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Evildoer: The Story of Satan, Azazel and the Rebellious Angels
…I wish to explain to you whence the worship of idols began in this world…the beginning was in this wise. Certain angels, having left the course of their proper order, began to favor the vices of men, and in some measure to lend unworthy aid to their lust, in order that by these means they might indulge their own pleasures the more; and then, that they might not seem to be inclined of their own accord to unworthy services, taught men that demons could, by certain arts--that is, by magical invocations--be made to obey men… Pseudo-Clementine Book IV Chapter
XXVI (The worship of demons is called „demonolatry‟)
One example of such a magical invocation, by definition a spell, which relates the dependence of the success of magic spells on such spirits is contained in the Mithraic “Great Magic Papyrus of Paris.” After setting forth what one must do in preparation, we are told: “I have not found a greater spell than this in the world. Ask the god (the demon) for what you want, and he will give it to you.” Origen in his Contra Celsus, Book 6 Chapter XXXIX tells us “those who employ the arts of magic and sorcery…invoke the barbarous names of demons.” Zohar 3:208a attributes Azazel (Aza‟el) and his angels for the introduction of the knowledge of the secrets of the magic arts to mankind, as does the Book of Enoch. Tubal Cain, a descendent of Cain the son of the angel Azazel by Eve, was known as the father of witchcraft and sorcery. The Biblical Nimrod is described as a “great magician” “who took up with magical practices” (See The Clementine Homilies Homily IX Chapter IV). According to legend, the teachings of the Qabalah were revealed to mankind by the angels, whereas it must also be remembered the Qabalah is derived from ancient Egyptian magic. The Book of the Sacred Magic of Abramelin the Mage, as delivered by Abraham the Jew to his youngest son Lamech in 1458 A.D. represents a system of magic based partly upon the teachings of the Qabalah (it reputedly originated in ancient Egypt by a magician known as Abramelin the Mage. Compare the similarities of the name Abramelin with that of Merlin, the name of the famous magician of King Arthur‟s court. The word „Abra‟ is a prefix in the name of the Gnostic god of magic Abrasax and of the magic word „Abracadabra‟). This grimoire greatly influenced the magic group known as the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn. Perhaps Abramelin as such represented the angel Azazel himself, or took his pseudonym from him. The rebellious angels known as jinn are also called shedim. Some shedim are invoked during Kabalistic ceremonies such as was the golem of Rabbi Yehuda Loevy. Contrary to popular belief, there is no such thing as benevolent shedim. Aleister Crowley, a practitioner of Magick, invoked the shedu (shedu is the singular form of the word shedim) Azazel under the guise of Choronzon, the Dweller in the Abyss. In Arabian countries the jinn, who represent
Azazel‟s group of rebellious fallen angels, are likewise associated with magic. Arab magicians are called Muqarribun, their traditions predating Islam itself. Through their use of magic, the Muqarribun sought to control the jinn who they knew to be the rebellious angels of God and to exploit them to their advantage. Spells were employed in an effort to control these jinn and to enslave them and as protection against them. Some of the Dead Sea scrolls of the Essenes found at Qumran contained magic spells. The Egyptians had practicing magicians (See Exodus 7:11), as did the Babylonians (See Daniel 2:10)). The three wise men, the kings of the east, were Persian Magi who visited Jesus at his birth and were likewise, as their names suggest, magicians.
According to the Italian Renaissance philosopher Count Giovanni Pico della Mirandola writing in what is considered to be the Renaissance Manifesto and a key document of Humanism, in a document entitled the Oration on the Dignity of Man: “magic has two forms. One consists wholly in the
operations and powers of demons, and consequently this appears to me, as God is my witness, an execrable and monstrous thing. The other proves, when thoroughly investigated, to be nothing else but the highest realization of natural philosophy. The Greeks noted both these forms. However, because they considered the first form wholly undeserving the name magic they called it goeteia, reserving the term mageia, to the second, and understanding by it the highest and most perfect wisdom. The term ``magus'' in the Persian tongue, according to Porphyry, means the same as ``interpreter'' and ``worshipper of the divine'' in our language…The first (goeteia) is the most deceitful of arts; the second (mageia), a higher and holier philosophy. The former is vain and disappointing; the later, firm, solid and satisfying. The practitioner of the first always tries to conceal his addiction, because it always rebounds to shame and reproach, while the cultivation of the second, both in antiquity and at almost all periods, has been the source of the highest renown and glory in the field of learning. No philosopher of any worth, eager in pursuit of the good arts, was ever a student of the former, but to learn the latter, Pythagoras, Empedocles, Plato and Democritus crossed the seas…That first form of magic (goeteia) cannot justify any claim to being either an art or a science while the latter (mageia), filled as it is with mysteries, embraces the most profound contemplation of the deepest secrets of things and finally the knowledge of the whole of nature.” King James the First