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An Holy Excerpt from his Greate Alchymeckal Worke of 1928:

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Subject: An Holy Excerpt from his Greate Alchymeckal Worke of 1928:
   The Secret Teachings of All Ages:
   An Encyclopaedic Outline of
   Masonic, Hermetic, Qabbalistic
   and Rosicrucian Symbolical
[{BRACKETED} comments by "Brother Blue"]
     "The majority of modern mediumistic apparitions are but elemental
     creatures masquerading through bodies composed of thought substance
     supplied by the very persons desiring to behold these wraiths of
     decarnate beings."
     " the arcanum of magic it is declared that 'he controls the
     soul who controls the blood of another.' " 
   CEREMONIAL magic is the ancient art of invoking and controlling
   spirits by a scientific application of certain formulae. A magician,
   enveloped in sanctified vestments and carrying a wand inscribed with
   hieroglyphic figures, could by the power vested in certain words and
   symbols control the invisible inhabitants of the elements and of the
   astral world. While the elaborate ceremonial magic of antiquity was
   not necessarily evil, there arose from its perversion several false
   schools of sorcery, or black magic.
   Egypt, a great center of learning and the birthplace of many arts and
   sciences, furnished an ideal environment for Transcendental
   experimentation. Here the black magicians of Atlantis continued to
   exercise their superhuman powers until they had completely undermined
   and corrupted the morals of the primitive Mysteries. By establishing a
   sacerdotal caste they usurped the position formerly occupied by the
   initiates, and seized the reins of spiritual government. Thus black
   magic dictated the state religion and paralyzed the intellectual and
   spiritual activities of the individual by demanding his complete and
   unhesitating acquiescence in the dogma formulated by the priestcraft.
   The Pharaoh became a puppet in the hands of the Scarlet Council -- a
   committee of archsorcerers elevated to power by the priesthood.
   These sorcerers then began the systematic destruction of all keys to
   the ancient wisdom, so that none might have access to the knowledge
   necessary to reach adeptship without first becoming one of their
   order. They mutilated the rituals of the Mysteries while professing to
   preserve them, so that even though the neophyte passed through the
   degrees he could not secure the knowledge to which he was entitled.
   Idolatry was introduced by encouraging the worship of the images which
   in the beginning the wise had erected solely as symbols for study and
   meditation. False interpretations were given to the emblems and
   figures of the Mysteries, and elaborate theologies were created to
   confuse the minds of their devotees. The masses, deprived of their
   birthright of understanding and groveling in ignorance, eventually
   became the abject slaves of the spiritual impostors. Superstition
   universally prevailed and the black magicians completely dominated
   national affairs, with the result that humanity still suffers from the
   sophistries of the priestcrafts of Atlantis and Egypt.
   Fully convinced that their Scriptures sanctioned it, numerous medieval
   Qabbalists devoted their lives to the practice of ceremonial magic.
   The transcendentalism of the Qabbalists is founded upon the ancient
   and magical formula of King Solomon, who has long been considered by
   the Jews as the prince of ceremonial magicians.
   Among the Qabbalists of the Middle Ages were a great number of black
   magicians who strayed from the noble concepts of the Sepher Yetzirah
   and became enmeshed in demonism and witchcraft. They sought to
   substitute magic mirrors, consecrated daggers, and circles spread
   around posts of coffin nails, for the living of that virtuous life
   which, without the assistance of complicated rituals or submundane
   creatures, unfailingly brings man to the state of true individual
   Those who sought to control elemental spirits through ceremonial magic
   did so largely with the hope of securing from the invisible worlds
   either rare knowledge or supernatural power. The little red daemon of
   Napolean Bonaparte and the infamous oracular heads of de Medici are
   examples of the disastrous results of permitting elemental beings to
   dictate the course of human procedure.
   While the learned and godlike daemon of Socrates seems to have been an
   exception, this really proves that the intellectual and moral status
   of the magician has much to do with the type of elemental he is
   capable of invoking. But even the daemon of Socrates deserted the
   philosopher when the sentence of death was passed.
