Franz Bardon in his book, The Practice of Magical Evocation,
mentions over five hundred different spirits whom he says he has
personally contacted. When we come to the Saturn sphere, Bardon
says there are forty-nine original intelligences whom he calls
Judges and Executors of Fate. These spirits preside over all
planetary spheres in the area of karma and especially in regard to
the activities of negative spirits.
Similar to a judge in a courtroom, they possess the power to
limit, to confine, and to deny. Unlike a judge in a courtroom,
their power and commission enable them to destroy entire
civilizations as well as the personal and spiritual will of those
who violate cosmic laws. Such a notion might sound strange but
this seems to be what judges do--they make difficult decisions and
often limit individuals' rights or severely restrict the exercise
of their will.
Though Bardon gives names, descriptions, and the sigils for most
of the spirits he writes about, he refrains from doing this for
the Saturn spirits. He explains that prior to attempting to work
with the sphere of Saturn an individual should work through
several systems of initiation and feel almost at home in the seven
previous planetary spheres.
Saturn, as an astrological influence in an individual's life, can
have a depressing and nightmarish quality if badly aspected.
Similarly, the energy of the spirits of this sphere are extremely
oppressive, dangerous, and menacing. Bardon points out that these
Judges are not oriented toward teaching the intricacies of
Quabalah and magick. Bardon questions why anyone would want to
spend much time in this sphere since these spirits only seem to
relate the details and case histories of how, for example, black
magicians are punished and how negative spirits are unleashed for
a time as a form of karmic consequences.
Bardon mentions that if an individual is not sufficiently
prepared, the evocation of one of these spirits could result in
death not only of the physical but also of the astral body. The
idea of a spirit being dangerous just by its presence might be a
little hard to comprehend. Of course, we do not have to journey
into the spiritual domain of Saturn to put ourselves in harms way.
We all know there are environments which should not be entered
without great care.
On a nuclear submarine, the crew wears a patch which indicates
their level of exposure to radiation. When we visit the dentist's
office these days the dentist is all bundled up in protective
gloves and face mask. Another individual's blood can kill. There
is even a joke in Detroit. If you want to kill someone you take
them out to dinner at a fancy restaurant, get them drunk, and then
drop them off after midnight a block off Woodward Ave. near the
freeway. There are places in our cities which are lethal.
But Bardon says these spirits can destroy the astral body. The
intensity of their auras dissolves the four elements: earth, air,
fire, and water--consciousness, thought, will, and feeling--are
annihilated. The elements animating the emotional life and astral
body can not endure this kind of akashic acid because Saturn
spirits destroy false attachments, dependency, illusions,
clinging, need, and desire. The presence of any one of the 49
Judges contains an absolute demand that you present yourself as a
spirit who is free of the worlds of form. If you want to talk with
these beings, do so within a spiritual identity which is
indestructible and with a purpose equal in seriousness to their
For many, the idea of a spirit having authority over spiritual
evolution may seek stupid. Of course, in our society investigative
journalists and individuals using freedom of speech are constantly
calling attention to governmental corruption and abuse of power.
And science as well has joined those who seek to preserve and
protect the environment. Feedback is present and acts a kind of
In ancient societies, the prophet Isaiah, for example, cornered
King David. Isaiah asked the king to make a judgment against a
criminal and then applied that judgment to David's own actions.
The prophets of Israel were always concerned about the use and
abuse of power both in Israel and in the surrounding nations. And
there were times when they seemed to wield immense power--the
ability to destroy entire armies. And through their words they
offered nations the opportunity to alter their fate. The 90th
psalm is written from the perspective of Saturn. It reads, "You
turn men to destruction and say, `Return children of mankind.' For
a thousands in your sight are but as yesterday when it is past and
as a watch in the night." Individuals, nations, and religions as
well fall under the law of karma. No matter how great an
individual's will or how extensive its influence, in the cycles of
time all that has been built and accomplished will be destroyed
except for the universal elements which were present.
Among the Hopi Indians, also, there was a spiritual and magical
power exerted to insure that the culture pursued its spiritual
destiny. The chiefs, the medicinemen, the warrior clan, the
priests, etc. each had their own specific power which they could
use to bring the society back into line. Hopi legends record the
times and places when these powers were used--fire storms,
disease, earthquakes, war, etc. For the Hopi, survival was an
issue--if you lose the spiritual core of your culture, you lose
your ability to survive.
The Hopi and the Israeli's cultures, when inspired, were not blind
and fanatical theocracies. These cultures originated from the
vision that nature, man, and spirit are interwoven and
inseparable. Within conscience is found the ability to shape time,
space, and history. It is possible to accomplish work which
endures through time and whose value never fades. This capacity is
the power Saturn communicates.
