Black Magic And Dark Paganism @ ConVocation 2009

A lecture and reading covering the ethos and practices of black magic, a survey of curse methods, and dark paganism– a term which he coined in the early 1990s. (It is a fusion of elements from the PantheaCon lecture of the same name from 2008, the Secret Sequel lecture from 2009, and some unique material.)

Like several lectures during this period, the audio is imperfect. Please accept my apologies.

Black Magic Part Two (Partial) @ ConVocation 2010 


Part of Clifford Hartleigh Low’s lecture about the deeper ethics, strategy, and practice of curses, black magic and dark paganism. The omitted portion of the lecture was recorded without audio due to technical issues.


On Scholastic Image Magic


Scholastic Image Magic or SIM was one of two main branches of magical practice in the Medieval Era and the Renaissance. It was heavily influenced by the science of the Arabic world, and incorporated astrology, optics, mathematics, and the philosophy of antiquity. The European version was an outgrowth of Medieval Scholasticism; a movement which attempted to reconcile Christianity with the works of Plato, Aristotle and the mystical Neoplatonists.

Scholastic Image Magic focuses primarily upon the creation of talismans; objects created or modified to become repositories of celestial light which alter the attributes and destinies and basic nature of anything in their proximity, including human beings.

It also includes celestial petitions, which are akin to highly ritualized prayers which facilitate the granting of expressed wishes. This is where Scholastic Image Magic and theurgy, the other main branch, cross over.

(The other branch is also sometimes called necromancy, depending on emphasis. It largely focuses on angel magic and spirit evocation, and use of Biblical charms and sometimes variants of Kabbalah. There is significant overlap, but the rationales for these traditions are different at heart.)

Both the creation of talismans and the making of petitions are endowed power largely through astrological timing. Some have asserted that Scholastic Image Magic is a subcategory of Electional Astrology, the choosing of fortunate times. It certainly is dependent upon it; but I and others believe in the importance of the materials used as well. There is no way to become minimally competent in this tradition of magic without being very skilled in Medieval or Renaissance Era Astrology.

Scholastic Image Magic may also include the creation of confections, suffumigations (incenses), and potions; though these are often considered to be alchemy.

Many of us who have experimented with Scholastic Image Magic believe it to be the most powerful (and sometimes dangerous) form of magic in Western history. The demands usually exceed those of other magical traditions in numerous ways, and the results are proportional. It is not for the dilettante. Many of us have studied under Christopher Warnock, whose is a great place to learn a major flavor of this from tabula rasa. Without having some background in the generalities of Traditional Astrology you’ll probably be very confused. John Michael Greer often describes this stuff as the rocket science of the Middle Ages. (And he should know, because he translated Picatrix with Christopher Warnock a few years back.)

Scholastic Image Magic has a body of literature which we refer to frequently. The most central text is the Picatrix, which has two popular editions at present. Another, harder to find text is the Treasure of Alexander. Cornelius Agrippa’s Three Books on Occult Philosophy (especially the upcoming complete Eric Purdue translation) is an excellent source for Scholastic Image Magic and much else besides, and large portions of the somewhat derivative The Magus from Francis Barrett are appropriate. Though the available version of De Imaginibus is purged of suffumigation recipes and incantations, it is still of great value. I find the Liber Lunae to be very fascinating, and has had an influence on Kabbalah. The Mysterium Sigillorum and the Kyranides have content of interest. Many shorter texts such as the Quindecim Stellis and De Mineralibus, Seals & Stones of Solomon, Seals & Sigils of Chael, Talismans of Hermes, and the Seals of Thetel are also very important, and sections of the works of Giordano Bruno and even parts of the so-called Greater Key of Solomon merit study. But all of this is built upon a foundation of antique astrology and metaphysics, such as the essential writers Guido Bonatti, Johannes Sacrobosco, and Abu Yusuf Al-Kindi, which the authors expected the readers to have expertise in.

I have studied and practiced Scholastic Image Magic in a very focused way for over a decade, I have witnessed it cure incurable diseases, draw hundreds of thousands of dollars from nowhere, conjure storms, raise and banish spirits, repel dangerous animals, hypnotize and compel obedience, and make a subject fall hopelessly in love. In my own experience it is vastly closer to the kind of magic which appears in myths and Fantasy literature than anything else I’ve seen. (And I have expertise in many other traditions of magic, which have their own distinctive advantages.)

If this tickles your fancy and you’re considering putting in the effort, welcome aboard. SIM is one of my very favorite flavors of magic. If it isn’t your cup of tea, there’s a lot of additional material on my blog to inform and tantalize.


Jewish Numerological Meanings of Ten

Jewish numerology is different from those developed in other ethno-religious cultures, and it does have some key magical connotations which should be paid attention to.

