Nine is the Number of the Devil

Nine is supposed to be the number of pride, according to Michael Aquino, because it always returns to itself when subjected to simple mathematical equations.
9 x 3 = 27; 2 + 7 = 9
9 x 9 = 81; 8 + 1 = 9
In Gematria, nine is the value of Ge’ah, the Hebrew word for pride. Leviathan is supposed to be the king over the prideful, and Lucifer was purportedly expelled because of pride– it seems to me that the Bible’s allegations of pride are really a misanthropic rendering of the qualities of self-determination and ipseity which Satan purportedly conferred onto humankind in the form of the Black Flame. Ergo, I posit that 9 is the number of the Devil and his Black Flame.
Nine has received various attributions throughout world mythology, and a couple seem to verify my postulation. For instance, there are a total of nine substance combinations in Alchemy (three permutations of each of the alchemical substances, (namely salt, sulfur, and mercury)), which seems comparable to the nine universal elements considered to exist by the Vaisheshika denomination of Hinduism. Anton Long postulated that a “connexion” between the material/causal and spiritual/acausal would be comprised of nine angles.
Oddly enough, OFS Demonolatry venerates nine primary infernal divinites: Satan, Lucifer, Flereous, Leviathan, Belial, Verrine, Amducious, Unsere, and Euronymous. Francis Barrett also delineates nine categories of demons.
Keep in mind that (according to Aquino) of all the magi who have started new Aeons by “uttering words” (which words are essentially taglines for their philosophies), Anton LaVey is recorded as having been the ninth (note: his word was Indulgence). Moreover, the Church of Satan itself, in its early days, was governed by a senior group called the Council of Nine, which was passed on to the Temple of Set.
In the Arabic treatises on cosmology that partially inspired the esotericism of the Order of the Nine Angles, the Cosmos was described as consisting of nine planetary emanations. This is comparable to the Nine Worlds of Norse cosmology.
When you compare the idea that nine is the number of the Black Flame to the belief in nine primary realms or emanations, you wind up with something of an “As Above, So Below, As Within, So Without” type deal.
Update I: I read the explanation behind the Ceremony of the Nine Angles published in the Satanic Rituals (ghostwritten by Michael Aquino) provided in the book Church of Satan. According to Aquino, “The ninth angle identifies the Black Flame spoken of in the Diabolicon.
Of course, nine is significant to a few other groups of deities in world mythology, and while these are beside the point, their existence is a good reminder that the symbolism of most numbers incorporates its own opposite. In Egypt, there was the Ennead, i.e. the 9 neteru who convoked to determine whether Horus or Set should inherit Khem. In Qabala, nine signifies light, truth, and the covenant. Hinduism venerates nine manifestations of Durga, China delineates nine sons of the Chinese dragon, and Greece depicted nine muses. Norse Paganism delineates nine great lindworms, nine daughters of AEgir, and nine mothers of Heimdall. The Chinese consider nine to be the number of heaven. You get the idea.

