Let the Underworld Sacrifice Begin
Let the Underworld Sacrifice Begin

Let the Underworld Sacrifice Begin

One of the reasons why magic does not work is because a person has not understood what they have to sacrifice for the rite to happen.
In different systems of magic, there is the concept of sacrifice – of giving something up to achieve a desire or receive something from the gods.  Usually this is symbolic; a person killed an animal, or poured wine into a trench to give something up to achieve a goal. 
Even in initiation, the concept of taking an oath can be considered a form of sacrifice where the “victim” is the person who is dying so that they can become something more.  They are narrowing their life and promising not to do something so that they can be more than human.
However, there might be something more behind these symbols than first appears, which could lead us to an area of experimental magic.
Most magicians believe that magic can be used to create a change in their lives or environment.  They do rituals because they want something to be different.  In many ways they are creating a new universe in which certain undesirable components are not there.  Effectively they are taking the role of the mind of god, Thoth, and speaking a new universe into being.  Having made their last utterance, and cleared up the wax, which has stuck to the carpet, they wait for the new universe to unfold around them.
Magic seems to create four “effects”: the first and least noticeable is that it does not work at all.  The ritual is said to be a failure and often others are tried.  The next is that something happens but it does not quite manage to achieve its goals.  The third effect is that it works but things do not work as intended and, while the primary goal is achieved, other unexpected events happen.  Lastly, the ritual works and the new universe replaces the old one.
Recently I have come to believe that the reason that some rituals do not work is something to do with the strength of the old universe and the desire on the part of the magician (or outside forces) to maintain it.
Give your old stuff to the Baron at the Crossroads
Ask yourself, for this ritual to work, how much change will be required.  Some rituals require cosmetic changes to the existing universe and should be more likely to be successful. 
It makes little odds to the universe that you get to a certain destination on time without the aircraft developing turbulence and you having to be anally probed by US customs and immigration when you arrive.  A travel ritual to protect against this will probably succeed.  But a much more considerable aspect of your life would change if you won a huge sum on the lottery.  You would also be doing “black magic” to prevent another person’s universe changing as result of your win.
Let’s look at another area of “low magic” to explain the problem.  You had a problematic relationship with a person and you were always fighting.  One day you both worked out this was self-destructive and ended it.  You find yourself alone and do a ritual to find a new partner.  Nothing happens.   The answer might be that the old destructive relationship is still in your life.  You can’t ask the gods to create you a new universe with a new one until you have a space to put a new person inside it.
This idea of “having the space” to roll out the new universe is vital. What appears to happen is that when the creator gods of magic unfold your new shiny universe, there have to be holes cut inside the design for all the things you want to remain.  After all, if you invoke for a new job you do not want your relationship to pack in, or your dog to suddenly vanish overnight.  The problem is that if something in your life is central and antagonistic to your ultimate goal remains, then the new universe will end up exactly like the old one.
While the creation of a new universe is one idea, with its own set of gods, we have to ask the important question “what happened to the old one?” and “what needs to be chopped out of my universe to make this work?”  It is these things that need to be sacrificed for us to make sure our magic works.
This god of sacrifice is a variation of one of the many underworld death gods within religion.  They are Satan, Set, Baron LaCross, Typhon, Pluto, Dis Pater and Saturn.  Before any creation ritual they must be unleashed onto your existing universe, removing those things which stand in the way of what you want.
The first thing many of you must be thinking is “hang on, allowing the destruction of my existing universe by letting this lot make merry with it is insane.”  In some ways you are right.  But equally does that really mean that you don’t want something enough to make the sacrifice?  Is it possible to say that something is your True Will if you are not prepared to sacrifice something else to obtain it?
This attempting to hold on to a large chunk of your universe while at the same time hanging onto your old one is simply not possible.  One change should create other dramatic ones and when you do your invocation, you unconsciously know what each one is.
In fact when you do an invocation you will find yourself putting riders on what you want, which could ultimately kill off any potential universe unfolding correctly.  “I invoke for a magical order which is suitable for me, but has to meet within walking distance of my house, have a pub nearby, have no fees and will recognise my magical genius.”

