About The Sorcerer

Clifford Hartleigh Low is an accomplished practitioner of several schools of magic for thirty-five years, and holds a B.A. in Psychology from NYU. He has spent fifteen years researching Medieval and Renaissance astrological magic, and grimoires like the Picatrix. Merging his interest in dark aesthetics with deep study of historical materials, he is an outspoken proponent of wealth magic, weather magic, healing magic, tarot and black magic. His extremely diverse influences include Hoodoo, Kabbalah, and Greco-Roman Magic. In the mid-1990s founded the groundbreaking The Familiar Spirit BBS and Necronomi.com; the latter being the oldest magic-related website operating. He coined the term “Dark Paganism” during the same period. A former promoter and DJ, he sometimes enjoys throwing lavish parties.

4 comments on “About The Sorcerer

  1. Roy says:

    I just listened to the YouTube Panthea presentation, and while I was listening, I checked through a few resources – but I couldn’t find anything that associated the metals with the 15 stars. I’m a very well seasoned astrologer, and have most of the regular grimoires and a good deal of other occult literature, but if you could help me out on this, I’d appreciate it.

    Roy

  2. The Liber Hermetis associates gemstones with the 15, but you have to dig a little deeper to figure out metals.

    The first insight comes from connections stars have with particular planets. Usually a star, as per Ptolemy, will have virtues associated with two or more planets. In some instances one planet is more dominant than the other, and in some instances Ptolemy and other authors note that only the color of the star is associated with a particular planet rather than its virtues.

    That’s why it was particularly easy to figure out Antares; it’s Martial and Jovial, but even the name indicates a strong predisposition towards the former. Furthermore, it’s in a constellation which has overwhelming associations with injury, penetration, and poisoning– qualities far more Martial than Jovial. That is why it is logical to use iron as a metal for Antares.

    Sometimes it’s unclear, however, what metal to choose. Fortunately, there’s no one single metal correspondence to any fixed star (or planet either, if you read the right sources.)

    Now, the Liber Hermetis indicates that Lunar conjunctions are critical for the creation of stellar talismans. That strongly implies that silver can be used as an acceptable metal for many of these talismans.

    Picatrix by contrast indicates that the fixedstars are *all* the handmaids of the Sun. And when you think about it, that makes sense. The fixed stars have a commanding role similar to the Sun, but unlike the six remaining planets the Sun and fixed stars do not reflect and refract light but generate their own illumination. It is clear from this that the ancients were reasonably sure that the Sun was actually a star at very close range, because of this hint that they share natures. There are also indications in the Greek Magical Papyri that some of the spirits of the stars are Solar in nature, though not necessarily all. This would suggest to me that gold is a thoroughly viable metal for fixed stars.

    In practice, what I do is focus on gold and silver because they’re more durable than lead, copper, and tin and easier to work with iron and brass. I tend to lean towards gold when the fixed star is warmer, more masculine, and assertive; and go for silver when the talisman is more receptive, reactive, passive, cooler, more feminine, or protective.

  3. diamond richardson says:

    i want to sell my soul and i need your help to do it please

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