This is one of those rare times I am going to relate a personal experience, without using veiled symbolic references. Sometime ago, when as a youth, I decided to conjure up the Fifty-sixth Goetia spirit called Gremory, otherwise named Gamori or Gomory.


The classical grimoire description of the spirit I had otherwise visualised as a Succubus dressed as a Nun. The symbolic logic of which was the associated motif of the Camel, upon whose back this described Succubus is said to ride in the Goetia.


The Camel in Hebrew is Gimel, which of a letter is associated with the thirteenth path of the Cabbala. The thirteenth path transverses the hidden Sephira of Da’at, whose path is ascribed to the Tarot card of the High Priestess of the Silver Star: Sirius, linking the Sephira of Tiphareth and Kether. Hence, it is the High Priestess II, I am alluding…

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First witchcraft trial in France, 1390.

Sam Outside

On this day in 1390 the first secular trial for witchcraft took place in Paris.

Known for skilled divination and finding lost objects Jehenne de Brigue was put on trial for concocting a potion to torment her husband. After 3 months in prison she confessed to being a witch and was sentenced to death. Under torture she named Macette de Ruilly as her accomplice, revealing that they had been exchanging recipes. De Ruilly had wanted to create a potion in order to persuade the father of her children that they should marry.

Both woman were tortured further and ultimately burnt to death the following year.

Photo credit: Lady Morgana Photo credit: Lady Morgana

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The Sixty-third Succubus is Andras, whose name is derived from the Icenic war Goddess called Andraste, also known as Andrasta or Andred. According to the Roman historian Dio Cassius, Andraste was invoked by blue Wode, Boudica in her fight against the Roman occupation of Britain in AD 60. Andraste may be the same as Andate, mentioned later by the same source, described as, “their name for Victory,”


Romanised as the Goddess Victoria. Some researchers assert that Andraste may be related to Andarta also. As for the Goddess Victoria, she is related to Nike, Bellona, Magna Mater (Great Mother), Cybele, and Vacuna; all of these Goddesses are often depicted riding chariots.


Andras is a Great Marchioness, appearing in the Form of a Punkette Angel wearing a SS officers Hat, if nothing else. This does not mean she is a neo-Nazi, quite the reverse, she absolutely hates Big-Brother fascist Nazis; that is…

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The Heroine’s Journey

Theodora Goss

This post is prompted by two things:

First, I heard Elizabeth Gilbert say, in an interview, that according to Joseph Campbell there was no such thing as a heroine’s journey, because the heroine did not need to go on a journey: she was the home to which the hero returned. I can imagine Campbell making such a statement, but the evidence in his own book, The Hero With a Thousand Faces, contradicts it: he repeatedly describes heroines on journeys, including Ishtar descending into the underworld. Some heroines have gone on journeys; therefore, the heroine’s journey must exist.

Second, I tried to do some research on the heroine’s journey, and what I found seemed too complicated: it didn’t match up with the journeys I was seeing in the fairy tales I teach.

So I decided to write out a heroine’s journey based on the fairy tales I’m most familiar with…

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