in his Daemonologie (1597 A.D) (Book I Chapter III) informs us “There are principally two sorts (of magic), whereunto all the parties of that unhappy art are redacted; whereof the one is called Magie or Necromancy, the other Sorcery or Witchcraft…they say, that the witches are servants only, and slaves of the Devil; but the Necromancers are his masters and commanders.” Magical societies employing ceremonial magic such as the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn (named in honor of Hermes, a god who represented Azazel) as well as other adherents of Satanism, Thelemic/Theosophic Orders, and New Age movements are based on the esoteric teachings of Hermetic Qabalah. The Hermetic Qabalah system has many influences including Jewish Kabalism, Gnosticism, pagan mystery religions, astrology, Freemasonry, Neo-Platonism, Rosicrucianism, astrology, tarot, tantra, hermeticism, and alchemy. Aleister Crowley was the Hermetic Qabalah‟s most famous adherent, employing Hermetic Magic (goeteia) in a system he called „Magick.‟ In fact, amongst the most infamous members to be counted amongst the ranks of the group known as the Rosicrucian‟s was Aleister Crowley (pen name of Edward Alexander 1875-1947 A.D.) himself. Crowley‟s writings inspired Anton Sandor LaVey to write his Satanic Bible and to found the “Church of Satan.” Anton LaVey‟s Church of Satan was founded in 1966 A.D. Anton LaVey derived his name from the word „Leviathan.‟ “The Sigil of Baphomet,” the official insignia of his Church of Satan, contains the Hebrew letters spelling „LVYTN‟ at each point of the five points of the pentagram this sigil contains. LVYTN becomes LaVeY anToN,
or, Anton LaVey (in the Aramaic Targum of Jonathan (Translation by J.W. Etheridge) on Genesis 1:21 Leviathan is spelled „levyathan‟ with a „y.‟ „LVYTN‟ is a shortening of the word „levyathan,‟ or rather, „levyathan‟ is a lengthening of the word „lvytn.‟ The Hebrew language does not employ vowels). The pen name of the French occultist Alphonse Louis Constant, which is Eliphas Levi, was also similarly derived, his last name being a shortening of the word „Leviathan.‟ One of the major objectives in Thelemic mysticism is to achieve union with the All. This involves a blend of Crowley Magick, Yoga, tarot, astrology and Qabalahism as well as employing a smattering of other mystical disciplines. To those who think Yoga is a harmless exercise, in Alistair Crowley‟s Book 4 (Liber IV), he writes: “The work of the Body of Lightwith the technique of Yoga- is the foundation of Magick.” Union with the All was essential to ones attainment of such a Body of Light. If one possessed such a Body of Light, one was possessed of an eternal life-- but that is a subject for another book. Interest in Thelema, sex magic, tantric sex and sexual yoga has its origin with the appearance of the angels and also reappears later in ancient Babylonia, where sex was incorporated in post-diluvian religious practices based on the esoteric knowledge and exotic practices of the fallen angels. Magical incantations, spells and chants in the strictest physical sense seem to have their false beliefs rooted in wave theory of vibrations and sidereal harmonics, yet another subject for another book. What all these magic systems have in common though, whether Egyptian, Babylonian, Arabian or any other version, is the practical invocation of spirits and angels, a practice strictly prohibited by God (as an example, note the very profane work, “The Kabalistic Prayer” in Eliphas Levi‟s The Magical Ritual of the Sanctum Regnum). These are Satan-inspired corrupted systems which complete one‟s detachment from God, as opposed to one‟s union with Him, with the All, as is the professed aim of Crowley‟s Magick. Many systems of magic are based on Christian themes, its adherents invoking God and His obedient angels which aim was to allow the user to control the rebellious fallen angels, an act of total futility seeing many of the angels would not even obey the direct commands issued by the All-Powerful God Himself. To use one example, the so-called black magic grimoire Pseudomonarchia Daemonum (Johann Weyer) states: “In the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, the father and the son and the Holy Ghost, holy trinity and unseparable unity. I call upon thee…that thou give me grace and divine power over all the wicked spirits (read: fallen angels)…so as which of them soever I do call by name, they may come…and accomplish my will…” (The Grimoire of Armadel is also a good example of a Christian-based system of magic). Likewise the black magic work Verus Jesuit Libellus (The True Petition of the Jesuits) states “So come o ye angelic ones…and do all that I have requested in the name of the three-fold Jehovah, whose praises all spirits sing ceaselessly giving honor to the all powerful who is your Lord as he is mine. Amen.” In the Preface to the grimoire entitled The Magus (circa. 1801 A.D.) by Francis Barrett one of Barrett‟s professed aims was “to free the name of Magic from any scandalous imputation; seeing it is a word originally significative not of any evil, but of every good and laudable science, such as a man might profit by, and become both wise and happy; and the practice so far from being offensive to God or man, that the very root or ground of all magic takes its rise from the Holy Scriptures, viz.--"The fear of God is the beginning of all wisdom;"-and charity is the end: which fear of God is the beginning of Magic; for Magic is wisdom, and on this account the wise men were called Magi. The magicians were the first Christians; for, by their high and excellent knowledge, they knew that that Saviour which was promised, was now born man--that Christ was our Redeemer, Advocate, and Mediator; they were the first to acknowledge
