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Eliphas Levi’s Seven Planetary Qualities

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Eliphas Levi, the occult author of the mid-1800’s, published many seminal works that became the cornerstones of early western mysticism. He illuminates the ancient roots of magical thought and tradition in a myriad of ways, but what I stumbled upon today is his presentation of the qualities of the seven traditional planets.

I refer to these attributes constantly in my work as an astrologer and Qabalistic jeweler. My usual source is Aleister Crowley’s 777, but Levi’s comments on the planets predate Crowley’s by many decades, and I want to share them here with you. What I found most exciting, is that each of the seven sins and seven virtues are related to a planet!! Here’s the seven traditional planets list from Eliphas Levi’s book, Transcendental Magick:

The Sun

  • virtue: faith, confidence, self reliance
  • vice: pride
  • Angel of Light, Michael
  • human life stage: infancy
  • bird: the swan
  • fish: the seal
  • mammals: the lion
  • stones: garnet
  • metal: gold
  • Qabalistic sign: serpent with the head of a lion

The Moon

  • virtue: hope
  • vice: avarice or greed
  • Angel of Aspirations or dreams, Gabriel
  • human life stage: childhood
  • bird: the owl
  • fish: the catfish
  • mammals: the cat
  • stones: crystal
  • metal: silver
  • Qabalistic images:

Mercury

  • virtue: prudence
  • vice: idleness
  • Angel of Progress, Raphael
  • human life stage:
  • bird: the stork
  • fish: the chub
  • mammals: the monkey
  • stones: agate
  • metal: fixed mercury
  • Qabalistic image:

Mars

  • virtue: strength
  • vice: wrath
  • Angel of Destruction, Samael
  • human life stage: youth
  • bird: the vulture
  • fish: the pike
  • mammals: the wolf
  • stones: diamond
  • metal: iron
  • Qabalistic image:

Venus

  • virtue: charity
  • vice: luxury
  • Angel of Loves, Anael
  • human life stage: youth
  • bird: the dove
  • fish: the mullet
  • mammals: the he-goat
  • stones: emerald
  • metal: copper
  • Qabalistic image:

Jupiter

  • virtue: justice
  • vice: envy
  • Angel of Power, Zachariel
  • human life stage: ripe age
  • bird: the eagle
  • fish: the dolphin
  • mammals: the stag
  • stones: sapphire
  • metal: pewter
  • Qabalistic image:

Saturn

  • virtue: temperance
  • vice: gluttony
  • Angel of the Wilderness, Orifiel
  • human life stage: old age
  • bird: the pewit
  • fish: sepia or cuttle-fish
  • mammals: the mole
  • stones: onyx
  • metal: lead
  • Qabalistic image:

A Hag’s guide to Spring Cleaning

“A Hag’s Guide to Spring Cleaning” by Alexis J. Cunningfolk

“Scrub your skin with the dirt from a hollow hill.

Brush your body with raven feathers and the blessings of a million hags gone before who have never given a shit about the what looks “nice” to others.

Take all the pots and pans out of your kitchen, clean them with black salt, and bring them outside with your spoons and knives. Make a racket to wake up the earth and let the neighbors know that their local hag has woken up from winter slumber.

Water your garden with the tears shed by those suffering from fragile masculinity to help them grow towards their heart instead of their fear.

Stitch up your worn out clothes with the red thread of intersectionality and luck.

Scare the life back into your heart by grinning so loudly in the mirror that you can see every tooth, fang, and monster song gurgling forth from the back of your throat.

Go to a crossroads, turn to the east, and spit three times so that you never forget how to find your way back.

Stain your lips and fingers with the blood of berries.

Braid thorns into your hair and rub rose dust into your eyebrows.

Never say you’re sorry for making it to another spring. Cackle instead and celebrate the ugly bits that have kept you alive.

Lace up your boots with the stories of your ancestors raging against powers they were told were unbreakable but have long turned to dust.

Greet your witchen kin with right hands grasped, left hand over the heart of the other, foreheads touching. Breath in, breath out. Say, “I fucking love you.”

Remember that hags like you grow like weeds and springtime will never be the same. “