Thaumaturgy

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According to druid and neopaganist Isaac Bonewits, thaumaturgy is “the use of magic for nonreligious purposes; the art and science of ‘wonder working’; using magic to actually change things in the physical world”.

The origin of the word comes from the greek “thaûma érgon” which could be roughly translated as miracle or marvellous work. Although it sounds like a lighter use of magic, for kind purposes, we see an obscure atmosphere around the practice and believe that the so-called thaumaturges or miracle-workers are defined with much darker shapes. 

“The True Principles of All Things” from: The Works of Jacob Behmen, The Teutonic Philosopher, vol. 3 - illustration by: Dionysius Andreas Freher, 1764.
“Amulets with magic squares” from: Oedipus Aegyptiacus, tom. 2, vol. 2 - Athanasius Kircher, 1652–1655

We are sure some of them work for noble causes but, honestly, it is much cooler to relate it to darker themes and horror/fantasy universes such as  Vampire: the Masquerade.

Sometimes, thaumaturgical practice is related to the conjuration of demons and wicked spirits, and for that reason we decided to work on a very common conjuring pattern, described by Reginald Scott in his “Discovery of Witchcraft”, where the magister/magician “…must stand in the protected center, and the many conjurations and magical symbols are supposed to protect him from the loathsome and dangerous creatures which, when conjured, appear on the outside of the magical pattern.” – Fred Getting in Encyclopaedia of the Occult.

“The Circle for Raising Oberion” - from: The astrologer of the nineteenth century- Robert Cross Smith (pseudonym "Raphael”), 1825

We decided to replace some of the original symbols and turn it into a personal square, showing blood magic and sacrifices at the bottom and replacing the top circles with planetary seals/talismans with the following magic squares inside:

1- Venus (feminine principle);
2- Sun (masculine principle);
3- Mercury (day-to-day expressions and relationships);
4- Jupiter (principles of growth and expansion)
A personal journey, in that particularly order!

The phrase “Byss and Abyss, Nothing and All, Time and Eternity” comes from Jacob Boheme’s Cosmo-conception where it is used to describe the concept of the Manifested God and the principles of divine essence and all things.

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