   Transcendentalism and all forms of phenomenalistic magic are but blind
   alleys -- outgrowths of Atlantean sorcery; and those who forsake the
   straight path of philosophy to wander therein almost invariably fall
   victims to their imprudence. Man, incapable of controlling his own
   appetites, is not equal to the task of governing the fiery and
   tempestuous elemental spirits.
   Many a magician has lost his life as the result of opening a way
   whereby submundane creatures could become active participants in his
   affairs. When Eliphas Levi invoked the spirit of Apollonius of Tyana,
   what did he hope to accomplish? Is the gratification of curiosity a
   motive sufficient to warrant the devotion of an entire lifetime to a
   dangerous and unprofitable pursuit? If the living Apollonius refused
   to divulge his secrets to the profane, is there any probability that
   after death he would disclose them to the curious-minded? Levi himself
   did not dare to assert that the specter which appeared to him was
   actually the great philosopher, for Levi realized only too well the
   proclivity of elementals to impersonate those who have passed on. The
   majority of modern mediumistic apparitions are but elemental creatures
   masquerading through bodies composed of thought substance supplied by
   the very persons desiring to behold these wraiths of decarnate beings.
   Baphomet: The Goat of Mendes
   The practice of magick - either white or black -
   depends upon the ability of the adept to control
   the universal life force - that which Eliphas Levi
   calls the great magical agent or astral light.
   By the manipulation of this fluidic essence, the
   phenomena of transcendentalism are produced.
   The famous hermaphroditic Goat of Mendes was
   a composite creature formulated to symbolize
   this astral light. It is identical with Baphomet,
   the mystic pantheos of those disciples of
   ceremonial magic, the Templars, who probably
   obtained it from the Arabians. Some understanding of the intricate
   theory and practice of ceremonial magic may be derived from a brief
   consideration of its underlying premises.
   First. The visible universe has an invisible counterpart, the higher
   planes of which are peopled by good and beautiful spirits; the lower
   planes, dark and foreboding, are the habitation of evil spirits and
   demons under the leadership of the Fallen Angel and his ten Princes.
   Second. By means of the secret processes of ceremonial magic it is
   possible to contact these invisible creatures and gain their help in
   some human undertaking. Good spirits willingly lend their assistance
   to any worthy enterprise, but the evil spirits serve only those who
   live to pervert and destroy.
   Third. It is possible to make contracts with spirits whereby the
   magician becomes for a stipulated time the master of an elemental
   Fourth. True black magic is performed with the aid of a demoniacal
   spirit, who serves the sorcerer for the length of his earthly life,
   with the understanding that after death the magician shall become the
   servant of his own demon. For this reason a black magician will go to
   inconceivable ends to prolong his physical life, since there is
   nothing for him beyond the grave.
   The most dangerous form of black magic is the scientific perversion of
   occult power for the gratification of personal desire. Its less
   complex and more universal form is human selfishness, for selfishness
   is the fundamental cause of all worldly evil. A man will barter his
   eternal soul for temporal power, and down through the ages a
   mysterious process has been evolved which actually enables him to make
   this exchange. In its various branches the black art includes nearly
   all forms of ceremonial magic, necromancy, witchcraft, sorcery, and
   vampirism. Under the same general heading are also included mesmerism
   and hypnotism, except when used solely for medical purposes, and even
   then there is an element of risk for all concerned.
   Though the demonism of the Middle Ages seems to have disappeared,
   there is abundant evidence that in many forms of modern thought --
   especially the so-called "prosperity" philosophy, "will-power
   building"metaphysics, and systems of "high-pressure" salesmanship --
   black magic has merely passed through a metamorphosis, and although
   its name be changed its nature remains the same.
   A well-known magician of the Middle Ages was Dr. Johannes Faustus,
   more commonly known as Dr. Faust. By a study of magical writings he
   was enabled to bind to his service an elemental who served him for
   many years in various capacities. Strange legends are told concerning
   the magical powers possessed by Dr. Faust. Upon one occasion the
   philosopher, being apparently in a playful mood, threw his mantle over
   a number of eggs in a market-woman's basket, causing them to hatch
   instantly. At another time, having fallen overboard from a small boat,
   he was picked up and returned to the craft with his clothes still dry.