his glory and majesty; therefore let no one be offended at the venerable and sacred title of Magician--a title which every wise man merits while he pursues that path which Christ himself trod, viz. humility, charity, mercy, fasting, praying, &c.; for the true magician is the truest Christian, and nearest disciple of our blessed Lord.” While the title of one magic manuscript succinctly sums up the goal of every magic system: The Grand Grimoire is subtitled “The Art of Controlling Celestial, Aerial, Terrestrial, and Infernal Spirits” (read: fallen angels). The Grand Grimoire also speaks of how “God struck down the rebel angels…into the…abyss.” The story of Azazel‟s and his angel‟s entrapment inside their cherubim within the Earth is also the basis for the legend concerning the demons said to have been confined by King Solomon in a magic bronze vessel as related in the 17th Century grimoire called The Lesser Key of Solomon. This tale also has parallels to the genie in the magic lamp of the Arabian Nights stories, as the genie therein represents an angel whilst the lamp represents the angel‟s cherub. The evil ifrit are called the “seed of Iblis” (Iblis=Satan) in The Book of One Thousand and One Nights, also known as Arabian Nights. The word „ifrit‟ means „rebellious;‟ the evil ifrit of the book represent rebellious angels. Arab magicians are called Muqarribun, their traditions predating Islam itself. Through the use of magic, practitioners believe they can control the spirits (jinn) and exploit them to their advantage, obliging them to serve their master. In Arabian countries the jinn, who represent rebellious fallen angels, are associated with magic. Spells are used to control them and to enslave them or as protection against them. In fact, the magical use of talismans and amulets goes hand in hand alongside Muhammadism itself (as is also true of Catholicism which employs „medals‟ of the Patron Saints which are likewise worn for protection). The noted Freemason Manly P. Hall, in his Lectures on Ancient Philosophy reveals that: “From the Arabians C. R. C. (the Rosicrucian Christian Rosenkrantz) also learned of the elemental peoples and how, with their aid, it was possible to gain admission to the ethereal world where dwelt the genii and nature spirits. He thus discovered that the magical creatures of the Arabian Nights Entertainment actually existed…He was further instructed concerning…the rituals of magic and invocation…and the binding of the genii.” What he learned in truth was of the jinn entrapped within the desert, of Azazel and of his angels! The following selection from Egyptian Book of the Dead Plates V and VI B.D. Chapter I speaks of the Egyptian„s belief that it was possible to gain entrance into the underworld where dwelt Azazel: “Osiris (Behemoth) the chief of Amenta, the lord of eternity (the eternally living, possessed of an eternal life)…chief of the company of his gods; and…Anubis (Azazel) [dweller] in the tomb (Azazel‟s cherub Behemoth, entrapped within the earth, was considered to be his tomb), great god, chief of the holy dwelling (the Great House, aka Behemoth). May they grant that I may go into and come out from the underworld…that I may go forth into the presence of [Osiris] (Behemoth within which Azazel is entrapped)…” The Egyptians falsely believed that the living might enter and leave the underworld at will. They even wrote books concerning this subject: The beginning of the chapters…of coming forth from and going into the underworld.
of Ani from the Egyptian Book of the Dead Plate V The Papyrus
Egyptian Book of the Dead Plate XII B.D. Chap. XVIII states: “Grant…that I may enter into and come forth from the netherworld,” the “netherworld” wherein was entrapped Azazel and his rebellious angels. The esoteric knowledge concerning the rebellious fallen angels formed the fundamental
principles underlying all modern magick systems. The grimoire known as The Greater Key of Solomon speaks of “assemblies” of “Evil and rebellious Spirits (read: angels) dwelling in the Abysses of Darkness” whom its practitioners sought to “conjure” (The Greater Key of Solomon Book I Chapter VII). Translated from manuscripts found in the British Museum, this manuscript was translated by S. Liddell MacGregor Mathers, a 19th Century magician who was head of the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn (the Golden Dawn, founded in 1887 A.D., was an offshoot of the English Rosicrucian Society and consisted largely of leading Freemasons). This work influenced many magic orders including that of Mathers‟ himself and of those magic orders founded by such practitioners of magick Alistair Crowley and Eliphas Levi. The manuscript identifies the rebellious fallen angel Azazel as “ye who by your own sin have been cast down from the Empyreal Heaven, and from before His (God‟s) Throne; by Him (God) who hath cast ye (Azazel) down unto the most profound of the Abysses of Hell (read: Hades, beneath the earth)” (The Greater Key of Solomon Book I Chapter VI). Another manuscript which greatly influenced many magic orders such as the Order of the Golden Dawn is The Book of the Sacred Magic of Abramelin the Mage (again, this is a manuscript translated by S. Liddell MacGregor Mathers). As stated in the introduction to this book, S. Liddell MacGregor Mathers states: “The invocation of Angelic Forces…is an idea common in works of Magic, as also are the Ceremonies of Pact with and submission to Evil Spirits” and that the “magnum opus” propounded in the aforementioned work is “to obtain the knowledge of and conversation with one‟s Guardian Angel, so that thereby and thereafter we may obtain the right of using the Evil Spirits for our servants in all material matters.” The book itself states that through “conversation with your Guardian Angel” one may receive from him “distinct and ample information regarding the Evil Spirits and the manner of bringing them into submission,” but in order to achieve this “thou wilt have to pass under the influence of thy Holy Guardian Angel.” (The Book of the Sacred Magic of Abramelin the Mage describes the processes and rituals involved in obtaining as Abraham the Jew therein describes such a “conversation with your Guardian Angel.” This concept originated in the teachings of ancient Egyptian black magicians). Mathers goes on to explain: “Except in the professed Black Magic (goetic) Grimoires, the necessity of the invocation of the Divine and Angelic Forces to control the Demons is invariably insisted upon in the operations of invocation described and taught in Mediaeval Magical Manuscripts and published works.” Indeed, according to Book I of The Book of the Sacred Magic of Abramelin the Mage, the success of such magic operations of evocation are dependent upon the will of “God, by the intermediation of His Holy Angels, and with all Spirits, both good and evil.” Abraham the Jew, the author of this grimoire, was of the opinion that many magic systems were based on pacts with devils (read: fallen angels) and demons (read: the spirits of the dead hybrid offspring of the fallen angels) and were in fact false and vain, these systems being based on deception for the express purpose of destroying their practitioners. Again, vainly enough, he thought his own system of magic to be different. He couldn‟t have been more wrong (remember, The Bible states the only mediator between God and man is Jesus Christ (See 1Timothy 2:5)). His system was also based on such demonic/Satanic deception. As a matter of fact, Abramelin the Jew was formally a Christian who renounced Christianity and converted to Judaism, a man whose father instructed him in the ways of Qabalism. In Chapter I of Friar Bacon his Discovery of the Miracles art, of Nature, and Magick (1659 A.D.) the illustrious Bacon speaks of such: “men despising the Rules of Philosophy, irrationally call up wicked Spirits, supposing them of Energy to satisfie their desires. In which
there is a very vast error, because such persons imagine they have some authority over Spirits, and that Spirits may be compelled by humane authority, which is altogether impossible, since humane Energy or Authority is inferior by much to that of Spirits. Besides, they (who conjure spirits) admit a more vast mistake, supposing such natural instruments, as they use, to be able either to call up, or drive away any wicked Spirit. And they continue their mistake in endeavouring by Invocations, Deprecations or Sacrifices to please Spirits, making them propitious to their design. Without all question, the way is incomparably more easier to obtain any thing, that is truly good for men, of God, or good Angels, then of wicked Spirits.” Alistair Crowley, like S. Liddell MacGregor Mathers, was a member of the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn. In his book Liber Samekh, which has as its stated goal “the Attainment of the Knowledge and Conversation of his Holy Guardian Angel during the Semester of His performance of the Operation of the Sacred Magick of Abramelin the Mage,” Alistair Crowley invokes the angel Azazel under the ancient Egyptian names/titles of Azazel, namely Ptah, Apopphrasz, Khonsu, and Abrasax, calling him the Lion-Serpent in esoteric reference to the Genesis serpent Azazel‟s later expected appearance as the false-prophet Messiah Lion-of the Tribe of Judah. The invocation states: “Hear me, and make all Spirits subject unto Me; so that every Spirit (read: every fallen angel) of the Firmament and of the Ether: upon the Earth and under the Earth, on dry land and in the water; of Whirling Air, and of rushing Fire, and every Spell and Scourge of God may be obedient unto Me” invoking “all Spirits (read: every fallen angel)…upon the Earth and under the Earth: on dry Land and in the Water.” The Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn, the Rosicrucians and the Vril Society were entities closely associated with Madam Blavatsky‟s powerful and well organized Theosophical Society. The Theosophical Society was established in America in New York City in 1875 A.D. „Theosophy,‟ by one account meaning „god-wisdom,‟ is a religious philosophy based on ancient esoteric religious teachings tasked in comparative religious studies (some famous Theosophists include L. Frank Baum (author of The Wizard of Oz, a member of Madame Blavatsky’s Theosophical Society), William Butler Yeats (Irish poet; prominent member of the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn), Lewis Carroll (Alice in Wonderland), Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (author of Sherlock Holmes) (Doyle was also a Mason), Jack London (The Call of the Wild), James Joyce (Ulysses), T. S. Eliot (an Oxford alumni), Thomas Edison (The Wizard (by definition a ‘male witch’) of Menlo Park), Jane Goodall (Jane Goodall Institute), Carl Gustav Jung (Psychiatrist), Paul Gauguin (Artist), Elvis Presley (Musician), Shirley MacLaine (Actress), Henry Wallace (33rd Vice-President of the U.S.), Jawaharlal Nehru (First Prime Minister of India), Mohandas K. Gandhi (Indian Independence Movement Leader), G.R.S. Mead (Author/translater of many esoteric works), Abner Doubleday (Union Civil War General; President of the Theosophical Society), and George Bernard Shaw (Irish playwright and a cofounder of the London School of Economics. Shaw was associated with the Fabian Society, which society laid the foundations of the Labour Party in England. It must be noted that Tony Blair, former Labour Party Prime Minister of the U.K., is the Quartet's envoy to the Middle East involved in Israeli-Palestinian peace talks). The Vril Society (also known as The Luminous Lodge) was a secret society founded in Berlin, Germany, by a group of Berlin Rosicrucians being based on author Edgar BulwerLytton's novel The Coming Race about an advanced group of men said to be residing within the Earth and of who it is said will later emerge to rule over the world. Said to once inhabit the Earth's outer surface, the group was forced to retreat underground many thousands of years ago
