By Frater S.C.F.V.
Date: Sunday, September 29, 2019
Sun Phase: Mid-day
Moon Phase: Waxing post New Moon
Mansion of the Moon: Zubana.
Planetary Day: Day of the Sun.
Planetary Hour: Hour of the Sun.
Activities: Solomonic bathing; opening by Bell of Art; greeting spirits of the Four Directions and Heptameron for Sunday; exorcisms of candles, incense, and tools; offerings to the spirits of my spiritual court; Conjuration of Michael; Calling upon all spirits whose names are inscribed on the belt for aid in its empowerment; Consecrations of Belt, Triangle, and Sword; Conversation with Michael; License to Depart; greetings to Quarters; Temple closing.
After a Solomonic bath, I put on my Robe, Rosary, and Bracelet of St. Cyprian and entered the Temple. I did preliminary prayers and exorcised the fire, incense, bread, and water. I then performed offerings of water, bread, incense, and candlefire to God in the name and honour of all of my Patron Angels, Saints, Ancestors, and the Olympic Spirits as well as the spirit of the LS Belt.
This belt was ethically and legally obtained from a reputable vendor. Her spirit arrived in the Temple in a state of agitation and fear. It took some loving, gentle work to help her feel safe, loved, and protected, but now she seems to have settled in nicely.
I picked up the Bell of Art and positioned myself outside the Circle of Art. I sounded the Solomonic Bell of Art three times before entering the Circle, as per the Hygromanteia, then sounded the Bell to each of the full Quarters, as per the Key of Solomon, saying “I greet and bless the Spirits of the (direction) with great love and respect in the Name of Adonai!” I continued greeting the spirits of all other directions. As I did this, I began to see sparks of light flickering around the Circle, suggesting the presence of spirits. I performed the Calls to the spirits of the Directions, Seasonal spirits, and spirits of Sunday.
As an experiment, I attempted to begin an audio recording to see if I capture anything on audio from the session. I was shocked, however, to later discover that the audio strangely cut out right before the spirit arrived… The following entry was, therefore, written down by memory as faithfully as I could manage with guidance from the Angel. I take credit only for any errors that may be contained herein; all credit for whatever is valuable and true in this account due to the mighty Prince himself.
I performed the preliminary prayers followed by the Heptameron‘s Conjuration of Michael in Latin. It works just as well in Joseph H. Peterson’s English translation in my experience, but the Latin original felt most intuitively suitable to this particular occasion. Thereafter, I sung the Archangel’s name again and again while ringing the Bell of Art until I felt his presence appear…
When the Angel arrived, the 3 candles offered in his honour all seemed to shine brighter. I asked the spirit to swear by the name of Jesus Christ that he really was Michael the Archangel and he confirmed that he was by moving the three incense streams of smoke to the left simultaneously at my request.
I greeted the Angel by first performing a great confession of my faults, flaws and sins in the style of Book I, Chapter IV of the Key of Solomon, pouring out my heart. I asked him if he would deign to aid me although I am undeserving of his help, endlessly sinful and hypocritical in my heart despite my best efforts and intentions.
I invited the Angel to communicate with me via the incense smoke, candle flame, or speaking into my mind, as he preferred. Michael greeted me with his characteristic warmth and might. I was struck by how the great Archangelos always manages to be both simultaneously comforting and terrifying in his vast power.
His voice, which strangely sounded both deep and luminescent at the same time, began to speak into my consciousness saying:
“Oh Son of Adam, Child of God, be encouraged. Yours is a Lord of Mercy. And many are we Angels who come to the aid of a human being who even takes the first step towards a good end, a path of repentance, and towards changing their life in a worthy direction. Who wills the Good wills with God. And He is ever-ready to forgive when you stumble on the way if you put your faith in him, continue to try, and do what you can.”
