NEW BOOK: Medieval Rituals of Catholic Exorcism!

Medieval Rituals of Catholic Exorcism Covers

“Red Cover” – Lulu LinkAmazon Link
“Brown Cover” – Lulu LinkAmazon Link

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 LinkAmazon Link) and a “Brown Cover” (Lulu LinkAmazon 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!

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Anything and Everything about Holy Water


Holy Water Font at Santa Maria dei Angeli Church in Rome, Italy


What Is Holy Water?
> Sacramentals
> 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
> Probabilism
> Balance
> The Normative Principle
> Non-Legalism

 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
> Sprinkling
> The Asperges/Vidi Aquam
— > Adaptation for Private Usage
> Drinking
> Bathing
> Fonts in the Home

 Desecration: Can Holy Water Lose Its Blessing?

 Final Thoughts?

Let’s Begin

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Planetary Days, Hours, and Experimentation

Prague Astronomical Clock

The Prague Astronomical Clock, installed in 1410 and displaying the day’s sunrise/sunset, planetary hours, and zodiacal positions in addition to standard “clock time.”

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.

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Witchcraft Section at the Free PDF Library!

Original Image Sources: here and here

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!

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My First Experience with a Ouija Board

Image by Amy_Gillard from Pixabay

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.

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Modern Rome and the Validity of the “We Baptize Thee” Formula

I never thought I’d be arguing the “pro” side for this kind of question. But on the bright side, I finally get a chance to poke holes in “conservative” theology!

You already know I’m no fan of “liberal” theology because of its fixation with secularization and the political. You may even know I’m no fan of “conservative” theology either, because of its fixation with obedience for the sake of obedience, without too much concern for consistency or limiting principles. But now let’s get to the story.

Recently, the Catholic world learned of the “invalid baptism” of one Father Matthew Hood, by reason that his baptizator, a Deacon Mark Springer, altered the essential form to say “We baptize you” rather than the rubrically-prescribed “I baptize you.”

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New .PDF: Keeping Your Balance in the Modern Church

Keeping Your Balance in the Modern Church

I’m happy to announce a new addition to the Free .Pdf Library, a curious book from 1968 titled Keeping Your Balance in the Modern Church.

This book was written three years after the Council ended, and tries to address the turmoil that was just beginning among rank-and-file Catholics. Many theologians started teaching a different gospel from what most laity had heard since childhood, the Council’s implementations were still in their infancy (the Novus Ordo was a year away!), and Catholics were confused over what to make of the goings-on.

I first discovered this book sometime around 1998, and if memory serves, it was on a website called St. Michael’s Abbey based out of Australia. One thing that always impressed me about it was the play-by-play description of what happened behind the scenes at Vatican II (Chapter 2), and its attempt to break Continental philosophical developments down into bite-size pieces for the average American Catholic to understand.

From what I can tell, the book was the ninth installment in something called the “Catholic Lay Series,” and people have posted it on Amazon as part of the “Catholic Living Series.” Considering how many versions of the book are available for sale, I can only conclude the title has been abandoned by its publisher.

In any case, if you decide to download and read this book, I ask you to do so with two things in mind: 1) remember that this book was intended for the average layperson who knows little-to-nothing about theology or philosophy, and 2) construe the book’s statements in the context of the time in which it was written, of which this book is very much a product.

I hope you enjoy the library’s new entry, and there will always be more to come!

[The entire Free .Pdf Library can be viewed here.]

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Can the Independent Sacramental Movement Be Revitalized?

Sept 18, 2005 (16)

From Left: Agostino Taumaturgo, John Michael Greer, John Plummer, and David Kling. Just before sunrise on September 18, 2005.

Table of Contents


The Early Independent Movement: Reasons for Existence

What Happened?
— Mission and Commission
— Societal Changes
— Actions by the Larger Churches: Fear-Uncertainty-Doubt
— Actions by the Larger Churches: Embrace-Extend-Extinguish

What Can an Independent Jurisdiction Do?
— Mapping Ministry and Mission
— Suggested Reading

Practical Considerations
— Worship Styles
— Models of Ministry
— Questions of Polity
— Availability of Ordinations
— Vetting and Training
— Finances and Funding
— Fellowship Events
— Unique Ministry Opportunities
— Satellite People
— Stop the Rome-a-Phobia!
— Fix Your Website!
— Do Not Dumb It Down!
— Have You Figured It Out Yet?



Recently I shared my thoughts on the Traditional Roman Catholic Movement and why it’s doomed to failure in the long term. That discussion was in context of the Independent Sacramental Movement (ISM) and Father Chadwick’s observations about why the ISM currently has so few laity; recent reading and studying has brought me to meditate on the Movement, how it got to where it is today, and its potential viability in the future.

This should actually be somewhat ironic, considering my background in the Trad Movement and their (public) opinion of the Independents (Trads collectively refer to the ISM as “Old Catholics” and then proceed to speak about them as though they’re all dirt – unless they’re looking to be ordained by one, that is), but I’d had an awareness of the Independent Movement since 1997, contact with individuals in the Movement since 2000, and have come to believe taking that route may have saved me a lot of stress and headache over the past 18 years since my priestly ordination.

Reflection and reading has brought me to consider the history of the Independent Movement in context of its actual ministry, the reaction of historical forces which reduced the Movement of its purposes sometime between the two World Wars, and how the Independent Movement can chart a viable path forward in spite of the ridicule of the outside world and the decline of Christianity in the First World. The successes and failures of my own seven-year attempt at an independent-adjacent ministry have been instructive in this regard, because even after reviewing its periods of growth, stability, and decline over and over again, I still continue to ask myself: “What did I do wrong? What could I have done better?” Continue reading

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Occult Lineages within the Traditional Roman Catholic Movement

Thurifer at Consecration 9-9-2007

Thurifer at episcopal consecration. 2007. Photo by my best friend’s husband.

