The Satanic Sophia & Confrierie de la Fleche d’Or (Fraternity of the Golden Arrow)

Maria De Naglowska (Mariya Naglovskaya) (1883-1936) known as “La Sophiale de Montparnasee”, was a controversial figure known to call herself a “Satanic Woman”, The Russian mystic born in St. Petersburg was known for her work as an author and as a philosopher.
As a writer she was known for having translated sexual sorcerer and spiritualist Paschal B. Randolph’s Magia Sexualis (though it has been speculated that Naglowska inserted her own ideas into the text) and also translating a biography on Rasputin (there is speculation that she actually knew Rasputin) in addition to writing the central texts of her fraternal order. She was also known to be connected to the occultist , Julius Evolva. Her famous students included; Man Ray,Georges Bataille,William Seabrook, Michel Leiris, and the aforementioned Julius Evolva.
Naglowska gave conferences on her “doctrine of the Third Term of the Trinity” ( a doctrine that recognized and honored what she considers the only living God. Which is life. She then went on to found Confrierie de la fleche d’Or (Fraternity of the Golden Arrow) based on these conferences. Naglowska’s teachings on Satanism were not culled from traditional Christian mythology, thus making her an interesting yet not oft mentioned figure in Satanism or sexual sorcery. I first heard about her contributions to sinister sexual sorcery in Zeena and Nikolas Shreck’s Demons of the Flesh ; The Complete Guide to Left Handed Sex Magic. Naglowska viewed Satan not as this dark outside force, but as this force inside of us all. Satan was viewed as the opposite of life (god=life), both of these forces were considered vital for humanity. She even had her own retelling about the Garden of Eden myth. To Naglowska the holy spirit was represented by the feminine spirit which ushered in a new era ; reconciliation of darkness and light via sexual mysteries. She felt that the era of Christianity was coming to an end.
A public occult rite of the Satanic Sophia
She put on public displays showcasing the rites of the order, to which some spectators took as more carnal than spiritual. Men were initiated and women were chosen in la Fleche d’Or. La lumiere de sexe (The Light of Sex) and le mystere de la pendaison (The Hanging Mystery), two texts not translated into english, were required reading for initiation into La Fleche d’Or. A small newspaper named La Fleche, Organe d’Action Magique was the public voice of the group.

Members of Fleche d’Or utilized sexual rites to further reconcile darkness and light. La Sophiale herself even acted as a naked altar during one of the order’s rites in which a male initiate placed a chalice upon her genitals and makes an oath “I will strive by any means to illuminate myself, with the aid of a woman who knows how to love me with virgin love…I will research with companions the initiatory erotic act, which, by transforming the heat into light arouses Lucifer from the satanic shades of masculinity.”(virgin here means a woman utilizing her sexuality for enlightenment and not out of carnality, not a woman who has never had sex) Messe d’or (Mass of Gold) was considered the most important rite of all, though it was never performed. The ritual consisted of seven male officials were to make love to three priestesses in public during a beautiful ceremony.

A prerequisite for this rite was that one was free of personal and vain urges. On record there exists only a preliminary preparation rite for Mass of Gold. Another such rite , The Rite of the Compasses, A female or male stood upright, a naked Priestess lay at their feet forming a right angle as to look like an open pair of compasses. Onlookers take each others hands and form a magical chain, using group concentration they generated as much energy as possible. The Priestess then drew the energy reinforcing it between she and her standing partner. With focus, a fireball of energy was supposed to appear in her hands.

The most infamous ritual the order was known for was Le Mystere de la Pendaison (The Hanging Mystery), which basically amounted to ritualized erotic asphyxiation. When she had a vision of her impending death, Naglowska went into hiding and did not name a successor for la Fleche d’Or. She made the decision to not reprint her books, The Light of Sex and The Hanging Mystery . She told her followers that nothing would be able to be done to spread her teachings for two or three generations. Maria de Naglowska was a revolutionary and interesting figure due to her teachings on Satanism and sexual sorcery. Her occult order was not without its faults; the role of women could be seen as more passive than expected, given the group’s leader was a woman. Also the group criteria could be construe as racist; Only blondes were selected as Priestesses (“..because the Morning Star cannot come from mixed races, nor from the Southern races.”) Perhaps this as well as sexism could be the reason that Naglowska’s teachings and order are not more well known amongst today’s occultists.

Sources cited:

Hidden Intercourse: Eros and Sexuality in the History of Western Esotericism
edited by Wouter J. Hanegraaff, Jeffrey John Kripal. pg 473

The Light of Sex: Initiation, Magic, and Sacrament
By Maria De Naglowska, pg ,3,6,8,10


Neoteric Necromancy : Death Sorcery in the Digital Age

What comes to mind when you hear the word Necromancy? Do you think of ghoulishly gruesome grave robbing under the light of the full moon? Do you picture only sinister sorts enslaving the deceased and making them do their bidding ? Well if so, then you only know of the sordid past of the ancient practice known as Necromancy.  But what of this arcane art in these modern times? Do people still revere and utilize the death current in occult operations? They most certainly do. While Necromancy does indeed have roots in many ancient cultures, this sector of the occult sciences is far from dead.