by a natural catastrophe similar in nature to the Biblical Flood. This group was said to be trained in the application of the vril force, which can be used to control the physical world, including the minds and bodies of others. If this story sounds familiar it should, the story of course being based upon Bulwer-Lytton‟s esoteric knowledge concerning Azazel and his group of fallen angels who are currently entrapped within the earth, including the influence they exert upon mankind. Bulwer-Lytton (a Grand Patron (1871-73 A.D.) of the Metropolitan College of the Societas Rosicruciana in Anglia) wrote on many themes including the occult. According to Alan Baker in Invisible Eagle: The History of Nazi Occultism: “It is an assumption of many occultists that The Coming Race is fact disguised as fiction: that Bulwer-Lytton based his engaging novel on a genuine body of esoteric knowledge. He was greatly interested in the Rosicrucians, the powerful occult society which arose in the sixteenth century and which claimed to possess ancient wisdom…Some writers, including Alec Maclellan, author of the fascinating book The Lost World of Agharti (1996 A.D.), have suggested that The Coming Race revealed too much of the subterranean world (wherein Azazel is entrapped), and was as a result suppressed in the years following Bulwer-Lytton's death in 1873. Indeed, he describes the book as 'one of the hardest to find of all books of mysticism', and informs us of his own search for a copy, which for some years met with no success.” It is said Bulwer-Lytton (a Rosicrucian) was a friend of Eliphas Levi, the French occult writer and magician. Eliphas Levi was an associate of the President of the London Lodge of the Theosophical Society in England, Anna Kingsford. Kingsford later left this lodge and formed the Hermetic Society (Hermetic Societies/Orders are based on the writings of Hermes Trismegistus (known as the Corpus Hermeticum), a god who represented none other than the angel Azazel himself). This society was known for giving lectures, featuring as lecturers the likes of the occultist S. L. MacGregor Mathers and the ceremonial magician William Westcott. Wescott, a student of Kabalah, in addition to being a Master Mason, was Supreme Magus of the Societas Rosicruciana in Anglia (the Rosicrucian Society of England). Mathers, likewise a Master Mason, gained admittance to the Metropolitan College of the Societas Rosicruciana in Anglia (to which only Master Masons are admitted), eventually being appointed Junior Substitute Magus. William Wescott, with S. MacGregor Mathers, founded the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn, the most celebrated member of which was the English ceremonial magician Aleister Crowley. The Societas Rosicruciana in Anglia was itself modelled after German Rosicrucian societies. The Vril Society in Germany would later become the inner circle of the Thule Society. The Thule Society was the organization that sponsored the Deutsche Arbeiterpartei (The German Workers Party) which was later transformed by Adolf Hitler into the Nazi Party. In fact Azazel and his angels are the German Nazi “underground supermen” (aka Unknown Supermen) said to live beneath the Earth‟s surface. Hitler‟s ultimate goal was to free them. Hitler also claimed to be in communication with them. And Hitler, it is said, was an Adept of Black Magic, while members of Hitler‟s feared secret police, the SS (Schutzstaffel), like Hitler himself, were practitioners of black magic and believers in the occult. Likely Azazel and his group exerted their influence upon the mind as well as actions of Adolf Hitler. Indeed, in The Dawn of Magic (by Louis Pauwells & Jacques Bergier) states: “When Arthur Machen speaks of the World of Evil, „full of caverns and crepuscular beings dwelling therein,‟ he is referring, as an adept of the Golden Dawn, to that other world in which man comes into contact with the „Unknown Supermen.‟ It seems certain that Hitler shared this belief, and even claimed to have been in touch with these „Supermen.‟” End quote. The Unknown Supermen of which he speaks and with whom Hitler was in contact is none other than Azazel and his group of fallen angels who