   But, like nearly all other magicians, Dr. Faust came at length to
   disaster; he was found one moming with a knife in his back, and it was
   commonly believed that his familiar spirit had murdered him. Although
   Goethe's Dr. Faust is generally regarded as merely a fictional
   character, this old magician actually lived during the sixteenth
   century. Dr. Faust wrote a book describing his experiences with
   spirits, a section of which is reprinted below. (Dr. Faust must not be
   confused with Johann Fust, the printer.)
     "While the black magician at the time of signing his pact with the
     elemental demon may be fully convinced that he is strong enough to
     control indefinitely the powers placed at his disposal, he is
     speedily undeceived. Before many years elapse he must turn all his
     energies to the problem of self-preservation. A world of horrors to
     which he has attuned himself by his own covetousness looms nearer
     every day, until he exists upon the edge of a seething maelstrom,
     expecting momentarily to to be sucked down into its turbid depths.
     Afraid to die -- because he will become the servant of his own
     demon -- the magician commits crime after crime to prolong his
     wretched earthly existence. Realizing that life is maintained by
     the aid of a mysterious universal life force which is the common
     property of all creaeures, the black magician often becomes an
     occult vampire, stealing this energy from others. According to
     mediaeval superstition, black magicians turned themselves into
     werewolves and roamed the earth at night, attacking defenseless
     victims for the life force contained in their blood." 
   The Pentacles of the Seven Planets and the
   Seals and Characters of the Planetary Angels 
   The seven large circles are the pentacles of the
   planets, while the two small circles under each
   contain the seal and the character of the
   controlling intelligence of the planet. (An abridged translation from
   the original German of a book ordered destroyed.)
   "From my youth I followed art and science and was tireless in my
   reading of books. Among those which came to my hand was a volume
   containing all kinds of invocations and magical formulae. In this book
   I discovered information to the effect that a spirit, whether he be of
   the fire, the water, the earth or the air, can be compelled to do the
   will of a magician capable of controlling him. I also discovered that
   according as one spirit has more power than another, each is adapted
   for a different operation and each is capable of producing certain
   supernatural effects.
   "After reading this wonderful book, I made several experiments,
   desiring to test the accuracy of the statements made therein. At first
   I had little faith that what was promised would take place. But at the
   very first invocation which I attempted a mighty spirit manifested to
   me, desiring to know why I had manifested him. His coming so amazed me
   that I scarcely knew what to say, but finally asked him if he would
   serve me in my magical investigations. He replied that if certain
   conditions were agreed upon he would. The conditions were that I
   should make a pact with him. This I did not desire to do, but as in my
   ignorance I had not protected myself with a circle and was actually at
   the mercy of the spirit, I did not dare to refuse his request and
   resigned myself to the inevitable, considering it wisest to to turn my
   mantle according to the wind.
   "I then told him that if he would be servicable to my desires and
   requests and needs for a certain length of time, I would sign myself
   over to him. After the pact had been arranged, this mighty spirit,
   whose name was Ashteroth, {"Ashtar" -B:.B:.} introduced me to another
   spirit by the name of Marbuel, who was appointed to be my servant. I
   questioned Marbuel as to his suitability for my needs. I asked him how
   quick he was, and he answered, 'As swift as the winds.' This did not
   satisfy me, so I replied, 'You cannot become my servant. Go again
   whence you have come.' Soon another spirit manifested itself, whose
   name was Aniguel. Upon asking him the same question, he answered that
   he was swift as a bird in the air. I said, 'You are still too slow for
   me. Go whence you came.' In the same moment another spirit by the name
   of Aciel manifested himself. For the third time I asked my question
   and he answered, 'I am as swift as human thought.' 'You shall serve
   me,' I replied. This spirit was faithful for a long time, but to tell
   you how he served me is not possible in a document of this length and
   I will here only indicate how spirits are to be invoked and how the
   circles for protection are to be prepared. There are many kinds of
   spirits which will permit themselves to be invoked by man and become
   his servant. Of these I will list a few:
   "Aciel: The mightiest among those who serve men. He manifests in
   pleasing human form about three feet high. He must be invoked three
   times before he will come forth into the circle prepared for him. He
   will furnish riches and will instantly fetch things from a great
   distance, according to the will of the magician. He is as swift as
   human thought.
