I took this photo with my Android phone during my work with the spirit Amducius, and then altered it with Instagram.
According to the Ars Goetia, Glasya Labolas can see the past and fortell the future, can teach you how to make yourself invisible, and can make friends and foes fall in love with one another. Then again, he also is supposed to delight in bloodshed and slaughter.
I take ominous statements like these with boulder-sized grains of salt. After all, the Dictionnaire Infernal describes him as a horned dog with griffin wings too. It been impossible not to laugh while picturing the shenanigans a little hellhound could get into this week. What’s wrong, Glassie? Did Timmie fall down the well? Do you want another soul? Wish me luck with my puppy training class in December.
I created this is alternate sigil for Glasya Labolas using Gematria values and the square of Mercury. In my mind, it represents an oracle kneeling to read cards, runes, crystals, etc. It also represents the cloak of invisibility Glasya Labolas can teach us to use to hide our activities when necessary.
All mages must know, dare, will, and be able to keep silent. Some magick can only come to fruition when kept secret. You wouldn’t want to give away all the details of your wards and shields, would you?
The phrase above (also known as an enn) can be chanted just like a mantra while staring at the sigil in a a relaxed state. I often take a purifying bath before I contact spirit and then meditate to clear my mind. When I feel centered and ready, I’ll write out my intent by hand. Sometimes I won’t go any further than ‘praying on paper,’ but I’ve found reading prayers aloud and / or burning them can help make what I’ve asked for manifest much more quickly. If nothing else, it help my brain focus on what I want. As a magician, I know that’s half the battle. If I still feel like ritual is required after I’ve completed my prayers, I could then use this sigil and enn as part of my circle casting and invocation if desired.
The Conjuring 2 continues the story of renowned exorcist and psychic, Ed and Lorraine Warren, dipping once again into their “real” case files. When the church asks them to travel to London and help a single mother plagued by an evil spirit, they can hardly refuse despite Lorraine’s premonitions of doom. Although this film is the sequel to 2013’s The Conjuring, is the third film in the overall Conjuring franchise, following Annabelle. Please note that the following review contains spoilers.
If you’re not ready for that, why not check out the trailer?
I felt like cheering when I came to the end of Ascending Darkness. I couldn’t remember when I’d been so thoroughly happy for a main character. Or, frankly, as envious of one! Without giving away any of Audrey Brice‘s plot secrets, I’ll admit that I would love to end up like Liz Tanner when and if I ever grow up—without the feminine attributes, thank you. She can leave behind her dry wit and handsome boyfriend, however. I wouldn’t mind having either of them!
Liz Tanner’s success is hard won. Book 1 of the Ordo Templi Serpentis Mysteries thrusts her into the limelight when a member of her occult order is accused of murder. Her responsibilities grow heavier with each novel in the series, as do the paranormal and criminal risks she encounters. Her boyfriend, Mike, and the world’s most cheerful Satanist, Alyssa, fight to keep her safe and sane, but Liz’s own powers continue to rise. Could it be her own darkness that hungers to ascend?
As a long time reader of Ellery Queen, Audrey Brice’s mysteries held up for me. I’d compare her writing to that of Lillian Jackson Braun and Ellis Peters in terms of gore and accuracy of research, respectively. Her dedication to factual accuracy makes sense since Brice also publishes occult literature under a different pen name. Thanks to her time as a professional magus, Brice’s satires the Pagan community’s behavior so well that I frequently have to smother laughter while reading her stories. Brava!
I only wish I could give Audrey Brice extra stars for often saying what I’m not courageous enough to blurt out.
As it is, Ascending Darkness is a five-star read. I cannot wait for Book Five: Illuminated Darkness!
Go here for a chronological listing of the Ordo Templi Serpentis Mysteries, including all novels and novellas. Keep your eyes out for Illuminating Darkness and follow all of Audrey Brice’s pen names at the Quadrant.
The portrait of Liz Tanner at the top of this review is based on an author photograph of Audrey Brice. It was drawn and digitally altered by William Briar, 2016.