First, a brief intro to St. Cyprian (from Wikipedia):
The outline of the legend or allegory, which is found with diffuse descriptions and dialogues in the "Symeon Metaphrastes" and was made the subject of a poem by Empress Aelia Eudocia, goes thus:
Cyprian was a pagan magician of Antioch who had dealing with demons. By their aid he sought to bring St. Justina, a Christian virgin, to ruin; but she foiled the threefold attacks of the devils by the sign of the cross. Brought to despair, Cyprian made the sign of the cross himself and in this way was freed from the toils of Satan. He was received into the Church, was made pre-eminent by miraculous gifts, and became in succession deacon, priest and, finally, bishop, while Justina became the head of a convent.
Next, a very accessable and thorough run down on St. Cyprian and his relevance to magickal practice (from ConjureMan Ali's Spiritual Blog):
Saint Cyprian is the patron of conjure-doctors, rootworkers, magicians, occultists and spiritual practitioners, not to be confused with Cyprian of Carthage. According to legend, St. Cyprian was a powerful magician whose power over dark and mighty spirits was reknown. Either he himself or one of his clients fancied Justina, a young and virtuous Christian woman so he conjured up one of his demon servants and sent the spirit over to abduct her, but she repelled the demon by signing the cross. Saint Cyprian was so moved by the act that he converted. Given his pagan background Saint Cyprian is also one of the few saints who seems to have a soft spot for pagans and non-Christians.
He is a wonderful saint who can be called upon to aid you in works of uncrossing, reversal, protection from spiritual and magical attacks and is a powerful ally for those of us who work with hotter, primal, and more chaotic spirits. I always work with him before any of my goetic workings and can feel his cool, but charged power have my back as I stand in conjuration.
And a few recent articles of note that really highlight the current resurgence of magickal vigor:
The Role of Hermes in Mathetic Exploration.......
Think about that. We’re putting all our trust into Hermes. Hermes is the trickster god of the Greeks, the one who steals, lies, and shits (literally) on the other gods. We’re relying on him to keep us out of agnosis when he lies to the other gods and disguises himself so he can’t be seen. Rather than asking “is this wise”, it might be more proper to ask “why the fuck are we trusting him?”
So, all this is just some extrapolation from mythology and basic understanding of Hermes on the paths. It’s not so much that we should be trusting the tricky little fucker, but that we don’t really have a choice; the tricks he plays on us are as much as part of the journey as is traveling down the odoi themselves. The Work must be done, and there’s so much more to find out. We can make the jump from Agnosis to Gnosis; now we need to figure out what’s going on with the sphairai. The first one we’re brought to is that of Mercury, which is one we’ll be visiting the most, and it’s the sphere most closely associated with Hermes. But if Hermes does not enter into any sphere, what kind of nature does this sphaira have? What can we find out and learn about these sphairai and how they relate to the other aspects of the Tetractys, to mathesis, to magic, and to the world generally? Let’s find out, shall we?
from Christopher Knowles Secret Sun blog:
an elusive companion race. Because not only is their literature more engaging than a lot of other Gnostic material, a lot of it reads more like The Secret Commonwealth than The Secret Book of John.
Mandaean literature speaks of a race of luminous beings called Uthras, who protect and instruct these Gnostics. Their religious liturgies are also heavily focused on the "waters," the traditional Biblical term for the cosmos, or outer space.
Now I’m not here to criticise what they’re doing or their techniques. The articles talks about the emotional/mental benefit these people are getting from their mentally constructed companions, and as I generally say about magick, it’s about getting results and whether it benefits you. So a few people mentioned that their companion helped them through their depression, good for them, depression is horrible to deal with, and if it works then I’m glad for them.
While not the same I’ve used similar techniques to separate and control aspects of my personality, for those familiar with my Egoetia work, which at this moment I can’t remember if I’ve ever talked about on this blog. (And if I haven’t blogged about it, that just goes to show you should attend the classes and conventions where I yatter about this stuff) So again, not challenging techniques or results, I don’t know enough about them to make a well-founded evaluation, but there is something I can say:
It’s not a tulpa.
Those who talk will happily tell you how skilled they are in getting the spirits to work with them, sometimes using faux Edwardianese to describe this for whatever reason. Those who walk the walk know that all magic works dickishly but this is doubly the case with spirit work. Spirits teach algebra to dogs. I would go so far as to say that you can measure the fidelity of spirit contact by just how weird the response to your pact/agreement/request actually was. It is inevitably, nay likely, that you will have missed something.
That’s listening, though, isn’t it? Passivity. Awareness. The opposite end of the spectrum to wands and ‘true wills’ and all the other poorly-disguised Freudian covers for frustrated penises that are found in abundance in western magic. Listen and your only response is to re-wild witchcraft. That is the only response to listening to the spirits. (And that is all I am going to say on ‘that’ matter. Because civility.)
and from twoicefloes.com:
What has happened to humankind on Earth is the equivalent of child abuse; nothing more and nothing less. The true tragedy in all of this is that billions living here are now so abused they can never be normal humans again, no matter what happens next. Fortunately, Forever is eternal and it includes the opportunity to heal and to become whole again.
This loss of humankind’s true nature as an infinite spiritual being is the fundamental issue wrong on our Earth now. And it can only be fixed by each of us doing our utmost to learn the truth about ourselves and not to be influenced by the lies created to keep humans from knowing fully, and thus understanding completely, our own eternal and incorruptible true Self.
This is nothing less than a very crucial war, a war now being fought one person at a time over the freedom to live a life here on Earth that is truly of one’s own making.