powerful one at that. Well, believe it or not, Doctor Faust was a real person. He was an infamous alchemist, blasphemer, astrologist, magickian, necromancer, and sodomite who once allegedly tricked a local chaplain into rubbing arsenic on his own face. Countless medieval grimoires are attributed to the teachings of Doctor Faust, just like many grimoires are attributed to the teachings of Solomon and Moses.
Faust lived around the time that the printing press was invented, so while we do have stories about his exploits, our sources aren’t entirely reliable, and the fictitious adaptations of his life, both in theater and literature, are abundant.
Faust was the quintessential Renaissance blasphemer. His name was adduced constantly during the religious debates of the time, and he ran into legal trouble rather frequently. He was a magickian who made of himself a sensation, sort of like Aleister Crowley and Anton LaVey. There are even several blatantly spurious legends recorded which purport to originate as anecdotes of the demonstrations of Faust’s power. The following two hyperlinks will take you to Faust’s wikipedia article and my first essay on Mesphito.
https://vkjehannum.wordpress.com/2017/01/27/mesphito-mephistophiles-is-real/
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Johann_Georg_Faust#Historical_Faust
Mephistophiles in Qliphothic Qabbalah

Mesphito is attributed to two of the Qliphoth’s Spheres, namely the third and the fifth. Three multiplied by five gives us 15, the number of the fifteenth tarot card (the Devil).  The fifteenth tarot is attributed to the twenty-sixth pathway* of the Qliphoth, which just so happens to be the pathway which connects the two Qliphas that Mesphito is attributed to. 26 (2 + 6) gives us 8, as do the third and fifth spheres added together (3 + 5). 8 is a number attributed to the planet Mercury and the Philosopher’s Stone, and it’s the number of faces on an octahedron (the Platonic solid attributed to Mercury). An octahedron has eight faces, twelve edges, and six vertices: 8 + 12 + 6 = 26, which is again the number of the path between the Qliphothic spheres which Mesphito is attributed to.

8 and 15 are the two numbers given to us by the two spheres that Mesphito is attributed to, and I have demonstrated that the path between these spheres relates to both of these numbers as well. Multiplied together, 8 & 15 give us 120. 120 is the mystic number of the star and the mystic quality of the number 5, giving us the pentagram, a sign of the Great Work (note: 8 also symbolizes the Great Work). 120 is also the numerical value of the Hebrew letter Samekh when it is spelled out as a Hebrew word (note: it is in Liber Samekh that Crowley delineates the Rite of the Bornless One, an adversary-oriented rite to invoke the Higher Self which was written to precede workings with the demons of the Goetia). Blood is sometimes esoterically interpreted as a sign of the Great Work, and 120 days is the life span of a red blood globule (note: one of Mesphito’s names in the grimoires is Hemostophile).

Now let’s talk about the spheres specifically. First, Mesphito is attributed to Samael and Glasyalabolas, Buer, Adrammelech, and Amon (lesser attribution). Secondly, Mesphito is attributed to Thagirion alongside Claunech, Sorath, Belphagore, Paimon (lesser attribution), Amy, and Merihim.

The light of the Black Sun of Thagirion is the guiding influence which orients the Black Moon of Gamaliel. This is why Mammon, the foremost emissary of Gamaliel, is believed to enact the agendas of Sorath, the true offspring of Thagirion. Samael, the Mercurious Qlipha, is the sphere which imparts the Black Sun’s guidance to Gamaliel.* So, Mesphito is attributed to both this guiding influence of the Black Moon and the medium of its provision.

*This is the same pathway that Marbas and A’ano’nin are attributed to.
**Within Gamaliel dwell Mammon, Lilith, Qalilitu, Verrine, Buer, and Orias.

The Initiatory Force of Mephistophiles

One of the leading authorities of Traditional Demonolatry, S. Conolly (the S. stands for “Stephany,” by the way) has recorded the esoteric meaning of the name Beelzebuth revealed to her by Beelzebuth itself. While the literal translation of the name is “Lord of the Flies,” its esoteric meaning is “Lord of All that Flies.” This is a reference to Beelzebuth’s patronage of aeronautical engineering, meterology, and aerospace engineering sky machines. Mesphito has more than nineteen name variations in the medieval grimories, and we’re going to attempt some esoteric name interpretation.