   "Aniguel: Serviceable and most useful, and comes in the form of a
   ten-year-old boy. He must be invoked three times. His special power is
   to discover treasures and minerals hidden in the ground, which he will
   furnish to the magician.
   "Marbuel: A true lord of the mountains and swift as a bird on the
   wing. He is an opposing and troublesome spirit, hard to control. You
   must invoke him four times. He appears in the person of Mars {a
   warrior in heavy armor}. He will furnish the magician those things
   which grow above and under the earth. He is particularly the lord of
   the spring-root. {The spring-root is a mysterious herb, possibly of a
   reddish color, which mediaeval magicians asserted had the property of
   drawing forth or opening anything it touched. If placed against a
   locked door, it would open the door. The Hermetists believed that the
   red-capped woodpecker was specially endowed with the faculty of
   discovering spring-root, so they followed this bird to its nest, and
   then stopped up the hole in the tree where its young were. The
   red-crested woodpecker went at once in quest of the spring- root, and,
   discovering it, brought it to the tree. It immediately drew forth the
   stopper from the entrance to the nest. The magician then secured the
   root from the bird. It was also asserted that because of its
   scructure, the etheric body of the spring-root was utilized as a
   vehicle of expression by certain elemental spirits which manifested
   through the proclivity of drawing out or opening things.}
   "Aciebel: A mighty ruler of the sea, controlling things both upon and
   under the water. He furnishes things lost or sunk in rivers, lakes,
   and oceans, such as sunken ships and treasures. The more sharply you
   invoke him, the swifter he is upon his errands.
   "Machiel: Comes in the form of a beautiful maiden and by her aid the
   magician is raised to honor and dignity. She makes those she serves
   worthy and noble, gracious and kindly, and assists in all matters of
   litigation and justice. She will not come unless invoked twice.
   "Baruel: The master of all arts. He manifests as a master workman and
   comes wearing an apron. He can teach a magician more in a moment than
   all the master workmen of the world combined could accomplish in
   twenty years. He must be invoked three times.
   "These are the spirits most serviceable to man, but there are numerous
   others which, for lack of space, I am unable to describe. Now, if you
   desire the aid of the spirit to get this or that, then you must first
   draw the sign of the spirit whom you desire to invoke. The drawing
   must be made just in front of a circle made before sunrise, in which
   you and your assistants will stand. If you desire financial
   assistance, then you must invoke the spirit Aciel. Draw his sign in
   front of the circle. If you need other things, then draw the sign of
   the spirit capable of furnishing them. On the place where you intend
   to make the circle, you must first draw a great cross with a large
   sword with which no one has ever been hurt. Then you must make three
   concentric circles. The innermost circle is made of a long narrow
   strip of virgin parchment and must be hung upon twelve crosses made of
   the wood of cross-thorn. Upon the parchment you must write the names
   and symbols according to the figure which follows. Outside this first 
   circle make the second as follows:
   "First secure a thread of red silk that has been spun or twisted to
   the left instead of the right. Then place in the ground twelve crosses
   made of laurel leaves, and also prepare a long strip of new white
   paper. Write with an unused pen the characters and symbols as seen on
   the second circle. Wind this latter strip of paper around with the red
   silken thread and pin them upon the twelve crosses of laurel leaves.
   Outside this second circle make a third one which is also of virgin
   parchment and pinned upon twelve crosses of consecrated palm. When you
   have made these three circles, retire into them until at last you
   stand in the center upon a pentagram drawn in the midst of the great
   cross first drawn. Now, to insure success, do everything according to
   the description, and when you have read off the sacred invocation
   pronounce the name of the spirit which you desire to appear. It is
   essential that you pronounce the name very distinctly. You must also
   note the day and the hour, for each spirit can only be invoked at
   certain times."
