Finally, my friends, the “Exorcism Trilogy” is complete!
Finally, my friends, the “Exorcism Trilogy” is complete!
Recently, Frater S.C.F.V. asked me about an English translation for the Votive Mass of the Holy Ghost, by reasons of its use for consecrating tools in grimoire magic (link to his article about consecration by Mass). Fortunately this is available most hand missals printed before Vatican II, and I obliged. He asked for permission to share it to his blog, and I asked for 48 hours to write a blog post about it first.
Here is the blog post in question, even though those words were exchanged a week and a half ago as of this writing. First because I wanted to confirm a few things, and then because real life got in the way (I’ve been doing some much-needed work on the home and vehicles, and helping some family members with theirs; lately this has occupied the bulk of my time).
As can be seen from Adam’s article linked above, several of the Grimoires call for the magicians’s tools to be consecrated by way of having them on or near the altar during the Mass; if the magician does not possess the Presbyterate, then the next best thing is to commission a Mass from a sympathetic priest, or to sneak the items into the sanctuary.
Ecclesia Christi est Ecclesia Catholica. Non modo «subsistit in» Ecclesia Catholica, sed est Ecclesia Catholica.
This afternoon I came up for air while working on my next book, and noticed my social media feed is blowing up about “What do you think about Nope Francis clamping down on the Latin Mass?”
Being buried in my own little world lately (writing, auto, and home repair), I had no idea what anybody was talking about until I googled the title mentioned in one of those questions: Traditiones Custodes. Suddenly, it all became clear.
Suddenly, it felt like somebody invented the flux capacitor took me back to 1985.
Suddenly, I remembered what the Church situation was like prior to 2007.
Suddenly, I realized this may not be a bad thing.
Everything I said above has a lot to unpack, much of it involving the way my perceptions evolved after leaving the Traditional Movement in 2008, and then after leaving all institutional attachments in 2015. So let’s dive right in! Continue reading
About a year ago, I wrote Occult Lineages within the Traditional Roman Catholic Movement as the result of information I came across in passing, which in turn led to a deep rabbit hole spanning virtually all lines of apostolic succession within the “small box” Traditional Roman Catholic Movement. Continue reading
If you remember a little over a year ago, I promised we’d do an exploration of the Manuals, and I haven’t forgotten. If anything I’ve spent that time collecting documents, teaching myself how to read paleography, transcribing, and translating, part of which is presented in the new book Medieval Rituals of Catholic Exorcism.
Actually, there will be more. I’m presently sitting on top of 3,000+ pages worth of documents and primary source materials, and am slowly sifting through what I have. But one of the Manuals stands out above and beyond the rest, bearing the unpresumptuous name Teilrituale (“Part-Ritual”), perhaps better known by its catalogue number of CLM 10085.
After a year of labor, the new book’s finally finished! If you’ve ever wondered what scholars talk about when speaking of the “magical components” in medieval exorcisms, then wonder no more!
The new book contains several selections from Medieval exorcism manuscripts, with the complete rituals being given (in Manuals that contained multiple rituals, I gave a sampling).
For those unfamiliar with the Manuals, the primary source-texts of Catholic exorcism, the exorcisms of elves, dryads, and other spirits from folk beliefs, this book can be your introduction.
For those of you already familiar with the Manuals, this may be the first time substantial sections have been put into English, especially the Teilrituale or CLM 10085 – possibly one of the original “Solomonic-Catholic exorcism manuals” – and a full translation for Conjuration of Mirage from the so-called “Munich Manual,” CLM 849.
For those unfamiliar with the relationship between medieval exorcism and contemporary magical texts, this book can open your eyes to how fluid certain parts of medieval thought were compared to the comparative rigidity of Catholic thought on the subject now.
For those familiar with the relationships between medieval exorcism texts and contemporary magical rituals, this book gives you a chance to see the texts and make your own comparisons.
The book has two covers, “Red Cover” (Lulu Link – Amazon Link) and a “Brown Cover” (Lulu Link – Amazon Link). I can make that available if there’s any demand for it, and may likewise create a Kindle edition if enough people think it’s important.
(I strongly believe in the superiority of print, and despise the .epub format and anything having to do with it. That’s why I need to you tell me if it’s worth pursuing the trouble!)
Here’s the back-cover text, and I plan on posting about my experiences with the Manual that most got my attention by the end of next week!
Exotic Rites and Forbidden Conjurations!
Books on exorcism sometimes talk about the “exotic character” of medieval Catholic exorcisms, but tend to give very little in the way of details. Outside of scholarly writings, even those details are seldom known.
That is, until now.
This book contains the complete texts for several complete medieval rituals, including:
– The oldest-surviving Western exorcism manuscript.
