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More on Blood Substitutes – Gosling and Black Cat   4 comments

The Key of Solomon calls for the use of the blood of a gosling in the consecration of the White-hilted Knife.  (This is the knife used to prepare all other holy implements, cut herbs, candles, etc, etc.)  It also calls for the blood of a black cat in the consecration of the Black-hilted Knife.  (This is the knife used to inscribe the protective circle and command the infernal spirits. It is in many ways like the Solomonic Sword.)  On my Solomonic Group, someone asked about the possibility of using my “Solomonic Omiero” method to substitute for these ingredients.  I decided to use this as an opportunity to offer two good examples of how to apply the method I have described:


I did some poking around on the gosling, and found a great resource:

The Continuum Encyclopedia of Animal Symbolism in Art
Goose entry: p. 198-200

As I suspected, the goose (a white animal) is a celestial symbol:  “Probably because of its high flight, it is a solar creature, associated with male virility, divine knowledge and the ability of the mind to communicate on all three levels…  the bird symbolizes wisdom, discrimination and spiritual knowledge.”

Quite appropriate for the White-hilted Knife, and very solar.  I would suggest making some holy water according to my “omiero” method, using Solar plants and Psalms that invoke the wisdom and knowledge of the Most High.  And just for good measure, you can add some goose feather to the final mix.

Update 1-5-11 : A member of my Solomonic group recently pointed out that Mars should reside in one of the signs it rules – Aries or Scorpius – when the White-Hilted Knife is consecrated. When I put together this blog, I had somehow passed over that fact and thus made no mention of Mars. The group member suggested geese were sacrificed to Ares and Mars, but I have not been able to verify that info. (The animals I have found sacred to Ares and Mars are the poisonous serpent, the wolf, the jackal, the owl, the vulture and the woodpecker.) At this time, it appears the gosling may not be directly linked to the martial force after all. Jake Kent, another member of the group, has suggested that magickal knives in general may be sacred to Vulcan (blacksmith of the gods), who has been associated with Mars in the past.

The black cat (and the Black-hilted Knife) is associated with Saturn.  (Coupled with the Sword consecrated to Mars, you have the Mars/Saturn combo often associated with controlling spirits in the grimoires.)  Of course a cat represents magick in general, and then the black color associates it with lower and infernal spirits.  (After all, the Black-hilted knife is a goetic tool.)  As the “Continuum Encyclopedia…” points out on pages 74-75, during the medieval era cats were kept mainly to control the rodent population- so it makes sense to use the blood of a cat to consecrate a dagger to control infernal spirits.  At the same time, black cats (especially) were associated with witches and black magick – hence my association of the black cat to Saturn.

So, in place of the blood of a black cat, make the “omiero” holy water with plants related to Saturn, and Psalms invoking the wrath, might and protection of the Most High.  (You could also add some fur, a whisker or even a claw from a black cat to the final mix.)  Be careful, though!  Many of Saturn’s plants are poisonous, like hemlock.  You don’t want to absorb that kind of thing into your hands.

Hopefully that will give you a good idea of the process involved in making such substitutions.  🙂

P.S. – The Key of Solomon also calls for blood in the case of magickal inks.  In that case, the blood is a thickening agent.   Thus, besides creating a holy water to substitute for the animal in question, you’ll also need to add something like gum-arabic to the ink to thicken it.



Posted December 8, 2010 by kheph777 in magick, solomonic

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Planetary Symbols and the Green Language   Leave a comment

Oct 14, 2010

The subject of the Planetary glyphs, and what they mean, recently arose on the Solomonic group.  You can see these seven Planetary symbols here:

As I learned it, these symbols are part of the alchemical Green Language.  Many of you likely know that alchemists associated the seven metals with the seven planets, and used the glyphs of the planets to represent the metals.  Each glyph is composed of two or three alchemical symbols combined to represent the inherent virtues of its metal:

The Circle = Sol, Gold and heaviness/hardness.
The Crescent = Luna, Silver and lightness/softness.
The Cross = Corrosion.

-The symbol of lead (Saturn) is the Cross of Corrosion with the Lunar Crescent beneath it.  It shows the highly corrosive nature of lead, but Luna grants it its pliability and silver color.

-The symbol of tin (Jupiter) is the Lunar Crescent with the Cross of Corrosion appended to it.  The Luna gives tin its flimsiness and its silver color.  The cross is demoted now, showing that it is a lesser trait than it was in lead.  Indeed, tin is not corrosive itself, but will suffer corrosion quite easily.

-The symbol of iron (Mars) is the Circle of Sol with the Cross of Corrosion appended to it.  Sol gives this metal its “hard as steel” attribute.  The Cross (slightly modified into an arrow in most cases) indicates that steel, like tin, easily corrodes.  However, note the Cross here is higher than it was in the glyph of tin, as steel corrodes much faster than tin.

-The symbol of gold (Sol) is the Circle.  Pretty simple.  A small dot is usually added to the center to better communicate that the glyph is Sol is intended.  Gold is therefore quite heavy, and has a golden sheen that mimics sunlight.

-The symbol of copper (Venus) is the Circle of Sol with the Cross of Corrosion beneath it.  Copper gets its radiant brazen color from Sol, and when compared to lead and tin, copper is on the hard side of the scale.  However, it has that Cross of Corrosion appended to it, showing that it, too, easily corrodes.

-The symbol of mercury (Mercury) is the Circle of Sol crowned with the Lunar Crescent, seated upon the Cross of Corrosion.  Mercury is, of course, the primary Element of the alchemical arts.  It’s symbol is the unification of Sol and Luna, Gold and Silver, the Mother and the Father.  Luna is uppermost to demonstrate the extremely fluid nature of mercury (plus its silvery color), while Sol is central to the glyph because Mercury carries the seed of gold.  The Cross placed lowermost usually means the metal itself is not corrosive but will break down easily.  However, in this case, Mercury is highly corrosive.  I suspect the Cross is beneath simply because the alchemists did not want to place it above the unified glyphs of Sol and Luna.

-The symbol of silver (Luna) is straightforward: it is the Crescent.  Silver is therefore very soft and pliable, and has that wonderful silvery sheen.

I learned this orally, so I’m afraid I can’t cite a historical source for this information.  I am on the look out for any alchemical text that explicitly outlines the above.


Posted November 24, 2010 by kheph777 in alchemy, hermetic

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