It is best to be on the good side of these supernatural beings. Standing at the receiving end of their wrath is a condition too horrible to contemplate. Meet: -
The wicked god, the wicked demon,
The demon of the desert, the demon of the mountain,
The demon of the sea, the demon of the marsh,
The evil genius, the enormous uruku,
The bad wind by itself,
The wicked demon which seizes the body,
Which disturbs the body: --
Spirit of the heavens, conjure it!
Spirit of the worlds, conjure it!
That which does not go away,
That which is not propitious,
That which grows up ulcers of a bad kind, malignant ulcers: --
Spirit of the heavens, conjure it!
Spirit of the worlds, conjure it!
Disease of the bowels, disease of the heart,
The palpitations of the diseased heart
Which are as the drums of demons,
Disease of the vision, disease of the head,
Ulceration of the veins,
And cruel micturition which wastes and never ceases: --
Spirit of nightmare, conjure it!
By the dark Abyss, conjure it!
A Babylonian-Assyrian demon who wanders the wastelands, Pazuzu is considered one of the most malefic Gods of the ancient Mesopotamians.
Pazuzu, the Devourer, is a scavenger of the desert wastes, a baleful devil who holds power over life and death. His form is a fearsome, eagle-winged spirit (symbolizing his mastery over the element of Air) with the fleshless head of a grinning and hungry dog, talons on hands and feet, a scaly body, the tail of a scorpion, and a serpent-headed, perpetually-erect penis (the strength of the Sun).
This Demon God of the South West Wind represents one of the earliest personifications of the “devil” in the Persian pantheon, and his influence is considered both baneful and beneficent, depending upon one’s relationship with him. His habit of destruction, however, gained him a terrifying and well-earned reputation.
“The South-west wind in Chaldea comes from the deserts of Arabia, and its burning breath parches everything . . .” – Lenormant
Pazuzu represents balance and perception and, because he possesses the knowledge of both heaven and hells, a force that can both bless and kill. A Chaos-demon who lusts after the flesh of humankind, Pazuzu will nonetheless often exercise his power on behalf of those whom he sees as victims of injustice and calumny.
Statues of the Devouring Pazuzu were often placed in niches above or beside the doors of homes throughout the Mesopotamian delta where his fearsome countenance and malevolent power served to protect against incursions by evil spirits and other demons, most especially from his consort Lamashtu. Amulets made in the image of Pazuzu’s head were often hung about the necks of infants and children for the same protective purpose.
But to those who incurred his wrath, prospects were decidedly bleak:
“His body is filled with venom instead of blood,
Cloaked in the power of a fearsome dragon
And bearing a mantle of radiance,
A rabid dog,
Whoever looks upon him will collapse in terror!
Woe unto them!
Their bodies shall rear up continually and never turn away! – Enuma Elish
Modern students of the occult know Pazuzu as a member of the vanguard of Shaitan-Set and pursue the Path of Pazuzu to slake a thirst for wisdom and to aid in independent growth along the Left Hand way. But, in fact, Pazuzu is readily recognizable by any fan of 20th century horror films: In “The Exorcist,” Pazuzu is the demon encountered by Max Von Sydow’s character, Father Merrin, in the Iraqi desert, and who later appears in the bedroom of Regan, the possessed girl. The film leads us to believe that he is the possessing culprit, but this is really incongruous to Pazuzu’s nature as a protector of those who know him and call upon him to avenge injustices in their lives.
"Destruction of Leviathan". 1865 engraving by Gustave Doré.
“May those who curse days curse that day,
Those who are ready to rouse Leviathan.
May its morning stars become dark;
May it wait for daylight in vain
And not see the first days of the dawn.” – Book of Job
In the Enoch parables, Leviathan is the primitive female sea-dragon and monster of evil; in Rabbinic writings, she is identified with Rahab, Fallen Angel of the Primordial Deeps, and is called the Twin of Behemoth.
Leviathan and Behemoth are said to have been created by the Hebrew God on the fifth day and in ancient lore, the final end for all but the purified souls is to be swallowed by Leviathan.
Called “Lothan” by the Canaanites, Leviathan – in Hebrew LVThN – is the supernatural monster associated with the underworld. She (sometimes he) is described as a giant, seven-headed serpent that inhabits the ocean’s depths; in Qaballistic lore, Leviathan lies coiled about the roots of the Tree of Life intruding with her seven heads into the Sephira, the spheres containing the emanations of God.
In the Book of Job, Leviathan is described as a horrific beast that no human can conquer:
“Can you draw out Leviathan with an hook?
Can you put a hook into his nose,
Or bore his jaw through with a thorn?
Behold the hope of him is in vain!
Shall you not be cast down even at the sight of him?
When he raises up, the mighty are afraid:
He is the king over all the children of pride.”
Leviathan is also mentioned in the Book of Revelation. At the end of the world, Leviathan is the monster that rises from the sea to devour humankind:
“And I stood upon the sand of the sea,
And saw a beast rise up out of the sea,
Having seven heads and ten horns,
And upon his horns ten crowns,
And upon his head the name
Aquatic monsters similar to Leviathan figure prominently in numerous mythological systems around the world. Australian myth includes the “Bunyip,” a ferocious water beast who dwells in the silt of lake bottoms, reaching up to drag down mortals who come too close. In Chile, the aboriginal peoples fear “Camahueto,” a sea monster known for attacking ships and dragging sailors to their deaths. The “Kanaloa” of Hawaii is described as a giant squid god ruling over the underworld of Hawaiian legends; the “Kraken” of ancient Greek myth was the bane of seafarers across the Mediterranean; the Loch Ness monster and similar beast are also well known.