One of Mesphito’s names in the grimoires is Memostophiles, with Mem being the Hebrew word for water. Mem is the 23rd Hebrew letter, and 23 = 15 + 8 (these are the two numbers given by adding and multiplying the third and fifth Qliphothic spheres). Mem, as a word, means “water,” and the value of the Hebrew phrase “your water,” a phrase denoting god-given sustenance in the Bible, is 120, the number we got by multiplying 15 (3 x 5) and 8 (3 + 5). In the Golden Dawn,*** the stage of initiation attributed to the sphere of Mercury is called “the water grade” in reference to the “nurturing waters of [the Sephira of Mercury]” and the tarot card attributed to Mem is the Hanged Man.

The Hanged Man the card of self-sacrifice. It represents an accomplishment of the Great Work which is misconstrued by the uninitiated as martyrdom. The figure in the tarot card is depicted hanging from the Hebrew letter Tau, which Hebrew letter is considered to have been the Mark of Qayin (Qayin/Cain being the first Ascended Master of the Black Lodge) and is attributed to the thirty-second path of the Qliphoth, basically signifying the start of a new cycle of initiatory demon magick.

***Based on the consistent similarities between the recorded experiences of Niners working with the Tree of Wyrd, practitioners of demon magick working with the Qliphoth, and white magickians working with the Sephiroth, I have concluded that Hod, Samael, and Utarid are all just different approaches to working with the planetary sphere of Mercury

My attribution of Mesphito to the card of self-sacrifice via esoteric name-analysis is actually verified by a synchronicity in psychodynamic therapy. According to Wikipedia, “Psychodynamic therapy uses the idea of a Faustian bargain to explain defence mechanisms, usually rooted in childhood, that sacrifice elements of the self in favor of some form of psychical survival.” (Note: obviously psychodynamic theory uses the metaphor of Faust’s bargain in a negative light).

So, the initiatory influence of Memostophiles is that of an apotheosis misconstrued by outsiders as death. So, when the fictitious legend of Faust concludes with the (perceived) accidental death of the sorcerer, we can infer what really happened. The cause of Faust’s death, having been perceived as coming about due to an accidental result of the explosive gases used in alchemy, is simply the common man’s interpretation of Faust’s achievement of magickal immortality. After all, Memostophiles correlates to the initiatory stage of the Sphere of Mercury, and it just so happens that the alchemical substance attributed to Mercury is explosive gas.

Mephistophiles as a God of Mercury

In The Book of Mephisto, Asenath Mason forwards the notion that Mesphito is a an spirit of Mercury. While I adore Asenath Mason’s literature, I feel that she very much oversimplified Mesphito in more ways than by her mere avoidance of Mesphito’s other Qliphothic and other planetary attribution. She focused far more heavily on fictitious renditions of the story of Faust than the depictions of Mesphito within the grimoires, and when she did address the spirit’s description in grimoiric demonology she focused entirely on the medieval tradition, neglecting the wonderful yet admittedly sparse insights into Mesphito provided by modern black magickians such as J. Thorp.

Nonetheless, I am pressed to agree with Mason’s attribution to the Mercurial Qlipha and the planet of Mercury itself.

Two of the three animal forms which Mephistophiles takes in the grimoires I’ve read (modern and old alike), which forms include a toad, a bear, and a dog, are symbols of Ophiel, the Olympic Spirit of Mercury. A medieval grimoire’s description of Mesphito as a bald man in a black cape seemed, in my opinion, reminiscient of a recorded appearance of Ophiel as a man in a black cloak. The medieval-grimoiric description of Mesphito as an approachable, youthful man lines up with the appearance of the Greek God of Mercury. Moreover, the magickal powers of Mephistophiles provided in the medieval grimoires completely match the powers given to those two entities of Mercury.

One of the speculative etymologies of Megastophiles and Mephistophiel, two of Mesphito’s names in the grimoires, is “Megist Ophiel” or “the Great Ophiel.” This interpretation makes far more sense than the unfortunately more common comparison of the name Mephistophiles to “Mephitis,” the name of a goddess who rules over stench.

In conclusion, Mesphito is a divinity of Mercury both inside and outside of Qliphothic sorcery. In contrast, while Mesphito is attributed to Jupiter by a medieval grimoire unrelated to Qabbalah, he has no recorded attribution to the Qlipha of Jupiter in grimoires which incorporate Qabbalah.

A demon’s attribution to Qliphothic planetary spheres usually does not match their attribution to planets outside of Qabbalah. For example, while Amducious and Vassago are both attributed to Thaumiel (Neptune & Pluto/Moloch & Satan), neither of them are attributed to Pluto outside of the Qliphoth. The only two demons I can think of who are attributed to the Qliphothic spheres of planets that they are attributed to outside of the Qliphoth are Buer an Glasyalabolas. Interestingly enough, Buer and Glasyalabolas are both attributed to Samael (Mercury/Adrammelech). We might be building evidence of a trend.

