Magus is a strategy card game for 2-5 adult players that plays in about an hour. Each player takes the role of a sorcerer using his forbidden knowledge of dark magick to unlock the secrets of creation. Players cast pentagrams, summon demons, and invoke the power of the universe in order to either eliminate his rivals or be the first to unlock the secret name of God: the Tetragrammaton.
Foul Magic is a tumblr feed of images that evoke the atmosphere of this dark world.
Witches on broomsticks, featured in The History of Witches and Wizards (1720) — Source (Wellcome Library)
Le calomniateur (The Slanderer), 1851
Fifth Pentacle of the Moon
Protects against all Phantoms of the night which may cause restless sleep or nightmares, and aids in obtaining answers to questions or problems through dreams.
He’s a cruel demon and he was the chief executor of the decrees made by demons in hell. It has been associated with sins that are passed down from father to son. In origins, Alastor was a mortal, son of Neleo, king of Pilo. He became a demon after he and his brother killed Eracle. In ancient times “ Alastors” was the word for evil spirits and for Romans, the word “ Alastor” was the name of the evil genius of the house and in Greek it literally means “he who does not forget”, so it can be translated as “ avenging god” or “ avenging deity”. For them it was an evil spirit of vengeance associated with Nemesis, the goddess who distribute justice. In the Dictionnaire Infernal is written that he’s the “executioner” and often he’s described as Hell’s Commissioner of Public Works and an infernal judge.
Pages from The Book of Ugly Ecstasy featuring sketches and paintings by Austin Osman Spare from the early 20th century (published 1996 by Fulgur).
Malleus Malefecarum by Jacob Sprenger and Heinrich Kramer
The Hammer of Witchcraft
translated by Montague Summers
Edited with an introduction by Pennethorne Hughes
London The Folio Society 1968 First Edition thus. [originally published in 1487 the Montague Summers translation First Published 1928]
The woodcut illustrations were originally published in Milan in 1626 in the Compendium Malefecarum -
only occasionally do they specifically illustrate the text of the Malleus and are more intended as a complement to it
Vintage illustration showing the First Hierarchy of Demons: Leviathan, Beelzebub, Asmodeus, Astaroth and Belphegor.
Leviathan was a prince of the Seraphim who tempts people to give into heresy. He is responsible for the infernal navy and on stand-by to devour all the unsaved on Judgement Day. Created on the same day as Behemoth.
Beelzebub was a prince of the Seraphim, just below Lucifer. Beelzebub, along with Lucifer and Leviathan, were the first three angels to fall. He tempts men with pride. He is a chief of staff and second only to Lucifer in the rankings, even attempting coups in Hell. Presiding over the Order of the Fly, Beelzebub often takes the form of a fly and is notorious for inspiring heresy and tempting humans with sin, envy and pride. Witch trials often attempted to coerce those under suspicion to confess to worshipping Beelzebub.
Asmodeus was a prince of the Seraphim, burning with desire to tempt men into wantonness. He takes charge of the casinos of Hell, specialising in all things related to greed and illicit pleasure. Sporting three heads (bull, ram and human), he leads mortals to squander their wealth of frippery and tempt them into wildly inappropriate relationships.
Astaroth was a prince of Thrones, who tempts men to be lazy. He is a Treasurer of Hell. Riding around on a dragon and carrying a serpent like a staff, Astaroth is a mentor to newer demons joining the ranks.
Belphegor is one of the seven princes of Hell, who helps people make discoveries. He seduces people by suggesting to them ingenious inventions that will make them rich. According to some 16th-century demonologists, his power is stronger in April.
The complete 72 Demons of Solomon and their seals
Jacobus de Teramo, The German Belial, Straßburg, 1508