- The Gothic Moon
- January 19th, 2010
The Gothic Moon
In occult doctrine, ancient and medieval natural philosophy, and astrology, the Moon symbolizes the soul, the spirit, the unconscious mind and the unknown inner-self. Its shape, ever-changing, echoes the rhythm of nature in continuous patterns of growth, decay and rebirth. The Moon signifies change, transformation, and a light illuminating darkness.
The Moon’s message reflects the rising spirit of the Renaissance, a rebirth of ancient philosophy, art, and literature in Europe. The invention of the printing press in the 15th century brought forth a treasury of lost wisdom. Gothic influence was still present during the transition as manuscripts of medieval metaphysicians became books. Works by Albertus Magnus, Cornelius Agrippa and others, separated by time and place, are remarkably similar in magical themes. A typical Grimoire or "Black Book," so called for the Church condemned them, sought to arm the reader with vital information regarding celestial requirements in the performance of ceremonial magic. Details concerning the Moon were part of every sorcerer’s manual.
Burn willow wood in sacrifice to the spirit.
Powers of the Moon: policies, dreams, merchandise, travel by sea, lost love, theft.
Herbs of the Moon are chynostates (possibly clary sage) and martegon (moonwort) collected at full Moon.
Metal may be silver or platina (platinum).
Stones shall be pearl, crystal, spinel (balas ruby, a gem of pale rose red) or rose quartz.
Colors to be worn are white, cream, pale yellow.
Angels to address are Gabriel, Bilet, Missaln, and Abuzohar.
Talisman: Magic Square of the Moon, inscribe on parchment, use during conjuration of the spirit.
37 78 29 70 21 62 13 54 5
6 38 79 30 71 22 63 14 46
47 7 39 80 31 72 23 55 15
16 48 8 40 81 32 64 24 56
57 17 49 9 41 73 33 65 25
26 58 18 50 1 42 74 34 66
67 27 59 10 51 2 43 75 35
36 68 19 60 11 52 3 44 76
77 28 69 20 61 12 53 4 45
A magic square is an arrangement of numbers, none alike, placed in the form of a square where every row, column, and the two diagonals add up to the same sum. Of great antiquity, these devices were often engraved on metal or stone and worn as talismans. The renowned adept of ceremonial magic Cornelius Agrippa (1486-1535) constructed this magic square of the Moon.
When you’re feeling angry or depressed, a brisk walk can often ease the tension. Mental exercise can turn the trick as well. Add each of nine columns vertically, horizontally and diagonally in your head without resorting to pencil and paper. The total of each column is 369.
Making a talisman of this Magic Square of the 9th Order will calm and discipline your mind for psychic work at the dark-of-the- Moon. Patiently place the numbers in numerical order from 1 to 81 in their correct positions on heavy white paper in black ink. You’ll discover a series of patterns as you work which are fascinating in themselves.