Update: I decided to find out once and for all whether Ophiel and Mephistophiles were the same entity. I channeled the gnosis that the two spirits were indeed the same, and publicly requested that other black magickians seek their own gnosis regarding the matter and get back to me. My gnosis that Ophiel = Mesphito, being a confirmation of scholarly speculation, was confirmed by three other witches who didn’t know my opinion on the matter.

Mephistophiles and Jupiter

While it has been easy for me to draw much meaning from Mesphito’s attributions to the Qliphothic Spheres of Mercury and the Black Sun, I was at a loss as to what meaning I could draw from his non-Qliphothic planetary attribution to Jupiter, but the very first article I read about Jupiter easily reconciles Mesphito’s attribution to both it and the Sphere of the Black Sun. The article calls Jupiter “the elder king, giving way to the new solar king” and “a Sun that has never ignited” which “radiates not physical light, but the spiritual light of illumination.” Jupiter, like the Sphere of the Black Sun, is attributed to both the guru and the inner teacher. You may read that article here:
http://christopherpenczak.com/planetary-magic-6-jupiter-and-expansion/#.WfwBpmhSzIU

Since Mesphito usually described as one of the highest authorities of the Infernal Divine, and since he is renowned for being really fucking powerful and really fucking nice, it makes sense for him to be attributed to Jupiter, and as far as non-Qliphothic planetary attributions go, Jupiter is as good of an equivalent of the mixture of the influences of the Mercurial and Black-Solar Qliphas as I can think of.

Mephistophiles and Baphomet

In Path of Satan, Mesphito is attributed to the seventh letter of “the infernal alphabet,” being K. Apollo is attributed to the seventh Greek letter, Epsilon. Epsilon is attributed to Mercury, and K corresponds to the Hebrew letter Kaf, being the source of the K in magick– a symbol of the Great Work attributed to Mercury. K, as Mesphito is attributed to it, is both 7 and 8, lending 15 (the fifteenth tarot card, the Devil) and 56, a number of the Great Work.

The Baphomet of Eliphas Levi, being the model for the Devil as depicted in Atu XV, is also known as Octinomos insofar as (s)he is a symbol of the Great Work. The numbers of Atu XV and Octinomos add and multiply to give us 23 and 120 again, equating Mesphito to the Goat of Mendes in terms of alchemical signification. Despite Baphomet’s attribution to Mercury, it is believed that the state of adepthood illustrated by Baphomet is attained in the Sphere of the Sun, so it can be said that Mesphito represents the black magickal equivalent of this same attainment.

Mephistophiles, Lucifuge, and Lucifer

Lucifer, who is attributed to Venus and the Sun (he has no known attribution in the Qliphoth), is considered the counterpart of Mesphito. This makes a degree of sense, keeping in mind that Saturn is the quintessential Diabolic force of astrology. The nature of Saturn is reflected in Venus Inversus, the black aspect of Venus, and the Saturnian Qlipha is the top of the Qliphoth’s left column, of which collumn the Mercurial Qlipha forms the base. Lucifer’s other counterpart, Lucifuge, may be a counterpart to Mesphito as well.

Lucifuge and Mesphito are the two great grimoiric initiators. The Qliphothic hierarchy used by the modern Black Lodge attributes Lucifuge to the Saturnian Qlipha, but a lesser-known hierarchy exists which assigns Lucifuge to leadership over the Sphere of the Black Sun.**** Lucifuge, being attributed to leadership of the Qliphothic Spheres of Saturn and the Black Sun, represents a far more advanced initiation than Mesphito, being identified as an emissary of the Qliphothic Spheres of Mercury and the Black Sun. However, both of them are, in terms of Qliphothic influence, a mixture of the Black-Solar Qlipha with the Pillar of Severity, so the fact that they play identical roles to one another in many medieval grimories makes a lot of sense.

****The hierarchy which attributes Lucifuge to Thagirion attributes Eisheth Zenunim to the Saturnian Qlipha. A modern Demonolater by the name of T.B. Scott has attributed Eisheth Zennunim to Thagirion, intimating a great similarity between the two Qliphas. Since the Qliphas of the Black Earth and Black Moon are both related to Lilith, whose true throne is in the Saturnian Qlipha, it makes sense for Thagirion to have a connection to Saturn as well).