I explained my purpose for calling him. First, I gave thanks to the Lord God for sending him and for his kindneds and Grace in creating us both and bringing us together. Then, I presented my offerings to the Lord on Michael’s behalf and invited him to partake of them as he wished as I had to my other Angelic Patrons, Ancestors, Saints, and Olympic Spirits beforehand.
I then proceeded with the final exorcisms and consecrations of all of the tools. I asked the Archangel to empower the Triangle with his might to constrain and focus spirits to appear, emppwer mmthe Belt with his protection, and the Sword with his might and protection against malevolence. I further asked all of the Angels and Olympic Spirits whose names and Sigils were emblazoned on the belt to grace it with their own power. All was duly performed as asked.
I gave thanks to the spirits and praise and worship to the great YHVH. I then proceeded to a series of traditional prayers in honour of St. Michael.
Hymn: Te, splendor et virtus
“O Jesu! life-spring of the soul!
The Father’s power and glory bright!
Thee with the Angels we extol;
From thee they draw their life and light.
Thy thousand thousand hosts are spread
Embattled o’er the azure sky;
But Michael bears thy standard dread,
And lifts the might Cross on high.
He, in that sign, the rebel powers
Did, with their dragon prince, expel;
And hurled them from the heavens’ high towers,
Down, like a thunderbolt, to hell.
Grant us, with Michael, still, O Lord,
Against the prince of pride to fight;
So may a crown be our reward,
Before the Lamb’s pure throne of light.
To God the Father praise be done,
Who hath redeemed us through his Son;
Anoints us by the Holy Ghost,
And guards us by the Angel host. Amen.
~ The Roman Breviary
“O Victorious Prince, most humble guardian of the Church of God and of the faithful souls, who with such charity and zeal took part in so many conflicts and gained such great victories over the enemy for the conservation and protection of the honor and glory we all owe to God, as well as for the promotion of man’s salvation; come, I pray thee, to the assistance of my soul, which continually is besieged with such great peril by its enemies, the flesh, the world, and the devil. And as thou wast a leader for the people of Israel through the desert, so also be my faithful leader and companion through the desert of this world, until thou conduct me safely into the happy land of the living, in that blessed fatherland from which we all are exiles. Amen.“
~ St. Aloysius Gonzaga
Then I proceeded to the following potent prayer, about which my dear friend Agostino Taumaturgo wrote that the “Exorcismus in Satanam et Angelos Apostaticos by Leo XIII – also called the “St. Michael Exorcism” or the “Exorcism Against Satan and the Rebellious Angels” was
“directed at exorcizing objects and places. This exorcism was published in English translation in several pamphlets each bearing the imprimatur, that is, official permission, of various Bishops, who explicitly stated that this exorcism was allowed to the laity so long as they omitted a small handful of words.”
I performed this mighty Exorcism on myself and my Home while wielding my Solomonic Sword consecrated under the power of Michael and tracing each Cross with the Sword point itself.
Exorcism Prayer of St. Michael the Archangel
†In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Amen.
Most glorious Prince of the Celestial Host, Saint Michael the Archangel, defend us in the conflict which we have to sustain against principalities and powers, against the rulers of the world of this darkness, against the spirits of wickedness in the high places (Eph. 6.12). Come to the rescue of men whom God has created to His image and likeness, and whom He has redeemed at a great price from the tyranny of the devil. It is thou whom Holy Church venerates as her guardian and protector; thou whom the Lord has charged to conduct redeemed souls into Heaven. Pray, therefore, the God of Peace to subdue Satan beneath our feet, that he may no longer retain men captive nor do injury to the Church. Present our prayers to the most High, that without delay they may draw His mercy down upon us. Seize the dragon, the old serpent, which is the devil and Satan, bind him and cast him into the bottomless pit, that he may no more seduce the nations (Apoc. 20.2-3).
In the name of Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior, strengthened by the intercession of the Immaculate Virgin Mary, Mother of God, of Blessed Michael the Archangel, of the Blessed Apostles Peter and Paul, and all the Saints, [and powerful in the holy authority of our ministry]*, we confidently undertake to repulse the attacks and deceits of the devil.