Occultists know Leviathan as the Crooked Serpent, the Coiling Dragon of the Abyss, God of the Jagged Spine who plumbs the depths of the Soul. Order and Chaos at one and the same time, Leviathan is a source of phenomenal power within the occult practitioner and, once tapped, something to be feared by those whom the practitioner might target.
Unlike Pazuzu, the force and energy of Leviathan is not so straightforward or clear-cut. As the sea rises and falls, roils and rolls according to the mood of the moon and the weight of gravity, so the Leviathanic energy ebbs and flows according to the power of the one calling it forth.
“Leviathan, the great Dragon of the Watery Abyss, roars forth as the surging sea, and these invocations are his tribunals.” – LaVey
Although often identified as a masculine force in Hebrew and early-Christian texts, occultists more frequently evoke and direct Leviathan as a feminine force similar to Tiamat, the great she-dragon of Sumerian and Persian magical tradition. In this way, Leviathan is manifested as the Beast of the Subconscious, a “violent angel” of primordial darkness uncoiling in accordance with the will of the sorcerer. Like the overwhelming force of water unleashed, the power of Leviathan floods and consumes all in its path.
Some traditions compare Leviathan to Apep, the Elder Serpent of Set, and imbue the beast with those powers commonly associated with the powerful serpent gods. Set’s serpent, like Tiamat, it coiled about the heart of creation in the depths of the Abyss and responds only to his command. In this description, too, we find similarities to pre-Magian beliefs that paired Azhdeha, the Akko-Dragon, with Ahriman, the God Angri-Mainyu; just as Ahriman became synonymous with the devil of the pre-Babylonian Hebrews, so also was Azhdeha elevated and ultimately both became identified as ranking among the most powerful princes of Hell.
To the practitioner, Leviathan rules the Will, the essence of Self, the lowest-consciousness burning with a steady, black flame. Leviathan becomes the circle of working and even the Eliphas Levi the great Mage stressed the power of Leviathan by causing it to encircle Samael and Lilith in the Sigil of the Great Work, which he designed.
Leviathan responds to the sorcerer in the deepest, most secret depths of the soul and has a natural predilection to manifest the desires of the sorcerer. Once manifest, however, Leviathan cannot be denied; she must be faced and her power directed in a proper current, otherwise the result is all-consuming Chaos. The focused power of Leviathan, stemming from a limitless cosmic wellspring, cannot be banished, nor is it easily countered or resisted. If the Leviathanic current is one of retribution and vengeance, there is no escape, and because the sorcerer cannot absorb it again into his being, the target has no alternative but to abide it, and hope to survive.
“From the West, Leviathan,
Crooked Serpent of the Oceans of Immortal Existence,
I call Thee forth to witness this rite.
Open Thy eye to me and arise from the Depths!
I walk the path of the Daemon,
I walk the earth in search of Wisdom,
In spirit I walk the ghost roads to become as Thee!
I summon Thee LEVIATHAN!”
“Behold! My names are many,
Each gives power of both Darkness
Upon the earth my astral body is the Toad,
In the aethyr my form is that of
Yaltabaoth, the Adversarial Fire Djinn, was the wisest among the angels, the deific force with the dual mask of angel and beast.
The rites of Yaltabaoth transform the sorcerer, becoming the Adversary, the Empyrean of the Highest Aethyr, awakening the isolate intellect. It requires the entire essence, every fiber of being.
“As I rise above the earth,
I conjure the circle of ageless being
To be as my chariot.
Encircle my spirit
O Crooked Dragon,
Bring forth my bride within me,
To ride the Beast of my Self!
From the South
I summon the Daemons of Heat
And the Scorching Desert;
From the East
I summon the Daemons of Dryness
And the Barren Places;
From the North
I summon the Daemon of the Cold,
And the Ghost Lands;
From the West
I summon the Daemon of the
I am the God of Above and Below!
I ascend into the sky,
The Angel Djinn of Light,
I am known upon the earth,
The Dragon of Darkness;
My religion is sorcery,
My forms are many:
I am the Man,
The Angel Crowned,
The luminous Peacock,
Wise as the Serpent.
I am the Beast with the Lion’s Head,
At my left hand is Belias,
On my right hand is Cain,
Behind me is Wisdom my Bride,
Before me is Asmodai,
Around my throne is coiled
The Serpent of the Jagged Spine!
From my eyes comes lightning,
Fire is started from my gaze,
And as I fell to the depths of Earth
To the waters of Hell,
Yet I rise again in the Sun.
I am Yaltabaoth!
Samael, Arimanus, Shaitan!
My Word is I Am,
And there is not another beside Me!
So I create through my desire
My will manifest
As a sign upon the Earth:
With these words I encircle and bind
That none other shall know the
Secret of my Word.
So it is done!”
Yaltabaoth is one of the Ineffable Names of the Most High – or, as he’s generally known, God. Any spell that invokes the power of the Ineffable in such a way, especially if it is an evocation of “righteousness,” as the Hebrews termed retribution, is impossible to prevent.
Spells such as this, and others, sometimes known as “sendings” based upon the will of the sorcerer or magical worker, can be retroactive, affecting present, past, and future all at once, and are rightfully identified as the source of many “generational curses” that often plague individuals and their descendants, as the Bible says, “unto the seventh generation.”
“Luciferian Witchcraft: Azal’ucel Edition,” Michael W. Ford, Succubus Publishing, 2006.
“The Encyclopedia of Hell,” Miriam Van Scott, Thomas Dunn Books / St. Martin’s, 1998.
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