Falcifer MS

Falcifer :

This MS deals with overt magick in a magickal setting Temples, rituals etc. It describes Satanic initiation from a Satanic viewpoint, and the tests etc. a novice may undergo as well as the awakening awareness appropriate to a novice.

It also deals with the Dark Gods describing them and the magick which returns them to Earth.

Of all the MSS of the Quartet, it is the most easily understood, although it does contain some hidden/esoteric meanings. These, however, are explicable since the perspective of the MS is overtly Satanic.

Temple of Satan:

This also has an overtly magickal setting, but deals with the stage beyond that of a novice; i.e. someone who has been involved for some time and who has developed certain magickal skills e.g. manipulation.

Melanie is the archetypal Satanic Priestess: sexually alluring, using her sexuality to manipulate and captivate, enjoying some delicate pleasures (e.g. sadism). But, as a true Satanist, after some time she becomes bored by the routine. So unconsciously at first, she seeks after something else: and is drawn toward Thurstan, against her better Satanic judgment. She is drawn because she still has to gain a deep self-understanding because there are still aspects which remain unconscious and powerful in her psyche (relating to the luminous power of love etc. Gradually, she falls in love but is she herself being manipulated toward this by Saer? And if so, why? (Consider the crystal he left with Thurstan for her to find and read). Saer is beyond the Abyss an image/symbol of aeonic magick as against Melanies external and internal magick.

But she gradually understands its purpose to propel her toward the next stage of the sinister journey, and to provide a child who because of her own sinister abilities and the apparently non-sinister abilities of Thurstan will have special qualities. That is, the child will be beyond opposites (as e.g., symbolized by Melanie and Thurstan). Toward the end, Melanie is presented with a choice love, or her duty/destiny. She chooses the later, and her magick is restored.

Claudia is a complication for Melanie a further test/distraction. Does her love cause her lovers death? Pead and Jukes, representing old aeon magick, try to keep Melanie and Thurstan apart because with him she cannot fulfill aeonic magick, to the detriment of the old order and the light.

The Giving:

This MS has several esoteric strands and several overt meanings. Lianna is a Mistress of Earth (note: stages beyond Melanie in Temple) and it is her duty to undertake The Giving rite of sacrifice.

As a Satanic Mistress, Lianna uses magick in a subtle way, as benefits her status. This magick is esoteric (e.g. empathic) but she also directly manipulates others, although in a subtle way. Consider how she draws/attracts Thorold to her: sending Sidnal to him with books, visiting his shop as a customer

Lianna requires two important things: an opfer, and someone to father her heir. The MS describes her attaining these goals.

Mallam is a recent initiate enjoying as all good Initiate should, over magick and evil. He involves Rhiston in his games. Lianna however presents Mallam with a choice finely and subtlety presented. She advises him that his activities are not conducive to further advancement, for she understands he has become ensnared by some of his desires, rather than enjoying them and then discarding them to rise beyond them and so attain self-insight and mastery. However, he sees her hints morally he misinterprets them because he cannot see what she is trying to do; i.e. he shows no Satanic insight. The reader is shown this from Mallams perspective like Mallam; certain discernment is required to see beyond the outer appearance to the essence. (This sudden change of perspective occurs in the MS several time, as it does many times in other parts of the Quartet. The reader should often ask: what is really going on here? A critical judgment is required because often characters and what they may do/say are not what they seem; i.e. the real intent/magick is hidden.)

As it is , Mallams lack of insight means he believes Lianna is making a moral point, and he openly breaks with her.

Following this decision by Mallam, Lianna provides him with a test, a new opportunity to prove his worth or otherwise. She sends her Guardian, Imlach, to him unknown to Mallam, of course with a secret MS. Again, Mallam fails to realize what is happening he cannot see through Imlach. Instead, he is overwhelmed by unconscious desires: material greed, lust for power. Rather than controlling, and using his desire for some purpose, he lets his desire control him. He goes to Liannas village and again fails, because he cannot recognize the young woman as a Priestess of Liannas tradition: he sees her as dull, easily manipulated. Thus, he shows he has no genuine magickal insight or abilities.

Hence he becomes a candidate for sacrifice. Basically, he chooses himself he is not chosen because of his evil activities. They merely provide a fail-safe to deflect attention from his disappearance (when the rite is completed): no one in conventional society would miss him/mourn him or worry about his disappearance.

Lianna also tests/manipulates Thorold. Does she also manipulate Monica? Or is she genuinely annoyed when Thorold becomes involved with Monica? Is this a further test of Thorold? Certainly for Lianna, Monicas death or removal is necessary or it seems to be. Lianna has drawn Thorold into her world and changes him, for he is captivated by her: in a sense, in her power. He has qualities which she judged would make him a suitable person to father her child.

The MS ends with an unasked question: what is to be Thorolds fate when his purpose has been achieved? That is, when he has fathered her child. Will he be an opfer, or will he become part of her tradition? Clues to the answer are given at various points in the MS. Also, is Lianna a Satanist?

