Through the use of an eclectic magical system firmly rooted on Brazilian Quimbanda and Gnostic Luciferanism, the Ordo Volucer Serpentis has put together a deep and complex cosmovision that will guide the adept towards deeper and darker knowledge. This cosmovision is explained with more detail in their second book, The Black Book of Quimbanda, a volume fully dedicated to this genuinely Brazilian black magic system.

Quimbanda is a strong tribal system of witchcraft, sorcery and necromancy, but for the O.V.S. it is also a cult of deified ancestors with complex rituals and evocations of the various spirits and deities that conform its pantheon. The Black Book of Quimbanda aims to be an introductory volume to those who are interested in the path of this magical tradition. We will demolish myths about this tradition and explore some esoteric manifestations from the practices carried out by the O. V. S. In the words of Ophis Christos, "Quimbanda represents through the images of Exus and Pomba Giras all those individuals who did not accept the standards imposed by society and conventional religions. These are elements from the marginal and chaotic side of civilization that are remembered as Exu figures once dead. Exu is the one who destroys the "politically correct", breaking the laws and rules of this society; it is the transgressor, one that is outside the social standards of behavior accepted and recommended by the dominant society. Quimbanda represents the opposite of civilization, morality, manners and rules, it is opposition and heresy. That is why we consider Quimbanda as a path to liberation, internally and externally."

The Black Book of Quimbanda presents us this ancient magical tradition as a vehicle through which to interpret reality. The ancestors revered in Quimbanda were originally individuals who opposed the society of their time, a society trapped in rules, laws and dogmas, and formed by individuals trapped in a herd mentality. Quimbanda describes the learning and life experiences of these ancestors, because it is through them that we acquire the capacity to evolve and to self-develop, and to find the divine identity present in us. Quimbanda is therefore a way of learning more about the reality of this life, and glorify death, for it is through knowing and glorifying death that we acquire the knowledge that leads us to the relinquishment of any kind of attachment to life.

The Black Book of Quimbanda is divided in two parts; the first one describes in detail the origins of this ancient cult and its practices, and presents a working magical system with initiation rituals, detailed instructions on how to perform the traditional Giras, the creation of a Temple, and all the works that involve a deeper understanding of the Exus and Pomba Giras. It is a detailed collection of rituals and ceremonies, all according the O.V. S. tradition. The second part explores some esoteric elements that connect the Quimbanda to Gnosticism, according to the practices of the O.V.S.

 

 

- Table of Contents -

Preface

PART I:
The Black Book of Quimbanda


The origins of the cult
Exu in Quimbanda
Differences Between Umbanda and Quimbanda
Reinos e Linhas (Kingdoms and Lines)

The Initiation Ritual
Consecration of the Terreiro (Temple)
Guides and Necklaces
Assentamentos
Giras and the different types of Exus
Vampires of Quimbanda
Spells and Offerings
Purpose of the Pontos Cantados and Pontos Riscados
Exus and herbs

PART II:
The Book of Gnostic Spirits

Quimbanda and Gnosis
Exus and Gnostic Alchemy
The Trinity

Final Thoughts

 

There is a sample chapter available here, and several pictures can be found online in our Facebook page.

The Black Book of Quimbanda is available in two different editions:

Maioral edition: Limited to 77 hand-numbered copies, this is a very special and unique piece of art, completely handcrafted from the moment the pages left the mechanic press. The leather spines are hand-sewed, and the Walnut wood covers have been carefully crafted in an artisanal way. The wooden covers are carved with the image of the Eye of Lucifer, the sacred eye of knowledge and destruction.
Specifications: 155 pages, 135 g. cream color paper. Octodecimo size (110x180 mm), hard Walnut wood cover with hand-sewed leather spine and cream color end-papers. 4 full-page illustrations and several other sigils and photographies. 77 hand-numbered copies.
Each customer who orders the Maioral edition will get a digital copy of the book as well. 
120€ + shipping

Crossroads edition: This paperback edition is intended to serve the adept who finds solace in the study of the Art in the most unexpected circumstances and places. Although this is a softcover edition, it is still bound by hand and crafted with good materials, and should withstand the pass of time and the wear and tear that comes with frequent consultations.
Specifications: 155 pages, 120 g. paper. Octodecimo size (110x180 mm), soft-cover bound in faux crushed black leather (250 g.) with black end papers (140 g.). Cover and spine hot-stamped in matte gold with the Black Book of Quimbanda logo. 4 full-page illustrations and several other sigils and photographies. 300 copies. 
25€ + shipping

 

 

What follows is an interview with Ophis Christos, one of the authors behind The Black Book of Quimbanda and founding member of the O.V.S.

- Greetings, Ophis Christos; let's start this interview talking about the origins of the Ordo Volucer Serpentis. What is the O.V.S., why was it created, and what are its goals? What is the ideology behind this organization?

