21 Flower Songs

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daisyThe challenge in putting together a playlist for Novalis isn’t in finding the songs (they’re everywhere) but in curating them to give a good sampling of the options available.

  • If the song is about a flower – it fits
  • If it’s about someone named for a flower – it fits
  • If it’s about the spring, or summer, or autumn – it fits
  • If it was played at Woodstock – it fits

Novalis likes folk music, psychedelic rock, new age trance, classical, show tunes, or just about anything else that someone could dance to for hours on end.

I hope you enjoy listening to this playlist – I sure had fun making it. Continue reading

Camille, Who Didn’t Pay… Again

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Sigil of Valefor - GoetiaCamille is the very spirit of gate-hopping (well, aside for the demon who got that Word first, the bastard). It doesn’t matter if it’s a concert, all-you-can-eat, public transit, or anything else: so long as there’s a door fee, she’ll find a way in (and out) without paying. Some call that theft of services, but to Camille it’s only thrift.

Its a distinction the Tempter really cares about. Burglary, filching, and long cons all strike her as singularly tacky. Sure, she might lift a VIP pass to hang out with a band she really enjoys, but it (or a replacement) will make its way back to the original owner before the event is over. Continue reading

Duchies of Hell: Naming the Dukes of Kronos

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Sign of SaturnWhen I first proposed aligning the Duchies of Kronos with the canonical hours, I thought it might be a bit of a challenge to fill the posts, but that everything would eventually fall into place.

Turns out it’s really hard to find demons that are associated with the canonical hours. It’s almost like there are centuries of lore built up that presuppose that demons dislike periods of intense prayer (who would have guessed). Conversely, there are lots of demons associated with the “Italian” hours. Continue reading

Michael, What is He Good For?

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MichaelBy canon, Michael was tried by Seraphim Council and found guilty. He remained an angel because of Divine Intervention, but what would have happened if G-d stayed its awesome and ineffable hand?

The War is already managed by Ba’al. Unless you want one to replace the other entirely, it’s important to think about where Michael might land after his fall. Continue reading

Demons of Straightedge and Veganism

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Sigil of Furfur - GoetiaToday’s post comes from a conversation I was having with one of my old roommates. We were discussing In Nomine and gods and heavy metal, and they were joking that heavy metal might actually be hell’s music – and that all the mythological themes that show up in it were really an attempt to strip the corresponding associations away from the Ethereals who held them previously.

So naturally, I brought up Furfur: how he’s the Prince of Hardcore; how he’s given to excess; how I imagined his court being a fusion of metal and fanaticism; how I disliked the purely Islamic overtones of fanaticism that showed up in the Dark Khalid writeup.

So my friend asks: “Is there a Demon of Straightedge and a Demon of Veganism under him?”

There wasn’t before. There is now. I hope you enjoy them. Continue reading

Columbia, Ethereal Spirit of America

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“Be Patriotic” by Paul Stahr

Although she has recently declined in popularity, Columbia once played just as large as Uncle Sam in representing the American spirit. She was political conscience, patron of culture, and champion of westward expansion (and the philosophy of Manifest Destiny).

Columbia lacks the followers to be a goddess, but she is equal to many and stronger than some.

The spirit considers herself to be a daughter of Athena, and it may even be true. The Olympian goddess has seeded her Forces in many a national spirit as a way to guard her image against the ravages of Heaven and depredation of Hell. Continue reading