Guide to Black Magick
According to traditional Satanism, magick may be divided into three forms: external magick, internal magick and aeonic magick.
This is results magick or sorcery, and it is the magick of the Initiate arid External Adept. It itself exists in two forms: ceremonial and hermetic.
Ceremonial is ritual magick – ceremonies and rites where more than two individuals are involved. Ceremonial magick can be done for basically two reasons: to create/draw down and then direct magickal energy for a specific aim (e.g. cursing), or to represent through words and symbolism the myths/knowledge of a particular tradition or cultus. Sometimes, however, the energy generated by a symbolic rite can be directed to a specific end – as in the Black Mass.
Hermetic rituals usually involve one or two individuals (‘sex magick’ is usually hermetic) and are generally done extempore. They require those undertaking them to possess or be capable of developing during the ritual, an empathy with the forces/energies employed, as well as possessing the necessary desire to direct the forces/energies. In contradistinction, ceremonial rituals are usually written down and when performed a set text is followed, with only minor variations to allow for the emotion of the moment.
This is when magickal techniques (e.g. Grade Rituals) are used to alter the consciousness of an individual. The rites of internal magick ‘open the gates’ between the causal and the acausal, and change the perception from `ego’ consciousness to the `self’ and what is beyond. In the Jungian sense, internal magick produces ‘individuation’, and leads to Adepthood. The main rites of internal magick are the hermetic workings associated with the spheres and pathways of the septenary Tree of Wyrd, and the Grade Ritual of Internal Adept which involves the individual living in isolation for at least three months. It is one of the main functions of established Orders and Temples to prepare their members for internal magick and offer guidance along the way.
This is the magick of the Master, the Mistress of Earth and the Magus, and its basis is an understanding of those forces which influence large numbers of people over long periods of time. On one level, aeonic magick is the alteration/ distortion of such forces; on another, it is the ‘creation’ of new energies and their dispersion over the Earth to change conscious evolution. In one sense, this is the ‘blackest’ magick of all.
Satanism, as a way of magick, has no seasonal rites, no servitude or submission to any deity and no fear. There are thus in Satanic rites no defensive circles or measures of any kind: only an exultation in the forces of the rite, a prideful possession and mastery.
Rituals are often done at the time of the full moon because it helps one to see when the ritual is done outdoors and because it gives atmosphere to the rite. Sometimes, rites are conducted on or around the seasonal changes – solstice and equinox – because there is magickal energy present then (due to Earth’s changes) and this energy can be harnessed. The same applies to planetary workings – the rising and setting of planets (astronomically calculated for the horizon of the observer – and not using the fraudulent `planetary’ tables given in most books). Such planetary energies exist – but are generally small, and have little effect on rituals done correctly. Most Occultists delude themselves about the nature and extent of these energies (this is particularly true of the Moon) – to become sensitive to them is difficult in our shielded, technological society. Generally, only Adepts (and the naturally gifted) possess the required empathy.
However, this said, the full moon is rightly associated with `lunacy’ and ‘demonic’ possession – as any one who has worked nights at Mental Hospitals will testify. This power can also be harnessed during a ritual.
Celebratory rites in traditional Satanism are of two kinds – 1) those that express the energies of Satanism – e.g. the Black Mass, Ceremony of Recalling – and whose performance thus distorts the currents of the Nazarenes and the Old Aeon; and 2) those which create new energies appropriate to the Satanic age of fire to come – e.g. invokations to the ‘Dark Gods’.
The Black Mass is still celebrated simply because the Nazarenes (and their allies) are still powerful and still polluting us with their filth. It is still the main ceremonial rite performed on a regular basis by organized Temples, and – like all ceremonial rituals its performance gives identity to the Temple, strengthening the magickal and personal ties of the members as well as furthering the work of the Prince of Darkness because it is a rite of Black Magick.
The mysteries of the Nine Angles form an important aspect of genuine Black Magick. On the physical level, the nine represent energy vibrations – for according to tradition, a crystal shaped like a tetrahedron responds to voice vibration of the correct pitch and intensity. In simple terms, the crystal amplifies the power of thought and produces magickal change. Quartz gives the best results, although spinel may be used. The tetrahedron shape has to be created from the natural material by a skilled operator.
