Thursday, 11 April 2013

The Satanic Feminine Divine: Part III - Machaloth

Originally published 7 March 2011. © Torey B. Scott

 

 Machaloth, although not considered to belong to the hierarchy of the Demon Queens of sacred sexuality, is one of the most enigmatic Demonesses within Semitic Demonolatry. Like Eisheth Zenunim, little is known of Machaloth’s origins. Within Kabbalistic traditions, Machaloth is one of the four averse powers beneath the feet of the Kerubs thus making Her the anti-Kerub of the world of Briah. Like Her daughter, Agerath, Machaloth is depicted as a woman who is part serpent. She is said to ride upon a beast which resembles a scorpion-like serpent or dragon.

Machaloth is reputed to have a special relationship with the kingdoms of the Greeks—it is suggested by some soft polytheists that She is perhaps comparable to one of the Greek goddesses or serpent-like creatures within Greek mythology.

Machaloth’s name loosely translates from the Hebrew mahathallah as “deception” or “illusion”. Her name is similar to that of the Demon, Magot(h)—often appearing within occult texts as a high-ranking Demon and similar in status to Beelzebub, Asmodeus and Satan Himself. This suggests that Magoth and Machaloth may be one in the same, although there is no real evidence to support this theory.

She is associated with the Element of Water and with the 23rd Path known as Sekhel Qayyam or the Path of Sustaining Intelligence upon the Tree of Life. As a Demoness of Water, Machaloth is aligned with Lunar currents and the concepts of compassion, healing and psychism. Like Naamah, Machaloth is a fantastic deity to approach when pursuing divinatory avenues as She will speak truly and with patience. Although all of the Demonesses may be approached for matters of healing, Machaloth is especially concerned with the healing arts, especially in relationship to afflictions pertaining to fluid, chills, menopausal symptoms and nutrition. She is also especially concerned with scrying and introspective mediations.

Machaloth is the Matron Demoness of mothers. Although many of the other Demonesses are inherently concerned with the protection of infants and childbearing women, Machaloth is specifically aligned with the sacredness of motherhood. While most of the other Demonesses may be approached for the protection of a child, Machaloth is the ideal ally for the ensuring of the safety of any woman to whom has been born a child regardless of age. She can offer guidance and compassion for mothers who are dealing with rebellious teenage children and especially those single mothers who are struggling to raise a family on their own. She is also a goddess of fertility.

Machaloth, like many Water spirits, has a hauntingly beautiful singing voice and often uses it to soothe those in distress. She may often be heard singing when we are experiencing times of extreme stress or pain and reminds us that all suffering is only transient. She also possesses the power of foresight and may send to us omens or messages in order to warn or to prepare us for life-altering events and changes. Her presence is felt most strongly during storms and periods of heavy rain. Unlike the majority of Her sister Demonesses of Water who are innately connected with the oceans, Machaloth is primarily attached to freshwater lakes, streams and ponds. She sometimes manifests as a beautiful middle-aged woman, nude from the waist up with pale skin that shimmers iridescently.

Machaloth has the ability to aid the magician in situations in which defensive magick is called for. As well as teaching us ways in which we may best protect ourselves, She can also grant to us temporary or permanent Auric shields and may act on our behalf in negotiations with the Patron or Matron deity of the offender in question. Machaloth has a deep knowledge of the occult and of the ways of human beings and well-suited to serve as an advisor if one is in doubt of one’s abilities or is simply in need of direction. She also retains influence within the realm of psychism—mentoring and aiding those in need of the knowledge of astral travel, dream interpretation, spiritual visions and clairvoyance.


Primary Name: Machaloth

Other Names: Machalath, Mahlat; Magoth, Magot (Speculative)

Mythological Source(s): Kabbalistic and Occult Traditions

Title: Machaloth, Mother of Agerath

Role: Demoness of Water, Matron Demoness of Mothers

Sacred Animals: Serpent, scorpion, eagle, crab, dove, penguin, catfish, cat, camel, frog, toad, baboon, bat, hare, rabbit, otter, dog, sow, turtle, ibis, heron

Mythical Beings: Water beings, ghosts, succubi, vampires

Zodiacal Sign(s): All Water Signs, especially Cancer

Planet(s): The Moon

Element(s): Water

Direction: West (Traditional), South (Biblical), West (Agrippa)

Colours: Sea-green

Soul Part: None

Sense: Taste

Musical Key: None

Kabbalistic World: Briah

Kabbalistic Hell: None

Kabbalistic Palace of Hell: None

Tree of Life Attributions: Path 23 (Sustaining Intelligence)

Qliphothic Habitation: None

Associated Demons: Malkunofat

Vowel: O

Sounds: s, sh, z, zh

Environment: Hydrosphere

Season: Fall

Magickal Words: Nerxiarxin, Geniomouthig, Thothoutthoth

Consort: Unknown

Children: Agerath

Parentage: Rahab (Speculative)

Trees: Willow, alder, hazel, lime tree, mangrove

Herbs: Lotus, waterlily, leek, crab-apple, hay, camphor, cucumber, poppy, pumpkin, gourd, lettuce, melon, purslane, beetroot, reed, white sandalwood, lime, lotus, watercress, banyan, almond, mugwort, hazel, moonwort, alder, pomegranate, mistletoe, peony, comfrey, mangrove

Stones: Moonstone, pearl, quartz crystal, chalcedony, emerald, sapphire, green lapis, onyx, beryl, aquamarine, marble

Incense: Myrrh, orris, calamus, lotus, jasmine, willow, black copal, white sandalwood, benzoin

Metals and Minerals: Silver, sulphates

Tarot Cards: The Hanged Man (Elemental/Kabbalistic), The High Priestess (Planetary), The Chariot (Zodiacal), the four Queens, Cups, Queen of Cups

Ailments: Fluid retention, chills, menopausal symptoms, hormonal imbalances in women, stress and anxiety, post-partum depression, malnutrition and malabsorption, lymphatic disorders, menstrual troubles, arthritis, stomach complaints, breast cancer and breast disorders, nausea and vomiting

Bodily Government: Female reproductive organs, female hormones, lymphatic system, breasts, stomach

Sin: Sloth

Vices: Laziness, depression, procrastination, irresponsibility

Virtues: Zeal/enthusiasm, inspiration, punctuality, responsibility

Holy Days: July 21 (Zodiacal), June 21 (Summer Solstice – Northern Hemisphere)

Time of Day: Sunset

Chemical Element: None

Alchemical Process: Dissolution

Symbolism: Storms, rain, rivers and streams, scorpion

Chakra: Third Eye, Heart, Belly

Ritual Tools: Wine, chalice, mirror, aspergillum

Drugs: Blue lotus, juniper, Emmenagogues, ecbolics

Powers and rulership: Compassion, Greece, water magick, motherhood and the protection of mothers, divination, defensive magick, negotiations, the occult, calming of anxiety, freshwater bodies and systems, omens, storms, rain, menopause, female hormonal disorders, fertility, healing, introspection, meditation, hydromancy, enchantments, clairvoyance, astral projection, dreams, visions

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