Essays of Occult Philosophy in English
Magic and Witchcraft in Antiquity, Middle Ages and Modern
8/29/2020: THE SEVEN KINGDOMS OF QUIMBANDA & THE PEOPLE OF EXU AND POMBAGIRA
The full article on the traditional view of the power zones or points of strength/performance of the Exus and Pombagiras in the Quimbanda worldview. It is a chapter of the book still in preparation The Spiritual Secrets of Quimbanda that opens a deeper discussion about the Black Alchemy of the Cult of Exu, associating the Seven Kingdoms with the planetary forces and the inner alchemical work that these power zones precipitate in the soul. To access the text click here.
29/11/2019: THE MIGHTY DEAD: EXUS AND POMBAGIRAS IN THE MAGICAL-CULTURAL TRADITIONS OF THE WORLD
The text is a chapter of the book The Spiritual Secrets of Quimbanda being written by the Kimbanda-sorcerers Fernando de Ligório and Ismael Karneios. At first it is clarified that Exus and Pombagiras are not demons of the medieval infernal hierarchy and cannot, in fact, be compared to the daimones of Greek culture. Exus and Pombagiras are Mighty Dead, deified souls of ancient wisdom, mages, shamans, witches, sorcerers and powerful alchemists who act to assist their adepts, protecting them, instructing them to overcome internal (soul) and external (world) obstacles. What Exus and Pombagiras are to the kimbanda-sorcerer the Secret Chiefs are to the thelemites, the Inner Plane Adepts are to the magicians of the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn or what the Eastern Masters of the Great White Brotherhood are to theosophists. Exus and Pombagiras are masters who inspire the journey of the kimbanda-sorcerers, whose goal is to deify the soul and become an Exu or Pombagira at the time of passage, participating in the phalanges of the Quimbanda Kingdoms. Such were the Greek heroes and demigods, the bodhisattvas of Buddhism, the saints of Catholic Christianity, the Tzaddikins of Jewish mysticism, the Avalon Guardians of Arthurian British mythology, the Einherjar of the Norse, or the Ngangas of African Kimbanda culture. After this clarification, the authors present the two fundamental tools for soul deification in the Brazilian Quimbanda: i. The contact with the Mighty Dead refines the qualities and powers of the soul, expanding the consciousness of the adepts. ii. The ceremonial sacrifice (cut), which purifies and subtleties the soul of the adepts. The science of cutting is presented as the essential kimbanda-tool of worship, which works both in deifying the soul of the kimbanda-sorcerers and in feeding the Exus pneumatic vehicles to effectively act in the Kingdom of Generation. This chapter of Quimbanda's Spiritual Secrets is an introduction to the following chapter, where the authors focus on the science of cutting and its magical (not mystical) action on the soul. The Spiritual Secrets of Quimbanda book presents the hidden and initiatic aspects of Brazilian Quimbanda. To access the text click here.
20/11/2019: A WORLD FULL OF SPIRITS
The first part of the text that introduces the work of Ars Nigra Witchcraft, elucidates the cult of family ancestors as distinct from the Quimbanda cult of the Exus and Pombagiras, and discusses practical characteristics for starting a spiritual work with these spirits. A study for those who enjoy witchcraft and spirituality foot in the earth. To access the text click here.
15/11/2019: THEOURGY, GOETEIA AND QUIMBANDA
In response to a You Tube follower and member of the Occult Philosophy website, the text makes a sure comparison between animal sacrifice in Iamblich's neoplatonic theurgy and the tradition of Brazilian Quimbanda. Professor Fernando de Ligório presents Quimbanda as a genuine tradition of Brazilian Theurgy and Goetia. To access the text click here.
08/11/2019: THE PERSONAL EXU AND THE HOLY GUARDIAN ANGEL
The text was written to address a question sent by a You Tube follower and highlights the difference between the Personal Exu and the Holy Guardian Angel. The Personal Exu is an assistant spirit conjured by the sorcerer to protect and instruct him in the kingdom of generation, and is a dead and deified entity living in the Quimbanda Infernal Realms. The Holy Guardian Angel is an Angel of God, also invoked to protect and instruct the magician, but inhabits the planes of light and perfection. To access the text click here.
07/11/2019: THE WOMAN IN WHITE
This is an essay derived from the book still under construction The Spirit of St. Cyprian. He highlights Quimbanda witchcraft as a genuine magical tradition aligned with the arcane knowledge of the past and its resemblance to the Faustian and Cyprianic traditions of magic. The question of Professor Fernando de Ligório initiation in Quimbanda and the account of events or phenomena during the initiatory process is described. To access the text click here.