   While the black magician at the time of signing his pact with the
   elemental demon may be fully convinced that he is strong enough to
   control indefinitely the powers placed at his disposal, he is speedily
   undeceived. Before many years elapse he must turn all his energies to
   the problem of self-preservation. A world of horrors to which he has
   attuned himself by his own covetousness looms nearer every day, until
   he exists upon the edge of a seething maelstrom, expecting momentarily
   to to be sucked down into its turbid depths. Afraid to die -- because
   he will become the servant of his own demon -- the magician commits
   crime after crime to prolong his wretched earthly existence. Realizing
   that life is maintained by the aid of a mysterious universal life
   force which is the common property of all creaeures, the black
   magician often becomes an occult vampire, stealing this energy from
   others. According to mediaeval superstition, black magicians turned
   themselves into werewolves and roamed the earth at night, attacking
   defenseless victims for the life force contained in their blood.
   Form of pact with the spirit of Jupiter:
   "The aforesaid Bond of Spirits, together with the seal and character
   of the planetary angel, must be written on virgin parchment and laid
   before the spirit (for signature) when he appears; at that time the
   invocant must not lose confidence but be patient, firm, bold, and
   persevering, and take care that he asks nor requires nothing of the
   spirit but with a view to the glory of God and the well-being of His
   fellow creatures. Having obtained the desires of the spirit, the
   invocant may license him to depart."
   "Form of Bond of Spirits Given in 1573
   "I, Pabiel, ministering Spirit and messenger of the presiding and
   ruling Spirit of Jupiter, appointed thereunto by the Creator of all
   things visible and invisible, do swear, promise, and plight my faith
   and troth unto thee in the presence and before the great {Heb.} Yod
   Heh Vau Heh and the whole company and host of Heaven, and by all the
   Holy Names of God do swear and bind myself unto thee by all the
   contents of God's Sacred Writ, by the Incarnation, Death, and Passion,
   by the Resurrection and glorious Ascension of JC, by all the holy
   Sacraments, by the Mercy of God, by the Glory of Joys of Heaven, by
   the forgiveness of sin and hope of eternal salvation, by the Great Day
   of Doom, by all Angels, Archangels, Seraphim, Cherubim, Dominations,
   Thrones, Principalities, Powers and Virtues, above rehearsed, and by
   whatsoever else is holy or binding, do I swear, promise, and vow unto
   thee that I will appear, come, and haste unto thee and at all times
   and places and in all hours, days, and minutes, from this time forward
   unto thy life's end wheresoever thou shalt call me by my name or by my
   office, and I will come unto thee in what form thou shalt desire,
   either visibly or invisibly, and will answer all thy desires and give
   testimony thereof and let all the powers of Heaven witness it.
   "I have hereunto subscribed my hand and confirm my seal and character
   unto thee. Amen."
   From The Complete Book of Magic Science (unpublished)
   The following condensed extract from an ancient manuscript is
   reproduced herewith as representative of the ritualismm of ceremonial
   magic. The extract is from The Complete Book of Magic Science, an
   unpublished manuscript (original in the British Museum), with
   pentacles in colors, mentioned by Francis Barrett in his Magus.
   "Opening Prayer
   "Omnipotent and Eternal God who hath ordained the whole creation for
   thy praise and glory and for the salvation of man, I earnestly beseech
   thee that thou wouldst send one of thy spirits of the order of
   Jupiter, one of the messengers of Zadkiel whom thou hast appointed
   governor of thy firmament at the present time, most faithfully,
   willingly, and readily to show me these things which I shall ask,
   command or require of him, and truly execute my desires. Nevertheless,
   O Most Holy God, thy will and not mine be done through JC, thine only
   begotten Son our Lord. Amen.
   "The Invocation.
   {The magician, having properly consecrated his vestments and utensils
   and being protected by his circle, now calls upon the spirits to
   appear and accede to his demands.}
   "Spirits, whose assistance I require, behold the sign and the very
   Hallowed Names of God full of power. Obey the power of this our
   pentacle; go out your hidden caves and dark places; cease your hurtful
   occupations to those unhappy mortals whom without ceasing you torment;
   come into this place where the Divine Goodness has assembled us; be
   attentive to our orders and known to our just demands; believe not
   that your resistance will cause us to abandon our operations. Nothing
   can dispense with your obeying us. We command you by the Mysterious
   Names Elohe Agla Elohim Adonay Gibort. Amen.
