Concerning Pentagrams and Pentacles

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Teufelskunst Pentacles

Concerning the terms Pentagram and Pentacle

Exact definitions can be hard to pinpoint within ‘magic’. Each tradition my have their own  respective you’ll hear different views and more or less substantiated ideas concerning the terms pentagram and pentacle. A pentagram per se is a simple geometrical figure, namely a five pointed-star drawn with five strokes. A pentagram is also called a pent-alpha, because five alphas joined at their base resemble a pentagram. Ideally the angle of each edge measures 36°. Sumerians and Egyptians are known to have used the pentagram in scripture as well as a religious symbol. Interestingly some of the oldest discovered depictions of pentagrams traced by Sumerians were drawn in such manner that the lowest angle would point downwards (which by some is also called an inverse pentagram – however we do not use that term). It is unclear whether Sumerians would attribute anything negative to the ‘downwards pointing’ pentagram, as is done in modern times. There were also pentagrams pointing into other directions and they may altogether simply have been used to denote orientations.

A pentagram traced within a circle is sometimes referred to as a pentacle. However, throughout centuries the word pentacle has been used synonymously for any religious  amulet attributed with the magical purpose of evoking a spirit, which has symbols inscribed upon it. These symbols can be pentagrams or other geometrical figures. A magical property and directionality arises if the maker or person using it charges the amulet with his personal intent. Such pentacle used in magic and ritual can be made from metal, wax, paper, wood or clay etc. and can for example be worn as an amulet or placed as a disc upon the altar. Instead of a pentagram it can for instance also have a hepta-, nona-, deca- or hendecagram, astrological figures and other things traced upon it. For the sake of simplicity we will list all inscribed altar discs and amulets under that moniker. More specifics are given in the item description.

Concerning their Directionality and Magical Function

According to our understanding neither the term pentacle nor the word pentagram imply any directionality or magical purpose per se. Neither do we regard a downwards pointing pentagram to be automatically associated with ‘negative’ attributes. A pentagram with the lowest angle pointing towards the ground, underlines first and foremost the earth aspect and connection to the plane of materialisation (of which the disc upon the altar is representative).  The two ‘legs up’ can also represent the feminine, an open chalice or the prima materia into which the ‘seed of spirit’ or ‘divine spark’ is conceived, and the lowest point the source from which same spirit is evoked. It can further be associated with the underworld and the dead – for the positive and the negative, the benific and the baneful alike. In the same way a pentagram pointing upwards could be associated with positive and negative attributes. The reason why we trace it pointing downwards is merely and simply because it feels natural to us.

In general the pentacle represents physical manifestation, e.g. in rites of evocation the spirit, who’s signature is drawn upon the pentacle is made to appear by annointing, rubbing, fuming and knocking the amulet, in combination with chanting formulae etc. The reasons for and goals of such evocation can be manifold, e.g. the spirit may be evoked for giving answers, drawing money, granting boons or fame etc. The purposes are as manifold as man’s needs and as diverse are the spirits, saints, demons etc. that may be evoked. During the evocation the pentacle acts simultaneously as a protecting amulet.

The pentagram disc worn as an amulet or placed upon the altar is a basic tool, whereby the pentagram is often seen as an allegory of the harmonic interplay between the four elements of the natural world, with each point being assigned to one element and the fifth point representing the ‘Spirit’. The shape of the pentagram is viewed as a perfect geometrical figure and thus also represents wholeness, balance and health. In some Satanic traditions the pentagram can represent aspects adverserial and disruptive towards the harmony and balance between the elements of the created world (which is then perceived as a prison) and the pentagram disc is used for manifesting destructive goals. In these contexts the magician may also visualize a pentagram turning black, dissolving or breaking. Lastly in baneful magic curses directed against a certain person or group may also be wrought to manifest with the help of the pentagram disc.

Our Unique Pentacles

The additional symbols and illustrative elements are our personal preference. They are telling stories and transmit something of the events occuring during the time of their crafting. None of the pentacles are baneful or benific per se. They can be used for both. However if you are looking specifically for a pentacle pointing upwards or having any other orientation, a different motif or special symbols traced upon it we can discuss the details and price for making you a custom one.

(This article is a short discourse and adendum to the page. It was spawned by a recent discussion and I want to thank everyone who took the time to comment and share their views and knowledge.)

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Pillars ‘The Golden Eitr’ Incense

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Anathema Publishing approached us with the request to compose an incense that they could add to contributor copies of the new Pillars Periodical. Pillars is an annually published, esoteric magazine featuring occult artists and writers from all over the world. This year’s Pillars comes out under the motto of The Golden Eitr, which is a term derived from North mythology and translates roughly as ‘Golden Poison’ or ‘Golden Serpent’s Venom’ – in reference to the ur-matter of all existence, which is represented as a very poisonous liquid substance from which all living beings evolved.