In case you want a black metal song about Mesphito for your magickal work, here’s the one I personally use:

-V.K. Jehannum
Agios Octinomos-Drakosophia

Magickal Hymn to Noctulius, Azanigin, & Aosoth

{This Latin hymn to Noctulius, Aosoth, and Azanigin was written to be seven stanzas. I personally consecrated it prior to offering it up to the deities it entreats. This hymn may be recited one or more times as a stand-alone self-empowerment exercise or recited in pursuit of guidance or gnosis. Alternately, the hymn can be incorporated into or added onto a given ritual. I am not affiliated with nor do I condone the agenda of the Order of the Nine Angles, but I find the Nekalah to be very much worth working with}

Rege Azanigin; Voco te Aosoth
Veni Noctulius, Rex Qamar et Rex Noctem
Germinet Anados, Gnosis, et Azoth
Invoco Aosoth, Matrona Mortem et Magia
Ave Noctulius, Versipellis et Venefico
Ave Azanigin Mater Zuhal et Khaos
Agios o Noctulius et Aosoth; Azanigin Gloria
[Reign, Azanigin; I Call to Aosoth/ Come, Noctulius, King of the Sphere of the Moon and King of the Night/ Engender Magickal Empowerment, Provide Gnosis, and Manifest the Fifth Element/ I Call to Aosoth, Matron of Death and Magick/ Hail Noctulius, Shapeshifter and Witch/ Hail Azanigin, Mother of the Sphere of Saturn and Khaos/ Numinous is Noctulius as well as Aosoth; Glory to Azanigin]

For a List of Magickal Chants to Davcina, Follow this Hyperlink
https://vkjehannum.wordpress.com/2016/11/22/magickal-chants-to-damkina/

For Other Magickal Chants to the Nekalah [Dark Gods], Follow this Hyperlink
https://vkjehannum.wordpress.com/2016/11/22/magickal-chants-to-the-nekalah/

-V.K. Jehannum
Agios Octinomos-Drakosophia

The Rite of Azagthohic Anodos

(this rite can either serve as a self-empowering ritual to Atazoth or an invocation of him)

Oh hear the names:
Atazoth + Azagthoth + Azathoth + Attaghot + At-Taghut + Atazhot

Ya Attaghot; Agios o Atazoth (x7) [Hail Attagot; Numinous is Atazoth]

Memor fui nocte nominis tui, Atazoth.
Et custodiam legem tuam.
Omnia præcépta tua véritas.
Quando fácies de persequéntibus me judicium?
Innova signa et itera mirabilia
Glorifica manum et firma bráchium sinistrum.
[During the night, I remember thy name Atazoth/ To observe thy law./ All thy orders are right./ When will thou condemn my persecutors?/ Renew thy signs and wonders,/ Thy left arm and hand are glorified.]

Azak Grife Dagarsh Azathoth (x9)

The depths of the sea
A tunnel of knives
There is a union here
While he directs the Chosen
Rage in the Eye
Of the Goat –
The golden triangle
Stands against a sky of fire

Aperiatur terra, et germinet Atazoth (x11)
[Open the earth, and bring forth Atazoth]

Abaddon, Apollo, Sauructonos

Names (of Abbadon): Abaddon, Abadon, Abbaton, Abaddown, Appolion, Appolyon, Apollyon, Apollo, Abaddon Shadai, Sauructonos, Apolluon, Apolhun, Apollyn, Aggelos Abussos [Angel of the Abyss]

Described as an infernal and serpentine angel and called “the Un-nameable One,” Abaddon is the Angel of the Bottomless Pit. He rules over dark knowledge, poetry, sexual perversion, witchcraft (especially necromancy), medicine, isolation, music, temporal death, life in death, the sun and vampyrism. A great chief of demons and a lord of the abyss, he rules over death and disease. He is one of the four demonic gatekeepers, alongside Amaymon, Azazel, and Beliar.

53152867_419195798649398_4981745674870587392_nAbove: Sigil of Abaddon’s Serpentine Aspect Channeled by Augustus Grigori

The name Abaddon means “Destroyer.” Its trilateral root is ABD, meaning “to perish.” In Gematria, his name has a numerical value of 63, which corresponds to the phrases “the Heart of a Beast” and “the Glory of God” as well as the words “prophet,” “dung,” “fervor,” “builder,” and “Binah’s ‘secret nature.'” Through an alternate method, Abaddon attains the value of 713 via Gematria, equating to “the Sphere of Saturn,” and “return.”

The name “Apollon” is often interpreted as “deprived of multitude,” since pollon means “many” and a- is a negative. His number in Isopsephy is 1461, which relates to the words “foundation” and “matter.”

According to Heinsius, Abaddon is the same being as “the Read Dragon” or “Red Titan,” Pytho/Python/Porphyrion, a dragon which Apollo is said to have killed in other myths after it attacked his mother (Leto/Lytona). Apollo killed Python, “the Demon Dragon,” in order to usurp its ownership of a temple.

