E.A. Koetting says in the Book of Azazel that in his pact, he stipulated he’d “forsake all other gods, spirits, demons, or other
entities”, and “ally with Azazel alone”.
What I don’t understand is that E.A. does actually work with plenty of other spirits such as Angels such as Raphael. Maybe he meant he sees Azazel as the Ultimate God and only offers HIM worship? What do you think?
Also… A topic I’ve already discussed in this forum but that’s still causing confusion.
Would it make sense for a mage to recite a Psalm from the Bible and say:
"For I know that Yahweh is great;
our Lord is greater than all gods.
Yahweh does whatever He pleases
in heaven and on earth,
in the seas and all the depths."
And then say:
“Azazel, […] I
covenant to forsake all other gods, spirits, demons, or other
entities, to ally with you alone.”
"Hail, Satan, […]
God Who invites us to become as gods!
Muse of our civilization,
Dread Enemy of its tyrant god!
Satan, mighty Liberator,
Bearer of true Light!"
" In the name of Azazel most holy,
Great Satan, almighty Lucifer!
I hereby command that the spirit of Jehovah
Depart from my mind, my body,
And my soul at once!"?
I’m asking this 'cause I know some mages involved in the dark arts do recite Psalms and I’m confused. Also, many manuals of magick have utterances such as “Yod He Vav He”, “Adonai” etc.
I was told the YHVH of magick is not the same as the one mentioned in the Bible, that magick is not religion etc. but it’s still feels paradoxical for a devotee of Azazel or Satan (who forsook Yahweh/Jehovah) to use those names.
Now, from the Lesser Key of Solomon:
[i]"I DO invocate and conjure thee, O Spirit, N. 1; and being with power armed from the SUPREME MAJESTY, I do strongly command thee, by BERALANENSIS, BALDACHIENSIS, PAUMACHIA, and APOLOGIAE SEDES; by the most Powerful Princes, Genii, Liachidæ, and Ministers of the Tartarean Abode; and by the Chief Prince of the Seat of Apologia in the Ninth Legion, I do invoke thee, and by invocating conjure thee.
And being armed with power from the SUPREME MAJESTY, I do strongly command thee, by Him Who spake and it was done, and unto whom all creatures be obedient. Also I, being made after the image of GOD, endued with power from GOD and created according unto His will, do exorcise thee by that most mighty and powerful name of GOD, EL, strong and wonderful;
O thou Spirit N. And I command thee and Him who spake the Word and His FIAT was accomplished, and by all the names of God. Also by the names ADONAI, EL, ELOHIM, ELOHI, EHYEH, ASHER EHYEH, ZABAOTH, ELION, IAH, TETRAGRAMMATON, SHADDAI, LORD GOD MOST HIGH, I do exorcise thee and do powerfully command thee, O thou Spirit N., that thou dost forthwith appear unto me here before this Circle in a fair human shape, without any deformity or tortuosity.
And by this ineffable name, TETRAGRAMMATON IEHOVAH, do I command thee, at the which being heard the elements are overthrown, the air is shaken, the sea runneth back, the fire is quenched, the earth trembleth, and all the hosts of the celestials, terrestrials, and infernals, do tremble together, and are troubled and confounded. Wherefore come thou, O Spirit N., forthwith, and without delay, from any or all parts of the world wherever thou mayest be, and make rational answers unto all things that I shall demand of thee.
Come thou peaceably, visibly, and affably, now, and without delay, manifesting that which I shall desire. For thou art conjured by the name of the LIVING and TRUE GOD, HELIOREN, wherefore fulfil thou my commands, and persist thou therein unto the end, and according unto mine interest, visibly and affably speaking unto me with a voice clear and intelligible without any ambiguity."[/i]
Now, EL is first and foremost a Canaanite God Yahweh (YHVH) was modeled after.
[i]In the Canaanite religion, or Levantine religion as a whole, El or Il was a god also known as the Father of humanity and all creatures, and the husband of the goddess Asherah as recorded in the clay tablets of Ugarit (modern Ra′s Shamrā—Arabic: رأس شمرا, Syria).
[…]El is a generic word for god that could be used for any god, including Hadad, Moloch, or Yahweh.[/i]
Now, this (on Yahweh):
[i]The name may have originated as an epithet of the god El, head of the Bronze Age Canaanite pantheon (“El who is present, who makes himself manifest”), and appears to have been unique to Israel and Judah, although Yahweh may have been worshiped south of the Dead Sea at least three centuries before the emergence of Israel (the Kenite hypothesis).
[…] In the Hebrew Bible, the name is written as יהוה (YHWH), as biblical Hebrew was written with consonants only. The original pronunciation of YHWH was lost many centuries ago, but the available evidence indicates that it was in all likelihood Yahweh, meaning approximately “he causes to be” or “he creates”.
The origins of the god are unclear: an influential suggestion, although not universally accepted, is that the name originally formed part of a title of the Canaanite supreme deity El, el dū yahwī ṣaba’ôt, “El who creates the hosts”, meaning the heavenly army accompanying El as he marched out beside the earthly armies of Israel; the alternative proposal connects it with a place-name south of Canaan mentioned in Egyptian records from the Late Bronze Age.[/i]
As we can see, the Yahweh (YHVH) also known as El does come from the Canaanite El, the main reason why I don’t understand why would Yahweh (YHVH) be the Supreme God.
An interesting observation:
So we see that the gods El and Yahweh are distinct gods from each other, as distinct as their individual names. Yahweh was worshipped as a war god from the deserts of southern Palestine who migrated north to Judah while El was the god of Israel whose home was Mesopotamia. Historically speaking, the two gods must be regarded as originally distinct that subsequently were related and finally identified through political and religious syncreticism.