Certainly, she does not seem to be there are no Satanic rites, no invocations to Satan. At one point she says she belongs to an older tradition. Does she say this for a reason? – To deceive? She certainly represents a primal darkness: and is a genuine Mistress of Earth.This raises the question as to what genuine Satanism really is: a question answered, in fact, by Liannas actions as described in the MS from its beginning to its end.

The Greyling Owl:

This is the most esoteric and therefore the most difficult MS to understand at first reading and when viewed by conventional/accepted ideas of Satanism/Black Magick.

This shows real magick in action on several levels: manipulation, empathic, forms (e.g. music), images, and via opening psychic nexions within individuals.

Essentially, the MS deals with the changes wrought in the lives of Mickleman and Allison, and how these are made to aid the sinister dialectic i.e. sinister aeonic strategy, to aid the presencing of sinister energies in the causal and so bring/provoke change to the benefit of the sinister, aiding evolution.

The magick here is that appropriate to an Internal Adept and beyond, while the energies described (the outer form) are symbolic of a particular sphere on the Tree of Wyrd (Mercury), although other energies are sometimes involved/intrude.

This magick is far removed from external magick and thus rituals/robes. This magick means a working with individuals as those individuals are – a subtle re-orientation of their consciousness/lives.

Mickleman is gradually changed, and brought into an influential position the Professorship without him realizing this is occurring, in the magickal sense at least. He believes he is still in control of his own Destiny and it is important not to undermine this belief, except insofar as a certain self-insight is obtained. He must have assurances of his abilities, this confidence to fulfill what is his hidden wyrd. He becomes aware, on terms he can cope with/is familiar with (this is important), of certain archetypal aspects which will be important for his future professional development/standing. These aspects, by which he will influence others in a non-magickal way by seeding their minds, will aid the sinister dialectic. Part of this would be through academic work (aided by insights attained during his manipulation) and part by his own life style: his decadent past and his future deriving from the past both would influence others, providing inspiration and thus changing others in certain ways.

Alison also is changed – realizing that power of music to transform. Again, her aims, dreams, hopes, etc. are described from her own perspective, from her own moral view of the world. However, her fundamental insights are provoked via the subtle magick/influence of Edmund etc. Further, the future forms she creates/uses, while having the appearance of conventional forms (and perhaps a moral content), will achieve and aid the sinister (or at least most/some of them will). She herself will see here aims in terms of her own perspective: often morally, without fully realizing what she and her work are achieving opening nexions, and presencing dark energies to influence/infect others.

This arises because she has been influenced/directed by magick in a specific: to access a nexion within her own psyche. (All this is a very important notation to understand and marks the insight appropriate to those who aspire to go beyond the stage of novice. It reflects genuine magick in action). Her thoughts/actions etc. (as others) are often morally described.

The dark interior life of both Edmund and Fiona (and thus their real aims) are hidden i.e. not overt, as generally befits a Master and Mistress. Such Adepts generally work esoterically they do not fit conventional Satanic role-models. In their different ways, Edmund and Fiona live in the ordinary world in an ordinary way they are real shape-changers who blend into their surroundings. This enables them to work sinister magick effectively. Further, Edmund possesses no trappings normally assumed to be part of his station he has no wealth, no power, no obvious influence. His Satanic power in internal, hidden it is insight, wisdom, and magickal skill of a rare kind. This skill allows him to work magick on others (and thus the world) as those others are in the confines of their own roles/image for the most part. Fionas magickal work is often more overt e.g. using her sexuality to advantage, but her real magick is still hidden. Thus the MS describes real Adepts at work.

A note concerning Breaking The Silence Down

This MS is often regarded as making the Quartet into a Quintet. It is similar in its magick to The Greyling Owl although the background is Sapphism.

Basically, Diane who already possesses an intuitive awareness of primal darkness and thus Satanism is lead toward self-discovery and magickal partnership.

She has an insight into the female persona/strength (after the attempted rape) and discovers a power of music to capture the essence hidden by appearance.

She is seduced by Rachael, who uses music (her piano playing) as a magickal act. Apthone is the archetypal immature product of this age and its societies: swayed by desires and using petty manipulation to achieve lowly goals. When he becomes a threat to Diane, he is dealt with by those who desire her, magickally and sexually (Rachael and Watts). Is his accident purely chance? Or is someone, or two, watching over Diane? In the end, Rachael wins Diane. She is a hereditary sorceress carrying on her grandmothers tradition (thus missing a generation: Rachaels mother). This tradition thrives in a certain part of the countryside near where Diane lives.

As in Greyling, the perspective is often that of the character involved: i.e. events/thoughts etc. are seen through their eyes, with their (often moral and conventional) understanding/attitudes. The give an appreciation and understanding of these people as they are and how magick affects them, usually without them being aware of it. It requires the reader to suspend and transcend conventional Satanic/sinister notions (which are often only the outer form of what is Satanic/sinister rather than its essence). This should enable genuine magick to be understood as it should aid the understanding of how forms/energies etc. affect/change individuals, often unconsciously. All this should aid self-insight.

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~ by sinistar666 on April 29, 2009.

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