are entrapped within the earth. It must be mentioned Arthur Machen was a friend of A. E. Waite and, like Waite, a member of the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn (Waite translated fellow Golden Dawn member Eliphas Levi‟s Dogme et Rituel de la Haute Magie (Dogma and Ritual of High Magic) into English under the title Transcendental Magic, its Doctrine and Ritual). Other famous practitioners of black magic included the Druids. In fact, Celtic Druidic rituals are included in many modern-day black magic ceremonies. The Celtic Druids adorned their priestly robes with the sign of the Pentagram, the sign of Satan. And magic practices were part and parcel of Sumerian, Babylonian, and Egyptian religions as well as Coptic Christianity (the Coptic Leiden Papyrus, an Egyptian magical book, invokes the “holy gods (read: fallen angels) of the abyss”). Ancient Egyptian priests were magicians who practiced black magic. The Egyptian word for magic is „heka,‟ „heka‟ literally meaning „activating the Ka,‟ the word from whence comes the name Hecate, the name of a goddess who represented Azazel‟s human wife, and her consort, the god Heka, whose name was synonymous with „magic‟ and who represented the angel Azazel. The female consort of a god was often named after the god. Hecate was by definition a witch and is one of the major deities in Satanism. According to Albert Pike (circa. 1871 A.D.) in Morals and Dogma of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry : “The first Druids were the true children of the Magi, and their initiation came from Egypt and Chaldaea, that is to say, from the pure sources of the primitive Kabalah.” One essential teaching of Kabalah is that of the existence of Azazel and his angels, that they are entrapped within the earth, and that they may in fact be contacted. One of the purposes of the Egyptian system of magic was to gain mastery and control over Azazel and his angels, who were the Egyptian „gods‟ who were imprisoned within the earth. Egyptian Book of the Dead Plate XVI B.D. Chap. XXVII, speaking of Azazel and the angels who are imprisoned with him within the earth, says: “O ye lords of eternity, ye possessors of everlastingness…be obedient unto me in the underworld.” In deference to the fact that the Egyptian system of magic centered upon the belief in the angel Azazel imprisoned within the earth along with his angelic followers, Egyptian Book of the Dead Plate XIV B.D. Chap. XVIII states: “Now as concerning every (magic) charm and all the words (spells) which may be spoken against me, may the gods (read: Azazel and the angels imprisoned with him) resist them, and may each and every company of the gods withstand them.” Magic practices were also common in the 3rd-7th Centuries C.E. in the Jewish communities of Babylonia contemporaneously with and in the same communities which created the Babylonian Talmud (See Dan Levine, “Rare Magic Inscription on Human Skull,” BAR, March/April 2009 and Hershel Shanks, “Magic Incantation Bowls” BAR, January/February 2007). It must also be noted the composition of books on magic including The Great Grimoire of Pope Honorious III (a mediaeval book of magic (Sloane MS 313) once in the possession of John Dee) and The Enchiridion of Pope Leo are purported to have been authored by popes of the Roman Catholic Church, although these claims have not been substantiated. Though unsubstantiated, the fact that in Europe in medaieval times (which was before the advent of the printing press) the people able to perform such tasks as the composition and copying of books were mostly cloistered in monasteries must also be noted, as public education was at the time non-existent. Monks and priests were akin to Egyptian scribes. Modern Freemasonry, if one may call it that, in the 16th and 17th Centuries combined the esoteric knowledge of the Knights Templar group with that of the Rosicrucians, organizations which derived their knowledge from the esoteric teachings of the ancient Egyptians, Babylonians
and other Gnostic groups, their knowledge being hidden from the masses and privy to a chosen few. In fact, the Knights Templar group (this order was officially known as The Order of the Poor Knights of the Temple of Solomon) was a Rosicrucian group. York Rite Freemasonry links themselves to the Knights Templar group through its use of Templar symbols and rituals. According to Chapter IV of the Confessio Fraternitatis, Rosicrucians, like practitioners of magick, appeal for help from angels and spirits for the revelation of God‟s mysteries (compare to the account in 1Samuel 28:5-14). Their practice is akin to the conjuring of, and invocation of, spirits. Though the Rosicrucians “confess Christ,” acknowledging his existence though not necessarily embracing him, they also disavowed the Papacy of the Roman Catholic Church as Chapter XIII of the Confessio Fraternitatis so reveals. The Knights Templar, in their use of the figure of Abraxas in some of their 13th Century seals, reveal their Gnostic leanings and the influence of Gnostic beliefs on the group‟s inner workings and religious beliefs. In earlier times, professing these beliefs was considered by the Roman Catholic Church as tantamount to blasphemy against God and was perceived as a threat to the power of the Popes. The god Abraxas was an element common to magic charms, amulets and spells, with the god Abraxas representing the angel Azazel. According to Manly P. Hall, 50 of the 56 signatories of the Declaration of Independence were known Freemasons. Famous Freemasons who played an important role in the foundation of America included George Washington, John Hancock, Paul Revere, Patrick Henry, Ben Franklin, the Marquis de Lafayette, Baron Von Steuben and Richard Henry Lee. Tubal Cain, a descendent of Cain the son of the angel Azazel by Adam‟s wife Eve, was known as the father of witchcraft and sorcery. His name is a Freemasonic password (Master Mason (3°)). Magic is likewise practiced amongst members of the Initiates Circle in the Bohemian Grove in California, members of which include many modern-day famous political and corporate elites. Just a little food for thought. Many “myths” contain kernels of truth. Such legends abound by which rulers and priests sought to prove and justify the worthiness of their ability