   "I call upon thee, Zadkiel, in the Name of the Father, and of the Son,
   and of the Holy Ghost, blessed Trinity, unspeakable Unity.
   "I invoke and intreat thee, Zadkiel, in this hour to attend to the
   words and conjurations which I shall use this day by the Holy Names of
   God Elohe El Elohim Elion Zebaoth Escerehie lah Adonay Tetragrammaton.
   "I conjure thee, I exorcise thee, thou Spirit Zadkiel, by these Holy
   Names Hagios O Theos Iscyros Athanatos Paracletus Agla on Alpha et
   Omega loth Aglanbroth Abiel Anathiel Tetragrammaton: And by all other
   great and glorious, holy and unspeakable, mysterious, mighty,
   powerful, incomprehensible Names of God, that you attend unto the
   words of my mouth, and send unto me Pabiel or other of your
   ministering, serving Spirits, who may show me such things as I shall
   demand of him in the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the
   Holy Ghost. Amen.
   "I intreat thee, Pabiel, by the whole Spirit of Heaven, Seraphim,
   Cherubim, Thrones, Dominations,Witnesses, Powers, Principalities,
   Archangels, and Angels, by the holy, great, and glorious Angel
   Orphaniel Tetra-Dagiel Salamla Acimoy pastor poti, that thou come
   forthwith, readily show thyself that we may see you and audibly hear
   you, speak unto us and fulfil our desires, and by your star which is
   Jupiter, and by all the constellations of Heaven, and by whatsoever
   you obey, and by your character which you have given, proposed, and
   confirmed, that you attend unto me according to the prayer and
   petitions which I have made unto Almighty God, and that you forthwith
   send me one of your ministering Spirits, who may willingly, truly, and
   faithfully fulfil all my desires, and that you command him to appear
   unto me in the form of a beautiful Angel, gently, courteously,
   affably, and meekly, entering into communication with me, and that he
   neither permitting any evil Spirit to approach in any sort of hurt,
   terrify or affright me in any way nor deceiving me in any wise.
   Through the virtue of Our Lord JC, in whose Name I attend, wait for,
   and expect thy appearance. Fiat, fiat, fiat. Amen, Amen, Amen.
   {Having summoned the spirit unto his presence, the magician shall
   question him as follows:}
   "'Comest thou in peace in theName of the Father and of the Son and of
   the Holy Ghost?' {And the spirit shall answer:} 'Yes.'
   "'Thou art welcome, noble Spirit. What is thy Name?' {And the spirit
   shall answer:} 'Pabiel.'
   "'I have called thee in the Name of Jesus of Nazareth at whose Name
   every knee doth bow in heaven, earth, and hell, and every tongue shall
   confess there is no name like unto the Name of Jesus, who hath given
   power unto man to bind and to loose all things in his most Holy Name,
   yea even unto those that trust in his salvation.
   "'Art thou the messenger of Zadkiel?' {And the spirit shall answer:}
   'Yes. '
   "'Wilt thou confirm thyself unto me at this time and henceforth reveal
   all things unto me that I shall desire to know, and teach me how I may
   increase in wisdom and knowledge and show unto me all the secrets of
   the Magic Art, and of all liberal sciences, that I may thereby set
   forth the glory of Almighty God?' {And the spirit shall answer:}
   "'Then I pray thee give and confirm thy character unto me whereby I
   may call thee at all times, and also swear unto me this oath and I
   will religiously keep my vow and covenant unto Almighty God and will
   courteously receive thee at all times where thou dost appear unto me.'
   "License to Depart.
   "'Forasmuch as thou comest in peace and quietness and hath answered
   unto my petitions, I give humble and hearty thanks unto Almighty God
   in whose Name I called and thou camest, and now thou mayest depart in
   peace unto thine orders and return unto me again at what time soever I
   shall call thee by thine oath, or by thy name or by thine order, or by
   thine office which is granted thee from the creator, and the power of
   God be with me and thee and upon the whole issue of God, Amen.
   "'Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost.'