Of 13th century origins, Necromancy comes from the Greek nekromanteia, nekros “dead” and manteia “divination”.  Necromancy is prophecy using the spirits of the deceased and works of sorcery involving the use of human remains and the death current . Necromancy has much in common with ancestor worship. Ancestor worship refers to the reverance and honoring of the dead via a variety of rituals and offerings in exchange for assistance , guidance , etc and has been practiced from Africa to the Americas to everywhere in between.  Figures like Erichto of Thessaly, John Dee and Roman emperor Nero are some of the more infamous  ancient practitioners of Necromancy whose dark rites still permeate the minds of many.  Long considered a “black art” due to it’s ghoulish practices in the middle ages, many will still recoil at the term Necromancy, picturing desecration and the commanding of the dead to do one’s bidding. For a time, such rites fell out of favor.

Since the mid 19th century and the rise of spiritualism with its seances ,  Necromancy has remained present albeit well cloaked in the shadows. An early 20th century book, Spiritualism & Necromancy proclaimed that ancient Necromancy and Spiritualism are identical.  On Samhain, a Pagan sabbat in which the spirits of the dead are thought to walk the earth, some attempt communication with those they have lost.

As time has advanced industrially and technologically, it would appear that society has shifted away from practices such as Necromancy. For many, death is still something to fear and not explore in a metaphysical context. The Necromancer shuns this fear and is one who tunes into that which is known as the death current or death energies. Some work with the ancestors, Daemons and/or psychopomps,while others work directly with the death current itself eschewing any entities.  Present day Necromancer’s such as Leilah Wendell distance themselves from the gruesome ancient origins of Necromancy. In her “Necromantic Ritual Book”, she asserts that the Necromantic rituals in her book contain no “..brutality, desecration of the dead or any other practice that one would consider the antithesis of reverence.”

S. Connolly, a Daemonolater and Necromancer mentions in “Honoring Death: The Arte of Daemonolatry Necromancy” popular television shows from the 2000s like “Medium” and “The Ghost Whisperer” ,where the lead in both shows was a medium. Connolly asserts that all highly successful Necromancers are mediums, for mediums are conduits to the realm of spirit. In 2004s “The Chronicles of Riddick”, an action/sci fi film set 505 years in the future, the Necromongers are a religious empire based on Necromancer like traits and even shares a prefix with Necromancy, necro meaning death.  New converts wear tattered and decayed robes like the ancient Necromancers.

Today, modern Necromancers like Leilah Wendell, S. Connolly and Sorceress Cagliastro use a mix of ancient and modern methods to share their knowledge and personal Necromantic practices via authoring books and online activity ; Wendell has The Azrael Project; a site that sells art and hosts a Necromancy forum, S. Connolly has a youtube channel and Sorceress Cagliastro hosts a podcast as well as gives classes online.
With the internet, one may legally obtain human remains instead of grave robbing, join forums to discuss the art and converse with other Necromancers, take classes on Necromancy online listen to podcasts, find long out of print texts about Necromancy to read, watch videos online discussing techniques , information, and make virtual shrines to ancestors and/or psychopomps.  Death sorcery is alive and well in this digital age.

The New Encyclopedia of the Occult by John Michael Greer , pg. 324, 416
The Necromantic Ritual Book by Leilah Wendell , pg. 3
Spiritualism & Necromancy by A. B. Morrison pg. 11
The Witches’ Book of the Dead by Christian Day , pg 106
Honoring Death: The Arte of Daemonolatry Necromancy, pg. 9

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Bloody Lary

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Firstly, I am proud to announce that ectoplasm will be appearing soon on American Horrors,  I am still awaiting confirmation of the exact date, but know that it will be a Friday. Ectoplasm also now has an imdb page and a poster there.

Secondly, after much debate as to whether or not to reveal what I am working on, I figure it is in my best interest to reveal my upcoming projects. So that in the event that someone else is working on such a project that I may change gears. What prompted this whole idea is the fact that two ideas I conjured up have now been executed by others. Imagine my shock and dismay but alas, I was not copied per se as I had not revealed said ideas to the public. I will however check out these projects and wonder how mine would have compared.

That being said I have a whole new host of deviant delights pouring fourth from my cranium; Horrorscopes will be a series of 12 or 13 horror shorts each one based on a sign of the zodiac.

I started writing the Pisces horror and other than trimming the fat I think that one is done.  I also have the idea to write a body horror about skin bleaching  and another body horror about a black female werewolf (someone sure likes body horror) and last but not least, I was given permission by a Horrorcore artist to use music from his label and I fully intend to make good on that permission (film idea: a found footage type of deal with a popular female vlogger who collects and sells murderabilia and an actual crime scene…..)

By me putting this out there, I am not giving anyone permission to “steal my ideas” as it were but more so a “here are my ideas, no one copy them” or as a “I had that idea first” in the event of some type of issue. This is not to say no one else may have such ideas , but I am expressing mine and intend on creating them.

As it stands, besides me mentioning them, I have not heard of either of my projects (horrorscopes, murderabilia collector,black female werewolf,skin bleaching body horror)  in any stage of production via anyone else.

Totally unrelated to horror but interesting nonetheless, I wrote a brief essay on Porn & Industrial music for my Rivethead blog

All the bloody best,

Lary Love Dolley

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