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LUCIFER - The Devil at centre, with three faces and three pairs of wings, standing in a pool and devouring a damned soul, against dark background. Titled in top centre: "LVCIFER." Lettered extensively around image with excerpts of Dante's Divina Comedia. Engraving made by Cornelis Galle I, After Lodovico Cigoli, Belgium, 1591-1650.

Cernunnos is a horned god associated with fertility, the underworld, and wealth, and especially associated with horned animals like the bull, stag, and a ram-headed serpent. Cerunnos is born at the winter solstice and dies at the summer solstice.

The soul that has conceived one wickedness can nurse no good thereafter. SOPHOCLES, Philoctetes

Francis Barrett’s pictures of fallen angels and demons remind me of a few recalcitrant boozers fleeing the bar on a Saturday night. The sketches were included in his book The Magus—a compendium of several esoteric books, most notably works by Cornelius Agrippa and Peter d’Abano—which was once considered a primary source for occult and ceremonial magic when it was first published in 1801. The book led to a revival of interest in spiritualism, magic and the occult and was a highly influenti...