  1. Keter: Crown. The Sphere of the Primum Mobile. “I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. You shall have no other gods before Me.” The Plague of the Slaying of the Firstborn.
  2. Khokmah: WisdomThe Sphere of the Fixed Stars. “You shall not make for yourself a carved image– any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth; you shall not bow down to them nor serve them…” The Plague of Locusts.
  3. Binah: UnderstandingThe Sphere of Saturn. “You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain, for the Lord will not hold him guiltless who takes His name in vain.” The Plague of Fiery Hail. Seder Tohorot (Purities.)
  4. Khesed: KindnessThe Sphere of Jupiter. “Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy…” The Plague of Boils. Seder Kodashim (Holy Things.)
  5. Gevurah: Severity.The Sphere of Mars. “You shall not murder.” The Plague of Pestilence. Seder Nezikin (Damages.)
  6. Tifaret: BeautyThe Sphere of Sun. “Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long upon the land which the Lord your God is giving you.” (The 5th and 6th Commandments are flipped for some reason.) The Plague of Wild Beasts.
  7. Netzakh: EternityThe Sphere of Venus. “You shall not commit adultery.” The Plague of Lice. Seder Nashim (Women.)
  8. Hod: SplendorThe Sphere of Mercury. “You shall not steal.” The Plague of Frogs. Seder Moed (Festival.)
  9. Yesod: Foundation. The Sphere of the Moon. “You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.” The Plague of Blood. Seder Zeraim (Seeds.)
  10. Malkut: Kingdom. The Sublunar Sphere. “You shall not covet your neighbor’s house; you shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, nor his male servant, nor his female servant, nor his ox, nor his donkey, nor anything that is your neighbor’s.” The Plague of Darkness (oddly out of order here.)

The Age of Black Magic: Step Seven

The Magic Bullet (Variant)

Take (at a minimum) four rifle cartridges and anoint them away from you from base to tip with a destructive Hoodoo oil, such as Destruction Oil, Devil Oil, Damnation Oil etc.

Take a similar number of powerful neodymium magnets and anoint them with Inflammatory Confusion Oil. Baptize the magnets and give them names– but names in a set, like Larry, Curly, Moe and Shemp.

Take your framed relic image (assuming that is what you have available) and place the four bullets at the top, bottom, right and left extremes. Orient them so that they appear to be shooting in a counterclockwise direction– a circular firing squad is the metaphor we are going for here.

Then take the magnets and place them on the back/bottom of the frame, pinning the bullets in place with the cardboard, picture, and glass in between bullet and magnet.

Call upon your divinities or spirits to grant you your requests, or write a petition paper and place it below or within the picture frame.

Feed the magnets by sprinkling iron filings mixed with gunpowder onto the bullets, and similarly make offerings of raw pork mixed with red pepper or goofer dust on the eyes and face of your target.

Store this in a remote location, because the pork will spoil.

If one has space, ring the project with sprinkled gunpowder or goofer dust.

The goal with the Magic Bullet variant is not to kill but to cause the subject to become paranoid and disturbed in mind, overwhelmed by fear, and to sow chaos and infighting among that person’s inner circle.

Of course this can be modified to do far worse things, but our aim here is to neutralize rather than kill.

This method can be modified for different types of relics on altar spaces, or increased in power using talismans and elections and many other options. The limit is only your imagination.

Have fun with this one.

The Age of Black Magic: Step Six

The Ascendant Degree As A Relic

Today I’m going to teach you a dirty little trick from SIM. One can influence a target, benevolently or malevolently, far easier when their natal degree of Ascent is on the horizon.

So, if you want to influence him you want to commence your magic when Leo 29 is on the Ascendant. Happens once a day for about two minutes.

One way to do that is to print out said chart at the time in question and use it as a relic.

Another is to commence another sort of ritual at that time. That is more effective.

A far more vicious version is available to people more proficient with astrology.

When you either afflict the Ascendant by having a Malefic or highly debilitated planet conjoined to the Ascendant or even on 29 Leo — or have the Ruler of that Sign in an acute state of accidental affliction or essential debility– you can do serious damage.

What I would do is wait until the Sun is in Aquarius and do your thing when 29 Leo is on the horizon, preferably Sun Hour or Sun Day or both.

When you do this, the Sun is going to be near the Descendant. You’ll want it in the 7th House rather than the 6th, though there’s a little wiggle room of about five degrees on the cusp. That’s because the 7th House is Angular, and is suitable for rapid changes — especially changes of dominance and control. The 6th is Cadent and is far less suitable.

Avoid times when the Moon is making a separating aspect to the Sun.

Earlier this evening I suggested people buy instant cameras. If you take an instant photo of a friend or client when their Ascending natal degree is currently Ascending *and* the Ruling planet is unafflicted and preferably dignified, that photo is a powerful relic for healing and luck magic.

But that’s the opposite of what we are trying to do today.

The Age of Black Magic: Step Five

Hoodoo Tarot magic against Trump Incorporated.

First, you see the flash…

Cursing President-Elect Donald Trump with death is counterproductive. He is 70 years old and doesn’t look terribly healthy, and if he were to die Mike Pence would replace him. We need to be smarter than that.

We need to shatter what he values and break him as a person in order to neutralize him. He loves his legacy, and that appears in two forms:

  1. His properties and overall business empire.
  2. His family and inner circle.

These will be our primary targets.

Today we will focus on the former.