to rule by making up stories of their supposed trips to the underworld where the incarnate angel Azazel, the original Magic Man himself, and his angels are entrapped. Lucian of Samosota, in his work Menippus (The Descent into Hades) 6-9, speaks of going to Babylon to meet one of the many Magi whom he described as being disciples and successors of Zoroaster as Lucian “had heard that with certain charms and ceremonials they could open the gates of Hades, taking down in safety anyone they would and guiding him back again.” Now one must remember that Hades represented the place within the Earth where Azazel and his angels were entrapped within their cherubim, so this was quite an extraordinary claim, and a completely false one at that. This service they did, however, offer for a fee, and in this way did the Magi separate the pious fools from their money. The Magi, from whence comes our word „magician,‟ employed the use of magical charms and ceremonies, practiced the invocation of spirits and were considered to be Gnostics. It was such Magi (the three kings/the three wise men of The Bible were Zoroastrian Magi (Masons)) who saw the star (a cherub) in the east in Persia and came to visit Jesus in a manger in Bethlehem as related in Matthew 2:1-2. The donning of exotic costumes by the Magi was practiced with the express intent that one should look like the phantoms who represented the jinn, the jinn being Azazel and his imprisoned angels, whom they invoked, that in this way they
might travel safely to and fro from our place to theirs. From this practice comes the tradition of wearing costumes at Halloween. The Zoroastrian priests professed that they could open the gates of Hades, descending and ascending at will through their use of ceremonial magic and rites including ritual animal sacrifice. Masks are often worn today during Satanic rituals, rituals which likewise include animal sacrifice. Halloween is a popular Satanic holiday. To the Zoroastrian Magi, fire was sacred and this belief accounts for the Yule fires (Yule logs) and Beltane fires, bonfires (a word derived from the bone fires of their sacrificial animals) and the like. According to the Genesis Rabbah (The Bereshith), Nimrod, like the Zoroastrians/Magi, worshipped fire. In Homily IX of The Clementine Homilies Chapter V Clement states that: “Therefore the magician Nebrod (the Greeks and Egyptians knew Nimrod as Nebrod. In the Septuagint version of The Bible, the name „Nimrod‟ is also rendered as „Nebrod‟), being destroyed by this lightning falling on earth from heaven, for this circumstance had his name changed to Zoroaster, on account of the living stream of the star (read: cherub) being poured upon him (Nimrod was killed by the cherub). But the unintelligent amongst the men who then were, thinking that through the love of God his soul had been sent for by lightning, buried the remains of his body, and honored his burial-place with a temple among the Persians, where the descent of the fire occurred, and worshipped him (Nimrod) as a god.” In Chapter VI Clement continues: “Him (Nebrod/Nimrod) the Greeks have called Zoroaster.” In Pseudo-Clementine Book IV Chapter XXVIII it is related how after Nimrod‟s death “foolish men…extolled him…raising a sepulcher to his honor, they went so far as to adore him as a friend of God, and one who had been removed to heaven in a chariot of lightning (a cherub), and to worship him as if he were a living star. Hence also his name was called Zoroaster after his death-- that is, living star.” It must be noted the work entitled The Oracles of Zoroaster and attributed to Zoroaster himself speak of the sacred rites employed in the conjuration of divine beings. Beltane, a festival centered upon the imprisonment of the angels in their subterranean prisons is related to Zoroastrian beliefs. Our modern day Halloween comes from Beltane festivities and is more distantly derived from Zoroastrian beliefs. Witches and their black magic practices are mainstay symbols of Halloween. The 20th Chapter of the 2nd Book of The Book of the Sacred Magic of Abramelin the Mage states that the basis of many magical beliefs was that the fallen angels have been made subject by God to mankind. This fact is the origin of the belief that fallen angels (demons) can be magically summoned to serve a human master: “Consider that it is the pride of the (Demon) (read: rebellious fallen angel) which hath chased him out of Heaven, and think what a heartbreaking thing it is for him to see a Man, made of vile earth, command him who is a Spirit, and who was created noble, and an Angel (as well); and also that it is necessary that he should submit himself unto Man, and obey him, not of his own free will, but by force, and by a power of command which God hath given unto Man, to whom he is forced to humiliate himself, and to obey, he who had the greatest difficulty in submitting himself unto his Creator (God). And yet, notwithstanding all this, he is obliged by his most profound humiliation, and by his most severe suffering, to submit himself unto Man, for whom further is destined that Heaven which he himself hath lost for an Eternity.” God abhorred such magical practices:
Regard not them that have familiar spirits, neither seek after wizards, to be defiled by them: I am the LORD your God…And the soul that turneth after such as have familiar spirits, and after wizards, to go a whoring after them, I will even set my face against that soul, and will cut him off from among his people…A man also or woman that hath a familiar spirit, or that is a wizard, shall surely be put to death: they shall stone them with stones: their blood shall be upon them.