Often I project my mind in the different planetary spheres. This
is called mental wandering. When I do this I am free to observe
and experience the aura of a planet without being interrupted or
approached. Usually I have to exert a conscious effort to make a
connection to a spiritual being within these spheres.
While visiting the Saturn sphere, I was struck by its familiarity
and the amount of influence it has had in my life. I began
reflecting on my past going back to college and high school. But
almost immediately a voice began speaking to me. It seemed to be
distilling all my experience into a few words: "There is no where
you belong. There is no community whose membership offers you
meaning. There is no love you can receive even when it is freely
given. All that exists for you is a sacred quest. "I am the
nightmare whose spell you can not resist. I am the dark mistress
dwelling within a cosmic abyss. Desolation, isolation, sorrow, and
emptiness--these are magnificent jewels adorning the necklace
around my neck. It is I who offered you a soul mate as beautiful
as the stars in the sky and it is I who then took her away from
you--that you might know that love and beauty of this magnitude
are wonders hidden in my treasure chest. It is I who taught you to
see that all the wisdom and knowledge men crave and worship is of
no value at all unless it grants you the power to create love
where none exists."
Well, that was putting it a little more bluntly than I would have
preferred to have heard it but it was not inaccurate. Saturn has
had a rather demanding presence in my life. I am not saying I do
not love or that I have not been given love. I am only saying that
my life has been carefully designed so that it was inevitable that
I would ask and then pursue the answer to a number of questions.
And to answer my questions I have had to enter spiritual domains
not known on earth such as this one--the sphere of Saturn with its
49 Judges and Executors of Fate.
No matter what is going on in his life, any good magician has a
will that remains as strong as titanium--he finishes what he sets
out to do. But his will does not in any way diminish his ability
to feel. I wrote this poem to the dark moon as a hymn also to
Saturn as a way of honoring her mysteries:
The Balsamic Moon
Cold, cold Balsamic Moon
Your darkness is the opposite
Of your other face:
Your hands of light
Within the night
Are acceptance, delight, and serenity.
But this dark face
Guards the place
Where terror is bound
This empty shadow crossing over
Obliterating the stars
Eclipsing the sun
You are a black hole within the heart
An abyss to dissolve within
Ah, but I know better than to complain
You are also a Gate
For those who would be reborn as Spirit.
My dear, you are so easy to hate and despise
To desire you are acid
To pleasure you are pain
To joy you are sorrow and ruin
But women understand you well enough
The mouth that nurses their breasts
Learns to resist, grows up, departs
The child's heart now given to another
Barren and desolate are a mother's share
Of what was once the most tender affection
But men feel your caress
Only in absolute despair
When all hope is abandoned
You are the grave when life is left behind
You are the earth where the seed dies
You are the circle of fire
Guarding Mysteries men shall never taste
Still, though invisible,
You are constantly flirting with me
In the woman who is so easily offended
With a wave of her hand or a glance
She makes hatred appear out of thin air
I swear, she knows every bitter herb and root
Within a hundred miles
She hurls darts of jealousy
At any pleasure a man takes
At any work a man makes
Without her to guide him along
But I see through your eyes this Wisdom--
Anything that rusts or corrodes
Has no place in your heart
You have walked by my side my whole life
Every time I have sought to be touched
By another in love
You have said:
First you must die
You must let go of the love you would hold
Only then will love find you
In a new and unknown form
You can not even imagine.
You say to me:
You must build a bridge
Between one heart and another
Sing into existence a path of Light
This is how you entered this world
And this is how you will attain your destiny.
You say to me: And if you honor my soul
As you know
Of the stars I am very fond
I will give you all of their treasures
The mysteries of civilizations forgotten
And of ages unborn
I will give you clairvoyance
Time will undo her veils
And stand naked before your eyes
The Guardians of the world
Will visit you in your room at dawn
If you will drink my wine
Refined from the essence
Of sorrow, regret, sadness, and loss,
I am the opposite of oblivion
I am the hand held out in welcome
To those who would be free
Know this you who seek to look upon my form:
The path that leads from the darkest night
To the heart of the sun
Is born from my womb.
Though I admit
Only a wise man
Is ready to concede
My beauty, though well-hidden,
Outshines all other women.
1/24/97: She went on, "All negative spirits within this solar
system obey my instructions down to the smallest detail when I
give them a command. I test those who would use the highest magick
more rigorously and with greater demands than any demon with
diabolical cunning could devise. I am that part of your conscience
you will one day meet--your own inner spirit will ask of you that
your will embody the laws of the universe and the wisdom of all
planetary spheres and evolutions. Those who are not ready to make
this commitment had best avoid attracting my attention and falling
under the gaze of my eyes.
