Liber Fausti

Compendium rarissimum totius Artis Magicae sistematisatae per celeberrimos Artis hujus Magistros

Well ain’t this some heavy shit. An 18th century illustrated magical anthology, written in macaronic Latin and German, reads like the dream journal of the love child of Salvador Dalí and Edward Kelly. Compendium rarissimum totius Artis Magicae sistematisatae per celeberrimos Artis hujus Magistros, or “A most rare summary of the whole Magical Art by the most famous Masters of the Art”, features wildly imaginative and detailed pictures of conjurers, demons and their qualities, and even wild Gorgons receiving reptilian cunnilingus. This is the kind of bedtime story book I wish I had had. 

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Poeticon Astronomicon

Among the first printed renditions of the Greek (Ptolemaic) constellations was the Clarissimi Viri Iginii Poeticon Astronomiconwhich included almost all these constellations, though without great accuracy or detail. Its focus seems to have been less about navigation/astronomy as for the mythological figures presented in the sky.

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12th Century Medical & Herbal Collection

This beautifully appointed manuscript describes over 200 plants and animals with medicinal (and magical) properties, in multiple colors and gold and silver.

Included in the collection is cannabis. Based on the style of the illumination (compared to its actual morphology), it’s likely the illustrator was basing their image off of a description alone, from hearsay or from another written source. Herodotus mentioned the use of hemp by the Scythians in 400BCE. Cannabis was just starting to become known to Europe in this century, by way of contact with Arab sources.

Translation mine:

Name of this herb: Cannabis. This herb grows in harsh places, and next to roads, and bound to fences. It’s main use is for consecration (fanandum)…

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Brazilian man disappeared, leaving behind 14 books full of encrypted hand-written text, and a life size statue of Giordano Bruno

After keeping his room locked for a month, Bruno Borges disappears and leaves it full of encrypted language and symbols all over the walls, along with 14 handwritten books (encrypted as well) and a statue of Giordano Bruno, Italian Dominican philosopher worth approximately $2500 (R$7.000). The books were impeccable in symmetry and aligning. His family didn’t know about the statue, he was alone when it was delivered. He was constantly asking people to invest in a project he had without telling them what it was all about. He just told his mother he was writing 14 books that would change humanity in a good way. After getting $6500 (R$20.000) from his cousin, he was able to finish his project.

SPOILER ALERT: He was found later and it was all an elaborate hoax about something (I forget what) he was trying to promote in Brazil.

WalpurgiShaw Snoozefest

I was actually disappointed that the Church of Satan promoted this rather boring ritual video. Spooky sounds and Hot Topic daggers only get you so far. Where is the psychological decompression? Where is the emotion? If any of the rites mentioned in The Satanic Rituals could be well rehearsed, grandiose and perfected renditions, I’d be so happy. Has anyone ever attempted Die Elektrischen Vorspiele? That would be a site to see!

*EDIT, April 2019* – I took a second look at this video over a year later, and I actually have to retract my previous statements about this Walpurgisnacht ritual. The production is really quite tasteful at closer inspection. After reviewing the mechanics of Satanic Ritual as described in LaVey, I can better appreciate how well this ritual adheres to his instructions. I think my initial reaction was because there is probably much that is lost in translation between being actually present at something versus interpreting it through a video. I’ll leave my previous statements up because we are responsible for the words we put out there. However I will confess I initially was judging this ritual performance too harshly. Everyone’s a critic!

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Glimpse into Hell itself with the work of Wayne Barlow

Surreal, horrifying, raw and organic hellscapes that would put H. R. Giger to shame. Wayne Barlowe’s works incorporate many occult ideas in his Stygian portraits, including Enochian beauties as well as Lovecraftian horrors who pollute the infernal kingdoms…

Open Wide the Gates of Hell