Aquino on the Failure of the Church of Satan

“By 1975 Anton LaVey, having presided over nine years of mercurial individuals and Grottos, reluctantly concluded that, while the philosophy of Satanism had lost none of its popular appeal, the Church of Satan itself was largely a failure. A small, stable nucleus of serious and sincere devotees had indeed developed, but for the most part the Church had served to attract merely fad-followers, egomaniacs, and assorted oddballs whose primary interest in becoming ‘Satanists’ lay in being able to flash their membership cards for cocktail-party notoriety. Anton decided that the Church might as well be converted to a vehicle for his personal financial benefit, hence in May of 1975 he announced a decision to sell the Satanic Priesthood and all higher degrees for funds or objects of value.
Upon founding the Church, Anton had claimed for himself the titles of High Priest of Satan and Magus of the Age of Satan. By 1969 he had begun to ordain others to the Satanic Priesthood (the Priesthood of Mendes), and in 1970 he formalized an initiatory structure of five degrees: Satanist (I), Witch or Warlock (II), Priest or Priestess of Mendes (III), Magister (IV), and Magus (V). Advancement to the [second degree] was based upon a fairly elementary examination concerning the contents of the Satanic Bible, but Anton was extremely strict concerning ordination to the Priesthood. Perhaps twenty individuals attained the [third degree] between 1966 and 1975, while during the same period Anton conferred only four [fourth degrees] – one of which was upon myself.
Anton’s 1975 decision to sell the degrees confounded the nucleus of sincere Satanists, myself included, who saw in it a critical corruption of the very institution whose incorruptibility and condemnation of hypocrisy had made it so refreshing and exhilarating.”
That was an excerpt from the introductory chapter of Black Magic by Michael Aquino, an insightful and intriguing text. Someone who wants to learn the history of the Church of Satan should pick up both volumes of Aquino’s book(s) Church of Satan. The book The Secret Life of a Satanist by Blanche Barton, which LaVey has been accused of ghostwriting by Aquino, is a preposterous and deceptive fuck-up which should not be read (let alone purchased) under any circumstances. The only significant portion of that text was its assertion that LaVey had self-identified as a misogynist. A Satanist with an interest in LaVey should also read the following article (which was written by the late Reverend Allee):
When an author has taken up a pseudonym, it is senseless and daft to refer to them by their birth names out of spite. Referring to an individual by their preferred name is not an act of deference, it is merely a mild mannerism of politeness, comparable to not cutting one’s toenails at the dinner table.
Until 1975, it was clear from letters to Aquino reproduced in Church of Satan that LaVey did believe in and speak with a spirit named Satan whom he considered to be a potent, conscious, sentient, and authoritative entity. It was in or around 1975 that he finally concluded that the Devil with which he conversed was a manifestation of his own subconscious mind, a conclusion which his undaughter Zeena Schreck described as “asinine” in a letter to Aquino. (Schreck calls LaVey her “unfather” because she disowned him long ago.)
In more recent times an individual by the name of Diabolus Rex abandoned his position as a third-degree priest in the Church of Satan, explaining in an open letter that he could no longer accept the supposition that the force he was interacting with in the ritual chamber was not a conscious and independent deity.
Satan and his demons have often been more than willing to teach and aid even magickians who do not even believe they exist, for example witches who think that the Goetic demons are really parts of the human brain. This speaks volumes about how invested in mankind’s evolution they are. It also demonstrates their willingness to overlook misconceptions about their identities. Diane Vera and Geiffod ap Pwyll have concluded that the Devil overlooks errant suppositions about his identity out of respect for independent thought.
This is comparable to the Tantric goddess Tara, who gives auspices to yogis no matter whether they consider her to be a Boddhisattva, a Mahavidya, a metaphorical personification of Buddhist virtues, or some other contrived conception. The priority of magick is and always will be the attainment of the Lapis Philosophorum [Philosopher’s Stone]– matters such as discerning whether Baelzebuth and Satanas are one and the same entity are secondary in importance. The validity of such associations can be ascertained by the alchemist once she is immortal.
It is best, for the sake of practicality, not to refer to Satan as Set or some other dubious association even if one believes they are the same entity if it is Satan that one intends to call. If a witch is correct in equating Sathanas and Set then the use of both names in one ritual is superfluous. While some Norse-inclined Satanists equate Satan with Odin, others equate Satan with Loki. In the Sumerian pantheon, different groups of Satanists have argued for years whether Satanas is Enki, Tiamat, or Marduk. If the Satanist merely refers to Satan as Satan, then she can avoid erecting countless barriers between herself and fellow Satanists, and the rituals that she publishes can be used by any Satanists of all stripes (no matter which foreign deities they consider the Devil to be).

-V.K. Jehannum

Damgalnuna, Damkina, Davcina, Ninhursaga: Mistress of the Earth


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 Davcina 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 Davcina than any “Niner” ever will be.

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

Regarding Davcina

Davcina is the Empress of the Earth and she governs astronomical magick. She can teach the art of divination—especially via stones or crystals. She is apt for the tasks of ego-dissolution and individuation. She is both a warrioress and a protectress, and she presides over child-bearing, death, and reincarnation. She can guide the witch to hidden groves on the astral plane wherein nature spirits reside. Davcina’s primary elemental association is earth, obviously, but her secondary affiliation is unto the element of water. In my first vision of her, she held a pyramid of smoky quartz, and wore a hooded green robe. Her short brown hair was still drying from being dampened, and her eyes were black.

Davcina was worshipped in Mesopotamia under the name Damgalnuna and she was integrated into Akkkadian/Babylonian Paganism under the name of Damkina. In these civilizations, she was regarded as a goddess of the earth and destiny, and the Mesopotamians associated her with cows. Mesopotamian litanies to her called her the “great wild cow” and referred to her as both “exceptional in appearance” and “pre-eminent forever.” She was called Ninchursanga by the Sumerians, who regarded her as a mother goddess who presided over child-birth. She was the queen of the mountains and again the consort of Ea.

Damkina was one of Sumer’s seven primary deities, and she was often described as “valiant.” She was considered the tutelary matron of Sumerian leaders who purportedly nourished the kings in her healing milk. Damkina was worshipped in some of the same temples as her son, Marduk, who was the civilization’s main deity—comparable to Zeus. The class of Mesopotamian priests which was responsible for exorcisms would call out to Damkina alongside other divinities for the purpose of casting out spirit.

Damgalnunna, called the birth-giver of the great gods, was the Mother of Marduk/Merodach, the god of Babylon who killed Tiamat. Damgalnunna was first considered the bride of Enlil, and later that of Enki/Ea. Later on, Enlil was condemned to the underworld, and Damkina was condemned to fall alongside him, attaining a chthonic connotation thereupon. Prior to the tradition of the fall, Damkina and her spouse were celestial deities. Damkina was not ill-spoken of, mistrusted, or rejected as a result of this fall.