"Let me say it again so it is clear beyond any doubt: anyone who
interferes with my work by default falls under my jurisdiction.
You see, the core of my power and the duties I have been
authorized to perform arise from a source human evolution can not
comprehend. For this reason I can blend with more subtlety into
the mind of a magician than air with lungs or blood with veins. If
the will of malice escapes the karmic ties the elements contain, I
will bundle up all the hate and cruelty and contain it within a
black magician's mind so it is like a black hole in space whose
gravity no one can escape."
She also pointed out to me a number of examples of individuals who
are permitted to incarnate but only under heavy karmic
restrictions. Often before incarnating, they agree place
themselves under one or more individuals authority they will meet
in life. These individuals then act as role models and they guide
them in the development of their conscience. Should they violate
these terms, they may die suddenly as a result. Their personality
and their astral body begin to dissolve as the more powerful will
within them from other life times is activated. The individual's
present identity loses its feeling of being connected to life as
well as the will to survive.
Some individuals have a magical will which is so powerful and
hostile it would easily interfere with others' spiritual
development if given free reign. These individuals are, let us
say, on probation from the Judges of Saturn and they are assigned
inner plane case workers or probation officers who watch them
closely. If they use the dark side of their will, as Bardon
mentions, there are demonic beings near at hand who will make
every effort to take control of them.
One of the roles Saturn plays in astrology is to take away. Saturn
makes transits and says, "Times up. You have had your chance to
grow, to develop, to solve your problems, and to learn to be free.
You have had the chance to make a contribution to your world. Now
the resources I gave you are no longer available." But Saturn does
something even worse. Due to actions of a former lifetime or in a
current situation, Saturn will curse someone by binding that
individual within a tormenting spiritual and psychic isolation. It
does not matter how many people they know or who know them. They
are placed within an astral abyss.
Furthermore, what is so Saturnian about this judgment, is that
Saturn will not give a single clue as to what they must do to undo
the curse. In the Arthurian Legend, King Arthur, with his life at
stake, had to answer within one year the riddle, "What do women
want most from men?" And his friend Gewain helped him out and in
so doing undid a curse on another individual. But there is no such
help for those cursed by Saturn. The reason for this is that
Saturn is the guardian of conscience. An individual who has abused
spiritual and magical power has damaged his own conscience.
Consequently, on their own initiative they must engaged in
prolonged introspection--a favorite activity of Saturn--in order
to recreate what they have destroyed in themselves. In other
words, they have to figure out on their own what the disharmony is
and what they have to do to make things right.
Excuses, anger, resentment, revenge, blame, hatred, animosity,
greed, corruption--these must be put completely aside and a new
individual must be created, an individual who chooses to be free
of all negative influence. The will required to accomplish this is
often greater in magnitude than anything the individual has
exerted before. Yet it often requires the most severe and
depressing of life circumstances to get them to even consider that
they are responsible for the situations they have fallen into.
Only when they see that all they have can be taken away again and
again do they begin to start listening to their conscience or
wondering why they have not had the wisdom to avoid their present
I also asked this spirit about the fall of Atlantis--how it that
could have been prevented. She replied, "Malice, the will to
destroy, chaos, and evil only exist to strengthen the will of
mankind. If a civilization or a world is destroyed, it happens
because no one took the responsibility to lay the foundation for a
different destiny. The will and power of Divine Providence are
always available to those who are willing to join with the light.
The purpose of becoming enlightened is not to attain liberation
but to preserve light on earth. "To have saved Atlantis from
destruction, someone would have had to call down to the earth one
of the Judges of Saturn to take away the power of the evil
magicians. Then when they practiced their rituals nothing would
have happened. If that had been done, within a few thousand years
the earth would have become filled with cosmic wisdom and peoples'
hearts full of light."
In Bardon's book, Frabrato, he mentioned how under the Third Reich
the Nazi's demanded all occultists and psychics either join the
Nazi party or face concentration camps. Hitler wanted a complete
monopoly on all magic and spiritual powers. The point is that if a
society continued for a period of time in this manner, it would
not be possible for those seeking spiritual wisdom to find their
Even if an individual remained silent and worked alone, once he
entered the inner planes he would have run into insurmountable
difficulties. The astral environment would have been corrupted.
Dreams and visions would not be pure. This effect would have been
accomplished because it would have been the intention and the
order of the evil magicians to do so--that no one attain freedom
or spiritual wisdom. This was what was occurring at the end in
Atlantis. And this is precisely the conditions under which the
Judges of Saturn step in--when the inner planes and spiritual
resources of a planet are about to be contaminated. In the case of
Atlantis, the damage to the earth would have been permanent if
that civilization had not ended. There is no recourse or appeal
for the judgment of these spirits.