If there’s anything the Traditional Roman Catholic likes to hate in public, it’s Freemasons, Homosexuals, and Occultists. If we talk about the smaller Traditionalist groups, these hatreds can often reach a fever pitch.

Why, then, does almost every line of Apostolic Succession within the Traditionalist Movement involve a Freemason, an Occultist, a Gnostic, a Homosexual, or a Pedophile?

The best-known example of this is Achille Cardinal Liénart (1884-1973), who participated in the conclaves that elected Pius XII, John XXIII, and Paul VI, as well as all four session of Vatican II. According to the New York Times on the day after his death, Cardinal Liénart was considered a progressive (by the standards of the time) who supported the Worker-Priest movement, social justice initiatives, and “the development of a religious sociology capable of maintaining the church as a dynamic force in the resolution of 20th‐century problems.”

In 1976, an issue of the monthly magazine Il Borghese released a list of clergy discovered to be Freemasons, along with date of initiation and “code names” and Cardinal Liénart’s name was on it. Liénart’s legacy is that he’s the bishop consecrated a certain Frenchman named Marcel-François Lefebvre (1905-1991). It’s long been known that the largest Traditionalist group in the movement derives its apostolic succession from a liberal Freemason.

What’s not well-known, however, is that upwards of 85-90% of the smaller “Trad” groups – most of which come from the Gaston-Lopez or André Barbeau lineages – also derive apostolic succession from occult and Masonic sources. While the names in these lines may be well-known to occultists (Jean Bricaud, Robert Ambelain, Roger Caro, etc.), Traditional Roman Catholic bishops are themselves clueless about the matter. Even though one of the bishops in the Lopez-Gaston lineage has the word “Tau” in his name. Seriously, the name “Guy Jean Tau Joannes Mamistra Olivares” is right on their succession tables!

I document all of this in my new monograph, Occult Lineages within the Traditional Roman Catholic Movement, discussing the personalities and the spread of the main occult lineage throughout the Traditional Catholic Movement. I also mention the presence of an “esoteric-friendly” lineage through the John Christopher Simmons (1945-2003) which comes to him through Willoughby by way of James Banks, thanks to Simmons’ original consecration by his co-worker in ministry Roger Charles Augustine Gleaves in 1990, and would add here that Simmons also possessed the Bricaud-Ambelain lineage by virtue of his sub conditione consecration by Bertil Persson on October 30, 1992. This took place almost a year prior to his last sub conditione at the hands of Harold James Norwood on September 4, 1993, this last being is the only consecration mentioned in Traditionalist bishops’ lines of apostolic succession.

The only Traditionalist bishops’ lineages that do not seem touched by “occult” successions are the Thuc lines descending through Carmona, Zamora, and Des Lauriers, providing these are the only consecrations a given bishop had received and there are no “sub conditionals” (which tend to happen in the Trad movement for political reasons, unlike the Independent Sacramental Movement which practice sub-conditionals as a way of collecting lineages or a sign of collegiality).

Does this mean anything for the bishops still living? Not, not at all. They are still true bishops, the priests they ordain are true priests, and the Masses they say are true Masses, provided the form, matter, and intent are kept throughout. This is something else I discuss in the monograph.

Should it matter to the average “Trad?” Again, not in the least. Because again these bishops are true bishops and these priests are true priests. You’d do better to pay attention to what they’re doing with their lives and ministry now, rather than caring whether they received succession from some Gnostic Church or Francophone magical order they were never part of and never even knew existed.

But will it matter to the average “Trad?” That may be another story.

If you know anything about the Traditional Roman Catholic Movement, you’ll know they’re obsessed with optics and “occasion for scandal,” and the bishops tend to hate each other more so than they ever hated Vatican II. You’ll know there is no end to backstabbing, accusing each other of some or other impropriety, or attempting to steal each other’s parishioners. In fact if you said the only functioning “movement” these groups collectively resembled was a bowel movement, you would not be wrong.

So while it should not mean anything outside of academic curiosity, it’s up for grabs how the Trad movement will actually handle this information. Most likely they’ll ignore it or cast aspersions on me for writing something with the word “occult” in the title (not the first time!), or the larger groups may use it as yet another way to discourage people from getting involved with the smaller groups. Or the Novus Ordinarians may use it as yet another brush to paint the Traditional Movement as a place full of horrible people.

In other words, whether this information is out there or not, it’ll still be business as usual!

Should I care? Nope. I’m just surprised by it, because I was unaware of any of this until a month ago – in spite all these lines being listed right inside my succession binder. For now I’m just happy to see this truth published in a place where it’s not so difficult for the average person to find.

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NEW CLASS: An Evening with Benedicaria!

Called “Benedicaria,” “Medicina Popolare,” and many other names by practitioners and detractors alike, the art of folk healing and magic is ancient as the first people living on Italian soil, while at the same time modern as any of us living here and now. Shaped by the Etruscan, Roman, Catholic, and Feudal civilizations of the Old World, and surviving persecution in the New, this spiritual knowledge has survived tremendous opposition, only to find itself slowly fading away as a result of assimilation and modernism.

Join Agostino for an evening as he explores the history, cultural context, and practice of Benedicaria, alongside where the word originally came from and the contours of this fascinating interplay of herbs, saints, novenas, and magico-religious ways of thinking.

Registration is $15 per person, and includes permanent access to the full video. Registration is automatic for Patreon subscribers at the $15 and above level.

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