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Willett that its very close analogue can be found in the mystic writings of "Eliphas Levi," that cryptic soul who crept through a crack in the forbidden door and glimpsed the frightful vistas of the void beyond.
Of him, Colin Wilson has said: What should by now be quite clear is that the spirit of magic underwent a complete transformation in the nineteenth century. With Paracelsus it had been a science. With Cagliostro it became the instrument of his religion of the regeneration of mankind.
But with Levi and Lytton it became a romantic literary property, surrounded by dense clouds of incense. Inspired by Balzac, and himself an inspiration to Bulwer-Lytton, Levi does supply atmosphere in his writing. However, Lovecraft's image of him as a "cryptic soul who crept through a crack in the forbidden door and glimpsed the frightful vistas of the void beyond" is misleading.
Levi was a Catholic and a man of faith for whom magic was closely allied with the quest for the Divine.
You can get a better idea of his attitude from the following quote: Faith in God should make men better, not lead their reason astray; and how should we define the Infinite?
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How explain what we cannot understand? The more we dispute, the less we adore. Let us reason as we please on the necessity of adoration, but when we pronounce the name of the Indefinable, let us preserve supreme silence.
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While mostly avoiding the topic of Black Magic, Levi does include a single chapter on the subject which includes a general description of infernal evocations.
The eldritch preparations include: A leaden cap blazoned with the signs of the Moon, Venus, and Saturn, two candles of human fat set in crescent-shaped candlesticks of black wood, a magic sword with a black handle, the magic fork, a copper vase holding the blood of the victim, a censer containing incense, camphor, aloes, ambergris, and storax, mixed and moistened with the blood of a goat, a mole, and a bat; four nails torn from the coffin of an executed criminal, the head of a black cat which has been fed on human flesh for five days, a bat drowned in blood, the horns of a goat cum quo puella concubuerit, and the skull of a parricide, are also indispensable.
A perfect circle must be traced with the sword, an opening or way out being, however, left; in the circle a triangle must be inscribed, and the pantacle [sic] thus traced by the sword must be dyed with blood; then, at one of the angles of the triangle the three-footed chafing-dish must be placed, which should also have been mentioned among the indispensable objects; at the opposite base of the triangle three small circles must be made for the operator and his assistants, and behind the circle of the former, not with the blood of the victim but with the operator's own blood, there must be traced the sign of the labarum or the monogram of Constantine.
The operator or his acolytes should have naked feet and covered heads. The skin of the immolated victim must have also been brought, and, cut up into strips, must be placed within the circle forming an inner circle fastened at four corners with the four nails already spoken of.
Near these nails, but without the circle, must be placed the cat's head, the human, or rather the inhuman skull, the goat's horns, and the bat; they must be aspersed with a branch of birch dipped in the victim's blood, then a fire of cypress and alder wood must be lighted, and the two magic candles placed on the right and left of the operator circled with vervain wreaths.
The formulae of evocation found in the magical elements of Peter d'Apono or in the Grimoires, whether printed or in manuscript, may then be recited.
Those in the Great Grimoire, repeated in the common Red Dragon, have been wilfully altered in printing, and should read as follows: Doubtless in the same opinion, Mirandola affirms that the most barbarous and absolutely unintelligible words are the best and most powerful in black magic. Ridiculous practices and imbecile evocations induce hallucination better than rites which are calculated to keep the understanding vigilant.
Dupotet affirms that he has tried the power of certain signs over ecstatics, and those in his "Magic Unveiled" are analogous if not absolutely identical with the diabolical signatures found in old editions of the "Great Grimoire. The conjurations should be repeated in a raised tone, accompanied by imprecations and menaces till the spirit responds.
The spirit is usually preceded by a violent wind which seems to howl through the whole country.
Domestic animals tremble at it, and seek a hiding place; the assistants feel a breath upon their faces, and their hair, damp with cold sweat, stands up on their heads.
The notion that "domestic animals tremble at it" is echoed by the "pandaemoniac howling of dogs" in Ward; the "violent wind" is replaced in Ward by other portents: Levi states that "a solitary or prohibited place must be chosen, such as a cemetery haunted by evil spirits, an avoided ruin in the country, the vault of an abandoned convent, the spot where an assassination has been perpetrated, a druidic altar, or a former temple of idols" Ibid.
Ward performed the ritual in the attic of his parent's home while his own mother listened on in horror. Waite Lists of Hebrew God Names In writing about Lovecraft's familiarity with the occult, J.
Wisdom Gonce III makes a persuasive case that HPL's occult knowledge was probably quite shallow, restricted to the cursory perusal of popular works for elements that would lend atmosphere to his stories.
In commenting on Charles Dexter Ward, Gonce asserts that: Lovecraft never understood the principle of "will" or "intent," which must be trained and developed to focus magickal energy, just as an athlete trains and develops his or her strength or endurance.
Willett, a man untrained in magick, use an incantation he learned the day before against Joseph Curwen, a powerful sorcerer who had practiced magick for some two hundred years. Of course, Willet, Lovecraft's hero, effortlessly wins this magickal duel. Weiser Books,p.Port Manteaux churns out silly new words when you feed it an idea or two.
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