Our endgame is to leave him all alone and confused, utterly emasculated, weeping upon the pile of ashes that used to be all he valued in the world.

Not only will his threat be neutralized thereby, but he will become an example to history.

Everything to follow can be personalized according to your preferences and intuition. Take care when doing so, but experimentation and personalization in magic is often very useful and enjoyable.

Then, you hear the thunder…

Obtain an inexpensive tarot deck and remove Trump XVI, the Falling Tower. Stow the rest of the deck for future projects. (Especially some of those Swords cards. They’re fun.)

Go to and obtain at a minimum Destruction Oil, Sachet Powder, and Incense Powder. The bath crystals are optional. You may find the iconography on the labels highly suitable for our enterprise. Similarly go onto… and obtain Oil, Sachet Powder and Incense Powder. You will be blending the two formulae in each configuration. (Get extra Inflammatory Confusion ingredients for future projects. They’ll come in handy soon.)

Take a flat relic, preferably an autographed picture of one of the Trump dynasty, and anoint the four corners of the paper with the blend of Destruction Oil and Inflammatory Confusion Oil. Put on disposable rubber gloves and draw an X across the paper in Dead Water from The Age of Black Magic step three. Water in which Destruction Bath Crystals and Inflammatory Confusion Bath Crystals have been dissolved can be used as a substitute. If you have access to urine from a black dog, that makes a fine flourish to add as a third ingredient I suspect.

Take an inexpensive black pictureframe from a dollar store and place within it the autographed promotional photo. Place it within the frame upside down, so that if it were to stand on the fin it would be upside down but still visible.

Obtain two $100 bills, or if you cannot afford that $50 bills, or if that is impractical $2 bills. Blacken them away from you (use strokes from the side proximal to your body to the side furthest from your body, as you are projecting power away from you towards your target) with ink on both sides. A thick magic marker will do; a bottle of India ink also may be good.

As an alternative, consider Bat’s Blood Ink. They won’t be blackened, but they’ll work nicely too. If you choose this option, after it’s dried one can serve as a petition paper similar to the glass version described below and can be inscribed similarly to add some extra punch.

Burn the currency and mix all of the ashes with a blend of Destruction Sachet Powder and Inflammatory Confusion Sachet Powder. You can add gunpowder or saltpeter (potassium nitrate) if you wish, or if you’re really mean you can mix it with or even replace it all with standard graveyard dirt, Seven Suicide Soil or Goofer Dust.

Now, take a black Sharpie and use the glass of the picture frame as a petition paper. Write trumptowertrumptower… along the length of the frame thirteen in parallel lines in unbroken script. Then across the width write your curse; bankruptcylawsuitsmisfortuneterrorismfire or something like that. Let that dry.

Now take a small black candle and a large candle that is either green, yellow, brown, or white. (Green represents money, yellow represents gold, brown represents lawsuits and legal matters, and white represents many things including clarity of mind. The black candle represents misfortune and corruption.)

Make thirteen holes into the topmost wax of the large candle, and light the black candle to melt black wax over the top the large candle. Depending on the type of big candle you have, either use up the small black candle or fill the glass tube to the top and save the small back candle remnants for later.

(It is not unreasonable to switch that, and have a big black candle with colored wax at the top– but I prefer the black wax polluting and spoiling and devouring the good that the colored wax represents. Like a cancer.)

Dress the candle. Rub the mixture of oils from the base to the wick pointing away from you– preferably the exact direction of Trump Tower if you can figure this out from Google Maps.

Sprinkle a pinch of the powder onto the mouth of the candle, or as an alternative take a Sharpie and draw a cartoon skull, representation of The Tower, or simply the number XVI onto your left palm. Blow some of the powder from that palm onto the mouth of the candle.

Place the picture frame on the floor or the altar space where you plan to keep it. It should at the minimum be far away from children and pets. It will get a lot of usage.

Take the tarot card and anoint it with the oil mixtures at the four corners and a fifth dot at the center. If you are using a photo, place it near the eyes. Then place the cursed currency across the card, preferably blocking out the eyes of the target. (Some will prefer the tarot card upside down, though face up. Totally up to you.)

Now, take the candle and with its base smash the glass of the pictureframe at the place where the card and currency cross. It doesn’t need to get messy, just give it a nice crack. If it resembles a lightning bolt, all the merrier.

Tidy up the cross made from the tarot card and currency, spit on it, and place the candle over it.

Sprinkle the cursed powders in one or more circles around the candle. Leave some for later.

Recite imprecatory psalms, intone barbarous names, state your wishes, call upon whichever beings are your allies in matters such as these, and light that scary candle.

Do not pull punches. You are the lightning bolt striking The Tower.

Keep the altar space as is, but keep burning more candles until you are satisfied with the results.

(I have omitted astrological considerations and elections. They’re optional, but can strengthen the effect. If you’re capable of doing a malefic election, afflict the Ascendant and Ascendant Ruler when doing the work on the picture frame, and afflict the Descendant Ruler when preparing the candle. The Moon in the via combusta is very mischievous, and that the hours immediately before the combustion of the Moon are often worse than the combustion itself.)

Have fun, kids.