Greetings. The O.V.S. is a small group of individuals who have worked with Quimbanda, Traditional Satanism and other LHP traditions for many years. Our members started with this in a time when Quimbanda was very little known and rejected, even by those who claimed to follow the Left-hand Path. Over the years we have seen that Quimbanda has become a trend and that a lot of people began to talk and write about it, especially by those who recently started saying they were involved with this cult. It is them who, as many Umbanda practitioners did in the past, spread and continue spreading totally distorted information, showing no knowledge at all about this tradition. Many people talk about Quimbanda but not really live the way they say.

The O.V.S. came into existence when Necrocosm (which is co-authoring The Black Book of Quimbanda) and I observed how this trend had distorted the real meaning of Quimbanda, the same thing that happened once to Satanism. Many people label themselves as "Satanic" but have nothing truly satanic inside. We decided to work together, sharing what we each had learned over the years and put it all into practice. We are not satisfied with the way that many people nowadays try to spread information about Quimbanda and Satanism. The extremism inherent to these traditions has been left out, with some people trying to show Satanism and Quimbanda as something that should be socially acceptable, so we decided to work together to promote the true essence behind these traditions.


- Your first work, “The Ophidic Essence – Seeking a Return to the Origin” was very well received within the occult community. In that book you present the basis of the O.V.S.' cosmology, which is a unique mix of traditional Gnostic ideas and Quimbanda. What do you think people found so interesting about it?

I believe that this was due to the use of poetic language and mythological figures from all over the world to show how Gnosticism and the manifestation of Exus and Pomba Giras can influence the development of the individual's personality and describe today's society and the world.


- In the past years we have seen a resurgence in the interest in traditional South-American witchcraft, as is the case with Quimbanda. What do you think is the reason for it? Is the general public simply looking for “new”, unexplored subjects, far from traditional Western esotericism?

I think the reason why is that South American traditions were created as an amalgam of European, African and indigenous traditions, making it easier for many people around the world to identify with them. These traditions gives us several options for exploring different ideas from all over the world, but we must always observe the reasons why these traditions came together, as often they are a reflection of the society from which they emerged from.


- For those who never heard of it, could you explain briefly what Quimbanda is?

Quimbanda is an oral tradition that emerged in Brazil, it is a strong tribal system of Witchcraft, Sorcery and Necromancy, a cult of deified ancestors with complex rituals, libations and evocations. Exus and Pomba Giras are the central figures of worship in Quimbanda, and are connected to the idea of social exclusion, lawlessness and the breaking of the "divine" laws. These Exus and Pomba Giras were once the individuals who did not accept the standards imposed by society and conventional religions, they represent the marginal and chaotic side of civilization. They are the ones who destroy the "politically correct", breaking the laws and rules of our society. An Exu is the transgressor, the one that is outside the social standards of acceptable behavior, and Quimbanda is the cult based on the teachings offered by these entities/deities.


- Let's talk about your new book, “The Black Book of Quimbanda”. This is a title that you have been working on for a long time; how would you describe it?

The Black Book of Quimbanda is a book that, unlike many others dealing with the same subject, is not influenced by the Umbanda point of view. In it we try to describe the pure essence of Quimbanda, and the rituals used by us for many years. We discuss some of the things that characterize the different Exus and Pomba Giras, and we describe several rituals and workings, as for example the Initiation Rite, how to consecrate Exu and Pomba Gira images, the consecration of the temple, and many other things hardly found in other books. Additionally, we discuss several lesser-known entities, such as Exu Chama Negra, Exu Matança, Pomba Gira Dama do Sangue, Exu Vampiro, Exu Lobo, or Exu 7 Infernos, among others.


- In your book you say that “ Gnosticism is a mythological expression of an inner experience”; I find that to be a very interesting though, could you elaborate on it?

Gnosticism can express symbolically the desires from the heart that appear mysteriously and intuitively, describing various aspects of what being truly is. That is one of the reasons why Carl Jung used Gnosticism in various parts of his work. Jung described how the body and psyche influence the way we understand and interpret Gnostic writings and that lead me to understand that Gnosticism is a mythological expression of our inner experiences.

- You also mention Quimbanda being a genuine Brazilian phenomenon. Despite this, do you think it can still be understood and practiced by adepts all over the world?

Certainly. The essence of Quimbanda has no boundaries. It is also not uncommon to see stories of Exus and Pomba Giras who were born elsewhere in the world. Brazil is a very young country and the population here is made up mostly by descendants of Europeans, Africans and natives, so even if Quimbanda emerged in Brazil and describes some aspects of Brazilian society, this society is made up of people from all over the world.


- Another interesting concept that appears in “The Black Book of Quimbanda” is the association you make between Gnosticism and the Exus, which you consider to be “Gnostic spirits”. How are these spirits related to Gnostic ideas?

The relationship between Exus and Pomba Giras and Gnostic ideas is based on the characteristics that define these entities/deities. These can be unethical and amoral values, or rebellion, irreverence and the search for a breach of dogmatic nature. As we see it, all these are the essence of both Quimbanda and Gnosticism. The entities from Quimbanda gather around them all those who seek their teachings, diluting rules, orders and regulations; they guide those who wish to completely surrender to the intuitive desires of their hearts, which is something that we consider to be purely Gnostic and Satanic.


- That is all for now, thank you for your time.

We thank you for your support and for all you have done and still do for us.

 

 



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