*Lay people omit this text
Let God arise, and let His enemies be scattered: and let them that hate Him flee from before His face.
As smoke vanishes, so let them vanish away: as wax melts before the fire, so let the wicked perish at the presence of God.
V. Behold the Cross of the Lord! Flee, bands of enemies.
R. The Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Offspring of David, has conquered.
V. May Thy mercy descend upon us.
R. As great as our hope in Thee.
(The crosses (†) below indicate a blessing to be given if a priest recites the Exorcism; if a lay person recites it, they indicate the Sign of the Cross to be made by that person.)
We drive you from us, whoever you may be, unclean spirits, Satanic powers, infernal invaders, wicked legions, assemblies, and sects. In the name and by the virtue of Our Lord Jesus Christ †. May you be snatched away and driven from the Church of God and from the souls redeemed by the Precious Blood of the Divine Lamb †.
Cease by your audacity, cunning serpent, to deceive the human race, to persecute the Church, to torment God’s elect, and to sift them as wheat †. This is the command made to you by the Most High God †, with Whom in your haughty insolence you still pretend to be equal †. The God Who will have all men to be saved, and to come to the knowledge of the truth (I Tim. 2.4). God the Father commands you †. God the Son commands you †. God the Holy Ghost commands you †. Christ, the Eternal Word of God made Flesh, commands you †. He Who to save our race, outdone through your malice, humbled Himself, becoming obedient unto death (Phil. 2.8). He Who has built His Church on the firm rock and declared that the gates of hell shall not prevail against Her, because He dwells with Her all days, even to the consummation of the world (Matt. 28.20). The hidden virtue of the Cross requires it of you, as does the power of the mysteries of the Christian Faith †. The glorious Mother of God, the Virgin Mary, commands you †. She who by Her humility and from the first moment of Her Immaculate Conception crushed your proud head. The faith of the holy Apostles Peter and Paul and of the other Apostles commands you †. The blood of the Martyrs and the pious intercession of all the Saints command you †.
Thus, cursed dragon, and you, wicked legions, we adjure you by the living God †, by the true God †, by the holy God †, by the God Who so loved the world, as to give up His only-begotten Son that whosoever believes in Him may not perish but may have life everlasting (St. John 3.16). Cease deceiving human creatures and pouring out to them the poison of eternal perdition. Cease harming the Church and hindering her liberty. Retreat, Satan, inventor and master of all deceit, enemy of man’s salvation. Cede the place to Christ in Whom you have found none of your works. Cede the place to the One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church acquired by Christ at the price of His Blood. Stoop beneath the all-powerful Hand of God. Tremble and flee at the evocation of the Holy and terrible name of Jesus; this Name which causes hell to tremble; this Name to which the Virtues, Powers and Dominations of Heaven are humbly submissive; this Name which the Cherubim and Seraphim praise unceasingly, repeating: Holy, Holy, Holy is the Lord, the God of Hosts.
V. O Lord hear my prayer.
R. And let my cry come unto Thee.
V. May the Lord be with thee.
R. And with thy spirit
Let Us Pray.
God of Heaven, God of earth, God of Angels, God of Archangels, God of Patriarchs, God of Prophets, God of Apostles, God of Martyrs, God of Confessors, God of Virgins, God who has power to give life after death and rest after work, because there is no other God than Thee and there can be no other, for Thou art the Creator of all things, visible and invisible, of Whose reign there shall be no end. We humbly prostrate ourselves before Thy glorious Majesty and we supplicate Thee to deliver us from all the tyranny of the infernal spirits, from their snares, their lies, and their furious wickedness. Deign, O Lord, to protect us by Thy power and to preserve us safe and sound. We beseech Thee through Jesus Christ Our Lord. Amen.