The incense contains ingredients evocative of the journal’s motto and aims to awaken

‘The Power of Counscious Knowledge, Elevation & Holy Veneficum’

For this the Fruits of the (Forbidden) Tree – Apple and Fig – where harvested and left to dry over the cause of several months. They add the physical link to and represent the lust of the flesh and the cause for the sin that followed. The lust for committing deadly sin is furthered by Coriander and Nutmeg, arousing with fire, yet also potentially protecting against the wrath that may be wrought through this element… Cloves remind the initiate of the pain caused by the nails driven into the flesh of the Saviour, who sacrificed himself on the Cross timbered from the same tree[1], yet also protecting him and her. Lulled by Henbane – the herb crowning the dead that wandered by the river Styx[2], erasing the memories of past lifes – the pain is numbed and the practitioner may find hirself in communion with the shades, their presence sweetened and blessed by the scent of myrrh, whereas the Sage of the Diviner may act as the secret guide, who challenges and leads the aspirant on his journey and in the quest for spiritual insight and greater Gnosis.

“As cure for the Wrath of another Venom,
there did Apple and Venom bring it about.”
– Gratten & Singer [1952: 151-157]

Pillars Incense

Incense composed for Pillars Periodical, Anathema Publishing

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The incense is currently reserved for contributors of the Journal, but it is planned to make available a limited batch together with a signed art print illustrating and evoking the different aspects of our incensus. More about this to follow here in time.

Besides, Pillars Periodical can be ordered NOW. Only 220 copies are available and preorders are going fast. So better be quick!

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Wands

This section of our website has been dead for too long and it is with joy that we finally present you our first pair of magical Wands. The two wands we begin with are quite different from each other, due to their origin and character. Both are hand-crafted from wood we have harvested by ourself on special occasions and are part of a row different wands we are currently working on. Please read the descriptions for each and if you find one these would resonate with yourself and your work you can get in touch via  info@teufelskunst.com and we sort out the details concerning payment and shipping.

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Rowan Wand for the Urban Witch

The wand has three points and receives its character for once from its origin and secondly from a rich dark pattern caused by age and environmental influences. It was harvested from a solitary Rowan tree, which stood strong admidst a gathering of beton at a large traffic intersection in town. From its location the tree’s spirit could observe the fast moving nature of city life and radical changes in history and culture, yet it ever remained there as a silent observer, untouched and unmoved by the happenings around it, a symbol of strength and souvereignity, which would shine in deep green and bright red colors within an otherwise gray scenery. Another interesting aspect of this wand is its two-sided nature arising from its distinctive pattern and coloring: the bottom side is of a darker hue and has a rich pattern whilst the top is of a light-yellow color. The wand could be viewed as unifying opposites of light and dark, positive and negative, active and passive in a single magical weapon. The whirls and banding remind of olive wood, but with a red hue. The wand has a very smooth surface (in harmony with the royal nature of this wood) and has been oiled with almond oil, which brought out the wonderful dark pattern even more. The photos actually do not do it justice. The wand measures 43 cm (17”) in length and the handle is 2,2 cm (0,9”) in diameter. It feels wonderful to hold and is a pleasure for the tactile senses. Possible applications would be healing and protection magic, wisdom work, contacting the ancestral spirit world (particularly for those who lived an urban live) and meditation. Due to its origin it bears also associations with urban history, culture and theatres. Origin: Dresden

Price: 49 EUR

Status: AVAILABLE

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Pyracantha Snake Wand

pyracantha – thorny shrub of the apple family, from Modern Latin genus name Pyracantha, from Greek pyrakantha (Dioscorides), from pyr- “fire” + akantha “thorn, thorny plant,” from the root ak- “sharp, pointed”

The Wand is crafted from Firethorn wood, resembling the shape of a snake, and has been oiled with almond oil. It measures 45 cm in length and the handle ca. 2 cm in diameter. It is a small, handsome, inconspicuous, elegant piece, which was harvested from a special location. Due to its origin it bears invisible connections to the realm of the Dead. It is an overall benific wand, not fundamentally inimical but certainly fiery and spirited in character, which possesses also the power to bolster a curse and unleash a blazing attack against an enemy, when it is needed. It would fit to a bantam and vivacious person, and would be applied foremost in protection and/or defense spellwork, magic involving the element fire, heating up a spell and would constitute a lovely fetish in the hands of fire, serpent and thorn fetishists. In inverse magic the wand could also aid in cooling and taming the spirits, particularly when a situation has become too heated up. As with any magical tool, the outcome of the spell is in the operator’s hands and depends on how the tools are utilized. There are no guarantees.

The wand is available for purchase together with a powder consisting of the wooden dust left from crafting, dried firethorn berries, thorns and leaves.