27658606_1954853278166684_1634173410_nAbove: My Sigil of Apollo with His Magickal Numbers Written Around It

Called “the Prince of War” and “the most august light of reason,” Abaddon is the chief of the  demons of the seventh hierarchy (Furies) as well as cat demons and grasshoppers. His furies beget frenzy, bloodshed, homicides, frenzy, massacres, and lunacy.

Serving Satan in the office of psychopomp, he holds the key to the Outer Darkness. He is the enemy of Uriel who saw Yeshua (Christ) crucified. According to Abramelin, he is an officer under Amaymon.

Abaddon is simply the incorporation of a previous Greek deity into magickal demonology. In Greek mythology, Apollo, the Lord of the Silver Bow, was venerated in festivals held on the new and dark moon and often given gifts of cinnamon. Described as “shepherd-like in feature” and as very physically attractive, he ruled nature and sat beside Helena on Olympus. He was born on Asteria, the Golden Star Island known as “the earth which floats in the air.” Other myths depict him being born in Hades.

Apollo is one of the few greater deities whom the Greeks called a “daimon.” Apollo is called the “far-striker” or “far-darter” and he is viewed as a god of archery. He guarded a hilltop wherein a certain Sibyl/prophetess integral to Greek mythology dwelled. Apollo, like his sister Artemis, often sent plagues, and was both a “sinister” as well as a “light” deity.

Apollo is the divine image of the principium individuationis and the apparition following the fourth logos, and he acts as an interpreter of dreams and he plays a seven-stringed lyre. He ruled over philosophy, prophecy, healing, magick, destruction, esotericism, and theatre. Apollo is the light of the life of the material world, but not of the soul. He is also purported to be the god of Hyperborea, the second continent whereon the second race was born.

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Above: My Sigil for Apollo’s Lycanthropic Aspect

Apollo is related to the sapphire, the metal gold, the plant Laurel, the elements of water and fire, the Far North, as well as the swan, the eagle, and the horse. The number 7 is considered sacred to him, so it’s no wonder Abaddon leads the 7th legion. As the god of the Sun, Apollo is related to the Greek letter Epsilon which means “builder,” just like the aforementioned Hebrew number 63. Epsilon is also purported to symbolize justice, ether, and quintessence.

The Greeks initially associated the planet Mercury with Apollo in the morning and another deity in the evening, and their name for the planet was “Stilbou,” which means “the gleaming one.” Other myths depict Apollo as the father of Asclepios, who rules Mercury. Once this son died at the hands of cyclopes, Apollo avenged him by massacring the one-eyed race.

While he is often purported to have spent his winters in Hyperborea, other sources purport that Apollo appeared as a ravenous wolf before his temple at Delphi during the colder months. This manifestation of his was of a destroying aspect, as was the golden sword he often carried. The name for this aspect is Lyceus, a slaughterous hunter and patron of wolves.

One of the Greeks’ many names for Apollo was “Sauroctonos,” meaning “Lizard Killer,” and it is under this name that Apollo/Abaddon appears in the Septenary Tradition of the Order of the Nine Angles. Sauroctonos rules the 20th pathway which leads from Mars to Saturn (remember that Abaddon was numerically connected to “the Sphere of Saturn”) and he corresponds to the ninth card of the sinister tarot. He is the lord of revelation and isolation who begets intimations of the Abyss. He causes hidden aspects of the self to manifest on the surface and he is depicted as an honorable and immortal warrior who begets psychological and occult evolution. The integration of his energies will beget either knowledge of wyrd (the Will) and insight, or madness and death.

One of Apollo’s names has a numerical value of 371, matching the Greek word for “birth.” His names “Delphian” and “Pythian/Pythius” number to 769, which is equal to the values of the Greek words for will, mind, thought, and feminine. Yet another number counts to 852, equaling “female slave,” “the end,” “the last,” and “thirty.” Another equals 1011, and thus the words four, to change, oppression, pride, communion, intercourse, wide, lukewarm, and the phrase “in three parts.” Looking at a name of his which numbers to 1061, we get an association with the phrase “all-productive.”

I have concluded that Abaddon, Apollo, and Sauroctonos are merely different aspects of the same being. It is possible that Apollo absorbed draconic/serpentine aspects after defeating Python, and that he went on to join the demonic ranks in order to battle Jehovah, and that he attained a demonic aspect as well in doing so. Either way, I am excited to work with this spirit.

-V.K. Jehannum

Update: Abaddon has made it very clear to me that he is not Python, but that he did devour & integrate the draconic aspect of Python. You probably shouldn’t refer to him as Python.

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