The Faust Complex – Modern Necromancy and the Eternal Thirst for Knowledge
Necromancy is the practice of communicating with the dead, usually with the intention of gaining knowledge or power. The history of necromancy can be traced back to ancient times, with evidence of its practice found in various cultures around the world. In ancient Greece, necromancy was practiced as a form of divination, with the most famous example being the Oracle at Delphi. The Oracle was believed to communicate with the dead and offer prophetic advice to those seeking guidance.
The concept of “death magic” or “necromancy” has been a part of many cultures and traditions throughout history. In general, it refers to the practice of using magic or supernatural powers to communicate with or control the spirits of the dead. It’s important to note that the practice of necromancy has often been associated with negative or malevolent intentions, such as using the spirits of the dead to harm or control others. Because of this, many societies have regarded it as a taboo or forbidden practice, and in some cases, it has been punishable by law.
In ancient Egypt, necromancy was also practiced as a form of divination, with priests communicating with the dead through the use of magic spells and incantations.
In medieval Europe, necromancy was often associated with witchcraft and was considered a form of black magic. The practice was outlawed by the Catholic Church, and those accused of necromancy were often punished severely, including being burned at the stake.
Despite its association with dark magic, necromancy continued to be practiced in secret throughout the centuries. In the 19th century, interest in spiritualism and the occult led to a resurgence in the practice of necromancy, with mediums claiming to communicate with the dead through séances and other spiritual practices.
Today, necromancy is still practiced by some occult groups and individuals, although it remains a controversial and often misunderstood practice.
In modern times, the practice of necromancy has taken on different forms, often influenced by modern spiritual and occult practices. Here are some examples:
Mediumship and Channeling: This involves communication with spirits or the deceased through a medium or channeler. The medium may enter a trance state and allow the spirit to communicate through them.
Divination with Ancestors: In some African and Afro-Caribbean cultures, divination with ancestors is a common practice. It involves the use of divination tools such as cowrie shells, tarot cards or bones to communicate with the spirits of the ancestors for guidance and advice.
Spirit Work: This involves working with spirits for healing or personal growth. Practitioners may work with spirits to gain knowledge, and guidance, or to achieve spiritual growth.
Shamanic Practices: Some modern shamanic practitioners may work with the spirits of the dead as part of their practice. They may use journeying, meditation, or other techniques to communicate with the dead and gain insight into spiritual matters.
Paranormal Investigation: Some people who investigate paranormal activity may use necromancy as a tool to communicate with ghosts or spirits in order to gather information or evidence.
The thirst for knowledge leads people to do horrific things, including rumors about show business and Faustian bargains have been circulating for decades, with many people speculating that some performers and artists have made deals with the devil or other malevolent entities in exchange for fame, fortune, or talent. One example of this is the so-called “27 Club,” a group of musicians who died at the age of 27 and were believed by some to have made a Faustian bargain in exchange for their talent and success. Members of this group include Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, and Kurt Cobain.
Other rumors suggest that some celebrities engage in occult practices or belong to secret societies, with the implication that they have made deals with evil entities in exchange for their success. It is also worth noting that some artists and performers may use symbolism or imagery associated with occultism or the supernatural as part of their artistic expression, without necessarily endorsing or engaging in such practices themselves.
Meanwhile, in a parallel reality…
A small group of necromancers and alchemists have discovered a powerful connection between the mineral vivianite and the spirits of the dead. Through a series of experiments and rituals, they have found that vivianite has the ability to amplify the energy of the spirits, allowing them to communicate more clearly and even grant wishes.
The necromancers and alchemists begin to work together, using vivianite as a conduit to channel the energy of the dead into their magical spells and potions. They find that the blue-green mineral is particularly effective at enhancing the power of their creations, allowing them to create potions that can heal any wound or even bring the dead back to life.
As their experiments continue, however, they begin to uncover darker aspects of vivianite’s power. They find that the mineral has the ability to attract and trap malevolent spirits, creating a dangerous energy that can be difficult to control. In their quest for power and knowledge, the necromancers and alchemists begin to experiment with these darker forces, summoning demons and creating curses that bring harm to their enemies.
As they delve deeper into this dark magic, the necromancers and alchemists find that the power of vivianite is not without consequences. Those who use it too often or without proper caution begin to experience strange side effects, including visions of the dead and intense physical pain.
In the end, the necromancers and alchemists must confront the consequences of their actions and decide whether the power of vivianite is worth the risks. Some choose to abandon their magic and seek redemption, while others continue to seek out greater knowledge and power, willing to pay any price for their ambitions. The mineral vivianite becomes a symbol of both the potential for greatness and the dangers of unchecked power in this magical parallel universe.