– Conjurations against Elves and the “Seven Sisters”
– “Solomonic” exorcism rites from the 15th century.
– Medieval Catholic exorcists’ “Seals of Protection”
– The “Seventy-Two Names” of Jesus and Mary.
– Why medieval exorcists used “Barbarous Names.”
– How grimoirists perverted these rites for magic.
– Lists of demons medieval exorcists were fighting.
– A sample of even more exotic Renaissance exorcisms.
– Manuscript illustrations from several exorcism texts.
Whether you’re an experienced exorcist or a casual reader, this book can be your gateway to a deeper knowledge of exorcism than most ever knew existed!
What Is Holy Water?
> Pre-Christian Origins
> Typology Explained
> Three Kinds of Holy Water
What Is Holy Water’s History?
> The Earliest Surviving Blessing-Texts
> Turning Points: Gelasian and Gregorian Sacramentaries
> Most Recent Developments
Why Is Salt Used in Holy Water?
> What Really Happened in Jericho?
> Salt’s Other Uses and Symbolism
Probabilism, Balance, Normative Principle, Non-Legalism
> The Normative Principle
Can Only a Priest Bless Holy Water?
> St. Epiphanius of Salamis
> St. Gregory of Tours
> Lawful Enchantment in the Malleus Maleficarum
Is a Priest’s Holy Water Different from a Layperson’s?
> Euchology: Constitutive versus Invocative Blessings
> Type of Blessing Holy Water Receives
> Type of Blessing a Layperson Can Give
> The Question of Authority
Why Do People Insist a Priest Must Bless Holy Water?
> Most People Don’t Know Any Better
> Incomplete Theology and Conflicting Opinions
> The Quest for “Thou Shalt Not”
What Rituals Are Used for Holy Water?
> What to Look for in Blessing Rituals
> My First Time Blessing Holy Water
> Eastern Orthodox Holy Water
> The Traditional Roman Rite: Rituale Romanum
> The Old Catholic Ritual of 1875
> The Novus Ordo Rite
–> Blessing Inside the Mass (Sacramentary, Appendix II)
–> Blessing Outside the Mass (Book of Blessings, nn. 1388-1399)
> An Anglican Blessing for Holy Water (from the Exeter Report)
How Do I Use Holy Water?
> Choice of Container
> Crossing Oneself or Others
> The Asperges/Vidi Aquam
— > Adaptation for Private Usage
> Fonts in the Home
Desecration: Can Holy Water Lose Its Blessing?
Some of you already know I’ve been tied up in a massive experiment the past nine months, one of the primary reasons I haven’t been writing on this blog. If you want a picture of what this experiment entails, imagine a synthesis of the medieval and renaissance conjuration Manuals, assembly-level programming, folk-magic notions of “reward and punishment” based on an entity’s performance, ruthless examination of every angle/process/vector of manifestation, implementation of the “gear-wheels of the universe” epiphany I had 11 years ago, and hard-line empiricism expressed as an absolute emphasis on physical results.
(I’m a firm believer that if you’re not interested in physical-world results, you have no business messing with magic in the first place. Go pick up a copy of The Three Ages and take up mysticism instead!)
In short I’m completely relearning of how to do magic from the micro-level upwards – with intent to get to what makes the “subatomic” level of magical work tick – and it may be another decade before I’m able to write about the entire project with any kind of systematization or detail.
Greetings brothers and sisters, I’ve just uploaded seven new books and would like to announce the grand opening of the library’s Witchcraft Section!
Actually, I’d meant to have this open yesterday (you know, on Halloween), but a lack of planning led to this happening not on “the day of,” but unfortunately on “the day after.” But on the bright side, we’re still in the Dark Triduum!
Anyway, let’s talk about the new additions!
If you read the title and started freaking out, raise your hand!
Truth be told, I had a nice-size article written up about an experiment I’ve been doing and some realizations I’ve made concerning the planetary hours, but it feels like feeding a goldfish cracker to a whale (would a whale even recognize a goldfish cracker as edible?). That, and some new information has come my way so that blog post can keep for another time.
That said, I’m nine months into a massive experiment where I’m basically relearning magic from scratch. If you want an idea of the scope of what’s going on, just imagine synthesis of the medieval and renaissance conjuration Manuals, assembly-level programming, removal of right-brained content to the furthest extent possible, Italian folk notions of “reward and punishment” based on entity performance, ruthless examination of every angle/process/vector of manifestation, implementation of the “gear-wheels of the universe” epiphany I had 11 years ago, and hard-line empiricism expressed as an absolute emphasis on physical results.
The experiment’s scope means it may take upwards of five to ten years before completion, as it involves literally every area of magic. As one of the foundational skills for successful magic is spirit communication, this is where the board comes in.