Price: 49 EUR

Status: CURRENTLY RESERVED

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Special Offer: Black Dragon Productions parting with Selected Ritual Tools and Artwork

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On this special date a special offer:

Due to moving into a new phase of life Black Dragon Productions are now parting with a selection of ritual tools and artworks. This concerns

  • 7 of originally 11 hand-cafted ritual sets
  • 1 Tree of Death stele
  • 1 Tablet with Planetary Hours
  • the beautiful Putrefactio Stele
  • 1 Altar-board for Luciferian Rites
  • 1 Triptychon of SLM

All pieces are 100% hand-crafted, during the darkest hours.

If interested in purchasing you may send your offer to Black Dragon Productions via their Facebook or using the contact form at their webshop.
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Black-Dragon-Productions/173619352746527
http://www.freewebstore.org/blackdragonproductions

Note also, that their actual commission work must be put on standby because of actual changes.

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Poisoner’s Seed Boxes, New Collection

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For the Poisoner – containing seeds from at least 22 different herbs. The boxes are labeled with the Motto of the Poisoner and they are accompanied by a special Info Booklet. The booklet is handbound and printed on strong laid paper, which has been provided by Buchbinderei Dresden. It contains info on each herb and is illustrated with our unique Herb Sigils. Extra pages with a table offer space for taking own notes on the sowing and growing process:

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Price: 40 Euro + 5,50 Euro shipping (international shipping via registered letter)*

For ordering write to info@teufelskunst.com

*When ordering estimate ca. 2-3 weeks for order processing (seeds are filled up freshly)

Below is a gallery with photos of herbs grown from our seeds:

Black Mandrake Black Mandrake Sprout, photo by CM Vænvs Obscvra Labeled Sowing Containers, photo by CM Vænvs Obscvra Black Nightshade star-shaped flowers, photo by Bone Garden Botanica Rivea corymbosa Henbane Seedlings, photo by Wiebke Rost Henbane Seedlings, photo by Wiebke Rost Datura Seedlings, photo by Wiebke Rost Belladonna sprouts, photo by Wiebke Rost Belladonna sprouts, photo by Wiebke Rost Wormwood grown from seed, photo by Wiebke Rost Poison Hemlock Seedlings Seedlings 2013, own Green House Mandrake grown from seed Belladonna young plant, photo by Wiebke Rost Wormwood grown from seed, photo by Wiebke Rost Mint Path, photo by Wiebke Rost

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New Second Hand Literature: The Red King & Queen of Hell Special Editions

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The Red King, by Mark Alan Smith, Ixaxaar Publishing, Thaumiel Edition
Bound in bloodred goat leather, hand-numbered and signed by the author, copy #47 of 66
Price: €1666 – NO LONGER AVAILABLE

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Queen of Hell, by Mark Alan Smith, Ixaxaar Publishing, Trident Edition
Bound in bloodred goat leather, hand-numbered and signed by the author, copy #15 of 81
Price: €1666 – NO LONGER AVAILABLE

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Liber Falxifer I, by N.A.A.218, Ixaxaar Publishing, Second Press, Red Edition
Price: €250 – NO LONGER AVAILABLE

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Pan Paradox, by VEXIOR, Ixaxaar Publishing, Standard Edition
Price: €100 – NO LONGER AVAILABLE

Also still available:

Viridarium Umbirs, Arbor Infernis Edition (overstock copy)  DSC_0226    Fosforos (in Finnish), 2012   Fosforos, (in Finnish) 2012

From left to right:

Viridarium Umbris, Arbor Infernis Edition, by Daniel A. Schulke
The book is an overstock copy, is not handnumbered and comes without talisman. Original Price: €970 (overstock copy)
Asking Price: €1000 + Shipping

QUTUB, by Andrew D. Chumbley, Xoanon Publishing, Second Edition
Price: €200 + Shipping

Fosforos, by Johannes Nefastos, Viides Askel 2012
The book is in Finnish. 1 copy available
Price: €50 + Shipping – SOLD

All books are sold as shown. If you are interested contact us at info@teufelskunst.com and we forward you the seller details.

NOTE: As we are receiving a growing amount of requests from people who wish to sell their esoteric books (and not seldom especially expensive limited editions), we will from now on charge a 5% fee on second hand literature sales. Included in this fee is the work of presenting the items and putting potential buyers in touch with sellers. The fee is charged only if an item is sold.

When you calculate prices for books that are out of print or were limited to a certain number of copies, bear in mind that books, which have been around for merely 5 years or less should not be sold as expensive as a book which may have been out of print for decades. Otherwise we recommend you to try your luck on Ebay or some other forum.

Btw. we would very much welcome to expand the range towards classical literature, e.g. old and interesting or fancy editions of classics such as Don Quijote, Faust etc. as well as out of print art books and beautifully illustrated children’s books in different languages.

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Occvlta Reliquaries Collection

Head over to the Occvlta Store to get your hands on one of the very first pendants of the Reliquaries Collection! Herbs by us, pendants by Occvlta

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