Leviticus 19:31,20:6,27 KJV
There shall not be found among you any one that maketh his son or his daughter to pass through the fire, or that useth divination, or an observer of times, or an enchanter, or a witch, or a charmer (a user of magical charms or amulets), or a consulter with familiar spirits, or a wizard, or a necromancer. For all that do these things are an abomination unto the LORD: and because of these abominations the LORD thy God doth drive them out from before thee. Deuteronomy
18:10-12 KJV (In the Preface to King James‟ book entitled Daemonologie we learn James (of King James Bible fame) was well learned in all matters philosophical, being well read of the works of ancient writers, being fully immersed in the science of comparative religions. As such he would have certainly been aware of the presence of the fallen angels and of the magic systems that they inspired, which sought to conjure them (James therein specifically makes mention of the writings of Cornelius Agrippa). Many attempted to and well succeeded in attempts to make contact with the fallen angels. James defends his institution of the execution of witches saying the “assaults of Satan are most certainly practiced and that the instruments thereof (i.e. witches), merits most severely to be punished,” he putting into actual practice the exhortation found in Exodus 22:18 of his own King James Version of The Bible quite literally: “Thou shalt not suffer (allow) a witch to live.” See also The Realness of Witchcraft in America (A. Monroe Aurand, Jr., 1942 A.D.) which agrees with this author‟s conclusion: "‟Thou shalt not suffer a witch to live,‟ (Exodus 22:18) was made the basis of the persecution of witches, with all its horrors.”)
Simon Magus was known as Simon the Zealot, commander of the Hebrew freedom fighters who advocated war against Roman rule in the 1st Century A.D. (Albert Pike in Morals and Dogma identifies Simon Magus as being the founder of the Gnostic faith. In fact, the Simonians were a Gnostic sect whose teachings, known as Simonianism, regarded Simon Magus as its founder and traced its doctrines back to him). By definition, „Magus‟ means: 1. Zoroastrian priest: in the ancient Persian religion of Zoroastrianism, a priest 2. man with magical powers: especially in ancient times, a man with supernatural or magical powers (Encarta ® World English Dictionary © & (P) 1998-2005 Microsoft Corporation). I mention this that one might know the encompassing influence of magic on all world religions (“it is most true indeed, that all these wise men of Pharaoh were Magicians of art: As likewise it appears well that the Pythoness, with whom Saul consulted (See I Samuel 28:7-9), was of that same profession: & so was Simon Magus.” From: Daemonologie (1597 A.D) Book II Chapter I). To truly understand the vast extent and widespread use of magic in nearly every ancient civilization and religious belief system (Christianity included), including Hebrew, Arabic, Greek, Roman, etc, one should read Amulets and Superstitions by E.A. Wallis Budge, Dover Publications 1978. In addition, Manly P. Hall, in his book, America‟s Assignment with Destiny (1951 A.D.), states: “All the aboriginal tribes of North America practiced mystical and magical rites.” This was true also of the tribes in South America. Magic practices and beliefs are experiencing a renaissance in the world we live in today, with Pagan Reconstructionist movements playing a prominent role. William J. Schnoebelen in The Dark Side of Freemasonry states: “Kabbalism is a system of Jewish mysticism and magic and is the foundational element in modern witchcraft. Virtually all of the great witches and sorcerers of this (the 20th) century were Kabbalists.” This agrees with what we learn from www.novelguide.com: “During the nineteenth century a revival of magic—based in large part upon the Kabala and the identification of the 22 letters of the Hebrew alphabet with the tarot—occurred in France, primarily around Éliphas Lévi. From Lévi a new appreciation of the Kabala passed to the magicians of the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn and through it to
Aleister Crowley, a dominant practitioner of magic in the twentieth century. It would be difficult to think of modern magic without the Kabala and its related practices of gematria and path workings.” In conclusion, the genesis of all magic systems revolve around their adherents belief in and of their esoteric knowledge concerning the rebellious fallen angels (including the angels Satan and Azazel) and of the disembodied spirits of their dead hybrid offspring, including, in somer cases, actual communication with them.
In the immortal words of Aleister Crowley: “There is the dove (the Holy Spirit of God) and there is the serpent (Azazel). Choose thee well!” Crowley has chosen the serpent Azazel and eternal damnation. Choose thee the Holy Spirit and live happily ever after, eternally!
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