Damkina’s hair was sometimes portrayed in the shape of an omega, while other portrayals depicted an omega surmounted atop the weapon she carried—sometimes a mace, sometimes a baton. She appears in a tiered skirt with a horned headdress with bow cases often adorning her shoulders.

Besides being the name of a chthonian river and the deity who rules it, Apsu is also the name of a causal river which flowed through the Mesopotamian city variously referred to as Eridu, Eridug, and Eri-dugga, names which translate to mean “good city.” Prior to being reduced to what we call the mounds of Abu-Sharain, Eridu was one of Mesopotamia’s most sacred cities. It was purported to be the residence to Enki/Ea who was often referred to as Nudimmud.

Damkina is associated with lions, cows, calves, and the doe. Ninhursag, the aspect of her venerated in Akkad, was called “the Mistress of Serpents.” According to my Guiding Spirit, Davcina is also related to jaguars).

Davcina appears in Hebdomadry [the Sevenfold Way] as the Dark Goddess of Wisdom and Mistress of the Earth whose influence is auspicious in works of enchantment. She is a goddess of success, opulence, abundance, and harmony, and she is considered the guardian of nature’s generative forces. Anton Long related her as well as Baphomet to the sphere of Jupiter, which is intriguing as some considered Ninhursag to have been the consort of a Mesopotamian personification of Jupiter named Sulpae.

Hagur related her to the archetype of “the Wisdom/Sophia,” which is oddly insightful, as Sophia is the mother of Yahweh and Damgalnunna is the mother of Marduk, and is regarded as the mother of “the gods” in general. Elaborating on this, Hagur attributes her to the dark light of “creativity”, the dark action of “involvement,” and the motivation of “intrapsychic union,” which Hagur defines as “the experience of wholeness.”

Referred to as the Wyrd Goddess, Davcina is attributed to the nineteenth pathway which moves from Jupiter to Mars. Concerning this planetary affiliation, Hagur wrote as follows in Nythra Khthunae Atazoth:

“Davcina, the Mistress of Earth has the characteristic, and is an important link between the planet Mars and Jupiter. The Planet Mars, named after the Roman God of War, was referred to by the Ancients as the “Lesser Malefic ” (lesser magic). It governs desires, sexual energies, focussed energies, dynamic action, animal nature, force, power, strife, strain, adversity, work, achievement, competition, and death. Mars also rules weapons, war, accidents, violence, surgery, tools, iron, and steel. The action of this Planet is sudden, forceful, and disruptive. The energy of Mars can be used violently and destructively, but with valour and fortitude. The energy of Jupiter is backing as it were the energies of Mars as a more protective urge towards success, that every action may develop in a more orderly way for the benefit of the fighter towards his victim. Jupiter is the planet of expansion, aspiration, higher education, Satanic philosophical reasoning (Satanic because it is the only philosophy that is absolutely humanistic and esoteric at the same time), justice (tooth for tooth, and eye for eye), and sovereignty.”

Carrying on, Hagur wrote thus of Davkina’s relation unto her disciple:

“As a mother she shapes her children, but also sets them free in the fulfillment of their own experiences. In fact, the difficulty of her task increases the longer she remains tied to them and carries the burden of their destinies with her.”

Davkina is related to a tarot card called the Mistress of Earth which signifies “Empathic manipulation (such as ‘enchantment’) to create Change via causal structure – amoral acts that may conventionally be seen as ‘evil.’ Actions provoked by unfettered passions and a reveling in the physical pleasures and challenges of life. ‘Ruthless ambition.’ Creativity and Change via destruction – ie. War, culling.”

In Nythra Khtunae Atazoth, Hagur wrote the following:

“Davcina is an important detail, say part, of the Cosmic Tree of Wyrd, in the sphere Jupiter; and, works very accurately between the microcosm (man) and the macrocosm, the Cosmic Tree of Wyrd, our universal sinister scheme. This is a fact to be grasped, and to work out. As dark knowledge increases and individual progress is made through pathworkings or other techniques of dark meditation, and as the faculty of transmitting from the sinister spheres to the individual mind has began from the acausal to the causal, manifestation will and is taking place.

“…A man or a woman who resembles Davcina, the Wyrd Goddess, can be totally absorbed by her characteristics, as archetypes are pre-existent, or latent,  internally determined patterns of being and behaving, of perceiving and responding.”

In Sumerian theology, there were multiple different deities of the earth, and they were all considered to have been related to, descended from, or part of the earth itself, which was a goddess, named Ki. The Sumerian Ki would thus be equivalent to the Mistress of Blood.

Non-O9A Sources

Encyclopedia of Occultism and Parapsychology

Babylonian Magic and Sorcery by Leonard King

Temple of the Ancients (Guide to Ancient Paganism Part 1)

English-Sumerian Dictionary by Adapa

The Devils and Evil Spirits of Babylonia by Reginald Campbell Thompson

Temple of the Ancients (Guide to Ancient Paganism Part 1)

The Dictionary of Mythology by J.A. Coleman

Animal Magick by D.J. Conway

Myth and Ritual in the Near East by E.O. James