V. From the snares of the devil,
R. Deliver us, O Lord.
V. That Thy Church may serve Thee in peace and liberty,
R. We beseech Thee to hear us.
V. That Thou would crush down all enemies of Thy Church [the community of the faithful],
R. We beseech Thee to hear us.
(Holy water is sprinkled in the place where we may be.)
Saint Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle, be our protection against the wickedness and snares of the devil. May God rebuke him, we humbly pray and do thou, O Prince of the Heavenly Host, by the Divine Power of God, cast into hell Satan and all the evil spirits who wander throughout the world seeking the ruin of souls. Amen.
Having performed this potent Rite, both I and the room felt considerably lightened, while my arm felt ironically weighted from the heavy Sword.
At 51 inches, it has considerable heft. It should ideally be wielded with two hands, but I traced my Crosses with one hand so as to liberate my other hand to hold the text of the Rite. With Michael thus celebrated in honour of his Day, with the exorcisms and consecrations all duly completed, and with the powerful Exorcism of the room and my person as the magician all performed, I felt prepared to relax and learn what I could from the Angel before his departure.
I began by asking him about a subject that has been occupying my mind lately, the nature of hypocrisy. I asked the Angel if he could comment on it and how best to avoid it. He began
“Hypocrisy is the basic state of humanity — to say one thing and do another, to divide inwardly, to desire one thing and claim to want another. At its root, hypocrisy’s nature is dishonesty, falsehood, a tearing of values. Those who are called to truth must ever work to purify hypocrisy from the soil of their heart. Take up the Sword of truth and cut the false away from the true. Do as you say and say as you do. Let the heart drive the head and the hand in harmony. For an example of perfect harmony, look to Christ, who lived a life free from hypocrisy. His word and his deed, his heart and his action were ever One. Strive for that unity of Inner and Outer, which is called Integrity.”
On St. Cyprian of Antioch
I asked Michael about the identity of the mysterious Saint Cyprian of Antioch, a subject that has long puzzled me and left me with more questions answers in my research and practical work with the alleged “Patron Saint of Sorcerors.” The Archangel’s reply was fascinating to say the least:
“There is not one Cyprian. The spirits who answer when the name is called are many. There was never a Bishop by that name in Antioch. Nor are the spirits Saints. Some of them are the souls of past workers of your magical arts who embraced the faith of Christ and now aim to assist humans to make amends for the sins of their past. They use “Cyprian” as a bridge to do their work.
“Other “Cyprians” were never human, but merely resonate with the legend. Some “Cyprians” delight in the Good and shepherding humans in the ways of righteousness. Others who answer to Cyprian are evil and delight in malevolence, chaos, and havoc as well as hindering and destroying under the guise of helping.
“Others still are players of tricks who find joy in lying deceit and setting traps for the unwary. Many have fallen to the schemes of these “Cyprians.” Many still fall today. And many more will fall. Some delight in encouraging humans to fall or condemn themselves. Others delight in guiding them to salvation.
“Therefore, be discerning about whatever a “Cyprian” tells you to cut the good from the evil. Let the Sword of Truth slice through the lies and the guidance of the Holy Spirit illuminate your way. Fall not for the snares of the malevolent “Cyprians” while you strive to learn from the good spirits who go by the name. Beware. And test the spirits in all that they say lest you fall headlong into a pit of folly or malevolent cunning.”
On the Olympic Spirits of the Arbatel
Encouraged by the clarity and generosity of the Angel’s revelations, I decided to push forward and ask the great Michael about the Olympic Spirits of the Arbatel grimoire. Who are they? Where do they fall in the hierarchy of spirits? What is their role?
The Angel explained:
“Those spirits whom your book calls Olympic Spirits are mighty beings who embody the raw forces of the Planetary powers. Theirs are currents that aid in the manifestation of events in their domain. They do not rule over us Planetary Archangels, nor can they overpower us. Rather, they are subjected to us and to their Lord. They do not command us, but operate in harmony with our Office and work.