   "It would be advisable for the invocant to remain in the circle for a
   few minutes after reciting the license, and if the place of operation
   be in the open air, let him destroy all traces of the circle, et
   cetera, and return quietly to his home. But should the operation be
   performed in a retired part of a house, et cetera, the circle may
   remain, as it might serve in a like future operation, but the room or
   building must be locked up to avoid the intrusion of strangers."
   The agreement set forth above is purely ceremonial magic. In the case
   of black magic, it is the magician and not the demon who must sign the
   pact. When the black magician binds an elemental to his service, a
   battle of wits ensues, which the demon eventually wins. With his own
   blood the magician signs the pact between himself and the demon, for
   in the arcanum of magic it is declared that "he controls the soul who
   controls the blood of another." As long as the magician does not fail,
   the elemental will fulfil to the letter his obligation under the pact,
   but the demon will try in every possible way to prevent the magician
   from carrying out his part of the contract.
   When the conjurer, ensconced within his circle, has evoked the spirit
   he desires to control and has made known his intention, the spirit
   will answer somewhat as follows: "I cannot accede to your request nor
   fulfil it, unless after fifty years you give yourself to me, body and
   soul, to do with as I may please."
   If the magician refuses,other terms will be discussed. The spirit may
   say: "I will remain in your service as long as on every friday morning
   you will go forth upon the public street giving alms in the name of
   Lucifer. The first time you fail in this you belong to me."
   If the magician still refuses, realizing that the demon will make it
   impossible for him to fulfil his contract, other terms will be
   discussed, until at last a pact is agreed upon. It may read as
   follows: "I hereby promise the Great Spirit Lucifuge, Prince of
   Demons, that each year I will bring unto him a human soul to do with
   as it may please him, and in return Lucifuge promises to bestow upon
   me the treasures of the earth and fulfil my every desire for the
   length of my natural life. If I fail to bring him each year the
   offering specified above, then my own soul shall be forfeit to him.
   Signed..............{Invocant signs pact with his own blood.}
   In symbolism, an inverted figure always signifies a perverted power.
   The average person does nor even suspect the occult properties of
   emblematic pentacles. On this subject the great Paracelsus has
   written: "No doubt many will scoff at the seals, their characters and
   their uses, which are described in these books, because it seems
   incredible to them that metals and char- acters which are dead should
   have any power and effect. Yet no one has ever proved that the metals
   and also the characters as we know them are dead, for the salts,
   sulphur, and quintessences of metals are the highest preservatives of
   human life and are far superior to all other simples." (Translated
   from the original German.)
   The black magician cannot use the symbols of white magic without
   bringing down upon himself the forces of white magic, which would be
   fatal to his schemes. He must therefore distort the histograms so that
   they typify the occult fact that he himself is distorting the
   principles for which the symbols stand. Black magic is not a
   fundamental art; it is the misuse of an art. Therefore it has no
   symbols of its own, It merely takes the emblematic figures of white
   magic, and by inverting and reversing them signifies that it is
   A good instance of this practice is found in the pentagram, or
   five-pointed star, made of five connected lines. This figure is the
   time-honored symbol of the magical arts, and signifies the five
   properties of the Great Magical Agent, the five senses of man, the
   five elements of nature, the five extremities of the human body. By
   means of the pentagram within his own soul, man not only may master
   and govern all creatures inferior to himself, but may demand
   consideration at the hands of those superior to himself.
   The pentagram is used extensively in black magic, but when so used its
   form always differs in one of three ways: The star may be broken at
   one point by not permitting the converging lines to touch; it may be
   inverted by having one point down and two up; or it may be distorted
   by having the points of varying lengths. When used in black magic, the
   pentagram is called the "sign of the cloven hoof," or the footprint of
   the Devil. The star with two points upward is also called the "Goat of
   Mendes," because the inverted star is the same shape as a goat's head.
   When the upright star turns and the upper point falls to the bottom,
   it signifies the fall of the Morning Star.
   Excerpt from:
   The Secret Teachings of All Ages:
   An Encyclopedic Outline of Masonic, Hermetic, Qabbalistic
   and Rosicrucian Symbolical Philosophy
   1988 by Manley P. Hall, ISBN 0-89314-830-X
   Philosophical Research Society, Inc.
   3910 Los Feliz Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90027

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