St Expeditus

So how can we find out what impact our magic will have?  How can we find out what we have to give up, to obtain what we want?
If we invoke gods like Thoth, or our spirit guides, or who (or whatever) to help us create a universe, we have to invoke the death gods to help us discover what our sacrifices will need to be.
This might be the reason that Dis Pater, the roman Hades, was called the father of all riches.  It was because he let the old bad things die so new wealth could come into a life. 
Before you do any invocation which would lead to the creation of a new universe, you should invoke one of the death gods to ask their permission and to request that they tell you what the sacrifice will be.  They will probably tell you and once that sacrifice is made you can invoke for your new life (if you still want to go ahead with it).  
It might be that to get what you want you really have to break up with your girlfriend, who is holding you back.  You might have to leave your mother’s basement and start taking some responsibility for your life.  You might really need to leave the country before the police knock down the door, or give up that person who you are convinced is the love of your life.  It will be the underworld death gods which will arrange that for you so the good work can begin.
It sounds curiously inverted, invoking a death god to ask for a new life, but this is exactly the principle behind a Voodoo magician invoking , who was connected to the king of the dead Baron LaCross.  Expeditus, as his name suggests was called upon to make things happen today rather than tomorrow.  What better way to make something happen quickly than if all the obstacles to your new universe are sacrificed.

Magic has a price… you have to give up your old life to get the new


  1. Anonymous

    Great entry Nick.
    Personally i think magic is more close to the Lavoisier law of : nothing is created, nothing is destroyed, everything is transmuted. A kids is growing and is now an adult and can no more think as a kid, so he has to change his mind and let the youth let’s go behind.
    Changing one own universe begin in the mind, by letting go old fashioned schémas, then the real one transmute to one will, if one knows really what his will is. Vaudoo and death rituals are just a way to let things go.

  2. An alternative explanation: It is a very well settled astrological rule (in the practice of electional astrology) that one cannot elect success for an event where the potential for success in that event is not promised in the natal chart. This has an equally well settled cosmological parallel: a thing can reproduce only its own nature. Rituals are rather like dramatized electional charts. One cannot elect for a large lottery win unless the potential for a lottery win is in the natal chart. So, first one must know the rules for adjudging sudden large fortune in the natal chart. But the actual problem is more fundamental and cosmological in nature. The cosmological disjunct (between the nature of our potential and what we want the nature of our potential to be) probably can’t be fixed by isolated rituals or sacrifices (no matter how numerous). In other words, a cosmological disjunct must be fixed on a broader, cosmological level. The vast majority of people — occultists included, unless they have been trained in traditional occult philosophy and traditional astrology — will probably be stuck at this point.

    But the occult tradition has not left us bereft. There are teachings about how to overcome the imprisoning influence of the natal chart based on cosmological rules. There are hints of this in Iamblichus, where the correspondents, for instance, are rather fervently writing about the Lord of the Geniture, how it is to be discovered, how it is to be used, and so on. Its liberating effect is part of its purpose. There are other references throughout other writings about how a man may accomplish “dignification”, which is essentially a term of art for this type of liberation.

    Naturally, some kind of sacrifice is involved in this, if by sacrifice we mean making something holy. Chiefly, I think it is clear that it is the body that must be made holy, truly recognized as the Temple of Adonai. And it rather makes sense that in order for a person to be liberated from the imprisoning effects of astrological fate, the instrument that experiences those effects (i.e., the body) must also be liberated. This is the notion behind a statement of the sage Philalethes: Quod nulla vox operatur in magia, nisi prius Dei voce formetur. “No word is efficacious in magic, unless it first be animated with the Word of God.” is a loose, but poetic and accurate translation.

    I am not sure whether you would agree with these ideas, though. I am steeped in the doctrine of my own school of thought, and I sometimes forget that others are steeped differently. The above makes complete sense to me, as one of our points of doctrine is that events do not befall us, but manifest through us. As Saturn moves in the heavens, so does the interior Saturn move and lead us to go to Saturn places and to do Saturn things. So, if we want to change events, we must change the instrument through which those events are expressed.

    1. It could be that for what you want there is something else that needs to be sacrificed before something can take its place. In other words the universe you are building covers some areas which are not dealt with by the sacrifice. You might sacrifice your current home to achieve a good job, but it might also require you to dump your current partner. You might sell the house and keep the partner which prevents a new universe coming in to replace the old one.

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