On another level, the nine symbolize (that is, re-present) the progression of Aeons and thus the Aeonic energies. The representation is that of the nine combinations of the three alchemical substances ((~) ~ GC~) etc.) over the seven fundamental levels, these levels being the spheres of the septenary ‘Tree of Wyrd’. The Star Game is a physical representation of these symbols – the seven boards are the spheres, and the pieces are the alchemical variations. (It should be noted that the nine main variations spread over the seven spheres also represent an individual – their consciousness, life and wyrd.) Thus the magick or ‘sorcery’ of the Star Game – an imitation (magickally done) of an Aeon or individual whose change (the moves of the Star Game) is manipulated by the magickian (the ‘player’ of the Game). The Star Game has two sets of twenty-seven pieces – one set white, the other black, representing the two aspects of cosmic Change (or the causal and acausal). These pieces are spread over the seven boards.
The Nine Angles also symbolize the seven plus two gates (or spheres) that join our causal universe with the acausal (or ‘magickal’) universe. The seven are the spheres of the Tree of Wyrd (zones of magickal energy), and the other two are the Abyss – where the causal and acausal meet in temporary stasis – and the acausal itself, which is beyond even the Tree. The Abyss, in the septenary system, lies between the spheres of Sun and Mars, and its crossing is the ordeal of the Adept and the genesis of the Master/Mistress of Earth. It signifies the beginning of acausal perception.
The other important form of Black Magick is to do with self-survival after death. This can be done in two ways, depending on the aim of the operator. The first is transference of the essence of self-hood, near the moment of physical death, into another physical body, ensuring thus the continuation of existence on the physical level. The second in passing the acausal Gate – creating an existence entirely in the acausal dimensions.
The first involves finding a suitable body to inhabit; the second has some resemblance to the creation of the ‘diamond body’ in some of the esoteric schools of Taoism and it is this form which is generally undertaken by the Adept. The first is sometimes done as a temporary measure or if the wyrd of the individual compels completion of some task on the physical.
The process of the first involves the creation of a strong ‘astral self’ – via chant and visualization and strengthened through acts of magick over a period of time, sometimes using a crystal tetrahedron to ensure the right amount of magickal energy. Thus an ‘astral double’ is created – and this energy is most usually stored in a crystal until the time for transfer. Meanwhile, a donor should have been found – a good, healthy specimen. The psyche of this donor is then infiltrated through both astral and physical contact. The actual transfer occurs during a ritual with both donor and operator present (the former may be hypnotized or drugged or otherwise enticed) – consciousness being transferred to the ‘double’ which then ousts the weakened psyche of the donor.
The second form is actually the next stage of conscious evolution – and the goal of the Adept.
What it is important to realize about traditional Satanism is what is meant by ‘Satan’. Traditional Satanists regard Satan as not simply a symbol of self consciousness, but rather as a representative of those supra-personal forces beyond the individual psyche.
To see ‘Satan’ as simply a self symbol – as two recent ’satanic’ groups do – is, firstly, to be self-deluded about the nature of cosmic forces, and second, to make (or attempt to make) Black Magick tame and safe. To deal with greater forces is to court danger – psychologically and physically. Traditional Satanists see this danger as a means: the strong survive and the weak perish; this simply being a reflection of genuine Satanist philosophy rather than the tame view spewed forth by the imitation and toy ’satanists’ who abound today.
Satan – in traditional Satanism – is never represented pictorially, and apprehension of the physical or causal manifestation of our Prince is an experience that each Satanic novice achieves for themselves by undertaking rites of Black Magick according to the dark tradition. This apprehension may or may not change when the new Master or Mistress of Earth is born via the ordeal of the Abyss, and it is up to each and every Adept to undergo this experience since the reality cannot be taught – only experienced in the primal Chaos that is the Abyss. What pictorial representations that are used, are those of the forms sometimes chosen by the Shape-Changer himself, for the Prince of Darkness must have his fun with feeble mortals.
It is important to realize also that the name ‘Satan’ is not his real name it is a convenient epithet, used because it expresses part of his nature. There is, in fact, no real ‘name’ as we understand names – only perhaps a sound vibration (which cannot really be written down) which summons him to our consciousness and our world. In a sense which few people will understand, Satan is the essence of the acausal: the cosmic force of Chaos whose intrusion into our causal dimensions disrupts the entropy that linear time produces. Our species requires and has required symbols to enable apprehension and evolution – and this is true also of the Initiate (and to a lesser extent of the Adept) who belong to that lower order. The Abyss destroys – or creates a new species, a new ‘mind’ capable of functioning on levels not normally accessible to those of the lower order. And the most potent symbol of certain cosmic forces has been, and still is, Satan.
In reality, Satan (who has a secret or ‘genuine’ name known to all Initiates) concerns Himself generally only with Aeonic magick – the changing of this world. Through him, the Masters and Mistresses work Internal Magick, and through their Orders, Initiates undertake rites of External Magick, to the glory of His name.
Order of Nine Angles