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This is believed to be a more satisfying arrangement. The catch to this is that he must give from his own family and friends. In other words, it must be a real sacrifice of someone he loves. Harsh as this sounds, if you think about it, you realize that this is far from uncommon in the pursuit of ordinary ambition. Say that a man is frustrated with his life.

He has been honest and worked hard and gotten nowhere. He is at the end of his rope. He goes to the house of the Bocor and tells him these things, and in the way of such conversations from time immemorial, he says he would give "everything" to satisfy his desires. So the Bocor calls upon the Petro family of spirits, which are very close to the concept of infernal demons, and the spirit speaks to the supplicant. He demands a written agreement signed in the man's blood, which is placed in a govi, or ritual jar, and tells the man that on a certain day, once a year, he must choose one of his loved ones to die as a sacrifice to the spirit.

In return the spirit will satisfy all of the man's desires and ambitions. If this is agreed to, one person a year will mysteriously sicken and die to satisfy the spirit until the day comes when there is either no one left that the man can give, or he can no longer bear to commit such an act.

This time the bargainer himself is taken. It is an eerie coincidence that one of the Petro spirits that operate these pact agreements is called Bosu Tricorne — the three-horned god. Look at the illustration of Lucifuge Rofocale, the infernal maker of pacts at the beginning of this book and you will see what we mean.

Perhaps the lord Lucifuge spread his activities further afield than France. Or perhaps our earlier suggestion that a former resident of colonial Haiti wrote The Grand Grimoire deserves some consideration. Whatever the ultimate origins of the Grimoires of Part II, the tradition of the pact with "the Devil" goes back to the early dark ages in Europe, when the Roman empire was falling apart in earnest and Christianity, which had been the state religion of Rome for more than a century, was in conflict with the older beliefs of the people.

At that time, some of the then-existing histories were transformed by Christian scribes to accommodate the Jesus myth. A good example of this is Merlin, who, according to the research of Nikolai Tolstoy in his book Quest For Merlin , was a historical figure who lived during the fifth century AD in one of the still-pagan enclaves of northern Britain.

He is considered to have been the last great pagan prophet of Europe and thus a figure of considerable importance. Christian chroniclers, however, have transformed him from the last of the Druids into a half-human figure whose father was a demon or the Devil himself. In typical fashion they make him one of the great knowledge-givers and guides of Western legend and simultaneously damn him to hell for his magic. In this same way, the pact-working was cut off from its ultimate roots in prehistoric magic while still retaining most of its essentials , to become the dangerous selling of one's soul to everlasting hellfire, for the privilege of exercising supernatural power on Earth.

Possibly the oldest of these legends deals with a Churchman of the name Theophilus. Theophilus was a humble scholar who enjoyed the quiet and safety of the monastic life. Unfortunately, his reliability and talents attracted the attention of his superiors in the Church, and he was offered the recently vacated office of Bishop.

Pleading humility, he refused, which proved to be a very bad move. The office was given to the second choice, an ambitious politico who proceeded to torment Theophilus at every opportunity.

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He made his life, so to speak, hell. This state of affairs continued, until Theophilus was finally fed up, at which time he took a forbidden book from the monastery, and in a crypt in the wee hours, called up the Evil One. The Devil told Theophilus that, in exchange for his immortal soul, he would give him the power to do wonders and triumph over his enemy. Theophilus, at his wits end, agreed. Events went as Satan promised, and the Bishop met his demise. In due course, Theophilus was offered the Bishopric a second time and this time accepted.

Years passed, and his power and reputation grew apace, but as he grew older, fear began to gnaw at him. He thought more and more on death and even though he knew that he had served the Church well, he also knew that when he died he would pass into Hell forever.

He began to pray long hours in his private chapel, and his servants debated among themselves as to the nature of His Excellency's private grief.

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Eventually this whining attracted the attention of the Virgin Mary herself and she intervened personally on his behalf, forbidding the Devil his soul. Deus ex machina. Aside from being an object lesson in the dangers of making a contract with an ecclesiastic, this little legend — which became very popular and much elaborated upon — contains all the ingredients that remain with us to this very day. The scholar religious or secular who, driven to extremis, uses his knowledge to call up an evil spirit, sell his soul, and enjoy magical power.

The performance of various wonders during his lifetime. The last minute regret for his actions which at the end, mean nothing to him. The self-castigation for his pride in disobeying Holy Mother Church. The inevitable descent into Hell or in the case of Theophilus, last minute reprieve. The first component of the myth goes back to shamanic practice. The rest is a Christian accretion to keep people in fear and bondage.

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David Carrico Christian Broadcasting Network. Jason Black is a professional writer and artist and a life-long student and practitioner of Magic and Tantra. He has worked as a professional psychic, much sought after for his accuracy. Christopher S. Hyatt, Ph. As a research scientist he has published numerous peer-reviewed articles in professional journals and was a Research Fellow at the University of Toronto and the University of Southern California. He fled the world of academia and state sponsored psychology to become an explorer of the human mind He is now a world-famous author of a wide variety of books, CDs, and DVDs on post-modern psychology, sex, tantra, kundalini and mysticism He published many articles in peer-reviewed, professional journals.

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