If, however, a judge of Saturn had been called to the earth, the
wills of the black magicians would not have been effective. Their
own malice would have become their fate and the society and nature
as well would not have been in jeopardy. But this was not done.
And so Saturn judged the entire civilization. The elements of
nature were ordered to turn against them. The ground literally
fell away from beneath their feet. Nature and the four elements
exist for us to learn from so that our souls can grow. They are
not meant to be turned into tools to destroy or to contaminate. I
have a habit of meditating with spirits on each of the four
planes. This is a brief summary of her conversations:
'When I am present on your planet on the akashic plane, I bring to
light with precision the truth of what your race has accomplished.
I make available all realizations and treasures of spirit attained
in the past as one state of consciousness you can enter and
master. My presence is not the liberation of the mind of an
individual who has attained freedom from the negative influences
of the four elements and the various attractions and illusions on
the lower planes of form. You do not need my expertise for that.
Those who attain such things are not even aware of my existence or
my influence. Rather, the work you accomplish under my guidance
will be celebrated an earth for tens of thousands of years."
"If you ever wish to experience complete freedom, to see through
the eyes of the divine, to perceive the mysteries Divine
Providence has designed, meet me on the mental plane. When your
consciousness is capable of being pure emptiness, without form or
definition, and capable of penetrating everywhere, then you will
know that I am your friend. I will give you the keys to all
secrets and all mysteries. Nothing can then bind or limit you and
sorrow will not be able to find you."
"Everything that exists celebrates the mystery of love. Love is
everywhere and in everything. It is in every thought, every
experience, very sensation and sensory perception. All power in
the universe falls under its jurisdiction. "If you call me to the
astral plane, you will be at peace with the universe. Nothing will
be able to interfere with you. Astral immortality is one of my
gifts and the freedom to chose where you will incarnate. You will
be able to read the most obscure influences of the past, present,
and future. "But my speciality is setting right severe problems
affecting the planet. I am the chief justice of the solar system.
I oversee and facilitate the resolution of the most difficult
karmic situations. There are situations so severe that, if it were
possible, even I would experience sorrow. But there is no problem
that occurs that my art can not resolve. If it is necessary, I
will make an ending. It is someone else's problem how to begin
"My physical presence is a cosmic emanation. It is the
concentration needed to shape time, space, and history so that
what is brought into manifestation remains for countless ages. If
you open your heart, as mine is open, you can feel the presence
beside you of all those in the history of the world who were
motivated by true nobility and the highest spiritual ideals.
"For the weak and the unprepared, my presence is destruction. But
for those whose commitment is absolute and who are willing to
embrace the truth of the universe, my aura is a divine fragrance.
I gather the nectar of love and beauty from the hearts of those
who have accomplished the work of eternity which fades not away
and which nothing can destroy. In my eyes you behold the mirror
dissolving the forms of time so eternity can appear.
"I weep not for what is lost even when it is by my hand that a
world is destroyed. Matter, form, space, time, and life have been
created so that you might learn to open the gates of spirit and
attain complete freedom. Many ignore my voice when I speak.
They refuse my gifts and my invitations. But there will a come a
time when I will take away all that you have. Then you will be
left with the void where no sun shines and no stars guide. In that
place, there is no sweet rose, no waves or scent of ocean breeze,
no wondrous and glorious trees. Even the mountains leave no trace,
no horizon, no paths to walk, no form to embrace.
"I will ask of each of you one day to become someone who delights
in creating from nothing new worlds more magnificent and sacred
than have ever been known. You see, I have been designated to
remind you of your destiny. Each of you shall one day be greater
than I. If I destroy a culture, a civilization, a race, or a
planet you will provide another in its place where love is honored
and celebrated with greater beauty and grace.
"I am emptiness, darkness, the void and the abyss--the places of
spirit where matter can not exist. But you shall fill up my nights
with works as dazzling and bright as the stars. Learn as me not to
weep when death and fate take away. Renounce regret, sorrow, and
loss. Every ending, separation, farewell, and goodbye is a sacred
rite in my eyes. It contains my blessing and my voice. It is a
gift reminding you of who you are--that one day you will be
without form or limitation. The beauty of the universe will shine
in your hearts and omnipresence will be part of everyone's art.
"If by your will and your might you call me to the physical world
and survive the annihilation of form, matter, and time I emanate,
then that very night you will discover that separation is banished
forever. I am the gateway leading to cosmic wisdom, a guardian of
the worlds, and a member of the community which serves the One
Note: all my work with these various spirits is on-going. I have a
great deal more work to do with this particular Saturn spirit, but
that report is for another time.