Those who look beyond

August 30, 2017

Here is the Path written in blood, blood fresh fallen from the Stars in their seasons, fallen to the opened hearts of Those who look beyond both themselves and the Stars in heaven. That which is seen is not that which should be sought. Seek it in the Pearl that is set upon the Dragon’s brow.

Andrew D. Chumbley
Qutub: The Point

Song of the Mark

November 16, 2015


Song of the Mark as told by Frater Alogos Dhul’Qarnen Khirdir (Andrew D. Chumbley), taken from the Psalterium Caini of the Cultus Sabbati. Transcribed onto parchment by iopanosiris.


It is tempting to consider Crooked Path Sorcery a ‘philosophy of witchcraft;’ however, due to its serpentine nature, ethos is far closer to the mark. This relates to the fact that Traditional Witchcraft, at its root, is not a religion, it is first and foremost a body of practices, informed by an indwelling genius. Born of the natural coition of powers which Wise-Craft fosters, the Crooked Path may be seen as a perpetual dance between the stations of Holiness and Heresy, Tradition and Deviation of the Path. Each momentary stance must be held in equipoise, the practitioner fully aware of the summit of its potentials, as well as their weaknesses, ultimately knowing that meditative integration will render all duality false and illusory. In witch-lore, this identification of severance and bifurcation with the Crooked Road is embodied in numerous forms, one of which is the Arthana [from which athame is derived], or double-edged blade. Of it, Chumbley writes:

‘To contemplate the double-edge of the Arthana’s blade is to mindfully approach the realisation of the Crooked Path’s essential nature. For it reveals the Path of Sudden Change, the transmutative power which may liberate or destroy; and which, like the knife, may cut through the bonds of fateful imprisonment or sever the very flow of life.’

Daniel A. Schulke
Foreword to Opuscula Magica: Essays on Witchcraft and Crooked Path Sorcery by Andrew D. Chumbley.

Arcane Saturnalia…

May 27, 2015


The Sabbath of the Witches is the primitive and archetypal form of the Magical Rite. It is in this sense an eidolon in the Platonic sense of ‘form’; it is also glyphic in that its image of an Arcane Saturnalia ‘twixt Gods and humans encodes a complete body of occult lore. It is a vast and profound personification of the most primal states of entity and force, convergent within the accumulated iconography of untold eras of believing. Here I speak of ‘belief’ in a transmundane sense, a belief in the Otherness beyond our present ubiety. The inner aspect of the witch cult is a Gnosis of the Sabbatic Mysteries, transmitted both psychically and physically by the lineage of initiates and by oral and ritual means.

Andrew. D. Chumbley,
“The Sabazian Torch,”
Opuscula Magica vol. 2