“Many have fallen into error by worshipping them and mistaking them for gods. They are not. Nor should you fall into that sin and folly. Worship the Creator alone Who made you and them and us as One, extensions of Himself. Rather, you may work with them to manifest effects pertaining to their sphere. Tap into their currents and they may assist you. Greet them with love and respect as a Child of God.
“Be humble, but do not prostrate before them. They bow to the One alone and so should you. If you call on us when calling on them, we may assist you to crystallize and focus their raw currents into concrete form. Call on the Divine Name of our Father pertaining to our Sphere. Through the Name, call on us, the Archangels of the Planets. Through us, call on them. I can aid you to call Och, Raphael to call Ophiel, Anael to call Hagith, and on through the ranks and Spheres.
“These great spirits command many others below them in the service of the God who made them all to serve clear functions in his Creation. Those they command are closer to your world than to ours. But any you call should be called but in reverence of our mutual Lord and awed submission to His might. Ask His Holy Spirit to help you avoid sin, folly, and error in your work with them less you miss the mark and damn yourself as many before you have been damned.
“These Spirits can be mighty allies, but make poor idols; good friends, but poor “gods;” strong aids, but weak replacements of the Lord of All; powerful beings, but weak without His lended Might through which He didst grace them as He graces you.“
When I asked the Holy Angel what would be his message for humanity at this moment in our historical unfolding, his reply swiftly came in smooth-flowing words, without delay:
“For too long, you have been blinded by yourselves. You have been blinded by self-absorption and worshipped yourselves as the pinnacle of worth ans he apex of value. You have loved yourself first and beyond all others, beyond even the Earth on which you depend.
“Now, if you are to survive and thrive to the best of your potential and God’s Will for you, you must reverse the trend. Love your neighbours as yourself, love the Earth as yourself. Learn to sacrifice your own comfort and desires for the good of your planet and each other. Learn to give first and put aside the thought of what you will receive for your gifts. You will not lack; your Father will provide if you give to His children as He had given unto you.
“Surrender your pride to the nectar of humility that opens the heart. See with the eyes of a heart illuminated by love lest you be blinded in your heart by self-absorption. Nurse the needs of your fellows and your planet and your Father will nurse your needs. Wake up and serve one another and tend to your planet or die in your selfish sleep. Follow the example of the Lord of the Garden and tend, give, nurture, maintain. Serve as we serve. For service to the Good is true freedom and all else is but veiled bondage.”
I thanked the Angel for these helpful words and asked if he had any personal guidance for me. I received this reply:
“Your lesson is discernment, the perception of the Sword of truth. Discern the valuable from the valueless, the trustworthy from the untrustworthy, the true from the false. Out of certain ruin, you were lifted by the Grace of your Father. Be true, therefore, to Him — turn from every other deity, worshipping none, for He is your Lord, the One, the Source. Let not prayers to others escape your lips in ungratefulness to Him who saved you. Forsake not Him who did not forsake you despite your faults and erring.
Let all your work pass through Him and He will aid you. Therefore, forsake hypocrisy lest integrity escape you. To harmonize your life with the Good is true freedom; to seek freedom in desire is slavery, the folly of your times. Strive for integrity and you will mirror Him who loves you. Aim for the Good and you will harmonize with the Angels who ever rush to the aid of those who act to manifest it. Love as you are loved, serve as you are served. Abandon what you are not and be what you are.”
I thanked the Angel for his wisdom and the generosity of his sharing as well as for his help. I invited him and all of my Patrons to enjoy the offerings and go in peace with love and respect. I gave the License to Depart to the spirits in all directions in turn, ringing the Bell of Art as I sent them off with love and blessings.
Michael’s presence departed like a flash of light, as sudden as it had come. And as the candles continued to flicker and the incense wafted up to Heaven, I duly closed the Temple, with a joyful heart and a clarified mind.